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I am the webmaster. Yes, the webmaster. That’s a great title isn’t it. Sort of implies that I’m good at something. Like a Jedi Master or a Chess Master or even a some sorta’ master of ceremonies. However, a Webmaster is simply the chap or chapine that gets dumped with all the computer jargon and rubbish like that.
I’m not a master of anything. I’m a normal enough person, with a normal enough job, that just happens to dabble in the world of HTML, SQL & PHP (For the uninitiated; that’s jargon), I’m aging at a ridiculously stupid rate and maintain my search for the fountain of youth. Failing that, any fountain or pub near a GAA Ground will suffice.
Nonetheless, I struggle on. And that is why we are here. Because the effort and hardship to find out any news whatsoever about GAA in Wicklow became far too much for Alan (See below) and myself. So what did we do? We came up with this site, Wicklow GAA Online. Little did we know it would consume our lives getting it up, getting the information, getting it online. But then, little did we care. Because it was for something we feel passionate about.
GAA in Wicklow.
You see, fair enough. We don’t have Kerry’s record in football, Kilkenny’s record in hurling; but what we do have in Wicklow is incredible support.
Passionate support. Eternal optimism. I could go on.
So I will.
As a county, we are liked more often than not. Probably because we are not deemed as a threat to anybody, but liked none the less.
I remember after our first Championship win in Croke Park last year, myself and my brother Tony jumped like lunatics there.
People said congratulations.
We walked out of the ground.
People said congratulations.
We strolled up to Hill16 pub.
People said congratulations.
They didn’t know us, from Adam or anyone else. But they did know this; Wicklow had won and by jaysus they deserved it. Because we went out there on that day and played our hearts out and won on merit.
And while we are on the subject of being deserving of something, hear this: That wasn’t the only time we went out there and played our hearts out. Oh no. And that is another reason this website is here.
To promote the game, the team. The players. The players! The sacrifices they make throughout the year, the training they put in, the commitment they show. We, you, I, your feckin’ narky poodle should be following them around the beautiful landscapes of this country and shouting our hearts out and showing support.
Because at the end of the day, forget about your Manchester United’s, your Liverpool’s, your Arsenal’s, forget about them. This is where we are from.
Wicklow. This is where the passion lies. This is our home and those men and women are going out there and representing us. And doing us proud.
So why are we here? We want to give a little back, to help the County Fans know the little bits of information that is lacking online. To try and spread the word, the gospel that is the Wicklow GAA Scene. I should know. After all I am a master. Albeit just one of the web.
Enjoy The Website!
Wow here we are…amazing how a pipe dream came be to realised with hard work and the right ingredients. I have a couple of years on Shane at 24 but it feels like I am catching him as I approach 25!! I hatched and grew up in Wicklow Town and thats where I caught the bug…..
Bugs are a funny thing….kids catch them in school and adults tend to catch them in the office. I caught my bug however on a cold day in Wexford…I didn’t get any days off school or work for it . The bug I caught that day was different. I had followed Wicklow through championship and qualifiers for a few years, nothing major…..it was something to do on a Sunday! At the time my passion was soccer, I travelled over to watch Manchester United 5 or 6 times a season. This day though, the day I caught the bug was different. The buzz started with my ascent to Wexford Park, in the rain. Words cant describe it….I was not among thousands heading to the Stretford End. Yet I felt a purpose, a buzz. You see when you are going to see guys that you grew up with, that you were schooled with, that you work with…well…its just that little bit special. The bug I caught that day in Wexford park can only be described as pride & passion. Not words you often associate with a 4-9 to 0-12 loss to your neighbours, in this case Carlow. But I was bitten, it may have been followed by a humiliating defeat to Monaghan in Clones and a last gasp loss to Carlow in the Tommy Murphy Cup but I had decided long before the final whistle in Dr Cullen Park that I was in for the long haul.
Bugs are funny things…one minute you are going to Wexford Park to watch Wicklow playing because “Super Sunday” is showing a poor game. The next thing you know you are dreaming of Casement Park…buoyed by the fact that “the lads” are back. The Sunday game has long replaced Super Sunday….and then before you know it, a website as been born.
As Shane said above..its about passion, its about pride and its about faith. My eternal thanks to Shane who’s imagination and web design ability has given me a platform to write about my passion. The GAA is special…we all know that, Eamon Dunphy did not need to patronise us on the Late Late Show for us to realise we had the greatest sporting and social spectacle on earth. What makes it special though?? That would be the men, woman & children in every Parish and every County that strive to ensure the success of their local Gaa club. Lets be part of it together. Welcome and enjoy!!
I hope you enjoy the site and please contact me if you want to comment on a review, if there is anything you would like us to cover or even if you just want to say HI!!
Cill Mhantáin Abú.