« BackTributes paid to Mick O’Dwyer on his 80th birthday

A pivotal moment in the late 1960s helped define the career of the great Kerry footballer and manager Mick O’Dwyer – who turns 80 today.

Mick O'Dwyer unveiling the statue of Páidí Ó Sé last Saturday, watched on by Neasa and Siún Ní Shé and Seán Ó Catháin.

Pat and Tom Foley from Tralee, close friends of Micko and his late wife Mary Carmel, recall a turning point in the Waterville man’s playing career.

Micko had retired from playing and was picked as a selector – but faced a crucial decision following a team selection meeting in the Imperial Hotel in Tralee.

As Pat – who describes what happened that fateful evening – says the rest is history.