Leitrim GAA Supporters Club is chartering a bus to Kilmallock for next Saturday’s Allianz League Division 4 match with Limerick. Anybody who wishes to book a seat on the bus should contact Jerome McWeeney at 0876370051 or Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Liatroma Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie Bookings need to be confirmed by tomorrow (Thursday) latest.

Saturday last was a memorable occasion for Leitrim Scór as St Marys Kiltoghert were declared All Ireland champions in Ballad Group at the All-Ireland final in Castlebar.

For the Carrick club, it was a long-awaited and richly-deserved reward for perseverance and persistence. For each of the previous four consecutive years they had reached the All-Ireland finals, they travelled to Killarney, Sligo and Belfast with great hopes, only to come home disappointed on each occasion. Others would have given up but sheer determination from the Carrick ladies and their backroom team didn’t deter. Hope kept them going and the dream that their day would come and come it finally did on Saturday last.

With the club having competed and come so close over the last 10 years in both Senior and Junior All-Irelands before them, The young singers hung on their mentors and tutors every piece of advice and it surely paid off. The team of Elsie Harmon, Eleanor Smith, Rionach Nic Conmara, Roisin Noone and Ava Brogan gave a moving and outstanding performance which saw them see off Ardagh of Longford. Watty Grahams, Derry and Cullen of Cork. The long wait was finally over.

The sight of bonfires blazing on the approach to Pairc Tom and the grounds of St Marys clubhouse at 10.00pm last Saturday and the club lining the way to the den to greet them back made it all worth it. It was a memorable homecoming as the ladies performed at ease & celebrated their historic win with their friends and supporters.

St Mary’s win was the second title to the club since their first and only win in 1971 when Tom Fitzgerald won recitation in what was the 2nd year of Scór competition. To win this All-Ireland on the 50th year of the competition, it was a very long wait. It was also something memorable for Leitrim as this was the first time ever that a Leitrim club had ever won an All-Ireland Ballad title in Scór na nÓg. With previous titles in Nuachleas (now Leiriu) Sèan O’Heslins in 1997, 2001 & 2006) question time (Sean O’Heslins in 1988 & 1991, Bornacoola  2001) and Instrumental Music (Carrigallen 1989) at Junior level.

Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins represented Leitrim at the All-Ireland quiz last Saturday also. The young team put a massive effort into preparing for the day & did impressively well as the Questions were quite tough. Its such a great experience for such a young team.

Bhí sé soiléir go raibh croí an chontae sa chultúir ghaelach agus muintir an chontae ag baint taitneamh as.

All-Ireland Winners
Figure Dancing –  Aghagallon, Co Antrim
Solo-Singing – Aoife Trainor, Clonduff, Co Down
Recitation – Mary Kate Bonnes, Tir nan Og, Randalstown, Co Antrim
Ballad Group – St Mary’s Leitrim
Leiriu- Aghagallon, Co Antrim
Instrumental – Kilcormac-Killoughey, Co Offaly
Set Dancing – Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway

Tráth na gCeist
1.Cornafean, Cavan
2.An Bóthar Bui, Cork
3.Killeavy, Armagh

Leitrim senior scór quiz takes place this Friday 22nd February in St Joseph’s Centre Leitrim Village. The venue is next door to the village church. Competition starts at 8.30pm. Clubs are encouraged to take part. Each entry must consist of 4 club members, aged from 17, effective 1st January 2019. Leitrim winners qualify for the All Ireland final on April 13th in Castlebar.

The All-Ireland Scór na nÓg final will be held this weekend, Saturday 17th February in the TF Theatre Castlebar, Co Mayo. The stage competition starts at 3pm sharp. Please note this is a ticket only event. If you have not pre-booked tickets please check with club Scór officers for availability before travelling to the finals. Leitrim is honoured to have 9 young people from the county compete in this year’s final. A phenomenal amount of talent and a great achievement for our small county.

Ballad group representatives from St Marys Kiltoghert are no strangers to the All-Ireland Scór. Saturday will be the group’s 4th consecutive year to compete at all Ireland.

Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s club represents Leitrim in the table quiz. The team will be hoping for a good result on Saturday.
This event will be held at the De La Salle Sports Hall, Castlebar at 11am sharp. Entry to the quiz is free of charge.

