Interview with Eoin Cadogan and Sean Powter

  • By Ray Keating
  • 08 Nov, 2017

Before they jetted off for Australia to represent their country, I got a chance to have a chat with Eoin Cadogan and Sean Powter about their hopes for the 2017 International Rules Series. 

There is an obvious mix of youth and experience between the two lads from our club who will line out for Ireland against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday and Perth the following week. Seanie, long a star within the club has burst in to the nation’s conscience with some eye catching performances in an otherwise disappointing year for the Cork footballers. His Ireland teammate offers a stark contrast to Powter’s inexperience.

“This is my third International Rules Series,” Cadogan begins telling me. “I played in 2011, 2015 and now 2017. After this series, I should finish with five caps.” Indeed Cadogan seems to be the ideal person to able to offer Seanie some advice on what he can expect, as Cadogan made his International Rules debut in an Australian series, winning his first caps in tests in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

The key piece of advice from Cadogan to his young teammate seems a pertinent one “Don't take the ball into the tackle or you’lll get smashed!!!!”

I ask them both, what has been the most difficult part of adjusting to the new game. Cadogan is first in “Knowing when to take the mark and to slow the play or when to run it.”

While Seanie is busy thinking of an answer Cadogan takes the opportunity to mimic his young colleague, "I can adjust to anything I put my hands too...I'm the future"!!!!” Cadogan says as he playfully mocks ‘Powts’ as he calls him. Eventually Seanie with a pained look on his face from thinking so hard chimes in; “The most difficult thing is getting caught under a high ball and avoiding getting tackled.”

One of the things that makes these international rules series so intriguing is the battle between professionals and amateurs.   Given the dedication and commitment of intercounty players, GAA players are realistically only amateur in name and neither of the lads is worried on that front.

“The modern inter county game and physical shape and make up of our players over the past 2/3 years has leaned towards the Australians type of physical size and conditioning styles. Players are more mobile, leaner and have the ability to cover greater distances so I see no difference physically between the 2 group,” Cadogan, a holder of a BA in Strength and Conditioning, informs me.

The biggest difference between the professionals in Australia and our lads here according to Cadogan is the ability to rest and recover between games. This becomes less of a difference and the Irish lads get to experience the life of a professional over the next couple of weeks.

Seanie has been quiet so far, but it’s obvious that these two have formed a close bond over this year, as they moved from club mates, to county mates and now to international mates. They are two driven personalities with exceptional talent. I enquire if Seanie plans on offering anything while we are talking; “Lads I’m struggling here Cads is robbing my answers,” he protests.

It’s time to lob up a softball to Seanie so that he can get involved. Indeed Seanie’s story is probably one of the most interesting of the travelling party. His Dad David is a proud Australian and Seanie still has plenty of family over there. “Its 12 years since I last saw my grandparents. They live in a town in New South Wales called Parkes, it’s about a two hour flight from Adelaide. A lot of my relatives are going to make the trip to the game. It’s a dream come true.”

“Being able to represent my country and test myself against elite athletes is huge for me, but the opportunity to do it in front of family I haven’t seen in years makes the whole thing extra special,” the grandson of an Australian sprinter says.

The current record of the series is Ireland with eight wins, while Australia have claimed the series seven times. Both Cadogan and Powter are clear on who they expect be Ireland’s key player in the series. Seanie, sensing the chance to speak ahead of Cadogan for once, jumps in saying believes it will be vice-captain Monaghan’s Conor McManus. Both Powter and Cadogan had the ‘pleasure’ of marking McManus in trial games and Seanie points, to both the athleticism and phenomenal footballing ability as to why he expects him to win Ireland’s best player award.

Cadogan looks towards Clare’s Gary Brennan as the most likely to make the biggest splash for the Irish Down Under. A powerful midfielder, Brennan’s physical attributes would certainly seem to point to him being very suited to the International game.

As for their current club mates, Powter and Cadogan disagree on who they think would be best suited to International Rules, however both have chosen players with huge physical gifts, and not surprisingly, given they are both paid up members to the ‘Backs Club’, both picked a defender. “Sean Wilson. Strong, good tackler, aggressive,” Cadogan has no hesitation in stating. “I’d go for Nathan Walshe,” Seanie retorts. “For fitness levels and the fact he is a very good tackler”.

The two lads roomed together three times during the training weekends for the series and rooming together in Australia was a possibility when I spoke to them. “Somebody has to mind him,”  Cadogan declares, before informing me of Seanie’s worst habit as a roommate. “Bringing deserts back to the room and eating them in bed...”

