Photos by Robert Cox
Kilcock LGFA secretary and senior footballer Sheena Byrne, who was last week announced as the Ladies Gaelic Football Association volunteer of the year for 2017 has exclusively told extratimesportlive.com how she was shocked and very honoured to win the award.
Sheena, who will receive the Lulu Carroll award at a February 17th Croke Park function, first heard the news when the school at which she teaches, Scoil Choca Naofa Kilcock, congratulated her over their intercom system, told us of her shock but at the same time immense honour upon hearing the announcement.
There are so many people to thank at Kilcock Ladies that have helped in one way or another over the years that I wouldn’t know where to start. Myself and my sister Linda started the underage back in 2004 to secure the future of the club and to ensure we would have a steady flow of players coming through to join us on the senior team in the future. I could never have imagined how successful it would turn out and the caliabre of some of the players that came through like Grace White, Aisling O’Connor and Caoimhe Fagan make it worth the while.
I am currently secretary of the club and in truth I am only one cog in a wheel that works extremely hard to keep turning. My sister Linda, Val Herbert, Bernie Durkan, Noelle Conlon, Robert Cox and Sandra Doyle McGonagle to name only a few are the reason we are where we are. I may have won this award this year but anyone of the aforementioned people could have won it.
Honestly I just enjoy the game as a whole, both on and off the field. I also enjoy training the kids at school, where I use it as a springboard and a way to keep them involved.”
A club spokesperson said of Sheena; “Sheena has been volunteering for 14 plus years and fulfils a number of roles. She is club secretary, coordinating and fundraising activities for our adult and juvenile sections and remains an active playing member. She is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills throughout the club and the county of Kildare.”
The awards event on Saturday, February 17, should be something to really savour and it will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by all volunteers at home and abroad.
Kilcock LGFA secretary and senior footballer Sheena Byrne has been named the LGFA Overall Volunteer of the year for 2017.
Sheena Byrne – Kilcock, Kildare
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!!!
Table-toppers Cappagh will have home advantage when they face 4th placed Celbridge in the semi final of the Kildare Ladies Junior B championship semi final next Tuesday, September 5th.
Cappagh, who were the only side to go through the group stages unbeaten (with a 100% record to boot), finished off their round-robin campaign in style with a 5-10 to 2-4 victory at home to Rheban.
They will now face old foes Celbridge, managed by Cappagh man John Mulligan, for a place in the showpiece and the girls on the Meath border will be confident of getting there unscathed, having come out on top in all previous meetings this year.
Mulligan may have the last laugh yet though and his knowledge of the Cappagh girls style of play could bear fruit fruit for his new club!!
Speaking after his sides last round loss (1-14 to 3-6) at home to Milltown on Tuesday night, Mulligan said; “We struggled last night. We just weren’t focused on game in front of us, I think a lot of us had our minds on the semi finals. We had all possession in the first half but couldn’t convert it into scores. We changed our game in the 2nd half and played better”.
On the subject of returning to his home pitch of Cappagh, Mulligan let out a wry smile before saying; I can’t wait for next Tuesday v Cappagh. There’s going to be a right bit of banter with the lads for the week in the build up but come game time we will be ready for them”.
In the other semi final Milltown will face Rheban. Milltown leap-frogged Celbridge in the table after Tuesday nights win, to avoid Cappagh but with nothing much to seperate them and Rheban, we are in for a close encounter there.
Kilcock native Deirbhle Mulvihill who was named as the 2017 Kildare Rose in April continued her duties at the weekend with a visit to the Curragh races at the popular Guineas meeting.
Deirbhle who plays gaelic football for Cappagh is said to have had a fantastic day and even appeared in the picture round of a table quiz, with many people mistaking her for one of the Seoige sisters!!
Best of luck to Deirbhle with all her rose duties and with a busy few months ahead, the best is surely yet to come.
Celbridge senior ladies footballers travel to table-toppers Cappagh in the final game of their division three league campaign in search of a crucial victory tonight, 25th April.
A victory for the visitors would put them right in the hunt for a place in the semi finals and with the hosts already qualified, Celbridge will surely have the greater hunger in what promises to be a titanic battle.
The game will be given an extra bit of edge with current Celbridge manager John Mulligan returning to his home club, a place where he has played and coached since a very young age.
Mulligan will know each and every Cappagh player inside out having trained their senior ladies over the past few seasons, leading them to glory in the Junior C championship.
When asked about the game he was in optimistic mood; “Yeah I’m all set. Looking forward to it. It’s something new for me!! It will be strange been in Cappagh as opposing manager. Tonight I’ll be 100% Celbridge and we are going there to put it up to Cappagh as they are the level we want to be at in this division”