Brian received a Wexford District Award last night and below is his citation.
If one was asked to personify dedication, loyalty, camaraderie, equality, fairness and skillful endeavour then one has to look no further than Blackwater’s Brian Curran.
As a player, coach, mentor and friend Brien has an abundance of the aforementioned qualities filtered by a steady stream modesty and decency.
Brian was born and raised on the golden hills of Ballyvaloo overlooking the sea.
He has been at the epicenter of all things Gaelic since he first donned the Green and Gold at the tender age of 8 years. His tenacity, sharpness and teak-tough disposition marked him apart as a player particularly in hurling. His ability to read the game was all-inspiring and his forays out of crowded goalmouths was his hallmark. His might go up, he might go down but he never went backwards!
Brian’s first medal was a Wexford District under 12 medal and went on to star in the Premier Minor Hurling Final of 1997 with Litir Mór which was a Blackwater-Buffers Alley combination. He followed up his District Under 21 title of 2001 with a Junior Hurling title in the same year when Blackwater defeated St Martins in Wexford Park. Several league titles followed in both hurling and football before he won an Intermediate Hurling Championship medal in 2008.
As a coach and manager Brian’s qualities shone through in whatever team group he was and continues to be involved in. He managed Blackwater to capture the Co Juvenile Div 3 championship in 2009 and the Juvenile title again (Div 1) in 2017.
Last season he was again the helm when narrowly beaten by Faythe Harriers in Premier Minor Hurling Semi Final. He was also Intermediate Hurling Manager in 2015 and 2016. He will be with the minors again this season coupled with the Blackwater Academy.
Blackwater congratulate Brian on his well merited District GAA Award.