Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: February 2012

February 26, 2012

O’Mara Cup v Ballinrobe – Match Report

Davitts, fielding ten of the side that played in the All-Ireland Intermediate final two weeks ago, were defeated at home by Ballinrobe, 2-8 to 1-9, in the first round of the O’Mara Cup, in front of a large attendance. The damage was done in the first half with the hungrier looking Ballinrobe team making good use of the tricky wind to lead by 2-6 to 0-4 at the break. The second half belonged to Davitts who produced a stirring fightback. A string of superb points by the inspirational Ronan McNamara (3) and Fergal McGrath (2) and a lovely goal finished by Seamus Roche after great work by Keith Prendergast and McGrath left just a point between the sides with ten minutes normal time remaining. Davitts had a couple of chances to equalise but these were squandered and Ballinrobe secured the final score of the game with the last kick, on a rare second half visit to the Davitts half of the pitch.

Davitts will be disappointed to have lost but very encouraged by the excellent second half display. Ballinrobe will be delighted to have held on and used their experience well to close the game out though their time wasting tactics may not work as well against the top referees.

Best for Davitts were Alan, Colm and Seamus Roche, Johnno Clarke, Ronan McNamara, Paul Carey and Fergal McGrath. It was great to see Aidan McTigue play again and he looked lively before being replaced at half time.

Davitts: David Mitchell, Colm Roche, Alan Roche, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke (0-1), James Cummins, Mark Ronayne, Ronan McNamara (0-3), Paul Carey, Keith Prendergast, Josh Ronayne (0-1), Seamus Roche (1-0), Aidan McTigue (0-1), Fergal McGrath (0-3), Liam Kearns.

Subs used: Michael Waldron, Martin Cosgrove.

February 22, 2012

Davitts defence of O’Mara Cup kicks-off this weekend

After the shortest off-season ever, the Davitts senior team begin their defence of the O Mara Cup with a home game against Ballinrobe on Sunday, Feb 26th at 12pm (weather permitting). Hopefully a big crowd will come along to support Pete Warren and the lads as they try to build on last year’s success.

February 17, 2012

All Ireland Final report

All Ireland Final report

Milltown Castlemaine 1-13

Davitts 1-6

Mayo and Connaught Intermediate Champions Davitts glorious season ended in disappointment in Croke Park on Sunday, coming up short against a very impressive Milltown Castlemaine team, the Kerry and Munster champions in the All Ireland Intermediate Final.

Championship victories over Kiltimagh, Hollymount-Carramore, Killala, Kilmaine, Parke, Burrishoole, Melvin Gaels, Padraig Pearses and Eire Og had made the 2011 season the greatest ever in our club’s history. The securing of the O Mara Cup, the Michael Walsh Cup and the Mayo and Connaught Intermediate titles, as well as the promotion to Division 1A of the senior league, was furthest from the players, management and supporters thoughts for some time after this match but we have to acknowledge the absolutely incredible season we have just had. To see the red and black of Davitts run on to Croke Parke to play in an All Ireland Club Final is a sight few of us ever believed we would see, and is something that filled our hearts with such joy and we thank our wonderful lads and management from the bottom of our hearts!

While everyone from Irishtown and Ballindine were hurting on Sunday night, we all can be very proud of our incredible achievements which really have put the club on the national football map. Our supporters have been absolutely magnificent, our management superb and our players an absolute credit to the parish. To experience the All-Ireland build up, the banners, bunting, flags etc has lifted the whole community, have we ever had such a short winter?

The special supporters train? A massive thank you to the organisers. The Dinner Dance? One of the biggest the country has ever seen. The homecoming? While the players and management were heartbroken, we will never forget the fantastic reception that awaited us in Irishtown on Sunday night. Bourkes was just amazing, where else would you see such a crowd? Recession? Ya must be joking! Wasn’t it just amazing to meet people that travelled from all over the world to come home to support our fantastic team?

We also have to acknowledge the tremendous support we have got from our neighbouring clubs and indeed from all over Mayo and Galway. A special mention to our brilliant sponsors, just too numerous to mention individually here, but are highlighted elsewhere on this website.

The Kerry men got off to a brilliant start and led by six points after twenty minutes before Paul Carey’s long delivery was flicked on by Michael Conroy to Fergal McGrath who coolly finished to the net. This was as good as it got for Davitts who had suffered a severe blow to their chances before the game when the dynamic Aidan McTigue, one of our top players all season, was ruled out due to illness. Credit to all our players who never threw in the towel but it just was never going to be our day.

