Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Club Notes - 24th June


Championship 2020
The revised format for both senior championships were ratified by the Co Board last Monday evening. In contrast to recent years we are going to see a short, sharp burst of action with both competitions being run over 4 weeks.  There will be 4 groups of 3 with the top 2 in each group advancing. The hurlers are first into action on Wednesday 5th August versus Ballysaggart followed by De La Salle the following weekend.
It is envisaged the hurling championship will be completed by the end of August allowing the football to commence the first weekend of September where our group opponents will be Clashmore and Ardmore.

Covid 19
All club teams will return to full training from next week. Prior to each teams return respective managers will inform players and parents of their responsibilities as we strive to make things as safe as possible for everyone.
  
Reeling In The Years
This week we have the 2nd part of Joe Powers recollections of the SF championship victory in 1978. We hope you enjoy it.

On April 29th that year, we played Kill in Stradbally, and had a good victory over a Kill team that were on the way down from great Kill teams of the 60s.
2nd June was our next championship match in Fraher Field against old rivals Stradbally, when we rose to the occasion and won by 2-12 to 1-6. Three weeks later at the Leamybrien venue we played Dunhill, who before the start of the championship were bookies favourites with Stradbally and Mitchells to win the county, we beat Dunhill that day by 1-9 to 1-6.
We were now in the semi-final, and we were being reminded of all the times we came close to victories in the senior championships. Like 1972, S-F semi-final in Cappoquin v Stradbally, a draw the first day and beaten by two points in the replay a week later, or 1969 when in S-F semi-final we drew with Tramore in Walsh park, and three weeks later lost the replay by two points, they went on to win the county that year. In between those two very important games, we lost the S-H final county final to Mount Sion at Walsh Park also, not many teams scored 2-13 and lost the final. In that 1969-year Abbeyside/Ballinacourty were awarded club of the yea. Great for the club, but poor consolation for players and managers that came so close to winning the big ones
After those three good championship victories under our belt, and the semi-final fixed for the 27th August, with four teams left, we awaited the draw. As luck would have it, we drew the remaining favourite John Mitchels, we played a few high-profile challenges before the semi-final.
A big crowd gathered at the Fraher field for the meeting of the John Mitchels team that had won three county championships in the 70s, and a Ballinacourty team seeking a win that would put them into the S-F final for the first time in the club’s history. After a hard fought game, we came out on top, on a score of 0-12 to 0-7.
The stage was now set for the clubs first ever appearance in a county S-F final. There was great excitement around the parish to the extent that large numbers of supporters turned up to watch training, at Cliffe’s field in the Burgery, eager to see how preparations were going for the final. We played a couple of challenge matches, one being away to Ardfinnan, which we won, 12pts to 9pts and gave us a good boost. With flags and buntings decorating all areas of the parish, and newspapers, and some supporters thinking we couldn’t be beaten, it was hard for all involved with the team to keep our feet on the ground, as for the first time in this championship we had been made hot favourites to win for the club, our first ever S-F title.
Sunday 1st October 1978 was the day we had been striving for all year. That morning I found it hard to concentrate on anything, after mass, walking around, couldn’t sit and read the paper, I knew it was nervous tension building, and when we all met up in the dressing room it eased off a bit. While togging off you could hear a pin drop. Then with the rousing speech from Tony, and a big roar from the panel, we burst out the door, and galloped to the show grounds. (This is at the back of stand now, there was no stand there then) The well organised 20-minute drill session had us all fired up and rearing to go.
With the big attendance at the Fraher field looking towards the dressing rooms, for the teams to enter the pitch, Clashmore arrived, to loud cheers from their supporters. With patrons still looking in that direction, we arrived through the small gate at the other end of the pitch, a well hatched plan by the selectors. We were the only team ever to come onto the pitch through that entrance.
During the pre-match parade behind the Dungarvan Brass & Reed band, and Dungarvan Pipe band, the nerves had settled, all the focus now was on win this game and collect the Conway cup and make history for ourselves and for the club.
We had won most of our games that year from the underdog position, now how would we handle the position of hot favourites?
From the time referee John Regan, from Kill, threw in the ball we got straight into the job at hand. “Fight tooth and nail, contest every ball as if your life depended on it” were the instructions given in the dressing room, and I am happy that every man bought into the instructions. We never expected it to be easy, and so it proved, at half time Clashmore led by 2-1 to 0-4. With the chance to regroup, and some tough talking by the management team, who made a few positional switches, we didn’t panic, and about half way through the second half we were a point ahead. With about ten minutes to play we were two points up and fought doggedly all over the pitch to defend our lead, which we did. At the final whistle we had made history, on the score 0-13 Clashmore 2-4.
As the whistle blew it was pure relief, excitement, and satisfaction for the years’ work well done. We were all delighted of course for the supporters and all in the club that had been with us through thick and thin over the years, this victory was for them as well as us. The time in the dressing room after the match was special, to share with the whole panel, selectors and club officials.
The Dungarvan pipe band, fair play to them, had waited for some time for us to emerge from the dressing room, and we, with lots of our supporters walked behind the band to our favourite watering hole, Alice O’Connor’s in the village. We celebrated here for a few hours, before John McGrath’s 40ft lorry with flat trailer arrived. Along with lots of supporters, we scrambled on board with as many as could fit to make our way to Elstead’s pub in Ballinacourty. As we were coming towards the Barnawee bridge we could see the bonfire blazing on the pier at Ballinacourty, the celebrations went on long into the night.

