Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's GAA News Archives 2005 - Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's GAA uggs saoire

Scealta na Seachtaine  26 Nollaig 2005

New Year Draw

Our annual big New Year draw will take place on Sunday 1 January in Gay Priors. Tickets are now on sale from all club members. As before, tickets are €20 each and the first prize is €3,000, second prize is €1,000 and ten other prizes. To add to the excitement, the weekly Lotto will take place on the same night with a Pota Óir of €5,800. A night not to be missed.

Scór na nÓg Co Finals

The county finals will be staged in Ballinamore on Sunday 8 January starting at 3.00

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 19 Nollaig 2005

Nollaig Shona

Ba mhaith leis an gCathaoirleach, an Rúnaí agus Coiste an Chluib go mbeidh Nollaig Shona ag gach duine go bhfuil baint acú leis an gclub agus gach éinne a chabhraigh linn i rith na bliana seo caite. Míle buíochas daoibh ar fad.

New Year Draw

Our annual big New Year draw will take place on Sunday 1 January in Gay Priors. Tickets are now on sale from all club members. As before, tickets are €20 each and the first prize is €3,000, second prize is €1,000 and ten other prizes. To add to the excitement, the weekly Lotto will take place on the same night with a Pota Óir of €5,800. A night not to be missed.

Christmas Lotto

The big Christmas edition of the Lotto took place in Pat Joes on Monday last. There were a host of winners as follows: €100 sponsored by Frank and Ita Flynn: Patsy Creamer. €50 each sponsored by Colm Brennan: Brid Farrelly, Pádraig Seosamh MacLochlainn. €50 each sponsored by Sean O’Heslins GAA: Linda Harte, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Hampers: Herbie Cosgrove, Ballymagovern, Lillie Canning, Lisnatulla, Seán Óg McKeon, Kirby Gilgunn, Michael Moran, Brian Breen. Hamper sponsored by Lakeland Dairies: Brian Breen. Vouchers: Mary Banks (Duignan’s Drapery), Shane Harte (Cara Pharmacy), Joseph McTiernan, Oughteragh (PJ Reynolds Hardware), E McGovern (Gregory Smyth An Siopa Bronntanas). €100 each: Mary McGovern, Drumderg, Áine Donnelly, Kildorragh, Denise O’Riordan, Drumsna, Majella and Tony Gallagher, Mary Donohoe, Ballyconnell, Joe McCabe, Cloone, Maureen McGovern, Tonlagee, John Scollan, Drumshanbo, Aileen Morris c/o Ruairí O Suilleabháin. One year’s subscription to Sean O’Heslins Lotto: Alice Costello. The next Lotto will take place on Sunday 1 Jan in Gay Priors along with the big New Year draw.

Connacht Schools Team for Boston

A Connacht under 16 schools team has been selected to travel to Boston in April and the big news is that two players from Ballinamore Post Primary schools have been selected to go on the trip. They are Wayne McKeon from Sean O’Heslins and Damien Gilheaney from Aughnasheelin. Comhghairdeas don bheirt sar-imreoirí seo.

Comhbhrón

Sympathy to the McLoughlin Family Fenagh on the death of Tom McLoughlin a long time Bord na nÓg Treasurer.

Buíochas to Leitrim Observer

Our thanks to the Leitrim Observer for their coverage throughout the year. Nollaig Shona to everyone who keeps in touch via these notes and also to those who access our website every week.

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 12 Nollaig 2005

Under 16 medals presented to Boys in Tyrone

In a very unique event our under 16 boys traveled to Dunamannagh in Tyrone on Saturday last to the Clann na Gael club, the home club of Stephen O’Neill. Stephen met the boys just outside Omagh and brought them to his home club. On their arrival there were refreshments waiting for them. After this the lads were presented with their medals and the “Sam” was on display. They also got a group photo and individual photos with Stephen. They then played a challenge game against Clann na Gael under 16s, playing some great football and winning the game. They then had a coaching session. After this it was back to the Fir Tree Hotel in Strabane for a well-deserved meal. The boys and their mentors would like to thank Club Chairman, Conor Harte and Secretary, Paddy O’Connor and the club Bord na nÓg chairman, Padraig Leyden and the parents for coming to see the boys being presented with their medals. Bhí lá iontach maith ag gach duine.

Great Participation in Scór na nÓg

The club had big participation in Scór na nÓg over two nights last weekend, some participating in Manorhamilton and some in Ballinamore. We qualified for the finals in six of the eight events. In Rince Foirne we had two groups. For Seán O’Heslins the dancers were: Michelle Reynolds, Shauna Cullen, Johanna Keenaghan, Orla McWeeney, Niamh Griffin, Sarah Sweeney, Maria O’Reilly, Erin Gilheany. For Ballinamore the dancers were: Maeve Gleeson, Ellen Wrynn, Jessica Cullen, Éadaoin McGourty, Niamh McGourty, Alison Sweeney, Gráinne Griffin, Caoimhe McCaffrey. The first group qualified for the finals. In Rince Seit we also had two groups: Sean O’Heslins: Shauna Cullen, Johanna Keenaghan, Sarah Sweeney, Maria O’Reilly, Erin Gilheany, Catherine Smith, Kate McTague, Lisa Duignan. For Ballinamore: Orla McWeeney, Niamh Griffin, Lauren McGrory, Katie Duignan, Aisling Duignan, Phillipa McTague, Maeve Gleeson, Michelle Reynolds. Both sets qualified.

In Tráth na gCeist we had two teams. For O’Heslins, Shane Murphy, Darren Reynolds and Michael Costello. For Ballinamore, Kevin Banks, Cyril óg Smith and Stephen McTague. The first team qualified. In Amhranaíocht we had two singers, both of them performing well: Aisling Duignan and Aisling Maxwell. On this occasion Aisling Maxwell got through. In recitation Róisín McTague took part. Our Ballad group of Katie Duignan, Ciara Martin, Shauna Cullen, Aisling Duignan and Lauren McGrory also qualified. In music we had Maria O’Reilly, Rachel Gilheany, Róisín McTague and Niamh Griffin. Finally our Nuachleas qualified and they were represented by Michael Costello, David Leyden, Rowena O’Rourke, Catherine Smith, Neil Hughes, Lisa Duignan and Claire Fanning.

News from Singapore

Last time we heard from Brendan Wisley, the Singapore GAA team were travelling to Shanghai, China, to play in the 10th Annual Asia Games Tournament. That was last October. Well, the Singapore men’s team won the Plate beating Na Geanna – Japan Exiles with Brendan playing at full back.

In addition, Singapore has since been confirmed as the venue for the Vodafone GAA All Stars tour next January. The All Star hurlers of 2004 and 2005 will fly to Asia on Wednesday, January 18th and will return a week later. The highlight of the visit will be an exhibition game between the two selections to be played at the Singapore Polo Grounds on Saturday, January 21st. The visit is being hosted by the local GAA club, the Singapore Gaelic Lions, of which Brendan Wisley from Kiltymooden is the current club secretary. With a multi-national membership, the Club enjoys an excellent profile in Singapore and works closely with other local and Irish Community groups.

College Football

Congratulations to Ballinamore Post Primary on winning the Connacht D Title last Sunday. There were seven Ballinamore men on the team.

