Congratulations from Glin Rovers F.C. to Alexandra Cremona and Tommy Wallace who got married recently.
Profile of Glin Rovers Chairman Connor Sheehan
I started my playing career with Glin Rovers F.C. when it was founded back in 1968 but it was short lived due to an injury. I picked up 4 or 5 concussions during a 3 year period on the field of play. This ultimately cut my playing career short.
My biggest influences in the club have been Tommy Wallace, Liam Culhane, Bill Fitzgerald, Jimmy Cunningham (RIP) and James Dore (RIP).
The toughest opponents I came across were Pa Leahy, Tony Hanley, Tony Mulvihill, Tom Connell, Gerry Cronin (Who were all class players). Broadford’s Joe Shea would go through you for a shortcut but the best was Former Irish International, Alfie Hale from Waterford. He finished his career playing Junior Soccer in Waterford and they played the Desmond League. One year they played The Limerick Desmond League team in the Oscar Traynor Cup and I was tasked the job of marking him which was an impossible task as he destroyed me on the day.
Glin Rovers F.C. have been lucky enough to have keepers like Mick Costello, Mike McLoughlin, Sean Lyons and Mike Stack wear the No.1 Jersey down the years. All these Net-minders would get on any team in the league. We also had Liam Mulvihill (RIP) who was outstanding in many positions on the field including in goals.
Best Headers’ of the Ball:
Michael Lynch, John Lynch, William Dalton, Donnacha Enright, Maurice Meade, Michael Adams, Davo Fitzgerald, Brian Culhane, Tommy Wallace, John Culhane, Paul Currivan, Liam Liddy, Edmund Horan, Tadhg Culhane, Tommy Culhane, Gary Culhane, Brian O Donovan and Stephen Barrett (RIP).
Most Skillfull players:
Karl O Sullivan, Seanie Culhane, Darren Sheahan, Paul Sheahan, Ambrose Lanigan Snr, Ambrose Lanigan Jnr, John Maxwell, John Fitzgerald, Leo Roche, Pat McSweeney, Seamus O Driscoll, John McNamara, The Culhane Brothers, Anna and Maura Shine, Eleanor Stackpoole, Gerard Sweeney, Dympna O'Brien, John O'Connor, Martin Murphy & Cillian Mulvihill.
Shane Fitzgerald, Edward Conway, John Maxwell, Sean Sheahan, Leo Roche, Kieran Adams, Sean Mulvihill, John Kelliher, Brian O'Donovan, Sheagh O'Connor, Edward Mulvihill, Shane Culhane, Tommy Culhane, Brian Sheehan, Padraig Costello, Ger Riordan, David O'Sullivan.
Mossy Stack, Michael Sweeney Snr, Michael O Connor (The Mall), Kevin Sweeney and Brian O Donovan.
If their name is Dalton, Woods, Sweeney, Culhane, Mulvihill, Scanlon, McMahon, Wallace or Fitzgerald you can take it that they could tackle
Gerry Griffin & Ambrose Lanigan Snr.
Noel Wallace & John Fitzgerald.
Leo Roche & Paul Culhane.
Seanie Culhane & Pat McSweeney.
Pat O Connor & Donal Geoghegan.
Tommy Bridgeman & John Maxwell.
Paul Sheahan & Ambrose Lanigan Jnr.
Dympna O'Brien & Lisa McAuliffe.
I like sports biographies. I’m anxiously waiting for Haulie Costello to put pen to paper and produce his memoirs. That book would be a best seller.
The Godfather and The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Favourite ITunes or spotifi songs:
Any songs sang by Liam Culhane or any of Joe-B Wallace's poems.
Best Teams to take the field:
The 1977 Junior team who won the first Desmond Cup for Glin Rovers F.C.
1985 Youths team who won the league and reached the Munster Area Cup Final.
1986 The Desmond League winning team, the only team from Glin Rovers to win the League.
The Youth Teams from 1999 to 2009 who were the dominant team in the league during those years.
The 2010 to 2014 Glin Rovers Ladies team who won 2 League Cups, A Shield and A league title.
The A Team from 2008 to present deserves a special mention here. 4 Desmond Cup Final appearances with 2 Wins. Reaching the last 16 in the FAI Junior Cup has to be our greatest achievement.
Teams off The Field: Construction/Maintenance:
Liam Culhane, John Culhane, Maurice Fitzgerald, Maurice Meade, Edmond Meade, John Walshe, Jude O Sullivan, Noel Conway, Mike Normile, Liam Long, John Fitzgerald, Davo Fitzgerald, Seanie Culhane, James Hanlon, Mike McLoughlin, Pa McMahon, Mossy Scanlon, Shane Fitzgerald, Johnny Culhane, Pat O Connor, David Fitzgerald, The Lyons Family, Donnacha Enright, Olly Mulvihill, Joe B Wallace, Pat O Connor, Colin Wallace, The Mulvihill Brothers and The Horan Brothers.
