03/04/2023 - The Weekly Update

03/04/2023 - The Weekly Update

This weeks 50/50 lotto results

This week’s Ballaghaderreen GAA 50/50 draw was held at Solans Bar, Ballaghaderreen.

Winner: Adam Philips
Your support of our weekly draw is greatly appreciated!
Tickets for the 50/50 draw can be purchased online by clicking here or directly from businesses throughout the town. 

Annual GAA 50/50 lotto ticket

An annual 50/50 ticket, giving entry into every draw for a year, is available to purchase online by clicking here

Mayo are League Champions

Mayo were crowned Allianz National Football League Division 1 champions with a hard-fought 0-14 to 0-11 victory over Galway in Croke Park on Sunday. Despite scoring just one point from play in the second half, Mayo managed to eke out victory – thanks in no small part to a man of the match display from goalkeeper Colm Reape, who made a number of big saves and scored three points to boot. It represents Mayo's 13th league title overall, their first since 2019 and third of the century so far.

Congrats to our very own David McBrien and the whole Mayo team.

Hurlers win All Ireland Quarter Final

Mayo U20 hurlers bet Armagh last Saturday afternoon in the All Ireland Quarter Final. Ballaghaderreen are well represented on the panel with Matthew Connor lining out at centre back and Killian Gallagher also on the panel. We would like to wish them the very best of luck.

Congratulations to Steve

Congratulations to former club member Stephen Curley and his partner Kate on their recent marriage that took place in France. 

Get Studying our Quiz night is nearly here!

Venue: Durkins Bar, The Square
Date and Time: Holy Thursday, April 6th at 8.30PM sharp.
Cost: €40 per table of 4.
You can purchase your table by clicking here.

Easter camp filling fast

Ballaghaderreen GAA Clubs Easter Camp is filling quickly and we advise anyone who wishes to sign up their children to do so before it’s too late. The week long Easter Camp will be filled with lots of fun activities including Bouncy Castles, Easter Egg Hunds, Sports Day Style Events and of course some GAA Coaching.
It will also feature visits from our 3 guest coaches, two Mayo Senior footballers David McBrien and Paul Towey and Current Leitrim Senior manager and former footballer of the year, Andy Moran.

Dates: April 10th-14th
Times: 10:15-1:30 daily.
Who is it for: Catering for all children aged between 4 years old all the way up to to 13 year old.

You can sign up by clicking here.

Club fixtures and previous results

We are working on enhancing the design of our fixtures communications on the website. So it might not look the prettiest at the moment, but the information is there. This will be for all age groups and senior. You can find all the fixtures and results by clicking here

Quick fire questions with our senior and minor players

Name:  Callum Horgan
Knickname: Horgie
Age: 15
Position: Midfield
Dream Date:  Zendaya from the Greatest Show Man.
Favourite GAA ground in Mayo: Ballina
Biggest Achievement playing for Ballaghaderreen: Winning an East Mayo A title
Best Memory in a Ballagh shirt? Beating the Kiltis after so many attempts.
Dream 5 aside club team:  Goals-Lunty. Backs-Seamus Cunnifee and Mackie. Up front Darragh Kelly and Tanker.
Biggest influence on your career:  David McHugh as he never leaves ya alone so ya have to go to all trainings!!
If you could transfer any player to your club who would you transfer within Mayo? Jordan Flynn
Piece of advice to all underage footballers in Ballaghaderreen: Don’t be afraid of getting hurt and go hard for every ball.

Quiz question of the week

Who did Ballaghaderreen beat in the 2008 county Semi Final?
Last Weeks Last Weeks Answer-Naomh Eanna Gorey

Cheesy Joke of the week

What did the ocean say to the shore?
Nothing he just waved 

Blast from the past

Mayo v Roscommon: a local quarrel goes national

01 AUGUST 2017

Mayo 1-12
Roscommon 2-9

Daniel Carey
Croke Park

AH, lads. Seriously. We can’t take much more of this.
The safety net nowhere to be seen, Mayo and Roscommon danced on an unsteady tightrope ... and both lived to tell the tale.

What a tale it was, played out in front of a huge crowd. And if it wasn’t over-laden with quality, we got another cliffhanger ending.

