Bearna Na Forbacha




Meeting For Coaches

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We have sent an urgent email to all of our coaches, asking them to attend a meeting next Monday evening.

We need to prepare our plans for 2018, and to obtain their views on a range of issues that affect the Club and its continued development.

In the email, our chairman, Kieran Devenish, wrote:

"One of the issues that we need to discuss is how we should work together to develop a full-size grass pitch at Furbo.

"The Club has tentatively secured a Sports Capital Grant of €50,000 towards this project – but that Grant will be lost unless we start the work within the next two years.

"And because we regard our coaches as an integral part of this Club – it's 'beating heart' – it's essential that we find out your views on how the club is being managed and what needs to be done to improve things."

This meeting will be held between 8.30pm – 9.45pm next Monday, 29th January, in the function room at the Twelve Hotel, Barna. (An Beanna Beola - top Floor).

All coaches are asked to reply to the email, indicating if they can attend or not.


BnaF Retains Memorial Cup

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Niall Rooney presents the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup to Erin Lynch (Captain - Bearna na Forbacha Aontaithe Coaches), after their 3-2 win over Oughterard FC Coaches over the Christmas period. €500 was raised for The Galway Samaritans.

L/R: Niall Rooney, Joan Raleigh (Chairperson Galway Samaritans), Ann Clarke (Volunteer - Galway Samaritans), Erin Lynch (Bearna na Forbacha - Coaches), and Brian Merrigan (Oughterard FC Coach).

Our astro turf was shown off to its best at the annual Ray Rooney Memorial Cup game between coaches from our club, and those of near neighbours, Oughterard FC.

The locals won 3-2!


Thanks to all who participated from both Clubs, especially Paul Silke (Oughterard FC) and Dave Daly for reffing.We raised over €500 for local charity Galway Samaritans.

The Ray Rooney Memorial Cup was presented to Erin Lynch the winning captain after the game in Donnellys. Thanks also to Donnellys for the great refreshments post the game. Iontach ar fad.

Ray Rooney Memorial Cup Match 2017

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The annual Ray Rooney Memorial Charity Christmas match - held between coaches from our club and those of neighbouring Oughterard FC will be held in Furbo on Thursday, December 28.

Kick off will be at 1pm.

If you wish to play, please let Niall know before Monday, 18th December. The cost to play will be a minimum of €10 donation, but in excess of this would be most appreciated as well!

Light refreshments will be served afterwards in Donnelly's, Barna, with the presentation of the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup to the winning team.

Our chosen charity this year will be the local Samaritans branch.

Last year, our team won back the cup, raising over €400 in the process for ACT For Meningitis. Niall Rooney and Paul Silke (Oughterard FC) are pictured presenting the proceeds to Siobhan Carroll, founder of the Galway-based charity. 

Charity Match Raises E430 For Good Cause

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Niall and Paul Silke (Oughterard AFC) were delighted to present a cheque to Siobhan Carroll, of ACT for Meningitis - the proceeds from the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup match on December 27th.

This most worthy local charity was chosen by our opponents, Oughterard AFC, in memory of a friend.

Thanks to our players (coaches) on the day: Karl Nesbitt, Niall Rooney, Steve Delaney, Paraic Timon, Eamon O'Shea, Alan Shaughnessy, David Cunningham, Billy Clery, Joe Treacy, Erin Lynch (C), Derrick McDonnell, Matty Flynn, and Eric Rooney for participating. And also, to our manger, Ronan Rooney. 

This event takes place every Christmas in aid of a different charity. This year, Bearna-Na Forbacha Aontaithe won back the cup, which was named in memory of Niall's father, Ray.



Christmas Charity Match

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2015 Bearna-Na Forbacha Aonthaithe team of coaches.

Calling all of our coaches to step-up for the Club!

The annual Christmas charity soccer match against the coaches of Oughterard FC, for the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup, will take place on Tuesday, December 27, in the grounds of Oughterard FC (New Village).

The kick-off time will be at 1pm, there will be showers available afterwards, and refreshments served at The Boat Inn.


The cost of participation will be a €10 donation to charity. Last year, we raised €600 for Jigsaw Galway.


To participate or donate, please e-mail Niall: [email protected]

FAI Player Development Plan Workshop

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi all,

We highly recommend attending this free workshop on Monday evening. Contact details for Nigel are below (limited places).



FAI Player Development Plan Workshop

It is very important that clubs attend this workshop so they are aware of the FAI Player Development Plan and how the game format (7v7) used at u10 and u11 is delivered.

The workshop will be delivered by Ruud Dokter, FAI High Performance Director, and is FREE to attend. It will take place on Monday October 24th in Mervue FC.

Format for the workshop:

6.30pm -

​ ​ Registration.

- PDP presentation.

- Pitch session (delivered by Ruud Dokter).

- Q and A session.

