"Liam was dying from oesophageal cancer and he had, literally, just weeks to live. But yet, unbelievable, as Kerry and Mayo took the field that Sunday, he was prepared to sit behind the microphone and broadcast the All Ireland final to the thousands of listeners in the towns and villages of his beloved Kerry.
"I sat beside Liam high up on the Hogan Stand in the magnificent Michael O'Hehir commentary position amongst the hundreds or press, radio and television personnel.
"Liam had shone for Kerry on many occasions in both league and championship on the sacred green swart of Croke Park, but that day in 2006 was to be his greatest day of all."
"Liam and I discussed his cancer on one occasion, and he was adamant that he would fight to his very last breath, whenever that might be. His final words to me on the subject of his illness were short and swee, 'God, Weeshie, it's an awful way to go.' After that there was a kind of mutual unspoken agreement between us that further discussion was unneccessary."
"We hade one last final hour together. A Kerry county semifinal was played in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, the following Sunday. To the amazement of friends and family, Liam once again insisted that he be brought to Tralee to take his place for the Radio Kerry broadcast of the game. Once again the morphine was literally keeping him alive, this time it was in liquid form and at times during the game he took little sips from the bottle that he described as 'great stuff'.
"The final whistle sounded; I followed him closely as he descended the stairs of the commentary box. He looked so ill and weak. I knew for sure that we would never sit together again.
"He died at home, peacefull in his sleep, one week later with Helen at his side. An impeccable one minute's silence was observed at the Kerry football final seven days later. It was one of the most poignant matches I have watched."