Tribute to Kerry’s baby-faced assassin

Peter Crowley in typical pose as he fends off a Rebel challenge during the white heat of battle in a Kerry v Cork Munster Championship clash

PASSIONATE Kerry GAA supporter James Flynn has put pen to paper to pay tribute to one of his favourite players.

He has written a very eloquent piece to mark the retirement from inter county football of Laune Rangers star Peter Crowley.

The Killorglin pharmacist, who turns 31 this month, has opted to hang up his green and gold jersey after a great career which saw him earn a reputation as one of the best man-markers and attacking half-backs in the game.

Two years ago Kingdom fanatic James, also from Killorglin, experienced a very painful dose of capital punishment when he lost big match wager with a Dublin fan on Facebook and, as a result, he had to wear the blue and navy jersey of Dublin for five successive days.

He accepted the bet on social media following a bit of light-hearted banter with a Dublin fan he didn’t know.

“He said he’d wear the Kerry jersey for five days if we won and I’d do likewise if they won. It was all a bit of fun,” he told KillarneyToday.com at the time.

James Flynn, in the Dublin colours, with his daughter Feíle staying loyal to her home county

Tribute to Peter Crowley

A traditional centre back,

Who never left us down,

The baby-faced assassin,

From the banks of the River Laune.

He plays with his heart on his sleeve,

A warrior true and true,

Retired now from the green and gold,

But still wears the white and blue.

He played with heart, intensity,

And never any fear,

He made no apologies,

When his lines he had to clear.

A different type of hardness,

Elegant and class,

when the forwards faced him,

He’d put them on their ass.

Now the problem is to replace him,

His likes they can’t be seen,

A tough task for any man,

Good luck to Peter Keane.

Like all who played before him,

Caragh Lake over to Laune View,

He’s back where it all started.

With the Rangers’ white and blue.

Good luck in your retirement,

You never left us down,

The legend Peter Crowley

From the banks of the River Laune.