On the following day we again gathered at Elstead’s pub and had a pleasant surprise when Eddie O’ Halloran, and some of his Clashmore team mates arrived to join us which was a nice gesture by them. Later that evening, again on John McGraths lorry, the panel of players were driven around the village, to the delight of loyal supporters along the route, some slurred speeches also took place.
On Tuesday we brought the Conway cup to the Abbeyside and Garranbane schools in the parish, where we got a great reception from teachers and pupils. It was a very proud day for me to bring the cup to Garranbane school, as I went to that school as a boy, and lived at that time just across the road. My son Seamus welcomed us on behalf of the pupils and staff, and when someone suggested we go across the road to my parents’ house to take a photo of the three generations with the cup I was delighted, and still have that treasured photo of course. (I also have the football we played the 1978 final with), in those days the county board supplied the ball for the final, and the winning captain was allowed to keep it, lots of supporters signed it in the week of celebrations after the game, hard to read some of the names now, I have it a safe place, and it’s a lovely souvenir to have of the win.
The celebrations went on for the full week (as I had taken a week’s holiday from work, win lose or draw) it suited me fine. On the Friday night of that week we had a 52 seater bus, which brought players and supporters to Clashmore for a gathering in their pubs to show them respect and appreciation of their contribution to the final.

This was a victory not only for those of us involved but also lots of great club players that might not have been dual players, but were great club men, and we can’t forget the great people, men and women, that represented the club before us, some of them that were involved with this team, as management, club officers, and supporters. With the passing of time we have also unfortunately seen the passing of some great people who were involved in these special days. May they rest in peace.

After the winning of three S-F titles in four years, we never expected it would take 26 years to win the next senior title for the club.  


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Club Notes - 17th June


Championship 2020
Last week the County Board published their proposals for the restructuring of this years Senior Hurling & Football Championships. The proposals were to be voted on at a “Virtual” board meeting on Monday evening last. Following the meeting the draws for the new championship will have taken place so all going well we will be in a position to give a full update on fixtures in next week’s notes.
  
Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero
Over the past number of weeks, you may be aware that WLR have been running a poll to name Waterford’s Greatest Sporting Hero. Club member Niamh Briggs, the extremely talented rugby player, ladies Gaelic footballer and camogie player has made the Top 10 shortlist. The final result will be determined by a public vote and as such we’d urge all club member to please vote for Niamh on the WLR website.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Club Notes - 10th June


Covid 19 Update
Over the course of the weekend Croke Park published their guidelines for a safe return to playing as the country begins to open up. Details of the plan have been widely reported, with the headline dates being June 29th, July 20th and July 31st. Whilst the issued guidance is quite detailed, we’ve surmised below the particulars of each phase as they apply to playing activity, which at the end of the day is what we all want to see.

29th June – All GAA pitches are open. Training to recommence for Adult and Juvenile teams. Small groups (not more than 10 players and 2 coaches in a designated area of the pitch) for non-contact training i.e. running & aerobic exercises.

20th July – All forms of team and group training permitted. This is a return to full contact sessions with no limit on numbers of players or mentors.

31st July – Resumption of club competitions for all grades and levels.

17th October – Intercounty competitions to take place no sooner than this date.

So, there we have it, at long last we can see light at the end of the tunnel and players, managers and mentors can begin to put solid plans in place. At this time, we are still unable to say what format the new championships will take. This is a decision that will be made by the County and Divisional boards. Hopefully now that this roadmap is in place this will be forthcoming shortly.

In terms of spectators, this is still a little bit up in the air also and will be dependent on government guidance in relation to social distancing. Once there is any information available, we will of course communicate this to members.

To facilitate this timetable there is a quite considerable amount of work that needs to be done in the background. This will entail ground and facilities preparation down to the individual responsibility that must be taken by each player. Prior to the return we will ensure everyone is fully aware of what they need to do to ensure they and their fellow players and coaches are safe.

We’re nearly there folks.

