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November 2014


Dear Members:


46th Annual Dinner Dance

The annual dinner dance will take place on Saturday December 6th at Riccardo’s By the Bridge in Astoria, Queens.   The cocktail hour commences at 8:00pm followed by speeches and presentations, dinner and open bar. Music by Frank Keegan Band.  For information on table reservations please contact Dance Chairperson, Tom Cahill at 917-400-3167.  Tickets are $90 per person or $900 for table of 10.


Our Guest of Honor this year is PJ Smith a native of Ballymahugh.  PJ has given many great years to the Club and is presently Club Chairman.  He is indeed a worthy recipient of this honor.


We will also award Players of the Year to the following for their contributions: Senior Players Gavin Joyce (Ballymartin, County Down) and Conor Hogan (St. Barnabas, New York), Junior Dan Shanaghy (Lacken) and Ladies Player of the year Aoife O’Rourke, (Donaghmore/Ashbourne, Co. Meath).


A journal contract is included with this newsletter.  Ads cost Gold $200, Full $100 and Half $75.  All checks should be made payable to the Cavan Football Club of New York.   Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, all ads must be in by Monday, November 24th no exceptions.  The Journal Chairperson is Rosie O’Reilly 914-426-6977 and her mailing address is 24 Harding Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704.


Super Bowl Draw

The annual Super Bowl draw will take place on Sunday January 18th in Danny Macs on McLean Avenue.  1st Prize:  Two tickets to the 49th Super Bowl in Glendale Arizona, hotel for 3 nights and flights for two or $5,000 in cash.  Tickets are $20.00 each and will be available in the usual establishments in the next few weeks.


Chariperson:      Ciaran McCabe 646-545-1921

Paddy Reilly – 973-768-0455


Senior Football

Our Senior team failed to make the play-offs but this was not for want of effort from the players or team Managers Michael Sloan or his selectors Mike O’Reilly, Brendan Reilly and Ciaran McCabe.  Their quest for honors went down to the last game where they were beaten by Monaghan.  Our many thanks to the Players, Managers and Selectors.






Ladies Football

The Cavan Ladies did not make it to the Sean Faherty Championship final this year having been beaten by Na Fianna in the semi-final.  However, the building effort for next year has begun already and they hope to be back in 2015.


The Ladies will hold their 23rd annual dinner dance on Saturday, November 29th in Maestro’s Caterers in the Bronx.  This year’s Guest of Honors will be Division 3 Feile Champions, with Keelan McLaughlin of Crana Electric receiving the Collette Horkan Memorial Award.  Crana Electric came onboard this year as the main sponsor of the New York Ladies team.


Junior Football

2014 proved to be a great year for our Junior team as they won the New York Junior Championship for the first time since 1979.  They also won the league.  Congratulations to Manager Ciaran Shields, his selectors, Mike Reilly, Ciaran McCabe, Michael Smith, Phil Reilly and the following panel of players:


Mark Galligan – Crosserlough                                     Steve O’Conor – Antrim

Dan Shanaghy – Lacken                                                 Barry Dalton – Mullahoran

Eoin McPhillips – Denn                                                  Ryan Hennessy – Donegal

Dan King – Mullahoran                                                  Michael Smith – Mullahoran

Brendan Reilly – Mullahoran (Captain)                   Sean McGivney – Denn

Tommy Warburton – Westmeath                             Chris O’Dowd – Killeshandra

Rory Brendan – Killeshandra                                       Liam Farrell – Down

James Galligan – Lacken                                                                Brian Murray – Fermanagh

Rory O’Connor – Roscommon                                    Seamus Kelly – Wexford

Paddy Smyth – Meath                                                   Francy O’Rourke – Leitrim

Eoin Ward – Leitrim

Colm McGinn – Down


After a strong showing in the round robin where they only lost two games Cavan faced a formidable team in Westmeath in the semi-final.  After a hard fought encounter Cavan ran out winners by 3-8 to

1-6, so the scene was set for a great final against a strongly fancied Longford team.  But this Cavan team was up to the task and despite losing two key players to injury early (Owen Ward and Eoin McPhillips) they ran out winners 3-8 to 0-12.  Man of the Match was Lacken native and son of the great Jimmy Galligan, James Galligan who gave a master class in midfield play.  So congrats to all, our first Junior Championship since the days of Rehill, Denneny, Sheridan, Moynagh, McKiernan, Duggan, the late Sean Leddy and Sean Smyth, whom your prayers are asked for as he is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.  We wish him well.







