It was a busy weekend for the County Under 16 footballers. On Saturday last they hosted Offaly in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada and a poor start cost the team as the Faithful Boys recorded a 3-12 to 2-10 victory. However, earlier this afternoon the lads bounced back at the Laois GAA Training Centre with a terrific performance and were excellent value for a 2-14 to 1-5 victory over the home side. Well done to the team and management.

Next up for the lads is a trip to Duganny GAA Training Centre on Saturday next as they take on Meath.

John Morrison’s ‘Game Senses’ Coaching Workshop which will take place on November 9th at the Centre of Excellence has now been booked out.

County Coaching and Games Development U11 Blitz took place in Annaduff Centre of Excellence tonight. It was a huge success and our thanks are extended to all clubs who attended and mentors of the teams who helped organise.
A special word of thanks to Brian Blake for having the centre in wonderful playing condition and finally to Annaduff GAA club for use of their goalposts. Teams from Mohill, Bornacoola, Aughawillan/Drumreilly, Kiltubrid, St Mary’s Kiltoghert(2), Glencar/Manorhamilton(2), Dromahair St Patrick’s and Fenagh St Caillin’s played this evening and had a great experience.


Only 15 places remain on the John Morrison ‘Games Senses’ Coaching Workshop in Centre of Excellence on November 9th.

Bookings for the few remaining places can be reserved by contacting Leitrim GAA Games Promotion Officer James Glancy on (086) 4082561 or email

Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games Development Committee is delighted to welcome back former Leitrim Senior Coach John Morrison to the county on Thursday evening November 9th next as he conducts a ‘Game Senses’ coaching workshop at County Centre of Excellence.

Bookings are now being taken for this workshop and you can reserve your place by contacting Leitrim GAA Games Promotion Officer James Glancy on (086) 4082561 or email

The cost of the workshop will be €5.

People interested in a DVD copy of the two Donie Buckley workshops and the Paddy Christie workshop may order them directly from James Glancy at the above contact details. Orders placed in advance will be available for collection at the November 9 workshop.

Leitrim GAA workshops are back again due to popular demand the first one is a Donie Buckley Workshop, the current Mayo coach a huge draw for coaches in the county.

The former Kerry and current Mayo coach will give a workshop on Thursday, October 12in the Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence from 7 to 9 pm on the theme of defensive play with a cost of €5 per person.

Donie’s course last year booked out in a matter of hours so all places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Leitrim Games Promotion Officer James Glancy on 0864082561 to book a place. The closing date is Tuesday, October 10, so get in there quickly!

Connacht GAA Bursary Awards 2017/18

Connacht GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2017/2018 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Connacht GAA, in support of the National Student Bursary Scheme, will award bursaries of €750 to students attending Higher Education colleges.

The scheme, which is now in its eleventh year, will be open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course and who are active participants in their Higher Education club. Students who hold other GAA-related or a college scholarship/bursary will not be eligible to apply. Connacht GAA welcomes applications from those students in our province, (Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon & Sligo), regardless whether their attendance is at a college inside or outside of Connacht”. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.

Each bursary granted will be for €750 and payment will be made annually in two instalments of €375. Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are currently available to download from and

Senior Inter-county players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2017 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at

All Applications (Connacht GAA Higher Education Bursary Application Form 2017) to be forwarded to;

Connacht GAA Centre,




Co. Mayo

Phone: 094)9630335 Email:

The closing date for application will be October 6th, 2017.

Applications received after the closing date will not be eligible for consideration.

GAA Youth Forum 2017 – Saturday 28th October

Are you a GAA player aged 12 – 21 years old? Would you like to improve your performance as a player? Would you like to learn how to balance the demands of study and sport? Would you like to get inside the minds of some of the top Inter-County players in the country?

If so, apply to attend the FREE #GAAyouth Forum supported by Sky Sports! The #GAAyouth Forum is designed by young players, for young players. The Forum will be a fun and informative with a mix of interactive exhibitions, workshops, high profile speakers and a Q&A session.

With workshops designed for three specific age-grades (12 – 15; 16 – 18; 19 – 21 years), players will leave the Forum having learned invaluable tips and tools that will help them to develop as a player and as a person.

