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                                                               GREAT PAST MUNTERCONNAUGHT PLAYERS & CLUB CHARACTERS 


GREAT PLAYERS

Jack Rahill

Jack Rahill, who hailed from Ballydurrow, was one of the first players from Munterconnaught to wear the county jersey and play with the Cavan team. Jack's first appearance in the blue and white was in 1927 when Cavan won the Ulster Junior title.
They beat Armagh that year in the Ulster final which was played at Cootehill. He was a member of the senior team from 1928 to 1934.
Apart from winning a Junior Championship medal, he also won Ulster Senior Championship medals in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934.
Jack was also the proud holder of an All- Ireland Senior medal, won in 1933 when Cavan defeated Galway in the final.
Along with other survivors of the 1928 team, Jack was honoured on the occasion of the opening of the new pitch in 1988.
In a souvenir book compiled for the official opening, he recalled his first football match, attended when he was about eight years old. "I remember going to Plunkett's field (beside his home in Ballydurrow) to see a game between Upper and Lower Munterconnaught and to this day I will never forget the way these men with moustaches and beards were trying to kill one another".
Jack Rahill continued to live on the outskirts of Oldcastle until his death in November 1991.

Fr. Seamus Hetherton
Fr. Seamus Hetherton was educated at Ballydurrow N.S., where his father was Principal, and at St. Finian's College, Mullingar.
He captained the St. Finian's team which won their way to the Leinster Colleges Final in 1947.
He also played in 1948 and in 1949, captained the senior team when they won the Leinster final.
In that same year, he played in the inter-provincial colleges final against Derry. In that final, which was played in Dundalk, his immediate opponent was Jim McKeever, who would in years to come be a star footballer for Derry and Ulster.
The highlight of Fr. Seamus Hetherton's football career came in 1952 when he helped Cavan to victory over Meath in the All-Ireland Senior Championship final. It took two games to decide the issue as the first game was drawn. Fr. Seamus's display in the replay won the admiration of one and all.
He was a member of the Cavan county team from 1951 to 1956.

Seamus McMahon
Seamus McMahon was born and reared in Knocktemple. His father, Jack, a Dublin native, was a member of Munterconnaught's championship-winning team of 1928 while his mother, Bridget, had been an outstanding camogie player in her youth.
Seamus grew up at a time when there was no team in Munterconnaught and so many of his first exploits on the playing field were with clubs in surrounding areas. During those years, he achieved success in the form of Junior championship and Intermediate championships medals with Castlerahan in 1965 and 1966. Seamus also spent some time playing football with the Virginia Blues, with whom he won two Senior championship medals and a Senior league medal. While working in Ballybay, he assisted the local Pearse Brothers to the Monaghan County final in which they were beaten by one point after a replay.
Seamus made a return to his home area in the late 1960 's and was instrumental in Munterconnaught winning the Junior league in 1972.
Apart from Seamus's club activities, he was a member of the Cavan County panel from 1961 to 1967 and in that time he won three Ulster Senior championship medals and also a Dr. McKenna Cup medal.
When his career on the playing fields was over, Seamus retained a keen interest in football.
He trained the Munterconnaught team for a spell in the late eighties. Seamus McMahon died in November 1996 as a result of a tragic accident and his untimely death stunned the whole community.

