Cloone GAA Club Notes 13/12/2017

Cloone GAA Club Notes 27/11/2017

COME DINE WITH ME – Plans are all in place for what promises to be a most enjoyable night on Saturday night next December 2nd when we host the eagerly awaited ‘Come Dine with Me’. This is the clubs main fundraising event and your support is much appreciated. The event will start at 8 45 pm immediately after mass. Following the meal, there will be a host of local entertainment, and we will also be joined by young dancers from the Roisin Kennedy School of Dancing from Mohill. It promises to be a huge night and one not to be missed.

INAUGURAL INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP – Leitrim’s first Intermediate Championship took place in 1971 and while it was called a championship it probably was only a tournament as only two teams took part, Cloone and Melvin Gaels with the winner decided by aggregate score over two games. On Sunday, September 19th Cloone played Melvin Gaels in Drumshanbo and the score was Melvin Gaels 1 – 9   Cloone 0 6. Cloone lined out as follows, Paddy Kelly (RIP)Gerry Moran, Sean Forde (RIP) Luke McNamee ( RIP) Kevin Lennon Peadar Moran, Pat Beirne, Jim Beirne, Jim McCabe, Gavin McAlinden Matti Joe Lennon Kieran Brennan, Seamus Shortt, Tommy Derwin (RIP) Timmy Beirne. Subs used G McGovern, J Harte. Scorers for Cloone were J McCabe 2 Pts, T Beirne 2 pts, J Harte 1pt, J Beirne 1 pt. For the record, in round two Cloone were beaten by two points and Melvin Gaels were crowned first Leitrim  Intermediate Champions.

Cloone GAA Club Notes 21/11/2017

BACK IN THE DAY – In the early seventies the under 16 championship came immediately after the under 14 and on June 25th 1971 Cloone defeated Gortletteragh in the Grange on a scoreline of 0 14pts to 0 12pts. The stats from the game would indicate that Gortletteragh dominated the early exchanges but that Cloone turned a super second half and won the game by two points. Cloone lined out as follows, L Bohan, B Mulvey, J Gormley, S McHugh. M Mulvey, M McCrann G Mulvey, E Moran A Monaghan, C Moran, P McGarty, P McCrann, T McHugh, G  Lennon J Dillon. The last game in the group was against a more seasoned Bornacoola team who defeated Cloone by a big score, and while much the same team lined out, the changes saw Sean Doherty don the number one shirt, and Pat Kilkenny coming at number 15.

MANAGEMENT TEAM – We are delighted to announce that Niall Murray has agreed to continue as intermediate team manager for 2018 and that Alan Canning has been added to the management team to join Niall, Padraig, and Keith. Early work in relation to strength and conditioning will soon be starting. We wish the team and management the very best for 2018.

FR MANNING PLATE – Hard luck to Niall Keegan and his Leitrim teammates on losing the Fr Manning Plate to Louth on Saturday last in Longford.

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulations and best wishes to former ladies player Louise Heslin Streamstown Cloone, and Declan McCloskey Donegal who were married on Friday last in Sligo.

THANKS – Keeldra ladies GAA club would like to thank everybody who contributed to their recent church gate collection which amounted to € 606 00.

‘COME DINE WITH ME’ – Plans are well advanced for our annual fundraiser ‘Come Dine with Me’ which takes place on Saturday night December 2. This promises to be a great night for all, with the best of food and entertainment. If you are hosting get your apron, if you are not, get your tickets now.

Scór – The club is presently recruiting for participants to take part in Scór na nÓg. Interested parties please contact club Scór officer.

Cloone GAA Club Notes 13/11/2017

Quiz Corner – Following on from last week’s quiz, the answers were simple. The opposition was the 1970 County Under 14 champions Annaduff in the first round of the Under 14 Championship played in Dromod. A week later on the 4th of June, Cloone made amends by defeating Bornacoola in the Grange by 4 12 to 0 01.There were Some changes to the line when the following team took the field: Aidan McCrann, Brian Mulvey, John Gormley, Shane Creegan, Martin Mulvey, Sean McGovern, Hughie McGovern, Aidan Monaghan, Gerry Mulvey, Tadhg McHugh, Paudge McCrann, Sean Doherty, Mick Harte, Pauric Conway, Peter o Donnell. Sub used Pitchelli Brennan. Next week we will have a look at the under sixteen team of the same year.

Lotto – There was no winner of the Lotto jackpot of €4,200.00 at the weekend and the numbers drawn were 3, 10, 16, 24. The following were winners in the draw, € 50, Martin Heaney Mohill, € 30, Felix Gallogly Aughavas, € 30, Daniel Solan c/o Solon’s, Rocullion. Next draw will take place on Sat November 25th with the jackpot at € 4,300.00. Please support.