There will be a number of activities at the Forum including:

· Exhibition Zone – interactive demos about everything from preparing healthy lunches to hurley care and repair!

· Plenary Session – Diarmuid ‘Gizzy’ Lyng will open the 2017 #GAAyouth Forum with the assistance of musicians from Rhythm Corporation.

· Workshops – experts, coaches and players including Orlagh Farmer, Ciarán Kilkenny, David Herity, Juliet Murphy and Cathal Cregg will address a range of issues from Fuelling Performance to Injury Prevention & Recovery to Juggling the Demands in a young player’s life.

· Lunchtime Laughs with Rory’s Stories – Rory O’Connor brings his renowned characters to life in an interactive comedy gig!

· Q&A – A range of experts and high profile players will answer your questions on a number of topics.

· Lunch Hub – Keep the energy levels high and enjoy the best grub Croke Park has to offer… all for free!



Games Development Operations – GAA

National Hurling Development

Provincial Coaching Workshop – Connacht

National Hurling Development Manager, Martin Fogarty and Connacht Hurling Director, Damien Coleman present an opportunity to learn from and interact with Legends of the Game of Hurling at a not-to-be-missed workshop.

Venue & Date:   May 20th.   

Connacht Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

Registration: 10.30 a.m. Workshop: 11.00 – 02.15 p.m. Lunch 02.15 p.m.


Practical and station based with participants rotating to each station, followed by Q & A session with the guest coaches.


  • Goalkeeping and goalkeeping plays
  • Fitness with the ball
  • The Basics of Defending
  • Attacking & Striking
  • Questions & Answers


Lead coach at each station will be one of our high profile guest coaches supported by a local Games Development Officer.

  • D.J. Carey, (Kilkenny)
  • Jamesie O’ Connor (Clare)
  • Ollie Canning (Galway)
  • Eamon O’ Shea, (Tipperary)
  • Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)


Early booking advisable as places are limited

Enquiries: All enquiries to Martin Fogarty.       

Email: Connacht

Registration:          €20 (includes lunch)



12-May-17 by Coaching and Games Development

Coaching Workshops DVDs

As a result of many enquiries regarding the Paddy Christie and Donie Buckley Coaching Workshops held recently, DVD copies of the events are being made available at €10 each (including postage) through Leitrim GAA. Orders by email to



12-May-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO

Coaching Workshop Number 4 now fully booked out

Coaching the Tackle with Donie Buckley is now fully booked out, a waiting list is in operation in case of cancellations.




08-Mar-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO

Coaching the Tackle – Donie Buckley
Workshop Coach – Donie Buckley 
Workshop Theme – “Coaching the Tackle”
Workshop Date – 25/03/2017
Workshop Location – Allen Gaels GAA Club Drumshanbo (subject to change depending on the weather)
Workshop Time – 11am- 1pm
Cost €5 per person
Places Limited to 75 and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Closing date is 20/03/2017 unless booked out before that.
Booking is essential as no walk-ins will be permitted on the day.
Targeted at Youth/Senior team coaches the theme of this workshop is “Coaching the Tackle” through drills and game based methods.
Contact James Glancy to book @ or 0864082561. 
Please also keep an eye on Leitrim GAA Website, Facebook and twitter to see if the course is still available or booked out.
Some background on the coach himself:
Donie Buckley scored a last-minute goal in The All Ireland Club Final in 1985 to help Castleisland Desmonds win The All Ireland Club Final. 
Soon after retiring from playing he became involved in coaching. 
His coaching career began in Clare where he led Milltown Malbay in 1990 and Faughs in 1994 to County Championships. He then served as joint Manager of the Clare senior team in 2006.
He then moved on to Galway club Moycullen, whom he led to an All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship title in 2008.
He then served as selector with Mickey Ned OSullivan in Limerick for five years prior to joining the Kerry senior setup in 2011. 
He stepped down from his role with Kerry before the start of the 2012 Championship. 
Since then he has been an ever-present as Coach to the Mayo senior football team.



06-Mar-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO