Leitrim GAA Open Day

LINKING THE AGES IN LEITRIM

Leitrim GAA Open Day

On Sunday next 11th May at 12 noon Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick on Shannon will be buzzing with activity as the Leitrim senior football and hurling teams, team managements, County Board officers, coaches and GPOs, supporters of all ages, team and championship sponsors, the local media and a virtual army of young stars of the future will converge on the county grounds for the Leitrim launch of the Connacht and All Ireland Football Championship.

The day will see our young boys and girls get to meet their county players up close, to get their autographs and to dream of the day when they too might wear the Leitrim jersey with the same pride and enthusiasm as the current county squads.

The emphasis will be on a fun day and an ideal chance to meet the players one to one and to extend our good wishes to them for the forthcoming campaign.

Young and old are welcome to come along to Páirc Seán on Sunday (11th May) at 12 noon.

Nothing beats being there!

 

 

 

08-May-14 by Colette Fox – PRO

GAA Social Initiative

 

GAA legends centre stage at free Connacht Social Initiative celebration night

 

Special club draw on the night for trip to Arás an Uachtarán

 

A special gala event to recognise the work of GAA Social Initiative clubs across Connacht will culminate with a draw for the representatives of lucky clubs to attend Áras an Uachtarán for an audience with President Higgins in May.

The gala event will take place in the new Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis on Wednesday, May 1, from 7-9pm, with an open invitation to all GAA Social Initiative clubs in the province to attend. Representatives from any club that would like to get involved are also encouraged to come along for what promises to be a great night’s entertainment and a trip down Connacht GAA’s memory lane.

MC on the night is Tommy Moran, Connacht PRO. A renowned raconteur, the former Leitrim County Secretary of 25 years will reminisce with some of the most recognisable names in Connacht GAA over the past decades, including former GAA President Dr. Mick Loftus (Mayo), Sligo’s first All Star and 1975 Connacht winning footballer, Mickey Kearins; Leitrim legend from the 1950s and ‘60s Josie Murray; Donie Shine Snr, former Roscommon player and Manager and well-known radio pundit; and Joe Connolly, Galway’s All Ireland hurling winning captain of 1980.

The GAA Social Initiative aims to use GAA clubs as a focal point for social activities for older members of our communities. It began in 2007 following an observation by then President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin of a dearth of older men attending the various functions they visited across the 32 counties. The island’s network of GAA clubs was identified as a vehicle to tackle the isolation and loneliness that can impede people from fully engaging with their communities, friends, family and neighbours. From its starting point as a small pilot in four counties (Mayo, Fermanagh, Kerry, and Wexford), 200 clubs are now registered as GAA Social Initiative clubs, running events ranging from card nights, ceiligh houses, to trips and excursions to the GAA museum in Croke Park, the Titanic Centre in Belfast or the National Museum of Country Life in Mayo.

The St. Joseph’s Club in Roscommon will provide an insight into their successful Social Initiative club, including their recent trip to Belfast. Other contributors on the night will include Colin Regan, GAA Social Initiative Manager in Croke Park, and Professor Sabina Brennan from Trinity College, who heads up a positive aging project. Entertainment on the night will be provided by Connacht Scór. All are welcome.

As already mentioned, all Social Initiative clubs that attend on the night will be entered into a special draw to win three coveted places on visit to Arás an Uachatarin in May. President Higgins is a noted supporter of the GAA Social Initiative and gave his full endorsement to its work in his wonderful address to GAA Congress 2013 in Derry in March. He is hosting representatives of GAA Social Initiative clubs in Arás an Uachtarán on Thursday, May 30th. Numbers are limited and will be allocated by a draw on the night.

Admission to the event is free and light refreshments will also be served. Anyone who would like more information about the event should contact their County Coordinator, or alternatively contact Emmet Haughian, the Social Initiative National Coordinator in Croke Park on 01-819-2393 or emmet.haughian GAA.ie.

 

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For more media information on the event or the GAA Social Initiative contact Colin Regan, GAA Community & Health Promotion Manager, on 01-8658674 or 087-2945705.

