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Sinn Fein on the march forward in Co. Wexford

But Fianna Fail make biggest gains

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Family and supporters celebrate with Independent Wexford Electoral Area candidate, Ger Carthy, after he topped the poll on Saturday. Pic by Noel REddy

Sinn Fein is on the march in Co. Wexford and with Fianna Fail emerged as the big winners of the local elections at the weekend. The party stood just five candidates and all of them were successful. However, despite the SF surge the improvement in the Fianna Fail vote across the county is probably just as significant because it puts the party into the lead position on the thirty four member Co.

Council. The party has eleven seats while Sinn Fein has five. With the addition of some Fianna Fail leaning independents, this group could take control of the Council and its important committees. However, at the moment it seems Fianna Fail is looking towards a deal with Fine Gael to control the Council. Fianna Fail improved its position from five seats on the

outgoing Council to eleven, which was the maximum the party had targeted, while Fine Gael went from ten of the twenty one seats on the old Council to just nine of thirty four. Labour is down from four to two, People Before Profit have one and there are six independents three of whom ran because they had a difficulty getting a Fianna Fail nomination.

The big stories of the election included the poll topping performance of Independent Ger Carthy in Wexford and the very strong showing of Sinn Fein’s Johnny Mythen in Enniscorthy. He came in just behind poll topper James Browne and will now be fancied to be the Sinn Fein candidate for Wexford at the next general election.

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Councillor Fergie Kehoe Would like to thank his family, friends, canvassers and the people of Wexford for their support in electing him to Wexford County Council.


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Carthy and Kelly the big winners in Wexford It was a tale of two men, one rural and one urban, in the Wexford Electoral area as Ger Carthy and Anthony Kelly swept all before them. Carthy was regaining the seat held by his late father, Leo, for many years and had been tipped to win, but he did it in spectacular fashion sweeping through the rural parts of South Wexford and taking support right across Wexford town for a poll topping performance. Carthy waged a strong well executed campaign and this, coupled with the swing towards independents, ensured his success. He dominated in his home parish of Our Lady’s Island but also did well in neighbouring parishes despite the presence of five other candidates in the general area. In Wexford town it was Anthony Kelly who stormed home. In the former heartlands of Labour he swept up the vote and came in second to Carthy. However, probably even more pleasing for Sinn Fein was the fact that their rural candidate Mick Roche also polled well and with the aid of a good transfer from Kelly’s surplus eventually made his way to a seat. George Lawlor was third on the first count in Wexford and also exceeded the quota. Despite the fact that his vote was well down on five years ago it was a strong performance by the outgoing Mayor on what was a very bad day to be a Labour candidate.

His running mates, Joe Ryan and Bernie Mullen did suffer from the backlash against Labour and polled poorly although Ryan did hang in until later counts with the aid of transfers and finished in eleventh place in the ten seat constituency.. Fianna Fail’s strategy of running just two candidates paid dividends with both elected. Tony Dempsey was just short of the quota on the first count and Fergie Kehoe, who polled just short of 1,000 votes, was always assured of a seat. Despite polling more votes than any of the other parties in the district, it was a poor day for Fine Gael. The party’s urban vote collapsed and a poor candidate strategy meant that they went from three seats down to two despite the district gaining three seats. In the rural area the party fared much better with Frank Staples and Jim Moore balancing the vote well and both coming through. Davy Hynes who broke with the Labour party last year and ran as an independent was rewarded for his efforts although his first preference vote was lower than expected. However, he was always to the front of the chasing pack for the final two seats and remained in that position with the aid of good transfers. And the anticipated breakthrough of People Before Profit materialised with Deirdre Wadding taking the

Sinn Fein’s Anthony Kelly celebrates after exceeding the quota and getting elected on the first count in Wexford Electoral Area. Pic Noel Reddy final seat. Like Hynes she was to the front of the pack on the first count and never lost that position. The other notable performance in the Wexford area was that of Leonard Kelly a first time candidate who was relatively unknown when he launched his campaign. He finished the count in 12th place. One of the surprises in the Wexford district is that a majority of the seats went to rural candidates despite a big major-

ity of the voters living in Wexford town. Six of the new councillors are rural based with only four from the town. This reverses the position on the outgoing council when four of the seven seats were held by urban based candidates. Taking into account those who have retired only four of the twelve members of the outgoing Borough Council remain in politics.

It’s bodhran time as new politics comes to Wexford New politics came to Wexford at mid-night Sunday when the final count in the Wexford Electoral Area was declared and it saw the election of a second Sinn Fein candidate as well as the first ever People Before Profit councillor elected in the county. There were jubilant Sin n Fein celebrations as Mick

Roche’s election ensured that all five party candidates in the election across Co. Wexford had been successful. And the flag waving and cheering from the Sinn Fein supporters was complimented by loud musical celebrations from People Before Profit with the bodhran making an entrance to a Wexford Count for the first time.

Also making a breakthrough to Co. Hall was independent councillor Davy Hynes, whose decision to leave the Labour Party over his opposition to government policies was rewarded by the electorate. His celebrations were a little more modest. The final count in Wexford also saw the election of Fine

Gael’s Frank Staples, another first time councillor who made exactly the quota following the transfer of Independent Leonard Kelly’s votes. Two counts earlier his party colleague, Jim Moore had crossed the line while Fergie Kehoe also had plenty to celebrate when he took a second seat for Fianna Fail.

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THE COUNT Wexford Electoral Area Quota : 1,451 First Count Ger Carthy (Ind.) 1,932 Anthony Kelly (SF) 1,821 Goorge Lawlor (Lab) 1,582 Tony Dempsey (FF) 1,444 Jim Staples (FG) 960 Fergie Kehoe (FF) 957 Jim Moore (FG) 953 Mick Roche (SF) 763 Davy Hynes (Ind) 614 Deirdre Wadding (PBP) 599 Leonard Kelly (Ind) 499 Jim Allen (FG) 479 Jane Johnstone (Ind) 474 Bernie Mullen (Lab) 450 Joe Ryan (Lab) 449 Mark Fenlon (FG) 386 Sandra Lacey (FG) 381 Do Do Lawlor (Ind) 354 Danny Forde (Greens) 344 Donal Fallon (Ind) 313 David Loyd (DDI) 114 Paul O’ Hanlon 112 Final Count Staples 1,451 Roche 1,344 Hynes 1,258 Wadding 1,194 Ryan 972 The first ten candidates on the first count actually took the ten seats in the Wexford Electoral Area.

