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Pictured at the launch of Newstalk 106-108 fm's coverage schedule of the 2013 GAA All-Ireland Senior Championships are Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh, left, and Kerry's Tomás Ó Sé. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Pictured at the launch of Newstalk 106-108 fm's coverage schedule of the 2013 GAA All-Ireland Senior Championships are Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh, left, and Kerry's Tomás Ó Sé. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Pictured at the launch of Newstalk 106-108 fm's coverage schedule of the 2013 GAA All-Ireland Senior Championships are Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh, left, and Kerry's Tomás Ó Sé. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

THE last time Kerry closed the doors of Fitzgerald Stadium to their football bonkers public was back in 2006, when Jack O'Connor was, in the aftermath of a particularly galling Munster exit to Billy Morgan's Cork, attempting to reassemble a team amid scatter-gun stories of in-house fighting (literally), mutiny and defection.

Kerry people being Kerry people, the story then went into local orbit that O'Connor had shut the shutters in Killarney in a flailing attempt to keep the players in.

Which is probably why the only surprise in Eamonn Fitzmaurice's decision to lock the Kingdom's public out for the majority of Kerry's summer sessions now is that it took so long for that particular tradition to be abandoned.

"Through no fault of their own, there was stuff coming out," explains Tomás ó Sé. "The line has gone so thin and everybody is trying so hard and training so hard, it's gone so professional that you really do need to have an edge.

"I suppose, as we were training, the teams were getting out quicker than it was announced to ourselves and I suppose that's wrong in a way.

"You'd see it printed in the paper, that whatever, so and so was going to start corner-forward because that's the way it was going in training.

 

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"I know it doesn't make much of a difference, whatever's going to happen on the day's going to happen on the day."

He adds, possibly recalling that mad summer of '06 or perhaps just for mischief: "I suppose certain things you need to keep indoors, any fellas fighting or whatever. You like to keep that quiet as well, do you know."

Presuming he plays on Sunday against Tipperary in Killarney, ó Sé will make his 84th championship appearance for Kerry, three more than his older, retired brother Darragh, although as he admits his involvement this year wasn't always certain.

"I was questioning whether I was going back. It was disappointing last year again, the finish to it. When Eamonn came in I was happy that it was freshened up, that the whole backroom team was freshened up."

And if he plays on Sunday, he will – provided Kerry win – be subjected to an unseasonably early six-day turnaround, given the victors are scheduled to play Waterford in the semi-finals on Saturday week.

"I don't know if it's TV rights or is it money but I don't think the players are put first in that regard," ó Sé insists.

"It's not right that you're playing a game six days later. I don't care who's going forward, if it's Kerry going forward or if it's Tipperary going forward, it's not right.

"You're playing a game six days later and then you're going through the heart of the summer five weeks without a game. It just doesn't add up."


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