An online meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma took place earlier tonight via MS Teams, at which the referred motions from last Monday night’s Convention Clár were discussed and decided on. The motions and the decisions are outlined below.

Competition Structural Regulations 2022 

2022 Connacht Gold Senior Football Championship

Senior Football Championship to consist of 10 teams with rounds 1 to 4 to be an open draw. The draw, if possible, and at the discretion of CCC Liatroma, to take place on the weekend prior to the following weekend’s set of games. The draw to factor in that each club to have two home and two away games at the round-robin stages. Teams can only play a team once in the group stages. After the round-robin games are complete the top 2 teams with the highest number of points automatically qualify for the semi-finals with the teams that finish 3rd to 6th to play off in the quarter-finals. (3rd plays 6th, 4th plays 5th) semi-finals to be open draw. The teams finishing 7th to 10th to play in relegation semi-finals (7th plays 10th, 8th plays 9th) with the two defeated teams to play the relegation final, the defeated team in this relegation final to play IFC 2023.

Achadh na Síleann CLG (Motion Passed in above-amended format)

2022 Smith Monumentals Intermediate Football Championship

Intermediate football championship to consist of 10 teams with rounds 1 to 4 to be an open draw. The draw, if possible, and at the discretion of CCC Liatroma, is to take place on the weekend prior to the following weekend’s set of games. The draw to factor in that each club to have two home and two away games at the round-robin stages. Teams can only play a team once in the group stages. After the round-robin games are complete the top 2 teams with the highest number of points automatically qualify for the semi-finals with the teams that finish 3rd to 6th to play off in the quarter-finals. (3rd plays 6th, 4th plays 5th) semi-finals to be open draw. The teams finishing 7th to 10th to play in relegation semi-finals (7th plays 10th, 8th plays 9th) with the two defeated teams to play the relegation final, the defeated team in this relegation final to play JFCA 2023.

Achadh na Síleann CLG (Motion Passed in above-amended format)

2022 Corrib Oil Junior A Football Championship

Two groups of 5 with each team playing each other in the round-robin series. The top team in each group qualifies for the Semi-final, second and third-placed teams play each other 2 v 3 and 3 v 2 across the respective groups. Semi-Final Draw to ensure that the top placed teams avoid each other at this stage. Winner of Junior A Championship promoted to IFC 2022The bottom-placed team in each group to be relegated in addition to the defeated team of a relegation final to be played between the fourth-placed teams in the groups.

Seeding 2022

Pot A    2021 Defeated Finalist plus 2021 IFC Relegated Team. (2 Teams)

Pot B    2021 Beaten Semi-Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot C    2021 Beaten Quarter Finalists (4 Teams)

Pot D    2021 Remaining Team plus Junior B Championship Winners 2021 (2Teams)

Junior B Corrib Oil Football Championship 2022

Relegated Team from JFC A 2021, Winners of JFC C 2021, and the remaining teams that are eligible and participating in 2022. In the event of there being 9 teams, these are to be grouped into three groups of 3. Top teams in each group plus the best runner-up in accordance with Rule 6.21 TO 2021 shall play semi-finals, avoiding teams from the same group playing at this stage. Winner of Junior B Championship promoted to JFCA 2022. Bottom teams of each respective group to be relegated to JFC C 2023. In the event of there being 8 teams these to be grouped in two groups of four. The top two teams in each group shall play semi-finals (1 v 2, 2 v 1). Bottom teams of each respective group to be relegated.

There shall be no seeding in this draw.

 Junior C Corrib Oil Football Championship 2022

The Relegated Team from the 2021 Junior B Championship plus any additional teams that are eligible and participating in 2022(to a maximum of 5 teams). This competition is to be played in a single round-robin format with the top team qualifying for the final and 2 v 3 plays semi-final match. In the event of there being six teams participating, teams to be placed in two groups of three teams each. Top two teams in each group will play semi-finals (1 v 2 and 2 v 1).

No promotion from JFC C in 2022 only. There shall be no seeding in this draw.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma (Motion Passed)

In all of the above Championship Series Rule 6.21 TO 2021 shall be used to determine ties at the concluding stages of Round Robin Championship formats.

Other Motions

That for championship purposes, that any team that plays Senior championship names 17 players that aren’t eligible to play second team championship football and a further 15 if they are entering a third team. Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt (Motion withdrawn)

That at any level within the county, a club should not enter a 15 a side competition, only knowingly having the intention to play 13 aside. Players on both sides are losing out on playing time, and this is unfair to players and is not in the spirit of our GAA ethos. Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt (Motion withdrawn in recognition of the fact that CCC Liatroma carries out grading)

Leitrim County Board trial a silent sideline at all underage games and actively promote it. Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt (Motion put forward as a recommendation to be trialled in 2022 at Under 9 and 11)

To accommodate clubs that do not have sufficient players to enter a second or third team, that these clubs be allowed to amalgamate together within their region and be entered into the Corrib Oil Junior C competitions only. This will ensure that ALL players within these clubs would be guaranteed football. Acadh na Síleann (Motion withdrawn)

In the event of a club’s home pitch not being playable, the given fixture (league or group stage championship) will automatically revert to the away team’s home ground. Should the away team’s home pitch also not be playable, the fixture should be moved to a neutral venue to be fixed by the CCC. Gortleitreach (Motion defeated)


The Leitrim GAA  Supporters Club (Dublin Branch) is delighted to invite you to attend the Supporters  Club annual launch on Thursday  January 17th at 7.30pm in the Celtic Suite, Croke Park.

