Kilcock Canoe Polo Club on the double at national awards night

Kilcock Canoe Polo Club last night picked up two awards at the Canoe Ireland 2018 awards, a first ever awards night for the association according to their Facebook page.

The successful Division One team from Kilcock, Kilcock Demons was awarded Canoe Polo Team of the year 2018, while the club’s long serving player and currentDemon team member Mark McCormack was awarded Canoe Polo player of the year 2018.

The Demons won the Irish Open hosted by Kilcock Canoe Polo Club in September of last year, with McCormack a pivotal part of the team.

The club continue to go from strength, with a large number of youngsters joining up. They were represented with enthusiasm and pride on their home patch during the Irish Open, where they had seven teams participating. To show the strength of underage players coming through, the club’s very young u14 team (with players as young as nine) were narrowly beaten in the final.

The Demons were sponsored by Kilcloon Credit Union for the season.


Kilcock Woman Best in Britain

Jackie O’Rourke, originally from Kilcock and currently living in England, tonight collected her ‘2018 Camogie Association Volunteer of the Year Award for Britain’ at a function in Croke Park.

The Camogie Association presented the award to one winner from every county, with Jackie claiming her prize for the whole of Britain in respect of the trojan amount of work she gets through on and more importantly off the field for her club Fullen Gaels.

According to her club’s Facebook page Jackie has played Camogie with Fullen Gaels for five seasons now and a spokesperson said; “She is an influencial and hard working player both on and off the pitch, and a worthy winner. Well done Jackie, enjoy the celebrations”

Jackie, who played underage and adult Camogie for Cappagh Gaa as well as enjoying a short stint on the football field with Kilcock, moved to Manchester in 2010 to attend college, where she studied Sports Rehabilitation. Away from the stress of college life it didn’t take her long to find her first love. Camogie, when she joined the local side Fullen Gaels.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Jackie is currently back in college again, where she is in 2nd year studying Occupational Therapy and has recently just moved to Liverpool after eight years living in Manchester. Jackie doesn’t intend on letting her team mates and club down though, as she plans to travel along with a friend to Manchester to turn out for Fullen Gaels. After all that’s what true volunteers do. No surprise so that the former Courtown Road resident was up in HQ tonight collecting a very prestigous award on behalf of the whole of Britain.

*Jackie comes from a Gaa mad family that goes back a long way in Kilcock Gaa and her brother Shane is a current top forward with the mens Intermediate team. She is the daughter of Annette and Liam O’Rourke some might best remember her for her days working in the Black Forest Cafe, where her infectious smile lit up the customer’s day!

**I myself trained Jackie during that aforementioned stint on the football field and a nicer girl you would have had to go a long way to meet. Congratulations Jackie.

Kilcock Ladies end their hunt for new manager with appointment of Carlow native.

Kilcock Ladies have appointed Carlow man Stephen Hunter as their new senior football manager for the 2019 season.

Hunter collects a Senior league cup on behalf of his Kilcock team mates.

Hunter, who was a member of the men’s senior football panel in the club from the start of the century until a couple of years ago, takes over from the outgoing Shane Smullen and will be joined on the sideline by Val herbert, Pat O’Connor and Louise Keane.

The former Carlow panelist, also spent a number of the last few years training an underage team in Kilcock, one that his son was and continues to be a prominent part of. In addition to that Hunter has previous coaching experience in the LGFA from his time involved with Leixlip. Kilcock LGFA are thought to be delighted to get their man but are also sad that Shane Smullen had to step down due to work committments. A spokesperson for the club thanked Shane for his time, effort and dedication during his year in charge.

Hunter, 4th from the right, in Croke Park last February as Kilcock LGFA’s Sheena Byrne collected her Overall volunteer of the year award.

According to sources, Hunter has already met with the players along with his management team and plans are afoot to tackle the 2019 season head on. One thing is for sure if he puts half as much effort into his managerial career as he did on the pitch, then Kilcock LGFA will have no room for excuses come the years end.

Thompson calls time on his role as Kilcock Celtic Chairperson

Kilcock Celtic Chairperson Shane Thompson has revealed his plans to step down from his position at the club’s upcoming AGM.

