Tribute to Din Joe Crowley

February 23rd, 2016
I was deeply shocked and saddened when Mick Gleeson informed me last Friday 19th that Din Joe Crowley had died suddenly, such an all action wonderful full of life person in many ways he seemed indestructible. Din Joe ... 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»

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»

Declan was an all time great

November 25th, 2014
Hurtling along on an underground train under New York City last week the news came through, Declan O Sullivan had announced his retirement. I don't have one of those space age I phones but my friend Christy Riordan C/R ... more»

Dermot Earley - An Officer and a Gentleman

October 14th, 2014
When Dermot Earley Senior died in 2010 his family outlined the five pointes of their fathers plan for life. 1 Enjoy time with my family 2 Give the best to my work. 3 Give back to my community. 4 Spend my ... more»

Weeshies world just gets better

October 7th, 2014
We bid a final sad farewell to a great Killarney Legion man last Friday when Mick o Sullivan affectingly known to his wide circle of friends as "Mick The Gun" was laid to rest. Mick who came from a staunch GAA family ... 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»

Tribute to Frank OKeeffe

April 1st, 2014
Frank O'Keeffe: August 28th, 1923 – March 25th, 2014 One of the last link with the Kerry team that competed in the famous 1947 Polo Grounds match in New York has been broken with the death of Frank O'Keeffe, ... more»

Tribute to Jerry Savage

March 22nd, 2014
Grave Side oration By Tom Herlihy A Chairde go léir. I am humbled to be asked to say a few words at the graveside as we say goodbye to a great Irishman, Kerryman, Ballymacelligott man & a great republican. ... more»

In memory of Jim Foley

February 9th, 2014
The Foley brothers from Keel. After all these years the phrase still resonates in the mind, reviving memories of a time long since gone when the greats of Kerry football would be discussed on train journeys to and from ... more»

Farewell to John Moriarty - Author, Philosopher and Lover of Kerry Football

May 4th, 2013
They came from far and wide to say a final farewell to John Moriarty, poet, author and philosopher and unknown by most a passionate lover of Kerry and its footballers. John died on Friday June 1st and he was laid to ... more»

Tribute to Brendan Fullam

March 28th, 2013
Brendan Fullam the best selling Gaelic games author and a real gentleman was laid to rest in Saint Mary's Cemetery Enniscorthy on Monday 11th February. He was a native of Ardagh but gone from the village since his ... more»

Farewell to Sean Og O'Ceallacháin

March 28th, 2013
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Sean Og O'Ceallacháin the legendary Radio presenter on Sunday last 17th February. He was a much loved figure who was admired and respected across the land. His voice was ... more»

Tributes to Bobby Buckley

March 27th, 2013
Bobby Buckley – Footballer and Outstanding Educator They came from all over Ireland and in particular from within Kerry and Cork to pay their respects to one of North Kerry's great sons – Bobby Buckley ... more»

Kerry meet Cork in the Munster U21 Championship and remembering Paddy Downey

March 12th, 2013
No matter what way you look at this under twenty one clash with Cork next Wednesday in Pairc Ui Rinn you will really be just second guessing in relation as to who will come out on top. It is my experience dealing with ... more»

Ballybunion mourns the death of Padraic Liston

February 9th, 2013
Ballybunion News is sad to report on the death of Padraic Liston, which took place after a long illness, at his home in Cork on Thursday evening. The son of Owen and the late Noreen Liston from Main Street, Padraic ... more»

Sad passing of Portmagee native - Thomas Gerald Murphy

January 24th, 2013
Thomas Gerald Murphy was born on April 16, 1938 in Portmagee County Kerry Ireland.  He sailed to America in 1958 at the age of 20. He met Mary Teresa McKeon from Tullamore County Offaly in New York and they married ... 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»

Paidi O Se RIP - Cuchulainn na linne seo

December 21st, 2012
He trained hard, played hard and the restless spirit lived life at a full and frenetic pace. We thought he would go on forever; he seemed indestructible both on and off the field. But, the Almighty Referee called for ... more»

A man who loved his county more than anyone I have known.

