Ballyvary Hurling & Camogie Club

aims to teach all members the traditional values and culture of the games of hurling & camogie. This will be achieved through the creation of a safe environment where all players experience a sense of fun, fair play and achievement as they learn to develop their talents to their full potential.




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To Contact us telephone Secretary Tomas Cameron:  Mobile:  087 9227554 OR complete the enquiry form below

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Welcome / Fáilte

Welcome to the website of Ballyvary Hurling & Camoige. If you are a member of the club we hope that the website will be a useful to you in checking out upcoming fixtures and information on the club.

If you are not yet involved we would you encourage you to become involved in the club as a player, coach or Club Officer.

The club is dependent on the generosity of people for their time, energy and money so we especially encourage you to support the club through our fundraising activities.

Mol an óigeagus tiocfaidh siad

President: Maura O’Connell 

Chairperson: Joe Barrett Mobile:  087 7563099

Secretary:  Sandra McFadden                 Mobile: 0876835615

PRO: Majella Walsh                                 Mobile: 0876131977

ASAP & Children’s Officer: Majella Walsh , Tomas Cameron: Mobile:  087 9227554

Pitch Liaison Officers: / Tom Larkin

Schools Liaison Officer: Breege Staunton / Diarmuid Moynihan

Oifig Na Gaelge:  Máire Ni Fhearraigh

U8/U10/U12 Manager / Coaches:

Kevin Mulroy, Tomas Cameron, Dave Mahon, Billy McGhee  

U14 Manager / Coaches:

Joe Barrett, William Butler, Peter Comer.  

U16/U18 Manager / Coaches:

Joe Barrett, Tom Larkin

U21 Manager / Coaches:

Joe Barrett, Tom Larkin, William Butler

Camogie All Age Groups Manager / Coaches:

Des Joyce, Bernard Joyce, Teresa Gril, Sandra McFadden.

All Coaches at the Club have completed the Foundation Award level in Hurling Coaching, awarded by Coaching Ireland and Cumann Luthchleas Gael. All Coaches have attended the Child Protection and code of ethics in Sport Awareness Workshop, certified by The Irish Sports Council and have been  fully vetted through the National Garda Vetting Unit .

U8/U10/U12 : Tomas Cameron  / Dave Mahon

U14 : Joe Barrett, Tomas Cameron  

U14/U16/U18 : Joe Barrett / Willian Butler

U21: Joe Barrett / William Butler

Camogie All Ages: Teresa Gril,  Bernard Joyce, Des Joyce 

All First Aiders have successfully completed the FETAC Level 5 Occupational First Aid Training

Child Protection Officers:

  • Camogie: Majella Walsh – 087-6131977

  • Hurling: Tomas Cameron – 087-9227554

Child Protection Policy

Ballyvary Hurling & Camogie Club is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our organization, games and activities. We shall take all practicable steps to protect children from discernible forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings. We will do this by:

  • Recognising that all children have the right to be protected from harm.
  • Ensuring that all our coaches and volunteers are carefully recruited, selected and trained and that they accept responsibility for ensuring the wellbeing of children in their care.
  • Responding quickly and appropriately to protect the welfare of children who participate in our games and related activities.
  • Provide parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have.
  • Appointing a children’s officer at Ballyvary Hurling & Camogie Club.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of child protection procedures and policies on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensuring that all allegations of abuse of young people are confidentially dealt with in accordance with the GAA guidelines.
  • Ensuring that all members, coaches, team mentors, administrators, parents/guardians and spectators sign up to and adhere to our Code of Behaviour.
  • Ensuring that Procedures are in place relating specifically to bullying, away trips and photography.


‘The Club that Andy built’

Hurling Revival in Ballyvary

It was the spring of 2005 when a small group of locals in Ballyvary sat down to discuss a dream; this dream was the formation of a hurling club in the heart of Mayo. It was 40 years since the area had its own GAA club. Back in the 1950’s there had been a strong football team but times change and the club folded in the late 1960s. One of the young players on the 1960s Ballyvary Team was Andy Walsh and he was now the nucleus of this group. Those privileged to have been in his company knew that when Andy got something into his head nothing would stop him from making it happen. Thoughts became ideas and ideas became actions. Phone calls were made and suddenly the notion that there could be a new hurling club in Mayo started to become reality.

