Congratulations Enda – We would like to extend our heartiest congratulation to our club member Enda Tiernan on being elected to the position of Leitrim representative on GAA’s Ard Comhairle. Enda a former Cathaoirleach of Cloone GAA and present IT Officer, oversaw many huge developments in the club during his seven years as chairman. Enda was chairman of the club when Cloone GAA won the prestigious A.I.B. ‘Club of the Year Award’ in 2004 and few present will ever forget the presentation ceremony in Croke Park as being a very proud day for the club. Enda as chairman led a team of officials who implemented many huge developments in the club among them the provision of the magnificent lighting system in the park, and the club being the first club and Leitrim being the first County to host a National League game under lights, when Leitrim took on London in the Cloone GAA grounds. Enda has served Leitrim GAA as Connacht Council delegate for the last three years and has been most helpful to many clubs in the county with their clubs structural developments, and has been involved in many developments within the Connacht Council. No doubt Enda will be a very efficient representative for Leitrim on Central Council and we wish him the very best of luck in his new role as he follows in the footsteps of his former near neighbour the late Leo McAlinden who served as Leitrim representative on Central Council for twenty-five years.

HISTORY – Back to a little bit of history again and this time we visit a league game in the Grange when Cloone took on Gortletteragh on March 5th, 1972. Cloone had difficulty fielding a team and were fined £5 for being fifteen minutes late. The stats would indicate that Cloone played well but were beaten 1 06 to 0 6 pts. The team lined out as follows, Paddy Kelly R.I.P., Louis Moran, Gerry Moran, Sean Smith, Kevin Lennon, Peadar Moran, T.P.Lennon R.I.P. Jim McCabe, Damian Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Tommy Derwin R.I.P. Timmy Beirne, Kevin Moran Gerry McGovern, Gerry Tiernan, R.I.P. Sub used Pat Beirne.

Next game in the league of that year was a rousing game against near-neighbours Aughavas played in the Grange on Sunday, March 19th. Cloone had difficulty fielding a team but did manage to get a team on the Pitch four minutes late. Cloone led at the interval by 1 02 to 0 2. On the resumption, Aughavas introduced two substitutes, i.e. the late Frank Reynolds R.I.P. and the late Mickey McGirl R.I.P. and this had a profound bearing on the game as immediately Aughavas scored two goals and a point. Cloone rallied back scored a goal and a point to be followed by an Aughavas point and the stroke of full time scored the levelling point to bring the game to draw 2 04 each. Cloone lined as follows, Paddy Kelly R.I.P., Pat Beirne Gerry Moran, Sean Smith, Louis Moran, Peadar Moran, Jim Harte, Damian Brennan, Jim McCabe, ( 01) Kieran Brennan, (1 0) Timmy Beirne (1 01) Gavin McAlinden, Kevin Moran, Gerry McGovern, ( 01 ) Gerry Tiernan R.I.P. Sub used T.P.Lennon. R.I.P. (01)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS – Cloone GAA would like to extend a very happy Christmas to all its players, members, supporters and to everybody who has supported the club in any capacity during the year, and in particular to everybody who has supported our fundraising ventures throughout the year.

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulations to St Manchan’s on winning the last Leitrim under 21 championship on Saturday last. To our own Club players, and to Eoin and Darren who were part of the team we say well done on this great achievement. Commiserations to Fenagh-Gortletteragh who provided a great opposition.