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Kerry GAA legend Páidí Ó Sé has passed away, aged just 57

Updated: Monday, 17 Dec 2012 12:53 | Comments

Kerry legend Paidi O Sé has died, aged 57
Kerry legend Paidi O Sé has died, aged 57

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Kerry GAA football legend Páidí Ó Sé has passed away, aged just 57.

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Ó Sé won eight senior All-Ireland Football medals in an illustrious playing career and added two more as manager of his native Kerry. 

He also took Westmeath to a Leinster title.

Ó Sé is believed to have been found dead at his home in Ventry this morning. It is suspected he may have died from a heart attack.

The Kerryman's funeral will take place next Tuesday in Ventry.

"Ó Sé gave 100% in everything he did in football" - Sean Kelly

The Kerry legend has an incredible playing CV, winning eight All-Ireland football titles, 11 Munster football championships, four National League titles, four Railway Cups, five All Stars and two County Senior Championships.

As a manager he won two All-Ireland football titles with Kerry, as well as six Munster titles, and a National League. This run of success began with two Munster Under-21 Championship victories.

In addition, he guided Westmeath to the Leinster football championship title in 2004, their first ever title, in his first season in charge with the county.

He also coached Clare in his last managerial stint.

Ó Sé is survived by his wife, Maire, and three children, Neasa, Siún and Padraig Og.

Praise from all quarters for Ó Sé

Kerry County Board chairman Patrick O'Sullivan said that everyone in Kerry is heartbroken and that Ó Sé epitomised everything that was good about Kerry football.

Former Kerry footballer, and RTÉ broadcaster, Pat Spillane said he was heartbroken to learn of Ó Sé's death.

Spillane said they had a lifelong friendship and he described Paídí as one of the all time greats of Gaelic football.

Spillane said Ó Sé was a warrior and one of the greatest defenders of all time, and he epitomised everything that was good about the people of Kerry.

Another former team-mate, Ger Power, said Ó Sé never had any fear of playing football and his dedication to the game sustained him through the years.

Speaking on RTÉ's Saturday Sport, Power said: "Ó Sé played it hard and tough, but fair, and inspired many teams to success."

Former GAA president Seán Kelly said Ó Sé gave 100% in everything he did in football.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan said: Ó Sé will be "remembered not only as one of the greatest footballers of his time and also as a very successful manager guiding Kerry to two All-Ireland victories."

"His talent, commitment and energy were legendary", he added.

Former Mayo, Galway and Leitrim manager John O’Mahony said he was deeply shocked at Ó Sé’s death.

In a statement the Fine Gael Mayo deputy said: "Páidí was a great servant of the GAA, as a player and a manager, and he was the life and soul of the party wherever he went.

"His contribution to the GAA for Kerry and nationally was immense."

Former Dublin footballer Brian Mullins also paid tribute to the Kerry legend, describing him as a competitive opponent who played the game at 100 miles an hour.

He said Ó Sé took on the legacy that was left by previous Kerry footballers and was prepared to do or die for that tradition.

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