In order for the GAA and its games to survive, we need to recruit new referees. This especially applies to clubs who have no referees and have had no referee in years. A special effort has to be made to unearth this rare species in these clubs. Some clubs in our county continue to supply the board with top class referees and we thank them sincerely for that while others pay lip service and simply do nothing but complain. The opportunity for each club to rectify this problem can be sorted by putting forward at least one suitable if not two suitable people for training on March 9th in the Bush Hotel at 8 o clock. Contact Sean at 0861267414 for any more details.

The Oisín McConville Coaching Course in The Centre of Excellence has now been fully booked. A waiting list is in operation and anybody who wishes to be placed on this waiting list you may contact Leitrim GPO James Glancy at 0864082561 or

The Oisín McConville Coaching Course on Thursday next, February 22nd, in the Centre of Excellence is booking out fast. Only 20 places remain.

Contact Leitrim GPO James Glancy at 0864082561 or to book your place now.

Armagh and Crossmaglen legend Oisin McConville will be the star attraction at the next Leitrim GAA Games & Coaching Development Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, February 22, running from 6.15pm until 8.30pm.

McConville will give a workshop at the Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence with the theme “Effective Forward Play and Decision making in front of goals”.

McConville, a serial winner with his club Crossmaglen Rangers and with Armagh has amassed many County, Provincial and All-Ireland titles in a glittering career and has since moved into management and punditry. This one course that is not to be missed.


Places are limited on this course so contact Leitrim GPO James Glancy at 0864082561 or to book your place now.


If you were able to attend any of the previous workshops or simply want to refresh your memory, there are DVDs available, at a cost of €5 per DVD per session. All you have to do to get your copy is contact Leitrim GPO James Glancy at 0864082561 or


Due to the fact that the Centre of Excellence in Annaduff has been closed temporarily, the Paddy Christie/James Glancy Coaching Workshop has been rescheduled for this Saturday 27th January in Bornacoola GAA Grounds commencing at 10am and concluding at 12 noon. Due to the change of date and the fact that some participants are unavailable to attend there are a number of places on this course now available. Please contact James Glancy at 0864082561 if you’re interested in a place in this workshop. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The Paddy Christie/James Glancy Coaching Workshop on January 25th is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation. If you wish to be placed on this list please contact James at 0864082561 or

Former Dublin captain and Minor Team Manager Paddy Christie will back in Leitrim on Thursday, January 25th to deliver another Coaching Workshop. Patrons will remember that Christie delivered the first of a number of fully booked out coaching workshops that have taken place from December 2016 and through 2017 at the County Centre of Excellence in Annaduff.

Christie, currently coaching Trinity College Sigerson Cup Team, also coached Ballymun Kickhams to the Dublin Senior Final in 2017. He will be joined this time by Leitrim Games Promotion Officer James Glancy for a joint workshop with the theme “Modification of Games”.

The aim of the workshop is to help coaches, many of whom are involved at all levels of the game in the county from nursery to juvenile and senior, devise, adapt and modify their training to suit the age-appropriate teams.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Centre of Excellence in Annaduff. The cost is again €5 and anyone with any queries can contact Leitrim GPO James Glancy at 0864082561 or

You are advised that the Martin Fogarty Hurling Course organised for this evening in Sligo, and the Award 1 Football Course due to take place in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada this evening have both been postponed due to weather conditions.

The Award 1 Football Course will commence on Monday next 18th December in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

Tomorrow night’s Award 1 course is Manorhamilton is still going ahead as planned.

Due to adverse weather conditions this mornings (Saturday) Under 13 Regional Game Centres in Centre of Excellence & Glencar Community Park are postponed.



Date: Monday, December 11th

Time: 7.00-9.00pm

Venue: Summerhill College Gym(Sligo)

While this is aimed at hurling coaches, all coaches are invited and welcome to attend. This is a joint venture by Sligo and Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games Development.

Decorated ex-Kilkenny selector Martin Fogarty has been appointed National Hurling Development manager by the GAA.

The new role, which was recommended by the Hurling 2020 Committee, includes a specific responsibility for the development of hurling

Among the other aims of the committee will be a review of county games programmes for club players, devising other activities and initiatives with the aim of maximising participation across all levels of the games, and consideration of the restoration of a mentoring programme in designated counties.

Fogarty, who was a selector with Kilkenny from 2005-2013 when the Cats won six All-Ireland titles, said: “Hurling has always been my life and I’m delighted and honoured to have appointed as National Hurling Development manager.

“There is tremendous work taking place in the development and promotion of hurling around the country – not all of it being recognised and not all of it yielding trophies.

“But I want to shine a light on the work that is being done to grow the game and to support it and also work to ensure that hurling has a great future.”

Fogarty, who also led Kilkenny’s Under-21s to successive All-Ireland titles in 2003 and 2004, In recent years Leitrim has become a force in underage hurling both in club and at county development squads.

Martin will be meeting the club coaches and volunteers from 7-8pm where he will do a workshop on how to maximize the resources each club have and for the last part, Martin will be taking the Sligo/Leitrim u17 hurlers in an indoor session from 8-9:30pm.

This evening is an evening not to be missed. All club coaches and anyone that is interested in sport should come and listen to hear what Martin has to say.


Under 13 Regional Game Centres are up and running. It is the perfect opportunity for young players to hone their skills in the company of their peers of the same age. Upcoming Game Centres are as follows:

The u13 regional game centres will take place over the coming weekend at the following venues.

·         Glencar Community Park,  Saturday 18th from 10am-11.30am.

·         Ballinamore & Annaduff regions will combine in the Leitrim GAA centre in Annaduff on Sunday 19th from 11am-12.30.

Please note: The u13 game centre is open to boys in their last year at the under 13 grade this year.

This Coaching and Games Development initiative took place at St Osnat’s GAA Grounds, Glencar on Saturday morning last.

Leitrim . . . 2-06 Longford . . . 0-10

A goal from Diarmuid Kelleher in the first minute of stoppage time saw Leitrim snatch a last-gasp victory over Longford in the Fr Manning U-16 Football Tournament Plate semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday last.

Kelleher also scored the goal in the first half that left his side leading by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break, with the four points coming from the boot of Jamie Quinn (three frees). Longford dominated for much of the second half but some excellent defensive work by Leitrim and some poor shot selection meant that Leitrim were always in the game. Two Jamie Quinn pointed frees left the minimum between the sides entering the final minutes. Both sides were pressing for the winning score, the Longford goalkeeper making two fine saves, both from Kelleher shots, while at the other end Donal Casey and the Leitrim defence were forcing the Longford forwards into mistakes. Kelleher then forced home his second goal in stoppage time following another Leitrim attack.

Leitrim now meet Louth in the Plate final.

LEITRIM: Sean Reynolds (St Mary’s); Tom McKeon (Fenagh), Donal Casey (Leitrim Village), Shane McGloine (Melvin Gaels); Oisin Niblock (Rinn Gaels), Eoin McLoughlin (Fenagh), Francis McGovern (Ballinamore); Jack Hughes (Annaduff), Colin Moran (Allen Gaels); Daniel Maguire (Drumkeerin), Caolan Clancy (Melvin Gaels), Tom Prior (Ballinamore); Oisin Bohan (St Mary’s), Jamie Quinn (Rinn Gaels, 0-6, five frees), Diarmuid Kelleher (St Mary’s, 2-0).

Subs:- Shaifik Ohbihi (St Joseph’s) for O Bohan (33 mins); Niall Keegan (Mohill) for O Niblock (48 mins); Conal McGovern (Fenagh) for D Maguire (55 mins).