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Tales from the Captains' table

December 27th, 2009
Behind the spotlight of All-Ireland day lie stories of controversy and bad luck. Each of Kerry's 32 All-Ireland winning captains had a story to tell; about the journey there, the day itself, its impact on the rest of ... more»


Miko Doyle - A Legendary Kerry Captain

December 22nd, 2009
I have been keeping readers in touch in relation to an ongoing project on the legendary winning Kerry winning captains which I am involved in and the deeper we delve into the lives of those now gone to their eternal ... more»


Michael Quirke - Sportsman Supreme

December 15th, 2009
Something amazing occurred when the final whistle sounded in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick two weeks ago.  Kilmurry/Ibricane the Clare champions had defeated Kerins o Rahillys by one point to claim the Munster ... more»


The Goal that Stunned the Nation

November 24th, 2009
Seldom if ever has one goal caused such outrage, anger, massive disappointment together with world and public debate as that which William Gallas finished to the Irish net in Paris last Wednesday.  It will be ... more»


Heroes of 1962 Kerry victory meet for the first time in Manchester

November 17th, 2009
Last Saturday week at the invitation of the Kerry Association in Manchester in the company of Johnny Culloty I made a weekend trip to that city of soccer renown. The Association whose President is the exemplary and ... more»


'The Ban' was an unfortunate relic

November 17th, 2009
The two month closed season or collective training ban introduced by the GAA for inter-county teams began earlier this month and there has been mixed reaction to it from the various managers/trainers around the county. ... more»


South played to their strength

November 4th, 2009
I strongly believed it was always going to go right down to the wire and that is exactly what happened in last Sunday's close, hard and exciting county final. Having seen all of South Kerry's championships matches this ... more»


Kerry County Championship Football - The Spirit of Kerry 2009

October 20th, 2009
The old adage, "they were like chalk and cheese" can be safely applied to last week two county championship semi-finals in Austin Stack Park. The day was perfect for football without a whisper of a breeze and ... more»


Diarmuid O'Sé - A Heartbeat of South Kerry Football

October 13th, 2009
One thing is absolutely certain in relation to next Sundays county final between South Kerry and Dr Crokes and that is each and every player and mentor will give nothing short of 100% and more if that was possible in ... more»


Darragh O'Se and more Midfield Legends

September 30th, 2009
I can still see it as clear as day in my minds eye as if it was only yesterday.  The Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney, May 22nd 1994 as a young slip of a lad from the Gaeltaght club in West Kerry made his inaugural ... more»


Darren Brings the Cup to his native Village

September 23rd, 2009
One of the most memorable and never to be forgotten occasions in the life of the captain of an All Ireland winning team either in football or hurling is the moment he is presented with the Sam Maguire Cup by the ... more»


Still number 1

September 16th, 2009
When, as I expect, Kerry win their 36th All Ireland title next Sunday, GAA historians will look back and point to one defining moment in what has be a magnificent voyage by our county footballers. Seven championship ... 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»


A Legion of goalkeeping greats

August 10th, 2009
You read here last week that the Terrace Talk Special will be broadcast from the Killarney Legion complex next Monday, August 17 from 6-8pm. And this now is an open invitation to one and all to come along and meet the ... more»


Up there with the very best

August 4th, 2009
THE question is often thrown my way – so what was the greatest performance you have ever seen from a Kerry team in Croke Park? Impossible of course to answer with any degree of absolute certainty. Different ... more»


Kerry v Dublin in Croker it doesn't get better than this

July 28th, 2009
As expected Kerry survived the latest challenge when they were put to the pin of their collective collars against Antrim in Tullamore last Sunday. The bottom line in all the three qualifying games was to get through to ... more»


Kerry win away against Longford - 2009 Championship Qualifier

July 14th, 2009
Kerry 1-12  Longford 0-11 As I set out on the journey back to the Kingdom last Saturday following Kerrys win over the home side Longford I must admit at feeling confused and bewildered at the performance I had ... more»


