Race Night in aid of our Senior Hurlers

Join our Senior Hurlers on Saturday 18th March for a night of racing and craic.

Purchase your horse for €10 from any of our players, member or Hurling Manager Paddy Maher on 087 1205603.

You can also support the event with a half page (€50) or full page (€100) ad in the race card.

There’s no need to worry about your transport home as transport will be provided.

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Club Lotto result 16th January

Club Lotto Results
– No Jackpot winner
– 4 Match 3 winners: Anne O’Donnell, Donna Brophy, Anne O’Neill, Michelle O’Neill
Next week’s jackpot is €9,100!
Play online to be entered in next week’s draw
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Moorefield and Kilcullen GAA mourn the death of Tom O’Connell, RIP

The sad passing of Tom O’Connell, a brilliant hurler and footballer, breaks another link in the chain of Moorefield players who brought great honour and glory to the club 60 years ago. 

When Kilcullen hurlers threw in their lot with local clubs in 1956, Tom O’Connell and some of his colleagues came to Moorefield, thus beginning a superb rise in the fortunes of his new club. By 1963, he had won junior and senior county titles and captained Kildare to the 1962 All-Ireland junior hurling title. 

His introduction to Moorefield hurling saw him recorded in the Leinster Leader as “playing excellent hurling”, although losing the ’56 county final to Broadford. In a 1957 senior league match, the midfielder was seen as “a county player by any standard”. And so, it transpired, despite Moorefield losing the ’57 final to Maynooth. He was among the most prominent in a loss to Ardclough (4-6 to 4-4) in the 1959 final.

The big breakthrough came in 1961: after defeating Sarsfields, the Moores accounted for Éire Óg in the semi-final where “Tom O’Connell was the dominant figure in the Moorefield defence”.

Senior Champions in 1963

When Moorefield embarked on a title-winning run in the 1963 championship Broadford piled on the pressure to run out winners by 2-11 to 3-5 in the first round in which “Tom O’Connell was Moorefield’s outstanding player”. (Leinster Leader 17 August 1963) 

Quarter-final: Moorefield 7-3 Ardclough 1-3 “O’Connell starred in a mighty full-back line in which Jim ‘Ba’ Dowling and Joe Moran who flanked the brilliant Tom O’Connell were rarely beaten by a variety of opponents”. (Leinster Leader 14 September 1963)

In the semi-final (Moorefield 4-2 Suncroft 3-4) “Tom O’Connell at full-back kept rolling back the attacks. The move that saw Moorefield through was bringing Tom O’Connell from full-back to midfield where O’Connell showed all his brilliance outfield, where his long, well-directed drives gave the losers’ defence a busy time”. (Leinster Leader, October 12, 1963) 

Final: Moorefield 1-10 Broadford 0-3. Moorefield are 1963 Kildare Senior Hurling Champions  

Stevie Schwer (RIP) recalled: “Great celebrations followed the victory, and everyone was looked after by the club before returning to Kilcullen. Not being from the town, club spirit was different for the Kilcullen players … it was due to the efforts of Davy Dennis with his fantastic attitude and encouragement and the influence of Billy ‘Woodener’ Quinn that they felt so welcome in Moorefield”. 

Back Row L to R: Liam Casey, Hugh Byrne, Harry Fay, Dave Stapleton, Ned Goff, Tony Breen, Jim Dowling, Paddy Moore, Joe Moran, Bill Copeland, Tony Redmond, Billy Quinn
Front Row L to R: Colm Ruffley, Jim Barker, Liam Sherry, Stevie Schwer, Tom O’Connell, Mick Monahan, Davy Dennis (Capt), Mick Leahy, Art Kiely, Timmy Durney

Kilcullen/Moorefield men pictured at the reunion of the 1962 footballers and 1963 hurlers in 2013
Tom O’Connell, Jack Kelly, Stevie Schwer, Liam Sherry, Jim Barker

Moorefield’s Tom O’Connell Captains Kildare to 1962 All-Ireland Junior Hurling Title 

Tom O’Connell and Stevie Schwer from Kilcullen were Moorefield regulars on the county hurling team from 1958 to 1964. Both played on the All-Ireland junior winning team defeating Kerry by 7-15 to 5-2 in Croke Park on 9 September 1962 in the ‘home’ final, and in the final against London on 30 September by 4-7 to 2-4. O’Connell, playing in the No. 6 shirt, had the honour of captaining Kildare in 1962 All-Ireland final in which he scored two points.

