Ballymac Pipped Pats in Junior League Round 1

St. Kieran's Cycle Tour of the Parishes 22-5-2016
Ballymacelligott couple Gerard and Bridget O’Connor (centre) pictured with: Mary and James Fealy from Abbeydorney waiting for the start of the annual St. Kieran’s Tour of the Parishes on Sunday morning. ©Photograph: John Reidy

JUNIORS: Ballymac v St. Pats – Junior County League Round 1

A Ballymac side mixed with youth and experience entertained St. Pats in the first round of the Junior County League on Friday last in what proved to be an open competitive game of football. Michael Herlihy put Ballymac into an early lead in the first minute and followed up with another in the seventh.  St. Pats responded on the eight. Mossy Leen tapped over a well worked team score just a minute later. Michael Herlihy once again got on the score sheet when he pounced on the end of a high ball on the edge of the square to raise the green flag. St Pats responded once more with a point before Christy Leen pointed from a free on the twentieth minute. The remainder of the first half belonged to the away team, scoring 1-2 without answer. Ballymac trailed by two points at half time with a score line of 1-4 to 1-6.
Momentum shifted the way of the home side in the second half. The full back line of Con Reynolds, Gary Horan and Danny Madden along with the half backline marshalled by Alan Bonn, Sean Savage and Micheál Collins got to grips with the St. Pats forward’s whilst Ballymac’s midfield and forward line clicked into gear. Four points from Daniel O’Shea and another from Michael Herlihy had the homeside lead by 1-9 to 1-8 going into the final ten minutes. William Casey brought the cushion to two with a fine score with five minutes to go before St. Pats responded with a free. This proved to be the final score of the game leaving Ballymac victorious by a point with a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-9. Up next for the Juniors is an away trip to Ballydonoghue on Friday next May 27th.

St. Kieran's Cycle Tour of the Parishes 22-5-2016
Billy O’Sullivan from Ballymacelligott pictured before the annual St. Kieran’s Cycle Tour of the Parishes from Castleisland Desmonds GAA Grounds on Sunday morning. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Team: Padraig O’Connor, Gary Horan, Con Reynolds, Danny Madden, Micheál Collins, Alan Bonn, Sean Savage, Shane Dowling, Jack Scanlon, Jonathan Keane, Daniel O’Shea, Christy Leen, Michael Herlihy, David Keane, Mossy Leen. Sub used: William Casey, Cillian Brosnan ,Neil Sullivan, Thomas Lyons.
St. Kieran’s unlucky against Dr. Crokes
St. Kierans were most unlucky not to defeat Championship favourites Dr. Crokes in their Co. Senior Championship game held in Cordal on Saturday evening last.  They now enter Round 3 of the draw where a victory in that Round would see them progress to the Quarter Final.
Field Maintenance
Recent field maintenance works are carried out by Kelly Bros of Ballydesmond are now complete.  These works included verti draining, spiking, sanding and fertilising of the main pitch.  Monies raised from recent fundraising events contributed towards the cost of these works.  Credit must also go to David Long of the Field Committee for overseeing the job.
 Recycling Drive
Ballymacelligott GAA are holding a recycling drive on Saturday 11th June 11am to 2pm and Sunday 12th June 11am to 2pm. We can accept items such as men and women’s clothing, children’s clothing, curtains, towels, soft toys, shoes, handbags, belts, laptops, mobile phones etc.  We cannot accept dirty or wet clothing, mats/carpets, duvets, pillows or books.
On June 24th, 25th & 26th our club will be hosting 3 visiting teams from Fethard Co. Tipperary, Dunshaughlin Co. Meath & Boston North East USA for Féile 2016. All proceeds raised from this recycling drive goes towards supporting Féile 2016 in Ballymacelligott. Please Support Generously!!
Aisling O’Connell
Best wishes from all at the Club to Aisling O Connell who is part of the Kerry U 14 panel who take on Tipperary in Mallow on Saturday next in the Munster Final.
Cul Camp 2016 
The Cul Camp in Ballymacelligott this year will take place between the 25th of July and the 29th of July from 10.00am – 2.30pm daily. Bookings can be made at the following URL. Free Jersey, Training Top and Back Pack.
Eric Mason Memorial Blitz 
The Eric Mason Memorial blitz will take place next Saturday the 28th of May. This year the format will be slightly different with it being an U14 competition in preparation for Feile. Any help on the day would be appreciated.
Faoi 10 
Our U10’s have their second outing in the U10 Go Games this week in Ballymac on Wednesday at 7.00. We had games against Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglen.  The academy for our U10 panel continued last Sunday morning with a good turnout. The next academy will take place next Sunday the 19th of May.
Faoi 8 
The academy for our U8 panel continued last Sunday morning with a good turnout on the day. The next academy will take place next Sunday the 15th of May. The U8’s had their first outing in the Go Games next week in Castleisland last Tuesday night. We had games on the night against Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglen. Many thanks to Castleisland Desmonds for hosting the event. Ballymac will host the next series of Go Games on the 25th of May at 7.00.
Faoi 6 
U6 Academy Boys & Girls had another big turn out on Sunday and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills. Academy continues next Sunday the 29th of May on the main pitch so come along and bring your water and gum shield.
Cailini Faoi 14
Our U 14 girls played out a very exciting draw with Legion in Ballymac on Thursday evening last in Division 2 of the Co. League.  They now take on Desmonds on Sunday evening next at 7.00pm in Castleisland.
Cailini Faoi 12
Our U 12 girls welcomed Beaufort for a Round 1 Co.  League Division 2 game on Tuesday last.  The first half was evenly contested and the visitors led by one point at halftime on a scoreline of 1 – 2 to 1 – 1.  Ballymac had the better of the second half and added 5 points while Beaufort only added a single point.  This saw Ballymac run out winners by 3 points.
Cailini Faoi 10
Our U 10 girls had their first game of the year on Wednesday evening last when they travelled to Faranfore to take on Firies.  The hard work and commitment the girls had been putting in at training was show to good effect on the night as they played some excellent football.  Many thanks to Firies for hosting us on the night.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to all the boys and girls in the Parish who received their First Holy Communion over the past 2 weeks.
Ballymacelligott Community Alert Group
There will be a Community Alert Group Meeting on Wednesday June 8th at 8pm in St. Brendan’s Hall Ballydwyer. We will also be looking at the issue of setting up a Cardiac Response Group in Ballymacelligott so Everybody is very welcome to this meeting!!
St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society
The Society is holding its Annual Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday, June 25th 2016. The Bus leaves Ballydwyer Creamery at 6.40am, The Earl of Desmond Hotel at 6.45am, Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Church Tralee at 6.55am & Listowel square at 7.20am. Contact June Fitzgerald at 066-7137236 for further details.
The club extends its deepest sympathy to Cosite Na nOg PRO and U-10 mentor Michael Crossan on the death of his mother.  Ar dheis De go raibh a anamn.
Lotto Draw at O Riada’s
The lotto was held in O Riadas on Monday 16th May for a jackpot of €2,900. Numbers drawn were 2,12,14,15. There was no jackpot winner.
Lucky Dips winners: 1. John Moriarty, c/o Paula Silles; 2. Brian Kearney, c/o Tom Leen; 3. Emer Lynch, Rathanny; 4. Mike Webber, Manor House, Tralee; 5. Grace Reidy, Reamore.
Sellers Prize: Paula Silles.
The lotto now stands at €3,000 and can be played at