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Cavanagh Thought Croke Park Days Were Gone

Monday 29.01.2018
Team Talk Mag

Seán Cavanagh was supposed to be done with days like these.


You need only cast your minds back to August 27 of 2017, to the emotional farewell at Croke Park, the poignant embrace with family members and fellow veteran Stephen Cluxton, to see the supposed drawing of the curtain.


After 16 years of pushing boundaries with Tyrone, this was supposed to be it. More time for the family, retirement lending itself to relaxing trips away, and fewer nights heading out the door with a gear bag slung over his shoulder.


Yet here we are, just a few short months from the ending of one Croke Park dream, to the possible realisation of one that never seemed likely.


After beating An Ghaeltacht with a late surge, Moy meet Michael Glavey’s of Roscommon at GAA HQ this Saturday, with Cavanagh hoping he and his brother Colm can add to their medal haul with Tyrone.


“Not in a million years did I anticipate being back in Croke Park, and that’s being perfectly honest,” smiles Cavanagh at the AIB GAA All-Ireland Finals Media Day.


“I said to my wife and the kids that day on the steps in Croke Park that ‘this is it’, and it was beyond my wildest dreams to think that the club would be back here having won just four championship games in ten years.


“Never mind winning a Tyrone championship or an Ulster championship, to come to an All-Ireland semi-final and final. It just wasn’t in the psyche at all and we just got on a bit of a run and took a bit of confidence from every game and we just clicked.


“It’s brilliant and you see the other side of the GAA. I was in the glitz and glamour of the inter-county game for a long time, and our club wasn’t doing very much for all those years, and now you see the other part.


“You see the impact it just has on everyone you meet on a day-to-day basis. You go to the shop and someone is talking to you about the game, someone you maybe didn’t realise had any interest in it coming from different backgrounds.


“Obviously, where we are, there are people who, through religion, wouldn’t really have any interest in GAA, and now all of a sudden turn around and ask me about the game. So you’re thinking this is brilliant and it’s just engulfing a community that’s been really special.


“I’ve really begun in the past month or two to appreciate what the GAA can really do for a community in terms of bringing people together. Because before that, if I’m honest, we had very little success, because it just wasn’t really there to that same impact.”


Moy’s Sean Cavanagh was speaking ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Intermediate Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park this Saturday, February 3rd.


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