18th of January 2023

18 January 2023


Ballinamore Club Notes 


Dessie Kieran, Ballinamore Seán O’Heslins RIP


The death has occurred of Dessie Kieran, one of the stalwarts of Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s since his playing days in the late 1940s and through the 1950s. Dessie was the goalkeeper on the famous Ballinamore team which won the 1956 Senior Championship, the club’s first at the time, after what seemed an eternity from 1939. That victory was the highlight of Dessie’s generation and was spoken about with pride ever after.


While still a player, Dessie was very involved in the administration of the club along with his brother, the late Brendan. Between them, they were central to the running of the club in the 1950s and 1960s. Dessie was club Treasurer from 1953-1955 and again in 1958. He was also Assistant Treasurer from 1964-1968. 


He was a mine of information on anything to do with the club, and indeed the town, and a visit to the chemist shop run by himself and his wife, Sheelah, would yield the answers to many questions.


Dessie was particularly proud to see his son Paul play a central role in Leitrim’s great Connacht Senior Championship win in 1994 and in Ballinamore’s Senior title wins in the 1980s and 1990.


The club expresses sympathy to Dessie’s wife Sheelah and sons Paul, John and Mark and the extended family. 


Ar dheis Dé go raibh duine de laochra chlub Sheáin Ui Eislin. Leaba i measc na naomh agus na peileadóirí go raibh age.


Hard Luck 


Hard look to the MacDiarmada U20 team that took party in the county final on Friday evening in atrocious conditions, the lads put in a great performance in a match that was nip and tuck with the scores level after full time and the need of extra time to find the winner. Unfortunately, on this occasion it was St Marys that got the point to claim victory on the night with the match ending 1:11 to 1:10. All credit to both teams they played some great football in difficult conditions.




Our January draw will take place this Saturday night January the 21st in Priors Ballinamore.   Tickets are still available from club members. can also be bought on Revolute by contacting Michael on 0863906791. Your support for our annual fundraiser would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are priced at €20 for one or 3 for €50. We have 12 prizes up for grabs with a 1st prize of €4000, Second Prize of €1000 and 10 Prizes of €100



Our annual AGM will take place on the 28th of January in the club rooms

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