LOTTO – There was no winner of this weeks lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 2, 17 , 24 , 26. The following were winners in the draw, € 50 Paul O Donnell Drumlegga Cloone, € 30 Sandra Canning Cloone, € 30 Calvin, and Cria Veesey Drumlegga Cloone. Next jackpot is € 5000 and your continued support is much appreciated.

YEARLY LOTTO – Now is your time to renew your annual lotto subscription, and members of the club will be calling to your door in the next few days and weeks to get you signed up. No doubt, as usual, you will not be found wanting in supporting the cause.

SOCIAL NIGHT – The social night was a great success with a good turn out and everybody enjoying a good night out, with plenty of prizes, lotto draw, and house draw.

ALLIANZ LEAGUE – Next week see’s the return to the National Football League when Leitrim take on Limerick in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada. While it has been a difficult league to date, Sunday is an opportunity to get two points on the board. Best of luck to team and management.

SOCIAL NIGHT – Cloone GAA is hosting a social night in Mckeon’s Bar on this Saturday night February 17thand it promises to be a great occasion.  Music on the night will be provided by Mickey Clerkin and there will be a number of draws on the night. The lotto draw will take place on the night and there will be the free house draw, and numerous draws on the night for valuable prizes. All members and supporters are asked to be present.

DIV 2 LEAGUE – The opening dates for the start of Division 1 and 2 league have been announced with Cloone to start their campaign against Melvin Gaels on the weekend of March 31st April 1st.

ALLIANZ NATIONAL LEAGUE – There was no joy for Leitrim in Net Watch Cullen park at the weekend going down to Carlow on a scoreline of 2 11 to 05. There is no game this weekend with the next outing against Limerick in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada the following weekend.

YEARLY LOTTO –  Members of the club will be calling to all houses in the parish with yearly Lotto tickets. There is a concerted effort to increase the number of yearly lotto tickets and your support would be much appreciated. This is one way to ensure that you are in all draws.

QUIZ – Preparations for the Battle of the Townlands quiz is going well with some townlands in serious training. All townland are asked to have a team ready for the battle on Saturday, March 31st

SYMPATHY – The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Paddy Phelan whose funeral took place on Monday, February 11th. Paddy, a gentleman of the highest calibre, a native of Co Kilkenny has been one of the driving forces behind the promotion of hurling in Leitrim for many years.

The club would also extend its sympathy to the family and friends of the late Gus Guckian who passed to his eternal reward recently. Gus played against us on many occasions and wasn’t the easiest defender to negotiate by. May he rest in peace.

The new officers of the club have hit the ground running with a host of fundraising events planned for the coming weeks. At a recent meeting, the following plans were announced:

YEARLY LOTTO –  Members of the club will be calling door to door to collect yearly Lotto contributions in the next few weeks. By being a yearly member you are guaranteed to be in all draws, and now all yearly lotto ticket holders will be entered in a draw for a prize of € 300 to be held on March 31st. The club looks forward to your continued support and hopefully as many supporters will join the yearly draw scheme.

BATTLE OF THE PARISH QUIZ – The club is planning a new and novel quiz featuring the townlands of the parish. Since this event has been announced there has been an outburst of enthusiasm and training has already started in earnest. The treasurer of the Annaughmacooleen Gaels club was spotted in Mullan on Sunday morning last pricing encyclopedias and it is reported that training is going well in that townland. The quiz is planned for Saturday, March 3rd and no doubt every townland will be doing their best to win the overall prize. This is something to really look forward to.

GOLF CLASSIC – The club is also planning a golf classic for June. The classic will be held at the Ballinamore golf club and further details will be released in due course.

SOCIAL NIGHT – Plans are also being made for a social night for all Club members and supporters to be held in McKeon’s Bar and lounge on Saturday Night February 17th.

LOTTO – There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot at the weekend. The Following numbers were called 9, 27, 25, and 18. The following were winners in the draw, € 50 Nuala o Reilly c/o Alex Jones, Ticket seller supreme, € 30 Sean Monaghan Cloone, € 30 Fr Peter Tiernan, yearly ticket. Next lotto draw will be held on Saturday night February 17th, In conjunction with the social night in Mckeon’s Bar.

SYMPATHY –  Cloone GAA would like to express its sincere sympathy to John Moran and family, and the Leogue family, formerly Mohill, on the death of Teresa Moran whose funeral took place on Monday last. Teresa taught in Fatima School, Cloone, since the mid to late nineteen eighties and has been principal for the last number of years. Teresa has been responsible for everything that has been good about Fatima school during her years teaching there, and on many occasions when her pupils were representing the School in GAA competitions Teresa was their motivator and cheerleader. We extend our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

SYMPATHY –  The club would like to extend its sympathy to James Shanley Ballykiltyfea, Cloone on the death of his Mother, whose death took place recently. James ‘s son Ryan is one of our most Promising players who has had great success with various underage teams of late,

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE – On Sunday last Leitrim put a creditable performance against a fancied Laois Side, and with a scoreline of 3 10, you would expect to win most games. Next up in the Allianz National is Carlow in Netwatch Cullen Park. Not an easy assignment but if we could extend our 7-minute scoring spree from last Sunday and entice the Carlow goalkeeper to follow the antics of the Laois goalkeeper,  with his forays upfield, you just never know. Best of luck to team and management.

Gerry McGovern elected Connacht GAA President – We hope we will be forgiven for bypassing him with this item but huge congrats to our club PRO Gerry McGovern on his election to Uachtaráin of Connacht GAA on Thursday night last in the Bush Hotel. In the presence of a huge number of Cloone supporters, Gerry was elected to the position following completion of his three-year term as vice president of Connacht Council.

Gerry has been a lifelong member of the Cloone club and has been one of our most dedicated servants. His many roles over the years with the club have included player, official, manager, selector, development supervisor, referee and supporter. Gerry first took over as secretary of the club in 1970 and it was fitting that the two club officers who were also elected that year, Kevin Foley and Michael Heslin were present again on Thursday last.

For the past five decades, Gerry has worked as both a player and official in the club and was one of the driving forces behind the development and official opening of our current club grounds in 1980. Later on, in that same year, Gerry gave a man of the match performance from his midfield berth in the Leitrim senior county final on the occasion of the last of our 11 senior championship successes.

Gerry was also a highly respected referee at national level and went on to hold numerous positions at Leitrim Co. Board including leas-runaí, Cathaoirleach, and Connacht Council delegate. Achievements such as the new stand in Pairc Sean, the commencement of the Center of Excellence and re-energising Connacht Scór are just some of the accolades Gerry can be proud of in recent years.

On this historic occasion for the Cloone club we look forward with great pride to one of our own holding this prestigious role. When Gerry takes his seat on Coiste Banistí in Croke Park it will be a far cry from the humble club beginnings of meetings held in a Morris Minor car but the one constant will be Gerry McGovern’s commitment to all that is good in the association. We extend the club’s congratulations to Gerry, Kathleen and the extended McGovern family and wish Gerry every success in his new role.

COMMUNICATIONS – Cloone GAA have recently set a What’s App group to keep members informed on all club activities. Anyone who wants to join and has not yet been added should text Liam Reynolds  0873273844 or Martin McCaffrey 086 0594310.

YEARLY LOTTO – It’s now time for the renewal of lotto yearly tickets and members of the club will be calling door to door in the next few days and weeks. These Lotto tickets are serious value for money. You have 26 draws for € 50, or three entries for the 26 draws for € 100. With the Lotto jackpot increasing every week this is a very attractive opportunity to be in all 26 draws. And it gets even better as there will be a draw for a very valuable prize at Easter for holders of Annual tickets.

MEMBERSHIP – Membership is now due and all supporters are asked to pay their membership immediately to Club Register Seamus Maguire. Membership is as follows, Players € 50, Family membership € 30, non Players and students € 20 Please pay your membership now.

‘’IRELAND LIGHTS UP’’WITH THE GAA – In a bid to make exercise more accessible on the dark winter nights ‘Ireland Lights up’ will see participating Clubs  turn on their flood lights between 7 pm and 9 pm one night a week, starting now and continuing on until 27 February 2018. Club and community members are invited to Come to Cloone GAA walking track every Tuesday evening between 7 pm and 9 pm to walk, jog or run. The pitch flood lighting will be turned on during the two hour period. Let’s get active!


