Monday, March 22, 2010

News 22 - 03 - 10

A great night for Bornacoola at the Connacht Finals of Scór in Loughrea on Saturday evening last as our Question Time team of Liam Rabbite, Aidan Dockery and Louise Staunton ensured that the club qualified for its fourth All Ireland Final in five years in the discipline by capturing the Connacht title. The versatile Louise added to the victory by also qualifying for the finals of the Recitation competition.
Our congratulations to you all, and indeed to all the Leitrim competitors as Leitrim captured six of the eight titles on offer (Figure Dancing – Glencar Manorhamilton, Novelty Act – Sean O hEslins, Ballad Group – St Mary’s and Instrumental Music – Leitrim Gaels), and also took home the Cormac Mc Gill Cup for best overall county for the second year in succession. As always, the All Ireland finals this year will be an all ticket affair. However, if you are interested in traveling to Killarney, you are asked to contact Martina Hackett at 087 7963512

Division 3
The Division 3 team missed a great opportunity to secure their second win of the season when Fenagh were the visitors to Dromod on Saturday last. In a low scoring game, the Bors failed to find the target with any regularity and succumbed to a 0-7 to 0-5 defeat.

Division 5
The third team also failed to build on their excellent opening round victory when Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher visited Dromod on Sunday morning last. Much like the game the previous evening, a lack of scoring power proved costly as the North Leitrim team recorded a 0-7 to 0-3 victory.

Club Draw
The March Club Draw takes place this Saturday night in the Shannon Key Hotel in Rooskey. Your support as always will be greatly appreciated.

U-14 League
The U-14 team get their season underway this Saturday when they play Glenfarne in Dromod at 12 noon. This year we are in the 11-a-side competition and Cloone, Aughavas and Aughnasheelin complete the group.

Weekend Fixtures
The 2010 Shield competition gets underway next Saturday as we travel to Cloone to play Mohill at 5.1.5pm. This competition is of course played without County players and Bornacoola are in a division that includes Glencar/Manorhamilton, Sean O hEslins, Aughavas, Mohill and Eslin. On Sunday the Division 5 team have their third game of the campaign when they travel to Leitrim Gaels for a 2.30pm throw-in.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Quiz
Bornacoola’s Connacht championship winning quiz team came within a whisker of claiming the All Ireland Seachtain na Gaeilge quiz title in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day but were defeated by a single mark in a tense final. It is of course a fantastic achievement to finish runners-up in the All Ireland for our team of Evelyn Reynolds, Liam Rabbitte and Aidan and Marie Therese Dockery and while they were naturally very disappointed to have come so close, they nonetheless did the club and parish proud. Comhgairdeas daoibh go léir is mar a deirfinn, beidh lá (agus seans) eile ag an bpaoraigh i 2011.

Monday, March 15, 2010

News 15 - 03 - 10

League Division 2
Bornacoola continued their winning start to Division 2 with a 1-10 to 0-6 victory over Drumkeerin in Dromod on Saturday last. The crucial score of the game was a first half goal by Philip Howard.
The team on duty was: Bobby Shanley, Damian Mc Guinness, Conor Mc Cauley, Jason Conroy, John Mc Guinness, Morgan Shanley, Niall Mc Gowan, Michael Duignan, Gary Mc Closkey, Sean Mc Keon, Mark Mc Closkey (0-4), Jonathan Duffy (0-2), Damian Moran (0-2), David O Connor and Philip Howard (1-2). Subs used were Shane Conroy and Trevor Howard.

Scór Victory
There was double success for Bornacoola at the County Finals of Scór in Mohill on Saturday night last. In Recitation, Louise Staunton captured the county title while she was joined by Liam Rabbitte and Aidan Dockery on the Question Time team that yet again captured the County Title. Well done to you all and indeed our best wishes as the Bornacoola and Leitrim representatives move on to the Connacht Finals in Loughrea, Co Galway on Saturday evening next at 6pm.

Underage Open Day
An Open Day for all children up to the age of 16 who are intending to play for Bornacoola in 2010 will be held in the park this Saturday morning at 11am. It is essential that all players who want to play underage football for the club are registered and it will only cost €5 to become a member of the Association for the year, ensuring insurance and injury cover. The maximum cost for any one family of youngsters will be €10. We would ask parents to attend also to ensure the correct information is supplied with filling out the membership application forms. You should also note that tracksuit tops and bottoms ordered can be collected next Saturday at registration.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Quiz
Best wishes to our Seachtain na Gaeilge Quiz Team of Aidan Dockery, Evelyn Reynolds, Liam Rabbitte and Marie Therese Dockery who travel to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day for the All Ireland final of the Seachtain na Gaeilge quiz. The team have been most impressive in their progress through Liatroim and Connacht en route to the All Ireland final and it would be an enormous honour for the club if they were to capture the national title on St Patrick’s Day. Ádh Mór oraibh.

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club
The Leitrim GAA Supporters Club draw for 2010 was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Kevin Reynolds. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can do so this week via club chairman Declan Conboy. Tickets cost €40 each and there is a great list of prizes on offer. We would ask all those in the club who were given tickets to sell to please return them before the weekend to Declan who can be contacted at 087 8395780

Best Wishes
Our best wishes to club stalwart Aidan Reilly (Cloonart) and his fiancée Sinead Hanley (Rooskey) who will be married this Friday. Aidan has been a great servant of the club over the years – on and off the field - and won a plethora of underage medals with Bornacoola before moving up to the adult ranks where he won Junior league and Championship medals in the Black and Amber. A series of unfortunate injuries over the years have probably prevented Aidan from reaching his full potential as a footballer, but he has had a clean run at things so far this year and is in great form at the moment.
Sinead meanwhile has become a familiar face at Bornacoola games over the years and has long been considered one of the Bors! Our best wishes to this very popular couple for a great day on Friday and long life and happiness together in the years ahead.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

News 09 - 03 - 10

Kevin Reynolds R.I.P
The parish and surrounding areas were stunned at the weekend by the news of the tragic death of one of the areas most popular figures, Kevin Reynolds (Cloncolory). A son of Shay and Mary, Kevin played for the club for many years, mainly at underage level, but he also enjoyed a few great years at adult level and always maintained an interest in matters on the field over the years. Of course, being a Reynolds he also took part in Scór and was quite an accomplished dancer. As a youth, he sang in the local choir and I even remember him being a useful hurler when the club set up an underage hurling team in the late 80’s. Mind you, winning or losing was never too important for Kevin as long as there was a bit of fun to be had and wherever there was any bit of devilment going on, the likelihood was that Kevin would be there in the middle of it.
He was one of the most good natured people that you could ever hope to meet, and always seemed to have a little grin on his face that threatened to break into incontrollable laughter at any time. More often than not, it did! Kevin lived life to the full and built up an army of friends through Leitrim, Roscommon and beyond in his all too short time among us. He met and fell in love with Catherine Wynne from Mohill and from the first day that they were together it was obvious to us all that it was meant to be. They married a couple of years ago and had recently moved into a beautiful new home, opposite the house where Kevin was born, on the Mohill Road just outside of Dromod.
Kevin was widely respected and loved and over the last few days, literally everyone who knew him had their own little story to tell that typified his happy-go-lucky attitude and general love of life. All of our thoughts are with his wife Catherine, his mother and father Shay and Mary, his brothers Cathal and John, his extended family and his many, many friends in Bornacoola, Tarmonbarry and further afield. We are all honoured to have known Kevin and to have shared in his short life and his family must be extremely proud of everything he did, everything he was and everything he meant to so many people. Solas na bhfláitheas duit mo sean chara; ní bheidh do leithéid arís ann cinnte.

Division 3 Team
The Division 3 team opened their campaign with a hard working victory over Gortletteragh on Saturday last in Cornageeha.
The team and scorers in a 0-15 to 2-7 victory were: Daragh Gavigan, Seamus Mallon, Richie Bohan (0-1), Brendan Duignan, Mervyn Howard, Shane Conroy (0-1), Niall Mc Gowan, Damian Moran (0-2) Feargal Howard (0-4), Jonathan Duffy, Paul Hackett (0-1), Declan Shanley (0-1), Ollie Vaughan, Trevor Howard (0-4) and Aiden Reilly (0-1). Subs used: Brian Reilly, David Mulligan, Bobby Shanley.

Division 5 League
Our 3rd team ensured that all of our adult squads have begun the year on a positive note by recording a 1-5 to 0-7 victory over Sean O Heslins in Ballinamore on Sunday morning last. The team on duty was: Dara Gavigan, John Shanley, Brian Reilly, Brendan Duignan, Tony Shanley, Bernard Faughnan, David Mulligan, Richie Bohan, Alan Croghan, Aiden Reilly, John Bohan, Ollie Vaughan, Jackie Conboy, Gerry Gearty, Alan Bohan. Subs: Anthony Mulligan, Roy Keenan, Conor Mc Weeney and Daniel Farrrell.
A particular word of congratulations to Tony Shanley, Roy Keenan and Anthony Mulligan who made their adult debuts in this game. Conor Mc Weeney and Daniel Farrell were unused subs but no doubt the lads will also make their adult debuts in the coming weeks. Well done to all.

Scór Sinsear
Bornacoola qualified for the County finals of Scór Sinsear in Tráth na gCeist and Recitation following the county semifinals in Ballinaglera and Drumreilly at the weekend. Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbite and Louise Staunton will represent the club in the County Finals in Question time next Saturday in Carrick on Shannon with Louise also on stage in recitation. Bornacoola’s entry for the year was completed by Feargal Mc Keon who performed in Solo Singing. Well done to you all.

Minor League
Glenfarne proved too strong for the Bors on Saturday morning in the second game of the Minor league as they registered a 4-13 to 2-3 victory. Our final game in the league will be against Aughavas away from home.

County News
Philip Howard and David O Connor were both on the scoresheet for Leitrim against Clare in the national league on Sunday last. Good luck to Conor Mc Cauley and Niall O Connor as they line out for Leitrim against Mayo in the Connacht U21 Championship in Cloone on Wednesday evening and finally congratulations to the Leitrim Vocational School team who captured the All Ireland B title when defeating Limerick on Saturday and in particular to club chairman Declan Conboy who was very much involved with the team.

Seachtain na Gaeilge
A big Comhgairdeas to Evelyn Reynolds, Liam Rabbitte, Aidan and Marie Therese Dockery who captured the Connacht title for the Seachtain na Gaeilge quiz for Bornacoola during the week. They now move on to the All Ireland final, which is held in Croke Park on St Patricks Day, alongside the All Ireland Club Finals. Well done to you all is go neirí go geal libh sa craobh chomórtais!

We extend our sympathy to the Shanley Family (Dromard) on the death of Jack in Westmeath during the week. Jack’s son, Peter, is chairman of the Downs GAA Club and was always on hand to ensure all went smoothly whenever Bornacoola trained in the Downs in recent years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam.

Only one game for the club at the weekend as on Saturday we entertain Drumkeerin in Division 2 in Dromod at 4.45pm.