"At the age of twenty-one I had come to take up employment as a student psychiatric nurse in what is still the largest building in Kerry. I would spend the next thirty-eight years of my life within those old Victorian walls and experience a life among psychiatric patients that was in stark contrast to life anywhere else in the country. And let me add straightaway that it was, for me, a rich and fulfilling life's work. Inspite of the harshness of that early regime, I would enter the same profession if I had the choice again today."
"It was during my time at the Kerry Mineral Water factory that I saw positions for student nurses at the mental hospital advertised and I decided to apply. Following a written examination I was called for interview, which was held in the boardroom of the hospital. It was the very first time I had entered the building. The interview board consisted of the resident medical superintendent, the legendary Kerry football trainer Dr Eamonn O'Sullivan, and two more assistants. The interview seemed to have gone well, as I got up to leave the good doctor threw me one more question. 'IF you were successful and offered a position here on the nursing staff would you sign up and play football with the hospital team?'
"I knew the question was heavily loaded. A 'yes' would mean that I would leave my own club, Killarney Legion, for whom I had great love and respect, and a 'no' response might compromise my chances of securing a permanent job....
"There was, of course, only going to be one answer and that was 'yes'. It eventually transpired that I transferred from my club to St Finan's and actually had the unenviable task of playing against the Legion in East Kerry Championship games during the following years. I later transferred when the hospital team broke up; nevertheless, smoe of my Legion team mates and freinds still remind me of my 'treachery' to this day."