Man collapses at count There was drama at the count centre in Wexford on Sunday morning when a man collapsed just as a count for the Gorey District was being announced. Onlookers were shocked as the man slumped to the ground banging his head on the railings. First Aid assistance was rushed to him and

the count announcement was halted. Medical personnel attended him at the scene before he was taken away by stretcher to Wexford General Hospital. The man was a member of Cllr. Oliver Walsh’s canvass team. It is believed that the man suffered an epileptic fit.


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It’s new faces galore on new Council It will be a case of new faces everywhere when the Co. Council meets for the first time with a total of twenty one of the newly elected councillors not having been members of the outgoing Council. It will be the largest intake ever of new and returning Councillors. Nineteen of the members will be making their debut as Co. Councillors while two are returning having lost their seats in the elections five years ago. All five Sinn Fein councillors are first time members, while Fianna Fail also has five first time councillors and two returning after defeats in the election five years ago. There are three new Fine Gael councillors while five in-

dependent councillors have been elected for the first time. People Before Profit also have a first time candidate. The new ‘father’ of the Council is New Ross Fine Gael councillor Larry O’Brien who is now the longest serving member by some distance having been elected in the early 1990s. Most of the other reelected councillors have served just one full term with the exception of Enniscorthy based Fine Gael councillors Oliver Walsh and Kathleen Codd Nolan. Following the election some parts of the county are strongly represented. Barbara Ann Murphy’s return to Co. Hall means that Bunclody is represented again while North of Gorey

town is now represented by four members. However, the Camolin/Ferns area which previously had two councillors now has no representative following the defeat of Michael Kinsella and the retirement of Declan McPartlin. Blackwater retained its representative with the return of Oliver Walsh while Ennniscorthy town now has five councillors. The other urban areas are not so well represented with Gorey only electing a single councillor from the urban area, New Ross two and Wexford four out of ten. The south Wexford area has strong representation with six councillors now in the parishes that make up South County.

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Sinn Fein on the march (Cont. from front page) In Gorey Malcolm Byrne staked his claim for a place on the Fianna Fail general election ticket with a poll topping performance which ensured three seats for the party in the area. The big surprises included the failure of colourful Enniscorthy Independent Jackser Owens to get elected on a day when independents were winning across the country and the poor showing by outgoing Borough Council member Jim Allen of Fine Gael in Wex-

ford. Three Co. Councillors, Denis Kennedy in New Ross and Michael Kinsella in Gorey, both of Fine Gael and Martin Storey of Labour in Enniscorthy lost their seats while Mark Fenlon, son of retiring outgoing councillor Anna Fenlon polled poorly in Wexford and failed to retain her seat. Several sitting urban councillors who were trying to win places on the County Authority following the abolition of Urban Council failed to make a breakthrough. People Before Profit made

a breakthrough when Deirdre Wadding took the final seat in Wexford, while Anthony Connick a brother of the former Fianna Fail Junior Minister Sean, took a seat as an independent in New Ross. The new Council will meet for the first time next week. In future much of the Council’s work is to be carried out at local area level. The Local Area Council will effectively replace the old urban authorities but will cover the entire electoral districts.

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Tea, talk, frustration, more tea, less talk, more frustration as the count dragged on and on and on! Well before 9am on Saturday the car park of the St. Joseph’s Centre in Bishopswater, Wexford was packed and there was little parking space to be had in the roads around the building either as people gathered from all over the county to watch democracy in action. Outside the door they gathered waiting to burst into the main hall and get the first glimpse at the ballot paper to see what effect all their hard canvassing work of recent weeks had achieved. There was an air of excitement and anticipation. With an enlarged county council there were many new candidates so for a lot of these people this was a first taste of count day action. The three main parties------and that no longer appears to include Labour[--------had their number crunching teams set up in special rooms to provide tally figures as quickly as possible, not just for the local attendance but also to feed information to national officers and the candidates themselves many of whom stayed away from the early stages of the count. Fine Gael councillor Denis Kennedy, for example spent the day at the Curragh races while Tony Dempsey put in his time digging potatoes. As the early boxes were opened the best laid plans of the tally teams were thrown

into disarray. The Returning Officer had not divided the count into Local Electoral areas and instead opened them by box numbers so we had some boxes from the Enniscorthy District followed by Gorey and this caused confusion. But from those early boxes it was clear that in Bunclody there was only one winner, local woman Barbara Ann Murphy. However, the question was whether or not the huge local support she drew in the town and local parishes would be sufficient to take a seat. Many, many hours later the answer was Yes. As the ballot papers tumbled out the painstaking process of separating the local and European papers proceeded but the tally teams were beginning to pick up a trend. Sinn Fein was doing well and there were a lot of votes for Independents. In a room upstairs the Sinn Fein election team were gathering the figures. You could sense that they were a little scared to believe some of the tally returns coming into the room. But as more and more good numbers began to come in they started to believe. But could they be correct. The tallies were showing their man Fionntain O’Sullivan, Fianna Fail’s, Joe Sullivan and Fine Gael’s Anthony Donohoe all from the same parish were heading for election. Could this be true? They drank tea and eat lots of sandwiches as they tried to digest the meaning of it all. Down in the main counting centre Labour were trying to digest something completely different the reality that their vote was disappearing into thin air, but Robbie Ireton might be doing enough to leave him in with a chance. Paul O’Hanlon the Independent candidate in the Welford District who has spent several weeks canvassing by walking up and down the Main Street, wearing a high vis tee-shirt and ringing a bell Returning Officer Pat Collins was annoyed when he

The scene at the Count Centre in St. Joseph’s, Bishopswater, Wexford which became a long day’s journey into night

discovered that Fine Gael had a private room and insisted that all rooms at the count centre should be open to him as a candidate. It was an argument he didn’t win but a short time later he was seem having an animated exchange with the Co. Registrar Marie Garahy. I assume he didn’t win that particularly joust either. Public Expenditure Minister, Brendan Howlin, arrived fresh from an outing on the national airwaves where he had the difficult task of trying to put some sort of a face on the results of the exit poll. Things were getting a little better though for Labour in Gorey. Robbie Ireton’s hard work as a councillor looked as if it would pay off and he could survive. The papers continued to tumble out of the ballot boxes and up in the Sinn Fein room they were getting even more excited. Johnny Mythen was really doing the business in Enniscorthy and the first returns from the Wexford Local Electoral area were starting to come in. This was going to be a great day. By now the immaculately dressed Ger Carthy had arrived

