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01/08/2015 HIGHLIGHTS  Championship Preview First Round Cavan Gaels v Cuchulainns Sat Aug 8th, Virginia  Interview with Mick McCarthy  New Building making great progress I S S U E 4 N E W S L E T T E R NEW BUILDING Seo chugaibh an ceathrú foilsiú de nuachtlitir ‘na Gaels’. Anois lár an tsamhraidh, táimid ag tnúth leis an gCraobh Shínsireach agus tá réamhthaispeántas san eagrán seo ó Dominic Corrigan agus na leaidanna. Chomh maith le sin, tá tuairisc faoi Féile na nÓg, agallamh le Mick McCarthy, agus a lán eile. Táimid go léir ag tnúth go mór freisin le hoscailt an fhoirgnimh nua, áis íontach atá ag teacht chun crích faoi láthair. Bain sult agus suim as an eagrán samhraidh seo! INSIDE THIS ISSUE: New Building Volunteers Championship Preview Club Lotto 1 1 2 3 Dates for your diary Senior Player Profile 3 4 Juvenile Player 4 Profile Mick McCarthy Feile Peile na nOg 1970s team reunion 5 6 7 Fixtures 8 Work on the final phases of the new building is nearing completion with a handover planned for the coming weeks. Current work is focusing on electrical and mechanical services and finishes as well as on external areas. A recent Saturday saw a huge voluntary effort within the club to commence painting of doors within the building coordinated by Niall O’Riordan. Well done to all. There is a unanimous feeling within the club of the fantastic asset the building will be 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 successfully 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 Commit- Club Volunteers in action!! A sincere thank you to all our club volunteerscurrent players, executive members, some club coaching staff and other members- who all are putting their painting skills at the disposal of the club in order to expedite the development of the inside of our new complex. This is a very welcome development. Hopefully members with other necessary skill sets will follow the example of the painters and will volunteer their services in the certain knowledge that in doing so they are making an invaluable contribution to the development of the complex and to their club. Thanks to Niall O Riordan, Cavan Gaels Development Officer, who is coordinating all the club voluntary effort. Our new shop and turnstiles are already in operation. Thanks to all those who have already supported our development through becoming Friends of Cavan Gaels. The money from this source along with our Sports’ Capital Grant has enabled us to proceed with the building. We urge others who have not joined so far to consider signing up in the knowledge that, by so doing, they will be making a significant contribution, not only to the Terry Coyle Park development, but to the long term development of our young boys and girls.

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ISSUE 4 PAGE 2 Championship Preview The championship season is upon us again and we are now totally focused on the huge challenge that awaits us in round one against Cuchulainns. All games in championship football are very difficult and unless the team are prepared well and have the necessary homework done, then they will be caught out. Our boys have worked really hard over the past six weeks and I have to say that their honesty and their work ethic has been superb -these boys are winners and they know what it takes to be successful. They know that winning a championship demands a serious effort but they also know that returning a championship is even tougher again and demands an even bigger effort. I am delighted to be able to say that the full panel aware of that and are totally focused on the challenge ahead in round one against a Cuchulainns side that have showed good form all through this season. We have now got excellent numbers at training with a number of boys returning from injury and a few back from America as well. That is all positive as it means extra competition for places and that in turn should see an improvement in our overall performance over the next month. Players, officials and management are delighted to see the great numbers supporting the team in recent matches. That loyal support gives the team a great lift and is so important especially in championship games. We look forward to the championship campaign ahead and together; players, officials, management and supporters, we embrace the challenges ahead. Is mise le meas, Dominic Corrigan Sharpening the blades As we enter championship season and finally a decent spell of weather our training becomes more focused, football based and team specific. July, August and September are always the most enjoyable months to train in because if both the good weather and the fact that a lot of the hard grafting of pre -season has already been done. The beauty