Kingdom mourning Hanafin

10 April 2012

The Kerry panel for the 1953 All Ireland final against Armagh. Front l-r: Tom Ashe, Sean Kelly, Jim Brosnan, Sean Murphy, Jas Murphy, Johnny Foley, Colm Kennelly, Bobby Buckley, Paudie Sheehy, Gerald O'Sullivan. Back l-r: Donie Murphy, Tadhgie Lyne, Jackie Lyne, Ned Roche, John Cronin, Jerome O'Shea, Diarmuid Hannafin, John Joe Sheehan, Micksie Palmer, Mick Brosnan, Mick Murphy, Brendan O'Shea.
Kerry sadly lost a second All-Ireland winner over the weekend - Castleisland's Dermot Hanafin.

The midfielder won an All-Ireland SFC medal with the Kingdom in 1953 and, poignantly, he passed away during the same weekend as the legendary John Egan.

Hanafin, who was 84, was born in Fenit but spent most of his working life in Castleisland, where he was a primary school teacher. He won a county SFC with Castleisland District in 1950 - their only such success.

He made eight championship appearances for his county, collecting Munster souvenirs in 1950, '51 and '53. His son Dermot Jnr. also represented the Kingdom and was part of the All-Ireland winning squad in 1986.