November 2016

Our sponsors @BallinrobeRaces launch 2017 membership package

Our main sponsors Ballinrobe Races have launched their 2017 membership package – photo shows Mayo footballer and Young Player of the Year for the last two seasons Diarmuid O’Connor at the launch. He is joined by (from left) Racecourse personnel Michael Joyce, John Flannelly and Sean O’Connell. Membership package includes: • – Admission to all nine race meetings • – Free racecard • – Exclusive entrance to our dedicated Members, Owners & Trainers lounge • – Reciprocal days at 11 other racecourses • – Exclusive members draw All for only €100. To join, simply call 0949541811, email or visit

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Champions – commentary archive & photos here as U21s win Mayo C championship

  Update. Sunday morning, November 27: Quick update – the U21s won the Mayo C championship last night. You can listen to the archive of the commentary of the victory over a gallant Kilmeena team HERE. Match report by club PRO, Billy Horan: Ballinrobe were strenuously tested when defeating Kilmeena by 2-9 to 1-8, in the MD Roofing Services Mayo u21 C football Championship final, at a foggy Elvery’s McHale Park, Castlebar on Saturday night. Lost opportunities at both ends left the sides deadlocked at 2 points apiece after 25 minutes, and a productive late spurt, marked by a Darren McDonnell goal, left Ballinrobe in front by 1-3 to 0-4 at halftime. Kilmeena exerted considerable pressure after the restart and were 2 points to the good, 1-8 to 1-6, by the 54th minute. In a very exciting finish, Ballinrobe, regaining the upperhand outfield, levelled matters and injury time scores, including a second Darren McDonnell goal, fashioned the victory. Key contributors to the Ballinrobe win were Patrick Daly, Darren McDonnell, Kevin Quinn, Joseph Burke, goalkeeper Conor Burke, Evan O’Brien and Ronan Reilly. Ballinrobe: Conor Burke, Ronan O’Reilly, Padraig Og Horan, Sean Og Collins, Patrick Daly, Peter Butler, Oran O’Malley, Evan O’Brien 0-1 (45m), Joseph Burke 0-1, Stephen Burke (capt), Kevin Quinn 0-6 (3f), Daren McDonnell 2-1 (0-1f). Subs: Peter Walsh, John Enda Flannelly, Tom Quinn. Scorers for Kilmeena: Darragh Keaveney 0-5 (4f), Keith Joyce 1-1, Joey Smyth and Niall Feehan 0-1 each.   We will be adding photos here too over the next few days – if you have any we need to add to this photo archive, email Well done to team and management – and to the Ballinrobe supporters who really got behind the team, as you will hear in the background of the commentary. Particular word of thanks to Kilmeena analyst Mickey Carney who shadowed P Cos closely enough. Thursday, Nov 24 – update from our roving reporter: The club has provided 500 tickets for free entry to Saturdays County U21 Final and are distributing them through our Schools, and who better to get the job done other than our Rockets. In Roxboro, Ben Scully & Jack Tuffy have taken on the task of ensuring all students get a ticket. In Cloonliffen the double act of Owen & Ryan Corcoran are on the job and in St Joseph’s, Ryan Mc ormack & Donnachadh O Connor are on the distribution. Many thanks to all schools for allowing us to do this and well done to our Rockets on taking on the task. The countdown is on, and the word has spread, let’s continue to build up to the county final and ensure we have a super level of support for our U21s.     The U21 team, who defeated Ballyhaunis in the semi-final on Sunday last (see report by Club PRO Billy Horan below), will play Kilmeena in the Mayo C final at Elverys MacHale, Castlebar, on Saturday next at 6.30pm. If you’re based locally, do make a special effort to attend the game and support a team who have played excellent football to reach this stage. There will be a full commentary on the game here on our Club Radio, with coverage starting with pre-match interviews at 6.15pm. Please spread the word so followers of the club can tune in all over the world. And let us know where you’re listening and we will give you the rage of the age, The Big Shout-out. The Ballinrobe commentary team Liam Horan, Padraic Costello Snr and Tom Carney if he can get away from work early but it’s the Christmas rush, so you know yourself – and Mickey Carney will fly the flag for Kilmeena, and no better man. You can access the commentary HERE and it will be archived there afterwards too.   Semi-final report by Billy Horan, Club PRO: Ballinrobe into final Splendidly-executed early scores fashioned this decisive Ballinrobe victory over Ballyhaunis, 6-13 to 3-9, in the semi-final of the Mayo under 21 C football championship at the Centre of Excellence, Bekan, on Sunday morning. Kevin Quinn was one of the pivotal figures in the productive opening surged, scoring two goals inside five minutes. By half-time, struggling Ballyhaunis were trailing by 5-6 to 0-5, with Joe Burke, Darren McDonnell and agile substitute Peter Walsh accounting for the other opposition goals. Ballyhaunis did their utmost to put a better face on things in the second-half but to no appreciable impact, despite late goals from Cathal Carney and John Cunnane. Scorers for Ballinrobe: Kevin Quinn 3-4, Peter Walsh 1-2, Joe Burke 1-1, Darren McDonnell 1-0, Evan O’Brien 0-3, Stephen Burke, Oran O’Malley and Tom Quinn 0-1 each. Scorers were Ballyhaunis: Cathal Carney and Jason Coyne 1-4 each, John Cunnane 1-0, James Cribben 0-1.

