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Under 10

21st September 2013

Under 10

Congratulations to Dicksboro’s’ under 10 panel who travelled to Dunnamaggan over the weekend to successfully defend the annual Tomás O’Shea tournament.  The boys had victories over Graigue Ballycallan, Carrickshock, Callan and Dunnamaggan in the final.

7th September 2013

Under 9/10 Tournaments


We had another great day today in Palmerstown when we hosted our under 9 and 10 tournaments in aid of the School of the Holy Spirit.  Sixteen teams took part in total in what was a huge organisational effort.  Everyone involved should take a bow but the parents who provided the catering deserve special mention.  Both 'Boro teams performed magnificently, winning all their games.

Match Photos

15th June 2013

Naas Tournament

Well done to the Dicksboro U10 panel who won the Cup competition at the Naas GAA Tournament today. The Cup team defeated Moycarkey – Borris, Naomh Eanna and Birr in the group stage, defeated Ahane from Limerick at the semi-final stage and were too strong for Naomh Eanna in the final. The Shield team defeated Rosegreen but were narrowly beaten by Naas and eventual winners Athenry in their Group games.  Dicksboro panel ; Charlie Delahunty, Stephen Dermody, Eoghan O’Neill, Nick Doheny, Vinny Roberts, Eamon O’Reilly, Rory O’Connor, Zac McHardy, Louis Walsh, Sean Maher, Evan Rowe, Charlie Nolan, Luca Loli, Dylan Lacey, Liam Connolly, Daire Mahon, Timmy Clifford, James Carroll, Zac O’Dolan, Kevin Moore, Cillian Hackett, John Keane, Michael Raggett, David Mulrooney, Harry Shine.


9th June 2012

Double Delight in Naas

Dicksboro U10 hurlers enjoyed double delight in the prestigious annual Naas Juvenile Tournament, in winning both the Cup & Shield competitions last Saturday in glorious sunshine. Following an early 7.30am departure from Palmerstown the Boro lads arrived in Naas hoping for a victory in the annual Naas blitz last won by the Boro in 2007. First up were the `older` U10s who opened their account in the Cup with a good win against Galway side, Athenry coached by former county hurler Eugene Clooney. From this they enjoyed wins over hosts Naas & Limerick club Ahane. By nature of topping their group the Boro faced 2011 winner James Stephens in a tense semi-final before pulling through with seven points to spare. Following a well deserved food break the Boro faced Naomh Eanna (Gorey) in the final and after a hard 30 mins hurling emerged as Cup champions 2012 with a delighted Aaron Tracey Murphy accepting the Cup on his team`s behalf.

Meanwhile the Boro U10 `Óg` panel enjoyed wins over Athenry, hosts Naas & city rivals James Stephens to face hosts Naas again in the final . After a very close 1st half the Boro youngsters cut loose in the second half & danced their way to victory with Timmy Clifford accepting the Shield for Dicksboro U10 Óg. Indeed the Boro made history in winning both the Cup & Shield competitions in the same year in this highly organised & prestigious Naas Annual hurling tournament. Well done to all & mentors, Des Walsh, Pat Carroll, Jim O Neill, Martin Rowe, Eoin Maher, Sean Kennedy, Seamus Rowe & Aidan Brennan. Next Saturday the Boro U13s travel to Naas for a blitz & it was great to meet Boro exiles, Paula Tynan (daughter of Shem) & Aidan Begley (son of Eugene) on the day. Thanks to Naas for an excellent tournament run with great professionalism & brilliant hospitality.

