Stephen Dorrigan Under 13 Hurling Tournament

The Stephen Dorrigan Under 13 Hurling Tournament will be played on Saturday, 15th of September in Ballinamore at 11am.  All Under 13 hurlers are invited to attend this tournament even if its their first time to play hurling. The tournament focuses on total participation and bringing the element of fun into the game. 

Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures  – Saturday 6th October

Cluainin Iomaint V Ballinamore Hurling Club at 4pm.

Both fixtures will be played on St. Marys GAA pitch with the Final fixed for Pairc Sean MacDiarmada on Saturday 13th October. 



04-Sep-12 by Micheal Dolan Hurling PRO

Leitrim Hurling news August 27th
Under 16 Leitrim Championship –
Cluainin Iomaint travelled to Carrick last Thursday and won comfortably on a scoreline of 4.12 to 0.03.  The Manor men were slow to start with Carrick dominating possession for the opening ten minutes but were unable capitalise. The extra games Cluainin get in the Sligo league showed and their touch & striking was far superior to Carrick. Gavin O Hagans return from injury was a huge plus & he gave a tremendous display of hurling Scóring 1.09 from full forward. Karl McDermott scored 2.01 as he commanded mid field with partner Kieran McPartland who worked tirelessly. Damon Beattie scored 1.01 while the hard working Martin Feeney got a classy point from play. Evan Kerrigan showed some great skill while Ethan clancy, Fergus Munday & the formidable Loughlin brothers cleaned up in defence. Ballinamore were due to play Gortlettragh in the other side of the draw but this game didnt go ahead and it will be rescheduled at a later date.  
The Stephen Dorrigan under 13 hurling tournament will be played on Saturday the 6th of September in Ballinamore at 11am.  Carrick hurling club will be looking to retain the title they won last year when they bet Cluainin Iomaint last year.
Sligo hurling league u12s –  
Cluainin Iomaint play Naomh Eoin in the Sligo league final this Tuesday. They over came Coolera/Strandhill in a replay last week on a scoreline of 17 points to 6.  Michael O Brien scored an injury time free from his own half back line to force a replay two weeks ago.  Cluainin were at full strength for the replay and out classed the Sligo side with some excellent scores.  Conor Loughlin, Michael O Brien, Jack O Connell & Barry McNulty caught the eye while Vincent Sweeney made some fine saves inÓgoals. The final will be played on Tuesday 28th in Markievicz park at 7pm.



30-Aug-12 by Micheal Dolan – Hurling PRO

Fenagh-St Caillins are only settled back from their exploits at Feile 2012 but are already planning their trip to Derry to again represent Leitrim next year when they overcame a gallant Mohill team in the U13 Feile Final played in front of a large crowd of very enthusastic supporters in perfect conditions in Páirc Seán Uí Heslin on Monday evening 16th July. This was a very exciting and entertaining game played at a very high standard with both teams showing exceptional skill throughout. Mohill opened the Scóring in the 2nd minute with Fenagh-St Caillins responding a few minutes later but Mohill settled the quickest and hit a further 2 goals and a point without reply. Fenagh gradually began to get back into the game and scored 2 goals and 5 points to take command of the game but Mohill hit back with a goal and a point to leave the minimum between them at half time. Mohill again opened the Scóring of the second half with a point but then Fenagh-St Caillins took control of the game with 2 goals and 3 points in the first 15 minutes. Mohill were not going to give up without a fight and replied with a goal and were awarded a penalty a few minutes later, the resulting spot kick came back off the crossbar and this seemed to ignite Fenagh-St Caillins who went on to finish the half very strongly and went out comfortable winners.This was a great team performance from Fenagh-St Caillins who no doubt will againÓgo on to do Leitrim proud at Feile 2013 in Derry.

Final score Fenagh-St Caillins 6-18, Mohill 4-04.

Referee Sean Mc Kiernan.

