Thursday 23 March 2017

Kerry star's rousing send-off

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

MEMBERS of the Kerry football team cast aside their woes to give teammate Tommy Griffin a retirement party to remember.

Despite a crushing National League defeat to Armagh, they made their way to Dingle for a surprise party for Mr Griffin, who announced his retirement from inter-county football just two weeks ago.

The five-times All-Ireland senior football medal winner, who turns 34 in April, had no idea what was in store when he headed to O'Sullivan's Bar on John Street, which he has run for the past seven years with Padraig O'Corcoran.

"I was caught on the hop and that doesn't happen too often," he said.

Among his former teammates at the bash were Marc and Tomas O Se, Killian Young and Kieran Donaghy and former players Enda Galvin and Dara O Cinneide.

And though it might be expected that they'd be on a downer following their four-point loss to Armagh, the players seemed to have put their troubles to one side for the night.

"What match?" joked Mr Griffin. "It's February and sure fellas in Kerry don't worry too much about those kind of things at this time of year."

Mr Griffin also revealed he had no regrets about retiring but would continue to play with his club Dingle.

"They have a good set-up now. We won the county championship two years ago, got into the quarter-finals last year and hopefully will go on to better things again this year," he said.

Irish Independent

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