Club meeting report

November 7, 2018



Ballinrobe GAA Club have formed a special sub-committee to co-ordinate the sale of tickets in the forthcoming Mayo county board draw, which holds significant cash benefits for the club.

The committee comprises Sean Murphy, Michael Keane and Seamus Macken, and they will be calling on club members to buy, and also sell, tickets in the draw.

“This draw is very attractive for the club in that we get 90 per cent of the sales after we pass the threshold of €6,000,” said club secretary Mike Finnerty at last week’s club meeting.

The meeting also heard a presentation from Pat Fitzgerald of Gaelic Telecom, who outlined the benefit to the club of local people transferring their phone services to Gaelic Telecom.

He said Gaelic Telecom was proud of its service to subscribers. The club is to investigate the matter more.

The club has thanked all who helped out with the recent dinner-dance and official opening of the floodlights at Flanagan Park. Special tributes were paid to John Carty, TD, who officially opened the lights, and Monsignor Tom Shannon, PP, who blessed the lights and pitch.

Clonbur referee Brendan Kinneavy, who officiated at the opening of the pitch, was thanked for his efficient handling of the game. Patsy Shaughnessy and his staff on the Rural Employment Scheme, and Francie Feerick, were commended for their work on the pitch in the build-up to the opening.

The ongoing sponsorship of the dinner-dance by AIB was also given praiseworthy mention at the meeting, and special guests John O’Mahony and Kevin McStay were thanked for attending the event.

Club member Kevin Gilrane and his wife Ann were congratulated on the birth of their first child last week, and Kenneth O’Malley was wished all the best in his Mayo career after making his debut in the NFL against Limerick.

Bord na nOg official Gerry O’Malley reported that the U8 and U12 players have commenced coaching sessions. The U12s and U14s will start in the coming weeks. The club is to investigate the possibility of commencing coaching for players aged 5 and 6, and more help will be needed to make this possible.

Liam Horan gave the meeting a report on the progress of the senior team to date.