to observe proceedings. So too had George Lawlor. George wouldn’t be topping the poll on this occasion, but then all the seats are of equal value. On such a day for Labour he would be very happy to just get back to Co. Hall. Fergie Kehoe had been an early arrival and liked what he saw from the rural Wexford boxes but the story of the Wexford District was beginning to emerge and it was a Carthy story. Five years ago the Late Leo Carthy had lost his seats after decades in the Council but the boys from Our Lady’s Island had put in a determined effort to win it back and they were going to be successful. The indications had been good from the previous night when so many people in the Island turned out to vote that they could not fit all the ballot papers into the box and a second one had to be secured. In every parish the support for Carthy was there but there was support too for Mick Roche. He was the second Sinn Fein candidate and it was beginning to look as if he’d have a chance. In the Sinn Fein room they were beginning to think it was all a dream. An-

thony Kelly looked bewildered by it all. A walk outside for some fresh air was called for. Meanwhile, there was no sign of any tally figures from Fine Gael. For decades they have been the most accurate and efficient producers of the tally at Wexford counts but there was little coming out of their room, a room that had so annoyed Paul O’Hanlon. Was the story so bad that it had blown up their computers we wondered? Well it was certainly bad when it came to Wexford town where Fine Gael had three candidates but trying to find a vote for any of them was akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. But even in the housing estates of Clonard they there were votes for Ger Carthy and all the other non-part people were picking up support. And across the town there was one man dominant, Anthony Kelly. In one box in Wexford CBS he polled almost as many votes as all the other candidates combined. This was Anthony Kelly’s day. In New Ross Martin Murphy was beaming. The man who left Fianna Fail to run as

an independent over their candidate strategy in the area was topping the poll. In the process he had knocked back Michael Sheehan, the John F. Kennedy of local politics, to fewer than one thousand votes. This would not be good for Mr Seehan’s Dail ambitions, particularly as a new Fianna Fail face, Michael Whelan of Ballycullane, a brother of TV and radio pundit Noel, was only a couple of dozen votes behind him. By mid afternoon all the votes were sorted the counting would soon begin and we would not have long to wait for the actual figures. Tally numbers are all right, but the candidates were anxious to see real numbers, particularly as Fine Gael seemed to be having some difficulties producing their figures and Fianna Fail seemed to have different sets of numbers for each area, depending on who you spoke to. Most people took the opportunity which the mid-afternoon lull in proceedings presented to take in a bit of sport or just to take a rest. Then it was back for the tea-time declarations, or so everyone thought. (Continued on page 5)


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LOCAL ELECTION 2014 (Continued from page 4) As the results of counts all over the country began to flash on to the television screen in the hallway the swelling crowds chatted, drank tea, chatted, told stories, grabbed cans of minerals from the drinks machine, chatted, went out for air, chatted, drank more

tea, chatted, started to get angry, wondered what the hell was happening and still there was no movement. Counting of votes is an important but rather straightforward procedure, but in Wexford it turned into a marathon. As one hour moved to another there was frustration, even anger, at the length

of time it was taking. When candidates from Enniscorthy went in to examine the spoiled and doubtful papers they looked for a time as if they would remain in behind the railings for the rest of the night. Enniscorthy eventually broke the ice with a first count declaration that saw James Browne top the poll as his proud parents, TD John and Judy, looked on. But the louder celebrations and ones which were being repeated across the country were for the election on the same count of Sinn Fein’s Johnny Mythen. Sinn Fein was back in Co. Hall after a five year absence. Surely the counts would start to flow now. But no the wait went on. George Lawlor’s wife Yvonne was becoming a little anxious. What if this went into tomorrow? She and her daughter were due at a One Direction concert. Could they leave George to celebrate alone? Ger Carthy’s family had been assembled for a long time but the wait went on, even though everyone knew the official figures by this time. The journalist Jimmy Gahan was frustrated. He had been due at a party. There wouldn’t be much of it left by the time he got out. Eventually we got a declara-

Celebration time for George Lawlor after he became one of only four Labour candidates elected on the first count in the entire country tion for New Ross but with no one over the quota there wasn’t much of a celebration and then finally came the Wexford count. For Anthony Kelly and his supporters there were the trademark Sinn Fein celebrations which are always loud and boisterous, there was great joy too for George Lawlor, a Labour man winning on the first count in this election was a rather fine achievement, but the man of the moment was Ger Carthy. He had simply stormed to victory but in all the joy and

celebration you could also sense the emotion. They no doubt remembered Leo and the many times he enjoyed success before tasting defeat five years ago. Victory secured it was time to head for the Island Bar and some much needed refreshments. A declaration of the second count in Enniscorthy followed and a big transfer from James Browne’s surplus brought Keith Doyle from being knocked out on the floor to the verge of winning a seat. It was just after midnight-------fifteen hours on from the

time the first boxes were opened--------that the first count was declared for Gorey. It confirmed a poll topping performance for Malcolm Byrne and put him at the centre of the picture for a place on the General Election ticket next time around. After fifteen hours of counting and with six seats of thirty four filled that it was it for the night and everyone headed for him. If it continued at this pace Fergie Kehoe reckoned it would be Tuesday before he would take a seat in the Wexford district.

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Browne and Mythen stake Dail claims

The Browne political dynasty is set to continue into the foreseeable future following James Browne’s stunning victory in last Friday’s Local Government Elections during which he won a seat on Wexford County Council at his first attempt. He topped the poll in the Enniscorthy District and was elected on the first count with almost 500 votes to spare. He was closely followed by Sinn Fein’s Johnny Mythen who may also now be a candidate for his party at the general election.

Browne, son of sitting T.D. John, had always been expected to poll well but even his most ardent supporters were surprised by the size of the vote he received. He polled just under 2,000 first preference votes and is now in poll position to succeed his father when ever the veteran Fianna Fail T.D. decides to call it a day. Browne conducted a slick and professional campaign in the run up to the election and this is thought to have contributed to his success at the polls. The focus now turns to the future or, more particularly, to the next general election and to the possibility of John Browne stepping down in favour of his Barrister Son. When asked about this possi-

bility in the wake of his triumph, James Browne was somewhat reluctant to discuss the issue, saying it was far too early to be thinking about the next general election. But when pressed if he would like to succeed his father, he acknowledged having an interest in national politics and would, someday, like to take a seat in Dail Eireann.

