The Leitrim Observer, over the past few weeks, has been building up to the readers’ selection of the Leitrim Dream Team 2000-2020. The selection has been narrowed down to three players for each of the 15 positions and polling closes on Friday, June 12 at 5pm. This venture, in association with Leitrim GAA, is sure to arouse much debate and if you want to have your say you may access full details here



The GAA website is currently hosting the 1991 All Ireland final between Down and Meath. Now apart from Down winning their 4th title the occasion was made even more memorable because The ‘Man with The Whistle’ was none other than Aughnasheelin/Leitrim Referee Seamus Prior. To date, Seamus is the only Leitrim referee to have had the privilege of taking charge of a Senior Football Championship Final. The game can be viewed on here

The GAA continues to monitor closely the ongoing pandemic and the Government’s roadmap relating to the relaxation of restrictions.

The Association notes that we remain in Phase One and await an update about the possible move to Phase Two on June 8, as outlined by the authorities.

Should the country move to Phase Two as planned, GAA Clubs will be able to re-open designated walking tracks on June 8, subject to engagement with Croke Park around a facilities management plan.

We do not envisage a return to training in small groups in Phase Two and pitches and playing areas are to remain closed. However, as per the government roadmap, this may be reviewed in Phase Three.

The GAA can also confirm that it will publish its Return to Safe Activity Document when the government signals that the country has moved to the second phase of its plan.

This document will require approval from the government’s own expert group on Return to Sport, which we continue to work with. This group currently considers Gaelic games a ‘Phase 4’ sport.

Progress has also been made in re-configuring the 2020 GAA Kelloggs’ Cúl Camps and subject to the country moving onto the next phase of its recovery, we will provide more details about this initiative.

The GAA has stuck rigidly to the government’s plan and dates from the outset of this outbreak and will continue to do so, taking advice from medical experts and our own Advisory Committee.

We re-affirm our position that no one is keener to return to games and general games-related activity but this will only be considered when it is acceptable to do so to maximise the safety and well-being of our players, members and wider society.

Leitrim GAA would like to again thank everybody for their great generosity towards its #LeitrimGAASupportingOthers Fundraising Campaign that has been running over the past two-plus weeks. We hope the beneficiaries are pleased with the efforts of the Leitrim Players and Management in promoting and delivering on this great team effort.

As promised, we have conducted the draw for the various prize winners in the remote presence of Leitrim Senior Footballer Ryan O Rourke, Administrator Brian Blake and Secretary Declan Bohan. The lucky winners are as follows:

Signed Leitrim GAA Jersey: Brendan Flynn

Leitrim Training Top(Yellow): Sean Reynolds

Leitrim Training Top(Black): David Mulligan

As the names were recorded exactly as they were entered by you on the GoFundMe page associated with this event, in order that you can claim your prize you need to contact Leitrim GAA Secretary, Declan Bohan, at, with evidence of your personal donation receipt and the prize will be yours.

Míle Buíochas arís.


It’s been a week since #LeitrimGAASupportingOthers brought together many Leitrim Players, current and past county players, club players, supporters young and older, female and male alike, right across the globe in unity to raise money for very worthy causes. What commenced as an initiative and was driven by the current Leitrim Senior Football Team and Management became very much a team effort, with a vigorous media campaign leading into the weekend and the intensity of that campaign drove the message home to such a degree that the initial €10k target was more than doubled by this weekend and has concluded at €20,415!

The organising committee and Leitrim GAA is really indebted to all who made contributions to this cause and you will be pleased to know that we will be making a donation of €5k to each of Pieta House and North West Stop with the remaining balance being presented to Sláinte 2020. The two Irish organisations, Pieta House and North West Stop provide an excellent service in the provision of help to people who are facing mental health challenges and we appreciate the efforts they make to help those in need. Sláinte 2020, is New York based and has only recently been formed in response to the chronic need that is among the Irish in New York as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After what has turned out to be a memorable campaign, we again thank all for their effort, sacrifice and donations to these worthy causes and thank all the people behind the scenes, too numerous to mention, who made this happen, in all aspects of the promotion and coverage received both in the lead up to and in the aftermath.

As promised there were three pieces of Leitrim gear, including a signed jersey to be raffled among those who made donations, and this raffle will take place on Tuesday night at 8pm.

The final word on this goes to the main beneficiaries of this fundraiser, namely the crisis-stricken Irish people in New York, and on behalf of the organising committee of Sláinte 2020, we have a message from JP Clarke’s Saloon, McClean Avenue, Yonkers, which includes Caitríona and Seamus Clarke, Main Leitrim Team Sponsors and Lisa Sorohan, Drumshanbo and Stephen Maguire, Drumreilly.

