The death has taken place of Mick O’Brien former Wicklow player and also manger of the senior hurling team.
A native of Hacketstown in Carlow he moved to Arklow in 1968 and was instrumental in the resurgence of the club at that time. He was a player, trainer, mentor and heavily involved in day to day administration in the Arklow Rocks club.
Mick has the unique honour of receiving the Hall of Fame award in both Wicklow in 2017 and Carlow in 2015 which shows the esteem he was held in by the GAA followers of both counties. He is pictured above receiving his award from Leinster Chairman Jim Bolger also a member of Clonmore club wher Mick started out and Former Wicklow Chairman Martin Coleman.
Mick won a senior football championship medal with Clonmore in 1956 but was more famous for his exploits on the hurling field. He played senior hurling for Carlow for 16 years (1955 to 1970) and was at centre-field on the Carlow team that won the All-Ireland Intermediate hurling championship in 1962. That team also beat Galway, drew with Clare, ran Tipperary close and, most memorably of all, beat Christy Ring’s Cork in Dr Cullen Park in the NHL in 1962.
Mick won two Dublin Senior Hurling Championship medals, one with a combined Junior Board team in 1962 (while stationed in the Air Corps) and a second with Kilmacud Crokes in 1965. He was named on the Kilmacud ‘Team of the Millenium’ in 2000.
After moving to live in Arklow he captained Arklow Rock Parnells to three Wicklow Senior Hurling Championships (1970-72), played for Wicklow and captained them to the All-Ireland Intermediate hurling final in 1971 where they were very unlucky to lose to a very strong Tipperary side.
He trained the Wicklow county hurling team for a number of years and coached the Baltinglass senior football team to win a Wicklow championship in 1972. Under Mick Wicklow won the National Hurling League in 1990-91 and also the Kehoe Cup. Centre back was again his position on the Wicklow hurling team of the ‘Millenium’.
A thorough gentleman and giant of the game he will be sadly missed. Condolences go to his wife Anne, son Michael, daughters Mary & Catriona, grandchildren Darragh, Shonagh & Clodagh, son-in-law Paul, daughter-in-law Trisha, brothers Sean & Matt, sister Marie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives & friends.