Cavan Gaels - September Newsletter

 

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01/09/2015 HIGHLIGHTS  Senior Championship  Kathleen Fee Reminisces I S S U E 5 N E W S L E T T E R Senior Championship INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Senior Championship Mission BootSummer Camp 1 1 2 Club Lotto 3 Dates for your diary Minor Player Profile Kathleen Fee 3 4 5 Community Games Condolences 1975 team 6 7 8 Noel Mooney 10 The first game of the championship is always a nervous but exciting game. The thoughts that rattle around are many; are we prepared? are we fit enough? Have we done our homework well? All these questions were answered with a good win over Cuchulainns in Dolan Park, Virginia on August 8th. Each and every player put their shoulder to the wheel and turned in a huge performance to make sure we got the start to the championship that we were looking for. There were some brilliant phases of play and also some phases which we will have to improve on. Our next challenge was against Lacken in Kingspan Bréifne Park on Saturday evening last. It was a tough battle but it saw us qualifying for the championship quarter-final . This was a well-contested game for most of the first half until a goal, just before the interval, gave the Gaels some momentum. We took the initiative in the second half by largely dominating matters. Lacken had their moments in the second half but we withstood the danger. Thank you to those who made the trip to Virginia and to Bréifne Park and we appreciate your continued support. Cavan Gaels Abú Anois teacht an Fhómhair, seo chugaibh an 5ú foilse seo. Faraor, tá an Samhradh beagnach thart agus páistí agus daltaí ag filleadh ar scoil agus ar Choláiste. Is é Meán Fómhair an mhí is tabhachtaí agus is gnóthaí i bhféilire an C.L.G. ar fud na tíre. San eagrán seo, tá agallamh le Kathleen Fee, cur síos ar an gCampa Samhraidh agus tuilleadh. Ádh mór ar an bhfoireann sinsearach ar an mbealach corraitheach rompu.

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 2 Summer Camp Cavan Gaels held a very successful Summer GAA Camp for boys and girls in Terry Coyle Park on Monday and Tuesday last in very welcome balmy weather. At this camp the participants, from 4-12, sampled gaelic football, camogie and rounders in a safe and fun-filled environment and a happy family atmosphere. Well done and thank you to the gaelic football coaches- John Fortune, Barry Fortune, Mícheál Lyng, Cian Donohoe, Liam Cooke, Fearghal Blessing, Evaan Fortune, Rebecca Tully and Hannah McHugh. Thanks to our camogie coaches- Mary Keniry, Karen Boyle, Michelle Tarpey and Nola O’Hanlon and our rounders coaches- Dympna Reilly, Oisin O’Reilly, and Nathan Loughnane. A special thanks to the camp organisers- Mark Leddy, John McHugh, Mary McCarthy, Anne Fortune, Barbara Fortune and Karen Galligan. This was the second year of our camp. It is hoped to expand it in the years ahead and make it a must on our annual events’ calendar.

