I'm amused and intrigued by Lar's oul shtory about the Ballagh being so good that Ros Co Board tould them to go back to Darkland.
Try as I might I can't find any records of Ballagh winning Co Championships or batin the lard outa any of the other Roscommon Clubs in them days.
I think it was some "Galballyman" equivalent saying "We're not going along with any Dilton inspired English Act" and so the good people of Ballagh have never been able to become fully enlightened.
So sad to see in that Prime Time programme tonight the flags of backwardness still dragging some of them down.
Mind you it's great to see the great Roscommon generosity of spirit etc on display. That shows they are true Ros people despite that oul throwback to the dark ages.
Ross, me oul’ buddy, we’ve been through all this before.
This craic keeps going on and on like a needle stuck in an oul’ record. (I know Syferus doesn’t read anything anybody else writes; don’t think he even reads his own
posts either but I thought you had a biteen of sense.)
We had (at least) one sensible Rossie poster on this board a few years ago, Turlough O’Carolan. I genuinely wanted to know why the Ballaghadereen club still played in Mayo, well over 110 years since the boundary changes. So Turlough obliged and was able to give me the basic details.
I then came across an account of the Ballagh controversy in a book called “Mayo: Its History and Heritage” by a buck calling himself Nollaig Ó Muirthile. (As plain Noel Morley, we shared a seat in Nathy’s once upon a time.)
His account tallied with Turlough’s but it costs €80 if you want to check it out for yerself and it doesn't go into fine detail. Anyway, seems the Ballagh folks we told to eff off after a few months and didn't get to play any competitive games.
BTW, the paragraph I bolded makes no sense whatsoever. Are you sure you ain’t Syferus under yet another alias?
It’s got his stamp alright.