Super Seniors Start Championship With Win

posted 17 Jul 2018, 15:58 by Kildangan PRO

Whatever it is about when Kildangan and Ballymore Eustace face each other, both teams always serve up a cracker, and this evening's championship opener in Hawkfield was no different. It's not a local rivalry by any means, given that one side is from the west of the county and the other is from the east, but regardless of that, any match between the two clubs at this level has the grit and intensity of one.

Kildangan started with intent as left corner forward Ryan Moran hit the back of the net on the stroke of the first minute. However, from hereonin, the east Kildare team gained scoring momentmum, hitting seven points without reply over the next eight minutes. Kildangan's Paul Connaughton suffered ankle troubles which saw play stop for a number of minutes before Ballymore centre forward scored a goal to widen the gap between the two teams. Their number 10 added another point to keep the score ticking over. Daniel Gilbert narrowed the gap slightly, scoring a point from a free. In the twenty first minute, Kildangan were awarded a penalty, which Eric O'Hara got past the left side of the 'keeper, decreasing the deficit to four points.

Ballymore added another point to keep Kildangan further behind, but Gilbert sent over two points in a row to bridge the gap to three points, before Ballymore score one more. Kildangan showed spirit as they scored the next four points in a row, courtesy of Eric O'Hara, Robert McGrath, Damien Broughall and a Ryan Moran free. O'Hara stepped up to the penalty spot once more following a push on Robert McGrath in the square, and proved reliable once again, thus putting his team three in front for the first time since the opening minute of the game. Daniel Gilbert extended that lead to four as the referee blew the half-time whistle, with Kildangan ahead 3-8 to Ballymore Eustace's 1-10.

Kildangan's scoring prowess continued for the first three minutes of the second half, thanks to Damien Broughall and two scores from Ryan Moran; both of which the likes of Conor McManus would be proud to score. One of Ballymore's substitutes added a point to his team's tally, before Moran jinked past four players to add another to his own collection. Dermot Hickey, who had just come on for Kildangan, also pointed, before Ballymore hit the back of the net and then scored a point from a free.

Daniel Gilbert and the Ballymore forwards traded points from the fifty-third minute onwards, before Damien Broughall got Kildangan's fourth goal, extending Kildangan's lead to four points. The boys in blue continued threatening during the closing stages of the game, adding one more point, and may even have come in for a goal chance had it not been for Kildangan's player-manager Shane Stafford who cleanly caught the ball to negate any danger, before the refree called time, sealing a 4-16 to 3-16 win for the west Kildare village. 

From one to fifteen (and beyond), both sides put on superb display, never gave up, and kept the game flowing freely, as proven by the final scoreline of 28 points to 25. From a Kildangan point of view, despite going behind to the tune of eight points in the early stages of the game, every single player stepped up their individual and team game to see the game out. While the forwards got most of the credit in this report, Daniel Cawley pulled off some fantastic saves in the Kildangan goal to keep us in it, and the likes of Stephen Keogh, Richard Morgan, Bryan Adams and Paul Connaughton also put in a huge effort. One would think that some of our youngest players had been playing this level for ten years, given their footballing knowledge.

Shane and his selectors will ensure that the players are ready to continue this form against Clogherinkoe in the second round, which takes place next Tuesday in Raheens. Throw-in is at 8.00pm.

Kildangan: Daniel Cawley; Richard Morgan, Bryan Adams, Jordan Kaye; Stephen Keogh, Eoghan O'Fearghaíl, Arron Behan; Damien Broughall (1-2), Dara Gilbert; Eric O'Hara (2-1, 2p), Paul Connaughton, Joey O'Sullivan; Daniel Gilbert (0-7, 3f), Robert McGrath (0-1), Ryan Moran (0-4).
Substitutes: Dermot Hickey (0-1, for Joey O'Sullivan), Kevin Christie (for Robert McGrath), Shane Stafford (for Paul Connaughton), John Miller, Colin Christie, Andrew Wilson.

By Andrew Wilson

Change of Venue for Championship Opener

posted 16 Jul 2018, 15:16 by Kildangan PRO

The Kildangan senior team's championship first round game against Ballymore Eustace tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 17th July) will now take place in Hawkfield. The throw-in time remains at 8.00pm.

The game was originally due to take place in St Laurence's, before it was switched to Two Mile House, but unfortunately neither club could accommodate the game. We apologise for the inconvenience at such short notice. Please spread the word to anyone who had intended on travelling to the match.

Congratulations to Lara and Kildare!

posted 16 Jul 2018, 15:06 by Kildangan PRO   [ updated 16 Jul 2018, 15:17 ]

Kildangan GAA would like to congratulate Lara Gilbert and the Kildare minor ladies on their All-Ireland B final victory over Roscommon. Lara, who plays club football for Trinity Gaels (the Kildangan Nurney senior ladies' amalgamation with Ballykelly), was in the full back position for Kildare as they claimed the historic title.

Everyone in the club is very proud of Lara's achievement, and we would like to wish her and her teammates continued success, be it with Kildare, Kildangan Nurney or Trinity Gaels.

Click here for a full report of the game. Photo by Oliver McVeigh of Sportsfile.

Pigeon House Lotto Results - 9th July

posted 15 Jul 2018, 15:48 by Kildangan PRO

Numbers Drawn: 4, 13, 24, 27

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €6,200 

€30 winners 
H Howard c/o Mary Heffernan
J Bradley c/o Mary Heffernan

Jacinta Collins c/o Charlie Sexton
Susan Dempsey c/o Worrells Gala
Catherine Lennon c/o Mary Heffernan

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from our promoters, Maureen Fitzgerald 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:

Championship Fixture Details Announced

posted 6 Jul 2018, 14:35 by Kildangan PRO

The Kildangan senior team start off their championship campaign against a familiar foe in Ballymore Eustace. The game is due to take place on Tuesday, 17th July at 8.00pm in Old Grange, the home ground of St. Laurence's. It was 2015 when two sides last met, when they faced each other in the opening rounds of the same competition and the final, both of which Kildangan won. Old Grange was also the venue for the former, and depsite leading Ballymore by twelve points at the break in that game, Kildangan only went on to win it by one, 3-13 to 3-12.

Clogherinkoe, our second round opponents, are not as well known to the club. The Cloghs had a superb league campaign, winning all of their games bar one, where they lost by nine points against Ballyteague. This game is fixed for Tuesday, 24th July in Raheens, with the throw-in also at 8.00pm.

Both games are likely to be crackers, and are not be missed!


posted 6 Jul 2018, 14:25 by Kildangan PRO

Kildangan GAA Club offers its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family of Edward "Ned" Harrison.

Edward was a former player with the club and featured on our teams during the 1970s.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Funeral arrangements

Kildare GAA Needs You for Saturday!

posted 28 Jun 2018, 06:34 by Kildangan PRO

The All Ireland SFC Round 3 Qualifier match between Kildare and Mayo takes place this Saturday in St Conleth’s Park at 7.00pm and is an all-ticket event.


Each club has been asked to nominate two members who are willing to act as stewards on the day. 

If you would be interested in stewarding the game, please contact our secretary Michael Higgins on 086 3585580 or email with your name and contact number before 7.00pm this evening. 

As tickets for the game will be hard come by, it is a great opportunity to be there and help your county in the process. 

Pigeon House Lotto Results - 25th June

posted 27 Jun 2018, 14:47 by Kildangan PRO

umbers Drawn: 2, 14, 21, 24

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €5,800 

€30 winners 
Jim (Happy) Phillips c/o Phyllis Kelly
John Bradley c/o Mary Heffernan

Baby Liam Byrne c/o Charlie Sexton
Lizzie Brown c/o Spar
Killian, Mikayla & Saoirse c/o Mary Heffernan

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from our promoters, Maureen Fitzgerald 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:

Pigeon House Lotto Results - 18th June

posted 24 Jun 2018, 17:04 by Kildangan PRO

Numbers Drawn: 3, 10, 21, 26 

No Jackpot winner.   

Next week's Jackpot: €5,600 

€30 winners 
Ciara & Aidan Horrex c/o Mary Heffernan
Niamh Conway c/o Paddy Conway

Peggy Brennan c/o Mary Heffernan
Kieran Hamill c/o Mary T. Hamill
Maureen Higginbotham c/o Tony Harrington

Please support Kildangan GAA by buying a Lotto ticket from our promoters, Maureen Fitzgerald 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:

5k/10k Fun Run in aid of Michael Mullan Cancer Fund

posted 18 Jun 2018, 15:44 by Kildangan PRO

A 5k/10k Fun Run will take place in Punchestown Racecourse on Saturday, 21st July at 11.00am with all proceeds going to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.
The run will be chipped and timed by Pop Up Races. It is €15 for the 5k run, and €20 for the 10k run. All kids under 12 go free (with an accompanying adult). Online registration will open soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook page & event.

Michael (Mick) is 26 years old from Eadestown Co. Kildare and is battling cancer for the third time. Michael is currently undergoing treatment in Boston as there is no treatment options available for him in Ireland. This event has been organised to raise much needed funds to help cover his medical expenses. If you would like to learn more, click here to read article written by Michael himself about his journey so far.

Mick has always dedicated his time to helping others. He helped organise Kildare’s Relay for Life which raised €30,000. Mick often visited St John’s cancer ward in Crumlin, where he was treated as a baby, with presents for the patients. He has also volunteered with the Irish Teenage Cancer Trust, Harvard’s Disability Project, assisted victims of crimes in court, and helped out with Best Buddies. Michael has dedicated his personal and professional life to helping those most vulnerable in society. Now it’s our turn to come together and help Michael beat cancer for the third time!

You can donate to this very worthy cause here.

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