ONE of Cork’s most famous sons was presented with a signed Kerry GAA jersey yesterday, a gentle reminder of the success in various sporting codes enjoyed across the county bounds.
Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United player Roy Keane was the main attraction at a fundraiser that raised in excess of €70,000 for the Kerry Hospice.
Keane obliged with a meet and greet with fans and kept them entertained with some trademark stares, glares and words of wisdom in a questions and answers session with broadcaster Matt Cooper in the Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee.
He said he believed Ireland were “doing ok” under Stephen Kenny’s reign but it must be all about winning games and he still queries the wisdom of the FAI decision to replace Martin O’Neill as manager with Mick McCarthy.
On the trials and tribulations at his former club Manchester United, Keane said his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t really complain when his term came to an end as he had three seasons at the helm in a results driven business.
“Ole came up just a little bit short,” he said.
Over 350 patrons paid €100-a head for dinner with the soccer legend who was presented with a signed Kerry jersey by former Kerry stars Seamus Moynihan and Mick Galwey.
One of the passionate United fans to meet Keane on the day was popular Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell, who in a true red supporter.
Posting a snapshot of their meeting on social media afterwards, Ian remarked: “When I asked him what he thought of what was going on in Manchester United, I got the infamous Roy Keane look and that look told me everything I needed to know”.