On last Saturday night at the Leitrim Supporters Club Draw, Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod unveiled their sponsorship of this year’s Leitrim Under 20 Team, which will soon be in action in this year’s competitions. The Leitrim lads will compete in the Philly McGuinness Memorial Cup and later in the Connacht Under 20 Championship. We are delighted to be associated with the business and their sponsorship of the Leitrim GAA is much appreciated. Cox’s Steakhouse is also the main sponsor of the annual Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Draw. We thank Adrian Cox, Eugene Cox and all associated with the Dromod based hospitality business and look forward to a successful partnership on and off the field in the season ahead.

Terence Boyle, Cathaoirleach and Attracta O Reilly, Rúnaí, are pictured with Adrian and Eugene Cox of Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod

Now that the dust has settled on our magnificent 2019 Allianz League campaign, we must acknowledge a number of items. Firstly we thank our players and management for the efforts they have made on our behalf all spring in bringing a pep to the step of all associated with Leitrim GAA. Marooned in Division 4 since relegation in the Spring of 2008, it seemed at times that the interminable wait to advance up the league would painfully continue forever. However, the signs of something positive that could germinate sooner rather than later occurred during last Summer’s championship season with heartening displays, a never say die attitude and memorable days in Gaelic Park, and versus Louth and Monaghan in the Qualifiers.

This year’s campaign has brought joy and honour to our county. A brilliant league campaign that included many late but nonetheless deserved victories has concluded with the much-coveted prize of promotion to Division 3 for 2020 and a chance to test our developing young team against stronger opposition. While the result of the league final didn’t go our way, the performance of our players was magnificent on Saturday last. They gave it their all and left everything on the hallowed ground of Croke Park in pursuit of victory and for that nobody could possibly ask for more. We heartily congratulate Derry who were deserving victors on the day. We salute the efforts of Terry Hyland and his management team for getting the players to this stage in their first year at the helm as we look forward to the Connacht Championship next month in hope, a chance for continued development and further progress.

We wish to thank all media outlets, online, local and national print, local and national radio and TV, whose coverage of this journey was unparallelled in our recent history and gave a great lift to the efforts of all involved. Many thanks for your coverage which is greatly appreciated by all and painted our county and Leitrim GAA in a most positive light.

Last, and by certainly no means least we must acknowledge the magnificent support for the lads on Saturday last. Our support base has been steadily growing all season but Saturday last exceeded all expectations. The colour and noise that our supporters brought to HQ was the talk of the weekend and while it’s not that often Leitrim teams get the opportunity to play in a national final in Croke Park, our supporters were magnificent and if the players left their all on the field of play, they will also be the first to acknowledge that they were lifted by the push they received from the stands. It’s not easy to fill Croke Park with supporters cheers but our supporters more than passed that test and were truly magnificent. Special word towards the hundreds who travelled overseas to be there also. Hats off to all involved from players, management, officials and supporters! A magnificent weekend and all that was missing at the end of it was the League trophy!

 

 

Leitrim Supporters attending Croke Park tomorrow are advised to read this very important information regarding bags that may or may not be allowed into the stadium. Please read as this is very important!!

In advance of visiting Croke Park, please note that large bags are not allowed and searches will take place. Please be aware of our safety procedures and plan accordingly. Read our full FAQ below…

https://crokepark.ie/matchday/faq

Foireann Peile Sinsir   Liatroma 
In aghaidh: Doire Comórtas: Sraith Allianz
Páirc an Chrócaigh 30 Márta 2019
Ainm(Béarla) Club
1 Cathal McCrann Gortleitreach
2 Aidan Flynn Gaeil Liatroma
3 Micheal McWeeney (Captain) Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt
4 Paddy Maguire Naomh Bríd – Baile Átha Cliath
5 Sean McWeeney Achadh na Síleann
6 Shane Quinn Maothail
7 Raymond Mulvey Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt
8 Mark Plunkett Achadh an Mhuilinn
9 Shane Moran Seán Ó hEislin, Béal an Átha Móir
10 Dean McGovern Seán Ó hEislin, Béal an Átha Móir
11 Emlyn Mulligan Gaeil na Meilge
12 Domhnaill Flynn Maothail
13 Darragh Rooney Gaeil na Meilge
14 Evan Sweeney Gleann an Chairthe/Cluainín
15 Ryan O Rourke Naomh Caillin, Fíonach
16 Diarmuid McKiernan Gaeil na hAilne
17 Conor Reynolds Eanach Dubh
18 Gary Plunkett Achadh an Mhuilinn
19 Conor Cullen Achadh na Síleann
20 Oisín Madden Maothail
21 Pearce Dolan Achadh an Mhuilinn
22 Cillian McGloin Gaeil na Meilge
23 Damian Moran Barr na Cúile
24 Jack Heslin Gortleitreach
25 Niall Brady Gleann an Chairthe/Cluainín
26 Gary Reynolds Carraig Álainn

