Culture and Language Officer

The Culture and Language Officer position should be filled by someone who has a working knowledge of Gaeilge. Tact and perseverance are vital attributes for success in this position.

Duties are as follows..

-The duties assigned to this position can include the following:

-Providing a back-up service in the use of Gaeilge for all Officers and Members

-Ensuring that all rules regarding the use of Gaeilge are adhered to

-Organise Scór Teams

-Running Irish nights

-Providing for and organising a Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme

-Running Irish classes and Set Dancing classes

-Liaise closely with the County Irish Officer and any relevant Committee

-Encourage and promote the use of Irish phrases and greetings among members

-Liaise and co-operate with other Irish/Cultural organisations in the area.

-Liaise with other Clubs regarding Irish Language Promotion initiatives.



05-Apr-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

Allianz National Football League, Division 2a

Leitrim 1-13
Roscommon 0-10

Leitrim saved the best wine until last in the 2005 national league by producing their most complete performance for some time in defeating old rivals Roscommon at a packed Cloone. That the victory came on the back of a heavy defeat by Monaghan and following Roscommon?s demolition of a highly rated Longford only added to the delight for the home supporters and when one considers that it was also achieved minus the inspirational John Mc Keon and Dermot Reynolds, it speaks volumes for how far Leitrim have come under Des Dolan.

Leitrim were by far the better team throughout but squandered a series of very scoreable chances particularly in the first half meaning that their half time lead owed much to a terrific save from Cathal Mc Crann after Karol Mannion appeared to push Michael Mc Guinness in the back to set up Roscommon?s best chance of the game. Mc Crann advanced brilliantly to smother Mannion?s shot and it proved to be a major turning point in the game. When a similar chance from a long ball forward fell to Leitrim full forward Declan Maxwell just a few minutes before half time, the Drumreilly man made no mistake and Leitrim went in at the break two points to the good ? 1-5 to 0-6.

It was no more than Leitrim deserved having dominated the first half from the throw in. Johnny Goldrick was in particularly inspiring form and the St Mary?s man led the Roscommon defence a merry dance throughout. Declan Maxwell and Donal Brennan were in equally impressive form and while Darren Duignan hit a series of infuriating wides, the Gortletteragh man also caused huge problems for the opposition defence and long with the ever willing Michael Foley worked hard over the course of the game.

Leitrim were also dominant at midfield, where Chris Carroll was by far the best player on show, limiting the influence of the much vaunted Seamus O?Neill and while the Kilbride man scored a good point in the first half, he was no match for the Leitrim captain. In defence, John Mc Keon?s withdrawal before the throw inÓgave David Mc Hugh the chance to impress and the Annaduff man had a solid hour in a Leitrim back six that coped easily with a lifeless Roscommon attack.

The second half was all Leitrim and a purple patch midway through that yielded five unanswered points was key in the final analysis as the home team continually worked the ball into promising positions and drew fouls that the accurate Foley was only too willing to punish. It left Leitrim seven points in front with just 10 minutes remaining and although the visitors mounted some late pressure, Leitrim saw out the game as comfortable winners and rounded off a largely pleasing campaign that delivered home victories over London, Clare and Roscommon and an away draw in Longford.

As a final competitive outing before the visit of Sligo in the Connacht championship in May, Sunday?s game was as good as Leitrim could have hoped for and Leitrim supporters will approach the business end of the season with renewed confidence and the notion that significant progression in the Championship is not beyond Des Dolan?s charges.

Leitrim: Cathal Mc Crann, David Mc Hugh, Michael Mc Guinness, Barry Mc Weeney, Colin Regan, Shane Foley, Chris Carroll, Gary Mc Closkey, Johnny Goldrick (0-1), Barry Prior, Michael Foley (0-8), Darren Duignan (0-1), Declan Maxwell (1-2) and Donal Brennan (0-1). Subs: Dara Mc Kiernan and James Glancy



04-Apr-05 by Lovely Leitrim

The annual Leitrim GAA Supporters draw took place in Cox??s Steak House, Dromod last night 2nd April 2005. A packed house witnessed the drawing of the fifteen winning tickets under the supervision of Garda Joe Egan.

This draw was again a huge success as you the supporters dug deep to support Leitrim GAA. The hard working committee were justifiably proud of their efforts as the draw went according to plan and once again exceeded the taking of the previous year??s draw.

County board Chairman Gerry McGovern addressed the gathering following the draw and was very high in his praise of all who made the draw the big success in reaching the ??70,000 euro target. All the prizes were sponsored by many of Leitrim??s valued supporters who once again were only too delighted to come forward without hesitation to give the ticket holders 15 good prizes.

Thanking the Cox family for their continued support the chairman paid tribute to Eugene and T.P. Cox who put their premises both upstairs and downstairs at the disposal of the committee and supporters last night.

Supporters Club Secretary Marie Lee was mentioned by the chairman for all her outstanding work as Secretary leading by example with a big personal ticket sales tally.

The Dublin based supporters committee of whom many travelled down for the draw came in for well deserved praise for their huge amount of work with the draw this year and in the years past.

