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01/07/2015 HIGHLIGHTS  Cavan Gaels Tornadoes  Chat with Jimmy Sheridan  1965 Team I S S U E 3 N E W S L E T T E R Cavan Gaels Tornadoes INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Tornadoes Dates for your Diary Club Lotto Blast from the Past Jimmy Sheridan Senior Player Profile 1 2 2 2 3 4 Juvenile Player 4 Profile 1965 Team Féile na nÓg Valuing the Volunteer Underage Camogie 5 6 7 8 Cavan Gaels 'Tornadoes' caters for boys and girls aged 4-6 years of age. It was launched in Terry Coyle Park on the 29th of June 2013 and has been a huge success. Sessions take place every Saturday morning at 11am in Terry Coyle Park under the guidance of our qualified and very enthusiastic coaches including John Fortune, Niall Smith, Cian Donohoe, Jermaine O'Rourke and Padraig Byrne, with tremendous help from Amy Johnston, Caoimhe Treacy, Rebecca Tully, Abbie Sexton, Claire Leddy, Hannah McHugh and many more. Sessions are always pre-planned and well organised with the aim of helping children to develop their basic gaelic football skills in a safe and happy environment with a huge emphasis on positive reinforcement. Sessions are varied as much as possible to allow children to be challenged on their own individual ability while making new friends and having lots of fun. It is free of charge and newcomers are always very welcome. For more information or any questions don't hesitate to contact John Fortune on 0876196002. Fáilte mhór arís chuig eagrán a trí. Tugadh moladh faoi leith don phíosa deas faoi ‘Teddy’ san eagrán Mhí Meithimh. San iris seo, tá alt faoi na ‘Tornadoes’ nó Club na Naoínra, chomh maith le nuacht, nathanna siumiúla, agus a lán eile. Tá an samhradh linn anois agus tá an ‘Tógáil Mór’ ag dul chun cinn leis an bhfoirgneamh mór nua. Ta súil againn go mbainfidh sibh sult agus suim as an iris seo. Samhradh sona do chách.


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ISSUE 3 PAGE 2 Dates for your Diary Bag Pack Bag Pack in Dunnes Stores on Friday 24 July. This bag pack is in conjunction with the National Carers' Association. Members of Cavan Gaels are asked to help out in the course of that day and do a two hour stint. Both organisations will benefit from the bag pack. This event provides us with an opportunity to support an important group of people in our communityour carers- who do an enormous amount of work. Golf Classic Cavan Gaels Golf Classic 10 July. This is an important event in our club calendar and has been taking place since 2000. We hope that we will have many teams from within our club. Keep that date free in your diary. A team of four costs €160; it's €50 for tee sponsorship. There will be many extra prizes including for nearest the pin on the 10th, nearest the pin in two on the 18th and the longest drive on the 7th. As well a meal will be provided for each participant. The event, in County Cavan Golf club, is sponsored again this year by Donal Keogan, Imperial Bar and Restaurant. Thanks to Donal for all his sponsorship of our previous golf classics. So enter your team in good time to get your preferred tee time. For any further information contact Joe Johnston on 087-6866285 or J.J. Reilly on 0861005303. Many many thanks to all our sponsors Throughout the the years, especially to our main current main sponsor Veale’s Pharmacy Cavan. Please continue to support all our sponsors. Blast from the Past Did you know that the National Féile Peile na nÓg (in which our under -14s are taking part this year) originated in Cavan in 1982? It was the brainchild of the late Tony Looney, a former chairman and secretary of Cavan Gaels, and the late Fintan Tierney from Butlersbridge. The Féile competitions of 1982, 1983 and centenary year 1984 were held in Cavan town and county. Cavan Gaels won the National Féile competition in 1996 and 1997. Club Lotto Do you make sure that you play our club lotto every week? If all our members play every week they are contributing in a real way to the day to day running of their club and are helping to progress our impressive development in Terry Coyle Park which has recently been roofed. Most recent winners- 1st June: Tommy Brady, Alan Bohan, Karen Simpson, Cathal O Riordan, Gretta O Toole. 7th June: Bernie Sexton, Michael Lyng (snr), Pauric Lynch, Pauline McGovern, Jacqueline Dunne. 14th June: Valerie Carbery, Róisín Bennett, Aisling and Betsy Judd, Maria Ellis, Margaret Curran. 21st June: Kathleen Sheridan, Julie Kellegher, Cody McDonald, Pat Brodigan, Paddy Hamilton. We have many selling outlets: George Crowe, Butchers, Dunnes' Bar, Veale's Pharmacy, Cavan Gifts, Maudie's, John Smith's Footwear, McGinnity's Bar, Slieve Rossa, Luna Lounge, Abbey Bar, Farnham Arms Hotel, Blessing's Bar, McMahon's Cafe Bar, Cavan Decor Centre. Thanks to the proprietors of the above-named businesses for displaying our lotto envelopes. Thanks also to all our teams who coordinate and facilitate the weekly draw and to all who support our lotto in such great numbers. Maybe you would like to make a contribution to Cavan Gaels by working at the lotto in a capacity that suits your particular strengths. Feel free to volunteer. There is also a facility for paying a yearly lotto subscription in advance. Information on this and other lotto matters can be obtained from John Smith at 086-6029308. Coinnigí leis an obair maith. Veale’s Pharmacy 59 Main St, Cavan 049-4331704 9.30am-6pm Mon-Thurs 9.30am-6.30pm Fri 9.30-6pm Sat Closed Sunday


