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.