The late Shay Reynolds, Clooncolry, Dromod and Bornacoola GAA Club.

The death occurred earlier today (Sunday), of Shay Reynolds, Clooncolry, Dromod, and late of Bornacoola GAA Club. Shay had very recently and suddenly taken ill and passed to his eternal reward at Mullingar General Hospital.

The late Shay was many things to many people and gave of his all for the betterment of his community, parish and county and indeed beyond the county boundaries. As a member of Bornacoola Community Development, Dromod Development Association, Cloonmorris Graveyard Committee, to name but few, Shay was always to the fore in the promotion of all that is good within a community and among those organisations he will be sorely missed. Indeed Shay was also an avid follower of drama and starred in many productions in Cloonturk Hall many moons ago.

However it was in his beloved GAA that he left an indelible mark on all of us who were privileged to have shared his company. As Bornacoola GAA Club was dormant throughout the 1960s Shay played his earlier football with Annaduff GAA Club and indeed played in the County Senior Football Championship Final of 1966, with the Aughavas opposition of the day proving victorious. With the return to the footballing fraternity of Bornacoola GAA Club in 1973, Shay transferred his allegiance back to his native parish, winning a Junior Football League Medal in 1976 and played with the two Junior Championship Finalists of 1977 and 1978 versus Drumreilly and Mohill respectively. Unfortunately for Shay, a championship medal eluded him. With his playing career drawing to a close at this stage, Shay turned his hand to refereeing at which he was most adept. In 1980 he was the recipient of the Leitrim Referee of the Year Award.

As an administrator, Shay had few equals. He served the Executive of Leitrim GAA of that era as Registrar and also had a very keen interest in Scór, both as a participant and more recently as a Scór Officer. He served as Treasurer to the Connacht Scór Committee for many years in the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s and had many busy days at Provincial Scór Finals.

He served his club in many positions and held the position of Bornacoola GAA Club Chairman from 1989 to 2002, a fourteen year term during which the Bornacoola Club went from strength to strength on the playing fields with multiple underage successes as the club arrived to within grasp of a coveted Senior Championship title. Following his retirement as Chairman he was elected as Club President a position he held for the remainder of his days.

At county level, Shay was the ultimate supporter. Hail, rain or shine Shay travelled the length and breadth of the country to follow his beloved Leitrim. Many of those journeys were shared with his good friends and equally staunch Leitrim Supporters, TP Cox and the late Jimmy O Connor. While the result may not always have been favourable, the banter to and from those matches was bound to be priceless.

When the late Joe Flynn, Cathaoirleach Coiste Chontae Liatroma, was elected to office, one of his first appointments was Shay Reynolds as Chairman of the Leitrim Supporters Club. Shay threw himself with gusto into the role and presided over the Committee for the next six years. No effort was spared to ensure the success of the largest fundraising activity of Leitrim’s calendar. Indeed after he had retired from the position as chair of the committee, Shay was still a huge driving force behind the operation and no later than March 10th last, he presided over the 2018 draw in Cox’s Steakhouse, acting as MC on the night, with little sign of what, unfortunately, lay ahead.

Suffice it to say, Shay Reynolds was larger than life. He was excellent company in any company and many sing songs into the future will not be the same. ‘The Rattling Bog’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ will never really sound the same again and certainly when they are heard again in impromptu sing-alongs, memories of Shay will live on.

We, at Leitrim GAA, are extremely sorry to lose Shay as his passing has left a massive void that will be impossible to fill. He will be a tremendous loss to his community and his Club as his guiding wisdom was much sought after. However, his family will miss him most of all and we wish to convey our sympathies to his wife Mary, sons Cathal and John, son in law Simon, daughter in law Nicola, grandson Kian, granddaughter Laila, sisters Maureen Hanley (Strokestown) and Betty Murray (Greystones) brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many, many friends.

