Aogan’s Homecoming

March 2014 & 2015

Aogans Homecoming Celebrations




Cavan GAA – Aogan elected President the Ulster Council, 2010

Ulster GAA Convention in Drumgoon: On Saturday, February 27th, 2010 Drumgoon Éire Óg co-hosted the Ulster GAA Convention in the Parish, aling with Cavan GAA County Board. Following extensive preparations, events got under-way at 11am on Saturday morning with Mass in Irish at St Michaels Church, Cootehill, concelebrated by Fr Owen Collins PP (Cathaoirleach Cootehilll Celtic), and Fr Eddie Burns (Uachtaran Drumgoon Éire Óg). While the provincial and county standards were flown outside the church, the extensive congregation representing all nine counties of Ulster as well as many local parishoners and clubmen, were treated to the musical talents of the Cornafean Scór troupe. Convention itself got underway at 12:30 in the Errigal Country House Hotel, Cavan Road, Cootehill, hosted by outgoing Uachtarán Comhairle Uladh, Mr Tom Daly, and including local dignatories Winston Bennet (Chairman Cavan Co. Council), Jack Keyes (Co. Manager), Michael McCarey (Chairman of Cootehill Town Council/Commissioners) Patrick Moynagh (Cathaoirleach Droim Dhúin Éire Óg) and Tom Reilly (Cathaoirleach Coiste Bhreiffne). At 4pm, local gael and Drumgoon Éire Óg clubman and Officer, Mr Aogán Farrell was elected to the position of Uachtarán, Comhairle Uladh, the first from his club and from the region to hold ths illustrious position. In their reflections, both his club and county chairmen reflected on Aogáns core integrity and his firmly established roots in the club and parish structures of the GAA. Tom Daly, outgoing President of Ulster Council noted that Aogán 22 years of service to Ulster ouncil were exemplary, and he looked forward with confidence to Aogáns term of office with great hope and enthusiasm. In a stirring address to congress, the new President pledged himself to the Club and Parish origins of the Association, and noted the central role played by the GAA in maintaining and in many cases establishing, the social framework upon which the state is based. He further noted that the GAA is a huge contributor to the health and welfare programmes iof communities not only on the island of Irealnd, but further afield in the UK, US and increasinly Asia. This work, he pledged, will continue during his term in office. The inauguration of Aogán Farrell to the Office of Uachtarán, Comhairle Uladh was shared with his wife Frances, their Children, Niamh, Cliona, Aogán Óg and Conal, his father Aiden, his mother Katie and his brothers, sisters and many clubmates who joined convention for the event. New Uachtarán, Comhairle Uladh On Saturday evening last, the club men and women of Drumgoon Éire Óg gathered en masse at the White Horse Hotel to meet, greet and celebrate with the newly elected President of Ulster GAA Council. In the company of the Chairmen of neighbouring clubs, Cootehill Celtic (Fr Owen Collins) and Kill Shamrocks (Mr Joe McQuillan), Aogán and his family, along with An Ard Stiuritheor, Comhairle Uladh, Mr Danny Murphy were greeted by over one hundred well-wishers. A memorial plaque was unveiled to mark the very special occassion and Aogán’s club, Drumgoon, presented the new President with a special award to mark the occassion. Following the formal presentations, the gathering of players, officials, family and supporters relaxed into the evening, accompanied by the music of local traditional musicians Phil O’Brien and Tommy Reilly, with stories, reminicences and song reaching into the early hours of Sunday morning.