Murray Honoured Along With Class Of 92

Kilcock’s adopted son Brian Murray was honoured along with his Donegal team mates during half time of last Sunday’s Ulster final between Tyrone and Down in Clones for their success in capturing the title in 1992.

The occassion marked the 25th anniversary of his sides 0-14 to 1-9 victory over Derry at the same venue. 

The players and management were kitted out for the day by Magees of Donegal Town, where they met up on the Sunday morning before departing for St Tiernach’s Park.

The team travelled to Clones, just like they did 25 years earlier, courtesy of Marleys Coaches with Francie Marley, just like he was in ’92, behind the wheel.

After the game the entire squad and management were the special guests at a celebratory meal in the Four Seasons Hotel, before going their seperate ways.

Except for Jim McGuinness (Beijing), Charlie Mulgrew (holidays) and John Joe Doherty (family bereavement), all the rest of the ’92 squad turned out on the day.

Murray and his team mates went on to beat Mayo in the All-Ireland semi final by 0-13 to 0-09 before defeating Dublin 0-18 to 0-14 in the final. They will be honoured again before the All-Ireland football final in September. 

Murray now resides in Kilcock along with his wife Della and two children Ciaran and Lorna. All four are heavily involved in the local Gaa scene, where Brian himself played and managed for a number of years. 

Kilcock and Kilcullen must do it all again after draw

Daragh McArdle who kicked 3 points for Kilcock

Kilcock 0-12  Kilcullen 1-9

The Courtyard Hotel Leixlip IFC round one

Kilcullen were promoted to the intermediate ranks after overcoming Milltown in a replay of last year’s junior final, before going on an impressive run through the Leinster Championship that saw them lose at the semi-final stage to Bracknagh. They have a team that is well set up to keep their heads above water in this year’s campaign, and Sunday’s tie against Kilcock presented the perfect opportunity to settle into their new surroundings.

From the get go this was an intriguing encounter in which neither side ever looked destined to pull away from the other, and it remained that way right through.

The first half finished all square, with Kilcullen hitting the major score of the half through Brian Bell as he rustled the net in the 22nd minute. That goal came at an important time for the Rags as they had conceded four points in a row as Kilcock powered into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead, with Eoin McArdle striking three points from play during that period for the leaders.

Points from Darragh Timolin and Paul Jones before the interval helped Kilcullen to go in level as the scores stood 1-4 to 0-7 at the break.

The second half was every bit as even as both sides traded blows continuosly, with David Marshall landing two for the Rags while Daragh McArdle and Willie Bright were on target for Kilcock. Outside of the excellent Marshall, Paul Bell was Kilcullen’s only other scorer before the end of the game as he floated over a beautiful long range point, and at the other end Eoin and Daragh McArdle pointed frees either side of an excellent score from Bright as Kilcock led by one with 10 minutes to go.

Marshall levelled matters with a free from the right wing in the 53rd minute, and it looked like anyone’s game by this stage.

A frantic final 10 minutes ensued in which both sides squandered gilt-edged chances to find a winner in almost comical fashion, but a draw was probably a fair outcome and these two sides will meet again on Thursday night to determine a winner.

Scorers for Kilcock: E McArdle 0-5(1f), D McArdle 0-3 (1f) and W Bright 0-3(1f), D Courtney 0-1.

Scorers for Kilcullen: D Marshall 0-5(2f), B Bell 1-0, P Bell 0-2, P Jones and D Timolin 0-1 each

Kilcock v Kilcullen Kildare IFC

Kilcock’s Stephen Duffy who will look to line out at full back v Kilcullen

The Intermediate footballers of Kilcock get their championship campaign up and running tomorrow against 2016 Junior A champions Kilcullen at 2pm in Hawkfield.

It is expected that manager Declan Gibbons will field a youthful looking side as the club continues to go through something of a transitional period. Many of these lads were part of the 2016 minor league winning team so are no strangers to success but it is all about been able to make that step up to the adult ranks. 

Fearghal O’Brien and Shane O’Rourke are definitely on the absentees list as they spend the summer Stateside but Daniel Courtney is expected to feature.

Kilcock should have too much for the team known as ‘The Rags’ but they cannot take anything for granted as the men in black and white look to write another chapter in their rags to riches story!!

Kilcock’s Nairn named on Kildare Minor team

Kildare minor football team to face Carlow

Talented Kilcock midfielder Findlay Nairn has been named at wing forward for the Kildare minor footballers’ Leinster Football Championship round one clash with Carlow.

Nairn and his team mates must travel to Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow this Saturday where they will look to clear the first hurdle with victory over their dangerous hosts from 1pm.

Kilcock have been well represented at this level in recent years by Daniel Courtney and Jason Gibbons, both of whom won Leinster titles before falling at the All Ireland semi final stage and Nairn will be hoping to replicate their achievements.

Findlay is joined on the panel by club mate Lee Loughnane but unfortunately for Lee he is currently out with a hand injury.  

O’Brien on fire as Kilcock romp to victory.

Paul O’Brien in action for Kilcock senior footballers.

Kilcock 5-13 Celbridge 2-11

Paul O’Brien produced a scintillating display at Kilcock Gaa on Monday night to ensure that Kilcock’s 2nd team got their Senior B division one league campaign off to a winning start against Celbridge.

The experienced, pacey forward hit a hat-trick of goals and also contributed two points as Padraic Carroll’s side got the better of their well fancied neighbours in their first game back in the top tier. 

Two of O’Brien’s goals came in the first half, the second an unstoppable effort when one on one with the Celbridge net minder. Daragh McArdle netted the third and with points from the midfield duo of Chris McCarthy and Darren Byrne (2) along with an O’Brien free, the men in green and gold lead 3-4 to 0-4 at half time.

Kilcock took up where they left off upon the resumption and ended the game as a contest when debutant Conor Dewe Stokes tapped home a goal after some smart build up play from a number of his team mates including the star of the show O’Brien.

Celbridge rallied somewhat and struck two goals of their own but were dealt another blow when O’Brien completed his hat-trick to land Kilcock’s fifth. Further points from McArdle (3), Ronan Mulligan, Cian Mulhall (2), O’Brien, Byrne and substitute Michael Stokes wrapped up proceedings as Kilcock ran out eleven point winners, 5-13 to 2-11.

There was an added special moment on the night when Michael Stokes came on to play alongside Conor. It’s been a long time since there was a father/son combination on the field at the same time for Kilcock.

In addition it was clearly visible to see that many of the Kilcock lads were playing for their places in the upcoming SFL Div2 game at home to Johnstownbridge and there’s no doubting O’Brien will have caught Declan Gibbons’ attentions. 

O’Brien in action v Celbridge last night.

Cappagh Kick Centenary Year Off In Style

Cappagh sporting their new jerseys prior to the Kildangan game.

Kildare SFL Div 4:

Cappagh 4-11  Kildangan 0-5

By Robert Cox

Cappagh Gaa Club’s adult mens footballers got their Centenary Year celebrations off to a winning start with victory in round one of the 2017 Division 4 League at home to Kildangan on Tuesday night, March 28th.

Sporting their new jerseys, specially designed to mark the 100 year anniversary, the men in red & white (and a bit of blue) dominated proceedings throughout and lead 2-6 to 0-4 at the break in front of a large home support.

Second half goals from Chris Murray and Eoin Leonard added an extra gloss to the scoreboard along with points from Dean Brennan, Thomas Jackman and the aforementioned Leonard but it was the overall signs of team spirit and general team performance that will delight management the most, along with their sides hard work in tracking back and support of the man in possession.

Cappagh ran out easy 18 point winners in the end, with Brian Kelly and Caoimh McAuley making their debuts. They were also delighted to welcome back Aaron Maher and Geoff Flanagan to the fold.

Cappagh would like to thank their main sponsor Joe Mallon Motors of Naas and Portlaoise for their continued support and are delighted to have them on this special centenary jersey.

Speaking to a club rep after Tuesday’s victory they said; “The very first Cappagh jersey 100 years ago was blue with a white sash so for our centenary we have incorporated a spot of blue into our now traditional Cappagh Red & White hoops. Our new goalkeeper jersey is based on the original”.

History Made As Kilcock Gaa Becomes One Club

Kilcock Gaa club historically became ‘one club’ when members voted unanimously for the proposal at an EGM on Friday night, March 10th 2017.

The one club brings together Kilcock Gaa Club, Kilcock LGFA and Kilcock Camogie Club to replace what was previously three seperate organisations.

A spokesperson for the club spoke positively regarding the decision; “This is huge progress in the development of Kilcock Gaa and we are delighted to have the Ladies Football and Camogie clubs onboard as we progress together.”