Unique occasion with Tipperary taking on Kerry in Munster Final

June 28th, 2016
As Tipperary race on to the green sward of Fitzgerald Stadium next Sunday and coming off possibly one of their most comprehensive victory in Munster football following the defeat of Cork, the first time in over seventy ... more»

Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have learned very little in win over Clare

June 21st, 2016
It was always going to be a very difficult task for Clare, facing Kerry in Killarney in conditions perfect for championship football. A balmy June day, the taste of championship football in the air, big colourful crowd ... more»

Change of minds badly needed for jaded provincial championships

June 7th, 2016
And so we begin yet another jaded, unfair and uneven Munster football championship, unknown to ourselves we have become accustomed to the same old story in this province, easy wins for Kerry and Cork in the opening ... more»

The County Championship shapes and moulds great Kerry footballers

May 10th, 2016
And so the race for the Bishop Moynihan Cup commences next weekend, who will be the new Kerry county champions, who will succeed Brian Sheehan as captain? And indeed congratulations to Brian and his new bride on their ... 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»

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»

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»

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, that’s 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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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 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»

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»

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»

Dr. Crokes capture their second successive Munster club title

December 4th, 2012
Last Sunday was one of those dark, dreary, murky December afternoons, one of those days when it would be normal to have a low scoring game as heavy underfoot conditions should militate to slow down players and make ... more»

The debate over Divisional teams in the County Championship

November 6th, 2012
Human nature being what it is and Kerry being the fanatical football county we live in it was really as inevitable as night follows day as soon as Paul Hayes had blown the full time whistle in Dr Crokes stunning display ... more»

Crokes Win Three In A Row County Championships

October 30th, 2012
The old adage, "a good start is half the battle" was never more evident than what we witnessed in Austin Stack park last Sunday as Dr Crokes literally demolished the hopes of Dingle to complete a historic three-in-a-row ... more»

The Clocks went back but Crokes went forward

October 29th, 2012
The clocks went back on Sunday last to mark the official introduction of winter time, but it did not deflect Crokes from their mission to continue as Kerry SFC champions, when they proved far too good for Dingle in a ... more»

Experiencing the All Ireland Hurling Final

October 2nd, 2012
My sports editor requested my column should deal with last week's Kerry county championship program of matches. No problem there I thought and eagerly looked forward to attending the four games down for decision. ... more»

The face of Gaelic Football has dramatically changed

September 4th, 2012
A picture speaks a thousand words. Entering the last ten minutes of the recent Cork/Donegal All Ireland football semi final the northern men were six points ahead and literally coasting to their first final in twenty ... more»

We do have a problem with Ulster teams

August 7th, 2012
I may be in a minority of one here, but from where I stand it's now a proven fact that, despite many arguments to the contrary, our county senior football team has serious problems attempting to beat Ulster teams in ... more»

Long-range scores holds the key to unlocking Donegal

July 31st, 2012
LET'S get the negatives out of the way first. Yes, Clare were very disappointing and were never at the races last Saturday evening. To put their display into context in relation to previous meetings between the counties ... more»

Kerry's best performance in Killarney since 1955

July 24th, 2012
WHATEVER destiny awaits this group of Kerry footballers as they inch nearer Croke Park during this rain sodden summer their stunning victory over Tyrone last Saturday will be remembered when much more is forgotten ... more»

Kerry's great escape from Mullingar

July 17th, 2012
No matter what way you look at Kerrys great escape from Mullingar last Sunday its obvious to even the most die hard Kerry supporter that this team is not moving well and who would have believed we would wait  ... more»

Preview of the All Ireland Qualifier against Westmeath

July 10th, 2012
No matter what way you look at next Sunday's qualifier Kerry/Westmeath everything points to a Kerry win and another step along the road of redemption following last years traumatic defeat by Dublin in the final. And ... more»

Kerry face Westmeath in the Qualifiers

July 3rd, 2012
What significant has May 11th 1969 in relation to Kerrys forthcoming trip to Cusack Park to take on Westmeath in the qualifiers. Well to the best of my knowledge it was the only time the two counties have met in a ... more»

Defeat to Cork and the long road through the Qualifiers beckons

June 12th, 2012
It was always going to be a massive task travelling to Cork last Sunday and when Brian Sheehan was declared unfit during the previous week it really made the job much more difficult. One of the top free kickers in the ... more»

Preview of the Munster Semifinal against Cork

June 5th, 2012
Three weeks ago before a ball was kicked in the championship I mentioned here that in my opinion Cork would be favourites against Kerry in the Munster semi final. Well nothing has changed in the intervening weeks to ... more»

