Lip Sync Ireland set for one Of Kildare’s oldest clubs

Preperations are being fine-tuned for Kilcock Gaa Clubs’ biggest night of the year.

It’s the Lip Sync Battles Ireland Kilcock style. It takes place in the club on Saturday, September 30th. 

It’s a huge fund-raising event. The launch took place in the club house the same night Rory’s Stories put on a magnificent show.

Kilcock Gaa have been at the heart of the community since as far back as 1887. They were one of the first clubs to affiliate under Gaa rules in Kildare along with Clane, Carbury and Monasterevan, just two and a half years after the association was founded in Thurles.

They have top class facilities at their Branganstown home, including their splendid clubhouse with its fabulous sports hall. The pitches at their HQ are rarely silent. 

The club are putting in the work in football, hurling and camogie and are marching towards the future with confidence. The Lip Sync spectacular will help to keep the home fires burning.

Make sure to get your tickets soon before the ‘Sold Out’ signs are put up!!! 

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History Made As Kilcock Gaa Becomes One Club

Kilcock Gaa club historically became ‘one club’ when members voted unanimously for the proposal at an EGM on Friday night, March 10th 2017.

The one club brings together Kilcock Gaa Club, Kilcock LGFA and Kilcock Camogie Club to replace what was previously three seperate organisations.

A spokesperson for the club spoke positively regarding the decision; “This is huge progress in the development of Kilcock Gaa and we are delighted to have the Ladies Football and Camogie clubs onboard as we progress together.”

Meath v Clare Camogie League Division One

National Camogie League Division One

Venue: Kilcloon, Co. Meath

Result: Meath 1-9 Clare 2-14

Meath camogie ladies played their first ever home division one league game in Blackhall Gaels Kilcloon pitch on Sunday 26th February against Clare.

The Royals lead at half time after playing with the aid of a strong wind, thanks to a goal from Jane Dolan but the the women from the West took control in the second half to take home the two points. They were aided with the awarding of some very soft frees and the dismissal of Meath goalie Emily Mangan.

Meath can be proud of their performance and it wont be long before John Davis and his side are picking up their first division one points.

 

Paula Dunne – Meath Ladies Senior Football Captain Player Profile

 

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Paula shaking hands with Kildare Captain Aisling Holton before the two sides met in the League this year in Newbridge.

Name: Paula Dunne

Nickname: P, P Brain, P Dunney, P to the D, P-p, P-wee, PaulieD

Occupation: Management Accountant

Debut for County: 2003 originally. Then after a long break, August last year.

Position: Midfield for club and in the backs for County.

Greatest Achievement: Becoming a Chartered Accountant & being asked to Captain the Meath ladies this year.

Favourite Position: Midfield.

Sporting Idol: Jane Burke for football and Jane Dolan for Camogie. I’m lucky to have played alongside such skilful hardworking players.

GAA Player with biggest influence on you: Jane Burke and people at county have recently started telling me how much I remind them of her. Huge compliment.

Best player played with: Other than my Meath teammates. I played college football in UL back in 2004/5 and would have played with Bríd Stack and Sorcha Furlong and a few other accomplished footballers. I didn’t stay in UL but the year I played I won an All Ireland Fresher’s medal for the seven aside tournament.

If you could sign two players for Meath/Blackhall who would you sign and why? Blackhall – Mmmmm…. I think you might know the answer already from my previous replies- I’d get Jane to transfer back from Clashmore-Kinsale (Sorry Jane, totally fan-girling over you here) Meath- Niamh Crowe.

What does playing for Meath/Blackhall mean to you? Playing for Blackhall means so much more than the football or camogie. I’ve been a part of the club now for 16 years and made lifelong friends. Some are friends who would have mentored me when I was only a teen and no longer play themselves. Now I’m one of the more mature players and have new friendships with the younger girls and not to mention friendships with our diehard supporters who are parents, siblings, ex-managers etc. Over the years there have been some tough times for people in the club and it’s something else when you see all of these people pulling together to help in any way that they can. I also have 16 years and counting worth of great memories!

