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THE HURLER 2012

WELCOME: THE HURLER 2012

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOT - THE SKILL GAMES

THE HURLER 2012

THE YEAR SJ CAME TO PLAY IN a year in which Kildare hurling has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, it was still a huge pleasure to bring The Hurler to life for the second year running. This year we have decided to embrace the modern age and produce a digital version of The Hurler rather than the printed magazine of last year. We hope you see this as an improvement on last year and enjoy the magazine just as much in its new format. Once again producing The Hurler would have been impossible without the co-operation of many people, especially the club PROs who sent us articles and pictures. However it is disappointing that some clubs failed to produce anything for inclusion and it is sad that that some don’t see the promotion of the game through initiatives like this as being worthy of time and effort. Those clubs are in the minority though so it would be remiss to spend too long about them. The clubs and members who have contributed have done so excellently and there is plenty of reading for you throughout these pages. A special thanks to the Coill Dubh and Naas clubs who provided moving tributes to much loved members: Jason Dowling, Tony Carew and Denis Hanley. Their memories are deeply cherished and it is important to remember those Gaels who have gone before us, especially at a time of year we are prone to reflection. It is in that spirit Ian Baker looks back on a very special year for him personally and for his club as the Confey goalkeeper recounts the journey to championship glory in 2012. His riveting account of county final weekend will touch a chord with every player and resonate deeply with those who have been lucky enough to go through the same exhilarating experience. If you do nothing else this Christmas, read Baker. There is too much more to mention here but in the year that Seanie Johnston put Kildare hurling on the map, we hope you will take the time to explore the rest of the scenery.

Niall Lanigan, Brendan Coffey

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Brendan Coffey Declan Buckley Piaras O Midheach

ON THE COVER Kildare captain Fiachra O Muineachain collects

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CELBRIDGE V ARDCLOUGH SHC SEMI-FINAL AT CLANE IN SEPTEMBER - CELBRIDGE’S ARDCLOUGH’S NIALL COULSTON

EDITORS

PHOTOS

BY PIARAS O MIDHEACH DURING THE

GERRY KEEGAN HAS HIS SHOT BLOCKED BY

CREDITS

WEBMASTER

THIS STUNNING PHOTO WAS TAKEN

FEATURES

CLUBS

GREAT GAELS

04 THE BAKER MAN The inside track on this year’s senior county final

19 ARDCLOUGH

16 TONY CAREW Coill Dubh’s giant of the game

06 BACK TO BACK Shane Barry on Maynooth’s return to senior

21 COILL DUBH

12 DIVILLY’S DIARY Confey’s Paul Divilly on the life of an inter-county hurler

23 EIRE OG

30 CLUB STARS Team of the year

25 LEIXLIP

the NHL Division 2B trophy

34 LILIES IN BLOOM Under-21s capture Leinster crown

KildareGAA.ie - December 2012

43 ENQUIRING REPORTERS The view from the stands

20 CELBRIDGE

22 CONFEY

24 KILCOCK

26 MAYNOOTH 27 SALLINS 28 ST LAURENCE’S

29 MEMORY LANE 1969 Kildare intermediates against Cork 31 DENIS HANLEY A true stalwart of Naas 36 JASON DOWLING Gone too soon but never to be forgotten


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