Gerry McGovern elected Connacht GAA President – We hope we will be forgiven for bypassing him with this item but huge congrats to our club PRO Gerry McGovern on his election to Uachtaráin of Connacht GAA on Thursday night last in the Bush Hotel. In the presence of a huge number of Cloone supporters, Gerry was elected to the position following completion of his three-year term as vice president of Connacht Council.

Gerry has been a lifelong member of the Cloone club and has been one of our most dedicated servants. His many roles over the years with the club have included player, official, manager, selector, development supervisor, referee and supporter. Gerry first took over as secretary of the club in 1970 and it was fitting that the two club officers who were also elected that year, Kevin Foley and Michael Heslin were present again on Thursday last.

For the past five decades, Gerry has worked as both a player and official in the club and was one of the driving forces behind the development and official opening of our current club grounds in 1980. Later on, in that same year, Gerry gave a man of the match performance from his midfield berth in the Leitrim senior county final on the occasion of the last of our 11 senior championship successes.

Gerry was also a highly respected referee at national level and went on to hold numerous positions at Leitrim Co. Board including leas-runaí, Cathaoirleach, and Connacht Council delegate. Achievements such as the new stand in Pairc Sean, the commencement of the Center of Excellence and re-energising Connacht Scór are just some of the accolades Gerry can be proud of in recent years.

On this historic occasion for the Cloone club we look forward with great pride to one of our own holding this prestigious role. When Gerry takes his seat on Coiste Banistí in Croke Park it will be a far cry from the humble club beginnings of meetings held in a Morris Minor car but the one constant will be Gerry McGovern’s commitment to all that is good in the association. We extend the club’s congratulations to Gerry, Kathleen and the extended McGovern family and wish Gerry every success in his new role.

COMMUNICATIONS – Cloone GAA have recently set a What’s App group to keep members informed on all club activities. Anyone who wants to join and has not yet been added should text Liam Reynolds  0873273844 or Martin McCaffrey 086 0594310.

YEARLY LOTTO – It’s now time for the renewal of lotto yearly tickets and members of the club will be calling door to door in the next few days and weeks. These Lotto tickets are serious value for money. You have 26 draws for € 50, or three entries for the 26 draws for € 100. With the Lotto jackpot increasing every week this is a very attractive opportunity to be in all 26 draws. And it gets even better as there will be a draw for a very valuable prize at Easter for holders of Annual tickets.

MEMBERSHIP – Membership is now due and all supporters are asked to pay their membership immediately to Club Register Seamus Maguire. Membership is as follows, Players € 50, Family membership € 30, non Players and students € 20 Please pay your membership now.

‘’IRELAND LIGHTS UP’’WITH THE GAA – In a bid to make exercise more accessible on the dark winter nights ‘Ireland Lights up’ will see participating Clubs  turn on their flood lights between 7 pm and 9 pm one night a week, starting now and continuing on until 27 February 2018. Club and community members are invited to Come to Cloone GAA walking track every Tuesday evening between 7 pm and 9 pm to walk, jog or run. The pitch flood lighting will be turned on during the two hour period. Let’s get active!


CALLING ALL TABLE QUIZ FANS – Keeldra Gaels LGFA is holding a table quiz in Creegan’s on next Friday night January 26thstarting at 8 30 pm. Table of four adults is € 40,  Table of four children € 20. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. This a most deserving cause and your support will be much appreciated.

LOTTO – There was no winner of the club Lotto at the weekend. The following numbers were drawn. 10 , 21 16, 25. The following were winners in the draw, € 50 Conor Keegan Faughill Cloone, € 30 Poppy Gannon, € 30 Carola McNerney. The next jackpot is € 4,800.00. Your continued support is much appreciated.

BON VOYAGE – This week we say Bon Voyage to one of our most promising players Sean Reynolds who heads out for the shores of Australia. We wish Sean the best of luck.

ALLIANZ  LEAGUE – We wish the Leitrim Senior football team the very best of luck when they head to Corrigan Park Antrim to take on the home team in the first game in the Allianz football league for 2018. A difficult assignment, but one where victory is achievable. We wish them the very best.

AGM – The Club held a very successful Annual General Meeting in the clubhouse on Saturday evening last and a large crowd attended. Outgoing chairman Mickey Lohan gave a detailed chairperson’s address in which he highlighted the positive features from 2017. He complimented the work of the intermediate team under the excellent guidance of team manager Niall Murray. He thanked all the people who gave of their time in a voluntary capacity to attend to all the various duties that are needed to run the GAA club. Mickey did not seek re-election, and the club would like to thank Mickey for six outstanding years’ service to Cloone GAA in which he spearheaded many outstanding initiatives. Mickey is replaced by new chairman Liam Reynolds.
Outgoing secretary Martin McCaffrey also gave a very detailed report of the year’s activity in which he outlined the positive attitude among the players which resulted in a very enjoyable year. He thanked all the people who helped with the running of the club through the year without whose help the club could not run.
The financial report by outgoing treasure John Reynolds showed the club is in a reasonable financial state but renewed efforts with fundraising will have to be high on the agenda during 2018. John did not seek re-election and the club would like to thank John for all his efforts in fundraising and managing the clubs finance throughout the last number of years. John is replaced as treasurer by Gerry Keegan. The following is the officers for 2018, Chairman, Liam Reynolds Vice Chairman Seamus Maguire, Secretary Martin McCaffrey, Assistant Secretary, Alan Canning, Treasurer Gerry Keegan, PRO Gerry McGovern, ASAP Officer Seamus Maguire, Irish Officer Damian ó Braonáin, Registrar Seamus Maguire, Insurance Officer Adrian Nichols, Development officer Sean McGovern  Coaching Officer Niall Brennan, Children’s officer Marie McCrann, Assistant Children’s Officer Eamonn Cunningham, I.T. Officer Enda Tiernan, Co Board delegates Sean McGovern, Liam Reynolds, Mickey Lohan. Underage representative Kieran Casey. At the close of the meeting lifelong supporter Kevin Foley gave a rousing speech in he informed the gathering that it is sixty years since he attended his first Club meeting, and that this year marks sixty years this since the club had been reformed at a meeting in Dillon’s Egg Store in 1958, having out of action for a few years.
SYMPATHY – The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Reynolds family Gortletteragh on the recent death of TP Reynolds. TP played with Cloone winning a senior league in 1952, a year that Gortletteragh did not field a team. To his family and friends, we extend our sincere sympathy. The club would also like to extend a sincere sympathy to the Tubman family Fenagh on the sudden death of Eamonn. Eamonn was deeply involved in GAA matters in his beloved Club Fenagh St Caillins, was vice chairperson of Leitrim Co Board in that historic year of 1994 when Leitrim won the Connacht championship. Eamonn also had an association with our club as he was the joint manager, with our present PRO, of our amalgamated Minor team Eastern Harps which won the Leitrim Minor Championship in 1981. To his family, we extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of a great gentleman.
LEITRIM GAA SUPPORTERS DUBLIN LAUNCH – The annual launch of the Dublin branch of the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will take place in the Celtic Suite in Croke Park on this Thursday evening starting at 7 30 p.m. Special guest on the night will be Marty Morrissey, our ever popular GAA broadcaster, and now star of ‘Dancing with the stars’ The supporters club will also be recognising three Leitrim legends who won Railway cup medals, sixty years ago in 1958. The three Packie McGarty, Columba Cryan, and Cathal Flynn will be present on the night, and no doubt many memories of the Leitrim performance in the famous 1958 Connacht Final and the winning of the Railway cup will be shared and recalled on the night. Leitrim GAA supporters are very proud of these living legends and no doubt a huge crowd will be present to honour them on the night. To cap off the night there will be entertainment provide by the ever popular traditional group GARADICE. This quartet included the ever popular Eleanor Shanley, Padraigh McGovern, Dave Sheridan, and John McCartin. This promises to be a huge night’s entertainment and it kick off the Leitrim GAA fundraising campaign for 2018. A free bus will be travelling to the event on the evening and the pickup times are as follows, Drumshanbo 4 15 pm,  Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada 4 40 pm, Bornacoola Gaa Grounds 5 pm. A night not to be missed.
This Wednesday evening we host the postponed Connacht FBD Game Leitrim V Sligo in the Park at 7 PM. This will be a big occasion for the club and all stewards are asked to be available in good time to assist with the running of this game. Leitrim will be hoping to get two points following their defeat to Galway in Clonbur on Sunday last, and it gives Team Manager Brendan Guckian another opportunity to look at more players prior to the first round of the national league against Antrim, in Antrim on next Sunday week.

