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Plucks 2022 Captains Prize winner Greg Cullen receiving his prize, a Garmin watch from the Captain himself, Mick Holly.

Plucks 2022 Captains Prize winner Greg Cullen receiving his prize, a Garmin watch from the Captain himself, Mick Holly.

Sean Walsh relaxing in Plucks last Saturday night at his 90th birthday celebrations.

Sean Walsh relaxing in Plucks last Saturday night at his 90th birthday celebrations.

The late Michael Mulligan RIP

The late Michael Mulligan RIP

The late Lillian Condon RIP.

The late Lillian Condon RIP.


Plucks 2022 Captains Prize winner Greg Cullen receiving his prize, a Garmin watch from the Captain himself, Mick Holly.


Happy 90th Sean

A special milestone was reached last week when Sean Walsh turned 90 years young. Sean celebrated with his family in Plucks and a great night was had by all. Of course, Sean’s late wife Kay would have enjoyed this occasion and was missed greatly but we would like to wish one of Kilmurray’s nicest gentleman a very happy 90th birthday.

Golf Captains Day

The members of Plucks Golf Society travelled to Tullamore on Saturday for Captain Mick Holy’s “Captains Day” which took place in Tullamore Golf Club.

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30 players took part and Greg Cullen emerged the winner with a great score of 40 points. Bob O’ Donnell was runner up with 38 points while society veteran Paddy Byrne came 3rd with 36 points. Thanks to the extra kind sponsorship of both Shane and Caroline McNamara of Plucks and Cedar Homes, there was 6 extra prizes in the Cathegories. Class One was won by Trevor Carr (33), 2nd was Greg O’Donnell (32), 3rd Tom Byrne (32) and 4th Marc Quinn (29). Cathegory Two was won by Brendan Finnerty (33), Eddie Byrne (29), Mick Rooney 29 and 4th was Kevin Molloy (28). Cathegory Three Winner was Edmund Mulligan (35), Anthony McGrath (32), Colm Mulligan (30) and Brian Morgan (29). The Front 9 was won by Alan O’Neill and the return to action of Robert Moore saw him win the back nine with an impressive 20 points.

The new Past Captains Prize was won by Paddy Byrne while Robbie Creaven was unlucky to not defend his Captains Day Wooden Spoon Award from 2021 as Greg McDonald managed to pip him by one point less. Always a jolly character, Robbie vows to win that award back next year. The longest drive was hit by the captain himself Mick Holly through the trees on the 13th hole and according to Mick himself, he hit it that far, it would cost you €5 in a taxi to travel the distance. Finally, a proud winner of the new “Jim McGrath Captains Day Nearest the Pin Award” was Trevor Carr who was a great old friend of Jim and a worthy winner in its first year.

Finally, a massive thanks from all the players to Plucks for the “Goodie Bags” and to Brendan Finnerty, Mick Holly and Greg O’Donnell for putting the event together. With organising a bus, hotel and event itself, there is a lot of work that must go on behind the scenes and these guys do it on a regular basis for all our benefit which is much appreciated.

Late Michael Mulligan RIP

Another great old character slipped away last Monday week. Michael (Mick) Mulligan passed away after a short illness. Mick lived in Gort na Siliní, Enniscorthy but was part of the Mulligan family in Killough and was a regular visitor to us when he was not teaching.

He was the dearly loved father of Colm, Michele and Annie and much-loved brother of Therese, Kathleen, Fr. Ben and the late Maura, Peg, Tom, Paddy and Tony. Mick will be sadly missed by his loving children and their mother Marjorie, brother, sisters, daughter-in-law Andrea, grandchildren Lara and Leonie, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends.

While not the most gifted footballers of the Mulligans, he did tog out for Kilmacanogue on occasions but best known for his great secretarial work for Kilmacanogue GAA Club and his love for both the club and Wicklow GAA in general of whom he was a loyal supporter. He had a great relationship with his nephew Gabriel through the years and loved a few bets on the horses along with Gabriel and it was fitting that Gay brought up both a Kilmacanogue and Wicklow jersey to the alter in St Adrian’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy last Wednesday as a symbol of Mick’s life. Many former teammates then gathered in St Mochonog’s as Michael was laid to rest in Kilmacanogue. Farewell Michael, you were some character and dry humour of yours will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Late Lillian Condon RIP

Sad news last week to hear of the passing of Lillian Condon on 14th September. Lillian lived in Foxrock and was formerly of Killorglin, Co. Kerry. She passed away peacefully in St Vincent’s ICU, after a short illness bravely borne and was the beloved wife of Michael, loving and much loved mother of Alan, Claire and Michelle.

Lillian will be forever loved and sadly missed by her husband and family, daughter-in-law Ann, sons-in-law John and Gavin, her adored grandchildren Amy, Sam, Alex, Sophie, Emma, Max and Scott, brother Pat, sisters Marian and Anna Maria, brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, extended family, relatives and friends. Lillian’s funeral Mass took place at the Church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock on Saturday morning followed by cremation at the Victorian Chapel Mount Jerome.

Everyone at Glencormac United would like to pass on their deepest sympathy to Alan Condon and his wife Anne on this sad news. The couple have been instrumental in helping the Glencormac United Club develop the past few years at junior level and are such a popular family in this community and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the extended family at this sad time. May Lillian rest in peace.

Ladies Soccer

Following a very successful first season, the Glencormac United ladies have finished joint 2nd with Raheny United in Division 2 of the Eastern Womans Football League. The Glens won 8, Drew 2 and lost 2 of their 12 games and finished on 26 point.

This means that they know face Raheny this Sunday afternoon to determine who gets the official runners up spot. Venue not known at time of print but please try and support the girls if possible.

Junior Soccer

A few of the Glencormac United Junior teams were in action over the past week.

The new U9s have been training hard all summer and had their first game ever against St Anthonys Red in Kilcoole. These games are non-competitive and the Glens played very well and one of their coaches, Seán O’Conghaile was delighted with their efforts as was Ollie and Adrian. The goalscorers were Nicolas Mannerings (5), Paddy Levins and Harry Brown in a great all-round team display.

The U11s were at home to Carnew and recorded a 8-1 win. 5 of the goals came from Freddie Martin (2), Ryan Dempsey, Harry Martin and Sean Levins plus three deflected goals aided by some great crossing by Eoin Dunne and Sean.

The U12s had a tough day away to a very strong Aughrim team. The Glens trailed 7-0 at the break and manager Jason Minto was wondering if they should call it a day but to the teams credit, they went out again and batted bravely with Sean Levins netting and the game finished up 9-1. Well done Glens, not all days are as tough as this one was.

The U13s were also away to St Anthonys and suffered a 4-2 defeat against a team who won every game this season. It was scoreless at the break but St Anthonys raced into a 2-0 lead before a cracking 25 yard screamer before the opposition scored again but Darragh Murray pulled another back and despite a brave effort to get an equaliser, St Anthonys sealed the win with a late goal. However, this was a super performance by the U13s.

The 15s were idle but both the panel and everyone associated with Glencormac United Football Club would like to express their deepest sympathy to manager Alan Condon on the loss of his beloved mother Lillian Condon. May she rest in peace.

Diary notes

Please remember, we love to hear local news and events for the Kilmacanogue Diary and if you want an item or a photograph of local interest to appear in the Diary, please email colm.mulliganmull@gmail.com by midday on Sunday at the very latest. A reminder that notes are submitted first thing Monday morning. If you have any celebration or an event you would like featured, please send it on to me.