The young under 8s footballers of Tir Conaill Harps returned to Glasgow unbeaten after an action packed weekend of coaching and football in Connacht. They were hosted by the Shannon Gaels club in Roscommon who organised a fantastic five team Go Games tournament in Croghan, which was played inÓgreat spirit with all the participants receiving plenty of encouragement. Prior to the tournament Peter Carney was on hand to host a coaching session with local coaches and the children from the five clubs.


At a days notice the Sean O Heslins club in Ballinamore organised a game for us when a tournament we were to take part in was cancelled due to a bereavement. We really appreciate the club doing this for us as we dont get games inÓglasgow. We hope that the club will come back on a return trip to Scotland some time in the future.

If any club is interested in bringing underage teams on a trip to Scotland contact me on any of the numbers below.


Tommy Main
Club Development and Health Promotion Officer
St.Patricks Primary school
10 Perth st



03-Oct-08 by Tommy Main

Leitrim County U-16 Boys under the guidance of Martin McGowan won the Fr Manning Cup George OToole Shield final last night against neighbours Roscommon on a scoreline of 1-8 to 2-4.

The winning of this Shield is particularly poignant this year as the new name for the competition is in memory of George OToole, one of the great servents of Leitrim GAA. Leitrim went into this competition with one win under their belt having already beaten Longford in the first round of the  new blitz format.

Well done to all concerned !

In the other game Sligo won the Fr Manning Cup when they defeated Roscommon in the Final on a scoreline of Sligo 2-8 Roscommon 1-10.

The Fr Manning competition was first held in 1965 established by the Longford County Board in memory of Fr Sean Manning. He served as Chairman of both Longford County Board for 6yrs and Leitrim Co Board for 9yrs. He held many other positions within the association as well.



17-Jul-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Best of luck to all 3 Leitrim competitors who are heading to Cavan today for the Feile Péil na nÓg competition that starts this afternoon. Leitrim with co-hosts Roscommon and Sligo has fond memories of this wonderful event which was hosted last July and wishes the Cavan committee the very best in what is a huge undertaking.

Last years Feile divisional winners Drumreilly compete in the 15 aside while Annaduff are in the 12 aside this weekend. Drumreilly will be hosted by Drumlane and their first game is today (Friday) at 3pm

Annaduff are being hosted by Killinkere and their first game is at 3pm today. Meanwhile in the Ladies St. Josephs are being hosted by Killinkere and their 1st game is also today at 2.15pm.

Best of luck to all competitors and mentors.

You can keep track of the event by clicking on this years official Feile Péil na nÓg website



04-Jul-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

The Under 12 league fixtures have been added to the website and can be found under the League Tables link on the Coiste na nÓg section on the left.

This years groupings consist of 6 teams in the 15 a side, 4 each in the 13 and 11 asides and 6 teams in the 9 a side. The competions commence on Monday evening next (June Bank Holiday) at 7:30pm in various locations county wide.

The participants in each section are:

15 a-side
St. Marys
Sean OHeslins


13 a-side
Melvin Gaels


11 a-side
St. Caillins


9 a-side
Allen Gaels
Leitrim Gaels





26-May-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO


The Connacht Minor League game between Sligo and Leitrim is moved to Enniscrone. The fixture is due for throw-in at 4:45pm tomorrow evening (Saturday).



07-Mar-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

The Coiste na nÓg Under 16 League competition kicks off this weekend with a full programme of games in the 9, 13 and 15 a-side competitions.

Check the Coiste na nÓg section of the Website for a full list of fixtures in this competition.

Supporters are asked to check with their clubs for confirmation of time and venue as some fixture details may have changed due to a clash of times with the start of ACL Division 5 this weekend.



05-Mar-08 by Padraig McGourty – PRO – Coiste na nÓg

Coiste na nÓg have completed the draw for the Under 16 league competitions and these are available on

This year league competitions will run at 15-a-side, 13-a-side and 9-a-side at Under 16 level.