AGM – Our AGM will take place on next Saturday evening Jan 13th in the clubhouse at 8 pm sharp. All players, members, and supporters are asked to make a special effort to attend this very important meeting. There are some very important positions to be filled so if you are interested in getting involved in the running of the club this is your chance.

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulation to our club player Darren Carberry who made his inter-county debut with the Leitrim senior team on Wednesday night last at the very impressive Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence at Annaduff, when Leitrim took on Connacht champions Roscommon in the first round of the Connacht FBD League, and had the distinction of scoring the first competitive point for Leitrim in 2018. We look forward to many more scores from Darren in the Leitrim jersey.

RETIREMENT – We would like to extend our best wishes for a happy retirement to former Leitrim GPO James Holohan who recently retired from his post. James spent many years coaching in Leitrim schools imparting his vast knowledge and experience to the young players under his care. His good humour and cheerful personality made his coaching session a very enjoyable experience for all who participated. Happy retirement James.

LOTTO –  There was no winner of the club lotto Jackpot at the draw held on Sat December 23rd. The numbers drawn were 5, 10 24, 25, and the following were winners in the draw, € 50, Sean Tiernan, Melview Longford, € 30 Carla Creegan Cloone, € 30 Mena Brennan Cloone. The last draw was held on Saturday night last and the following numbers were drawn, 10, 17, 18, 26. There was no winner of the lotto jackpot and the following were winners in the draw, € 50, Peter o Donnell Cloone, € 30 Bernadette Beirne jr € 30 Aisling Mitchell Cloone. Next draw will be held on Saturday, January 20th

HISTORY – As we promised at the start of this history section we would continue up until the AGM when a new PRO will be elected. This week’s history takes us to Sunday 9th July 1972,when Cloone defeated Eslin in the semi-final of the Intermediate championship played in Ballinamore, on a scoreline of Cloone 1 9 Eslin 1 06. Eslin were winning at halftime 0 6pts to 0 4pts but Cloone’s superior fitness and the switch of Jim Beirne from full forward to midfield swung the game in Cloone’s favour. Cloone lined out as follows. Ciaran McGovern, Pat Beirne Sean Forde RIP, Gerry Moran, Louis Moran, Peadar Moran, Kevin Lennon, Jim McCabe, Jim Harte, Kieran Brennan, Tommy Derwin, RIP, Timmy Beirne, Gerry McGovern, Jim Beirne, Paddy Kelly RIP. Scorers for Cloone were, J Harte 1-0, T Beirne 0-4, G Moran, J McCabe, T Derwin, G McGovern, P Kelly 0-1 each.

SYMPATHY –  Cloone GAA would like to extend its sincere sympathy to former club chairman Seamus Shortt and the extended Shortt family, formerly Camber Cloone, on the death of Fr Pat Shortt, Eugene, Missouri United States who died on Thursday, December 21st 2017.

