Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper named Kerry Person of the Year
Former Gaelic footballer receives annual award from Kerry Association in Dublin
Colm Cooper celebrates scoring a goal for Kerry in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final replay against Cork. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
The announcement was made by association chairwoman Keelin Kissane at a reception in Dublin on Thursday night.
“Colm has graced the playing fields for many years and has brought honour and distinction to Kerry,’’ she said.
“He is a very worthy recipient of the award.’’
Mr Cooper, who has become a GAA pundit since his retirement from intercounty football, published his memoir, Gooch, The Autobiography last year.
Mr Cooper was at the centre of controversy in October over a testimonial dinner from which he was expected to collect a six-figure sum.
Ms Kissane also announced that the winner of the Laochra Chiarraí award for community endeavour was The Special Olympics Clubs of Kerry.