Dicksboro GAA Club

December 2015

30th December 2015

St. Canices Notes

The parish and Dicksboro GAA club were stunned by the sudden death of RichieKavanaghPalmerstown on St Stephen's  Day, after a short illness.

He was cared for at home by his family. He had a big heart and there was nothing he wouldn't do for family and friends.

He had  been a regular in the ’Boro clubhouse on Thursday nights for the weekly card games and was blessed with a great sense of humour.

In his mid-50s, he worked in Smithwick's Brewery for over thirty years, before it closed. 

He was laid to rest on Monday in Foulkstown cemetery after requiem Mass in St Mary's Cathedral.

His wife Aileen spoke beautifully about her late husband at the end of the Mass and explained how he had been such a  great husband and father and how he had nurtured a love of nature in the children.

He is survived by his heartbroken wife, Aileen and children: Neil, Rory and Lily; his father Freddie, brothers Michael, Freddie and Martin, sisters Liz, Margaret and Mary, Neil's partner Christine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.

NIALL LACEY - His many friends in the club wish Niall Lacey all the best in his new job as manager of the St Lachtain's hurling team for 2016. He has given trojan service toDicksboro. His work ethic is incredible and his service as a player, coach and fitness guru are legendary in the ’Boro and he has done so much  to help  improve the physical condition of the players. If anyone can drive on St Lachtain's it is Niall.

TOM CANTWELL - Mrs Joan Knox has been bereaved by the death of her brother, Tom Cantwell, affectionately known as TC. There was a great turn-out from the club for his obsequies. The club's sympathies go to to Joan and her family.

NEW YEAR'S EVE - Joan Campion has assembled a great team for the annual New Year's Eve bash in the newly refurbished club house. Music and dancing to 'Showdown' with finger food and spot prizes. There will be a Hot Punch reception at 9pm and a great night guaranteed, all for a mere €5. Celebrate the New Year at the highly acclaimed and comfortable Palmerstown venue.

LOTTO - The Dicksboro Lotto jackpot of €4,550 was not won last week. Numbers drawn were: 17, 26, 28, 32.

Draw prizes: €100: Joe O'Dwyer (℅ Dicksboro). €50: Joe Maher (℅ Dore's Bar). €40: Breda Landers (℅ Sam Morrissey). €25 each: Kevin Glynn (℅ NoreBar), 'Just Us' (℅ Ned Buggy), Petrina Murphy (℅ Denis Molloy), Mary Gibbons (℅ Kathleen Bradley).
Meat Voucher: Leo O'Toole (℅ Billy Walsh). Box Biscuits:Tom Casey (℅ Kitty Phelan). Bottle Wine: LiamMorrissey (℅ Sam Morrissey).
Promoters' Prizes: €30 Paddy Maher. €20 JimmyMulrooney. Box Sweets: Tommy Gaffney.
The Jackpot for Thursday (January 7th 2016):  €4,700.
NOTE: Next Lotto draw will be held on Thursday, 7th January 2016.


DICKSBORO GAA CLUB A.G.M. REPORT – Sunday, 13th December 2015

Dicksboro has a new new club secretary following the well attended AGM on Sunday  night, Edmund Nolan will take over from the hardworking and extremely popular Pat Moylan who stood down after five years at the helm.  Club chairman, Eddie Holohan lavished praise on the Dunnamaggin native who has done so much for the club.

Pat will continue in other parts of the club but he will be badly missed by the executive. However, Ed Nolan is a great addition and adds another bit of badly needed Munster blood to the executive.

Both Pat Moylan and Eddie Holohan (Club Chairman) gave positive reports but the challenge of keeping the current crop of minors and under-21 players involved was the stand-out issue for both men

Of the 2012 Dicksboro minor team only three are still playing.

With over 35 minors this year and a huge crew of under-21s, the club  will have to accommodate them somehow next year and the fact that the juniors struggled to field a team in the Junior county semi-final was also raised as was the fact that the County Board fixed a minor championship match for the same weekend. It is a huge logistical nightmare.

At a recent County Board event, it was revealed there were no minor or under-16 matches played in the county during July or August. 

Dr Bill Cuddihy made a sobering  yet excellent presentation on concussion.

He said a player who suffers concussion should not even train for two weeks after the last symptom of the concussion and not from the date of the incident. He pointed out that the player needn't actually receive a blow to the head to be concussed but be jolted one way or the other.

