Scoil Dara Kilcock has always had a proud history of producing top class Gaa players through the years and their current crop of stars from Meath and Kildare are up there with some of the best.
6th year student and Kilcock Gaa Star Shane Farrell came off the bench (in my opinion he should have never been on it) to kick two second half points, while putting in a fine performance at midfield as Kildare Minor Footballers ran out comfortable 2-16 to 1-07 winners over Louth in Newbridge.
Farrell’s team and school mate Darragh Sloane who plays his club football with Balyna, started the game at full forward for Kildare and struck a first half goal for the Lilywhites.
In Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Meath defeated neighbours Westmeath on a full time scoreline of 3-11 to 0-07 to set up a semi final meeting with Laois.
Summerhill duo Eoghan Frayne and Ben Moran both started and starred for the Royals, with Adam McDonnell, Michael Brady and Oisin Bright also part of the extended panel. Captain Frayne scored 0-04 during another fine performance.
A mouth watering Leinster Final in early 2021 is still on the cards between Meath and Kildare and if both sides get over their Semi finals next weekend, it will serve for a few interesting weeks in the Kilcock school.
Meath play Laois and Kildare face Offaly in next week’s Leinster Semi Finals.
Former Kilcock and Kildare Gaa star Davy Dalton has taken over the reins at Cortown Gaa in County Meath for the 2021 season.
Dalton, who grew up on Courtown Road, Kilcock takes over at the North Meath club after stepping down from his position as Joint manager of the Intermediate footballers of Summerhill LGFA, a position he held with great pride for a few years.
Cortown made the announcement on their Twitter page this evening; “Cortown are thrilled to officially announce the arrival of Davy Dalton as Senior team manager. Dalton, a former All-Star full back with his native Kildare, will hope to help Cortown get back to winning ways in 2021 after a disappointing 2020”
Cortown ply their trade in the Meath Junior Football Championship, with Davy Rispin of ‘We Are Meath’ fame amongst their ranks.
Honours: A Minor B and U/21 A Shield in 2011. Be nice to add an Intermediate Championship to this one.
Someone who has had an influence on your career: I would have to say my brothers Mark and Darren. I grew up watching them play Senior football for Kilcock.
Three words to describe yourself as a player: Hard working, passionate and dedicated.
Favourite Sportsperson: Roy Keane because his passion and desire to win were unrivalled and he took no prisoners.
Best player played with: Dara McVeety from Cavan. He has the whole package.
Toughest opponent: Anton O’Sullivan of Offaly destroyed me. One day in a school’s match!
Favourite club player: Eamon Fitzpatrick has been playing with Kilcock as long as I can remember and he seems to be getting better every year.
Favourite Inter County player: Mattie Donnelly of Tyrone. He’s an extremely intelligent and athletic player, who can fill several positions on the field.
Player you would love to have at your club: Lee Keegan from Mayo. So I could relax and sit on the bench!!
Most memorable sporting moment: Winning a Minor B with Kilcock about ten years ago.
Favourite Gaa ground played in: Canton, Boston.
Best advice someone has given you: My father told me when I was younger to start throwing my weight around on the field a bit more. I think it’s worked fairly ok for me.
Young player in your club we should look out for: Shane Farrell. He’s an amazing young talent, who can kick off both feet and doesn’t seem to have many weak points to be honest.
Most skilful player on your team: Shane O’Rourke. I’ve seen him do some crazy things with a football.
What does it mean to Captain your side in Saturday’s County Final? To be chosen out of this squad of players as Captain is very flattering considering some of the unbelievable players and leaders we have. I just try to do my best to justify the decision every time I train and play.
During this COVID Lockdown I have appreciated the great things we have around us. Things like the Royal Canal and the Greenway, Maynooth College South Campus, Connolly’s Folly, Rathcoffey Castle, Dollanstown Stud, the views from Ovidstown Hill, sunsets from Cappagh Hill and many more. At the same time, I cannot wait to get back travelling around the country and there are hundreds of places I still want to visit
“When I was younger, we used to spend weekends and holidays in Mayo. Dad is from South Mayo, where you can see the Partry Mountains and Croagh Patrick as well as a couple of lakes. My Mam is from North Mayo at the bottom of Nephin and looking back towards the Nephin Beg Mountain Range. I used to hate leaving the west to go back home because I had some sort of connection with the scenery.
