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Ray Rooney Memorial Cup Returns to BnaF

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Congrats to our adult selection of coaches who defeated Oughterard FC to win back the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup on December 27th.

They raised over €400 in the process for ACT For Meningitis (a Galway-based charity).

Back: Karl Nesbitt, Niall Rooney, Steve Delaney, Paraic Timon, Eamon O'Shea, Alan Shaughnessy, and David Cunningham.



Front: Billy Clery, Joe Treacy, Erin Lynch (C), Derrick McDonnell, Matty Flynn, and Eric Rooney.


Missing from photo: Ronan Rooney (manager).

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]

Astro Site Starting To Take Shape

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Ta P & D Lydon ag obair go crua..... suas sna Forbacha.

There has been a massive change to the landscape of our site at Knockavoddy, Furbo, in a matter of weeks.

Our contractor, P & D Lydon, has had three heavy machines working during daylight hours for the past month or so.

One of the biggest challenges for us at this site had been dealing with the terrain - an expensive headache - as one part was full of rock, and the other was bog!

Our first phase was dealing with the rock, and at this stage, most of it has been broken down.

The site is almost at the required level to add the 'core', and it will not be long after that before our astro pitches are in place.

Our hope is that these will be ready to use early next year.

When we devised this plan, we wanted to provide facilities that would serve the existing needs of the club/community, but also provide for the future. So, with this in mind, we will be installing one large astro pitch, which can be divided into three smaller pitches for training.

The largest one is big enough to be used for a nine-a-side match at U12 level. The full measurements are 74x46m.

Our contractors are also due to fill the boglands in preparation for our second phase, which is an international sized pitch.

Our sincere thanks goes to the neighbours for their understanding, and to everyone from the club who has worked tirelessly to make this a reality for the children of now and into the future.

It goes without saying, that this is a very expensive undertaking, so if you can help with fundraising, please contact us.

Adult Side Secure A Point After Draw with NUIG

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Our adult side secured a fine point with a 1-1 draw against NUIG B at Na Forbacha.

There were excellent performances from Ronan Esselmont, Mattie Flynn, and Rob Carty at the back, while Pat Thorthon pulled off a string of crucial saves throughout the game.

Niall Cox scored the goal following good play from Geoff Sheridan. The 'Man of the Match' was Luke Curran, with a very solid performance in midfield.

Meanwhile, the Bearna Na Forbacha Under 13 A team were missing key players when they met a Cregmore team, with similar problems, on Saturday in Cregmore.

The away-side were under pressure in the first half with Cregmore having the bulk of possession but they found it hard to break down a resolute Bearna defence and it was Bearna who finished the first half with the best scoring opportunity with a missed penalty.

After leading the line, Ronan Bates swapped goalkeeping duties with Cillian O Laoi, and it was the latter who broke the deadlock with a fierce direct free kick from around 35 yards out.

Cregmore kept pressing, but the midfield, led by Daniel O'Connell, Liam Lydon and Daragh Costello, did well as did the defense marshalled by Josh Francis, Patrick Walsh, Diarmuid Dunne, Cian Fox, and Liam Faherty.

Overall, it was a great squad performance with Oisin Keane and Edward Grealis putting pressure on up front in the forward area.

The Under 15 A side had a fine 2-0 away win over Tuam Celtic in the premier division of the Galway league.

While in the Under 15 division 2 game, Bearna B eventually saw off a spirited Moyne Villa side with a fine 3-2 win at Na Forbacha.

Moyne Villa took a two goal lead in the second half. Both Diarmid De Brun and Manus McCrudden scored a goal each for Bearna both from corner kicks. Late in the game, Seán Twomey popped up to score the winning goal to complete a great fight back.

First Away League Win for U12 Girls

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Our U12 Girls team, who won their first ever League game away to Kiltullagh Pioneers.

The Club had a very busy weekend of fixtures last weekend with the highlights being the Under 14s Connacht Cup win, the Girls team win in the Under 12 league, and a fine win by the Under 16 side.

The clubs U14's put on their best display of the year in this keenly contested 3rd round Connachht cup game against Kilmurry from Crossmolina, Mayo which ended with a 4-2 win for the Barna side.

Barna opened the scoring with an opportunist strike from Andrew Egan, and one quickly became two with an outstanding goal from Eoin Rafferty who showed great composure beating two players before riffling to the roof of the net, the visitors pulled one back with a good strike from a free kick making it 2-1 at the break.

Barna quickly got back into their rhythm again at the start of the second half with a great finish from Jack McCarthy who was outstanding in the midfield. Mike O'Connor put the gloss on it with a fourth, the visitors pulled one back in the closing minutes.

