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‘The pitch gives me energy, the community gives me energy’ – Why John Meyler keeps getting back in the saddle

Over a long career managing teams, Meyler says there is no grey line because it’s always about the result

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John Meyler managing Kerry club Kilmoyley. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

John Meyler managing Kerry club Kilmoyley. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

John Meyler: 'The pitch gives me energy, the community gives me energy. It freshens you up and away we go.' Photo: Sportsfile

John Meyler: 'The pitch gives me energy, the community gives me energy. It freshens you up and away we go.' Photo: Sportsfile

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John Meyler managing Kerry club Kilmoyley. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

After Cork hurlers lost to Limerick in 2018, John Meyler stole away to Kilmoyley, an escape from all the morbid reflections on a game, and maybe an All-Ireland, that got away. As he recounts there are flashes of Anthony Daly bolting for a hideout in Galway where he avoided social contact after a hard championship defeat while Dublin manager. Meyler is another who found loss harrowing, never more acutely than that All-Ireland semi-final.

Two hours takes him from Rochestown to Kilmoyley where he first became involved with the hurling team 20 years ago, winning four county titles back to back at one stage, and also the last two triumphs. In the recently published Meyler: A Family Memoir, a collaboration with his son, David, assisted by Fintan O’Toole, there is palpable affection for this part of Kerry and its people.


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