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Sporting Memories from 2010

December 28th, 2010
Believe it or not but when I sat down to pen a few sporting memories of the past year at the request of our Roscommon Sports Editor Paul Brennan I never imagined in my wildest dreams as I gather my thoughts that a ... more»

Old Friends are best - Pat Cronin

December 14th, 2010
A phone call last week certainly rolled back the years for me and brought a legion of memories long since forgotten flooding to the surface.  The caller introduced himself, "Pat Cronin from Wicklow here Weeshie, ... more»

The Launch of the Captains

December 11th, 2010
Kerry football and its history permeated the room. The occasion was the Killarney launch of the DVD from Weeshie Fogarty and Christy Riordan entitled "Secrets of Kerry- A Captain's Story". This project, which ... more»

The Club by Christy O Connor

December 7th, 2010
I must admit at not being one bit surprised when I heard last Friday that a hurling book written by Clareman Christy o Connor had won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Christy had contacted me a few weeks ago ... more»

Dr. Crokes vs Nemo Rangers

November 30th, 2010
As soon as both clubs had won their respective county championships it was always on the cards that they would face each other in the Munster Club final. Nemo Rangers probably the best club side in the thirty two ... more»

Willie 'Big Bang' Casey - The Cinderella Man

November 23rd, 2010
It was the end of October 2008. I sat ringside at the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney as a rarely seen professional boxing tournament got under way.  I had interviewed the promoters on Radio Kerry's Terrace Talk in the ... more»

Gneeveguilla advance to Munster Intermediate Final

November 16th, 2010
The uniqueness and greatness of the club championships was once again very evident in Gneeveguilla last Sunday when the local side hosted Newcestown in the Munster Intermediate football Championship semi-final. It was a ... more»

Dr. Crokes victorious over Monaleen of Limerick

November 9th, 2010
While Harry O Neill would and understandably so be very wary of the visit of Monaleen in last Sundays Munster Club Championship nevertheless nothing but a comprehensive win for the home side was to be expected. There ... more»

50 Questions with Weeshie

November 8th, 2010
Where were you born? Mallow. But took the high road for Killarney when three months old. Who is in your Family? Joan, Denise, Carol Ann and Kieran What schools did you attend? Presentation Convent, Presentation ... more»

Moynihan's new book is a real gem

November 2nd, 2010
I have often stated here in this column and on Radio that the greatest game of Gaelic football I have ever seen was the re-play and extra time of the 1976 Munster final. Most observers have said that the greatest game ... more»

Kerry management need to start looking for the next generation of backs and midfielders

October 26th, 2010
So how long will it be before Kerry wins their next senior All Ireland title? Impossible to answer with any degree of accuracy of course, however we can say one thing for certain and that is it will not be for the want ... more»

Christie Hennessy - The Messenger Boy

October 23rd, 2010
The 11th Annual Kerry Film Festival has a jam packed calendar of wonderful events, a mix of popular old venues and screenings that offer something for everyone! One of the highlights is sure to be the screening of ... more»

Crokes beat Stacks in the County Final

October 19th, 2010
The old adage "you learn far more from defeat than you do from victory" was certainly copper fastened in no uncertain fashion in Tralee last Sunday when Dr Crokes claimed their seventh and richly deserved county ... 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»

Tribute to Moss Keane and the Black and Amber County Final

October 12th, 2010
The phone call came from a friend in Dublin, "Moss Keane is dead". I like thousands of people near and far were shocked to hear the sad news last week. Moss was only sixty two years old, far too young to die, and while ... more»

Club affair will really whet appetite

October 5th, 2010
No shortage of great sport over the weekend. Ryder Cup action, Man U drawing with Sunderland and three hightly entertaining Kerry County Championship games kept the sports junkies smiling and happy It all began for me ... more»

Cork win the 2010 All Ireland Football Final

September 28th, 2010
It was generally accepted by one and all that Cork were the best team setting out in the championship this year. Kerry had dropped from that exalted position by virtue of the players they had lost for one reason or ... 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»

In Praise of Micheal O Muircheartaigh

September 21st, 2010
When growing up on the side of Lower New St Killarney I was always told by my elders that no person is irreplaceable and no one is indispensable. I always believed that to be true and for one person who passes on or ... more»