The list of winners are as follows:

1st Prize – ??3,000 Sinead Hennessy (London)
2nd Prize – ??1,500 Peter O??Donnell (Cloone)
3rd Prize – ??1,000 Christine Lakeman (Kinlough)
4th Prize ?V 28?? Colour TV Finbarr Keaney (Kiltubrid)
5th Prize ?V Weekend Break Tommy McNamee (Cloone)
6th Prize ?V Mid-Week Break Chris and Gerry Guckian
7th Prize ?V 14?? Colour TV Joe Leydon (Dublin)
8th Prize – ??200 Sean White (Sligo)
9th Prize – ??200 John & Nora O??Brien (Glenfarne)
10th Prize – ??200 Derek O??Brien (Drumsna)
11th Prize – ??100 Orla Bohan (Bornacoola)
12th Prize ?V Meal in Carrigallen Terence McDermott (Glenfarne)
13th Prize ?V Meal in Bush Anthony McKiernan
14th Prize ?V Meal inÓglancys Michael McGarry (Gortletteragh)
15th Prize ?V Meal in Commercial LeydonÓgroup (Stillorgan)



03-Apr-05 by PRO

Leitrim Club Planning and Development Programme continues with the Aughavas Club taking part on next Tuesday night 5th April at 8 pm in the Aughavas Club Rooms

County Development Committee



01-Apr-05 by PJ Meehan – County Development Officer

Leitrim U-16 Training:

The following players are invited to Leitrim U-16 training to be held in Gortletteragh on Saturday 9th April 2005, starting at 2pm.

Allen Gaels: Alan Wynne

Aughnasheelin: DamienÓgilheaney

Sean O Heslins / Ballinamore: David Leydon, Shane Murphy, Wayne McKeon

Dromahaire: John McGoldrick

Bornacoola: Paul Hackett, Fergal Howard, Conor McCawley, Niall O Connor, Declan Shanley

Carrigallen: Eoin Ward

Cloone: Declan Tiernan

Drumreilly: Ciaran Smith

Drumkeerin: Barry MacPaddin, Aidan Dolan, Patrick Beirne

Eslin: Tomas Beirne, Brian Higgins

Gortletteragh: Conor Reynolds.

Glencar / Manor: Liam Burke, Adrian Croal, Liam Feehily, Paul Glancy, Patrick O Brien

Kiltubrid: Killian McKeon, Emmet Mahon

Melvin Gaels: Patrick Hill.

Mohill: Chris Higgins

St. Marys: Alan Doherty, David Tiernan.

The U-16 team mgmt would like to thank all the players who attended the trials over the past 2 weeks. We would also like to thank Annaduff & Gortletteragh GFC?s for the use of their playing fields and Michael Doherty & Tom Quigley who refereed our trial games.

Please find below the Bus routes and times:

North Leitrim Bus (Aiden Foley, Kinlough)
Kinlough 12:10pm
Manorhamilton 12:30
Drumkeerin 12:55
Drumshanbo 1:15
Carrick on Shannon 1:25pm

South Leitrim Buses (Wrynn?s Buses Ballinamore, x 2)
Ballinamore 12:30pm
Aughnasheelin 12:30
Drumreilly 12:40
Carrigallen 12:50
Kiltubrid 12:55
Cloone 1:10
Mohill 1:10
Bornacoola 1:20pm

Please contact Derek Kelleher (087 6624918) or Kevin Ludlow (087 8132242) with any questions regarding these arrangements.



01-Apr-05 by U16 Management

27 March 2005 – Division 2a: Allianz NFL Round 6

Leitrims Promotion hopes Ended

Leitrim 0-8
Monaghan 2-18

Leitrims promotion hopes came to an abrupt end in Pairc Sean as Monaghan proved much the better team in a one-sided league encounter that was effectively over when Mark Daly netted for Monaghan just four minutes after the break.

The performance, more so than the result, was a huge disappointment for the largest home league attendance in some years at the Carrick-on-Shannon venue. The pre match withdrawal of the injured John Mc Keon allied to that of Dermot Reynolds certainly didn t help the Leitrim cause and when Declan Maxwell was yellow carded in the first half, it was another serious blow.

However, after the promise shown in the victory over Clare and the draw with Longford, hopes were high that Leitrim could set up a final day promotion showdown with Roscommon by beating the Ulstermen, but Monaghans intent was evident early on as they raced into a five point lead – 0-6 to 0-1 – in the opening stages with Rory Woods, Tom Freeman and Paul Finlay causing particular problems for a makeshift Leitrim rearguard.

Leitrim did come more into the game as the interval neared, enjoying a large amount of possession but four first half points through Michael Foley, Barry Prior, Colin Regan and sub Donal Brennan was poor reward for their efforts and Des Dolan will no doubt be hugely concerned by the number of chances wasted.

