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Club Profile

Background


Our Club is situated in the Puckane, Ballycommon and Dromineer area covering the Parish of Monsea (Carrig and Puckane). It consists of approximately 850 homes, some of which are holiday homes in Puckane and Dromineer using the facilities provided on Lough Derg.

Cill An Daingin GAA Club is the largest club in Parish with about 100 active members and 350 people in the Tipperary Draw. The Clubs objectives are to promote the ideals of Cumann Luthchleas Gael and to participate on and off the field of play. The Club also wishes to provide facilities for all people of our community. These facilities are located in Puckane.

In 2004 the club entered 5 adult teams and 8 juvenile teams including minors in various hurling and football competitions including leauge and Championship.

North Tipperary Parish Map
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TRIP TO NEW YORK

February 2004

Kildangan on Tour. Statue of Liberty New York
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In February of last year the club organized a major trip to New York for its members in which 78 went.

It was the highlight of a lifetime for a number of people, many of whom were never outside Ireland before. The club played a New York selection in a hurling match refereed by club member, Tommy Ryan and afterwards presented them with our jerseys and hurls at a function. It was a lovely gesture and a wonderful evening for all Tipperary people who came and welcomed us. Great credit has to go to the Slattery Family and Sean Fay in New York and our committee at home for the adventure.

U 21 Hurlers

North and County Champions
2004

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Donie Shannahan presents cup to Captain Liam Kelly

Our U 21 hurlers won both the North and County 'B' titles for the first time ever last May.
A wonderful achievement considering that not a single player on our U 21 team was booked throughout the entire championship.

Kildangan U 21 Team
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Back Row ( Left to Right ) : Darragh Egan, Brian Freeman, Martin Slattery, Shane Kelly, Tomas Seymour, Gearoid Connors, Michael Slattery, Connor Hayes.
Middle Row ( Left to Right ) : Brian Lawlor, Karl ( Charlie ) Hogan, Ciaran Madden, Liam Ryan, Paddy Coen, Eoin ( Leahy )Gleeson , Tomas Murphy, Gerry Slattery, Eddie Fogarty.
Front Row ( Left to Right ) : Paul Darcy, Eoin Kelly, Enda McGrath, Paddy Lynch, Liam Kelly, Colm Darcy, Donnacha Mulcahy, Brian McLoughlin, John Hayes.

Junior B Hurling

Our Junior B team lost the league final and were beaten in the North semi-final of the Championship in 2004.

In 2005 We have won the Junior B League Final versus Toomevara.

Football

Our Intermediate footballers also participated in the championship. Indeed the Intermediate footballers reached the County Final of last December 2003.

Minor U / 18

Minor Teams 2004

Our Minor teams participated in both football and hurling B Championships.

Darragh Egan

Achievements on the field of play cannot pass without mentioning Darragh Egan. This wonderful club ambassador represented Ireland in the compromise rules in Australia as Vice-Captain. It was his second year to be chosen for his Country. He played an integral part in Tipperary Minor Hurling Team and he also was a key player with the Tipperary Minor Footballers in the Championship.

In 2005 Darragh has represented Tipperary at both U / 21 and Senior Level

Darragh was selected to the the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team prior to selection on the U / 21 's and is on the current Senior squad.

Darragh Egan
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Bord na nOg

Juvenile Club Achievements

- Under 14 A Hurlers - North and Feile Champions

- Our Under 14 hurlers wrote themselves into the history of Kildangan GAA by winning the Feile competition. They went on to represent Tipperary in the All - Ireland feile competition in County Meath.

- They were also the first ever team in this small parish to win a North Under 14 A Hurling title. They also captured the North Under 14 A football title.

- Joseph Gallagher, Cian Hayes and Eanna Gleeson represented the winning Tipperary team in the Tony Forrestal competition.

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U 14 A Hurling North Champions 2004

Under 12 B Championships

- Our Under 12 teams reached the semi - final's of both hurling and football B championships.

Under 16 B Championships

- Our under 16 hurlers were defeated in the North B Championship final and our footballers reached the semi - finals.

- Eoin Gleeson represented the North Tipperary Divisional U/ 16 A team that won the Munster Championship and He was also part of the Arrabawn shield winning team.

- Seamus Gleeson was a selector with the North Tipperary Divisional Under 16 team.

- Liam Kelly was a selector with the County U/15 football team that reached the final of the Cork City football tournament.

