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January 10th 1938
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December 24th 1949
YMS Annual General Meeting .Chairman Rev.John
Maguire Secretary Denis Long Vice Chairman Phil Ruddy Treasurer Mick Fox.
Spiritual Director Father Joe Sheridan. Comittee John M Breen Paddy O Reilly
Gerry Lovett Joe Cullivan and J McCann. Admitted as members Edward Garry Bertie
Soden Edward Gorman Jim Fay Stan Mullery J Lynch John Maguire Kevin Green
Michael Sheridan Sean Sheridan Rev T O Dowd Jack Moore B Haig F Cahill L
Fitzpatrick Kevin McEntee Thomas Igoe Michael Murray and John Donohoe.
March 15th German troops pour across
the border to take over Austria.
The German Fuehrer was welcomed by tumultuous crowds in Vienna. Both Britain
have objected strongly to this union.
April 26th 1938 End of
Anglo Irish Economic War the Treaty Ports retained by the British are restored
to the Irish Free State and all punitive
tariffs between the two nations have been lifted.
June 30th: 1938
ouglas Hyde becomes the 1st
President of Ireland in modest splendour at a ceremony in Dublin Castle.
athedral Committee meet in Temperance Hall.
Cavan Reps. John F O Hanlon P N Smith Patrick O’Reilly Tom Burke Benny Whelan
John Brady Paddy Gaffney Patrick McCarren Peter Soden Barney O’Reilly Benny
Smyth Tom McGuinness Phil Cassells Vincent Cullen and John Magee.
avan retain their All Ireland Minor Crown. John
Johnston and Paddy Conaty are the Slasher's representatives.
Same Week: Father Malachy Byrne is proposed for
membership of Cavan CYMS by the Adm. Father John Maguire and seconded by
Rev Father Joe Sheridan (Spiritual
October 9th 1938:
aretaker of Cavan CYMS Michael Smith (‘Darkie’)
9 Owen Roe applies for an increase of 5/- per week. The Committee grant him
2/6d which brings his weekly wage to 17/6d.
Neville Chamberlain returns from Munich declaring ‘Peace
in our time”. Everything Hitler looked for he granted in a Munich accord. Winston Churchill called it a
sell out to Hitler and sending the wrong message with regard to Britain’s
stomach for a war. Accord betrays all guarantees give to Czchech Government as
Hitler’s troops massed in vast numbers take over Czechoslovakia.
YMS Annual General Meeting: President John M Breen Vice President H L Smyth Treasurer P O’Reilly Secretary Billy Browne. Spiritual Director Father J Sheridan.
Committee L Wall Joe O’Rourke B Clarke and Phil Ruddy NT. also present were Joe
Finnegan Jimmy Finlay Matt McCutcheon Jimmy Brennan Tom Fitzpatrick John Mulloy
Packy Leonard Jim Rafter and Pat McGovern.
November 10th 1938 Thousands of
Jewish shops and homes vandalized across Germany. Herman Goering says “they
should have killed more Jews and broken less glass”!
Meeting: President Phil Ruddy, Spiritual Director Rev J Sheridan CC, Secretary
Gerry Lovett, Treasurer Mick Fox. Committee: J Tracey P J Smyth P O Reilly
Same Week: Monthly meeting of Cavan Urban Council Miss
Mary Brady presided other members present were Phil Ruddy NT (Vice Chairman),T
F Flynn, Aidan Geraghty, Sean Magee, Joe McKiernan, John Moore and Pat Quinn.
Messers J J McGuinness (Town Clerk), Paddy Gaffney BE (Town Surveyor), Packy
Cullen (Town Superintendent), Jimmy Fitzpatrick (Waterworks Caretaker) and T
Smyth (Weighmaster) were also in attendance.
eath in France
of the poet William Butler Yeats at the age of 73. “His lyrics were created out
of the substance of this country”
On his 57th birthday in Paris James Joyce celebrated the publication
of his third novel ‘Finnegan’s Wake’
February 11th 1939:
by Bangor(10 points to Nil) in second round of
Provincial Cup Rugby at Dromkeen
.Cavan team. F Griffin Rev W J Steele, Alan Pollock, M O Beirne, V H Howard,
Victor Barham, B Farrell, Dr.F P E Smith, CJ Wright, Edward O Hanlon, Rev RC H
Turkington, B Gilmour, M Flannery, J Stewart,
Rev M Porteous.
Same Week: Billiards
league featured teams from Cootehill, Monaghan, Belturbet and Clones
February 18th 1939:
announce their first Annual Whist Drive in the Temperance Hall on the 28th
of March 1939.Prize money £6 with tickets priced at 2/-
Same Week: The Celt announce the death of Pope Pius X1 in Rome.
Tennis: The match between the Town Hall and the CYMS was postponed as a mark of
respect to the late Pope Pius X1.
February 20th 1939:
Rascal owned by Mickey Reilly Publican Upper Main Street into Round 4 of the Irish Derby Stakes in Clonmel
March 4th 1939:
and Te Deum in old Cathedral in thanksgiving for the election of Pope Pius X11.
Week: Anglers Club:
Officers elected for 1939:Chairman J F O’ Hanlon, VC James Donohoe (College
Street), Treasurer Mick Smyth, Secretary Alan Pollock, Committee: Johnny
Donohoe, F E Kennedy, George V Maloney, M Lee, A J Murdoch, E H Kennedy, Ernie
Smith, E White, Andy McEntee (Junior) and Austin Brady.
final of the Young People’s Cup in Clones on Tuesday night E .Lendrum beat W
Brownlee and received a cue in case.
Week:Camogie County Board:
Paddy Reilly Athbara (Chairman), Miss O Reilly (Killygarry) VC, Secretary: Rita
Sullivan (Cavan) and Treasurer Mrs Hennessy (Cootehill).
March 29th 1939:
Spanish Civil War as General Franco claims Madrid
and many of the Republican combatants have fled to France. As many as a half million
casualties died in the bitter civil war. Many of the Republicans have already
fled to France.
April 15th 1939:
Catholic Boy Scouts Broadcast from Radio Eireann. The Boy Scouts Harmonica Band
under their conductor John Donohoe (Scoutmaster) with John Sharkey using “his
splendid baritone voice” to sing ‘Come Back Paddy Reilly’. Robert Ryan played a
solo of ‘Ave Maria’ followed by contributions by E
Geraghty and Phillip Smith. Seamus Gilheaney made the
introductions on the microphone. Band-Tremolos
Charles Donohoe, Eamonn Geraghty, Robert Ryan, John Sharkey, Kevin Sheanon,
Philip Smyth, Gerald Cassidy, Patrick Halligan, Freddie Finlay, Sean Smith,
Terry Cassidy, Sean Greene and Brendan Miney, :Organs Patrick Breslin, Dennis Brennan, Joe Ryan, Tony Brady and
Jim Fay. Altos Kevin Miney, Michael
Cosgrove, George Leddy, Jackie Fitzpatrick. Thomas Duffy, Vincent Donohoe, Joe
Hickey, Peter Sexton, Norbert Igoe, Michael Smith and Brendan Dunne,
Week: Tommy Farr
beat American Clarence (Red) Burmann on points at Harringay Arena London.
September 9th 1939
World War 2-“long conflict expected” Hitler after months of building up troops
on the Polish Border marches into Poland and takes control of ‘the Polish
Corridor’ . France and Britain issued ultimatum to pull out of Poland ignored and Neville Chamberlain on a
bright sunny day declared that Britain
was now at War with Germany.
To the East of embattled Poland
the Red Army are massed in what observers says is a clear indication that
Hitler and Stalin have agreed to carve up Poland between them.
October 10th 1939
Kelly, Mary O’ Connell, Mairead Murray, Isolda Dolan Mary Timlin head the list
of Honours in Intermediate Certificate at Loreto College.
Week: General Help
wanted by October 18th 1939 reliable, steady girl for Business house .Plain cooking. Salary 35/-
per month (rising).
October 21st 1939:
beat Crubany in County Camogie Final Replay. Killygarry: Bridie O’ Reilly
(Capt.), Nora O’ Reilly, Julia O’ Reilly, Kathleen O’ Reilly, Kathleen Smyth,
Mollie Donohoe, Peggy Lynch, Ailish McMahon, Moya Donnolly, Kathleen Brady and
Lizzie Conaty. Rita Sullivan captained Crubany.
November 11th 1939:
and eating apples 1/- per stone. William Gordon Killyfassey.
by IRA on Ammunition Depot at the Phoenix
Park. As much as a
million rounds of ammunition are missing after the raid on Christmas Eve 1939.
1939 Worst night of German blitz on London
as the Germans try to burn this great city to the ground. Saint Paul’s burnt to the ground on a Sunday
night at Christmas when the Germans estimated the British would be less
prepared to defend themselves. It is estimated that 4,000 people per night are
being killed all over Britain
by Nazi Air Raids.
January 20th 1940:
Committee: President John M Breen, Secretary Billy Browne, Treasurer Guard L
Wall, Spiritual Director Father Joe Sheridan. Committee: Phil Ruddy Joe O
Rourke B Clarke and Hughie Smyth .Father John Maguire Adm. addressed the meting
Same Week: Annual Meeting of Drumcrave Band Committee
elected were Mr B Young (Chairman),P Smith (Treasurer),Andy O’ Brien
(Secretary) Committee J Leddy, Robert McCabe, T O’Keeffe, M Coyle, W Sheridan and J O’ Reilly.
Joyce a Galway man and former associate Oswald Mosley broadcasts nightly to Britain and Ireland
His scaremongering broadcasts are meant to sap the spirit of the British people
but instead the aptly named ‘Lord Haw
with a grand upper class English voice) has become an object of derision
February 3rd 1940:
beat Enniskillen at home: T Coyle 150 beat Adams 121,Michael Breslin 222 lost
to H Morris 250,Tom McCusker 250 beat J Presley220,J McIlvanna 121 lost to T
Morris 150,P Smith 127 lost to J Jones 250.Tom McCusker made breaks of
23,32,27,38,26.Michael Breslin had breaks of 48 and 22.
men Peter Barnes and James McCormack were executed by hanging at Birmingham
Jail for their part in the IRA Coventry Bombing last year. The evidence
condemning them was far from convincing . All Sporting and Entertainment events
are cancelled in protest.
February 10th 1940:
in Cavan town increase the price of a bottle of Guinness to 7 pence.
March 3rd 1940:
at home to Cavan CYMS on last Sunday, the visitors winning by three games to
two. Clones names first; D Maguire 181 Joe Higgins 250,J Rooney 247 Hughie
Smith 250,M Connolly 150 Joe O’ Rourke 73,Garda H Duffy 138 Mick Fox 150,L
Brady 250 Gerry Lovett 239.
Week: The prize for
the highest break in the Enniskillen tournament was won by Michael Breslin
(Cavan Legion) with a break of 47.
Hundreds die in terrible bombing in Belfast.
Mr DeVelera sent seventeen units of Dublin Fire Brigade to help fight the
numerous fires as Germany
tightens its grip from the air. De Velera commented the people in the North
were our own people after all!
1940 Winston Churchill faces a huge task as he takes over as Prime Minister in England which is almost on its knees from Germany
bombardment. His first words are I offer you nothing but blood sweat toil and
tears but our eventual victory over this evil enemy is assured. Meanwhile Germany who have taken over almost all of Europe
including Scandinavia are turning their attention to France. William Joyce a Galway man
and former associated of Oswald Mosley is broadcasting each night from Germany.
He has become an object of derision with his bold broadcasts of imminent doom
1940 Exiled Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky was murdered in Mexico City yesterday proving that Stalin’s
Arm is indeed long. The killer Ramon Mercader got close to Trotsky by posing as
a supporter before smashing the back of his head with an axe pick
October 13th 1940:
General Meeting: President Gerry Lovett, Vice President Mick Fox, Treasurer C
Burns Secretary Eugene Monahan, Spiritual Director Father Joe Sheridan.
Committee John M Breen Billy Browne John Weston and Pat McKiernan.
October 26th 1940:
Fixture November 3rd CYMS home to Clones, November 10th
away to Cavan Legion, November 17th away to Belturbet CYMS, November
24th away to Clones, December 1st home to Cavan Legion.
Saint Michael’s Enniskillen regret “due to World War 2 they are unable tot take
part this season”.
November 2nd 1940:
Committee: Bishop Patrick Lyons (Presiding) Father John Maguire, Secretary H F
Kennedy (Hibernian Bank).Committee Rev Shire, Patrick McCarren, Frank Lee
(Tullyco),Matt Boylan (Butlersbridge), Con P Smith, John F Conaty, John F O’
Hanlon, Patrick Greene (Saint Patrick’s Terrace) and E H Kennedy. Paddy Gaffney
(Town Surveyor) was appointed Air Raid
Warden for the town with power to co opt Assistant Air Raid Wardens for the outlying areas
week Red Cross:
Father John Maguire, Senator Paddy Baxter, Surgeon Cullen, P N Smith, J F O’
Hanlon, James McDermott, H F Kennedy, Alan Fagan, J G Butler, Seamus Gilheaney
NT, Mrs McMullin, Mrs Patrick McCarren, Miss Maggie McCabe and DT Dwane who
proposed a vote of sympathy to Doctor Clarke Tower Hamlet on the recent death
of his wife
November 23rd 1940:
Cavan Legion by 4 games to 1 away. Joe Higgins (CYMS) 250 beat Tom McCusker
239,while Packy Leonard beat Stan Mullery by187 to 175
Presented by Irish Red Cross: Doctor Clarke (Tutor) and Dr. T P O’ Reilly
(Examiner). Recipients were Lilly Beatty, Olive Black, Kay Brady (Maurice),
Kathleen Lunn, Kathy Smyth, Theresa Smyth, Rita Sullivan, Maureen Mullery,
Maggie McCabe, Billy Browne and Tom Fitzpatrick.
December 7th 1940:
Cavan Legion 3 games to 2 (Home):Joe Higgins 169 lost to Tom McCusker 250,Packy
Leonard 250 beat Stan Mullery 169,H L Smith216 lost to Michael Breslin 250,Joe
O’ Rourke 250 beat J McAviney 218,Gerry Lovett 250 beat J O’ Neill
228.Breaks:Leonard (CYMS) 62,29 (twice),27,19:Joe Higgins 32,26:Hughie Smith
31,27 Joe O Rourke:27,25.Gerry Lovett 22 (twice):McCusker (Legion)
41,20.Breslin 25,22.McAvinny 25,22.O Neill 28,29,27.
January 14th 1941:
eath in Zurich Switzerland
of peritonitis of the Dublin
author and playwright James Joyce at the age of 59. He recently fled from his
home in German occupied France.
In 1922 James Joyce shocked and divided the literary world with his
experimental novel Ulysses
February 15th 1941:
arm of land
with dwelling place and out houses £500 secures.
immediately young man to milk and do general farm work £9 per quarter.
March 8th 1941:
all time high price of 1-03d per stone.
Week: Condolence to
Mrs Joseph Hickey on the death of her brother Patrick Carville Mullingar.
March 15th 1941:
McCarren J P CUDC died at his residence ‘Brookvale’ after a long illness. He is
survived by his wife and sons Patrick,
Andrew, Tom, Dr. John. his daughters Mrs Kiernan, Margaret English and Sister
Mary Paul of the Holy Rosary Convent Killeshandra. Member of the first
Cathedral Committee of 1917,his was the first donation of £500 which he
continued to supplement over the years. As a mark of respect, at the request of
Bishop Lyons John Sisk and Company ceased all work on the new Cathedral during
his Removal and Funeral.
Week: Death of
Bertie Wellwood CE‘Springville’ (Rick and Carmel Lewis’ House).Distinguished
Engineer with Cavan County Council.
Railway Cup Final on Sunday 18th of March price 6/6 from Cavan,
Ballyhaise or Redhills.
Contractors finish the new TB Hospital at Lisdarn at a cost of £90,000
March 29th 1941:
Boxing Club Training in Temperance Hall next Sunday and Wednesday.
April 2nd 1941:
ames Cullen and Sons Connolly Street were the lowest
tenders for the supply of chairs to the Town Hall at 4/6d each Similar chairs
supplied by the firm to the Town Hall thirty years earlier are still in use.
April 23rd 1941:
dead in Belfast Air Raids as Britain
is bombarded by the German Lufthansa
troops take over Greece
symbolically raising the Swastika over the Acropolis. British and Greek troops
fled south to embark to England.
1941 North Strand in Dublin
is extensively bombed with 30 killed and 2,500 people being made homeless.
German bombers dropped landmines on Dublin’s
North inner city causing devastation and chaos. Assurance sought from German
authorities in Berlin for apology and
assurance that this act of terror and destruction will not be visited again on
Meanwhile Germany surprisingly turns its attention against
Stalin led Russia
after signing non aggression pact with Stalin. As many as 100 Divisions massed
along the 1800 mile border with Russia
from the Arctic Circle to the Black Sea.
Russians flee in bewilderment and disarray. Hitler is hoping his Blitzkrieg
tactics will see him capture Moscow before winter sets in and not be caught
like another dictator Napoleon in 1812 when he had to beat a very hasty and
blood retreat from frozen Russia.
September 15th 1941:
Slashers end Cornafean’s 6 in a row attempt and win the County Final(1-04
to 1-02) in ‘stormy’ conditions. Team: Pa Sheridan J Browne Frank Dowling James
McGahern Tom Cahill T P O’ Reilly Josie Greenan B Hunt Mick Fallon E McEntee
Paddy Conaty (captain) Joe Devlin John Johnston Paddy Lynch and M J (Sonny)
September 27th 1941 Kerry beat Cavan 9 points to
4 to win their 6th Junior crown at sparsely attended Croke Park
where there was no band no parade and no match programmes. Cavan and Kerry
supporters failed to travel due to War time restrictions and it was left to
Kerry and Cavan people working in Dublin
to cheer on their favourites. Cavan won the toss and elected to defend the
Railway goal with a slight breeze in their favour but a blinding sun in their
eyes It was Kerry’s 2nd All Ireland Championship in a week having
beaten Galway comprehensively a week ago in the Senior Final.Magnificient
display by Kerry who were man for man at least 3 stone bigger and stronger than
Cavan who missed the brilliance of Michael Fallon and Simon Deignan from their
Ulster Final team. Kerry used their high catching and kicking game to effect
while their forwards combined brilliantly but did not breach the Cavan goal
magnificently guarded by Des Benson Kerry led by 5-3 at half time after
dominating the first half. Kerry again dominated the 3rd quarter
with only the magnificence of the Cavan defence saving them from a massacre.
Both teams played a high brand of fast open football with Cavan inclined to
bunch more and their catching was not as impressive as Kerry. Cavan had
undergone Collective Training for the game but Kerry trained normally and many
of these players are destined for greatness in Kerry Senior teams. Cavan J D
Benson Croghan Tom Cahill Cavan Slashers J F McGahern Captain Cornafean M Argue
Bailieboro James Reilly Bailieboro Patrick Coyle Kill Josie Greenan Cavan
Slashers and Willie Doonan Cavan Slashers T Hennessy Cootehill B Hunt Cavan
Slashers Josie Devlin Cavan Slashers Phelim Coyle Kill James Coyle Kill and PJ
Clarke Bailieboro.Subs J McGahern Cavan John O Reilly Bailieboro T Roe
Killinkere J Conroy Killinkere J J Cassidy Arva Kerry J Sheehy Tralee T Barrett
Dingle T Brosnan Dingle D Lyne Killarney DJ Healy Tralee M McCarthy Castleisland
T Sullivan Dingle James Kennington Austin Stacks J Murphy Listry P McCarthy O
Rahilly’s W O Donnell Tralee P Sexton Killarney T Long Dingle T Lyne Tralee P O
IRA Chief of Staff Stephen Hayes presents at Rathmines Garda Station
saying he had been held in captivity and tortured at a nearby house for the
last two months by Republican enemies.
November 22nd 1941:
Experienced Farmhands from £18 to £25 per quarter (kept).Youths from £11-10s-0d
to £14-0-0d.There were only 3-4 girls and these were all engaged at £8-£11
(kept) for the quarter.
in Ballinagh “Society fosters the spiritual, intellectual, social and physical
welfare of its members”!
December 8th 1941:
Raid on Pearl Harbour “awakes the sleeping giant”.
Japanese attack came completely without warning against neutral America after Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo had
told the US
“there is nothing to fear in this war”. President Roosevelt will address
Congress to morrow and is expected to announce that the USA of America are now
at war. Four state of the art
battleships are sunk fifteen warships badly damaged 188 USA Air Force planes
destroyed another 159 badly damaged . Over 2,400 people lost their lives most
of them naval personel.r
January 22nd 1942:
Society Cavan: President John Fay-Smith ,Mary Brady CUDC (VP), Michael Harding
(Treasurer and Secretary).Committee Andy O Brien, Maggie McCabe, Josephine O’
Reilly, J Maguire, B Boylan. Catering:
Dermot Morgan, Seamus Gilheaney and John Fay-Smith.
January 28th 1942:
Annual Invitation Dance on Sunday 1st of February.
.February 14th 1942
eath of Mrs
Rose Young (Wife of Tommy Young) Ashe
DeVelera (Taoiseach) at Cavan Convention of Fianna Fail in the Courthouse).
attendance for a glittering night of boxing in the Town Hall. Cavan CBSI
outclass Cootehill by 8 bouts to 6.:6st
7lbs:Tom O Connor beat F Brady Cootehill with a series of uppercuts in all
three rounds. Vincent O Connor lost to the more experienced N Fay. Middleweight: Tom Dale beat F Bell in a
‘splendid’ contest. Lightweight:. The
heavy punching John P Smith beat M McCoy in the bout of the night. Bantam: Michael Agnew lost to E Mullen tko round 3.Brendan Dunne beat Tommy Swarbrigg
–Dunne finishing in style. Welterweight:
.John Sharkey lost to J Gallagher after a very bright start. .Officials and Judges Rev.Fr McGloughlin
(President of the Irish Boxing Association).T Cawley (Secretary of the Ulster
Boxing Assoc.)Referee J Sayers (VP of Ulster Boxing Assoc.) .JF O’ Hanlon was
MC. Timekeepers Guard L Wall and J C Howley while Dr.Jack Sullivan and Dr T P O
Reilly attended the ‘wounded’.
March 7th 1942:
Drive breaks all records with 88 tables in action. Winners: Top Score Jim McCabe Latnadrona
£6.Ladies K McCabe Cavan (1st) £1-10s-00d,.The following all from
Cavan receive £1 Miss Clarke (Swellan),Mrs GV Maloney, Miss A Morgan, Miss M
Holding, Miss Clarke, Mrs Maisie Magee, Mrs P A Smyth, Mrs Patrick McCarren, Miss
Rita Sullivan, Miss Finlay, Mrs Vincent Cullen, Mrs Ned Kinsella, Mrs Phil
Reilly Imperial Hotel and Mrs Boles. Gents:
Jerome Casey, Pa Sheridan, Master Tony Brady ,T Conlon, W Sheridan, JJ Kennedy,
P Greenan, D O’ Brien, Jim Fay J Smith, Jim Rafter, Tom McCarren, Rev. Jimmy O
Reilly, Robbie Woods, G Kane, J Delaney. Raffle
for a side of ham(Presented by McCarren’s) Winner Miss Anderson N T Castletara
March 14th 1942
Mrs Margaret Frayne sister of Kathy and Benny McManus Upper Main Street.
March 28th 1942:
Farnham’s timber mill burnt down despite gallant efforts of Fire Tender manned
by Jimmy Dawson, Louis Mallon and Phil Writt.
1942 Stalin’s non aggressive pact with Hitler is in tatters as German troops
massing on the Russian border for several weeks invade the vast country. A
staggering 100 Divisions along the 1800 mile border from the Arctic Cirle to
the Black Sea invade Russia
. The Russians are taken totally by
surprise and retreat in disarray. Vast and hostile terrain and Hitler must
ensure that he has the War with Russia
wrapped up before the onset of winter which his troops may not be as well
prepared for as his Russian counterparts.
October 3rd 1942:
of New Cathedral. Stewards provided by the Confraternity, Saint Vincent De Paul
and Cavan CYMS. Town decorated in National and Papal colours. Poor Clare
Convent together with residents of Church Street and Urney Terrace outstanding
display of flags and bunting. Cathedral Committee Cavan Reps. John F O Hanlon
(Chairman),P N Smith, Joe McKiernan, John Clarke, Patrick Reilly, Benny Whelan,
Johnny Brady, Paddy Gaffney, Patrick McCarren, Peter Soden, Barney O Reilly,
Benny (Mopsy) Smith, Tom McGuinness and Phil Cassells.
