Leitrim GAA would like to convey its sympathy to Dr Declan Loftus, Drumshanbo, former longstanding doctor to the Leitrim County Footballers on the recent death of his sister, Ettie Clinton, Crossmolina, Co Mayo. The late Ettie was interred yesterday, Wednesday, in Crossmolina.

Ettie was a treasured and devoted mother to Annette, Dr Declan, Caroline, Brian and Sinead. Cherished sister of the late Dr.J.V, Martin and Kevin. Deeply missed by her brothers Dr Mickey, Dan, Dr Declan, Finian, Dr Colm, Liam and Shane and her sister Siobhan, her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, her beloved grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.


Cathaoirleach:                                     Traolach  Ó Baoil

Leas Cathaoirleach:                            Stiofan Ó Floinn

Rúnaí:                                                  Attracta Ni Raghailligh

Leas Rúnaí:                                         Seán Ó Cianáin

Cisteoir:                                               Martín Mac Artáin

Leas Cisteoir:                                      Sheamus Ó Miachain; Padraig Ó Fitcheallaigh

Oifigeach Forbartha:

Oifigeach Oiliúna:                               Aodh Cliontúin

Oifigeach Cultúra agus Teanga:       Clár Ní Chrosáin

Oifigeach Páistí:                                   Gearóid Mac an Ghalloglaidh

Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí:             Déaglán Ó Buacháin

Comhairle Connacht:(2)                    Sean Ó Maoilmhiaigh; Eanna  Mac Tighernáin; Padraig Ó Fitcheallaigh

Árd Comhairle:                                   Sean O’Suilleabhain; Eanna  Mac Tighernáin; Stiofan Ó Floinn

Comhdháil Connacht: (4)                 Traolach  Ó Baoil; Attracta Ni Raghailligh; Martín Mac Artáin

Comhdháil Bhliantúil: (4)                Traolach  Ó Baoil; Attracta Ni Raghailligh; Martín Mac Artáin


ELEANOR SHANLEY will play Dublin show at The Unitarian Church, Stephens Green alongside some Leitrim friends on Sunday, December 10th, 2017. Tickets priced €20 and €23 including booking fees are now on sale from tickets.ie

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.45pm. It’s a straight set with no break so it’s guaranteed not be a late night.

The concert will feature Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle) and Niall Hughes (double bass and guitar)

This year’s concert will also feature an exclusive live performance from Leitrim’s own Garadice, who will join Eleanor as special guests.

“Exquisite” & “Folk Roots of the highest order” – Colm O’Hare, Hot Press

“Exquisitely beautiful” – Irish Music Magazine

“Gorgeous And Bright” – No 1 played song on RTE Radio 1, summer 2015

With a career spanning over twenty years, Eleanor Shanley is one of the most loved singers in our country’s folk music history.

Whether as a soloist, or collaborating with De Dannan, or her time collaborating with the late Ronnie Drew (RIP), that voice rings threw with such lyrical emotion, every time.

As a solo artist Eleanor Shanley has had a date with The Unitarian Church at Christmas time for the last few years. All shows have sold out too. Indeed, this is Eleanor’s third consecutive December show at this beautiful landmark location on Dublin’s St Stephens Green, and one that always excites.

This year Eleanor will be joined by Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle) and Niall Hughes (double bass and guitar). This year’s show on December 10th show will have an extra special addition to the night, not possible in previous years.

· On the night Eleanor will introduce us to her new collaborators, GARADICE. Having met during their collective time touring Leitrim Equation in 2016, this year the four-piece collaborative made the decision to start recording together. Within Garadice Eleanor is joined by John McCartin (Guitar), Dave Sheridan (Flute, Accordion and Piano) and Padraig McGovern (Uileann Pipes and Whistles). Some live shows are likely from Garadice in 2018 in parallel to Eleanor recording her new studio album.

· However, this live Dublin performance on December 10th will be the collaborator’s first in the city. A first and very special opportunity to hear some of the recordings set to be released in Garadice’s debut album in 2018.

Eleanor Shanley still possesses a voice as pure and lyrical as the first day she stepped in front of a microphone with De Danann in 1990. Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs, Eleanor has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance with De Danann. She recorded two critically acclaimed albums with them ‘A Jacket of Batteries’ and ‘Half Set in Harlem’. While a member of De Danann she also toured Europe, Australia, China, Japan and the USA as well as taking part in several tours of Ireland.

