Lotto Now at €5,900 – Wouldn’t It be Nice
The lotto was held in Ballygarry House on Monday 5th December 2016 for a jackpot of €5,800. Numbers drawn were 3,13,18,19. There was no winner.
Lucky Dips: 1. Sheila and Gary Breen, Co Clare; 2. Eamon Sheehy, Farmers Bridge; 3. Esther O’ Connor, Scart, Gortatlea; 4. Tomas Lynch, Kielduff; 5. Martin Collins, c/o Tom Leen. Sellers Prize : Tom Leen.
The lotto now stands at €5,900 and can be played at www.ballymacgaa.com
Ballymac GAA Club AGM
The AGM of Ballymac GAA Club will be held in the Club rooms on the 8th January 2017 at 2 pm. All members are invited to attend.
Ladies Club AGM
The AGM of Ballymac Ladies GAA Club will take place on Sunday, 18th December at 4.00pm in the Club rooms. All are welcome to attend as the Club plans for what is sure to be a very busy 2017 which will see a Ballymac Senior team enter competitions for the first time.
Michaela’s Judo Silver Medal
Congratulations are extended to U-16 player Michaela Murphy who won a silver medal at a National Judo competition held in Galway recently.
Ballymac GAA Club are fortunate to currently have members who undertake the important role of refereeing games at both senior and underage level. The Club is greatly indebted to all those who carry out this important job within the GAA.
We are always looking for volunteers to take up the whistle. A course for anyone interested will take place in the new year. Please contact Coiste na nOg secretary Dave Slattery on 0872201042 for further information.
Minor Review of 2016
Under the management team of Tony Silles, Martin Lowe, Willie Costello, Aidan O Connor and with dedication shown beyond belief from a 24 man panel who are now the club’s future stars.
Our season turned out to be a great success when reaching the finals of both our main competitions the County League and Central Region.
With having a continued commitment from these players which stared on December 8th. 2015 and finished on November 15th 2016 enable football throughout the year which aided greatly in developing these players to the senior ranks where five players made an instant impact this year.
Micheál and Tomás Leading by Example
Great pride was taken by the whole club but especially amongst the minor panel to have two of our own represent the county and to go on to win All Ireland medals with Kerry.
Both Micheál Reidy and Tomás O’Connor are leading examples to the underage in the club and their dedication to club football are greatly appreciated.
Season began on December 8th. 2015 with indoor core training under the guidance of club senior player, Vincent Horan.
Seventeen players turned up the first night and this set the platform for the season ahead. With a move outdoors in mid January and despite some very adverse weather conditions there was a fine attendance from a very committed group of players.
The Serious Stuff
After two games against Na Gaeil and Kerins O Rahilly’s in the Tralee Town League the serious stuff began with our first county league game away to Moyvane/Tarbert.
After a poor start we were two points up at half time and won by 0-15 to 2-7. Next up was an away game to Churchill on a chilly Sunday morning.
Seven points up at half time we went further ahead before Churchill stormed into the game and drew level. We eventually won 4-8 to 3-8. We were always in control in our game against John Mitchels winning by 1-14 to 0-9.
Desmond’s in Castleisland was our next game and again we got off to a poor start and were behind by 2-4 to 1-3 at the break. A lot of changes were made at half time and we went on to win by 2-10 to 2-8 after a thrilling game.
County League Final
In the county league final we again played Churchill this time St Pat’s Blennerville was the venue.
Our opponents went into an early lead but we were 1-4 to 0-6 ahead at the break. In what was a very physical game Churchill just edged ahead in the second half and we were very disappointed to lose a game we dominated in possession by 1-10 to 1-8.
The Central Region was the next competition. Desmonds travelled to Ballymac and won a high scoring game by 3-16 to 4-8. We had an easy win over Keel/Listry by 3-16 to 1-5 on a wet evening. Castlegregory was our next opponent and after a really tough game we won by 2-8 to 1-9.
Mitchels came to Ballymac and provided strong opposition, 2-14 to 2-13 the final score in our favour.
Ballymac easily won their home semi-final against Desmonds by 4-16 to 1-8 and we now faced Castlegregory in the final.
Under lights, the Mitchell’s complex was the venue for the final. Ballymac was the better team for most of this game leading 2-6 to 0-4 at the break. Castlegregory rallied in the second half but we held on to win by 3-9 to 2-10. Captain Gary Horan collected the winning trophy.
We would like to thank: Chairman, Tom Herlihy; Secretary, Fionnan Fitzgerald, The senior and U-16 management for their help and co-operation and those who supported us throughout the year.
End of Year Awards: Player’s Player of the Year: David Long; Player of the Year: Micheal Hoare;
Minor Panel 2016: Kevin O Connor, Paddy O’Donnell, Robert Dowd, David Long, Max O’Brien, Tomás O’Connor, Micheál Reidy, Gary Horan, Keelan Brosnan, Ross Mansfield, Eddie Rogers, Michael Hoare, Christopher Lowe, Darragh Regan, Eoin O’Malley, Liam O’Malley, Barry Lyons, Brian Lonergan, James Mc Donnell, Dáire Chawke, Cathal Dunne, Dáire Keane, Joshua O’Keeffe and Tadgh Brick.
Handball Alley Refurbished
Ballymacelligott Handball Club would like to thank everyone who attended the opening and blessing of the refurbished alley on Saturday evening.
The opening ceremony was performed by local handballer, Daire Keane and blessing by Fr. Pat Crean Lynch, who remembered the late Roundy McEllistrim whose anniversary has just passed. He also remembered all others involved in the original building of the alley.
The ceremony opened with a display by local dancers from the Chambers School of Irish dancing and was a huge success as was local magician, Fr. Godley and his assistant.
Included in the gallery watching the event were the trustees and present president of the club.
After the opening ceremonies the packed gallery were treated to top class handball skill by Ballymacelligott and Glenbeigh handballers.
Club chairman, Dermot Casey thanked everyone for supporting the club financially and also thanked the Department of Sports and Tourism for funding towards the refurbishment of the alley also Ballymacelligott CE Scheme for all the work carried out by them.
Ballymacelligott Community Alert Group
Our fundraising calendar is available this year. It contains beautiful pictures and scenes from around the locality.
It is on sale at the following outlets: Mannix’s Post Office, Ballydwyer; The Halfway Bar, O’Riadas Bar and at Glenduff House, Kielduff.
Sale of these calendars goes towards the running of our Warning Text System. All support is appreciated.
Sympathy to Tobin Family
The club extends its sympathy to the family of the late Philomena Tobin, Stacks Villas Tralee on their recent bereavement.
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