9.30pm -

​ ​ Finish

As there is a limit to the number of places available clubs must email [email protected] to confirm places.

National 'C' Coaching Licence

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

****Please note that the date on the FAI's event calendar is October 21 in The Connacht Hotel, but their initial notificatication to clubs was the date given below, and this has not been updated on their website.****

The Football Association of Ireland is currently redesigning the coaching pathway and one of the significant changes to the pathway will be the introduction of the National 'C' Licence.

This has been developed to bridge the gap from Youth Certificate to UEFA ‘B’ Licence. Up until the end of 2016 those who have complete the Youth Certificate in 2016, 2015 and 2014 would be eligible to apply for the UEFA ‘B’ License as long as they had completed CPD each year.

These Youth Certificate coaches will be required to attend a conversion course to the National 'C' Licence because the Youth Certificate they completed worked up to 5 v 5 and the National 'C' Licence is working to 7 v 7. These conversion dates are as follows, and the conversion course fee is €125:

September 25th 2016 Cork

October 24th 2016 Galway

November 27th 2016 Dublin

December 4th 2016 Sligo

For further information please contact Coach Education Manager Niall O’Regan on [email protected]

Any coach who completed the Youth prior to 2014 and who has not completed FAI CPD would be required to complete the National 'C' Licence. There are a number of National 'C' Licence’s available to apply as part of the release of the course in 2016 and the courses are restricted to 20 participants so please ensure to apply as soon as possible.

Coaches applying for the course would be required to have been eligible to complete the current Youth Certificate, which includes completion of the Kick Start 1 and 2 and the Small Sided Games Work Shops. Application forms can be obtained by emailing [email protected] and/or [email protected]

The National 'C' Licence Course Dates are as follows and the course fee is €600.

Course 1 Cork – Venue TBC

The dates are as follows:

Block 1: 10th & 11th August 2016 (2 days)

Block 2: 31st Aug. & 1st Sept. 2016 (2 days)

Block 3: 29th & 30th Nov. 2016 and 1st Dec (3 days)

Course 2: Dublin – Venue TBC

Block 1: 9/10 August 2016 (2 days)

Block 2: 28/29 November 2016 (2 days)

Block 3: 12/14 December 2016 (3 days)

Course 3: Sligo – Venue TBC

Block 1: 28th November – 2nd December 2016 (4 days)

Block 2: 30th January – 1st February 2017 (3 days)

Course 4: Galway – Venue TBC

Block 1 October (2 days)

Block 2: November (2 days)

Block 3: December (3 days)

The Coach Education department are introducing a New Coaching Pathway as September 1st so please keep an eye for the release of the New Pathway and Coaches Association Website to be launched for January 2017.

For further information on any courses please do not hesitate to contact Coach Education Manager Niall O'Regan on [email protected] and or Coach Education Coordinator [email protected]



FAI Coaching Courses

Posted on September 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The FAI Coaching Courses, scheduled for the remainder of 2016, must be pre-booked through

This is mandatory for any coaches who have not done the Child Welfare Course, so please sign up straight away.

Again, the Club will re-imburse any outlay.


If you would like to discuss any of the courses that would be most applicable to you please do not hesitate to contact me.


Mise le meas,



FAI Coach Education Courses

Posted on September 3, 2016 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Nigel Keady, Football Development Officer for Galway City, has been in touch with dates for the following FAI courses. 

The Club will fully re-imburse any of our coaches doing these courses, they are excellent, and we would strongly encourage you to do them.







FAI Coach Education Courses Galway 2016

Bookings must be made online prior to the commencement of each course *excluding National ‘C’ License via

Child Welfare – Safeguarding 1

· Sept 7th

· Mervue United FC, Fahy’s Field, Galway

· 7pm to 10pm

Kick Start 1

· Sept 11th

· Moyne Villa FC, Headford, Co Galway

· 9.30am to 5.30pm

4 v 4 Workshop

· Oct 2nd

· Athenry FC, Athenry, Co Galway

· 9.30am to 12.30pm

Kick Start 2

· Oct 22nd and Oct 23rd

· Athenry FC, Athenry, Co Galway

· 9.30am to 5.30pm

National ‘C’ License Conversion Course

· Oct 24th

· Mervue United FC, Fahy’s Field, Galway

Current youth cert holders will be able to convert their qualification into the National 'C' License by completing this course.

For application forms for the Conversion Course please email [email protected] or [email protected]

7 v 7 Workshop

· Nov 6th

· Mervue United FC, Fahy’s Field, Galway

· 9.30am to 12.30pm

New Laws of the Game

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)



We have received a Powerpoint presentation that was given to the Galway FA, and other organisations, by the FAI regarding new revisions to the game.


"It is important to note that the referees have been given this presentation also and will implement these rules with immediate effect," Bob Wynne told us, adding that this should be passed on to all relevant staff.


If you are interested in receiving this presentation by email, please fill in the contact form and we will be in touch asap.