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Forging a Kingdom

December 20th, 2013
Richard McElligott is now the unquestioned king among Kerry GAA historians. His recent book, "Forging a Kingdom", is a meticulously researched account of the first fifty years of the GAA in Kerry. This is far more ... more»

Remembering Kerry Legends of The Past

December 17th, 2013
Sixty years ago this year, 1953, Kerry won what was known as their Jubilee All Ireland Final. The contentious story of the captaincy that day still resonates after all these years as does another highly debatable ... more»

Memories of Crokes and Legion in the 1961 ODonoghue Cup Final

December 10th, 2013
It's difficult to believe but when The Crokes and Legion line up for the throw in at next Sundays o Donoghue Cup final in Fitzgeralds Stadium it will be the very first time since 1961 these Killarney town rivals have ... more»

Crokes defeat gallant Cratloe in Munster Final

December 3rd, 2013
All the drama, thrills and excitement were packed into the second half of this magnificent Munster Club football Final at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds last Sunday and at the end of an enthralling battle played in perfect ... more»

Tragedy on K2

November 26th, 2013
The sport of mountain climbing is one of the most dangerous in the world. K2 known as the savage mountain, situated on the Pakistan/Chinese borders is the second highest mountain on the planet and also the most ... more»

Kerry Handballers who have won All Ireland and World Titles

November 24th, 2013
Kerry County Council held a Civic Reception on Monday 19th November, 2012 in recognition of Kerry Handballers who won Adult/Minor All Ireland and World Titles. The following players were acknowledged at the ... more»

Memories of Lower New Street in Killarney

November 22nd, 2013
Article from 'The Kerryman' in 1948 We can now resume our way up new Street, it was the main western highway 60 years ago, it had a mere 13 pubs-one became the shop of a poet butcher. Joe Smith and his wife Maggie ... more»

Paidi - A Big Life

November 19th, 2013
It was one of those unique, unforgettable and very special Kerry football evenings in The Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin last Tuesday week when the Official Biography, Paidi - A Big Life, was launched by former Taoiseach ... more»

High time to put the International Series to rest

November 5th, 2013
Colm Begley is a six foot four, fourteen stone Laois footballer from the Parnell's club. He was a member of the Irish International Rules team which hammered the indigenous Australian side in the two recent games played ... more»

Launch of Forging a Kingdom - The GAA in Kerry 1884-1934

November 1st, 2013
Richard McElligott readily admits that he decided to chronicle the early history of the GAA in Kerry to compensate for being the worst underage hurler and footballer ever seen in north Kerry. The result is Forging a ... more»

Review of The Managers - Tactics and Thinkers that transformed Gaelic Football

October 29th, 2013
Early last year I was interviewed in relation to new book which would concentrate solely on the managers of inter county Gaelic football teams. The author Daire Whelan lives in South Tipperary, he is also the author of ... more»

Dr. Crokes are County Champions for the fourth year in a row

October 22nd, 2013
Whatever slim chance of victory Austin Stacks harbored as the prepared for last Sundays County final against Dr Crokes was well and truly dashed when their management took the decision to play their Killarney town ... more»

Forging a Kingdom - The GAA in Kerry 1884-1934

October 17th, 2013
Richard McElligott describes the different aspects of his book - Forging a Kingdom - The GAA in Kerry, 1884-1934. 1) How and why did the book come about, surely this story has been told before? Still a lack of ... more»

One mans 30-year obsession to tell the story of the Casey brothers

October 16th, 2013
Videographer Christy Riordan knew he was onto something rather special as he wrapped up his interview with former NASA directorGeorge Abbey. He had come a long way, from scenic Cahersiveen to the sizzling Texan heat, ... more»

Preview of the 2013 Kerry County Championship Football Final

October 15th, 2013
Kerry county football final day means a lot of different things for a lot of different people and next Sunday's glamorous clash between the townies should generate a great environment and revive many memories for ... more»

Casey brothers feats left indelible mark on sport across the pond

October 13th, 2013
Source: The Irish Independent Somewhere around the turn of 1940, the members of the Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, staged a race to satisfy their nagging curiosity. So three brothers from the ... more»

The wind that shook the Farney

October 11th, 2013
Source: The Irish Times The Civil War has been on my mind for another reason this week, because among the windfall of autumn books that have fluttered into my mail-box lately is one called Forging a Kingdom: The GAA ... more»

Tomas OSe - A Class Act

October 8th, 2013
It was a touch of real class as you would expect from a class act. Tomas o Se announced his retirement last Thursday, but not in a manner that many before him in Ireland announced their "hanging up of their boots". ... more»

Agony of All Ireland defeats continue for Mayo

September 24th, 2013
Despite the massive build up for last Sundays All Ireland football final we were never going to witness a spectacle as we had as in the Dublin/Kerry semi final thriller. Games such as that only come along once every few ... more»

The Hight of Madness - Kerrys Greatest Supporter

September 17th, 2013
A beautiful new publication which I am convinced will prove in time to be a superb addition the library of Kerry GAA books has just come to hand and while Kerry may not have a September date in Croke Park the launch ... more»

The Croke Cup 1913

September 11th, 2013
In this year 2013, we remember 1913, a momentous year in GAA and Kerry football history. Dr Thomas Croke, the association's first patron and key figure in its early years had died 11 years earlier and the GAA was still ... more»

The Kingdom just dont have any luck at the Hill

September 10th, 2013
What is it with Kerry and the Railway End goal in front of Hill 16 in Croke Park? You may well ask what in the name of heavens he is on about. Well I have a theory floating around in my head for a long time which ... more»

Kerry vs Dublin - A Game for the Ages

September 3rd, 2013
It's an indisputable fact and much more that a coincidence that Kerry have been involved in all the greatest games of Gaelic football played down through the decades. Having seen all those classic matches since the ... more»

Cynical play - Kerry are old hands at it

August 30th, 2013
Source: The Irish Examiner The recent controversy concerning Sean Cavanagh has again brought the issue of cynical play in Gaelic games into the national spotlight. Moreover, it is just the latest instalment in a ... more»

Is the semifinal against Dublin a bridge too far for Kerry

August 27th, 2013
It's doubtful if ever Kerry has gone into a major championship fixture in Croke park as such underdogs in the eyes of so many people with the exception of course of the die hard Kerry supporters. Well that is the ... more»

Cynical and deliberate fouling in our games

August 13th, 2013
The year was 1969, four minutes remaining in the All Ireland football semi-final between Kerry and Mayo. Kerry were literally hanging on to a one point lead by the skin of their proverbial teeth as they defended the ... more»

Kerry don't impress in defeating Cavan in Croke Park

August 6th, 2013
That old adage, "hunger is the great sauce" was never more evident than what we witnessed in Croke Park last week-end as both Mayo and Dublin turned in a performance of pace, intensity, brilliance, superb scoring, ... more»

Preview of Kerry and Cavan in the All Ireland Quarter Final

July 30th, 2013
The general consensus of opinion following last Saturdays championship draw is that Kerry have got probably the most vulnerable side in the quarter final and really it would be a major shock if Cavan prevented them from ... more»

What a shame it would be to lose the Munster Final

July 16th, 2013
While the Kerry seniors victory in the Munster final last Sunday week was greeted with a huge sigh of relief by Kerry supporters every where it has nonetheless been generally acknowledged that it was much too close for ... more»

Kerry and Cork clash once again in Killarney

July 2nd, 2013
Next Sunday's Munster final appears to be really challenging the minds of supporters, followers and especially the pundits who delight in forecasting the winner when these two age old rivals clash. In fact I have yet to ... more»

Preview of Munster Final against Cork

June 25th, 2013
Already one can sense a great anticipation building up for the age old clash between Kerry and Cork in the Munster final next Sunday week. Indeed with both counties far from being red hot favourites by any means to win ... more»

Time for Tralee to get its slice of the cake

June 20th, 2013
Austin Stack Park in Tralee last staged a Munster Senior Football Championship game ten years ago, on June 15 2003, when Kerry hosted Tipperary. The Kingdom won on a 0-25 to   1-10 scoreline. Since then, ... more»

The Closing of Jimmy O Briens Pub in Killarney

June 18th, 2013
Let me say at the very onset I am very much aware that the closing down of one single public house in College Street Killarney is, in the overall context of events in the great wider world a very minor matter and of ... more»

Review of Plassey's Gaels

June 11th, 2013
I never cease to be amazed at the continuous nonstop publication of GAA books and other such literature which constantly come to hand as die hard volunteers carry out labors of love attempting to document the various ... more»

Comprehensive victory over Tipperary in the Munster Championship

May 28th, 2013
Eamon Fitzmaurice began his championship crusade in fine form last Sunday and while the paucity of the Tipperary challenge has just left a multitude of questions as to where Kerry might stand in relation to a clash with ... more»

Leagues are for playing in, championships are for winning

May 21st, 2013
"Leagues are for playing in, championships are for winning," was the truest line in football I have ever heard and why not, it came for one of the greatest Kerry captains ever. John Dowling led Kerry to ... more»

The King is Dead, Long Live the King

May 14th, 2013
Whether by accident or design, let the readers decide for themselves, my column here last week was dedicated entirely to the spectacular career of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and when this paper was ... more»

Crusher Casey - Was he Ireland's greatest Sportsman

May 10th, 2013
He was the supreme wrestler in the world for a decade no-one in Europe or America could match him. Then he turned to boxing and the great Joe... He was the supreme wrestler in the world for a decade no-one in Europe ... more»

what is the secret of Ferguson's long and continued success story at United?

