May 14th, 2021

A Chairde,

This week’s 4 page edition includes “Bits & Bytes” from the past week, a Quickfire question round with Kildare Senior Hurler Cian Forde and Kildare Senior Footballer Liam Power. Also within is an extract from the 1935 Kildare GAA County Convention minutes.

“Bits & Bytes”

  • Kildare Senior Football Manager Jack O’Connor announced the team to play Cork in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League fixture v Cork. Click on the following link for full details https://kildaregaa.ie/kildare-senior-football-team-v-cork/ The fixture will be broadcast live on Eir Sports 2.
  • The draws for the Leinster Minor & U20 Football Championships took place at lunchtime yesterday. Both Minor & U20 Hurlers were paired with Carlow in their opening round fixtures. The Minor Footballers have drawn Longford with the U20s set to play Westmeath. Full draw details to be found on https://kildaregaa.ie/leinster-minor-and-u20-championship-draws/
  • Kildare CCC this week issued draft plan dates for the re-commencement of our County Competitions to Club Secretaries. This draft plan is subject to Government, Croke Park and Covid guidelines.
  • Bord na nÓg also circulated fixture calendar plans for the outstanding 2020 Competitions along with gradings for various different 2021 competitions. Full details can obtained from your Club Secretary.
  • Reminder that the deadline for Club Membership subscription is 31st May 2021. All Clubs are asked to ensure all players are registered ahead of their return to play dates.
  • Adult and Underage Training: From Monday, May 10th, both adult and underage training are permitted on a full contact basis in pods of 15 for all Gaelic Games teams in the 26 Counties. Games (including challenge games) will not be permitted until June 7th.
  • This summer’s Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are fast approaching. The camps will be held throughout the county during the months of July & August. Registration is now open via https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/
 
  • Upcoming Fixtures for the diary: Sunday 23rd May:
    • Allianz Football League: Kildare v Clare @ 14:00 in St. Conleth’s Park Newbridge. Fixture will be broadcast live on GAA Go.
    • Allianz Hurling League: Kildare v Derry @ 16:00 in Manguard Plus Hawkfield. Match will be streamed live on YouTube – link will issue early next week.

Quickfire Questions with Kildare Senior Footballer Liam Power

Age: 26
Club: Raheens
Senior Inter County League Debut: 2020 against Clare.
Senior Inter County Championship Debut: 2020 against Meath.
Pre-Match Day Routine: Breakfast and a coffee. Bit of mobility. Relax until the game. Nothing too fancy.
Pre match rituals: None that spring to mind.
Toughest opponent: Been a lot of them. We’ve played Castledermot a lot over the last 4/5 years and always a good battle with Gavin Farrell when we play them.
Team you most like to beat: Any of the local rivals.
Proudest Day: Winning the Intermediate Championship with Raheens in 2017.
Toughest or most disappointing day: As a supporter watching Kildare Donegal in 2011 and the Kevin Cassidy point.
Biggest influence on your career: My father Patsy. Richie Connor a huge help as well for taking me out of the goals in 2013.
Joker in the panel: Mark Donnellan.
Best Dressed: Haven’t been too many reasons to dress up since I joined the panel due to Covid.
Worst Dressed: Paul Cribbin.
Player do you admire from another sport: James Milner. Epitomises hard work.
Manager from another sport do you admire: Bob Ladouceur. A high school teacher who coached De La Salle to the longest winning streak in football history.

 

Quickfire Questions with Kildare Senior Hurler Cian Forde

Age: 27
Club: Maynooth
Senior Inter County League Debut: NHL 2A 2016 v Antrim.
Senior Inter County Championship Debut: Christy Ring R1 2017 v Mayo.
Pre-Match Day Routine: Shower, Good breakfast, Walk, Stretch, Light puck, Pre-Game snack/meal, Coffee, Music.
Pre match rituals: No superstitions.
Toughest opponent: Alan Cadogan in a Fitzgibbon Cup game. He has serious pace & the ball delivery from the UCC team into him made for a tough days work.
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, Honest, Hard-Working.
Proudest Day: Winning my first Christy Ring in Croke Park in 2018.
Toughest or most disappointing day: Any day that you give your all and your own performance or that of the team isn’t good enough to get over the line is disappointing.
Biggest influence on your career: My parents.
Joker in the panel: Kevin Aherne
Best advice you were given: Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
Best Trainer: Paul Divilly
Teammate most likely to be a future manager: Niall O’Muineachain
If there was a transfer market, who you buy: TJ Reid. He can carry a team on any given day and never has a bad game.

 

Extracts (direct quote / edited) from Minutes of County Convention 27 January 1935 

Payment of Field Rents
A delegate asked why some field rents had not been paid to clubs. The Secretary explained that “most of the clubs to which field rents were due owed the County Board considerable sums and he withheld the field rents until the clubs had cleared their debts to the County Board”. He also said “the current account was overdrawn by £60 and it would be necessary to have special permission if the overdraft went any higher”
Team lists
“In all finals lists of 22 players in duplicate to the County Sec five days before match, one copy to the opposing team, the other to be retained by the Co Secretary. Except where a player plays under a false name, no objection to the constitution of the team can be entertained, subsequent to match unless protest be made beforehand and points of protest explicitly given”.
Galway Team
Mr T Lawlor raised a point as to the letters that appeared in the Leinster Leader about the Galway team as All-Ireland champions. He was sure the views were not those of the Gaels of Kildare and suggested that something be done to convey to the Galway team the correct views of Kildare Gaels. It was decided that three officers of the Board would meet the Galway team on their arrival in Newbridge for the National League game on 2 February to present their views to the players.
Convention Venue
Mr Jones raised the question of the fixing of the Annual Convention permanently at Naas. He stated that no Convention could bind permanently. It was better to have a change of venue each year. As the minute could not bind, it was deleted”.
“Clane was granted permission to run a one-day tournament in aid if the Staplestown Church Fund on Easter Sunday”.

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