Availability of Referees

The clubs top referee Tommy Ryan has taken control of many matches for the North Board and beyond, even at short notice. He has a team of officials from the club with him when refereeing. The club also provides Linesmen and Umpires for other referees when the need arises.

OFFICIAL OPENING
May 2004

Official Opening of Kildangan Pitch at Puckane
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Donie Shannahan, Sean Fogarty, and Liam Kelly ( Club Chairman).

Official Opening of the Club Facilities

On Sunday May 23rd Sean Fogarty Chairman of the Munster Council officially opened our club facilities. The opening and blessing of the grounds was followed by a Senior Hurling Challenge Match : Tipperary Vs Laois and an Intermediate Hurling Challenge Tipperary Vs Kilkenny.

The occasion highlighted the involvement of our community in the club. The entire project was arranged in 13 days once permission was granted for Tipperary to play. The Band providing the music was our own School Band in Puckane. The plaques presented to all teams , team managers, Sean Fogarty and all past officers of the club were made by Puckane Craft. Both matches were refereed by our own club member Tommy Ryan and his team of officials.

On a sad note, club member, Mike Fahy R.I.P. passed away and the family kindly put back the funeral by a day to facilitate the Opening. Our club President Timmy Ryan R.I.P. who was present on the day passed away in July.


Development, Maintenance and Preparation of Club Grounds.

Our Facilities in Puckane have gone under enormous change over the last five years or so. A new stand was completed in early 2002. Floodlighting of the pitch, to the highest standard in North Tipperary if not the entire County was switched on in November 2003

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Puckane Field at Night

April 2004 saw the car parking facilities laid out with tar macadam. The total cost of the development work to date is 149,000 Euros. The next stage of development will be a Community Hall with hurling walls that is in the drawing stage.
The grounds are always available to the North and County boards for fixtures, coaching courses and training of County Teams. The pitch is in perfect condition and marked, and flags are in place for all fixtures. Indeed in 2004 the Junior B football championship has the distinction of being the first championship to be played under lighting.



A scoreboard, proper changing room's and a separate changing room for the referee and his officials are also available.
It is great to see that, in October/November,activities can proceed unhindered with the floodlighting on. This Facility also assist's our neighbours Shannon Rovers with the County coaching course and also our own teams training for championship matches. In October/November 2003 Ballina and Knockshegowna were welcome guests to our ground as they prepared for the final stages of their football championships.
Great credit is due to Paddy Kelly for the fields condition. We are involved in a FAS scheme to help with the upkeep of the facilities.
We also operate a student employment scheme during the summer to help with the upkeep of the grounds and surrounding areas of the village. The grounds are also wheelchair friendly.

Promotion of Scor & Camogie

The camogie club is in its sixth year and the juvenile camogie club is four years old. Currently about sixty players are involved and they use the facilities the same as everyone else. Fundraising is a combined effort for all the clubs and teams. Our Intermediate players train the teams and also coach the school teams.

The club entered the Scor Na nOg competitions this year for the first time in four events reaching two area finals. We intend to build on that this year.

Attendance at Board Meetings

Cill An Daingin GAA has not only an excellent record of attending North Board meetings but also of providing officers to the Board. Michael"Spike" Nolan held the position of treasurer for a number of years and then progressed to the County Board. He was replaced at North Board level by the current treasurer Catherine Gleeson.

The club has always had its representatives present at meetings and events of the North Board.

Catherine Gleeson is also a delegate to the County Board and Liam Kelly is a member of the Football Board Management Committee.

Promotion of Games in the Schools

There are two primary schools in our parish, namely Carrig and Puckane. Both have played an integral part in our club's success over the years. This year the School Band in Puckane provided the music for the official opening of the grounds.

In return, the club provides hurleys, sliotars and footballs to the schools. In addition the club has a policy of coaching teams in both hurling and football in both schools with our Senior players and club officials are involved at every available opportunity. The facilities in Puckane are available to the schools for training and match purposes.

Presentation of Teams

The club has a policy of presenting its teams on the pitch in a manner that enhances both the reputation of the club and the GAA as a whole.

Each team are numbered as per programme for the benefit of both officials and supporters. Team list's are always available, and all player's kit ( jersey, togs and socks ) are in good condition and our substitutes wear the club tracksuits.

We always have a second set of jerseys with us to avoid clashing colours or any other problem that may arise.



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