Following the months of preparation, Feile weekend seems to have come and gone in a flash leaving us all with many happy memories from this unique competition. Kildangan hosted Killygarry from County Cavan, with Kildangan Nurney Girls playing their games in Nurney, where they hosted London girls.
The Club hosted by Kildangan for the weekend, Killygarry from Cavan, arrived on Friday afternoon and following the opening game of the competition between our participating teams (see match report) the Killygarry players were introduced to their host families over a cup of tea, before setting off for the Feile parade in Newbridge.
The parade through Newbridge was a fine spectacle with all 160 teams taking part in this well co-ordinated event. After that it was back to base for a nights sleep before the early start on Saturday morning.
On the Saturday, both Kildangan and Killygarry recorded good wins over Na Fianna and Naas with Killygarry going forward to the semi finals on the basis of their victory over Kildangan on Friday evening. Kildangan’s Jack Hickey qualified for the semi-finals of the Skills competition.
As the last of the games took place in Kildangan we had an unexpected visit from leading GAA officials, Liam O’Neill (GAA Disciplinary Task Force Chairman), John Joe Walsh (Leinster Council PRO) and Seamus Howlin (Leinster Council Chairman). They were very complimentary of our new facility and were most interested and impressed by our rapid growth as a Club, particularly in the Juvenile ranks.
Following refreshments at our Clubhouse, a large Kildangan contingent headed for the semi-final venue in St. Laurences to support both Jack and our visitors. Killygarry had a good win over Caragh to qualify for the final and Jack was unlucky to finish a respectable second in the Skills competition.
It was back to Kildangan Hall for dinner for the Kildangan and Killygarry lads before they headed to Nurney GAA Hall for a disco in conjunction with Nurney GAA and Kildangan/Nurney Ladies GAA.
The Killygarry players had an early start on Sunday morning as they headed to the county grounds in Newbridge to take on Fenagh from Carlow in the final. Again, Kildangan lent their support to the Cavan folk with many making the short journey to Newbridge for the 9.45am start. Killygarry emerged victorious much to the delight of their travelling support and their host Club and headed back to Cavan with the cup.
A very sincere thanks and well done to our Team mentors John Miller, Jimmy Hyland, Ger Donoher and Leo Hickey who all put a huge effort into not just the team preparation, but the running of the entire Feile event within our Club in general. Special thanks to Leo who went down to the Clubhouse on Thursday night and blitzed the place leaving it sparkling. You’re a lucky woman Deborah!
For our Feile Officer, Michael Bermingham, it was a sharp introduction to Kildangan GAA Club and having just gotten involved, we certainly hope that he will continue to serve the Club in the future as good workers like him are an asset to any Club.
We are most appreciative of the parents and those who helped out with the catering over the weekend. Many spent Friday evening and quite a bit of Saturday making sure we all had plenty to eat and drink. Many also baked and provided drinks, etc. which were appreciated by all present.
Well done to Maggie Foley who did an excellent job with the catering at the Clubhouse on Friday evening and again on Saturday, as well as providing dinner for the players at Ki
ldangan Hall on Saturday evening. There were many compliments to the chef.
Many thanks to our host families who accommodated the Killygarry players over the weekend. Many of our host families did not even have children involved in the Feile competition but yet went out of their way to help the Club. The Killygarry mentors expressed sincere gratitude and said you’re all welcome in Cavan anytime!
Thanks to Thomas Moran, Andrew Casey, and Kevin and Con Christie who officiated at the various games over the weekend in Kildangan acting as linesmen and umpires. It wasn’t an easy job on Saturday morning when they got soaked more than once. Thanks also to Tom Moran (Snr) who kept the place looking tidy all weekend.
Thank you to Mrs. Kaye and the Kildangan Hall Committee for the use of their fine facility on Saturday evening when the two teams were down for dinner.
Finally, thank you to our players who gave a great account of themselves both on and off the field. They showed great football ability, discipline and determination during all their games and seemed to enjoy the whole experience of the weekend. When you take into account that seven of the panel are still Under 12’s, it points towards a bright future for Kildangan GAA Club. It was a memorable event for all of them and we list them below for the record:
Kildangan Feile Team; Daragh Gilbert, Michael Howard, Daniel Howard, Michael Dunne, Edward Bond, Barry Leavy, Brandon Foley, Jordan Moorehouse, Dermot Hickey, James Stynes, Phillip Ryan, Tadhg Ryan, Conor Hyland, Robert Hanley, Robert Hewison, Andreas Heffernan and Jack Hickey.
Well done lads, you did Kildangan proud!