Marc Ó Sé

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Marc Ó Sé


Marc Ó Sé
Personal information
Sport Gaelic Football
Place of birth Kerry, Ireland
Club information
Club An Ghaeltacht
Position Full Back
Club(s)*
Club Years Apps (scores)
An Ghaeltacht

Inter County
County Kerry
Position Full Back
Inter County(ies)**
County Years Apps (scores)
Kerry

Inter County Titles
Munster Titles 3
All-Ireland 2
All-Stars 1

* club appearances and scores
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**Inter County team apps and scores correct
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Marc Ó Sé is a teacher and a Irish Gaelic football player for Kerry and An Ghaeltacht.

Football career

2002 Rookie Season

Marc has played right across the back line in 5 seasons for Kerry. In his rookie seasons he impressed in 2002 throughout the championship. In the final of that year he marked Diarmuid Marsden of Armagh. Marc was given a torrid time as Kerry left what looked like a certain win with 25 mins to go slip and lost by a single point, 1-12 to 0-14. Many critisized the manager and Marc's uncle Páidí o Sé for not taking off both Marc and his brother Dara, who himself faded dramatically as the game went on. After a terribly below par performance against a Tyrone team who used questionable tactics and swarm defence to suffocate Kerry, Paidí was out of the picture. However, that year Marc was showing an improving maturity and it was a sign of things to come.

2004 - Present

2004 was a busy year for Marc. First he lost the All Ireland Club Championship with his club. He then won the National League beating Galway in a cracking game by a single point. He starred in the 2004 campaign showing great defensive awareness and beautiful on the ball skill, which has since become a trademark of Marc's play. Kerry won the title defeating Mayo comfortably by a huge margin of 1-20 to 2-09. Despite the fact that everyone spoke of the great performances of Colm Cooper and John Crowley and the fact the his brother Tomás won the player of the year, many were shocked and disappointed that Marc failed to land an all star.

In 2005 Marc continued to perform for Kerry who this time were narrowly defeated by Tyrone. Many people from around the country felt the fact that Kerry had not been tested in the championship in almost a year and a half, and the fact that this was Tyrone's 10th game of a gruelling campaign as key factors in the final result. Again Marc was overlooked in the All Star selection despite a sterling campaign.

Kerry bounced back in 2006 in the only way they know how. Kerry defeated Galway in the final again in a far less impressive game as the corresponding fixture 2 years earlier. Kerry were shocking in the Munster Championship, in which they were nearly defeated by minnows Waterford and eventually defeated in a replay against Cork. However, this proved to be a false dawn for the rest of Ireland as Kerry regrouped. They beat Longford in the qualifier and were written off for their quarter final against Armagh. Armagh and Tyrone were perceived as Kerry's bogey teams in recent years and Armagh were expected to deal with Kerry in a similar fashion as Tyrone had done the previous year. As it happened, Kerry produced a masterful second half display achieved a 10 point turnaround. Marc was immense and scored 2 glorious points from the back, many experts said that there were few forwards in the game who could have taken their scores as well. Kerry gained revenge against Cork in the Semi-Final before handing Mayo and even more severe beating than they had two years ago. Kerry had the game wrapped up after only 10 minutes with a score of 2-04 to 0-00 and despite a mini revival by Mayo, Kerry won comprehensivley 4-15 to 3-05. Marc won an all star award in 2006.