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Moss Keane the passing of a legend


Hardball

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Just heard the very sad news on RTE TV news that former Irish second row Moss Keane has died.

I would like to pass on my heartfelt sympathies to his family.

The passing of a true legend.
 

corelli

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Absolute legend. My first memories of Rugby are Moss, Slattery, Duggan et al. Magnificent men.

Of Course Keane was a member of the famous Munster team, beating New Zealand in 1978.

RIP
 

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I'm not a huge rugby fan but I remember him crossing the try line with two English lads hanging off him, a legend indeed.

Seemed like a decent man with it.
 

Aindriu

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I wonder if Munster & Leinster will have 2 minutes silence before their games this weekend? I hope so.
 

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RIP Moss.
A real rugby Hero.
 

corelli

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I'm not a huge rugby fan but I remember him crossing the try line with two English lads hanging off him, a legend indeed.

Seemed like a decent man with it.
Thought that was Ginger McLaughlin, actually, no?
 

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I'm not a huge rugby fan but I remember him crossing the try line with two English lads hanging off him, a legend indeed.

Seemed like a decent man with it.
As Corelli said, that was probably Ginger McLoughlin.

But Moss was a truly decent (and witty)man.

From RTE:

RT Sport: Death of rugby legend Moss Keane

The death has taken place of the former Irish rugby international Moss Keane at the age of 62.

The Kerry native was capped 51 times for Ireland, making his debut in Paris in 1974. He was part of the side that won the Triple Crown in 1982.

He toured New Zealand in 1977 with the British and Irish Lions and was also a part of the famous Munster side of 1978 that defeated New Zealand in Thomond Park.

Keane also played Gaelic football and represented his native county in the U-21 grade and won Sigerson Cup honours with UCC.

Moss Keane is survived by his wife Anne and his two daughters Sarah and Anne Marie.

Commenting on the news of Moss Keane's passing, IRFU President Caleb Powell said: 'Quite simply Irish rugby has lost one of its most genuine characters and legends of the game.

'Moss had ability on the field that no one could doubt from his record at club, provincial and international level. UCC, Lansdowne, Munster, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions all benefited from his presence and ensured that his reputation will live long in the memories of not only Irish rugby, but world rugby.'

'My own memories of Moss were his great belief in the ethos of the game which was evident in how he related to players from all levels in our club Lansdowne. It did not matter whether you were an Ireland international or playing for the third Bs, he always had time for everybody in the club and he will be sorely missed.'

Former Kerry All-Ireland football winner and now Kerry Fine Gael TD, Jimmy Deenihan paid tribute to Keane by saying: 'I knew Moss for decades and today is a sad day for all involved in sport, particularly in Kerry.

'Moss and I retained a long friendship since our youth and I had the pleasure of playing on the Kerry Junior team with him as well as against him on the rugby pitch. It is no exaggeration to say that Moss was one of the best known Kerrymen of his generation and he retained a deep affection for Currow where he was born.

'I remember well the Munster Final of 1977 when the Kerry team of which I was a member beat Cork. He demonstrated his deep affection for his home county when he said, while on tour with the Lions, that the highlight of the tour was when he heard that Kerry beat Cork.

'Many will remember the central role Moss played in Munster's historic victory over New Zealand. I met him after the game and saw first hand just how proud he was of Munster and all the supporters who played their part. Moss will be sadly missed.'
 

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He was (in)famous for ordering pints in braces. Was witness to it myself once or twice. By the time the second settled he was ready for it. A gourmand in the truest sense. A lovely lovely man.
 

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He was (in)famous for ordering pints in braces. Was witness to it myself once or twice. By the time the second settled he was ready for it. A gourmand in the truest sense. A lovely lovely man.
I had the pleasure of serving him some of those pints and was ALWAYS amazed at how the pint glass literally disappeared in his hand! I would've hated to have been grabbed by such a paw on a rugby field - it would have hurt!!

He was the kind of person you would like to think - "yes, he is what the Irish are all about" - an unassuming, good person, yet massively talented to boot.
 

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Poor old Moss - RIP. A great guy.

