Earlier this evening the Central CCC confirmed that Round 7, the final round of the league, in Division 3 between Limerick and Leitrim will be in Kilmallock on Sunday at 2:30pm. The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick will host the Hurling finals as announced below. Leitrim supporters should note that there may be congestion in the Limerick region due to travelling support in particular from Galway. The referee is also confirmed as Michael McGann from An Clár.

The Kilmallock grounds are located approx 25 miles further south of Limerick in the general direction of Cork/Tralee. Towards the end of the week I will make available a map and directions to Kilmallock similar to that supplied for the previous away games

Leitrim County Board ask that as many supporters as possible travel to Kilmallock and give the team the boost that they need in this crunch game.

 

Allianz National Hurling League Finals

 

The C.C.C.C. confirmed that the Allianz National Hurling League Division One Final between Tipperary and Galway will take place on Sunday next in gaelic Grounds, Limerick at 4.15pm. This will be preceded by the Division Two Final between Carlow and Westmeath at 2.30pm.

 

The venues for the Allianz National Football League Final will be confirmed after the C.C.C.C. meeting next week

 

 

14-Apr-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim 2-7

Down 1-9

Leitrim caused the shock of the day when they deservedly defeated fancied Down in an exciting and at times physical contest at Pairc Sean Mhic Diarmada yesterday.

In a dramatic climax, Leitrim held off a late Down surge to clinch victory by the narrowest of margins.

Emyln Mulligan opened the Leitrim account with a pointed free after four minutes, but the home side were rocked two minutes later when Benny Coulter fired to the net from 25 metres. However, that was as good as it got for the Mournemen, as Leitrim, playing excellent football, chased and harried every ball. Their efforts were rewarded 23 minutes into the half when Mulligan scored a penalty goal following a foul on Philly McGuiness who was bearing down on the DownÓgoal.

Four more Leitrim points without reply left the home side deservedly ahead 1-6 to 1-1 at the break.

As expected, Down started the second half in determined mood, and with a strong wind at their backs, whittled away the Leitrim lead, Scóring six points to Leitrims one between the 39th and 51st minutes.

However, a fisted goal by man of the match Philly McGuiness from a Ciaran Duignan pass 15 minutes from time rocked Down and sent Leitrim on their way to victory. This was followed five minutes later by the dismissal of influential midfielder Declan Rooney for an off the ball foul. Although the visitors continued to press forward, and scored two further pointed frees without reply, it was to be Leitrims day.

 

ScórERS:

LEITRIM: E Mulligan (1p, 4f) 1-4, P McGuinness 1-1, F McBrien, S Foley 0-1 each

DOWN — L Doyle (5f) 0-5, B Coulter 1-0, A Carr, J Clarke, D Hughes, R Sexton 0-1 each

 

LEITRIM — nÓgill; D Reynolds, J McKeon, M McGuinness; G Reynolds, B Prior, S Foley;G McCloskey (Capt), M Duignan; M Foley, E Mulligan, P McGuinness; D OConnor, D Brennan, F McBrien

Subs: D Duignan for F McBrien,C Duignan for D Brennan, C Regan for E Mulligan, R Gallagher for M Duignan, B McWeeney for P McGuinness

 

DOWN — M McAllister; L Howard,G McArdle,M Cole; R Murtagh,L Doyle,P Turley; A Rodgers, D Rooney; J Fegan, R Sexton, D Hughes; P Downey, D Gordon (Capt), B Coulter

Subs: D Rafferty for G McArdle, A Carr for R Murtagh, K McGuigan for P Turley, J Clarke for P Downey, S Kearney for J Fegan

 

REF– M Daly (Mayo)

 

 

07-Apr-08 by Irish Independant.ie

Following a meeting of the Central Competitions Control Committee on Tuesday (April 1st), the GAA have confirmed the following:

The NFL Division 2 game between Armagh V. Dublin has been re-fixed for Sunday, April 13th at 2.30 p.m. in Crossmaglen while the Division 3 Down V. Limerick game will take place in Newry on the same date also at 2.30 p.m.

The CCCC have also confirmed that Round 7 of the NFL, Division 2 and Division 3, have now been rescheduled for Sunday, April 20th.

This means that Leitrims last game against Limerick is now 1 week later on April 20th.

