Game of hurl­ing was the real win­ner

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THE GAME of hurl­ing was the real win­ner in Aughrim on Sun­day, and it ain’t over yet.

A county fi­nal played with pride and pas­sion and a fair level of skill.

If any­one was cheer­ing louder than the rest at the end it had to be Leighton Glynn. He will be back in time for the re­play.

Jonathan O’Neill’s line ball from near the 65 me­tre line had to be the best in its class that Aughrim regulars have wit­nessed but then most of the free-tak­ing by both ‘Bosco’ and Don Hy­land was ex­cep­tional.

The at­ten­dance was dis­ap­point­ing to say the least but the doubts about the game go­ing ahead did not help.

The re­play, which is fixed for Satur­day, Novem­ber 8, will give the stay at home fans a sec­ond chance to see what should be an­other cracker.


The only team go­ing home to cel­e­brate on Sun­day night was Ark­low Rock Parnells. The once mighty ‘Rocks won the last of their six Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onships in 1985 and since then the hon­ours have been thin enough on the ground. They have been work­ing very hard this year and this was just re­ward for their ef­forts.

Bray Em­mets were un­lucky; the date caught them un­pre­pared and they were a bit be­low strength but all the in­di­ca­tions are that the good days are all ahead.


It was a nice to hon­our the Tony For­ristal Cup winning team at half­time in the big game. Ths great U-14 team was led by the cap­tain Diar­muid Master­son while the rest of the panel was – Pierce Sweeney, Cian O’Byrne, Jim Doyle, Enda Mol­loy, Luke Moloney, Muiris Flynn, Cathal O Du­lachain (Bray Em­mets); Stephen Mur­phy, John Walsh, Daniel Nolan, Wayne Kin­sella, Ciarán Mul­hall (Carnew); Jamie Byrne, Em­met Byrne, Aaron Nu­gent, Conor Lin­nane, James Man­ley, Daniel Staunton (Glenealy); Paul Mur­ray, Eoin Coogan (Michael Dwyers); Kevin Kyrne, James Smullen (Eire Og); Eoin Keddy (Kil­coole), and Peter Quigley (Avon­dale).

The men­tors were – MA O’Neill, James Do­ran, Chris Master­son, Nigel Man­ley and Michael Neary.


Avon­dale were the team march­ing proudly march­ing be­hind the band to re­ceive the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel tro­phies from the County Chair­man Andy O’Brien at Aughrim on Sun­day. A great team, led by a re­mark­able man Seán O’Brien won the last of Avon­dale’s 14 Se­nior Cham­pi­onships in 1983

Just to jog the mem­o­ries we will give you the team – Jimmy Kelly; Joe Fox, Tom Lyng, Jimmy O’Shaugh­nessy; Vic­tor O’Shaugh­nessy, Seán O’Brien (Capt), John Joe Doyle; Paddy Shee­han, Owen Doyle; Pat Jor­dan, Dessie Hef­fer­nan, Christy Mo­ran; Micky Jor­dan, Liam McGraynor, Sea­mus Busher. Subs. – Larry Kin­sella; Billy Byrne, Pat Doyle RIP; Mick Kelly, PJ O’Dea, Pat Ho­gan, Tommy But­ler.

And for the record they beat Kil­coole in the fi­nal – 3-11 to 1-9.


And be­fore we close the books on Aughrim on Sun­day one man we must men­tion is the spon­sor of that Ju­bilee event Brian Bren­nan of Bren­nan Ho­tels. Brian puts in a huge amount of time, work and money into the pro­mo­tion of Gaelic games in Wick­low. This re­mark­able man does not for­get young or old. He spon­sors the Ju­ve­niles in both clubs in Ark­low; the Mi­nor and U-21 county foot­ball teams and the Ju­bilee pre­sen­ta­tions in both codes. He is truly one of Wick­low’s great­est sup­port­ers.


We heard on the grapevine that a cer­tain Ty­rone ve­teri­nary sur­geon who an­swers to the name of Brian will be drop­ping in to see his friend Jack Booth­man in Bless­ing­ton on Tues­day the 11th. It just hap­pened that this fel­low, Brian, when he is not tend­ing to the wel­fare of the cat­tle and sheep in his na­tive county gets him­self in­volved in an an­cient brand of foot­ball now quite pop­u­lar in that par­tic­u­lar area. He has re­cently found him­self a new friend by the name of Sam and he will be bring­ing him along to meet the good peo­ple of Bless­ing­ton and West Wick­low.

