Four names in the hat for Wicklow GAA deputy secretary

Four names are in the hat for the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on Wicklow County Council GAA.

ick Hagan, Trevor Culbert, Denis Mangan and Eddie Leonard are the four nominees for the role which was opened following the resignation of Paul Wilson from Hollywood – due to professional engagements – the day after the county convention from 2021.

One of Paul Wilson’s main roles in recent years has been that of match secretary, although it is not clear whether his successor will take on this role as well as the job of assistant secretary.

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Trevor Culbert of Rathnew is one of four men to fill the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on the County Wicklow GAA Board of Directors.

Trevor Culbert of Rathnew is one of four men holding the vacant post of Deputy Secretary on the County Wicklow GAA Board of Directors.

Rathnew’s Trevor Culbert brings a wealth of sporting and business experience to the table. He was Rathnew club secretary from 2009-2012 and was a team administrator for the senior Wicklow footballers during Harry Murphy’s time at the helm.

He also did two stints as a referee administrator at Wicklow and taught referees at Croke Park. Most recently he was involved with Wicklow RFC as a coach and he was most recently appointed Quality Manager at Randridge International LTD in Bray, having recently left Mercury.

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Mick Hagan will join Trevor Culbert, Eddie Leonard and Denis Mangan in the race for Assistant Secretary.


Mick Hagan will join Trevor Culbert, Eddie Leonard and Denis Mangan in the race for Assistant Secretary.

Mick Hagan will join Trevor Culbert, Eddie Leonard and Denis Mangan in the race for Assistant Secretary.

Mick Hagan stepped down as vice president at the December GAA convention, ending 50 years of uninterrupted administrative service at the regional and county level, and would bring extensive calendar experience.

The man from the St Patrick’s club has served Wicklow GAA in almost every role of the county executive, including several terms as county president.

His first matchlist was drawn up in 1972 and was for the East Junior Hurling League which was won by St Patrick’s who beat Avondale in the final.

Mick Hagan also represented Wicklow on the GAA Central Council for 12 years and on the Leinster Council for five years.

He was County President when Mick O’Dwyer’s services were secured for Garden County.

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Denis Mangan d'Aughrim who is seeking the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on Wicklow County Council GAA.


Denis Mangan d’Aughrim who is seeking the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on Wicklow County Council GAA.

Denis Mangan d’Aughrim who is seeking the vacant post of Assistant Secretary on Wicklow County Council GAA.

Denis Mangan of Aughrim is a familiar figure around the County Grounds where he works as a fully qualified Event Controller on match days and other events, having obtained his qualifications through IT Carlow and Croke Park.

Denis has served as secretary of the Aughrim GAA club in the past, spent five years on the Wicklow GAA CKC Disciplinary Committee, coached alongside Hugh Kenny with the Wicklow GAA Academy teams in 2014 and 2015 and is said to have a very good understanding of how Wicklow GAA works. .

He also played a key role in the development team which was tasked with helping clubs organize their development games. He joined Peter Case of Donard and Billy Byrne of Avondale on that team.

Denis also enjoyed the time spent as a UEFA ‘A’ coach with Bray Wanderers and Longford Town football clubs.

Outside of sport, he worked in the public service his entire professional life and rose through the ranks to become a senior manager before his retirement.

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Eddie Leonard's name is in the hat for the role of Assistant Secretary.


Eddie Leonard’s name is in the hat for the role of Assistant Secretary.

Eddie Leonard’s name is in the hat for the role of Assistant Secretary.

Eddie Leonard of St Patrick’s has been involved with his club and the Wicklow GAA for many years. He has been a referee since 1984 when the late Peter Keogh encouraged him to take charge of a centennial final.

Eddie served as the juvenile meet secretary twice, from 2005 to 2009 and then in 2014. He was also responsible for the administration of referees at the adult level on two occasions.

He has been involved with St Patrick’s for 40 years and has served as Assistant Secretary, Club Registrar and is currently the Field Coordinator.

He was the manager of the Wicklow minor football team in 2003 and was involved with the Under-20s management team in 2005/2006.

Eddie worked in insurance from 1976 to 2015, working for the same company that started as PMPA and ended under the AXA flag for all those years.

In 2021, he served as Chair of the Referee Administration Group and was responsible for Referee Reports and all administration in terms of Adult and Minor Referees at Wicklow GAA.

The election of the assistant secretary will be by postal vote in the coming weeks.

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