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Ballinagore GAA Notes 12th June 2011

posted 1 Jul 2011, 11:47 by Unknown user

The Road to Croker
After months of preparation and hard work by the organising committee and all our club members, The Road to Croker took place in a sun-kissed Belvedere on Saturday, 11th June, during the Midlands Home and Garden Festival. This turned out to be an exciting and highly enjoyable day for the club and all who attended on the day. We had a lovely location in Belvedere, right down at the lakeside, where passers-by were also able to relax at the waters edge, and still keep an eye on events on the huge screen we had in place for the day.
Our day kicked off with a trip down memory lane courtesy of Sean Delaney who had put together a lovely montage of all previous Ballinagore football finals from our Cup and Championship successes in 1986, right up to our Intermediate victory in the 2007 final. Following that, Tommy Carr and Spike Fagan introduced the main event of the day with lively conversation and interviews that also featured a video clip of Tomas O'Flatharta recalling his times in Ballinagore and wishing us well on our trip.
There was a fine turnout of footballers, young and old queued up behind the ten stations and it was lovely to see all decked out in their various strips of club colours. Shortly after 3 o'clock, we were ready to start our journey to Croke Park. Liam McDaniel was on hand to officiate and commence proceedings. As Liam started the event, pretty soon you could see how the event would work as the umpires signalled the progress and the big screen updated to display our progress using the Google Street View imagery.
Our trip soon brought us by our main sponsors, The Bloomfield House Hotel, and then through Mullingar, Coralstown, into Kinnegad and up the old N4 to Dublin. At this stage our progress was slightly hindered as there was a Garda brandishing a speed gun and taking names, although he was soon distracted by some of the spectators before heading off on his merry way.
Shortly after this, our footballers encountered roadworks and again had to be careful in their passing. Some wayward shots ensued at this point and the roadworkers were best advised to up and leave their positions with their signs and shovels. It was a good thing that they had brought hard hats.
As we approached Lucan, the crowd were in for a real treat. None other than those terrible local twins in that locality, 'Jedward', made their grand entrance with their Eurovision hit, Lipstick, blasting out on the speakers. These guys lived up to their growing reputation and drew great cheers from their 'adoring' fans as they tumbled about, played football and mingled with the crowd. We continued our journey towards Croker. As we progressed along the Chapilizod bypass, a helicoptor flew overhead. Our MC's thought we could be in for another treat and how right they were as soon after, 'Queen Elizabeth' was Garda escorted around the playing area. Donning her now famous St. Patricks Day green outfit, she was in flying form as she did the meet and greet thing in much more relaxed circumstances than her last visit. She probably regrets not stopping off in Westmeath last time out. Eventually we had to say goodbye and referee Liam McDaniel duly issued her with a red card as he ushered her out!
At this stage we were well advanced along the North Circular. As we turned up Russell Street, there was Croke Park looking resplendent as ever in the sunshine. Footballs were flying at this stage, the speakers were blaring out Tina Turners, 'Simply the Best', and seconds later at 1 hour 20 minutes and 33 seconds, the footballers of Ballinagore GAA Club had made history by arriving at the main entrance to Croke Park, where Google's Street View shows a truck making a delivery directly under the GAA signage!
At the end, 'Jedward' made their comeback and assisted with the "Thank you's". It was a truly memorable end to a great day. Ballinagore GAA Club would like to sincerely thank everybody who contributed and assisted to make this a great day out for our club. To our main sponsors, Bloomfield House Hotel, and to all the local businesses who took out advertisements on the big screen. The full list and their ads may been viewed on the event website, Also, to Belvedere House, Gardens and Park for hosting this event, the first of it's kind in Ireland. We also wish to thank Tommy Carr and Spike Fagan who MC'ed on the day and greatly added to the occasion. We thank our Audio Visual technicians on the day, Pat Feery, Ger Gavin and Kevin Matthews who worked tirelessly to produce a great show for all in attendance. Finally to club members who sold tickets and to every body who supported our club by buying them, we thank you sincerely.
There is a DVD of the whole event available. It is a brilliantly edited production and captures the whole day's events. If you are interested in purchasing this, please contact any member of Ballinagore GAA or email

Senior Team
We played Moate in our sixth game in this years league and played with great spirit and enthusiasm, despite being without our regular netminder and one or two outfield players. We led at half-time by 1-6 to 0-6, a Kevin Gannon goal being the difference at the interval. When play resumed we remained in control and finished stongly on a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-10. This was our fourth win in the league this year, something we have not achieved in recent years, and the result now leaves us third in the table with three games to play, and a good chance of promotion. Team: Shane Heraty, Paddy O'Donoghue, Mark King, James Keegan, Kieran Deegan, Ciarán Carey, John Dalton, Eoin Miller, JJ Hegarty 1-0, Cathal Ennis, Ian Seery, Michael Gannon, Kevin Gannon 1-1, Tommy McDaniel 1-9 (5f), Declan Claffey 0-1. Subs Used: Nollaig Gannon, Robert Gannon, Paul Seery. We play Mullingar Shamrocks this Friday at 7.30pm in Springfield.

Congratulations and best wishes to Áine Kirby and Colm Maloney who were married recently. Congratulations also to the Lawlor family, Quigginstown, on their new arrival.