CALLING ALL TABLE QUIZ FANS – Keeldra Gaels LGFA is holding a table quiz in Creegan’s on next Friday night January 26thstarting at 8 30 pm. Table of four adults is € 40,  Table of four children € 20. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. This a most deserving cause and your support will be much appreciated.

LOTTO – There was no winner of the club Lotto at the weekend. The following numbers were drawn. 10 , 21 16, 25. The following were winners in the draw, € 50 Conor Keegan Faughill Cloone, € 30 Poppy Gannon, € 30 Carola McNerney. The next jackpot is € 4,800.00. Your continued support is much appreciated.

BON VOYAGE – This week we say Bon Voyage to one of our most promising players Sean Reynolds who heads out for the shores of Australia. We wish Sean the best of luck.

ALLIANZ  LEAGUE – We wish the Leitrim Senior football team the very best of luck when they head to Corrigan Park Antrim to take on the home team in the first game in the Allianz football league for 2018. A difficult assignment, but one where victory is achievable. We wish them the very best.

AGM – The Club held a very successful Annual General Meeting in the clubhouse on Saturday evening last and a large crowd attended. Outgoing chairman Mickey Lohan gave a detailed chairperson’s address in which he highlighted the positive features from 2017. He complimented the work of the intermediate team under the excellent guidance of team manager Niall Murray. He thanked all the people who gave of their time in a voluntary capacity to attend to all the various duties that are needed to run the GAA club. Mickey did not seek re-election, and the club would like to thank Mickey for six outstanding years’ service to Cloone GAA in which he spearheaded many outstanding initiatives. Mickey is replaced by new chairman Liam Reynolds.
Outgoing secretary Martin McCaffrey also gave a very detailed report of the year’s activity in which he outlined the positive attitude among the players which resulted in a very enjoyable year. He thanked all the people who helped with the running of the club through the year without whose help the club could not run.
The financial report by outgoing treasure John Reynolds showed the club is in a reasonable financial state but renewed efforts with fundraising will have to be high on the agenda during 2018. John did not seek re-election and the club would like to thank John for all his efforts in fundraising and managing the clubs finance throughout the last number of years. John is replaced as treasurer by Gerry Keegan. The following is the officers for 2018, Chairman, Liam Reynolds Vice Chairman Seamus Maguire, Secretary Martin McCaffrey, Assistant Secretary, Alan Canning, Treasurer Gerry Keegan, PRO Gerry McGovern, ASAP Officer Seamus Maguire, Irish Officer Damian ó Braonáin, Registrar Seamus Maguire, Insurance Officer Adrian Nichols, Development officer Sean McGovern  Coaching Officer Niall Brennan, Children’s officer Marie McCrann, Assistant Children’s Officer Eamonn Cunningham, I.T. Officer Enda Tiernan, Co Board delegates Sean McGovern, Liam Reynolds, Mickey Lohan. Underage representative Kieran Casey. At the close of the meeting lifelong supporter Kevin Foley gave a rousing speech in he informed the gathering that it is sixty years since he attended his first Club meeting, and that this year marks sixty years this since the club had been reformed at a meeting in Dillon’s Egg Store in 1958, having out of action for a few years.
SYMPATHY – The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Reynolds family Gortletteragh on the recent death of TP Reynolds. TP played with Cloone winning a senior league in 1952, a year that Gortletteragh did not field a team. To his family and friends, we extend our sincere sympathy. The club would also like to extend a sincere sympathy to the Tubman family Fenagh on the sudden death of Eamonn. Eamonn was deeply involved in GAA matters in his beloved Club Fenagh St Caillins, was vice chairperson of Leitrim Co Board in that historic year of 1994 when Leitrim won the Connacht championship. Eamonn also had an association with our club as he was the joint manager, with our present PRO, of our amalgamated Minor team Eastern Harps which won the Leitrim Minor Championship in 1981. To his family, we extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of a great gentleman.
LEITRIM GAA SUPPORTERS DUBLIN LAUNCH – The annual launch of the Dublin branch of the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will take place in the Celtic Suite in Croke Park on this Thursday evening starting at 7 30 p.m. Special guest on the night will be Marty Morrissey, our ever popular GAA broadcaster, and now star of ‘Dancing with the stars’ The supporters club will also be recognising three Leitrim legends who won Railway cup medals, sixty years ago in 1958. The three Packie McGarty, Columba Cryan, and Cathal Flynn will be present on the night, and no doubt many memories of the Leitrim performance in the famous 1958 Connacht Final and the winning of the Railway cup will be shared and recalled on the night. Leitrim GAA supporters are very proud of these living legends and no doubt a huge crowd will be present to honour them on the night. To cap off the night there will be entertainment provide by the ever popular traditional group GARADICE. This quartet included the ever popular Eleanor Shanley, Padraigh McGovern, Dave Sheridan, and John McCartin. This promises to be a huge night’s entertainment and it kick off the Leitrim GAA fundraising campaign for 2018. A free bus will be travelling to the event on the evening and the pickup times are as follows, Drumshanbo 4 15 pm,  Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada 4 40 pm, Bornacoola Gaa Grounds 5 pm. A night not to be missed.
This Wednesday evening we host the postponed Connacht FBD Game Leitrim V Sligo in the Park at 7 PM. This will be a big occasion for the club and all stewards are asked to be available in good time to assist with the running of this game. Leitrim will be hoping to get two points following their defeat to Galway in Clonbur on Sunday last, and it gives Team Manager Brendan Guckian another opportunity to look at more players prior to the first round of the national league against Antrim, in Antrim on next Sunday week.

