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01/11/2015 I S S U E 7 N E W S L E T T E R J.J. Reilly Keadue and Ashe Street, Cavan After studying for the Higher Diploma in Education, J.J. began his teaching career in St Clare’s Secondary School, Cavan and two years later, in 1974, began an illustrious career on the staff of St Patrick’s College, Cavan. He became a dedicated teacher of English to Leaving Certificate Honours Level. J.J. also taught Religion and imparted a sense of justice and good living to many in his care. J.J.’s love for reading, writing and correctness in the written word during his 33 years in his Alma Mater has stayed with so many for life. He quietly applied this knowledge of the English language in proofreading books, articles, assignments and theses for a great number of people while he was working and after retiring in 2007. His club, Cavan Gaels, greatly treasures his book, Come On The Gaels, and he has left the legacy of an excellent online Club Newsletter. J.J. always found time to privately give direction to young people experiencing difficulties in and out of school. His humanity as Year Head was always appreciated by First Year students in St Pat’s and he was known to give free private tuition to those in need of help. J.J. became a constant figure on the Gaelic football fields of the school coaching all grades up to McRory level in all kinds of weather -with the same enthusiasm no matter what the results. Future generations of club and county footballers Tá dobhrón domhain ar an gCumann go léir ag an am seo i ndiaidh bháis an Thaoisigh, J.J. Reilly. Fear cumasach, tábhachtach, íontach, omósach ab ea J.J. agus beidh sé de shíor beo inár gcuimhneacha agus inár smaointe. Ní bheidh dearmad déanta dá n’oidhreacht. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís. owed their essential skills to the expertise and persistence of this man. J.J. also found time to accompany students on educational outings, especially to plays in Dublin. His participation in the Rainbows Programme helped those students affected by separation or family bereavement. Many teachers who arrived on the staff of the College still fondly recall how J.J. quietly became their mentor and helped them to settle into their new careers. The Cavan Gaels Club was formed in 1957. The man whose name was to become synonymous with Cavan Gaels was only nine at that time. While the new club was James Joseph Reilly (J.J.), eldest son of Michael and Mary Elizabeth Reilly, was born on 7th March 1948. J.J.’s early education took place in St Clare’s Primary School and the De La Salle School in Cavan. Awarded a scholarship in 1960, he attended St Patrick’s College as a day student. In 1965, based on his excellent Leaving Cert results, J.J. won a University Scholarship to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. In 1968 he was part of the Maynooth team that won the Universities League Division 1 Title. He left Maynooth in 1970 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Ancient Classics.


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ISSUE 7 PAGE 2 establishing itself, J.J. was busy helping his De La Salle School to win three Under 14 County Urban League titles in a row, 1960,’61,’62. He carried this success on into the Under 16 Grade with the Oliver Plunkett’s Team in 1963. As early as 1967, J.J. was already a sub on the Cavan Gaels Senior team. For the next 27 years he owned the Number 8 jersey and captained the victorious 1975 Senior County Champions. Other Championship medals came in 1977 and 1978. J.J. was part of the very successful Cavan Gaels team that claimed two Senior League titles in the 1970s. His long-range fisted points became the bane of many an opposition side. He also held two All Ireland Over-40 medals from 1993 (while still playing for The Gaels) and 1996. J.J. devoted his life to Cavan Gaels. He was the tireless Secretary of The Finance Committee, extending this role to include fundraisers, bucket collections at checkouts and for over thirty years organizing and running weekly Bingo with a welcome for all. Could the club have had a better PRO over the years, especially when it came to keeping contact between past and present players in the Gaels Family! He brought his wisdom to bear on the Club’s Five Year Strategic Plan and shared that gift of wisdom with many a young club member. J.J.’s coaching skills bore fruit in 1990 with the first Under 12 County Title for the Club. He had similar success at Feile na nOg All Ireland level in 1996 and 1997. His coaching record at Minor County Championship level cannot be rivaled with twelve titles in thirteen years. And at the time when PJ Carroll was Senior County Manager, J.J. was a Selector. J.J. knew how to relax when in company. He enjoyed a good singsong, whether it was a family occasion, a victory celebration or a gathering as far away as New York, Cuba or Vancouver. ‘The Gallant John Joe’ was his favourite party piece, with The German Clockwinder and My Brother Sylvest coming close behind. He was a faithful member of The Cathedral Choir and he is also remembered for his roles in The Tops of Breffni shows, in the Boy Scouts’ Pantomimes and with the Ballintra Players. He was a man well-grounded in his Faith: attending daily Mass; helping on Pilgrimages to Lourdes for young disabled people; participating in Perpetual Adoration; doing charity work like Meals on Wheels. At the time of his death, J.J. was Chairperson of The Parish Council and well respected throughout the Diocese Of Kilmore. Above all, J.J. was a Family Man. He had long been a Father figure to his four brothers after the early deaths of his parents. That brotherly love led J.J. to make nearly twenty trips to see his youngest brother, Noel, in the Cayman Islands where he helped to set up a Gaelic Football Club. He was very close to his nieces and nephews and they looked on their uncle as more of a personal friend. Thank you On behalf of the Reilly family, we would like to thank each and everyone of you in Cavan Gaels for the wonderfully dignified send off you gave our beloved brother J.J. and for the overwhelming support you have afforded the family since J.J. became ill. Everything you did was perfection personified— stewarding, guards of honour, catering and especially J.J.’s last visit to Terry Coyle Park. From the smallest child to the most senior member, everybody in the club played their part to give J.J. the most moving and respectful “Good Bye”. He would have been so proud of you all. Paddy, Haulie, Eugene, Noel J.J. is survived by his brothers Paddy, Haulie, Eugene and Noel; his sisters-in-law Deirdre, Marion, Clare and Mary Jane; his nieces Siobhan, Muireann and Lizanne; his nephews Donagh, Sean, Dominic, Eamonn, Mark and Rossa; his much-loved grandnieces and grandnephews Maia, Mollie, Freya, Senan and Oscar. J.J.’s removal took place from The John McMahon Funeral Home on Saturday 17th October, accompanied by a number of Guards of Honour, to the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim, Cavan. Poignantly, the cortege was greeted with a great display of affection by the young people of Cavan Gaels at Terry Coyle Park en route. His Funeral Mass was concelebrated at 11.30am on Sunday 18th with Fr Ultan McGoohan as Chief Celebrant. It is estimated that over three thousand mourners paid their final respects to J.J. over the two days. Draped with the Cavan Gaels Colours, J.J.’s coffin was taken to Killygarry Cemetery for burial alongside his parents. “Non omnis moriar” (Horace, Odes) Not all of me shall die.


