Competitive football starts at home for the Senior Football team on this Sunday January 8th in [b]Bornacoola[/b] as the FBD League competition opens the 2006 season with 3 home games.

Leitrims first opponents are GMIT, followed by Galway on January 15th and then Sligo on January 22nd. The Throw-in times are at 2pm for each game.

[b]Round 1[/b] – Sun, Jan 8th
Leitrim v GMIT & Galway v Sligo – 2pm (Leitrims venue – Bornacoola)

[b]Round 2[/b] – Sun, Jan 15th
Leitrim v Galway & Sligo v GMIT – 2pm (Leitrims venue – P?irc Sean)

[b]Round 3[/b] – Sun, Jan 22nd
Leitrim v Sligo & Galway v GMIT – 2pm (Leitrims venue – TBC)

[b]Home Final[/b] – TBA

[b]Final[/b] – Home Winners v New York – Oct 8th 2006



03-Jan-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

I d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year!




22-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO


The Connacht Council in conjunction with James O?Toole Sports Med West and the Mayo Sports Partnership invite all coaches and mentors to attend the above workshop.

A Seminar/Workshop will be presented by Dr. Avery Faigenbaum, National Strength and Conditioning Specialist, The College of New Jersey on the above date.

It will focus on plyometrics and particularly speed and power and the misconceptions and benefits accruing from plyometric training. This seminar will highlight the essentials of plyometric training and will outline a simple yet effective plyometric conditioning program that can be incorporated into any athletes conditioning program.

This seminar/workshop will include a lecture on plyometric training followed by a ?learn by doing? practical session on developing and implementing a six-week plyometric conditioning program.

The day?s program

10.15 AM – Introduction and lecture on plyometric training the ?Do and Do nots?s?
11.00 AM Break
11,15 AM – Practical Workshop on developing and implementing a progressive six-week plyometric conditioning program incorporating progressive plyometrics for speed and power.
12.30 PM – Questions and Answers and a brief outline of Power Lifting with practical demonstrations.

Please apply to before the 8th January to:-

Mr John Tobin Connacht GAA on (094 96 30335).
Mr James O?Toole (Sports Med West on (091 586 007)
Charlie Lambert (Mayo Sports Partnership (094 9047543)

Time of Course: January 14th 2006 10.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.




22-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Congratulations are in order for the 4 Leitrim schools who have representatives who will travel to the USA as part of a Connacht Schools contingency.

Wayne McKeon (Ballinamore C.S & Sean O Heslins Club)
DamienÓgilheaney (Ballinamore C.S & Aughnasheelin Club)
Thomas Beirne (Mohil V.S. & Eslin Club)
Barry Reilly (Carrigallen V.S. & Carrigallen Club)

The above players have been selected as the Leitrim representatives on the 32 panel squad which will tour Boston and New York in April.

The players are requested to attend a training session on January 23rd in Ballyhaunis at 11:30am.

Best of luck to everyone involved !



21-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Our Senior and U21 county players are busy preparing for the up and coming competitions. While both groups have only recently returned to training they definitely are doing so with some gusto. Large numbers are in attendance at each session as each player fights to remain on the panel for 2006.

Over the last 2 weeks there were challenge games against Wicklow and Westmeath.
These games have given new players a chance to prove themselves. Below is a list of players who participated at each level:

[b]Senior[/b] Challenge against Wicklow
Cathal McCrann
Ciaran Kennedy
John McKeon
Derek Kellegher
Fergal Meehan
David McHugh
Francis Holohan
Karol Scollan
Cathal Quinn
Michael Foley
Barry Prior
Daniel Beck
Shane Canning
Declan Maxwell
Ciaran Duignan

Subs used:
John Prior
Michael Poinard
Brendan Guckian
Damian O Donnell
Karol Scollan
Micheal Earley
Christy McGowan
Dara McKiernan
Daniel Lowe
Gary Reynolds
Noel Doonan
Michael Greene
Darren Duignan
Dermot Reynolds
Ciaran O FlynnÓgavin McWeeney

[b]U21[/b] Challenge against Westmeath
Cathal McCrann
Ciaran O Flynn
Barry Butler
James Clancy
Liam Ferguson
Barry McWeeney
Colm Farrelly
Daniel Lowe
Brendan Guckian
Christy McGowan
Barry Prior
Daniel Beck
Damian O Donnell
Gavan McWeeney

Subs used:
Adrian O Flynn
Darren Sweeney
Ronan Kennedy
David O Connor

[b]Senior[/b] Challenge against Westmeath
John Prior
Ciaran Kennedy
Derek Kellegher
Dermot Reynolds
Francis Holohan
David McHugh
Michael Greene
Gary McCloskey
Pat Gilmartin
Michael Foley
Noel Doonan
Micheal Earley
Ciaran Duignan
Shane Canning
Dara McKiernan

Subs Used:
Sean McGourty
Michael Poinard



20-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle

There is no change in the makeup of the GAC following last nights County Board Meeting held in Drumshanbo.

