Peter Keane: ‘I can think of no better man to write a book like this’

Sylvester Hennessy’s Kerry Abú will be a valuable source of reference for fans

HERE’S a ten-marker: Name the Kerry footballer who has won a record 11 All-Star awards?

Or what well known footballer was the best man at current Kerry manager Peter Keane’s wedding?

What Kerry legend captained St Brendan’s College to its first Hogan Cup success in 1969?

Or name the player who has lined out a record 102 times for the Kingdom in the National Football League?

The answers to all these sporting teasers – and so many more – are contained between the cover of a clever new book on all things Kerry football which is being launched this Friday evening at the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre (5.30pm).

Peter Keane: Wrote the foreword

Compiled an penned by journalist and Kerry’s Eye sports editor Sylvester Hennessy, Kerry Abú is described as the ultimate guide to the highs and lows of Kerry football, spanning several decades and zooming in on some of the great players and the wonderful personalities that have worn the green and gold.

A wonderful source of reference for fans, it charts everything you could possibly wish to know about the game in the county – and then some – and it is packed with page after page of great insights into the big games, the great players, the high achievers, the near misses, the top scorers and the personal achievements and accolades the players collected throughout their playing days.

It charts the successes and characteristics of all the managers from Mick O’Dwyer to Peter Keane and it comes with list after list of the top scorers, the winning captains at all levels, the most appearances, the All-Ireland winning players and so much more.

Author Sylvester Hennessy is a renowned GAA statistician who was a member of the Kerry backroom team for the historic five-in-a-row All-Ireland minor championship victory.

In a foreword to the book, Kerry boss Peter Keane says: “I know Sylvester well having worked with him for nearly a decade. He is a man who knows his football and I can think of no better man to write a book like this”.

Published by Mercier Press, Kerry Abú retails at €9.99 which is fabulous value for a Kerry football bible that will be an invaluable reference source for generations to come.

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