Kilcornan AFC Notes - June 24th 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:26

June 24th – 12th Soccer Notes – Curtain falls on another great year


Kilcornan AFC will hold its AGM this Friday night June 27th at the Community Hall – the AGM concerns both Junior and Underage clubs and all members and anyone who is interested in the affairs of the clubs is urged to attend.


There are still a limited number of places available for SummerSkills Kilcornan which is running the week of the 7th of July. Please contact Gillian on 087 7781225 for more info


Heartbreak for Kilcornan

Friday May 10th saw Kilcornan Juniors travel to Clounreask for an eagerly anticipated League Cup final against Abbeyfeale B. It was a first run out in a cup final for Kilcornan since they brought home the Hogan Cup in 2005 and it wasn’t an easy passage to the final. It started with an away trip to cup specialists Granagh on a crisp Spring Sunday, nothing is ever given handy in Granagh and on the day it top a Mark Murphy thunderbolt from all of 30 yards which arrowed across goal and into the top corner to win the day.

The semi final was no gimme either with Adare travelling to Kilcornan with intentions of putting their relegation battle behind them. It was a ding dong battle from the start, Adare were throwing everything at the home side but chances were few and far between. The game turned into a war of attrition and was only settled with virtually the last kick of the game in extra time, January signing Sean Whelan was sprung from the bench in the 2nd half and after he cut in from the sideline, with both sides on the cusp of the lottery that is penalties he drilled a low shot to the left corner to send a jubilant Kilcornan back to a final and give management duo Danny Ivess and Ronan Hanley a shot at some silverware in their first campaign.


The final itself was a marvellous contest despite the inclement weather, both teams gave it everything. Abbey were a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut, unbeaten in the league thus far and playing themselves into form with all the games they were catching up on. The early exchanges saw Abbey create a few chances, a ball over the top was latched onto by their frontman but a last ditch block from Hugh Sheehy saw the ball behind, the resulting corner saw Anthony Cregan and Abbey beanpole Tom Cahill make their first acquaintance and although there was a half chance the defence stood firm


Disaster struck inside 10 mins though when a free kick was awarded out on the wide left, the ball was swung in and although there didn’t appear to be any particularly clear header the ball inexplicably came through a forest of legs and bounced up into the top of the net to put Abbey one to the good, this however would spur Kilcornan on. The midfield lads were starting to get more involved with Mark Murphy and Alan Ryan getting a grip on the middle and Niall Maher and Kevin O Keeffe offering wide down the flanks but the front men, Rob Carrig and Anthony O Shaughnessy were causing all sorts of problems for the Abbey back division.


With 20 minutes on the clock James O Shaughnessy launched one of his trademark raking passes up the left flank, Rob Carrig looked all the way 2nd best for the ball but somehow managed to take it down and he released Anthony O Shaughnessy through down the left channel, the ball was bouncing, the Abbey keeper was fast closing the angle and the Abbey center halves were bearing down but Anthony coolly clipped the ball over the goalie towards the far corner. From my angle I couldn’t tell where it was going, seemingly from the sideline it was in the air long enough to say a novena for it to drop in and so it did, skimming the underside of the bar as Anthony wheeled away, he hadn’t scored one as important since the Colaiste Mhuire u/16 County Final in Doon!


It was to get better for both Anthony and Kilcornan though. Rob Carrig was instrumental taking a ball down the line and exchanging passes with Anthony before releasing him through on goal, he cut back in from the left and as he came across the box he tucked away a shot to the bottom corner. Kilcornan were well on top at this point and maybe should have been another to the good, David Dolan and Kevin O Keeffe were linking well down the right and a passage of play saw them pick out Mark Murphy with a searching cross but he just couldn’t hit the target and at the half Kilcornan went in 2-1 up and 45 minutes from glory.


The 2nd half was no less entertaining, Abbey came out of the blocks strong again trying to get back on terms and Kilcornan were a little sluggish starting, Abbey however found it hard to create clear cut chances. The wind had picked up significantly and it was proving difficult for Kilcornan to get the ball clear and Abbey tried to turn the screw during a passage of 4 or 5 corners which proved difficult to defend with the swirling gale however David Kelly provided the last line of defence and time and again foiled the Abbey attack. Abbey went close after 20 minutes with an effort which came back off the post after David Kelly got the faintest of touches and was cleared to safety. Kilcornan made a number of positional switches to try to regain control, Niall Maher switched wings, David Dolan was withdrawn for Jason O Shaughnessy and the game reached a huge turning point not long after.