Thompson made the announcement on the club’s Faebook page over the weekend, where he also announced that he will be taking a break from his role in coaching at the club. “I will be stepping down as chairperson of the club and I will also be taking a break from coaching. After a trying year personally I made the decision to take the break”

The 2017 joint manager of the successful u16 shield winning team went on to thank a number of people at the club who helped him during his term as chairperson. “I would like to thank all committee members, both past and present, who made my tender as chair an enjoyable one of which has given me plenty of life experiences both good and bad. Also thanks to all the coaches for their time, patience and dedication, for without you the kids wouldn’t have football. Thank you to the many parents/supporters and sponsors for all the help and support”

First off Thompson is a football fan and with a bit more spare time now, the Highfield resident revealed that he still plans to attend as many games up at The Bawnouge as possible. He may have no choice if he gets under his wife Angela’ feet; “I’m sure I’ll be spotted at many a game as a supporter. Also thanks to my wife, who I abandoned on many a weekend. I’m going to be under your feet more often now”

The outgoing Chairperson went on to wish the club all the best in the future; “Best of luck to all the teams for the coming season.. Once again thank you all. Shane Thompson”

Shane Thompson – Kilcock Celtic:

•Years Chairman 2014-2019

•Coached 2001/02 group of players from u8 right up to under 17, winning 1st of two shields at under 15 in the 16/17 season and the second shield and league (the double) at under 16 in the 2017 season.

• Part of the coaching set of the club’s senior team for the 2nd half of the season as they won the Division 1/2/3 shield in the second half of 2017.

Talking privately to Shane Thompson, it was clear to see he will be a massive loss to the club, given his raw passion for them. But everyone needs a break and he owes the club nothing. No doubt he will be back involved in the future. Thompson gave a special mention to Dave Reilly, John Hill and Brendan Rooney who he coached with over the years.

His legacy as Chairperson, aside from his obvious development of youth at the club, will be how he pushed for pitch development and an improvement in the overall quality of facilities such as the gym, astro and dugouts at clubhouse.

Best of luck Shane from Robert at and thank you for all your cooperation during your time at the helm. Whoever takes your place has big boots to fill.

Scoil Dara Kilcock v Enniscorthy

South Leinster Junior Football Q/F

Kilcock 7-17 Enniscorthy 0-5

Kilcock duo named on Maynooth Sigerson Cup panel

Kilcock Gaa Club players Jason Gibbons and Daniel Courntey have been named on a 31 man panel for Maynooth University’s upcoming Sigerson Cup campaign.

Gibbons comes into the panel on the back of three substitute appearances for the Kildare senior footballers in the O’Byrne Cup, not to mention helping the Kildare u20s to All-Ireland glory last year with victory over Mayo in the final.

Courtney on the other hand has had the winter free from any inter county action and will no doubt be itching to see action in what is one of the highest levels of Gaa around.

Both men are sure to feature prominitely for the North Kildare college, who start with a very tricky tie away to Queens University college this coming Sunday, January 20th. They are joined on the panel by a whole host of fellow Kildare players including Jimmy Hyland, Mark Hyland, Niall O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Callaghan, Podge Fogarty, Paddy Brophy, Jack Cully, Robbie Hyland, David Malone, Joey Higgins, Stephen Comerford and Ruadhan O’Giollain.

Meath’s sole representative is the talented Ethan Devine from Na Fianna.

Despite been named on the panel, Johnstownbridge man Daniel Flynn is unlikely to feature at any stage as he is currently in America.

Check out the full panel below.

Kilcock man joins the BBC

Kilcock man Aaron Stone has joined Kildare soccer club BBC United from Kilcock Celtic.

Stone, who was a successful number one under various managers in Kilcock over the past few seasons, joined the Broadford based club in the last week and began training with his new club last Tuesday.

Aaron is a nephew of Shane Stone, who Extra Time Sport reported last week had joined Cappagh Gaa. And the younger Stone is happy with the move and is looking forward to hopefully winning some silverware in the near future; “I started training with them last Tuesday, I know a lot of the players and the manager so I decided to make the switch back to Winter football. We are currently top of the league too and there is a real good bunch of lads there so hopefully there is some silverware on the horizon”

BBC United play in the Combined Counties league with clubs mainly coming from Offaly and Westmeath.

Aaron spent the last week in action of a different kind, as he played one of the badies in Kilcock Musical Drama Society’s production of Robin Hood. If his performances on the pitch are half as good as his portrayal of ‘Weasel’ over the weekend then BBC United will be pretty happy with their new man!