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Chasing Childhood Dreams in Pairc Josie – Guest post by Michael Gallagher @MaudComms

Chasing Childhood Dreams in Pairc Josie

Originally posted on https://meanderingmaud.wordpress.com/

Words by Michael Gallagher

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older

Tom Stoppard

Those of us who have yet to grow up revel in the dreams, ambitions and possibilities of childhood! On Wednesday, on grassy Castlebar rectangles, hundreds of children went in search of their fondest dreams in the company of even fonder friends.

The sun blazing out of the heavens meant that anyone at a loose end might be summoned to the bog but there were no thoughts of winter fuel resources in Castlebar – all that mattered was the ball, that perfect round, bouncy ball.

A batch of Cuman na mBunscol semi-finals were scheduled for this sun-splashed day – a batch of contests between young footballers dreaming of a place in the final and the chance to strut their stuff on the hallowed turf of MacHale Park.

I love Cuman na mBunscol football for the exciting, joyous, flowing, fabulous football – I hate it because it yields sadness for half the contestants. I wish everyone could experience the happiness of winning, but sadly life isn’t like that.

They came from the edge of the ocean and the butt of the mountains, from towns and villages and everywhere in between. They came with their friends, their coaches, teachers and families with the desire to strut their stuff on the big stage and show how much they’ve learned.

After a winter of chilled fingers and biting winds the young stars were greeted by stunning sunshine in Castlebar.

The first boots to grace Pairc Josie Munnelly on Wednesday morning belonged to the girls of Cogaula and Derrinabroc, both clad in their famed green and white shirts. Cogaula lost the toss and wore bibs but that was all they lost – despite a spirited and determined effort from Derrinabroc, it was the Islandeady students who progressed to the final.

On the adjacent pitch, Errew and Cloonliffen boys were immersed in a match where some of the skills on view took the breath away. The movement of the forwards and the excellence of both goalkeepers was a joy to behold. Errew eventually came out on top as the sun danced in the sky and more buses arrived.

On the top pitch, the scarlet jerseys of Aghamore jousted with the boys in the royal blue of Killala. A big crowd packed the sideline as classy forwards strutted their stuff. Killala were gallant and proud but Aghamore were a little more clinical in attack.

Nearby, the boys of Currbaggan and Balla were warming up. The North-Mayo contingent looked good as they stretched the sinews while the boys in the maroon of PW Nally’s native place went through drills on the opposite side of the pitch.

Back on Pitch 1, there was Gaeilge in the air as the cailíní of Eachleim were taking on Gordjordan and the Erris girls were moving well. They were backed by every child in the school – Eachleim were in Castlebar in force. Learning isn’t confined to the classroom and that thought process was exhibited brilliantly on the green grass of Pairc Josie.

Gortjordan mounted a superb second half fightback but the Gaeltacht girls were too far ahead at that stage.

Back on Pitch 2, the boys of Glencastle and Straide were showing what they could do. Glencastle had the best of the early running but Straide were conceding little and slowly worked their way into the game.

On the top pitch it seemed as if Mayo were taking on Kilkenny but it was actually the boys of Parke and Kilmaine. The Black and Amber were making the most of their good start and their phalanx of fans were enjoying their day in the sun.

At this stage Currabaggan and Balla were immersed in their battle. The Knockmore side were enjoying a large percentage of possession but found the Balla backline very hard to break down and the boys in maroon were growing in confidence.

Nearby, Kilmaine were launching a fightback but Parke refused to panic as shrieks and screams rang around the famous patches of grass.

The girls from Aghamore had gathered in a circle for last-minute instructions as the final moments of a thriller between Glencastle and Straide were being played out.

“Kick it in lads” – “One last push” echoed from the sideline but when the final whistle sounded the referee said the scores were tied and extra time was on the cards.

Straide began the added period impressively. They had the ball in the net in the opening seconds, but the umpire called in the referee and nobody was quite sure whether the score stood or not as a group of Eachleim girls passed by “looking for Casey’s tooth.”

