Autumn 2015 Newsletter
Jack Sheridan RIP
The passing of Jack Sheridan last July robbed our club of its Father figure. Jack from Ballyshane, Breaffy, was Club President at the time of his death and his involvement with the club since the 1950s was constant.
A fine footballer Jack was one of the key players on the Breaffy side which made a huge breakthrough to win the Mayo Junior Football Championship in 1966, the clubs first county championship. In 1959 Jack captioned De La Salle, a Breaffy/Castlebar Mitchells combination, to a county minor title, scoring 1-4 of the team’s 2-6 from his midfield berth. He represented Mayo at Minor and Junior levels and was one of the stars of the Mayo Junior team which reached the 1967 All-Ireland Final, losing to Kerry.
Jack played for Breaffy in four decades, last lining out against Kilmeena in March 1987, just shy of his 45th birthday. His contribution to the club off the field of play was well underway at that stage. He was on the club executive in 1959, was club secretary in the 1960s and to the modern generation he will be remembered as the pitch manager in Breaffy, a role to which his commitment was fanatical. The hours and care he put into maintaining the pitch to a very high standard are impossible to quantify.
Jack was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 1995 and was inducted into the Green and Red Trust Hall of Fame in 2006. The respect in which he was held by all involved with Breaffy was total.
Jack Sheridan was the epitome of what makes the GAA great, that selfless work, far from any limelight, all for the love and pride of his native place. A great Gael who is sadly missed. Rest in peace.
Breaffy U8’s participated in the Fergal O’Boyle Memorial Cup which took place in Crossmolina. The team played three games but lost out narrowly on the combined score of the matches. The team played really well and provided great entertainment to the large crowd of spectators who attended.
Breaffy Weekly Lotto Sales
Breaffy GAA is requesting that parents help sell our weekly lotto in local Pubs on a Saturday night once a month. This is an ongoing fundraiser – the income raised helps us pay for the running costs of our club. We are grateful at all times for any offers of help. Please text club Secretary on 087 7590622 for info.
We are continuing to develop our website www.breaffygaa.ie to fully showcase all things happening within our club. We are pleased to announce that BREAFFY GAA’s ON-LINE STORE will be available soon. Replica club jerseys, Breaffy training gear and leisure wear will be available to buy on-line. We will announce via Text /Twitter/Facebook and by word when you all can go shopping.
The league campaign was very successful for the Breaffy U16 team winning 7 of their 8 league games. Breaffy had a comfortable victory over Kilmeena in the semi-final on a score line of 6-9 to 1-5. The final was played in Knockmore where they faced the only team that had defeated them in the league campaign – Ardnaree. Breaffy worked extremely hard for each other and played with what only can be described as a great team sprit to emerge victorious on a score line of 0-10 to 0-07. Well done lads.
Breaffy u 14 Boys had a very successful year. They won 5 out of 6 games in Feile 2015 and were unlucky to have lost to Killuncan by 4 points in the final .They also won the County C Final beating a very good Bonniconlon side and were victorious in the West B U/14 Final v Islandeady.
We would once again like to thank everyone who supported our Feile fundraising events.
Senior and Junior Teams
Congratulations to our Breaffy Senior Team who have reached the Quarter final of the Mayo GAA Senior Championship. They play Garrymore on Saturday 26th September at 4.00pm in Elverys McHale Park. We wish the team and their Management the very best of luck.
Congratulations also to the Breaffy Junior team who have reached the Mayo Junior B Championship final – date as yet not fixed. Please support the teams and bring your flags to the games.
Our Senior and Junior teams are also preforming well in their league games. Both teams have remaining games to play in this competition.
Updates from our u6, u10, u12 and Minor teams in our next newsletter.
Breaffy 10k Fun Run
The Fifth Annual Breaffy 10Km fun run will take place on Sunday 11th October. The 10k Walk/Jog/Run is being organized by Breaffy Community/ Breaffy G.A.A. This event is aimed at runners and walkers of all abilities and levels of fitness over a 10km circuit.
The gently undulating route starts behind Breaffy National School and extends in a loop along mainly picturesque country roads and will finish at the front of the school.
Register on the day between 12:00pm – 1:30pm at St. Johns National School, Breaffy. Entry fee €15 Race starts at 2.30 pm
Friday the 13th of November !!
BREAFFY GAA PRESENTS at Breaffy House Resort on Friday 13th November.
This will be a very entertaining, fun night with a difference , lots of prizes and surprises. Please put a note in your calendar; this is a night not to be missed. Tickets will go on sale next week.
Another note for your diary Our Annual Dinner Dance will take place at Breaffy House Resort on Friday 15th January 2016 !!
Thank you to Edwin McGreal for his lovely words in our feature on Jack Sheridan.
Breaffy Ladies Secretary is Mary Mangan For info contact Mary on 086-2479305