Shay Reynolds RIP - An Appreciation

posted 16 Apr 2018, 04:50 by bornacoola leitrim

It was with great sadness that we learned on Sunday morning of the passing of a true legend of our club, our President Shay Reynolds. Shay was widely known and loved, not just in Cloncolory, Dromod and Bornacoola, but throughout Leitrim and far beyond. 

He was the epitome of the community volunteer and was at the heart of everything positive that took place in the area over the years, from his time as a youth in Mrs Moffatt’s Dromod marching band, to his stage appearances in Cloonturk hall, the wren boys, his work with Dromod Development, Bornacoola Community Development, Cloonmorris Graveyard Committee and the Cloonturk Christmas choir to name but a few. 

Yet it was undoubtedly the GAA that provided his most passionate outlet. Over the years he became synonymous with Bornacoola GAA, but his footballing life actually had its roots with our neighbours Annaduff, with whom he played in the 1960’s while our own club lay dormant. And he played with great success too, starring on the losing side in the 1966 County final against Aughavas. However, there was little doubt that once the Bors reformed in 1973, Shay would cross back over the Eslin River and for the next number of years he starred for the Bors as they reached two Junior Championship finals in 1977 and 1978 (pictured above), unfortunately losing both. Consolation came in the form of a Junior league title in 1976 but when talking with Shay about those years, it was clear that the fun and enjoyment off the field was almost as important as what happened on it and that particular group were widely known for their sportsmanship and ability to enjoy the social as well as the playing side of the game. And Shay of course was always at the heart of the craic! When he retired from playing, he took up refereeing and again gained the respect of his peers when being named Leitrim Referee of the Year in 1980; for spells in both the 1990’s and in the 2000’s, his attention returned to on field matters when he served as a selector with various Bornacoola adult teams.

He was also heavily involved in Scór throughout his life – initially as a participant and later as an administrator when he served in a number of roles, including as Treasurer of the Connacht Scór Committee; indeed he became well known throughout the province in this role and it was a source of great pride to him that all three of his sons – the late Kevin, Cathal and John – participated in Scór and kept the cultural flame burning. His greatest contribution to Bornacoola GAA however came in his fourteen years as Chairman of the club (1989 to 2002), where with his good friends Declan Bohan, as Secretary, and Sean Mc Gowan, as Treasurer, the Club entered a period of growth that saw a plethora of titles secured at underage level and participation levels reach new heights as Bornacoola began to field three adult men’s and an adult ladies team annually (all within just 25 years of reforming from nothing as a club). The Club moved from Junior through Intermediate before finally obtaining senior status again in the Autumn of 1997, something that pleased our then Chairman greatly. To see the Bors, with his son John as part of the panel, reach the County senior finals of 2005 and 2008, was the fulfilment of a dream for Shay that at many points in the journey must have felt a million miles away. An ever present on the sidelines as a supporter, it was always instructive to seek his views in the Railway (or the Copper) after a game and if there was a small Power’s to hand when seeking them, then so much the better! 

His love for Bornacoola was only matched by his pride in his native County. For home games in Páirc Seán he would be on duty as a steward; for away games there was the pre-match pep talk and a little sustenance to be consumed in Jimmy’s (or Cox’s) before loading up with his close friends the late Jimmy O’Connor and TP Cox and pointing the car in the direction of the Hyde or Tuam, Aughrim or Dr Cullen Park. 

There were more bad days than good, but his loyalty and pride never wavered. It was appropriate therefore that he was appointed as Chairman of the Leitrim Supporters Club in 2010 and he – unsurprisingly – excelled in that role too helping to oversee the generation of hundreds of thousands of Euros over the years through the Supporters Club Draw. For many years he was a voice of wisdom and reason at County Committee meetings, and always represented the Bornacoola view fairly but firmly.

Yet even the love and commitment he showed for the local community, for his parish and for his county was overshadowed by the love he bestowed on his best friend and life long companion Mary, and on his sons Kevin, Cathal and John. Kevin’s sudden passing a few years ago, while in his mid-30’s, was an unbelievably cruel burden to bear. The grace and bravery with which they carried their grief typified the character of the Reynolds’ family and through it all, Shay was the rock for all around him. The last month of Shay’s life was spent in Mullingar hospital, surrounded by his family, but for someone who gave so much to so many, who was such a public presence and who was so generous with his time for others, there was something fitting in his last weeks being surrounded by and filled with those who knew and loved him the most. We can but offer our heartfelt sympathies to Mary, Cathal and John, to his son in law Simon, daughter in law Nicola, grandson Kian, granddaughter Laila, sisters Maureen Hanley (Strokestown) and Betty Murray (Greystones) brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many, many friends.

