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

Up to an including 2005, championship status has been decided by league status. However, from 2006, league and championship competitions will be run exclusive of each other. Changes in the 2005 championships mean that seven teams will be relegated from senior status, six from intermediate and a further two from Junior A. (No teams will be promoted.)

Senior: The top two teams in each group (eight teams in total) qualify for the quarter-finals of the Senior Championship and will play in the Senior Championship in 2006.

The other eleven teams will enter the Senior B championship, where they ll be divided into two groups. The top two teams in each group will retain senior status for 2006, while all other teams will be relegated to the Intermediate championship. (The top team in each group will contest the Senior B final.)

Intermediate: Six teams will be relegated to the Junior A Championship for 2006. Four of these teams will be the teams that finish third and fourth in the two groups of four teams and the fifth will be the team that finishes third in the group of three after the first round robin stage.

The losing team in the two quarter-finals (Winner Group 1 v Runner-up Group 2, Winner Group 3 v Runner-up Group 1) and the losing team of the semi-final featuring the winner of group 2 v runner-up of group 3 will enter a further round robin competition, with the bottom team to be relegated to the Junior A Championship in 2006.

Junior A: The bottom team in both groups will be relegated to the Junior B Championship in 2006.

[b]2006 Championships[/b]
Based on the results in the 2005 Championship, the teams competing in the respective championships in 2006 will be as follows:

Senior (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Mohill, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Gortletteragh, Kiltubrid, Melvin Gaels, Sean O Heslins, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Intermediate (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Aughavas, Aughnasheelin, Ballinaglera, Carrigallen, Cloone, Dromahaire, Drumkeerin, Drumreilly, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, St. Marys.

Junior A (12 teams): Aughavas, Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Carrigallen, Drumkeerin, Eslin, Gortletteragh, Melvin Gaels, Mohill, Sean O Heslins.

Junior B: Annaduff, Ballinaglera, Cloone, Dromahaire, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Kiltubrid, Leitrim Gaels, Mohill, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Junior C: Aughavas, Aughnasheelin, Bornacoola, Drumreilly, Eslin, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, Gortletteragh, Leitrim Gaels, St. Osnatts, Sean O Heslins.

(This list is based on the teams that affiliated in 2005. Of the 56 affiliated teams for Leagues 2005, 54 took part in the 2005 Championships, the exceptions being Ballinagleras second team and Aughavas third team. Should these teams participate in the Championships of 2006, they will be placed as above)

[b]League 2006[/b]
The league status of teams for 2006 will be based on the final 2005 league positions.



15-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly

The draw for the 2006 Connacht Senior Football Championship was made last Friday evening in Killarney, with Leitrim receiving a bye to the semi-final stage. However, they ll face a tough outing against Mayo, if last years beaten All-Ireland quarter-finalists can successfuly overcome London, who have caused problems for visitors to Ruislip in recent years.

On the other side of the draw, Roscommon will travel to New York, with the winner meeting either Galway or Sligo in the semi-final. Dates for all ties will be announced soon. The full draw is as follows:

Galway v Sligo
New York v Roscommon
London v Mayo

Leitrim v Mayo/LonDonegalway/Sligo v New York/Roscommon



14-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly

With all games completed in the 2005 Masonite League, the make-up of next years league has been finalised. A slight re-structuring means that there will be a reduction from six to five divisions in 2006, with two-up-two-down relegation in place across all divisions.

As explained elsewhere on this site, the league and championship structures will operate exclusively of each other from next year, meaning there ll be two Division 1 teams competing in the Intermediate Championship (Aughavas, Drumreilly) and two Division 2 teams competing in the Senior Championship (Glencar/Manorhamilton, Sean O Heslins).

Division 1 (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughavas, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Drumreilly, Gortletteragh, Kiltubrid, Melvin Gaels, Mohill, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Division 2 (10 teams): Aughnasheelin, Ballinaglera, Carrigallen, Cloone, Dromahaire, Drumkeerin, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, Sean O Heslins, St. Marys.

Division 3 (10 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Aughavas, Aughawillan, Bornacoola, Drumkeerin, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Gortletteragh, Mohill, Sean O Heslins.

Division 4 (12 teams): Allen Gaels, Annaduff, Ballinaglera, Carrigallen, Cloone, Dromahaire, Eslin, Kiltubrid, Leitrim Gaels, Melvin Gaels, St. Caillins, St. Marys.

Division 5 (12 teams): Aughavas, Aughnasheelin, Bornacoola, Drumreilly, Eslin, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, Gortletteragh, Leitrim Gaels, Mohill, Sean O Heslins, St. Osnatts.



13-Nov-05 by Paddy Reilly

It is with great regret that we record the death of one of our greatest gaels Cormac Mac Giolla R.I.P. A real GAA man Cormac loved all things associated with the GAA and held a special love for his native Donegal. As Cultural Officer of Leitrim GAA, he was the driving force behind Scór Liatroma and took special pride in the many All-Ireland Titles won by the county.

Cormac is survived by his wife Mary, son Fergal and daughters Nessa and Ailbhe; to whom all in Leitrim GAA offer our sincere sympathy. Ar dheis D? go raibh a h-anam d?lis.



26-Oct-05 by Sean McGoldrick

At last December?s Co Board Convention, two motions relating to Rules 124 and 131, proposed by the Sean O?Heslins Club, were passed and referred to Congress.

Congress made a recommendation that Leitrim be granted derogation from these rules, because of the county?s small population base and the importance of clubs being able to field teams throughout the year.

The matter came before the Ard Chomhairle in May and derogation from these rules was granted to Leitrim in accordance with the motions as submitted to Congress.

Clubs now need to be aware of the implications of these motions for both Leagues and Championships.

Motion 44 to Congress restores Leitrim to the League position as operated up to 2003.

A player who is eligible for a particular grade at the start of a League competition shall remain so eligible until the competition finishes.

If he plays in a higher grade in the current year?s championship, that will not affect his league status.

This will have particular significance for Division 3 league this year, where the second tier will not be played until after the championship. A club with a second team in this division will retain their panel of eligible players until the end of the competition.

In 2006 and subsequent years clubs will continue to name 13 players at the beginning of the year who have played senior championship and are eligible for senior only in the current year. Similarly with Intermediate and Junior leagues.

The essential principle is that if a player is eligible to play in the first round of a league he is eligible to play right through

The position with Championships in 2005 is as follows, starting with senior.

All players who play at any stage in the first round of the senior championship, including subs, are eligible for senior only thereafter in the current year. That first round determines your senior panel and all others are eligible to play intermediate or whatever the club?s next grade is.

A player who did not play in the first round of the Senior championship, but who plays in the second or subsequent round, or rounds, will continue to be able to play for the club?s second team in the current year?s championship.

Similarly, a player who plays in the first round of the Intermediate Championship, is eligible for Intermediate grade only thereafter in the current year, but can play Senior championship beyond this point without affecting his Intermediate status.

A player who did not play in the first round Intermediate championship, can play in a subsequent round without affecting his Junior status. Similarly with Junior A, B and C championships.

The essential principle is that if a player is eligible to play in the first round of a given championship, he is eligible to complete that competition including B or shield competitions.



21-Jul-05 by

Cloone GAA club have re-launched their website under a new address. The new site is located at [link= “www.cloon “]www.cloon[/link] . The new site aims to keep users informed of all the happenings, results and fixtures for the club and should be a valuable information resource for Cloone people at home or abroad.



14-Jul-05 by IT Committee.

Championship Regulations 2005

1. Grounds will not be opened until one hour in advance of first fixture of double header or single fixture
2. 32 passes for pitch enclosure for Senior Teams/30 passes for Intermediate/28 passes for Junior Teams.
3. Club Official responsible for distributing passes should be at ground in advance of arrival of players as they will not be admitted to ground without pass.
4. Games must be started at appointed time as per TO.
5. All team personnel must stay in dugout area for the duration of the game. Team management only allowed to patrol sideline. All other personnel must stay well clear of sideline.
6. All substitutions to be made only with the permission of linesman.
7. High numbered jersey to be saved to replace blood stained jersey.
8. St. Mary?s club grounds will not be available for warming up of teams playing in P?irc Se?n Mac Diarmada.



13-Jul-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

Leitrim must compete in the Tommy Murphy cup this weekend in the first round against Tipperary. The details of the fixture were finally announced yesterday evening and Leitrim must travel to Thurles to play Tipperary at 5pm on Saturday evening.

The Tommy Murphy Cup is causing major headaches for the County GAC who have had to make a major decision to deferr next weekends Round 2 of the Senior Championship. This round will be moved to the end of the list and the championship will resume on the weekend of the 23rd-24th July with Round 3. One game which will be played is last weekends postponed fixture betweenÓglenfarne/Kiltyclogher v Gortletteragh which will be played on Sunday evening at 5:30pm in Ballinaglera.

The inclusion of Leitrim in the Tommy Murphy Cup is causing quite a stir in Leitrim and is making it very difficult for clubs as their County representatives are called back to duty. This is a year when a lot is a stake for Clubs as the Championship will decide which 7 of the current Senior clubs will have to drop a grade.

On the positive side the GAC have asked clubs to use this weekend to complete some outstanding League games which had previously been cancelled. As a result there are currently 4 x Division 1, 3 x Division 2 and 2 x Division 3 games rescheduled for this weekend. This decision will free up a weekend further along the line. This will mean that 235 out of 236 league fixtures will have been completed in a very busy league programme. Divisions 1 to 3 will be almost ready for the Tier 2 stage of the League competition which will start immediately after the Championship ends.



12-Jul-05 by

[b]A few reminders for the day![/b]

Make sure pitches are stewarded.
Flags, Lines and Nets to be in order.
No spectators to be let onto playing fields
All exits including the entrance for emergency services to be kept clear at all times.

[b]Teams and Substitute Lists[/b]
As per previous reminder all Team Lists are to be as Gaeilge and legible.
Substitute Slips are to be as Gaeilge and legible.

While we appreciate and thank clubs hosting the games, we cannot over-emphasise the importance of having venues for the championship games presented in a fit state.



07-Jul-05 by GAC