The journey began on 29th January 2014 when Mickey Quinn from the Eugene Quinn GAA Handball Club Armagh City travelled to Peter McSherry’s home court of Saval, Co. Down to compete in the Ulster Quarter final. It was a game that was to prove the first in a series of great games by the Armagh sharp shooter. Quinn beat McSherry and progressed into the semi-final winning in two straight games.
In the Ulster semi-final, the Eugene Quinn player overcame Willie Woods of Antrim, also without dropping a game to advance to the Ulster Final.
In the Ulster Final, number one seed Down’s Brian Havern had dutifully came through the top half of the draw. The match saw the orchard star play some of his best handball with the mourne man really having no answer for the prescision shots of Quinn. The great friendship the two finalists share off the court was irrelevant on the court as the Armagh man emerged as Ulster Champion.
The All-Ireland semi-final fixture was advantageous for Quinn as it was an Ulster home fixture, played in the Eugene Quinn alley. The club where Mickey Quinn has dedicated most of his life to; both as a player, mentor and official. It was most fittingly that just as in the Ulster semi-final, Quinn would seal his place in the final in his home court. Charly Kelly of Louth couldn’t handle the clinical game of Quinn as ‘Wee Mickey’ as he is affectionately known throughout the country romped his way to the All-Ireland final, 21-6 21-4.
The All-Ireland final was fixed for Leixlip, County Kildare last Sunday. Standing in the way of Mickey Quinn from winning his first ever All-Ireland medal was John Ryan of Tipperary. On paper, Ryan was favourite to take the title.
However, the orchard man had written his own script, not today but many months ago when he intensified his training with the intention of winning his first All-Ireland.
In the first game as he suddenly found himself 11-0 up, stunning his opponent, he thought to himself ‘It’s now or never’ and he continued his true form to take the first game 21-11. In game two, Quinn pulled off some excellent fly kills. He kept his composure whilst ahead and took game two 21-12 to become All-Ireland Emerald Masters B Champion.
Speaking of his victory, a delighted Mickey said ‘Good things come to those who wait.’
Everyone at Armagh GAA Handball is very proud of our newly crowned All-Ireland Champion. A title that is so well deserved.
Maith thu Mickey!