May 2020

MyLife GAA Healthy Clubs Step Challenge

Irish Life in conjunction with the GAA have launched the MyLife GAA Healthy Clubs Step Challenge to promote health and wellbeing and at the same time benefit one GAA Club in each province.  It is an ideal opportunity when the summer is here and the weather is good to get out and walk or run.   During the month of June lets take up the challenge which officially begins on the 3rd June and ends on the 30th June 2020.  At the end of the month, the club that has the most steps clocked up in each province will win a €2,500 O’Neills Voucher. Ballinrobe GAA Club has registered for the Challenge and you can play your part.  Whether you’re a club member or not, all you need to do is download the MyLife app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and register yourself on the App. Tap HERE to go to our facebook post which gives a step by step guide to the process of downloading the app, registering your details and registering for the challenge. The summer is here and the weather is great. The prize could be a great benefit to the playing members of the club, and the steps won’t do the rest of us any harm either! Register now and start walking.

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The late Fergal Loftus, RIP

  Ballinrobe is in mourning this evening with the news that Fergal Loftus, Carrowkeel, Ballinrobe, passed away today after a lengthy illness that he bore with great courage. Fergal was a member of a highly popular and respected local family. He played for our club at all levels, including senior, and was held in high esteem by colleagues and opponents alike. The Loftus family have always been strong supporters of the club and, indeed, a wide variety of other sporting and community activities in Ballinrobe and the wider south Mayo region.   He will be sadly missed by his loving parents Vincent and Ann, sisters Majella and Jacinta, brothers Ivor and Walter, brothers-in-law David and Padraig, sister-in-law Debbie, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many many friends. Fergal’s Funeral Mass will take place privately (in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines) in St. Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe on Sunday at 12pm. (May 31st), burial afterwards in new cemetery Ballinrobe. A mass to celebrate Fergal’s life will take place at a later date.  You can express your sympathy HERE We extend our deepest sympathy to the Loftus family at this sad time.  John Flannelly, Chairperson, Ballinrobe GAA Club.

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The late Mary Quinn, RIP

Ballinrobe GAA Club extends sympathy to the family of Mary Quinn, Church Road, Kilmaine, who has passed away. Mrs Quinn died at the residence of her son, TJ, on Main Street, Ballinrobe, where she had been living in recent times. The extended Quinn family has made a huge and varied contribution to Ballinrobe GAA Club over the years, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have worn the club jersey with distinction. She is sadly missed by her son, T.J., her daughters, Breda and Maura, grandchildren, Sinéad, Michéal, Ruairí, Aíne, James, Kevin, Tom and Sarah and 9 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Rosaleen (Tuam), Bridie and Una (Birmingham), daughter-in-law, Assumpta, sons-in-law Michael Joyce and Michael Keane, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews and all other relatives and many friends. Funeral Mass in St., Patrick’s Church, Kilmaine, on Thursday 28th at 12 o’clock, with burial afterwards in The New Cemetery, Kilmaine. House and funeral private, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The family appreciate that you want to offer condolences and thank you for offering same on the death notice page HERE

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Sympathy to Lyons and Culhane families

Ballinrobe GAA Club extends sympathy to two local families who suffered bereavements over the weekend. Tom Lyons, Templeogue, Dublin, who passed away at the AMNCH, Tallaght, Dublin, was a native of Cloonacastle, Ballinrobe, and a former player with Ballinrobe.  He lined out with the club in the 1959 Mayo Senior Football League final against Ballina Stephenites. Tom’s brother, John, played alongside him on many occasions for Ballinrobe, including in the 1959 final, and Tom’s nephews – John’s sons – Damien, Joe and Sean all played for the club. In 1957, Tom won a Flanagan Cup final with Ballinrobe CBS.   A retired member of An Garda Siochána, Tom was predeceased by his wife Eileen (née Ward, formerly of Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon). He was a much loved Dad to Garry, Petrina, Arlene, Tommy, Leah and Alva. He will be very sadly missed by his family, sisters May, Breege and Lena, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, his 16 adoring grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. More details HERE John Culhane, Rahard, Ballinrobe, a former club treasurer who continues to be deeply involved in our club, is mourning the death of his mother, Kathleen, today (Monday). She passed away in Kings Heath, Birmingham, where John and his siblings grew up.  Mrs Culhane was formerly Carroll of Brackloon, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. She is predeceased by her husband, Padraig, who died three years ago. Sympathy is extended to John; his wife, Dymphna, a keen club supporter and Principal of St Joseph’s Primary School, Ballinrobe, a noted school for Gaelic football; and their daughters, Caoimhe, Aoife and Sadhbh.

