Launch of Leitrim Supporters Club Croke Park 30th Jan 2014 

What was probably the largest ever turnout for the annual launch of the Leitrim Supporters Club took place last night in Croke Park. This years Leitrim Person of the Year – the effervescent Eleanor Shanley, ably accompanied by John McCartin – formerly launched our annual fund-raising campaign and while some guy called Gareth Brooks might be appearing at the same venue in July, there is no way Eleanors rendition of “Hard Times- Sad Times Will Come Again No More” will ever be bettered. Our county might be small in numbers but the sense of pride that those of us lucky enough to be in attendance last night in Croke Park experienced is something other more populous counties can only look on with envy. We hope you can be in Páirc Seán next Sunday when we begin our Allianz Football League campaign against Antrim but if not you can follow the match on our Twitter platform. And of course, dont forget to get your Leitrim Supporters Ticket – available through your club. A special word of thanks to all who organised the event – especially Michael Feeney, Colin Regan, Fergal Magill, the Leitrim players and management who made the journey and of course to Declan Darcy, our inspirational 1994 Connacht Champion winning captain who along with our current team captain Emlyn Mulligan spoke of their aspirations and ambitions for Leitrim in the times to come. Liatroim Abú.  Some photographs from the event are available here

PS You can catch Eleanor Shanley in concert tonight in The Glens Centre Manorhamilton




31-Jan-14 by Leitrim GAA

On-line Foundation Course

The practical module of the on-line foundation course will take place in two venues over the weekend. Participants can choose either venue to complete their course.   On Saturday the session will take place in Melvin Gaels GAA grounds, Kinlough commencing at 12 noon.   

On Sunday the session will take place in Gortletteragh GAA park commencing at 12 noon.
Please note: all participants must complete the practical module of the course.



27-Nov-13 by Thomas Keenan

Coiste Chontae Liatroma, CLCG Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta 2014

Gaeltacht scholarship grant application forms for 2014 are now available for downloading by following this link or on the main website page on the left hand side under “Scór”



21-Nov-13 by Sean O Suilleabhain

Online Foundation Course

Our On-line Foundation Award Course is onÓgoing and will be available for completion until November 29th. In conjunction with the on-line theory section, all participants must complete the child welfare-code of ethics course and the practical module of the Foundation Award course. 

To facilitate this, two Child Welfare-Code of Ethics courses will be run this weekend. 

Our first course will take place on this Friday evening commencing @ 7pm in St. Clares Post Primary School, Manorhamilton, with the second course taking place on Saturday next 23rd in Gortletteragh Community Centre, commencing at 6pm.

The practical sessions are planned for Saturday November 30th. Final details for the practical sessions will be advised to all those completing the course next week.

If you would like further information then please contact Thomas Keenan on (087) 6591049 or email 



20-Nov-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

Ulster Bank GAA Force, a community initiative which supports local GAA clubs across the country, has announced Kiltubrid GAA Club as the winner of this years top prize – a support package worth €25,000 to refurbish and upgrade their facilities. Over 430 clubs from across the island of Ireland entered the initiative this year. 

Four clubs, one from each province, were also announced as runners-up and each will receive support packages worth €5,000. They were Croom GAA Club in Limerick, Dunmore MacHales GAA Club inÓgalway, Ferbane GAA Club in Offaly and Portaferry GAC in Down.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma take this opportunity to congratulate Kiltubrid GAA Club.



22-Oct-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

U-14 Development Squad trials will take place as follows:

Saturday 15th June in Drumkeerin at 11am
Monday 17th June in Kiltubrid at 7pm

Clubs are asked to send players that they believe to be of a standard suitable for inter county football at this age bracket to these venues.



11-Jun-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

County Development Officer, Pat Feely has organised Club Officer Training for this Friday 5 April 2013 in Carrick on Shannon Community School at 7.30pm.

