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al­lowed to bask in well de­served glory.

Tony comes from a strong GAA back­ground and was a very promis­ing young foot­baller in his early years

At one time Bally­brack had a GAA club and in fact won the Wick­low JFC in 1936. Tony’s fa­ther Nick was part of that club and while he missed out on the cham­pi­onship he later won a West Wick­low League medal.

His elder brother, Matt, played for club and county and for a time it looked that Tony would equal of even bet­ter that. He won a Mi­nor cham­pi­onship medal with Balt­in­glass

And was a reg­u­lar on the Kil­te­gan Ju­nior and U-21 teams up to the time when ill­ness struck. Fi­nally a liver trans­plant saved his life and re­turned him to full health but he had missed out on what should have been his good years. Many peo­ple would have set­tled for a handy job and a quite life but not Tony. In his own words he felt he owed it to his donor to make the most of ev­ery minute of the life that had been re­stored to him. He joined the West Wick­low Ath­letic Club and com­peted in the Wick­low Cham­pi­onships.

He went back play­ing foot­ball for Kil­te­gan and as his strength and fit­ness im­proved he be­gan to com­pete in the ath­letic events for trans­plant re­cip­i­ents

County Chair­man Andy O’Brien wished to send his con­grat­u­la­tions on be­half of the County GAA Board and to say how proud we all are of his achieve­ments.

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