Míle Buíochas ó chroí do gach éinne.

Death of Bridie Connaughton, mother of Patsy Connaughton, Ballinamore Seán O’Heslins GAA


Coiste Contae Liatroma would like to express condolences to Patsy Connaughton, Rúnaí of Cumann Sheáin Uí Eislin, Béal an Átha Móir, on the death of his mother Bridie Connaughton, Oran, Co Roscommon. Sympathy to Patsy’s wife, Geraldine and family; Paddy, Cáit and Eoin and extended family. Bridie’s funeral will take place tomorrow, 23 May, at 11.00am in Cloneycolgan and will be private to family members only in line with Covid- 19 restrictions. Go dtuga Dia sonas síoraí dí.

Another month of classic matches ahead as TG4 announce All Ireland Gold schedule for June

Sunday 7 June

2.25pm  All Ireland Gold – Kerry v Offaly 1980

A chance to see Kerry v Offaly in the 1980 All Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi Final. Commentary by Michael O’Hehir. This match was played in Croke Park on the 24 August 1980 and the spectators were treated to a pulsating game of football. Kerry were managed by Mick O’Dwyer and the Kingdom included stars such as Pat Spillane, Mikey Sheehy, Eoin Liston, John Egan, Ger Power, Ogie Moran and 1980 Player of the Year Jack O’Shea. The Offaly footballers were managed by Eugene McGee and his team included Gerry Carroll, Richie Connor and Matt Connor who was one of Offaly’s greatest ever sportspeople. Matt Connor was the championship’s top scorer in 1980 and he also won Offaly’s only GAA All Star Football Award that year. Offaly were confident going into this Semi-Final having been crowned Leinster Football Champions after beating Dublin – the Dubs were going for their seventh Leinster title in a row.


4.00pm  Limerick v Galway 2018

A chance to see Limerick v Galway in the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final from Croke Park. 82,300 were in attendance at GAA headquarters to see the 131st All Ireland Hurling Final. Galway went into this Final as the defending champions and were looking to win their sixth All-Ireland Senior title. John Kiely was managing a Limerick team who were appearing in their first final since 2007 and were looking for an eighth All Ireland title – their last win was in 1973. The two counties had played each other in the final twice prior to this: in 1923 and 1980 with Galway winning both. Commentary by Garry Mac Donncha.



Sunday 14 June

2.35pm   All Ireland Gold – Antrim v Offaly 1989

A chance to see Antrim v Offaly in the 1989 All-Ireland Hurling Semi Final from Croke Park. This hurling match produced one of the biggest stories of the 1980s.  Offaly had defeated Kilkenny in the Leinster Final and were up against Antrim who had been crowned Ulster champions after beating Down. Antrim manager Jim Nelson and his team were hoping to reach their first All-Ireland Final in 46 years with players such as Terence McNaughton, Olcan McFetridge, Aidan McCarry, Danny McNaughton and captain Ciaran Barr. The date was August 6th 1989 and 64,127 were at Croke Park to see the Saffrons take on The Faithful County.


4.00pm    Dublin v Mayo 2017

Action from Dublin v Mayo in the 2017 All Ireland Senior Football Final from Croke Park. This was the fourth occasion that the two counties met in the final, following matches in 1921, 2013 and 2016. Jim Gavin’s Dublin team were seeking their third consecutive All-Ireland title, while Mayo, under Stephen Rochford’s management were aiming for their first All-Ireland since 1951.  82,243 were packed into Croke Park on the 17th September 2017 to see this match.



Sunday 21 June

2.35pm   All Ireland Gold – Donegal v Dublin 1992

A chance to see Donegal v Dublin in the 1992 All Ireland Senior Football Final from Croke Park. Brian McEniff was the man in charge of the Donegal team that day which included Martin and James McHugh, Brian Murray, Declan Bonner, Matt Gallagher, Manus Boyle and captain Anthony Molloy. Dublin entered the match as heavy favourites to win what would have been their 22nd All-Ireland title – their first since 1983, while Donegal were hoping to win their first All-Ireland title. The 105th All Ireland Football Final was played on the 20 September 1992.