The Culhane Families (Marian Place), John & Paul Noonan, Sean Normile, James Hanlon, Gavin Sheehan, Ivor McSweeney, Niall McSweeney, Mick McGrath, Shane Culhane, Mike Stack, Mike Fennell, Willie Scanlon, Dave Killeen, Paddy Killeen.
Club Story Tellers: “The Truth should Never get in the way of a good story”….
Liam Culhane, John Culhane, Haulie Costello, John Hogan, Gerry Stack & James Barrett.
Brendan McKeon's goal against Janesboro in the Munster Area Cup Final.
The goals scored that stand out for me for different reasons are, Tommy Bridgeman’s “Creeves Rocket”. A Screamer of a shot to with the Munster Area Junior cup game.
Andrew Wood’s half volley against Newcastle West. Hit from 25 Yards out with 5 minutes on the clock, a goal that saved us from being relegated that year.
Ambrose Lanigan Jnr’s gaol at Clonreask with two minutes remaining in the relegation play off game which secured Premier Division Football for us.
Any one of Paul Sheahans 7 goals in the 4 Desmond Cup Finals he played in. What a tally….
All of our Penalties scored in the Desmond Cup Final Win penalty shoot-out against Rathkeale in 2016.
Club Fund Raising team:
Mike Stack, John Culhane, Pat O Connor, Tommy Wallace Jnr, Mike Sweeney, Connor Sheehan, Joe B Wallace, Seanie Culhane, John McNamara, Donnacha Daly, James Hanlon, Liam Culhane, Bernard Dalton, Karol Geoghegan, James Barrett, John Hogan, Edward Mulvihill, Sean Normile, Niall McSweeney, Joanne Hartney, Maura Lyons, Shane & Bill Culhane, John Normile, Tommy Wallace And, James McSweeney, Jackie O Sullivan, Claire Wallace, Gavin Sheehan, Sheila Culhane and John Barrett (The Mall ).
Club Main Sponsors:
Wallace Construction & Paving
The Magpie Bar
“The Not on the Referee’s Christmas Card List Gang”:
Paul Culhane, Brian Culhane, John A Culhane, Mark Culhane, Tadgh & Tommy Culhane, Darren Sheahan, Alan Sheehan, John Wallace, Tom O Sullivan, Donie O Connor, Shane Culhane (Clonoughter), Liam Culhane, John Barrett (The Mall), Sean Normile, Connor Sheehan, Ger Riordan, Maurice Meade, Mairead Culhane, Pat O Connor, Thomas Scanlon, Maura Normile, Maria Enright, Anthony Scanlon, Seamus Lynch, Maura Lyons, Johnny Lyons & Olly Mulvihill.
Best Glin Rovers Players:
The toughest question of them all. We have lost so many players to Emigration who were in their prime and We lost more through injuries. Some of these had still to fulfill their potential but alas never got the chance. We have had over 40 players capped by The Limerick Desmond League, 6 Players played in the League of Ireland. I would like to think that this is some achievement for a small club on the banks of the Shannon in West Limerick. I have chosen 4 Players who in their service to Glin Rovers F.C. gave over 20 years to the club at a consistent level. These players are Mick Costello, Padraig Costello, Liam Long and Barclay Costello.
Thanks to the Generosity of Tim Costello, who recently gifted the club ¾’s of an acre of land next to our playing pitch in Glin. Our aim is to build a top class training facility at a cost of somewhere in the region of €150,000. Once completed this pitch will be there for the present and future youth of the community. We hope to commence phase 1 of the construction in 2020.
Finally a word of thanks to former players who live in other parts of Ireland or Abroad for their role in making the club what it is today.
Glin Rovers F.C. thanks each and every one of you. We hope to continue to create some brilliant memories thanks to the quality of player that don's the Glin Rovers jersey.
Team: Mike Stack, Brian ODonovan, Tadgh Culhane, Gary Kelly, Christy McSweeney, Gary, Tommy & Shane Culhane, Darren Sheahan, Martin McSweeney & Zach Behane.
Subs: Gerald O’Sullivan for Zach, Ger Riordan for Martin, Edmond Horan for Shane, Colin Enright, Jamie Fitzgerald, Cian Culhane, Kevin Sweeney, Johnny O’Sullivan & Seanie Lynch.
To Gillian and Paul Horan on the birth of their new born baby boy, Darragh and also to Kim and Thomas Mulvihill on the recent birth of their new born baby boy, John.