Fianna Fail took three of the eight seats on offer in the district with Barbara Anne Murphy from Bunclody making a welcome return to public life after a 5 years absence and Keith Doyle, Enniscorthy, managing to hold his seat after some scary moments early on in the count. Fine Gael returned all three outgoing Councillors with Paddy Kavanagh, as expected, proving to be the poll Johnny Mythen celebrates after his first count success in topper for the Party in Enniscorthy the district. Sinn Fein’s Rourke, Independent, who Overall, however, it was Johnny Mythen proved his came from nowhere to wrest James Browne and Johnny populaity with the electorate the final seat from fellow Inde- Mythen’s election, both by romping home on the first pendent Jackser Owens who achieving greater electoral Count with some 269 votes has been expected to poll far support than either expected over the quota, while the surbetter than he actually did. before the votes were cast of prise of the election in EnnisFriday last. corthy at least was John O’

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ENNISCORTHY FIRST COUNT Quota 1,480 James Browne (FF) 1,969 Johhny Mythen (SF) 1,812 Barbara Ann Murphy (FF) 1,412 Paddy Kavanagh (FG) 1,316 Kathleen Codd Nolan (FG) 1,298 Oliver Walsh (FG) 1,110 John O’Rourke (Ind) 848 Martin Storey (Lab) 831 Jackser Owens (Ind) 803 Willie Kavanagh (FF) 730 Keith Doyle (FF) 660 Annette Moran (Ind) 530 The top five candidates were elected along with Keith Doyle who benefited from a big transfer of James Browne’s surplus votes.

Hegarty slump, Kinsella loses as FF and SF triumph A feature of the election in the Gorey district was the strong performance by Malcolm Byrne who topped the poll and the sharp decline in the vote of Fine Gael John Hegarty who headed the poll five years ago but who polled less than 1,000 on this occasion and was only elected to the final seat.. Too many candidates played havoc with the Fine Gael effort in the district and a weakness in Gorey urban area left the door open for Fianna Fail to steal a march on the main government party. There were several new faces coming through here with Joe Sullivan putting in a strong performance for Fianna Fail in the North of the

district and Pip Breen winning for the party at the Southern end. It was a case of a new face too for Fine Gael with Anthony Donohoe displacing Michael Kinsella for the second fine Gael seat. Labour’s Robbie Ireton proved the value of hard work when he won through on a very bad day for Labour nationally. There was a seat too for Mary Farrell from Kilmuckridge who stood as an independent having failed to get a nomination from Fianna Fail while Fionntan O’Suilleabhain put in a command performance for Sinn Fein polling second only to the poll topper.

THE COUNT GOREY FIRST COUNT Quota 1,436 Malcolm Byrne (FF) 1,688 Fionntan O’Suilleabhain (SF) 1,326 Joe Sullivan (FF) 1,013 Robbie Ireton (Lab) 935 John Hegarty (FG) 914 Pip Breen (FF) 894 Mary Farrell (IND) 889 Anthony Donohoe (FG) 886 Aine Lacy O’Mara (FG) 813 Jack Redmond (FF) 711 Michael Kinsella (FG) 695 Dominick Gaughan (Eir) 455 Alan Molloy (Ind) 361 Darren Keegan (FG) 340 Owen Dunbar (Ind) 309 Gavin Nugent (Ind) 288 Cormac McManus (Ind) 279 Ivan Kelly (Ind) 127

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Ireton (Lab) 1,354 Breen (FF) 1,325 Donohoe (FG) 1,277 Hegarty (FG) 1,227 Lacy O’Mara (FG) 1,084 James Browne celebrates his poll topping performance in Enniscorthy with family and supporters including his parents Judy and John

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LOCAL ELECTION 2014

Local poll result puts the seats of all TDs at risk Mid-term elections are always difficult for governments, but a repeat of anything like the outcome of the local polls in the next general election would put a huge question mark over the survival of some sitting TDs in the county. The massive support for independents across the constituency and the links which some of them had with the main parties in the past makes it difficult to translate the numbers into a projection for the next general poll. However, it can safely be said that the Labour vote, as it currently stands, would put Brendan Howlin under serious pressure and he would be depending on his personal record of delivery to the county to return to the Dail. The Fine Gael vote in the Wexford urban area was wiped out with each of the three candidates putting in a miserable performance. It could be argued that the candidate strategy was wrong but that does not disguise the fact that for the moment there is little or no support for Fine Gael in the Wexford urban area. That will be a worry for

Liam Twomey who now has no councillor in the urban area to work on his behalf. Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe will be a little uncomfortable that his Fine Gael team in Enniscorthy were easily outpolled by Fianna Fail, but he does have the consolation that his party achieved a very credible result in the district. In Gorey the prospects for a return to the Dail of Michael D’Arcy would appear to have been dealt a blow by the returns. The five candidate strategy by Fine Gael in the district was a mistake and the division of the areas allowed Malcolm Byrne to surge ahead in the town and easily top the poll. Byrne has laid down a marker and looks certain to be on the Fianna Fail ticket at the next election and that could spell the end of D’Arcy’s comeback bid. If Fianna Fail opts for a two candidate strategy at the next election, which seems very likely, Byrne is now the leading contender to join either outgoing TD, John, or his son James on the ticket. Fianna Fail will be buoyed

Fianna Fail ‘family’ dominates in New Ross Martin Murphy’s decision to leave Fianna Fail to run as an independent candidate paid dividends when he topped the poll in New Ross. There was a seat too for another ex-Fianna Fail man when Anthony Connick, a brother of former Junior Minister Sean, won through while the official party candidates won a further three seats including two newcomers Michael Whelan and John Fleming. Fine Gael councillor Denis Kennedy was outpolled by Fleming in the north of the district and lost his seat but his colleague Larry O’Brien was returned while newcomer Willie Fitzharris also came through for Fine Gael. Oisin O’Connell put in a strong performance for Sinn Fein to take a seat but there was no place for Eirigi candidate and former councillor, John Dwyer.

