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Monument To John Joe O'Reilly / GAA Team Of The Millennium

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Hi everyone

Yesterday saw the launch of a fundraising drive for a monument to a true GAA icon, centre-half back on the Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium, Cavan's John Joe O'Reilly. The plan is to unveil it in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous Polo Grounds final victory next year. 2022 is also the 70th annniversary of John Joe's premature passing at the age of 34, weeks after surgery for a kidney issue, leaving behind 4 kids aged 9 and under.

A born leader, John Joe transcended county boundaries and was revered nationally during his short life, rising to the role of Commandant in the Irish Army by the age of 27. His Polo Grounds team-mate John Wilson (future Tanaiste) always maintained that had John Joe lived he would undoubtedly have risen to become Chief of Staff for our Defence Forces.

I know in Cavan we are often accused of forever looking back rather than forward but this is something that should have been done long ago. He is someone of whom not just Cavan natives but all Irish people can be proud. All support would be greatly appreciated! And before the jokes start, yes, we probably could be fundraising in an easier county.. :)

https://gofund.me/30c264c4

https://www.anglocelt.ie/2021/09/20/plan-for-john-joe-oreilly-statue-in-cavan-town-revealed/?fbclid=IwAR0k7M09w8Hqu_QQLUjhHzrEwVhR3bHhmxb76PZPV9X-Wp82WBXT9d5tGs0


"Whenever Gaelic football is played, be it in the smallest parish in Ireland, the smoke filled cities of Britain, or the American Metropolis, the name of John Joe O'Reilly will always be honoured for what it symbolises- true Irish sportsmanship at its best."

[Programme for Cavan vs Kerry, Breffni Park Re-Opening, June 8th 1952, 5 months before John Joe's death]

GallantJohnJoe (Cavan) - Posts: 323 - 21/09/2021 13:05:53    2382048

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No sign of the Cavan men putting their hand in their pocket?

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 1377 - 22/09/2021 09:56:39    2382249

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "No sign of the Cavan men putting their hand in their pocket?"
Um, that's what we're doing?

Loughduff Lad (Cavan) - Posts: 1145 - 22/09/2021 11:35:35    2382277

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "No sign of the Cavan men putting their hand in their pocket?"
We'll get there in the end!

[url=]https://gofund.me/a16a2f46

Wexford a great example of a successful GAA Sculpture, Nicky Rackard's in Wexford Town is superb. All things considered, we haven't many GAA monuments in Ireland, John Joe's will be the first in Ulster I believe. Have I missed any below folks?

Connacht
Roscommon - Dermot Earley/Gerry O'Malley
Galway - Enda Colleran

Munster
Kerry - Micko / Paidi/ John Egan
Cork - Ring
Limerick - Mick Mackey/Jackie Power
Waterford- Ned Power

Leinster
Kilkenny - Ollie Walsh
Wexford - Nicky Rackard

GallantJohnJoe (Cavan) - Posts: 323 - 22/09/2021 14:53:04    2382340

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Replying To GallantJohnJoe:  "Hi everyone

Yesterday saw the launch of a fundraising drive for a monument to a true GAA icon, centre-half back on the Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium, Cavan's John Joe O'Reilly. The plan is to unveil it in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous Polo Grounds final victory next year. 2022 is also the 70th annniversary of John Joe's premature passing at the age of 34, weeks after surgery for a kidney issue, leaving behind 4 kids aged 9 and under.

A born leader, John Joe transcended county boundaries and was revered nationally during his short life, rising to the role of Commandant in the Irish Army by the age of 27. His Polo Grounds team-mate John Wilson (future Tanaiste) always maintained that had John Joe lived he would undoubtedly have risen to become Chief of Staff for our Defence Forces.

I know in Cavan we are often accused of forever looking back rather than forward but this is something that should have been done long ago. He is someone of whom not just Cavan natives but all Irish people can be proud. All support would be greatly appreciated! And before the jokes start, yes, we probably could be fundraising in an easier county.. :)

https://gofund.me/30c264c4

https://www.anglocelt.ie/2021/09/20/plan-for-john-joe-oreilly-statue-in-cavan-town-revealed/?fbclid=IwAR0k7M09w8Hqu_QQLUjhHzrEwVhR3bHhmxb76PZPV9X-Wp82WBXT9d5tGs0


"Whenever Gaelic football is played, be it in the smallest parish in Ireland, the smoke filled cities of Britain, or the American Metropolis, the name of John Joe O'Reilly will always be honoured for what it symbolises- true Irish sportsmanship at its best."

[Programme for Cavan vs Kerry, Breffni Park Re-Opening, June 8th 1952, 5 months before John Joe's death
"]Is there any memorial to John Joe O'Reilly in his club Cornafean?

