Born in Waterville in 1936, Mick O'Dwyer has spent life in the Kerry village, apart from when he is in Killarney training the Kerry football team or in Croke Park winning All Irelands.

Mick O'Dwyer talks to RTÉ News about his life in Waterville, his introduction to Gaelic football in primary school, and growing up with the GAA.

I was interested in the game since the day I got out of the cradle I would say because as you know Gaelic football is part and parcel of Kerry and Kerry people.

While at the local primary school Saint Finian's, Sean McCarthy came to teach at the school and it was Sean that was responsible for Mick getting on the Kerry minor team of 1954. 

In November 1956 Mick O'Dwyer played for the Kerry senior team for the first time and he continued to play for them for 19 years. He won his first All-Ireland medal in 1959 when Kerry beat Galway. 

Being selected on the Kerry senior football team was the real top point in my life because I was the first Waterville man to be selected on a Kerry senior football team.

As a player and manager, Mick has been involved in nineteen All-Ireland football finals, finishing on the winning side twelve times.

In 1975 Mick O'Dwyer took over as manager of the Kerry team and has an unrivalled record with ten finals in twelve years, winning eight.  

Following on all his success, much of which he puts down to luck, Mick O'Dwyer has become a legendary figure throughout the country. 

I'm completely addicted to the game.

He also talks about the implications of emigration for the GAA on finding young players. 

Mick O'Dwyer, footballer, hotelier and musician is Kerryman of the year.

Despite giving most of his time to football, Mick is married, with four sons and still finds time to run two hotels in Waterville.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 March 1987. The reporter is Andrew Kelly.