Kilcock return to the Aldridge Cup after long absence

The footballers of Kilcock Gaa make a return to the Aldridge Cup this weekend for the first time since 2011.

The pre season tournent which is for senior championship teams in Kildare, will this year make a little bit of history by including a team from the Intermediate ranks, Kilcock.

Declan Gibbons’ men will take the place of Moorefield, who only last weekend lost out in the All-Ireland semi final to Corofin and who will feel they deserve a well earned rest.

Kilcock take their place on account of finishing 2017 as beaten Intermediate finalists to Raheens. Gibbons and his young side will see it as ideal preperation for the year ahead, with the quality of opposition sure to be a lot higher than they faced in recent years, starting with Naas on Saturday.

With the main pitch closed in Kilcock Gaa for the next few weeks, the game is likely to take place in the local secondary school, Scoil Dara.

Kilcock haven’t competed at the top table since they were relegated in 2011.

Aside from the men’s return to competitive action, the u17s also begin their season, while the ladies footballer’s take part in Na Fianna’s Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament.

Shane Smullen’s Ladies start at 10am on Saturday with a game vs Na Fianna and they take on Carbury in their second game.

The aforementioned u17s get their league campaign underway against Athy down in Athy on Sunday.

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Blackhall Gaels v Seneschalstown Meath SFL Div2: Gallery

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 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.

Brilly signs for Athlone Town

Aaron Brilly in action for Athlone Town FC during his first spell with the club in 2017.

Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly has re-signed for League of Ireland first division side Athlone Town ahead of the forthcoming 2018 season.

Brilly, who left the midlanders halfway through last season for Home Farm FC, following some problems within the club, rejoins a club that are hoping for an upturn in fortunes under new manager Aaron Callaghan.

The club have been putting together a panel of players behind the scenes over the past number of weeks, with the full identity of the squad only to be released tonight.

Brilly has previously played in the League of Ireland with Longford Town and Cabinteely, as well as enjoying a spell with Newry City, so he brings with him experience beyond his years to Callaghan’s new side.

Athlone have recently played Ashbourne, Lucan United and Shamrock Rovers in pre season games, games Brilly is believed to have been involved in.

Blackhall left to rue missed chances in Seneschalstown draw

When the full time whistle blew at Fr Tully Park, Seneschalstown at 12.20pm on Sunday, both the visitors, Blackhall Gaels and their hosts headed for their respective post game huddles wondering how on earth they didn’t come away with the maximum points on offer. Instead they had to settle for a point apiece as the game ended 0-12 to 0-12.

On paper this looked like the pick of the Meath SFL division two, round two games at the weekend and in terms of competivness and excitement it didn’t disappoint, though the general quality all over the pitch left a lot to be desired at times.

Blackhall Gaels will rue the missed opportunites the most as they kicked wide after wide in the final ten minutes, as well as throwing away a two point lead during the same period. However on the flip side, Liam Keane’s side will be a sense relieved that they didn’t leave empty handed, an outcome that would have been almost certain had Cathal Finnegan’s late goal-bound effort not have flashed wide of David Ferris’ goal.

The tie was Seneschalstown’s first of the year after their first round game was cancelled so they can be excused for their rustiness. It was unusual to see only one Sheridan line out for the home side, with Brian taking his place at midfield. Like their blue and yellow counterparts they are at the beginning of a re-building phase it seems.

Blackhall for their part were looking to bounce back from their disappointing round one loss at home to Castletown and were grateful for the return of Donnacha Healy, James Kelly, Hugh Smith, Stephen Morris and former county man Donnacha Tobin, though Alan Nestor was an absentee through ilness.

Blackhall started the game like they meant business and drew first blood when centre forward Sean Whelan split the posts with a lovely right-footed effort after three minutes before the Yellow Furze men struck three points in a row through wing back Adam Carey, impressive corner forward Cathal Finnegan and Brian Sheridan from a free to put them 3-1 ahead.

The two sides traded points throughout the remainder of the first half without ever really threatening the goal, though David Ferris did pull off a top drawer safe in the Blackhall goals from a Robert Wogan effort, with Ferris’ team mate Daniel Carty clearing the rebound off the line. Paul Kelly, Whelan (2), Sean Healy and Andy Brady (2) raised the white flag for the Gaels while James Meade, Finnegan and Sheridan fired over for Seneschalstown before Wogan levelled matters just on the stroke of half time. Blackahll lost the influential John Kelly to a nasty looking ankle injury early on which didn’t help their cause, with only two substitutes on the bench. H/T Sen 0-7 BHG 0-7

Blackhall started the second half as they did the first, with Paul Kelly this time hitting a left-footed free from the 45-yard line, out near the wing. Finnegan responded almost instantly to tie the game up again, with the dimunitive corner forward wreaking havoc in the Gaels defence.

Both sides were guilty of kicking some relatively easy wides for the remainder but Andy Brady and Donnacha Healy did trade points with Finnegan (2) to leave the sides locked on 0-10 with fifteen minutes remaining. A Whelan free and one of the scores of the day from Paul Kelly, when he made his way past four defenders before blasting over with the outside of the left, put Blackhall two ahead (12-10) and seemingly heading for victory as the game entered its final ten minutes but Finnegan was to have other ideas.

The aforementioned Finnegan, a county minor panelist from last year, struck two superb points from play to level proceedings, to set up a tense final few minutes. A final few minutes that saw both sides squander what would surely have been the winning score. Finnegan blasted his goal effort wide when a point surely would have sufficed but Blackhall were the guiltier of the two, kicking atleast six scoreable shots wide of David Lyons’ goal in the closing moments.

In the end the two senior championship teams had to settle for a point apiece, with both camps left scratching their heads about what might have been. It is only February but improvement is needed. Atleast time is on their side.

Donnacha Tobin kept Blackhall going all day with his endless hard work around the middle, while David Ferris in goal and Stephen Morris, just back from his travels, also impressed. Mark Fox and Adam Carey shone for Seneschalstown at the back while Brian Sheridan (midfield), Robert Wogan and man of the match Finnegan were also to the fore.

F/T Sen 0-12 BHG 0-12

Scorers: Seneschalstown C.Finnegan 0-7, B.Sheridan 0-2, J.Meade 0-1, A.Carey 0-1, R.Wogan 0-1

Blackhall Gaels S.Whelan 0-4, A.Brady 0-3, P.Kelly 0-3, D.Healy 0-1 S.Healy 0-1


Blackhall Gaels: D.Ferris, C.Nally, Dan Carty, James Kelly, D.Healy, P.Brady, H.Smith, P.O’Brien, D.Tobin, S.Morris, S.Whelan, P.Kelly, John Kelly, A.Brady, Dermot Carty Subs: S.Healy for John Kelly (inj), Brian O’Connor for S.Healy

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

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.”