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posted 15 Apr 2014, 03:36 by Suzann McLoughlin   [ updated 15 Apr 2014, 03:37 ]

Boardsmill GAA Club History


While Boardsmill GAA Club was officially formed in 1944, it has been established that Boardsmill played in the 1913 hurling championship.  The documentation of the history of the club was started by the later Peadar Lehane and has been continued by TJ Reilly and Patricia Cully.  The end publication will not only include a comprehensive history of the juvenile and adult history of the GAA Club, but will also be peppered with some interesting nuggets of history regarding the general parish, Ladies GAA & Camogie, local school and more.


A newly formed committee has been established to finish this work and to collate a central bank of videos and photographs. We are looking for any small help that you may have to offer in order to finish the project.


You can help by:

-          Lending videos/photos or information.  Anything given will be returned.

-          Identifying photos

-          Offering your time to help writing/editing/creating an index of the history.


All help would be gratefully received.  It would be appreciation if you could prompt any older relatives, emigrants or friends who may not see this notice.

Please do what you can to help finish what the late great Peadar Lehane started and leave a legacy for future generations.

Contact details of committee are below if you want to help out:

Your donation





Veronica Bird



Mark Flood


Other committee members

TJ Reilly



Mick Leonard



Aine Kealey



Patricia Cully



Eamon Cosgrave



New Club Sponsor

posted 11 Mar 2013, 17:33 by Boardsmill GAA   [ updated 24 Mar 2013, 16:51 by Suzann McLoughlin ]

At the Boardsmill Dinner Dance, Chairperson TJ Reilly announced that the Club had acquired a new sponsor for 2013. 

"We are delighted to announce that the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim will be the new sponsors of Boardsmill Club for 2013. In times when it's hard to get sponsorship we are thrilled that the Castle Arch Hotel have come on board. We'd like to thank our previous sponsors C&S Aggregates for their generous sponsorship and support over the past few years and we now look forward to 2013 with a view to bringing home some silverware". 

A little about the Hotel: 
The Castle Arch Hotel is an award winning three star boutique hotel, taking the Trip Advisor Choice Award for 2012 among other laurels. We offer a warm and inviting home away from home, whether you're after a memorable family holiday, rich in new experiences, or you're hosting a wedding reception, civil ceremony or family celebration of any description. Our famous hospitality and impeccable service levels will ensure that you get the most out of your time with us. You'll soon see why our 21 en-suite rooms stand among the most desirable hotel accommodation in Ireland.

2012 Boardsmill GAA Dinner Dance

posted 2 Mar 2013, 05:04 by Suzann McLoughlin

Boardsmill GAA, Camogie and Ladies Football Club held their presentation night on Friday 1st March 2013 at the Castle Arche Hotel. A big crowd was in attendance to support the club and those receiving awards. Medals were given out to the Ladies Football Club Teams who won the Feis Cup and Under 19 Competitions in 2012. 

The main accolades went to the following:
Ladies Football Player of the Year - Aideen Guy (for the second year in a row) 
Ladies Football Young Player of the Year - Laura Bagnall
Ladies Football Club Person of the Year - Tony Hannon represted by Noeleen Kealy
Camogie Player of the Year - Carolanna Foley
Camogie Most Improved Player of the Year - Edel Dugdale
Camogie Young Player of the Year - Maedbh Smyth
Camogie Club Person of the Year - Linda Ryall
Footballer of the Year - Johnny Mitchell represented by his father
Hurler of the Year - David Farrell
Young Hurler of the Year - Conor Darby
Hall of Fame Award went to Nicky Higgins represented by Caroline Loughran
Boardsmill GAA Club Person of the Year - Nora Dixon pictured below. 
Nora Dixon receiving the Club Perso

The Chairman of the Club TJ Reilly was also delighted to announce the new sponsors for the Club in 2013 are the Castle Arch Hotel. 
Congratulations to all those who received awards on the night and thanks to all those whom attended. 

