Spe­cial mo­ment for Cool­boy leg­end Christy

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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