Hurling News Week beginning 27th March 2012

Táin League Fixtures for Saturday 3rd March –

Division 4A

St. Marys travel to Killyclogher(Omagh) to play Cappagh Gaels of Tyrone and Cluainin Iomaint will play Wolf Tones of Longford.

Division 5A

This Friday Ballinamore have a home game against Carrickmacross of Monaghan at 9pm. Venue yet to be confirmed.




27-Feb-12 by Micheal Dolan Hurling PRO

The Lory Meagher Round 1 Draw is as follows:

(first team listed has home venue)

Leitrim v Tyrone

Fermanagh v Longford

Warwickshire Bye



14-Nov-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Joe Dooley (Offaly), Kevin Ryan (Carlow) and Jim McKernan (Antrim), Managers of the Irish Senior Hurling/Shinty team and Michael Walsh (Kilkenny) and John Meyler (Kerry), Managers of Irish U21 Hurling/Shinty team announced their panels on Tuesday last for the 2011 matches between Ireland and Scotland. The U21 panel sees Aughawillan man Morgan Quinn selected. This is a huge honour for Morgan and his family and club are no doubt hugely proud of his achievement.

The first test of a two-test senior series takes place at 3.00pm in Athy tomorrow (Saturday October 22nd) at 3.00pm. The second Hurling/Shinty test takes place in Inverness, Scotland on Saturday, October 29th at 2.00pm. This will be preceded by the U21 game which will take place at 12 noon.

The senior Hurling/Shinty Irish panel is as follows:
1. Patrick Mullaney ‘ Laois (Goalkeeper)
2. Joe Bergin – Offaly
3. Kieran Divilly – Kildare
4. Cormac Donnelly – Antrim
5. John Doran – Kildare
6. ArronÓgraffin – Antrim
7. Willie Hyland – Laois
8. Eoin Kelly – Tipperary
9. David Kennedy – Kildare
10. Damian Maguire – Tyrone
11. Brendan Maher – Tipperary
12. Shane Morley – Mayo
13. Tom Murnane – Kerry
14. Brendan Murtagh – Westmeath
15. Eoin Nolan – Carlow
16. Andy O’Brien – Wicklow
17. Eoin Price – Westmeath
18. Michael Rice ‘ Kilkenny (Captain)

The U21 Hurling/Shinty panel is as follows:
1. Eoin Reilly -Laois (Goalkeeper)
2. Michael Armstrong -Antrim
3. John Coyne – Roscommon
4. David English – Carlow
5. JohnÓgilligan – Westmeath
6. Conor Grogan -Tyrone
7. Declan Hannon – Limerick
8. Jason Leahy – Kerry
9. Alan McGrath – Westmeath
10. Brian Murphy – Kerry
11. Killian Murphy -Westmeath
12. Shane Nolan -Kerry
13. Darragh O’Connell ‘ Kerry (Captain)
14. Barry O’Mara -Westmeath
15. Eanna O’Neill -Kildare
16. Mick Purcell – Kildare
17. Morgan Quinn – Leitrim
18. Ollie Walsh – Kilkenny

Coiste Chontae Liatroma take this opportunity to say well done to Morgan and wish him well in the two-test series.



21-Oct-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Gortletteragh and Cluainín will contest the Hurling Final replay on Saturday 22nd October at 3.45 in Pairc Sean. Another big crowd is expected for the rematch.



17-Oct-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

The draws for the Christy Ring/Nicky Rackard/Lory Meagher Round 2.
Games will take place on the  30th April 2011, first team listed has home venue.
Christy Ring
Round 2A
Kerry v Meath
Wicklow v Derry
Round 2B
Mayo v Kildare
Down v Armagh
Nicky Rackard
Round 2
Louth v London
Fingal v Monaghan
Lory Meagher
Round 2A
Donegal v Fermanagh
Tyrone v South Down
Round 2B
Leitim v Warwickshire
Longford Bye



28-Apr-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

County Hurling

The county senior hurlers will play Fermanagh this Sunday in Ballinamore at 2.30 in their final game of the Allianz Hurling league. With many injuries in the squad Martin Cunniffe and his players will have a tough task to beat a strong Fermanagh team who are third behind South Down and Tyrone. The Fermanagh men need a win to be in with a shout to gain promotion if results go their way. Leitrim will be hoping to replenish their confidence after their defeat to South Down and a win would give them the confidence they need going into the championship.

