Media career beckons for Kennelly
07 November 2011
Tadgh Kennelly shares a joke with Steven McDonnell
Tadhg Kennelly looks set to pursue a career in the Australian media after announcing his AFL retirement last August.
While the Listowel man hasn't ruled out returning to play for Kerry again, it's expected that he will use his high-profile Down Under to carve out a media career for himself. In the meantime, however, he is going to spend a few months travelling the world.
"Yeah, that's a plan (to work in the media). It seems like a pretty easy gig," he joked before adding: "You (journalists) all got a free trip out here to Australia. Having a few pints and what-not.
"Stick a mic down someone's throat and ask a few questions. And getting the big money. It sounds alright to me."
Kennelly, who made a series of video blogs for the AFL's website during the recent International Rule series, continued: "In a professional environment you're told not to let media or people in and not let secrets out. I wish, looking back, that I had been a bit more open in that way and let people into my life. It's what I live. I'm a very positive person, I love having the craic and a joke like most of these boys."
The 2009 All-Ireland winner revealed how the Irish squad had used the economic downturn as motivation for their record series win.
"It's a very, very difficult time at home. It's something we talked about, trying to get a bit of pride back in Ireland.
"We tried to bring a bit of happiness and give people a few minutes not to worry about what's going on outside of the house. We wanted to give them pride in the people who come from their clubs and their counties."
While he remains a firm supporter of the International Rules concept, Kennelly admits that more needs to be done to promote it in Australia.
"The problem is here more than at home. At home Kerry people love to support a Kerryman playing for Ireland. Here I don't think a Sydney Swans person is going to support a Swans player playing for Australia. That's the difference between Ireland and Australia. That's probably a PR thing and something that could be dealt with AFL-wise," he said.