We are thrilled that Leitrim Person of the Year Seamus O’Rourke will officially launch the  2019 Supporters Club draw on the night and will regale us with some of the yarns which have made him into a national celebrity. Colin Regan will be MC for the evening and we look forward to his interview with

Terry Hyland  Leitrim’s experienced new Senior football manager. We will learn first hand about  Leitrim’s preparations for the eagerly anticipated year ahead.

A lot has happened in Leitrim GAA over the past 12 months and County Chairperson Terence Boyle will fill us in on developments and plans for the coming year. The Leitrim Wall  at the Centre Of Excellence at Annaduff is an exciting project which has caught the attention of Leitrim people all over the world. Eamonn Duignan will update the meeting about its progress. This annual event is immensely popular with Leitrim people in Dublin and the surrounding counties. Please  spread the word to your friends and  come along on the night.

Doors open at  7pm with the  event getting under way 7.30pm sharp. Light refresments  will be served during the interval. A special draw will take place for those who buy a Supporters Club ticket or take a booklet to sell. The night will conclude at 10 pm.

The Committee very much looks  forward to seeing you on the night.

Mike Feeney, Chairperson Dublin Branch

The Cycle Against Suicide will visit Carrick On Shannon on 5th May 2018 and this will be the second last day of a 10 Cycle Across Ireland.  We are hoping that all the local clubs will promote the Cycle on their Facebook Page and/or Twitter.
Cycle Against Suicide operates a Homestay Programme – this allows the local community to get involved and support without having to get on a bike. So what I am hoping to get is a local family to host one of the cyclists in their home – collect them on arrival, shower, warm meal, bed and leave back to start the next day. Bikes are stored overnight so it’s only the cyclist.
Any help also in coordinating the event would be most welcome. If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact me by return email or my number is 087 2249 204
Kind regards,
Anne McGowan
Homestays Coordinator
(087) 2249204

The Information Evening for Club Insurance Officers will take on Monday night next at 8pm. The venue for this important event is the Landmark Hotel, Ck-on-Shannon and not the Bush Hotel as previously notified. All clubs are encouraged to have a representative at this meeting.

Connacht Convention took place at the Bush Hotel, Ck-on-Shannon, last night and it was a very proud night for Cloone man, Gerry McGovern, as he took over from Roscommon’s Mick Rock as Uachtarán Comhairle Connacht. In doing so he is following in the footsteps of Ballinamore’s Michael McIntyre, Fenagh’s Dick Ellis, Melvin Gaels’ Aiden McGowan, St Mary’s George O Toole and Ballinamore’s Tommy Moran in this esteemed position.

Gerry has been to the forefront of all that is good in the GAA over many years now, starting with his club Club in the early 1970s and continuing over the ensuing decades with both club and county. A prominent member of the Cloone SFC winning team of 1980, Gerry has served his club in many roles since. A former member of the National Referees Panel, Gerry moved into county administration and ultimately served as County Chairman 2005-2009, a period a great development in Leitrim GAA with the development of the new stand in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada and the early stages of the County Training Centre Development in Annaduff. Gerry was at the forefront of these initiatives and this will serve as a fine legacy to Leitrim GAA.

With the conclusion of his term as Cathaoirleach, he became a delegate to Comhairle Connacht in 2010 and has served his term well, the last three years as Leas Uachtarán Comhairle. To borrow his own words from last night’s acceptance speech, he has served a 47-year apprenticeship and Comhairle Connacht will be the undoubted beneficiary of this wisdom and administrative ability over the next three years. All in Leitrim GAA wish Gerry the very best over his term and in doing so, we also wish to acknowledge the excellent contribution of his immediate predecessor Mick Rock as he steps away from the role.

In his inaugural address to Comhairle Connacht Gerry addressed a number of issues for the Association outlined in extracts from his speech below:

Tonight ladies and gentlemen it is a huge honour for me to accept the position of Uachtarán Comhairle Connacht for the next three years. It is a huge honour for me, my family, my club Cloone, and my native County Leitrim.


Mick Rock Outgoing President – Unfortunately for me, I have the unenviable job of following in the footsteps of one of the greatest and most experienced Gaa administrators, and one of the finest orators within the GAA, and while I can never expect to match his ability in these areas, I can only match it with honest endeavour.

We have been fortunate for the last three years to have a man of the calibre of Mick Rock as President of Comhairle Chonnacht. Mick has led GAA affairs in the province to the highest standards and has represented the Province at Ard Comhairle and Coiste Bainistí with distinction. He has earned for himself a reputation as someone we will be hearing more about in the highest echelons in GAA administration in the future. Thanks Mick for being an outstanding President.


Acknowledgement – Tonight as I Accept this wonderful honour, I pay tribute the men from Leitrim who have held this honour, and respect the great work that they have done in the past, namely, the late Michael McIntyre, the late Dick Ellis, the late Aidan McGowan, the late George O Toole and most recently the outstanding Tommy Moran.

I’m delighted to be taking office at a time when Gaelic Games are at a high in the province. Galway are All Ireland Hurling Champions, Mayo within one point of winning the Football All Ireland, Roscommon are Connacht Champions, and Gaa development is at a high standard in Leitrim and Sligo, and Leitrim’s appearance in the Lory Meagher Final in Croke Park a notable highlight.