May 7th, 2013
Behind every highly successful team or club especially those who remain at the very top of their chosen sport over a long period there is always a man who plans, guides and directs all aspects of that particular ... more»

Silver Jubilee celebrations planned for St. Brendan's Basketball All Ireland

May 5th, 2013
A SPECIAL event to celebrate the silver jubilee of the St. Brendan's College Killarney All Ireland Basketball victory in 1988 will take place at The Malton Hotel, Killarney on Friday 17th May. The St. Brendan’s ... more»

Farewell to John Moriarty - Author, Philosopher and Lover of Kerry Football

May 4th, 2013
They came from far and wide to say a final farewell to John Moriarty, poet, author and philosopher and unknown by most a passionate lover of Kerry and its footballers. John died on Friday June 1st and he was laid to ... more»

Profile of Eugene Moriarty

May 1st, 2013
Eugene Moriarty was born in 1974) into a family steeped in cycling tradition starting with his Grand-Father Gene Moriarty, one of Kerry's Grass Track Stars in the late 1940's and early 50's. Eugene started racing in the ... more»

A Dream Comes True as I don the Green and Gold 1959

May 1st, 2013
Sunday July 5th 1959 remains indelibly etched in my treasure trove of Kerry football memories because that day on my home pitch of Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney I played for the Kerry minors and donned the famous green ... more»

Johnny Culloty - A lifetime of service to his county

May 1st, 2013
"In Dr Eamon's time things were very different than they are now. To day a manager is appointed at the start of the year and fulfills his duties for that year. Not so with Eamon. I remember in 1955 the first All Ireland ... more»

Cork defeat Kerry in the Minor Championship

April 30th, 2013
How often have we said in recent years when Kerry and Cork meet at under age level the rebel county players were much stronger, bigger built and much more physical that their Kerry opponents? Fairly often I suggest. And ... more»

GAA Family Silver

April 23rd, 2013
A new book which has just come to hand "GAA Family Silver", details the stories and people behind one hundred and one cups and trophies competed for each year at home and abroad. Former Waterford hurler and ... more»

A Trip to Omagh

April 10th, 2013
It was the seventh and last League match of 2013, Kerry playing Tyrone in Omagh. We had been to four games, endured rain in Castlebar, snow in Ballybofey, and enjoyed sunshine in Newbridge. We had seen the Old Firm, ... more»

The Kingdom hasn’t gone away you know

April 9th, 2013
Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his side line general's will feel very well pleased with themselves following the long trip to Omagh last Sunday and at the end of the day it's a case of mission accomplished, league over, ... more»

South Kerry Gathering of the Clans

April 2nd, 2013
The South Kerry Gathering of the Clans under the guidance of the dynamic Joe McGill and his committee hosted a memorable evening in the Waterville Lake Hotel last Saturday and I was delighted to be invited to the event ... more»

Tribute to Brendan Fullam

March 28th, 2013
Brendan Fullam the best selling Gaelic games author and a real gentleman was laid to rest in Saint Mary's Cemetery Enniscorthy on Monday 11th February. He was a native of Ardagh but gone from the village since his ... more»

Farewell to Sean Og O'Ceallacháin

March 28th, 2013
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Sean Og O'Ceallacháin the legendary Radio presenter on Sunday last 17th February. He was a much loved figure who was admired and respected across the land. His voice was ... more»

Tributes to Bobby Buckley

March 27th, 2013
Bobby Buckley – Footballer and Outstanding Educator They came from all over Ireland and in particular from within Kerry and Cork to pay their respects to one of North Kerry's great sons – Bobby Buckley ... more»

Cooper and Galvin return to see off Cork in the National League

March 26th, 2013
Kerry's comprehensive win over age old rivals Cork last Sunday was all about collecting the two points so desperately needed as a trip to Tyrone approaches and you could literally sense the apprehension and urgency in ... more»

