WATCH | Mickey Harte's had a bone to pick with Ricey McMenamin over a long forgotten fixture

It remains a joking bone of contention between the pair to this day

BY Raf Diallo 21:26 Thursday 9 August 2018, 21:26 9 Aug 2018

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with Ryan McMenamin before leaving the team hotel ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

It's an exciting time for Galway in both codes with the hurlers in the final and the footballers into an All Ireland semi final.

And tonight at the Roisin Dubh in Galway city, we put the spotlight on the footballers at our Roadshow for our live semi final show in association with BoyleSports.

Nathan Murphy and former Mayo midfielder David Brady threw-in with nostalgia as Galway legends from the 1998 and 2001 All Ireland winning era in the shape of Ray Silke and Pat Comer looked back on the happiest time for the county from most recent times.

And to cap things off, an all-star panel made up of Dublin legend Charlie Redmond and former Galway star Michael Meehan as well as Silke looked ahead to the Dublin vs Galway semi. 

Between that there was a preview of the all-Ulster semi final between Tyrone and Monaghan, with Tyrone legend Ryan 'Ricey' McMenamin and Monaghan great Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney looking back at the inter-county rivalry and looking ahead to the game. 

McMenamin had a few stories to tell, like how Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has never got over one transgression he allegedly committed at underage level - playing over-age against Harte's club Errigal in an under-14 match.

"My brother was a very, very good under-age footballer. He was about 9 or so. He was good for his age," Ricey quipped, before launching into his side of the story.

"This was alleged now. It still hurts Errigal and it still hurts Errigal and it even hurts Mickey Harte.

"I can't say that I played over-age because on the team-sheet, it was 'Rory McMenamin' playing..."


Harte, who was managing that Errigal under-14 side, did bring it up with Ricey during their time winning senior All Irelands together.

"I was in the physio room and he was chatting to me and then he goes, 'Are you taking any teams this weather?' and I go, 'I'm taking the under-14s'.

"Next thing, he starts staring at me and he said, 'Are you taking the under-14s? How's that going?' And he says, 'Are you doing the thing fair? And are there no over-age [players]?'"

At that stage, Ricey had long forgotten about his under-14 days and asked Harte why he was inquiring.

"He goes, 'Because you played over-age against me when I was managing Errigal under-14s'. And I said, 'Did I?' And he said, 'Aye... you beat me'. So that man took that and every time I do chat to him, he still does bring it up!" 


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