Ballymacelligott GAA Club News

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Ballymac GAA lotto was held in Ballygarry House on 6th April 2015 for a lotto jackpot of €6,000.  Numbers drawn were 6,9,20,28.  There was no winner.

Lucky Dips

1. Pa Joe Barrett, c/o Tom Leen

2. Billy Caball, Ballinlough, Cork (on line)

3. Brian Kearney, c/o Tom Leen

4. Doreen Turner, c/o Paula Silles

5. Mattie & Trish Dillon, c/o Tony Riordan

Sellers Prize : Tom Leen.

The lotto now stands at €6,100 and can be played at


Our Senior team won their second Co. League game in a row on Saturday evening last in Ballybunion with a 1 point victory over Beale.

The  home side had the better and led at half time by 0 – 4 to 0 – 3.  Ballymac scores coming from Luke Sweeney (0-2) and Daniel O Shea (0 – 1).  A feature of the first half for Ballymac was the excellent performance of Niall O Shea at right half back.

Ballymac upped their game in the second half and the decisive score of the game was a fine individual goal by Aidan Breen.  This score allied to points by Luke Sweeney, Aidan Breen, and Padraig McCarthy saw us run out winners on a scoreline of Ballymac 1 – 6  Beale 0 – 8.

A special mention must go to corner back Brendan O Donnell who gave an exhibition of blocking throughout the game.

Team: P O Connor, B O Donnell, C Reynolds, T J Casey, N O Shea, K O Shea, M Galvin, M Shanahan, G Arthurs, L Sweeney, A Breen, S O Reilly, P McCarthy, D O Shea, V Horan,  Subs : E. Reidy.


Attention now switches to the Junior Championship next Sunday April 19th when we welcome Ballyduff for the first round game.

This is the biggest game of the year so far for the Club so all support for the lads would be most welcome.  This game has a throw in time for 2.00pm with extra time if necessary.


Our minors are due to play Beale at home on Friday evening next April 17th at 6.45pm.


The Kerry Minor team begin their Muster Championship game with a home game against Clare on Wednesday 15th April in Austin Stacks Park.  Ballymac’s Micheal Reidy has been training with them over the past few weeks and is on the extended panel for this game.


On Saturday 2nd May 2015 Ballymac GAA Club in association with Lee Strand are hosting ‘Bwildered’, the John Lenihan Wilderness Challenge.

All monies raised from this event will go towards the continued development of the Clubs new playing pitch.

This event will see participants completing a course in Glenageenty which has been designed by former Hill Running World Champion John Lenihan and Joe O Connor of Irelands Fittest Family and Nissus Fitness.

Full details of registration and other information on this can be found on  and Facebook and we would appeal to as many people as possible to like and share this event with friends.

On the day of the run Ballymac GAA Clubs main function will be the stewarding of the event.  We would urge as many volunteers as possible to make themselves available on the day.  Please contact one of the following officers if you are in a position to help out.

Fionnan Fitzgerald 0879860441, Joanne Riordan 0876768634 and Gerard Collins on 0876430693.  All help would be greatly appreciated on the day.


We had our first win in the central region at home to Gaeltacht on bank holiday Monday evening. Both sides were tied at 3 points each after ten minutes, Ml Hoare (2) and Keelan our scorers. Dara Reagan and Ml. Hoare pointed from frees and a goal bound shot by BrianLonergan was deflected over the bar.

A fine effort by Gaeltacht came down off the crossbar but somehow stayed out, and at the other end Keelan was on hand to flick a Liam O’ Malleycross to the net. Three Ml. Hoare points (including 2 frees) completed our first half scoring,while Barry Lyons was called on to make two fine saves.

Gaeltacht got two more points and found the net just before half time. Half time score Ballymac 1-9 Gaeltacht 1-5.

Gaeltacht started the second half well and got 3 points inside the first ten minutes but they didn’t score again for the remainder of the half. D. Reagan kept us ahead with two points.

