Five years ago today, the GAA world was shaken by the news of the death of Kerry legend Páidí Ó Sé.
One of the great players, managers and characters the game has ever seen, Ó Sé will forever be a legend of the GAA and with today marking the anniversary of his death, many in the GAA world shared memories of him.
While he was a Kerryman through and through, his time with Westmeath will also be remembered with great fondness – not just by those in the Lake County, but for fans all over the country.
That remarkable success when the Midlands county won the Leinster title in 2004 lit up the summer and the brilliant ‘Marooned’ documentary captured the best moments of that year.
Ó Sé’s nephews led the remembrance by sharing a picture of Páidí lifting the Sam Maguire Cup as they paid tribute to one of a select group of individuals, who have both captained and managed Kerry to All-Ireland glory.
Cúig bliain inniu!!! …🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/EE8RKqwqQj
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) December 15, 2017
— Marc Ó Sé (@osemarc2) December 15, 2017
Om this day 2012 one of the all time greats both on and off the field left us, when the great Páidí Ó Sé passed away. pic.twitter.com/UMYbftMDj3
— The Gaelic Game (@gaelicgame1884) December 15, 2017
Ag smaoineamh ar laoch na Gaeltachta Páidí Ó Sé inniu pic.twitter.com/N9GGseAlte
— Seán Bán Breathnach (@SBBinashui) December 15, 2017
A remarkable career for An Ghaeltacht, West Kerry and Kerry saw Ó Sé win two county titles in the Kingdom, while at inter-county level he won 11 Munster titles and eight All-Irelands while as a manager he won a further six provincial crowns, a pair of All-Irelands and, of course, that historic Leinster title with Westmeath.
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