Our senior team are back training on the pitch and it is a great sight to see all the lads back and enthusiastic for football.
We look forward to the fixtures list for the coming few months.
Kerry Senior Team
Well done to the Kingdom on a great start to the Allianz Football league 2021!!
Pat O’Shea, of Ballymacpierce was a proud grandfather on Saturday last.
Three of his grandsons donning the Green & Gold in Austin Stack Park. Paul O’Shea making his debut for the Kingdom and David & Paudie Cliffford also playing. The Boys Scored 4-9 between them. Paul’s father Tom is a Ballymac Senior Team selector.
We send our warmest congratulations to Ellen and Dermot Clifford to Margaret and Tom O’Shea and to the wider O’Shea family in Ballymac many of whom play for our club. We are very proud of this connection!
Coiste na nÓg
On Sunday morning at the academy looking at the faces of the children, parents, and coaches it was obvious that everyone was enjoying themselves. The sunshine and absence of football in our pitch reminded us that ‘this will be forgotten – we really appreciate it now! And everyone did and were so grateful for the day.
We had a great morning of fun, football and community at Ballymac GAA Academy. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí…Our club is privileged to have so many young stars coming up! Ballymac Academy every Sunday morning at 11am. Many Thanks to Kate O’Rahilly who has put together some great photos of the Sunday morning activities on videos. They are on our web site and Social media accounts.
Any child from the Parish between the ages of 5-9 interested in joining is welcome on Sunday mornings at 11am at our main pitch.
Any queries please contact one of the Coiste na nOg officers below.
Declan O’Connell (Chairman) 087 0964331
Ger Collins (Secretary) 087 6430693
Stephen O Brien (Coaching Officer) 086 8376432.
Well done to the u9 boys who turned up for Sunday morning training. We had 20 boys in total. We welcomed some new faces again this week. The coaches introduced some new drills and we had a fun non-contact game at the end of the session.
Don’t forget to wear your gum shields every week on the pitch and label your water bottle. See you all again next Sunday morning
Our U17 Team continues with Training and a great turn out has been reported at all the sessions so far.
Players to impress this week are Sam Mansfield, Luke O’Connell,Andy Rogers, Mossie Brennan and Maurice O’Connell .
Our new outdoor Gym has been greatly welcomed by our players and has proven a great success. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
We are eagerly awaiting our fixtures list for the summer and the players will leave no stone unturned in an effort to go out and do the Club proud when the time arrives.
U15s continued training the last week with once again over 25 players attending and following all covid health Guidelines, these lads are really putting an effort in before we begin our league campaign on June 9th in Division 3A with Churchill, Kenmare, Dr Crokes, Na Gaeil and Firies. Home and away fixtures should be out next week. Keep up the practice at home lads and we will Continue training Mondays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11am.–
Our u13 Boys continue to have a good turnout for training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings where there is a noticeable improvement in their skills level and fitness with each passing week.
Sunday June 13th is expected to be their first competitive game when they will begin their Co League Division 2 campaign.
Ballymac U11 Boys had another good training session on Tuesday and Saturday evening. Practicing plenty of skills and finishing off with a game. Training continues every Tuesday evening 7pm-8pm and Saturday afternoon 5.30pm -6.30pm. Ballymac Abú!
Best wishes to Tony Riordan
For years our Coiste na nÓg in Ballymac was synonymous with Tony Riordan. He trained Coiste na nÓg teams for years, took them to football matches and made umpires and linesmen of their mothers! For many years he was the first man you met when you brought your child to training. He always has so much interest in the children and how they progressed. A few weeks ago, Tony had a hip operation and we wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the side-line when we are back to spectators at pitches.
We thank everyone who has paid their membership so far this year. The on-line facility to pay membership is on the club force app and the link is also on our web site. Everyone who returns to play, coach, mentor needs to have membership paid. This is vital so that everyone is covered to train and play going forward. Anyone with any difficulty you can contact Club Registrar Maureen O’Shea on 087-9795220.