Good wishes – John Connolly

The club extends good well wishes to John Connolly of the Leitrim Observer and a speedy recovery to full health.

Ladies Football

There will be an important meeting in relation to ladies football in the Community Centre on Wednesday next, 14 Dec at 8.30pm. All players from under 12 to junior level, parents of all grades and mentors are asked to attend. Members of the Leitrim Ladies County Board will be in attendance to discuss important topics in relation to ladies football in the county.

Membership

Membership fees are now due and should be paid as soon as possible to club registrar, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Adult membership is now €20 and underage members pay €5.

New Year Draw

Tickets are also out for the New Year draw. Tickets €20 each from club members.

Comhbhrón

The club wishes to express sympathy to the Smyth Family, Church St on the death of Cathy’s father during the week. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air

Lotto – Special Christmas Lotto on Monday

Pota Óir is now at €5,700. Next Monday is the special Christmas Lotto with a host of prizes. It will be in Pat Joe’s Bar. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Séamus MacGabhann, Enda Kelleher, Miscawn, Katie Cafferty, Mona Creamer, Laura Gilheaney, Ian Harvey, Aghacashel. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Damien and Patricia Flynn: John Turbitt. Numbers drawn 41579023

 

Scealta na Seachtaine  – 5 Nollag 2005  

Club AGM

The club AGM took place on Sunday last. There were about 45 in attendance and with no changes in officer positions and a fairly successful season just ended there were no fireworks or heated discussions. The outgoing Cathaoirleach went through the year’s activities both on and off the field. The opening of the newly laid pitch was one of the highlights of the season; indeed it is the envy of many clubs. On the pitch, the Seniors reached the quarter final of the championship and nearly made it against Kiltubrid. Their big achievement was to retain senior status. The under 16s did a magnificent double in League and championship. The under 14 hurlers won championship and Féile. The ladies reached three finals and, at the end of the season, Oughteragh Gaels won the under 21 championship. In Scór it was a quiet year at adult level but in Scór na nÓg the figure dancers reached the All Ireland Finals.

Cúrsaí Airgeadais

There were great fundraising efforts throughout the year from the Finance Committee, headed by Tommy Moran and the Lotto sellers organized by Mona Creamer. Major fundraisers were the Park Development Fundraiser, the Christmas Draw, Golf Classic. Race Night and sponsorship. Apart from the development work in progress on the Park, it cost in the region of €70,000 to run the club during the year.

Oifigí don bhliain 2006

Seo iad na hoifigí don bhliain 2006: Uachtarán, Hugh McTague: Leas Uachtaráin, Paddy Smyth, P.J. Dolan, An tAthair S Ó Dubhthaigh, John Harte, George Price, Joe Gormley, Andy Duffy, Paddy Dolan. Cathaoirleach, Conor Harte: Leas Cathaoirleach, Raymond McHugh: Rúnaí, Paddy O’Connor: Cisteoir, Anne Shanley: Cláiritheoir, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Oifigeach Caidrimh, Seán Ó Suilleabháin: Coiste; Paddy Prior, Brian Breen, Alan Banks,  Sean Ó Suilleabháin, Tom Burns, Brian Cafferty, Anton Arandelovic, Ronan O’Rourke. Co-opted as representative of Ladies section: Veronica Smith.

Connacht Under 16 trials

Three club members have been called to trials for a Connacht under 16 selection which will travel to Boston. The three are: Shane Murphy, Philip Farrelly and Wayne McKeon.

Membership

Membership fees are now due and should be paid as soon as possible to club registrar, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Adult membership is now €20 and underage members pay €5. Membership is still very small compared to what other clubs are charging, but it would help if everybody paid it as soon as possible.

Under 21 Final Videos

Anyone who wishes to order a copy of Under 21 Final video, please contact Seán O Suilleabháin before this weekend.

Under 16s head for Tyrone

This coming Saturday will be a unique occasion for our under 16 footballers as they head for Tyrone. There they will be hosts of the Clann na nGael club near Strabane, the home club of footballer of the year: Stephen O’Neill. They will play a game and then have a coaching session with Stephen O’Neill. They will then be presented with their medals and round it off with a meal in a hotel in Strabane. Bus leaves Ballinamore on Saturday at 8.15 am

Scór na nÓg

One of the regional events in Scór na nÓg takes place in the Community Centre this Saturday night. Sean O’Heslins have a big entry and it should be a full house in the Hall on Saturday. Usual stewards please attend.

Scéalta

Thanks to all the people who pass on information for the weekly notes. If anybody has pieces of information that  might possibly be missed please give Sean O Suilleabháin a ring at 071-9644227. News items like players playing in colleges, achievements of one sort or another, marriages, engagements, births, former players or members involved in games elsewhere, indeed anything and everything whether serious or trivial. It all adds up to club news. Mar sin, aon scéal atá agat, beidh fáilte roimhe.

Connacht Colleges

Good luck to Ballinamore Post Primary Schools in the Connacht D Final on Sunday

Lotto

Pota Óir is now at €5,600. Monday’s draw is in Flynn’s Waterway. Winners of €40 last Monday were: John McWeeney, Seán Quinn, Aughawillan, Columba Cryan, Dervla Smith, Bernadette Began, James Dooner. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Ciarán Smith: Kevin Turbitt. Numbers drawn were: 35721604. The winner of €50 in the Park Development monthly draw was Austin Quinn.

Red Lotto – Lotto Dearg

The annual Christmas special Lotto with a host of extra prizes will take place in Pat Joe’s Bar on Monday week next. Special red envelopes will now be on sale for this Lotto.

Scealta na Seachtaine  – 28 Samhain 2005

 

Great Victory for Under 21s

Oughteragh Gaels took the under 21 title in dramatic style on Saturday last. For much of the game, especially the second half it looked like going beyond their reach, but they battled away and stole it in the final three or four minutes.

In the early stages Oughteragh Gaels were doing great. They led by 0-4 to 0-2 and were sailing. Then, as often happens, Drumlea got a snap goal out of the blue and the whole picture changed. At half time it was 1-4 to 0-4for Drumlea. In the early part of the second half, Oughteragh Gaels had the upperhand again and came within one point of Drumlea. Then Drumlea had a dominant spell but hit a lot of wides. With ordinary time already up and Gaels still a point behind, a couple of moments of magic from Anton Arandelovic changed it all. First he hit a great point from the right to level it and then he won a throw in and held the ball until he released it to Cathal Egan. Cathal hit a great point with very little room to maneuver and that was it. It was a sweet victory and made up for a dramatic defeat by Drumlea in the 2002 final when we seemed to have it won but then lost in extra time.

This was a hard earned victory but there were a couple of outstanding displays. Gavin McWeeney kept Oughteragh Gaels in it almost single-handedly. He pointed every free they got when Drumlea were missing from play and placed balls. The man of the match was undoubtedly Liam Ferguson who came to the rescue on many occasions in the second half especially. In the last minutes it was the brilliance of Anton Arandelovic and Cathal Egan who sealed it. Final score Oughteragh Gaels 0-9 Drumlea 1-5. Well done to the team mentors Brian Breen and Brendan Sammon who steered this team to victory.