Specific Club Officers who are asked to attend:-


Presentation will cover

  • Club Constitution – to be included in handout
  • Management – Structures in Clubs
  • Effective Meetings
  • Vision & Planning Ahead
  • Delegation & Volunteering
  • Club Activity Checklist
  • Club Officer Roles
  • Rules Query Protocol
  • Contacts (eg County Development Officers, website, County Board offices etc)

If clubs would like or think that there should be other material included, contact County Development Officer, Pat Feely or Tel: 086 8961686

It is proposed to hold a Information Technology evening at a later date.



14-Mar-13 by Colette Fox – PRO


Clubs with no referees at present are asked to make a special effort to supply at least one referee for the foundation level course to be held on Friday 22nd February at 7pm in Páirc Seán. In service training for existing referees will be held on March 18th.  Leitrim has fantastic representation on the National and Provincial Panels and we congratulate and compliment those referees:-

Leitrim Referees on National Panel 

Ray McBrien Aughavas 
Eamonn O Grady Drumkeerin

Leitrim Referees on Provincial Panel 

Frank Flynn Aughawillan
Derek Moran Aughnasheelin
Brendan Sammon Aughnasheelin

At the first County Board meeting of the year held on 11/2/13, all referees in Leitrim were thanked for their commitment and dedication in 2012 while our clubs were thanked for their hospitality and support to our referees.  Heres looking forward to 2013.




15-Feb-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

Clubs are invited to send two representatives to a Drug and Alcohol Awareness training event taking place in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada on this Monday, October 15th, at 7.30pm.

This training will provide information about awareness and education, developing a policy for your club, and guidelines on how to manÓge alcohol or drug related incidents in line with best practise. 

The GAA’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) programme has been up and running for six years. Under the GAA’s Strategic Vision and Action Plan, 2009-2015, every club in the country has been charged with having an active ASAP officer in place, and with adopting a club Drug and Alcohol Policy. (A copy of the GAA’s Sample Club Drug and Alcohol policy will be available on the night.)

The evening will be of particular benefit to your club ASAP officer but will also be very useful to anyone working with juvenile teams, and in particular your club’s Coaching Officer. If your club does not have an ASAP officer in place please make sure someone interested in taking on the role attends.You will leave with a wide understanding of what the role of a club ASAP officer entails, how to address issues relating to drug and alcohol misuse in a GAA club, and the support networks that are in place locally in Leitrim.

Colin Regan will facilitate this training with Leitrim’s ASAP Officers Marie McGovern and Kevin McGill, in conjunction with Grainne Duignan of the local Leitrim Foróige office. Please email Marie McGovern at by Friday, October 12th, to book your place on the night and to indicate how many from your club will attend.




09-Oct-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

The Leitrim U15 team travelled to Elverys McHale Park, Castlebar on Saturday last to participate in the Dermot Early Connacht Blitz. 

The underage development tournament saw representation from all 5 counties in Connacht and the counties were represented as follows:-

Galway: 3 squads – Central Galway, Mid Galway and Gaeltacht 

Roscommon: 2 squads 

Sligo: 2 squads – Sligo Reds and Sligo Blacks

Mayo: 2 squads – Mayo East/South and Mayo West/North 

Leitrim: 1 squad

On their march to the final Leitrim played Galway Gaeltacht and Sligo Reds and in their final they beat Mayo on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-4.

Well done to the management team of Shane Heslin, Adrian Cullen and John Sheridan and all the players on this fine achievement.  This group have been working away extremely hard over the last 18 months and their success in this tournament is just reward for all their hard work and commitment.  They are building steadily and with continued hard work and collective focus they will have a bright future.  

Well done Lads



09-Sep-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Leitrim GAA Coaching & Games Development 

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camps

Please note that registeration for our camps is onÓgoing both on-line and with the printed forms. We would appeal to all children wishing to attend our camps to please book early as this will help greatly with organising our coaches and the kits. Currently in the shops are promotional packs of Kelloggs Cornflakes and Rice Krispies containing a special code which if used when registering on line will give a €5 reduction. Leitrim GAA coaching and games will operate 12 regional camps during the month of July. All children attending will receive a full camp kit including bag.

This year the cost of attending our camps has been reduced and are as follows, 1st child €55, 2nd child €45, with all additional brothers or sisters only €40. This reduction along with the Kellogg’s promotion make our camps really great value.

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camps Free Places competition

Another chance this week to win a free place at this years Kellogg’s GAA cul camps. One free place each week for the next three weeks in the Leitrim Observer, answer the simple question and you could be the lucky winner of one of the free places on this year’s Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camps. Look out in this weeks paper for the winner of last weeks free place. 

Camogie training

Training continues on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Carrick community school pitch in preperation for feile 2012. This year Feile takes place in Dublin on the 5th,6th & 7th of July. Girls need to be over 10 yrs and under 14 to participate in Feile. This is a great opportunity for girls to experience camogie in the County and we would ask any girls interested to contact Yvonne Beirne on 087-6235855 or Miream Cunniffe on 086-1693563 for more details. 

For further details on any of the above contact.

Padraig McGourty 086-8106431

Thomas Keenan 087-6591049 or



12-Jun-12 by Padraig MacDhorcai Oifigeach Oiliuna

Leitrim G.A.A. Inclusion and Integration Initiative

With the announcement recently that Coiste Chontae Liatroma have appointed former County Board Chairman Gerry McGovern as Inclusion and Integration Officer for the county, the initiative was rolled out at a very successful launch to the members of the G.A.A. family, and other interested parties in the Bush Hotel last week. 

Present at the launch was Mr Tony Watene, National Inclusion and Integration Officer Croke Park, Mr Brian Armitage newly appointed Chairperson of the National Inclusion and Integration Committee, Mr John Landers Munster Co-ordinator, Mr Tony Dunne North Leinster Co-ordinator, and Mr Denis O Boyle Connacht Co-ordinator. Also present was Mr Christy Tyrell, and Mr Barry Lowe, Galway and Roscommon representatives respectively on the Connacht Committee. 

Mr Tony Watene the National Inclusion and Integration Officer outlined the importance of Inclusion and Integration and its place within the G.A.A. strategic plans and that both inclusion and integration are now accepted as an integral part of the National Policy of Camogie, Ladies GA.A., Handball and Rounder’s, and that an acceptable set of accountable actions have been agreed at national, provincial, county and club level within the organisation. 

Quoting from the mission statement from the inclusion office he stated that the G.A.A. and inclusion were inextricably linked given the position the G.A.A. holds at the heart of Irish society and that we all have an obligation to promote opportunities and to provide avenues and meaningful outcomes for all to be involved in gaelic games. He explained that by all we mean people who are new in our communities, people with disabilities, minority groups, etc. 

Both Mr John Landers and Mr Tony Dunne gave an outline of the progress that has been made in their respective areas and National Chairperson Mr Brian Armitage gave details on the ‘One club’model which operates within the province of Ulster. Mr Denis O Boyle outlined the progress to date, stating that the process is just starting in Connacht and that the meeting, such as the one held in Leitrim, would be the starting point for all counties in the province. Mr Thomas KeenanÓgave a presentation of what has been achieved in Leitrim and outlined the areas within Leitrim’s strategic plan that have been addressed. 

Zac Moradi a non Irish born member of the Leitrim Hurling panel who was also present was highly complimented on his performances with the Leitrim hurlers and reference was made to the fact that Leitrim G.A.A. are already involved in the process of Inclusion and Integration. 

Leitrim officer Gerry McGovern outlined the areas that this new committee will be addressing in the immediate future and he urged all G.A.A. clubs to be as open and welcoming as possible in involving everybody from our communities in the various aspects of the running of our G.A.A. Clubs. He stressed the importance of asking, inviting, and welcoming new people into our clubs particularly at this time when clubs are losing people to emigration. 

A committee representative of the various stakeholders is now being set up to progress this initiative in the county.  

Some photographs from the event are available here.





05-Jun-12 by Leitrim GAA