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Biography recounts Heffo's genius

LIAM HAYES has written the biography of Kevin Heffernan – Heffo: A Brilliant Mind. He met the great man in Clontarf Golf Club. Heffo wasn't too keen on the idea, but he gave it his blessing anyway.

Liam told an interesting story to Seán O'Rourke. It was 1963. Kevin was a Dublin selector at the time.

One Saturday morning he drove to the house of Des Ferguson. Snitchy – as Des was known – had moved to Kells. He had retired three years previously from the Dublin team. Heffo asked him to return for the Leinster final.


Snitchy paid into Croke Park. He knocked on the dressing-room door. Some of the players were wondering what was going on.

He was named in the Dublin side. He scored a goal. Dublin beat Laois by two points and they went on to defeat Galway in the All-Ireland final.

Liam said that decision summed up the genius of Heffo. Kevin was exactly what the Dublin team needed at the time.

And it was the same in the 1970s when Kevin rang Jimmy Keaveney who had also retired.

Travelling from Croke Park following one uninspiring Dublin display, young Terry Jennings suggested to Heffo.

"Why don't you bring back Jimmy Keaveney? He never misses a free."

No truer word was spoken.