Ballymac’s Biggest Game of the Year as Cordal Visits

Junior Premier Club Championship Qualifier
Our Senior team play their biggest game of the year so far when we welcome Cordal to Ballymac for a Junior Premier Club Qualifier on Saturday next 16th April 2016 at 6.30pm.  All support for the lads on the evening will be most welcome.

The lotto was held in Glenduff House, on Monday 4th April 2016 for a lotto jackpot of €2,300.  Numbers drawn were 3,5,7,24.  There was no winner.
Lucky Dips: 1. John Duggan, c/o Tom Leen; 2. Martin Collins, c/o Tom Leen; 3. Tom O’Connor, c/o Tom Leen; 4. Mossie Leen, Chutehall; 5. Tony Marshall, Ballymac; Sellers Prize : Tom Leen. The lotto now stands at €2,400 and can be played at

Ballymac played host to Moyvane on Saturday evening at 6.30 in the third round of the county league. Heavy rain on the previous days made underfoot conditions heavy. The home side had two points on the board through a free from Vincent Horan and a point from play by Eanna Reidy before Moyvane registered a score. This came from their midfielder Dan Leahy. Shane O Reilly was quick to respond with a point a minute later. Moyvane levelled matters with points from Colin Enright and Dan Leahy. Ballymac dominated the next ten minutes , scoring four points , all from the nippy corner forward Vincent Horan,  one from play and three from frees..Moyvane rallied and scored three points from play , these coming from Aiden Keane , Kevin Kennelly and Timmy Noonan. Two more points for the home side from Cian Counihan and Vincent Horan left the half time score at  Ballymac 0.9 to Moyvane 0.6
The home side started the second half with two points from play from Jonathan Keane and Cathal De Lacy. Moyvane’s full forward, Timmy Noonan  cancelled out these with a point from play and a point from a free. Vincent Horan pointed a free for Ballymac before Daniel O Shea and Timmy Noonan exchanged points. Moyvane failed to score in the last twelve minutes while Ballymac tagged on two more points from the boot of Shane O Reilly and Cathal De Lacy.  The final score was Ballymacelligott  0.15  Moyvane  0.9
Ballymacelligott Team: P.Laide , L .Dunne, M.Leen, T.J. Casey ,C. Counihan, M.Galvin , L.Sweeney , C.Reynolds , C.De Lacy , J. Keane, S.O Reilly, E. Reidy , R.Fitzgerald , P.McCarthy , V. Horan  Subs: M.Shanahan , D.O Shea.

Next Friday evening Churchill host John MItchels in the Semi Final of Division 4B County League. Ballymac play the winners of this game in the final at a later date.

Kerry Minors
Congratulations and best wishes to Club Minor players, Micheal Reidy and Tomas O Connor both of whom are on the Kerry Minor Panel for the Munster Championship game against Waterford fixed for Dungarvan on Wednesday 13th April.  Micheal will start at left full back while hopefully Tomas will make an appearance off the bench.  The progress of the lads to the Co. Minor Panel is a great boost to the Club and many of our younger players will hope to follow in their footsteps in the coming years.

U-16 Central District Game Ardfert v Ballymacelligott
Ballymac u16’s travelled to Ardfert on Monday night to take on their very physical under 16 team. From the outset Ardfert were in control. In the first minute a long ball from the hosts into the Ballymac square was punched to the Ballymac net by Daragh Courteney. Ballymac were quick to respond with a goal from corner forward Daire Keane in the second minute. This was followed by two more points from David Rogers and Cillian Gallagher. Nathan Driscoll and Cillian Gallagher exchanged points. Halfway through the first half, Ardfert’s ace forward, Gavin Dooley broke through the Ballymac defence to score their second goal. Thomas Healy increased their lead with a point form play. Ballymac registered three more scores before half time with a pointed free from Daire Keane and two points from play from Cillian Gallagher. Ardfert had three more scores to leave the score at half time Ardfert 2.6 to Ballymac 1.6. On the restart Daire Keane and Thomas Healy exchanged points. Ten minutes into the second half Barry Lyons was pulled down in the Ardfert square and Josh O Keeffe made no mistake with the penalty. The sides were level for only one minute when Ardfert edged in front again with a point from Gavin Dooley. The game changed completely in the next five minutes when Ardfert scored two goals and a point. Both sides managed one more point each before the final whistle to leave the final score at Ardfert 4.9 to Ballymac 2.8. Ballymac tried very hard throughout this game but found Ardfert to be very physical and fit.
BALLYMAC TEAM: Darragh Lynch , Eoin Culloty , Tadgh Brick , Kevin Lenihan, Diarmuid Lynch , Liam O Brien, Cathal Dunne, Joshua O Keeffe, James McDonnell, Daire Connor Chawke , David Rogers , Barry Lyons , Daire Keane , Cillian Gallagher , Dylan McHuge. Subs Used: Dylan Dunne Moriarty, Cian Godley, Brian Cassidy, Aidan O Brien

