Dicksboro GAA Club


July 2011



31st July 2011

Duggan Steel Under 16 Roinn A League Final

Our Under 16 Roinn A team would probably have gone into this League Final in Clara as favourites even though we knew we were up against a strong James Stephens side. From the off, things were not going our way and we found it hard to get into this game but at half time we were still only trailing by 1-4 to 2-6.

Despite an early goal in the second half, bringing the score after three minutes to Dicksboro 2-4 James Stephens 2-7, hopes of a revival faded as the Village gained control all over the field. FT Dicksboro 3-4 James Stephens 6-10.

Did the Village deserve their win today? Yes

Did the final score reflect the potential of this 'Boro team? Definitely not.

We now look forward to a first round championship game against O'Loughlins which is currently set for Monday 8th August. Bring it on.

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29th July 2010

Tom Hogan Cup

Emeralds were the opposition in the Tom Hogan Cup which is a competition run by the Tullaroan club. This was to be a very free flowing game in which we were to score 2-19, which is a very respectful score but when you consider that all but one of these scores came from open play, it makes it even more unusual. Eight different players scored on the night. Emeralds had the better of the opening exchanges and went into an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead before Martin Gaffney got a hat trick of points to bring us back into the game. Conor Maharaj was instrumental in setting up a number of our points in the first half. Our first goal came after Adrian Stapleton fought hard to retain the sliothar before supplying Davy Ryan who did the honours. Leading by 1-10 to 0-9 we headed into the last minutes of the half but the half time score could have been different as the Emeralds full forward bore down on goal but was held out by the combined efforts of David Carroll and Paddy Henderson.

Good work from our younger players, Eoin Gough and Mason Clifford lead to some of our early scores in the second half. The excellent work of Cillian Breathnach and Kieran Cuddihy in stopping what seemed a certain goal was unfortunately followed a minute later by an Emeralds goal to put them back in the game. Two more points followed from Emeralds to draw the game at 1-15 each. Evan Guilfoyle had only come on but made an immediate impression by scoring 1-1. Another point blank save from Cillian kept us in the game while points from Adrian Stapleton and Davy Ryan closed out the game at Dicksboro 2-19 Emeralds 1-18.

Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Michael Rafter, David Carroll, Paddy Henderson, Mason Clifford, Kieran Cuddihy, Phil Hogan, Derek O'Gorman, Conor Marahaj, Tom Manning, Martin Gaffney, Davy Ryan, Cillian Starr, Adrian Stapleton, Eoin Gough, Collins Connolly, Rory Glynn, Evan Guilfoyle, Aaron Duggan, Eoin Fennelly, Michael Cotter.


24th July 2011

Dicksboro participate in Guinness Book of Records World Record Bid

Congrats and thanks to team Dicksboro & to Dicksboro GAA club as the club took part in Dunnamaggin`s world record bid for the greatest number of ride-on lawnmowers in the world last Sunday in warm Dunnamaggin. The world record was well & truly smashed as 706 ride-on mowers mowed merrily through the green grass in a spectacular & successful fundraising bid by the country club. Thanks to all the Boro mower owners who took part and to Brian Murphy, Troyswood for his incredible help in transporting the mowers home.

Article by Pat Moylan


24th July 2011

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Northern Junior Championship

Not a good weekend for our Junior B and Junior teams as our Juniors lost this first round match of the Northern Championship against Lisdowney in Freshford. A misty rain made conditions slippery for both teams. It took us sixteen minutes before we registered our first score, when Eoin Gough made the most of the advantage as he was repeatedly fouled as he headed for goal to drill the ball to the net. Unfortunately it was to take another twelve minutes before our next score which came from a Michael Rafter free. Two more points in the last few minutes brought us level at half time. HT Dicksboro 1-3 Lisdowney 0-6.

A goal and a point from Lisdowney in the first two minutes of the second half gave them the impetus to win this game and our inability to take our scores on the day was to prove costly as we added only three more points to our score whilst Lisdowney put up 1-5 in the second half.

This team is due to play a preliminary round game in the Junior Championship on Friday 12th August against Dunnamaggan.

Final Score: Dicksboro 1-6 Lisdowney 1-11

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24th July 2011

Congratulations to the Dicksboro Under 9 team who won the Dunnamaggan tournament held during the very successful Ride On Mower fundraiser. The 'Boro boys overcame the host club in what was a very close final to eventually win by a point.

This is the second tournament win by this group of boys as they also had silverware by winning the Castlecomer tournament recently. Obviously a team with a bright future.

Photo by Donal Carroll


22nd July 2011

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Joe Walsh Cup

Graiguenamanagh lead this match from start to finish to put us out of the Joe Walsh Cup. Our opponents were playing the better hurling in the first half, deserving their half time lead of Dicksboro 0-3 Graig 1-6. The second half was an altogether different affair as we dug deep to make a much better match of it. Twenty five minutes into this half we had made our way back to within two points of Graig and it looked like it could be anyone's game. Graig were to finish the strongest and had the luxury of introducing fresh legs. Their tally of 2-2 in the last seven minutes cast a distorted view on the final score of Dicksboro 0-11 Graiguenamanagh 3-12.

Panel: Donal Carroll, Podge Lacey, Ciaran Gough, JJ Hickey, Willie Cuddihy, Mikey Hayes, Aaron Mcdonald, Conor Maharaj, Michael Cotter, Mark Nolan, Colm Brady, Eamonn Campion, Graham Egan, Ger O'Donoghue, Mike Kealy.

Match Photos


20th July 2011

Duggan Steel Under 14 Hurling League Final

Our Under 14 Roinn 'A' team eventually succumbed to the physically stronger O'Loughlin Gael side after putting in a sterling performance in the first half of this league final, played in Clara. All but one of the Gaels 1-5 scored in the first half came from placed balls, the goal coming from a penalty, while our scoring was the complete opposite- only one point of our 1-4 coming from a free, the rest coming from open play. O'Loughlins had a very good start to the second half, scoring 1-4 before we had our first point in the eight minute and despite our best efforts we could not get back within striking distance of this strong O'Loughlin side who were deserving winners by 1-7 to 3-12.

Panel: Ben Tynan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Aaron Malone, Evan Carroll, Aidan Nolan, Edward Moylan, Conor Doheny, Thomas Kenny, Cormac Buggy, Robbie Murphy, Kieran Ryan, Andrew Gaffney, Oisin Gough, Jim Dollard, Adam Clifford, Robert Crotty, Cian Butler, David Ryan.

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17th July 2011

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior Hurling League

It was far from being a summers day when we took on top of the table Clara in wind swept Palmerstown in our last Junior League match this afternoon. Dicksboro played in their white strip for this encounter. The halftime score of Dicksboro 0-7 Clara 1-6 meant that it was all to play for in the second half. Goals from Clara on the eleventh, twenty fifth and twenty ninth minutes proved decisive and a last minute goal from Conor Maharaj made the final score of Dicksboro 2-9 Clara 5-9 look a bit more respectful.

Panel: Darragh Holohan, Ciaran Gough, Mikey hayes, Eoin Burke, Jessie Waters, Kevin Nolan, Willie Cuddihy, Michael Rafter, Mason Clifford, Conor Maharaj, Paddy Henderson, Darragh Buggy, Ger O'Donoghue, Cillian Breathnach, Davey Ryan, Podge Lacey, Oisin Breathnach

Match Photos


16th July 2011

Castlecomer Under 12 Tournament

Dicksboro U12`s celebrate in Castlecomer - For the second successive weekend Dicksboro juveniles proved tops in Castelcomer as the U12`s brought home the Gerry Holden U12 Perpetual trophy, the Boro U9s having enjoyed similar success the previous weekend. The Dicksboro U12`s travelled last Saturday morning to Canon Kearns park in Castlecomer to participate in the annual U12 blitz well organised by the host club. Following a fine display of hurling the Boro lads overcame hosts Castlecomer in the opening game. Following a short rest the Boro faced Lisdowney in the second & final group game. Despite an early setback of two quick goals the Boro boys eventually overpowered a gallant Lisdowney team to face near neighbours, O`Loughlin Gaels in the Holden cup final. The final was a cracking affair as both teams threw everything at each other in pursuit of victory. O Loughlins raced into an early lead with the wind in their backs to lead at half time. The Boro boys dug deep in the second half and goaled and pointed in the final minutes to win by five points. Wild scenes of celebration followed as captain Seán Boyd accepted the trophy and made a fine speech of acceptance on his player`s behalf. Well done to a steadily improving bunch of young hurlers.
Panel : Tommy Farrell, Gavan Walsh, Kieran Galvin, Jack Connelly, Liam Stynes, David Campion, Tadhg Butler, Stephen Cass, Johnny Manogue, Liam Brennan Smyth, Mark Nolan, Cillian Timmons, Seán Boyd, Justin Cahill, Brian Cleere, Eoghan Moylan, TJ Stynes & Evan Clarke.
Next Saturday sees the start of the Kilkenny GAA Go Games U12 blitz with the Boro starting with away games to Bennettsbridge at 10am


16th July 2011

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior B Nth Hurling Championship

Dicksboro got off to a flying start tonight scoring five points in the first ten minutes to Galmoy’s point. The Boro lost Jamie Lynch to injury after five minutes of play being replaced by Podgy Lacey. Dicksboro’s first goal came after nineteen minutes by mixed efforts from Ger O’Donoghue and Eoin Gough with Ger getting the final touch. Peter Fitzpatrick then replaced an injured John O’Gorman. Points from Eoin Fennelly, Colm Brady and Eamon Campion kept the scoreboard ticking over before a goal and point from Eoin Gough just before half time.

HT Dicksboro 2-13 Galmoy 0-1.

As the rain started to fall during the second half the Boro boys had nothing to worry about with Galmoy only scoring two points in the first fifteen minutes of this half. With fantastic team work throughout the match the Boro managed a further 1-8 in the second half. Subs: Padraic White for Mark Nolan, Rory Morrissey for Ger O’Donoghue and Daniel Farrell for Eoin Gough. They cruised into the northern semi-final of the Junior B championship with a full time score of 3-21 to 0-6.

Panel: Darragh Holohan, JJ Hickey, Ciaran Gough, Jamie Lynch, William Cuddihy, Mikey Hayes, Rory Glynn, Mark Nolan, Conor Maharaj, Eoin Fennelly, Colm Brady, Eamon Campion, Ger O’Donoghue, John O’Gorman, Eoin Gough, Brian O’Donoghue, Darragh Tynan, Aaron McDonald, Podgy Lacey, Rory Morrissey, James Gittens, Daniel Farrell, Padraic White, Cian Tynan, Peter Fitzpatrick.

Article by Claire Nolan. Photos by Kevin Nolan


15th July 2011

Duggan Steel Under 14 Roinn A Hurling League

What a cracker of a match this Roinn A league semi final against James Stephens in Kilmanagh turned out to be. For most of the game the'Boro were on top, especially in the first half when we were aided by a strong enough wind to be leading at half time by 0-13 to 1-2.

We were under relentless pressure in the second half but very dogged defending from our back lines kept us in the game. The Village opened this half by scoring 1-1 and this was an indication that they were certainly not going to lie down. The 'Boro boys managed to keep three or four ponts between the sides for most of the half, but who would have expected the simply heart stopping finish we were going to experience. Between the twenty sixth and twenty ninth minute the Village added 1-2 to their score to bring the game level at Dicksboro 1-17 James Stephens 4-8, the first time that they were level since the start of the match. The equalising goal from the Village came just seconds short of the end of regulation time and it was now a matter of who would hold their nerve in whatever time the referee was going to add for injury time. This proved to be the 'Boro as we were awarded two frees which were expertly converted and a final excellently worked point to give us a deserving victory and a place in the League Final.


13th July 2011

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Senior Football Championship

The men that turned up to represent their club in this Senior Football Championship game can be very proud of their efforts. Our lack of football game time really showed in the first half when we were held scoreless by a dominant Mooncoin team. HT Dicksboro 0-0 Mooncoin 2-5.

The second half was an all together different affair as our lads were getting into the swing of the big ball and started to put together some nice passing movements. Indeed, we were on top in the scoring stakes for a lot of this half as up to the twenty eight minute we had outscored Mooncoin by 2-2 to 1-2. It was at this stage that Mooncoin was awarded a penalty, which was sent to the 'Boro net and they managed to score another goal before the final whistle to take the gloss off what was a spirited 'Boro performance.

Panel: Tom Manning, Jamie Lynch, John O'Gorman, Philly Hogan(1-0), Aaron McDonald, Kevin Nolan(0-1), Danny Farrell, Cillian Starr, Paul O'Flynn(Capt) (0-1), Evan Guilfoyle(1-0), Adrian Stapleton, Darragh Buggy, James Murphy, Ger O'Donoghue, Robbie Dowling.

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12th July 2011

Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor Roinn C Hurling League

A very impressive 3-16 to 3-8 victory over Young Irelands this evening in the last group stage game of this league means that we finished on top of the group with thirteen point following six wins and one draw out of seven games. Well done to all the lads and their mentors and the best of luck in the next stages.

Short Videos of action


11th July 2011

Duggan Steel Under 14 Hurling League Roinn C

Congratulations to our Under 14 'B' team who finished their league campaign with a fine win in Palmerstown against St. Fiacres. Our boys made all the running at the start, scoring the first four points of the game before St. Fiacres raised their first white flag on twenty minutes. A very well taken goal on twenty eight minutes and a speculative shot into the box from forty five yards a minute later, that ended in the Graig net gave us a good lead at HT Dicksboro 2-5 St. Fiacres 0-3.

A strong 'Boro defence held the opposition to 1-2 in the second half while our active midfield and forwards kept chipping away, adding 3-4 to leave the FT score at Dicksboro 5-10 St. Fiacres 1-5.

Panel: Gavin Byrne, Kieran Dunne, Panis Brennan, Darragh Lynch, Robert Crotty, Cormac Buggy, Liam Kennedy, Kieran Ryan, Alan Corcoran, Cian Butler, Oisin Gough, Jack Woods, Colin Dempsey, David Ryan, Oisin Long.


10th July 2011

St. Canices Credit Union Senior Hurling League

A great win over Tullaroan has given us all to play for in our next and last group stage game against O'Loughlin Gaels on 13th August. While we are still in the danger zone at the moment a victory against O'Loughlins and Carrickshock to lose against the Village would be enough to take us out of the relegation semi's.

The 'Boro were deserving winners of this encounter after Eddie O'Donoghue opened our scoring with a point after one minute and from that moment we were always ahead. Eddie was to add five more before the end of the half(four from frees), whilst Davy Ryan added two and Derek O'Gorman, Adrian Stapleton, Ollie Walsh and Paul O'Flynn added one each. HT Dicksboro 0-12 Tullaroan 0-7.

Tulloaroan did start the second half well with a couple of points but at no stage in this half did they come closer than two points. On the nineteenth minute we were awarded a penalty which was converted by Eddie to give us a lead of 1-16 to 0-13 and put us in an even more commanding position. We continued to press ahead and finished at 1-18 to Tullaroan's 1-14, their goal coming from the last puck of the game.

Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Michael Rafter, Kieran Cuddihy, Philip Hogan, Kevin Nolan, Michael Fagan, Paddy Henderson, Derek O'Gorman(0-1), Eddie O'Donoghue(1-9) (1-6 from frees), Tom Manning, Martin Gaffney, Ollie Walsh(0-2), Adrian Stapleton(0-2), Paul O'Flynn(0-1), Davy Ryan(0-2), Sam Morrissey, Cillian Starr, Michael Hayes, Conor O'Loughlin, Jamie Lynch, Evan Guilfoyle, Darragh Buggy, Conor Maharaji.

Match Photos by John Glynn


10th July 2011

Ladies Football :
The Boro ladies had their first game of the season last Sunday morning in Palmerstown as they played near neighbours James Stephens. The Seán Keane coached side showed no shortage of skill & fancy footwork as they overcame the Village ladies. For the record the final scoreline was 7.09 to 1.03. Mr. Keane was delighted with his charges showing and smiled with glee as he put one over his work colleague Eoin Hennessy. Training continues on Wed nights in Palmerstown - interested, contact Helen at 087 6645823.
Article/photo by Pat Moylan


9th July 2011

Under 12 Challenge Games

The U12`s busy season continued with two matches against Clarinbridge (Co. Galway) & O`Loughlin Gaels in sunny St. Kierans College. Two Dicksboro teams participated (30 players in all). Team maroon enjoyed two hard fought wins over their opposition with great displays of determination & skill particularly against O Loughlins Gaels as they overcame a seven point defict at half time. Team white hurled gallantly winning one & loosing one game narrowingly. Next Saturday the U12`s will participate in the Castlecomer U12 hurling blitz while Saturday week (23rd July) sees the start of the Kilkenny Go Games U12 blitz over five Saturdays with a finals day in Nowlan Park on Sat 3rd September - busy long summer days ahead ! Article by Pat Moylan



7th July 2011

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior B Championship

Our Junior B team had a very good start in this championship with a comprehensive win over neighbours, Threecastles, in Tullaroan. Leading from start to finish, no fewer than eight players registered a score on the night which is very encouraging considering that the game was played in dreadfully wet weather. While we were leading at halftime by 1-10 to 1-5, Threecastles did manage to pull the game back to within three points, but this is as close as they got as our team put their shoulder to the wheel again to close out the game with a full time score of Dicksboro 3-16 Threecastles 1-9.

Our next game is due to be held on Friday 15th July vs Galmoy

Panel: Aaron Duggan, JJ Hickey, Mike Hayes, Eoin Burke, Jamie Lynch(0-2), Ciaran Gough, Rory Glynn, Willie Cuddihy, Eoin Fennelly(1-2), Michael Cotter(0-1), Mark Nolan(0-1), Eamonn Campion(2-6), Collins Connolly(Capt) (0-2), Eoin Gough(0-1), Ger O'Donoghue(0-1), Podge Lacey for JJ Hickey(inj), Peter Fitzpatrick for Collins, Rory Morrissey for Ger O'Donoghue.


7th July 2011

Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor League Roinn C

Larchfield was the setting for our penultimate group game in the Roinn C Minor League and as with all games against our city rivals this was a hotly contested match. The final result was a draw, Dicksboro 4-10 James Stephens 2-16, which was enough to keep us on top of the league and put us in a very good position as we approach the knock out stages.

Our last group game is scheduled for this Sunday 10th July at 2pm in Tullogher


5th July 2011

Duggan Steel Under 14 Roinn C Hurling League

Some missed goal chances in the first half of this game against Danesfort were to prove costly as we were to eventually lose by a four point margin. Twenty minutes in, the score was still quite low at 0-4 to 0-2 but Danesfort then scored a goal to make them 1-2 and leading for the first time. Nine minutes later, and no further scoring from either team, we were awarded a free twenty five yards out. This was struck with a formidable force to the net to put us back in the lead. A final point from Danesfort before the half time whistle left the score at HT Dicksboro 1-4 Danesfort 1-3.

The 'Boro boys held their own for the first eight minutes of the second half, leading by a goal. However, between the eight and tenth minute, Danesfort scored three goals without reply, a scoring blitz that we were not to recover from despite our valiant efforts. FT Dicksboro 3-7 Danesfort 4-8.

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2nd July 2011

Carlow Town Tournament

Last week was a very successful one for the Under 16 hurlers. They completed their Rionn A League campaign with a win over Glenmore. This win results in the Boro heading the League with full points and will play in the League Final on August 1st. Their opponents will be decided over the coming weekends when the remaining games in the section are completed. The Rionn C team will play Dunamaggin on Saturday next in Palmerstown at 4.00 P.M. This will also be their final game in their section. A win could result in the team playing in a league Semi Final.

Saturday last saw the 15th Edition of the Carlow Town Hurling Club Annual Under 16 Hurling Tournament. This event, over the years, has attracted the leading underage teams from around the country and this year was no different with forty three teams competing at four venues in and around Carlow.

Dicksboro drew Kilmacud Crokes, Kilmallock and Loughrea in their Group and the Boro got off to a flying start with a 2.07 to 0.02 win over the Dubliners. A 3.09 to 0.04 success over Loughrea as quickly followed by a 4.13 to 0.01 win against Kilmallock. The Boro was now in Semi Final.

Opponents from the other side of the draw came in the form of Sixmilebridge from Clare. The Claremen had seen off Ballyboden St Endas (Dublin) Camross (Laois),Killenaule (Tipperary) and Blackrock (Cork) who had won the Tournament in both 2009 & 2010. Despite their form the Boro went into an early three point lead and by half time were in control with a 2.03 to 0.01 advantage. The second half saw some excellent long range point taking from Dicksboro which resulted in a 3.08 to 0.01 win and a place in the Final.

Fellow finalists were Cuala of Dublin who had a similair path toi the final as the Boro lads. They had wins over all their opponents which included Dungarvan, Na Piarsiagh and Leitrim Kilmadeama of Galway. So a competitive fast moving challenge was expected and indeed became a reality with Cuala shooting a goal after only 17 seconds. However the Boro lads quickly equalised and settled into their rhythm to take four unanswered points and a lead at half time of 1.05 to 1.01. The second half was a period of sustained pressure with Cuala confirmed to only a goal while the Boro tacked on three further points to run out winners by 1.08 to 2.01. This the third time for the Boro to win the tournament haven previously being successful in 2007 and 2008.

Panel: Paddy Boyd ,Ronain Butler, Jamie Byrne, Cory Cahill, Patrick Cahill, Jason Carroll, Evan Cody (Capt) Brian Comerford, Marc Cudmore, Stephen Farrell, Robbie Fitzpatrick, John Hanrick, Darragh Holohan, David Kenny, Kevin Kenny, Mark Mc Garry, Frank Nolan, Sean O’Neill, Michael Phelan, Dylan Scott, Mark Slater, Aiden Walsh, Liam Walsh.

Article by Eddie Houlihan