December 18th, 2012
Paidi O Se. The name invokes a multitude of wonderful memories; he has been part and parcel of my life in many ways for over forty years since I first laid eyes on him. Even now peering back through the mists of time I ... more»

Graveside Oration by Sean Walsh at the funeral of Paidi O Se

December 18th, 2012
The Ó Sé family have bestowed a great honour on me by requesting that I speak at Páidí's funeral. I am fully aware, as indeed we all are, that we are mourning the loss of an extraordinary ... more»

Kerry radio legend Weeshie recalls O Sé's tactical ability

December 17th, 2012
Just a couple of days ago, Weeshie Fogarty was fingering through his post. The radio presenter and former Kerry footballer recognised the handwriting on one of the envelopes immediately. The letter was from ... more»

Tribute to Pat Ahern

October 16th, 2012
A simple phone call last Thursday afternoon October 11th informed me of the death which occurred that morning of my great friends and former Kerry team mate Pat Ahern. It left me with a heavy heart and great sadness ... more»

Con Houlihan RIP; Fear ann fein

August 10th, 2012
I heard of Con Houlihan's death on Saturday last and immediately looked to Carrauntuohil.; the commonality of Ireland's highest mountain and Ireland's greatest sportswriter. The mountain was gone, but later in the day, ... more»

Spotlight on Con Houlihan

August 9th, 2012
Éamonn Fitzgerald  Visits Con Houlihan; Fear ann féin Dublin has a special attraction for me; very regular journeys to Croke Park for well over half a century has been part of it. Less regular, but ... more»

Tribute to Con Houlihan

August 6th, 2012
1925 - 2012 Con Houlihan was often considered one of Ireland's finest writers and left behind a legacy of immense sports journalism that spanned over 60 years. Over a lengthy career, Houlihan covered many Irish and ... more»

Tribute to Tim Foran

July 12th, 2012
Tadhg and Bridget Foran brought 4 children, Mary, Tim (Timmy as he was known locally), Jimmy and Noreen into the world in the townland of Tiershanahan on Kerryhead near Ballyheigue. While Mary, Jimmy and Noreen ... more»

Tribute to Padraig Murphy

June 30th, 2012
Born in Camp, Tralee he attended Camp National School where his father, Jackie Murphy, was the principal teacher and the powerhouse in the fostering and development of the G.A.A. in Camp and in general, West ... more»

A Polo Ground great: Eddie Dowling will be missed by all

June 27th, 2012
I stood at Eddie Dowling's graveside last Wednesday in the beautifully kept Gale graveyard halfway between Listowel and Ballybunion. It was a poignant moment, the end of an era, another sad break with Kerry's past, ... more»

Eddie Dowling Eulogy

June 21st, 2012
A chairde, Inniu, taimid bailithe anseo i Reilig na Gaille chun slan a fhagail le laoch mor peile, Eddie Dowling.  Togha fir, gan dabht faoin speir. Today, we gather here to bid farewell to a sporting great, ... more»

Poignant letter written by Kerry Footballer Jack Murphy in 1926

June 20th, 2012
Historic letter written by Kerry Footballer Garda Jack Murphy following the 1926 All Ireland Drawn Final. He died before the replay. Our thanks to his great grand nephew Joe McGill for allowing us to make it available ... 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»

John Egan - One of the Greatest

April 10th, 2012
All the great Kerry footballers I have been fortunate to have seen in action since 1955 have something that elevates them for some reason or another above all others. Individual brilliance, sportsmanship, off the field ... more»

"Doc" O'Donoghue was a true Legion legend

February 28th, 2012
My Graveside Tribute It's a great honour and privileged having been asked to speak at the grave side to day as we bid farewell to a friend and the President of our club Killarney Legion. However while Michael has ... more»

A Legendary Lilywhite - Jack Higgins of Kildare

January 10th, 2012
An e-mail last February from a friend in Kildare Matthew Hussey alerted me to the fact that he had began the task of writing the life story of one of the greatest centre backs Gaelic football had ever seen. From ... more»

Tribute to Jim Brosnan

December 13th, 2011
The weekend before last in a piece in this newspaper on the Kerry influence on UCC football, an accompanying panel listed Dr Jim Brosnan as one of the great exemplars of this connection. The piece was published the day ... more»