Fenagh-St Caillins; Rian Mc Weeney, Eoghan Mc Loughlin, Tom Gilheaney,Eoin Mc Loughlin, Oisin Mc Loughlin, Nathan O Rourke, David Wrynn, Jack Gilheaney, Mark Keegan, Luke Kilkenny, Conor Dwyer, Fergal Mc Loughlin, Cormac Scollan, Riordain O Rourke, Aaron Smith, Robert Maguire, Conor O Rourke, Tom Mc Keon, James Lennon, Joshua Mc Nabola, Liam Kelly, Caolan Mc Dermott, Daniel Reynolds, Conal Mc Govern, James Wrynn, James Honeyman. Management ; Gerard Kilkenny, Tommy Smith.

Mohill; GavinÓgordon, Jordan Mc Guinness, Jonathon Reynolds, Kevin Bohan, Peter O Neill, DillonÓgaffey, Jamie Mc Caffrey, Liam Rowley, Tadhg Mulligan, Sean Harkin, James Mc Nabola, Evan Harkin, Jordan Reynolds, Dillon Tyrrell, Tony Mc Donagh, Johnny Boyle, Cormac White, Conor Quinn, Daragh Mc Crann, Conor Mulligan, EoinÓgaffey, Stephen Crowe. Management ; Simon Mc Guinness, Mal Gaffey, Leo Bohan.



20-Jul-12 by Barbara – PRO – Coiste na nÓg

Thurles Sarsfields international Festival

Cluainín Iomaint travelled to Thurles last Friday to take part in the 40th anniversary of the Thurles Sarsfields International Tournament. They played Kilbrin of Cork, Kilmoyley of Kerry and Na Magha of Derry. The team battled well in all games and put it up to each team. Manor were unlucky not to snatch victory against the Derry team. To put it into context of the level we were up against, Na Magha are in Division 2 of the Táin League where Cluainín are in Division 5. To say Manor did themselves proud is an understatement and could have won all three games if they were full strength. The team got to watch the three All Ireland Hurling Qualifiers in Semple Stadium after the tournament. The trip put Leitrim hurling on the map and showed that Leitrim hurlers are constantly developing. 

Leitrim Hurling League

In the Leitrim league Cluainín went down to a strong Gortletteragh side last Wednesday on a scoreline of 4-10 to 7points. The county champions showed Cluainín that they will be a force to be reckoned with if any of the other clubs are to take the county title off their hands this year. Gortletteraghs physical presence around the middle of the field made sure of their victory while Mark Donaghue was faultless from frees. It must be said that a healthy and competitive club competition will only improve our county team. 

Connacht Development Squad

Cluainín Iomaint have four representatives on the Connacht Hurling Development Team. Karl McDermott, Ethan Clancy, Conor O Hagan and Alan McSharry are currently training hard with the best hurlers from each county in Connacht as they prepare to take on Ulster soon.



18-Jul-12 by Micheal Dolan – Hurling PRO

Under 13 Connacht Feile

Cluainín Iomaint and Carrick U13s travelled to Padraig Pearse’s in Woodmount just outside Ballinasloe last Saturday to take part in the Connacht Feile Blitz.  Cluainín played Naomh Eoin of Sligo, RoscommonÓgaels and Cois Farraige of Galway. They lost by 3 points to Naomh Eoin, drew with RoscommonÓgaels and lost 2.04 to 4.08 to the Galway side.  Carrick played Ballyhaunis of Mayo, Athleague of Roscommon and the Carrick side had a good win over Ballyhaunis and lost narrowly in their last two games. These results prove that there is good work being done by clubs in Leitrim and show that both teams are well able to compete with other counties in Connacht. 

National  U14 Feile in Dublin 

Well done to Paddy O Connor and his Ballinamore Under 14 hurlers who took part in the National Feile in Dublin.  The Ballinamore club competed admirably and represented Leitrim proudly with some excellent displays of hurling.  The following were their results:

Cootehill Celtic 1.03 Ballinamore 0.02

Setanta 2.01 Ballinamore 1.04

St. Marks 0.02 Ballinamore 1.06


Congratulations to Michael Gordon who has coached his Easkey hurlers to winning the Division 5 title.  This is a great achievement for a team from a non traditional hurling county. 

Thurles Sarsfields Huling Tournament

Cluainín Iomaint will take the long road to Tipperary to take part in the 40th anniversary of the Thurles Sarsfields hurling tournament this weekend.  Tipperary native Val Cronin will line out for the Manorhamilton team at full forward as he returns home where he played his hurling with Thomas Davins.  Cluainín will play Kilmoyler of Kerry and Kilbrin of Cork.




