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Leixlip United Senior Awards Night

Leixlip United held their annual end of season ‘Senior Awards Night’ last night, Saturday June 29th, with Paul Concannon taking home the top award of Senior 1 Sunday Player of the Year.

Paul Concannon Senior 1 Sunday POTY

Senior Awards Night

Paul Concannon Player of the Year (Senior 1 Sunday)

Karl Ebbs Player of the Year (Saturday 1C)

Sean Traynor (Sunday 1 Young Player of the Year)

Graham Kiersey (Saturday Players Player)

Mark Scanlon (Top Goalscorer Sunday 1)

Cian McDonnell (Saturday 1C Young Player do the Year)‬

‪Martin Scanlon (Clubman of the Year)‬

‪With the new season starting soon, Leixlip United resume on Monday the 8th of July at 7.30pm and welcome new additions to their sides.

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Robbie Downey: From Kilcock to Kolkata

It’s January 22nd 2019 and County Kildare man Robbie Downey is sitting alongside fellow Jockey and friend Leigh Roche in the departure lounge of Mumbai Airport. The pair are waiting to board a flight to Kolkata and as they do so Robbie thankfully takes the time out to return a WhatsApp call I made earlier in the day.

Downey arrived in India two months previously in November for their winter season, not knowing what to expect and leaving the safety net of his family and friends many thousands of miles behind him. And though there was always going to be a certain amount of fear and trepidation, he took the jump, feeling he had nothing to lose; “Ahh yeah to be honest I felt the timing was right. Things had gone a bit stale at home and I had moved to England for a short period but this was something that I always felt I wanted to do so when the opportunity arose I grabbed it with both hands. I am grateful Leigh is over here as well as it could be a lonely place without a familiar face. ”

Arrival

“I came here in November for their Winter Season. Coming over was a bit of a shock, one of my first thoughts were oh no what am I letting myself in for, this reaction hit as the plane began to descend into Mumbai. I could start to smell the river as it flows out to sea and the unbearable stench of the sewage coming from it. When we hit the city of Mumbai itself for the first time the first things I noticed were the people everywhere, the constant noise and the heat that just hit us when we got out of our taxi. Walking through the city I found there is so much pollution, mainly from the fumes of the exhausts and to be honest I found it hard to breathe at times. In fairness though we found out pretty quickly that the lifestyle is okay for jockeys over here. I found that the natives around Mumbai are either really rich or really really poor. It was a wake up call to see people starving to death on the side of the road. It woke me up and made me realise how lucky I actually am.

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Leinster Stars open new pitch at Clongowes College

Current Leinster and Ireland stars Dave and Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden and former player Gordon Dacy were all at Clongowes College in County Kildare yesterday, Saturday January 13th to cut the ribbon on the school’s new PST Sport state of the art 3G pitch. 

Remarkable road to recovery earns O’Keeffe top award

Barry O’Keeffe – Extra Time Sport Sports Person of the year 2017. 

Former Kilcock GAA Club and Moynalvey GFC player/manager Barry O’Keeffe was not part of any local club nor was he competing in an individual competition throughout 2017, however Barry’s challenge was far greater than that……

On December 10th, Barry completed the Zurich Marathon in Malaga less than a year after been involved in a serious car accident that almost left him paralyzed. 
Barry first entered the doors of CostaSpine at the beginning of June for treatmemt on the neck injury he sustained from the traumatic car accident. In the accident he sustained a cervical fracture of C6/C7.
After an intensive surgery, Barry was lucky to not be paralysed and had extensive pins and screws inplaced 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. They started treating him for this of course and after a month and were shocked with what Barry requested ‘Do you think I can do the Malaga Marathon on the 10th of December ?’

CostaSpine continued to treat him and his healing was phenomenal, he was incredibly diligent with everything their resident Chiropractor gave him to do. Before they knew it, he was on the rehabilitative side of his treatment plan and his results were remarkable.
Barry then felt comfortable enough to start running and he has been so committed ever since, resulting in today’s fantastic achievement. 
CostaSpine were behind him 100% and before his run a spokesperson said; “Barry we commend you for your effort, dedication and perseverance of knowing anything is attainable with the right mind-set. Barry ran the race for a school close to his ❤, Saplings Mullingar. 

On the pitch Barry was always 100% committed for both Kilcock GAA and Moynalvey and it seems that determination has only been enhanced since his accident at the start of the year. 

From Robert here at Extra Time Sport, fair play to you Barry, your years in the Royal County have served you well. 🤣🤣🤣

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. 💚💛

Lip Sync Ireland set for one Of Kildare’s oldest clubs

Preperations are being fine-tuned for Kilcock Gaa Clubs’ biggest night of the year.

It’s the Lip Sync Battles Ireland Kilcock style. It takes place in the club on Saturday, September 30th. 

It’s a huge fund-raising event. The launch took place in the club house the same night Rory’s Stories put on a magnificent show.

Kilcock Gaa have been at the heart of the community since as far back as 1887. They were one of the first clubs to affiliate under Gaa rules in Kildare along with Clane, Carbury and Monasterevan, just two and a half years after the association was founded in Thurles.

They have top class facilities at their Branganstown home, including their splendid clubhouse with its fabulous sports hall. The pitches at their HQ are rarely silent. 

The club are putting in the work in football, hurling and camogie and are marching towards the future with confidence. The Lip Sync spectacular will help to keep the home fires burning.

Make sure to get your tickets soon before the ‘Sold Out’ signs are put up!!! 

McCarron Heading For Kildare?

TYRONE defender Cathal McCarron is on the verge of a club switch to Kildare outfit Athy.

The Dromore man tweeted following the Tyrone SFC defeat to Clonoe last weekend that he was saying ‘goodbye’ to his home club.

It is understood that McCarron is moving to Athy, where his partner hails from, and the local club chairman there, Marty McEvoy, has indicated that a transfer is on the cards.

McCarron, a 2016 All-Star nominee, also has previous links with Athy, where he attended the Cuan Mhuire rehabilitation centre for gambling addiction.

“Emotional evening having to say goodbye to my club @dromoregaa,” McCarron tweeted on Sunday.

“What memories to take away..so many good days. Sport can be cruel.”

And McEvoy said last night: “The club would be aware that he (McCarron) would hope to move to Athy.

“If he wanted to play senior football in Kildare, the club would be more than happy for him to play for us.”

McCarron also trained with Athy during his time as a patient at Cuan Mhuire.

The experienced defender (29), was also an All-Star nominee in 2013 and 2015.

It remains to be seen how McCarron’s proposed club switch would impact on his Tyrone career, considering that the player would be looking at a six-hour round trip to inter-county training sessions with Mickey Harte’s Red Hands.