An Inter-Club challenge game shall be sanctioned by County Committee/s, Provincial Council/s or Central Council. Sanction must be obtained from County Committee where teams are from the one county.

Sanction must be obtained from the Provincial Council where the teams are from two or more Counties. Sanctions must be obtained from the County Committees, from the Provincial Council Committees, from Central Council where teams are from two or more provinces.

Teams playing Challenge Games shall make application to the appropriate authority/authorities in such time as to have permissionÓgranted or otherwise (5) Five Days prior to the date of the fixture. Application must be in writing or by e-mail. The following details shall be included within the application:
The venue;
The name of the neutral referee and at least two other match officials. The referee shall be on the current and recognised list of referees, from the County/Provincial/National list as appropriate. The referee?s match report shall be submitted to the appropriate authority within seven days of the fixture.

The above rules are applicable to Juvenile Challenge games for players in the under fourteen age group or over. Blitz type games are recommended fro players under fourteen years of age.

Failure to comply with any of the above rules nullifies participation in the Insurance Scheme.

Players and Clubs participating will be liable for suspension under Rule 136.



25-May-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

Just to remind all supporters to pencil in 12th June when we will travel to Pearse Stadium, Salthill for Connaught Semi-Final showdown with Galway.



24-May-05 by

Leitrim County Committee wish to thank most sincerely all who organised last weekend?s Annual Golf Classic on behalf of Leitrim GAA in Miltown Co Dublin. The organising committee chaired by Barry Donnellan who have led this event over a long number of years deserve great credit. Thanks to all sponsors and those who participated. The Golf Classic was once again an outstanding success.



23-May-05 by Brendan Doyle

Bank of Ireland Connacht Football Championship

Leitrim 1-11 Sligo 0-9

A terrific second half performance from a young Leitrim team propelled the county into a Connacht semi-final meeting with Galway on June 12th as Leitrim recorded their first championship win in Pairc Sean since 1991 amid scenes of much jubilation.

Inspired by their outstanding full back line, and Drumreillys John Mc Keon in particular, Leitrim delivered their finest performance in many years to cause the first upset of the 2005 championship. Although Sligo had travelled South on the back of a poor league campaign, their recent championship form and a string of impressive results in challenge games, suggested that Dessie Dolans inexperienced charges would be no match for a team that included All Star Eamon O Hara at midfield and players such as John Mc Partland, Gerry Mc Gowan and Mark Brehony who had starred on the national stage in recent years.

Indeed the game seemed to be following the expected script as Sligo dominated long periods of the first half and led by 0-6 to 0-2 with just a couple of minutes to go to half time. In truth they should have been much further ahead, but a string of bad wides in the difficult conditions (ten in all) was to prove their ultimate undoing. The attendance of 9,548 had seen Leitrim struggle for most of the opening period as Sligo won a lot of ball in the middle third of the pitch and the home side struggled to find their feet. A James Glancy point from play and a free from Michael Foley were Leitrims sole rewards for thirty minutes of endeavour, but when Declan Maxwell finally received the type of ball that had frustrated Roscommon in Leitrims last league outing, the game was turned on its head.

Leitrims best period of the half started in the 32nd minute when Maxwell won the ball brilliantly in front of Noel Maguire and kicked right footed over the Sligo bar. Two minutes later, the ball was in his hands again and his precise pass to Johnny Goldrick gave the Carrick man a one on one chance against the Sligo keeper from an exceptionally difficult angle. All of Carrick inhaled as Goldrick pulled the trigger and brilliantly found the net to send the huge home support wild. It was a goal of much class and sent the teams to the dressing room on level terms as Leitrim suddenly began to believe.

Leitrim went on to dominate the second half for long periods, but initially struggled to find their shooting boots and with much less possession, Sligo found themselves two points to the good with twenty minutes remaining. But you always sensed that this was to be Leitrims day and we finally saw this Leitrim team kick into overdrive in the last quarter of an hour. The introduction of Gortleterraghs Darren Duignan was the catalyst as he kicked two superb scores that seemed to inspire those around him.

