The GAA lost a legend on this day five years ago

December 15, 2017

The late Páidí Ó Sé.
©INPHO/Billy Stickland.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Páidí Ó Sé's sudden passing at the age of 57.

The larger-than-life Kerry football legend's death caused widespread shock and sadness. He left an indelible mark on Gaelic football, playing in 10 All-Ireland finals, and featuring on the winning side on eight occasions between 1975 and '86. The teak-tough defender also won 11 Munster medals, four National League medals and five All Star awards during an illustrious career.

As a manager, he steered his beloved Kingdom to All-Ireland triumphs in 1997 and 2000, but arguably his greatest achievement came in 2004 when he led Westmeath out of the footballing wilderness and to their first Leinster SFC title.

Such was the Ventry publican's fame that he was even remembered by the BBC at their 2012 Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony, which was held the evening after his death.

Páidí - five years gone, but never to be forgotten.


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