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.

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LGFA Volunteer of the year Sheena Byrne shocked but honoured at award

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.

“I’m totally honoured to win this prestigious award but very shocked at the same time, given the amount of brilliant work done by hundreds of fantastic volunteers in the LGFA around not only the country but the rest of the world. I am delighted to be a part of such a great association and one of the most rapidly growing sports in the country.

I would like thank everyone at Kilcock Ladies and the club in general. It was a lovely, completely unexpected surprise to get last Thursday at work. I am delighted and honoured to receive the award & represent the club

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.”

Lulu Carroll,who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

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.

Scoil Dara Kilcock student Caoimhe McHugh wins silver medal in Sweden

Caoimhe McHugh from Clane Boxing Club won a silver medal at the Golden Gloves in Sweden on Sunday.

Caoimhe, who goes to Scoil Dara Kilcock and plays football for Cappagh, fought her way to the final in her age/weight catagory, winning her semi final on Saturday before just falling short of gold the next day.

Messages of congratulations have been flooding into the Clane Boxing Club’s Facebook page, including from the head coach of the club; “Some news from Sweden. Caoimhe is coming home with a silver she missed out today for the gold. Can I just say how proud as the head coach and all of clane boxing club we are of you well done champion” 👊👊👊

More news to follow when we get it, including maybe an interview…..

Former Kilcock Gaa Captain to face France in Six Nations opener

Former Kilcock Gaa minor football Captain Cormac Daly lines out at second row for the Ireland U20’s in their 6 Nations opener vs France tonight in Bordeaux.

Daly, who has represented his hometown club at underage and senior level, was the Captain of the victorious minor league winning team in2015, where his goal-scoring exploits earned him the nickname ‘Slam Dunk Daly.’

Kilcock Gaa were out in support of one of their own earlier this evening on Facebook and despite losing a promising young Gaa star to rugby, they are very proud of Cormac’s achievements to date; “Best of luck to Kilcock’s Cormac Daly who lines out at second row for the Ireland U20’s in their 6 Nations opener vs France this evening.”

The game is live on RTE at 8pm. Best of luck to Cormac from Robert here at Extratimesportlive.com

Kilcock’s Sheena Bynre is named LGFA overall volunteer of the year.

Kilcock’ Sheena Byrne, right of picture before a league game with Maynooth in 2017.

Kilcock LGFA secretary and senior footballer Sheena Byrne has been named the LGFA Overall Volunteer of the year for 2017.

Sheena Byrne – Kilcock, Kildare

The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Sheena will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.

Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

Sheena, from the Kilcock Ladies Football club in county Kildare, has been volunteering for 14 years and fulfils a number of role

Sheena is club secretar, coordinating and fundraising activities for Kilcock’s adult and juvenile sections, and remains an active playing member.

In 2004, Sheena, who is a local school teacher in Scoil Choca Naofa, was responsible for setting up the club’s juvenile section along with her sister Linda and she is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills throughout the club and the county of Kildare.

LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “We are really excited by the establishment of the new LGFA Volunteer awards and delighted to honour our very first winners.

“It is important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.

“We received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.

“I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.

“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 our volunteers at home and abroad.”

Puppy named Meath’s Top Dog

Jockey Robbie ‘Puppy’ Power was last night named Meath’s Sportsperson of the year for 2017 at an awards ceremony at Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim.

The Moynalvey man enjoyed great success during 2017 alongside the Jesssica Harrington trained Sizing John, capturing a triple crown of Gold Cups at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown.

There was double reason to celebrate in the Power household as Robbie’s father Cpt.Con Power received the Hall of Fame award on the night.

Leinster Stars open new pitch at Clongowes College

Current Leinster and Ireland stars Dave and Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden and former player Gordon Dacy were all at Clongowes College in County Kildare yesterday, Saturday January 13th to cut the ribbon on the school’s new PST Sport state of the art 3G pitch.