The Kerry Association and Supporters’ Club members had a memorable evening on Saturday, 28th November, 2015 at the Courtyard Hotel in Leixlip at the signing of Tomás O’Sé’s book – “The White Heat”. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh was the Master of Ceremonies and gave a very amusing account of time he had spent with different generations of O’Sé footballers. According to Micheál, the late great Páudi acquired his first pair of football boots when he was 14 years of age. Another statistic as recalled by the Master of Statistics himself was that there are 24 Senior All Ireland medals in the small crossroads at Ard an Bhóthair where the O’Sé’s grew up. Jack O’Shea was also on hand to recall occasions he had spent time in the company of Thomás. Finally, Tomás himself spoke and told us how he always wanted to play for Kerry after spending much of his youth in the company of such greats as Sean Walsh, Ogie Moran, the Bomber to name but a few. He told those present that he was always inspired by Páudi and amongst some of the many words of wisdom that he learnt from him was “how to win graciously and how to lose graciously”
Once the signing of the “White Heat” commenced, an orderly queue former of those wishing to have a quiet word with the author. Before long it became apparent that stocks of the book were beginning to run out, some people buying up to six copies to give to family and friends as Christmas presents. The book gives a warts and all account of Tomás O’Sé’s life, both personal and sporting. He charts his early life in West Kerry and writes candidly about life as a member of Ireland’s greatest sporting dynasty.
Following the signing of the “White Heat” – the Kerry Supporters’ Chairman, Luke Moriarty presented a cheque for €35,000 arising from the proceeds of this year’s Golf Classic and Raffle to the Kerry County Board which will go towards funding the Centre of Excellence at Currow.
Great thanks is due to the Courtyard Hotel for organising such a wonderful evening’s entertainment where old friends met and where the food, drink, ceol agus craic went on late into the evening. One elderly gentleman who had travelled from Offaly to be present at the signing said it was “special to meet one of the GAA’s all-time greats”.
For Photos of the Launch please click here.