Leitrim 2-14 Louth 1-17

Leitrim’s Under 16 Football Academy took on Louth at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada earlier this afternoon in the second round of the Gerry Reilly Under 16 Tournament and the match finished level after an excellent encounter between two committed teams. Having played with the aid of the breeze in the first half, our lads entered the halftime two points to the good on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-6 after an industrious half hour‘s play.
With the aid of a stiffening breeze in the second half the Louth team upped the ante and led by the three-quarter stage but the Leitrim lads never let them out of reach. While it looked like the visitors would be the more likely winners with ten to play, these young Leitrim lads dug in deep and rallied with a goal and two points in the closing stages to rescue a draw.
Well done lads, on the excellence of your efforts over the hour and we look forward to a Round 3 encounter with Offaly next Saturday.
Team: Aaron Moran Aughavas, Niall Gallagher Aughnasheelin, Sean Lynch Carrigallen, Ryan Gallagher Drumkeerin, Adrian Shortt Aughavas, Niall O Rourke Carrigallen, Cian Singleton St Mary’s Kiltoghert, Jack Hughes Annaduff, Shane O Brien Aughavas, Caolan McDermott Fenagh St Caillin’s, Fergal McLoughlin Fenagh St Caillin’s, Conor Hackett St Mary’s Kiltoghert, Senan Harte Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s, Shane Mallon Bornacoola, Barry McWeeney Kiltubrid.
Subs used: Ashley Mayiza St Mary’s Kiltoghert, Eoin Shanley Ballinamore Sean O Heslin’s, Shane Wrynn Leitrim Gaels and Aiden McCormack Kiltubrid.

The Gaels of the Ballinamore and Aughawillan areas were shocked at the sudden and tragic death of Trevor Martin at the young age of 36. Trevor was a most enthusiastic footballer and hurler who lined out for both clubs at different times.

Initially, he played underage with Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s, but transferred to the Aughawillan/Drumreilly combination, then under the name Drumreilly. He won a number of underage titles with them and was a key forward in many of their successes. He later returned to play football with O’Heslin’s.

Trevor will be especially remembered as a hurler and his enthusiasm for the game was exceptional. He would never miss a training session and his contribution to many of our successes at underage level was immense. In 1996, Ballinamore hurlers had a memorable win over St Mary’s in the County Under 16 Final, the score being 3-6 to 3-2. The Leitrim Observer report of the game stated that “what clinched the match was the brilliant goal scoring of Trevor Martin”.

In 2001, Trevor was playing in the County Senior Hurling Final against St Mary’s in Annaduff and received an accidental but serious head wound early in the game. He was taken to a doctor who stitched and bandaged his head. Trevor returned to the match and wanted to get playing again. Such was his enthusiasm.

A guard of honour of Ballinamore Hurlers and Aughawillan footballers met his remains at Ballinamore Church on Thursday evening, showing the high esteem in which he was held.

Ballinamore Hurling club extends sympathy to his father Peter, brothers Damien and Jason, sisters Caroline, Tracey and Vanessa and his children Benjamin and Sophia.

Sonas síoraí dá anam uasal.

As the two year term of the outgoing Senior Team Management has come to an end, following exit from the Championship earlier this month with the AIFQ Qualifier defeat to Monaghan, Leitrim GAA has decided to open up the process in looking towards the 2019 season. This decision had been intended to be inclusive of the outgoing management if they so decided to remain involved. Outgoing Team Manager Brendan Guckian has informed Leitrim GAA that he is not putting his name forward for consideration in this process.

Leitrim GAA would like to thank Brendan Guckian, Seamus Quinn, John O Mahony, Michael Moyles and their extended management backroom team for their selfless dedication and energy towards the cause of Leitrim GAA over the past two seasons. These people have all dedicated numerous hours and sacrificed much of their spare time in an effort to improve an evolving squad. Over this period they have presided over the introduction of a large number of young players to inter-county action, players who have made steady positive progress, as Leitrim Senior Team reached AIFQ Round 3 for the first time recently and in doing so were the last remaining Division 4 team to exit the championship, having reached the last 16. We thank this outgoing management team for their most valued contribution over the last two seasons in facilitating this progress, which included victories over London in 2017 and New York last May in the Connacht SFC and an AIFQ Rd 2 victory over Louth last month.

A committee has been put in place to preside over the next steps as we look towards finalising a management team for 2019, and clubs have been invited, as part of this process, to submit team management nominees, conditional on having sought a nominee’s permission.

CCC Liatroma has circulated the clubs with the schedule of games that will take place during the group stages of the upcoming club championships. This plan specifies the days of the weekend on which specific games will take place and should be helpful to all clubs and players in organising work etc around these championship weekends. Specific venues and times will be notified closer to the specific weekends in question.

CCC points out that there will be no adjusting of these days as outlined below. It should be noted that CCC  recently gave clubs two weeks to make requests around the scheduling of championship fixtures, and in putting this plan in place, requests received have been considered.

