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The Special One is not my cup of tea

May 31st, 2016
The big news all last week was the saga of the Jose Mourinho appointment as Manchester United manager as he eventually replaces Luis Van Gaal, who was sacked on last Monday week despite winning the FA Cup - United's ... more»

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»

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»

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»

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»

Death of Legendary Handballer Roundy McEllistrim

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

Nuala Moore - one of Kerrys Greatest

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

Kelly has hurlers singing to his hymn-sheet

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

Tragedy on K2

November 26th, 2013
The sport of mountain climbing is one of the most dangerous in the world. K2 known as the savage mountain, situated on the Pakistan/Chinese borders is the second highest mountain on the planet and also the most ... more»

Kerry Handballers who have won All Ireland and World Titles

November 24th, 2013
Kerry County Council held a Civic Reception on Monday 19th November, 2012 in recognition of Kerry Handballers who won Adult/Minor All Ireland and World Titles. The following players were acknowledged at the ... more»

One mans 30-year obsession to tell the story of the Casey brothers

October 16th, 2013
Videographer Christy Riordan knew he was onto something rather special as he wrapped up his interview with former NASA directorGeorge Abbey. He had come a long way, from scenic Cahersiveen to the sizzling Texan heat, ... more»

Casey brothers feats left indelible mark on sport across the pond

October 13th, 2013
Source: The Irish Independent Somewhere around the turn of 1940, the members of the Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, staged a race to satisfy their nagging curiosity. So three brothers from the ... more»

The King is Dead, Long Live the King

May 14th, 2013
Whether by accident or design, let the readers decide for themselves, my column here last week was dedicated entirely to the spectacular career of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and when this paper was ... more»

Crusher Casey - Was he Ireland's greatest Sportsman

May 10th, 2013
He was the supreme wrestler in the world for a decade no-one in Europe or America could match him. Then he turned to boxing and the great Joe... He was the supreme wrestler in the world for a decade no-one in Europe ... more»

what is the secret of Ferguson's long and continued success story at United?

May 7th, 2013
Behind every highly successful team or club especially those who remain at the very top of their chosen sport over a long period there is always a man who plans, guides and directs all aspects of that particular ... more»

Silver Jubilee celebrations planned for St. Brendan's Basketball All Ireland

May 5th, 2013
A SPECIAL event to celebrate the silver jubilee of the St. Brendan's College Killarney All Ireland Basketball victory in 1988 will take place at The Malton Hotel, Killarney on Friday 17th May. The St. Brendanís ... more»

Profile of Eugene Moriarty

May 1st, 2013
Eugene Moriarty was born in 1974) into a family steeped in cycling tradition starting with his Grand-Father Gene Moriarty, one of Kerry's Grass Track Stars in the late 1940's and early 50's. Eugene started racing in the ... more»

Lance the bully is the most frightening aspect of scandal

January 22nd, 2013
Unless you were living on another planet during the last few weeks you will certainly have heard the name Lance Armstrong mentioned on ever single radio and television news and sports program. And the newspapers have ... more»

Seamus Kennedy - An appreciation from Listowel Cycling Club

January 18th, 2013
Kerry lost one of its all time sporting legends with the death of the great Seamus Kennedy on Monday last. Kennedy was one of six riders to bring the Ras Tailteann title to the Kingdom when he was victorious in 1978. ... more»

The Kerryman who Gate Crashed the 1956 Olympic games

December 7th, 2012
An invitation which I gratefully accepted a few weeks ago found me in the beautiful Sneem Hotel mixing with and interviewing some of the greatest cyclists this country has ever seen. It was a re-union by over ninety ... more»

Magical Memories of Sonia O Sullivan

November 27th, 2012
The mere mention of the name itself invokes a multitude of magical memories.  We watched her on the box, enthralled, as she plundered gold, silver and bronze medals in the premier championship races around the ... more»

Paudie O Connor and the first Black basketball players in Killarney

October 31st, 2012
Paudie O Connor from Killarney was the greatest Kerry born basketball player I have ever seen and the greatest innovator of the sport of his era.  Now resident in America I considered him a great friend and played ... more»