A ball from the left was played in over the top, Jason O Shaughnessy tracked the run of the front man and invariably both went to ground, referee Paul O Brien was in no doubt awarding the free in and dispatching Jason to the early shower with a straight red. Luckily the resulting free was hit over. At this point Kilcornan had begun to sit deeper and Abbey were able to plough on with the man advantage. Wave after wave of attack was repelled and it looked as if the 10 men of Kilcornan would hold out until 2 mins from time the Abbey left winger wandered across the pitch, picked up the ball outside the box and fired low into the far corner leaving David Kelly with no chance and 2-2 is what it would finish in normal time.


Extra time was more of the same, Kilcornan were out on their feet and struggling with being the man down, Sean Whelan and Paudie Ivess were introduced as fresh legs for Anthony O Shaughnessy and Alan Ryan and Sean went in as a target man up front and the switch almost paid dividend immediately when Rob Carrig spun away from his man and clipped a ball in for Sean, however he took the first on first time and his shot was always rising over the bar. Rob created a chance from nothing in extra time out on the left which saw his shot clip the crossbar, to add to the long range free he had hit the bar earlier in the game, but the numbers were with Abbey and they were on top. Halfway through the first period of extra time an innocuous free was given for Abbey 35 yards out. The ball clipped in was met by Tom Cahill at the edge of the box and flicked on towards goal, the looping header proved too much for David Kelly who scrambled across and although he got a hand on it was only able to knock it into the side net.


It was a cruel blow for Kilcornan who’d played so well but there was still time and they threw everything forward in the time that was left, the game got very stretched and Kilcornan left a skeleton crew at the back, indeed Abbey should have sown the game up when they broke with numbers but when the final shot came in Hugh Sheehy managed to get his body in the way to block. At the final whistle there was jubilation for Abbey and desolation for Kilcornan who felt unlucky not to have seen out the ninety minutes.


It was however a step in the right direction with this new backroom staff consolidating the team, challenging well in the league for a large part of the season and getting to a final of a cup and we wish them the best of luck for the coming season.


TEAM: David Kelly, David Dolan, Hugh Sheehy, Anthony Cregan, James O Shaughnessy, Kevin O Keeffe, Alan Ryan, Mark Murphy, Niall Maher, Anthony O Shaughnessy, Rob Carrig

Subs: Jason O Shaughnessy (David Dolan), Paudie Ivess (Alan Ryan), Sean Whelan (Anthony O Shaughnessy), Paul Larkin, Noel Mulcair, Fergal Nash, Patrick Byrnes, Mike Kelly, Tim Mulvihill, Ronan Hanley, Johnny Fitzgerald, Tony Scanlon



Kilcornan u14

Kilcornan remain unbeaten to win double.


What a year for Kilcornan u14 team who went through the whole year undefeated to claim the league and cup double and reached the last 16 of Ireland.

On the local front in the league the high points were a 4 all draw with Creeves after being 4-2 down in our first league match and a solid 5-1 win away to Broadford, in the cup we edged out a gallant Glin Rovers side 6-2 in the final after coming from 2-1 down in the first half other notable wins in this competition were an 8-1 win at home again to Broadford where the field was at its splendid best and a tough 1 nil win away to Ballingarry.


                In the national cup we had a super run where we beat Regional of Limerick city 3-1, we then beat Herbertstown in the next round also 3-1, we travelled to take on the mighty Killarney Celtic away in the next round and came away 3-2 winners and then it was a 3 nil win at Ringmahon Rangers and onto the last 16 where we met Mervue Utd of Galway, Although we could feel a bit unlucky with the 5-2 defeat as we felt with a bit of luck we might have sneaked a result, Mervue proved to be serious opponents as they went all the way to the final.

Our panel of players were Kevin Walsh, Eric Costelloe, John McSweeney, Tomas O Connor, Daniel Hayes, Cian Enright, Rory and Edward McMahon, Padraig Hartigan, Cathal Downes, Liam O Sullivan, Eoin Clifford, Conor Arthur, Ronan Quinn, Alan McGrath and Jack McCoy. A special well done to managers Ger Costelloe and Gavin O Shea. Our captain for the year was Liam o Sullivan.



Kennedy cup 2014.

Kilcornan were well represented in this squad by the following; John McSweeney, Eric Costelloe, Tomas O Connor, Eoin Clifford, Ronan Quinn, Cathal Downes and Liam O Sullivan. well done to all.



Limerick Desmond lge u13.

Well done to our representatives who reached the Munster final where they lost 2 nil to Cork, they were, Kevin Walsh, Daniel Hayes, Tomas O Connor, Padraig Hartigan and captain Cathal Downes.