Eleanor has worked with many great musicians through the years and also recorded with The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny, to U2 and too many more both at home & internationally to mention here. Her time working with Ronnie Drew was a very special time in her life, and this a friendship she treasured. They recorded two albums together, A Couple More Years, and El Amor De Mi Vida, which was recorded shortly before Ronnie died, Eleanor and Ronnie performed live together on many occasions, also.

Eleanor’s happiest place is performing and to frequently have an opportunity to perform with friends too makes the experience even more special.

Having toured Ireland, the continent and in Canada and the USA frequently over recent years one would wonder where Eleanor found the time to release a new album also. This she did, with 2015’s Forever Young (her 14th). The album presented Eleanor with the most played track on RTE Radio 1 the same summer, the Thom Moore classic, Gorgeous and Bright

Highlights in recent years include performing at RTE Radio’s 1916 Commemoration Concert in Dublin, together with performing at Here’s To You, Ronnie Drew – A Celebration. In honour of her dear, dear friend, the concert was held at Vicar Street in September of the same year.

This year so far has included live shows in Denmark, where Eleanor was awarded The Danish Folk Music Award in 2015, a testament, were it needed, to her popularity in this market. She is only the second Irish artist to receive this honour since its inception 20 years ago. Live shows also called in Germany and here at home. Indeed, Eleanor has just returned from Canada where she expects to be touring in 2018, possibly also in parallel with recording her next album!

www.eleanorshanley.ie | @eleanorshanley


TV / Radio Links

RTE Radio 1 Special (broadcast Sept 2015 & again March 27, 2016) Listen here: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/in-session/

Late Late Show performance – October 2015 http://goo.gl/7s38Rt

RTE Radio 1 In Session (filmed by Christian Tierney)

Forever Young https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA7J1nEOlQI

County Convention, which reviews 2017 and prepares for the coming year takes place at the Bush Hotel on Monday, December 11th next. Nomination and Motion Forms have been with all club secretaries for the past two weeks and are due to be returned to an Rúnaí Chontae by Monday night next, November 13th.

With regard to Nomination Forms, clubs have been advised that the positions of Central Council Delegate, Development Officer, Connacht Council(1) and Assistant Treasurer are being vacated by the previous incumbents PJ Meehan, Pat Feely, Jim Meehan and John Mulvey respectively as they have completed the maximum 5 years in the positions. In addition to this, Seán Ó Súilleabháín is vacating the position of Leas Cathaoirleach. We would like to acknowledge the valued contributions made by all five over the past number of years in their respective positions.

While all positions on the Management Committee are open to nomination and contest, the very fact that 5 positions will be guaranteed to have different personnel in 2018 will hopefully encourage GAA people from around the county to show an interest in getting involved in the management of Leitrim GAA business from 2018 forward.

Contact your club by Monday to ensure your nomination is on the Clár on December 11th.

Melvin Gaels GAA amongst the first official GAA Healthy Clubs to receive national recognition

· The award-winning Healthy Clubs Project (HCP) aims to turn clubs into hubs for health in their communities

· With almost the same number of GAA clubs as GPs across Ireland, the project offers a new setting in which to deliver health promotion and interventions

· Leading GAA ambassador Seán Cavanagh strongly commends the club for their leadership

November 4th – A special ceremony with governmental representation in Croke Park today saw 58 GAA clubs recognised as the first official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland.

Eight Connacht clubs, including Melvin Gaels GAA in Leitrim, can now proudly fly a flag above their grounds (endorsed by both Healthy Ireland and the Public Health Agency in NI), letting their members and communities know that they value health and wellbeing as much as leagues and championships.

In January 2016, almost 100 clubs applied to participate in Phase 2 of the project (just 16 participated in Phase 1 between 2013-2015). Many cited the dearth of services in their communities that are tackling issues such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, mental health and suicide. They wanted to be part of the solution.

Clubs engage with their members and community before identifying health themes upon which to focus on. Most common include healthy eating; physical activity for non-playing members; emotional well-being; engaging older members of the community; youth development; gambling, drug, and alcohol education; and inclusion and integration. Almost half of the clubs (29) also opted to become completely smoke-free venues as part of their 18-month journey.