Tide begins to turn for the Allies as America enters the War and puts the crack
Japanese Navy to flight in the battle of Midway in the Pacific as General
Nimitz claims to have sunk three Japanese Aircraft carriers and damaged up to
12 Aircraft carriers in one of the biggest Naval battles ever recorded which
ended on June 8th 1942. Montgomery
wins the Battle of Alamein in North Africa.
British troops broke through the Axis lines and the enemy are in full retreat.
The Germans have lost 60,000 men and Field Marshal Rommel their ace strategist
has been relieved of his duties by Hitler on November 5th 1942.
troops break through the besieged city of Stalingrad
and punched a hole in Axis lines they have reached the River Don and ensured
supplies to the beleaguered city. For months a massive force of 22 German
Divisions has been laying siege to Stalingrad
where Russian forces led by General Chuikov have been clinging to nine miles
along the Rive Volga. Some are estimating that casualties have already passed
the million mark by the end of November 1942.
the Emergency is in full swing with electricity cut off for most of the day.
All private motoring is banned with bicycle sales soaring through the roof. All
fuels are now rationed as are most foods. Walkers through the Phoenix Park
have rechristened the main road as ‘The Old Bog Road’ because of the piles of
turf being cut and stacked there. While many city dwellers have been allocated
allotments to grow vegetables in the Phoenix
Park. Deer had become a
problem eating the vegetables until the Government ordered a cull and many
Dubliners were delighted to taste venison for the very first time.
the Yanks are at war with Japan
and have just inflicted their first defeat on Japan at Medway in the battle for
the Pacific. Three Japanese air craft carriers were sunk and a dozen Japanese
war ships in the biggest ever sea battle stated Admiral Nimitz in charge of
United States troops in the Pacific.
Sir Arthur Harris ‘Bomber Harris’ broadcasting to Germany tells the German
people to expect devastating air raids from Britain every night hail rain or
troops meanwhile in one of the worst atrocities of World War Two clear the
Jewish ghetto in Warsaw
slaughtering over 50,000 Jews in a carefully planned mass murder in September
October 17th 1942:
at Cavan Carnival in giant marquee erected at the tennis courts Town Hall.
February 6th 1943:
Winner Top Score 170 (£5) George
Lynch (Sligo),1st Lady Mrs
Peter Mullen Man Street(157),2nd Mrs McGillicuddy (Farnham Street)
and 3rd Mrs R N Wellwood (Cootehill
Road) tied at 146 each.1st
Gent Patsy Smith (162),2nd
Gent George Ponder (150).Raffle
for a tyre was won by Miss Maggie Hickey Main Street. John M Breen was MC and P
N Smith returned thanks to the patrons for their support.
Same Week: Cavan Players President Tom Fitzpatrick,
Maggie McCabe (VP)
and Treasurer J C Howley. Committee:
Andy O Brien, Seamus Gilheaney and M J Magee.
begins liberating the cities held by the German invaders and have pushed German
troops back toward their own borders. After their success in Stalingrad the
Russians reclaimed the cities of Rostov Kursk and Voroshilovgrad
1943 Dambusters from the RAF daring raid on German dams flooding vast areas of
the German countryside in the Ruhr and Eder
valleys. They blew a huge hole in Mohne Dam and destroyed the Eder Dam the
biggest in Europe flooding vast areas of the
February 27th 1943:
Convent Fire-35 children dead in Cavan Orphanage in the early hours of
Wednesday 24th .Dead are named as Mary A Harrison aged 15
(Dublin),Mary Hughes 15 from Killeshandra, Eileen McHugh from Blacklion aged
15, Kathleen (12) and Frances (9) McKiernan Virginia, Mary (15) and Margaret
(10) Lynch of Tullymongan Cavan, Josephine (15) and Mona (11 ½ ) Cassidy from
Belfast, Kathleen Reilly (14) Butlersbridge Mary (12) and Josephine(10) Carroll
Castlerahan, Mary E (16) and Susan (14) McKiernan Dromard Cavan, Rose H Wright (13)
Ballyjamesduff, Mary Barrett (12) and her twin sister Nora Dublin, Mary K Kelly
(10) Ballinagh, Mary Brady (7) Ballinagh, Dorothy Daly (7) Cootehill, Mary
Ivers (12) Wicklow, Philomena Regan (9) Dublin, Harriett(11 ½) and Ellen (8 ½)
Payne Dublin, Teresa White (6 ½) Dublin, Mary C Roche (6 ½) Dublin, Ellen
Morgan (10) Virginia, Elizabeth Henphy (4) Swords County Dublin, Mary P O Hara
(7 ½) Kilnaleck, Bernadette Seridge Dublin, Katherine (9) and Margaret (7)
Chambers Enniskillen, Mary Lowry (17) Drumcrow Ballinagh, Bridget (17) and
Mary(18 ½) Galligan Drumcassidy Cavan and Mary Smith (30) a cook employed in
the Poor Clare Convent. Louis Blessing and Matty Hand first on the scene. The
latter states that “all the switches in the Convent were in the off position
when examined by him at 2 am on Wednesday”.
Week: Inquest Dr. J Stuart opened the inquest into the fire
at the Poor Clare Convent on Wednesday
night in the Courthouse. Jury: James Gough (Foreman),R S Black, Tom McKenna,
Maurice Brady, Frank O’ Rourke, James Boles, John Kennedy, Ned Cinnamond and
Tommy Mc Donald.
Bernard Flood Funeral Undertakers Abbey Street assisted by their nephew Jimmy
Meehan arrange the Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and
Felim Cavan to Cullies
Week: CYMS Table
Tennis Jim Fay beat A Galligan, Dickie Mullery beat Peter Soden. Final Dickie
Mullery beat Jim Fay. Eamonn Dwane refereed and Gerry Lovett made the
March 20th 1943
Drive 90 tables.Top Score D McDermott
(Tully Killeshandra) received 2 Ton of
Turf..Other winners were Kathleen
Sullivan Church Street and Mick Fox Main Street. The raffle for a ham (donated by McCarren’s)
was won by Kathleen Maguire Tullyco. Father Malachy Byrne thanked the patrons
while Gerry Lovett was the MC.
Week: Feis Breifne
fixed for Breffni
Park on the 6th
of June. Brother Florence and Rev. Terence McManus co-opted to Committee.
April 20th 1943:
Table Tennis beat Monaghan away. Winners of the singles for Cavan were Peter
Soden, Dickie Mullery, Jim Fay, Sean McConnell, Tommy McCormick, Eamonn Dwane
and D T Dwane. Visitors entertained to a lavish tea .On return to Cavan the
Secretary (Eugene Monahan) was instructed to formally thank the Monaghan club
and invite them to visit Cavan.
July 3rd 1943:
Mineral Waters buy the old Boy’s School at Dublin Road for£1,200.
Week: A Veale (County Manager)
announces that each Blood Donor is to receive an ex gratia payment of 1 guinea
Jim Sexton (Carpenter) and Peggy Brady sister of Vera Upper Main Street.
B Kelly’s 5 Bridge Street
broken into.£50 in cashbox together with quantity of cigarettes, till and
takings 37s/6d missing.
Week: De Valera
in ruins as over seven square miles of this great city are obliterated and the
city reduced to smouldering debris after eight days continuous bombing by RAF
planes. The worst fire storm yet swept the city last night resulting in over
has surrendered to the Allies. General Ike Eisenhower tell Italians that all
Italians who help to repel the German invader will have the full support of
Allie troops. Germany still
has 18 Divisions massed on the borders in Italy.
Roosevelt and Churchill meet for the firs time at summit with Joseph Stalin
very suspicious of both British and American intentions declaring that he is
intent on the destruction of Germany
and Soviet occupation of the country following the War. Roosevelt
tells Churchill to act diplomatically as they don’t want to rock the boat at
this delicate juncture of the War.
August 28th 1943
After defeating Monaghan in the Ulster Final before a disappointing crowd of
2,500 due to war time restrictions on travelling Cavan played a very strong Cork team in the first
meting between the two sides in the Championship. As with many Cork
teams they were physically stronger but spoiled outfield play with poor
led by 1-5 to 0-3 at half time. Cavan closed the gap in the early stages of the
second half with 2 points and then Joe Stafford struck with a great goal after
13 minutes to level the game .The rest of the game was fought out in a welter
of excitement with Cavan scoring 2 points to Cork’s 2 to give them a narrow 1-8
to 1-7 victory and meting with newcomers Roscommon who had just got the better
of a wasteful Louth team in the second Semi Final. Immediately after the
Semi Final Cavan decided to go in to Collective Training at Cherrybank House
Cornafean but delayed setting up Camp until the 15th September
thereby only having one hard week and one tapering down week instead of the
usual 3-4 weeks.Cornafean was chosen as it was the home place of Big Tom and
John Joe O Reilly had a hall nearby where the team could train in bad weather had
a twice daily bus service to Cavan and the train service was close at hand at
Crossdoney Junction. Under retired Sergeant Reilly from the Curragh assisted by
Willie Young former Cavan goalie and former captain Sergeant Jim Smith the
regime consisted of early rising 5 mile walk breakfast hard physical work out
lunch then at 4 ball work and more physical work before dinner rest 2 mile walk
Rosary Bed at 10:45 lights out at 11.The Chef at the camp was Thomas Smith
Emmett Place Cavan.J D Benson and Barney Cully were unable to attend due to
examination commitments. After defeating Louth 3-10 to 3-6 Roscommon
immediately returned to Collective Training and had a challenge game against
Galway which resulted in a 4-6 to 1-3 victory in Ballinasloe.In charge was W Keogh
Athlone and it was the 3rd time that Roscommon had gone into
Collective Training this year which Andy McEntee in the Anglo Celt
reckoned was a total overkill and would render them stale and listless.
Meanwhile on the home front Cornafean defeated Mullahoran 3-7 to 2-4 to win the
County Senior Championship they last held in 1940 on a wet day where the
slippery ball did not help matters.Mullahoran led by 2-2 to 0-5 after playing
with the breeze in the first half. Big Tom PP Galligan and Seamus Maguire were
the stars for Cornafean.Pasy Lynch Bailieboro excellent referee with Upper
Lavey Fife and Drum Band supplying the music.
September 25th 1943
Roscommon who usually play in blue will now avoid a clash of colours by wearing
their new outfit of primrose with blue collars and cuffs. They have never
reached an All Ireland Senior Final before but were Connaught Champions in 1905
1912 and 1915 they also won the Junior All Ireland as recently as 1940 and were
All Ireland Minor Champions in 1939 and 1941.On the Cavan team selected at a
meeting of the selection committee in Cherrybank House only Big Tom O Reilly
remains from the 1933-1935 winning team while Paddy Boylan was an All Ireland
winner in 1935. Cavan J D Benson E Finnegan Barney Cully PP Galligan Gerry Smith
Big Tom O Reilly Captain Simon Deignan Mick Higgins and John Joe O Reilly
Donald Morgan Paddy Smith Paddy Boylan T P O Reilly Joe Stafford
and Seamus Maguire. Subs J W Martin B Kelly T Cahill H Rodgers J Keogan W
Fitzpatrick Pat Clarke and G Darcy. The team will leave Cherrybank House on
Saturday for Crossdoney Junction and travel to Dublin by train where they will stay in
Barry’s Hotel. Both teams will be guests of the Theatre Royal at a Gala
presentation in the theatre on Saturday night. Roscommon F Glynn J Cummins Will
Jackson J P O Callaghan B Lynch Bill Carlos W Hennessy Liam Kilmartin Eamonn
Boland Phelim Murray Jimmy Murray Captain Donal Keenan Dr D McDermott Frankie
Kinlough and J McQuillan.In the build up to the game the Cavan Association in Dublin
will hold a banquet for the team in the Gresham on Sunday night while later
they are guests at the Ceilidhe in Rathmines Town Hall dancing 8-3 music by the
Shamrock Ceilidhe Band Cycle Park Trams 14 and 15 Admission 3/6.The
Roscommon Reception will be held in the Mount Café with the President of
Ireland and Roscommon native Douglas Hyde refusing an invitation to attend but
sending best wishes and greetings. Andy McEntee in his summing up says that
Cavan must not underestimate the newcomers from the West “mark your men cut out
the solo runs let the ball do the work keep hand passing movements to a minimum
and win the battle at centre field then Cavan are well on their way to their 3rd
All Ireland crown.”
October 2nd 1943
Cavan and Roscommon draw game of lost opportunities 1-6 each before a huge War
time crowd of 68,023 who paid gate receipts of £5,314. Replay on October 10th.With
the Minister of Supplies restricting Roscommon and Cavan to 1 train each there
were scenes of riots and stampede at Cavan Station as the train was rushed and
extra carriages added. 54 young boys from De La Salle School under Brothers
David were on board as a treat following the recent ceremonies in the new
Cathedral. The return fare for adults was 16/- children half price. The wiser
travelled by car saving coupons for weeks for the necessary petrol to complete
the journey. The wisest of all decided to cycle and there was a huge influx of
cyclists from North and West for the game. Cavan started brilliantly with Paddy
Smith scoring a point from the throw in gradually they exerted the pressure and
Roscommon seemed to have stage fright as Cavan led by 1-4 to 0-1 point after 20
minutes Cavan’s goal coming from Joe Stafford. They missed a bagful of scorable
chances playing with the breeze into the Railway goal and should have been out
of sight by half time Gradually Roscommon began to exert control at midfield
with Eamonn Boland and Liam Gillmartin getting the measure of John Joe O Reilly
and Mick Higgins. Cavan had to bring Big Tom to midfield to try and break their
grip. Points from Liam Gillmartin and 2 points from Felim Murray from
Knockroghery threw Roscommon a life line and left them trailing by 1-4 to 0-3
at the interval. Playing into the Railway goal and the advantage of a stiff breeze
Roscommon went on the attack from the throw in and their captain Jimmy Murray
had a great goal followed by a Donal Keenan point to tie the game at 1-4 each
after 15 minutes of the 2nd half. Roscommon sensed victory now and
in the 18th minute Phelim Murray sent over the lead point from play.
In a rare Cavan attack Seamus Maguire secured possession and sent over a great
Cavan point to leave the game 1-5 all after 20 minutes. Roscommon missed from
play and frees in their anxiety to exert their superiority.Donal Keenan pointed
a free after 27 minutes but Cavan were not finished yet and John Joe O Reilly
sent over the equaliser with time almost up. In a last desperate attack Joe
Stafford secured and was fouled within range of the goals the large Cavan crowd
thought the referee was awarding a free in but he called for the ball and then
summoned Jimmy Murray Captain of Roscommon and Big Tom the Cavan Captain
telling them that the Central Council had decided at the last minute under
pressure from the Government to play extra time if the teams were tied at full
time because of the travel restrictions imposed by the Emergency. After briefly
consulting with one another both captains refused the proposition and the
replay was fixed for Sunday October 10th.Staticistics
Scorers Cavan Joe Stafford 1-2 Paddy Smith 0-2 Seamus Maguire and John
Joe O Reilly 0-1 each 1-6 Roscommon Jimmy Murray 1-1 Phelim Murray 0-2 Donal
Keenan 0-2 and Liam Gillmartin 0-1 1-6.Referee Sergeant P McKenna Dublin
October 9th 1943
From their headquarters at Cornafean Big Tom says we will do it this time the
team are sharp and fitter than in the first game. The atmosphere and spirits
within the camp are upbeat and Major Murphy Sergeant O Reilly and Willie Young
are confident of victory. Andy McEntee says" play as a team there’s always
something around the next corner no matter how bleak the outlook". The
Selectors M J Magee P J Masterson Patsy Lynch J O Reilly Tom O Reilly
(Mullahoran) J Maguire Templeport Louis Blessing Tom Gilroy and H L Smyth
meeting on Sunday evening at Cornafean announced the following tram to play
Roscommon Cavan J D Benson E Finnegan Barney Cully J Martin Gerry Smith Big Tom
O Reilly Captain John Joe O Reilly Simon Deignan and T P O Reilly Donald Morgan
Paddy Smith Mick Higgins Paddy Boylan Joe Stafford and H Rodgers. Subs B Kelly
J Kerrigan T Cahill J Keogan Seamus Maguire W Fitzpatrick. Roscommon F Glynn J
Cummins Will Jackson JP O Callaghan B Lynch Bill Carlos W O Hoare Liam
Kilmartin Eamonn Boland Phelim Murray Jimmy Murray Captain Donal Keenan Dr D
McDermott Frankie Kinlough and J McQuillan.The game will start at 3 sharp and
15 minutes extra time will be played if the teams are still locked. If weather
favourable thousands of boys and girls are cycling to the game. Cavan team will
attend the Ceilidhe in Rathmines
Town Hall with music by
Austin Stack Ceilidhe Band dancing 9-2 admission 3/6.
October 16th 1943 Roscommon brilliantly defeat Cavan in All Ireland
Final Replay at Croke Park by 2-7 to 2-2 before a crowd of 47,196-20,830 less
than at replay who paid gate receipts of .Roscommon supporters outnumbered the
Cavan contingent 2-1 and the trains jammed only a few weeks ago were half empty
with only 220 boarding at Cavan 50 in Ballyhaise arriving at Amiens Street at
12:20.The Westerners learnt more from the drawn game and the experience was
telling despite only getting a 50/50 share of the ball at centre field.With 15
minutes remaining and Cavan launching a torrent of attacks to close the gap
came the incident that both spoiled and decided the game when Cavan’s most
dangerous forward Joe Stafford was hauled down rugby style by 2 Roscommon
defenders lashing out at them in a bid to loosen their grip Owensie Hoare went
down injured and sensationally the referee ordered Joe Stafford off despite his
protests of innocence and refusal to be victimised. Big Tom O Reilly the
Captain intervened and Stafford thus became
the first man ever to be sent off in an All Ireland Final. Big Tom took the
free awarded for the foul on Stafford and
immediately afterwards Cavan again gained possession and John Joe O Reilly
closed the gap to 3 points. Roscommon had the remaining scores and ran out
deserving winners by 5 points. In the last play of the game Phelim Murray
gained possession and boxed over the 7th and last Roscommon point
with the Cavan backs appealing to the referee that he was clearly in the square
.In the melee that ensued the referee was assaulted. With the kick out came the
final whistle and Roscommon deservedly became the 1943 All Ireland Champions
The Artane Boys Band O Toole Pipers paraded the teams on a dull and threatening
day. Cavan won the toss played with the wind defending the Canal End. After the
crowd had stood and joined in the singing of the National Anthem and Faith of
Our Fathers the referee P Mythem handed the ball to Most Rev Dr Walsh the
Archbishop of Tuam who threw in the ball to start the All Ireland Final replay
of 1943.With the slippery ball many of the players wore gloves with
showers falling before and during the game. Scorers for Roscommon Donal Keenan
0-5 Frankie Kinlough 1-1 Jim McQuillan 1-0 and Phelim Murray 0-1 Cavan Joe
Stafford 1-0 Paddy Boylan 1-0 Tom O Reilly and J J O Reilly 0-1 each.Mr
Gardiner NT President of the GAA presented the Sam Maguire Cup to Jimmy Murray
the Captain of the Roscommon team who was chaired from the field by thousands
of exuberant supporters. In his victory speech Jimmy Murray said that
“Roscommon had waited over 50 years for this honour and after winning the Minor
All Irelands of 1939 and 1940 together with the Junior All Ireland of 1940 they
had moulded together a team worthy of the achievement”. He paid tribute to
Cavan for a good sporting hard fought encounter over 2 games.
October 23rd 1943
M J Magee Chairman H L Smyth Secretary Tom O Reilly Captain Joe Stafford TP O
Reilly and Barney Cully are summoned by the Central Council to a disciplinary
hearing at Croke Park.Later it was learned that 2 of the Cavan players were
suspended for life following the assault on the referee at the recent All
Ireland Senior Final.
Defeated by Roscommon 1943-1944
(Left to Right) Barney Smith M J ‘Sonny’ Magee (Chairman Cavan County Board)
Mick Higgins T P O Reilly John Joe O Reilly C Kelly Frank Comiskey Johnny
Wilson Jack Boylan and Hugh L Smith ( Secretary Cavan County Board). Front Row
(Left to Right) Michael Cully Seamus Morris Peter Paul Galligan Paddy Smith
Simon Deignan Gerry Smith Eugene
Finegan and Tony Tighes.
October 21st 1943 Luxor Cinema in Clones introduces strict
sexual segregation with men sitting one side and women the other side. Married
couples will however be permitted to sit together and the Management said it
will not be necessary for them to produce a marriage certificate
November 6th 1943:
Queen.36 Finalists. Top six Ms Vera Brady, Betty Cullen, Kathleen Sullivan,
Laila Fay, Noel Mulligan and L Cauley. Laila Fay daughter of Gerry Fay V S
(Moynehall House) was crowned Carnival Queen with Kathleen Sullivan second.
Bella and Rosemary Power took numerous photographs of the beautiful ladies in
evening wear. M/s Tom Hickey ,Tommy McCormick, Jerry Lyons, L Wall, Sean
Sodden, M J Smith, P G Smyth, P J Galligan and D T Dwane were the stewards and
officials. Eugene Smith (Church
Street) MC kept the capacity crowd informed of the
Week: Winners of
Dancing Competitions at Cavan Carnival: Waltz
Frank Carroll and Maisie Donohoe,2nd Company Sergeant O Hara and
Joan Ronan,3rd Joe Devlin and M Reilly. Foxtrot: Frank Carroll and Maisie Donohoe 2nd Noel Smith
and Honora Gauthier,3rd Trooper Mangan and Vera Brady. Valeta Waltz: Michael and L Agnew,2nd
Joe Brady and Y McGuinness. Hookey Kookey:
Henry Agnew and Miss L Agnew.
November 30th 1943:
Drive; Top Score John Daly Bridge
Street,1st Gent Dr. Sean
Reilly Athbara,2nd Gent J
McCabe (Killygarry) and J Clarke (Swellan) tie.1st Lady Mary McGovern Church Street,2nd Lady Mrs Sean Soden (Main
for hire call ,write or phone Smyth’s 60
Main Street Cavan Phone 88.
December 11th :1943
Ferris buys ‘Lakeview House’ Redhills and 76 acres of land for £2,500.
in Clones introduces strict sexual segregation with women sitting one side and
men the other side. Married couples may be accommodated without producing
January 22nd 1944
Dance in Town Hall music by McMahon Brothers Clones.
Week: Death of Miss McGloughlin (Sister of Mrs Slacke) owner of the ‘Breffni
Restaurant’ Main Street she was a former Domestic Economy Instructress with
Cavan County Council.
February 5th 1944:
Dance.1st. Kathy Mallon and Packy Carroll,2nd M O’ Reilly and Joe Devlin,3rd
Molly McNally and Mr Cusack (Butlersbridge).Raffle
for Cigarettes Mr Slowey Bunnoe and Freddy Greene.M C James Carroll.
Allowance Act 1944.
Mrs A Brady Tierquin (aunt of Paddy Conaty Senior UDC)
back in Cavan for Fianna Fail Convention.
March 4th 1944
Breifne; Committee Phil Ruddy NT U D C (Chairman), Mick Sheridan T D (Vice
Chair),Mary Brady (Treasurer),T M Gilroy (Secretary) Committee: Gerry Lovett, P
Keaney N T,D T Dwane ,Brother Florence, Rev. P Gaffney and Rev Terence McManus.
between Ireland and Northern Ireland
is sealed after Churchill orders that all travel between the two States cease
for security purposes. All travel between the British mainland and Ireland
is banned for the duration of the War.
launch Pacific assault storming ashore at Los Negros in the Admiralty
Islands in ‘Operation Brewer’. The aim is to loosen the Japanese
hold on the Pacific by dislodging them from their positions island by island.
March 11th 1944:
Whist Drive. Top Score (£20) Eugene
Monahan (Main Street) Ladies 1st
Miss Brannigan and Miss McDonagh (Tie),3rd
Lady Miss N Galligan. Gents 1st
J Morris, 2nd Johnny Woods, there were forty other prizes and 92
tables competed. Raffle for Ham
(donated by McCarren’s) T Condon
Main Street. Phil Ruddy MC and Father Malachy
Byrne returned thanks to the patrons and sponsors.
Week: Death of T J
Smyth BL 100 Main Street (Myles O Brien’s Shop) “removes one of Cavan’s ablest
sons”-he was legal advisor to William Carson
T M Gilroy
has been appointed Rate Inspector for the County.
peration Overlord-Allied troops land in Normandy D Day. Among
the first to land on Normandy
beaches is well known English born ‘Cavan man’ Don Parker who later settled in
Cavan and worked for many years from his home at Earlsvale Road. He never missed a reunion
with his friends of that time and travelled frequently to Normandy to remember those friends who gave
their live so that we might lead ours in a civilised Norman society. Don died
in 2013 aged 91 years and is buried in Saint Brigid’s Cemetery Saint Brigid's cemetery
1944 Hitler survives Bomb Plot at the Wolfschanze underground complex in Prussia. A bomb
was placed underneath an oak table at Hitler’s feet by General Graf Klaus Von
Stauffenberg. It is believed that the weight of the table saved Hitler’s life
and all the conspirators have been hung.
