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.”

Kilduff Nets In Dundalk Win

Kilcock man Ciaran Kilduff scored Dundalk’s 3rd goal in what turned out to be a comfortable 4-0 win for the champions against Sligo Rovers on Saturday night March 4th at The Showgrounds. 

The goal was the big strikers 2nd in 2 games in what has been a fast start to the season, taking up where he left off in 2016.

Kilduff powered home the header in the final quarter when he met Sean Gannon’s cross just before he was replaced by debutant Thomas Stewart.

Author Robert Cox

March 4th 2017

Kilduff Bags A Brace In Dundalk Win

Kilcock’s Ciaran Kilduff netted two goals in Dundalk’s 4-2 win over St. Patrick’s CYFC in the Leinster Senior Cup tonight 9th February 2017.

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The prolific striker tapped home his first from close range on the 59th minute after some good build up play from Patrick McEleney and new signing Carlton to make it 2-0. Carlton’s 37th minute strike had put the 2015 LSC winners 1-0 ahead going in at half time.

Kilduff grabbed his second and Dundalk’s 3rd on 70 minutes after calmly slotting past the goalie.

McEleney added a 4th late on to secure a fairly routine win for Stephen Kenny’s side despite conceding twice to the LSL team.




Dundalk Extend Kilduff’s Contract

Ciaran Kilduff has extended his contract at league champions Dundalk ahead of Thursday’s crucial Europa League tie against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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The Kilcock native has signed on for another year after joining the club from St. Patrick’s Athletic in July 2015. He has made an immediate impact for The Lilywhites having scored crucial goals in the double success of last season and netted on a further 13 occasions this season including the equaliser against AZ Alkmaar and the winner against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the UEFA Europa League. He lined out 36 times despite serious back and knee injuries.

When he spoke to dundalkfc.com after re-signing, Kilduff couldn’t hide his delight and said it ‘is a good place to be’ at the present time.

“I am really delighted to re-sign. It was something in my contract here that there was the option of another year here so I am happy to get it down on paper and be here for another year.

“Over the last three years the club has been the most successful in Ireland with the trophies that we have won and everything in Europe. It’s a great place to be. Going forward it’s good to be part of and I wanted to stay here.

“It’s the nicest way to finish off the season. Going to Tel-Aviv with a chance to finish off the current year going into the next stage. We are looking forward to it and hopefully we can get the job done.”

In addition to signing Kilduff up for another year, the Louth club have also secured the service of 23 year old Robbie Benson for another season.

Kilduff Jersey Fetches €800 at Auction

A Dundalk FC football jersey signed by the League Championship winning squad and Europa League heroes has sold for €800 at a charity auction in Gregory’s Pub in Kilcock, Co.Kildare.

The jersey with ‘Kilduff 16’ on the back was donated by Kilcock man and Dundalk striker Ciaran Kilduff to the customers of Gregorys who were raising money by growing their beards for Movember and getting them shaved tonight, December 3rd in the pub, whilst hosting an auction at the same time.

Their kind efforts were for a very worthy cause To raise money for Robyn Smith, a little girl battling childhood cancer. In addition to the ‘Kilduff Keepsake’, there were also a couple of signed Liverpool jerseys up for grabs. Fair play to all involved and to Ciaran for organising the jersey. 

At the time of going to post, the proud owner of the Lilywhites shirt and kind-hearted highest bidder, wishes to remain anonymous. 

A Maccabi Birthday For Kilduff

A 73rd minute goal from substitute Ciaran Kilduff has handed Dundalk an historic 1-0 victory in the Europa League over Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv at the Tallaght Stadium tonight.

Kilcock man Kilduff tapped home a delightful Daryl Horgan cross moments after coming on to secure all three points for the Lilywhites, his second in two Europa League group games and with the added bonus of netting on his birthday. 

“Get in there ya lad ya”

Kilcock Celtic Youngsters Impress At Longford Town

Six players from Kilcock Celtics’ league winning u17 premier team were invited down to train with Longford Town in the last couple of weeks and left with their reputations enhanced after impressing manager Wayne Groves.

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Adam O’Connell, Lee Loughnane & Remi Kareen after Longford Town training.

Kilcock man Brendan Rooney, who is part of Groves’ coaching staff, brought the lads down to give them a chance to train with the Airtricity Premier League clubs’ u19 team and the six, Fionn Talbot, Dylan Bradley, Josh Sherlock, Adam O’Connell, Lee Loughnane and Remi Kareen didn’t let him down. Rooney said; “I am on the coaching staff, Wayne Groves is the manager, he is ex St.Kevins . I took them down to train and give them a chance and Wayne told them during the week that he would like to keep them training, with a view to signing in the future”.

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Fionn Talbot, Josh Sherlock & Dylan Bradley after their session with Longford Town.

It would come as no surprise to see some of these lads strutting their stuff at the top-level of Irish football in the next few years, following in the footsteps of fellow Kilcock men Aaron Brilly (Cabinteely FC) and Ciaran Kilduff (Dundalk). Id addition to this Brian McNamara is currently banging them in for American side Nashville FC.