His­tory re-writ­ten in a bizarre ar­ti­cle

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT -

THE NAOMH Eanna hurlers have been lauded for their bril­liant break­through, and rightly so, but it’s a shame that some of those queue­ing up to be­stow praise seem to be in­tent on re-writ­ing his­tory.

There was a glar­ing ex­am­ple last week when AIB, spon­sors of the club cham­pi­onships, re­leased an in­ter­view with de­fender Eoin Con­roy.

Ev­ery­thing was go­ing fine un­til near the end when the jour­nal­ist made the as­ton­ish­ing claim that Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh are the only Wex­ford team to have won a provin­cial Se­nior hurl­ing ti­tle.

This glar­ing er­ror was quickly seized upon by sev­eral Slaney­side read­ers who took to so­cial me­dia to voice their dis­gust.

It was a gross in­sult to Rath­nure, win­ners of six Le­in­ster cham­pi­onships be­tween 1971 and 1998, and to Buf­fers Al­ley, who col­lected the hon­ours in 1985, 1988 and 1992. Of course, the Al­ley went on to claim the county’s sole All-Ire­land ti­tle in 1989, but all of that seemed to be lost on the au­thor of that bizarre ar­ti­cle.

Stay­ing with Naomh Eanna, we feel that the claim that they were only a Ju­nior club six years ago also re­quires clar­ity.

Tech­ni­cally, it’s true, given that they lost the Le­in­ster Ju­nior semi-fi­nal to Thomas­town of Kilkenny by 1-24 to 0-10 in 2012.

How­ever, that was the first year of the county In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ cham­pi­onship, and it was de­creed that the Wex­ford win­ners would be en­ti­tled to play at Ju­nior level in the prov­ince, some­thing that pre­vails to this day.

There­fore, the im­por­tant dis­tinc­tion to be made is that Naomh Eanna were never Ju­nior within the county it­self.

They lost an In­ter­me­di­ate play-off to de­ter­mine sta­tus for the new struc­tures to Black­wa­ter in 2011, and that’s how they ended up in In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’, win­ning it at the first at­tempt ver­sus Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell.

By the way, their trainer, Wil­lie Cleary, was a men­tor with the Ire­land Un­der-21 panel that played Scot­land in a hurl­ing-shinty in­ter­na­tional in Ab­bot­stown on Satur­day, with Damien Reck of Oyle­gate-Glen­brien in ac­tion.

Mean­while, two broth­ers could yet end up meet­ing in the AIB Le­in­ster Club fi­nal, given that Malachy Travers - older sib­ling of Bren­dan and ex-Gorey stal­wart - came on for Bally­bo­den St. Enda’s in their vic­tory in the Dublin de­cider ver­sus Kil­macud Crokes.

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