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in the cockpit
Some people are inextricably identified with everything
that's good and progressive about their club. In that regard, Arva's Barney
Cully fits the bill.
looking to a brighter future
If you were to epitomise the Arva club, you would have
to go no further, than current player, and last year's PRO, Damien Maguire.
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determined to get lucky again
Bailieboro Shamrocks were fancied to make a speedy return
to senior league and championship ranks in 2006 but it didn't happen.
Kevin Carney asks three leading club officials what went wrong.
love affair continued
Bailieboro Shamrocks' romance with the Under 12 Roinn
A Championship continues unabated. 2003 saw the prized silverware return
to the east Cavan town.
up the trophy cabinet
It's always nice to be 'in the chair' when silverware
is brought home - as was the case with Bailieboro's outgoing chairman
Philip McDonald last year.
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but not out
Ballinagh surrendered their senior status at the end
of a gruelling 2009 championship campaign. Luck seemed to desert the
Yellow & Whites at critical times and demotion came as a bitter blow
at the conclusion of an epic nine-match run. However, they showed enough
during the year to success that they can bounce straight back up in
the months ahead and club PRO Martin Smith is confident the corner can
be turned in 2010.
If 2009 is anything to go by, Belturbet Rory OÕMoores
are moving in the right direction. During the season gone by, the Maroon
& Whites captured the ACFL Division Four title, finished second in Division
One, reached an U21 championship final and a junior ÔBÕ decider and
also qualified for the latter stages of the SFC. All in all, the town
club has every reason to approach 2010 brimming with confidence, conviction
2004 was a truly historic, unique season of football
for Cavan Gaels as they notched up nine county titles at all levels;
among them the senior championship and senior league titles
year for town club
Contesting any final in a year is sufficient pride and
achievement for most clubs, but to contest every final in the county
from U-14, 16, 18, 21, junior and senior (a total of eight in all),
is a message of such strong proportions that all other clubs in the
Breffni area will have noticed with awe and some trepidation. By Tony
season of so much promise ends in disappointment
At the conclusion of the 2001 football season in the
Breffni county, the Cavan Gaels club and their supporters were on a
high, having created something of a record by winning five major competitions
in the county. They had regained the status of leading senior club in
the county by annexing the senior football championship title - the
first time since back in 1978, the senior league title (Division 1)
- the second in a row; the under-21 championship title (Division 1)
also two-in-a -row; the minor 'A' championship title and league 'double'
- their fourth minor title on the trot, and to add to this they retained
the "Club of the Year'' title for the second year in succession. By
near, and yet so far!
At U-14 level, the Cavan Gaels club had their best season
in league competition for some years.
come good in the championship
At the start of the football season it did not seem at
all likely that the Cavan Gaels minors would experience the excitement
or joy of winning any title in 2002.
proved a testing ground for the famous ÔBlack and AmberÕ
A poor league run aligned to a turbulent championship
campaign saw the famous old Kilnaleck club in a struggle for survival
in the top echelons of Cavan football. Once taken for granted, their
stock just like that of ÔLehman BrosÕ bank was to endure a road of hardship
before they eventually settled their account with resolve and commitment.
times in Drung
Minus some of their top men, 2010 wasnÕt a bad year for
transition in Drung considering the decision to halt relegation from
the ACFL Division Two and in the Intermediate Football Championship
Ð not that they were all that far off in the latter. However, it was
St FinbarrÕs that again stole the show this past season.
cracks it ... eventually!
The adage that decrees that 'if at first you don't succeed
. . .' was never more exemplified than in the success of the Killeshandra-Cornafean
minor squad of 2004
for things to happen
Conor Shannon is one of Killeshandra's 'senior citizens'
at this stage. He recognises that the time for the Leaguers to strike
and not out
Killeshandra celebrate their centenary in 2003. Though
the club has fielded under a number of different names since its original
inception as Killeshandra Sons of Erin in 1903, the GAA has been going
strong in the area for a century now. What are the chances of them marking
the landmark anniversary with a JFC triumph?
They may not have set the world on fire but 2003 was nonetheless an
encouraging year for Killygarry. They held their senior status against
all odds and performed extremely well in the league, storming through
to the quarter-final stage. Eoin Smith, who featured with the county
U21s, reflects on a satisfactory season and looks forward to '04 brimful
for the next step
Since winning the 'intermediate double' in 1998, Killygarry
have made a habit of reaching the latter stages of the senior championship.
And, true to form, they did it again in 2002. Inspirational midfielder
Hugo Smith insists there's no reason why the Cavan town satellite club
can't take it a step further this season.
a positive message
Pauric Owens is one of the most efficient PROs in county
Cavan. But given his media connections, it's hardly surprising.
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