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April 2018

“Mini 7s Glory for Ballyvary and Newport” – Report by Austin Garvin of @MayoNewsSport

INTO/Cumann na mBunscol Mini 7s County Finals

Glory for Ballyvary and Newport

Austin Garvin – The Mayo News

There was success for Ballyvary National School for the first time ever in the Boys final and for Newport NS in the girls decider when the Cumann na mBunscol finals were decided at the Connacht GAA Centre on Friday last.

As usual both finals produced some thrilling fare, with the boy’s decider in particular serving up arguably one of the best games in the competition for many a long day.

Ballyvary National School 3-7

The Quay, Ballina 3-3

This was a game for the ages! What a privilege to be in attendance at what must rate as one of the best finals to grace this competition.

The standard of play was such that one wanted it to go on indefinitely.

From start to finish the pace was unrelenting with both sides’ producing some magnificent football. It was so good that one seasoned spectator on arriving late enquired if the teams were post-primary school students, rather than national school pupils.

Both sides must be complimented for their command of the latent skills of the game; certainly on the basis of what unfolded here the future of the game is secure in the county well into the future.

Competition specialists the Quay started with all guns blazing and looked as if they were going to win pulling up.

Goals from Paraic Gavin, Mikey Cadden and Peter Barrett gave them a great start. A point from Colm Lynch was Ballyvary’s sole reply.

As the game evolved, Ballyvary found a way to prevent the dangerous Ballina forwards from penetrating their close-knit defence.

During the ensuing play, the winners’ played some thrilling football culminating in them scoring 3-4 to a single point.

Team captain Colm Keaveney scored two goals, with Colm Lynch adding the other. Keaveney landed two points, with Seán McGee and Jack Morley adding one apiece.

Livewire Tiernan Tighe raised a white flag for the losing side just before the break.

Ballyvary lead at half time by 3-5 to 3-2

The pace never flagged in the second period, with both defences giving an exhibition of defending at its best. This was the main reason the scores dried up to a large extent, rather than any falling off in the standard of forward play.

The likes of Jack Morley (son of Mayo u-17 manager Tomás) and Rory- Lowe Walsh were terrific in deploying last-ditch blocks to deny a dangerous Ballina side scores.

Considering the quality of the forward talent on view, the teams could only muster three points between them during the half.

Colm Keaveney kicked one for the winners’, with Jack Morley supplying the other.

Seán Fitzpatrick sauntered forward to register Ballina’s final score of an enthralling contest.

Despite an almighty effort from a talented Ballina side, Ballyvary held on for their first ever title at this level.

In keeping with the sporting nature of the game, the Ballina mentors were the first to congratulate them.

Speaking to the Mayo News afterwards, Ballyvary joint-manager John Cloherty felt that overall balance was the determining factor in deciding the destination of the title.

Mr Danny Charlton, PRO of Cumann na mBunscol, presented the trophy to Cathal Keaveney, captain of the Ballyvary team.

Ballyvary team;

Bobby Canning;

Jack Morley (0-2), Rory -Lowe Walsh;

Cathal Keaveney (2-3), Dylan Carroll;

Seán McGee (0-1), Colm Lynch (1-1).

The Quay panel;

Richard Loftus;

James Kenny; Mickey Cadden (1-0);

Paraic Gavin (1-0), Seán Fitzpatrick (0-1);

Peter Barrett (1-0), Tiernan Tighe (0-2).

Ben Thornton; Robert Murphy; Ruben Gillespie.

Referee; John Boyle (Mayo Gaels).

Newport National School 6-7

Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca 2-3

From a very early stage of this final it became obvious that Newport carried too much firepower for a gallant Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca side.

They were better-balanced and scored goals at vital stages of a decider that produced some fine football.

The losing side are very young, with many of them eligible for the competition next season, and for that reason they shouldn’t be disappointed to lose out to an above average Newport side.

Newport was very well-schooled and had no apparent weaknesses. Collectively and individually, they possessed a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of the game. Their ability to eke out scores quite easily marked them out as worthy-winners of the coveted title.

They started impressively, with one of their outstanding performers Aba Palasz hitting the net in the opening minutes.

Ellie Nic Uidhir replied with two minors for the Claremorris School. For a while it looked as if the vanquished side would offer stiff resistance. However, as the play progressed, the class of the winners’ surfaced.

Hannah Sheehy notched another goal after Aba Palasz delivered a lovely pass to her.

Sheehy, Aoibhean Chambers (0-2), and Aba Kelly added points, to leave Newport ahead by 2-4 to 0-2 at half-time.

It could have been more but for the excellence of the Gael Scoil goalkeeper Naoise Ní Ifearnáin.

The game practically ended as a contest in the opening minutes of the new half when Aoibhean Chambers and Hannah Sheehy raised green flags for a Newport team that showcased their vast repertoire of skills.

The losing side remained competitive with Ashling Ní Choimín drawing a great save from Elana Chambers in the Newport goal.

Aba Palasz scored two further goals for the rampant winners together with two minors. Team captain Aba Kelly also pointed a free to leave them out of reach.

