Week Ending 19th October 2008

Minor A’s triumph in 15 Acres

For the minor A’s it was a homecoming of sorts when they travelled to the Fifteen Acres in Phoenix Park to play Naomh Fionnbarra in the third and final championship group game.  For most of the 1940’s, the 1950’s and the early part of the 1960’s the Fifteen Acres was home to the Crokes Hurling Club.  On a pitch that had not seen a grass cutter for many a day Crokes ran out 7-13 to 0-6 winners.  An early Kevin O’Loughlin goal against the wind settled the nerves.  Crokes were 3-3 to 0-3 ahead at the interval.  The full back line was good throughout.  Midfielder, Eddie O’ Byrne, and wing forward, Barra O’Leidhin, were very prominent.  Centre forward, Darren McVeigh, had an excellent game and the full forward line linked well.  The team now faces Cuala in the semi final.


Team: B Mulligan, D Monnelly, B O’Carroll, A Whelan, K Doherty, G McMorrow, N Mulligan, E O’Byrne, M Coughlan, E Culligan, D McVeigh, B O’Leidhin, S McGrath, B Hanamy, K O’Loughlin.  Subs: K Motherway for E Culligan (26 mins), A Carr for K Doherty (38 mins), J Doughan for B Hanamy (40 mins) and M O’Dwyer for G McMorrow.


Minor B’s win in Moibhi Road

The minor B’s went to Moibhi Road to play Na Fianna and with strong performances from Paul Collins, Sean Garvey, Keith Hogarty, Colm Garvey, Gary Melican and Eoin Dalton, came away with a 3-11 to 2-6 win.


Team: S Garvey, C O’Brien, P Collins, H Byrne, S Harding, K Casey, E Hyland, S Murphy, J O’Keeffe, E Dalton, C Garvey, C Caulfield, M Lynskey, K Hogarty, G Melican.  Subs: B Callinan for S Harding, C Thornton for C Garvey, K Russell for M Lynskey, B Halpin for G Melican, E O’Dwyer, J Healy-Hayes and D Brennan


Under 10 Tournament

At home in Glenalbyn the under 10’s held a well organised and highly successful tournament.  Taking part were Na Piarsaigh (Cork), Newtownshandrum (Cork),  Naomh Eanna (Wexford), Lucan Sarsfields (Dublin), Cuala (Dublin) and Clontarf (Dublin) along with two Crokes teams.  Both Crokes teams hurled exceptionally well with one of them reaching the final against Na Piarsaigh and the other winning the third/fourth place play off. 


All the colours of the Rainbow at the Under 10 Tournament in Glenalbyn!

The final was a tremendous game.  Crokes struck the first blow with a point.  At half time they led 1-1 to 1-0 turning into the wind.  A pointed free put them two ahead.  The Cork side goaled almost from the puck out and shortly after a wonderful Crokes score restored the two point lead.  Despite strong Na Piarsaigh pressure the Crokes defence held firm and the trophy was kept in Glenalbyn on 2-2 to 2-0 scoreline.  Tournaments of this nature greatly help to develop hurling in the club.  Our congratulations to the management team, anyone who helped out on the day, to our visitors and to all the teams who took part.

To see images of the tournament click  HERE or on the photo above.



Under 14s move closer to League title

The under 14’s claimed both league points against Ballyboden in Pairc Ui Mhurchu.  Against the wind Crokes led 1-5 to 1-3 at half time.  A spate of scores from the fifth to the tenth minute of the second half put them clear and they went on to win 5-9 to 1-4.  Stars of the day included goalkeeper Caolan Conway, Mathew Geraghty, James Murphy, Cian Gormley, Conor O’Byrne and Conor Devins.