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ISSUE 7 PAGE 3 Dates for your Diary Cavan Gaels AGM Club members are reminded that our AGM will take place in the Farnham Arms Hotel on Saturday 28 November. Health and Well Being Note the following dates in the SOSAD Talk Series in the Farnham Arms Hotel at 7pm: 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. Good Luck Wishing the underage Scor na nOg entrants, Dara, Emer and Charlotte Ronan and the Margaret Webber school of dancing, the best of luck in the competition next weekend. Childrens Officer: Anne Fortune 0879874758 Designated Liaison Person: Michael Mooney 0876435901 Rebecca Neligan 086-3631433 Under-14s Our under-14 Boys have progressed into the semi-finals of this year’s Div. 1 Championship. They will now meet Redbridge on Sunday 1st Nov. on the 3G at 8p.m. Please support agus Ádh Mór orthu 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 Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí Praise Youth and it will flourish Cavan Gaels is a Children First Club Look out for promotions at our launch in early November


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ISSUE 7 PAGE 4 Senior Men The final game of the year normally passes without any significance for Cavan Gaels but this year it had a huge bearing on the club. Facing relegation there was one hurdle to jump. A minutes silence before the game for the great J.J. Reilly set the tone. No motivation was needed for this group of players as they owed this game to a legend within our club who sadly passed away long before his time. From the start the intention was clear that we meant business. With Martin Dunne scoring the opener there was a sense of "will to win" in the air. Positive play and tackle count high ensured we went in at half time with a sizeable lead, 1-5 to 3 pts. The second half started just as the first had. A hunger to do JJ proud. With ferocious tackling in defence and quick forward play Ballinagh soon lost their fight. With them down to 10 men the Gaels played smartly to see the game out. The final blow came when Andy Graham finished smartly to the net. A good performance all round saw Cavan Gaels safe from relegation and only one win away from top spot. A nice way to end the year and a performance which was dedicated to a man that helped each and every player involved in the game., to JJ Reilly. Ladies After being narrowly defeated recently by Killinkere in the Championship semi-final, our girl’s minor team travelled to Ballymchugh on Saturday last for the divisional Shield final. Their opponents were Arva. While Arva started strongly with a couple of early goals, the Gaels girls settled to the task and emerged the better team by 5 points. The Shield was presented to Gráinne Burns and Hannah McHugh who dedicated their victory to the late J.J.Reilly. Well done to all agus comhghairdeas. Hard luck to our U 12s girls team last week who lost out by 1pt to Baileboro in the final. Fantastic effort in terrible conditions but you did yourselves and the club proud. Keep working hard and it's only a matter of time till the cups come. Cavan Gaels Abu



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