The 2023 Connacht GAA Play & Stay days took place in Croke park on Monday and Tuesday last. Six clubs from Leitrim took part, Allen Gaels, Aughnasheelin, Garadice Gaels, Glencar Manorhamilton, Glenfarne and St. Mary’s. We hope that all the players, coaches and family members had a very enjoyable day. A word of thanks to Connacht GAA for organising the event, to the staff in Croke park and to Leitrim GAA GDA’s Cormac Haslam and James Mitchell for helping with the running of the games on both days. Well done everyone.
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Wednesday, July 20th 2023, may prove to be a significant milestone in the more recent history of Leitrim Gaelic Games activities as Carrick Camogie Club played its first-ever match. A group of Under 12 Girls drawn together from the catchment area of Carrick Hurling Club have been practicing the skills of the game recently and this evening they played their first match, a challenge game with Boyle Camogie, The game was hosted at the excellent facilities of Carrick RFC and it was a most enjoyable evening for all the girls and indeed their coaches and parents. After a close encounter, in the true tradition of many underage challenge games, the result may have been a draw, but the real accomplishment and result was succeeding in fielding a team for the first time ever.

Onwards and upwards for this group of players and hopefully it’s the start of something that will flourish! Well done all!

Carrick Camogie Club Under 12s


Carrick and Boyle U12 Camogie Teams

It has been a roller coaster 28 years for Séamus and Caitríona Clarke at JP Clarke’s Saloon, Yonkers, New York, but the curtain has finally come down as Séamus and Caitríona have now retired from the business. A well-known hostelry for many Irish who have either visited New York, or have chosen the area to be their home over the best part of three decades, JP Calrke’s never failed in its efforts to extend a Céad Míle Failte to all comers.

Those of us associated with Leitrim GAA will have many fond memories of visits there over five trips to Gaelic Park to face New York in the Connacht SFC since 2003 and we were most diligently cared for on these visits, never wanting for anything. It was indeed appropriate that on our most recent trip in April, the team proudly wore the JP Clarke, New York, jerseys as Seamus and Caitríona’s five-year sponsorship deal edged towards its conclusion.

We wish to thank Séamus, Caitríona and staff for all their combined generosity and kindness shown towards us over the years and we wish them the very best in the next chapter of their lives.

Seamus and Caitríona Clarke and staff celebrating 28 years in business and retirement. 


6ú Iúil, 2023


GAA and GPA collaborate for a campaign to tackle online abuse of players, referees, managers and officials


The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Gaelic Players’ Association have today launched a major new campaign that seeks to target and tackle the online social media abuse of players, referees, managers and officials.

The ‘In their Boots’ campaign is a series of specially commissioned videos which over the coming weeks will heighten awareness around the damage caused by vitriolic targeting and abuse of players, referees, managers and officials online in an effort to create a better online sideline.

Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy said: “As members of the GAA it is up to us to insist on the type of culture that we want to exist, and the Association is adamant that it is one where respect is paramount.

“This campaign, produced in collaboration with the GPA, is a critically important initiative that targets the culture of online abuse and the use of social media to attack players, coaches, referees and officials.

“The campaign asks people who are trigger-happy to spew bile online to stop and think and put themselves in the boots of those they are looking to castigate. Our supporters are passionate and our games feed on that passion, but that passion must exist in a way that does not accept a culture where that is an excuse to target and abuse people on or offline.”

Tom Parsons, CEO of the GPA said: “Inter-county players know that criticism comes with the territory of playing the game at the highest level.  Criticism is part and parcel of the debates and conversations that are had the length and breadth of the country.  However, it is when criticism veers into abuse that we must draw a line.

“Social media and the online world can be a positive way of communicating and staying in touch but unfortunately, there are those who want to hijack it and use it to say things they would be very unlikely to say face to face.  This campaign asks supporters of our games to turn your back on those who share abuse and instead to be real supporters.  Real supporters get behind their teams in good times and bad.

