Cameras to zoom in on Kerry’s cups story

Gráinne McElwain and Págraig Ó Sé in Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry

A new television series, charting the stories behind GAA silverware successes, will focus on Kerry’s great history this week.

Scéalta na gCorn is a six-part series for TG4, presented by Gráinne McElwain, and in episode two, to be screened this Wednesday at 8.30pm, she will hear about the trophy that every footballer in the county wants to get their hands on – the Bishop Moynihan Cup.

With a major contribution from Kerry GAA legend Dara Ó Cinnéide, Gráinne will also learn of a much-loved camogie cup named after Veronica Stack.

Talking trophies: Dara Ó Cinnéide and Gráinne McElwain

She pays a visit to the county’s home-ground to hear about footballing hero Con Brosnan before travelling to Ventry and the Páidí Ó Sé tournament to discover a cup named after a Roscommon man, Dermot Earley.

Produced by Imagine Media, with support from NI Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Scéalta na gCorn, Gráinne travels across Ireland visiting clubs and county grounds, learning the lesser-known stories behind our nation’s Gaelic games trophies.

She will find out how some cups are named after Irish revolutionary patriots such as Thomas Ashe and Joe McGarrity, how other trophies are named after sporting heroes such as Nickey Rackard and how even more are named after grassroots members, their memory perpetuated through the trophies and cups in their honour.

The series started last week with Gráinne visiting the home of hurling, Semple Stadium in Tipperary, where she heard about silverware named after two of the nation’s patriots. Read by thousands of people every day: To advertise call 064-6631281 or 087-2229761