Monday 26 February 2018

Heffo's Slaneyside links remembered

Dear Sir, I have just finished reading P.J. Daly's splendid profiles of the Seana Ghael recipients who were honoured in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Sunday last. I would just like to say how impressed I was by these profiles of the largely unsung heroes of Wexford G.A.A., and I want to congratulate these people on their well-deserved awards.

Equally, I would like to pay tribute to P.J. for his really impressive profiles and his forensic attention to detail; this is excellence at work and must have taken countless hours. Undoubtedly, it was a labour of love for the Ballyhogue man.

On a sadder note, the death of Dublin G.A.A. legend Kevin Heffernan (R.I.P.) must have filled all Gaels with genuine sorrow. I can recall being a member of the Wexford Senior football team in the mid-1980s when manager Tony Dempsey brought him down to conduct a training session in Gorey.

When he spoke to the panel in the dressing-room afterwards he exuded charisma and you just knew you were in the presence of greatness. Without question our Senior footballers should have beaten Dublin at least once in the last few years and gone on to record a well-deserved Leinster title; however, we did beat them in a vital league game at Croke Park in February, 1985, and that Dublin team was managed by one Kevin Heffernan (pictured above).

The St. Vincent's man was not one bit pleased and exacted terrible revenge on us later that year in the championship at Wexford Park. Although coming very close, we have not beaten Dublin in league or championship since and I have no idea when we last beat Dublin in Croke Park. Yours sincerely, Jim McGovern, Killurin, Enniscorthy.

ALAN AHERNE WRITES: That 1985 league win by 1-5 to 0-7 was one of only three achieved by a Wexford Senior football team against Dublin in Croke Park. The two previous occasions were in the Leinster championship finals of 1915 (a replay, 2-5 to 1-3) and 1917 (1-3 to 1-1).

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