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Saturday 25 October 2014

Surprise for former Kerry star

BRENDAN MCCARTHY

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:20

Liam Hassett celebrating his retirement from football at a surprise party with family members Brid, Katie, Michael and Angela (back from left) Terence Houlihan, Adrian Hassett, Alma Houlihan, Mike and Bridget Hassett, Sandra Clifford, Brendan O'Shea,... Credit: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

A TRUE giant of Kerry football was fittingly feted in Killorglin at the weekend as family, friends, clubmates and county colleagues of Liam Hassett gathered to mark his retirement from the playing fields of Kerry.

Bunkers was the location for the celebration and it was packed to the rafters for an event that the main man himself knew little about.

"I wasn't expecting it at all," Liam told The Kerryman this week. "When I was going, I thought it was a night for Laune Rangers' A, B and C team players. That's what I was told and though I had announced my retirement I didn't think that the night was specifically for me."

"The night was a big surprise and it was great to see everybody there. It was well put together and it was obvious that a lot of work had gone into it. My brother-in-law Terence Houlihan is secretary of the club, he put a lot of work into it; so did the PRO Mary Piggott and the chairman, Declan Falvey."

Looking back on an illustrious career that saw him reap rich rewards including three All-Ireland senior medals and an AllIreland Senior Club to name but a few, – the St Michael's College Listowel teacher paid tribute to some of the men who guided his path to glory – Noel O'Mahony, George Dennis, his father Mike, the late great Páidí Ó Sé, Charlie Nelligan, Ogie Moran, Jack O'Connor and current Roscommon manager John Evans.

One memory that sticks out, and what a achievement that was for the Hassett brothers, Laune Rangers and the town of Killorglin – the capturing of the All-Ireland Club title in 1996.

"That was a special day for me and my two brothers (Mike and Adrian) and for my mother and father," he said.

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