Foireann: Shane Ferguson (B), Wayne Gilgunn (A), Patrick McLoughlin (B), Brian Murray (A), Fergal McManus (A), Liam Ferguson (B), Naoise Hayden (B), Gavin McWeeney (A) (0-6), Anton Arandelovic (B) (0-2), David Duignan (B), Barry McWeeney (A), Gavin Sammon (A), James McWeeney (B), Ronan Sharpley (B), Cathal Egan (A) (0-1). Sub: Finnian Sharpley (B).

AGM

The Sean O’Heslins Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday next, 4 th December 2005 at 2pm in the Community Centre. This is the day when all club members come together to review the year just ending. The meeting draws the biggest crowd of the year and this year will be no different. All players, mentors and supporters are urged to attend.

County Under 16 Player of the Year

Congratulation to Wayne McKeon who has been selected for the “Under 16 Player of the Year” Award. Wayne had an outstanding year and was hugely responsible for Sean O’Heslins winning the League and Championship double in 2005. Comhghairdeas Wayne.

Jersey Sponsorship

The club wishes to thank Andy O’Rourke of O’Rourke Office Supplies for sponsoring a set of jerseys for Oughteragh Gaels. These were worn for the first time in the under 21 final last Saturday.

Lotto.

Pota Óir is now at €5,500. Monday’s draw is in Siopa Óil. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Margaret McKeon, Brian Breen, Alexander Dalton, Lakeland, Joseph McTiernan, Oughteragh, Gerry Mahon, Paddy O’Connor and Mona Creamer. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Gay Prior: Séamus MacGabhann. Numbers drawn: 14576023

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 21 Samhain 2005

 

Under 21s in Co Final

Oughteragh Gaels qualified for the under 21 Final by beating Glencar/Manorhamilton on Saturday last. On a sunny November evening on the excellent Drumshanbo pitch this was a closely fought game and the Gaels just about deserved to win. Early in the first half it looked as if the Ballinamore/Aughnasheelin combination were going to run away with it. Points by Roan Sharpley and James McWeeney opened the scoring before Manor got a goal. However, when Cathal Egan crashed to the net it led to a take over by the Gaels. Three pointed frees from Gavin McWeeney left it 1-5 to 1-1. Then Manor took over and got the next five points without reply to lead by 1-6 to 1-5 at half-time.

Manorhamilton missed a good few chances early in the second half while they were on top. David Duignan, Gavin and Barry McWeeney got points each. Then the Gaels took over with an excellent point from Cathal Egan, followed by two more good ones from Gavin Sammon. An opportunist goal from Gavin Sammon seemed to have been the final nail as it gave Oughteragh Gaels a six-point lead. However Manor got the next three points but that is where it ended, 2-11 to 1-11. Next weekend it is Drumlea in the final and that should be interesting.

Foireann: Richard McManus (A), Wayne Gilgunn (A), Patrick McLoughlin (B), Brian Murray (A), Fergal McManus (A), Liam Ferguson (B), Naoise Hayden (B), Gavin McWeeney (A) (0-4), Anton Arandelovic (B), David Duignan (B) (0-1), Barry McWeeney (A) (0-1), Gavin Sammon (A) (1-2), James McWeeney (B) (0-1), Ronan Sharpley (B) (0-1), Cathal Egan (A) (1-1).

Under 21 Final

The final takes place against Drumlea, this Saturday in the Park at 2.30

AGM

The Sean O’Heslins Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday week, 4 th December 2005 at 2pm in the Community Centre. The annual Report has been circulated to all club members and we ask everyone to take the time to read it, as it is a summary of the year’s activities in all sections of the club.

Aifreann

Mass for all deceased members of Sean O’Heslins GAA Club will be held on Friday week, 25 Nov, and we ask that all members attend to pay respect to the people who have contributed to the club over the years.

Presentation of Under 16 medals.

A very novel and unique event has been arranged for the presentation of the under 16 League and Championship medals. The players are traveling to the Clann na Gael club in Tyrone, home club of star full forward, Stephen O’Neill. The players will leave Ballinamore on the morning of Saturday 10 December, play a challenge match against Clann na nGael and this will be followed by a coaching session given by Stephen O’Neill. He will then present the medals to the team after a meal in the Fir Tree Hotel in Strabane. The Sam Maguire cup will also be on display. It promises to be a wonderful experience for those talented players who brought double glory to the club this year. Clann na Gael is also the club of Brian Dooher, the Tyrone Captain.

Lotto

Pota Óir is now at €5,400. Mondays draw will be in Gay Prior’s Bar. Winners of €40 last Monday were; Paddy McGourty, Catherine Ecker, Anita Harte, Leo and Bernie Mitchell, Drumreilly, Kate and Dympna McTague, Dromore, Mollie Creamer, Lahard. Winner of Bottle of Whiskey sponsored by David McCabe: Walter Sharpley. Actually the name pulled out for the bottle was David McCabe himself but he kindly put it up again. Numbers drawn: 51204673

New Year Draw

Tickets will soon be out for the club’s annual New Year draw and also for the Christmas Lotto

 

Scealta na Seachtaine  – 14 Samhain 2005

Under 21 Game

Oughteragh Gaels play Glencar/Manorhamilton on this Saturday in Drumshanbo at 3.00 in the Under 21 Championship

AGM and Nominations

The Sean O’Heslins Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 4 th December 2005 at 2pm in the Community Centre. The annual Report has been circulated to all club members and we ask everyone to take the time to read it, as it is a summary of the year’s activities in all sections of the club. Also, any motions or Officer Nomination Forms must be returned to the Secretary, Paddy O’Connor by Sunday next 20 Nov

Aifreann

Mass for all deceased members of Sean O’Heslins GAA Club will be held on Friday week, 25 Nov, and we ask that all members attend to pay respect to the people who have contributed to the club over the years.

News from our Golf Sponsor

Frank D’Arcy, sponsor of the Sean O’Heslins annual golf classic, has launched a new web site: www.advisoryservices.ie. Frank specialises in financial planning including Finance and Investment products and now has a page on the site dedicated to O’Heslin’s members and friends with special rates for club members and associates. The site is very informative: have a read and if you can support Frank’s business in any way, it will be appreciated.

Lotto

Pota Óir is now at €5,300. Next Monday’s draw is in the Poor Scholar. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Oliver Kelleher, Louise Ferry, Kate McTague, Stroke, Brid McWeeney, Longstone, Thomas Grimes, Austin Quinn. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Liam McGirl: Damien Martin. Numbers drawn: 63527410

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 6 Samhain 2005

AGM

The Sean O’Heslins Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 4 th December 2005 at 2pm in the Community Centre. The annual Report will be circulated to all club members by this weekend. We ask everyone to take the time to read it, as it is a summary of the years activities in all sections of the club. Also, any motions or Officer Nomination Forms must be returned to the Secretary, Paddy O’Connor by Sunday 20/11/05.

Club Mass

Mass for all deceased members of Sean O’Heslins GAA Club will be held on Friday 25/11/05 and we ask that all members attend to pay respect to the people who have contributed to the club over the years.

Ladies Football

Our Minor Girls played St.Josephs in the county final in Fenagh on Sunday last. This was a tough encounter for the girls who never really got going in the game. Despite their never-say-die attitude, they left themselves with too much to do in the second half, but fought bravely to the end. They can now look forward to a well-deserved break for a while. The team & subs were: Carol O’Connor, Roweena O’Rourke (capt), Clare Fanning, Kate McTague, Orla McWeeney, Deborah Gillheaney, Lauren McGrory, Katie Duignan, Catherine Smith, Erin Gillheaney, Aisling Duignan, Caroline McGrory, Emma Reynolds, Aisling Maxwell. We would like to thank everyone who helped or supported us all year especially to Veronica Smith & Aisling Flaherty who put in a massive effort. A big thanks to the girls for the hard work, hoping to see them all in the new year.

