Leitrim GAA is saddened is learn of the death, on Saturday morning, of Vincent O Rourke (Senior), Corrabarrick, Keshcarrigan, Co. Leitrim and Fenagh St. Caillin’s GAA Club. Vincent is the father of the current Leitrim GAA Management Committee Member and Secretary of CCC Liatroma Vincent(Junior). He is also the grandfather of current Leitrim Senior Footballers Ryan and Riordan and Ryan and Leitrim Minor Footballer Ruairi, who all lined out for the county over the past weekend. It would have been a source of great pride to Vincent to see the progress made by his grandsons with Leitrim GAA teams over recent years.

The late Vincent O Rourke was all things to all people over his lifetime of service to Fenagh St Caillin’s GAA Club and indeed to Ladies Football in its formative years and for many years since.

As a footballer, Vincent first came to prominence as a wing-back on a star-studded Fenagh Minor Football team which won back-to-back Minor Championships in 1950 and ’51. Their success was little wonder, with the assistance of a strong Mohill/Gorvagh contingent consisting of, among others, Packy McGarty, Cathal Flynn and Eddie Rowley assisting the local stars of Vincent, Jimmy Mc Keon, Colm Heeran, Jimmy Bland, Anslem Reynolds and Michael Mc Hugh. In 1952 Vincent graduated to the Senior ranks and played in, his, and indeed Fenagh’s only Senior Championship final of the decade, where they were soundly beaten by Aughavas, Vincent’s playing career continued up until the mid 1960’s without much club playing success – emigration was taking its toll.

Despite Vincent’s exploits on the playing field. it may well be his legacy in club administration that stands the test of time. For nearly 70 years Fenagh played their football in Ellis’ field. In the early 1970’s the county board decreed it as unsuitable for adult football and the search was on for a new pitch. Numerous sub-committees looked at various options and eventually, a new committee which was appointed in 1980 with Vincent as Chairman and Hugh Maguire as Secretary, decided to move the scope of their search away from the village area. This was a game changer and they rapidly secured the current pitch, from local man, John Cassidy. With purchase and development costs coming in under, at what nowadays would be considered a paltry €70,000, the new Páirc Seán Ó Laodain opened in 1985. Vincent O Rourke was the powerhouse driver and motivator for the project, not only in its procurement, but in fund-raising, development, official opening and maintenance. Without his commitment and energy, it would never have happened at this time. For the next 30 years, he was caretaker and gatekeeper and never wavered in his commitment to the club. Páirc Seán Ó Laodáin remains to this day one of the finest playing surfaces in the county which is a fine testament to Vincent’s vision and ambition over four decades ago.

Ladies’ Football began to become organised within the county in 1978. From, the beginning Vincent was involved and trained the local club ladies as they won the first-ever official Ladies competition in Leitrim in 1978. In 1979 Leitrim LGFA formed its own County Committee and Vincent’s commitment to the Ladies’ game was recognised as he was elected as first-ever Chairperson of both Fenagh Ladies Club and the first-ever Chairperson of Leitrim LGFA. Over the following years, he continued as the trainer/coach of Fenagh Ladies teams at all levels.

Vincent will be remembered as an outstanding player, motivator and administrator of the club over his entire long life. Away from the GAA he was essentially a great family man, political enthusiast and with his wonderful clear and lucid mind and memory a source for local historians and family researchers right up to his final brief illness.

Vincent, predeceased by his late wife Tessie and granddaughter Joanna, is survived by his sons, Vincent Jr, Shane, Denis, Michael, Bobby, his daughters, Theresa, Ronnie, Maura, Rina, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. We extend our hearfelt sympathy to all.

Funeral Arrangements can be viewed at the following link.


(Our thanks to Padraig Leyden for his help with this article)

Important Parking Arrangements

Important notice for anyone attending the Eirgrid Connacht U20 Rd 5 match, Leitrim v Roscommon, this evening (throw-in 6.30pm) in Ballinamore. Please arrive in good time, 6.00pm and avail of any available parking at the Sports Complex, the Square and at the Tesco shopping car park. (10min walk).

We also wish to advise people that there is also a wake taking place in a nearby funeral home around the same time. We ask people to please be respectful towards the deceased and their family at this difficult time. Thanking you in advance.

Patrons are reminded that admission to Wednesday’s Eirgrid Connacht Under 20 Championship Round 5 match with Roscommon at Ballinamore is strictly by ticket only. Patrons are advised to purchase their tickets well in advance of this much-anticipated game. There will be no tickets on sale at the venue and cash will not be accepted. Adult Tickets cost €10 each and Under 16s are free.

Tickets may be purchased at the following link:


Please note the following change of venue:


The Lory Meagher Cup fixture between Liatroim & Fear Manach will now be played in Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon.


