Former Dublin captain and Minor Team Manager Paddy Christie will back in Leitrim on Thursday, January 25th to deliver another Coaching Workshop. Patrons will remember that Christie delivered the first of a number of fully booked out coaching workshops that have taken place from December 2016 and through 2017 at the County Centre of Excellence in Annaduff.

Christie, currently coaching Trinity College Sigerson Cup Team, also coached Ballymun Kickhams to the Dublin Senior Final in 2017. He will be joined this time by Leitrim Games Promotion Officer James Glancy for a joint workshop with the theme “Modification of Games”.

The aim of the workshop is to help coaches, many of whom are involved at all levels of the game in the county from nursery to juvenile and senior, devise, adapt and modify their training to suit the age-appropriate teams.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Centre of Excellence in Annaduff. The cost is again €5 and anyone with any queries can contact Leitrim GPO James Glancy at 0864082561 or

You are advised that the Martin Fogarty Hurling Course organised for this evening in Sligo, and the Award 1 Football Course due to take place in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada this evening have both been postponed due to weather conditions.

The Award 1 Football Course will commence on Monday next 18th December in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

Tomorrow night’s Award 1 course is Manorhamilton is still going ahead as planned.

Due to adverse weather conditions this mornings (Saturday) Under 13 Regional Game Centres in Centre of Excellence & Glencar Community Park are postponed.



Date: Monday, December 11th

Time: 7.00-9.00pm

Venue: Summerhill College Gym(Sligo)

While this is aimed at hurling coaches, all coaches are invited and welcome to attend. This is a joint venture by Sligo and Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games Development.

Decorated ex-Kilkenny selector Martin Fogarty has been appointed National Hurling Development manager by the GAA.

The new role, which was recommended by the Hurling 2020 Committee, includes a specific responsibility for the development of hurling

Among the other aims of the committee will be a review of county games programmes for club players, devising other activities and initiatives with the aim of maximising participation across all levels of the games, and consideration of the restoration of a mentoring programme in designated counties.

Fogarty, who was a selector with Kilkenny from 2005-2013 when the Cats won six All-Ireland titles, said: “Hurling has always been my life and I’m delighted and honoured to have appointed as National Hurling Development manager.

“There is tremendous work taking place in the development and promotion of hurling around the country – not all of it being recognised and not all of it yielding trophies.

“But I want to shine a light on the work that is being done to grow the game and to support it and also work to ensure that hurling has a great future.”

Fogarty, who also led Kilkenny’s Under-21s to successive All-Ireland titles in 2003 and 2004, In recent years Leitrim has become a force in underage hurling both in club and at county development squads.

Martin will be meeting the club coaches and volunteers from 7-8pm where he will do a workshop on how to maximize the resources each club have and for the last part, Martin will be taking the Sligo/Leitrim u17 hurlers in an indoor session from 8-9:30pm.

This evening is an evening not to be missed. All club coaches and anyone that is interested in sport should come and listen to hear what Martin has to say.


Under 13 Regional Game Centres are up and running. It is the perfect opportunity for young players to hone their skills in the company of their peers of the same age. Upcoming Game Centres are as follows:

The u13 regional game centres will take place over the coming weekend at the following venues.

·         Glencar Community Park,  Saturday 18th from 10am-11.30am.

·         Ballinamore & Annaduff regions will combine in the Leitrim GAA centre in Annaduff on Sunday 19th from 11am-12.30.

Please note: The u13 game centre is open to boys in their last year at the under 13 grade this year.

This Coaching and Games Development initiative took place at St Osnat’s GAA Grounds, Glencar on Saturday morning last.

Leitrim . . . 2-06 Longford . . . 0-10

A goal from Diarmuid Kelleher in the first minute of stoppage time saw Leitrim snatch a last-gasp victory over Longford in the Fr Manning U-16 Football Tournament Plate semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday last.

Kelleher also scored the goal in the first half that left his side leading by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break, with the four points coming from the boot of Jamie Quinn (three frees). Longford dominated for much of the second half but some excellent defensive work by Leitrim and some poor shot selection meant that Leitrim were always in the game. Two Jamie Quinn pointed frees left the minimum between the sides entering the final minutes. Both sides were pressing for the winning score, the Longford goalkeeper making two fine saves, both from Kelleher shots, while at the other end Donal Casey and the Leitrim defence were forcing the Longford forwards into mistakes. Kelleher then forced home his second goal in stoppage time following another Leitrim attack.

Leitrim now meet Louth in the Plate final.

LEITRIM: Sean Reynolds (St Mary’s); Tom McKeon (Fenagh), Donal Casey (Leitrim Village), Shane McGloine (Melvin Gaels); Oisin Niblock (Rinn Gaels), Eoin McLoughlin (Fenagh), Francis McGovern (Ballinamore); Jack Hughes (Annaduff), Colin Moran (Allen Gaels); Daniel Maguire (Drumkeerin), Caolan Clancy (Melvin Gaels), Tom Prior (Ballinamore); Oisin Bohan (St Mary’s), Jamie Quinn (Rinn Gaels, 0-6, five frees), Diarmuid Kelleher (St Mary’s, 2-0).

