Kerry last week stopped to wish one of its most legendary figures, iconic GAA commentator Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, a happy 90th birthday on Thursday – but whatever the fuss others made, Micheál himself was happy to keep things simple for the times that are in it, he told The Kerryman.
The Dún Síon native returned to his native sod for a few days, coinciding with the milestone, during which time he played a few holes of golf most days and spent some time with family at this end of the country.
“Dingle was very busy, and it was very busy back in Ceann Sibéal [golf course],” he told The Kerryman.
“They were kept going at the course from morning to evening, around 5pm, from what I could see.
“I didn’t really do anything big to mark the occasion. Marty [Morrissey] was down to Kerry all right to do a bit of filming with me. He had very little time because he came across to Kerry on the ferry from Clare, I believe. We did the filming down at the beach in Dún Síon, because it was the only place we could get shelter from a west, south-westerly breeze!
“There’s no time at the moment for any big parties or anything like that with the situation we’re in [with COVID restrictions]. We had a small get-together when I came back home, but that was all. Now is not the time.
“The lock-down has been hard on people, but I’m very lucky myself because I’ve a nice big garden, and I’ve two golf holes out there! So I play away out there.”
Although he lives in County Kildare, he is ever the Kerry man and ever the GAA man, and he said he took some time out during his birthday week to watch some of the televised action from the Senior Championship, heaping praise on Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks for putting on a fantastic round-one game in Tralee on Friday. Ó Muircheartaigh said the game could have gone either way, but with Crokes through, he wonders if they can replicate their many successes in the championship over the last couple of decades.
Finally, aside from his ongoing golfing exploits, he said there’s no great secret behind him reaching such a heady milestone.
“Take no notice of anything!” he said
“That’s my motto, and it has served me well.”