Philly Mc Guinness, R.I.P
All of Leitrim GAA was deeply shocked by the news that Mohill and Leitrim star Philly Mc Guinness had passed from us on Monday last having received an injury in a league game on Saturday evening. Philly was an immensely popular character, quiet and unassuming but with a devilish sense of humour. He played football with style and panache and always seemed to have time on the ball even in the tightest of corners – the true mark of a good player.
Along with his brothers John and Michael, he helped guide Mohill to the County title in 2006, playing a vital role in their semi-final victory over ourselves and later in the final against St Marys. Philly was a fierce competitor and never left an ounce of energy or endeavor behind him on the field of play. We admired him enormously as a tenacious, clever and fair opponent.
Off the field, he was a gentle and easy going character who lived for football and for a bit of craic with the lads. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
CLG Barr na Cúille extends its heartfelt sympathies to his mother Phil, to John and Michael, to all of his relations and friends and to everyone involved with Mohill GAA. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.
Scór All Ireland Final
A huge weekend ahead for the club as we go in search of All Ireland glory in Killarney. Louise Staunton (Recitation) and our Question Time team (Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbitte and Louise Staunton) will represent Bornacoola in the All Ireland finals of Scór Sinsear in the INEC auditorium in Killarney this Saturday.
Leitrim will also be represented in dancing, instrumental music, novelty act and Ballad group. If you are interested in going along to Killarney, you can contact our Scór officer Martina Hackett (087 7963512) who will supply details of how to secure tickets for what will be a sold out 2,000 seater auditorium and also how you can get on the Leitrim bus for the finals. Go neirí go geal le gach duine a mbeidh páirteach i gCill Áirne ar son Barr na Cúille agus Liatroma.
League Division 2
The Senior team recorded another victory in Division 2 of the league in Dromod on Saturday last against Glenfarne. Two first half goals by Damian Moran set Bornacoola on their way and despite some nervous moments in the second half, we held on for a 2-8 to 0-9 victory.
Team and Scorers: Dara Gavigan, Jason Conroy, Conor Mc Cauley, Damian Mc Guinness, John Mc Guinness, Morgan Shanley, Niall Mc Gowan, Colm Farrell, Niall O Connor, Declan Shanley (0-1), Mark Mc Closkey (0-5), Jonathan Duffy (0-1), Philip Howard, Michael Duignan and Damian Moran (2-1). Subs: John Bohan for N O Connor, Paul Hackett for J Duffy and Feargal Howard for D Shanley.
The Ladies team played Ballinaglera in the league on Sunday afternoon. Despite being a competitive game throughout, the Ballinaglera girls held a six points half time lead and their greater efficiency in front of goal allowed them to record a comfortable victory.
The Bornacoola team was Cora McCauley, Rachel Duignan, Niamh Reynolds, Michelle O Beirne, Alison McKeon, Maeve Duffy, Charlotte Faughnan, Jillian Duignan, Leonie Duffy, Kelly Howard, Joanne McGushin, Sheena Faughnan, Fiona Reilly. Subs used: Naomi Faughnan, Lisa McGowan, Aine Faughnan.
Lá na gClub
Following the success of the inaugural Lá na gClub last year, the GAA have again asked clubs all over the country to organize a day of celebration at their premises to honour Lá na gClub. This year it will take place on May 9th and the day’s activities in Bornacoola will kick off with an outdoor service at the club grounds which will get underway at 2pm. There will also be a host of other activities taking place on the day, including the presentation of medals to last year’s successful U-14 team. In preparation for Lá na gClub, a general tidy up of the grounds will take place on Saturday, May 8th from noon and we will be looking for volunteers to lend a hand on that occasion.
The highlight of the upcoming Dromod festival day – which takes place on Sunday May 2nd (May Bank Holiday) – will doubtless be the over-40’s meeting of Bornacoola and Annaduff in our own GAA grounds at 12 noon. Scouting is already underway for the Bornacoola team and already a number of players have been spotted secretly preparing for the big game on the back roads of the parish.
Anyone who is interested in taking part can contact Shay Reynolds (087 9030882), Feargal Mc Gill (087 1217038), Micheal Mc Gowan (086 2561023) or Tom Moran (087 2465344).
The bi-annual Bornacoola Golf Classic will take place this year in Carrick on Shannon Golf Club on May 29th. It will cost Eur240 to enter a team of four and there will be a host of attractive prizes on offer. Tee Sponsorship is also available at a cost of Eur100. As always the club will be looking for members to help out with the organizational and fundraising aspects of what is always a most enjoyable day. If you are in a position to lend a hand, we’d ask you to contact Micheal Mc Gowan on 086 2561023.
We are currently seeking a sponsor for the U-16’s so if anyone is interested in sponsoring a set of jerseys, we’d ask that you contact club Secretary Shane Reynolds (087 9751883) or Youth Officer Seamus Mallon (086 8334614)
The U-14’s completed their league campaign when hosting Aughnasheelin on Friday night last in Dromod. The visitors proved too strong for a very young Bornacoola outfit. However the lads can take some solace from the fact that they finished third in the five team group behind Aughnasheelin and second placed Cloone.
Our next Club Draw is scheduled to take place in the Copper Still on Saturday night, May 1st.