Following requests from a number of clubs our Level One Coaching course has been put back one week and will now commence on Friday 11th March and Saturday 12th March.



23-Feb-05 by Brendan Doyle

The coaching officers would like to thank John Morrison, who has agreed to return later in the year to talk on specific skills. Joe Flynn for the use of the Community School facilities, the Minor management and players, our GPOs and John Tobin Connight Coaching, for all the help in staging this seminar.



23-Feb-05 by Brendan Doyle

John Morrison from Armagh will present a coaching seminar on Saturday next, 19th February, in the Community School, Carrick-on-Shannon from 10am to 1pm.

The topic for this seminar will be ?Movement and Speed of Thought in Body & Mind?. This will be the only chance to hear from one of the best in the country this season, so clubs should ensure large numbers attend.

Our G.P.O.s will be in contact with Club officers this week to identify each Club?s Coaching Liaison Officer. Clubs must have a Coaching Liaison Officer in place by Friday 18th February.

Plans are underway to run an U-10 Club Blitz involving all clubs in the country over the Easter holidays. G.P.O.s will be in touch with Club personnel shortly to outline details.

Our 2005 Level One coaching course will commence on Friday 4th March and Saturday 5th March 05.

A number of workshops are being conducted throughout the province during the forthcoming months. The courses are being offered to everyone. If you wish to attend any of these courses just contact the County Coaching Officer Thomas Keenan at 071 9631120 (h) 043 24710 (w), or the Connacht Council Office at 094-9630335, or any Games Promotion Officer.

The Foundation Level course is also available to any club or alternative groups. This is the basic 8-10 hours coaching course suitable for coaching of Juvenile teams. We strongly urge all clubs to complete this course and ensure that every coach has the minimum qualification. This can be organised by contacting your County Coaching Officer or John Tobin, Connacht Games Manager at 094 9630335 or 087 4169500.

February 19th
?Movement & Speed of Thought in Body & Mind?
Speaker: John Morrison (Armagh)
Venue: Carrick-on-Shannon
Time: 10am – 1pm

February 28th
Skill Acquisition & Development Workshop
Tutors: Martin Carney & John Tobin
Venue: An Sportlann, Castlebar
Time: 10am – 12am.

March 4th & 5th
Leitrim Level One Coaching Course
Contact: Thomas Keenan 071 9631120 or 043 24710
Venue: Carrick-on-Shannon

March 5th
Core Development & Proprioception
Venue: An Sportlann, Castlebar
Speaker: Louis O?Connor
Time: 10am – 1pm

March 9th & 10th
March 9th
Core Development & Preprioception
Venue: Carrick-on-Shannon
Speaker: Louis O?Connor

March 12th
The Use of Mini & Conditional games to Develop the Skills of Gaelic Football
Venue: Sligo IT
Tutors: Eamonn O?Hara, Pat Kilcoyne, Michael Harte, Gerry McManus.
Time: 10am – 12.30pm

March 19th
Skill Development through the ?Wall Ball Programme?
Speaker: Lester Ryan, Games Development Manager, Leinster
?From the Cradle to the Grave? Speaker: Justin McCarthy
Venue: GMIT. Time: 10am – 1pm
Contact: Pat Monaghan 087 9592068.



23-Feb-05 by Thomas Keenan – Coaching Officer

The following five players have been selected for the Minor Compromise Rules Trials which are being held in Dublin on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th February:

Paul Ellis (Sean O Helsins)
David O Connor (Bornacoola)
Adrian Fowley (Dromahaire)
Stephen Conaty (Mohill)
Ray Mulvey (St. Marys)

We ll follow the lads progress here on with interest. Best of luck lads!



17-Feb-05 by Brendan Doyle

Last Sunday, Mohills Gavin Kelly came off the bench and scored a tally of 2-01 as Leitrim come from four points down at half-time to beat Fermanagh in a challenge match in Derrygonelly.