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 401 - 24/09/2021 20:30:40    2382812

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Replying To GallantJohnJoe:  "Hi everyone

Yesterday saw the launch of a fundraising drive for a monument to a true GAA icon, centre-half back on the Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium, Cavan's John Joe O'Reilly. The plan is to unveil it in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous Polo Grounds final victory next year. 2022 is also the 70th annniversary of John Joe's premature passing at the age of 34, weeks after surgery for a kidney issue, leaving behind 4 kids aged 9 and under.

A born leader, John Joe transcended county boundaries and was revered nationally during his short life, rising to the role of Commandant in the Irish Army by the age of 27. His Polo Grounds team-mate John Wilson (future Tanaiste) always maintained that had John Joe lived he would undoubtedly have risen to become Chief of Staff for our Defence Forces.

I know in Cavan we are often accused of forever looking back rather than forward but this is something that should have been done long ago. He is someone of whom not just Cavan natives but all Irish people can be proud. All support would be greatly appreciated! And before the jokes start, yes, we probably could be fundraising in an easier county.. :)

https://gofund.me/30c264c4

https://www.anglocelt.ie/2021/09/20/plan-for-john-joe-oreilly-statue-in-cavan-town-revealed/?fbclid=IwAR0k7M09w8Hqu_QQLUjhHzrEwVhR3bHhmxb76PZPV9X-Wp82WBXT9d5tGs0


"Whenever Gaelic football is played, be it in the smallest parish in Ireland, the smoke filled cities of Britain, or the American Metropolis, the name of John Joe O'Reilly will always be honoured for what it symbolises- true Irish sportsmanship at its best."

[Programme for Cavan vs Kerry, Breffni Park Re-Opening, June 8th 1952, 5 months before John Joe's death
"]Is there any memorial to John Joe O'Reilly in his club Cornafean?

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 401 - 24/09/2021 20:31:00    2382813

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Replying To MicktheMiller:  "
Replying To GallantJohnJoe:  "Hi everyone

Yesterday saw the launch of a fundraising drive for a monument to a true GAA icon, centre-half back on the Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium, Cavan's John Joe O'Reilly. The plan is to unveil it in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous Polo Grounds final victory next year. 2022 is also the 70th annniversary of John Joe's premature passing at the age of 34, weeks after surgery for a kidney issue, leaving behind 4 kids aged 9 and under.

A born leader, John Joe transcended county boundaries and was revered nationally during his short life, rising to the role of Commandant in the Irish Army by the age of 27. His Polo Grounds team-mate John Wilson (future Tanaiste) always maintained that had John Joe lived he would undoubtedly have risen to become Chief of Staff for our Defence Forces.

I know in Cavan we are often accused of forever looking back rather than forward but this is something that should have been done long ago. He is someone of whom not just Cavan natives but all Irish people can be proud. All support would be greatly appreciated! And before the jokes start, yes, we probably could be fundraising in an easier county.. :)

https://gofund.me/30c264c4

https://www.anglocelt.ie/2021/09/20/plan-for-john-joe-oreilly-statue-in-cavan-town-revealed/?fbclid=IwAR0k7M09w8Hqu_QQLUjhHzrEwVhR3bHhmxb76PZPV9X-Wp82WBXT9d5tGs0


"Whenever Gaelic football is played, be it in the smallest parish in Ireland, the smoke filled cities of Britain, or the American Metropolis, the name of John Joe O'Reilly will always be honoured for what it symbolises- true Irish sportsmanship at its best."

[Programme for Cavan vs Kerry, Breffni Park Re-Opening, June 8th 1952, 5 months before John Joe's death
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Is there any memorial to John Joe O'Reilly in his club Cornafean?"]The pitch is named after him.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4555 - 27/09/2021 12:37:54    2383152

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A plaque was unveiled at Cornafean's grounds in November of 1999 I believe following John Joe's selection on the Team of the Millennium.

GallantJohnJoe (Cavan) - Posts: 323 - 27/09/2021 15:49:35    2383186

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Thanks for that guys. John Joe was honoured in song, and on stage in the past. He was one of Cavan's greats, pity he passed away at a young age.

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 401 - 27/09/2021 18:03:33    2383218

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If you google Mooncoingaa you will see a photo of the unveiling of a magnificent statue to Richard "Drug" Walsh,the only KK man to captain 3 AI winning teams,in the photo with the GAA preisdent is the sculptor Seamus Connolly who is sculpting the statue of John Joe,I was down there Saturday and it is a really magnificent statue,I have no doubt that the statue of John Joe will do him proud.

mooncat (Kilkenny) - Posts: 500 - 11/10/2021 14:43:21    2385251

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Replying To Loughduff Lad:  "Um, that's what we're doing?"
How do l make a contribution to John Joe's statue?
Declankillann.

declankillann (Dublin) - Posts: 79 - 20/10/2021 11:46:22    2386401

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