Two Roscommon goals in the opening 11 minutes left them leading by seven points. Lee Keegan’s goal (and general first-half tour de force) was the foundation for Mayo’s unlikely half-time lead ... which was promptly overturned within two minutes of the restart.
Some parts of the story were familiar. As in Limerick, Mayo’s defensive frailties were exposed with the concession of two goals. As against Cork, Paddy Durcan’s late point looked to have given Mayo victory, only to see a free from an opposing substitute level matters again. But Cillian O’Connor, the star of the show against the Rebels, uncharacteristically spurned four late chances to add to his tally of three points on Sunday. Mayo’s second-half wide count eventually reached ten. Mistakes and slips were common, and both sides will feel they have room for improvement, though the quick turnaround to the replay will do nothing to quell fears of Mayo fatigue.

It may have been 1980 since Roscommon won a championship game in Croke Park, but Kevin McStay’s young charges began with a flourish – no stabilisers, in ‘Look-Ma-no-hands’ mode. Ciaran Murtagh picked out Fintan Cregg for their first goal in the ninth minute. Only a further two minutes had passed when Murtagh himself fired home number two following a pop pass from his brother Diarmuid. It was 2-2 to 0-1.

Responses to goals don’t come much quicker – or more emphatic – than Lee Keegan’s last Sunday. The Westport clubman, scorer of Mayo’s first point, blasted home a goal despite the best efforts of his opposite number Niall McInerney, and those who glanced at the big screen in Croke Park afterwards will have seen the intent on his face.

When Mayo needed someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck, the 2016 Footballer of the Year stood up and was counted. He finished the opening period with 1-3 from play, before taking up a position at full-back as he followed his man Enda Smith. Others took their cue from him. By the time Ciaran Murtagh ended a 24-minute Roscommon drought, Mayo had added another six points – two from play by Keegan, two frees from Cillian O’Connor, and one apiece from Colm Boyle and Andy Moran. Jason Doherty, liable to pop up anywhere, tacked on another in first-half injury time.
That 1-8 to 2-3 interval advantage might have been a springboard for Mayo. But Conor Devaney and Diarmuid Murtagh instantly cancelled out that deficit, and they traded blows for the remainder of the game. Murtagh’s fisted effort (tipped over by David Clarke) nudged the Rossies ahead; Paddy Durcan, named to start at the last minute, landed the equaliser. Ciaran Murtagh’s free was (eventually) cancelled out by Andy Moran (who was, shamefully, booed repeatedly by some Roscommon fans). Roscommon sub Donal Smith (teed up by his brother Enda) fired the Shannonsiders back into the ascendancy; a beauty from Cillian O’Connor left them tied again.

Moments after a big interception from Aidan O’Shea, Durcan’s 68th-minute effort put Mayo back in front for the first time in over half an hour, and left us daring to dream. But Donal Smith’s free – awarded after Stephen Coen was penalised for picking the ball up illegally – tied things up once again. We had a couple of Cillian O’Connor wides at one end, a few scares at the other, and ultimately, another day out. It was one Mayo should have won and could have lost. A draw was probably the fairest result.
HL Mencken called the British abdication crisis of the 1930s ‘the greatest story since the Crucifixion’. But having died in 1956, the American journalist didn’t have the twists and turns of modern Mayo football to compare it with. Surely the adventures of King Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson didn’t hold a candle to the search for Sam?

D Clarke; G Cafferkey, B Harrison, K Higgins; C Boyle (0-1), C Barrett, P Durcan (0-2); S O’Shea, L Keegan (1-3); J Doherty (0-1), A O’Shea, D O’Connor; K McLoughlin, C O’Connor (0-3, 2f), A Moran (0-2).
Subs used: D Vaughan for C Boyle (52 mins); C Loftus for A Moran (58 mins); T Parsons for S O’Shea (62 mins); S Coen for D O’Connor (65 mins); D Drake for J Doherty (71 mins).

C Lavin; S McDermott, N McInerney, D Murray; N Kilroy, J McManus, S Mullooly; T O’Rourke, E Smith (0-1); F Cregg (1-1), C Devaney (0-1), B Stack; C Murtagh (1-2, 0-2f), D Murtagh (0-2, 1f), C Connolly.
Subs used: I Kilbride for T O’Rourke (18 mins, temp); D Smith (0-2) for C Connolly (51 mins); Colin Compton for C Murtagh (58 mins); Cathal Compton for D Murtagh (62 mins); I Kilbride for S McDermott (64 mins); R Stack for C Devaney (70 mins).

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)


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