Kildare Ladies Senior Football League Div3: Round3

Kilcock 2:14

Na Fianna: 2:04

Jekyll And Hyde Kilcock Blitz Na Fianna:

By: Robert Cox

The Kilcock Senior Ladies football team made it back to back league wins on Tuesday night last, the 24th of April, with a comprehensive ten point victory over Na fianna in Kicock GAA. To say it was comprehensive though is probably been a bit kind to the hosts, who had to wait until the second half before they could stamp their authority on the game, while also been a bit unfair to the visitors who looked the better side in a tight first half. Kilcock manager Shane Stone had to make one change to the starting fifteen from the round one defeat of Kilcullen, with the injured Paige Byrne been replaced by the experienced Mary Tighe. Na Fianna for their part looked a well disciplined side and took to the field in large numbers for their warm up, well before the hosts. Though that may seem like a small factor, it reaped dividends for the Allenwood girls as they were the faster team out of the blocks and took the lead after only two minutes when their full forward Tara Higgins kicked a fine point from thirty yards. Kilcock took time to settle but got off the mark after some quick thinking from free-taker Grace White, who took the Na Fianna defence by surprise and played her first set piece short to Louise Keane who turned and slotted over from close range. White raised the white flag twice more in quick succession, one from a free and the other after her shot crashed off the crossbar and luckily bounced over. Kilcock were scrappy though and not their usual fluent selves, with many passes going astray all over the pitch. Na Fianna took advantage of this and scored their opening goal, after a bad mix up in the home defence handed their corner forward Chloe Smullen the easy task to blast home to an empty net. Kilcock were struggling at this stage and could not get out of their defence and were lucky not to concede a bizarre own goal when corner back Fiona Campion nearly put through her own net after a break down in communication with goalie Eimear Kelly. Na Fianna added another point, again from Higgins, before Kilcock enjoyed a purple patch of their own with Emma Robinson fisting a point and White getting a goal, when a point was on her mind, with what was her only ”bad” free of the night which dropped short but was missed by the goalie and sneaked under the bar and into the net. They say though that you are at your most vulnerable just after scoring and this was the case for Kilcock, who let their opponents work the ball the full length of the field to score their second goal through midfielder Rebecca Donoghue. White levelled up just before the break with another free, this time raising the white flag.
Kilcock trudged off the field at half time looking an unhappy team even though the sides were level at Kilcock 1:05 Na Fianna 2:02. But this was a good sign as it showed where this team has come and they no longer settle for the silly mistakes that were been made by the whole side throughout the first half. Stone himself looked none to happy but whatever he said to them at the interval would change the whole pattern of this contest.

The new look midfield partnership of underage county stars Aisling O’Connor and Caoimhe Fagan, that looked lethargic in the opening half, showed they meant business right from the throw in of the second half when O’Connor tapped down to Fagan and from there the latter cut a path to goal and kicked a fine point to put the ladies from Branganstown into the lead, a lead they would not surrender for the duration of the game, Only extend. The accurate Louise Keane pointed almost straight away after some good work from fellow forwards Shanon Byrne and Emma Robinson. The next ten minutes were to become the Grace White show as she struck four unanswered points, (three frees) to put the girls in green and gold six points ahead. Then came the score that put the contest beyond any doubt, captain Shona Cagney started the move and fed centre forward Sheena Byrne who’s shot rattled the crossbar only to fall into the waiting arms of Robinson, who calmly finished the ball to the net. Na Fianna did try and rally a bit and hit two points without reply, through Micaela McKenna and Smullen, before White, O’Connor and Fagan finished the scoring for the night with three well taken points to make the score Kilcock 2:14 Na Fianna 2:04. Stone rang the changes in the last few minutes, giving some of the younger panel members some valuable game-time experience.
For the home side, goalie Eimear Kelly recovered well from the concession of two soft first half goals and pulled off a top drawer safe in the second period. The defence did not have its greatest night and struggled at times when Na Fianna were on top. Their passing out of defence will need to improve in the coming weeks but they did enjoy a better second half with Mary Tighe, Shona and Orla Cagney to the fore, with the latter moved to wing back to deal with the dangerous Na Fianna wing forward Micaela McKenna. In the middle of the park, O’Connor and Fagan grew into the game and dominated that sector of the field in the second half, while also contributing to the score board with some well taken points. All the forwards worked well, even when the chips were down, with Sheena Byrne carrying the ball well and laying the it off to girls in better positions to set up scores at crucial times. She seems to be revelling in her new position on the forty, with young Emma Maguire working non stop beside her, showing experience well beyond her years. Shanon Byrne, Emma Robinson and Louise Keane won their fair share of ball in the full forward line and took their scores when needed. But once again Grace White top scored, this time with 1:08 to her name as she pulled the strings in the forward line throughout. For Na Fianna, Tara Higgins and Chloe Smullen were a constant threat in the full forward line while Rebecca Donoghue can be happy with her display in midfield. Once again though they relied too much on star player Micaela McKenna to try and make things happen and though she had a great first half, her second half was hampered after receiving a nasty bang to the head. To her credit she played on and it was only after the game that she began to feel the full effects of the knock. The ten point win flatters Kilcock and Stone knows that improvements must be made and mistakes must be cut out if they are to keep up their 100% record away to Robert Emmets next week. Stone also knows though that his side will need to perform in both halves, something they have failed to do so far this year but the year is young and so is his team, and with some encouragement and positivity around this group of girls they can continue their winning ways.

