Kieran had an in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - JACK O’CON­NOR, FORMER KERRY SE­NIOR FOOT­BALL MAN­AGER

KIERAN will be fondly re­mem­bered by sup­port­ers, man­age­ment and play­ers. He rev­o­lu­tionised our for­tunes against Long­ford in 2006. Kieran missed the re­play against Cork and was back for the Long­ford game. In the four games be­fore Long­ford we scored no goal and in the next four games we scored 11 goals!

We scored four goals against Long­ford and Kieran was in­volved in all four, such was his in­flu­ence. Kieran pro­vided us with a new fo­cus.

He had a bril­liant com­bi­na­tion of size, strength, agility and great hands. His bas­ket­ball knowl­edge and skill played a huge part in his game.

Kieran had an in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm and proved a hard man for any de­fence. His tem­per­a­ment was ideal and he was a real team player.

Bomber Lis­ton was a cen­tral fea­ture of Mick O’Dwyer’s great team and I would say that Kieran Don­naghy is the same cat­e­gory as the Bomber and he un­doubt­edly was the ‘Bomber’ of our team.

I re­ally en­joyed work­ing with Kieran and I wish Kieran and his fam­ily all the best for the fu­ture.

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