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.

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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.”

Kildare Rose visits Curragh on Guineas weekend

Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill at the entrance to the Curragh

Kilcock native Deirbhle Mulvihill who was named as the 2017 Kildare Rose in April continued her duties at the weekend with a visit to the Curragh races at the popular Guineas meeting.

Deirbhle who plays gaelic football for Cappagh is said to have had a fantastic day and even appeared in the picture round of a table quiz, with many people mistaking her for one of the Seoige sisters!!

Best of luck to Deirbhle with all her rose duties and with a busy few months ahead, the best is surely yet to come. 


Kilcock Ladies defeated in Moorefield

Aisling O’Connor who scored Kilcock’s two goals.

Moorefield 2-12 Kilcock 2-6

Kildare Ladies SFL Div2 in Moorefield

Despite a brace of Aisling O’Connor goals and an overall spirited team performance, a youthful Kilcock side finally succumbed to their more experienced hosts in Moorefield on Tuesday night? April 4th.
Missing a few first team regulars, Kilcock took a while to settle and were 1-1 in arrears within the first few minutes before O’Connor settled nerves with her first goal of the night.

Scores were hard to come by for the remainder of the half and it was Moorefield who found the majority of the ones that did come about to lead 1-5 to 1-1 at the break.

The powerful strong running O’Connor struck for her and Kilcock’s second goal after the break to leave only two points between the teams.

But despite points from Laura Ward, Lorna Murray, Eve Powderly (2) and O’Connor herself, the Martin Maguire/Martin Kiely trained side never got close enough as Moorefield ran out 2-12 to 2-6 winners. 

Best for Kilcock were Emma Maguire, Hayley White and Aisling O’Connor

Kilcock face Naas next week in Kilcock as they look to get their league campaign back on track.

Powderly Hits Treble In Kilcock Draw

Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

A second half Eve Powderly hat-trick helped Kilcock Senior Ladies secure a draw against old foes Carbury in their re-arranged SFL division 2 tie in Kilcock today, Sunday March 26th.

Trailing by eight points heading into the final ten minutes of the game Powderly and her team mates showed a great fighting spirit to battle back and were duly rewarded when the impressive Aisling O’Connor found the net with the final piece of action of a pulsating game, curling her effort in off the post after forging her way through a whole host of blue and yellow jerseys. 

Kilcock were playing their first game of 2017 due to adverse weather conditions leading to unplayable pitches while the visitors were competing in their third match of the campaign and this showed in the first half as Carbury settled the quicker and went on to lead at half time by 6 points, 1-6 to 0-3. All this and having had the disadvantage of playing into a strong wind. Eve Powderly, Emma Robinson and Grace White raised the white flag for Kilcock, with Robinson having a goal disallowed for fisting the ball straight into the net.

Kilcock came flying out of the blocks in the 2nd period with Powderly firing a left footed shot to the back of the net straight from the throw in.

The two sides traded scores in a tense battle with Lorna Murray, Sheena Byrne, Aisling O’Connor and Caoimhe Fagan pointing into the wind. 

At the other end Catherine O’Malley and Wiggy kept Carbury’s noses just infront and the duo looked to have put the game beyond doubt when they combined for O’Malley to blast the ball to the back of Eimear Kelly’s net, despite the latters best efforts to keep it out. At this stage there were eight points in it and Carbury looked to have secured the points but rule out this Kilcock side at your peril!!

Pushed on from the back by player of the game Emma Maguire, Kilcock rallied and late goals from Powderly (2) along with O’Connor’s winner helped them snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat. 

Eimear Kelly was solid in goals, pulling off some crucial saves and finding her team mates with a high percentage of her kickouts. Emma Maguire lead by example at centre back while Caoimhe Fagan used her engine to cover serious ground throughout in midfield. Upfront Aisling O’Connor and the hat-trick hero Powderly got the required scores needed to salvage an important draw. A special mention to debutants Brianne Traynor, (who started wing back and put in a fine display) Charley Burke, (who also started) Aoife McArdle and Sarah Lavin from the bench. 

