December 2019

Intermediate team management announced for 2020

Ballinrobe GAA are pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Warren as manager of our Intermediate team, along with Patrick Guckian and Tony Walkin as selectors, for the 2020 season. A native of Tuam, Pete played at all levels for Galway. His first foray into management came as a player-manager with his own club, Tuam Stars, and he led them to the Galway and Connacht Senior Club Championship titles in 1994. When John O’Mahony was appointed Galway manager in late 1997, he chose Pete as a member of his backroom team, and he was a constant presence at O’Mahony’s side for the next six seasons. During this time, Galway won two All-Ireland senior titles (1998 and 2001). In 2011, Pete crossed the border into Irishtown-Ballindine, managing the local Davitts club to Mayo and Connacht Intermediate titles, and a 2012 All-Ireland Intermediate Final appearance in Croke Park, where they lost to Kerry side Milltown-Castlemaine. Pete’s backroom team will include two local men, Patrick Guckian and Tony Walkin. Patrick has been heavily involved in coaching in the club in the past few years, including as a member of the outgoing management team. Tony played at all levels for Mayo and has club management experience in Mayo and Sligo. We wish Pete, Patrick and Tony every success for 2020 #HontheRobe

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Aidan Golden Memorial Cup attracts huge crowd

By Gerry O’Malley, Social Media Officer Pictures: Andy Walsh, club member and coach.  Picture above: Kevin Quinn accepts the Aidan Golden Memorial Cup from Aedemar Golden, wife of the late Aidan Golden, St Stephen’s Day 2019. This was the inaugural playing of the Aidan Golden Memorial Cup. Lots more pictures on our Facebook page –   St Stephen’s Day 2019 saw the hosting of the inaugural Aidan Golden Memorial Cup match in memory of Aidan Golden, a member of the 2000 and 2002 Mayo Intermediate Championship winning sides.  Aidan sadly passed away earlier this year.  The game was between the members of those great teams and the current crop of Intermediate players. Billed as the must-see Ballinrobe GAA event of the year, there was an attendance of approximately 300 spectators to see this sporting spectacle and observe has time been good to the members of that history-making team. There were three former inter-county managers on the side-lines and playing on the pitch along with inter-county players of all levels past and present playing. The game in itself was hugely entertaining, and, with the match commentary of Liam Horan over the public address system, it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.  The game was also broadcast live on Club Radio. It took a while for the veterans’ footballing muscle memory to kick back in with some of them falling to the ground with no opposition anywhere them.  There were also many shouts of the veterans picking the ball off the ground, until the youngsters were reminded that when most of the county championship winning side played football, players were permitted to pick a rolling ball off the ground. The youngsters got off to a rip-roaring start and notched up a lead of 1-3 to no score before the youngsters started to have pity on the veterans. Keith McTigue got the old-timers off the mark with two fantastic long-range points.  By half time the score was 1-6 to 2-3 and the game appeared to be in the melting pot – although, at times, the veterans did have up to 20 players on the pitch. As the second half progressed, time started to catch up with the veterans. However due to superior numbers on the field – a testament to the tactical genius of joint managers Tommy O’Malley and Peter Ford – and some mid-season transfers from the current intermediate team, they managed to keep the game competitive to the end. On the final whistle, and with the youngsters the victors, everyone was in great form after a fun day. The Cup was presented by Aidan’s wife, Aedemar, to Kevin Quinn, the captain of the current Intermediate team.  Aedemar spoke of Aidan’s love of the GAA Club and the friends he made playing football with the club since childhood, and how if he was there he would have loved the day. Aidan’s brother Brian, spoke on behalf of the Golden family, expressing their gratitude to the club, the organisers and to everybody who contributed to the day. After the presentation, members of the Golden family handed out medals to everybody who played the game, about 45 in total (all at the same time, at one point). Afterwards, old friends and teammates got to catch up and relive old times.  Then everybody retired to the Valkenburg for refreshments and to watch the game all over again followed by a video of the 2002 Mayo Intermediate Championship final.   While the occasion was a sad one, in that we were all there to remember a deceased friend and teammate, an enjoyable day was had by all.  

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Thank you to our outgoing Management Team

Ballinrobe GAA would like to thank Donal Costello, Intermediate Manager who is stepping down and his Management team of John Gilrane, Pat Guickan, Kieran Biggins and David Colleran for their hard work, dedication and contribution to our Club during the last 2 years with our Intermediate and U21 Teams. They finished the 2019 season on a high winning two U21 Titles. We wish them well in the future from us all in the Club.

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U21 C Champions 2019

Sunday 8th December was a remarkable day for our U21’s who were crowned U21 C Champions after extra time played during an orange weather warning. It takes more than the wind and the rain to stop the Robe Result: Ballinrobe 2-13  Ballintubber 0-13 #HontheRobe #Wearethechampions #cleanthejerseys      

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Brennan Cup (U21) final – now switched to Bekan + it’s on Club Radio

Today (Saturday, December 14) we play Hollymount-Carramore in the final game of the year, the South Mayo U21 Championship final for the Brennan Cup. The game was originally fixed for Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe, but has now been changed to Bekan.  Throw-in 5pm. Come out and support the lads. Last Sunday, we won the Mayo U21 C Championship.  If you can’t get there, you can listen on Club Radio here:

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Aidan Golden Memorial Cup

The Ballinrobe team of 2000/2002 will meet the Ballinrobe side of 2019, in the inaugural Aidan Golden Memorial Cup, at Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe, on St Stephen’s Day. Throw in will be at 2pm and exciting action is guaranteed. Aidan was a much-loved former club player who passed away suddenly this year. His loss is keenly felt by many people. Players of all eras are coming together to play for the Aidan Golden Memorial Cup for the first time – many are travelling long distances to remember a great colleague and friend. You can read the club tribute to Aidan HERE  

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U21 C Championship Final

Our U21’s play Ballintubber in the Final of the U21 C Championship on Sunday 8th December at 1pm in Tourmakeady. Please make every effort to come along and show your support to these young men and their management team. Bring the flags, colour, noise and most importantly yourself on Sunday #HontheRobe

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