Fantastic Féile Fall-Out Rumbles on in Ballymac GAA Club

Ballymac U-14 girls and their mentors who embraced Féile 2016 and did their club proud.
Ballymac U-14 girls and their mentors who embraced Féile 2016 and did their club proud.

Ladies Embraced Féile 2016

The much anticipated Feile finally arrived on Friday the 24th Last and the Ballymac Ladies U-14 team and mentors embraced its arrival. Spirits were high as we made our way to Abbeydorney on the Friday evening to begin our division two games. Our first opposition was Abbeydorney and ultimately the Kerry Division 1 side proved too strong on the night although we battled hard to the end. Our second game was a much closer affair against Thomastown but a couple of goals late on in the second half saw the Kilkenny side prevail. Despite losing both of our opening matches we had a feel good factor running through the team, We were playing teams that would arguably not look out of place in a higher division, Next up was our now good friends Fethard.

Friendships Formed

Despite friendships being formed neither team gave an inch in the game and it was a keenly clean contested affair.

The teams lined out in front of a large crowd and the club put its best foot forward in showing off what Ballymac had to offer not only in facilities but also in hospitality. It was hands down the best venue of the tournament. The match was a thriller with the ball going from end to end. Ballymac took an early lead but Fethard with their two county players ran at the Ballymac defence.

There was nothing to separate the teams at full time 1-5 a piece and the mentors and crowd alike were left scratching their heads as to who finished third and who finished fourth.

Score Difference

It transpired Ballymac’s superior score difference on the previous night saw them through in third place and Fethard in fourth. Both teams made the journey to Kiskeam to play their quarter finals. Ballymac were up first and played Banteer. The girls had been gaining a bit of momentum and this shone through against Banteer.

Within the first fifteen minutes Ballymac had amassed a lead of 4-2 to no score. The opportunity to empty the bench was presented and all 24 panel members got game time each making a positive impact on the game, Final score 5-5 to no score. If we acquitted ourselves well then so did Fethard who beat Mallow 6-4 to no score.

It was time to get out of Cork after dishing out those two heavy defeats. It was soon realised Ballymac and Fethard paths were going to cross in the semi-final which came as a disappointment to both teams as everyone had hoped we would meet again in the final should we be so lucky.

Electric Atmosphere

Both teams congregated in Austin Stack Park for the parade on Saturday evening where the atmosphere was electric and the banter between the two counties was rampant.

Sunday morning could not come soon enough for either team and inevitably it arrived. Conditions in Na Gaeil pitch were perfect. There was little or no wind and the sun was shining. The game threw in and Ballymac were hit with a sucker punch from the start a goal conceded within 30 seconds, Playing with the above mentioned momentum and confidence Ballymac dug in and went right back at Fethard and notched up a goal and three points.

Things were looking good!. More pressure from Fethard produced a second goal and the teams went in at half time with nothing between them 1-3 to 2-0.

In the second half Fethard introduced their third county player who had fresh legs. She had just made the journey that morning from Tipperary and it was this extra input that got them over the line.

Late Penalty

There was but the narrowest of margins between them at any point, A late penalty saw Fethard win by four points 3-4 to 1-6

Seven scores a piece but goals win matches. For the large Ballymac crowd in attendance up until this penalty the game was there for the winning by both teams. Emotions ran high after the game reflecting how much the tournament meant to this bunch of girls and mentors. There were some great scenes on the pitch with kids from both sides embracing to congratulate and console one another.

In true club spirit, a large Ballymac support group went on to the final to cheer on their new found friends and it was bitter sweet to watch Fethard come from behind to defeat Laune Rangers another Kerry division 1 side to capture the Feile Division 2 Shield by a single point.

A Great Success

Overall, the competition was a great success for the Ballymac ladies and out of this a decision has been made to enter a second U-14 Ladies team in the North Kerry League. A minutes silence was observed before the Semi Final in Na Gaeil as a mark of respect for the sudden death of U-14 Ladies mentor, John McKeown’s brother, Pat who suddenly passed away the previous day. May he rest in Peace. The team will now take a couple of weeks off and training will resume in mid July in preparation for the North Kerry League.

Seniors Push for Promotion

Our Senior team maintained their push for promotion with a hard earned victory over Renard on Saturday evening last in Ballymac.There was little to seperate the sides in the first half with Ballymac leading at the break 0-7 to 0-6.Our scores coming from Aidan Breen(0-4)and a point apiece for Padraig Mc Carthy,Daniel O Shea and Vincent Horan.Renard did level early in second half but the home side then hit a sucession of scores with Breen and Horan again on target to take control of the game.The South Kerry side hit back with points of their own but further points by TJ Casey and Padraig McCarthy saw Ballymac leading by four entering the closing stages.The away side never got the goal they required to bring them back into the game as the Ballymac defence with Con Reynolds outstanding all evening stood firm.Final score Ballymac 0-15 Renard 0-11. Team P Laide,L Dunne,M Leen,M Sweeney,C Counihan,C Reynolds,D Long,L Sweeney,D O Shea,P Mc Carthy,A Breen,S Savage,S Bermingham,TJ Casey,V Horan.Subs T O Connor,M O Brien,G Horan Junior Team

Our Junior Team play their final game in the Co. League Vs Desmonds last week. in a game which they lost. Unfortunately their results meant they did not qualify for the knock out stages. Their focus now shifts to the Coiste Tra Li Junior League which is due to start on Monday 4th July at 7.30pm with a home game against St. Pats.