Progressive GAA club, Melvin Gaels is the first in Leitrim to receive national recognition. Their innovative Melvin Gaels Million Minutes health challenge had a tremendous impact on the club and the wider community. Collectively they achieved their target of logging a million minutes of physical activity over eight weeks. The challenge captured the imagination of all elements of the local community, young and old, from families and individuals to schools and businesses. They all contributed by logging their minutes each week, gathering each Friday evening for a health-related discussion in Kinlough Community Centre, joining the walking/running group each Saturday evening, or by kindly donating prizes or running classes for those taking part. The initiative highlighted the broad variety of physical activity that locals are engaged in, ranging from the ever-popular walking to yoga, cycling, athletics, karate, gymnastics, horse-riding, strength and conditioning, surfing, kayaking, gardening, dancing, tai-chi, to good old-fashioned play.

Former Tyrone football captain Seán Cavanagh is a big supporter of the GAA’s Healthy Club Project (HCP) and presented the clubs with their official flag and plaque in Croke Park on Saturday, November 4th. He said “I’ve seen myself how the GAA brings communities together in so many different ways so it’s fantastic to see the association taking a leadership role in developing healthier communities. The Healthy Clubs around the country are having a positive impact on so many children and young people and as a parent, I think it is fantastic. Through this project, I think people will start to appreciate the role of the GAA in our communities even more.”

The innovative Healthy Club model was developed in partnership with Healthy Ireland, the HSE’s health promotion division, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, and is supported by Irish Life through a CSR investment. In an era of unprecedented societal health challenges, the Healthy Club Project aims to harness the potential of the GAA club setting to deliver evidence-based health promotion information and interventions, backed up by appropriate policies and partnerships. Its potential to be replicated by other sports is currently being explored by a working group involving the FAI, IRFU, and Athletics Ireland.

Similar work is being undertaken across European sports associations, and for the past three years the GAA has contributed its learnings to the EU-wide Sports Clubs for Health project. This culminated with the GAA’s Community & Health manager, Colin Regan, presenting on the Healthy Club project to a sub-committee of the EU Parliament in Brussels in April.

The Healthy Clubs project is being independently evaluated by a team from Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research. While the final report into Phase 2 won’t be available until December, the research team have already noted significant successes (see editor’s notes for examples of successful interventions).

Aogán Ó Fearghail, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael said, “The 58 Healthy Clubs recognised today have gone above and beyond what is normally expected of a sports club. Health and wellbeing is core to what the GAA is all about and these clubs help bring that to life. 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 it from strength to strength.”

Recognising the achievements of the clubs in Croke Park at the Healthy Club Recognition Event is Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Department of Health (ROI). She said, “Today is all about recognition for the clubs and the volunteers who make this happen at club level. I would like to congratulate all of the clubs and volunteers involved and acknowledge the contribution that they are all making to bring the vision for Healthy Ireland to life: where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential”

David Harney, CEO, Irish Life said, “Irish Life are delighted to work with the GAA on the Healthy Club initiative. The GAA reaches into every community on the island of Ireland and has a significant role to play in the health of the nation through its promotion of Gaelic Games. The association’s Healthy Club initiative brings a new dimension to this work. It enables people to

access health in an exciting new way. We believe this work has the potential to improve the future health of communities across the country.”

There are numerous benefits to clubs that take part in the GAA HCP including exclusive access to Healthy Club resources and support. The independent evaluation by Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research of Phase 1 of the HCP revealed its potential to increase membership, improvements in health-promoting activities, better opportunity to link the local community with club activities and opening up new funding avenues all the while enhancing the health of the nation and ensuring a healthier future for everyone.

The GAA hope to extend the project to 150 clubs in Phase 3 (with expressions of interest to open in early 2018) before opening the project to all interested clubs in 2020. There are 1,600 clubs in Ireland and over 400 abroad. For more information, visit: www.gaa.ie/community Follow: @officialgaa or Like: www.facebook.com/officialgaa/ #gaahealth

For more information or to request an interview please contact:

Wilson Hartnell:

Emma Walsh, Tel: 0873170897 or E: emma.walsh@ogilvy.com

Amber Brown, Tel: 087 779 9719 or E: amber.brown@ogilvy.com

Melvin Gaels Million Minutes

Earlier in the year, Melvin Gaels GAA Club inspired its local community off the field to record one million minutes of health-enhancing physical activity. The initiative was part of the Melvin Gaels’ involvement in the GAA’s Healthy Club project and intended to increase awareness of the importance to health of regular physical activity while bringing the community together to achieve this goal collectively. The idea was the brain child of the Melvin Gaels’ Healthy Club project team leader, Katherine Williams, who was ably assisted by Mary McSharry, Ciara Barrett, and Mary Rooney. The innovative challenge captured the imagination of all elements of the local community, young and old, from families and individuals to schools and businesses. They all contributed by logging their minutes each week. The initiative highlighted the broad variety of physical activity that locals are engaged in, ranging from the ever-popular walking to yoga, cycling, athletics, karate, gymnastics, horse-riding, strength and conditioning, surfing, kayaking, gardening, dancing, tai-chi, to good old-fashioned play. Each Friday of the eight-week challenge participants were invited to gather at the Kinlough Community Centre to log their weekly minutes of physical activity and to enjoy an array of health-related workshops and speakers covering topics such as healthy eating and nutrition, healthy checks, functional movement, mental fitness and emotional wellbeing.



Jackie Gallagher – Melvin Gaels and Leitrim Footballer – RIP

The death has taken place of one of Melvin Gaels’ greatest footballers, Jackie Gallagher. Jackie was fullback and captain when the Gaels won their first ever Senior Championship in 1959 and he was in the same position as they completed a four-in-a-row of titles from 1959 to 1962. He won a fifth title in 1965. That wasn’t Jackie’s only senior title because he was the cornerback on the Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s team that won the 1956 Senior Championship. Ironically, Melvin Gaels beat O’Heslin’s in the 1959 final to take their first title and, in a most unusual scoreline, it finished 1-6 to 0-0. Jackie spent his working life teaching in Ballinamore Vocational School.

Jackie Gallagher was also a prominent county player and, while he started as a cornerback, he starred in goals for Leitrim throughout the golden period when they reached four Connacht finals in a row. He was the goalkeeper in three of them including the memorable 1958 final against Galway. In 1962, he won a Connacht Junior Championship with Leitrim and also played in the 1959 National League Semi-final against Derry in Croke Park. In times when few goalkeepers took the kick outs, Jackie’s long deliveries were famous and would be eminently suited for today’s “mark”. Jackie was also brother-in-law to Aidan McGowan, who was Uachtarán Comhairle Connacht.

Our sympathy to his wife Tess, daughters Finola, Maureen and Aileen, son Niall, family and friends.

Sonas síoraí d’fhear uasal macánta thar na bearta, mar mhúinteoir agus mar pheileadóir.

Funeral Arrangements

John Joseph (Jackie) Gallagher, Church St., Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim and formerly Glenade, Co. Leitrim. Peacefully at Oakview Nursing Home, Belturbet. Reposing at his home on Wednesday from 3pm to 10pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon in St. Patrick’s church, Ballinamore followed by burial in Oughteragh Cemetery. Family Flowers only please, donations, in lieu, if desired to The Parkinsons Association of Ireland, c/o Smiths Funeral Directors.

Leitrim GAA would like to offer its sincere sympathy to the family of the late John Joe Dolan, Church Street, Carrigallen, who passed away on Friday last. John Joe was a member of the Leitrim Minor Team which won the Connacht Minor Football Championship in 1945 and the following year he was a member of the Leitrim Connacht Junior Championship winning team. John Joe, a former Ulster Colleges McRory Cup Medal winner with St. Patrick’s College Cavan in 1943, represented Ulster on the Colleges Interprovincial team in 1944. He captured a Leitrim Senior Championship medal with Tully in 1945.

John Joe is sadly missed by his sons Con and Michael, daughters Colette, Marie and Geraldine, daughter-in-law Bernie, partners Mick and Colbert, grandchildren, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Removal tomorrow, Monday, to St Mary’s Church, Carrigallen, arriving for funeral mass at twelve noon.

Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.


Leitrim Post Primary Schools senior final

Carrick Community school 1 – 14

Ballinamore Community school 1 – 09


Carrick C.S won the Leitrim Post Primary schools senior final, defeating Ballinamore C.S in a very entertaining game played on Thursday evening in the Leitrim GAA centre.

Ballinamore CS started much the better, points by Ciaran Cullen and Eoin McCaffrey had them leading by two points after 3 minutes. Carrick CS began to get a grip in the middle third and by the twelfth minute they lead four points to two following an excellent Jack Barnes point from play and three pointed frees by Stephen Goldrick. Shane Beirne from play, a Mark Keegan free and a superb Ciaran Cullen point left only a point between the teams after 18min but Ballinamore CS struck the first goal with their next attack, Mark Keegan finishing to the net from a tight angle. Carrick CS responded well and finished the half much stronger, kicking four unanswered points from Cian Ffrench, Shane Beirne and two Stephen Goldrick frees to lead at halftime by two.

