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Borris-Ileigh GAA News 27.03.2013


A note from the chairman:

I am writing to you to outline our plans for the short, medium and long term for our GAA Club. This club belongs to everybody in the community and it is all these people that we are here to serve and to give the finest facilities and amenities to. As many of you may know we have recently purchased a new field. This is the one running directly beside the current hurling field on the Rathmoy side. This adds to the land we bought joining the soccer field at the top of the town park. It is our hope, that with your help, that we will have a top class facility available to everybody within the community and parish in the very near future.

As it stands, planning permission has been submitted for the development of two full sized hurling pitches and a walkway that shall incorporate new and existing lands. We are waiting on the response from the county council and as soon as we get the go ahead we shall be commencing the work. It is our intention to develop the field running parallel to the current pitch first followed by the one where the soccer field now stands. The walkways shall be developed as the pitches are being done. In the long term it is our aim to facilitate the building of the sports complex centre and also a hurling wall within the grounds. While these are ambitious plans that will no doubt take time and much effort we fully believe that we can achieve our targets and give to the people of Borrisoleigh the top class facility that they deserve. We want this to be a community project and hope that everyone will feel involved in the process. It is going to be the community who will be the biggest benefactor of this project with playing pitches for children, schools and adult teams, a sports complex with teenage social areas and gym, a hurling wall, an extensive floodlit walking path for all the family adding to the already in place amenities.

However, these plans will only remain as plans without your assistance. While fundraising is necessary we do not want to burden people heavily as we are well aware of the lack of surplus money in households. We have in place an excellent finance committee that has so far carried out fantastic work. Their most recent event, the White Collar Boxing, was a fantastic success that was both great value for money but also a huge benefit to the club finances. The next big event is our Golf Classic which shall take place on Friday 31st of May and Saturday 1st of June in Thurles. This is a fourball competition and a team of 4 costs just €120 while tee box sponsorship costs just €30. If that doesn’t entice you enough the top prize is a fourball at The Old Head of Kinsale while other prizes include fourballs at Foto Wildlife Park, The K Club and many more.

Our long term finance plan shall focus on the club lotto, membership and the Tipperary draw. These are simple and effective ways of raising income but also give those signed up a chance to win thousands of euro. We have compiled a number of packages that include some and all of the above. The club lotto costs just €2 per week and is our most vital source of income. We appeal to everyone to purchase a ticket every week and to encourage anyone they know with any connection to Borris to also purchase one. These can be bought online on both and The packages are as follows:

€120-Membership and yearly club lotto

€120-Membership and Tipp draw

€200-Membership, yearly club lotto and Tipp draw

We know we have come to you for money in the past and will have to come to you in the future but we want to offer as much as possible in return for your hard earned money. It is your money that shall help build this amazing facility that we have planned and it is you and your children that will enjoy it for many years to come. We hope that you will all get behind our plan and help us see our project through to the end. It shall be a great source of pride for everybody in the parish and we hope you will be able to look back and say that it was with your help that this venture succeeded.

Kind Regards,

Mark Stapleton,

Chairman Borris-Ileigh GAA Club

Senior Hurling: We had a busy week in the Challenge Cup. On Wednesday night we hosted Moneygall. There was rarely much more than the minimum between the two sides throughout the game. At full time it stood at 0-14 to 2-08 so extra time beckoned. It was here where Borris took off and finished the stronger. The final score was 1-21 to 2-12. On Sunday afternoon we travelled to Littleton to take on Moycarkey-Borris. Played in Baltic conditions it was hard for players to get going. Much like Wednesday evening there was rarely a big gap between the two teams. It was a draw game at both half time and full time. Again we were faced with extra time but it was the turn of the opposition to finish stronger. The final score was 1-22 0-16. Our next competitive game shall be the first round of the North Championship against Borrisokane on the 6th of April. On Saturday morning we will play the Tipperary Intermediate team in Dr Morris Park at 11:30am.

Junior League-We play Lorrha next Sunday in the first round of the junior league at 5:15pm in Lorrha. All support is most welcome

Membership and Insurance: The deadline for membership and insurance is fast approaching. We ask all those interested to make contact with John Bradshaw on 086 8048429, Mark Stapleton on 086 8143486 or Gerry Treacy on 086 3958405 before 31st of March. Players wishing to play shall not be allowed to play have they not their insurance paid. Adult player rate is €50 and for students €30. We also hope as many non-players as possible sign up for membership.

White Collar Boxing DVDs-DVDs are now on sale of our very successful White Collar Boxing against Drom-Inch. They cost €10 and money is to be paid up front. Anyone wishing to purchase one please contact Mark Stapleton on 086 8143486 or Henry Groome on 086 0672743.

Club Merchandise- A bumper sale of all club merchandise shall take place this Saturday morning in the pavillion. There shall be up to 50% off on gear. The sale begins at 11am.