There’s no more holding back from Powter and he is happy to inform me of Cadogan’s worst habit in the time they have spent together. “He talks in his sleep.” I press for some details on what kind of conversations Cadogan has while deep in his slumber, however, Seanie, like any good teammate refuses to incriminate his elder colleague. Seanie does helpfully volunteer that I never asked him what advice he would give his fullback line partner. “Lay off focusing on your tan and bicep curls.”

Regardless of how the series goes over the next couple of weeks, it’s clear that these two are loving the experience of getting to represent their country and being able to enjoy it with one of their club mates has made the experience even better. Everyone in Douglas GAA Club wishes them well and is very proud of the latest achievement in their glittering careers.


By Ray Keating 18 Jan, 2018
Back in the early 1970s the club had an award scheme called Club Person of the Year for which the plate was presented.
It t was a very expensive plate made of solid silver and had to be  returned at the end of every year for presentation the following year.
A similar miniature replica was also presented which the winner kept.
In time they became too expensive and the scheme was dropped some time in the early 2000s.
Because of the lapse in time we don't know who was the last recipient.
The committee is keen to get the plate back with a view to running the scheme again.
 We need your help in trying to find the last winner.
If you were the last recipient or know who was we  requesting the present holder to return the plate at his/her convenience or contact us at
By Ray Keating 18 Jan, 2018
Underage section AGM will take place on Saturday, January 27, at 3pm in the clubhouse.
By Ray Keating 29 Dec, 2017
Do you know the player receiving the cup in this photo from a junior football tournament in Moneygourney in 2002? This is for an ongoing book project in the club and we would like to identify who it is. 

if you know him, please let us know at
By Ray Keating 17 Dec, 2017
Strictly Dancers are so 'fired up' on the big night they usualy can't eat and by the time its all over they are very hungry. Roosters Piri Piri have come on board to look after the dancers after their performance and make sure they are ready to party into the night, a huge thank you to Mark and all his great team in Roosters (Douglas).
Best wishes for their new opening in Blackpool next week.
By Ray Keating 17 Dec, 2017
The Club Shop will be open tomorrow, Monday, from 8-9 for all that last minute Christmas shopping.
By Ray Keating 14 Dec, 2017
The annual long puck competition takes place St. Stephens morning. It will start at 11:30 at the bottom of Cooney's Lane on the frankfield side. Finish line is outside College Corinthians soccer pitch. Teams of 3 and its €15 per team. 

Prizes and drinks/food back in the club at 4:30p.m. 

All welcome. Its always a great outing. 
By Ray Keating 11 Dec, 2017
Check out our major club sponsors Lehane Motors superb 181 Offers!!
By Ray Keating 08 Dec, 2017

Special. From speaking to those in the club who grew up with Caolan, those that were his friends, his teammates, there is a desire to find a word to sum him up, but there isn’t one word alone that can do him justice. Special is a close as it comes and even that comes nowhere close to summing up Caolan.

This past week marked six years since the passing of Caolan. In his 18 years on this planet, Caolan left behind a legacy that people who live five times as long could only hope to replicate.

From a sporting point of view, it was very apparent early on, that we had got a gem. Following in the footsteps of his brothers Odhran and Eanna, Caolan joined the street leagues and made an immediate impression. His friend Brian Cuthbert, recalls a time representing Sligo in Under 9 hurling, when someone who he didn’t know was dominating the game. It was his first interaction with Caolan and on this particularly hot day, he remembers this guy with an unusual name, getting stuck in and taking control of the game. Not one to hold back, Caolan, did as he always did and gave his everything, resulting in the heat eventually getting the better of him and he crouched down in exhaustion. Water bottles weren’t necessarily the norm for Street leagues at the time, so one of the coaches asked the parents if anyone had a drink.  One of the fathers duly stepped up and after Caolan had taken a few drinks, he was ready to go again. Brian, also feeling the heat went looking for a drink but was told he would have to wait until he worked as hard Caolan before he deserved one. Even in Street Leagues, Caolan set standards.

Personally, I struggle to remember much from my street league days, yet Caolan made such an impression, everyone remembers him from this time. Whether it was Caolan being able to convince Daithi Curtin’s parents to allow him to join the Street Leagues or Caolan, taking the unprecedented step of playing for the age above him as well as his own age on Saturday mornings, resulting in him collecting two trophies on Finals day, something that kids could only dream of, Caolan always had a positive impact.

Caolan’s sporting brilliance continued through the underage ranks. It was mentioned a lot over the last week, that Caolan always had an air of confidence about him. Nothing seemed to faze him. When someone from the ‘Barrs started throwing his weight around in an underage championship game, other players seemed reluctant to take a stand. Not Caolan. He may have been one of the smallest fellas on the pitch that day, but it didn’t stop him standing up for his teammates, taking a stand, and quieting down the brash opponent.

Caolan was blessed with the Mulrooney sidestep. Another teammate and friend of Caolan’s, Alan Cadogan remembers the ‘iconic’ sidestep. It doesn’t seem to be something you can teach, but it is something each of the Mulrooney children and likely the parents have. Caolan perfected it.

It was impossible not to like Caolan. Martin Barry recalls a challenge game up in Urlingford one time. Martin, as he tends to be, was intense about the challenge ahead and expected to be named centre back. When the team was announced, Caolan was named to the number six position, as he so often was, so Martin had a word with him before the game. “Don’t be going running up the field and trying to score now and making me look bad from the times, I played Centre Back ,” Martin pleaded. There was almost a smirk on Caolan’s face, every time he got the ball. At one point, Caolan ran the length of the field and slotted a score from 20 metres out. As Caolan ran back to his position Martin, was absolutely bulling. As he went to give Caolan a piece of his mind after the game, a huge grin broke out on Caolan’s face. He would back his teammates up no matter what, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t wind them up whenever he got the chance as well. Martin, failed at stayed angry with Caolan and the two of them laughed about it all the way back to Cork.

Centre back was the position that Caolan made his own. Likely the most difficult position on the pitch to play, Caolan was able to excel there. It was the position he played in the Minor County final. Douglas were beaten that day, but as he always did, Caolan performed. The number six jersey seemed to be huge on him, but no challenge ever seemed too big for him. After Caolan’s passing the club decided it would not use the number six jersey at Minor level for the foreseeable future to honour Caolan.  When Douglas captured the Minor football title in 2013, the centre back that day, wore the number 26. The same when we won the Minor Hurling Title in 2015. Shane Donegan lined out at centre back wearing 26. Those attending the game, not from Douglas, may have found it strange, but everyone in the club knew that Caolan was still there with us. Still fighting alongside us, like he always did.

As I spoke to people this week about Caolan, there seems to be one frustration. There is a frustration that they can't find the words to accurately represent Caolan the way they still see him. Passionate, confident, friendly, genuine, positive, centre of attention, friend. These are all words that are used to describe him and yet everyone seems feel those words alone are not enough. Special. Special is as close as we can come. Simply put Caolan was special. He had a way about him that he would treat everyone  the same. It didn’t matter whether you were the most popular kid, or the quietest, Caolan seemed to be friends with everyone. He was always there for his friends. To this day, a number of them still wear wristbands with his name on it. It’s their way of keeping someone who meant so much to them, close.

A person like Caolan will never be forgotten. Whether its seeing someone dominating the centre back position in Douglas colours, watching his sisters Seosai and Muiread play camogie, watching his brothers Odhran and Eanna when they eventually come back to Cork and resume playing with the club, seeing someone with the ‘Caolan’ wristband or seeing his parents Eugene and Margaret, we will remember Caolan. He touched people in a way that makes those that knew him thankful to have had the opportunity. He will live on in our memories, in our club until we get to see him again. Forget icon of the week, Caolan was just an icon, a legend. He was special.

By Ray Keating 07 Dec, 2017
This video is courtesy of the Irish Examiner. Check them out here  
By Ray Keating 07 Dec, 2017

*New Year, New Opportunity*

In 2018 If your looking to

Lose weight✅

Improve fitness ✅

Improve strength ✅

Improve posture ✅

Improve mobility/stability ✅

Feel and look better ✅

Improve your knowledge of training and nutrition ✅

Looking for a challenging workout where you are coached on correctly performing exercises and your progress is monitored on a weekly basis?

Then read below ⬇️

In 2018 I will be launching a second class on Saturday mornings from 10-11.

Both Monday and Saturday classes will run simultaneously in blocks of 6 weeks (1st block 5 weeks). I will hold a talk on training and nutrition on the 1st night of each block giving people the opportunity to weigh in (optional) and set an individual plan in place for the following six weeks.

5 week block. Starting Saturday the 6th

  • 1 class a week (Mon or Sat) €40
  • 2 classes a week €70
  • Pay weekly for two classes €15

€10 pay as you go (either class)

There will be a limited number per class so booking is essential to secure your place. Gift vouchers also available.

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