Kilcornan u 16 lge.

Kilcornan had a super year in the 3rd division of the u16s our team were managed by Davie Downes and Kevin O Keeffe and were duly rewarded with a near faultless display as the team went undefeated until the last game of the season when they already had the league in the bag, stand out games of the year were a solid 1 all draw with Adare away and 2-1 win at home to Glantine when the chips were down, also the 3-2 win at home to 2nd place Pallaskenry was a high point. In the cup we just came up short against St. Itas and lost 1 nil, this team was made up of a lot of the u14 team and mixed in well with the older u16s.

 The panel of players were as follows, Eric Costelloe, Kevin Walsh, Sam Ross, Cathal Downes, Caolan Rushe, Padraig Roche Mulcaire, Ronan Quinn, Eoin Clifford, Conor Staff, Dara Mullane, Stephen O Brien, Dylan Finan, Bill Casey, Tomas O Connor, Liam O Sullivan, John McSweeney,


Kilcornan u/11's 2014 squad


Kilcornan u/12 Girls – Aoife Cregan winning goal scorer of the shield final



Kilcornan U/12 Girls – Celebrating a winning season  -  3 of the squad represented the club in the u/12 Desmond League Squad: Becca O Brien, Aoife Cregan and Eve O Sullivan.




Captain Rebecca O Brien celebrates victory with shield and her sisters Faye and Emma O Brien



Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:28
Kilcornan Summer Skills Soccer Camp PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 13:05



The camp will take place in Kilcornan Community Field on Monday 7th of July until Friday 11th of July from 10am to 3pm daily. The camp will cost €70 for the week any additional children in the family will be charged €65. This includes 5 fun filled days of the camp, use of the Astro Turf facility, a full Summer Skills Kit with football and a certificate of attendance.  A “drop off” facility will be available from 9am daily at a nominal charge of €10 for the week per child(T & C) .The camp is for boys and girls aged between 5 and 16.



Head Coach for the week is Shane Costelloe. A number of coach assistants will be required for the week. If you are over 16 and interested in gaining some invaluable experience from qualified coaches contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an application form.  For further info on the camp or coach assistants contact Gillian on 087 7781225 or Shane on 085 2817422



Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 13:10
Curraghchase Crossroads PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 13:04


As in days of yore, all roads leading to Curragh Chase cross will lead to “Crossroads Dancing” Sunday week. With the return of the popular one man band Micheál Sexton from Clare a fantastic afternoon is sure to be had. When the Guerin family who lived near the venue ran the event they were often duped in payment by holy medals, washers, pebbles and anything else that dropped into their collection. When you come on SUNDAY JUNE 22nd you needn’t adopt any such measures as dancing if FREE from 3pm. As usual Pat & Mary O’Connell will be creating order of chaos as Pat calls the dances. Bí Línn!!

Curraghchase 10K Run/Walk 2014 - August 17th PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2014 10:59


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Now in its 3rd year, the Curraghchase 10km Run/Walk is being held on the

17th of August 2014 in conjunction with the Children’s Ark Unit, Limerick

University Hospital.


The Curraghchase 10Km Run/ Walk will be staged through the picturesque

woodland area of Curraghchase Forest Park and around the former residence

of famous Irish poet Aubrey de Vere. This road race will also take in many of the

forest parks sites of interest including the Gerard McDonnell memorial tree

planted in memory of local Kilcornan man Gerard McDonnell, who was the first

Irish man to summit K2.


Now with Ger McDonnell park up and running having been officially opened by

Niall Quinn last September, this high spec all weather sports facility is attracting

a variety of sporting groups from all over Limerick & Munster. We have Gaelic

games, soccer, rugby, keep fit classes birthday parties and 5 aside social

soccer events. With an estimated 25,000 people coming through the park in its

inaugural year the future is looking very bright.





Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 13:51
Kilcornan AFC Notes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 November 2013 14:12



For up to date notes and match reports from Kilcornan AFC teams please check out the Soccer section of the website or follow the links below




Notes December 10th 2013

Notes December 17th 2013


Notes November 26th 2013

Notes November 12th 2013

Notes November 4th 2013

Notes October 23rd 2013

Notes October 15th 2013
Notes Ocotber 1st 2013
Notes September 25th 2013
Notes September 17th 2013
Notes September 10th 2013


For news on Kilcornan AFC's Last Man Standing follow the links below:


Progression Table

Full Table


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Congrats to our latest Last Man Standing winners - Jimmy Hanafin and Martin Moriarty

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 21:31

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