BIG NIGHT OF
CELEBRATIONS FOR MODELIGO
It promises to be some night at the Modeligo Community Centre this Friday
when the local GAA club celebrates the 25th anniversary of its refounding in
A small rural club Modeligo may be, but its contribution to the Association
in this division over the last quarter of a century has been immense. And all of
those twenty five years will be rolled back in a flood of memories and nostalgia
on Friday night.
The original 1977 committee will be honoured in a rather special way in the
presence of officers of both the Western and County Boards and other invited
The acceptance of Modeligo back into the fold that year(the club had also
been in existence in the 1940s before folding) was the unanimous decision of the
divisional board on the proposal of Shamrocks legend Declan Ahearne, seconded by
his equally legendary clubman (indeed brother in law), the late Garry Moloney.
Over the years the club has enjoyed a fair measure of success, starting with
a famous championship double in 1986 with the winning of the junior football and
junior hurling “B” titles.
The hurling side was captained by Vince Donovan with Johnny Byrnes skippering
The junior footballers again captured divisional honours in 1990 with a very
fine side captained by Jim Barron, and a year later it was the turn of the
hurlers to lift the western junior B with Kevin Cliffe the inspirational
The success story carried on into 1992 with the junior footballers, led by
the present club chairman Ed Lonergan, regaining the divisional title.
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Despite all those great victories however, the winning of a county title
remained frustratingly elusive.
But 1996 was to change all that when a great side skippered by Billy Barron
once more annexed the divisional crown and then went on to be crowned county
champions with an unforgettable victory over St. Mollerans.
The same Billy Barron was captain when the junior hurlers won the divisional
‘B’ title in 1998, the last championship to come to the club.
In those early days all the training sessions were held in a field owned by
local farmer David Fitzgerald whose son Pat is a member of the county senior
hurling panel presently.
Then a great parish effort was mounted in the 1980s and the net result is a
community field today that is the envy of many people like Pat Denn, school
principal Miceal Phelan, and the late parish priest Fr. Russell to whom a
commemorative plaque has been erected in the community centre.
Another lady fondly remembered within the club and the parish is Brighdin ni
Criostoir who had been principal at the national school for so many years, and
whose last resting place is close by to the community centre in the church
The Dungarvan club may have been her very life, but deep in her heart was a
huge affection for her adopted Modeligo, and no doubt she will be remembered on
Congratulations then to the ‘new’ Modeligo on reaching the 25 year milestone,
and while success has been thin on the ground in more recent years the certainty
is that the club will continue to remain a vibrant unit within the Association
in both the division and the county.
Here’s to a great night on Friday. For the record the current officership is;
Chairman: Ed Lonergan; Vice: Johnny Byrnes; Secretary: John Fitzgerald,
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