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Saturday 10 December 2016

'I'll be wearing blue on Sunday', says Kingdom's Dublin chef

Dublin chef Chad Byrne with Kerry’s Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, Marc O Se and
See Alan Brogan David Moran Picture: Don MacMonagle
Dublin chef Chad Byrne with Kerry’s Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, Marc O Se and See Alan Brogan David Moran Picture: Don MacMonagle

Chad Byrne is the Dublin football fan with the toughest job in Ireland.

The proud Cabinteely man not only has to live in Kerry, but has to cook special meals for the Kingdom side focused on dethroning the All-Ireland champions - Chad's beloved Dubs - this Sunday.

But the head chef at the award-winning Brehon Hotel in Killarney admitted that, while he's very fond of the Kerry stars and adores his life in in the county, he'll still be wearing Dublin blue at the weekend.

Training

"I work very closely with the Kerry team management and, in particular, with dietician Kevin Beasley, on the menu for the team," Chad said.

"The players eat at the Brehon twice a week after training.

"It is an arrangement that goes back years because the O'Donoghue family, who own the Brehon, are huge GAA fans and do whatever they can to support the Kerry team.

"I have to work on Sunday, but I will be watching the Dublin-Kerry game on TV here at the Brehon. I'm a proud Dub, so of course I'll be wearing my Dublin jersey."

Chad, whose children Lea-Rose (10) and Shannon (six) are also committed Dublin fans, said there had been incredible banter between Dublin and Kerry fans throughout the Kingdom over the past week.

Brehon manager Brian Bowler said they expected the hotel to be packed on Sunday, with fans glued to TV screens to watch the 2014 and 2015 All-Ireland winners face off.

"Needless to say, a huge number of Kerry people will be at Croke Park for the match but there are a lot of Dublin people in Killarney on their holidays," he said.

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