John O'Dwyer
There is no doubt that John O'Dwyer's name would feature prominently on any short-list of great players from Munterconnaught. A prolific scorer from frees and play and a very accomplished forward, his career was as lengthy and varied as it was distinguished.
He won a Junior championship medal with Castlerahan in 1965, followed by an Intermediate championship medal in the following year.
In 1967, Castlerahan were beaten in the Senior Championship and in 1968 were again beaten in the final by the great Crosserlough team. John transferred to Munterconnaught following the reorganisation of the club in 1969.
He was captain of Munterconnaught in 1972 when they won the Junior League.
In the 1976 campaign, he won both junior and senior championship medals with Munterconnaught and St. Mary's.
In 1978, John moved to Waterford, where he won two senior championship medals with Ballinacourty in successive years. He was awarded. Man of the Match' in the 1979 final and had the distinction of captaining Waterford in the Munster Senior Championship of 1979.
He also played with teams in Charleville, Co. Cork and in Clashmore, Co, Waterford and with Ramor United.
John played as a county minor in 1965 and 1966.
He first played with the Cavan senior team in 1967 and won a Dr. McKenna Cup medal in 1968 and an Ulster Senior Championship medal in 1976. In 1976, he scored 1-3 in the Ulster final against Derry.
John was also an accomplished hurler, who played in Dublin, Waterford and Cork. He won an Ulster Junior Championship medal and a National League Div. 4 medal with the Cavan Hurling team.
Apart from his exploits on the field, John has also served the Munterconnaught club in a number of other capacities, including selector and in 1990, club chairman.
He was player-manager of the Cavan Masters team which won the AI1-Ireland title in 1993. He has also commented on and analysed Gaelic games for local radio stations.

 

Mattie Hetherton
Munterconnaught had a vintage year in 1976, when they won the Junior title and combined with Castlerahan to win the Senior championship title, all in the space of two weeks.
One of Munterconnaught's and St. Mary's key players that year was Mattie Hetherton.
Then only 25, the five foot, nine inches, twelve-stone minor joined two of his brothers, Jack and Mickey, in that successful championship winning team.
Mattie was one of the stars of St Mary's title-winning success and was named Man of the Match for his outstanding display in midfield against Ballyhaise in the senior county final. He turned out for Munterconnaught on the following Sunday and helped his team capture Junior honours at the expense of Ballinagh .
Mattie was brought into the Cavan senior county panel in 1975 and played in the National Football League Campaign that season through to the following year.
He maintained his place in the panel for three years. He was on the team which reached the provincial championship semi-final. 


 
CLUB CHARACTERS

Hughie Farrelly (affectionately known as Hughsheen the bogman)
Hughie was a fantastic character who always had an opinion and loved the bit of slagging.
He was a great clubman who was always on hand to help out and before the advent of pitch lighting he could be found driving his Dextra tractor around the pitch at training to show the players the way.


PF Brady
PF came from the Cross area but fitted in like a true Munterconnaught man. He was involved in almost everything that went on in the Club and ran Bingo for 20 years.
He was a tremendous character and would put a smile on all he met with his good humour. He was caretaker of the Clubrooms for 20 years and kept it impeccably well.
He was known to every Club who visited and especially the Cavan over 40's who trained here.
The kettle would always be put on when they arrived.
He would describe a short looping kick as "Over me head and into me pocket" and would run down the field with his coat pocket pulled open.


Paddy Mc Govern
Paddy was another great Clubman who was affectionately known as "The TOT Mc Govern".
He played for Munterconnaught winning a Junior Championship in 1949 and a Senior League in 1952.
He was one of the instigators of the reformation of the club in 1969 and served as secretary of the club and in 1988 was also secretary of the Park Development when the pitch was officially opened.


Lal Mc Enroe
Lal was Treasurer for almost 40 years and he had the gift of quick wit and humour.
He would deliver the Treasurers report detailing every halfpenny.
He would describe things giving a roll of his shoulders and starting the sentence with "A course".


Luke Kiernan
Luke was chairman for many years before the club disbanded in 1954. He took up the post again on the reformation of the Club in 1969.
He also was Chairman of Saint Mary's, (Munterconnaught/Castlerahan) amalgamation when they won the Championship in 1976.
His knowledge and truthfulness will never be forgotten.


Aidan O' Dwyer
Aidan has served as both Chairman and Secretary over the years and is presently the longest serving County Board Delegate notching up 39 years recently.
He is the father figure of the Club and his advice is always sought and respected.
 

 

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