Ulster Hurling League

Cluainín Iomáint battled hard last Saturday against a tough Rasharkin (Antrim) team. It was all to play for at half time with the scoreline of 2.04 to 6points in favour of the Antrim men. Manor were lifted with a well takenÓgoal by Michael McKeon and looked like they would take victory but Rasharkins experience prevailed with some well taken scores in the closing minutes of the game. Final score Cluainín Iomáint 1.08 Rasharkin 2.10 Cluainín Iomáint will play Castleblaney in Manorhamilton on April 2nd. Team and scorers – Mark Boyle, Cathal Cullen, Cathal Phibbs, Paddy Clerkin, Seamus McTiernan, Steve Feeney, Patrick Clancy, Micheal Poniard (0.01), Michael Dolan (0.01), Oliver Donnelly, Michael McKeon (1.00), Declan Ryan (0.01), Brian Feeney (0.03), Gary Hickey (0.02), Ross Cocran, Seamus McNama.



22-Mar-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Leitrim Senior Hurlers:
Leitrim Senior hurlers will be hoping to build on their win against Cavan when they play Longford this Sunday in Pairc Sean. The team and panel will have gained much confidence in the way they dispatched of Cavan two weeks ago. Longfords league form has not being good losing to Fermanagh and South Down by ten points in their first two games this year. This should give Martin Cunniffes men the courage to get a result this weekend. Throw in is at 2.30pm.

Ulster Hurling League Div 4B:
Cluainin Iomaint (Glencar/Manorhamilton hurling) opening game to Ballyvarley of Down saturday week ago did not go ahead due to the weather. Last Saturday Manor made the 3hour journey to Castlewellan. In tough conditions and with a depleted team due to many injuries Manor lost to the home side 7.08 to 1.02. Best for Manor were Patrick Clerkin (1.00), Declan Ryan (0.01) and Rossa O Snodaigh (0.01). Cluainin Iomaint will travel to Omagh to play Cappagh Gaels this saturday at 3pm.



02-Mar-11 by Micheal Dolan – PRO Hurling

Allianz Leagues NHL Div 4 Round 2

Leitrim 3 – 19
Cavan 1 – 8

Leitrim showed no mercy to neighbours Cavan in Ballinamore on Sunday afternoon when romping home with a comprehensive seventeen points Allianz Leagues NHL Division 4 victory over the Breffni men in what turned out to be a very one sided local hurling derby.
The Leitrim men also registered their first competitive win in this game under new Manager Martin Cunniffe, which was especially pleasing for Cunniffe and his side after they suffered a crushing sixteen points defeat at the hands of Tyrone a week earlier in their opening league game in Omagh.
At the interval on Sunday Leitrim led by twelve points with Malachy Dolly and Michael Lane netting for the home side in the opening half while Ciarán ONeill replied with three Cavan free conversions for the struggling visitors. There were some hopes of a change in the Cavan fortunes after the restart when ONeill hit the seconds halfs opening scores as he tapped over another free and added a point from play. But these hopes were soon dashed for the Breffni men when Leitrim went into complete overdrive again. Final score Leitrim 3-19, Cavan 1-8.
The Leitrim fullback line of Kevin McGrath, Vinny McDermott and newcomer Patrick McManus was rock solid in the clash with Cavan and starved the Breffni front line of Scóring chances for long periods. Meanwhile Leitrim midfielder and Bruree, Co Limerick club Michael Lane turned in a man-of-the-match performance.

Leitrim: Paul McKiernan, Kevin McGrath, Vincent McDermott, Patrick McManus, Seamus McTiernan, Stephen Feeney, David McTiernan, Michael Lane 1 – 7(2f.) Clement Cunniffe 0 – 5(2f.), Malachy Dolly 1 – 0, Dave McGovern 0 – 4, Mícheál Dolan, Declan Ryan, Dermot Kennedy 1 – 0, Brian Feeney 0 – 2. Subs Eamon. Walsh 0 – 1 for Dolly (45mins.), Mark ODonaghue for Kennedy (55mins.), Sean Beirne for Ryan (59mins.), Sean McTiernan for Lane (66mins.), Sean Bohan for D. McTiernan (67mins.).