 

 

16-Apr-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

Player Injury and ClubProperty Insurance Information night

Player Injury and Club/Property Insurance Information night.

Monday night 18th February in The Bush Hotel starting at 8pm.

All Club Insurance Officers, Club Chairpersons, Club Runai, Club Player Representatives and anyone who needs to know more about GAA Player Injury and Club/Property Insurance and procedures.

Ms Sinead Quinn Croke Park Insurance Manager and a representative of Willis Insurance will attend.

Please avail of this opportunity to meet with and discuss any Player Injury and Club/Property Insurance issues your club may need clarity with.

It might be an idea if you can download Player Injury claim form to bring with you on the night to go through the steps in completing same.

 

 

18-Feb-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae Liatroma Comhdhail Bhliantuil 2013

You can download a copy of the Convention Booklet for the Leitrim 2013 Convention held in the Bush Hotel on Sunday 16th December 2012

Booklet available through this link. 

 

 

17-Dec-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Convention News

Óráid an Chathaoirligh 2013.

Tá sé in am dúinn breathnú siar ar bhlian eile gnothach i saol Cumann Lúth Chleas Liatroma agus is mór an ónóir domsa mar cathaóirleach mo smaointe a chur os bhúr gcomhair inniú.Bliain fíor gnothach abhí againn idir peil, iomáint, liathróid laimhe agus Scór. Táim fíor búioch do na daoine a dhéanann obair dheonach i ngach club agus cúinne sa chondae, agus ár lucht leanúna dilís a thagann amach seachtain I ndiadh seachtaine chun tachaiocht dúinn san obair atá idir láimhe again.

The year 2012 can be viewed from many perspectives—the glass maybe viewed as half full or half empty depending on how you wish to see it. Our stated aspirations to gain promotion from Division 4 took a serious knock when we fell to Limerick in our first game. This was the first real test of our new joint management of Brian Breen and George Dugdale at the helm. They were forced to start the rebuilding process with many players having been forced to leave our shores at the end of the 2011 campaign. We picked up four points in our next two outings to Carlow and London but a greatly below performance to Clare in Ennis sealed our fate for the year. We lost narrowly to both Wicklow and Waterford but a heavy defeat to already promoted Fermanagh in our final game of the campaignÓgave cause for concern as we began our preparations for the championship. In the FBD we won two of our three games a nd our victory over neighbours Roscommon was enthusiastically proclaimed.

In the Hastings Cup we lost our three games to Cavan, Longford and Roscommon but our new management team of Brendan Guckian, Padraig Kenny and James Holohan took the opportunity to give all players a run in an effort to establish our strongest team for the under 21 championship. Hopes were high for this team but a heavy defeat to Sligo on the score line of 0-14 to 0-8 followed later that evening by an equally heavy defeat of our minors to Roscommon in the Connacht League meant for a dark weekend for our county.

A trip to London in the first outing of the Championship was always going to prove a difficult task. London had high hopes of repeating a second upset by beating Leitrim after giving Mayo a tight game the previous year. We prepared diligently and after a tight first half the accuracy of county player of the year Emlyn Mulligan coupled with some astute management substitutions we had one point to spare setting up a meeting with Mayo. Despite playing wonderful football for the first twenty minutes injuries to Wayne McKeon and Shane Moran before half time saw our depleted team suffer a heavy defeat. Team management, players and supporters were very dejected leaving Castlebar and we faced a huge challenge to have our team motivated for our second round qualifier game against Wicklow. The media had indeed highlighted Leitrim’s failure to have ever won a game in the “backdoor” system from our original defeat to Antrim in Casement Park in the inaugural year of the Qualifiers in 2001. Could this unwanted record be the catalyst to motivate us for a big game in Carrick on July12th. Playing inspired football for seventy minutes the hoodoo of many years was laid to rest with a famous victory over the Garden County on a score line of Leitrim 0-13, Wicklow 0-10. Confidence and pride were restored and we had Laois in our next game with the advantage of a home venue. A wonderful atmosphere prevailed and we were delighted to welcome the newly appointed Úachtaráin CLCG Liam ó Neill to Carrick-on-Shannon to support his native county. Leitrim almost caused a second shock within the week and were unlucky to be on the wrong of a 1-13 to 1-11 score line. Our Connacht victors Mayo reached the All Ireland final and Laois were most unlucky not to overcome, at that stage, All Ireland champions, and favourites Dublin for 2012. We were participating inÓgood company.