Kind Regards,

Suzann McLoughlin.
Boardsmill GAA PRO

2013 Meath Road Hurling Championships

posted 24 Feb 2013, 14:28 by Boardsmill GAA

It’s said it’s not the winning that matters, but the taking part. That was all well and good as 147 competitors took to the starting line for Sunday’s Meath Road Hurling Championships along the Ballyconnell road until the competitive edge took over.

Hurlers and non-hurlers alike from all over the county gathered at Boardsmill hall from 11.00 on Sunday morning for the 11th Road Hurling championships and as the sight of Kiltale, Kildalkey, Kilmessan, Rathmolyon, Trim, Dunboyne and Boardsmill men donning their colours became clearer through the morning mist so to did the will to win.
All the friendly banter was left at the start line. There was no outward animosity, but it was clear throughout the one and half mile course that nobody wanted to be second best, especially to a near neighbouring club.
Ultimately the main prizes stayed local. Boardsmill’s Thomas Reilly claimed the Vincent Guy Perpetual trophy and crown as Meath Road Hurling Champion with a superb score of 94, two ahead of Dunderry’s Dylan Keenan.
Boardsmill legend Christine Fagan, who plays her camogie with Trim, led the way for the women with a mesmerising score of 54 points to ensure a clean sweep for the parish in the individual honours.
The team prizes had a bit more united colours of Benetton about them as the combination of Boardsmill’s Anton Hoey, Trim’s James Andrews and Keenan won the men’s team category with a combined score of 194 points, 18 clear of their nearest rivals..
The ladies team prize was also an exciting battle, but despite her outstanding score of 54 Fagan couldn’t inspire her Trim team of herself, Sharon Hilliard and Emma McNally as the combination of Trim’s Niamh Guy, Dunboyne’s Aoife Thompson and Boardsmill’s Laura Dempsey claimed the top spot with 114 points, four points clear of O’Brien’s team.
In an additional category Mark Hatton won the u-14 section with some superb shooting that pushed Reilly close for the overall prize.
The scoring was spectacularly high considering the poor weather conditions as the competitors tackled 27 stages with two points available for landing the ball on a narrow road 30 metres away from a starting point.
Four points were on offer for reaching over 45 metres, six points available for a puck of over 60 metres and eight points if anyone landed the sliotar beyond a 75 metre mark with their first bounce on a road that was no wider than 10 foot at any point.
With over hanging trees and deep ditches the road hurling is a game of remarkable skill, but there is also a huge enjoyment factor and that is testament to the fact that  49 teams defied the horrible weather to take part.
“It is great that we have had so many teams again this year. We weren’t sure what the turnout would be like because the weather isn’t great, but to have almost 150 competitors shows there is still great interest in this event,” said Boardsmill official and chief organiser Eric Cribben.
“As well as all those taking part we also have 25 markers and scores of local kids and family members of some of the competitors who come along and help find the balls in the ditches.
“It really has become a great family occasion, but there is also a strong competitive edge to it. None of the clubs coming here want to be beaten by the other, so while it is light-hearted fun there is also some great action.
“Great credit must go to everyone in Boardsmill club for the work put into running the event and as always the halfway house at Dixon’s for some of Peter’s Punch was once again hugely popular.
“I also want to thank our sponsors Frank Pratt for their valuable assistance and hopefully the event will continue to remain as popular as it currently is,” concluded Cribben before returning to a warm fire for some well deserved Peter’s Punch.

2012 Meath Road Hurling Championships

posted 15 Jan 2012, 15:26 by Suzann McLoughlin

Meath Annual Road Hurling Championships 2012

Monday January 2nd 2012 was the date, the Ballyconnell Road just outside Trim was the venue, the Vincent Guy Memorial Trophy was the prize and Boardsmill GAA Club were the hosts of the 10th Annual Meath Road Hurling Championships. This novel event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2002 and this year drew its highest contingent of players with 55 teams taking up their hurls to battle it out for the silverware.