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ISSUE 3 PAGE 3 Jimmy Sheridan Jimmy "Inky" Sheridan is a founder member of Cavan Gaels. He was joint secretary of the club in its first year in 1957 and secretary also in 1958 and 1959. Jimmy was chairman of Cavan Gaels from 1988-1991. He is now honorary president of the club. On the playing fields Jimmy played in the club's first senior championship final in 1958 in which he scored three goals and yet he ended up on the losing side! Jimmy's proudest moment was when he captained Cavan Gaels to their first ever victory - a senior league- in 1958. At county level he played for Cavan minors in the Ulster final of 1955; he lined out in two Ulster senior finals in 1959 and 1960; he played in the 1960 national league final and he also played in the Ulster junior final in 1957. A man of vast footballing experience. When asked recently to give his views on club matters Jimmy, not surprisingly, had strong views. " I always had huge pride in my club Cavan Gaels. I've seen my club flourish on many, many occasions and there have been years when my club struggled to make an impact. But I never lost faith in my club. The footballing successes in the 1970s were so enjoyable. And the achievements of the past fifteen years, both on and off the field, have been phenomenal. I pay tribute to the club officers, the team managements, our band of loyal supporters and in particular the players for their absolute dedication to Cavan Gaels in those years. I'm aware of the sacrifices necessary to achieve such consistent success. But these players were devoted to their club which many of them regarded as second family." Jimmy went on to refer to the next generation of senior players in the club. " The current Cavan Gaels senior players have inherited an unbelieveable example of dedication and a wonderful legacy from former players. They are heirs to a winning tradition. I hope that our players will take inspiration from past players and show the same enduring commitment and loyalty to Cavan Gaels. Most of our present players have been successful at under-age level including minor. I trust that they will bring this winning habit and unbreakable dedication and loyalty to their play in the years ahead. In that way they will be following a longstanding club tradition". When pressed about club loyalty, Jimmy added" I never cease to be amazed by the affection for Cavan Gaels that the players of the 1950s and 1960s still have. They are truly an inspiration to all of us. They have continued to follow the fortunes of the club even though many of them are living away from Cavan town. Many of them support us financially. There is surely a lesson there for the modern Cavan Gaels player." Jimmy finished off by giving some advice to the current Cavan Gaels players: " Make the same sacrifices for your club that your predecessors made and success will come your way. There is no easy route to winning. A player's career can pass so quickly. Don't underachieve or you will regret it for the rest of your life." Truly inspirational words from our club president with such a long and fruitful association with Cavan Gaels. New Building Building on the new clubhouse continues. Since the last newsletter, the roof, windows and front door have been put in place as well as work on water and sewage services. This will now allow work to commence on internal works such as carpentry, electrical and plumbing services. As the building nears completion one can get a sense of the fantastic asset it will be for the club for the generations to come. Once again I would like to thank the players, parents and management of the various teams within the club for their patience and co-operation in recent months particularly in relation to the reduced parking facilities. As outlined in the previous edition the building project is funded jointly by Friends of Cavan Gaels, a Sport Capital Grant which the club sucesssfully applied for in 2014 and by a bank loan. I would encourage those who have not already done so to join the Friends of Cavan Gaels. In doing so one will be contributing to the further development of club facilities. To do so please contact any member of the club executive. Is Mise Hugh Reilly Chair of the Development Sub Committee Community Games Well done to the parish gaelic football team which won the Ulster Community Games title in Butlersbridge recently. They now go on to contest the national finals in Athlone in August. Congratulations in particular to the Cavan Gaels players (pictured below) and mentors who were involved in this victory.


