Rathmore man sails into GAA quiz final

MARISA REIDY

A RATHMORE man with an impressive knowledge of all things GAA is hoping to make it a Kerry All-Ireland double later this week as he takes part in the GAA All-Ireland 125 Quiz at Croke Park.

John Nagle, who has lived and worked in Dublin for the past 37 years, has made it to the final eight of the nationwide competition, seeing off competition from over 120 GAA brainiacs en route to the final rounds.

As a result, the teacher will now battle it out against men from both Wexford and Cork on Friday, September 18, in front of an audience in the GAA Museum auditorium.

"I love the GAA and just seem to have an interest in it so I guess that's why I have done so well this far," John told The Kerryman. "The questions range from GAA history to football, and from ladies GAA to handball. I suppose Kerry GAA would be my area of expertise but I have a good general knowledge over the years."

One question John is hoping to answer correctly that weekend is who will win this year's All-Ireland final?

"I reckon Kerry can do it. Cork have improved immensely but I think everything is set up perfectly for Kerry this year," he said.

Should John win the All-Ireland 125 Quiz, he will be presented with the winning trophy by GAA president, Christy Cooney, along with two tickets to the coveted AllIreland football and dinner and a night's accommodation in the four star Croke Park Hotel.

He would also make a guest appearance on a special live show of RTÉ's The Sunday Game on the night of the final.

Organisers are hoping that Kerry fans up for the match will come along on Friday night and support John, with audience tickets available from Elaine in the GAA Museum on (01) 8192375 or emailing gaamuseum@crokepark.ie.

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