Ahead of next Sunday’s Connacht Football Senior Championship Semi Final, Leitrim v Mayo in Elvery’s McHale Park, Castlebar, tickets are now available to buy online on the link below. Tickets cost €30 each

https://am.ticketmaster.com/gaa/buy#/

 

Leitrim Hurlers are currently in action in the Nicky Rackard Cup versus mayo in Elvery’s McHale Park. Livestream coverage courtesy of Aidan Morley Livestream is available here.





 

The Eirgrid Connacht Under 20 Football Championship match, Roscommon v Leitrim, on Tuesday next at 7pm in Dr. Hyde Park has now been declared a sellout.

However, the game will be streamed live. All information with regard to this streaming service is located here

Ahead of next Tuesday’s Connacht Under 20 Football match, Roscommon v Leitrim in Dr. Hyde Park, a limited number of tickets have been placed on general online sale. These are available to purchase on a first come first served basis at the following link. Tickets cost €10 each.

https://www.universe.com/events/u20-connacht-football-championship-quarter-final-tickets-Z6MBWQ?ref=universe-discover

The 2021 Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Draw took place earlier tonight in McGovern Aughavas Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence.  We are really appreciative of the response that we have received for this draw. Clubs, officials, and supporters really rose to the challenge of this fundraising venture which has resulted in this draw being as successful as any. This year’s draw has seen the clubs benefit from the shared proceeds which will result in club units set to receive up to €40,000 of the total proceeds. Our gratitude to all who made this happen and of course to all our sponsors who have been acknowledged below for their magnificent contributions as usual.

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Draw 2021 Results

1st Prize €5,000

Imelda Clancy, Dromahair.

2nd Prize €2,000

Gary Donohoe, Ballinamore.

3rd Prize €1,000 Sponsored by Westlink Coaches

Pat Farrell, Bornacoola.

4th Prize 3 Nights B&B Bush Hotel for 4 + VIP Shed Distillery Tour

Johnny Gill, Leitrim Village.

5th Prize 2 Nights B&B, 1 Evening Meal, Lough Rynn Hotel + Shannon Blueway Activity

Melvin Gaels GAA Club                                            

6th Prize €500 Voucher Landmark Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon

Cathal Quinn, Gortletteragh.

7th Prize 2 Nights B & B Titanic Hotel, Belfast + 2 Tickets Titanic Visitor Centre

Cathryn Crowe, Ck-on-Shannon.

8th Prize €500 Voucher W8 Manorhamilton

Aideen Hayes, Kinlough.

9th Prize €250 Voucher Leitrim Tourism Manorhamilton Municipal Area

Brian Fee, Drumreilly.

10th Prize €250 Voucher Leitrim Tourism Ballinamore Municipal Area

Melvin Gaels GAA Club

11th Prize €250 Voucher Leitrim Tourism Carrick on Shannon Municipal Area

Melvin Gaels GAA Club

12th Prize €250

Frank White, Glenfarne

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, acknowledged above and below, without whose assistance this venture would not be possible.

Main Sponsor – Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod.

Other Sponsors (not listed above) – 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.

 

CCC Liatroma has finalised the 2021 Masonite League Programme of Matches for clubs which will run from June 19 right through the month of July.  All of the 92 matches across the Leagues Divisions 1-3 and the Reserve Leagues 1-3  have been tightly scheduled across the limited timeframe for this activity to occur, in advance of the Club Championship action commencing in August. Each team is guaranteed four regular matches and it is also planned that the finals between the top two teams in each division will have taken place by the end of July. Saturday evening games will take place at 7pm, and Sunday’s action will generally take place at 1pm. Certain games have a later time on Sundays due to the fact that there are third teams of a number of clubs involved in the Reserve Leagues. It should be borne in mind that matches organised by Leitrim LGFA will have a starting time of 11am on each of the Sunday mornings and space in the calendar has been provided for this with no earlier than a 1pm throw-in time for Leitrim GAA activity.

We thank CCC Liatroma for its efforts in pulling all this together and wish all the clubs the very best of luck with the return to competitive action after over nine months of inactivity. All of the fixtures can be viewed here

Leitrim GAA is delighted to announce that Corrib Oil will be partnering with us during the summer months as they have come on board to sponsor the 2021 Leitrim Junior Football championships. The company has service stations and oil offices in both Carrick on Shannon &  Ballinamore and is delighted to be supporting local jobs and business within County Leitrim. Corrib Oil would like to wish Leitrim GAA the best of luck with the organisation of the forthcoming championships and we look very much forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.

At this juncture, we wish to thank outgoing sponsors VistaMed Limited for their generosity towards Leitrim GAA for the duration of their association with our most recent championships in 2019 and 2020, which will conclude in July with the playing of the of finals of the 2020 VistaMed Junior A and B Championships.

On the 6th April 2021, Leitrim lost its greatest ever footballer Packie McGarty. Less than two months later Leitrim has lost his footballing twin Cathal Flynn. Cathal was a native of Gorvagh, County Leitrim and was resident in Clonee, Co. Meath over many years up to the time of his passing last night.

Flynn & McGarty were to Leitrim what Purcell & Stockwell were to Galway.  Cathal was deeply upset when his ‘footballing twin’ died and spoke of him every day since his passing. Packie always said there was no better corner forward in the game than Cathal Flynn.

