Championship Predictions 2018

Kildare Senior Football Championship – Sarsfields

Kildare Intermediate Football Championship -St.Kevins

Kildare Junior Football Champuonship- Rheban

Meath Senior Football Championship – Wolfe Tones

Meath Intermediate Football Championship – Trim

More to follow……..

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Former Kildare Gaa player signs for Waterford FC

Former Kildare minor and u21 footballer Rory Feely has signed for newly promoted Waterford FC ahead of the 2018 League of Ireland Premier Division season.

Feely, who ie now focusing on soccer despite being a promising Gaelic footballer with Kildare, scored 1-1 against Dublin in the Leinster minor semi-final as the Lilywhites went on to become provincial champions in 2015, before losing an All-Ireland semi-final to Tipperary.

The Athy footballer also featured for his county in the 2016 Leinster U21 football decider, which Kildare lost to the Dubs by a goal after extra-time. His older brother, Kevin, is a current member of the Kildare senior panel, having previously played professional soccer in the UK for the likes of Newport County and Carlisle United.

Feely, who can play as a central defender or in midfield, turns 21 today. The Kildare man, who lived in Waterford until the age of 12, moves to the RSC from St Patrick’s Athletic.

“I am very happy to link up with Waterford FC ahead of the new season,” he said. “I’m originally from Tramore so I have grown up with the Blues as my local League of Ireland club. I kept a keen eye last season during the promotion push and I now hope to be a part of something big for the club going forward.

“I worked with Alan [Reynolds] at St Pat’s and enjoyed the way he works, so when there was interest shown I was very happy to join. I am looking forward to competing for a starting place and being part of a competitive team at the top end of the table.”

He added: “As a player, I’ve been tried in a few positions over the last couple of seasons, primarily due to my aerial ability, but hopefully Blues’ fans will see me deployed in a more attacking role where I feel most comfortable. Ultimately, I just want to work hard and break into the team early on.”

Feely was part of the St Pat’s side who were crowned League of Ireland U19 champions in 2015. After breaking into Liam Buckley’s first team, he went on to make 42 appearances for the Inchicore outfit and attracted interest from recently-crowned Premier Division and FAI Cup winners Cork City in 2017.

Kilcock duo set for O’Byrne Cup start

Kilcock’s Eoin Powderly and Daniel Courtney have been named in the Kildare starting fifteen for tomorrow nights O’Byrne Cup 2nd round tie with Louth, which takes place in Hawkfield, with a throw in time of 8pm.

Manager Cian O’Neill has handed Courtney his senior inter-county debut at wing back after impressing there in some recent challenge games, while in Powderly’s case, the pacey defender has been recalled to the panel after missing 2017 with a cruciate ligament injury and will start at corner back for the meeting of the men from the Wee County.
Elsewhere, promising Carbury teenager Aaron O’Neill will also make his competitive debut in goal, as will Celbridge defender Kevin Flynn at wing back. 

O’Neill has named a relatively strong looking team, with plenty of scoring threat upfront in the shape of Clane’s Brian McLaughlin and Two Mile House sharpshooter Chris Healy.

Kildare should get their 2018 season off to a winning start at the expense of Pete McGrath’s Louth, especially if 2017 player of the year Kevin Feely carries that form into the new season.

Celtic to face Longford Town in Pre Season friendly

Kilcock Celtic’s senior team will face the Longford Town u19s on January 21st, with the winner taking home the Frank O’Connor Memorial Cup.

The tie will take place at Kilcock’s Bawnogues pitch and kick off at 1pm. Save the date in your diary!!

Kilcock manager Brendan Rooney coached the Midlanders u19 side in the past, where some current members of his Celtic team also plyed their trade.

New Kilcock Captain announced

Conor Caulfield has been confirmed as the new Captain of the Kilcock Intermediate footballers for the upcoming 2018 season. 

The Monaghan native, who enjoyed a fine debut season at midfield for his new club in 2017, takes over from the recently retired goalkeeper Shane Stone. 

Caulfield’s powerful displays at midfield were instrumental in Declan Gibbons’ charges reaching the Intermediate final where they lost out to favourites Raheens. He also showed his leadership qualities in the final round of the league by scoring a crucial last minute goal to help Kilcock survive in division two.

Gibbons will have taken all this into account in making his decision and has put his faith in the former Scotstown player to try and help his youthful side go one step further in 2018.

Courtney could be what the doctor ordered for Kildare

Daniel Courtney & Eoin Powderly after today’s win over Westmeath

Kilcock duo Daniel Courtney and Eoin Powderly both lined out for the Kildare senior footballers today in a 1-19 to 1-11 victory over Westmeath in Kilcullen.
After being called up to the panel in October, the pair got their first few minutes of action in the Kildare jersey this year, ahead of the 2018 season. 

The Lilywhites were playing the Midlanders to mark the turning on of Kilcullen’s new floodlights. Courtney started at wing-back and put in a fine display, bombing forward at every available opportunity, chipping in with a point from play in the process. Manager Cian O’Neill will be looking to unearth a few new faces over the coming months and Courtney could well be the answer to his call.

Powderly, who was part of Cian O’Neill’s plans in 2016 before he suffered a cruciate injury, was brought on at half-time at corner back and also put in a impressive performance. 

Kildare start their O’Byrne Cup campaign in three weeks and we wish the lads all the best. We will have updates on the lads throughout the 2018 season. 

Former Kilcock player to run marathon less than a year after horrific car accident

Former Kilcock Gaa player Barry O’Keeffe is to this weekend run a marathon less than a year after been involved in a car accident in Spain that almost left him paralysed.

Barry all set for his marathon at CostaSpine in Spain

O’Keeffe who soldiered with Kilcock for nearly all of his Gaa career before moving to County Meath and Moynalvey where he both played and managed through a period of exciting times for the club, attended CostaSpine in his adopted country of Spain during his road to recovery.

A spokesperson for CostaSpine today posted on their Facebook page a brief description of Barry’s miraculous recovery from the time he first walked through their doors with a cervical fracture of C6/C7 to the day asked would he be OK to run a marathon on December 10th.

“Here is one of our patients his name is Barry O’Keeffe. Our resident D.C started seeing him as a patient in the beginning of June. I saw him for a neck injury, which he sustained from a traumatic car accident. In this accident and he sustained a cervical fracture of C6/C7. 

After an intensive surgery, Barry was lucky to not be paralysed. He has extensive pins and screws to ensure his neck would heal correctly. He presented to CostaSpine 3 months post-op with almost zero range of motion and slight cervical radiculopathy down his left arm. We started treating him for this of course and after a month, we were shocked with what he requested ‘Do you think I can do the Malaga Marathon on the 10th of December ?’

We continued to treat him and his healing was phenomenal, he was incredibly diligent with everything our resident Chiropractor gave him to do. Before we knew it, he was on the rehabilitative side of his treatment plan and his results were remarkable. He then felt comfortable enough to start running and he has been so committed ever since and I am happy to say he will be there on the 10th of December competing for his medal at the Malaga marathon. 
Barry, we at CostaSpine commend you for your effort, dedication and perseverance of knowing anything is attainable with the right mind-set. He is doing this race for a school back in Ireland called Saplings Mullingar, I have attached the link so if you want to support Barry and his charity of choice please feel free to donate and get behind him.”

https://www.saplingsmullingar.ie/

All the best for Sunday Barry. 💚💛