"I WOULD like it to be known that the Kerry County Board had absolutely no involvement in producing any of these things," said the Chairman of the County Board GAA, Frank King, at Tuesday night's meeting of the Board in Tralee when referring to the accusations of commercialism, which have been levelled against Kerry since the All-Ireland Final.
"Prior to the All-Ireland final we had a lot of people speculating about five-in-a-row," remarked the Chairman when referring to the accusations in question. "People introduced five in a row songs, fivein-a-row tee-shirts and many other things. I would like it to be known that the Kerry County Board had absolutely no involvement in producing any of these things."
He said he had been out of the County for a short time last week and he was very annoyed to hear that Kerry were being accused of jumping on the band-wagon. Nobody in Kerry had been involved in that. He said that the conduct of the players, the officials and the supporters following Kerry's defeat was a credit to the county. In defeat they were every bit as good as in victory.
He wanted to thank all those, including the people from abroad who had sent messages through officials wishing the team success in the final.
He also thanked the various centres that had organised receptions for the team upon their return home. It was something they really deserved. Mr. King had prefaced his remarks by congratulating Offaly on winning the All-Ireland Senior title and Dubliin on winning the minor championship.
"It would be remiss of us if we did not pay tribute to our wonderful Kerry team and to our minor team", continued the Chairman.
"In regard to the senior team we can look back on the past four or five years and admire them for their wonderful dedication and the great hours of enjoyment they have given followers all over the country and all over the world."
Finally, he thanked the trainers, the selectors and the people attached to all the clubs in the County for the wonderful support they had given.
Gerald McKenna, Central Council representative, said he was glad the Chairman had disassociated Kerry County Board from aspects that had been mentioned. Kerry had nothing at all to do with it.