McConville and Co are up for the match as ‘Geezer’ ties the knot
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
ALL-IRELAND winning captain Kieran McGeeney swapped a game on the pitch for a match made in heaven after marrying long-term girlfriend Maura O'Rahilly in her native Kerry on Thursday.
The multiple All-Star tied the knot in Killarney and the majority of his 2002 All-Ireland winning team-mates were guests, including the goal-scorer on that famous day in September, Oisin McConville.
And McConville is confident that Geezer - who joined the Armagh set-up three months ago after managing Kildare for six years - chose the date so it wouldn't clash with any football action.
“I couldn't see Geezer let his wedding day clash with football and I don't even know if he is going on honeymoon and it wouldn't surprise me to see him on the sideline during the Dr McKenna Cup," said McConville.
“When you are in football circles, a bit like myself, you will find that a lot of footballers will get married in January."
McConville said it was a magnificent wedding and a rare occasion to reacquaint with old team-mates.
“A lot of the boys that were there I would never usually see," said McConville.
“The likes of Enda and Justy McNulty, Ger Reid and Cathal O'Rourke and most of the 2002 team were there, it was good to see them and great to catch-up.
“Some people think that the 2002 team be running into each other all the time, but I don't really see any of them anymore.
“We are all moving in our own wee circles and then settle down and get married and start families and next thing you know is that a month, a year or two years have past, so it was a really a good day's craic."
Other famous footballers present included Kerry's Darragh O'Se, Derry's Anthony Tohill, and Dessie Farrell and Mick Galvin, who McGeeney played alongside with Dublin club Na Fianna.
Former Armagh team-mate Paul McGrane was the Best Man, while the new Mrs McGeeney is the sister of former Kerry footballer Ruairi O'Rahilly.
And McConville insists that the setting was perfect for reminiscing about old times as well a bit of slagging with some proud Kerry men - and of course that famous day in Croke Park in 2002 when Armagh lifted their first and only San Maguire against the Kingdom was mentioned once or twice!
“Kerry has a great football tradition, and most teams aspire to be like the Kingdom of the eighties - so we had good craic and banter and generally it was a great day out," added McConville.
“And the fact that it took place in Kerry meant that everyone was staying and it's always better craic when people are staying, so it meant we had a great late night and of course there was plenty of football talked and balls kicked about the dancefloor."
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