With quality ball now finding Maxwell on a regular basis, the Sligo defence simply couldn t handle the Drumreilly man and two further points from him, two more from James Glancy and a brace of frees from Michael Foley sent thousands of ecstatic Leitrim supporters Scórrying on to the pitch as the referee brought the curtain down on a terrific Leitrim performance.

Its now on to Pearse Stadium in three weeks time and while Leitrim have much to work on between now and then, the fighting spirit and never say die attitude of this bunch of players will give Leitrim supporters great hope ahead of their meeting with the Tribesmen.

Leitrim: Cathal Mc Crann, Michael Mc Guinness, John Mc Keon, Dermot Reynolds, Niall Gilbane, Barry Mc Weeney, Shane Foley, Chris Carroll, Gary Mc Closkey, Johnny Goldrick (1-0), Barry Prior, Michael Foley (0-3f), James GLancy (0-3), Colin Regan, Declan Maxwell (0-3). Subs: Darren Duignan (0-2) for Gilbane.



23-May-05 by Lovely Leitrim

All Leitrim supporters travelling to Carrick on Sunday are encouraged to arrive early and support the Minor team as Leitrim Manager Gerry McLoughlin believes that the County Minor side have a great chance of glory this Summer.

The Leitrim boss points out that the Connacht Minor League campaign was ?mediocre? and predicts that his charges will be much improved come the start of the championship next Sunday.

?The League was very mediocre for us. I suppose we started on a high with a victory over a good Sligo team that had won the O?Donaghue Shield. We were nine points down against Mayo but came back to within four points. Against Galway, we made a few mistakes but there was only four points in it. The RoscommonÓgame was forgettable. But as you know, League is very different from Championship and we have a very young team that you can see improving day by day in training,? said Gerry.

The following is the Minor Team to play Sligo on Sunday at 1:40pm.

1 Anthony Mulvey – Ballinaglera
2 Conor Reynolds – Eslin
3 Dermot Reynolds – Annaduff
4 Jason Conroy – Bornacoola
5 Trever Farrelly – Aughavas
6 Paul Ellis – Fenagh
7 Ciaran O Flynn – Manorhamilton (Captain)
8 Stephen Conaty – Mohill
9 Paul Early – St Marys
10 Ronan Kennedy – Mohill
11 Cathal Egan – Aughnashellan
12 Ray Mulvey – St Marys
13 Gavin Sammon – Aughnasheelin
14 David O Connor – Bornacoola
15 Garry Reynolds – Carrigallen

Gerry also called on the Leitrim supporters to come out in force for the Minor game – ?I know there are no household names like you would get in the Senior team. These young lads are the future and we need the Leitrim supporters to be out there early. If we can get a good start, the support will make a huge difference.?

Leitrim Minor Manager:
Gerry Mc Loughlin – Mohill

Liam Higgins – Eslin
John Joe Beirne – Drumkeerin
Michael Clancy – St Marys



20-May-05 by Brendan Doyle

Dessie Dolan has included two debutants in the Leitrim team to face Sligo in the Bank of Ireland Connacht Football Championship quarter-final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday.

Cathal McCrann will make his first championship appearance between the posts, while Barry McWeeney is the other newcomer at centre half-back. Forwards DeclanÓgilhooley, Donal Brennan and Kieran Duignan are all ruled out through injury and will play no part.

Team: Cathal McCrann, Dermot Reynolds, John McKeon, Michael McGuinness, Niall Gilbane, Barry McWeeney, Shane Foley, Christopher Carroll, Gary McCloskey, Johnny Goldrick, Barry Prior, Michael Foley, James Glancy, Colin Regan, Declan Maxwell.



