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Thompson calls time on his role as Kilcock Celtic Chairperson

Kilcock Celtic Chairperson Shane Thompson has revealed his plans to step down from his position at the club’s upcoming AGM.

Thompson made the announcement on the club’s Faebook page over the weekend, where he also announced that he will be taking a break from his role in coaching at the club. “I will be stepping down as chairperson of the club and I will also be taking a break from coaching. After a trying year personally I made the decision to take the break”

The 2017 joint manager of the successful u16 shield winning team went on to thank a number of people at the club who helped him during his term as chairperson. “I would like to thank all committee members, both past and present, who made my tender as chair an enjoyable one of which has given me plenty of life experiences both good and bad. Also thanks to all the coaches for their time, patience and dedication, for without you the kids wouldn’t have football. Thank you to the many parents/supporters and sponsors for all the help and support”

First off Thompson is a football fan and with a bit more spare time now, the Highfield resident revealed that he still plans to attend as many games up at The Bawnouge as possible. He may have no choice if he gets under his wife Angela’ feet; “I’m sure I’ll be spotted at many a game as a supporter. Also thanks to my wife, who I abandoned on many a weekend. I’m going to be under your feet more often now”

The outgoing Chairperson went on to wish the club all the best in the future; “Best of luck to all the teams for the coming season.. Once again thank you all. Shane Thompson”

Shane Thompson – Kilcock Celtic:

•Years Chairman 2014-2019

•Coached 2001/02 group of players from u8 right up to under 17, winning 1st of two shields at under 15 in the 16/17 season and the second shield and league (the double) at under 16 in the 2017 season.

• Part of the coaching set of the club’s senior team for the 2nd half of the season as they won the Division 1/2/3 shield in the second half of 2017.

Talking privately to Shane Thompson, it was clear to see he will be a massive loss to the club, given his raw passion for them. But everyone needs a break and he owes the club nothing. No doubt he will be back involved in the future. Thompson gave a special mention to Dave Reilly, John Hill and Brendan Rooney who he coached with over the years.

His legacy as Chairperson, aside from his obvious development of youth at the club, will be how he pushed for pitch development and an improvement in the overall quality of facilities such as the gym, astro and dugouts at clubhouse.

Best of luck Shane from Robert at ExtraTimeSportLive.com and thank you for all your cooperation during your time at the helm. Whoever takes your place has big boots to fill.

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Scoil Dara Kilcock v Enniscorthy

South Leinster Junior Football Q/F

Kilcock 7-17 Enniscorthy 0-5

Kilcock’s League of Ireland numbers continue to grow

The people of Kilcock will have plenty of reasons to take interest in the upcoming 2019 League of Ireland First Division season with four lads from the town now signed up to three of the clubs involved.

U17s players player of the year presented by Senior Manager Neale Fenn.

The latest of these is Laragh’s very own Patrick O’Sullivan who has put pen to paper on a deal with the Longford Town senior squad for 2019. O’Sullivan joins Neale Fenn’s team from the clubs Academy.

A spokesperson from the Midlanders Academy congratulated the 6th year Scoil Dara Kilcock student on their Facebook page last night; “We would like to congratulate Patrick O’Sullivan for signing for our senior squad this season. Patrick played with our U17s during the 2017 season and last season played with our 19s. From all the coaches at the Academy we want to wish him and the lads all the best in the coming Season”

O’Sullivan will come up against some very familiar faces over the course of the season with Ciaran Kilduff now at Shelbourne and Aaron Brilly and Nathan Doyle both at Athlone Town. * ‘El Classico’ is certainly one game yours truly will be attending this season!

O’Sullivan is also a very talented Gaa player and has represented Kilcock at all ages with aplomb. First and foremost though he is yet another graduate of the excellent Kilcock Celtic Academy. Fair play to the club on all the talent they have produced and continue to produce up at The Bawnouge.

Patrick O’Sullivan in action for Kilcock Gaa u17s in 2018

Players of the month award presented by underage chairperson Paul Bayless and 17s Head Coach James Dermody

*El Classico – The name given to the meeting of midland rivals Athlone Town and Longford Town.

Kilcock return to the Aldridge Cup after long absence

The footballers of Kilcock Gaa make a return to the Aldridge Cup this weekend for the first time since 2011.

The pre season tournent which is for senior championship teams in Kildare, will this year make a little bit of history by including a team from the Intermediate ranks, Kilcock.

Declan Gibbons’ men will take the place of Moorefield, who only last weekend lost out in the All-Ireland semi final to Corofin and who will feel they deserve a well earned rest.

Kilcock take their place on account of finishing 2017 as beaten Intermediate finalists to Raheens. Gibbons and his young side will see it as ideal preperation for the year ahead, with the quality of opposition sure to be a lot higher than they faced in recent years, starting with Naas on Saturday.

With the main pitch closed in Kilcock Gaa for the next few weeks, the game is likely to take place in the local secondary school, Scoil Dara.

Kilcock haven’t competed at the top table since they were relegated in 2011.

Aside from the men’s return to competitive action, the u17s also begin their season, while the ladies footballer’s take part in Na Fianna’s Winifred Dunne Memorial Tournament.

Shane Smullen’s Ladies start at 10am on Saturday with a game vs Na Fianna and they take on Carbury in their second game.

The aforementioned u17s get their league campaign underway against Athy down in Athy on Sunday.

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LGFA Volunteer of the year Sheena Byrne shocked but honoured at award

Kilcock LGFA secretary and senior footballer Sheena Byrne, who was last week announced as the Ladies Gaelic Football Association volunteer of the year for 2017 has exclusively told extratimesportlive.com how she was shocked and very honoured to win the award.

Sheena, who will receive the Lulu Carroll award at a February 17th Croke Park function, first heard the news when the school at which she teaches, Scoil Choca Naofa Kilcock, congratulated her over their intercom system, told us of her shock but at the same time immense honour upon hearing the announcement.

“I’m totally honoured to win this prestigious award but very shocked at the same time, given the amount of brilliant work done by hundreds of fantastic volunteers in the LGFA around not only the country but the rest of the world. I am delighted to be a part of such a great association and one of the most rapidly growing sports in the country.

I would like thank everyone at Kilcock Ladies and the club in general. It was a lovely, completely unexpected surprise to get last Thursday at work. I am delighted and honoured to receive the award & represent the club

There are so many people to thank at Kilcock Ladies that have helped in one way or another over the years that I wouldn’t know where to start. Myself and my sister Linda started the underage back in 2004 to secure the future of the club and to ensure we would have a steady flow of players coming through to join us on the senior team in the future. I could never have imagined how successful it would turn out and the caliabre of some of the players that came through like Grace White, Aisling O’Connor and Caoimhe Fagan make it worth the while.

I am currently secretary of the club and in truth I am only one cog in a wheel that works extremely hard to keep turning. My sister Linda, Val Herbert, Bernie Durkan, Noelle Conlon, Robert Cox and Sandra Doyle McGonagle to name only a few are the reason we are where we are. I may have won this award this year but anyone of the aforementioned people could have won it.

Honestly I just enjoy the game as a whole, both on and off the field. I also enjoy training the kids at school, where I use it as a springboard and a way to keep them involved.”

A club spokesperson said of Sheena; “Sheena has been volunteering for 14 plus years and fulfils a number of roles. She is club secretary, coordinating and fundraising activities for our adult and juvenile sections and remains an active playing member. She is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills throughout the club and the county of Kildare.”

Lulu Carroll,who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

The awards event on Saturday, February 17, should be something to really savour and it will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by all volunteers at home and abroad.

Brilly signs for Athlone Town

Aaron Brilly in action for Athlone Town FC during his first spell with the club in 2017.

Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly has re-signed for League of Ireland first division side Athlone Town ahead of the forthcoming 2018 season.

Brilly, who left the midlanders halfway through last season for Home Farm FC, following some problems within the club, rejoins a club that are hoping for an upturn in fortunes under new manager Aaron Callaghan.

The club have been putting together a panel of players behind the scenes over the past number of weeks, with the full identity of the squad only to be released tonight.

Brilly has previously played in the League of Ireland with Longford Town and Cabinteely, as well as enjoying a spell with Newry City, so he brings with him experience beyond his years to Callaghan’s new side.

Athlone have recently played Ashbourne, Lucan United and Shamrock Rovers in pre season games, games Brilly is believed to have been involved in.