Our deepest and sincerest sympathies to the Gorey family, Kilbehenny on the very sad loss of their beautiful daughter Ruth.
Ruth lost her life tragically in a car crash on St. Patrick’s Day. The village of Ballyporeen and indeed surrounding areas are still very shocked and numb. Ruth had only just turned eighteen, and to have her life cut so short and suddenly was so unfair. A beautiful and bubbly young girl, she will be deeply missed not only by her family but by her dearest friends who are finding Ruth’s loss so hard to deal with. Ruth was laid to rest in Kilbehenny on Sunday last. May she rest in peace in heaven.
Our deepest sympathies also to Bridie and Paddy Mackin and family oh the death of Bridie’s sister Mary Griffin, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. Mary passed away in the loving care of her family on Sunday night in Mallow Hospital. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, she will be deeply missed. Mary will be laid to rest with her husband Mick on this Wednesday afternoon after Requiem Mass in Mitchelstown at 2.30pm. May she rest in peace.
Our Sponsored Walk took place on Sunday morning last, and it was a great success. There was a very good turnout and we were blessed with the weather. It was a credit to see so many young people take part and no bother to them to do the five mile tract. The amount raised came to €1,320.50. If there are any sponsor cards still not handed in, we would ask if you could return them as soon as possible to any club member. Well done to all who came out in support. Thanks also to the ladies who provided refreshments in the dressing rooms. They were very much appreciated.
Thank you to South Tipperary County Council who recently granted €90,000 towards the newly built community playground. The funding process is completed and the committee had to pay for the playground before grants could be claimed.
Cavanagh’s who are based in North Tipperary, built the playground on time and within budget and we paid them for their work using some of the funds raised and a loan from Clann Credo Limited, a company that provides finance to community groups. As you can imagine in the current economic climate, we were delighted to have their help.
We applied for a grant from South Tipp Development Company and received €24,000 in September. We then applied for €90,000 from STCC and received same in December 2010. We were then able to repay Clann Credo Limited. The playground is fully paid for and for that we are very grateful for all your assistance. We raised €32,000 through a variety of means, none of which would have been possible without your help. We hope the children of Ballyporeen and surrounding areas enjoy the playground for many years to come.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who helped out in our recent bag pack in Dolan’s Super Valu in Cahir. We very much appreciate the fact that you gave up your time. The total amount raised €863.48. This will go towards subsidising school activities.
“JASON IN SCHOOL’S ALL-IRELAND
One of our young players, Jason English, is in action in the All-Ireland Schools finals in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, this Saturday.
Jason is in great form this year, only last weekend winning the Munster 40/20 Under 13 singles title with a 15-3, 15-5 win over O’Hickey (Cork).
Only recently he also won the Munster Under 13 singles school’s title and this weekend he goes to Cavan to play out the All-Ireland series.
Best of luck to Jason.
BALLYPOREEN FOOTBALL CLUB
“UNDER 21 B SOUTH CHAMPIONS 2011”
In this Hall Alarms sponsored South Final, Ballyporeen emerged victorious after a keenly contested affair. While this was not a classic, the winners were never behind on the scoreboard throughout the match. Conditions were ok with Ballyporeen playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half. It was a tight affair and a goal from Anthony Crotty turned the game in the 52nd minute.
Ballyporeen were first to attack and were on the scoreboard with two points from Captain Conor Sweeney in the 7th and 11th minutes. Further scores from Tommy Sweeney and a free from Conor had Ballyporeen 4 points ahead after a quarter of an hour before Mullinahone opened their account with a point from a free in the sixteenth minute. Their second score came in the first half injury time with another free. Ballyporeen were not playing with their usual dominance and were at times giving away chief possession but Mullinahone were not able to turn this to their advantage. We gradually grew into the game and had to wait until the 26th minute for our next score, a pointed free from Conor, after Colm O’Callaghan was fouled going through on goal.
Two more points one of which was a cracking score from play from John Martin on the stroke of half time had the score 0-07 to 0-02 in favour of Ballyporeen.
After the break, Bally had another score on the board with another free after a foul on Neil Barrett. Mullinahone replied with two scores of their own in the second and eighth minute and were starting to get a grip of things. Play was halted for 6 minutes for an injury to John Martin. Kevin Crotty was introduced for Colm O’Callaghan after 40 minutes and was unfortunate not to have the ball in the back of the net with a shot saved off of the line.
Mullinahone were now dominant and added three more points without reply and almost through on goal with a slip from Jack English who saved brilliantly two minutes later at point blank with the ball going over the bar for another Mullinahone score. Bally’s lead was now cut to two points and were coming under a bit of pressure, but were coping admirably. That pressure was eased somewhat when Anthony Crotty scored a fine goal with a looping shot to the back of the net with 8 minutes left on the clock. This turned the game to our favour and two points from Danny Barrett, a Conor Sweeney free and one last point for Mullinahone in second half injury time had the final score at Ballyporeen 1-12 to Mullinahone 0-08.
This might not have been a classic but it was a good battling display from a good bunch of lads who have put in the work and earned this victory with a number of fine displays on the way to this final. While all the scorers are mentioned in this report, there were commendable displays from Shane Lynch, Eoin Morrissey, Mikey O’Neill and Glen Walsh. Conor Sweeney and John O’Callaghan got to grips with mid-field and Tommy Sweeney, Neil and Danny Barrett were a handful in front of goal.
Panel on the day: Jack English, Eoin Morrissey, Pat Cole, Liam McEniry, Anthony Crotty, Michael O’Neill, Shane Lynch, Conor Sweeney, John O’Callaghan, Colm O’Callaghan, John Martin, John Carey, Tommy Sweeney, Neil Barrett, Glen Walsh, Danny Barrett, Cian Duggan, Mikey Sweeney, Matthew Hannon, Kevin Crotty, Bobby Breedy, Ben Macken, Sean Reilly and Seamus O’Callaghan.
We are awaiting the winners of the mid for our next game. Stay tuned for further details. Well done to all.