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Saturday 20 December 2014

The McBrearty brothers are gunning for the Dubs

Patrick McBrearty
Patrick McBrearty

The McBrearty brothers Patrick and Stephen will create their own little piece of sporting history on Sunday.

While Patrick will line out with Donegal in the senior All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin, Stephen will be in the county's minor squad for their last four meeting with the Dubs.

It will be a special occasion for the McBrearty family yet both brothers might well have been wearing the blue of Dublin rather than the green and gold of Donegal.

"They were both born in Dublin but we have been living in Kilcar for many years so naturally they are Donegal through and through when it comes to football," smiled their father Seamus.

Even the fact that their mother is a cousin of former Dublin star Tommy Conroy who is now the manager of the St Vincent's club in the city fails to trigger any vestige of support for Jim Gavin's side from within the McBrearty household.

It was a stunning last-gasp point from Patrick in the quarter-final win over Armagh that ultimately earned Donegal their place in Sunday's last four meeting which will be played out in front of a packed Croke Park.

He may have only just celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month but Patrick has already amassed an All-Ireland medal and three Ulster gongs in what has been a hugely rewarding career to date. Forty-eight hours after emerging as his county's hero against Armagh he turned out for Kilcar in an Under-21 match and was scoring for fun when he was taken off along with his county colleague Ryan McHugh – a move which did not meet with his approval, shall we say!

"The McBrearty brothers just live for football. They are absolutely dedicated to club and county," says Kilcar's most famous son Martin McHugh.

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