Friday 15 December 2017

Where are they now?

Micheál ó Sé

(Castlegregory footballer and formerly of St Vincent's and UCC)

A decision Micheál ó Sé made to transfer from his club in Castlegregory in Kerry to St Vincent's in Dublin in 2007 bore unbelievable fruits. In that one season he won a Dublin club championship, a Leinster title and an All-Ireland club title.

The Kerryman had moved to Dublin three years previously to study in UCD and after completing his course got a job in St Benildus College in south Dublin. For the first couple of years he made the trek home for games and training with Castlegregory but by year three he was fed up with the travelling so he looked into moving clubs.

"I'd been doing some training up in Dublin," says ó Sé. "Alan Costelloe was captain of Vincent's and a teacher with me so I went to a few sessions with him just to keep up the training. Pat Gilroy came to see me and did the drive from Milltown to Marino with me to show me how long it would take. I was very impressed with him so I transferred then.

"Gilroy was full-forward on that team, he had been midfield for years. But he was pushing on so me coming into midfield made it ok for him to go full-forward. I would have been conscious going in as an outsider that I would be taking a lad's spot but they had no midfielders so it was ok."

Before his success with St Vincent's, ó Sé had a decent football career. In 1997, he won a Munster minor title but Kerry were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final by a Tyrone team brimming with stars like Conor Jordan, Conor Gormley, Cormac McAnallen, Brian McGuigan and Stephen O'Neill.

Two years later, he won a Munster club title with UCC and then in 2010 after he moved back to Castlegregory he won an All-Ireland junior title with the club.

Upon his return, he took a teaching job in Coláiste na Sceilge where he was involved with Jack O'Connor when the school won the Hogan Cup in 2009. He now teaches in Killorglin where he is in charge of the football team.

For the last three years he worked with the Kerry development squads and is now a selector with the Kerry minors under the management of Jack O'Connor.

He still plays with Castlegregory and supports his former club St Vincent's.

Today they take on Summerhill in the Leinster senior football semi-final and ó sé thinks they have a great chance.

"They are down Ger Brennan and Diarmuid Connolly but I still think they should win."

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