Miscellaneous

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»


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»


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»


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»


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»


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»


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»


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»


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»


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 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»


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»


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»


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»


2012 Munster GAA Awards

December 9th, 2012
I had the privilege last Saturday week of accepting the Munster GAA media award at a banquet held in the Malton Hotel Killarney and what an amazing event it turned out to be. It was, thanks to my work with this paper ... more»


Official Launch of 'My Beautiful Obsession'

November 12th, 2012
Over three years of personal endeavor will come to fruition in the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney next Friday night when Kerry's legendary footballer Maurice Fitzgerald will officially launch my recently published book  ... more»


Official Launch of Weeshie's new book

November 1st, 2012
The official launch of Weeshie's new book, My Beautiful Obsession - Chasing the Kerry Dream takes place on Friday, 16th November at 8pm in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Renowned poet Gabriel Fitmaurice will be the ... more»


My Association of Kerry Football Dates

October 9th, 2012
Its one of the great symbolisms surrounding Kerry football which I have observed over the years and I can apply it to myself just as easily as I notice it in others. Ask most fanatical Kerry GAA followers, always and ... more»


Active School Flag for Physical Education in Castleisland

June 19th, 2012
It was for me one of those memorable Kerry occasion which come from nowhere and more or less passes by without any massive publicity or emphasis on its great importance and historical value in relation to the grass ... more»


Here's the rule book, that's the rule, did you apply it?

May 6th, 2012
THERE are no cloven hooves visible on the GAA referees' assessor as he steps into the room and no hint of guilt for being the tightest and most unpopular marker in league and championship. He turns out to be ... more»


Should managers be paid

January 24th, 2012
When Padraig Duffy finally presented his discussion document to the GAA management Committee on the payment of managers last Friday week he was certainly opening the proverbial "can of worms" in  a very big way ... more»


'Caid is God' - A Great GAA Kerry programe not to be missed

January 11th, 2012
The programme "Caid is God" goes out on TG4 on Sunday 22 January at 9.30pm. Even if you hate football, you'll like this programme. It is about a passionate, lifelong commitment to a cause, a sport, an ... more»


North Kerry Championship Final

December 19th, 2011
All the divisional football boards in Kerry have their own individual traditions, history, atmosphere, memorable games and legendary players. As a player, referee, spectator and Radio Kerry commentator I have over the ... 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»


Gerard Hartmann - Born to Perform

November 22nd, 2011
Since 1991 Gerard Hartmann has worked as a physical therapist with many of the world's greatest athletes, including over 60 Olympic medal winners, plus numerous world champions and world record holders. He has served on ... more»


Honouring Five Kerrymen on the Greatest London team 1960 - 2010

October 18th, 2011
Last week you read here a short account of my trip to New York in the company of Christy Riordan C/R videos and Kerry footballer Donie o Sullivan as we recorded the football and business careers of emigrants from all ... more»


Recording the History of the GAA in New York

October 11th, 2011
Last February I was in New York for the launch of the highly acclaimed DVD "Secrets of Kerry-A Captains Story". This superb four hour production was so well received there that the man behind the project Christy Riordan ... more»


Kerry's ability to evolve set them apart from rest

September 6th, 2011
AS is the natural order of things here in Kerry, when the team reaches the final the names of legendary players, great games, great scores and a host of memories from days of yore will surface and be the cause of great ... more»


Saluting the Incomparable Mick OíConnell

August 17th, 2011
Perched in the lea of Doulas Head and facing into Dingle Bay lies the now uninhabited island of Beginish. This is Mick O'Connell's ancestral home. His father, Jeremiah, lived there up until the early 1930s when he moved ... more»


Weeshie Fogarty is a rare treasure and a delight to listen to

August 16th, 2011
The indefinable wonder and excitement, the lifeblood which rushes through the veins of every lover of Gaelic football, the rush which kicks in at the beginning of every big game which is akin to a shot of adrenalin. ... more»


Excerpts from "My Life and Music"

August 10th, 2011
Published in the Journal of Cumann Luachra, November 2006. Read by Neil O'Sullivan on Terrace Talk Special, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of Jimmy O'Brien's Famous GAA and Music Pub, in Killarney. ... more»


The one true religion

August 10th, 2011
IN 1946 Monsignor Liam Brosnan watched Kerry train for the first time and fell under a lifelong spell. He was 12 and they were training for the All-Ireland final replay against Roscommon: it was love at first sight. ... more»


A Cowardly Assault on Eamon Horan

August 9th, 2011
I as I expect like all readers of this paper were deeply shocked and saddened having read of the brutal and cowardly attack in Tralee recently on the former renowned journalist with The Kerryman the exemplary Eamon ... more»


Dr. Eamonn's story has found a new home in Croke Park

July 12th, 2011
Four years ago my book on the life of Dr Eamon O Sullivan the legendary Kerry trainer/psychiatrist was published and was very well received as a historical record of his amazing life's work in so many areas. The ... more»


Location of the Kerry GAA Museum

June 14th, 2011
The debate has already begun as to where a Kerry GAA museum should be situated. Killarney and Tralee have signaled their intentions to pitch for funding and permission to begin work on the project. And let's get one ... more»


The Development of Young Footballers

April 12th, 2011
Let me first of all preface the opinions that follow in case readers will think I am just being wise after the event. And the event I refer to is the Munster under twenty one final in Cork last Wednesday evening in ... more»


Young Captains Fantastic

March 29th, 2011
It's unbelievably really to recall that only a few years ago a motion was before GAA congress to get rid of the under 21 competition. It got a quick shift and rightly so as this is for me is one of the glamour ... more»


