He was an all-round player

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

I SAW Kieran be­ing re­ferred to as the ‘best team-mate ever’ and that is cer­tainly a view I very much con­cur with. People know all about him on the field and what he has achieved but off it he is very self­less with his time whether that be in the dress­ing room or as a friend or as an am­bas­sador which he pretty much is for bas­ket­ball now in Tralee.

While we had been go­ing poorly in 2006, Kieran’s form had been very good in train­ing to get the chance that he even­tu­ally got that day against Long­ford and I think the way he played against Ar­magh in the Quar­ter-Fi­nal in scor­ing the goal like he did and get­ting the bet­ter of both Fran­cie Bellew and Paul Hearty showed a lot about his char­ac­ter in be­ing will­ing to keep go­ing even af­ter a poor first half in that game.

For me he was an all-round player and there was plenty to his game es­pe­cially his ball skills. Kieran has a great way with people and I am sure some­one like David Clif­ford would have ben­e­fit­ted a lot from be­ing able to learn more about the se­nior game from him this year.


Re­ceiv­ing his Foot­baller of the Year award in 20016 by An Taoiseach Ber­tie Ah­ern T.D. and Nickey Bren­nan, Pres­i­dent of the GAA, at the Voda­fone GAA All-Star Awards in the Ci­ty­west Ho­tel, Dublin.

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