Words of Praise for Dr. Jim Brosnan

December 12th, 2011
The recent death of Dr. Jim Brosnan has taken from our midst one of the all time great Kerry GAA stalwarts, both on and off the field. And I emphasis in the strongest possible way, "one of the all time ... more»

Tribute to James O Sullivan

October 4th, 2011
A huge link with the wonderful Kerry football story stretching right back to 1924 was severed last week when word reached us from his family in Croydon England that James o Sullivan the oldest son of legendary Kerry ... more»

The Life and Times of the late Frank Hennessy

June 17th, 2011
The late Frank Hennessy was an outstanding and a beautiful person.  He lived his entire life full of everything so meaningful and brought joy to so many people over the decades. He was never in bad form, always ... more»

John Barry's Tribute to Teddy O Dowd

June 5th, 2011
Tralee in particular and Kerry in general is a much poorer place this week because of the death of Teddy O'Dowd. Through his years of service with The Kerryman, which took him to just about every corner of this county, ... more»

Tribute to Teddy O Dowd

May 2nd, 2011
The John Mitchels club were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and untimely death of former Mitchels footballer and Friend Teddy O'Dowd. Teddy had a distinguished football career winning many titles on the field ... more»

Tribute to Paddy Batt Shanahan

February 15th, 2011
As one would expect a huge crowd turned out for the burial of a great Currow and Kerry GAA stalwart the well known and much admired Paddy Batt Shanahan who answered that final whistle on February 2nd last. Paddy Batt ... more»

Tribute to Michaela Harte

January 25th, 2011
Never before have I seen the death of a lady so steeped in the Gaelic Athletic Association having such a massive reaction through the country as did the shocking murder of Michaela McAreavey daughter of Tyrone manager ... more»

Tribute to Dr. Michael Brosnan

January 18th, 2011
Kerry lost one of its great sporting sons with the death on Christmas eve, 2010 of Dr Michael Brosnan, late of Moyvane, Ballybunion and London. Dr. Mick or "Bros" as he was affectionately known, had a life ... 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»

The late Sean O'Connor

May 20th, 2010
Sad to report that the death occurred last Tuesday week September 8 at his home in Dublin of Sean O'Connor a renowned Kerry Footballer of the forties and fifties. Sean was born in the townland of Gortroe Knocknagoshel. ... more»

Donie Murphy RIP

April 16th, 2010
All his old friends and former team mates were saddened to hear of the death at his home in Castlebar Co Mayo last Friday April 16th of the former great Killarney Legion and Kerry footballer Donie Murphy. Donie had been ... more»

Kerry Sporting Great Laid to Rest - John C. Cooper

February 25th, 2010
We laid John C Cooper to rest last Friday. John C. one of my great boyhood sporting heroes. Growing up in the Killarney of the fifties and early sixties I adored John C. He was one of the men who engendered in me that ... more»

Cavan Legend Mick Higgins Dies

February 2nd, 2010
Last week the historic 1947 All Ireland Polo Grounds Football final re-visited my life within the space of two days in the most remarkable and amazing way. Most people will be familiar with the game and the fact that it ... more»

John 'Thorny' O'Shea RIP

June 25th, 2009
John Thorny O'Shea of Clash, Tralee - a football legend who starred on field for his beloved Mitchels and Kerry - died on Monday last. Thorny starred on the Mitchels minor football team that defeated West Kerry in the ... 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»

Tribute to Mick Murphy - A hero of 1955

March 3rd, 2009
Mick Murphy full forward on the legendary 1955 Kerry team that shocked Dublin in one of the most dramatic of All Ireland finals was laid to rest last Tuesday week in his home parish of Ventry. I would never apologize or ... more»

Mick Murphy RIP

February 26th, 2009
The death on Saturday last of Mick Murphy, Ventry, saw the passing of one of Kerry's most celebrated sportsmen. A retired national school teacher, Mick Murphy, who was in his late 70s, was better known to his countless ... more»

James O'Donoghue RIP

November 18th, 2008
Hundreds of mourners thronged St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney to bid farewell to a well known local man whose death has been described as a light going out. James (Jameso) O'Donoghue, a stalwart of Killarney Legion ... 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»

