Belfast Telegraph

Best man on the pitch - Derry star's dash from wedding to make game

By Staff Reporter

A Derry GAA star found himself double-booked at the weekend when his brother's wedding clashed with a vital All-Ireland qualifier.

But defender Brendan Rogers still managed to make it to both commitments as he dashed from the nuptials to Cavan town for the crunch clash between the Oak Leafs and Tipperary.

Rogers was best man for sibling Mickey, who married Aideen McKenna on Saturday.

The ceremony was conducted at Straw Chapel, right beside Dean McGlinchey Park in Ballinascreen in his native county.

The defender left in a rush after the ceremony and was transported to Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan, entering the changing rooms in full wedding regalia.

However, the day did not go entirely to plan.

Derry gave up a two-point lead in added time following a late Tipperary scoring spurt that saw the Premier County win by a single point to book an All-Ireland quarter-final spot against Galway in Croke Park.

After the game Rogers made his way to the Lough Eske Hotel outside Donegal town for the reception celebrating the marriage of his brother.

Rogers, who has also played hurling for his county, has established himself as an integral part of Damian Barton's panel, having been handed his debut by previous manager Brian McIver in 2015.

Dermot McPeake, public relations officer for the Derry county board, was not surprised by the loyalty shown by the man many feel will be a future captain.

Talking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr McPeake said: "There was speculation in some social media forums during the week that Brendan might not play because of the wedding of his brother.

"However, those that do not know Brendan would be surprised at the sheer dedication of the man.

"We are talking about a man who came into the Derry team and made his debut in a senior championship victory over Down in Celtic Park. It never fazed him, even though he had never played county under-21 or minors before."

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