Sunday 18 November 2018

London calling for the Wicklow faithful

Roscommon manager John Evans. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
Roscommon manager John Evans. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

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Loyalty comes in many forms, especially for supporters of weaker counties who have their dedication tested to the limit every year.

It's easy to follow a county that has a good chance of being in Croke Park in the summer/autumn, less so if you're heading for Division 4 venues in February/March, knowing that a championship run is likely to be short.

Nonetheless, the dreams live on. Wicklow is especially fortunate to always have had a large band of faithful believers, some of whom will, no doubt, be in the Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood, London on Saturday February 3 for a gala dinner, with the proceeds going to the Garden County Academy.

It was established in 2013 and has already raised €70,000 for the development of Wicklow's underage county squads, which are so important in a county that's very much in transition.

The latest function is timed to coincide with Wicklow's second game in Division 4 of the league against London in Ruislip on the following day when manager John Evans (left) will be looking for his players to deliver a victory.

The organisers are hoping that supporters travelling for the game will join London-based Wicklow people for a special night. Further details on the event can be found on gardencountyacademy.com/garden-county-gaa-golf-outing-2017/sponsors/about-us/london-gala-dinner-3rd-feb-2018/

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