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Monday, September 28, 2009



Castleview are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Chairman Johnny Deveraux has seen the club produce very good

minor players and has then seen other clubs benefit. New player-

manager Ian O'Brien agrees and that is why one sees so many young

faces on the club's senior side.

O'Brien, a key figure in the Midleton team that won the SFAI

Barry Cup in 1985 and a member of the Republic of Ireland squad

that scored a 3- 1 win over Northern ireland in an Under 17

international at the Mardyke in 1986, was appointed player-

manager of the 'View at the start of this season.

Ian, who has been an inspiring captain of the side in recent

seasons, made a good case when he applied for the vacancy and was

given his chance. Pat Kelleher was his first assistant and when

Pat was posted to the Lebanon at the end of September,

experienced keeper Tony Horgan took over as O'Brien's number two.

The new management team didn't get off to the best of starts.

Long term injuries to several key players disrupted their plans

and resulted in early exits from the Shield, the Munster Senior

Cup, and the FAI intermediate Cup.

While the youth policy was always on the cards, the management

had intended a gradual introduction. But the injury crisis

forced O'Brien to throw the kids in at the deep end. And there

was no harm done. Now he has a string of exciting prospects in

the likes of defender Dommie O'Sullivan, wide players Neil

Drummond and Jason McGillacuddy, and strikers Rodney Power and

Eddie Kenny.

But no sooner had O'Brien sorted out his forces than the elements

took a hand. The weather hit the 'View worse than most and the

first team endured a layoff of six weeks. But they came back

with a bang, scoring a great 2 - 0 away win over league leaders


With skipper Eamonn Browne and midfield dynamo Damien Kelleher

leading the way, Castleview secretary Barry Myers promises that

the team will "give the three remaining trophies - the league,

Corinthians, and Linnane - a good lash". Barry wants some

silverware at the table for next season's 40th anniversary


O'Brien's panel is: Tony Horgan, Jason O'Shea, Ian O'Brien, John

McGrath, Niall Curtin, Dominic O'Sullivan, Eamonn Browne

(captain), Damien Kelleher, Mossie Buckley, Paul Curls Murphy,

Rodney Power, Jason McGillacuddy, Niall Drummond, Eddie Kenny,

Terry Dalton, Barry O'Rourke, and Barry Sheehan.

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