Bors fail to recover from poor first half

posted 15 Apr 2019, 02:37 by bornacoola leitrim

Division 2

Bornacoola 0-9 Aughavas 1-12

The Intermediate team hosted Aughavas in our second outinig in Division 2 of the league on Saturday evening last in Dromod. A very poor opening period from the Bors left us on the back foot and 8 points in arrears at the half time whistle (0-3 to 1-8). 

A much improved second half wasn’t enough to take the points as the visitors deservedly recorded their first league win of the season on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-9. 

This Saturday we travel to Drumkeeran for our third game in the league – throw in is at 7pm. 

Team on Saturday was Daniel Farrell, Kevin Mulligan, David Mulligan, Brian Duffy, Liam Mulligan, Conor Mc Cauley, Jason Conroy, Allan Croghan, Anthony Mulligan, Cian Mallon (0-1), Ollie Vaughan, Mervyn Howard, Kevin Shanley, Damian Moran (0-6) and Sean O Riordan. Subs used were Luke Jones, Sean Mc Keon (0-1), Liam Jones,  

Underage News

posted 11 Apr 2019, 02:59 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 11 Apr 2019, 03:33 ]

 Our underage training will commence on Saturday morning at 10.30 am sharp.  WE have 145 children registered this year from Under 5 through to Under 17.  This will make for a very busy football pitch and carpark.  With this in mind we would ask for the co-operation from parents as follows;
- Parents must drop off and collect their child within the grounds of Bornacoola GAA pitch
- A new pedestrian crossing and speed controls have been installed.  Please do not park on the new footpath as it will block the view of children crossing.  
- Arrive on time as drills start at 10.30 am sharp and collection time is 11.30 am
- All children should wear gumshield and bring a drink.
- We encourage parents to stay and they are welcome to use our clubhouse to make tea/ coffee 
Training on Saturday morning is mixed girls and boys and for the following age groups and head coaches are listed below;
Under 5 Head Coach: Richie Bohan
Under 7: Head Coach: Odran Duignan
Under 9: Head Coach: Colin McGuinness
Under 11: Head Coach: Hackett

Girls Training
Our underage girl’s numbers have increased and we are delighted to be able to facilitate separate Girls only midweek training. This will take place on a Tuesday evening and will commence in a couple of weeks.   
Under 8: Head Coach: Orla Reynolds
Under 10: Head Coach: Orla Reynolds
Under 12: Head Coach: Shannon Boyle
Under 14: Head Coach: Annmarie Boyle.

Under 9’s
Our Under 9’s are in action on Saturday morning in Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence, Annaduff.  Please be there at 10.15 am sharp and wear your Bor gear and gumshield and bring a drink.  Please note that Leitrim GAA will be implementing a Silent Sideline on the day.  Supporters are allowed to clap to show their enthusiasm but the adults are restricted from coaching their kids from the sideline. Check out for further information.

Training Tops
Training tops for all those who have registered are on order and will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. We would sincerely like to thank Coxes Steak House and Niall Faugnan of Precision Piping Installation (PPI) for sponsoring our underage training tops.

League campaign begins with away defeat

posted 8 Apr 2019, 02:48 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 8 Apr 2019, 02:49 ]

Division 2 

Dromahair 1-15 Bornacoola 1-5

The Intermediate team traveled to Glencar on Saturday last to play their first game in ACL Division 2 against Dromahair. 

In a close first half, three pointed frees from Damian Moran and a fine Liam Mulligan point from play kept the Bors in the hunt and just two points adrift (0-6 to 0-4) at the interval. 

Dromahair were an improved team on the resumption and moved into a six point lead early in the second period. However, the Bors were unlucky to see a Damian Moran shot come back off the bottom of the post at a stage when the game was very much in the balance. They did eventually find the net five minutes from time through Anthony Mulligan and it took a great save from the Dromahair keeper to deny Bornacoola a second goal as they rallied strongly towards the end of the game. 

However the last action of an entertaining game proved to be a goal for the home side as the game finished 1-15 to 1-5 to Dromahair. 

Aughavas are the visitors to Dromod this Saturday – throw in is at 7pm. Our thanks to the decent number of Bornacoola supporters who made their way north on Saturday; hopefully a similar turn out this week for the Aughavas game. 

Team and scorers were: Daniel Farrell, Kevin Mulligan, David Mulligan, Brian Duffy, Jason Conroy, Conor Mc Cauley, Liam Mulligan (0-1), Anthony Mulligan (1-0), Cian Mallon, Liam Jones, Oliver Vaughan, Kevin Shanley, Ronan Mulligan, Damian Moran (0-3) and Mervyn Howard. Subs Sean O Riordan (0-1), Luke Jones, Robert O Beirne, Gearoid Mulligan, Conor Hackett and Damien Mc Guinness. 

Juniors gather first league points

posted 25 Mar 2019, 05:28 by bornacoola leitrim

Division 4 

St Marys 4-6 Bornacoola 7-15

The Juniors recorded their first victory of the season when they took on St Marys in Pairc Naomh Mhuire on Sunday last. In a game that turned into something of a goalfest, the Bors led by 4-7 to 3-4 at half time. 

In the second period, Bornacoola continued to chase green flags and by full time had registered a 7-15 to 4-6 victory. 

The team on duty was Conor Hackett, Gearoid Mulligan, Kevin Mulligan, Mark Muldowney, Mervyn Howard, Robert O Beirne, Liam Jones, Ronan Mulligan, Noel McEnroe, Kevin Shanley, Danny Farrell, John Shanley, Brian Conroy subs used Trevor Howard, Shane Conroy, Johnny Duffy and Gerry Gearty.  

News from 2018 AGM

posted 26 Nov 2018, 04:32 by bornacoola leitrim

 Our thanks to all who attended the AGM in the GAA centre on Saturday last.  The meeting heard detailed reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer as well as from the Chairpersons of the various club subcommittees.  The full list of officers returned was; AGM 2018: Honorary President: Fr Gerry O'Brien. Chairman: Pat Farrell, Vice Chairman; Kevin Mallon, Secretary; Shane Reynolds, Assistant Secretary/Registrar: Jason Conroy, Treasurer: Brian Mallon, P.R.O: Feargal Mc Gill, Oifigeach Cultúra: Aidan Dockery, Children’s Officer: Claire Mallon, Youth & Coaching Officer: Jonathan Duffy, Development Officer: Vincent Canning, Health and Well Being Officer; Philip Howard Executive Members: Noel McCloskey, Anthony Mulligan, Noel Mc Enroe, Tommy Larkin, Declan Bohan and Noel Carr. Our thanks to all the ladies involved with the hospitality after the AGM.

First half goals prove decisive in Willies win

posted 24 Sep 2018, 03:02 by bornacoola leitrim

Junior B Championship

Bornacoola 1-9 Aughawillan 2-13

The Juniors bowed out of the championship on Saturday last when Aughawillan proved the superior team in the county semi-final in Ballinamore. 

The early exchanges pointed to a close encounter, but two goals in the ten minute period leading up to half time gave the Willies a comfortable 2-7 to 0-4 half time lead. The Bors woes were added to as they were reduced to 14 men for the entirety of the 2nd half. 

However an early Brian Conroy goal in the second period, brought the Bors back into contention and at one stage, the lead had been reduced to just three points. 

However, the Willies rallied in the closing stages and added a couple of crucial scores to seal a 7 point victory – 2-13 to 1-9. 

Team was Conor Hackett, Tony Shanley, Conor Mc Cauley, Luke Jones, Gearoid Mulligan, Mervyn Howard, Robert O Beirne, Michael Duignan, Anthony Mulligan (0-2), Noel Mc Enroe, Shane Conroy, Roy Keenan, Jonathan Duffy (0-1), Brian Conroy (1-5) and Liam Jones (0-1). Subs used were Mark Mc Closkey, Ciaran Campbell, Kevin Shanley and John Shanley. 

Our thanks to manager Brian Mallon and to Aidan Reilly for their work with this team all year. 


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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