Tom still setting the pace 50 years on

Winner alright: Tom Prendergast (centre) with Bridget Delaney, MEP Seán Kelly and St Pat’s Club officials Ger Galvin and Pat O’Brien at Ross Golf Club on Saturday.
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FIFTY years after he was crowned Texaco Footballer of the Year, a former Kerry GAA great is still shooting the lights out in the sporting arena.

Double All-Ireland winner Tom Prendergast, who wore the green and gold from 1966 to 1973, spearheaded the winning team in a keenly contested golf tournament in memory of another great Gael at the weekend.

Originally from Keel but living in Killarney for most of his life, Tom was a brilliant defender who also won two All-Irelands, four Munster titles and three National League medals as well as being named the best footballer in the country in 1970.

The late Pat Delaney

At Killarney’s Ross Golf Club on Saturday, Tom skippered the winning team in a St Pat’s East Kerry GAA Club tournament in memory of the late Pat Delaney – fondly remembered as Killarney’s Mister Hurling – who passed away in June 2019.

Tom’s winning team, on 30 points, also featured his son Enda and Ger Moroney while the second placed team (31.2 points) was a real family affair with Michael and Helen Howard, from Ferndale Avenue, joined by their son Michael Jnr.

The third place prize went to Fionn Holohan, Tomás Holohan and Ewan McIndoe, the longest drive went to Joe Lyne of the Killarney Credit Union team and nearest the pin was Mike Brosnan of Team Tom Tobin.

The late Pat Delaney devoted incredible time and energy to promoting hurling and his beloved St Pat’s Club of which he was vice-president at the time of his death.

A proud Kilkenny man, Pat Delaney moved to Killarney with his family to work in the financial services industry and he was also a very respected chairman of Killarney Credit Union who sponsored Saturday’s tournament.

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