Subs:- Shaifik Ohbihi (St Joseph’s) for O Bohan (33 mins); Niall Keegan (Mohill) for O Niblock (48 mins); Conal McGovern (Fenagh) for D Maguire (55 mins).

Due to cancellations, five places have become available for the John Morrison Coaching Workshop. ‘Games Senses’ takes place in Centre of Excellence, Annaduff, tomorrow evening commencing at 7.30pm.

These additional places may be secured by contacting Leitrim GAA Games Promotion Officer James Glancy on (086) 4082561 or email

The cost of the workshop will be €5.

Fr. Manning Round 3

Leitrim 3 – 12    Meath 7 – 14

Midway through the second half of this very entertaining game, the scoreboard showed the sides level, 3-10 a-piece, however, in a three-minute blitz Meath ended the game as a contest, scoring three goals.

Leitrim started the game with a sense of urgency, Oisin Bohan and Caolan Clancy pointed frees and two superb goals from David O’Connell and Donal Casey left them leading 2 -02 to 0-00 after 4 minutes. Meath responded well, Points from Joe Moore (free), Matthew Costello(play) and a goal from Evan Corrigan pegged back Leitrim but further points from Diarmuid Kelleher(play), Caolan Clancy and Paul Keaney (frees) kept them in control.

Meath made two substitutions, bringing on Ian Birmingham and Conor Quigley and both players made an instant impact, firing over a point each and Birmingham setting up Matthew Costello for his second point from play. Meath levelled the game in the 20th minute with an excellent goal from Conor Quigley. Eoin McLoughlin replaced the injured Niall Keegan on the Leitrim team. Meath scored their third goal from a Luke Mitchell penalty which looked a very harsh call against the Leitrim defence. Jack Hughes and Tom Prior pointed, Oisin Bohan scored Leitrim’s third goal, reacting smartly to the ball coming back off the upright before Luke Mitchell brought the first half to an end with a pointed free.

Half Time – Leitrim 3 – 07      Meath 3 – 06

The second half opened with Meath points from Ian Birmingham, Matthew Costello and two pointed frees by Luke Mitchell with Leitrim replies from Oisin Bohan, Diarmuid Kelleher and Caolan Clancy, 12 minutes played and the sides level. In the following 3 minutes, Joe Moore(two) and Evan Corrigan goaled and further points from Mitchell, Birmingham and Colin Hawdon sealed the win for Meath. Two Caolan Clancy frees and 1 -01 from Meath sub Aitzol King ended the scoring.

Final score Leitrim 3 – 12    Meath 7 – 14

Leitrim will be disappointed at the manner of the defeat, they played very well up until the Meath blitz but players will learn that mistakes at this level are clinically punished.

Leitrim Panel

Sean Reynolds St Marys, Shaifik Ohbihi St Josephs, Niall Keegan Mohill, Tom McKeon Fenagh, Paul Keaney St Marys, Shane McGloin Melvin Gaels, Daniel Maguire Drumkerrin, David OConnell St Marys, Jack Hughes Annaduff, Colin Moran Allen Gaels, Peter Conolly Melvin Gaels, Oisin Bohan St Marys, Coalan Clancy Melvin Gaels, Donal Casey Leitrim Gaels, Oisin Niblock Gortletteragh, Eoin McLoughlin Fenagh St. Caillins, Matthew Early Leitrim Gaels, Francis Shanley Annaduff, Tom Prior Ballinamore S. O’H, Francis McGovern Ballinamore S. O’H, Jamie Quinn Gortletteragh, Conal McGovern Fenagh St. Caillins, Diarmuid Kellegher St Marys.

It was a busy weekend for the County Under 16 footballers. On Saturday last they hosted Offaly in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada and a poor start cost the team as the Faithful Boys recorded a 3-12 to 2-10 victory. However, earlier this afternoon the lads bounced back at the Laois GAA Training Centre with a terrific performance and were excellent value for a 2-14 to 1-5 victory over the home side. Well done to the team and management.

Next up for the lads is a trip to Duganny GAA Training Centre on Saturday next as they take on Meath.

John Morrison’s ‘Game Senses’ Coaching Workshop which will take place on November 9th at the Centre of Excellence has now been booked out.

County Coaching and Games Development U11 Blitz took place in Annaduff Centre of Excellence tonight. It was a huge success and our thanks are extended to all clubs who attended and mentors of the teams who helped organise.
A special word of thanks to Brian Blake for having the centre in wonderful playing condition and finally to Annaduff GAA club for use of their goalposts. Teams from Mohill, Bornacoola, Aughawillan/Drumreilly, Kiltubrid, St Mary’s Kiltoghert(2), Glencar/Manorhamilton(2), Dromahair St Patrick’s and Fenagh St Caillin’s played this evening and had a great experience.


Only 15 places remain on the John Morrison ‘Games Senses’ Coaching Workshop in Centre of Excellence on November 9th.

Bookings for the few remaining places can be reserved by contacting Leitrim GAA Games Promotion Officer James Glancy on (086) 4082561 or email