11 quotes from RTÉ's documentary on Kerry football legend Páidí Ó Sé

Ó Sé: A Legacy airs on RTÉ One next Tuesday night.

Kerry football boss Páidí Ó Sé.
Kerry football boss Páidí Ó Sé.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

THE LIFE AND legacy of Kerry football legend Páidí Ó Sé will be explored on the screen next Tuesday night.

‘Ó Sé – A Legacy’ will air on RTÉ One at 9.35pm, focusing on the life and legacy of a man who enjoyed a celebrated Gaelic football career as a player and as a manager.

Here’s a snippet of what to expect with 11 quotes on the All-Ireland winning player and manager.


1. ‘I would have said that Paidi had many demons. He was complicated you never knew what to expect. He was a divil like’.

Marty Morrissey

2. ‘They exceeded Micko’s expectations … I knew they were good but I didn’t know they were that good…’

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Former RTÉ Sports Broadcaster

3. ‘We were walking down the corridor with Mr. Haughey who was on crutches at the time. He said to him “Paidi did you break any bones during your career” and he said “Yes Taoiseach, but none of my own”’.

Seán Walsh, Former Chairman of Kerry GAA

Sean Walsh Sean Walsh. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

4. ‘Paidi wasn’t shy in exploiting the fact that Dingle had been used for the great films that had been made there. When Tom Cruise was filming there, Paidi made sure that someone brought Tom Cruise to the pub’.

Donal Keenan, Biographer

5. ‘Paidi never saw the end coming. He should have seen it coming. He was shocked when he heard he didn’t make the team’.

Donal Keenan, Biographer

6. ‘I think he found it hard to adjust to life without being really involved in football. In a way he was a lost soul’.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Former RTÉ Sports Broadcaster

Michael O Muircheartaigh Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

7. ‘He felt that the authorities in the county didn’t trust him, that he was this mad hoor from West Kerry–where as in fact he thought about his football very seriously’.

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Donal Keenan, Biographer

8. ‘Paidi would have been harder on Darragh. Tomas and Marc then he would have been on other members of the team’.

Máire Ó’Sé

9. ‘This was a guy who had given everything to Kerry as a player and manager and the way he was treated I don’t think the people who made that decision was their finest hour’.

Tomás Ó Flaharta – Former Westmeath Selector

10. ‘He literally lived for Kerry Football.’

Tomás Ó Sé

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

11. ‘When Paidi died, someone said to me] “Our King has left us”. There was no need for me to ask who. There was only one King’.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Former RTÉ Sports Broadcaster

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