Pat Spillane’s wife Rosarii is no longer attending GAA games after a ‘scary’ incident

Pat Spillane has spoken candidly about why his wife Rosarii no longer plays GAA games.

The former Kerry player admitted his wife was never a huge fan of the sport but once attended a final between Kerry and Armagh with him.

However, after seeing Gardaí escorting a couple out of Croke Park because of angry Armagh fans, Rosarii decided she had had enough.

“It was very scary,” Pat told RSVP Magazine.

“My wife is a very private person and doesn’t know anything about GAA but married into a footballing family. It was the only time she came with me and after that she never came back.”

The Kerryman hung up his boots as a panelist at The Sunday Game in July after that year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Final, which saw his home county take home the Sam Maguire Cup.

He spoke about the huge support he received when announcing his retirement.

“What has really impressed me since my retirement has been the tremendous support I have. I received hundreds of letters, cards, mass cards and bouquets of flowers – it was unreal,” he said.


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“I live in Templenoe and it’s very touching that someone on say Achill Island or Mullingar would sit down and write me a letter thanking me for my time at The Sunday Game.

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“I realized that I brought people good luck and a lot of fun.

“We don’t speak or hear about the silent majority in this country and they are the good people. We get bogged down in the small minority that can sometimes bother you.”

However, over the years, some people have had some less-kind words for the 66-year-old, but he’s learned to shrug them off.

“I spoke to someone recently who made a big point – if someone made fun of you, would you invite them over to your house for dinner? No you wouldn’t. So if someone is revealing about you on social media, why would you invite them into your head?

“It’s the same. I don’t take notice. There’s an obsession in this country with worrying about what one percent of people are saying, rather than focusing on the majority.

“Before I retired, all I heard was ‘Spillane is too old, get him out of here,’ but once I did it changed to ‘We’ll be lost without you!'” Pat Spillane’s wife Rosarii is no longer attending GAA games after a ‘scary’ incident

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