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O'Connell the hero of memorable year

December 29th, 2015
I can't really explain why but this man for one reason or another remains etched in my memory from the past years sporting highlights. His appearance on TV dragged me out of my bed recently as we watched him demolish ... more»


Sadness and Gloom over North Kerry

December 29th, 2015
"It is with sadness and with the deepest of regret that the North Kerry Football Board, its officers, delegates, our sixteen clubs and all associated with the Board has unfortunately come to learn of the passing of ... more»


Quiet man Johnno did his talking through his actions

December 22nd, 2015
A recent trip to Dublin afforded me the opportunity to meet up with and interview at length two of Dublin's star footballers, Jason Sherlock and Alan Brogan. Jason had been a shining star for the Dubs between 1995 and ... more»


Review of Until Victory Always

December 15th, 2015
I have just finished reading former Donegal football manager Jim McGuiness's memoir, Until Victory Always. It's a powerful book, emotional, revealing and indeed at times infuriating because throughout the readers can ... more»


Weeshie - at Seventy Three years and nine months...

December 10th, 2015
Article from the 2015 Killarney Christmas Annual profiling Weeshie Fogarty. Download Article The Killarney Christmas Annual is a highly finished, quality coffee table magazine consisting of articles of local ... more»


Templenoe are what GAA is all about

December 8th, 2015
Mallow last Sunday, the Munster junior hurling and football finals, a fabulous GAA complex lovingly looked after by an army of local club volunteers, there were fifty on duty, directing traffic, guiding patrons from the ... more»


Dr Eamonn had a great gift

December 3rd, 2015
Dr Eamonn O'Sullivan will be remembered for his work in the whole area of the Gaelic Athletic Association and, of course, like Mick O'Dwyer, for the great number of successful Kerry All-Ireland winning teams he ... more»


The Marys are Munster Intermediate Club Champions

December 1st, 2015
A gloomy bleak brooding November day in Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday, dark clouds  pregnant with rain scurrying across the Killarney sky's as St Marys Caherceiveen turned  in another power packed performance ... more»


The Long and Winding Road

November 26th, 2015
Fifty nine...sixty; the minutes turned to hours, hours to days and days to years as Legion's hopes of a first Senior County title in sixty nine years had to wait for a further twenty minutes of extra time to pass if ... more»


South Kerry prevail in an exhilarating County Final replay

November 24th, 2015
Last week  previewing the game I reluctantly let my head rule my heart and opted for a South Kerry win over my own club in the re-played county championship final in Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday and being ... more»


Who holds the cup

November 17th, 2015
As the clouds gathered and darkness set in over Fitzgerald Stadium two weeks ago it looked as if Legionnaires hopes of claiming silverware were dimming with the light. With tensions high and every decision contested, up ... more»


Laune Rangers 1892 - The Legacy

November 5th, 2015
The All-Ireland Football Final of 1892, played in March 1893, was over. Dublin Young Irelands had defeated Kerry's Laune Rangers by 1-4 to 0-3. The match was over but the controversy was beginning.  Reports in Cork ... more»


Laune Rangers 1892 - The Final

November 4th, 2015
The first All-Ireland final between Kerry and Dublin was the 1892 final, played in 1893. In those early years, clubs represented counties in the All-Ireland series and Killorglin's Laune Rangers dominated Kerry ... more»


Both South Kerry and Legion can take inspiration from OSullivan

November 3rd, 2015
When South Kerry and The Legion race on to Fitzgerald's Stadium next Sunday to decide the destination of the Bishop Moynihan Cup it will be just their second meeting ever in the Kerry county championship. And the last ... more»


Legionnaire in Exile

November 2nd, 2015
All roads lead to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday for the final of the Kerry Senior County Football Championship. Although the distance is greater for the South Kerry masses travelling to Killarney the journey travelled by ... more»


Connie OShea represents all that is good in local GAA

October 27th, 2015
Connie o Shea is a Killarney postman, he rises every morning at the ungodly hour of 4 am and heads for his postal depot where he sorts and packs his mail for delivery on his specially adapted postman's bicycle which he ... more»


Legion lions make history on special day

October 20th, 2015
The old adage, " it's a long road that has no turning" was never more appropriately applied than for followers of The Legion club when excellent referee Paul Hayes (Kerins o Rahillys) brought proceedings to a close in ... more»


Bruddy was one of the all time greats

October 6th, 2015
When Jack o Connor guided his young Kerry lads to a second consecutive All Ireland minor title last month he was following in the footsteps of the late Dr Jim Brosnan who also achieved that distinction with his two ... more»