This week our U12’s girls learnt of their division in North Kerry and the clubs that they will be playing against Duagh, Beale and Currow. Games will begin week starting 07/06. They will be training hard over the next few weeks so they are ready for their first game.
Last Man Standing
Our super 6 are down to the final 2 after a surprise win by Sheffield United against Everton took out 4 participants. With two rounds to play we will wait and see if it will be John O’Rourke or Éamon Moriarty who will claim the title of Last Man Standing.
We were well represented at this week’s Kerry trails from U14 up to Minors. We wish the very best of luck to our players as they are put through their paces over the next few weeks.
Minor: Cora Savage, Emily O’Brien, Shonagh Griffin
U16: Roisin Rahilly, Kate Collins
U14: Anna Collins, Jill Quirke, Emma Daly, Jamie Lee O’connor, Marie Culloty, Aishlinn Bailey
Health & Wellbeing
Healthy Eating Initiative
The Health and Wellbeing Team continues to promote healthy eating this week.
Our u-12 and u-14 teams enjoyed some fresh fruit after their training session this Wednesday evening.
You can download the two brochures from our web site you on your healthy eating journey.
Our web site www.ballymacgaa.ie has videos and all the latest news on Health & Well being initiatives in our club.
Nutrition & Healthy Eating
- Also if you need some inspiration for meal planning. There are over 80 tasty recipes on the Choose to Live Better website: https://www.choosetolivebetter.com/content/healthy-recipes
- Bord bia also have lots of tasty recipe ideas if you are looking for inspiration: https://www.bordbia.ie/recipes/
- If you are cooking for yourself for the first time, or just want to improve your basic skills, then these beginner cooking videos from Safefood will help you cover all the basics and get you cooking simple healthy meals in no time:
Ballymacelligott GAA Play Ball Lotto
This week’s Ballymacelligott GAA Play Ball Lotto draw took place at The Club Grounds in Arrabella on Monday 10th May at 6.10 pm.
Ger Lynch and Dave Slattery drew the numbers. The video can be accessed on our web site.
The Numbers drawn were: 6,24,26 & 28. There was no winner of the Jackpot of €9000.00
The lucky dip winners were:
€30.00 Joan O’Reilly.
€20.00 Fionnan Fitzgerald.
The three lucky dip winners of Three Random Quick Picks for next week’s draw were: Sheila Casey, Tom Leen, and Bernard Cassidy. We wish you all every success in the draw.
The Jackpot is €9100.00 next week’s draw.
Next week’s draw will take place Live on Facebook on Monday 17th May at our own pitch ground in Arrabella just after 6pm.
You can buy your ticket for the €9100.00 Jackpot next Monday night by logging on to Ballymacgaa.com or from any of our sellers who are now selling from the clubforce mobile phone app. Our nominated seller this week is Paula Silles and if you wish to contact Paula 087 9780377
We appreciate all the support we get from all our supporters, and we thank everyone who continues to support us from around the world. This week we had tickets purchased in USA, Perth Australia, Dublin and one in Cork. All of these contributions from Ballymac Parishioners and former players are so welcome and appreciated. Contribution at home and afar makes a big difference to us as a club.
Tickets can be purchased from our web site www.ballymacgaa.com or from any of our sellers who are now selling from the clubforce mobile phone app.
Our nominated seller this week is Paula Silles and if you wish to contact Paula at 087 9780377 she will be delighted to assist you.
Join County Clean Up
Ballymacelligott GAA Club in conjunction with Ballymacelligott Community Alert Group have registered to take part in the KWD County Clean Up -running from Sat May 22nd to Sunday May 30th. It is open to all families and social bubbles. This is a great way to clean our roads whilst doing it in a safe and responsible way. Pickers and bags will be provided. If your family or social bubble is interested please contact club secretary Fionnán Fitzgerald at 087-986044