CALLAGHAN: IT’S STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE

Aaron Callaghan says Bohemians’ pre-season training could not be going any better, writes FRANKIE LALLY.

The Bohs boss watched his side follow up Saturday’s 5-1 thumping of Longford Town with a 5-2 win over Dublin side Hardwicke at IT Blanchardstown on Monday evening.

Unperturbed by the ongoing upheaval in the club’s pre-season fixture list, Callaghan is delighted with what he has seen so far and insists he is unlikely to make any late additions to his squad before the league season gets under way next month.

He explained: “We have 26 in the squad at the moment and that is us closed now…”

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“That was a very good game against Hardwicke. We were very lively and I’m happy with what I saw.

“It was the first game for a lot of those players, Dave Mulcahy being one, and at this stage it’s about giving game time to everyone in the squad.

“It’s all starting to take shape now. We’ve had a really good pre-season so far and the fitness levels are good. It’s about fine-tuning our tactical organisation now.”

With the loss of key centre-backs Kevin Feely and Evan McMillan to Charlton and Sligo Rovers respectively, Callaghan has had plenty of tinkering to do to find the right balance at the back.

Dave Scully has been tested at centre-back in recent weeks and Callaghan reckons the 28-year-old could be an option in the heart of defence alongside the experience of Stephen Paisley, a closed-season capture from Shelbourne.

Callaghan said: “Dave has played centre-back before – he was playing there when he went to Carlisle United. He’s a threat from set-pieces too and I think he is quite capable of playing in both positions.

Early-season illness and injuries are a concern for the Gypsies boss, however, as both Karl Moore and Shane Murray were forced to sit out Monday’s game.

He said: “Injury-wise, Shane has a viral infection and Kevin Devaney has an ankle problem.

“Karl Moore,who started pre-season well, has an infection too so he has been off for the last 10 days.”

Callaghan saw new signing Paisley net twice in Wednesday’s emphathic win and reckons the 29-year-old’s experience could prove vital at Dalymount Park this year.

He added: “Stephen makes a difference. He’s scored goals from centre-back all through his career.

“When we lost Kevin and Evan, we lost a bit of height. We needed to get a bit of that back – as well as some experience – so we waited and got Stephen. I’m delighted he has signed.”

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CATCHING UP WITH KASEY

Last March, Bohemians and St Pat’s fans contributed over €1200 to a bucket collection for the Kasey Kelly Trust Fund and plans are afoot to have a similar collection this season.

In November 2011, aged just 11 months, Kasey was diagnosed as having an aggressive malignant brain tumour. Her chances of survival were rated as low as one in 10. Fast-forward 15 months, and courageous Kasey is continuing to defy those odds.

A second opinion with experts at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute said Kasey had a 50 per cent chance of survival. But conservative estimates put the cost for little Kasey’s treatment in America at close to €500,000.

The fundraising campaign, however, has so far brought in excess of €250,000, which was enough to allow Kasey’s parents to accompany her to Boston in March 2012 to begin treatment.

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And in an article in last weekend’s Sunday Independent, Kasey was described as having had “a revolutionary proton beam treatment, plus chemo, radiotherapy and a cocktail of drugs, which has brought about a dramatic difference in her MRI scans.”

Mum Michelle told the Sunday Independent: ”Her scan in September showed that the tumours had grown in size and the cancer cells were in her spine. But the one in November showed that her spine was clear and the tumours had shrunk dramatically in size, which was just amazing.

“The doctors were delighted, and even though none of us knows what’s down the line for her, Kasey is so strong and she really is such a little fighter. It’s hard being away from everyone, and it’smgreat when our friends and family visit.

“My mam and brothers came over for Christmas and my grandparents will be over again in March, and that makes a huge difference.”

Kasey fight continues. It is intended that she will begin a stem-cell transplant, using cells harvested from her several months ago. During this period, she will be in isolation for six weeks and will be subject to high doses of chemotherapy.