Trip to Tipp presents ideal Championship opener for Kerry

May 22nd, 2012
IT goes without saying that a convincing Kerry victory and nothing short of this will be expected as the Championship campaign begins in Thurles against Tipperary next Sunday. Nevertheless, irrespective of who you ... more»

Cork to win the 2012 Munster Championship

May 8th, 2012
The most frequently asked question from my perspective as I travel around the county and beyond is one that that has always come up around this time of year, "will Kerry win the All Ireland""?. The league is ... more»

Crossmaglen Rangers - One of the greatest club sides we have seen

February 21st, 2012
In Portlaoise last Sunday we were again shown proof if proof was ever needed that Crossmaglen are one of the greatest club sides we have seen over the last thirty yeas or so. The Crokes began this all Ireland club ... more»

Chasing the Dream of winning that elusive O'Donoghue Cup Medal

February 7th, 2012
Any time the debate in relation to the great o Donoghue Cup players come up for discussion a host of names will be remembered. Men who have starred in Croke Park for their county, achieving the highest honors the sport ... more»

The way we were - The early days of Kerry GAA

November 15th, 2011
Richard McElligott is a native of Stack's Mountain, Kilflynn. He is the chairman of the Sports History Ireland society. He has just submitted his PHD thesis with the Department of History and Archives in UCD. His thesis ... more»

History of Fraher Field and Dr. Crokes progress in Munster

November 8th, 2011
Memories of another Kerry/Waterford Munster Club Championship clash came readily to mind as I travelled the road to Fraher field Dungarvan last Sunday. The objective of my journey was to report for Radio Kerry sports on ... more»

Dr. Crokes show great composure to overcome Mid Kerry in County Final

November 1st, 2011
The old adage which tells us "goals win games" was very evident last Sunday as Dr Crokes retained their county championship crown; the first time this famous club has achieved this in over one hundred years. And while ... more»

Comparing the County Hurling and Football Finals

October 25th, 2011
Before we turn to next Sunday's very attractive football county final I must refer to last Sundays week's Kerry hurling county final between Ballyduff and Crotta. In recent years mainly due to commitments to my radio ... more»

Dublin have raised the bar to a whole new level

September 27th, 2011
As expected the inquests on Kerrys defeat by Dublin have been literally raging far and wide around the county and I have no doubt where ever else Kerry supporters get together.  This is of course normal for a ... more»

As sure as night follows day more Great Days will follow

September 20th, 2011
That infamous Seamus Darby goal might have been scored twenty nine long years ago and a lot of water has flowed under the proverbial bridge since that dramatic day in 1982 but it is still one of the most talked about ... more»

Born to star in the greatest Gaelic Football arena of all on the greatest day of all

September 13th, 2011
I attended my first All ireland hurling final two weeks and had the privilege of seeing what is accepted as the greatest hurling teams of all time bring off another magnificent victory. Kilkenny are a wonderful team and ... more»

Gaelic football was dragged deep down to a dark and dangerous place last Sunday

August 30th, 2011
Away back in 1982 Seamus Darby of Offaly scored the goal that rocked a Kingdom. His late late rocket of a shot deprived Kerry of a historic five in a row All Ireland wins. That is probably the most famous goal ever ... more»

Kerry reach their 7th All Ireland Final in 8 years

August 23rd, 2011
The result was as expected, but the margin was greater than predicted. This magnificent Kerry squad of players backed up by some of the shrewdest selectors the county has seen has now qualified for their 7th All ireland ... more»

A Comprehensive victory over Limerick - Mayo await in the All Ireland Semifinal

August 2nd, 2011
Last Sundays outing in Croke Park resulted as expected in a comprehensive thirteen point victory for Kerry over a gallant Limerick side.  While Jack o Conor will be happy to be back in the All ireland semi final ... more»

Preview of Kerry Vs Limerick in the All Ireland Quarterfinal

July 26th, 2011
The general consensus of opinion as regards being drawn against Limerick in the quarter final next weekend is to say the very leased mixed. Some are saying that a game against a county from a different province would ... more»

Game plans for Championship matches

July 19th, 2011
The dust has finally more or les settled on Kerry's superb and generally unexpected victory over Cork in the recent Munster final. And it must be emphasized that while the majority of the media were going for a Cork win ... more»

