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01/10/2015 HIGHLIGHTS  John Fee day  Who was Terry Coyle I S S U E 6 N E W S L E T T E R John Fee Day INSIDE THIS ISSUE: John Fee Day 1,2 Minors Dates for your diary Children’s Officer Dates for your diary 2 3 3 3 Who was Terry 4,5 Coyle Senior Player Profile Congratulations 1971 team Health and Wellbeing Minor Player Profile 6 7 8 8 Cavan Gaels would like to thank all those who helped to make the annual John Fee Memorial Day such a success on Saturday last in Terry Coyle Park. Thanks to the parents, children and helpers. A big thank you to everyone on the burger stand, the face painting tent, the cake stand, the merchandise stand and the coffee/tea shop. Thanks also to George Crowe butchers Main Street and Donohoe's Foodfare Bridge Street for supplying the food on the day. Thanks to our two referees and anyone else who helped to organise the event and helped out on the day. Thanks to the 130 children who took part in the various activities. Finally we would like to thank Kathleen Fee and her family, Raymond Dunne, Mick McCarthy and Terence Smith who presented the winning cups and plaque to the winning teams on the day. The plaque presented on the day was donated to the club by Brother Cyril former Cavan Gaels stalwart and under-age football coach. The games and cups commemorated our deceased members John Fee, Ruairí Dunne and Hughie Smith. Ar dheis lámh De go raibh a nanamacha. Fáilte Mhór arís chuig an 6ú eagrán d’irislitir Chumainn Gael an Chábháin. Tá súil againn go bhfuil an iris seo suimiúil, faisnéiseach agus pleisiúrtha do chách, óg agus aosta. Má tá smaointe nó aiseolas agaibh dúinn is é newsletter@cavangaels.ie an seoladh teagmhála. Lig do scíth agus bain taitneamh as an eagrán seo. 10

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 2 Minors Our minors had an eventful campaign in this year's championship. After drawing with Castlerahan who scored a last gasp equaliser, we defeated them in a replay. Our next opponents were Ramor United. Again we were thwarted by a last ditch point which gave Ramor, the home side, a share of the spoils. In the replay Ramor took the initia- tive early and despite a commendable response from our players we ended up second best. That left us with a home game against Southern Gaels, a strong amalgamation. The visitors raced into a significant lead which they never relinquished. A word of thanks to all the players and management for all their hard work which did bear some fruit despite the eventual outcome. More from John Fee Day Senior Championship Hard luck to our seniors who were defeated by Kingscourt in the quarter-final of this year’s championship in Kingspan Bréifne Park on Saturday evening last. After falling behind by six points, admirably we clawed our way back into the game. But were still behind by two points at the final whistle.

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 3 Dates for your Diary Club Presentations Cavan Gaels are holding a series of presentations in the Hotel Kilmore on Saturday 21 November. At this function presentations will be made to the victorious u-21 and senior championship panels, to married couples and to our first championship winning team of 1965. Cavan Gaels AGM Club members are reminded that our AGM will take place in the Farnham Arms Hotel on Saturday 28 November. Children’s Officer Cavan Gaels GAA , incorporating GAA, LGFA, Camogie, Rounders and Handball, is committed to ensuring that young people and children who play our games do so in an environment of the best care , attention and protection . Our club has adopted the Code of Behaviour Underage. This Code of Behaviour is one section, albeit a vital section, of the Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport, Our Games - Our Code. The Code of Behaviour addresses the minimum appropriate levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our young players, coaches, supporters, parents/ guardians, referees and clubs. The Gaelic Athletic Association, the Camogie Association, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland have endorsed this Code so that it may act as a guidance for those who promote and deliver our Gaelic Games and assist them in complying with the highest possible standards in our work with children and young people. Everyone involved in our sports and in our activities should accept the roles and responsibilities that they undertake as we commit ourselves to maintaining an enjoyable and safe environment for all. The safeguarding of our members will always be a key priority as we recognise that the welfare of the child is of paramount importance in our work. An rud is annamh, is íontach What is rare is wonderful This Code should be used in tandem with the overall Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport, Our Games – Our Code, where roles and responsibilities are outlined in greater detail. It is recommended that coaches, parents/guardians and players sign this Code of Behaviour and present the signed document, as a commitment of its implementation, to their Club Children’s Officer. Our aim is to ensure that young people and children who play our games receive the best possible care, attention and protection while participating in our Gaelic Games. Should a breach of the Code be alleged, or when people may refuse to adhere to the contents of the Code, certain actions may be deemed necessary and appropriate so as to protect the integrity of our work with children and young people and also to ensure that they receive the best possible care, attention and protection while participating in our games… (excerpt from Code of Behaviour Underage – for complete document please check out www.cavangaels.ie –Coaching & Development – GAA Code of Behaviour) Áine Uí Fhoirtcheirn Oifigeach na bPáistí 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 Look out for promotions at our launch in early November