Michelle added: “I’m dreading it as Kasey will be very sick during this process, but it’s vital.

“She is coming along great now. She has her hair back — it sticks out everywhere so she looks like Liam Gallagher — and she stands and is trying to walk, although her balance isn’t great.

“She is beginning to eat a bit, which is brilliant as they said that her swallow was paralysed back home, but they’ve discovered here that it was just lazy rather than paralysed. She is still fed through a line in her stomach, and I”m trying to build her up as she will lose weight during the transplant.”

To learn more of Kasey’s brave battle, tune into TV3′s Ireland AM this morning (programme starts at 7am) or catch up afterwards on the 3player, which is available online and through UPC’s On Demand service. 

  • To donate to the Kasey Kelly Trust Fund, visit www.mycharity.ie/charity/kare4kasey/ or www.kare4kasey.com. You can also text Kasey to 57802. Texts cost €3 (1x €2 and 1x €1) 18+. SP Phonovation Ltd. Helpline: (0818) 217-100. €1.91 ex VAT will go to Kare4Kasey.
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May your love shine a light!

Ahead of last week’s launch of a book comprising of over 70 of the best articles to appear on Come Here To Me, we were delighted to be able to republish one of Ciaran Murray’s Bohemians-related posts from the acclaimed blog…

“Walking up the North Circular Road, it’s impossible not to be taken in by the site of the historic floodlights of Dalymount Park. Part of Dublin’s skyline for over fifty years, they stand like dinosaurs from another age, beacons calling the League of Ireland faithful to Phibsboro on match nights.

These kinds of pylons are a rare, dying breed proper to stadiums in the lower echelons of football, and reminders of its urban, working class roots. Nestled behinds rows of Victorian houses and Phibsboro Shopping center, finding Dalymount without them would be a struggle….”

Full article here

 

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REMEMBERING ‘THE GREAT MAN’

October 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic passing of one of Bohemians’ favourite sons – Jackie Jameson.

Affectionately known as ‘The Great Man’, Jackie left a lasting impact on all those who saw him grace the Dalymount turf in the 1980s. Worth the admission price alone, he was undoubtedly the shining light in what was an otherwise dark decade for the Gypsies.

Cast aside by Johnny Giles at Shamrock Rovers 1978, Jackie spent three years with St Patrick’s Athletic. But in 1981, he moved to Bohemians and it was under the nurturing eye of mentor Billy Young that Jackie found his true home and a legend was born.

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A constant target for Jim McLaughlin’s all-conquering Rovers side of the era, Jackie’s shatterproof loyalty to the Dalymount faithful further cemented his status as one of the true icons of the club.

Here, in a three-part special, bohemians.ie pays homage to The Great Man…

In Part 1, BohsTV’s ANDY DONLAN speaks to lifelong fans who relive their memories of watching Jameson play.

In Part 2, Evening Herald journalist AIDAN FITZMAURICE steps back in time as he recalls growing up when The Great Man was at his best.

In Part 3, lifetime supporter DAVID HALL poses a soul-searching question: Could we have done more for Jackie?

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Q&A WITH KARL MOORE AND KEITH WARD

We asked our followers on Facebook to submit questions for a Q&A with Bohemians midfielder Keith Ward. We picked the best 10 and put them to him;

Q. 1) Bohs’ two main highlights of the season were undoubtedly beating rivals Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in Dalymount and then subsequently getting our first win against them out in Tallaght. Both were special, but which was your favourite?

KARL MOORE: I’d say the 4-0. Obviously mainly because I scored twice, which was special. But a scoreline like that against your rivals is a total embarrassment, which was just great from our point of view.

KEITH WARD: I’d say the beating away was even more special than the 4-0. It was just amazing. To be part of the first Bohs team to beat them there was just a great feeling for all of us. In both games, you could see how much it meant to the fans. It was amazing.

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