County League Div 2A Castlegregory 4-13 Ballymac 1-8 Played in very testing conditions for football our hosts managed the elements better than our boys. We had the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and played some nice football. We put over a number of points from Dylan Dunne Moriarty, Darragh Broderick, Jonathan Lowe,
Dara Leen and Sean Polman. A goal by Darragh Broderick was well taken. However our hosts were keeping the scoreboard ticking over also and one knew the change at half time would cost us as we didn’t register enough scores ourselves. HT 2-3 to 1-7 Ballymac ahead by 1 That was as good as it got as Castlegregory with the wind at their backs took full advantage. They went ahead after two goals in quick succession. Our boys didn’t give up and our defence did some great work to keep us in the game. Our sole score in the second half was a point taken by Aidan. Conditions worsened as the half went on and favoured Castle even more. They added some long range points to run out comfortable winners. FT 4-13 to 1-8 Our next game is away to Fossa.
Panel: Eoghan Kenny, James Bailey, Bryan Cassidy, Ciaran Brosnan, Adam Joy, Adam Kelly, Darragh Sweeney, Cian Godley, Darragh Broderick 1-2, Denis Brosnan, Jonathan Lowe 0-1, Dara Leen 0-1, Aidan o’ Brien 0-1, Dylan Dunne Moriarty 0-2, Sean Horan, Cathal Culloty, Sean Polman Daamen 0-1, Tim Polman Daamen.

Congratulations to Adam Kelly, Adam Joy, and Darragh Sweeney on winning the Castleisland district final of the U13 skills competition last Saturday

The U12 boys games against Glenflesk were called off on Sunday the 10th of April as both our pitches were unplayable due to the heavy recent rain. The Glenflesk pitch was also unplayable. An alternative date for these games is being looked into.

The Ballymac Academy was cancelled last Sunday the 10th of April due to the inclement weather. We will be bringing the U8’s and U10’s to Churchill next Sunday the 17th of April for a challenge game at 11.30am.

The Ballymac Academy was cancelled last Sunday the 10th of April due to the inclement weather. We will be bringing the U8’s and U10’s to Churchill next Sunday the 17th of April for a challenge game at 11.30am.

U6 Academy had a large turn out on a very bad Sunday morning, well done to all the boys & girls. All had great fun learning their skills .Keep practicing with the gum shields. See you all in the Hall next Sunday.

FAOI 12 Cailini
The girls began their season with a trip to Abbeydorney to play the locals in the North Kerry league division 1. The home side were much stronger on the night and ran out 6-06 to 2-06 winners. We followed that up with a game away to Castleisland Desmonds. The girls put in a very good performance and ran out 3-06 to 0-02 winners.

On Tuesday night last the girls played Legion in Killarney and came away with a win on a 2-05 to 1-02 scoreline. Full match reports are available on

Next up is a trip to Beaufort on Tuesday evening at 7pm in the county league preliminary round 2.

FAOI 14 Cailini
Our U14 Ladies team travelled to Fossa GAA Club in Killarney on Sunday evening for round two of the County League Division 2. After what was a glorious day, the weather for the second week running, took a turn for the worst and the game was played in appalling conditions. Credit to Fossa for facilities that coped well with the deluge although ball handling was very difficult.The first half was dominated by Ballymac up front, quick ball in saw Cora Savage and Emily O’ Donohue notch up some fine scores between them while Kate O’Connor popped up twice in two minutes to poach two goals, the first a loose ball fisted to the net after Fossa’s keeper saved a point blank shot from Emily O’Donoghue & the second a tap in after some link up play with Cora Savage on the edge of the box.
Ballymac however were not having it all their own way and with the hosts boasting two Kerry U14’s in Maud Kelly & Sara Sheehan Fossa laid siege in the Ballymac half for periods but some great defending and some excellent goalkeeping saw Ballymac go into the interval with a comfortable 5 point lead. Ballymac 2-04 Fossa 0-5. In a game of two halves Fossa who emerged the hungrier continued where they left off in the first half and again laid siege on the Ballymac goal. It was Fossa’s two aforementioned Kerry Girls who spearheaded the Fossa come back and once they got their nose in front, they never looked back. Ballymac to their credit fought right to the end and kicked four unanswered points in the closing stages. Through on goal on a couple of occasions the Fossa rearguard held fast to deny Ballymac the goals they needed to launch a comeback. Time eventually ran out and Fossa were deserved winners on the night. Final Score 4-10 to 2-08.

Scorers on the night for Ballymac were Kate O’Connor 2-0, Roisin Long 0-3, Cora Savage 0-2, Emily O’Donoghue 0-2 & Caroline Hurley 0-1.  Best on the night were Roisin Long giving a towering display at fullback and when she was moved out the field in the latter stages she kicked three fine points, playing as a wing forward and later as a wing back. Cait Rice also rose to the occasion giving a determined performance.
Special thanks to our band of supporters who braved the harsh conditions two weeks running. Our next game is scheduled for Sunday 17th April at home to Scartaglen

U16 Cailini
The U16 girls began their season with a great 4-01 to 3-01 win over Glenflesk in Ballymac on Wed last. Next up is a trip to Moyane date and time tbc. Full report on the website

Scór na bPáistí
The County semi final was held in the Tintean Theatre Ballybunion on Sunday last. The club had three acts taking part, Figure Dancing, Recitation and the Leiriu. Congratulations to the dancers who made it through to the County Final which takes place in Foilmore on Sunday 17th April at 2pm.

Planning is at an advanced stage for the second running of the Bwildered event which is being run by Ballymac GAA Club in association with Lee Strand.  It will be held in Gleenageenty on April 30th at  Full details on the event can be found at or on the dedicated Facebook page.

The thoughts of the entire GAA Community are with the family of 14 year old Ciara Ryan who collapsed and died while training with her Club in Co. Wexford last week.