Lotto

No winner of last weeks lotto draw held in McAllisters, Jackpot was € 5,100. Winners on the night were, House draw €40 Christopher McNiffe. 5 winners of €40 were Imelda Mahon, Church St. Damien Kellegher, Miskawn, Noel O’Rourke, Corraleehan, Fiona Maguire, Arigna, Hugh P Prior, c/o C. McNiffe. €50 winner monthly winner was P.J. Mcloughlin. Next weeks draw is in McGirls, Jackpot €5,200

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 31 Deireadh Fomhair 2005

Seniors Lose in Final Game of the Year.

Tá Deireadh na bliana tagtha. Our final league game, which was effectively a battle for promotion, took place in Aughawillan on Saturday. It was a tough close game that resembled well the traditional Ballinamore-Aughawillan encounters of the 80s and 90s. with Aughawillan shading it on this occasion. We got a great boost very early on. A lucky break in the square was finished to the net by Paul Prior. However, if it was a lucky one it only compensated for a lot of missed chances in the second half. We got two other points in the first half from Liam Ferguson and Finnian Sharpley. At half time Aughawillan led by 0-8 to 1-2, which was a fair indication of the run of play.

We had the wind in the second half and a strong wind it was too. We dominated possession for the entire second half but just could not get scores. Our two second half points came from frees by Anton Arandelovic and Paul Prior but twice as many frees were missed and although we got within one point at one stage, Aughawillan got the final two to put it beyond our reach. Even in the last minute Thomas McLoughlin made a great attempt at goal but it went narrowly wide. It finished 0-10 to 1-4. There is no doubt about it we tried hard and it wasn’t from want of effort that we failed.

However, it could all be for luck. Next spring we will be in division two of the league but in senior championship. It seems a long way off but it will come. It has been a good year overall and our thanks to Séamus McKeon, Alan Banks and Paddy Prior and all of the panel who put a great effort into it.

Foireann: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Patrick McLoughlin, Joe Honeyman, David Duignan, Naoise Hayden, Rory O’Rourke, Johnny McWeeney, Anton Arandelovic, Thomas McLoughlin, Anthony McTague, Liam Ferguson (0-1), Brian Cafferty, Finnian Sharpley (0-1), Paul Prior (1-2), Sean Murray. Sub; Ronan Sharpley.

Ladies Football

Sean O’Heslins under 12 girls took home their first ever title by winning the
shield final beating Augnasheelin. Our girls went out and gave an outstanding display of football in what turned out to be a very wet and winding Saturday morning in Augnasheelin, but they didn’t seem to mind as they got off to a flying start, with some great scores from our two forwards Megan OR tslxwgvs. pantofola ugg17; Connor and Dawn Flynn which was followed by some great score taking from our two midfielders Ciara and Laura O’ Dowd. We had great defending in the back line from Niamh Donnelly and Ciara McTague, we also had some great saves from Louise Farry in goals.

The girls played their best football to-date and it was great to watch
the girls play with great team spirit. The second half turned out to be
very entertaining football from both sides with Augnasheelin getting more
into the game and getting some great scores. But our girls held on well
and were just that bit stronger. We then made some changes by putting our
sub’s on in the last remaining minutes of the game. Our sub’s were Niamh
Flynn, Aoibheann Flynn, Aoibheann Boyle, Aoibheann Curran and Phillippa
O’Reilly, they also played great football and had some great scores. We
also had some players missing on the day and they were Caroline Bourke,
Rachel Gilheaney and Laura Creaven. The game ended Augnasheelin 4:8 Sean O’Heslins 10:12. The girls then headed back to town with their captain
Ciara O Dowd to celebrate their victory. The team panel on the day were
Louise Farry, Niamh Donnelly, Ciara McTague, Ciara O’ Dowd (Capt) Laura O’ Dowd, Megan O’ Connor, Dawn Flynn, Niamh Flynn, Aoibheann Flynn, Aoibheann Curran, Aoibheann Boyle, Phillippa O’Reilly.

That was the last game of the season for our under 12 girls and we hope to see you all back next year for under 12 and under 14. Thanks to all the girls for turning out to training through the season and to their parents for encouraging them throughout
the season also. Thanks to all the parents for driving to some of the away games.

Our Minor Girls play St.Josephs in the county final on Sunday at 11.45am in Fenagh. Your support would be appreciated.

Executive Committee Meeting

A meeting of the clubs executive committee will take place on Friday night at 9pm in Stans.

Lotto

This weeks lotto draw was held in Lawrences, Numbers Drawn 7 5 4 6 1 3 2 0, no jackpot winner. 5 winners of €40, Noel Sweeney, Christina Prior, Leixlip, Mary Ralph, Lahard, Martina Duffy, Mullingar, Louise Flynn c/o Smyths. House draw, John Harte, Roisin Kenny, Special house prize, Tom Burns. Next weeks draw in McAllisters, Jackpot €5,100.

 

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 24 Deireadh Fomhair 2005

Fixtures 

Crucial League game against Aughawillan in Aughawillan on Saturday at 4.30pm. Support would be welcome.

Lotto Jackpot Winner

After many’s a week of “No jackpot winner”, Mona Creamer had a different story on Monday night last in Jackie’s. The Pota Óir of €9,200 was won by Gerry Mahon with the winning combination of 16270543. Comhghairdeas to Gerry. The winner of the bottle of whiskey sponsored by Jackie was Kitty Cafferty. Next Monday’s draw is in Lawrences and the Pota Óir is €5,000.

Cormac Mac Giolla

Tá Cormac Mac Giolla ar shlí na Firinne. Thainig an scéal bhrónach sin amach tráthnóna De Domhnaigh seo caite. Cé go raibh sé in ospidéal le tamaill fada ní raibh súil ag éinne lena bhás. Ní fheicfear a thuile é i measc na sluaite ag Scór agus beidh bearna ann nach féidir a líonadh go héasca. Rinne sé a dhicheall gach gné d’ár gcultúir a chur chun chin agus caithfimid leanúint leis. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.

Videos of Under 16 Final

Please contact Padraig McKeon by this weekend if you require video or DVD of the under 16 final

Gaelic Telecom

Gerry McLoughlin came to last Friday’s well-attended club meeting to talk about the benefits of joining Gaelic Telecom. By all accounts a lot of people are changing their phone bill for private houses and for business premises to Gaelic Telecom, for two reasons. Firstly it is cheaper and secondly your nominated GAA club gets 15% of what you pay. The Sean O’Heslins club are anxious to see as many people as possible joining because it will be a significant fundraiser for the club in the coming year. If you want to join ring 1890 929 422.

Motions for Convention

Motions for Convention must be submitted before 11 November. There will be a club executive meeting on Friday 4 November.

