In 1982 the seven Casey brothers were inducted into the Irish Sports Hall of Fame, the only family ever to receive that honor. Nowhere in the annals of sport is there an entire family so gifted. The brothers, from Sneem in County Kerry, starred as Olympic-class oarsmen, Tug-O'-War champions, professional wrestlers and boxers and won fame throughout the sporting world. Jim, Steve and Tom went to the United States in the 1930s and made names for themselves in rowing, wrestling and boxing. In 1935, Tom and Mick, Steve and Paddy entered and won the All-England Rowing Championships, a natural springboard to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. They were confident of winning all six rowing events but, because they had wrestled professionally, they were disqualified. Steve, known as "Crusher" Casey, became the supreme wrestler in the world and for a decade no one could match him. Then he turned to boxing and the great Joe Louis refused to go into the ring with him. In 1983 at a family reunion in Sneem, five brothers, all in their 70s, climbed into the four-oar boat they used to win championships in 1930, 1931 and 1932.
Although they had not rowed together in 50 years, they still moved with natural unity and grace. Sports people from Kerry have achieved fame in many fields but the success of the Caseys surely outshines all.