06/03/2023 - The Weekly Update

06/03/2023 - The Weekly Update

This weeks 50/50 lotto results

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

Jackpot of €663 was won by Alan and Siobhan , Lisacul.
Seller: Saturday night team
Next draw will be held on Sunday night 12th March.
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. Make sure to have your entries done before 9PM on Sunday 5th March to enter. 

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

Club membership

The membership portal for Ballaghaderreen GAA Club is now open for 2023.

We look forward to welcoming new members to join our club aswell as returning members that wish to renew their membership. 

New members can register by creating an account on https://www.foireann.ie and selecting Ballaghaderreen, Mayo as their club.

For returning members, the fastest and easiest way to renew membership is online through  https://www.foireann.ie. Your username and password are the same as last year.

We are pleased to announce we are keeping the membership rates the same as last year:

  • Adult Membership - €80
  • Youth - €40
  • Juvenile Over 12 - €50
  • Student Player - €50
  • Family - €120
  • Adult Gold - €220
  • Family Gold - €270

For further information on membership you can visit this page by clicking here.
Thank you for your continued support.

McBrien stars again as Mayo march on

David McBrien was once again a prominent figure in the Mayo back line as they remained unbeaten with a two point win over neighbours Roscommon. Despite an early start Roscommon came back strong in the second half but luckily for Mayo they held out strong in the end to remain top of the league. 

Underage presentation night

Our successful 2022 U13, U15 and U16 teams were presented with their medals last Friday in Brusna Inn. Our current Mayo Senior footballer David McBrien presented the medals to the players on front of a large crowd who gathered. Thanks to the Brusna Inn for welcoming us all on the evening and Roberto’s for providing the food. 

Integration blitz successful as 43 refugee star

Ballaghaderreen GAA organised a primary school blitz on the 2nd of March in the Dome at the Connacht Centre of Excellence. The games were non competitive and the teams were made up of children from different schools with the emphasis on fun and participation. Our two main aims of the blitz were to give children in our area the experience of playing in the world class facility that is the Dome. Secondly, to give newly arrived children to our country a positive experience of our national games and to build new friendships and connections in and between our school children. The children also received expert coaching at a skills station with Mayo GAA coaches Billy McNicholas and Eugene Lavin as well as a fundamental movement station with Tracy Cunnane of Mayo Sports Partnership. All six club feeder schools attended namely; Brusna NS, St Attracta's NS, Carracastle NS, Derrinabroc NS, Monasteraden NS and Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre, Ballaghaderreen. One hundred and eighty children attended ranging from 4th to 6th class. Forty three of the children were refugees and really enjoyed their first experience of a gaelic football following some in school coaching from Ballaghaderreen GAA coach David McHugh. The event was coordinated by Ballaghaderreen GAA coaching officer, Dermot Dillon and club Well Being Officer, David McHugh.The club would like to sincerely thank Denis O Boyle Connacht Health & Well Being Officer and Kurt of Connacht GAA for the support with hosting this fantastic event, as well as all the teachers who helped with coaching the sixteen teams on the day.

Quiz confirmed for Holy Thursday

Ballaghaderreen GAA Club have confirmed the return of their annual Easter quiz for Easter Thursday April 6th in Durkins. We’re inviting as many people as possible to attend this enjoyable event. 

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.

Quick fire questions with out senior and minor players

Name: Rossa McDermott
Knickname: Rockin or Bonesy
Position: Corner Forward
Dream Date: Olivia Rodrigo
Favourite GAA ground in Mayo: Charlestown
Biggest Achievement playing for Ballaghaderreen: Kicked 12 points against Eastern Gaels in East Mayo Minor A semi final to beat them in extra time.
Best Memory in a Ballagh shirt? Making the Senior Debut against Garrymore.
Dream 5 aside club team: 
Jamie Lunt in goal
Seamus Cunniffe
Paddy Callaghan
Cian Hanley
Biggest influence on your career: Marking and Cleaning David McHugh every night at training significantly influenced the trajectory of my football career with Ballaghaderreen. 
If you could transfer any player to your club who would you transfer within Mayo? Aidan O’Shea so he can win the ball for me and dish it off for handy scores.
Piece of advice to all underage footballers in Ballaghaderreen: Be patient and stay consistent. Skills, gym work , speed and agility work should all be part of your personal training.