Congratulations – Congratulations to our up and coming football star Niall Keegan Faughill who was part of the successful Leitrim Under sixteen team that defeated Longford in the semi-final of the Fr Manning Plate in Longford on Saturday last. They now play Louth on Saturday next in the plate final. We wish Niall and the team the very best on Saturday next and we urge supporters to go along and support this great bunch of young footballers.

Come Dine With Me – Plans for our very popular fundraiser ‘Come Dine with Me’ on Saturday DEC 2nd are now at an advanced stage and it sure looks like being bigger and better than ever this year. However there are a few vacancies for hosts, so if you feel like hosting a table please contact club secretary Martin McCaffrey as soon as possible.

Cloone GAA Club Notes 06/11/2017

HISTORY CORNER – The answers to last week’s quiz were, the game was against Glencar Manor, played in Bee Park and the referee was the late J.P.Newton (R.I.P.). Better not mention who the umpire was. Now the history corner turns to the underage section of the club. On 27 of April 1971, the following group of young men donned the blue and gold to represent their parish and their club in the first round of that year’s competition. The team lined out as follows, John Dillon, Brian Mulvey, John Gormley, Shane Creegan, Martin Mulvey, Sean McGovern, Hughie McGovern, Gerry Mulvey, Colm Moran, Paudge McCrann, Tadgh McHugh, Sean Doherty, Mick Harte, Padraigh Conway, Peter o Donnell. The team was defeated on a scoreline of 3 12 to 1 03. What was the competition and who were the high profile opposition?

CONNACHT CHAMPIONSHIP – We would like to extend our compliments to Leitrim County Senior Champions Mohill GAA Senior football team on their excellent performance in the Connacht Championship against Castlebar Mitchells in Castlebar on Saturday last. With the odds stacked against them, the team performed very well and were worthy County representatives.

COME DINE WITH ME – Our Annual fundraiser ‘Come Dine With Me’ takes place on Saturday night December 2nd. There are still vacancies for hosts, and if anyone would like to act as a host please give your name to club Secretary Martin McCaffrey as soon as possible.

COUNTY PANEL – Our prolific goal scorer Darren Carberry has been called into the County panel by County team manager Brendan Guckian. We wish Darren the best of luck and we look forward to him donning the green and gold in the season ahead.

Cloone GAA Club Notes 30/10/2017

History Part 3

In response to last week’s quiz, Sean Doherty was first in with the right answers. The game was against Gortletteragh, the County Champions of 1970 and the game was played in the Grange. Next in the trilogy, was a game played on Sunday, March 28th, 1971, in what would now be considered an away game. The game is remembered for activities off the playing field, more so than the quality of football played. The motto was all shoulders to the wheel, but in fact, it was limbs lower than the shoulder that became the dominant feature of the game. Our present sponsor played a blinder on the side line, and umbrellas were used for purposes that they were never intended for. Sure it was a day out for all the family and surely a day not to be forgotten. The Cloone team lined as follows: Paddy Kelly, Tommy McNamee Pat Beirne, Luke McNamee, Kevin Lennon, Peadar Moran, Gerry Moran, Jim McCabe Damian Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Mattie Joe Lennon Bertie Scanlon, Sean Smith, Tommy Derwin (RIP) Timmy Beirne. Subs used Willie Mitchel for Sean Smith. We were really upmarket back then, as we had a meal for the team after the game, which cost £ 17.00. Even before the advent of the GPA or the CPA, weren’t we really extravagant. Now, where was the match played, who were the opposition, and who was the referee? I can name one umpire, who got a serious lecture from the referee about his impartiality.

At that time we seemed to run league games and concerts in tandem, as that night we hosted the Drumreilly players in Doherty’s hall, and the proceeds amounted to £32.00. At least we more than broke even for the day.Now the Cloone GAA notes office was in a little bit  of a quandary this weekend, as to the name of the play by the Drumreilly playgroup, but following great and indeed intensive work by our research team we can now reveal that the name of the play was the hilarious Tom Coffey 3 act comedy “Anyone Can Rob a Bank”. Having spent £ 17.00 on a meal, no doubt the minds of the Cloone officials that evening was seriously focused on banking matters and were hoping to get some inspiration from the play. Next week we hope to feature some underage history.


Once again our Halloween trail was a fantastic success with huge crowds participating. It was no doubt one of the best to date with people coming from far and near. The response was phenomenal, and the comments afterwards were so rewarding to hear. The club would like to thank everybody who gave freely of their time to participate in the activities on the trail and to frighten the daylights of all and sundry, also to the stewards who manned the roads ,to everyone who helped out in any way, and most importantly to the people who came from far and near to participate. It was a fantastic occasion and sincere thanks to everybody.