I commend managements of all our inter county teams for their professionalism in preparing our players. We must look at the imbalances that exist both in our human and financial resources. Pats on the back and “good performance” tributes are not what the players or supporters of Leitrim want. Will the Football Review Committee be brave enough to highlight these imbalances and if they do will the powers that be be courageous enough to address those issues. The present system of 127 years will not survive unless, as the west of Ireland journalist, John Healy once proclaimed “somebody must call halt”. Despite our first ever victory in the Qualifier Series, does it serve any purpose for Division 4 teams? It only gives strong teams a second opportunity. Can we honestly say that the Connacht Championship in its present format is serving Leitrim’s best interest? Can two senior titles in 127 years convince anybody of that fact? Maybe we are all too entrenched in tradition to realise that the structures of today does not adequately cater for a fast changing world that will continue to change at an even faster rate with the advent of evenÓgreater technology that twenty years ago was unimaginable.

In looking at the half full glass I take courage from a first round qualifier in eleven years to going forward with a settled team of management and players who have jelled well together. In our forthcoming seven national football league games we host four at home – that is a definite advantage- and while standards have greatly levelled off, promotion from Division 4 is a must if I am still to look at the half full glass. We start our championship campaign of 2013 with a trip to the Big Apple in May and while the economic scene is very challenging we will be hoping that a good following of our supporters will see us advance to a tussle with Sligo in Páirc MacDiarmada on June 23rd. Let’s tempt fate with a Connacht Final appearance in July.

Club Scene. Convention 2012 was brave enough to address and adopt a revised structure for our championships. All clubs participated in an increased number of meaningful games with final placing in either semi-finals or relegationÓguaranteeing all teams a minimum of four championship outings .Favourites Glencar-manor were within a hairs breath of the elusive five in a row but their neighbours Gael na Meilge were adamant that they too would continue to share the impressive four in a row enjoyed by both clubs. Gortletteragh completed a most impressive year by capturing both Intermediate Championship and Division 2 League while the hard work of the Leitrim Gaels club was rewarded in capturing the Junior A title. It was disappointing that none of our title holders made progress in their respective Connacht Club title race. St. Brigids was always going to be a formidable challenge for Gael na Meilge; Gortletteragh provided a stern challenge to Charlestown, while Ballinasloe were in a different league to our Junior champions. Glencar-manor gained revenge for their championship defeat to their neighbours in the League final in a game that did neither team proud. Local rivalries can often bring out the best in two teams but unfortunately the opposite is the case in this encounter. The unsavoury incidents that permeated this entire game both on and off the field is totally unacceptable and hopefully our CCC will take some time to address issues observed and advise both clubs of serious consequences in the event of any repeat behaviour.

Iomáint; The revised structures for the promotion of hurling has now bedded in and over the past three years the championship title has changed hands as many times. Carrick hurling lost their title in 2011 to Gortletteragh while Cluinín Iomáint bridged a 53 year gap by compensating for the absence of the FenÓgh Cup by winning the title in style. There were massive scenes of jubilation on the day and this success was quickly followed up by victories in all underage competitions.

Liathróid Laimhe: 2012 must surely belong to our hand ballers who captured three medals at the World Championships in City West, Dublin in October. Pride of place goes to Jarleth Scollan and Alan Wrynn by capturing gold in the boys U13 One Wall Handball Competition with Jarlath adding a silver in the U13 singles. What an achievement for the boys, their families and their FenÓgh Handball Club.

