This week in our series of 'Great GAA Speeches', Liam Hassett joined Joanne Cantwell on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport to recall Kerry 1997 All-Ireland SFC victory.

After a period where Kerry had completely dominated the Irish footballing summer, claiming eight titles in 11 years, the Kingdom then faded away, as Cork and Clare claimed provincial honours down south.

Páidí Ó Sé managed his home county to All-Ireland under-21 success in 1995, with a team featuring the likes of Dara Ó'Cinneide, the Hassett brothers, Johnny Crowley, and Darragh Ó Sé.

His promotion to the senior job brought a first Munster title in five years in 1996, but Mayo would ultimately halt their march in the All-Ireland semi-final.

When the counties met in the decider the following year it was a different story, as Maurice Fitzgerald's nine-point haul inspired Ó Sé's troops to success.

Hassett, from the Laune Rangers club in Killorglin, would lift the Sam Maguire that day - the first Kerry man to do so in 11 years.

"We learned an awful lot from that (1996)," admits Hassett.

"There was a bit of hype around then, but Mayo gave us a bit of a lesson in the All-Ireland semi-final. We were maybe getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

"Páidí learned an awful lot as well, being his first year as senior manager. What a great character.

"One thing about Páidí was that he'd make you believe. There was no need for sports psychologists when you had the likes of Páidí Ó Sé."


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