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Mick O'Connell

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Mick O'Connell
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál Ó Conaill
Sport Gaelic football
Position Midfield
Born (1937-01-04) 4 January 1937 (age 85)
Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nickname Micko
Occupation Farmer and fisherman
Club(s)
Years Club
Waterville
Young Islanders
South Kerry
Club titles
Kerry titles 3
Inter-county(ies)
Years County Apps (scores)
1956-1974
Kerry 56 (1-121)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 12
All-Irelands 4
NFL 4
All Stars 1

Michael O'Connell (born 4 January 1937) is an Irish former Gaelic footballer. Throughout his 25-year club career, he played for Young Islanders, winning seven South Kerry Championship titles during a golden age for the club; he also played for divisional side South Kerry, and enjoyed much success in the County Championship. At inter-county level, he captained Kerry to win the 1959 All-Ireland Championship; he later claimed a further three All-Ireland medals, as well as Munster Championship and National League successes.[1][2]

Early life

Mick O'Connell was born on Valentia Island, County Kerry in 1937. His father was a fisherman who also worked on the family’s small farm on the island. From an early age O’Connell showed his footballing talent and "inimitable signs of excellence".[1]

Playing career

Club

O’Connell began his club football career with neighbouring Waterville. When a football club, Young Islanders, was founded on Valentia Island, as per GAA rules O'Connell switched allegiance to his local parish team. He won three Kerry County Championship medals with the South Kerry divisional side.

Inter-county

Underage

O'Connell’s career with Kerry began in 1955 when he lined out in the Munster Minor Championship. Kerry lost the replayed Munster final to Tipperary.

Senior

He quickly joined the Kerry senior football team, making his debut in 1956 againest Tipperary in the Munster Championship. He later lined out in the Munster final againest Cork, but lost out in a replay. Two years later in 1958 O’Connell won the first of eight Munster titles in-a-row, however, Kerry suffered a shock defeat by Derry in the All-Ireland semi-final. In 1959 O’Connell was captain when Kerry won the National Football League. He later guided his native-county to another Munster title, however, he had to retire injured in Kerry’s All-Ireland victory over Galway.

Following a second National League victory in 1961 O’Connell captured his second All-Ireland medal in 1962 when Kerry defeated Roscommon in the final. A third National League victory quickly followed at the start of 1963. After two All-Ireland defeats by Galway in 1964 and 1965 Kerry surrendered their provincial crown to Cork in 1966 and 1967. O’Connell won a ninth Munster title in 1968, however, Kerry lost out to Down in the All-Ireland final. This defeat was followed by a great year of success in 1969 as O’Connell added a fourth National League medal to his collection before winning a tenth Munster title. He later won a third All-Ireland medal following a victory over Offaly.

In 1970 O’Connell entered the third decade of his inter-county football career, winning an eleventh Munster title in the process. A fourth All-Ireland medal quickly followed after a victory over Meath in the first 80-minute All-Ireland final. O’Connell claimed two more National league medals in 1971 and 1972, before winning his twelfth and final provincial medal in 1972. That year Offaly later defeated Kerry in O’Connell’s last All-Ireland final appearance. In spite of this loss he was still presented with an All-Star award. O’Connell retired from inter-county football in 1973.

Retirement

In retirement from playing O’Connell published his autobiography, ‘A Kerry Footballer’, in 1974. Ten years later in 1984, the GAA's centenary year, his reputation as one of the all-time greats was recognised when he was named in the midfield position on the GAA's Football Team of the Century. In 2000 O’Connell was also named on the associations ‘Football Team of the Millennium.’

Personal life

In 1972 O'Connell married his wife Rosaleen. They have three children, Máire, Mícheál and Diarmuid.[3]Mícheál married Emma, daughter of then President Mary McAleese in December 2009.[4]

Career statistics

Team Season National League Munster All-Ireland Total
Division Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score
Kerry 1955-56 Division 1 0 0-00 3 0-01 3 0-01
1956-57 5 0-02 1 0-01 6 0-03
1957-58 4 0-06 2 0-00 1 0-00 7 0-06
1958-59 7 1-08 2 0-04 2 0-02 11 1-14
1959-60 7 1-04 2 0-04 2 0-02 11 1-10
1960-61 8 0-09 3 0-03 1 0-00 12 0-12
1961-62 4 0-13 2 1-04 2 0-12 8 1-29
1962-63 2 0-03 2 0-08 1 0-04 5 0-15
1963-64 6 1-19 2 0-03 2 0-07 10 1-29
1964-65 4 1-09 2 0-06 2 0-03 8 1-18
1965-66 3 0-07 2 0-05 5 0-12
1966-67 0 0-00 0 0-00 0 0-00
1967-68 2 0-02 2 0-06 2 0-03 6 0-11
1968-69 10 3-32 2 0-10 2 0-05 14 3-47
1969-70 1 0-01 2 0-06 2 0-03 5 0-10
1970-71 1 0-00 2 0-02 3 0-02
1971-72 8 0-13 2 0-05 3 0-12 13 0-30
1972-73 1 0-03 0 0-00 1 0-03
1973-74 0 0-00 1 0-00 1 0-00
Career total 73 7-131 34 1-68 22 0-53 129 8-252

Honours

Valentia Young Islanders
  • South Kerry Senior Football Championship: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1979
South Kerry
Kerry
Munster

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Audio Interview with Mick O'Connell - Kerry GAA Archived 2008-09-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Mick O'Connell
  3. ^ "I'd do anything for Diarmuid". 14 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Mary's delight on daughter's wedding day". 21 December 2009.
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