With Monaghan leading by 0-10 to 0-4 at the break, Leitrim needed a good start to the second half, but it was the Farney men who picked up where they left off with Paul Finlay kicking the opening two points of the period. When Mark Daly followed up with a well takenÓgoal, the game as a contest was effectively over. Tomas Freeman added another to rub salt in the Leitrim wounds and although Leitrim kept fighting until the death, Monaghan were more than worthy winners on the day.

In the closing fifteen minutes Leitrim came close to narrowing the gap as both Donal Brennan and Christopher Carroll hit the Monaghan crossbar, but on a day when very little went right for the home side, Leitrim supporters were left to dwell on a comprehensive defeat ahead of the big local derby with Roscommon on Sunday next.

Leitrim: Cathal Mc Crann, Michael Mc Guinness, Shane Foley, Barry Butler, Niall Gilbane, Barry Mc Weeney, Dermot Kennedy, Christopher Carroll, Gary Mc Closkey, Johnny Goldrick (0-1), Barry Prior (0-1), Michael Foley (0-1), Colin Regan (0-1), Declan Maxwell, James Glancy . Subs used: Donal Brennan (0-4), Michael Duignan, David Mc Hugh,



30-Mar-05 by Lovely Leitrim

Leitrim 0-08 Sligo 0-07

Leitrim beat a much fancied Sligo side without Adrian Fowley and Paul Ellis, Sligo had beat Leitrim in the O Donaghue shield by 15 points and were expecting another good result here.

Leitrims 6 backs played exceptionally well especially Dermot Reynolds and Gary Reynolds who played in the unusual role of centre back, Paul Early and Stephen Connaty dominated centre field and our forwards were superb with a star performance from Ray Mulvey aided by Cathal Egan , David O Connor, James McWeeney and Sub. Ronan Kennedy.

Sligo started off with the first 2 points of the game, thenÓgavin Kelly open our score with a point from play and Ray Mulvey followed with 3 more from play. Sligo hit another point leaving Leitrim ahead by one point at the half time mark. on resumption Sligo started with a point to equalise . A fantastic 50 m free from James Mc Weeney saw Leitrim ahead, then Sligo got 2 more points before a further 2 points from Ronan Kennedy 1 from play and 1 free. That saw Leitrim off to a victory by 1 point.

Sub: Ronan Kennedy for Connor Kelly, Gavin Samon for Cathal Egan.

A Big thanks to the Carrigallen Club for the use of the pitch on Saturday and for the superb condition of the pitch and the way everyone was looked after.

Also thank you to the clubs who have given their pitches for Minor Training in the past number of weeks and who continue to do so, it is much appreciated.



27-Mar-05 by Bord na nÓg

The U-16 trials scheduled for 2pm today have been moved to Gortletteragh, with the same starting time of 2pm.



26-Mar-05 by Attracta O Reilly – Bord na nÓg Secretary

The Minor match Leitrim V Sligo is now moved to Carrigallen at 5pm as Bornacoola pitch is not playable.



25-Mar-05 by Attracta O Reilly – Bord na nÓg Secretary

Congrats to Adrian Fowley who has made the Irish panel for the U18 Aussie Rules.

Adrian from Dromahaire is a member of this years Leitrim minor team, and also under age next season.

Word has it he might make the full back spot !



24-Mar-05 by County Minor News

Leitrim Minors take on Sligo in the Connacht league at 5pm in Dromod. A lot of interest in this game as Sligo are favourites for Connacht after winning the O Donaghue Shield. Sligo are also the team we play in the Championship in May.

Injuries are mounting up in the camp as Paul Ellis is out . Emmett Burke, Thomas Davitt and Seamus Dolan are also on the treatment table.

We welcome back St Mels player David O Connor to the fold after their defeat in the Leinster final .

The team will not be picked until Sat to give each player a chance to recover .

Last WeeK
In the previous Minor League game Leitrim played Mayo last weekend and the final result was:

Leitrim 1-05 Mayo 0-12

1 Ronan Mulvey – Cloone
2 Conor Reynolds – Eslin
3 Dermot Reynolds – Annaduff
4 Adrian Fowley – Dromahaire
5 Ciaran O Flynn – Manorhamilton (Captain)
6 Paul Ellis – Fenagh
7 Trever Farrelly – Aughavas
8 Paul Early – St Marys
9 Stephen Conaty – Mohill
10 Ray Mulvey – St Marys (0-01)
11 Cathal Egan – Aughnashellan
12 James Mc Weeney – Sean O Heslins 0.02
13 Ronan Kennedy – Mohill
14 Garry Reynolds – Carrigallen (0-01)
15 Conor Kelly – Dromahaire (0-01)

Gavin Kelly – Mohill for R. Kennedy, 30min (1-00)
Jason Conroy – Bornacoola for C. Reynolds, 20min
Gavin Salmon – Aughnasheelin for C. Egan



24-Mar-05 by County Minor News

Training For Club Officers

The planned programme of individual training for club officers takes place next Tuesday 29th March at 9pm in the Bush Hotel. All people holding positions and assistant positions of Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers and PRO?s in their club please make an effort to attend.



24-Mar-05 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer