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The Late Frank O'Keeffe, Polo Grounds player

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The death took place last week of former Kerry footballer Frank O'Keeffe, who played in the famous Polo Grounds All-Ireland Final of 1947.

Frank's death means his former Kerry teammate Mick Finucane is the last surviving player from either Cavan or Kerry who took part in that final in New York City 67 years ago

Frank's death means his former Kerry teammate Mick Finucane is the last surviving player from either Cavan or Kerry who took part in that final in New York City 67 years ago , the only time an All-Ireland senior final was played outside of Ireland.

Mick Finucane came on as a substitute in the final, which Kerry lost to Cavan on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-7. The last surviving member of the Cavan team was Owen Roe McGovern, who died in May 2011 aged 93.

The late Frank O'Keeffe was buried last Friday at Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee. He lined out at right corner forward in the 1947 final, and played in a total of seven championship games for Kerry between 1946 and 1951.

A renowned goalscorer, the John Mitchels clubman scored five goals in his seven games for Kerry, and played at right corner forward on the team that defeated Roscommon, after a replay, in the 1946 All-Ireland final.

Frank was the father of legendary Kerry full-back John O'Keeffe, who won seven All-Ireland senior medals with the Kingdom between 1969 and 1981.




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