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Saturday 24 August 2019

Spanish GAA coach donates team jerseys

SEANIE MCEVOY MANAGING LA CORUNA-BASED SIDE

DAVID MEDCALF

ONE OF Spain's leading Gaelic football administrators is back in Wexford after seeing his side compete in the Spanish championship. Seanie McEvoy has brought jerseys from his club Fillos de Breogán to present to some well known Model GAA personalities. Seanie is originally from Whiterock View in Wexford but he now has a home in Corish Park.

However, he also spends much of his time in La Corunna, in north east Spain, which is the home town of his wife Rosa. Now 71, he serves as vice-chairman of the Fillos, who field two men's teams and one women's side with a total of 43 players on the books.

He reports that when the men took on a Breton selection in a challenge game at the weekend, there was only one native Irish person on the pitch – Cork man Ken O'Donoghue.

Seanie played with the Blues & Whites in Wexford before becoming involved in Gaelic games in Britain. He reports that the people of La Corunna are proud to be Celts, which may help to explain their enthusiasm for the Irish form of football.

The distances involved in a championship which includes trips to the likes of Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona and Pamplona are staggering by Irish standards. Most away fixtures require air flights but that did not prevent the club finishing in respectable mid table during the 2012 competition.

The Fillos have no settled pitch so they train in a municipal park under the direction of coach Carlos Seco, who played in the past with Nemo Rangers when he lived in Cork.

Club 'ganseys' will be presented to Wexford players Lee Chin and Ben Brosnan, as well as former Leinster GAA chairman Sheamus Howlin and Peter Maguire of the Volunteers.

All four have shown interest in the development of football in Spain and the kit is a token of appreciation for the support shown.

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