North Kerry mourns the death of Kerry star Paudie O'Donoghue

July 24th, 2008
Kerry GAA was mourning the death of one of the county's greatest full backs, Paudie O'Donoghue, who passed away on Tuesday following a brave battle with cancer. The north Kerry native was an integral part of the Kerry ... more»

The Forgotten man from the Historic Polo Grounds Final - The Late Sean Keane

April 1st, 2008
Sean Keane, Florida, USA and formerly of Strand Street, Tralee, who died on Monday, March 24, was a member of the Kerry team panel who contested the famous All- Ireland final of 1947 in the Polo Grounds, New York. It ... more»

Dan Kavanagh RIP

January 29th, 2008
The GAA world is in mourning following the death of Kerry legend Dan Kavanagh who passed away at his home at the age of 86. Originally from Dún Chaoin, Dan had the rare honour of playing for two counties in an ... more»

Dan Keating 105 years old, one of my favourite people is laid to Rest

October 2nd, 2007
Kerry's oldest citizen 105 year old Dan Keating was laid to rest last Friday week. St Carthage's Church about two miles from the village of Castlemaine was packed to overflowing as the Parish Priest Fr Luke Roche ... more»

Con Murphy

May 22nd, 2007
They laid Con Murphy to rest a few short weeks ago. One of the all time great GAA men of the last century in my humble opinion. He led the association as president from 1976-1979. I had the great pleasure and privilage ... more»

Bernie O'Connor RIP

January 24th, 2007
The death of Fitzgerald Stadium groundsman, Bernie O'Connor saddened all of his GAA colleagues, who turned out in big numbers to attend his funeral. Bernie gave a lifetime commitment to the GAA, not alone in Fitzgerald ... more»

The late Fr. Brian Kelly

January 17th, 2007
A few weeks before Christmas 2006, Fr Brian Kelly, a larger than life character, and a great GAA man, was laid to rest. His nephew, iar Uachtaran CLG Sean Kelly, penned this tribute to his late uncle on the occasion of ... more»

The late Liam Higgins

November 14th, 2006
An impeccable one minute's silence was observed at the recent county final to honour the memory of Liam Higgins who died in his sleep that Sunday morning, November 12th, 2006 after a six-month battle with cancer. ... more»

Tribute to Liam Higgins by Seamus O'Mahony

November 14th, 2006
The passing of Liam Higgins of Lispole, was expected as he had battled, as only he could, with cancer for months. But to be honest, when the call from Weeshie came early on that Sunday morning with the sad and simple ... more»

Tribute to Liam Higgins by Ted Creedon

November 14th, 2006
One of West Kerry's best known sons Liam Higgins (61) died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. Following the news of his untimely death tributes and messages of sympathy to his ... more»

Tribute to Liam Higgins

November 14th, 2006
Liam Higgins was one of my closest friends, if not the closest. As well as being a fine footballer, he was a talented teacher in Dingle CBS, but he had the misfortune to have me as one of his pupils. I am sorry to say, ... more»

The late Tony Murphy

August 4th, 2005
One of Kenmare's most wellknown characters, th e former Kerry hurler Tony Murphy was laid to rest after he passed away in the Bons Hospital in Tralee on Thursday, July 28th. Mr Murphy who owned and ran a butcher shop ... more»

Martin 'Bracker' O'Regan RIP

March 31st, 2005
One of the great legends of Kerry football passed from our midst with the death of Martin 'Bracker' O'Regan at the ripe old age of 95. Though I never had the pleasure of seeing him perform on the field of play I always ... 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»

The late Seamus McIntyre

May 18th, 2001
The tragic death in a road accident in Cork city of Garda Seamus McIntyre of Kenmare, was received with shock and dismay by his many friends and sporting acquaintances in his native county and beyond. The 29-year old ... more»

John Joe Landers - My Sporting Hero

January 1st, 2001
Kerry lost one of its greatest football legends last year with the death of John Joe (Purty) Landers, of St Brendan's Park, Tralee. Mr Landers, who died at the residence of his daughter, Veronica Toomey in Millstreet ... more»

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