The Final of the Paddy Phelan Cross County Hurling League will take place on Saturday next November 16th at Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada. County Senior Hurling Champions Carrick Hurling will take on local rivals Cluainín Iomáint in a repeat of the recent Championship Final which went to extra time. The action commences with a 2.30pm throw-in.

CLG Cúige Connachta will host a preliminary round for ‘Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird – Comórtas Násiúnta’, in ‘The Centre of Excellence’ Cloonacurry, Bekan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 19.30.
From the entrants on the night, 3 teams will be put forward to represent Connacht in the National Final, which will be hosted in Páirc an Chrócaigh on Saturday 14 December 2019. Teams are 4 members with one sub allowed to be named. This ‘Tráth na gCeist’ is completely ‘as Gaeilge’!
Any Club that wishes to put forward a team or teams, should fill out the application form attached below:
Closing date for entrants of this competition will be Saturday 16 November at 19.00.
Please also find attached below the rules for the National Competition 
Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Barra Mac Thiarnáin, or on 087 9882180.
Is mise, le meas,
Barra Mac Thiarnáin
CLG Chill Tiobráid, Co. Liatroma.
087 9882180
Ionadaí Chonnacht Coiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge

Two Leitrim GAA clubs receive national recognition as official GAA Healthy Clubs in Croke Park

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

· Phase 3 of the Healthy Club Project seen over 170 Healthy Club Initiatives ran in 84 GAA Clubs across Ireland

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

A special ceremony which ran alongside the GAA’s National Healthy Club Conference in Croke Park on October 5th, saw 84 GAA clubs recognised as official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland. The day was about given recognition to the clubs and volunteers, by individually acknowledging the contribution that each GAA Healthy Club makes in bringing the vision for Healthy Ireland to life: where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.

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

In January 2018, almost 300 clubs applied to participate in Phase 3 of the project (just 60 participated in Phase 3 between 2015-2017). Many cited the dearth of services in their communities that are tackling issues such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, mental health and suicide. They wanted to be part of the solution. Clubs engage with their members and community before identifying health themes upon which to focus on. Most common include physical activity for non-playing members; healthy eating; emotional wellbeing; engaging older members of the community; youth development; smoke free clubs; gambling, drug, and alcohol education; and inclusion and integration. These two progressive GAA clubs are amongst the first in Leitrim to receive national recognition. Their various health and wellbeing initiatives have had a tremendous impact on their clubs and wider communities.

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

John Horan, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael acknowledged this at the recognition day in Croke Park, “The 84 Healthy Clubs recognised today have gone above and beyond what is normally expected of a sports club. Health and wellbeing is core to what the GAA is all about

and these clubs help bring that to life. I’d like to thank our partners, Healthy Ireland, the HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Public Health Agency, and Irish Life, for helping to make the Healthy Club project the success it is. We look forward to growing it from strength to strength.”

Teresa Kilmartin, Chief People Officer, Irish Life said, “Irish Life are delighted to work with the GAA on the Healthy Club initiative. The GAA, reaches into every community on the island of Ireland, and has a significant role to play in the health of the nation through its promotion of Gaelic Games. The association’s Healthy Club initiative brings a new dimension to this work. It enables people to access health in an exciting new way. We believe this work has the potential to improve the future health of communities across the country.”

There are numerous benefits to clubs that take part in the GAA Healthy Club Project including exclusive access to Healthy Club resources and support. The independent evaluation by Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research of Phase 2 of the Healthy Club Project revealed its potential to increase membership, improvements in health promoting activities, better opportunity to link the local community with club activities and opening up new funding avenues all the while enhancing the health of the nation and ensuring a healthier future for everyone.

