[b]Under-10 blitz:[/b]
The first series of under 10 blitz concluded on saturday last with very enjoyable days in Ballinaglera and Gortletteragh. To all the host clubs we would like to extend a big thank you for the way you presented your grounds for our blitz.We would like to thank all those who helped in any way and also the mentors and players from all the clubs who took part, it was a joy to work with you. We plan to run the next series of blitz in June before the schools close for summer holidays.

[b]Coaching demonstration:[/b]
A pratical demonstration in the teaching of skills and drills will be held in the GAA park Drumshanbo on this Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm approx. This demonstration should be a must for all coaches of underage teams. Any teachers wishing to get involved with coaching are very welcome.

[b]Under 15 Developement Squad:[/b]
Our under 15 developement squad had a very usefull workout againts Longford last week. This squad are working very hard at the moment and have a busy schedule planned over the next few weeks .



24-Apr-06 by Thomas Keenan

[b]Under 10 blitz[/b]

Our under 10 blitz continue this weekend in Gortletteragh and Ballinaglera. Clubs taking part in Gortletteragh are, Gortletteragh – Mohill – Carrigallen – Bornacoola And Drumreilly/Aughawillan. Clubs taking part in Ballinaglera are, Ballinaglera – Glenfarne Kilty – Kiltubrid and St. Osnetts.

[b]Foundation Level Coaching Course[/b]

Our last foundation level coaching course for the season will take place in Ballinamore (Smyths)on Thursday evening at 7.30pm and on Saturday morning at 10.00am in the pitch.

[b]Drills + Skills Teaching Technique[/b]

A pratical demonstration on the teaching Techniques for skills of GAA will take place in Allen Gaels GAA park Drumshanbo on Friday 28/04/06 at 7.00pm.This demonstration should be a must for any new coaches or those working with under age teams but is open to all coaches.



18-Apr-06 by Thomas Keenan

The following is a list of coaching and developments events which will be run over the next few months.

[b]U-10 Blitz[/b]

[b]Week 1 – Saturday 15/04/06[/b]

In Aughnasheelin:
Aughnasheelin, Allen Gaels, Aughavas, Cloone .

In Fenagh:
Fenagh, St.Marys, Annaduff, Leitrim Gaels, Sean O?Heslins.

In Dromahair:
Dromahair, Drumkeerin, Manorhamilton, Melvin Gaels.

[b]Week 2- Saturday 22/04/06[/b]

Grtletteragh, Mohill, Bornacoola, Carrigallen,Drumreilly/Aughawillan.

In Ballinaglera:
Ballinaglera, Kiltubrid, St.Osnetts, Eslin, GlenfarneKilty.

All blitz to commence at 11am?.10 min per half.

[b]Foundation Level Course in Ballinamore[/b]
Thursday 20/04/06 7.30pm
Saturday 22/04/06 10.00am

[b]Drills + Skills -Teaching Techniques[/b]
Friday 28/04/06 in Drumshanbo (provisional)

[b]Coming in May ??.. [/b]
Teaching basic Hurling skills.
For club coaches and Teachers who wish to promote Hurling.

[b]Hurling Development Squads:[/b]
Schools of excellence / Development squads for Hurling at under 12 , 14 and 16 will commence in Ballinamore on Saturday 27/05/06 and will run for eight weeks . Full details in the next few weeks.

[b]School Coaching[/b]
Coaching will recommence in our primary schools from Monday 24/04/06 and will continue until the summer holidays. It will restart again in September.

Post Primary:
Coaching has recommenced in our Post Primary schools over the past number of weeks.

[b]Vhi Cul Summer Camps:[/b]
Application forms for our Vhi Cul Camps will be distributed when our coaches call to the schools after the Easter holidays. Details can also be got from the GAA web site.



12-Apr-06 by Thomas Keenan


Our ever popular GAA summer camps are back again for 2006. This year the GAA have organised the camps on a national basis, with the VHI joining as main sponsor.

Dates and venues are now finalised for the Leitrim GAA camps. Eleven camps will take place during the month of July and will cater for children from primary school, between the ages 7 to 13yrs. C?l camps will commence on Monday 3rd July in Carrick-on-Shannon, Manorhamilton and Aughawillan. Camps will run from Monday to Friday each week.

