St.Cocas Orla Reidy to represent Ireland in Nottingham

Orla Reidy and her Irish team mates prior to departing for Nottingham

St.Cocas AC athlete Orla Reidy, will tomorrow represent Ireland at the SIAB International Schools’ in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England.

Orla will become the first girl from St.Cocas to represent Ireland at schools level and qualifies after her 5th place finish two weeks ago in the All-Irelands in Waterford.

The event is part of the Home Countries International (4 nations) and sees 16 Irish schools’ athletes compete. Orla ran for Maynooth Post Primary in the Leinsters and All-Irelands, with the St.Cocas runner firstly capturing the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title in Santry on February 21st before her 5th place finish in Waterford.

Orla’s achievements so far are all the more remarakable as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year.

The junior girls will compete over 4km with the Intermediate girls (Orla’s race) competing over 4.5km.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in helping her to reach this level.

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Kilcock man nets in last win on Kerry soil

Larry McCormack (back row, 1st from the right) with Kildare in 1956

A goal from Kilcock man Larry McCormack helped Kildare to a 1-7 to 0-7 win over Kerry on the one and only ocassion they defeated the men from the Kingdom in their own backyard back in 1954.

Cian O’Neill and his current crop of Lilys head South to face Kerry today knowing anything less than a victory would send them straight back down to Division 2 and as you can see history is not really on their side!

Despite Kildare beating today’s opponents more recently in St.Conleth’s Park and famously beating them in the 1998 All-Ireland semi final, 1954 still remains the one and only time they left The Kingdom with victory. Maybe St.Patrick’s Day can stir up something special. It will have to if Kildare are to have any chance of avoiding relegation. Ohh to have Larry McCormack back in the ranks!!

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.

Author: Robert Cox. If you have a story you would like to share please email robbiecox7@hotmail.com or whats app me on 0877685757

Perfect 5 for Scoil Dara’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock’s first ever Junior Rugby team

Scoil Dara Kilcock fielded a Junior Rugby side for the first time ever today, when they travelled to Barnhall Rugby Club for a Junior blitz.

The lads, trained by Niall McCann and Mr Fanciulli, played five games, amazingly winning all five. Local rivals Maynooth Post Primary were one of the teams dispatched, along with Dunlavin, Confey, Cross and Passion Kilcullen and Celbridge Community School.

Scoil Dara also has a senior squad in the school but it’ the first time the school has played a game.

Niall McCann spoke to extratimesportlive.com in the aftermath of the school’s flying start; “There was some great rugby played this morning by the lads in Barnhall. We had two teams from the North Kildare RFC area taking part, both Maynooth PPS and Scoil Dara. It was extra special for Scoil dara as they were fielding a rugby team for the first time. Fair play to the lads, it’s a great start and their is some decent talent after been unearthed.”

Scoil Dara would be more notable for producing Gaa and soccer stars through the years but maybe just maybe instead of a future Ciaran Kilduff or Ciaran Fitzpatrick, we might see the next Johnny Sexton coming out those green gates!!

As a past pupil the only rugby yours truly played there was 30v30 on the tarmac of the basketball courts at lunchtime. Needless to say that didn’t last long after a couple of ambulance appearances.

Author: Robert Cox. If you have a story you would like to share please email robbiecox7@hotmail.com or whats app me on 0877685757

Longford Town win inaugural O’Connor Cup

Longford Town u19s took home the inaugural Frank O’Connor Cup with an 8-4 victory over Kilcock Celtic in testing weather conditions on the Maynooth University astro turf pitch on Sunday afternoon.

The game, which was originally postponed in January due to an unplayable Kilcock Celtic pitch, produced some fantastic attacking football from both teams in the first half, with Longford edging it 4-3 at the break.

Both sides made a raft of changes in personel at half time, before emptying their benches throughout the second half as the two teams continue their pre season preperations for their respective league campaigns.

It was the League of Ireland outfit who used their experience competing at a higher level, to capitalise in the second half to come away winners on a full time score of 8-4.

Kilcock Celtic Chairman Shane Thompson spoke after the game; “Thanks again to all at Longford Town. Hopefully we can build on our friendship in the coming years. A special thanks to the O’connor family for sponsoring the cup and cheers to everyone who turned up despite the baltic conditions, to support both teams. Thanks to Longford Town u19s who fielded their strongest available team in honour of the late Frank O’Connor.”

Former Kilcock Celtic pair Patrick O’Sullivan and Josh Sherlock were involved for Longford Town.

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.

Scoil Dara Kilcock student Caoimhe McHugh wins silver medal in Sweden

Caoimhe McHugh from Clane Boxing Club won a silver medal at the Golden Gloves in Sweden on Sunday.

Caoimhe, who goes to Scoil Dara Kilcock and plays football for Cappagh, fought her way to the final in her age/weight catagory, winning her semi final on Saturday before just falling short of gold the next day.

Messages of congratulations have been flooding into the Clane Boxing Club’s Facebook page, including from the head coach of the club; “Some news from Sweden. Caoimhe is coming home with a silver she missed out today for the gold. Can I just say how proud as the head coach and all of clane boxing club we are of you well done champion” 👊👊👊

More news to follow when we get it, including maybe an interview…..