The Leitrim Scór na nOg County Final took place on Sunday last, December 2nd in the Mayflower, Drumshanbo. Paddy McDermott former all- Ireland quiz winner from Cavan did an excellent job hosting the table quiz final. With 12 teams taking part and a tight finish to the final round, Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins managed to claim the county title for 2019. The 4 young men qualify for the All-Ireland table quiz to be held in the TF Theatre in Castlebar next February. An added bonus and a great practice round is also provided by Coiste Connacht when they host a provincial round at their finals to be held in January. The main stage competition exceeded expectations in both numbers and talent. A huge amount of effort from clubs, with numbers very much increased on previous year’s finals. It was a proud day for Leitrim to host a final with entries in all disciplines, something that was not easily achieved around Connacht. Bean an Tí for the day was Sarah McWeeney from Aughnasheelan, having lots of experience as a competitor, she settled into the role with ease. Leitrim county finalist’s hopefuls took to the stage to present their best-polished performance to the judges from Monaghan. Well done to all 12 clubs who took part – Aughavas, Annaduff, Aughnasheelan, Allen Gaels, Ballinaglera, Fenagh, Glencar-Manorhamilton, Gortletteragh, Kiltubrid, Leitrim Gaels, Mohill and St Mary’s. It was a fabulous afternoon of music, song & dance. It was great to see some familiar faces returning to Scór Liatroma aris. Maith sibh go Leir.

Medals were presented to the winners by Chairperson of Leitrim’s Cathaoirleach Coiste Scór Claire Crossan. Club na mBliana was selected by the adjudicators and awarded to St Mary’s for their huge entries (11) in this year’s competition. The Cormac MacGiolla Shield was proudly presented to Laura Crossan, Cultural officer of St Mary’s by Ailbhe McGill, Bornacoola.

Leitrim Winners 2019

Rince Foirne: St Mary’s B

Solo Singing: Amelia Pajak, Mohill

Recitation: Michael Connorton, St Mary’s

Ballad Group: St Marys, Carrick

Léiriú: Aughnasheelin

Instrumental Music: Kiltubrid

Set Dancing: Annaduff

Dates for the Diary

Connacht Scór na nOg – January 13th, Claremorris Town Hall

Senior County Final – 9th February 2019

All-Ireland Scór na nOg – February 9th 2019, TF Theatre Castlebar.

School Scór – March 19

Connacht Senior Scór – 10th March 2019, Balla, Co Mayo

Senior All-Ireland Scór – TF Theatre Castlebar, Co Mayo

The following are the various Convention Motions. Motions will be dealt with at Convention on Sunday, December 16th and the Meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma that will take place immediately following Convention.

Rúin  2018

Congress

Motion 1

That Árd Comhairle appoints a committee to consider the implementation of a TMO (Television Match Official) at major games where adequate television coverage is available. This system to be trialled during 2019 by monitoring the occasions and situations where such a system could be availed of. This committee to produce its recommendations with regard to its implementation at the end of the Championship season.

Seán Uí Eislín Béal an Átha Móir

Competitions

Motion 1

All County Leagues

At the conclusion of the 2019 League playing season, Leagues to be restructured to into 6 divisions based on the following model:

Division 1        8 Teams

Division 2        8 Teams

Division 3        7 Teams

Reserve 1        8 Teams

Reserve 2        8 Teams

Reserve 3        7 Teams

Divisions 1-3 to contain only club first teams based on the respective finishing positions at the end of the 2019 playing season.

Reserve 1-3 to contain second and third teams based on the respective finishing positions at the end of the 2019 playing season.

Promotion and relegation would take place annually on a two up two down basis between Divisions 1 and 2 and 2 and 3. No relegation from Division 3.

Promotion and relegation would take place annually on a two up two down basis between Reserve 1-3. No promotion from Reserve 1.

Division 1-3

Two competitions to be played annually as follows:

Premier Competition which would involve 7 games in Divisions 1 and 2 and 6 games in Division 3. Promotion and relegation to be decided in this competition and all club’s players to be available for these rounds. Regular League titles to be awarded for these competitions with top 2 teams in each division contesting the respective finals.