He said any return to play has to be gradual. If a player receives a second concussion it should be at least three months before any return to action should be considered. He  also made it clear that players playing in an age group above their own should not do so because there was a major risk factor. So under-14s should not be play under-16 and he said that the mentors, selectors and managers should play the players who are up to the age and not drop down an age group. 

He also made it clear that it is easy to miss a concussion during a match and that there were tell tale signs of being groggy, shaky on their feet, disorientated.

He said that once there was a concussion, the player has to be taken off and that even if the player wanted to play on he said he is no use to the team. He also said that younger players had to be protected from their parents in cases of concussion.

CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS: In his report, chairman, Eddie Holohan focused on the future. He wants to create a new hurling committee, consisting of a small group drawn from those involved with all teams. "Their role would be to ensure all aspects of our games such as coaching, training, player participation, loss of player numbers, health and safety of players etc were being taken care of. 

The committee, under the chair of the Games Chairman would meet regularly, update the Executive and advise relevant parties of whatever work /changes were necessary".

He also sees the need for a Coaching Director to get a standard level of skills across all ages, especially from the younger ages. 

"Setting standards and monitoring these standards would be a key role in this work. The benefit of this role I believe is that players would mature through the grades with minimum level of acceptable standards of skills across the key areas of our sport. "

On the facilities front and these have been on our radar for a few years and are merely constricted by funding. In no particular order I suggest that we need to install a complete drainage system in both our pitches, an extension of/upgrading our ballwall is necessary and an improvement in our game viewing facilities in some form is important.

"My final proposal, and the one which in conjunction with the first two above is not money dependent, is a new Strategic Review. Our existing review has in most part been fully implemented. In its production, that Review generated some excellent ideas, many which have been incorporated into the various developments over recent years. Now is the time to go back to this rich vein of ideas and I would hope to convene the project in January with a view to getting a Plan for the next five years. I am purposely not referring to playing facilities because we are in “very continued” discussions re James Park.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Pat Moylan said the year started off with a fantastic win in the much delayed Roinn A U21 Championship (2014) following a replay v. Thomastown and concluded with thrilling double championship and league wins at Minor A level. Club highlights sandwiched between these wins included the winning of the Lisdowney 7s competition, Paddy Cahill Cup and Junior (Section B) Championship, the hosting of the National Launch of the GAA All-Ireland Series, a fantastic "Buy a Block for the ’Boro" fundraising campaign, increased use of the new clubhouse and coffee dock, another brilliant Kids Summer Camp and family BBQ. 

He congratulated Cillian Buckley on winning his 3rd senior All-Ireland medal and 2nd All-Star this year and complimented him on continuing to be a fantastic ambassador for this club both on and off the field. 

"I further congratulate the Camogie club on winning the treble of U16, U18 and U21  Championships and their support of the aforementioned fundraising campaign to date. I compliment dual mentor Jim Kerwick on his astonishing run of success in both codes in 2015 with the minor A football championship still to be concluded.

The Senior team after a slow start in the League; losing to Clara, O'Loughlins and drawing with Carrickshock came good to beat James Stephens and Castlecomer in the concluding rounds. With Senior status assured, the ’Boro played a thrilling draw in the championship opener v Danesfort before coming good a week later in the replay by 0-15 to 1-08. With the constant games and ensuing injuries to key players, Dicksboro just came up short versus eventual Championship runners up O'Loughlin Gaeks by 2-15 to 1-13. Indeed a common theme across the club was the multiple fixture dilemma faced by the club over the weekends of September and October which unfortunately eventually took its injury toll – I await with interest proposed fixture revisions promised by the Co. Board for 2016. Supreme thanks to the management team of Richie Mulrooney, Michael Walsh, Simon Walton and Mark Dowling for their professional approach all year.