1944 Paris is
liberated by Allied Troops headed by French General Jacques Leclerc liberating
the French capital from four years of German rule. Leader in exiled Charles De
Gaulle is expected to proclaim a new Republic to morrow.
November 4th 1944
from Gowna buys the ‘Central Bar’ (M E Smith’s) for £1,750.
Dermot thanks the Labour Band for attendance at the School’s Football Finals.
November 11th 1944:
death of Dr. John McCarren at his
residence ‘Brookvale’ ,brother of Tom and Margaret English.
Cassells 61 Upper Main Street (Merchant) and Elizabeth Johnstone Coleman Road (Aunt of
Wilfred ) and sister of John and James Johnstone also died during the week.
November 18th 1944
men hired at £29 to £30 for the half year (£10 less than last year).There were
Week: Among those
who entertained the patients at the new Tuberculosis Hospital
at Lisdarn were; Comic Song and Dance
Jimmy Mallon. Members of his band supplied the music with Robert Ryan on the
piano and Joe Mullery (Violin). Maura Smyth, Vera Brady, J P Smith, John
Sharkey, Jimmy Moore, Freddie Finlay, J Connolly and Trooper Wallace also
performed Musical Items. Bella Power
and her troupe performed Irish Dance Recitations were by Michael Harding and
J Hannon .Frank Carroll and his partner Maisie Donohoe gave an exhibition of Tangos and Old Time Waltzes F Smith was
M C and the Matron Miss Crowley returned thanks on behalf of the Staff and
Week: Phil Galligan
sold the ‘Eagle Bar’ with two small farms of land (24 acres) for £3,100.
December 23rd 1944:
Drive: Top Score Mrs Boles (Town Hall
St),1st Lady Miss R
Connolly (Johnny Bradys), 2nd
Lady Mrs Mackey Coleman Road. 1stGent
Pat McGovern (John Magee’s Bridge
Gent Mr P Healy (Main St),
Mr J Brady (Danesfort). Prizes were Turkeys and Geese. Gerry Lovett was
a hardworking MC.
1945 Margarine is back on the shelves in the Republic after an absence for a
number of years. A ration of two ounces per person per week is expected to be
introduced next month
tailor Bridge Street
makes a break of 101 in Billiards Competition (presented with the cue) beats
Joe O Rourke in the Final.
week: Leo Ronan,
Tommy Duignan Pete Donohoe Liam Maguire and Jim Brady all win their bouts in
Longford Boxing Tournament. Mattie Thorne was knocked out. Guard L Wall
February 23rd 1945:
Whist Drive:107 tables with hundreds turned away in pursuit of the 50
attractive prizes. Top score Mr Flanagan Crosserlough (£10), 1st Lady Mrs E Mullen Railway
Road (Coat Length), 2nd Lady
R Kelly Town Hall Street (Silk Set), 1st
Gent Leonard Dillon Bridge Street (Suit Length) 2nd Gent T McCaffrey Jnr Ballyhaise (Suit of
Underwear). Raffle for the Ham
presented by McCarren’s-Mr Tumelty Bridge Street Gerry Lovett was the MC.
week: Cavan Players
entertain the patients with ‘Mixed Blood’ at a most appreciative Sanatorium
Club: ’Saint John Bosco Cavan’. P N Smith Patron Chairman John M Breen, Pat
McDonnell (VC),L Wall (Sec),Bill Bergin (Assistant Sec.) and Treasurers Jim
Leonard and M O’ Rourke. Committee Rev Malachy Byrne, E T O Hanlon (Jnr),Sergeant
William Thorne, Stan Mullery, Harry Dale, Vincent Cullen, J Marron, Sonny
Magee, Alan Pollock and Lieut Joe O’Leary. Club to be affiliated to IABA.
March 24th 1945:
Ceilidhe on Saint Patrick’s Night attracts over 300 patrons. Liam Kelly Bailieboro
was MC and the Moate Ceilidhe Band
supplied the music. Kathleen Lunn, Kathleen Donohoe and Miss McNamara gave a
display of Irish dancing.
week:: Barney Brady
buys 30 acres of land with road frontage at Carrickane (adjacent to Loreto College)
from the reps of the late Andrew Mc Carren for £700.
March 31st 1945:
Mary Whist: Promoted by Cavan CYMS. Top
Score Mrs Lovett,1st Lady Ina
A McCabe,3rd Kathleen
Marron.1st Gent Peter
Mullen,2nd DT Dwane and 3rd
H L Smyth.
Week: Tommy Duignan
and Jim Brady selected to box at Featherweight
in the National Championships at the Stadium.
1945 Taoiseach DeVelera in one of the most controversial acts of his
stewardship pays a visit to the German Embassy in Dublin
to convey his sympathy and respects to the German people on the death of
Fuehrer Adolf Hitler by suicide in a bunker in Berlin.
Sean T O Kelly the Fianna Fail nominee is the first elected President of
Ireland only after a recount in a three way battle for the ‘Park’.
August 9th 1945:
is dropped by USA airmen on Hiroshima. All human and
animal life is obliterated as Japan still continue to hold out but the second
atom bomb on Nagasaki brought Japanese involvement in World War Two to a
devastating end with their unconditional surrender on September 2nd
1945. It is expected that the fall out from these two bombs could affect all
life for another seventy years.
September 16th 1945:
McCormack famous tenor dies in Dublin
from pneumonia at the age of 61. He sang at the Eucharistic Congress Mass in
1932 when up to two million heard him sing ‘Panis Angelicus’ .
August 4th 1945
Cavan over run Fermanagh in Ulster Final 4-10 to 1-4 after leading at the
interval by 1-6 to 1-2 at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones. Cavan opened up in the
3rd quarter and with 15 minutes to go the crowds were streaming to
the exits. A large crowd paying gate receipts of £840 witnessed a well
contested first half but Cavan’s class and experience were the deciding factors
in a one sided second half. MJ Murtagh from Down was the referee while Canon
Marron PP Clones threw in the ball to start the Final. All modes of conveyance
were pressed into service including donkeys carts horse traps and thousands of
boys and girls in the glorious sunshine cycling the short journey to Clones and
back. Cavan will now play Wexford in the All Ireland Semi Final and the winners
will play Cork who beat Galway
2-12 to 2-8 in the other Semi Final.The Cork team contains only 5 of the team
that Cavan defeated in the All Ireland Semi Final of 1943.
August 25th 1945
Cavan beat Wexford 1-4 to 0-5 in the All Ireland Semi Final at Croke Park.
Scorers for Cavan Joe Stafford 1-0 Simon Deignan 0-2 Mick Higgins 0-1 free and
Peter Donohoe 0-1 overhead kick 1-4 Wexford P Kehoe 0-3 D O Neill 0-2.Brendan
Nestor Galway was a fair and competent referee while the Artane Boys Band and
Gorey Pipers paraded the teams.
Cavan will now go into collective training at Bingfield House Crossdoney
courtesy of old loyal Gael J Maguire.
September 1st 1945
G N R announce passenger service to the All Ireland Final on Sunday September
23rd while G S R has ceased passenger services from Cavan Station
“which is a further manifestation of its incompetence”.Mullahoran retain their
Senior County title in a very disappointing final against Bailieboro Shamrocks
3-8 to 1-4 at Breffni Park after leading by 2-3 to 1-2 at the
interval.Mullahoran had 5 of the Senior county team on duty and Patsy Lynch
presented the Plunkett Cup to veteran Tom O Reilly at the conclusion where
Herbie Clegg was as usual a sound referee Louis Mallon and Bartley Smith
operated the scoreboard in a most efficient manner. Cavan Labour Band paraded
the teams and played the National Anthem before the game. Cavan have a number
of challenge games lined up including Roscommon the reigning Champions at Hyde
Park and Meath at Breffni
Park in preparation for
September 15th 1945
G N R are making arrangements to carry over 900 on passenger train from Cavan
on September 23rd leaving at 7:30 and returning at 6:30.To facilitate
those travelling to the game Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral from
6:30.The team will be guests of the Cavan Association at a
Banquet in Clery’s with dinner at 6:30 admission 10/-.The team will later
attend a Ceilidhe in Rathmines Town Hall with dancing 9-3 to the Austin Stack
Ceilidhe Band. The team continue their training at Bingfield House under Hughie
O Reilly and John McGeough Masseur rising at 8:30 full list of physical
activities rest and massage before rosary and lights out at 11.Chef Tommy Smith
from Emmett Place is in charge of the kitchen and all the players and staff are
loud in their praise of the quality of his cooking and the general
accommodation at Bingfield House.
September 22nd 1945
Cavan team selected at meeting in Bingfield House Brendan Kelly Bailieboro Tom
O Reilly Cornafean Captain Barney Cully Arva PP Galligan Cornafean John Wilson
Mullahoran John Joe O Reilly The Curragh Paddy Smith Stradone A Tighe
Mountnuggent Simon Deignan Mullagh A Comiskey Mick Higgins Mountnuggent T P O
Reilly Ballyconnell Joe Stafford Killinkere Peter Donohoe Kilnaleck PJ Duke
Stradone.Subs Jack Boylan J W Martin PA O Reilly Owen Roe McGovern T Casserly
Phil Brady Dessie Reilly.9 of the players are past pupils of Saint Patrick’s
College and Jack Boylan of Mullahoran makes way for A Comiskey in the only
personnel change of the team who beat Wexford in the Semi Final. Cork M O
Driscoll D Magnier P Murphy C Cronin P Cronin T Crowley D O Connor F Donovan
Eamonn Young Eamonn Casey Harry O Neill Michael Tubridy Jack Lynch John Cronin
Derry Beckett Cavan will leave for Dublin from Crossdoney by bus on Saturday
where they will make their headquarters in The Belvedere Hotel Great Denmark
September 29th 1945
Cavan’s Bold Bid Bad Luck. Great game with Cork. Big blow before the game when Mick
Higgins cries off after suffering injury in training. Cavan playing with wind
and sun defended the Canal goals in the firs half but were led at the interval
by 1-4 to 0-5 before a crowd of 67,329 who paid gate receipts of £5,558.The
gates were closed 2 hours before the throw in with thousands clamouring for
admission. The Cork supporters were in the ascendancy-many of the Cavan
supporters failed to travel and the train from Cavan was only half full with
420 leaving from the town-many opted to stay at home and listen to the
broadcast because of the severe weather conditions with thunder and lightning
throughout the morning and another major factor was the relatively high return
ticket priced at 16/10.Prersident Sean T O Kelly on his arrival at Croke Park
was escorted across the pitch to his seat by Seamus Gardiner NT President of
the GAA and Padraic O Keeffe Secretary of the GAA.Bands in attendance were
Cavan Labour Saint Malachy’s Belfast Cork Volunteer Pipers Saint Laurence O
Toole and the Artane Boy’s Band who paraded the teams and played the
traditional Faith of Our Father and the National Anthem. Cavan won the toss and
elected to play with the strong breeze and sun in the first half defending the
Canal goal. In the first half controversy surrounded the great goal scored by
Simon Deignan in the 30th minute which was flagged and put up on
scoreboard before members of the Cork team surrounded the referee who then went
back in to consult his umpires who crossed the flags to disallow a perfectly
legitimate goal because the half time whistle had sounded when the ball was on
its way to the net. Cavan were in the ascendancy for long periods but failed to
convert their superiority into scores and more often than not shot for goals or
sent wide from favourable positions. Cork
on the other hand snapped up every chance that came their way and their 2 goals
one early in the game by Tubridy and the second one by Derry Beckett when they
broke away following a period of sustained Cavan pressure in the closing
minutes proved decisive and decided the game. Cavan had 10 50s 4 in the first
half while Cork
had one in each half. After great work by Duke and Stafford T P O Reilly had
the first point for Cavan after 3 minutes. Cork
swept downfield and 2 of the Cavan defenders collided and Tubridy stole in to
first goal after 3 minutes. In the 9th minute Tony Tighe received a
great delivery by John Wilson to score Cavan’s second point. Then Peter Donohoe
fetched a great ball to place Stafford for
another Cavan point 1-0 to 0-3 after 12 minutes play. Play swung to the Canal
goal and Derry Beckett sent over from 15 yards after Eamonn Young was fouled 15
yards out.Tubridy who was giving Big Tom a lot of problems sped through to
score another Cork
point on 20 minutes. All Cork at this stage and Peter Paul Galligan’s clearance
was blocked down by Harry O Neill who again sped past a ponderous Big Tom for
point and necessitated Barney Cully switching places with Big Tom. Peter
Donohoe was causing problems to the Cork
defence and when he was pulled down away out on the sideline Joe Stafford
brilliantly converted the free. Then Tubridy again receiving from a clearance
by Jack Lynch went on a solo run and shot over a glorious Cork point for a 4 point lead. In the 28th
minute the very sound Paddy Smith made another great clearance that found T P O
Reilly who scored a beautiful Cavan point. Cavan in a bid to close the gap
before half time forced 2 50s before John Joe O Reilly found Simon Deignan who
cut through the Cork defence shooting low and hard past O Driscoll for a great
Cavan goal which was subsequently disallowed to the amazement and
disappointment of the Cavan followers Cork 1-4 Cavan 0-5.Cork playing with the
wind and sun attacked the Railway goal from the throw in and Derry Beckett sent
over a great Cork point and a 5 point lead. Cavan swung into the attack with
Donohoe Stafford and Jack Boylan prominent before placing Stafford who shot low
and hard but brilliantly saved by O Driscoll.Cavan swept back into the attack
and after sustained pressure Stafford shot
over from 20 yards. Further Cavan points followed until the 15th
minute of the second half Cavan were only 2 point behind. Cavan wasted 2 50s
and a 40 yards free with Lynch and O Driscoll resolute in the Cork defence. Tony Tighe and Simon Duignan
were wide after great work by John Joe O Reilly. Cavan forced another 50 but
Jack Boylan was wide again. Then Comiskey who was playing well at centre field
found Stafford going through the Cork defence pulled down for a free which he
converted himself to leave 1 point between the sides with 3 minutes left for
play. Cavan committed all their players forward in search of the equaliser or
even winner but a smart clearance by the Cork defence found Cavan napping and
Derry Beckett stole in to beat the Cavan keeper for the winning goal for Cork
on 30 minutes. John Dunne Ballinasloe who was an impartial referee but failed
to punish the Cork pulling tactics and his decision to disallow the Cavan goal
at the end of the 1st half will forever remain a mystery. Cork 2-5
Cavan 0-7.Cavan Brendan Kelly Bailieboro Tom O Reilly Captain Cornafean PP
Galligan Cornafean Barney Cully Arva John Wilson Mullahoran Cmdt John Joe O
Reilly Cornafean Paddy Smith Stradone Tony Tighe Mountnuggent Simon Deignan
Mullagh T P O Reilly Templeport A Comaskey Mullahoran Jack Boylan Mullahoran
Joe Stafford Killinkere Peter Donohoe Kilnaleck and P J Duke Stradone.Subs J W Martin
Templeport P A O Reilly Templeport Owen Roe McGovern Swanlinbar T Casserly
Bailieboro Dessie O Reilly Stradone and Phil Brady Mullahoran.
Finalists 1945 Back Row (Left to Right) Hugh L Smyth (Secretary
Cavan County Board) Dessie O Reilly Owen Roe McGovern Peadar Doyle Phil Brady
Johnny Wilson Peter Paul Galligan Peter Donohoe Tony Tighe Brendan Kelly Mick
Higgins Barney Cully Hughie O Reilly J W Martin Frank Comiskey. Front Brian O
Reilly Paddy Smith Jack Boylan P J Duke ‘Big Tom’ O Reilly (Captain) Simon
Deignan T P O Reilly John Joe O Reilly P Reilly and Joe Stafford.
October 27th 1945.
Leddy’s Band on Radio Eireann. Members consisted of Pee Galligan, Jack Reilly,
Eugene Leddy, Paddy and Eddie McPhilips, Jim Fanning, John McGirr and Gerry
Annual General Meeting of Cavan CYMS.
November 20th 1945:
Doctor Terence O’ Reilly former Cavan M O H. Father of Rev. Turloc O’ Reilly,
he was married to a sister of T P McKenna M P (“T P was best Parliamentary
speaker since Parnell”).
Week: Jimmy Mallon and his Famous Band at Drumcrow War Pipers Dance.
beaten on points in Enniskillen, Paddy Fay and Johnny O’ Rourke both knocked
out after a promising start.
December 1st 1945:
Soden’s Drapery Store Main Street
sold to Providers for £9,000 (Tesco).Pat McDonnell’s Bakery buy Tommy Brady’s
for £4,100 (Joe Dunne Insurance)
January 16th 1946:
beaten by Belturbet:3 games to 2.Gerry Lovett 147 beaten by S Rodgers 200,H L
Smith 162 beaten by J Sullivan 250,Joe Higgins 250 beat Alan Henderson 100,Joe
O’ Rourke 170 beaten by J Kennedy 250,Tom McCusker 250 beat Herbie
Small153.Best breaks were made by Tom McCusker 48,44 and 47 and J Sullivan 39
Haw’ William Joyce born in New York of Irish parents is hanged for treason in
the Tower of London. He broadcast German propaganda
during World War Two
Dance Music by the ‘Savanah Dance Band’.
Halligan and Aidan Geraghty retire as
signalmen with GNR Railways.
March 16th 1946:
YMS Whist Top Score Mike O’ Dowd N
T Kilnalack Butlersbridge,1st Gent Phil Lee,1st
Lady Mrs Bell ‘Arch Café’ Main
Week: Soden Family
are wished Bon Voyage in Gannon’s Hall
having sold their premises to Providers for £9,000 (record Price for
Cavan).John Moore ‘Corner House’ Bridge Street also
retired to Dublin
(Father of Rev Jack Moore).
March 23rd 1946:
Fitzpatrick buys the house and offices of F E Roe (Solicitors) in Farnham Street for
Week: Mrs McCollum
Drumconnick dies at the ripe old age of 103.
Whist: Top Score Mrs O Gorman Drumbo
(152),1st Lady Vera Brady
Main Street(139),2nd Mary
McGovern Church Street (138),3rd
Lady Mrs L Flynn Swellan(134) 1st
Gent: Mickey Burns Mitchell Street (160),2nd Gent Mr Ferris Greenfield (141) and 3rd Gent Mr J McGovern Laragh (140).
Festival: Ballyjamesduff CYMS win Section A and the Dr Lyons Cup for their
presentation of ‘Autumn Fire’ produced by Paddy Cusack Solicitor. Cootehill won
section B with the ‘Far Off Hills’ while the Cavan Players were winners of
section C for their production of
‘Spring’ .Cavan Players:
Charles Donohoe, Maggie McCabe, Betty Cullen, Andy O’ Brien ,Maura Smyth and
Michael Young. The producer was Betty Cullen and a special award was made to
Mick Young for his whistling of the ‘Lark’.
November 9th 1946:
Boylan’s) burnt to the ground. Joe Cullivan (Capt Urban Council Brigade),Guard
L Wall, Jimmy and Barney Finlay heroically prevent fire spreading to adjacent
houses in Bridge Street
and College Street.
Week: Cavan retain
Camogie title beating Cross by 6 goals to 1. Outstanding for Cavan were Moya
Donnelly, Kitty Reilly, Ann McKiernan and Kathleen Conaty.
1946 Sean McBride son of Maud Gonne McBride and former IRA Chief of Staff
founds a new anti Fianna Fail party known as Clann Na Poblachta. It is intended
to appeal to young urban voters fed up of Civil War politics.
Tom Finney scores the late winner as England
beat Ireland 1-0 at Dalymount Park before a packed attendance of
Thousands of parents take to the streets to support the Irish National
Teacher’s Organisation who are on strike for better pay and conditions.
November 23rd 1946:
first Class farm Hands £30 to £35 per quarter,2nd Class
£24-£28,Youths £15 to £18.No girls.
Annual Staff Dance; Music by ‘Stephen Garvey’s Number 1 Band’.
teachers on protracted long strike for better pay and conditions are supported
in protest marches by parents groups out in sympathy with the over worked and
under paid teachers.
visits Dublin and has a meeting with Folklore Commission in search of tales and
information on Irish leprechauns for a film he hopes to make called ‘Darby O
Gill the Little People’
December 7th 1946:
Swans on Green Lake. Billy Weir (old resident) says
“this is a sure sign of a hard winter”!
Same Week: Presentation (engraved silver watch) to Mary
Clarke (telephonist) who is joining a Religious Order. Annie Brady Jack Norry D
T Dwane Oliver Finlay and Mr McKenna (overseer) pay tribute to her at Farewell
Presentation in the Post Office.
December 14th 1946:
Death of Edward Breslin Coleman Road
(Train driver with GNR).
week: Una Boyle (3)
and Mary English (daughter of Eamonn and Margaret English) lost in drowning
tragedy while attending a birthday party in ‘Brookvale’ they fell into the
raging river Kinnypottle in full winter flood at the back of ‘Brookvale’
Committee: Father Jimmy O’ Reilly, Arcdeacon Shire, Rev Wm McDowell, Senator D
McCabe, M/S M J O Brien, M Dowd Co C.O Smith, Mick Sheridan T D, Charlie Reilly
CoC, J M Daly and T Flynn.
January 25th 1947:
Presentation in Gannon’s Hall by Helen McCarren and friends to her friend and
neighbour Vera McManus who is going to England to study Nursing.
Week: :Post Office Dance in Town Hall with
the ‘Red Swallows Band’ from Armagh.
belonging to Tommy Smyth Butlersbridge stolen but later found abandoned in
Williamstown County Galway. There was no damage but the petrol tank was empty!.
James Larkin one of the founders of the Irish Labour Party in Dublin. He was the central figure in many
industrial disputes in Dublin
including the ‘Great Lock Out’ of 1913.
storms in living memory hit Ireland
as many places cut off in Wicklow and across the country in four feet snow
drifts. The bad winter weather started with snow in January and continued until June 1947. In addition the
Harvest was the worst since the Famine with all schools closed and Public
Servants Army etc bussed in to save the Harvest which was in danger because of
the dreadful weather.
February 24th 1947
Billiard team beat Clones by 4 games to 1.Tom McCusker 300 beat H McElroy
67,Joe Higgins 250 beat Hughie McCarney 183,H L Smyth 150 beat L Brady
127,Michael Breslin 150 beat Jimmy Rooney 146 and Johnny Woods 147 just lost to
Michael Connolly 150. Cavan CYMS are declared winners of the League with Clones
2nd and Enniskillen 3rd.
Same Week Don Dale wins his 1st Round Bout,
but is knocked out in the Final of the All Ireland Army Championships by
March 8th 1947:
ountains of Snow: Fell for 23 hours on Monday night /Tuesday
morning. McDonnell’s Bakers run
suspended when Johnny (The Captain) Smith and his helper Pat Smith had to
abandon the van at Castletara Cross, they walked the full 6 ½ miles to Cavan in
a freezing blizzard .John Galligan abandoned his run in Newtowngore staying
over the night and then walking to Killeshandra for a lift by car to Cavan.
There were 10 foot drifts of snow on the Ballinagh Road. Green Lake
becomes a ‘Skating Rink’ for the benefit of the citizens of the town.The Freeze up lasted almost 6 weeks and
was the worst in living memory.
Week: CYMS Whist Drive
Postponed until further notice-due to bad weather.
April 7th 1947:
Henry Ford pioneer of the Model T motor car and the world’s richest man. He
pioneered the car assembly line giving every household a chance to own a Model
September 20th 1947:
Lyons, Paddy Reilly (Athbara),Andy McEntee ,Brother Dermot, D T Dwane
(Postmaster),Mary Brady (CUDC) and Mr Tighe of Ballyjamesduff (Tony’s Father)
are among the first to ‘wire’ congratulations to the Cavan team on winning
their 3rd All Ireland tile. in New York on September 14th 1947.
In Cavan town bonfires were lit and crowds were cheering and singing until long
Polo Grounds New York 1947
It took two hard games for Cavan to overcome a young fit spirited Monaghan team
in the 1st Round of the Ulster Championship. In the first game at Breffni Park they drew level with Cavan with
just a minute left. Then Cavan were awarded a penalty. John Joe O Reilly shot
for a goal and the Monaghan goalie saved to leave the final score Cavan 0-9
Monaghan 1-6 The replay was even more exciting than the drawn encounter. The
teams were level six times in the hour but Cavan pulled away with two points
from Edwin Carolan before Val Gannon made a brilliant save to deny Monaghan in
the closing minute of the game Cavan 1-11 Monaghan 1-9. These two games did
much to mould Cavan into a winning team. They easily accounted for Tyrone in
Dungannon 4-5 to 0-2 in the Ulster Semi Final Over 30,000 travelled to Clones
and braved torrential rain to witness the 1947 Ulster Final between the
defending Champions Antrim and Cavan. Cavan had undergone Collective Training
for the game and tore into Antrim looking for revenge for their 1946
defeat Cavan led by 3-2 to 0-2 at the interval. But the game was far from
over with Antrim fighting back to score 1-4 against a single point by Cavan.