Secrets of Kerry : A Captains Story

September 18th, 2010
Each of Kerry's 32 All-Ireland winning captains had a story to tell; about the journey they took, the day itself, its impact on the rest of his life. From the trail-blazing Thady Gorman in 1903 to the sprightly Darran ... more»

Tipperary defeat Kilkenny in the 2010 All Ireland final and memories of Seamus Darby are revived

September 14th, 2010
Ten minutes into the recent magnificent All Ireland Hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary the first major incident which was ultimately to have a huge bearing on the final result occurred. Like millions more ... more»

Cork to win the All Ireland Final and a star studded Kerry team of trainers/managers

September 7th, 2010
I must admit I fancied Kildare to beat Down and advance to meet Cork in the All Ireland final. I should have known better having watched the Mourn men win their five All Ireland's since they first shocked Kerry away ... more»

Lean times for Kerry and our three great midfielders

August 31st, 2010
And so as expected it goes on and on. And what is that you may well ask? That which is the life blood of the county and that which every Tom, Dick and Harry, man woman and child is entitled to express on himself as an ... more»

Memories of the great Killarney 1946 objection and the death of Jimmy Joy

August 24th, 2010
Jimmy Joy was ninety two years old when he died in Dublin two weeks ago. The name will mean very little to most Kerry people but when I read of his passing in the papers it brought memories and heated debates of the ... more»

The importance of the Kerry juniors and my memories of an All Ireland win in 1967

August 17th, 2010
Some times when I get involved in debates with followers of the game I often feel like biting my tongue when I hear the phrase "they should get rid of that junior completion, it's a waste of time", or words to that ... more»

MacIndoe reflects on a very successful event for Killarney and Kerry

August 10th, 2010
David MacIndoe married to Sharon is the course superintendent at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Glasgow born he came to Killarney twenty six years ago, fell in love with the place and has remained here every ... more»

Kerry Lose for the fifth time to Down in the Championship

August 3rd, 2010
It was as inevitable as night follows day that defeat would eventually come knocking on the door of this great Kerry team. And I deliberately and without the slightest hesitation use the word great, because this squad ... more»

Kerry face Down in Croke Park 2010

July 27th, 2010
I must admit as having felt a little tingle of excitement when I heard the draw for the All Ireland quarter finals to be played next weekend.  I mentioned in this column early in the year that one of my wishes ... more»

Death of Dinny O'Shea - Midfielder in Historic 1955 win over Dublin

July 20th, 2010
Denis (Dinny) o Shea one of the legends of that historic 1955 All Ireland win over Dublin died on June 22nd 2010. He had lived at Knockglossmore, Camp where as a young boy he had developed his love and passion for Kerry ... more»

Meath goal against Louth should have been disallowed

July 13th, 2010
I must say I smiled to myself as I watched events unfolding in extra time in Croke Park last Sunday.  Meath's Joe Sheridan diving over the line with the ball as both umpires and the referee looked on. The ... more»

Kerry defeat Limerick in a superb Munster Football Final

July 6th, 2010
It's an enduring memory and one that will remain with me for many a long day. The sight of that great footballing warrior from Limerick John Galvin rising high in the Kerry square fielding superbly over the heads of ... more»

Kerry face Limerick in the 2010 Munster Football Final

June 29th, 2010
We remember the 1965 battle between the two counties and wonderful memories of Thomas Mahoney of Moyvane who scored the winning goal in the 1926 All Ireland Final replay against Kildare. When the full time whistle blew ... more»

Kerry's dramatic extra time win over Cork in replayed Munster Semifinal

June 15th, 2010
Thirty four long years ago I sat in the stand in Pairc Ui Chaoimh greatly enthralled as Kerry and Cork battled it out in the re-play of the Munster senior final. The occasion was the opening of the re-vamped old Cork ... more»

Colm Cooper's late late free denies Cork

June 8th, 2010
It's seldom we see one player make such a dramatic impact on a match when introduced as a substituted. However that was the scene that unfolded at a packed Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday when Jack o Connor sprung Paul ... more»

