KERRY and sport. Peas in a pod. You mention to anyone that you're from Kerry, that you live in Kerry or that you just spent a day or two recently in Kerry and there is a very, very good chance you will be asked for your take on sport. Gaelic football, especially, but hurling, greyhounds, soccer, horseracing, cycling and handball could come into the mix too.
See, Kerry and sport are synonomous with each other and in The Kerryman we know that Kerry people love their sport, and know their sport. Indeed, most Kerry folk live, breath and sleep sport in some shape or form. Here on The Kerryman sports desk it's all we think about too.
For almost 110 years The Kerryman has been reporting on local sporting matters, from chronicling the simplest local events to dissecting the weightier matters of 36 All-Ireland football title successes - and a few losses. That work continues every week, although 'work' might be slighty inaccurate; a labour of love might be closer to the mark.
In a sports-passionate and knowledgable county like this, it's never easy but always challenging to serve our readers with the best sports coverage we can. Sport in this county is the gift that keeps on giving and The Kerryman strives to deliver it in the best possible way to our readers week after week.
This week, Local Newspaper Week, in The Kerryman there is the serious business of the county hurling final and the All-Ireland ladies football final; next week it will be county senior football championship semi-finals; the week after, the prelude to the county football final. The much more parochial side to sports is catered for as well. Whether it runs or jumps, whether it involves balls, bats or bicycles, whether it has two legs or four, The Kerryman offers the kind of comprehensive local sports coverage that you simply won't get in a national newspaper, on the radio, or on Twitter or Facebook.
Sport is all about having fun, but we know there is a serious side to it too.