Every club has its legends; those people who have delivered so much on the pitch, or so much off the pitch – or both – that places them on a sort of untouchable pedestal.
It would take a book to write down everything Mickey has done for and with Ballyholland, but we’ll keep it short. He was a senior player for over a decade, and part of the 1994 IFC winning team. Before that he won an All Ireland Scor for set dancing. He’s been coaching juvenile teams since 1986 – that’s 30 years and counting – and throughout that time has been the person who has taken on and rebuilt the teams “that nobody else wanted”. He’s been on umpteen committees, and has always been one of the first men to get his hands dirty around the club on construction and maintenance jobs.
He’s also been barred from the club more times anyone can count – indeed one time when on the Senior Committee, and the question came up of “how do we go about barring someone?”, he went home and brought back a folder full of the letters he received – but thankfully, each time he came back to the fold, well rested and raring to go. That’s the type of him. Gold and green blood.