 

Rest in Peace

 

Reposing at his home Tuesday from 2 until 8pm. Removal on Wednesday to arrive at St. Joseph’s Church, Cloonturk, for Funeral Mass at 12 noon followed by burial in the Cloonmorris Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to M.R.I. Scanner Fund at Regional Hospital, Mullingar c/o McGowan Funeral Directors (donation box in church).

 

House private outside reposing times.

 

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.

The late Josie Torsney RIP- An Appreciation by St Patrick’s Dromahair GAA Club

On Saturday last we said farewell to our club president Josie Torsney. Josie a great Gael all of his life, had devoted his time to the development and progression of Gaelic games within the Dromahair community. He was one of the founders of the current St Patricks GAA club that we all enjoy today when in the late 1960’s Josie entered a number of underage teams into competition. He had many roles within the club including Chairperson, Secretary and worked tirelessly on the club’s behalf to promote Gaelic games within the community

It’s well recognised that the first coach that a child comes in to contact with will be probably the most influential and that was certainly the case for those of lucky enough to be coached by Josie. He always treated everyone with respect and at the end of every game or practice everyone would come away feeling good about themselves. On the evening of a game or practice, Josie and his late wife Eileen would collect all of us at our doors and bring us by car to the village.When you look at the area that was covered in an evening, Killargue, Newtownmanor, Killavoggy, Killenummery, Drumlease and the village of Dromahair, many trips had to be made before and after the game.

 He was well ahead of his time as a coach, his methods would fit seamlessly into any modern day game, Josie’s ability to break down each skill and explain to each of us how to perfect and practice our skills was rewarded in 1976 when St Patrick’s GAA club won its first underage title, the rural under-12 championship and indeed this team went on to win titles at U14 U16 and Minor.

In 1975 the club entered a junior team into competition, coached by Josie and in 1976 this team delivered the Junior championship to Dromahair, a remarkable achievement to bring the club to senior football within one year of establishing an adult team.

Josie had a great passion for Scor and Scor na nÓg and again he worked tirelessly over a range of different acts and groups to bring many county titles and a number of provincial to the club.

When you take into consideration the many other community activities that Josie was involved with, The Agricultural & Gymkhana Show, The Tidy Towns Committee, The Town Development Committee, The Park Development Committee, he was a Peace Commissioner and a Trustee of the Dromahair Park, you have to agree that Josie Torsney was a remarkable man. Josie’s legacy is immense, his shoes will never be filled.

St Patricks GAA club thank you sincerely, Josie, you made much difference to the lives of so many of us, past and present. We offer our deepest sympathy to the Torsney family and thank them for their support of Josie in all of his work within our community.

D’imigh laoch mór an bhaile, Josie Torsney uainn Déardaoin seo caite. Duine ab ea Josie a raibh a chroí sa chultúr Gaelach agus sa Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. Thuig sé go doimhin na luacha a bhain leis an eagraíocht sin. Bhí spiorad na nGael go láidir ina chuisle agus ní raibh aon rud nach ndéanfadh sé féin agus a bhean chéile Eileen (ata imithe ar slí na fírinne) le seans a thabhairt do leaids óga an bhaile peil a imirt. ‘Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís. 

Cumann CLG Naomh Pádraig Droim Dhá Thiar

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Draw 2018 Results

1st Prize €5,000

Carrigallen GAA Club.

2nd Prize  Trip to New York to the value of €3,000

Brian Mulvey, Kiltoghert.

3rd Prize €2,000

Michael Stenson, Bornacoola.

4th Prize €1,000

Catherine Gallagher, Mohill.

5th Prize 2 Nights B & B + 1 Evening Meal for 2 at Holyrood Hotel

Padraig McGloin, Millbrook, Kinlough

6th Prize 2 Nights B&B for 2 at Lough Rynn Castle Hotel

Gortletteragh Community Centre

7th Prize 2 All-Ireland Final Football Tickets

Anthony Canning, Mohill

8th Prize 2 All-Ireland Final Hurling Tickets

Evelyn Walsh, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo

9th Prize €100

Mel McLoughlin, Main Street, Dowra

10th Prize €100

Noel Plunkett, Aughawillan

11th Prize €100

Carrigallen GAA Club

12th Prize €100

Frank Murray, Foxrock, Dublin.