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 3 Dates for your Diary Club Presentations Members are asked to note 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 Mission Bootcamp Mission Bootcamp is back. 6 week fitness/weight loss programme in the Studio. 2 dangercise classes per week/2 circuit classes per week. Cost €80 or €15 per week. Further details from Niall O Riordan at 0863567011 Club Lotto Are you in the habit of buying our lotto every week? This is a very tangible way of supporting our club. This is another way in which you can be a club volunteer. And as you know volunteers in their different ways are the mainstream of any club. You can also gently encourage others to play the lotto every week. Most recent winners- Bank Holiday Monday 3 August: Sinéad Wilson, Liz Sweeney, Niall Fitzmaurice, Rosie Comiskey, Frank Farrell. 9 August: Kate Daly, B.J. Rooney, Tommy Fay, Enda Gallen, Jack Lee-Flood. 16 August: Mary K. Lynch, Sean Monaghan, Malachy Byrne, Tanya and Noeleen, Ballinagh, Fergal Murray. 23 August: Gerry O Keeffe, Mary K. Lynch, Mary Johnston, Martin Myles, Phildie Murray. Thanks again to the proprietors of all the outlets which display our lotto envelopes. Thanks to the teams which coordinate the weekly lotto draw. Thanks to all those who continue to support our lotto in such great numbers. And of course we appreciate all our bingo patrons who support our lotto every week. Is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón! It’s often a person’s mouth that breaks his nose. Gaels Building Development The good news is that the building is about to be handed over to the club from the contractor, EPL. In recent weeks club members who have visited the building have been overwhelmed by the facility in terms of its construction, space and potential. 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 much of which has now been restored. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the management and staff of EPL for their professionalism in building a fabulous building and for their co-operation with the club during the period of construction. 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 Veale’s Pharmacy 59 Main St, Cavan 049-4331704 9.30am-6pm Mon-Thurs 9.30am-6.30pm Fri 9.30am-6pm Sat Closed Sunday 25% off when you produce your Cavan Gaels membership card (excluding medicines and prescriptions)

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 4 Minor Player Profile What is your outstanding memory from your GAA career to date? Winning the MacRory cup with St Pats If you could revisit one moment from your career and change it, which moment would you choose and why? To have won the Ulster minor final Who was your toughest opponent? Jimmy Hyland - Kildare What’s the most you have ever scored in one game? Lost count at this stage. What 3 people, alive or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Zlatan , Ronaldo ,Cheryl Cole What would you like to change about your game? Be louder on the pitch What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? Tennis and golf What's the best piece of advice you ever received? Never give up What's your favourite GAA memory? 2014 Cavan Gaels senior championship victory 2014. Luke Fortune DOB: 12/03/1998 Honours: U-12 championship , Gerry Reilly Cup , MacRory cup Minor Player Profile What is your outstanding memory from your GAA career to date? Darragh Kennedy’s point in the MacRory Cup Final. If you could revisit one moment from your career and change it, which moment would you choose and why? The moment I dislocated my knee to avoid being injured. Who was your toughest opponent? Thomas Galligan What is the most you've ever scored in one game? I’ve lost count What 3 people, alive or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Lofty, Zlatan, Mishka What would you like to change about your game? Score more spinners What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? Fishing and Tennis What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? Know your opponent inside out What’s your favourite GAA memory? Wining the MacRory cup with St Pats. Fintan Carolan D.O.B: 29/12/1997 Honors: u12 championship , Macrory cup

