Dicksboro GAA Club

September 2015

Cillian Buckley got to celebrate winning an All-Ireland with his grandmother, Mary Buckley, Castletownroche, Co Cork   in Croke Park yesterday evening.

13th September 2015

Senior hurling league

Dicksboro 2-10, Erin's Own 1-7.

Match Photos by John Glynn

DICKSBORO – County Minor Camogie Champions 2015.

The ’Boro Minor Camogie Panel and Management Team (Emer Tynan, Tommy Bawle, Jim Kerwick) following victory by 3-7 to 2-7 over Piltown on Sunday, 27th September.



Dicksboro minors had a great win in the first round of the championship this evening, Sunday, Sept 27th. They accounted for Graigue-Ballycallan on a scoreline of 3-17 to 0-9 in sun-drenched Larchfield.

They led 2-11 to 0-4 at the end of the first half and with the wind at their backs in the second half they were never troubled even if they dipped a little when it became obvious that the game was out of GraigueBallycallan's reach.

There were fine performances from the entire team and especially from Alan Phelan, Evan Carroll, Aidan Nolan, Robert Crotty, Oisin Gough and fullback Jim Dollard with Kilkenny minors Conor Doheny, Andy Gaffney and Bill Sheehan also playing their part with Edward Moylan showing incredible hands. 



Dicksboro senior hurlers claimed a place in the quarter final of the senior championship with a rallying victory over Danesfort in a thrilling replay at the Village grounds on the Kells Road on Saturday evening, Sept 26th, by 0-15 to 1-8.
Richie Mulrooney and his selectors had their homework done and the ’Boro were sharper than their opponents and led for most of the match.
Again teenager Andy Gaffney was our leading scorer with 0-7 with four of those points coming from frees.
Corner backs Enda Malone and Michael Fagan played well after being introduced after the drawn game and the team received a serious boost in the second half with the introduction of Kevin Kenny who also scored a point.
However, nobody can under-estimate the size of the task next weekend. O'Loughlin Gaels beat us well in the League and the final scoreline from that game in Nowlan Park did not reflect their superiority. 
We will not forget the disappointment last year when we were unceremoniously dumped out of the championship at the quarter final stage by St Martin's.
This team has developed well this season and there is great hope but if we don't play to our potential we could be in trouble.



DICKSBORO – Under-16 'A' Camogie County Champions 2015

Dicksboro U16 Camogie team met local rivals Conahy Shamrocks in the County U16 Final last Friday night (Sept 18th 2015) at James Stephens grounds on the Kells Road.  Dicksboro opened in determined fashion with a great score from Annie O’Connor.  Caoimhe Dunne Dowling added two further scores before Danielle Morrissey replied for Conahy.  The opening half was played with huge commitment and courage on both sides.  Leah Dunne excelled in goals and dealt well with some tricky shots as Conahy sought to impose themselves on the game.  Grace Mulhall reduced the Dicksboro lead but up stepped Jane Cass and Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling to extend the Boro lead at half time 7 points to 3 points.

Boro were good value for their lead with good performances in the full back line from Ciara O’Shea, Ella Dowling and Orlaith Moore.  Dicksboro upped the pace in the second half with mid fielders Annie O’Connor and Jane Cass and centre back Ava O’Gorman taking the game to Conahy.  Issey Shine got a fine score under pressure to push Dicksboro eight points ahead.  Kate Dempsey, Bronagh Doheny and Leah Raggett worked hard and won vital possession.

With 15 minutes remaining Danielle Morrissey goaled for Conahy from a 20 yard free and suddenly – game on.  Dicksboro drove on again and their full forward line of Aisling Morrissey, Grainne Hennessy and Ciara McPhillips worked tirelessly to create vital scores.  Tara Clifford came on for an injured Ciara McPhillips and made an instant impact and Aine Trait was introduced late on and worked hard in her position.  Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling added further scores for Dicksboro to run out convincing winners.

This was a great win for Dicksboro as it was born out of determination commitment and team work.  Earlier in the campaign they had suffered serious setbacks through the injuries to Issey Carroll and Tara Clifford and this acted as motivation to all their team mates.  Well done to mentors Enda Morrissey, Alan Dowling, Marie Gough, Lucy Ryan and Pauline Carroll.

Team – L. Dunne, E. Dowling, C. O’Shea, O. Moore, K. Dempsey, A. O’Gorman (J. Capt.), B. Doheny, A. O’Connor, J. Cass, L. Raggett, C. Dowling, I. Shine, A. Morrissey, C. McPhillips, C. Gough, A. Trait, K. Ryan, C. Mullen, M. Byrne, injured – T. Clifford (J. Capt.), I. Carroll.


