Kerry football legend laid to rest

Updated: December 7, 2011

Kerry football legend Dr Jim Brosnan was laid to rest in Dingle yesterday.

Munster GAA chairman Sean Walsh led the tributes, speaking of the legacy Brosnan left as both a player and administrator. Kerry County Board chairman Jerome Conway described Dr Brosnan as “a visionary” and spoke of how he reformed the county’s football structures.

Walsh, who hails from Dr Brosnan’s hometown in Moyvane, said the latter was held in the “utmost esteem” by those who knew him. “Those who saw him play said he was a powerhouse of a forward with immense skill,” said Walsh.

“To put it in context, he was based in the US and came home to Ireland the week of the 1955 All-Ireland final and was put straight into the team and they won. That’s how much was thought of him as a player.”

Dr Brosnan also played in an All-Ireland final winning team in 1953. After ending his career in 1960 he was elected chairman of the county board in 1961.

He is survived by his wife Kitty, sons Conor, Barry and Sean and his brother Jerry.

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