hopes Exiles can kick on
Lorcan Mulvey in action for the Butlersbridge club
moving to London last year where he is a site agent with
Berkeley Homes former Butlersbridge and Cavan star Lorcan
Mulvey has established himself as a driving force at centrefield
for both Fulham Irish and London. We caught up with the talismanic
midfielder to reflect on 2012 and look forward to 2013.
Even though Paul Coggins London produced some very impressive
performances in 2012 none more so than against Antrim in
the SF qualifiers Lorcan Mulvey wasnt content with
how things panned out. Mulveys strong fielding and powerful
running were key features of the Exiles campaign, but the
Cavan native expected them to do even better:
Im not particularly happy, he concedes. I
thought we could have gone a couple of stages further. We were very
optimistic this year because we had a very strong panel with a lot
of very strong players who we wouldnt have had at our disposal
the previous year.
Against Leitrim in the Connacht championship, we simply didnt
play to our potential on the day. Against Antrim, it wasnt
that we played badly but Antrim were a better team and they edged
past us. But the Leitrim game is the one we look back on with most
regret we were very disappointed because not one of us played
to our potential that day.
Lorcan goes high while lining out for Cavan
national football league campaign got better as it went on. We were
getting to know each other as the league progressed because its
a new team in London each year and it takes time for the players
to get used to each other.
Even though this was my first year involved with London, I
have looked at different London teams in the past and they tend
to have completely new players each year, which presents a massive
challenge in itself. People tend to come over and back, maybe stay
for one year or emigrate to Australia or somewhere else, or else
they just dont want to give the commitment for a second year.
This is definitely one of the biggest problems facing London football;
if we could get a settled team, year in year out, it would make
a big difference.
Encouragingly, there appears to be a very good chance of this happening
in 2013: The ways things are, there dont seem to be
too many players intending to move on this time, Mulvey notes.
But its still only September and theres a few
months to go yet before the start of the season and you dont
know whats going to happen between now and then. However,
the manager is optimistic and if we could overcome that problem
everything else might fall into place.
Will the Cavan man be there himself? At the moment Im
with a very good company and I have no intention of leaving. Of
course, if the perfect job opportunity ever came up at home, I would
have to jump at it. But the work over here is good and London is
an excellent city that I would recommend to anybody. Its very
self-sufficient workwise a mini economy in itself. Theres
a big population in London and theres always lots of work;
its like a bubble, separate from the rest of the UK economy.
At home, if you get a job it will be short-term, but this job Im
on at the moment is high-profile and its a good one to have
on the CV.
Any regrets about leaving Cavan? And Butlersbridge? I never
wanted to do it. I was only out of work for two weeks when I left,
but I couldnt afford to hang around so I decided to
go for it. London is a nice city and its very easy to get
on with people. Theres a huge Irish community and once you
join a GAA club you have 40 friends straight away!
The club Lorcan joined is Fulham Irish. Theyve been
in existence seven years and we won the SFC last year for the first
time. This was my second year with them and I was lucky enough to
captain the team. Unfortunately, we got knocked out at the quarter-final
stage, having never really got going. Its hard to put titles
back-to-back but theres a very good bunch of lads there and
we hope to win it back again next year.
Lining out for the London team
hopes to kick on with the Exiles next year as well and the aim is
to win three or four games in Division Four of the NFL. Long term,
he admits that the lure of his homeland never diminishes: Its
always in my head to go back to Cavan and I would love to play a
couple of good years with Butlersbridge. Im not getting any
younger and Id like to play for them again while I still have
something to offer. Id say the Cavan thing could be gone for
me now but Id like to get back to Butlersbridge within the
next two or three years.
Is travelling over and back an option? I played a few games
with them last year but its very tough flying over and back
for games and you would be wrecked after it.
Mind you, its also tough playing for London with the amount
of travelling thats involved! Its easier to live
in Dublin and play for Cavan, Lorcan concludes. Its
an hour and a half from Dublin to Cavan but in London its
an hour and 45 minutes to get to training and the same back. There
are three of us from South London on the panel and we have to travel
to North West London for training, because thats where the
majorityof them are based. Its hard on the body and hard on
the mind but you just have to get on with it.