[b]Scol?ireachta? Gaeltachta[/b]

There were a large number of applicants for the Leitrim Co. Board GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships and a very high standard among the youngsters who attended for interview. Indeed if there were twice as many scholarships there would have been enough worthy candidates.

The successful candidates were:

Stiof?n Mac Tadhg. Droim M?r, B?al an ?tha M?ir

Cl?r Kilcrann, Corlaskagh, Coill na gCros, Cora Droma R?isc

Maeve Canning, Mullaghbrack, Maothail

Caoimh?n ? Riag?in, Sr?idbhaile Liatroma, Cora Droma R?isc

Bu?ochas do na buachaill? agus na cail?n? go l?ir a chuir isteach ar na scol?ireachta? agus comhghairdeas do na Buaiteoir?.

[b]Seachtain na Gaeilge Quiz[/b]

Leitrim representatives, Bornacoola, [b]won[/b] the Connacht Finals of the Seachtain na Gaeilge Quiz which was held in Roscommon last Wednesday. They now go on to the All Ireland Finals, which will be held in Croke Park on St Patrick?s Day.

[b]Two teams from each province qualify for the All Ireland finals but this is the first time in the three-year period since the quiz started that a Leitrim team got out of Connacht.[/b]

The Bornacoola team that won the Connacht Final was made up of Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbitte, Evelyn Reynolds and Marie Therese Dockery. Two of the team that won the Leitrim final, Cyril Staunton and Padraig Duffy, were not available for the Connacht Final and were replaced by Aidan Dockery and Evelyn Reynolds. Indeed Bornacoola will have difficulty in picking their team for the All Ireland Finals.

Comhghairdeas do Bharr na Cuile ar a mbua agus go n-?ir? leo i gCraobh na h?ireann ar L? ?L? P?draig



03-Mar-06 by Brendan Doyle –

The two semi finals of Scór Sinsear will take place this weekend on March 3rd and 4th.

On Friday night March 3d in the Community Centre, Bornacoola at 8pm sharp. The following clubs will be taking place on Friday night:
Leitrim Gaels
Sean O?Heslins

On Saturday night March 4th in Drumreilly Community Centre at 9pm sharp the following clubs are on stage:
St. Mary?s
St. Osnats
Melvin Gaels

Could all clubs have the names of their competitors ready on the night.



03-Mar-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

7:45pm is confirmed as the throw-in time for the Leitrim v London Allianz National League match which will take place under lights in Cloone tonight, March 4th.

This will make Cloone only the fourth ever grounds in GAA history to host a National Football League game under lights and the first in either Connaught or Ulster !

Patrons are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than normal to the venue to allow time for parking and admission. Note that new safety lights were recently installed on the perimeter walls on the Mohill and Drumlish roads thus making parking easier.

Within the grounds all walkways and spectator areas are illuminated either from the main pitch lights or from additional lighting.

The forecast may not be favourable but Hot Tea, Coffee and Soup will be available in the grounds on the night.



02-Mar-06 by Brendan Doyle

National Hurling League – Div 3A

Monaghan 2-8 Leitrim 0-10

They say that goals winÓgames, and never was this adage more true than on Sunday last when Leitrim lost out by four points to Monaghan. The story of the game could be summed up by saying that Monaghan took the two goal chances they got where as Leitrim didn?t.

Throughout the course of the game Leitrim had three decent goal chances, but none were taken and this was to prove costly in the end. MonaghanÓgot their first goal ten minutes before half time. At this stage the game was delicately poised with Leitrim leading by 0-5 to 0-4. A long free into the Leitrim goalmouth wasn?t properly cleared and Monaghan?s David Connolly pounced to pull on the loose ball to the net.

Earlier Leitrim had taken the lead with points by Clement Cunniffe (frees) and a neat Ciaran Maxwell point from play. The goal however put Monaghan into a lead they never subsequently relinquished. At half time Leitrim went in trailing by 0-6 to 1-5.

The start of the second half soon saw Leitrim back on level terms, with points from a Clement Cunniffe free and great score on the run from midfielder James Glancy. Try as they might though, Leitrim couldn?t get back into the lead and Monaghan regained the lead mainly through frees from Walsh. Leitrim were unfortunate with some Scóring attempts midway through the half when one Cunniffe free hit the post and went wide, while another rasper hit the crossbar. A goal at that stage for Leitrim could have changed the game, but it was Monaghan who got the vital goal.

Ten minutes from time the game was decided when the Leitrim defense again failed to deal with a harmless Monaghan attack, and an easy chance was presented to O?Byrne to score from close range. Monaghan defended strongly to the finish and held out for a four point victory on a final score of 2-8 to 0-10.

Following a good result against Louth the previous week, Leitrim will be disappointed with this defeat in a game that they had a decent chance of winning. In the end though, any hopes of getting in a commanding position in this tight game were dashed by the concession of relatively soft goals. One could not fault the attitude and efforts of the players, and as this is a very youthful squad the experience of this game will prove valuable inÓgames to come.

Team: Alan O?Shea, Vinny McDermott, Niall Glancy, Dermot Kennedy, Stephen Feeney, James Keane, Shane Cardiff, James Glancy, David Poniard (Capt), Tom Cronin, Clement Cunniffe, Philly McGuinness, Ciaran Maxwell, Val Cronin, Gary Hickey. Subs: JohnÓgilhooly, Padraig McWeeney, Paul McKiernan, Micheal Dolan and Aidan Rooney.



28-Feb-06 by

[b]Forward play / Shooting drills[/b]

A practical demonstration of Forward play / Shooting drills will be given by Michael Mc Geehan on Saturday next 4th March in the Annaduff GAA grounds. The demonstration will run from 12.30 to 3.00pm and will cover all age brackets.All coaches are welcome.

[b]Foundation Level Coaching course[/b]

A foundation level coaching course will commence on Thursday 09/03/06 at 7.30pm in Annaduff GAA centre.Any coaches who have not yet completed foundation level should not miss this course.

Further information on either of above from Thomas Keenan 087/6591049.



28-Feb-06 by Thomas Keenan – Games Development Administrator

Suzuki Ladies National League Division 3A

Leitrim 1-09
Fermanagh 1-04

Leitrim and Fermanagh played out a tense and physical encounter in Irvinestown on Sunday last, as Leitrim defended superbly with Maeve Quinn outstanding at full back to remain unbeaten in the league. Leitrim were forced to make a number of changes to the team that played Clare last week as Anna Conlan, Karen McGovern and Siobhan Mollahan joined Aoife Kelly, Lorraine Brennan, Carla Creegan and Kirby Gilgunn on the injury list. However all over the field, Leitrim players rose to the challenge offered by an accomplished Fermanagh side that in truth had not been tested in their opening two games. Emer McGlade and Sarah McLoughlin excelled at midfield as the Leitrim defence absorbed all of the pressure Fermanagh could exert especially in the final quarter. Up front Leitrim also played well and created a number of Scóring opportunities but would liked to have converted more of their chances. The game became quite disjointed in the second half as two players from each team were sinbinned and as a consequence Leitrim played five minutes of the game two players down. Leitrim now have a break of four weeks before the final game against Offaly with a quarter final outing two weeks later.

Playing against a slight breeze in the first half, Leitrim gained possession straight from the throw in and Emer McGlade was fouled as she attacked the Fermanagh defence. The resulting free was hit wide by Ann Marie Cox. However straight from the kickout Clare Owens gained possession and Cox was on hand to hit over the opening point from play. Two minutes later a good Leitrim move came to nothing as Naomi Faughnan hit a poor wide. Leitrim began to enjoy early superiority as Fermanagh found it hard to gain any rhythm in their play and were punished again after five minutes. Faughnan won a high ball in front of goal but when her shot was well saved by Una Carroll in the Fermanagh goals, Mary McKeon was first to react and hit over a point from close range. Fermanagh finally settled and initiated a good cross field move but Sharon Kerrigan fielded well under pressure and cleared the danger. After ten minutes Emer McGlade, Faughnan and finally Cox combined for a third Leitrim point from play. Fermanagh responded again with another attack but Maeve Quinn cut out the danger under pressure and again Leitrim attacked with Mary McKeon who had an excellent goal chance but she shot straight at the keeper. With McGlade and Sarah McLoughlinÓgetting the better of midfield Leitrim had another chance to increase the lead but hit a poor wide. McGlade went on a powerful run through the middle to set up Cox for a fourth point mid way through the half. Sammy Little was fouled by Mairead Stenson as Fermanagh worked hard to set up a Scóring opportunity. Her free was well held by Louise Loughlin but then hit out for a 45. The resulting kick was again superbly won by Maeve Quinn and cleared by Sarah McLoughlin to Cox who held on too long and the chance to punish Fermanagh again was gone. Fermanagh began to gain more possession but the halfback line of Sinead Brennan, Teresa Mylott and Kerrigan held firm and cut out two dangerous attacks before Sinead Quinn pointed from play following a great crossfield ball from Faughnan to McKeon who set up Quinn. With ten minutes remaining in the half Maeve Quinn was again safe under a high ball and Sharon Kerrigan made a great run up field to set up McGlade but her shot went narrowly wide. McLoughlin, McGlade and McKeon combined well a minute later as Erin Farrell, on her Leitrim debut, hit a point from play. Fermanagh finally got off the mark as Caroline Little pointed from play with seven minutes remaining in the half and from the resulting kickout Little again pointed to reduce the lead to four points. Leitrim responded immediately but another McKeon effort onÓgoal was well saved by Carroll. Fermanagh attacked but Kerrigan won the ball well and set up Faughnan for a good point from play. Claire Gallagher then had a great opportunity to score but hit wide under pressure from McGlade. In the last three minutes of the half Fermanagh reduced the lead to three points with two frees from Little and in their final attack Sarah McLoughlin dispossessed Little as she was about to shoot onÓgoal with the score 0.7 to 0.4 in Leitrim?s favour.