Cathal Flynn played his first game with Leitrim in 1952 against Cavan in Ballinamore when he came on as a substitute and his career in the Green and Gold progressed and blossomed from that point forward.  He was a scoring genius, top scorer in the National Football League for nine years in a row, was out injured for a year and returned the following year to top the scoring charts again. McGarty drew the fouls and Flynn converted. But Cathal Flynn was more than just a free-taker.

In the famous 1958 final against Galway when Leitrim lost on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-11, the Connacht Tribune reported ‘it was Flynn who sent the Leitrim supporters wild when he scored the goal in the 14th minute of the second half when he rounded Keeley and sent a flashing drive along the ground to the net’. Cathal Flynn was brilliant throughout and ended the game with a personal tally of  1-6.

Cathal played in the Connacht Finals of 1957, ’58, ’59, ’60 & ’63 and lost them all.

Cathal Flynn, Leo McAlinden, Eugene Boland and Columba Cryan were honoured by selection on the Connacht Railway Cup team as substitutes as far back as 1954.

In 1958 – Packy McGarty and Columba Cryan were joined by a new Railway Cup Star genius, corner-forward Cathal Flynn.

In the semi-final v Leinster – in Ballinasloe in front of 11,000 spectators Connacht won -1-11 to 0-7. Packy and Cathal scored 1-7

The next day in the Irish Press the headline by Padraig Puirseal was ‘McGarty & Flynn stole the show in Ballinasloe’. He won his only Railway Cup medal that year. Cathal will always be spoken of as one of the Leitrim Twins ‘McGarty & Flynn’

He passed away in James Connolly Memorial Hospital Blanchardstown last night and is survived by his wife Terry, daughter Clara, son-in-law Dave, sisters Eilish and Brid, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a large circle of friends.

Former Leitrim GAA Secretary Tommy Moran has paid tribute to the late Cathal and his contribution to Leitrim GAA in a Leitrim Observer article reproduced here

On behalf of Leitrim GAA and the Supporters Club, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all his family.

A Gentle Reminder That Leitrim Supporters Club Tickets remain on sale from all GAA Clubs within the county or from any member of the Leitrim Management Committee. Draw takes place on Saturday 19th June.  1st Prize €5,000, 2nd Prize €2,000, 3rd Prize €1,000 plus 9 more fantastic prizes on offer. Please support our main yearly fundraiser.

 

A meeting of the Leitrim GAA Management Committee last night approved the 2021 Club Fixture Schedule for all grades from adult through underage as drawn up by CCCC Liatroma. Competitions at the adult level will commence with the 2021 Masonite Leagues across the weekend June 19/20 for certain clubs and in general, the Masonite Leagues will be up and running for all clubs by WE 26/27 June. There will be four full rounds of leagues played from these starting points and it is planned that the Masonite League Finals will be played across all divisions if possible over the last two weekends of July. Members of the Leitrim Senior Football, Senior Hurling and Under 2o Football Panels will not be eligible to play in these leagues until after the point at which their respective team has exited championship action for 2021. The only exception to this will be in the case of any Championship Match weekend at which juncture players who have not been named on the matchday panel of 1-26 will become eligible to play for their clubs on these weekends only. There will be no promotion or relegation in 2021 Masonite Leagues, the top two teams in each division will contest a League Final. The League Divisions have been graded on the basis of 2019 finishing positions.

The 2020 Smith Monumentals IFC Final, Annaduff v Gortletteragh, and the 2020 Vistamed JFA Final, Aughavas v Cloone, are scheduled for WE July 24/25 and the 2020 Vistamed JFCB Final, Allen Gaels v Mohill is scheduled for July 31.

The 2021 Connacht Gold SFC, Smith Monumentals IFC and Corrib Oil JFC A, B and C will commence with the first round of the Connacht Gold SFC on WE 6/7/8 August.

The complete 2021 Club Master Fixture Plan is as follows:

2021 Leitrim GAA Adult Master Fixture Plan

Don’t forget Leitrim’s Health Is Wealth This evening starting at 7-30pm

Link to join   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg3ropnkwO0

Speakers at this event will include

  • Nora Owen (former Justice Minister who cared for her husband Brian RIP who had dementia and is an ambassador for the HSE initiative Understand Together)
  • Michael Harding (writer and raconteur speaking about his depression and finding his way out of the dark)
  • Mary Forte ( North West Hospice Commercial Manager who looks after their two charity shops with a team of 50 volunteers)
  • Terence Boyle (Leitrim GAA)
  • Nathan Carter (Country music superstar)
  • Pauline McKeown & a graduate from Coolmine Addiction Centre
  • Leonie McKiernan (Leitrim Observer)
  • Charlie McGettigan 
  • Seamus O’ Rourke

 

Special guests on the night Amy Gilgunn and Nathan Carter.

Aidan Crossan was one of five brothers who, between them, collected 19 Senior Football Championship medals as part of Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s teams in the golden years of the 1970s and 1980s. Aidan was a panel member for two senior football championship wins and also a senior hurling championship. For a number of years he played with Aughnasheelin and won a junior football league with the club. When P J Carroll took over the management of the Leitrim senior team in 1989, he chose Aidan Crossan as one of his selectors and this team brought Leitrim their All Ireland B title in 1990. Aidan also organized a fundraising walk for the underage teams in the Seán O’Heslin’s and Aughnasheelin clubs for a number of years. Aidan had a passionate interest in the GAA and was also involved with teams in Cavan.

Aidan passed away on Friday last and will be buried on Monday in Killygarry, Co Cavan.

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