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GAA club agm now scheduled for Saturday, December 3, at 7pm in @ballinroberaces

From Donal McCormack, Club Secretary: Please note that as a result of our U21 team contesting in a County Final next Saturday evening at 6.30pm in McHale Park, our AGM has been postponed and will now take place on the 03rd December at 7.00pm in the Racecourse(our sponsors). Please make an effort to continue to have reports ready and sent to me by the end of this week and we can prepare the final AGM reports in time

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U12/13 Ladies Pella Final Countdown

Well that five weeks flew by, it has been great to see how well the girls have adapted to Pella in such a short period of time. What is most encouraging from their coaches point of view is to see that the players continue to practice in between games – well done – that is the best way to develop your skills. Thanks to our TY coaches who have been great  advising, supporting and encouraging the players. So the final pairings have been decided and I would encourage all parents, grandparents, siblings and friends to come along and support. Many of these young ladies are playing football for the first time this year and they deserve all the support they can get. Come along you won’t get better entertainment on a Thursday evening. The week 5 games were fiercely competitive but played in a great spirit. Best Kicked Score: Lucy Biggins Best Hand Passed Score : Aoife O Sullivan Best block : Amy Mc Ginty  

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Three successes for the club at South Mayo Scor na nOg finals

  Ballinrobe GAA has won South Mayo Scor na nOg titles in the Ballad Group, Instrumental Music and Leiriu competitions. Ballad Group: Aoife Culhane, Sadhbh Culhane, Aoibhe O’Malley, Karolina Sydor and Emma Denning. They also won the Leiriu and the Group Instrumental. Instrumental: Maria Macken, Eva Gallagher, Emily Crumlish, Anete Birjukova,and Rachel Gallagher. Leiriu: Jamie Treacy, Sean Biggins, Delta Conroy, Lilly Smith, Brian Vahey, Lucy Biggins, Amy McGinty, Darragh Lynch.

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U10 Pella Week 5 Results

By Annette Conway, PRO Robe Rockets Final week of Pella next Friday with everyone with something to play for. The Cup and Shield final pairings have been decided with the honour and glory up for grabs and the remaining four teams face off in the 3rd/4th play-offs with arguably something of equal significance on the line – bragging rights. It’s always a challenge to pick eight evenly balanced teams but this year has proved very successful in this regard – of the 20 games played to date, 13 have been decided by two or less scores and no team has gone without winning at least one game. Thank you to all the coaches for their time and commitment. Thank you to all the  parents for their support and cooperation – we had  40 boys participating with an attendance over the last five weeks of 96%. Thank you to Lakeside Sports & Fitness and John F in particular. And finally, a huge thank you to the players for the enthusiasm, skill and sportsmanship they brought to every game over the last five weeks. Please note a small change to the schedule from previously – the Shield Final will now take place at 7.00 with the Cup 3rd/4th Playoff kicking off at 6.30. Thanks Des May, U10 Coach Final week schedule  

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Live commentary by @TomCarney2670 of U21 C semi-final v @BallyhaunisGAA this Sunday

We play Ballyhaunis in the Mayo U21 C football championship semi-final this Sunday, at the Connacht Centre of Excellence, Bekan, at 11am. Come out and support the lads. Full commentary will be provided on our club radio – you can access it HERE and it will be archived there afterwards too. Commentary team: Tom Carney, Padraic Costello Snr and hopefully someone from Ballyhaunis.

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U12/13 Ladies Pella Week 4 Results

Week 4 and again some very exciting games as the players continue to develop their skills. This is the last week before the finals and depending on results any of five teams could make it into the top two. Thanks again to the TY students mentoring the teams they are doing a super job. Parents can you please ensure players bring gumshields and try and have the players at Lakeside 10 minutes before the games.  This weeks schedule Kicked score of the week – Ailbhe O’Loughlin Handpass score of the week – Abby Jennings Best block – Minahil Rashid Results Week 4

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