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Some Hurling History from Bray Emmets

Monday, January 12, 2009

The first record of hurling in Bray was in 1887 when the newspaper, Sport, reported that Bray Emmets brought a hurling team to Courtfoyle, near Ashford on April 17, 1887. Bray Emmets played their hurling in Dublin at that time and for many years afterwards. In 1928 they returned to play in Wicklow and they reached the County Semi Final in 1934 but were beaten by Wicklow Town. The first significant hurling win for Bray Emmets in Wicklow  was in the 1949 Junior Hurling Championship. This lead to a first Senior Championship in 1952 when Bray Emmets beat Avondale with the scoreline of 4-5 to 2-3.
The lineout for that match was: Frank Darcy, Dave Howick, Gerry Barry, Ned Lawlor, Tom Gavin, Joe Butler, Seamus Quigley, Ned Dwyer, Pat Burke, Brian Glynn, Paddy Delaney, Pat OBrien, Ned Maher, Jimmy Jordan and John Evans.

Frank Darcy, RIP, (goalie), Waterford born, was a Post Office official, married Breda Sherwin and died in 2006. he went on to become Chairman of the North Board. Paddy Delaney, RIP, Captain, Kilkenny born, lived in Avondale Park, Killarney park. His son John won a Junior Hurling Championship in 1984.
Jimmy 'Jiggsey' Jordan, RIP, a native of Avondale resided at Connolly Square. His son, Pat, was on the 1963 winning team.
Brian Glynn, Galway born, who won a Leinster Junior Hurling Championship in 1954, still lives in Meath Road, Bray. Joe Butler, RIP, who was Bray Emmets Club Secretary in the 1950's, was the driving force in encouraging juvenile Hurling in the 1950's and  went on to play for Dublin in 1948 Senior Hurling All-Ireland. 
Looking back at the history of hurling in Bray Emmets it is gratifying that Bray Emmets is now going through a significant revival with so much success at Juvenile level and fielding a Senior Hurling team which is composed of so many players who have come from the club's juvenile structures. The Senior team has established themselves at the top  level, now let's look forward to moving to a new level and challenge for the Championship! 

Can you Name any of this team?

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