Wicklow Senior football manager Davy Burke has branded the actions of counties training before the permitted date of April 19 as 'selfish', while expressing his confidence that, now that inter-county matches are in line for a return from May 15, it will quell any other counties following suit.
The hurlers will be the first Wicklow inter-county side in action when play resumes in early May with an expected May 8/9 start for the hurling leagues while it will likely be seven days later when Davy Burke's footballers face either Offaly, Tipperary or Limerick in the AFL Division 3 South.
As Stephen Jones was stepping up to swing his boot at a last second penalty on March 21, 2009, Paul McNaughton was stood in the stands in Cardiff, to the right of head coach Declan Kidney, unable to tear his anxiety-filled eyes away from the unfolding drama. Two minutes earlier, Ronan O'Gara was frantically wheeling away, having just put the ball between the posts with the most historic of potentially Grand Slam-winning drop-goals.
Following our reveal of Billy Cuddihy hanging up his inter-county boots for Wicklow last week, the GAA community in the county got two further seismic shocks when it was announced that two other Éire Óg stars were calling time on their long and memorable careers in the Garden County jersey.
It may have ended in defeat, but Ireland's friendly against Belgium, on Sunday, represented a landmark day for several reasons. First of all, captain Katie McCabe won her 50th international cap, while there was a strong representation of the domestic, Women's National League on the panel, with five of those who currently ply their trade in Ireland, playing against the Belgians.
'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.
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.
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.
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 All-Ireland Poc Fada Championships have been a staple of the GAA calendar since its inception in 1960, when Fr. Paul McSean and Oliver Hodgers set out a 5.12km track from the Annaverna Mountains, to the Mills family fields in Aghameen. That same summer, a notice was put up in Cumann Ógra Naomh Moninne Fatima Dundalk inviting under-16 hurlers to run the course.
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.
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.
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.
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