AGM Report 2018

posted 13 Jan 2019, 12:00 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Our AGM for 2018 was held in the clubhouse at More O'Ferrall Park on Saturday 12th January, it was an opportunity to reflect on 2018 and discuss plans for the upcoming year. The committee for the upcoming year was elected.

Kildangan stalwart and committee member Charlie Sexton started proceedings by paying respects to club members that passed away during the year.

Michael Higgins, club secretary, gave a month-by-month account of 2018 covering the successes of Kildangan and Abbey Rangers juvenile teams, the steady progress of our senior team and the challenges we faced throughout 2018.

Next up was juvenile chairman, John Reilly, referred to the progress that has been made at all underage levels within the club, and the school programme, which runs over a total of twelve weeks. John praised our under 12 team, and spoke of their sportsmanlike approach to defeat in the county final. He commended the mentors and parents for their support along the way, acknowledging that none of this progress could have been achieved without their assistance. 

Club treasurer Mel O'Dowd gave a report on the club finances for 2018 which sees the club in a healthy position, Mel thanked the many sponsors in particular The Cross Keys Pub and Green Generation, not forgetting the welcome contribution from J.P McManus. All monies were accounted for to the satisfaction of the meeting.

Club chairman, Declan McGrath, gave an overview of the many challenges facing GAA clubs, in particular smaller clubs such as Kildangan. Despite the challenges Declan stated that Kildangan finished 2018 stronger than it had begun, with our senior team reaching both a league quarter final and championship semi final. Declan paid thanks to senior manager Shane Stafford and selector Tom Moran.

Declan highlighted our underage amalgamation with Ballykelly as another positive aspect, stating that Abbey Rangers had won a county title at some level every year since the start of the amalgamation in 2015. Declan announced that following a meeting with Ballykelly the arrangement would continue for 2019.

The club chairman then went on to mention the opening of the grounds to walkers during the long winter nights, a step towards making the club an integral part of the community of Kildangan.

Declan thanked the other committee members for their diligent work, and also paid tribute to outgoing committee members Andrew Wilson and John Nealon for their time and efforts. He highlighted the Night at the Dogs as a particular example of the community coming together, thanking the O'Donovan family for their great work in organising the event.

Finally Declan thanked all the club sponsors including Worrells Gala, Green Generation and Long Reach Construction.

Concluding his address, Declan stated that with a positive approach and a shared effort, at next years AGM we will be able to look back on 2019 as another year where Kildangan GAA made positive progress.

As there were no motions for discussion there followed the election of committee members. Our committee for 2019 is as follows:

Honorary President:
Jim Miller

Life Presidents:
Tom Moran Snr

Executive Committee:
Chairperson: Declan McGrath
Secretary & Registrar: Michael Higgins
Treasurer: Mel O'Dowd
Assistant Treasurer: 
Public Relations Officer: Louise Fitzgerald
County Board Delegate: 
Underage Chairperson: John Reilly
Children's Officer: Maureen Fitzgerald

Extended Committee:
John Kilbride
Brendan Abbey
Liam O'Donovan
Robbie Irvin
Fergal Gilbert
Charlie Sexton
John Miller
Luke Sweeney
Dave Fitzpatrick

Contact details for members of the Executive Committee can be found on our 'About Us' page.

AGM Reminder-Saturday 12th at 7pm

posted 10 Jan 2019, 15:03 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Reminder of Kildangan GAA AGM on Saturday evening in the clubhouse at 7pm (note the earlier time). All welcome, only paid up adult members have a vote.

The following is the Agenda;

1. Minutes of 2017 Annual General Meeting.
2. Consideration of the Annual Report submitted by the Secretary.
3. Consideration of the Financial Statements.
4. Election of Officers and Members of the Executive Committee.
5. Notices of Motion
6. Any Other Business

Walking Update

posted 10 Jan 2019, 13:32 by rúnaí Cill Daingin   [ updated 10 Jan 2019, 13:34 ]

Reminder that the pitch reopened on Monday 7th January for all walkers and joggers. As usual we will be open Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays weather permitting. 

Unfortunately we don't allow dogs on our grounds due to the nature of the activities taking place.

More O'Ferrall Park Closed to Walkers Until Monday 7th January

posted 21 Dec 2018, 08:28 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 21 Dec 2018, 08:29 ]

Our pitch is now closed to walkers until Monday, 7th January, including today (Friday, 21st December).  