of having had a decent preseason is that at this stage of the season a lot of our work is on maintaining fitness through games and shorter, intense runs and on generally sharpening up. Players will find that because of the work that has been done in the gym and the individual work done to date that they can take control of their training to ensure that they don't get injured over the next few weeks. No one wants to be on a physio table at this time of the year. Training sessions over the next few weeks will focus on tactics and on maintaining high levels of fitness that we have worked hard to achieve. Huge numbers at training also allow for seriously competitive in house games where every player is fighting for his place within the squad. Club members are encourage to come to watch any of these sessions to see the commitment that this group has shown over the last few months and to see the high levels of fitness that are within this group. All this work is to keep the Oliver Plunkett Cup in Terry Coyle. Lorcan Martin Cavan Gaels Abú With championship season upon us, we look forward and anticipate the challenges that lie ahead. To win a championship takes a huge amount of effort, but to win back to back championships takes an extraordinary amount of commitment and heart. Cavan Gaels has created a tradition of sorts, of reaching championship finals in the last decade and a half, a tradition that we strive to uphold and continue. This is a custom that can only be achieved through hard work and dedication from each and every individual in the squad, players, management and officials alike. We have been working exceptionally hard on the training pitch in last few weeks and months to make sure that we are well prepared for the upcoming battles. Numbers have been great at training in the last few weeks which has enabled us to work very hard on certain aspects of our play. With a few injuries to clear up and a few lads to return to Ireland, we hope that training will continue to be of this high standard right before our first championship game. Speaking of which, our first battle in the championship is against Cuchulainns which is fixed for the weekend of the 7thAugust [time and venue TBC]. Cuchulainns got to the semi-final last year in the championship… so right from the start, we need to be on our toes. We look forward to and appreciate the support from each member of the club, from the Tornadoes, right the way up. This support goes a long way in helping us to attain our goals and I would like to thank them for their continued support to date. From a personal point of view, I have huge anticipation and excitement around this time of the year. I was fortunate enough to have been involved as a player with a great team of friends that worked hard together, that trained hard together, that made sacrifices together, that achieved championship success together and also lost championships together. This togetherness, for me, was the crux of our many successes and it is a trait that I can now see coming to the fore with our great team of boys this year. To finish, the hunger for success that I have witnessed from our boys this year is to be commended. With this kind of attitude, heart and belief, I hope that together, we can go all the way and bring the Oliver Plunkett Cup back up the Barrack Hill to the brand new development in Terry Coyle Park…. Where it belongs! #greatclub Is mise le meas, Cormac Neligan Contd on Page 9

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ISSUE 4 PAGE 3 Dates for your Diary Summer Camp Cavan Gaels are organising a Summer GAA Camp in Terry Coyle Park on Monday 17 August and Tuesday 18 August. At this camp boys and girls can play football, camogie and rounders in a safe and fun-filled environment and a happy family atmosphere. Parents are asked to take note of the dates for the camp. Please contact Mark Leddy: 0878596498 for any details about the camp. that Cavan Gaels are holding a series of presentations in the Hotel Kilmore later in the year. Presentations will be made to the victorious u21 and senior championship panels, to married couples and to our first championship winning team of 1965. Club Presentations Members are asked to note Blast from the Past The first ever hurling game played in the county of Cavan was on Easter Monday 1908 between Cavan Slashers and Belturbet in O Rourke's field at Killymooney near Cavan town. For the record the visitors Belturbet won by 2-4 to 1-3. Is maith an t-iománaí an té a bhíonn ar an gclaí. The hurler on the ditch/sideline is always a great player/ expert! Club Lotto Do you buy a club lotto every week? Do you know who sells our lotto? This is an important fund raiser for Cavan Gaels. Maybe you can't volunteer some time for Cavan Gaels but are keen to support your club in some tangible way. The weekly lotto provides an opportunity for you to give something to your club on a consistent basis. Most recent winners- 28th June: Joe Rabbitt, Mary Clerkin, Ml Lyng (snr), Dessie Crossan, Mary Clerkin. 