Kilduff Looks Forward To American Adventure

Dundalk FC striker Ciaran Kilduff has left the defending League of Ireland champions to move to American NASL side the Jacksonville Armada FC.

Kilduff, who scored 31 goals in 82 appearances for the lilywhites, including the match winner against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League group stages, the first ever win for an Irish side in European competition, leaves Dundalk on good terms and reflects on his two years at club as the best of his career.

“It has been the best two years of my football career,” Kilduff told Dundalk’s official club website.

“There’s no other way to describe it. It has been the best dressing room, the best staff, best management team that I have been involved with. I have had some really great moments personally, individually and collectively as a team with the club.

“I have had some bad moments as well with some injuries too. It was eventful along the way.

“I am just really happy to have been a part of something which has been so great. There was so many great nights and moments for us. To be part of it is something that I will always be proud of.

“Dundalk has been an amazing story in Irish football in the last five-six years from where they came from to where they are now. I am just so happy and proud to have been part of it.”

Kilduff said that his move to the Armada was a ‘now or never’ opportunity for him and his family, and that he’ll be looking to try and emulate former Shamrock Rovers teammate Richie Ryan’s move from the Hoops to the NASL.

“For me, I will always look back at this as the greatest two years in Ireland,” added Kilduff.

“This is something which is completely out of left field. It is something which has interested me in maybe the last year or so if the opportunity came. I have a young family so the timing seems right for me.

“When my daughter gets a little older and gets to school going age things will have to change so I felt that this was a ‘now or never’ situation for me. Football in America is taking off. I am going over there to grasp it and try to further myself.

“I see players like Richie Ryan and players like that who have bettered themselves and furthered their careers.

“There is so much over there, so much room for progression over there. It’s not something I have taken lightly at all.

“It’s a lifestyle change and it is something that I have been open to for a while. It has just fallen for me at this time. It ticks a lot of boxes for me and I am excited to get going.”

Murray Honoured Along With Class Of 92

Kilcock’s adopted son Brian Murray was honoured along with his Donegal team mates during half time of last Sunday’s Ulster final between Tyrone and Down in Clones for their success in capturing the title in 1992.

The occassion marked the 25th anniversary of his sides 0-14 to 1-9 victory over Derry at the same venue. 

The players and management were kitted out for the day by Magees of Donegal Town, where they met up on the Sunday morning before departing for St Tiernach’s Park.

The team travelled to Clones, just like they did 25 years earlier, courtesy of Marleys Coaches with Francie Marley, just like he was in ’92, behind the wheel.

After the game the entire squad and management were the special guests at a celebratory meal in the Four Seasons Hotel, before going their seperate ways.

Except for Jim McGuinness (Beijing), Charlie Mulgrew (holidays) and John Joe Doherty (family bereavement), all the rest of the ’92 squad turned out on the day.

Murray and his team mates went on to beat Mayo in the All-Ireland semi final by 0-13 to 0-09 before defeating Dublin 0-18 to 0-14 in the final. They will be honoured again before the All-Ireland football final in September. 

Murray now resides in Kilcock along with his wife Della and two children Ciaran and Lorna. All four are heavily involved in the local Gaa scene, where Brian himself played and managed for a number of years. 

Kildare Rose visits Curragh on Guineas weekend

Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill at the entrance to the Curragh

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. 


Deirbhle Mulvihill crowned 2017 Kildare Rose

Kilcock woman Deirbhle Mulvihill was named as the 2017 Kildare Rose at The Westgrove Hotel Clane on Saturday night last, 15th April.

Deirbhle who plays as a corner forward for the footballers of Cappagh and teaches Geography and Business at Clongowes Wood College will now represent County Kildare at the Rose of Tralee festival in The Dome, Tralee next August.

The Abbeyfield resident was in shock for sometime after the announcement and said; “It’s like I am fast asleep and in a dreamland. I promise to do the Lillies proud.”

Deirbhle’s family and friends didn’t waste any time in swarming the stage, with her father Niall showing his pride and emotion with an abundance of hugs and kisses.

The former student of Mulhussey NS County Meath and Scoil Dara Kilcock wowed the crowd and judges with her party piece, a tune on the tin whistle, her gift of the gab and of course the way she carried her natural beauty throughout.

Deirbhle was sponsored by Marron’s Pharmacy in Clane.

Best of luck Deirbhle from Robert at ExtraTimeSportLive.Com 

Giddy Up for the boys in green

RACE NIGHT

Saturday 22nd April, 8:30pm
Kilcock GAA Club is to host a Race Night in aid of the men’s football team on Saturday 22nd of April. According to sources there will be plenty of craic and MC on the night will be the one and only Nigel Reynolds. Music will be provided afterwards.

We here at Extratimesportlive.com are delighted to be sponsoring a race on the night so make sure you get down and buy a horse/jockey for the big race!!!

Speaking to club PRO and team member Mark Durkan he said: “It promises to be a great night so pencil the date into the diary and come support the lads fundraiser”

Cappagh Kick Centenary Year Off In Style

Cappagh sporting their new jerseys prior to the Kildangan game.

Kildare SFL Div 4:

Cappagh 4-11  Kildangan 0-5

By Robert Cox

Cappagh Gaa Club’s adult mens footballers got their Centenary Year celebrations off to a winning start with victory in round one of the 2017 Division 4 League at home to Kildangan on Tuesday night, March 28th.

Sporting their new jerseys, specially designed to mark the 100 year anniversary, the men in red & white (and a bit of blue) dominated proceedings throughout and lead 2-6 to 0-4 at the break in front of a large home support.

Second half goals from Chris Murray and Eoin Leonard added an extra gloss to the scoreboard along with points from Dean Brennan, Thomas Jackman and the aforementioned Leonard but it was the overall signs of team spirit and general team performance that will delight management the most, along with their sides hard work in tracking back and support of the man in possession.

Cappagh ran out easy 18 point winners in the end, with Brian Kelly and Caoimh McAuley making their debuts. They were also delighted to welcome back Aaron Maher and Geoff Flanagan to the fold.

Cappagh would like to thank their main sponsor Joe Mallon Motors of Naas and Portlaoise for their continued support and are delighted to have them on this special centenary jersey.

Speaking to a club rep after Tuesday’s victory they said; “The very first Cappagh jersey 100 years ago was blue with a white sash so for our centenary we have incorporated a spot of blue into our now traditional Cappagh Red & White hoops. Our new goalkeeper jersey is based on the original”.

Kilcock Ladies In Action Down-Under

Kilcock Ladies Gaa trio Shannon Byrne, Shona Cagney and Orla Cagney were in action this weekend for Clan Na Gael Bondi in Melbourne at the Pearses 7s.

Orla Cagney, Shanon Byrne and Shona Cagney modelling the new Clan Na Gael jersey sponsored by Supermacs.

The twins Shona and Orla set off on their travels down under along with a group of their friends including Shanon Byrne in 2016 and have been working and enjoying life in Sydney since. Their love of Gaa meant they weren’t long getting involved with Clan Na Gael where they get to keep fit and meet new friends from around the world.

The Ladies are seen above modelling the clubs’ latest jerseys, sponsored by Supermacs. Coincidentally enough this is Supermac’s first Gaa Sponsorship in Australia and abroad. Best of luck to all.

Could all those night’s spent in Supermacs Maynooth by the Ladies had some kind of influence!!! 

Reults and more news to follow.