Monday, March 30, 2009

News 30 - 03 - 09

Senior Team Matters
The Senior team have been drawn with Carrigallen and Aughnasheelin in the 2009 Masonite Senior Championship. On Sunday afternoon last, the lads played Oldcastle and enjoyed an encouraging victory. Our thanks to the Meath side for providing an excellent work out. Next Saturday evening the lads are at home to Aughawillan in a Division 1 league meeting that will have a 6pm throw-in.

Club Draw
This month’s club draw takes place next Saturday night in the Shannon Key West. Music and house draw on the night.

Underage Training
Training for our underage players continues every Saturday morning at 11am. The numbers attending have been outstanding so far.

Our Question Time team were denied what would have been a historic fourth Connacht Title in a row when they were pipped by just 2 marks in last Sunday’s Connacht final in Elphin by Roscommon champions Clan na nGael. Well done once again to our team of Aidan Dockery, Louise Staunton and Liam Rabbitte and no doubt they’ll be back next year in search of another title. It was however a good night for Leitrim as the Sean O Heslins novelty act and the figure dancers from Glencar/Manorhamilton advanced to the All Ireland finals. In addition, the Cormac Mc Gill memorial trophy was presented for the first time to Leitrim as the overall County winners in Connacht. The trophy was presented by Connacht Council and named after our late club man Cormac.
Meanwhile, this Friday night, a concert celebrating 40 years of Scor Liatroma will take place in Ballinamore Community Centre at 8.30pm. The concert will see many of the great Scór acts of the past taking part including the Bornacoola Ballad group from 1983 (which will include Sean Mc Gowan, Tom Moran, Philomena Mulligan, Anne Keenan – nee Mulligan and Feargal Mc Gill in place of his father Cormac) and the Set Dancers of the mid 80’s that dominated Connacht for many years. I understand the Set Dance team on Friday night will feature Anne and Philomena, Patricia Mc Goldrick (nee Reilly), Martina Hackett (in place of Teresa Duignan who unfortunately is unavailable on the night), Tommy Larkin, Sean Beirne, Gerard Mulligan, Micheal Mc Gowan. It should be a night not to be missed.

Junior A
The Junior A team travel to Drumkeerin on Sunday next for a Division 3 league game which gets underway at 2.30pm. In the Masonite Junior A championship, the boys have been drawn in a group alongside Melvin Gaels and St Marys.

Division 4
A highly entertaining game in the park last Saturday evening as the Bors 3rd team took on Sean O Heslins 2nd team. Two first half goals for the Ballinamore team seemed to have set them on the road to victory but a well taken penalty from Damian Moran just before half time left the Bors a chink of light. O Heslins again opened a sizable lead in the 2nd period, but the Bors refused to give up and two John Bohan goals brought the sides level as the clock ticked down. However a strong finish from the visitors ensured a victory for them on a scoreline of 2-12 to 3-7.
Team: Dara Gavigan, Sean Ryan, Christy Bohan, John Shanley, David Mulligan, Paul Hackett, Brendan Duignan, Mervyn Howard, Bobby Shanley, Ollie Vaughan, John Bohan, Aidan Reilly, Damian Moran, Brian Reilly and Kevin Mallon.

Ladies League
The Ladies team face a long journey to Dromahaire on Sunday morning next for a game that will throw-in at 12 noon.

Our best wishes to our newest clubman – John Mc Govern – on his engagement at the weekend to Patrice Doyle. Comhghairdeas daoibh beirt.

Fundraising Draw
The Club will be holding a fundraising draw in the coming weeks. Tickets are going on sale this week priced at €20 each. There are a range of excellent prizes on offer including: 1st €3000, 2nd €1500 voucher sponsored by Sean and Deidre Farrell “Flair”, 3rd Two All Ireland Football tickets, 4th Two All Ireland Hurling tickets, 5th Dinner for 4 in Flynn’s Shannon Key West hotel, 6th Dinner for four in the Copper still, Dromod plus five more prizes of €100 each. We would ask every club member to put in a special effort to make this venture a success.

