U15s vs Colga 18-02-2017

Kinvara U15 was managed by Liam Carroll today, who also provides this match report.

Good performance today. Ended 4-1. The half-time score was 1-0 with Harry Mulleady scoring a penalty. Sean Pearl, Harry Mulleady, Michael Corless and Daniel Connolly all going close. Ryan Waterhouse and Hugo Fossatti played good football on the wings. With both fullbacks Conor McGrath and Oran Frawley supporting the play really well.

We pressed them well with wind first half. After the restart Josh Medina did a Gareth bale run from inside his own half beat two defenders and slot the ball home. The colga team were resolute in defence and when the kinvara midfield players spread the ball wide into the channels kinvara stretched their defence. Josh after some very good interplay scored his second to put the tie to bed. The goal of the game came 15 minutes from the end. A colga attack broke down through great defending by a strong kufc defence, passing out to Michael Corless who spread the ball wide to Conor O’Dwyer who’s first time through ball set Josh through who calmly passed the ball into the net, to complete his hat-trick. Colga scored a good goal in the last ten minutes, but it was too late to affect the match. A strong display from everyone 1 to 15 in a kufc shirt.

The final result was: Kinvara 4-1 Colga.

Kinvara Team: Hugh Gately, Oran Frawley, Conor McGrath, Dylan Marchant (Captain), Jack O’Connor, Hugo Fossati, Ryan Waterhouse, Harry Mulleady (1), Michael Corless, Daniel Connolly, Sean Pearl.

All subs used: Kevin McHugh, Conor O’Dwyer, Michael Costello, Josh Medina (3)

The Kinvara U15 team is sponsored by AIP Thermoform Packaging, based in Ennis, who specialize in the design and manufacture of “Technical Packaging Solutions” for the Medical, Electronic and Retail sectors. For more info go to

U15s Division 1 Cup Quarter Final

Match Report

The Kinvara Boys U15’s agreed to a fixture change request from Kiltullagh so this league cup game was played on a Sunday. The conditions were very tough for both teams as it was bitterly cold and the high wind that blew across the pitch required special attention. The referee Mike Walsh reminded both teams that since it was a cup game that it would go into two 10 minutes of extra-time in the event of sides being level after 70 minutes, and then to penalties if required.

The first half of normal time had both teams playing reasonable football and making a few chances each, however none were converted. The half-time jaffa cakes went down well and instructions went to every player to fight for every ball against a physical Kiltullagh side who had beaten us by a score line of 3-1 in the league back in November. Back in November it seemed that Kiltullagh dominated every 50:50 challenge in every position on the pitch. This wasn’t happening today though, with Kinvara lads starting to match their physical strength.

The second half of normal time was an entirely different game, with Kinvara dominating the chances at a ratio of 6 chances to Kinvara and 1 chance to Kiltullagh, none of which were converted for either side. Best chances for Kinvara were from Conor Burke and Cian Morgan. Almost all of Kinvara good play went through one player, Ryan Waterhouse, who put in a man-of-the-match performance, and simply everything Ryan tried worked well, using his great touch of a ball to ghost past people on the outside channel, and mixed up play really well by retaining possession when required and linking up with other players. Daniel Connolly was now dominating in the air in midfield and all kick outs from their keeper was being attacked leading to goal scoring opportunities. We still couldn’t put the ball in the net but remained patient and hard working. Late in the game one big chance came to Kiltullagh when they broke our central defence, but amazing alertness and pace by Jack O’Connor resulted in the attacker being pushed out wide and the ball was safely diverted to touch.

With the game looking like it was going into extra time, the manager dispatched one of the subs to bring out the emergency supplies of fruit pastilles for the boys, and they were duly devoured.

Extra-time though was when everything changed for Kinvara who dominated the entire period, winning almost every 50:50 challenge and creating endless chances. The option most tried by Kiltullagh was the long ball, which simply did not work against the strong wind, with almost every long ball ending up safely in touch. Kinvara on the other hand, played attractive football on the ground, mainly through Ryan Waterhouse, and good passing and interchanging. Finally our dominance paid off, with Conor Burke scoring what ended up being the only game of the contest. A very tense 6 minutes remained where Kinvara held possession high up the pitch and excellent discipline and composure from every Kinvara player. It would only take one mistake by one player for Kiltullagh to get back into the game, but Kinvara did not make a mistake and Kiltullagh did not get a scoring opportunity in extra time.

The final result was: Kiltullagh 0-1 Kinvara United AET.

Kinvara Team: Hugh Gately, Oran Frawley, Conor McGrath, Dylan Marchant (Captain), Kevin McHugh, Ryan Waterhouse (Man of the Match), Conor Burke (1), Harry Mulleady, Michael Corless, Daniel Connolly, Cian Morgan.

Subs: Jack O’Connor replacing Kevin McHugh early in second half of normal time. Sean Pearl, Hugo Fossati, Conor O’Dwyer, Michael Costello.

The Kinvara U15 team is sponsored by AIP Thermoform Packaging, based in Ennis, who specialize in the design and manufacture of “Technical Packaging Solutions” for the Medical, Electronic and Retail sectors. For more info go to


Gaza v’s Kinvara 4-Aug-2016

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY TO BE PLAYED IN Kinvara at the Kinvara United FC pitch, Killina – click for directions here


  1. 4:30pm Gaza players arrive at pitch. Greeted by John Griffin
  2. 4:40pm – 6:15pm Galway Community Circus Feel free to bring a picnic and something to share. No ham/pork
  3. 7pm – 8:10pm TWO 7-a-side games to be played at the same time, 30 minutes a-side (FAI guidelines)
    1. Kinvara Under 12’s will play against Gaza age 10/11/12 (some u12s) – referee: Tommy Murphy
    2. Kinvara Under 14’s will play against Gaza age 12/13/14 – referee: Howard McCarthy
  4. 8:15pm  Penalty shootout


  1. We need traffic marshals, please report to Ger Ryan 087-9823033 at 4:15pm, and let Ger know in advance if assisting.
  2. We need people to car-pool, park in the village and drive down together.


A group of 14 children from Gaza aged between 10 and 14, will play two Kinvara United teams on Thursday 4th August in Killina.

Both matches will kick off at 7pm, so that all the Gaza players are playing football, and not standing around watching games.

Since the Gaza kids are very small and some very young, they will be playing in two 7-a-side games, with the youngest players playing Kinvara under-12s and the older players playing Kinvara under-14s.

A single 11-a-side match is simply not appropriate for mixing 10 year old boys with 14 year old boys.

Afterwards, there will be a penalty shootout competition.


Gaza team play Kinvara United     #BeFunky

Age Profile of Gaza Players

  1. age 10 x 1
  2. age 11 x 5
  3. age 12 x 4
  4. age 13 x 2
  5. age 14 x2

KUFC Play final in EDP

The Kinvara Over 35s team play the Galway Over 35’s ‘B’ Final this coming Tuesday 19th July, in EAMONN DEACY PARK, ko is 7.15pm.

Every player who plays in Galway should be allowed to “dream of playing a final in EAMONN DEACY PARK sometime”, well that dream has happened for this team… please support.

Team pictured below at the semi-final win versus Colga on penalties.

Score was 3-3 in normal time, 4-4 after extra time, and decided on penalties 5-3.

Penalties scored by Kieran Cullinane, Martin Gill, Nigel Conneely, Allen Moran, and winning penalty scored by Vinnie Jordan.

Paul Canning saved Colga’s fourth penalty.

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Season 2016-2017

Dates for the upcoming season have been announced by the Galway FA


  1. Junior League Fixtures; Weekend 27/28 August
  2. Junior Cups; Midweek 30/31 August


  1. Youth Jimmy Sullivan Cup; 27/28 August
  2. Youth League; `Midweek 30/31 August


  1. Underage League; Weekend 3/4 September (evens)
  2. Underage Cup; Midweek 6/7/8 September (evens)
  3. Underage League; 10/11 September (odds)
  4. Underage Cup; 13/14/15 September (odds)

Burren Circle

Charity Cycle in aid of Galway Hospice and KUFC, May 21st 2016.

To Register


Register at – click here for link or press RED button above

Make a donation

If you can’t make the cycle but would like to support the Galway Hospice/KUFC please select an amount and click Donate button below

Burren Circle in aid of Galway Hospice & KUFC
Other Amount:

Route Map

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Burren Circle – 95Km and 25Km Charity Cycle in aid of Galway Hospice & KUFC

Burren Circle RoadSign


Galway Hospice is a voluntary organisation and we are delighted to have the involved this year with the cycle. More information on the great work they do and how important fundraising is to them to the can be found on their Galway Hospice website.




95km cycle starting in Kinvara @ 9am and going uphill to Carran where there will be first water teas/coffees stop. Making our way to lisdoonvarna which will have the main stop in the square of the town for a sandwich and then free wheeling to Ballyvaughan where the final water stop is for home and then eventually arriving back to Kinvara.

25km cycle starts in Kinvara @ 12pm. It’s a relatively flat run starting in Kinvara and going around by the edge of the Burren and returning in Kinvara roughly at the same time as the 95km cyclists. There will be awater stop approx half way where you can stop and hydrate yourself before moving on for home

Burren circle


Registration is open from March 18th.  Registration will remain open until the event capacity is reached. Book early to avoid missing out on the chance to take part. The fee for taking part is E40. This year the cycle is supporting Galway hospice and Kinvara United.


