Tuesday 21 October 2014

Former All Ireland winning captain on the brink of defeat

Brendan Furlong

Published 24/05/2014 | 16:06

Martin Storey in 1996.

Martin Storey may have experienced the magic winning the 1996 All-Ireland senior hurling title but he will be calling for that one final move in an effort to retain his Labour seat in Enniscorthy District.

Storey was co-opted to the council following the death of Labour colleague, Pat Coady, but he could yet end up losing his seat after a short term in office.

Storey is finding out the painful way at the count centre in St. Joseph's Boys Club in Wexford town, that local politics is not the same as playing hurling or managing a team.

It may yet turn out that he met too many forces as he stormed the countryside for votes, and with the backlash against Labour, it was becoming increasingly impossible to replicate that inspiring showing of that first Sunday in September 1996.

While he attracted good support from his native Oulart-the-Ballagh he struggled to repeat his deceased friend's impressive showing in Enniscorthy town.

Eighteen years on he remains a Wexford icon on the hurling scene from that famous sporting campaign, but it still remains to be seen if he has translated that into sufficient votes to bring him back to the council chamber.

From being Chairman of Wexford GAA Manager of senior hurling team, to a five year term in the Dail, Fianna Fail's Tony Dempsy will retain his council seat in the Wexford District.

For those in sporting circles, Fianna Fail's John Browne, a staunch Rapparees man, looks to have paved the way for his successor in the Dail, as his son James, will head the poll in the Enniscorthy District.

Browne, a barrister, elected to the local Town Council five years ago, will head the poll, setting in train speculation that he could be next Browne on the party ticket for the General Election next time round.

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