Scór: Our hugely impressive record in Scór was again enhanced by a magnificent performance by stalwards Barr-na Cúille in Tráth na gCeist. This most difficult of categories demands not just hours of rehearsals but months of hard dedicated study to achieve this standard. Sincere congratulations to Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbitte and Seoirse Reynolds on winning this award for the second time for Barr-na-Cuille. Both Naomh Muire and Maothail also did us proud in Rince Fóirne and Aithriseóireacht on the same nÓght.

Fixtures:Our CCC is charged with providing our clubs with a meaningful schedule of games over the year at all levels. This is a mammoth task not always understood or appreciated by our clubs. I have already referred to our revised championship of 2012 that provided extra games. We too remained active for longer at inter county level by our success in the qualifiers, while the replay of the Hurling Final resulted in the loss of our declared County Final date. All of these factors impinged on our ability to maintain agreed dates resulting in lesser weekends available to complete League fixtures earlier. This situation will continue while clubs refuse to play any League games without County panellists. Our national CCC must take cognisance of county club fixtures in the event of replays. We did succeed in completing all our fixtures within the calendar year and I applaud our CCC, under the Chair of Tom Guckian, on this achievement. Having reviewed our activities for the year it is our intention to issue strict guidelines to all clubs in such areas as special requests, postponements, failing to fulfil a fixture, rearrangement of fixtures without the permission of CCC and all other relevant issues to streamline our activities. The demands on our county players to be available for all club fixtures is unreasonable and this with the possibility of playing some League games on a weekday must be considered if some of the motions on the clár today are to be debated.

Development:Five of our clubs have completed the Club Planning programme. Such planning is necessary if we wish to signpost the direction we wish for our clubs over the coming years. It is indeed an opportunity to look at our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Such an exercise, while being of huge benefit to your club, is now mandatory if applying for grants and too affords the club to draw on expertise within a club area sometimes not tapped into. During the year many clubs availed of courses on the role of the various club officers and both planning and officer role courses were complimentary to each other. I am grateful to all who assisted in delivering such courses and in particular PJ Meehan, Gerry McGovern, Padraig McGourty and Seamus Prior. On physical development I regret that despite expectations our Centre of Excellence is not yet completed. This is indeed something completely outside our control since the project was subject to revised planning regulations when we were required to seek planning retention. We are now making excellent progress on fitting out the building and we will have a state of the art facility, the envy of many bigger counties at our disposal, early in the new year. The Cloone Club can be proud of their refurbished dressing rooms and well- appointed Press facilities that were officially opened by Uachtaráin Liam Ó Neill in July. It is heartening to see that four of our clubs have received funding under the Sports Grant recently announced.

Financial Matters:The present national financial crisis does not seem to have abated over the past year and will once again prove a major challenge to the board. The increased commitment to the welfare of our players is the most demanding drain on our limited finances. We have an obligation to prepare in a professional manner and in doing so we must provide such resources as is deemed necessary but within reason. Our management teams are aware of our limited ability to provide for such resources and co-operate with us in many ways by their own ingenuity and improvisation. Indeed our senior team ran two excellent and enjoyable fundraising functions, namely a table quiz and a fashion show. They are to be commended on these initiatives. We are pleased to relay to convention today that the board have again ran the affairs, without any diminution of services, with an excess of income over expenditure. For this prudent management of our financial affairs we are deeply indebted to our outgoing Cisteóir John Mulvey ably assisted by our also outgoing Leas Cisteóir John Keenan. On behalf of all Leitrim Gaels I wish to thank both of you for your extremely competent manner in fulfilling this most difficult role. Míle buíochas don beirt agaibh. I welcome on board our Treasurer elect, Brian Gordon, with a warning that this job could be dangerous to your health but you will have the experience of John Mulvey who is to remain as Assistant Treasurer to assist you. Our annual Golf Classic under the leadership of Chairperson Barry Donnellan is still a great source of income after 22 years of continuous activity. Shay Reynolds, as Chairperson of the Leitrim Supporters Club, continues to lead the most financially rewarding subcommittee of the board. This is the lifeline of our ability to reflect a financial surplus at the end of the year. The responsibility of adequately financing the activities of the board is inevitably the responsibility of the clubs. The support of our clubs in agreeing to the acceptance of an agreed specific allocation of tickets is greatly appreciated. Such support alleviates the necessity of the board to the introduction of other unwelcome fundraising activities. The support of the Dublin Branch of our Supporters Club under the Chairmanship of Michael Feeney is vital to the success of the draw.

