A 'MAD' night was had in Dingle last Thursday as the GAA faithful packed into Paul Geaney's for the launch of 'The Height of Madness', the book penned by Kerry's 'Greatest GAA Supporter' Kathleen O'Sullivan.
The Cahersiveen woman had none other than the great GAA broadcaster Michael O Muircheartaigh on hand to launch her tome, which documents her life travelling the length and breadth of the county – and country - following her beloved Kerry and her club, St Mary's.
Kathleen has attended no less than 78 football and hurling All-Irelands since her first visit to Croke Park in 1971 and this came to bear on proceedings last Thursday night as Galway hurling legend Noel Lane (a two-time All-Ireland winner in 1987 and 1988) made the long journey from Oranmore to Dingle to attend the launch. County rivalries were also set aside as Cork's Coleman Corrigan (two-time All-Ireland winner with Cork's footballers in 1989 and 1990) travelled across the county bounds for the launch.
"It was a fantastic night; Derry Murphy was really great to organise it and the warm hospitality of the people in Paul Geaney's was lovely," Kathleen told The Kerryman.
"Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is my idol, my favourite person, and it was a great honour to have him there to launch 'The Height of Madness'. Also, the efforts of Noel Lane and Coleman Corrigan should also be acknowledged for their long journey to Dingle to attend. They commended me on my knowledge of GAA and were a great help when I was researching the book."
Dingle Canon Tom Looney PP, himself a great supporter of Kerry and his club Dr. Crokes, also attended the launch and even sang a song.
The Kerryman put it to Kathleen that Fr. Tom could potentially challenge her for her 'greatest GAA supporter' title; but the Cahersiveen woman was quick to quip that her claim is greater because she has hitch-hiked to matches, whereas Fr. Tom enjoys the relative ease of being able to drive in his own car.
True to form Kathleen was back on the campaign trail last Sunday attending the rain-drenched South Kerry semi-final between her beloved St Mary's and Ballyfoilmore.
Kathleen will be back in West Kerry on December 6 when she attends a book-signing in Garvey's Supervalu before heading to Woulfe's in Listowel for a book-signing on December 8.