The finals in Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 will go ahead as scheduled on April 27th unless there is a need for a play-off in Division 2, in accordance with Riail 116 (c) of the Official Guide.

In the event that a play-off is required, it will be played on Sunday April 27th with the Division 2 final then scheduled for the week-end of May 3rd.

 

 

01-Apr-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim dominated the first half action aided by a strong breeze in this dour affair. An early rattle of the Mayo net was not to be as the referee called a square ball and a quiet Mayo salvaged enough points to keep up with Leitrim.   A goal from Emlyn Mulligan saw Leitrim go in at the interval with a two point advantage – Leitrim 1-04 Mayo 0-5 .

With the wind at their backs and what must have been an inspirational half time talk Mayo re-emerged as a team with a very different mental approach. Leitrim could all but score 1 point as Mayo took points from all angles.

Jason Dohertys 39th-minute goal was the crucial score for champions Mayo in this Cadburys Connacht U21 FC semi-final at McHale Park, Castlebar, yesterday.

Mayo closed the game out with unanswered points in the final quarter from Mikie Sweeney, Doherty (2), Thady Gavin (2), Aidan Campbell (3), and Donal Vaughan.

Final score: Mayo 1-16 Leitrim 1-05

scorers:

Mayo: J Doherty 1-2, T Gavin (2f), A Campbell 0-4 (2f) each, C Barrett 0-2, D Vaughan, B Gallagher, J Burke, M Sweeney 0-1 each.

Leitrim: E Mulligan 1-3 (0-1f), R Mulvey 0-1, R Kennedy 0-1.

 

 

23-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie

All Leitrim eyes will be focused west to Castlebar tomorrow (Saturday) as the U21 team take on Mayo in the lions den. The venue is McHale Park and its not a particularly successful one for Leitrim U21s but no doubt this team will be eager to break the bogey.

The recent Hastings Cup Shield title and with 3 of the team making the cut in the Senior setup then their confidence will be suitably boosted. Emlyn Mulligan, Gary Reynolds and David OConnor have all performed well in recent weeks on the Senior scene and their experience will no doubt count tomorrow.

The management team of Liam Higgins and selectors Pat McWeeney, John Russell and Michael Maguire have put in a huge effort along with the panel of players leaving no stone unturned.

The team to take the field is as follows:

ColinÓgilligan – Glencar/Manorhamilton
Mark Mitchell – Gortletteragh
Dermot Reynolds – Annaduff
Jason Conroy – Bornacoola
Kieran O Flynn – Glencar/Manorhamilton
Gary Reynolds – Carrigallen
James Campbell – Gortletteragh
Stephen Conaty – Mohill
James McGrail – St Marys
David O Connor – Bornacoola
Conor Sheridan – Melvin Gaels
Ray Mulvey – St Marys
Ronan Kennedy – Mohill
Emlyn Mulligan – Melvin Gaels
Stephen O Hara – Glencar/Manorhamilton

 

Best of Luck to all concerned.

 

 

21-Mar-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim picked up their first points of the league and hopes of avoiding relegation when they comprehensively defeated Connacht champions Sligo in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

In a lively first half Leitrim, minus four first-choice players through injury, were three points up without reply after 15 minutes but a brace of points from Philip Gallagher and Eamon Cawley kept the visitors in touch. However, further points from Leitrims top scorer on the day Emlyn Mulligan gave them a deserved half-time lead of 0-5 to 0-3.

Leitrim continued to dominate on the resumption and in the 49th minute, Fintan McBriens effort over the head of Phillip Greene in the Sligo goal dashed any hopes of a Sligo comeback. Their woes were compounded 10 minutes from time when Eamonn OHara was red carded.

ScórERS: Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-8 (6f), F McBrien 1-1, D Brennan,D Duignan,D Reynolds 0-1 each. Sligo: E Cawley 0-3, K Byrne,B Kivlehan,P Gallagher (1f) 0-1 each.

LEITRIM — E Lyons; D Reynolds,J McKeon,M McGuinness; G Reynolds,B Prior,S Foley; G McCloskey(Capt),R Gallagher; P McGuinness, D Maxwell,D Duignan; E Mulligan,D Brennan,C Duignan. Subs: D OConnor for C Duignan, F McBrien for Gallagher, P Howard for McGuinness.

SLIGO — P Greene; C Harrison, N McGuire, R Donavan; J Davey, P Naughton, B Kivlehan; K Quinn, K Byrne; P Gallagher, E OHara, B Curran; E Cawley, M Brehony, D Kelly. Subs: K Sweeney for Gallagher, K Langan for Brehony, P Wilson for Quinn, P McGovern for Cawley.

REF — B Crowe (Cavan).

 

 

17-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie

The Connacht minor league game between Leitrim and Roscommon has been moved from Bornacoola to KILBRIDE at 4:30pm today (Saturday)

 

 

15-Mar-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Fermanagh 3-10

Leitrim 2-9

The scoreline flattered Fermanagh in this NFL Division 3 clash at Pairc Sean Mhic Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

The home side were five points to one ahead by the 23rd minute. Fermanagh kept in touch with points by Matthew Keenan, Martin McGrath and Martin Little. Then in the 35th minute a Declan Maxwell goal put Leitrim 1-5 to 0-4 ahead at the break.

Within two minutes of the resumption, Leitrim had extended their lead to eight points following a pointed free by Emlyn Mulligan and a second goal also by Mulligan, following yet another impressive move by the Leitrim forwards. However a lapse in concentration one minute later allowed Fermanagh back into the game when the unmarked Mark Murphy found himself in space and crashed the ball to the Leitrim net from 30 metres.

A second Fermanagh goal by Keenan in the 50th minute put the sides level and two further Fermanagh points without reply had them in sight of victory.

Despite their handicap, Leitrim were back on level terms with four minutes remaining following points from Emlyn Mulligan and Michael Foley to set up an exciting finale.

A further exchange of scores left just one point separating the sides three minutes into extra time. Leitrim threw everything into attack and losing possession were caught out when Fermanaghs Patrick Cadden finished to the net.

ScórERS — Fermanagh: M Keenan 1-4 (2f), P Cadden, M Murphy 1-0 each, M Little (0-2f),T McElroy 0-2 each, M McGrath,P Ward 0-1 each. Leitrim: E Mulligan 1-4 (4f),D Maxwell 1-2, M Foley 0-3.

Fermanagh — F Murphy, S Goan,R McCloskey, N Bogue, D Kelly, S Lyons, R Johnston, M McGrath, M Murphy, C McElroy, M Keenan, M Little, P Cadden, L McBarron, R Keenan. Subs: J McGurn for L McBarron,T McElroy for R Johnston, P Ward for R Kenan, N Keenan for J McGurn.

LEITRIM — E Lyons; D Reynolds, J McKeon, M McGuinness; G Reynolds,B McWeeney,S Foley; G McCloskey (Capt), M Duignan; C Regan, D Maxwell, M Foley,C Duignan,D Brennan,E Mulligan. Subs: D Duignan for C Regan, P McGuinness for C Duignan.

REF — R ODonnell (Donegal).

 

 

10-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie

Louth opened their account at the third time of asking with a comfortable nine-point win over Leitrim in Dundalk yesterday.

A couple of first-half goals set the home side on their way and, despite a few promising spells from Dessie Dolans men, the outcome was never really in doubt. The Wee menÓgot a perfect start when Ciaran Kennedy bundled the ball to his own net.

A touch of class from Ray FinnÓgan yielded a second goal after 24 minutes.

Leitrim rallied and kicked five points without reply, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

ScórERS — Louth: S Lennon 0-6, R FinnÓgan 1-1, C Kennedy 1-0 (og) C Judge, A Hoey 0-3 (2f) each, B White 0-2 (1 45), J Murray, E Carroll 0-1 each. Leitrim: E Mulligan 0-3 (2f), D Brennan, R Gallagher 1-0 each, C Duignan, Michael Foley 0-2 each, D Maxwell 0-1.

LOUTH –S Reynolds; A Page, D FinnÓgan, J Carr; J OBrien, C McGuinness, R FinnÓgan; M Fanning, R Carroll; J Murray, A Hoey, D Clarke; C Judge, S Lennon, B White. Subs: A Reid for White (ht), D Crilly for Clarke (62), E Carroll for Murray (64), D Mackin for OBrien (65), B Donnelly for Lennon (70).

LEITRIM — nÓgill; D Reynolds, A Flynn, C Kennedy; S Feeney, B McWeeney, S Foley; G McCloskey, M Duignan; D Duignan, E Mulligan, M Foley; C Duignan, D Brennan, D Maxwell. Subs: Garry Reynolds for Feeney (15), F Holohan for Kennedy (31), R Gallagher for D Duignan (ht), P McGuinness for Mulligan (66).

REF — J McKee (Armagh).

 

 

03-Mar-08 by Irish Independant.ie

 

The Allianz League game this Sunday is in St. Brigids Park, Dowdallshill, Dundalk. The park is the home of Dowdallshill GAA Club and is located to the north of Dundalk town.

Club website: http://www.dowdallshillgfc.com/

 

Ive provided a Google Earth image of pitch location here

 

For supporters wishing to attend the Leitrim v Louth game please note the following directions:

Recommend route via Motorway- M1

When approaching Dundalk via the motorway (M1) take the Dundalk North / Carlingford / Ballynascallon turnoff.

– At the roundabout take the 4th Exit

– cross the Motorway flyover

– At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit (Straight ahead) (N52 -Newry Road )

– At the next roundabout take the right hand (2nd) exit (N52)

– At the T junction take a left.

– St. Brigids Park is located on the Right hand side.

 

Through Dundalk – N52

Proceed through Dundalk town and take N52 (Newry Road) northbound. Cross river and pass Dowshill Cemetry on RHS.

Pitch on the Left hand side passed the cemetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

29-Feb-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim GAA wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Doorigan family, Gortletteragh, on the death of Stephen who died last night (Friday). Stephen, whos premature death at 24 years of age, will be sadly missed by his parents, Mickey and Helena and his sister Rachael, all his relatives and friends, work colleagues, football colleagues and all who know him. Stephen was a former county hurler and footballer and an avid member of Gortletteragh club, Mickey his father is the current County Hurling secretary.

Stephens remains will repose in Drogheda with removal to Gortletteragh church on Sunday evening at 7pm. Funeral mass on Monday at 12:00pm followed by burial in Gortletteragh cemetery.

Ar dheis De ar anam dhilis.

 

 

24-Feb-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Longford 2-10 Leitrim 0-6

A cracking goal from Paul Barden with 26 minutes gone in the first half put Longford on the road to a comfortable victory over neighbours Leitrim at Pearse Park.

Prior to the goal, Leitrim led by 0-3 to 0-2 with points from Michael Foley, James Glancy and Ciaran Duignan. Longford scored from frees by Francis McGee and Brian KavanÓgh.

Further points from wing back Noel Farrell (free) and McGee — the latter landing a fine strike from play — left Longford 1-4 to 0-3 in front at the break.

When Leitrim right half-back Stephen Feeney surged forward to fire over a point midway through the second half, just a goal separated the sides, but Longfords class and conditioning came to the fore as they dominated the final quarter.

Luke Dempseys slick side added another 1-5 to their tally with KavanÓgh and McGee notching two points apiece, while corner-back Dermot Brady joined the attack to fist over the bar in the closing minutes of the game.

The second Longford goal in the 64th minute was the result of a well-worked move, second half substitute Liam Keenan playing the ball into McGee who planted his shot into the corner of the net to send Leitrim towards a 10-point losing margin.

scorers — Longford: F McGee 1-4 (3f); B KavanÓgh 0-3 (1f); P Barden 1-0; N Farrell 0-2 (2f); D Brady 0-1. Leitrim: M Foley 0-2; J Glancy, C Duignan, S Feeney, E Mulligan (f), 0-1 each.

LONGFORD — D Sheridan; D Brady, D Masterson, D Reilly; S Mulligan, A OConnor, N Farrell; P Dowd, E Farrell; D Farrell, K Mulligan, D Barden; B KavanÓgh, P Barden, F McGee. Subs: C Conefrey for Masterson (40), L Keenan for E Farrell (44), P Berry for D Farrell (50), J Martin for KavanÓgh (67), E Williams for S Mulligan (67).

LEITRIM — nÓgill; D Reynolds, C Regan, M McGuinness; S Feeney, B McWeeney, S Foley; G McCloskey, M Duignan; D Duignan, E Mulligan, M Foley; J Glancy, C Duignan, D Maxwell. Subs: D Brennan for Glancy (24), G Reynolds for D Duignan (ht), P McGuinness for C Regan (61), D OConnor for C Duignan (63), C Kennedy for D Reynolds (67).

Ref– S Doyle (Wexford).

 

 

18-Feb-08 by Irish Independant.ie