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The spy who loved tree: GAA espionage climbs to a new level

Reports emerged this morning of a spying incident at a closed Kerry training session.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice demonstrates a better way to view Fitzgerald Stadium.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice demonstrates a better way to view Fitzgerald Stadium.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Updated 13.55pm

ESPIONAGE IN SPORT is nothing new but it has emerged this morning that a man was found attempting to watch a behind-closed-doors training session in Fitzgerald Stadium on Tuesday evening from a tree.

John Fogarty in the Irish Examiner reports that the individual was was only spotted after team officials noticed branches breaking and rustling in a tree over-looking the pitch.

When approached, the man fled but left behind a piece of identification which confirmed he was not a native of Kerry.

Here is the famous tree:

Eamonn Fitzmaurice provoked some controversy when he implemented a closed-door policy for Kerry training sessions after taking over with the Kingdom.

It is far from the first spying incident in sports with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots perhaps the most famous guilty culprits when they were found to be recording other teams during games in an attempt to figure out what their signals meant.

It is also not the first time Kerry have has spying worries of their own after a spectator was found to be recording a training session in 2008.

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