4.05pm  Galway v Kilkenny 2019

Action from Galway v Kilkenny in the 2019 All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final at Croke Park. Galway were aiming for their third All-Ireland Camogie title having previously won it in 1996 and 2013. Kilkenny were going for their fourteenth title, their first since 2016. The two teams had only met in the final once before — in 2013, when Galway won. Kilkenny had beaten Tipperary in a high scoring Semi Final while Galway reached the Final after beating Cork in the other Semi Final. The 88th All-Ireland Camogie Final was played on the 8th September 2019.



Sunday 28 June

2.40pm  All Ireland Gold – Cork v Wexford 1976

A chance to see Cork v Wexford in the 1976 All Ireland Senior Hurling Final at Croke Park.  Wexford were going for their first All-Ireland title since 1968 while the Leesiders had won it last in 1970. The Cork team were managed by Fr. Bertie Troy and included players such as Jimmy Barry Murphy, Seanie O’Leary, Charlie McCarthy and captain Ray Cummins who played at full forward and was also the first player to win an All Star in both codes. The Slaneysiders were managed by Tom Neville and had Willie Murphy, John and Martin Quigley, Mick Jacob, Colm Doran, John Nolan, Mick Butler and Texaco Hurler of the Year Tony Doran in their team. The 90th All-Ireland Hurling Final was played on Sunday 5 September 1976.


4.05pm  Dublin v Kerry 2019

2019 All Ireland Football Final Replay

A chance to see Dublin v Kerry in the 2019 All Ireland Senior Football Final Replay at Croke Park. Both teams were back in GAA Headquarters two weeks after drawing 1-16 a piece in an enthralling drawn match.  82,300 were packed into Croke Park on this Saturday evening to witness a historic match Sunder the lights. Dublin went into the final aiming for an unprecedented five-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles. Kerry and Dublin had met in 13 previous All-Ireland finals, with Kerry winning eight of these and Dublin five.


Press release

Keep active and help your club win with the Irish Life Healthy Club Steps Challenge

4 x €2,500 O’Neill club vouchers up for grabs during June challenge


Throughout the Covid-19 emergency, GAA clubs across the 32 counties have been helping their members and communities stay healthy and connected within the restrictions of public health advice.

To help reward this contribution and to celebrate the importance of staying active, the GAA’s Community & Health Department has teamed up with Irish Life, CSR partners to the Healthy Club Project, to launch a special ‘Steps Challenge’ set to run during the month of June.

Four lucky clubs will win a €2,500 voucher with O’Neill’s. All clubs must to do is:

  • Register your club’s participation by June 1st on Irish Life’s MyLife App
  • Get a minimum of 15 participants to register on the club page on the MyLife App
  • Get walking! (See below for detailed registration instructions.)

The club in each province that records the highest average number of steps during the challenge period will win. Participants must be aged 18 and over. The Steps Challenge, which officially begins June 3rd, is open to all GAA clubs. (See below for step by step guide of how to register your club.)

GAA President John Horan thanked Irish Life for their on-going support: “Irish Life, along with Healthy Ireland, the HSE, and the National Office for Suicide Prevention, has worked with the GAA as our valued CSR partner for the Healthy Club Project since 2014, helping us to engage 300 clubs to date in this health-focused project.

“This Steps Challenge celebrates and rewards the fact that GAA clubs are supporting the wellbeing of their members and their communities even when our official training and games have been forced to stop.”

Commenting on this initiative, Declan Bolger, Chief Executive, Irish Life Group said: “MyLife is Irish Life’s innovative Health & Wellbeing App that can be downloaded and used by everyone.  It is a great tool to help us all stay healthy and fit along with offering rewards to Irish Life customers.  As the CSR partner to the GAA Healthy Club Project we are delighted to collaborate on the Steps Challenge, and help people in our communities and GAA clubs stay active and well during this challenging and unusual time.”

The Challenge starts on June 3rdt and ends June 30th, 2020.

What do I need to do to take part?

Register your club’s participation by June 1st on the following link:

How do club members join the challenge?

  1. Download the MyLife app from the App store or Google Play store
  2. Register your details
  3. Tap on the social tab on the MyLife app
  4. Select challenges
  5. Select the challenge for your province

Tap on join & select your club!

(For MyLife support and help: Email or call 01 704 1943)




What brilliant day it has been in the #LeitrimGAASupportingOthers as the people of Leitrim and Leitrim people and their friends around the globe joined the Leitrim Players, past and present, officials and supporters, in covering literally thousands of kilometers, whether walking, jogging, running or cycling in aid of our two nominated charities Sláinte 2020 and Pieta House.

