Monday, December 19, 2005

News 19 - 12 - 05

The GOAL Mile will take place from the GAA grounds on New Year’s Day with the usual raffle, ceol agus craic ar siúl sa Copper Still tar éis an rás. Entertainment will be by the Rodeo Man himself, Sean Mahon, and if you are interested in running or walking the mile and generating some much needed funds for this very worthy third world charity, further details are available from Noel Mahon on 087 2646931.
Also, if you have any excess Christmas gifts that can be used in the raffle, Noel would be delighted to get them from you. Charlie Mc Gettigan and Leitrim and Kiltubrid Captain Christy Carroll are among those whom it is hoped will be in attendance for this very worthy cause

Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 7.30pm. Nomination forms for officer positions, motions and any issues for discussion have been distributed to all club members. In keeping with the procedures outlined in the club constitution all nomination forms must be signed and returned to the club secretary before December 24th to allow for preparation of Agenda and ballot papers. We’d ask you to please ensure that these are returned by the specified date.

Nollaig Shona
On behalf of the club, I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. Throughout 2005, the goodwill towards the club has been exceptional and the people of the parish did us proud in the heady days of September in the build up to the County Final and right throughout the year with their financial, vocal and colourful support. It was deeply appreciated by the players and all our officers and members Le Cúnamh Dé, beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach i 2006 is beidhmid go léir ag obair go dian chun na laethanta iontach sin a thabhairt ar ais go dtí an pharóiste agus b’fhéidir an coiscéim beag deirneach a thabhairt agus Corn an chontae a thabhairt ar ais go dtí Barr na Cúille. Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

News 13 -12 - 05

Scór na nÓg
Our congratulations to Lauren Shanley who qualified for the County Finals of Scór na nÓg in Recitation after a fine performance in Ballinamore on Saturday night last. Hard luck to our other participants, but it was heartening to see an increased participation from the club this year.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 7.30pm. Nomination forms for officer positions, motions and any issues for discussion are currently being distributed to all club members. In keeping with the procedures outlined in the club constitution all nomination forms must be signed and returned to the club secretary before December 24th to allow for preparation of Agenda and ballot papers.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

News 6 - 12 - 05

Scór na nÓg
Bornacoola will be participating in a number of disciplines in Scór na nÓg in Ballinamore this Saturday night at 7.30pm. It should be a great night’s entertainment and your support for the young Bors would be greatly appreciated

Annual General Meeting
The AGM has been scheduled for Saturday, January 7th at 7.30pm. Nomination forms for officer positions, motions and any issues that need to be discussed at the AGM will be distributed to all club members in the next couple of days.
In keeping with the procedures outlined in the club constitution all nomination forms must be signed and returned to the club secretary before December 24th to allow for preparation of Agenda and ballot papers. Voting on the day will be restricted to all paid up adult members

Dinner Dance
The club plans to hold a dinner dance in February. Further details to follow.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

News 30 - 11 - 05

Club Draw
The Club Draw will take place in Peter Reynolds’ in Rooskey no Saturday night next. As always, your support would be greatly appreciated

Ladies Meeting
The Ladies County Board are currently undertaking a series of meetings with those interested in Ladies football in Leitrim and they will be in the Community Centre in Bornacoola on Thursday night next to meet anyone with an interest in the future of the game in the parish. All are welcome and any relevant club issues will be discussed with the meeting getting underway at 9.30pm.

The GOAL Mile will take place in Dromod on New Year’s Day with the usual raffle, ceol agus craic ar siúl sa Copper Still tar éis an rás. Entertainment will be by the Rodeo Man himself, Sean Mahon, and if you are interested in running or walking the mile and generating some much needed funds for this very worthy third world charity, further details are available from Noel Mahon on 087 2646931.

Club Executive
There will be a meeting of the Club Executive in the Community Centre on Saturday night next at 7.45pm. All members of the Executive are asked to attend.

A meeting in regard to Scór na nÓg will be held in the Community Centre at 9 O’Clock (directly after the Executive meeting) on Saturday night next. Bornacoola will be involved on the 10th of December in Ballinamore and we’d ask anyone interested in helping out this year to come along to this meeting.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

News 22 - 11 - 05

Cairde Barr na Cúille
The Cáirde Barr na Cúille draw was held in the Copper Still on Saturday night last and performed by Club President Fr Gerry O Brien. First prize of €2,000 was won by Shay and Mary Reynolds, Cloncolory; 2nd prize of €600 was won by Shane Reynolds, Esker and Feargal Mc Gill, Dromod took third prize of €400. A special spot prize of Sunday lunch for two, sponsored by Cox’s Steakhouse in Dromod went to Henry Faughnan, Dromod.
Our thanks to all who dug deep to be a part of Cairde Barr na Cúille in 2005 and of course the money raised will play a huge role in allowing the club to continue its development over the next twelve months.
The signed International Rules jersey that was auctioned on the night raised €1200 and was purchased on behalf of the Weir Lodge in Rooskey.

