In contemporary times, the word ‘legend’ is often thrown around – but in the case of Mick O’Dwyer, a simple word like ‘legend’ doesn’t do him justice. He’s far more than just a legend.
“Wasn’t I lucky to be born in Kerry”, he remarked at the beginning of the documentary. But, really, it was Kerry and the whole GAA community who were the lucky ones.
Throughout his prosperous playing career with Kerry, Mick O’Dwyer won 4 All-Irelands, 11 Munster titles, and 7 National Football Leagues. Like his playing career, the Kerry legend enjoyed a management career that was just as, if not more successful, than his already illustrious playing career.
Throughout his management career, he guided Kerry to 8 All-Irelands, and famously brought Leinster titles home to Kildare twice, and Laois once.
The GAA world have reacted to the thrilling documentary that was aired on RTE tonight via Twitter and soon after, he was trending on the platform with fans from all corners tweeting about him:
A National Treasure #micko
— Kevin Sharkey (@tv_KevinSharkey) January 8, 2018
Micko Documentary is excellent. What a legend. Only Brian Cody in the modern game can be compared to him
— Henry Martin (@henrymartin1) January 8, 2018
— Seán Ó hArgáin (@seanohargain) January 8, 2018
180 miles an hour up to Croke Park ???#Micko
— Brian Lord (@GoodLord2) January 8, 2018
#Micko legend.. a good looking man in his day too !!
— Anthony Masterson (@antomasterson1) January 8, 2018
A legend. A man whose love for the game knew no bounds. Brought a little bit of magic to all sides he managed and left his mark in many counties and for that we are thankful. #Micko
— N Brady (@NBrady14) January 8, 2018
— Steve Enright ???? (@clashoftheash) January 8, 2018
— Declan McCaffrey (@McCaffreyDeclan) January 8, 2018
Be plenty of debate over who should be on the greatest football team of all time. But when it comes to the manager of it I think lads will quickly settle on #micko and move on. Legend.
— Kevin Ryan (@housingkev) January 8, 2018
— Nell (@Nell496) January 8, 2018
— Daniel Whyte (@danwhyte88) January 8, 2018
“I did everything I wanted to do, I got great enjoyment out of it, and I wouldn’t change it for the world”, and how grateful the GAA world are for his incredible service to the sport.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.