Happy New Year
We want to wish all our members a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
The Late George Alexander
We said goodbye last Thursday, 28th December, to a great club man and true Gael, George Alexander. George was instrumental in helping to reform the club in 1977. In 1979, when the club won the Junior League and Fr. Macken Cup against Milltown and Bunbrosna respectively, George played at full forward scoring important goals in both finals. In 1986, he was a selector when the club won the Junior Football Championship for the first time since 1940, bridging a 46 year gap. He created a piece of history in 1991 when he lined out alongside his son, Gordon, in an Intermediate B league game against Maryland. After his retirement, he always remained actively involved in the club, supporting the team and helping out in any way he could. George, through his business, sponsored the 2005 team that captured County and Provincial Junior club football honours. George will be sadly missed by all who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this sad time. May he Rest in Peace.
The club has appointed Ray Sheridan as team manager for the upcoming season. Ray is originally from Finea but he now resides in Tyrrellspass and he has played football for both sides. We want to wish Ray the very best of luck as he undertakes his new role. We also want to thank last years manager, Kevin Meehan, for all his time and effort and we wish Kevin well into the future.
Scór na nÓg Leinster Final
We are proud to say that our club is representing our county in two competitions in this years Leinster Finals which take place on Sunday 14th January in the Wexford Opera House. Jemma Seery competes in the solo-singing discipline while Shane King takes to the stage in the recitation competition. Both of these young contenders have many years of Scór participation in front of them so it is a magnificent achievement to have reached the provincial final. However, both are as cool as cucumbers and we're sure they will perform excellently in Wexford. We wish them both the very best of luck.
Our 8th Annual Townland League takes place on Sunday 21st January. Junior Games start at 12 noon and the Senior games start at 2pm. There will be refreshments throughout the day. This tournament has been a great way to start off our year since 2011. One of the main organisers of the league was our dear friend Eoin Miller. It was Eoin's idea to involve all of the pupils in Ballinagore NS in a project to create a collage of the townlands and landmarks around Ballinagore which helped develop the kids association with their village and their club to this day. Let us all come out on the 21st of January to support the day, remember Eoin and celebrate community and club!
Off the Field Activities
With many making New Year resolutions to get into shape and get fit, then there are a number of activities taking place in the club to assist. Our walking track is available to members at any time during daylight hours and also under lights on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 19:30. Pilates classes are commencing shortly in January on Friday evenings, schedule will be on text and Facebook. Finally, our fully equipped gym is another ideal option at very reasonable annual rates. Contact the club email, [email protected], text the club phone on 087 9211448 or ask any club member for details.
Membership subs for the upcoming year are now due and we urge members to renew as soon as possible to help us complete the registration process in time. Annual membership rates are as follows: Adult players with gym €70; student players with gym €50; social membership €30; Gym - non-playing adult €90; Gym - non-playing student €70; Gym - Couple €150; Gym - Family is couple rate plus €50 per additional family member. Remember, you are not insured on club premises or in games if you have not paid your membership.
National Club Draw 2018
Tickets are now available for this years draw. This great draw is fully sponsored by Croke Park, it's primary purpose is to assist in clubs drive to raise much needed funds to aid the development and promotion of our games. We are asking for everybody in the locality to support us as we try to sell our tickets. Tickets will be available through players and members so even if you're not at home when callers arrive over the next few weeks, you can support the club by contacting any member.
The club extends its deepest sympathy to the Prendergast and Cowley families on the sad passing of Billy Prendergast. May he Rest in Peace.
Congratulations to former footballer, David Deegan, and Sharon Heeney who tied the knot over the festive season. We wish both the very best of luck in their married life together. Congratulations also to Claire Heduan and Graham Jackson who recently got engaged. We send our best wishes to Michael and Cathy Ennis on the birth of their baby daughter, Lily Mai, a most wonderful early Chrismas present! Congratulations to club footballer, Paddy Ennis, who celebrated his 21st birthday over the Christmas in Mahons with a large gathering of family and friends.
We are starting our 5K Saturday morning walk from this Saturday. Meeting at 9:30am in Mahons Car park this year as construction work has started in the school. All fitness levels welcome, please wear hi-viz clothing.
A foundation course for new referees will take place in TEG Cusack Park in January 2018. To register for this course please contact the referees' co-ordinator at [email protected] Participants will be notified of exact dates and times once they have registered. We would urge any members who are interested to please register for this course.
Macra Table Quiz
Ballinagore Macra are holding their annual table quiz with quizmaster, Mick Heeney, on Friday 19th January at 21:30 in Mahons.
Community Text Alert
A Text Alert Service has been commenced for the Kilbeggan District in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and you are invited to join. Application forms are available at SWEETS Kilbeggan and at Castletown Geoghegan Post Office. Registration fee €10. There is strength in numbers so please join the service and help spread the word.