April 2014

General Club Meeting 29th April

Dear Club Member, Please note that we are having a General Club Meeting in the Meeting Room on the first floor of O’Malley’s, Glebe Street, at 9.00pm on Tuesday night next, 29th April. All club members are invited to attend, and also to encourage others that would like to become new members of the Club. We would like to see a good turn out for our second Quarterly General Meeting of the year, so please try your best to be there on the night. Donal McCormack, Runai 087 6611137

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Under 14 win in Brickens

The under 14 team won their Mayo Division 3 League game against Eastern Gaels in Brickens this evening. In a hard fought contest, which saw the teams level 1-6 a piece at half time, neither side wished to surrender the initiative and as the game entered the second half, a Ballinrobe goal gave us the advantage. A good performance from the whole squad saw the game out on a scoreline of 2-7 v 1-8.    

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Tribute to the late Pat Malone, RIP

Ballinrobe GAA club regrets to announce the death yesterday, April 11th, of a valued and decorated member of our club, Mr Pat Malone (74) the Neale Road, Ballinrobe. He had been ill for some time. A native of Killimordaly, Co. Galway, Pat and his wife Madeline, and young family, moved to Ballinrobe in 1971. Pat was a member of An Gárda Síochána and prior to his arrival in Ballinrobe, he had been stationed in Co. Limerick where he had the distinction of being player-manager of the Ballingarry team which won a rare West Limerick junior hurling championship. When he was appointed to Ballinrobe, it was the start of a long and distinguished association with our club and the GAA generally in this part of the world. He had a lifelong love of hurling and played in the Ballinrobe colours for many years, winning Mayo senior titles in 1973, 1976 and 1977. In 1977, he was honoured with the prestigious Western People Sports Star of the Year for hurling. Other notable hurling distinctions were an All-Ireland Garda title won with Galway West in the mid 1970s, and a spell as a Galway minor hurling selector. In 1977 he was a central figure when Ballinrobe enjoyed a glorious year, capturing the Mayo U14, Feile na nGael, U16, minor and senior titles. Pat was a key mentor to all of those successful under-age teams, and a star player on the senior team. As a player, he was the essence of versatility, lining out in virtually every position of the field at various stages. In 1980, he coached the Ballinrobe team that won the Connacht U16 hurling title, beating Ballygar in the final. He played senior hurling for Mayo from 1972 to 1978, and was top scorer in Mayo hurling in 1973. He managed Mayo at various under-age and adult levels. Appropriately, his final game in the green and red was on the hallowed sod of Croke Park, when he played full-forward in the Division 3 NHL final against Armagh. Alas, it was not to prove a celebratory swansong as Mayo lost the game. In recent years, he had monitored the progress of the fledgling Moytura hurling club in this region, and was very hopeful for the future of hurling in south Mayo. He played Gaelic football for Ballinrobe, and it was as a manager and coach of numerous under-age and adult football teams that he made an enormous contribution to our club. He was to the fore in nurturing generations of club players, and managed teams to win titles at divisional and county levels. These included Mayo U14 and U16 titles during what was a hugely successful era for our club. Many players who went on to star for Ballinrobe and Mayo benefitted from his tutelage. As a coach and manager, he was highly innovative – among his many progressive initiatives was the mould-breaking practice of taking club teams beyond the county boundaries to play challenge games against leading sides in neighbouring counties. Pat’s commitment to the development of football was total. Year after year, new players passed through his care, and he gave each group equal attention. He later graduated to the position of the club’s senior team manager, where he brought the same people management skills and tactical astuteness to bear. His achievements as senior manager included a Mayo Division 2 title, and a subsequent appearance in the Super League final. He also guided the team to the quarter-final of the Mayo SFC in 1985, only to lose to Ballina Stephenites, the ultimate winners of the championship that year. He was honoured with a number of club awards down through the years, including, in recent years, the Bord na nÓg Hall of Fame award. Members of his family played hurling, camogie and football for both Ballinrobe and Mayo, and the Malone family has been synonymous with the GAA in this region from the 1970s to the present day. Family members have made an enormous contribution in a range of roles, including playing, coaching, management and administration. Indeed, we are now in a time when members of the third generation of the family are wearing the club colours. Pat served at various administrative levels within Ballinrobe GAA club, and remained a strong supporter of the club’s activities. Additionally, he served Ballinrobe RFC with distinction as a player and mentor and this keen sportsman enjoyed a game of golf in the local club. He is survived by his wife Madeline and children Breda (Madden), John, Pat, Kate (Walsh), Jenny (Hughes) and Niall. Deeply regretted by his sons-in-law Micheál, Edward and Declan, daughters-in-law Caroline, Dympna & Norrie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends. As a mark of respect to Pat, the club’s annual awards function and O’Mara Cup game versus Shrule-Glencorrib, both of which were due to take place on Saturday, April 12th, have been postponed. The club will form a guard of honour to give a fitting send-off to a man who made a very rich contribution to the lives of our members and to his adopted community. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Reposing at his residence on this Sunday from 2 o’clock to 7 o’clock. Private removal on Monday to St Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe for funeral mass at 12 noon with burial immediately afterwards in New Cemetery. Family flowers only.  Donations if desired, to Palliative Care c/o Cummins Funeral Directors. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, his former colleagues in An Gárda Síochána, and his wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.   –            Alan Flannery, Chairman, Ballinrobe GAA Club

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POSTPONED due to death of Pat Malone Snr: Club Awards Night

UPDATE, FRIDAY, APRIL 11: As a mark of respect to the late Pat Malone Snr, this event has been postponed. More on Pat Malone, and his contribution to Ballinrobe sporting and community life, HERE Please note that our Annual Club Awards night is taking place this coming Saturday night (12th April) in Fitzpatrick’s Bar (Inchs), Ballinrobe. On the night the following awards are to be presented; – Ballinrobe GAA Club Person of the Year – Hall of Fame Award – Senior Player of the Year – Young Player of the Year The O Mara Cup will be on display, and the 2013 winners medals will be presented to the players on the night also. Please make an effort to attend on the night, as an enjoyable night is in store.

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Ladies football training goes outdoor

This Saturday, Ballinrobe’s young ladies footballers will have their first outdoor training session of the year – it will be at Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe, at 9.30am. Girls up to the age of 12 are invited to take part. The girls will train separately from the boys, who are also training at 9.30am. Parents are reminded that children should wear warm clothing. Drop-off and pick-up is at the dressing room area in Flanagan Park, rather than outside the entrance gates. The girls have been training indoors at Lakeside Sports & Fitness Centre in recent weeks and are now venturing outdoors for the first time – this is all part of a drive to re-establish a ladies football team in the town. Please forward this notice onto anyone you feel might be interested in sending their children along.

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2014 Bord na nOg Managers

U-18 Declan Corcoran, 087 6441362; Pat Kennedy; U-16 Fergal O’Malley, 087 670 1063; Padraig Horan; U-14 Tom Carney,  086 3216992; John G Burke; U-12 Kevin Gilrane, 087 284 8324; Alan Flannery; Michael Jennings; Billy Burke; U-10 John Gilrane 087 699 6135; John Sweeney; Martin O’Connor; U-8 Des May 087 689 9444; Padraig Delaney; Declan O’Connor; U-6 Colm Jennings 087 991 3684, Trevor Watson, Barry Langan, Tomas Grimes, Terence Duddy.

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