Dear Club Members,
It’s All Ireland Weekend and everyone around the County is beginning to feel the buzz.
Ballinrobe GAA Club have a busy weekend starting this evening;
Our U8 team is away to Moy Davitts this evening and our U10 team is away to Breaffy
At 6.30pm this evening our Minors play Hollymount – Carramore in Hollymount in the County Minor Championship, best of luck to players and mentors
And at 8.00pm our Senior team play Shrule – Glencorrib in Flanagan Park in Division 1 B of the Senior League this is a crucial encounter as the team battle for points in the league.
Please make an effort to support all teams, where possible, as there is a lot of action going on in different venues, it is understandable that every game can’t be seen.
All of the evenings action is followed by our 2nd Club Draw for All Ireland tickets. Venue – Inchs (Fitzpatricks, Main St) There is 2 All Ireland tickets that have to be given away tonight, tickets for the draw can still be got and will be available tonight at a cost of €5 each or 3 for €10. First draw will take place at approx. 11.00pm.
As All Ireland Sunday approaches, the hype continues to build.
We firstly pass our Congratulations to Eoin Jennings, a member of our U8 Robe Rocket team, who will be an official flag bearer on All Ireland Football Final day. Eoin has the privilege of welcoming both teams onto the sacred ground of Croke Park this Sunday and we know he will do his family and Club proud.
Eoin was selected as one of 6 lucky winners by All Ireland Football sponsors, AIB. Eoin is son of Colm and Emma Jennings, a family heavily involved in the Club. Enjoy your special day from us all.
As we all know, Ballinrobe is strongly represented in the Mayo set-up that will go toe-to-toe with Dublin in the All-Ireland senior football final on Sunday week – we have four club members involved.
Donal Vaughan is, once again, a member of the Mayo team, just as he has been consistently for the past number of years. Donal plays his club football with Ballinrobe, and is a successful local businessperson – Vaughan Shoes are also long-time supporters and sponsors of Ballinrobe GAA club.
Stephen Rochford, the manager, is a native of Crossmolina, but he is living and married in Ballinrobe. Stephen first came to Ballinrobe to work in the local AIB Bank branch, and met and married local woman Laura Gill – she of singing and acting renown with Ballinrobe Musical Society and Ballinrobe Folk Choir. They have two children – Dara and the recent arrival Rory. Stephen was previously joint manager of the club team that won a Mayo U21 B title – as far as I can recall, Donal Vaughan was on that team too, n’est pas?
Liam Horan, a former club secretary and our current vice-chairperson, is the media co-ordinator for the Mayo team. His brother Maurice, who starred with Ballinrobe for many years, and managed Limerick footballers for three years, is head of the video analysis & stats team. Maurice lives in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Their father Billy is our veteran club PRO, of course.
We wish all four – and the entire Mayo operation – every success
Safe travelling to all hitting the road, and we hope all Club Members enjoy the weekend.
Ballinrobe GAA Club
Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo