December 2013

Weight loss / wellbeing campaign

Ballinrobe GAA club is about to get involved in a local weight loss / wellbeing campaign – we can’t reveal much more just yet, but, for now, we are looking for volunteers. Your current – or achieved – weight will not be revealed. All that will be revealed will be the amount of weight you aim to lose, and your performance versus that target. It will be a lot of fun, and involve some group training and events, plus another dimension that we cannot reveal just yet. If you’d like to take part, just email secretary.ballinrobe.mayo. Participants will be expected to raise some funds, but nothing prohibitive. Males and females, over 18, are welcome.

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Irish Cancer Society Bag Packing

We are looking for volunteers to Bag Pack in Tesco Ballinrobe on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December  in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Any time you can give would be greatly appreciated for a very worthy cause. ICS have agreed to give 50% of the donations to the Club as a way of thanking us for our help in this cause. Contact Fergal O’Malley 0876701063. Parents and children welcome.

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Peter McCartan, RIP

Ballinrobe GAA club extends sympathy to the family and friends of Peter McCartan, whose sudden death took place on Saturday and who was laid to rest in Roundfort today. Peter was an extremely well-known man in this area, as he was a former PRO of Hollymount-Carramore GAA club, and he also contributed articles and broadcasts to Mid West Radio, the Western People, the Mayo News and various other media organs. We also extend our sympathy to the Hollymount-Carramore club, who have lost a valued member. May he rest in peace.

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Wiggy’s got married beyond in Athens

Breaking news from Athens, Greece, where one of our main foreign ambassadors, Tommy ‘Wiggy’ Cameron got married on Wednesday last. We hope to have pictures soon, plus, in the interests of fairness, the full name of his Greek bride, who visited Ballinrobe last summer. Wiggy played midfield for Ballinrobe for many years, and apart from the spectacular high fielding, he was famous for a winning line in Bermuda shorts. Why, he even featured in Ballinrobe Bytes – and there is no greater tribute. It was Wiggy’s lifelong lieutenant Declan O’Connor who gave us the good news as we went in the door of the Valk for the Coaching Workshop on Wednesday night.

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Mick Mulvey’s Australian GAA connections

As you know from this post HERE, the death took place recently of a former chairman of our club, Mick Mulvey. We have been in touch with St Kevin’s GAA club, Melbourne, which Mick helped to found. They have kindly sent on an electronic version of their club history, which you can read HERE. It reveals that Mick gave a £40 loan to purchase the club’s first set of jerseys. How appropriate then that the blue and gold of St Kevin’s was draped on his coffin. We are grateful to Jenny Donovan from St Kevin’s for sending on the history. 

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