Ballygarvan Weekly GAA news

November 8, 2018

Senior Club : Committee meeting

Wednesday 22nd April @9.00pm in the Club House

Fé 16 Peil Sraith 2009 – An dara Cluiche

Ballygarvan travelled to Minane Bridge on Tuesday 07th April to play Tracton in the second round of the 2009 under 16 football league series.


This match was played in appalling weather conditions – all through the afternoon and deep into the evening strong winds supported by driving rain was in abundance & the Ballygarvan found the going very difficult in particular in the first quarter. After four minutes Ballygarvan found themselves two goals adrift. In fact after 12 minutes Tracton had tagged another two points to their earlier two goals. But in fairness to the visitors they hung -in and never lost confidence & and registered their first score – a goal in the 13 minute followed by two more points & a goal before half time. The half ended Tracton 3-2 to Bally’s 2-2.


With no let up in the weather the second half got underway with the wind slightly favouring Ballygarvan, we were back on level terms with Tracton after 15 minutes but scores did not come easy in the conditions.

Disaster then struck with 15 minutes left to play when we lost Philip Seymour, followed closely by Luke O’ Sullivan – both players sustaining heavy tackles.


We fought very hard after loosing our two players but Traction came back to score two points in succession before we replied with two to tie the scores again with six minutes remaining. Tracton scored again & maintained that one point lead until the last minute when we equalised and the final whistle then sounded. The match finally ended in a draw Tracton 3-5, Ballygarvan 2-8 .

Intermediate Hurling League Ballygarvan 2-10 Vs Valley Rovers 2-16

Easter Sunday April 12th in Brinny @7.00pm

Ballygarvan suffered their second defeat in the intermediate Hurling league game played at Brinny. Ballygarvan struggled in this game to win possesion throughout this game . To their credit ,Ballygarvan  faught gamefully and were rewarded with two second half goals from Mark Kennefick.  A positive from this game was Ballygarvan had 5 different players getting on the scoreboard and ended the game shooting a respectable 2-10.

JHL Shamrocks V Ballygarvan

15 April 2009       Junior Hurling League, Shamrocks V Ballygarvan in Shanbally @ 7.00pm

U12 B Football v Valley Rovers

U12 B South East Football League – Ballygarvan 1 v Valley Rovers on Friday 17 April 09 at 6:30pm in Ballygarvan.

Contact Donncha Kavanagh for further details.

U13 Hurling v Passage

U13 City League hurling match v Passage on Thursday 16 April at 7pm. Venue : Passage. Meeting at the venue at 6:15pm.

Junior Hurling Ballygarvan 2-6 Valley Rovers 0-12

Wednesday April 8th in Brinny @ 6.30pm

Ballygarvan, playing in the Junior A Hurling League for the first time in three seasons, got their campaign off to a good start with a well deserved draw against Valley Rovers in Brinny. After a hesitant first fifteen minutes, when they found themselves 0-0 to 0-3 behind, Ballygarvan aided by the breeze took the game to Valleys and scored two fine goals from Gary White and Liam Dillon. Points from Dillon, Jack O Halloran and James Browne left Ballygarvan 2-4 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

Turning to face the wind, Ballygarvan lost full back Donal Sweeney with a hand injury to a blatant dangerous pull.  Still they fough manfully and points from Mark O’Callaghan and Liam Dillon left Ballygarvan ahead coming near the end. However Valley’s equalised withy the last puck of the game to deny Ballygarvan a victory that they would have deserved.

On a positive note Ballygarvan handed junior league debuts to Jack O’Halloran, Matthew Thomas, Emmet Ahern and Tim O’Halloran, all under 18 years old. However the night was soured by the thuggery on Donal Sweeney, who has a broken bone in his hand as a result.

Team. Peter Murphy; Matthew Thomas, Donal Sweeney, Emmet Ahern; William O’Halloran, Derry O’Sullivan, Mark O’Callaghan; James Browne, Robert Bouse; David O’Sullivan, Alan Murphy, Liam Dillon; Denis O’Regan, Michael Dowd, Jack O’Halloran. Subs used: Gary White,John Spillane, Jack Murphy, Shane O’Leary, Tim O’Hallora. Subs not used. Stephen Dunne, Gaoirid Dunton, Michael Brady.


GAA launches Inclusion Strategy

April 9: GAA launches Inclusion Strategy

 The GAA, in conjunction with Ladies Gaelic Football and the Camogie Association, today launched its Inclusion and Integration Strategy 2009-2015 at Croke Park in the company of Mr. Conor Lenihan TD who underlined the government’s support for the project.

The aim of the strategy is to offer an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone to participate in our games and in our culture.

GAA President Nickey Brennan stressed the significance of the event and the strategy itself at what was one of the last public appearances of his three-year tenure.

He said: “Initiatives such as this are of utmost importance and this topic was one of the 11 we highlighted in our Strategic, Vision and Action Plan which we unveiled last November.

“Sport and the cultural offshoots of our association provide a perfect vehicle for us to welcome those who might not be familiar with our games and past times allowing them to integrate with those who are already immersed in these activities, especially at a young age. Sport has a huge role to play in tackling barriers and divisions.

“While we may sometimes take the association, our games and the influence they have on wider society for granted, we should remember that there may be a demystifying and educational process required to allow those from non-traditional GAA backgrounds to access our games and activities to the full.

“The aim of this strategy has to be to encourage people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, nationalities and religious backgrounds, living in Ireland, to feel comfortable enough to get involved with the GAA and that’s the goal we will be working towards through this strategy.”

Also in attendance for today’s strategy launch were Helen O’Rourke, Ard Stiúrthóir of Ladies Gaelic Football and Joan O’Flynn, President of the Camogie Association.

Both associations lent their support to an initiative that they hope will lead to a more open and inclusive association – one that can have a positive influence on wider society.

Pat Quill President of Ladies Gaelic Football said, “The ethnic diversity of modern Ireland presents so many opportunities for our country and sporting organisations. The wider GAA family must welcome non-Irish nationals with open arms and we need to examine all measures to ensure this process continues apace so that our sport continues to be representative of the whole country.”

Joan O’Flynn added: “For the Camogie Association, the Inclusion and Integration Strategy is a statement of intent of our commitment to reach out and promote the positive inclusion of groups who may be under-represented amongst our players, membership and supporters and to identify and work to overcome barriers that may inhibit some groups from getting involved in Camogie either as players, members or supporters.”