Sponsorship: We are most fortunate to have excellent sponsors to all our activities. The Bush Hotel continues to be our main sponsor and we are most grateful to the Dolan family for their continuous good will. We were united with Joe, Roseleen and family over the New Year period of this year after the tragic death of their son Andrew. He was the victim of an unprovoked and senseless attack on a normal nÓght out for any 20 year old young man. Go ndeána Dia trochaire ar a anam uasal. We too are most grateful to Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod, Quinn Family and Embassy Rooms, Sligo, Gallogly Catering and Glenfarne Wood Products who are all involved inÓgenerous sponsorship of our games. We too are indebted to The LeydonÓgroup, Dublin and The Sorohan Brothers for their continued support of our Annual Golf Classic. Other sponsors are acknowledged in our Financial Report.

Media: The standard and speed with which information can be spread across the world is indeed mindboggling. It has been suggested that the role of IT officer and that of PRO be combined into that of Communications Officer. In fact both roles operate in tandem in Leitrim with great effect. Our website is updated on a daily basis while match-day programmes for either our major finals or on inter-county league days are eagerly sought after because of their excellent quality. The launch of both the Connacht and county championships were innovative and enjoyable allowing the local media to highlight our ongoing activities. We had our own “Up for the Match” nÓght which proved good fun for nÓght with the resultant video a collector’s item. All such activities were co-ordinated under the direction of our Communications Committee capably led by Collette Fox and Brendan Doyle. I too wish to congratulate Connacht Council on the production of their Into The West magazine. Volume 4 of March/April 2012 is a must for every club as it contains everything a club officer needs to know for the day to day running of your club.

Other Matters: To most observers the role of CLCG is generally perceived as providing games. Few are aware of the Trojan work undertaken through coaching, our Kellogg’s summer camps, Alcohol and substance abuse workshops, Social Inclusion Initiatives, Integration ,Garda Vetting of our workers and many more. We are indebted to all our officers who give of their time and energies in so many ways. The concept of the Volunteer is alive and well in the world of the GAA. We would be foolish to assume that it will remain so with the everyday demands of modern Ireland. Our Primary and Post Primary schools are vital links in the promotion of our games. Are we as clubs giving the necessary support to our teachers who are already under pressure from the Department of Education and Science to give more of their time to curricular needs? We are informed regularly of the obesity levels evident in our young people but get little recognition for our voluntary efforts in helping address this problem. When we refer to the role of the Volunteer we must make reference to our loyal bunch of referees who perform the most thankless job of all our Volunteers. The Respect Initiative is evident at our underage games but unfortunately abuse is still being hurled from the sidelines at the men in the middle. Indeed the trend of managers/team mentors using after match comments to complain about our referees can not be allowed and strict sanctions must be considered to eliminate such trends. Let us never forget—no referees—no matches. We are blessed to have such a competent group of excellent referees.