2010 Munster Semifinal in Killarney - Kerry Vs Cork

June 1st, 2010
Without a shadow of doubt there is something special building up around the clash of the old enemies in Fitzgerald Stadium next Sunday. There is something different in the air about this one despite the fact that it is ... more»

The late Sean O'Connor

May 20th, 2010
Sad to report that the death occurred last Tuesday week September 8 at his home in Dublin of Sean O'Connor a renowned Kerry Footballer of the forties and fifties. Sean was born in the townland of Gortroe Knocknagoshel. ... more»

Kerry defeat Tipperary to begin the defence of their title

May 18th, 2010
Last Sunday's very comprehensive win over Tipperary was all about one thing and one thing only. Qualifying to meet Cork in Killarney in the Munster semi-final and what a mouth watering battle of the age old rivals this ... more»

Kerry begin their road to Croke Park as they face Tipperary

May 11th, 2010
Jack o Connor will lead his men to famed Semple Stadium in Thurles next Sunday with a fair amount of anxiety and trepidation. Despite the fact that Kerry will be hot favorites to advance in the championship with a ... more»

Is Mickey Harte ready to bow out and Colm Cooper's eye injury

April 20th, 2010
No matter what way you look at it the recently completed National League and ensuing results whether good or bad will be stored away and forgotten about because in the over all picture the real work has only now begun, ... more»

Donie Murphy RIP

April 16th, 2010
All his old friends and former team mates were saddened to hear of the death at his home in Castlebar Co Mayo last Friday April 16th of the former great Killarney Legion and Kerry footballer Donie Murphy. Donie had been ... more»

Kerry stay in Division 1 and St. Brendan's College no match for St. Colman's of Newry

April 13th, 2010
It was a case of mission accomplished in Fitzgerald's Stadium last Sunday as in magnificent blazing sun shine Kerry retained their place in division one of the National league.  From the very first ball kicked in ... more»

The Sem could win their third Hogan Cup

April 6th, 2010
It promises to be a cracking encounter in Croke Park next Saturday when St Brendan's and St Coleman's race on to the green sward of Croke park to do battle for the famed Hogan Cup symbol of all that is great and good in ... more»

Mayo prove far too good for Kerry in the League

March 23rd, 2010
A few weeks ago we mentioned here how this year would be one of the most trying years in the highly successful managerial career of Jack o Connor. When taking into consideration the fact that so many great players had ... more»

Kerry far too good for Galway

March 16th, 2010
Galway manager Joe Kernan will have had some sleepless nights following his sides very poor display at home against Kerry last Sunday. On the other hand Jack o Connor and his side line generals will have slept the sleep ... more»

Kerry Sporting Great Laid to Rest - John C. Cooper

February 25th, 2010
We laid John C Cooper to rest last Friday. John C. one of my great boyhood sporting heroes. Growing up in the Killarney of the fifties and early sixties I adored John C. He was one of the men who engendered in me that ... more»

Darragh O'Se - The End of an Era

February 17th, 2010
I have been watching Kerry footballers in action since my first All Ireland final in 1955 and in that time Kerry have produced some of the greatest mid fielders the game has ever seen. Many men have worn the number 8 ... more»

The Pride of the Parish, The Spirit of the Little Club and the Passion of the Gael

February 16th, 2010
All Ireland Intermediate and Junior Finals 2010 Last Sunday was another one of those memorable days for a Kerryman in Croke Park. Since I watched my first game there in 1955, the final against Dublin, I have been ... more»

Dublin's First Victory in Kerry since 1982

February 9th, 2010
The only major point of importance really regarding Kerry's loss to Dublin last Sunday was the fact that it was the visitor's first win over the Kingdom on home soil since their last league victory in 1982.  While ... more»

Cavan Legend Mick Higgins Dies

February 2nd, 2010
Last week the historic 1947 All Ireland Polo Grounds Football final re-visited my life within the space of two days in the most remarkable and amazing way. Most people will be familiar with the game and the fact that it ... more»

Let The Football Begin - Dublin visit the Kingdom

February 2nd, 2010
And so as the fellow said, "another year on the rig" as Dublin come to Killarney next Sunday to kick off the National League. One thing is certain and that is that you are guaranteed a cracking match, a great ... 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»

Radio Kerry - The Voice of the Kingdom