Under 10 Blitz held in the club last Sunday

  • By Ray Keating
  • 10 Oct, 2017
Douglas Ladies football club were delighted with the success of their inaugural U10 girls football blitz on Sunday 8th October. Over 130 girls participated from Cork clubs Douglas and Bishopstown and Kerry clubs Dr Crokes, Fossa and Kerins O’Rahilly. On a surprisingly mild October morning, the girls displayed great skill and endeavour and the clubs made lasting friendships. All girls, parents and mentors were treated to a post blitz reception and medal presentation. A special mention goes to the parents for organising the post blitz reception, and club officials who contributed to this tremendously successful event. Our U10 girls are already looking forward to travelling to Kerry after receiving multiple invitations following the completion of the blitz last Sunday!

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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
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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

*New Year, New Opportunity*

In 2018 If your looking to

Lose weight✅

Improve fitness ✅

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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.

By Ray Keating 01 Dec, 2017
Censorship became an important mechanism of control in the enclosed introverted society that emerged in post independent Ireland. However, by the 1960’s the conservative social order was beginning to retreat in a changing nation. At this time the landscape of Douglas was evolving in appearance and character and Douglas G.A.A. witnessed the emergence of young confident individuals happy to betray the insular persona of older generations. Among this breed was Jim O’Mahony, a leader in a brilliant under age hurling team guided by Paddy Kidney during the early 1970’s. However, during this era football was the dominant force in Douglas and Jimmy claimed a Tadhg Crowley Cup medal in 1978.

During the early 1980’s an influx of talented youngsters gave fresh impetus to the Junior hurlers and back to back city hurling titles were claimed in 1983 and 1984 to prompt Douglas’ elevation to the Intermediate grade for the 1985 championship. Jim O’Mahony was the Douglas full back during this era and in a recent interview club president Matt Twomey named him as his all-time favourite Douglas hurler.

Despite his attributes as a player, it is as a coach that Jim O’Mahony’s legacy is cemented in the clubs history. By the mid 1990’s Douglas were perennial first round Intermediate hurling championship losers. Jim assumed coaching responsibilities for the 1998 season. After shedding the dead wood he was left with a mixture of disenfranchised veterans, journeyman Junior players, a clutch of raw teenagers and an import from Cratloe. Jim O’Mahony became the renaissance man of Douglas hurling when from this foundation he moulded a team in his own image and on 22nd October 2000 the Intermediate hurling championship was won.

This piece was originally written by Sean McCarthy.

By Ray Keating 30 Nov, 2017
A couple of years ago the club hosted a white collar boxing night held in the club hall. One of the highlights of that night was always likely to be the battle of the two tallest people in the club Cormac Dineen and Eoin O'Sullivan. 

While Dineen had been a feature in the Douglas midfield for many years, Sully was a relatively newbie and had just finished his final year of minor. There was plenty of smack-talk in the build up to all of the fights, but this was certainly one that caught the public's imagination. Rumours, that Dineen had been knocked out whilst training for the bout were vigorously denied by the Dineen's camp but social media posts like the below from Harry only added fuel to the fire. 
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