Leitrim GAA would like to congratulate all the winners and we thank all patrons who supported the draw by either buying or selling tickets over the past couple of months.

We wish to record our grateful appreciation to our sponsors, without whose assistance this venture would not be possible.

Main Sponsor – Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod.

Other Sponsors  – Westlink Coaches, Drumshanbo; Kevin Quinn, Embassy Rooms, Sligo; ScanMe Ltd. Longford; Gerry O Rourke, Longford; Gerry Murray, Sligo; Rosebank Retail Park, Carrick-on-Shannon; Lough Rynn Castle Hotel; Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran.

Gaeltacht Scholarships 2018

Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta 2018 – There was a large number of applicants for the Gaeltacht grants offered by Coiste Contae Liatroma. This year, Leitrim County Board GAA was pleased to receive support from Leitrim County Council. This allowed the Board to increase the number of grants made. Grants of between €200 and €400 were awarded to the winners.

Is deas a fheiceáil go bhfuil an méid sin daoine óga ag dul go dtí an Ghaeltacht chun a gcuid Ghaeilge a fheabhsú. Buíochas do na buachaillí agus na cailíní go léir a chuir isteach ar na scoláireachtaí agus comhghairdeas do na buaiteoirí. Buíochas freisin do Choláiste na bhFiann agus Coláiste Ó Direáin a thug páirt-scoláireachtaí dúinn.

Buaiteoirí

1. Caillin Murphy, Cornacreagh, Béal an Átha Móir

2. Shane Smith, Drumroosk North, Fíonach

3. Cillian Cullen, Ballyduff, Béal an Átha Móir

4. Maria Mc Grenaghan, Cornaroy, Droim Seanbhó

5. Emmet Doran, Finisklin, Carrick on Shannon

6. Eentje Ó Gaibheacháin Dunagáin, Farnagh, Carrick on Shannon

7. Alva Sheridan, Clooneen, Manorhamilton

8. Elanor Smith, Hartley Carrick on Shannon

9. Micheal O Conallain, Fawnlion, Fivmilebourne

10. Mark Lowe, Corhownagh Carrick on Shannon

11. Muireann Devaney, Mulcaun, Glencar

12. Liam Torsney, Ardakip Beg

13. Gemma McNamara, Gortnacamdarragh, Cloone

14. Rachel McGarry, Drumleague, Leitrim PO

15. Seán Ó Niadh, Hartley, Cora Droma Rúisc

16. Maria Cunningham, Sonnaghbeg, Cloone

17. Cormac Redican, Drumroosk North, Fíonach

Finola Armstrong-McGuire, Cathaoirleach Comhairle Contae Liatroma, and Attracta O’Reilly, Leitrim County Board GAA County Secretary doing the draw for Gaeltacht Grants in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada. Leitrim County Council provided funding for some of the grants in 2018.

Leitrim GAA Annual Awards Night

The presentation of the 2017 Awards will take place in the Bush Hotel tomorrow night, Saturday, February 3rd,  commencing at 8pm. Presentations will be made to the individuals who excelled in their respective teams and at individual level over the season that has passed. The victorious Leitrim Juniors,  Connacht Junior Football Champions 2017, will be presented with their provincial medals also. All in all, it promises to be an enjoyable night.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma Awards 2017