Squad: C Conway, P O’Shea, D Corish, C O’Dwyer, M Geraghty, R Murphy, J Murphy, R McGowan, O O’Rorke, C Gormley, KJ McGowan, M McNicholas, C O’Byrne, C Devins, N Gorey, M Collins, B Horan, T Barry, M Herlihy, A Colclough and L O’Sullivan


Under 13 League Champions miss out on Double


On Saturday the Under 13’s narrowly lost their county final with Cuala by 2-6 to 1-8.  This was a hard fought game on the St Brigids all-weather pitch in Russell Park.  By the twentieth minute Crokes led 0-4 to 0-1.  A twenty ninth minute goal had the game level at 0-5 to 1-2 on the short whistle.  With a goal and two points by the thirty third minute the Dalkey side were five points clear.  In the forty ninth minute Odhran O’Siochru’s wonderful goal brought the teams level, 1-7 to 2-4.   Cuala went one up.  Crokes pegged them back before the crucial score came in the fifty seventh minute to give Cuala the title.  Among Crokes better performers were Odhran O’Siochru, Conor Hayes, Ronan Horgan, Michael O’Dwyer and Dara Mullin.  While the boys will be disappointed very often more is learnt from defeat than in victory and we have every confidence in the longer run the team will profit from the experience and build on their undoubted potential   County final are not easily reached.  The team and all concerned are deserving of our thanks and praise in particular the management team led by Gearoid MacGabhann, Tom McIntyre, John Lonergan, Jim Kane and Dave Kane who did a wonderful job all year.


Team: Tadgh Murphy, Conor Hayes Odhran O’Siochru (1-0), Edward Campion, Donnchadha O’Murchu, Cian MacGabhann (0-2, 65’s -2), Ronan Horgan, Stephen Faughey, David Kane, Ciaran McIntyre, Mark O’Loughlin (0-5, f -1), Dara O’Gallchobhair (0-1), Michael O’Dwyer, Donal Keane, Kevin O’Flanagain.  Subs: Dara Mullin for E Campion (half time), Graham Healy-Hayes for K O’Flanagain (42 mins), N Kelly for C McIntyre (58 mins), Cathal Keane-Breslin, Karl Doyle, Conor Regan, Andrew Lynch, Ryan Conlon, Tadgh Costello, Adam Spollen, Sean Bedford, Bejan Melrose, Dylan Paisley and Eamonn Allen.  Gregory Buckley missed the final due to injury


To see images of this match click HERE or on the images above


There was a quick rebound for the Under 13’s with a Sunday morning six point league win over St Vincents in Deerpark. To see images of this match click HERE or on the images below



Other Saturday results

Under 12A League Kilmacud Crokes 3-8 Ballyboden 1-7

Under 12B League Kilmacud Crokes 0-1 Na Fianna 2-8

Under 11 won both games against Na Fianna, 6-4 to 2-8 and 4-5 to 1-1.  Also beat St Vincents 2-8 to 0-6

Under 9

Under 8 beat Whitehall Colmcilles.


There was also welcome news on the schools front when, on Thursday, Colaiste Eoin, with nine Crokes players on the panel, annexed the Dublin Colleges title, with a 1-14 to 2-7 victory over St. Declans from Cabra.  For report see HERE


On Thursday 23rd October the Dublin Junior “A” Hurling Final at O’Toole Park (1.30 pm) sees St. Benildus College take on Colaiste Eanna

And next up....

Main club feature of next weekend is the senior hurlers’ championship semi final against Crumlin in Parnell Park, at 2.15pm on Sunday 26th October.  On Thursday the senior footballers play Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh in their championship final in Parnell Park (7.45pm) and we extend them our good wishes, especially to the dual players involved.



The Hurling Committee is organising a Hurling & Camogie Foundation Level Coaching Course. The course is designed for Parents/ Helpers/Teachers or new Coaches who want to get involved in the Club and in Coaching. Foundation Level is geared towards coaching children from 5 – 12 yrs.

The course is also open to boys & girls who are over 16 yrs. of age. Preference will be given to those who have taken the course for employment on Club, Easter & Summer Camps and the Schools Coaching Programme.

Course content: Role of Coach, Teaching a Skill, Planning/Organising a session, Org. Hints, Warm ups, Fun Games, Conditioned Games………..

The course is a 6-8 hr course held over 3 nights.

SESSION 1:  Monday 20th October 2008   Glenalbyn Club House   7.30pm – 9.30pm, Room 4

SESSION 2:  Thursday 23rd October 2008  Hurling Arena, Glenalbyn 7.30pm – 9.00pm

SESSION 3:  Thursday 5th November 2008   Hurling Arena, Glenalbyn  7.30pm – 9.30pm

For further information and to reserve a place, please contact Niall Corcoran, Hurling Coach, Kilmacud Crokes Phone: 087-9834287


Hurling Nursery

There will be no Hurling Nursery on Saturday 25 October (Bank Holiday weekend). We will resume on Saturday 1 November in Glenalbyn at 10am.  

