Leitrim GAA Supporters Club will charter a bus to next Sunday’s Allianz League Division 4 League encounter with Carlow Wexford in Chadwick’s Wexford Park, 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.

Please Be Advised That Due To Unforseen Circumstances The Allianz Hurling League Game Leitrim Versus Lancashire Will Now Take Place In Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada At 2pm On Saturday 11th February.

Leitrim GAA are saddened to learn of the passing of the Late Ronan Moran, Aughnagallop, Drumshanbo Co Leitrim.

We extend our sympathy to his parents John and Geraldine, his brothers Kevin and Fergal, Aunts and Uncles Abina, Ann, Niall and Joe, his loving cousins Darragh, Eve and Ciaran, his extended family, especially Colette and Tarah, his girlfriend, Kaitlyn and his wide circle of friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Funeral Arrangements As Follows https://rip.ie/death-notice/ronan-moran-drumshanbo-leitrim/525686



Match Report – Leitrim v London 05/02/2023

London is a special place for me. In 1982  (41 years ago)  I was on the first Leitrim team to play London in London in the Connacht Championship. We won 1-13 to 0-4. In the intervening years London have improved dramatically and yesterday in London I was hugely impressed with London’s performance. Make no mistake about it this game went right to the wire and had the huge crowd on the edge of their seats in what was a championship atmosphere.

In the first half London were finding it easier to get into scoring positions and kicked a number of bad wides. Leitrim were struggling to break down the London defence and were more economical and the first half ended 0-6 to 0-3 in Leitrim’s favour undeservedly so.

The second half went one way then the other  and when Keith Beirne scored a goal it looked comfortable at 1-7 to 0-5. Another goal from Donal Wrynn followed and at 2-9 to 0-7 it looked done and dusted with fifteen minutes of normal time to go. When London had Henry Walsh red carded in the 56th minute it appeared Leitrim’s job was done. With London really piling on the pressure and scoring five points in a row the game exploded in the 65th minute when London scored a goal from a loose ball to bring the score to 2-10 to 1-13.  Three points in it as we approached the last five minutes it was squeaky bum time. Leitrim worked the ball up the field past the London defence line  and within the minute Tom Prior got the goal that would make the game safe notwithstanding a few anxious moments before the final whistle.

The match was a serious test for the Leitrim team. Travelling by bus, going through airports, getting buses when you arrive and trying to ensure it does not affect performance is really hard to do. That Leitrim won against a serious London team and will do wonders for the players confidence. Certainly London scoring five points  in a row with a man down at a crucial time in the match needs examination. London will win a few matches at home in London and could impact on the final league placings for a few teams.  The Leitrim team are a unit and their preparation is very professional under Andy and his management team. In all the circumstances it was a great victory.

Next up Wexford…..


Eamonn Duignan

Matchday Team and Squad 

Leitrim v London – Allianz League Round 2

Date: 05.02.2023

Venue: McGovern Park, Ruislip, London

  1. Darren Maxwell
  2. Paddy Maguire
  3. Mark Diffley
  4. Conor Reynolds
  5. Conor Farrell
  6. Domhnaill Flynn
  7. Riordan O Rourke
  8. Pearce Dolan
  9. Donal Wrynn
  10. Darragh Rooney
  11. Jack Heslin
  12. Mark Plunkett
  13. Evan Sweeney
  14. Keith Beirne
  15. Jordan Reynolds


  1. Nevin O Donnell
  2. James Rooney
  3. Adam Reynolds
  4. Fergal McTague
  5. Shane Quinn
  6. Paul Keaney
  7. Barry McNulty
  8. Diarmuid Kelleher
  9. Oisin McLoughlin
  10. Tom Prior
  11. Tom Quinn





As Leitrim play London this coming Sunday the 5th of February, there will be a large gathering of supporters from both home and away in Ruislip.   Over the last month over a thousand Leitrim people have been taking part in the  #50mileschallenge  to raise much needed funds for both Leitrim GAA and Leitrim LGFA. There has been plenty of activity on social media with loads of shared stories and memories.   Everyone taking part is sporting a Leitrim beanie which are getting a great reaction.   We are asking fans in London who have been taking part or wish to be associated with the initiative to attend at the side of the McGovern stand on the club house side for a photo opportunity about 20 mins before the game.    Entry is free to the game & don’t forget your hat and there will be a number of beanie hats available for supporters.  If you wish to support the effort you can donate via the link below.
All support is greatly appreciated.

Donate via this link to the London based Supporters Club fundraiser page



Donate via this link to the London based Supporters Club fundraiser page


The first meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma 2023 took place at Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada last night and dealt with the competition motions that were referred forward from the Convention Clár in December. How the motions were received is outlined below:

Competition Structural Regulations (Adult) – Coiste Chontae Liatroma

Motion 1

2023 Junior A Football Championship (8 Teams)

Two groups of 4 with each team playing each other in round-robin series. 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 Football Championship promoted to IFC 2024. The bottom-placed team in each group to play each other in the relegation final with the defeated team to be relegated.

