First half goal proves decisive in Aughnasheelin victory

posted 7 Aug 2018, 03:28 by bornacoola leitrim

Senior Championship Round 2

Bornacoola 0-13 Aughnasheelin 1-17

 Our Senior Championship campaign continued on Saturday last when we faced Aughnasheelin in Cloone. Bornacoola were much sharper than they had been in their opening encounter with Allen Gaels and led early in the game as they took the game to their opponents and managed some good scores. 

However, the key score of the game arrived midway through the first half when Aughnasheelin grabbed a well worked goal and that was to prove a decisive cushion throughout the remainder of the game as the Aughnasheelin men went on to record a deserved 1-17 to 0-13 victory. 

This Saturday we face Glencar/Manorhamilton in Ballinamore at 5pm. Team on Saturday was: Danny Farrell, Jason Conory, Gary Mc Closkey, Conor Mc Cauley, Kevin Mulligan, Anthony Mulligan (0-1), Allan Croghan (0-2), Damian Moran (0-3), Colm Farrell, Cian Mallon, Sean Mc Keon (0-2), Ollie Vaughan (0-1). Philip Howard (0-2), Michael Duignan (0-1) and Ronan Mulligan. Subs used were Brian Conroy and Mervyn Howard (0-1).  
     

Ladies Capture League Title

posted 2 Jul 2018, 07:57 by bornacoola leitrim

Ladies League Div 3 Final 

Bornacoola/St Marys 2-9 Dromahair 3-5

Congratulations to the Bornacoola/St Mary's Ladies who captured the Division 3 League title after a titanic battle with Dromahair in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Sunday afternoon last. 

The girls prevailed by a point on a 2-9 to 3-5 scoreline. This is the girls second title since they formed last year, having won the Junior Championship last season. It was a great final that had all that you could wish for from top-class goalkeeping from Caroline Guckian, excellent defending and some great football played on the break going forward, and of course the result was in doubt until the referee's final whistle. 

While our girls got out of the blocks early with a Sarah Reynolds goal, it was the Dromahair ladies who grabbed a hold of the contest and by the end of the first quarter held a four-point advantage. However after a storming second quarter with some fine points from Aisling Leahy, Kelly Howard and Sarah Reynolds they entered the halftime interval on level terms,  Bornacoola/St Mary's 1-5 Dromahair 2-2. 

The second half was end-to-end stuff and there appeared to be nothing to separate two evenly matched teams. After Hannah Reynolds goaled to open a four-point advantage with ten to play, it appeared that perhaps our girls were making a winning break. However, Dromahair fought back to level and in the dying moments, Kelly Howard popped over the winner. It was a memorable victory for the girls and well deserved for their efforts all spring. Well done ladies. 

On duty on Sunday were: Caroline Guckian, Cora McCauley, Kathy Butler, Joanne McGushin, Enya Guckian, Lorraine Guckian, Emily Reynolds, Alison McKeon, Kasey Bruen, Sara Crowe, Aisling Leahy (0-5), Hannah Reynolds (1-0), Sarah Reynolds (1-1), Kelly Howard (0-3), Lisa Guckian, Rachel McGarry, Lauren Hackett, Hannah Bird and Ellen Woods. 
 

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.  

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. 



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