Issue 10


  Issue 10 – February 2013   

Welcome to the tenth issue of BSJ30.

 BSJ30 Final Celebration

By Pat Meegan

Ballinteer St Johns Bingo

By Maurice O’Connell

More Random Images over 30 Years

By Pat Smith


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As Ballinteer St Johns 30th Anniversary Year came to a close we felt it was only right to have an end of year event. This took place in the clubhouse on 20th December where over 150 members, mentors and friends turned out to close the year and to celebrate our five All Ireland Winners from the 2012 season. The night was a great mixture of music, craic, food, some spot prizes which went down really well, club lotto and of course the presentation to our five All Ireland Winners.

On behalf of the BSJ30 committee I would like to thank everyone who contributed articles, photos, paper cuttings and stories which we captured on the website. If there is anything else out there feel free to send it in to the team and we will continue to publish. Along with the website the BSJ30 team organised a number of events throughout the year again we want to thank those who helped us make the events enjoyable and successful.

In conclusion Ballinteer St Johns is a testimony to the members and players over the past 30 years. You have all given generously of your time to make it a vibrant progressive club and an integral part of the Ballinteer and GAA community. We congratulate the club and members on a fantastic 30 years and we look forward to the 50th celebration in 2032.

Photos from the event:



Maria Kenny, Shauna Garvin and Laura O’Curry with their awards.


Robbie Gaughan and Donal Gormley with the Cup


Shauna, Maria, Laura, Donal and Robbie display their silverware


Chairman Peader O’Shea presenting to Fintan O’Curry Dublin Ladies Football Minor Manager


Presiding over the celebrations Dermot Quinn



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Monday nights in the clubhouse are packed to capacity.

The bingo attendance has gone from strength to strength with some nights reaching numbers of 180.


While GAA Clubs are primarily about the involvement and participation of the young and not so young in our national games other activities are also very important to the life of any community.


The general Ballinteer area is no different in that now it has a large range of age groups having started from a green field area in the late 1960’s to the size of large town now. Our club must take this into consideration and open its doors to the wider community. The bingo is part of this club development and attracts people from a wide range of groups who would not normally frequent the clubhouse. The involvement of the wider community in the bingo night also leads to more bookings of the functions room as people become aware of our facilities.


Monday night bingo is a fun event for all with many families attending which is great to see. Finally I would like to give a sincere thank you to all our bingo committee members. It is a credit to their dedication and professionalism in making Monday night a pleasure for all to attend.




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More Random Images over 30 Years

By Pat Smith

Ballinteer St. Johns is sometimes referred to as a ‘City Club’ with a big country heart such are the number of parents, mentors and supporters who hail from every county in Ireland outside of Dublin. This is particularly evident during the peak inter county championship season when great enjoyment is had by all in discussing the relative merits and prospects of their respective native counties.

Laois near Summit


Despite his success Kieran (pictured above) is usually ‘relatively modest’ about Laois prospects!!
Laois and Kildare have enjoyed many years of ‘friendly’ inter county rivalry and since I mentioned Laois success above it would be remiss of me not to at least mention in passing my own County’s wonderful success in capturing the Leinster Football Title in ‘98 and but for injuries etc. could have landed Sam in the same year.
What’s seldom is wonderful after 42 Year wait.


Guess who won against Meath – Lillies celebrate


Johns appear in ‘strange’ colours in Carlow 1983


Johns – Early Days again`


Club Colours in early days


Winning ‘98 Intermediate Football Champions in ‘prayer mode’ prior to Final!!


Leitrim and Fermanagh in thoughtful pose


Mayo and Roscommon on side line duty


Roscommon and Wicklow to fore above


‘Leitrim man’ JJ Duffy in action with other luminaries below


Tipperary, Longford, Dublin, Kerry etc. Club members below in audience


Cavan, Westmeath etc. Club members to fore


A ‘younger’ Johnny McNally above in local limelight – ‘New Dub’ emerging


‘Lilywhite’ on Clubhouse Site – Early 90s


Big Day arrives – National Headlines


Modern Aerial view of ‘Home’


Secret of Kerry Success


Longing for Sam



 ‘98 Inter. Championship Football Panel Reunion below


New Dubs have arrived


Supporting U/21 Footballers in 1st Round Championionship game at All Weather


U 21 Football Championship Winners


Youth – Looking Forward


 Crowded Family Day – The Future