WHILE the sight of a Donegal fan perched on a tree overlooking a Kerry training session in Fitzgerald Stadium caused consternation prior to the 2014 All-Ireland final, there was no such panic when a Tyrone legend popped up at some popular Kerry GAA haunts in the build-up to tomorrow’s clash between the Kingdom and the Red Hand county.
In the lead up to that memorable Croker clash with Donegal just five years ago, members of the Kerry back room team heard the noise of rustling branches coming from the grounds of St Finan’s Hospital and it quickly materialised that it was an opposition fan keeping a watch on proceedings.
More case of of a fan having a laugh that an incident of amateur espionage it is a matter that has been debated ever since but there was a much warmer welcome extended when zippy wing forward Brian Dooher made off the Kingdom this week.
Not only was he formally greeted but he was afforded a VIP tour at the Centre of Excellence in Currans with Kerry GAA chiefs delighted to be photographed beside a Tyrone great who has won three All-Ireland medals and three All-Stars.
The popular Clann na nGael clubman – who is holidaying in Kerry with his family – was also enthusiastically welcomed when he popped into the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre where manager Luke Quinn extended a hearty céad míle fáilte and showcased the latest in Kerry GAA gear.
Dooher was particularly delighted to bump into inspirational Killarney boy Michael O’Brien – star of the smash hit documentary When Michael Met Davy – who just happened to visit the GAA Store with his dad at the same time.
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