23-Feb-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Leitrim Hurling News
Hard luck to the Leitrim hurlers in their first game in the Allianz NHL as a much fitter and determined Tyrone won out on a scoreline of 2.19 to 0.09. Leitrim will face Cavan in Ballinamore next Sunday at 2.30pm where they will be expected to pick up their first points of the league campaign.

Ulster hurling League
Cluainin Iomaint (Glencar Manorhamilton) have their first game in the Ulster League this Saturday when they face Ballyvarley of Down in the Bee Park at 3pm. After reaching the final of division 5 last year Cluainin Iomaint are now in division 4B where they will face much tougher opposition when they play clubs from Monaghan, Down and Antrim.



16-Feb-11 by Micheal Dolan – PRO Hurling

Leitrim hurlers travel to Omagh this Sunday 13th to play Tyrone. Throw in at 2.30pm. The county hurlers are under the new management of Offaly native Cathal Phibbs with Martin Cunniffe,Paddy O Connor and Mickey Dorrigan as selectors.

The 2011 panel includes many new young Leitrim natives who will make their county debut this Sunday. Young hurlers to look out for are Sean Beine of St. Marys, Seamus McTiernan, Declan Ryan and Brian Feeney of Cluainin Iomaint, Paddy McManus and Eamonn Walsh of Ballinamore hurling club.

These young hurlers will hopefully line out with the experienced Kevin McGrath of Gortlettragh Hurling club, Vinie McDermott (St. Marys) and Steve Feeney (Cluainin Iomaint) will no doubt start in defence along with the ever reliable Clement Cunniffe (St. Marys) and Dave McGovern (St. Peregrine) in midfield.

The forwards hoping to get Leitrims scores may include Padraig McWeeney(St. Marys), Micheal Dolan (Cluainin Iomaint), Dermot Kennedy (Gortlettragh Hurling club), Michael Lane (Borrisoleigh) and Eamonn Walsh.

Good luck to the team and management.






10-Feb-11 by Micheal Dolan – PRO Hurling

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Tráth na Gceist

The annual Seachtain na Gaeilge quiz will take place in Leitrim on Friday 26th February at 8pm in the Allen Gaels clubhouse at Shane Mc Gettigan park, Drumshanbo. All clubs are asked to send a team. The quiz which starts at county level, sees the the winning teams through to the Connaught final and winners from there go on to the All Ireland Finals in Croke Park on St Patricks Day. This year three teams will qualify for the Connacht Finals from each County. The Connacht Finals are to be held on 9th March in Ballyhaunis. There can be three to four persons on a team and all questions are team questions as Gaeilge.

Scór Sinsear

The semi-final of Scór Sinsear Liatroma is scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th of February in Carrick-on-Shannon at 7pm. The county final will be held in Ballinamore on the 5th of March with the county title winners going forward to the Connaught final in Elphin on the 12th of March. Entries for the Leitrim semi-final to be with Runai Maura Mulvey by Friday 18th if possible.



08-Feb-11 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor

Michael Poniard from the Glencar Manorhamilton club is one of the most consistent hurlers at both club and county level over the past few years. A dual player of distinction Michael has represented his county in both codes. He is a very committed and loyal player and this was borne out by his outstanding performances in the county hurling jersey throughout 2010. Michaels GAA achievements include:- Leitrim club hurler of the year 2005, Senior B hurling championships 2005, 2006. Senior football championships 2008, 2010, u21 football championship 2004, minor championship 2000.

Keith Connolly plays his club hurling with St. Vincents in Dublin. Qualifying under the Inter County Transfer rule, Keith has represented Leitrim for the past three years. Despite his club commitments in Dublin Keith has been an ever present at county training and games and was honoured as county team captain in 2010. Keith is a whole hearted player and was outstanding throughout Leitrims league and championship campaign this year.  Keiths GAA achievements include:- Under 14, 15, 16 Dublin club championship both hurling and football winners. Under 14 Dublin Feile winners hurling. Under 14 football All Ireland Feile winners. Under 21 football championship winners. Runner up junior hurling championship 2008, Intermediate hurling 2009, senior hurling 2010.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma extend congratulations to Michael and Keith on being selected on the Lory Meagher Championship 15 team for 2010.  A huge honour for themselves and their clubs.  Both players will be presented with their award at a banquet in Croke Park on Saturday 18 December.



28-Nov-10 by Colette Fox – PRO