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2-time All-Ireland winner Fitzgerald ratified as Kerry selector

In 1997, he inspired the county to their first All-Ireland title since 1986, as his nine points in the final against Mayo proved crucial.

Maurice Fitzgerald (file pic).
Maurice Fitzgerald (file pic).
Image: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

TWO-TIME All-Ireland winner Maurice Fitzgerald was last night ratified as a Kerry football selector.

It emerged over the weekend that Fitzgerald was set to join Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s management team, replacing Diarmuid Murphy in the role, with the deal officially confirmed during Monday night’s meeting of the Kerry County Committee in the IT Tralee.

The St Marys Cahersiveen Clubman will join Trainer/Selector Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), and selectors Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks) and Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), as part of the backroom team.

Speaking in reaction to the news, Fitzmaurice welcomed the appointment of his former teammate.

“I am delighted to welcome Maurice into the Kerry senior football setup. His football knowledge, work ethic and personality will be a huge asset to us,” the Kerry boss said.

Fitzgerald inspired Kerry to their first All-Ireland title since 1986, when his nine points in the 1997 final against Mayo proved crucial.

He collected his second All-Ireland medal in 2000, as he was part of the team that beat Galway, before retiring from the intercounty scene in 2001.

He also won three County Championship medals with South Kerry between 2004 and 2006, and in the last two years, he has managed the St Mary’s team to the Kerry Intermediate title and the All-Ireland title.

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