Author Archives: Robert Cox

About Robert Cox

I'm a sports journalist based in county Meath, Ireland. I have a passion for all sport, the people behind it and the stories they have to tell. You can find me on the sidelines, end terraces or a parade ring near you!

Leixlip Teenager Completes 1000km Cycle in 15 Days For Crumlin Children’s Hospital

By Robert Cox, April 15th, 2021

Fourteen year old Leixlip girl Abbie O’Leary has tonight completed her 1000km cycling fundraiser in aid of the Children’s Health Foundation at Crumlin Hospital.

Photo by Austin Crowe

Abbie, who began the mammoth cycle on April 1st, in line with her Easter break from school, amazingly reached her landmark only fifteen days into the month.

The sports mad Leixlip Gaa member, usually spends this time of the year immersed in Camogie, Football and competitive Swimming action but unfortunately like so many others, due to lockdown this hasn’t been possible in both 2020 and 2021.

Abbie’s competitive nature and love of exercise has seen her take up running and cycling in recent months, leading to her setting herself this challenge, while raising funds for CHI at Crumlin.

Speaking to Abbie earlier in the month, she explained her reasoning for choosing Crumlin; I’m a patient in CHI at Crumlin and am continually cared for by the fantastic Haematology team. I have also received amazing care from the medical team for various sporting injuries.

“I am so grateful for the care that I have received in CHI at Crumlin and wanted to give something back, and say thank you for all that they have done for me. I am combining my love of sport and gratitude for CHI at Crumlin in this 1000km fundraiser.”

Abbie was joined by her Mum Barbara, who is a healthcare worker and Abbie’s good friend Aoife for the cycles.

Photo: Austin Crowe

You can donate to Abbie’s fundraiser on her JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abbies1000kcycle

At the time of going to post, Abbie had raised Judy over €2,000

Summerhill LGFA Announce 2020 Players Of The Year

By Robert Cox, March 7th 2021

Summerhill Ladies Football Club today announced their Players of the Year recipients for 2020.

The highly progressive South Meath Club took to their Social Media pages to announce the winners; “Due to Covid-19, we cannot have our traditional awards ceremony, but that does not mean we will not recognise our amazingly talented players, therefore, we are delighted to announce our players of the year for 2020”

SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Mary-Kate Lynch

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Aisling McCabe

UNDERAGE LAOCH NA BLIANA:
Sophia Farrell

“This special award began last year to recognise a player’s attitude, commitment and team spirit”

Congratulations to all three winners Mary-Kate Lynch, Aisling McCabe and Sophia Farrell on their achievement and best of luck to all at Summerhill LGFA for the 2021 season.

Humans of Kilcock – Conn McDunphy

February 7th, 2021

“The neurologist in Beaumont Hospital signed me off on Friday. I am now allowed to return to racing but I must keep my neck rehab up for a long time to come.

After four months of uncertainty, not knowing if I would ever be able to race safely again, this is extremely welcome news.

For anyone who didn’t know, I fractured the left occipital condyle on my skull, which is basically C0 if you think of your neck vertebrae. The bony structure is still fractured but there is enough fibrous fusion and tissue for the bone to be stable and not mover further into my brain stem.

The fracture may never heal properly but they are happy it is stable and that it shouldn’t be any more of a risk racing with this than any other person.

See you on the road. I’m just going to keep showing up and grafting” – Conn McDunphy

Recovery Fund set up for Waterford youngster Mark Dalton following accident.

On Thursday, December 3rd 2020, Mark Dalton, his twin brother Tom, and three friends were involved in a serious car accident. Mark received exceptional care from the first responders, paramedics, staff at Cork University Hospital and the Spinal Unit of the Mater Hospital. Despite their efforts, he has been left with major trauma to his spine.        

Mark is currently at the beginning of his rehabilitation journey which will continue in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire for the next considerable period of time.
Mark is a 5th year student in Pobalscoil na Tríonóide in Youghal, Co Cork, where he has made a lasting impression, as outlined here by school principal, Séamas Ó Ceallacháin:

“There’s one or two in every school and community; ye know the kind of young man I am talking about. Without ever trying to command attention, the guy who seamlessly gains the respect of his colleagues and whom you know is a team player. That fellow who never sets out to be the focal point of conversation yet is very popular with everybody. The person you know that will always be there for you if you are in a corner but doesn’t want to be over-powering. To the community of Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Mark Dalton is that fine, decent, respected, and well-liked young man.”

Mark is an amazing teenager. His strength and determination have been obvious to all from a very young age, starting on the hurling field. He was born with a hurley in his hands and blue Waterford blood in his veins! Despite their relatively tender years, both Mark and Tom have achieved so much on both hurling & football fields. Just a few short days after the accident, both were due to represent their county, their club and their family in the Munster Minor Hurling championship against Tipperary in Páirc Ui Rinn, Cork.

“Mark is and was, along with his twin brother Tom, a very important member of this year’s county minor hurling panel. Armed with a relaxed but focused attitude, Mark developed into a fine young hurler who excelled in an attacking role. Mark’s contribution to the panel was immense and his searing pace, along with a superb eye for a score, was sorely missed in our championship outing against Tipperary.” Darragh Duggan, Waterford Minor Hurling Manager, 2020.

The main goal of this Go Fund Me page is to bring Mark back to a suitably modified home. In order to achieve this goal considerable alterations are necessary in the Dalton home, with immediate modifications required in order to bring Mark home as soon as possible. Alterations will include an accessible front door and hallway, open-plan accessible kitchen and living space and an accessible bedroom and bathroom for Mark. 

We, his friends have set up this Go Fund Me to assist Mark on his journey. This is where you, the wider public can help us to help Mark, to ensure that his essential needs are met and that the entire family will be aided and comforted for challenging times ahead. You can help, and no matter how small or large your contribution is, we thank you with all our hearts. Help us to bring Mark to where he wants and needs to be- in his own home.

Thank you so much

https://www.gofundme.com/f/mq8pu-mark-dalton-recovery-fund?utm_source=whatsapp-visit&utm_medium=chat&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Warfield and McLaughlin named on Longford Town Senior squad for 2021

By Robert Cox January 21st, 2021

Kilcock and Enfield will be represented on the Longford Town first team squad for 2021 as the Midlanders continue to prepare for life in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Striker Callum Warfield from Kilcock and former Enfield Celtic underage star Thomas McLaughlin were yesterday named on manager Daire Doyle’s updated squad list.

Callum Warfield

McLaughlin, a talented midfielder, has been added from the u19s along with Ben Lynch, while Warfield was part of the 2020 promotion winning side that eventually went up following a famous play-off victory over Shelbourne in Inchicore.

Thomas McLaughlin with manager Daire Doyle.

Blackhall Gaels’ Colm Whitty Meath Volunteer of the Year

2020 Meath Camogie Volunteer of the Year – Colm Whitty

Meath Camogie have tonight announced that Colm Whitty from Blackhall Gaels GAA Club has been voted their Volunteer of the Year for 2020 by the Meath County Board. 

Colm was nominated by his club for his contribution to Camogie in the club as Senior team manager, underage indoor hurling coordinator and underage coach all while being a dual player himself. 

“A normal year for Colm would include playing both football and hurling, coaching the Senior Camogie team, coaching an underage hurling team and almost singlehandedly orchestrating the indoor hurling and camogie for the children of the parish” – Blackhall Gaels

“We have no doubt Colm will be a very popular recipient of this years award and Meath Camogie are delighted to put him forward for a National award” – Meath Camogie