Barna had 'Man of the Match' performances in Ross Corcoran who marshalled his defence superbly and Jack McCarthy who ran the show in midfield, other notable performers on the day were Aaron Kavanagh and Liam Connaighle and Jack Griffin.


The Under 16 team had a fine win in Annagdown over Corrib Celtic last Sunday in the Under 16 Galway league. Goals from Caomhan Feeney and Liam O’Nainin sealed the victory and captain Ross Nolan had a fine game.


The Under 12 girls side had a comfortable win in the Under 12 Championship Division.

They travelled to Kiltullagh and dominated the game from the start but had just one goal to show for their first half efforts with a fine goal from Katie Flaherty.

However two early goals from Abby Kavanagh followed by two more from Eabha Baird secured the points and further goals from Kavanagh, Rachel Kelly and Rebecca Rooney completed a great team performance.

History In the Making for Club's Girls

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (1)


A bit of history was made last weekend at na Forbacha when our first ever girls team played their first Galway Under 12 league game. The visitors were Corrib Celtic and in an excellent game before a large crowd the visitors just came out on top with a 2-1 scoreline.

Coaches, Erin Lynch and Eric Rooney, can be very proud of their team who played very well throughout. The home side played some great football creating several early chances in the first half. However the match was level at the break.

Both teams created several chances in the second half. Bearna na Forbacha took the lead with a goal from Rebecca Rooney early in the second half, however Corrib Celtic rallied well and went on to score two goals to clinch the three points.

Great team defending by Eabha Baird, Haylee Hession, and Hannah Nolan and saves by Abby Kavanagh with Katie Flaherty, Rachel Kelly, Caitlin Joyce and Holly Treacy controlling the middle of pitch. Catherine Harvey, Ally McSweeney and Roise Hayes also made excellent contributions.

Bearna na Forbacha Aontaithe hosted Castlebar Town last Saturday in the 3rd round of the U15 SFAI cup. A bright start by the home side was rewarded in the 18th minute when Cian Hernon rounded the keeper and opened the scoring for Barna Furbo. Further first half goals by Tom O' Connor, Eoin McSweeney and a 2nd by Cian Hernon had Bearna na Forbacha leading by 4-0 at half time. The visitors pulled one back in the second half but Cian Hernon completing his hat trick and the game finished 5-1 to the home side.

The Under 14 side took all three points after a conclusive win over Craughwell in the Under 14 Premier division. After a very tight first half with missed chances on both sides Bearna showed their quality in the second half with goals from Owen Rafferty (2) Mike O'Connor (1) Ross Corcoran (1) from the penalty spot and a brilliant individual goal by Liam O' Connaighle, Liam who was the stand out player on show on the day was well supported with good performances by Patrick Colman and Aaron Kavanagh.

The under 13A side are out of the SFAI Cup when they were well beaten by a strong Mervue side and the Under 12A side were also beaten at home by Tuam Celtic in The Under 12 league but the Under 12B side had a fine 2-0 win over Salthill Devon C at Drom. The adult side went two nil up against Oughterard in the Division 3 of the Galway League but Oughterard put in a strong second half performance to win out 4-2. Jordan Powell scored both goals and Oisin Flaherty and Robbie Carty were the pick of the side.

Minutes of AGM

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Minutes of AGM of Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaite (‘BnFA’;) held 5th October 2016 at Bearna Youth Hub (8.45 – 10.00pm)

1. Minutes of Previous AGM (circulated in advance) These were read and approved.

2. Chairman’s Address (Presented by Kieran Devenish)

2.1. Development of new facilities Significant progress has been made since the last AGM: 2.1.1. The Club has bought 6.7 acres of land at Furbo (originally funded by a credit union loan and loans from members)

2.1.2. RPS Consulting Engineers (our professional advisors & project managers) completed the design of the facilities; put the work out to competitive tender, in line with public procurement requirements; assessed the tenders received and agreed a ‘best and final’ offer with contractors.

2.1.3. The Club has formally appointed a contractor (P & D Lydon Ltd.) to do the work - and has signed the necessary contract documents for this.

2.1.4. Phase 1 of the project (development of the 3 Astro-turf pitches) should be in place by the end of December 2016. In addition, the rock-breaking and grounds works needed the development of the full soccer pitch (Phase 2) will be carried out.

2.1.5. The Club has secured Sports Capital funding of €110,000: and currently has an application in with Rionn na Gaeltachta for separate funding

2.1.6. BnFA has negotiated various finance facilities from Clann Credo, a social investment fund, to assist in developing the facilities and in re-financing the credit union loan that was originally taken out to buy the lands at Furbo. Note, however, that because of a shortfall in funding, the Club has had to scale back the project – but, hopefully, if additional monies (e.g. through grants, fund-raising efforts etc.) can soon be found, the job will be completed as originally envisaged.