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The late Eddie Vaughan

  Ballinrobe GAA Club extends deepest sympathy to the Vaughan family, Abbey Street, Ballinrobe, on the death of Eddie Vaughan, Allowdale, Ballymaquirke, Kanturk, Co. Cork. Eddie had been ill for a short period of time. He was father of John Vaughan, a well-known local businessman who has always been supportive of Ballinrobe GAA Club and other sporting and community pursuits in the town. For many years, Vaughan Shoes, an award-winning business owned and operated by the Vaughan family, were generous sponsors of our club senior team. Donal, Eddie’s grandson, played with the club at all levels, winning county minor and U21 titles, and bringing great distinction to the club as a consistent member of the Mayo senior team over the past decade. In recent seasons, Donal has played his club football with Castlebar Mitchels. In accordance with HSE guidelines, Eddie’s funeral will take place privately. He is mourned by his wife Mary; son, John; daughter, Marjorie; grandchildren, Ailish, Donal, Laura, Grace, Katie and Mary; great-grandchild, Rory; brothers, Denis and Dan Joe; daughter-in-law, Tricia; brother-in-law, Tim; nephews; nieces; relatives and friends.   John Flannelly, Chairman, Ballinrobe GAA Club.

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The late Liam O’Haire

  Liam O’Haire (42), a native of Rathkelly, Ballinrobe, who passed away in Crusheen, Co. Clare, on Sunday evening, was a former Ballinrobe footballer and a member of a family with a long and distinguished association with the club. Liam had fought illness for some time and news of his passing evoked deep sympathy in the Ballinrobe region. From an early age, Liam joined his father Christy and mother Mary at club and county football training sessions and games and he went on to play at all underage levels for the club, Ballinrobe CBS (primary school) and Ballinrobe Community School (secondary). A serving member of An Garda Siochána, Liam is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Alannah; son, Christopher; mother, Mary; sisters, Marie and Chanelle (Conneely); brothers-in-law, Paul, Donnie, Keith, Noel and Johnny; mother-in-law, Mary; and sisters-in-law, Lorraine, Esther and Caroline; and nephews, Jason and Mark. Christy, who passed away suddenly in 1996, between the drawn and replayed All-Ireland senior football finals involving Mayo and Meath, was a former club player and officer, including serving as its chairman. Additionally, he managed club teams to win a number of county championship titles at under-age and adult levels. He was a selector on a variety of Mayo teams, including the sides that won the 1983 All-Ireland U21 title and reached the 1989 All-Ireland senior final. He was also a divisional and county board official who commanded respect among GAA followers all over the country. The family involvement in Ballinrobe GAA Club continues to the present day, with Liam’s sisters Marie and Chanelle actively involved in the club, and nephews Jason and Mark wearing the club colours at U14 and U12 levels respectively. In 2018, Liam watched his nephews play for Ballinrobe on a number of occasions. Indeed, Liam’s daughter, Alannah, has regularly attended training and games hosted by our Robe Rockets on her visits to Ballinrobe. The club extends its deepest sympathy to Liam’s family at this sad time.   John Flannelly, Chairman, Ballinrobe GAA Club.  

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