Sunday 25 January 2015

Micko happy to lend a hand at Paidi festival

Published 24/02/2014 | 02:30

Padraig Og O Se and Maura O Se with Mick O'Dwyer at the launch of a photo exhibition called 'Irish Sports Stars Through The Years' in Paidi's pub in Ventry. Domnick Walsh

The family of GAA legend Paidi O Se spoke of the importance of continuing an annual football festival in his memory.

Paidi's son, Padraig Og, said the 25th PhoneWatch Comortas Peile Paidi O Se was the biggest ever, and his late father would have been proud.

"It means a lot to the family that so many people have come to take part in the tournament and this was the biggest year ever, and it has gone from strength to strength.

"The Comortas has grown beyond dad's wildest dreams. We are delighted it continues to attract clubs from all over the world. It sends a positive message to young people about the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle," he said.

More than 1,300 Gaelic football players representing over 40 clubs from all over the country and as far away as the USA, UK and Belgium, took part in this year's tournament in west Kerry.

Newly retired from inter-county management, Mick O'Dwyer was also on hand to unveil a photography exhibition by Inpho Photography that will run in Paidi O Se's pub for the rest of the month.

Under O'Dwyer, O Se won eight All-Ireland medals with Kerry during a golden era of Gaelic football.

Paidi's nephew and Kerry footballer Marc O Se told the Irish Independent: "It was also great to get so many people in Ventry for a weekend in February," he added.

Paidi O Se died suddenly at his home in Ard a' Bhothair in Ventry on December 15, 2012, aged 57.

Irish Independent

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