Ballymacelligott GAA Club News

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As of 28th January  The Club  Field Committee has closed the pitch until further notice.

This decision was taken to preserve the pitch playing surface due to the inclement weather.

Hopefully it will not be for long and we will inform you all immediately when it is reopened.

Senior Team

Ballymac senior team

Our Senior team played in Round 2 of The Coiste Trá Li League on Sunday  last.

Next weekend they play Na Gaeil in Kileen at 12.30pm

Austin Stacks 1-15

Ballymac   2-05

Austin Stacks hosted Ballymac in a blustery Connolly Park in Round 2 of the Tralee District Board League.

Windy conditions made flowing football difficult at times.

Ballymac played with the wind in first half and thanks to two goals one from a well struck penalty finished on level terms at halftime on a scoreline of Austin Stacks 0-8 to Ballymac 2-2.

Play was even in the early part of the second half.

However Stacks with the aid of the strong wind gradually began to get the upper hand.This helped them to attain greater scoring chances and helped them to run out winners on a final scoreline of Austin Stacks 1-15 to Ballymac 2-05.

Minor Team

Our Minor team started off their season with a win over Kerins O’Rahilly’s on Sunday in The Coiste Trá Lí Minor League. This coming week they have two games in the same competition.

Tuesday 4th  February:  Austin Stacks  V Ballymacelligott at 6.16pm

Saturday 8th February:  Ballymacelligoot V Na Gaeil at 3pm.

Kerins O’Rahillys: 1-04

Ballymac: 3-09

On Sunday last the weather conditions were very poor and windy for the first game in The Coiste Trá League.

Our Minors played well in this first game of 2020. Going in at half time Ballymac had scored two goals and were in the lead

This first half cushion helped them drive on in the second half when playing against the wind. Another gaol secured the victory for the Ballymac Boys.  Conor Brick at corner forward had a great game and Captain Darragh Sweeney lead by example throughout the game.

County Minor League

Our Minors will play in Division 3A of The County League this year. The competition will commence on the 15th February and the fixtures are as follows:

Round 1:  15th February

Fossa V Ballymacelligott

Round 2: 29th February

Ballymacelligott V Kilcummin

Round 3: 7th March

Ballymacelligott V Kerins O’Rahillys

Round 4:  14th March

Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane  V Ballymacelligott

Round 5:  15th February

Currow V Ballymacelligott

Club membership is now open for 2020.

As in 2019 all membership is on line and the link is listed is on our web site.

The  membership cost of Ballymac GAA Club, as agreed at our AGM in December, is  as follows for the 2020 season.

(1) €75.00 per adult member.

(2) €50.00 per juvenile with the exception of girls over 12.

(3)€25.00 Plus LGFA Levy for all girls and ladies who play LF over 12 years of age

(4) €50.00 for OAP and students.

(5) €10.00 per  Adult  for Adult  Scór participants

(6) €5.00 per juvenile for Juvenile Scór participants

Where does your membership go?

Club membership is a vital stream of income for our club. Last we paid €21,000 in membership.

Our main sources of funding being our club membership, our lotto subscriptions,  strictly come dancing fundraiser,  senior players team fundraiser, our golf classic fundraiser, along with other smaller but invaluable streams such as run ballymac , bag packs, last man standing and merchandise from shop

The following are some of the costs associated with running our club…

To enter any of our teams to competition requires payment of affiliation fees, in 2019 these cost €4,654.

Our club must pay referee for each competitive game. In 2019 these cost €2,205

Our  player insurance costs for 2019 €4,769.

A new set of Juvenile goals and nets cost €1,282

Other affiliation fees LGFA   €5,088

Repayments of our training field loan in 2019 €12,138

Your continued support of our club is invaluable and most appreciated.

Coaching news:

A big thank you to the coaches from our Club who attended the Coaching Conference in Listowel on Saturday last.

It’s our coaches’ who develop and keep our games alive and well.

The conference was very was very well attended by 70 coaches from all over the County.

It was  delivered excellently by John Dillion and his fellow speakers, Maurice Horan,Mike Frank Russell, Alan O’ Donohue and PJ Reidy.

The Guest speaker was  County Board Chairman Timmy Murphy and North Kerry chairman Johnny Mulvihill also spoke.

Noel Hartigan GDA Games Manager from Limerick gave a very informative presentation on the links from Coiste na nÓg to the senior club

Thanks to all the organisers. Míle Buíochas

Child Protection Course on 20th February

Any coach/team liaison officer or anyone working with the children in our Club needs to have The Child Protection Course run by the GAA completed. This is mandatory.

Any coach who does not  have the Child Protection Course done or who hasn’t done it in the last 4 years please keep the evening of the 20th of February free.

In accordance with the law and Association policy, any volunteer in the GAA intending to work with children, must have completed the following:

1. Garda vetting

2. GAA Child Safeguarding 1

3. The GAA foundation award at minimum

Safeguarding Training

The Gaelic Athletic Association is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse – from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

We do in partnership with dedicated volunteers at Club, County, Provincial and National levels and with the cooperation and support of an equally dedicated cohort of staff all of whom are committed to the safeguarding of children and young people in our Association. Equally, the role that parents have to play in ensuring we adhere to our good practice guidelines assists us in achieving this aim.