Final Score:

Kilcock 2:14

Na Fianna 2:04

Player Of The Match: Grace White

Kilcock Scorers:
Grace White 1:08
Emma Robinson 1:01
Louise Keane 0:02
Caoimhe Fagan 0:02
Aisling O’Connor 0:01

Na Fianna Scorers:
Chloe Smullen 1:01
Rebecca Donoghue 1:00
Tara Higgins 0:02
Micaela McKenna 0:01

Kilcock Team:

1:Eimear Kelly (6)
2:Fiona Campion (6)
3:Linda Byrne (6)
4:Mary Tighe (7)
5:Therese Macken (6)
6:Shona Cagney (c) (7)
7:Emma Maguire (6)
8:Caoimhe Fagan (7)
9:Aisling O’Connor (7)
10:Grace White (9)
11:Sheena Byrne (7)
12:Orla Cagney (7)
13:Louise Keane (6)
14:Emma Robinson (7)
15:Shanon Byrne (6)

Laura O’Neill for Shanon Byrne
Hayley White for Mary Tighe
Eve Powderly for Emma Maguire
Katie Devine for Louise Keane

Na Fianna:
1:Karen Lawlor
2:Emma Wright
3:Sinead Crowe
4:Christine Hynes
5:Roisin Murphy
6:Niamh Quinn
7:Amy Ennis
8:Nicole Carroll
9:Rebecca Donoghue
10:Emily Jacob
11:Aoife Jacob
12:Micaela McKenna
13:Danielle Mcdonald
14:Tara Higgins
15:Chloe Smullen


Kilcock Ladies Point The Way To Victory:


