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1986 - 25th Anniversary

1986 - 25 years ago:

* The average price of a pint was £1.29

*  Petrol was £1.73 per gallon or 38.2p per litre

A litre of French wine only cost £2.99 (good job we're not putting that in the car!!)

*  Usain Bolt and Lady Gaga were born (though not in Glenealy)!!

*   A slice pan cost 39p; a 6pack of crisps was only 39p,

*   It was £2 to get into the disco at Lawless's Hotel, Aughrim

*   'Crocodile Dundee'  and 'The Colour Purple' were two of the top films.

*   Jack Charlton was appointed Ireland Soccer Manager

*   Knock Airport was opened

*   The World Cup was held in Mexico

*    A brand new Peugeot 309 1.6 litre cost only £9,295 from Gregory's Garage.

*    Lee Kavanangh and Tommy Doyle were born

*   Top T.V. programmes were Hill Street Blues; Dynasty and Magnum P.I.

*   Music Hits included:  Thorn in my side;  Livin' on a Prayer and It's a kind of Magic..                   

*   Glenealy won the Senior Hurling Championship!!!!!

Extract from The Wicklow People 3rd October 1986 - Semi Final

    Depleted Glenealy rally to K.O. Pat's

        Glenealy 2-08    St Pat's 0-13

Glenealy, reduced to thirteen players, did a 'houdini' act to snatch victory from St Pats in the semi-final of the senior hurling championship.  Veteran Tommy Glynn took on the role of Glenealy's saviour by scoring 1-2 in the final 10 minutes, after St. Pats had led for most of the hour.  This was a rough game and referee Jim cronin saw fit to order two Glenealy players to the line in separate incidents. Andrew Fitzgerald was sent off in the first half and Vincent Duffy got his marching orders in the second half.

But. despite the handicap of being reduced to thirteen players, Glenealy fought courageously In qualify for the final in which they will meet Carnew Emmets.

Played in ideal conditions, the game produced some excellent patches of hurling.  St. Pat's started well and were ahead by 0-5 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. The margin of three points remained up to the interval when Pat's led by 0-7 to 0-4.

St. Pat's stretched their lead to four points at the start of the second half but Glenealy levelled with a goal and a point from Mickey O’Neill,

Substitute, Pat Spollen, restored the lead to Pat's with a point and the town side went further ahead when Pat Lawlor added a point, Glenealy replied with a point from a free by Tommy Glynn but St, Pat's looked set for victory when Joe Verney, George Johnson and Tom Byrne reeled off three successive points to leave them ahead 0-13 to 1-6.

However. Tommy Glynn's 1-2 in the final ten minutes without reply saw Glenealy through.

Glenealy  had  a   match-winning trio in Tommy Glynn, Wally Manley and Mickey Neil, while others to show up prominently were Bernie Byrne (both in goal and when he moved outfield), Vincent Duffy, Eamon Esmonde and John O’Neill.


Glenealy: Bernie Byrne, John O'Neill, Eamon Esmonde, Andrew Fitzgerald; Ian O'Neill, Tony Barnaville, Finbarr O’Gorman; Wally Manley and Vincent Duffy (0-1); Tommy Glynn (1-4 frees 0-1 play), John Glynn, Colm Luddy; David Conyard, Don Gorman and Mickey Neill (1-1 and 0-1 free). Sub: John O'Brien.

ST, PATRICK'S: Eamonn Dillon; Mick O'Reilly, Jim Furlong, Nicky Crennan; Wally Johnson, Liam Delaney, Phelim Doyle; Tom Byrne Jnr. and Pat Carroll ; Tom Byrne Snr, , Joe Verney . Fergus Neagle; Pat Lawlor ; Pat Coady  and George Johnson Subs; Pat Spollen  and Michael Doyle.

What it said in the paper - the week before the final

Copy of Report  from ‘The Wicklow People’  17th October 1986


 GLENEALY ….2-8     CARNEW….. 2-6

 A high level of fitness, grit and determination secured a glorious county senior hurling final victory last Sunday when they defeated favourites Carnew by 2-8 to 2-6 at Aughrim.

 Two Goals from veteran Don O Gorman towards the end of the first half paved the way to victory in one of the most exciting finals for many years. 

Carnew are always a difficult team to beat and even though they wasted  many scoring opportunities in the first half, they quickly became aware that Glenealy were going to fight all the way. 

 A point from Carnew’s Pat Doyle in the first thirty seconds could have put Glenealy off their stride, but ten seconds later, Mick O’Neill replied with the equaliser.

 In the following seventeen minutes, Carnew has a golden opportunity to shake the confidence of their rivals when Glenealy became unsettled and some of the best players made mistakes that were out of character.

 Carnew did most of the attacking in this period but shot eight wides and could only register two points. 

