My Beautiful Obsession - Chasing the Kerry Dream
by Weeshie Fogarty (2012)
Weeshie is launching his new book at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on Friday 16th November at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.
My Beautiful Obsession captures the importance of football in the life of a Kerry youngster in Killarney in the 1950s and his dreams of playing with Kerry in Croke Park. Through the eyes of young Weeshie the passion and all-consuming obsession, widespread in a football-mad county, are vividly described. He recalls attending his first All-Ireland in 1955, his first game with Kerry in 1959, and seeing the first live RTE broadcast from Croke Park in 1962. As his football career ended, Weeshie became an inter-county referee and experienced the trauma of assault. Some secrets of Kerry football are revealed and some controversial moments candidly recalled, bringing the reader back to an era when packed trains carried thousands to matches.
Today, he is an award-winning sports broadcaster with Radio Kerry. Into this memoir he weaves an account of life as a psychiatric nurse in a Victorian-style mental hospital. Weeshie also includes his greatest Kerry football team, the greatest game he attended, and lists his 20 greatest living Kerry sportsmen/women. This is a compelling account of the life and career of Weeshie Fogarty and his beloved Kerry.