5th July: Deirdre Reilly, Jim Gormley, Tommy Brides, Shay Whelan, Noel Reilly. 12th July: Joan Reilly, John Murray, Nicola Fortune, Gillian Brady, Denis Cullen. 19th July: Mick McCarthy, George Crowe, Mary Mooney, Tommie Donohoe, Mary Brady. 26th July: Norman Mills, Terizia Mulcahy, Frank Brady, Lucia Whelan, Eddie Sexton. We have many selling outlets for our lotto: Cavan Decor Centre, Farnham Arms Hotel, Dunne's Bar, George Crowe Butchers, Cavan Gifts, Veale's Pharmacy, Luna Lounge, Abbey Bar, Blessing's Bar, Slieve Rossa, McMahon's Cafe Bar, Maudie's, John Smith Footwear, McGinnity's Bar. Thanks to the proprietors of the above premises for displaying our lotto envelopes. Thanks to all those teams who coordinate and facilitate our lotto. Thanks to all those who support the lotto in such great numbers. Thanks to our bingo patrons who are so supportive of our lotto. Remember, you can take out a yearly lotto subscription. For details on this and all other lotto matters contact John Smith on 086-6029308. Did you know that the first ever gaelic football game in the county of Cavan between registered Cavan clubs under GAA rules took place at Cavan town in January 1887 in a field beside the Cavan Showgrounds (now Terry Coyle Park) , later the property of the Royal School? The two teams involved were the Ballyconnell First Ulsters and the Bailieborough Home Rulers. The area where our grounds are situated now is also rich in GAA history and has hosted many senior county finals and some Ulster senior championship games!! 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 25% off when you produce your Cavan Gaels membership card (excluding medicines and prescriptions)

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ISSUE 4 PAGE 4 Senior Player Profile What is your outstanding memory from your GAA career to date? Scoring the goal in the 2011 u21 Ulster Championship. If you could revisit one moment from your career and change it, which moment would you choose and why? The 2011 u21 All-Ireland Final. I felt we didn't do ourselves justice on the day. Who was your toughest opponent? Peter Harte (Omagh CBS and Tyrone). What 3 people, alive or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and John Fee. What would you like to change about your game? My fielding was never too hectic. What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? Golf, Cinema and hanging out with friends. What's the best piece of advice you ever received? Practise the basic skills and enjoy playing the game. What's your favourite GAA memory? Winning the 2008 Minor and Senior Championship on the same day. Who is the best footballer you have ever played with or seen? Cathal Collins from Cavan Gaels who always seems to make those around him look better. Diarmuid Connolly from Dublin is the best I’ve seen, he has it all - power, pace and skill. Niall Murray DOB: 11/07/1990 Honours: 2 Club Minor County Leagues 3 Club Minor County Championships 3 Club Senior County Leagues 4 Club Senior County Championships 1 Inter-county u21 Ulster Championship Juvenile Player Profile What is your outstanding memory from your GAA career to date? The most outstanding memory I ever had was winning the U13 championship last year when I was the captain. What’s the most you have ever scored in one game? The most I have scored in one game was 6 goals and 3 points. What 3 people, alive or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? The three people I would love to invite to a dinner party would be Ed Sheeran, Christiano Ronaldo and Kate Middleton What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? The hobbies I have outside the GAA is singing and playing the flute and guitar. What's the best piece of advice you ever received? The best advice I ever received was to be strong and confident and believe in yourself. What's your favourite GAA memory? My favourite memory of the GAA was when our club travelled up to Croke Park to witness the ladies team winning the all-Ireland final. Who is the best hurler and footballer you have ever seen? The best hurler I have ever seen is Eoin Kelly (who plays for Tipperary) and the best footballer I have ever seen is Colm Cooper (who plays for Kerry). Amy Gardiner DOB: 17/03/01

