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Astro is Open

Posted on 8 March, 2018 at 9:55 Comments comments (0)

We have a fabulous new astro pitch at our lands in Na Forbacha, which is available for private hire - either the full pitch, or just half.


Use the form below, or email Noel O'Toole, to check availability. We will do our best to accommodate your preferred time slots, but please be aware that your first choice may not be available.



The dimension of the full astro is 75m x 45m.

It has a 3G Surface.

It is possible to rent either the full area, or half the pitch.



Normal day-time rental:

Full Size: €60 per hour. Half size: €40 per hour


Rental that requires floodlights:

Full Size: €70 per hour. Half size: €50 per hour


We have reduced rates for all local community-based groups from the locality.

For more information visit the 'Astro' page in the menu above.


Meeting For Coaches

Posted on 22 January, 2018 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)

We have sent an urgent email to all of our coaches, asking them to attend a meeting next Monday evening.

We need to prepare our plans for 2018, and to obtain their views on a range of issues that affect the Club and its continued development.

In the email, our chairman, Kieran Devenish, wrote:

"One of the issues that we need to discuss is how we should work together to develop a full-size grass pitch at Furbo.

"The Club has tentatively secured a Sports Capital Grant of €50,000 towards this project – but that Grant will be lost unless we start the work within the next two years.

"And because we regard our coaches as an integral part of this Club – it's 'beating heart' – it's essential that we find out your views on how the club is being managed and what needs to be done to improve things."

This meeting will be held between 8.30pm – 9.45pm next Monday, 29th January, in the function room at the Twelve Hotel, Barna. (An Beanna Beola - top Floor).

All coaches are asked to reply to the email, indicating if they can attend or not.


BnaF Retains Memorial Cup

Posted on 2 January, 2018 at 11:40 Comments comments (0)

Niall Rooney presents the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup to Erin Lynch (Captain - Bearna na Forbacha Aontaithe Coaches), after their 3-2 win over Oughterard FC Coaches over the Christmas period. €500 was raised for The Galway Samaritans.

L/R: Niall Rooney, Joan Raleigh (Chairperson Galway Samaritans), Ann Clarke (Volunteer - Galway Samaritans), Erin Lynch (Bearna na Forbacha - Coaches), and Brian Merrigan (Oughterard FC Coach).

Our astro turf was shown off to its best at the annual Ray Rooney Memorial Cup game between coaches from our club, and those of near neighbours, Oughterard FC.

The locals won 3-2!


Thanks to all who participated from both Clubs, especially Paul Silke (Oughterard FC) and Dave Daly for reffing.We raised over €500 for local charity Galway Samaritans.

The Ray Rooney Memorial Cup was presented to Erin Lynch the winning captain after the game in Donnellys. Thanks also to Donnellys for the great refreshments post the game. Iontach ar fad.

Ray Rooney Memorial Cup Match 2017

Posted on 29 November, 2017 at 7:30 Comments comments (0)

The annual Ray Rooney Memorial Charity Christmas match - held between coaches from our club and those of neighbouring Oughterard FC will be held in Furbo on Thursday, December 28.

Kick off will be at 1pm.

If you wish to play, please let Niall know before Monday, 18th December. The cost to play will be a minimum of €10 donation, but in excess of this would be most appreciated as well!

Light refreshments will be served afterwards in Donnelly's, Barna, with the presentation of the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup to the winning team.

Our chosen charity this year will be the local Samaritans branch.

Last year, our team won back the cup, raising over €400 in the process for ACT For Meningitis. Niall Rooney and Paul Silke (Oughterard FC) are pictured presenting the proceeds to Siobhan Carroll, founder of the Galway-based charity. 

Club Presents Token of Thanks to Tommy Tiernan

Posted on 19 October, 2017 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

Club chairman, Kieran Devenish, made a presentation to Tommy Tiernan, in thanks for donating his fee from last night's SOLD OUT gig to Bearna-Na Forbacha Aontaithe.

It is a cherry and bog pine 'Galway Hooker' created by Tom Taaffe, Furbo.

The inscription under the piece reads simply: B na F 18th October 2017, To Tommy.

The club is currently embarking on a massive €1M development at Na Forbacha, with the first phase - astro pitches - nearing completion. Tommy's generosity will mean so much to the children from the Connemara Gaeltacht playing soccer today, but also those into the future.

Thanks also to all the staff at the Salthill Hotel, who gave us the use of the ballroom for free.

Pictured are Club Executive members: Noel O'Toole, Liam Roche, Niall Rooney, Kieran Devenish, and Joe Reddington.

(Watch Kieran's short speech on our Facebook page).

Sold Out Tommy Tiernan Gig

Posted on 12 October, 2017 at 17:45 Comments comments (0)

We are beyond delighted to report that our main club fundraiser for 2017 has SOLD OUT! We can't believe it.

