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- Mens Health Week Event
Kilmeena GAA Club are hosting an event for Men's Health week. This event takes place on Friday the 16th June 2023 in Kilmeena GAA Clubhouse, F28 VP96. Guest speakers include Martin McHugh, Leitrim GAA legend, cancer survivor and author of Born to Save. Also on the night, Pat O'Donnell, former Snr Vice President of Allergan and advocate for cardiac health. Croi will be there on the night to carry out cardiac screening. Screening will be available from 7.00 and talks commence at 7.30. Light refreshments available. Come along to hear the lived experiences of two great men.
- An emotional evening sees our U14s bow out of the league
A huge crowd gathered for an emotional evening for the U14 Division 4 semi-final at Garrymore GAA Club between Carras and Kilmeena. A presentation of a card signed by all our U14 players and coaches along with a Kilmeena number 13 jersey (the same number worn by the late Kyle Pilbrow) was made to Kyle’s father, Yanni, before the game. The Carras and Kilmeena players, along with the coaches from both teams, gathered for a minute’s silence before throw-in. The match itself was effectively over at half time, after a flurry of goals and points from Carras in the second quarter. Ours boys lifted themselves in the final two quarters but couldn’t claw back the deficit, eventually losing by 15 points. When all is said and done, however, the tragedy suffered by the Pilbrow family put this game into perspective. Too often we forget that it is just that - a game - at the end of the day. Thanks to Ollie Mulchone for capturing the evening through his lens. You can see Ollie’s photos here. More photos from the game can be seen here.
- kilmeena v Tourmakeady U-16 League semifinal
On Thursday evening, our u16 boys were in the league semi final where we fell agonisingly short to Tourmakeady. After a great start by the away team, it took our lads awhile to get to the pace of the game but soon after our lads hit back with 4 goals from Oran Grimley (2), Sean Keane & Kyle Mulchrone and some well taken points by Cormac O’Malley & Patrick Feehan would keep us ahead. Some great saves by our goalkeeper Louie Corcoran ensured we were in front at halftime by 4 points. In the second half, Tourmakeady got off the mark hitting 3 points in a row and gaining momentum but points from our own Aaron Murray, Dean Staunton, Cormac O’Malley and Oran Grimley kept us ahead. However, Tourmakeady hit back with 2 goals and 4 points of there own and would see out the game from there. A brilliant effort from our lads this year in the league and have made huge progress over the last number of years and will hope to continue this fine run of form going into championship. Click on the following link to access photos from the match. https://photos.app.goo.gl/RuGJXrCBscWwU3N46
- Kilmeena 1-16 | Breaffy 3-08
Kilmeena senior ladies traveled to Breaffy for their second round game of the league on Sunday 21st May 2023. The game was reduced to 13 a side as Breaffy could not field 15. Things started off at a fast pace with both sides up and down the pitch at speed. Kilmeena started the brighter with a lot of attacks but failed to convert with three wides. Breaffy looked dangerous on the counter attack but Kilmeena managed to register two points before being hit by a sucker punch goal. Injuries to Fiona Groden, Mags Ryder and Roisin Carney forced all three to retire from the game which unsettled Kilmeena. Before the Kilmeena ladies could catch their breath, Breaffy struck a second goal. Points from play from Shannon Bourke, Emma Murray, Eabha Carney and a pointed free from Lisa Hastings kept the Kilmeena ladies in touch, however Kilmeena should have had a comfortable lead but for a high tally of wides. The Kilmeena backs were busy and some great interceptions and tackling from Maureen Joyce and Captain Sarah Mulchrone had the Breaffy ladies working hard to get scores. Breaffy finished the half ahead by two points at half time. The Kilmeena ladies setted after half time and got down to business. Shot selection improved and the scores started to add up, the deficit was over turned and Kilmeena took the lead. However Breaffy scored another goal to steal the lead with five minutes remaining. Kilmeena didn’t panic - some wonderful interplay brought the ball down the other end of the pitch and Ciara Joyce playing a brilliant second half rattled the net. Breaffy never looked beaten, but for some staunch defending and blocks by Abby McGreal, Siobhan Golden and Maureen Joyce the game could have swung back in their favour. However it was to be Kilmeena’s day and they won on a score of 1-16 to 3-08.
