Monday 11 December 2017

Shock and sadness as camogie mentors vacate their positions


A SENSE of shock washed over the Wexford contingent on Twitter Friday evening when the news of J.J. Doyle's departure broke to the masses.

The All-Ireland winning boss and his management team have really manoeuvred their way into the hearts of the G.A.A.-supporting public in the county with their humility amid huge, unparalleled success and there was genuine disappointment that they chose to step aside.

It's not often that the people of Wexford get to witness a side with such a winning mentality, a strength of mind that is only matched in power by their will to win. And Doyle, as well as his management team of Tommy Roche, Joe Brennan, Geraldine Murphy and trainer Gerry McQuaid, certainly helped to instil that superior mentality.

'Thanks from all Wexford fans to JJ Doyle & his Wexford Senior Camogie management team who have stepped down after four unbelievable years,' tweeted the Wexford GAA (@ OfficialWexGAA) Twitter feed soon after the news broke. Noel Doyle (@ NoelDoyle4) followed with his musing: 'Such a shame…but talk about leaving on a high!!'

Following with praise was Brendan O'Sullivan (@ brenos100) who tweeted: 'Good Luck to him and his team. They did a brilliant job!' while others considered Doyle's next move.

Martin Savage (@ marsav68) wondered 'are they off to sort out the hurlers?', while Colm Dorgan (@ dorganc) considered even bigger things: ' maybe they've been approached by John Delaney?'

Laura Cullen (@ cullenlaura09) was concerned about the future: 'very worried who will take over, will they do it for the love or the glory?'.

Wexford star Una Leacy (@ UnaLeacy) paid tribute to her departed boss: 'Wundt (sic) like to be filling jj doyle's shoes 4 all Ireland's in 3 years brought wexford camogie to a new level #briancodywho #lochgarmanabu', and team-mate Claire O'Connor (@ clarination) followed with 'Massive thanks to our management for three amazing years! We are all sorry to see ye go! #greatmemories'.

Talking of multiple winners, Oulart-The Ballagh are making a habit of stringing titles together. It seems to not matter whether it's men or women, they will win anyway, and they'll do it in bunches too.

Faythe Harriers are the latest club to be put to the sword by the county cChampions and they are simply the latest in a long trail of casualties that Oulart have left in their wake.

'Well done Oulart. Poor game though, neither playing to their potential. Keith Rossiter was exceptional. Rory J and Davy Red too #gaa' tweeted Feargal Hynes (@ fjohynes) after the match, while Oulart man Johnny Mythen called on G.A.A. supporters in the county to get behind the champions: '4 in a row for oulart-ballagh think its (sic) time for wexford to get behind what is one of, if not the best, club teams ever #bobbowe'.


The Oulart women will tell you that, as All-Ireland winners, they are the real stars of the parish. However, they do give plenty of support to their male counterparts and Shelley Kehoe (@ KehoeShelley) tweeted as much following Sundays' win: '4 in a row for d men and women #notabaddayforlittleparish #OulartTheBallaghabu'. Who will go the furthest in the coming months though?

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