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 5 Kathleen Fee Reminisces Many families have enduring associations with Cavan Gaels since its foundation in 1957, families whose heartbeat is always in tune with the Gaels and who remain enthusiastic not just in times of plenty but when the club has experienced less successful times. On this subject I spoke with Kathleen Fee on the subject of her football memories, and her experiences with Cavan Gaels. Kathleen recalls her father bringing her brothers Philip("Lightning") and Johnny to all the games. She remembers the dangerous crush as the thousands emptied Clones after Cavan games. On one such occasion with the crush in full flow, a priest noticed that Lightning was getting swept away by the crowd. He went to his assistance and, patting him on the head, said "Some day you'll play on that pitch". How prophetic!! Kathleen's uncles Joey and Phildie were also steeped in the GAA and played prominently with the Harps. Kathleen's uncle John McCaffrey also played so her family had the grá for gaelic football on both sides. "Lightning" showed fantastic potential at an early age. Kathleen remembers Bro. Cyril moulding a great team in De la Salle school with "Lightning" and Hugo Cafferty as the leading lights. There were great celebrations when they won the first schools' title in 1955. Bro. Cyril described "Lightning" as a "bundle of atomic energy". Of course he went on to carve out a memorable football career at county and club level. Highlights were reaching the All -Ireland minor final in 1959, winning the first Cavan Gaels senior championship title in 1965 and representing Cavan at senior level. Kathleen still remembers with fondness and sadness the day she met John Fee for the first time in the Erne Palais Ballroom in Belturbet. Little did John realise that the family he would marry into was also a staunch GAA family. "That suited John", said Kathleen, "because John's father used to bring him to all the games. They'd often cycle to the games and sometimes took the bus to Clones. On those occasions a visit to an "eating house" was a must! When John came to Cavan in 1970 he continued going to the games with Kathleen's brothers, Philip and Johnny. John soon got involved with the Cavan Gaels' under-age`and, along with J.J. Reilly, devoted huge amounts of time in building up that part of the club." When asked what gave John most satisfaction she mentioned many things. "John brought Seanie Johnston up to Terry Coyle. He loved watching the late Alan Coyle execute his extraordinary skills even at an early age. He enjoyed the chats with Daniel Graham, Christy Quinn and Levi Murphy. He often said that the Cavan Gaels players teams and later on with the senior team. Paul and Andy have made that football journey through the ranks with the club but unfortunately John never got to see them playing, as he passed away prematurely on 22 November 2004". In honour of John, Cavan Gaels every year since his death have an unofficial Lá na gClub called the John Fee Day when there is fun, games and food. Boys and girls up to the age of twelve take part in football, camogie and rounders. This year's event will take place in Terry Coyle Park on Saturday 26 September. Kathleen finished off by harking back to 1990. "At that stage the Gaels had been trying to win the under-12 for the first time. On the run-up to the 1990 under-12 final, John, out of desperation or faith, kept promising to "do" Lough Derg with the rest of the management team if we did finally win that elusive title. On a damp and dismal evening against Crosserlough we won the final. In the midst of all the celebrations John reminded the management team about the promise. In due course John along with Paddy Reilly, J.J. Reilly and Michael Flynn went on the three-day Lough Derg pilgrimage in thanksgiving!!" Kathleen still follows closely the fortunes of Cavan Gaels. Her grandson, Senan, son of Killian, comes up to the club coaching on Saturday mornings in Terry Coyle Park. She is delighted to see the new clubhouse taking shape. She wishes the club every success this year and in the years ahead. were like a second family for him" When pressed further about his outstanding memories, Kathleen had no hesitation, apart from all the under-age success at county level, in referring to the Paul McGirr under17 tournament in Dromore, the 2003 Féile in Galway when the Gaels' players stayed in Spiddal and the 2004 Féile in Tyrone when we were hosted by the Edendork club. On our last night in Edendork Kathleen recalls Plunkett Donnelly unexpectedly bringing the Sam Maguire Cup into the large tent where the Gaels ' contingent were relaxing at 2.30am!! All the Gaels' players and management eagerly gathered round the iconic trophy and paraded it around the tent. Kathleen recalled two other unforgettable Gaels occasions. "John loved taking part in the Ulster minor tournament in St Paul's, Belfast. He was so proud when Cavan Gaels were Ulster minor champions in 1999 but lamented the fact that we didn't repeat our success there despite reaching the final several other times. The second remaining highlight was the under-age trip to London in Easter 1992 when the Gaels' party was hosted by Thomas McCurtin's club in Ilford, London." Kathleen has other memories. She remembers the Gaels' people on Highfield Road putting up the flags in advance of the county senior finals. She also recalls John watching young Paul and Andy Graham as young boys on Highfield Road kicking ball there every evening when John returned home from work. "John said he looked forward to seeing both of them playing with the Gaels' under-age

