London calling for the Wicklow faithful
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/