Tributes have been pouring in for legendary Killarney broadcaster Weeshie Fogarty, who died on Sunday morning aged 77.
Fogarty was best known as a broadcaster and commentator on Radio Kerry but he was also a talented goalkeeper, coach and referee. The Legion man won four County Championships with East Kerry as well as junior and senior All-Irelands with Kerry in 1967 and 1969.
When injury brought his playing career to a premature end, Fogarty became a referee and went on to call three successive All-Ireland semi-finals in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
He also has the distinction of issuing the first yellow card in the history of the GAA when the association trialled the use of cards in 1979.
The much-loved commentator and presenter of Radio Kerry’s Terrace Talk programme was highly regarded within the industry and won numerous awards for his broadcasting skills. He was inducted into the McNamee Awards Hall of Fame in 2016.
Countless GAA clubs, friends, colleagues and fans, as well as current and former Kerry players, have taken to social media to express their sadness at Fogarty’s passing.
He is survived by his wife Joan, children Denise, Carolann and Kieran, son-in-law Glenn, granddaughters Lucy and Eva, sister Sheila, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.
Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney from 4pm to 6.30pm today. Removal at 6.30pm to St Mary’s Cathedral. Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Wednesday morning, burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.
Pic: Don MacMonagle.