He was through again after 20 mins bringing a fine save from the An Gaeltacht goalkeeper. From the resultant 45 by Josh, Dara keane got possession and pointed. Another D. Reagan point was followed by a missed goal chance.

Two more D Reagan points finished our scoring. Barry Lyons had a busy evening, Tadhg Brick had a fine game, ML Hoare and Dara Reagan kicked some great points (6 each) and Keelan was busy as ever. We are away to Kerins O’Rahillys next Monday evening the 13th of April.


Ardfert 2 – 07Ballymac 1- 14
We travelled to Ardfert on a beautiful spring evening with conditions excellent for good football play and we weren’t disappointed.

Having suffered defeat in our last outing the boys were not in the mood for a repeat The return of Liam O’ Brien at centre back was felt and his presence was immense. It took us the first half to get to grips with the Ardfert players.

They bossed things in that half and their physicality against our younger lads was telling. Our defence stood up to attack after attack and held Ardfert to 2-5 to 5 at the short whistle.

EoinAidan, David, Ciaran, Sean, Liam, and Tim can be very proud of their efforts in defence. The second half was the turn of our forwards to show their true skills they drove at Ardfert time and again and picked off their points well. Level with 10 minutes to go it was all to play for.

Our midfield of Bryan Cassidy and David Rogers set up many attacks with the clock running down. Dara Leen was a whizz and the introduction of Darragh Lynch and Dylan McHugh brought new impetus to our attack.

We kicked the last 4 scores of the game to pull clear after some scintillating team play which saw our lads move the ball into space and pick off the points. It was great to watch the lads play the way we know they can.

It was most certainly a great team effort and we look for the lads to bring this self belief into their next game.

Team Eoin Culloty, Aidan o Brien, David Rogers, Ciaran Brosnan, Sean Polman Daamen, Liam O Brien, Tim Polman Daamen, Cian Godley, Bryan Cassidy, Dara Leen, Jon Lowe,Darragh Broderick, Eoghan Kenny, Eoghan Leahy, Dylan Dunne Moriarty, Dylan Mc Hugh,Darragh Lynch, Adam Kelly, Jack Tobin, Kyle O’ Connor, Cathal Culloty, Diarmuid Lynch,Darragh Sweeney


Ballymac Blue (A) Team 4-08 v Ardfert 3-08

We played the first round of our County League campaign last Sunday evening against Ardfert at home and what a game of football we had.

This was certainly a game of two halves with Ardfert coming out of the blocks all guns blazing and by half time had raced into a ten point lead. We made a few switches at halftime and the boys came out with fire in their bellies and within fifteen minutes they had the ten point deflect turned into a one by lead.

The lads really got stuck in now and with some great defending and attacking play we went into a four point lead. In fairness to Ardfert they through everything at us in the closing minutes, and they pulled one point back, but the boys held out for a great win.

The boys can feel really proud of themselves after this fine performance. Next Sunday evening we travel to Spa to take on the locals in round 2 of the County League.

The first half was nip and tuck with 1-2 each from both Gary Lynch and James Kenny overcoming an early goal from the visitors.

A last minute goal from Mark Ö Connor gave Ballymac a slender 2 point lead at half time. Ardfert had the best of the chances in the second half with great saves from Kieran Slattery and the crossbar keeping Ballymac slightly ahead.

A goal from Alfonso Marquez extended Ballymacs lead to 5pts going into the final 10 minutes. Ardfert however struck with two quick goals to put them a point ahead.

Luke McGill was unlucky to hit the upright before Ballymac were awarded a free kick in the final kick of the game. Donal Daly converted the point with great coolness to leave the final score Ballymac 4-7 Ardfert 5-4. All in all a fair result and a good start to the campaign.


Our U10 boys travelled to Keel to play the local boys  in 2 very well contested games.  Those to impress on the day were Diarmuid Galvin, Conor Martin, Jack O Connor, Jack Slattery, Ben Sharpe and Aidan Horgan.  Many thanks to the Keel Club for their hospitality shown to us after the game.


