Mick o Dwyer At 80 - The Muhammad Ali of Gaelic Football

June 14th, 2016
It's one of my favourite Mick o Dwyer stories told by the late great South Kerry football   aficionado the late Tom Keane; he summed it all up to perfection when someone once remarked to him at a function how ... more»

Recollections of the 1959 All Ireland Final

May 19th, 2016
1959 was a marvellous summer, marvellous in weather, but also because Kerry had qualified for the All Ireland, beating Dublin by 2 points in the semi-final. Galway would be their opponents having beaten an up and coming ... more»

2015 - Kerry vs Dublin - My 61st Final

April 22nd, 2016
As we look back on 2015, I begin to count. 60 years since my first football final in 1955, sitting with my mother in the Cusack Stand.  Four finals missed in the intervening years; but four replays attended, ... more»

1955 - Kerry vs Dublin - My First Final

April 20th, 2016
This was one of the most famous finals of all. It was the classic city against country clash, the jackeens versus the culchies. Although they had contested the previous two finals, winning one, losing one, Kerry were ... 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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

The Goal that silenced a Kingdom

December 2nd, 2012
It will be discussed for ever more. Kerry people want to forget about it. Offaly people never tire of talking about it. Mick o Dwyer was in tears after it. The county was in a state of shock because of it.  It was ... more»

Scavenging for Jam Jars in a Killarney Dump Pit to buy our first Pig Skin Football

October 22nd, 2012
Its as inevitable as night follows day that any young fellow born and bread in Kerry will at some stage of his early development be afforded the opportunity to kick a football and if the desire is there go on and ... more»

Liverpool FC - My very first boyhood favourites

January 17th, 2012
Let me make one thing absolutely clear from the start, Liverpool Football Club are my second favourite Premiership side behind Manchester United. Liverpool were in fact my very first boyhood favourites. Tottenham ... more»

Memories of 2011

January 3rd, 2012
It was a year of economic gloom, international unrest and predictions that things are going to go from bad to worse. Between the press, radio and television we have been bombarded morning, noon and night with doom and ... more»

A story of family, pride of place, people and football

November 29th, 2011
Through my column in this paper I have befriended through the internet a remarkable lady who is a life time avid reader of The Kerryman;  she joined the nuns in 1944. Some time ago she gave me a letter her father ... more»

Old Friends are best - Pat Cronin

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

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»

Secrets of Kerry : A Captains Story

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

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

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

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

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

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»

Heroes of 1962 Kerry victory meet for the first time in Manchester

November 17th, 2009
Last Saturday week at the invitation of the Kerry Association in Manchester in the company of Johnny Culloty I made a weekend trip to that city of soccer renown. The Association whose President is the exemplary and ... more»

Thirty reasons for my on-going love of the GAA

May 26th, 2009
AS the championship starts to roll for another year these are some of the reasons why I conduct an open love affair with the games. And while I can't go back 125 years since the foundation of the association I can go ... more»

The day the yellow and red cards got their first airing in Killarney

May 19th, 2009
An article which appeared in the archive section of this paper last week certainly invoked a multitude of memories for me as it referred to a match between Kerry and Offaly which I refereed in Killarney 30 long years ... more»

Bruddy's death takes another hero of the Polo Grounds

April 14th, 2009
The death of William Bruddy O'Donnell who died on April 5 has taken from our midst one of the last four surviving Kerry legends of that historic Polo Grounds All Ireland Final which was played in New York on September ... 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 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»

Mayo could go solo in their quest for Sam

September 12th, 2006
Whenever a Kerry team is preparing to head to Croke Park on All-Ireland final day, it's time for a little bit of reminiscing in the Fogarty household and this year is no exception. The day was August 10, 1969. I sat in ... 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»

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»

Kerry set out on the long Voyage to retain the Sam Maguire

April 19th, 2005
And so Kerry have relinquished one of their national titles, the league has been lost and all eyes are now on May 29th when Kerry set out on the long voyage to retain the Sam Maguire, opinions differ greatly as to what ... 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»

The Untold Story of the Game that saved Kerry

As Kerry set out on their quest for three-in-row all Ireland titles this year the comparisons between the present squad of players, the mood of supporters in the county is like chalk and cheese in relation to that of ... more»

The Goal that Rocked a Kingdom

It will be discussed for ever more. Kerry people want to forget about it. Offaly people never tire of talking about it. Mick o Dwyer was in tears after it. The county was in a state of shock because of it.  It was ... more»

Jerry Savage talks about Kerry's Legendary Trainer Dr. Eamonn O'Sullivan

I remember the drawn match because the radios were scarce at the time. I was up at my neighbour's and we weren't able to get into the kitchen. We were standing in the porch and we got the message out that the match was ... more»