Seeding 2023

Pot A   2022 Defeated Finalist plus 2022 IFC Relegated Team. (2 Teams)

Pot B   2022 Beaten Semi-Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot C   2022 Beaten Quarter Finalists (2 Teams)

Pot D   2022 Remaining Team plus Junior B Championship Winners 2022 (2 Teams)

2023 Junior B Football Championship (8 Teams)

Two groups of 4, inclusive of the three relegated teams from the JFC A 2022, and the five remaining teams that competed in JFC B 2022, with each team playing each other in round-robin series. Top two teams in each group will play semi-finals (1 v 2 and 2 v 1). Winner of Junior B Football Championship promoted to JFC A 2024. The bottom-placed team in each group to play each other in the relegation final with the defeated team to be relegated to Junior C Football Championship 2024. There shall no seeding in this draw.

Junior C Football Championship 2023 (8 Teams)

Two groups of 4, inclusive of the two relegated teams from the 2022 Junior B Championship, the 2022 Junior C Football Championship winners, plus any additional teams that are eligible and participating in 2022. Top two teams in each group will play semi-finals (1 v 2 and 2 v 1). In the event of there being six or nine teams these will be placed in groups of 3 teams each, if seven teams these are placed in groups of four and three respectively. In a three group scenario, semi-finalists will comprise the top team in each group and the best placed runner up across the three groups. No two teams from the same group to meet in semi-final. Winners of JFC C to be promoted to JFC B 2024. There shall no seeding in this draw.

Rule 6.21 TO 2022 to apply in determining final group placings in each of the above championships.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – MOTION PASSED

Competition Organisational Regulations (Championship) – Coiste Chontae Liatroma

 Motion 1

That ‘Winner on Day’ regulations no longer apply to all Senior, Intermediate and Junior A Football Championship games. In the event of a drawn game, extra time will take place, and if still drawn the game shall be replayed. In the event of the game ending level at end of extra time on 2nd day, ‘Winner on Day’ scenario would then come into play. All finals shall go to replay.

Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt – MOTION PASSED 

Motion 2

In the event of knockout championship games up to the Senior or Intermediate Football Championship Final ending level at full time they will be subject to extra time. This will involve the playing of two periods of

extra-time of ten minutes each. If the teams are still level a replay will be required. The replay to be played midweek following the drawn fixture. For the replayed fixture ‘Winner on Day’ scenario will apply.

This will involve the playing of two periods of extra-time of ten minutes each. If teams are still level the tie will be decided by the taking of five penalty kicks each, and sudden death if also required. All the foregoing to be in accordance with what was approved by Árd Comhairle on January 19th 2019.

Béal an Átha Móir – Seán Uí Eslín – MOTION WITHDRAWN

Motion 3

In the Senior, Intermediate and Junior A Championship; the ‘Winner on Day’ format should not apply to Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals.   At Quarter-Final and Semi-Final stage, a replay if required shall be fixed for a date at the discretion of the CCC before the following Wednesday with ‘Winner on Day’ format to be used.  In the event of a draw in the final of any of the three grades, a replay date to be fixed at the discretion of the CCC with finish on the day format to be used.


Motion 4

In Senior and Intermediate Championships, teams that finish in 1st and 2nd Position at end of the round robin be kept apart in Semi-Final draw.

Cill Tiobraid – MOTION PASSED 

Motion 5

The CCC to have the discretion to make the draw for Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Senior and Intermediate Championship round robin when they see fit.


Competition Organisational Regulations (League) – Coiste Chontae Liatroma

 Motion 1

The team who finishes in first position of ACL Div 1, 2 & 3 and Res Div 1, 2 & 3 shall be granted home advantage in the League Final. This is subject to the club having a home venue that has an enclosed playing area with a secure perimeter fence.  In the event of a club whose pitch is currently closed, or does not have a securely enclosed playing area as outlined above, it will have the option of nominating an alternative venue as its home venue for the final within the county, subject to having gained permission from both the club to nominate the venue and ultimate CCC approval.  In the event of no pitch being made available to that Club, CCC will retain the authority to decide a venue.

Cill Tiobraid – MOTION DEFEATED 

Motion 2

All County League & Tailteann Cup / All Ireland Qualifier scenario: Where All County League fixtures are scheduled for any weekend that Leitrim are playing in the Tailteann Cup / All Ireland Qualifiers, such All County League fixtures to be played on Friday evenings in advance of the Inter County fixture.


Competition Organisational Regulations (Underage) – Coiste Chontae Liatroma

Motion 1

If a team has 15 players or more available on a given evening, the game shall be played as 15 a side, in such a scenario if a team loses a player to injury, the opposing team shall remove one player. Teams with less than 15 players will play 13 a side, less than 13 the game is conceded.

Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt – MOTION DEFERRED 

Motion 2

In a situation where a club underage team is short the minimum number required in Leitrim GAA underage competitions by 1 or 2 players an accommodation be made to allow the team take part in the competition.