Buying Irish – Toothpaste for example

It is part of the GAA Rules to support Irish industry but it is seldom we hear people talking now about “Buy Irish”.  It has come to our notice recently that few people in Ballinamore seem to realize that of all the varieties of toothpaste on the shelves, there is only one that is Irish-made and that is the “Fiacla” brand. For that reason you would expect that people would buy nothing else but Fiacla. However, it seems one outlet in Ballinamore stopped stocking it because it wasn’t being sold. It is back on the shelves now and we would urge everybody to but Irish in this case. The price and quality is the same. So next time you are in the supermarket look for Fiacla

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 17 Deireadh Fomhair 2005

Seniors Good Win

Our seniors kept up their quest for league promotion with a hard-earned win over Glencar/Manorhamilton on Saturday last. In the first half we got points from Anton Arandelovic, Seán Murray, two from Finnian Sharpley and the best score of the half was a pointed free from the sideline by Paul Prior. It was level at half-time, 0-5 to us and 1-2 to Manorhamilton. We played great football in the second half that was matched all the way by the North Leitrim boys. Paul Prior pointed two good frees and it was level with minutes to go at 0-7 to 1-4. Then Naoise Hayden got a wonderful point from the end line, which gave us the lead. In the last minute Anthony McTague managed to get it over the bar when he didn’t seem to have much of a chance to give us a lead of two and that was the way it ended, 0-9 to 1-4. A win we deserved on the run of play and one that keeps us in the running for promotion.

Foireann agus scóir: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Liam Ferguson, Joe Honeyman, David Duignan, Naoise Hayden (0-1), Rory O’Rourke, Johnny McWeeney, Thomas McLoughlin, Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Anthony McTague (0-1), Ronan Sharpley, Brian Cafferty, Seán Murray (0-1), Paul Prior (0-3), Finnian Sharpley (0-2). Subs: Patrick McLoughlin.

Ladies Juniors lose in Junior B League Final

On Saturday last Sean O’Heslins played Glencar/Manorhamilton in the Junior B League Final in Kiltubrid. Once again Manor proved too strong for the O’Heslins girls. It was the first half performance by the Manorhamilton girls that proved too much for Ballinamore, although the girls came out with a much better second-half performance and never gave up until the final whistle. This was the last junior game for the girls this year but they can look back with pride on reaching the league and championship finals. We would like to thank them for the effort they put in at training and on the field of play.

Foireann: Carol O’Connor, Claire Fanning, Lauren McGrory, Rowena O’Rourke, Kirby Gilgunn, Caroline McGrory, Michelle Fanning, Orla McWeeney, Deborah Gilheaney, Carmel McCartin, Erin Gilheany, Kate McTague, Catherine Smith. Subs: Emma Reynolds, Aisling Maxwell, Katie Duignan, Aisling Duignan. Here’s looking forward to seeing you all next year.

Comhbhrón

The club extends its sincere sympathy to our Treasurer, Ann Shanley, on the death of her father, Tom, in Manorhamilton. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air

Scór

Preparations are now beginning for Scór na nÓg and Raymond McHugh or Cyril Smith are the people to contact if you are interested in taking part or indeed in helping. Scór na mBunscoileanna is also around the corner.

Website Pictures

A number of recent pictures have now been added to the website, the under 14 hurlers, under 16 footballers and ladies juniors. Have a look at seanoheslinsgaa.com.

General Club Meeting

A general club meeting open to every club member will be held in the Community Centre on this Friday at 9.00. Please do make an effort to attend and hear about all the work in progress.

Pósadh, Pósadh agus ag dul i dtreo Pósta

Paul Kieran, one of our all-time greats, got married in Limerick last weekend, Niall Gormley, our former Rúnaí, gets married to Breege McGovern this weekend. Geraldine McIntyre and Martin Cunnane from Mayo are heading in that direction; they got engaged recently. Comhghairdeas leo go léir.

Comhghairdeas

Congratulations to Aughnasheelin, our near neighbours on winning the junior double. Congratulation also to Aughawillan Ladies and to Sarah McLoughlin who got player of the match in the Connacht Final.

Bon Voyage and best wishes

Best wishes to our senior goalkeeper, Aidan Harte, who has left for Arizona this week. We wish a speedy recovery to Ronan O’Rourke who underwent an operation this week.

Lotto

Pota Óir is now €9,200. Next Monday’s Lotto is in Jackie’s. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Bridie Gallagher, Colette McGirl, Laheen, Hugh McTague Jnr, Francie Flanagan, c/o Lawrence’s, Josie Cryan, Séamus MacGabhann. Winners of €20 each sponsored by Terry Shortt: Séamus MacMurchadha and Padraig Seosamh MacLochlainn.  Numbers drawn: 57632041

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 10 Deireadh Fomhair 2005

Fixture

Seniors play Manorhamilton in the Bee Park on Saturday, probably at 4.00

Gaeil an Chontae Just fail

It looked unusual on the scoreboard in Páirc Seán on Saturday and novel it surely was, a team drawn from Ballinamore, Manorhamilton and the Gortletteragh/Mohill and Bornacoola  areas; called Gaeil an Chontae, facing St Mary’s in the County Senior Hurling Final. It certainly produced a much-improved county final but the result was the same, a seventh victory on the trot for St Mary’s. Gaeil an Chontae had the better of the opening few minutes but could only get one point. St Mary’s got on top and a lucky goal gave them a flattering 1-6 to 0-2 lead at the interval.

Na Gaeil had the better of much of the second half. Points from the two marksmen: Gary Hickey and Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin and then a great goal from Phily McGuinness brought Na Gaeil within three points. Then a strange thing happened. Dominic Kelly got what appeared to be a point from the right wing. The umpire on that wing waved it wide. Players protested and the umpire on the right signaled a point. Then he consulted the first umpire and they seemed to agree it was over. However the referee never went in to consult but instead booked a Gaeil player for protesting. Almost from the puck out St Mary’s got a goal from a goalmouth scramble and that was the end of it. The experiment worked in that it gave a very competitive county final. The result shows St Mary’s great superiority at the moment and the reason why we will probably see more of Gaeil an Chontae, for another year at least. It finished St Mary’s 2-10, Gaeil an Chontae 1-8.

Foireann: (“B” for Ballinamore, “M” for Manorhamilton, “G” for former Gortletteragh club). Brian McDonald (M), Gavin Brennan (B), Val Cronin (M), Ciaran Maxwell (B), Kevin O’Connor (B), Stephen Dorrigan (G), Micheál Dolan (M), Michael Poniard (M), David Poniard (M), Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin (B) (0-3), Dominick Kelly (M), Gary Hickey (M) (0-5), Séamus Mallon (G), Adrian Gallogly (B), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (B). Subs: Phily McGuinness (G) (1-0), Cathal McCrann (G).

Bás Pat Mallon

One of the town’s best-loved characters, Pat Mallon, was buried last Friday. Pat, who came from Dublin sixty-six years ago to work and live in D’Arcy’s, High St, was known by all and sundry in Ballinamore and surrounds. Pat was passionately interested in football, in the fortunes of his native Dublin, Sean O’Heslins and Leitrim. In the early 1940s when the Ballinamore club was suspended, a parish league kept activity going and Pat played for the town team. In later years Pat Mallon was a Vice President of the club and club members participated in the guard of honour at his removal. Pat was a deeply religious man and great tributes were paid to him at his funeral mass by Fr Heery and by Gay D’Arcy. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.