The competition will commence on Sunday 9th March 2008. A copy of the draws for the various draws will be circulated by the secretary of Coiste na nÓg to all clubs.

Click here to view the draws.

















14-Feb-08 by Padraig McGourty – PRO – Coiste na nÓg

The meeting opened with Chairman Jimmy McNama welcoming all delegates. He invited Senior Board Chairman Gerry McGovern to address the meeting.

In his address Gerry compliment the Executive in the efficient way they went about their work and in organizing over 460 fixtures over the course of the year. He also paid tribute to the Feile committee on the fantastic job they done with organizing a wonderful event which was the highlight of the GAA year in Leitrim. He also paid tribute to all the clubs in the county on their efforts in making the event possible and also on the great work they were doing on moulding the young players of the future.

Following this Secretary Attracta OReilly gave her report to the meeting. In it she thanked all those who helped her throughout the year and again paid tribute to the Feile committee. Attracta again thanked the clubs in Leitrim for their cooperation in making the event such a success. She outlined all the worked done at club level and at county level and thanked all county mentors for their hard work throughout the year. Attracta also thanked the members of the Senior board, Ladies board and hurling board for all their help and co-operation throughout the year.

Outgoing Chairman Jimmy McNama then addressed the meeting and paid tribute to everyone he had worked with over his three years as chairman of the Coiste na nÓg. He thanked all who had helped with the running of games throughout the year and wished the incoming executive well.

Outgoing Treasurer Walter Sharpley gave a very detailed financial report. Senior Board Treasurer Jim Meehan complimented Walter on the report.

Next the meeting moved to the Election of Officers.

With outgoing Chairman Jimmy McNama not seeking re-election Dan Gallogly (Sean O’Heslins) was elected un-opposed as chairman. Addressing the meet Dan paid tribute to the outgoing chairman and thanked his own club Sean O’Heslins for nominating him

John Joe Byrne (Drumkeerin) was elected un-opposed as Vice Chairman replacing new Chairman Dan Gallogly in this position.

Outgoing secretary Attracta Reilly (St. Mary’s) was re-elected un-opposed.

Outgoing Assistant secretary Terence Boyle (Aughnasheelin) was re-elected un-opposed.

Treasurer Walter Sharpley indicated that he was stepping down as treasurer at the October meeting of the board and as no nominations were submitted for this position it has been left over to the first meeting of the new year to allow the incoming executive find a Treasurer.

Outgoing PRO Padraig McGourty (Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher) was re-elected un-opposed.

Outgoing Registrar Anselm Reynolds was re-elected un-opposed as Registrar.

The meeting next moved to the motions that had been put forward by the Clubs and board of Coiste na nÓg.

The first motion from the St. Caillins club in relation to retaining the structure of the current U-12 competition was withdrawn as there was no proposal before the committee to change the structure of this competition. A further motion from St. Caillins to turn the U-16 championship to a 15-a-side competition was defeated following a lengthy debate. A motion from Sean O’Heslins stating that consideration be given to adult football fixtures by Coiste na nÓg when fixing Minor League and Championship games was withdrawn after Senior Board chairManagerry McGovern stated that this was already the case. A motion from the Aughnasheelin club stating that where possible linesman for all underage finals by provided by Coiste na nÓg was passed without opposition. Two further motions from the same club regarding the timing of fixtures were withdrawn after a lengthy debate.

