Bornacoola – All Ireland Champions
The old adage that if at first you don’t succeed, you should try, try again, certainly rang true for our Question Time team, who finally captured that elusive All Ireland title in their fifth All Ireland final appearance in Killarney on Saturday night last. It was worthy reward for Liam Rabbite, Aidan Dockery and Louise Staunton who have worked incredibly hard over the last couple of months, and indeed years, to ensure glory for the club. Indeed, they entered the history books as the first team ever to score full marks in a senior All Ireland Scor final in question time, as they came home four marks ahead of nearest challengers Cornafean of Cavan. For Aidan, it is his second All Ireland honour, having previously won Bornacoola’s first ever All Ireland title in Recitation. For Louise, it was likewise her second honour, having been part of the Scór na nÓg Question Time winning team some years ago. For Liam, it was his second big trophy of the month, as he got married to Irene Guckian last Easter Monday.
The trio were welcomed back to the parish by a huge crowd on Sunday night last as indeed were the Leitrim competitors in Figure Dancing (Glencar/Manorhamilton), Novelty Act (Sean O Heslins), Ballad Group (St Marys) and Instrumental Music (Leitrim Gaels). Louise Staunton also represented the Bors in the Recitation and while seasoned observers felt she had done enough to take home the honours, unfortunately the prize went elsewhere. Gabhaim comhgairdeas agus buíochas ar son an chlub do Aodán, Liam agus Lousie. Táimíd go léir an bhródúil astu.
Club Draw and Presentation Night
The Club Draw for April takes place in the Copper Still this Saturday night, May 1st with music by Brian Williams. The Awards for Club Players of the Year in their various divisions as well as the Club Person of the year award will be presented. All are welcome to attend for should be a most enjoyable night which will get underway from 10pm.
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 week, 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 this Sunday is the over-40’s meeting of Bornacoola and Annaduff in our own GAA grounds at 12 noon. Many players from our storied past will return to the Black and Amber for one day only. Indeed it’s been so long since some of them pulled on the Bornacoola jersey that this will be the first opportunity ever to witness them playing football in colour.
While the final team selection is being kept a closely guarded secret, rumours have been doing the rounds that James “Ravanelli with a Belly” Mc Keon, Padraig “You should have seen me in the 70’s” Jones and Micheal “Messi, vey Messi” Mc Gowan are likely to feature at some stage. Meanwhile Willie Mc Gushin has confirmed he’ll play if he can find the knee cap he lost in the 80’s in time for throw in on Sunday. The action gets underway at 12 noon but supporters from both sides are advised to get there in time for the warm-up. Just in case, like.
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.
All games were cancelled last weekend as a mark of respect to the late Philly Mc Guinness. This week there will be a full programme of fixtures. You can check on the games Bornacoola are involved in on the fixtures page of the Observer or online at www.leitrimgaa.ie.