Ballymac GAA unveils a new €10,000 Scoreboard in association with Ballygarry House
The new Ballymac GAA Electronic Scoreboard was launched last Thursday evening the 23rd May in Ballymac GAA pitch by Ballymac GAA Main Sponsor Pádraig McGillicuddy of Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa.
Mr. Pádraig McGillicuddy Proprietor of Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa spoke of their involvement with Ballymac GAA.
“There is a long standing community involvement between Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa and Ballymac GAA. The community are fantastic supporters of Ballygarry from weddings, to occasion dining in Restaurant 58 & casual dining in The Brasserie. It’s a great relationship where the community are invested in Ballygarry as part of the heritage of the parish & Ballygarry are invested in the future of the parish through the club. This has evolved over the past 60 years through generations of events at the hotel. The parish & town boundaries run through the middle of the hotel property & we are fortunate to be involved in both parishes.
Both of us have supported each over for the past 60 years and we are delighted to be the Main Sponsor of Ballymac GAA. Our partnership at this time involves a three-year sponsorship and the purchase of a new electronic score board is a very wise and progressive approach by this hardworking community based club. The scoreboard cost over €10,000.00 and we are delighted to have funded this scoreboard for Ballymac GAA club.
Our wish is for Ballymac GAA to continue as a forwarding looking GAA Club, bringing success to the club and Parish and to remain firmly rooted in our community. Ultimately for the next generation to have a super club & lots of fun”
Mr. Jer Lynch Chairman of Ballymacelligott GAA said he is delighted with the new scoreboard and with the continued support of Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa.
“Ballymac GAA has had highs and lows over the past 100 years and we have consistently got marvellous support from our Community that has helped us continue as a strong GAA club and to improve our facilities. Over the past 60 years Ballygarry House Hotel and the McGillicuddy family, a have been a constant supporter of our Club in so many different ways. They have not just handed over money but have shown a great interest in the progress of Ballymac GAA Club both on and off the field. We are very grateful to Pádraig McGillicuddy and Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa for their support and for helping us provide our supporters with a new modern electronic scoreboard”
Ballymac Senior Team:
Our Senior Football League game V Beufort has been postponed until the weekend of the 7th July due to a bereavement in Beaufort. We extend our club sympathies to the Beaufort players and club.
The next game in The Senior Football League is on the weekend of the 9th June when we welcome John Mitchel’s to Ballymac.
Incredible turn around by Ballymac B team on Saturday V St Michael’s Foilmore
Ballymac produced an incredible second half recovery to defeat St. Michael’s Foilmore on Saturday evening in their opening game of the County Junior Football League in Foilmore. Trailing by 2-09 to 0-03 at half-time Ballymac looked dead and buried however the visitors produced a stirring second half recovery to take the points on a final scoreline of 5-09 to 2-15.
Foilmore dominated the opening period and led by a seemingly unassailable 12 points at half time with Ballymac’s only scores in the opening period coming from forgotten man Robert Fitzgerald with two points and a Darragh Regan free. While it was a most disjointed performance from the visitors in the opening half they did pass up several decent goal scoring opportunities with Regan, Paul Culloty (twice) and Padraig Laide all coming close while Mike Hoare also saw his looping effort come back off the crossbar.
Whatever was said at half time by the management team of Mike Sweeney and Tom O’Shea certainly had the desired effect as Ballymac proceeding to dominate the second half to turn the game on its head. Immediately after the restart Paul Culloty fielded a high ball into the square and was brought down for a penalty which Darragh Regan converted to set the comeback in motion. Foilmore responded with two points of their own before a Michael Hoare point left ten between the sides after 37 minutes. Ballymac were then awarded their second penalty after the marauding Michael Herlihy was upended with Regan again clinically dispatching the spot kick.
Foilmore steadied the ship with a point of their own at the other end however Ballymac were playing some great football at this stage and points from wing back Kevin Sweeney and Regan from a free, either side of an opportunist Padraig McCarthy goal when he intercepted a short kickout and lobbed the goalkeeper, reduced the deficit to five with ten minutes remaining.
