The distance of the cycle is approximately 160km, and it will take 40 staff members from under the Michael Cusack statue in Croke Park all the way to Avantcard Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada in County Leitrim. Along the way they will be stopping for the ‘tae’ in Enfield in County Meath and Bunbrosna in County Westmeath. So please lend your support if you pass them on their cross-country spin!

This is their third charity cycle with ‘Tour de Thurles’ in 2017 and ‘Rollin2Nowlan’ in 2018. Those two events combined raised a total of €42,500 – which is phenomenal!

The main aim of the game this year is to raise funds and awareness for the five official GAA charities for 2019: Western Alzheimers, Down Syndrome Ireland, Marie Keating Foundation, Enable Ireland, and Focus Ireland.

The cyclists are expected to arrive at Avantcard Páirc Seán at 5pm and all are invited to welcome them to Carrick.

Full details are attached here

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Draw 2019 Results

1st Prize €5,000

Barry Kerr, Leitrim Gaels GAA Club.

2nd Prize  €2,000

Nicholas McWeeney, St Mary’s Kiltoghert GAA Club.

3rd Prize €1,000

Una Connolly, 7 Ravensdale Park, Dublin 12.

4th Prize €1,000

Declan Bohan, Bornacoola GAA Club.

5th Prize 2 Nights B & B + 1 Evening Meal for 2 at Hollyrood Hotel

Frank Reynolds Senior, Longford Road, Ballinalee. Co Longford.

6th Prize 2 Nights B&B for 2 at Lough Rynn Castle Hotel

Maurice Foley, New York.

7th Prize 2 All-Ireland Final Football Tickets

Patrick Feely, Larkfield Road, Manorhamilton.

8th Prize 2 All-Ireland Final Hurling Tickets

Diarmuid, Riona, Eimear, Senan, Megan, Aille, Síofra, c/o PJ Meehan Kiltubrid GAA

9th Prize €100

Rory O Connor, c/o Murtagh’s Bar, Ck-on-Shannon.

10th Prize €100

Phil McGowan, Kinlough, Melvin Gaels GAA.

11th Prize €100

Niamh Reynolds Delaney, c/o Bornacoola GAA Club.

12th Prize €100

Aiden and Aine McEvoy, Shercock, Co Cavan.

Bonus Prize Chocolate Hamper, worth €150, sponsored by Damien Gilheaney, Aughnasheelin and Butler’s Chocolate.

Catherine Williams, 22 Millbrook, Kinlough, Melvin Gaels GAA Club.


Leitrim GAA would like to congratulate all the winners and we thank all patrons who supported the draw by either buying or selling tickets over the past couple of months.

We wish to record our grateful appreciation to our sponsors, without whose assistance this venture would not be possible.

Main Sponsor – Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod.

Other Sponsors  – Westlink Coaches, Drumshanbo; Kevin Quinn, Embassy Rooms, Sligo; ScanMe Ltd. Sheila Briody, Longford; Gerry O Rourke, Longford; Gerry Murray, Sligo; Rosebank Retail Park, Carrick-on-Shannon; Lough Rynn Castle Hotel; Hollyrood Hotel, Bundoran.

UPDATE 12pm Monday –

Please Note that it’s now RESERVED Seating in Croke Park

The following has been announced:

Adult Stand €25
Juvenile Stand €5  (NOTE: Cusack Stand only)
Students/Oap €15  (Concession on Cusack stand tickets at Block D with valid ID)

Our final  is confirmed for 3pm on Saturday as part of a double header with the Division 2 final.


Attached is a list of shops and venues in Leitrim and surrounding counties that will have tickets for the Allianz Division 4 Final from next Monday, March 25th.

Rúnaí Attracta O Reilly will also have tickets for anyone wishing to purchase them from the Leitrim GAA County Board. Text Attracta at 086-1708499 or email if you wish to be placed on a list for tickets.

There will also have a two-hour open evening on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th next week from 5pm to 7pm in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada for anyone who wishes to purchase tickets without previously having booked them.



