Mick O’Dwyer will be immortalised in a bronze statue to be unveiled in his home village of Waterville, County Kerry, on Saturday.
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The former Kerry player managed his native county to eight All-Irelands in twelve years before enjoying spells in charge of Kildare, Laois and Wicklow.
“To be honest, I know very little about it,” O’Dwyer is quoted as saying in The Irish Examiner.
“A group of people came to me and said that they had decided to go ahead with this after a full meeting of the people of Waterville and I gave my blessing. Normally, they wait until someone is dead before they do something like this so it’s nice to be recognised by your own people in such a way.”
The ceremony to unveil the statue is expected to take place in the late afternoon Saturday coming. “There is an open invitation to everybody,” says Eugune Dennehy, a member of the committee involved in the creation of the statue, “but we will have some special guests as well.”
The unveiling will be done by Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan, who played under Dwyer.
The master of ceremonies on the day will be Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.