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Bás Páidí Uí Shé 2012-12-18 09:00:00

Bás Páidí Uí Shé

It is with deep regret that Coiste Chontae Chiarraí CLG has been informed of the unexpected death earlier this morning (Sat 15th) at his home in Ceann Trá of one of the county's most outstanding footballers, and former manager, Páidí Ó Sé.

The Chairman of Coiste Chontae Chiarraí, Mr Patrick O'Sullivan, on behalf of all GAA Gaels in Kerry and beyond, wishes to express his deep sympathy to Páidí’s wife Máire, children Pádraig, Siún and Neasa, brother Tomás, nephews Feargal, Darragh, Tomás and Marc, to the extended Ó Sé family and to his club An Ghaeltacht on this sad occasion.

Ní bheidh leithéid Páidí arís ann. Tá súil againn go bhfuil sé chomh sásta sa tsíoraíocht agus a bhí sé sa Ríocht.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at his home on Monday. Remains to arrive at Ventry Church on Tuesday for 12 noon Mass and funeral afterwards to Reilig Caitlíona, Ventry.

Tá roinnt eolais thráchta thíos do shochraid Pháidí Uí Shé ar eagla go mbeadh sé mar chabhair do aon duine de bhúr mbaill a bhfuil i gceist acu taisteal dtín sochraid.

Below you will find some information on the traffic plan in place for the funeral of Páidí Ó Sé in case it may be of use to any of your members who intend to travel for the funeral. As the Ventry area is rural, roads are narrow and parking is minimal and so we would ask any clubs that intend sending buses or coaches of mourners, to inform us in advance in order that we can make arrangements to accommodate them.

My contact number is 087 0518361 and club Chairman JJ O Corrduibh's is 087 9602382.

On both Monday and Tuesday, stewards will be in place to direct parking and to aid mourners find a location to park safely.

We ask that mourners expect large delays and to be patient and follow the instruction of stewards in order to ensure a minimum of congestion.

A one way system will be in place both days and stewards will direct traffic accordingly. This will run west from Sear’s cross in Ventry village to Árd a’Bhóthair, north for 100 metres on the clasach road from Árd a’Bhóthair and turn east through Ráth Fhionnáin to Ventry again. If the event of significant congestion, traffic returning through Ráth Fhionnáin will be directed back towards Dingle via Baile an Eanaig rather than Ventry.

There will be a special set down and pick up area for elderly people and people with reduced mobility on both days, stewards will direct traffic to this area when informed of the requirement.

On Tuesday a special car park will be open to cater for the very large numbers expected, stewards will direct traffic to this car park. Mourners are asked to allow additional time in order to include for the delays due to this expected high volume of traffic.

Mourners are also reminded that as Árd a Bhóthair is a rural area, if they intend to arrive during darkness that they consider bringing a torch in order to aid their mobility as people may have to walk along unlit roads at times.

Funeral Arrngements are as follows:
Reposing at his home on Monday. Remains to arrive Ventry Church on Tuesday for 12 noon Requiem Mass and funeral afterwards to Reilig Caitlíona, Ventry. Family flowers only please.

Link to death notice: www.rip.ie

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Graveside Oration by Sean Walsh, Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Múmhan CLG at Funeral of Páidí Ó Sé R.I.P.

The Ó Sé family have bestowed a great honour on me by requesting that I speak at Páidí’s funeral.

I am fully aware, as indeed we all are, that we are mourning the loss of an extraordinary individual and that words are not adequate to convey our deep sense of loss; but we feel it in our hearts, in our bones and in our minds. From our midst has been taken an Icon, a Legend in his own lifetime, a man of many talents and many parts, a man we will remember for these talents. But the greatest sense of loss and grief will be felt by his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them, not only at this time, but into the future.

