By Jimmy Rhatigan
Pic: Donal Foley
IT IS A good bet that the bible wasn’t even mentioned at a GAA celebration in our city on Friday.
Nothing unusual about that, one would have to conclude. After all, the gathering was a hurling party, not a prayer meeting.
But in a warm, wonderful and wacky way, the great book of prayer may have been just below the surface as Dicksboro GAA Club celebrated the fruits of their gift of hurling brilliance.
The bible, more precisely the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition, spoke of a group of distinguished foreigners bearing gifts.
Three Wise Men, otherwise Magi, delivered gold, frankincense and myrr to the stable in Bethlehem,following the birth of Jesus.
The ‘Boro went one better.
They mustered four wise men, aka Dicksboro senior team management, shortly to be joined by another sage.
The quartet or the fab four as some might have dubbed them, also came up with gold when the Palmerstown Club won the fantastic double in senior hurling last year, the league and championship crowns in Kilkenny.
Common bond where everyone is king
The gold was distributed at the weekend when a young but superbly talented senior squad were presented with their county medals at a repast in Langton’s Hotel.
The frankincense and myrr will linger in the champion city club for a long time as the progressive St Canice’s Parish Club plan to enjoy the sweet smell of success with their well oiled hurling machine.
That marks the end of any biblical journey in John Street on what proved to be a Good Friday, but it would not be facetious to utter amen, adding that Dicksboro’s senior opponents last year hadn’t a prayer as manager Mark Dowling’s team stormed to double glory without losing a single game, drawing one only, to Mullinavat.
It was a year when players, team management and club supporters gelled brilliantly ensuring that team play was always the theme.
Common sense and shrewd stewardship continued after dinner as celebrations eased to late hour enthusiastic talk of what was in 2017 and what could be in 2018.
Wisdom and clever play were again key as the management team, given the job of selecting the Player of the Year, agreed to award the Patsy Lacey Memorial Trophy to the entire squad.
The move was warmly received and was as classy as many of the wonderful forays that put paid to all opposition in 2017, The Year of the ‘Boro.
It was a master class in the artistry of management and highlighted a common bond where everybody is king.
And it sent a clear message to those who will no doubt fight tooth and nail to dethrone the champs.
It will take challengers all their time to unhinge the ‘Boro as the fulcrum is a brave heart, a passionate soul and a motto of one for all and all for one.
‘Strong city clubs important to our county’
The trophy was presented to long serving panel member, Edward O’Donoghue by Declan Lacey.
A full house, bordering on 350 revellers from all sectors of the club’s hurling, Gaelic Football and camogie strongholds, were joined by a large chunk of their circa 700 membership and well wishers as they marked the club’s first senior championship in 24 years and their first league crown in 21 years.
There too were GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail agus a bean chéile, Frances, Jimmy Walsh, County Board secretary and his wife, Theresa, secretary Conor Denieffe and his wife, Teresa and treasurer Barry Hickey and wife, Kathleen.
Former County Board chairman, Ned Quinn was accompanied by his wife, Lucy.
‘Boro chair, Eddie Holohan asked members for continued support to build on last year’s success, when along with the senior double, under age hurling and camogie teams won Féile finals and the senior camogie girls reached the county final for the first time.
GAA boss, Aogáin spoke of the club’s tremendous work and reminded of pride in place, where you are from, and he encouraged ‘Boro members and friends to continue their development in club and community life.
Jimmy Walsh congratulated the ‘Boro and said strong city clubs were important to the county. He wished Cillian Buckley every success as incoming county captain.
The club management team of Mark Dowling, Liam Egan, Thos Farrell, David Carroll and newcomer Dan O’Neill were lauded for their success and given the thumbs up for full steam ahead.
Supporters will be hoping that the Five Wise Men will have more gifts in their satchels later this year.