Saturday 13 April 2024

Lory Meagher Cup

Round 1

Avant Money Páirc Seán MacDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, 14:00, Liatroim v Fear Manach

Referee: Michael Connolly, Sligeach

Connacht Senior Football Championship – LEITRIM v SLIGO

Ticket Prices as follows: 

Stand Tickets: €30 (no concessions)

Terrace Tickets: €20

Student/OAP: €15 (Terrace only)

Juvenile: €5 (Terrace only-must buy adult also)

Please note that all juveniles will require a ticket for this match


Advance ticket sales only:   Click here to Purchase Tickets

or selected Centra & SuperValu stores:
Centra: Drumshanbo
SuperValu: Ballinamore, Carrick On Shannon, Manorhamilton

Regional list of Centra & SuperValu stores


Centra, Drumshanbo.

Supervalu, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Supervalu, Ballinamore.

Supervalu, Manorhamilton.


Centra, Gorteen, Sligo

Supervalu, Ballymote

Supervalu, Ballisodare

Centra, Collooney.

Centra, Maugheraboy.

Centra, Tubercurry.

Supervalu, Grange.

Centra, Enniscrone.


Centra, McGrath’s Texaco, Longford.


Supervalu, Boyle, Roscommon.

Supervalu, Strokestown.

Supervalu, Ballaghadereen.


Centra, Belturbet.

Supervalu, Cavan.

Centra, Ballinagh.

Centra, Ballyjamesduff.



Important Parking Arrangements

Important notice for anyone attending the Eirgrid Connacht U20 Rd 3 match, Leitrim v Mayo, this evening (throw-in 6.15pm) in Ballinamore. Please arrive in good time, 5.45pm and avail of the ample parking at the Sports Complex, the Square and at the Tesco shopping car park. (10min walk).

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will charter a bus to the Allianz League Division 4 League Round 6 encounter with Laois in Laois Hire O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday next, March 16th, if there are sufficient numbers interested. Anybody who wishes to book a seat on the bus is advised to contact Jerome McWeeney ASAP at 0876370051. Bookings need to be confirmed by next Thursday evening latest.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2024

Connacht GAA is offering a scholarship to pursue a specialised full-time one-year Masters
research degree at the University of Galway commencing in September 2024. The value of
the scholarship will fully cover the programme fees of the successful candidate plus an
allowance of €500 for research expenses. Progression to PhD studies may be a possibility.

The research may be situated within any of the Schools, Colleges or Research Centres
attached to the University of Galway. A list of applicable academic disciplines is provided in
Appendix A (subject to availability of an interested supervisor in the proposed area).

The successful candidate will be expected to produce a 10,000 word dissertation of
publishable quality. Interim deliverables will be required at various stages of the project.

Potential applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) before April 30,
2024 by contacting Dr. Michael Lang (Michael.Lang@universityofgalway.ie) and/or Dr.
Cathal Cregg (cathal.cregg.connacht@gaa.ie).

The EOI document should consist of:
1) Applicant’s name and contact details (address, email, telephone).
2) Intended area of study (see Appendix 1).
3) Title of proposed research.
4) Names of possible supervisor(s), whose consent should be obtained in advance. See
search facility at: https://www.universityofgalway.ie/findasupervisor/
5) Outline of proposed research (500-800 words): State your motivation and research
objectives, clearly explaining the potential benefit of your work to the GAA.
6) Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend for interview no later than June 7, with
provisional notification of award by June 14.

It shall be a condition of the award that the successful candidate must, by September 2024,
have completed a Level 8 or higher qualification with minimum overall standard of Honours
Grade 2.1 (GPA 3.0).

Prior experience of writing reports and research papers is highly desirable, as is having some
knowledge about Gaelic games or other comparable sports.

Connacht GAA and the University of Galway are committed to equality, diversity and
inclusion. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of age,
gender, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic
background, marital status, family status, religion and/or belief.

Appendix A. List of academic disciplines for which this scholarship may potentially be
obtained (subject to availability)
See further details at


College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
• Economics
• Film Studies
• Geography
• History
• Irish Studies
• Psychology
• Sociology

College of Business, Public Policy, and Law
• Accountancy & Finance
• Business Analytics & Information Systems
• Economics
• Law
• Management
• Marketing

College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
• Health Promotion
• Regenerative Medicine (REMEDI)

College of Science & Engineering
• Chemistry
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Science & Information Technology
• Data Analytics
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Environmental Science
• Industrial Engineering
• Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Statistics
• Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
• Physics

County Leitrim. Photo: Google Maps

On Friday, March 22, Leitrim Co Council, in conjunction with the Leitrim Association London, Leitrim GAA and Leitrim LGFA will host a County Promotion business event in London.

Taking place at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith London, the event will present County Leitrim as a dynamic location to live, work and invest in.

