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Loved watching him when I was a kid. A legend of Irish rugby and a really nice guy too.





Death of rugby legend Moss Keane

Tuesday, 5 October 2010 11:55

The death has taken place of the former Irish rugby international Moss Keane at the age of 62.


The Kerry native was capped 51 times for Ireland, making his debut in Paris in 1974.


He toured New Zealand in 1977 with the British and Irish Lions and was also a part of the famous Munster side of 1978 that defeated New Zealand in Thomond Park.


Keane also played Gaelic football and represented his native county in the U-21 grade and won Sigerson Cup honours with UCC.


Moss Keane is survived by his wife Anne and his two daughters Sarah and Anne Marie.


Former Kerry All-Ireland football winner and now Kerry Fine Gael TD, Jimmy Deenihan paid tribute to Keane by saying: 'I knew Moss for decades and today is a sad day for all involved in sport, particularly in Kerry.


'Moss and I retained a long friendship since our youth and I had the pleasure of playing on the Kerry Junior team with him as well as against him on the rugby pitch. It is no exaggeration to say that Moss was one of the best known Kerrymen of his generation and he retained a deep affection for Currow where he was born.


'I remember well the Munster Final of 1977 when the Kerry team of which I was a member beat Cork. He demonstrated his deep affection for his home county when he said, while on tour with the Lions, that the highlight of the tour was when he heard that Kerry beat Cork.


'Many will remember the central role Moss played in Munster's historic victory over New Zealand. I met him after the game and saw first hand just how proud he was of Munster and all the supporters who played their part. Moss will be sadly missed.'


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