Deneher, Fr Dan

The parish learned with much regret of the death of one of its favourite sons - former Cavan footballer Fr Dan Deneher. Originally of Loughdavid, Loughduff, Fr Dan was former PP of Brixham, England and died in Plymouth. As football was dear to his heart, he always followed the fortunes of Dreadnoughts. During his student days, Fr Dan enjoyed an illustrious playing career. He was an outstanding midfielder cum forward with St Mel's and became a regular with the Cavan county team. He was on the All-Ireland winning panel in 1947 but was unable to travel to the Polo Grounds for the All-Ireland final as he was refused leave of absence. But he was able to tune into the famous match on the radio. As a dedicated clubman, Fr Dan won six SFC medals with Mullahoran during the glory era of the 1940s - in 1942, '44, '45, '47, '48 and '49. Though his vocation impacted a great deal on his football career, Fr Dan still played a key role during a glorious era for Cavan football.

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