Páidí Ó Sé, Peileadóir Chiarraí, Captaen Foireann Chiarraí, Bainisteoir Foireann Chiarraí, garda, Fear an Tí anseo i dTigh Pháídí in Árd A’Bhóthair, fear clainne, fear a raibh scéalta iontacha greannúr le h-insint aige. Tá sé deachair dúinn a thuiscint go bhfuil sé imithe uainn.
Is i ngeansaí Chiarraí is mó a bheidh cuimhne againn go deo ar Pháidí Ó Sé. Peileadóír den chéad scoth a bhain cliú agus cáil amach dó féin is cuma pé áit sa pháirc ina raibh sé ag imirt. Ocht mbonn uile Éireann sinsear buaite aige comh maith leis na gradaim go léir eile a bhuaidh sé san Sraith Náísiúnta, Corn An Bhóthair Iarainn agus i gCraobh Na Mumhan, agus anseo i gCiarraí i gCroabh an Chontae.

Bhí sé mar cheannaire den chéad scoth againn i bpáirc na h-imeartha agus go h-áirithe in 1985 mar chaptaen na fóirne.Chruthaigh sé ceannaireacht fíor iontach ní h-amháin ar an bpáirc imeartha mar imreoir ach chomh maith mar bhainisteoir na fóirne laistigh agus lasmuigh den pháirc.

Ní dhéanfaidh éinne dearmad go deo ar an óráid a thug sé as Gaeilge tar éis dó an Chorn Sam a ghlachadh i ndiaidh an Chluiche Cheannais i bPáirc An Chróchaigh in 1985. Ba chruthú é sin ar an gcaighdéan ard a bhí aige féin . Bhí sé fíor lámhach lena chuid ama agus é ag bualadh le daoine a tháínig anseo chun chainte leis. Táimid uilig bródúil as an méid a rinne sé ar son Cumann Lúthchleas Gael agus do Chíarraí i gcoitine.

Páidí was truly in every sense of the word a Kerry great on the field and off the field he was always so entertaining to listen to. He will be sadly missed by all. Today we lay to rest the unconquerable Páidí Ó Sé, a friend to millions, a loving husband to Máire, a loving father to his children Neasa, Siún and Padraig Óg, and the proudest uncle in the world to Feargal, Darragh, Tomás and Marc and ever present friend and brother to Tom. His memory will be lovingly and proudly remembered by all who knew him. Today the GAA mourns the passing of one its greatest ambassadors. Few have earned the affection of so many sports people not alone for their sporting achievements and for their infectious, warm and charismatic personalities off the field as Páidí Ó Sé. Páidí had many friends not alone from the sporting world but from every walk of life. He was as comfortable and happy sitting with the locals in Foxy John’s as he was in Government buildings with the Taoiseach of the day.

It was highly appropriate that leading the many tributes paid to Páidí since his untimely death last Saturday was one from Uachtarán Na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins. Appropriate because Páidí throughout his life embodied everything of what it meant to be Irish. A fíor Gael, he was passionate about everything Irish. Coming from An Ghaeltacht his love of our native language was nurtured from the cradle and it was in his own native language that he articulated his great joy of being a an All-Ireland winning captain in his speech on the steps of the Hogan Stand in 1985. When speaking in his native tongue it was always spoken with such colour and beauty that it would bring on tears of joy and often laughter. He loved our Gaelic culture, music, song, dance and literature and his passion for politics was widely known. But it was in our games that his passion truly blossomed from a very young age. And when his playing days and his times in management were over he never lost that passion and kept it alive in his weekly column in the Sunday Independent. He contributed to many TV and Radio programmes and documentaries about Gaelic Games and at the time of his death was busy organising his Annual Football Tournament which in 2013 would be his own personal contribution to The Gathering where he planned to invite teams from overseas. As a director of Fáilte Ireland he was passionate about the importance of promoting tourism particularly to his beloved Chorcha Dhuibhne and Kerry.

Everybody here today will recall their own personal memories and if all those memories were collected and put together it would indeed be filled with many stories of his illustrious years as a player and team manager, it would be funny because Páidí had the charm and roguery to be a great storyteller who would have an audience in the palm of his hand as he told some wonderful stories of his own exploits and those of others. Stories, that he embellished so well with his unique gift to entertain that his listeners would always have a good laugh, often at his own expense.