Donal Hickey Journalist recalls Dr Eamonn O'Sullivan

Dr. Eamonn was a member of the old Killarney Golf Club in Deerpark. And in 1936 the club up there, which was a 9 hole course, small course, had very few members in those days playing golf. It was a bit of a jolt, to say ... more»

Dan Keating talks about Great Kerry Midfielders

2005 What is it with Kerry and legendary mid-fielders/high fielders? Since the earliest days of the association the Kingdom have dominated the aerial battles around Croke Park on most occasion when they won the All ... more»

The 1946 All Ireland Final and the Antrim Objection

Kerry began their 1946 campaign in great style when they dethroned their great rivals and reigning All Ireland champions Cork in Tralee in June of that year 1-8 to 1-4. Waterford was easily defeated in the Munster ... more»

1955 - Kerry beat Dublin and the story of Donie Murphy

It was the very first time I attended an All Ireland final and 1955 would remain forever etched deep in my memory. I traveled to Dublin with some of my boyhood friends including cousins Con O Mara and Con Clifford both ... more»

1962 - Kerry win the first ever U21 Munster Championship

It's inevitable really that when one watches a team in action the memory can drift back to a day when the person himself or herself was in the very same position in years gone by. So it was last Saturday week as I ... more»

The 1967 Sensational defeat of Kerry away to Cork

As requested that 1967 Kerry team beaten by Cork in the final at the Cork Athletic grounds. 0-8 to 0-7. It was the game the late Eamon o Donoghue was brought out of goal near the finish to take the free, which he ... more»

1967 - Historic victory for Kerry under lights in Australia

Understandably I may be accused of being bias when I state that the first half performance given by the Kerry touring side in March of 1970 in Adelaide was one of the greatest ever given by a side in the green and gold. ... more»

Legendary Trainer Dr. Eamonn O Sullivan is remembered by his friend John Kelly of Spa, Killarney

My earliest introduction to Dr Eamon o Sullivan and the Kerry football team was on a mid September morning in 1946. I was then an eleven year old schoolboy completing a milk sales round in Killarney town and on dropping ... more»

Memorable Days on Kerry's World Tour of 1970

Sydney, another teeming city of millions, we took a stroll down Kings Cross-the Soho of Sydney, the American soldiers on leave from Vietnam walking around in groups enjoying the momentary escape from the loneliness of ... more»

Talking with Martin Ferris - Republican and Kerry Footballer

"Conditions in solitary were deplorable. There was absolutely nothing in the cells but a mattress on the floor and a few blankets. The prisoners were not allowed to wear shoes inside the cell and did not have a ... more»

Talking to John Egan - A Real Kerry Football Legend

With his love for the big occasion and his calmness under pressure, it was almost inevitable that John Egan would score another goal in the 1979 All-Ireland final. That was the day when the great Dublin team of the ... more»

The first ever televised GAA match - Kerry Vs Dublin in 1962

In this paper last week our esteemed and exemplary GAA columnists Mickey "Ned" O Sullivan was asked by sports writer Kieran McCarthy. "Do you feel that GAA gets enough media coverage"? And the Kenmare man answered. ... more»

The Kerry Footballers Strike of 1910

The recent threatened strike by the members of the Gaelic Players Association could have had serious implications for the National League; thankfully they pulled back from the brink at the last moment and confined their ... more»

Din Joe - The Man from Rathmore

I played with and against Din Joe Crowley. He was one of the strongest and powerful footballers I have seen, you can never say who was the most powerful of all. He played with Rathmore against my club in the 1967 East ... more»

Gus Cremin remembers 1946 and how he was dropped as Kerry Captain

With ten minutes left for play in the 1946 All Ireland Final Jimmy Murray, the Roscommon captain, lay on the side line blood streaming from a facial injury which had forced him out of the game. Two first aid men came ... more»

Sean McCarthy (1898 - 1977)

Sean McCarthy was born in Blennerville outside Tralee in 1898 and later moved to Strand Street in the town. He was one of the founders of the local club known as the Kerins O'Rahillys. As a footballer he was midfield ... more»

Liam Higgins - A loyal friend and a great Kerry and Lispole man

The old schoolhouse in Lispole is deserted now, a relic that s boarded up and blue. Decaying when it was once where football stories were made. One story dates from 1979. Members of the Lispole club went into ... more»

A unique account of the 1929 All Ireland Final

Kerry's Route to the final Kerry 1-7 Cork 1-3 Kerry 1-14 Clare 1-2 Kerry 3-8 Mayo 1-1 The Teams ... more»

A unique account of the 1931 All Ireland Final

Kerry's Route to the Final Munster Final  Kerry 5-8 Tipperary 0-2 Semi Final       Kerry 1-6 Mayo 1-4 The Teams ... more»

A unique account of the 1932 All Ireland Final

Kerry's Route to the Final Munster Semi-Final Kerry 1-7 Limerick 0-2 Munster Final          Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-4 Semi ... more»

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