Seniors Big Win Over Drumkeerin

Our seniors had an easy win over Drumkeerin on Sunday. We had the game sewn up by half-time and nothing went right for Drumkeerin in the second half. However it has to be said this was a devastating performance by O’Heslins. Hurt by the defeat by Mohill the previous week, there was going to be no slippage this time. There were some very well-worked scores, particularly significant early on when the eventual outcome was still wide open. Leading by 1-9 to 0-3 at half-time, it ended 6-14 to 0-6.

Foireann agus scóir: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Johnny McWeeney, Joe Honeyman, David Duignan, Naoise Hayden, Rory O’Rourke, Liam Ferguson, Thomas McLoughlin (1-0), Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Anthony McTague (1-2), Paul McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty, Seán Murray (0-2), Paul Prior (2-4), Finnian Sharpley (1-4). Subs: Paul Kieran, Ronan Sharpley (0-1), James McWeeney (1-0), Joe McTague.

Peil na mBan

Ladies Junior League Final against Manorhamilton is in Ballinaglera on Saturday at 5.00

Club meeting

The general club meeting ws postponed last Friday as a mark of respect to the late Pat Mallon, our club Vice President. It will now be held on Friday week 21 Oct at 10.00 in the Community Centre.

Lotto

Pota Óir is now at €9,100. Next Monday’s draw is in Shortt’s Heritage Bar. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Noel Sweeney, Laura Creamer, Kiltyhugh, Mae Canning, Cloone, Benny Connolly, Drumreilly, Francie Prior, Tully, Damien Creaven, Killaneen. Bottle of Baileys sponsored by Galligan’s: Séamus MacMurchadha. Numbers drawn: 14735062

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 3 Deireadh Fomhair 2005

Three titles in a week

It was a great week for Seán O’Heslins. On Tuesday last the under 14 hurlers won the championship, and on Friday morning the schools team won the INTO mini sevens. To crown it all the under 16s won the championship on Friday evening.

Fixtures

County Hurling Final is on Saturday in Páirc Seán at 5.00. Ballinamore players involved in amalgamation, Gaeil an Chontae. Senior footballers play Drumkeerin in League on Sunday at 2.30 in the Park

Under 16 Footballers Win Championship

Friday was a famous evening for the club when the under 16 footballers took the under 16 championship title for the second year in a row and also completed the League and Championship double for 2005. It was one-way traffic for most of the first half with Wayne McKeon and Shane Murphy in great scoring form. Wayne got five points, Shane got three and Jim McTague got one. At half time we led by 0-9 to 0-1. Carrigallen were coming more into the game before half time and the second
half had a surprise in store for us. Carrigallen got four points in succession and it was down to just four between us. At this stage Philip Farrelly brought off a great save and Carrigallen ran out of steam after that. Jim McTague got a point to start us off and then the “Wayne and Shane Show” started again. The points flowed, Wayne got three, Shane got two, Jim McTague got his second of the half and Shane Moran also got his name on the score sheet. Although Carrigallen got a late goal it was all long over by then and it finished 0-17 to 1-5.

In reality, O’Heslins won this championship when they beat St Mary’s a week earlier. Carrigallen tried their best but were no match for what is a wonderful team of footballers, the best this club has seen at this level for quarter of a century, yes since 1980. True, they won the championship last year, but there was an element of luck on that occasion. There was no need for luck this year, they are the best team in the county and they have some of the best footballers the club has seen in a long while. Congratulations to the whole panel and to Managers: Padraig McKeon, Sean Reynolds and Ronan O’Rourke. The trophy was presented to the winning captain, Wayne McKeon by Bord na nÓg Leas-Chathaoirleach, Dan Gallogly after the game. There then followed the traditional tour of the town and a feed for the deserving team and mentors.

Foireann: Philip Farrelly, Paul Darcy, David Leyden, Matthew Murphy, Neil Hughes, Michael Costello, Enda Quinn, Wayne McKeon (0-8), Jim McTague (0-3), John Christie, Shane Murphy (0-5), Darren Reynolds, Shane McWeeney, Stephen Beirne, Shane Moran (0-1). Subs used: Ian Flynn and Keith McKiernan. Other subs: Éamon Walsh, Séamus Donnelly, Conor McTague, James Boyle, Barry Flynn, Mark Sweeney, Stephen Rymer Thompson.

Videos of the Game

The game was videod with commentary and videos (or DVDs) of the game can be ordered from Padraig McKeon at 9645093. Please order copies by this weekend so that they can be ordered in block. It is wonderful to have a record of theses games to look at in the long winter nights and recall a famous Ballinamore victory.

Senior Footballers Lose to Mohill

Our senior footballers lost their first outing in the second tier of the league on Sunday. It was a close game all through and it was only in the last five minutes that Mohill pulled away. An early goal from Rory O’Rourke and  points from Seán Murray and Anton Arandelovic meant we were up four points at one stage. However, Mohill got a goal and two points without reply from us and they led by 1-3 t 1-2 at half-time. We were unlucky in that three shots hit the upright in the first half and were cleared. In a low scoring second half we missed a good few chances and relied entirely on Finnian Sharpley who scored our three second half points. Mohill got five and won by 1-8 to 1-5.

Foireann: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Shane Ferguson, Patrick McLoughlin, David Duignan, Johnny McWeeney, Joe Honeyman, Liam Ferguson, Anton Arandelovic(0-1), Thomas McLoughlin, Paul McLoughlin, Rory O’Rourke (1-0), Ronan Sharpley, Sean Murray (0-1), Paul Prior, Finnian Sharpley (0-3). Subs: Brian Cafferty, Anthony McTague.

Hurlers Lose B Final

Our hurlers lost the B Final to  Manorhamilton on Saturday. We were a bit under strength and never really got going. In the first half we held our own and an Adrian Gallogly goal brought us back into the game. At half time Manorhamilton led by 1-6 to 1-2. We were back to within three points of Manorhamilton but when they got another goal we were unable to get back into it. It finished 3-8 to 1-5.

Foireann: Conor Harte, Mark Egan, Cathal McCrann, Ciaran Maxwell, Mike Horgan, Kevin O’Connor, David McGovern, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin (0-3), Thomas McLoughlin, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (0-1), Adrian Smith, Ronan Sharpley, Trevor Martin (0-1), Adrian Gallogly (1-0), Éamon Moran. Subs: James McWeeney, Sean McCartin.

Senior Hurling Final

The senior Championship final is on Saturday next and this time it is an amalgamation of Ballinamore, Manorhamilton and players from the Gortletteragh area against St Mary’s. This combination will be known as Gaeil an Chontae. After suffering bad defeats to St Mary’s over the past few years it was agreed that instead of the B winners taking on St Mary’s, it would be a combined team. This should certainly ensure a competitive Co Final.

Under 14 Hurlers win Co Championship.

Our under 14 hurlers won the championship for the first time since 1999 when they comprehensively beat Mohill on Tuesday last. From the word go we were totally in control and by half-time were leading by 2-4 to 0-0. We dominated similarly in the second half and ran out easy winners. In the first half goals from Éamon Walsh and Dean Creaven and points from Morgan Quinn and Paddy McManus put us ahead. The second half started with a Dean Creaven goal. Morgan Quinn got a couple more points. Joe McGirl, Shane Moran and Sean McWeeney got goals and there were points also from Shane McWeeney and Keith Boyle. This is undoubtedly the best under 14 team we have had for a long time with a lot of fine hurlers. Morgan Quinn and Sean McWeeney, in particular, are two of the most skilled under 14s we have seen in a while. The trophy was presented to the Captain, Morgan Quinn, by Mickie Dorrigan after the match.

