Badminton

  • A seasoned Irish international and not even out of his teens, Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister is one of the hottest rising talents in Irish badminton at the moment. After winning a record three National titles in one day recently, Angelina McHugh caught up with Adam to chat about how he got started in the game, the issue of funding and training facilities for those in the West of Ireland, plus his hopes for the future once he gets the Leaving Cert done and dusted this June!

    Watch the full interview below now.

  • Badminton, once a thriving sport in Mayo, is being reformed. After a long break the Mayo Badminton Association is organising a new league in which beginners are invited to take part.

    In the 1980's badminton was flourishing all over the country and Mayo was no different. Every village had a club and at least one team participating in the Mayo Leagues. There were four divisions with up to eight teams in each division. Clubs were spread all over the county from Tourmakeady to
    Belmullet and Ballina to Barnacarroll.

    At its peak there were 18 registered clubs in Mayo but due to a variety of reasons interest in the sport at an adult level weaned. However the adult clubs in Ballina, Castlebar, Crossmolina and Westport managed to survive and indeed Ballina went on to win several provincial and All-Ireland titles both as a club and as individuals.

    Surprisingly, those days could be about to return as badminton has begun to make a comeback around the county. After a long break of over ten years the Mayo Badminton Association have decided to try to get clubs involved in a Mayo league and as a first step have organised a beginners or also known as a graded H league. 

    There are four clubs in this league: Ballina, Crossmolina, Crimlin and Straide. The games are played on a home and away basis. The league commenced back in November, to date it has been a success with lots of close matches, super hospitality and new friends made. With two rounds to go it is still all to play for as there is still no clear winner of the league. The winners of this league will go on to represent Mayo in the Connacht Finals.

    The Association hosts a social badminton evening every season where members and non-members of the various clubs meet play badminton and get together over a buffet. There are juvenile mayo championships held each year at under 11,13,15 and 17 age groups and several juvenile players have gone on to successfully compete in competitions all over Ireland.

    Due to the success of the league this season the Mayo Badminton Association will be looking to organise a league again next season. The door is opened for any club to enter for next season and there is help and support available to anyone wishing to set up a juvenile or adult club in the future. If you require any more details about existing clubs or the setting up of new clubs please don¹t hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Ballaghadereen teenager Adam McAllister has been selected to play on the Irish U19 Badminton team, who will compete at the European Championships in Estonia in September.

    The championships will run from the 6-16th September.

  • Adam McAllister and the Irish U19 Badminton team who are competing at the European Championships in Estonia. The Irish got off to a great start yesterday beating Slovenia 4/1 with Adam winning both his matches in singles & mixed doubles. Later in the day they took on Turkey, the seeded team in their group, but lost 4/1 with Adam winning the only match men’s doubles with Brian O’Mahony in a very tight 3 setter with a score of 23/21 in the 3rd. 

    Today they take on Austria & Cyprus.

  • Ireland finished the European Junior team championship on a massive high beating Cyprus 4-1. Earlier in the day the Irish lost out to Austria .    

    Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister did his country proud winning 5 out of the 8 matches he played in the Team Event to get the victories over Slovenia & Cyprus . They are now preparing for the Individual Event which kicks off this Tuesday.

  • Ballaghaderreen’s Adam McAllister won the Irish U19 National Badminton Championship yesterday in Lisburn.

  • There was disappointment this morning in Estonia at the U19 Junior Championships for Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister and his partner Rachael Woods  The Irish lost out to a pair from Poland in a thrilling match with a scoreline of 22/20 21/17. 

  • At the Badminton U19 European Championships Individual event in Estonia Ballaghaderreen’s Adam McAllister & his partner Rachael Woods had a huge win & caused a major upset in their first round of mixed doubles beating the number 4 seeds from Netherlands in a tight 3 set game.

    The Irish pair lost the first game 21/13 & went on to win 21/19 in 2nd & 21/18 in the final set.

    Watch our interview with Adam from earlier in the year as he looked forward to the European Championships and more here