 But then came the start of the Glenealy rally in the 19th minute when Don O’Gorman pulled on a ground ball which went straight to the net.  Paddy ‘Gigger’ Doyle and Tommy Glynn exchanged points which still left Glenealy with a one point advantage.

 A tactical move by Glenealy in switching the corner forwards paid off at this stage and Johnny O’Brien, who came on to Tadgh Collins sent in a ball which Don O Gorman again sent to the net.

‘Gigger Doyle and Mick O’Neill then exchanged points to leave Glenealy with a comfortable 2-3 to 0-5 lead at the interval.

The old Carnew spirit started to come alive from the resumption and four minutes into play, Billy Molloy rocked the Glenealy net.

Tommy Glynn replied immediately with a point but with Peter Brennan playing an outstanding game at midfield, Carnew piled on the pressure and Joe Molloy put his side into the lead with a fine goal in the 10th minute.

 But it was typical of Glenealy’s play on the day to make quick replies and John Glynn equalised within a minute.

 Both sides missed excellent chances in the following eight minutes and the onus eventually fell on Declan Myers to put Carnew into the lead again with a point.

 It was from there on that the level of fitness and preparation by the winners really started to show.  They even took the unusual step of taking Bernie Byrne out of the goal and replacing him with Don O’Gorman to put the final nails in Carnews’ coffin.

 They tightened up in defence and the talented Glynn brothers took over in attack.  Tommy sent over two points while John got the final one without reply from Carnew.

 The men from the Wexford border did go in search of a goal in the dying seconds and it took a fine save from Don O Gorman to ensure that the Donal O’Donoghue Cup went to Glenealy for the first time in eleven years. 

 It was a good, exciting game which produced a high standard of hurling and turned out unluckily for Carnew in search of their 13th title.

 It was also a sporting game with the exception of one incident near the end of the first half when Tadgh Collins had his name taken. 

 Glenealy played as a team while Carnew had to depend on a small number of outstanding players like Peter Brennan, Paddy ‘Gigger’ Doyle, John Sullivan and Declan Myers.

 It was hard to single out particular players for Glenealy; Don as full forward and goalkeeper, John O’Neill, Tony Barnaville Walter Manley, John and Tommy Glynn and Mick O’Neill did exceptionally well.

Jubilation at Presentation

Scenes of jubilation marked the presentation of the donal O’Donoghue Cup ti Glenealy Captain John Glynn as it began to sink into supporters that their heroes had won the crown.

 Back in the village they had erected flags and banners to show the general public that they meant business, but deep down inside they approached Aughrim with the fear that the old Carnew tradition and determination could turn potential joy into sadness.

 The hoards of Glenealy supporters who poured into the grounds were not forgotten by John Glynn as he described them as  “the best in the County”.

“I want to thank everyone  associated with the team but particularly John Lonergan, who is to Glenealy, what Mick O’Dwyer is to Kerry.  We would not have this cup without his help, he added.

Chairman of the Hurling Board, Mick Hagan, paid tribute to both teams for the fine display they gave and felt that Glenealy were justly rewarded for a wonderful effort all year.

MAN OF THE MATCH: The 'Man of the Match award went to Don O'Gorman, who proved to be a stumbling block at both ends of the field in the final.  For 39 year old Don crashed in the two goals in the first half which put Glenealy on the road to victory and he pulled off a magnificent save in the dying seconds when he switched to the goal.  His selection as ' Man of the Match' was an extremely popular decision as Don is on of the Glenealy men who has put his heart and soul into the game even when the team was down.

Glenealy: Bernie Byrne; John O’Neill; Eamon Esmonde; Andrew Fitzgerald; Ian O’Neill; Tony Barnaville; Finbarr O’Gorman; Walter Manley; Vincent Duffy; Tommy Glynn (0-4), Captain John Glynn (0-2) Michael O’Neill (0-2); David Conyard, Don O’Gorman (2-0), Johnny O’Brien ; Subs: John O'Gorman, Sean Snell, Joey Driver, Stephen Cody, Paul Byrne, Liam Phelan, Andrew Dunne, Damien O'Brien, Mikey O'Brien, Dave Byrne.
Trainer was John Lonergan and Selectors were P J Burke; Seamie O'Neill; John Glynn; Tommy Glynn.

 Carnew: Tommy Molly; Michael Doyle; Liam Collins; Tadgh Collins; John Sullivan; Martin Doran; Batt Kenny; Peter Brennan; Tom Sullivan; Maurice Molloy; Pat Doyle; Declan Myers; Joe Molloy; Billy Molloy; Paddy Doyle; Sub; Tommy Kennedy for T Collins

  REFEREE:  Jim Cronin (Stratford)


Just one more thing:

Here's an interesting little snippet we came across as we were researching for the website.  The County team played a National Hurling league match on the day of the Wickow County Final, without either Glenealy or Carnew players, and had a panel of 31 players.

One has to wonder if that would be possible today when Glenealy and Carnew are the backbone of the county squad.