11-Jul-12 by Micheal Dolan Hurling PRO

Hurling news Week beginning June 3rd 2012

Leitrim Hurling League

Cluainin Iomaint 3.17 Carrick Hurling Club 3.10

Carrick Hurling club travelled to Manorhamilton last Wednesday in the opening round of the senior hurling league. Carrick opened the game with the first scores with Breian Carroll proving a handfull for the Manor defense. Manor had more of the possession throughout the game but Carrick made the most of their chances with Ciaran Boyle and Daithi Hughes working hard for Carrick. KevinÓglancy kept Manor at bay with three saves from Gary Hickey. The highlight of the first half was when Breian Carroll sent the sliotar past goal keeper Clive Beattie from a tight angle after a 30 yard solo run. Carrick led at half time by 6 points. In the second half Manor had the luxury of introducing 4 county players (Seamus McTiernan, Steve Feeney, Patrick Clerkin and Micheal Dolan) who seemed to up the tempo of the game. Manor blitzed the Carrick defense for long peroids of the second half and went 7 points clear. score of the game was when Manors Niall McLoughlin pointed from 70 yards. Final score Cluainin Iomaint 3.17 Carrick Hurling club 3.10


Sligo League 

Cluainin Iomaint 4.12 Coolera Strandhill 3.11

Cluainin travelled to Coolera last Friday and recorded a great win to see their hopes alive in a play off position in the Sligo league. They play Naomh Eoin this Sunday at noon in Kent Park. Team and scores v Coolera/Strandhill – Rossa O Snodaigh, Martin Monaghan, Patrick Clancy, Patrick Clerkin, Seamus McTiernan, Steve Feeney, Declan Ryan, Brian Feeney (0.02), Niall McLoughlin (0.01), Kevin Clerkin, Micheal Dolan (0.02), Karl McDermott (0.02), Stephen Rooney, Gary Hickey (3.05), Clive Beattie.



05-Jun-12 by Micheal Dolan – Hurling PRO

Táin League Semi Final 

Cluainin Iomaint travelled to Cookstown to play Antrim side Cushendun in the Táin semi final last Saturday. The game was played at the wonderful sports facility of the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. Cluainin were slow to get started and trailed at half time on a scoreline of 1.05 to 0.04. Niall McLoughlin bet the goal keeper with a shot but a defender dived to turn the sliotar around the post in what would have given the Manor men hope going into the second half. In the second half substitute Val Cronin made a good impact and was a constant threat in front of goal. Cronin made a spectacular catch to hand pass the ball to Karl McDermott who seemed to finish the sliotar to the net with great execution but unfortunately the referee and his umpires did not agree and the goal was disallowed for hitting the side netting. Best for Manor were Patrick Clancy and Patrick Clerkin who were more than a match for the skillful Antrim team. Cluainin will be disappointed with their performance but they were up against a tough and skillful team who moved the sliotar quickly but the young hurlers who lined out for Manor showed they are the future of Leitrim hurling. Final score Cluainin 0.05 Cushendun 4.15 Manor will play Tubbercurry next Sunday at 2pm in Sligos Dermot Molloy League.



23-Apr-12 by Micheal Dolan – Hurling PRO

Best of luck to Cluainin Iomaint, Glencar Manorhamilton who are in the semi final of the inaugural Táin league this Saturday against Antrim side Robert Emmets Cushendun at 2pm. Venue: Mid Ulster Sports arena in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.



17-Apr-12 by Micheal Dolan – Hurling PRO

Tain League

In the last group game of division 4A Cluainin Iomaint travelled to Carrick hurling club last Saturday. In a very low Scóring game Cluainin won on a scoreline of 0.10 to 0.02. This now sees Cluainin Iomaint through to the semi final. A date for this game has yet to be fixed. Meanwhile in division 5 Ballinamore were due to play Fermanaghs Knock Grattans but unfortunately the Fermanagh side conceded. 

Dermot Molloy League

Cluainin Iomaint had a busy weekend as they also played their first game of the Sligo League when they took on Calry St. Josephs on Monday last. They were unlucky to go down on a scoreline of 1.08 to 3.05. Their next game will take place on the 18th when they face Tourlestrane at 8pm under lights in Tourlestrane.




