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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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 extratimesportlive.com 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.

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.”

Lip Sync Ireland set for one Of Kildare’s oldest clubs

Preperations are being fine-tuned for Kilcock Gaa Clubs’ biggest night of the year.

It’s the Lip Sync Battles Ireland Kilcock style. It takes place in the club on Saturday, September 30th. 

It’s a huge fund-raising event. The launch took place in the club house the same night Rory’s Stories put on a magnificent show.

Kilcock Gaa have been at the heart of the community since as far back as 1887. They were one of the first clubs to affiliate under Gaa rules in Kildare along with Clane, Carbury and Monasterevan, just two and a half years after the association was founded in Thurles.

They have top class facilities at their Branganstown home, including their splendid clubhouse with its fabulous sports hall. The pitches at their HQ are rarely silent. 

The club are putting in the work in football, hurling and camogie and are marching towards the future with confidence. The Lip Sync spectacular will help to keep the home fires burning.

Make sure to get your tickets soon before the ‘Sold Out’ signs are put up!!! 

Mulligan Takes The Reigns At Celbridge

John Mulligan has become the new manager of Celbridge Ladies adult football team for the 2017 season.

Cappagh man Mulligan, whose previous managerial posts include stints in charge of Kilcock Ladies and his home club Cappagh (where he also coached the ladies), will take up his new role from this week.

Celbridge will be looking to push on under the guidance of their new manager after enjoying a fairly successful 2016. The girls in blue and white enjoyed League glory and were beaten finalists in the Junior B Championship.

Speaking to an excited Mulligan, he said; “This is a great opportunity to build on the momentum from last year and I hope to continue with the development of Ladies Football in Celbridge. I met with the club executive last Monday and they are aiming high and have a very professional approach so I am delighted to be a part of it.”

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