A special night to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Dick Fitzgerald’s book , ‘How to play Gaelic football’ is being held by Dr Crokes club, next Friday evening, 8th May 2015 starting at 8pm.
Amongst his many outstanding achievements, Dick Fitzgerald was a holder of 5 All Ireland medals and was a founding member and the first chairman of the EAST KERRY BOARD.
The event will include a showing of live action from the Croke Park Archives, a talk by Cannon Tom Looney and discussion on how Gaelic football has evolved over the past 100 years.
The discussion with both current players and the audience will be facilitated by special guest Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
The night is open to all followers of Gaelic Football and starts at 8pm, on Friday evening, in Dr Crokes club house, Lewis Road
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How to play Gaelic Football
Dr Crokes will celebrate the centenary of the publication of Dick Fitzgerald’s book ,‘How to play Gaelic football’ at a special night in the clubhouse at Lewis Rd. on Friday May 8 commencing at 8.00 pm.
Canon Tom Looney author of the biography of Dick Fitzgerald, ‘King in a Kingdom of Kings’ will deliver a lecture on the first ever book on how Gaelic football should be played. Dick is a holder of 5 All Ireland medals. It is remarkable that this book was written while Dickeen was still playing as Kerry captain and remained the only book on coaching published until 1958 ,when fellow Croke, Dr Eamonn O Sullivan published’ The Art and Science of Gaelic Football.
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh
Special guest on the night will be RTE’S Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, who will be interviewing the 5 senior Croke players and the 2 club minors who won All Ireland medals in 2014. Dickeen captained Kerry to All Ireland success in 1914 as he did in 1913 and the strong Kerry and Croke tradition was continued in 2014 when Kieran O Leary and Fionn Fitzgerald lifted the Sam Maguire.
An unbelievable 8 Croke players won All Ireland medals in 1914,Dick Fitzgerald,Con Murphy, Denis Doyle, Pat Breen, Johnny O Mahony, John Skinner and Paddy Healy (of Glenflesk) who is grand-father of Seanie and Pat O Shea.
The way the game was played 100 years ago is very different to the present day football, a question Mícheál O Muircheartaigh will be putting to Colm Cooper as himself and Dick Fitzgerald both played at centre forward.
That and much more for O Muircheartaigh as he promises to tease out from the players and the audience in the open forum session what we have gained and lost, on how Gaelic football has evolved over the past 100 years.
The earliest footage available of live action from the archives in Croke Park shows Dick Fitzgerald in action and John C O Shea will be showing that during the night.
The night is open to all followers of Gaelic Football and a large attendance is expected.