Musgrave – 1549, SV, SUPERVALU, Manorhamilton Leitrim
Musgrave – 239, SV, Ballinamore – Donohoe Leitrim
Musgrave – 365, SV, Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim
Musgrave – 1024, CT, Centra, Drumshambo Leitrim
Musgrave – 997, SV, Cavan – Tarpey Cavan
Musgrave -SV,Baileborough,415 Cavan
Musgrave – 809, CT, Mullagh Cavan
Musgrave-128,CN,Ballyjamesduff Cavan
Musgrave – 1373, SV, Virginia SV – McEvoy Cavan
Musgrave-1043,CT,Centra,Kingscourt Cavan
Musgrave-663,CT,Belturbet Cavan
Musgrave – 739, CT, Flcarragh Donegal
Musgrave – 536, CT, Carrigart Donegal
247 – Centra Letterkenny Donegal
Musgrave – CN1493, Centra, Centra Killybegs Donegal
Musgrave – CN1492, Centra, CN1492_Kilcar Donegal
Musgrave – 1297, SV, Bundoran Donegal
Musgrave – 1142, SV, Ballybofey Donegal
Musgrave – 1143, SV, Carndonagh Donegal
Musgrave – 1492, CT, Kilcar Donegal
Musgrave – 358, SV, Donegal – Kavanagh Donegal
Musgrave – 853, CT, Mountain Top, Letterkenny – Kelly Donegal
Musgrave – 1338, SV, Killybegs SV – Rooney Donegal
Musgrave – 1033, CT, Centra, Ballyshannon Donegal
Musgrave – 66, CT, Centra, Ardara Donegal
Musgrave – 364, SV, Supervalu, Dungloe Donegal
Musgrave – 992, SV, Supervalu, Buncrana Donegal
Musgrave – 03, ON, ONeills,Enniskillen Fermanagh
Musgrave – 076, SV, Moycullen Galway
Musgrave – 751, SV, Oranmore – Nestor Galway
Musgrave – 390, SV, Gort – Minihane Galway
Musgrave – 1261, SV, Claregalway Galway
Musgrave – 338, SV, Tuam Galway
Musgrave – 236, SV, Barna – Clarke Galway
Musgrave – 314, SV, Loughrea – Michael McInerney Galway
Musgrave – 456, SV, Portumna – O’Meara Galway
Musgrave – 756, SV, Ballybane – Nestor Galway
Musgrave – 401, SV, BALLINASLOE Galway
Musgrave- 1045 Clarinbridge CT Galway
Musgrave – 402, SV, Supervalu,Lackagh Galway
Musgrave – 602, CT, Centra, Carnmore Galway
Musgrave – 233, CT, Centra,Athenry Galway
Musgrave – 1423, CT, Centra, Craughwell Galway
Musgrave – 351, SV, Clifden Galway
Musgrave – 753, CT, Centra, Ballygar Galway
Musgrave – 1362, CT, Sligo Road Longford Longford
Musgrave – 246, CT, Centra, Drumlish Longford
Musgrave – 894, SV Ballina Mayo
Musgrave – 100, CT, Ballindine Mayo
Musgrave – 302, SV, Ballyhaunis Mayo
Musgrave – CN1498, Centra, CN1498 Kilkelly Mayo
Musgrave – 311, SV, Castlebar Mayo
Musgrave – 391, SV, Achill Mayo
Musgrave – 42, CT, Balla Mayo
Musgrave – 55, CT, Belmullet Mayo
Musgrave – 307, SV, Westport – Kavanagh – SV Mayo
Musgrave – 431, SV, Ballinrobe – Cummins Mayo
Musgrave – 37, SV, Westport Mayo
Musgrave – 249, CT, CROSSMOLINA Mayo
Musgrave – 413, CT, Centra, Newport Mayo
Musgrave – 512, CT, Centra, Castlebar Mayo
Musgrave – 352, SV, Supervalu, Claremorris Mayo
Musgrave – 452, SV, Supervalu, Kiltimagh Mayo
Musgrave – 419, SV, Supervalu, Boyle Roscommon
Musgrave – 1133, SV, Athlone Roscommon
Musgrave – 1153, SV, Ballaghadereen Roscommon
Musgrave – 394, SV, Roscommon Roscommon
Musgrave – 417, SV, Castlerea Roscommon
Musgrave – 419, SV, Boyle Roscommon
Musgrave – 828, CT, Roscommon – Casey Roscommon
Musgrave – 395, SV, Tubbercurry – Surlis Sligo
Musgrave – 601, CT, Magheraboy – Cosgrove Sligo
Musgrave – 1337, SV, Supervalu, Grange Sligo
Musgrave – CN1227, Centra, CN1227 Enniscrone Sligo
Musgrave – 844, CT, Collooney Sligo
Musgrave – 057, CT, Centra Sligo
Musgrave – 278, SV, Supervalu, Ballymote Sligo

