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Cavan Player Overcomes Battle With Cancer To Start Ulster Championship Opener

Cavan Player Overcomes Battle With Cancer To Start Ulster Championship Opener

Cavan manager Mickey Graham has named his team for this weekend's Ulster Championship quarter final, and there is one eye-catching inclusion amongst the starting XV.

Oisin Kiernan was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy after the cancer spread to lymph nodes. He would get the all clear in February, and has been back in the Cavan setup since.

He was slowly integrated back into the squad, and would make a substitute appearance in the final league game against Dublin. Now six weeks on, he is set to start in the Ulster Championship.

He recently told the Anglo Celt in the buildup to the game:

I got the all-clear last February so to be able to train and prepare for such a big match that’s coming up is just brilliant. I feel so thankful and lucky...

They have gotten the better of us in the last few games so we’ll be going in as underdogs which isn’t a bad thing.

I can’t see it being anything other than a close game and I’m excited just to be part of the whole preparations and, hopefully, the game itself when it comes around.

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A remarkable journey.

Having suffered through another relegation from Division One in the league, Cavan will be hoping to see some improvements this weekend.

These two sides met at the same stage of the competition in 2017, with Monaghan emerging victorious.

Cavan team to play Monaghan:

  1. Raymond Galligan (Lacken)
  2. Jason McLoughlin (Shannon Gaels)
  3. Padraig Faulkner (Kingscourt)
  4. Conor Moynagh (Drumgoon)
  5. Gerard Smith (Lavey)
  6. Killian Clarke (Shercock)
  7. Conor Rehill (Crosserlough)
  8. Conor Brady (Gowna)
  9. Gearoid McKiernan (Swanlinbar)
  10. Martin Reilly (Killygarry)
  11. Dara McVeety (Crosserlough)
  12. Niall Murray (Cavan Gaels)
  13. Oisin Kiernan (Castlerahan)
  14. Thomas Galligan (Lacken)
  15. Conor Madden (Gowna)

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Gary Connaughton

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