Dicksboro GAA Club


May 2017

Third win in a row puts Dicksboro in pole position


Dicksboro 5-13, Danesfort 1-9

All three games won in the league, senior status safe for next year, a championship quarter final berth secured and a bright future with a young team. Not bad for the month of May.

There was just two points between the Boro and Danesfort at half-time in this crucial senior league game at Tom Ryall Park, Kilmanagh on Saturday evening. Up steps Andy Gaffney who came on as a sub after eight minutes of the half. In 19 minutes he scored four goals and a point from play. A few of the goals were set up for him by his older brother Martin Gaffney who showed the potential we all know that he is capable of at full forward, coming out the field for the ball in the second half to devestating effect and scoring a crucial goal n the first half when the team were struggling a small bit.

This was a fantastic win and the players go away at the break with maximum points from three games and a very healthy score difference which makes us favourites to win a quarter final berth with two games to play. Those games against Clara and Bennettsbridge have to be won and no one is getting carried away especially when you consider that Danesfort were without Richie Hogan.

The Boro struggled a bit at the start of this game and it was a goal from Martin Gaffney after ten minutes that steadied the nerves and put the Boro ahead, 1-1 to 0-3 . The team went in two points ahead at half time, 1-5 to 0-6.

By the 12th minutes of the second half, the Boro had stretched their lead to six and on came Andy Gaffney to get his four goals, which turned the game.

Everyone played well and Cillian Buckley was again excellent at centre back. There was no weak link and the subs who came on played a major role in this victory.

Team: Darragh Holohan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Evan Cody, Evan Carroll, Conor Doheny, Cillian Buckley, Aidan Nolan, Ollie Walsh, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Oisin Gough, Shane Stapleton, Edward Moylan, Robbie Murphy, Martin Gaffney, Bill Sheehan. Subs: Andy Gaffney for Sheehan, Tom Kenny for Nolan, Stephen Farrell for Moylan, Paul O'Flynn for Walsh and Kevin Kenny for Gough.

Scorers: Andy Gaffney 4-1, Shane Stapleton 0-6, Robbie Murphy 0-3, Martin Gaffney 1-1, Oisin Gough 0-1, Ollie Walsh 0-1, Bill Sheehan 0-1.


Dicksboro break Village hearts with late surge


Between the 26th and 32nd minute of the second half of this pulsating senior League match, Dicksboro scored 1-4 compared to just one point by James Stephens.
That was in essence the winning of the game and it justified the faith of the management in this young team who don't know when they are beaten.
It's not easy to beat the Village and so it proved this afternoon as they dominated for stretches of the game but were unable to put away the ’Boro men away.
Guts, will to win and courage won this match and it puts the senior team in a good place.
With eight minutes left, the game seemed to be ebbing away from the ’Boro, Suddenly, that changed after a kicked goal by Ollie Walsh which left just a point between the teams.
Substitute Oisin Gough was probably the match winner, scoring two mighty points from play, one a real Austin Gleeson effort from 80 yards out.
To put things in perspective, the ’Boro are top of their league section – the only team on four points after two games and Ballyhale Shamocks are bottom of the table, pointless. That won't stay the same with the anticipated return of Michael Fennelly and Henry Shefflin.
The first half was a close affair and while the ’Boro scored first, it was the Village who were three points up after 17 minutes. By half time, the ’Boro had recovered from Eoin Larkin's early goal and at the break were level, 1-4 to 0-7.
By the 15th minute of the second half, the Village were four points up and will rue a number of missed chances which could have put the game out of reach. That left the door open for the ’Boro who took their opportunity.
Every Dicksboro player gave 100% and in goal, Darragh Holohan made one stunning save in the first half which was crucial. The full back line of Conor Fitzpatrick, Evan Cody and Evan Carroll blossomed as the game went on, especially Fitzy who was wholehearted.
Conor Doheny always give 100% and managed to keep a lid on Eoin Larkin in the second half while Cillian Buckley and Aidan Nolan were as always wholehearted and committed.
Midfield was tough but Ollie Walsh and Robbie Fitzpatrick broke even and that was huge in the end.
In the half forward line, Shane Stapleton has already turned into a bit of leader and was hugely influential while Stephen Farrell was a match for Jackie Tyrell, scoring to points from play while Tom Kenny was as honest and hardworking as you could ask.
Robbie Murphy, Martin Gaffney and Bill Sheehan ran themselves into the ground for the cause and Robbie Murphy in particular was impressive, scoring a great point and catching a great high ball from a Village puck-out.
Paul O'Flynn, came on in the last few minutes and sent over two points to copperfasten victory while Oisin Gough's two points were massive. Kevin Kenny also came on and played well.
Team: Darragh Holohan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Evan Cody, Evan Carroll, Conor Doheny, Cillian Buckley, Aidan Nolan, Ollie Walsh, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Tom Kenny, Shane Stepleton, Stephen Farrell, Robbie Murphy, Martin Gaffney, Bill Sheehan.
Subs used: Oisin Gough for Tom Kenny; Paul O'Flynn for Bill Sheehan, Kevin Kenny for Robbie Murphy and Edward Moylan for Martin Gaffney.
Scorers: Shane Stapleton 0-7, Ollie Walsh 1-0, Stephen Farrell 0-2, Oisin Gough 0-2, Paul O'Flynn 0-2, Robbie Murphy 0-1, Cillian Buckley 0-1.

See SLIDESHOW of photographs (by John Glynn) from the game.


Great win for Dicksboro Juniors over O'Loughlin Gaels

Dicksboro . . . 2-20      O'Loughlin Gaels . . . 1-19

The second round of the Junior league/championship saw Dicksboro take on their other city rivals O'Loughlin Gaels (OLG) in the usual well presented Palmerstown having previously played James Stephens in the first round. Similar to the ’Boro, O'Loughlins had a win in their opening round, so both teams were coming into the match with good form. Almost from the throw in OLG scored a point and quickly followed with another two before the ’Boro lads drew a breath on a warm evening for hurling. However the ’Boro got off the mark and began to come into the game with Kevin Nolan winning, breaking and laying off good ball to the other forwards and also with Enda O'Donohue chipping in with a few frees won by the hard working Seanie Boyd. The ’Boro centre forward Oisin Walsh, who was carrying a slight injury into the game, began to show the signs that the injury was hindering his effectiveness at centre forward and a switch with Seanie Boyd coming to centre forward and Oisin going into the square provided the Boro with an improved platform. The OLG forwards were lively and their movement caused a few problems for the ’Boro backs, however, as the half went on the backs began to get grips with the movement of the OLG's men. But this did not stop OLG's having a 4 point lead at half time which was probably a fair reflection of the game.

Unfortunately the’Boro lost Oisin Walsh at half time due to injury and was replaced by Sean O'Brien who was lively on the breaks. Early in the second half the ’Boro deployed Enda O'Donohoe in a free roll in order to create space for the inside line but to also pick up loose ball between midfield and the ’Boro half back line which he did with aplomb and delivered fast ball into the forwards. Paul O'Flynn stormed into the game following a switch to midfield. Paul had earlier that day tapped over two points in the Boro's senior victory over the Village. Paul's athleticism, strong direct running and accuracy caused problems for OLG who began to tire. Two goals for Dicksboro midway through the second half seemed to give them the confidence and belief that they could overcome their city rivals. It's not often that referees and umpires get credit but on this occasion they were well positioned in awarding one of the ’Boro goals which had crossed the line following a long delivery into the danger area from Enda O'Donohue.

However the OLG's men were not finished and showed great determination when they put the ball in the ’Boro net from out the field when the flight of the ball was misjudged by the ’Boro rearguard.

Richie Stapleton in goals was solid throughout and puck outs were finding the desired target areas. David Glynn took command of the full backline and was ably assisted by the no nonsense Michael Hayes and the athletic Cillian Timmons who is putting in repeated smart performances and often takes the role to mark the oppositions speediest forwards. The half backline of Alan Phelan, Enda Malone and Jim Dollard on his first outing with the junior panel this year also grew in stature and very little ball got past them in the second half. Joe Sheehan picked up a lot of loose ball and delivered good cross field ball into the corners, Cillian Starr's switch into the forwards in the second half paid dividends as Cillian contributed two valuable points late on. Enda O'Donohoe played his role of third midfielder excellently. Seanie Boyd's movement, desire to get on the ball and very accurate shooting was a feature of the ’Boro performance for such a young player. Kevin Nolan was given a specific role in the forwards and certainly exceeded what was asked of him and contributed three points from play on-top of his work rate. Dicksboro captain Davy Ryan led by example with his work rate and ability to bring other players into the game with smart interplay and direct running. Shane O'Brien's speed and movement asked questions of the OLG's defence and he made a valuable contribution to the victory. Cian Butler replaced Cillian Starr late on but Cian's fresh legs and hunger for the fray was evident from the first second of his introduction.

The ’Boro's next outing is against Erin's Own on the 19th May in Palmerstown. 

Photographs (above) from Sunday's game are by John Glynn.