Focail Scór: Convention today marks the retirement of one of our greatest servants in Seamus Prior. Seamus has been a hardworking officer for the past 13 years as Connacht Council delegate, Referee’s Co-ordinator and Development Officer. He has left his mark on all of these areas but I might be bold enough to say that he himself would be most pleased with the overall improvement evident at our club grounds due to his initiative in advising clubs regarding our obligations under Health and Safety. It is no coincidence that we had so many referees on the inter-county panel under his reign since he himself acted at the highest level. We too thank PJ Meehan for highlighting the concerns of his native county at Connacht Council level for the past three years. Jim Meehan steps down from his role as Central Council delegate under the 5 year rule. Jim’s long experience as an officer at both county and provincial level gave him the necessary understanding of the association at this high level. I have already alluded to the contribution of John Mulvey and John Keenan in the finance department as they too are governed by the 5 year rule. Indeed I am happy in the knowledge that all outgoing officers will be available to assist if required. I look forward to 2013 with confidence. I am grateful to all board officers for their help and encouragement throughout the past year. My workload is greatly lessoned by the inordinate contribution of An Rúnaí, Duirmuid MacSuibhne, to the smooth running of our affairs, often in difficult and trying circumstances. We have an excellent back-up secretarial service on a daily basis in Anna and Martina while Brian and Fintan keep Páirc Seán in pristine condition for all our occasions. We are grateful to FAS for such a service. Martin undertook a range of activities for the six months he was with us under the Job-Bridge scheme. We hope he enjoyed the experience. I thank the local media, Leitrim Observer, Longford Leader, Shannonside and Ocean FM who provide fair and comprehensive coverage of our games. I too thank John Connolly, PJ Leddy ,Phillip Rooney, John Lynch, Seamus Gallagher, Willie Donnellan,Brian Blake and James Molloy who bring our affairs to the wider community through print, picture and sound . Our gratitude to John Prenty and Adrian Hassett at the Connacht Council Office, to the staff in Páirc an Crocaigh and in particular Kathy Slattery and Tom Ryan sa Roinn Airigead for their assistance with our Centre of Excellence. To all families who suffered bereavement throughout the year my condolences.

Ar aghaidh linn le chéile;

Seosamh ÓFloinn,

Cathaóirleach

Mí na Nollag 2012 

 

 

16-Dec-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Leitrim Convention

Leitrim GAA County Board Convention takes place this Sunday in the Bush Hotel at 2pm.

There will be elections for the positions of Connacht Council and Central Council delegates at the annual gathering.  

Outgoing treasurer John Mulvey (who will be replaced by Brian Gordon) has pulled out of the race for a Central Council seat, which will now be contested by Stephen Flynn (Mohill), PJ Meehan (Kiltubrid) and Sean O Suilleabhain (Sean OHeslins).

And PJ Meehan has withdrawn from the race for one of the two Connacht Council seats up for grabs. Outgoing delegate Gerry McGovern (Cloone), Jim Meehan (Dromahair) and Pat Feely (Manorhamilton) will do battle.

 

 

 

14-Dec-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Leitrim GAA Open night

LINKING THE AGES IN LEITRIM

 Leitrim GAA Open night

 

On Friday evening between 7 and 9pm, Páirc Seán in Carrick on Shannon will be buzzing with activity as the Leitrim senior football and hurling teams, team managements, County Board officers, coaches and GPOs, supporters of all ages, team and championship sponsors, the local media and a virtual army of young stars of the future will converge on the county grounds for the Leitrim launch of the Connacht and All Ireland Football Championship.

 

With Leitrim heading to London for a mouth-watering clash on June 3rd there is a keen interest in team preparations and everyone in Páirc Seán will have an opportunity to see the players be put through their paces by Joint Team Managers Brian Breen and George Dugdale and see for themselves the massive efforts being made to have our team in ship-shape for Ruislip — and hopefully for a clash with Mayo in Castlebar in mid June.

 

There will be an opportunity to participate in a tour of the stand, dressing rooms, media and meeting rooms, commentary boxes and to view the GAA murals depicting the story of the GAA in the county.

 

Most of all the evening will see our young boys and girls get to meet their county players up close, to get their autographs and to dream of the day when they too might wear the Leitrim jersey with the same pride and enthusiasm as the current county squads.

 

The emphasis will be on a fun evening and an ideal chance to meet the players one to one and to extend our good wishes to them for the forthcoming campaign.

 

Young and old are welcome to come along to Páirc Seán on this Friday evening (11th May) between 7-9pm.

 

Nothing beats being there!

 

You can find a link to the poster here 

 

 

07-May-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

PRO Report to Convention

2011 was another busy year for Coiste Chontae Liatroma and we are fortunate to have a very pro-active and talented PRO team working at county and provincial level. The team is responsible for ensuring that the day to day duties of website maintenance and document preparation are maintained and new initiatives are rolled out.

