Friday 24 November 2017

Tributes for 'visionary' flow as Kerry great Brosnan laid to rest


Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

TRIBUTES for the late Kerry football great Dr Jim Brosnan poured in as he was laid to rest in Dingle yesterday.

Munster GAA chairman Sean Walsh hailed his legacy as both a player and admin- istrator, while Kerry County Board chief Jerome Conway described Dr Brosnan as "a visionary" for his reform of Kerry's football structures.

Walsh, who also comes from Dr Brosnan's native Moyvane, recalled a man who was held in the "utmost esteem" by those who knew him. "Those who saw him play said he was a powerhouse of a forward with immense skill," said Walsh.

"To put it in context, he was based in the US and came home to Ireland the week of the 1955 All-Ireland final and was put straight into the team and they won. That's how much was thought of him as a player."

Dr Brosnan also played in an All-Ireland final winning team in 1953.

He played his final game for Kerry in 1960 and was elected chairman in 1961 where he served alongside his father Con, who was county board delegate to the Munster Council.

He is survived by his loving wife Kitty, sons Conor, Barry and Sean and his brother Jerry.

Irish Independent

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