- Senior Ladies: Kilmeena 6-11 : 1-05 Ballinrobe
Kilmeena Senior Ladies played host to Ballinrobe Sunday morning last in the first round of the league. The sun shone brightly over St. Brendan’s Park for what transpired to be a very entertaining game. The first half was an intense and bruising affair as both teams tried to take control of the game. Kilmeena took the lead right from the off with some stylish attacking play, working from a strong defensive base. Playing against a strong breeze Kilmeena moved the ball through the hands, cutting open the Ballinrobe defence to take a commanding lead at the half time break 2-07 to 1-02. The second half saw Kilmeena continue to command the game as they repelled the Ballinrobe attack time after time. Some excellent defensive play from our full back line kept Ballinrobe scores to a minimum. Scores from Shannon Bourke, Lisa Hastings, Fiona Groden, Emma Murray and Eabhe Carney to name a few, put Kilmeena in a commanding position. Kilmeena’s pace, movement and desire were the difference in this tie as Kilmeena ran out worthy winners on a score line of 6-11 to 1-05. The whole team dug deep to secure the victory but, as the old saying goes: ‘It takes a player to shoot a shot. But it takes a team to win a game’. Kilmeena face Breaffy on Sunday morning next in round two of the league.
- Kilmeena Cubs Training with a special guest
The cubs were joined today by a special guest. A badger, as for who was under it, shall remain a secret. More photos here https://photos.app.goo.gl/43ERi3T7soKTt4hG6
- U14 Boys: Swinford 1-3 : 3-15 Kilmeena
After a nervy start, Kilmeena U14s imposed themselves on this game, particularly in the second half, eventually winning by 15 points after some fine performances. This was an important result as it gives us a real chance of qualifying for the League semi-finals - depending on the result of the final game in the group between Carras and Moy Davitts next Monday - a scenario unthinkable just two weeks ago. The boys themselves can take full credit for this as their dedication and hard work in training is really beginning to pay off.
- Féile 2023
We hosted a group in the B Division of the County Féile competition(u15) on today, Saturday 6th May. The format was a four team group where each teams play's each other in a League format . The winner of the group goes on the county semifinals/finals in Beakan on the following day. The other teams in our group were Tourmakeady, Breaffy and Moy Davitts. Our first game was against Breaffy where we were in fairness well beaten. In our second game we faced Tourmakeady in a cracker of a game. Despite going up by two points with a late goal, Tourmakeady to their credit responded with another goal to win it by a point. Our last game was against Moy Davitt's. Again we started bad and were well down at half time. Our lads responded strongly in the second half and we went on to win by 5 points. It was great to get this age group together again in advance of competing at U16 level next season. Big thanks to the four U13 lads who helped us out. Indeed everyone on the panel got game time and contributed to a great team performance. Finally best of luck to Breaffy who advanced from the group with three wins and compete on Sunday in the County Semifinals. Kilmeena Breaffy Tourmakeady Moy Davitts
- Kilmeena ladies register their first win in the 2023 Frank Kelly Memorial League.
Kilmeena 4-10 to Kilmaine 2-05 On Sunday last, the 30th April Kilmeena ladies registered their first win in the Frank Kelly memorial league. Playing with wind advantage the Kilmeena ladies chocked up a 2-07 to 0-01 point lead by halftime. The Kilmeena full forward, Shannon Burke had an outstanding first half, contributing 1-04 from play while centre half forward Lisa Hastings chipped in with two points. Midfielder Fiona Groden scored a great goal and Katie Hogan made a welcome return marking it with a quality point from play. Niamh O Conor played with confidence laying off some great assists at corner forward. The second half saw Kilmeena Management make several changes, giving all 24 ladies togged some valuable game time. Playing with the breeze, Kilmaine started the second half strong challenging the Kilmeena defence with their penetrating runs. Teak tough defender and Captain for the day, Mags Ryder led the ladies through this second half challenge with notable performances from Sarah Mulchrone and Julia Sztenjner. Lisa Hastings kept the score board ticking in the second half to ensure a well deserved win for the home side. Thanks to Kilmaine for a sporting game and best of luck in your remaining matches.
- Fantastic U14s win over Moy Davitts
Kilmeena 4-13 1-8 Moy Davitts Some wonderful free-flowing football against Moy Davitts ensured the points for our U14s on a lovely sunny evening in Kilmeena. From the whistle, the lads moved the ball about with confidence, racing into a six-point lead after 15 minutes after some superb link-up play. Moy Davitts, however, clawed their way back into the game and drew level with a goal and three points of their own before we slotted over another few points. In the second half, our boys reset and went about their work with intelligence and skill, sometimes patiently working the ball from one end to the other before some masterful finishing saw them pull clear of Davitts with 14 points to spare at the final whistle. This was the performance the coaches - and the boys themselves - knew they had in them and it was fantastic to witness. Their efforts in training really paid off so well done to every one of them. We go into our final League match, away to Swinford next Monday, confident in the knowledge that we’re on the right path. Back row, left to right: Tadhg Daly, Finn Mulchrone, Felix Zeray, Darragh Mulchrone, Tom Cox, Kevin Hastings, Jamie Durkan, Robbie Murphy, Donnachta McGauley From row, left to right: Jason Feehan, Noah Coughlan, Cian Moran, Darragh McDonnell (captain), Lorcan Holland, Lorcan Lane, Ryan Cannon, Charlie Geoghegan, Billy Lane
- We needed that !
On Thursday evening our u16 boys faced Tourmakeady in the league! Tourmakeady had inflicted a number of heavy defeats on us last year so a strong performance would definitely be a good sign of progress this year! Kilmeena played against a strong breeze. Cormac O'Malley won ball from throw in and we attacked well at the start but after a turnover, tourmakeady picked up the ball and went to the other end to score the first point. Not long after that tourmakeady got a goal but kilmeena lads continued to battle hard. We won lots of ball but lost it time and again. Kilmeena were facing an up hill battle as well as the stiff breeze. Half time Tourmakeady 2 -6 to Kilmeena 1-1. Stern words at half time and a few tactical changes by Darragh and Kilmeena were up for the fight. 2 goals and 3 points scored without answer (Kyle 0-1,Cormac O'M 2-1, Dean 0-1,) Tourmakeady came back with a point to leave the score Kilmeena 2 5 Tourmakeady 2-7. A very intense last few minutes were in store for both sets of managers. Points were traded between the teams and then coming near the end of the game , Cormac sent in a high ball that hit the cross bar and then deflected off their goalkeeper and over the line . There was a strong fight back by Tourmakeady, who were only stopped by a great save by Louie in goal. A highly entertaining but stressful game of football played by both teams, with a one point win for Kilmeena !
- Kilmeena All Stars
Kilmeena All Stars is back this weekend! Saturday 22nd April at 11am at Kilmeena GAA Pitch Looking forward to seeing you there! All welcome!
- GAA Generations
GAA Generations is a major new oral history project that will be built on conversations between young and old sections of our membership. We are our stories, and we tell them while standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. Ireland boasts a rich tradition of passing our stories from one generation to the next. To honour that, and to capture a better understanding of what the GAA means to its members, the Association has launched a ‘GAA Generations’ oral research project. The idea is simple – we are inviting young GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association members aged 12-21 to record on their mobile phone a conversation with ‘One Good Adult’ in the 55+ age bracket that they look up to and admire. It could be, for example, a parent/grandparent, a coach, or a teacher, past or present, that saw and nurtured your potential. The older participants will also be given the opportunity to quiz their young interviewees on their GAA experiences and how it may have impacted their understanding of who they are. The project aims to recruit between 500-1,000 young members (aged 12-21 years-old) who will receive online training in conducting a semi-structured interview with a person of influence in their life aged 55+. It aims to include the Irish diaspora’s perspective particularly through the club networks of north America and the UK. The conversations with their selected ‘One Good Adult’ (aged 55+), recorded on a smart phone along with a photo of the participants, will be stored for prosperity and future research purposes on the GAA’s eLearning platform. How to get involved? GAA members aged 12-21 years (inclusive) who would like to participate in this research project, are requested to provide an expression of interest which can be found at: www.gaa.ie/generations. Depending on the volume of applications received, it may not be possible to facilitate everyone due to the analysis of the data required. Parental consent is required for those under 18 to participate in the project and to complete the expression of interest form. Participants under 18 will require parental consent to complete the expression of interest. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen Quinn at +353 (0) 1 819 2387
- Kilmeena edge out Loughanavalley in a closely fought entertaining challenge match.
Kilmeena 3-09 Loughanavalley 1-09 On Saturday the 15th April 2023, Rachel Keane had the honour of captaining the Kilmeena ladies football team when they played a challenge match against West Meath Intermediate football club, Loughanavalley LGFA. The game was played in the largest sports air dome in the world located at the Connaught Center of Excellence campus in Bekan. The game was played over three twenty minute periods. Loughanavalley started the game with intent, and their high pace running from deep in their defence split open the Kilmeena defenders to out score Kilmeena by eight scores to four in the first third. However, all of the Loughanavalley scores were points, where Kilmeena managed to hit the net twice through goals from our dynamo centre half forward Ciara Joyce and our potent full forward Grace Gibbons. The energetic midfielders Eabha Carney and forever reliable Fiona Groden also tagged on a point a piece. The score was all square at 2-02 to 0-08 at the first break. Some encouragement and tactical advice from the Kilmeena management team resulted in a much tighter defensive effort by the Kilmeena ladies in the second third. The lung bursting runs, back by the kilmeena forwards helped prevent the hard working Loughanavalley ladies from launching attacks from their own kickouts. Kilmeena scored 1-04 in the second third while managing to keep Loughanavalley scoreless. Our third goal came from the speedy Fiona Groden while Lisa Hastings, Eabha Carney and again Groden x2 added points. Going into the final third Loughanavalley staged a comeback. Despite heroic defending by the Kilmeena ladies Loughanavalley scored 1-01 in the final third. The Kilmeena minor duo of Eabha Carney and wing forward Lisa Hastings covered every inch on the pitch and chipped in with another point each in the last third. One of the scores of the day then came from our corner forward Emma Murray, where she swung over a beautiful point with her left boot. A special mention must go to our young and courageous goal keeper Aoife Gannon. Aoife pulled off some great saves during the game, while her ability to restart the play with pinpoint accuracy really had a huge influence on the game. We had impact subs come off the bench in each third and it was great to see Roisin Gannon make a welcome return to the kilmeena jersey. Kilmeena LGFA would like to thank Loughanavalley LGFA for inviting us to play in this fun filled challenge match and we wish your club every success in the future.
- U16 Boys kick off league
Our Under 16 boys played their first game of the 2023 League campaign on the 23rd of March against Westport B on the Rice College pitch. This was a competitive, entertaining, and high-scoring match, with many of the lads going up against their classmates. Despite a valiant effort in what was a dingdong battle, we came out on the losing side by just one point, 4-12 to 4-11. Many thanks to Michael Rabbette for the use of the school pitch on an evening when many pitches across the county were completely unplayable due to recent weather conditions. We played our second game of the League at home last Thursday (30/3/23) against Bohola Moy Davitts. The Moy Davitts panel was somewhat depleted so they requested to play 13 a side, which we agreed to do. We got off to a great start with a few goals, but in fairness to Moy Davitts they kept their heads up and played well to leave it at an unusual score of 5-1 to 1-5 at the break. Moy Davitts came back into it early in the second half with a more few scores, but later Kilmeena pushed right on with a few decisive scores to finish strongly and secure the victory on a scoreline of 7-5 to 2-8. Next up we play Castlebar Mitchels B away on Thursday evening in Páirc Josie Munnelly (pitch behind McHale Park stand). All support is appreciated!