Kilcullen U13 storm to victory
On a bitterly cold day Kilcullen met Moorefield in the U13 Division Final at Moorefield GAA in front of a capacity crowd. A strong northerly wind could not disrupt the quality of play on a perfect pitch and the early stages were tight and low scoring until Kilcullen broke the deadlock with a hard-earned point from Ellie O’Toole. She followed it up later with a low drilled shot to the net & it seemed Kilcullen would take control of the game. But Moorefield recovered well and midfielder Kate Hannon started to bombard the Kilcullen fullback line to create several points for her dangerous forwards. Kilcullen midfielder Lisa Aspell helped out in defence where fullback Laura McMahon broke up wave after wave of attacks and was ably assisted by Eleanor Trainor and Abby Murray at halfback. Niamh Garrett and Amy Barker worked very hard in the forwards and their efforts paid off with a swift counter to Nancy Murphy who found the net again for Kilcullen to restore a big lead. But back came Moorefield and when they won a turnover on the 45 a slick passing movement saw their inside forward expertly finish the ball to the net. A series of points just before halftime for Moorefield left just 2 points between the teams at the break. Kilcullen made some changes and in came Brona Dooley at cornerback where she put in a tigerish display alongside her terrible twin Tara Murphy. Grace O’Toole moved to centre-back and hovered up possession with her rangy runs on the 45. Roisin Robinson battled hard at right-half back to repel Moorefield charges down that wing. The home team started well on the restart and only a brave point-blank save from goalkeeper Avril Doyle stopped them from taking the lead. An outstanding Lisa Aspell gradually started to take control of midfield and interchanged passes with Nancy Murphy to set up Kilcullen attacks one of which led to another goal from Ellie O’Toole. Katelyn Hegarty Kelly made some great runs from centre-half forward and one pacey run along the side-line had the Kilcullen supporters in full voice. Emma Keane and Abby Smith in the forward line sniped two well worked points and the match winning score came with 10 minutes to go with a lofted pass from Grace O’Toole to Nancy Murphy who put Ellie O’Toole through to blast into the roof of the net. Kilcullen’s deft changes saw the introduction of Sydney Sheridan, Emily McGlinchy and Leanne Clifford in the backs and Molly Aspell, Holly Duff and Sally Murphy up front all of whom threw themselves into the game with gusto. Moorefield battled on gamely but in the end ran out of time to leave Kilcullen relieved victors at 4-8 to 1-7. Match report by Conor O’Toole.
An autumnal stroll,
Junior and senior infants from St Joseph’s N.S were out enjoying the glorious colours of autumn this week when they took a stroll through Kilcullen and Camphill’s farm and nature trail. The students learnt about their local community from volunteer parents and got to see the fabulous new walk around the community gardens. Brassicas, apples, geese, pigs and Turkeys as well as the roaring river Liffey kept everyone enthralled. The weather was so unexpectedly bright and fine it was the perfect start to the day for everyone.
Turkeys get nervous at the mention of Christmas
Kilcullen beavers, cubs, scouts, Ventures and leaders were out in the arctic chill this weekend selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser for their scout group. The tickets at just €2 have some fabulous prizes including a family holiday to Disney Land Paris, a Mediterranean cruise, 2 weeks in the Algarve and nine other exciting breaks. The draw is organised each year by scouting Ireland who arrange the prizes, tickets and draw, which means that all the proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the local scout group. Deadline is the 7 December 7so to be in with a chance buy a 12 days of Christmas ticket from your local scout.
In Aid of the Kildare and West Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will take place on Thursday 15 November at 8pm in Lawlors Hotel, Naas. €60 for a table of 4 people. All proceeds go directly to KWWSPCA. For more information call 087 2054955
CPC students’ cards company
A‘pop-up’ Christmas cards shop will be established for a day on Tuesday November 13th, by a group of CPC students. The student enterprise Santa’s Christmas Cards Company is being operated by three students, and they’ll be selling cards and Christmas tags outside Berneys Chemists. Prices will range 50c-60c for the tags, with discounts for multiple quantities, and €2 for cards, again with a discount plan.
A date for your diary, local people will be aware that Phena Bermingham has hosted an annual fundraiser for most of the past 12 years at the family home in Mooretown, Kilcullen. The format is that local musicians, singers, poets, play-actors, writers etc. perform their party pieces for the throngs of local people who come and traipse through the Bermingham’s home, while eating mince pies, and drinking tea and mulled wine! Phena Bermingham has this year decided to support her son’s work in a tangible way by holding this year’s Miscellany Sunday as a fundraiser for the Mission in Mozambique.
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