Fit­ting trib­ute to a leg­end!

‘Micko’ was su­perb view­ing

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE Sports Edi­tor

ONE of the great­est GAA men in the history of the as­so­ci­a­tion was fea­tured in a su­perb documentary on RTÉ on Mon­day night last when ‘Micko’ aired at 9.30pm.

Telling the story of the rich and renowned life of Mick O’Dwyer, the won­der­ful pro­gramme brought us on a tour of the coun­try from the Water­ville leg­end’s days as a Kerry player to his time as man­ager of the King­dom, then of Kil­dare, his stint with Laois and, briefly, his mag­i­cal spell with Wick­low.

Above the mov­ing tones of Lu­dovico Ein­audi and the deep thun­der­ing roll of the ‘In­ter­stel­lar’ sound­track, the story was spun with warmth and hu­mour as the Kerry na­tive brought us on a jour­ney through his life and times.

We watched as the hand­some O’Dwyer kicked points in Croke Park and tot­tered about with cars in his garage as a young man with a wicked hair­style.

We wit­nessed him in his most nat­u­ral sur­rounds, the side­line of a GAA pitch. Whether in Croke Park or in Water­ville or any­where else, once look­ing on at his charges, match pro­gramme in hand, there was no deny­ing that this was where this char­ac­ter be­longed.

Ex­actly what he brought to Kil­dare was there for all to see as scenes of the Li­ly­white pitch in­va­sion af­ter the Le­in­ster fi­nal and the semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Kerry played out be­fore us.

His short hop over to Laois pro­trayed his man­age­rial skills su­perbly as he brought the very best out of a team who were in the dol­drums and en­gi­neered an­other pro­vin­cial crown.

Alas, his mo­men­tous spell in the Gar­den County re­ceived only the briefest of ex­am­i­na­tions but time con­traints would have forced the hand of the documentary mak­ers but how won­der­ful it would have been to have re­flected back on the magic of the Tommy Mur­phy Cup vic­tory and that un­for­get­table qual­i­fier run in Aughrim when ev­ery­thing, even the wildest of GAA dreams seemed pos­si­ble.

Stun­ning scenery, funny yarns, great one-lin­ers and the frank and hon­est phil­ios­o­phy of Micko made this documentary a re­ally en­joy­able watch and if you haven’t man­aged to catch it yet then RTÉ Player would most cer­tainly be worth your while.

There was a big Wick­low re­ac­tion on Twit­ter fol­low­ing the show.

Pa­trick Dal­ton @pad­dy­dal­ton1981: Great piece on Micko, ab­so­lute leg­end. Lucky to have played for him for so long. He al­ways had time for peo­ple no mater where he went. Some great one lin­ers too #Micko

John McGrath @john_mc_ grath: Fan­tas­tic documentary on the great Micko by @RTE­gaa. Any chance of mak­ing it a 10-episode se­ries? So much char­ac­ter in one man #Micko

Rath­new GAA Club @Rath­newGAA1885: #micko. What a documentary, pity it did go on for an­other few hours.

Conor McGraynor @ ConorMcGraynor: #Micko What a leg­end of the game. Epit­o­mises ev­ery­thing the GAA is about. I was for­tu­nate enough to firstly be a sup­porter from the stands of him and his Wick­low team and then later get to make my de­but and play un­der him and with the team I fan­boyed over #Wick­low #wire­towire

Will Hen­der Phillips @Wil­lieHP1: One of my great­est sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ences was get­ting to be a mem­ber of a Micko panel my first year se­nior back when I was 19. The man’s pas­sion is in­fec­tious, gave us some of the best days I can re­mem­ber as a Wick­low man! #micko

James Sheerin @jum­bosheerin: A time­line lit­er­ally full of tweets about the great man #Micko the word leg­end is thrown around very eas­ily these days but there’s no bet­ter ex­am­ple of a true leg­end of the game.

Tony Han­non @tony­han­non1980: #Micko What a great man and a bril­liant documentary.

John Doyle @john­ny­doyle78 (Kil­dare): #micko give me my start when most thought he’d lost the plot. I’ll al­way be be great­ful and hon­ored that I got the op­er­tu­ni­ity to have learned from.

Bill Hill @Bil­lHil­lWick­low: He­roes Get Re­mem­bered, But Leg­ends Never Die.... He gave Wick­low some of our great­est mem­o­ries but the buzz and hype that he brought cap­tured the hearts and minds of even those of us who never fol­lowed the GAA in Wick­low and that was some­thing only he could do #Micko

Wick­low GAA On­line @wick­low­gaa: RTE1 tonight at 9.35. A documentary on the leg­end Mick O’Dwyer. It’s hard to for­get the sum­mers with Micko when we con­tested Tommy Mur­phy Cup fi­nals and that run through the qual­i­fiers un­der his stew­ard­ship. The play­ers might not for­get his wire to wire train­ing ei­ther. #Micko

Ian McDon­ald @IanMcDon­ald91: The pas­sion #micko shows for the GAA is ev­ery­thing that is good about the sport.

Rory Nolan @nolan­rory: #Micko documentary last night was amaz­ing!! A pow­er­ful char­ac­ter to talk to and a mas­ter in the dress­ing room at manag­ing lads.

Took a chance on me when other lads would have laughed at me; I can as­sure you#Micko

Mick O’Dwyer leaves the pitch in Aughrim af­ter Wick­low’s qual­ifer vic­tory over Fer­managh in 2009.

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