One Connacht title for Leitrim in this year’s Connacht Scór Sinsir Finals last Sunday in Balla. Aughnasheelin took home the only title in the Ballad Group

The first Leitrim performance to take to the stage was St Marys in the figure dance. The ladies gave a fabulous performance but St Dominic’s in Roscommon danced through to the All-Ireland.

In Solo Singing Michael Burke of Ballinderreen, Galway won the Connacht title seeing off Leitrim’s Sinead Egan of Aughnasheelin.

Achill of Mayo took the Instrumental Music in a very talented and diverse music competition, winning over Leitrim’s 5 St Mary’s ladies team who received great rapture from the audience but unfortunately not the judges choice and Achill retained the win for Mayo for a second year.

Recitation was a very entertaining competition and Mick Rock of Elphin, Roscommon, was declared the winner. Credit to St Mary’s Kathy Butler and her witty piece representing Leitrim so well.

Leiriu winner was Elphin of Roscommon, Leitrim had no entry in this competition.

Aughnasheelin made a welcome comeback in Set Dance. Despite a steady solid performance it went once again to Aughamore of Mayo.

The All-Ireland Finals will be held in The Royal Theatre, Traveller’s Friend hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo on Saturday, April 13th at 3pm. Please note it is a ticket only event, tickets are priced at €20 (adult) €10 (u16). Please note tickets are non-refundable once any order is placed. They can be ordered through your club officer or county board officials. All orders must be placed by MARCH 27TH.

Wishing Aughnasheelin and all of the Connacht winners the best of luck.

2019 Connacht Scór Winners

Rince Foirne: St Dominics, Roscommon

Amhranaíocht Aonair: Michael Burke, Ballinderreen Galway

Ceol Uirlise: Achill, Mayo

Aithriseoireacht: Mick Rock, Elphin Roscommon

Bailéad Ghrúpa: Aughnasheelan, Leitrim

Léiriú: Elphin, Roscommon

Rince Seit: Aughamore, Mayo

Question Time: Mayo

Cormac MacGill Shield – Roscommon

The 2019 Edition of the Annual Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Liatroma Fixtures has been circulated to the various schools participating.

Starting dates are as follows:

Boys Division 1 Monday, March 25th

Boys Division 2 Monday, March 25th

Boys Division 3 Monday, March 25th

Boys Division 4 Monday, March 25th

Boys Division 5 Monday, March 25th

Boys Divison 6 Monday, March 25th

Girls Division 1 Thursday, March 21st

Girls Division 2 Thursday, March 21st

Girls Division 3 Thursday, April 4th

Girls Division 4 Thursday, April 4th

The Complete Fixture Booklet is located here 2019 Cumann na mBunscol Fixtures

Please note that next Saturday’s Allianz Football League Match with Derry will now throw in at 4pm in Celtic Park, Derry.

Last Sunday Leitrim hosted the Connaught A Juvenile Finals in Drumshanbo and Fenagh Handball Clubs. Seven finals were played in Drumshanbo and six in Fenagh. This is the top level of Handball in Connaught and saw players from all 5 Connaught counties coming to Leitrim. The only Leitrim player taking part in the competition was Ciaran McMorrow from Drumshanbo Handball Club. Ciaran was narrowly beaten in the final by Cormac Finn from Sligo and came away with the Silver Connaught Medal.

Leitrim Handball would like to thank all the volunteers who took part in the event, the Referees, the Ladies who provided food and to all the supporters on the day.

CROKE PARK TICKETS FOR ALLIANZ LEAGUE DIVISION 4 FINAL CROKE PARK SATURDAY MARCH 30TH

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 25th March through Supervalu Local Stores, online and via Leitrim County Secretary Attracta O Reilly by emailing to secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie

Clubs who wish to purchase tickets for Under 16 Groups may do so directly through their Club Secretaries. These may be purchased in Groups of 10 with one supervising adult free per 10.

SUPPORTING LEITRIM GAA IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!!

Don’t forget, no matter wherever you are, you can be part of Leitrim GAA – for example why not join our 2019 Supporters Club for €50 and you get entered in the annual draw for 10 great prizes & the chance to win the 5,000 euro top prize – the draw is fast approaching.

You can go one better if you want to be leave a permanent mark of your support for Leitrim GAA.  Simply Buy a Brick in the fund raising wall at our wonderful Centre of Excellence.

You will be helping all Leitrim teams with this contribution as the facility is the centre for the coaching and development of all future Leitrim Senior Players through the various Underage Academies right through to the current Leitrim Senior Teams. The development of players through the academy coaching, indirectly contributes the improvement in standard of club players into the future. A lot of money has already been invested & the centre is nearly finished but we need €300,000 to complete it to the highest possible standards.

You can play your part & a contribution would be a big help to that project.  In return remember you get your own personalised message imprinted on your own brick.  The deadline is just around the corner and the concrete foundations for the wall have commenced.

Supporters Club:  http://www.leitrimgaa.ie/supporters-club/

Buy A Brick:   https://www.LeitrimWall.com

Derry Match, Saturday March 16th

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club is chartering a bus to Celtic Park, Derry, for Saturday week’s Allianz League Division 4 match with Derry. 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 this week if possible please.

Allianz League Final, Saturday March 30th

Patrons interested in booking a seat with Leitrim GAA to Croke Park on Saturday, March 30th, are also asked to consider booking this seat as early as possible by contacting Jerome McWeeney at 0876370051 or Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Liatroma Attracta O Reilly at secretary.leitrim@gaa.ie

 

Wheelchair Patrons

Patrons that may require wheelchair access to the upper level of the stand in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada are requested to arrive in good time tomorrow so that access can be completed in advance of throw in.

Match Programme

A 20 Page match full-colour programme has been produced for tomorrow’s match. Please watch out for our programme sellers at the entrance stiles.

Leitrim Wall

Members of the Leitrim Wall Committee will have on display in the ground tomorrow samples of the bricks that are currently on sale. You are invited to take a look!

Throw in 1pm

Best wishes to Team and Management as they aim to make it 5 wins in a row!!

Tusla is organising the launch of our Fostering Fortnight next Monday 4th March 2019 at 9:45am at the Sligo County Council Offices, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo. Present will be a representative from the Sligo GAA, Sligo Rugby, Sligo Rovers and a photographer from the Sligo Champion.

For more information please visit https://www.live95fm.ie/local/limerick-diary/fostering-fortnight-2019-with-fostering-first-irel/

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club is chartering a bus to Kilmallock for tomorrow’s Allianz League Division 4 match with Limerick. As a number of seats have become available this morning 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 immediately.

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.