Reality wasn’t as dramatic as their commentary had suggested. Casey was a very young supporter and the tooth was one designed to be collected by the Tooth Fairy – it hadn’t suddenly vacated her gum in the midst of a feisty football match.

On Pitch 1, the boys of Derrinabroc and Murrisk were immersed in an almighty contest. The fervour and passion on view was eye-watering and those on the sideline were enthralled.

Nearby an Ardagh mother was imparting very wise words – “Ye’ve done brilliantly to get this far, so go out and enjoy it.” The receptors of the advice were getting ready for their meeting with the Aghamore girls while Glencastle and Straide still battled through extra-time.

Glencastle were powering forward as their traveling army urged them on and when the final whistle sounded the Erris contingent readied themselves for another bout of added time but it wasn’t to be.

The goal early in extra time had not been disallowed and Straide were in the final with three points to spare. The fine Straide team celebrated while Glencastle were dumbstruck.

Meanwhile on the back pitch a Currabaggan goal unleashed scenes of wild delight but few had any notion of the scoreline. “There’s three points in it, but I’m not sure whether we’re winning or losing,” a Knockmore father exclaimed, while one of the substitutes remarked that the parents from both sides were getting very excited – “You can’t bring them anywhere,” he explained wistfully.

A big cheer from Pitch 1 hailed victory for Murrisk as former Mayo attacker Michael Conroy arrived to cast an eye over the future stars and the girls of Knock and Currabaggan came out to play.

Both sides have strong history in the competition and three goals in quick succession had Knock in an early lead.

Up on the top pitch, the Aghamore girls were two points clear of Ardagh at half time and an exciting second half was anticipated as the girls from Carrowholly arrived.

Down on Pitch 2, a stormer was taking place between the girls from Cloonliffen and Ballyheane. Some of the skills on view were absolutely top-class and it was hard to separate them early on.

A big crowd had gathered at Pitch 1 as Bangor and Facefield prepared for their semi-final. The same two schools had met 12 months previously at the same stage with Bangor emerging victorious but there was nothing between them as they prepared for the 2018 episode.

On the top pitch two goals in quick succession had given Aghamore a decided advantage as one of their nerve-jangled fathers urged the ref to ‘blow it up.’

Meanhwhile on the back pitch, current Mayo star Sarah Mulvihill’s words had encouraged Currabaggan girls to roar back into contention and lead by seven points at half time.

The noise coming from Pitch 1 was drawing observers towards the action between Bangor and Facefield. The Erris champions led by four at half time but nobody was counting chickens or any other feathered friends at that stage.

On Pitch 2, the girls of Ballyheane needed extra time to squeeze by the wonderful footballers from Cloonliffen. If ever a game exhibited the horror of losing this was it. My heart went out to them.

Nearby, the goalkeepers of Lahardane and Midfield were excelling as half time arrived with the Nephin girls just one point ahead.

Nearby, a star-studded attacking display was edging the Kilmaine girls into their final despite the very best efforts of Carrowholly.

Back on Pitch 1, a big cheer signalled a late goal for Bangor but when the final whistle sounded Facefield were a point in front and were on their way to the final.

The final game of the day between Lahardane and Midfield continued and the momentum was beginning to swing towards the girls from the Titanic Village. Lahardane’s powerful defensive department and classy forward play was hard to beat despite the gallant efforts of the girls in Black and Red and the Nephin girls booked a place in the final.

Soon, the buses were headed for home, ferrying tired footballers back to their kingdoms. It had been a very special day in Castlebar.