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by the local election results having outperformed Fine Gael in three of the four electoral areas. In Enniscorthy they won 35.8% of the vote, 7% ahead of their main rivals, in Gorey with 33.3% they were 5% clear and in New Ross at 28% they were 5% clear, but there were a number of independent candidates with a Fianna Fail background standing in the district. Only in Wexford where they got 15% of the vote did they trail Fine Gael at 19.6%. In fact in the Wexford District they finished fourth behind Sinn Fein and Labour as well as Fine Gael. While Sinn Fein polled strongly and The ballot papers start appearing in the in the pigeon holes. It would be many hours before now have a very strong representation on the they were finally counted Co. Council the local now an even greater pool of pendents some others may be that no outgoing TD would be election numbers would not independent votes out there tempted to throw their hats absolutely safe but they will be guarantee them a Dail seat. and he would expect to get a into the ring for the next elecall working to change that beDespite the fact that all the big share of them in a general tion. tween now and the next time candidates endorsed by Mick election. However, given the As it stands a repeat of this the people go to the polls. Wallace did poorly there is growing popularity of inderesult would seem to suggest

THE COUNT

FIRST COUNT NEW ROSS

Quota 1,410

Martin Murphy (Ind) 1,373 Michael Sheehan (FF) 994 Michael Whelan (FF) 944 Oisin O’Connell (SF) 904 Larry O’Brien (FG) 891 John Fleming (FF) 831 Willie Fitzharris (FG) 809 Brian Wallace (FF) 786 John Dwyer (Eirigi) 776 Anthony Connick (Ind) 723 Denis Kennedy (FG) 680 Niamh Fitzgibbon (FG) 579 Victor Furness (Ind) 478 Pat Whitty (Ind) 463 Bobby Dunphy (Ind) 384

Seamus O’Brien (PBP) 382

Ollie Somers (Lab) 366 Paul Crowdle (Ind) 300

Elected here were the top seven candidates on the first count and Anthony Connick.


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GER The decline of rural Wexford needs to be addressed Now that the elections are over the posters will soon disappear--------by law the candidates only have a limited time to take them down----------and life will return to normal. Some people may wonder what all the fuss was about because the issues will remain the same and the solutions will not be a whole lot different either. As I said last week in relation to pot holes none of those elected on Saturday have magic wands so you’ll be disappointed if you think water charges are going to disappear, the property tax is going to be abolished, that there is going to be an influx of money for road improvements or house renovations. But one issue which has been bubbling under the surface and which was raised many times during the election is the question of the effective destruction of rural Ireland. Many people want to blame government policies for the problems faced by rural areas citing in particular the closure of rural Garda station and the threat to Post Offices.

There is no doubt that the loss of any piece of infrastructure puts a bit of a dent in a community but the difficulties currently faced by rural Ireland go a lot deeper than any Garda station or Post Office. In some respects it was the affluence of the early part of this century which dealt a body blow to rural areas. With big employment opportunities in the cities and on construction sites there was a virtual race by young people to get off the land and away from rural areas to the bigger opportunities which urban centres and construction presented for them. This meant that most young people left rural parishes early on Monday mornings and often didn’t return until late on Friday night. They were not around to spend in the local shop, drink in the local pub or buy petrol in the local filling station and this gradually had an effect with many pubs, petrol stations and rural shops closing their doors. All across county Wexford there are examples of major

rural shops, which in the past were the centre of their communities, now lying idle. So the decline of rural Ireland and rural Wexford is about a lot more than the local Garda Station or Post Office. The change has been there in every aspect of rural life for some time and the retention of a few Post offices or Garda Stations is going to do little to reverse it. Some rural centres are thriving, but most are only a shadow of what they used to be and regardless of what people might have said during the last few weeks it is going to be very difficult to bring life back into them. I suppose the Co. Council could make a start-------if they had the money-------by improving rural roads, but that is not going to happen any time soon. The government could ensure that no more rural post offices or garda stations are closed, but what will that achieve? At best it will put a brake on the steady decline of rural communities but it won’t halt it.

Rory’s wedding exit I see that Rory McElroy only realised the reality of what he was facing when the invitations for his wedding were sent out. A little odd that but anyway I suppose it’s better to find out now than say at the actual reception. Imagine the scene: All the speeches have been completed and then the bold Rory gets to his feet and says Dammit lads this seems to be for real. I’m out of here. But the manner in which the

whole thing was handled was a bit embarrassing in any case. I wonder was he always a reluctant groom and Caroline decided that one way of getting a move on him was to send out the wedding invitations assuming that once she did that there would be no turning back. Well if that was her plan it spectacularly backfired on the poor girl. Well of course she not exactly poor, but you know what I mean.

The vast majority of rural dwellers will still travel to stores in the large urban centres to do their shopping, most young people from the country will still socialise in the larger towns and many local businesses will continue to decline. The draw of the larger urban centre has been growing steadily over the past couple of decades and with improved transport, particularly the availability of taxis that seems to be irreversible. But something does need to be done and as a country boy myself I hope some plan does come forward that breaths a bit of life back into the countryside. There are, of course, some examples of thriving villages with very successful businesses and perhaps they could be the model for other areas. So I will be very interested to see what strategies the newly elected rural councillors place on the agenda at the County Council over the coming years.

A classy case of anti-social behaviour From time to time we hear a lot about anti-social behaviour, particularly in some of our towns, with the term ‘neighbours from hell’ often used to describe what some unfortunate residents have to put up with. Generally (but not always) this problem happens in less well off areas and in larger estates in urban areas. Local councillors have often outlined a litany of problems faced by people in some parts of the county. However, they would be hard pressed to better the case of the couple who tormented their neighbours by dumping

rotten rubbish on their property, damaging walls and riding quad bikes through their grounds. I bet you are thinking this all happened in a really rough area. Well you’d be wrong. It all took place in the Lake District of the UK and involved a mansion.. The family of the people behaving anti-socially once owned the expensive property and wanted to drive the price down so they could afford to buy it back. It just shows that anti-social behaviour is not confined to any type of area or to any social class.

Small improvements make a big impact It is often said that too often we are completely hung up on big projects and initiatives and are often blind to what can be achieved by relatively small initiatives in local communities. To that end we often crave the big ticket items which usually are beyond reach. But there is a lot to be said for taking small steps to improve any community, like businesses putting out window boxes to improve the image of

a street or the local authority planting flowers at the entrances to towns. In this respect I think the work that is carried out annually on the roundabouts near all the major towns is to be applauded. A colourful display of flowers well manicured grass really does give a great impression of an area and great credit is due to all those who ensure that these green spaces are looking so well.

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WALSH We could all do with some ‘disappointment’ cash I suppose credit is due to the government for abolishing the severance payments to ministers who lose Office. It was seemingly introduced by Fianna Fail some years ago but it’s gone now at any rate. What amused me though was its title. It was, it seems, known as ‘disappointment money’. The way it worked was that a Minister lost his or her job, they were disappointed over the loss and they got a wad of taxpayers’ cash to make them feel better. No, no no I’m not making this up, that’s the way it worked. I was just thinking that it would have been great if the government instead of abolishing the payments had

actually extended the scheme. It could have been handled by the Department of Social Protection and the Department of the Environment. So say your team lost the All-Ireland on a Sunday and you were disappointed you could go to the local unemployment office o n the Monday morning and get a few bob to make you feel better, or help take away the disappointment t, Or maybe you had a bad run with the horses on Saturday and were feeling mighty disappointed, particularly after one of them was beaten only a short head. A few bob from the government would help perk you up, wouldn’t it? And for students

disappointed with exam results there could be a special grant to pay for a foreign holiday to help them get over it. I know it sounds ridiculous and it is, but is it any more ridiculous than paying government Ministers ‘disappointment’ money when they leave Office. I think not. In the case of Mr Shatter it was a case of all’s well that ends well and this ended in a big bonus for the Jack and Jill Foundation when he handed the case over to its boss Jonathan Irwin. Whatever about disappointment the gesture will bring a little comfort and relief to a few families.

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Councillor Ger Carthy I wish to thank my Family, my Election Team and the people of the Urban and Rural areas for their overwhelming support in the election, and for giving me a mandate to represent them for the next 5 years. I would like to assure you that my door is always open and my phone is always on.


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Big night for Loch Garman Youth Band

Jobs boost for Enniscorthy A total of ten new jobs are to be created in Enniscorthy following the announcement on Monday that INDOS Financial, a depositary finance services provider, is to locate its Irish operations at Merrythought House, Templeshannon. INDOS, a privately owned business based in London was established in 2012 principally to enable alternative investment fund managers managing non EU alternative investment funds to meet new depositary requirements as required by the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) The AIFMD comes into full effect for the majority of fund managers in July this

Members of the Loch Garman Youth Band on the stage at Wexford Opera House Thursday June 5th marks a red letter day for the Loch Garman Youth Band. That’s the date the youth members section, which was set up in 2011, give their first major recital. The recital takes place in Wexford Arts Centre and the band will be joined on the night by the Faythe School Rock Choir with the proceeds going to the Faythe School Special Needs Fund.

Three years since their formation the on-going training of the youth section continues under the directorship of Musical Director John Clancy together with a team of voluntary instructors from the senior band. The Loc Garman Band was formed in 1937 and marked their 75th anniversary just two years ago with a milestone concert in Wexford Opera

House. That was the first occasion that the Youth Band appeared. Later that year the band performed an open air recital of Christmas music for Wexford town Traders Association and throughout last year they performed programmes of sacred music in both Clonard and Bride Street Churches. There are currently twenty five members in training with the band and they range in age from ten to seventeen years old. Each band member has their own instrument and training material. The Loc Garman Band gets strong support from the people of Wexford through individual contributions and also has the backing of the Borough Council and the Arts Council. The Faythe School Rock Choir which will perform with the band on the night was

Ballymurn traffic concerns The band during one of their visits to Clonard Church

Welcome to Wexford 20 kms later Visitors to the model county could mistaking believe that they were only arriving in Wexford when they reach Camolin, because that is where the 'Visit Wexford' sign is placed on the route from Dublin. Cllr John Hegarty raised concerns about the placement of the sign at a recent meeting of the Economic and Social Development SPC of the Council saying that the sign was

actually placed 20km from the county border. But he was informed that the NRA would not allow a sign to be placed on the motorway so Camolin was the closest point in the county to the border that the sign could be safely placed. Now the Co. Council is to look at putting something artistic on the motorway to highlight the entry to the county.

Residents of Ballymurn village are up in arms over the danger posed by high volumes of traffic passing through the area. A deputation from the village met the local district committee of the Co. Council to voice their concerns. The deputation of Marian Redmond, Gerda Teljeur and Maria Brophy outlined the road safety issues, particularly in respect of the safety of children. The local committee agreed to discuss the concerns of residents with the engineering department and to advise the residents of plans to deal with the problem.

formed last year under the direction of Ian Grey and his wife Louise. It is an out of school choir with rehearsals every Monday evening. Established originally as an activity primarily for fun, signing and keeping in contact with past pupils, the Rock Choir has been enhanced by the choreography of Meagan O’Connor. In just two years they have built up a strong repertoire and have performed at school and parish liturgies, community fundraisers and with Wexford Town Tops Group.

year. The announcement of the new jobs has also been warmly welcomed by Minister of State Paul Kehoe who said he was delighted INDOS had chosen Enniscorthy as the base for its Irish operations. . Mr. Michael Bennett, President of Enniscorthy and District Chamber of Commerce, also welcomed the news saying the job element of the announcement was particularly gratifying. He hoped INDOS would have a long and happy association with Enniscorthy and that today’s announcment would be but the first of many involving the company.

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Children’s CATS performance planned for Wexford Young people in Wexford are to be given a unique opportunity to take part in one of the World’s best known musicals. JPR productions launched a summer series of workshops at Wexford Arts Centre this week which will culminate in the staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical CATS at the end of June. JPR’s staging of Cats will be unique in that all the cast will be under fifteen years of age. The performance will be staged in Wexford in August. In the run-up to the performance Musical Theatre Workshops will be staged at Wexford Arts Centre every Tuesday. The Workshops are split into two age groups with six to nine years olds taken at 3-30pm and ten to fourteen year olds during their session one hour later.

The Workshops will be directed by Jason Paul Ryan and Sharon Molloy who have directed over fifty children’s shows in the past ten years all across the south east region. CATS the musical is of course one of the world’s most famous shows and it has played worldwide since it was

launched back in 1981. The theme song ‘Memory’ was a number one hit for Elaine Paige. Those interested in taking part in the Workshops with a view to being cast in the musical should contact Jason Paul Ryan on 083 1187801


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Wexford’s Agony Uncle Dear Alan, I hope you are keeping well. I am writing to you with a bit of a problem I have. Really I think I have it sorted myself now, but I am not sure I did the right thing. It’s all right for the boys down the pub. They are saying ‘good on ye’ and that sort of thing, but some other people are suggesting I’m a bit of a cad. You see Alan I am a young guy and I have plenty of money. Basically I can do what I like and that includes enjoying myself. I didn’t always have a lot of money and when I was of more modest means things were different. I was happy to have a ‘normal’ girlfriend; just a local lass and we had great times. But then I came into a lot of cash and I thought it was time to trade her in, as it were, for someone with the cash to support a lifestyle more like my own. Anyway I found another girl and she even had as much money as me so we were perfectly matched and had a great time. We couldn’t have been happier. Or so I thought. We were carefree, could do what we liked, what more could anyone want. But she did want more, Alan, she wanted marriage. I thought the best thing to do was sort of ignore her, you know just nod my head and that sort of thing. But she kept on about it. We have to organise the day, she said and I just nodded, more to shut her up than anything else. But then

low and behold didn’t she organise everything and went and sent out the invitations. Alan I couldn’t believe it. ‘There’s no getting out of this now’ she declared as we relaxed over a few glasses of wine. We’ll see about that’ said I to myself. Alan I couldn’t believe the cheek of her. But I was kind of trapped There’s only one thing for this, I thought, and I told her it was all over. Yes finished over. She thought I was joking but when I went public she knew it was for real. I think I did the right thing, Alan, but some people are very annoyed. Anyway I found a new girl the next day and do you know what she is already talking marriage. What am I to do? Rory, Northern Ireland (UK Part) Dear Rory, I think you should have taken a break from the ladies. You won’t get away with this stunt again so you will have to be very careful. I understand you have a very large wallet and this may be attracting the ladies so you should probably try to conceal it. Some women tend to be attracted by that type of thing, but they are to be avoided at all costs. Maybe you should book yourself into one of retreat home for a few months to give yourself a break from everything. Regards, Alan.

