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_______November St. Kevin's News_______

A decision has been made to establish a local scouting organization following a series of meetings with Parents in the local community in recent months.

The need for a Scouting group is probably higher now than at any other time. Scouting is an out of school educational movement for young people that provides them with opportunities to undertake adventurous and challenging activities. These activities are intended to help young people develop positive characteristics and improve their mental, teamwork and creative skills and to also help achieve their full physical, intellectual and social potential as good citizens and members of the local community.

At this point seven Scout leader volunteers have been identified and they are scheduled to undergo Scout training in early November. St Kevin's GAA have kindly agreed to act as sponsors and have made available the clubs facilities for selected evenings. The Kildare 22nd scouting unit will adopt St Kevin's colors (Red and Black) as their neckerchief colors. Fundraising has begun in order to finance the start up costs and these have extended to Bag packing in Tesco in Maynooth and seeking support from the local community for a sponsored Marathon Run (Dublin City Marathon on Oct 29th). All support and donations are very much welcomed.

The current plan is to open membership to the local community on a first come first serve basis, as there are a limited number of places. Initially the Scouting Unit will establish a beaver colony for Age groups 6 yrs + and a Cub Pack for Ages 9+. Any Parent interested in having their child enlisted should go the St Kevin's GAA hall on December 15th to sign up at 11 am to 12 noon. Entry forms will need to be completed and a 40 membership fee will need to be paid in advance. It is planned that the scouting unit will start activities in early January, on Tuesday evenings, when insurance cover commences for the unit.

Any parents/adults interested in supporting the Scouting group in a leadership or 'unit support' capacity should contact Vincent Waters at 045 869022 or Elaine Kane at 045 863572. The numbers of trained scouting leaders we can recruit will determine the Scouting Membership numbers we can support and how quickly we can expand to support other age groups as well.


After successfully winning their league, the U/10's celebrated with Kildare footballer, Eddie McCormack on Thursday 25th October, in the clubrooms. Sincere thanks to Eddie for presenting the team with their medals and to the parents who came down on the night. Two-Mile House narrowly beat the U/14 team in their league final. Up to this match the team was unbeaten. This is a huge achievement & the team should be very happy with their performances throughout the year.

The Caragh/St. Kevin's U/21 team played the first round of their championship, on Saturday 13th October, against Maynooth. This match showed excellent displays of football from many of the players and a Maynooth team, who would have fancied their chances on winning, had to fight hard to stay in the game.

The final result was a draw and the replay of this match will be played in Staplestown on Sunday 11th November. On Sunday of the same weekend our first team also played Maynooth in Division 2. This was their last league game of the year. This game had to be won so that we would have a chance of staying in this division. In what was probably the best game this team has played all year, St. Kevin's finished with a deserving victory, beating Maynooth 10 points to 7.

They have now successfully qualified for a six-way playoff. The eventually losers of this playoff will be the team demoted to Division 3. We play Naas in the playoff on Saturday 10th November. Best of Luck to everyone involved in this game.


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