Secondary Competition which would involve 7 games in Divisions 1 and 2 and 6 games in Division 3. These games to be played as reverse fixtures to the main competition with separate trophies, possibly to be named after significant former greats who have passed on, with top two teams contesting league finals. These games to be played while inter county season is in flow.

Reserve 1-3

One Competition to be played annually as follows:

This would involve 7 games in Divisions 4 and 5 and 6 games in Division 6. Promotion and relegation would be decided in this competition. Top 2 teams contest respective finals.

In all of the above League series Rule 6.21 TO 2018 shall be used to determine the places in the event of ties.

Current Competition Regulations to be amended accordingly.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

Motion 2

Championships 2019-2021

Leitrim GAA proposes to commence the restructuring of the County Championships from the end of the 2019 season as follows with the stated intention of reviewing this model at the end of the 2021 season with a clear view towards proposing a further reduction of teams at each championship grades at the higher levels depending on standards of play and competitiveness:

Senior Football Championship

Seeded Draw for the 2019 Senior Football Championship (12 Teams)

Pot A   2018 Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot B    2018 Beaten Semi Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot C    2018 Beaten Quarter Finalist (4 Teams)

Pot D   2018 Remaining 3 Teams plus Intermediate Championship Winners 2018 (4Teams)

Competitions to be run with two groups of 6 teams, top 4 teams in each group to contest quarter finals etc as in 2018 (1 v 4, 2 v 3, 3 v 2, 4 v 1) and competitions to conclude with open draw for semi finals.

Teams in 5th and 6th places in each Group will play two relegation semi finals 5th v 6th across respective groups. Defeated semi finalists relegated; semi finalist winners play relegation final with defeated team also relegated. Result: 3 teams will be relegated to IFC 2020.

Net Result: 10 Teams in SFC 2020 to be played in two groups of 5.

2020 Senior Football Championship

Two Groups of 5 with each team playing each other in round robin series. Top placed team in each group to qualify for the semi-finals. The second and third-placed teams will play each other in quarterfinals (2 v 3, 3 v 2). Open draw in semi finals with top placed teams after group stages kept apart in this draw. Bottom placed team in each group to play each other in the relegation final with the defeated team to be relegated.

Seeding 2020

Pot A   2019 Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot B    2019 Beaten Semi Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot C    2019 Beaten Quarter Finalists (4 Teams)

Pot D   2019 Remaining Team plus Intermediate Championship Winners 2019 (2Teams)

Seeding for 2021 to be modified to reflect the relative stability of the current structure.

Intermediate Football Championship

Seeded Draw for the 2019 Intermediate Football Championship (12 Teams)

Pot A   2018 Beaten Finalist + Relegated 2018 SFC Team (2 Teams)

Pot B    2018 Beaten Semi Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot C    2018 Beaten Quarter Finalist (4 Teams)

Pot D   2018 Remaining 3 Teams plus Junior A Championship Winners 2018 (4Teams)

Competitions to be run with two groups of 6 teams, top 4 teams in each group to contest quarter finals etc as in 2018 (1 v 4, 2 v 3, 3 v 2, 4 v 1) and competitions to conclude with open draw for semi finals.

Teams in 5th and 6th places in each Group will be relegated to Junior A for the following year. Intermediate Championship Winners to be promoted to Senior and Junior A Football Championship Winners 2019 will not promoted to Intermediate for 2020 only.

Net Result: 10 Teams in IFC 2020 to be played in 2 Groups of 5.

2020 Intermediate Football Championship

Two Groups of 5 with each team playing each other in round robin series. Top placed team in each group to qualify for the semi finals. The second and third placed teams will play each other in quarter finals (2 v 3, 3 v 2). Open draw in semi finals with top placed teams after group stages kept apart in this draw. Bottom placed team in each group to play each other in relegation final with losing team to be relegated. Seeding to be maintained as suggested for 2019 with modifications.

Seeding 2020

Pot A   2019 Beaten Finalist + 3 Relegated Teams from SFC 2019 (4 Teams)

Pot B    2019 Beaten Semi Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot C    2019 Beaten Quarter Finalists (4 Teams)

Seeding for 2021 to be modified to reflect the relative stability of the current structure.

Junior A Football Championship 2019 (11 Teams)

Two Groups of 4 Teams and one Group of 3 teams.

