Ballinagore GAA would like to wish all its members a very happy Christmas and new year. We could not continue without the support of our community and we are grateful to everyone who contributed to our club in any way throughout the year.
Membership for 2012 is now due and is €20 per adult, €5 for students and OAP's ,and €30 for a family inclusive of parents and children under 18. Membership can be paid to the club Registrar Declan Claffey or any club officer.
Preparations are well underway for Scór Sinsir and anyone who is interested in taking part should contact the Scór Secretary before Christmas on 087 7562462 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Birthday wishes to Cathal Tynan who celebrated his eighteenth recently.
There are currently two Ballinagore GAA DVD's available to purchase from the club. The first is 'The Road To Croker' which includes the 'best bits' of the county finals from 1986 to 2007 along with footage of the very successful 'Road To Croker' fundraiser last June. The second is the Commemorative DVD of the 1986 Silver Anniversary celebrations and includes both the Junior and Junior B championship finals, plus the Cup final of that year. The DVD's are €10 each or both for €15. Contact Seán Delaney on 086 3315686 or Paul Seery on 086 8318124. These would be a great idea for a last minute stocking filler this Christmas.
Ballinagore Development Association
We wish to thank the members of the Ballinagore Development Association for their kind and generous donation, which they presented to the club at a special function in The Bodhrán last Friday night.
Well done to Tyrrellspass clubman Seán Sheridan, who was elected Vice-Chairman of Westmeath County Board at last week's convention.
Congratulations to Garrycastle who became only the second Westmeath club to claim Provincial football honours, when they defeated St. Brigid's, Dublin in the Leinster Senior club championship final last Sunday. We wish them the best of luck against St. Brigid's in the All-Ireland semi-final and hope that they go all the way to the final in Croke Park. Our clubs have a shared history in that when Garrycastle won both the Westmeath Junior and Intermediate championships in 1993 and 1997, it was Ballinagore who were their opponents. There is also a marriage connection between the Dolans and the Claffey's of Kileenlahan, and James Dolan is a prominent member of the Garrycastle team.
The club wishes to express its sympathy with the Lynn family on the death of Pádraig 'Poggy' Lynn, the Martin family on the death of Mrs. Geraldine Martin and the Kirby family on the passing of Pierce 'Peerie' Kirby.