Boxing Night

The Club held a boxing night in St. Mary’s Church Gym, in Woodside on June 14th, which proved to be a very successful night.  Thanks to all the boxers, refs and all the organizers who did a great job under the Chairmanship of Phil Reilly.  Thanks again Phil for a great night.



Our Golf outing remembering Peter McKiernan took place in Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course on June 22nd.  The overall winner was Ballymachugh native Kenin Denneny.  Well done Kevin.  This event was chaired by Philip Sheridan who again did a great job in getting golfers and sponsors on board.  Thanks again Philip for a job well done.


New York Ladies

Last but not least we should mention the New York Ladies who gave such a great account of themselves in the All-Ireland Junior Ladies final in Croke Park.  After easily defeating Derry in the semi-final they turned up in Croke Park on September 28th with high hopes but just fell short mainly due to the exploits of the Wexford goalkeeper Mary Rose Kelly who made many great saves.


The New York Ladies Board is chaired by Rosie O’Reilly Broderick, team co-Manager and there were 11 Cavan Club members on the New York Panel: Nora Kilkenny, Aoife O’Rourke, Catriona Raftery, Caitlin Hynes, Ciara Scally, Alisha Jordan, Emma Clarke, Niamh Walsh, Mairead Ruane, Kelly Donoghue and Rosie O’Reilly-Broderick.


Again Ladies you did us proud!



  • To Brendan O’Reilly & Nicole Fusaro on their upcoming marriage in West Palm Beach on January 2nd.
  • To Allison O’Reilly and Hilary Gilmartin on the birth of their daughter Ayla.
  • To Declan and Breda Dellahunty on the birth of their daughter Mia Alice, who joins big brother Ken.




  • To Kathleen Fitzpatrick and family on the death of her husband Noel.
  • To Connie O’Reilly and family on the death of his former wife Marion.
  • To Rosie and Donie O’Reilly-Broderick on the death of Donie’s sister in Ireland, Martina Burns.
  • To the Cahill family on the death of Mary Cahill, daughter of the late Pat Cahill.



PJ Smith                                                                                                                               Michael Smith 

Chairperson                                                                                                                       Secretary                                            










Cavan 3-8   Longford 0-12

Cavan are the New York champions in the men’s division for the first time since 1990 when the Anthony Rehill led side were the senior champions.  This is their first  Junior A championship title since 1979 when  a side with Shane Moynagh starring took home the crown. The hard work was worth it as captain Brendan O’Reilly held up the Charlie Sweeney cup in victory and the Breffni Boys move onto the intermediate ranks for 2015.

It was a hard fought battle, but the brillance of Steve O’Conor and the dogged determination and fielding skills of James Galligan lead the winners home. Galligan was outstanding, as he won the high ball and the hard ball in the middle of the field. His passing was top rate as he constantly found a teammate in a good position in his man of the match performance.

The first half, was beset with off the ball tangling, late hitting, ugly tackling and a number of injuries. After an oppening when football was played it turned into an ugly affair where far more yellows could have and should have been given and at least two reds.

As it turned out, Eoin Ward and Kieran Tavey left the field with nasty injuries and a number more also left for doctor visits. Cavan lead 1-4 to 0-5 at the break with all of their points coming from frees.

The goal arrived after four minutes and cancelled out a Kevin Smyth pointed gem from the corner and a Kavanagh point from play. Defender Dan Shanaghy stormed forward and linked with Colm McGinn before crashing the ball to the top right corner.

Longford had a clear cut goal chance of their own in the eighth minute when Martin Brady broke free on goal, but his low shot was easily dealth with by Mark Galligan. Paul O’Hara did loft a point a minute later to narrow the gap, but Steve O’Conor added two frees in, both arriving when he was fouled.