Jim Lynch Hall of Fame: Tom Guckian, St. Mary’s

County Player of Year: Micheal Mc Weeney, St. Mary’s

Senior Club Player of Year: Caillian Canning, Mohill

Intermediate Club Player of Year: Barry Mc Weeney, Aughnasheelin

Junior Club Player of Year: Donal Feely, Ballinamore SOH

Senior Referee of Year: Brendan Sammon, Aughnasheelin

Minor Player of Year: Sean Chandler, Leitrim Gaels

U17 Player of Year: Ciaran Cullen, Aughnasheelin

U16 Player of Year: Paul Keaney, St. Mary’s

Coiste na nÓg Referee of Year: Michael Mc Girl, Drumreilly

Club Grounds of Year: Bornacoola Club

County Hurler of Year: James Glancy Carrick Hurling

Senior Club Hurler of Year: Kevin Clerkin, Cluainin Iomáint

Junior Club Hurler of Year: James McNabola, Carrick Hurling

Senior Handballer of Year: Leo Logan, Drumshanbo

Juvenile Handballer of Year: Evan Foley, Drumshanbo

Ladies Hadballlers of Year: Amy O Donnell and Aoibhe Logan

2018 Gaeltacht Grants Update

 

Leitrim County Board GAA and Leitrim County Council have agreed on a scheme for Gaeltacht grants for 2018. Applications will be accepted from boys and girls resident in Leitrim and, for these grants, they do not need to be members of GAA clubs. Grants of €200 will be awarded to the successful applicants who will be drawn from the hat. Applicants who were unsuccessful under the GAA’s own scheme will be included in the draw and need not reapply again. Link to the application form can be found below and should be returned to Oifigeach Cultúir agus Teanga, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Cora Droma Rúisc, Co Liatroma by 5.00pm on Friday 16 February 2018. Any queries to Seán Ó Súilleabháin at 087 6821566.

2018 Scoláireachtaí Application Forms

 

 

GAA CALLS ON ALL LEITRIM CLUBS TO LEAD IRELAND TOWARDS A HEALTHIER FUTURE

GAA open next stage of award winning Healthy Club Project

 The Healthy Club project aims to transform GAA clubs into health-enhancing hubs for their communities

  • With flagship Healthy Clubs now in every county of Ireland, the GAA is calling on more clubs to get involved
  • So far, over 12,000 people have benefitted from physical activity programmes and 50% of Healthy Clubs are now smoke-free zones
  • 1,000 people engaged with mental health and emotional wellbeing programmes
  • Over half (55%) of Healthy Clubs delivered healthy eating programmes targeting teenagers in particular
  • Dublin Ladies Footballer Lyndsey Davey, Waterford Hurler Jamie Barron and Mayo Footballer Diarmuid O’Connor leading the call for clubs to get involved
  • 58 active Healthy Clubs, with 39,000 members delivering a range of projects including physical fitness, mental wellbeing and community initiatives

 [Tuesday, 16th January 2018] An independent evaluation by the Centre for Health Behaviour Research, Waterford IT, has revealed that the GAA Healthy Club Project (HCP) is showing significant and lasting improvements to the health of communities across Ireland[1]. Stemming from this, the Healthy Club Project is calling on further clubs to make the GAA a healthier place for everyone to enjoy by signing up to this transformative initiative.

The HCP began in 2013, in partnership with Healthy Ireland, HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention, and kindly supported by Irish Life. Its aim is to make every GAA club in Ireland a hub for health, capable of providing their members and communities with programmes that support their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

As part of the HCP to date, 58 clubs have delivered 350 initiatives covering: physical activity, healthy eating, mental fitness, gambling, alcohol and drug education, training and personal development, anti-bullying, anti-smoking and community development. The evaluation by Waterford IT revealed that approximately 60-80%1 of these initiatives were having a medium to high impact on members’ health.

Launching the next stage of the HCP, Minister for Health Simon Harris said: “Congratulations to the GAA clubs that have already taken part in the Healthy Club Project. You are leading the charge and have already made a hugely positive contribution to the communities you serve.

The Government recently launched the Healthy Ireland 2018 campaign by which we want to encourage people to make positive choices to improve their physical and mental health. These positive choices are based around three key areas – eating more healthily, being more active, and minding our mental wellbeing. The Healthy Club Project is a great example of one of our key sporting organisations working in partnership with the health sector to help people achieve these positive changes.”

Aogán Ó Fearghail, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael said: “Health and wellbeing is core to what the GAA is all about and the Healthy Club Project aims to build on this by making our clubs hubs for health that everyone can experience and enjoy. I’d like to thank our partners, Healthy Ireland, the HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Public Health Agency, and Irish Life, for helping to make the Healthy Club project the success it is. We look forward to growing the project from 60 to 150 clubs in this new phase.”

There are numerous examples of the positive impact the HCP is having within communities across Ireland, one such example is the “Men on the Move” (MOTM) programme. MOTM is a 12-week programme funded by the HSE and delivered through the LSP network, aiming to promote physical activity and general wellbeing among men over the age of 30.

The 12 week results of the Healthy Club participants showed an average weight loss of 2kg, and an average waist circumference drop of 3-4 cm, maintained at the 26-week check. There was also a one-minute improvement in the time to complete one mile.

Participants also recorded improvements to their social and emotional wellbeing. The programme brought men together and provided them with the opportunity to exercise at their own pace, while developing new friendships. Some of the personal experiences reported by the men include: enhanced confidence, communication and self- care. Direct quotes include: “The Men on The Move programme has created new friendships and left me feeling more positive about myself” and “I looked forward to the sessions to switch off and have a bit of craic with the lads after a tough day at work”. For at least one man, the programme has been “simply life changing”.

Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne noted that many individuals and organisations are now consciously adopting more healthy lifestyles and paid tribute to the GAA’s role in this: “These welcome developments in society are taking place alongside the well established traditions of healthy and positive lifestyles that the GAA has long promoted in its proud history.  Against that background I would like to acknowledge the level of commitment demonstrated by volunteers in the GAA Clubs who are actively promoting health and wellbeing and leading the way for other sporting organisations.”

Speaking about Irish Life’s support for the Healthy Club Project, David Harney, CEO, Irish Life said: “The Healthy Club Project is a natural fit with Irish Life’s vision – we want to help people build better futures. Since 1884, the GAA has been Irelands largest sporting organisation and with almost the same number of GAA clubs as GPs across Ireland, the HCP is the ideal forum through which to deliver health messages, and initiatives. There is a natural synergy between Irish Life and the Healthy Club Project and we’re delighted to continue to support such an important initiative.”

Dublin Ladies footballer, Lyndsey Davey said: “I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the GAA Healthy Club Project, it’s really a fantastic initiative and has the potential to have a life changing impact on Dublin people’s lives. My mum is a volunteer with the Skerries Healthy Club and loves it! I’ve seen first-hand how the Healthy Club Project champions the deeper values associated with the GAA: those of community, inclusivity and health and wellbeing. I would encourage all Dublin clubs to sign up for the Healthy Club Project and make your club a friendlier place for everyone to enjoy.”

Waterford hurler, Jamie Barron said: “The GAA Healthy Club Project has the potential to have a life changing impact on Waterford people’s lives, that’s why I’m excited to champion the cause. The GAA is committed to getting Ireland more active, particularly the non- playing population and the Healthy Club Project provides clubs with the opportunity to make this happen. I would encourage all Waterford clubs to sign up for the Healthy Club Project and move Ireland one step closer towards a healthier future.”

Mayo Footballer Diarmuid O’Connor said: “I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the Healthy Clubs Project on behalf of the GAA, this programme has the potential to have a life changing impact on Mayo people’s lives. The GAA is woven into the fabric of Ireland and local clubs provide the perfect space to implement healthy lifestyle programmes, which can support everyone in the community. I would encourage all Mayo clubs to sign up for the Healthy Club Project and make your club a more positive experience for all.”

Clubs are encouraged to get involved and enjoy the numerous benefits, including exclusive access to Healthy Club resources, the potential to increase membership and broaden the volunteer base, better community engagement with club activities, improvements in health promoting activities, improved goodwill for the club, and opening up funding avenues, all the while enhancing the health of the nation.

Clubs can apply to participate in the Healthy Club Project by completing the online form on www.gaa.ie/community The closing date is Monday, January 29th.

