Huge turnout as Gooch launches au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - FRONT PAGE - By STEPHEN FERNANE

IT’S been a busy time for the Crokes and for­mer Kerry great Colm Cooper and none more so than last Thursday evening when over 800 fans con­verged on The Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel for the ea­gerly awaited launch of Colm’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

It was the per­fect oc­ca­sion in which to take stock of Colm’s glit­ter­ing ca­reer – one that’s still going strong – as fam­ily, close friends and queues of sup­port­ers availed of a pre­cious op­por­tu­nity to get their book signed and pose for an all-im­por­tant selfie with the Gooch.

The up close and per­sonal na­ture of the event made for a re­lax­ing op­por­tu­nity to look back at the highs and lows of a mem­o­rable ca­reer.

The Dr Crokes con­tin­gent were there in force and man­ager Pat O’Shea paid tribute to Colm for his con­tri­bu­tion to Crokes and Kerry foot­ball. This was re­cip­ro­cated when Colm de­scribed how lucky he felt at be­ing part of the Dr Crokes club since he was a boy. The Ard­shanavooly star also de­scribed the thrill of his first time lin­ing out along­side such Kerry greats Liam Has­sett, Dar­ragh O Sé and Sea­mus Moyni­han.

RTÉ’s Michael Lys­ter over­saw the MC du­ties and he too ad­mit­ted to be­ing en­thralled on count­less oc­ca­sions watch­ing and analysing Colm’s per­for­mances on the field. Jour­nal­ists Vin­cent Ho­gan and Tony Leen

- who have writ­ten thou­sands of words on Colm since he burst onto the scene in 2002 – were also in at­ten­dance.

Then on Fri­day night’s The Late Late Show he fielded ques­tions about his per­sonal life and play­ing days. He even man­aged to con­tex­tu­alise - with a wry smile, of course – the un­ques­tion­able opin­ions of Joe Brolly given how the Derry man is one of the game’s great­est play­ers!

But less than 24hrs later he was back do­ing what he does best in Fitzger­ald Sta­dium: scor­ing spec­tac­u­lar goals for Crokes in the semi-fi­nal of the county cham­pi­onship, adding more chap­ters to an in­cred­i­ble story.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Colm Cooper at the launch of his book Gooch The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy with his un­cle Donie and Mary Moriarty, cousin Diane and her two sons Jack and Paudie O’Leary at The Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Thursday.

Colm Cooper at the launch with Brian and Tanya O’Shea of Ea­son’s Kil­lar­ney

Colm Cooper with Mar­ian McAuliffe and Robert Barry, Kil­flynn

Colm Cooper at the launch of his book Gooch The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy with his brother Vince and He­len, Aoife and Liam

LEFT: Trine Bras­sil Kil­moy­ley, Cather­ine O’Con­nell and Mar­garet O’Sul­li­van, Lis­towel RIGHT: Der­mot O’Leary Kil­cum­min, Ger O’Con­nor Kil­lor­glin and Ro­nan McAuliffe, Gneeveg­uilla

Fr Paddy O’Donoghue and Fr Tom Looney

ABOVE: Colm Cooper at the launch of his book Gooch The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy with Kieran Fealy of Abbey­dor­ney

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