Davy Fitz and Wexford Stars visit Fr.Murphy’s11-02-2019
Davy Fitz and Wexford Stars visit Fr.Murphy’s
Fr.Murphy’s were delighted to host some of Wexford’s past and present hurling stars for a training session in Ruislip on Sunday, February 10th.
Current Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald, who has won two All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medals as a player and one as a manager all with his native Clare, as well as reaching the All-Ireland Final while managing Waterford in 2008, was the star attraction for all in attendance. One off the most passionate GAA men to ever grace the field, his energy and enthusiasm was infectious for the kids and they all enjoyed the morning immensely. Davy is now in his third year with Wexford and is hoping to be the man to end the 23 year wait for the Liam McCarthy Cup.
Current Purple and Gold Stars Matthew O’ Hanlon and Eanna Martin assisted Davy with the session. Both players proved a huge hit with the kids and signed autographs galore for all of the youngsters after the session. They were also joined by side-line cut specialist and 1996 All-Ireland hero Adrian Fenlon, who brings enthusiasm wherever he goes. Feno, as he is affectionately known by the Yellow Belly supporters, was an excellent stickman and impressed upon these budding apprentices the need to practice as often as possible.
Fr.Murphy’s are the only Wexford GAA Club in London and were founded by proud Wexford men in 1958. They have provided a home from home for Wexford people who made the trip abroad in search of employment and a different lifestyle for over 60 years.
Over 40 kids took part in the session from ages of 4 to 14 working on all the skills. Our Stars were very impressed with the level of skill that the players exhibited and complimented all the coaches for their work promoting hurling in London. There were many Hurling Stars of the future in attendance at the session and it is imperative for London GAA that we keep them playing the greatest game in the world into adulthood.
The Chief organiser of the event was Martin Harrell, who is the son of the late great Tommy Harrell. Tommy who was a founding member of The Murphy’s and also a London GAA Stalwart for over 60 years. He sadly passed away recently and would have been in his element at such a wonderful gathering yesterday. Martin was delighted with the reaction from the kids but also from the parents, as large number stayed to learn from the special guests. The day was a fitting tribute to his father and can only be a boost to hurling in London. It was a wonderful spectacle to see so many kids playing and enjoying the game.