Special moment for Coolboy legend Christy
COOLBOY GAA legend and gentleman Christy Gregan retired from his role as postmaster of Coolboy Post Office recent after an impressive 57 years of dedicated service.
In honour of the vital role Christy played in both the post office and for the help and assistance he has shown to former Coolboy GAA Club Chairman Damien O’Keeffe and club stalwart Michael Gregan, both men organised for Christy’s hero, current Wicklow Senior football selector and dual star Leighton Glynn to present Christy with a signed and framed jersey.
Christy Gregan also penned this reflection on his sporting life.
In the 1940s, Coolboy football team won a Junior title, but due to immigration the team was disbanded. I went to play with Carnew in the 40s and won my first trophy in Ferns as a teenager.
With the same team, which was now Intermediate, I won another title.
My brother, Ned, and myself were on the county panel. Due to a serious incident with a hurl my sports career was affected for a few years.
In the fifties I went to work in Pierce’s of Tinahely and I played with Ballinglen as Tinahely had no team. During this period, I also won county titles with Joe Cleary and Billy Pollard in badminton and handball.
In 1968, I was part of the Wicklow Senior team who played the All Stars in Shillelagh, and the great Nicky Rackard was the referee.
In the 70s, I was a Junior Wicklow selector with Michael Lawlor. During this time, I returned to Coolboy, and Eddie Byrne, the Baker (John) Doyle and myself set up my beloved Coolboy GAA Club.
For the team I have been a doctor, masseur, player, trainer, selector, secretary, Chairman and now President. All of which has been a honour.
The highlight of my GAA career was on February 19, 2019, at Ballinakill. I was presented with a signed and framed jersey by my friend and hero Leighton Glynn. This was organised by Damien ‘Sam’ O’Keeffe and Michael Gregan Jnr for my recent retirement as postmaster at Coolboy Post Office after 57 years.
I would like to thank the Wicklow County Board, Martin Fitzgerald, Martin Coleman, Mick Hagan, Eamonn Scallan and Jimmy Dunne (who couldn’t be there, but kindly called). And also, to Mary Kenny and Laura who showed my family around the complex and treated us like celebrities.
I would like to thank all of my colleagues, male and female, during my time as your mentor. There are too many to mention, you know me once I know you.
Mary Gregan, Damien O’Keeffe, Christy Gregan, Leighton Glynn and Michael Gregan in Ballinakill last week where Leighton presented his long-time supporter Christy with a framed and signed Wicklow jersey.