BOSTON — Very little can be said about Jimmy Maunsell from Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, that has not been said many times before. As a proud Kerryman, great family man and a terrific sportsman, he played both hurling and football in his adopted city of Boston. Maunsell always wore the Green and Gold with pride. He held several officer’s positions with the Kerry Football Club in Boston and could always be counted on when called upon. He also played hurling with the Cork team in Boston.
Maunsell is also very well known in the New York circle, having played football with Galway and Kerry and hurling with Waterford. He was a lifelong friend of the late John Kerry O’Donnell and the O’Donnell family. He is also the proud holder of several championship medals.
The Boston GAA honored Maunsell on Friday, Dec. 4, at the awards banquet with the first Lifetime Achievement Award. The presentation was made by Patrick Knipper, Vice President of August A. Busch.
In front of a packed audience at Florian Hall, Maunsell was kind in his remarks to some of his former opponents and teammates. He also expressed appreciation to the organizing committee for the work they had done on behalf of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Youth League, who would profit from their hard work.
Maunsell is married to the former Tina McGillicuddy, from Killarney. They have five children and four grandchildren.