Reeling In The Years
We have something a little different for our feature this week. Joe Power takes us on a trip down memory lane to his playing days, and in particular 1978, the year he captained the club to our 1st senior title. Huge thanks to Joe for taking the time to put this together, we hope you enjoy it and part 2 will be in next week’s notes.

I am still honoured to have been appointed by the committee of the Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA club to captain a great group of players, that went on to win the first ever S-F county title for our club in 1978, and to be retained as captain to defend the title in 1979. I think that I was an example that you don’t have to best player to be captain, but to show leadership and commitment on and off the field.
At the age of 32 in 1979, I felt that I was feeling the pace, and wear and tear over the years was catching up on me, so I made it clear to the selectors that I wanted to be regraded to the junior ranks, which did happen.

So, in 1980 and with due respect to the juniors, I enjoyed the easier going pace, especially with training. The senior football team were surprisingly beaten by a well organised Tallow team early in 1980, so it was a quiet year by our standards for the club.

In 1981, when I was working in the Quigley Magnesite factory in Ballinacourty (for younger readers, where the Gold Coast golf course is now) I was told that there was someone looking for me at the gate entrance, so I made my way there, to discover it was the late great Tony Mansfield. Now Tony had been manager of the S-F team since 1978, with his selectors Mattie Power and Vincent Mulligan, and they were still there in 1981, Eddie Cashin was our captain that year. Ned Keane was chairman in 1978. Tony’s mission on that day in January 1981, was to coax me back to the senior panel for that year’s championship, with his gentle persuasion, as only Tony could do, telling me so and so was injured, and the lads coming through were too young, I accepted his challenge, and thanks to him I picked up my third S-F county championship medal, one month short of my 35th birthday.

I won my first medal with the club in about 1960, which was in the street leagues hurling final, when Willie Dunphy, from Knocknagranagh, captained our rural area of the parish team, to beat Bella Beatty’s team from the village. The final was played in what was then known as the show field, behind the stand in the Fraher field.

Most of us that went on to win that historic S-F title in 1978 had come through the ranks with the club from juvenile level, winning western and a few county titles in hurling and football. In 1963 we lost the minor football county final to Tramore, and in 1967 we lost the inaugural u-21 football West final to a group team by a point, and they went on to win the county. It would have been a nice one for us to win, having won the inaugural u-21 hurling county title in 1966.

At the start of the 1978 S-F championship we would have been considered outsiders, which suited us down to the ground.

With Ned Keane as chairman, the committee appointed Tony Mansfield as manager, with Vincent Mulligan and Mattie Power as his fellow selectors. They drew up a panel and a plan, and explained it to us at our first players meeting, they drilled into us the fact that if we gave total commitment to their plan, and made sacrifices, one in particular was that if the wife was going to bingo (which was a big thing at the time) on Tuesday or Thursday night you would not be available to mind the children, as you were training, some fellows were looking at one another at that one. Another one that sticks in my mind from that meeting was Tony making clear to us the importance of putting in the effort at training, as the hole in the wall in banks was only coming in at that time, he said if you go to that hole in the wall and press all them buttons you will get nothing out unless you have been putting it in, I used that saying a lot when involved as a selector with other teams later on.

Training was going well, with a programme being given to a few lads that were working outside the county, we were all together at weekends, and played a few challenge matches inside and outside the county, A new set of Ballinacourty jerseys were purchased by the club, hopefully for a new beginning.


Joe Power leads his team in the parade
before the 1978 County Senior Football Final

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Club Notes - 27th May


Reeling in the Years
In conjunction with the ongoing YouTube matches, here in the notes we are going to take a weekly journey back in time to revisit events in our recent and not so recent past.
We start this week with the year we contested out 1st Senior Hurling final 1955.

1955: Busy Year
It was, perhaps, 1955 that fully established Abbeyside as one of the glamour clubs of the county and confirmed the all-round strength of playing membership and organizing personnel. Yet that may seem paradoxical since it was a year in which nothing was won save the Western Minor Hurling championship.
The impression was created mainly by the spectacular and exciting Co Senior Hurling final contest with Mount Sion. Neutrals were made aware of a power in the game, where down the years, an ordinary junior hurling club had been expected. Indeed, the contesting of the senior and minor hurling finals that year was a very long stride away from the image of a modest junior club projected no more than seven or eight years previous.
Though not winning a Co. Championship, it was easily the busiest year for Abbeyside, for every team went a long way. The club secretary was publishing semi apologetic remarks in late October that it had not been possible to run the Club’s Juvenile League as well as they could due to the ongoing demands of the minor and adult teams.

