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 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


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 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 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


Recently appointed Leitrim Senior Football Team Manager Terry Hyland has revealed the members of his Management Team for 2019:

Selector – Gary Donohue: The Drumreilly native has extensive coaching/management experience over the past decade. As a player, he had a successful adult playing career with Drumreilly, and with his adopted club Gowna he captured five Cavan SFC titles and worked alongside the legendary Eamon Coleman at the club. He was Cavan Minor Manager from 2011 to 2014 winning one Ulster title. Gary was a selector with Aughawillan team that won the 2014 Leitrim SFC title and has also managed Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s, Belturbet and is currently with Fr Manning Gaels in Longford.

Selector – Padraig McGourty: The Glenfarne native has previously served as a selector with the Leitrim Seniors and Under 21s in 2016 under the stewardship of Shane Ward. He has been the most recent manager of Sligo IT team having guided them through 2017 and 2018. He has been coach/selector to Sligo outfit Coolaney/Mullinabreena from 2014-16 and is their current Senior Manager. This year they have made significant progress reaching League D1 final and the semi-final of Sligo SFC for the first time since 1970. He has previously managed and coached at all levels with Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher.

Coach – Jason O Reilly: A former star player with Cavan and indeed a Railway cup player with Ulster, Jason won Senior and Under 21 Provincial medals with his native county. Since his inter-county playing days ended he has been very active on the coaching front. He managed Lacken to a Cavan IFC title in 2012 and has managed Belturbet from 2014-16, with whom he still lines out. Since 2017 he has been at the helm with Cavan Gaels who took last year’s County SFC and reached the Ulster SFC final. In 2015 he coached the Dublin based Donegal senior footballers.

Strength and Conditioning Coach – Enda Lyons: The Carrigallen native is currently a GDA with Leitrim GAA. He has a top level professional qualification in this area of expertise and served in this position to great effect in the season gone by. A former Leitrim Senior goalkeeper, Enda was a member of the Leitrim Minor team that captured the 1998 Connacht MFC title and was the Leitrim Minor Manager when they took the Connacht MFL title in 2014.

Physiotherapist – Shane Bohan: The Drumkeerin native has previously worked in professional sports setups in NE England in both rugby and boxing. He was physiotherapist to Fermanagh GAA in the past season and worked with Sligo senior team in 2017. He currently plays football with Drumkeerin GAA.

Leitrim GAA is delighted to announce the appointment of Cavan native Terry Hyland to the position of Leitrim Senior Team Manager for the 2019 season. Hyland was ratified at tonight’s County Committee Meeting in Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s GAA facility. Terry has a wealth of experience at this level having managed his native county at senior level for a four and a half year period which concluded following the championship campaign of 2016. Previous to that he had spearheaded Cavan’s dominance of the Ulster Under 21 age group over a four year period, reaching one All-Ireland Final in that time span.   His vast experience of the inter-county scene included terms as a selector in 1990-2001. As U-21 manager in 2010, he was selector with the then senior management team when Cavan took the developmental route of separating U-21 & seniors. He was joint senior manager with Val Andrews for 2011 and from 2012 – 2016 he took on the Cavan senior manager’s role. In 2013 Cavan reached the All-Ireland quarter-final stage of the championship. Under Terry’s stewardship, Cavan progressed in the Allianz League from Division 3 to Division 1.

Leitrim GAA looks forward to Terry’s tenure in charge of our senior team’s fortunes and wishes him the very best of luck in his new role. Details of his complete management team will be announced at a later stage. Leitrim GAA also wishes to thank the remaining candidates who were nominated for the position for the interest they have shown in the fortunes of Leitrim GAA.

Leitrim 2-11 Offaly 1-14

Leitrim’s Under 16 footballers concluded their Gerry Reilly Tournament campaign with another draw today following an entertaining and most competitive encounter with Offaly, played in Ferbane earlier this afternoon. They had also drawn with Louth on Saturday last in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Saturday last.

The Leitrim lads settled into the match from an early stage and dominated the first half with some fine points from Barry McWeeney, Senan Harte, Cian Singleton, Jack Hughes and Conor Hackett, in addition to two well-executed goals finished to the net by Hackett and Shane Mallon. Tigerish defending kept the Offaly lads at bay and at the changeover the Leitrim boys held a 2-7 to 0-5 advantage.

In the proverbial game of two halves, it was the home side which enjoyed the better of the exchanges with some fine score-taking to claw back the lead and once they goaled at the midway point of the half they seemed to have taken a decisive hold on the game. However, the Leitrim lads got back into the groove and as the last quarter moved from end to end, they twice levelled matters to earn a share of the spoils with second-half scores coming from the boot of  Barry McWeeney (4) and the final equalising score from Conor Hackett.