With 5 minutes to go and Antrim rampant but inclined to over play the ball when
scores were there for the taking Cavan tore up field for Peter Donohoe to score
a point that left Cavan safe and give them a 3-2 to 1-6 winning tally. Cavan
were back in training in The Imperial Hotel (Byers) Ballyjamesduff where Hughie
O Reilly and Johnny McGeough Masseur put them through their paces from 7:30 am
the morning to lights out at 10:30. for the All Ireland Semi Final against the
raging hot favourites Roscommon whom Cavan had never beaten in the Championship
and who were unlucky to concede a replay and the title to Kerry in
1946.Roscommon totally underestimated Cavan and were so confident of victory
that a presentation was made to each of the players of a suit length suitable
for the hot humid New York weather. When news of this reached Cavan, players
and supporters alike were doubly determined to see the Primrose and Blue
hammered for their arrogance. As Mick Higgins was leaving the field of play
after beating Roscommon he remarked to the nearby Phelim Murray“Phelim you will
hardly have much use for that suit length now”!. All over the county the Cavan
colours were everywhere and there was the air of a Final about the game with
over 60,000 in attendance. Fast furious uncompromising and extremely exciting game.
Cavan raced into a 3 point lead before the Roscommon team exerted complete
control at centre field where Eamonn Boland and Mick Culhane were rampant.
Cavan had experienced trouble all through their campaign with a weak centre
field. Approaching half time Cavan made the switch that won the game moving
Tony Tighe and Mick Higgins to centre field and Phil Gunner Brady and Donegal
native Columba McDyer to the three quarter line. With the scores 0-3 0-3 each
approaching half time Tighe collected the ball soloed through the Roscommon
defence to place Peter Donohoe who crashed the ball to the net to leave Cavan
ahead 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval. Cavan continued to attack in the second half
playing great interchange football but the Roscommon defence stood resolute
with Jackson Casserly and Brendan Lynch magnificent. Cavan had little to show
for their dominance and beautiful team work until the 19th minute
when Tony Tighe took a pass from T P O Reilly and careered towards the
Roscommon goal. His shot from nearly 30 yards hit the stauncheon at the back of
the goal and rebounded back into play as the umpire waved the green flag to
signal one of the greatest goals ever scored in Croke Park.
Roscommon tried their best to come on terms but were hindered by an injury to Jimmy
Murray (Knockroghery) the pivot of their attack and a disallowed goal by Jack
McQuillan.Great display by Cavan winning 2-4 to 0-6 and awaiting the winners of
the Meath Kerry game at Headquarters on the following Sunday. Cavan Val Gannon
Mullahoran Willie Doonan Cavan Harps Brian O Reilly Mullahoran Paddy Smith
Stradone John Wilson Mullahoran Cmdt J J O Reilly Captain Curragh Lieutenant
Simon Deignan Mullagh Phil Brady Mullahoran Columba McDyer Cavan Slashers Tony
Tighe Mountnuggent Mick Higgins Mountnuggent T P O Reilly Ballyconnell Joe
Stafford Arva Peter Donohoe Mountnuggent Edwin Carolan Mullagh.John Wilson
replaced PJ Duke injured in the Ulster Final.The sense of euphoria and
celebration far outweighed anything experienced before and Cavan returned to a
heroes welcome on Monday night where over 3,000 were on hand to form a parade
led by the Drumcrave and Cavan Labour Bands to the Market Square where bonfires
burnt in celebration the stars and stripes and the tricolour were flying from
nearly every building and the town bedecked in blue and white. The following
night Tuesday the team were welcomed by a further 3,000 people in
Ballyjamesduff where they had trained for both the Ulster Final and All Ireland
Semi Final.Lavey Band led the parade to the Imperial Hotel with speeches by
Tony Tighe T P O Reilly and Patsy Lynch Chairman of the County Board.
Throughout all the celebrations Hughie O Reilly sounded a note of caution
saying “we have won nothing yet-we won’t be satisfied until we win the blue
riband of gaelic football in New York
on September 14th.
August 16th 1947
Roscommon Herald in its report of the game acknowledge that Cavan were the
superior team in the Semi Final and wishes them good luck in the Final against
Kerr in New York.
“ We look forward to meting you and beating you again in the near future”! The
Meath Chronicle praise the leadership on and off the field of John Joe O Reilly
and says Cavan were tuned up the limit both individually and as a team. Despite
the presence of the Artane Boys Band and Most Rev Dr Kyne Bishop of Meath
throwing in the ball Meath were soundly beaten by Kerry in the second Semi
Final 1-11 to 0-5 before a record crowd of 65,000.That night a Banquet was held
in Clery’s Restaurant for the victorious Kerry team with Very Rev T Canon Lyne
presiding who attributed Kerry’s great win to the generosity of Dennis Guiney
owner of Clery’s and said that no 2 better teams could represent Ireland in New
York than Cavan and Kerry. The following day they made the final arrangements for
their trip to New York
and returned to full time training in Killarney on the Tuesday. In making
arrangements for the trip to New York Cavan County Board met with Patsy Lynch
presiding. He told them that both teams could bring 22 players an increase of 1
and 4 Officials. Despite manoeuvres to have PJ Masterson Cornafean included it
was decided that the two officials would be The Secretary H L Smith and
Chairman Patsy Lynch.M J Magee seconded by Andy O Brien Ulster Council proposed
that Cavan would go back in to training in Ballyjamesduff for a period of 10
days under Hughie O Reilly and Johnny McGeough.Tommy Gilroy Stradone
seconded by Tommy Meehan Cavan Slashers proposed that the Cavan party of 26
would include the key figures of Hughie Reilly and Johnny McGeough and that Jim
Duignan brother of Lieutenant Simon Deignan be included. The two teams would
fly out from Rinnana on Monday 8th September while the rest of the
party would leave Cobh on the Mauritania
on the 3rd September. It was decided to apply to the Ulster Council
for a grant of £300 towards the Players Welfare Fund.MJ Sonny Magee Ulster
Council said that he wished to congratulate Cavan and assure them of the
support of all Ulster
undivided. He was confident that “when they met again he would be welcoming
Cavan back to these shores as the new All Ireland Champions!” During the time
that they were away PJ Masterson Vice Chairman and Paddy Reilly Athbara would
be at the helm of affairs at home. Meanwhile the GAA issued a statement saying
that the Goal Umpires would be the Provincial Secretaries Gerry Arthurs Armagh
H O Mahony Cork J Bannon Sligo and T Kilcoyne Galway while Martin O Neill
Wexford would referee the game. The two linesmen would be chosen in New York by Padraic O Keefe Secretary General of the GAA
who said that a crowd of 55,000 was expected and trains would run from all the
Eastern cities as far away as Boston.
The pitch at the Polo Grounds was 25 yards shorter and 10 yards narrower than Croke Park
while the nets were being supplied and brought to the States from Saint
Brendan’s Club in Birr County Offaly. Meanwhile Radio Eireann announced that
their commentator Michéal O Hehir was flying out to New York and would broadcast the game which
is set to begin at 8:30 Irish time. Transmission will begin at 7 with a special
feature entitled ‘60 years of Gaelic Games’ narrated and produced by Patrick
Purcell. The live broadcast will begin with a recital from the 280 piece New
York Police Band.
August 30th 1947 Val Gannon Brian O
Reilly Edwin Carolan Peter Donohoe Joe Stafford John Wilson Paddy Smith
Simon Deignan Phil Brady Columba McDyer Tony Tighe Mick Higgins TP O Reilly PJ
Duke Hughie O Reilly and Johnny McGeough would all fly from Rinnana on
Monday 8th September while John Joe O Reilly and his wife Olive
would fly out on the following morning Tuesday the 9h September. The party
travelling from Cobh on September 3rd are Terry Sheridan Owen Roe
McGovern Willie Doonan John Joe Cassidy Tom O Reilly E Teevan Brendan Kelly Jim
Duignan Patsy Lynch Chairman and Hughie Smith Treasurer. Only Willie Doonan of
the selected team decided to travel by boat. The return trip will be on the
much more luxurious and faster Queen Mary which will put into Dun
Laoghaire on Friday 12th October. Hughie O Reilly Cavan
Trainer was born in Cork
City in 1902 and played
football and hurling there until the death of his father who was a native of
Tullyvin.Returned there with his mother and brother Tommy well known Cootehill
referee. Played with Laragh Rovers and was a member of the Cavan All Ireland
winning team of 1927.Played in the All Ireland Final of 1928 when Cavan leading
by 2 points were beaten by a ball thrown into their net by the Lily
Whites.Centrefield in 1933 and Captain in 1935 when Cavan won their only two
All Ireland titles. Trained Monaghan in 1930 and Cavan in 1945 when they gifted
the All Ireland to Cork.He is a man of limitless energy and an accomplished
hurler. Hughie is a Road Ganger with Cavan County Council The Masseur John
‘Johnny’ McGeough was born in Castleblayney and came to prominence as a Postman
In 1890 he was best athlete in Post Services Sports from 600 yards to 5 miles.7
times Scottish mile record holder and twice 2nd in AAA Championships
at Crystal Palace. Best time for the mile of 4:44
while his 4 mile record stands at 21:06.Mile Champion of Ireland and Scotland
in 1907.He had 30 major championships to this credit when he retired in 1911.He
reports that all the Cavan players are co-operating wholeheartedly and
successfully to the gruelling training. Andy McEntee of the Anglo Celt
states that when visiting the Hotel in Ballyjamesduff he was struck by
the harmony in the camp and Hughie O Reilly reported all were fit eager and
ready to battle. Hughie Reilly says”
the team are now fitter mentally and physically than for the Semi Final with a
regime that starts at 7 Am with a 5 mile walk and physical exercise ball
practice and sprinting before Rosary and lights out at 10:30 pm.Hughie
says they are a great bunch of lads easy to coach and very focused on the task
ahead. They should be good enough for good news on the radio from New York on September 14th”!.The
big bombshell was that Columba McDyer was getting married in Ballina Conty Mayo
on the following Wednesday but would be definitely flying out with the team on
Monday 8th September. Andy McEntee in his build up for the game
warns Cavan to have 1 if not 2 good place kickers available and on target as
the pitch being 25 yards shorter will afford more than the usual quota of
September 6th 1947 Good news for Cavan as PJ Duke injured in the Ulster Final is declared
fit to play in the All Ireland Final at the Polo Grounds New York. To
accommodate PJ Edwin Carolan drops to the bench and will wear the Number 16
shirt. Team Val Gannon Mullahoran Willie Doonan Cavan Harps Brian O Reilly
Mullahoran Paddy Smith Stradone John Wilson Mullahoran Cmdt JJ O Reilly Captain
Curragh Simon Deignan Mullagh PJ Duke Stradone Phil Brady Mullahoran Tony Tighe
Mountnuggent Mick Higgins Mountnuggent Columba McDyer Cavan Slashers Joe
Stafford Peter Donohoe Mountnuggent and TP O Reilly Ballyconnell. Subs
Edwin Carolan Mullagh Terry Sheridan JJ Cassidy Arva O Roe McGovern Templeport
Tom O Reilly Cornafean E Tiernan Brendan Kelly Bailiebrorough Jim Duignan
1947 Cavan and Kerry teams leave for New
York on board the Mauritania
on Wednesday September 3rd arriving in New York on Monday September 8th
to be greeted by scorching heat. Many of the players were completely taken back
and were heard to say “how can we play football in this heat”?. Leaving
Ballyjamesduff where the town was en fete and the entire population came out to
bid them adieu they later arrived in Dublin as
guests of the GAA to witness one of the great hurling All Ireland Finals in
which Kilkenny beat Cork
by a point. They later had tea in Lawlor’s of Naas before heading for Limerick where they were welcomed by former Cavan and
Slashers great Colonel JP Murphy. Accommodation was not available but they
stayed over in Ennis County Clare and returned to Rinnana the following day
where they were guests at a luncheon hosted by Rev Canon Hamilton PP Newmarket
on Fergus who had proposed at Congress that the All Ireland Football Final of
1947 be played in New York to honour those who died or emigrated during the
Great Famine. There to see off the Cavan contingent were Dr Phil Carroll
Medical Adviser to the team Donal Morgan old Cavan footballer Donal Brady
Ballyjamesduff Miss Tighe sister of Tony Ernie McPhilips Virginia while Danny O
Rourke Ballyhaise went ahead by ship. The remainder flew from Rineanna the
following Monday September 8th leaving at 6:25 pm and arriving in
New York at 11:25 pm Irish time on Tuesday after a gruelling 29 hour flight via
Santa Maria in the Andores Gander and Boston they finally reached New York.They
were all given a typical New York welcome with a cavalcade of 30 cars headed by
18 cops on red motor cycles with screaming sirens driving through 7 miles of
main streets. In Broadway confetti and ticker tape drifted down from 40 storey
buildings. At the City Hall they were received by Mayor Bill O Dwyer a
native of Bohola County Mayo and a crowd of 5,000 people. He welcomed them as
ambassadors of Ireland.
The New York Police Band played Irish airs and Sean Feeney the well known Irish
tenor sang ‘The Rose of Tralee’ while Frank Ryan sang ‘Come Back Paddy Reilly
to Ballyjamesduff’ The procession then proceeded to the Hotel Roosevelt for an
official luncheon. After a good night’s rest the two teams limbered up Kerry at
and Cavan at Cortland
Park where both teams
reported a clean bill of health. It was announced that a film would be made of
the game and be on general release on the 20th September while extra
time would be played if the game was being drawn after 60 minutes.
1947 On the morning of the
match the two teams and officials attended High Mass at Saint Patrick’s
Cathedral where they were officially welcomed from the pulpit by Rt Rev
Monsignor Flannelly on behalf of his Eminence Cardinal Spellman as “sporting
ambassadors of Ireland whose sons and daughters had built this great Cathedral
which was a monument to the faith and generosity of the millions of Irish that
sought refuge in this great land. The altar speaks of 700 years of religious
persecution for our faith and as visiting Irish athletes you can be proud of
the great Irish people who came here and built this great Cathedral.”
Afterwards the visiting party were introduced to Cardinal Spellman of New York. Each of the
party kissed his ring and he spoke to each one of them asking their county of
origin in Ireland.
He gave to each of them a Miraculous medal when Willie Doonan received his he
whispered to the nearby Mick Higgins “I hope we get the real medal this
evening”. In attendance was Monsignor Middleton Fathers James Griffith Edwin
Roderick Thomas Donnellan and Charles McManus (All Irish apart from English
born Monsignor Midleton) Despite reports to the contrary it was a scorching hot
day with only a slight breeze as the two teams emerged from the Dressing Rooms
at 3:15 American time to be greeted by the 280 New York Police Band and 2 Pipe
Bands who paraded the teams playing O Donnell Abu and The Minstrel Boy. There
followed the singing of Faith of Our Fathers The Star Spangled Banner and the
Irish National Anthem. The pitch was brown rock hard with very little green
grass and was watered by watering cart just an hour before the game. A crowd of
34,941 paid gate receipts of $ 152,000 (£38,000) The two teams lined out as
selected Cavan Team Val Gannon Mullahoran Willie Doonan Cavan Harps Brian O
Reilly Mullahoran Paddy Smith Stradone John Wilson Mullahoran Cmdt JJ O Reilly
Captain Curragh Simon Deignan Mullagh PJ Duke Stradone Phil Brady Mullahoran
Tony Tighe Mountnuggent Mick Higgins Mountnuggent Columba McDyer Cavan Slashers
Joe Stafford Killinkere Peter Donohoe Mountnuggent and TP O Reilly
Ballyconnell.Subs Edwin Carolan Mullagh Terry Sheridan Killinkere JJ Cassidy
Arva O Roe McGovern Swanlinbar Tom O Reilly Cornafean E Tiernan Templeport
Brendan Kelly Bailiebrorough
Kerry Dan O Keefe D Lyne Captain Lieutenant Joe Keohane Paddy Bawn
Brosnan Jackie Lyne D Carey Eddie Walsh Eddie Dowling E Gaga O Connor T O
Sullivan D Kavanagh Bat Garvey F O Keefe Tom O Connor and Paddy Kennedy. Kerry
started like a whirlwind and registered a wide from the throw in. Tom O Connor
had a point for Kerry after 3 minutes and after a 30 yards solo run Garvey
sliced open the Cavan defence to shoot a great goal for Kerry after only 5
minutes. In their 1st attack Peter Donohoe gained possession
and was pulled down taking the free and the point himself to open the scoring
for Cavan after 6 minutes. After a Kerry attack was broken up Cavan swept back
downfield when John Wilson side stepped Garvey to find Higgins who was pulled
down as he headed for goal Peter Donohoe pointed the resultant free after 7
minutes. Play swung quickly back up field and Tom O Connor fielded brilliantly
lost his marker and gave Val Gannon no chance in the Cavan goal. Kerry were now
ahead by 7 points and many of the spectators in the white shirted crowd
wondered how Cavan ever got to the Final. Despite trogan work by Willie Doonan
who cleared his lines twice before Tom O Connor had the now vociferous Kerry
support on its feet again after 9 minutes when he shot another point after O
Keefe had been fouled to give Kerry an 8 point lead-time for drastic action and
Hughie O Reilly was ringing the switches bringing 19 year old Tony Tighe and
Mick Higgins to centre field in place of Phil Brady and PJ Duke the latter
taking over from John Wilson to mark the mercurial Batt Garvey who had been
involved in all of Kerry’s scores. From a beautiful fetch and pass by Tighe
Columba McDyer shot a brilliant Cavan point but Eddie O Connor quickly replied
with a Kerry point after a flash of genius by the Kerry forward line
interchanging at speed. Then Higgins found McDyer who found Donohoe soling
through the Kerry cover before being dragged down for a free which he converted
himself.Tighe was now supreme at midfield and after a brilliant catch set off
at speed on his own for the Kerry goal only to be pulled down Peter Donohoe
converting the resultant free. Tighe then caught the kick out brilliantly
placed Joe Stafford for a great Cavan goal. Cavan were now rampant and had
shaken off their early lethargy and then Duke placed Phil Brady who found Tighe
who passed to Donohoe who placed the in running Mick Higgins for the goal of
the Championship in the 28th minute and brought the entire Polo
Grounds to its feet to acclaim a wonderful score. Cavan were all over Kerry now
and missed several chances of scores before the half time whistle sounded with
Cavan ahead 2-5 to 2-4.During the interval Mayor O Dwyer of New York addressed
the Irish people listening to the broadcast saying “it was a pleasure to see
this game here to day. Since emigrating from Ireland
I have longed to see the All Ireland Final played in my adopted city of New York. Both teams are a
credit to Ireland”.
The President of the GAA Dan O Rourke a native of Roscommon said as he looked
out on the Polo Grounds “it was a wonderful sight with spectators witnessing a wonderful
game –one of the greatest ever in the history of the GAA”. Cavan were first out
of he dressing rooms after showering changing and drinking copious amounts of
water at half time with the words of Hughie O Reilly ringing in their ears “you
are in the lead and well fit to win it now” and Kerry making them wait in the
sweltering sun for a lengthy period before emerging in their green and gold
jersies and white baseball caps. Cavan were on the attack from the thrown in
but repulsed by determined Kerry defending then Kerry swept up field only for
Kavanagh to be fouled by John Joe Reilly with Tom O Connor shooting the
equaliser after 2 minutes play. From Doonan’s long kick out Donohoe fetched and
passed to Higgins who was pulled down in flight and Donohoe converted the free
to give Cavan a 2-6 to 2-5 lead. From the kick out Tony Tighe went high to
fetch and was nearly killed when Brosnan and Eddie Casey caught him in a
sandwich but Tighe passed on to Higgins clean through only to be denied by a
great save from Dan O Keefe who was lucky not to be charged across the line by
the inrushing TP O Reilly. In the next minute Higgins again fielded and was
pulled down only for Peter Donohoe to send over another Cavan point 2-7 to
2-5.Following great work by JJ O Reilly TP O Reilly was in on goal when pulled
down and Donohoe converted the free 2-8 to 2-5.After prolonged Cavan pressure
Kerry broke away and Gaga O Connor scored a beautiful point for the Kingdom 2-8
to 2-6.In the sweltering heat the younger fitter Cavan team ran riot and
dominated play. After 3 more Cavan wides Higgins sent over 2 beautiful points
from play in the 26th and 28th minute 2-10 to 2-6.After
great play by the Cavan forwards in which Higgins was pulled down when heading
for goal Peter Donohoe had the final point for Cavan. Kerry true to their
reputation stormed up field looking for a goal but their only reward was a
consolation Gaga O Connor point after great work by Doonan Smith Duke and JJ O
Reilly who sent Cavan on the attack again. The Final whistle saw winners and
vanquished in sporting embrace of each other. They had played a classic All
Ireland Final and thrilled the spectators in the Polo Grounds and the millions
listening to Micheal O Hehir’s commentary all over Ireland. Martin O Neill of Wexford
was a fair impartial referee who let the game ebb and flow to its conclusion.
Figures of the game showed that Cavan scored 2 goals 11 points to Kerry’s 2
goals and 7 points shooting 12 wides to Kerry’s 9 they had 2 50s none for Kerry
and were awarded 18 frees to Kerry’s 15.The members of the victorious Cavan
team were carried to the dressing rooms on the shoulders of proud Cavan
emigrants who milled around the dressing room to acclaim their heroes
particularly Peter Donohoe Mick Higgins Tony Tighe PJ Duke Captain John Joe O
Reilly and Willie Doonan as they made their way to the coach and back to their
headquarters in the Roosevelt Hotel. Scorers for Cavan Mick Higgins 1-2 Joe
Stafford 1-0 Peter Donohoe 0-8 and Columba McDyer 0-1.Kerry Garvey 1-0 Eddie
Dowling 1-0 Gaga O Connor 0-5 Paddy Kennedy and Tom O Connor 0-1 each. Kerry
used 4 subs while Cavan used none At the Commodore Hotel 1,400 attended the
official banquet of turkey and trimmings. The Officers of the GAA sat at the
top table Mr McNamara President of the New York GAA presided and the
toastmaster was Pat O Dwyer brother of the Lord Mayor. Before the speeches
which lasted for over 3 hours Cavan were presented with their All Ireland
medals while the speakers initially congratulated the teams and organisation
the speeches took on a more political hue with impassioned pleas for an end to
partition. John Joe Sheehy of Kerry said “we have our games our culture our
language we appeal to this great power that is the USA to intervene and restore our country”.
A sentiment echoed by many speakers including the President of the Munster
Council Denis O Mahoney. In Ireland
people listened to the games at home in pubs and in dance halls throughout the
country. When the final whistle went they poured out on to streets laneways and
rural roads embracing neighbours friends and even enemies whom thy had not
spoken to for years in unbridled joy at the wonderful tidings from America.
In the Magnet Cinema in Cavan Jimmy McCormack the Projectionist kept the
customers happy by improvising slides which superimposed on the film the latest
score when the final result came up hundreds rushed out to join the thousands
of people dancing in the streets with bonfires blazing at every vantage point.