Centre of Excellence – I’m delighted to be taking on the role of president in a Province that is so well equipped and has the finest Centre of Excellence in the Country. This is a Centre of Excellence that can boast of the finest facilities in Ireland. The number of initiatives that are being promoted in the Centre is phenomenal with over 50,000 people using the Centre in 2017. This is an outstanding facility and I urge all counties to avail of the facilities for the good of their clubs and counties. The list of activities is listed in your Convention Book, and we look forward to further developments at the Centre in the near future.  I pay tribute to the work of Cathal Cregg, and Seamus Burns and all the staff at the Centre for the outstanding work they are doing.

John Tobin – Tonight it is very important that we recognise the enormous amount of outstanding work done by John Tobin in the establishment of the Centre of Excellence, and his guidance and expertise in the provision of the excellent Coaching and Games Development Programmes channelled through the Centre. All Counties have benefited from John’s outstanding work.  Happy retirement John.

Árd Stiurthóir – I also want to recognise the enormous Contribution made by retiring ARD STUIRTHÓIR Paraic Duffy and to thank him for his excellent leadership of the Association over the last number of years. I wish Paraic a happy retirement.

Next 3 Years – For the next three years I intend to focus on Club and County Development. I believe Clubs are being neglected and more assistance is needed. As I take on the role I fully realise the many Challenges that face the organisation in the immediate future. Looking at the GAA right now, and from the outside we see the organisation thriving in a most glamorous way. We see The International rules Competition, The All-star banquets, The All-star tours, The Fenway Games, The sky deals, The super 8’s, Packed houses for our All Ireland finals. Sure we are flying.  I applaud all of this and it is great the association is going so well. However, I have a concern for the organisation at the other end, at the grassroots level.

The Club – I don’t want to be seen as another official paying verbal platitudes to the Club, but I’m concerned that we are losing units of the association as clubs struggle to survive or are facing amalgamation with some going out of existence. The club means so much to every member of the GAA in the community. Everybody has an affinity with the club, as is evident from the youngest child to the club veteran wearing and supporting their club jersey, the club colours. It is a sad day in any county if we lose a unit of the association. Tonight I’m asking County Boards to work closely with clubs that are finding it difficult and I have no doubt provincial Council can help.

How can we help? How can Provincial Council help?

  • We must provide assistance in the provision of club plans. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
  • Clubs must provide Team Management from within the club, for all their teams and cut the enormous cost of hiring outside team managers some with very little qualifications. This financial burden cannot be maintained and unfortunately, it’s the dedicated club members out on Saturday nights selling lotto tickets to pay the cost.
  • In order that Clubs can do this, we have to encourage clubs to utilise the Coaching and Games Development Programmes that are presently being rolled out by the Coaching Staff at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan to upskill members of the club who can well perform the management duties in their clubs at a lot less cost.
  • Connacht GAA can provide the highest quality training in the areas of Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Science, etc. and I urge Clubs to avail of this service and save hard earned money.
  • For Clubs, we must continue to lobby for more funding to be made available for club development. I believe Grant percentages must be increased for the various aspects of GAA club developments to encourage club development,
  • We must continue to lobby for European funding through Leader and County Development Companies to be made available directly to GAA clubs for all Club developments, and GAA clubs must be recognised as leading community groups. We must continue to lobby for this funding to be made available to GAA Clubs.

County Committees – The business of County boards has changed dramatically in the last number of years and further change is on the way. County Board officers are under huge pressure and this will increase. Look at how the County Board Budgets have increased in the last number of years and this is indicative of the enormous change that has taken place. In order to face the challenges, County Boards must be structured in a way that every elected official has a specific duty to perform and is answerable to the County executive. Training and support systems must be available to assist our officers in carrying out their duties. County Boards must embrace the ethos of planning, and every county must prepare their own relevant strategic plan.


County Teams – The present level of expenditure on County Team preparation cannot continue and while I fully appreciate that County Boards are making genuine efforts to reduce expenditure, but we cannot continue to spend at this level. Counties must take immediate further measures to curb spending. Are we overexposing our players to extensively rigorous training regimes in pursuit of results, we probably are never going to achieve, and in the process are we turning our top quality players away from inter-County Football. Intercounty players are now beginning to highlight this. Do we need to be training five nights a week in November, December January, preparing for our most important competition that commences in May/June? These questions need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Tiered Championship – For some counties, I believe it is time to grasp the nettle, have a robust discussion in relation to their participating in a form of a tiered championship, following their exit from the Provincial Championship. This would give teams from the less successful counties the opportunity to compete at their own level, play matches in Croke Park, and get a promotion to the next grade. In doing this, counties will reduce the training burden on county players, and the financial burden on boards. How long can we persist with the present system which has brought heartbreak in the qualifiers, year in year out?


Pillars – To the existing pillars of authority with the Provincial Council, I believe we need to add a new PILLAR under the heading of Governance, with responsibility for CLUB and COUNTY DEVELOPMENT. As a Provincial Council, we need to work with County Boards in providing information to Counties and clubs on a range of issues.  I propose that as a Council we will meet the five County Development officers in the very near future, and following that I propose to have an information Seminar in each county at which every club must be represented. We are very fortunate to have personnel with the Provincial Council, in our Provincial Council Secretary John Prenty, and Development Manager Adrian Hassett who have a wealth of expertise in these areas, and who, with other qualified personnel will deliver the various seminars.