Senior Hurling
The campaign kicked off with a resounding victory over local rivals Dungarvan on a score line of 5-09 to 0-02. This was followed up with a similar results against Ballyduff (7-06 to 1-02) & Tourin (5-04 to 1-05) respectively to set up a first final appearance where Mount Sion lay waiting. The match was played in Fraher Field on 09th September and summed up by a local scribe –
“Had Abbeyside not been dogged with less hard luck, Mount Sion might not have won their 11th title. The defections of Paddy Browne and Anthony Hayes, due to incidents in the Ballinacourty-Stradbally football games of the previous Sundays, were a big loss to the Village XV, as both of these had proved their worth in the earlier games of the championship. The loss of Browne on Sunday was especially felt as in his role as full forward he had bagged many goals during the eliminating matches, and many felt he would have turned in a few more goals against Regan had he been eligible to field out.
It was a heart-breaking result for the Abbeyside fifteen who, following an early point by Mount Sion, went into the lead and held it for more than three-quarters of the game. With a seven point lead following a goal in the 11th minute of the 2nd half Abbeyside looked set to bring off the sensation of the year. However, it must be said that Mount Sion, although definitely rattled – particularly in the first half – never panicked and their consistency coupled with the opportunism of Seamus Power, who roamed loosely around centre-field in the last quarter of the hour, picking off valuable long-range points, brought the ultimate reward.”  

                                                   L. Whelan
T. Collender                                  A. Flynn                                    L. Fraher
N McGovern                                 G. Flynn                                    L. O Dea
                                    T. Barry                       J. O Connor
P. Whelan                                     D. Whelan                                P. Clancy
J. Hogan                                      A. Foley                                    J. Clancy

With the massed bands of Connra na Gaelige, Dungarbhan and Abbeyside scouts there was a touch of Croke Park about the whole occasion that delighted a great crowd that paid a record gate of £455.

(The Abbeyside team that took the field that day contained 3 players who would end their playing careers with All Ireland senior medals.)


Junior Football
Following the previous years controversy, which entailed a phantom free, appeals and counter appeals up to Munster Council level, a refusal to field in an ordered replay and an abandoned Senior Football Final, Ballinacourty went at it with renewed courage in 1955. However, it seemed that some malign fate was always to deprive us. The team won through to the Western final in impressive style, but collapsed in the final itself, showing nothing of their earlier form. Final score Geraldines 3-03 Ballinacourty 1-03.
                                                     P. Whelan
J. Morrissey                                    J.Cashin                                      J. Terry
M. Hogan                                       D. Whelan                                   J. Hogan
                                    G. Ahearn                   J. O Connor
M. Burke                                        J. Clancy                                     P. Clancy
A. Flynn                                         P. Browne                                    G. Foley


Western Champions
The minor hurlers who at the time were affiliated as Abbeyside Rovers had a fine campaign that brought them all the way to the Co Final played in mid-October. The path included victories against Naomh Nicolas, St. Garvan’s Rovers before triumphing over Cappoquin Rovers on a score line of 3-07 to 0-05 in the Western Final. Unfortunately, Na Risigh proved to strong in the Co Final running out 6-05 to 0-02 victors. We would have to wait another 15 years before claiming a 1st title at this grade.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Club Notes - 20th May


Reeling In The Years
Last Saturday evening we relived one of the greatest days in our club’s history when the Munster Club Senior Football semi-final versus Kilcummin was the feature in our Reeling in The Years series. Thirteen years seem to have passed in the blinking of any eye and amongst the excitement and outpouring of emotion it was great, if somewhat bittersweet, to see once again some good friends who have been called before us. What a truly remarkable weekend that was, beginning with the Junior footballer’s victory in the Co Final and culminating in celebration in one of the most storied sporting arenas in Ireland.

In the immediate aftermath of the County final it was really a case of job done. The primary goal for the year had been achieved and the realisation that there was a Munster club championship to be played took a little while to sink in.  Pakie let the lads enjoy themselves for a few days before training resumed. Truth being told there wasn’t a massive amount of work done prior to the game as there was the small matter of a Western U-21 hurling final to be played, and won, on the Saturday. It was more a case of keeping the eye in and staying fresh. We also unfortunately picked up a number of injuries along the way and plans were put in place to overcome this.

First port of call that weekend was Fraher Field where John Foley and his team captured the Junior Football county title with a 0-06 to 0-05 victory over Rathgormack. It was a fantastic start to the weekend and shortly afterwards the supporters bus departed in great spirits. Rumour has it there was no radio on the bus, but that didn’t really matter as Mickey Organ started singing at the Causeway Bridge and didn’t stop till Killarney. While at home the players relaxed and settled in for an early night the tourists took full advantage of the famed Killarney hospitality.