A big thank you to Mid West Radio (what a night we had in Irishtown on Friday), the Mayo News, Connaught Telegraph, Western People and the Tuam Herald for all their coverage of our epic journey.

While every member of the Davitts team and subs tried valiantly to turn the game around, it just never happened, we were beaten by a better team on the day, a team that produced an excellent display of football, and are worthy All-Ireland Champions. We would like to congratulate Clonbur on their victory in the Junior Final. Well done lads.

Davitts team: Mark Diskin, Colm Roche, Alan Roche, Kevin Gallagher, Johnno Clarke, Colm Boyle, James Cummins, Ronan McNamara (0-1), Paul Carey, Keith Prendergast (0-1), David McDonagh, Pat Coyne, Liam Kearns (0-1), Fergal McGrath (1-0), Michael Conroy (0-3).

Subs used: Keith Glynn, Frankie Barrett, Carlos O Gara, Josh Ronayne.

Other panel members: Martin Cosgrove, David Mitchell, Mark Ronayne, Seamus Roche, Michael Waldron, Shane Mitchell, Tommy Mitchell, Michael Ronayne,

Lawrence Daly, John Heneghan, Jason Connolly, Richie Kilkenny, Luke Ronayne, Pat Hopkins.

A new season begins on Sunday week, Feb 26th when we play the first round of the

O Mara Cup. We will compete in Division 1A of the Senior League and will be competing in Mayo Senior Championship.

Thank you Peter Warren, Ja Trench and John Treacy and your magnificent squad.

Na Daibheidi Abu…

February 11, 2012

Panel Pen Pics – Excerpt from this week’s Mayo News

Mark Diskin

Age 40. Former stalwart club midfielder who came out of retirement to fill the goalkeeping position. Confident and assured, Disco appears to be getting better with age. Some say he is “rock” solid but others think he is just “stone” mad.

Colm Roche

Age 28. Attacker cum defender who has made the number 2 jersey his own this season. Excellent reader of the game who is currently playing the football of his life. Looks out for his big brother on the field.

Alan Roche

Age 36. Rochie was coaxed of of retirement by Peter Warren. Has made the full back position his own in the absence of Frankie Barrett and the former Mayo senior star uses his strength and experience to great effect. Very accurate when he goes forward and once scored a point for Davitts…years ago!

Kevin Gallagher

Age 21. Like Colm Roche, Diego is fast becoming one of the outstanding corner backs in Mayo football. Super athlete that has broken the hearts of many corner forwards throughout this fantastic season. Rarely loses his man but his t-shirt? Well that’s another story.

Johnno Clarke

Age 21. Attacking wing back who regularly finds himself in good scoring positions. Very laid back character but a very effective player for the club. Strictly Come Dancing enthusiast.

Colm Boyle

Age 25. On the pitch, Boyler is an inspirational leader, brave as a lion, fit as a fiddle and as cranky as a bag of weasels. A marvellous clubman who is a great role model for the younger players. Recently recalled to the Mayo senior panel.

James Cummins

Age 27. Tidi is a fiercely competitive wing back who has a total disregard for his own personal safety on the field. Spirited, stout hearted and bubbly character, since his recent career change.

Ronan McNamara

Age 28. Overcame serious injuries to star at midfield this year. Great fielder and superb long range freetaker. Forms a very uncompromising midfield partnership with PC. His pointed 95 metre free kick was a feature of this years Mayo Intermediate Championship final.

Paul Carey

Age 29. PC is having his best season to date in the Red and Black. Huge appetite for work and currently fitter than at any stage of his career. Another no nonsense merchant on the field…and off it! Dangerous man on a bike.

Keith Prendergast

Age 21. Very talented player that captained the U-21 team this year. Prender is having a great season. A member of the Skevard mafia and son of former Davitts star player, Louis.

David McDonagh

Age 35. Dowie is a vastly experienced player who has given years of great service to the club. A big goal threat who also scores the odd spectacular point. Has never lost a game at Croke Park.

Pat Coyne

Age 36. Coyner has played in a number of positions for the club but has settled in well at number 12 this season. A terrific fielder and an intelligent footballer. Was an important cog in his uncle Michael D’s presidential campaign machine.

