Follow the journey of Kerry GAA legend Colm `The Gooch' Cooper from playing football with his brothers on their housing estate in Killarney to the top of the GAA world.
Colm Cooper was a tiny, freckle-faced kid, the youngest of five siblings in a GAA-mad family from Killarney. When he retired as an intercounty gaelic footballer in 2017, he was one of the most decorated gaelic footballers of all-time.
This instalment of the Great Irish Sports Stars series follows Cooper's journeys as a young footballer, from his club Dr Crokes in Killarney, where he was given his famous nickname, all the way to Croke Park, where he won 5 All-Ireland titles. This is the story of how a kid who everyone counted out and said wasn't big enough or strong enough to wear the green and gold jersey of Kerry became one of the greatest gaelic footballers of all time.
Donny Mahoney is a writer and journalist. He was born in America and has lived in Ireland since 2004. He is one of the co-founders of the website Balls.ie, where he works today.