Sunday 20 October 2019

Marty leads posse of well-wishers after Adam boxes clever

FOR A relatively small place, we in Wexford have been fairly lucky with the level of sporting high-achievers the county has produced in recent years.

We've a soccer star going to the European championships in the summer, a jockey who has just won the world's most prestigious steeplechase, a camogie side looking for their third All-ireland in a row (and fourth in six years) and now we have not one, but two, Olympians.

It's almost too easy to forget about young Ballinaboola swimming sensation Gráinne Murphy; well, now she will be joined in London by Adam Nolan, after The Ballagh boxer won his qualifying semi-final in Turkey on Friday last.

Probably owing to a glorious history of Irish boxing in the Olympics, as opposed to, rightly or wrongly, a perceived shameful swimming history, Nolan's qualification has really caught the local public's imagination.

RTE'S Marty Morrissey (below), the real one (@ Martym_ not the chucklesome parody (@ Marty_morrissey), was first to tweet: ' Adam wins!! 19-10. He is going to London!! Up Wexford!!'

Those around The Ballagh area tweeted their congratulations. 'Well done Adam Nolan who qualified for the Olympics today :) #boxing The Ballagh are very proud' tweeted All-ireland winning camogie player Louise Sinnott (@ sinno14), while Elaine Dunne (@ e_dunne) simply said: 'Well done Adam! Up The Ballagh!'

Meanwhile, the Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe (@ govchiefwhip) took the English ' Andy Murray' approach - if he wins he's British, loses he's Scottish - to Nolan, tweeting: ' Congratulations to Enniscorthy (sic) boxer Adam Nolan on his qualification for London 2012 #Wexford'.

From the unbelievable highs to the heinous lows of a game branded the South East 'El Clasico'. In fact, there may be something in that description. No, not an exquisite game of football for the ages. More like take away the first five letters from the term ' El Clasico', and you have exactly how the Youths looked as they slumped off the field to greet a scornful Shane Keegan.

The players were all philosophical in the aftermath: 'Bad result but big game next week to get back on is a funny oul (sic) game at times' tweeted full-back Brian Nolan (@ Bnolanb).

Youths liveliest performer on the night, Dean Broaders (@ Deanobroaders) followed: ' Not good enough tonight. Luckily there's always a game the week after to put it right! Hate nights like this but we'll learn and move on. :)'.


Wexford hurling has been down in the dumps for a good while now. Yet, in recent years the under-age sides have had a pretty good record against the boys from Offaly. It was therefore good to see some of the current Senior lads offering their congratulations to the younger crop.

'Hon the minors... serious Wexford domination of Offaly at underage in the last few years #wexfordgaa' tweeted Harry Kehoe (@ Harrykehoe1), while Ferns star Paul Morris (@ stick1990) followed with: 'Sounded like a great game! Well done to the minors, keep it going'.

Hopefully the Minors won't be the last Wexford hurling side to take a victory away from Tullamore.