Great Sporting Weekend Celebrated Locally and A Surprise Guest


Former Irish International soccer player, Keith Andrews flanked by barman Adrian O’Leary (left) and Martin Nolan at The Shoemaker’s Bar on Sunday afternoon.                                                                   Photograph: John Reidy 21-7-2019

In the wake of what is being widely described as a great weekend for Irish sport, Kerry didn’t do too badly either.

The Philip O’Connor led Kerry junior football team won the All-Ireland title by beating Galway in Portlaoise on Saturday and on Sunday the Kerry seniors forged a gritty draw with Donegal in Croke Park.

An Outstanding Hero

Meanwhile, up in Portrush, Offaly golfer Shane Lowry became an outstanding hero to the island of Ireland with his skill and his smile as he won the British Open with a blistering display.

Meanwhile still, back in Castleisland the newly crowned All-Ireland champions, the Kerry junior football team dropped into Kearney’s Bar and posed for photographs on host, Betty O’Connell’s phone. Well done to team captain, Philip O’Connor and Tomás Lynch and manager Jimmy Keane from Brosna and mentor, Daniel Murphy from Scart.

Tall Handsome Stranger

After the Kerry V Donegal game a tall, dark and handsome stranger walked into the recently and beautifully face-lifted Shoemaker’s Bar where he joined a couple of friends.

He didn’t remain a stranger for too long as barman, Adrian O’Leary and Martin Nolan and co copped it that their guest was actually former Irish soccer international soccer player, Keith Andrews. He and his friends were on their way to Waterville to play golf.

International Goals

A player with close on 40 international caps and a handful of goals to his credit, he also hits the net over 40 times playing for various cross channel teams including: Blackburn Rovers; Wolverhampton Wanderers; Ipswich Town; West Bromwich Albion and others.

I just happened on the scene as he was ‘draughted’ inside the counter to fill a pint of stout – and it fell to me to drink it.

There’s always something !

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