PIC: Kerry football god Maurice Fitzgerald lines out for his club at ripe old age of 46
The picture in Maurice Fitzgerald's attic must be gathering some amount of dust these days.
Like the title character in Oscar Wilde's novel Dorian Gray, everyone's favourite corner-forward must surely have sold his soul in order to look this good as he closes in on the half century.
The legendary Kerry footballer has been a busy man in recent weeks, helping lead St Mary's to Munster intermediate club glory, while also keeping the seven club players nice and limber to help South Kerry win the Kingdom's county senior football crown.
As a result of some crazy fixture scheduling Fitzgerald, who is the St Mary's manager, led his side out in a Kerry county league Division 2 game last night against East Kerry outfit Gneeveguilla.
The men from Cahirciveen were down a number of players due to college commitments and injury for the midweek trip beyond Killarney, which meant that Fitzgerald togged out as a substitute, 14 years after he last wore the green and gold of his county.
— sportsfile (@sportsfile) December 2, 2015
— AIB_GAA (@AIB_GAA) December 2, 2015
Kerry Legend Maurice Fitzgerald played for his club St. Mary's tonight at 46 years old, unbelievable!! A true great. pic.twitter.com/DNEauOcO67
— Rory's Stories (@RorysStories) December 2, 2015
And his introduction worked as the Munster club champions secured a valuable away win
Maurice was keen to wipe away memory of a poor Junior displaythis year so he is back - Dan Daly 1-6 - no Sheehan Pauly Denis D -Walsh Conor
— Mortimer Murphy (@MortimerMurphy1) December 2, 2015
Unfortunately the man himself didn't get on the score sheet
@KMcGillicuddy86 he didn't score!
— St Marys GAA (@StMarysGAAclub) December 2, 2015
But every GAA fan in the country was impressed
— Aidan O Mahony (@GmailMahony) December 3, 2015
— Thomas Niblock (@thomasniblock) December 2, 2015
— Fran Bellew (@FranBTweets) December 2, 2015