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23 signs that you're a Wexford sports fan

The Model County in all its glory.

23. You reckon there was nothing Damien Fitzhenry couldn’t do on the pitch

Stopping goals go in and being congratulated by Brian Corcoran at one end…

Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Or scoring them at the other end…

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

22. You know the Rackard’s were the greatest hurling brothers of all time

Nicky, Bobby and Billy. Now those lads could hurl.

The late Billy Rackard.
Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

21. You take an extra interest in rugby games where Ferns native Gordon D’Arcy is playing

Pic: INPHO/Patrick Bolger

20. But you know he dreams of playing for the Purple and Gold

Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

19. Your favourite goal of all time is a toss up between…

Tom Dempsey’s effort in 1996


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Rory McCarthy’s strike in 2003


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Or Mick Jacob’s score in 2004


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18. You came up with the idea to say ‘What’s the story Martin?’ to this man

17. Fans from other counties can have the Gooch, Canavan and Brogan – you’ve been privileged to see Matty Forde kick ball more often

Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

16. You enjoy watching Wexford footballer Graeme Molloy play the role of Will from The Inbetweeners

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15. You reckon the Wexford camogie team are going to dominate forever

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

14. You take pride in a Wexford man being one of the world’s best horse racing trainers

Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

13. You forgive Mick Wallace for the pink jerseys because of all he has done for Wexford Youths

Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

12. You know your players never need to leave the South-East for warm-weather training

Larry O’Gorman

Pic: INPHO/Patrick Bolger

Diarmuid Lyng

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

11. You can’t decide who is your favourite big man at the edge of the square

Tony Doran…

Or Billy Byrne…

10. You know Ciaran Lyng could be an Irish soccer international but look how happy he is playing for Wexford

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

9. This effort from Eoin Quigley is your favourite point of all time


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8. Your heart has been broken by football defeats to Dublin

Pic: INPHO/Colm O’Neill

7. Your heart has been broken by hurling losses to Kilkenny

Pic: INPHO/Catherine McAvinney

6. You’ve taken a keen interest in the fortunes of Reading and Wolves because of this man

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5. But you know Doyle never forgets his Wexford roots

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

4. You reckon Billy Walsh could manage any team in the world and they’d be successful

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

3. You know Dancing At The Crossroads is the greatest song of all time


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2. You believe this is the greatest sports photo of all time

George O’Connor’s reaction at the final whistle of the 1996 All-Ireland hurling final. After 18 seasons as a senior inter-county hurler, he finally won an All-Ireland medal in his last game for the county.

1. And you’ll always be thankful to Liam Griffin for the memories of 1996

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Fintan O'Toole

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