Kerry Minor Team

Congratulations to Micheal Reidy and Tomas O Connor who were part of the Kerry set up who recorded a victory over Cork on Sunday last in Fitzgerald Stadium. Micheal played at right corner back while Tomas was part of the extended panel. The lads were well supported by a bus load of young Ballymac players who travelled on the Club bus. Many thanks to Jeremiah Lynch for his organisation of this.

Kerry Ladies U-14

Unfortunately Ashling O’Connell and her Kerry team mates were unsucessful in their All Ireland Final against Kildare on Saturday last in Nenagh.While they were disappointed with the loss it was a great achievement to reach the final.

St. Kierans take on Rathmore

Best wishes to the Ballymac lads and their St Kierans team mates in their Co Championship game against Rathmore on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium.


A Our U-14 boys didn’t have any games this week – a well-deserved rest after Feile. Next week we have two league games with the first being against Na Gaeil on Monday the 4th of July at 7.00 pm in Tralee. Our next game is on Thursday the 7th of July against Castlegregory at 7.00pm in Ballymac. Well done to all involved in a very successful Feile 2016.


Our U-14 B boys’ team played against St. Pats in Blennerville last Friday night at 6.30pm. The report on this game will be included in next week’s notes.


Our U12 boys teams begin their Castleisland District League campaign on Thursday July 7th.The Blue team have an away game against Currow,while the Gold team must travel to John Mitchels.Both games have a 7.30 throw in time. FAOI 10 The academy for our U10 panel was cancelled last Sunday morning the 03rd of July due to the Munster Final. We did however have a training session on Wednesday evening which was well attended. We also sent a team comprising of the eldest boys on the panel in to compete in a blitz in John Mitchels on the Wednesday evening and they performed very well on the night. Our final set of GO Games took place on Monday the 27th of June in Scartaglin. The Teams participating on the night were Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglen. Many thanks to Scartaglin GAA for organising an enjoyable evening of football. The academy for our U10 panel will continue on Sunday morning the 10th of July at the usual time.


The academy for our U8 panel was cancelled last Sunday morning the 03rd of July due to the Munster Final. The academy for our U8 panel will continue on Sunday morning the 10th of July at the usual time.


Academy continues next Sunday the 10th of July on the main pitch so come along and bring your water and gum shield.


Ballymac Ladies Club are in the process of putting together a senior / junior) team for 2017. We are calling on all ladies in the parish and beyond to come and be part of this historic event. Age or ability will not be an issue. If you are interested or may know of someone who might be please contact Donal Rahilly on 0876173912 or Anthony Curran on 087 27 13 507.

Cailini Faoi 12

Our U-12 girls continued their recent run of good form with a victory over Listowel/Duagh in Duagh on Friday evening last in the North Kerry League. Training continues for this bunch of girls as they wait the winners of the other semi final in Division 2. Cailini Faoi 10

Our U-10 girls welcomed Firies to Ballymac on Wednesday evening last where we played two games against our neighbours. It is great to see the girls improving with every passing week.

Cúl Camp 2016

The Cúl Camp in Ballymacelligott this year will take place between July 25th and July 29th 10am to 2.30pm daily. Bookings can be made at the following  Free Jersey, Training Top and Back Pack.

Pallative Care Fund Raiser

Glenduff House will host a fundraising night in aid of Tralee Palliative Care Unit on Saturday, July 30th at 9pm. There will be a head/beard shave, barbecue, music by Noreen Ashe, spot prizes raffles etc. Anyone looking to sell lines/cards can get them at Glenduff by contacting 066 71 37105.

Ballymacthomas NS 150 Years / Flemby 50 Years

We are celebrating these special anniversaries on November 26th. 2016. We are looking for copies of photos, your memories and old newspaper articles. Please drop into school in September or email us at  Keep an eye on our Facebook page Flemby National School and watch out for further details in September.

Ballymac GAA Club’s €3,600 Lotto Jackpot

The lotto was held in Glenduff House on Monday 27th June 2014 for a jackpot of €3,500. Numbers drawn were 6,12,13,16. There was no winner. Lucky Dips: 1. Sheila Leen, Kielduff; 2. Jack Kelly, Ballyseedy; 3. Carmel Daly, c/o Tony Marshall; 4. Patricia McDonnell, Rathanny; 5. Laura Corbin, Boston USA; Sellers Prize : Willie Costelloe. The lotto now stands at €3,600 and can be played at