It's business as usual for Wallace
MICK WALLACE is planning to be at Turner's Cross with Wexford Youths on Friday despite a life-changing weekend which made him the star attraction at the launch of the league campaign.
The colourful property developer, who plans to juggle managing five football teams with his duties as a TD after topping the poll in Wexford, is used to standing out in a crowd with his distinctive long blond hair and penchant for pink T-shirts. And he doesn't plan on changing, despite his elevation to a new position of responsibility.
Wallace has consistently shunned official football functions due to the imposition of a dress code and admits he doesn't own a suit, so he is unsure how he will get around Dail restrictions. But that is a mere triviality compared to the real business that lies ahead.
Wallace, who was supported in his election campaign by Kevin Doyle, a product of his investment in football in Wexford, believes that his work in the game played a part in the vote of confidence he received from the public.
"The sitting TDs were very keen to dismiss me as a celebrity candidate but that was rubbish to me," he said. "I don't think the people saw me as a celebrity. They saw me as someone who for 20 years has been involved in every corner of Wexford at community level. It's a social project for me involving all the people of Wexford and it just so happens that football is the medium."
He will encounter another new TD on Leeside on Friday -- Sinn Fein's Jonathan O'Brien was prominently involved in the takeover of the Cork side by supporters' group FORAS.
Wallace, who will be assisting Wexford Youths manager Noel O'Connor this year, has no intention of lessening his commitment to the sport he loves.
"The whole Wexford Youths project and my position as manager of the county teams is important to the people of Wexford," he said.
"That's part of my contribution to the community as well, but I'll be giving the Dail my best shot too.
"People are saying, 'how are you going to find time to do everything?' but, look it, if you want anything done, you have to ask someone who's busy.
"I don't have time to watch television. I probably read more than most. I make time to do things I think I should do.
"I'll make time to do my work in the Dail and I'll still be able to do all the football, no problem."