Four names top the vacant role of assistant secretary on the Wicklow GAA’s county board.
ick Hagen, Trevor Culbert, Dennis Mangan and Eddie Leonard were the four men nominated for the role, which opened after Hollywood’s Paul Wilson resigned — due to work commitments — a day after the 2021 County Convention.
One of Paul Wilson’s main roles for the past several years was that of fixtures secretary, although it is unclear whether his successor will hold that role as well as assistant secretary.
Rathnew’s Trevor Culbert brings a wealth of sporting and business experience. He served as club secretary at Rathnew from 2009 to 2012 and was the team administrator for the Wicklow Senior Footballers in Harry Murphy’s time.
He has also served two terms as referee administrator at Wicklow and has taught refereeing at Croke Park. Most recently he has joined Wicklow RFC in a coaching capacity and, having recently transferred from Mercury, he was recently appointed as Head of Quality at Randridge International Ltd in Bray.
Mick Hagen resigned as vice president at December’s GAA convention, ending 50 years of unbroken administrative service at the regional and county levels, and would bring a vast amount of experience in terms of fixtures to the table.
Patrick’s Club member served the Wicklow GAA in nearly every role on the county executive, including several positions as county president.
Their first fixture list was compiled in 1972 and belonged to the East Junior Hurling League which was won by St Patrick’s who defeated Avondale in the final.
Mick Hagen also represented Wicklow on the GAA’s Central Council for 12 years and Leinster Council for five years.
He was county president when Mick O’Dwyer’s services were reserved for Garden County.
Aughrim’s Dennis Mangan is an acquaintance around the County Grounds where he serves as a fully qualified event controller on match days and other events after earning his qualifications through IT Carlow and Croke Park.
Dennis has served as secretary of the Oughrim GAA club in the past, spent five years on the Wicklow GAA’s CCC disciplinary committee, coached the Wicklow GAA Academy squads in 2014 and 2015 with Hugh Kenny, and oversaw the functioning of the Wicklow GAA. Will have a very strong understanding. ,
He also played a key role in the development team, who were tasked with assisting clubs in putting their development plays together. He joins the likes of Donnard’s Peter Case and Avondale’s Billy Byrne on that team.
Dennis also enjoyed his time as a UEFA ‘A’ coach with the Bray Wanderers and Longford Town football clubs.
Outside of sports, he worked in public service throughout his working life and rose through the ranks to become a senior manager before his retirement.
St Patrick’s Eddie Leonard has been associated with his club and Wicklow GAA for many years. He has refereed since 1984 when the late Peter Keogh encouraged him to take charge of the centenary final.
Eddie held the role of teen fixtures secretary on two occasions, from 2005 to 2009 and again in 2014. He was also the referee administration at the adult level on two occasions.
He has been involved with St Patrick’s for over 40 years and has held the roles of Assistant Secretary, Club Registrar and is currently the Pitch Coordinator.
He was the manager of the Wicklow Minor football team in 2003 and was included in the under-20 management team in 2005/2006.
Eddie worked in insurance from 1976 to 2015, serving the same company that began as PMPA and ended up under the AXA flag during all those years.
In 2021 I assumed the role of Chair of the Administration Group of Referees and was responsible for the referee’s report and all administration of referees in both adult and juvenile at the Wicklow GAA.
The assistant secretary will be elected by postal vote in the coming weeks.