Wishing all of the competitors the very best of luck

The Senior Scór County Final took place last Saturday, February 9th in St Marys Hall, Carrick on Shannon. Declan Bohan PRO of Leitrim County board hosted as Fear an Tí for the evening’s stage competition Though disheartening not to have an entry for all 7, It was strong and very entertaining competition. Leitrim has a tradition at all Ireland level from past years and it was disappointing to see no club entry for Leiriu once again. Something for the county to work towards going forward, given the legacy of past all Irelands won in this competition. However, it was fantastic to have some familiar faces returning to Scór Liatroma aris. Maith sibh go Leir.

Leitrim County Medals were presented to the winners by Leitrim County Board Chairperson Terance Boyle.  The Cormac MacGiolla Shield for Club na Bliana was chosen by the panel of judges from Westmeath. Cultural Officer Sheila McNulty from Aughnasheelin accepted the award which was presented by Ailbhe McGill, Bornacoola.
The Leitrim representatives will go onto compete for a Connacht title in Balla, Co Mayo on the 11th March at 3pm. Leitrim will be hoping for winners to go forward to the All-Ireland final which will be held on April 13th in the TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Mayo at 3pm.

The Leitrim Senior Scór quiz will take place on Friday 22nd February. Club tables comprise of 4 people aged over 17 effective January 1st 2019. Clubs are welcome to enter as many teams as they wish.

The winners of the Leitrim county final winners will qualify for the All-Ireland in Castlebar on April 13th. They will also take part in a Connacht round in Balla on March 11th. The Connacht round was introduced to provide teams with an opportunity to sit the quiz once more and a Connacht title medal will be presented to the winning team on that day also.

Rince Foirne – St Marys Kiltoghert
Solo Singing – Sinead Egan, Aughnasheelin
Recitation – Kathy Butler, St Mary’s Kiltoghert
Ballad Group – Aughnasheelin
Léiriú – No Competitors
Instrumental Music – St Mary’s Kiltoghert
Set Dance – Aughnasheelin

Club of the year 2018 – Aughnasheelin

Leitrim GAA wishes to be associated with the many tributes that have been paid to the late John Morrison, who passed away earlier today. The Armagh native and Armagh Harps GAA stalwart was one of the most innovative GAA coaches this island has provided witness to and we were privileged to have had him in our midst a decade ago.

In the summer of 2008 Leitrim was in the hunt for a new Senior Football Management team, following the retirement of Des Dolan from the position, and we were delighted to attract the joint managerial expertise of Mickey Moran and John Morrison to the position. Following the announcement of the appointment to the job in August 2008, they quickly set about putting their stamp on the work at hand in order to be prepared for the 2009 season and no stone was left unturned. A larger than life character, John Morrison, with his innovative methods and many futuristic coaching ideas, left a lasting impression on all of the players who were fortunate to have played for Leitrim at that time, not only at Senior level but his influence spread to underage teams of that era.

John remained in this role over the 2009 and 2010 seasons but decided to concentrate on his coach education career and stepped down before the 2011 season. Mickey Moran continued in the role until he had to step away for health reasons at the end of 2011.

John has retained a great interest and connection with Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games and was back in the Annaduff COE as recently as November 2017 when he delivered his ‘Game Sense’ Workshop to a full contingent of Leitrim GAA Coaches. Indeed a number of former Leitrim players of his era in charge who have since entered coaching have hailed the huge influence that John Morrison had on their decision to coach.

Leitrim GAA players and coaches will forever retain fond memories of John Morrison and his varied but nonetheless challenging methods which were always to the fore in advancing the player technically, mentally and physically. We convey our condolences to his family and would like to think that we would be numbered among his many, many friends across the GAA world.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.


2019 Leitrim Scór Sinsir Finals will take place on this Saturday,  February 9th, in St Mary’s Hall, Ck-on-Shannon, commencing at 5pm.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Tráth na gCeist Competition has been postponed until Friday, February 22nd.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We will endeavour to be accommodating for any issues that may arise but ask that you advise a committee member in advance if it poses any obstacle for your club’s participation.

Leitrim GAA is greatly saddened at the sudden passing of Tom Guckian, Kiltoghert, Ck-on-Shannon, who passed to his eternal reward early on Friday morning. Tom, a retired staff member of ESB, was battling with ailing health over the past couple of years but met all these challenges determinedly and refused to give in, always airing with great positivity. An avid GAA follower of all codes, Tom made it to TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Sunday week last to support the Carrick Hurlers in their recent All-Ireland Junior Hurling Semi Final, such was his love for his local teams. He was due to attend the St Mary’s Kiltoghert Gala Presentation event on this Saturday night but unfortunately, this wasn’t to be.