The Junior team mentored by Sam Dunlop, Martin Gaffney, Graham Egan and SeanFennelly played an extraordinary number of games across four competitions with seven rounds in the League, an All-County League campaign, winning the Paddy Cahill Cup v Glenmore 2-18 to 1-13 and beating St Martin's, James Stephens and O'Loughlin's on route to a narrow defeat in the Co. Junior Championship semi-final by Kilmacow on a 1-12 to 1-10 scoreline, having led the game until the closing ten minutes. Again  multiple fixtures and demands on players proved to be the clubs undoing with the Minor championship semi- final fixed for the same weekend. Thanks to the afore  mentioned management team and I contend a huge challenge faces the club in 2016 as  the previously mentioned victorious U21 and U18 players look to develop their playing  careers while at the same time ensuring the club provides as much game time as possible for all our adult players – considerable planning and structures are needed to retain the maximum number of adult players in the club while at the same time ensuring player burnout does not occur on our doorstep. I`m sure we will have constructive debate at today`s AGM.

The Junior B panel managed by Brian Fitzpatrick, EJ Ryan, Jim Neary, Declan Gough and Phil Hogan played in Junior B and Northern Junior B Leagues and Championships during the year with wins over Threecastles and Galmoy and a defeat to Bennettsbridge in the Nth Junior B Championship before succumbing to Barrow Rangers 4-11 to 0-10 in the 1st round of the Championship proper. Again this grade provides significant game time for our adult players and needs to be looked at as an opportunity of blooding young hurlers to the rigours of adult hurling while providing enjoyment for the 

Following the extended U21 campaign of 2014/2015, the early winter campaign of 2015 opened with a great win over a hotly fancied Bennettsbridge in Callan before an extra time defeat to St. Lachtain's by 4-18 to 1-24 in St. John's Park. Player fatigue and accumulated injuries were huge contributory factors. Thanks to Ger Henderson,  Simon Walton, Sam Dunlop and Jim Kerwick for their good work.

Our Gaelic footballers under the guidance of Sean Keane, Niall Morrissey and Liam Scott acquitted themselves well in the Intermediate League with wins over Danesfort and Castlecomer, with a narrow loss to Bennettsbridge. In the championship the ’Boro stormed to a great 1st round win over Piltown (2-11 to 3-03), semi-final win v Castlecomer (3-05 to 1-09) before an agonising 1-05 to 0-09 defeat to Danesfort in the Co. Final. 

Thanks to the mentors for their diligent work and to the other adult mentor teams for affording adult gaelic football in the club due respect.

Juvenile Games / Activities: With 256 registered juvenile players and 48 juvenile mentors involved from U6 to U18 grades, 2015 was a hugely successful year. The double winning Minor A team grabbed the highlights in the Autumn with hugely important wins in Championship and League with the Roinn C team desperately unlucky in the Championship final v Young Irelands before capturing the Shield crown. Many congrats and thanks to Jim Kerwick, Sean Moore, Padraic Lacey and John Treacy and team medic Anthony Martin.

Tremendous work continues from U6 to U12 levels under the stewardship of juvenile officers John Treacy and Yvonne Finlay. Three fantastic underage tournaments at U8, U10 and U12 levels during September really showcased the great work being done along with the hospitality shown to all our highly appreciative visiting clubs – in addition recent presentations have been made to our local O'Neil Centre and The School of the Holy Spirit. Congrats to all juvenile players who represented Kilkenny at all grades and development squads with specific congrats to Conor Doheny, Andrew Gaffney, Bill Sheehan, Robbie Murphy and Evan Carroll on winning Leinster Minor Championship honours. Congrats to Mark Nolan, Eoghan Moylan, Justin Cahill, Liam Stynes and Liam  Brennan-Smyth on winning the Michael Foley Leinster U15 inter-county tournament.  It’s also very gratifying to see many of our players representing the club at Colleges level with St. Kieran’s and Kilkenny CBS with distinction. Well done to those who organised a successful family BBQ in late June along with a fantastic 4th Annual Kids Summer Camp in late July involving 280 kids and providing invaluable experience to 24 juvenile camp leaders – again huge thanks to Grainne and John Timmons and all concerned for their supreme organisation. He also thankied the small group of people who organised brilliant Halloween and Christmas Parties for our younger members and families.

CLUB HURLER OF THE YEAR - This was won by Evan Cody after a fantastic year with the club at under 21 and senior level and the Patsy Lacey Cup was presented by Patsy's son, Niall.

FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR - Despite injury, Cillian Starr was named footballer of the year at the AGM.

EUGENE BEGLEY - Former club chairman and one of the best people in the club, Eugene Begley celebrated his 80th birthday at the weekend. He was flooded with messages of best wishes on social media after word got out. He remains a source of inspiration to all and never misses any match or event to do with the ’Boro.