Monday 26 September 2016

Legendary Kerry kit-man Leo Griffin dies aged 75

Published 06/11/2015 | 21:38

Leo Griffin far right on the front row with the Kerry team before the 1975 All-Ireland final against Dublin. Picture credit; Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE
Leo Griffin far right on the front row with the Kerry team before the 1975 All-Ireland final against Dublin. Picture credit; Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE

The GAA family in Kerry is in mourning this evening following the death of former kit-man Leo Griffin.

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Leo was the renowned bagman for Kerry during the golden years of the 70s and 80s under Mick O'Dwyer.

A statement from the Kerry County Board read: "It was with deep regret that Kerry GAA learned of the death earlier this afternoon of Leo Griffin from Tralee.

"A former kit-man with the county team, Leo will forever be remembered, and associated with, an amazing successful period in Kerry Football – the Mick O’Dwyer era.

"Photographs from that era would indicate that he was, in essence, a lucky mascot for those teams

"Leo was a lifelong member of the John Mitchels GAA Club and a member of the Kerry GAA Supporters Club from the outset. We extend our sympathies to his sister Cora, his Club John Mitchels and his many friends.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis."

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