When he was a young inspector with the Dept. of Agriculture he used visit our company to make sure we weren't scamming the (then) EC on intervention grants while making the milk powder unfit for human consumption by adding fish meal (ultimately destined for animal feed). When he'd enter the office the room would actually darken, his mitt was as large as a Christmas ham and I still remember the size of his ear lobes - they were bigger than milk bottle tops!!! The part we loved most were his non-PC comments about us being paid by the EC to ruin decent Irish milk powder so as German pig farmers could use it as feed - all to try to reduce the European milk lake. Moss's unprintable suggestions as to what he thought should be done about, and to, the various parties, including ourselves, were hilarious. He always got an invite to our Christmas Party (remember those?) and it goes without saying he could eat and drink all of us under the table.

A legend in his own lifetime.
 

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There was one story I remember reading in the paper many years ago about Ireland playing France in Paris, and the gendarmes got called to a nightclub around 7 am on the Saturday morning, only hours before kick off - a number of Irish fans were worse for wear and getting out of hand.
When the cops got down to the nightclub and arrested the troublesome fans, it turned out they weren't fans at all, but PLAYERS!!! Fergus Slattery, Willie Duggan and Moss Keane.
Couldn't happen nowadays of course.
RIP, Moss.
 

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My favourite Moss story (in fact, my only Moss story) is a remark after the Lions has eked out a narrow victory against some tough New Zealand provincial side. Afterwards the coach asked him how he found it. Moss guffawed: "The first half was f*c*ing even, the second half was f*c*ing even worse!".

Incidentally, that was a great Lions team - one of the best ever. They won all their provincial matches except 1, but won the "5th Test" against the NZ Maoris. They lost the test series 3-1, conceding a try in injury time in the last game. Otherwise it would have been all square.

Moss was probably the last "character" of Irish rugby we will ever see, to whom it was as much about the crack as about winning. We won't see his like again.
 

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"The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it" Plutarch
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And Moss certainly used it to the full.
Thanks for all the great memories Moss.
May you rest in Peace.
 

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Moss Keane meant a lot to us at home growing up. He was a neighbour of my mothers, and was only over the road as it were, and we took an ownership in everything that he did..
We were very proud of him as a player for Ireland, but most of all we were proud of his demeanor in spite of his lofty position as an international. He was at all times humouristic, gentle and decent, a great ambassador for his family, his village of Currow and his county. He epitomised what it was to be alive and using everything he had to make life good.

Deepest sympathies to his Family and Friends. A great man.
 

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I had the pleasure of serving him some of those pints and was ALWAYS amazed at how the pint glass literally disappeared in his hand! I would've hated to have been grabbed by such a paw on a rugby field - it would have hurt!!
I remember seeing the Irish team with their pints en route from O'Donoghue's to their Shelbourne post-match dinner. Moss Keane's hands were so big he looked like he was holding a shot glass of Guinness!!!

And the roar he got... :)
 

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A legend indeed. Read his book a few years ago, some great stories in there. One in particular sticks in mind, when he was in UCC himself and a couple of pals used to don suits and 'crash' weddings, getting as much food and drink as possible. It was all going great until one time, the father of the bride somehow discovered they knew no-one at the wedding, the lads came clean, told him they did it alot, he found it hilarious and they got more food and drink that at any other wedding!
RIP Moss.
 

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Only a short time ago I saw an interview he did about Amhrain na bhFiann / Ireland's Call, etc. At some away game , the northerners wanted GSTQ as well played or , as a compromise " The Rose of Tralee ".
Moss's comment : " At one stage , it looked as if we were going to settle for God save the Rose of Tralee "
R.I.P.
 

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form comes and goes but class is always present in those that have it moss keane had class in spades RIP
 

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I had the pleasure of serving him some of those pints and was ALWAYS amazed at how the pint glass literally disappeared in his hand! I would've hated to have been grabbed by such a paw on a rugby field - it would have hurt!!

He was the kind of person you would like to think - "yes, he is what the Irish are all about" - an unassuming, good person, yet massively talented to boot.
And what sounds like an alcoholic!
 
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