Seniors secure senior status for 2016

The senior hurling team had a magnificent win in the final league game of the campaign at Freshford this afternoon.
It means they will play Danesfort in the first round of the championship next weekend. 
Back to today - Richie Mulrooney's charges were too strong for Erin's Own in the second half, winning by six ponts, 2-10 to 1-7.
A goal in the early minutes of the second half by Eddie O'Donoghue steadied the Boro men and they never looked back after that.
Although Castlecomer  missed a succession of chances of the dying minutes of the game, there was always a cushion of at least four points between the two teams.
The score of the match was a wonderful first time strike by Andy Gaffney to the roof of the Comer net in the first half. It was followed by a point by Stephen Farrell. Suddenly, the city men were 1-3 to 0-1 up. The Boro were going well and seemed in the driving seat.

However an easy enough goal from a 65 brought Comer back into it and the sides went in level at the break, 1-5 a piece.
Towards the end of the half, Cillian Buckley took a tumble after being fouled and winning a free. He went off and was holding his arm up, worrying times. Thankfully he re-appeared for the second half and played his part in the win.
Andy Gaffney was the scorer in chief with 1-6 and he played well.
Conditions were not ideal for hurling but the team showed good resolve, character and a bit of patience to win well in the end.
Paul Flynn came on for Darragh Holohan in  the second half, after the latter had acquitted himself well and Enda Malone was a good deputy for Cillian Buckley while he was on the line.
Aaron Duggan was solid in goal and stalwarts Mikey Hayes and Philly Hogan were dependable in the corners while Evan Cody looks something special at full back. Conor Doheny was superb at wing back as was Eoin Gough in the centre and Robbie Fitzpatrick is a born wing back. Ollie Walsh and Cillian Buckley were excellent at midfield.
Up front, the forwards worked well in poor conditions and kept looking for the ball and kept running at the defence and it was that bit of industry that  won it for us.  Stephen Farrell continues to grow in confidence and put over two more points today.
This was a good win which  ensures senior status for next year but it pales into insignificance when you think of the challenge next week.

Team today: A Duggan, M Hayes, E Cody, P Hogan, C Doheny, E Gough, R Fitzpatrick, C Buckley, O Walsh, D Holohan, S Farrell (0-2), E O'Donoghue (1-0), R Murphy (O-1), M Gaffney (0-1),  A Gaffney (1-6). Subs used Paul Flynn and Enda Malone.



SENIORS – All celebrations will have to be put to one side for the do-or-die final league match against Castlecomer on Saturday at 2pm in Freshford. With Kevin Kenny out, the pressure is on to deliver. At this stage, excuses for a defeat are not good enough.

KILMACUD CROKES SEVEN-A-SIDE – The senior team took part in the Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland 7s on Saturday and acquitted themselves with aplomb. They beat Holycross 3-14 to 0-3 in the first game. In the second match the boys beat St Finbarr's of Cork, 3-15 to 1-04. In the third game they beat Kiltormer 3-15 to 3-01. In the quarter-final  they lost 6-09 to 2-10 to a very good Borrisoleigh team – who went on to win the tournament.

UNDER-8s – The Under-8 tournament (in aid of Enable Ireland – O'Neill Centre) on Saturday in the club grounds was a huge success. There were 16 teams participating and everyone went home happy. This is a huge undertaking and great praise must go the man who drives a lot of stuff in the club, Pat Moylan, for doing registration and MC.  John Treacy and his team were superb and as always Mick Byrne, Jim Kerwick and Adrian Keogh did a great job with carparking.

CAR PARKING NOTE – No club person should park near or on D Walsh and Sons property adjacent to the club. It is a busy time of the year for the mill and they have always been good neighbours and club sponsors. There are heavy vehicles and tractors up and down that road so be careful and allow them the space. The last thing we want is an accident. 


CILLIAN BUCKLEY – Another All-Ireland Medal

CU CILLIAN - Anyone familiar with Dicksboro GAA club will know the incredible effort that Cillian Buckley puts into training and preparation. Not only he is a regular in the club gym, but his friends and team mates in the ’Boro join him and they have a great attitude and he gives them great motivation. He won his third All-Ireland senior medal on Sunday with an outstanding second half performance against Galway. He was an automatic selection for the left half back position in the Sunday Game "Team of the Year". He has had another fantastic season and hopefully it will be crowned with a senior county championship win for the ’Boro. Dare to dream. We have the ammunition, all we need is the belief, hunger and motivation. And Cillian should win an All-Star before the end of the year. He is a wonderful ambassador for the club and it was through him that the launch of the All-Ireland hurling championship was held in Palmerstown and what a fabulous job club secretary, Pat Moylan and chairman, Eddie Holohan did that day to showcase the club in a hugely positive manner.

SADNESS – At least juvenile club secretary, Yvonne Kavanagh had something to cheer about in Croke park on Sunday. Her native county won the minor final and yes she wore the maroon colors.

Photographed on the right is a Slideshow from the very successful Under-8 Hurling Blitz organised and run by Dicksboro GAA Club at the club grounds in Palmerstown on Saturday, 5th September.

This U-8 Tournament is run annually in aid of Enable Ireland (O'Neill Centre) Kilkenny.

Thanks to all who participated, supported and helped out on the day.



CILLIAN - The entire club are hoping that Cillian Buckley plays well on Sunday in the All-Ireland senior hurling final  against Galway. If dedication and honesty are a yardstick, he will come through with flying colours. He is fully fit and rearing to go and has to be said the new gym in the club has been a huge boost to him. He said this week: "There comes a point in a match when it's do or die. We've learned over the years the easy way and the hard way that it's a 70 minute match and that you have stay going for every minute."

UNDER 12s - The Go Games finished on Saturday with the team coached by Jim O'Neill and Dan O'Connor successful in the final against Borris-in-Ossory in what was a fantastic game of hurling.

LOTTO - Dicksboro GAA Club Lotto - Nos drawn 12-18-31-32. Jackpot not won. Next week's Jackpot: €2,150. Please support your local GAA club by buying a €2 ticket in either Mick Gaules, Doherty's Bar, Sycamore Stores, Glynn's Store, Dore's Bar, Top Oil, Roots & Fruits, Kieran St. or Silversprings, Johns Green or Seamus Delaney's on Patrick Street. Weekly raffle cash prizes of €340. *BUY ON LINE at www.dicksborogaa.com.

BLITZ - Annual U-8 O'Neill Centre hurling blitz goes ahead next Saturday 5th Sept from 2pm in Palmerstown with 16 teams displaying all their youthful prowess, with all proceeds of the day going to the O'Neill Centre (Enable Ireland), Kilkenny. Best wishes to all concerned.

SENIORS - Most concern centres around star forward Kevin Kenny and his hamstring. He will struggle to be fit for the last league match and the rest of the season. Let's hope he improves.

BUY A BRICK FOR THE BORO - Would you like a permanent record of your affiliation toDicksboro GAA Club and at the same time, help clear the debt after the refurbishment of the clubhouse?
Just buy a brick and your name will be permanently on display in Palmerstown. Future generations will see that you did your bit when asked. It is uplifting and rewarding to renew our links with the club and the little parish.
For those away from home, what better way to renew your ties with the club and show solidarity. You can make this gesture to say they are still remembered by you. In times of need, the club is always there and it is one of the ties that binds us as people and makes us part of a community.
Thanks to the 172 households who have bought a `Block for the Boro` so far and whose names are displayed on the exterior of the clubhouse in Palmerstown. You can buy a block for €100 once off or €10 / month x 10 months (ONLY 30c per day !) and help your community GAA club reduce the substantial debt on the refurbished magnificent clubhouse in Palmerstown. *Special draw for donations received pre 1st Sept for €1,000 in cash prizes. Contact Seamus Rochford 086 6026105 / Hillcrest, Kilkenny.

JUVENILE SECRETARY - Club juvenile secretary Yvonne Finlay will be wearing the maroon of Galway on Sunday at the All-Ireland senior hurling final while her sons will all be shouting for Kilkenny. A Galway native, she might be on her own shouting for the Tribesmen, husband Noel from Wexford hasn't said who he is supporting.




Camogie report First round senior championship on August 24th. Dicksboro 7-5. St. Martin's 2-3. " In our first round championship match, deferred for two days by request of our opponents, we had a comprehensive victory, and now wait to play the losers ofMullinavat v Freshford in the County quarter-final. We had home venue for this Monday's match. Aisling O Grady lost the toss and we played against the slight breeze to the clubhouse end. We opened brightly, and were in command in all sectors. Our impressive centre forward Ciara Phelan pointed in an early attack. An excellent pass from Jenny Clifford to under-16 star Aobha O'Gorman resulted in our first goal, followed shortly by our second from Lisa Hanrick after more good approach work. St. Martin's then added a goal to an earlier point they had scored to leave just three points difference after twenty minutes. In spite of our impressive display throughout the field, we were not able to make it tell on the scoreboard. We finished the half with two well taken points from Aisling O'Grady and Orla Hanrick. (HT 2-3 to 1-2) In the new half, we took control. In the first 4 minutes we had scored 1-2, a point from play from Orla, and 1-1 from 65's: the goal one of the lucky variety aided by the setting sun. Top performances all over the field, in particular from all the younger players, resulted in more goals: CiaraPhelan, Lisa Hanrick, Aisling O'Grady and Alex Lawless all found the net.

Team: Kirsty Maher, SeoirseFennelly, Caoimhe Shields, Ciara O'Shea, Rachel Lynch, Danielle Kenny, Aine Maher, Niamh O'Donoghue, Sonia Buggy, Aobha O Gorman (1-0), Ciara Phelan (1-1), Aisling O'Grady(1-1) Orla Hanrick(1-3, 1-1f)Lisa Hanrick(2-0)Jenny Clifford Subs: Eva Maher Issey Carroll Alex Lawless (1-0), Sorcha Ryan, Emma Bawle ( all used), Elaine Cullinane, Aine Fennelly, Aoife Prendergast, Jenna Sherwin Ciara O Connor Annie O Connor Grainne Hennessey Caoimhlinn O Hargain Hannah Lacey Eadaoin Doheny, Aisling Morrissey.