Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: September 2012

September 18, 2012

Player profile – James Cummins

Player profile - James Cummins

James Cummins

Age 28

Height 5’11”

Weight 12st 8lbs

Hugely committed half back who just loves playing for his club. He has been a regular on the Davitts first team for the last ten years. Always gives 100% in matches and consequently has suffered numerous injuries in his career. James is a very effective player who reads the game well and models his own game on Cork’s outstanding wing back Noel O Leary, his favourite player. He claims to have taught Colm Boyle everything he knows about the finer points of wing back play.

There is nothing James enjoys better than a bit of hammering and nailing as he works as a carpenter, specialising in roofing (although he has recently turned his hand to plumbing).

In his spare time James is an avid fan of the The Jeremy Kyle show on TV and the music of Papa Roach….

September 17, 2012

Good luck Colm and Mike

The countdown is on. D-Day, September 23rd is fast approaching. The atmosphere is building up nicely in Ballindine and Irishtown as Colm Boyle, Michael Conroy and the Mayo squad prepare for the All-Ireland Senior Football Final against the mighty Donegal.

It will be a proud day for Davitts Club and the area and we would like to wish the two lads and the Mayo team the best of luck on their big day. It would be impossible to satisfy the huge demand for tickets as practically everybody in the parish wants to be in Croke Park for the occasion. Hopefully a very very special guest will be visiting the area in the near future.

Maigh Eo agus Na Daibheidi abu…

September 16, 2012

Deadline for All Ireland Ticket orders has expired

Davitts GAA Club have now finished taking ticket orders for the All Ireland Final on the 23rd of this month. Members and supporters are urged to remain calm with the distribution process. Tickets will be given out on Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th of September.

Unfortunately at present we do not anywhere near enough tickets to cater for demand, and as a result members will undoubtedly be disappointed. As of Saturday evening (15th Sept) the club had orders of approximately 450 tickets with a supply of 160 tickets. However, the club is striving to locate additional tickets and we will leave no stone unturned in our quest for tickets for as many members as possible.

Again, please be patient with the process. Members are also asked to make the chairman, secretary, treasurer or county board delegate aware if you have received a ticket elsewhere as we are trying to allocate our supply as fairly and evenly as possible.

Finally, Davitts GAA Club would like to thank all the people of Irishtown & Ballindine for the supreme effort you have made in decorating the area in the red and green for the 23rd of September. Mhaigh Eo Abú.

September 16, 2012

Davitts Seniors to compete in Sevens competition in Ratoath on Saturday 22nd September

Ratoath CLG will host its fifth consecutive Ratoath Sevens on the eve of the All-Ireland Final, 22nd of September. This Croke Park sanctioned, 7-a-side Al-Ireland football tournament has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2008.

It will host as many of the 2011 County Intermediate champions and runners-up as possible as well as guest teams travelling from all corners of Ireland.

Being only 15 miles from Jones’ Road, the Sevens at Seán Eiffe Park has fast become a favourite stop-off for match traffic with this year being no exception – already five Mayo and two Donegal teams have booked in – as 8 pitches spread over 27 acres provide quality viewing, fierce competition, craic and the possibility of picking up rare tickets for the big game.

Admission for spectators on the day is free and Ratoath CLG would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone travelling to the game to drop in as they are en-route for Mayo traffic (only 11 and 13 miles respectively from the Leixlip and Maynooth exits on the M4).

September 16, 2012

U-21’s are County Champions!

U-21's are County Champions!

Davitts: 2-11

Ardmoy: 2-4

Davitts captured the Mayo County U-21 C title in impressive style in McHale Park on Saturday evening. Getting off to the dream start and leading by 1-2 to 0-0 after ten minutes, the Davitts lads, playing into the wind started In whirlwind fashion. A classy goal from the impressive Clive Hennigan after a Michael Waldron delivery in the first minute, and two Josh Ronayne points put Davitts on their way. Ardmoy midfielder Brendan Carr, arguably the best player on the pitch, was doing his utmost to stem the tide but some very wasteful shooting meant that Davitts led by 1-5 to 0-2 at halftime.

Ardmoy stormed into the game after the restart but the excellent Davitts defence held firm, with Donal Ronayne and Cathal Higgins in outstanding form. Ardmoy narrowed the gap to two points after goals from defenders John Cafferty (penalty) and Shane Doherty, with ten minutes remaining. Davitts pushed on however and their excellent substitute Andrew Peters sealed the win with a fantastic individual goal eight minutes from time.

Outstanding for Davitts were Donal and Mark Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Cathal Higgins, Thomas Waldron, Clive Hennigan, Darren Connolly, Andrew Peters, Liam Noone and Josh Ronayne.

Ardmoy’s best players on the day were John Cafferty, Shane Doherty, Brendan and Joe Carr, James Mulligan and Kevin Moran.

Congratulations also to the Davitts U-21 management team of Lawrence Daly Snr., Joe Reapy, Liam Nyland and Tommy Ronayne.

Davitts: David Mitchell (capt), Donal Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Cathal Higgins, Mark Ronayne, Jason Connolly, Michael Waldron, Sean Waldron, Thomas Waldron (0-1), Clive Hennigan (1-1), Tommy Clarke, Darren Connolly (0-1), Josh Ronayne (0-6). Subs used: Liam Noone, Andrew Peters (1-1), William Freeley.

Ardmoy: Conor Carney, John Cafferty (1-1), Aiden Williams, Enda O Hora, Dean Gillespie, Shane Doherty (1-0), Brendan Carr (0-1), James Mulligan, Kevin Moran (0-2), Joe Carr, Kevin Doherty, Sean Mulligan, Enda McHale. Sub used: Keith Cosgrove.

A selection of photos from the game are available in the Gallery…

September 11, 2012

Train details for All Ireland Final

Three trains to Heuston Station will operate on Sunday 23rd September as follows:


Westport: 07.45, 08.20 & 08.50

Castlebar: 07.58, 08.32 & 09.02

Claremorris: 08.20, 08.54 & 09.24

Ballyhaunis: 08.33, 09.08 & 09.38


Heuston: 11.05, 11.31 & 11.56

Four special return trains will Depart Heuston Station at 18.20, 18.30, 19.15 & 19.50 serving Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Castlebar & Westport.

Tickets available on-line at www.irishrail.ie or at your local Iarnród Éireann Station. Passengers are not permitted to bring Alcoholic Drinks on board the train. Advance booking is essential.

September 10, 2012

Notice from County Board – Mayo Senior Football Team: Open Evening

In advance of this years All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final the Mayo Senior Football team will be holding an open evening for all County supporters in Elverys MacHale Park next Friday 14th September between 6.30p.m. – 7.30p.m.

There will be a jam packed exciting evening for supporters where you can meet all Mayo players and management as well as other exciting activities. Have your face painted in the county colours, get autographs, jerseys signed etc.

Souvenir posters of the Mayo Senior Football Team squad will be available to purchase on the evening.

This open evening will only last for one hour and will finish at 7.30p.m. at which point supporters will be asked to vacate the pitch area as the team get down to training.

This is an opportunity not to be missed and a memorable night will be had by all in attendance.

September 10, 2012

Juniors qualify for County B Final

Davitts Junior team qualified for the County Junior B Final, defeating a gallant Breaffy outfit by 1-8 to 1-7 after a titanic struggle in McHale Park on Saturday evening. Team captain Seamus Roche was the hero of the day scoring the winner with seconds left on the clock after a great move involving Mark Ronayne, Johnno Clarke, Andrew Peters, Thomas Waldron, Liam Noone and Richie Kilkenny.

Breaffy had led by 0-5 to 0-1 at the break, after playing with the stiff breeze, and looked the likely winners at half time.

Davitts came out with all guns blazing for the second half and substitute Liam Noone appeared to have turned the game around with a superb individual goal seconds after his introduction in the 10th minute and with Andrew Peters running riot at this stage, it looked like Davitts were home and hosed but Breaffy hadn’t read the script. They replied with a great goal but points by Clive Hennigan and Johnno Clarke put Davitts back in the driver’s seat. Breaffy converted a handy free in to tie the game with the seconds ticking down but Davitts responded admirably and scored the winning point with the last kick of the game.

All of the Davitts backs were tremendous in this game with Mark Ronayne having a blinder, and Johnno Clarke, Seamus Roche, Andrew Peters, Liam Noone and Thomas Waldron were also on top of their game as Davitts reached another County Final.

Davitts team: David Mitchell, Brian Clarke, Donal Ronayne, Cathal Higgins, Martin Cosgrove, Mark Ronayne, Lawrence Daly, John Heneghan, Johnno Clarke (0-2), Andrew Peters (0-3), Seamus Roche (0-1), Tommy Mitchell, Darren Connolly, Clive Hennigan (0-1), Richie Kilkenny. Subs used: Liam Noone (1-1), Thomas Waldron, John Costello and William Freeley.

September 8, 2012

U-21’s through to County C Final

Davitts U-21 team qualified for the County C Final after a hard earned victory over Kilmaine in Garrymore on Friday evening. Davitts won by 0-20 to 3-6, an outstanding display of shooting by the razor sharp attack ensuring the victory.

Davitts, playing with the breeze in the first half were sluggish and were it not for some excellent goalkeeping by team captain David Mitchell, some awful shooting from the Kilmaine lads and the intervention of the woodwork, would have found themselves in arrears at the break. However, the Davitts forwardline slung over some excellent scores to lead by 0-8 to 0-3 at halftime.

In the second half Kilmaine threw everything they could have at Davitts but Donal

and Mark Ronayne, Jason Connolly, Brian Clarke, William Freeley and the impressive Cathal Higgins were superb in defence as Michael and Sean Waldron performed heroics at midfield to ensure a plentiful supply of ball to a most impressive attacking unit. Kilmaine hit three killer goals in that second half but Davitts replied to each goal, scoring superb points, showing admirable character.

Some of Davitts forward play involving Thomas Waldron, Josh Ronayne, Clive Hennigan, Tommy Clarke, Darren Connolly and excellent sub Liam Noone was a delight to behold but more will be required to secure a county title.

Davitts team: David Mitchell, Donal Ronayne, Brian Clarke, Jason Connolly, Mark Ronayne, Cathal Higgins, Sean Waldron, Michael Waldron, Thomas Waldron (0-2), Clive Hennigan (0-5), Tommy Clarke (0-1), Darren Connolly (0-4), Josh Ronayne (0-5). Subs used: Liam Noone (0-3), Will-i-am Freeley, Darragh Halligan.

September 7, 2012

Two All-Ireland Tickets will be added as Presto prizes

The Presto prizes on next Sunday (16th September) will include two All-Ireland tickets. To be in the hat for the raffle, just make sure to buy Presto tickets valid for next week. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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