On The Ball

Eamonn Fitzgerald is the Sports Editor with The Killarney Advertiser and has written the weekly On the Ball column since 1973.

Eamonn played in goal with Kerry from 1971 to 1973, winning 2 National League medals, but lost out to Offaly in the 1972 All Ireland final replay. Played with Dr Crokes senior team from 1961 to 1986 winning several titles, with East Kerry winning Kerry County Championships in 1965 (Minor) and senior in 1968, 1969 (Captain) and in 1970. Eamonn won two Munster Clubs and the inaugural All Ireland club title in 1971. He also played in Dublin with Erin's Hope (Teacher training college) and with UCD winning a Dublin county league medal in 1972. He has a lifelong involvement with Dr Crokes, his home club. He edited the club histories - Dr Crokes Gaelic Century 1886-1986 and Decade of Glory 1986-1996.

40 Years of the Killarney Advertiser

March 8th, 2013
Danny Casey was a voracious reader and back at the start of the 1970s he must surely have read the writings of Jonathan Swift, who said, "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others," to which one ... more»

Can Sport improve Leaving Cert. results?

March 8th, 2013
Participation in extra-curricular sport while studying for the Leaving Cert (LC) examinations can benefit academic achievement, according to a research article published in the Journal of School Health, American School ... more»

40 Years of On the Ball for The Killarney Advertiser

March 8th, 2013
Danny Casey was a voracious reader and back at the start of the 1970s he must surely have read the writings of Jonathan Swift, who said, "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others," to which one ... more»

Oisín McConville; From Crossmaglen to Gneeveguilla

March 2nd, 2013
Oisín McConville; From Crossmaglen to Gneeveguilla Oisín McConville was made a freeman of Gneeveguilla on Friday night last and was presented with the green& gold geansaí of the local GAA club ... more»

Kerry Football Captain Eoin Brosnan Up Close

January 25th, 2013
When Kerry play their first NFL game away to Mayo in Castlebar on Sunday next, February 27th at 2.00 pm they will not be led out by their captain Eoin Brosnan. I sat down with him on Monday evening last to interview him ... more»

Paidi O Se RIP - Cuchulainn na linne seo

December 21st, 2012
He trained hard, played hard and the restless spirit lived life at a full and frenetic pace. We thought he would go on forever; he seemed indestructible both on and off the field. But, the Almighty Referee called for ... more»

Dr Crokes First 3-in-a-row

November 5th, 2012
Let's get to the Gospel, specifically Matthew 19:24   "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God". Put that into ... more»

The Clocks went back but Crokes went forward

October 29th, 2012
The clocks went back on Sunday last to mark the official introduction of winter time, but it did not deflect Crokes from their mission to continue as Kerry SFC champions, when they proved far too good for Dingle in a ... more»

Con Houlihan RIP; Fear ann fein

August 10th, 2012
I heard of Con Houlihan's death on Saturday last and immediately looked to Carrauntuohil.; the commonality of Ireland's highest mountain and Ireland's greatest sportswriter. The mountain was gone, but later in the day, ... more»

Spotlight on Con Houlihan

August 9th, 2012
Éamonn Fitzgerald  Visits Con Houlihan; Fear ann féin Dublin has a special attraction for me; very regular journeys to Croke Park for well over half a century has been part of it. Less regular, but ... more»

Can Mickey Ned end Kerry Minors All Ireland Famine?

January 13th, 2012
Kerry lead the way in the roll of honour of All Ireland football titles with 10 championships to their credit, but they have not won any since 1994. See roll of honour below. This  has been a cause for concern for ... more»

Ambitious Cillian Walsh joins Garryowen

August 26th, 2011
Clubs in all sports hate to lose a player to an other club, especially when it has invested so much time and energy getting him/her  to a high level in the chosen sport, but Liam McGuire, chairman of Killarney ... more»

Deaths of two great Killarney sportsmen

August 12th, 2011
Recently Killarney lost two very fine sportsmen, who brightened the lives of all who came in contact with them. Frank Switzer  RIP As long as I can recall the Community Games at local ,county, provincial and ... more»

Captain Colm Cooper - Gooch simply the best, better than all the rest

May 20th, 2011
"All comparisons are odious", a quote attributed to some 14th century unknown author. I read that somewhere, sometime. I'm updating it to 'all comparisons are odious, including this one'. But, still we judge ... more»

Half of GAA players are regular binge drinkers

March 18th, 2011
More than half of GAA players admit to binge drinking at least once a week, almost one-third reveal that they consumed more than the recommended limit of 21 units of alcoholic drink a week and 90%  described ... more»

Moss Keane RIP - He never lost the run of himself

October 15th, 2010
No reply for the first time at this number; the silence was ominous. This recent phone call to Portarlington went unanswered and I found out the reason why 48 hours later, when the news broke that Moss Keane had ... more»

Micheal O Muircheartaigh, craoltoir, muinteoir agus duine den scoth

September 24th, 2010
What was Des Cahill up to in the early morning Radio 1 sports programme  on Thursday of last week ? He kept us guessing and promised that a big sports story would be revealed in a later sports slot. All Ireland ... more»

Interview with Mickey Ned O'Sullivan

January 10th, 2010
Mickey Ned was a brilliant Kerry minor at number 6. He captained the  Kerry seniors in 1975 when Mick O Dwyer heralded the golden years of Kerry football. O Sullivan won 3 All Irelands and took over as the Kerry ... more»

Interview with Moss Keane

August 14th, 2009
Éamonn Fitzgerald (EF)..First off Moss to the urgent and the important, how are you coping with your cancer diagnosis.? Moss Keane (MK)..Very well indeed. It was a huge shock, of course. I went in for a routine ... more»

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