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ISSUE 3 PAGE 4 Senior Player Profile What is your outstanding memory from your GAA career to date? Losing under-21 final to Assan Gaels in 2014. Should have won back to back titles. If you could revisit one moment from your career and change it, which moment would you choose and why? The moment I was moved from centre forward to full back. It’s a lot easier being marked than marking. Who was your toughest opponent? Jack Brady gave me a few good games underage. What’s the most you have ever scored in one game? Rumours have it that I scored 2-1 in an under-12 game in Kingscourt. What 3 people, alive or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Dwayne the Rock Johnson, Conor Mc Gregor and my girlfriend Niamh. What would you like to change about your game? A lot of things need to improve, working hard on shooting and work rate. What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? Very busy with music, teaching lots of kids in the club which is nice to see. What's the best piece of advice you ever received? Fake it till you make it. What's your favourite GAA memory? Winning the minor championship after a replay with St Joseph’s. We hadn’t won a final with that team at any age group through the years. Who is the best hurler and footballer you have ever seen? Joe Lyng (Kilkenny) and James O Donoghue (Kerry). KAVAN DONOHOE DOB: 20/04/92 Honours: 2 minor leagues and championships, under 21 championship. Juvenile Player Profile 1. What is your outstanding memory from your football career so far? Playing my part in the formative years of girls football with Cavan Gaels 2. Who was your toughest opponent? Zoran Donohoe 3. What’s the most you have ever scored in one game? 5 goals 1 point 4. What would you like to change about your game? Being able to play more on the weaker foot 5. What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? Piano 6. What's the best piece of advice you ever received? Play my part and do my best until the end of the game 7. What's your favourite GAA memory? The happy faces after winning our first match 8. Who is the best hurler and footballer you have ever seen? Hurler: TJ Reid Footballer: Aidan O'Shea 9. What does playing for Cavan Gaels mean to you? Being able to walk into the grounds knowing I’m a part of a team LAUREN BRADY


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ISSUE 3 PAGE 5 Health and Wellbeing At a seminar recently delegates were asked to see the club in a different light. Traditionally a GAA club and sport were synonymous. The lecturer suggested that the CLUB is 50% SPORT, 25% HEALTH and 25% COMMUNITY. Whatever about the percentages, you can see the point he was trying to make. Isn't that a new way of looking at a club? Heretofore a successful club was the one which won the cup or cups. Did that mean that all those clubs who haven't won a title for a while are unsuccessful clubs? Now, in the new thinking success comes in different ways. A successful CLUB not only promotes fitness or bodily HEALTH and aims for success on the field but also pays attention to mental HEALTH and emotional happiness? In other words a club must strive to promote positive physical and mental HEALTH. Are the club players at all levels being cherished and praised by their coaches for their genuine efforts and not castigated if they make a mistake? The good news now is that a successful club is now one which conducts its affairs in a fun -filled, praise-full environment calculated to produce happy, balanced individuals who can cope HEALTHILY with both victory and defeat on and off the field. And if cups come their way that is surely a welcome bonus. Mind your BODY but also MIND your HEAD!! A CLUB which produces HEALTHY young people of character, loyal to and in love with their club, is surely also providing for the COMMUNITY balanced and HEALTHY citizens.