“Let’s show other parts of our society how, in Gaelic games, we can critique, debate and even argue without getting drawn into personal attacks and abuse.”

Niamh Boyle, GAA Digital Manager, added: “We live in a digital world where so many people interact online, and it is a place of possibility. But it can be undermined and become detrimental when it is a place that is hijacked by those looking to target individuals after matches. It doesn’t stay on the pitch, it goes beyond the final whistle, coming home to families and friends. This is an issue that goes against what we hold dear in the GAA and sport. For referees, coaches, volunteers, and amateur players the vitriol that can be directed at them after matches is simply unacceptable and this campaign is about tackling that culture.

“The true value of our games is in the people involved and the culture around it, and this behaviour would not be accepted in the GAA community offline so it should not be tolerated online.”

Tommy Doyle, GPA Digital Media Manager added: “As part of my masters in digital marketing I looked at the whole area of online abuse of inter-county players.  Through this work and as a current player I know the negative impact it can have.  It was from here that this project emerged.  I am delighted to see it come to fruition and want to say thank you to Niamh Boyle and the team at the GAA for their partnership.

“I would encourage all of us in the Gaelic games’ community and more generally in Irish society to consider the language we use online and the material we share. “

In his address to Seanad Éireann last April, Uachtarán McCarthy sought the assistance of politicians and requested that they consider legislation that will make it harder for a culture of online abuse and the ability of individuals to anonymously wage personal attacks online to be permitted.

The GPA has proactively provided social media guidelines to players in recent years, encouraging positive online behaviour.  As role models, players know what they say and do has an impact far beyond just themselves.


The GAA/GPA ‘In their Boots’ campaign can be found on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts of both bodies.

The content for the campaign was produced by the Fifty-Three Six Sports Marketing Agency.




For further information, contact:


Alan Milton, GAA Director of Communications:  


Kieran McSweeney, GPA Head of Communications:


