Congrats the Rapps… but gender bias?

By Dan Walsh

It was inevitable that the success of the Rapparees in the county senior hurling final on Sunday would be showered with congratulations at today’s monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council and Cllr Jackser Owens was first up on his feet.

“I am delighted with the Rapparees winning the county title after 43 years. I was on that panel 43 years ago. I am calling for a reception for the greatest achievement – the highest score in the history of the GAA.”


Cllr Aidan Browne said he knew a lot of the personnel on the team and described the team as “great ambassadors for the town.” He added that Rapparees-Starlights are reigning county senior football champions and could achieve the double in a few weeks time!”

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan said it was “a brilliant day for the youngsters of the district” and Cllr John O’Rourke was impressed as “the town was painted in red and green for the weekend”, but he wondered about ‘gender bias’ and saw no such colour for the camogie and ladies football teams a few weeks earlier.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy offered her congratulations and agreed with Cllr O’Rourke that the scene was not so colourful for the camogie (won) and the intermediate footballers (lost) marking their big day in Croke Park. “We didn’t go the extra mile for the girls!” she declared.

But Cllr Browne was back in again and pointed out that the Wexford flags had been flying on the Seamus Rafter bridge since before the intermediate football weekend. The girls were not forgotten in Enniscorthy!

Cllr Owens felt ‘everyone should be honoured’ and Cllr Codd drifted back to “a three-in-a-row winning Wexford camogie team,” when Cathaoirleach Cllr Cathal Byrne added his congratulations to the Rapparees on “a tremendous success” and he is referring the notion of a reception to a special sub-committee and there will be further news at the next district meeting.

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