Tuesday 18 December 2018

Radio show toremember Kay

EVERYBODY will be moving the dial for Mick Hanley's fascinating documentary on Dublin City fm 103.2.

'Kathleen "Kay" Mills - A Camogie Legend' will be aired on Wednesday week, September 10th at 3pm.

That's the week of the All-Ireland camogie final.

"We will also be broadcasting the programme later on in the year on our sports programme," reveals Mick.

The documentary runs for 58 minutes. It features many personalities who recall Kay's brilliance as a player, and her gentle personality.

They include the iconic duo, Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh and Jimmy Magee, plus author, John Cassidy.

Her team-mates were also interviewed, as was the last Dublin captain to lift the O'Duffy Cup, Ann Colgan.


Association president, Aileen Lawlor, and former president, Liz Howard, speak about the grace and charm of the Inchicore Invincible.

Heather MacLeod is the co-producer. Mick's mother, Carmel (Walsh), won four All-Ireland medals with Kay and also played on the same CIE team.

The documentary is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and it offers a marvellous insight into a player that won a staggering 15 All-Ireland senior medals.

"It's a record that no other player, man or woman, has achieved in the history of the GAA," reflects Mick.

Kay played for the Dubs through the 40s and 50s. She won her first All-Ireland medal in 1942, and her last in 1961, aged 38.

The Dubs beat Tipperary in that '61 final. Betty Hughes was the Dublin captain. As the pre-match parade was about to start, Betty stood aside to let Kay lead the team.

It was known that it was to be Kay's last appearance in the Dublin jersey, and the Croke Park crowd erupted.

On receiving the O'Duffy Cup, Betty immediately gave it to Kay, who was carried shoulder-high by her team-mates.

Kay had the feet of a dancer. And her shot had the sting of a wasp. She played with a big heart and she was such a pure striker of the sliotar.


She died in 1996. Recently, a campaign was launched to name the new bridge over the Liffey in her memory.

It was a close call, but War of Independence heroine, Rosie Hackett, took the accolade. Kathleen would have been the first to shake her hand.

Kay was selected on the Team of the Century. With husband, George Hill, she ran a number of businesses, contributing to the economic life of the city.

Mick has painted a moving portrait of such a celebrated figure. He is steeped in the games himself. He played hurling and football for St Vincent's and Kilmacud Crokes.

He is the CEO of Dublin City fm, where he hosts the Wednesday night Dublin GAA Show (7.pm).

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