Tuesday 20 March 2018

Where are they now? Mick Quish (Former Limerick footballer)

KERRY have the weight of history on their side in Killarney this afternoon. One man in the crowd will know this only too well. Mick Quish served his county with distinction from 1979 to 1989. He played during a period when the domination of the big two, Kerry and Cork, was even more pronounced due to a seeding system that meant they would not meet until the final.

Quish never managed to play in a Munster final but considers the 1986 semi-final one of the highlights of his career despite the fact Limerick were beaten quite comfortably in the end.

Quish scored five of Limerick's nine points and they were in the game up until half-time but Kerry pulled away after the break. Despite the disappointment, Quish is magnanimous about the result describing Kerry at the time as the "Brazil of Gaelic football".

Quish's first successes came at underage, winning four Munster B Colleges with John the Baptist. He was particularly proud of captaining his side to victory in 1975.

Quish also had the distinction of being the first Limerickman to win a Railway Cup final with Munster. He was on the bench for the 1978 drawn final against Ulster, but played in the replay when Munster won. The following year he was on the panel again as Munster lost out to Ulster. He also won a McGrath Cup medal in 1986.

Quish lives outside Boher and has worked for Smurfit Kappa for the past 29 years. A keen golfer who plays off 12, he'll be in Killarney today and in Adare tomorrow for the JP McManus Pro Am.

Though the bookies may not agree, Quish believes Limerick could get a result today as he feels Kerry will be more focused on the All-Ireland than on Munster, but he adds: "Limerick will need a few breaks and the breaks always seem to go to Kerry".

He has a great admiration for the current crop of Limerick footballers. "No team would deserve to win a trophy as much as that football team for they effort they have put in and the good football they play."

Quish believes they are making football more appealing for youngsters in the county where there are other sporting attractions. "A talented 14-year-old in Kerry's sole ambition is to play for the senior football team. In Limerick, that same kid's ambition may be to play a different sport especially with the glamour attached to rugby now. It's down to attitude."

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