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 4 Who was Terry Coyle? "Where's the game being played?" "It's in Terry Coyle". We're all accustomed to refer to the home grounds of Cavan Gaels as Terry Coyle Park or Terry Coyle for short. Down through the years many people have asked "Who was Terry Coyle?" Terry Coyle was one of a family of three boys, Charlie, Terry and Jimmy and three girls, Maudie, Nellie and Margaret. He was born in no. 25 Barrack Hill in 1909. Later the family moved to one of three cottages just past the present front gate of Terry Coyle Park. Terry honed his gaelic skills in Taggart's field where the first section of St Phelim's Place is now built; he also kicked ball in the Showgrounds (the present Terry Coyle Park) and in Swellan field.Terry practised his football skills nearly every day Terry and became a very versatile player. In the course of his short football career he played at nos. 5, 6, 10, 14 and 15. turned up at the venue which had scarcely accommodation for 8,000. The crowd spilled onto the sidelines making it difficult for the players to perform. Cavan played the game on the understanding that it was only a challenge and that there would be another fixture. Galway came out on top by three points with Cavan missing a penalty minutes from the end. Cavan lodged an objection to make sure and Louis Blessing. He was on the Slashers team which won the 1938 junior championship final. Also on that team were Willie Doonan, Tom Crowe and John Johnston, grandfather of Seanie. Unfortunately by this time, like many at the time, Terry had contracted TB. In fact Terry came out of Peamont Fever Hospital in Dublin to play in that 1938 final which was the last club game he played. In April 1938 Cavan County Board organised an inter-county challenge between Mayo and Cavan in Bréifne Park with all the proceeds going to Terry Coyle and fellow county player from Cootehill Willie Connolly, both of whom had TB. Willie died that same year. Terry, meanwhile, again left hospital in 1941 to see his club Cavan Slashers win the county senior title for the last time. After a long battle Terry Coyle succumbed to TB in St Joseph's, Lisdarn, which was then a sanatorium, on 17 April 1944 at the early age of 35. Another highlight of Terry 's life, no doubt, was the trip to the US in 1934. Cavan played challenge games in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston. What an experience for those young men! Indeed Terry often referred to how attracted the American ladies were to these fine athletes from the county of Cavan! There are many links between Terry Coyle and Cavan Gaels. His sister Margaret was the mother of Terry At county level he won four Smith who was on the first Cavan Ulster senior football champiGaels team to win the senior championships in 1931, 1932, 1933 onship in 1965. His grand niece is and 1934. His greatest Karen Simpson who is the current club achievement was in lining out assistant secretary. Another grandon the first Cavan team to win niece Julie Kellegher has helped out in a senior All-Ireland title against the club. She is married to Jerome Galway in 1933 when he Kellegher who is a former long-serving played at right half back. In the club under-age secretary. Jerome still 1933 All-Ireland semi-final coaches on Saturday mornings in Kerry, as in 1982, were going Terry Coyle Park and is a regular for the five-in-row in Bréifne worker at our club bingo in the FarnPark but Cavan, with Terry ham Hotel on Friday nights. Their son Sonny Magee and Terry Coyle on the boat 1934 Coyle again lining out at right Damian played for Cavan Gaels at all half back, won by 1-5 to 0-5. The final there was a replay. You can imagine under-age levels before travelling to Glasgow whistle brought unprecedented scenes of Cavan's dismay when the Central Council where he is now teaching". excitement and rejoicing. You can also ruled in favour of Galway who went on to imagine the excitement later in Cavan win the All-Ireland. In that game in 1934 In his life outside football Terry Coyle was a town and particularly up the Barrack Hill Terry Coyle was marking Mick Donnellan, barber. He served his time under Tom on that momentous day for Cavan football. father of the famous Donnellan brothers McCusker's father in Main Street at the top of Among those lining out with Terry that day who won three All-Irelands in a row in the Bridge Street and continued to work there until were Sonny Magee, former principal of 1960s. That game in Tuam was Terry his illness. This was a busy place with a large Farnham National School, Louis Blessing, Coyle's last game with Cavan county snooker hall overhead. father of current Cavan Gaels secretary team. Terry also played in two national So who put the name Terry Coyle Park on the also Louis, and Jack Smallhorne who lived league finals against Kerry in 1931 and new Cavan Gaels' grounds which were officially in Cavan on the Railway Road in his later Meath in 1932. Cavan lost both games by opened on Sunday 24 May 1970? The late years and helped out at the Cavan Gaels a point. Paddy Conaty, a founder member and a former bingo. At club level Terry won two minor champichairman and president of Cavan Gaels, proonships with Cavan Slashers in 1925 and In 1934 Terry Coyle also played in the posed at a club meeting that the new grounds 1927. He won two senior championships famous All-Ireland semi-final against Galbe called after local football hero Terry Coyle. with the Slashers against Cornafean in way in what became known as the Tuam 1930 and 1931 along with Tom Crowe Fiasco. A crowd of almost 20,000 people CONTD ->

