August 2016

U12 Ladies Semi Final

Friday 26th August 2016. Ballinrobe Ladies U12 were in a play-off for the semi-final of the league in Flanagan Park. Our girls lost out narrowly but this group of player gave everything they had and finished strongly despite being well behind going into the last quarter. These young ladies have continued to go from strength to strength with many of this panel having only started playing football this year. Well done to the girls and their coaches, they did the club proud. U12 Ballinrobe Ladies

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All Ireland Final Ticket Requests.

Please note that Club members wishing to put their names forward for allocation of an All-Ireland final ticket, please attend one on the following dates below: Tuesday 30th August in the Maple Youth Centre between 7.30-9pm OR Wednesday 31st August in the Maple Youth Centre between 7.30-9pm Requests for a ticket allocation will be taken during these times only. Once the club receives its ticket allocation, tickets will be then distributed to successful applicants. As with every club in Ireland, Ballinrobe GAA is no different. Our requested allocation will not get fully allocated; for example in 2013 we requested 279 and only got allocated 148 tickets If our ticket allocation does not meet demand, we will always to our best to accommodate active members of the club. Please respect the club and its officers efforts at this time in trying to accommodate ticket requests. Along with this, the club has also started a raffle, this offers anyone who purchases a ticket the opportunity to be entered into 4 separate draws for All Ireland tickets. More on this can be found here

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General club meeting on Wednesday, August 24

Dear Club Member, Please note that we are having a General Club Meeting in Tacu, Main Street, Ballinrobe at 8.30pm on Wednesday night next, 24th August 2016. Agenda; 1. Minutes of last General Club Meeting 2. Matters arising 3. Update on all Club Developments over the past 6 months 4. AOB 5. Votes of sympathy All club members are invited to attend, and also to encourage others that would like to get involved with the club to come along. Donal McCormack, Club Secretary.

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Liam Jennings sponsors ladies footballers

Ballinrobe Ladies Football club is indebted to Liam Jennings Butcher, Bridge Street, for his recent generous sponsorship of new jerseys for the U10 team. Liam, who played football with Ballinrobe for many years, and his wife Noreen, who won All-Ireland ladies football medals with Ballinrobe Community School, are strong supporters of the club, and their children wear the club jersey. The pictures show the team wearing the jerseys in Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe, and in Croke Park, during their recent trip to the famed stadium for a Gaelic4Girls event. Noreen Jennings is pictured second from left, back row, in the Flanagan Park photograph.

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Funeral arrrangements announced for the late John Cummins, RIP

Update, Tuesday, August 16: Funeral arrangements have been announced for the late John Cummins. They are listed in this death notice: Cummins, John, Bellavista, Neale Road, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. 12th August 2016, suddenly, surrounded by his heart broken family. A devoted husband to his wife Martina and wonderful father to his children Lydia, Isabelle, and J.V. (John Valentine). Predeceased by his mother Clare and sister Anna, deeply regretted by his father, John Valentine (Val), brothers Richard & Vincent, sisters Paula (Australia), Fiona (Navan), brothers in law Mario & Sean, sisters in law Ann, Fionnuala & Mary, partners Denise & John, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and large circle of friends. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace Reposing at Cummins Funeral Home on Thursday from 3pm to 8pm. Private removal on Friday to St. Mary’s Church Ballinrobe for requiem funeral mass at 2pm with burial immediately afterwards in New Cemetery Ballinrobe. House strictly private at all times.   Cummins Funeral Directors, Ballinribe, Co Mayo Ballinrobe GAA club regrets to announce the sudden death while on holidays in Spain of John Cummins (53). John was a prominent businessman in Ballinrobe for many years and a member of the town’s best known family enterprises. A native of New Street, Ballinrobe, John was a lifelong member of the club, including playing for the club at all under-age and adult levels. He supported the club in many ways, including his generous sposnsorship and support for under-age teams. Support like this has been a vital cog in our club for many years. John’s son JV is a member of the club’s U16 team, and John’s brothers Vincent, a former club treasurer, and Richard both played in the Ballinrobe colours at all levels also. John’s death has cast a pall of gloom over Ballinrobe where he was an extremely well known and respected individual. John’s wife Martina, formerly McGrath, is a native of Convent Road, Ballinrobe, and the club extends its deepest sympathy to his son JV; daughters Lydia and Isabelle;  father Val; brothers Vincent and Richard; sisters Paula and Fiona; extended family and a wide circle of friends. As a mark of respect Ballinrobe GAA Club has postponed all games this weekend, including tonight’s South Mayo U16 B semi-final v Claremorris and tomorrow evening’s Mayo SFL Division 1B game v Shrule/Glencorrib. Funeral arrangements will be added here. The club will form a guard of honour at the funeral ceremonies. May he rest in peace. Picture above, taken in 2013, shows John (second from left) persenting a Cummins’ Super-Valu sponsored jersey to club PRO Billy Horan. Declan Corcoran, Chairman, Donal Mc Cormack, Secretary Ballinrobe GAA Club

