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Saturday 24 March 2018

Tribute cycle for ó Sé


ARTS Minister Jimmy Deenihan is planning a charity cycle with GAA stars in memory of Páidí ó Sé.

The former Kerry All Star and manager died suddenly last December at the age of 57 from cardiovascular disease.

Deenihan, who played alongside ó Sé on the famous Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s, said he was currently planning the cycle in his memory in west Kerry next year.

"We would hope to get as many Gaelic players around the country to do that. There is a lot of enthusiasm for it from a large number of Gaelic footballers and sportspeople in general," he told the Sunday Independent.

Deenihan said that ó Sé had been a national institution due to his sporting achievements, his column in the Sunday Independent and his friendships with former Taoisigh such as Charlie Haughey, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen.

"People definitely went to west Kerry because Páidí was there and they wanted to see Páidí. He was such a character and a lot of people felt they hadn't done west Kerry unless they visited Páidí," Deenihan said.

There was a charity cycle earlier this year from Croke Park to Ventry in Kerry organised by Páidí's daughter Neasa. The proceeds went to the charity foundation established in Páidí's memory, Fundúireacht Páidí ó Sé, which is buying a cardiac CT scanner for Kerry General Hospital. The minister wants the proceeds from next year's cycle to go to the charity as well.

He said it would be great if Páidí ó Sé eventually got his own statue to add to the one in Waterville for former Kingdom manager Mick O'Dwyer and those being planned for Mick O'Connell and John Egan in Valentia and Sneem respectively.

Sunday Independent

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