The game that Dublin Joe reffed for our in-house was around 2009 I think if I recall correctly. Kerry went after it looking for excuses after 2011. They conveniently ignored that The Joester had given Tyrone 36 frees to 12 against us in the 2011 Qtr Final (and that being a game where we dominated completely and wanted to keep the game open and flowing as much as possible).
Subsequently some Kerry people claimed Our Joe had given us the “Ahh noo” free that beat Kildare in 2011, that’s how desperate they became. Subsequently further on, Joey Mc was got at by various elements in the run-up to the 2012 All-I semi-final, including Horan, then Mayo manager. Horan had brought a new level of cynicism (for the GAA) back from his time in professional sports abroad, and was building a Mayo team designed to do anything necessary to win (perhaps also he had observed the attitudes of some Tyrone and some Kerry players, such as Kennelly and AOM, from the later 2000s era, and adopted these tactics too).
In that game Mayo used every cynical trick in the book to hold onto their lead, such that by the latter stages I counted a total of about 15 minutes lost to ‘injuries’ and other delays during the second half. Joeseppi gave I think 9 minutes injury time.
Subsequently in the 2013 final, after another volley of Horan & others’ gamesmanship in the run-up, our pal Mr J gave Mayo double the frees that he gave to Dublin on the day. If ever there was some concerted effort to help The People’s Champions get over the line to their rightful place as All-I champs after so much heartache during that period, it was McJoe getting those games with the amount of propoganda going on around it. I’ll also not easily forget the avalanche of media ‘pre-coronation’ stuff about Mayo being champions elect in the 2013 final. It was ‘their turn’, and it’s easy to forget Dublin were very much downgraded since 2011 due to various factors, the manner of victory in 2011, the form in 2012, Gilroy stepping down, Gavin’s inexperience at the level, the new players and new style of play etc.
Wind on to the 2015 semi-final, once again Mayo were ‘owed’ something after the tragic defeat to Kerry the previous year, and sure enough our best bud gives them soft frees, an outrageous penalty, and two poor black cards to us in the latter part of a game we had dominated and had sewn up. He also gave a red to Connolly, and came up with nul evidence from the enquiry into St Cillian’s sacred elbow of the covenant that mystically resulted in COS going off with a serious head wound.
If Dublin had been any other top county we would have been hearing national investigations into why our favourite ref was still being given Mayo-Dublin championship games.