Known all over the County, when news of his death broke on Sunday morning, our Club Facebook page was inundated with messages of sympathy from those who struggled to get their heads around the departure of a man who was simply a colossus in the community. The majority of posts used the word “gentleman” and that was not by accident. He was a friend to so many people, in so many ways a father to our community, and his easy way, generosity of spirit, his ability to tell a great story and that big laugh will never leave the memory. We are comforted by the fact that somewhere in heaven he is sharing a drink with those he loved and who have gone before him, and when he’s called on for a song, the Four Green Fields or the Croppy Boy will surely get an airing. Our loss is their gain. Níl tú imithe uainn a chara dhílis, ach romhainn. Solas na bhfláitheas dá anam uasal. 

Latest Underage News

posted 16 Apr 2018, 04:43 by bornacoola leitrim

 Training will commence for all age groups on Saturday 21st of April at 10.30 am sharp. We are asking this year if all players could be there on time as it makes it easier for coaches for setting up drills.Our coaches have been busy training and as a club we have met our requirements that all coaches have a minimum of foundatìon and child protection training with many coaches at level 1 standard and first aid training.Please ensure your child wears gumshield to all training sessions.

If your child has not registered please contact Suzanne Maguire on 087 3898205 as we will need everyone registered for insurance purposes. 

 A series of U9 blitzes for the Bors got underway on Saturday last and will continue for the next number of Saturdays. Last Saturday, St Marys were the visitors to Dromod and we had a tremendous turnout with three Bornacoola teams playing at the same time. We had both boys and girls teams togged out which was fantastic to see. A huge thank you to our coaches for setting everything up, to all of the parents involved for bringing snacks and for all their help in making drinks for the visiting children and parents. Next week we travel to Kinlough for a similar day’s activity. 

Finally, our eligible U13’s are competing with Gortletteragh this year and on Saturday last they finished off their league campaign with an appearance in the Shield Final against Allen Gaels in Drumshanbo. In a tremendous game of football played in a great spirit, Allen Gales had the elements in their favour in the first half and reached the interval with a three point lead. The second half proved to be a titantic struggle and while Gortletteragh entered the closing two minutes trailing by just a point, a late Allen Gaels goal secured a four point victory for the home team. Team was David Liu Doyle, Tommy Reen, Luke Mc Manus, George Glaze, Nathan Ryan, Oisin Maguire, Noah Mc Nulty, Mathew Davies, Ryan Fanning, Riaghan Ward, Jack Gannon, Adam Reen, Jonathan Boyle, Senan Woods, Aaron Carney and Jack Reynolds. 

Early surge delivers league points for Annaduff

posted 9 Apr 2018, 01:40 by bornacoola leitrim

Division 2

Bornacoola 1-9 Annaduff 1-12

 Annaduff were the visitors to Dromod on Saturday evening last, and a large crowd witnessed a close game full of the usual intensity associated with the local derby.

It was the visitors who started the game in impressive fashion and after just 20 minutes, they led by 1-6 to 0-1 as the Bors appeared to be in difficulty in several sectors of the field. However, a strong rally approaching half time ensured the Bors registered the final three points of the half, to sit just five points in arrears at the interval. 

When sub Brian Conroy finished to the net 10 minutes into the second half, the gap was narrowed to a single point (1-6 to 1-5) and suddenly the game was in the melting pot. However but this was as close as the Bors managed to get and although it took an excellent save from Annaduff sub keeper Shane Cox to deny Damian Moran a late goal for the home side, it was the visitors who deservedly held on in an entertaining contest by 1-12 to 1-9. 

Next up for Bornacoola are Sean O Heslins who line out in Dromod on Sunday morning next at 12noon. 

Team and scorers were: Conor Hackett, Damian Mc Guinness, Jason Conroy, Brian Duffy, Mervyn Howard (0-1), David Mulligan, Liam Mulligan, Damian Moran (0-3), Alan Croghan (0-1), Cian Mallon, Sean Mc Keon (0-1), Danny Farrell, Ollie Vaughan, Gary Mc Closkey and Ronan Mulligan. Subs; Brian Conroy (1-1), Kevin Mulligan, Kevin Shanley and Colm Farrell. 

Juniors fall to first league defeat

posted 9 Apr 2018, 01:39 by bornacoola leitrim

Division 4

Cloone 1-17 Bornacoola 0-8

Our Junior teams unbeaten run for 2018 came to an end on Sunday against Cloone. Trailing by 7 points to 4 at half time the Bors had a strong twenty minutes in the second half. With ten minutes to go we were trailing by just two points 0-10 to 0-8. Cloone then got a crucial goal and pushed on to add a further seven points in the final eight minutes leaving the final score Cloone1-17 Bornacoola 0-8.

