One of the strengths of the GAA and many other sports is how it never loses sight of its history.

At Croke Park yesterday the Jubilee team from Down who won the All Ireland Football Championship in 1994 were presented to the crowd at half time in the Senior Final after the original timetable was delayed by extra time in the Minor Final.

The Kerry and Dublin players will not have seen it being bunkered in their dressing rooms but for one group of players their day will come in 25 years time and the knowledge that you will be remembered is important.

On Saturday at the same stadium the Gaelic Players Association held their annual lunch paying tribute to the players that have gone before as well.

It has become a fixture on the calendar taking place the day before the All ireland Hurling and the All ireland Football Championship deciders and it is an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and celebrate great moments of the past.

The great Micheál O Muircheartigh was in the chair chatting to the recipient of this year’s Legends Award John O’Keeffe from Kerry.

A member of Austin Stacks club in Tralee, O’Keeffe won seven All Ireland titles and five All Star Awards on the great Kerry team of the 1970’s and early 80’s.

Bringing. his story back to life for current players and fans is an important part of what makes sport such an important part of our culture and our society.




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