The promotional build-up to today has been phenomenal from the usual suspects who gave so many hours in the preparation and promotion. Our gratitude is extended to the Players and Team Management Personnel who kept the push on this as we approached the weekend. We are deeply indebted to you the public who have rallied behind this event to push it well beyond our expectations in terms of contributions, which is what it was all about at the outset. We are very proud of you all!!

However, this is far from finished and will remain open across the remainder of the weekend and next week as there are still people out there whom we know for fact who will only be in a position to complete this tomorrow and across the days ahead. So Brendan Doyle and Brian Blake, and PRO Barbara who have manned this forum ALL of today, you are far from finished! And in mentioning Brendan and Brian,  we have to say the amount of time you, in particular, have invested in what has essentially been a team effort has been phenomenal all week!!

If you would like to join us tomorrow, please keep sending or post your footage to

The proceeds of this fundraising will be Sláinte 2020 and Pieta House. Today the fund has just exceeded  €18k and a new target of €20k has been set so let’s join in tomorrow to help reach this magic figure!!

You may make a donation by accessing our Gofundme page at

To update you on the event we have set up a dedicated Facebook page to which we are encouraging supporters who will hopefully join the event tomorrow to post pictures of your participation in this event. The dedicated page is at

Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you again tomorrow!!

With tomorrow just around the corner, this is a reminder of how you get fully involved and interactive with the whole project and be in with a chance of winning one of three Leitrim GAA merchandise  including a signed Jersey !!

The prizes will be drawn from among those who have contributed to the GoFundMe

Donate here


Share your pictures and videos with us and if you use Facebook you can:

1 – Upload to your own page and tag us by typing @LeitrimGAASupportingOthers in your post

2 – or You can post directly to our special page:


On Twitter & Instagram, you can tag us as normal

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And – on all platforms use the hashtag #LeitrimGAASupportingOthers





The build-up to Saturday’s #LeitrimGAASupportingOthers continues and we have realtime footage of many of those who will be taking part. A selection of current and past Leitrim players have taken the time to pledge their support of this fundraising venture by recording footage and you can access it exclusively here.

We look forward to the support of all Leitrim people on Saturday in what should prove to be an uplifting experience for all Leitrim people both near and far!

The proceeds of Saturday’s fundraising will be Sláinte 2020 and Pieta House. This morning, €5.5k of the €10k target has been reached and it continues to grow steadily.

You may make a donation by accessing our Gofundme page at

To update you on the event we have set up a dedicated Facebook page to which we are encouraging supporters who will hopefully join the event on Saturday to post pictures of your participation in this event. The dedicated page is at

Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you on Saturday!!




We are actively promoting the Leitrim GAA Supporting Others Fundraising Drive which is scheduled for Saturday next May 16.

To update you on the event we have set up a dedicated Facebook page to which we are encouraging supporters who will hopefully join the event on Saturday to post pictures of your participation in this event. The dedicated page is at

With regard to the beneficiaries of this fundraising venture, Pieta House and Sláinte 2020, while the majority of people here would be aware of the excellent services being provided by the Dublin based unit, perhaps less is known of Sláinte 2020 which is a partnership consisting of The Aisling Irish Centre, Emerald Isle immigration Centre, New York GAA, New York Irish Centre and United Irish Counties, five long-established Irish not-for-profit organizations that have solid reputations, strong track records and are well known and trusted by members of the Irish community. In April Sláinte 2020 has launched its fundraising website. It plans to harness the collective reach of well-known and long-standing Irish organizations to maximize fundraising to assist individuals and families adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Already gaining much momentum, Sláinte 2020 has raised over $150,000 in three weeks, with an additional $15,000 pledged. Of this, $148,000 has been allocated in grants to date. A thorough review process ensures that all recipients demonstrate verified financial need. While this is a great start, the volume of applications pouring in indicates an even greater need for support in the Irish community than that originally anticipated. They have received over 450 applications in three weeks and estimate that $400,000 would be required just to meet current requests for support. Given that Sláinte 2020 is now receiving on average 30 applications per day, they project that goal figure to increase considerably in the coming weeks. Although construction work may resume shortly in New York, approximately TWO-THIRDS of their applicants work in the hospitality sector. Any financial reprieve for that sector in the foreseeable future is likely to come slowly and prove sorely inadequate to counter great hardships threatening them and their families.

At Leitrim GAA we have established very strong links with the Irish community over the years and indeed on our four trips stateside since 2003 to play in Connacht SFC in Gaelic Park. Our Main Team Sponsors Seamus and Caitríona Clarke are heavily involved in Sláinte 2020 and we view this fundraising effort as an opportunity to send something back.

We look forward to your participation on Saturday & our donation link is below.