Leitrim started the second half with an attack involving Ann Marie Cox, Sinead Quinn and Naomi Faughnan but Erin Farrell?s final effort onÓgoal was blocked. At the other end Claire Gallagher hit a wide as the exchanges began to get more physical. After five minutes Fermanagh?s Shauna Woods was sin binned for ten minutes for a heavy tackle on Sharon Kerrigan. Leitrim sought to take advantage of the extra player and a minute later Ann Marie Cox pointed a free when Naomi Faughnan was fouled. For the next ten minutes play was intense with both the defences playing well. Amanda Sweeney and Sinead Brennan cut out two promising Fermanagh attacks at one end while Aine Johnstone and Shauna Woods prevented another Leitrim score. Phillipa Maguire replaced Erin Farrell in the Leitrim attack and was immediately in the action as she set up Faughnan but the ball went wide. Two minutes later however Maguire was sinbinned for a tackle on Aine McBrien. With parity in numbers both teams had opportunitys to score but Caroline Little hit a free wide and at the other end Cox also hit a free wide. Two minutes later Woods was back on the field as Leitrim struggled to hold on to their advantage but when Sharon Kerrigan won a free wide on the left a dangerous ball in from Ann Marie Cox hit a Fermanagh defender and gave Collins no chance when it hit the net for the first goal of the game. Two minutes later from a similar situation Fermanagh scored a goal as Caroline Little rose brilliantly at the far post to fist to the net. Teresa Mylott and Sarah McLoughlin cut out two more Fermanagh attacks. As the Fermanagh pressure intensified for the final ten minutes, Leitrim went down to thirteen players when Sinead Quinn was sinbinned. Under severe pressure Maeve Quinn superbly dispossed Little who was a continuous threat to the Leitrim defence. Emer McGlade and Sarah McLoughlin drifted back to help the defence as Leitrim soaked up incessant pressure but some of the clearances were poor and handed the initiative back to the home team. With five minutes remaining, Maguire reentered the play and Leitrim initiated another attack with a long ball in from Maeve Quinn, Naomi Faughnan was unlucky to see her fisted effort hit the post and go wide. Sinead Brennan cut out another attack as Sinead Quinn reentered the game and Leitrim were back to their full compliment of players. Little got away for Fermanagh but Louise LoughlinÓgot down smartly to save a certain Fermanagh goal. In the final minutes first Mairead Stenson and then Maeve Quinn blocked down brilliantly to keep the Leitrim goal intact. Little had a final effort to make it a single point game as she broke through the Leitrim cover but Quinn dispossed her and set up Mary McKeon to launch a final Leitrim attack involving Cox and Sinead Quinn who was fouled. Cox pointed the free to increase the lead to five points and make the points safe. Little was then sinbinned for a dangerous foot tackle on Mairead Stenson. In the final minute Maeve Quinn superbly held on to a high ball under pressure from two Fermanagh players and Leitrim held out for a well deserved win.

Leitrim: Louise Loughlin, Amanda Sweeney, Maeve Quinn, Mairead Stenson, Teresa Mylott, Sinead Brennan, Sharon Kerrigan, Sarah McLoughlin, Emer McGlade, Clare Owens, Mary McKeon (0-1), Naomi Faughnan (0-1), Erin Farrell (0-1), Sinead Quinn(0-1), Ann Marie Cox (1-5) Subs Used: Phillipa Maguire for Erin Farrell (40 mins), Alanah Bohan (50 mins)for Clare Owens.