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Mick McCarthy the field who soldiered on in the club when success was not guaranteed. They deserve a lot of credit. "Mick also referred to how the Gaels club has expanded since the early days. "The introduction of football for girls has really widened the base of the club. The five year strategic plan and being awarded the gold standard in the Ulster council Club Maith scheme indicates also how far the club has come . The new building in Terry Coyle Park is also a very welcome development". When asked for his reflections on the way football has changed over the years he cited the modern obsession with fitness and tactics. "If we did a warm-up before our games like they do now, we'd stiffen up and wouldn't be able to play. As for tactics, the priority was to protect your goalie at all costs. It was the norm to play almost every ball forward and clear your lines". He smiled as he commented on the modern tendency to play the ball across the half way line and sometimes back to the goalie! "The training we did was a number of rounds of the pitch and some sprints". When asked what advice he would give to young players nowadays, he naturally talked about learning the basic skills of the game as early as possible and he highlighted the value of being able to kick with both feet. "Time spent on skills away from an organised training session is time well spent. But I would also advise players to keep their mouth shut and not talk back to the referee. The team suffers by having the ball brought up. Accept defeat and promise yourself to do better next time out". On refereeing, Mick said he enjoyed refereeing those county finals. One suspects that the fact that he was a garda helped him in no measure to establish and maintain his authority! From his refereeing under-age games he saw many gifted young players. After almost fifty years he he still remembers the mesmeric displays of Noel "Snowy" Smith for the De La Salle under-14 school team. "I remember refereeing a game between the "Brothers'" team and Bailieborough. Noel Smith was soloing in the direction of the goals. When confronted by a defender and when the attack was in danger of petering out, Noel instinctively tapped the ball between the legs of the opposing defender, went around him, collected the ball and rattled the onion bag. The crowd's roar was deafening!! Nowadays if a player attempted such a creative stunt, he'd be in danger of being hauled off for risking the loss of precious possession!! I wasn't surprised that Noel went on to be a fine club and county footballer". Mick also added in passing that referees in those days were never paid expenses. How times have changed! Mick went on to recall all those gardaí who came to Cavan town and played with Cavan Gaels- Paddy Lyons, John Molloghan, Seamus Keevans, Frank Glancy, Charlie Prendergast, Willie Connor (brother of the famous Matt), Mick Ryan, Danny Thomas, Brian Tighe, Jim Trearty, Dermot Dalton, Joe o Connor and Martin Cassidy, our present goalkeeper. "Then the following Cavan Gaels players joined the Garda SíochánaFrancis Goodman, Tommy Fay, the late Michael "Maxi" McDonald, Michael Fallon, Tomás Gormley, Shane McGlade, John O Reilly, Joe Kenny, Declan O Donnell, Ronan Farrelly and Finbar Gurhy". As Mick cast his mind back over nearly fifty years of Cavan Gaels football, he remembers particularly the displays of Larry Gillen, Brian Tighe, Danny Thomas, John Molloghan, Jimmy Sheridan, Jim McDonnell, Phil Murray, Willie Connor, Cathal Collins, Eamonn Reilly and Seanie Johnston. Mick won minor football and hurling titles with Mullingar Shamrocks. Before coming to Cavan he worked in the civil service in Naas. While there he won a senior football and hurling title with Naas in 1952. He was on the Kildare junior team beaten in the Leinster final by Dublin in 1954. He played hurling with Westmeath, Kildare and Cavan and played football with Westmeath and Kildare. Mick also played hurling with Stradone and won Cavan hurling titles with them in 1963 and 1967. Along with Peter Maguire and John O Donnell he co-managed two CavanMonaghan divisional garda teams to AllIreland victories. Mick McCarthy was certainly a very versatile GAA man, playing football and hurling and refereeing both codes. Over the years in Cavan he also played handball, badminton and golf. Mick concluded by wishing Cavan Gaels well in the years ahead. "I look forward to the opening of the new complex. I look forward to going up to Terry Coyle Park and taking my seat near the pitch for Gaels games at all levels. The spirit of Frank Corrigan and the club's founding fathers will be alongside me. I feel at home in Terry Coyle Park. Win, lose or draw, my heart will always be with the Gaels". A familiar sight in Terry Coyle Park for the past few years has been Mick McCarthy sitting on a chair to the right of the near goals absorbing the sights, sounds and excitement of a Cavan Gaels game. For many years he and his mate Frank Corrigan ran the rule over Gaels players during