Congratulations to well known veteran Athlete Tony Gartland of Ballybrack on another successful trip to the17th World Transplant Games held this year in Brisban, Australia.
Tony was part of a 19 strong Ireland team to compete in the event and as always was among the Medal winners
He started off by collection the Silver medal in the 5k Road race and after running in the 1500m and the800m on the track was back on the road again at the end of a hectic week to compete in the 5k Walk.
He was back on the winners podium again but this time in poll position after taking the Gold medal. So Gold and Silver in one week in World class company is not bad going.
Forty-four-year-old Tony was playing Football for Kiltegan up to last year and is a brother of former Wicklow goalie Matt Gartland.
Congratulations Tony from your colleagues in the West Wicklow Athletic Club and the Kiltegan GAA Club.
Congratulations to Michael Owens and the Wicklow U-16 Hurlers who won out their Division in the All Ireland Blitz in Westmeath on Saturday. They were based in Kinnagad with a group which included Wexford, Meath, and Derry.They did poorly in the group but when they later got through to their own final they piped Derry to take that title.
At least one lift for Hurling in the County.
Mary says thanks
While Mary Mills is still struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of her husband Jim she took time out this week to contact the ‘Wicklow People’ to express her thanks to all the people who rallied round to offer sympathy and help to herself and her family in their time of greatest need.
In particular she would like to thank the People who came to Jim’s assistance when he became ill in Baltinglass GAA grounds, the Nurses and Ambulance crew and all who rallied round.
The good neighbours who offered sympathy and help; The GAA club and the Camogie Club who provided the refreshments for the huge crowd who turned up for the removal on the Tuesday evening. Her Brother Eddie who provided the hot meal after the funeral on Wednesday and every one from the Army Camp.To the Coolkenno GAA Club and all the other Clubs from West Wicklow who joined in the Guard of Honour, in particular the Blessington Juvenile Club where Jim’s grandson, Jack plays his football.
To Fr McCarthy and to Jim O’Neill who spoke so kindly of Jim from the Alter.
To all Mary says a sincere “thank you” and asks that you continue to remember Jim in your prayers.
One man conspicuous by his absence at GAA matches through out the county at the Weekend was Joe McElheron. Joe was a well known Referee for many years and even still is a regular Umpire or official at matches at Aughrim or Arklow.
Joe became Ill during the week and on behalf of his many GAA friends we wish him a speedy recovery.
The death of Lu Redmond of Arklow removed another great GAA personality from out midst. She was Secretary of the old Ballymoney Club for years and the Baltinglass v Arklow Geraldines/Ballymoney, fixed for Sunday was called off as a mark of respect while a minutes silence was observed at Pierse Park and other venues on Saturday and Sunday.
The her Husband Jim and bereaved family we extend our sympathy.
With one or two notable exceptions the MFC has run smoothly and is close to the knockout stages.
The Eight big guns are shooting it out in Div.one and at this stage the battle for the top four qualifying positions is still wide open
At this stage St Pats are unbeaten, topping the table and have a very healthy score difference and bar they do a ‘Fionevan’ they look to being the shake up.
The only other unbeaten team id Eire Og but they drew their first three matches and only got their first win last week when they stopped unbeaten Baltinglass
They are on 5 points with a good score difference but still have some work to do
Blessington are in second place on 6 points but are on the minus side of the Score difference.
Baltinglass are on 4 points with a good score difference while Rathnew are on the 5 point mark and also in credit on the scoring side. That leaves five going well for four places so the musical chairs starts now. Division A table St Patrick’s – 4310 7 24 Blessington 530 2 6 -10 Baltinglass 32 01 4 10 Eire Og 41 30 5 7 Rathnew 42 11 5 4 St Kevin’s 21 01 2 0 Bray Emmets 40 13 1 -7 L O’Toole’s 40 0 4 28 0
Group B is a little unbalanced with Avondale and Kilcoole lagging behind .
Ml Dwyers have finished their five matches and are topping the table.
St Nicholas look best placed to get the second qualifying place
AGB are also in with a fighting chance. In fact that outstanding match between The Arklow boys and St Nicks could decide who gets the second qualifying place Group C Carnew have topped this group with full points and all matched played and are through to the semi-finals.
The only outstanding match is between Kilmac on 5 points and Ashford on 4. That match will decide who gets the second qualifying place
Footnote In group A the top four qualify for the semi-finals with 1playing 4 and 2 v 3
The top team in Group B meets the second team in Group C and visa/versa.