Fermanagh: U Collins, C O?Harte, E McGovern, A Johnston, S Woods, T Hughes, A McBrien, A Moane, K. McManus, S Little, C Little, S Hamilton, S Little, C Gallagher, E Martin.



26-Feb-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Leitrim Hurling Panel to play Monaghan on Sunday, Feb 26th.


1. Alan O?Shea Naomh Mhuire
2.Vincent McDermott Naomh Mhuire
3. Niall Glancy Naomh Mhuire
4. David Tiernan Naomh Mhuire
5. Stephen Feeney Cluainin
6. James Keane Naomh Mhuire
7. Shane Cardiff Naomh Mhuire
8. James Glancy Naomh Mhuire
9. David Poniard Cluainin
10. Tom Cronin Naomh Mhuire
11. Clement Cunniffe Naomh Mhuire
12.Philly McGuinness Maothail
13. Kieran Maxwell Sean Ui Eislin
14. Val Cronin Cluainin
15. Gary Hickey Cluainin
16. Fintan McKiernan Naomh Mhuire
17. Martin Reilly Cluainin
18. Paul McKiernan Naomh Mhuire
19. Dermot Kennedy Gort Leitrireach
20. Olcan Conway Naomh Mhuire
21. Micheal Dolan Cluainin
22. Mark Egan Sean Ui Eislin
23. Shane Fitzpatrick Naomh Mhuire
24. Kevin Fitzgerald Naomh Mhuire
25. Dan Regan Naomh Mhuire
26. JohnÓgilhooly Gort Leitreach
27. Niall Keenan Naomh Mhuire
28. Padraig McWeeney Naomh Mhuire
29. Conor Daly Naomh Mhuire
30. Aidan Rooney Cluainin

Manager: KevinÓglancy

Micheal Dolan
Bernard Murray
Paddy Phelan



24-Feb-06 by Brendan Doyle

Suzuki Ladies National League Division 3 – Round 2



22-Feb-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Sean O Heslins win All Ireland Title in Novelty



20-Feb-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

It was a busy day today in Leitrim as we had competitions in Hurling, Handball and Ladies League:

[b]Hurling News:[/b]

Leitrims opener in the Allianz National Hurling League Div. 3A at home in Carrick ended in a draw as the hurlers finished Leitrim 1-09 0-12 Louth.

This was a good start to the League for Leitrim who are playing with a similar lineout to last years team.

[b]Handball News:[/b]

Competing today in the Senior Handball Championship final were Kiltubrid?s Noel Gill and Drumshanbo?s Martin Raftery. The game was played in the Mayflower in Drumshanbo and was a competitive affair with Martin Raftery winning the 2 games in a best of three competition. The results were 21 – 13 and 21 – 8.

Other awards presented at the Mayflower included the Connacht Novice B Doubles Handball Award which was won 2 weeks ago by Kiltubrids pairing of Niall Foley and James Gill (a brother of Senior finalist Noel Gill).

[b]Ladies Football:[/b]

Leitrim Ladies preformed in style to-day in Tuam to win their League game against Clare by 10 points. The final score was Clare 0-10 to Leitrims 3-11, the goal spree proving too much for the Clare Ladies.

Leitrim Team: Louise Loughlin, Amanda Sweeney, Maeve Quinn, Camilla McDonagh, Sharon Kerrigan, Mary McKeon, Eilis Quinn, Sarah McLoughlin, Emer McGlade, Clare Owens, Karen McGovern, Phillipa Maguire, Ann Marie Cox, Sinead Quinn, Anna Conlan.

Subs Used: Mairead Stenson, Naomi Faughnan, Teresa Mylott.



19-Feb-06 by Brendan Doyle

While the footballers have some time off until their game against London the county action continues as our Senior hurlers take to the field this Sunday afternoon in P?irc Se?n Mac Diarmada at 2:30pm. This outing is against Louth in the first round of the Division 3A Allianz National Hurling league.

The team and mentors have been busy preparing for the league and have played recent challenge games against local counties Cavan and Fermanagh.

The team is mainly made up of last years panel however some new faces are on the scene mostly from Manorhamilton Hurling Club.