Referees – While a serious amount of excellent work has been done in the province in relation to refereeing standards. Standards were never higher, and now we have more referees on the National Panel than ever before. This is a tribute to the outstanding work of our referee’s County coordinator Sean Martin. However, I was disappointed to hear in reports from County Conventions about the abuse of referees and the resultant shortage of referees. I would ask Counties that when are highlighting the problem in relation to referees, we would not highlight the abuse because highlight the abuse will only turn prospective candidates away. Referees must report the abuse and County Boards must penalise the culprits.

New System – I hope to introduce a new system whereby the Provincial Council will have direct responsibility for training and all matters pertaining to refereeing standards in each County where refereeing personnel in each county would be directly responsible to the Provincial Council.

Hurling – I look forward to working with the hurling boards in each county and to continue to support the great work they are doing. I trust their knowledge and experience in promoting the game and to assure you of my full support for their work.

Handball – The great work of the handball boards has also to be recognised and while I don’t propose to advise you on how to develop the game I can assure of my total support in your endeavours.

Scór – Scór has been my baby for the last three years. We were asked to increase our participation in Scór and to increase the enjoyment of the participants. We had three very good years, and I’m glad to say that our efforts in Connacht have been very successful, a fact that was recognised by Coiste Bainistí and Ard Comhairle. I sincerely thank Coiste Scór Chonnacht members for their assistance and cooperation with me for the last three years, and in particular to our excellent Runai Aodáin O Braonáin. It has been a most enjoyable journey. We look forward to hosting the All Irelands of Scór na nÓg and Scór Sínsir in Sligo later in the year and to recognise the great work being done by Coiste Scór Sligeach. I wish the new Coiste Scór Chonnacht, under the direction of John Murphy, the very best.

Other Initiatives – There are a number of very important initiatives that are being promoted under the auspices of Comhairle Chonnacht. I pay tribute to the great work being done by our ‘Games for all Committee’, ‘Health and well being’, and all the other various initiatives.

School Bodies – I salute the enormous work of the people who are promoting GAA activities within all our schools. It is a serious piece of work on a weekly basis and their dedication and commitment have to be recognised and admired. You can be assured of my total support in the great work you are doing.

County Committees – I look forward to working with the five Co Boards, and being of assistance to them in the many challenges that the face in promoting Gaelic games in their counties, and hopefully by working together we can make your work less stressful, more efficient, and most importantly, more enjoyable. Likewise, I look forward to working with all the Delegates to the Council, the representatives of the various sporting bodies that make up the Council.

Officers – The province of Connacht is very fortunate to have a man of the calibre of John Prenty as Runai Comhairle Chonnacht. With his vast accumulation of knowledge and experience in the administration of GAA affairs, John is a guiding light to County officers on all Gaa maters. I look forward to working with him in the administration of GAA affairs in the province. I look forward to working with all the staff at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan.  Likewise, I look forward to working with the others members of the Management Committee, PRO John Hopkins, and Treasurer Mattie Kilroy. We joined the Council together, the class of 2010, it was like the first day at primary school. We spent five years on the CCC and performed the duties of field officers even to international standards.

All my GAA life I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by great people, whether in the administration of GAA Affairs at club, County or provincial, acting as umpires for me, or whatever GAA task I was doing, and tonight I want to acknowledge their help, assistance and great support over many years.

I want to also acknowledge the support I have received from my family for my involvement in GAA Affairs. Without their support and encouragement, I couldn’t do it.

I can assure you that I will give my absolute and total effort to carrying my duties of Uachtaráin Comhairle Chonnacht to the best of my ability.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.


Leitrim GAA Open Day

On Sunday next 11th May at 12 noon Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick on Shannon will be buzzing with activity as the Leitrim senior football and hurling teams, team managements, County Board officers, coaches and GPOs, supporters of all ages, team and championship sponsors, the local media and a virtual army of young stars of the future will converge on the county grounds for the Leitrim launch of the Connacht and All Ireland Football Championship.

The day will see our young boys and girls get to meet their county players up close, to get their autographs and to dream of the day when they too might wear the Leitrim jersey with the same pride and enthusiasm as the current county squads.

The emphasis will be on a fun day and an ideal chance to meet the players one to one and to extend our good wishes to them for the forthcoming campaign.

Young and old are welcome to come along to Páirc Seán on Sunday (11th May) at 12 noon.

Nothing beats being there!




08-May-14 by Colette Fox – PRO


GAA legends centre stage at free Connacht Social Initiative celebration night


Special club draw on the night for trip to Arás an Uachtarán


A special gala event to recognise the work of GAA Social Initiative clubs across Connacht will culminate with a draw for the representatives of lucky clubs to attend Áras an Uachtarán for an audience with President Higgins in May.

The gala event will take place in the new Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis on Wednesday, May 1, from 7-9pm, with an open invitation to all GAA Social Initiative clubs in the province to attend. Representatives from any club that would like to get involved are also encouraged to come along for what promises to be a great night’s entertainment and a trip down Connacht GAA’s memory lane.

MC on the night is Tommy Moran, Connacht PRO. A renowned raconteur, the former Leitrim County Secretary of 25 years will reminisce with some of the most recognisable names in Connacht GAA over the past decades, including former GAA President Dr. Mick Loftus (Mayo), Sligo’s first All Star and 1975 Connacht winning footballer, Mickey Kearins; Leitrim legend from the 1950s and ‘60s Josie Murray; Donie Shine Snr, former Roscommon player and Manager and well-known radio pundit; and Joe Connolly, Galway’s All Ireland hurling winning captain of 1980.

The GAA Social Initiative aims to use GAA clubs as a focal point for social activities for older members of our communities. It began in 2007 following an observation by then President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin of a dearth of older men attending the various functions they visited across the 32 counties. The island’s network of GAA clubs was identified as a vehicle to tackle the isolation and loneliness that can impede people from fully engaging with their communities, friends, family and neighbours. From its starting point as a small pilot in four counties (Mayo, Fermanagh, Kerry, and Wexford), 200 clubs are now registered as GAA Social Initiative clubs, running events ranging from card nights, ceiligh houses, to trips and excursions to the GAA museum in Croke Park, the Titanic Centre in Belfast or the National Museum of Country Life in Mayo.

The St. Joseph’s Club in Roscommon will provide an insight into their successful Social Initiative club, including their recent trip to Belfast. Other contributors on the night will include Colin Regan, GAA Social Initiative Manager in Croke Park, and Professor Sabina Brennan from Trinity College, who heads up a positive aging project. Entertainment on the night will be provided by Connacht Scór. All are welcome.

As already mentioned, all Social Initiative clubs that attend on the night will be entered into a special draw to win three coveted places on visit to Arás an Uachatarin in May. President Higgins is a noted supporter of the GAA Social Initiative and gave his full endorsement to its work in his wonderful address to GAA Congress 2013 in Derry in March. He is hosting representatives of GAA Social Initiative clubs in Arás an Uachtarán on Thursday, May 30th. Numbers are limited and will be allocated by a draw on the night.

Admission to the event is free and light refreshments will also be served. Anyone who would like more information about the event should contact their County Coordinator, or alternatively contact Emmet Haughian, the Social Initiative National Coordinator in Croke Park on 01-819-2393 or emmet.haughian




For more media information on the event or the GAA Social Initiative contact Colin Regan, GAA Community & Health Promotion Manager, on 01-8658674 or 087-2945705.



16-Apr-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

Player Injury and Club/Property Insurance Information night.

Monday night 18th February in The Bush Hotel starting at 8pm.

All Club Insurance Officers, Club Chairpersons, Club Runai, Club Player Representatives and anyone who needs to know more about GAA Player Injury and Club/Property Insurance and procedures.

Ms Sinead Quinn Croke Park Insurance Manager and a representative of Willis Insurance will attend.

Please avail of this opportunity to meet with and discuss any Player Injury and Club/Property Insurance issues your club may need clarity with.

It might be an idea if you can download Player Injury claim form to bring with you on the night to go through the steps in completing same.



18-Feb-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

You can download a copy of the Convention Booklet for the Leitrim 2013 Convention held in the Bush Hotel on Sunday 16th December 2012

Booklet available through this link. 



17-Dec-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Óráid an Chathaoirligh 2013.

Tá sé in am dúinn breathnú siar ar bhlian eile gnothach i saol Cumann Lúth Chleas Liatroma agus is mór an ónóir domsa mar cathaóirleach mo smaointe a chur os bhúr gcomhair inniú.Bliain fíor gnothach abhí againn idir peil, iomáint, liathróid laimhe agus Scór. Táim fíor búioch do na daoine a dhéanann obair dheonach i ngach club agus cúinne sa chondae, agus ár lucht leanúna dilís a thagann amach seachtain I ndiadh seachtaine chun tachaiocht dúinn san obair atá idir láimhe again.

The year 2012 can be viewed from many perspectives—the glass maybe viewed as half full or half empty depending on how you wish to see it. Our stated aspirations to gain promotion from Division 4 took a serious knock when we fell to Limerick in our first game. This was the first real test of our new joint management of Brian Breen and George Dugdale at the helm. They were forced to start the rebuilding process with many players having been forced to leave our shores at the end of the 2011 campaign. We picked up four points in our next two outings to Carlow and London but a greatly below performance to Clare in Ennis sealed our fate for the year. We lost narrowly to both Wicklow and Waterford but a heavy defeat to already promoted Fermanagh in our final game of the campaignÓgave cause for concern as we began our preparations for the championship. In the FBD we won two of our three games a nd our victory over neighbours Roscommon was enthusiastically proclaimed.

In the Hastings Cup we lost our three games to Cavan, Longford and Roscommon but our new management team of Brendan Guckian, Padraig Kenny and James Holohan took the opportunity to give all players a run in an effort to establish our strongest team for the under 21 championship. Hopes were high for this team but a heavy defeat to Sligo on the score line of 0-14 to 0-8 followed later that evening by an equally heavy defeat of our minors to Roscommon in the Connacht League meant for a dark weekend for our county.

