October 2013

Funds for Oisin

Oisin Gannon is a 19 year-old Ballinrobe man who is currently fighting serious illness in London. Ballinrobe GAA club is making a substantial contribution to the fund. Oisin played with the club throughout his childhood and teenage years and we look forward to seeing him back in the Ballinrobe colours soon. We are asking club members and supporters to support the Funds for Oisin campaign. The suggested contribution is €10 per member, but it is entirely at the discretion of every member. If you wish to donate, you can give yours to any of the following club officers: Alan Flannery, John Culhane, Tom Carney, Liam Horan, Donal McCormack. Tonight (Thursday) there is a major fundraisesr for Oisin when Ballinrobe Musical Society ‘sings for Oisin’ in Ballinrobe Community School. More info on this fund-raiser HERE A Facebook page – Funds for Oisin G – has been created and you can access it HERE

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Harry’s engaged

He’s our own handsome prince, is Harry Murphy – and now he’s engaged. Congrats to Harry and his Scottish girlfriend Ann Huxter, who announced their engagement at the weekend. I believe the big moment took place in London. They plan to get married this time next year. Harry played with the club for many years – winning a number of titles – and now lives and works in London, where he has enjoyed a successful club career.

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GAA club agm

The annual general meeting of Ballinrobe GAA club will take place on Friday, November 29, in Lake District Youth Centre, at 8o’c. All members are urged to attend.

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Skills Academy 2014 kick-off

The Ballinrobe GAA club Under-age Skills Academy will resume for 2014 on Saturday, February 9, at 9.30am in Flanagan Park. That’s one for your diaries. The Academy focuses exclusively on skills development among players under the age of 12. A fun approach is deployed to allow children learn the skills of the game in a non-competitive environment. The Academy is open only to registered members of the club. Club membership can be obtained at the Academy. It is open to boys and girls.

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National Coaching Conference

This has just come out from Croke Park – might interest some of our coaches: Liberty Insurance was today announced as the new title sponsor of the GAA National Games Development Conference. Their support for the annual conference is part of a wider commitment and partnership with the GAA in the areas of coaching and responsible sport. Some of the top names in Gaelic Games coaching will be involved in the Liberty Insurance GAA’s annual National Games Development Conference – “Inspiring Children: Fostering a Love of Gaelic Games” – which will take place on Friday and Saturday January 11th and 12th, 2014 in Croke Park. This is the 11th annual Conference, and aims to address issues related to the child player that are of most concern and interest to members of the GAA community. Run as a partnership between all of the Gaelic Games Association, the Conference will offer the 700 delegates attending an opportunity to access talks relating to key coaching issues in hurling/camogie, Gaelic football/Ladies Gaelic football, Handball and Rounders which are specifically related to the child player. A star studded line up of speakers will feature coaches from the world of Gaelic Games, players, teachers, coaches and international speakers, as well as speakers from all Gaelic games backgrounds, including Eamonn Ryan (Cork Ladies football team), Jody O’ Connor (Clare), Paudie Ó Néill (Dublin) and Joe Brolly (Derry) will present the final key note address at the conference. “Go Games” which has proved revolutionary in the development of players across all Gaelic games will be a key focus of the Conference. A dedicated forum will discuss the evolution of games and how the Go Games are the ideal opportunity to introduce young players to Gaelic Games. A special feature of the Conference will be the hosting of the first Games Development Research forum, which will feature a number of the leading young researchers who will present their findings related to Gaelic games. This will form the Friday night session of this two day event. Launching the Conference, Uachtarán, Liam Ó Néill said: “The GAA Games Development Conference has developed a very loyal following amongst coaches across the Association. It is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in how we promote our activities and the ongoing development of our children. “In the Irish sporting sphere this event is unrivalled, the range of speakers attending this year underlines the standard we have to come to expect from it year in, year out. “That it takes on a different focus every year – this Conference focuses on the development of children – adds further to its allure and usefulness and I commend the team charged with organising what is a thought provoking and thoroughly engaging event on an annual basis.” Speaking on behalf of Liberty Insurance at the launch, Annette Ní Dhathlaoi, Head of Marketing said, “We are delighted to build on our association with the GAA and Camogie Associations to become the title sponsor of the GAA National Games Development Conference. “Liberty Insurance has a significant heritage in responsible coaching in the US, and we look forward to working closely with the Games Development committee in adding value to the continued development of all those involved with coaching within the wider GAA.” Reflecting the partnership approach in the organisation of this year’s Conference, Joan O’Flynn (Árd Stiurthóir, Camogie), Walter O’Connor (President, GAA Handball, Paula Prunty (National Games Development Officer, Ladies Gaelic Football Association) and Joe O’Donoghue (President, Rounders Association) were also in attendance. For the second year Newstalk have come on board as official media partner to the conference. The cost of attending is €50 and further information on registering to attend the Conference can be obtained by phone at 01-8658625, by emailing gamesdevelopment or at www.learning.gaa.ie.

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Seniors away to Crossmolina

After Sunday’s good win over Knockmore, our seniors will be hoping to stay on the winning trail when they travel to Crossmolina on Sunday next for a Mayo SFL Division 1A clash with the home side, 12noon. With both teams hovering around the relegation zone, it is a crucial encounter. All supporters are urged to attend.

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We beat Knockmore

We had a good win over Knockmore in the Mayo SFL Division 1A at Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe, today, on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-10.This means two vital points in our bid to stave off relegation.The full time and half-time report are in our Audioboo section (see top menu item on the site).

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Mayo Sports Partnership Newsletter @mayosport1

From Mayo Sports Partnership: Sports Partnership Winter 2013 Newsletter Welcome to the Winter 2013 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click here  http://www.mayosports.ie/media/Media,22955,en.pdf In this issue we see Westports plans to make it the physical activity capital of Ireland, Sonia O Sullivan and the 4th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon, plans in the promotion of adventure sports, Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme in Erris, Wheelchair Hurling and information on a new Walking Group in Castlebar . See a profile of Newport Sea Angling Club and their future plans / initiatives. Also we give details of programmes and initiatives which will help you to become more active this winter plus a timetable of training courses / seminars /workshops available for sports volunteers and teachers. If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

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