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[1] Lane, A., Murphy, N., and Callaghan, D. (2018).  The Health Impact of the GAA Healthy Club Project.  Centre for Health Behaviour Research, WIT, Waterford, Ireland.

Funeral arrangements for the late Kathleen McDermott, Drumlion, Ck-on-Shannon, Co Roscommon.

Leitrim GAA wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen McDermott, Drumlion, Ck-on-Shannon, Co Roscommon who passed away earlier today. the late Kathleen is the mother of Rúnaí Choiste Chontae Liatroma CLG, Attracta Ní Raghallaigh.

Funeral arrangements: McDermott (nee Moran) Ballincullen, Drumlion, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. 17th of January 2018, peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Kathleen, relict of Mick. Deeply regretted by her sons Vincent (Tullamore), Michael (Swords), Kieran (Banagher), John (Carrick-on-Shannon), daughters Attracta (Carrick-on-Shannon) and Aggie (Dublin), daughters-in-law Nancy, Teresa and Paula, son-in-law Martin, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Rest in Peace

Remains will repose on Friday in St. Patrick’s Hospital Chapel, Carrick-on-Shannon from 2.30pm until 5.30pm. Removal to St. Michael’s Church, Drumlion, arriving at 7.00pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Drumlion Cemetery.

Dublin Launch of 2018 Leitrim Supporters Club on this Thursday Night

THE ONE and only Marty Morrissey will be the special guest at the annual Leitrim Supporters’ Club launch in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park on this Thursday at 7.30pm sharp.

The country’s favourite sports presenter is sure to draw a huge crowd to what has become a must-attend event for anyone with a Leitrim connection in the capital and surrounding counties.

This year’s gathering also includes a special recognition by the Leitrim Supporters’ Club of the three Leitrim legends who, 60 years ago this year, won Railway Cup Medals in 1958: Columba Cryan, Packy McGarty and Cathal Flynn. All three played for Leitrim in the most talked about game of them all, the famous 1958 Connacht Final v Galway.

Continuing the strong vein of talent to entertain at the gathering will be none other than super-group, Garadice, a collection of some of Leitrim’s finest musical exponents.

Organised by the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim’s Supporters Club, last year’s event drew 160 attendees and proved another highlight of the year’s social calendar.

More used to interviewing than being interviewed, Marty Morrissey will find the tables turned as Leitrim Observer columnist and MC for the night, puts the Clare man through his paces in a wide-ranging chat that will touch upon his stellar broadcasting career, his time as a player and a manager, and most recently, his turn on RTE’s hit ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

A bus will travel to Croke Park from Leitrim for the event, times as follows:

Drumshanbo Swimming Pool 4.15pm

Pairc Seán Mac Diarmada 4.40pm

Bornacoola GAA Grounds 5.00pm

The bus is free of charge.

The late Frank Sullivan, Aughnacliffe, Co Longford

Leitrim GAA wishes to express its sincere sympathy to the family of the late Frank Sullivan, Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford. Frank is the father of former Leitrim County Librarian Seán Ó Súilleabháin. Seán has been an officer of Leitrim GAA in varying capacities over many years and most recently held the position of Leas Cathaoirleach to the end of 2017.

Funeral Arrangements

Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home (two weeks before his 100th birthday) Pre-deceased by his wife Rosetta. Sadly missed by his loving Family: Sean (Ballinamore), Marie Ward (Clondalkin, Dublin), Settie Blessington (Coolcor), Frank (Aughagarron), Bridie McNerney (Clonfin); Sons-in-law, Tony, Michael and James; Daughters-in-law, Brid and Margaret; Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, loyal neighbours, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his home in Aughakine, today Monday 2:00pm to 9:00pm, and tomorrow Tuesday from 12 noon to 4:00pm. Family time thereafter. Removal Tuesday to St Colmcille’s Church arriving at 7:00pm. Funeral on Wednesday at 11:00am. Burial in adjoining cemetery. (Rhyne Quarries clossed on Wednesday as a mark of respect)

‘Dia go deo leis’

Marty Morrissey special guest at Leitrim Supporters Club launch in Croke Park

Leitrim legends Columba Cryan, Packy McGarty and Cathal Flynn will also be honoured on the while Leitrim super-group Garadice will provide the musical entertainment.

