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Moynalvey man part of team running around the world in 80 days for charity

By Robert Cox January 13th 2021

Moynalvey man Gary Dunne yesterday began his part in helping his team go ‘Around the Globe in 80 days’ 🏃🌍

Gary, who lives in Castlebar, County Mayo, took to his Facebook page just before his run to explain; “We will attempt to cover the distance of the globe in just 80 days! All the proceeds are for Western Care Association guys so please help me out with a small donation as they all add up! Ill be hitting the road this evening to start my journey!

Thanks so much for any support you can give my team & me! Best of luck to everyone taking part 🙂 ⬇️ You can donate Here⬇️

https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11396686_teamsnoozers-arelosers-s-page.html

One year free from addiction – meet the Tipperary man who turned his life around

Today Tipperary man Keith Morris (28) is in a great place. Life is good.

A year on from finally giving in and accepting help for an addiction that destroyed everything in its path for the guts of ten years, a Gaa and Golf mad Morris reflects on the good, the bad and the ugly and the good again by way of looking back on some before and after photos.

Morris has a smile on his face nowadays that lights up any room he enters. Partly because of his joy at his beloved Tipperary ending an 85 year famine by winning the Munster Senior Football Championship with victory over Cork but mainly because of where the last year and his recovery has brought him.

He walked through the gates of Cuan Mhuire Athy on December 19th 2019, a broken man, whereas a day short of that same date in 2020, he now walks around a happy, content man, delighted to have been given a second chance at life and ready to face the future, a future free from addiction, a bright future.

Keith Morris; “One year clean, sober and gamble free today.

I look back now on the photos as a way of reminding myself of the effects that drugs, alcohol and gambling addictions can directly or indirectly have on you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Looking back at the first few photos makes me scared as hell to be honest. Embarrassing as it is to admit, as a young 27 year old man at the time, I was a clinically, chronic alcoholic and drug addict.

This is a vulgar picture to paint so I apologise, but waking up with soaking wet sheets, sweating profusely, shaking uncontrollably, urinating into a bottle beside the bed because you’re too afraid to go to the bathroom for fear of someone seeing you and literally tearing the skin off you’re face with anxiety and fear, due to withdrawal was a near daily occurrence for me in my last few years of active addiction. And all this at 27 years old.

It’s very hard to believe how much damage can be done in such a relatively short period of time (10 years drinking and using) due to the disease of addiction. I had virtually nothing left in my life. I lost my job, my house, all respect and dignity, my friends, my family, my relationships, my interests and most of all my peace of mind due to my addiction.

I take total responsibility and ownership of the fact that these things happened because of choices I made. At the end of the day nobody physically made me take that drink, snort that line or put that bet on. Things that are widely socially acceptable today, may I add and only a few years back it was just fun to me too.

But I never knew that eventually I was going to need these things just to actually feel like a normal human being. I just didn’t think it could happen to me.

It’s hard to comprehend for somebody who hasn’t been there but when you live on the edge of life for long enough like I did, eventually, that becomes the new normal.

Disease is a word that is commonly misinterpreted and frowned upon when associated with alcoholism, drug and gambling addictions (believe me I would have scoffed at the thought of it too one time) and there is still a huge stigma attached to it which needs to be changed, but if you break it down into 2 words, it starts to makes sense.

Alcohol, drugs and gambling had me at a Dis-ease with myself. Unless I took that drink, snorted that line, put on that bet, I couldn’t function.

On the 19th of December last year my family desperately brought me to the gates of Cuan Mhuire Athy and begged them to help me. I had lost all motivation to make the most of life at that stage and couldn’t beg myself.

The other option I had was to go to Merchants Quay in Dublin where I wouldn’t have lasted long in all honesty. Probably wouldn’t have been alive past Christmas such is the harsh reality of the life I was heading for.

The last few pictures are taken over the course of 2020 and paint a completely different picture thankfully. The last year I can safely say, has been the greatest year of my life. In the middle of a global pandemic I’ve managed to change more emotionally, physically and spiritually than all of my other years combined. And I couldn’t have done it without the help of Cuan Mhuire, family and friends, a lot of special people that believed in and saw the goodness in me when I couldnt see it in myself. Only for them I wouldn’t be posting this and I am eternally grateful 🙏

Now I feel the future is bright. I am currently still in Cuan Mhuire on a CE scheme, working as a facilitator with residents in the drug detox, preparing them for the rocky road to recovery that lies ahead. In the new year I will begin my studies in addiction counselling and strength and conditioning, two things that I am extremely passionate about and both play a huge part in my recovery today. Just over a year ago, even in my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have believed this could happen.

Dont get me wrong though, recovery hasn’t been easy. The more I learn about this disease, the more I realise it has very little to do with just abstaining from alcohol, drugs and gambling and more to do with learning how to deal with more deeper rooted issues and building a life you dont need to escape from.

