Dicksboro GAA Club

October 2015


The results of the hugely successful Boro Buy A Block draw in the clubhouse on Sunday night:  1st prize went to the McPhillips Family; 2 Catherine and Paul Brady; 3 Fergus and Denise Kelly; 4 The Browne Family; 5 Anita and Niall Sheehan; 6 Ann Dunphy (Brennan’s Bar); 7 The Cody Family; 8 Breda and Tom O’Loughlin; 9 Declan and Kristina Meighan; 10 Catherine and Edmund Nolan



Gutted is the only word that describes how everyone in the club feels following the defeat to Young Irelands in the Roinn C minor final on Saturday morning in Clara.
The lads played brilliantly and controlled the game save for the first few minutes.
However, in the 31st minute of the second half, Sean Carey struck a 25 yard free low into the net to give Gowran victory by a point. We did have a long range chance of point from a free in the final minute to level it, with the wind behind us, but It went wide.
And it was our wide tally that cost us in the end. No one begrudges Gowran the win and the scenes after the match showed how much the win meant.
However, we were by far the better team but we could find our range from placed balls and from play.
After just four minutes of the match the Boro were 1-1 to 0-0 behind but a string of frees from Justin Cahill and a point from play from Brian Cleere kept us in it.
We went in at the break three points behind, 1-6 to 0-6 with the wind in the second half. Cleere had the ball in the net after three minutes following great work out the field by Cillian Timmins. Three minutes later Cleere struck again, after Cahill squared the ball and Cleere finished to the net first time on the ground.
We missed a number of golden opportunities to put the game out of Gowran's reach and it came back to haunt us. With the time almost up, Gowran were awarded a dubious free outside the 20 metre line which Carey hit low to the net to leave the fulltime score 2-10 to 2-9.
Team: Kieran Galvin, David Ryan, Liam Stynes, Shane O'Gorman, Brian Power, Eoghan Moylan, Cillian Timons, Liam Kennedy, Joe Sheehan, Darra Lynch, Sean Boyd, David Campion, Brian Cleere, Justin Cahill, Shane Stapleton. Mark Nolan for Galvin and Kieran Dunne for Lynch.
The loss raises a question and brings to mind a theme running through the entire club this year, do we have the bottle to win? 
It's not really important for the club but for the players; winning a title means a lot. Just ask Cillian Buckley. The Roinn Minor county medal he won with his friends means an awful lot to him.
There is no blame in defeat and the boys were unlucky and you can't fault anyone for effort but we should have won it.
Which brings us on to next Sunday. Are we going to allow the same thing to happen again?
Will the Roinn A minor hurlers restore a bit of badly needed pride to the club and land us our only county title this year. 
And no I'm not forgetting the heroics displayed by our minor and under 16 camogie teams winning their perspective championships.
It's imperative that the club get behind the players and management on Sunday and turn up in force at Nowlan Park for what will be the most important match of the season for the club. Everyone wishes them well and defeat is not an option. Strength of character, resolve mixed with tact, brains, composure will win it.

Photographed on right is the Dicksboro Minor 'B ' Panel who lost out to Young Irelands in the final of the County Minor Roinn 'C' Final.



The club received a much needed boost with a hard earned win over James Stephens in the semi-final of the Roinn A hurling championship in Danesfort this morning. Things weren't looking too good at half time, we were behind 0-8 to 0-6 but a blistering second half performance saw the team scrap through in a Titanic battle.One of the stars was Conor Fitzpatrick who got three points from play with Bill Sheehan also getting two from play. Scorer in chief was Andy Gaffney with eight points. And there was great news for the club towards the end of the game when Robbie Murphy injured for so long came on in place of Kieran Ryan who acquitted himself well when he was on.
The game was in the melting pot with just a few minutes to go after Tadgh O'Dwyer put over two points to level matters. The Boro went one up after a point from play by Bill Sheehan following a good pass from Edward Moylan.
Andy Gaffney got the insurance point from a free to send supporters home happy.
Team: Richard Stapleton, Aidan Nolan, Jim Dollard, Evan Carroll, Robert Crotty, Thomas Kenny, Alan Phelan, Conor Doheny, Chris Kavanagh, Edward Moylan, Conor Fitzpatrick (0-3), Bill Sheehan (0-2), Oisin Gough, Andy Gaffney (0-8 - 0-6 frees, 1 65, 1 from play).



The death of Andy Phelan overshadowed the narrow defeat of the junior team in the county semi-final in Nowlan Park this afternoon.
The lads were 1-8 to 0-2 up with only a few minutes left in the first half. A lucky goal before the break kept Kilmacow in it and a mixture of tricky refereeing decisions and the second half performance of Kilmacow centre back, Luke Harney made the difference and in the end we lost 1-12 to 1-10.
The very least we deserved was a draw and the only consolation is that the future looks bright and it is hoped this management team stay in place and bring the lads forward.

Team; C Breathnach, R Glynn, K Cuddihy,J Gittens, M Rafter, K Nolan, J Watters, E Fennelly, C Starr, D O'Gorman, T Manning, S O'Brien, A Stapleton (1-3), D Ryan (0-5), E O'Donoghue (0-2). Marco Reussman for Starr and Jamie Lynch for Stapleton (both injured) .



The club has been dealt a severe blow with the sudden death early this morning at his home of Andy Phelan, Newtown, Bonnettstown.

A trojan worker with the club, where his family have made a huge contribution on and off the field, he passed away in the early hours of the morning aged 63.
He is survived by his heartbroken wife, Patsy and children Mark, Drew, Elaine and Shauna; grandchildren Sean and Taghg, brothers Joe and Shem, sister, in-laws, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his home with Rosary on Sunday at 8pm. Funeral Prayers on Monday at 9.45am followed by removal to St. Canice's Church for 10.30am Requiem Mass. Cremation service at 2pm (approx.) in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin.

LATE ANDY PHELAN - Andy Phelan received a fitting send-off on Monday with a huge crowd at his funeral Mass in St Canice's Church.
And a minute's silence was observed at Saturday's junior semi-final in memory of a kind and decent human being.
a Trojan worker with the club, where his family have made a huge contribution on and off the field, he passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning aged 63.
He is survived by his heartbroken wife, Patsy and children Mark, Drew, Elaine and Shauna; grandchildren Sean and Taghg, brothers Joe and Shem, sister, in-laws, relatives and friends.
The club formed a guard of honour after his funeral Mass in St. Canice's Church on Monday morning. A cremation service was held on Monday afternoon in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin with St Canice's PP, Fr Jim Murphy presiding.
Everyone at the funeral had nothing but kind words to say about Andy who was groundsman for a number of years at Palmerstown. He was a greenkeeper at Kilkenny Golf Club.




JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL - The Junior team have been a revelation this season and they play the semi-final of the championship against Killmacow on Saturday at 2.30pm in Nowlan Park.
They will go in as underdogs but that won't bother Sam Dunlop and the rest of the management team that have brought on so many of last year's under 21 team.
MINORS - The minor A team will play arch rivals, James Stephens in the minor A championship semi-final on Sunday at 11am in Clara.
The minor As had a very easy win over Thomastown over the weekend in the quarter-final, scoring six goals and they will be hoping to keep that run of form going next Sunday when they play the Village at 11am in Danesfort in the semi-final.
In the minor championship Roinn C semi-final, the Boro beat the Village 2-16 to 2-8 in Palmerstown in what was a great performance by the boys. They will play the Roinn C league final on Saturday at 11am in Clara against Barrow Rangers. Manager Jim Kerwick and his team of helpers have worked their magic this year.
INJURED - Cillian Buckley's injury seems to be even worse than we feared and he is under medical supervision at present with his knee and leg. He is also nursing a tendon related hand injury. We wish him a speedy recovery.
BUY A BLOCK - Thanks to the 269 households who have done the needful and bought a Block for the Boro to date and whose names are on display on a wall of support in Palmerstown. You too can support the community GAA club in the parish by buying a block (€100 or €10/month x 10 months by direct debit ). Simply contact Seamus Rochford 086 6026105 / Hillcrest, Kilkenny or Pat Moylan 087 9266042 / 166 Sycamores, Kilkenny. You can also purchase a block on line @ ww.dicksborogaa.com. Anonymous donations also accepted. A night of thanks & draw for €1,000 in cash prizes will now be held in Palmerstown on Sat 31st October - Go on Buy a Block for the Boro today.


The Dicksboro  junior team had a great win over city rivals James Stephens on Sunday morning in the championship semi-final section B in Palmerstown.
The final score was 1-19 to 0-12 and the ’Boro lads were always on top and let at half time 1-8 to 0-8.
In the second half they powered on and Davy Ryan at full forward finished up with 1-5.
Good to see minors playing and two who are underage again next year, Chris Kavanagh and Jim Dollard, two excellent prospects played really well. The club's future is in good hands.
Team: Cillian Breathnach, James Gittens Jim Dollard, Ruairi Glynn, Jessie Waters, Kevin Nolan, Michael Rafter, Chris Kavanagh, Eoin Fennelly, Derek O'Gorman, Tom Manning, Shane O'Brien, Enda O'Donoghue, Davy Ryan, Cillian Starr.
Scorers: Davy Ryan (1-5), Enda O'Donoghue (0-6 frees), Tom Manning 0-2, Derek O'Gorman 0-2, Eoin Fennelly 0-1, Michael Rafter 0-1 free, Chris Kavanagh 0-1, Shane O'Brien 0-1.