Kilcock return to the Aldridge Cup after long absence

The footballers of Kilcock Gaa make a return to the Aldridge Cup this weekend for the first time since 2011.

The pre season tournent which is for senior championship teams in Kildare, will this year make a little bit of history by including a team from the Intermediate ranks, Kilcock.

Declan Gibbons’ men will take the place of Moorefield, who only last weekend lost out in the All-Ireland semi final to Corofin and who will feel they deserve a well earned rest.

Kilcock take their place on account of finishing 2017 as beaten Intermediate finalists to Raheens. Gibbons and his young side will see it as ideal preperation for the year ahead, with the quality of opposition sure to be a lot higher than they faced in recent years, starting with Naas on Saturday.

With the main pitch closed in Kilcock Gaa for the next few weeks, the game is likely to take place in the local secondary school, Scoil Dara.

Kilcock haven’t competed at the top table since they were relegated in 2011.

Aside from the men’s return to competitive action, the u17s also begin their season, while the ladies footballer’s take part in Na Fianna’s Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament.

Shane Smullen’s Ladies start at 10am on Saturday with a game vs Na Fianna and they take on Carbury in their second game.

The aforementioned u17s get their league campaign underway against Athy down in Athy on Sunday.

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Perfect 5 for Scoil Dara’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock fielded a Junior Rugby side for the first time ever today, when they travelled to Barnhall Rugby Club for a Junior blitz.

The lads, trained by Niall McCann and Mr Fanciulli, played five games, amazingly winning all five. Local rivals Maynooth Post Primary were one of the teams dispatched, along with Dunlavin, Confey, Cross and Passion Kilcullen and Celbridge Community School.

Scoil Dara also has a senior squad in the school but it’ the first time the school has played a game.

Niall McCann spoke to extratimesportlive.com in the aftermath of the school’s flying start; “There was some great rugby played this morning by the lads in Barnhall. We had two teams from the North Kildare RFC area taking part, both Maynooth PPS and Scoil Dara. It was extra special for Scoil dara as they were fielding a rugby team for the first time. Fair play to the lads, it’s a great start and their is some decent talent after been unearthed.”

Scoil Dara would be more notable for producing Gaa and soccer stars through the years but maybe just maybe instead of a future Ciaran Kilduff or Ciaran Fitzpatrick, we might see the next Johnny Sexton coming out those green gates!!

As a past pupil the only rugby yours truly played there was 30v30 on the tarmac of the basketball courts at lunchtime. Needless to say that didn’t last long after a couple of ambulance appearances.

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St.Cocas Athlete is Leinster Schools X-Country Champion

Orla Reidy (1) on the podium after her Leinster Schools Intermediate cross country win

St.Cocas Kilcock athlete Orla Reidy has captured the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title with victory at Santry today, February 21st.

The Intermediate race was ran over a distance of 3500 metres.

Orla’s win is all the more special as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year. She will now also progress to the All-Irelands.

Both Orla and her St.Cocas team mate Aoife O’Cuill, who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month, were representing Maynooth Post Primary. Aoife ran in the Senior race, over a distance of 2500 metres.

St.Cocas AC were quick to congratulate all their athletes on their Facebook page this evening; “Congratulations to all athletes who represented their schools today in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Santry. A special congratulations goes to Orla Reidy who won gold in the Intermediate girls race and is now Leinster Champion. Well done also Aoife O’Cuill who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month.”

Please find below a break down of the school’s different ages for the respective years.

Minor = 1st year

Junior = 2nd year

Intermediate = 3rd&4th year

Senior = 5th&6th year

Give or take ( it’s based on age)

Aoife O’Cuill in action for Maynooth PP

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Scoil Dara’s Sarah Clarke qualifies for the All-Irelands

Scoil Dara’s Sarah Clarke after her race

Scoil dara student Sarah Clarke has today qualified for the All Ireland Schools Junior Girls Cross Country Final. Sarah made it through to the final after an impressive run in the Leinster Finals meeting in Santry.

Well done to Ciara Gormley who also represented the Kilcock school, running a strong race in the same category and to Oisin Farrell who was also on duty in the boys race.

Please find a break down of the different school categories depending on year and age.

Minor = 1st year

Junior = 2nd year

Intermediate = 3rd&4th year

Senior = 5th&6th year

Give or take ( it’s based on age)

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Longford Town win inaugural O’Connor Cup

Longford Town u19s took home the inaugural Frank O’Connor Cup with an 8-4 victory over Kilcock Celtic in testing weather conditions on the Maynooth University astro turf pitch on Sunday afternoon.

The game, which was originally postponed in January due to an unplayable Kilcock Celtic pitch, produced some fantastic attacking football from both teams in the first half, with Longford edging it 4-3 at the break.

Both sides made a raft of changes in personel at half time, before emptying their benches throughout the second half as the two teams continue their pre season preperations for their respective league campaigns.

It was the League of Ireland outfit who used their experience competing at a higher level, to capitalise in the second half to come away winners on a full time score of 8-4.

Kilcock Celtic Chairman Shane Thompson spoke after the game; “Thanks again to all at Longford Town. Hopefully we can build on our friendship in the coming years. A special thanks to the O’connor family for sponsoring the cup and cheers to everyone who turned up despite the baltic conditions, to support both teams. Thanks to Longford Town u19s who fielded their strongest available team in honour of the late Frank O’Connor.”

Former Kilcock Celtic pair Patrick O’Sullivan and Josh Sherlock were involved for Longford Town.

Athlone Town AFC to be renamed Aaron Island!!

Robert Cox

Sun, Feb 11th 2018

Athlone Town AFC manager Aaron Callaghan has added Meath man Aaron Williams to his squad ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland season.

Williams, who is from Summerhill and previously played for the local team Parkceltic Summerhill FC, was on the scoresheet in Athlone’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers last week, a game that finished in a 3-3 draw.

He joins fellow Aaron, Aaron Brilly from neighbouring town Kilcock at the midlanders as they look to compete in the top half of the first division table over the coming months.

Both men attended Scoil Dara Kilcock, a school that has produced several League of Ireland players including Shane Barrett, Ciaran Kilduff and Shane Fitzgerald.

Keep an eye out on all my social media platforms over the coming months to follow the pairs fortunes.

Kilduff returns to Jacksonville Armada for 2018

It was confirmed during the week that Kilcock man Ciaran Kilduff, along with three other players have returned to Jacksonville Armada for 2018.

Kilduff, who joined Armada in 2017 and went on to score four goals as the Florida club just missed out on a play-off place in the NASL, returned to America in late January with his and the club’s future still up in the air.

The club were unsure if they would have a league to partake in for 2018 but it was revealed two weeks ago by club owner Robert Palmer that the club would play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) from April through to July, using it as a pre season warm up for August.

It’s not the first time the club have had to drop down to the NPSL. Palmer is currently working with other owners to get the NASL back up and running for the Fall League. The club also hope to play a number of high profile exhibition games over the coming months.

Former Dundalk star Kilduff is joined back at the club by Kalen Ryden, JC Banks and Derek Gebhard, while in the past few days the club have also signed two new players Conor Doyle and Javier Monsalvez.

We wish Ciaran all the best in 2018. We have been following his fortunes for a number of years now and a nicer man you will go a long way to meet.