Kilcock 1:20
Kilcullen 1:07

The Kilcock Ladies senior football team started their league campaign with a bang as they brushed aside the challenge of the visitors Kilcullen by thirteen points at Kilcock GAA on Tuesday night, April 10th. With a relatively new look panel, if not starting fifteen, the large crowd in attendance were unsure what to expect from manager Shane Stone’s side but what they got was an exhibition of point taking that no supporter or player would expect at this time of year. In fact this reporter likes nothing better than seeing the white flag raised and while some people may say that goals win you games, I always say ”that one point takes two to beat it” and I take my hat off to this bunch of girls for last night’s performance. I will be honest I feared for them last night, not because I doubted their footballing ability but because they didn’t look like a team that was going to savage their opponents. Their warm up lacked intensity, they laughed and chatted among themselves and I felt for their manager, they ran for the cover of the trees at the sniff of a small shower and they looked like a beaten team before the start…. But I apologise, How wrong was I?
When the referee finally showed up and the game got under way twenty minutes behind schedule, the Kilcock team that I stood under the trees with, that messed about in the warm up, had gone home. A new team had arrived and they meant business right from the off. While a lot of praise was heaped on the forwards in the aftermath of this game, some stout defending in the early stages from Paige Byrne, Linda Byrne and Fiona Campion kept a dangerous Kilcullen attack at bay, while captain Shona Cagney pushed forward at any given opportunity on the overlap. In fact it was her sister Orla Cagney that got Kilcock’s only goal of the game with only a few minutes on the clock as she calmly slotted home from close range following a well worked hand passing move involving a half a dozen players. Argentina scored a goal like it a few years ago after twenty six consecutive passes before Cambiasso finished it off. They still talk about that to this day, well Orla Cagney and Kilcock take a bow, it was special!!
This goal was to be rare though as then the points took over, with Emma Robinson and Grace White to the fore. The former must get a mention for her quick thinking in fist-passing a couple of points over the bar. After Louise Keane got her name on the score sheet, Kilcock were 1:03 to a goal to the good, with the concession of the goal been the only blemish on an excellent start. The Kilcock defence were caught too far forward and after goalie Eimear Kelly saved an initial effort, their full-forward pounced on the rebound and put the ball into the empty net. But that was as good as it got for the visitors in the opening half and from there the girls in green and gold kicked on with points from Grace White (2), Emma Robinson, Shanon Byrne, Shona Cagney, Sheena Byrne and midfielders Caoimhe Fagan (2) and Aisling O’Connor (2), to make the half-time score Kilcock 1:13 – Kilcullen 1:00
Complacency at this stage was the only thing that was going to beat Stone’s charges and he kept them on their toes during the interval but Kilcullen were always going to come at them early in the second half and have a purple patch. And Kilcock were going to have to deal with this without the impressive Paige Byrne, who had to withdraw due to a back injury, she was replaced by another up and coming star in Laura Ward, making her competitive debut for the senior team at half back. As the night began to close in, so did the girls in black and white with three unanswered points early on in the second period but a Sheena Byrne point settled Kilcock’s nerves a bit and helped them once again kick on and dominate. Fagan and Robinson added two more in between points for Kilcullen and as Kilcock began to ring the changes, the game lost a bit of its shape. Young Emma Maguire was very unlucky to be sin-binned near the end when some of the away side could have followed her to the line as their frustration grew. Grace White grabbed herself another point before Robinson and Shona Cagney capped off a wonderful display from Kilcock.
 Linda Byrne kept the dangerous Peacock quiet throughout while Fiona Campion showed plenty of energy getting forward from corner back. Shona Cagney put in her usual business like performance while the new look midfield pairing of Caoimhe Fagan and Aisling O’Connor dominated throughout and made sure everything went through them. All six forwards performed to their maximum with full-forward Robinson particularly impressive. Stone has a big squad and while some girls can feel aggrieved not to start, the year is long and their chance will come and those that did enter the fray did not weaken the team one bit and players such as Noelle Conlon and Mary Tighe would walk onto any team around the county. Players and supporters may have been apprehensive about Kilcock’s chances for the coming year after losing some players from last year’s championship winning team. But after last night’s showing and the bulk of the victorious minor winning team joining the panel, those worries were put to bed.

Final Score:
Kilcock 1:20
Kilcullen 1:07

Player Of Match: Aisling O’Connor.

Kilcock Team + Ratings:
Eimear Kelly (6)
Fiona Campion (7)
Linda Byrne (7)
Therese Macken (6)
Emma Maguire (6)
Paige Byrne (7)
Shona Cagney (c) (7)
Caoimhe Fagan (8)
Aisling O’Connor (9)
Orla Cagney (8)
Sheena Byrne (6)
Grace White (7)
Shanon Byrne (6)
Emma Robinson (8)
Louise Keane (6)

Laura Ward (6) for Paige Byrne
Noelle Conlon
Aoife Divily
Mary Tighe

By. Robert Cox

‘Too Many’ Suicides Linked To Depression Tablets

Monday, March 05, 2012 By Jennifer Hough

The following article is taken from the Irish Examiner:
A former assistant state pathologist has expressed serious concern about the growing link between anti-depressants and suicide.