Throughout the North whole families gathered around the wireless enthralled by
the New York Pipe Band playing O Donnell Abu The Minstrel Boy and the singing
of Faith of Our Fathers Amhrain Na Fiann and The Star Spangled Banner. Many
poured into the streets shouting “Up Cavan and Up Ulster”. Thousands poured out
of houses in the Falls Road after the broadcast ended soon after 10 embracing
and shouting “Up Cavan Up Ulster” while many of the houses sported Cavan and Ulster
flags. The crowd was swelled by people returning from cinemas clubs and dances
and rejoicing went on until well after midnight. Meanwhile back in New York the following
day both teams had a long lie in and were served a hearty breakfast around
midday. All the players were fit and well and no serious injuries were reported
from the Cavan or Kerry squads. Arthur Daly in the New York Times acclaimed
both teams for their sporting behaviour in a tough spectacular all action
encounter. “Donohoe is the Babe Ruth of Gaelic Football. He is Dead Eye Dick
with his accurate kicking. Cavan were younger and fitter and able to carry
their hand passing game with speed and deadly accuracy while Kerry with their
more direct approach of catch and kick played into the hands of the Cavan
defence. It was amazing and uplifting to see two teams after kicking the
stuffing out of one another go over and embrace one another at the end of a
great Final. If it was here they would surely each want to land another
blow.Tighe of Cavan came in for dog’s abuse knocked out three times he came
back for more each time. Outside the stadium an impromptu Fleadh Cheoil took
place with musician singers and dancers displaying the custom and traditions of
oblivious to the deafening roars of the nearby subway”. Harold Rosenthal in the
Herald Tribune says “The name Donohoe 23 year old Publican’s Assistant rang out
all over New York and throughout Ireland
last night to acclaim the Cavan sharpshooter who was instrumental in landing
Cavan’s 3rd Senor All Ireland title. Long afternoon of fierce
battling in unrelenting heat where hard knocks were the order of the day and
each embraced friend and foe at the end of the game”. Chris Kiernan in The
Daily News said that “Cavan completely outplayed out kicked and out manoeuvred
their opposition after a very shaky start. Bruising battle complete with
sustained fast action and reckless play” Wedger Meagher brother of the famous
Laurey Meagher of Kilkenny writing in the Daily Mirror “Cavan played a
brilliant type of football in electric atmosphere cheered on by ecstatic crowd after
a disastrous start. Kerry relied too much on their traditional catch and kick
which was easily dealt with by a sound Cavan defence”. The Irish World said “it
was a glorious game and glorious victory clean tough and fast it was well
refereed” The Irish Echo said “it was a great game with the better team
winning. Important in the fight against partition that victory should go to Ulster
this year” As Mick Higgins said many years later “this was the experience of a
lifetime the enthusiasm and generosity of our hosts was incredible we were
treated like Royalty”. On Monday both teams were guests of City Commissioner
Nolan at a lavish Reception at City Hall. On Tuesday many of the party went to
visit relatives or went to the seaside at Brockway Beach
where they were the centre of attention and acclamation. Wednesday was a visit
to the City Police Headquarters where they were entertained by the Commissioner
as honoured guests of New York City.
In the afternoon they journeyed out of town to visit West Point Military
Academy which was of
particular interest to Cmdt JJ O Reilly Lieutenant Joe Keohane and Lieutenant
Simon Deignan.They were accorded a warm welcome by the thousands of young
cadets and were guests of the Military High Command. The highlight of Thursday
was a motor boat tour of the harbour taking in all the islands that make up New York and visiting Ellis Island
and the Statue of Liberty. On Friday night there was a challenge game under
artificial light at Gaelic Park between a Cavan/Kerry Selection and New York after which the
Cavan team were guests of honour of the Cavan Association in New York Annul
Dinner where they were the recipients of a special presentation. On Saturday
night the Kerrymen’s Association had their team as special guests at their
Annual Dinner when each member of the team was presented with solid gold
watches. Meanwhile back at home Micheal O Hehir’s broadcast is acclaimed as one
of the greatest acts of communication and skill in the history of Irish
broadcasting and ensures his place in Irish folklore. Thousands of telegrams
continue to pour in among them Bishop Lyons Mr Tighe Bank Manager
Ballyjamesduff DT Dwane Cavan Post Office Michael J Smith Town Clerk on behalf
of the people of Cavan town Paddy O Reilly Treasurer Cavan County Board Andy
McEntee Breffni Bar 57 Main Street and President of Cavan GAA on behalf of the
Gaels of Breffni Brother Dermot Bagenalstown and formerly De La Salle Cavan
Miss Mary Brady Chairman Cavan UDC and Paddy Smith TD Chairman Cavan County
Council. The only casualty was John Sexton former Cavan and Monaghan footballer
who cycled to Killadoon on Sunday to referee the Cornafean V Mullahoran League
encounter to be informed that the game had been cancelled John returned to his
caretaker’s house in Breffni Park in good time for the broadcast from New York.
In Croke Park Tyrone won their first All Ireland Minor title beating Mayo 4-4
to 4-3 after trailing by 4-2 to 0-2 at the interval. Star of the show was Eddie
Devlin a student at Saint Patrick’s College Armagh. An early McCaffrey goal in
the 2nd half grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat and ensured an Ulster
double for the very first time. Team M Bradley L Campbell R McNulty V Cullen M Vaughan Eddie Devlin M
Cushnaghan B McGrath S Poyntz A Martin M Dargan J McConnell B McCafrey T
Sullivan and P Donnelly.
Willie Doonan left and Paddy Kennedy (Kerry) race for
procession near the Cavan goal !
Mick Higgins gets his shot in despite the close
attention of Kerry’s Willie Casey and Paddy Bawn Brosnan.
A Moment of Victory
and officials celebrate in the Dressing Room after their historic victory over
Kerry in the heat and humidity of the Polo Grounds on September 14th
1947 Cavan and Kerry teams left for home on the 26th
September on the luxury liner The Queen Mary which will put into Southampton from which the party will transfer by train
to Holyhead and journey to DunLaoghaire on Friday morning 3rd
October. Before leaving New York Micheal O Hehir was guest of the Dublin
Association who made him a presentation to commemorate his memorable broadcast
while Padraic O Keefe General Secretary of the GAA and H O Mahoney President of
the Munster Council were Guests of Honour of the Cork Hurling Club while Gerry
Arthurs of Armagh was Guest of Honour at The Armagh Association function.
Before leaving New York
each member of the Cavan team was presented with a wallet of notes by the Cavan
Association. The teams and officials continued to enjoy New
York hospitality and visited Radio City Music Hall where they were shown around
and entertained to luncheon. They took in shows on Broadway and the latest
movies-everywhere they were feted and treated as honoured guests of the city of
New York At
home a special Reception Committee was formed headed by Seamus Gilheaney NT
Father Patrick Gargan Saint Patrick’s College and Treasurer Paddy Reilly
Kerry teams received at Arus an Uachtarainn by President and Mrs Sean T O Kelly
on the morning of their return from New
York. Also in the picture is on Taoiseach Eamonn De
Velera and Mr Patrick Smith TD Minister for Agriculture and a native of
Back Row Eddie Tiernan T P O Reilly ‘Big
Tom’ O Reilly Peter Donohoe Tony Tighe Johnny Wilson and Phil Brady.
Centre (Left to Right) James McGeough (Masseur) Willie Doonan Terry Sheridan
Val Gannon Simon Deignan Columba McDyer P J Duke Hughie O Reilly
(Trainer). Front Row (Left to Right) Hughie L Smith (County Board Secretary)
Joe Stafford Owen Roe McGovern John Joe O Reilly (Captain) Edwin Carolan Paddy
Smith and Patsy Lynch (Chairman Cavan County Board). Missing from picture Mick
Higgins J J Cassidy Brendan Kelly and Brian O Reilly.
October 11th 1947
Champions come home over 15,000 at reception in the Farnham Gardens.
Arriving at Dun Laoighaire on the morning of October 3rd both
parties were greeted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin
and entertained to a hearty breakfast in the Salthill Hotel Monkstown. Making
their base in Barry’s Hotel they were given a civic reception in the Mansion
House and in the afternoon journeyed to Arus an Uachtarainn where they were
greeted by President and Bean Ui Ceilidhe Eamonn De Valera Taoiseach and
members of the Cabinet including the Minister for Agriculture Paddy Smith from
Cootehill. That night the entire party were guests of the Central Council in
the Gresham Hotel where the Cavan captain Cmdt John Joe O Reilly was presented
with the Sam Maguire Cup by Dan O Rourke TD President of the GAA. Present were
members of the Cavan and Kerry County Boards as well as members of the Central
Council who had sanctioned the game at Easter. Many invited guests from Cavan
town including Marona Foster Dr Jack Sullivan Andy and Molly O Brien Market
Square MJ and Maisie Magee as well as Paddy Treasurer and Mrs O Reilly from
Athbara. On Saturday the two teams were guests at a Dublin City Cinema where
they viewed a newsreel of the Final before making the final preparations for
home and meeting old friends and acquaintances in Barry’s Hotel. After
attending Mass in the city the Kerry and Cavan parties went their separate ways
with Kerry returning to Killarney by train while Cavan began their triumphant
journey where they were greeted all along the way by people waving Cavan flags
until they got to Navan where they were accorded a Civic Reception and on to
Kells where the cavalcade was officially welcomed and led by the Kells Brass
Band to the outskirts of the town. On the Meath/Cavan border over 300 cars
greeted the cavalcade and they were officially welcomed home by the Parish
Priest on behalf of the people of Maghera. Virginia was a sea of blue and white and thousands
lined the street to catch a glimpse of their heroes. At 3:30 precisely the
cavalcade inched its way into Cavan town to be greeted by a banner adjacent to
flag and bunting bedecked Lake View proclaiming ‘Welcome Home the Champions’
Every house in Owen Roe Mitchell Street Saint Brigid’s Jubilee Saint Mary’s
Saint Patrick’s Wolfe Tone Street Coleman Road and O Rahilly Street were
decorated in bunting and flew both the Cavan and National flags with many
American flags among the display. Mallon’s in O Rahilly Street had a beautiful banner
with Breifne Abu and the Sam Maguire super imposed. The De La Salle School flew
both Papal and Cavan colours with a banner across the road ‘Cead Mile Failte to
the Champions’. On a beautiful Autumn day 16 bands took part in the procession
with pride of place leading the parade to the Cootehill Brass Band in honour of
the Cavan trainer Hughie Reilly. The team bus driven by Patrick Donaghy
Saint Mary’s Terrace brought up the rear with the members of the team and the
magnificent Sam Maguire Cup clearly visible.Cootehill were followed by
Bailieboro Brass Band Drumcrow War Pipers and the following fife bands
Castletara Drung Drumcrave Lower Lavey Laragh Killann Mullahoran Clifferna
Cavan Labour Band Denn Drumany and Aughavas County Leitrim. The FCA under
Lieutenant Jimmy McEntee and 2ndb Lieutenant Jim Scanlon formed a Guard of
Honour at the Farnham Gardens and later helped with the stewarding while the De
La Salle Boys team led by Brothers David and Michael held a banner proclaiming
‘Champions of 1957’.Incredibly for the second successive time John Joe O Reilly
like Hughie Reilly in 1935 was not present to carry the Sam Maguire Cup (John
Joe was assisting the Curragh in a Kildare Senior Championship Semi Final) and
left the task to Vice Captain Joe Stafford until he arrived later in the
evening at the Banquet in the Farnham Hotel.15,000 people crammed the Farnham
Gardens entering via Cafferty’s House in Ashe Street. The team were greeted by
Bishop Patrick Lyons Bishop of Kilmore and Bishop Moynagh Vicar Apostolic of
Calabar and a native of Mullahoran all members of the team and officials
kissing their rings. Addresses of welcome were read by Michael Harding Cavan
County Council Michael J Smith Town Clerk Cavan town PE Clarke on behalf of the
people of Cootehill JD Quinn on behalf of the people of Belturbet. Bishops
Lyons and Moynagh spoke first followed by Dan O Rourke President of the GAA
Patsy Lynch Chairman Cavan County Board who paid tribute to the “Mayor of New
York W O Dwyer for affording the touring party the freedom of the city Lieuts
McDermott and Ryan who were their guides throughout their stay there- they saw
more of New York than many people resident there for over 25 years. He also
paid tribute to Cardinal Spellman and Monsignor Flannelly Adm Saint Patrick’s
Cathedral. To the people of New York
particularly the Cavan Association for their hospitality and generosity that
ensured that they did not come home with empty pockets. Most of all the people
at home who made this great day possible by their support and generosity in
contributing to the Training Fund. Cavan could not have got to the Final and
their support meant that when they took the field in New York they were the best prepared Cavan
team ever to contest a Final.” The next speaker Hughie O Reilly was accorded a
rapturous reception and opened by saying “Thank God we are home again safe and
sound and all the boys of Breffni were magnificent in winning the Sam Maguire
in style in the only All Ireland ever played outside Ireland and I hope it is the last.
Thank you to our loyal supporters who helped us achieve this great day and with
their donations supported us through a difficult Ulster campaign and the Semi Final
against Roscommon. We thank our own kith and kin in that land across the sea
who opened their homes and hearts to us over the last three weeks. God send the
day when the youth of Breffni will be able to get a decent living in their own
native land they so dearly love” To close the meeting the Cootehill Brass Band
struck up the National Anthem all present joining in the Chorus. Supt Murray
was in charge of the Gardai who directed traffic with Inspector Brett Sergeant
Thorne Sergeant McDonagh. The Banquet in the Farnham Hotel followed at which
all the clubs in the County were represented Cavan Harps were represented by
Paddy Conaty Chairman Paddy Boylan Treasurer Paddy Brady Secretary Bartley
Smith Vice Chairman Michael Walsh Johnny O Rourke Noel Halligan P Dunne Phil
Lee John Keoghan and Poppy McNamara. The toast ‘Ireland’ was proposed all standing
to sing the National Anthem. ‘Our Guests of Honour’ (Bishops Lyons and Moynagh)
proposed by Seamus Gilheaney and replied to by Bishop Lyons MJ Magee (Ulster
Council) proposed the toast ‘The GAA’ replied to by Dan O Rourke President of
the GAA and Andy McEntee President of Cavan GAA.Father PJ Gargan proposed the
toast ‘All Ireland Champions’ Hughie O Reilly replied praising Monaghan Tyrone
Antrim Roscommon and Kerry for the manner in which they accepted defeat at the hands
of Cavan in this year’s Championship. Prolonged applause greeted the arrival of
JJ O Reilly Captain of the Cavan team who apologised for being late due to
another engagement in Kildare. He “hoped that winning in New
York would inspire the youth of the County to play the game and
uphold Breffni tradition and that this victory would make up to the Cavan
supporters their years of frustration in their quest for All Ireland honours.” The banquet
concluded with the playing of the National Anthem.
Welcomes The Champions
carrying the victorious team moves down Farnham Street to the Reception in
the Farnham Gardens
Joe Stafford carries the Sam Maguire to
the platform in the Farnham
Gardens where the team
and officials were received by Dr Patrick Lyons Bishop of Kilmore.
people gathered in Cavan to welcome the victorious Cavan team home. The parade
through the blue and white bedecked streets of the town stretched for over a
mile and included 14 Bands.
carrying the victorious Cavan team passes the Courthouse on its way to the
Reception in the Farnham
Gardens at the
intersection of Farnham Street
and Ashe Street.
November 1st 1947:
Brady (Town Hall Street
) and Barney Brady (Connolly
Street ) bag 13 pike fishing at Killygoan. The
largest was a monster of 27 ½ lbs.
among the organisations making a presentation of a new radio to Bishop Lyons on
his return from seeing Pope Pius X11 in Rome where he presented ‘The Cathedral
Book’(detailing the construction of the new Cathedral) to “a very impressed and
grateful” Holy Father.
Week: ‘Eagle Bar’
remains unsold with the highest bidder being Mr. Moran Bridge St. with a bid of
November 15th 1947:Talent Competition in Scout Den. Singers 1st Bridie Gaffney,2nd
Petsie Lawlor,3rd Teresa Fitzpatrick,4th Peter Moore.5th Louis Smith and 6th
Phyllis McNamara. Impersonators 1st
John Fagan,2nd John Fitzpatrick. Instrumental
1st Leo Ronan,2nd Paddy O Neill.
Week: Mrs R Ladley
Bray has purchased the ‘Magnet Bar’(‘Blackhorse Inn’) formerly owned by J
Melican for £2,150.
Leonard (Church Street)
has been called to the Civil Service. She was educated at the Poor Clare
Convent and Saint Louis Convent Monaghan.
Top Score Frank Fitzpatrick (Military Row),1st Gent Joe O Rourke
(Market Square),2nd Gent Sean Smith (Main Street).Ladies 1st
Mary McGovern (Church Street),2nd Lady Miss Norton (Town Hall
Frank Conlon buys residence on Cathedral
Road for £2,125 (Byrnes beside Helen Carolan).
is sold to Harbison Bros Moneymore Co Derry for a record £5,350.
1947 World mourns the death of Man of Peace Mahatma Ghandi. Mr De Velera
addressing an election meeting in Boyle county Roscommon said “our two peoples
felt they were brothers in a common cause”
February 20th 1948:
Connolly buys his private residence in Church Street for £2,500.(Seamus and Mary
Same Week: Downbeaters
supply the music at Annual Boy’s Scout Dance.
Stronge son of Mickey and Mrs Stronge Saint Bridget’s Terrace takes 1st
place in Ireland
in the Post Office entrance exams.
Party Government (Fine Gael, Labour and Clann Na Poblachta) led by John A
Earl Fitzwilliam whose Irish seat was at Coolattin county Wicklow and Lady
Kathleen Hartington daughter of Joseph Kennedy former US Ambassador to Britain
are killed when their chartered air plane crashes in Southern
Ireland at last win the Triple Crown after
49 years of striving to win this elusive prize . They defeated Wales
by two tries sis points to one try three points at Ravenhill Belfast. As a
result of this great win Ireland
also won the Grand Slam having beaten France earlier in the season.
Zatopek Czech runner star of the London Olympics winning the ten thousand
metres and finishing second in the five
thousand metres. Fanny Bankers Kohn won four gold medals competing in the
Olympics for her native Netherlands.
1948 Egyptian planes bomb new Jewish State capital of Tel Aviv. Destroying the
Port . Meanwhile five Arab armies are marching toward Jerusalem
and the Holy Land. Egyptian sources said that
they had captured Gaza
and were less than forty miles from Tel Aviv. Troops of the Transjordan Arab
Army occupied Jericho.
Egypt Syria Transjordan and the Lebanon
have crossed the River Jordan in the western drive for the Mediterranean.
their 4th all Ireland Senior Football crown. Belfast readers say
“Cavan justify Ulster’s faith and confidence”, while the prisoners in Armagh
Jail send their congratulations to the players and fulsome praise for the
commentary by Micheal O’ Hehir a sentiment also expressed by ‘Cavan supporter
August 7th 1948 Appeal for funds to train the Cavan team for Semi Final clash with
Louth after their easy victory against Antrim 2-12 to 2-4 in the Ulster Final
in Clones before an attendance of 32,000 paying gate receipts of £2,125 on a
beautiful Summer’s day.JJ O Reilly Captain was the Man of The Match and the
rock on which many of the Antrim attacks perished. Cavan were a much slicker
outfit than last year with Tighe and Brady supreme at centre field and Sherlock
later sprung from the subs. Cavan led by 1-6 to 1-3 at the interval. The Anglo
Celt Cup presented by the new Editor of the Anglo Celt ET O Hanlon who
congratulated both sides on a splendid match. Scorers for Cavan Peter Donohoe
1-4 Edwin Carolan 1-1 Mick Higgins 0-2 JJ Cassidy 0-2 Simon Deignan Victor
Sherlock and Tony Tighe 0-1 each.
August 26th 1948 Cavan concede 4 second half goals but defeat Louth 1-14 to 4-2 in the
All Ireland Semi Final before 51,000 who paid gate receipts of £4,657 at Croke
Park with a strong gale force wind blowing from the Canal goal. Cavan won the
toss and elected to play with the gale force wind and sun in their backs
defending the Canal goal and led by 1-10 to 0-1 at the interval and nobody
rated Louth’s chances even with the gale force wind. Sherlock and Brady were
dominant throughout at midfield and with JJ O Reilly Willie Doonan Paddy Smith
PJ Duke and Simon Deignan superb in defence Cavan fell into the trap of trying
to get goals to polish the Louth men off but it was Louth who got the
goals and they were rampant in the second half. Brian O Reilly at full back was
the weak link and J Benson in goals although beaten 4 times brought off some
great saves. Higgins and Donohoe steadied the ship while Edwin Carolan Joe
Stafford and JJ Cassidy were inclined to shoot for goals. When Louth closed to
1 points with 10 minutes left Donohoe and Higgins led the way with superb Cavan
points in the last 10 minutes as Cavan regained the upper hand to ensure that
they meet either Mayo or Kerry in the 1948 All Ireland Final on the last Sunday
of September. Scorers for Cavan Peter Donohoe 0-8 7 frees Mick Higgins 0-5 I
free Tony Tighe 1-0 and Edwin Carolan 0-1 while Hardy 2-0 Fegan 1-2 and Mooney
1-0 replied for Louth. Team JD Benson Croghan Willie Doonan Cavan Harps Brian O
Reilly Mullahoran Paddy Smith Stradone PJ Duke Stradone JJ O Reilly Curragh
Simon Deignan Mullagh Phil Brady Mullahoran Victor Sherlock Kingscourt Tony
Tighe Ballyjamesduff Mick Higgins Kilnaleck JJ Cassidy Arva Joe Stafford
Killinkere Peter Donohoe Kilnaleck Edwin Carolan Mullagh Subs T P O Reilly
Ballyconnell Barney Cully Arva Owen Roe McGovern Swanlinbar John Wilson
Mullahoran Terry Sheridan Killinkere Vincent Gannon Mullahoran and Paul
Fitzsimmons Maghera. The following Sunday Mayo who had survived a replay and
extra time to take the Connaught title against Galway 2-10 to 2-7 in Roscommon
turn on the style at Croke Park before 51,305 paying £4,588 to hammer Kerry
0-13 to 0-3 with Kerry failing to score in the 2nd half against a
young fit physical Mayo team who will now meet Cavan in the All Ireland Final.
Tyrone meanwhile qualified for the All Ireland Minor Final beating Galway 2-7
to 2-2 in Ballinasloe they will now defend their crown against Dublin in the All Ireland
Cavan parade to victory over Mayo in the
All Ireland Final of 1948. Led by the Artane Boys' Band are John Joe O Reilly
(Captain) Peter Donohoe Des Benson Brian O Reilly Mick Higgins Simon Deignan P
J Duke Joe Stafford Paddy Smith John Joe Cassidy Willie Doonan Edwin
Carolan Victor Sherlock Phil Brady and Tony Tighe.
October 2nd 1948 Cavan still
champions Mayo conquered 4-5 to 4-4 in pulsating Final while Tyrone make it an Ulster
double for the second consecutive year. An official attendance of 76,645 paid
gate receipts of £6,129 with 25,000 locked out 2 hours before the Senior game.
The Cavan team were first out of the dressing rooms at 3:05 to be greeted by a
tumultuous roar looking slim and trim very fit and a credit to trainer Hughie O
Reilly and John McGeough. Then came the arrival of Sean T O Kelly and the
playing of the Presidential salute at 3:10.3:15 The stadium erupted with the
entry of Mayo who were accompanied as is customary in the West by a mascot. A
large kite in the Mayo colours hovered high above the stadium and a rabbit was
released in the Mayo colours. Not to be outdone Cavan supporters released a
hare in the Cavan colours both animals rescued before the start by the stewards.
The teams lined up behind the Artane Boys Band who paraded the teams to
deafening cheers then followed the playing of Faith of Our Fathers and Amhrain
na Fiann. The Archbishop of Tuam Most Rev Dr Walsh was escorted on to the pitch
by Dan O Donnell TD President of the GAA and introduced to the two captains
Cmdt JJ O Reilly and Sean Forde both kissing his ring. He then proceeded to
throw in the ball and the All Ireland Final of 1948 was on. Cavan won the toss
played with the elements wind and sun in their backs on a dry sunny windy day
into Hill 16 goal and led by 3-2 to Nil at the interval after Mayo had held
them to just two points with 21 minutes gone. From the start Mayo walked into
Cavan and the play was rugged in the extreme with a deep lying defence pushing
the dangerous Cavan forward line out towards midfield where Cavan were dominant
with cousins Phil Brady and Victor Sherlock supreme and easily eclipsing the
vaunted Eamonn Mongey and Padraic Carney who resorted to boxing the ball in the
second half. On 21 minutes came the moment of genius from 20 year old Tony
Tighe when he went high to fetch the ball over 40 yards out and soloed at
lightning speed through the heart of the Mayo defence passing quickly to John
Joe Cassidy who continued the solo run and sent back to Tighe running at
lightning speed who unleashed an unstoppable shot past Byrne that almost tore
the back of the Mayo net. Cavan were rampant now and Mayo so composed and
clinical in their approach lost their composure and fell back in defence
allowing Cavan to play their own fast speedy brand of interchanging football
which resulted in a great goal again by Tony Tighe. Deignan intercepted and
found Stafford who passed to Edwin Carolan and on to the elusive Tighe
motoring like a greyhound crossed the ball to left finding Joe Stafford Tighe
then took the return to blast the ball past Byrne for the goal of the 1948
Championship Cavan 2-2 to Nil. Then after prolonged pressure Cavan were back
again with Victor Sherlock soloing through a now shaken Mayo defence to find
the net from 30 yards out Cavan 3-2 Mayo Nil. Cavan continued to press all the
way to half time but were intent on carving out openings for goals instead of
taking the points that presented themselves and would prove invaluable before
the end. The hurricane freshened in the second half with Mayo now defending the
Canal goal. After 1 minute played Mayo had their first point from Sean
Mulderrig after they had forced an early 50.Then on 5 minutes JJ O Reilly took
a very hard knock dislocating his shoulder and having to be replaced by Owen
Roe McGovern from Swanlinbar .No sooner had JJ left the pitch than Mayo struck
for their first goal on 6 minutes from Peter Solan after Des Benson dropped the
ball under pressure from Sean Mulderrig.There was no panic in the Cavan ranks
despite some very hard over robust Mayo tackling and Cava struck back with
Donohoe sending over another Cavan point. From the kick out Owen Roe McGovern
found Higgins who at full speed ran through the spread-eagled Mayo defence side
stepping Paddy Prendergast for a great Cavan goal to leave the score 4-4 to 1-1
after 10 minutes of the second half-many of the huge crowd felt sorry for Mayo
who were receiving a football lesson and likely to get a trashing from this
superb Cavan team. Cavan played a containment game and with 16 minutes gone in
clearing his lines Paddy Smith caught superbly and passed to Doonan who turned
inside to kick with his left foot but the ball was blocked down into the net by
a superb block by Tom Acton . Mayo were suddenly in the game and running rings
around Cavan scoring when Tom Acton struck again for another close in Mayo goal
on 15 minutes. On 18 minutes Joe Gilvarry was pulled down in the square after
Brian O Reilly had saved a point blank shot from close range from Peter Solan.