Match Programmes

Match programmes were made available for club league and championship games for all grades and this was through the hard work of the staff in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada. Full colour match programmes were again produced by Coiste Chontae Liatroma for all our National League home games and for the Intermediate and Senior/Minor County Finals. The feedback on the programmes has been very positive from within and outside the County. They are produced to the highest standard and much of the credit must go to James Molloy who helps me with their design and supplies all the wonderful photographic material. Looking back over the programmes produced by Coiste Chontae Liatroma over the years it is clear that they have improved year after year and we will strive to continue this trend.

 

Leitrim GAA Website

In so far as is possible, local GAA news items are submitted on a daily basis. I would like to thank all the contributors to the website as their valued input helps make it the success it is. The site now contains a considerable amount of information and visitor numbers continue to grow. The fixtures and results of approximately 1,200 games and associated league tables, in conjunction with daily news items and an events calendar, make it a very popular site. The local, provincial and national news feeds available on the website are also extremely popular and are available from the following sources:-

Connacht GAA / National GAA / RTE News / TV3 News / Setanta / BBC Sport

The Photo Gallery section has in excess of 30,000 images and this section proves to be most popular with our visitors. Full credit must go to our own James Molloy who continues to capture the very best of Leitrim GAA. In addition to the Photo Gallery we also have a Video Gallery which is also extremely popular and this is maintained by Brian Blake and Ithank him sincerely for all his work throughout the year.

In 2011, the Servasport system was further enhanced and more developments are due in 2012. In summary the system allows for the following: 

  • automated notification of fixtures to referees

  • to take results from referees and automatically submit them on the website and to the media.

In 2012 we will be continue to enhance the Leitrim GAA website and the following areas will receive particular attention:- 

  • Secondary Schools Competitions and Results

  • Ladies Fixtures/Results

  • Website administrators training 

Twitter

If you are familiar with Twitter – a feed is available on the website and it is without doubt one of the best ways to share and discover what is happening while on the move or away from home. As information is released on the website it is automatically released as a tweet. We have a large following on Twitter and in 2011 Leitrim GAA tweeted live match updates from the Division 4 Allianz National League games and Connacht Football Championship. The tweets are not just of benefit to our members and supporters, as the national media also use it for instant information and results pick up. 

Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada Murals

The Meeting Room in Pairc Sean has beenÓgreatly enhanced by the inclusion of a number of wall murals depicting historical highlights from the workings of Coiste Chontae Liatroma from its foundation right up to the present day. Sean Ó Súilleabháin, Tommy Moran and James Molloy have done a magnificent job in the research of relevant material, which is portrayed most attractively and in spectacular design format. Sign Warehouse Drumshanbo also deserve credit for the professionalism shown in the printing process of the murals.

All who have seen the murals have thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgic peep into the past. If you have not had the opportunity as yet to view the display, then a visit to the Meeting Room is recommended. Our committee is examining the feasibility of reproducing the murals in a reduced size format that could be made available for purchase by anyone interested in the history of CLG in Leitrim. 

VHI GAA Cul Camps

Thanks to Tomas Keenan for ensuring that the 2011 VHI Cul Camps were promoted in our match day programmes, on our website and in the local media. Children and families throughout the County will cherish these photographs for many years to come. In an admirable initiative to promote more use of the Irish language at GAA events, Leitrim County Council produced a booklet containing everyday phrases translated into Irish. The publication was distributed to all the children participating in this year’s VHI GAA Cul Camps throughout the county. 

Into The West GAA Magazine

The Into the West magazine is a bi-monthly GAA production by Connacht GAA. In 2011 there was excellent coverage of GAA activities in Leitrim featured in the magazine. Clubs are reminded to make submissions on a monthly basis and I encourage them to use this magazine as ameans of promoting their club to a wider audience. Clubs or individuals can sign up for a free electronic copy of the magazine which will be emailed directly to them. Details available at www.connachtgaa.ie/magazine.php. 

Communications and Information Technology

As clubs plan for their future I would ask them to pay particular attention to the areas of communications and information technology. All club PROs were issued with GAA email accounts to facilitate the dissemination of information. The account is identical to that of the club secretary in that it facilitates them in areas such as sharing of documents, calendaring and website development. Club websites continue to flourish and I would urge each club to actively maintain their site and to recognise the promotional and communication value of a resource that is accessible worldwide. The club PRO should make the club notes available on the site on a weekly basis and make every effort to add photos and features on an onÓgoing basis. Old club websites using the original GAA server were switched off in December, 2010 and every club can now have their club website with the â€Å“gaa.ieâ€Â name extension hosted for an annual payment of €20 on the new GAA Google based platform. The system does not require any â€Å“software knowledgeâ€Â, is relatively easy to use and I would encourage any club which does not have a web presence to consider this option. Further national IT developments are planned for 2012 and they include: 

  • the roll out of the Intranet to specific accounts

  • The roll out of an E Learning environment which will apply equally to officers and coaches within clubs. 

Appreciation

I would like to thank the clubs, County Board Officers, various committees and the Senior County Management team for their support all year. A special word of thanks must go to James Molloy, Brendan Doyle, Attracta O’Reilly, Sean Ã’ Suilleabháin, Declan Bohan, Colin Regan, Aiden Kellegher and Tommy Moran who were all very obliging to me during the year when I called upon them for help with match programmes and the website. Attracta and her team of programme sellers are an invaluable asset and on behalf of Coiste Chontae Liatroma thanks again to Attracta and all the boys and girls who brave the elements on match days. I take this opportunity to thank Declan Bohan for his professionalism in his role as Runaí CCC over the last seven years and congratulate him on a job well done. 

I liaise on a regular basis with officials in the communications department in Croke Park, Connacht Council and with PROs in other counties. I take this opportunity to thank them for their assistance throughout the year and look forward to working with them again in 2012. 

I would like to convey my sincere thanks to the members of the local media who continue to promote our activities. Special thanks to John Connolly, Philip Rooney and Willie Donnellan in the Leitrim Observer, PJ Leddy, Kevin Blessing and Darragh Cox from Ocean FM and John Lynch, Willie Hegarty, Tony Ghee and Seamus Gallagher from Shannonside. Thanks also to all of the National Publications that have given coverage to our activities over 2011, in particular the weekly publication of results of club games. 

Conclusion

In conclusion I would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincere sympathy to any of our members who were bereaved during the year. Like everyone in the Leitrim GAA fraternity I wish both Mickey Moran and John Morrison speedy returns to full health. I wish all Leitrim County Teams the very best of luck in 2012 and I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. 

Collette Nic an tSionnaigh

 

 

28-Dec-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Hurling

The County Hurling Committee AGM will take place on Friday 25 November, 2011 in the Bush Hotel at 9pm. All interested in the promotion of Hurling are invited to attend.

 

 

22-Nov-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

County Convention

County Convention is scheduled to take place this Sunday (11th of December) at 2pm in the Bush Hotel.

Clubs and Supporters are reminded that the Annual Leitrim GAA Awards night has been set for Friday 27th January, 2012 in the Bush Hotel.

 

 

10-Nov-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

County Convention

Clár an Lá

14.00 Miontuairiscí
Tuarascáil an Runai
Tuarascáil na bhFó Coistí
Tuarascáil an Chisteora

15.00 Oráid an Chathaoirligh
15.15 Toghachán na hOifigigh
15.30 Na Rúin
17.00 Críoch

17.15 County Committee Meeting
Miontuairiscí
Rúin
Toghachán Coiste Cheannais na gComórtaisí
Críoch

 

 

02-Dec-10 by Colette Fox – PRO

County Committee Meeting Postponed

It is with deep regret that we inform you that Kevin Reynolds, son of Mary & Shay Reynolds Bornacoola passed away, RIP.

Accordingly tonights meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma has been postponed and will now take place in Áras Mhic Shamhrain, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, ar Luan, 15 Marta at 8.30pm.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam uasal.

 

 

08-Mar-10 by Colette Fox – PRO