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A memorial will be unveiled this weekend to honour a Kerry All-Ireland winning football great

The Kerry forward passed away in 2012.

SIX-TIME KERRY All-Ireland winner John Egan will be honoured this Saturday in his native Sneem when a memorial will be unveiled in tribute to the attacking great.

John Egan 12/8/1984 Kerry football great John Egan. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Egan, who passed away in April 2012, won six All-Ireland senior medals for the Kingdom between 1975 and 1984, along with 11 Munster senior titles in that time frame.

The forward also win five All-Star awards in 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980 and 1982.

The unveiling ceremony will take place in his home village of Sneem in south Kerry on Saturday at 5pm, with the quartet of Mick O’Dwyer, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Jimmy Deenihan and Niall Cahalane performing the honours.

O’Dwyer was Kerry senior manager during that reign while Deenihan was a team-mate of Egan’s.

Cork All-Ireland winner Cahalane and Egan were close friends when their playing careers concluded, the pair living near each other in Cork City.

Their sons, Cork senior hurler Damien and Irish international John, played underage soccer together for Cork club Greenwood.

John Egan John Egan in action on his Irish senior international debut in March Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Seamus Callanan is tackled by Damian Cahalane Damien Cahalane was part of the Cork side who defeated Tipperary in May Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO



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