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The Mentors

Declan Browne

Declan Browne played at inter-county level for Tipperary for 11 years. He currently plays his club football for Moyle Rovers. He represented Ireland against Australia in the 2004 International Rules series.

Browne made his championship debut in 1996 in a Munster championship game against Kerry. Browne received Tipperary's first football All-Star in 1998 when he was picked at corner-forward after leading the Tipperary team to the Munster Football Final. Browne won his second All-Star award in 2003. He has won six County Senior Football medals with his club, Moyle Rovers. He won a Munster Minor Football medal in 1995, a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 1996 and a Munster U-21 Hurling medal in 1999 as well as a McGrath Cup medal in 2003 and was awarded the Munster footballer of the year award for that same year. Browne captained Tipperary to win the 2005 Tommy Murphy Cup.

Eoin 'Bomber' Liston

He is regarded as one of Kerry's greatest-ever full-forwards. Nicknamed "the Bomber", the tall, bearded full-forward played for the Kerry County football team in the late 1970s and 1980s and terrorised defences with his attacking style and eye for goal. He shared the position with Mikey Sheehy, another very talented footballer. He played football with his local club Beale, County Championship with Shannon Rangers and with the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1978 until 1993.

The Bomber won the All-Ireland U21 Football Championship with Kerry in 1977. He has seven Munster Championship medals and won two National Football League Division One titles with Kerry in 1982 and 1984. The number 14 won seven All-Ireland senior football medals and four GAA All Stars Awards. His all-Ireland winning years are 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985 add 1986.He is remembered for his three goals against arch-rivals Dublin in the 1978 final.

After his playing days were over, Liston entered club management with success. At one stage, he had emerged as the favourite to become the next Kerry Senior Football manager. He later ruled out that possibility. He also served as a selector under Sean Boylan for the Irish compromise rules football team in 2006.

He now lives in the village of Churchill, located outside Tralee, and is renowned for singing "Raglan Road", a traditional Irish folk song. Recently he has been largely involved with charities close to his heart.

Bomber managed Tralee side Kerins O'Rahillys to their first senior county title in 26 years in 2002 (previous to that they won it in 1957).

Jack O'Shea

Jack O'Shea was born in Caherciveen, County Kerry in 1957. After making his minor debut against Waterford in the 1974 Munster Championship "Jacko" went on to represent the Under-21s with whom he won a record four All-Ireland medals in a row.

The natural progression to the Kerry County senior team came in 1977 and after a disappointing All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin, Kerry went on to achieve an exceptional four-in-a-row between 1978 and 1981. O'Shea's footballing prowess earned him a place on the Sunday Independent/Irish Nationwide team of the century.

He was also a member of the side in the centenary year of the Gaelic Athletic Association, 1984, a side that won three All-Ireland's in a row between 1984 and 1986. During his career he won three National Leagues, ten Munster titles and seven All-Irelands. He was also the recipient of six consecutive GAA All Stars Awards from 1980 to 1985, in midfield - the most notoriously difficult position to win the award. O'Shea also played a central role on Ireland's International Rules team. He was captain for the series against the Australians in 1984 and 1986 and was again part of the panel in 1990. He was a member of the GAA Football Team of the Century in 1984.

Liam Kearns

Tralee man Kearns, whose mother is from Laois, was appointed as Mick O'Dwyer’s successor in September 2006. He previously managed Limerick for six years and helped to raise the county’s profile in that time. In being appointed he saw off the challenge of former Laois star Pat Roe, who had a successful spell in charge of Wexford.

Kearns is highly regarded as a manager and coach and during his spell with Limerick he turned them into the second team in Munster as they outshone Cork. He managed the Limerick under 21 side to successive Munster titles and to an All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship final appearance. In 2003 he led Limerick to a Division 2 National Football League final where they were beaten by Westmeath on the same day that Laois lost to Tyrone in the Division 1 decider.

The following year he was in charge when Limerick beat Laois in a Division 1 National Football League tie at the Gaelic Grounds and that year Limerick reached the Munster Senior Football Championship final which they lost on a replay to Kerry.

As a player, Liam was a member of the Austin Stacks club and played for the Kerry minor team for two year winning an All-Ireland Minor Football Championship with them in 1980. He graduated to become a member of the Kerry Under 21 and senior football panels and won a Kerry Senior Football Championship medal with Austin Stacks in 1986. His father Ollie captained Kerry to an All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final in the late 50s and then was a wing forward on the Graiguecullen team that won their last Laois Senior Football Championship title in 1965.

Mickey Quinn

Played for Leitrim in the late 80s and 90s. Won an All Star in 1990, the second All Star ever, Maurice Fitzgerald was the other, to never have played in Croke Park prior to winning his award.

Paddy Cullen

Cullen has won an all-star for Dublin on an amazing four occasions in 1974, 1976, 1977 and in 1979. Cullen won his first of three all-Irelands when Dublin defeated Galway by a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-6 in a game in which Cullen saved a penalty. This penalty save that famously ended Galway's hopes of winning the all-Ireland is ranked as number 17 in the Top 20 GAA Moments. He won his second all-star in 1976 when Dublin defeated bitter rivals Kerry 3-8 to 0-10 in the final in Croke Park. He won his final all-Ireland in 1977 in a game where he had three goals scored against him, despite this Dublin had a comfortable 5-12 to 3-6 win over Armagh.

Paddy won two national football league medals with Dublin in 1976 against Derry and again in 1978 against Mayo. He also managed Dublin to National Football League success in 1991 and then took Dublin to the famous and epic four game first round saga against Meath which Dublin eventually lost by a point. Paddy is the owner of Paddy Cullen's pub, Ballsbridge.

Pete McGrath

Pete first came to national prominence as part of the backroom team that helped guide St. Colman’s of Newry, Co. Down to two All-Ireland Colleges titles in 1986 and 1988. He was also involved with Hogan Cup successes in 1993 and 1988 with the Newry College, where he was a member of teaching staff before his retirement in 2005/6.

In 1987 he guided Down to only their second ever All-Ireland Minor title and was appointed manager of their Senior team in 1989. He enjoyed outstanding success in the early nineties leading Down to two memorable All-Ireland victories in 1991 and 1994 before finally stepping down as manager of the County after the 2002 Championship. Pete was the Irish Manager for the International Rules Series of 2004 and 2005.

His first ever club was Cooley Kickhams where he spent two very successful years winning the first League title in fourteen years and bringing the club to their first Championship Final in fifteen years. Pete is now with An Riocht, Co Down and is the Down U21 Manager since the 2007 season.

Tony McManus

All-Star McManus, a native of Johnstown, initially honed his reputation as a classy, stylish, high-scoring forward during the late Seventies when four Connacht titles and a National League were won. A veterinary surgeon who recently served for two years as selector for the Roscommon senior team, McManus was another win a Sigerson Cup medal with UCD and to play in the 1980 All-Ireland final. He also appeared in Clann na nGael's numerous All-Ireland club finals. He won an All Star in 1989.