Now this ‘Sam’ chap is a bit fussy about the com­pany he keeps so meet­ing up with him is by ap­point­ment only. For more in­for­ma­tion ring the man him­self Jack Booth­man.


The death of Paschal Deer­ing last week was deeply mourned through­out Wick­low and far be­yond.

While Paschal was a man of many parts, in­volved in the po­lit­i­cal, busi­ness and sport­ing life of his commu- nity and county nowhere was his pass­ing more deeply mourned than within the Gaelic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion.

While he was a fol­lower of all sport and was deeply in­volved in rugby and golf it was in Gaelic Foot­ball that he made his mark and that game re­mained his great­est love right up to the end. Even on his good days through­out his re­cent ill­ness he was a reg­u­lar at­ten­der at Mick O’Dwyer’s train­ing ses­sions in Aughrim and other venues.

One of his fond­est mem­o­ries was his in­volve­ment in the Dublin Wick­low-mens Cup – now the old­est tro­phy still played for in the county. That cup was first played for in 1950 and Dunlavin and New­town met in the fi­nal. On that day in Ash­ford a young stripling, just turned 16, his mop of red hair blow­ing in the breeze caught the eye of every­one, friend and foe. While New­town won the match the Dunlavin mid­fielder gave such a dis­play that the or­gan­iser of the com­pe­ti­tion, the late Joe Dunne of New­town took the then un­usual step of nam­ing him ‘man of the match’ and pre­sented him with the match ball.

That match was also the first Wick­low fi­nal ever filmed in full and by some un­usual cir­cum­stances Paschal be­came the owner of that film in re­cent years, and on rare oc­ca­sions showed it for his friends and for­mer team mem­bers.

Paschal was the cen­tre-for­ward on the Wick­low team that played Meath in Croke Park on what was to be­come known as the day of the long count. Wick­low were lead­ing at the end of the hour and deep into in­jury-time but the ref­eree, Bill De­laney of Laois, an­other of the foot­ball im­mor­tals, played an ex­tra nine min­utes. That great Meath team won in the end and to rub salt into Wick­low wounds went on to take their sec­ond All-Ire­land ti­tle.

Paschal had many more great days on the play­ing fields but his foot­ball ca­reer with Wick­low was cut some­what short by the fact that he em­i­grated, first to Eng­land and later Aus­tralia.

Dur­ing his stay down un­der he had the un­usual dis­tinc­tion of ref­er­ee­ing a match be­tween a tour­ing Kerry team and an Aussie Rules team. No com­pro­mise rules in those but his son Mark, in his bril­liant trib­ute to his fa­ther from the al­tar in Dunlavin told us that Paschal prob­a­bly made up the rules as he went along.

The great Mick O’Dwyer was play­ing in that match and the oc­ca­sion was re­called re­cently when Paschal pre­sented Micko with the oval match ball in mem­ory of that day.

Paschal met and mar­ried the love of his life Una Mahon of Val­ley­mount and that may have ac­counted for the fact that he played for the Lake­side club for a time.

On his re­turn from Aus­tralia Paschal took over as trainer of the Dunlavin Se­nior team and brought them to a County Fi­nal in 1972.

A huge crowd turned out at his re­moval to the lo­cal church in Dunlavin on Thurs­day night and again at his fu­neral on Fri­day. Of­fi­cers of Wick­low County Board and of the Dunlavin Club, cur­rent and for­mer club and county play­ers joined forces to form a guard of hon­our on both days and marched with the cortege to the ceme­tery.

Among the many for­mer play­ing col­leagues we spot­ted at the fu­neral were that great goalie Andy Phillips mark­ing in the guard of hon­our. Their also was a man who played against him in that first fi­nal – Jimmy Hat­ton from Kil­coole and his brother Danny; the Clarke broth­ers from Kil­bride, Peter and Tommy; Jim Coates, who played for Donard, Dunlavin and Moor­field, Frank O’Neill from Strat­ford.

To his wife Una, his son and daugh­ter, his broth­ers, sis­ters and ex­tended fam­ily we ex­tend our sym­pa­thy.


