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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Wexford Bocce team celebrate Leinster title

Mayor George Lawlor presents South Leinster and Leinster League winning medals and trophies to the Wexford Special Olympics Bocce team, back, Jack Scallan, Thomas Whitty, Peadar Dempsey, Carima Murphy, Carole Ryan, Darby Power, Claire Meagher, Marian Flood and Phyllis O’Farrell; front, Beryl Kelly (Regional Committee Rep), Meadhbh Scallan, Mayor George Lawlor, Philip Clancy and Jenna Carty
Mayor George Lawlor presents South Leinster and Leinster League winning medals and trophies to the Wexford Special Olympics Bocce team, back, Jack Scallan, Thomas Whitty, Peadar Dempsey, Carima Murphy, Carole Ryan, Darby Power, Claire Meagher, Marian Flood and Phyllis O’Farrell; front, Beryl Kelly (Regional Committee Rep), Meadhbh Scallan, Mayor George Lawlor, Philip Clancy and Jenna Carty

Pádraig Byrne

Wexford's Hurlers weren't the only team to taste Leinster success this year as the Wexford Special Olympics Club Bocce team overcame some stiff competition from right across the province to be crowned Leinster Champions for 2018/2019.

Everyone associated with the team had a special get together at Whitford Hotel to look back on what had been a successful year for them as they battled it out on the Bocce greens across the region. A sport growing in popularity, Bocce bears a similarity to bowls and Wexford has no shortage of talented players.

Representing their hometown as part of the team were Jenna Carty, Meadhbh Scallan, Marian Flood, Claire Meagher, Carole Ryan, Carima Murphy, Christopher Nolan, Thomas Whitty, Phillip Clancy and Darby Power.

The group initially powered to the South Leinster League title, seeing off competition from Enniscorthy, New Ross and our perennial rivals Kilkenny. Then they travelled to the Amenity Sport Centre in Leixlip where they took on North Leinster Bocce League Champions Drogheda Special Olympics Club and the Leinster Services Bocce Champions KARE to take the outright Leinster Bocce League title.

The team were delighted to get their hands on the trophy, presented by Special Olympics Regional Committee Member Beryl Kelly, along with their medals and a special plaque.

Wexford Mayor George Lawlor congratulated the group on their success and doing the town proud, as well as giving special mention to coaches Jack Scallan, Phyllis O'Farrell, Mary Ryan, Mary Anne Clancy and Theresa Nolan and WSOSC Chairman Peadar Dempsey for all the work they put in.

Athlete representative Jenna Carthy also wished to thank their coaches, the dedicated team of volunteers and all who had supported them in a memorable year.

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