Tom has had a lifelong association with many aspects of the GAA in Leitrim and while he never played underage football for St Mary’s Kiltoghert, he always showed a keen interest in all the club’s activities and became involved at officer level at a young age becoming Treasurer in 1983. He continued in this role for 8 years, while also playing club football at Senior and Junior level.

He captained St Mary’s to a Junior Championship final in 1988 and at this stage, his great organisational skills were becoming obvious when he became manager of the club’s second team a role he held for 10 years during which he led St Mary’s to the Intermediate title in 1995. This was the year that St Mary’s Kiltoghert took the Senior, Intermediate and Minor titles, a feat unparalleled and unlikely to be ever matched.

In 1996 he took over as Chairman of the club and held this role until 2003, during this time he spearheaded the development of the new club grounds at Castlecarra, affectionally known to all as Park Tom. This was a jewel in Tom’s Chairmanship crown and one of which he can be extremely proud. The grounds, which are a hive of GAA activity, have been of tremendous assistance to Leitrim GAA, particularly on big match day in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

Fundraising is the bane of many people’s existence and many run a mile from it. Not Tom though! He always played a big role in any fundraising for the club and took great delight when his club’s lotto team topped the sales figures. In addition to this Tom has been a long time member of the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Committee and used his talent in this regard to great effect. Tom rarely missed the traditional annual launch of the Leitrim Supporters Club in Dublin and was an ever-present on the Leitrim Bus to Dublin for these occasions in the company of his wife Tina.

At County GAA Administration level Tom served on the county Competitions Control Committee for ten years and was its Chairman for 5 years. During this time he was always approachable and dealt with all issues fairly and in the best interest of Leitrim GAA. He left his club outside the door on all occasions when making CCC decisions and that is the very best tribute we can pay to him on his tenure in charge of that committee. In recent years he had been a member of the Connacht GAA Hearings Committee which was a great honour bestowed on him to have been chosen on the ultimate provincial disciplinary decision-making committee. Of course, Tom has had a leading role on many Connacht Council match days around the province in that most unglamorous of roles, the matchday steward which involves a time investment or erosion of time, if you look at it another way, that goes way beyond what we normally associate with attending matches.

Before the era or Fás/Tús schemes, Tom was always to be found doing voluntary work at Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada preparing for games and became Chairperson of the Páirc Seán Committee in 2010 and oversaw many developments at the grounds over his period in charge. An abiding image of Tom on match day would have been his scurrying up and down the tunnel, keys rattling, and making sure all is in perfect working order. Post-match you would most likely see him doing a lap of the field with a fertilizer bag collecting the flags and remaining on until all had exited safely. Another example of the many unglamorous but vital GAA roles that Tom gladly took charge of, such was his enthusiasm for the association that was such a big part of his life.

As a supporter, Tom clocked up many miles supporting his club and county across many age grades and codes. He was particularly proud of the sporting achievements of his daughters Lorraine and Lisa and was the staunchest supporter of their team over the years. Despite his ailing health, he made sure to be present at all their matches, no matter where in recent years and it was a pleasure to meet him on these occasions.

On February 3rd, 2018, Tom Guckian was inducted into the Jim Lynch Leitrim GAA Hall of Fame at the County’s Annual GAA Awards Ceremony. This was a fitting tribute to all of the work that Tom had got through in a lifetime’s association with GAA and a recognition of the fact that the mountains of work that goes on behind the scenes are greatly appreciated by all. Tom was, in this regard, a hero of many and for all! Tom gloriously captained many great teams whose work goes on off the field.

We are greatly saddened by his passing, which leaves yet another large void around St. Mary’s Kiltoghert, Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada and Leitrim GAA. However, it is his family who will feel  the greatest loss and we express our sympathies to his wife Tina, daughters Lorraine and Lisa, grandson James, brothers Joe and Patsy, sister Mary B Mulvey (Butlersbridge, Co.Cavan), brothers-in-law Michael, Johnny, Charlie, Seamus, Martin, Sean and P.J, sisters-in-law Mary, Maggie, Phil, Margaret, Clare, Maura and Bernadette, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at his home tomorrow, Saturday, from 2 o’clock until 6 o’clock and on Sunday from 2 o’clock until 6 o’clock. Removal to St.Patrick’s Church, Gowel on Monday morning to arrive for Mass of Christian Burial at 12 o’clock with funeral afterwards to Kiltoghert Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if so desired, to Irish Motor Neuron Association (imnda.ie). House private outside of reposing times and private on Monday morning please.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

The late Tom Guckian, pictured with Tina, Lorraine, Lisa and grandson James following St. Mary’s/Bornacoola Ladies League Final win in July 2018.