Rebels ambushed as Kerry keep Munster Title

July 5th, 2011
As we approached injury time in last Sundays absorbing Munster Football final Kerry' desperate second half defending reminded one  of Muhammad Ali's great "rope-a –dope" trick when he fought George ... more»

Killarney and the Munster Football Final

June 21st, 2011
I believe there is something special about the coming Munster final. Already and unlike some previous years the talk and discussion has been going on apace and the Kerry football faithful are fairly unanimous in their ... more»

Forget Limerick, Cork will be the True Test

June 6th, 2011
ALL the talk before last Saturday's game against Limerick was the non availability of their great midfielder John Galvin and the huge gap left by his absence in his county's starting fifteen. And of course he was a huge ... more»

Preview of Kerry Vs Limerick in the Munster Championship

May 31st, 2011
When Kerry and Limerick race on to the Gaelic Grounds next Saturday to do battle in the Munster semi-final one man will be very conspicuous by his absence. And that man is the magnificent Limerick mid fielder John ... more»

Preview of the 2011 Championship

May 17th, 2011
And so begins another year of championship football and all eyes in my opinion will be on Cork, Kerry and Dublin and you don't have to be a so expert to declare unless we have a major upset the All ireland winners will ... 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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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 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»

GAA let O'Mahony down badly

December 16th, 2008
With Aidan O'Mahony to go before the GAA's Anti-doping Hearings Committee this week Weeshie Fogarty says that the GAA wronged the Rathmore man by making his name public. How is it that some person some where in Croke ... more»

Aidan O'Shea - Son of the Legendary Jacko

December 2nd, 2008
It's the most asked question whenever football legends are discussed. Who was the greatest player of them all? Impossible to answer that query as all the greats wrote themselves into the pages of history thought-out ... more»

2008 County Final - Mid Kerry Vs Kerins O'Rahillys

November 25th, 2008
Thanks be to God that I have been a neutral while attending these recent run of county championship games that we have witnessed in Fitzgerald Stadium during the past few weeks. It must have been simply agonizing for ... more»

County Championship Drama - Kerins O'Rahillys Vs South Kerry

November 4th, 2008
The recent Kerry County Championship semi-final between Kerins o Rahillys and South Kerry which included a drawn game, extra-time and re-play was the talk of the county and rightly so. Supporters of both sides might not ... more»

James Sheehan - The Laune Rangers man who trained Mid Kerry to victory

October 28th, 2008
As the final whistle signaled the end to the recent Kerry senior county championship semi-final in Fitzgerald's Stadium manager/trainer James Sheehan had seen his Mid Kerry men score an impressive and deserved win over ... more»

Tyrone chairman over the top

October 7th, 2008
And so as is the tradition in Kerry the inquests on the recent All Ireland final defeat continue all over the county and beyond. Wherever one travels the subject of the game comes up and in my opinion Kerry supporters ... more»

Kerry fall to Tyrone in the 2008 All Ireland Final

September 23rd, 2008
This past year for me will be remembered as one of Kerrys most controversial, turbulent and memorable both on and off the field. And it all culminated in anguish and despair in Croke Park last Sunday as Tyrone raced ... more»

Kerry too good again for Cork in a replay

September 2nd, 2008
Cast your minds back to Sunday August the 3rd in Croke Park. Kerry struggling against Monaghan in the championship qualifier. Well into the second half and Monaghan have just missed a golden opportunity to finish off ... more»

2008 All Ireland Semi Final - Kerry Vs Cork

August 19th, 2008
The Munster final defeat by Cork some weeks ago was certainly a huge wake up call for the Kerry selectors because they had as manager Pat o Shea himself unashamedly admitted "a bad day at the office". Since ... more»

The day Marc O'Se was sent off in the wrong

June 8th, 2008
"On Sunday Inchicore Emmets went to the picturesque village of Clondalkin to play the local gaels Round Towers, in a game of Gaelic football. At half past one Mr. Wolfe Abbot threw in the ball to commence the match. ... more»

Declan O'Sullivan leads Kerry to another historic All Ireland Victory

September 18th, 2007
You asked what's the secret of Kerry And often I wished that I knew, Twill doubtless seem odd though born on the sod That question has puzzled me too, You se the lad work in the meadow As he tosses the hay without ... more»

All-Ireland SFC Final 2007: Home Is Where the Heart Is

September 11th, 2007
Pat O'Shea is more than the Kerry football team manager; he is the embodiment of the sporting fabric that weaves through his native town of Killarney. Weeshie Fogarty profiles the man for whom faraway hills have little ... more»