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ISSUE 3 PAGE 6 Féile Peile na nÓg 2015 Full Féile Report & Photos in August Newsletter. A huge thank you from the club, the under -14 management, fundraising committee and parents to all who sponsored and supported our recent very successful Race Night Féile fundraiser. A huge amount of work was done by many to raise funds for the trip to South Leinster. A huge thank you also to all who collected and supported our recent weekend Féile bucket collection. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir . Ní neart go cur le chéile. Recent fundraiser in Farnham National School for Cavan Gaels under -14s who are competing in the Féile Peile na nÓg 2015 Wedding Bells Congratulations to Francie and Ciara Graham and Joey and Barbara Dunne on their recent marriages. May both couples enjoy a long and happy life together Condolences Cavan Gaels GAA Club extends sympathy to the families of the following who died recently: Rita Sheridan, Tom McNamara, Raymond O Reilly, Rose O Connor, Maureen Kelly and Judy McEntee. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a nanamacha. Childrens Officer: Anne Fortune 0879874758 Designated Liaison Person: Michael Mooney 0876435901 Rebecca Neligan 086-3631433 Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí Praise youth and it will flourish Cavan Gaels is a Children First Club


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ISSUE 3 PAGE 7 Valuing the Volunteer Volunteers are the lifeblood of every GAA club. They are the most precious asset we have. Without volunteers a club and the GAA would not survive. In Cavan Gaels we have a whole host of energetic and enthusiastic people who every day work willingly for the club to make it a safe, welcoming place to be for players and members who give and never count the cost. We should not take our volunteers for granted. We should always acknowledge their work for the club. Volunteers should be praised, not criticised. Are you a Cavan Gaels volunteer in any way? Or do you criticise from a safe distance? Do you know how many people are working willingly for Cavan Gaels club and are you aware of the variety of jobs done by these volunteers? It's an impressive list. Do you feel you have something constructive to offer Cavan Gaels? Have you a talent that our club could benefit from? And a final thought. There will be lots of scope for voluntary work in our new clubhouse in the months ahead. Do you feel you can make a significant contribution in that area? Well done and thanks to our many, many volunteers who have made and continue to make Cavan Gaels the club it is. Come on board. Every little helps! Ní neart go cur le chéile. Thank you Thanks to all those who helped out in any way to make our recent race night in the Slieve Rossa a great success. In particular thanks to all those who bought a horse or sponsored a jockey or race and to those who placed bets on the night. Thanks to Michael Mooney, Slieve Rossa for sponsoring the event. Well done to the parents of the players, the team management and the officials of the club Bord na nÓg. This was part of the fundraising for the Gaels u-14s who are travelling to the sunny southeast (Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford) to take part in the national Féile Peile na nÓg from 26-28 June. We wish the under-14s and their management the very best in their Féile campaign. Gaels Around the World Zach Byrne showing off his Cavan Gaels jersey on a recent holiday in the Canaries. Send your ‘Gaels around the World’ photo to Underage Coaching Coaching for boys from 6-12 takes place on Saturdays in Terry Coyle Park at the following times: u -8: 11am-12.30; u-10: 11am-12.30; u-12 : 11am-12.30. Coaching for girls is on Tuesdays at 6.30pm and on Saturday mornings at 11am. Camogie training at 6.30pm Wednesday evenings. For more information on coaching please contact Mark Leddy on 0878596498.


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ISSUE 3 PAGE 8 Underage Camogie Well done to our underage camogie team who recently played in the Cumann na mBunscol final against Shercock. Well done to the team and their management for their dedication and commitment. Unfortunately it was not their day. Ach beidh lá eile acu. Ar scáth a cheile a mhaireann na daoine. Congratulations It is in the shelter and comfort of each other that people exist. Congratulations to our under -14s for reaching the league final. It was a fantastic game and the boys were just pipped at the post. Well done to the team and their management for their dedication and commitment. There's no hurling in Cavan! St.Felim's N.S. recently competed in Cumann na mBunscol Division 2 final



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