Week 1
Friday 27th July
Senior R1
Allen Gaels V Bornacoola
Saturday 28th July
Senior R1
Melvin Gaels V St.Marys
Aughnasheelin V Glencar-Manor
Aughawillan V Mohill
Ballinamore-SOH V Gortletteragh
Intermediate 1
Cloone V Drumkeerin
Aughavas V Leitrim Gaels
Carrigallen V Kiltubrid
Ballinaglera V Fenagh-St.Caillins
Sunday 29th July
Senior 1
Dromahair V Drumreilly
Intermediate R1
Ballinamore-SOH V Eslin
Mohill V Annaduff
Junior A R1
Glencar-Manor V Allen Gaels
Carrigallen V Glenfarne/Kilty
Annaduff V Mohill
St Marys V Kiltubrid
Gortletteragh V Drumkeerin
Week 2
Friday 3rd Aug
Intermediate R2
Leitrim Gaels V Ballinaglera
Saturday 4th Aug
Senior R2
St.Marys V Allen Gaels
Glencar-Manor V Melvin Gaels
Mohill V Dromahair
Drumreilly V Ballinamore-SOH
Gortletteragh V Aughawillan
Bornacoola V Aughnasheelin
Intermediate R2
Drumkeerin V Aughavas
Fenagh-St.Caillins V Cloone
Sunday 5th Aug
Intermediate R2
Eslin V Mohill
Kiltubrid V Ballinamore-SOH
Annaduff V Carrigallen
Junior B R1
Glencar-Manor V Dromahair
Leitrim Gaels V St Marys
Fenagh-St.Caillins V Aughawillan
Week 3
Friday 10th Aug
Senior R3
Drumreilly V Aughawillan
Saturday 11th Aug
Senior R3
St.Marys V Aughnasheelin
Ballinamore-SOH V Dromahair
Gortletteragh V Mohill
Bornacoola V Glencar-Manor
Intermediate R3
Drumkeerin V Leitrim Gaels
Fenagh-St.Caillins V Aughavas
Cloone V Ballinaglera
Eslin V Annaduff
Sunday 12th Aug
Senior R3
Allen Gaels V Melvin Gaels
Intermediate R3
Kiltubrid V Mohill
Ballinamore-SOH V Carrigallen
Junior A R2
Allen Gaels V Melvin Gaels
Mohill V St Marys
Kiltubrid V Annaduff
Drumkeerin V Carrigallen
Glenfarne/Kilty V Gortletteragh
Week 4
Saturday 18th Aug
Junior A R3
Drumkeerin V Glenfarne/Kilty
Melvin Gaels V Glencar-Manor
Carrigallen V Gortletteragh
Annaduff V St Marys
Kiltubrid V Mohill
Junior B R2
Dromahair V Bornacoola
St Marys V Ballinamore-SOH
Aughawillan V Ballinaglera
Week 5
Friday 24th Aug
Intermediate R4
Annaduff V Kiltubrid
Saturday 25th Aug
Senior R4
Glencar-Manor V St Marys
Melvin Gaels V Bornacoola
Dromahair V Gortletteragh
Aughnasheelin V Allen Gaels
Mohill V Drumreilly
Aughawillan V Ballinamore-SOH
Intermediate R4
Ballinaglera V Drumkeeran
Leitrim Gaels V Fenagh-St.Caillins
Sunday 26th Aug
Intermediate R4
Aughavas V Cloone
Mohill V Ballinamore-SOH
Carrigallen V Eslin
Junior B R3
Ballinaglera V Fenagh-St.Caillins
Ballinamore-SOH V Leitrim Gaels
Bornacoola V Glencar-Manor
Week 6
31st Aug/1st/2nd Sept
Junior A Quarter Finals
Week 7
Saturday 8th Sept
Senior R5
Drumreilly V Gortletteragh
Dromahair V Aughawillan
Ballinamore-SOH V Mohill
Melvin Gaels V Aughnasheelin
Allen Gaels V Glencar-  Manor
StMarys V Bornacoola
Sunday 9th Sept
Intermediate R5
Ballinamore-SOH V Annaduff
Fenagh-St.Caillins V Drumkeerin
Carrigallen V Mohill
Ballinaglera V Aughavas
Kiltubrid V Eslin
Cloone V Leitrim Gaels

The Leitrim Under 16 Football Academy has been granted a place in the prestigious 2018 Gerry O Reilly Tournament. This is a great opportunity for these young players to test themselves against Leinster opposition. The upcoming fixtures are as follows:

Round 1 Saturday 21st July 12noon at Oldcastle

Meath v Leitrim

Round 2 Saturday 28th July 12 noon at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Leitrim v Louth

Round 3 Date, Time and Venue TBC

Offaly v Leitrim


AIB, the creators of hit shows The Toughest Trade, Jeff and Kammy’s Journey to Croker and Behind The Gates have sponsored the AIB All Ireland Club Championships for 27 years. AIB recently extended their sponsorship of the GAA All Ireland Football Championship for a further five years.

