Blessing cermony to take place at buriel place of Eamon Fitzgerald

One of Kerry`s forgotten sporting heroes will be remembered this weekend when a blessing ceremony takes place at the burial place of Eamonn Fitzgerald. Born in Castlecove in 1903 he attended Bunbaneer National School and St Endas in Rathfarnham. Later he attended UCD graduating with a B comm. Mr Fitzgerald represented Ireland at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Little was known about Eamonn Fitzgerald until last year when he was featured on a Terrace Talk special on Radio Kerry. Following the programme Weeshie Fogarty contacted the Kerry Association in Dublin and asked them to locate Mr Fitzgerald`s grave and consider restoring it. Emanon Fitzgerald was known locally as Ned Sean Og and he starred on the Kerry teams of 1930 and 31. In 1931 he opted out of football to concentrate on athletics becoming an Irish triple jump champion. He was selected for the 1932 Olympic team for Loss Angeles and after picking up an injury finished fourth.In the early 50’s his health deteoriated and he passed away in June 1958. Press reports from the time say only six people attended the funeral in Deans Grange Cemetery. The grave and headstone have now been restored by the Kerry Association and a blessing will be conducted by Kerry born priest and author Fr Anthony Gaughan this Saturday.

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