The main focus of the event will be to showcase what the County has to offer to a range of people in business in London with a Leitrim or Irish connection and who were interested in learning about the many opportunities County Leitrim now boasts.

Follow Independent Leitrim on Facebook

The event aims to disseminate information on Leitrim from an economic perspective, including demographics, details on economic sectors, growth and employment opportunities while emphasizing the economic opportunities that the county has to offer.

It will also showcase the flagship strategic infrastructural projects planned and already delivered within the County, and the tourism developments including expansion of attractions and experience offerings.

On Friday, March 22, Leitrim Co Council, in conjunction with the Leitrim Association London, Leitrim GAA and Leitrim LGFA will host a County Promotion business event in London.

The speakers at the event will include Michael Curry, chairperson of the Leitrim Association London and Joseph Gilhooly, Interim Chief Executive of Leitrim County Council.

Mr Colin Regan Community and Health Co-ordinator with the GAA will facilitate a panel discussion with Mr. Pat Gallagher, Gallagher Group Chairman, Ms. Norah Casey Owner and Chairwoman of Harmonia and Mr. Barry Regan, Vice President of Vistamed.

Leitrim County Council will showcase recent infrastructure and recreational investments and developments around the County with a focus on sharing what the County can offer people or companies who may want to consider the County as a place to live, work or invest.

The Council are keen to support businesses which may be considering the County as a suitable fit for re-location.

The Council is hoping to attract, in particular, members of the diaspora interested in establishing a business in Leitrim.

The event will also showcase recent investments in quality turnkey office accommodation and remote working infrastructure by Leitrim County Council.

A spokesperson said, “The County of Leitrim has seen an increase of over 9% in population at the last census, the largest increase in the Northwest.

“Having been voted the best County in which to start a business in November 2023, through a survey undertaken by procure.ie the County is certainly on an upward trajectory.

“We are also hoping to attract professionals interested in re-locating to Leitrim.

“For any persons interested in re-locating to Leitrim, the County also offers affordable housing solutions and quality childcare and education options.

“Staff will be on hand during the evening to discuss recent developments and answer any queries you may have.


There was a record number of applicants for the Leitrim Co Board GAA Gaeltacht grants and the draw for the winners was made by Justin Warnock, Cathaoirleach Comhairle Contae Liatroma, assisted by Enda Stenson, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Contae Liatroma. The following lucky winners will receive grants of from €200 to €300.

Buíochas do na buachaillí agus na cailíní go léir a chuir isteach ar na scoláireachtaí agus comhghairdeas do na buaiteoirí. Buíochas freisin do Chomhairle Contae Liatroma as an tacaíocht a thugadar dúinn.

Seo iad na daoine a fuair deontais don bhliain seo:

1. Ryan Hargaden, Cornagun, Keshcarrigan

2. Saoirse Barry, Aghaleague, Ballinamore

3. Daragh Nolan, Drumcoora, Drumshanbo

4. Isobel Hennessy, The Acres, Dromahair

5. Amy Fleming Millbank Glen, Dromahair

6. Ronan Curran, Rooskey Thompson, Mohill

7. Bruce O’Hagan, Glenboy, Manorhamilton

8. Seán Kavanagh, Drumcolligan, Mohill


Draw for Gaeltacht grants being made by Justin Warnock, Cathaoirleach Comhairle Contae Liatroma, assisted by Enda Stenson and Thomas Keenan, Coiste Contae Liatroma.

Pictured at the presentation of playing gear to the Leitrim Schools team who took part in the Connacht PPS Senior A Championship this year.


Top: Pauric Keane presents a set of jerseys to the Leitrim Post Primary schools committee on behalf of KWooD joinery and carpentry contractors.

(From left) Cormac Haslam (Leitrim GDC), Brian Mulvey (Team Manager), Kevin, Pauric & Patrick Keane (KWooD joinery & carpentry contractors) JP Farrelly (Team Selector), Shane Ward (Chairperson Post Primary Schools Committee), Eanna Ward


Bottom:  Martin McGowan makes a presentation of shorts & socks on behalf of Emmett Mahon (Talk n Tech) to Shane Ward, Chairperson of Leitrim GAA Post Primary Schools Committee).

(From left) Martin McCartin ( County Board Treasurer), Brian Mulvey (Team Manager), Shane Ward (Chairperson PP Schools Committee), Martin McGowan, JP Farrelly (Team Selector), Enda Stenson (County Board Chairperson)

Pictures: Willie Donnellan


Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will charter a bus to the Allianz League Division 4 League Round 4 encounter with Carlow in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow on Sunday next, February 25th, if there are sufficient numbers interested. Anybody who wishes to book a seat on the bus is advised to contact Jerome McWeeney ASAP at 0876370051. Bookings need to be confirmed by next Thursday evening latest.