Good news is that camp costs remain the same as last year, ? 60 per first family member and ?30 for additional family members. Due to the ever larger numbers attending the camps each year, we are asking parents to pre book camp places as we will not be able to guarantee places on the day of the camps.

Every child attending the camps will enjoy a week of GAA activities in a fun filled environment and will receive a special camp pack of jersey, togs, socks and back pack.

[b]Leitrim VHI Cul Camps dates & venues 2006[/b]

Carrick?on?Shannon, Manorhamilton and Aughawillan.
Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July

Kinlough, Drumshanbo and Mohill
Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July

Dromahair, Aughavas and Gortletteragh
Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July

Drumkeerin and Fenagh
Monday 24th July to Friday 28th July

Booking forms will be distributed in the next few weeks.

For further information or details contact Thomas Keenan 087-6591049



30-Mar-06 by Thomas Keenan

[b]Forward play / Shooting drills[/b]

A practical demonstration of Forward play / Shooting drills will be given by Michael Mc Geehan on Saturday next 4th March in the Annaduff GAA grounds. The demonstration will run from 12.30 to 3.00pm and will cover all age brackets.All coaches are welcome.

[b]Foundation Level Coaching course[/b]

A foundation level coaching course will commence on Thursday 09/03/06 at 7.30pm in Annaduff GAA centre.Any coaches who have not yet completed foundation level should not miss this course.

Further information on either of above from Thomas Keenan 087/6591049.



28-Feb-06 by Thomas Keenan – Games Development Administrator


The Connacht Council invite all interested parties to attend a Fundamental Workshop and Seminar on February 3rd and 4th 2006.

The Friday session will be an interactive forum which will explain the philosophy and theoretical principles of fundamental development in our Games.

Saturday will be a practical workshop where people will be required to participate. Remember, we learn by doing.

Both sessions will be conducted by Terence McWilliams, Ulster Games Manager who is one of the foremost authorities in this field. Previous to his appointment as Games Manager, Terence spent the past 25 years working in this area, for the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.

He has also produced one of the best Resource Packs available for coaching the fundamentals.

In the light of all the recent controversy about players, technical development this is a ?must? course for all coaches.

The course will be conducted in N.U.I.G:-

Friday 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.

Saturday 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Applications can be made to the Connacht Council Office, telephone 094 96 30335, fax 094 96 30175 or by E Mail connachtgaa@eircom.net.



03-Feb-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Seminar – Organised by Leitrim GAA Development Committee

on the Subject of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Takes place next Monday night 30th Jan in the Bush Hotel Carrick on Shannon starting at 8.30 pm.

This Information and Discussion Seminar is for all Clubs.
In attendance will be personnel with special responsibility for the subject from the Gardai, The HSE as well as the GAA National Co-Ordinator for the Prevention of Alcohol & Substance Abuse.

Clubs are asked to promote this Seminar and ensure all club officers are in attendance including those with responsibility for the youth of the club.

This Seminar is also open to the Ladies Clubs of the county.

We all have a responsibility to help stem the rise in all Substance Abuses.



23-Jan-06 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

The following is the complete list of Leitrim GAA Awards 2005 to be presented at the Annual awards Function in the Bush Hotel this Saturday January 21st.

[b]Coiste Chontae Liatroma – GAA Awards 2005[/b]

[b]Coiste Sinsir[/b]

Hall of Fame
Mick Kilkenny – Aughavas/Tully

County Player of Year
Christopher Carroll – Kiltubrid

Club Player of Year
Enda McKeon – Kiltubrid

Referee of Year
Ray McBrien – Aughavas

Club Grounds of Year
– Ballinaglera

[b]Coiste na nÓg[/b]

Minor Player of Year
Gary Reynolds – Carrigallen

Under 16 Player of Year
Wayne McKeon – Sean O?Heslin?s

Referee of Year
Brendan Sammon – Aughnasheelin

[b]Coiste Iom?na[/b]

County Hurler of Year
Clement Cunniffe – St. Mary?s

Club Hurler of Year
Michael Poniard – Glencar/Manorhamilton

Young Hurler of Year
Conor McCauley – Mohill/Bornacoola

[b]Coiste Liathr?id L?imhe[/b]