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 5 Who was Terry Coyle contd. Cavan - All-Ireland championship winners 1933 Terry Coyle in the front row second from right All at the meeting were in agreement with this proposal. What wasn't mentioned on the night was that it was Paddy's wife Kathleen who first proposed the name!! The credit goes to her. So the next time we refer to going up to Terry Coyle we will be aware that our grounds have been named after a footballer who lived just a stone's throw away from our present pitch, who represented Cavan with distinction at a crucial stage in the development of the GAA in county Cavan, who played his club football with Cavan Slashers at the highest level and who died from TB at the premature age of 35. Let's hope that the present and future generations of the youth of Cavan Gaels will always be inspired by the local footballing hero, Terry Coyle. In the souvenir programme for the official opening of Terry Coyle Park in 1970, Seán Ó Síocháin, GAA secretary, said" It was Terry Coyle's respect for his fellow-men, both on and off the field, which endeared him to everybody. These are the important things where all our players are concerned- ability and brilliance of performance yes- but unless our players temper their God-given football gifts with respect for their opponents in their conduct on the field of play and carry this through to the game of life, the message of the Gaelic Athletic Association will, in large measure, have been lost on them". 'Sé mian mo chroí go mbeidh an Pháirc seo mar chabhair agus taca ag cur le neart agus teacht aniar glún i ndhiadh glúna den baile seo agus go mbeidh spiorad and ardaidhmeanna Traolach Ó Cadhla iontu uilig. Childrens Officer: Anne Fortune 0879874758 Designated Liaison Person: Michael Mooney 0876435901 Rebecca Neligan 086-3631433 Wedding Bells Congratulations to Joe and Sarah Dunne 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 6 PAGE 6 Senior Player Profile What is your outstanding memory from your GAA career to date? Winning the Cavan senior county final in 2014 and the minor county final in Donegal in 2003 If you could revisit one moment from your career and change it, which moment would you choose and why? Ulster quarter-final v Slaughtneil, played poorly and left the game behind us. Left ourselves with a lot to do after poor first half and then seeing Slaughneil winning Ulster and making the All-Ireland club final on Paddys Day made it even harder to take. Who was your toughest opponent? Michael Murphy Glenswilly/Donegal What’s the most you have ever scored in one game? Probably popped up with 1-3 or 1-4 from my u-16/minor days on the opposite square!! What 3 people, alive or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Kevin Bridges for the comedy, Stephen Fry for the conversation and Mila Kunis to see if she would fall for the Donegal accent! What would you like to change about your game? Hard to change it now at my age but being able to read a game a bit better and see where problems are happening and being able to change it during the game instead of regretting it afterwards. What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? Playing golf and watching most sports apart from snooker/cricket. What's the best piece of advice you ever received? "When you lose, don't lose the lesson". I remember being told this as a young lad and it always encouraged me to take positives from defeats and learn from them to come back stronger. What's your favourite GAA memory? Watching friends and former club mates from Donegal lift Sam in 2012 Who is the best hurler and footballer you have ever seen? Joe Canning and Karl Lacey Martin Cassidy DOB: 8/5/1984 Honours Donegal Co. championship at U14 X 2, U16 X 2, minor X 2, U21 X 1 senior championships in Donegal and Cavan Sigerson Cup at Sligo IT X 2. Club Lotto You may not be in a position to act on a club committee. You may wish however to make a consistent contribution to the work that the Cavan Gaels club is doing. Why not ensure that your name is on a lotto envelope every week? And when you get the opportunity, you can encourage others to play the lotto every week. Most recent winners- 30 August - Helena Duffy, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Rosemary Murphy, Moira Leddy, Paul Sheridan. 6 September- Frank Farrell, Pauric Curran, Angela Newman, P.J. Lynch, Eoin Smith. 13 September- Donagh Reilly, Rosemary Murphy, Liz Jermyn, Anne Teresa Michelle, Alison Maguire. 20 September- Natasha Bravender, Michael Sexton, Kathleen O Sullivan, May Lynch, James O Dowd. 27 September- Thomas Lynch, Mark Johnston, Pauric Curran, Teresa Galligan, Ann O Donnell. Thanks to all those who buy the lotto every week. Thanks also to those individuals who sell the lotto. We appreciate all those people who display the club lotto in their shops and pubs. And we say thank you to the teams who coordinate the lotto draw. Finally we thank all of our bingo patrons who buy the lotto at our Friday night bingo in the Farnham Hotel.