The experience of Twelve All Ireland defeats since 1955

September 29th, 2015
It's been one of those weeks similar to what I have experienced eleven times since attending my first All-Ireland in 1955, eleven times I have witnessed defeated Kerry teams returning home to Kerry, and this year makes ... more»


Kerry are second best to Dublin at the moment

September 22nd, 2015
Three championships wins in a row for Dublin over Kerry is a stark reminder that the blues are simply better than us at the moment, you can dress it up whatever way you want and make excuses for these defeats but we are ... more»


An age old rivalry renewed

September 15th, 2015
Sixty years ago his year. It was the very first time I attended an All-Ireland final and 1955 would remain forever etched deep in my memory. I travelled to Dublin with some of my boyhood friends including cousins Con O ... more»


Profiles of the Kerry players for the All Ireland Final

September 8th, 2015
Brendan Kealy is having a superb year in goal his saves against Cork in the drawn Munster final and against Tyrone in the All Ireland semi-final have played a massive part in Kerry's progress to the final Paul Murphy ... more»


Kerry success being built on tough and tenacious defence

September 2nd, 2015
The one thing that has been predictable about Eamon Fitzmaurice and his fellow selectors since they took the reins of this Kerry team is their unpredictability in relation to team selection. Eamon has made it quite ... more»


Defeating Tyrone was a massive boost for football in this county

August 25th, 2015
When looking back at Kerry's two superb All Ireland semi-final victories against northern opposition in rain lashed Croke Park last Sunday I feel it is important to put into context the similarities in styles displayed ... more»


Kerrys wealth of experience on the sideline has been the defining element in their All Ireland successes

August 11th, 2015
The reverberations following Kerry's stunning display against Kildare in the recent quarter final in Croke Park can still be felt all around the county as the Kerry faithful joyfully discuss and digest the enormity of ... more»


Kerry slaughter the Lilywhites and advanced to an All Ireland Semifinal

August 4th, 2015
Kildare were absolutely terrible, Kerry were simply brilliant. That in my opinion sums up this slaughter of the Lily Whites innocents in Croke Park last Sunday as Kerry marched in to the All-Ireland semi-final. No one ... more»


Kerry will win because our mentors will have the players fully ready for the fray

July 27th, 2015
As Eamon Fitzmaurice and his selectors continue preparations for the final three game assaults to retain the All Ireland title their main objective will be, as far as possible to send out a settled side next Sunday ... more»


In Memory of My Mother - Mary O'Sullivan

July 20th, 2015
1918-2014 I went with my mother to my first All-Ireland final in 1955 and sat on her knee in the Cusack Stand. In those days, children could be lifted over the stile with no questions asked. My father walked with us ... more»


Fitzmaurice got his calls just right to the replay

July 20th, 2015
It was one of those dark gloomy so called summer days as the rain cascaded down with the towering Killarney Mountains in the back ground completely shrouded in heavy mist. Eleven seconds, thatís all it took to finally ... more»


Kingdom play their get out of jail card in Munster final draw

July 7th, 2015
Steeped in luck, should have been beaten, got out of jail, lucky to survive. These are just some of the remarks expressed by Kerry supporters as they left Fitzgeralds Stadium last Sunday. And then on the other ... more»


Pundits write off Corks chances in Munster Final

June 23rd, 2015
Well Tomas O Se certainly put the proverbial cat among the pidgins last week and stoked the Cork fires with that outburst in the media about Cork football and I would bet my bottom dollar as the yank said that the Kerry ... more»


Welcome headaches for Eamonn Fitzmaurice

June 16th, 2015
As expected Kerrys unbeaten run against Tipperary stretching away back to 1928 continues, but it was not all plain sailing in sun splashed Semple Stadium last Sunday and indeed if the home side had been more accurate ... more»


Tipp will be tricky but All-Ireland is between Kerry and the Dubs

June 9th, 2015
One thing is certain as Kerry kick off their championship away to Tipperary next Sunday and that is, the winners will come out of a small group of counties as has been the case for the last fourteen years. Kerry, Cork, ... more»


Tough as Leather - John Lenihan

June 2nd, 2015
John Lenihan, athlete, one of the greatest Kerry sportsmen we have ever seen. Born in Toureen, Ballymacelligott in October 1960 a beautiful area where if you wanted to get anywhere you either had to go uphill or ... more»


The Sheehys - brothers with a football pedigree belonging to the purebred class

May 19th, 2015
When Sean Og Sheehy climbed the steps of the old Hogan stand in 1962 to accept the Sam Maguire Cup he was walking into history.  Sean Og was emulating his legendary father John Joe who had captained Kerry on two ... more»