Congratulations Enda – We would like to extend our heartiest congratulation to our club member Enda Tiernan on being elected to the position of Leitrim representative on GAA’s Ard Comhairle. Enda a former Cathaoirleach of Cloone GAA and present IT Officer, oversaw many huge developments in the club during his seven years as chairman. Enda was chairman of the club when Cloone GAA won the prestigious A.I.B. ‘Club of the Year Award’ in 2004 and few present will ever forget the presentation ceremony in Croke Park as being a very proud day for the club. Enda as chairman led a team of officials who implemented many huge developments in the club among them the provision of the magnificent lighting system in the park, and the club being the first club and Leitrim being the first County to host a National League game under lights, when Leitrim took on London in the Cloone GAA grounds. Enda has served Leitrim GAA as Connacht Council delegate for the last three years and has been most helpful to many clubs in the county with their clubs structural developments, and has been involved in many developments within the Connacht Council. No doubt Enda will be a very efficient representative for Leitrim on Central Council and we wish him the very best of luck in his new role as he follows in the footsteps of his former near neighbour the late Leo McAlinden who served as Leitrim representative on Central Council for twenty-five years.

HISTORY – Back to a little bit of history again and this time we visit a league game in the Grange when Cloone took on Gortletteragh on March 5th, 1972. Cloone had difficulty fielding a team and were fined £5 for being fifteen minutes late. The stats would indicate that Cloone played well but were beaten 1 06 to 0 6 pts. The team lined out as follows, Paddy Kelly R.I.P., Louis Moran, Gerry Moran, Sean Smith, Kevin Lennon, Peadar Moran, T.P.Lennon R.I.P. Jim McCabe, Damian Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Tommy Derwin R.I.P. Timmy Beirne, Kevin Moran Gerry McGovern, Gerry Tiernan, R.I.P. Sub used Pat Beirne.

Next game in the league of that year was a rousing game against near-neighbours Aughavas played in the Grange on Sunday, March 19th. Cloone had difficulty fielding a team but did manage to get a team on the Pitch four minutes late. Cloone led at the interval by 1 02 to 0 2. On the resumption, Aughavas introduced two substitutes, i.e. the late Frank Reynolds R.I.P. and the late Mickey McGirl R.I.P. and this had a profound bearing on the game as immediately Aughavas scored two goals and a point. Cloone rallied back scored a goal and a point to be followed by an Aughavas point and the stroke of full time scored the levelling point to bring the game to draw 2 04 each. Cloone lined as follows, Paddy Kelly R.I.P., Pat Beirne Gerry Moran, Sean Smith, Louis Moran, Peadar Moran, Jim Harte, Damian Brennan, Jim McCabe, ( 01) Kieran Brennan, (1 0) Timmy Beirne (1 01) Gavin McAlinden, Kevin Moran, Gerry McGovern, ( 01 ) Gerry Tiernan R.I.P. Sub used T.P.Lennon. R.I.P. (01)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS – Cloone GAA would like to extend a very happy Christmas to all its players, members, supporters and to everybody who has supported the club in any capacity during the year, and in particular to everybody who has supported our fundraising ventures throughout the year.

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulations to St Manchan’s on winning the last Leitrim under 21 championship on Saturday last. To our own Club players, and to Eoin and Darren who were part of the team we say well done on this great achievement. Commiserations to Fenagh-Gortletteragh who provided a great opposition.

COME DINE WITH ME – Plans are all in place for what promises to be a most enjoyable night on Saturday night next December 2nd when we host the eagerly awaited ‘Come Dine with Me’. This is the clubs main fundraising event and your support is much appreciated. The event will start at 8 45 pm immediately after mass. Following the meal, there will be a host of local entertainment, and we will also be joined by young dancers from the Roisin Kennedy School of Dancing from Mohill. It promises to be a huge night and one not to be missed.