The next few minutes turned into the Paul Culloty show as the full forward rolled back the years to grab two goals in as many minutes the turn the game completely on its head. He firstly finished to the net after fine approach play from Con Reynolds and then pounced after a Mike Herlihy effort dropped short and suddenly Ballymac led for the first time with five minutes to go. Foilmore wasted a few chances to level the tie and Ballymac made them pay with late points from Christy Leen and McCarthy securing a famous win.
This was the ultimate game of two halves with Ballymac completing an amazing 15 point second half turnaround. While Culloty will inevitably grab the headlines after his 2 goal salvo, Ballymac had heroes all over the place with the likes of Keelan Brosnan, Kevin Sweeney and Robert Fitzgerald outstanding particularly in the second period while the moving of Padraig McCarthy to the forward line also proved to be a big turning point.
Team: Alan Bonn, Keelan Brosnan, Con Reynolds, Kevin Sweeney (0-1), James Carmody, Padraig McCarthy (1-1), Michael Herlihy, Darragh Regan (2-3), Christy Leen (0-1), Michael Hoare (0-1), Robert Fitzgerald (0-2), David Keane (C), Paul Culloty (2-0), Padraig Laide (14 a side)
Man of the Match: Paul Culloty
The Junior Team now play Cromane at Home in Ballymac on Friday next the 31st May at 7.30pm. Check facebook and Twitter for any changes.
Coiste na nÓg News:
Results from U17 Non Exam League
At the last minute Churchill were substituted by An Ghaeltacht in Ballymac pitch that hosted this group of games last Wednesday night..
The Results are as follows: Game 1: Ballymac 8-05 An Ghaeltacht: 4-04
Game 2: Ballymac 1-07 Gneeveguilla 0-7
Game 3: Gneeveguilla defeated An Ghaeltacht.
The next round of this competition will take place on next Monday night 27th May. Ballymac hosts the games.
The three teams in this weeks group are: Ballymac, Austin Stacks and Castlegregory. games begin at 6.45pm when Ballymac V Austin Stacks, at 7.25pm Ballymac V Castlegregory and at 8.05pm Austin Stacks play Castlegregory. We wish the team and mentors every success.
Our u 16 Team played Currow in Cordal in the Castleisland District U 16 A Final last night- Monday night . Currow got off to a blistering start and were well worth their lead after 10 mins , leading by 1 02 and Ballymac had yet to score . A speculative high ball into the square by Donal Daly decieved the Currow keeper and the ball finished up in the back of the net for Ballymac’s first score . This seemed to settle the team , and a further 1-01 put us ahead for the first time in the game , our second goal coming from the boot of Sean Horan . Ballymac were in a battle and great praise must go to Currow for a hard fought first half performance. Ballymac lead at the interval by 2- 05 to 1- 04 .
In the second half , we dominated the early exchanges but didn’t register any score . It was Currow who scored the first point to reduce the deficit to 3 points . In a great spell between the 10 th and 18 th minute we outscored Currow by 2 05 Pts to 0 04 Pts, our second goal coming from Adam Kelly.
We continued to dominate right to the end and ran out winners on a scoreline of 5 12 to 2 10 . Kieran Slattery’s kick outs were outstanding, reaching the target time and time again , James Bailey was outstanding at full back , he was ably assisted by Adam Walker and Ryan McHugh . Denis Brosnan came storming into the game in the last ten minutes . Adam Kelly and Luke O’Connell worked hard . At midfield Cathal Culloty put no foot wrong and Daragh Sweeney was just awesome . Donal Daly Adam Sheehy and Sean Horan excelled, Sean finishing with a tally of 3 03 . Gary Lynch ,James Kenny and Brian Godley can also be proud of their performance. Subs used on the night were Maurice O’Connell( 2pts ) Jamie Sugrue (1pt) Eoin Creedon, Mossie Brennan and Mark O’Connor . Thanks to all players and subs for a fantastic performance. Thanks to all parents who travelled to support our team on the night . Thanks to Currow for a fine sporting Game and they can be proud of their performance, battling on to the end . Thanks to coaches Stephen O’ Brien, Liam Sweeney, Mike Broderick and Eddie O’Connell for having the team in fine shape on the evening . James Bailey accepted the trophy on behalf of the Ballymac Team . We look forward to the county league in a couple of weeks and best of luck to all the players doing their junior cert in the coming weeks . Mile Buíochas
The future stars from Ballymacelligott GAA Donal Daly & Luke O’Connell played with the Kerry U15 Development Squad on Saturday last in Kerry’s Centre of Excellence in Curran’s. The Kerry Squad defeated Kildare Development squad.