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 7 Congratulations Cavan Gaels Development Draw 1st prize- A kitchen or wardrobes (valued at €3500) kindly presented by Brian Galligan, Kitchens Direct. Winner- Claire Dunne c/o Martin Dunne Snr. 2nd prize- Two All-Ireland football final tickets plus a night for two in the Radisson Blu, St Helen's Hotel, Dublin. Winner- Emma McMahon c/o Bingo. Thanks to all those who bought tickets for this draw and to Niall O Riordan whose brainchild the draw was. Thanks also to Brian Galligan for his generosity in donating the first prize and to his wife Karen and son Darragh for their sterling work for Cavan Gaels. Ladies Football Congratulations to our senior ladies football team who reached the championship final last month on the 3G against Cornafean. It was a well contested first half with only a few points separating the two teams. Unfortunately, Cornafean's experience stood to them and they were the victorious team at the final whistle. That said, it was a huge achievement for our senior team who were only established this year. The future for Cavan Gaels is BLUE and PINK. Underage Camogie Damien Kellegher and Conor McClarey Congratulations to Damian Kellegher whose team Glasgow Gaels reached the final of the Scottish Gaelic Football Championship recently. They were narrowly beaten in the final. Congratulations also to Conor McClarey whose team Brian Boru won the San Francisco Gaelic Football Tournament. 50th Wedding Anniversary The underage camogie came on in leaps and bounds this year with our u-12s reaching the league final against Shercock on a bright, sunny Tuesday evening in Breffni Park. It was a well paced, well skilled and well fought battle but alas it did not go the way of the team. However, a positive outlook was taken by the girls and management alike, who were delighted and proud to represent their club in Breffni Park. This great achievement is down to the hard work of the 3 coaches, Karen, Mary and Michelle, who give their all at trainings and matches. On a low note, the camogie will be losing Michelle for the next few months as she departs for work overseas. We wish Michelle all the best in the upcoming months and thank her for her dedication and commitment to the underage camogie team. The camogie team represented the club at half time of the senior camogie final in Breffni Park this month, another accolade to the management. Underage camogie has now finished outdoor training. Indoor training will commence in the complex in late October. Keep an eye out in the club notes for the date and time. Phil and Geraldine Murray celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 11 September. They were married on 11 September 1965 the day before the county senior championship final when Cavan Gaels defeated Bailieboro to win the title for the first time. Phil and Geraldine went to the west of Ireland on their honeymoon. That was the only county senior final involving the Gaels that Phil, now resident in Cavan, has missed even though he was living in Bray for over forty years. We congratulate Phil and Geraldine on reaching this milestone, we wish them continued health and happiness in the years ahead and we thank them for their consistent work for Cavan Gaels.

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 8 Cavan Gaels Senior League Winners 1971 Back Row Left to Right: J.J.Reilly, Gabriel Kelly, Pat McNamara, P.J.Carroll, Hauley Reilly, John McNamara, Joe Mulligan, Ollie Galligan. Front Row Left to Right: Noel Smith, Phil Murray, Patrick Blessing (Capt), Eugene Reilly, Pearse Gilroy, Tony Dunne, Paddy Reilly Health and Well Being Note the following dates in the SOSAD Talk Series in the Farnham Arms Hotel at 7pm: Condolences Cavan Gaels GAA Club extends its sympathy to the family of the late Brian O Reilly Foxrock who died recently. Brian was a son of the famous Cavan footballer John Joe and Olive. Brian played on the Cavan Gaels minor team which narrowly lost the final to Bailieboro in 1962. He also lined out with Cavan Gaels at adult level. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam uasal. Thursday 8 October- Talk on Suicide by Dr Eoin Galavan, Clinical Psychologist Tuesday 3 November- Talk on Suicide Bereavement by Dr. Paul Gaffney, Clinical Psychologist Thursday 12 November- Teen and Adult Depression by Dr Tony Humphries, Clinical Psychologist, Author and Motivational Speaker. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. We hope that as many Cavan Gaels members as possible will be able to attend these important and topical talks. Cavan Gaels Stork Congratulations to Lorcan and Kelly Martin on the arrival of baby Connla. Also, congratulations to Edel O'Riordan and Kris Curran on the arrival of baby Ruairí

