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County final win bridges 15-year gap

  Ballinrobe’s recent victory in the Mayo U12C Football Championship marked the club’s first ladies football county title since 2006. The team defeated MacHale Rovers from the Lahardane/Crossmolina area in a thrilling encounter at Ballyheane. Team captain Lola Tiernan was also named as player of the match. The ladies club has gone from strength to strength since being reformed in the past decade. The match was broadcast on the club’s radio service and family members and supporters from all over the world tuned in to follow the action. Upon returning to Ballinrobe, the players were accorded a reception at the racecourse. Club chairperson John Flannelly complimented the squad on their achievement and expressed the view that this was just the first of many ladies football triumphs that will come the club’s way in the years ahead. Ballinrobe squad: Katrina Jemeljanova; Roisin Yates; Sophie Delaney; Candice Colfer; Emily Grimes; Rachel Gallagher; Lola Tiernan; Hannah Pecak; Emily O’Connor; Ry-lee Burke; Isabel Tierney; Laoise May; Hannah O’Connor; Sienna O Brien; Bláthnaid Feerick; Réaltìn Burke; Julia Szura; Trudi Donnelly; Chloe Denning; Eabha-May Murphy; Niamh Lydon; Mia Shaughnessy; Blanka Webber; Taylor Wilson; Lily Bolger. Management: Elaine Treacy, Padraig Delaney, David Grimes, Declan O’Loughlin and Declan Corcoran. The management and players are also grateful to Sinead O’Sullivan who also assisted with team preparation.  

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The late Martina (Tina) Conway, RIP

  Ballinrobe GAA Club extends sympathy to the family of Mrs Martina (Tina) Conway (nee Coleman), Convent Road, Ballinrobe, who has passed away. She was an intensely popular woman in the locality and her death has occasioned much sadness.   The Conway family have long been synonymous with Ballinrobe GAA Club. Martina’s husband Mick – universally known as ‘Pop’ – is a faithful supporter of the club’s teams and a regular attendee at games at all levels.   Members of the family represented the club with distinction in Scór competitions, and daughter Dympna is a former Scór officer of the club. In her capacity as Principal of St Joseph’s Primary School, Ballinrobe, Dymphna is a strong supporter of Gaelic games. The club enjoys an excellent relationship with the school where many of our young players receive their education.   Dymphna’s husband John Culhane is a former treasurer of the club who continues to maintain an active involvement in a variety of roles. Predeceased by her sisters Bridget, Mary, brother Frank.   Deeply regretted by her loving family, husband Mick, son Enda, daughters Tricia, Sheelagh, Dymphna, Fiona, Aoife, Ciara. Sons in law Alfred, John, Paolo, Tom, partners Rita, Gerry, Grandchildren Caoimhe, Aoife, Sadhbh, Christopher, Jonathon, Darragh, Garreth, Stephen, Michael, Rachael, Ernie, Cormac and Sofia, great-grandson Tyler, sister Patsy, brothers in law sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.   Details of the funeral ceremonies are available here:…/martina-tina-conway-ballinrobe…/472886   May her gentle soul rest in peace.

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Paddy Ward, RIP

  Ballinrobe GAA Club is saddened to learn of the death of Paddy Ward, a native of New Street, Ballinrobe, who played with distinction for the club at all underage levels in the 1970s and 1980s. Paddy, known far and wide in Mayo’s football community as ‘Skins’, was a driving force on the club teams that won the South Mayo and Mayo U14 A Championships in 1981, and the U16 teams that won the South Mayo A titles in 1982 and 1983. In 1983, Ballinrobe won the Mayo Championship. He was selected to play on the Mayo U16 team in the Ted Webb Cup tournament. Earlier, he had been a star player on Ballinrobe CBS primary school teams. Paddy’s adult life was spent in Galway. He later acquired the nickname ‘Big Boots’ – indeed we recall him having such big feet as a young player that sourcing boots to fit him became a major challenge. His death has evoked much sadness locally and also revived memories of his many great performances – as a 16 year-old, he earned his place on a strong Ballinrobe U21 team. Paddy also played handball and hurling. Paddy’s remains will repose in Conneely’s Funeral Home, Flood Street, Galway, from 5-7pm on Tuesday. Funeral Mass will take place in Westside Church, Galway, on Wednesday. We extend deepest sympathies to his father, Denis; sisters, Mary, Kathleen and Phyllis; brothers, Bernard, Michael and Denis; extended family and friends. Below are some cuttings from Paddy’s playing days (thanks to Liam Horan and James Bradley for sourcing these).    