Participating hurling and camogie teams both young and old represented clubs from Boardsmill, Trim, Kildalkey, Rathmolyon, Kilmessan, Longwood, Na Fianna, Dunboyne, Summerhill, Moynalvey, Portumna, Kilkenny and even a first time hurler from New Zealand! For those who have not witnessed this event to date, the Road Hurling course is situated on the Ballyconnell Road and is approximately 1.5 miles in distance. There are 26 sections on the course, each of which is 90 yards long. There are markers within each section at 30 yards, 45, 60 and 75 yards. Each player is allowed one puck per section and points are awarded based on the distance of each puck i.e. where the sliotar first bounces. Sliotars must bounce on the road for points to be scored. Teams consist of 3 players and prizes are awarded to highest aggregate team score as well as highest individual scorer.

At 11am the team with the honor of starting the proceedings stepped up to the first section. They were the first host club team of Gerard Smith, Fergal Smith and local hurley maker Tom Walsh, ably assisted by Tom’s son Evan who tagged along to help get the sliotars out of the ditch.  I’m reliably informed he didn’t have to get too many!! A steady stream of teams continued from then on throughout the afternoon and the weather was kind with only a couple of shorts showers. Those feeling the cold or were a bit peckish were welcomed as always at the Dixon household or also known as the infamous “Halfway House” where everything from biscuits and sandwiches to tea and “Peter’s Punch” were on offer. This was a huge hit again this year as they ran out of “Peter;s Punch” for the later teams! At the end of the road and the 26 sections, the Bird household also offered some refreshments before the participants were ferried back to Boardsmill hall by Fitzsimons Transport.

At the business end of the scoring, continuing in their winning ways of 2011, Senior Club Champions Kildalkey took the title with their winning team of Noel Kirby, Eoin Potterton and Tommy Masterson with Noel Kirby taking the Vincent Guy Memorial Trophy for the highest individual score. The team of Niall Smyth, Alan Watters and Paudie Guy representing Dunboyne and Boardsmill were a close second.  Shona White claimed the individual spoils with the highest ladies score and was also part of the winning ladies team prize with Suzy Kennedy and Katie McGowan representing Boardsmill. The presentations took place in Kiely’s Bar and prizes were presented on behalf of the sponsors by Boardsmill Chairperson, TJ Reilly. The Vincent Guy Memorial Trophy was presented by his son Vinnie.  An enjoyable day was had by all and if you haven’t yet sampled the atmosphere at this unique event, then come along next year and see for yourselff!

2012 Meath Road Hurling Championships

posted 22 Dec 2011, 06:27 by Suzann McLoughlin

The Meath Annual Road Hurling Championships will descend on the Ballyconnell Road in Boardsmill  on Monday 2nd January 2012 as the Boardsmill GAA Club will hold our annual bout of chaos!! Now in its 10th year, this novel event which is sponsored by local business Frank Pratt & Sons Site Development attracts a huge crowd from all over the county and furthers a field each year. 

For those who have not witnessed this event to date, the Road Hurling course is situated on the Ballyconnell Road and is approximately 1.5 miles in distance. There are 26 sections on the course, each of which is 90 yards long. There are markers within each section at 30 yards, 45, 60 and 75 yards. Each player is allowed one puck per section and points are awarded based on the distance of each puck i.e. where the sliotar first bounces. Sliotars must bounce on the road for points to be scored. Teams consist of 3 players and prizes are awarded to highest aggregate team score as well as highest individual scorer.

Aperitif more appetising than the main course

posted 14 Oct 2011, 03:15 by Suzann McLoughlin   [ updated 14 Oct 2011, 03:16 ]

Boardsmill 1-16
Rathmoylon 1-13

The aperitif was more appetising than the main course at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday as Boardsmill made rich amends for last year's IHC near miss by holding off a late Rathmolyon rally to deservedly claim the title.

In the 2010 decider Boardsmill were cruelly denied by a late Drumree goal but David Troy's charges made no mistake this time with a strong finish to the first half crucial as they booked a return to the senior grade.

Rathmolyon had only vacated the premier ranks last year when losing to Navan O'Mahonys in a relegation play-off and, like on many other occasions in the past, they depended too much on veteran Mickey Cole for scores.

The former county forward ace hit all bar two points of the losing total with brother Gary and Mark Lynch their only other marksmen. Boardsmill had a much better spread of scorers with six of them getting on target.

