Wednesday 17 October 2018

Late Bill Hodgins won two All-Ireland medals New memorial unveiled to Brideswell football great

A memorial stone to GAA legend Bill Hodgins was unveiled at Byrne's of Brideswell on Wednesday last after a commemorative ceremony.

Bill Hodgins was part of the great Wexford four-in-a-row team of 1915 to 1918. He won two All-Ireland Senior Football medals in 1917 and 1918.

Hodgins was born in Dublin in 1895. His mother was Mary Scully of Brideswell who moved to Dublin and married Peter Hodgins. They had one other son, Mick.

Bill came to live with his relatives at Brideswell at a young age and attended Ballyellis N.S. from 1901 to 1908.

He became very involved in the local community when he was secretary of Brideswell Football and Hurling Club.

He was captain of the football club for a number of years and also played on the County Senior Football team.

Brideswell won the County Junior Championship in 1916. Hodgins was an exceptionally skilled footballer and his talent was soon recognised at Senior County level, and he entered into the history books on the legendary four-in-a-row team.

In a match, Wexford v Kildare played in June 1920, he received a leg injury and was taken to Jervis St. Hospital. He was due to return home later that week but died unexpectedly on Friday June 25 at the age of 25.

His death caused great shock and sorrow among his family and sporting colleagues. He is buried in Deansgrange Cemetery in Dublin.

The stone was unveiled at the weekend by the well-knonw North Wexford historian Fiachra î'Lionn‡in.