You wouldn’t be reading this if it wasn’t for the late Eugene McGee. I’m sure of it. I was 16 years old and he was the owner of the Cavan Leader newspaper and had been an All-Ireland winning manager. Plus, he had been Cavan manager for four years. He personified my two great loves, journalism and sport. Back then, he was a big name in both.

It was the summer of 1989 and I was feeling what must have been a calling to journalism.