Fa­ther and son take to the field with Wick­low hurlers

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

A FA­THER and son combo took to the field for Wick­low hurlers for the first time on Sun­day when Jonathan ‘Bosco’ O’Neill se­nior was joined by 18-year-old ‘Bosco’ ju­nior.

In 2015, Wick­low hurl­ing leg­end ‘Bosco’ Se­nior hung up his in­ter­county boots at the ripe old age of 40, while still play­ing club hurl­ing for his lo­cal Gle­nealy side.

‘Bosco’ Se­nior was tempted out of re­tire­ment when the Wick­low B hurlers were strug­gling with in­juries ahead of their clash against Louth.

While the fa­ther and son had both pre­vi­ously played along­side one an­other at club level, this was the first time they rep­re­sented the county to­gether.

‘It was a proud feel­ing when my son came on. He only just turned 18 so he is only now play­ing at adult level. He has been im­prov­ing as a player all the time.

‘It was nice as well for him to have a win­ning start to his Wick­low ca­reer. He’s a good player and is al­ways will­ing to learn. Hurl­ing is in his blood. You can ask any of the lads that have played along­side me with Wick­low down through the years. Even as a kid, he used to at­tend ev­ery match and ev­ery train­ing ses­sion. He’d travel on the bus with us to away games and was pretty much our mas­cot.

‘Like I said, hurl­ing is in his blood, but then it’s like that for ev­ery child grow­ing up in Gle­nealy. They all end up clutch­ing a hur­ley from a young age.’

Jonathan ‘Bosco’ O’Neill Ju­nior with his fa­ther Jonathan ‘Bosco’ O’Neill Se­nior af­ter the Ke­hoe Cup clash be­tween Wick­low and Louth in Darver last Sun­day.

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