games and training. Unfortunately, Frank is no longer with us. Mick McCarthy, a native of Mullingar, was sent to Cavan on his first posting as a garda in November 1957 so Mick is in pole position to cast his eye over the Cavan Gaels club which came into existence nine months before his arrival. Mick quickly threw in his lot with Cavan Gaels and, playing at full-forward, helped his new club to win the senior league title of 1958. He was also on the panel which narrowly failed to defeat Crosserlough in the 1958 senior final and on the panel which captured the 1960 senior league. "At that time the Gaels teams were picked in Eugene Monaghan's pub. Sometimes the line out was released there and then; other times we had to wait until the next day". When asked who the other strong teams were in the late 1950s, Mick mentioned Cootehill, powered by the Gallagher brothers, Crosserlough and Virginia. After his football days Mick turned to refereeing. In the 1960s he refereed many under-age finals. but his greatest achievements as a football referee were in 1967 when he refereed the senior, intermediate and junior club football finals something that would never happen nowadays. And bear in mind that it was Cavan Gaels who were playing Crosserlough in the 1967 senior final!! He also refereed the 1966 senior and junior finals. Mick has followed the fortunes of Cavan Gaels since 1957. " The victory in 1965 started it all. I've taken great satisfaction from the victories in the seventies, and the scale of success at minor and senior levels between 2000 and 2014 has been astonishing. But in the middle of those great eras I never forgot those on and off

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ISSUE 4 PAGE 6 Feile Peile na nOg 2015 A great weekend was had by our U14 players, coaches, parents and supporters at Féile na nÓg weekend recently in South Leinster. The tournament, which had its beginnings in Cavan in the 1980’s, is now a huge event, with some 250 teams, 559 games and over 5000 players from Ireland, Britain and even the US. Day 1 saw the lads travel to Ballinabranna in Co. Carlow for the first series of games. They left with one win (Michael Davitt’s) and one loss (Coralstown/ Kinnegad) before heading for their base in Castletown, Co.Wexford for the night. On day 2, a win against hosts Castletown at home was enough to see the Gaels through to the quarter finals in Co.Wicklow. A great win in difficult conditions against Castleblayney Faughs at the Ballinakill Centre of Excellence in the Wicklow hills on Saturday afternoon by 3 -4 to 1-3 saw the lads through to the semi -finals. On Saturday night Castletown Liam Mellows GAA hosted a barbecue and presentation for all which was really enjoyable. Day 3 saw the lads on the road again, this time for Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow. Their opponents were Killoe Óg from Co. Longford. The match was played in ideal conditions on a lovely surface and while the Gaels challenged hard for long periods, they were beaten by a good team 2 -8 to 1-2. Killoe were beaten in the Div.3 Final by Ferbane, Co.Offaly. The Div.1 Cup was won by Austin Stacks of Kerry. A huge thank you to Castletown Liam Mellows GAA for their warmth and hospitality. Again many thanks also to all who contributed to making Feile 2015 a memorable one. Congratulations Congrats to Roland Surlis and Paul Sexton on their recent brilliant form at the National Outdoor Athletics Championships in Tullamore. Roland Surlis won Gold in the U19 800 metres while Paul Sexton won Gold in the U19 110 metre hurdles. Well done to both on a magnificent achievement. Congrats and well done also to Donnacha McNamara who won gold in the U12 600 metres B National Final. Congrats also to Evaan Fortune and Ciaran Curry who were on the Cavan U16 panel which defeated Dublin in the Gerry Reilly tournament in Oldcastle recentChildrens Officer: Anne Fortune 0879874758 Designated Liaison Person: Michael Mooney 0876435901 Rebecca Neligan 086-3631433 Wedding Bells Congratulations to Ronan and Janice Farrelly on their recent marriage. Wishing them much happiness in the future. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí Praise Youth and it will flourish Cavan Gaels is a Children First Club

