Spon­sor con­tin­ues back­ing of foot­ball team

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BEST OF the break­ing news this week was that Seán Mul­ryan and Bal­ly­more Homes are re­main­ing on as the spon­sors of the Wick­low Se­nior foot­ball team for an­other year.

Arthur French con­veyed that news to County Chair­man Andy O’Brien at the week­end af­ter he had a meet­ing with the spon­sor.

Arthur be­lieves that Mul­ryan will stay with Wick­low as long as Mick O’Dwyer re­mains as man­ager.

Re­act­ing to the an­nounce­ment Andy O’Brien said that it was great news for the team and the county. ‘Seán Mul­ryan’, he said, ‘is a long term friend of Wick­low foot­ball and sup­ported us many times in the past. The fact that he was in at­ten­dance at out matches over the last two years showed that he had a gen­uine in­ter­est in the team.

‘On be­half of the County Board and on my own be­half I thank him sin­cerely for his con­tin­ued sup­port and hope that we will be able to re­pay his loy­alty with good re­sults in the year ahead.

Only an­other three weeks left to the start up of ac­tiv­i­ties at na­tional level and Micko is like a hen on a hot grid­dle as he waits for the off. He is putting in his time go­ing around to the clubs, mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and talk­ing to the up and com­ing gen­er­a­tion of foot­ballers. Last week we heard he was in places like Avon­dale and Eire Og-Grey­stones so if he can’t reap the corn at the mo­ment he is at least sow­ing the seeds.

The mora­to­rium on train­ing will be lifted shortly and Micko and every­one else will be go­ing into over­drive. Every­one will be try­ing to make up for lost time so the play­ers can ex­pect a tough time this spring.

The colleges teams will be tak­ing part in the O’Byrne Cup and it ap­pears that the train­ing ban does not ap­ply to them so they should have an edge in fit­ness, so don’t rule out a sur­prise or two.

Wick­low’s first match is at home to Car­low on the 4th of Jan­uary.


Four Wick­low clubs, Kil­te­gan, Glenealy, Rath­new and Carnew will be cel­e­brat­ing on the dou­ble this Christ­mas af­ter the an­nounce­ments of the Gar­den County All Stars for 2008.

County foot­ball cham­pi­ons Kil­te­gan saw their great mid­fielder Jacko Dal­ton be­ing voted Se­nior Club Foot­baller of the Year while Keith Fur­long got the Ju­nior A award.

Hurl­ing cham­pi­ons Glenealy also had two win­ners. Jonathan O’Neill was voted County Hurler of the Year while Keith Snell is the In­ter­me­di­ate Hurler of the Year.

Leighton Glynn of Rath­new is the County Foot­baller of the Year while great vet­eran Ed Jame­son was voted Ju­nior C player.

Carnew also got up the dou­ble; an­other great vet­eran Don Hy­land was voted Club Hurler of the Year while and TJ Hen­nessy got the Mi­nor Hurler of the Year.

The Full list of win­ners: County Se­nior Foot­baller – Leighton Glynn (Rath­new); County Se­nior Hurler – Jonathan O’Neill (Glenealy); Club Se­nior Foot­baller – John Paul Dal­ton (Kil­te­gan); Club Se­nior Hurler Don Hy­land (Carnew); In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball – Alan Byrne (An­nacurra); Ju­nior A Foot­baller – Keith Fur­long (Kil­te­gan); Ju­nior B Foot­baller – Shay Cullen (An Tochar); Ju­nior C Foot­baller – Ed Jame­son (Rath­new); Mi­nor Foot­baller - David Haughton (Bray Em­mets); In­ter­me­di­ate Hurler – Keith Snell (Glenealy); Ju­nior Hurler – Ciarán Doyle (New­cas­tle); Mi­nor Hurler – TJ Hen­nessy (Carnew); Camogie – Karen Walsh (Donard/Glen); Ladies Foot­ball – Lau­rie Ah­erne (Eire Og/Grey­stones); Hand­ball – Pa­tri­cia Doyle, Cool­boy, Club Per­son of the Year – Brian Cul­leton, (Avoca).


The South District U-12 De­vel­op­ment squad as­sem­bled in Ti­na­hely for their sec­ond trial ses­sion.

Once again there were over 30 play­ers present, rep­re­sent­ing seven clubs.

All play­ers put in a tremendous ef­fort in freez­ing con­di­tions, the level of ded­i­ca­tion, dis­ci­pline and skill which play­ers were show­ing will prove to be very worth­while and en­joy­able for this squad and men­tors.

