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It has been a tough year and we want to end it by looking back on all we have achieved and to thank everybody who got us through it! 
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If she can't see it, she can't be it

2020 has been an incredible year for KDFC's women's and girl's teams. As well as the growth in the teams, the club has been strengthened by more women joining the club as coaches, volunteers and committee members. We have signed up to the 20 x 20 Charter, committing the club to celebrate women's sport and promote a more inclusive, healthier Ireland.

Our women's senior team are bringing their dominance to a new level playing in two semi-finals - in Clubforce Challenge Cup against Terenure and against Whitehall Rangers in the Premier Cup. They will play the League Shield final against Booth Road Celtic or Broadford Rovers (TBC). 

We have had incredible highs including Jemma Quinn being appointed Player of the Month by the Eastern Women's Football League (September/October) and some lows, with Megan Coomber sustaining an injury which has probably ended her season - get well soon Megan! 
 
 
Unfortunately the girls only managed to get one game in before lockdown but the numbers at training have been growing all season. We started the girls team in September 2019 with 8 girls and we now have two under 12's teams and an under 13's team. We have almost 50 girls in our schoolboy/schoolgirl section and even more in the Academy. We eagerly await a return to matches so the women and girls can get back on their pitch and show their skills.

A special thanks to manager Thomas Heary (former Huddersfield, Bohemians and Dundalk footballer) and Dionne O'Hanlon who have put a phenomenal amount of time and energy into their teams this year. 
LSL Senior Sunday







 

The 2019/2020 season will be remembered by many but fortunately for our Men’s Senior Sunday team it will be for more than just Covid. Following a very strong first half to the season and showing great cup form, our first team progressed all the way to the final of the infamous FAI Intermediate Cup for the first time in the club's history. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our day on this occasion but everyone involved with the team is determined to get back there again and this time be able to have everyone in the stadium supporting. We welcome the re-signing of our onform squad and are excited by the new talents that have come on-board. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Senior Team main sponsor Virgin Media Ireland and our secondary sponsor Members First Credit Union. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Hadden Park very soon.


LSL Major 1a Saturday
 












 

Our Staffords Funeral Home sponsored Major 1A Saturday team also showed great form in the cup in the 2019/2020 season making it to the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup. Unfortunately Covid restrictions had a more adverse effect on the Saturday team and we were unable to fulfil the required fixtures before the end of the league season. We have been building since then and are delighted with the strength of our new squad and are excited for the season ahead. The new management team of Anthony Shaw and David Sheridan are looking forward to being able to show what this team is capable of. 
Underage football
 
Despite - or maybe with a little help from the pandemic - Killester Donnycarney FC has grown by 50% on 2019 with over 150 schoolgirl and school girl players. Our KDFC Academy has expanded from having up to a hundred 4 - 7 year old boys and girls regularly playing.
 

There was lots of fun over the summer with two sold out Killester Donnycarney FAI Summer Camps in Hadden Park with some of the FAI's top coaches. We will be putting on another two camps in 2021.

Everyone was a winner at August's Mini-Leagues with over 130 players and 26 battling it out for a coveted KDFC trophy.
 
FAI Club Mark

Killester Donnycarney FC recognises that well managed clubs with strong structures and volunteers are best placed to promote football and develop players. With guidance and support from Vincent Foley and Barry McGann of the FAI, Killester Donnycarney FC has been working towards achieving the FAI Club Mark - an award based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a football club.
Social club
 
We are really missing all our members at the club house. Despite every effort by volunteers, our re-opening in collaboration with  from San Marino Artane was short lived. We live in hope that we can welcome you back soon!

A note of appreciation
 
'I just love playing football and being with my friends’. - Mathew Moriarty, U10's
 
It can be hard sometimes to motivate ourselves to get out there and participate - on and off the pitch - but Mathew's words are what drive us all.

We want to say the biggest thanks to all our players for making us so proud and for going out onto the pitch, hail, rain or pandemic - for showing great resilience and being able to adapt to the changing regulations and conditions.
 
Behind the scenes there are so many people to thank for helping us through this challenging year and helping our club to become better than ever. We now have over 50 volunteers registered doing a variety of roles (manager, coach, covid officer, fundraiser, committee member and more). Together with the parents, guardians and players, you are our club and you are the people helping to create memories for our families. Whether you're the chairman or you've cheered from the sidelines, lifted a goal, tied a lace or bought a ticket - it all matters.
 

KDFC Chairman Bill Brennan being presented with a gift for his 80th birthday

A special thanks to:

Managers, coaches, child welfare and Covid officers: Tomo Heary, Stuart Masterson, Graeme Kiernan, Mark White, Kieran Cowap, John McGrath, Colm Maguire, Brian Bridgeman, Brian Costello, Alan Ingoldsby, Dionne O'Hanlon, Steven Kelly, Glen Cole, Colin Gibbons, Paul Wogan, Amanda Browne, Karyn Shaw, Steven Martin, Kevin Mara, Tony Keeley, Tom Shields, Declan Murphy, Maja Breitenbach, Derek McDonnell, Lynne Costello, Samantha O'Flanagan, Rafael Alarcon Borghi, Patricia Maloney, Alan Tyndall, Gerard Keating, Ciaran O'Murchi, Victor Miquel Cavaco Da Silva, Lorraine Gaughran, Ursula Grouse, Tanya Lawless, Michael Brennan, Ciaran O Murchu, Reinaldo Grude, Gavin Hanlon

Maintenance: A special thanks to Gerry and Marcus as well as Bill Brennan, Gary Howlett, Joe O'Brien, Graeme Kiernan, Ronan McGarry, Frank Mullen, Ciaran Brady, Donal Moriarty, Alan Geraghty, Peter Geraghty, Tony Geraghty, Michael Thornton and Gerry Bradley and Mick Brohoon

Trustees, committees, administration and fundraising: Bill Brennan (Chair), Frank Farrell, Jimmy Magee, Noel Conlon, Paddy McCourt, Tucker Stanley, Frank Clarke, Willie McGuirk (Vice-chair) Peter Walsh (Treasurer), Mary Keatley (Secretary), Rita O'Brien, Teresa Smith, Kieron Cowap, Joe O'Brien, Graeme Kiernan, Ronan McGarry, Siobhan O'Brien, Tony Keeley, Amanda Browne, Declan Murphy, Ashley Morgan, Ceire Sadlier, Colm Maguire, Mark White, Bobby Crawford, Noelene Hanway, Stephanie, Davies, Jan Brierton and Irene Folan.  

Many thanks as well to the FAI, Dublin City Council and Northside Partnership.
Get involved!
Our growing club needs your help. There are plenty of ways to get involved and support club development:

Volunteer: We are taking on new players every week and we need more coaches, Covid officers and help with our fundraising. See more information here:  Volunteering


Buy a ticket: With thanks to Bennett's Centra Killester, every Sunday there is a draw that you can enter. On Sunday, December 20th, you could win €1,700 and every one who enters is also entered into the lucky dip and could win vouchers from: Lotts & Co., The Orange Goat, Just Eat, Supervalu, Olive's Room, Pure Magic, 360 Cycles, The Barbershop @ 56, The Irish Fit Coach and Mastercare. All profits are used for club development - for just €2 you can make a difference to the club. Play by clicking here. 


Get kitted out: For our end of year fundraiser we are selling limited edition branded KDFC footballs - you can get yours by clicking here here.
Sponsors
 
Finally, we could not have gotten through this year without the incredible generosity of our sponsors who have continued to support us despite closures and challenges for their businesses. We are very grateful to:

Virgin Media; Dan Fisher of Core Electrical Distribution Ltd; John McDonagh of Core Electrical Solutions Ltd; Paul Mitchell of Marshall – Tufflex Ltd; Jon Holding of CMD Ltd; Conor Ralph of Members First Credit Union; Jonathan Stafford of Staffords Funeral Homes; Anthony Langan of Arnon Construction Ltd; Jenny Wang Jinfeng of Golden Grain; Gary Bennett of Bennetts Centra Killester; Aaron Construction; N17 Gym; Terry Rodgers Snooker Hall; Atelier Maser Art Gallery; Carland Dublin; Ann's Home Care; RF Tiling; Vernon Catering; Stephanie Davies and Tom Shields of Pimbrook Software; Seán Haughey; Denise Mitchell; Cian O'Callaghan; Aodhan O'Riordain; Richard Bruton; Agi and Rebekah of The Orange Goat Killester; Hakkan of The Barber Shop @56; Angela Ruttledge of Olive's Room; Francis Usanga of Irish Fit Coach; Francois of Pure Magic; Graeme Kiernan of Supervalu; Aisling Morgan of Just Eat; Jackie of Mastercare.

 
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!
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