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ISSUE 4 PAGE 7 1970 Team Reunion Photo taken at a reunion of the successful 1970s team which took place in the Meadow View in September 2002 Back row- l to r: Maurice Hoare, Aidan Elliott, Michael Flynn, Tommy Fay, Paddy Blessing, Willie Connor, Charlie O Donoghue, Gabriel Kelly, P.J. Carroll, Dermot Dalton, Haulie Reilly, Paddy Reilly Middle row- l to r: J.J. Reilly, Noel Reilly, Oliver Conaty, Jimmy Fay, Brendan Keaney, Fr Felim Kelly, Francis Goodman, Oliver Galligan, Pat McNamara, Joe Mullery, Tony Looney. Front row- l to r: Frank Farrell, Louis Blessing, Eugene Reilly, Teddy McCormack, Philip Finnegan, Paddy Conaty, John Cullen, Hubert Smith, Dominic Sheridan, Martin Sexton, Noel Smith, Phil Murray. Condolences Cavan Gaels GAA Club would like to extend its sincere sympathy to the Doonan family, Fairview, on the recent death of Sarah Doonan. Sarah was the mother of James who starred on Cavan Gaels' teams for many years at all under-age levels and at senior level culminating in his captaining his club to a senior championship victory over Mullahoran in 2003. James' father, Hughie, played with Cavan Harps and Cavan Gaels and was a brother of Willie Doonan who played for Cavan Harps and Cavan Slashers and who managed Cavan Gaels on his return from England. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a hanam uasal. Condolences also to the families of Kathleen Crowe (sister of Brian Crowe) and Sean Keogan, who both passed away recently, RIP.       PLEASE REMEMBER THE PLAYERS ARE CHILDREN THE COACHES ARE VOLUNTEERS THE REFEREES ARE HUMAN THIS IS NOT THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL SHOW RESPECT TO PLAYERS & COACHES FIRST PRIORITY IS HAVING FUN

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Golf Classic The 15th Cavan Gaels Golf Classic took place in County Cavan Golf Club recently. Again we were blessed by the weather and a good turnout. 1st prize went to the team representing Georgie Donohoe, Black Horse InnConor Rabbitt, Padraig Byrne, John Murray and Joe Kenny. 2nd prize was won by a team representing Kilnavara Car- pets and Floor Coverings Ltd- Dessie Gardi- volunteers who worked so well to make our ner, Seanie Johnston, Brian Tighe and classic another enjoyable and successful one. Mattie Reilly. 3rd prize winners, representing Finally a special thank you to our main sponsor Blessing's Bar, were Cillian McCann, Oliver Donal Keogan, Imperial Bar and Restaurant, Galligan jnr., Stephen Smith and Eddie who again kindly sponsored the event. McNally. Other winners: Nearest the pin on the 10th- Dermot McCabe. Nearest the pin in two on the 18th- Jim Ivers. Longest drive on the 17th- Barry McDermott. Nearest the pin in 3 on the 18th (ladies)- Evonne Murray. Thanks to all who entered teams in our golf classic, to those who played, to all who took a tee sponsorship, to those who bought our Golf Classic winners left to right: Joe Kenny, lotto tickets on the day and to all our club Conor Rabbitt, Padraig Byrne and John Murray. Fixtures Competition ACFL Seniors Gaels v Lacken 2.07 Junior B Senior Ladies Shercock v Gaels Gaels v Kingscourt Bridgewater v Gaels Minor Boys u16 v 1.09 Castlerahan v Gaels 2.05—1.08 Ballyhaise v Gaels [draw] CHAMPIONSHIP Gaels – v Ballinagh 3-11—1-12 Gaels v Knockbride 2.09 – 3.15 Lavey v Gaels 1.08 – 3.05 Gaels v West Cavan Gaels Belturbet v Gaels BREFFNI LEAGUE Kingscourt V Gaels 1.15 v 1.13 Competition u13 u12 U12 BLITZ [In Gowna] Gaels v Gowna Gaels V Downings [Westmeath] Gaels v Colmcilles [Longford ] Summer league Castlerahan v Gaels u10 Gaels v Gowna Gaels v Bailiboro Gaels V Kill u13 Girls Football Ballyhaise v Gaels u14 Camogie Gaels V Ballinagh [draw] Gaels V Gowna ACFL Gaels v Drumlane CHAMPIONSHIP Gowna V Gaels

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The Cavan Gaels Stork Congratulations to Gavin and Kathleen Duffy on the arrival of Baby Noah Dominic and Davinia Reilly on the arrival of Baby Freya Cathal and Grainne Collins on the arrival of Baby Saoirse Championship Preview Contd There is something about the word "championship" that automatically creates excitement. It's synonymous with a time of year when training is intense, there is a good buzz in Terry Coyle and the entire panel are relishing another season of championship football. This season is no different. We have trained as a group over the past 6 months and more to get ourselves ready for another championship season. The hard runs are behind us now and training is all about intensity and match preparation. Championship season creates a serious "buzz" up in Terry Coyle. All of the team members have trained extremely hard to get themselves in the best condition they can be to fight for a place on the starting 15. This internal competition, especially at this time of year, is invaluable and results in intense training games with everyone doing their level best to nail down a place on the team. The first round of the senior championship is a fixture that is a focus from the start of the season. It is a match that we have had in our sights from the get go. Cuchulainns are the opposition on the weekend of 7 August and our preparation is all focused on that match. We have had some titanic battles with Cuchulainns over the years