Applause for GAA stars and for granddad, Ted
CONGRATULATIONS WERE flying around the chamber of Wexford County Council last week but the warmest reaction from the councillors was to some good news for one of their own.
Cllr. Pat Codd (FG) led the way with his bula bus to the St. Anne's club for their fine display of football in winning the Wexford senior title the previous day. Then Cllr. Pat Cody ( Lab.) adverted to the achievement of his local Starlights team in capturing the intermediate crown - which he described as the hardest grade to capture.
As a Kilkenny native, Councillor Cody's remarks on football were given a jaundiced hearing in some parts of the chamber. In response to muttered jibes, the long time Enniscorthy resident Noreside native pointed out that the first game of football ever played under GAA rules was staged in Kilkenny. Other members of the council suggested cruelly that this 19th century fixture was also the last game of Gaelic football to take place in Cat County. Chairwoman Kathleen Codd Nolan hailed the achievement of the Wexford camogie team in winning the AllIreland three times in succession. She looked forward to hosting a reception for captain Karen Atkinson and her team. But it was only when one of his party colleagues hailed a breakthrough made by his Labour's Cllr. Ted Howlin did the chamber ring with applause.
Cllr. George Lawlor let it be known that Ted had become a grandfather. The new arrival was born to John Howlin and his wife Emma ( Whelan), a son weighing in at more than ten pounds. The couple live in Dublin.