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Tommie Gorman, Martin McGuinness and a story about the soft side of Roy Keane

Tommie Gorman joined Joe Molloy on The Football Show to discuss Roy Keane.



Journalist Tommie Gorman joined The Football Show to discuss Roy Keane on Wednesday night.

Tommie Gorman carried out a famous interview with Roy Keane in 2002.

It came in the shadow of Keane's departure from Saipan. He was the first journalist to speak to Keane and press him on the details of what happened, how Keane felt and what would come in the aftermath. Gorman detailed the interview, his feelings on Keane and how his impressions have changed over the years.

After going through the different stages of the interview, Gorman spoke about different aspects of Irish soccer such as the failures of the FAI. He lauded praise on Mick McCarthy while explaining how Alex Ferguson felt about the whole situation.

And then, at the very end, he told a short but sweet story about Roy Keane's softer side.

"I had dealings with him afterwards," Gorman explained.

"He came over to Dublin to do a thing for the guide dogs and I was given that interview with him. It's the first thing he did when he came back. He helped me. This is an interesting story.

"Martin McGuinness one Friday rang me. And he asked...there's a young lad from Derry going over to a match. The next day Man United were playing against Southampton. Could the young lad get to meet Roy Keane? That was a big stretch. It was the day after so there was very little time.

"But the young lad was very sick.

"I got onto Michael Kennedy and the next day the match took place. United won maybe 3-2. Keane came out of the players lounge with Ruud van Nistelrooy and looked for the young lad. He brought the young lad into the players lounge and spent time with him.

"And then took off his jersey and presented him with the jersey.

"The young lad was very sick and died not long after that. I took that to be a sign of the Roy Keane I'm very sure is there, the soft side of Keane."

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