Last year former Bornacoola, Leitrim and Connacht footballer Noel Mahon organised a very successful GOAL mile on New Years Day and Noel tells me he will again be organising one this year.
The event will take place on January 1st with entertainment and an auction afterwards in the Copper Still. We’ll publish further information on sponsorship cards and how you can get involved at a later date.

Welcome Home
Great to see Morgan Shanley back in Bornacoola at the weekend. Morgan had been one of our most consistent performers over the last number of years and hopefully will return to the Black and Amber in the new year after a 12 month absence.

Monday, November 14, 2005

News 14 - 11 - 05

Intermediate Shield
Well done to the Intermediate team who secured some well deserved silverware when giving the best performance of their season in beating Glencar/Manorhamilton in the Division 3 Shield final on Sunday last.
In an entertaining game, a goal from Brian Mallon set us on the way to victory and an excellent save from a penalty by goalkeeper Gerry Gearty ensured we triumphed on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-7.
The team and scorers in the final were: Gerry Gearty, Damian Mc Guinness, Seamus Mallon, Richard Bohan, John Reynolds, Shane Conroy, Daniel Canning, MJ Winters, Colm Farrell (0-1), Jason Conroy (0-1), Bobby Shanley (0-3), Brendan Duignan, Niall Mc Gowan, David O Connor (0-3) and Brian Mallon (1-0). Subs used were Aiden Reilly (0-1) and Seoirse Reynolds.
Captain on the day was Daniel Canning and hopefully he will go on to lift plenty more silverware in the next number of years.
We’d like to thank the boys for the effort they have put in throughout the year and hopefully next year we can build on the success at this level.

Get Well Soon
Our best wishes to club players Des Dobson and Vinny Canning who both suffered unfortunate breaks in the last few weeks. A good time of year for bones to heal lads, and hopefully we’ll see ye both back on the training field in 2006

The Reilly family would like to thank all those who attended a mass for Marion on Friday evening last. The ever popular Marion is held in very high regard around the area and all at the club wish her a speedy and full recovery.

Year’s End

As it is now the end of the playing year, we would like to extend a special word of thanks to Michael Shanley (Ballygeehar) for the exceptional manner in which he looked after the club’s playing gear throughout the year. You couldn’t ask for a more dedicated man for the job and the players deeply appreciate his contribution in this regard throughout the season.

Cairde Barr na Cúille
The Cairde Barr na Cúille draw will take place in the Copper Still on Saturday night next. First prize is €2000, 2nd prize €600, 3rd prize €400. All welcome on the night and music will be provided.
In addition to the draw, there will also be an auction for a framed Ireland International Rules jersey, signed by all the players who travelled to Australia for the International Rules series last month. Bids will be accepted on the night, or can be made to myself at 087 2897608 at any time before 9pm on Saturday night.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

News 08 -11-05

Intermediate Shield Final
The Intermediate shield final takes place this Sunday in Drumkeerin at 2.30 against Glencar/Manorhamilton. Best of luck to the lads on a great chance to earn some silverware before the end of the year.

Clonguish Tournament
Our thanks to the Clonguish club for inviting our U-12 team to their recent tournament. The lads had a great day out and thoroughly enjoyed their involvement.

Underage Tops
Tracksuit tops for our underage panels will be given out at the pitch on Friday night at 7.30pm. We’d ask any player who still has a sponsorship card to please return it on the night.

Our best wishes to former players and club officials Seamus Gannon and Sean Mc Gowan who celebrated their birthday’s recently. One of them turned forty and the other reached the half century, but we’ll leave it to yourselves to figure out which is which.