A round robin series to be played and concluded as normal, with top team in each of the 2 groups of 4 qualifying for the semi finals. First and second placed teams in the group of 3 plays a second placed team in the groups of 4 (open draw) in quarter finals. Semi finals draw to ensure that teams from same group do not meet at this stage. Teams in 3rd and 4th places in groups of 4 and 3rd place in group of 3 will be relegated to Junior B 2020.

Junior B Football Championship Winners 2019 will not be promoted to Junior A for 2020 only.

 

Net Result: 10 Teams in Junior A Championship 2020.

2020 Junior A Football Championship

Two Groups of 5 with each team playing each other in round robin series. Top placed team in each group to qualify for the semi finals. The second and third placed teams will play each other in quarter finals (2 v 3, 3 v 2). Open draw in semi finals with top placed teams after group stages kept apart in this draw. Bottom placed team in each group to play each other in relegation final with losing team to be relegated.

Seeding to be introduced into the 2020 Junior A Championship draw.

Junior B Football Championship 2019 (9 Teams)

Three Groups of 3 teams and to be played as in 2018. The first placed team in each group plus the best second placed team across the three groups will constitute the semi finalists. Semi final draws to ensure that teams from the same group will not meet at this stage. Beaten semi finalists play relegation play off with defeated team relegated along with the remaining five teams. No promotion of 2019 Championship winners and with the arrival of 5 additional teams in 2020 there is a probability of there being teams 14 to play here in 2020. With the uncertainty that arises at this level with teams affiliating/not affiliating on any given year, the following format to take place for 2020:

Junior B Football Championship 2020

5 relegated teams from Junior A 2019 plus Junior B Championship Finalists 2019 and Junior B 2019 relegation play off winner to form 2 groups of 4. Top two teams in each group play each other (1 v 2, 2 v 1) in championship semi finals. Bottom teams of each respective group play relegation final.

Junior C Football Championship 2020

6 relegated teams from the 2019 Junior B Championship (numbers based on 2018 affiliated teams) to be played off in respective groups of 3. The top 2 teams in each group will play championship semi finals. Winner of JFC C in 2020 to be promoted to JFC B 2021.

In all of the above Championship series Rule 6.21 TO 2018 shall be used to determine ties at the concluding stages of Round Robin Championship formats.

Net Result Championship Teams 2020

Senior Football Championship           10 Teams

Intermediate Football Championship            10 Teams

Junior A Football Championship       10 Teams

Junior B Football Championship       8 Teams

Junior C Football Championship       6 Teams

Current Competition Regulations to be amended accordingly.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

Motion 3

That in order to provide games for senior club players when the county panel are tied up with county team, a cup competition (To be named after a prominent Leitrim personality of the past) be organised for Div I teams on the following basis. Twelve teams to be divided into two groups of six (random selection) Each team play five games with top two contesting final. All Div I teams must take part with normal rules in regard to walk-overs applying. To be completed by end of June.

Seán Uí Eislín Béal an Átha Móir

Motion 4

CCC to be given the authority include in its regulations the scheduling of two rounds of the All County Leagues that are to be exclusively played without members of the Leitrim Senior Football Panel in 2019 and the years beyond, while the current format of 12 Team leagues continues. Failure to adhere to this regulation will lead to a loss of points, with award to the other team for the said fixtures on a proven objection in accordance with Rule 7.10 TO 2018 by a club concerned.

Current Competition Regulations to be amended accordingly

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

Motion 5

A motion to abolish the provision to allow for the CCC to fix two rounds of the All County Leagues to played without the benefit of County Players

The following motion was submitted by the CCC and published Coiste Chontae Liatrioma Comhdhail Bhliantuil 2018 and was passed at the first meeting of the Coiste Chontae Liatroma following convention

“CCC be given the authority to include in its regulations the scheduling of two round of the All County Leagues that are to be exclusively played without members  of the Leitrim Senior Panel in 2018 and the years beyond while the current format of the 12 team leagues continues”

It is our current motion to repeal this motion and remove this provision

Maothail

Motion 6

That underage football in Leitrim would revert back to even ages e.g. U12, U14 etc. in unison with our neighbouring counties and the majority of the country.

Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt

Motion 7

If Leitrim stays with the odd age groups eg. U11, U13 etc, that U17 winners will represent Leitrim the following year at Connacht Club U18 competition.

Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt

Motion 8

To remove the current U13 league and replace it with a blitz format and at the end of the season retain the current U13 Championship so club’s can measure where they have improved from the start to the end of the season.

Achadh na Síleann 

Motion 9

Carrigallen GAA Club proposes that all players on team panel walk behind the band on County Final day instead of first 15.  This is to give recognition to all players who train and substituted.

Carraig Álainn

Our congratulations are extended to the hurlers of Carrick Hurling Club who captured the Connacht Junior Hurling Championship following a 2-11 to 2-9 victory over Galway Junior Hurling Champs Ballygar. Having qualified for the final last Monday with a victory over Sligo Champions  Coolera/Strandhill, they were determined not to let this chance of provincial glory slip from their grasp. Ahead at the break 0-6 to 0-5, they stormed their way to victory in the second period and withstood all the Ballygar lads could throw at them. Captain James Glancy accepted the cup on behalf of his delighted teammates while Clement Cunniffe was Man of the Match with a return of 1-6. Next up for the Carrick boys is a meeting with the Ulster champions, still to be declared, in January 2019. Interestingly, this is the first time ever that a male team from Leitrim has won a provincial club title after defeats in 13 finals across all grades and codes. Savour the moment!!

Carrick Hurlers crossing the bridge into Leitrim at Carrick-on-Shannon earlier this evening.

Congratulations and well done to Carrick Hurling Club and Leitrim Hurler Declan Molloy who was presented with his Nicky Rackard/Lory Meagher Champions 15 award at tonight’s PwC All-Star Awards function tonight. It is a tremendous individual award for the Carrick Hurling netminder. Best wishes also to Declan and teammates in tomorrow’s Connacht Junior Club Hurling Championship Final in the Connacht GAA Centre at 2pm.

JP Clarke’s Saloon McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leitrim Supporters pictured outside JP Clarke’s in May 2003

 

First presented in 1966 the Fenagh Cup has since rested in Aughawillan for the winters of 1976, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993,1994, 2014 and 2016. Aughawillan, then trading under the banner of Kiltyhugh won their first title in 1923. Mohill who previously won titles in 1890, 1914 and 1929 got to harbour the Fenagh Cup for the winters of 1971, 2006, 2015 and 2017. Where will it spend the winter of 2018? Throw in is at 3pm tomorrow in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada. The Connacht Gold Senior Football Championship Final is preceded by the Smith Monumentals Intermediate Football Final between Annaduff and Fenagh St. Caillin’s at 1pm.

Fenagh Cup

Connacht 60×30 Finals – Leitrim handballers were involved in two Connacht finals at the weekend, Intermediate singles, and Junior doubles, In the Intermediate final Martin Raftery came up against Galway’s Kevin Craddock. The Galway man completely dominated both games, defeating Martin 21-9, 21-3. The Junior pairing of Leo Logan and Jamie Murray fared no better in the Junior final, coming up against a strong Roscommon pairing of Denis Creaton and Sean Jennings, losing on a score line of 21-7, 21-4. Those finals were played in Williamstown and Collooney respectfully.

Fenagh Handball Club hosted its first All-Ireland Finals on Sunday, the Ladies Intermediate Final (Roscommon v Westmeath) and the Emerald Masters Final (Sligo v Westmeath). The Ladies final was won by Roscommon’s Fiona Tully 7-21, 21-20, 21-9, while the Emerald Masters was won by Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy Snr 21-3, 21-11.
Pictured after The All-Ireland 60×30 Ladies Intermediate Final are Aoife McCarthy and Fiona Tully.
Pictured before the Connacht 60×30 Junior Doubles Final are Sean Jennings, Denis Creaton, Leo Logan and Jamie Murray.
Pictured before the Connacht 60×30 Intermediate Final are Martin Raftery and Kevin Craddock.

The stage is set for our County Senior and Intermediate Finals on Sunday next in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada. The Connacht Gold SFC Final brings together the two best championship teams of the past five seasons. Between them, Aughawillan (2014 and 2016) and Mohill (2015 and 2017) have shared the last four titles and Sunday’s battle will crown the better championship team in their best of five years mini-series. It should be some contest and one that is eagerly awaited!

