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Family, place, home … and love: the touching stories of Spillane, Clifford and O’Connor show why the GAA works

Roy Curtis


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Kerry manager Jack O'Connor celebrate at the final whistle of the All-Ireland SFC Final win over Galway in Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

Kerry manager Jack O'Connor celebrate at the final whistle of the All-Ireland SFC Final win over Galway in Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

Kerry manager Jack O'Connor celebrate at the final whistle of the All-Ireland SFC Final win over Galway in Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

As history arrowed down on Croke Park in a green and gold thunderbolt, Pat Spillane, Jack O’Connor and David Clifford were as one as rivers in emotional flood.

The deluge that burst the banks of each of these three towering Kerry hearts was prompted by the GAA’s most powerful and enduring weather front.


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