Jack O’Connor’s Kerry Senior Football team claimed their 38th All Ireland title following a 20 point to 16 win over Galway in Croke Park on the 24th of July.
More than 10,000 people attended the homecoming celebration at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, where the team trained and prepared for this year’s All-Ireland.
Jack O’Connor, in his third stint as Kerry manager, said the support the team received this year – particularly in the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin – was unparalleled.
He thanked supporters for their passion for Kerry football and said the reception the team received was “amazing”.
“It was so, so special to go up the steps (of the Hogan Stand) to receive the cup with Seanie (O’Shea),” he said. “It’s been a long eight years, so we are delighted to bring Sam back here.”
Sean O’Shea added: “To be here today and see this crowd is unbelievable.”
He paid tribute to Galway, and said there was great respect between the two counties.
At different stages throughout the year, the team visited the Gleneagle Hotel and made use of our facilities. We were delighted to host the team, management, officials, their families and friends, and many happy supporters for a night full of joy and celebration on Monday the 25th of July. The Sam Maguire slept well that night. We are privileged to play some small part in the success of this brilliant team. Here is to number 39!