Episode 812: Kerry Football’s Origin Story, Ken At Derry Funerals, Socrates’ Backheel Charm
Dublin play Roscommon this Saturday evening, intent on breaking a record for games unbeaten in league and championship that goes all the way back to the 1930s.
That record was held by the Kerry team that ended up completing a four-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles, from 1929 to 1932, and it is a team with an extraordinary story behind it.
It was made up of combatants on both sides of the Civil War, a war fought most bitterly of course in Kerry, and it was a team that helped heal the wounds that divided clubs and households throughout the country. Richard McElligott, author of “Forging a Kingdom: The GAA in Kerry, 1884-1934” joins us in studio.
We also talk to Ken in Derry, who is reporting from the funerals of Ryan McBride and Martin McGuinness.
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We hear about the ills of modern-day/1960s football, we discuss James McCarthy’s importance to the Irish team, and we get a taste of Socrates’ backheel charm.
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