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Early Days

In the early days of Naomh Fionnán John Joe O’Reilly’s field in Shancor was used by the club. Later, McSeains’s field between Cherrybank House and Cornafean Post Office was the venue. Other fields such as Sheanon’s and Ned Clarke’s in Marahill, Maguire’s Lawn in Bingfield, O’Reilly’s in Drumcoghill, Martin’s long field in Drumora and Leavy’s where the present pitch is situated, were all used by the club on different occasions.

In 1930 the club moved to a new field above Cornafean Post Office and situated in the townland of Drumcoghill. It was owned by Pól McSeain. The grounds were developed through the 30’s with the football committee arranging challenge matches with famous teams such as St. Lawrence’s and St. Vincent’s from Dublin. It became known as Páirc Naomh Fionnán and was used by the club for close on 30 years.

 

The New Park 1964

In 1961 the club committee purchased a farm which was situated in the heart of the area from Mr. Joe Leavy. It consisted of approximately seven acres and cost £480.



The chief negotiator of the purchase was Father Brian McNamara, the President of the club, who was curate in Coronea at that time. Under the leadership of chairman, Peader Doyle; vice-chairman Tommy Brady; secretary Tom McSeain and treasurer Willie McGibney the club began the task of raising finance and developing the grounds.

The official opening of the grounds was on7th June 1964. The day’s proceedings began with a challenge match between Cavan county champions Mullahoran and Drumlish from Longford. The main event was contested between Cavan and Galway, who were on the threshold of a glorious three-in-a-row.


Further Developments

During centenary year (1984) it became obvious the park needed a facelift. Works began that year and in 1985 turnstiles were installed at the entrance and toilets were built. In 1987, a ninety foot stand was constructed on the west side of the pitch. A wire fence was also erected around the pitch, the outer perimeter of the grounds was planted with 3,500 trees, dug-outs were built and parking facilities were extended. The committee responsible for this work were Chairman Willie McGibney, Secretary PJ McGlade, Treasurers Pauric Cosgrove and later John Young, along with a lot of voluntary help from within the club.

 

 

 

Recent Developments

Nets in 1996. Peader Doyle purchased these nets along with PJ McGlade after extensive fundraising was undertaken.

FSL Electronic Scoreboard 1999.First electronic scoreboard in county Cavan.

Sports Hall started 2001.Application for grants, it was decided to build a sports hall for the community. Plans were compiled by Kevin Geoghegan, Oliver Gormley, Seamus Laheen and Phillip Wilson. Work was slow however and eventually completed in late 2005.

New Dressing Rooms started 2006.Major upgrade was needed on the dressing room facilities. The new dressing rooms were designed with increased numbers of players and so extra dressing rooms were necessary. Plans were devised by Rory McSeain and the club committee, lottery funding was sought by Rita Martin and was granted allowing the development to continue. Officially opened May 2008 in time for the clubs centenary celebrations in August 2008.

New Pitch development Sept 2009. Plans to extend the playing facilities was next on the agenda. The committee members involved in buying neighbouring fields were Paddy McDermott and Seamus O’Reilly in early 2009. Plans were sought to remove trees and create a new pitch and also a walkway for the community. Finished Nov 2009

Nets were erected in July 2010 under the watchful eye of Ciaran Martin, Martin Munnelly and Niall Martin. A mower was purchased by the club for the increased playing areas within the club.

 

1) The new pitch after its completion in November 2009. The work began in September and under the supervision of Rory McSeain, and along with help of many others, the job was finished in less than three months!

2) The new pitch been mowed for the first time by Brendan McDermott with a new mower purchased in June 2010
 
3) The new nets which were erected in July 2010.

4) The dressing rooms and sports hall. The dressing rooms were completed in 2008 in time for the centenary celebrations of the club.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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