Naomh Caillin Fiodhnach – MOTION DEFERRED

Motion 3

Juvenile club fixtures are not scheduled to clash at a different venue with the club’s adult fixtures on the same date.




This free HSE programme  is run across Ireland for anyone living with a long term health conditions or carers of people with long term health conditions. 
They are run across the year, predominantly online at present but moving back to face to face.

Leitrim GAA is very saddened to learn of the death of the late James McGovern, formerly of Aughavas, County Leitrim. The McGovern Family has been imbued in the fortunes of Leitrim GAA over a period of time that has been continuous since the glory days of the early 1990s. They first came to prominence by agreeing to become the sponsors of the Leitrim Senior Football team in the early days of sponsorship names being allowed on jerseys, as the team’s rise to prominence hit a high with the capturing of the Connacht SFC title in 1994. A multiplicity of images that continue to be reproduced over the decades since are ingrained in the consciousness, with ‘McGovern Aughavas’ forever associated with that glorious era. James was the central figure in this deal at that time.

Beyond that, the McGoverns have continued their association with Leitrim GAA, the main stand in Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada renamed the McGovern Aughavas Stand in the late noughties and more recently, the naming rights of the Leitrim GAA McGovern Aughavas Centre of Excellence are attributed to the generosity of James’s brother, Tony McGovern, based in London.

Of course, James and Family have not forgotten their more local roots and for many of Aughavas’s most successful recent years, particularly around their Leitrim SFC success of 2000, the name McGovern found a most prominent and proud placement on the front of their native jerseys.

Leitrim GAA will always be most appreciative of the contribution of James McGovern to Leitrim GAA. We know we made him proud throughout that glorious era of the early to mid-1990s.

James McGovern is deeply regretted by his wife Peggy, children Aidan, Vera, Nuala, Andy and Eileen, daughters-in-law Christina and Louise, sons-in-law Willie, Tristan and Ciarán, grandchildren Sean, Nikita, Karla, Henry, Leo, Bill, Pete, Jodi, Séamus, Tómas, Euan, Grace, Pierce and Charlie, brothers Tom, Gerry and Tony, in-laws, extended family, friends and neighbours. He will be laid to rest in Dardistown Cemetery, following 11.30am funeral mass at St Vincent de Paul Church, Marino, on Wednesday morning.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.



Dessie Kieran, Ballinamore Seán O’Heslins RIP

The death has occurred of Dessie Kieran, one of the stalwarts of Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s since his playing days in the late 1940s and through the 1950s. Dessie was the goalkeeper on the famous Ballinamore team which won the 1956 Senior Championship, the club’s first at the time, after what seemed an eternity from 1939. That victory was the highlight of Dessie’s generation and was spoken about with pride ever after. Pictured below is a photo of the Ballinamore team of 1956 with Dessie third from the right in the back row.

While still a player, Dessie was very involved in the administration of the club along with his brother, the late Brendan. Between them, they were central to the running of the club in the 1950s and 1960s. Dessie was club Treasurer from 1953-1955 and again in 1958. He was also Assistant Treasurer from 1964-1968. He was a mine of information on anything to do with the club, and indeed the town, and a visit to the chemist shop run by himself and his wife, Sheelah, would yield the answers to many questions.

Dessie was particularly proud to see his son Paul play a central role in Leitrim’s great Connacht Senior Championship win in 1994 and in Ballinamore’s Senior title wins in the 1980s and 1990.

The club expresses sympathy to Dessie’s wife Sheelah and sons Paul, John and Mark and the extended family. Reposing at Smith’s Funeral Home, High St. Ballinamore N41 TD62 on Wednesday evening from 6pm until 8pm. Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballinamore on Thursday at 12 noon followed by burial in Oughteragh cemetery, Ballinamore.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh duine de laochra chlub Sheáin Ui Eislin. Leaba i measc na naomh agus na peileadóirí go raibh age.

As part of the Club Leadership Development Programme, role induction webinars have been scheduled on a Provincial basis for Club Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO and Coaching Officer.

 To register for these events please visit – https://learning.gaa.ie/officertrainingcalendar

 If you have any queries relating to any of these training events, please contact officertraining@gaa.ie

Leitrim GAA wishes to offer its deepest sympathies to the family of the late Brian Bohan, Gael Linn Lynndale, Maugheraboy, Sligo Town, Sligo and formerly Mohill, Co Leitrim. The Late Brian never forgot his roots and remained a keen Leitrim supporter and annually sold Leitrim Supporters Club Tickets in his adopted Sligo.

Our sympathies are extended to his son Rory (Galway), his daughter Emer Kennedy (Sligo), daughter-in-law Nicola, son-in-law Tony, grandchildren Ciaran, Grace, Rian, Penny and Luke, nieces Barbara and Mary, nephew Cormac, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives and friends.

Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.

Funeral Arrangements Below.