Other teams in Leitrim?s group include:
Monaghan, Sligo and Donegal



16-Feb-06 by Brendan Doyle

Part 2 of our Blast from the Past series of snippets of information which were compiled by Sean ? Suilleabh?in for our website. This time we look at the history of Division 2,3,4,5 & 6.
Brendan, PRO

[b]LEAGUE DIVISION 2[/b] by Sean ? Suilleabh?in

1975 – Cloone
1976 – Carrick on Shannon
1977 – Aughawillan
1978 – Cloone
1979 – Mohill
1980 – Carrick on Shannon
1981 – Fenagh
1982 – Carrigallen
1983 – Drumreilly
1984 – Carrigallen
1985 – Aughavas
1986 – Carrigallen
1987 – Cloone
1988 – Glencar/Manor
1989 – Cloone 1-11 —— Allen Gaels 0-5
1990 – St Marys 1-17 —— Aughavas 2-5
1991 – Carrigallen 2-7 —— Drumreilly 0-6
1992 – Melvin Gaels 3-5 —— Drumkeerin 1-9
1993 – Glencar/Manor 1-10 —— Aughavas 1-8
1994 – Aughavas 0-15 —— Ballinaglera 0-7
1995 – Allen Gaels 1-9 —— St Marys 2-3
1996 – Mohill 1-11 —— Cloone 0-9
1997 – Annaduff 1-9 —— Kiltubrid 2-5
1998 – Mohill 2-11 —— Glenfarne 1-8
1999 – St Marys 1-12 —— Kiltubrid 2-5
Played 5/3/2000
2000 – Cloone 1-7 —— Drumkeerin 0-7 (Replay)
2001 – Annaduff 1-6 —— Glenfarne 0-6
2002 – Kiltubrid 1-11 —— Aughnasheelin 1-6
2003 – Sean O Heslins 0-15 —— St Marys 1-11
2004 – Dromahair 2-10 —— St Marys 1-6
2005 – Mohill —– Aughawillan


1989 – Annaduff 3-10 —– Aughavas 4-6
1990 – St Marys 4-1 —– Drumkeerin 1-9
1991 – Eslin 1-10 —– Bornacoola 0-5
1992 – Ballinaglera 1-12 —– Gortletteragh 1-4
1993 – Eslin 1-16 —– Gortletteragh 0-0
1994 – Not finished
1995 – Kiltubrid 3-10 —– Bornacoola 2-10
1996 – Bornacoola 1-10 —– Aughawillan 0-5
1997 – Gortletteragh 1-13 —– Allen Gaels 0-10
1998 – Allen Gaels 2-12 —– Dromahair 1-6
1999 – Gortletteragh 1-8 —– GlencarManor 0-6 (Played 28/1/01)
2000 – Not finished
2001 – Kiltubrid 2-7 —– Mohill 2-3
2002 – Glencar/Manor 1-6 —– St Marys 0-8
2003 – Annaduff 0-15 —– Carrigallen 0-8
2004 – Allen Gaels 1-7 —– Annaduff 1-6
2005 – St Mary?s —– Dromahair


1989 – St Marys 1-7 —– Kiltubrid 0-2
1990 – Ballinamore 5-5 —– Glencar/Manorhamilton 2-4 Replay
1991 – Glenfarne 4-9 —– Aughawillan 1-3
1992 – Leagues restructured into 3 Divisions only in 1992
1993 – Drumreilly w/o —– Aughavas (in replay)
1994 – Not finished
1995 – Annaduff 1-6 —– Melvin Gaels 0-8 played on 18/2/1996
1996 – St Marys 1-9 —– Carrigallen 2-5
1997 – Mohill 2-10 —– Kiltubrid 2-3
1998 – Fenagh 0-14 —– Aughnasheelin 3-3
1999 – Melvin Gaels 3-10 —– Bornacoola 0-13 Played 14/5/2000
2000 – Cloone 3-9 —– Aughavas 0-14
2001 – St Marys 2-11 —– Annaduff 0-10 in replay
2002 – St Marys 2-6 —– Aughnasheelin 1-6
2003 – Melvin Gaels 1-6 —– Allen Gaels 0-5
2004 – Annaduff 2-8 —– Melvin Gaels 0-11
2005 – Drumkeeran —– Gortletteragh


1998 – Sean O Heslin 1-7 —– Mohill 1-4
1999 – Aughavas 2-8 —– Glencar/Manor 1-6 Draw 14/5/2000 Replay 3/6/2000
2000 – No Div 5 this year
2001 – Glenfarne 1-12 —– Dromahair 1-8
2002 – Dromahair 4-3 —– Aughavas 1-5
2003 – Glencar/Manor 1-11 —– Mohill 1-9
2004 – Leitrim Gaels 3-6 —– Drumreilly 0-7
2005 – Dromahair —– Leitrim Gaels

2005 ? Aughnasheelan —– Sean O?Heslins



15-Feb-06 by Compliled by Sean O Suilleabhain, web format – PRO