September 2014

Blood Transfusion Bank in Ballinrobe

The Blood Transfusion Bank will visit Ballinrobe this evening (Tuesday) from 5pm to 8.30pm in the Community School. A major push is underway for new donors, and we are encouraging all of our members to support. More details on The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) and the GAA have a partnership to raise awareness of blood donation and access to the service for local GAA clubs and their members throughout the country. More HERE

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Sean’s last-minute penalty save wins the day

Well done to our U21s who had a great win over Tourmakeady in the second round of the Mayo U21 B championship in Tourmakeady yesterday. Sean Shaughnessy was the hero of the hour when he saved a penalty from Aaron Conroy in what was to prove the last kick of the game. The final score was 1-10 to 0-10. Ballinrobe: Sean Shaughnessy; David Murphy, Ronan O’Reilly; Sean Og Collins, Matthew Burke, Micheal Walsh; James Murphy, Darren McDonnell; Liam Malone, Stephen Burke, Patrick Daly; Joe Burke, Kevin Quinn. Subs: Peter Walsh, Diarmuid Doran, Damien Joyce.

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Girls Football Celebration Day is a huge success

UPDATE, Sunday evening, September 28: We have more video footage that I had anticipated – the U8 certificate presentation ceremony is there too after all. I thought I had lost it, or not shot it properly in the first place, but it has been retrieved. Alas, some upside down selfies cast the video man into further controversy. Se below for link. Some items still syncing, so best to check later tonight or in the morning again.   We had a memorable hour or so in Flanagan Park yesterday morning (Saturday, September 28th, 2014) when we held our Girls Football Celebration Day. Brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers turned out to see our young female footballers showcase their skills. Hard-working parents also put together a fantastic spread of food and refreshments for young and old. The Saturday morning training is now over for the girls for this year, but we will be back – bigger and better – next year. The improvement in skills levels shown by the girls throughout this year is quite astounding, and we look forward to promoting further improvements in the years ahead. Most of all, we aim to ensure they derive enjoyment from their involvement in football because, human nature being what it is, if it’s not fun, they will drift away. Each girl received a Certificate of Excellence (replete with some skills drills to work on over the winter months). Great credit is due to the hard-working team who have revived girls football in the club this year. Pictures from yesterday are available HERE. Pix will be syncing there throughout today (Sunday) so might be an idea to check in later too (it could be evening time in fact before all are up there). The video man apologises for not capturing the presentations to the younger girls. It’s what you get when you put amateurs on the job… These are the highest resolution we have available, so feel free to download from there if you wish to print. Anyone else who has photos for inclusion should email them to

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Celebration Day for our girls footballers

This year, Ballinrobe GAA club has created a girls football wing for the first time in a number of years – and this Saturday (September 27th) we will celebrate it with a special family-oriented get-together in Flanagan Park. Celebration Day will start at 9.30am, and all family members are invited along to mark a busy year of Saturday morning training for the girls. There will be a number of novelty events, and refreshments, so make sure to bring along the cameras to capture the special moments. The girls will showcase the football skills they have learned throughout the year. The club is looking into the possibility of putting a team into competitions in the coming year. For now, though, the emphasis this Saturday is on fun: be there at 9.30am to join in. Parents wishing to help out are also asked to come along, and it is hoped that club members of all ages will come along to celebrate with the girls.  

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Our U12s win South Mayo Skills Challenge

Conor Cusack, Conor O’Brien, Darragh Sweeney, and Adam Flannery – these four players last night (Friday) won the South Mayo U12 Skills Challenge for the club. It was held at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan. Well done too to coaches Kevin Gilrane, Michael Jennings, Adrian Flannery and Alan Flannery. To select this team, the club held local trials, where the standard was exceptionally high. We are on the right road. Connacht final takes place in a fortnight.

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