A trip to London in the first outing of the Championship was always going to prove a difficult task. London had high hopes of repeating a second upset by beating Leitrim after giving Mayo a tight game the previous year. We prepared diligently and after a tight first half the accuracy of county player of the year Emlyn Mulligan coupled with some astute management substitutions we had one point to spare setting up a meeting with Mayo. Despite playing wonderful football for the first twenty minutes injuries to Wayne McKeon and Shane Moran before half time saw our depleted team suffer a heavy defeat. Team management, players and supporters were very dejected leaving Castlebar and we faced a huge challenge to have our team motivated for our second round qualifier game against Wicklow. The media had indeed highlighted Leitrim’s failure to have ever won a game in the “backdoor” system from our original defeat to Antrim in Casement Park in the inaugural year of the Qualifiers in 2001. Could this unwanted record be the catalyst to motivate us for a big game in Carrick on July12th. Playing inspired football for seventy minutes the hoodoo of many years was laid to rest with a famous victory over the Garden County on a score line of Leitrim 0-13, Wicklow 0-10. Confidence and pride were restored and we had Laois in our next game with the advantage of a home venue. A wonderful atmosphere prevailed and we were delighted to welcome the newly appointed Úachtaráin CLCG Liam ó Neill to Carrick-on-Shannon to support his native county. Leitrim almost caused a second shock within the week and were unlucky to be on the wrong of a 1-13 to 1-11 score line. Our Connacht victors Mayo reached the All Ireland final and Laois were most unlucky not to overcome, at that stage, All Ireland champions, and favourites Dublin for 2012. We were participating inÓgood company.

I commend managements of all our inter county teams for their professionalism in preparing our players. We must look at the imbalances that exist both in our human and financial resources. Pats on the back and “good performance” tributes are not what the players or supporters of Leitrim want. Will the Football Review Committee be brave enough to highlight these imbalances and if they do will the powers that be be courageous enough to address those issues. The present system of 127 years will not survive unless, as the west of Ireland journalist, John Healy once proclaimed “somebody must call halt”. Despite our first ever victory in the Qualifier Series, does it serve any purpose for Division 4 teams? It only gives strong teams a second opportunity. Can we honestly say that the Connacht Championship in its present format is serving Leitrim’s best interest? Can two senior titles in 127 years convince anybody of that fact? Maybe we are all too entrenched in tradition to realise that the structures of today does not adequately cater for a fast changing world that will continue to change at an even faster rate with the advent of evenÓgreater technology that twenty years ago was unimaginable.

In looking at the half full glass I take courage from a first round qualifier in eleven years to going forward with a settled team of management and players who have jelled well together. In our forthcoming seven national football league games we host four at home – that is a definite advantage- and while standards have greatly levelled off, promotion from Division 4 is a must if I am still to look at the half full glass. We start our championship campaign of 2013 with a trip to the Big Apple in May and while the economic scene is very challenging we will be hoping that a good following of our supporters will see us advance to a tussle with Sligo in Páirc MacDiarmada on June 23rd. Let’s tempt fate with a Connacht Final appearance in July.

Club Scene. Convention 2012 was brave enough to address and adopt a revised structure for our championships. All clubs participated in an increased number of meaningful games with final placing in either semi-finals or relegationÓguaranteeing all teams a minimum of four championship outings .Favourites Glencar-manor were within a hairs breath of the elusive five in a row but their neighbours Gael na Meilge were adamant that they too would continue to share the impressive four in a row enjoyed by both clubs. Gortletteragh completed a most impressive year by capturing both Intermediate Championship and Division 2 League while the hard work of the Leitrim Gaels club was rewarded in capturing the Junior A title. It was disappointing that none of our title holders made progress in their respective Connacht Club title race. St. Brigids was always going to be a formidable challenge for Gael na Meilge; Gortletteragh provided a stern challenge to Charlestown, while Ballinasloe were in a different league to our Junior champions. Glencar-manor gained revenge for their championship defeat to their neighbours in the League final in a game that did neither team proud. Local rivalries can often bring out the best in two teams but unfortunately the opposite is the case in this encounter. The unsavoury incidents that permeated this entire game both on and off the field is totally unacceptable and hopefully our CCC will take some time to address issues observed and advise both clubs of serious consequences in the event of any repeat behaviour.

Iomáint; The revised structures for the promotion of hurling has now bedded in and over the past three years the championship title has changed hands as many times. Carrick hurling lost their title in 2011 to Gortletteragh while Cluinín Iomáint bridged a 53 year gap by compensating for the absence of the FenÓgh Cup by winning the title in style. There were massive scenes of jubilation on the day and this success was quickly followed up by victories in all underage competitions.

Liathróid Laimhe: 2012 must surely belong to our hand ballers who captured three medals at the World Championships in City West, Dublin in October. Pride of place goes to Jarleth Scollan and Alan Wrynn by capturing gold in the boys U13 One Wall Handball Competition with Jarlath adding a silver in the U13 singles. What an achievement for the boys, their families and their FenÓgh Handball Club.

Scór: Our hugely impressive record in Scór was again enhanced by a magnificent performance by stalwards Barr-na Cúille in Tráth na gCeist. This most difficult of categories demands not just hours of rehearsals but months of hard dedicated study to achieve this standard. Sincere congratulations to Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbitte and Seoirse Reynolds on winning this award for the second time for Barr-na-Cuille. Both Naomh Muire and Maothail also did us proud in Rince Fóirne and Aithriseóireacht on the same nÓght.

