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Friday 17 August 2018

Boxing champ Bernard adds some punch to mayoral reception

New York U16 team visit is part of centenary celebration for four-in-a-row Wexford team

District Manager Angie Laffan and Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey with boxer Bernard Dunne
District Manager Angie Laffan and Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey with boxer Bernard Dunne
The New York U16 panel with Mayor Tony Dempsey, officials from Wexford County Council, and officials from Wexford GAA

Anna Hayes

A squad of Gaelic Footballers from New York were honoured with a Mayoral Reception at the Irish National Heritage Park during a visit to Wexford.

The U16 group, who hailed from a variety of different clubs in New York, were hosted by Glynn Barntown GAA Club as part of a Wexford GAA initiative. The event, which Carlow and Wicklow teams also participated in, was organised as part of the commemoration of the four-in-a-row winning All Ireland Wexford football team from 1914-1918.

The New York team, all of whom were born in New York, played a match in Glynn Barntown and also got to play in Wexford Park.

Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey said he was delighted to welcome and honour the group, some of whom, he said, were third and fourth generation Irish.

They had, he pointed out, already won a section of the Féile competition. He commended his local club, Glynn Barntown for giving the boys an Irish welcome.

The group was presented with pins from the Borough District Council and also John Barry pins, signifying the county's strong American connections.

By chance, Cllr Dempsey met former boxing World Champion Bernard Dunne, who was in the park for a media appearance, and he was more than willing to chat to the group about his own sporting experiences and his back room role with the current All Ireland Football Champions, Dublin.

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