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Brian Kerr - Away with the Faroes

Monday, 16 November 2009

Brian Kerr is on The Afternoon Show today to talk about a new documentary Away With The Faroes which airs tomorrow at 9.40pm.

RTE PRESS have said
"Four years after losing his dream job as Republic of Ireland soccer manager Brian Kerr is on the road again. This summer he took on a new job: managing the Faroe Islands squad. The Faroes are a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic with a population of 49,000, the size of Carlow. It's a small pool from which to pick players and with an eight year losing streak under their belt, the Faroe Islands are probably football's worst team. The amateur squad is made up of fishermen, carpenters, students and policemen, all part-timers so Kerr's challenge is huge.
This past August Kerr led the Faroes in a David & Goliath match against France. The parallels are not lost on Kerr or his Irish fans. It's the same team that beat Ireland in 2006, the same squad that crushed Kerr's Irish football career.

Away with the Faroes is a fly on the wall documentary chronicling a week in the life of Brian Kerr as he leads the Faroe Islands against the French. It may be a fairytale to think the Faroes have a hope in hell of breaking their run of bad luck, but sometimes magic happens".

Brian Kerr is the Dubliner that is known to us as a former Irish football manager. He's moved onto pastures new since and is currently manager of the Faroe Island's.

His football career began playing football for Crumlin Utd. He played for Shelbourne United and then concentrated his efforts on coaching. He managed Shamrock Rovers B-side in 1972 and was assistant manager at Shelbourne F.C. in 1983.

In December 1986 Kerr managed League of Ireland Side St Patrick's Athletic. In 1996 St Pat's won the league again.

Brian became the technical director of the FAI in 1996 and then began to manage the junior Republic of Ireland squads, and led them both the under 16's and the under 18's into victory in the European Championships.

In 2003 Kerr was appointed full time manager of the Irish Football Team. Our World Cup dreams that year were not realized as we finished third in the group, losing to Switzerland and have a draw against Russia. In the 2006 world cup we were

Nevertheless Brian Kerr has an impressive history with the Irish team, having a hand in launching the careers of some of our best soccer stars, Robbie Keane, Damien duff and John O'Shea.

In 2005 he was replaced by Steve Staunton as the manager of the Irish football squad, and is not manager of the Faroe Islands. Kerr received some bad press and had a tough year in 2005 - the FAI decided not to renew his contract. He was replaced by Steve Staunton.

In June Kerr's first match in charge of the Faroe Islands ended in a defeat at the hands of Serbia. In September 2009, Faroe Islands recorded their first competitive win since the 2002 World Cup qualification stage after beating Lithuania 2-1.

Faroe Islands: REF: BBC NEWS
"The Faroes, an archipelago of 18 islands in the North Atlantic, constitute an autonomous region of Denmark. While the islands' rugged coastlines and extensive bird life are a draw for some, the Faroes also offer the prospect of major offshore reserves of oil and gas. These potential resources have given extra weight to the argument for full independence from Denmark.
But a planned referendum on the issue was shelved in 2001 after Denmark said it would halt aid within four years if voters favoured the independence proposals. A local parliament looks after the islands' affairs, although Copenhagen is responsible for defence and foreign relations.
The Faroes were first settled by Irish monks in the 6th century AD. The first Norse settlers were farmers.
The islands became part of the Kingdom of Norway in the 11th century and came under Danish control in the 14th century when Norway joined the Kingdom of Denmark. Under the 1948 Home Rule Act the islands became self-governing.
The islanders' traditional hunt for pilot whales has attracted international attention. Supporters of the hunt say whale meat is an important source of food over the winter. Animal rights activists have called for the cull to be banned.
Fishing is the main economic activity on the islands, and Danish subsidies remain an important source of income. Copenhagen has said it will review the subsidy agreement should the Faroes profit from offshore energy reserves.

Facts about the Faroes
Territory: Faroe Islands Status: Self-governing part of Denmark
Population: 47,700 (Danish government, 2003)
Capital: Torshavn
Area: 1,399 sq km (540 sq miles)
Major languages: Faroese, Danish
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 81 years (women)
Monetary unit: 1 Danish krone = 100 ore
Main exports: Fish, fish products, marine vessels
GNI per capita: n/a
Internet domain: .fo
International dialling code: +298
Queen: Margrethe II of Denmark
Prime minister (Lagmand) Kaj Leo Johannessen
Kaj Leo Johannessen of the Union Party became prime minister in September 2008, a week after the collapse of former prime minister Joannes Eidesgaard's coalition.

Joannes Eidesgaard had stepped down after quarrels with his foreign minister and disagreements within the coalition.

Mr Johannessen's coalition government consists of nine members representing the Union Party, the People's Party and the Social Democratic Party. Each party has three members in the government. The three parties also jointly hold 20 of the 33 seats in parliament.

The prime minister has pledged to seek closer ties with Europe and to preserve the fishing sector, which is a major source of income for the country.

The Faroes have traditionally been governed by coalitions. The parliament, the Lagting, has limited autonomy. The Danish government controls defence policy, foreign affairs, monetary matters, the church and the police. The islands send two representatives to the Danish parliament, the Folketing.
There are two national dailies in the Faroe Islands. The main national radio and TV services are publicly-funded".