As a player and manager his achievements are huge:-

Playing Honours

Schools titles
•O'Sullivan Cup (Kerry Colleges) 4: 1971,1972,1973,1974
•Munster College A with St. Brendan’s Killarney 2: 1972,1973
•Munster Colleges B with St. Micheal’s Listowel 1: 1974

Underage titles
•3 Munster U21 Championship 1973,1975,1976
•3 All Ireland U21 Championship 1973,1975,1976

Senior titles

All Ireland Senior Championship 8: 1975,1978,1979,1980,1981,1984,1985,1986
Munster Senior Championship 11: 1975,1976,1977,1978,1979,1980,1981,1982,1984,1985,1986
National League 4: 1974,1977,1982,1984
Railway Cup 4: 1976,1978,1981,1982
All Stars 5: 1981,1982,1983,1984,1985
County Senior Championship: 1984,198

Managerial honours

All Ireland Senior Championship 2: 1997,2000
Munster Senior Championship 6: 1996,1997,1998,2000,2001,2003
•All Ireland U21 Championship 1: 1995
Munster U21 Championship 2; 1993,1995
•National League 1: 1997

•Leinster Senior Championship 1: 2004

West Kerry
County Senior Championship 3: 1984, 1985 (Player/Manager) 1990

Árd A Bhóthair was a very special place to Páidí. Here he grew from boy to man in a close knit and happy family environment that made a deep imprint on his future life. Here his early passion for football was nurtured and encouraged by his parents and older brothers. In this happy household Beatrice reigned as mother and queen and woe betide any misguided interloper that interfered with one of her brood. This loving caring and wise Matriarch was considered by the youthful Páidí as having opinions that were far superior to any verdict of the Supreme court and he left nobody in any doubt about it.

And it is true that while Páidí made many long journeys the length and breadth of this country his heart remained firmly planted in the soil of Árd a Bhóthair. Agus táim cinnte gurb’é anseo i measc a mhuintir féin in Árd a Bhóthair i nGaeltacht Chorcha Dhuibhne i gCiarraí Thiar go mbeidh an bhrón is mó, tuisc nach bhfuil an ard rí ann a thuilleadh.

It would be fair to say that the game of backs and forwards played high in the sky last night, that John Egan would have found a lot less room in the forwards now that Páidí has joined Tim Kennelly in the back line and I have no doubt that the after party is still ongoing.

It is true to say that here in Kerry football defines us as a people. We are proud of our 36 All-Ireland titles and the players and mentors who achieved that distinguished Roll of Honour. For generations our players and teams have been immortalised in song, in story and in poetry.

Good poetry has that special ingredient that will evoke the deepest emotion of the human heart, indeed, is the spirit that remains unmoved in the presence of such genius – because genius is what it is. Liam MacGabhann, a native of Valentia, was one who had it in rich abundance. His “Blind man at Croke Park” captures brilliantly the spiritual essence of Kerry’s football pride exuded by Páidí Ó Sé

“Listen, asthore, for those old eyes are sealed
Tell me once more when the Kerrymen take the field
Tell an old man who is feeble, grey and old
Do they walk proudly still wearing the Green and Gold?”

When Sigerson Clifford wrote I AM OF KERRY you would think that he wrote the
last verse with Páidí in mind:

Twas thus I lived, skin to skin with the earth
Elbowed by the hills, drenched by the billows,
Watching the black geese making black wedges,
By Skelligs far west and Annascaul of the willows.
Their voices came on every little wind,
Whispering across the half door of the mind,
For always I am Kerry.

Árd A Bhóthair was his birthplace, the place where he and Máire raised their family and ran their business. It was his homeland physically and spiritually, the place he never left and today as we bid our sad farewells that the man, who achieved stardom and rubbed shoulders, with the great was in essence the boy from Árd A Bhóthair full of boyish mischief with a great sense of fun and enjoyment and without a touch of malice in his generous spirit.

May the Ventry sod rest lightly on this noble warrior and may the angels bear him gently to God’s happy playing field.

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síorraí dá anam Uasal.

GAA President, Liam O’Neill has led the Tributes to the late Páidí Ó Sé

GAA President Liam Ó Néill has expressed his sympathies on behalf of the GAA to the Ó Sé family on the passing of former Kerry footballer and manager Páidí who passed away suddenly this morning.

