Newbridge was a town divided last week but only for the football County Final between local rivals Moorefield and Sarsfield on Sunday.
The Sarsfield flags lined the lower end of the town while Moorefield decked out the other, even claiming Fionn Mac Cumhaill statue at the edge of the Curragh as one of their own.
The Mayor, Mick Deely congratulated the two sides for getting to the final at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, while retaining a professional distance adding “may the best team win”.But once a Moorefield man always a Moorefield man. Speaking earlier in the week to the Leinster Leader on the rivalry between the two football teams Mayor Deely recalled an old town joke.
“A wife whose husband was never at home said to him once ‘I think you love Sarsfields GAA Club more than you love me,’ to which he replied, ‘Mary I love Moorefield more than I love you,’” he joked.
“That sums up the rivalry between the two GAA Clubs in the town. Traditionally the post office marks the divide between Sarsfield and Moorefield supporters. Moorefield goes back to the beginnings of the GAA movement. It is good for the town in that it nourishes the town. It is great to see them competing against each other. The town is always going to be the winner.”