Quiz question of the week

In What year did Ballagh last win a Minor “A” county title?
Last weeks answer:  Andy won 3 Sigerson Cups

Local Primary Schools Head for the Dome

This coming Thursday the Local Primary Schools, St Attractas NS, Brusna NS, St Aidens Monastraden, St Colmans Dernabrook and members of the EROC centre will take to the Dome to take part in Ballaghaderreen GAA Clubs “Local Primary Integration and Inclusion Blitz”. The fun and games kicks off at 12PM and will be a day to remember for all involved. We’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and enjoy the day. 

Cheesy Joke of the week

“What do you call a pig that does Karate. A pork chop”

Blast from the past

Mayo SFC semi-final 2019: Pacy Ballaghaderreen shock Mitchels

Darkhorses Ballaghderreen upset the odds yesterday to book their place in a first Mayo SFC final since 2012 when they beat Castlebar Mitchels at MacHale Park.

Mitchels, who were lining out in their 10th successive county semi-final, were never allowed to get into their stride by Ballagh’s powerful and pacy team.

Around the middle of the field, in particular, Castlebar came off second best as Owen Jordan, Sharoize Akram, Darragh Kelly, Cian Hanley and the outstanding Ryan Lynch took control from the early stages.

Lynch shot four superb long-range points from play in the opening half to help Ballaghaderreen build up a lead of 0-10 to 0-4 by half-time.

Nine of those ten scores came from open play as they created space and picked off points from all angles.

Last year’s TG4 Underdogs contestant, Cormac Doohan, played a big part in Ballagh’s impressive first-half performance as he chipped in with two points.

Andy Moran (2), Kuba Callaghan and Dylan Feeney also hit the target as Mitchels found themselves under the cosh for long spells.

It also took some fine goalkeeping by Rory Byrne to stop Ballaghaderreen hitting the net in that opening period, and he made a string of good stops in the second half too.

Mitchels found scores very hard to come by all afternoon and their only first-half efforts were registered by Neil Douglas (2) and James Durcan (2) as Ballagh’s backline, which was marshalled superbly by David Drake and Seamus Cunniffe, snuffed out any threats.

However, Castlebar were thrown a lifeline just ten minutes into the second half when substitute Barry Moran — who had only been introduced — was brought down in the square by Ballaghaderreen goalkeeper, Patrick Sharkey.

Sharkey redeemed himself with a flying save to push Neil Douglas’ resultant penalty out for a ‘45.

And while Douglas did manage to convert that effort for a point, Castlebar never looked like scoring the goal that needed to make a game of it.

Ballagh’ kept the pre-match favourites at arm’s length in the last quarter with points from Kuba Callaghan, Cormac Doohan and Thomas Carmody booking their place in the final.

Scorers for Ballaghaderreen: R Lynch, C Doohan (0-4 each); A Moran (0-3, 1 free); K Callaghan (0-2); T Carmody, D Feeney (0-1 each)

Scorers for Castlebar Mitchels: N Douglas (0-4, 1f, ‘45); J Durcan (0-3); G Durcan (0-1 free).

BALLAGHADERREEN: P Sharkey; D Drake, S Cunniffe, P Kelly; D McBrien, O Jordan, S Akram; D Kelly, R Lynch; D Feeney, C Hanley, L O’Grady; C Doohan, A Moran, K Callaghan

Subs used: T Carmody, A Lynch, D Forrest, C O’Donnell

CASTLEBAR MITCHELS: R Byrne; J Maughan, D Newcombe, R O’Malley; G McDonagh, R O’Reilly, S Conlon; D Vaughan, P Durcan; S Hopkins, N Douglas, J Durcan; C Costello, G Durcan, B Walsh.

Subs used: N Lydon, B Moran, F Durcan, D Kirby, P Ruddy.

Allianz Football league results round 5

Division 1:
Armagh 0-13, Donegal 0-10.
Galway 1-13, Monaghan 0-10.
Tyrone 1-15, Kerry 2-9.
Mayo 1-16, Roscommon 2-11.

Division 2:
Limerick 0-17, Meath 2-11.
Louth 2-11, Kildare 0-12.
Clare 1-8, Cork 3-10.
Derry 1–11, Dublin 0-13.

Division 3:
Longford 1-16, Offaly 2-14.
Westmeath 4-27, Antrim 0-8.
Cavan 2-14, Down 1-10.
Fermanagh 2-11, Tipperary 0-8.

Division 4:
Sligo 1-20, Wexford 3-8.
Wicklow 0-15, Leitrim 1-9.
London 0-9, Carlow 0-13.
Laois 2-13, Waterford 1-5.

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