Padraic Carney’s penalty was superbly struck to leave Mayo only 2 points adrift
with over 10 minutes left 4-4 to 4-2.Immediatly Paraic Carney was back with
anther point 4-4 to 4-3.The Sean Mullderrig got free on the left found Eamonn
Mongey to level the game at 4-4 each in the 24th minute. Cavan hit
back in style Mick Higgins gained possession passed to Joe Stafford who was
pulled down while going through Peter Donohoe took the free from 30 yards out
but missed by inches. From the kick out the ball fell to Sherlock who placed
the inrushing Edwin Carolan who was pulled down going through and Peter Donohoe
converted the free from 25 yards out in the 26th minute. Then
Higgins and Sherlock combined with John Joe Cassidy who was once gain pulled
down Donohoe’s free from 25 yards out hit the right hand post and back into
play where John Joe Cassidy gained possession with the goal at his mercy but
shot wide after 29 minutes play. Play swung up field and one last chance for
Mayo to draw the game Carney’s shot was cleared to touch by Des Benson but from
the resultant free Mayo were awarded a close in free. Padraic Carney was
entrusted with the free straight in front of the post with over 31 minutes of
the second half gone. Tactically aware Mick Higgins was back helping his
defence and blocked down Carney’s kick but the ball came back to the Mayo
forwards who were quickly closed down by the Cavan defenders and the ball went
wide. Bill Doonan took the kick out sending the ball over 50 yards in the teeth
of the gale force wind and the referee blew the full time whistle to give
victory to Cavan and the Sam Maguire for the second consecutive years. Scorers
for Cavan Tony Tighe 2-0 Victor Sherlock 1-1 Mick Higgins 1-0 and Peter Donohoe
0-4.Mayo Acton 2-0 Padraic Carney 1-1 Peter Solan 1-0 Padraig Mullderrig 0-2
and Eamonn Mongey 0-1.Cavan were much the better tam and threatened to blow
Mayo away in the 2nd half but poor defensive work John Joe Reilly’s
retirement and Mayo’s brave fight back almost scuttled the Cavan bandwagon.
Andy McEntee list the number of heavy fouls against key Cavan players s who
required medical assistance to continue John Joe O Reilly 2 Tony Tighe 2 Victor
Sherlock 3 Simon Deignan Phil Brady Edwin Carolan and Mick Higgins 1 each. In
addition Willie Doonan played with a heavily bandaged hand having been involved
in the rescue of 2 people from a blazing house in Mitchell Street Cavan earlier
in the month. The injured John Joe O Reilly was escorted to the Hogan Stand to
receive the Sam Maguire from the President of the GAA Dan O Rourke who
described the game as “a fine hard sporting encounter between two evenly
matched teams” while JJ O Reilly called for 3 cheers for the vanquished Mayo
team lifting the heavy Sam Maguire Cup high into the air with one hand. Later
the Mayo trainer Mr Courell made history by visiting the Cavan dressing room
paying tribute to the Cavan team and back room staff particularly Hughie O
Reilly Johnny McGeough and Dr Philip Carroll. It was the first time that a
beaten trainer made this gesture. In the Minor Final Tyrone beat Dublin 0-11 to
1-5.Later in the evening the All Ireland Senior and Minor medals were presented
to Cavan and Tyrone at a Ceilidhe in the Mansion House after which Cavan were
entertained to Dinner by the Cavan Association in Dublin at the Metropole Hotel
at which there were over 500 in attendance while across the road in Clery's
Mayo were entertained by the Mayo Association with 400 guests in attendance.
Cavan Team J D Benson Croghan Age 25 Willie Doonan Cavan Harps 26 Brian O
Reilly Mullahoran 25 Paddy Smith Stradone 29 PJ Duke Stradone 25 JJ O Reilly
Curragh 29 Simon Deignan Mullagh 25 Phil Brady Mullahoran 23 Victor Sherlock
Kingscourt 24 Tony Tighe Ballyjamesduff 20 Mick Higgins Kilnaleck 26 JJ Cassidy
Arva 26 Joe Stafford Killinkere 30 Peter Donohoe Kilnaleck 23 Edwin Carolan
Mullagh 20 Subs TP O Reilly Ballyconnell Barney Cully Arva Owen Roe McGovern
Swanlinbar John Wilson Mullahoran Terry Sheridan Killinkere Vincent
Gannon Mullahoran and Paul Fitzsimmons Maghera. Mayo T Byrne Patrick Quinn
Paddy Prendergast Sean Flanagan J Forde Paddy McAndrew Jim Gilvarry Eamonn
Mongey Padraic Carney Willie Kenny Tom Langan Joe Gilvarry Peter Solan Tom
Acton and Sean Mullderrig. Referee PJ Flaherty Tullamore was very lenient in
his interpretation of the rules and generally let play flow freely from end to
Figures for the game
Cavan returned home on Tuesday night and were met at the Meath border by
a cavalcade of cars and Cavan flags and bunting with a banner proclaiming Cavan
as the 1948 Champions. In Cavan town at Owen Roe Terrace there was a banner
with ‘Welcome Home the Champions’ and all the houses in the terraces were
festooned with blue and white flags and bunting. A Torchlight Parade formed at
Harry Richmond’s led by the Cavan Labour Band and thousands of supporters. with
bonfires at the junction of Main Street Mitchell Street as well as at Wolfe Tone Street.
They were officially welcomed by Seamus Gilheaney Chairman of the Welcoming
Committee NT speaking in both Irish and English in the Market Square.Mr
Gilheaney said that this was a continuation of the golden age of Cavan football
winning their 4th title and retaining the Sam Maguire. Cavan would
be back within a month victorious in the National Football League Final where
they were once again due to play Cork in the Replay.Mr Michael J Smith
presented JJ O Reilly Cavan Captain with an address of welcome while JJ thanked
his colleagues on the team the back room staff particularly Hughie O Reilly
Johnny McGeough and Dr Phil Carroll. Cavan had the best supporters in the land
and they were generous in their donations to the Training Fund and the fitness
required to win a tough hard All Ireland like Sunday against a gallant Mayo
team who gave their all in their quest for victory. Finally John Joe said the
future of the great tradition of Breifne rested in the hands of the youth who
he encouraged “by constant practice discipline and good sportsmanship to carry
the torch lit by our forefathers”. There followed the playing of the National
anthem and the team were then escorted to the Farnham Hotel for a Banquet
hosted by the Cavan County Board GAA.The Cootehill Brass Band who were late
arriving then paraded the town much to the delight of all present. In the Minor
game which preceded the Senior Final Tyrone retained their title 0-11 to Dublin’s 1-5 after the teams were deadlocked at 3 points
each at the interval after Dublin
had the benefit of the elements in the 1st half. Man of the Match
was Eddie Devlin who started at centre half back and in the second half
dominated play at midfield for Tyrone while Barney Eastwood was the leading
Tyrone forward.Des Ferguson and Cyril Freaney
were the pick of the Dublin
team. Tyrone J McGahern D Donnelly M Connolly E Knox L Campbell Eddie Devlin P
O Hanlon S McGrath H Hartop J Reilly M Dargan Barney Eastwood L Devlin JJ O
Hagan J Twoomey.Over 2,500 people greeted the Tyrone team on their return home
to Dungannon by rail on Monday evening.
(Left to Right) T P O Reilly Tony Tighe Brian O Reilly Des Benson Victor
Sherlock Peter Donohoe Phil Brady P J Duke Mick Higgins John Joe Cassidy and
Johnny Wilson. Front (Left to Right) Simon Deignan John Joe O Reilly
(Captain) Willie Doonan Joe Stafford Edwin
Carolan Paddy Smith Owen Roe McGovern and Val Gannon.
30th 1948 Cavan make it a glorious double when they beat Cork 5-9 to 2-8 in the
replay of the Irish National Insurance Company National League Final in Croke
Park before an attendance of 26,576.Scorers for Cavan Joe Stafford 2-1 Peter
Donohoe 1-3 Tony Tighe 1-1 Edwin Carolan 1-1 Mick Higgins 0-2.Cavan led at the
interval by 3-7 to 1-5 Cork O Donovan 1-4 Duggan 1-0 Daly 0-2 Hartnett and B
Murphy 0-1 each.Tom Barry the Cork trainer hailed Cavan as “the 15 Giants of
gaelic football”. The team were entertained to Dinner in Barry’s Hotel by the
Central Council and later were feted at a Function in the Regent Hotel in Howth
hosted by the Cavan Association in Dublin.
Pat O in the Irish Times remarked “Not so much Cork played badly but Cavan made them look
bad.The backs were solid and played as a unit with Seamus Morris manning the
sticks. Philip Brady with his height weight and sheer strength was a colossus
at centre field particularly in the second half when Cavan’s superior fitness
began to reap dividends. He got wonderful assistance from PJ Duke of UCD who
players in catch and kick who were much taller and stronger. The Cavan forward
line gave an exhibition in collective team work sprinting at speed and passing
and receiving in full flight seldom if ever seen before in Croke Park.
defence that contained 5 of the team that beat Cavan in 1945 were over run and
Cavan punished them with 5 superbly taken goals.” Cavan Seamus Morris Arva
Willie Doonan Cavan Harps 26 Brian O Reilly Mullahoran 25 Paddy Smith Stradone
29 Owen Roe McGovern Swanlinbar 19 JJ O Reilly Curragh 29 Simon Deignan Mullagh
25 Phil Brady Mullahoran 23 PJ Duke Stradone 25 Tony Tighe Ballyjamesduff 20
Mick Higgins Kilnaleck 26 JJ Cassidy Arva 26 Joe Stafford Killinkere 30 Peter
Donohoe Kilnaleck 23 Edwin Carolan Mullagh 20 Subs T P O Reilly Ballyconnell
Barney Cully Arva John Wilson Mullahoran Terry Sheridan Killinkere Vincent
Gannon Mullahoran and Paul Fitzsimmons Maghera.Owen Roe McGovern replaced
Victor Sherlock who was not eligible to play for Cavan while Seamus Morris
replacing Des Benson in goals from the team that won the All Ireland in
September. Martin O Neill Wexford Secretary of the Leinster Council GAA was an
outstanding referee who managed to keep the game moving and still remain
unobtrusive. The Artane Boys Band paraded the teams played the National Anthem
before the game and entertained the crowd at half time with selections such as
‘The Banks of my own Lovely Lee’ and ‘Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff’
League Winners 1948
Left to Right Patsy Lynch (Chairman Cavan County Board) Tony Tighe Des Benson
Brian O Reilly Victor Sherlock T P O Reilly Mick Higgins Peter Donohoe Barney
Cully Johnny Wilson J J Cassidy Edwin Carolan and Paul Fitzsimmons. Front Row (
Left to Right) Willie Doonan Val Gannon Simon Deignan John Joe O Reilly (
Captain) Phil Brady Paddy Smith Owen Roe McGovern Terry Sheridan Seamus
Morris P J Duke and Joe Stafford.
November 6th 1948:
Whist Drive £6 in Prizes each Sunday night in CYMS Hall.
Joseph’s Young Priests Society Meeting
George Maloney (President) also present Rev. P J Gargan, Mrs Maura
Cullen Con P Smith, Tommy Reilly (Regal),Michael J Galligan Patrick McCarren
and Michael Delaney.
Truman is the new President of the USA
defeating Dewey in cliff hanger with many predicting that Dewey would succeed Roosevelt with ease but Truman upset the applecart.
November 13th 1948:
“Cavan’s Sole Air Agency. If you intend going to America or anywhere else contact
John McGinnity Bridge Street .NB No booking fee nor is a deposit necessary”.
Andrew Sharkey Drumalee, Mary McNamara Kilnavara and Mrs Smith Abbey Street.
November 20th 1948:
YMS Whist Drive Top Score £3 and numerous other prizes.
December 4th 1948:
Winners. Top Score Kathleen Sullivan Church
Lady Mrs Packy Leonard (Bridge
Lady Mrs H O’ Rafferty(GNR Station),1st
Gent Jim Scanlon on a cut from John M
December 7th 1948:
retires as Postmaster to his farm in the Golden Vale Limerick. Committee making
the presentation. Jerry Lyons (Chair), Fr. Hugh McGrail (CYMS), Tommy
McCormick, M J Smith (Town Clerk), T J Fitzpatrick, Supt Joe Murray, E T O
Hanlon, Bernard Stacey and Michael Harding (Acting Secretary Cavan County
Championships in CYMS Hall. Packed to capacity on both Friday (Semi finals) and
Saturday (Finals).Results After a sensational win knocking out the more
experienced John Joe Dunne in the Semi Finals, Teddy McCormack surprisingly out
boxed the seasoned campaigner Pete Donohoe to claim Boxer of the Tournament. Other Results. S
McSharry beat G Gogarty, Paddy McNamara beat P Sullivan, F
Fitzpatrick beat K Kirby, Eamonn Donohoe beat Charlie Moore, Pete Lawlor beat
Paddy Cassidy, Paddy Duffy beat Andy Burns, Patsy Lawlor beat T Smith, Sean
(Spider) Donohoe beat Leo Ronan and J Smith beat Jerry Kinsella. Jim Brady was
referee: Judges John Donohoe Tim O’
Riordan and Dr. F P E Smith. Timekeepers:
Charlie Greene and D McSherry. Certificates were presented to the winners after
each bout by Mr Rafferty (GNR).Father Hugh McGrail thanked everybody who took
part in the ‘Saint John Bosco Championships’ and said that “boxing provides a
fine training for young boys as it teaches a chap to take as well as give a
December 25th 1948
Strong’s (Postman) Farewell Presentation in the Town Hall. Foresters Committee
present wallet of notes to their departing Secretary after a splendid tea
provided by the Ladies Committee. Molly McGurk ,Frank O’ Keefe and several
other members of the Foresters sang accompanied on the piano by Robert Ryan.
The night ended with the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and the National Anthem.
Fretwell and His Famous Band’ Salthill provided the music at the successful Boy
Scouts Dance in the Town Hall.
January 15th 1949:
Pavilion Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ on Thursday, Friday and Sunday played to
“enchanted” packed houses Cinderella
Do Do O’Hagan , Prince Charming Maura
Smyth, Baron Corny Michael Walsh Ugly Sisters Kitty Sullivan (Dandelion)
and Nell Arnold (Dewdrop), Joxser and
Jameser Sonny Magee and Frank Lynott,
Buttons Sue Loane Fairy
Queen Rose Magee Demon King Jack
Poyntz, Mad Surgeon Pat McKiernan, Usher Cyril Arnold, Nurse Mary Bergin. Children:
Jerry Lyons Peter Finnerty Margaret Smith. and Sean Breen. Girls Maura Baxter and Lorna Leonard. Attendants Dinny Whelan and Pat Flood. Fairies .Corina Sullivan Margaret Sullivan and Lorna Smyth Choreographers Vera Brady and Maggie
Hickey Producers Tom Hickey and Jack
Poyntz Musical Director Maisie Magee,
Stage Managers Dinny Whelan and Cyril
Arnold, Costumes Moya and Vera Brady
,Make up Betty Fitzpatrick ably
assisted by Mr and Mrs Paddy Cusack (Ballyjamesduff).Sonny Magee painted all of
the ten different Settings. Chorus Ms Pat Cullen, Betty Hickey,
Helen McCarren, Eileen McCarren and Maureen O’ Reilly, M/s Frank Carroll, Terry
Cassidy, Paddy Donoghoe, Seamus Gilchreest, Willie O Hanlon and Gerry Maloney. Musical Accompaniment by J W Twoomey
(piano) and Stan Mullery (drums and effects).
Lighting and Amplification Mick
Smyth 60 Main Street
January 22nd 1949:
has purchased his shop and Premises from Mrs B Whelan for £1,850.
Whist.: Top Score(£20) Robert Gray
Mons Terrace, Ladies Mrs P A Galligan
Bridge Street,2nd Mrs James Smith Coranure,3rd Mrs Turbett Clones, Gents 1st Tom Maguire
(Tullyco),2nd P McCaffrey (Glenview),3rd T McGovern
(Derryheen).Lowest Score: Mrs Bell
(Arch Café),Consolation Prize Mr P Smith (Cloverhill).Winner of the Raffle for a ham (Presented by
McCarren’s) Sean McConnell (Ashe Street).
shocked at the treatment of Cardinal Mindzenty Primate of Hungary as a
Communist Court sentences him to life in jail and penal servitude for ‘ treason conspiracy
against the Republic and currency speculation’. His picture is now very well known on the front pages of the Irish
March 12th 1949:
Kirby (Butcher in Hickeys) won the gold medal and £50 in the National Irish
Hides Improvements Competition in Dublin.
Week: Ireland retain the triple Crown with 5 points to
nil victory over Wales in Swansea.
(spider) Donohoe fails to make it three in a row in the 7st 7 lbs weight at Ulster Boxing Championship Finals while his
brother Eamon suffers a very controversial points defeat in the 4st 7 lbs weight.
retires after 12 years at the top and the fight for the vacant World Heavy
weight crown will take place in June between Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe
Walcott in Chicago.
March 26th 1949:
exchange of ‘Letters to the Editor’ sparked by comments made by Gerry Lovett
about flax growing culminates with a letter from C Heaslip Chairman of the
Cavan Farmer’s Association. “Save me from my friends the idea of Mr Lovett-a
teacher and with an address at Cathedral Road Cavan and Senator Paddy Baxter a
politician dictating to the farmers is a typical example of how the farmers are
being used as tools”!
Week: Cavan Drama
Festival: Ballyjamesduff CYMS win the Dr
Lyons Cup for ‘Michaelmas Eve ’Etna Fay Best
Actress. Hugh Lee Cup (Confined) Virginia Dramatic
Society for the ‘Crow’. Anglo Celt Cup
(One Act Play) Cavan Players for ‘The Good and the Bad’ ,Producer Betty
Fitzpatrick. Cavan Players: Maura
Smyth, Pat Dooney, Jack Poyntz, Eugene Monahan, Charles Donohoe, Andy O’Brien
and Tom Fitzpatrick.
death of Tom Sullivan PC 1 Main Street. Tributes from Tennis Club and Drama
Festival Committee who carried the coffin in relays from his home to the
Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan.
Ceilidhe and Old Time Town Hall
Easter Sunday Night.
Mick Walsh (Wolfe Tone St.)
expert bugler with the old Cavan Militia Band also Reggie Cinnamond (Belfast) and Mrs R A Brown
(Owen Roe Terrace.).
Monaghan retains his Flyweight Championship of the World before 8,500 “adoring
fans” in the King’s Hall Belfast beating the
European Champion Maurice Sandevron (France ) on points.
most successful Hollywood film is ‘Samson and Delilah’ with Austrian
born Hedy Lamar. British films ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Hamlet’ carry off the
Oscars and the ‘Third Man’ with Joseph
Cotton and Orson Welles is a huge international hit. Locally in Cavan the
Magnet Cinema is doing very big business filled to capacity 750 people every
Sunday night with crowds estimated at around 400 for the rest of the week. The
Town Hall runs films once a week and on Sunday afternoon matinees and is packed
to capacity 500 for these performances . The admission price is four pence for
the Matinees. Interesting that the two projectionists in the Town Hall and
Magnet Cinema are brothers Tommy and Jimmy McCormack with the latter in the
Magnet seven nights a week while Tommy and the proprietor Ned McKiernan bring
their Town Hall Show to Bailieboro and Arva. During the War when petrol was
scarce and rationed they often travelled on tandem bike to the county venues
with the films strapped to Tommy’s back.
April 16th 1949:
becomes a Republic on Monday (Easter Monday) April 17th with
celebrations all over Ireland
and in Dublin thousands gathered to celebrate
and cheer as illuminations provided by giant spotlights and a twenty one gun
salute on O Connell Bridge ushered in the new Republic of Ireland.
Members of the Diplomatic Corps will call on President Sean T O Kelly at Arus
an Uachtarainn to congratulate him and present their credentials.. Messages of
congratulations and good wishes pour in
from Poe Pius XII King George President Truman USA President Einaudi
of Italy President Sao Shew
Thalk of Burma and the
Government of the Australian
Commonwealth and many
others. Thus the Proclamation of a Republic be the Leaders of the Easter Rising
of 1916 now becomes a reality.
Week: Tom O’
Connor, Johnny O’ Rourke and Paddy Donnelly represent Cavan Harps on Cavan Junior
County team to play
beats Mrs Turkington (Bailieborough) to win the Ladie’s singles final at Cavan
Open Badminton in the Pavillion while J Shaw (Mullingar) beat W Burns
(Oldcastle) .Ena Hickey teamed up with J Shaw to win the Mixed Doubles Edward
and Willie O’ Hanlon won the Men’s Doubles. Tom Fitzpatrick (Chairman) in presenting
the trophies thanked all who helped with the tournament particularly the
Protestant Hall and the Ladies Catering Committee
unexpected death of Bishop Patrick Lyons aged 74. Lying in state in the library
at his residence for two full days. All businesses come to a halt as thousands
accompany the remains on Friday evening to the Cathedral. Requiem Mass on
Saturday attended by the President Sean T O’ Kelly, Taoiseach John Costello and
Tanaiste William Norton. Sean Breen (mitre bearer),Matty Connolly Jerry Lyons
Tommy Flood D McKenna Michael Cullivan George Gear Anselem Lovett Michael
Farrell and Leo McDonald were altar servers at the funeral. CYMS supply the
stewards who met at 4 pm in College Grounds for the Removal on Friday and 10 am
on Saturday for the Requiem Mass in the Cathedral.
suspension of the Forester’s Carnival due to the death of Bishop Lyons. Fancy
Dress Prettiest 1st
Madeline Donohoe (Abbey Street)
‘ Apple Blossom Time’, 2nd Anne English ‘Gypsy’,3rd Collette
Flood ‘Buttons and Bows’. Most Topical 1st Mary O’
Hanlon ‘Divided Ireland’, 2nd Anne Bergin and the Misses Smiths
Roscommon ‘AntiPartition’,3rd Clair Flood and Essie Donohoe ‘Best
Years of Our Lives’. Most Humorous 1st
Paddy Mullery ‘Bellman’,2nd Master Brady ‘Brown Bomber’,3rd
Mary Connolly and Mary McKenna ‘April Showers’. Old Time Waltz 1st J J O’ Reilly and Miss McDermott,2nd
Freddie Finlay and Miss A Smyth.
1949 In brilliant sunshine more than 80,000 men and women pack Croke Park
reciting in unison the words of the Heroic Offering the climax of the celebrations marking the
Golden Jubilee of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association.
1949 Death of Douglas Hyde first President of Ireland. Eminent Gaelic scholar and
writer and founder of the Gaelic League. He was aged 89 and had been in failing
health for some time.
August 6th 1949:
McCarren (14) reaches the Leinster Junior Tennis Final in Dublin.
September 3rd 1949:
avan Lawn Tennis Club Farnham Street
beat Pavilion Cavan5 matches -1: Mixed Doubles: Rev G Cave and Mrs Reardon beat Dickie Mullery
and Vera Bready (Sherlock),Jack Halpin and Mrs Flannery beat Jack Poyntz and
Mary Gear, Dr Flannery and Miss R Harman
beat W Burns and Mrs Campbell. Clive Anderson and Miss M McGauran lost to
Dessie Tweedy and Mrs P Burns, Captain and Mrs Saunderson beat Tommy McCormick
and Sheila McCarren, Bill Anderson and Mrs Clarke beat Tom Cinnamond and Do Do
beaten in Senior League at Tierquin by Mullahoran in “an over robust encounter
witnessed by over 2,500 spectators”. Harps: John
O’ Rourke ,Paddy Conaty, Paddy Brady, Alo Maguire, Willie Doonan, Frank
Connolly, Johnny O’ Rourke, Paddy Boylan, Terry Weir, Mickey Walsh, Joe Devlin,
John Johnston, Tom McNamara and George Rourke. Tom O’ Connor and Paddy Donnolly
were unable to play due to injury.