Dr Declan Gilsenan said in his 30-year experience carrying out postmortems, he had seen “too many suicides” after people had started taking the drugs and questioned whether GPs were over-prescribing them.
He said the evidence is “more than anecdotal” and he is willing to meet the minister with responsibility for mental health on the issue, as part of a delegation organised by campaigner Leonie Fennell.
Ms Fennell is the mother of Shane Clancy, who took his own life after killing his friend Sebastian Creane.
He had just started a course of anti-depressants and it is believed he took more than the prescribed amount.
At Mr Clancy’s inquest, Dr Gilsenan testified that there were “toxic” levels of citalopram (brand name Celexa or Cipramil) in Mr Clancy’s blood.
Ms Fennell has been campaigning since Mr Clancy’s death to raise awareness about the potential dangers of anti-depressants and is seeking a meeting with Kathleen Lynch, minister of state with responsibility for mental health.
She has enlisted the help of Dr Gilsenan and a former minister, who does not want to be named at this time, but who also has serious concerns regarding side-effects and over-prescribing of the drugs, whose popular brands include Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro Paxil and Celexa.
“Based on my experience of doing postmortems on people where anti-depressants have been started fairly recently I would have concerns about the link to suicide,” Dr Gilsenan said.
He said the argument will be made that people who start taking anti -depressants are of course depressed, and so could be at risk of suicide. “This will be used against what I am saying, but in my work I have just seen too many cases. There are things like accumulation in the system and dose-related concerns, where people go over a safe level, and I am willing to sit down with the minister and talk to her about these things.”
Dr Gilsenan said doctors need to be more careful when prescribing anti-depressants and people need to be monitored more carefully. “It certainly seems GPs are using anti-depressants very frequently. These are very important drugs to psychiatry and if they are deemed to be harmful then it’s a big blow to them and that’s why they are defended so much.”
Another expert, Professor David Healy, who also gave evidence at Mr Clancy’s inquest, maintains the pharmaceutical industry is being protected by psychiatry.
In the case of Mr Clancy, the Irish College of Psychiatry came out in defence of the drugs at a time when families in grief were going through a high-profile inquest.
Prof Healy said that although companies are legally obliged to agree that their drugs can cause people to take their lives, psychiatry is not. “Here they offer one of the greatest services they can to companies — they can and regularly do offer apologias for industry. They state in public that not only did the drugs not cause a problem, but that they cannot cause a problem,” he said.
At Mr Clancy’s inquest, Prof Healy stated that in a small but significant minority of patients, using anti-depressants can give rise to violent behaviour.

01/03/12 Depression, Blackhall Gaels & My Black Dog

So no blog yesterday. Nothing yesterday only one whole disaster. Tings had been getting a bit better and then bang. One day. Now I have to pick up the pieces and start again but I am a bit more positive today and ready to tackle this head on. Do not really want to talk about yesterday much but just to say there was alcohol involved and I did some things that I regret. Must have been the leap year or something and then when Linda did not propose haha!! On top of that I did not get up this morning for my appointment so yes things are bad and I have a few apologies to make. Think I am going to stop blogging for a few days, concentrate on picking myself back up. Walk a little, get some sun. Alcohol is a no no from now on and even though I have said it before, I mean it this time. Bad things happen when I drink and I am a different person. Not violent or anything towards anyone but just self-destructive. So I am signing off for a few days. Thank you for reading and with yesterday missed from the blog, lets try and forget it ever happened. After all we won’t see that date again for another four years. It’s time to get better. This has been going on for long enough. And the one thing you do not say to someone with depression, ”PULL YOUR SOCKS UP”, I find myself saying that to myself at this stage.

28/02/12 Depression, Blackhall Gaels & My Black Dog

Before you read today’s blog, have a look at yesterday’s to help you catch up. Today is just a continuation of a short story.
Robert’s Story: Day 2 ‘I have a Black Dog’.
Black Dog can make me say neagative things. He can make my voice weak and lacking conviction. Black Dog can also make me irritable and difficult to be around.
Black Dog thinks nothing of taking my love life and burying my intimacy.
He likes to wake me up with very repetitive, negative thinking.
Having a Black Dog in my life isn’t so much about feeling a bit down, sad or blue. At its worst, it’s about being devoid of feeling altogether. As the years go on, Black Dog gets bigger and he has started hanging around all the time.
I always say THAT’S IT!!! and attack him with whatever I think might send him running. But more often than not, he comes out on top. Staying down has become easier than getting up again.
I have become quite good at self medication…. which never really helps.
Sometimes I feel totally isolated from everything and everyone.
I have discovered that there are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel.
Lately apart from my medication, I have learnt not to be afraid of Black Dog and have taught him a few tricks of my own.

Black Dog may always be a part of my life. But I have learnt that wih patience, humour, knowledge and discipline even the worst Black Dog can be made to heel.