Senior Handballer of Year
Paul Gilmartin – Kiltubrid

Junior Handballer of Year
Martin Raftery – Drumshanbo

Ladies Handballer of Year
Ciara McLoughlin – Fenagh

Juvenile Handballer of Year
James Gallagher – Drumkeerin

[b]Cumann Peile Gael na mBan[/b]

County Player of Year
Karen McGovern – Aughawillan

Senior Club Player of Year
Carla Creegan – Cloone

Junior A Club Player of Year
Linda McGourty – Ballinaglera

Junior B Club Player of Year
Kirby Gilgunn – Sean O?Heslin?s



17-Jan-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO


The Connacht Council in conjunction with James O?Toole Sports Med West and the Mayo Sports Partnership invite all coaches and mentors to attend the above workshop.

A Seminar/Workshop will be presented by Dr. Avery Faigenbaum, National Strength and Conditioning Specialist, The College of New Jersey on the above date.

It will focus on plyometrics and particularly speed and power and the misconceptions and benefits accruing from plyometric training. This seminar will highlight the essentials of plyometric training and will outline a simple yet effective plyometric conditioning program that can be incorporated into any athletes conditioning program.

This seminar/workshop will include a lecture on plyometric training followed by a ?learn by doing? practical session on developing and implementing a six-week plyometric conditioning program.

The day?s program

10.15 AM – Introduction and lecture on plyometric training the ?Do and Do nots?s?
11.00 AM Break
11,15 AM – Practical Workshop on developing and implementing a progressive six-week plyometric conditioning program incorporating progressive plyometrics for speed and power.
12.30 PM – Questions and Answers and a brief outline of Power Lifting with practical demonstrations.

Please apply to before the 8th January to:-

Mr John Tobin Connacht GAA on (094 96 30335).
Mr James O?Toole (Sports Med West on (091 586 007)
Charlie Lambert (Mayo Sports Partnership (094 9047543)

Time of Course: January 14th 2006 10.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.




22-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Championship Regulations 2005

1. Grounds will not be opened until one hour in advance of first fixture of double header or single fixture
2. 32 passes for pitch enclosure for Senior Teams/30 passes for Intermediate/28 passes for Junior Teams.
3. Club Official responsible for distributing passes should be at ground in advance of arrival of players as they will not be admitted to ground without pass.
4. Games must be started at appointed time as per TO.
5. All team personnel must stay in dugout area for the duration of the game. Team management only allowed to patrol sideline. All other personnel must stay well clear of sideline.
6. All substitutions to be made only with the permission of linesman.
7. High numbered jersey to be saved to replace blood stained jersey.
8. St. Mary?s club grounds will not be available for warming up of teams playing in P?irc Se?n Mac Diarmada.



13-Jul-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

Club Ground Improvement Scheme

Over the coming weeks the annual inspection of all Leitrim Club Grounds will take place.
As a reminder to all clubs the following Four Headings will form the main areas to be looked at.
1. General Layout
(a) Entrance gates and name of park
(b) Directional signÓge
(c) Boundaries
(d) Litter
(e) Entrance and presentation of park to public
(f) Dressing rooms and showers
(g) Toilet facilities
(h) Ticket admission point
(i) Extra facilities
(j) Training grounds including lighting
(k) Press facilities

2. Safety
(a) First Aid Facilities including Kit and Stretcher
(b) Safety Hazards
(c) Storage of machinery and equipment
(d) Storage of Mobile Goal Posts
(e) Disability Access
(f) Emergency Services Access

3. Pitch.
(a) Quality of Surface
(b) Maintenance of Surface
(c) Line marking and Flags
(d) Goal Posts both permanent and mobile
(e) Sideline Player accommodation
(f) Pitch enclosure

4. Other.
(a) Is Property vested
(b) Are Trustees up to date

This is a guide to clubs and hopefully will assist in the overall safety and good housekeeping expected at all our games and training venues.



28-Jun-05 by Grounds Safety Committee

The final part of the Level 1 SAQ (Speed, Agility & Quickness) course will finish tonight in the community centre in Carrick at 7pm. All participants are expected to complete their tests and receive their awards.



24-Jun-05 by Thomas Keenan – Coaching and Development Officer