A conversation with Mick Murphy replenishes the soul

May 12th, 2015
It was one of those unforgettable special and unique Kerry sporting occasions which I am fortunate to experience now and again. The venue was The Red Fox Inn just outside the beautiful village of Glenbeigh and the ... more»


Micko magic drove Kerry to greater heights

May 5th, 2015
Continuing last weeks story of Kerrys magnificent win forty years ago this year when in 1975 the counties youngest side ever won the All Ireland. Mick o Dwyer took to his new position like a duck to water, he knew what ... more»


Forty years since the birth of the Golden Years

April 28th, 2015
Its forty years ago this very year and it seems as if it has passed in the blink of an eye, forty long years since we witnessed the birth of what many shrewd judges recognize as the greatest football team the game has ... more»


Celebrating cross country running in Kerry

April 21st, 2015
I had the privilege of being invited to the Kerry Athletics Awards Night in the Listowel Arms Hotel two weeks ago, a superb event as athletes young and old, boys and girls, men and women were honored.  Meeting the ... more»


League Campaign - a mixed bag

April 7th, 2015
And so another league campaign ends for Kerry, it was a real mixed bag for Eamon Fitzmaurice's men, we saw the good, the bad and the very bad as division one status was retained, the main objective. However at the end ... more»


Monaghan Defeat Kerry In Tralee

March 31st, 2015
One thing appears to be absolutely sure in relation to Kerry's latest defeat last Sunday by Monaghan and that is Eamon Fitzmaurice's men are a long way behind some counties as regards the amount of training they have ... more»


Phil OSullivans connection with Michael Collins

March 26th, 2015
Kitty Kiernan was born in Granard, County Longford and educated in Loreto Convent, County Wicklow.[1] Hers was a very comfortably-off merchant family with five sisters and one brother. Her parents, Bridget and Peter ... more»


The 2014 All Ireland Semi-Final against Mayo in Limerick

March 25th, 2015
Dublin to Limerick - 126 miles, seemed a long journey: Limerick to Dublin-126 miles, somehow seemed a much shorter journey. It was Saturday, August 30, 2014. Kerry and Mayo had played a thrilling draw 6 days earlier in ... more»


Kerry beat Donegal in a game which surpassed our expectations

March 17th, 2015
I have often mentioned here how I believed  Kerry footballers are more skillful and so at ease when in possession of the ball than all other counties, well we have won more All Irelands than all others so there ... more»


Cork are far ahead of Kerry at this present time

March 10th, 2015
The biggest mystery for me following that rout by Cork in last Sunday's national league game was what the hell happened to the outstanding form the players had displayed both against Derry and Dublin? Two superb ... more»


Kerry and Dublin never fail to excite and thrill

March 3rd, 2015
As always a meeting between Kerry and Dublin be it in league or championship never fails to excite and thrill. And so it was last Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium we witnessed all the passion, never-say-die spirit and sheer ... more»


Short History of Basketball in Kerry

February 24th, 2015
After football basketball has always been my second favourite sport, soccer  and athletics are also very high on my list and while a passionate lover of hurling when growing up in Killarney we were never fortunate ... more»


Ringy still Hurlings Warrior Prince

February 10th, 2015
Christy Ring was born in October 1920, ninety five years ago this year. Winner of eight All Ireland medals, Ring, possibly the greatest hurler to have played the game is commemorated in Cloyne his home village with a ... more»


No surprise with result or performance

February 3rd, 2015
It was as many expected, a defeat, Kerry had wintered well, enjoyed their sojourn to those far away places with sounding names and were always going to play second fiddle to Mayo last Sunday in Killarney as the National ... more»


Here we go again back on a wonderful journey

January 27th, 2015
And so as the fellow said, "here we go again' another year on the road following the Kingdom on their league campaign. It never gets wearisome, never gets boring or dull but always exciting and stimulating and ... more»


Another PPI Award for Terrace Talk - Sam Maguire Special

January 20th, 2015
The Sam Maguire Cup, I first laid my eyes on it exactly sixty two years ago this year. It was 1955 and Kerry had beaten Dublin in a wonderfully dramatic All Ireland final. I was a pupil in the old Monastery school in ... more»


Beale reclaim North Kerry Championship after a 25 year lapse

January 13th, 2015
Last Saturday in o Rahilly Park Ballylongford the final curtain came down on the 2014 North Kerry Championship and in what was a magnificent final we witnessed a superb trained Beale side reclaim the title after a lapse ... more»



 
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