Coaches Martin Hamil­ton and Martin Ging wish to thank Garry Duffy for trav­el­ling from Wick­low town to take the train­ing ses­sion. Thanks also to County Se­nior pan­elist John McGrath from Balt­in­glass for com­ing along to talk to the lads and help out with the train­ing.

The men­tors would also like to thank all the par­ents for tak­ing the time out of their busy sched­ule to bring the play­ers to the ses­sions.

The 36 strong squad was as fol­lows: Richard Lam­bert, Cathal Mur­phy, John Gre­gan (Shil­le­lagh); Daniel Owens, Roan Lynch, Ciarán Doyle, Dean Barnes, El­liot Robin­son (Aughrim/An­nacurra); Jack Fur­long, Adam Forde, John Paul Hur­ley, Jack Hamil­ton, Jimmy Far­rell, Christo­pher O’Brien, Dar­ren Dempsey, Jay Wolo­han, Liam Gre­gory, Jack Jame­son, Pa­trick Sal­ley, Eoghan Doyle (AGB); Eoghan Dolan, Pádraig Waterton (Coolkenno); Seán Doyle, Jamie Cullen, Cian Doyle, Noel Mul­hall, Harry Sul­li­van, Oisin Fur­long, Alan Dil­lon, Niall Gor­man (Ti­na­hely); Har­ri­son Penn, Dar­ren Beevor, Shane Beaver (Avon­dale); Daniel Curry, Enda Dono­hue, Adam Barnes (Carnew).

Any club wish­ing to send other play­ers should con­tact Martin Hamil­ton, AGB (0879083555) or Martin Ging, Ti­na­hely (086-3714482)

Jerome Kelly was very pleased with the turnout of play­ers and the gen­eral stan­dard at the fi­nal trial ses­sion for the U-14 de­vel­op­ment squad, held in the new Bray Em­mets grounds in Old Conna on Satur­day.

There was al­most 70 boys present so the se­lec­tors had a hard task whit­tling that down to the 30 0r so that will make up the fi­nal panel. As soon as they com­pleted their de­lib­er­a­tions we will bring you that fi­nal panel.

The U-15 district teams have matches on Thurs­day night. West will play East in New­town while North will play South in Avon­dale – both games at 7.30 p.m..

The fi­nal tri­als for that squad will be held in the new grounds

in Bless­ing­ton on Satur­day.


Two na­tional awards again for Wick­low at the An­nual Pre­sen­ta­tion night in Kilkenny.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Cu­mann na mBun­scol and in par­tic­u­lar their PRO Ciarán Byrne on this re­cent achieve­ment.

Not for the first time Ciarán has reached the top bracket in the Pub­lic Re­la­tions cat­e­gory. His month by month ac­counts of ac­tiv­i­ties in the Gar­den County im­pressed the as­ses­sors and even against very strong op­po­si­tion won Wick­low the run­ner-up prize.

His Fix­tures and In­for­ma­tion Book­let was also a front run­ner and was awarded the run­nerup place in the ‘Best Pub­li­ca­tions’ sec­tion.

Just one more area where a Wick­low team are up there with the leaders.


The County Com­mit­tee hosted a din­ner for the ref­er­ees of the county in the Royal Ho­tel, Glendalough on Fri­day night

The event was spon­sored by for­mer Kil­bride and Wick­low foot­baller Fer­gal Donoghue of Boom & Plat­form Hire Ltd, Bless­ing­ton.

The guest speak­ers on the night were two of our lead­ing na­tional ref­er­ees. Mau­rice Deegan of Laois who ref­er­eed this year’s All-Ire­land fi­nal and great Wex­ford whistler Dicky Mur­phy.

County Chair­man Andy O’Brien wel­comed the guests and the ref­er­ees of the county and in a brief ad­dress said ‘Tonight I would like to thank you our ref­er­ees for your work week in week out, your work is fully ap­pre­ci­ated . You play a vi­tal and im­por­tant role within our games struc­tures and to that end it is ex­tremely im­por­tant that county man­age­ment sup­port the role of the ref­eree.’

Andy re­minded his lis­ten­ers that the ref­er­ees’ detailed match re­port, re­turned on time was vi­tal. Without it no re­view of a match can take place so I would ask you to keep this in mind.

‘Fail­ure to do this can al­low the per­pe­tra­tor to laugh at the sys­tem and to re­peat the same .of­fence .

‘I am sure that in my role as Chair­man dur­ing the year I will make many mis­takes, and I am sure some of you may feel the same, how­ever my view is when we make a mis­take we hold up out hand, sup­port the ef­fected, learn from it, and move on to­gether.

Andy ended by thank­ing those who ar­ranged the night – Vic­tor O’Shaugh­nessy, Mick Ha­gan, Tom Byrne, Michael Mur­phy, Peadar Smith and John Do­ran and in par­tic­u­lar Fer­gal Donoghue for his spon­sor­ship.


The usual pre­sen­ta­tions to ref­er­ees were made on the night and this year Andy O’Brien found him­self hand­ing out tro­phies on the dou­ble. For the first time ever both county Se­nior fi­nals ended in draws which meant there was four ref­er­ees to be hon­oured in­stead of two.

De­clan Pep­pard and De­clan Greene re­ceived the awards for the foot­ball fi­nals while Ed­die Leonard and De­clan Byrne were hon­oured for the hurl­ing fi­nals.

Three of Hugh Kenny’s ‘Young Whistlers’ Joe Glen­non, Keith Pep­pard and Kevin Cullen were at­tend­ing their first func­tion while there were three fa­ther/son com­bi­na­tions present – De­clan and Keith Pep­pard; Liam and Kevin Cullen and Liam and John Keenan. Pre­sen­ta­tions were also made to the two guest speak­ers, Dicky Mur­phy from Wex­ford and Mau­rice De­gan, Laois.


I am sure a lot of peo­ple would like to know what they are do­ing right in Kil­te­gan and what was the se­cret of their great suc­cess in 2008.

They have three adult teams in an area that could barely sup­port one ju­nior team a few years ago.

And this year all three teams won their county cham­pi­onships, some­thing that was never achieved be­fore, even by the strong clubs from the big towns.

The Mi­ley Cup was back on the side­board, the hurlers reached the semi-fi­nal of the cham­pi­onship and even the girls did well, get­ting to the fi­nal of the Se­nior cham­pi­onship. So what was the se­cret? Come with me to the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing, but come early, we may have to queue. The Sec­re­tary Col­lie Doyle was hand­ing out the book­let that con­tained, among other things his own glow­ing re­port of a great year.

Noel Far­rell de­liv­ered his first ad­dress as Chair­man, and what a floury one it was. He was hand­ing out bou­quets like snuff at a wake and thank­ing every­one in sight.

When trea­sur­ers Michael Len­non pre­sented he bal­ance sheet a lot of us feared for the worst at the end of such a busy and ex­pen­sive year.

We need not have wor­ried. The books were still in the black and the club in a sound fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, thanks mainly to the ex­traor­di­nary gen­eros­ity of the sup­port­ers.

That was surely the ic­ing on the cake – what was left to go wrong.

Then came the elec­tion of of­fi­cers for 2009 and straight away there was a rush for the ex­its led by the Chair­man him­self who thought that one year was enough in the job.

The vice-chair­man Tony Kelly was not seek­ing re-elec­tion and then the Sec­re­tary of one year Col­lie Doyle an­nounced that he was step­ping down for fam­ily rea­sons.

The big­gest shock of all came when the Se­nior team man­ager Gavin Wynne con­veyed the mes­sage to the meet­ing that he too was step­ping down.

At 28 years of age Gavin was one of the youngest man­agers to bring home the Mi­ley Cup and now he was gone.

Some of us were think­ing of suit­able word­ing for the wind­ing-up no­tice – some­thing like ‘For Sale – Three foot­ball teams, Good Pedi­gree, in per­fect work­ing or­der, gen­uine rea­son for sell­ing’.

How­ever Mick Car­ney got the show back on the road when he took over as Chair­man; one of the young guns Barry John O’Toole took over as vicechair­man and the po­si­tion of sec­re­tary and team man­ager was put back to the first meet­ing of the Com­mit­tee. So all is well that ends well.


Lit­tle luck for Wick­low at the Le­in­ster semi-fi­nals of Scor na nOg, held in the Downes GAA cen­tre in West­meath on Satur­day. In fact West­meath and Long­ford dom­i­nated the show and left very lit­tle for any one else.

The Dancers and Solo Singer from Carnew, the Nov­elty Act and recita­tion from Rath­new and the In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic from An Tochar all gave it their best shot but failed to get the nod from the judges.

It was left, once again, to the ever re­li­able ques­tion time team from Ballymanus to keep the Wick­low flag fly­ing.

Dar­ragh and Anne O’Ke­effe and Deirdre 0’Neill got through to the fi­nals and will again rep­re­sent Wick­low again at a West­meath venue on Jan­uary 10th.

Wick­low ref­er­ees at a din­ner in the Glendalough Ho­tel hosted by the County Board and spon­sor Fear­gal Donoghue of Boom & Plat­form Hire Ltd., on Fri­day.

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