Bradley’s star finally rises for Derry
When just recently Derry shooting star Paddy Bradley finally received what had up until then proved an elusive Allstar award there was general acclaim that an ‘injustice’ had been righted.
This weekend Glenullin’s pride and joy will get the chance to strut his stuff in elite company when he lines out in the Allstars match in San Francisco.
Tyrone boss Mikey Harte will have charge of the 2008 Stars while Pat O’Shea, who guided Kerry to All Ireland glory last year, will be at th helm of the 2007 side.
Bradley is just one of several Ulster players who will be in action in the game, some of them having joined the touring party as substitutes.
But one Ulster player who has had to forgo the chance to cross the Atlantic is Tyrone All Ireland winning captain Brian Dooher.
He is out of action for at least three months following groin surgery.
While acknowledging that Dooher’s presence will be sorely missed in the early rounds of the National League, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte said: “It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good and maybe this is about the only way you could get Brian Dooher to take a rest.
"If you can avoid surgery that’s what you would want but if there is a persistent problem then there is no other way.
"There’s never a perfect time to do these things but now is as good a time as any and Brian is getting the chance to recover properly.”
Tommy McGuigan, another of Tyrone’s All Ireland heroes, is along with the Allstars party having been persuaded by his older brother Brian and Ardboe club colleagues to travel after he had initially expressed reservations about travelling in his role as a replacement with the Allstars squad.