In 1998, Erin’s Isle met Castlehaven in the AIB GAA All Ireland Club Semi-Finals. With 13 minutes remaining Erin’s Isle and Dublin star player, Charlie Redmond, receives a red card widely regarded as harsh. Two points down with seconds remaining the game looks likes its Castlehaven’s. When a long ball towards the Castlehaven goal seems to be dribbling wide only to be picked up by an Erin’s Isle forward, scooped back and shot towards the net by Niall Crossan. The ball hit one post, then a second post before shooting out. The goal was awarded, Erin’s Isle claim the game by one point but the debate over whether the goal was in fact a goal still rages.

Friday, July 13th 2018: The first episode of AIB’s eagerly anticipate new series, The Toughest Rivalry, airs today. The series introduces renowned Premier League Manager Harry Redknapp and former Sampdoria, Juventus and Italy striker, manager and World Footballer of the Year in 1995, Gianluca Vialli to the culture of GAA in Ireland.

Both Premier League powerhouses will take charge of two rival GAA clubs. Vialli with Erin’s Isle in Dublin, and Redknapp with Castlehaven in West Cork. The two teams faced off in an infamous 1998 AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Semi-Final, where Castlehaven were defeated by a last-minute questionable goal. The controversial ending left both teams with unfinished business.

Episode 1 is now available to view here: https://youtu.be/GiTIrRcJYUU

The series will culminate in an epic rematch, set to take place at the end of the summer with Vialli and Redknapp managing their teams and using their managerial expertise to improve and make a difference to their respective teams.

AIB, proud sponsor of both Club and County, believe that GAA, as #TheToughest sport of all, is built upon rivalries be they local, county, provincial or national. GAA rivalries, despite being as intense as any in world sport, are rivalries of the very best kind. These rivalries bring out the very best in GAA players, fans and their communities.

Over the next eight weeks, AIB’s exclusive eight-part video series will reveal how Harry and Gianluca fared as they swapped their soccer managerial skills for those of a GAA manager.

This week the two managers travel to their respective destination and get to grips with the task ahead.

AIB’s ‘The Toughest Rivalry’ will air each Friday on www.youtube.com/aib and AIB’s other social channels.

For exclusive content and behind the scenes action from Harry and Gianluca’s journey follow AIB GAA on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and facebook.com/AIBGAA.

With the conclusion of the Club Leagues over the past two weekends and victories for Glencar/Manorhmilton and Bornacoola/St. Mary’s over Dromahair in the League Finals Divisions 1 and 3 respectively, attention turns to the Club Championship which commences next weekend. The action takes place across Senior, Intermediate and Junior levels. Best of luck to all teams in the pursuit of honours.

RD Date Time Senior FC Venue
1 15th July 1.30pm Oughteragh Gaels vs Kiltubrid Ballinamore
1 15th July 2pm St Josephs vs Dromahair Leitrim Village
Intermediate FC
1 15th July 12 noon Drumkeerin vs Fenagh Leitrim Village
1 15th July 11am Mohill vs St Francis Fenagh
Junior FC
1 15th July 11am Keeldra Gaels vs Annaduff Gortletteragh

Leitrim GAA wishes to announce the appointment of two Games Development Administrators to assist with the work that is ongoing in Coaching and Games Development. The successful candidates are Stephen McGurran from the Melvin Gaels Club and Mayo man John Gallagher. We wish the two men the very best of luck in their new roles. This brings the total number of GDA’s in the county to three which is a very positive step forward towards the development of coaching in the county.

Cúrsa Gaeilge

The Ulster Council GAA runs a week-long Irish Course called Cúrsa Shéamuis de Faoite which runs in Na Dúnaibh, Co Dún na nGall from 16-20 July.

GAA members from Leitrim can apply to attend. Applications must be in by 6 July

The Course is free of charge, except for accommodation

There are courses for different levels.

Application form and further details are available here

An Information Night is taking place in the Bush Hotel on Wednesday 6th  June at 7.30pm  to inform the Leitrim people of the fundraising activities re-the Leitrim Wall that are taking place.  This is an open invitation to all to attend this information evening.

This fundraiser has already been launched in New York and Dublin and is now being launched in Leitrim.

For further details see https://www.leitrimwall.com/


You are asked to note that Nicky Rackard Cup Leitrim v Tyrone will now throw in at 2pm in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada tomorrow, Saturday.

Leitrim GAA County Board in conjunction with Connacht GAA wishes to recruit a Games Development Administrator.

Role Profile

The post holder will have responsibility for overseeing the implementation of agreed GAA games development policies and programmes within County Leitrim. The post holder will join the games development team, which currently comprises the County Games Development Manager, two full-time GDA’s and a number of voluntary personnel, and will work to deliver the goals and objectives of the County Games Development Plan.

Based in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon and reporting to the County Games Development Manager, the post holder will be required to work 39 hours per week, which will include weekends and evenings, and the hours may vary depending on workload and seasonal changes.

Please access the complete advertised position at the link below.