Just before the end, Ashling Ní Choimín and Sienna Ní Cheallaigh scored goals for the losing side to put a more respectable look on the scoreboard.

Aba Kelly, captain of the winning team accepted the cup on behalf of the winning team.

Newport panel;

Elana Chambers;

Elana McDonnell, Rachel Knox;

Aba Kelly (0-2), Aba Palasz (3-3);

Aoibhean Chambers (1-1), Hannah Sheehy (2-1).

Carla Palasz; Aisleigh White; Anna Chambers; Alice Chambers; Ellie O’Malley.

Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca panel

Naoise Ní Ifearnáin;

Amber Ní Choileáin,Ellie Nic Uidhir (0-3);

Siomha Nic an Ultaigh, Eabhna Ní Fhionnachta;

Cara Ní Uigín Amy Ní Choimín;

Ashling Ní Choimín (1-0): Sienna Ní Cheallaigh (1-0); Isobel Nic Philib.

Referee; Peter Geraghty (Swinford).


Earlier in the day, in the boys’ semi-finals, Ballyvary defeated Craggagh/Straide, while Quay Ballina edged out Claremorris BNS. Over in the girls’ semi-finals, Newoprt overcame St Attracta’s (Ballaghaderren) and Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca defeated Quay Ballina.

We would like to extend our thanks to our referees Peter and John and Connacht GAA for the use of their wonderful facilities. Special thanks to Mayo GAA Games Manager, Billy McNicholas, for running events on the day.


It’s down to the Final 4! Mini 7s Semis and Finals details:

INTO/Cumann na mBunscol Mini 7s Football Finals 2018


One of the biggest days of the Cumann na mBunscol calendar is upon us again as schools from all corners of Mayo descend upon the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence for the INTO Mini 7s Football Finals.
The girls will get proceedings underway at 11am, while the boys’ semi-finals throw in at 11:30am. The girls’ final will take place at 12pm while the boys’ decider will begin at 12:30pm.
Friday April 27th – Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence
Girls’ semi finals: Throw in 11.00 am
Pitch 1 – St Attracta’s, Ballaghaderreen v Newport
Pitch 2 – Gaelscoil de Burca v The Quay NS ( Ballina)
Girls’ Final to throw in at 12.00pm
Boys’ semi finals: Throw in 11.30 am
Pitch 1 – Ballyvary v Craggagh/Straide
Pitch 2 – Claremorris BNS v The Quay NS (Ballina)
Boys’ Final to throw in at 12.30pm
Games are 7 mins a half. If a game ends in a draw a further 2 mins a half of extra time is to be played. If still even after extra time a further 2 mins a half is to be played until we have a winner.
The game is likely to be played on astro turf so you might want to keep this in mind when choosing footwear. Don’t forget gumshields.
All kickouts/frees/45s can be taken from the hand.

Cumann na mBunscol Rounders Blitzes – 3 dates in May – Sign up here:


We are holding three rounders blitzes again this summer on the following dates:

  • May 24th – Breaffy GAA
  • May 30th – Centre of Excellence, Bekan (**FULL**)
  • May 31st – Kilmeena GAA


All are welcome, regardless of experience. These are non-competitive, fun days and are all about participation and enjoyment. Please use the form below to sign-up.

Maximum 9 players on the pitch at any one time.

Places are limited, but we will try to accommodate as many as we can. We may run a 4th day if there’s a spill over.


Upcoming Allianz Cumman na mBunscol Hurling Fixtures


Enclosed find details/dates/venues for our upcoming Mayo Cuman na mBunscol hurling blitz days. Please note that the blitzes are starting next Tuesday 24th April so please take note of your schools blitz and put it in your calendar of events. If your date doesn’t suit your school, please ring me to organise a swap to an alternative blitz. Finals date is TBC as we are waiting for McHale Park free dates.

Many thanks to all the teachers, coaches and referees for your help thus far in 2018, and we are looking forward to the action ahead. We have 41 schools taking part this year, which is the highest level of participation we have had in Cuman na mBunscol hurling.


Cúman na mBúnscol Hurling Fixtures 2018

Full rules the same as regular hurling. Girls may play on hurling teams.

Hurling Division 1 (11-a-side):

National School


Aghamore NS Deirdre Bracken
Tooreen NS Mgt Duffy
Claremorris BNS Michael Kenny
Gaelscoil (Westport) Caroline Ni Dhonncha
Brackloon NS Brendan Tunney
Sc Phadraig (Westport) Sean Mulchrone


Blitz games 12 minutes a half.  Teams of 11-a-side. Unlimited substitution. Top team from each blitz qualifies for the final.


Blitz 1: in Aghamore on Thursday 26th April at 11.00am


Co-Ordinator: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Johnny Burke

Teams (3): Aghamore NS, Claremorris BNS & Tooreen NS.

Blitz 2: in Westport on Tuesday 24th April at 11.00

Co-Ordinator: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Conal ODonnaill.

Teams (3): Sc Phadraig (Westport), Brackloon NS & Gaelscoil (Westport).

Final: in McHale Park Castlebar on TBC @ 6pm

Winner Blitz 1 v Winner Blitz 2


Hurling Division 2 (9-a-side):

National School Contact
St Pats (Castlebar) Seamus Devaney
Snugboro (Castlebar) Eamon Shaughnesy
Sc Rafteri (Castlebar) Padraig Heaney
Ballyvary NS Diarmuid Moynihan
Carracastle NS Michael Bracken
Ballyhaunis NS Donal O’Brien
Kilmovee NS Ml Raleigh
Balla NS Paul De Lacy


Blitz games 10 minutes a half. Top team from each blitz to qualify to the Division 2 final. Teams of 9-a-side. Unlimited substitution.

Blitz 1: in Castlebar on Tuesday 1st May @11.00

Co-Ordinators: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Conal O’Donnaill & Ml Mchale

Teams (4): St Pats, Snugboro, Scoil Raifteiri & Ballyvary.

Blitz 2: in Tooreen on Thursday 3rd May @11.00

Co-Ordinator: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Paddy Carney & Johnny Burke

Teams (4): Kilmovee, Ballyhaunis, Carracastle & Balla.  

Final: in McHale Park Castlebar on TBC @ 5.00pm


                           Winner Blitz 1 v Winner Blitz 2

Hurling Division 3 (7-a-side):


National School Contact
Irishtown NS Sean OReilly
Gaelscoil De Burca Maura Dennedy
Taugheen NS Mike Phillips
Robeen NS Edel Canny
Barnacarroll NS Tomas Forde
Claremorris BNS ‘B’ Michael Kenny
Culleens Brian Lawler
Behy NS Pat Cunnane
Tavrane NS Christine
Derrynabroc NS Dermot Dillon
Knock NS Maire Boyle
Straide NS Brid Staunton


Blitz games 10 minutes a half. Top team from each blitz to qualify for Division 3 final. Teams of 7-a-side. Unlimited substitution.


Blitz 1: in Claremorris Town Pitch on Tuesday 8th May @11.00


Co-Ordinator: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Paddy Carney & John Burke

Teams (6): Irishtown, Gaelscoil De Burca, Taugheen, Robeen, Barnacarroll & CBNS ’B’.

Blitz 2: in Ballyvary on Thurs 10th May @11.00

Co-Ordinator: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Michael McHale & Conal ODonnaill

Teams (6): Culleens, Behy, Tavrane, Derrynabroc, Knock & Straide.

Final: in McHale Park, Castlebar on TBC @ 4pm

                            Winner Blitz 1 v Winner Blitz 2

Hurling Division 4 (Small/Beginner Schools 6-a-side):


National School Teacher Phone
Myna NS Mickie Carney
Fahy NS Richard Goggins
Derrywash NS Maria Coyne
Quay (WP) Ciaran Hynes
Mountpleasant NS Franny Glynn
Manulla NS Finnoula Costello
Cloonliffen NS
Ardagh NS Liam Devenney
Meelick NS Debra Convey
Ballaghaderreen NS Damien Connolly
Cloonlyon NS Barry Maguire
Brosna NS Laura Dillon
Logboy NS Karen Ronayne
Bekan NS Brendan OGara
Knockanillo NS Geraldine Durcan


Blitz games 10 minutes a half. Teams of 6-a-side. One team to qualify from each blitz to the Division 4 final. Unlimited substitution. If other schools wish to join in please ring blitz co-ordinator.



Blitz 1: in Westport on Wednesday 16th May @11.00


Co-Ordinators: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Conall O’Donnaill & Ml McHale

Teams (7): Myna, Fahy, Derrywash, Quay, Mountpleasant, Manulla & Cloonliffen.  



Blitz 2: in Ballyvary on Thursday 17th May @11.00


Co-Ordinators: Adrian Hession (087-2450566)

Referee: Paddy Carney & John Burke

Teams (8):          Ardagh, Meelick, Ballaghaderreen, Cloonlyon, Brosna, Logboy, Bekan & Knockanillo.


Final: in McHale Park, Castlebar on TBC @3.00

Winner Blitz 1 v Winner Blitz 2



Results from today’s Mini 7s Hurling and Camogie County Finals

Cumann na mBunscol/INTO Hurling & Camogie Mini 7s County Finals Results


Development Mini7s

A Final


Time: 1 15 PM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: TBC

     Development Mini7s

B Final


Time: 1 15 PM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: TBC

    Development Mini7s



Time: 12 30 PM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: Paddy Carney

      Development Mini7s



Time: 12 30 PM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: TBC

    Girls Camogie Mini7s



Time: 12 00 PM (E.T. Available) , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: Paddy Carney

     Boys Mini7s Hurling

A Final


Time: 11 30 AM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: TBC

    Boys Mini7s Hurling

B Final


Time: 11 30 AM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: TBC

     Boys Mini7s Hurling



Time: 10 45 AM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: John E Burke

     Boys Mini7s Hurling



Time: 10 45 AM , Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

Referee: Michael Mc Hale

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