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Christy O’Haire – 25 years on, still sadly missed

Christy O’Haire (1939-1996) was a player, referee and administrator – the 25th anniversary of Christy’s death occurs next week (September 5th, 2021).  He was synonymous with the GAA in Ballinrobe and Mayo throughout his life. The O’Haire Memorial Cup for Mayo secondary colleges ensures his memory remains alive for all those who knew and loved him. A native of Cregduff, Ballinrobe, he played colleges football in the 1950s with Ballinrobe CBS. He also played underage, junior and senior football with Ballinrobe from the 1950s through to the 1970s. He won O’Mara Cup medals in 1956, 1958, 1962 and ’967, and a cherished Mayo Junior Football Championship in 1958. In 1959, he played for Mayo at junior level. At club level, he also served as club secretary and was chairman at the time of his untimely death in Flanagan Park on September 5th, 1996. Within the club, he was an ever-present presence who cared only for the advancement of the club and its players – at time of crisis, he was a shrewd and calming figure. He coached teams at all levels to divisional and county success. Outside of Ballinrobe, Christy became a prominent referee. He was chairman of the South Mayo Board for eleven years till 1990. He was also involved with the Mayo Under 21 board when they won the All Ireland in 1974 and chairman when they claimed the title again in 1983. He was a selector with the 1989 Mayo senior team which reached the All-Ireland senior final and he also served as a selector with the Mayo minors in the 1990s. Christy loved his football and his commitment to underage development is honoured in the O’Haire Memorial Cup. In September 1996, when Christy died, Mayo were hot on the trail of All-Ireland glory, just as they are now. There was a real poignancy about the sight of so many green and red flags hanging from local buildings as Christy’s remains moved through the town. May this great servant of Ballinrobe and Mayo rest in peace. His contribution will never be forgotten.  

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Ballinrobe GAA Club Gear

Ballinrobe GAA Club Shop is now open.  This year we are procuring our gear from a number of sources, to avail of best price for our members, provide a greater choice of gear and support a local business. The providers of gear this year are our usual suppliers O’Neills, for adult and underage gear and we have also agreed a club shop with Adidas for adult and underage gear.  We have entered into an agreement with Hughsey Sports based in the Neale for Robe Rockets gear (Nursery to U 11 boys). The links to the 3 club shops are below  O’Neills Club Shop:  The O’Neills club shop is open on an ongoing basis and gear can be ordered from it at any time and will be delivered directly to an address specified by the purchaser. Adidas Club Shop:  The Adidas Club shop will be open until the 11th May only and items purchased will be delivered directly to an address specified by the purchaser.  Delivery will take approximately 7 weeks from the closing date.   Hughsey Sports:  The Hughsey Sports Club Shop will be open until 17th May only.  Items purchased will be delivered in bulk directly to the Club and will handed out at a fixed date and time upon receipt. Ballinrobe Football Socks can be ordered from Team coaches. Depending on demand, the club shops will be open again later in the year. Don’t miss the closing dates for placing an order, as the gear from Adidas and Hughsey Sports will not be available again until later in the year. We look forward to seeing all our players and supporters in the new Ballinrobe GAA Club Merchandise.      

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Tracing our roll of honour

Ballinrobe GAA Club is making a big effort to update its roll of honour and has asked former and current players to help out. Wearers of the club’s colours have been invited to complete a short form detailing honours won while playing for the club, the local schools or at inter-county level. The form is available below. Additionally, the club is are keen to obtain relevant memorabilia. Anyone who has items of interest should contact Liam Horan on or +353 87 9185 867. Items will be returned post haste.    Loading…

