· 12:15: Assemble in St. Columba’s school carpark
· 12:30: Parade - Through the community park, around by John O'Sullivan's pub and back to the club.
o Concluding with Amhrán na bhFiann on pitch 1 (nearest the clubhouse)
· 1:30-2:30: Matches
o Under-5, boys at (far end of) pitch 1
o Under-6 and Under-7, boys at (newer) pitch 2
o Camogie at Training area beyond pitch 2
· 2:45-4:15: Matches
o Under-10, boys at (far end of) pitch 1
o Under-8 and Under-9, boys at (newer) pitch 2
o Camogie at Training area beyond pitch 2
· 1:30-5:00: Fun activities on (near end of) pitch 1, to include:
o Douglas’ Fittest Family
§prize on offer, courtesy of Quigley Meats
o Target practice
o “Track events”, to include:
o Awards to our finalists (see more, below)
· 2:30-5:00: Children’s Disco in clubhouse
· 4:00 Raffle draw at the awards podium
· 5:00 Live music in the club bar
We thank all donors of prizes, and our Street Leagues sponsors:
· Lehane Motors
· Douglas Credit Union
· Pharmacy First Plus
· Food and drinks will be provided by external vendors: craft sausages, stone-baked pizza, crepes, coffee and hot chocolates. We will also run a stall for snacks and soft drinks.
· Our club shop will be open on the day.
· With approx. 500 children marching, we would appreciate those parents who choose not to march with us, but rather avail of the opportunity to mingle and get an early lunch at the afore-mentioned vendors
· There are some fantastic prizes to be raffled off, as noted on the tickets
o Vouchers for shops, hotels and restaurants; a 10” tablet; and more!
o Please return any tickets, with money, to your group’s mentors
· This year we are going to run a special fun competition: Douglas’ Fittest Family
o Teams of two adults and at least two children (not necessarily from the same family)
o Complete the assault course as quickly as possible
o A turkey and ham for the winning team, courtesy of Quigley Meats
§can be collected in time for Christmas
Under 5, Under 6, & Under 7 boys
· After Amhrán na bhFiann , at roughly 1:30, these children will play matches
· After that, medals will be presented at the podium
· Thereafter, the children are free to enjoy the various fun activities on offer with their friends, enjoy lunch with their families, or dance the afternoon away at the disco
Under 8, Under 9, & Under 10 boys
· After Amhrán na bhFiann , while the younger boys are playing matches (1:30-2:30), the children are free to enjoy the various fun activities on offer with their friends or enjoy lunch with their families
· At roughly 2:45, these children will play matches
· After that, awards will be presented at the podium
· Thereafter, the children can return to the fun activities, or enjoy the disco
· The camogie schedule will be confirmed by the camogie mentors
· Matches will commence after Amhrán na bhFiann , at roughly 1:30
· Awards will be presented at the podium, when the groups are finished playing
· Any children not playing are free to enjoy the various fun activities on offer with their friends, enjoy lunch with their families, or (from 2:30) enjoy the disco
We do hope that all of the children, and their families, will have a wonderful day. Thank you for your participation.
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.
*New Year, New Opportunity*
In 2018 If your looking to
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
€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.