With the return of the T.V. programme, The Fittest Family now back on our TV screens, we in Cloone could now be in a position to boast of our fittest Community. On Sunday last our Community were represented at the Dublin City Marathon by, Damian Kelly, Philip Charles, Eugene and Veronica McNamara, Eileen and Aidan Donohue, Peter Logan, Keith Conefrey, and Paul McNamara. Congratulation and well done to all our local participants.


There was no winner of the Club Lotto at the weekend and the numbers drawn were 5, 8, 18 and 20. The following were winners in the draw € 50 Adrian Kelly Drumbore Cloone, € 30 Martin McCaffrey, Cloone € 30, Vickie McCaffrey Adoon Cloone. The club would like to thank our loyal supporters who continue to support our lotto week in, week out. Your support is much appreciated.


A date for your diary 2nd Dec, Come Dine With Me. Get the aprons out, as hosts are now being recruited.

Cloone GAA Club Notes 23/10/2017


The history corner in last week’s edition was a huge success with plenty of interest from many quarters. However nobody got all the answers correct, but there were some very close. The game was against Aughnasheelin, played in Ballinamore, and the referee was the late Charlie Lee from Aughavas. The Aughnasheelin fullback was the great Tommy Gallagher, who was a member of the Leitrim senior team at that time.

This week’s history corner brings us to a very high profile game played on Sunday 21 March 1971. Reports would indicate that this was one of the best games played at this distinguished venue for a decade, with Cloone recording a famous victory over high profile opposition, on a scoreline of 1 09 to 1 06. I won’t dare mention the row as the CCC Liatroma might issue suspensions retrospectively, as there no cards available on the day, not even blue cards. Cloone pulled out all the stops to ensure that a full team would be available. Cloone lined out as follows: Paddy Kelly (R.I.P.) Mattie Joe Lennon, Pat Beirne, Kevin Lennon, Bertie Scanlon, Peadar Moran, Gerry Moran, Jim McCabe, Tommy McNamee, Kieran McGovern, Damian Brennan, Gavin McAlinden, Willie Mitchell, Tommy Derwin ( R.I.P.), Timmy Beirne. Subs togged out on the day were Kieran Brennan and Sean Smith. As you can see a lot of players from the previous team had got their P45’s. There was a big crowd at the game, with takings from the gate amounting to £ 24. Simple questions this week, now who was the opposition and where was the game played? The success of the day did not end with the game, as the club hosted a very successful concert in Doherty’s Hall that night when the local Drama group presented their hilarious comedy to a packed audience. Proceeds from the door amounted to £42.00. Sure we were kicking it out of our way back then! I won’t ask you the name of the play or the cast members but feel free to tell me. More next week


Congratulations to our local Publican and Sponsor Tommy Creegan on his success in the Leitrim Club Cairde draw held recently. Tommy and Pat have been long-time supporters of Leitrim and Cloone GAA, and the Creegan name has been on the Cloone jersey since sponsorship in the GAA was introduced.


It is with regret that we note the deaths of people who have contributed to the local community in many ways over a long number of ways. We remember the late George Argue who passed to his eternal reward in the last two few weeks, a man who contributed in no small way to everything that was progressive about Cloone, and now we remember Dan Keegan who on Saturday evening last suddenly passed to his eternal reward. Dan was so supportive of everything that was happening in the parish, and he will be missed by everyone that knew him. We extend our sympathy to their family and friends, and may their souls rest in peace.

Cloone GAA Club Notes 18/10/2017


In last week’s notes, we incorrectly stated that the Halloween trail was starting at 8 pm. Please note that it’s starting at 6 pm. For an experience never to be forgotten be in Cloone at 6 pm. It promises to be an unforgettable experience.


Having completed the playing activity on the pitch we now turn our attention to a little bit of history. Notes from the archives show that in 1970 Cloone GAA held their Annual Dinner Dance on the 27th of December and was attended by 186 guests. On January 7th the club held a very successful concert for Parochial funds and the proceeds amounted to £ 53. At a meeting of Leitrim Co Board held in Drumkeerin on 22 of February 1971, the Cloone senior team were relegated from Senior to the Intermediate championship, a competition in which only two teams played, i.e. Cloone and Melvin Gaels. The records show that Cloone were represented at that Co Board meeting by Sean Cooke, who provided the transport and a G McGovern. Cloone were grouped for the league with Carrick, Glencar Manor, St Aidan’s Gortletteragh, and Aughnasheelin. The 1971 league started on Sunday, March 7th and the following team represented Cloone on the first league outing of that year. Willie Mitchell, Kevin Foley, Pat Beirne Kevin Lennon, GerryMoran, Peadar Moran, Sean Smith, Jim McCabe, Tommy McNamee, Kieran Brennan, Mattie Joe Lennon, Damian Brennan, Gerry Tiernan (RIP) Gerry McGovern, Kevin Moran. The Cloone full forward had a torrid afternoon against a very prominent member of the Leitrim County Senior team of that year, and even though Cloone only had the required fifteen players, he says that he played the entire game in fear of being taken off. For all the local historians, who did Cloone play that day? Where was the game played? And who was the referee? No doubt you all know the answers. Answers on a postcard, please. Answers published next week. More to follow.