Tribute to Seamus Kennedy

May 15th, 2012
Seamus Kennedy died after a long battle with illness last Monday week May 7th. He was buried following 11 am mass in Kilcloon Church Co Meath last Thursday. A lone Kerry jersey adorned his coffin and hosts of cycling ... more»

Tribute to Swazi athlete Samkeliswe Phiri

May 1st, 2012
"May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams? May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays." On the side of a hill we ... more»

Hall of Fame Award for Jerry Kiernan

April 3rd, 2012
It was for me one of those unforgettable, memorable and wonderful Kerry sporting occasions. As an invited guest to the Kerry AAI awards on March 24th held in the River Island Hotel Castleisland i found myself in the ... more»

Pa Fitzgerald is still the top dog on the greyhound scene

March 13th, 2012
PA Fitzgerald is a very remarkable Tralee man. As a brilliant Austin Stacks footballer, he was part of the Kerry team that won the 1955 All-ireland final against Dublin, while in his professional career he became a very ... 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»

Savage Road Men of Kerry

May 10th, 2011
There's something special about the bike men of Kerry. Some thing that separate them from all other sports men and women in the county.  They are a breed apart and need to be to participate in this grueling, ... more»

Sectarianism in Scotland

May 3rd, 2011
Bombs, bullets, love and hate. Violence, loathing, bigotry, beatings, stabbings, fights. Catholic and Protestant.  Hard to believe but I refer to a "sporting" occasion. All of this and much more is incorporated in ... more»

Snooker Memories

April 26th, 2011
I know I am probably one of a small minority here in Kerry as a follower of snooker but I have always been fascinated and thrilled by this age old game played on the green baize. And age old is the right description as ... more»

Ballymartle snatch All Ireland victory from the jaws of defeat

March 8th, 2011
With just twenty seconds remaining in this year's dramatic All Ireland Intermediate hurling final in Croke Park Cork and Munster champions Ballymartle were trailing that great Kilkennys club Dicksboro by two points. The ... more»

Frank Conway - A glittering career on the running tracks of America and Europe

January 11th, 2011
Maybe it's just myself but I find it quite remarkable that a Kerryman who must be rated as one of the greatest sportsmen this county has ever produced has been for all sense and purposes more or less forgotten ... more»

Niamh O Sullivan - Kerry's Golden Girl of Swimming

January 4th, 2011
St Stephens Day last week and I am sitting before a beautiful glowing coal fire in the home of Niamh o Sullivan Kerrys golden girl of swimming.  Niamh lives with her parents Cliona, Michael and family in ... more»

Willie 'Big Bang' Casey - The Cinderella Man

November 23rd, 2010
It was the end of October 2008. I sat ringside at the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney as a rarely seen professional boxing tournament got under way.  I had interviewed the promoters on Radio Kerry's Terrace Talk in the ... more»

Tipperary defeat Kilkenny in the 2010 All Ireland final and memories of Seamus Darby are revived

September 14th, 2010
Ten minutes into the recent magnificent All Ireland Hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary the first major incident which was ultimately to have a huge bearing on the final result occurred. Like millions more ... more»

MacIndoe reflects on a very successful event for Killarney and Kerry

August 10th, 2010
David MacIndoe married to Sharon is the course superintendent at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Glasgow born he came to Killarney twenty six years ago, fell in love with the place and has remained here every ... more»

The Goal that Stunned the Nation

November 24th, 2009
Seldom if ever has one goal caused such outrage, anger, massive disappointment together with world and public debate as that which William Gallas finished to the Irish net in Paris last Wednesday.  It will be ... more»

Magic of the Busby Babes came to the most tragic end

February 10th, 2009
February 6, 1958. 2.20pm. A date and time that forever remains etched in the memory. That fateful day 51 years ago last Friday when the greater part of the highly talented Manchester United team effectionaly known as ... more»

Beijing's Bolt of Lightning lit up the sporting landscape

December 30th, 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»

Talking with soccer Legend Liam Brady as he visits Listowel

August 12th, 2008
The amount of voluntary work that continues to go into the various sporting clubs in this county never ceases to amaze me. All the news, and quite rightly so during the last month has been the participation of our three ... more»

Kerry Hurling and the Death of Former Kerry Full Back, Paud O'Donoghue

July 29th, 2008
It was a bitterly disappointing end to Kerrys hurling year when they were bundled out of the Christy Ring Cup at home to Carlow recently. It finished 2-4 to 1-14. And what made the defeat harder to swallow was the fact ... more»

The first Soccer International played in Kerry

April 8th, 2008
This Thursday evening April 10th another piece of sporting history will be created in Kerry when the first ever International soccer match is played in the county. The Ireland under -16 soccer team will play Germany in ... more»

The Highs and Lows of Gillian O'Sullivan's Career

July 17th, 2007
Kerry has produced some legendary Olympians such as John Pious Boland, Edmond Barrett, Eamon Fitzgerald, Tom O'Riordan and Paul Griffin. Gillian O'Sullivan whose career we traced here last week stands unique among any ... more»

A career cruelly cut short

July 10th, 2007
The vast throng of Kerry and Cork supporters poured from Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday week, many if not most in a state of pure exhaustion. They had just witnessed an epic battle between two age old enemies. As the ... more»

Meeting The Iron Man Of Irish Cycling

October 29th, 2006
I was led on a pleasant detour by Caherciveen butcher and golfer Jimmy Curran to meet somebody known as 'The Iron Man', on account of his exploits as a cyclist back in the 1950s. Cycling as a sport was gaining ... more»

The Remarkable Story of Paudie Fitzgerald - Kerry's Ras Tailteann Winner of 1956

May 16th, 2006
Year after year I never cease to be amazed at the magnificent sporting stories that continually come to light in this county. Just when you say to your self no other story of great achievement will top the last one, ... more»

Eoin Hand, Former Irish Soccer manager tells it with hand on heart

May 3rd, 2005
Last Monday week April 25th on our Radio Kerry sports programme Terrace Talk we got a fascinating insight into the life and times of former Irish international soccer manager Eoin Hand, as the Moyvane resident looked ... more»

Tribute to Bob Distall

August 3rd, 2004
Weeshie's historic interview with Irish Gold Medal Olympian winner Bob Tisdall, Los Angles 1932. It was the very last interview Tisdall ever gave as he died shortly after this at his home in Queensland Australia. ... more»

Ronnie Delaney recalls his memorable Olympic Gold medal win in 1956

March 26th, 2002
It all began for me with a simple phone call one evening five years ago. Paudie o Shea was on the line, "Weeshie any chance you could attend the launch of my football tournament in the Burlington in two weeks time". I ... more»

Casey Brothers - The Toughest Family on Earth

July 28th, 1997
DICKINSON, Texas - Jim Casey is an Irish legend. Born in 1912 in the village of Sneem on the southwest Irish coast, Casey is one of seven brothers who in their younger days claimed to be "the toughest family on ... more»

Paddy O'Callaghan who represented Kerry in the Ras Tailteann remembers Dr. Eamonn O'Sullivan

When I first met Dr. Eamon O'Sullivan, I had just been appointed a delegate from my club, the Killarney Athletic and Cycling Club, to the Kerry County Board of the National Athletic and Cycling Association of Ireland, ... more»

Boxing in Kerry

Growing up in the Killarney of the forties and fifties the radio was our window to all the great sporting events of the world. The word television had not even been mentioned in Ireland at the time.  The radio ... more»

The Castleisland Basketball Blitz and Johnny Culloty Dual Player

When "The Duke" comes calling and requests an article for this always superb programme refusal is not an option. How can you turn down a man who has literally devoted his life to this magnificent Castleisland Christmas ... more»

A historic day as three Kerrymen row in the Olympics for Ireland

Harald Jahrling has been in the sport of rowing for nearly forty years and is a double Olympic Gold medal winner with his country the Soviet Union as it was then. 1976 in Montreal and 1980 in Moscow were the glory years ... more»

Talking with Gerard Hartmann - the Irishman who treats the World Olympic stars

When you walk through the doors of the Hartmann International Sports Injury Clinic at the University Arena, University of Limerick you are entering a virtual Aladdin's cave of world sporting memorabilia and personal ... more»

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