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A full round up of the day’s results is here

Finals for these teams take place next Monday – Fixtures here

 

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Here’s the line up for the @AllianzIreland Cuamnn na mBunscol Football Finals (Divs 2B, 3, 4 & 5) | May 28th

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Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo Football Finals | May 28th, 2018 

MacHale Park, Castlebar

Divisions 2B, 3, 4 & 5 | Boys & Girls

2.30  Division 5 Girls: Eachléim v Coguala

5 a side. 10 minutes per half

Referee: John O Boyle    Line: Liam Higgins & Pat Dowling

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3.15  Division 5 Boys: Murrisk v Facefield

7 a side. 12 minutes per half

Referee: Liam Higgins   Line: John O Boyle & Pat Dowling

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4.00 Division 3 Boys: Aghamore v Parke  

9 a side. 15 minutes per half

Referee: Pat Dowling    Line: Martin Walshe & Liam Higgins

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4.45  Division 4 Boys: Errew v Straide

7 a side. 15 minutes per half

Referee: Martin Walshe   Line: Shane Corcoran & Jimmy Feeney

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5.30 Division 3 Girls: Aghamore v Kilmaine

7 a side. 15 minutes per half

Referee: Jimmy Feeney   Line: Martin Walshe & Mick Herr

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6.15  Division 2B Girls: Currabaggan v Myna(Kilmeena)

9 a side. 15 minutes per half

Referee: Shane Corcoran Line: Mel Kenny & Mick Herr

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7.00 Division 2B Boys: Balla v Knockrooskey

11 a side          20 minutes per half

Referee:  Mick Herr  Line: Shane Corcoran & Mel Kenny

Results from all today’s @AllianzIreland Cumann na mBunscol Football Semis:

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Results from today’s Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo Football Semi Finals

(More finals being played tomorrow – May 24th).

Finals for divisions 3, 4 and 5 to be played on May 28th. Divisions 1 & 2 will be played on May 7th. Fixtures will issue over the coming days.

 

D5 Girls

Coguala bt. Dernabroc

Eachléim bt. Gortjordan

D5 Boys

Murrisk bt. Dernabroc

Facefield bt. Bangor

 

D4 Boys

Errew bt. Cloonliffen

Straide bt. Glencastle

D4 Girls

Ballyheane bt. Cloonliffen

Lahardaune bt. Midfield

 

D3 Boys

Aghamore bt. Killala

Parke bt. Kilmaine

D3 Girls

Aghamore bt. Ardagh

Kilmaine bt. Carrowholly

 

D2(B) Boys

Balla bt. Currabaggan

 

D2(B) Girls

Currabaggan bt. Knock

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Finally….A few pics from our exhibition during Mayo v Galway – May 13th!

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Well done to all who participated in our pre-game exhibition during the Mayo/Galway Connacht Championship quarter final. 20 young footballers (and 2 “Young Whistlers”) from schools all over Mayo had the wonderful opportunity to display their skills in front of nearly 30,000 spectators.

Thanks to Mayo GAA for sponsoring gear, Connacht GAA for facilitating our games and to the Mayo GAA Games Development Officers for helping with the running of our games. Thanks to all the Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo teachers (and our colleagues across the boarder in Gaillimh) who made this day so successful!

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Mayo Girls:

  1. Cáit McNulty – SN Béal a Bhuláin
  2. Colma Ní Ruain – SN na hÉachléime
  3. Aisling O Connor – The Neale NS
  4. Mia Tighe – Ballycastle NS
  5. Hannah Prendergast – Errew NS
  6. Ava Kelly – Newport NS
  7. Siobhán Redmond – Bohola NS
  8. Aisling Cummins – Gaelscoil de Búrca
  9. Leigha Hamilton – St. Attracta’s NS, Ballaghderreen
  10. Gráinne Moran – The Quay NS, Ballina

Mayo Boys:

  1. Conor Dwyer – Craggagh NS
  2. Kyle Gibbons – Louisburgh NS
  3. Liam Henry – Claremorris BNS
  4. Liam Frain – Kilmovee NS
  5. Seán Seoighe – SN Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
  6. Cathal Keaveney – Ballyvary NS
  7. Colm McHale – Straide NS
  8. Thomas Tighe – Glencastle NS
  9. Tiernan Tighe – The Quay NS, Ballina
  10. Elliot Mac Né – SN Sáile

Young whistlers: Fahy NS

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Finals | May 31st | MacHale Park

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Finals

May 31st

MacHale Park

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Thu, 31 May, Venue: Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (Division 4 Final),