2.2 Fund-raising Further, and immediate, fundraising is essential to enable the Club to:

• Complete Phase 1 of the project (see above) • Meet its substantial monthly repayment commitments

• Run the Club Note: only 60% of the running costs are covered by membership subscriptions. Key points mentioned were:

• The Club needs to set up a Fundraising Committee to organise a couple of large events each year: and we’d delighted to hear from anyone who’s prepared to help out with that.

• The Club will take immediate action to ensure that all membership subscriptions are collected. Given that the Club needs every euro it can get – and to be fair to those who do pay – it has to enforce the ‘don’t pay, can’t play’ rule.

• The cost of renting all-weather training facilities from other clubs is substantial – and, thus, every player who uses such facilities is expected to pay the agreed contribution.

• Club members were actively encouraged to participate in the Barna Furbo Sports Fund initiative (See also AOB below).

2.3. Acknowledgements and sincere thanks were expressed to all those who dedicate so much time and effort to the Club, especially the coaches and members of committees/ sub-committees and those on the Executive.

Without their invaluable contribution, the Club simply couldn’t function. Special thanks were also expressed to those members who participate in the Club’s monthly draw and to those who kindly advanced long-term interest-free loans to the Club. Without their ongoing assistance, the Club could not have gone ahead with the development of the amenities at Furbo.

3. Secretary’s Report (Presented by Niall Rooney) Highlights (in no specific order):

• Our U10 Girls winning the Galway Cup U10 in EDP last Summer – first girls trophy ever won in the Club

• The significant growth in numbers in our underage Academy

• Our U14’s winning the 2016 U14 Connacht Shield in May 2016.

• Our Adult squad getting to the Final of the Connacht Shield in EDP in 2016

• The recent appointment of Joe Reddington as the Club Language Officer.

• Securing Sports Capital Grant aid of €110,000 in October 2015

• The signing of the contract on Tuesday this week for the 1st Phase of our new development at na Forbacha.

• The excellent Fiveraweek Fundraising Campaign pulled together over the Summer months by Kevin Kelly to part fund much need facilities for all codes in the Parish

• The launch of the Club’s BraveHearts Lotto in conjunction with local heart Charity Croí during the Summer

• The current revamping of the Club web site – work done by DG Digital Media.

The Secretary thanked the following people and associations for their help, time, guidance and assistance to him and the Club over the last 18 month: our coaches & parents, the FAI (CEO John Delaney in particular),RPS our Consulting Engineers, Jack Fitzgerald of Kennedy Fitzgerald Solicitors, GFA, Coiste Pairc na Forbacha, Bearna GAA , BnF Hurling Club and many others.

4. Treasurer’s Report (Presented by Liam Roche) The attached Report was circulated to attendees: and key points were explained by Liam. The adoption of the Report was proposed by Vincent Gavin and seconded by Ray Nolan: and formally approved by the Meeting.

5. Change in Legal Status The following Motion was put to the Meeting: and its purpose was explained by the Chairman: That:

• With immediate effect, all sporting and business activities of Barna Furbo United FC (Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe) – which is an unincorporated members’ association - will be channelled through Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Rathaiochta.

• All monies held by, or due to, Barna Furbo United FC (Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe) – now or in the future – will be transferred into the ownership of Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Rathaiochta.

• At a future date (to be decided by the Executive Committee) Barna Furbo United FC (Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe) will cease to exist as a distinct legal entity. The Motion was proposed by Noel O’Toole and seconded by Ray Nolan: and was unanimously approved by the Meeting. There were no other Motions to be considered.

6. Any Other Business Among the points discussed were:

6.1. We need to get more people involved in the Executive Committee (particularly parents of young players) who would add value to the Club. Currently, coaches were being asked to do more than they should be doing.

6.2. An open day should be held (possibly in August) for all Academy children and parents.

6.3. Even though fund-raising was vitally important, our main focus should remain on soccer. That’s why it’s essential to have a separate fund-raising committee.

6.4. Noel O’Toole explained the purpose of the ‘Fiveraweek’ campaign and strongly urged everyone to get involved in promoting it.

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.

Astro Pitches Becoming A Reality

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We can hardly believe that work has already started on our three new all-weather astro pitches at Na Forbacha.

It was a massive leap of faith for the club to purchase rocky land alongside the existing playing fields in Knockavoddy, but it is certainly coming to fruition.

We hope that this first phase of the development will take approximately 4-5 months, and that the pitches will be ready to use in early 2017.

Not alone will it provide our players and community with a world-class training facility, but also a source of income, and an invaluable asset for the future.

The second phase of the facility - a full size grass pitch - will start at a later date.

FAI chief, John Delaney, visited the site last year, and pledged his full support.

All of this work comes at a massive cost, though, so if you can join our fundraising committee please contact us.

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]