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Review of the GAA Year - a special one for Kerry

December 30th, 2014
It has been a truly momentous year in the history of Kerry GAA culminating in that unforgettable day in Croke Park last September, one of the many I have been privileged to have attended during the last five decades or ... more»

Long live the North Kerry Championship

December 23rd, 2014
Ballybunion, St Stephens Day, cold, dark, bleak, windy, streets deserted, Bill Clinton's famous bronze statue in golfing pose situated in the centre of the town outside the local Garda Station is bedecked in a Santee ... more»

Death of Legendary Handballer Roundy McEllistrim

December 16th, 2014
Roundy and Murty, Murty and Roundy, what ever way you phrase it the names just roles off the tongue with ease and softness. The McEllistrim brother from Ballymacelligott, two of the greatest handballer players this ... more»

Art Foley's save against Christy Ring in the 1956 All Ireland Hurling Final

December 9th, 2014
Just like the Seamus Darby goal in the 1982 All Ireland final and the Mickey Sheehy goal in the 1978 final when he chipped the ball over Paddy Cullen's head into the net, the Art Foley save in the 1956 All Ireland ... more»

Launch of Tales of New York DVD

December 2nd, 2014
Located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, Glucksman Ireland House is the center for Irish and Irish-American Studies at New York University, with courses in history, Irish language, literature, music, and ... more»

Declan was an all time great

November 25th, 2014
Hurtling along on an underground train under New York City last week the news came through, Declan O Sullivan had announced his retirement. I don't have one of those space age I phones but my friend Christy Riordan C/R ... more»

Memories of Gaffney Duggan

November 11th, 2014
The name Gaffney Duggan will mean very little to younger readers of this column but this week I recall with great affection a man who never kicked a ball for his county but was one of the best known and highly respected ... more»

Austin Stacks overwhelm Mid Kerry in County Final Replay

November 4th, 2014
The old adage "hunger is the greatest sauce of all" was never more evident than what we witnessed in Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday when famed Austin Stacks literally swept Mid Kerry away to captured their 12th Kerry ... more»

Cracking County Final ends in a draw

October 28th, 2014
It was always going to be a close fought encounter and it certainly turned out that way and in the run up to the game I have rarely experienced such conflicting views as to who was going to take the famous Bishop ... more»

Dermot Earley - An Officer and a Gentleman

October 14th, 2014
When Dermot Earley Senior died in 2010 his family outlined the five pointes of their fathers plan for life. 1 Enjoy time with my family 2 Give the best to my work. 3 Give back to my community. 4 Spend my ... more»

Weeshies world just gets better

October 7th, 2014
We bid a final sad farewell to a great Killarney Legion man last Friday when Mick o Sullivan affectingly known to his wide circle of friends as "Mick The Gun" was laid to rest. Mick who came from a staunch GAA family ... more»

The Secret of Kerry and the Keepers of the Flame

September 30th, 2014
All our imaginations were vividly captured in the run up to the 1953 final against Armagh. The Kerryman, a broadsheet back then gave the impending match great coverage. A special supplement was produced in the weeks ... more»

The apple never falls fare from the tree - profile of James ODonoghue

September 16th, 2014
It was the Tuesday following that superb Kerry/Dublin All Ireland semi-final last year, won at the death by Dublin in dramatic fashion. I stopped off at a petrol station on the Muckross Rd Killarney for a top up and as ... more»

Dubious referreeing decisions greatly helped Kerry to victory

September 9th, 2014
I have rarely if ever experienced the sheer delight, happiness, pride, euphoria, joy and jubilation which has literally swept the county since that astonishing win in Limerick over Mayo last Saturday week.  Now ... more»

One of the greatest displays of Gaelic Football we have been privileged to see

September 2nd, 2014
So where to begin? Whenever asked I would always reply that the greatest game of football I had ever seen was the Munster final re-play and extra time in 1976, which coincided with the opening of Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The ... more»

Kerry and Mayo live to fight another day

August 26th, 2014
We were expecting a thriller last Sunday in the semi-final and boy did we get one. And to begin as the fellow said, "first things first", and that is a massive thanks to both counties for providing us with one of those ... more»