AGM – Our AGM will take place on next Saturday evening Jan 13th in the clubhouse at 8 pm sharp. All players, members, and supporters are asked to make a special effort to attend this very important meeting. There are some very important positions to be filled so if you are interested in getting involved in the running of the club this is your chance.

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulation to our club player Darren Carberry who made his inter-county debut with the Leitrim senior team on Wednesday night last at the very impressive Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence at Annaduff, when Leitrim took on Connacht champions Roscommon in the first round of the Connacht FBD League, and had the distinction of scoring the first competitive point for Leitrim in 2018. We look forward to many more scores from Darren in the Leitrim jersey.

RETIREMENT – We would like to extend our best wishes for a happy retirement to former Leitrim GPO James Holohan who recently retired from his post. James spent many years coaching in Leitrim schools imparting his vast knowledge and experience to the young players under his care. His good humour and cheerful personality made his coaching session a very enjoyable experience for all who participated. Happy retirement James.

LOTTO –  There was no winner of the club lotto Jackpot at the draw held on Sat December 23rd. The numbers drawn were 5, 10 24, 25, and the following were winners in the draw, € 50, Sean Tiernan, Melview Longford, € 30 Carla Creegan Cloone, € 30 Mena Brennan Cloone. The last draw was held on Saturday night last and the following numbers were drawn, 10, 17, 18, 26. There was no winner of the lotto jackpot and the following were winners in the draw, € 50, Peter o Donnell Cloone, € 30 Bernadette Beirne jr € 30 Aisling Mitchell Cloone. Next draw will be held on Saturday, January 20th

HISTORY – As we promised at the start of this history section we would continue up until the AGM when a new PRO will be elected. This week’s history takes us to Sunday 9th July 1972,when Cloone defeated Eslin in the semi-final of the Intermediate championship played in Ballinamore, on a scoreline of Cloone 1 9 Eslin 1 06. Eslin were winning at halftime 0 6pts to 0 4pts but Cloone’s superior fitness and the switch of Jim Beirne from full forward to midfield swung the game in Cloone’s favour. Cloone lined out as follows. Ciaran McGovern, Pat Beirne Sean Forde RIP, Gerry Moran, Louis Moran, Peadar Moran, Kevin Lennon, Jim McCabe, Jim Harte, Kieran Brennan, Tommy Derwin, RIP, Timmy Beirne, Gerry McGovern, Jim Beirne, Paddy Kelly RIP. Scorers for Cloone were, J Harte 1-0, T Beirne 0-4, G Moran, J McCabe, T Derwin, G McGovern, P Kelly 0-1 each.

SYMPATHY –  Cloone GAA would like to extend its sincere sympathy to former club chairman Seamus Shortt and the extended Shortt family, formerly Camber Cloone, on the death of Fr Pat Shortt, Eugene, Missouri United States who died on Thursday, December 21st 2017.

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.

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.

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.