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Dublin legend and former Derry manager Brian Mullins dies aged 68.

Shaun Casey

Four-time All-Ireland winning Dublin legend and former Derry manager Brian Mullins has passed away at the age of 68.

The St Vincent’s clubman guided the Oak Leaf County to a National League title in his first year of three years in charge in 1996.

The following year, Derry were defeated by Cavan in the Ulster final by just one point, before getting their hands back on the Anglo Celt in 1998, the last time they claimed provincial glory until this season.

Mullins was a stalwart on Kevin Heffernan’s famed Dublin side of the 70s and 80s and picked up his first All-Ireland medal in 1974, as the Dubs ended a wait of 11-years for the Sam Maguire.

That was the first of six final appearances in a row for Dublin, with two more titles coming along in ’76 and ’77.

He survived a serious car crash in 1980 that left him with a broken leg and kept him out of the game for almost two years.

Mullins captured his final All-Ireland medal in the infamous 1983 clash with Galway, when the towering midfielder along with two teammates received red cards.

Two years later, Mullins hung up the boots before after captaining Dublin to the All-Ireland final, losing to rivals Kerry. He then over from Kevin Heffernan as Dublin manager in 1986.

The two-time All-Star also won five Dublin club championships, three Leinster titles and one All-Ireland with St Vincent’s.

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