Kerry and Mayo advance to All Ireland Semi Final

August 5th, 2014
As expected Kerry and Mayo advanced to a mouth watering All Ireland semi-final clash in three weeks time and the one common denominator which linked both counties winning displays was very simple. Experience and ... more»

The O Se brothers make history

July 29th, 2014
When Marc O'Sé runs out onto the pitch in Croke Park on Sunday next he will complete one of the most remarkable records in the history of the GAA. This will be Marc's 77th senior championship appearance for Kerry ... more»

Comortas Peile John Egan u14 Invitational Tournament

July 15th, 2014
The location could not have been more fitting, sitting in the stand in Fitzgerald Stadium gazing out at the vast green expanses where the late John Egan had displayed all his immense range of skills as he starred for ... more»

Kerry leave a trail of devastation in Cork during the Munster Final

July 8th, 2014
The demolition teams will move into Pairc Ui Chaoimh in a few week time to tear down this unique old structure which has witnessed some thrilling Munster finals since it first opened its big red gates away back in 1976. ... more»

Last Munster Final against Cork in the old Pairc Ui Chaoimh

July 1st, 2014
Mark Anthony's immortal words at the funeral of Julius Caesar. "If you have tears to shed prepare to shed them now" will certainly not apply to Kerry supporters as the exit Pairc Ui Chaoimh for the very last time next ... more»

Championship begins for Kerry in Ennis

June 17th, 2014
And so it is, the championship begins for Kerry supporters as Kerry set sail (on the Tarbert ferry) to take on Clare in Ennis next Sunday. As always in Kerry exceptions can be higher than the situation warrants and ... more»

Memories of the 1954 Championship

June 10th, 2014
As Kerry prepares to begin their 2014 championship voyage hoping to reclaim the Sam Maguire it surly is an opportune time to remind ourselves of what occurred for three Kerry teams sixty long years ago.  And indeed ... more»

Nuala Moore - one of Kerrys Greatest

June 3rd, 2014
It can be said without fear of contradiction that Kerry has produced some inspirational sports people who have achieved amazing things in life in their chosen discipline. I am fortunate being involved in the media to ... more»

The 1891 Hurling Final - The Aftermath

May 29th, 2014
On 28 February 1892, Kerry won the 1891 All Ireland Hurling championship, beating Crossabeg of Wexford in a thrilling and controversial final, the only final which ever went to extra time. The Kerry team was composed ... more»

The 1891 Hurling Final

May 22nd, 2014
The date - 28 February 1892, the venue - Clonturk Park, Drumcondra, Dublin, the occasion - the All-Ireland Final, the teams - Wexford and Kerry, the sport - hurling. Yes, Kerry were in the All-Ireland Hurling final. ... more»

Kelly has hurlers singing to his hymn-sheet

May 20th, 2014
One of the great sports stories in the county this year has been the heart warming success of our senior hurling team. Unbeaten as they became league champions they are still on course for a Christy Ring Cup final place ... more»

Defeat and despair in the early Fifties and the stars of the Forties bow out.

May 15th, 2014
Chapter which didn't make it for final inclusion in my book - My Beautiful Obsession. With Kerry still trying to come to terms with the shock defeat to Clare the previous year the same county traveled to Tralee in ... more»

Speaking with Bernard Brogan at the Wings for Life Charity run

May 13th, 2014
It's as if you stepped from one world straight into another. Just across the road from St Mary's magnificent Cathedral is The Kings Bridge, cross over this and you leave the hustle and bustle of Killarney town and enter ... more»

Defeat in New York in 1947 and Eddie Dowling's painful memories

May 8th, 2014
Chapter which didn't make it for final inclusion in my book - My Beautiful Obsession. Following the drama and heroics of 1946 the following year would prove to be one of the most historic in the history of the GAA ... more»

Failure again in 1948 and I meet Timmy O Leary - Star of the Thirties.