Due to constant rain fall all day, we have been left with no alternative but to postpone our U12 Super Games Blitz scheduled to take place this evening in the Leitrim Centre.
We will re-schedule for next Thursday evening July 13th. Details will be sent out early next week.
LEITRIM 4-21   CARLOW 2-10
Leitrim maintained their 100% record in the Humphrey Kellegher Cup with facile victory at a sunny Carlow Training Centre yesterday. Leitrim led from pillar to post and their victory was never in doubt. After an initial period of pressure, Carlow converted from a placed ball to take an early lead but that was as good as it got for the Barrowsiders.
Leitrim kicked into gear over the next few minutes with early points from Conor Reynolds and Jack Attard to lead on 4 minutes. After a missed goal chance, Leitrim made amends very quickly over the next 5 minutes as they finished off 3 wonderful moves with goals through Jack Prior, Thomas Gunn and Ronan Fox. Carlow responded with another placed ball to leave Leitrim 9 points to the good after 15 minutes. The remainder of the opening period saw Leitrim tag on 6 more points through Sean Gaffney(2), Jack Attard(2), Conor Reynolds and Ronan Fox while Carlow added 3 of their own to leave the half-time score Leirim 3-8 Carlow 0-5.
Leitrim continued the 2nd half in much the same vane as the 1st. Senan McGowan, Jack Moolick and Sean Gaffney(2) stretched Leitrim’s lead before Carlow added 2 points of their own. Carlow then got through for their first goal but this was quickly cancelled out as Leitrim added points through Jack Prior, Jack Attard(2) and Senan McGowan.
Carlow got in for a 2nd goal in the 46th minute but again Leitrim responded with a wonderful 50-yard run by Jack Moolick that culminated in a clinical finish to the back of the Carlow net by the big midfielder. As the game reached an inevitable conclusion, 7 points were exchanged between the sides as Jack Attard, Conor Reynolds, Sean Gaffney and Jack Prior rounded off the scoring for a 2nd comprehensive victory in the Humphrey Kellegher Cup. With games to come against Fermanagh and Clare, Leitrim know one win may well be enough to propel them into the semi-final.
LEITRIM: Scott Kerr; John McGarry; Ronan Connolly; Charlie Slevin; Ultan McNulty; Rian Costello; Cillian McWeeney; Jack Moolick(1-1); Thomas Gunn(1-0); Gearoid Curley; Ronan Fox(1-1); Conor Reynolds(0-3); Sean Gaffney(0-6); Jack Prior(1-2); Jack Attard(0-6). Subs: Rhionn Gallagher; Senan McGowan(0-2); Shane Mayock
Leitrim U16s qualified for the Fr. Manning Cup semi-finals in some style with a comprehensive victory over a hitherto unbeaten Longford outfit. Aided by a number of returning U17 county players, Leitrim roared into action, blitzing Longford in the first quarter as they scored 2-6 without reply.
Leitrim attacked Longford from the throw-in and early points inside the first 3 minutes from Ruairi O’Rourke and Senan Bohan were quickly followed by goals from Gavin Gallagher and Kyle Russell within the following 3 minutes.  Leitrim then added 4 more points through Senan Bohan, Ruairi O’Rourke(2) and Sean Carolan Morris to round out the first quarter. Longford got their opening score of the game on 25 minutes and this was sandwiched between 4 further Leitrim scores from Sean Carolan Morris(a 45), Ruairi O’Rourke, Jack Kelly and Senan Bohan. This left the half-time score Leirim 2-10 and Longford 0-1.
Leitrim introduced a number of subs in the 2nd half but there was to be no comeback for Longford. Again Leitrim opened the half in whirlwind fashion adding 2-5 inside the first 15 minutes with 2 solitary replies from Longford. The Leitrim points came from Joey McBrien, Jack Kelly(2) and Ruairi O’Rourke(2) with Senan Bohan and Ruairi O’Rourke adding the goals. The final quarter proved to be Longford’s most productive as they added 1-6 to their tally. But not to be outdone Leitrim rounded off their scoring with a further 2-3 of their own with goals from Joey McBrien and Ruairi O’Rourke. Jack Kelly, Oisin Conlon and Ruairi O’Rourke added the last points of Leitrim’s total for an impressive win.
Leitrim will be buoyed by the fact that their squad has shown great depth in topping the group, at times playing games without a number of their U17 players. They will also realise that there will be tougher games ahead but the focus, for now, turns to preparing for a Fr. Manning Cup semi-final.
LEITRIM: Josh Sheridan; Oran Foley; Killian Mulvey; Luke Farrell; Peter Moran; Kyle Russell(1-0); Bailey McBride; Luke Fitzsimons; Cormac Moran; Gavin Gallagher(1-0); Senan Bohan(1-2); Sean Carolan Morris(0-2); Joey McBrien(1-1); Jack Kelly(0-4); Ruairi O’Rourke(2-8); Subs: Oisin Conlon(0-1); James Hughes; Tadhg Regan; Bobby Hanrahan; Aodh Gavin; Kevin Faughnan; Daire Shannon; Ben Harte.

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will charter a bus to next Sunday’s Tailteann Cup Round 1 encounter with Antrim in Corrigan Park, Belfast 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 Thursday evening latest.

You are advised that tomorrow evening’s Eirgrid Connacht Under 20 Football Championship clash, Liatoim v Gaillimh, will be streamed live on GAA BeoYouTube Spórt TG4. Throw-in is at 6.30pm.

GAA BEO – YouTube Spórt TG4 
AR LÍNE:   18:25
Craobh Peile EirGrid Fé 20 – Cluiche Leathcheannais Chonnacht
Ionad: Páirc Naomh Iarlath, Tuaim
Tús Cluiche: 18:30
Tráchtaireacht: Cárthach Bán Breathnach
Am breise: 2 x 10′ & Ciceanna Éirice 


Leitrim GAA wishes to be associated with the grief that surrounds the passing of the late Sean Clarke, Forosa, Gortletteragh and Mohill County Leitrim. Sean’s great battle with a sudden illness that befell him last December, ended on Thursday last, as he returned to his eternal reward.

