Jackie helped Ti­na­hely to cap­ture their GAA dreams


A RARE let­ter in the post was how Ti­na­hely ladies foot­ball star Jackie Kinch learned of her 2012 Garden County GAA Sports Stars award. Post of any kind is un­usual for the Moyne woman so she was al­ready ex­cited when she spot­ted a let­ter with her name on it but dis­cov­er­ing what the let­ter con­tained caused a won­der­ful moment of de­light.

“I really wasn't ex­pect­ing it at all but it means a lot to get it,” said Jackie. “There's a lot of good foot­ballers in the clubs in Wicklow, there's a lot of skil­ful play­ers so it means a lot to be se­lected for the award,” she said.

“I don't get a lot of post so when I seen the let­ter I got ex­cited and I was won­der­ing what it was so I was de­lighted to find out what it was,” she added.

The last two years have been really ex­cep­tional years for Jackie and her Ti­na­hely com­rades. The All-Ire­land win fea­tured sev­eral of her club mates and then the Ti­na­hely Se­nior ladies claimed the county ti­tle for the sec­ond year in a row while the Ju­nior team were victorious in their cham­pi­onship by beat­ing En­niskerry in the fi­nal.

“Ti­na­hely ladies foot­ball was bril­liant this year,” said Jackie. “It really ful­filled all of our dreams. The All-Ire­land win was top notch and you can't bet­ter that with the county but for the club this year was so spe­cial. Ev­ery­one really pulled to­gether; ev­ery place on the team was earned and earned hard, no­body walked into any po­si­tion and that's a great thing,” she added.

In terms of thank­ing any­one who might have helped her over the years Jackie is keen not to men­tion any names but to say that ev­ery­one who trained her from day one were all top notch. And her hopes for next year? “Hopefully we can get to that level again. We'll start train­ing soon and we'll give it a burst,” she added.

Jackie Kinch in ac­tion for Wicklow against Long­ford in 2012.

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