Travelling to @CrokePark this Saturday to support Leitrim?
Here is all the important information you need to know in advance of this weekend’s
#AllianzLeagues Division Four Football Final by visiting crokepark.ie/matchday/faq

Please note that next Saturday’s Allianz Football League Match with Derry will now throw in at 4pm in Celtic Park, Derry.

CROKE PARK TICKETS FOR ALLIANZ LEAGUE DIVISION 4 FINAL CROKE PARK SATURDAY MARCH 30TH

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 25th March through Supervalu Local Stores, online and via Leitrim County Secretary Attracta O Reilly by emailing to secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie

Clubs who wish to purchase tickets for Under 16 Groups may do so directly through their Club Secretaries. These may be purchased in Groups of 10 with one supervising adult free per 10.

SUPPORTING LEITRIM GAA IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!!

Don’t forget, no matter wherever you are, you can be part of Leitrim GAA – for example why not join our 2019 Supporters Club for €50 and you get entered in the annual draw for 10 great prizes & the chance to win the 5,000 euro top prize – the draw is fast approaching.

You can go one better if you want to be leave a permanent mark of your support for Leitrim GAA.  Simply Buy a Brick in the fund raising wall at our wonderful Centre of Excellence.

You will be helping all Leitrim teams with this contribution as the facility is the centre for the coaching and development of all future Leitrim Senior Players through the various Underage Academies right through to the current Leitrim Senior Teams. The development of players through the academy coaching, indirectly contributes the improvement in standard of club players into the future. A lot of money has already been invested & the centre is nearly finished but we need €300,000 to complete it to the highest possible standards.

You can play your part & a contribution would be a big help to that project.  In return remember you get your own personalised message imprinted on your own brick.  The deadline is just around the corner and the concrete foundations for the wall have commenced.

Supporters Club:  http://www.leitrimgaa.ie/supporters-club/

Buy A Brick:   https://www.LeitrimWall.com

Derry Match, Saturday March 16th

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club is chartering a bus to Celtic Park, Derry, for Saturday week’s Allianz League Division 4 match with Derry. Anybody who wishes to book a seat on the bus should contact Jerome McWeeney at 0876370051 or Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Liatroma Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie this week if possible please.

Allianz League Final, Saturday March 30th

Patrons interested in booking a seat with Leitrim GAA to Croke Park on Saturday, March 30th, are also asked to consider booking this seat as early as possible by contacting Jerome McWeeney at 0876370051 or Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Liatroma Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie

 

Wheelchair Patrons

Patrons that may require wheelchair access to the upper level of the stand in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada are requested to arrive in good time tomorrow so that access can be completed in advance of throw in.

Match Programme

A 20 Page match full-colour programme has been produced for tomorrow’s match. Please watch out for our programme sellers at the entrance stiles.

Leitrim Wall

Members of the Leitrim Wall Committee will have on display in the ground tomorrow samples of the bricks that are currently on sale. You are invited to take a look!

Throw in 1pm

Best wishes to Team and Management as they aim to make it 5 wins in a row!!

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club is chartering a bus to Kilmallock for tomorrow’s Allianz League Division 4 match with Limerick. As a number of seats have become available this morning anybody who wishes to book a seat on the bus should contact Jerome McWeeney at 0876370051 or Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Liatroma Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie immediately.

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will be chartering a bus to Joule Park, Aughrim for next Sunday’s Allianz League Division 4 match with Wicklow, provided there is sufficient interest. Anybody who wishes to book a seat on the bus should contact Jerome McWeeney at 0876370051 or Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Liatroma Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie Bookings need to be confirmed by Thursday next latest.

The Leitrim Team to play Wexford tomorrow at 2pm in the Allianz Leagues Roud 1 encounter at Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada is as follows:

Liatroim v Loch Garman  Dáta: 27 Eanáir 2019   
Ainm Club
1 Diarmuid McKiernan Gaeil na hAilne
2 Micheal McWeeney Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt
3 Paddy Maguire (Captain) Naomh Bríd – Baile Átha Cliath
4 Aidan Flynn Gaeil Liatroma
5 Shane Quinn Maothail
6 Mark Plunkett Achadh an Mhuilinn
7 Ray Mulvey Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt
8 Shane Moran Seán Ó hEislin, Béal an Átha Móir
9 Pierce Dolan Achadh an Mhuilinn
10 Sean McWeeney Achadh na Síleann
11 Domhnaill Flynn Maothail
12 Jack Heslin Gort Leitreach
13 Damien Moran Barr na Cúile
14 Dean McGovern Seán Ó hEislin, Béal an Átha Móir
15 Ryan O Rourke Naomh Caillin, Fíonach

JP Clarke’s Saloon McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY

Leitrim GAA is delighted to announce, on County Senior and Intermediate Finals day, that JP Clarke’s Saloon, McLean Avenue, Yonkers, New York, will be the new sponsor of the Leitrim Senior Football team, taking over from the Bush Hotel which has been the main sponsor of county teams since it was announced at Convention in December 2009. The sponsorship deal is for three years, commencing in January 2019 to coincide with the start of the Connacht FBD Insurance Competition and Allianz Football League.

JP Clarke’s has been a home base for travelling Leitrim teams and supporters since Leitrim’s first Connacht championship match against New York in 2003 and also on the more recent trips of 2008, 2013 and 2018. The Leitrim players and management have been hugely impressed with the welcome and hospitality they have received over the years, and would like to take this opportunity to thank Seamus and Caitríona Clarke and their staff for all their help and generosity during our visits.

While it is unique for a county team to have a sponsor from the USA, it also reflects the strong connection between Leitrim and New York, and especially the ties between Leitrim and the Woodlawn/Yonkers section of New York which is often referred to as ‘Little Leitrim’.

When asked what sponsoring the Leitrim team means to him, Seamus Clarke replied, ‘Well, I suppose the Bard of Ballycarry put it best when he wrote: “The savage loves his native shore though rude the soil and chill the air.” It’s a great honor for me and all of us here at JP Clarke’s to sponsor our county and to show our appreciation for the support and loyalty shown to us by our Leitrim customers and the many Leitrim visitors who drop in to visit us each year.’

Seamus Clarke hails from the parish of Gortletteragh and his wife Caitríona, a Drumshanbo native, is the daughter of the late Leo Kenny who served as an officer of Leitrim GAA and the Connacht GAA Council for a long number of years. He held the position of Leas Uachtarán of Comhairle Connacht before his untimely death in 2000. Caitríona’s brother Padraig won a Connacht SFC medal with Leitrim in 1994.

Leitrim GAA looks forward to a fruitful partnership with JP Clarke’s and we look forward to mutual success. We thank Seamus and Caitriona Clarke for the confidence they have placed in us and we will carry their brand onto the field of play with pride over the period 2019-2021.

The new sponsorship brings to a conclusion the Bush Hotel sponsorship of Leitrim GAA teams over the best part of the past decade. Joe Dolan and Family came on board in 2009 and over the intervening years, the Bush Hotel has been synonymous with the Leitrim GAA brand. Leitrim GAA will always remain grateful to this family for digging most deeply into their pockets over the past nine years, many of which years have seen the country in the depths of a recession and grappling with austerity measures. To contribute as they did in times as we have referred to is a huge testimony to the generosity of the Dolans and their hotel business and Leitrim GAA wishes to place this on permanent record as a statement of our grateful appreciation. Many thanks, Joe, Rosie and all the Dolan family and indeed to your very professional staff for the huge generosity of support and the courtesy you have always afforded us. It has been the utmost pleasure to have been in partnership with you. We wish you and the Bush Hotel the very best in the future and we also look forward to supporting your business in whatever way we can.

Leitrim Supporters pictured outside JP Clarke’s in May 2003