John Collins named to Lory Meagher All Star team

  • By Ray Keating
  • 25 Oct, 2017

Douglas defender one of the best in All Ireland victory

It was announced this week that our own John Collins has been named an all star for the Lory Meagher Cup. 

At the end of 2014 there was worrying news floating around the club that one of our star players was about to leave our shores. As soon as he came out of minor, John Collins, immediately became a crucial member of both our senior teams. With speed in abundance, a tenacious style of defending and seemingly unlimited drive, it was no wonder the patrons of Douglas GAA club were worried that one of our exciting talents was moving to England to take up a role with Rolls Royce. 

In the end, the worries were misplaced as John made the decision to commute back and forth to represent his club. Predicting when club games are going to be played is a tricky business at the best of times but when you have to book flights home in order to allow you play, it becomes all the more difficult. Still for the last three years this is a sacrifice John has made and has continued to maintain the high levels of performance he achieved when living a stones throw away from the club. 

2017 offered John a new challenge, when he accepted an invitation to play inter-county hurling with Warwickshire. John was granted one of Warwickshire's three exemptions, which allowed him to still play his club hurling in Douglas while representing the midlands county. His eagerness to get going with his new team was tempered when injury caused him to miss the entire division 3b league campaign which resulted in a final defeat to Longford. 

Spurred on by that defeat and the return of John to the team, Warwickshire set about their Lory Meagher group games with a ferocious intensity. An away victory against Cavan as followed up by a home success against Sligo. A dominant victory over Fermanagh and a comfortable win over Leitrim, meant that all that stood in the way of Warwickshire and a final date in Croke Park was a local derby against Lancashire. Warwickshire, inspired by a superb performance from John, sealed a 5 point win and a date in headquarters. As the game ticked in to injury time, with victory all but secured John couldn't hide the smile from his face knowing where his next game would be played. The video below, shows the reaction of the team to qualifying for the Lory Meagher Final. 

On the 10th of June, John fulfilled a lifelong ambition to play in Croke Park as he lined out to face Leitrim, in a game being shown live by TG4. A sizeable Douglas contingent travelled up to the game and could be clearly heard on the broadcast roaring on encouragement to their club mate. Indeed the excitement of the game was so much Alan Barry fell asleep shortly after the final whistle.

A tight first half was followed by a dominant display by Warwickshire in the second period. Time after time John won dirty ball in the Warwickshire back-line and supplied his forward unit with quality ball. Although Liam Watson took most of the headlines, for his scoring feats, it would be difficult to argue that any player on that pitch was better than John that day. He seemed to have found his natural habitat. 

Warwickshire claimed a six point win. John has been deservedly named as one of the best players in the competition. Each year a Lory Meagher Champion 15 is named, and John has been named at wing back in the selection. John will collect his award at the All Star banquet on the 5th of November in Dublin. Douglas will be well represented at the event, with  Sean Powter nominated for Young Footballer of the Year and Alan Cadogan nominated by a hurling all star. 

On behalf of the whole club, we would like to congratulate John on his achievement. To see someone with such passion and commitment to his club honoured on a national stage is something we can all be proud of. 
John with hand on heart
Nothing was going to stop John winning in Croke Park
As soon as he got his hands on the cup, there was only one group of people John wanted to show it to; his family and his club mates
John with brother Brian and cousin Eoin

NEWS

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 douglasgaa@douglasgaa.com
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 douglasgaa@douglasgaa.com
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!!

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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 www.irishexaminer.com  
By Ray Keating 07 Dec, 2017

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