Eric’s Memory Honoured by a Day of Great Football

Eric Mason Memorial Blitz 

Castleisland Desmonds player, Tadhg O'Shea won the Player of the Tournament Award ©Photograph: John Reidy
Castleisland Desmonds player, Tadhg O’Shea won the Player of the Tournament Award.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

Last Saturday the 28th of May we had the fifth annual Eric Mason tournament which took place on a beautiful day for football. This tournament is in memory of Eric who was a keen footballer and passed to his eternal reward in 2011 at the age of 15 years.

Ballymac were joined on the day by Austin Stacks, Currow, Ardfert, Na Gaeil and Castleisland Desmonds. Some great football was played on the day which is a tribute to all the participating clubs.

Ballymac and Ardfert started the proceedings and after a good game Ballymac won on a score line by 3-8 to 2-3. In the next match Currow got the better of Desmonds on a scoreline of 3-8 to 0-8. Currow also defeated Na Gaeil on a score line of 2-8 to 2-3 to win out their group.  Ballymac won a close encounter with Austin Stacks on a scoreline of 1-08 to 1-02 to win their group.

In the first semi-final between Ballymac and Castleisland Desmonds the home team started well but Desmonds led by the player of the tournament Tadhg O’Shea moved clear in the second half to win by five points.

In the second semi-final Austin Stacks and Currow played out a very entertaining game with Stacks narrowly coming out on top on a score line of 2-07 to 3-02. The final pairing was now in place with Desmonds taking on Stacks.

An excellent final ensued where neither side could be faulted for their endeavor. Austin Stacks put together some beautiful passages of play and at the final whistle they were the deserving winners on a score line of 5-06 to 1-04 to claim the cup.

Presentations were made by Adrian and Anna Mason to the Austin Stacks players, Castleisland Desmonds players, referees, and to the player of the tournament, Tadgh O’Shea from Castleisland Desmonds.

Thanks to all the participating clubs who contributed to a fantastic day of football. A special thanks to all involved within the club and the parish that helped make this a very successful tournament.

Seniors Bound for Portmagee

On Sunday next, our Senior Team travel to Portmagee to take on Skellig Rangers in Round 4 of the Co. League. Throw in for this game is 2.00pm.  Having won two of their first three games hopefully the lads can collect two more valuable Co. League points.

Juniors to Welcome Churchill

Our Juniors came away from Ballydonoghue empty handed on Friday evening last when they went down to the local side on a scoreline of 2-8 0 – 7.  They play their next game in this competition on Friday evening next at 7.30pm when we welcome Churchill to Ballymac.

Ashling O’Connell

Congratulations to Ashling O’Connell and her Kerry Team mates on their victory over Tipperary in Mallow on Saturday evening last.  Ashling was introduced as a substitute in the course of the game and played her part in a fantastic Kerry victory. Many of the U14 Ballymac Girls team travelled to support Ashling and her team mates on the day.

Many thanks to team mentor Kieran Savage and Nora Curran for organising the bus.

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!!

Cúl Camp 2016 

The Cúl 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 Free Jersey, Training Top & Back Pack.
Faoi 12 Blue Team 
Our Blue team played Ardfert last Monday the 23rd of May in the second round of the division one county league. Ballymac got off to a great start, with Maurice O’ Connell scoring 1- 04 after ten mins. Further points from Donal Daly and Andy Rodgers had us in a commanding position. Even though Ardfert hit three points on the trot, including two beautifully struck 45’s they never seemed to be able to close the gap on us.

James Kenny added another goal and further points from Gary Lynch and Donal Daly sent us in at half time leading 2-11 to 0-03.
We continued the pressure in the second half with Eoin Creedon playing brilliantly from the back, helped by the ever improving Jamie Sugrue and Luke O’Connell. Donal Daly was thriving at midfield, with Mark O Connor was also trying very hard, while subs Adam Wharton, Jared O’ Brien and Oisin Shanahan got valuable game time, and really got into the game from the word go.

We added another 1-05 in the second half compared to Ardfert’s 1- 04 to run out comprehensive winners on a score line of 3-16 to 1-08. Thanks to all parents for their support and well done to the team for an accomplished performance. We eventually ran out 3-16 to 1-08 winners.

Our blue team travelled to Fossa to take on the home side in round 3 of the division 1 county league. Fossa took the lead in the first minute and continued to impress in the first fifteen minutes , our boys were finding it difficult to get to the pace of the game.

However after a Gary Lynch goal against the run of play , we seemed to up our game , two further points from Maurice O Connell seem to settle us as we headed for the interval , leading 1-04 to 0-02 In the second half we started brightly , and took the game to Fossa.

Our defence were well on top , Jamie Sugrue Luke O Connell Mossie Brennan and Eoin Creedon were giving an exhibition on defending. When James Kenny had the ball in the net, half way through the second half we sensed victory. Two beautifully struck frees by Donal Daly had us well in command , but score of the night went to Luke O Connell , who travelled the length of the pitch , having taken two or three passes , and scored a massive point. Fossa  tried hard to rescue the game ,but two super saves by Kieran Slattery finally put paid to Fossa’s chances. They did score a consolation goal in injury time but we ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of Ballymac 2 10 Fossa 1 05. Thanks to all the parents for their support and well done to the team on a fine result.

Gold Team 
We had our second outing in the second phase of the Division 1B league against Ardfert last Monday evening. At half time we were well in control and led on a scoreline of 3 -7 to 0 – 3.  We ran out winners on the night on a score line of 5-14 to 5-07.

On Sunday we travelled to Fossa for our next league game. This was a good game but we lost on a score line of 3-13 to 3-09.
 Faoi 10 
Our U10s will have their next outing in the Go Games this week in Scartaglin on Tuesday, May 31st of May at We will have games on the night against Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglin.

The academy for our U10 panel continued last Sunday morning with a good turnout on the morning. Next Sunday the 5th of June our U8 and U10 boys will play challenge games against Austin Stacks in Ballymac at 11am.
 Faoi 8 
Ballymac hosted the second series of Go Games on the 24th of May. We had games on the night against Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglen. We had a lot of enjoyable games on the night and the boys are progressing well. The academy for our U8 panel continued last Sunday morning with a good turnout on the day. Next Sunday the 5th of June our U8 and U10 boys will play challenge games against Austin Stacks in Ballymac at 11am.
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

Round 4 of the county league saw Ballymac host Legion in Ballymac. The match threw in at 7.30 with the sun shining. Ballymac got off to a blistering start and notched up 1-4 before Legion got off the mark , Ballymac continued to dominate first half proceedings but there were signs that Legion were dangerous when they were left play. The sides reached
half time with the scores 3-9 to 0-5 in favour of Ballymac.
The second half saw Legion come out all guns blazing and although Ballymac kicked the first score of the second half Legion replied with two quick goals. Ballymac kicked a further point before legion again pressed for two goals and four points leaving the home side trailing by one with time almost up.

A good move saw Ballymac work the ball from defence to full forward where Ballymac earned a free on the edge of the box, Under severe pressure Lisa Curran tapped over to leave the teams all square at the full time whistle. Final Score 3-12 Ballymac 4-9 Killarney Legion. Both were happy to come away with a draw.
Team: Ellie Sugrue,Laura Dunne, Caoimhe OCarroll, Aoife Galvin,Cait Rice, Sinead McKeown, Sophie O’Donoghue,Aisling O’Connell (0:1),Roisin Long (0:1),Emily O’Donoghue (1:1),Eve Creedon (0:2),Ellie McElligott (c) (0:3),Kate O’Connor, Lisa Curran (2:4), Emily O’Brien Subs: Millie Dunne for Laura Dunne, Holly Geary for Emily O Brien, Mary Ann Fleming for Kate O’Connor, Ellie Lenihan, Jade Riordan,Katie Enright, Precious O’Shea.
With everyone beating everyone else the league is still all to play for to make the quarter final stages.

Ballymac Community Alert

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!!
Young Priests’ Society
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 would like to extend its sympathy to the West Family Gortatlea on the recent death of Arthur West.

Lotto Jackpot at €3,100

The lotto was held in Ballygarry House on the 23rd May for a lotto jackpot of €3,000.  Numbers drawn were 2,5,10,13.  There was no winner. Lucky Dip winners: 1. Kathleen Keane, c/o Tom Leen; 2. Joanne Long, Tylough; 3. Dave Slattery, Caherbreagh; 4. Myles Sheehan, Maglass and

5. The Silles Family, Corraghlea. Sellers Prize : Tom Leen. The lotto now stands at €3,100 and can be played at