THE ONE and only Marty Morrissey will be the special guest at the annual Leitrim Supporters’ Club launch in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park on Thursday, January 18, at 7.30pm sharp.

The country’s favourite sports presenter is sure to draw a huge crowd to what has become a must-attend event for anyone with a Leitrim connection in the capital and surrounding counties.

This year’s gathering also includes a special recognition by the Leitrim Supporters’ Club of the three Leitrim legends who, 60 years ago this year, won Railway Cup Medals in 1958: Columba Cryan, Packy McGarty and Cathal Flynn. All three played for Leitrim in the most talked about game of them all, the famous 1958 Connacht Final v Galway.

Continuing the strong vein of talent to entertain at the gathering will be none other than super-group, Garadice, a collection of some of Leitrim’s finest musical exponents.

Organised by the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim’s Supporters Club, last year’s event drew 160 attendees and proved another highlight of the year’s social calendar.

More used to interviewing than being interviewed, Marty Morrissey will find the tables turned as Leitrim Observer columnist and MC for the night, puts the Clare man through his paces in a wide-ranging chat that will touch upon his stellar broadcasting career, his time as a player and a manager, and most recently, his turn on RTE’s hit ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

Prior to this, Leitrim senior team manager, Benny Guckian will outline his plans for the year ahead while County Chairperson, Terrence Boyle, will offer an update on all Leitrim GAA activities.

The night will conclude with a special performance from Garadice. This exceptional quartet features Eleanor Shanley, one of Ireland’s foremost singers since her first appearance as the singer with traditional group De Danann. Padraig McGovern was taught uilleann pipes by master piper P.J. Flood and developed his music as a member of the Ceolas Céili Band. Dave Sheridan’s playing style has been described as “free-flowing and fluid, with sound technique and solid driving rhythm”. He has recorded two highly acclaimed solo albums and has recorded with De Danann and Téada.

John McCartin is both a guitar and fiddle player and has played with many noted bands including Lúnasa and Dervish.

The night, of course, kick-starts a fundraising campaign without which the Leitrim County Board simply couldn’t continue its high level of work and investment in Leitrim teams on and off the field. Leitrim Supporters Draw Tickets (which this year includes a prize of a trip to New York for the championship encounter in May) will be for sale on the night and all who buy one will also be entered in a raffle on the night containing some exceptional Leitrim-themed prizes.

The event will take place on Thursday, January 18, in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park with parking available in the Cusack Stand car park (accessed through the GAA museum entrance off Clonliffe Road.

Doors will open at the slightly earlier time of 7.00pm this year with the addresses and entertainment starting at 7.30pm sharp. Light refreshments will be provided at the interval with the night concluding at 9.15pm sharp. All are welcome to this free event and please let anyone with a Leitrim connection know it’s happening.

A bus will travel to Croke Park from Leitrim for the event, times as follows:

Drumshanbo Swimming Pool 4.15pm

Pairc Seán Mac Diarmada 4.40pm

Bornacoola GAA Grounds 5.00pm

The bus is free of charge.

Want to Improve your Irish?

Ballinamore Library’s Irish classes have acquired the reputation of being one of the most successful in the country with big numbers attending and a most entertaining atmosphere. The Conversation classes, or Ciorcail Comhrá, are now in their eleventh year and are hugely popular every year.

Full range of classes will start again in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 at 8.00pm. There are separate groups for relative beginners, for those who have some Irish and for those who are fluent. These classes are a great opportunity to practice the Irish you know and to improve it. Also, Leaving Cert or transitional year students will find it useful for practice for their Irish orals. Classes are free of charge and will run for 10 weeks to mid March. Seo seans chun an Ghaeilge a labhairt. Beidh fáilte romhat