Tusla is organising the launch of our Fostering Fortnight next Monday 4th March 2019 at 9:45am at the Sligo County Council Offices, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo. Present will be a representative from the Sligo GAA, Sligo Rugby, Sligo Rovers and a photographer from the Sligo Champion.

For more information please visit

Saturday last was a memorable occasion for Leitrim Scór as St Marys Kiltoghert were declared All Ireland champions in Ballad Group at the All-Ireland final in Castlebar.

For the Carrick club, it was a long-awaited and richly-deserved reward for perseverance and persistence. For each of the previous four consecutive years they had reached the All-Ireland finals, they travelled to Killarney, Sligo and Belfast with great hopes, only to come home disappointed on each occasion. Others would have given up but sheer determination from the Carrick ladies and their backroom team didn’t deter. Hope kept them going and the dream that their day would come and come it finally did on Saturday last.

With the club having competed and come so close over the last 10 years in both Senior and Junior All-Irelands before them, The young singers hung on their mentors and tutors every piece of advice and it surely paid off. The team of Elsie Harmon, Eleanor Smith, Rionach Nic Conmara, Roisin Noone and Ava Brogan gave a moving and outstanding performance which saw them see off Ardagh of Longford. Watty Grahams, Derry and Cullen of Cork. The long wait was finally over.

The sight of bonfires blazing on the approach to Pairc Tom and the grounds of St Marys clubhouse at 10.00pm last Saturday and the club lining the way to the den to greet them back made it all worth it. It was a memorable homecoming as the ladies performed at ease & celebrated their historic win with their friends and supporters.

St Mary’s win was the second title to the club since their first and only win in 1971 when Tom Fitzgerald won recitation in what was the 2nd year of Scór competition. To win this All-Ireland on the 50th year of the competition, it was a very long wait. It was also something memorable for Leitrim as this was the first time ever that a Leitrim club had ever won an All-Ireland Ballad title in Scór na nÓg. With previous titles in Nuachleas (now Leiriu) Sèan O’Heslins in 1997, 2001 & 2006) question time (Sean O’Heslins in 1988 & 1991, Bornacoola  2001) and Instrumental Music (Carrigallen 1989) at Junior level.

Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins represented Leitrim at the All-Ireland quiz last Saturday also. The young team put a massive effort into preparing for the day & did impressively well as the Questions were quite tough. Its such a great experience for such a young team.

Bhí sé soiléir go raibh croí an chontae sa chultúir ghaelach agus muintir an chontae ag baint taitneamh as.

All-Ireland Winners
Figure Dancing –  Aghagallon, Co Antrim
Solo-Singing – Aoife Trainor, Clonduff, Co Down
Recitation – Mary Kate Bonnes, Tir nan Og, Randalstown, Co Antrim
Ballad Group – St Mary’s Leitrim
Leiriu- Aghagallon, Co Antrim
Instrumental – Kilcormac-Killoughey, Co Offaly
Set Dancing – Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway

Tráth na gCeist
1.Cornafean, Cavan
2.An Bóthar Bui, Cork
3.Killeavy, Armagh

Leitrim senior scór quiz takes place this Friday 22nd February in St Joseph’s Centre Leitrim Village. The venue is next door to the village church. Competition starts at 8.30pm. Clubs are encouraged to take part. Each entry must consist of 4 club members, aged from 17, effective 1st January 2019. Leitrim winners qualify for the All Ireland final on April 13th in Castlebar.

Leitrim GAA wishes to be associated with the many tributes that have been paid to the late John Morrison, who passed away earlier today. The Armagh native and Armagh Harps GAA stalwart was one of the most innovative GAA coaches this island has provided witness to and we were privileged to have had him in our midst a decade ago.

In the summer of 2008 Leitrim was in the hunt for a new Senior Football Management team, following the retirement of Des Dolan from the position, and we were delighted to attract the joint managerial expertise of Mickey Moran and John Morrison to the position. Following the announcement of the appointment to the job in August 2008, they quickly set about putting their stamp on the work at hand in order to be prepared for the 2009 season and no stone was left unturned. A larger than life character, John Morrison, with his innovative methods and many futuristic coaching ideas, left a lasting impression on all of the players who were fortunate to have played for Leitrim at that time, not only at Senior level but his influence spread to underage teams of that era.

John remained in this role over the 2009 and 2010 seasons but decided to concentrate on his coach education career and stepped down before the 2011 season. Mickey Moran continued in the role until he had to step away for health reasons at the end of 2011.

John has retained a great interest and connection with Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games and was back in the Annaduff COE as recently as November 2017 when he delivered his ‘Game Sense’ Workshop to a full contingent of Leitrim GAA Coaches. Indeed a number of former Leitrim players of his era in charge who have since entered coaching have hailed the huge influence that John Morrison had on their decision to coach.

Leitrim GAA players and coaches will forever retain fond memories of John Morrison and his varied but nonetheless challenging methods which were always to the fore in advancing the player technically, mentally and physically. We convey our condolences to his family and would like to think that we would be numbered among his many, many friends across the GAA world.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.


Leitrim GAA is greatly saddened at the sudden passing of Tom Guckian, Kiltoghert, Ck-on-Shannon, who passed to his eternal reward early on Friday morning. Tom, a retired staff member of ESB, was battling with ailing health over the past couple of years but met all these challenges determinedly and refused to give in, always airing with great positivity. An avid GAA follower of all codes, Tom made it to TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Sunday week last to support the Carrick Hurlers in their recent All-Ireland Junior Hurling Semi Final, such was his love for his local teams. He was due to attend the St Mary’s Kiltoghert Gala Presentation event on this Saturday night but unfortunately, this wasn’t to be.

Tom has had a lifelong association with many aspects of the GAA in Leitrim and while he never played underage football for St Mary’s Kiltoghert, he always showed a keen interest in all the club’s activities and became involved at officer level at a young age becoming Treasurer in 1983. He continued in this role for 8 years, while also playing club football at Senior and Junior level.

He captained St Mary’s to a Junior Championship final in 1988 and at this stage, his great organisational skills were becoming obvious when he became manager of the club’s second team a role he held for 10 years during which he led St Mary’s to the Intermediate title in 1995. This was the year that St Mary’s Kiltoghert took the Senior, Intermediate and Minor titles, a feat unparalleled and unlikely to be ever matched.

In 1996 he took over as Chairman of the club and held this role until 2003, during this time he spearheaded the development of the new club grounds at Castlecarra, affectionally known to all as Park Tom. This was a jewel in Tom’s Chairmanship crown and one of which he can be extremely proud. The grounds, which are a hive of GAA activity, have been of tremendous assistance to Leitrim GAA, particularly on big match day in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.

Fundraising is the bane of many people’s existence and many run a mile from it. Not Tom though! He always played a big role in any fundraising for the club and took great delight when his club’s lotto team topped the sales figures. In addition to this Tom has been a long time member of the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Committee and used his talent in this regard to great effect. Tom rarely missed the traditional annual launch of the Leitrim Supporters Club in Dublin and was an ever-present on the Leitrim Bus to Dublin for these occasions in the company of his wife Tina.

