HISTORY is repeating itself in the GAA in Kerry.
Three more swashbuckling Spillane brothers are basking in the limelight. Almost 30 years after Pat, Mick and Tom Spillane the younger generation of the famous footballing family is making its mark on the playing fields.
Reeling in the years with considerable aplomb in the Kerry Novice Championship final yesterday were Tom Spillane's three sons – Killian, Adrian and Tommy – who were part of a powerful Templenoe side that overcame Listry in Killarney's Fitzgerald Stadium.
Their dad Tom and uncles Pat and Mick watched proudly from the terraces as their small native parish registered a 2-15 to 2-13 victory in a thrilling final which was a curtain-raiser to the Kerry senior football decider.
"It was a great day and I'm very proud of them," said Tom (51). "They've been playing and training together for years and they worked very hard for this success."
Fittingly, a terrific goal netted by Killian (17) made all the difference; while Adrian (19) was hugely impressive and Tommy (21) made a telling contribution when introduced from the bench.
In addition to their glittering inter-county careers, Tom, Pat and Mick also tasted victory at club level when they steered a Kenmare district team to a last-gasp Kerry Senior Football Championship win against Killarney's Dr Crokes in the 1987 final.
Between them the three brothers won an astonishing 18 All-Ireland senior medals during the so-called 'Golden Years' of Kerry football, with Pat leading the way with eight, Mick won six and Tom scooped four. Their last All-Ireland final success came in 1986 when Kerry overcame Tyrone to complete a memorable three-in-a-row.