As recorded in the club history, Moorefield players featured strongly on this team with Tom O’Connell as team captain, and Stevie Schwer, Jim Barker and Mick Leahy in the forwards. Moorefield subs were Frank Fogarty, Colm Ruffley and Jim Barker while Davy Dennis was a selector and team trainer. 

Earlier in 1963, on 12 May, Tom O’Connell, Stevie Schwer and Jim Barker were in opposition to Moorefield when they lined out for ‘The Rags’, as the Moores defeated Kilcullen in the 1962 senior football final by 2-11 to 0-2. 

 

Club Chairperson’s Tribute

Moorefield chairperson, Mick Moloney, paid tribute to Tom O’Connell saying “He was an outstanding player who contributed in great measure to the successes of Moorefield hurlers when they won the 1961 junior and the 1963 senior hurling championships. He led Kildare to Junior All-Ireland success in 1962 and his record of donning the centre-back and midfield positions from his National League debut against Roscommon in Athy on 27 October 1957 until his last outing against Laois on 8 November 1964, was truly remarkable. 

“On behalf of the Moorefield club, I wish to extend the sympathy of our members and supporters to Tom’s wife Anne, his daughter Patricia, and sons Thomas, Seamus (James), David, Liam and Brendan as well as his extended family. May he rest in peace”.

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Mighty Moores Committee 2023

Camogie Committee 2023

PositionNameE-Mail
ChairpersonThomas Hobanmoorefieldcamogiechairperson@gmail.com
SecretaryJohn Munnellymoorefieldcamogie@gmail.com
CommitteeDominic Corrigan
Keith Ryan
Nancy Kelly
Jamesie Donnelly
Kim Molloy-Roche

Underage Hurling Committee 2023

PositionNameE-Mail
Underage ChairmanBill Mc Donnellmoorefieldhurlingchairperson@gmail.com
Underage Vice ChairmanThomas Hobanmoorefieldcamogiechairperson@gmail.com
Underage SecretaryFergal HarringtonSecretary.moorefield.kildare@gaa.ie
PROFionnuala Doyle moorefieldcamogiepro@gmail.com
CommitteeNancy McDonnell
Dominic Corrigan
Jamesie Donnolly
Kim Molloy-Roche
Keith Ryan
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Club Lotto Results 9th January

Club Lotto Results
– No Jackpot winner
– 1 Match 3 winner: Paul Cummins
Next week’s jackpot is €9,000!
Play online to be entered in next week’s draw
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New Moores Disco date

Get ready to party!

The first Moores Disco of 2023 will take place on the 27th January.

Find more details here 

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Mentors Needed!

Moorefield Underage Hurling & Camogie Committees would like to thank all managers & volunteers for their support over the last year. As the new season approaches we would like to seek expressions of interest in the roles of management, coaches & training support for the following.

Hurling U8s/U9s, U12s/U13s, U14/U15 & U16/U17

Camogie U8, U10, U12, U14/U15 & U16/U17

Any submissions may now be submitted to the club Secretary Fergal Harrington. secretary.moorefield.kildare@gaa.ie by Friday 6th January. Looking forward to another great year. #Moores2023

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2023 Club Officer Vacancies

Ahead of the AGM on the 23rd January we are now seeking nominations for the following positions:

  • Club Registrar
  • Children’s Officer

We are also seeking new members of our Executive Committee.

If you would like to help shape the future of our club by filling any of these positions please contact the Club Secretary, Fergal on 087 9047863

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2022 AGM Notice

The Club AGM will take place on Monday 23rd January at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse.

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Merry Christmas from Moorefield GAA

Merry Christmas to our players, members, supporters and sponsors

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