Our sincere thanks to BnaF supporter, Tommy Tiernan, along with Yvonne and the rest of his team, for agreeing to do this for us. And to you, our friends and family, for buying the tickets!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 18th - arrive early to secure good seats! It's gonna be a night to remember!

Tommy Tiernan Fundraising Gig

Posted on 23 August, 2017 at 7:15 Comments comments (0)

We are delighted that Tommy Tiernan has agreed to give us the proceeds from the Galway leg of his upcoming Irish tour on October 18.

We have to also thank Kerry in The Salthill Hotel for giving us use of the venue free of charge.

Tickets for the gig are available to buy locally - from Clarke's Supervalu and the hotel itself, or online via, TommyTiernan. com, or

This will be the main fundraiser for the club this year, so we would ask you to please support it - maybe buy tickets for someone else if you cannot make it yourself.

Also, we will be holding a massive raffle on the night, so prizes will be most welcome!

Tickets can be booked through Ticketmaster at this link:

Supporters' Draw

Posted on 2 August, 2017 at 7:00 Comments comments (0)

We sent over 100 letters to members outside the parish during the summer, in the hope that they would help the club through our new Supporters' Draw. Our members in the parish are already contributing through the 'Fiver A Week' fundraiser - which has been an amazing help in getting our astro pitch to its current state.

The membership subs we receive cover only about 60% of our annual expenses, not to mention this being a time of immense growth for the club - our astro pitches are due to be open within weeks.

If you received a letter, we would appreciate if you could return the bank mandate's in the self-addressed envelope to Niall Rooney as soon as possible.

Below is the text of the letter sent by our club chairman, Kieran Devenish:


Attached to this letter you’ll find – not one, but – two very important ‘Supporter Sheets.’ The purpose of each of these sheets is to raise vital new funds to help our club secure exciting new training facilities and realise a long cherished dream of having a full-sized grass playing pitch of our own. That’s our goal! And by working together as a team, I know we can do it.

The first – and most important - Supporter Sheet of all is for you. That’s the green one. And please! Please say you’ll support us as generously as you can by completing and returning your green Supporter Sheet to us as quickly as you possibly can.

Having you on our support team will be wonderful! It will be a hugely positive step forward for all of us in Bearna na Forbacha Aontaithe Club. But - and nobody will appreciate this better than you do - like every successful team in our game, the more ‘strikers’ we have available to us, the more opportunities we have of achieving our goal.

And that’s what your second ‘Supporter Sheet’ – the white one – is all about. Please, before the week is out, will you strategically pass your second supporter sheet (the white sheet!) to a friend, a work colleague or another member of your family and ask them if they also will support us in this community-wide task.

Tell them that by making a €10 monthly donation to the Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe Club Draw, not only will they be actively supporting the development of one of our own local clubs, but they will immediately secure for themselves opportunity after opportunity to win some fabulous monthly draw prizes.

There’ll be prizes every single month for the coming year! This means that month after month after month, somebody’s got to win one of our super monthly prizes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that ‘somebody’ was you, or if it was someone who you personally encouraged to pitch in and support us.... indeed you could both be winners on different months.

But first, we need your support... and then we need you to help us to actively spread the word by passing on the white sheet to another family member or a friend and actively encouraging them to become a supporter too.

As I said at the outset of this important letter to you... if as many club members like you as possible pitch in to support this local fundraising campaign, together we can achieve our goal and everyone in our community will benefit.

Please say you’ll support us.

Kieran Devenish

Summer Soccer Camp 2017

Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 14:35 Comments comments (0)

Join us next month for our FAI Summer Schools Soccer Camp 2017.

It will take place daily from July 24-28 from 9.30am-3pm at Furbo Pitch.

For more information/booking, visit (you will need to set up a Guardian Account to register - if you do not have one already).

Charity Match Raises E430 For Good Cause

Posted on 24 January, 2017 at 5:25 Comments comments (0)

Niall and Paul Silke (Oughterard AFC) were delighted to present a cheque to Siobhan Carroll, of ACT for Meningitis - the proceeds from the Ray Rooney Memorial Cup match on December 27th.

This most worthy local charity was chosen by our opponents, Oughterard AFC, in memory of a friend.

Thanks to our players (coaches) on the day: Karl Nesbitt, Niall Rooney, Steve Delaney, Paraic Timon, Eamon O'Shea, Alan Shaughnessy, David Cunningham, Billy Clery, Joe Treacy, Erin Lynch (C), Derrick McDonnell, Matty Flynn, and Eric Rooney for participating. And also, to our manger, Ronan Rooney. 

This event takes place every Christmas in aid of a different charity. This year, Bearna-Na Forbacha Aontaithe won back the cup, which was named in memory of Niall's father, Ray.