Lifesize statue of Páidí to be unveiled outside pub

A monument to Kerry football legend Páidí Ó Sé is set to be added to the list of tourist attraction in the Dingle Peninsula.

The lifesize bronze statue will be unveiled on Saturday, May 16, outside the Ó Sé family’s public house in Ventry. The licensed premises continues to be a favourite port of call for visitors to the region.

The event will be attended by many leading GAA figures and friends of Mr Ó Sé who died suddenly in December 2012, aged 57.

The statue has been crafted by west Clare sculptor Seamus Connolly whose work also includes statutes of literary giant John B Keane in Listowel and Limerick hurling hero Mick Mackey.

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 An inscribed plaque detailing the achievements of Mr Mick Mackey, winner of eight All-Ireland medals with the Kingdom, will be erected alongside the statue.

A number of fundraising events have been organised to pay for the statue.

The Ó Sé family have already viewed the statue but it will not arrive in Ventry until a few days prior to the unveiling, and will be kept under wraps until the formal ceremony.

The Ó Sé pub continues to be a mecca for visitors and is a virtual shrine to the footballer, with the walls bedecked with photographs, press clippings, and other memorabilia.

Mr Ó Sé’s memory is also being kept alive through documentaries, television and radio programmes, and through his family’s continuing involvement in the GAA.

Meanwhile, the Dingle Peninsula is also expected to figure prominently in a new Government plan for tourism development.

Buoyed by optimism for a good season this year, tourism interests in Kerry are being asked to offer their views on a new five-year plan for the industry.

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