There were 8 nominations for the 5 posts but after all delegates had voted the 2005 committee members were re-elected to form the 2006 GAC committee.

2005 was one of the busiest years ever in Leitrim GAA with over 400 plus games played at all levels. As a result this committee is one of the busiest committees with 31 meetings held in 2005. Their work rate is evident in their ability to maintain a smooth flowing schedule of games based on a master fixture plan which was prepared last February.

The 2006 GAC Committee Members are:

Pat Feely – Glencar-Manor
Tom Guckian – St. Marys
James Holohan – Drumreilly
Sean McGovern – Cloone
John Mulvey – Ballinaglera



20-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Congratulations to Ballinaglera Club on winning the Club grounds of the year award.

This was a closely contested competition with Ballinglera proving worthy winners.

The Grounds Safety Committee evaluated each Club grounds in Leitrim with regard to the following:

1. General Layout
(a) Entrance gates and name of park
(b) Directional signÓge
(c) Boundaries
(d) Litter
(e) Entrance and presentation of park to public
(f) Dressing rooms and showers
(g) Toilet facilities
(h) Ticket admission point
(i) Extra facilities
(j) Training grounds including lighting
(k) Press facilities

2. Safety
(a) First Aid Facilities including Kit and Stretcher
(b) Safety Hazards
(c) Storage of machinery and equipment
(d) Storage of Mobile Goal Posts
(e) Disability Access
(f) Emergency Services Access

3. Pitch.
(a) Quality of Surface
(b) Maintenance of Surface
(c) Line marking and Flags
(d) Goal Posts both permanent and mobile
(e) Sideline Player accommodation
(f) Pitch enclosure

4. Other.
(a) Is Property vested
(b) Are Trustees up to date



14-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

A very successful Convention was held yesterday in Carrick-on-Shannon at which all clubs were well represented.

The meeting went very smoothly and ended ahead of schedule with the Secretary, Treasurer and each Committee presenting their reports.

The Chairman Gerry McGovernÓgave an accurate and detailed account of activities both on and off the field during 2005. He thanked Club and County officers for their efforts during the past year. He also welcomed 2006 as a year in which much progress was planned especially in the construction of the new 2,500 seated stand in P?irc Sean and the development of the School of Excellence in Annaduff.

The list of officers elected is as follows:

President Sean Maxwell
Chairperson Gerry Mc Govern
Vice- chairman Peter Flynn
Secretary Declan Bohan
Ass. Sec John Keenan
Treasurer Jim Meehan
Ass. Treasurer John Mulvey
Dev. Officer P.J Meehan
Coaching Officer Thomas Keenan
Cultural Officer Sean O Suilleabhain
P.R.O Brendan Doyle
Connacht Council (2) Joe Flynn, Seamus Prior
Central Council Gerry Mahon



12-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim GAA supports the Second Annual Leitrim Goal Mile which will take place in the grounds of Bornacoola GAA Club on January 1st 2006 at 2pm.

Organised by former Bornacoola and Leitrim player Noel Mahon, this event was huge success on January 1st last, raising ?9,000 approx for GOAL.

Noel is anxious to involve as many clubs as possible in this this years event.



12-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

The recipients for the 2005 Football awards have been announced and are as follows:

Hall of Fame: [b]Mick Kilkenny[/b]

Mick who resides in Dublin is originally from Aughavas and he played for Tully (Carrigallen) some moons ago. He captained the Leitrim team to an All Ireland Junior (home) title in 1938.

County Player of the Year: [b]Chris Carroll[/b] (Kiltubrid)

Becoming a legend in his own time, Chris has clocked up many years with the County team. He is the current captain of the senior team and is normally found to be wearing the number 8 jersey as he leads his team-mates in pursuit of success.

County Club Player of the Year: [b]Enda McKeon[/b] (Kiltubrid)

Enda McKeon has proved to be a likely opponent for many a forward in Leitrim and he is very deserving of this award for his commitment to club football with Kiltubrid. Like the rest of his team-mates Enda has also enjoyed winning his first ever Senior Championship medal this year.

Referee of the Year: [b]Raymond McBrien[/b]

Ray started refereeing 3 years ago and has gone from strength to strength as 2005 saw him referee 5 prominent finals including Junior Championship, Senior League, Ladies Senior Championship, Minor League and School Boys Final.

Congratulations to our very worthy recipients !



07-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle

The GAA have confirmed the list of fixtures for the Allianz football and hurling leagues for 2006.

Leitrim are in Division 2A in the Football and in 3A in the Hurling.

The footballers start off with an away game to Donegal. The rest of the games include 4 home games to Clare, London, Longford and Roscommon and 2 other away games to Carlow and Limerick.

The Hurlers have 2 home games to Louth and Donegal and 2 away games to Monaghan and Sligo.

[b]– 2006 ALLIANZ NFL –[/b]
Division 2A

Round 1 – Feb 5: Donegal v Leitrim

Round 2 – Feb 12: Leitrim v Clare

Round 3 – Mar 5: Leitrim v London

Round 4 – Mar 12: Leitrim v Longford

Round 5 – Mar 19: Carlow v Leitrim

Round 6 – Mar 26: Leitrim v Roscommon

Round 7 – Apr 9: Limerick v Leitrim

Semi-Finals – Apr 16: Div 1 & Div. 2 Semi-Finals

Finals – Apr 23: Div 1 & Div. 2 Finals

[b]– 2006 ALLIANZ NHL — [/b]
Division 3A

Round 1 – Feb 19: Leitrim v Louth

Round 2 – Feb 26: Monaghan v Leitrim

Round 3 – Mar 11: Sligo v Leitrim

Round 4 – Mar 25: Leitrim v Donegal

Round 5 – Apr 2: Leitrim bye

Apr 9: Division 1, Division 2, Division 3

Apr 16: Division 1, Division 2, Division 3

Apr 30: Division 1, Division 2. Division 3



06-Dec-05 by Brendan Doyle

The GAA National Coaching Conference – “Delivering a New Age for Gaelic Games ” – supported by Kelloggs, will take place on 3rd December 2005 at The Helix, Dublin City University.

Run in conjunction with the GAA Grassroots to National Programme (GNP), the Conference will offer 1,000 delegates attending an opportunity to access talks relating to key coaching issues in both football and hurling.

Included amongst those to speak at the Conference are Tyrone football Manager and 2005 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winner Mickey Harte, retired Meath Football Manager Sean Boylan, Former Wexford Hurling Manager Liam Griffith and Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager Babs Keating.

Also included in the line-up of speakers are GAA President Sean Kelly , RT? Sports Commentators Michael Lyster and Martin Brolly and GAA Head of Games Pat Daly. Talks on the day will be geared not only towards physical activity on the sporting field but also issues involving the psychology of sport. Talks such as Understanding the Psychological needs of children and Keeping Players Fresh – An All-Ireland Winning Perspective are included in the line-up.

According to Pat Daly, GAA Head of Games, “We are delighted to announce the comprehensive speaker line up for this years Conference. The program was devised following a survey of 540 coaches earlier this year. ”

In addition, those attending will be given the opportunity, throughout the day, to have their say by means of a wireless interactive polling system allowing the 1,000 delegates a unique opportunity to shape the new age for GAA games at the touch of a button.

Speaking at the launch, Stephen Twaddell, Managing Director, Kellogg?s Ireland said, “We are delighted to have been asked to support the GAA National Coaching Conference. Kellogg?s is committed to supporting the promotion of physical activity and has a history of encouraging consumers to live a balanced lifestyle by eating a healthy balanced diet combined with regular physical activity. Our national games touch the lives of families across the 32 counties of Ireland and the coaches are at the front line of contact with the thousands of children and adults who participate in either Gaelic Football or Hurling. We are delighted to support an initiative that supports these coaches and encourages communication to ensure the delivery of world class facilities, equipment and training and looks to the future of these great games. ”

Niall Moyna, Head of The School of Health and Human Performance at DCU said “The DCU GAA Club and Dublin City University are especially proud to be providing the location for this years GAA National Coaching Conference particularly as it coincides with our hosting of the Sigerson Cup. This conference is a significant departure for GAA sport in DCU. ”

The cost of attending the conference is E100. For further information on registering to attend the conference please telephone (01) 7007578 or log onto [link= “ “][/link].



15-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly