There any many international aspects to Cabinteely football. These include (a) regular trips abroad by our teams, (b) hosting of visiting touring teams and (c) our players' and past players' experiences at international levels.
Historically, the club has always supported each season's U-13/14 teams to travel abroad. This support is both financial and organisational. Typically each season's U-13/14 teams have priority in undertaking and benefitting from fundraising in the season in which they travel. Often their fundraising efforts include many innovative functions and often include the club's social highlights of the year.
Up until a few years ago, our U-13/14 teams generally played and acquitted themselves well at the annual Solar Travel tournament normally held during the Easter weekend in Liverpool. More recently, in the era of cheaper air transport, we have spread our wings and travelled to tournaments in other European venues such as Holland, Spain and Italy. There are many of these international tournaments available each year and each provides its own unique challenges to the teams and their fundraisers! Trips are often designed to include visits to other local attractions.
While each season's U-13/14s travel on a regular basis, many other teams - from the youngest to the oldest - do organise their own fundraising and embark on their own adventures across Europe.
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From time to time, the club receives requests from travelling teams to host games. These requests can come through personal contacts directly to the club or more formally to our secretary, via the leagues or other local clubs who have their own international contacts. We are, of course, delighted to accede to such requests to enable our teams experience different styles of football. We normally host a reception for the visiting teams and their mentors and parents/friends who travel to swap pennants etc. and may include a small prize-giving ceremony, if warranted.
From time to time we host mini-tournaments for other local teams. These most often take place during the breaks in the season - pre-season (August), Christmas, Easter or post-season (May/June).
The 2001 Ireland tour of Rye Youth from upstate New York is typical of these (details of Welsh, Arklow and Wexford team visits to come).
Caitríona McGilp of our Senior Ladies, is a current (2007) U-19 international and she strongly featured in the 4-0 home friendly international v Poland on August 17, 2007. See report and pics from the night.
Internationals among former Cabinteely players include the late Peter Farrell (pre-Cabinteely FC) and, right up to date, Andrew Keogh and Alan O’Brien.
Andrew is now making a name for himself at Mick McCarthy's Wolves, following on from his January 2007 transfer from Scunthorpe United. Remember his January 2006 FA Cup third round goal for Scunthorpe v Manchester City on BBC’s Match of the Day? It was an exact replica of many of his Cabinteely goals since he began starring for the club’s U-8s. Andrew was first called to the senior international squad for the February 2007 game in San Marino.
Alan moved to Hibernian from Newcastle United during summer 2007. He made his first team debut for Newcastle against Fulham during season 2005/6. Alan has since made his full international debut as a substitute against the Netherlands in August 2006.
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