BOOK LAUNCH: Sportswriter Sylvester Hennessy will launch his new book ‘Kerry Abúœ’ in the Kerry GAA store today (Friday). Photo Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean


One of Kerry’s best known sportswriters is launching his brand new book – based on Kerry football – which could answer a lots of sports trivia questions on the bar stool.

Today (Friday), Sylvester Hennessy will launch ‘Kerry Abú: The Ultimate Kerry Football Handbook’, in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre, at 5.30pm.

The 287 page paperback, which he has been working on for almost two years, is sized to fit in any pocket and ideal for taking to matches, Sylvester explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“There’s about 134 years of sports history in the book,” Sylvester said.

“It covers Club, County, Colleges, Ladies and all different aspects of football. Kerry have won 82 All-Irelands, Minor, Junior, Senior and U21. The nearest to us is Dublin with 50. It’s presented in a way that you can put it in your pocket and take it to a match. It’s like a little bible of sports.”

Senior Kerry Football Manager Peter Keane, who is a very close friend of Sylvester’s, has written the foreword.

The book came about when Sylvester was approached by Noel O’Regan, grandson of ‘Bracker’ O’Regan, who works in Mercier Press.

“He wanted someone to put together a supporters book and because of my work as a statistician I knew it was a book I could do well. It’ll settle a lot of debates or it could create debates amongst supporters.”

He added that football in Kerry is a religion for most people.

“The majority of people define themselves by football and peoples’ reactions to the book so far have been very positive.”

The book is on sale in Easons and all good bookshops, priced at €10.