Foireann: Joe Earley, Barry Flynn, Sean McWeeney (1-1), Shane Moran (1-0), James Gallagher, Matthew Murphy, Kevin Quinn, Morgan Quinn (0-6), Paddy McManus (0-1), Séamus Donnelly, Keith Boyle (0-1), Éamon Walsh (1-0), Colm McGirl (1-0), Shane McWeeney (0-1), Dean Creaven (2-0). Subs: Devon Quinn, Finbar Quinn, Sean Fox, Conal McManus, Mark McGrory.

INTO Mini Sevens

Ballinamore Boys NS won the INTO mini sevens when they beat Leitrim NS by 2-4 to 1-5 on Friday last. This was a very hard-fought game with the goalkeeper, Kevin Banks and the two defenders Cyril Smith and Jack Cullen being outstanding. Stephen McTague and Mark McGrory got great scores although both were recovering from injury. David O’Connell and David McLoughlin were also in great form. This was Ballinamore’s second year in a row to win this competition. The trophy was presented to the winning captain, Stephen McTague after the game by Séamus Tiernan on behalf of Cumann na mBunscoileanna.

Foireann agus ionadaí: Kevin Banks, Cyril Smith, Jack Cullen, Stephen McTague (Capt) (0-3), David O’Connell, Mark McGrory (1-1), David McLoughlin. Subs: Andrew Burns, Cian Reynolds, Colm O’Reilly (1-0)

Ballinamore – Mayo connections in Football and Hurling

 Forty years ago a Ballinamore man played in the Mayo County Final. This year’s Mayo finals programme recalled the 1965 Mayo senior Final where Claremorris had a comprehensive win over Castlebar. Ballinamore man, Dermot Gannon, playing for Castlebar, according to the programme, posed the only serious threat in the Castlebar forwards. Also playing for Castlebar were Paddy Dolan, Aughnasheelin and Frank Reynolds, Aughavas. Another connection with this year’s Mayo Finals was that former Sean O’Heslin’s player, Martin McDermott, was part of the Ballyhanus management team which retained the Mayo senior hurling title at the weekend

Club Meeting

There will be a general club meeting on Friday next in the Community Centre at 9.45pm. This meeting is open to all club members and the club executive is anxious to see as many as possible in attendance.

Lotto

Pota Óir is now at €9,000. Monday’s lotto will be in Galligan’s. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Gerard McGovern, Drumderg, M J Finnegan, Kildallon, Peter Honeyman, Martin Flanagan, Garadice, Stephen Beirne, Edentenny, Rhona Flynn, Fenagh. Bottle of Whiskey sponsored by Commercial Hotel: Amy Hanley. Numbers drawn: 50172364. The winner of €50 in the monthly Park Development draw was Tommy Moran

 

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 26 Mean Fomhair 2005

Fixtures

The Senior Hurling B final between Sean O’Heslins and Manorhamilton will be played on Saturday at 5.00 in Carrick. Senior League game against Mohill in the Park on Sunday at 2.30. The under 16 final will be on Saturday in Cloone, check fixtures for time.

Under 16s Footballers in Co Final

Our under 16s are still on course for the double, having qualified for the Co Final. On Friday last the beat St Mary’s in a thriller by 1-10 to 1-5. This was the crucial game of the championship, and it was no easy game with St Mary’s keen to avenge their league Final defeat. St Mary’s had already lost to Carrigallen so we needed a draw at least to ensure a final place. St Mary’s led at half-time by 1-3 to 0-5 but we had missed a number of good chances and at least two goal chances. However, it certainly put it up to our lads to be down by a point and facing into the wind. Wayne McKeon had got three of our first half points, the last one being exceptional, from forty yards out on the sideline. John Christie and Shane Murphy got the other points. Our second half performance was excellent. Shane Murphy got three great points, Wayne McKeon pointed a free, but the score that really clinched it was a brilliant goal from Wayne McKeon with only five minutes left. John Christie got another point to leave it comfortable. There were some outstanding displays from David Leyden, Matthew Murphy and Michael Costello in defence, Wayne McKeon and Jim McTague in midfield and Shane Murphy in attack.

Foireann: Philip Farrelly, Matthew Murphy, David Leyden, Niall Hughes, Paul Darcy, Michael Costello, Enda Quinn, Jim McTague, Wayne McKeon (1-4), John Christie (0-2), Shane Murphy (0-4), Darren Reynolds, Shane Moran, Stephen Beirne, Shane McWeeney. Sub: Ian Flynn,

On Monday the under 16s lost to Carrigallen. However, both teams are now in the final and this may be played this Saturday.

Under 14 Hurlers in Final

The under 14s beat Manorhamilton by 3-1 to 0-1 to qualify for the Co Final which is on Tuesday of this week. In a well-contested game with lots of hurling skill, they just got the better of Manorhamilton. Manorhamilton dominated until Sean McWeeney moved to full back and then in a ten-minute spell at the end of the first half they got the crucial scores, goals from Dean Creaven, Colm McGirl and Éamon Walsh. The second half was very close with just a point to each side, ours coming from Paddy McManus.

Foireann: Joe Earley, Barry Flynn, Paddy McManus, Shane Moran, Kevin Quinn, Matthew Murphy, James Gallagher, Morgan Quinn, Shane McWeeney, Séamus Donnelly, Keith Boyle, Éamon Walsh, Colm McGirl, Sean McWeeney, Dean Creaven.

No 23 Jersey Missing

Has anyone the No 23 jersey from the new, navy, hurling set of jerseys? It could be missing from any of the senior, junior or intermediate games, or indeed underage.

Ballinamore Footballer Plays for Jamaica.

On Saturday last Kingston Gaels from Jamaica played Cayman Gaels from the Cayman Islands in what you probably could call the Caribbean County Final. Last week Des Cahill talked on RTE radio to Ballinamore’s Dermot Cribben about this game. Dermot, who played underage football with Sean O’Heslins, was playing with Kingston Gaels on Saturday. The game was played in the Cayman Rugby Club grounds and drew an attendance of 150 people. The game ended in a draw and the replay will be in Kingston, Jamaica.

The team trains every Tuesday and line out in the Jamaican colours, black, green and gold. They had of course to fly to the Cayman Islands, which is a 45-minute flight away. Just imagine having to travel to London to your nearest club game. That is what it is all about. Another Leitrim man lining out for Kingston Gaels was Padraig McBride from Manorhamilton.

It is indeed a delight to hear of Gaelic football being played in these far away places. Great also to see Leitrim men bringing this great game with them and not forgetting their Irishness. Comhghairdeas libh.

O’Heslins man in Asian Gaelic Games in Shanghai

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, and this is truly an international Gaelic weekend with Ballinamore connections. While Dermot Cribben from Main St Ballinamore was playing Gaelic Football for Kingston Gaels in Jamaica, Brendan Wisley from Kiltymooden, Ballinamore was playing for Singapore in the Asian Gaelic Games in Shanghai in China. The tenth Asian Gaelic Games Sevens Tournament took place last weekend in Shanghai. About 34 team, men’s and ladies, and 400 players took part, with teams from Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and many other places. The parade at the finals on Sunday were led by a band form the People’s Liberation Army, who played the Irish and Chinese National Anthems.