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Wexford’s Crescent Quay as it was in 1979. The photograph is one of many interesting images of the harbour included in the new book Maritime Wexford. On Thursday last Liam Gaul, musician, writer and historian regaled the large attendance with tales of Wexford and its maritime connections as he performed the launch of the new book Maritime Wexford by Jack O'Leary and Nicky Rossiter. He ranged through our Viking and Norman past and retold tales of The Fort at Rosslare. Liam noted that the towns and cities being referred to in current news reports about Ukraine

would have been more familiar to our Wexford ancestors 150 years ago than Dublin or Cork. Thanking Liam for doing the honours Nicky laid claim to his own maritime connections through his great uncles John, Peter and James Walsh the latter being the last Wexford sail maker. The brothers had conveyed coffins and mourners to Crosstown by boat in the early 20th century when Carcur Bridge was damaged. John also sailed on The

Maria Reid, now just rotting timbers beside the North Railway Station. Jack O'Leary thanked History Press for the fantastic cover design with colourized versions of old black and white photos. He spoke of that bane of all writers lives of the extra information and photographs that surface after the final draft has gone to press. Maybe these could lead to Maritime Wexford Part Two and asked that anyone who

had stories or documents about the maritime heritage of Wexford might contact him or Nicky so that such a prospect might be explored. Nicky Rossiter carried on what has become a tradition at such launches by reading a piece that does not appear in the book as a thank you to all attending the launch. The large crowd were delighted with the event.

Liam Gaul,performed the ceremony for the launch of Maritime Wexford flanked by Jack O Leary and Nicky Rossiter at the Book Center, Wexford.

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Real Women Have Curves? This one’s probably going to hit a raw nerve with a few people and to be honest, if it does, you’re probably who this is aimed at! I don’t even know how to phrase this without coming across the wrong way, but sher anyways: I’m seeing campaign after campaign to promote full-figured, curvy women, and rightfully so. At the same time though, it’s as much of a thing now to publically bash both skinny women and companies who endorse them. Why? Take Dove’s “Real Beauty Campaign” for instance; it shows “curvy” women half-dressed with inspirational captions every now and again, and to a certain extent, I agree with it. Surely it can only be a good thing to make women feel comfortable in their own skin, right? What about the contrary though? Dove are claiming that being curvy is “real beauty” (as they put it). What ever happened to beauty being in the eye of the beholder? That’s just one example, and not entirely what I’m talking about. It’s a daily thing now where I see a picture of voluptuous women beside a much smaller-framed model basically saying that the first is attractive and the second isn’t. It’s as if abusing someone is perfectly acceptable as long as nobody makes fun of a fat girl. These pictures go on and on and on – until the point where making them seem repulsive isn’t enough, they have to assume that they’re anorexic. In fairness, every slim girl MUST have eating problems, right? No, obviously not. Assuming that every skinny girl is anorexic is just as bad as assuming every bigger one is diabetic and plain lazy. Stop trying to make yourself feel better at the expense of others! What are you hoping will happen? That all skinny girls get ostracised from society? Abercrombie fire all their staff and replace them with morbidly obese people to make you feel better? Get a grip! It’s ridiculous like! I don’t understand the need to obsess with other people’s weight 24/7, when it literally couldn’t impact you any less. – Angry Adam.

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CHARLIE SHEEN

Probably not everyone’s favourite person (understandably), but there could be only one winner this week! Basically, Charlie Sheen and his fiancé Scotty were out having dinner for her birthday with a few friends when they spotted Rihanna a few tables across. Charlie, who knew his soon-to-bewife was a massive fan, asked the waiter to see if Rihanna could spare a minute to get in a picture and basically just be friendly. Rihanna rejected and told them that it could happen some other time. Charlie’s reaction on Twitter didn’t take long to go viral! Most of the language wouldn’t be appropriate so go look it up for yourself. Kudos Charlie

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Obviously for the same reason and the fact that her response on Twitter was in absolutely no way entertaining. The fact that she wouldn’t take a minute out of her night to be civilised is ridiculous! How full of herself can she be?


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TUNE OF THE WEEK

Absolutely obsessed with this track at the moment! Quality! Make sure to go have a listen and add it to your summer playlist! - Eoin

USELESS FACT Surely everyone had one of these as a child!? Yep, it’s a play mat. Many a day, I sat with a toy car drifting around the streets in my bedroom! - Eoin

Some spieces of worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food! Ha thats crazy but true , bringing hungry to a new level altogether!! - Eoin

OF THE WEEK

The Battle of Madrid Lisbon had their chance this year to hold one of soccer’s most prestigous events; The Champion’s League Final. This time, however, there was a bit of a twist: both finalists were from Madrid! Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are always highly anticipated matches, but this being a final and with Atletico winning the league the week previously it was always going to add a bit more spice to the occasion. With star striker Diego Costa unfit and taken off after 8 minutes Atletico were dealt a major blow but went in front only for Real Madrid to level things in controversial extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo prevailed in the end and won the match 4-1 AET. World record signing Gareth Bale even bagged himself a goal which would be his most important to date. Atletico have been a revelation this year under Diego Simeone and were on course to win a historic double but their neighbours ruined that chance. Next season will be interesting for both Madrid clubs as Atletico’s star man Diego Costa looks destined for Chelsea and with Real highly likely to pursue their interest in Liverpool’s Luis Suarez another interesting season is on the cards , but first roll on the world cup!! - Eoin


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LOCAL ELECTION 2014 PHOTO SPECIAL

Joe Sullivan of Fianna Fail pictured with his family after his election in Gorey.

Mick Roche who won a second seat for Sinn Fein in the Wexford District celebrates with his supporters at the count centre.

