Colm Cooper has said that he is still in total shock from the passing of Kerry great Páidí Ó Sé on Saturday.
Ó Sé’s death, at the age of 57, was announced yesterday morning and has led to many tributes to the legacy and character of the eight-time All-Ireland winner.
Speaking in London after helping Dr Crokes to victory against Tir Chonaill Gaels in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship, Cooper told RTÉ: "It was devastating news. I just couldn’t believe it to be honest. It is horrible.
"It is horrific really for Maura and the kids. I was talking to the three lads Marc, Darragh and Tomás last night and needless to say they are in total shock.
"He is a big loss to Kerry, a big loss to the GAA and I think his character and his rogueism, everybody will definitely miss him.
"I started playing in 2002 with Kerry and Páidí was the manager at that time. He was just an inspirational figure having won everything there was possible to win.
"To work with him and see his character, the inspiration I got from him was absolutely incredible. I’m still just in total shock."
Cooper also said that the death of his former manager was on the minds of the Dr Crokes players in Ruislip as they produced a determined performance to win 3-12 to 0-06 in the quarter-final.
"He is a big loss to Kerry, a big loss to the GAA and I think his character and his rogueism" - Colm Cooper
He stated: "We came over and we were trying to be as professional as we could in our performance but i think everyone in our dressing room knew Páidí in some shape or capacity.
"He is a very proud Kerry figure and we were obviously representing Kerry today and we wanted to win it.
"Maybe that little bit in the background for Páidí’s legacy was maybe in the team as well."