There were in fact two Ballinamore connections at the games last weekend. Gareth O’Brien, from Cavan, a nephew of Mae McDevitt, High Street and Brendan Wisley Jnr, of Kiltymooden, the current secretary of the Singapore Gaelic Club, a post incidentally he took over for Gareth, participated in the Games, in Shanghai.  Brendan Wisley Church Supplies is an official sponsor of the Singapore Lions Club.

 

Brendan tells me that for the hurling final over 50 turned up at one of the club members house in the wee hours of Monday Morning to watch the game on a computer screen with the sound of RTE, radio again via the net in the background. Brendan informs me that, he has had many a good crowd, listen to the radio, and watch the games, in his own house, via broadband during the summer.

 

For the people who coached many a schools and underage team in Ballinamore it is a thrill to hear of Ballinamore men being involved in developing Gaelic games across the globe. Well done to Dermot and Brendan, Ballinamore men in two distant lands.

Premium Tickets

Those lucky winners of the premium tickets were: Brendan Burns for the Football Final and Marie O’Connor for the Hurling Final.

INTO Mini-Sevens

Ballinamore NS will play the final of the INTO mini sevens on this Friday at 10.00 in Drumshanbo against Leitrim Gaels.

Comhbhrón

Sympathy to the Gallagher family, Church St on the death of Breda Spain

Injured Players

Speedy recovery to all our injured underage players: Mark McGrory, Stephen McTague, Brian Beirne and Darren Reynolds.

Club Meeting

There will be a general club meeting on Friday week in the Community Centre at 9.45pm

Lotto

Pota Óir is now at €8,900. Mondays draw will be in the Commercial Hotel. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Diarmuid Martin, Brendan Brennan, Gary McPartland, Aughnasheelin, Ciaran Harvey, Dromore, Michael Dolan, Corlough, Brigid Ann Delaney, An Cuan. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Damien agus Patricia Dolan: Martina Farry

 

Scealta na Seachtaine – 19 Mean Fomhair 2005

Senior Hurling

Senior Hurling is around the corner, with a game likely on the weekend after next. There is a new development in senior hurling this year. Sean O’Heslins will play Manorhamilton in the senior B competition first, as in the past couple of seasons. The situation with the Senior Championship proper is that St Mary’s will play an amalgamation of the other two clubs plus whatever players are available from the former Gortletteragh area. This is welcome news as our experience of the past couple of years was that a big gap had emerged between St Mary’s and the others. It should lead to a competitive final.

Intermediates Lose Championship Status

Our intermediates lost heavily to St Mary’s in the second of our relegation games. This means our second team will be in Junior A Championship next year. In fairness it is probably our level as next year’s Intermediate grade will include seven teams relegated from senior this year, plus Aughnasheelin, Dromahair and three very strong second-string teams from St Mary’s, Allen Gaels and Glencar/Manorhamilton. It would be “in aghaidh na gaoithe” all the time in that company.

Although well beaten on Sunday by St Mary’s we started very well and missed three goal chances before St Mary’s settled down. It was a false dawn as the stronger team pulled away by half time.

Foireann: Conor Harte, Francis Dolan, Gavin Brennan, Joseph Murphy, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Naoise Hayden, Joe McTague, Adrian Smith, Jason Kellett, Alan Prior, Paul Prior, James McWeeney, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Adrian Gallogly, Peter Dolan.

Under 16 Girls

The Sean O’Heslins under 16 girls finished their championship last Tuesday week in Ballinaglera. The under 16 girls played 6 games, losing two. Unfortunately this was not enough to get them into the final but nevertheless it was a good performance by the girls. We would like to thank the girls for all their efforts over the year.

Foireann: The team in Ballinaglera was: Carol O’Connor, Claire Fanning, Kirby Gilgunn (capt), Erin Gilheany, Catherine Smith, Rowena O’Rourke, Kate McTague, Deborah Gilheany, Lauren McGrory, Emma Reynolds, Katie Duignan, Aisling Maxwell, Aisling Duignan, Maeve Murphy, Caroline McGrory.

Junior Ladies

Sean O’Heslins junior girls were invited to the Connacht 7s in Barna last weekend. The girls played two games against Miltown from Galway and Geevagh from Sligo. Both teams proved two strong for the girls but nevertheless they tried their best. Miltown went on to win the cup and Geevagh the Shield. All teams went to a banquet in the Clybaun Hotel on Saturday night and a disco was arranged for them after that. The girls had an enjoyable weekend and would like to thank all who came down to support them and especially the Seán O’Heslins club who gave them the opportunity to go.

Efficient Ladies PRO

Now that ladies football is winding down I would like to thank Emma Reynolds who has been the unofficial PRO for the ladies games and has provided details of teams etc. Míle buíochas also to team manager Seán Reynolds for his input also.

Under 16 Boys Football

The under 16 boys played their second game of the championship against Melvin Gaels in Kinlough on Friday last. On what was a fine evening for playing football, our lads proved too strong and led by 1-10 to 0-4 at half time. The continued from where they left off in the second half and won by 1-18 to 0-10.

Foireann: Philip Farrelly, David Leyden, Paul Darcy, Matthew Murphy, Niall Hughes (0-1), Michael Costello, Enda Quinn, Jim McTague (0-2), Wayne McKeon (1-7), John Christy (1-3), Shane Murphy (0-3), Darren Reynolds (0-1), Stephen Beirne, Shane Moran, Shane McWeeney (0-1). Subs: Ian Flynn, Barry Flynn, Éamon Walsh, Conor McTague.

Next game is against St Mary’s on Friday in the Park at 6.30.

Good Wishes

Best wishes to Tommy Dolan who has undergone surgery lately.

Comhghairdeas Cill Tiobraid

Congratulation to Kiltubrid on their first ever senior title and they have now become the eighteenth club in Leitrim to have won a senior title. Yes, 18 out of Leitrim’s 24 clubs have won a senior championship and bear in mind that two of those twenty-four are very new clubs. Gorvagh of course also won the senior championship but they are no longer in existence. Of course Gorvagh hold a record of their own having won four-in-a-row. Kiltubrid were the only club in south Leitrim, apart from Leitrim Gaels, who had not won a senior title up to now. One other remarkable thing is that no less than thirteen different clubs have contested the Leitrim senior Football Final over the last thirteen years. That is a welcome change from the 1980s when three clubs nearly dominated the scene completely. Commiserations to Bornacoola who did not do themselves justice in the end. Beidh siad ar ais arís.

Comhbhrón

The club would like to express its sympathy to one of our great Lotto supporters, Kitty Cafferty, on the death of her sister Mrs. Mary Walsh.

Lotto

The Pota Óir is now at €8,700. Monday’s draw is in Waterways Bar. Seo iad na daoine a bhuaigh €40 an Luan seo caite: Hugh McTague Jnr, Alan and Nollaig Prior, Angela McWeeney, Laura Creaven, Brigid Kelly, Carrigallen, Daniel Sweeney, Fohera. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Ciarán Smith: Padraig S MacLochlainn.


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