Kerry face Dublin and Mick O'Dwyer wins with Wicklow

August 21st, 2007
First things first and whatever about the display last Sunday that mouth watering clash we spoke about here last week is on. Kerry and Dublin in the All Ireland semi final. For me it's the ultimate show down. The ... more»

Kerry beat Monaghan --1-12 to 1-11

August 14th, 2007
Any time you have a football chat with Valentia's Mick o Connell the doyen of Kerry midfielders you always come away with a little nugget of sense. So it was at some time in the past when dwelling on the problems of the ... more»

2007 Munster Final - Another magical day in Killarney

July 3rd, 2007
It was one of those magical Munster final days. The setting, the perfect amphetethere of sport, the Fitzgerald Stadium and both counties really rose to the occasion. A magnificent July day with the sun beaming down, the ... more»

Kerry face Cork and painful memories of the Munster Minor Final of 1969

June 26th, 2007
While the losing of the game next Sunday is not the end of the line for either Kerry or Cork both managers will certainly want to avoid the qualifiers which get under way very shortly. And these qualifiers will ... more»

Kerry beat Waterford and the Kerry Captains Saga

June 5th, 2007
The historians and a handful of newspaper correspondents had plenty to write about 50 years a go this year when Waterford stunned the sporting world by beating Kerry in that never to be forgotten Munster championship ... more»

Kerry Prospects and that Sensational 1957 defeat to Waterford

May 29th, 2007
If the Sam Maguire Cup was presented to the county who were afforded the greatest number of written words on national and local newspapers, TV and radio then Kerry would be the top county every year with out fail. This ... more»

South Kerry 0-11     Kerins O Rahillys 0-8

October 3rd, 2006
South Kerry dreams of three in a row county championship titles remains firmly on course following this hard fought win at Fitzgerald's Stadium Killarney last Sunday. While they were hard pressed all the way by a ... more»

Class will always out

August 24th, 2006
While it was not as spectacular, dramatic, exhilarating or free flowing as the win over Armagh, it was, for the Kerry team and management, a job well done and objective achieved as the Kingdom reached yet another ... more»

From the cradle to Croker, Kerry supporters crave All-Ireland glory

August 15th, 2006
The old adage a rising tide carries all boats can, in its own way, be applied to the feeling of joy around the county since the final whistle was blown in Croke Park last Saturday week. The rising tide of Kerry football ... more»

Born-again Kerry lit up Croker

August 8th, 2006
51 years ago this year - 1955 to be exact - a newspaper heading screamed out the declaration - Up Kerry, up catch and kick, up the Kingdom. This was the message following Kerry's sensational and completely unexpected ... more»

All questions will be answered in Croker

August 1st, 2006
It was always going to be a Kerry victory last Saturday. Defeat would have heralded one of the all time great upsets and despite the promising noises we heard about Longford, they were poor and especially naïve. At ... more»

1968 Kerry and Longford - A Thrilling Encounter

July 25th, 2006
There is undoubtely a certain amount of unease around the county in relation to the form being shown by our boys in the championship to date. Next Sundays match against Longford is the centre of attention and I can ... more»

Jack's lads may be down but they are not out yet

July 18th, 2006
IT was always going to be difficult for Kerry in last Sunday's Munster final following the Killarney draw and the big question was who would show the most improvement in the intervening seven days. Well, Billy Morgan's ... more»

The niggling, lingering doubt remains

July 11th, 2006
It was certainly a great weekend for the grand old men of Gaelic football as Mick O'Dwyer and Billy Morgan showed, once again, their tremendous passion and dedication to the game to which they have devoted their lives, ... more»

Early hours drama of famous Kerry win

July 4th, 2006
SO what drama will unfold in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, next Sunday when the age-old rivals, Kerry and Cork, clash? No matter what the year, irrespective of the form either side is showing, whatever the so-called ... more»

Former stars returned for famous victory

June 25th, 2006
There is undoubtedly a certain amount of unease around the county in relation to the form being shown by our boys in the championship to date. Next Saturday's match against Longford is the centre of attention and I can ... more»

A Year that unveiled the Secret of Kerry Football

December 27th, 2005
It goes without saying that any review of a sporting year from a Kerry perspective should begin with the performance of our senior footballers and this column sees no reason to change that trend. Kerry in football, ... more»

My Greatest Ever Game of Football - The 1976 Munster Final

One of the first recorded meetings of Kerry and Cork took place in Mallow in 1889. Cork won that day 0-2 to 0-1 but later went down to Tipperary in the final. Since then the counties have met on a regular basis in the ... more»

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