A WEXICAN IN WICKLOW – GER DOYLE AVOCA GAA SECRETARY
This is one of those rare times when we give a Wexican some positive highlighting but one Wexican man by the name of Ger Doyle has impressed us quite a lot in recent times to the point where we thought it only fair we do a little article on the man himself and what brought him to a better life in the Garden of Ireland. Ger is a highly committed and passionate GAA man from a well known GAA family in the land of the great unwashed.
The Doyle family are steeped in the GAA and are members of a Wexican Tribe called Ballyhogue GAA Club. Ger’s father Dick affectionately known as “The Bossman” was a great GAA man and he sadly passed away back in January but two weekends ago his beloved club Ballyhogue organised a Tournament in his honour which Ballyhogue managed to win beating last years All Ireland Junior Club Football Finalists Rathgarogue Cushinstown in the final.
Here’s Ger’s story on how lucky he was to get a permanent residency visa in Co. Wicklow and a bit about the great GAA man his father Dick Doyle was and the great way in which the club honoured his memory.
I moved to Avoca after spending nearly 10 years traveling and working in Australia, New York and London. We, my wife Gretta and I are both from rural parts of Wexford with farming, building and massive GAA backgrounds wanted to move somewhere between Wexford and Dublin as I knew I’d be working up in the big smoke a lot. We always had a liking for County Wicklow and somehow settled on Avoca. A small rural community with huge potential. A lot of young families there too.
When I moved back I became very good friends with Mike Hasset and ended up playing Junior football with An Tochar for 3 years before I hung up the boots. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the men from the hills. Never played for Avoca myself.
I was a few years in Avoca before I was approached to help out with the kids. My own 3 were beginning to play. So with the help from a few very good people we set out to get Avoca juveniles back on the scene. With a lot of hardwork things started to improve and now we have over 100 juveniles in the club. Could’ve just gone to someone like AGB but know I needed a big challenge. Then finally started to get involved with the adult end of the club. With some brilliant men like our Chairman Seán Warde, Treasurer Mick Fahy and Bill Dickenson the club is in a very good place. We just need to step up to that next level for when all these juveniles start coming through. Anyway I became club secretary last year and am putting my all into the roll. I’m also chairman of the juvenile Camogie club a job I also enjoy. We’ve over 50 girls playing Camogie from U8 up to U14. Anyway enough about me.
The boss man (Daddy) Dick was a massive influence on us all. Treated us all equally. 12 of us in it. 9 boys and 3 girls. A great man for the sport especially the GAA. On any Sunday in his latter years he’d be watching one match on television with the volume on mute and listening to another on the radio. You’d have great chats about the GAA. Miss that so much.
Never drank or smoked in his 93 years. Nor does my mother who’s almost 80. Their life was centred around the farm, looking after all of us, going to GAA matches, going to dances. He loved to dance. And finally they never missed a funeral in the county of Wexford or sometimes they go further a field. A great Gael Dick Doyle was.
THE DICK DOYLE TOURNAMENT