10-Apr-12 by Micheal Dolan Hurling PRO

Hurling news week beginning 20th February 2012
Táin League
Carrick Hurling club travelled to Ballyshannon to play St. Eunans in Division 4A.  Final score was Carrick 0.02 St. Eunan’s 2.12.  Carrick’s next game will be on the 3rd of March when they travel to Omagh to play Cappagh Gaels.  Both teams will be looking for their first points in the Táin league. Cluainin Iomaint will play Wolf Tones also that day.  In Division 5A Ballinamore conceded their game to Coolera/Strandhill.  Ballinamore will play Carrickmacross in Ballinamore on March 3rd.



20-Feb-12 by Micheal Dolan Hurling PRO

Táin league results –

Ballinamore Hurling club travelled to Kingspan Breffni Park to play Louths St. Fechins in division 5A. Final score was Ballinamore 3.08 St. Fechins1.19.

In division 4A Carrick had a bye last weekend while Cluainin Iomaint travelled to Omagh to play Cappagh Gaels. Cluainin were able to field a strong team and kept the home side scoreless in the first half. There was a great display of hurling from Steve Feeney, Michael Poniard, David Poniard, Niall McLoughlin, Gary Hickey and Kevin Clerkin. Final score was Cappagh Gaels (Tyrone) 0.03 Cluainin Iomaint 2.09.

Cluainin scorers – Gary Hickey 1.05, Kevin Clerkin 1.00, Brian Feeney,

Paddy Loughlin, Niall McLoughlin, Karl McDermott 0.01 each.

Next Saturday Ballinamore Hurling club will travel to play Coolera/Strandhill and Carrick will travel to Ballyshannon to play St. Eunans of Letterkenny. Cluainin have a bye.



13-Feb-12 by Micheal Dolan – Hurling PRO

Follow me down to Carlow

We’ve all sung the â€Å“Follow me down to Carlowâ€Â song in our schooldays, but it has a special resonance for Leitrim this weekend, when we are hoping that our ever loyal supporters will make the journey to Dr. Cullen Park to give our players a morale booster.

If the Leitrim players take the field on Sunday to just a scattered few cheers from the stand or the terraces, they would be forgiven for thinking that the fans are sort of deserting them. If they are met with a rousing chorus, then heads would lift and the team will be determined to go that extra inch. An away venue can be a lonely place if the familiar faces are missing.

Limerick snatched the two points last Sunday in a game we were so anxious to win â€â€œ they say you need to be winning your home fixtures. After a promising start and an opening score from Adrian Croal, together with good movement off the ball and some sterling work in defence, things were looking good. Three first half points was a poor enough return for both teams, but we were still very much in the game. Chances were missed of course and plenty of shots dropped short.

In the second half the Limerick players seemed to gain in confidence and we were caught in the overlap. But when a rasper rebounded off Cathal McCrann’s crossbar, we thought maybe luck was on our side for a change. It wasn’t. The stand went unusually silent when Limerick did snatch a goal, but fair play to the Leitrim players, they battled to the end.

There were no excuses from anybody, there was no need. We all know the challenge thrown up with so many of last year’s team on the far side of the world and Team Managers Brian Breen and George Dugdale have to work inside the constraints of a decimated panel — no easy task for any county, irrespective of size.

So we need to get behind the green and gold once again, to show the players that we respect their efforts and admire their pride in the county jersey. They are our ambassadors on the field of play, the least we owe them is our support â€â€œ so do make that trip down to Carlow!

While hearts were heavy on Sunday, there were two very happy young Leitrim supporters â€â€œ Aoibhín Flanagan of Aughawillan NS and Finn Pudney of Ballaghmeehan NS who won the prizes for Primary School pupils of a Leitrim jersey for themselves and a Coaching Session for their school by one of the Leitrim Senior team.

Supporters will have an ideal opportunity to meet all the county players at the big Table Quiz in the Bush Hotel on Saturday February 25th. Get your Quiz team ready to take on Paddy Maguire and the county panel. We are all in this together.

Collette Fox



09-Feb-12 by PRO