Ballinamore CS opened the second half scoring with a Mark Keegan point following a foul on Aaron Hoare. Carrick CS responded with a pointed free of their own and over the next ten minutes points from Ciaran Cullen, Tom Prior and Cathal McHugh for Ballinamore CS, Jack Barnes and Shane Surlis for Carrick CS left the score Carrick CS 0 – 12 Ballinamore CS 1 – 08. The decisive score came in the seventeenth minute when a long ball into the Ballinamore CS defence was flicked to the net by David O’ Connell. Ballinamore CS pressed hard for the remainder of the game but their only reward was a point from a Mark Keegan free, while Carrick CS added two Stephen Goldrick frees to run out five-point winners.

Ballinamore CS:
Jack Gallogly, James Honeyman, Dillon O’Brien, Nathan Mc Cartin, Cathal Mc Hugh, Conor Dwyer, Francis McGovern, Ciaran Cullen, Aaron Hoare, Eoin Mc Loughlin, Mark Keegan, Eoin McCaffrey, Ryan Donohoe, Ben Mc Girl, Tom Prior

Subs: Niall Stringer for James Honeyman, Tom Mc Keon for Nathan Mc Cartin, Caolan McDermott for Ben Mc Girl


Carrick CS:
Marcus Feeney, Shane Crowe, Brian Holahan, Fintan Earley, Niall Morahan, Donal Casey, Paul Keaney, David O’ Connell, Stephen Goldrick, Oisin Boland, Shane Surlis, Shane Beirne, Jack Barnes, Mark Diffley, Cian Ffrench

Subs: Patrick McKenna for Fintan Earley, Diarmuid Kelleher for Cian Ffrench

Referee: Ray McBrien


    Change of Venue

    2017 AIB Connacht Intermediate Football Championship 

    Quarter Final: Aughnasheelin v St John’s

    Venue: Connacht GAA Centre, Beckaun.

    Date: 21/10/2017

    Time: 14:30


    Gaeltacht Scholarships

    Leitrim County Committee GAA is offering grants for attendance at Gaeltacht courses to Leitrim boys and girls as part of their promotion of an Ghaeilge. These grants are open to registered and paid-up members of Leitrim GAA clubs, boys or girls.

    Some of the grants are part-sponsored by Gaeltacht colleges. In the case of cash grants, when students return they can claim their grant money on production of evidence of having successfully completed the course.

    Application forms can be printed from the link below or can be had had from the Secretary of any GAA club.

    Beidh na hiarratais le fáil i ngach meanscoil sa Chontae freisin

    The closing date for applications is Friday 10 November 2017.

    2018 Scoláireachtaí Application Forms

    Due to the nationwide red alert as a result of Storm Ophelia tomorrow night’s Club Forum has been postponed. It will take place on Monday night, October 23rd.

    The death has occurred of the former Allen Gaels and Leitrim player, Brendan Canning, Dristernan, Drumshanbo. Brendan enjoyed a distinguished playing career as a goalkeeper which spanned the early 1960’s to the mid 1980’s.

    He has the unique distinction of representing Leitrim at Minor, U-21, Junior and Senior level in the same year while still in secondary school. He enjoyed club success by winning a three in a row of Division 1 League Titles with Allen Gaels in 1973, 74 & ’75 and was part of that team which contested 6 league finals on the trot and lost a senior championship final in 1973 after a replay. Brendan’s son, Andy, has also represented Allen Gaels and Leitrim.

    His involvement in the club extended well beyond the playing side and he was a coach, referee and administrator, serving as secretary for many years. Brendan was also a keen contributor to Scor and excelled in Question Time.

    Brendan is survived by his loving wife Rose, sons Trevor & Andrew, daughters Andrea & Trina, brothers John and Mel and sister, Joan as well as extended family & a wide circle of friends. Reposing at his residence at Dristernan Drumshanbo on Saturday from 4pm to 9pm, on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm with funeral mass on Monday, October 9th in St. Patrick’s Church Drumshanbo and burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Drumshanbo. House private at all other times please.

    Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.