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.