Final score Kilcock 4-7 Carbury 2-13

Kilcock play Clane on Tuesday next in Kilcock.

Kildare LGFA Senior League Update

With poor weather conditions wreaking havoc on the early rounds of many of the Kildare Ladies SFL games, it was a relief for all to see 10+ games played over 4 divisions on Tuesday night, March 21st.

One of the standout fixtures came in division 2 with the meeting of Clane and last years Juinor A championship winners Suncroft. This tie was played under lights at Ellistown Gaa and it was the Crofts first game of the season. As in many of their games in 2016, the girls from Brownstown were best served by county duo Trina Duggan and Ellen Dowling. The pair combined to shoot their side into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead, county captain Duggan with the goal. Clane responded well however and fought back (netting on the stroke of half time) to leave the score at the break; Suncroft 1-6 Clane 1-4.

Dowling was once again to the fore in the second half, hitting 1-3 to leave her side two points up going into injury time, of which there ended up been nine minutes of. Clane showed they have a bit of bite about them this year, hitting 2 points time added on to secure a hard fought draw on a final score of 2-9 apiece. There’s no doubting these two sides will be at the business end of division 2 in a few weeks time….. When hopefully the weather will have picked up!!

Suncroft lineup v Clane

Elsewhere in divison 2 a strong looking Moorefield side ran out convincing winners over Kilcullen while Naas ended Carbury’s 100% start with a five point victory. Kilcock are yet to play a game but face old foes Carbury this coming Sunday.

In division 1 Na Fianna were shown no mercy by Confey on their debut in the top ranks. The experinced Confey ladies travelled to Ballyteague and came away with the two points in a convincing manner. Their close rivals Leixlip also picked up two points with victory over Eadestown and one feels these two teams will fancy taking home the league trophy for 2017…. St. Laurences and Sarsfields might have something to say about that though.

Cappagh made it 2 wins from 2 in division 3 with a comprehensive win away to Athy. The girls in red and white ran out easy 5-11 to 1-7 victors, following up on their round one success in Ballykelly. Their former manager John Mulligan picked up his first competitive win since taking charge at Celbridge, overseeing a tense, one point win against neighbours Kill. 4-6 to 4-5. 

South Kildare side Castlemitchell recorded their 3rd win in as many outings when they accounted for Rathangan by the minimum, 1-8 to 0-10. An Aoife Maye goal in the 45th minute was all that could seperate these two dogged sides. 

New Celbridge manager John Mulligan

In division 4 Ballymore and Round Towers had comfortable wins over Ellistown and Castledermot respectively but I have to give credit to the two losing sides here. For Ellistown 2017 sees them entering a senior ladies team for the first time and Castledermot must be commended for making a return to competitive senior action after been unable to field in 2016. 

Ellistown senior ladies team 2017

Kilcock Ladies In Action Down-Under

Kilcock Ladies Gaa trio Shannon Byrne, Shona Cagney and Orla Cagney were in action this weekend for Clan Na Gael Bondi in Melbourne at the Pearses 7s.

Orla Cagney, Shanon Byrne and Shona Cagney modelling the new Clan Na Gael jersey sponsored by Supermacs.

The twins Shona and Orla set off on their travels down under along with a group of their friends including Shanon Byrne in 2016 and have been working and enjoying life in Sydney since. Their love of Gaa meant they weren’t long getting involved with Clan Na Gael where they get to keep fit and meet new friends from around the world.

The Ladies are seen above modelling the clubs’ latest jerseys, sponsored by Supermacs. Coincidentally enough this is Supermac’s first Gaa Sponsorship in Australia and abroad. Best of luck to all.

Could all those night’s spent in Supermacs Maynooth by the Ladies had some kind of influence!!! 

Reults and more news to follow.