Our heartiest congratulations to Drumreilly’s Martin McCartin, currently Leitrim GAA Treasurer, on his election as Treasurer of Connacht Council GAA for the three year period 2019-2021. Martin’s election took place at Connacht GAA Convention on Thursday night last at Áras Connacht. It is indeed a singular honour for Martin, his family and his club to be elected to this position. It also means that Leitrim will join current Council President Gerry McGovern at the top table of Connacht GAA decision making. The last time Leitrim held both positions simultaneously, they were filled by Ballinamore’s Tommy Moran as Uachtarán 2003-2005 and the late Jim Meehan, Dromahair, Treasurer, 2004-2006. We are delighted for Martin and wish him the very best of luck with what is bound to be a very bust dual portfolio.

(Left to Right) Gerry McGovern, Uachtarán, Martin McCartin, Treasurer, Mattie Kilroy, outgoing Treasurer and Tomás Mimnagh Drumreilly GAA

Attracta O Reilly, John Prenty, John Mulvey, Gerry McGovern, Martin McCartin, Terence Boyle and Pat Feely pictured after Thursday night’s Connacht GAA Convention.

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will be chartering a bus to Joule Park, Aughrim for next Sunday’s Allianz League Division 4 match with Wicklow, provided there is sufficient interest. Anybody who wishes to book a seat on the bus should contact Jerome McWeeney at 0876370051 or Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Liatroma Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie Bookings need to be confirmed by Thursday next latest.

The Leitrim Team to play Wexford tomorrow at 2pm in the Allianz Leagues Roud 1 encounter at Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada is as follows:

Liatroim v Loch Garman  Dáta: 27 Eanáir 2019   
Ainm Club
1 Diarmuid McKiernan Gaeil na hAilne
2 Micheal McWeeney Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt
3 Paddy Maguire (Captain) Naomh Bríd – Baile Átha Cliath
4 Aidan Flynn Gaeil Liatroma
5 Shane Quinn Maothail
6 Mark Plunkett Achadh an Mhuilinn
7 Ray Mulvey Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt
8 Shane Moran Seán Ó hEislin, Béal an Átha Móir
9 Pierce Dolan Achadh an Mhuilinn
10 Sean McWeeney Achadh na Síleann
11 Domhnaill Flynn Maothail
12 Jack Heslin Gort Leitreach
13 Damien Moran Barr na Cúile
14 Dean McGovern Seán Ó hEislin, Béal an Átha Móir
15 Ryan O Rourke Naomh Caillin, Fíonach

The Annual Leitrim GAA Awards presentation takes place in the Bush Hotel on Friday night next, January 25, commencing at 8pm. Our congratulations to the selected people who will pick up their awards on the night. Anybody who still requires a ticket for this event please contact a club official or Rúnaí Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie

We look forward to a great night when excellence on the field of play or in ball alleys in 2018 will be recognised.

Jim Lynch Hall of Fame: Seamus Prior, Aughnasheelin

County Player of Year: Shane Quinn, Mohill

Senior Club Player of Year: Gary Plunkett, Aughawillan

Intermediate Club Player of Year: Ryan O’Rourke, Fenagh St. Caillins

Junior Club Player of Year: Fergal Clancy, Glenfarne Kiltylogher

Senior Referee of Year: Patrick Guckian, Fenagh St. Caillins

Club Grounds of Year: Drumreilly G.A.A. Club

Minor Player of Year: Tom Prior, Ballinamore Seán O’Heslins

U16 Player of Year: Cian Singleton, St. Mary’s

Coiste na nÓg Referee of Year: Fintan Mc Brien, Aughavas

County Hurler of Year: Karl Mc Dermott, Cluainin Iomaint

Senior Club Hurler of Year: Clement Cunniffe, Carrick Hurling

Junior Club Hurler of Year: Liam Phelan, Carrick Hurling

Senior Handballer of Year: Jarlath Scollan, Fenagh

Juvenile Handballer of Year: Ciaran Mc Morrow, Drumshanbo

There was a terrific turn out of Leitrim GAA Supporters at the Celtic Suite, Croke Park, last night as the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club hosted its annual event. A gathering of approximately 170 people had two hours of informative talks and great entertainment under the direction of the Dublin committee led by Chairperson Mike Feeney who introduced proceedings. MC for the night, the excellent Colin Regan, interviewed Leitrim GAA Chairman Terence Boyle on ongoing developments at Leitrim GAA and also Leitrim GAA Senior Team Manager Terry Hyland as he looked forward to the season ahead. Eamonn Duignan gave a detailed presentation on the ‘Buy a Brick’ fundraising venture to complete the Centre of Excellence at Annaduff. He revealed that this campaign has raised €70,000 to date as we look forward to concluding this project by June of this year.