The academy took place on Sunday morning after the Easter break with the turnout down due to the inclement morning weather. However the U6’s and U8’s completed their training sessions with Maurice Harrington, Stephen Turner, Donnacha Enright, and Conal Savage performing well on the day.  The academy continues next Sunday at 11.00.


Following our win over Finuge St Senans we travelled to Kilcummin to play the local team in round 3 . Game kicked off at 5pm and we were almost at full strength .

Kilcummin got the first score of the game from the throw in but following that our girls gave a display of football in the first half which was a joy to see . Running at pace , slick and accurate passing , great defending and forwards dispossessing backs .

We racked up 5-5 in this half with Caroline Hurley getting our first goal , Aisling O Connell stamped her mark on the game with a wonderful solo goal and adding a great point afterwards . Ellie Sugrue and Ellie Mc Elligott added a goal each and Aine Rice got in the act adding 1-1 in this period also .

Cora Savage and Emily O Donoghue got a point each and Aine added one point just before half time . Therese Keane played herself to a standstill in this first half and backs Eve , Lisa , Maeve, Caoimhe and Sinead were outstanding in this period too and Goalie Robin made 2 good saves for good measure .

Half time score Ballymac 5-5 Kilcummin 0-5 .

The 2nd half saw us start without Robin and Therese due to injury , Ellie Sugrue taking over in goals and Kilcummin upped the ante scoring 1-3 without reply , however another Ellie Mc Elligott goal settled us again .

Following some substitutions on both sides Kilcummin scored 2 more goals and added a few points but 2 points from Cora and Emily settled us down once more . Kilcummin pressed again towards the end but Caoimhe , Niamh and Sophie cleared their lines .

A great move started by Eve Creedon via Cora and Cait saw Therese in front of the goals and she made no mistake to get goal no 7 . A  great team performance overall but Eve , Aisling, Therese and Aine were the stars on the night .

Final Score : Ballymac : 7-7 Kilcummin 3- 11

Team & Scorers : Robin White , Sinead Mc Kewon , Maeve O Sullivan , Eve Creedon ,Niamh Rahilly , Lisa Curran , Aisling O Connell (1-1) Therese Keane (1-0) Caroline Hurley (1-0) Aine Rice (1-2) Emily O Donaghue (0-2) Ellie Mc Elligott (2-0) Ellie Sugrue (1-0) Cora Savage (0-2) Subs : Cait Rice, Sophie O Donaghue,  Yvonne Hurley, Katy Palmer.


The U10 girls played Keel in a challenge this morning in Keel and it was a useful workout for them . This was Keels first time fielding an all girls team so it added a bit of novelty to the occasion . Our girls had just a bit too much football for them but Keel were competitive through out .

Kate Collins , Niamh Lynch , Ella Quirke, Abbey Leahy and Alexia Weiss were prominent in the first half . Ciara and Roisin led by example as always but it was the display of Orla O Connor at full back that really caught the eye .

Roisin Raggett kicked a great long range point and Rachel Creedon never gave up even when conceding height and size to her marker .  Well done to all the girls who travelled on the day . Back to academy training next Sunday.


Academy girls: Unfortunately training was cancelled last Sunday for u6 and u8, we’ll see everyone this Sunday @ 11.00am


Our U11 basket ball team performed well at the Community Games Basketball finals held in Duagh on Saturday last.  Following a good victory over Ballydonoghue in their first game they were defeated by 4 points by eventual runners up Rock St/Caherslee.  Many thanks to Sheila Rahilly for organising this team and Ruairi Rahilly for giving his time to coach them.

Team: Ella Quirke, Roisin Rahilly, Abbey Leahy, Roisin Reidy, Kerry Hennessey, Diarmuid Galvin, Noah Edwards, Sean Rice, Micheal Culloty and Niall Collins.

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