Cáirde Barr na Cúille
The Cáirde Barr na Cúille draw will take place on Saturday night week, November 19th in the Copper Still. First prize is EUR2,000, 2nd prize EUR600 and 3rd prize EUR400.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

News 25 - 10 - 05

We would like to extend the sympathy of everyone at the club to
the McGill family on the untimely passing on Sunday evening of
Cormac after a brave battle with illness. Cormac's involvement
with the club stretches back many years at different levels and
has also given great service at county level particularly at
As the local correspondent of the Longford Leader and
Leitrim Observer, Cormac gave great coverage to Gaelic football
in Leitrim. A proud Donegal man who never forgot his roots, he
was known as 'The Follower' throughout his native county for his
weekly GAA article in the Donegal Democrat.
Cormac has also bequeathed a rich musical legacy to the area through the school
and his work with the choir. He was also a strong advocate on
the local Tidy Towns committee. Through his involvement with the
GAA and his writing, Cormac is known throughout the country and
his loss is keenly felt by all in Bornacoola and beyond.
sympathy is extended to his wife Mary, son Feargal and daughters
Nessa and Ailbhe. Removal is this evening (Wed) at 7 to Annaduff
church and funeral mass on Thursday at 11 o clock. Ar dheis Dé
go raibh a anam.

Under 16 Football Champioship Final:

We played Drumreilly in the 13-aside Under 16 championship Final
on Saturday in Cloone. We played with the aid of a strong breeze
in the first half and lead 1-7 to 1-2 at the break. During the
first half our scores came from Fergal Howard 0-6, Conor
McCawley 0-1 from a 50, and Declan Shanley 1-0.
Drumreilly performed very well in the first half scoring 1-2 against the
breeze leaving them in an excellent position for the second half
when playing with the breeze. Drumreilly opened the second half
with two quick points and looked to have the advantage as the
lads initially struggled against the strong breeze.
However playing their best football of the season the lads put in a
blistering final 20 minutes scoring 2-5 to Drumreillys 1-3.
Declan Shanley and Mervin Howard scored our goals in the second
In the second half all players put their shoulder to the
wheel and this was an excellent team performance to capture the
This marks the end of a wonderful year for the Under 16
team who captured the league earlier in the year. The team and
management would like to thank Derek Hunt of the Copper Still
for the meal after the game and Brian Blake who videoed the
Jackie and Brian would like to take this opportunity to thank
all the players and their parents for the commitment shown since
the team commenced training at the beginning of February this
year. Finally, great credit is due to trainers Brian Mallon and
Jackie Conboy who have put in an enormous amount of work with
these young men. Comhgairdeas oraibh go léir.
Under 16 Panel:Alan Croghan, Connor McCawley, Sean Ryan, Damien
McGown, Kevin Canning, Paul Hackett, Damien Moran, Niall O
Connor, Fergal Howard, David Mulligan, Sean McKeon, Mervin
Howard, Declan Shanley, Harry Comisky, Alan Bohan, Darren
McGuishin, Darren Faughnan, Bernard Hackett.

Intermediate League

As a consequence of the win by walkover against Mohill on
Sunday, our intermediate team are now due to meet Glencar/Manor
in the Intermediate shield final.
Senior League
In fine conditions in Dromod on Saturday week we played our
third game of phase two of the Senior League against St Marys.
Despite enjoying good possession, we were defeated on a
scoreline of 1-11 to 0-4, St Marys were much sharper in front of
goal and pulled away in the last quarter to run out deserving
winners .
Team and scorers was: Feargal Mc Gill, Damian Mc
Guinness,Seamus Mallon, Shane Conroy, John McGuinness, Jason
Conroy, MJ Winters, Gary McCloskey, Michael Duignan, Mark
McCloskey (0-2), Bobby Shanley (0-1), Jonathan Duffy (0-1),
Brian Conroy, Colm Farrell, Brian Mallon. Subs : Phillip Howard,
Brendan Duignan, Daniel Canning Richie Bohan. We play Kiltubrid
away on Saturday evening our last league game.

Race Night
The annual race will be held in the Brandywell on Saturday night
and people are asked to return their race cards to Seamus Mallon
in advance on the big night. As always your support is
appreciated and a good entertaining night is guaranteed.

Connacht club championship
Well done to Kiltubrid on their recent win over
Strandhill/Collera in the Connacht club championship where they
showed great character in a tough game.