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Ballinrobe Host successful Gaelic4Girls Programme

  The Gaelic4Girls (G4G)  programme in Ballinrobe was a tremendous success, with 43 girls taking part over 8 weeks. This LGFA national programme was held in association with Ballinrobe Ladies Football Association. The programme targeted girls between the ages of 8-12yrs who were not part of a Ladies Football Club and introduced them to the sport in a fun environment. The girls were taught the basic skills of Ladies Gaelic football and then demonstrated their new skills through two separate days of mini games. The G4G programme concluded on 03rd June in Flanagan Park with the presentation of t-shirts and certificates to all participants in the Maple Youth Centre on Sunday 12th June. The Maple Youth Centre was full to capacity with all the girls, coaches, members of Ballinrobe LGFA and parents amalgamating for the presentation. The Co-ordinator of the programme, Aidrienne Gleeson, addressed the crowd and recognised the effort put in by all involved to ensure the programme was a success. complimented all the new coaches who helped out during the G4G programme, for all their work over the past number of weeks and requested them to stay and help with the Coaching of the U10 & U12 Girls. Aidrienne also thanked the D.J., our very own Martin O’ Connor who had a disco for the girls and all the parents & coaches that baked all the goodies for this special occasion.  The girls were individually presented with their t-shirts and certificates by Diarmuid O’ Connor, whose surprise visit only heightened the excitement of the day for the girls.  Some had photos taken with Diarmuid others got their t shirts signed. .It has been clear to see for all involved what a fantastic initiative this programme was and the consistent turnouts every Friday evening were justification that the girls enjoyed the 8 weeks. The enthusiasm shown by all was a joy to behold and bodes well for the future of Ladies Football in Ballinrobe. It was fantastic to see the dramatic improvement in the girls’ skills levels throughout the programme and all the participants really enjoyed the programme.   Prior to the commencement of the programme all schools in the local areas were visited to promote the initiative. The girls made many new friends through the programme, another important benefit of participating in Ladies Gaelic Football. The G4G programme provided a safe and nurturing environment for the girls to develop their athletic and social skills. Most importantly, all the girls got the opportunity to play Ladies Football, with all different abilities descending on the pitch on a weekly basis. G4G has also served to integrate members of the community, with many different nationalities taking part and trying Ladies Football for the first time, with great results. All girls were encouraged to join Ballinrobe Club and to date 34 of the 43, 79%, have signed up and play with Ballinrobe U8s, U10s or U12s.  We are hopeful that more of the girls will sign up after the holidays in September. Last week, 25th July the girls headed off to Croke Park to partake in their second Mini Blitz. This was a fun filled day where the girls participated in mini-games where they showed of their newly learned skills, (More on Croke Park to follow at later date).   We encourage as many volunteers as possible to help out the club during training sessions and matches. All parents of the G4G Programme in Ballinrobe, older siblings of underage players in the club, former players, current players over 16 years of age and any other adults who would be interested in volunteering within the club are invited to come meet Aidrienne. If you are able to help out or would like further information, please contact Aidrienne on (086) 126 0136.

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