Who are the Wicklow Senior Football & Hurling Teams Biggest Insta Influencers?

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In the age of Social Media we decided to do a little experiment on some of our own Local Sporting Heroes and how well they are followed by Wicklow Sports Fans on Instagram. We decided to see who the biggest Instagram Influencers are on the Wicklow Senior Football & Hurling Teams first. We also threw in a few randomly chosen players from other counties for comparison and found that Dublin’s Brian Fenton has more followers than the entire 26 man Wicklow Senior Football Squad combined while Kilkenny’s TJ Reid can also boast the same stat when placed against the 26 man Wicklow Senior Hurling Squad. The argument could be made that Brian Fenton & TJ Reid are All Ireland winners but the other interesting one was Wexford Hurler Lee Chin having 37K followers while Wexford Footballer Jonathan Bealin has 691 with Lee Chin never having won a Senior All Ireland Title but he is on our tv screens on a reasonably regular basis and it shows the variance of opportunity for amateur players. No doubt there are many external avenues that this exposure generates for players so why should it not be reasonably fair playing field for all players in an amateur game? Is Jonathan Bealin that much less of a talent for the Wexicans that he has over 36 thousand followers less than his county compatriot. He doesn’t get a feature on tv over the summer months, he might get a few seconds as part of the 30 seconds dedicated to Division 4 teams on the Sunday game every so often and that’s a large part of the gap in followers. 

With the imminent arrival of a 2nd tier competition the burning question will be how the GAA market the competition and give these players from counties participating in it the respect and coverage they deserve. Tv coverage of these games should be a must with a fair proportion of air time. If the GAA is an amateur organisation then the coverage should be a fair split offering, with the insistence that broadcasters must show an equal amount of games from the new tier as they do for the other and if that means the loss of revenue from the broadcasters so be it. People will still watch a live game once its competitive regardless of grade, the GAA is more than just the top few successful counties after all. Kids in lower tier counties should take up the game with the opportunity of being able to watch players from their clubs and county starring on primetime tv knowing they have also a fair shot of appearing on our tv screens on summer weekends representing their county in the future and that’s how you promote the game in counties where the GAA has not been a success. 

In the mean time why not look up our players and give them a follow on Instagram. #CLOSINGTHEGAP

WICKLOW SENIOR FOOTBALL TEAM (Kildare Game)

RORY FINN – 114 Followers

SHANE MOONEY – 155 Followers

ANTO MCLOUGHLIN – 219 Followers

CHRIS O BRIEN – 221 Followers

DAVE DEVEREUX – 319 Followers

MIKEY O CONNOR – 385 Followers

DEAN HEALY – 414 Followers

DANIEL KEANE – 494 Followers

MARK KENNY – 542 Followers

CATHAL MCGEE – 583 Followers

STEPHEN DUFFY – 687 Followers

THEO SMYTH – 728 Followers

EOIN MURTAGH – 790 Followers

ROSS O BRIEN – 839 Followers

FINTAN O SHEA – 869 Followers

OISIN MANNING – 939 Followers

CONOR HEALY – 950 Followers

JAMIE SNELL – 1,029 Followers

CONOR MCGRAYNOR – 1,088 Followers

SAOIRSE KIERON – 1,106 Followers

MARK JACKSON – 1,118 Followers

PADRAIG O TOOLE 1,193 Followers

DARRAGH FITZGERALD – 1,496 Followers

CORMAC BYRNE – 1,579 Followers

(Wicklow Footballers Most Influential Insta Star)

A FEW COULDN’T BE FOUND SO WE ASSUME THEY ARE STILL LIVING THE BEBO LIFESTYLE

DARREN HAYDEN – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

PATRICK O CONNOR – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH


WICKLOW SENIOR HURLING TEAM (Derry Game)

JAMES CRANLEY – 0 Followers

CONOR MCNALLY – 54 Followers

CIAN STAUNTON – 108 Followers

BRYAN KEARNEY – 219 Followers

STEPHEN KELLY – 291 Followers

MARTIN O BRIEN – 316 Followers

RONAN BYRNE – 400 Followers

CIARAN BREEN – 407 Followers

PETER KEANE – 444 Followers

LUKE EVANS – 450 Followers

JOHN HENDERSON – 468 Followers

JONATHAN O NEILL JNR – 470 Followers

BOB FITZGERALD – 667 Followers

MICHAEL BOLAND – 785 Followers

ENDA DONOHOE – 828 Followers

GARY HUGHES – 906 Followers

JACK DOYLE – 947 Followers

WARREN KAVANAGH – 1,038 Followers

(Wicklow Hurlers Most Influential Insta Star)

A FEW COULDN’T BE FOUND SO WE ASSUME THEY ARE STILL LIVING THE BEBO LIFESTYLE

BILLY CUDDIHY – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

GARY BYRNE – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

EAMON KEARNS – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

DANNY STAUNTON – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

CHRISTY MOOREHOUSE – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

ANDY O BRIEN – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

EOIN MCCORMACK – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH

RONAN KEDDY – STILL A BEBO STUNNAH


Here’s how they stack up against some other GAA players:

 

 

Dublin Footballers: Brian Fenton – 22.1K Followers

 

 

 

 

Kilkenny Hurlers: TJ Reid – 16.8K Followers

 

 

 

 

Wexford Senior Hurlers – Lee Chin – 37K Followers

 

 

 

 

Kildare Footballers: Jimmy Hyland – 2,063 Followers

 

 

 

 

Leitrim Footballers Emlyn Mulligan – 1,499 Followers

 

 

 

 

Derry Senior Hurlers: Meehaul McGrath – 1,158 Followers

 

 

 

 

Wexford Footballers: Jonathan Bealin – 691 Followers

 

 

 

 

Down Senior Hurlers – Eoghan Sands – 632 Followers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Hill has been writing sports articles for years. Contact us at (087) 6009012 or billhillwicklow@gmail.com