ALL-Ireland winner and former Kerry selector Diarmuid Murphy admitted Sunday that both Dingle and East Kerry would be “out of their minds” trying to get to a Kerry SFC final - but insisted that the scenes which married the semi final replay between the teams in Tralee had not come from managerial instruction.
Gaelic football, and sport in general, can be all consuming for those of us at the coalface. Whether you are a player, coach, supporter or anything in between, we allow everything from training to games, and from stats to systems dominate our priorities all too often.
They’ve produced legendary All-Ireland winning captains in Paidi Ó Sé, Tommy Doyle, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan and Pat Spillane, and forged special bonds in the process, but fabled Kerry football divisions like Kenmare and West Kerry may soon become redundant.
Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan says that there’s a ‘serious belief’ within the Mayo squad that they can ‘give a right good go” at dethroning All-Ireland champions Dublin in next month’s final.
It was the renowned sportswriter Hugh McIlvanny who spoke of the the larcenous nature of death, its habit of breaking in on us when we are least prepared for it and stealing the irreplaceable. He was speaking of Jock Stein, but the feeling can seldom have been more painfully experienced than on the roads and boithríns around West Kerry last night.