Article/Photos by Pat Moylan


Community Games

Huge congratulations goes to the U10 1/2 Dicksboro boys playing under the St Canice`s & St. Mary`s Community games banner as they emerged victorious as Kilkenny Co. Champions last Saturday in windswept & cold Johnstown. After a number of year`s absence the Dicksboro boys opened their account with a 1.04 to 0.00 win over the adjoining St. John`s Parish team. Next up were Aghaviller (Community Games National Champions 2011). Despite dominating the play for long periods the city parish just could`nt convert numerous scoring chances and were defeated on a 1.01 to 0.01 scoreline. Dramatically in the final group game St. Johns boys defeated Aghaviller leaving the Canice`s & Mary`s boy top of the group on a superior scoring average. Amid wild scenes of celebration the city boys overcame a gallant Urlingford-Johnstown-Galmoy in the final on a 3.04 to 1.01 scoreline to capture the Co. Kilkenny Community Games title - the boys now go on to represent Kilkenny in the Leinster series. Congrats to all the boys & mentors Des Walsh, Seamus Rowe & Seán Kennedy.
Article & photo by Pat Moylan




 10th September 2011

Roanmore Under 8/9 Blitz

The Dicksboro Under 8/9 panel that participated in the annual Roanmore charity blitz today.



24th July 2011

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

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

Photo by Donal Carroll


11th June 2011

Naas Under 10 Tournament

The U10 squad travelled to Naas last Saturday to take part in the prestigious Naas annual U10 tournament featuring teams from all over the country. The Boro boys had a thrilling first game against Passage East (Waterford) and were unlucky to be defeated on a 3.01 to 2.01 scoreline after hitting the Passage East crossbar in the dying seconds. In the next game they found the host team Naas too strong and finished their involvement in the well organised tournament with a thrilling draw with Ahane (Co. Limerick). Following a nice feed of chips & sausages and a hurley grip for their efforts the Boro boys arrived home after a great days hurling experience. The U10s continue this week with a match in the Castlecomer hurling blitz.

Article & Photo by Pat Moylan

May 2011 

Under 10's have busy week

A busy week for the U10s last week who had matches on Tuesday night v. J. Stephens, on Thursday night v. Freshford in the Castlecomer U10 tournament and topped off the week with thrilling wins over Piltown in the Kilkenny GAA Go Games finals played in Nowlan Park on Saturday. Next Saturday sees the U10s head to Naas for the prestigious annual Naas U10 hurling tournament where they will play teams from all over the country, best of luck to them and their mentors - no sign of a hurling recession !

Article & Photo by Pat Moylan







Under 9's with mentors, Fergal Conway and Mike Hennessy

 Under 10's with mentors, Pat Moylan, Edmund Nolan, Brendan O'Sullivan and John Clarke




DICKSBORO U9/U10 – Last Saturday over thirty Dicksboro Under-9s and Under-10s had a very enjoyable end of year celebration trip to Cork.
First off was a visit to Glanmire to Sarsfields GAA club where the boys played two matches against the local Under-10s. Acquitting themselves very well, food was next on the agenda as the squad and mentors were treated to a sumptuous spread served up in the magnificent Sarsfields club house.
Hunger satisfied, the ’Boro bus rolled on to the Monkey Maze indoor entertainment centre – the biggest in Europe – where the
boys let it rip before jumping on board Eamonn Maher’s coach for home.
Entertained on the way home by the hilarious Cool Runnings DVD followed by a short blast of Killinascully, the Dicksboro brigade arrived home tired but happy with the memories of a wonderful 2010 season. Here’s to 2011!



Dicksboro Under-9s travelled to Larchfield last Saturday morning to take part in the Seamus Fry Under-10 Shield competition. The ’Boro youngsters got off to a great start enjoying a victory over St Martin’s (Kilkenny) before succumbing to stronger James Stephens and O’Loughlin Gaels teams. In the final game, Dicksboro again faced St Martin’s and this time the result was reversed in favour of the Ballyfoyle boys.

Next Saturday, the ’Boro Under-9 boys travel to Ballyhale GAA Grounds to take part in the Dunnamaggin annual Thomas O’Shea Memorial Tournament, with first games commencing at 10am. Teams in Dicksboro’s group include Mullinavat, Dunnamaggin and Carrickshock.

This blitz will round-off a very busy year for these youngsters who have turned up Saturday after Saturday to give their all for Dicksboro.


Hurling blitz in aid of the School of The Holy Spirit

On Saturday last, 4th Sept 2010, Dicksboro hosted their annual U9 & U10 charity blitz in aid of The School of the Holy Spirit in Palmerstown between 10am & 3pm. Sixteen teams (eight U9 & eight U10) involving 240 + young hurlers played a total of 32 matches in a festival of hurling on the eve of the All Ireland Hurling Final.. Despite the early damp weather, the young hurlers present gave their all for their parishes and lapped up the hurling excitement in the spirit of GO GAMES with each team initially playing three group games before contesting a final game. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of John Hickey & Sons Ltd., manufacturers & installers of uPVC windows, West Street, Callan all young hurlers received a Boro hurling grip for their efforts and went home tired but happy. The Boro U9 team had early group matches v. Dunnamaggin, Slieverue & James Stephens before playing a thrilling final game v. Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) snatching victory with a late goal. The U10s played against O Loughlin Gaels, Na Fianna (Dublin) & Danesfort before enjoying a win over great rivals James Stephens in their final game. Really there were no losers – all teams were winners as indeed were The School of The Holy Spirit with €1200 approx. being raised on the day for a worthy local charity doing great work with children with special needs.

Huge thanks are due to all players & mentors from each club, Dicksboro GAA club & the groundstaff under Joe Phelan & Co. for having Palmerstown in pristine condition yet again, the referees, the Boro U16s for umpiring, Patsy Dempsey for his co-ordination, a huge THANK YOU yet again to the parents and friends of the U9 & U10s for the sumptuous food served up to ALL the huge crowd in attendance (great to see past chairman Tom Rafter in attendance) and to anyone in the Dicksboro GAA club family who played a part in making Saturday 4th September 2010 a huge success for juvenile hurling & The School of the Holy Spirit – go raibh mile maith libh go léir !



O’Loughlin Gaels U10 blitz, Saturday, August 14t.h.

Four clubs – Dicksboro, James Stephens, Kilmacud Crokes and O’Loughlin Gaels – fielded two teams each of equal ability in an eight team blitz. The Dicksboro red team won all three group matches in the morning, while the ’Boro blue team gave a good account of themselves in all three matches.

All teams played a final game with Dicksboro teams succumbing to Kilmacud Crokes and O’Loughlin Gaels. All received a medal afterwards accompanied by the usual soft drink and bag of crisps – all went home happy . Well done to O’Loughlin Gaels for the manner and spirit in which the blitz was played.

This week’s busy schedule includes training on tonight (Wednesday) 6-7pm in Palmerstown with matches on Saturday morning v Moyle Rovers in Palmerstown at 11am

On Sunday (Aug. 22nd) the panel has been invited to Thomastown to play matches as part of a family field day being held at the Grennan venue.




On Saturday, 7th August, the entire ’Boro Under-10 squad and mentors travelled to Dublin to take part in a blitz hosted
by the Na Fianna GAA Club on Mobhi Road.

The blitz operated on the ‘Go Games’ principles with all teams playing 11-a-side games with no finals. The older Under-10s enjoyed success in all three games against the hosts Na Fianna, Athenry, Co Galway (after a titanic second half defence) and Dublin side Whitehall Columbcilles.

The Under-9 brigade had four matches and gave a good account of themselves against Na Fianna, Athenry, Whitehall
and St Martin’s (Wexford). Well done to all, especially to hardy youngsters Andrew Brennan-Smyth and Sean Maher who travelled to boost the ’Boro’s holiday depleted squad.

Following the games, all were catered for in the Na Fianna clubhouse with sandwiches, cakes and buns etc. devoured
by the ’Boro boys. All arrived home happy, helped along the way by the compulsory ice cream and the DVD ‘Cheaper
by the Dozen’ – a good finish to a great hurling weekend.

The Dicksboro Under-10s will train tonight (Wednesday) in Palmerstown from 6-7pm. On Saturday, the squad will participate in the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club annual Under-10 blitz with first games commencing at 11am.

Plans are currently being formulated for the Dicksboro Under-9 and Under-10 blitzes which will take place on the
eve of the All-Ireland final, on Saturday, September 4 in Palmerstown.



Nowlan Park

 Last Saturday the Dicksboro U9s & U10s played their hearts out in Nowlan Park in the grand finals of a mini league, which the Boro boys have been participating since April. The mini league organised by the Danesfort GAA club saw all participating teams get their chance to play a final game on the hallowed Nowlan Park turf. First up were the U9s who did themselves proud overcoming a gallant Clara side. The U10s duly overcame a spirited Bennettsbridge team to complete the double on this special day in Nowlan Park. All young hurlers received a sliothar on the day as a memento and had their photographs taken with the Liam McCarthy cup. The special day was rounded off with glorious food & refreshments in Stathams Bar at the Pembroke Hotel. Thanks to Liam Mullen & Danesfort GAA club for devising & co-ordinating a successful mini league.

The Boro U9s & U10s are now taking a well earned break from all hurling activity until Saturday the 7th August - from then on the busy schedule of tournaments will begin.
The Dicksboro U9/U10 annual tournament will take place on Saturday 4th September le cúnamh Dé.
Article and Photos by Pat Moylan


19th June 2010 Boherlahan/Dualla

Some of our under 10 panel travelled to Boherlahan/Dualla, Co. Tipperary on 19/6/10 to take part in an inter county blitz.  Four counties were represented,  Dicksboro(Kilkenny), Boherlahan/Dualla(Tipperary), Ahane(Limerick and Newtownshandrum(Cork).
Our first match against the hosts went right down to the wire, but unfortunately the second last puck of the match
was a goal by the Tipp boys, the following puck out and final whistle meant a one goal defeat for the 'Boro.
Our next game was aginst Newtownshandrum and this too proved to be a very tight game and with a bit more luck
with our scoring oppurtunities we probably could have won this game, but it ended with a one point defeat for Dicksboro, 1-5 to 2-3.
With pride at stake, the 'Boro boys torn into Ahane and scores that were earlier being missed were now being
converted and we ended easy winners.  Refreshments provided by the hosts were then very welcome and a big thank
you sould go to them for a well run tournament.  All participants received a medal, presented by one of Tipp's famous sons, Lar Corbett.
The home journey on the bus went by very quickly with a very entertaining quiz under the quidance of quizmaster,
Mike Hennessy.

Panel:  D Delahunty, S Richardson, J Tynan, J Cahill, M Nolan, M Kenny, E Moylan, L Stynes, L Brennan Smyth, T Butler,
L Hennessy, D Conway, E Kerwick, M McEnroe, P Moylan, P O'Shea, L Morrissey, R L Duggan, B O'Mahony.

Medal Presentation


 Dicksboro U10 trip : A very enjoyable end of  year trip was enjoyed last Saturday 17/10/09 by the Dicksboro boys U10 panel. Thirty three youngsters & their mentors left Palmerstown at 9.15 & travelled onto Naas GAA club entertained on board by the inspirational Mr Bean goes on Holiday comic DVD. Hurling & gaelic football matches against Naas proved very enjoyable with the Boro lads aquitting themselves very well (especially at the gaelic football). All retired to the magnificent Naas clubhouse for much needed & appreciated tea, sandwiches & snacks kindly provided by the Naas GAA club. Indeed the catering was led by Boro exile Paula Tynan (daughter of Shem) - big thank you to all in Naas for great welcome & hospitality. Onwards then to an enjoyable tour of Croke park stadium & museum tour. The interactive hurling & football games proved the biggest hit !. The trip included to a visit on the way home for much needed sustenance in KFC in the city west shopping centre - many chicken strips later the Boro boys returned to Palmerstown after a terrific days outing - heres to 2010 lads.