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MODELIGO GAA CLUB


The Beginning by Vincent O'Donovan



January 19th. 1977 a meeting was called to organise a GAA Club in the Parish. I remember going to the 'Old School' on that night where a large crowd had gathered. A committee was formed and I was asked to hold the position of secretary (a post I held for the next seven years).
On January 31st. 1977 a Western Board meeting was held in the Courthouse in Dungarvan, which at the time was under the chairmanship of Mr John A Murphy. David Fitzgerald and I attended this meeting. During the course of this meeting Modeligo were granted permission to enter teams for the coming championships.
On February 14th. 1977 Modeligo officially affiliated hurling and football teams for the Junior championship. The club then approached Mr Hugh O'Keeffe to know if we could use the field known as the 'Inch' for training. This field had previously been used by Modeligo Teams during the 1940's. (This field is now known as the Modeligo Community Field). Mr O'Keeffee gave his permission and three of us Pakie Landers, Gerard O'Donovan and I went to a local forestry and cut trees to make the goalposts. Training began in early March with Mr Bill Flynn as our trainer. We had no dressing rooms or showers, our changing room was inside the small gate into the field and after training we dressed and went home not a can of Lynx in sight!
Waterford News & Star - Friday, 29 November 2002

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 1977.

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 guests.

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 footballers.

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 skipper.

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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HISTORIC FIRST

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 cemetery.

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 Friday night.

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, Treasurer: John Troy, who is nineteen consecutive years in the job. Back to Top

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