Sunday 25 September 2016

Last-gasp dash for Ó Sé as he leaves victory party to get to his book launch

Graham Clifford

Published 26/10/2015 | 02:30

Former Kerry footballer and hot off the field after winning a Cork County Championship medal with Nemo Rangers, Tomas Ó Sé at the launch of his autobiography ‘The White Heat’ with Paul Galvin and Dara O Cinneide in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney last night.
Photo: Don MacMonagle
Former Kerry footballer and hot off the field after winning a Cork County Championship medal with Nemo Rangers, Tomas Ó Sé at the launch of his autobiography ‘The White Heat’ with Paul Galvin and Dara O Cinneide in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney last night. Photo: Don MacMonagle

He made a career out of launching last-minute sorties into opposition territory when playing for Kerry - but last night Tomás Ó Sé had to make a late dash of a very different kind.

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The 37-year-old five-time All-Ireland-winner lined out for his new club Nemo Rangers in a replay of the Cork County Final against Castlehaven at Pairc Ui Rinn at 3.30pm.

But at 8pm his autobiography 'The White Heat' was to be launched at the Brehon Hotel in Killarney, some 85 kilometres away, where the great and the good of Kerry GAA had gathered to honour one of their favourite sons.

On the day that was in it, Ó Sé turned back the clock to give a match-winning performance as Nemo Rangers out-fought Castlehaven to register a historic win.

It was a relentless battle which gave Nemo Rangers its first senior county title in five years.

But Ó Sé had little time to celebrate with his victorious team mates.

Instead, just minutes after the winners' cup was presented, the Irish Independent columnist was changed and in his car and heading for the county bounds.

"I left straight after the game," said Ó Sé once he arrived in Killarney.

He added: "There was great craic inside in the dressing room afterwards and I'd say they were planning one hell of a party in Cork but I had to be down in Killarney. I made it just in time.

"I never thought growing up in west Kerry that I'd be winning cups for Nemo but that's the way life goes," he laughed.

His former Kerry colleague Paul Galvin launched the book last night, while broadcaster Dara Ó Cinnéide acted as host, or 'Fear An Tí', for the packed event.

"It's a lovely honour to launch the book for Tomás, we've always been very close," said Galvin.

"He's a great character, an excellent pundit and he's great craic, I always find myself laughing around him," he added.

Meanwhile, Ó Cinnéide, himself a broadcaster with TG4 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, predicts great things for Ó'Sé in his new role as a GAA pundit.

"He never really spoke during his playing career so when he articulated his insights in the game so well we were all very impressed," said Ó Cinnéide last night.

"I often travel to and from games with Tomás where he wouldn't say a word but now he's embracing his new found media endeavours," he added.

Past and present Kerry GAA stars turned out for the book launch.

Among them were Ó Sé's brothers Darragh and Marc, as well as sporting legends Jack O'Shea, Mike Frank Russell, Mike Hassett and former president of the GAA, Sean Kelly. Also present at the book launch was Ó Sé's partner Orla O'Flaherty.

Irish Independent

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