EIRE OG GREYSTONES
FIXTURES: Some of the club’s teams are involved in important fixtures during the week. On Saturday at 1.30 p.m in Arklow the junior hurlers face Newcastle in the replay of the Championship semifinal. The first game would intimate an exciting encounter in the offing. In Aughrim we thrilled to a ‘battle royal’ in which our lads showed remarkable bravery and determination. We gasped as goalie Scott Smullen, his backs and the grace of God contrived to somehow keep our net intact. We marvelled at the stick work and reactions of Paulie Sutton and at the coolness and ball-winning abilities of young Cormac Greene. How we thrilled at the sight of ‘Chester’ Kelly in disdainful disregard as he soloed his way through a forest of Newcastle hurls and we held our breaths as Billy Cuddihy burst past defenders in his charges towards goal. Such pleasures and thrills await in Arklow on Saturday. Why not take the opportunity to savour them. Bí ann gan teip.
Our U-16 hurlers travel to Wicklow to play Bray Emmets in the semi-final of the A Championship at 3.15 p.m. on Sunday. Hurling is at the moment very much a minority sport in this area. That coupled with the fact that cultivating team and club loyalty among 14-16 year old boys is, in general, not an easy task and renders the fielding of a hurling team in this age group somewhat of an achievement. Hence the mentors of this squad are to be congratulated on having kept the lads together through often indifferent results. They are deserving of our support. Your presence at Dunbur Park on Sunday would surely be a welcome source of encouragement to all involved.
Our ladies have their final outing of the year in Laragh on Sunday at 2.00 p.m. They play Baltinglass in the Intermediate league final. We did top the table but the format of the competition demands a play-off between the top 2 teams. Many would question the desirability of such a play-off particularly as it occurs so late in the season when time has attenuated enthusiasm. Still and all you are assured of a feast of football between the two best teams in the county at this grade.
COMHBHRÓN: The Club extends its sincerest sympathies to the family of Paddy Nolan, to his son Paddy, Martin and Philip and his daughter Elizabeth (Liz), to his grandchildren and extended family. The esteem in which Paddy was held was attested to in the overflow congregation which attended the funeral mass in Kilquade. Éire Óg was very well represented at the obsequies. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh Paddy.
CONGRATS: Comhgáirdeachas to Leighton Glynn of Glenealy on his wonderful performance in the Compromise Rules game against Australia in Perth on Friday. It merited him the ‘Man of the Match’ accolade. Pundits spoke of his natural talent for the game: the speed of his decision making, his presence of mind, a priceless positional sense, his intelligent movement of the ball and his ability to take scores. He did Co. Wicklow proud. This new found fame should be of great assistance to him in his promotional work for the GAA within the county. Also a talented hurler his absence would have been sorely felt by Glenealy in the drawn county final on Sunday. Fergus O’Brien sent him a congratulatory text on behalf of the club.
To Stephen ‘Chester’ Kelly who played for Ireland in the recent shinty/hurling international in Kilkenny. He is to be commended on having cut short his post match celebrations - did Brendan Cuddihy’s urgings have a part in this? - to ensure his readiness for the Junior Hurling semi-final against Newcastle next day.
To Peggy Mitchell, wife of President Des, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday. That the flame still burns was attested to in the two appropriately romantic refrains with which Des regaled the party goers.