Without any shadow of doubt Wick­low foot­ballers fol­low­ers had their great­est morn­ing in a long time when they watched the Com­pro­mise Rules match be­tween Ire­land and Aus­tralia. Stand­ing tallest of all amongst mighty men was our own Leighton Glynn. On ev­ery sta­tion you turned to, on TV or ra­dio the big talk was about the lit­tle Wick­low man who had stormed into the game from the mo­ment he set foot on the pitch.

From the time his se­lec­tion was an­nounced a lot of peo­ple, in­side and out­side the county were say­ing that Seán Boylan and Hugh Kenny were tak­ing a big gam­ble.

It was a gam­ble that paid off. One thing about Leighton is that ev­ery game he is play­ing, be it hurl­ing, foot­ball or now Com­pro­mise Rules he bub­bles over with con­fi­dence – and that was the most strik­ing thing that came across to the view­ers on Fri­day.

They are cer­tainly walk­ing tall in Rath­new, but they are not the only ones. Mick O’Dwyer, Arthur French, Kevin O’Brien and all his col­leagues on the county team were also over the moon and all saw this as an­other great boost for Wick­low foot­ball.

Andy O’Brien, Martin Cole­man and the peo­ple who were be­hind ap­point- ing Leighton as Wick­low’s Am­bas­sador, and em­ployed him as a full­time coach in both hurl­ing and foot­ball can not feel fully jus­ti­fied in their choice.

Leighton be­comes only the third Wick­low man to wear the green jer­sey of Ire­land and fol­lows in the proud foot­steps of Kevin O’Brien and Pat O’Byrne. Well done Leighton.

(Be­fore the calls start to flood in from Donard, yes we do re­mem­ber when Gerry O’Reilly was se­lected on an ‘Ire­land’ team but that was in dif­fer­ent times and dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances and there was no tour in­volved).


St. Brid­get’s in Kil­toom in Co Roscom­mon was our venue on Satur­day. The oc­ca­sion was the semi-fi­nals of the in­ter-provin­cials be­tween Con­naght and Le­in­ster

And the rea­son was that Wick­low had two play­ers back on a Le­in­ster panel.

John Paul Dal­ton and Dara O hAan­naidh are the lat­est of what is still a rel­a­tive smal group of Wick­low play­ers to be hon­oured to wear the green jer­sey of Le­in­ster.

Nei­ther lads made the start­ing fif­teen but the small group of Wick­low sup­port­ers got some­thing to cheer about when ‘Jacko’ was brought on at the end of the first quar­ter.

How­ever, there will be no crock of gold at the end of this rain­bow. Le­in­ster lost the match and will not be fig­ur­ing in the fi­nal.

How­ever, hav­ing two play­ers hon­oured in this way is an­other boost for Wick­low foot­ball and an­other spin-off from the ‘Micko’ era.


Well done to our county camogie cham­pi­ons Donard/Glen who came out win­ners of the an­nual ‘seven-aside’ tour­na­ment run in Clane, Co Kil­dare..

In their first match they beat Cloughbawn of Wex­ford – 2-3 to 2-2; with Sile Wal­she, Claire Whe­lan and Karen Wal­she shar­ing in the scor­ing.

Lu­can Sars­fields were next up and the Wick­low girls won this one by 1-3 to 0-2. Great dual player Geral­dine Nor­ton was an­other to get on the score­sheet in this match.

Ex­cel­lent goal­keep­ing by Lyn­d­sey Wal­she was a fea­ture of their next win over Na Fianna from Meath by 23 to 1-1 while Lind­sey Quin­lan and Sinéad Whyte starred in de­fence.

In the semi-fi­nal they played the best run­ner-up from the three groups which was Cloughbawn and won again by 4-1 to 2-1.

In the fi­nal the Wick­low cham­pi­oins came up against famed West­meath club Lough­lin Gaels who were the reign­ing cham­pi­ons

Amanda But­ler and An­drea Kealy starred in de­fence and Lind­sey Quin­lan made one match winning clear­ance off the goal-line. The fi­nal score was 2-1 to 0-4.

The cap­tain Karen Wal­she was pre­sented with the Shield while each girl got a lovely tro­phy.

The panel – Lyn­d­sey Wal­she, An­drea Kealy, Lind­sey Quin­lan, Sinéad Whyte, Karen Wal­she, Amanda But­ler, Claire Whe­lan, Geral­dine Nor­ton and Sile Whe­lan.

Carnew's Em­met O'Sul­li­van and Glenealy's An­thony Driver com­pete for the ball dur­ing the Se­nior hurl­ing fi­nal.

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