A lot can change in eight short months. Back on August 9 of last year, I was at Ryder's Field, watching Glencormac United and St. Peter's share a nine-goal classic that ended with the latter taking the spoils with a 5-4 win that propelled them close to the league title. During the contest, a spirited Glens outfit were spurred on by brother Josh and Sam O'Callaghan.
The Throwing Stones podcast may only be six episodes old, at time of writing, but host Jeremy Roberts has already been dubbed 'The Podfather' by Greystones RFC: the club around whose legends and revered characters - past and present - the pod is designed. Since hosting the very first instalment, released on February 25, he has spent a total of five hours and 15 minutes shooting the breeze with a variety of guests, ranging from Andy Kealy in that premiere episode, to Alex Naud in the most recent.
'Whatever we lacked in hurling ability, we made up for in heart and spirit, and the people around us were very good as well,' was how our phone call with the point-scoring, All-Ireland winning half-back of the Wicklow Junior hurling side of 1971, the 'stout-hearted' John Doyle, from Donard, ended on Monday morning last.
When Pat O'Toole hoisted the Miley Cup into the air in Aughrim in 1983 after Blessington had defeated Baltinglass in the county final few in the crowd would have imagined that that would be the last time to date that the club would win the premier title in Wicklow club football.
Becky Cassin's reign as captain of Cork City FC has gotten off to an excellent start, as the 24-year-old Rathdrum native's late, long-range strike rescued a point for the Leesiders, who came from behind to draw 3-3 with Galway on the opening weekend of the Women's National League.
A Co. Wicklow woman is set to compete at the highest level of competition in ladies polo when she takes part in the Ladies Polo Open in Buenos Aires in Argentina later this year and she is seeking a sponsor to help make her sporting dream come true.
The small village of Rathnew was thrown into mourning on Thursday last (25th), with the news of the passing of Tommy Merrigan. A revered facet of the both the football and wider community, Tommy spent much of his life as part of Rathnew AFC.
April 3, 2021 is a date that is sure to be encircled on calendars belonging to fans of Cork City Football Club. It will be a day that has been years in the making for so many involved behind the scenes, and one on which the bridge between the club's female and male cohorts is momentously shortened.
Claire Walsh has taken the path less travelled to get to where she is now. From humble sporting beginnings in Blessington, and progressing through the youth system at Peamount United, thus offering a hint towards what was to come down the line, she made the rather substantial leap across a rather large pond to begin her career, in earnest, in America.
It has been three years since Wexford Youths last got their hands on the Women's National League title. In the time that has lapsed since that last coronation, in 2018, Peamount United have assumed control over the division by winning the last two titles and the most recent FAI Cup.
Christmas 2019 was the last time Anne Morrissey seen her parents, PJ and Paula, in the flesh, and on the occasion of her father's 70th birthday on Monday, she made a call to this newspaper to try and find a way to get across both the impact of that enforced separation and the incredibly vital role that both PJ and Paula play in not only Anne's life in the Canary Islands where she lives but in the lives of her partner Octavio, children Enzo and Eros, and her sister Linda and her partner and children back at home as well.
At the end of the 2021 season, Gary Cronin's current contract as Bray Wanderers manager will expire. And the end of 2021 season is when Cronin will pause for thought about the situation as he has a First Division title to win first.
With very little sporting action to keep us entertained over in this part of the world it's great to hear about two proud Kiltegan natives enjoying sporting success Down Under last week when they helped the Kellyville Kolts to the O35 Summer Soccer six-a-side crown for the fifth time in a row.
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