Spin the Wheel

posted 18 Jun 2018, 03:59 by bornacoola leitrim

The Club will trying our version of Spin the Wheel next October – everyone lobes to watch Marty on a Saturday night and how often have we sat at home home wishing it was us spinning that famous wheel? Now that wish can come true as four lucky people will have a chance to Spin the Wheel in the Copper Still on Sunday 28th of October when there will be the chance to win a top prize of €1000.

Tickets will be available in the next couple of weeks, so get ready for a great night that will include music and the usual fun & frolics guaranteed.  

Juniors back in hunt for league glory

posted 11 Jun 2018, 06:47 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 07:02 ]

Division 4  

Bornacoola 3-11 Mohill 2-12

Our Junior team recorded a hard fought win over Mohill in the Junior league on Sunday with a final scoreline of Bornacoola 3-11, Mohill 2-12. Mohill had the better of the first half and lead at half time by four points. Mohill 1-6, Bornacoola 1-2. The Bornacoola goal in the first half was an excellent finish by John (Barnes) Shanley. 

Mohill started the second half stronger and scored a number of points all of which were cancelled out by points from our lads. Mohill with 10 minutes to go scored a critical goal to leave them seven points up and set for victory. Credit to our lads they lifted their performance and outscored Mohill 2-4 to 0-1 to claim victory at the end. The second half goals coming from Cian Mallon and Tony Shanley. 

Vital points were also kicked over by Michael Duignan, Kevin Shanley, Jonathan Duffy and Trevor Howard. Mohill responded at the very end with an excellent move and a goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by the combined efforts of David Mulligan and Gerry Gearty to ensure victory for the Bors. The win see the lads still in contention for a league final spot with one game remaining. 

Team and scorers: Roy Keenan, Liam Mulligan, David Mulligan, Tony Shanley (1-0), Gearoid Mulligan, Shane Conroy, Robert O`Beirne, Michael Duignan (0-1), Cian Mallon (1-0), Jonathan Duffy (0-1), Kevin Shanley (0-4), Daniel Farrell (0-1), Trevor Howard (0-3), Ronan Mulligan (0-2), John Shanley (1-0). Subs used Gerry Geraty, Kevin Mulligan.


Bors topple Division leaders

posted 5 Jun 2018, 01:36 by bornacoola leitrim

Division 2

Allen Gaels 0-6 Bornacoola 0-13

The form of the Senior team continues its upward trajectory as they made it three wins in a row when defeating table toppers Allen Gaels in Ballinaglera on Saturday evening last. 

The Gaels began the game at a blistering pace and completely dominated the first 15 minutes; however their dominance in possession only yielded two points and the Bors slowly gained a foothold in the game to lead by 0-5 to 0-2 at half time, against the run of play. 

However, Bornacoola were the better team in the second half and thanks to some excellent scores from Damian Moran and Sean Mc Keon in particular as well as a great display between the posts from goalkeeper Conor Hackett, they fought their way to a 0-13 to 0-6 victory. 

Team on duty was Conor Hackett, Brian Duffy, Jason Conroy, Kevin Mulligan, David Mulligan, Conor Mc Cauley, Liam Mulligan, Gary Mc Closkey, Allan Croghan (0-1), Kevin Shanley (0-1), Sean Mc Keon (0-3), Ronan Mulligan (0-1), Ollie Vaughan, Damian Moran (0-6) and Michael Duignan. Subs used were Brian Conroy (0-1), Liam Jones, Philip Howard, Damien Mc Guinness and Roy Keenan. 

Seniors secure second league victory

posted 21 May 2018, 04:25 by bornacoola leitrim

Division 2 

Carrigallen 0-8 Bornacoola 2-14

The Senior team made it two wins on the bounce when they travelled to Carrigallen and delivered an excellent performance on Saturday evening to record a 2-14 to 0-8 victory. 

Carrigallen played with the wind in the first half, but failed to take advantage and only held a single point lead at the interval; in the opening half Bornacoola scores from Conor Mc Cauley, Kevin Shanley, Ronan Mulligan, Sean Mc Keon and Ollie Vaughan had kept the scoreboard ticking over. 

A Ronan Mulligan goal early in the second period sent the Bors on their way to victory and by the time substitute Brian Conroy goaled in the dying minutes, the game was over as a contest. 

Team and scorers were: Conor Hackett, Brian Duffy, Jason Conroy, Kevin Mulligan, David Mulligan, Conor Mc Cauley (0-1), Liam Mulligan (0-1), Gary Mc Closkey, Allan Croghan, Cian Mallon (0-2), Sean Mc Keon (0-2), Kevin Shanley (0-1), Ronan Mulligan (1-4), Michael Duignan (0-1) and Ollie Vaughan (0-1). Subs Brian Conroy (1-1), Daniel Farrell, Gearoid Mulligan, Robert O’Beirne, Liam and Luke Jones. 

Juniors return to winning ways

posted 30 Apr 2018, 02:39 by bornacoola leitrim

Division 4 

Bornacoola 1-11 Ballinaglera 2-6

The Juniors returned to winning ways on Sunday when they had a hardworking victory over Ballinaglera to move into joint second in the league table. Final score was 1-11 to 2-6 to the Bors. 

Panel on duty was Connor Hackett, Luke Jones, Kevin Mulligan, Liam Mulligan, Gearoid Mulligan, Mervyn Howard, Robert O Beirne, Colm Farrell, Daniel Farrell, Ronan Mulligan, Roy Keenan, Kevin Shanley, Liam Jones, Jonathan Duffy, Mark McKeon, John Shanley, Michael Duignan, Trevor Howard, Shane Conroy and Mark McCloskey

Ladies reach League Final

posted 30 Apr 2018, 02:38 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 30 Apr 2018, 02:38 ]

Ladies League - Division 3 Semi Final

Bornacoola/St Mary's 5-15 Keeldra Gaels 3-5

Congratulations and well done to the girls of Bornacoola/St Mary's who have qualified for the Division 3 League Final following a 5-15 to 3-5 semi-final victory over Keeldra Gaels in sunny conditions in Páirc Naomh Muire on Sunday afternoon last. 

In what was a very competitive match throughout, it was the greater efficiency of the home side's attack, allied to staunch defending that proved the difference between the teams at the end. The girls were out of the blocks early and once they found the range for the first time they converted a greater ratio of scoring chances to carry a 3-9 to 1-3 lead into the interval, goalkeeper Caroline Guckian saving a penalty just before the break. 

To their credit, the Keeldra girls never threw in the towel and provided very stern opposition right to the very end but the girls tagged on a number of second-half scores to keep them at arm's length. The girls will now face a tough test in the final with unbeaten Dromahair providing the opposition. 

This game will be played at a date to be decided later in May. 

On duty on Sunday last were: Caroline Guckian, Cora McCauley, Jasmine Maye, Emily Reynolds, Lorraine Guckian, Enya Guckian, Alison McKeon, Kasey Bruen (1-4), Aisling Leahy (2-3), Sara Crowe (2-2), Hannah Reynolds, Kelly Howard (0-2), Hannah Bird (0-3), Ellen Woods (0-1), Tanya Boyle and Kathy Butler.

Second loss for Juniors in Div 4

posted 23 Apr 2018, 03:17 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 23 Apr 2018, 03:18 ]

Division 4 

Sean O Heslins 1-10 Bornacoola 0-7

The Juniors returned to action on Saturday evening last in Ballinamore when they took on the table toppers Sean O Heslins. In a game that never really got firing, the Ballinamore men ran out deserving 1-10 to 0-7 victors; however the Bors did a lot of things right and had they taken any of four excellent goal chances, the outcome might well have been different. 

Team on duty was Conor Hackett. Patrick Kozak, David Mulligan, Kevin Mulligan, Liam Mulligan, Mervyn Howard, Luke Jones, Liam Jones, Colm Farrell (0-1), Jonathan Duffy (0-2), Robert O Beirne, Danny Farrell, Ronan Mulligan, Cian Mallon and Kevin Shanley (0-4). Subs used were: Trevor Howard, Gearoid Mulligan and Marc Mc Keon. We return to action this weekend when Ballinaglera will be the visitors to Dromod. 

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. 

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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