There was no winner of the lotto jackpot at the weekend and the following numbers were drawn. The numbers drawn were 6.8,12 25. The following were winners in the draw € 50, Matthew Reynolds Adoone Cloone, € 30 Michelle Dimmock Cloone, € 30 Kealan Mulvanerty Aughnasheelin.

Cloone GAA Club Notes 27/09/2017


There was no winner of the lotto jackpot at the last draw, and the numbers drawn were 6, 21, 18 23. The following were winners in the draw, € 50, Mark Creegan Cloone, € 30 Maeve Reynolds, Cloone, € 30 Leona Murphy Mohill. The next draw, with the jackpot at € 3,900.00 will take place this weekend and your continued support is much appreciated.


The club is presently planning the ever popular Halloween Trail fundraising event which this year is being planned for Saturday evening October 28th. This year’s event will be even bigger and better than previous years. More details later.


Come dine with me, the very popular fundraising event is once again back on the table, with the event being provisionally planned for Saturday night December 2nd. Once again the club is looking for volunteer hosts, so if you wish to get involved you can contact any club member.


The GAA National Club draw is once again up and running and the club will be taking part again this year. Having had a winner last year, no doubt there will be great interest in the draw again this year. The draw is sponsored by the GAA nationally with all prizes provided by GAA headquarters, which provides a huge opportunity for GAA clubs to raise some much-needed funds. Tickets will be available from club members.

Cloone Club Notes – 11/9/17



We exited the Fox Memorials Leitrim Intermediate Championship on Saturday evening last in Dromad going down to Drumkeerin on a score line of Drumkeerin 0 11 Cloone  0 10. The winning point coming with the last kick of the game. Leading by 06 to 01 in the first half it will probably be remembered as a game we could, and should have won. Injuries to key players certainly did not help our cause, and probably contributed to our downfall. On a week of heavy rainfall we must compliment the Bornacoola Gaa Club on the excellent standard of the pitch on Saturday evening last, and also on their recently opened marvellous new facility.

Cloone Club Notes – 4/9/17

On Saturday last we drew with Mohill’s second team in the FOX Memorials Leitrim Intermediate
football Championship played in Carrigallen, on a score line of Mohill 1 11 Cloone 0 14. We are now
through to the quarter final against Drumkeerin. This game will be played in the excellent grounds of
Leitrim Gaels Gaa at 5 P.M. on this Saturday evening. We urge all supporters to rally behind the team
and hopefully we can get a result on Saturday evening. Best of luck to the team and management.
This is another phase in a championship system in Leitrim Gaa that personally I’m not a fan of.

Compliments to Carrigallen GAA club on having their excellent facilities in top class shape for the
matches on Saturday evening. The stand proved a treat to shelter us all from the rain. Well done to
Carrigallen GAA.

There was no winner of the club Lotto Jackpot on Saturday night last. The numbers drawn were 3, 4,
16, and 26 and the following were winners in the draw,€ 50 Caoimh Lohan Longford € 30 Teresa
Slevin Drumdarkin Cloone, € 30 Kevin Keilty Ballinaglera Leitrim. Thanks to all who supported and
the club is most appreciative to all who, support the lotto draw.

On Saturday evening we have two games in the park, with Ballinaglera taking Carrigallen at 5 00 pm
and Mohill taking on Drumreilly at 6 30mP.M. The usual stewards are asked to be available.

Congratulations to Caroline and David McKeon on the birth of their baby girl last week. A girl
footballer for Cloone Gaa, and no doubt will follow in the footsteps of her aunt, noted Letrim star
County footballer Dee Ward.

Cloone Club Notes – 28/8/17

We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Tiernan kellegher Annaughmacooleen,on
winning the All Ireland Under 12 miscellaneous on the saxaphone at the 2017 Comhaltas Ceoltóiri
Eireann All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis recently. Tiernan is not alone a highly talented musician he
is also a top class footballer and a member of our successful under 12 team this year. Well done
Tieranan from all at Cloone GAA.

We went down to Leitrim Gaels in the intermediate championship on Sunday last on a score line of
Leitrim 1 12 Cloone 2 06. Being Leeside for a few days I don’t have any more details. Next outing is
against Mohill on Saturday evening next in Carrigallen at 6 45 Pm. The best of luck to all.

Fixtures in the park on Saturday evening, wth Gortletteragh playing Aughawillan, at 5 15 PM and
Aughavas V Eslin at 6 25 PM. Stewards are to be available once again.