There is still a lot of harsh truths and realities you have to come to terms with and I still deal with anxiety, low self esteem, jealousy, self-pity etc from time to time, amongst a whole host of other things. But it is much better and easier deal with these things sober rather than in active addiction. It’s worth every inch of the struggle.

When I look back at the first few pictures now I don’t recognize that person anymore. A shell of a human being is all I was. But I know that I can always be that person again if I choose to pick up, use or bet again.

The difference is that I have a choice now. In addiction you lose the ability to have a choice. There is no other alternative in the mind of an addict.

I don’t want to glorify my accomplishments but to show people, especially with the rate of suicide, (3 that I have heard of in the past week) and relapse currently in Ireland, that there is way out of that deep dark hole of the depression that comes from struggling with substance abuse, alcoholism and compulsive gambling.

I’d urge people struggling to pick up the phone today, call a treatment centre, Pieta House, an AA, CA, NA or even GA member. Anybody I have met through recovery is more than willing to help people who need and want it because we have all been there before. We understand and I am more than willing to help anyone that I can too with my own experiences.

We all want to stop living the lives we were living in addiction, but the answer is never suicide. Reach out for help and have someone who has done it help you to do the same” – Keith Morris

Celbridge Footballer to kick 2500 footballs for St.Vincent de Paul

By Robert Cox Dec 13th

On Sunday December 20th next, Celbridge footballer Aaron Browne will kick 2500 frees from the 21 yard line to raise money for St.Vincent de Paul.

Browne 18, who was one of the stars of the Kildare Gaa Minor Football team that won the Leinster Final against Dublin in 2019, will take on the mammoth task on his home pitch at Celbridge Gaa.

The talented forward scored 1-07 in that 2019 decider and a further 0-05 as Kildare bowed out at the All-Ireland semi final stages to Galway. Browne later went on to be named at wing-forward on the Minor Football team of the Championship following his fine displays.

Aaron Browne Kildare, made the 2019 Minor Football Team of the Year.

2020 hasn’t been as busy for the former Salesian College student but he did help Celbridge minors to the semi final of the championship before restrictions and lockdowns called it all to a premature halt. A call up to the Club’s senior team also came his way and a bright future looks on the cards.

For now though, Browne is not looking beyond next week’s challenge and is delighted to be doing his part for a charity he firmly believes in;

“I’ve been busy building up to the big day. Getting down to the pitch and getting as many kicks as I can. Today (Sunday) I did 500. I plan to do it all in one day, maybe over the course of ten hours. I’ll use about 40-50 footballs and do about 52-55 rounds, incase I miss any! Thankfully a few of my friends have agreed to come down and help me out and hopefully I’ll get underway around 7am.

Aaron practicing at Celbridge Gaa a week out from the challenge.

I’m only too happy to help St.Vincent de Paul out. They are a charity who do great work for families and children, especially in the run up to Christmas. 

Any donations made would be greatly appreciated and thank you so much to everyone who in advance”

Aaron has raised €2569.00 to date, just over a euro for every shot!! If you would like to donate to his fundraiser you can do so by clicking on the link below ⬇️

https://www.gofundme.com/f/my-attempt-at-kicking-2500-balls-from-21-yards?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

Aaron, on the right, with fellow Salesian College student and Kildare team mate from 2019 Johnny Owens, showing off the Leinster Cup in the school.

Danny Gleeson Kilcock – Rip 💚💛

By Robert Cox Dec 8th 2020

We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Danny Gleeson (Kilcock) who sadly passed away yesterday.

Danny (pictured front row, 2nd from the left) was a member of the victorious Kilcock Senior Football team of the 50s and was corner back in the 58′ final.

This extract and photo was taken from the Kilcock Gaa FB page from 2018, as the club remembered ‘The Mighty Men of 58″

2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the last Kilcock team to win a Kildare SFC.

“Having won the competition in both 1955 and 1957 Kilcock were a major force in Kildare GAA.

Round Towers awaited Kilcock in the county final.
Kilcock lined out as follows:

  1. Tom Hanrahan
  2. Danny Gleeson
  3. Morgan Foley
  4. Bobby O Connell
  5. Paddy Gibbons
  6. Noel Moran
  7. Tommy Goulding
  8. Peter Maguire
  9. Fred Gibbons
  10. Pat Flynn
  11. Larry McCormack
  12. Billy Maguire
  13. A Byrne
  14. Pat Daly
  15. Davy Dalton

Subs: B Fitzsimons , J O Brien, J Quinn, P Kane, P Holmes

Played in Newbridge in front of over 6000 people Kilcock blew Round Towers away in the first half leading by 1-8 to 0-3 at the break. Towers were a battle hardened team however and fought back to level matters as the game entered its final stages. With the game in the balance up stepped Pat Daly to decide the game as he buried the ball to the back of the net. Kilcock were champions once again.

FT Score : Kilcock 3-12 Round Towers 3-8

Peter Maguire was said to be the best player on the field with his fielding a sight to behold! The Gibbons brothers Paddy and Fred were also outstanding as was McCormack. Kilcocks top scorer on the day was Billy Maguire as he scored a remarkable 2-4 from wing forward. Pat Flynn also chipped in with 0-4 along with 0-1 from Davy Dalton.

Huge bonfires on the Fair Green greeted the team as they arrived back to Kilcock and it was said that the celebrations lasted well into the following week”

Rip Danny. 💚💛

Ar dheis go raibh a anam 🙏

Fill The Aviva For Philly

In a time when we can’t get together and attend a match, we can still fill the Aviva and have a hugely positive impact on someone’s life

Here’s the story.

Philip “Flipper” Caldwell, 38 years of age, has always been known for his speed both on and off the pitch.  Philips’s love of rugby started in his local club, Barnhall, he then played for The Kings Hospital during his school days. After school the list of clubs that Philly played for includes, Darfield (NZ), St Marys, Blackrock, Lansdowne, Cottesloe and UWA (both in Australia), Clinchers and Japan 2019 Tag teams. 

Philip recently suffered a severe spinal injury which left him with temporary paralysis from the neck down. This accident occurred  during a tag rugby match on the 13th of July 2020. 

After 3 intense months in the care of the incredible Spinal Ward Unit in the Mater Hospital, Philip is currently continuing his slow but steady recovery journey in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire.

This is where over the next few months the brilliant people of the NRH will help teach him how to walk again, use his arms and hands and deal with this life changing experience.

While Philip is slowly regaining movement in his body, and unsure of what permanent damage he has endured, the injury has left him having to put his life on hold, both professionally and personally. Philip, Flipper or Philly as some of you may know him as, has had to deal with his current condition which is not only a physical challenge but also a massive mental contest, especially throughout Covid where visits from his loved ones have gone from restricted to none at all, leaving him having to face the fear of the unknown on his own.

He has shown and continues to demonstrate incredible courage and fighting spirit. His recovery to date has been remarkable. His positivity and determination will continue to play a big part of his recovery while he faces some of the biggest challenges in his life.

With Philly showing amazing character in the current circumstances, we, his friends and the wider rugby family wanted to do something to help Philly which is why we are writing to you today to ask you to join in our challenge in filling the stadium virtually. Any funds raised during this evening will be held by “The Philip Caldwell Trust” and will be used to financially assist Philly in his rehab and getting back to living again. Any excess funds in the trust will be donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust (RCN 20010331) which supports other injured sports people in the rugby community.

  • Medical Expenses
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home Adaptations
  • Vehicle Adaptations
  • Mental Well-being

Donate by clicking on the following link….. https://fta4philly.com/

You can listen to Philly on today’s Ray Darcy show by clicking on the following link…. https://www.rte.ie/radio1/ray/programmes/2020/1203/1182191-ray-darcy-thursday-3-december-2020/?clipid=103550100#103550100

Kilcock Goal Mile Returns Virtually For 2020

By Robert Cox Dec 3rd 2020

It’s that time of year! Break out the hats, scarfs and headbands, oh and if course the runners, the Kilcock GOAL mile is back again!

Locals taking part in the 2019 Kilcock Goal Mile at the North Kildare Club.

The organisers of the Kilcock GOAL Mile took to their Facebook page today to promote the return of their now annual event;

“Although things are a little different this year, you can still go that extra mile by taking part in our Virtual Mile Run. It’s unfortunate we won’t be able gather as usual but we can all still do our part while staying apart!

This year we will be hosting our fundraisers online at the link attached below and doing our runs separately. I hope to see people posting selfies or track record screenshots of their mile run on this facebook page or even tag us @kilcockgoalmile.

With the current situation we believe a little kindness goes a long way and getting outside for a bit of activity will do us all a world of wonders. So please support charities this year and do your part to spread a little joy this Christmas”

One of the organisers Roisin Reddy taking part in 2019 at the North Kildare Club

Roisin Reddy who helped set up the fundraiser and is taking part herself said; “I’m taking part in the GOAL Mile to raise funds and highlight GOAL’s life-saving work across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

GOAL believes in a world where poverty no longer exists, where vulnerable communities are resilient, where barriers to well-being are removed, and where everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

GOAL’s work is reaching out to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. With your support we can keep GOAL’s life-changing programmes moving forward. Please donate whatever you can. Thank you”

Roisin has been hosting the Kilcock Goal Mile for the past three years and describes how she got involved; “My family and I began taking part in the GOAL Mile eleven years ago and we’ve been hooked ever since.

It brings me so much joy to see everyone who comes out to support the run and their kindness warms my heart every year.

I know this year is going to be a little different but luckily for us we have the Internet and social media to help us continue this tradition. Although we will be apart. We can still do our part”

Donate at:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Roisin-Reddy