The death has taken place in Arabella Ballymacelligott of J.P. Leen after a short illness.
In his youth he was a marvellous sportsman, excelling in both Gaelic Football and Handball. He has a unique record winning All Ireland medals in both codes. In 1963 he won an All Ireland junior football medal with Kerry and in 1975 he won an All Ireland club medal in Handball with Ballymac.
Perhaps J.P.’s greatest game on the football field was during 196.
He and his midfield partner the late Patsy Nolan R.I.P., had the best of matters against no less an opponent than the legendary Mick O’Connell and his partner J Murphy in a game which saw Ballymac sensationally defeat South Kerry in the Kerry County Championship.
He won 4 Castleisland district league medals, 1962, 63, 64 and 69. J.P. Leen was the last Ballymac man to wear the Kerry Senior Jersey in Championship Football.
May he rest in peace.