Team and Scorers: Mark Mc Closkey, Liam Mulligan, Kevin Mulligan, Tony Shanley, Gearoid Mulligan, Robert O Beirne, Luke Jones, Colm Farrell, Michael Duignan (0-2), Roy Keenan (0-2), Daniel Farrell, Marc McKeon, John Shanley, Kevin Shanley (0-2), Jonathan Duffy (0-1), Cian Mallon and Ronan Mulligan (0-1)

Ladies hold on for crucial league victory

posted 9 Apr 2018, 01:37 by bornacoola leitrim

Ladies League

Bornacoola/St Mary's 2-13 Aughawillan 3-7

The Bornacoola/St Mary’s Ladies played their third match of the 2018 League season on Sunday morning last as they hosted Aughawillan's second team in Dromod. After a topsy-turvy encounter, they picked up their second victory but were left clinging on in the final few minutes as Aughawillan came with a late onslaught which threatened to derail their league ambitions. 

After a bright early opening the girls spurned a number of scoring chances but after settling in they managed to hold a four-point interval lead. A barnstorming third quarter saw the girls into a commanding position before the last quarter Aughawillan dominance aided by two goals which reduced the lead to a mere kick of the ball. The girls held out after a most enjoyable and competitive contest played in the first spring-like conditions of 2018. 

They are out again on Sunday morning next as they make the short journey to Annaduff to take on the home side at 11am with League Semi Final placings to be decided. 

On duty, on Sunday morning last were Caroline Guckian, Jasmine Maye, Cora McCauley, Emily Reynolds, Lorraine Guckian, Enya Guckian, Kasey Bruen, Alison McKeon, Aisling Leahy, Sara Crowe, Rachel McGarry, Hannah Reynolds, Lisa Guckian, Hannah Bird, Tanya Boyle and Ellen Woods.

Orcas on winning run Down Under

posted 3 Apr 2018, 01:41 by bornacoola leitrim

Four years ago, former Bornacoola Footballer Derek DiggerMan Duignan, set up the Bornacoola Orcas touch Rugby team in Evan’s Head in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales (Australia). We’re delighted to report that the Orca’s won their first Grand Final last week wearing the Black and Amber with pride in the final. 

Unfortunately the DiggerMan himself was unable to take the field for the big day, as an earlier Rugby injury meant he had not played enough games to be eligible for the final. 

As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same!! Well done to Derek and his team and we hope to see you back in Ireland soon. 

This is Your Life a great success

posted 3 Apr 2018, 01:37 by bornacoola leitrim

 Our thanks to everyone who supported our This is Your Life night in Lough Rynn on Easter Saturday night. Sean Mc Gowan and Declan Bohan were those who received the Red Book treatment and we thank them and their families for their participation.

The night would not have been possible without the huge range of guests who travelled from near and far. Thanks also to Lough Rynn for hosting the night, to those who performed on stage including the O’Neill School of Dancing, Shannon Healy, Bríd Sullivan and Rachel Mallon, and to the as ever incomparable Tommy Moran who filled the Eamon Andrew’s role with his usual aplomb. It was the third time in the last 5 years that Tommy has compered on our behalf – he is a true legend of both Leitrim and the GAA. 

To Martina Hackett and the Finance team who put so much effort into delivering a hugely professional night and finally to the sponsors of our raffle prizes for the half time draw – winners were;  Siobhan Mulligan, Lorraine Bohan, Mary Faughnan, John Campbell, Alison Mc Keon, Deirdre Faughnan, Gerry Kilraine, Aoide Mallon, Rachel Mallon and Ivy Body. 

Bors overcome Annaduff to secure senior status

posted 25 Sep 2017, 02:38 by bornacoola leitrim

Senior Championship Relegation Final

Bornacoola 2-12 Annaduff 2-10 

Once again (as last year) on the weekend of the Glasgow Derby, it was the Dromod Derby that attracted all of the local attention as Annaduff were the opposition in last Sunday morning’s Senior Championship Relegation final in Cloone. And just like last year, after a close contest it was the Bors who survived with Senior status intact on a 2-12 to 2-10 scoreline in front of a large crowd.

The game was packed with drama from the very first minute when the Bors had the ball in the net although the score would be chalked off by referee Brendan Sammon for an alleged infringement on the Annaduff keeper. However, this early intervention was a sign of the Bors intent and early points from Ollie Vaughan and Damian Moran helped the team to settle. 

Annaduff though grew into the game as the first half wore on and appeared to have taken a grasp of proceedings when they led by 0-5 to 0-3 after 19 minutes as their forward line moved the ball impressively. The Bors finished the half by far the stronger though as a number of good scores, including a couple of long distance frees from Damian Moran, ensured it was the men in Black and Amber who entered the dressing rooms a point in front, 0-7 to 0-6. 

The decisive period of the game was probably the first ten minutes of the second half as Bornacoola dominated possession and scored 1-3 without reply. The goal came from a Damian Moran break, through the heart of the Annaduff defence; his initial shot was blocked, but rebounded to the County star and he steered the ball into the Annaduff net to open up a four point lead. This was extended to seven by the 38th minute and Bornacoola appeared on the road to victory. 

However, full credit to our neighbours who rallied admirably and two points followed by a goal of their own from Gavin O Brien in the 42nd minute narrowed the gap to 1-10 to 1-8 as the Bors momentarily eased off. We appeared to have steadied the ship when re-establishing a 3 point lead with ten minutes to go before the Duff struck for goal again – a 45 metre free, crashing off the upright and into the grateful arms of Alan Glancy who finished to the net. The teams were now level and it appeared we would be in for a grandstand finish.

But it was the Bors who struck next – a Damian Moran free was batted out by the Annaduff defence and Sean Mc Keon was on hand, with a little help from Ronan Mulligan, to finish to the Annaduff net and. The expected onslaught from Annaduff never really materialised as the remainder of the game was played in the Annaduff half and although the losers did add a point late on, it was the Bors who enjoyed the vast majority of the chances in the last ten minutes while controlling possession comfortably. However, a series of wides ensured the margin of victory would only be two points.

Yet this was enough to ensure Bornacoola remain in the Senior Championship for their 21st consecutive year in 2018 (Annaduff will play Intermediate next year). Four of Sunday’s team – Michael Duignan, Shane Conroy, Mark and Gary Mc Closkey – have been there for the entire journey and all four played vital roles on Sunday. 

Defensively, after a shaky start, Bornacoola gradually got on top of a lively Annaduff forward line. Led by the excellent Jason Conroy and Conor Mc Cauley (who was black carded in the second half but also scored a point), the experience of Damian Mc Guinness and Shane Conroy was vital in steadying the ship particularly in the first half. Brian Duffy (who scored a great first half point) and David Mulligan were their usual reliable selves and their pace was crucial at various times in the game as both grew in confidence as the game developed. 

One of the key contributors to the victory was Bornacoola dominance at kick-out time and it was here that Michael Duignan and Gary Mc Closkey shone. Up front, Damian Moran was a constant thorn in the Annaduff side right from the throw in and during the period in the second half when Annaduff were beginning to get on top, his presence as an out ball for the Bors was vital.

Another to shine was Philip Howard – he won a huge amount of possession at kick out time and was central to absolutely everything Bornacoola did and his enviable endeavour typified the Bornacoola approach. 

Ollie Vaughan got through a world of hard work and used his strength well in winning frees, while the foot passing of Sean Mc Keon was at its usual high standard stretching the Annaduff defence at crucial times and of course it was his touch to the net for the second goal that would prove decisive in the overall context. 

Brian Conroy worked tirelessly throughout, most especially when moving to wing back to replace the tiring Weasel while Ronan Mulligan will reflect on this game as his most impressive of the season. 

From the bench Liam Mulligan continued his excellent year, Trevor Howard’s point to steady the ship following Annaduff’s second goal was a really important score while the fresh legs of Mervyn Howard and Kevin Mulligan added impetus to the Bornacoola attack in the closing stages. 

Finally a word for the two Declan’s who have pulled off yet another great escape – both men know survival is an achievement for Bornacoola annually at this stage in our history and both men manage to have the Bors psychologically right for the big fight every year. Well done to them and to the entire panel on retaining Senior status for another year. 

Team and Scorers on Sunday were: Mark Mc Closkey, Brian Duffy (0-1), Conor Mc Cauley (0-1), David Mulligan, Damian Mc Guinness, Jason Conroy, Shane Conroy, Gary Mc Closkey, Michael Duignan, Philip Howard (0-1), Sean Mc Keon (1-0), Ollie Vaughan (0-1), Brian Conroy, Damian Moran (1-7) and Ronan Mulligan. Subs used: Liam Mulligan, Trevor Howard (0-1), Mervyn Howard and Kevin Mulligan. 

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