At this time hurling in Mayo was stagnant. Very little change had taken place in the previous years, however the game was about to experience a renewed interest in the county. It was hard to believe that this new club in Central Mayo was to be at the heart of the change. A new Development Officer had recently been appointed by the County Board with specific brief to develop hurling within the county. Adrian Hession came with a strong pedigree. He played his hurling with the legendary Tooreen Hurling Club and had represented Mayo at all levels. Adrian met with the new hurling committee in Ballyvary. What better way to promote hurling in the county than to help start a new hurling club. The initial committee in Ballyvary included Andy Walsh, Joe Barret, Tom Larkin, and Peter and Anne Comer with a few others. At this time the local development company in Ballyvary had developed a new sporting facility in Ballyvary at the back of the school, with changing rooms, a soccer pitch and a GAA pitch. The new hurling club were in the envious position that they had a ready to go Hurling Pitch within the community.

So in the spring of 2005 the “clash of the ash” was a new sound heard in Ballyvary. For the first year the Club focussed on a group of U12 boys and girls. Adrian provided the club coaching for the first year while a group of eager parents watched on. Little did they know that they would become the coaches of the future! One of the abiding memories of the first year or two of the clubs history was the huge wave of support that came from all the existing clubs in the county. In particular Castlebar Mitchells and Tooreen Hurling Clubs went out of their way to help and encourage the new club. The club officials in Ballyvary quickly found out that the circle of hurling enthusiasts in the county is small and while during some of the competitive games tensions can arise, these quickly return to friendship once the hurls and sliotars are put away. Spurred on by the success of the new club in Ballyvary, the renewal of hurling at Claremorris quickly followed. New clubs were also established in Moytura and Caiseal Gaels.

In 2010 a new initiative began within the Ballyvary Hurling club to start up a Camogie Club. The enthusiasm of Emma Mohan finally won over and the Camogie Club was established. In the early days of the club many of the girls played with the boys up to U14 level but this rule states that the girls and boys cannot play together after U12. The girls decided to get moving with their own club and with the guidance of Caroline Murray from the Camogie Association they have now made huge strides. The numbers are continually increasing and they are going from strength to strength. In 2012 the Clubs U12 Camogie team won the County U12 title.

By 2012 the Ballyvary Hurling and Camogie Club has over 100 young people playing our most ancient game. The club has gone on to establish it self as one of the strong outlets for Hurling and Camogie in the country. The club was the first to build a hurling wall in the county and this has become a focal point for many other clubs and county teams. This summer the club has won county titles at under 16A and progressed to competing in a County Minor Hurling Final. The Club intends to move on steadily to Under 21 and eventually an adult team. The club has several players participating in the County Development squads at many ages and will one day have players wearing the senior county jersey. Sadly one of the funding fathers of the club Andy Walsh passed away in 2011 but while he was involved in the club, he build strong foundations and from those strong foundations, the club will go on to greater things. All the players, mentors coaches and parents are proud to be part of the club that Andy built.

Ballyvary Hurling Club

Important Information for Members, Coaches, Players, and Parents/Guardians.


1. Introduction

2. Mission Statement

3. Core Values

4. Rights within the Club

5. Club Safety

6. Codes of Conduct

7. Discipline, Complaints and Appeals

8. Supervision of Away Trips

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2015 Registration Forms

The 2015 Registration Form is now available. If you wish to download the form please clink the link at the bottom of the page. Please print off the form and return with the appropriate fee to any member of the club committee or coaches as soon as possible....

2015 Ballyvary 8K Results & Photos

The 2015 Ballyvary 8K Fun Run took place on Saturday February 28th. While the weather was quite winterly there was a great turnout of both walkers and runners, young and old alike. While the event raises much needed funds for the club, it is equally important in...

Hurling Club win Minor Final

Well Done to our Super Minor Team in capturing the 2014 County Minor B Final against Westport with a very impressive score line of Ballyvary 4-16 Westport 3-08, Photo shows a delighted Minor Team along with Club President Maura O’Connell, Team Management William...

Radio 1 Countrywide Programme

Our Club received national media attention in May 2014 when broadcasting legend Marty Morrissey visited the Club and interviewed Players and coaches. Marty Morrissey was extremely impressed with the success of the club and the standard. After recording an interview...

A Parent Talks to a Child Before the First Game

This is your first game, my child. I hope you win. I hope you win for your sake, not mine. Because winning’s nice. It’s a good feeling. Like the whole world is yours. But, it passes, this feeling. And what lasts is what you’ve learned. And what you learn about is...

Hurling Skills

Click on Link to download individual skill cards (pdf.s) BattingDribble Frontal BlockGrip & Swing Ground Strike Hand PassThe Hook Jab LiftOverhead CatchThe Roll Lift Solo Run Striking from...

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