The GAA Healthy Club Project is now open to new applicants. GAA clubs are invited to submit expressions of interest to join the next phase of the Healthy Club Project which will commence on February 1st, 2020. There are 150 places available to interested clubs. Closing date to submit completed applications is Friday, 15th November 2019. Expression of interest forms can be completed online on

For more information please contact the GAA Community & Health Team on

5 October 2019; Biddy O’Neill, National Programme Lead, Healthy Ireland, left, and Teresa Kilmartin, Chief People Office, Irish Life, right, with the Official Healthy Club Award winners 2019 from the clubs of Augnasheelin and Glencar Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, at the GAA Healthy Club Conference 2019 at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile 

Leitrim GAA wishes to express its great appreciation for the efforts of Senior Hurling Team Manager Martin Cunniffe who announced his resignation from the position earlier today. Martin had been Senior Hurling Team manager for the past nine seasons but his involvement in the promotion of Leitrim Hurling goes way and beyond that significant contribution. He is the current Leitrim Hurling Chairman having previously held the roles of Secretary and Treasurer of the same committee over a combined period of time that has spanned decades, not years.

After many years of struggle to produce a competitive team, Leitrim always kept the hurling show on the road but over recent years under Martin’s management and his able allies the Leitrim Hurlers began to make inroads into competitive fare and in 2017 the hurlers reached Croke Park for the Lory Meagher Cup Final but had to settle for the runners up position against Warwickshire. In 2018 they were decidedly unlucky to lose the League Final versus Lancashire as a late rally rescued a draw for Lancashire in Ballyconnell. Our opponents went on to claim the title after extra-time.

2019 proved to be Leitrim Hurling’s greatest year as the team made it to Croke Park again in June for the Lory Meagher Cup Final and this time, despite the contest with Lancashire going to extra time, it was the Leitrim lads who had the upper hand and claimed a famous victory to gain national acclaim. It definitely was a proud day for Leitrim and there was no prouder man than Team manager Martin Cunniffe to have led his charges to the Promised Land of a Senior All-Ireland Title in Croke Park, a feat that is a first for a Leitrim Men’s Team in the famous stadium.

Leitrim GAA remains eternally grateful for the wonderful contributions of Martin and the entire Cunniffe Family to Leitrim’s Senior Hurlers over many seasons and particularly in 2019. Thank you, Martin we look forward to your continued involvement towards the promotion of the game!

Heartiest congratulations to James Glancy and Enda Moreton who tonight were honoured with selection on the 2019  PwC Champion All-Star Awards. The duo were to the fore in Leitrim’s great Lory Meagher success of last June, the first time ever that a Leitrim Senior Male team won a title in Croke Park. What makes the achievement all the more notable is the fact that the selected 15 came from the best of the teams that participated in the Christy Ring, Nickey Rackard and Lory Meagher Competitions. We should also acknowledge the achievement of having three other players nominated this year namely Team Captain Declan Molloy, Liam Moreton and Gavin O Hagan. Congratulations to all.


The highly successful Friday Night Lights series is set run through the month of November at the McGovern Centre of Excellence. The series will run on three consecutive Friday nights as follows:

Friday November 15th   Boys born in 2006 and 2007 (Under 12 and 13)

Friday November 22nd  Boys born in 2004 and 2005 (Under 14 and 15)

Friday November 29th Boys born in 2004 and 2005 (Under 14 and 15)

Online registration opens Wednesday 30th October.

Registration Form may be accessed here

For more information contact

A promotional video is attached here

Leitrim LGFA has been busily preparing for the KUBE over the past couple of months and the countdown has started in earnest for the event which takes place in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Saturday night October 26th. A total of 36 contestants representative of all clubs and other members of the GAA family will descend on the venue in the hope of becoming the Leitrim KUBE Champion 2020!!

Tickets are on sale for this not to be missed event priced at €20 each in all club areas from the various contestants and Leitrim LGFA County Board Officials. We look forward to a great night out and best of luck to all contestants and Leitrim LGFA.

Doors open at 7.15pm and the action gets underway at 8pm.

Leitrim GAA is seeking expressions of interest from interested parties and nominations from clubs for the respective positions of Leitrim Under 17 and Under 20 Team Managers.

Essential Criteria: Garda Vetted, Safeguarding 1 and Award 1 Coaching Qualification

Desirable Criteria: Award 2 Coaching Qualification.

Expressions of Interest and Nominations to be sent to by October 27th.

Nominations by clubs must have secured the permission of the nominee.






Leitrim GAA 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 the production of evidence of having successfully completed the course.