Registration for the Burren circle cycle is available online if you visit . If you are registering as a group there is a E5 discount per person (Group of more than 5).

There is also a discount of E5 for early entrants. (Before the 1st of may)

Registration can also be done by mail or in person. Contact Liam on 0851473624.
Johnny on 0860775992

• The 95km cycle starts at 9.00am
• The 25km cycle starts at 12noon
• Both cycles start from Kinvara.

There are generally two options for participants to sign on for the event.
The Night Before – Friday 20th May
Mcmahons mace Between 8 pm and 9pm

The Day of the Event. Saturday 21st May
Event sign on starts at 8.00am on the morning of the event. The event office is located at mcmahon mace

What you get:
1. You will receive your hospice t-shirt
2. You will also receive your event identification that you must wear in order to identify you on the day
3. Event map and event safety guidelines

  1. Receive your Burren Circle completion medal

There will be parking available at Mcmahons Mace and St Colmans church


NB: The Burren Circle is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.

• Cycling on the route is maximum of two a breast.
• The event is a sportive and not a race and you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
• Your will receive an event map and key safety details at event sign on.
• The routes selected for the Burren circle are generally quiet roads but you will encounter some main road junctions. Be please aware of traffic on all roads.
• Diirectional signs will be placed throughout the route and marshals will be evident throughout the route. Please remember marshals are only there to assist. You must check for oncoming traffic at all junctions
• All participants will be provided with an emergency contact number in the case of an emergency on the route. Please note this is not a number for bike repairs.
• You are responsible for taking part in the event on a safe and suitable bike. Participants are responsible for their own bike maintenance. There is limited mechanical support system will be in place and will sweep throughout the route.
• Please ensure you have spare tubes in the event of a puncture and do not rely on the emergency number for help with changing punctures etc.
• No earphones permitted
• No tri bars permitted



The feed stations for the 95km route are located.

Carron – water stop

Lisdoonvarna – food stop

Ballyvaughan – water stop

We recommend that you also bring your own supply of water and gels


At the half way mark there will be a drink station. We recommend that you also bring your own supply of water gels and food

Ambulances and first aiders will be available all day, should anyone require medical assistance it will be administered in the fastest possible timeframe. Please call the emergency contact number provided on the day for medical emergencies. 

The 95km and 25km routes are marked out with distinctive directional signage

Your bike must be in good working order to cycle either the 95km or 25km routes
– Helmet
– Water bottle (s)
– Spare tubes and a Puncture repair kit
– Mobile phone with credit
– Emergency money & ID
– Energy snacks
– Wind / Rainproof top – Participants must be aware that weather conditions in this area can change and you should bring appropriate clothing to keep warm in any adverse weather.
– Sunblock – we hope you will need plenty of this. 

After you cross the finish line you will receive your well earned 2016  finishers memento.

Showers will be provided at Kinvara GAA Clubhouse.
Please be aware that these facilities have a maximum capacity and you may be in a queue

NO HELMET NO CYCLE – this will be strictly enforced
LEAVE NO TRACE: The event operates under a Leave Non Trace litter policy. Please respect the countryside and its residents and bring home your litter. Please do not litter the area with gel sachets, empty bottles or food wrappings etc.
PUNCTURES Please ensure you can change a puncture and bring spare tubes. It may be some time before support can arrive to a spot where a cyclist may have picked up a puncture so please ensure you can change your own wheel or cycle with someone that will assist you to avoid long delays that will impact on your enjoyment of the day.

We hope you have a great day on what we believe is among the finest cycling routes around set against the backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way.


Event is sponsored by Mac MAHON OIL 091 637317 / 091 638126 FOR YOUR NEXT ORDER OF HEATING OIL



Calendar 2016

The club calendar is now in it’s sixth year and we thank sincerely all those businesses who have sponsored adverts both this year and in previous years. It is great to see so many players on the calendar, including photos of recent trips to see Ireland play at the AVIVA stadium, Kinvara players play in Eamonn Deacy park, Galway United players coming to Kinvara for fun day and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Kinvara. We have put a lot of work into the pitch recently with lights for winter training, car park and tea/coffee facilities at matches, and we sincerely thank those involved.

The draft calendar can be viewed below and click here for large PDF download.

Please send any errors or last minute changes to by 2pm Wednesday 20th January 2016.

Download large copy KUFC Calendar 2016 – Draft 1

or view below (click on image below for large version to be displayed)

KUFC Calendar 2016 - Draft 1 - Large