Fahy NS (Wesport) V Cloonlyon NS 13:45,

Ref: John E Burke
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Thu, 31 May, Venue: Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (Division 3 (7-a-side) Final),

Taugheen NS V Straide NS 14:45,

Ref: Paddy Carney

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Thu, 31 May, Venue: Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (Division 2 (9-a-side) Final),

Ballyvary NS V Kilmovee NS 15:45,

Ref: Conall O’Domhnaill

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Thu, 31 May, Venue: Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (Division 1 (11-a-side) Final),

Gaelscoil Na Cruaiche (Westport) V Tooreen NS 16:45,

Ref: Eadhmon Mac Suibhne

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Could participating schools please email in their list of players and a picture for the program. Try and make sure the players wear the same number as listed for press purposes.

Adrian Hession

adrian.hession.gpo.mayo@gaa.ie

 

 

 

 

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football County Semi-Finals | May 23/24/29

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football County Semi Finals

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Below please find schedule for upcoming semi-finals in Castlebar. As you will note some results are still outstanding and I will notify you of those as soon as they are made known to me. Your contact for the day will be Billy McNicholas who may be contacted at 0872497407.
 
We will be providing a photographer each day, so make sure you get a team photograph taken before each game. These will be required for the match day programmes on finals day. Unfortunately, it is necessary to procure parental consent in respect of the photographs (GDPR) and the onus is on each school to procure this consent and ensure that only children in respect of whom consent has been obtained are included in the photographs. All participating schools have been sent an email with a consent form n the event that your school has not already obtained parental consent to photography and use of photographs.
We also require a brief synopsis from each school of their team (numbered as appearing on the day), an outline of their participation in the competition and any other relevant information regarding the team or its school.  We will need this from EACH team as soon as possible AND NO LATER THAN 6.00PM TUESDAY EVENING 22ND MAY. These paragraphs MUST be emailed to JAMES FEENEY at jamesfeeney@hotmail.com. We are asking all  of you to submit the paragraphs eventhough only the qualifying teams will be included in the programme for the finals being played on Monday 28th May and 7th June but we must receive the information as quickly as possible in order to have the programmes drafted and printed on time for the finals.
We also remind you all to respect the decisions made by referees who are fully entitled to ask a player, parent or teacher to leave the pitch should they consider it appropriate. No one is permitted behind the goals. No gum-shield, no game.
Finally please return all trophies to myself, Neil Reilly, Billy McNicholas or James Feeney as soon as possible. I am happy to meet with anyone in and around the Castlebar area to facilitate collection of trophies.(087 1318795).
Best of luck to everyone,
Neil Reilly, Secretary
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Cumann na mBunscol

Divisions 3, 4, 5 & 2B semi-finals (Now Complete – See Results)

Wednesday May 23rd Castlebar

Pitch 1 (Jodie Munnelly) – Division 5

Time Division Team 1                         V Team 2 Pitch/Officials
10:30 D5 Girls

Less than cross pitch

Coguala Dernabroc Referee – John O Boyle

Linesman- Martin Walshe

5-a-side 10 mins a half

11:15 D5 Girls

Less than cross pitch

Eachléim Gortjordan Referee – Martin Walshe

Linesman- John O Boyle

5-a-side 10 mins a half

12:00 D5 Boys

Cross pitch

Murrisk Dernabroc Referee – John O Boyle

Linesman- Mick Herr

7-a-side 12 mins a half

12:45 D5 Boys

Cross pitch

Bangor Facefield Referee – Mick Herr

Linesman- Martin Walshe

7-a-side 12 mins a half

Pitch 2 (Jodie Munnelly)  – Division 4

Time Division Team 1                         V Team 2 Pitch/Officials
10:30 D4 Boys

Cross pitch

Errew Cloonliffen Referee – Pat Dowling

Linesman-  Jimmy Feeney

7-a-side 15 mins a half

11:15 D4 Boys

Cross pitch

Straide Glencastle Referee – Mel Kenny

Linesman- Peter Geraghty

7-a-side 15 mins a half

12:00 D4 Girls

Cross pitch

Ballyheane Cloonliffen Referee –  Peter Geraghty

Linesman- Mel Kenny

6-a-side 12 mins a half

12:45 D4 Girls

Cross pitch

Midfield Lahardaune Referee – Mel Kenny

Linesman-  Peter Geraghty

6-a-side 12 mins a half

Pitch 3 (Top Pitch) – Division 3

10:30 D3 Boys

Cross pitch

Aughamore Killala Referee – Shane Corcoran

Linesman- Liam Higgins

9-a-side 15 mins a half

11:15 D3 Boys

Cross pitch

Kilmaine Parke Referee – Shane Corcoran

Linesman- Mick Herr

9-a-side 15 mins a half

12:00 D3 Girls

Cross pitch

Aghamore Ardagh Referee – Liam Higgins

Linesman- Shane Corcoran

7-a-side 15 mins a half

12:45 D3 Girls

Cross pitch

Kilmaine Carrowholly Referee – Liam Higgins

Linesman- Shane Corcoran

7-a-side 15 mins a half

Pitch 4 (Back Pitch)  – 2B

11:15 D2B Boys

20m line to 20m line

20m narrower

Currabaggan Balla Referee – Pat Dowling

Linesman- Jimmy Feeney

11-a-side 20 mins a half

12:15 D2B Girls

20m line to 20 m line

20m narrower

Currabaggan Knock Referee – Jimmy Feeney

Linesman- Pat Dowling

9-a-side 15 mins a half

Cumann na mBunscol

Divisions 1, 1B, 2 & 2B semi-finals

Thursday May 24th 2018 Castlebar

 

Pitch1 – (Josie Munnelly)

Time Division Team 1                         V Team 2 Pitch/Officials
10:45 D1 Girls

13m line to 13m line

Westport Ballaghaderreen Referee – John O Boyle

Linesman- Martin Walshe

11-a-side 15 mins a half

11:30 D1B Boys

13m line to 13m line

Westport Ballaghaderreen Referee – Mick Herr

Linesman- John O Boyle

15-a-side 25 mins a half

 

Pitch 2 (Top pitch)

Time Division Team 1                         V Team 2 Pitch / Officials
10:40 D2  Boys

20m line to 20 m line

20m narrower

Crossmolina Ballindine Referee – Jimmy Feeney

Linesman-Peter Geraghty

11-a-side 20 mins a half

11:30 D2  Boys

20m line to 20 m line

20m narrower

Bekan Quay, Westport Referee – Peter Geraghty

Linesman- Jimmy Feeney

11-a-side 20 mins a half

12:20 D2B  Boys

20m line to 20 m line

20m narrower

Tooreen Knockrooskey Referee- Mel Kenny

Linesman- Pat Dowling

11-a-side 20 mins a half

 

Pitch 3 (Back pitch)

Time Division Team 1                         V Team 2 Pitch/Officials
10:45 D2B  Girls

20m line to 20m line

20m narrower

Tooreen Kilmeena Referee – Mick Herr

Linesman- Liam Higgins

9-a-side 15 mins a half

11:40 D2 Girls

20m line to 20 m line

20m narrower

Crossmolina Gaelscoil de Búrca Referee – Liam Higgins

Linesman- Shane Corcoran

9-a-side 15 mins a half

12:35 D2  Girls

20m line to 20 m line

20m narrower

Bekan Newport/ G na Cruaiche Referee – Shane Corcoran

Linesman- Liam Higgins

9-a-side 15 mins a half

 

Division 1 & 1B semi-finals being played in Castlebar on Tuesday 29th May 2018

Pitch 1 (Top pitch)

Time Division Team 1                         V Team 2 Pitch/Officials
10:40 D1B Boys

13m line to 13m line

Scoil Raifteirí Quay, Ballina Referee –  Shane Corcoran

Linesman- John O Boyle

15-a-side 25 mins a half

11:40 D1 Boys

13m line to 13m line

Claremorris BNS Foxford Referee – John O Boyle

Linesman-  Shane Corcoran

15-a-side 25 mins a half

12:40 D1B Girls

13m line to 13m

Ballyhaunis Foxford Referee – Shane Corcoran Linesman-  John O Boyle

11-a-side 15 mins a half

 

Castlebar Tuesday 29th – Pitch 2 (Back pitch)

Time Division Team 1                         V Team 2 Pitch/Officials
10:40 D1B Girls

13m line to 13m line

Scoil Raifteirí Culleens Referee –  Mel Kenny

Linesman- Pat Dowling

11-a-side 15 mins a half

11:40 D1 Girls

13m line to 13m line

Breaffy, Castlebar Quay, Ballina Referee – Pat Dowling

Linesman- Mel Kenny

11 -a-side 15 mins a half

12:30 D1 Boys

13m line to 13m line

St. Pat’s BNS, Castlebar Culleens/ Breaffy, Ballina Referee –  Mel Kenny

Linesman- Pat Dowling

15-a-side 25 mins a half

 

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo Exhibition teams for @MayoGAA v Galway | May 13th

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Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí”

 Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo is delighted to continue its exhibition game programme in the 2018 Champsionship competition. Children from all over Mayo and Galway have a unique opportunity to represent their schools, parishes and County in McHale Park today and we are extremely thankful to the Mayo County Board for their continued support of this programme. Many of the senior footballers performing here today began their footballing career as Cumann na mBunscol players and we very much hope that some of the school players here today will one day represent County Mayo as senior players.

Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo strives to promote all Gaelic games in our schools to include football, hurling, rounders, handball and sports quizzes. Our competitions are growing in popularity each year and allow children from all schools to participate and develop their skills in these games. Our football and small school blitzes offer smaller schools an opportunity to try new games in a friendly non-competitive environment. We wish to acknowledge and thank the great efforts of so many teachers in the County and all those who help us in any way to promote our Gaelic games.

 Today we are excited to welcome and introduce to you the following young players:-

Mayo Girls:

  1. Cáit McNulty – SN Béal a Bhuláin
  2. Colma Ní Ruain – SN na hÉachléime
  3. Aisling O Connor – The Neale NS
  4. Mia Tighe – Ballycastle NS
  5. Hannah Prendergast – Errew NS
  6. Ava Kelly – Newport NS
  7. Siobhán Redmond – Bohola NS
  8. Aisling Cummins – Gaelscoil de Búrca
  9. Leigha Hamilton – St. Attracta’s NS, Ballaghderreen
  10. Gráinne Moran – The Quay NS, Ballina

Mayo Boys:

  1. Conor Dwyer – Craggagh NS
  2. Kyle Gibbons – Louisburgh NS
  3. Liam Henry – Claremorris BNS
  4. Liam Frain – Kilmovee NS
  5. Seán Seoighe – SN Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
  6. Cathal Keaveney – Ballyvary NS
  7. Colm McHale – Straide NS
  8. Thomas Tighe – Glencastle NS
  9. Tiernan Tighe – The Quay NS, Ballina
  10. Elliot Mac Né – SN Sáile

Young whistlers: Fahy NS

Neil Reilly, Secretary Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo 2018

Important dates for May/June

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Dates for Cumann na mBunscol Finals for 2018 for Main Pitch at McHale Park

 

Date Fixtures Times
Monday 28th of May 2018 Cumann na mBunscol Division 3 to 5 Finals 1pm to 8.30pm
Thursday the 31st of May 2018 Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Finals 12pm to 6pm
Thursday the 7th of June 2018 Cumann na mBunscol Division 1 & 2 Finals 12pm to 8.30pm
Wednesday the 20th of June 2018 Cumann na mBunscol Small Schools Blitz 10am to 3pm

Small Schools Activities Day Connacht GAA CoE Bekan – Wed, June 13th

Rounders:

  • May 24th Breaffy (FULL)
  • May 30th Bekan (FULL)
  • May 31st Kilmeena

“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).

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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.

  

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