INAUGURAL INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP – Leitrim’s first Intermediate Championship took place in 1971 and while it was called a championship it probably was only a tournament as only two teams took part, Cloone and Melvin Gaels with the winner decided by aggregate score over two games. On Sunday, September 19th Cloone played Melvin Gaels in Drumshanbo and the score was Melvin Gaels 1 – 9   Cloone 0 6. Cloone lined out as follows, Paddy Kelly (RIP)Gerry Moran, Sean Forde (RIP) Luke McNamee ( RIP) Kevin Lennon Peadar Moran, Pat Beirne, Jim Beirne, Jim McCabe, Gavin McAlinden Matti Joe Lennon Kieran Brennan, Seamus Shortt, Tommy Derwin (RIP) Timmy Beirne. Subs used G McGovern, J Harte. Scorers for Cloone were J McCabe 2 Pts, T Beirne 2 pts, J Harte 1pt, J Beirne 1 pt. For the record, in round two Cloone were beaten by two points and Melvin Gaels were crowned first Leitrim  Intermediate Champions.

BACK IN THE DAY – In the early seventies the under 16 championship came immediately after the under 14 and on June 25th 1971 Cloone defeated Gortletteragh in the Grange on a scoreline of 0 14pts to 0 12pts. The stats from the game would indicate that Gortletteragh dominated the early exchanges but that Cloone turned a super second half and won the game by two points. Cloone lined out as follows, L Bohan, B Mulvey, J Gormley, S McHugh. M Mulvey, M McCrann G Mulvey, E Moran A Monaghan, C Moran, P McGarty, P McCrann, T McHugh, G  Lennon J Dillon. The last game in the group was against a more seasoned Bornacoola team who defeated Cloone by a big score, and while much the same team lined out, the changes saw Sean Doherty don the number one shirt, and Pat Kilkenny coming at number 15.

MANAGEMENT TEAM – We are delighted to announce that Niall Murray has agreed to continue as intermediate team manager for 2018 and that Alan Canning has been added to the management team to join Niall, Padraig, and Keith. Early work in relation to strength and conditioning will soon be starting. We wish the team and management the very best for 2018.

FR MANNING PLATE – Hard luck to Niall Keegan and his Leitrim teammates on losing the Fr Manning Plate to Louth on Saturday last in Longford.

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulations and best wishes to former ladies player Louise Heslin Streamstown Cloone, and Declan McCloskey Donegal who were married on Friday last in Sligo.

THANKS – Keeldra ladies GAA club would like to thank everybody who contributed to their recent church gate collection which amounted to € 606 00.

‘COME DINE WITH ME’ – Plans are well advanced for our annual fundraiser ‘Come Dine with Me’ which takes place on Saturday night December 2. This promises to be a great night for all, with the best of food and entertainment. If you are hosting get your apron, if you are not, get your tickets now.

Scór – The club is presently recruiting for participants to take part in Scór na nÓg. Interested parties please contact club Scór officer.

Quiz Corner – Following on from last week’s quiz, the answers were simple. The opposition was the 1970 County Under 14 champions Annaduff in the first round of the Under 14 Championship played in Dromod. A week later on the 4th of June, Cloone made amends by defeating Bornacoola in the Grange by 4 12 to 0 01.There were Some changes to the line when the following team took the field: Aidan McCrann, Brian Mulvey, John Gormley, Shane Creegan, Martin Mulvey, Sean McGovern, Hughie McGovern, Aidan Monaghan, Gerry Mulvey, Tadhg McHugh, Paudge McCrann, Sean Doherty, Mick Harte, Pauric Conway, Peter o Donnell. Sub used Pitchelli Brennan. Next week we will have a look at the under sixteen team of the same year.

Lotto – There was no winner of the Lotto jackpot of €4,200.00 at the weekend and the numbers drawn were 3, 10, 16, 24. The following were winners in the draw, € 50, Martin Heaney Mohill, € 30, Felix Gallogly Aughavas, € 30, Daniel Solan c/o Solon’s, Rocullion. Next draw will take place on Sat November 25th with the jackpot at € 4,300.00. Please support.

