03 Dec KDFL review of the League’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations and Awards Ceremony.
The fabulously festive ballroom of the Keadeen Hotel set the scene for the KDFL’s 25th Anniversary celebrations and awards ceremony on Friday night. Almost 300 guests descended on the Hotel for what was a resounding success in terms of presentation and enjoyment.
The event celebrated the 2018 award winners. A total of 46 presentations were made to League/Cup/Shield and plate winners and individual award recipients.
Football Association of Ireland President Donal Conway was guest of honour. In what was undoubtedly one of the Association’s busiest weeks of their 2018 calendar, playing host to the Euro 2020 qualifying draw, Donal travelled down to the heart of the county to join with the League in their celebrations. In his address he complimented the league on their promotion of the game and congratulated all the teams on their success. He said the KDFL were innovators in the game when they bravely moved to one calendar year football ten years ago and they are now reaping the benefits of that move. He said the League has continued to grow despite the general down turn in participation. Donal also recalled the formation of the League in 1994 and said the founding members of the League didn’t have a particularly easy passage at the time but commended their bravery and commitment to put the game in Kildare in the hands of Kildare people. He had particular mention for two founding members of the League who are still involved to this day, Michael and Regina Casey.
President of the Leinster Football Association Gerry Gorman was also in attendance and in his address to the large crowd he congratulated all winners and indeed every club in the league. He said he was honoured to be representing the Provincial Body at such an auspicious occasion. Gerry commended in particular Michael Casey on his contribution to the game at league level but also as an LFA representative over two decades.
The KDFL were delighted to also welcome for the first time to Kildare FAI Womens National Team Head coach Colin Bell. He complimented the League on the strides it has made in promoting the womens game over the last eight years and said it was very important, particularly in the age of equality, that women and girls should get the same opportunity as the men. He was delighted to see so many clubs represented at the dinner and was blown away by the organisation and presentation of the evening. In conclusion he implored on Clubs the importance of creating the opportunity and environment for women to participate in the game we all love.
League Secretary Regina Casey played MC for the evening and paid tribute to those who founded the league, she said without their vision and foresight we would not be here this evening. She also noted that over the quarter of a century 121 clubs had participated in the league and they will forever hold a part of its rich history. The League this year kicked off on the 8th of April and has played over 849 games over the eight month period. She thanks all the KDFL sponsors, media partners, ISRS branch members and associate Leagues and representatives for their continued support. Regina also thanked all the clubs for the contribution to the League. Presentations were wrapped up and Damien Coyne of So Fresh Entertainment provided the music till the early hours. The League would like to thank and acknowledge the staff of the Keadeen Hotel and in particular owner Rose O’Loughlin, Sharon Deegan and Tina Buckley for their unrivalled attention to detail in providing the unmistakable and stunning backdrop for the evening.
The league will now close for six weeks and re-open in mid January as it prepares for the 2019 campaign. We wish all our members a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and good wishes for 2019