50 Questions with Weeshie

November 8th, 2010
Where were you born? Mallow. But took the high road for Killarney when three months old. Who is in your Family? Joan, Denise, Carol Ann and Kieran What schools did you attend? Presentation Convent, Presentation ... more»


Christie Hennessy - The Messenger Boy

October 23rd, 2010
The 11th Annual Kerry Film Festival has a jam packed calendar of wonderful events, a mix of popular old venues and screenings that offer something for everyone! One of the highlights is sure to be the screening of ... more»


In Praise of Micheal O Muircheartaigh

September 21st, 2010
When growing up on the side of Lower New St Killarney I was always told by my elders that no person is irreplaceable and no one is indispensable. I always believed that to be true and for one person who passes on or ... more»


Lean times for Kerry and our three great midfielders

August 31st, 2010
And so as expected it goes on and on. And what is that you may well ask? That which is the life blood of the county and that which every Tom, Dick and Harry, man woman and child is entitled to express on himself as an ... more»


'The Ban' was an unfortunate relic

November 17th, 2009
The two month closed season or collective training ban introduced by the GAA for inter-county teams began earlier this month and there has been mixed reaction to it from the various managers/trainers around the county. ... more»


The Fastest Footballers ever to play for Kerry

June 30th, 2009
The Mills Inn Ballyvourney county Cork is the very last watering hole for Kerry supporters before they cross the border following a game in the rebel county. It is here that many the GAA inquest is held and many the ... 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»


Billy Morgan - A True Legend

March 10th, 2009
It was truly a fitting and indeed remarkable tribute to a man who in my opinion was the greatest goalkeeper I have ever seen. The name of Corkman Billy Morgan is as well known in Kerry as any of the legendary ... more»


Memories of 2008 and Terrace Talk wins a PPI award as Ireland's Best Sports Programme

November 18th, 2008
As always a multitude of memories from another memorable sporting year. For me one name stands heads and shoulders above all others on the world stage. Usain Bolt. I sat transfixed in front of our television set as we ... more»


Weeshie tuned into the heart of Kingdom football obsession

September 9th, 2008
By way of explaining to Weeshie Fogarty why I was going to spend a week in the Kingdom, I said to him: "There is a fascination with Kerry football in the north." "There is a fascination with Kerry ... more»


Weeshie tuned into the heart of Kingdom football obsession

September 9th, 2008
By way of explaining to Weeshie Fogarty why I was going to spend a week in the Kingdom, I said to him: "There is a fascination with Kerry football in the north." "There is a fascination with Kerry football in Kerry,'' ... more»


Jerry O'Leary from Kanturk - A Great Cork Supporter

September 4th, 2007
"The following morning I got a text from Jerry o Connor, a Garda colleague, who asked me to visit a great Cork supporter Jerry o Leary from Kanturk who was in the Mater hospital waiting for a heart transplant. Jerry and ... more»


New Kerry GAA book is a real gem

April 4th, 2006
Visit one of the big book shops anywhere in the country or here at home in Kerry, study the rows of magazines on the shelves and from a sporting perspective the first thing that strikes you is the vast array of reading ... 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»


Changing game might regret dropping the properly defined Hand Pass

April 26th, 2005
It seemed as if the whole country was deeply engrossed in what was happening in Croke Park two weeks ago as Rule 42 was put into cold storage for the duration of the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road. The media really ... more»


Pat Ahern, This is your Life

April 12th, 2005
I was fortunate to be involved in a most deserved celebratory occasion last Tuesday night which took place in the town of Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, the man who was the focus of a 'This is your Life' style event was ... more»


Garda announce their Best Ever Football Team at a Gala function

April 5th, 2005
It was certainly a night to remember at the Garda Club, Sexton Street Limerick a few short weeks ago when close to three hundred guests gathered to honour the greatest Garda hurling and football teams of the force since ... more»


100 Reasons why Kerry are the Kings of Football

The Miltown Massacre.   Mikey Sheehy's chip in 1978.   Con Houlihan's description of said chip in The Evening Press. 'Mike Sheehy was running up to take the kick - and suddenly Paddy dashed ... more»


Kerry Football - Reasons for my Beautiful Obsession

As the championship starts to roll for another year these are some of the reasons why I conduct an open lover affair with the games. And while I canít go back 125 years since the foundation of the association I can go ... 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»


The classiest most stylish Kerry Football Fifteen I have seen since my first game in 1955

Left full back There were a number of contenders and I finally decided on the great Beautfort man Paudie Lynch. Blessed with all the attributes of skill this most elegant of players had wonderful hands and would ... more»


Dr. Eamonn pioneers the building of Fitzgerald Stadium

Jack o Keeffe is the Patron of the Dr. Crokes GAA club, Killarney and follows in the footsteps of the very first Patron of that club, the illustrious-Dr Croke. Jack was himself an outstanding footballer in his youth and ... more»


Kerry O'Donnell remembers her father - the great American GAA man

Q. Earliest memories?A. Sitting in Gaelic park every Sun enjoying the games taking the tickets every morning, helping out the New York minors. Everything revolved around Gaelic Park in our family.A. Without a doubt ... more»


John O'Shea - a proud Kerryman in charge of London GAA

John Shea was born on the 13th May 1949 in Park Royal Hospital, London. His father Tom O'Shea originated from Lawer, near Glencar, Co. Kerry, and his mother Bridget O'Sullivan hailed from Dromid, Mastergeehy. Both of ... more»


Who coaches the coaches in the GAA

I MUST admit at being pleasantly surprised when I heard new GAA President Liam O'neill in his first press briefing acknowledged that Gaelic football, in its current guise, had become "boring," an observation ... more»



 
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