He said: "There was hardly a person on the island of Ireland, never mind in the GAA, who did not recognise or know of Páidí Ó Sé, such was his contribution to the Association and to Irish life over a prolonged period.

"His excellence on the field of play in what was the greatest football team of all time still stands out to those of us who saw it and his passion for the game in no way ended with the completion of his playing days.

Distinguished Career

"His elevation to management, firstly at U21 level but then at senior, saw his reputation further embellished and he is one of the few people to have succeeded in claiming All-Ireland honors both as a manager and a player after a distinguished career that stretched far beyond his native Kerry.

"Páidí's affection for the Irish language and Irish culture in general were other hall marks of a man who was steeped in the area he called home.

"On behalf of the wider GAA family I extend my condolences to his wife Máire, his daughters Siún and Neasa, son Pádraig Óg, brother Tomás and the wider Ó Sé family including his nephews Darragh, Tomás and Marc, all of whom followed his example in the green and gold of Kerry."

Páidí Ó Sé 1955 - 2012

Legendary status is not something that the people of Kerry bestow on their foot-balling greats very lightly. However, in the case of Páidí Ó Sé, who passed away unexpectedly this morning (Sat. 15th December), such recognition has been well earned.

Páidí, born in picturesque Ceann Trá in the Dingle peninsula, made his senior debut for Kerry in the 1973-74 National League and went on to become one of the most decorated players in the history of football winning a record equalling 8 All Ireland medals before finally hanging up his boots in 1988. He played 53 Championship and 83 League games for Kerry.

The An Ghaeltacht clubman first tasted All Ireland glory with Kerry with the Under 21 team of 1973 and went on to win two more titles at that level in 1975 and 1976. However, he quickly established himself as a player of note in the senior grade when Mick O’Dwyer’s young side upset the odds by defeating Dublin to win the All Ireland title in 1975. He became a firm favourite with the Kerry supporters who delighted in his swashbuckling no nonsense style of play and his championship duels with the likes of Dinny Allen (Cork) and David Hickey (Dublin) copper fastened that relationship which was to endure during his entire playing career.
8 All Ireland medals, 11 Munster Championship titles, 4 National Football League medals, and 5 All Star awards (consecutively) are testimony to the commitment he gave to his native Kerry on the football fields.

As player manager he led the West Kerry Divisional side to a Kerry senior county title in 1984 a feat that earned him the right to captain his native Kingdom and September 22nd 1985 was indeed a proud day for the man from Árd an Bhóthar when he captained Kerry to their 29th All Ireland title. His famous speech as Gaeilge on the steps of the Hogan Stand “A Mhuintir Chiarraí agus a chairde go léir. Tá áthas ó chroí orm .......” will live forever in Kerry football folklore.

Páidí’s managerial career took off in 1995 when he managed the Kerry Under 21 side to All Ireland glory and after Ogie Moran’s tenure came to an end, later that year he was appointed manager of the Kerry Senior team. Success soon followed with the capturing of the Sam Maguire in 1997, after an eleven year famine, endearing him to the Kerry football faithful once again. But he probably took more satisfaction from the All Ireland success in the millennium year following Titanic struggles with Armagh and Galway in a replayed semi final and final respectively. Páidí tenure as manager of Kerry came to an end after defeat to Tyrone in 2003 but he was soon once again involved in inter county managerial activity leading Westmeath to their first Leinster title in 2004. He later managed Clare in 2006.


Club: An Gaeltacht
Senior Career: 1974 - 1988
Championship Appearances: 53
League Appearances: 83
Scored: 0-8 in Championship. 0-18 in League.
Munster Senior Finals: Played in 17 Munster Finals. Won 14. Lost 3.
All Ireland Senior Finals: Played in 10 All-Ireland Finals. Won 8. Lost 2.
All Star Awards: 5 – 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985,
Railway Cups: 4 1976, 1978, 1981, 1982.
County Senior Football Championship: 2 - 1984 and 1985
Munster Colleges – Corn Uí Mhuirí: 2 – 1972 and 1973

Click on the following link for pictorial tribute to the legendary Kerryman Paidi O Se - A Life in Photos