Sunday 19 November 2017

Tomás Ó Sé lifts the lid on the 'few pints' that saw him and Colm Cooper dropped from the Kerry team

Tomás Ó Sé (left) and Colm Cooper (right).
Tomás Ó Sé (left) and Colm Cooper (right).
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

It was the talk of the GAA world in mid-summer eight years ago, as Kerry manager Jack O'Connor wielded the axe and dropped two of his key men.

All Stars Tomás Ó Sé and Colm Cooper were absent from the qualifier game against Antrim, with rumours swirling around that the duo had been on an all-day drinking session ahead of the game.

In Ó Sé's column today paying tribute to Cooper on his retirement, the legendary Kerry star finally 'sets the record straight' on what happened back in the summer of 2009.

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"Now is as good a time as any to set the record straight, Ó Sé writes.

"Back in 2009, myself and Gooch hit the headlines for having a few pints after we escaped from Sligo in the qualifiers that year. We were dropped for the game with Antrim the next day out, but now that we're both gone I can say claims that we were drinking together were totally false.

"He was drinking in Killarney, but I was at it in Dingle."

As it happens, Cooper and Ó Sé were restored to the team thereafter... and Kerry won their fourth All-Ireland title in six seasons.

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