Week: Father Tom
McCormick on holiday from Wales
with his sister Bee Donohoe Abbey
Street. He will as usual attend the All Ireland Final
Cavan V Meath in Croke
Craig Co M O H is in Denmark
to study modern methods of treating tuberculosis while Dr. Kevin Greene
(Crosskeys) has been appointed House Surgeon at Cavan Surgical
The Republic of Ireland
beat England 1-0 at Goodison
Park Liverpool to become the first ‘foreign’ team to beat England on home
soil. The Irish team was captained by Dubliner Johnny Carey who captained
Manchester United to win the FA Cup in 1948.
October 15th 1949:
Week: President Father John Maguire
Vicar General, Chairman Father Pat
Gaffney, Vice Chair P N Smith and
Liam O’ Kelly (Bailieborough), Secretaries
Fr. Charles Travers and Tommy Hughes, Treasurers
Dr. Jack Sullivan and M J Smith, Patrons
Tom F O’ Higgins TD (Minister for Defence) Archbishop Dalton and Major General
L Archer (Army Chief of Staff). 400 stewards present at CYMS Hall for final
instructions. Over 75,000 and 100 bands with 200 banners attend the Parade and
Tattoo on Sunday. The entire week was favoured with brilliant sunshine.
to make it 3 in a row of All Ireland Senior Championships when surprisingly
defeated by Meath in the Final on a score of 2-8 to 1-6. It was Meath’s first
success in the final.
1949 Cavan beat Armagh 1-7
to 1-6 in the Ulster Senior Final played at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones before
a crowd of 24,000 who paid gate receipts of £1,960. Tough hard encounter Armagh had chances to win and were on their toes
after 2 weeks of collective training. The outstanding player for Cavan was
their captain JJ O Reilly while Phil Brady after an early injury played on
despite his handicap and gave a grand display at midfield where Cavan were
dominant. Missing Mick Higgins who was injured earlier in the campaign TP O
Reilly was an excellent choice as replacement and as always to the fore in the
Cavan attack. Cavan led by 1-2 to 0-3 at half time. In the second half JJ
Cassidy was injured and was replaced by up and coming College’s player Brian
McNamara who gave an excellent account of himself. The Cootehill Brass and Reed
Band paraded the teams and played the National anthem before the game refereed
by Dr JP O Callaghan from Roscommon. Scorers for Cavan Peter Donohoe 1-2 Edwin
Carolan 0-3 Victor Sherlock 0-1 Tony Tighe 0-1.Cavan Seamus Morris R O Connor
Paddy Smith Owen Roe McGovern Pj Duke John Joe O Reilly Simon Deignan Phil
Brady Victor Sherlock John Joe Cassidy Tony Tighe Joe Stafford Edwin Carolan
Peter Donohoe and TP O Reilly. Subs Brian McNamara Willie Doonan P Wall John
McCabe Johnny Cusack Des Maguire
August 20th 1949 Meath cause the upset of the Championship when they beat warm
favourites Mayo 3-10 to 1-10 in the All Ireland Semi Final in Croke Park before
an attendance of 48,200 who paid gate receipts of £4,961.Meath produced a
pulsating style in the bright sunshine and were on top in defence and attack
where they notched 3 superb goals. Their 3 game Leinster Semi Final marathon
against Louth has brought the team on a ton and they will be worthy opposition
for the winners of next Sunday’s Semi Final between Cork and Cavan. Scorers for Meath Mattie
McDonnell 2-1 Frankie Byrne 0-5 Paddy Meegan 1-0 Kevin Halpenny Peter McDermott
and Connell 0-1 each while Mayo replied through Padraic Carney 0-6 Tom Langan
1-0 Flanagan 0-2 Hastings and Peter Solan 0-1 each. Meath led by 0-5 to 0-4 at
half time. Because of the clash of colours Meath played in white while Mayo
were in red. Meath Kevin Smyth Kells Mick O Brien Skryne Paddy O Brien Skryne
and Sean McDermott’s Dublin Kevin McConnell Syddan Jim Heerey Rathkenny Paddy
Dixon Balivor Christo Hand Ardcath J Connell Moynalty C Smith Western Frankie
Byrne Syddan and Clan na Gael Dublin Brian Smyth Capt Skryne Matt McDonnell
Ballinlough Paddy Meegan Syddan Bill Halpenny Syddan Peter McDermott Young
Ireland. Frankie Byrne and Peter McDermott had just returned from the 3 day
pilgrimage to Saint Patrick’s Purgatory Lough Derg in the week of the game.
August 27th 1949 Cavan football victory 3rd consecutive title in sight beat Cork 1-9 to 2-3 before an attendance of 49,789 paying gate
receipts of £5,103.Score does scant justice to Cavan superiority as Cork scored goals in the
first and last minute of the game. Cavan seemed inspired in the absence of Mick
Higgins and were determined to reach the Final for their great marksman who was
injured in the 1st round of the Ulster Championship.TP O Reilly made
a marvellous comeback for Cavan and was always threatening danger around the
Cork goal. Towards the end Edwin Carolan received a very nasty knock and was
replaced by Brian McNamara who distinguished himself on his first Senior
Championship outing in Croke
Park and this young
student will figure largely in the future Cavan campaigns. Cork played a very spoiling style of play
holding Cavan opponents by the arm or jersey as they contested the ball. Cavan
were far too fleet footed for this ruse but several of the Cavan jersies were
in shred and Victor Sherlock lost his completely early in the second half. Cork led by 1-2 to 0-4 at
half time having won the toss and defended the Railway end in the first half.
They were breaking even at centre field but should have been further ahead at
the break.In the second half Sherlock and Brady dominated midfield supplying
the lightning fast Cavan forwards with plenty of opportunities. The half back
line of PJ Duke JJ O Reilly and Simon Deignan were unbeatable and seemed to be
everywhere when they were wanted. Apart from the goal in the last second Cork scored only 1 point
in the second half when Cavan showed their superior fitness speed and team work
and taking the lead in the 35th minute which they never relinquished
to the end. Scorers for Cavan Peter Donohoe 0-6 John Joe Cassidy 1-0 Phil Brady
Tony Tighe Joe Stafford 0-1 each Cork O Donnell 1-0 Hartnett 1-0 Cronin 0-2
Duggan 0-1 Cavan Seamus Morris Arva Des Maguire Cornafean 19 Paddy Smith
Stradone 30 Owen Roe McGovern Swanlinbar 32 PJ Duke 26 Stradone JJ O Reilly
Curragh 30 Simon Deignan Mullagh 26 Phil Brady Mullahoran 24 Victor Sherlock
Kingscourt 25 Tony Tighe Ballyjamesduff 21 Edwin Carolan Mullagh 21 JJ Cassidy
Arva 27 Joe Stafford Killinkere 31 Peter Donohoe Kilnaleck 24 TP O Reilly
Ballyconnell 29.Besides the game one of the main talking points was the
increase in all admission charges to Croke Park with Hill 16 cost 1/6 and the sideline
3/- an increase of 6d on prices charged at the Meath Mayo Semi Final one week
ago. On the way home there was chaos on the roads as well as on the railways as
a severe electrical storm broke out with hundreds of cars unable to proceed
beyond Dunshaughlin during the 3 hour storm. All trains were running at snail’s
pace with all destinations affected. Some of the supporters did not reach home
until after 3 am on Monday but there were no accidents or casualties reported.
The Cavan team meanwhile will return to their training base in the Park Hotel
in Virginia owned by former Cavan footballer Ernie McDonnell at the end of the
week where they will be put through their paces by strict disciplinarian Hughie
O Reilly assisted by Johnny McGeough Castleblayney.
September 24th 1949
Build up continues for the All Ireland Final between near neighbours Cavan and
Meath who will be contesting the Final for the 3rd time having been
beaten in 1896 when represented by Pierce O Mahony’s Navan by Tipperary
represented by Annaville Rovers by 0-4 to 0-3 and in 1939 when beaten in the
Final by Kerry. Meath are in strict training in Gibbstown Navan under the
watchful eye of Father P Tully C C Moynalty Chairman of the County Board
and Ted Meade former Meath footballer. Cavan are in residence in the
magnificent sylvan setting of the Park Hotel Virginia under Hughie O Reilly and
Captain John Joe O Reilly while Johnny McGeough Masseur has a separate room for
massage and is busy from morning to night. The players are checked out on a daily
basis by Doctor Phil Carroll of Bailieborough and are in magnificent shape
rising early for their 7 mile walk physical exercises sprinting and ball
practice. The team say the Rosary each night before retiring to bed at 10:30
pm.Training will taper down from the Wednesday prior to the game. The team are
accommodated in beautiful rooms with views of the lake and surrounding
countryside while the kitchen and household staff under Pauline McDonnell
daughter of the proprietor old Gael Ernie McDonnell attend to their every need.
The sensational news from the Camps is that Jim Kearney who starred in the last
Meath appearance in the Final back in 1939 will partner Matt Connell at centre
field while Cavan have selected 19 year old James McCabe from Ballintemple to
play at right full back in his Championship début. James is a former Saint
Patrick’s College and Ulster Colleges star and played a star role in
Mullahoran’s recent County
Willie Doonan is back on the panel but will start on the bench.Des Maguire a
Clerical Student in Dalgan Park Navan who played soundly in the match against
Cork is not available. Team Seamus Morris Arva 25 James McCabe Mullahoran19
Paddy Smith Stradone 30 Owen Roe McGovern Swanlinbar 33 PJ Duke 26 Stradone JJ
O Reilly Curragh 31 Simon Deignan Mullagh 27 Phil Brady Mullahoran 24 Victor
Sherlock Kingscourt 25 Tony Tighe Ballyjamesduff 22 Mick Higgins Kilnaleck 27 J
J Cassidy Arva 27 Joe Stafford Killinkere 31 Peter Donohoe Kilnaleck 24 Edwin
Carolan Mullagh 22.Subs T P O Reilly Ballyconnell Willie Doonan Cavan Harps
Brian McNamara Bartley McEnroe and R O Connor. Masses in the Cathedral will
start at 6:30 to facilitate those travelling to the game by train bus and car.
Meath make one change in their team recalling veteran Jim Kearney to centre
field to partner Paddy Connell from Moynalty Meath Team Kevin Smyth Kells Mick
O Brien Skryne Paddy O Brien Skryne and Sean McDermott’s Dublin Kevin McConnell
Syddan Jim Heerey Rathkenny Paddy Dixon Balivor Christo Hand Ardcath J Connell
Moynalty Jim Kearney Frankie Byrne Syddan and Clan na Gael Dublin Brian Smyth
Capt Skryne Matt McDonnell Ballinlough Paddy Meegan Syddan Bill Halpenny Syddan
and Peter McDermott Young Ireland’s.
1st 1949 Cavan dethroned - Meath are the new All Ireland Champions beating Cavan
1-10 to 1-6 before a record crowd of 79,460 who paid gate receipts of £7,057
with 10,000 failing to gain admission when the gates were closed an hour before
the match. Meath totally unfancied outside their own county dropped a bombshell
and their 3 games against Louth in the Leinster Final ensured that they lasted
the furious pace to the end. Indeed if their forwards had to take all the
chances afforded them throughout the hour from a dominant Meath defence and
outstanding centre field they should have been further in front at the finish
The game was not a classic tackling was furious and the Meath defence afforded
the vaunted Cavan attack very little chance to get into their fast running
smooth hand passing style where only Edwin Carolan and Tony Tighe posed any
serious problem with Mick Higgins being soundly marked by the powerful Dixon on
his return to the team after injury Peter Donohoe John Joe Cassidy and the
veteran Joe Stafford were outplayed by a staunch Meath defence.. Problems in
the Cavan defence were manifest from an early stage with the outstanding Peter
McDermott giving Championship debut 19 year old James McCabe Ballintemple and
Mullahoran a torrid time. Cavan missed Willie Doonan for his high catches
powerful forays and lengthy kicking and the game was lost as much on the line
as on the pitch. John Joe O Reilly Paddy Smith and PJ Duke were magnificent all
through but James McCabe Simon Deignan and Owen Roe McGovern were found wanting
under severe Meath pressure.After nearly 20 minutes Cavan switched Tony Tighe
to centre field Victor Sherlock joining the half forward line and this move
gave Cavan an equal share of procession at centre field for the remainder of
the game but removed the goal scoring threat of Tony Tighe from the forward
line. The two teams were welcomed onto the pitch to a crescendo of sound with
many of the Meath supporters waving green and gold umbrellas in a sea of colour
of good humoured crowd mingling together at the Irish event of the year. Among
the attendance was the President Sean T ad Mrs O Kelly and Taoiseach Eamonn De
Velera.19 special trains ran from Northern Ireland while trains ran from
Killarney Kilkenny Athlone together with hundreds of special buses.7 people
flew from Dungloe Strand to Dublin Airport arriving within the hour and
returning safely in the evening Kehoe President of the GAA escorted Most Rev Dr
Kyne Bishop of Meath on to the pitch where he was introduced to the two
captains Brian Smith and Cmdt John Joe O Reilly both kissing his ring. Meath
won the toss and elected to defend the Railway goal with a light breeze in
their back. Dan Ryan Referee of Kerry then handed the ball to Bishop Kyne who
threw it in to start the 1949 All Ireland Senior Football Final Meath after
storming the Cavan goal had their firs point after 2 minutes from Mattie
McDonnell Brian Smith took advantage of a blunder in the Cavan defence
involving James McCabe and Owen Roe McGovern to drive over Meath’s second point
after 4 minutes. Mick Higgins was pulled down after careering through the Meath
defence and Peter Donohoe opened he Cavan account after 8 minutes with a well
struck free. Peter McDermott then grabs procession and soling through the Cavan
defence is pulled don for Frankie Byrne to strike the 3rd
Meath pint on 10 minutes. Cavan were still very much in the game and getting
their fair share of ball Donohoe Safford Carolan Tighe were involved in a slick
move when Tighe was pulled down in sight of goal and Peter Donohoe sent over
the free after 12 minutes. On 13 minutes Frankie Byrne had a point from a free
at the other end 4-2.The Cavan had a narrow escape when Halpenny rising high
above the Cavan defence punched goal ward only for the ball to hit the outside
of the Cavan net. Edwin Carolan was causing acute problems for the Meath
defence and was fouled when going trough Peter Donohoe failed to raise the ball
and Paddy O Brien cleared his lines to acclamation from the Meath supporters
after 15 minutes play. Then Paddy Meegan collected the ball passed to captain
Brian Smith ho punched over for another Meath point 5-2.After a great save by
Seamus Morris for Cavan the ball came to Brian Smith who sent over the 6th
Meath point on 20 minutes and Meath were dominant at this stage. Cavan then
switched Tony Tighe to partner Phil Brady at mid field with Sherlock going into
thr half forward line. In the 27th minute Peter Donohoe was fouled
in procession and sent over the resultant free for Cavan’s 3rd point
6-3.From the kick out Connell caught and placed Brian Smith who found Frankie
Byrne in space he soloed through before passing to Brian Smith for a great
Meath point on 29 minutes 7-3.The referee blew the whistle to call a halt to
proceedings in the first half with Meath well on top. The second half opened
with Cavan on the attack and Higgins was badly wide in the first attack then
Higgins collected JJ O Reilly’s 50 yards kick and was fouled by the Meath defence
21 yards out in front of goal Donohoe converting the free for Cavan’s 4th
point. With play swinging to the other end Brian Smyth placed Peter McDermott
but he was fouled and Frankie Byrne converted the free in front of goal 8-4.In
the 7th minute Higgins Carolan combined to give Joe Stafford a
clear chance on goal but he was pulled down and Peter Donohoe converted the
free 8-5Cavan were pressing now and forced another 50 which was caught by both
Paddy O Brien and Joe Stafford on the Meath square the referee hopped the ball
which Kevin McConnell cleared under pressure only out to Edwin Carolan and
Peter Donohoe pointed from an acute angle for the best point of the game 8-6
with only 9 minutes gone. Then Meath had a period of ascendancy forcing 2 50
yard kicks but great work by James McCabe Paddy Smith and Simon Duignan
cleared the danger and Cavan were back on the attack again. Looking for a goal
to break the Meath resistance Tighe Donohoe and Carolan combined back to
Donohoe who was fouled on the 14 yard line in front of goal.Donohoe took the
kick himself aiming low and hard but just wide of the right upright. After a
brilliant solo run by Paddy Meighan the ball was saved and gathered by Seamus
Morris who was charged by Peter McDermott following up Morris was upended and
the ball spilled out to Halpenny who shot a Meath goal. Play flowed from end to
end with Meath unable to press home their advantage and Cavan came away in a
blinding movement with Tighe Higgins and then Carolan who was fouled Donohoe
taking a quick free to Stafford who placed Higgins for a great Cavan goal to
leave the score 1-8 to 1-6.A minute later Kevin Halpenny was fouled in front of
the Cavan posts and Frankie Byrne sent over to make the score 1-9 to
1-6.Cavanthen swarmed the Meath defence pushing all the troops forward in
search of a goal but Connell in a break away attack put the issue beyond doubt
in injury time. Cavan in their last attack launched by Paddy Smith and Owen Roe
McGovern placed Carolan who found Tighe who returned the pass to Carolan in
front of the goal Paddy O Brien rushed out and blocked Carolan’s kick clearing
the ball to centre field when the whistle sounded to herald Meath as the All
Ireland Senior Football Champions of 1949.The Sam Maguire was presented to
Brian Smith Captain by the President of the GAA Michael Kehoe NT with 10,000
Meath supporters cheering in front of the Hogan Stand The Meath team were
guests of honour at the Meath Association Dinner in Clery’s .Among the speakers
was the Bishop of Meath Most Rev Dr Kyne and Father P Tully CC Moynalty who
paid tribute to a sporting Cavan team who accepted defeat after a bruising
battle in the manner of Champions. Over 300 attended the Cavan Reception in the
Gresham and the
team were later presented with a gift each at the Ceilidhe in the Town Hall
Rathmines hosted by the Cavan Reception Association. Meanwhile the supporters
on their journey home ran into thick fog and the journey to Cavan town took
over 4 hours while the trains were slowed to a snail’s pace. The Meath team
were guests of Aer Lingus on Monday and were brought on a conducted tour of the
County where people gathered in every town and village to wave to their heroes.
In the evening they journeyed home by way of Clonee and Dunsaughlin before
being accorded a civic Reception in Navan where they were guests of Meath
County Council and Navan Urban Council at a banquet in the Beechmont House
Hotel. Armagh beat Kerry 1-7 to 1-5 to win their 1st ever All
Ireland Minor crown-they won the Junior All Ireland in 1926 Kerry led by 1-2 to
0-3 at the interval. Armagh L McCorry E McCann Jack Brattan John McKnight F
Keenan Harry O Neill T McConville E Mee C Collins T Connolly Sean Blayney
Captain J Cunningham S Smith PJ McKeever B Greene Kerry J Foley Jerome O Shea P
Colgan M Galway T Kerens John Moriarity Captain P Costello J Murphy Des Falvey
P Coleman P O Donnell Paudie Sheehy M Gallivan Colm Kenneally and R Miller. The
victorious Armagh team were later welcomed home by over 1,000 supporters who
carried them shoulder high from the Railway Station to a lorry flying both the
tricolour and the Armagh colours .The
parade was led by the Armagh Catholic Boy Scout’s Band and the team were
entertained to supper in a city centre hotel. In Croke
Park at the end of the Minor game Andy
McEntee (Sports Editor Anglo Celt) observed a man decked out in the Armagh colours reaching into a basket he was carrying
extracting a small ticket on which he wrote the Final Score. He then reached
into the basket again and took out a carrier pigeon attaching the glad tidings
to the foot of the pigeon which flew around the stadium once before heading
across the Railway Wall and straight to Armagh
where it arrived within 20 minutes to the delight of the waiting crowds. The
broadcast of the Senior game did not begin until 25 minutes after the pigeon
had arrived in Armagh!. The defeat of Cavan
was overshadowed by the preparations for the Tercentenary Celebrations of Owen
Roe O Neill.With shops an private houses putting the finishing touches to their
decoration of their homes and premises. The advance Army units taking part in
the Tattoo arrived early in the week taking up residence in the Old Sanatorium
on Cathedral Road while thousands of soldiers are under canvas in the Show
Grounds. Special attention is focussed on the Courthouse where the Military and
Historical Exhibition will be housed while the Franciscan Abbey is being
prepared for the Presidential visit later in the week. All hotels and guest
houses in the area have been completely booked out.
October 22nd 1949:
Festival Committee 1949-1950:President Father Jimmy O’ Reilly Adm, Chairman
Edward O’ Hanlon, Vice Chairman Seamus Gilheaney, Secretary Tom Fitzpatrick,
Assistant Sec Rosemary Power, Treasurer Tom Malone (Hibernian Bank).
week: Death of Rev
Joseph McDonald C M (Tower Hamlet),Rose Brady(Cullies) and Randall Black (Bridge Street).
November 5th 1949:
Sherlock Kingscourt Cavan All Ireland footballer wins the All Ireland Junior
Handball Softball Singles in Navan.
December 10th 1949:
YMS Whist: Top Score: Brian Tierney (Farnham
Street),1st Lady Maggie
Hickey,2nd Lady Mrs J P
Dowd (Farnham Street),1st Gent
Diarmuid Lovett,2nd Gent
(tie) Sgt. McGrath GS and T Smith (Ashe Street).
McGrail CC leaves Cavan for Kinlough.
Thorne (Dublin Road)
new S R N.
YMS Whist: Top Score Eddie O’ Reilly (College Street),Ladies 1st Miss R Bannon (Main Street),2nd
Maggie Hickey,1st Gent James Brady (Farnham),2nd Mr Boyle (Bridge Street).
conditions heavy snow and frost-John Sharkey had great difficulty negotiating
the dangerous roads particularly in the Virginia-Oldcastle area while
delivering the Anglo Celts.
YMS Whist: Top Score: Mrs Pat Marron (Ashe
Street),2nd Kathy Murphy (Saint Aidans Tce.),3rd Mrs Bell
(Arch Café),1st Gent
Johnny Donohoe(Bridge Street),2nd J J Norrie (College Street),3rd
J Brady (Thomascourt).
Material from 1949 posted to http://www.cavancyms.com July 7th
January 1st 1949 Busy Christmas Eve in the shops in Cavan. Run up to
Christmas very quiet but crowds flocked the shopping areas on Christmas Eve.
Cavan Pavillion Club present Cinderella in the Town Hall with cast of
45.Great music and comedy with topical sketches
January 8th 1949 Social and presentation in the Farnham Hotel of canteen
of cutlery to Mrs B Whelan who recently sold her Upper Main Street premises to
Death of William
Street.He was brother of John Bennett former employee of GNR.
Darragh Smith and Gerry Hunt in serious accident near Oldcastle when
their car skidded on the treacherous roads.
Josephine Sheridan (Nee Donohoe Kilnaleck) and formerly of the Main Post
Office is appointed Postmistress at Upper
Main Street with her premises situated at Auburn House.
January 15th 1949 Royal Jester with a cast of 75 is staged by the pupils
of the De La Salle School in the Poor Clare Convent Concert Hall.
Patrick Reilly is The Jester John Joe Reilly is the Commander in Chief
and Sean Woods is the King of The Cavania.
1st ever Saint Patrick’s College Past Pupils Dinner Dance in College.
The short appearance of the very popular Bishop Lyons is greeted with loud
January 22nd 1949 Maurice Brady etc
Ena Hickey is badminton singles champion in both League and Championship
at the Pavillion Lawn Tennis Club. She is also the Tennis Champion League and
Championship. Vera Brady Town Hall
Street was the Runner Up and Valerie McCarren the
leading juvenile. Awards presented at Annual Pavillion Dinner in the Farnham
where Maisie Magee entertained the guests on the piano
February 12th 1949 Richall Caddell buys Connolly’s Boot Store at 59 Main Street
(Veale’s) for £2,000.
Cardinal Mindzenty Primate of Hungary
disgracefully found guilty of treason conspiracy and currency speculation is
jailed for life by a Communist
Court in Budapest.
Death of Ann Leddy College
Street wife of George Leddy Master Baker.
Miss Joan Gannon staying with her aunt Mrs John F O Hanlon Farnham Street. Joan
is employed with Sabrina Airlines and is returning from a conference in Stockholm.
D Greene from Ballygawley Sligo pays a record £4,800 for the Eagle Bar
in Bridge Street.