Monday, October 10, 2005

News 10 - 10 - 05

Senior League
We played Gortletteragh in our second game in the second series of the league in Dromod on Sunday and a return to form saw us emerge with a four point victory in a lively game on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-9 despite missing a number of regulars.
The players on duty on Sunday were: Feargal Mc Gill, Damian Mc Guinness, Seamus Mallon, John Mc Guinness, Shane Conroy, Jason Conroy, Richard Bohan, Michael Duignan (0-2), Gary Mc Closkey, Mark Mc Closkey (0-5), Bobby Shanley, Philip Howard, Brian Mallon (0-1), Colm Farrell (0-2) and Brian Conroy (0-3).
Subs used were Daniel Canning, Michael John Winters and Niall Mc Gowan.
We have two games remaining in this section of the league and two wins would more than likely earn us a league final appearance. The games are against St Marys on Saturday evening next in Dromod at 5pm and on Saturday week (22nd) away to Kiltubrid (4.30pm).

Cairde Barr na Cúille
The Cairde Barr na Cúille draw will take place on Saturday night, November 19th in the Copper Still. First prize is EUR2,000 with second prize of EUR600 and third prize of EUR400.
This was a supporter’s initiative limited to 50 memberships at a cost of EUR200 each. Our thanks to all who supported this and we look forward to seeing you all in the Copper on the night of the draw.

Minor League
Our minor team completed the league and championship double when they overcame Eslin by six points on Saturday morning last in Cloone. Played in good weather conditions we started strongly and held a 5 point lead at halftime on a scoreline of Bornacoola 0-6 to Eslin 0-1 with Sean Mc Keon, Fergal Howard and Oliver Vaughan supplying the Bornacoola scores.
Eslin started the second half brightly with a few early scores, but midway through the second half a fine Bornacoola move was finished to the Eslin net by fullback Conor Mc Cauley. This was the crucial score of the game and we held out to win by 6 points 1-8 to 0-5.
This win capped off a great year at this level and much credit must be given to all the panel of players who trained very hard all year for this success. We would like to commiserate with Eslin who played very good football throughout the game and no doubt they will be back.
The management and players would like to say a big thank you to TP Cox & Staff of Coxs Steakhouse for the lovely meal provided after the game.
At this stage we wish David O Connor a speedy recovery from injury sustained playing in a College game during the week, no doubt if fit he would have played a big part in the Final.
The team & scorers versus Eslin was; Daragh Gavigan, Niall O Connor, Conor Mc Cauley (1-0), Damian Mc Gowan, Jason Conroy, Fergal Howard (0-2), Oliver Vaughan (0-1), Sean Mc Keon (0-4), Declan Shanley (0-1). Subs; Stephen Reilly, Mervyn Howard, Paul Mc Gushin, Sean Ryan, Paul Hackett.

Under 16 Championship
We are due to play Drumreilly this Saturday in the final of the 13 a side Under 16 Championship. Please check the fixtures in this paper for time and venue of the game.
We would appreciate a big Bornacoola support at this game as the lads aim for Championship victory following their League success earlier in the summer.

County Hurling Final
Seamus Mallon was our sole representative on the Gaeil an Chontae team that played St Marys in the county hurling final on Sunday last but he gave a terrific performance in the middle of the field to earn the Man of the Match award.
Brendan Duignan and Brian and Shane Conroy were on the subs bench for the amalgamation who were defeated by 2-10 to 1-7.

Race Night
The Annual Race night will take place in the Brandywell on Saturday night, October 29th. Horses and jockeys are currently available from members of the club priced at €10 each.
All sellers are reminded to have their race cards returned to Seamus Mallon by the weekend of October 22nd where possible to allow for printing of the programme.

Division 3 League
Two upcoming games for the Division 3 team have been provisionally pencilled in at home to Mohill on Sunday week (23rd) and on Sunday October 30th against Manorhamilton away, both at 2pm.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

News 3 - 10 - 05

Senior League
We met Annaduff in the first round of the second series of the league in Dromod on Sunday. An early goal for the visitors set them up for a five point lead midway through the first half. By the halfway stage of the second half, a Bornacoola team missing a number of regulars had managed to pull level but a Ray Cox goal again turned the tide in Annaduff’s favour and they ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-6 to 0-6.
The Bornacoola team was: Feargal Mc Gill, Daniel Canning, Jason Conroy, Seamus Mallon, Richard Bohan, Colm Farrell, Shane Conroy, Michael Duignan, Gary Mc Closkey, Brian Conroy (0-1), Mark Mc Closkey (0-4), David O Connor, Robert Moran, Bobby Shanley and Philip Howard (0-1). Subs used Niall Mc Gowan, Damian Mc Guinness and Dermot Shanley. This Sunday we take to the field against Gortletteragh in Dromod in our second game in the series.

Minor League Semi-final
On Saturday evening last we reached the final of the Minor League with a good win over a strong Fenagh side. Played in terrible weather conditions we played some excellent football in the first half to lead by 2-5 to 0-1 at halftime.
Our two first half goals were scored by David O Connor. Fenagh started the second half strongly but another two Bornacoola goals from Fergal Howard and substitute Sean Mc Keon in the second half finished the game off.
The final score was Bornacoola 4-8 Fenagh 1-3. We are scheduled to play Eslin in the final, please check the fixtures in this paper as this game could be played this weekend. We would appreciate a big Bornacoola support at this game as the boys are aiming for League glory after their Championship win earlier this year.
The team & scorers against Fenagh were: Daragh Gavigan, Niall O Connor, Conor Mc Cauley, Damian Mc Gowan, Feargal Howard (1-2), Jason Conroy, Oliver Vaughan (0-1), David O Connor (2-2), Declan Shanley (0-3). Subs; Sean Mc Keon (1-0), Paul Hackett, Steven Reilly and Paul Mc Gushin.

Race Night
The Annual Race Night will take place this year in the Brandywell on October 29th. Horses and Jockey’s are currently on sale for €10 each from club players.

Best Wishes
We’d like to extend our best wishes to Dermot Shanley who is heading off travelling for the year. Dermot has been one of the club’s most loyal servants over the last number of years. He had a glittering underage career that included a county U21 championship medal and featured regularly at senior level in recent years as well as captaining the Intermediate team in 2005.
No doubt Dermot will return to assist the club in future campaigns, but for the moment we say goodbye to a great servant.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

News 27 - 9 - 05

Under 16 Football Championship
We played Gortletteragh and Dromahair in the last two weeks in the Under 16 championship. The team put in two strong performances to win both games and now face Drumreilly in the championship final, with the date and venue yet to be decided.
Watch the fixtures lists for more information. Your support for the team on final day would be greatly appreciated.
The panel that have got us this far include: Alan Croghan, Conor McCauley, Sean Ryan, Damien McGowan, Kevin Canning, Paul Hackett, Damien Moran, Niall O Connor, Feargal Howard, David Mulligan, Sean McKeon, Mervyn Howard, Declan Shanley, Harry Comiskey, Alan Bohan, Darren McGushin and Darren Faughnan.

Adult Leagues
After the disappointment of the county final defeat, the second phase of games in the league get underway this weekend. There is no game for the Intermediate team, but the seniors get their campaign back on the road with a meeting with neighbours Annaduff on Sunday at 2.30pm. Training also resumes this Friday night at 9pm in Dromod.

Feile Competition
The Under 13 team played Annaduff in the Féile competition on Saturday last. Following a very entertaining game the boys were unlucky to loose out on a scoreline of 3-3 to 0.4.
The players in action were: Daniel Farrell, Mark Muldowney, John Hackett, Liam Mulligan, Fergal Hackett, Barry Reid, Ciaran Campbell, Kevin Canning, Anthony Mulligan, Conor Hackett, Alan Bohan, Ronan Mulligan, Liam Jones, Kevin Shanley, Sean Muldowney

We’d like to express the deepest sympathies of all at the club to the Larkin family on the recent passing of Francie. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam.

Club Draw
The club draw takes place on Saturday night next in The Bridge. Your support as always will be greatly appreciated

Minor League Final
The Minor league semi-final is scheduled to take place this Saturday. Bornacoola have already captured the 9-a-side championship in 2005 and victory over St Caillins on Saturday would set us on the way to a memorable double.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

News 21 - 9 - 05

County Final
Unfortunately our dream of a first county title in 48 years was put to the sword by a terrific performance by Kiltubrid in Pairc Sean on Sunday last.
Early goals in the first and second halves left us with too big a mountain to climb and a blistering final fifteen minutes from Kiltubrid gave the scoreline a slightly lopsided look and did scant justice to a battling Bornacoola performance. The defeat was hard to take, but our run in the championship made for a great summer in the parish and the outstanding support given to the team will long be remembered.
Our congratulations to Kiltubrid who proved themselves deserving winners of the 2005 championship and in so doing created history by capturing their first county title ever. We wish them all the best in the Connacht club championship and if they produce their best form, they will take some beating. Comhgairdeas daoibh go léir is go n-eirí libh ins na cathanna atá romhaibh i Cúige Connacht.