19-May-05 by Paddy Reilly – Webmaster

Don t forget that County Board IT committee are continuing with the very popular Live typed commentry via the county website for Sundays big game against Sligo.

This system was used during the Allianz League and proved to be a big success.

If you cannot make it to the game or if you have family or friends who are outside the broadcast area of the Local and National Stations then this service will keep them in touch.

Each score and all the main action as it happens is available online and its a free service!



16-May-05 by Brendan Doyle – IT Committee

Leitrim U-16 Training :
Leitrim U-16 training will be held in Annaduff on Saturday 14th May 2005, starting at 2pm.

Please find below the Bus routes and times:
North Leitrim Bus ( Feehily?s Buses Manorhamilton )
Manorhamilton 12:30
Dromahaire 12:40
Drumkeerin 12:55
Drumshanbo 1:15
Carrick on Shannon 1:25pm
Jamestown 1:35

South Leitrim Buses (Wrynn?s Buses Ballinamore)
Ballinamore 12:30pm
Aughnasheelin 12:30
Drumreilly 12:40
Carrigallen 12:50
Cloone 1:10
Mohill 1:10
Bornacoola 1:20pm

Please contact Derek Kelleher (087 6624918) or Kevin Ludlow (087 8132242) with any questions regarding these arrangements.



09-May-05 by U16 Management

Clubs wishing to have a First Aid Course provided for people who deal with on the field injuries please contact County Development Officer at 086 8505391 so that a course can be arranged subject to demand. Cost of course to be shared by clubs participating.



09-May-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

Preliminary Notification Forms to be completed in all cases following any player injury within 30 Days of injury.

Send Completed forms to County Development/Insurance Officer who will forward same to Coyle Hamilton Willis Ltd who will then issue a Claim Number.

Insurance Forms are then to be completed using Claim Number Issued when the injury expense has been paid.

This Form together with appropriate receipt(s) to be forwarded to County Development/Insurance Officer within 60 Days of injury.

Insurance Forms available from County Development/Insurance Officer or by contacting Coyle Hamilton or by downloading same from

Any queries re insurance can be dealt with by contacting County Development Officer at 086– 8505391 or by contacting Coyle Hamilton Willis Ltd at 01 ? 6616211



09-May-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

Leitrim U-16 training will be held in Gortletteragh on Saturday 7th Mau 2005, starting at 2pm.

Please find below the Bus routes and times:
North Leitrim Bus ( Contact Attracta Reilly for details 086 1708499 )
Manorhamilton 12:30
Dromahaire 12:40
Drumkeerin 12:55
Drumshanbo 1:15
Carrick on Shannon 1:25
Jamestown 1:35

South Leitrim Buses (Wrynn?s Buses Ballinamore)
Ballinamore 12:30pm
Aughnasheelin 12:30
Drumreilly 12:40
Carrigallen 12:50
Kiltubrid 12:55
Cloone 1:10
Mohill 1:10
Bornacoola 1:20

Please contact Derek Kelleher (087 6624918) or Kevin Ludlow (087 8132242) with any questions regarding these arrangements.



03-May-05 by U16 Management

Club Delegate to County Board

Responsibilities and Duties

1. To contribute on behalf of his/her Club, to the effective administration of County Board Affairs

2. To represent Club interests and views at County Board meetings

3. To ensure regular, appropriate and accurate communication between Club and County Board committee


Duties include:

To attend all County Board Meetings

To partake, as required in discussion and decision making with regard to County Board matters.

To express, as appropriate, club views/needs at County Board level ( the Delegate must take regular briefings from Club Executive in order to carry out this task).

To report, at least monthly, to Club Executive on County Board matters

To convey general information

To keep Club Executive advised on Club fixtures subject to official confirmation by An Runai Contae.

InÓgeneral the County Board Delegate is the link between the Club and County Board. If your Club wishes to know anything from County Board meetings, then ask your Delegate who attends/represents you.



30-Apr-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer