Leinster Hockey have this week announced that Fionnuala OMalley from the North Kildare Hockey Club will receive the December 2020 Volunteer of the Month Award.
A member of North Kildare HC for many years, Fionnuala is the driving force behind the youth section of the club and for over a decade has given up her weekends to organise coaches and activites for the growing junior section (now numbering over 200) from tiny tots to Under 16s. Not content with that, Fionnuala also organises safety seminars, Covid 19 planning, coach development workshops, blitz events, fundraising and is a dab hand at baking cakes and teas as well!
Liz Hassett (North Kildare Secretary) added “our club would be lost without her organisation and dedication and Fionnuala’s contributions to the success of the club are immeasurable” while Junior Coach Daniel McSweeney that he had never known anyone to “work so hard and selflessly for a club”.
Leinster Hockey Chair, Trevor Watkins, congratulated Fionnuala on her award and thanked her for her work both within North Kildare HC and the Kildare region.
The nominations received by the Committee recognise volunteers in all areas of our sport – coaches, umpires, administrators, Children’s Officers, Covid Officers, committee members, fundraisers, social media secretaries – all of whom play a hugely important function within their clubs. Development Director, Fiona Walshe, thanked everyone for their submissions and in particular thanked all volunteers for “their tireless work” adding that “our success as a sport is attributed to their willingness and passion to see hockey grow and reach as many people as possible”.
Kilcock man Cormac Daly has today joined Connacht Rugby on a short-term deal.
Daly, who is a former Ireland U20s International, previously trained with the Connacht Professional squad during the 2019/20 season.
The 6’6’’ lock will provide additional cover following a number of international call-ups and injuries in the second row. He had been playing with his club Clontarf up until the most recent lockdown and even helped himself to a try in one of their last games before games drew to a halt.
Will Connors has kept his place at no7 for Ireland’s final Six Nations game against France in Paris this Saturday.
The former North Kildare Rugby player and under age Cappagh Gaa player Connors scored a try and was named player of the match in the victory over Italy at the Aviva Stadium last weekend.
Connors will be hoping he can help Ireland claim the Six Nations Championship title, with a bonus point victory needed to guarantee it as England will be expected to put up a big score against the Italians in the day’s earlier game in Rome.
Fitness Journey Kilcock have this week partnered up with Sanity System to become Ireland’s first gym to install the medical grade sanitisation system using ozone technology.
This technology is used by organisations like the HSE, National Ambulance Service, An Garda, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, the Aviva Stadium etc and is the only system in the world with preliminary scientific evidence to prove that this system kills Covid19.
Owner of Fitness Journey Kyle Delavari is proud of the latest and most important addition to his state of the art gym as we found out when we caught up last night; “Our clients’ health, safety and well being underpins what we are all about here at Fitness Journey. We have invested in this to ensure that our facilities and equipment are sanitised everyday to protect those who use them. We hope this will offer extra peace of mind to our clients and staff”
Conn McDunphy has been crowned the ‘Elite Men’s National TT Champion’ in Co. Limerick this morning.
The Kilcock cyclist claimed the title from Nicolas Roche, who won silver, and Lindsay Watson, who was back in third.
McDunphy, who has been based in France this year with CC Nogent Oise, recorded a time of 26:29 on the 22.4km course at Knockaderry in the Newcastle West Wheelers promotion.
That was just two seconds faster than Roche (Team Sunweb), with Watson (Powerhouse Sport) in 3rd some 22 seconds off McDunphy’s winning time
Elite Men’s Time Trial National Championships 🥇 Conn McDunphy 26.29 🥈 Nicholas Roche 26.31 🥉 Lindsay Watson 26.51
McDunphy could scarcely believe he had done it as he reacted to his victory on his twitter page. “National Champ! Not sure whether to believe it or not. This is for everyone who has helped me till now. WOW”