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Borris-Ileigh GAA News 6-March-2013

Fantasy Cheltenham

The time is upon us again as Cheltenham is ready for the off. Tickets are now readily available for the Fantasy Cheltenham competition which has generated interest and funds in equal measure over the last few years. It’s a quick and easy way to have some enjoyable bets over the course of the race meet. Tickets are a very modest €20 and are available from Declan Maher on 087 1444977. They are also available from all senior players. You can also play online at or check it out for further information.

How to play:

A. Select one horse per race from the first 4 races.
B. Pick your horse numbers and have your ticket number available.
C. Enter your selection by noon on the day of racing.

Points are given for the following places

1. First place = 21 points
2. Second placed = 11 points
3. Third placed = 5 points
4. Fourth placed = 3 points
** There are double points for the fourth race each day **

A note from the Chairman: I would like to take this opportunity to offer my thanks and gratitude to all those who made our White Collar Boxing night the massive success that it was. Saturday night was one that will live long in the minds of people from both Borrisoleigh and Drom-Inch and without the hard work and commitment of a lot of people we would not have seen the event happen. I would like to firstly offer my thanks to Donal and Rose Young and all their staff for their marvellous hospitality. I would like to thank Star System for their work on the night recording the night and looking after all things technological. I must give great credit to White Collar Boxing for their continued professionalism and assistance over the last six weeks to ensure the night ran as smoothly as it did. To all our sponsors I offer massive thanks for your never ending generosity. We are so lucky to have people such as you that will put your hands into your pockets for the sake of the club and the community. I would also like to express my appreciation to all those who bought tickets for the event. We hope that you found your €20 was good value for money. I would like to thank the Drom-Inch GAA club for all their hard work in organising the event. I would like to offer special praise to Trevor Hassett, Barnane and Pat Egan, Inch House who were to the fore on the Drom side and could always be found when the work was to be done. I would also like to thank my own committee and especially the finance committee for making this venture such a fantastic success. The volume of work that was put in is hard to put into context and it was work that was never left undone. I would like to especially mention Diarmuid Kinnane and Martin Ryan; great credit must go to them for the success of the night. Finally and without doubt, most importantly I would like to offer the greatest thanks of all to the boxers, all 24 of them, who without them none of this would have happened. To get into the ring and put your body and pride on the line for the sake of your club is a feat that is beyond admiration. Whether you won, lost or drew you won the praise of everyone there for your bravery, commitment and your will to win for your parish and your people. To put into context there was approximately 2000 people at the National Finals a few weeks ago where there were many Olympians on view-there was 1500 people in The Ragg Saturday night! Your feat will be hard to be matched. We hope you enjoyed your experience and that you will always remember it. Again, my unending thanks and gratitude.

Kind Regards

Mark Stapleton, Borris-Ileigh GAA Chairman.


White Collar Boxing: Our boxing night was a marvellous success and as seen above our thanks go to all involved. Photos are emerging from the night and I ask anyone who has ones they feel people would like to see please forward them on to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In the end victory fell to Borris on a scoreline of 6-4. Hopefully we can replicate this kind of result when we meet Drom on the field as opposed to the canvas.

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The moment Ailbe won the night for Borris

Senior Hurling: As the year rolls on, our fixture list is building up. On last Friday night we defeated J.K. Brackens in a challenge match on a scoreline of 2-20 to 0-14. On Monday night we made the long trip down to Carrick on Suir to take on Carrick Davins in the first round of the Challenge Cup. This match was something of a first as it took place on Waterford soil. The fixture was moved to St. Mollerans GAA grounds on account of the necessity for floodlights. We came away with a win on a scoreline of 0-16 to 1-10. The draw has been made for the second round where we have been drawn to play Moneygall at home on the 17th of March at 12pm. Closer to today, we have been drawn to play Toomevara at home in the Hogan Cup. This match will take place on Friday 8th of March in Borrisoleigh at 8pm. We hope there shall be great home support there on the night against our near neighbours.

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Brendan and Toby with the Ryan Cup

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 Dan and manager Eddie Enright celebrate with the Fitzgibbon Cup

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Johnny and Anne-the proud parents

Winning Weekend: We had a weekend to remember with big wins for our players on my different levels( and codes). On Saturday, along with our boxing victory, Dan McCormack collected a second Fitzgibbon Cup medal with UCC. In a hard fought victory the Cork students overcame Mary Immaculate on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-12 with Dan chipping in with a point from centre forward. In the second tier of the college competition-The Ryan Cup, local college LIT Tipperary were victorious over IT Tralee on a scoreline of 1-25 to 2-09. The side is managed by Brendan Maher, who has Toby Kavanagh as a selector along with former curate Fr. Jimmy O Donnell. Well done to the lads and their great work the past few months has been well rewarded. It was a very productive weekend for Brendan Maher as following on from his debut managerial success on Saturday he travelled to Ennis to take part in the Inter-Provincial final between Munster and Connaught. In the absence of the injured Shane McGrath, Brendan was handed the captains armband and duly led a captain’s role as Munster emerged with a win on a scoreline of 1-22 to 0-15. Well done to Brendan on this great honour and hopefully more silverware will follow on throughout the year.

Supporters Club: Applications are now being made available for the 2013 Tipperary Supporters club. The club offers financial support to the Tipperary senior team and membership is available from €30. If you would like to join please contact TF Stapleton on 089 3334826 or check out

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All County Tipp GAA Table Quiz: Tipperary County GAA Board are targeting 1000 tables in the local heats of their all county table quiz being held on Fri March 15th. On that night Fran Curry will call out the questions live on Tipp Fm to thousands of quiz enthusiasts all over the county who will convene in their local venues. In Borrisoleigh the quiz shall take place in the Clodagh Bar. Participants must be seated on Fri Mar 15th at 9pm to be ready for the first round of questions on Tipp Fm. The questions are on general knowledge and it costs €40 per table. All individual €10 entries will be entered in a special draw to be held on Co Final night with an All Ireland Weekend plus match tickets as first prize and a runner up prize of 2 Tipp Club Season tickets. Local winners from the heats will go forward to the Grand County Final being held in The Dome, Semple Stadium on Thurs March 28th where the outright winning table will receive 4 tickets to New York. Clubs must have a minimum of 5 tables to send forward a winning team to the county final with the added incentive if they get over 15 tables they can send forward 2 winners and 3 for over 25.

Membership: The closing date for membership is fast approaching. Those wishing to become a member or renew their membership please contact John Bradshaw, Mark Stapleton, Gerry Treacy or any other committee member. Adult players membership is €50 and students €30. Normal adult membership is €30. We encourage as many people as possible to sign up and become a member.

Lotto: Our Lotto numbers have begun to slow in the past few weeks. We ask as many people as possible to play it as it is a vital source of income for the club at this financially pressing time. For €2 a week you are in with a chance of winning thousands of euro. Many people are signing up with committee members for 5 to ten weeks and thus removing having to remember to do it every week, or alternatively you can play online on both or this website.