Fixtures:Our CCC is charged with providing our clubs with a meaningful schedule of games over the year at all levels. This is a mammoth task not always understood or appreciated by our clubs. I have already referred to our revised championship of 2012 that provided extra games. We too remained active for longer at inter county level by our success in the qualifiers, while the replay of the Hurling Final resulted in the loss of our declared County Final date. All of these factors impinged on our ability to maintain agreed dates resulting in lesser weekends available to complete League fixtures earlier. This situation will continue while clubs refuse to play any League games without County panellists. Our national CCC must take cognisance of county club fixtures in the event of replays. We did succeed in completing all our fixtures within the calendar year and I applaud our CCC, under the Chair of Tom Guckian, on this achievement. Having reviewed our activities for the year it is our intention to issue strict guidelines to all clubs in such areas as special requests, postponements, failing to fulfil a fixture, rearrangement of fixtures without the permission of CCC and all other relevant issues to streamline our activities. The demands on our county players to be available for all club fixtures is unreasonable and this with the possibility of playing some League games on a weekday must be considered if some of the motions on the clár today are to be debated.

Development:Five of our clubs have completed the Club Planning programme. Such planning is necessary if we wish to signpost the direction we wish for our clubs over the coming years. It is indeed an opportunity to look at our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Such an exercise, while being of huge benefit to your club, is now mandatory if applying for grants and too affords the club to draw on expertise within a club area sometimes not tapped into. During the year many clubs availed of courses on the role of the various club officers and both planning and officer role courses were complimentary to each other. I am grateful to all who assisted in delivering such courses and in particular PJ Meehan, Gerry McGovern, Padraig McGourty and Seamus Prior. On physical development I regret that despite expectations our Centre of Excellence is not yet completed. This is indeed something completely outside our control since the project was subject to revised planning regulations when we were required to seek planning retention. We are now making excellent progress on fitting out the building and we will have a state of the art facility, the envy of many bigger counties at our disposal, early in the new year. The Cloone Club can be proud of their refurbished dressing rooms and well- appointed Press facilities that were officially opened by Uachtaráin Liam Ó Neill in July. It is heartening to see that four of our clubs have received funding under the Sports Grant recently announced.

Financial Matters:The present national financial crisis does not seem to have abated over the past year and will once again prove a major challenge to the board. The increased commitment to the welfare of our players is the most demanding drain on our limited finances. We have an obligation to prepare in a professional manner and in doing so we must provide such resources as is deemed necessary but within reason. Our management teams are aware of our limited ability to provide for such resources and co-operate with us in many ways by their own ingenuity and improvisation. Indeed our senior team ran two excellent and enjoyable fundraising functions, namely a table quiz and a fashion show. They are to be commended on these initiatives. We are pleased to relay to convention today that the board have again ran the affairs, without any diminution of services, with an excess of income over expenditure. For this prudent management of our financial affairs we are deeply indebted to our outgoing Cisteóir John Mulvey ably assisted by our also outgoing Leas Cisteóir John Keenan. On behalf of all Leitrim Gaels I wish to thank both of you for your extremely competent manner in fulfilling this most difficult role. Míle buíochas don beirt agaibh. I welcome on board our Treasurer elect, Brian Gordon, with a warning that this job could be dangerous to your health but you will have the experience of John Mulvey who is to remain as Assistant Treasurer to assist you. Our annual Golf Classic under the leadership of Chairperson Barry Donnellan is still a great source of income after 22 years of continuous activity. Shay Reynolds, as Chairperson of the Leitrim Supporters Club, continues to lead the most financially rewarding subcommittee of the board. This is the lifeline of our ability to reflect a financial surplus at the end of the year. The responsibility of adequately financing the activities of the board is inevitably the responsibility of the clubs. The support of our clubs in agreeing to the acceptance of an agreed specific allocation of tickets is greatly appreciated. Such support alleviates the necessity of the board to the introduction of other unwelcome fundraising activities. The support of the Dublin Branch of our Supporters Club under the Chairmanship of Michael Feeney is vital to the success of the draw.

Sponsorship: We are most fortunate to have excellent sponsors to all our activities. The Bush Hotel continues to be our main sponsor and we are most grateful to the Dolan family for their continuous good will. We were united with Joe, Roseleen and family over the New Year period of this year after the tragic death of their son Andrew. He was the victim of an unprovoked and senseless attack on a normal nÓght out for any 20 year old young man. Go ndeána Dia trochaire ar a anam uasal. We too are most grateful to Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod, Quinn Family and Embassy Rooms, Sligo, Gallogly Catering and Glenfarne Wood Products who are all involved inÓgenerous sponsorship of our games. We too are indebted to The LeydonÓgroup, Dublin and The Sorohan Brothers for their continued support of our Annual Golf Classic. Other sponsors are acknowledged in our Financial Report.

Media: The standard and speed with which information can be spread across the world is indeed mindboggling. It has been suggested that the role of IT officer and that of PRO be combined into that of Communications Officer. In fact both roles operate in tandem in Leitrim with great effect. Our website is updated on a daily basis while match-day programmes for either our major finals or on inter-county league days are eagerly sought after because of their excellent quality. The launch of both the Connacht and county championships were innovative and enjoyable allowing the local media to highlight our ongoing activities. We had our own “Up for the Match” nÓght which proved good fun for nÓght with the resultant video a collector’s item. All such activities were co-ordinated under the direction of our Communications Committee capably led by Collette Fox and Brendan Doyle. I too wish to congratulate Connacht Council on the production of their Into The West magazine. Volume 4 of March/April 2012 is a must for every club as it contains everything a club officer needs to know for the day to day running of your club.