The Smith Monumentals IFC decider brings together Annaduff and Fenagh St Caillin’s who have proved to be the best teams in this year’s competition. Annaduff, energised in 2018 following their relegation from senior ranks in 2017 will be determined for an immediate return to senior ranks and Fenagh St Caillin’s, who have had brilliant underage success over the most recent part of the last decade, will be hoping to continue their upward curve. It will be a fascinating duel.

Smith Monumentals IFC Final at Pairc Seán Mac Diarmada 1.00pm 

Annaduff v Fenagh St Caillin’s

Referee: Kevin Mallon (Bornacoola)

Connacht Gold SFC Final at Pairc Seán Mac Diarmada 3.00pm 

Aughawillan v Mohill

Referee: Patrick Guckian (Fenagh St Caillin’s)

Admission Charges

Adults €20

Students/OAP €15

Under 16 Free

 

National Hurling Development
Provincial Coaching Workshops 2018
October 13th
. Connacht Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
Registration: 10.30 a.m. Workshop: 11.00 – 01.20 p.m. Lunch 01.30 p.m.

Format: Practical station based workshop with participants rotating to each station.
Target audience – Youth – Adult Coaches. Open to all coaches – Hurling & Camogie
Workshop Theme – Building the Essentials into Every Training Session:
To include –

 Goalkeeping essentials
 Catching & Striking
 Hooking & Blocking
 Rising & Hand passing
 Defending & Attacking

Coaches: Lead coaches for the day will be 3-5 coaches from the following list of well-known players /
coaches depending on availability. Confirmation closer to the date:

Jamesie O’ Connor, Seanie Mc Mahon, Christy O’ Connor – Clare
D.J. Carey, – Kilkenny
Ollie Canning – Galway
Eamon O’ Shea -Tipperary
Derek McGrath – Waterford
Martin Fogarty: – National Hurling Development Manager
Special Guest: – Kate Kelly – Wexford
Bookings: http://learning.gaa.ie/hurlingworkshops
Early booking advisable as places are limited
Enquiries: All enquiries to Martin Fogarty.
Email: martin.fogarty@gaa.ie
Registration: €20 (includes lunch)

Provincial Workshops Flyer 2018 Connacht

The death occurred earlier today of Assistant Treasurer of Leitrim GAA Jim Meehan, Station Road, Dromahair, after an illness bravely borne. The Dromahair native was one of the hardest workers behind the scenes of Leitrim GAA over a number of decades and his passing will be deeply felt by all that knew him and they were many across the county, province and indeed in national circles. He was an ever-present at Leitrim matches, no matter where they took place and indeed his love of the GAA involved a constant involvement in the activities of his beloved Dromahair. A former player with Dromahair, Jim would have played through the 1970s and 1980s and was an accomplished goalkeeper with 1976 Junior Championship winning team. As his playing days came to a close he contributed to the officialdom of matches and served a term as a referee. He was also at hand to assist his club in coaching, as a selector and in managerial roles across many grades and age groups from underage to senior in the decades that followed and the fortunes of St Patrick’s Dromahair were always closest to his heart. He served his club in many official roles in the years that followed and is a former Club Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairman. His contribution to his club in fundraising ventures over all his years has been phenomenal and he was the most influential driving force in the efforts to raise funds to improve the playing facilities at Dromahair GAA.

As a fundraiser extraordinaire for both club and county, it would be impossible to quantify the amount of money that Jim has raised for both organisations. It was no surprise, given his ability to fundraise that Jim was elected as Treasurer of Leitrim GAA for 2002. Over the following 6 years, Jim worked tirelessly on behalf of Leitrim GAA, an era which coincided with the development of the new stand at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada and the purchase of the grounds that have since been developed into the Centre of Excellence. Jim’s financial prudence contributed greatly towards the realisation of these projects which will serve Leitrim GAA over many generations.
Jim also combined his Leitrim GAA Treasury role with that of Connacht GAA and held both roles simultaneously over the period 2004-2006 which was a huge undertaking but one didn’t faze him. Following his role as Treasurer with Leitrim GAA, Jim took on the role of Leitrim’s Central Council delegate, a position he held from 2008-12. He returned to Connacht Council GAA as Leitrim’s delegate following the conclusion of his five year Central Council term and represented Leitrim at provincial from 2013-17. Last December he became Assistant Treasurer of Leitrim GAA at its Annual Convention. Over many years Jim also took charge of the kitting out of county panels and was essentially the county’s go-to man when county players’ gear was required.