On behalf of the players and the team management, we’d like to express our thanks to all those who put so much effort into the preparations for the county final. Our many sponsors again came to the fore in our time of need and indeed many club members and supporters also made donations to the club in the past couple of weeks. Your support and kindness is deeply appreciated.
To everyone who erected flags, painted cars, put up signs or helped in any way to transform the parish into a sea of black and amber we also say a big thank you. It was also heartening to see so many people returned to the parish at the weekend – former players and officials or indeed just friends of the club.
Finally, the gesture from our neighbours in Annaduff who flew the Bornacoola flag at their grounds on Sunday morning didn’t go unnoticed and showed them as the true Gaels that they are. Well done to them in retaining their senior status in a difficult group and we look forward to renewing battle in our own unique way in 2006!

We’d like to extend the sympathies of all at the club to the Shanley family (Clonboney) on the death of Bridie at the weekend. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

News 13 - 9 - 05

County Final
No doubting the main topic of conversation in the parish and surrounding areas over the past couple of weeks as Sunday’s county final has dominated the minds of everyone in the parish. Well done to all of our supporters on the excellent job they have done with flags, bunting, good luck signs, black and amber electricity poles, painted cars and of course the round bales in Rooskey.
However, the real focus will be on the field in Carrick on Sunday. Our best wishes to manager Paddy Maguire and all of the players who face a mammoth task in trying to overcome a very experienced and highly rated Kiltubrid team. Win, lose or draw it has been a memorable summer and perhaps there will be a twist or two to come before the final act is played out.
Adh mór oraibh go léir is le cúnamh Dé beidh féasta ann mhór ar siúl sa pharóiste oíche de Domhnaigh agus de Luain freisin is dócha!

Club Merchandise
Large flags, car flags, polo shirts and baseball caps are all available in shops around the local area and in the case of the baseball caps you can also contact Micheál Mc Gowan (Clonturk)

Last Final
We told you last week of Bornacoola’s last county championship victory in 1957 and two of that team – Tony and Noel Hayden – were visitors to one of our training sessions last weekend. They requested that we source the scorers from that final and I can tell you that according to Joe (Junior) Daly’s fine history of the club Stanley Cox is credited with 1-7 of the 3-7 total with the other two goals scored by Vincie Faughnan and Frank Donnelly.

Harvest Festival

Well done to the organisers of the Harvest festival on another terrifically well run festival held at the weekend. Visitors from all over the country were united in their praise of the fare on offer and a great day’s entertainment passed off without any hitches.


Delighted to hear the news at the weekend of the upcoming marriage of long serving Bornacoola player Gerry Gearty and his equally long serving girlfriend the ever popular Rosari Mc Crann from Eslin. The happy couple will be tying the knot in Cyprus at the end of October and we send our congratulations and best wishes for a long, happy and prosperous life together from all at the club.

U16 Champioship
We played our first game of the 13 a-side championship at the under 16 grade on Friday evening last against Mohill. The team put in a very solid performance to emerge victorious on a scoreline of 3-15 to 1-6.We play Gortletteragh in the second game of the campaign on Friday evening in Dromod.
Training continues every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm in the pitch. Team v Mohill: Bernard Hackett, Conor McCauley, Damien McGowan, Kevin Canning, Paul Hackett, Damien Moran, Niall O Connor, Fergal Howard, David Mulligan, Sean McKeon, Mervyn Howard, Alan Croghan, Declan Shanley. Subs:Harry Comiskey for Kevin Canning, Alan Bohan for Alan Croghan and Darren Mc Gushin for Declan Shanley

Monday, September 05, 2005

News 5-9-05

Senior Championship
Gortletteragh were our opponents in the Masonite Senior football championship semi-final on Saturday last. A good first half ultimately set us on the road to victory with a goal from Brian Conroy the crucial score. The second half was a backs to the wall defensive performance and we just held on for victory on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-6.
We are now into our first county final since 1957. Congratulations to all of the boys, to manager Paddy Maguire and his backroom team of Shane Reynolds and Noel Mc Closkey on this achievement.
The final will be against our old friends Kiltubrid who have been knocking on the door for the last two years, being knocked out in the championship by the eventual champions in both years by a single point. It will be a huge challenge for us to try and overcome the men in red and green and there is much to look forward to on Sunday week.
The team and scorers on Saturday evening was: Feargal Mc Gill, Damien Mc Guinness, Seamus Mallon, John Mc Guinness, Jason Conroy, Colm Farrell, Shane Conroy, Gary Mc Closkey, Michael Duignan (0-3), Mark Mc Closkey (0-2), Trevor Howard (0-1), David O Connor (0-1), Jonathan Duffy, Philip Howard, Brian Conroy (1-0).

