Ferbane GAA Club Notes

Junior Football Result

The junior footballers came desperately close to breaking their losing run on Saturday evening but eventually fell just short against Division 3 league leaders Tullamore in a highly competitive match. A goal towards the end of the first half left Tullamore 1-5 to 0-4 ahead at half time, but Ferbane hung in there very well throughout the second half, staying in touch due to some great defensive work, led by Shane Costello who put in a man of the match performance. A well taken goal from Aidan Keenaghan put Ferbane a point in front with less than ten minutes to go, but Tullamore managed to engineer three late points to round off a 1-10 to 1-8 victory.

The Ferbane team that lined out was:

Paul Wynne; Deon Cooney, Alan Kelly, Shane Costello; Dermot Kenny, Shane Nally, Paddy Dooley; George Digan, Aidan Keenaghan; Jonathan Duffy, Kevin Flynn, Declan Cooney; Anthony Clancy, Jonathan Dunican, Johnny Fleming.

Subs used: Mel Keenaghan, Kevin Egan, Willie Farrell.

Good Luck

Best of Luck to Gallen Community School who take on Holy Trinity College of Cookstown in the All Ireland Vocational Schools “A” semi final this Saturday afternoon, provisionally fixed for Cavan. (The venue and precise throw in time have yet to be confirmed). With a Leinster title in the bag, these young students have proven to everyone that they have wonderful potential and while Ulster schools have a formidable record in this competition, Gallen will provide very tough opposition. Anyone available to travel and support these yougn footballers is urged to do so as chances to reach an All Ireland Final don’t come along very often.

Féile Peil na nÓg

The Offaly qualifiers for Féile Peil na nÓg take place this Saturday and Sunday and Ferbane/Belmont have a tremendous record in this competition that everyone will be hoping can continue. Travelling to a Féile competition is one of the most memorable experiences that a young footballer or hurler can have so anyone available to support the Under 14’s in their bid to win out in Offaly this weekend and qualify for the Féile finals is urged to come down to Ferbane on Saturday and hopefully travel into Tullamore on Sunday too.


Sincere condolences are offered to the family and friends of John (Jack) Egan of Endrim, who sadly passed away recently. As well as being a well known and liked member of the local community, Jack was a stalwart of the local GAA scene in his playing days and his goal in the 1940 county Junior Final win for Wheery over Ballycumber remains a memorable moment in Ferbane GAA history. May he Rest in Peace.

Ferbane GAA Defibrillator

The club is in the process of installing a defibrillator box at the GAA grounds in the town, which would normally cost approximately €600. However there is a deal whereby if Ferbane can collect up to 100 old mobile phones, then they can be exchanged for the defibrillator. So now would be a great time to dig into the old drawers at home, root out those prehistoric Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung devices and make them work for the community. Every household has several old phones lurking around the place and if we can get up to 100, the club will be provided with a valuable amenity which may someday make a huge difference to some player. Please do your best to make some contribution to this cause.


Please note that club membership fees are now due for all members. Please make an effort to get your membership paid up as soon as possible.


The winning numbers in last Tuesday night’s Lotto draw were 5, 13, 15, and 28, and the bonus number was 18. There were no match three winners so five book prizes were drawn. These went to Ciarán Guinan, Carmel Doyle, Joe & Dec, Sinéad Maguire and Liam Browne. The jackpot now rests at 14,800 so be sure to get your ticket!

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