Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Club Notes - 26th October

Club Lotto
Our weekly lotto takes place on Tuesday night next. Next week's Jackpot will be €4,600. Tickets can be purchased from club sellers and by clicking on the following link -

Championship 2022
The Senior Footballers bowed out of the championship last Sunday when going down to defeat against The Nire. It was always going to be a tough assignment, but the lads battled gamely right to the end. We’d like to express our thanks to the players and mentors for their efforts throughout the year. Things didn’t go our way this time, but we’ll regroup and come back stronger next year.
It was with profound sadness that we heard of the passing of Antoinette Enright last Monday morning. Antoinette was a hugely popular lady and of course the Enright family are steeped in the history of our club. Her 3 sons Patrick, Eoin and Stephen all played senior with the club, whilst Doc played for many years and is a club president having previously served in an array of positions including Chairman.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all Antoinette’s family and friends at this difficult time.
We’d also like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Anthony Rochford who died tragically last week. Anthony was a popular coach with our camogie club and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Please note that this week our regular Sunday Night Bingo has returned to the CBS Hall. Eyes down at the usual time of 8pm.
County Medal Presentation
On Saturday evening our U15 division 2 panel got together to in the Gold Coast to celebrate their recent victory in the hurling county final.  The boys enjoyed refreshments while they watched a recording of the match.  The medals were presented by senior players Conor Prunty (who also coached the team) and Michael Kiely.  Well done to all involved on a great season and we look forward to following the boys as they progress through the age ranks.

U15 Medal Presentation

Mini All Ireland Football Finals
Sponsored by David Walsh Office, School & Computer Supplies
Sunday was a marquee event for our academy boys as over 120 of them gathered to play the finals of the Mini All Ireland Football series.  In total we had 12 teams in action representing their designated counties and it was lovely to see some great football being played with a sense of healthy competition, while fun and participation were at the core of it all.  Proceedings began with the traditional parade to the playing pitch which was lead out by the Pop Up Pipers.  On arrival at the main pitch everyone stood to attention for a rousing rendition of our national anthem before the boys broke off to begin their warm ups. 
Along with the large number of enthusiastic young players came a big crowd of supporters made up of family and friends who cheered on from the sidelines.  The matches were hotly contested, as you might expect, and each of the boys gave their all with the encouragement of the coaches and the supporting crowds.  We had 6 finals and while not everyone could be a winner on the day, each and every one of our young players got due recognition for the effort that they put in, and the all-important medals and goodie bags to mark their participation.
It was fantastic to have the support of the Walsh family on the day and the generous sponsorship of the event from David Walsh Office, School & Computer Supplies, helped to make it special for all the boys taking part.  A special mention must go to young Grace and Jack who presented all the trophies and medals like true professionals – we hope to see both of them lined out in the club colours in the future!  Special thanks must also go to the “Pop Up Pipers & friends”; Noel Fraher, Martin “Switchie” O'Donnell,  Tony O' Shea (drummers), Gareth Higgins (Bass Drum), Liam Egan, Mary Beresford (flag bearers) and John Tynan (pipes). They volunteer their time and they add that bit of magic to the event which makes it special for the players and supporters alike.
All in all it was a great day and thanks to all the coaches for giving their time to organise the preliminary rounds and the finals but most importantly; giving their time and dedication to all of our young players.  Events like this, as well as all of our other activities through the year, help to ensure that we make our games as enjoyable so that we can keep as many boys as possible, playing and having fun.  Keep an eye on our social media for lots more photos and videos.

Mini All-Ireland Football Finals

Academy 2022
The Mini All Ireland finals officially brings down the curtain on our academy for the 2022 season.  Our Saturday morning Academy sessions have been going for over 30 weeks and have provided healthy exercise and above all fun, for almost 180 boys between the ages of 5 and 10.  Thanks to all the parents for the support and encouragement throughout the year and to the coaches for their enthusiasm and dedication.  From the perspective of our young players, the juice and biscuits at the end of each session is an essential part of their Saturday mornings so thanks to Ann Doyle, Dorothy Cliffe, Emma Power, Kaye Murray, Liz Power, Louise Byrne, Margo McGann, Paula Morrissey & Terri Foley for always giving a warm welcome to children and adults alike.
Keep an eye out in the spring for the start of the 2023 academy.  New members are always welcome.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Club Notes - 19th October


Club Lotto
Our weekly lotto takes place on Tuesday night next. Next week's Jackpot will be €4,500. Tickets can be purchased from club sellers and by clicking on the following link -

Championship 2022
The Senior Footballers overcame Kilrossanty in their County Quarter Final last Sunday. Absolutely horrendous weather conditions ensured it was going to be a tight close affair and so it proved. After playing with the aid of the elements in the 1st half we went in at half time with a 5 point lead. The 2nd half was a real battle as our opponents threw everything at us, but the lads defended resolutely and fought tenaciously for every ball and in the end we ran out 4 point winners.
Next up is a semi final date with The Nire next Sunday in Fraher Field at 2.00pm.
Meanwhile the Minors travelled to Walsh Park to take on Gaultier in the Division 1 County Final. This was a great game of football and the lads but in a tremendous performance of which they can be very proud. It was a tight affair all through and after 60 minutes it was all square. The extra time period took a similar pattern, and it was close all the way, with unfortunately Gaultier finishing the stronger which got them over the line.
Having won the plate final of the Division 1 hurling already, this was a very good year for this group of players and each and every one can be proud. Thanks to the players and mentors for their efforts.
County Senior Football Championship Quarter Final
Ballinacourty 0-8 Kilrossanty 0-4 – Fraher Field, Sunday, 16th October
County Minor Football Championship Division 1 Final
Ballinacourty 1-8 Gaultier 2-8 – Walsh Park, Saturday, 15th October (AET)
County Senior Football Championship Semi Final
Ballinacourty v The Nire – Fraher Field, Sunday, 23rd October, 2:00pm

Please note that this week our regular Sunday Night Bingo has returned to the CBS Hall. Eyes down at the usual time of 8pm.
U14 Hurling – Munster Super 10’s
Well done to our Under 14 hurlers who took part in the Munster GAA Super 10s blitz on Saturday.  The lads defeated St Marys, Ballygunner and Ballyduff to qualify for the Munster Finals Day in Mallow on November 5th.
Academy Update
Even though it’s mid October, our academy boys are still going hard at it!  On Friday evening the U10’s travelled to Killeagh where they gave a great account of themselves.
The U9’s travelled to Mallow to play in the under 9 Munster football blitz.  They lads played Fr. O’Neills (Cork), The Banner (Clare) & Clondrohid (Cork) and had great fun while playing quality football.
The youngest of our hurlers and footballers finished their season on Saturday with their normal fun filled session, followed by goodie bags (thanks to Eurospar, Abbeyside) and medals to reward their effort through the year.  Well done to all the coaches for their enthusiasm and dedication through the year and no doubt they’re looking forward to the 2023 season already.
Mini All Ireland Football Tournament
On Saturday morning at the field we have over 60 boys, aged 7 and 8, taking part in the football version of our Mini All Ireland tournament.  They lined out for Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Meath and Waterford and we witnessed some great contests and team work with no shortage of skills on display.  The U7 and U8 groups played the first four fixtures of the round robin section with the U9 and U10 boys scheduled to play their round robin matches on Tuesday (17th Oct).  The finals will take place on Sunday morning (23rd Oct) when we will have over 120 boys contesting for silverware and having fun in what promises to be a very enjoyable morning.
We would like to thank David Walsh Office, School & Computer Supplies for their very generous sponsorship of the Mini All Ireland tournament.  We ask all of our members and friends to support the business whenever they can. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Club Notes - 12th October

Club Lotto
Our weekly lotto takes place on Tuesday night next. Next week's Jackpot will be €4,400. Tickets can be purchased from club sellers and by clicking on the following link -

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Club Notes - 5th October

Club Lotto
Our weekly lotto takes place on Tuesday night next. Next week's Jackpot will be €4,300. Tickets can be purchased from club sellers and by clicking on the following link -
Championship 2022

The Intermediate footballers went down narrowly to Dungarvan last Friday evening and now have 1 game left in the round robin next Saturday versus Ballinameela in Fraher Field at 7.00pm.
Meanwhile the Minors had a good win over Rathgormack in the field last Sunday and are now qualified for the knockout stages where we play Clan na Gael in Kilmacthomas next Sunday at 11.00am.
Please note that this week our regular Sunday Night Bingo has returned to the CBS Hall. Eyes down at the usual time of 8pm.
U15 Hurling County Champions
Our U15 hurlers had a fantastic victory in the division 2 county final against Clonea Power last Thursday (29th Sept) in Fraher Field.  Throughout the football and hurling season these two teams have been nip and tuck with matches played at break-neck speed and intensity – this county final would not deviate from the norm.  The first half was very tight and both teams had plenty goal chances but both goalkeepers were in top form, pulling off some outstanding saves.  Clonea Power went in at half time with a slender lead.
The second half was a different story as the village boys dominated proceeding from the off.  Work rate, team play and skilful hurling differentiated the two teams and Abbeyside kept the scoreboard ticking over with some very well taken points.  Surging runs from midfield yielded goals as the boys took over and dominated play.  This county title is the culmination of a long year of training and it’s nothing more than the boys deserve.  Well done to all the players and backroom team!

County U15 Division 2 Hurling Champions, 2022

Déise Óg Hurling Leagues
Our U12 team travelled to Carriganore on Saturday to play the division 1 hurling county final against Ballygunner.  The boys played into a stiff wind in the first half and Ballygunner picked off a few early scores but the Abbeyside boys showed great determination to get back in to the game and at half time Ballygunner lead by 0-09 to 0-05.  Unfortunately in the second half we weren’t able to capitalize on the tailwind but the boys never gave up and battled out to the end.  As you’d expect, the boys were upset at the final whistle but they did themselves, their families and the club proud.  They will have the opportunity to play in plenty more county finals in hurling and football, there’s no doubt about that.
The entire U12 group have had a great year and they continue to develop as a team.  They look forward to the 2023 season and will be as enthusiastic as ever.

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
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.
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.
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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