Application forms can be accessed at this link Scoláireachtaí Application forms 2020 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 25 October 2019.

Leitrim GAA wishes to convey its deepest sympathies to the family of the late Frank Mulvey, Williamstown, Kells, Co Meath and formerly of Ballinaglera, Co. Leitrim. Frank was a former inter-county Leitrim Senior Footballer and Hurler of the 1970s and indeed a former officer of Leitrim GAA serving as Assistant Secretary for a number of years during the 1980s. Frank’s brother John is a former Treasurer of Leitrim GAA and is currently a Leitrim GAA delegate to Connacht GAA Council.

Frank is predeceased by his parents Artie and Maura, and brother Brendan. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Fiona, children Arthur, Blaire and Richard, brothers; John, Tony, Vincent and Kevin and sister Mary-Frances, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and his extended family.

Funeral Arrangements
Reposing at his home (A82 Y9N6) Wednesday 25th September from 3pm until 9pm. Removal on Thursday morning 26th September, arriving at St. Colmcille’s Church, Kells for 11am Funeral Mass. Removal afterwards to Ballinaglera Church, Co. Leitrim, arriving for prayers at 3.30pm approx, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Ar Dheis De go raibh sé.

Kiltubrid Pipe Band has reached a milestone in its existence by reaching its 7oth birthday this year and this weekend the official celebration of having reached this mark will take place in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, on Saturday night, September 21st, at 8pm. Family and friends of the band members, past and present, are invited to attend the function which Raheen Pipeband and Longford Pipeband will attend. Music will be by Camillus Kehoe and WEE 3 and there will also be food and refreshments.

Formed in 1949, Kiltubrid Pipe Band has been associated with many significant events across the region over the past seven decades, but particularly in the case of Leitrim GAA, the band has been the one permanent fixture associated with County Finals Day. It was significant and a telling factor of the respect in which the band is held in its association with County Final fare that a player in very recent times when asked for his greatest sporting memory for match programme pen pics listed “Marching behind the Kiltubrid Pipe Band” on the occasion of his first County SFC Final appearance!

Enjoy the celebrations around Kiltubrid, they are richly deserved.

The 2019 Club Championship season has reached a certain critical mass, with all Connacht Gold SFC and Smith Monumentals IFC semi-finalists having been decided over the weekend. Action next weekend moves onto the Vistamed Junior Football Championship Semi-Finals and will be followed on the weekend after next by the Intermediate and Senior Semi-Finals. There is also a feast of knockout action in the LGFA Leitrim Ladies Club Championships as their competitions have relatively reached a similarly advanced stage. The full lineup of club action confirmed across both codes is as follows:

Saturday 21 September

Vistamed JFC A Semi-Final Glencar/Manorhamilton v Gortletteragh 4pm in Páirc Seán Mac Eiteagáín

Vistamed JFC B Semi-Final Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s V Fenagh St Caillin’s 5.30pm in Páirc Seán Mac Eiteagáín

McCormack Mace LGFA JFC Semi-Final Drumkeerin v Oughteragh Gaels B 1pm in Ballinaglera

McCormack Mace LGFA JFC Semi-Final Keeldra Gaels v St Francis B 1pm in Leitrim Gaels

Sunday 22 September

Vistamed JFC B Semi-Final Glencar/Manorhamilton v St Mary’s Kiltoghert 12 noon Venue TBC

Vistamed JFC A Semi-Final Annaduff v Aughawillan 1.30pm  Venue TBC

McCormack Mace LGFA IFC Semi-Final Bornacoola/St Mary’s v Mohill 11am in Aughavas

McCormack Mace LGFA SFC Final Glencar/Manorhamilton v St Joseph’s 3pm in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Saturday 29 September 

Smith Monumentals IFC Semi-Final Ballinaglera v Drumkeerin 3.30pm in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Connacht Gold SFC Semi-Final Glencar/Manorhamilton v Melvin Gaels 5pm in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Sunday 30 September 

Smith Monumentals IFC Semi-Final Annaduff v Leitrim Gaels 2.30pm in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Connacht Gold SFC Semi-Final Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s v Mohill 4pm in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada