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John Meyler Explains What Keeps Him Coming Back To Kilmoyley

John Meyler Explains What Keeps Him Coming Back To Kilmoyley

20 years after he first managed Kilmoyley to the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship crown, John Meyler guided the club to back-to-back title victories on Sunday. At Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kilmoyley defeated neighbours Ardfert 1-14 to 1-11, adding to last year's win over Causeway.

Meyler has had an on and off association with the club since he managed them to four titles in a row between 2001 and 2004. Asked on Radio Kerry's Terrace Talk show on Monday night about how many titles he's won with the club, Meyler responded, "I don't have any."

"I don't count them that way," he said.

"The way I count them is that Kilmoyley are county champions yesterday. Every one of the other eight clubs that are there will want to beat you next year.

"You can't be looking back at how many have I got or how many have you got, that's not it. It's about how many Kilmoyley have, and it's 26 now. I haven't won one of those for Kilmoyley, it's the players that have won them. They players have given 100 per cent over the last two years. It's the players that win matches; managers lose matches, in a way."

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The former Cork manager said what keeps him coming back to the club is the "humility" of the people.

"I think Fr Maurice said it yesterday morning when he said mass for the lads," said Meyler.

"We had mass at one o'clock in the clubrooms.

"Fr Maurice mentioned the word humility, and I was thinking, and thinking, and it's still in my head since then. It's the love of Kilmoyley, it's the love of the community.

"When we got back last night, there was a small presentation to the community on the pitch. It's an outpouring of affection for hurling.

"It's their humility, how nice, and warm they are. They're open people, and they love their hurling. That's really it in a nutshell."

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20 September 2020; Kilmoyley manager John Meyler, centre, is congratulted by Kilmoyley chairman Joe Walsh, right, and former player Shane Brick following the Kerry SHC final victory over Causeway at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Meyler added: "The culture that's within Kilmoyley is huge.

"Michael O'Leary, Willie O'Leary, Dick Fitzgerald, Ned Horgan, Declan Lovett, John Martin Brick - all these people, they've immersed this club in success. Now these young fellas are carrying on a culture, a tradition of winning county senior hurling championships for Kilmoyley. There's a history there, a culture there of success.

"When you put on the jersey, you represent those that have gone before you. Now they need to leave the jersey in a better position than what they found it."

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