Other Matters: To most observers the role of CLCG is generally perceived as providing games. Few are aware of the Trojan work undertaken through coaching, our Kellogg’s summer camps, Alcohol and substance abuse workshops, Social Inclusion Initiatives, Integration ,Garda Vetting of our workers and many more. We are indebted to all our officers who give of their time and energies in so many ways. The concept of the Volunteer is alive and well in the world of the GAA. We would be foolish to assume that it will remain so with the everyday demands of modern Ireland. Our Primary and Post Primary schools are vital links in the promotion of our games. Are we as clubs giving the necessary support to our teachers who are already under pressure from the Department of Education and Science to give more of their time to curricular needs? We are informed regularly of the obesity levels evident in our young people but get little recognition for our voluntary efforts in helping address this problem. When we refer to the role of the Volunteer we must make reference to our loyal bunch of referees who perform the most thankless job of all our Volunteers. The Respect Initiative is evident at our underage games but unfortunately abuse is still being hurled from the sidelines at the men in the middle. Indeed the trend of managers/team mentors using after match comments to complain about our referees can not be allowed and strict sanctions must be considered to eliminate such trends. Let us never forget—no referees—no matches. We are blessed to have such a competent group of excellent referees.

Focail Scór: Convention today marks the retirement of one of our greatest servants in Seamus Prior. Seamus has been a hardworking officer for the past 13 years as Connacht Council delegate, Referee’s Co-ordinator and Development Officer. He has left his mark on all of these areas but I might be bold enough to say that he himself would be most pleased with the overall improvement evident at our club grounds due to his initiative in advising clubs regarding our obligations under Health and Safety. It is no coincidence that we had so many referees on the inter-county panel under his reign since he himself acted at the highest level. We too thank PJ Meehan for highlighting the concerns of his native county at Connacht Council level for the past three years. Jim Meehan steps down from his role as Central Council delegate under the 5 year rule. Jim’s long experience as an officer at both county and provincial level gave him the necessary understanding of the association at this high level. I have already alluded to the contribution of John Mulvey and John Keenan in the finance department as they too are governed by the 5 year rule. Indeed I am happy in the knowledge that all outgoing officers will be available to assist if required. I look forward to 2013 with confidence. I am grateful to all board officers for their help and encouragement throughout the past year. My workload is greatly lessoned by the inordinate contribution of An Rúnaí, Duirmuid MacSuibhne, to the smooth running of our affairs, often in difficult and trying circumstances. We have an excellent back-up secretarial service on a daily basis in Anna and Martina while Brian and Fintan keep Páirc Seán in pristine condition for all our occasions. We are grateful to FAS for such a service. Martin undertook a range of activities for the six months he was with us under the Job-Bridge scheme. We hope he enjoyed the experience. I thank the local media, Leitrim Observer, Longford Leader, Shannonside and Ocean FM who provide fair and comprehensive coverage of our games. I too thank John Connolly, PJ Leddy ,Phillip Rooney, John Lynch, Seamus Gallagher, Willie Donnellan,Brian Blake and James Molloy who bring our affairs to the wider community through print, picture and sound . Our gratitude to John Prenty and Adrian Hassett at the Connacht Council Office, to the staff in Páirc an Crocaigh and in particular Kathy Slattery and Tom Ryan sa Roinn Airigead for their assistance with our Centre of Excellence. To all families who suffered bereavement throughout the year my condolences.

Ar aghaidh linn le chéile;

Seosamh ÓFloinn,


Mí na Nollag 2012 



16-Dec-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Leitrim GAA County Board Convention takes place this Sunday in the Bush Hotel at 2pm.

There will be elections for the positions of Connacht Council and Central Council delegates at the annual gathering.  

Outgoing treasurer John Mulvey (who will be replaced by Brian Gordon) has pulled out of the race for a Central Council seat, which will now be contested by Stephen Flynn (Mohill), PJ Meehan (Kiltubrid) and Sean O Suilleabhain (Sean OHeslins).

And PJ Meehan has withdrawn from the race for one of the two Connacht Council seats up for grabs. Outgoing delegate Gerry McGovern (Cloone), Jim Meehan (Dromahair) and Pat Feely (Manorhamilton) will do battle.




14-Dec-12 by Colette Fox – PRO


 Leitrim GAA Open night


On Friday evening between 7 and 9pm, Páirc Seán in Carrick on Shannon will be buzzing with activity as the Leitrim senior football and hurling teams, team managements, County Board officers, coaches and GPOs, supporters of all ages, team and championship sponsors, the local media and a virtual army of young stars of the future will converge on the county grounds for the Leitrim launch of the Connacht and All Ireland Football Championship.


With Leitrim heading to London for a mouth-watering clash on June 3rd there is a keen interest in team preparations and everyone in Páirc Seán will have an opportunity to see the players be put through their paces by Joint Team Managers Brian Breen and George Dugdale and see for themselves the massive efforts being made to have our team in ship-shape for Ruislip — and hopefully for a clash with Mayo in Castlebar in mid June.


There will be an opportunity to participate in a tour of the stand, dressing rooms, media and meeting rooms, commentary boxes and to view the GAA murals depicting the story of the GAA in the county.


Most of all the evening will see our young boys and girls get to meet their county players up close, to get their autographs and to dream of the day when they too might wear the Leitrim jersey with the same pride and enthusiasm as the current county squads.


The emphasis will be on a fun evening and an ideal chance to meet the players one to one and to extend our good wishes to them for the forthcoming campaign.


Young and old are welcome to come along to Páirc Seán on this Friday evening (11th May) between 7-9pm.


Nothing beats being there!


You can find a link to the poster here 



07-May-12 by Colette Fox – PRO