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Gaelic: Ulster joins in celebrations as O'Dwyer lands another honour

By John Campbell

Former Kerry player and manager Mick O'Dwyer enjoys a special affinity with Ulster.

The Kingdom legend - he is currently the Wicklow team boss - is a regular visitor here.

Mind you, Wicklow heaped misery on Antrim in the final of the Tommy Murphy Cup last month when a last-gasp goal from Tommy Gill saw them triumph in a lively Croke Park decider.

But for all that, Antrim officials and players were delighted to see O'Dwyer inducted into the prestigious MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame this week.

He joins four other legends of gaelic football there - Peter Nolan (Offaly), Donie O'Sullivan (Kerry), Dermot Earley (Roscommon) and Jimmy Keaveney (Dublin).

joined the ranks.

"It's obviously a big honour for Mick but he has given a lot to gaelic football. We are all delighted for him - we'll even forgive him for Wicklow's win over us," smiles Antrim spokesman Terry Cormican.

Mick retired as a player in 1974 with four All-Ireland medals having finished as top scorer in successive years (1969/70).

He was appointed manager of the Kerry team in 1975 and so began an unrivalled record of success.

During his 12 years in charge Kerry played in 10 All-Ireland finals, winning eight of them.

He became manager of the Kildare team in 1990, leading them to a Leinster title and also an All-Ireland final.

He managed Laois before taking up his present post with Wicklow.

O'Dwyer, of course, is known for his brushes with authority - and perhaps that's another factor in his enduring appeal!

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