Playing for Meath is an absolute honour. It gives me the chance to try and push myself to be the best footballer that I can be. We are trying to rebuild the team at the moment. In recent years some of the Meath ladies most influential players have moved on after giving 10 plus years of dedication to the county. So naturally enough, things haven’t always been smooth. Our managers have just been ratified for 3 years and we have a great committee and PRO, so together we are hoping to be the squad of players that helps to put pride back in our Jersey and bring Meath back to winning ways.

Biggest influence on football career: My Dad. Paudric (Paul) Dunne.

Favourite Book/Film: Any Ross O’Carroll Kelly Books. Film snatch.

Favourite Song: Anything sang at camogie training by the fabulous dueting brother and sister act Siobhan and Blackie Whitty. Be that Rhianna’s Work or Michael Jackson’s Pretty Little Young Thing. Or Ann Murphy From The Window To The Wall/Get Low. I’d need to hear them all again to decide…..

Favourite Food: Everything

Toughest Opponent: I try not to let a player’s reputation intimidate me. I do hate marking Annmarie Fagan but she’s in Oz now so I’m out if the woods there!

Biggest Joker: Toss up between Emily Mangan and Ann Murphy.

Hardiest Teammate: Niamh Lister/Vicki Wall. They recently marked each other and the bruises on their legs were unreal!

Fastest and Slowest Teammate. Fastest Niamhy G, I do be too busy trying to catch her to look behind me and see who’s last!

Most Skilful Teammate: Stacey Grimes and her soccer moves.

Hardest and worst trainers: I still have nightmares about Paul Regan’s burpees.

Best and worst dancer: The whole camogie team doing rock the boat to the likes of Martin Garrix ‘Animals’. I’m undecided if it’s a genius dance move or just a mess.

Best and worst dressed: Elaine Plunket always has cool gym gear. Niamh O Sullivan goes on these O’Neill’s shopping benders, so has lovely pitch gear.

Teammate who spends longest in the shower: The Byrnes

Most intelligent teammate: Doctor Fran Nolan. Stacey Grimes for Meath.

Any pre-match rituals: I have a habit the minute I put on my boots in the dressing room of standing up and bouncing from foot to foot, this continues until throw in!

Advice for younger players: Be careful not to burn out. At minor/u16 I see a lot of girls playing more than one sport and playing schools/adult level also. Don’t be afraid to say, “my legs are just bloody shot, I need a break tonight”!!!!

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed bring three things with you, what Three things would bring: Tom Hardy, Wilson, a kindle full of books I suppose. Hard question!

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Mr. Wilson, Tom Hanks friend in the film Castaway. No surprise that Paula has decided she would take something similar with her to a desert island!!

Ambition for remainder of 2016: As an individual player- to improve my own Camogie skills. It’s such a hard & skilful sport. I also want to improve my speed. With Meath as a team, I think that we have set ourselves some benchmarks against certain teams in the league. I hope that we can improve on those and our rematches in the championship will show us if we have.

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Paula getting some post game advice from her father Paudric after her club Blackhall Gaels beat Donaghmore/Ashbourne in the Meath IFC in 2015.

Golden Browne For Kilcock

Kilcock….4-14

Nurney….. 0-5

Kildare Junior Camogie Championship


By Robert Cox at Kilcock GAA

Kilcock Ladies began their quest for junior camogie championship glory with a comprehensive twenty one point win over Nurney at Kilcock GAA on Wednesday July 16th.

The recently crowned winners of the junior camogie league came into this tie in a confident manner, boasting an unbeaten record in the 2014 season under the stewardship of former Meath goalkeeper Mark Gannon, defeating the same opposition in the league decider a few weeks back.

Despite the absence of star forward and the hero from that night in Eire Og Della Murray, the youthful girls in green and gold battled through a tight first half to lead by four points at the break before turning on the afterburners to post 2-11 without reply in a one-sided second period, to get their campaign up and running with little fuss.

With Murray unavailable it gave a chance for a new hero to step out from the shadows and on this occasion it was Jill Browne who stole the show in attack, with the full forward hitting 2-3 from play. And not to be outdone by her mother’s recent heroics, Lorna Murray put in a fine shift at midfield, hitting five fine second half points in the process.

