The Incredible Stats That Put Into Perspective The Scale Of The O'Sé Brothers' Achievements

The Incredible Stats That Put Into Perspective The Scale Of The O'Sé Brothers' Achievements

1993 was the last year that Kerry embarked on a championship campaign without a member of the O'Sé family in the squad.

Kerry were deep in recession in 1993 and it wasn't much of a campaign. Cork won by three points in Killarney with a Joe Kavanagh goal sealing the deal. He celebrated the score in his typically exuberant manner.

The following year, Darragh O'Sé started at midfield against Limerick in the Munster First Round. Since then, Kerry have never embarked on a championship season without a member of the O'Sé family involved.

Considering that Paídí's career lasted from 1974 to 1989, there has only been a four year interval (1990-93) in the past 43 years where Kerry have been fully O'Sé-less. It wasn't an especially happy interval either. Kerry won one Munster title and reached no All-Ireland finals.

Last year was the first All-Ireland final since 1972 that Kerry started without an O'Sé member in the team.


Together the O'Sé brothers have won 12 All-Stars. Tomás is the king in that regard. Darragh won four altogether (2000, 2002, 2006, 2007), Marc won three (2006, 2007, 2011) and Tomás won five (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009).


Their uncle wasn't as well got with the All-Star selectors in the 1970s, but they made amends in the subsequent decade. He won five in a row between 1981 and 1985. That takes the family's total up to 17 in the past 36 years.

Not only that but the family boast a pair of Footballer of the Year awards. Tomás won the 2004 player of the year. Marc won the 2007 award.


At the conclusion of the 2014 championship season, only three players had ever made 80+ appearances in the championship and they were all called O'Sé.


Since then, Colm Cooper. Sean Cavanagh and Stephen Cluxton have joined them in the 80+ club.

All-Ireland titles

Prior to the 2015 All-Ireland final, the O'Sé brothers had won the same number of All-Ireland titles as Dublin. It was 24-24. Neck and neck. The capital have pushed on since then and it is asking a lot of the next generation of O'Sé's to be expect to play catch-up.

Still, the boys and their late uncle have together won the same number of All-Ireland titles as sixteen counties have won combined.


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Conor Neville
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