Boardsmill got 1-4 of their total from the 27th minute to the break when a handsome advantage of 10 points (1-11 to 0-4) served them well in the second period when playing into the breeze.

The sides had been on level terms three times during the early exchanges but Rathmolyon did not register again in the first half after a Mickey Cole converted free left them trailing by the minimum after 10 minutes.

A white flag effort by Cathal Flattery set their most productive spell in motion and Thomas Reilly and Thomas Leonard increased the lead.

Then Thomas Pratt struck for the goal on 29 minutes with a ground shot finding the net before Martin Conway completed the scoring for the first half.

Rathmolyon got the start they hoped for in the second period with Mickey Cole soloing in from the left corner and doing well to beat Stephen Masterson with a low drive.

The deficit was reduced to five points in the third quarter and Boardsmill's position looked perilous as the pre-match favourites piled on the pressure. 

Three successive points, struck by Reilly (free), Stephen Gibbons and Pratt, helped to steady the 'Mill ship as they went into a 1-15 to 1-7 lead. In the last quarter they only added another converted Reilly free as Cole tagged on six points.

The losers' main marksman was also guilty of a few misses and the wrong options were taken with long-range frees when a goal was needed in the closing stages.

But Boardsmill were not to be denied as they claimed the title last won in 2000.

Boardsmill: S Masterson; E Corrigan, N McLoughlin (0-1), G Whelan; N Weir, D Farrell, P Guy; B McLoughlin, R Hatton; M Conway (0-1), T Reilly (0-4, 2 frees), S Gibbons (0-3); J Pratt (1-1), C Flattery (0-3), T Leonard (0-3). Subs: E Cribbin for Gibbons (50), F Flattery for B McLoughlin (55), V Guy for Conway (60).

Rathmolyon: S Ennis; G Whelan, J Gantley, J Farrell; M Lynch (0-1), A Fagan, T Cosgrove; A Smith, D Colgan; G Cole (0-1), T Lynch, N Cole,; J Farrell, T Henderson, M Cole (1-11, 0-5 frees). Subs: D Whelan for Lynch (35), E Regan for Colgan (44), D Morgan for Smith (47), S Mulligan for G Cole ((52).

Referee: C Ferguson (Gaeil Colmcille).

Reference: Hogan Stand

Intermediate Final Beckons!

posted 26 Sep 2011, 15:27 by Suzann McLoughlin   [ updated 26 Sep 2011, 15:34 ]

Boardsmill's Intermediate Hurling team take on near neighbours, Rathmoloyon in the Championship Final on Sunday 9th October 2011 in Pairc Tailteann. This match is the curtain raiser before the Senior Championship Final but is sure to be a close affair. Having met earlier in the championship, Rathmolyon won that battle by three points, however the 'Mill side will not let that alter their outlook on this fixture. after losing the final last year, the boys in blue will be out for nothing but a win on the 9th!   Come on the 'Mill!!!!!

Junior Hurling Final - Support Wanted!!!!

posted 17 Sep 2011, 12:28 by Suzann McLoughlin

Boardsmill's Junior Hurling side take on Navan O'Mahonys this Sunday 18th September 2011 in the David Grey Catering Junior Hurling Championship Final. 

The final is being held in Pairc Tailteann in Navan and all support is much appreciated. These lads have won every championship match this year bar one, so they deserve as much support as possible to bring the silverware back home!!! 

Boardsmill GAA Golf Classic

posted 17 Jul 2011, 16:01 by Suzann McLoughlin   [ updated 17 Jul 2011, 16:07 ]

Boardsmill are having their annual golf classic on Monday 1st August 2011 at Rathcore Golf & Country Club. 

Kindly sponsored by Kiely's Bar, Trim we have tee times from 10.30am to 2.30pm with some great prizes on offer for GUI/ILGU and non-GUI/ILGU pairings. It will be run as a two person team event with 1 score to count in a stableford format. 

It's only €40 per person including your meal in the Clubhouse afterwards. To book your team of for T-Box sponsorship contact: Derek Fitzsimons 086-8552356.

All support appreciated! 

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