Congrats to Michael Plunkett who lined out at centre-half-forward in the recent DCU freshers success in Croke Park. In a cracking game played in Croke Park last Monday, the Ballintubber ace was instrumental in the win over rivals UCD to help guide his team to the Daithi Billings cup!!
The exact Championship details including dates and venues are listed in Fixtures for both our Senior & Junior teams!!
Congrats to Kevin Corcoran who scooped the Club jackpot of €6,100 following Saturday nights draw in Corley's pub in Ballintubber! Remarkably Kevin was also a winner of the jackpot back in 2006 with the same numbers of 2,7,14 & 21! This is the second time the jackpot has gone in the space of 7 months which means that the jackpot starts at €3,000 for next Saturday nights draw which takes place in the Drum Inn in Clogher! In the meantime the jackpot €6,100 will be presented over the coming weeks so happy spending Kevin!!
Commisserations to the Mayo team following Saturday nights battling display against All-Ireland champions Dublin in round 2 of the National League. Diarmuid O'Connor was everywhere throughout the 70 plus minutes as well as finding the time to score 0-2 in the 0-7 to 0-9 defeat. Despite not starting, Jason Gibbons put in a strong second half display after replacing Tom Parson in front of over 10,000 in McHale Park. With the next game against 2012 All-Ireland champions Donegal in Ballybofey at the end of the month, the break will hopefully allow Mayo to regroup with more players available in what will be a huge game for the Connacht champions!
It was a disappointing start to the opening of the 2016 National League for Mayo and they have little time to recover as All-Ireland champions Dublin come to McHale Park next Saturday evening! Despite the best efforts of Jason Gibbons and Diarmuid O'Connor, the Connacht champions were unable to handle a sharp, fast-moving Cork side as the loss of a number of key players due to injury and Club commitments was also evident. Indeed the final score of 1-18 to 0-10 did indicate the dominance of the Leesiders as their fast, direct style of play had Mayo chasing shadows at times. However the year is young and the new management team will learn from this experience as next Saturday evening brings its own new challenges.
Joanne Kelly was crowned Queen of the 'Tubber on Saturday night in the Breaffy House Hotel during the Club's annual dinner-dance! On another memorable night the Donegal native and her team were the highest earners from the numerous fundraising functions over the past number of months. All 4 contestants were interviewed by the sharp witted Frankie Forde where Deirdre Donnelly was followed by Joanne Kelly while the youthful Rachel Gibbons was then followed by Fiona McHale. After the 4 ladies survived the sometimes tricky but humourous interview stage, Chairman Sean Hallinan announced the amount of funds raised which came to a remarkable €61,000. Then the confirmation of the winner was announced with huge cheers for Joanne and her team. In truth the 4 remarkable ladies went out of their way to bravely go through a raft of fundraising initiatives that will go a long way to upgrading facilities the dressing-rooms in Clogher which are due to start later in 2016.
Earlier the Player of the Year for 2015 was confirmed with the top scorer from play in the Senior Championship Alan Plunkett picking up the award. While the popular Hall of Fame winner was P.J. Murphy from Ballyglass. Club Secretary Michael Duffy interviewed P.J. where he remembered his time as Club Secretary and the emigration problems of the 60's. He also remembered training in the turlough in Ballyglass where the Ballintubber team trained on numerous occasions as well as remembering the many finals lost during this period. The night followed on to the enjoyable music of the Dusty Highway band who had everyone out on the floor in another memorable night. Ballintubber G.A.A. Club wish to thank Breaffy House for the beautiful meal and its many patrons who supported the night to make it another one to remember!
A fine performance from Jason Gibbons in midfield was not enough to prevent Mayo's first defeat of 2016! The Ballintubber ace put in a fine shift including a second half point where 2015 Young Player of the Year Diarmuid O'Connor was also introduced in the second half in the final game of the FBD League. Mayo were always chasing the game with worrying injuries to picked up in the opening half by Keith Higgins and Kevin Keane. Next up is the opening round of the Division 1 League when the Connacht Champions head to Cork on Sunday week!!
At a well-attended AGM in Carnacon Community hall on Sunday evening January 10th, the following officers were elected :
Patrons - Fr. Fahey & Fr. Farragher
Presidents - Liam Horan & Matt O'Malley
Vice-President - Sean Horan
Chairman - Sean Hallinan
Vice-Chairman - Tony O'Connor
Secretary - Michael Duffy
Ass - Secretary - TBC
Treasurer - Jimmy Lally
Ass - Treasurer - Martin Finnerty
P.R.O. - Paul Kelly
Registrar - Michael Corcoran
Oifig na Gaeilge - John Jennings
Child Co-ordinator - Michael McHale
Coaching Officer - Tony Duffy
Health & Welfare - Deirdre Donnelly
Players Injuries - Jimmy Lally & Michael Corcoran
County Board Officers - Ollie Dillon & PJ Gibbons
West Board Officer - PJ Gibbons
Senior Management - Lyndon Reilly, Gary Dillon & Jim Twohig .
Junior & Under 21 Managements to be twinned and TBC
Minor Management - Alan Larkin, Mike Murphy, Pat Barrett, Martin Costello & Marty Geraghty
Jason Gibbons lined out in midfield last Sunday during Mayo's 1-12 to 1-10 win over NUIG in McHale Park. Unfortunately Jason had to be replaced before the end due to injury but it was good to see him back in the Green and Red for the Mayo new manager Stephen Rochford's opening game!!
Ballintubber G.A.A. Club honoured the 25th anniversary of our Senior teams Intermediate success in Corleys lounge last Saturday night December 5th!! This team brought many great memories with that Intermediate success in McHale Park which won through the wind and rain along with a brave performance. John Horan was the captain while Cyril Burke was vice-captain in the win over Kiltimagh on that day when lads became men as it was a very young Ballintubber team where 10 of the team were Under 21 . Indeed that team were nearly beaten in the opening round in Aghamore before coming back to draw and comfortably win the reply. It started off a fantastic season for the panel with the following 15 starting on that historic day which was the Club's second Intermediate success :
Jackie Heneghan, Michael Derrig, Padraig Prendergast, Gerry Dillon, Tommy McGrath, Tommy Hughes, Tony Duffy, John Horan (Capt), Joe Glynn, John McGing, James Horan, Johnny Concannon, James Donovan, Thomas Prendergast, Franny Glynn.
A special presentation was made individually to the panel of players where many managed to make it to the event despite the difficult weather conditions on the night with extreme wind and flooding. Many happy stories and memories were revealed on the night where the bond between the players was very evident. Chairman Sean Hallinan and Secretary Michael Duffy made sure the event ran off smoothly where a great nights entertainment was had with many players appreciating the efforts of the Club to remember this fine achievement in 1990!
Congrats to our own Diarmuid O'Connor whose excellent form saw him claim the Young Player of the year award at the All-Stars 2015 awards. The unassuming youngest of the O'Connor brothers has been getting better year by year since he made the breakthrough to the Senior ranks . Following in the footsteps of his older brother Cillian who won the award twice, the Cranmore native took to the right-half-forward role on the Mayo senior team impressively and has become a major part of the set-up. However he has no time to celebrate as he lines out with the Ballintubber Under 21 team this Saturday afternoon in a crucial game against Ballina Stephenites in the Championship!! Well done Diarmuid!! Unfortunately Cillian did not make the 15 either as both he and Diarmuid were both among the top 18 forwards nominated.