Dessie Dolan Jr joins billing at Leitrim Supporters Club Launch in Croke Park on Thursday night

2016 launch Press Release

Dessie Dolan Jr joins billing at Leitrim Supporters Club launch in Croke Park on Thursday night next, January 21st.


Dessie Dolan Jr, one of the greatest players of his era and now a pundit with RTE, has joined the billing at the Leitrim Supporters Club event in Croke Park.

Despite being unfamiliar with the substitute’s role, the Westmeath Allstar, and son of former Leitrim Manager Dessie Snr, is stepping in to replace John O’Mahony who is unfortunately no longer in a position to attend due to an unavoidable clash of events.

“We are thrilled that Dessie is making himself available,” explained Ferghal McGill, secretary to the Dublin branch. “He was delighted to be asked and has many fond associations with Leitrim, none more so than the involvement of his father as senior county Manager. His contribution on the night will be fascinating for all to hear.”

In his time as a Westmeath player, Dessie was an integral part of the county’s most successful period from 2001-2008, the highlight, of course, being their Leinster Championship win in 2004 under the Managerial guidance of the late, great, Paudí Ó Sé. He also had notable success at club level with Garycastle GAC, and was selected to represent Ireland in the International Rules series, all of which will be teased out in conversation with MC for the night, Colin Regan.

The large expected crowd will also hear from Leitrim fiddling legend Ben Lennon. The Kiltyclogher native will chat about his life and before treating those in attendance to some traditional tunes, with the accompaniment of some well-known friends.

One interesting member of the audience will be the current Leitrim senior football Manager, Shane Ward, who will also outline his plans for the year ahead while County Chairperson, Terrence Boyle, will provide an update on all Leitrim GAA activities.

The night, of course, kick-starts a fundraising campaign without which the Leitrim County Board simply couldn’t continue its high level of work and investment in Leitrim teams on and off the field. The event will take place on Thursday, January 21, in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park with parking available in the Cusack Stand car park (accessed through the GAA museum entrance off Clonliffe Road. Doors will open at 7.30pm with the addresses and entertainment starting at 8pm sharp.

A free bus will travel from Leitrim to the launch, with the following departure times:

Leaving Swimming Pool Drumshanbo: 4.30pm; Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada: 4.45pm; Football pitch Bornacoola Dromod: 5pm.

The bus is FOC, and there is no need to book. Light refreshments will be provided at the interval. 



17-Jan-16 by Leitrim Supporters Club – Dublin