Brennan continuing Minor and Under-21 sponsorship
GAELIC GAMES HOTELIER SPONSORING COUNTY TEAMS
HOTELIER BRIAN Brennan, one of the leading sponsors and supporters of Wicklow GAA, has yet again sponsored the gear for the county U-21 and Minor football teams.
This is Brian’s seventh season supporting the GAA in Wicklow with his sponsorship which embraces all age strata at this stage.
For the former greats of club football in the county he provides the jubilee awards for the county champions of 25 years ago on county final day each year.
For the present football stars he sponsors the player of the year awards; while he provides the playing gear for the U-21 and Minor county teams.
The county U-21s will be the first in action in their new strip, taking the field away to Longford in the Leinster championship next Sunday, Febru- ary 8, the alluring prize for victory being that they will have home matches for the remainder of the championship.
The Minor footballers will not get their first taste of Leinster championship action until April 16 when they will have Kildare at home.
Philip McGillycuddy’s U-21s have been training hard for some time now, but Brian Doyle’s Minors - similar to the situation with the Seniors - have been prevented by Croke Park from commencing training until March 1 to avoid player ‘burnout’.
It will be recalled that in 2008 Wicklow’s U-21s and Minors were both beaten by Wexford opponents in the second round when they looked good enough in their earlier wins over Laois and Offaly respectively to progress further in the championship race.
Just recently Wicklow’s Vocational Schools county team lost by a mere one point to Kildare (1-5 to 0-7) in the Leinster championship and since then Kildare have reached the provincial final, beating Dublin along the way.
If the Vocational Schools football is any guide, then Wicklow’s Minors are in with a good chance of turning the tables on Kildare on April 16.
Brian Brennan, the owner of a chain of hotels including the Arklow Bay, handed over the new jerseys for the U-21s and Minors at the Arklow hotel on Friday night last and he was rightly praised by Mick Hagan, county vice-chairman, and Jimmy Dunne for his loyalty, support and generosity over the years.
As Mick Hagan said that if Wicklow could win a Leinster championship there would be no prouder man that Brian Brennan. Mr. Hogan also went on to praise the players for their commitment and dedication and he assured both squads that the County Board was fully behind them, hoping that they can achieve success.