Wednesday 28 September 2016

Páidí and his famous jersey live on in bronze

Published 18/05/2015 | 02:30

Páidí Ó Sé’s family, Neasa, Siun, Maire and Padraig Óg with Mick O’Dwyer at the unveiling ceremony at Ard an Bothair, Ventry, Co Kerry
Páidí Ó Sé’s family, Neasa, Siun, Maire and Padraig Óg with Mick O’Dwyer at the unveiling ceremony at Ard an Bothair, Ventry, Co Kerry

The legendary late Kerry footballer Páidí Ó Sé and his famous number five jersey have been immortalised in bronze outside the pub he owned.

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The large bronze statue of the eight-time All-Ireland winner was unveiled from underneath a Kerry flag by former Kerry manager Mick O'Dwyer, as Páidí's family looked on.

His widow Maire was joined by their three children, daughters Neasa and Siun and son Padraig Óg, for the unveiling ceremony on Saturday outside the pub the former Kerry manager owned at Ard A Bhothair in Ventry.

Ó Sé was just 57 years old when he passed away suddenly in December 2012 and Saturday also marked what would have been his 60th birthday.

The large bronze statue is perched on a piece of Valentia slate and was created by Clare sculptor Seamus Connolly.

It depicts the late sportsman in action with a football in his left hand.

Irish Independent

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