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New York Crowned Feile Champions

Sunday 25.06.2017
Team Talk Mag

The national Féile ended today with history being made by the New York team when they lifted the division one national Féile football title. Having won their league section with a bit to spare on each occasion, there were mixed emotions in the quarter final for Ardboe man Mickey Coleman when New York were paired against his own club. Mickey was part of a very formidable New York management team and the quarter final ended with a win against a hard working and typically brave Ardboe team. With a place in the semi final assured, New York had to face Mayo champions Castlebar who gave a very good account of themselves but lost out eventually by 2-8 to 1-5. It was evident to most people that this New York team were probably one of the best ever prepared teams to take part in Féile and the meticulous preparations were there for all to see in the final as New York put on a power packed display against Laois champions, Portaloise running out easy winners on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-2 which resulted in scenes of great joy and celebrations.


The New York team were simply a joy to watch through the entire weekend. Technically New York were brilliant and the discipline of the team was of the highest order and were a credit to their clubs, families and coaches and to the GAA.

They say that behind every great team is an even better backroom team and without doubt this is the case here again. New York selected their backroom team well and it is no fluke that this New York team arrived having been prepared for every eventuality. Joining Mickey Coleman were men from Kerry, Monaghan and Meath. So you just knew with that combination that the New York team were going to be a force to be reckoned with in the competition.


From a Tyrone perspective it would be remiss of us not to give special mention to Ardboe man Mickey Coleman who, when he isn’t busy in his successful and expanding Shoreline Contracts company, spends his spare time coaching kids to play Gaelic football as well as being one of the main promoters of Irish music and song in the New York music scene. Mickey has been a resident of New York for the past number of years and the transition from the shores of Lough Neagh to New York has been a very smooth and successful one, both on and off the pitch. Mickey left Ardboe to make a new life in New York as a very decorated player having won numerous titles, medals and accolades during a very illustrious, rewarding and memorable career with school, club and county. 1998 was the year that saw a young and hungry Mickey Coleman win a coveted O’Neill Cup medal as he defied his youth and inexperience by lining out in the middle of the park to drive Ardboe to O’Neill cup glory, the last occasion Ardbó annexed the title. However even more recognition and fame was to arrive as Coleman’s exploits in the orange and blue of Ardboe as a teak tough, skilful, versatile player and naturally gifted fielder of the ball,   led Tyrone manager Mickey Harte to invite Coleman to be part of the Tyrone panel in 2003 and as they say the rest is history. Coleman’s name will forever be written in the history books as he was part of the Tyrone team that won the first ever Sam Maguire in September of that year.

Undoubtedly Mickey has brought his wealth of playing experience to bear on this New York Féile team, alongside the other members of the management team.

Speaking after the tournament Mickey paid tribute to the team and everyone involved : “ I just want to thank everyone who made this possible. I don’t want to start naming names as you can get yourself in trouble by doing so, but I want to pay tribute to the players who were simply magnificent when we coached them at home in New York in preparation for the Féile and who excelled when they arrived in Ireland. I want to thank sincerely New York GAA and all the clubs in New York and I want to commend each and every person in the clubs for their commitment to the promotion of Gaelic games. The parents have all been a credit and it’s just reward for their commitment to the team and thanks as well to everyone who helped fund the trip deserves special praise. And finally I want to pay tribute to the management who have been an honour to work with. There’s nothing these men haven’t done and wouldn’t do for the team and I just wish to thank Sean Price and the lads ( Patrick Mulvihill, Paul Moore and Paddy Curtis ) for allowing me to be part of it. ”

Mickey went on to describe what it is like being Irish in New York. “People think we pay lip service to being Irish in the USA – people see the green beer and the Saint Patrick’s day parade and they think that’s it. Well I can tell you that we live it 365 days of the year. We are as Irish if not more Irish than those in Ireland. We are all proud Irish men and women and our culture means everything to us and winning this title for New York GAA is something we’ll never forget and let’s hope that these lads will come through to play for New York at senior level.”

Mickey also thanked the GAA for facilitating the trip to Ireland : “I want to pay tribute to the GAA themselves for their promotion of the competition and for inviting teams from outside of Ireland to compete in it. ”

Mickey had special praise for his own club and county for the welcome they received “It was simply brilliant coming home for the competition. Everywhere you go in the world, everyone asks you where you are from and I don’t hesitate to say that I am a very proud Ardboe man and a very proud Tyrone man. I wore both the orange and blue and the red and white jersies with pride. Ardboe hosted us and I have to say that we were all taken aback by the exceptional welcome that was afforded to us. I am a very proud Ardboe man tonight and I know that everyone in Ardbó wishes me well and that they are extremely proud of my achievements. Ardboe had a good team and it is clear they are working hard, having had great success in the recent past with back to back minor titles and it’s great to see so many of those lads now playing at adult level with distinction for the club. Hopefully we’ll see similar success return soon and having seen the quality of the players at underage level in the club, I would be very hopeful that we can continue to be a major force at all levels. I had to try and go one better this week than big brother Shane who is heavily involved in the club and who led the Ardboe Féile team to the final in 2015 in Wexford. Tyrone GAA also deserve special mention as well my old buddy Peter Canavan in Holy Trinity School Cookstown. We played Peter’s team on Wednesday and it was a really tough test which is exactly what we needed. Tyrone GAA gave us a very warm welcome and we will be doing all we can in New York to ensure that the new Club Tyone New York initiative is a success as the hospitality afforded to us by Tyrone GAA was outstanding. ”

The attention to detail of this New York team has been second to none and it is no accident that they have won the entire competition. The team was afforded the very best of everything the fact that the team based in New York brushed aside most teams was testament to the coaching ability of the lads who prepared and coached the team over the course of the past number of months.

Well done to New York who were worthy winners of the grade one title. Enjoy the celebrations and with Mickey Coleman and his management team promoting Gaelic games and culture in New York, it is safe to say that GAA is in a very healthy state and with Mickey, Sean Price, Patrick Mulvihill, Paul Moore and Paddy Curtis and men like them at the helm, the day when New York win a senior championship match is no doubt getting closer and closer and the dream will become a reality.



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