Abbeyside Ballinacourty GAA

Founded 1967

Co. Waterford

Club Notes - 23rd March

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Club Lotto

Our weekly lotto takes place on Monday night next. Next week's Jackpot will be €1,500. Tickets can be purchased from club sellers and by clicking on the following link -


Sunday Night Bingo continues every Sunday at 8pm.

Last week we had a very successful fundraiser for the Red Cross Ukraine appeal and we’d like to sincerely thank all the players on the night for contributing to this great cause.


With the new season rapidly approaching, we would like to emphasis the importance of getting your membership paid as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, please contact our membership officer Kevin Tobin on 087 9954448 to arrange payment. From a playing perspective it is compulsory that you are a member as it ensures you are included in the insurance scheme. Rates for this year are Adult €150 / Student €75, Married Couple (non-playing) €70, Single (non-playing) €50 and OAP €40. Of course, members of our 300 Club are fully covered.

Academy Update

Our under 7s have started the season with a few weeks of football and already we are seeing great energy and enthusiasm from the lads. We definitely have a few stars of the future in the group.

New members are always welcome so call out to our club grounds any Saturday morning to join in the fun. Contact our Facebook page or email us on to find out more.


Aaron Beresford, John Elstead and Brian Looby were part of the Waterford Senior Footballers panel last Sunday in Fraher Field where unfortunately they were beaten in very controversial circumstances by Sligo. This Sunday they make the long trip to Cavan.

The hurlers meanwhile went down to a defeat in Kilkenny last Sunday also, where Neil Montgomery and Michael Kiely saw action. This weekend they face Wexford in the league semi final.

Fr Colin Fives OSA RIP

It was with a great sense of sadness that all in our club learned of the passing of Fr Colin Fives on Monday in Nigeria. A member of the Fives family who have given tremendous service to our club for decades now, Fr Colin was one of our greatest supporters despite being thousands of miles away from his beloved Abbeyside for most of his adult life. After entering the Augustinian Order Fr Colin found his way to Nigeria where he would serve for almost 50 years and in a time before mobile phones and the Internet, he would often only learn the results of matches weeks later when the local papers found their way to Nigeria. As the saying goes absence makes the heart grow fonder and when Fr Colin returned home for his summer visits he loved nothing more than going to a club game or heading off with his good friends to Thurles, Cork or Croke Park to support the Waterford hurlers. A major source of enjoyment for Fr Colin was the chat about the games in the pubs after the matches where he would also catch up on any other news he may have missed in the previous 12 months while in Nigeria. When not going to matches Fr Colin enjoyed long walks, particularly out along the Greenway in recent years, whilst he also helped out the local clergy saying mass in the three churches of our parish.

All who had the pleasure of knowing Fr Colin will greatly miss his visits home every summer, as when in his company you were with one of life's gentlemen. Once again we send our sympathies to all the Fives family at this difficult time for them.

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