At County GAA Administration level Tom served on the county Competitions Control Committee for ten years and was its Chairman for 5 years. During this time he was always approachable and dealt with all issues fairly and in the best interest of Leitrim GAA. He left his club outside the door on all occasions when making CCC decisions and that is the very best tribute we can pay to him on his tenure in charge of that committee. In recent years he had been a member of the Connacht GAA Hearings Committee which was a great honour bestowed on him to have been chosen on the ultimate provincial disciplinary decision-making committee. Of course, Tom has had a leading role on many Connacht Council match days around the province in that most unglamorous of roles, the matchday steward which involves a time investment or erosion of time, if you look at it another way, that goes way beyond what we normally associate with attending matches.

Before the era or Fás/Tús schemes, Tom was always to be found doing voluntary work at Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada preparing for games and became Chairperson of the Páirc Seán Committee in 2010 and oversaw many developments at the grounds over his period in charge. An abiding image of Tom on match day would have been his scurrying up and down the tunnel, keys rattling, and making sure all is in perfect working order. Post-match you would most likely see him doing a lap of the field with a fertilizer bag collecting the flags and remaining on until all had exited safely. Another example of the many unglamorous but vital GAA roles that Tom gladly took charge of, such was his enthusiasm for the association that was such a big part of his life.

As a supporter, Tom clocked up many miles supporting his club and county across many age grades and codes. He was particularly proud of the sporting achievements of his daughters Lorraine and Lisa and was the staunchest supporter of their team over the years. Despite his ailing health, he made sure to be present at all their matches, no matter where in recent years and it was a pleasure to meet him on these occasions.

On February 3rd, 2018, Tom Guckian was inducted into the Jim Lynch Leitrim GAA Hall of Fame at the County’s Annual GAA Awards Ceremony. This was a fitting tribute to all of the work that Tom had got through in a lifetime’s association with GAA and a recognition of the fact that the mountains of work that goes on behind the scenes are greatly appreciated by all. Tom was, in this regard, a hero of many and for all! Tom gloriously captained many great teams whose work goes on off the field.

We are greatly saddened by his passing, which leaves yet another large void around St. Mary’s Kiltoghert, Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada and Leitrim GAA. However, it is his family who will feel  the greatest loss and we express our sympathies to his wife Tina, daughters Lorraine and Lisa, grandson James, brothers Joe and Patsy, sister Mary B Mulvey (Butlersbridge, Co.Cavan), brothers-in-law Michael, Johnny, Charlie, Seamus, Martin, Sean and P.J, sisters-in-law Mary, Maggie, Phil, Margaret, Clare, Maura and Bernadette, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at his home tomorrow, Saturday, from 2 o’clock until 6 o’clock and on Sunday from 2 o’clock until 6 o’clock. Removal to St.Patrick’s Church, Gowel on Monday morning to arrive for Mass of Christian Burial at 12 o’clock with funeral afterwards to Kiltoghert Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if so desired, to Irish Motor Neuron Association ( House private outside of reposing times and private on Monday morning please.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

The late Tom Guckian, pictured with Tina, Lorraine, Lisa and grandson James following St. Mary’s/Bornacoola Ladies League Final win in July 2018.

Our heartiest congratulations to Drumreilly’s Martin McCartin, currently Leitrim GAA Treasurer, on his election as Treasurer of Connacht Council GAA for the three year period 2019-2021. Martin’s election took place at Connacht GAA Convention on Thursday night last at Áras Connacht. It is indeed a singular honour for Martin, his family and his club to be elected to this position. It also means that Leitrim will join current Council President Gerry McGovern at the top table of Connacht GAA decision making. The last time Leitrim held both positions simultaneously, they were filled by Ballinamore’s Tommy Moran as Uachtarán 2003-2005 and the late Jim Meehan, Dromahair, Treasurer, 2004-2006. We are delighted for Martin and wish him the very best of luck with what is bound to be a very bust dual portfolio.

(Left to Right) Gerry McGovern, Uachtarán, Martin McCartin, Treasurer, Mattie Kilroy, outgoing Treasurer and Tomás Mimnagh Drumreilly GAA

Attracta O Reilly, John Prenty, John Mulvey, Gerry McGovern, Martin McCartin, Terence Boyle and Pat Feely pictured after Thursday night’s Connacht GAA Convention.

The Annual Leitrim GAA Awards presentation takes place in the Bush Hotel on Friday night next, January 25, commencing at 8pm. Our congratulations to the selected people who will pick up their awards on the night. Anybody who still requires a ticket for this event please contact a club official or Rúnaí Attracta O Reilly at

We look forward to a great night when excellence on the field of play or in ball alleys in 2018 will be recognised.

Jim Lynch Hall of Fame: Seamus Prior, Aughnasheelin

County Player of Year: Shane Quinn, Mohill

Senior Club Player of Year: Gary Plunkett, Aughawillan

Intermediate Club Player of Year: Ryan O’Rourke, Fenagh St. Caillins

Junior Club Player of Year: Fergal Clancy, Glenfarne Kiltylogher

Senior Referee of Year: Patrick Guckian, Fenagh St. Caillins

Club Grounds of Year: Drumreilly G.A.A. Club

Minor Player of Year: Tom Prior, Ballinamore Seán O’Heslins

U16 Player of Year: Cian Singleton, St. Mary’s

Coiste na nÓg Referee of Year: Fintan Mc Brien, Aughavas

County Hurler of Year: Karl Mc Dermott, Cluainin Iomaint

Senior Club Hurler of Year: Clement Cunniffe, Carrick Hurling

Junior Club Hurler of Year: Liam Phelan, Carrick Hurling

Senior Handballer of Year: Jarlath Scollan, Fenagh

Juvenile Handballer of Year: Ciaran Mc Morrow, Drumshanbo

There was a terrific turn out of Leitrim GAA Supporters at the Celtic Suite, Croke Park, last night as the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club hosted its annual event. A gathering of approximately 170 people had two hours of informative talks and great entertainment under the direction of the Dublin committee led by Chairperson Mike Feeney who introduced proceedings. MC for the night, the excellent Colin Regan, interviewed Leitrim GAA Chairman Terence Boyle on ongoing developments at Leitrim GAA and also Leitrim GAA Senior Team Manager Terry Hyland as he looked forward to the season ahead. Eamonn Duignan gave a detailed presentation on the ‘Buy a Brick’ fundraising venture to complete the Centre of Excellence at Annaduff. He revealed that this campaign has raised €70,000 to date as we look forward to concluding this project by June of this year.

The second part of the show belonged to 2019 Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year Seamus O Rourke who brought the house down with his inimitable style of humour which sent the punters home smiling. Our thanks to all who attended the event and indeed to all who joined us via Facebook Live from around the world. We look forward to a great year for Leitrim GAA and you can help us greatly by getting your ticket for the 2019 Supporters Club Draw and indeed if you could help us complete the wall in Annaduff that would be the icing on the cake!

Liatroim Abú.

The Dubin Launch of the 2019 Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will take place on Thursday 17th January in Croke Park commencing at 7.30pm.

Transport will be provided from Leitrim for anyone who wishes to attend FOC,  the following are the bus times.

Pick up Drumshanbo Swimming Pool  at 4.oopm

Pick up  Avantcard Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada at  4.15pm

Pick up Bornacoola GAA Pitch  at 4.40pm

Please inform Leitrim GAA Secretary Attracta O Reilly at 0861708499 if you intend to travel on the bus.


Ballinamore Library’s Irish classes are regarded as being some of the most successful in the country with big numbers attending and a most entertaining atmosphere. The Conversation classes, or Ciorcail Comhrá, are now in their thirteenth year and are hugely popular every year.

Full range of classes will start in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 at 8.00pm. There are separate groups for relative beginners, for those who have some Irish and for those who are fluent. These classes are a great opportunity to practice the Irish you know and to improve it. Also, Leaving Cert or transitional year students will find it useful for practice for their Irish orals. Classes are free of charge and will run for 10 weeks to mid March. Starting next Tuesday at 8.00 in Ballinamore Library. Seo seans chun an Ghaeilge a labhairt. Beidh fáilte romhat