The team hit the road early on the morning of the game to the sound of Westlife’s Greatest Hits. Not a unanimous choice by any stretch of the imagination, but Gavin proved he was the ultimate team player by resisting the urge to throw the CD and Furry out the window. The mood was relaxed as lads played cards, chatted amongst themselves or slept. There was no sense of nerves or pressure as the common perception was Waterford teams don’t travel to Kerry and win. What were the chances of these youngsters from Ballinacourty changing that??

Meanwhile up the road, a few fresh heads wandered the streets looking for a welcoming hostelry to help them jump start the day. The appropriately named Failte opened their doors and so was established as the staging point for the day. A trickle of arriving supporters soon turned into a steady stream and before long the place was reverberating to the strains of “Up The Village”. It was as if the whole parish had decamped to The Kingdom for they day.

The team bus pulled up in plenty of time before throw in and the 1st thing that hits you walking into the ground is “Jaysus, that’s Ballinacourty’s name up there on the scoreboard in Fitzgerald Stadium”.  Still there was no great feeling of nerves or pressure, we’re on the big stage now and we’re going to express ourselves and enjoy it was the attitude.
  
Back at the Failte, the Dr Crokes team who had won the Kerry league the day before, had joined the masses. Doc was in his element back in the spiritual homeland, while Greg was deep in conversation with Eoin Bronson, no doubt advising him how to improve his game, and with it win his 4th All Ireland. Tucky, Feile, Matthew and Benny were in another corner taking it all in and all the while The Gooch was doing his best to accommodate all requests for autographs and photos. “Ye have a great chance to beat them” he insisted. One or two might have tipped across the road to Ladbrokes on the back of his optimism and took advantage of very generous odds of 7/1.

The match itself was extraordinary in the fact we completely dominated and outplayed Kilcummin in every area apart from the scoreboard. However, going in level at half time having played against the wind the feeling in the dressing room was this was an opportunity that wasn’t going to slip through our fingers. FiFees’s wonder strike settled the nerves somewhat and when Podge slotted home to put us 5 clear with a few minutes to go the roof nearly came off the stand.

The scenes at the final whistle are difficult to put into words. Just pure joy and elation and a connection between players and supporters that can only be found in a GAA club. Sporting passions and emotions at their rawest and truest. The pride we had in these players and our club was best epitomised by the emotional interview given by our much-missed Chairman Tony Mansfield. He always had the right words to capture the mood and even for a man who had won so much at a national level you could tell this was one of his proudest days.

The bus journey home was a somewhat livelier affair and on arriving in Macroom the players were cheered into the hotel by the supporter’s entourage who had made their way by convoy from Killarney. Afterwards it was on to the Village where celebrations went on long into the night and possibly even the Monday!!

Great times and great memories. Hopefully when we return to the playing field we will create new memories that can be shared with the next generation.

Thanks to all who have contributed or helped out in any way in the Reeling in The Years series so far. To Pakie, Mark and John, all the way from Perth, for their contributions. But we would especially like to thank former President and Kilcummin clubman Sean Kelly for taking time to chat to us last Saturday.

We will be taking a break this week but will return on Saturday 30th with the 2011 Co Final.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Club Notes - 13th May


Covid-19
“May you live in interesting times” goes the saying. Well Spring is spent and there hasn’t been a sliotar pucked or football kicked in anger. If not quite interesting, we are certainly living through times that are unprecedented in any of our lifetimes.
Championships at all grades should now be in full swing, the field should be a hive of activity 7 days a week and debates and conversations around team selections, great performances and controversial decisions should be filling the streets of the village. Instead we find ourselves in a continued state of stasis.
This will pass and when it does, we will pick up where we left off. Until then however it is vital, we continue to adhere to the published guidelines to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable in our community.
As of now the official guidance is that we can expect a resumption of games on the 20th July. We will plan towards this date and ensure we have everything in place to safeguard the health and safety of our payers and mentors when the time comes.
Until then please take care of yourselves, minding both your physical and mental health and continue to look out and care for those around you.

Recent Activity
Whilst club activity has been severely curtailed it certainly hasn’t ground to a complete halt. All over the country it has been a thoroughly uplifting experience to see the response of members of the community to this time of adversity. And so, it is with our own members. Over the course of the past 2 months we have seen fundraising initiatives to benefit various charities and local causes. Amongst these were our quiz night where proceeds were shared with Dungarvan Community Hospital, the response to which was overwhelming (literally to the website) and the joint Doitfodan effort with our good friends across the bridge.

Aside from this, members are still very active throughout the parish helping out where needed and available to provide assistance to any who may need it. And just a reminder the list of club volunteers is available on our Facebook page.

One positive aspect of the shutdown has been it has afforded us the opportunity to perform some badly needed remedial work on the club pitches. Given the sheer volume of teams and players it is natural there will be a large amount of wear and tear. But with the work put in over the past few weeks our teams will have a surface unrivalled awaiting them when we get back to action.

  Reeling In The Years
Hopefully you were able to tune into the 1st of our Reeling in the Years evenings last Saturday when we had a rerun of the victorious 2007 Senior Football Final versus Ardmore. This coming Saturday all roads lead to famed Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney where Kerry representatives Kilcummin lie in wait. Please tune in to our YouTube channel at 8pm to relive one of the greatest days in the clubs history.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Club Notes - 18th March


Covid-19
To aid in the efforts to curtail the spread of the virus all club activity has been suspended for the foreseeable future. This includes all training and matches in addition to our weekly Bingo and the Jack the Joker draw.
We are aware that this will be a difficult time for many in our community. The club has put together a list of members who are available to provide assistance to any who may need it. This is available on the club Twitter and Facebook pages.
Stay safe everyone and we will see you all when we come through this.   

Jack the Joker
The draw took place in O Connors bar last Sunday night Una Lamden was drawn out of the drum and chose card number 8 which when turned over was not the joker, but she did win €50. Bernard Gorman & The Morning Club won €25. There will be no draw next week.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Club Notes - 11th March


Under 20 Football
With our fixture versus St Patrick’s / Naomh Brid having fallen victim to Storm Jorge our 1st outing in this championship was against St Oliver’s in the club grounds last Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong side of a 2-08 to 0-12 score line and given the condensed nature of this championship we are now under pressure to progress. It’s knock football from here on and the lads know that nothing less than 100% application and commitment is necessary if we are to maintain an interest in this championship.

Senior Hurling
The Senior Hurlers commenced their competitive season last Friday night when taking on Lismore in the first round of the County League. On the night we came up short on a 0-15 to 0-13 score line. We go again this coming Friday when Tallow visit The Burgery, throw in 19.30, when hopefully we can get a positive result.

Intercounty
It’s another busy weekend upcoming on the intercounty front. On Saturday the footballers play host to London in Fraher Field whilst the hurlers, following a defeat to Limerick last Saturday, make the trip to Nowlan Park to face Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon. As ever we wish Brian, James, Conor and Neil all the best.


With the playing season commencing very shortly we ask all players to get their membership paid quickly. Also non playing members can pay their membership in the coming weeks. Membership can be paid to Kevin Tobin. Kevin will be in the field on Saturday morning between 10.30 and 11.30

Jack the Joker.
Our ever-popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in O Connors Bar where the jackpot will be €2600 as on Sunday night Patrick Hurney was drawn out of the drum and chose card number 6 which when turned over was not the joker, but he did win €50. Denis Cosgrave & Jenny (Lady Belle) won €25.

Deise Draw 2020
The 2020 Deise Draw will commence on the last Wednesday (29th) of April and will continue each month until September. Hopefully we will see a good number getting involved and we get a winner or two during the year as the prizes on offer are fantastic. 

Club Bingo
Our club bingo continues in the CBS Hall this Sunday night where the jackpot is €1400.

Sympathy
The parish of Abbeyside/Ballinroad/Garrnabane is the bedrock upon which our club is founded and from time to time we as a community endure tough and difficult times together. This was never more in evidence than over the course of the last week when we lost a number of persons who to varying degrees have had an association with CLG Dun Na Mainistreach/Baile Na Curite.

On behalf of all in the club, we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and parishioners of the late Fr. Connie Kelleher, P.P., Clonea Road, Abbeyside and Touraneena who died recently. Fr. Connie played for us for many years, winning a Minor Football County title in 1963 and the inaugural County U21 Hurling Championship in 1966. He always kept a keen eye on our club teams and those of parishes where he served and was a regular at club and inter-county games in Waterford and beyond.

On Saturday morning last we awoke to the dreadful news that John “Chopper” Organ had passed away following a brave fight with a terrible illness. Chopper was part of a fantastic underage team in “The Village” colours who won numerous Western and County titles during the 70’s culminating in a Minor double in 1976. This was followed up in 1979 with an U-21 football title. Of course, to people of a certain vintage, especially those of us from the more far flung reaches of the parish, Chopper will be remembered as the fella you called to get you home after a night of revelry. Many’s the game was dissected and team picked on those journeys, but through it all Chopper’s enduring love of his club shone through. He will be missed around Abbeyside. and our thoughts are with his family and friends.  

Also at this time we remember Ned Coleman, John Clarke and Josephine Regan who sadly passed on recently.

The thoughts and prayers of all in the club are with the family and friends of all those bereaved at this difficult time.

Contact
As the new season begins to click into gear if any team managers or indeed anybody within the club membership as a whole have anything they would like included here any week please feel free to drop us a line at abbeycourtypro@gmail.com. This is the primary outlet we have for keeping people up to date with what is going on so we’d encourage you to avail of this facility.



Saturday, March 7, 2020

Results


County U20 ‘A’ Football Championship Group A Round 2
Ballinacourty 0-12 St. Oliver’s 2-8 – Abbeyside, Saturday, 7th March

County Hurling League Division 2 Round 1
Abbeyside 0-13 Lismore 0-15 – Abbeyside, Friday, 6th March


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Club Notes - 26th February


Intercounty
It was a good weekend on the intercounty front with both the Senior Footballers and Hurlers recording victories. On Saturday afternoon, Brian Looby and James Beresford were part of the Waterford Senior Football panel who had a tremendous victory over Sligo and Sunday Conor Prunty and Neil Montgomery continued their good form when contributing handsomely to the defeat of Galway. Well doe to the lads and their teammates and we wish them the best of luck in their games next weekend versus Carlow and Tipperary respectively. Unfortunately, there was no such joyful tidings for Colin Foley and his Under 20 team who were defeated by Clare last Thursday.

Under 20 Football
On Saturday next our U20 footballers will be the first club team into championship action this season when they take on St Patrick’s/Naomh Brid in Bohadoon @ 2.30pm. This is the 1st year this grade is being played in Waterford and hopefully the lads can get us off to a winning start.

Senior Football
The Senior Footballers kick off their season on Friday night when we entertain Gaultier in the club ground in the 1st round of the County Football League. Throw in is at 8.00pm.

Membership
With the playing season commencing very shortly we ask all players to get their membership paid quickly. Also non playing members can pay their membership in the coming weeks. Membership can be paid to Kevin Tobin. Kevin will be in the field on Saturday morning between 10.30 and 11.30.

Jack the Joker
Our ever-popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in O Connor’s Bar where the jackpot will be €2200 as on Sunday night Collette Veale was drawn out of the drum and chose card number 19 which when turned over was not the joker, but she did win €50. Jim Egan and Laura, Kieran & Darragh Cosgrave won €25.

Deise Draw 2020
The 2020 Deise Draw will commence on the last Wednesday (29th) of April and will continue each month until September. Hopefully we will see a good number getting involved and we get a winner or two during the year as the prizes on offer are fantastic. We will have more info regarding draw dates and prize structure in our notes next week.

Club Bingo
Our club bingo continues in the CBS Hall this Sunday night where the jackpot is €1200.

Sympathy
On behalf of everyone in the club we would like to extend our sympathies to Pajo Lanigan on the death of his mother Eileen who passed away last week. Our thoughts are with all her family and friends at this difficult time.

Contact
As the new season begins to click into gear if any team managers or indeed anybody within the club membership as a whole have anything they would like included here any week please feel free to drop us a line at abbeycourtypro@gmail.com. This is the primary outlet we have for keeping people up to date with what is going on so we’d encourage you to avail of this facility.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Fixtures


County Football League Division 1 Round 1
Ballinacourty v Gaultier – Abbeyside, Friday, 28th February, 8:00pm

County U20 ‘A’ Football Championship Group A Round 1
Ballinacourty v St. Patrick’s / Naomh Bríd – Bohadoon, Saturday, 29th February, 2:30pm

County Hurling League Division 2 Round 1
Abbeyside v Lismore – Abbeyside, Friday, 6th March, 7:30pm

County U20 ‘A’ Football Championship Group A Round 2
Ballinacourty v St. Oliver’s – Abbeyside, Saturday, 7th March, 2:30pm

County Hurling League Division 2 Round 1
Abbeyside v Tallow – Abbeyside, Friday, 13th March, 7:30pm


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Club Notes - 19th February


Club Executive
There have been one or two small tweaks to the makeup of the Club officers and committee since the AGM. The full listing of same for 2020 is below –

Presidents: Austin Flynn, Liam Enright, Éamonn Keane, Joseph Organ, Bernard Shields, Fr. Michael Enright, P.E.
Vice Presidents: Fr. Michael Brennock, OSA, Fr. Colin Fives, OSA, Fr. Ned Hassett, PP
Chairman: Neil Moore
Assistant Chairman: Michael Ferncombe
Secretary: Jonathan O’Donovan
Treasurer: Pakie Hurney
Membership Officer: Kevin Tobin
PRO: Paidi Shields
Committee: Bernard Gorman, Eddie O Halloran, Michael O Donovan, Joe Cleary, Frank Sweeney, Jim O Mahony, Timmy Organ, Danny McGrath, Ian Kiely, Tom Whelan

Jack the Joker
There was great excitement in Minnie’s Bar on Sunday evening last when the jackpot of €5,600 was won. The lucky winner was Louise O Donnell who chose card 40, which when turned was the elusive Joker. Also, on the night both Eddie O Halloran and Dermot O Shea won €25. Congratulations to Louise, we hope she will enjoy her winnings, and massive thanks to all who continue to sell or buy a ticket each week. It is the club’s primary income stream and we are very grateful for your support. The show, of course goes on this Sunday when the draw moves to O Connors with a jackpot of €2,000 up for grabs.

Intercounty
Storm Dennis wreaked havoc on intercounty fixtures last weekend with the Waterford Senior Hurling team’s game versus Limerick one of those to fall victim to the rain and high winds. Hopefully there will be no such problems this Sunday when Galway visit Walsh Park and we’d like to wish club panellists Conor Prunty and Neil Montgomery all the best. Prior to that on Saturday afternoon the footballers make the long trek west to Yeats’ County to take on Sligo. All the best to Brian Looby, James Beresford and all involved. Finally, congratulations to Colin Foley who was named joint captain of the county U-20 football team. Colin and his teammates are in action this evening, Wednesday 19th, versus Clare and hopefully we will have good news to report next week.

Fitzgibbon Cup
On Wednesday evening last Neil Montgomery joined a select group of club players who have captured one of the premier third level competitions. It was fantastic to see Neil continue his great early season form and make such a huge contribution to the UCC victory. All in the club pass on our congratulations on this fantastic achievement.

Membership
With the playing season commencing very shortly we ask all players to get their membership paid quickly. Also non playing members can pay their membership in the coming weeks. Membership can be paid to Kevin Tobin. Kevin will be in the field on Saturday morning between 10.30 and 11.30.

Club Bingo
Our club bingo continues in the CBS Hall this Sunday night where the jackpot is €1200.

Contact
As the new season begins to click into gear if any team managers or indeed anybody within the club membership as a whole have anything they would like included here any week please feel free to drop us a line at abbeycourtypro@gmail.com. This is the primary outlet we have for keeping people up to date with what is going on so we’d encourage you to avail of this facility.



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Club Notes - 12th February


Intercounty
On Saturday evening, last in weather conditions reminiscent of the Great Flood, Brian Looby and James Beresford were part of the Waterford Senior Football panel who lost out by the narrowest of margins against Wexford. The lads now have a well-earned two week break before making the long journey to Sligo on the 22nd.  Meanwhile Conor Prunty and Neil Montgomery will be with the Senior Hurling team who travel to Limerick this coming Saturday evening. We wish all involved the best of luck. 

Membership
With the playing season commencing very shortly we ask all players to get their membership paid quickly. Also non playing members can pay their membership in the coming weeks. Membership can be paid to Kevin Tobin. Kevin will be in the field on Saturday morning between 10.30 and 11.30.

Jack the Joker
Our ever-popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in Minnie’s Bar where the jackpot will be €5600 as on Sunday night David Whelan was drawn out of the drum and chose card number 46 which when turned over was not the joker, but he did win €50. David Collins and Paul Lennon won €25 each.

National Draw
The club are once again participating in the GAA National Club Draw. The purpose of this is to assist clubs in their drive to raise much needed funds with Croke Park covering the cost of some fantastic prizes including a new Renault Clio 4 Expression Car, Travel Voucher worth €2,000, All Ireland Hurling & Football packages, shopping vouchers and a host of other great prizes. The tickets are €10 each and can be purchased from any committee member.
The beauty of the draw for us is that Abbeyside Ballinacourty retains the proceeds from all tickets sold by the Club.


Club Bingo
Our club bingo continues in the CBS Hall this Sunday night where the jackpot is €1150.


Contact
As the new season begins to click into gear if any team managers or indeed anybody within the club membership as a whole have anything they would like included here any week please feel free to drop us a line at abbeycourtypro@gmail.com. This is the primary outlet we have for keeping people up to date with what is going on so we’d encourage you to avail of this facility.

Club History
Abbeyside / Ballinacourty GAA Club was formed in 1967 as a result of the amalgamation of Abbeyside Hurling and Football Clubs and Ballinacourty Football Club. It is situated within the Parish of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane. Located on the eastern side of the River Colligan, it forms the northern and eastern shorelines of Dungarvan Harbour from Abbeyside Church to Ballinacourty Lighthouse
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Development Fund
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past 10 years with the population of our parish increasing rapidly. We must ensure that we have the best facilities for all our players. We want to ensure that the next generation have the facilities that they need and deserve. We are asking supporters and friends to support this project over the next five years.
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Strategic Plan
Past generations have had their visions for the future of our club. These are our current aims and with these achieved we hope to hand on the club to future generations in the same healthy state it was passed onto us.
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