Tom Spillane was born in Templenoe, near Kenmare, County Kerry in 1962. He was, along with his brother Pat, a key member of the successful Kerry Gaelic football teams of the 1980s. He won an All Ireland Minor Medal in 1980 before he first broke into the county panel in 1981 and he played with Kerry for the next eleven seasons, winning 4 All Ireland Senior medals, 5 Munster Senior medals, 1 Kerry County title and 3 All-Stars. Together with his brothers Mick and Pat, the Spillane's hold a record 23 All Ireland medals at all levels between them.Spillane works as an auctioneer and runs his business from Killarney.He specialises in dealing with property in the Killarney and Kenmare areas. He has sons called Tom, Killian, Conor and Adrian.
^"Kerry can summon spirit of Eighties -- Spillane". Independent.ie (Ireland). May 15, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-02. And just as it was in 1983, when Cork won the Munster title, the Rebels are the most likely pretenders to their All-Ireland crown; Kerry great Tom Spillane can see similarities.