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 9 Gaels Around the World Letter from a Volunteer Coach "Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field. My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don’t know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received... angry emails, full of “suggestions,” about who should be playing where and how I... lost that day’s game for the kids. I thought I’d write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I’ll start it this way: “I am a volunteer.” I’m the one who answered the call when the club said they didn’t have enough coaches or managers. I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I’m not retired. I’m busy too. I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I’ve already been here over an hour? Imagine if you had to leave work early nearly every day. I’ve never seen you at a training. I’m sure you’re plugging away at the office. But I’m out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers. I know. I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I’m not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my trainings and games, and without me or someone like me, there’d be no team for them to play on. I’m part of this community too and it’s no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It’s a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is secondguessing you. And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I’m harder on him than on the others? I’m sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it from you at home, about what a poor manager I am. And if, even unconsciously, my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I’m making? Trust me, I want to win too. I like to think I treat everyone equally, yes even the weaker players get a chance, after all, in my eyes, it’s all about inclusion. After this game is over, I’ll be the last one to leave. I have to clear the pitch, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. Many nights I’m sure you’ve already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car, which hasn’t been washed or vacuumed for weeks. Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help collect the balls, bibs or bottles? If I sound angry, I’m not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you’re at the office working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometimes those who don’t choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do." Chris Quinn, Declan Meehan and Patrick Heslin are currently on a round the world trip for a year. The photo above was taken in Australia where they met up with Nicolas Walsh.

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ISSUE 6 PAGE 10 Minor Player Profile Shane Fortune DOB: 10th December 1997 Honours: Cumann na mBunscol 2008 & 2009 Roinn 1 medals u-12 Roinn 1 championship medal Rannafast Ulster Colleges medal 2013 MacRory Ulster Colleges medal 2015 What is your outstanding memory from your GAA career to date? Winning the MacRory Cup this year with St Patrick’s College Cavan. If you could revisit one moment from your career and change it, which moment would you choose and why? If I could go back, I would go back to May 2013 when we played Dungannon in the Brock Ulster Colleges final. We only lost narrowly and in extra time. If I could, I would also go back to the Ulster minor final and hopefully get a second chance to win it. Who was your toughest opponent? Eoin Cooney, Laragh is a tough opponent. What’s the most you have ever scored in one game? The most I have ever scored in one single game was 1-2, which was the Brock quarter final some years back. What 3 people, alive or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Joe Brolly, Fr Kevin Fay and Sir Alex Ferguson. What would you like to change about your game? I would like to improve my shooting game and use both feet more. What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA? I enjoy golf, basketball and tennis. What's the best piece of advice you ever received? The most important pieces of advice I received was ‘Develop your skills using both feet’ and ‘practise, practise, practise’. What's your favourite GAA memory? October 2013 when I got to meet some of the Irish team who played Australia in the Aussie Rules game in Breffni Park. Brilliant atmosphere and some of the Irish players gave us their gloves. Who is the best hurler and footballer you have ever seen? Henry Shefflin from Kilkenny is an outstanding hurler, probably the best ever and Sean Kavanagh from Tyrone is a very strong solid footballer. Under-10s Well done to the under-10s whose displays have caught the eye in recent tournaments: Gowna Tournament Our under-10s won the Gowna tournament despite stiff opposition. In the earlier rounds they defeated St Loman's, Mullingar, Ballymachugh and St Colmcilles to top their group. They went on to defeat Killygarry in the quarter-final, and Crosserlough in the semi-final. They overcame Mullahoran in the final. Drumlane Tournament We defeated Drung and Templeport in the earlier rounds and were beaten by Crosserlough. In the semi-final we overcame Kinawley but failed to win the competition outright when Crosserlough outlasted us in the final. Well done to the players and management.

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