Monthly Archives: January 2017



    Written originally in 1907, The Soldier’s Song was sung in the GPO during the 1916 Rising, its rousing words helped keep morale high as the battle raged. Again after the Rising in the camps, the song gave voice to a sense of Irishness and freedom among the men and women that had been imprisoned.

    The Anthem was adopted by the Government in 1926 but it was during the 1930s that efforts to promote the Irish language in everyday life and at sports events and other special occasions ensured that Liam Ó Rinn's translation gained popularity throughout the nation. To this day, Amhrán na bhFiann is indelibly associated with Irish teams and our love of sport.

    Where Irish sports fans gather, that sense of ‘I am from Ireland’ and standing to attention watching your team. Supporting the boys and girls in green, we all know the feeling, the pride, those spine-tingling renditions of Amhrán na bhFiann. Getting ready for battle.


  2. Wearing the Cavan Jersey in New York

    Wearing the Cavan Jersey in New York

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    A 29-hour flight or six days on a boat? Which would you choose? Cavan picked the former and Kerry the latter. And the Breifne men made the correct call judging by the outcome, the men in the blue Cavan jerseys making history.

    We're talking of course about the 1947 All Ireland Football Final played in the Polo Grounds in New York, the only time the All Ireland Final has been played outside Ireland. At the time, legendary commentator Micheal O’Hehir called it the ‘greatest chapter in Irish sporting history’.

    Cavan - A Strong GAA Tradition

    -Ballyconnell was the first recorded affiliated club in Ulster GAA - they played their first game 7 March 1886.

    -Cavan camogie was traditionally strong with forty clubs recorded in the county at centenary Year

    -The Anglo Celt cup presented to Ulster council by O'Hanlon family who owned the Anglo Celt newspaper published in Cavan.

  3. DR Congo – Eleven Starters

    DR Congo – Eleven Starters

    DR Congo kick off their African Nations Cup campaign in Gabon today with a tough test against Morocco and for the first time they will wear their new O’Neills jerseys, specially designed for the Nations Cup campaign. Did you know…

    DR Congo Opposition

    Play Morocco, today, Ivory Coast on Friday and Togo next Tuesday. DR Congo qualified having won five out of their six qualifying matches.

    Tournament Record – Twice Winners

    Their tournament record is good having twice lifted the trophy. DR Congo, then known as Zaire won the African Nations in 1968 and 1974 and they came third in the last tournament.

    Known as the Leopards

    The Leopards have played in the Africa Cup of Nations 17 times. The Central African team is ranked 48 in the world by FIFA and managed by 55-year-old Jean Florent Ikwange Ibenge.

    DR Congo Captain Fantastic Mulumbu

    The captain of