Woodview Celtic

Founders – Harry Taaffe, Richard Wykes, Kevin Magee, Anthony Taaffe, Stephen Markey, Christopher Markey, Sean McAllister and Mickey Collins. Another great side to hail from O'Hanlon Park, formed in 1991 they entered the Dundalk Winter League. Some of their first friendlies were played in what is now called Ice House Hill but was better known locally as simply The Wood, hence the name Woodview. After some discussion with Bro. Martin from the local De La Salle, the team used the Polo Field as their home ground. Woodview put a lot of time and money in to getting the pitch playable again, as for many years it was unused and sheep were allowed to graze on it. The team used this pitch until the local school lost the use of what was locally called The New Field in the Longwalk, when the then county manager decided against the wishes of many to sell the pitch to a developer to provide a car for the Carroll Village Shopping Centre. Sadly the then Principal of the De La Salle Primary needed to use the Polo Field and Woodview were without a pitch. They finished 2nd in Division 1 in their first season and won promotion to the Premier Division.

The first team to play for Woodview in a friendly at the De La Salle pitch in Fatima.

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Back Row Left to Right Tommy Callan, Sean McAllister, Damien Duffy, Andrew McAllister, John McArdle, Richie Callan, Johnny Faughey

Front Row Left to Right David Callan, Christopher Markey, Anthony Taaffe, Kevin Magee, Stephen Markey, Christopher Dollard

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Left to Right Harry Taaffe, Christopher Markey, Anthony Taaffe, Kevin Magee

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TJ Moore Cup Winners

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Blackrock Pitch

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Woodview at the Polo Field

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Woodview reunion to play a fundraiser at Oriel Park

Woodview played in the Winter League for thirteen years winning many trophies along the way.

Managers: Harry Taaffe, Anthony Taaffe and Kevin Magee.

Meath and District League

Under Kevin Magee, Woodview set their sights on the Meath and District League, this was a major step up for the team from the park, but one that they faced with commitment and determination. This determination and hard work has put Woodview up there with the greats of the Meath and District League.

Woodview Celtic Club History

(est. 1991)

Woodview Celtic joined the Meath & District League in 2003 and were initially graded in Division 2. Very early into their first season a devastating blow was bestowed upon them when following an accident involving a goalpost just prior to the start of a match in Navan, a young ten year old boy, Lee Myles-Luchessi, tragically lost his life while his father (a Woodview player on the day) was preparing for the scheduled game. The Club withdrew from participating for the rest of the season, and there were major doubts as to whether they would ever take to the field of play again.

Spearheaded by the tireless driving force behind the club manager, Kevin Magee, the summer of 2005 saw them re-group and adopt a commemorative crest to be featured on their team shirts in memory of their young stalwart. The tragedy galvanized a strong group firmly together and attracted some of the best players from the clubs catchment area to join up. Success on the field of play quickly followed when they proved far too strong for their Division 3 opponents of 05/06. They also achieved a notable domestic double by adding the divisional Fitzsimons Cup (Div.’s 2 & 3). Their success story was not just confined to the MDL as they were also awarded the Leinster Junior Shield having being initially defeated 0-2 by fellow MDL side Ardee Celtic, but following a protest on eligibility of players available for second teams in this competition. The Leinster Football Association later reversed the result on the field of play. Similar success followed in 06/07 when they claimed the Division 2 title and successfully defended the Fitzsimons Cup. The following season 07/08 they made it a hat trick of league titles adding the Division 1 title and created a unique record of having gone from Division 3 right up to the Premier Division in successive seasons. In 08/09 they came within a whisker of taking the top honour at the first attempt when in a nail biting finish against Rock Celtic in their final match in which Rock just required one point, with Woodview needing a win, and with score-line poised at 2-2 with just seconds left. Woodview scored what they and the vast majority of those present thought was a winner only for it to have been adjudged offside. Such a setback might have deterred lesser teams, but they came back much stronger showing a massive strength in depth by entering a second team for the first time in the very competitive Saturday Reserve Leagues.

They made an immediate unprecedented impact by winning every competition they entered. Initially graded in the lowest section the C Reserve, they had little difficulty winning it out in impressive style with a 100% record, and competing with the best teams in the other reserve sections in the Reilly Cup and the Reserve Cup, they were also in the running of winning out in both competitions, a treble never previously achieved. Last season the reserves comfortably took the honours in the A Reserve section, and are in a strong challenging position for this season’s top Saturday grade, Premier Reserve. They qualified for the Reserve Cup Final where they lost to Kingscourt Harps. The first team made no mistake last season by claiming their first League title, and were narrowly denied a double when Clones Town defeated them 3 -2 in a very exciting Tully Bookmakers Cup final. This season sees Woodview going for a treble having defended the League in a nail biting finish by pipping Trim Celtic to the top spot in the final match of the season, and defeating Dromin United 2-1 in the final of the Kilmessan Shield. Woodview went on to clinch the Tully Cup this season to make it 4 winners medals and 1 runners up spot in the 6 competitions entered by both their teams.

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Woodview Celtic started school children’s sections within their club in the summer of 2009. This was the idea of Calvin Magee who asked his father, Kevin, to start a junior team. Within 2 weeks Kevin and Fintan Rogers had got 12 juniors on board and the Junior Section was up and running and by the end of the summer there was over 30 junior players for Woodview at under 8 and under 9 levels. The first manager of the Woodview junior teams was Stephen Donnan who was helped by Shannen McLaughlin, Alanna McLaughlin, Ciaran Taaffe and Stephen Lally. It wasn’t to long until more parents got involved with teams such as Damien McNally and Davy Farrell. Woodview now have 7 teams at junior level from under 6 to under 14 with over 90 children playing. They have just finished their second season at competitive level and are getting stronger as each season goes by. Woodview Celtic play all their home games at the DkIT pitches and would not be able to compete at any level only for the great support given to them by the DkIT Sports Council.

Woodview Celtic Committee

Chairman: Kevin Magee; Ass. Chairman: Wayne Conroy; Treasurer: Fintan Rogers; Ass. Treasurer: Vanessa Bromley; Secretary: Kevin Magee; P.R.O: Davy Farrell; Committee Members: Damien McNally, Eamon O'Hagan, Derek Finn, Thomas Rogers, Michael O'Connor.

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Excerpt from 'The Democrat and People's Journal' by Robbie Rafferty

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