Club Membership
This is the last week for payment of membership for 2009 – anyone who has not paid their membership will not be considered for All Ireland tickets in September and will not be entitled to a vote at the AGM. All players MUST have paid their membership before playing for the club in 2009 – the cost for Playing Membership is €30; non-playing membership is €10; Youth Membership €5 and fees can be paid to Secretary Shane Reynolds, Treasurer Jackie Conboy or registrar Pat Farrell and in the case of Youth Membership to any of our underage trainers.

U-16 League
The U-16’s enjoyed an excellent victory away to Aughnasheelin on Saturday morning last when some well taken goals were crucial in securing a 5-10 to 3-3 victory. The team and scorers in full was Shane Sullivan, Barry Reid, Daniel Farrell (0-1), Conor Mc Weeney, Kieran Campbell, Roy Keenan (0-1), Mark Muldowney (0-1), Tony Shanley (1-0), Kevin Shanley (2-5), Conor Hackett (1-0), Anthony Mulligan (1-2). Subs used were Liam and Ian Mulligan. Next game is away to Aughavas on Friday evening week (April 10th) at 7pm.

U-14 League
The U-14 team travel to Kiltubrid on Friday evening next where the meet the home side in a game that will have a 7pm throw-in.

Birthday Wishes
The March and April period is a great time of year for birthdays and lots of celebrations in this respect within the club in recent weeks. A little birdie was in touch to tell me that Mary Mc Cauley has clocked up the half century this week – I had to get in touch with Sean to make sure this was accurate, but he assures me the tacograph is reading 50 right enough. Another Mary would no doubt be very disappointed if I forgot to give her the annual mention – that’s our own Mrs Reynolds in Cloncolory who will add another year on Friday next. Happy Birthday to you both and I hope the respective hubbies dug deep in the pockets to deliver the presents of your dreams!! Finally, if my records aren’t failing me, I think around mid April there might be a few candles lighting on a cake up in Esker where Rose will again be practicing her singing of Happy Birthday as Hubert adds another year and indeed our Player of the Year Colm will need a cake this week too! Busy times on the Birthday front.

Monday, March 23, 2009

News 23 - 03 - 09

The County Finals of Scor Sinsear took place in Ballinamore on Saturday night last. Bornacoola were represented in Figure Dancing, Set Dancing, Recitation and Question Time. While all of our participants performed exceptionally well, it was the Question Time team of Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbitte and Louise Staunton who were our sole winners on the night. A special word of thanks to Mary Cassidy and John Geary for providing the music for our set dancers, not just on the night but over the past couple of weeks and indeed the last number of years. Also to Kathleen Moffatt and Tracey O Neill for the huge effort they put in to preparing our dancers and to Fox’s of Tooman and the Shannon Key in Rooskey for use of their premises for rehearsals. Finally a word of praise to our Scor co-ordinator Martina Hackett who pulled out all the stops to ensure an excellent Bornacoola entry for the 40th anniversary of Scór Liatroma. The Connacht Finals are in Elphin on Sunday evening next. Best of luck to our Question Time team and indeed to all of the Leitrim participants.
Finally, on matters Scór, there will be a centenary concert featuring memorable acts from Scór over the years in Ballinamore on Friday 3rd April and the 1983 Bornacoola Ballad Group and the Set dancers (who won five Connaught titles in a row) will be taking part on the night. Should be a good concert so come along and a great night is guaranteed. .

Junior A – Division 3
Our Junior A team had their second game of the season and recorded an excellent 2-13 to 1-8 victory over Glencar Manorhamilton in the park on Sunday morning last. A hard working first half left the Bors 0-7 to 0-4 ahead at the break but when Manor goaled in the opening minute of the second half it looked like the Bors had it all to do as they were playing into the teeth of a strong wind. However a superb goal from Ollie Vaughan steadied the Bors and when Bobby Shanley added a second about 8 minutes from the end, it was clear the points were staying in Dromod.
Bor team was Feargal Mc Gill, Sean Ryan, Seamus Mallon, John Reynolds, Mervyn Howard (0-1), Paul Hackett, Damian Mc Guinness (0-2), Feargal Howard (0-2), Bobby Shanley (1-1), Damian Moran (0-2), Shane Conroy (0-1), Jonathan Duffy (0-3), Brian Conroy (0-1), Brian Reilly and Ollie Vaughan (1-0), Subs used Alan Croghan, Declan Shanley

Ladies League
The Ladies team got their league campaign underway on Sunday morning last when they faced Annaduff in Dromod. Playing with a strong wind in the first half, the Annaduff girls ran up a sizeable lead and while the Bor ladies never gave up throughout the second half, it was the visitors who enjoyed a comfortable victory.
The Bornacoola team was: Michelle Reilly, Sara Duffy, Cora Mc Cauley, Niamh Reynolds, Jillian Duignan, Meave Duffy, Leonie Duffy, Charlotte Faughnan, Michelle Beirne, Kelly Howard, Alison Mc Keon, Fiona Reilly and Susan Shanley. Subs used were Rachel Duignan, Jessica Mc Keon and Ellen Duignan.

Minor League
The Minors played a very strong Leitrim Gaels in Leitrim village on Saturday last. The home side enjoyed a comfortable victory but the young Bors will no doubt have better days ahead.

Best Wishes
Our best wishes to David O Connor who suffered an injury when playing for the Leitrim U-21’s in the Connacht Championship against Sligo on Saturday last, The club’s other representative – Conor Mc Cauley – enjoyed a fine game at full back. We also send our best wishes to Emer Cox of the Annaduff Ladies team who suffered an unfortunate injury when playing against Bornacoola in Dromod on Sunday morning last. We hope to see both David and Emer back playing in the very near future.

U-16 League
The U-16’s play their second game of the year when they travel to Aughnasheelin on Saturday morning next for a game that will have a 12 noon throw-in.

Our congratulations to former Bornacoola player Leo O Neill and wife Hannah on the birth of their first child – a baby girl called Mia. Well done to you both.

Adult Fixtures
Just one adult game down for decision at the weekend as our Division 4 team aim to continue their excellent start to the season when they face Sean O Heslins in Dromod on Saturday at 5.30pm.

Monday, March 16, 2009

News 16 - 03 - 09

U16 League
The U-16 team got their season underway on Saturday morning last when they played Dromahair in Dromod. A terrific first half from the young Bors left them a point up at half time having played against the wind. However, they couldn’t sustain the effort in the second half and Dromahaire grinded out a two point victory – 1-8 to 1-6. Bornacoola scorers were Anthony Mulligan 1-2, Tony Shanley 0-1, Roy Keenan 0-1, Mark Muldowney 0-1 and Kevin Shanley 0-1.

Underage Training
Underage training for all boys and girls starts next Saturday morning at 11am in the park. Anyone who hasn’t paid their registration yet is asked to bring it on the day. This year Ann Marie Boyle will take charge of the underage girls while Peter Mallon and Gerry Boyle will be in charge of the U-10 boys and Kevin Mallon, Niall O Connor and Aiden Reilly will look after the U-12 boys team.

Division 4
Our third team made their debut in the Division 4 league when they played Aughavas away from home on Sunday morning last. Goals from Aidan Reilly and Alan Croghan proved to be the key scores as the Bors delivered an encouraging 2-4 to 1-3 victory. A special word of congratulations to Kevin Canning and Harry Cumiskey who made their adult team debuts and acquitted themselves admirably.

The U-14’s have a bye next weekend, while the Minor team get their season underway with a league game away to Leitrim Gaels at 2pmon Saturday. Check fixtures section of the paper for Bornacoola adult games next weekend.

Birthday Greetings
We’d like to wish a very happy 30th birthday this week to Bornacoola player Mark Mc Closkey. Mark has been a great servant of the club over the years and celebrated in style with his friends at the weekend.

The County finals of Scor take place in Ballinamore this weekend. Best of luck to all of our participants as Bornacoola will take to the stage in Recitation, Figure Dancing, Question Time and Set Dancing.

Monday, March 09, 2009

News 09 - 03 - 09

Division 3

Our Junior A team got their season underway when they played Mohill on Saturday afternoon last in Dromod. Fielding a young team, Bornacoola burst into an early three point lead. However, playing with the wind, Mohill steadied for the remainder of the first half and were well worth their three point half time lead. When a Mohill goal left the town team six points clear mid way through the second half, it looked as if the Bors were dead and buried. However, a Brian Reilly goal and a fighting final quarter from Bornacoola almost produced a great result but Mohill held on for a 1-11 to 1-8 victory.

The Bornacoola team was: Feargal Mc Gill, John Shanley, Seamus Mallon, John Reynolds, Mervyn Howard, Damian Mc Guinness, John Mc Govern, Shane Conroy, Feargal Howard, Damian Moran, Bobby Shanley, Ollie Vaughan, Declan Shanley, Brian Conroy and Brian Reilly. Subs used Sean Ryan and MJ Winters.

U-14 League

The U-14 league got underway on Saturday morning but there was no joy for the young Bors as they fell to a seven point defeat when they played St Caillins in Dromod. However, there was much to enthuse about in the Bornacoola performance and a similar effort in the weeks to come will surely produce the desired results.

Scór Sinsir

As we mentioned last week, it is the 40th anniversary of Scór and the Bors had a huge representation at the county semi-finals held last weekend. A big night ahead now too for our Set Dancers, Figure Dancers, Question Time team and Recitation specialist Louise Staunton who have all qualified for the County final which takes place on Saturday week, March 21st in Ballinamore.

The full list of Bornacoola competitors at the weekend was: Figure Dance: Niamh Reynolds, Emma Moffatt, Kelly Blake, Jillian Duignan, Sarah Hackett, Fiona Reilly, Sinead Larkin and Claire Mc Cartan; Solo Singing: Sharon Jones; Recitation: Louise Staunton; Question Time: Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbitte and Louise Staunton; Ballad Group: Seamus Mc Weeney, Sean Mc Cauley, Sharon Jones, Martina Hackett and Orla Bohan; Novelty Act: Mary Mallon, Kevin Mallon, Brian Mallon, Claire Mullen, Declan Conboy, Ann Marie Boyle and Dympna Moffatt; Set Dancing: Martina Hackett, Lorraine Reynolds, Ann Marie Boyle, Edel Mallon, Brian Mallon, Gerry Boyle, Seoirse Reynolds and Gerry Mulligan.

The Last Ever Adventure of Diggerman?

Not so long ago, we used to keep you up to date on “The Adventures of DiggerMan”, the ever popular Derek “Digger” Duignan from Cloonturk. Last Saturday, Derek married Renea Armstrong in Ballina, just south of Brisbane, Australia. A great servant to the GAA Club, a great character, a fine footballer and an all round decent person, Derek left Ireland for Australia in 2004 for a year out, but fell in love with the country and has been domiciled there ever since. The country itself wasn’t all he fell in love with as Australian beauty Renea entered his life and the couple announced their engagement last year.

While Digger’s mother Teresa, father Seamus and brothers Ronnie and Brendan headed Down Under to join in the celebrations (and link up with sister Orla who is also married in Australia) last week, literally hundreds of people from Bornacoola and further afield asked I ensure they extend their best wishes through the club notes to Derek and Renea. So on behalf of all your friends in Ireland I would like to wish you both the very best in married life together and we look forward to seeing you on your trips home to Ireland which we hope will be as regular as possible.

Incidentally, the name Digger was bestowed on our hero sometime in the late 90’s by his then housemate Mark Mc Closkey following a particularly uninspiring performance for the Leitrim hurlers. If you want to know the reason why, I’m sure Mark won’t hesitate in enlightening you!!

U-16 League

The U-16 team get their league campaign underway this Saturday when they play Dromahaire in Dromod at 12 noon.

Division 4

Following a fine league campaign last season which saw them earn promotion from Division 5, our third team get their season underway on Sunday next when they have an away game with Aughavas.

Shield Competition

The Shield competition starts this weekend. However, the Bors have a bye in the first round of a competition which sees us in Group 1 where our opponents in the coming weeks will be Ballinaglera, Sean O Heslins, Eslin and Dromahaire.

Birthday Greetings

We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to David O Connor, Dromod who celebrated his 21st on Sunday last and marked his birthday with a well taken point for Leitrim in their drawn game with Antrim in the National Football league.

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club

Tickets for the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club are currently available from Shay Reynolds, Shane Reynolds, Michael Mc Gowan, Tom Moran and Jackie Conboy at a cost of €40 each. First prize is €5,000


Our sympathy is extended to the Carrigallen GAA Club and the family of the late Barry Mc Intyre who passed away at the weekend. Barry was Secretary of Carrigallen at the time of his passing. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Our congratulations to Annaduff Club man Eugene Cox on his recent award from Connacht Council. Eugene is the quintessential GAA man and has been at the heart of the Annaduff GAA Club for many years. As a player, team manager and mentor, administrator, fundraiser and in every conceivable facet of club life Eugene has been at the heart of everything Annaduff has achieved in recent years and the award is timely recognition of his great work for the club.

Monday, March 02, 2009

News 02 - 03 - 09

Masonite Senior League
We played our second game of the senior league against Sean O Heslins on Saturday afternoon last and despite a battling performance from what was a largely inexperienced team, the Ballinamore side ran out deserving one point winners in the finish.
The team on duty was: Gerry Gearty, Damian Mc Guinness, Morgan Shanley, Seamus Mallon, Sean Mc Keon, Conor Mc Cauley, Paul Hackett, Michael Duignan, Colm Farrell, Feargal Howard (0-1), Jason Conroy, Jonathan Duffy, Brian Conroy, Mark Mc Closkey (1-4) and Trevor Howard (0-1) Subs: Damian Moran, Mervyn Howard, Declan Shanley (1-0)

Presentation Night

We held a most enjoyable presentation night in the Copper Still on Friday last when our Minor 13-a-side winners were presented with their medals for last year’s championship. Those honoured included Roy Keenan, Sean Ryan, Damian Mc Gowan, Harry Comiskey, Paul Hackett, Kevin Canning, Niall O Connor, Damian Moran, David Mulligan, Mervyn Howard, Alan Croghan, Sean Mc Keon, Alan Bohan, Tony Shanley, Anthony Mulligan, Conor Mc Weeney and Daniel Farrell. Awards were also given on the night to our Ladies Player of the Year for 2008 Jillian Duignan, Junior C Player of the Year Gerry Gearty, Junior A Player of the Year Feargal Howard and Senior Player of the Year Colm Farrell.
A most deserving Club Person of the Year Award went to Fionnuala Howard. Our thanks to Runai CLG Coiste Chontae Liatroma Deaglán Ó Buacháin who attended to present the minor team with their awards. Comhghairdeas do na buaiteoirí go léir.

As it is the 40th Anniversary of Scór this year, the club are making a particular effort to be represented in all disciplines and preparations have been ongoing for the past couple of weeks. The action gets underway this Friday night in Aughavas where a great evening’s entertainment is guaranteed.

Club Draw
The February Club Draw was held in the Copper Still on Friday night. Winners were Eur100 John Winters, Eur20 each Mark & Jane Dowd, Aidan Tully, Margaret Reynolds, Dympna Moffat and Marie Larkin.

Underage Competitions
The U-14 league gets underway this Saturday March 7th when we have a home game with St Caillins at 12pm in the Park. Bornacoola will be in the 11-a-side Division and Kiltubrid, Leitrim Gaels and Gortletteragh complete the group. The U-16’s swing into action on March 14th when they play Dromahaire at home. We will be participating at 9-a-side in U-16 this year and Aughavas and Aughnasheelin will also be in this Division.

Our Congratulations to Kevin Mallon and his Fiancée Claire Mullin (Tyrone) who announced their engagement at the weekend. Kevin has been a long time servant as a player with Bornacoola and of late has become our Club Draw supremo. Well done to the happy couple and we wish them long life and happiness together.

The Club would like to extend its sympathy to the Mulvey family in Aughnasheelin on the passing at the weekend of Sadie Mulvey. Sadie was a very well known face at Scor since its inception and her daughter Maura is very well known to the Scor fraternity in Bornacoola and throughout Leitrim as a most efficient Secretary of Coiste Scor Liatroma. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Division 3 League
The Division 3 League team get their season underway on Saturday next when they face Mohill away from home in a game that will have a 4.30pm throw-in.