The GAA Connection @ The Local
“I’ve seen the games of the other lands, in the midst of the down and the feather, but give me the crash of the flying ash and the song of the whirling leather.”
History - Connection
GAA is a very important part of the day to day lives of Helena and Donnchadh in The Local. Most Sundays throughout the year are spent attending matches at club and county levels.
The Local is extremely well supported by all clubs at all levels and many a fantastic night has been had after the four Munster finals won by the Déise in the last ten years.
Helena’s three grand-uncles Dec, Jimmy and Jackie Goode won Minor, Jumior and Senior All-Ireland hurling medals for Waterford in 1929, 1931 and 1948.
Dec Goode who was Helena’s godfather was secretary of the Waterford County Board for 33 years. As he said himself about his term of office: “One year for each county and the other year for Ireland”
Helena’s uncle, Johnny Quarry played in goal for Waterford in 1956 but unfortunately had to emigrate to America shortly afterwards.
Donnchadh’s father Tom Gough played Minor, Junior and Senior football for Waterford between 1961 and 1975. He also won a championship in New York in 1971 playing alongside Helena’s uncle Johnny Quarry and the great Frankie walsh who captained the winning 1959 All-Ireland team.
Tom Gough is described as one of the best footballers that ever played for Waterford.