Well done to these young lads in what was Leitrim’s first foray into this Leinster GAA organised tournament which is played in memory of Oldcastle youngster Gerry Reilly. The lads will play in the Tedd Webb Cup later in the month and the Fr. Manning Cup Competition in October.

Team: Aiden McCormack Kiltubrid, Niall Gallagher Aughnasheelin, Sean Lynch Carrigallen, Ryan Gallagher Drumkeerin, Ashley Mayiza St Mary’s Kiltoghert, Niall O Rourke Carrigallen, Cian Singleton St Mary’s Kiltoghert (0-1), Jack Hughes Annaduff (0-1), Shane O Brien Aughavas, Fergal McLoughlin Fenagh St Caillin’s, Eoin McLoughlin Fenagh-St Caillin’s, Conor Hackett St Mary’s Kiltoghert (1-1), Senan Harte Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s (0-1), Shane Mallon Bornacoola (1-0), Barry McWeeney Kiltubrid (0-7).
Sub used: Eoghan Shanley Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s.

Squad Members: Adrian Shortt Aughavas, Jack Faulkner Glencar/Manorhamilton, Aaron Moran Aughavas, Caolan McDermott Fenagh St Caillin’s, Darragh Fallon Drumkeerin, James Murphy Cloone, Shane Wrynn Leitrim Gaels, James Wrynn Fenagh St Caillin’s, Cormac White Mohill, Tom Reel Gortletteragh, Cathal McGourty Allen Gaels, Hugh Clancy Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, Jamie McLoughlin St Patrick’s Dromahair.

Leitrim 2-14 Louth 1-17

Leitrim’s Under 16 Football Academy took on Louth at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada earlier this afternoon in the second round of the Gerry Reilly Under 16 Tournament and the match finished level after an excellent encounter between two committed teams. Having played with the aid of the breeze in the first half, our lads entered the halftime two points to the good on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-6 after an industrious half hour‘s play.
With the aid of a stiffening breeze in the second half the Louth team upped the ante and led by the three-quarter stage but the Leitrim lads never let them out of reach. While it looked like the visitors would be the more likely winners with ten to play, these young Leitrim lads dug in deep and rallied with a goal and two points in the closing stages to rescue a draw.
Well done lads, on the excellence of your efforts over the hour and we look forward to a Round 3 encounter with Offaly next Saturday.
Team: Aaron Moran Aughavas, Niall Gallagher Aughnasheelin, Sean Lynch Carrigallen, Ryan Gallagher Drumkeerin, Adrian Shortt Aughavas, Niall O Rourke Carrigallen, Cian Singleton St Mary’s Kiltoghert, Jack Hughes Annaduff, Shane O Brien Aughavas, Caolan McDermott Fenagh St Caillin’s, Fergal McLoughlin Fenagh St Caillin’s, Conor Hackett St Mary’s Kiltoghert, Senan Harte Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s, Shane Mallon Bornacoola, Barry McWeeney Kiltubrid.
Subs used: Ashley Mayiza St Mary’s Kiltoghert, Eoin Shanley Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s, Shane Wrynn Leitrim Gaels and Aiden McCormack Kiltubrid.

As the two year term of the outgoing Senior Team Management has come to an end, following exit from the Championship earlier this month with the AIFQ Qualifier defeat to Monaghan, Leitrim GAA has decided to open up the process in looking towards the 2019 season. This decision had been intended to be inclusive of the outgoing management if they so decided to remain involved. Outgoing Team Manager Brendan Guckian has informed Leitrim GAA that he is not putting his name forward for consideration in this process.

Leitrim GAA would like to thank Brendan Guckian, Seamus Quinn, John O Mahony, Michael Moyles and their extended management backroom team for their selfless dedication and energy towards the cause of Leitrim GAA over the past two seasons. These people have all dedicated numerous hours and sacrificed much of their spare time in an effort to improve an evolving squad. Over this period they have presided over the introduction of a large number of young players to inter-county action, players who have made steady positive progress, as Leitrim Senior Team reached AIFQ Round 3 for the first time recently and in doing so were the last remaining Division 4 team to exit the championship, having reached the last 16. We thank this outgoing management team for their most valued contribution over the last two seasons in facilitating this progress, which included victories over London in 2017 and New York last May in the Connacht SFC and an AIFQ Rd 2 victory over Louth last month.

A committee has been put in place to preside over the next steps as we look towards finalising a management team for 2019, and clubs have been invited, as part of this process, to submit team management nominees, conditional on having sought a nominee’s permission.

The Leitrim Under 16 Football Academy has been granted a place in the prestigious 2018 Gerry O Reilly Tournament. This is a great opportunity for these young players to test themselves against Leinster opposition. The upcoming fixtures are as follows:

Round 1 Saturday 21st July 12noon at Oldcastle

Meath v Leitrim

Round 2 Saturday 28th July 12 noon at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Leitrim v Louth

Round 3 Date, Time and Venue TBC

Offaly v Leitrim