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A Tribute to Cornafean

Cavan Junior Champions 2016


T'was a wet week in September, in the wet year of two sixteen

When our famous sons hit Breffni Park, in search of boyhood dreams

With no stone left unturned, the preparations were so true

As our Reds prepare for battle, with the men from Ballymachugh


As these two teams go toe to toe, for this coveted prize

Another piece of history will unfold before our eyes

The first time that a lady-will referee a men's final game

We congratulate and wish you well, Margaret Farrelly is your name


All Credit is due, to you Andrew Johnson you answered your manager’s call

For the way you stood brave, you kept a clean slate and the way that you kicked out the ball

To our fullback Dan, you are the man you played a captain's part

You climb these steps this special day, in two thousand it was Art


Our right full back James Cullen from Kiltrasna on the hill

you cleared your lines every time with your famous pace and skill

Jason Miney from Drumcor is one handy corner back

Driving out to clear the ball or his skill at covering back

He judged the ball so well today and he's still only a teen

He captained our winning minor team from centre back in twenty fifteen


Pauric Woods at number five, from in the Derries lane

For his semi-final effort we give you great acclaim

Your darting runs along the wing as you create one more attack

You've made this team your own again, P, You're very welcome back


Our centre half Mark Johnson you're a stalwart here in years

Your darting runs with ball in hand, you’d swear you had six gears

Your contribution for the Red’s defence on this and other days

You left those forwards reeling with another fine display


On the left is Conor Sheridan, the youngest on the field

Big days like this don't bother him, he's as cool as any breeze

You showed your skill again today, a real delight to watch

You were many people's favourite for the" Player of the match"


To our midfield pair of Jack and Niall number eight and number nine

You dominated centre field and cleared it down the line.

You took down balls from high in the air, I haven't seen in quite a while

Reminded me back some sixteen years, the great Ciaran Martin and Brian



When the history books are written about this day in years to come

They will probably go into detail on just how this game was won

They might mention about our strength and pace and that we got our just rewards

One thing you can be sure about is how they'll praise our mighty forwards


Our half forward Andrew Wharton He's a real" Live Wire" of a man

and part of this great triplet family with his brothers Jack and Dan

Your commitment to this famous club which is respected near and far

And we can't forget the second half when you popped it o'er the bar


To Andrew Smith I have to say, your day has really came

When you line out on the forty for this Junior Final game

Your physique, your power, your presence, to this table you do bring

I have to say your football gained, from you married Caroline King


There is one thing certain, you’re a clubman to your soul

And for fifteen years or thereabouts, you guarded out the goals

But when you got the permit to explore those pastures new

And three points from play you scored today put pay to Ballymachugh


The work rate of Cormac Geoghegan on this day I’m sure you know

Whether it's going in for breaks at centre field, or taking it on the go

You are dedicated to this Team and Club, it is a well-known fact

Congratulations Cormac, you kept your line intact.


Barry Doyle from Drumora, You're a legend I declare

You were picked at number thirteen, and you lined out on the square

For you broke the hearts of Ballymachugh, sent them off to pack their


for each one was a killer blow, ten times you raised that flag.

When the plaudits for this special team, are given out in time to come

Liam Duignan will feature at the top, for selfless work and well-timed runs

For his contribution to this team all year His work rate is immense

For his forward runs and tracking back, or sweeping back to help his



To Adrian McCaffrey from Drumbess with your fiery bright red hair

You got to grips from early on with your speed around the square

Your contribution to this win today, we will never ever forget

When you pounced on Jack's high dropping ball, and you stuck it in the



When Ciaran Duignan and Pauric Tully came on today, they worked so very hard

Replacing Mark and Andrew who picked up those two black cards

To Cathal, Niall and to Paul, you came out and joined the fray

It was so much of a panel effort that made us win the day


They say "Football's unpredictable and can sometimes turn and twist"

And we got our share a week ago when Rory Geoghegan broke his wrist

For the player, twas disappointing, For the team it was a blow

But the spirit of the team lived on, and they didn't let it show


They made that extra effort, this great team of household names

They said "They would do it for you Rory" for the way you played in other



Here's to you Laurance Brady, You shaped this winning team

You facilitated this great bunch of lads to realise their boyhood dreams

You trained them hard and treated them fair, of this they will admit

And you could hear the murmurs round the stand, “Be Jaysus Laurence

has them fit"


To our Selectors who picked this team today, they had no great need to alter

And we can't forget one important man, Thanks to Gavin for the water.

To Sean I say all credit is due, you're as cute as any fox

To Neal, You live your life for the Reds, and you’re the star of Gogglebox.


To Eamon Gaffney and his team of help, they even had the Sportshall


To welcome home our winning team-with that great cup, in honour of

Sean Leddy

The Hall was full with young and old, they were there because of their


And then we sent the children home to bed,

And we headed down to Arts'

Michael McGibney

Cumann LuthchleasGael  

Corr Na Feinne

 Club Membership 

Club membership is now due

for 2016

 Adults €30,

 Students €10

 Juveniles €5.

 Full membership plus entry to weekly lottery for one year


 Nobody is allowed to engage in GAA competitions or activities unless they are fully paid up as otherwise they are not covered by insurance.


Membership can be paid to Padraig Gormley or any member of committee

Main Sponsor Art Mc Seain 

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From Hogan Stand

 Scor 2006

Ulster Junior Scor Champion

James Cartwright receives Ulster Scór na nOg medal from Ulster President Martin McAviney.

Click on Events tab to see photos of the Cornafean Gathering

Commemorative Book for the Gathering available in most local shops or email paddy.mcdermotty@hotmail or phone (049)4334552, priced at €10, a must have keepsake for every house.






U13 Ladies League Champions

         U13 Ladies League Champions

President McAleese hosts a Garden Party for GAA Social Initiative Participants

President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr. Martin McAleese with Cornafean members Sean Masterson, Eamon Maguire, Marie O’Reilly, John Young and Martin Maguire in attendance at a garden party for GAA Social Initiative participants. Áras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park, Dublin 5th July 2011;.

Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE


Welcome to Cornafean GFC website. We hope to provide information about our club to all concerned at home and abroad.

A Club with a proud heritage based in west county Cavan. The club was founded in 1908 and has grown from strength to strength ever since.

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 Twenty Times Champions

CORNAFEAN NAOMH FIONNAIN have won the Cavan Senior Football Championship twenty times since the club was first formed in 1908. The club's first win came in their second year in the competition-1909- -and they retained the title the following year (1910). Following a break of one year Cornafean came back to string together four Championship wins in a row (1912-'15) and after a lapse of two years they again came out on top in 1918. Seven years more elapsed before the “Reds" came back to win the championship twice in succession again (1928-'29) and from 1932-'34 they had a run of three successive wins. They were defeated in 1935 but regained the top in 1936 and stayed there up to and including 1940 —a record run, unequalled before or since, of five Championships in a row. It is of interest to note that the official records do not credit Cornafean with the 1937 title. In this year, apparently, the Championship proper was unfinished and the League winners declared champions. However, Cornafean claim the Championship of that year and to back up their claim they point to the fact that the inscription on the medals presented to the successful players in 1938 refers to the Championships of both 1937 and '38. Following their 1940 success Cornafean were out of the honours list for two years, but won back the title in 1943 and the club's twentieth and last Championship success in senior rank was recorded in 1956.

Junior and Minor Championships

Cornafean's two successes in the Junior Football Championship were recorded in 1914 and 1927 and their one Minor title came in 1960.

The Club were Senior League winners eight times as follows:-1928-'31, 1933-'34 and 1936-'37. 


CD of Sean Masterson and Tommy Donohoe for sale €10
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Breifne Abú!

Cavan GAA Records 1886-2011

This unique book written by George Cartwright and published by Cavan County Board GAA will be launched on this Friday 9th of December. It is a reference book of names for all those who played in senior, intermediate, junior, under-21 and minor finals at club level and all of those who represented Cavan at county, provincial and All-Ireland level.

It also contains sections on Hurling, Schools and Colleges, Administrators, Railway Cup,  team managers, noteworthy achievements and some of the great ballads and recitations of Cavan GAA etc. etc.

Tom O’Reilly Chairman Cavan County Board GAA and Aogán O Fearghail, Uachtarán Comhairle Uladh will launch the book in the Meadow View, Dublin Road, Cavan at 8.30pm where it will be available to purchase on the night. You are all cordially invited and are very welcome to attend.

The book will make an ideal Christmas gift.

The History of Cavan Camogie, a new book written by Cornafean native  Fr. Oliver O’Reilly, can be purchased at the following outlets at a cost of €30.00 which is great value when you see the memories of the sport it contains.


                                   MacSeains, Cornafean

Gavins Supermarket, Ballinagh

Centra Superstore, Killeshandra

Lynch's Shop, Killydoon

Easons, Main St, Cavan.

Crannog Bookshop, Church St, Cavan.


Tom Moroney

The Tom Moroney affair occurred in Herbertstown Co Limerick during 1887-88 and was big in the news both at home and abroad when the first Gaelic Football club was formed in Cornafean, in February 1889.  

In 1887 Tom was evicted and declared bankrupt for not paying his rent in a ploy devised by “The Plan of Campaign.  In a subsequent bankruptcy hearing Tom refused to tell the court anything about his various business interests. As a result he was committed to Kilmainham Gaol for contempt of court. He was released, after much protests and demonstrations, nearly two years later, in December 1888. Cornafean Tom Moronies was formed just two months later, in February 1889. It was no surprise that it was named in his honour.

By 1907 Cornafean Tom Moronies were still in existence, but, when Cornafean Naomh Fionnan was formed in 1908 Tom Moroney was no longer an icon. The Plan of Campaign was forgotten and Tom Moroney was a forgotten campaigner.


 (Air - The Kitchen Poker.)

Come all ye brave Campaignin' boys, and listen to my story,

Tis a narration that is sure to add to Limerick's glory;

My hayro is no warrior ould, like Scipio or Boney,

He is a tinant-farmer bould, his name is Tom Moroney.


Hurrah for Tom Moroney,

The sturdy Tom Moroney,

'Tis we'd be glad if Ireland had

More min like Tom Moroney.


On this Campaign with might and main this daycent farmer entered,

And on the Plan, once he began, his heart and soul he centred;

He knew the fight was just and right, and if he stood alone he

Would do the same, for there was game and breedin' in Moroney.


He cleared his land and took his stand and waited the occasion,

When on his threshold he'd behold the landlord gang's invasion;

But faith they knew a trick or two they thought would fetch the money

And so they did proceed to make a bankrupt of Moroney.


With wig and gown to Dublin town they took the writ to file it,

Where sore annoyed sat ould Judge Boyd, like Jupiter or Pilate;

He felt cocksure none could endure his glance so could and stony,

But in his face without disgrace looked honest Tom Moroney.


Thin, with a grin, there did begin one Gerrard — he's a lawyer,

Who at a plea is said to be a regular top-sawyer;

He said, " You've dodged the lord and lodged the rint with some vile croney,

Now tell us where — you're bound to sware" — "I won't," roared Tom Moroney.


The Bench looked wild, the Bar looked riled, the audience all were laughin', 

Brave Tom they plied, all arts they tried, both scowldin', arguin', chaffin’;

The judge he scowled, his eyes he rowled, and red with anger blown, he

cried, "Judgment take that now I make a bankrupt of Moroney."


Next week they hauled him up and called for fuller explanation

About his shop, his goods and crop — he'd give no information;

Ould Boyd he shuffled on his sate, then with an angry groan he

Yelled, “Off to prison you must go." “Coercion!” cried Moroney.


To prison sure enough he went with bands and banners flauntin',

While Boyd sat in his dusty coort with little left for vauntin’;

And later to his landlord chums, all with a mournful moan, he

Said, "We can't stand if every man will act like Tom Moroney."


A happy man Moroney is in prison in Kilmainham,

Because he has behind his back the country to maintain him;

And through the land on every hand, from Quilty to Rathcloney,

There's not a man who to the Plan won't stick like Tom Moroney.


T.S Cleary

(For more see History page)