BBC fo­cus on Kil­te­gan for new doc­u­men­tary

Bray People - - SPORT - PETER KEOGH

THE LIT­TLE vil­lage of Kil­te­gan were out in force on Mon­day as a BBC cam­era crew ar­rived to have a look at how a GAA club in a small ru­ral com­mu­nity man­aged to sur­vive.

And that was the very ques­tion the pre­sen­ter Joe Ly­nam put to club Chair­man Pat Keogh. On his ar­rival Six hours later, af­ter a day of in­tense ac­tiv­ity he was putting much the same ques­tion to his BBC view­ers. What is it that makes the GAA tick. How can one of their units sur­vive in such a small area and pro­mote foot­ball, hurl­ing and camogie at se­nior level.

Re­mem­ber that the play­ers don’t get a sin­gle cent but the club can con­tinue to at­tract mem­bers to its ranks in the face of stiff op­po­si­tion from all sides?

No doubt the pre­sen­ter was keenly aware that he was ad­dress­ing an au­di­ence reared on a diet of Premier­ship foot­ball, played by multi-mil­lion­aires.

Could the an­swer to his ques­tion pos­si­ble be the much ma­ligned ‘vol­un­tary worker’?

Dur­ing the day his cam­era­man had picked the same vol­un­tary work­ers ex­tract ash trees for hurl­ing-mak­ing un­der the watch­ful eye of ex­pert Pat Staunton Later they saw the same ash shaped into hurl­ing sticks by, of all peo­ple, the lo­cal C.C. Fr. Joe Bro­phy, su­per­vised by hur­ley-maker David Mo­ran. In the small GAA club every­one has to chip in

They had watched train­ing ses­sions for all age groups from tots to teenagers; from Ju­nior C to Se­nior in all three codes.

The snow cov­ered peak of Lug­nac­ulla made a fit­ting back­drop for the pretty lit­tle vil­lage sur­round by the wood­lands of Hume­wood and St Pa­trick’s Col­lege. A point that did not go un­no­ticed be the vis­i­tors.

St Te­gan’s, the cor­rect name, is in­deed a unique club. An amal­ga­ma­tions of two small vil­lages, Rath­dan­gen and Kil­te­gan, their unity of pur­pose has saw them go from strength strength.

The Wick­low Co. Chair­man Andy O’Brien was there to wel­come the vis­i­tors and to con­grat­u­late the club.

’Kil­te­gan GAA club con­tinue to make his­tory in GAA terms,’ he said. ‘Mon­day saw their club, com­mu­nity, and county ex­posed to the world through the world­wide chan­nels of BBC tele­vi­sion. While the for­mat for the mak­ing of this doc­u­men­tary re­gard­ing the back­ground, cul­ture and struc­tures of the GAA for Bri­tish tele­vi­sion is not fully clear as yet I am sure the view­ers of the fin­ished prod­uct, re­gard­less of where they are in the world, will be hugely im­pressed when they con­sider the Kil­te­gan club like hun­dreds of clubs through­out the coun­try and be­yond pro­vide sport­ing and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages, in an open and in­clu­sive way, driven by com­mu­nity vol­un­teers.

‘From speak­ing with the pro­ducer of the pro­gramme Mr. Joe Ly­nam, a na­tive of Wick­low, their in­ten­tion is to cap­ture the com­mu­nity spirit in­volved in a club, the in­volve­ment of youth, sports for boys and girls, cul­tur- al ac­tiv­i­ties so I as­sured him that Kil­te­gan GAA club can ful­fill all of th­ese el­e­ments.

‘While the fo­cus will be on the vil­lage of Kil­te­gan and its peo­ple I know each of us GAA peo­ple will recog­nise the same type of peo­ple and pas­sion within our own clubs and to that end this ex­po­sure of that unique­ness that all GAA clubs have will re­flect the type of proac­tive GAA clubs that ex­ist in Wick­low and a county that is proud of its GAA roots.

‘With the cur­rent pleas­ant weather con­di­tions I am sure footage of Kil­te­gan and its sur­rounds will con­firm why we carry the ti­tle of the Gar­den County of Ire­land with a his­tory of ac­com­mo­dat­ing vis­i­tors from all des­ti­na­tions, so I am glad that Joe Ly­nam and his crew re­ceived the typ­i­cal warm Wick­low hos­pi­tal­ity from the Gaels of Kil­te­gan led by their club am­bas­sador and County Pres­i­dent Mr. Peter Keogh.

‘From speak­ing with Peter I know he sees this as a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose our great as­so­ci­a­tion at club and county level, I also got the feel­ing from talk­ing to Peter that the roots of a hurl­ing club is to get some men­tion.

‘I wish all in Kil­te­gan GAA club the best of luck and also I would like to thank Mr. Joe Ly­nam for his sup­port and co-op­er­a­tion to Kil­te­gan GAA club and County Man­age­ment in prepa­ra­tion for his visit.’

The cov­er­age de­tails of the event will be cov­ered on the Wick­low GAA Web­site giv­ing de­tails of when it is ex­pected to be tele­vised, how­ever the cov­er­age is ex­pected to be tele­vised over the com­ing weeks.

Dar­ran Hob­son of Kil­te­gan is blocked dur­ing the Foot­ball League Divi­sion 1 game against St. Pa­trick’s.

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