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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

Tea Off For Rye River Restaurant At Kilcock Golf Club

By Robert Cox Dec 3rd 2020

Rye River Cafe will re-open the doors of their new restaurant at Kilcock Golf Club tomorrow Friday, December 4th, following weeks of enforced closure due to Level 5 restrictions.

An excited Rye River took their Facebook page on Thursday to show their excitement ahead of Friday’s openings of their cafe in Kilcock and restaurant at the Golf Club. “It’s a massive week for all our team here at the Rye River Café✨🎄. We are so excited to open up to all our amazing customers who have been so loyal to us during lockdown. Reservations are filling up fast for the Golf Club & the Café. Book your table now @ http://www.ryerivercafe.com for either venue to avoid disappointment”

Meanwhile Kilcock Golf Club also took their social media pages to show their excitement at the re-opening; “We are very excited for you all to see the work that has been done on the restaurant over the last few weeks. We are looking forward to opening the Rye River Restaurant tomorrow from 10am”

Best wishes to all involved at Rye River Cafe from Extra Time Sport. We can’t wait to swing in and check out the menu below.

Kilduff Joins Kilcock Celtic Coaching Team

By Robert Cox Nov 26th 2020

League of Ireland star Ciaran Kilduff has this week joined the Kilcock Celtic coaching team.

Kilduff, who has played professional football for over Fourteen years in the League of Ireland, will help run the club’s Academy, starting with 5 and 6 year olds on Friday November 27th.

The Kilcock native started his professional career with Shamrock Rovers in 2007 and won the league title in 2011, he also played for UCD, Cork City, St Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk, where he won two the league titles, an FAI Cup and played for them in the Europa League group stages where he scored twice.

The former Scoil Dara student and teacher then went Stateside where he played for Jacksonville Armada for a couple of seasons but has since returned home to play for Shelbourne in 2019 and 2020.

As well as the wealth of experience playing at the highest level in Ireland, he also has all his coaching badges, so it is fantastic for the club to be able to say he is part of their team.

A club source said “Ciaran is also keen to help out with some of the older teams and other coaches to help our players improve their abilities and advise them on what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Ciaran has agreed to start by helping us re-launch our Academy, and work with the team we already have volunteering of Donnacha Mc Carrick and Karl Fox. I think we can confidently say that there is no better place for any child to start to learn to play soccer”

The academy will start back on Friday 27th November from 6pm to 7pm, on the new all-weather pitch in the Bawnogue. Its cost will be €60 registration fee for a 10 week course and you can speak to the coaches on Friday for instructions to register!