Wednesday 20 September 2017

Two mile house punching well above their weight

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Looking at the minor match programme yesterday, it was fascinating to notice that no less than four members of Kildare's extended panel are members of the Two Mile House club.

If there was a GAA quiz question asking what county that club is from I doubt if many people outside of Leinster would know the answer.

The club, which operates at junior grade, has a local population of about 900 people which makes it one of the smallest in Kildare, but it had four young men on duty yesterday: Kildare's victorious captain Mark Sherry (left), Chris Healy, Richard Drumgoole Maguire and Adam Burke.

In the semi-final of this year's Kildare minor league, Two Mile House beat Naas, which has a population base of around 25,000.

The final has yet to be played but that's another story. This example shows again the shift in strength in several GAA units all over Ireland, with many traditional larger clubs having declined while smaller ones come to the fore.

This is mainly because of the careful attention being paid to underage players and the proper coaching these clubs engage in.

Of course, when Peter Kelly from Two Mile House came from nowhere a few years ago to win an All Star with Kildare, it was a powerful catalyst for progress in the area and maybe football needs more examples of this club's outstanding development.

Irish Independent

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