Friday 28 July 2017

Wicklow win proves O'Dwyer is the master

The Wicklow team warms up on the newly resurfaced Croke Park pitch before yesterday's
historic victory which, below, 'keeper Mervyn Travers celebrates.
The Wicklow team warms up on the newly resurfaced Croke Park pitch before yesterday's historic victory which, below, 'keeper Mervyn Travers celebrates.
Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

When you have waited 124 years to achieve a landmark in sport it must rank as one of your greatest ever achievements and so it is for Wicklow footballers.

They had never won a championship game in Croke Park in all that time but this was the day when the wheel finally turned so the whole GAA world should rejoice -- with the exception of Kildare of course.

It is fitting that this historic occasion was masterminded by one of the most remarkable people ever to be involved in the GAA in the person of Mick O'Dwyer. After all the great days in Croke Park inspired by his native Kerry, Kildare and Laois, there is not much that can stir the emotions of the Waterville man, but when he jumped for joy at the final whistle yesterday, he jumped as high as a fit 72-year-old could reasonably expect.

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