One of the U15 Coaches on the squad is our own Kieran Savage
It is great to see two boys from the club wearing the Green & Gold. Well done and continued success to both players and to Kieran as County Selector and Coach.
Our U15 players will take part in the Munster U 15 Super 10’s Competition. Round 1 will take place on Saturday 1st June. Our boys will play in Dr Crokes and the other teams in the group are: Tuosist/Kilgarvan, Dr. Crokes and Laune Rangers. The Top team in the group will qualify for the Munster Final which take splace on the 15th June. Best of luck to our U15 players.
Congrats to our u14 player’s who were part of the Castleisland District u14 team on Sunday who comprehensively defeated West Kerry in the Plate Championship round 2 in Castleisland, Sean Rice (Captain) Niall Collins, Diarmuid Galvin, Conor Martin and Skye Lynch. The County League U14 Division 9B Final is on Friday 7th June against Miltown/Castlemaine venue to be decided.
U12 Our U12s did not have a game this week. We send our best wishes to the Gold and Blue teams for the next phase of the County League.
The upcoming games are as follows:
Tue 28th May playing at home V Rathmore at 7pm.
Sun 2nd June playing at home V Austin Stacks at 6pm.
Tue 4th June playing away V Laune Rangers at 6.45pm.
Ballymac GAA Academy News
Ballymac U10 Boys had a good turn out on Sunday morning those to impress were Liam O’Rahilly, Seadhna O’ Briain, Adrian O’Connor, Ryan Burke and Jack Collins.
Last Thursday was a fine evening in Ballymac for the U8 Go Games. Thanks to everyone from the Ballymac GAA family who turned up to help out. The boys had lots of fun and the future of Ballymac is looking bright. Ballymac Abú!
Our U8 boys were on top form this morning at training. We had a great turnout.
Well done to Evan Freeman who has a double celebration this week. He turns 7 on Wednesday and is our star player of the week.
We had a great turn out of U6 players on Sunday morning. They were all eager to learn and had some great fun while learning new skills. Well done to our two players of the week: Evan Freeman and Chloe Foran.
Looking forward to seeing you all next week. Do not forget to bring your water and your moth guards!!
Parking/Traffic Arrangements for Sunday Academy.
For Health & Safety reason on every Sunday morning we ask all parents dropping off children to the academy , to park outside the Main Gates and walk into the pitch with children. The Main gates will be closed as its too dangerous immediately after training to accommodate all the cars leaving etc. We thank you all in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
Well done to Kate Collins from Ballymac GAA Club who will represent O’Breanann School in the Cuman na mBunscoil game on Saturday evening next in Ennis when Kerry V Clare in Ennis.
Congratulations to Ciara Murphy from Ballymac who won a Gold Medal in u12 Solo Singing at the National Community Games Finals held in UL over the past weekend.
Ballymac GAA Lotto Results from Monday 20th May
This weeks lotto draw took place in the Halfway Bar Ballymacelligott. The Jackpot was €2,900 The The Numbers Drawn 3, 5, 23, 26 There was no Winner Lucky Dip Winners were: 1. Owen Lyons, c/o Tom Leen 2. Tina O’Connor, Castleisland 3. Lily Moore, Chutehall 4. Peig Looney, c/o Tony Marshall 5. Moira Scanlon, Tralee who was online winner Sellers Prize – Tom Leen Next Weeks Jackpot is €3,000 and The Venue is O’Riadas. We thank all our lotto sellers and supporters. All your support is greatly appreciated. Support our lotto by clicking here now and you could win the €3,000.00 jackpot.