May 1st, 2014
Chapter which didn't make it for final inclusion in my book - My Beautiful Obsession. Little did I think that when I took up employment in the Kerry Mineral factory on the Muckross Road Killarney early in 1960 that I ... more»

Jewel of the GAA in North America - Gaelic Park in Chicago

April 22nd, 2014
Gaelic Park a glittering jewel in the Chicago Crown. One of the truly great success stories of Irish endeavor in America. At the very generous invitation of the Kerry Association and the board of Gaelic Park my good ... more»

Heaviest defeat of Kerry by Cork in the past 25 years

April 8th, 2014
For the big crowd of Kerry supporters who made their way to Austin Stack Park last Sunday for the latest chapter in the Kerry/Cork saga the expectations of a close hard exciting game were on most minds. This of course ... more»

Con Houlihan - A true giant amongst men

April 2nd, 2014
It's now more than 18 months since the great Con Houlihan left us, but it is never too late to pay tribute to a gentle giant from Castle Island, who was a member of the Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland. Con ... more»

Tribute to Frank OKeeffe

April 1st, 2014
Frank O'Keeffe: August 28th, 1923 – March 25th, 2014 One of the last link with the Kerry team that competed in the famous 1947 Polo Grounds match in New York has been broken with the death of Frank O'Keeffe, ... more»

Legion Hall of Fame award for Jimmy O Leary

March 25th, 2014
It's seldom if ever I get an opportunity to write about my own club Killarney Legion and when all is said and done the GAA is all about one thing and one thing only, the club.  Too often in today's world of the all ... more»

Tribute to Jerry Savage

March 22nd, 2014
Grave Side oration By Tom Herlihy A Chairde go léir. I am humbled to be asked to say a few words at the graveside as we say goodbye to a great Irishman, Kerryman, Ballymacelligott man & a great republican. ... more»

Only the League but a vintage Kerry display against Kildare

March 18th, 2014
You can always gauge exactly the state of Kerry football if you stop and chat to those die hard Kerry supporters following the counties games both in league and championship. They know precisely when studying the Kerry ... more»

Tyrone given a second half lesson in the skills of the game

March 11th, 2014
Speaking to the press after the game last Sunday Mickey Harte's very obvious rage and boiling anger at his side's performance when a rejuvenated Kerry literally blew them off the Fitzgerald Stadium pitch said it all for ... more»

Clare Fitzgerald is the Kerry Sports Star of the Month for February

March 4th, 2014
Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) is undoubtedly one of the great unsung sporting heroes of Kerry. So being responsible for the final selection of the winner of the new Kerry Sports Star of the Month Awards sponsored ... more»

Second straight defeat in the National League to Derry

February 11th, 2014
We were back to the swarming game in Fitzgeralds Stadium last Sunday as Derry came, saw and conquered a mainly inexperienced Kerry side and once again we witnessed a northern team frustrating Kerry as they rushed ... more»

In memory of Jim Foley

February 9th, 2014
The Foley brothers from Keel. After all these years the phrase still resonates in the mind, reviving memories of a time long since gone when the greats of Kerry football would be discussed on train journeys to and from ... more»

Dublin defeat Kerry under lights in Croke Park

February 4th, 2014
Another year on the never ending GAA merry-go-round of league and championship began under the harsh glare of the Croke Park lights last Saturday. A cold, wet February night, an amber weather warning issued for the ... more»

Operation Transformation for former Kerry Goalkeeper Paudie O Mahoney

January 21st, 2014
Paudie O Mahoney was open, honest and blunt to the point of sheer admiration when I spoke to him recently as he was about to begin his six week stint as a leader in the RTE reality program Operation ... more»

Honouring the stars of East Kerry Football

January 14th, 2014
As always sport star awards can be a very subjective topic and my experience of such events is that no matter who is chosen on any given year there will always be mutterings of discontentment. Nevertheless this is ... more»

Celebrating the small rural parish - Asdee GAA Club

January 7th, 2014
The smaller the community the greater the spirit. That was the one defining  picture that came shining through in the strongest possible way when I had the privilege of been an invited speaker at the St Marys Asdee ... more»

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