First win for Kerry in the National League against Down

March 19th, 2013
Two invaluable national league points collected last Saturday against a very disappointing Down side will set Kerry up nicely for another as always mouthwatering clash against Cork in Tralee next Sunday. And thankfully ... more»

Kerry meet Cork in the Munster U21 Championship and remembering Paddy Downey

March 12th, 2013
No matter what way you look at this under twenty one clash with Cork next Wednesday in Pairc Ui Rinn you will really be just second guessing in relation as to who will come out on top. It is my experience dealing with ... more»

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»

The day two Kerrymen played against each other in goals in an All Ireland Final in Croke Park

March 1st, 2013
Little did I imagine as I stood on the grassy embankment of the old Cork Athletic ground for the 1967 Munster final between the legendary rivals Cork and Kerry that dramatic events late in the second half would be ... more»

Northern launch of my book and remembering Aidan McAnespie

February 26th, 2013
Last Thursday February 21st my travels found me in County Tyrone at the invitation of some great GAA Gaels there. The occasion was organized as a northern launch of my recently published book of memoires, "My Beautiful ... more»

A Kickhams Childhood

February 23rd, 2013
The Sundays of my Dublin youth saw me supporting Kickhams GAA team. My father was club secretary and, as a child, I used to accompany him to matches. The club was called after Charles Joseph Kickham, a Tipperary ... more»

Crokes lose to Ballymun in the All Ireland Club Semifinal

February 19th, 2013
These are indeed trying times for those fervent followers of Kerry football as a series of defeats in recent weeks have left the proverbial cloud hanging over the county. Those two heavy defeats in the national league ... more»

Weesh-ful Thinking - Fogarty's Beautiful Obsession

February 12th, 2013
Every self-respecting GAA fanatic should meet Weeshie Fogarty at least once in their lifetime. The good news for northern Gaels is that they can avail of that opportunity because the Kerryman is coming North. 'An ... more»

Ballybunion mourns the death of Padraic Liston

February 9th, 2013
Ballybunion News is sad to report on the death of Padraic Liston, which took place after a long illness, at his home in Cork on Thursday evening. The son of Owen and the late Noreen Liston from Main Street, Padraic ... more»

Kerry fail to score in the second half against Mayo

February 5th, 2013
Of course it was a greatly under strength Kerry team that lined out against Mayo in Castlebar last Sunday and excuses can and will be made in relation to this. And it goes without saying that no matter how promising a ... more»

Mayo await in Castlebar for the start of the National League

January 29th, 2013
So following last Saturdays McGrath Cup success the shadow boxing is well and truly over and it's now down to the real business of the league against Mayo next Sunday. The league always excites because during this ... 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»

Sad passing of Portmagee native - Thomas Gerald Murphy

January 24th, 2013
Thomas Gerald Murphy was born on April 16, 1938 in Portmagee County Kerry Ireland.  He sailed to America in 1958 at the age of 20. He met Mary Teresa McKeon from Tullamore County Offaly in New York and they married ... more»

Lance the bully is the most frightening aspect of scandal

January 22nd, 2013
Unless you were living on another planet during the last few weeks you will certainly have heard the name Lance Armstrong mentioned on ever single radio and television news and sports program. And the newspapers have ... more»

Seamus Kennedy - An appreciation from Listowel Cycling Club

January 18th, 2013
Kerry lost one of its all time sporting legends with the death of the great Seamus Kennedy on Monday last. Kennedy was one of six riders to bring the Ras Tailteann title to the Kingdom when he was victorious in 1978. ... more»

The Magic of the North Kerry Championship

January 15th, 2013
In the 1995 epic and historical film Braveheart Mel Gibson playing the part of William Wallace a 13th century Scottish warrior leaps onto his horse and banishes his sword high into the air urging his men to follow him ... more»

Interview with Tadhg Kennelly

January 8th, 2013
Tadhg Kennelly as always, courteous, charming, eloquent, an interviewers dream, no beating about the bush when asked questions. It's always a pleasure to have a chat with the Listowel Emmett's man and following the ... more»

Paidis Funeral Mass

January 5th, 2013
It was like a State funeral. Uniformed men in the front row representing the President and Taoiseach, countless priests on the altar, RTE cameras broadcasting the ceremony to the entire country and, via the internet, to ... more»

North Kerry Championship Final ends in a draw

January 1st, 2013
If you are a lover of football played in the dark dreary month of December, deep in the depths of winter then Listowel was the place to be last Sunday as Beale and Duagh fought out a thrilling draw in the North Kerry ... more»

Radio Kerry - The Voice of the Kingdom