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Registration 2021

Ballinrobe GAA will use the new GAA online management system Foireann for all renewals and new registrations for the upcoming season. It is the first time that the GAA has brought all its associations under one umbrella, namely GAA, LGFA, Camogie and Handball associations. The vast majority of Ballinrobe Players and members will already have a username and password for Foireann. This is the Return to Play link used during the 2020 season to submit your Health Questionnaires. Foireann can be used by members to process Return to Play health declarations, membership payments and sharing of information relating to teams within a club. For Members who do not have an account with Foireann or new members we have information on how to set up your account, create a profile and complete registration.  New user of Foireann: If you a Club Member who is not involved in playing or are registering yourself or your child for the first time you will need to set up a Foireann account. Click on video below which outlines the steps involved in setting up an account. Then go to   Once you have registered a Foireann account you are now in a position to create a profile. select your membership and complete the registration process. We understand that you may be the parent of a member, and not registering yourself.  That is fine, just follow the steps that work for your household. The first step is to register all those who want to be members. Adding Child: As the account holder, you are covered through the Profile Section. You then need to add your son/daughter and create their Profile to register. See Step 2 below to assist you with adding a child. Once you have everyone’s details submitted, please move to the Membership tab which will guide you to which membership package suits your household.  See Step 3 below. If you are registering your daughter, please select the LGFA option in the membership option for Youth Player for girls born from 2004 to 2012.    Existing Users of Foireann (Return to Play)  Foireann can be accessed through and entering your username and password. Many of you will have used this system in 2020 for Return to Play – Health Questionnaire. If you need you can reset your password to gain access using the forgot password process. On entry to the site, you will be presented with a Dashboard and will see a list of options on the left-hand side of the screen. Updating Your Profile In order to make the most of the Foireann, you will need to update your profile using the tabs on the left-hand side of the screen. The system is user-friendly and the more information you include from the outset, the more adaptive it will be going forward. Step 1: Update your Profile  You should complete the basic details on your personal profile as requested, much of it will already be in place from your Return to Play data from last season. Medical Information Remember to include all relevant medical information, which may be needed in case of emergency. This information will only be visible to members of the Executive Committee who use it as part of their specific roles, e.g., Secretary or Children’s Officer Club(s) The most important part of this section is to align your profile with Ballinrobe, which can be done by using the drop-down menus. Communications Finally, tick all relevant boxes relating to communications you wish to receive from the club during the year. Note that if you do not give permission for Club Communications, you accept that you will not receive information relating to the AGM by email.     Step 2: Create your Family (if needed) Completing this section correctly is vital if you wish to take out a family membership with the club. You will need to add additional Parents / Guardians and Children – updating their profiles as you did your own. See Step 1. When adding additional Parents / Guardians, they will be notified and requested to confirm and update their profile and accept the invite.  Please wait until the additional Parent/Guardian has accepted the invite so all Family members are linked, and then complete your registration for Family membership. You many need to log in at a later stage to complete. When you move forward to complete your family membership, it can only be done by pre-populating information you have already provided to the system. It is your responsibility to ensure that each member of your family has a Foireann account and that you have linked your family together.   If you have any further queries on creating a Family please click on this link   Step 3: Membership Once all the above has been completed you are now in a position to set up your membership for the 2021 season. For our Ladies Club, please select the LGFA option in the membership for girls born from 2004 to 2012 and likewise any LGFA Coach needs to also select LGFA. All female non-players in a family should tick GAA (not LFGA) when editing their profile You will see the following Membership options on the screen. Please select the membership option which best suits and make the relevant payment. Membership Types: Type Cost Notes Adult Player €100 This is a Full Membership that entitles the person to play and to vote at the AGM Student Player €60 This is a Full Membership and entitles the person to play and to vote at the AGM. You will be asked for proof of your student/apprentice status Non-Playing Adult €50 This is a Full Membership and entitles the person to vote at the AGM. Adult Club Ballinrobe €150 Available to Players & Non players. This is a Full Membership. Club Ballinrobe includes: * 1 x €100 Ticket for Mayo GAA Development Draw * Entry into Weekly Club Lotto Draw * Voting rights at the AGM Youth Player (1st Child) €60 Player under the age of 18 on 1/1/21 This membership

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Win a Mulberry Handbag in our Draw

We are a thriving South Mayo Club providing football for over 500 members, 400 Players – 14 teams – boys and girls – from Under-6 to intermediate and is one of the most active sporting organisations in our community. We have seen increased demands on our facilities with a growth from 280 playing members to over 400 in the last 5 years due to our thriving underage structure. Ballinrobe GAA Club has never lacked ambition and, though we are in challenging times, the club is determined to move forward now too. Development work on our pitch and facilities will start in 2021 and we need your help to achieve this. We invite you to purchase a ticket for our Christmas raffle for as little as €10 which will help us kickstart the development work at Flanagan Park. In what has been a challenging year, Ballinrobe GAA are offering you the chance to win an authentic Mulberry bag from Brown Thomas worth over €1,100 just in time for Christmas. This could be yours this Christmas and all you have to do is purchase a ticket to enter!!       What a present to receive, imagine the excitement of gifting this to a loved one for Christmas or having this welcome addition to the outfit for girl’s night out…. To be in with a chance to win this wonderful prize, raffle tickets are available starting at €10 per ticket, option to buy 3 tickets for €20 or indulge, go all out and purchase 10 tickets for €50. Tickets are available at The Draw will take place Live on Friday 18th December on the Ballinrobe GAA Facebook page. Make sure to enter your name and contact details when buying the ticket. Your chance to win starts here so please spread the word and help us achieve our dreams.

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Club AGM 6th December 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Ballinrobe GAA Club will be held on Sunday 6th December 2020 at 6pm. The decision on format of meeting will be made after 1st December based on Government and HSE advise to see if we can facilitate a proper face to face AGM or alternatively the AGM will be conducted virtually via Zoom or MS Teams.   Motions  Please note that Motions for discussion at the AGM should be returned to the Club Secretary not later than Sunday 15th November 2020. Croke Park has requested that for this year “any motions that can wait to make them wait, and remain conservative, as 2020 is not the year to consider contentious motions”  Nominations Form  Download the Nominations form from here: Ballinrobe AGM 2020 Nomination form, You will note from the Nomination Form the names of the outgoing Officers and Members of the Club Executive. This detail is for information purposes only.   Any full member wishing to be nominated for the Club Executive must have nominations from at least two (2) full members of the Club.  Nomination Form should be returned to the Club Secretary at  not later than 5pm on Sunday 15th November 2020.  Financial Statements  Financial Statements, will as usual, be presented at the AGM for discussion. Any member who wishes to view the financial statements prior to the AGM, should contact the Club Secretary.  The members of the Executive look forward to your attendance. Kind regards Annette Conway Rúnaí

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