Since the Establishment of Glin Rovers F.C. in 1968 we have had players who have missed parts of seasons or even finished playing with their Respective Teams, be it on a Permanent or temporatry basis due to Immigration.
Down through the years many of our players moved abroad for Educational or Work Commitments.
While the majority returned to Ireland we do have many Ex Players who now live Abroad who check in regularily with the Club on www.glinrovers.com , on our Facebook and Twitter pages and some of those who are currently abroad are subscribers to our Annual Lotto Subscription.
Some of our founding members decided to sit down and as best they could identify past players who donned the Black/Red/White of Glin Rovers F.C.
While the list they compiled is quite long if any player has been omitted please contact the club so we can update the list.
The list does not include Players/Officers within the club who are still playing etc
These Ex Players would have travelled to Britain, Parts of Europe, America, Australia, Saudi Arabia to mention a few.
The List of these Ex Players is as follows:
James Dore, Tommy Dore, Michael Lynch, John Lynch, John Fitzgerald, David Fitzgherald, Paddy Woods, Ger Woods, Liam McMahon, Michael Adams, Kieran Adams, Paul Currivan, Pa McMahon, John Horan, Maurice Horan, William Dalton, James Dalton, Alan Sheehan, Brian Sheehan, Barry Fitzgerald, Ian Fitzerald, Dermot Fitzgerald, Pat McSweeney, Michael Taylor, Brendan Taylor, Joe Danaher, Brian O Connor, Leo O Connor, Leo Roche, Paul Culhane, Claire Wallace, Maria Enright, Catriona Stackpoole, Paul Culhane, Pat Conway, David Culhane,, Gerard Sweeney, Michael Sweeney, Kevin Sweeney, Rory Culhane, John Maxwell, Padraig Leahy, Mike Scanlon, Matthew Reidy, Joe Culhane, Lee Fleming, Ger Culhane, Robert Benn, Eric Costello, Gavin Mulvihill, Noel Mulvihill, Niall Mulvihill, David O Connor Bray, Mike Fenell, Mike McLoughlin, Brian Horan, Diarmuid O' Sullivan, Gerry Stack and Diarmuid Woods.
Glin Rovers F.C. Child Welfare Policy
The guidelines in this document are based on the national guidelines as outlined in the following documents.
Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport, Irish Sports Council, 2000.
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, Dept. of Health & Children 2011
Our Duty to Care, Dept. of Health & Children 2002
Football Association of Ireland Code of Ethics & Best Practice
Glin Rovers FC ensures that all coaches and volunteers are Garda Vetted and we have facilitated all members to partake in the appropriate safeguarding / child welfare courses and introduce them to the rigours of our internal child protection policies.
Our approach includes:
Child Welfare Officers in place
FAI Child Welfare Policy in place in line with legislation
Implemented a process where we host the FAI Safeguarding training on a quarterly basis.
Written and published a number of pro-child, child protection and welfare policies that are available on our website
Continuous child welfare policy review process in place
Garda Vetting for all volunteers and coaches
Risk assessments carried out prior to all events/camps
The work of Glin Rovers FC is based on the following principles that will guide the development of sport for young people in this club. Children and young people’s experience of soccer should be guided by what is best for the child or young person. The stages of development and the ability of the child should guide the types of activity provided within the club. Adults will need to have a basic understanding of the needs of young people, including physical, emotional and personal.
Integrity in relationships
Adults interacting with young people in soccer should do so with integrity and respect for the child. All adult actions in soccer should be guided by what is best for the child and in the context of quality, open working relationships. Verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse of any kind is unacceptable within soccer.
Quality atmosphere and ethos
Soccer for young people should be conducted in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere. A child centred ethos will help to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place. Too often unhealthy competitive demands are placed on children too early and results in excessive levels of pressure on them and as a consequence, high levels of dropout from sport.
All children should be treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of age, ability, sex, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion. Children with disability should be involved in sports activities in an integrated way, thus allowing them to participate to their potential alongside other children.
Fair play is the guiding principle of the Irish Sports Councils Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport. It states that “all children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play”. Ireland has contributed and is committed to the European Code of Sports Ethics, which defines fair play as: “much more than playing within the rules”.
It incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always playing with the right spirit. Fair play is defined as a way of thinking, not just behaving. It incorporates issues concerned with the elimination of opportunities, excessive commercialisation and corruption.
(European Sports Charter and Code of Ethics, Council of Europe, 1993).
A balanced approach to competition can make a significant contribution to the development of young people, while at the same time providing fun, enjoyment and satisfaction. Coaches/managers should aim to put the welfare of the child first and competitive standards second. A child-centred approach will help to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.