27/02/12 Depression, Blackhall Gaels & My Black Dog

I have a Black Dog: Do any of you ever been wonder why I use ‘My Black Dog in my title for my blog? Well if so, there are a few reasons. And I know I explained this in earlier blogs but just in case you have not been following me from the start, here they are. Firstly and most obviously, I own a black dog. Kiwi, the poodle. The most loyal dog in the world and someone who stays by my side regardless of my mood. Secondly the term black dog was made famous by Winston Churchill who suffered from depression and called it his black dog as if it followed him everywhere he went. And lastly because Linda recently got me a great book called ‘I had a black dog’. It is a short story portrayed through both words and pictures and is about the personal experiences of a man who had depression, called Matthew Johnstone. He externalizes his depression by calling it ‘Black Dog’. It is full of heart warming and insightful pictures revealing Matthew’s journey. His touching observations alighted my own compassionate feelings for the state of depression and in small ways it has helped me it has helped me find new hope and to work through it. I found out that the ability to see my ‘Black Dog’ as something that is happening to me rather than the ‘real me’ could help me think about my depression in a constructive manner. The book is well worth getting if anyone wants to learn a bit more about depression in a witty way instead of reading for hours, the endless scientific explanations for it. If you cannot get hold of the book do not fret as I am going to use a bit of it in my blog and change the words a little so it is me in the book!! The name of the original book is ‘I Had A Black Dog’ but as I still have depression the first thing I have to change is the title… ‘I Have A Black Dog’

Robert’s Story: Day 1
I have two Black Dogs. The good one named Kiwi and the bad one named Depression. Now while Kiwi is thankfully always in my life, my Black Dog Depression has been in and out of my life for the past three years. Mostly he is in it. Whenever he makes an appearance, I feel empty and life just seems to slow down.

Black Dog can surprise me with a visit for no apparent reason or occasion.

26/02/12 Depression, Blackhall Gaels & My Black Dog

The thing that I find with my depression is that when I am feeling low, I never have the strength to get out and do things or to try and get better but then when I start to feel well again I am the opposite. I try everything to maintain the good feeling. The most recent examples would be going back training with Blackhall for about three or four weeks, getting work done with Matthew on my body, eating well, not drinking. All the good things, then bang, the bad days hit again and for roughly four weeks now, my mood has been low, so of course I don’t have the get up and go to try and get better. I hope I explained that OK but in general it has just been a vicious circle for the past three years. I do not think the low times are as bad as they once were. Please God I am right and this illness might be close to weakening. At the end of this month it will be two months since I have worked. Not the longest period ever but getting close to it. The longer it goes on, the harder it is and when I take a step back and think about it, it is hard to imagine the day that I will stand behind that counter again and face the public. I have been in hiding for so long, there are certain places I do not go to as I am in fear of been spotted or worried what people think. I went to The Hatchet today with the lads because I feel OK there but I could not go to the GAA last night. You spend your life hiding when you feel like this. Going places never used to bother me once. I would be first there.
What a day of sport that was today. Good day for Liverpool winning the Carling cup, good day for Arsenal as they hammered Spurs 5-2. Bad day for Rory McIlroy, losing the world matchplay final and in doing so just missing out on becoming the world’s number one golfer, bad day for Blackhall as we suffered our second league defeat at home to St.Pats. Keep the head up though lads. The results will start going your way. Good day for Ryan Giggs as he celebrated his 900th appearance for Man Utd by scoring an injury-time winner over Norwich City.
Ryan Giggs celebrating an injury-time winner against Norwich City on his 900th appearance for Man Utd.
I enjoyed spending the evening with the lads, Liam, Erik and Michael, times like that take away the depression for a while. Though I am to lose Erik to Australia, Michael to Canada and Liam at times to England. Just when I get back into doing things with them, they go ha. I would not have mingled too much with them in the past three years and though they might have thought it was because I had Linda, It wasn’t. It was from me hiding putting myself out there to do things. Linda is great like that, she is the last person that would stop me from seeing my friends. She would encourage me to do so at any given opportunity. So it is my fault that I lost touch with my childhood friends over the past few years. Thankfully, when we meet up it is always as if we only seen each other the previous day and we never run out of conversation. My depression is not down to been a loner, luckily my friends have always been around if I needed them. The one friend who always is around me though and won’t be emigrating is Kiwi. He is asleep now at the end of the bed after a busy weekend. Such a loyal companion!!

Kiwi sleeping