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IT WASN’T just Co. Wicklow that was shaken and stirred by Rath­new’s his­toric tri­umph over St. Vin­cent’s. It turned the heads of na­tional me­dia and seemed to give hope to GAA play­ers ev­ery­where. Be­low is just a mere pat­ter­ing of the truck­loads of praise that flooded in for The Vil­lage.

Rory’s Sto­ries: “Am by a pool in Can­cun sip­ping cock­tails and word is spread­ing that Rath­new have beaten Vin­cents. Be the lord jay­sus...now there’s an up­set!!! #TheTough­est”

Bren­dan Mur­phy (Car­low foot­baller): “By Je­sus you have to ad­mire Rath­new, shows what an un­be­liev­able unity and be­lief can do for a team, have to fancy their chances to win Le­in­ster now.”

Colm Keys (Irish Indo GAA scribe): “Just when Aughrim was los­ing its aura. Some win for Rath­new.”

Kieran Cun­ning­ham (Irish Daily Star): “Harry Mur­phy, Rath­new man­ager, a credit. Over 40 years of ser­vice to his club as player and few stints as man­ager. Way it used to be, way it should be.

“St. Vin­cent’s shocked by Rath­new of Wicklow. Dublin clubs have won last five Le­in­ster ti­tles. Wide open now”.

Dar­ren Fre­hill (RTE Sport): “Wicklow cham­pi­ons Rath­new have just beaten St. Vin­cent’s 1-13 to 1-09. In­cred­i­ble up­set.”

Dar­ren Clarke (ex-Louth player): “Some shock re­sult in Wicklow sav­age re­sult for Rath­new #GaaBeo”

Jamie Snell: “.@Wool­berto Leighton Glynn’s tac­tics worked out well to­day...what do you think?? @Rath­newGAA1885” (Colm Parkin­son replied: “un­be­liev­able re­sult, happy to be wrong”).

Vin­nie Mur­phy (ex-Dub star): “Things we learned over the week­end. 1. Stafford needs to be dragged kicking and scream­ing into the Wicklow squad. 2. Any ded­i­cated group of good play­ers can win no mat­ter where they come from. Well done Rath­new”

Sean Kelly (ex-GAA Pres­i­dent): (com­ment­ing on the lack of cov­er­age) “True, got a bare men­tion when it should have been top hea­dine - akin to Le­ices­ter win­ning Pre­mier­ship!”

Malachy Clerkin (Irish Times): “Holy shit, that’s some re­sult for Rath­new. My pre­view couldn’t have been more wrong.”

Conor Healy: “Glynn was an ab­so­lute joke to­day! If Con­nolly had per­formed the way Glynn had the coun­try would be talk­ing about it all week! Was so so good! Some win for Rath­new and some win for Wicklow GAA! #joy­towatch #dif­fer­ent­gravy #TheTough­est #rath­new #vin­cents”

Gary Fen­nell: “Peo­ple leav­ing Rath­new pub while I was on my way to work this morn­ing...”

Ea­monn Fen­nell (ex-Du­bin player, cur­rent Vin­cent’s player and prob­a­bly no re­la­tion to Gary above): “Tough de­feat yes­ter­day un­for­tu­nately the year didn’t fin­ish the way we would have hoped. Thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported us and trav­elled to the games, it meant a lot. Well done to @Rath­newGAA1885 well-de­served win­ners, best of luck in the next round”

Chris Gre­gory: “When you have Leighton Glynn on the team there’s more than a chance of win­ning spe­cially with the king Theo Smyth, big bad ‘Boa Mark Doyle and an­other 20 war­riors. Deadly lads fair play”.

Tony Ha­gan: “Peo­ple were talk­ing about how good Diar­muid Con­nolly is but folks Leighton Glynn showed to­day in Aughrim what a re­ally class foot­baller re­ally can do. Great for the vil­lage and ev­ery­one in this county should row straight in be­hind our county cham­pi­ons and sup­port them in vast num­bers for their next game.”

Gary Jame­son: “Su­per dis­play, Leighton showed ev­ery bit of his ex­pe­ri­ence to­day...ran the show from start to fin­ish!!”

Ger Bren­nan of St Vin­cent’s puts pres­sure on Rath­new’s Theo Smith dur­ing the Le­in­ster Se­nior Club foot­ball cham­pi­onship quar­ter-fi­nal in Joule Park, Aughrim.

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