A motion from Coiste na nÓg that in the event of a neutral venue been unavailable for a semi-final, both teams shall toss for venue was passed. A motion to abolish the 7 day rule for the re-fixing of postponed games was defeated. A further motion from the board around the reasons for canceling of games was passed. A motion proposed by the board that the Minor A Championship Final should precede the Senior Championship Final was passed without opposition and will be forward to the Senior Board for their consideration at their first meeting in the new year. Another motion from the board regarding underage boys games played on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday take precedence over girls games on the same day with the boys games being played without the girls on these evenings if the girls also had a game was passed as a recommendation. It was stated that this motion arose out of a problem which arose this year where 3 underage boys finals had to be cancelled because participants in them were also lining out for the U-12 Leitrim ladies team. Ladies Secretary Kieran Moran stated that this would not happen again and that with continued co-operation between the boards future fixture clashes would be avoided as traditionally ladies underage fixtures takes place on a Tuesday and Thursday. A motion regarding the presentation of teams was withdrawn as this was already dealt with by Rule. A motion to increase the Secretary’s honourarium was passed without opposition. The final motion from Coiste na nÓg that the Under-12 Division 1 championship winners represent Leitrim at Feile Peil na nÓg two years later was also passed. In event of that team being unable to go , the League winners if a different club would go. If it was the same team that won both the competitions and was unable to go, the championship runners-up would be invited to go.

A motion from the Coaching officer that all clubs have 2 qualified coaches for every underage team was passed as a recommendation.

The meeting concluded with outgoing Chairman Jimmy McNama thanking all clubs for their attendance and wishing all present a happy Christmas and peaceful new year.



08-Dec-07 by Padraig McGourty – Coiste na nÓg PRO

Ballinamore Area U10 team who featured at the half time of the Senior Championship game last Sunday will now feature as part of a photo slide show on the Road to Croker show tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8.00pm.

The team Ballinamore Area U10 Team comprises of players from Sean OHeslins, Drumreilly, Aughawillan, Aughnasheelin and Fenagh. They are the Connacht Champions of 2007 and also won bronze in the Community Games Finals in Mosney.

The photo slide show is a special end of series feature capturing moments from around the country.

You will also get another chance to catch the programme on Friday night at 11.40pm on RTÉ Two, while the show will be available on-demand on the RTÉ website for a short time.



12-Sep-07 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim 1-11
Sligo 2-7

After absolutely dominating the exchanges in the first half, Leitrim had to come from behind to claim a minimum margin win over Sligo, thanks to a late Shane Flanagan free conversion at the end of Friday evening’s cracking Ted Webb Cup game in Kilcoyne Park, Tubbercurry.

Leitrim enjoyed a seven point’s interval lead after outplaying Sligo in the opening 30 minutes. But a rejuvenated Sligo turned the game completely around in the second half after they grabbed the lead at the end of the third quarter with goals from Thomas Byrne and sub Hughie Madden.

A dream start occurred for Leitrim when James Murray crashed the ball to the Sligo net within 20 seconds of the throw in after Murray had been put through by Shane Flanagan. Over the next 12 minutes Leitrim increased their lead when Shane Flanagan added two points and Morgan Quinn hit over a point, as well.

Leitrim ‘keeper Shane Sweeney prevented a Sligo goal bound effort entering his net in the 14th minute when deflecting a pile driver out for a ’45.’
Keelan Watters opened Sligo’s account when he hit over a long range in the next minute point.

Sligo’s Hughie Madden had a goal chance denied when Leitrim ‘keeper Shane Sweeney made a top class 21st minute save. Thomas Byrne cut Leitrim’s advantage when he put over a Sligo free three minutes later.

But Leitrim hit back with points from play by Morgan Quinn, Kevin Davey and Shane Flanagan to lead by 1-6 to 0-2 at the interval. However Sligo reduced Leitrim’s lead within five minutes of the restart when Thomas Byrne tapped over a free and Hughie Madden hit a point from play.

Martin Beirne kept the pressure on Sligo when he replied with a 36th minute Leitrim point. But over the next nine minutes Sligo took control of the exchanges and grabbed the lead for the first time in the game.

This purple Sligo patch was initiated by Jason Mathews when he hit over a 41st minute point from play. After that Tomas Byrne and Hughie Madden followed up with two well-takenÓgoals, which put the Yeats County in front.
After coming through some choppy waters, James Murray steadied the Leitrim ship when he levelled matters with a 46th minute point. Leitrim regained the lead when Morgan Quinn hit over another point five minutes later.

But Sligo regrouped and went back in front again by the 56th minute after Thomas Byrne hit over two points, one from play and the other from a well hit sideline kick. Byrne’s first point in this spell came an intense bout of Sligo pressure when Leitrim ‘keeper Shane Sweeney managed to keep the ball out of his net on no less than three successive occasions, before Byrne shot over.

Morgan Quinn failed to level matters when he hit a 60th minute Leitrim free wide but Shane Flanagan made amends when he tapped over another free two minutes later. Then, as the game was heading for a dramatic climax, Flanagan secured victory for Leitrim when he converted a 64th minute free.

However Sligo had a chance to claim a share of the spoils before the finish when Jason Mathews attempted to convert a long range free. But despite finding the distance with his kick, Mathews’ shot just tailed off wide.

Shane Sweeney; Dean McVeigh, James O’Brien, Thomas Cornyn; Declan Brennan, Sean McWeeney, Shane Ryan; Kevin Davey (0-1), Conor McWeeney; Gerard Kelly, Morgan Quinn (0-3), Martin Beirne (0-1); James Murray (1-1), Shane Flanagan (0-5), Ryan Creamer. Subs Ciarán Brick for Creamer (59 mins).

James Connolly; James Kelly, Colin McTiernan, Kevin McGovern; Pat Hughes, James Brett, James Cummy; Jason Mathews (0-1), Niall Clarkin; Mark McGoldrick, Keith McGrath, David Carridiane; Ronan McGarriagle, Keelan Watters (0-1), Thomas Byrne (1-4). Subs: Hughie Madden (1-1) for McTiernan (19 mins), David Sheppard for Clarkin (49 mins).

Referee: Jerome Henry (Galway).

Thanks to PJ Leddy & Leitrim Post for supplying this article



10-Jul-07 by By PJ Leddy – Leitrim Post

Arising from the decision of the Coiste na nÓg A.G.M. to establish a Committee to examine all underage structures in the County a committee has now been established comprising of the following members John Joe Beirne, Ciallian Ellis, Sean Kennedy, Sean McGoldrick, Paddy O Connor and Diarmuid Sweeney.

This committee is currently examining all underage structures with particular reference to the following:

Timing of games
Pitch size
Dates and timing of competitions
County teams/Involvement in
Any other concerns your Club may have

[b]It is vitally important that all underage Mentors make their views known and have their input into this process.[/b]
Kindly discuss your Clubs concerns, views opinions etc. with your club mentors/Managers in advance and attend at the appointed time and venue as listed below to inform this committee. A Maximum of 3 members per Club may attend.

Tuesday 24th April 2007 Commercial Hotel, Ballinamore
Sean OHeslins 7.30pm
Aughnasheelin 7.45pm
Drumreilly/Aughawillian 8pm
Fenagh/StCallians 8.15pm
Cloone 8.30pm
Aughavas 8.45pm
Carrigallen 9.00pm

Wedensday 25th April 2007 Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon.
St Marys 7.30pm
Leitrim Gaels 7.45pm
Allen Gaels 8.00pm
Kiltubrid 8.15pm
Annaduff 8.30pm
Bornacoola 8.45pm
Eslin 9.00pm
Mohill 9.15pm
Gortletteragh 9.30pm

Thursday 26th April 2007 Bee Park Centre, Manorhamilton
Glencar/Manorhamilton 7.30pm
Glenfarne 7.45pm
St Osnatts 8.00pm
Dromahair 8.15pm
Drumkeerin 8.30pm
Ballinaglera 8.45pm
Melvin Gaels 9.00pm



13-Apr-07 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

The county minor game between Leitrim and Sligo is switched from Drumshanbo to Cloone. The throw-in remains at 5pm tomorrow evening (Saturday).



16-Mar-07 by Brendan Doyle – PRO