Child Safeguarding Training is highlighted in Children First as being mandatory and is required for the level of child safeguarding engagement one has in the Association.

The GAA have three levels of Child Safeguarding Training now in place in our Association and attendance is dependent on what role a person may have in relation to children. All training is delivered in workshop format and all are of three hours duration each and are endorsed by agreement with Sport Ireland.

Safeguarding 1 – Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshops relevant to coaches and others who work in a regulated role with children in the Association Please see Safeguarding Tutors for a list of tutors in your County who deliver this workshop.

Foundation Level Coaching Course: Saturday February 15th 2020

St Michael’s College Listowel at 10am

This course is aimed at Coaches involved with teams from Under 6 to 12. This course is mandatory for anyone coaching a team in our club. The content of the course will focus on the developing players at this age group.

This will be hugely beneficial for coaches involved with teams at these age groups.

The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop football.

The course is 4-5 hours in duration and covers four key modules, as well as introductory and conclusion modules. These four modules are:

• Introduction to Games

• Skill Development

• Movement Skills

• Coaching Children, Youths and Adults

Coaching Competencies to be developed

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

• Assist a coach in organising a programme of games and skill development activities appropriate to each participant’s needs and abilities

• Identify the skills of football

• Assist a coach in organising progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop key skills

• Assist a coach in organising progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic Games

• Assist a coach in organising and managing players for an effective practice session

• Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players

Course Philosophy

The GAA is committed to implementing an integrated Coach Education Programme with a view to maximising participation, optimising playing standards and ensuring that player’s needs are catered for in a balanced way.

The course is designed to promote the development of the How to Coach skills through modelling of best practice, as demonstrated by the tutor, experimential learning and through the guided reflection on previous experiences – as a coach, player, official or parent.


Club Officer Training

On the 12th February Kerry County Committee is running training for relevant  club officers.

It will be held at the following venue :

Venue:    IT Tralee Room T107 Main Building

Time:      7.15pm Sharp

The following Officers are requested to attend;





As in previous years we are encouraging Coiste na nÓg Officers to attend also.

Coiste na nÓg Notes:

All our boys from U12 to U16 are back training.

Our U12s and U16s are in the Castleisland Astro pitch on Friday from 6 to 7 pm . Our U14s are in IT on Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8pm.

We wish them all a very successful and enjoyable year. Competitions will start soon and it is great to have a good bit of training done before hand.

Once again thanks to all our Coaches and mentors for all the time and dedication given to our boys.


U10 Boys

Ballymac U10 Boys are back Training Sunday 9th February from  1pm to 2pm at the All weather pitch IT Tralee (north campus) for the next 5 weeks finishing Sunday 8th March. Can all Boys wear Gum Shields,  club gear and bring bottle of water. Also can all Boys bring €2 for pitch .

How to Age Well’ – coming to Kerry on February 10th

This Free community event will be delivered by leading Irish expert on ageing

Professor Rose Anne Kenny at The RoseHotel, Tralee from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Monday 10th February

The real secrets of how to age well will be shared at this seminar, organised by the Health and Wellbeing Committee of Kerry GAA and TILDA, supported by Irish Life.

Please promote this fantastic event within your club and community. The Kerry ambassador for the event is the legendary Eoin “Bomber” Liston who will also speak on the night.

Tickets can be booked online via  or by phoning 01-896 4120

The link to register is also available on

Walk ins are also welcome on the night

Ballymac GAA Lotto results from Monday 27th January 2020

This weeks lotto draw took place in Ballygarry House Hotel.

The Numbers drawn were: 8,10,12 and 28.

The Jackpot was €6,300.00. There was no winner.

Congratulations to the following Lucky Dip winners (€30 EACH)

1. Tony Marshall  C/O Tony Marshall

2. Kathleen Herlihy  C/O Tony Marshall

3. Phil Dunne Maglass.

4. Diarmuid Lynch C/O Paula Silles

5. Richie Walsh  C/O Tony Marshall

Sellers prize: Tony Marshall

We thank all our lotto sellers and supporters. All your support is greatly appreciated.

Next Weeks Jackpot is €6,400.00 and the draw will take place in Kielduff Community Centre on Monday 3rd February  2020.

Tickets can also be purchased on line on our web site  and tickets for our Lotto are also for sale at The Half Way Shop & Bar, O’Riadas Bar, Boyles Hardware Clash and Horan’s Fruit and Veg, The Horan Centre Tralee.

We thank all our lotto sellers and supporters.

All your support is greatly appreciated.


Congratulations to Dermot Weeshie Lynch from Annascaul Club who got elected as Treasurer of the Munster Council last week. It has been over 35 years since Kerry had a Munster Council Treasurer. We wish Dermot every success in his new post.

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