Glad to be back: Jim Moore and his supporters mark his re-election to the Council

Moment of glory: Fergie Kehoe celebrates his election in the Wexford area.

Winners: Anthony Donohoe of Fine Gael, Robbie Ireton of Labour and Independent candidate Mary Farrell who were all elected in the Gorey area. All pics by Noel Reddy


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Gaelic Football Roundabout

High Time that GAA Introduced Under 17 and Under 19 Grades I see where Dublin and Kerry county boards are supporting the introduction of under 17 and under 19 competitions to replace the current minor (under 18) and under 21 grades. I think this makes a great deal of sense and should have been done a long time ago. With regard to the minor grade, the vast majority of the players involved would be sitting the Leaving Cert exam and should not have to play an important match up to three weeks before that exam as Wexford minor footballers had to do recently. The leaving cert is basically the culmination of five-six years work and it is a vitally important time in a young person’s life and it is unfair to expect them to face into big matches at this time. Apart from the time lost, study wise, in preparing for these games there is also the risk of injury. Remember they will have played plenty of games for

their school and club up to this point and should not have the added pressure of playing for their county as well. Their future will largely depend on how they do in the exam and they should be allowed to focus on it. Travelling to and from training as well as the training itself takes up most of an evening and valuable study time is lost. Of course lads need to stay physically fit with the old latin phrase coming to mind- “mens sana in corpore sano- a healthy mind in a healthy body” but there is plenty of scope for that nowadays without the tension and time constraints of what may be a crucial match. With regard to the under 21 grade we have seen many exciting games over the years and the games under lights are proving to be an attractive proposition with the general public but I don’t think there is any doubt that players at this age are taking part in too many games which can lead

Donegal Have Not Gone Away It was a fair achievement for Donegal to go to Celtic Park in Derry and win last Sunday. People have criticised their style of play but it works for them and so they should really ignore their critics. That sideline point by Michael Murphy reminded me of Maurice Fitzgerald at his best. But Colm McFadden is only a pale shadow of his former self and he will certainly need to find his best form if Donegal are to win an Ulster title. Patrick McBrearty would also want to weigh in with a lot more scores too as he dropped two relatively easy point chances into the goalkeeper’s hands (in mitigation against a strong breeze) while he also missed a great goal chance. He was a teen sensation when he came on the scene first a few years ago and does score freely at

club and county u 21 level but he really needs to start producing now at senior level to take a bit of attention away from Murphy and McFadden. Newcomer, young Darrach O’Connor was a threat early on and took his point very well. His father John was a very stylish footballer and played for Roscommon in the All Ireland Final of 1980 against Kerry finishing a great move to the net in the first few minutes, if memory serves me correctly. That gave the men from the west a good lead and it was really a game that they should have won as the men from the kingdom were without the great “Bomber” Liston on the day who I think just had his appendix removed. I would not rule out Donegal this year at least for Ulster as in Jim McGuinness they have a very shrewd op-

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to burnout. The reality is that, in a lot of counties, the best under 21’s are also on their senior team while also playing for their colleges in various competitions as well as their clubs. So the whole scenario can lead to fixtures congestion as well as possible burnout for the players involved. The players have little time to recover properly after matches as they are constantly in demand for club, college and county. Adequate rest and recovery is as important as training and many players probably play with nagging little injuries as they simply don’t have the time to rest properly. The GAA needs to realise that it is an amateur game and if it is serious about player welfare it needs to be more proactive and move to abolish these two grades and introduce under 17 and 19 competitions that would be more appropriate in this day and age.

FollowYour Own Eye Follow Your Own Eye Last week I inadvertently credited Dara Barden of Fethard with the Wexford goal in the minor championship match against Laois. The credit should, of course, have gone to Shane Doyle of Ballyhogue. And what a fine goal it was too, Shane! The truth is I had given the goal to Shane and have the programme marked to prove it but allowed myself to be persuaded after hearing other media reports that Dara had scored the goal. So the morale of the story is to always follow your own instincts! erator who is able to get his players to follow a game plan to a tee, and they have midfielder Rory Kavanagh to return too.

We must be careful of Antrim banana skin And so Brother the long wait is nearly over. This weekend sees the start of Wexford’s Championship campaign and let’s hope it is a long and successful one. But we will need to be careful that we do not stumble at the first hurdle because next Sunday we take on Antrim at Portlaoise. There was a time when the prospect of a game against Antrim would not have held many fears for us but times have changed. This Antrim team has already played four games in the qualifiers and they beat Laois in the playoff for top spot. So make no mistake about it Wexford are in for a tough game here. They must not take their opponents for granted and if they do it could all end in tears. Fair enough Wexford have played well in the build

up to this clash having played against Cork, Clare and Tipperary in high intensity games. There is no doubt that Wexford played well in all these games but we need to be careful that we do not slip on the banana skin that is Antrim now that we are in the serious stuff. The boys of Wexford have the experience, not only on the field of play but also in the management to plot the downfall of their opponents, but it will be tough. However, we should still see off Antrim with a good few points to spare. (I hope a prediction of a win from me is not the kiss of death). The game is part of an attractive double-header with Galway taking on Laois at the same venue. I fancy Galway to win this.

Incidentally tickets for the game are priced at €25 for the stand and €15 for a terrace ticket. Meanwhile, over at Thurles Tipperary take on Limerick and the home side will go into this game with a lot of confidence. After a slow start in the national league they ended up in the final. Despite being defeated by Kilkenny in the decider Tipperary played well that day displaying a nice blend of hurling. On the other hand Limerick were dealt a blow when their coach Donal O’Grady left the squad. Limerick are the current Munster Champions and will go into this with the belief that they can win the game. But I think home advantage will be important to Tipperary and I fancy them to win the game.

So much for next weekend what about last weekend in Thurles? Waterford came close to beating Cork in a game which the Leesiders were confident of winning all along. Cork were really fancied here but that didn’t deter Waterford who went out to win this from the very beginning. While Tipp were picking off lovely scores Cork were finding it very difficult to get into the game and that continued

even after the restart with Waterford pulling away by nine points at one stage. Then it looked as if Cork were dead and buried. But you have to take your hat off to Cork, well if you have one that is, they came back into the game with a scrappy enough goal. But the thing is they all count. That score was enough to give Cork the confidence to show their class and they soon started to

pull the game out of the fire. It was a late free which delivered the draw for Cork in the end and it brought a mighty sigh of relief from Jimmy Barry Murphy. Waterford will be disappointed . They certainly had this one in the bag but allowed it to slip out again. But then a game is never over until the final whistle sounds. Bring on the replay.

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