A new medal for Marc Ó Sé's collection as Kerry's An Ghaeltacht claim Comórtas Peile title in Mayo

A first Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta victory for the West Kerry side in 18 years.

MARC Ó SÉ hung up his inter-county boots last October after a glittering career that landed a wide array of honours.

But he’s still managing to add to his medal collection with the five-time Kerry All-Ireland winner today helping his club triumph on a stage where success had previously eluded him.

MarcOSe Marc Ó Sé with TG4's Mícheál Ó Domhnaill after the game.

Ó Sé was player-manager of An Ghaeltacht as they won the senior title in the 2017 Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta this afternoon with a 4-17 to 1-11 victory over Cork’s Cill na Martra in the final played at weekend hosts Tuar Mhic Éadaigh in Mayo.

The victory was An Ghaeltacht’s first at this level since 1999 and came 12 months after they had lost out at the final stage.

He lined out at centre-back for his club in the first half but an injury sustained before the interval saw him directing matters from the sideline in the second half.

Ó Sé took over as joint manager of his home club at the outset of this season with 2004 Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide also part of their management team.

Tomás Ó Sé, a member of the successful Kerry 2014 All-Ireland minor side, hit 2-2 for the winners with Dara Ó Sé and PJ Mac Láimh also raising green flags for a team that were in front 2-10 to 0-5 at the interval.

Tomas O’Se lifts the trophy Tomás Ó Sé lifts the All-Ireland minor football trophy in 2014. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Cill na Martra, who lost former Cork senior Noel O’Leary before half-time when he was shown a red card, had defeated Donegal’s Naomh Conaill – who were bidding for three-in-a-row – at the semi-final stage yesterday.

Man-of-the-match was An Ghaeltacht forward Sean Mícheál Ó Conchubhair, an All-Ireland junior winner with Kerry in 2016, as he kicked 0-9.

AnGhaeltacht An Ghaeltacht captain Colm Ó Muircheartaigh and man-of-the-match Seán Mícheál Ó Conchubhair Source: TG4

An Ghaeltacht’s attention will now turn to local matters for the rest of the season as they aim to land the Kerry intermediate championship, having already reached the semi-final stage.

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