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Kay documentary captured golden era

MICK Hanley's documentary on Kay Mills is the talk of the town.

It was broadcast again last week on Dublin City FM 103.2 in a tribute to Mick's late mother, Carmel, the highly respected Dublin defender, who won four All-Ireland senior medals.

The show captured the grace and modesty of Kay Mills, who won an incredible 15 All-Ireland medals with the Dubs. Carmel Cooper remembered her fondly, not only as a great performer but as a role model who took time to nurture young players like herself. The programme gave a fascinating insight into what was life then playing for the all-conquering Dubs in the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Eileen Duffy recalled cycling to the Phoenix Park for training and having to dodge the cattle on the North Circular Road!

And, often, came the call from a bus driver, who would open his window and shout: "Good luck on Sunday, Eileen."

Kay was a genius, and yet when the trainer was giving the team talk, she had the biggest ears in the room.

The poetry of her play said it all.


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