Just a quick note to give a massive thank you to everyone who played Zoom Bingo with us for the past six weeks. We were a little hesitant at the start if we’re honest as we’d never done anything like this before but we think it went really well (with thanks to all of you!) We’ll be concentrating now for the next few months on our main jobs on the field, your contributions each week will aid all teams from Nursery up to Senior and every squad in between. Also I think you’ll agree that our grounds are looking particularly well these days – fundraisers like this make this possible and with pitch 2 opening in a matter of weeks there’s plenty to look forward to. On the Bingo front, we’ll be back again in the Autumn when the nights get darker, probably early November, and we hope to see you all online once more! Thanks Again,Kiltale HC Committee
Despite no games currently being played, the work at improving our club continues:
Phase one of pitch 2 upgrade done, to be completed next Spring
New stay wires put at back of far goal pitch 2, though this may seem something small, actually vital as nets were unstable and at risk if we got a bad storm
Hurling walls – both astro turf surfaces will be replaced soon
New subsidised Kiltale tops for all the younger juvenile section
We’re looking at putting new lights around the track – there’s a sample LED light at the start of the track, we hope to upgrade all to these energy-saving, brighter lights
Future projects:- Walking track extension around pitch 3 – connecting to current track
Seating areas around track
How can YOU help?
Social membership for 2021 will be open next week on our website – valid from now until 31 Dec 2021 – at a cost of €50, less than a euro a week-
We will shortly be distributing the annual GAA National Draw tickets. At €10 each these are a fantastic fundraiser for the club as Croke Park put up the prizes and the club retains all of the proceeds – so every €10 goes directly to the club.
When you but a National Draw ticket you’re automatically entered into the Club Christmas Draw
It’s with sadness we report the passing of Paddy Kelly senior, the Grand Old Man of Meath Hurling.
Paddy was 94 years of age and created a family hurling legacy that would be hard to surpass in GAA circles.
He was the last surviving member of the Meath hurling team which gaine All Ireland junior honours in 1948, at a time when this grade was much more competitive than that on offer at the moment.
Paddy was the very heart and soul of his community and club and his hard work over the decades had a huge bearing on the successful unit that Kiltale H.C, now is. He also played football for Moynalvey.
Paddy represented Meath hurlers from 1948 until 1964 and was one of the key players as the combination side St Patricks gained Meath senior hurling championships during 1953 and 54. Later he won a junior medal with his native Kiltale in 1972 and followed this up with an intermediate trophy two years on.
It is no co incidence that when Kiltale reached the Holy Grail and brought home Meath senior chamionships in 1982 and 83 that Paddy was on the line acting as an active and astute selector.
He also fulfilled that same selectors role when Dessie Ferguson managed the Meath senior hurlers.There is no surprise to add that the Kiltale man was the recipient of the Meath Hall of Fame award.
So well known, Mr Hurling, Paddy departs our shores with that wonder GAA legacy amongst a list of wonderful memories.
His son Paddy hurled for Meath for over a decade, was good enough for Leinster Railway Cup activity, managed a number of county teams and has served Meath County Board in a number of capacities. At present he is County Board Vice Chairman.
The Kelly family legacy continues on the playing fields as both Paddy’s grandsons James & Padraig are accomplished hurlers with Kiltale & Meath and footballers with Moynalvey, while sister Sarah also lines out with Moynalvey Ladies & Kiltale camogie.