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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