Work begins on the erection of the new 40 house development at
Kilnavara( Saint Felim’s Place).The Council are building the houses in blocks
of 4 by direct labour. Somewhat hilly approach but fine elevated site adjacent
to Swellan Lake.
February 26th1949 Over 400 attend
the Nurses Dance in the Town Hall with music by Jimmy Masson and the Gresham Orchestra.
John Gilchreest Plasterer dies in England. Outstanding member of the
first Slashers team of 1888.Survived by his brother Matt in Connolly Street.
Death of Tom Brady Tullyco at the residence of his brother Gus in Church Street.
Funeral from the Cathedral.
Death of William Dempsey former member of the British Army and Cavan
Labour Band. Uncle of Cavan All Ireland
footballer Willie Doonan.
March 5th 1949 1st Cavan Gun Club Dinner 1949.Speakers include Father P
J Gargan Jack Halpin Father Charles Travers Saint Patrick’s College and George
Patrick Kirby Butcher in Mrs Joe Hickeys 2nd in Irish Hide Flaying at Dublin Abattoir and is
awarded with a cheque for £50.
March 12th 1949 Death of Fanny Hewitt former Postmistress at
Drumconnick.Funeral from Kilmore Cathedral to the adjoining cemetery
March 19th 1949 Death of Mary Higgins Drumalee wife of Bernard Higgins
Drumalee and member of the Anglo Celt Staff. She is survived by her husband
Bernard and infant daughter born on Sunday (Mary Higgins-McDonald).Sympathy is
extended to the bereaved family by Cavan Urban Council Anglo Celt Staff and the
Foresters. Rev JJ O Reilly Adm officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral of
Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s
March 26th 1949 Sudden death of Tom Sullivan Main Street at the age of
40.Vice President of the Irish RGTDATA. Funeral biggest ever seen in the
Cathedral. Survived by his wife Bridie son Brian daughter Marie Ann, Margaret
brothers Doctors Jack and Benny sisters Maisie Rita and Kitty. Tributes and
Guard of Honour from Pavilion Tennis Club Foresters and Cavan Drama Festival.
Father Charles Cartwright presided at the funeral from the Cathedral to
CYMS Players with ‘Michaelmas Eve’ the fourth Cavan Drama Festival Best
Actress Maura Smith Cavan Players. Best One Act Play Cavan Players with ‘The
Good and The Bad’ Producer Betty Fitzpatrick Cast Maura Smith Jack Poyntz Pat
Dooney Charles Donoghue Eugene Monahan AJ O Brien and Tom Fitzpatrick. Festival
Officers 1949 Patron Bishop Patrick Lyons Chairman Tom Fitzpatrick Vice
Chairman Seamus Gilheaney Secretary Miss MF McGeehin Assistant Secretary
Rosemary Power Treasurer Tom Malone Hibernian Bank.
Clerkin Oliver Plunkett House Bridge Street is conferred
with her SRN Nursing qualification. Past pupil of the Poor Clare’s and Loreto College.
Death of Reginald (Reggie) Cinnamond son of the late Robert and brother
of W E Cinnamond (Ned) Church Street.
Death of Mick Walsh Wolfe
Tone Street former member of the old Militia Band
he was an expert bugler. Outstanding footballer with Cavan Slashers he won
several County Senior medals.
April 16th 1949 James P Mansfield Raphoe County Donegal is appointed
Cavan County Engineer. He was formerly Chief Assistant Engineer with Donegal
Hugh Rafferty retires after 5 years as Cavan Station Master
.Native of County
Tyrone he served in
Dublin Donegal Armagh Belturbet and Monaghan before being appointed Station
Master in Cavan in 1944.
April 18th 1949 Eire leaves the British Commonwealth amidst
celebrations in Dublin Ireland is declared a Republic with
giant spotlights illuminating the GPO and a twenty one gun salute from the
Irish Army to mark the event. Later in the day Ambassadors from all affiliated
countries called on President Sean T O
Kelly to congratulate him and the Irish people in taking such a bold
move. Messages were received from Pius XII King George VI President Truman
23rd 1949 Clive Anderson of The Royal School wins the John Delaney Cup at Sligo
Feis Cheoil for Piano.
Sudden death of Jerry Burke Chemist on Good Friday at a very young age.
Owner of Chemist shops in Cavan and Drogheda.
Native of Castlepollard County Westmeath he was very popular and did an
extensive business. Involved in many of the local organisations he was very
highly respected citizen whose death has shocked the entire Community. Survived
by his wife Nan MPSI sons John Dermot and Kevin parents Mr and Mrs R Burke
brother John and sister Maisie. Over 20 priests concelebrated the Requiem Mass
in the Cathedral with burial in Cullies.
30th1949 Death of John Fitzpatrick
Wolfe Tone Street. Member of the outdoor staff
Cavan UDC.Very obliging and industrious. Father Malachy Byrne officiated at the
Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
Congratulations to Molly Reilly who has passed her exams as SRN at Saint George’s Hospital
London. She is
daughter of Michael and Mrs Reilly
7th1949 Residents of Emmett Place
College Street and Wolfe Tone Street continue to erect floral tributes to Our
Lady on May Eve a tradition going back hundreds of years and now confined to
these three old residential areas of the town.
May 14th 1949 Cavan Carnival Children’s
Fancy Dress Prettiest 1st Miss
O Reilly Wolfe Tone Street 2nd Doreen
Smyth 60 main Street and 3rd Mary Fegan Saint Patrick’s Terrace.
Humorous 1st Micheal Smyth and Joe McConnell
21st 1949 Feast of Saint John Baptist De La Salle celebrated with free day for
the pupils solemn High Mass celebrated by C McNiffe CSSR with Father Vincent
Kennedy on the organ and Brother Luke conducting the school choir in the
Cathedral and a gala Sports Day in Breffni Park in the afternoon.
May 28th 1949 Death of Mary Dowd mother
of County Registrar John P O Dowd at John P s residence in Farnham Street. Father Charles Cartwright
officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral to Middle Chapel Cootehill.
William Devine Foreman on the building of Saint Felim’s Place announces
that there are now 9 masons 7 carpenters and 25 labourers employed by Cavan UDC
on the scheme Smith of Alackan is the Time Keeper and the houses are being
erected by direct labour in units of 4.
Only 6 men attend The Hiring Fair with each fetching £38-£44 for the
half year with board. There were no girls offering their services.
Lt Cpl Thomas Higgins son of Jim and Molly 7 Lake View Terrace and
presently attached to of the Irish Fusiliers in Egypt
receives The George Cross for gallantry and bravery in battle in Palestine. The family
moved to England
11th 1949 Rev Joseph Young CC
Aughrim Street Dublin
is appointed Parish Priest in Narraghmore County Kildare. Father Young is a
brother of Tommy proprietor of the ‘Dublin Bar’ Ashe Street.
Inspector W Brett is appointed to Castlebar. Served the community in
Cavan since 1945 he is succeeded by HJ Gillespie from Dundalk.
Death of Daniel Taggart last of a family who were engaged in Coach Building
in Church Street
for centuries. Educated at the old Christian Brothers and Saint Patrick’s
College .He joined the family business as a Painter in the Coach Factory.
Outstanding footballer with Cavan Slashers and Cavan Town
soccer club. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
Death of the very popular and well known Painter John Johnston Colman Road at an
advanced age. One of the last surviving members of the famous foresters All
Ireland Congress in 1913.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
18th 1949 Death of Kate Dunne
College Street in Mullingar. She was mother of J
Dunne Cavan Post Office. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry
Death of Rose Dempsey relict of James (Harness Maker) Saint Brigid’s
Terrace. Father JJ O Reilly Adm officiated at the Funeral from the Cathedral t
Edward O Hanlon newly appointed Editor of the Anglo Celt breaks the Amateur Course Record at County Cavan Golf
Club with a score of 69.Edward shot an eagle and 4 birdies was out in 36 and
back in 33.His scorecard was marked by former Cavan All Ireland footballer MJ
Magee.The professional record stands to Phil Lawlor with 68 for the course that
has a bogey of 72.
Captain’s (Edward O Hanlon’s Prize) At County Cavan Golf Club 1st
Philip Smyth (22) Main Street 68 nett joint 2nd E McGovern (21) and
A Vaughan (22) tied with 70
25th 1949 Father Torlac O Reilly son of the late TP (former Cavan MOH) and Mrs
Reilly Dublin and Earlsvale Road Cavan is ordained a priest at Saint Patrick’s
Death of Bob Simpson Owen Roe former Signal Man at Cavan Railway
station. Funeral from Cavan
to the New cemetery.
Death of Sarah Richmond
Tullymongan House. She was mother of
Harry and relict of Frank Richmond. Funeral from Cavan Parish church to the New
Con P Smith and his wife Ann buy the 22 bedroom Tearmon Hotel
Louth on 537 acres for £22,000 from the Irish Tourist Board. Beautiful hotel
excellent catering in serene surroundings.
June 27th 1949 Over 80,000 Pioneers recite the Heroic Offering amidst great celebrations to
mark the Golden Jubilee of the Pioneer movement in brilliant warm sunshine at
Croke Park Dublin.
2nd 1949 Cavan the Ulster
and All Ireland Champions beat Antrim
3-7 to 2-6 at Corrigan Park Belfast in the Ulster Semi Final before 15,000
spectators .Cavan led by 2-6 to 1-2 at the interval.
John Maguire aged 12 son of Garda John Maguire Swellan rescues Patrick
Fagan also from Swellan from drowning at Swellan lake while Seamus Caffrey son
of B Caffrey Postman rescues an entire family from drowning at Bray in County Wicklow.
The Anglo Celt calls for the two men
to be honoured for their acts of bravery.
George V Maloney Solicitor purchases the premises of Arthur Fagan Solicitor Farnham Street for
This year’s most spectacular movie from a re invigorated Hollywood is ‘Samson and
Delilah’ starring Austrian born actress Hedy Lamour. However the British films
‘The Red Shoes’ ‘The Third Man’(with Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles) and
’Hamlet’ are huge hits and carry off the
Death of Louis McManus son of Patrick McManus JP and former Chairman of
Cavan County Council Killynebber. Poultry farmer in Berkshire England since 1928-he retired 2
years ago. One of a family of 10-3 of his brothers were doctors. Survived by
his brother Father Vincent CSSR in Australia. Father Hugh McGrail
officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
9th 1949 Bernard Sullivan with his wife and 2 children former Chairman of Cavan
Branch ITGWU is made a presentation by his colleagues at Ceilidhe in the Town
Hall with music by the Breffni Ceilidhe Band and Exhibition of Dancing by The
Gauthier School of Dancing.
There are now 80 employed at the building of the new houses at Kilnavara
including 50 labourers 11 masons 3 Plumbers 10 Carpenters and 2 Apprentices.
Annette Egan daughter of Harry and Margaret Egan Saint Brigid’s Terrace
wins 1st place in the Under 8 Reels and Jigs at both Feis Breifne
and Ballyjamesduff Feis.
Upper Main Street son of John James Butcher
is the lucky winner of the Cake in the Forester’s Draw.
16th 1949 Sympathy is extended to Patrick Donaghy GNR Bus Driver Saint Mary’s Terrace
on the death of his wife. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
Hugh P McEntee son of Andy and Anna McEntee and a member of the well
known McEntee family ‘Breffni Bar’ Upper
Main Street is appointed a Rate Collector with
Cavan Urban Council.
John McGinnity organises two successful flights on The Saint Colman from
viewing all the main sites in county Cavan.The party was led by Dermot McCarthy County
Manager and welcomed to Dublin
Airport by SB Kelly PRO
Aer Lingus. The guests then had a conducted tour of the Airport which is the
most modern in Europe by Matt Leddy Aer Rianta
and a native of Innishmore Butlersbridge. At a dinner in their honour they were
hailed as pioneers as this was the first flight of its kind for such a large
number of people ever organised by Aer Rianta.
Death of Ireland’s
first President Douglas Hyde at the age of 89. An eminent Gaelic scholar and
writer and founder of the Gaelic League. He had been in failing health for
Cavan are raging hot favourites to retain their Ulster crown against
Armagh on Sunday while Donegal play Armagh in the Ulster Minor Final in the
curtain raiser to the big game in Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones.
30th 1949 William Maloney eldest son of George V and Eileen Drumbar presently
employed with Brown Thomas in Grafton
Street Dublin is
awarded 1st place in Retail Management at the High
School of Commerce in
Main Street and Mary Connolly Drumelis
are awarded their SRN in Nursing by London County Council.
Saint Joseph’s Young Priests
Society 1949 President George V Maloney Secretary Sean O Farrell and Treasurer
Con P Smith.
2nd Cavan Troop Awards 1949 Inter Patrol 1st
Panther Patrol Team Patrol Leader John Walsh P Duffy Sean Woods J Gogarty Paddy
McNamara Mel Doherty and Kevin McDermott 2nd Curlew Patrol Leader J
Donohoe Peter Maguire Paddy Flynn John Maguire Tommy O Donnell Sean Donohoe
Michael Connolly and Barney Loonam. Merit Badges Signalling and Cycling Patrol
Leader John Walsh Cycling and Swimming Patrol Leader Joseph Donohoe Swimming
and Cycling Thomas Smith Woodwork Metalwork and Blacksmith A Greene Cycling and
Swimming Leo Ronan Swimming Blacksmith and Metal work Sean Donohoe Bugling
Swimming and Printing Teddy McCormack. The awards were presented by Father
Malachy Byrne Chap[lain and Father PJ Gargan Diocesan Chaplain at a function in
the Den in Bridge Street at which it was announced that the Annual Camp would
take place this year in Enniscrone from the 5th to the 18th
Death of Alice Reynolds wife of Tommy Shopkeeper Upper Main Street.
Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.
Death of John Haddock Caretaker of the New Protestant Cemetery.
Funeral from Cavan
to the New cemetery.
13th 1949 Cavan just beat Armagh 1-7 to 1-6 in
disappointing Ulster Final performance in Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones before a
crowd of 24,000 who paid gate receipts of £1,960.The youthful Brian McNamara
lined out for the injured Mick Higgins who was very badly missed at centre half
forward. The Cootehill Brass and Reed Band paraded the teams before the match.
Team Seamus Morris R O Connor Paddy
Smith Owen Roe McGovern PJ Duke John Joe O Reilly (Captain) Simon Deignan Phil
Brady Victor Sherlock Edwin Carolan Tony Tighe John Joe Cassidy Jimmy Stafford
Peter Donohoe and TP O Reilly. Subs Willie Doonan J McEnroe Johnny Cusack Des
Maguire Brian McNamara and James McCabe. Scorers Peter Donohoe 1-2 Edwin
Carolan 0-3 Victor Sherlock 0-1 and Tony Tighe 0-1.Cavan will now meet Cork in the All Ireland Semi Final in Croke Park.
20th 1949 Death of Mary Josephine Smyth nee Maloney 7 Cootehill Road and late of 60 Main Street
Cavan. Relict of Michael J Smyth former Chairman of Cavan Urban Council who
died in July of 1914.Lady of great charm integrity and humour. Her acts of
kindness and charity were legendary. She was an outstanding Vintner and Grocer
and was engaged in packing tea and sugar each Tuesday at her premises in Main Street.
Survived by her sons Terence (Teddy) Michael (Mick) Tommy and Paddy daughters
Alice McConnell Mary (Mollie) Kathy Conaty and Teresa brother George Maloney
and sister Sister Angela CSJ Provincial Sacred Heart Convent Leicester Father
Jimmy O Reilly Adm assisted by Rev Joe Brady Belturbet Rev Peter O Donohoe CC
Dublin and Rev Patrick O Donohoe (cousins) officiated at the funeral from the
Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.
Outstanding display by Cavan as they sweep aside the challenge of Cork
1-9 to 2-3 in the All Ireland Semi Final at Croke Park before an attendance of
49,789 who paid gate receipts of £5,103.They now qualify to met near neighbours
Meath in the defence of their title. Scorers for Cavan Peter Donohoe 0-6 JJ
Cassidy 1-0 Phil Brady Tony Tighe and Joe Stafford 0-1 each. Cavan who once
again lined out without the injured Mick Higgins trailed Cork by 1-2 to 0-4 at the interval but
dominated exchanges in the 2nd half. Admission to the Hogan Stand
was raised to 2/6 while Hill 16 admission was 1/6.
3rd 1949 Sunday Press is published for the 1st time.
Paddy Drum older brother of Tommy Drum (Blacksmith) dies in Scotland.
Hubert Duffy eldest son of Paddy Duffy Owen Roe 1st in County
Council and Diocesan Exams for entry to Saint Patrick’s College. Hubert was 7th
Harry B Dawson formerly of Keadue Lodge and now domiciled in New York sends best
wishes to the Cavan team in their attempt to win their third All Ireland in a
row. Harry was in the Polo Grounds for the 1947 Final and is a personal friend
of all the players and mentors.
24th 1949 Death of Hugh J Neary son of Peter and RA Neary Market Square in New Zealand.
Member of the Police Force he was due to retire home to Cavan in 1952.
Presentation and Social to Francis Smith on the occasion of his
emigration to the USA.
Father Charles Cartwright officiates at the funeral of Catherine
McGauran relict of James College View in the Cathedral with burial in Cullies
October 1st 1949 Meath beat raging hot
favourites Cavan in the All Ireland Final by 1-10 to 1-6 to win their first
Senior All Ireland in the 62 year history of the competition. Outplayed for
most of the hour the decision to leave Willie Doonan on the sideline cost Cavan
dearly as Meath’s danger man Peter McDermott ran riot among the Cavan defence.
Meath held sway at midfield and were yards faster and hungrier than Cavan. A
crowd of 79,460 paying gate receipts of £7,057 with 10,000 locked outside
failing to gain admission. In the curtain raiser Armagh
beat Kerry to record their 1st All Ireland victory. Scorers for
Cavan Peter Donohoe 0-6 all frees Mick Higgins 1-0.The two hour journey home
was completed at a snails pace because of the thick fog that enveloped the
John Joe O Reilly Church Street record haul of fish with pike and perch
many of them over 2 lbs.
8th 1949 Owen Roe Tercentenary 1649-1949 celebrations in Cavan
Attended by over 100,000.The Military Tattoo in Breffni Park The
Military Exhibition in the Courthouse and the final day Mass celebrated by
Cardinal Dalton and parade in which over
25,000 marched in glorious sunshine were the highlights of a packed week of
programmes to honour Ireland’s
greatest general. Owen Roe was played by Lt E Clerkin FCA Aughaloora complete
with white horse. Admission was 4/-(Reserved) 2/- and 1/- for Children.
Carmel McDonnell daughter of Tommy McDonnell and Mrs McDonnell Swellan
first place in Loreto College in Intermediate Examination scoring 1st
class honours in all subjects is awarded a Scholarship and £60 for being placed
5th in all of Ireland.
Death of Mrs Caffrey Drumalee wife of Paul Caffrey in a Dublin Hospital.
Father JJ O Reilly Adm officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
Death of Mrs Carroll Creighan Terrace wife of John. Father Malachy Byrne
officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
22nd 1949 Death of John Walsh in Lisdarn. Former outstanding footballer with
Cavan Slashers winning Senior Championship medals. Father Malachy Byrne
officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
Farnham Cup Final at County Cavan Golf Club is won by R Lynch playing
off 17 beating AG Anketell who was playing off 6 in the final.
Death of Father Joseph McDonald Saint Peter’s Phibsboro and formerly
from Tower Hamlet Cavan and member of the well known Cavan drapery firm at the
age of 58. Educated at Saint Patrick’s College Cavan and Saint Patrick’s
Maynooth where he was ordained for the Diocese of Kilmore in 1915.Served
Kilmore for 13 years before joining the Vincentians in 1928.Survived by his
brothers Philip and Austin
sister Mrs Carolan Oldcastle. Funeral from Saint Peter’s Phibsboro to Glasnevin
October 29th 1949 Death of Rose
Brady Claude Villa Cullies Cavan. Native of Cormeen Stradone. All her own
family were in religion as Sisters and Priests. Predeceased by her husband
James she is survived by her sons Father Philip A Brady Galloway Scotland Brian
(Barney) James Brady MPSI John AgrSc and her daughter Sister M Ignatius.
Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
Sudden death of Randall Black extensive farmer and Butcher in Bridge Street at
his residence ‘Gartbrattan House’. Funeral from Kilmore Cathedral to the
Cavan Drama Festival Committee 1949-1950 Patron Rev Father JJ O Reilly
Adm Chairman Edward O Hanlon Vice Chairman Seamus Gilheaney NT Secretary Tom
Fitzpatrick Assistant Secretary Rosemary Power Treasurer Tom Malone Hibernian
5th 1949 Victor Sherlock Cavan and Kingscourt wins the All
Ireland Junior Softball singles beating the Leinster Champion M Fahy Dublin in an exciting Final in Navan.
Sherlock won on the score 17-21 21-18 21-8 21-12 before a large enthusiastic
Death of Cavan’s oldest citizen John Smith Drumbar at the age of
90.Decent Catholic very charitable and
kind. Leading member for over 70 years of the Cathedral Confraternity. He was
tall handsome and highly respected. After a stint working on the GNR Railways
finished his working life with Lord Farnham of whom he had his cottage rented.
Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
12th 1949 Death of Rose
Strong Saint Brigid’s Terrace in Lisdarn after a long illness. All of her
family are now in an orphanage and three of them were home for the funeral of
their mother. Father Malachy Byrne officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral
November 19th 1949 10 labourers offer their
services at Cavan Hiring Feis. All were rented at £39-42 per half year with
full board. There were no girls.
26th 1949 Paddy Elliott Building Contractor buys Taggart’s Church Street at Public Auction conducted
by Frank Conlon for £1,700.TJ Fitzpatrick had carriage of sale.
3rd 1949 CYMS 1949-1950 Chairman Gerry Lovett Vice Chairman Matty Corcoran
Treasurer Mick Fox Secretary Eugene Monaghan Committee Joe O Rourke HL Smith
Sean McConnell and Thomas Smith.
Kathleen Donohoe daughter of James Anglo Celt and College Street passes her SRN in London. Kathleen trained
at Saint Andrew’s Hospital London.
10th 1949 All Catholic Church bells will ring out in unison at 12 midnight on
Christmas Eve to usher in The Holy Year. John McGinnity is offering return
flights to Rome
with TWA from £54 return.
Father John Hunt replaces Father Hugh McGrail as Curate in Cavan.
Death of Patrick Donlon Swellan at an advanced age. Native of Drumod
County Leitrim he formerly worked with the old Midland Railway. Regular member
of the Catholic Confraternity in the Cathedral. He was a former Labour member
of Cavan UDC .Father Malachy Byrne officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral
CYMS Whist Drive Top Score Brian Tierney Farnham Street 1st
Lady Maggie Hickey 2nd Lady Mrs JP Dowd Farnham Street 1t Gent
Diarmuid Lovett 2nd Gent Sergeant McGrath and Thomas smith Ashe
17th 1949 Maureen Thorne daughter of Sergeant
Thorne Dublin Road passes her State Registered
Nurse exam at Cornelia Hospital in Dorset.
Trade in the shops in Cavan over the Christmas period was very poor.
Christmas Eve brought a late sustained rush with shoppers thronging the town by
cars and buses until a late hour.
Death of Michael Lee extensive hard working farmer at Behey. He was
father of Owen Lee Porter in Surgical
Hospital. Father Jimmy O
Reilly Adm officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry.
Death of Terence Smith Labourer Drumalee Cottages. Father Jimmy O Reilly
Adm officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.
December 31st 1949 Santa Claus Sean Galligan
Gene Philip and Joe Cullivan together with the Power School of Dancing
entertain the patients in the Surgical
Hospital on Christmas
County Cavan Golf Club 50th Annual General Meeting President John F O Hanlon Captain Bob
Henderson Secretary Dermot Morgan Treasurer H Clark. Winners of Majors 1949
Captain’s Prize Philip Smyth Main Street Members Cup FPE Smith Farnham Cup R
Lynch O Hanlon Cup Benny Hickey Ladies Captain’s Prize Kathleen Sullivan Church
Street Lyons Cup Senior Cup and Perpetual Cup Joan O Hanlon Junior Cup Maisie
Cavan Tennis Club 1949 Chairman Tom Fitzpatrick Vice Chairman Jerry
Lyons Secretary Tommy McCormick Treasurer Michael J Smith.
7th 1950 Over 4,000 people attend the six nights of Cavan Lawn Tennis Club’s
Jack and the Beanstalk in the Town Hall. Over 700 children attended the
matinees on two Sunday afternoons. Bouquets of flowers and gifts were showered
on the cast at the close on Sunday night.
Drumbar House and lands is sold by George Maloney to Griffith Black Butcher Bridge Street.