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The All Ireland Final - Cork and Kerry

Friday, 18 September 2009

Kerry people

Club: Dr Crokes (Killarney)
One of the most famous and strongest clubs in Kerry.

Colm Cooper, who is a high profile player on the Kerry team, plays with the Dr Crokes club.

John Keogh
John 'Yogi' Keogh (called Yogi because he is cute and cuddly)
Yogi is the chairman of the supporters club in Dr Croke.
They call the supporters club the ''clear air boys'' supporters club, because Killarney is known for it's ''fresh air''.
In the turn of 1800 this name was associated with the club.

In 1977, after the 'famine' of not wining an All Ireland in 11 years, Botty and his wife were going to work in Chicago, next thing they rang the travel agency and went to O'Hair airport in Chicago.
They flew back to Kerry on the Friday from Chicago, went up to the pub that night in Kerry and up to Dublin the next day.
He was supposed to fly back to Chicago on the Wednesday, but didn't make it back until the Friday.

Niall 'Botty' O Callaghan
Niall is the former vice chair of the St Finbarrs Club, he is former Mayor of Killarney, he is the 'bottle carrier' on the Kerry team
Botty used to drive a 'Venga Bus' around the country with the Kerry supporters - he was the chauffeur of the group because he doesn't drink.
Will be on the pitch carrying the water bottles on Sunday in Croke Park.

Sile Dickson
Her grandfather won All Ireland titles in 1913 and 1914.
Sile is the sister of Pat O 'Shea, who is the former Kerry manager.
Sile is also the president of the Irish Nurses Organisation (INO)

Brian O'Callaghan
Brian is the chair of the IT Committee with the Dr Crokes.
Both John and Brian were the first club involved in broadcasting live the first webcam game in Ireland.
He is chair of county board IT as well.
He went to school in Dublin, in 1975 he went AWOL to go to the All Ireland, one weekend. He was 16 at the time and in second level college in Dublin.
He went to every All Ireland that Kerry were involved in since 1975.

Cork people:

Cyril Kavanagh (Douglas club in Cork)

He is the most famous Cork supporter in the country, probably the most famous GAA supporter in the country.
He has not missed one championship match since 1973.
He wears a samba hat to the matches that he bought in Spain in the 80's and he wears it to every Cork game.
He sang the 'Banks of the Lee' after Cork won the Munster football final this year.
He is flying up to Dublin from Cork to the Match this Sunday.

On one occasion when he was coming back from a match in the late 70's, they travelled on a mini bus with a group of the supporters from Cork they stopped on Monasterevin on way the back to Kerry after having pints in the local pub in Monasterevin, they couldn't drive back, nor could they get somewhere to stay.They ended up sleeping in bails of hay in the Monasterevin grave yard.

Club: St Finbarrs (Cork City)

St Finbarrs is one of Ireland's most famous clubs.
The club has won an All Ireland title in every decade since 1899 at some level.

St Finbarrs are in the club co final on Sunday week. Michael Shield's, who is playing for Cork in Sunday's All Ireland Final, is from the St Finbarrs Club.

Diarmuid Hurley
Diarmuid is the vice chair of the St Finbarrs club.
His wife is involved with the camogie club in cork and he has one boy and two girls aged 12 - 6 that are involved with the St Finbarrs at underage level. His wife is the chair of the camogie club
Diarmuid's father is the Club's president

Johnny Sweeney
He is the 'personality' of the group. He is a life-long member of the club; He is the only person to be a selector on four All Ireland winning teams, as a Cork selector.. Three of the All Ireland winning teams that he was involved with were in the under 21 level. Johnny plays the sax phone..

Colm O' Sullivan
He is a current player in the St Finbarrs club, playing for their junior club team.
He has also played on successful senior teams.

Kerry have won 35 All Ireland Football titles
Cork have won 5 All Ireland Football Finals