Perhaps The Greatest Gaelic Footballer, Mick O'Connel, is 80 Today.

General Urko

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The Great Mick O'Connell is 80 today! When I was a young child, I was always told, Mick O'Connell was the greatest ever gaelic footballer!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_O'Connell

He lost more All Ireland Finals, than he won, 6 defeats and 4 victories!
A very beloved man, you would be hard pressed to come across a more easy going person. A man for whom the means were always more important than the end!
As A young man, he actually studied engineering in UCC, gaining a first class honours reault in first, but he went back to Valentia Island, where he got a job, rather than continue his studies!
Omn an interview just on Newstalk, he actually claims to have no real passion in life and is a very independent straight talking man, prone to the great Kerryism of answering a question with another one!:rolleyes:
A huge sports fan and his interests include soccer and rugby league!

He now calls Gaelic Football, 'Gaelic' as there's very little football in it!:rolleyes:

[video=youtube;DlmYUup_KSQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlmYUup_KSQ[/video]

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[video=youtube;MeNqDUNc3YI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeNqDUNc3YI[/video]

[video=youtube;n6t-mVu2vKU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6t-mVu2vKU[/video]


Happy Birthday, Young Man!
 


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In the last week of October 1980, he complained about the failure of the GAA to cancel all its matches on the week-ends after the murders of John Morley, the former Mayo footballer and later of Seamus Quaid, the former Limerick and Wexford hurler. Many members of the GAA were murdered in Northern Ireland. The GAA did not cancel all its matches to mark those murders. (If it had, few GAA competitions would have been completed during those long, bad years.) There was no complaints from Mick O'Connell about the failure of the GAA to cancel all its matches due to those murders of GAA people in Northern Ireland.

Has Mick O'Connell ever apologised for insinuating that the lives of Mayo footballers and Wexford hurlers are more precious than the lives of Antrim referees, Tyrone footballers or Derry footballers?
 

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As a young boy (from Cork!) while I was on holidays in Kerry I saw him walking along the road in Valentia Island - it was the equivalent in today's terms of bumping into Messi at the supermarket!

Happy Birthday.
 

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I take exception to his view on football today but will give him an old man's pass.
 

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If I'm not mistaken (and I could be very mistaken) didn't O'Connell have a trial at a professional football club in England? Or was that just an urban myth?

I can just about recall O'Connell playing. Even at the end of his intercounty career he was a force to be reckoned with.
(Jack O'Shea is more my vintage).

By all accounts a superb player in his prime.
 

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If I'm not mistaken (and I could be very mistaken) didn't O'Connell have a trial at a professional football club in England? Or was that just an urban myth?

I can just about recall O'Connell playing. Even at the end of his intercounty career he was a force to be reckoned with.
(Jack O'Shea is more my vintage).

By all accounts a superb player in his prime.
Don't think he ever went to England to play the garrison game ! I think a Down player did and there was talk of an interest in the Galway keeper, Johnny Geraghty, by some English club.
Apart from being a fantastic footballer, anyone notice how Micko speaks English very well ?
 


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