Sean and Heard: Wexford folk busy in other counties
Published 27/10/2015 | 00:00
Here in 'Seen and Heard' we like to keep readers abreast of how Wexford natives, or people with local connections, fare in G.A.A. games throughout the land, and some titbits of information have caught our eye in recent weeks.
The beaten finalists in the Carlow and Wicklow Senior hurling championships both had Wexford mentors at the helm: Eamonn Scallan with Mount Leinster Rangers who lost to St. Mullins for the second year running, and Rathnure's Damian Quigley with Carnew Emmets who went down to Bray Emmets in another repeat of the outcome twelve months earlier.
Paul Cahillane played an important role in Wexford Youths' promotion to the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League after his mid-season signing, and he was prominent for his native Portlaoise as they won their county Senior football title for an incredible ninth year running.
Cahillane, who was once on Celtic's books, is the reigning Laois club footballer of the year from 2014, and he was at full-forward as 'the town' as they are known survived a scare from Emo in a drawn game before winning Saturday's replay at their ease, scoring a goal in the process.
Portlaoise then turned around less than 24 hours later and beat Palatine of Carlow in the AIB Leinster Club championship in Netwatch Cullen Park. There was a unique clash there as their captain, Kieran Lillis, came up against his father, Mick, the Palatine manager who has recently taken up the same role with Laois.
And, wouldn't you know it, there's a Wexford link there too as Mick is brother of Senan and uncle of Michael, both of whom have made big contributions to the Blackwater club over the years. The Lillis siblings are native of Cooraclare who lost the Clare Senior football final to St. Joseph's of Miltown Malbay on Sunday week.
The Kilkenny hurling final also caught our eye as Clara beat O'Loughlin Gaels by two points to clinch their third title in all, and second in three years on their third appearance on the trot at this stage.
They were managed again by Good Counsel teacher Michael Purcell, and his mentors included Tom Mullally who was the key man in the Shelmaliers backroom team last year, having guided Mount Leinster Rangers to an All-Ireland final appearance at the start of 2014.
Sunday was a particularly special day for Tom and his brother, Paddy, as, along with being Clara mentors, both were also on the backroom team for the curtain-raiser when their native Glenmore beat Kilmacow in the Junior final to return to Intermediate ranks at the first attempt.
Yet another Wexford link came among the O'Loughlin Gaels mentors as one of their selectors was Colin Furlong, formerly of St. Patrick's (Ballyoughter) and the county Senior footballers, whose father, Jimmy, is now settled back in his native Adamstown and retired from his job in the G.A.A's coaching department.
Turning to camogie, former Duffry Rovers and Wexford stalwart Louise Codd contributed an impressive 1-4 from play from a starting role at midfield to help Johnstownbridge of Kildare to a 3-16 to 0-8 win over Tara from London in the All-Ireland Junior club championship quarter-final on home soil. Codd featured a couple of seasons back with their sister club in football, Balyna, in a provincial Senior defeat to Shelmalier in Hollymount.