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"Cute Kerry Hoor" - Jason Sherlock Retells Hilarious Páidí Ó Sé Story

"Cute Kerry Hoor" - Jason Sherlock Retells Hilarious Páidí Ó Sé Story
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Today is, amazingly, the fifth anniversary of Paidi Ó Sé's death, his illustrious shadow still looms large over Gaelic football.

However, far from being a domineering presence, the man known nationwide as Páidí - no surname necessary with him - tends to evoke stories that generally leaving you in stitches laughing.

Former Dublin footballer Jason Sherlock had an all-time classic story about 'the cute Kerry hoor' when he was in charge of their Leinster rivals, Westmeath, which he wrote about in his recently released autobiography, "Jayo".

Managing Kerry to two All-Ireland's in 1997 and 2000, Páidí's arrival in Westmeath came one week after he had left the Kingdom.

A county without even a provincial title to it's name, what he can have expected to achieve is unclear.

Where Sherlock's story picks up, the Kerryman now 'marooned' in Westmeath seemed to be having deep regrets. Having played Dublin in a challenge match and been soundly beaten, Ó Sé appeared to have a moment of deep introspection as he hitched a lift with Sherlock and Darren Homan:

Páidí was no sooner in the car than he offloaded: 'Jesus Christ, lads, what have I done? This crowd are useless, up to nothing. I've made an awful mistake. They're brutal!' We were sympathetic.

And then we took our turn to offload: 'Páidí, if you think you're bad, we have our own shite down here.' We informed him of the weekly soap opera running under Tommy [Lyons] and Páidí soaked it all up.

Indulging in a little back and forth about their respective club issues, the penny didn't drop for Sherlock and Homan quite quickly enough.

With Dublin and Westmeath scheduled to meet in that year's Leinster quarter-final, few would have given the latter any real chance of humbling the Dubs.

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Yet, that was just what Páidí inspired, and Sherlock soon realised the part he may have played:

The cute Kerry hoor had thrown down the bait and we innocent Dubs fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Páidí had us in his cross hairs all along. He listened intently as we spewed out how bad things were. When I saw him celebrating it was clear as day he had gathered his intelligence and then they came out and beat us in the championship. Classic Páidí!

Amazingly, Páidí and his Westmeath side would go on to win the county's first Leinster title that year, beating the Mick O'Dwyer managed Laois in the final.

Just when you think you've heard all the possible stories about Páidí Ó Sé, another one just comes out of nowhere again.


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