Away from the officialdom and the formality that such roles can require, Jim was a lifetime presence around the longest fundraising venture that Leitrim GAA has organised. The annual Supporters Club Draw, which has been on the go since 1986 has had Jim Meehan as one of its staunchest allies. It would be hard for people to appreciate the amount of time, effort and repetitive selling that Jim Meehan has put into this fundraiser over the best part of its existence. One image is quite clear, if you saw Jim reaching into the inside pocket of his jacket anytime from the end of January towards the middle of March you could be sure that you were going to be relieved of the fee for the annual Supporters Club membership! The Supporters Club Tickets were his constant companion over that period of any given year! It is a fact that possibly a majority of people feel less than comfortable selling tickets, Jim thrived on it and his hardy customers, and you can be assured they were many, gave willingly such was Jim’ s approach to the job. At the most recent Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Draw in March 2018, we were all delighted to see Jim present, despite his illness, to oversee the final installment of this year’s event. He was a constant member of the steering committee, holding various officer roles over many years in this fundraising drive. Suffice it to say, future Leitrim GAA Supporters Club fundraising will be at challenged to replace Jim’s constant cajoling, drive and ultimately his selling power.
Away from the GAA, Jim was essentially a family man who found the time, despite his many GAA commitments to operate a busy farm. He will be sorely missed by his wife Chrissie, who was his constant companion at all GAA events, sons Fergus, Kevin and Kieran. He will also be sadly missed by his sisters Kathleen, Della, Gay, Ena, Noeleen and Geroadine, daughters-in-law Patricia, Nicola and Sarah, grandchildren Amy, Thomas, Amelia, Aishling and Michael, relatives and friends. We at Leitrim GAA convey our deepest sympathies to his family and many friends, far and wide.

Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Funeral Arrangements
Reposing at his home on Thursday from 1pm to 3pm and from 5pm to 9.30pm, also on Friday from 10am to 12 noon. House private thereafter. Removal on Friday to St Mary’s Church, Killenummery, for funeral Mass at 4pm. Burial afterwards in Carrowcrin Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to North West Hospice.

Jim Meehan RIP

Leitrim GAA County Committee in conjunction with Leitrim County Council 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 boys and girls living in County Leitrim.

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 Leitrim GAA website www.leitrimgaa.ie by searching Gaeltacht Scholarships 2019 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 26 October 2018.

2019 Scoláireachtaí Application Forms

 

A total of 19 schools in each of the Boys’ and Girls’ Competitions took part in the INTO/GAA Mini 7s earlier this week at various venues around the county. Our thanks to Annaduff, Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s, Allen Gaels and St Osnat’s GAA Clubs for hosting these round-robin stages. Also, a word of appreciation to the referees who gave of their time on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to referee a total of 72 mini-games across all venues.

The stage is now set for the finals which will take place in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Tuesday and Thursday next, October 2nd and 4th, groups of 4 teams in each of Boys’ and Girls’ Competitions play further round-robin series and winners will be declared. The matches commence at 11.00 each morning. Best of luck to all schools next week!

BOYS Tuesday 2/10/18 at 11.00

Pitch One Pitch Two
Leitrim NS  v Annaduff NS Drumkeerin NS  v Fenagh NS
Annaduff NS v Drumkeerin NS Leitrim NS v Fenagh NS
Leitrim NS  v Drumkeerin NS Annaduff NS v  Fenagh NS

GIRLS Thursday 4/10/18 at 11.00                     

Pitch One Pitch Two
Kinlough NS v Drumcong NS Gaelscoil Liatroma v Fenagh NS
Drumcong NS  v Gaelscoil Liatroma Kinlough NS  v Fenagh NS
Kinlough NS  v Gaelscoil Liatroma Drumcong NS v Fenagh NS

 Schools must use the same panel of players that they have provided on email and hard copy to Cumann na mBunscol. Games are seven minutes a side. Unlimited substitution is allowed. Two points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw. In the event of two teams ending on the same points, the result will be decided by the head to head result. If three teams are tied there will be a three-way playoff on the day.