Sean, whose brother Séamus is the current Leitrim Senior Team Sponsor, was himself a most dedicated Leitrim Supporter and often went to great lengths to support his county at home and away. As recently as last season he cycled to away games, and there’s not much longer a trip to undertake than a trip from Leitrim to Dungarvan on a bicycle in early Spring! A former player with the great Gortletteragh team of the 1980s, Séamus also represented the County at the Underage level.

In underlining the continuing generosity of the Clarke Family to Gaelic Games in the County, Sean himself was also a most generous sponsor over the years through his business interests in Mohill. When Leitrim LGFA started organising end-of-year county presentations in the 1990s, they took place in Clarke’s in Mohill and that continued until at least the mid-2000s. In 2003 Leitrim Ladies had their first-ever official team sponsor and it was Sean who stepped into the breach and he thus started a trend that has continued to the present day. Even after sponsors changed, Sean’s generosity towards Leitrim LGFA continued over many subsequent years.

We extend our sympathies to his son Darren and Sean’s partner Anella, brother Seamus and sister Eileen, sister-in-law Catriona, daughter-in-law Amy, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Sean will be reposing in Glennon’s Funeral Home, Ballinalee Road, Longford N39EC81, on Saturday, 1st April 2023, from 12 noon – 3.30pm with removal to St Patrick’s Church, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, via Forosa, Gortletteragh, to arrive for 5pm. Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Mohill, on Sunday, 2nd April, at 2 pm, followed by burial afterwards in Gortletteragh Cemetery.

Ar dhes Dé go raibh sé.


The death has occurred of Arthur Boyle, late of Keadue, County Roscommon, and formerly of Aghacashel, County Leitrim. Arthur was a former PRO of Coiste Chontae Leitrim CLG during the 1970s and into the early 1980s. He would have made many incisive contributions to Leitrim GAA Yearbooks and other publications of that era in addition to reporting regularly on club matches and activities in the Leitrim Observer. He was famed for his contributions to the very essence of local GAA under the title Grassroots. He also served the board as a club referee and in his playing days, he would have represented Drumkeerin, while stationed there as a popular local Garda.

Arthur will be sadly missed by his much-loved wife Rosaleen, daughters Mairéad and Niamh, sons-in-law, Colm, Hugh and Dan, grandchildren, Doireann, Lucy, and Abigail, sister Bridie, uncle Robbie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, relatives, neighbours, former work colleagues and his wide circle of friends. He will be laid to rest in Kilronan Cemetery, tomorrow, (Wednesday), following a celebration of his funeral mass in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Keadue, at 12 noon.

Leitrim GAA offers its deepest sympathies to all his family on his sad passing.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Gaeltacht Grants Draw 2023
Is deas a fheiceáil go bhfuil an méid sin daoine óga ag dul go dtí an Ghaeltacht chun a gcuid Ghaeilge a fheabhsú. Buíochas do na buachaillí agus na cailíní go léir a chuir isteach ar na scoláireachtaí agus comhghairdeas do na buaiteoirí.
There was a large number of applicants for the Gaeltacht grants offered by Coiste Contae Liatroma. Leitrim County Board GAA was pleased to receive support from Leitrim County Council for this project.
Grants will be awarded to the eight winners below on return from their chosen Gaeltacht course.
Grants of €300:
      1.    Niamh Mahon, Aghacashel
      2.    Sean Malaniff, Kinlough
Grants of €200:
      1.    Rachel Mallon, Bornacoola
      2.    Ruby Doherty, Leitrim Village
      3.    Niamh Torsney, Dromahair
      4.    Mark Greene, Aughavas,
      5.    Jack Moolick, Mohill.
       6.        Sarah Harte, Carrigallen