With Cavan now ahead 1-2 to 0-3, a series of needless bad tackles occurred and a number of players were injured. Ward and Tavey left the field but the sour feelings festered.

Smyth with another beauty, and Kavanagh with a free leveled the contest, but as the half came to a close O’Connor again dispatched a pair of frees over the lathe, both again after he was fouled. He was tormenting the rearguard with and without the ball.

Cavan put paid to the challenege of Longord in a six minute scoring burst to open the second half. Two minutes in O’Connor was pulled down in the box, and he dispatched ther resulting penalty to the back of the net to extend the advantage 2-4 to 0-5. Brian Kavanagh did have a free in reply, but goal number three arrived moments later.

From the Leitrim kick out, James Galligan made a towering catch. He moved the ball forward to Seamie Kelly who in turn found McGinn. The wily wing forward made no mistake at asking as he fired to the net.

It was now a game of catch up for Longford and they looked more likely to need a goal, one that they never threatened to get. The closest that they had in the next 10 minutes was a low drive from Sean Hand that went low across the goal and harmlessly wide.

Kavanagh did have a brace from frees, the first when Smyth was pulled back, the second from an impossible angle on the sideline 30 yards from goal.

Things took a turn for the worse, however, with 15 minutes left. A tough tackle by Brendan Donaghue on Kelly resulted in the corner back receiving his walking papers while Kelly received attention.

McGinn had a point from play in the aftermath as the resulting free was worked into his hands, and he chipped over to again put six between the sides, 3-6 to 0-8.

O ’Connor followed with a point from a free before Liam Farrell had a goal chance that the defense cleared.

Longford lost Michael Ledwith to a black card with seven minutes left, but they battled on gamely actually outscoring Cavan 4-2 the rest of the way.

Any serious goal danger was cleared as O’Reilly had two timely interceptions, and Tommy Warburton also had a number of clearances. James Galligan was also lending a hand at the back which helped immensely against the shorthanded Longford side.

For Cavan, Mark Galligan did all that was required. He had one very timely stop when the game was still in the balance. Dan Shanaghy, Brian Murray who came on for the injured McPhilips, O’Reilly and Warburton all played impressive parts in the back line.

O’Reilly plays on the edge, but his tough tackling gives forwards nightmares. Warburton moved the ball out of the defensive end very well throughout. James Galligan dominated the middle, especially in the second half when he was a colossal.

Colm McGinn, the brilliant Steve O’Connor and Seamus Kelly all had leading roles up front. Eoin Ward was a huge loss, but the forward line regrouped and all stepped up to help fill the shoes collectively. Kelly was again a super sub.

For Longford, John McCorry, Mike Creegan, Paul O’Hara first half all had shining moments. Kevin Smyth kicked two lovely points while Kavanagh kicked eight but only two from play. The ball just didn’t get into the full forward line in a timely or productive manner.

In the second half Kavanagh was out on the forty and too far from goal to cause serious problems.


Longford: 1 Martin O’Connor, 2 John McCorry, 3 Michael Ledwith, 4 Brendan Donaghue, 5 Val Delaney, 6 Mike Creegan, 7 Kieran Tavey, 8 Paul O’Hara (0-1), 9 Martin Brady, 10 Cathal Monaghan, 11 Mark Diffley (0-1), 12 Nathan Finnigan, 13 Sean Hand, 14 Brian Kavanagh (0-8), 15 Kevin Smyth (0-2). Subs: Sean Boyle, Ronan Rodgers, Cillian Barkley.


Cavan: 1 Mark Galligan, 2 Dan Shanaghy, 3 Owen McPhillips, 4 Dan King, 5 Brendan O’Reilly, 6 Tommy Warburton, 7 Rory Braden, 8 James Galligan, 9 Rory O’Connor (0-1), 10 Colm McGinn (1-1), 11 Paddy Smyth, 12 Eoin Ward, 13 Ryan Hennessy, 14 Barry Dalton, 15 Stevie O’Connor (1-6). Subs: Seamus Kelly, Brian Murray, Sean McGivney.


Man of the match: James Galligan (Cavan).


Referee: Pat Donohue.