A trib­ute to stal­wart Christy

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

EARLY Au­gust this year the news of Christy Arch­bold pass­ing was re­ceived with sad­ness in Dunlavin and dis­trict by the lo­cal GAA club, his neigh­bours and wide cir­cle of friends. Pre­de­ceased by his son Tommy and daugh­ter Chris­tine, he will be sorely missed by his beloved wife Pat, daugh­ters Mary, Eileen, sons Kevin, Paddy, John, Gary and Alan, daugh­ters in law, sons in Law, grand­chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews.

When the word ‘stal­wart’ was cre­ated it was to be used spar­ingly, but in Christy’s case it can be used to its full. Started kick­ing a foot­ball and play­ing hand­ball from a young age, Christy played for his club that took part in our first Mi­nor foot­ball fi­nal in 1948 against St Pa­trick’s, los­ing out by 2-8 to 0-5.

The tone was set for a long ca­reer with his club as a player, cap­tain and club of­fi­cer. He was play­ing in the club’s first In­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal in 1959, los­ing to Kil­macanogue but was on the Dunlavin In­ter­me­di­ate team the fol­low­ing year, 1960, beat­ing Carnew Em­mets 1-5 to 1-2, thus bring­ing the club to its first ex­pe­ri­ence of Se­nior foot­ball.

He was the Dunlavin net­min­der in the 1970 Ju­nior foot­ball suc­cess against Laragh, win­ning by 1-10 to 0-5 that brought the club to its sec­ond ex­pe­ri­ence at Se­nior foot­ball.

He con­tin­ued play­ing for his club well into the mid 1970s. He also ex­celled in the hand­ball al­ley along with and long af­ter his foot­ball ca­reer ended.

Christy then was hon­oured by his club with the po­si­tion of Club Pres­i­dent. With this po­si­tion and his vast play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence he be­came a sound ad­vi­sor to those around him, be it at the side line or the meet­ing room.

Sym­pa­thy to his fam­ily from all in Dunlavin GAA Club.

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