Kilglass Enniscrone United earn FAI Club Mark
The club's goal has been to provide a safe environment in which to play soccer in west Sligo with the best facilities for coaches, players and fans to enjoy. Their aim is to develop Micheal McGowan Park for the surrounding communities for future generations
Kilglass Enniscrone United FC was originally formed in 1978 as Enniscrone United and then amalgamated with Kilglass FC in 1998 to form the present club. The Enniscrone United team was started by a group of Enniscrone players who had played for Ballina Town in the Mayo League in the 1970s. Enniscrone FC were accepted to play in the Mayo League in 1978 and the club had 18 successful years in the Mayo League. They also won two club competitions.
In 1993, the committee bought a piece of land in and had developed it into a new pitch. The club raised funds to construct a clubhouse and stand. The grounds are named Michael McGowan Park in memory of former club chairman, Michael Mc Gowan. The club grounds was officially opened in 2003 by Sligo Rovers who have maintained close ties with the club's members.
When the Mayo League changed over to a summer season in 1996, Enniscrone United moved to the Sligo-Leitrim League. The clubs youth development really took off when it joined the Sligo-Leitrim Youths League. They have competed from U-11 level to U-17 levels and have enjoyed success over the years winning a number of titles including the Sligo-Leitrim Premier League in 2005, and Division 1 winners in 2009. In recent years, the club has put a lot of work into coaching youngsters from U-6 up to U-10 including both boys and girls. They have over 220 boys and girls in 2019 with six teams playing in the Sligo-Leitrim League
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson visited Micheal McGowan Park in 2005 with club patron Joe Kennedy which was a huge honour for the club. An FAI delegation visited the club in 2015 during that year's Festival of Football with Irish legend Ray Hougton who complimented our facility with the exclamation, “Now that’s a pitch!”.
In 2002, David O'Dowd joined Sligo Rovers from KEUFC Youths and he went on to have a successful League of Ireland career with Rovers and later with Galway United. Darragh Tuffy, another youth player from our club signed for then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers at the age of 15. Darragh also played for Republic of Ireland Under-15s and remains as a coach at Ewood Park.
The club's development has continued over the years and their all-weather astro-pitch was opened in 2016. In 2017, the club upgraded the access road and also had street lighting installed. Plans are now in place to have the car parking area tarmacked. Their stand has recently been upgraded and 134 seats have been installed. The wheelchair accessible stand has been named the Edward O Dowd and Gerry Gilroy Stand in memory of two great club members who sadly passed away in recent years.
KEUFC also plays its part off the field with volunteers helping out in various fundraising and other community groups and have raised funds for many worthy causes. Integrating the club within the community and other groups is of vital importance to their success and survival. The combined fundraiser Blotto with local GAA club Enniscrone-Kilglass has led to having one of the best grounds in the west of Ireland.
The club wishes to thank all sponsors, committee members, coaches and volunteers who have helped with the smooth running of the club and its teams and who have contributed greatly to the success that has been achieved over the years. Finally they would like to thank our club secretary Pat McKeown who has been in this position since the foundation in 1978 and is a synonymous figure to the club who has dedicated so much to where KEUFC is today.
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