We would like to thank everyone who has availed of the facility to walk, jog or run over the last two months. 

We would also like to wish you the very best over the Christmas period. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting

posted 3 Dec 2018, 14:46 by Kildangan PRO

The Annual General Meeting of Kildangan GAA Club will take place on Saturday, 12th January 2019 at 8pm in Kildangan GAA Clubhouse.
Fully paid up adult members are entitled to vote at AGM. The relevant forms to be completed for the election of Officers and Members of the Executive Committee and Motions for consideration at the AGM are available here in PDF and Word formats. Please note that the forms will not be distributed by post this year, so if you require a paper version, please contact a committee member.

If you wish to propose a motion, or nominate a member for a position, please first seek the agreement of the member and then return the paper before 5th January 2019, by post to Michael Higgins, Kildangan GAA Secretary, Kildangan, Monasterevin, Co Kildare or by email to

The Agenda for the AGM will include:
1. Minutes of 2017 Annual General Meeting.
2. Consideration of the Annual Report submitted by the Secretary.
3. Consideration of the Financial Statements.
4. Election of Officers and Members of the Executive Committee.
5. Notices of Motion
6. Other Business

The AGM is governed by the rules as laid down in the Club Constitution.

Under 21 Final Promises Exciting Local Derby

posted 16 Nov 2018, 11:01 by rúnaí Cill Daingin

Hot on the heels of our U17 final win last week Abbey Rangers Under 21s take to the field against local rivals Ellistown in the D Final. 

This promises to be an exciting game as the combination of KIldangan and Ballykelly strive to do the double. This is the last competitive game of 2018 so it's sure to be a cracker.

The game is fixed for Hawkfield, Sunday evening at 7pm and all support would be appreciated.

Abbey Rangers Under 17s Claim Hard Fought Championship Title

posted 11 Nov 2018, 11:00 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 13 Nov 2018, 14:41 ]

Since the Abbey Rangers amalgamation was formed in 2015, county titles have been won every year at various age groups, with multiple victories in some of those years. While there was plenty of progress and development in 2017, up until today, the cupboard laid bare. But all that changed under the Hawkfield lights on Saturday, 10th November when the Abbey Rangers under 17 footballers defeated Milltown in the D Championship final by a single point.

When the same two teams met just seven days previously in Kildangan in the last of the round robin games, Milltown gave the boys in red a serious hiding, but with Abbey Rangers missing a number of key players on the day, neither team took much heed of the result. Tonight was a different story, with both teams fully loaded and ready to fire.

Conor Corrigan and Cian Murtagh hit two early points for us before Milltown's Ben Heuston replied one of his own. Sean Murphy gave the Millers the advantage with a goal to go two in front. Daniel Gilbert steadied the ship with two pointed frees before Milltown's Brandon Fitzsimons hit the back of the
net, along with a point from an Aaron Walker free, to knock us back on our heels again. A further Milltown goal was prevented by a combination of Thomas Browne and Dara Perry and it took some tremendous defending from the Rangers contingent over the next few minutes as they fought to hang onto the game.

With Joey O’Sullivan and Daniel Gilbert getting a grip at midfield, and Mikey Delahunty beginning to roam out the field, Abbey Rangers took control and kicked six unanswered points. With half time approaching, Milltown struck for their third goal when a clearance following a Sean Fitzgerald save was intercepted and the resulting looping shot made its way into the top corner from Sean Murphy's boot. Although the Ballykelly-Kildangan merger had outscored Milltown by 10 scores to 5, we went in at half time a point down with the scoreboard reading 3-2 to 0-10 in favour of Milltown.

Milltown got the perfect start to the second half with a fourth goal, this time from Oran O'Brien, in the first minute and a Conor Corrigan free was quickly cancelled out by a similar Milltown score from Robbie Gibbons. But the next twenty minutes were all about the Barrowsiders. The interchanging, movement, fielding, score taking and pure will to win was great to watch as Abbey Rangers dominated in every area of the field. There wasn’t a single Abbey Rangers player who lost the battle with his direct opponent during this period and we scored an unanswered 1-5 to go four points ahead at 1-16 to 4-3. The goal came mid-way through that scoring burst when Conor Corrigan tucked a penalty neatly into the bottom corner of the net.

But the young men of Allen, to their credit, came at Rangers once again and reduced the gap to two points via Ben Heuston and Aaron Walker before Eoin O’Fearghaill replied with two superb scores to restore Abbey Rangers' four point lead. It was the third minute of injury time when a long ball over the top found the Milltown full forward Fitzsimons, but his shot was saved brilliantly by Sean Fitzgerald, only for the rebound to be finished to the net by corner forward Peter Hamilton. The referee called 30 seconds to play as we hung on by a single point. Joey O’Sullivan won the kick out and sent Russell Grattan off on a solo run down into the Milltown full back line but we lost possession and Milltown drove forward in search of an equalising score. Sean McDonald broke down the Milltown attack and as we entered the sixth minute of injury time the referee finally sounded the whistle on a 1-18 to 5-5 win for Abbey Rangers.

It was a great end to a long year for these lads, many of whom will be eligible to compete at this level again next year. Great credit is due to the team's mentors, Ballykelly's Tommy Curran and Fergal Gilbert of Kildangan for their efforts this year and every year, and continued success for these young players in the coming years as they head towards adult football with Ballykelly and Kildangan. Milltown can also take consolation in the determination they displayed to keep the game going right until the final whistle.

Abbey Rangers: Sean Fitzgerald, Russell Grattan, Dara Perry, Thomas Browne, Orren Grattan, Sean McDonald, Adam Gordon, Daniel Gilbert (0-5), Joey O’Sullivan, Oisin Hyland, Mikey Delahunty (0-3), Conor Corrigan (1-7), Cian Murtagh (0-1), Jack Curran, Dara Byrne.
Subtitutes: Eoin O’Fearghaill (0-2) for Oisin Hyland, Aaron O’Connor for Orren Grattan, John Kelly for Adam Gordon, Cathal McKernan for Jack Curran, Jamie Robinson for Cian Murtagh, Rory McGrath, Cormac Finnegan, Ciaran Byrne

Milltown: Luke Redmond; Andrew Buckley, Jonathan Dunne, Shane Daly; Robbie Gibbons (0-1), James Byrne, Neil Tiernan; Sean Murphy (2-0), Aaron Walker (0-2, 1f); Aodan Dempsey, Tom Hamilton, Ben Heuston (0-2); Oran O'Brien (1-0), Brandon Fitzsimons (1-0), Peter Hamilton (1-0)
Substitutes: Kyle Busuttil, Jamie Powell, Karl Downey, Hugh Hamilton, Josh Hewitt

Milltown team sheet courtesy of Milltown PRO Roisín Malone

Abbey Rangers Under 17s Through to Championship Final

posted 9 Nov 2018, 00:58 by Kildangan PRO

The Abbey Rangers under 17 team take on Milltown in the final of the D Championship tomorrow evening (Saturday, 10th November) in Hawkfield, with throw-in commencing at 5.30pm. These teams have built up a rivalry over the years, having faced each other at a number of different grades, with 

This game is a repeat of round three, an encounter where both sides knew already that they would meet in the final, and one which Milltown won well. It is undoubted that Rangers will to be aiming to make amends for that match and claim some silverware in the process

The amalgamation of Ballykelly and Kildangan players defeated St. Kevin's by ten points in the opening game of this competition - the final score 3-18 to 3-8, before receiving a walkover from Killard in the second round.  

These matches always prove to be great contests of football, so please make sure to come along to show your support for the team! 


posted 7 Nov 2018, 14:20 by Kildangan PRO

Kildangan GAA Club wishes to take this opportunity to convey its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of David Boland, who passed away in tragic circumstances last week. David came from Harristown and has a number of number of links to the village. His son Cormac has played with our juvenile teams in the past and currently attends the local primary school. Our thoughts and prayers are with David's family and friends at this very difficult time.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Funeral Notice

Pigeon House Lotto Results - 30th October

posted 4 Nov 2018, 14:18 by Kildangan PRO

umbers Drawn: 19, 21, 24, 27

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €1,600 

€30 winners 
Ger Molloy c/o Mary Heffernan
Lynne Kelly c/o Tony Harrington

Brendan Higginbotham c/o Tony Harrington
Ciara Fitzpatrick c/o Mary Conway
Declan Keane c/o John Kilbride

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from our promoters, Maureen Fitzgerald, John Kilbride and Charlie Sexton, as this directly benefits the club. 

We also have a direct debit option. For more information on this, contact our club secretary Michael Higgins:

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