Junior C Championship
Gortletteragh didn’t waste time in extracting their revenge as they overcame our Junior side by four points in the championship on Sunday morning.

Harvest Day Festival and Vintage Day
The Harvest Festival and Vintage Day is in Rooskey again this year. We’d ask everyone in the parish to come out and support what is traditionally a most enjoyable day out. All of the usual attractions and many new innovations will be there with something for all ages. All club members who are free to act as stewards are asked to make themselves available as there is much work to be done on both Saturday and Sunday.

Car flags and ordinary flags in the Bornacoola colours are currently available from shops in the local area

Last County Final Appearance
Much reminiscing locally at the weekend about the last Bornacoola team to play in a County final, way back in 1957. It was the year that Louth won their only All Ireland title, John Joe Mc Girl was famously elected a TD for Sligo/Leitrim, the Russians launched Sputnik 1, “That’ll be the Day” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets was at number 1 and the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community. In Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, Bornacoola and Melvin Gaels went head to head for the right to be crowned champions of Leitrim.
A special train on the Narrow Gauge from Dromod carried Bornacoola supporters to the final where they saw their team emerge victorious on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-5.
The team on that occasion was: Packie Greene, Charlie Devine, Jack McNally, John T. McGushin, Gerry McGarry, Eddy Duffy, Tommy Shanley, Michael John Beirne, Tony Hayden, Vincie Faughnan, Mick Hussey, Noel Hayden, Frank Donnelly, J.P. Newton and Stanley Cox.
An inordinate number of those players have sadly passed to their eternal reward, but we hope the spirit they embodied can still be seen in the black and amber jersey today. The majority of the players are thankfully still with us and no doubt will be hoping to see their feat matched in ten day’s time.
Bornacoola’s three other titles were won in 1938, 1943 and 1953. Beaten in four finals, incredibly only one of these was actually on the field of play (the final of 1940) as in 1904, 1905 and 1955 titles won on the field were later lost to objections from other clubs.

News 31-8-05

Minor Championship Final
On Tuesday week last we won the 9 a Side Minor Championship 2005 beating Glenfarne by 3 points in an excellent game of football. In a keenly contested game, Glenfarne got off to a great start and after ten minutes were six points in front by 2-1 to 0-1.
However two goals from David O Connor saw Bornacoola regain the initiative to lead at half time by 2-5 to 2-2. The second half was nip and tuck and a third Glenfarne goal left only one point between the sides with a few minutes left. We hit back again with two points and along with some good defending held out for a three point victory on a scoreline of Bornacoola 2-11 Glenfarne 3-5 as captain Stephen Reilly was presented with the Minor Championship trophy for 2005.
We would like to commiserate with Glenfarne who played very well all year at this grade and no doubt they will be back again next year. We would like to say a big thank you to Derek Hunt in the Copper Still who sponsored the refreshments for the team, management and supporters after the game.
Great credit is also due to team trainers Brian Mallon and Jackie Conboy who put in a terrific effort with this team throughout the year. The team & scorers in the final were: Daragh Gavican, Stephen Reilly, Conor Mc Cawley, Damian Mc Gowan, Jason Conroy (0-3), Niall O Connor, Fergal Howard (0-1), David O Connor (2-3), Declan Shanley (0-3). Subs; Paul Hackett, Sean Mc Keon (0-1), Oliver Vaughan, Stephen Mc Gowan, Paul Mc Gushin, Sean Ryan, Mark O Beirne, Mervyn Howard.

Club Draw
Winners in the August draw held in the Copper Still on Saturday night last were: EUR100 – Michael Mc Guinness, EUR20 Sean Duignan (Carrick), Sean O Farrell, Frank Stenson, Philip Howard and Pat Farrell (Drumsna)

Junior C Championship
The Junior team are now out of contention following their defeat to Glenfarne on Sunday last on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-9. Our goal came from a Seoirse Reynolds penalty but unfortunately the concession of a couple of soft goals proved to be our ultimate undoing. The team and scorers was: Ronnie Duignan, John Shanely, Shane Reynolds, Oliver Vaughan, Edward Moffatt, Dermot Shanley, Niall Mc Gowan, Kevin Mallon, Richard Bohan, Seoirse Reynolds, Aiden Reilly, Padraig Duffy, Vinny Canning, Declan Conboy and Noel Mahon. The final group game is this Sunday against Gortletteragh.

Cairde Barr na Cúille
Membership of Cairde Barr na Cuille for 2005 will close this weekend. This is a type of “supporters club” initiative and membership is available for EUR200. There are only a small number of places left and you are asked to contact Shane Reynolds (087 9751993) or Feargal Mc Gill (087 2897608) for further information or if you are interested in joining.

We’d like to extend the sympathies of the club to the Shanley family (Cloncolory) on the death of Joe at the weekend. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam dhílis

County Championship Semi-Final
A mouth watering local derby in prospect on Saturday evening at 5pm Páirc Seán as we prepare to meet Gortletteragh in the county semi-final. As always we’d appeal to all Bornacoola supporters to get behind the team as we take on one of traditional superpowers of football in the county.

Our thanks to Derek Hunt in the Copper Still for his assistance recently in the provision of kit bags for the senior panel.

Our thanks to all who helped out with the auction in the Weir Lodge on Sunday last. It was a very successful event and one which raised a considerable amount of money for the club. Well done in particular to Seoirse Reynolds and his hardworking committee for the time and effort they put into the project and to all the club players and members who helped out on the day and in the weeks leading up to the event.
Finally our thanks to all the people of the parish for their help in donating all kinds of items to support the club. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir as ucht an chineáltas sin.

Sponsored Solo
The boys and girls of the parish have been busy selling lines for their sponsored solo which will take place this Saturday. All boys and girls U-12, U-14 and U-16 players are asked to bring along their sponsorship cards for the sponsored solo to the park this Saturday morning at 11am.

Car Flags
Car flags and ordinary flags in the Bornacoola colours are currently available from shops in the local area.

News - 28-08-05

Minor Championship Final
The Minor team had a great battle with Glenfarne before emerging victorious in a tight 9-a-side minor final last week. Well done to Jackie, Brian and the lads. Full report to follow next week. The lads are involved again tonight as they play Fenagh in the league semi-final.

Senior Championship
The senior team have qualified for the county semi final after a fine victory over Glencar/Manorhamilton in Pairc Sean on Saturday evening last. Although the North Leitrim team dominated the first half, they were unable to turn their territorial superiority into scores and an early second half goal from Brian Conroy set up a semi-final meeting in a fortnight’s time with neighbours Gortletteragh on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-6. The team on Saturday was: Feargal Mc Gill, Damian Mc Guinness, Seamus Mallon, John Mc Guinness, Jason Conroy, Colm Farrell, Shane Conroy, Michael Duignan (0-2), Gary Mc Closkey, Philip Howard, Trevor Howard (0-2), David O Connor, Brian Conroy (1-4), Mark Mc Closkey (0-3) and Jonathan Duffy. Sub used Robert Moran.

Cáirde Barr na Cúille
There are only a handful of places left in Cáirde Barr na Cúille (Friends of Bornacoola) for 2005. Membership costs €200 and is available from Shane Reynolds at 087 9751993 or Feargal Mc Gill 087 2897608. Those involved will be entered in a draw with a top prize of €2000, 2nd prize of €600 and 3rd prize €400 and will also receive a Bornacoola GAA Car sticker.

Junior C Championship
The 3rd team had a difficult tie against Drumreilly on Sunday. Despite another promising performance, we fell to a 1-15 to 1-7 defeat. All is not lost though and with two games remaining in the group semi-final qualification is still a possibility

Don’t forget the Monster Auction in the Weir Lodge Rooskey on this Sunday at 3pm with all proceeds in aid of Bornacoola GAA Club. If you have anything in particular to contribute, you can contact any club member who will ensure that it is included on Sunday. Already there are many interesting items going under the hammer, so if you have a few hours to spare on Sunday, there should be something for every taste on show.

Ladies Football
The Ladies were in Championship action on Sunday against a very strong Kiltubrid team. A poor start was to cost us dearly and despite a brave second half rally, Kiltubrid held on for a deserved victory.

Club Merchandise
BornacoolaUnderage kits (for 7 to 12 year olds) are available to purchase from the club at the moment. A full set comprising of jersey, togs and socks in the Bornacoola colours is available for €46. Anyone interested should contact Chairman Tom Duignan or the relevant underage trainers.

Club Draw
The Club draw takes place this Saturday night in the Copper Still. Music on the night as always

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