and I expect this one to be no different. As a player and member of the Cavan Gaels club, I am privileged to represent this club every time I put on the Cavan Gaels jersey. The opportunity to represent this brilliant club at senior level only comes around because of the Trojan work and commitment the underage structure in the club have invested in me and the other members of the senior squad. Saturday mornings in Terry Coyle are a hive of activity with all of the underage teams out training and honing their skills. I have seen the great dedication and loyalty coaches have put in from the Tornadoes right up to the minor team. This work produces players with the ability to win senior championships and is invaluable to the success this club has had over the past number of years. Finally, I hope to see as many of the club members (from the Tornadoes right up to the senior club members) out to support us in the championship. It makes a huge difference to a team in the heat of championship battle to have the crowd behind them. We have put in a huge effort throughout the year and are relishing the championship season that lies ahead. Here's giving you something to cheer about... Is mise le meas Robert Maloney Derham McRory Cup Congratulations to these Cavan Gaels players who were on the St Patrick's College panel which this year won the coveted McRory Cup for the first time since 1972. Cavan Gaels was also represented on the 1972 team with goalkeeper Aidan Elliott and forward Charlie O Donoghue playing key roles. Left to right- James Veale, Luke Fortune, Shane Fortune, Fintan Carolan and Keenan Donohoe. Gaels Around the World Pictured here is a group of Zambians who proudly donned the Cavan Gaels jerseys before having a game of soccer. Margaret Flanagan and Mary Leddy brought the jerseys to Zambia when they visited the country to do some charity work. There will be a FIRST AID course organised in the very near future in Terrycoyle. It is open to all members, especially COACHES. Please contact MARK LEDDY 087 859 6498 if you are interested. There may be a small fee applicable.

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ISSUE 4 PAGE 10 GIVE RESPECT GET RESPECT As adults, coaches, parents, spectators etc, we must pave the way for our underage players and members. We need to be aware that our language and our actions can influence our young teams, in both a positive and negative manner. The following are some guidelines put forward by GAA as to how maintain a child centred approach Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person. Treat each person equally regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion. Be positive during coaching sessions, games and other activities so that underage players always leave with a sense of achievement and an increased level of self-esteem. COACHES SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE  Never use foul language or provocative language/gestures to a player, opponent or match official.  Do not question a Referee’s decisions or integrity.  Encourage players to respect and accept the judgement of match officials.  Promote Fair Play and encourage all players and fellow officials to always play by the rules of the game.  Do not encourage or threaten a player by deed or gesture to act in any unacceptable manner towards an opponent, fellow player or official.  Promote the RESPECT campaign amongst your players, fellow coaches, parents and supporters.  Do not smoke while working with underage players.  Do not consume alcohol or non prescribed drugs immediately prior to or while underage players are in your care. St Patrick’s are Ulster Champions Congratulations to a number of our under 10 players on their recent success in becoming the Community Games Ulster Champions. Louis Maguire, Ben Tully, Cormac Crotty, Josh McDwyer and Josh Dunne are players on the winning St Patrick’s parish team. ( Cavan Gaels, Butlersbridge, Drumalee and Killygarry ) Having previously defeated Erne Valley and Lurgan, St Patrick’s were representing Cavan in this year’s Ulsters held in the newly opened Butlesrbridge grounds on Saturday 20th June. The other counties taking part were Donegal represented by Glenswilly/Churchill and Monaghan represented by Clontibret. Their opening game against Glenswilly/ Churchill was a very closely contested game with St Patrick’s eventually coming out on top in the final two quarters. In their second game they played Clontibret. Right from the throw St Patrick’s took control of the game and the outcome was never in doubt despite a late rally from Clontibret. We wish the lads, their team mates and mentors best of luck in the upcoming All-Ireland Finals in Athlone on August 22nd/ 23rd.

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