23rd April 2017

Great win  for ’Boro seniors against 
Ballyhale in first round of senior league

Dicksboro had a heartening and deserved victory by 0-17 to 1-10 over Ballyhale Shamrocks in the first round of the Senior Hurling League tonight in Callan.
Manager Mark Dowling and his selectors gave youth its fling and the youngsters repaid that belief with a spell-binding last ten minutes. Eight of this years club Under 21 team started the match and two more came on as subs. Two of last year's club minor team were in the starting 15 and two more came on in the second half.
The final score was 0-17 to 1-10 and the ’Boro had a goal disallowed in the first half and were instead, unexpectedly, given a 20 metre free. Having said that, referee, Richard Dowling had a good game.
Crucially, it was in the last ten minutes that the Boro men got on top and the training with Liam Egan seems to be paying off.
You don't win anything in April but you can very easily lose your way during the month and a good start in this hugely competitive senior league is important to survive and to prosper.
Shamrocks started the better and Joey Holden looked dangerous and the Boro were lucky to be on parity after 10 minutes at 0-3 each. As hard as they tied the Shamrocks couldn't pull away and at the break there was just a point between the teams, 1-5 to 0-7 in favour of the Shamrocks with Colin Fennelly ghosting in for the goal.
As the second half wore on, the ’Boro men realised they had the winning of the game and with Cillian Buckley playing a masterful sweeper's role, we won ball in the half back line and kept their scoring chances to a minimum. We had a number of let-offs as well it must be said. We went five points up with five minutes to go and they pulled it back to three before Kevin Kenny slotted the insurance point.
This was a squad win with all subs used and every player contributing to a great victory.
Team: Darragh Holohan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Evan Cody, Evan Carroll, Conor Doheny, Cillian Buckley, Aidan Nolan, Ollie Walsh, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Tom Kenny, Shane Stapleton, Andy Gaffney, Robbie Murphy, Martin Gaffney, Bill Sheehan.
Subs: Eddie O'Donoghue for Evan Carroll, Kevin Kenny for Robbie Fitzpatrick, Edward Moylan for Martin Gaffney, Paul O'Flynn for Bill Sheehan and Oisin Gough for Robbie Fitzpatrick.
Scorers: Andy Gaffney 0-11, Shane Stapleton 0-1, Kevin Kenny 0-1, Oisin Gough 0-1, Tom Kenny 0-1, Ollie Walsh 0-1, Robbie Murphy 0-1.
All photos courtesy of John Glynn and the club is extremely grateful to him.

The Dicksboro Junior hurlers got the ideal start to the League Championship with a 0-15 to 1-9 win over local rivals James Stephens on the Kells Road on Friday night.
It took two games to separate them in the concluding stages of the northern junior championship in 2016 and like last year there was very little between the teams in this opening round of the 2017 League Championship.
The exchanges in the first half were even enough with goal opportunities limited due to both defences being on top of their opposing forwards. A particularly satisfying element of the Boro defence was their ability to tackle hard and not concede frees. The Boro lost Shane Maher to injury early in the first half but was replaced by current county minor panellist Sean Boyd who showed plenty of sharpness and a deft touch when required.
The Boro began the second half well and began to open up a good lead, the introduction of Joe Sheehan early in the second half into midfield meant a slight rejigging of the forward line which paid dividends as Joe picked up loose ball around midfield but also got newly wed Eddie O'Donoghue closer to the Village goals.
As expected the James Stephens men came back into the game and managed put the ball in the Boro net after an initial great save from Richie Stapleton, but he could do little to prevent the second effort. This did not deter the resolute Boro men who replied with a score quickly after the concession of the goal.  The scores kept coming from a variety of the forwards but special mention must be given to Enda O'Donoghue's splendid point from a line ball.
The ’Boro's next game in the competition is against their other city rivals O'Loughlin Gaels which no doubt will be another tough encounter.
Team: Richard Stapleton, Kevin Nolan, David Glynn, Johnny Manogue, Alan Phelan, Enda Malone, Robert Crotty, Eddie O'Donoghue, Cillian Starr, Enda O'Donoghue, Oisín Walsh, Davy Ryan, Cian Butler, Shane Maher, Shane O'Brien. Subs used: Sean Boyd for Shane Maher, Joe Sheehan for Shane O'Brien, Michael Rafter for Oisin Walsh.

Senior footballers through to league final for first time in many years

For the first time in many years, Dicksboro senior footballers have qualified for a league final. The club has never won this title and probably won't this time either. 
They play Railyard this weekend who have won the league for the last three years on the trot and are also going for a four in a row in the senior championship.
The Boro lads had a hard earned victory over an honest and decent Kilmoganny side 1-13 to 2-5 in the semi-final on Saturday at James's park, in a game that could have gone either way.
The Boro were three points behind at the break and with the wind in the second half, slowly came back into the game.
Team: DD Molloy, Eoin McCormack, Kevin Nolan, Philly Hogan (captain), Tom Kenny, Aaron Duggan, Eddie O'Donoghue, Eoin Fennelly, Cillian Starr, Bill Sheehan, Murt Gaffney, Sean Scott, Oisin Gough, Paul O'Flynn, Edward "Gooch" Moylan.
Subs used: Mikey Hayes for O. Gough, Darragh Holohan for S Scott, Evan Carroll for A Duggan, Ger O'Donoghue for B Sheehan
Scorers: E Moylan 0-5, M Gaffney 1-1, O Gough 0-2, E Fennelly 0-2, S Scott 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1, P O'Flynn 0-1.


John Treacy and Yvonne Finlay thanked for their dedication

The well attended AGM of the Dicksboro Juvenile GAA club was held on Sunday evening. Outgoing chairman John Treacy opened the meeting by bestowing thanks to all those who had helped him over the previous couple of years with special reference to juvenile secretary Yvonne Finlan, vice chairman Liam Kerwick and the club executive. He concluded by wishing incoming chairman Pat Moylan and his officials well in their new roles. Secretary Yvonne Finlay delivered her usual detailed report of club activities 2016 with particular reference to the success of the Summer Camp (particular thanks to Grainne Timmons, Conor Hogan and Eilis O'Shea – this year's Camp starts on Mon 24th July!), the growing popularity of the club's coffee dock, a great Summer family BBQ, the U8, U10 and U12 charity hurling blitzes and the concluding kids Xmas party in December. She summarised the many activities of all teams from U6 to U18 and concluded by thanking all mentors and parents who helped her out during her tenure as juvenile secretary. Juvenile chairman Pat Moylan thanked both John Treacy and Yvonne Finlay for their great work over the previous years before summarising the club's financial report for 2016 with particular emphasis on the need for all families to support the weekly €2 Club Lotto. Club chairman Eddie Holohan reciprocated thanks to the outgoing juvenile officers and thanked all juvenile mentors for 'keeping the roots of the club in good soil to bear fruit in later years'. He outlined the club's major Lip Sync fundraiser being held on 25th March in Cillin Hill and urged all prospective 'singers' to join up (rumour going that Busty Kerwick doing Ed Sheeran). 
Pat Moylan outlined the busy year ahead from REGISTRATION next weekend, various upcoming Coaching Courses to the National Hurling Féile being hosted in Kilkenny on the weekend of 16th - 18th July. He concluded that core focus would remain on providing good coaching to all youngsters coming to Palmerstown in a safe friendly environment and attract all families to enjoy and use the facilities in the ’Boro. Election of Officers: Chairman Pat Moylan, vice-Chairman Liam Kerwick, secretary Fergal Murphy and Bord na nÓg rep Pat Moylan.


Another Leinster win for Loreto Camogiewith ’Boro girls to the fore

For the second week in succession Loreto Secondary School has won a Leinster title, this time the Leinster Colleges Junior Camogie Roinn A Championship. And again Dicksboro girls and past pupils from St. Canices Co. Ed. National School played their part. It was three in a row Leinster tiles for the Granges Road school as they overcame Mercy Convent, New Ross at the Bannow-Ballymitty GAA club grounds in County Wexford on Saturday 28th January.
The Loreto girls ran out comfortable winners after a sluggish opening half and now will prepare for an All Ireland semi-final against the Connacht champions which will be played on Saturday 18th February.
Well done to all the girls and the team management of Mr. Keher, Mr. Kelly, Ms. Murphy and Mr. Williams. Congratulations to the Dicksboro girls – Ciara Mullan, Kate Dempsey, Jane Cass, Niamh Moore and Asha McHardy.


Loreto win Leinster Colleges Senior Camogie Roinn A Championship

It was a great weekend for seven Dicksboro girls who were part of the Loreto panel who retained the Leinster Colleges Senior Camogie Roinn A Championship.
The Kilkenny Girls came out on top against Loreto Wexford by two points in a very exciting final played at the St. Brigid’s Club Blackwater on Saturday last on a final score line of 1 -10 to 1-08.
The win puts the Kilkenny School at the top of the Leinster Colleges Senior Camogie Roinn A Roll of Honour with 10 titles, one more than Mercy Callan and Mercy Enniscorthy.
The team is now preparing for the All Ireland semi final against Presentation Athenry which will be played on Saturday 11th February.
Congratulations to the Management team of Mr. Keher, Mr. Kelly, Ms. White and Mr. Williams.
The Boro girls on the panel are Ciara Mullen, Tara Clifford, Ciara O’Shea, Caoimhe Dowling, Jane Cass, Kate Dempsey and Issy Carroll.Seven girls on the panel are past pupils of St. Canices Co. Ed National school also.
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Last surviving member of 1950 winning team passes away

The second last surviving member of the 1950, Dicksboro team that won the senior hurling county championship has passed away.

Tommy Dowling, St. Colman's, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny died on 8th December 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny.

He was predeceased by his wife Peggy. He is survived by his sons Frank, John, Brian, Vincent and Martin, daughters-in-law, brother Joe, sisters Teresa and Maura, sisters-in-law Brid and Frances, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing in Johnston's Funeral Home from 5pm on Friday with Funeral Prayers at 6.30pm followed by removal to St. Canice's Church. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11am. Private Cremation will follow at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, Co.Cork.


North Under-21 Hurling Champions

Dicksboro Under 21s beat James Stephens 0-22 to 0-10 in the Northern Final today in Clara with a great display of marksmanship and skill.
They will now play The Rower-Inistioge next Sunday in the Roinn A County Final.
By the 16th minute of the first half, the score was 0-12 to 0-2 in favour of Dicksboro. Helped by a good breeze, the boys were majestic and took the game to their city rivals.
At that stage, the Village lads, who showed great spirit, came back into the match and by half-time were 0-14 to 0-5 behind with the wind to come at their backs in the second half.
And by the 16th minute of that second period, they had brought the deficit back to six points and were really beginning to get on top and a goal for the Village at that stage would have made for a very tense last quarter.
However, it was the Boro who got the next four crucial scores to make it 0-19 to 0-9 and with ten minutes remaining, the game was ebbing away from James Stephens.
The first of those four scores came from current minor, Edward Moylan who was his usual industrious self, followed by super scores from Kevin Kenny, Robbie Murphy and the last, a monster from Stephen Farrell.
The final score of 0-22 to 0-10 did not reflect the closeness of the contest.
The Boro were 0-7 to 0-1 ahead after 10 minutes with the half back line completely on top - The trio of Conor Doheny, Evan Cody and Aidan Nolan would be a fabulous half back line at any level with any team.
That's not to say the men they marked played poorly, far from it, but these three were the rock on which this victory was built.
The second point of the game from Doheny, came from well inside his own half while all through the game, Oison Gough was excellent from placed balls.
Every player and every line was on top as the boys fought for each other with great hooking and blocking.
It was a team effort and nothing more than another Trojan effort will be enough to guarantee victory on Sunday against The Rower-Inistioge.
Team: D Holohan (Capt), A Phelan, R Fitzpatrick, E Carroll, C Doheny, E Cody, A Nolan, R Murphy, T Kenny, E Moylan, S Farrell, K Kenny, B Sheehan, C Kavanagh, O Gough.
Subs: C Fitzpatrick for Kenny, S O'Brien for Sheehan, J Dullard for Nolan.
Boro Scorers
Oisin Gough 0-7, Edward Moylan 0-3, Bill Sheehan 0-3, Chris Kavanagh, Stephen Farrell and Robbie Murphy 0-2 each, Conor Doheny, Aidan Nolan and Kevin Kenny 0-1 each.

JENNY DOES US PROUD - It was a fantastic night for Dicksboro and in particular, Jenny Clifford at the All-Star awards in Dublin on Saturday night. She received The 2016 Intermediate Soaring Star Award following Kilkenny's success in the All Ireland Intermediate Championship. Jenny won best player award in the final against Cork in Croke Park. The club and the parish are absolutely delighted for Jenny and her family, she has done us all proud.
NIGHT OF CELEBRATION - On Friday, November 25, the under 14 and under 16 teams will be feted in the clubhouse. Both won their perspective county championships and they will receive their medals on the night. Everyone is invited and all juvenile mentors are especially welcome.
UNDER-21s - Dicksboro had a good win against Erin's Own in the Under 21 championship quarter final on Saturday, winning 3-17 to 0-7 in Jenkinstown. This wasn't as easy as the scoreline suggests and there was just six points between the team half time. However in the second half, with the aid of the wind, the Boro pulled away and won well. Team: D Holohan, E Carroll, R Fitzpatrick, A Phelan, C Doheny, E Cody, A Nolan, T Kenny, R Murphy, A Gaffney, S Farrell, K Kenny, B Sheehan, C Kavanagh, O Gough. Subs used: E Moylan, R Crotty, J Dollard, C Fitzpatrick, S O'Brien.  Scorers: A Gaffney 1-3 (pen, 2 frees), O Gough 1-2, B Sheehan 0-4, K Kenny 1-1, S Farrell 0-2, C Kavanagh 0-2.
The team take on Clara on Sunday at 11.30am in the semi-final at Jenkinstown. They need your support.
SOCIAL DANCING IN THE BORO - Social Dancing Classes have resumed in Dicksboro Clubhouse. Tuesday nights from 8 to 10pm.
Dicksboro under-14 hurlers were crowned Roinn A County champions early this afternoon. It was a dismal day in John's Park and the rain never stopped during the entire game.
Once again it was a member of the Clifford family who grabbed the headlines and the all important score. Because of the wet, it was difficult to convert chances and at half time The Village, with the aid of a good breeze, were ahead 0-2 to 0-1 ahead with The Boro’s only point coming from Mikey Clifford.
It looked ominous for The Boro when the village got the first score of the second half.
All that changed within 30 seconds. in the second half when Mikey Clifford at No 15, took the game by the scruff of the neck, rose the ball, one handed, on the run, as sweet as a nut, and made his way goalward. He finished to the roof of the net and suddenly for the first time in the match, Dicksboro were ahead. Not to be outshone, Mikey’s cousin Timmy came up with the next point and when Mikey pointed in in 5th minute, it made the score, 0-3 to 1-3.
The Boro's dominance can be gauged from the fact that The Village scored just one point in the second half. Aaron Murphy got into his stride as the half wore on, landing two great points from play. There were leaders all over the field none more so than Padraig Moylan who asserted his presence when it was needed at centre back.
The final score was 1-10 to 0-4.
Goalie Brian Minogue did everything that was asked of him. On their right we had a right pair of Charlies, Nolan (No 2) and Delahunty (no 5). They were simply superb.
Full back Niall Rowe snuffed out any danger and in the other corner, Zac McHardy made up with heart for what he lacked in size. Padraig Moylan was inspirational and Rory O'Connor was committed as ever and brilliant at left half back.
Liam Moore and Colm O'Hara were great in the centre the field and as the game wore on kept up the pressure. Tom Carroll at right half forward was superb and again showed great heart. Aaron Murphy showed his class at centre forward and Sean Maher was again exceptional. Inside, Timmy Clifford and Mikey Clifford (who came out the field in the second half to great effect) were super while Cormac Kennedy on the edge of the square covered himself in glory.
There are no stars on this team – They are a collective. They back each other up and there is a great bond between them forged by the excellent management team of Jim Kerwick (manager), selectors, Sean Moore, Tom O’Donoghue and Jim O’Neill.
Team: C Nolan, N Rowe, Z McHardy, C. Delahunty, P Moylan, R O'Connor, L Moore, C O'Hara, T Carroll, A Murphy, S Maher, T Clifford, C Kennedy, M Clifford. David Walsh for T Carroll, Cillian Hackett for C O'Hara, Stephen Dermody for C Delahunty and Oisin Timmons for C Kennedy.
Scorers: M Clifford 1-3, L Moore 0-3, A Duggan 0-2, T Clifford 0-1, P Moylan (0-1).



The Dicksboro junior team retained the Paddy Cahill Cup tonight (Sunday 17th July 2016) in Kilmanagh with a well earned victory against a John Lockes team that never gave up. The final score of 1-20 to 0-19 reflected the close nature of the contest.

There were tremendous performances all over the field for the Palmerstown Pumas but especially from Tomás Kenny up front who scored four points from play and from Mikey Hayes and Philly Hogan in defence.

This was a team effort and team captain, Jessie Waters played his part pitching in with a point from wing back. Goals win matches and it was a late first half strike from substitute Chris Kavanagh that found the back of the net after a kicked pass from marked man Bill Sheehan that left the half-time score 1-0 to 0-9 in favour of the ’Boro.

The ’Boro were behind for the first two minutes of the game and by the 11th minute they led and never relinquished that lead.

Cillian Breathnach was superb in goals and his puck outs were immense. The full back line were first to the ball and marshalled Callan's best line with aplomb. The half back line were a driving force behind this win and never gave up. The ’Boro won the midfield battle and upfront everyone played well and Enda O'Donoghue was having a great game before going over on his ankle before halftime. Every time Bill Sheehan got the ball he was fouled and referee Conor Everard, who had an excellent game, dished out three yellow cards for fouls on Sheehan. Michael Rafter took over the free taking in the second half and was impeccable.

Team: C Breathnach, A Phelan, M Hayes, J Gittens, J Waters, D. Kenny, E Malone, P Hogan, K Nolan, E Carroll, T Kenny, E Fennelly, E O'Donoghue, B Sheehan, M Rafter. Sub: C Kavanagh for E O'Donoghue (inj).

Scorers: M Rafter 0-6, T Kenny 0-4, C Kavanagh 1-0, E O'Donoghue 0-2, E Malone 0-2, E Fennelly 0-2, E Carroll 0-1, J Waters 0-1, P Hogan 0-1, K Nolan 0-1.

The pitch was in magnificent condition and everyone was treated well by the host club, Graigue-Ballycallan. Mick Byrne would have been proud.

7th July 2016
Under 6's v O'Loughlin Gaels
The future of the 'Boro club were in action today in St. Johns Pk against O'Loughlin Gaels. No doubt this will only be the start of many, many encounters we will have over future years.


Dicksboro Golf Classic 2016

Chairman, Eddie Holohan presenting Patrick O'Neill on behalf of his team with first prize. From l.-r.: Tom Hickey, President Kilkenny Golf Club; Eddie Holohan, Chairman Dicksboro GAA; Patrick O'Neill and Seamus Rochford, Dicksboro GAA Club Treasurer and Golf Classic Organiser.

Photos of day.      Results.  

24th June 2016

Féile Peil na nÓg


Dickboro's under 14 footballers got their national Feile Gaelic football final weekend in Kerry off to a winning start with a comprehensive win over the Scottish representatives at Cordal GAA club grounds, nestled between KillarneyCastleisland and Tralee. They won 6-11 to 0-0 and at half time the score was 4-6 to 0-0.
Liam Moore did the damage in that first half with three goals. Eoin Dalton also got a goal in that period and the points came from: Ruairi O'Connor 0-4, Aaron Treacy-Murphy 0-1. In the second half, Liam Moore and Harry Shine got the two goals and the points came from: Ruairi O'Connor 0-2; Kevin Moore 0-2; Harry Shine 0-1.
In the second match, the Boro played Currow, home club of Kilkenny resident, Mick Galway and home to another great Kerryman who lived in Kilkenny, Bill Costello (RIP).
The ’Boro led at half time 1-1 to no score but in the second half, size was made to count and the Boro boys were out-muscled and failed to score with Currow getting 1-4 to leave the final score 1-4 to 1-1. Dicksboro would fancy their chances if they were to meet again. Liam Moore got the goal and Timmy Clifford got the point.
As it stands, the Boro have to beat host club, Cordal/Scartaglen tomorrow morning in the game fixed for 11am in Currow
Two teams go through to the quarter finals from each group and the boys have every chance especially as Currow beat Cordal/Scartaglen in the first round of games in the pool.
Tonight the boys were treated like royalty by their hosts and were then heading off to a disco. God help the Kerry girls.



Féile hurlers did the club proud and bowed out unbeaten

Dicksboro U14 hurlers experienced great excitement and huge joy before eventual heartbreak as they exited the Féile na Gael competition at the quarter final stage to Glen Rovers (Cork) following a shoot-out of 45 yard frees at host club Eire Óg Nenagh GAA grounds last Saturday. Having enjoyed three straight wins in the group stages the drama unfolded against Cork side Glen Rovers with the Boro boys gallantly coming from behind twice to force extra time and a free kick shoot-out which ended in bitter disappointment for the Palmerstown brigade eventually losing out by six converted free kicks to five. One wonders if the GAA can surely come up with a better option for deciding Féile games after extra time than putting undue pressure on any one individual 14 year old player.

The great adventure began on Friday afternoon as the splendidly bedecked Dicksboro lads (well done to design supremo Busty Kerwick) departed Palmerstown on board M & A coaches for the trip to Roscrea to play the home club at 4pm. The coach arrived in Roscrea to be greeted by Kilkenny Soccer Kennedy Cup team colleagues Liam Moore, Padraic Moylan & Mikey Clifford who earlier that day in UL had captured the Bowl trophy with a great 1-0 win over Midlands. On arrival the host club provided great hospitality – the start of a weekend of tea, sandwiches & the sweet stuff  .... Roscrea GAA aided by the breeze opened brightly to lead 1-04 to 1-03 at half time. Settling into the new half the Boro lads upped the ante and drove on to win on a 2-11 to 2-05 final score line. Scorers for the Boro : D. Walsh (2-0), P. Moylan (0-03), M. Clifford, AT Murphy & H. Shine (0-02), L. Moore & T. Carroll (0-01). Great to see club stalwarts Eugene Begley, Sam Oakes, Martin Morrissey, Mick Byrne, Kitty & Joe Phelan, Joe Walton, Jimmy McGarry, Seamus Rochford et al.in attendance supporting the Boro youngsters. With the game over it was all aboard for game two v Naas in our hosts; Eire Óg GAA Grounds in Nenagh.

From the very moment we arrived in Eire Óg, the welcome and the hospitality shown by our hosts was overpowering led by juvenile chairman Michael Geany and secretary Anne Malone neé Kennedy (sister of our own Mary Maher, Bonnettstown). As the travelling supporters indulged in more tea & `sangwiches`, Jim Kerwick and his mentors Sean Moore, Jim O`Neill & Tom O`Donoghue honed their charges for a tough encounter against great rivals Naas GAA club. Early exchanges were close and tough as Naas enjoyed a half time lead of 1-02 to 0-03, their goal being fortuitous on the stroke of half time. The half time `chat` was highly effective as the Boro lads held their opposition scoreless in the second half to prevail on a 0-07 to 1-02 scoreline. Scorers for the Boro : P. Moylan (0-03), M. Clifford (0-02), K. Hackett & T. Carroll 0-01). With day one successfully concluded the Boro players sat down to a very welcome meal in the Eire Óg clubhouse before introductions were made and lifetime friendships forged with our host families. Mentors & supporters travelled onto the magnificent Strand Hotel in Limerick where it is reported that Dan O Connor & Mikey Clifford Snr et al. led the `banter` till the early hours (CD release very soon…).

Saturday morning dawned dry & bright as the Boro boys concluded their group games with a comprehensive win over hosts Eire Óg, Nenagh on a 4-07 to 0-04 scoreline. Gratifyingly, this game allowed all Dicksboro Féile panellists gain invaluable game time. Word came through by all forms of social media and pigeon carrier that the Boro would face Glen Rovers (Cork) in the quarter final at 3.30pm in the afternoon. With time to kill the Boro squad made a short visit and a paddle to nearby Dromineer on the banks of Lough Derg before roaring on the Boys in Green against the Belgians till half time. Back on the pitch the overhead storm clouds were gathering in anticipation of a titanic battle between the Glen Rovers & Boro youngsters. In the spitting rain the drama began as the men from the Glen led at half time by 3pts to 2pts (Padraic Moylan, two frees) in a tough physical encounter. The second half yielded the best hurling of the weekend as both teams fought for victory. Cormack Kennedy gave the Boro boys a huge boost with a great goal only for the Corkonians to find the net moments later. With scores continuing to be exchanged two points (one each by Padraic Moylan & Timmy Clifford) forced the game into 5 minutes each half of extra time. Again the Southerners led at the interval 1-07 to 1-05 but again the Boro boys dug deep and levelled proceedings through Liam Moore & Mikey Clifford.

A quick review of the rules confirmed that each side had to encounter a nerve racking 45 yard free shootout. Akin to Ireland v Romania in Italia `90 a `club held its breath` as both teams converted the first ten 45 yard frees – the tension was unbearable as very unfair responsibility was dumped on very young shoulders. In the sudden death that followed the Glen Rovers lads prevailed on a 6-5 tally. Shattered and heartbroken the Boro community regrouped on the pitch comforted by the glowing tribute of the Glen Rovers manager and the consoling support of our fantastic Nenagh hosts.

And so ended chapter one in our Féile crusade, unbeaten on the field of play, fantastic county ambassadors and unbowed. Well done to all on a memorable weekend - chapter two will be played out next weekend as Dicksboro represent Kilkenny in the National Féile Peil na nÓg in Co. Kerry – another terrific experience awaits…who needs a foreign holiday ! ..C`mon the ’Boro….

Féile Panel 2016: Brian Manogue, Niall Rowe, Padraic Moylan, Zac McHardy, Charlie Delahunty, Colm O Hara, Seán Maher, Rory O Connor, Aran Treacy Murphy, Liam Moore, Tom Carroll, Timmy Clifford, Mikey Clifford, Eoin Dalton, Cormack Kennedy, David Walsh, Harry Shine, Patrick Fitzgerald, Stephen Dermody, Cillian Hackett, Eoghan O Neill, Finn O Brien, Killian Phelan, Oisín Timmons, Andrew Brennan Smyth, James Carroll, Liam Connelly, Nick Doheny, Luca Loli, Charlie Nolan, Eamonn O Reilly, Vinny Roberts, Evan Rowe, Kevin Moore & Kyle Maher.


Dicksboro under 14 hurlers suffered heartbreak in the quarter final of the national Feile after an unreal encounter against Glen Rovers of Cork in Nenagh this afternoon. The Boro boys put over five 45 yard frees in a sudden death showdown after drawing 1-7 apiece following extra time. It was nail biting stuff and in sudden death, Glen Rovers scored and we didn't. However we finished the tournament unbeaten and the boys were magnificent.

Through to Quarter-Final

The under 14 Feile hurlers are through to the quarter final of national competition following their third and final pool game against Eire Og Nenagh which they won 4-7 to 0-3. They play Glen Rovers of Cork in the quarter final at 3.30pm in Nenagh GAA grounds.

Dicksboro 0-7 Naas 1-2

In their second game of the day at the national finals of the Feile under 14 hurling, Dicksboro again came back from a first half deficit to win their crucial pool match against a valiant Naas at Nenagh GAA Club this evening. The boys were 1-2 to 0-3 behind at half-time after a fortuitous goal by Naas. Mikey Clifford, Tom Carroll and Cillian Hackett scored the Boro's points in the first half. In the second half Mikey Clifford scored a point while man of the match, Padraig Moylan put over three points to clinch the win for the Boro. The boys will play Eire Og Nenagh at 10.30am in the morning and Eire Og have lost their first two matches. If successful, Dicksboro will play a quarter final at 2.30pm in Nenagh GAA club grounds. All club members able to travel should go to Nenagh tomorrow afternoon to support our young heroes.

Dicksboro 2-11 Roscrea 2-5

Dicksboro finished well to account for host club Roscrea in the first of the round robin matches in the Roinn A national hurling finals in Tipperary this afternoon. After a sluggish start, the boys came into it and were just a point behind at the end of the first half, 1-5 to 1-4. They really came to life in the second half and changes made worked and they finished up winners, 2-11 to 2-5. Team: Brian Minogue, Niall Rowe, Padraig Moylan, Zac McHardy, Charlie Delahunty, Colm O'Hara, Sean Maher, Rory O'Connor,  Mikey Clifford, Liam  Moore, Tom Carroll, Timmy Clifford, Eoin Dalton, Cormac Kennedy, David Walsh. Subs used Harry Shine, Aaron Murphy, Cillian Hackett and Eoin O'Neill. They play Naas in the next half hour.

June 2016


The all conquering Under-14 squad won the County Football Féile title on Monday night, May 23rd, against a gallant Thomastown side and now go to the home of Gaelic football in North Kerry for the national finals in late June. This adds to the Roinn A county hurling Féile title won earlier this month.
Team and subs: Nick Doheny, Luca Loli, Niall Rowe, David Walsh, Tom Carroll, Padraig Moylan, Eamon O’Reilly, Mikey Clifford, Rory O’Connor, Aaron Murphy, Liam Moore, Eoghan O’Neill, Timmy Clifford, Cormac Kennedy, Eoin Dalton, James Carroll, Sean Maher, Oisin Timmons, Stephen Dermody, Paddy Fitzgerald, Zac McHardy, Brian Manogue, Vinny Roberts, Andrew Brennan-Smyth, Charlie Nolan, Evan Rowe, Liam Connolly, Finn O’Brien, D.J. Delaney, Colm O’Hara (inj), Charlie Delahunty (inj), Killian Phelan (inj).
Photo 1: John Byrne, chairman of Kilkenny bord na nOg presenting the County Feile shield to Dicksboro captain, Cormac Kennedy.  
Photo 2: The winning squad.
June 2016


Dicksboro under-10s had a fantastic day at Cuala GAA club in Dublin on Sunday. They played great and afterwards received their medals from Dublin County stars Colm Cronin, Cian O'Callaghan and Mark Schutte.

June 2016

St Canice's School won the Roinn A Primary Schools Hurling Final for the fifth time in a row yesterday evening in Nowlan Park. Managed by Martin Hanrick, Padraig Crowley, Demot Hoyne, David Delaney and Paddy Lennon and captained by Rory O'Connor, they beat Skeoughvosteeen/Graignamanagh in a very tight game. All the players except one are from Dicksboro GAA Club


Seniors record great victory over James Stephens

The senior hurlers recorded their second win in a row when they beat James Stephens in Round 3 of the Kilkenny Hurling League in a tight game at Nowlan Park on Saturday night, May 21st on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-11.

And after going three points ahead without reply, they found themselves a point behind after 21 minutes when Ray Coady pointed for James Stephens. The following minute Andy Gaffney scored the all important goal after a pass from Stephen Farrell following great harrying and blocking by Robbie Murphy to leave the score 1-4 to 0-5. It was nip and tuck  from there to the break and the ’Boro went in at the interval, 1-5 to 0-7 ahead.

After the break, Andy Gaffney got an excellent score after hard pressing by Cillian Starr who was a revelation at centre field. While James Stephens came back to equalise twice afterwards the ’Boro had the upperhand for the remainder of the game and could have won by more.

In the 28th minute of the second half, the Village introduced former underage star and Shamrock Rovers player Mikey Drennan but he saw no action for the few minutes he was on the pitch.

Every player gave 100% commitment and the final score was 1-12 to 0-11.

In defence, Mikey Hayes was really good while Philly Hogan equally so, especially in the first half. Again Aaron Duggan was flawless in goals and Robbie Fitzpatrick was excellent in the left corner back position. Eoin Fennelly slotted in with ease to  the right half back position and Cillian Buckley was colossal. Midfielders Ollie Walsh  and Cillian Starr were superb while up front Paul O'Flynn continued his great start to the season with super work while Stephen Farrell, at centre forward, was a match for Jackie Tyrrell and he also got two great points. Martin Gaffney was very effective and made a number of scores for others while Andy Gaffney  pitched in with 1-07. Eddie O'Donoghue put over two crucial points and Robbie Murphy's commitment was incredible and his blocking and hooking led directly to three scores for the ’Boro.

One of the things that will please manager Richie Mulrooney about this win was the commitment of the players – they hooked, blocked and tackled for the entire match and The Village players hadn't time to dwell on the ball and the other key was the performance of Cillian Buckley who managed to keep Eoin Larkin quiet. Buckley was inspirational and he was almost outshone by Ollie Walsh who is enjoying a rich vein of form and was fantastic again on Saturday night.
Eddie O'Donoghue had a brilliant second half after taking a heavy knock in the first half and he showed great vision and pace as the game wore on. It was great to see Kevin Kenny back in action and hopefully there will be no recurrence of the hamstring injuries that have plagued his last few seasons.
Team: A. Duggan, M. Hayes, E. Cody, R. Fitzpatrick, E. Fennelly, C. Buckley, P. Hogan, O. Walsh, C. Starr, P. O'Flynn, S. Farrell, M. Gaffney, A. Gaffney, E. O'Donoghue, R. Murphy. Sub: Kevin Kenny for Robbie Murphy after 28 minutes.

Scorers:Gaffney 1-8, S Farrell 0-2, E O'Donoghue 0-2.



Dicksboro GAA Club welcomed Ned Quinn (Chairman) and the other members of the Kilkenny County GAA Board Executive and delegates from all the Kilkenny Clubs to the May County Board meeting which was held in the ’Boro Clubhouse in Palmerstown on Monday, 16th May 2016.

’Boro club members served tea and sandwiches to all attendees at the conclusion of the meeting. 


Impressive win for seniors

The Dicksboro senior team had a great win against Fenians in the second round of the Senior League on Sunday afternoon in Castlecomer by 4-15 to 1-12. They produced a spellbinding second half display in this crunch League meeting with three goals from Martin Gaffney and outstanding performances all over the field. However, the real test comes on Saturday evening against a rejuvenated Village team who beat The Rower-Inistioge at the weekend.
Andy and Martin Gaffney accounted for over half of the entire ’Boro scoreline but it was the support play and defending by the likes of Conor Doheny and especially, Robbie Fitzpatrick which made the difference.
Philly Hogan and Mikey Hayes were tenacious and Enda Malone until he got injured was first to every ball in the pivotal full back position.
For the second week in a row, Paul O'Flynn was majestic and his rob early in the second half when he flicked the ball off his opponents hurl and into his hand to set up a Boro score was magnificent.
Ollie Walsh was excellent at midfield where his partner, Eoin Fennelly had a fine game too.
Up font, everyone harried and chased and the hunger missing against St Martin's was very much in evidence.
The six forwards were excellent but the move of the game came when richie Mulrroney switched Martin Gaffney to full forward with Eddie O'Donoghue coming out the field.
Cillian Buckley shone in the last ten minutes when really needed despite some close attention.
Andy Gaffney had the first score of the game for the Boro and by the 12th minute they were 1-3 to 0-3 ahead thanks to Andy Gaffney's goal. Ollie Walsh looked a senior Kilkenny hurler at times and his three points from play were a major feature of the game.
Dicksboro got the last three points of the half from Robbie Murphy, Eoin Fennelly and Eddie O'Donoghue to leave the score 1-10 to 0-6 in favour of the 'Boro.
After three second half goals in the second half, you would have expected Fenians to give in but they kept trying until the very end and in those last few minutes Cillian Buckley cleared a lot of ball.
In goals, Aaron Duggan was flawless and couldn't be faulted for a penalty goal after seven minutes of the second half.
It wasn't all good news. Enda Malone hurling out of his skin, suffered what looked like a serious leg injury and he is major doubt for Saturday's match against the Village.
SCORERS - Martin Gaffney (3-0); Andrew Gaffney (1-5, 0-4 frees); Ollie Walsh (0-3); Paul O'Flynn, Robbie Murphy (0-2 each); Oisin Gough, Eoin Fennelly, Eddie O'Donoghue (0-1 each). Fenians - Mark Webster (1-3, (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); Conor Tobin (0-5); Kieran Grehan (0-2); Rory Phelan, Willie Brennan (0-1).
Team - Aaron Duggan; Michael Hayes, Enda Malone, Robbie Fitzpatrick; Conor Doheny, Evan Cody, Philip Hogan; Ollie Walsh, Eoin Fennelly; Paul O'Flynn, Cillian Buckley, Martin Gaffney; Andrew Gaffney, Eddie O'Donoghue, Robbie Murphy. Subs: Stephen Farrell for Malone, Cillian Starr for Murphy, Oisin Gough for O'Donoghue.



The Dicksboro U14 camogie team did their club proud on May 8th by winning win the inaugural Faughs International Camogie Tournament.
The day started for us when a busload of the girls travelled alongside their U13 hurling club-mates to Faughs GAA club, near Templeogue in Dublin, to take part in the club’s first international hurling and camogie tournament, involving 8 hurling and 8 camogie teams invited from all corners of the island.
Our first camogie match was against Ballygalget from Co. Down. The girls played showed great determination and skill to lead by a goal at half-time. Everyone stepped up their game even further in the second half to gain a comfortable first win.
Our second match was against St. Jude’s, next door neighbours to Faughs. This proved to be a much tougher affair. Dicksboro were just ahead by one goal at half-time but there was little to separate the teams. It was neck and neck in the second half and St. Jude’s pulled ahead by one as the game entered the closing minute. The last puck of the game was a goal by Leah Bracken to give us a victory by 3-2 to 2-3.
Our last round-robin match was against Lough Lene Gaels.The girls played exceptionally well and were too strong for the team from Co. Westmeath. We were through to the final.
The final was against a neighbouring county, the Harps GAA club from Durrow. This was a very close and tense match, but the girls’ determination shone through to lead us to victory! Well done to the panel of 21 girls who put in a great 2 hours of camogie on the warmest day of the year - they were a credit to their club!
Panel: Aisling Mullaney, Amy Clifford, Asha McHardy, Ciara Mullan, Clíona Dunne, Dearbhla Murphy, Ellie Peters, Emer Stynes, Hannah Clifford, Katie Breen, Katie Byrne, Leah Bracken, Naomi Trait, Niamh Moore, Niamh Phelan, Rachael Egan, Rachel Dermody, Sarah Martin, Sarah O'Gorman, Sophia O'Shea, Sophie Maher. Missing on the day: Alice Murphy, Eva Carroll, Fainche Pryal, Megan Harding, Robyn Comerford.

The junior team were only four points behind against Erin's Own at the end of the first half of this All County League match (0-9 to 0-5) in Palmerstown on Friday evening, May 13th. However, the Castlecomer side opened up in the second half and ran out convincing winners: 2-20 to 1-14.
There were a number of fine individual performances but the ’Boro had no one to match the pace of Jamie Houlihan who was outstanding. Alan Phelan caught the eye at wing back and he is a great prospect. Cillian Starr was excellent and Enda O'Donoghue is fulfilling his potential and turning into a fine hurler. A feature of the game was a goal by second half sub William Cuddihy.
While the team were missing some players, this was disappointing and the lads will have to do a bit better to get to the latter stages of the championship.
Team: R. Stapleton, M. Rafter, D. Kenny, J. Gittens, A. Phelan, K. Nolan, J. Waters, T. Kenny, C. Starr, P. Turley, T. Manning, S. O'Brien, E. O'Donoghue, C. Breathnach, J. Hanrick. Sub: Sean Treacy for Starr.



JUNIORS – The juniors had a good win against Ballyhale at Palmerstown on Sunday afternoon, 1-17 to 1-9 in the Cross-Over League.

UNDER-14 – The Under 14 hurlers had a good win against O'Loughlins on Friday evening.

UNDER-8s HURLING – The club had three teams in the under-8 blitz organised by the Village in St Kieran's College on Sunday. Coach Mark Dowling was happy with his charges.

UNDER-11 – The under-11s hosted three teams from Kilmacud Crokes in Palmerstown on Sunday and the visitors were treated very well. The boys acquitted themselves well under the expert coaching of ’Boro legends Dan O'Neil and Eamon McPhillips.

DECEASED MEMBERS MASS – Mass for deceased members of Dicksboro will take place in Palmerstown on Thursday 26th May at 8pm.

FR KIERAN WILL BE A HUGE LOSS – Everyone in Dicksboro and St Canice'sParish is very sorry to be losing Fr Kieran O'Shea. Under the latest diocesan appointments bulletin, he has been transferred to St Mary's Cathedral.
Over the last for years he has immersed himself in the community life of the parish and he, along with Fr Jim Murphy, have been inspirational leaders and they were a great team with an open and inclusive ministry.
He announced his departure on Saturday evening at Mass and some of the parishioners were very upset to be losing caring man of the cloth. The only consolation for us is that being in St Mary's, he will still be in Dicksboro terrain and we look forward to him continuing his regular visits to the club where he is greatly admired.
The goods news is that he is being replaced by the former PP of Mooncoin, Fr Peter Muldowney and we wish him well in his new role.

Fr Kieran will be with us for a few weeks before he moves into St. Mary's. We wish him well and it is true, St Mary's gain is St Canice's loss. 

The senior club hurlers played O'Loughlin Gaels on Friday night, May 6th at St John's Park in the St Canice's Credit Union Byrne Cup. They won 3-12 to 2-16 with O'Loughlins getting a goal in the last minute to make things very interesting but Dicksboro held out for a good win ahead of the crunch senior League tie against Fenians in Canon Kearns Park, Castlecomer on Sunday, May 15th at 2pm.
The ’Boro started well and were on top all through and led at the break 1-10 to 1-07. The ’Boro goal came from a 95 yard free from goalie Aaron Duggan that went straight to the back of the O'Loughlin's net.
This was an experimental side with fit again Enda Malone at fullback. The players who togged out gave 100% and played excellently and had the measure of their opponents. However it has to be said that Martin Comerford showed flashes of why he has six All Ireland senior medals.
With just nine minutes to go there were just two points between the teams but the ’Boro men showed composure and worked the ball well to open up a four point gap, before the last minute goal. Every player gave 100% and importantly they contested the ball. Paul O'Flynn was outstanding.
Scorers: M Gaffney (0-8); E O'Donoghue 1-2; P O'Flynn (0-3); C Starr (0-2), D Ryan (0-1).
Team: A Duggan, M Hayes, E Malone, K Nolan, J Waters, D Kenny, E Fennelly, O Walsh, C Starr, P O'Flynn, M Gaffney, E O'Donoghue, D Ryan, D O'Gorman. Subs: T Manning for O'Gorman, R Murphy for D Ryan, A Phelan for Starr, Enda O'Donoghue for Ryan, S O'Brien for E O'Donoghue.
Sad to see fabulous O'Loughlin's club man, Brian Hogan sidelined with a serious hand injury which required a metal screw. Hopefully he will be back for the championship. Has to be said, that referee, Paddy Bowden had an excellent game and as usual, he wasn't the centre of attention, the hurling was number one. The pitch was in excellent condition. 



Dicksboro under 14 hurlers had a fantastic win in the final of the Kilkenny Féile competition this afternoon in Thomastown. They beat a gallant James Stephens side, 3-14 to 1-7 after a 20 minute aside game. The Boro were 2-7 to 0-5 ahead after a first half where they played against a stiff wind.
The Village boys brought it back to a six point match with ten minutes to go but in that last quarter, Dicksboro powered home with great performances all over the field, particularly from Padraig Moylan at full back and midfield pairing, Rory O'Connor an team captain, Aaron Murphy.
This was a fantastic result for the club and for a really dedicated panel of players and mentors.
On Sunday, they beat O'Loughin's in the semi-final in Clara; 2-12 to 0-2 on a scoreline that flattered the winners and did not do justice to the excellent play from O'Loughlins.
PHOTOS (below)

The first picture shows the entire panel of players after winning the county Feile final while the second photo shows captain of the team, Aaron Murphy receiving the Kilkenny Feile plaque from chairman of Kilkenny GAA Bord na nOg, John Byrne. 

Team: Brian Minogue, Charlie Delahunty, Padraig Moylan, Niall Rowe, Tom Carroll, Colm O'Hara, Sean Maher, Rory O'Connor, Aaron Murphy, David Walsh, Liam Moore, Michael Clifford, Eoin Dalton, Cormac Kennedy, Timmy Clifford. Subs Cillian Hackett for Walsh;  Eoin O'Neill for Dalton, Andrew Brennan Smith for  Maher, Zack McHardy for Delahunty, Cillian Phelan, Nick Doheny, Oisin Timmons for Rowe, James Carroll, Eamon O'Reilly, Evan Rowe, Stephen Dermody, Paddy Fitzgerald, Liam Connolly, Vinnie Roberts. Charlie Nolan and Luca Loli  were both injured. 



SENIOR HURLERS - The senior squad has been decimated by injuries ahead of the first round league match against St Martin's at 4pm on Sunday in Jenkinstown. Few will forget what Muckalee did to us in the championship two years ago. Best of luck to Richie Mulrooney and his backroom team.
JUNIORS - Dual star, John Hanrick came off the bench to score 2-1 from play against Clara in the All County League match against Clara on Friday night. The boys ran out winners, 3-15 to 1-14 in what was a cracking game. 
There were a number of notable performances none more so than from Danny Kenny who was excellent at full-back. goalie Richie Stapleton was injured with 20 minutes to go and Cillian Breathnach took over from him.
While John Hanrick was introduced for Cillian Starr who came off with a hamstring injury.
Team: R Stapleton, P Hogan, D Kenny, M Hayes, R Glynn, K Nolan, J Waters, E Fennelly (0-1), Tom Manning (0-5), C Starr (0-1), A Phelan, D O'Gorman (1-0), S O'Brien (0-5, 0-3 from frees. J Hanrick (2-1). Next game is on Friday night in the league away to Tullaroan.
UNDER 14s - The Under 14s had a great week, winning the football league final on Tuesday evening in Mooncoin and beating Thomastown in the hurling league on Friday night. They played Mooncoin in the league final in Mooncoin and were just two pints ahead at half time but ran out strong winners. 5-11 to 1-5.
Team: Charlie Delahunty, Luca Loli, Niall Rowe, David Walsh, Paddy Fitzgerald, Padraig Moylan, Tom Carroll, Mikey Clifford, Colm O’Hara, Timmy Clifford, Liam Moore, Eamon O’Reilly, Eoin Dalton, Cormac Kennedy, Eoghan O’Neill. Subs: Sean Maher, James Carroll, Oisin Timmons, Rory O’Connor, DJ Delaney, Evan Rowe, Stephen Dermody, Charlie Nolan, Andy Brennan Smyth, Nick Doheny, Brian Manogue, Aaron Murphy (inj), Killian Phelan and Vinny Roberts.
UNDER 16s - The boys were well beaten by a far stronger and more physical Naas team in the league at Palmerstown on Wednesday night. Naas are now unbeaten in the Kilkenny league (Group A) after three games. Justin Cahill is wished a speedy recovery from the concussion he suffered the week before.
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL - Girls and ladies, do you want to get fit with the minimum of fuss and hassle while having maximum enjoyment? Gaelic Football for women, Mothers And Others, is back in the Boro every Tuesday from 8 to 9pm.
No experience is necessary. You are guaranteed to leave satisfied after an hour's workout or your €2 back. Your children are also welcome while you train/play.
Learn to handpass, kick a ball, tackle and have fun in a relaxed environment in the lovely surroundings of Dicksboro GAA Club, Palmerstown where your children can also play safely. Enjoy a complementary tea or coffee afterwards in the club's coffee dock and discuss your requirements with our qualified coaching team. More information from Helen on 0876645823. Give it go next Tuesday.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW - The Antiques At The Boro on Sunday was a great success and proved a great money spinner for the club. There were many interesting and valuable pieces brought in for valuation and we had a number of retired gardai on duty, to ensure nothing was taken. Full report on the day is on Page 12. 



The stage is set for the Antiques At The Boro on Sunday and it promises to an afternoon full of mystery and intrigue. And don't worry the match will be shown live on the big tv. With MC and Person Of The Year, George Candler, auctioneer, giving a running commentary on the pieces brought for valuation (unless those people who brought the objects don't want them publicized). And the club chairman, Eddie Holohan has asked as many people from the club to give a hand out with the cake sale on Sunday and bring as many goodies as possible to sell.
Club treasurer, Seamus Rochford is doing a sponge cake while club secretary, Ed Nolan is making chocolate chip brownies.
Antique enthusiasts will have the chance to find out if they have treasure hidden in their houses. Experts from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House will be on hand to value antiques. Each item will cost €5 to be valued, or €10 for three items. Additional items will cost €2. Admission is free for people who get items valued and for children, and a €5 contribution is suggested for all other attendees. Images of items too bulky to bring to the valuation can be emailed to dicksboro@sheppards.ie or contact Michelle Brophy at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on 057 874 0000.
Interestingly, a man has been in touch about a gold medal that has been passed down to him. Ian McGrother said his father was left a pocket watch with a gold medal attached to its chain by his late uncle. "This has now been passed on to me. The medal is in the shape of a Celtic cross and on the back is engraved. "Kilkenny hurling C'ship 1923 won by Dicksboro" I was wondering if you could give me any information regarding the team members of that year as I am interested to know which of my family won this medal," he asked. We are hoping to have the medal at the antiques At The Boro on Sunday. Can anyone throw light on the mystery?  


Just one week to go – have you dusted down your potential antiques? Why not bring them  to the ’Boro on Sunday next and get them valued?


For full details re the "Antiques at the ’Boro" see the Poster on the right or click on the link in the 'Latest News' Section on the right hand side of this website.

Please spread the word and come along to Palmerstown on Sunday, 17th April.




Girls and ladies, do you want to get fit with the minimum of fuss and hassle while having maximum enjoyment? Gaelic Football for women, Mothers And Others, is back in the Boro starting on Tuesday from 8 to 9pm. No experience is necessary. You are guaranteed to leave satisfied after an hour's workout or your €2 back. Your children are also welcome while you train/play.
Learn to handpass, kick a ball, tackle and have fun in a relaxed environment in the lovely surroundings of Dicksboro GAA Club, Palmerstown where your children can also play safely. Enjoy a complementary tea or coffee afterwards in the club's coffee dock and discuss your requirements with our qualified coaching team. More information from Helen on 087-6645823. Give it go next Wednesday. 



Dicksboro Under-16s got their Roinn A League campaign off to a good start with a 1-15 to 2-08 win over rivals O'Loughlin Gaels in a tough encounter in St John's Park on Tuesday evening. 
Playing into the breeze, the ’Boro got off to a flier when Justin Cahill drove to the net after four minutes and moments later added a pointed free. 
The O'Loughlins response was immediate with Conor Heary pointing a free before Conor Kelly (grandson of Phil Hogan) cut loose and found the net past Boro`s Nicky Burke. And so the tone was set for a rip roaring game in front of a good crowd and both city sides displayed their early season hurling prowess. At half time O'Loughlin Gaels led by 2-05 to 1-06, their second goal unluckily deflected over the goal line by a ’Boro defender. 
Aided by the breeze in the 2nd half the ’Boro boys dug deep, harried and worked very hard all over the field to outscore their opponents by 9 pts to 3pts to close out the game on a 1-15 to 2-08 final scoreliandne. 
Manager Jim Neary his mentors were happy with the hard work and the sheer determination shown by the ’Boro lads all over the field whose next League outing is against country rivals Dunnamagggin in Palmerstown next Monday night 4th April.
Team: Nicky Burke, Joe Lacey, Tadhg Butler, Liam Hennessy, Padraic Moylan, Liam Stynes (Capt.), David Conway, Daire Maher, Mark Nolan (0-01), Evan Clarke (0-01), Eoghan Moylan (0-01), Liam Brennan-Smyth (0-01), Tommy Farrell (0-01), Justin Cahill (1-10, 0-7 frees), Jason Hayes.



Antique enthusiasts familiar with the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and other TV programmes will have the chance to find out if they have treasures hiding in their houses on Sunday, April 17, at a special ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style event at Dicksboro GAA Club, Palmerstown, Kilkenny.

The inaugural "Antiques at the ’Boro" event will have experts from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on hand to value antiques and will offer guests free car parking.
You can bring along as many antiques as you like – or even just photos of your items – to have them valued by experts from Sheppard’s.
Eddie Holohan, Chairman of Dicksboro GAA Club said: “If you’ve always wanted to know the value of your antiques and whether or not that vase gathering dust in your cupboard is actually worth a fortune, then don’t miss your chance to find out at ‘Antiques at the ’Boro’.
Fine art auctioneer Philip Sheppard from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House said: "Antiques continue to fascinate people of all ages. There is something very exciting about the prospect that an ordinary looking item that you might have picked up at a car boot sale could actually be worth much more than you think. The history that’s attached to items can be very intriguing – uncovering the story that’s lurking beneath the surface of an antique is all part of the fun and the appeal.”
“This event is a great opportunity to find out what your antiques might be worth and to learn more about the history behind them. If you’ve ever wondered about a treasure in your home then bring it along to ‘Antiques at the ’Boro," he said.
Not only might you be in the money but you’ll be helping a fine GAA Club doing great work with juveniles.
‘Antiques at the ’Boro ’ will be held from 2pm onwards on Sunday, April 17. Each item will cost €5 to be valued, or €10 for three items to be valued. Additional items will cost €2 to be valued. Admission is free for people who get items valued and for children, and a €5 contribution is suggested for all other attendees. Images of items too bulky to bring to the valuation can be emailed to dicksboro@sheppards.ie or contact Michelle Brophy at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on 057 874 0000.


The four Under-8 teams in Dicksboro enjoyed plenty of hurling against Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday last before the
National League match between Kilkenny and Dublin.

MRS ANNA OAKES - The ’Boro Club has expressed its condolences to the family of Mrs Anna Oakes, Talbot's Inch, Kilkenny who was buried yesterday (Tuesday).
Her grandhilden, Ciaran and David Ryan, along with Bill and Joe Sheehan, are highly regarded players with the club.
Mrs Oakes had been ill for some time and passed away in Drakelands Nursing Home over the weekend. She was a great Dicksboro woman and her heartbroken husband Sam has given many years of service to the club as player, official and mentor and was instrumental in the reorganisation of the club back in the late 1960s. Mrs Oakes, a member of the Walton family, was brother of Club stalwart Joe Walton, and an aunt of Club mentor Simon Walton. There was a great turnout from the club for the obsequies.

She is survived by her husband Sam; children Billy, Mary (Ryan), Anita (Sheehan) and Catherine (Healy); brother Joe, daughter-in-law Barbara, sons-in-law John, Niall and Jimmy, grandchildren Sam, Abby, Michael, Avril, Kieran, David, Anna, Bill, Joe, Liam and Sam, sisters-in-law, extended family, relatives and friends. 



The footballers had a good win over Piltown on Saturday in James's Park where they were flattered by the final score line of 7-9 to 0-1. This league match was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests with most of the damage being inflicted in the final minutes.
William Cuddihy came back from injury to score two goals after coming on as a sub and has left management with a real dilemma. The full back turned full forward was superb as were Enda and Ger O'Donoghue when they were sprung from the bench.
Mick McAdden had a great game up font and got and made vital scores in the first half. 
To be honest, this was a great team effort and the full back line were awesome; James Gittens, Kevin Nolan and Philly Hogan while custodian, Marco Ruessman kept a clean sheet and made no mistake.
Eddie O'Donoghue, Aaron Duggan and Shane O'Brien made up a strong half back line. Murt Gaffney and Eoin Fennelly controlled midfield.
The forwards knitted together well with John Hanrick, pulling the strings. Mikey Hayes was excellent along with ciotog, Cillian Starr and team captain, Paul O'Flynn while inside McAdden and Ciaran Gough were always dangerous.
Referee, John Guinan, was as always, very fair to both sides
Team: M Ruessman, P Hogan, K Nolan, J Gittens, E O'Donoghue, A Duggan, S O'Brien, E Fennelly, M Gaffney, C Starr, P O'Flynn, M (Sledger) Hayes, M McAdden, C Gough, J Hanrick. Subs used: E McCormack, G O'Donoghue, E O'Donoghue, D Holohan, W Cuddihy.

Scorers: J Hanrick (2-0); W Cuddihy (2-0); M Gaffney (1-1) GO'Donohoe (1-0); E O'Donoghue (1-0); M McAdden (0-3); C Gough (0-2); E Fennelly (0-2); C Starr (0-1). There is no game this weekend. 



There was a huge turnout at the clubhouse on Friday, 5th February 2016 for the presentation of medals to the successful Minor, Roinn A, County Hurling Champions and the successful Junior and Junior A teams.
There was also a special presentation from the club to Cillian Buckley on winning his third All-Ireland senior hurling medal and his second All-Star ward. (Both All-Stars awards were on view).
Cillian, who rushed from county training in Dunmore to be at the event, spoke about how much the club meant to him and how he returned to the club as often as possible, when his commitments to the Kilkenny senior team allowed it.
Club chairman, Eddie Holohan paid tribute to Cillian's attitude and his willingness to help with anything he is asked to do in the club.
Cillian spoke about how much it meant to receive support from club members and picked out Eugene Begley for special mention and Eugene's success in using new IT technology..
Cillian emphasised to last year's minor team the need to concentrate on the under-21 championship and said their success in 2015 bodes well for the coming season.
The minor medals were presented by club chairman, Eddie Holohan, with minor selector and juvenile club chairman, John Treacy providing the commentary and thanking all who had helped in such a successful year.
He spoke about what an easy job it was to work with the players and their families.
Manager of the junior team, Sam Dunlop, did the talking during the junior medal presentation and thanked everyone involved and was highly appreciative of the effort put in by the players. Again the medals were handed out by club chairman, Eddie Holohan.
At the end of his speech, Cillian Buckley said he and Simon Walton had been talking at the back of the function room, going through the successful minor team of 2010 and wondering if they matched up to last year's minor team. "That's for another night," he said.



There was a good turnout at the AGM of the juvenile club on Sunday evening where chairman John Treacy outlined the plans for the year. There are no changes in personnel with secretary, Yvonne Finlay and vice chairman, Liam Kerwick returned unopposed. Again a call was made for parents to get involved and the need for more mentors was also made.The management also requested that people in charge of teams attend a coaching course early in the year. 

SCÓR – The Senior Scór County Final (over 17) will be held in Langtons Set Theatre on Tuesday January 26 at 8pm. All Dicksboro senior members are asked to enter a team.

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland's traditional past-times. There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. It is interesting to note the All Ireland Scór champions are presented with their medals by the President of the GAA, winners are All-Ireland Champions in their own right in the same way as All-Ireland Senior Football or Hurling Final winners!

Please see rulebook attached below. http://www.gaa.ie/content/files/Scor_Rulebook_web.pdf

Contact club Irish Officer Jim O'Neill on: joneill@glanbia.ie or call him on - 0872629626 

30th December 2015


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.

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. 


Dicksboro U21 Camogie had a great victory over Thomastown in the Roinn A County Final recently. Despite playing into the breeze, the 'Boro girls led by five points at half time, eventually running out winners with a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-3.

It was a great performance by everyone on the field, including the subs, as it takes a strong panel to make a strong team. The win finishes a great year for the club, who are now Roinn A Champions at Under 16, Under 18 and Under 21, a first in the County. Half Time: Dicksboro 2-4 Thomastown 1-2. Final Score: Dicksboro 2-10 Thomastown 1-3

Squad: Kirsty Maher, Issey Carroll, Emma Bawle, Sorcha Ryan, Tara Clifford, Danielle Kenny, Ciara O'Shea, Jenna Sherwin, Aobha O'Gorman, Ciara Phelan, Rachel Lynch, Aoife Prendergast, Ashling Morrissey, Orla Hanrick, Jenny Clifford, Gráinne Hennessey, Eadaoin Doheny, Hannah Lacey, Caoilfhionn Horgan, Aine Fennelly, Elaine Cullinane, Annie O'Connor, Alex Lawless. Mentors: Jim Kerwick, Emer Tynan,Tommy Bawle, Anne Bawle.

BELOW: Under-21 Camogie Panel photograph. 



The Under 21s were beaten by St. Lachtain's in the Northern championship semi final on Saturday afternoon at St John's Park where the pitch was immaculate. Final score: St. Lachtain's 4-18, Dicksboro 1-24 (aet).

See Slideshow of action below (Photos by John Glynn).
Goals win matches and despite having the majority of possession and scoring chances, it has to be said that we gave away a number of fortuitous goals and it was the goals that made the difference coming at crucial times, especially the final one before the full time whistle which brought them within a point before another soft free was put over the bar to draw the sides level at the death.
The game went to extra time and again Freshford got a goal early on and in the end this was the difference between the sides.
You could argue that one of the St Lachtain's goals was actually a point which was brought back into play by goalie Jamie Byrne and that the umpire was going for the white flag before a Freshford forward came in, flattened Jamie and put the ball in the net. 
However, Dicksboro can take comfort from the fact that they played in a wonderful game of hurling and contributed to a hugely exciting contest and the final score after 20 minutes of extra time, 4-18 to 1-24 is testament to that. It was 1-9 to 1-8 at half time in favour of the Boro.
Every young man gave their best on the field and sometimes we need to step back and realise there are more important things in life and we should count our blessings to have such a fine group of young men playing for the club,
Team: Jamie Byrne, Jim Dullard, Evan Cody, Evan Carroll, Conor Doheny, Eoin Gough, Ruairi Glynn, Aidan Nolan, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Chris Kavanagh, Stephen Farrell, Oisin Gough, Alan Phelan, Dara Holohan, Bill Sheehan. Full match report on sports pages of the 'Kilkenny People'.



The Under 21 team had a fantastic win over a very well thought of Bennettsbridge side in the JJ Kavanagh Roinn A county championship in Callan today (Sunday). They were 11 points up at half time after a dream start with goals from Bill "The Hit Man" Sheehan and Dara Holohan and excellent free taking by Oisin Gough. And while in the end the boys won by nine points, at one stage there were only four points between the teams. The players knuckled down and finished strongly with great points from Stephen Farrell and Robbie Fitzpatrick and a goal in the fourth minute of injury time by Sheehan.
There was some bad news with minor team captain, Robbie Murphy having to come off very early in the match following a shoulder injury. Alan Phelan came on in his place and played really well.
Bennettsbridge started the second half well and had three unanswered points before Stephen Farrell steadied the ship with a wonderful point.
The Bridge showed why they are regarded as a second half team and brought the deficit back to four after being 11 points down.
However, when matters heated up, the boys showed what they are made of and powered on to victory.
This was a team effort and there is great sense of camaraderie between the players and they fought for each other and when things got tough, they showed great spirit, no little skill and a will to win which will have pleased Sam Dunlop and his selectors.
A number of players stood out including goalie Jamie Byrne and Evan Cody in the full back line.
Conor Doheny, Ruairi Glynn and Eoin Gough were terrific in the half back line. The midfield of Aidan Nolan and Robbie Fitzpatrick were solid through out. Up front Chris Kavanagh had another cracking game with Oisin Gough really consistent from play and placed balls. Bill Sheehan was immense and he took his goal chances well. And Robert Crotty made a cameo appearance setting up the last point after playing in the minor Shield final the evening before.
Next weekend the under 21s meet Freshford who have already accounted for James Stephens and they would like nothing better than to take another city scalp. They are a good, well drilled team and will not want for heart.
Team: Jamie Byrne, Jim Dullard, Evan Cody, Evan Carroll, Conor Doheny, Eoin Gough, Ruairi Glynn, Aidan Nolan, Robbie Fitzpatrick (0-1), Chris Kavanagh (0-2), Stephen Farrell (0-2), Oisin Gough (0-6, 5 frees) Robbie Murphy, Dara Holohan 1-0, Bill Sheehan (2-2). Subs Alan Phelan for Robbie Murphy and Robert Crotty.




MINOR WIN - There were modest celebrations after Dara Lynch received the Roinn C league shield from Joe Pyke of Kilkenny Bord na nOg after winning the final on Saturday in Palmerstown. The team accounted for a gallant Barrow Rangers team, 1-16 to 2-10.
The Boro Boys were the better team through out and were led by Brian Cleere at left corner forward who looked dangerous every time he got the ball. This was a team effort with everyone doing their best.
After 14 minutes of the first half, they were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead and Rangers could never close the gap.
Justin Cahill was very accurate from placed balls and the half back line with Robert Crotty dominant kept the Barrow Rangers forwards at bay.
The half time score was 1-8 to 0-5 in favour of the Boro.
In the second half, Rangers mounted a fight back that saw them come within a point of the home team. The Boro never really panicked and in the end won by three points, 1-16 to 2-10. The team played for each other and showed great composure in the end and were deserving winners.
Team: R Stapleton, D Ryan, L Stynes, C Timmons, B Power, R Crotty (0-1), E Moylan, J Sheehan, L Kennedy, D Campion (0-1), S Boyd (0-2), D Lynch (0-1), B Cleere (0-5), J Cahill (0-6), C Dunne (1-0). Subs brought on: Tadhg Butler and Mark Nolan.

UNDER 21S- The Under 21s play Freshford at 2pm in St John's Park on Saturday. Freshford have already beaten the Village,
CHRISTMAS PARTY - Dicksboro Kids Christmas party is on Saturday, December 12 at 2.30pm in Palmerstown with a special visit from you know who.
LOTTO - Boro club Lotto - Numbers drawn 1-9-16-27, No winner . Next weeks jackpot - €3,800
You can support your local GAA club by buying a €2 ticket in either Mick Gaules, Dohertys Bar, Sycamore Stores, Glynns Store, Dores Bar, Top Oil, Roots & Fruits, Kieran St. or Silversprings, Johns Green, Delaney's, Upper Patrick Street. Weekly raffle cash prizes of €340. Buy on line atwww.dicksborogaa.com


Cillian Buckley has won his second hurling All Star following his performances in this year's All Ireland hurling championship. The team was announced this morning with Kilkenny garnering seven awards. Cillian was almost an automatic choice for the position of left half back. He is quickly becoming the most decorated player in the history of the club. He made his senior debut under Brian Cody during the 2012 League campaign. He immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen and has won three All-Ireland medals, two Leinster medals and three National Hurling League medals. Recently he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left leg, under his knee and he is making good progress with the injury. He is still a familiar figure in the gym where he is never short of company. He is also an inspiration to the juveniles who hang on his every word.


The Halloween party in the Boro tonight was a huge success."Thriller" brought out the best in the crowd on the floor, mainly girls,  with fake blood, fangs and all sorts of horrible cuts and facial bruises extremely popular. Thanks to the "Good Witch" committee of Grainne Timmons, Martina Lynch, Maire Carroll, Yvonne "Fangs" Finlay, Naomi  Richardson and Joan Campion with wizard help from Andy "Harry Potter"  Ryan, Richard Butler and the wonderful if scary (on the night only) Pat Moylan.

Well done to Grainne and her Scare Room team of Campo, Joe Sheehan, Cillian Timmons, Liam Stynes and Sean Boyd. Watch out  for The Witches of Eastwick (right).