It was Browne who opened the scoring for the hosts with a fine point after six minutes to level proceedings after Nurney had drew first blood with a long range free. The aforementioned Browne barely had time to pull up her socks after her point, when she found herself rattling the back of the visitors’ net with a close range goal.

Dual star Maeve Mulhall followed up three minutes later with her sides’ second three-pointer, creating and scoring the goal herself with some determined and skilful play.

Nurney were bound to have one purple patch in the game and when they hit three points without reply at the end of the first quarter, their period of dominance ended without ever making any real inroads on a dogged Kilcock defence, backed up by the solid Niamh McCarthy between the sticks.

Points from Rhona O’Leary and Ellen Kenehan put Kilcock back on track before Nurney wrapped up their scoring for the night just before the break with a point, to leave the half time score; Kilcock 2-3 Nurney 0-5

 

Whatever Gannon and his assistant Kevin Morley said to their troops at the interval certainly seemed to work, with the girls beginning the second half with a new found swagger and self belief. Centre forward O’Leary typlified this when she pointed on the run after only two minutes of the restart to extend her sides’ lead to five points.

County minor Lorna Murray hit four points in a blistering eight minute spell for the midfielder personally, with a Browne point sandwiched in between. Mulhall raised a white flag before Browne rounded off her scoring for the night with a goal and a point in another devastating two minute spell.

At this stage Nurney were out on their feet and the younger, fitter legs of Kilcock was visible throughout the pitch. Captain Aoife Divily was well in control in defence alongside Linda Byrne, with the former stretching her legs with a few forays up field towards the end.

Andrea McGrath, who had put in her usual hard working display alongside Murray in the middle of the park, was rewarded for her endeavours when she rattled the back of the Nurney net late on. And there was still time for O’Leary, Murray and centre back Orla Vesey to point before the referee blew for full time, perhaps a couple of minutes early, with no complaints from the visiting bench.

Gannon will me most pleased that all of his sides’ eighteen scores came from play, while at the other end they kept Nurney at bay for the entire second half. He was best served by Orla Vesey and Aoife Divily at the back, Lorna Murray in the middle of the park and Rhona O’Leary and Maeve Mulhall upfront.

But the standout performer in terms of the importance and timing of her scores was full-forward Jill Browne. Browne showed her killer instinct with 2-3 from play. She got five chances in the game and took all five of them. You can’t ask for any better than that. I sometimes question why the player that top scored always gets player of the game, when a team mate out the field may be after putting in a much harder shift but in this case Browne also showed great work rate and plenty of scores came from this for her side.

There is no doubting that Della Murray will once again re-take to the field when injury allows her and there is no doubting she will be welcomed with open arms but in Browne and co the future is bright in Kilcock.

Mark Gannon knows that a lot of hard work lies ahead if his side are to make it back to the showpiece where they went down to Rathcoffey last year. But also knows his team are well equipped to do so.

Kilcock Scorers: Jill Browne (2-3), Lorna Murray (0-5), Maeve Mulhall (1-1), Rhona O’Leary (0-3), Andrea McGrath (1-0), Ellen Kenehan (0-1), Orla Vesey (0-1)

Kilcock Team: Niamh McCarthy, Linda Byrne, Niamh O’Brien, Aoife Divily, Sarah Kenehan, Orla Vesey, Eleanor Lavin, Andrea McGrath, Lorna Murray, Ellen Kenehan, Rhona O’Leary, Jill Browne, Maeve Mulhall SubsKeelan Shiels, Sorcha Shiels, Lauren O’Neill, Lauren Hill.

 

 

 

Murray’s Magic leads Kilcock to first title in 30 years

By Robert Cox at Eire Og GAA

Kildare Camogie Junior League Final

Kilcock 3-6
Nurney..2-2

Two goals from the hurl of the evergreen Della Murray helped Kilcock to a seven point win over Nurney in the Kildare Camogie Junior League final on Saturday the 28thJune.


Kilcock who were keen to atone for two final loses to Rathcoffey in 2013, were never headed in this encounter at Eire Og’s GAA grounds and were also helped on their way to a 3-6 to 2-2 victory with a Jill Browne goal early in the first half.

The girls in green and gold, who are trained by former Meath goalkeeper Mark Gannon, went into the final as slight favourites having topped the round-robin stages, remaining unbeaten in the process. And with Murray in the form of her life along the way after banging seven goals past Broadford in two games, the North Kildare side had one the counties most dangerous forwards in the armour.

Unfortunately Nurney were only able to field eleven players, meaning Gannon and his assistant Kevin Morley had to re-jig things just before the off, with four girls having to drop down to the bench.

All this meant that space was aplenty on the large Eire Og pitch and it was Kilcock who adapted the quickest, finding themselves two goals to no score up after only ten minutes thanks to a fine individual goal from Murray and a top notch finish from Browne.

Murray’s daughter Lorna was showing why she is a county minor, by dominating around midfield, with Andrea McGrath also putting in a fine shift early on. Coincidently enough, both girls had only just returned to the fold after the excursions of the dreaded Leaving Cert!

The Murray’s were at it again a few minutes later, with Lorna pointing a long range free before Della got in for her second goal to practically put the game beyond doubt with only twenty three minutes on the clock and Kilcock with a ten point lead. Nurney for their part, despite their best efforts, still remained scoreless.

The game remained that way until the break, with any Nurney attack dealt with easily by goalie Niamh McCarthy and defenders Niamh O’Brien and Linda Byrne.

Half time score: Kilcock 3-1 Nurney 0-0                                                                                    

 

Kilcock once again burst out of the traps in the second half and hit three unanswered points within the first four minutes including two from Della Murray and one from her sister Rhona.

Nurney had to wait until the sixth minute of the second period to register their first score, a goal before tagging on a point two minutes later. Kilcock weren’t about to rest on their laurels though and let the South Kildare side back into the game, as they hit two late points to seal the tie and despite conceding a further 1-1, Gannon’s side ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 3-6 to 2-2.

Best for the eventual winners were Niamh McCarthy in goal, Linda Byrne, Niamh O’Brien and Eleanor Lavin at the back. While in midfield Lorna Murray and McGrath worked tirelessly throughout, turning up in both ends of the field at crucial junctures. Upfront Rhona Murray was a constant threat with her runs from deep at wing forward and Jill Browne took her opportunity when it presented itself but once again it was Della Murray who stole the show with a personally tally of 2-3, causing trouble every time her side attacked.

Afterwards captain fantastic Aoife Divily raised the league trophy aloft, much to the delight of her team-mates, mentors and large Kilcock crowd in attendance. The win was extra special for Kilcock as it was their first adult camogie title in thirty years.

One thinks it won’t be thirty years before the next piece of silverware is making its way via Divily’s car to Branganstown. With Mark Gannon doing great things with this bunch of players, anything is possible.

 

Kilcock: Niamh McCarthy, Linda Byrne, Niamh O’Brien, Aoife Divily, Orla Vesey, Eleanor Lavin, Andrea McGrath, Lorna Murray, Rhona O’Leary, Jill Browne, Della Murray.

Subs: Shannon Farrell, Maeve Mulhall, Keelan Shiels, Sorcha Shiels, Lauren O’Neill, Helena Deegan, Lauren Hill.

KILCOCK GAA 125TH ANNIVERSARY: LADIES SECTION

20 YEARS OF KILCOCK LADIES GAA:

By Robert Cox

On behalf of all involved with The Kilcock Ladies, I would like to welcome all club members, and visitors to the GAA this weekend to help us celebrate this momentous occasion, the 125th anniversary of Kilcock GAA. And though we have not been around this long, we too have something special to celebrate this year, 2012 sees the 20th year since our foundation back in 1992. And what a twenty years it has been too, we have had our ups and downs but we have done so much on and off the pitch and in and out of the county to help with what has become the fastest growing sport in the country in that time. We along with Eadstown are the two oldest Ladies’ clubs in the county and our first assembled team won the Kildare Senior Championship in that memorable first year. With more teams joining soon after, we went through a bit of a barren spell in terms of trophies but never failed to field a team and our numbers continued to expand throughout the 90’s with the help of managers such as Martin Kiely and Martin Brennan.
It was not until the turn of the century that the we started to kick on again, thanks mainly with the help of a large number of younger girls starting to take a keen interest in the sport. Names such as Sheena and Linda Byrne, Bernie Durkan, Fiona Campion and Therese Macken were all involved when the we lost narrowly to Carbury in the 2001 Junior B Championship Final under the guidance of Shane Stone. And those names above must be given great credit as they all still pull on the green and gold at the top level to this day and Stone himself is back at the helm for his second stint in charge. 2003 again brought with it final appearances, this time two. And though the Junior B Championship final saw us lose to Na Fianna, there was some solace found in defeating Moorefield in the Division 3 League Final, with Eileen Collins in charge. With the league trophy following the 1992 silverware into the trophy cabinet, it had not been a bad first ten years or so and though the team was young, some members of that team took it upon themselves to ensure the future of the club would be safe and took the most important step in our young club’s history. They set up our underage section of the Kilcock Ladies in 2004. One can not imagine how important this has been to us, a club who at times struggled to find fifteen girls to don the jersey in years past. And where as now days there is a constant conveyor belt of girls as young as fourteen for the senior team to pick from, past managers such as Eugene Kearney in 2005 and Robert cox in 06, 07 08 and part of 09 must be admired for their work done with such limited resources. The setting up of the underage began to bear fruit after only a year, when senior players Linda Byrne and Grainne Gormley guided an u-15 side to final success in 2005.That successful side was captained by current senior player Shanon Byrne. Manager Sheena Byrne took her u-11 and u-12 teams to consecutive finals but unfortunately they were beaten in both. 2008 brought the start of what has been a great last few years, with then senior manager Robert Cox along with Linda Byrne winning at minor level for the first time, in a championship final against Athy, they were fortunate enough to manage a very talented side that included names such as Shona and Orla Cagney, Aoife Divily, Noelle Conlon and Emma Robinson. An u-16 runner up spot had to suffice in 2009, with the minor class of 2010 suffering the same fate, with Athy gaining some revenge for times past. At this stage you might be saying to yourself that there is a bit of a trend starting to appear with so many teams just falling short and with the u-15 side of 2011 been added to that list you have a right too but all the hard work at underage level has recently just paid off with Shane Stone leading his minor side of 2012 to a well earned victory last month in the minor shield. For many of this side it was long overdue, as for all their work over the years, they just seemed to fall at the final hurdle.
So with Robert Cox stepping down in the middle of 2009, John Mulligan took over the reigns at senior level for remainder of that year and 2010 and can be happy with his time here as he led the ladies to a championship final v Carbury in 2010, only to be beaten by a single point. A league runner-up spot was also gained in that year.
2011 saw Stone back with Cox as selector alongside David Hynes and Seamus Kane and finally things started to click in all departments as the ladies bounced back from a league final loss to Ballykelly, to beat Kilcullen in The Junior B Championship final. It was long overdue after so much heartache in the previous twenty years. The introduction of the underage has to be put down as the pivotal moment in that time and has insured that the current crop of girls can fear nobody, both this year at Junior A level and in the future. Alan Hansen once said ”you win nothing with kids”. Try telling that to those of us who now reap the benefits of having kids that compete on all underage teams as well as the senior team. Such examples are our current county players at u-12 Tara Devine and Saoirse Shannon, at u-14 Aisling O’Connor and at minor Caoimhe Fagan.
Last year also saw another landmark for the Ladies of the club when the Gaelic For Mothers team was set up and trained by Calvin Murphy. They hosted and took part in a Gaelic For Mothers Blitz late last year and continue to train away once a week with Calvin. As with all of the ladies teams within the club, new players and members are always welcome. There are too many people to thank for getting us to where we are today, so if you have helped us in anyway over the past twenty years, we thank you very much. Kilcock Ladies hope you enjoy our celebrations over the weekend and take with you a long lasting memory of a very special weekend for all involved and help us look forward to the next 125 years!!