The second part of the show belonged to 2019 Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year Seamus O Rourke who brought the house down with his inimitable style of humour which sent the punters home smiling. Our thanks to all who attended the event and indeed to all who joined us via Facebook Live from around the world. We look forward to a great year for Leitrim GAA and you can help us greatly by getting your ticket for the 2019 Supporters Club Draw and indeed if you could help us complete the wall in Annaduff that would be the icing on the cake!

Liatroim Abú.

A fabulous evening for St Marys, Leitrim regaining their Ballad group title in this year’s Connacht Scór na nÓg. The finals were held last Sunday in Claremorris, Co Mayo. The newly introduced Connacht round of the quiz was held as the first event of the day in Claremorris GAA clubhouse. Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins faced the four other Connacht county teams for a provincial round with the Leitrim team finishing with an impressive 51 points. Roscommon winning the Connacht medals for 2019. All 5 county teams will participate in the 32 County All- Ireland quiz on February 16th in Castlebar at 11am. Entrance to the quiz is free of charge.

The first Leitrim competitors to take to the main stage were St Marys Carrick on Shannon in the Figure dancing. The team gave a super lively and polished performance. Having reached their first All-Ireland last year in Sligo, there was great anticipation for a 2nd qualification for the young team. With Leitrim, Roscommon and Mayo all having competed in All-Ireland in the last 3 years, it was going to be a tight finish. St Dominic’s of Roscommon were chosen as the Connacht Winners.

In Solo Singing, Amelia Pajak of Mohill made her second appearance at Connacht level. Nerves didn’t play a part on the day for her as she gave a beautiful solo. A tight competition with some beautiful singers with varying styles, Ellen Keane from Galway emerged as the winner for the singing adjudicator.

Recitation was a very entertaining competition, from witty tales to old fables and storytelling, each act giving a different slant on the variety of material available for this competition.  St Marys Michael Connorton represented Leitrim for a third consecutive year in a bid to earn his title.  High credit to the young man on a fantastic performance. He had great deliverance and poise on the stage and received a very positive return from the audience with cheers and applause. Evan Gunn from Elphin, Roscommon was the judges’ winner on the day.

A fabulous win for St Marys Ballad Group gave an outstanding performance. The Carrick girls clinching their 4th Connacht title were thrilled to be representing Connacht & Leitrim at the All-Ireland once again.

Kiltubrid represented Leitrim in Instrumental Music on Sunday. A first for the club reaching the Connacht final having been knocking on the door for a number of years. The musicians received fantastic rapture from the audience but unfortunately with stiff competition, not the judge’s choice. The musical arrangements they brought to the stage and the array of instruments the young people play with ease, was certainly to be admired. Corofin of Galway lifted the title in Instrumental Music.

Aughnasheelan made a comeback in this year’s Leiriu competition. A great witty performance was given by the young team, however, the winner for a third consecutive year was St Dominic’s of Roscommon.

Annaduff were first to dance and set the pace for Rince Seit. The 8 young ladies delivered a solid performance at their Provincial debut but the title went to stalwarts of Scór, Abbeyknockmoy, Galway.

The All-Ireland Finals will be held in the TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar on February 16th at 3pm. Please note it is a ticket only event, tickets are priced at: Adult: €20, U16:€10. Family pass: €60 (2adults &2 children) Tickets once ordered are non-refundable. They can be ordered through; Claire Crossan 087-6472547. Or through club Scór officers.  All orders must be placed by Friday January 25th.
Wishing – St Marys, Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s and all of the Connacht winners the very best of luck at the All-Ireland final.

2019 Connacht Scór na nÓg Winners

Rince Foirne:   St Dominic’s Roscommon

Amhranaíocht Aonair:   Ellen Keane, Galway

Ceol Uirlise:  Corofin, Galway

Aithriseoireacht:   Evan Gunn, Roscommon

Bailéad Ghrúpa:   St Mary’s, Leitrim

Léiriú: St Dominic’s, Roscommon

Rince Seit:   Abbeyknockmoy, Galway

Tráth na gCeist: Roscommon

St Mary’s Kiltoghert Ballad Group

Connacht Scór na nÓg Champions 2019