Congratulations – Congratulations to our up and coming football star Niall Keegan Faughill who was part of the successful Leitrim Under sixteen team that defeated Longford in the semi-final of the Fr Manning Plate in Longford on Saturday last. They now play Louth on Saturday next in the plate final. We wish Niall and the team the very best on Saturday next and we urge supporters to go along and support this great bunch of young footballers.

Come Dine With Me – Plans for our very popular fundraiser ‘Come Dine with Me’ on Saturday DEC 2nd are now at an advanced stage and it sure looks like being bigger and better than ever this year. However there are a few vacancies for hosts, so if you feel like hosting a table please contact club secretary Martin McCaffrey as soon as possible.

HISTORY CORNER – The answers to last week’s quiz were, the game was against Glencar Manor, played in Bee Park and the referee was the late J.P.Newton (R.I.P.). Better not mention who the umpire was. Now the history corner turns to the underage section of the club. On 27 of April 1971, the following group of young men donned the blue and gold to represent their parish and their club in the first round of that year’s competition. The team lined out as follows, John Dillon, Brian Mulvey, John Gormley, Shane Creegan, Martin Mulvey, Sean McGovern, Hughie McGovern, Gerry Mulvey, Colm Moran, Paudge McCrann, Tadgh McHugh, Sean Doherty, Mick Harte, Padraigh Conway, Peter o Donnell. The team was defeated on a scoreline of 3 12 to 1 03. What was the competition and who were the high profile opposition?

CONNACHT CHAMPIONSHIP – We would like to extend our compliments to Leitrim County Senior Champions Mohill GAA Senior football team on their excellent performance in the Connacht Championship against Castlebar Mitchells in Castlebar on Saturday last. With the odds stacked against them, the team performed very well and were worthy County representatives.

COME DINE WITH ME – Our Annual fundraiser ‘Come Dine With Me’ takes place on Saturday night December 2nd. There are still vacancies for hosts, and if anyone would like to act as a host please give your name to club Secretary Martin McCaffrey as soon as possible.

COUNTY PANEL – Our prolific goal scorer Darren Carberry has been called into the County panel by County team manager Brendan Guckian. We wish Darren the best of luck and we look forward to him donning the green and gold in the season ahead.

History Part 3

In response to last week’s quiz, Sean Doherty was first in with the right answers. The game was against Gortletteragh, the County Champions of 1970 and the game was played in the Grange. Next in the trilogy, was a game played on Sunday, March 28th, 1971, in what would now be considered an away game. The game is remembered for activities off the playing field, more so than the quality of football played. The motto was all shoulders to the wheel, but in fact, it was limbs lower than the shoulder that became the dominant feature of the game. Our present sponsor played a blinder on the side line, and umbrellas were used for purposes that they were never intended for. Sure it was a day out for all the family and surely a day not to be forgotten. The Cloone team lined as follows: Paddy Kelly, Tommy McNamee Pat Beirne, Luke McNamee, Kevin Lennon, Peadar Moran, Gerry Moran, Jim McCabe Damian Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Mattie Joe Lennon Bertie Scanlon, Sean Smith, Tommy Derwin (RIP) Timmy Beirne. Subs used Willie Mitchel for Sean Smith. We were really upmarket back then, as we had a meal for the team after the game, which cost £ 17.00. Even before the advent of the GPA or the CPA, weren’t we really extravagant. Now, where was the match played, who were the opposition, and who was the referee? I can name one umpire, who got a serious lecture from the referee about his impartiality.

At that time we seemed to run league games and concerts in tandem, as that night we hosted the Drumreilly players in Doherty’s hall, and the proceeds amounted to £32.00. At least we more than broke even for the day.Now the Cloone GAA notes office was in a little bit  of a quandary this weekend, as to the name of the play by the Drumreilly playgroup, but following great and indeed intensive work by our research team we can now reveal that the name of the play was the hilarious Tom Coffey 3 act comedy “Anyone Can Rob a Bank”. Having spent £ 17.00 on a meal, no doubt the minds of the Cloone officials that evening was seriously focused on banking matters and were hoping to get some inspiration from the play. Next week we hope to feature some underage history.


Once again our Halloween trail was a fantastic success with huge crowds participating. It was no doubt one of the best to date with people coming from far and near. The response was phenomenal, and the comments afterwards were so rewarding to hear. The club would like to thank everybody who gave freely of their time to participate in the activities on the trail and to frighten the daylights of all and sundry, also to the stewards who manned the roads ,to everyone who helped out in any way, and most importantly to the people who came from far and near to participate. It was a fantastic occasion and sincere thanks to everybody.


With the return of the T.V. programme, The Fittest Family now back on our TV screens, we in Cloone could now be in a position to boast of our fittest Community. On Sunday last our Community were represented at the Dublin City Marathon by, Damian Kelly, Philip Charles, Eugene and Veronica McNamara, Eileen and Aidan Donohue, Peter Logan, Keith Conefrey, and Paul McNamara. Congratulation and well done to all our local participants.


There was no winner of the Club Lotto at the weekend and the numbers drawn were 5, 8, 18 and 20. The following were winners in the draw € 50 Adrian Kelly Drumbore Cloone, € 30 Martin McCaffrey, Cloone € 30, Vickie McCaffrey Adoon Cloone. The club would like to thank our loyal supporters who continue to support our lotto week in, week out. Your support is much appreciated.


A date for your diary 2nd Dec, Come Dine With Me. Get the aprons out, as hosts are now being recruited.


The history corner in last week’s edition was a huge success with plenty of interest from many quarters. However nobody got all the answers correct, but there were some very close. The game was against Aughnasheelin, played in Ballinamore, and the referee was the late Charlie Lee from Aughavas. The Aughnasheelin fullback was the great Tommy Gallagher, who was a member of the Leitrim senior team at that time.

This week’s history corner brings us to a very high profile game played on Sunday 21 March 1971. Reports would indicate that this was one of the best games played at this distinguished venue for a decade, with Cloone recording a famous victory over high profile opposition, on a scoreline of 1 09 to 1 06. I won’t dare mention the row as the CCC Liatroma might issue suspensions retrospectively, as there no cards available on the day, not even blue cards. Cloone pulled out all the stops to ensure that a full team would be available. Cloone lined out as follows: Paddy Kelly (R.I.P.) Mattie Joe Lennon, Pat Beirne, Kevin Lennon, Bertie Scanlon, Peadar Moran, Gerry Moran, Jim McCabe, Tommy McNamee, Kieran McGovern, Damian Brennan, Gavin McAlinden, Willie Mitchell, Tommy Derwin ( R.I.P.), Timmy Beirne. Subs togged out on the day were Kieran Brennan and Sean Smith. As you can see a lot of players from the previous team had got their P45’s. There was a big crowd at the game, with takings from the gate amounting to £ 24. Simple questions this week, now who was the opposition and where was the game played? The success of the day did not end with the game, as the club hosted a very successful concert in Doherty’s Hall that night when the local Drama group presented their hilarious comedy to a packed audience. Proceeds from the door amounted to £42.00. Sure we were kicking it out of our way back then! I won’t ask you the name of the play or the cast members but feel free to tell me. More next week


Congratulations to our local Publican and Sponsor Tommy Creegan on his success in the Leitrim Club Cairde draw held recently. Tommy and Pat have been long-time supporters of Leitrim and Cloone GAA, and the Creegan name has been on the Cloone jersey since sponsorship in the GAA was introduced.


It is with regret that we note the deaths of people who have contributed to the local community in many ways over a long number of ways. We remember the late George Argue who passed to his eternal reward in the last two few weeks, a man who contributed in no small way to everything that was progressive about Cloone, and now we remember Dan Keegan who on Saturday evening last suddenly passed to his eternal reward. Dan was so supportive of everything that was happening in the parish, and he will be missed by everyone that knew him. We extend our sympathy to their family and friends, and may their souls rest in peace.