Kilcock’s League of Ireland numbers continue to grow

The people of Kilcock will have plenty of reasons to take interest in the upcoming 2019 League of Ireland First Division season with four lads from the town now signed up to three of the clubs involved.

U17s players player of the year presented by Senior Manager Neale Fenn.

The latest of these is Laragh’s very own Patrick O’Sullivan who has put pen to paper on a deal with the Longford Town senior squad for 2019. O’Sullivan joins Neale Fenn’s team from the clubs Academy.

A spokesperson from the Midlanders Academy congratulated the 6th year Scoil Dara Kilcock student on their Facebook page last night; “We would like to congratulate Patrick O’Sullivan for signing for our senior squad this season. Patrick played with our U17s during the 2017 season and last season played with our 19s. From all the coaches at the Academy we want to wish him and the lads all the best in the coming Season”

O’Sullivan will come up against some very familiar faces over the course of the season with Ciaran Kilduff now at Shelbourne and Aaron Brilly and Nathan Doyle both at Athlone Town. * ‘El Classico’ is certainly one game yours truly will be attending this season!

O’Sullivan is also a very talented Gaa player and has represented Kilcock at all ages with aplomb. First and foremost though he is yet another graduate of the excellent Kilcock Celtic Academy. Fair play to the club on all the talent they have produced and continue to produce up at The Bawnouge.

Patrick O’Sullivan in action for Kilcock Gaa u17s in 2018
Players of the month award presented by underage chairperson Paul Bayless and 17s Head Coach James Dermody

*El Classico – The name given to the meeting of midland rivals Athlone Town and Longford Town.

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Kilcock man joins club only a stones throw away

Former Kilcock GAA Club goalie Shane Stone has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him play for fellow Kilcock and Newtown Parish side Cappagh GAA in 2019.

Stone, who captained Kilcock in 2017 as they reached the Kildare GAA IFC final before losing to Raheens, will hope to help his new club to Junior Championship glory in the year ahead.

The experienced netminder made his adult debut for Kilcock back in 1996 and has been one of the most iconic players in the club up to his retirement at the end of 2017.

Speaking to Extra Time Sport earlier today, Stone explained how he is excited with the new challenge, while at the same time he said it will be strange not pulling on the green and gold jersey before a game; “I am looking forward to getting into it with my new team mates. It wasn’t an easy decision after all my years with Kilcock. Kilcock are my hometown club and they will always have a place in my heart. But the chance to play some first team football was too hard to turn down. I retired at the end of 2017 and I thought that was my lot in terms of my Gaa career but when Cappagh came calling I couldn’t refuse. I would like to thank Kilcock for all they have done for me since I was a young lad but for now my focus is help Cappagh win some silverware in 2019. They have some great young lads up there and I am mad to get going”

Stone will bring a wealth of experience to Newtown having played in Senior Championship and league finals as well as managing numerous teams in his time at Kilcock. One thing is for sure thet Cappagh defenders will know he has arrived!

Griffindor magic helps Blackhall claim Camogie Shield

A hat-trick of goals from Caroline Griffin helped her side Blackhall Gaels capture some end of season consolation silverware as they defeated neighbours Kiltale 4-10 to 3-10 in the Meath Camogie Division 1 Shield Final today.

Despite trailing by 2-8 to 4 points at the break, the girls found their form in the second half to turn a ten point defecit into a three point win, with county star Kristina Troy hitting an injury time winner, to finally overcome a very good Kiltale team.

Captain Siobhán Whitty collected the Shield on behalf of her teammates.

In the world of Harry Potter, Gryffindor is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Godric Gryffindor. Godric instructed the sorting hat to choose a few particular characteristics he most values. Such character traits of students sorted into Gryffindor are courage, chivalry, and determination and there is no doubting that Caroline and her team mates had bucket loads of this today.

A Gloriosus first Indian victory for Downey

Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey tasted his first success since moving to India onboard the Imtiaz A. Sait trained ‘Gloriosus’ (7/2) at the Mahalaxmi Race Course earlier today.

Downey eased the eventual winner to the front with about 400 metres to go and went away, winning by 6 & 1/2 lengths in the end, with Lucky Luciano back in second place.

Robbie described the weather as been “very sweaty” on his Instagram page, with temperatures hitting 30 odd degrees. The race was the second of an eight race card and was the ‘2018 Master Shifu Plate’

Downey finished 2nd in the penultimate race onboard Caprisca for the same trainer as he continues his steady start on only his second week in action on the Indian circuit.

Reidy helps Ireland claim Bronze medal

Orla Reidy in action in Nottingham

A fantastic run by St Cocas’ Orla Reidy saw the Maynooth Post Primary student finish the 2nd Irish girl home and in doing so, she helped Team Ireland claim the bronze medal in the Home Nations International in Nottingham earlier today.

Orla’s improved her position by three places amongst her Irish team mates as she had previously finished 5th in the All-Irelands in Waterford a few weeks ago.

Congratulations Orla from everyone at home.

St.Cocas Orla Reidy to represent Ireland in Nottingham

Orla Reidy and her Irish team mates prior to departing for Nottingham

St.Cocas AC athlete Orla Reidy, will tomorrow represent Ireland at the SIAB International Schools’ in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England.

Orla will become the first girl from St.Cocas to represent Ireland at schools level and qualifies after her 5th place finish two weeks ago in the All-Irelands in Waterford.

The event is part of the Home Countries International (4 nations) and sees 16 Irish schools’ athletes compete. Orla ran for Maynooth Post Primary in the Leinsters and All-Irelands, with the St.Cocas runner firstly capturing the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title in Santry on February 21st before her 5th place finish in Waterford.

Orla’s achievements so far are all the more remarakable as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year.

The junior girls will compete over 4km with the Intermediate girls (Orla’s race) competing over 4.5km.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in helping her to reach this level.

Kilcock man nets in last win on Kerry soil

Larry McCormack (back row, 1st from the right) with Kildare in 1956

A goal from Kilcock man Larry McCormack helped Kildare to a 1-7 to 0-7 win over Kerry on the one and only ocassion they defeated the men from the Kingdom in their own backyard back in 1954.

Cian O’Neill and his current crop of Lilys head South to face Kerry today knowing anything less than a victory would send them straight back down to Division 2 and as you can see history is not really on their side!

Despite Kildare beating today’s opponents more recently in St.Conleth’s Park and famously beating them in the 1998 All-Ireland semi final, 1954 still remains the one and only time they left The Kingdom with victory. Maybe St.Patrick’s Day can stir up something special. It will have to if Kildare are to have any chance of avoiding relegation. Ohh to have Larry McCormack back in the ranks!!