€10,000 already raised for statue of Páidí O Sé in Ard a'Bhóthair

SOME of Páidí Ó Sé's most trusted colleagues and friends congregated in Ceann Trá in the pub that bears his name last Friday night to discuss progress surrounding the erection of a life-size bronze statue of the late, great Kerry footballer at the crossroads in his native Árd a'Bhóthair.

Tomás Ó Muircheartaigh, Mícheál Ó Sé, Seamus Ó Bambaire, Muiris Ó Fiannachta, Seán Ó Catháin, Diarmuid Ó Murchú, Tomás Ó Cruadhlaoidh, John Holstead, Seosamh Ó Sé, Páidí's brother, Tomás, and Dingle Canon Tomás Ó Luanaigh, along with others such as Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, Dara Ó Cinnéide and Pat Spillane are among those behind the initiative which has been gathering momentum.

According to Seán Ó Catháin of Coiste Chuimneacháin Pháidí Uí Shé, the plans are going well as €10,000 has already been raised through the recent staging of a golf classic in Páidí's honour.

The Coiste is also in consultation with the corporate sector in order to secure further funding and any contributions to the project will be warmly welcomed.

Seamus Connolly from Co Clare has been commissioned to scuplt the bronze statue which will cost in the region €70,000 and which Coiste Chuimneacháin Pháidí Uí Shé hopes to unveil in May of next year.

Other fund-raising initiatives are also being discussed, including a concert in Killarney's INEC.


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