The Fastest Footballers ever to play for Kerry

June 30th, 2009
The Mills Inn Ballyvourney county Cork is the very last watering hole for Kerry supporters before they cross the border following a game in the rebel county. It is here that many the GAA inquest is held and many the ... more»


John 'Thorny' O'Shea RIP

June 25th, 2009
John Thorny O'Shea of Clash, Tralee - a football legend who starred on field for his beloved Mitchels and Kerry - died on Monday last. Thorny starred on the Mitchels minor football team that defeated West Kerry in the ... more»


The players Kerry need to turn this season around

June 16th, 2009
Any debate or analysis on Cork's comprehensive and richly deserved win over Kerry in a thrilling game last Saturday will have to take into consideration their display and that of their opponents over the course of both ... more»


Sheehan free to shine

June 9th, 2009
Last week in these pages I expressed an opinion that "I wouldn't be the least surprise who won the game and that a draw could very well be the result. It was I concluded a battle between the speed and youth of Cork ... more»


Thirty reasons for my on-going love of the GAA

May 26th, 2009
AS the championship starts to roll for another year these are some of the reasons why I conduct an open love affair with the games. And while I can't go back 125 years since the foundation of the association I can go ... more»


The day the yellow and red cards got their first airing in Killarney

May 19th, 2009
An article which appeared in the archive section of this paper last week certainly invoked a multitude of memories for me as it referred to a match between Kerry and Offaly which I refereed in Killarney 30 long years ... more»


With other sports on the march it makes no sense for the GAA not to parade the National League trophy

May 5th, 2009
The dust has well and truly settled following that National League win over Derry in Croke Park two weeks ago. Not that there was much dust flying around following the county's 19th league win. My experience of Kerry ... more»


Will we get a glimpse of Jack's first fifteen?

April 21st, 2009
That feel good factor about football in the county is very evident at the moment and why not as we can reflect on three All-Ireland titles already safely added this year to the long list of previous Kerry titles in all ... more»


Bruddy's death takes another hero of the Polo Grounds

April 14th, 2009
The death of William Bruddy O'Donnell who died on April 5 has taken from our midst one of the last four surviving Kerry legends of that historic Polo Grounds All Ireland Final which was played in New York on September ... more»


Evans has Premier in Tipp top shape

April 7th, 2009
John Evans' magnificent achievement in bringing lowly Tipperary from the bottom of Division Four to the dizzy heights of Division Two of the National Football League must be acknowledged as one of the great achievements ... more»


Colaiste na Sceilge produce a spell-binding Hogan Cup display

March 31st, 2009
I have been fortunate to have seen all three Hogan Cup finals won by Kerry colleges. The first was by St Brendan's College,Killarney way back in 1969 as captained by John O'Keeffe when they defeated St Marys, Galway. ... more»


Billy Morgan - A True Legend

March 10th, 2009
It was truly a fitting and indeed remarkable tribute to a man who in my opinion was the greatest goalkeeper I have ever seen. The name of Corkman Billy Morgan is as well known in Kerry as any of the legendary ... more»


Tribute to Mick Murphy - A hero of 1955

March 3rd, 2009
Mick Murphy full forward on the legendary 1955 Kerry team that shocked Dublin in one of the most dramatic of All Ireland finals was laid to rest last Tuesday week in his home parish of Ventry. I would never apologize or ... more»


Mick Murphy RIP

February 26th, 2009
The death on Saturday last of Mick Murphy, Ventry, saw the passing of one of Kerry's most celebrated sportsmen. A retired national school teacher, Mick Murphy, who was in his late 70s, was better known to his countless ... more»


Magic of the Busby Babes came to the most tragic end

February 10th, 2009
February 6, 1958. 2.20pm. A date and time that forever remains etched in the memory. That fateful day 51 years ago last Friday when the greater part of the highly talented Manchester United team effectionaly known as ... more»


2009 National Football League Begins

January 27th, 2009
Every season as the National Football league is ready to swing into action I think of the words imparted to me many years ago by one of my great footballing heroes the late John Dowling, "leagues are for playing in and ... more»



 
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