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 6 Community Games All-Ireland Silver Medal Winners Well done to the St Patrick’s Area Community Games under-10 gaelic football team who won the silver medals in the All-Ireland finals in Athlone last week-end. Congratulations to all the players and the management on this great achievement and in particular to the Cavan Gaels players who were involved - Ben Tully, Josh Dunne, Cormac Crotty, Josh McDwyer and Louis Maguire. In a round robin format they defeated Wolfe Tones from Clare and St Conleth’s from Newbridge and they were unlucky to be beaten by Ballinamore in extra-time. John Fee Memorial Club Day Please note that the annual John Fee club day will take place on Saturday 26 September in Terry Coyle Park. This day has been a long term fixture in the Cavan Gaels’ calendar and is always a fitting tribute to the memory of a renowned and indefatigable Cavan Gaels clubman. It’s a day for young and old alike, full of fun and games and food. Among the many activities, there will be camogie, Gaelic football for boys and girls and rounders. So come along! Wedding Bells Congratulations to Jarlath and Erin Smith on their recent marriage. Wishing them health and happiness in the future. 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 5 PAGE 7 Cavan Gaels u12 Team Pictured above are the u-12 team who have shown great improvement in the past couple of months. Well done to the players and coaches. Keep up the good work! We put children out on the field sometimes, we feel it’s okay to shout at them, we lower their self-esteem and we don’t realise that when we shout at a child you’re actually too late because he or she has already made the mistake and you can’t do anything about it. Is it time for silent sidelines …? What do you think ..?? Condolences Cavan Gaels GAA Club would like to extend its sympathy to the Ronan family on the recent death of Una Ronan, Highfield Road. Una's son Adrian played with Cavan Gaels; he is on one of our lotto teams. His son Darragh is a prominent member of our under-12s this year while another grandson Stephen, son of Dessie, is a prominent member of this year's Cavan Gaels' minor team. Solas na bhFlaitheas uirthi. Link for newsletter on website One way of accessing all the issues of our monthly newsletter is by going to the Cavan Gaels website and clicking on the icon NEWSLETTER on the top right hand side. Enjoy the journey and tell others about

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 8 Cavan Gaels Senior Champions 1975 Back Row Left to Right: P.J. Carroll, Oliver Galligan, Eugene Reilly, Pat McNamara, Gabriel Kelly, Haulie Reilly, Jimmy Fay and Dermot Dalton. Front Row Left to Right: Noel Smith, Louis Blessing, Aiden Elliott, J.J.Reilly (capt), Paddy Reilly, Phil Murray and Charlie O’Donoghue. Volunteer Support Programme As part of the National Sport Education and Training Hub measure, there are a range of approved programmes and projects. One of these is a Volunteer Support Programme. The ISC acknowledges that there is a significant need within National Governing Bodies for volunteer learning and development support. It is recognised that these volunteers operate at all levels, from local clubs up to regional and national level roles within an NGB. We believe that assistance for this particular demographic will result in enhanced skills for the volunteers and an increased likelihood in their retention as active participants in sports and physical activity. Please visit the following website for a full schedule of courses and the opportunity to book a place. http://bit.ly/1EZ6tgO In keeping with volunteers’ busy schedules the courses are predominantly half day courses with the majority scheduled on Saturdays. There is no limit to the number of courses an individual can attend nor is there a minimum requirement. Volunteers are responsible for booking themselves on to all course offerings via the relevant booking links.

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 9 Gaels Around the World Neil, Jane and Sarah Lowry having fun at Gold Beach, Arromanches in Normandy recently. Please submit your photos to irish59575@yahoo.com Cavan Gaels Stork Congratulations to Rebecca and Cormac Neligan on the safe arrival of Baby Rían on August 6th, 2015. Pictured here are pupils from Cavan No. 1 School, Farnham Street, who have been using Terry Coyle Park regularly for PE classes.

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ISSUE 5 PAGE 10 Noel Mooney - All Ireland Minor Semi-Final Referee Congratulations to Noel Mooney who officiated at the All-Ireland minor semi-final between Tipperary and Kildare on Sunday last. Well done also to Noel’s fellow clubmen Bernie Quinn, Michael Mooney, Martin Sheridan and Mickey Graham who acted as umpires. A great honour for their families, their club and their county. Comhghairdeas. l. to r.- Bernie Quinn, Martin Sheridan, Noel Mooney(referee), Michael Mooney and Mickey Graham.

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