Aidan McTigue

Age 25. McFly is a speed merchant whose trickery on the ball causes defenders all sorts of problems. Also excels at darts and regularly gets mistaken for Phil Taylor.

Fergal McGrath

Age 21. Strong, good ball winner and lethal finisher. Very intelligent player who relishes the physical side of the game. A closet fan of Home And Away.

Michael Conroy

Age 27. Team captain who has been a revelation this season. Recalled to the Mayo Senior panel following a string of exceptional performances for his club. Modest and shy character recently visited by the tooth fairy!

Frankie Barrett

Age 25. Very talented defender who emigrated to Australia after helping Davitts win the Connaught title. Lula returned in the last few weeks to give the club a massive boost before the All-Ireland final.

David Mitchell

Age 18. Sub goalie and the baby of the squad. St. Colmans College keeper and a bright prospect. Excellent shotstopper.

Keith Glynn

Age 22. Former Mayo minor captain whose footballing career has been plagued with injuries. Excellent midfielder or forward who is now working as a male model in London.

Carlos O Gara

Age 30. This Brian Dooher lookalike is a hardworking forward who will always give his all. Regular winner of the most exotic name in the club.

Martin Cosgrove

Age 24. Cossy has featured in defence in every championship game so far. A speedy and hugely committed defender. Mike Denver fan.

Liam Kearns

Age 21. Very talented and accurate forward who is often mistaken for Niall from his favourite band One Direction.

Seamus Roche

Age 27. Third member of the Roche family in the squad. Tough forward with a very accurate left foot.

Michael Waldron

Age 19. Versatile young player who can play in a number of positions. Great fielder and an aspiring successor to Frank Hyland as club chairman.

Mark Ronayne

Age 18. Outstanding captain of this seasons excellent minor team. Will be a leading player for the club for many years to come. (is that him on the AIB poster?)

Josh Ronayne

Age 19. Very talented two footed attacker. Super athlete with a big future ahead of him for both club and county. Eurovision fan.

Michael Ronayne

Age 23. Defender who reads the game exceptionally well “mopping” up any danger that comes his way.

Shane Mitchell

Age 22. Midfielder who captained the club’s U-21 team last year. Gutted when the Spice Girls broke up.

Tommy Mitchell

Age 21. Wholehearted player and brother of David and Shane. Was once auditioned for Bawnmore’s got talent.

John Heneghan

Age 21. Outstanding midfielder for the U-21 team this year. His hobbies include bird watching, bird watching and bird watching.

Jason Connolly

Age 18. Minor star who has a big future ahead of him in the Davitts colours. Another Mike Denver fan.

Laurence Daly

Age 22. Committed defender who is also an accomplished horseman. From a football mad family.

Richie Kilkenny

Age 21. Goalpoacher supreme and the youngest member of the most eco friendly family in the parish.

Luke Ronayne

Age 28. Versatile player who has picked himself in a number of positions on the junior team.

Pat Hopkins

Age 28. Junior team captain and Pete Warren’s pet. Won the best turned out award on the St. Stephen’s Day cycle.


Ja Trench

Quiet, calm, meticulous, deep thinking selector who gives the job 100% commitment. The players know they can’t pull the wool over his eyes.

John Treacy

Not as quiet and calm as Ja but just as dedicated. Former star player for the club. His wife Olive is the club’s physio while his sons Shane, Cian, Niall and Ciaran are football mad and rarely miss a training session or match.

Peter Warren

We have ran out of superlatives to describe this man in Ballindine and Irishtown. The former Galway selector has turned the whole club around since his arrival last year. A legend.

February 10, 2012

Parish Pride

This poem is from Helen Corr & all those from Irishtown & Ballindine who are away at present and can’t be there on Sunday.

Parish Pride by Helen Corr Endall

The weekend has come

To show our pride

Lads of the Parish

We’re all on ye’re side

When ye hit Croke Park

Just do ye’re stuff

We know ye can do it

Ye really are tough

From Sydney to San Fran

From London to the North

Melbourne & Dubai

Even New York

We can’t all be there

But just do ye’re best

And thanks to technology

We’ll tune into Mid West

And always remember

No matter the call

It’s all for one

And one for all

At the end of the day

No matter where we roam

We’ll always be proud

To call Davitts our home

February 7, 2012

5 days and counting…

Just a few days to go before our date with Milltown-Castlemaine in Croker. The atmosphere is building up nicely as the villages of Ballindine and Irishtown are looking resplendent. The flags, bunting, signs etc are adding enormously to the occasion and a big well done to everybody in the parish for their effort.

The special supporters train is full up and great credit is due to the organisers for their tremendous work. A big thank you to all the well wishers from other clubs, your support is greatly appreciated.

On Friday night Mid West Radio will be in Bourkes recording a special “Up For The Match” program with Angelina Nugent and Billy Fitzpatrick. There will be plenty of chat, both serious and lighthearted, with some of the club’s most legendary figures as well as a few tunes from local group The Rambling Rogues, and one or two surprises. Music afterwards with the one and only Sean McDonagh. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed in what should be the ideal start to the biggest weekend in our proud club’s history.

Finally the club would like to wish Clonbur the very best of luck in the Junior Final. We played a couple of good challenge games with them this season and we have no doubt that they have the ability to claim the title and hopefully they will start off a famous day for Connaught football in Croke Park.

February 4, 2012

Website Survey now closed – check out the results here!

The Davitts GAA Website Survey is now closed. A summary of the results are below:

Are you a player, member or supporter of Davitts GAA Club?

Yes – 88%

No – 12%

Are you male or female?

Male – 68%

Female – 32%

Which category below includes your age?

17 or younger – 20%

18-29 – 34%

30-39 – 22%

40-49 – 11%

50-59 – 12%

60 or older – 1%

In what area do you live?

Ballindine / Irishtown area – 68%

South Mayo – 7%

County Mayo – 4%

County Galway – 10%

Connaught – 2%

Dublin – 3%

UK – 6%

How often do you visit the Davitts GAA website?

Daily – 23%

About every second day – 25%

About twice per week – 24%

About once a week – 14%

Only after a match / event – 14%

What is the main reason you visit the website?

Keep up-to-date with latest news & events – 71%

Match Reports – 22%

Pictures – 4%

Fixtures / Results – 3%

The most popular suggestions for improvements / features (from genuine responses!):

Player Profiles – 30% of respondents

Better photo viewer – 24% of respondents

More pictures – 17% of respondents

More pictures / more reports on underage and junior games – 17% of respondents

League Tables – 15% of respondents

Guest / Comment Page – 12% of respondents

Forum – 10% of respondents

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the large number of respondents who left funny /witty comments; unfortunately we cannot publish these, even if we would sincerely love to publish some of them! These comments reinforce the general consensus in the locality that the tone of content in the website is appreciated by the majority of visitors to the website. Davitts GAA Club has never been what most people would consider an orthodox club, and we think that by and large, the content on this website reflects the nature of the Davitts mind frame!

Thanks to all the genuine respondents to the survey. We will be working on a website upgrade in the coming months, unfortunately most of the upgrades will take time to implement, so we thank you for your patience in the meantime – improvements are on the way!

February 4, 2012

Davitts – All Balls, No Bull!

Davitts - All Balls, No Bull!

This sign is outside Seamus and Anne ronayne’s house in Bunduff, Irishtown. Seamus is a farmer…hence the bull, while his son josh is an excellent footballer and member of the Davitts intermediate squad…hence the balls!!!

February 3, 2012

Tickets news for All Ireland

Tickets for the All Ireland Final can be purchased in Hennigan’s Centra Ballindine. The ticket prices are as follows:

Adults €20

OAP / Students €20 (but can claim refund of €10 with valid OAP / Student Card in Croke Park)

U-16’s €5

Tickets will also be available on the day in Croke Park.

February 2, 2012

Train news and special “Up for the Match” broadcast from Bourke’s of Irishtown

As the big game atmosphere continues to grow (great to see the big effort that people are making with flags, banners etc), there is a very limited number of tickets available for the special match day train. In order to secure one of these precious tickets, contact either Ger Conroy @ 087-9045833, Liam Griffin @ 087-2360853 or Rose Kearns @ 087-6117509.

Mid West Radio will be recording a special “Up For The Final” show live from Bourke’s, Irishtown, on Friday night, Feb 10th. Pencil in the date in your diaries folks. It should be a marvellous occasion, with plenty of chat, craic and a few songs. We will have more details on the website in the next few days.

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