All newcomers will begin their training with Niall Corcoran, Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Coach, in “the new group” for a few weeks and then the older new players will be transferred into their appropriate age group. Existing under 6’s (born 2002) and under 7’s (born 2001) will train under Mark Lohan and Ken Hall, respectively. The boys born in 2003 will continue as a separate group and become the “new” Under 6’s at the beginning of 2009.

Communication with parents is by both e-mail and by text.  We strongly encourage parents to subscribe to our tacutext texting service in order to be kept fully informed of team notices, training news, change of venue/pick-up times, etc. specific to your son's group.  Each message you receive will cost you 20c.  The message will be sent to the phone from which the instruction is sent.

Boys Born in 2001- To join the hurling text service, send the following text message to 53215


e.g. join crokeshurl2001 0876781776 joebloggs

You can stop receiving messages at any time by sending the following text to 53215

STOP CROKESHURL2001 0876781776

Boys Born in 2002 - To join the hurling text service, send the following text message to 53215


e.g. join crokeshurl2002 0878052999 joebloggs

You can stop receiving messages at any time by sending the following text to 53215

STOP CROKESHURL2002 0878052999

Boys Born in 2003

We suggest you join the 2002 group until you become new U6's in 2009.  At that time, you can stop your membership of the 2002 group and join a new 2003 group.

Parental Assistance 

We appeal to all parents of the new group to offer assistance in any way possible. No previous coaching experience is required and even periodic help is better than none at all. The success of the club relies on volunteers and it is a great way of getting to know other parents. If you are willing to offer any assistance in any capacity, whether it be coaching, roll, setting up pitches, tidying up pitches, etc. etc. please contact any of the following:

Niall Corcoran, Club hurling coach,  087 983 4287, niall.corcoran@gmail.com

Michael Crowe, Chairman, Juvenile Hurling Group, 087 996 7608 , mjcrowe@gofree.indigo.ie 

Margaret Keane , Registrar, 086 311 0020, Margaret.keane@yahoo.ie

Quote from Parent

“As a parent who has 5 children in the club and 2 more about to start, I have got to know more people since I started helping out with my 5th child that I did bringing all my other children to training and matches. Your child will love to see you getting involved.  And remember, these parents are the people you will be standing with on the sideline of pitches for the rest of your son's playing career!  Many helpers lighten the load for everybody.” 

Management Contact Details


Senior:             Colm Maher - colm.maher@citi.com - 087-2755074

Intermediate:   Seamus Kennedy seamus.kennedy@ericsson.com - 087/2334560

Junior B:          Mark Regan - (086) 6995821 and markregan@cck.ie

Junior 5:          Barry Gavigan - Barry.Gavigan@o2.com -    086 6005412

Under 21:        Niall Butler Niall.E.Butler@aib.ie 086-8071821

Minor:             Pat Halpin - Pat.W.Halpin@aib.ie - 086-8326377

Under 16:        Martin O'Dwyer - Martin.O'Dwyer@intel.com - 087-4191982

Under 15:        Colm Maher - colm.maher@citi.com - 087-2755074

Under 14:        Ronan Conway - ronan.d.conway@intel.com - 0874197753

Under 13:        Tom McIntyre - tommcintyre@gsi.ie- 087 2563493 and Gearoid MacGabhann - gmacgabhann@yahoo.com - 087 -9679605

Under 12:        Mick Crowe - 087-9967608 and mjcrowe@gofree.indigo.ie

Under 11:        Tony Fleming - 087-8061023 and tony.fleming@Eirgrid.com

Under 10         Jim Ryan – 087-9673861 and jim.ryan1@hse.ie

Under 9:          Alan Kehoe - alan.n.kehoe@aib.ie and 087-7553380

Under 8:          Robbie Kinsella - 087-2322832 and robert.kinsella@amnch.ie

Under 7:          Ken Hall - 087-6781776 and ken_j_hall@adp.com

Boys born in 2002 or later                  

Contact:          Mark Lohan - 087-8052999 and marklohan@eircom.net