A positive from Peter
“We’ve been dreamers too long”
WICKLOW GAA President Peter Keogh addressed the Convention on Saturday evening and warned that unless Ballinakill was used to its full potential it will just be another field.
“First of all the Development at Ballinakill give us endless opportunities on a number of fronts,” he said after informing the crowd that 60 years previous he had attended his first Convention in a snow strom in Roundwood.
“Ballinakill by itself may be a monument to the hard work, dedication and foresight of a number of people, but on its own what will achieve? Nothing.
“It is great to travel up there, even to bring friends - point out the fine pitches, the grand buildings, the magnificent scenery – but there it could end. It is just another Field – or like Aughrim- a Field of Dreams.
“Perhaps, in Wicklow, we have been dreamers for far too long
“It is the uses that we can make of this great facility in the years ahead that will decide its real value to this county.
“I have heard said about this and other such developments like it, “Oh, that is fine but would they not have been better spending that money on the players, in particular the young players?”
We all know the answer to that. The young players have to be looked after properly but the Where-with- all, the facilities had to be put in place first.
“I believe that the men who were guiding this ship over recent years got their priorities right.
“I am also very impressed with how the new style Development squads are progressing.
The other big breakthrough that was made in the year just ended was Bray Emmets coming in from the cold and bringing home their first SHC in over 60 years.
We all know that to make real and sustainable progress in any county you must get and keep the Association strong and healthy in the big centres of population – just look at Kerry, Kilkenny, Dublin, Cork – anywhere.
I am not playing down the contributions of clubs like Glenealy, Carnew, Avondale or any others. Getting and keeping the big centres of population at the top has to be one of our priorities.
President of Wicklow GAA, Peter Keogh, with Eamonn Murray at the Convention on Satruday night.