As the years went on myself and one of my best friends would be always sending each other photos of different places on WhatsApp as we both have an interest in scenery. The odd day we would have ventured off to different places.
The Summer of 2017 was the year I got properly into scenic photography. Myself and my girlfriend Lorna said we would go down and visit my Granny in Mayo. I said I would show her some of the Mayo Coastline and we basically did a big tour from Louisburgh to Achill Island, found out about the Wild Atlantic Way and I took a serious number of photos.
Poor Lorna was getting impatient and couldn’t understand why I would keep stopping the car taking photographs as she wouldn’t have been really into scenery. I think I’ve transformed her and her photo skills have improved dramatically since.
I would get a buzz in life when we won Gaelic football matches with the club or if I was watching Liverpool or Kildare win. But that summer I discovered a new buzz. Coming across places in Ireland, not known to many, but which are some of the most magnificent places on the Island. Some of those places you would have all to yourself. There was something about it that would make my adrenaline pump.
The obsession more or less took off from then. Up to now I’ve travelled the Wild Atlantic Way from Ardara in Co. Donegal all the way down to Kenmare in Co. Kerry, and also another chunk from Baltimore to Kinsale in Co. Cork. I have also travelled around to most counties and last summer I did Inishbofin off the coast of Galway with Marcus Duke and Cormac Daly.
All of this has made me realise there is so much places to see in this country that we would have never heard off. Some of them are absolutely spectacular. I have come across hidden waterfalls in caves, waterfalls that you think you would only see in the Amazon, beaches that have no one on them but wouldn’t look out of place in the Maldives, and windmills like you would see in the Netherlands.
Some days I will just decide to set the alarm early, head off in the car, and Google attractions in the county or area I’m heading to. It’s a great way to shut yourself off from the world.
Due to me clogging up my own Instagram stories, and with a bit of encouragement from a few friends, I decided to bite the bullet and set up an Instagram page displaying photographs of the different places I have travelled. I called it The Irish Galaxy as I take most of my photos on a Samsung Galaxy phone. I post the pictures up with a bit of a background behind each photo to make it interesting for people who want to visit there. I try to post 2 or 3 photos a week.
I also take Instagram stories of everywhere I visit and put them into a highlight with the County it is in. I am delighted with the way the page has been received by everyone and it takes my mind off teaching or football during the year.
Last Christmas I got a camera as a present and I’m hoping to upskill myself and increase the quality of photographs I take in the future.
During this COVID Lockdown I have appreciated the great things we have around us. Things like the Royal Canal and the Greenway, Maynooth College South Campus, Connolly’s Folly, Rathcoffey Castle, Dollanstown Stud, the views from Ovidstown Hill, sunsets from Cappagh Hill and many more. At the same time, I cannot wait to get back travelling around the country and there are hundreds of places I still want to visit.
If you’re looking for a place to travel to in the local area or around the country, check out my travel page and you might get a few ideas” – Mark Durkan
Well done to the Maynooth Post Primary/Community College u14 boys footballers who beat Coláiste Eoin in UCD today to reach the Dublin A Final.
The lads trailed by nine points at one stage in the second half but turned the game on its head to win by three on a full time score of 4-11 to 4-08.
It turned out to be a mixed day for the school’s footballers as their senior boys team suffered heartbreak when conceding a late goal at home to St Aidan’s Whitehall in the Leinster Senior A Championship, ending their campaign for this year.
Leinster Senior A football Championship ‘Br Bosco Cup’ FT: Maynooth 1-15 St. Aidan’s Whitehall 2-13
Maynooth trailed by 1-07 to 0-06 at the break and after fighting back to eventually take the lead, they conceded the late goal to lose by a point.