Leitrim played against a strong gale in the first half and went in at half time 0-06 to 0-02 down. This was a very good defensive performance by the Leitrim lads. Paul Ellis and Emmett Burke stood out at centre back and corner back as they knocked back attack after attack. Stephen Conaty at mid field also showed well.

The second half was a complete turn around as Leitrim took over in mid-field and Kelly hit 2-01 as well as setting up two other goals. Garry Reynolds, Ronan Kennedy and Dermot Reynolds also played well for the men in white and Blue. The Leitrim team fielded in the St Marys strip because of a clash of colours.



17-Feb-05 by Brendan Doyle

A total of 19 clubs have representatives on the Minor panel for 2005. The clubs and players are:

Annaduff: Dermot Reynolds, Conor Mc Loughlin

Aughnasheelin: Cathal Egan

Aughavas: Trevor Farrelly

Allen Gaels: Emmett Burke

Ballinaglera: Anthony Mulvey

Bornacoola: Jason Conroy, David O Connor

Cloone: Ronan Mulvey

Carrigallen: Garry Reynolds

Drumreilly: Ray Fee

Dromahaire: Conor Kelly, Adrian Fowley

Drumkeerin: Thomas Davitt, Seamus Dolan

Eslin: Conor Reynolds

Manorhamilton: Stephen O Hara, Ciaran O Flynn, Shane Kerrigan

Melvin Gaels: Conor Sheridan

Mohill: Darren McLoughlin, Stephen Conaty, Gavin Kelly, Ronan Kennedy

Sean O Heslins: James McWeeney

St. Caillins: Paul Ellis

St. Marys: Ray Mulvey, Paul Early, James McGrail

Team Management for 2005
Manager: Gerry Mc Loughlin (Mohill, 0872765148)

Selectors: Liam Higgins (Eslin), John Joe Beirne (Drumkeerin), Michael Clancy (St. Marys)



17-Feb-05 by Brendan Doyle

The Leitrim team to face Fermanagh on Sunday next, 13th February 2005 features just one change from the side that beat London last weekend. Dermot Reynolds replaces Niall Gilbane in the backline, while there are a few positional switches up front.

This is Fermanaghs first game of the National League campaign, after their initial game against Longford was postponed. Throw-in is at 2:30pm in Enniskillen.

1. Cathal McCrann (Gortletteragh)
2. Michael McGuinness (Mohill)
3. John McKeon (Drumreilly)
4. Dermot Reynolds (St. Marys)
5. Barry Butler (St. Marys)
6. Barry McWeeney (Aughnasheelin)
7. Shane Foley (Kiltubrid)
8. Christopher Carroll (Kiltubrid)
9. Gary McCloskey (Bornacoola)
10. Johnny Goldrick (St. Marys)
11. Barry Prior (Aughawillan)
12. Michael Foley (Drumkeerin)
13. Darren Duignan (Gortletteragh)
14. Colin Regan (Melvin Gaels)
15. James Glancy (Glencar/Manorhamilton)

16. Ciaran Meehan (Dromahair)
17. Dermot Kennedy (Gortletteragh)
18. David McHugh (Annaduff)
19. Niall Gilbane (Allen Gaels)
20. Padraig McGarry (Gortletteragh)
21. Gabriel Prior (Aughnasheelin)
22. Michael Duignan (Bornacoola)
23. James Holohan (Drumreilly)
24. Donal Brennan (Cloone)



10-Feb-05 by Paddy Reilly

In a game that was ruined by the torrential rain seconds after throw-in, Annaduff bridged a 76 year gap when they beat Gortletteragh in the 2004 Masonite Senior Championship Final.

Having last picked up the title in 1928, Annaduff were outsiders to win against a strong Gortletteragh side who are perennial contenders. However, Annaduff proved to be the stronger side with the Gortletteragh fowards struggling to win possession and struggling even more to actually score!

Gortletteragh led by 0-3 to 0-2 at half-time, and were 0-4 to 0-3 ahead with twenty minutes left. However, Annaduff piled on the pressure and finally took the lead with twelve minutes. Gortletteragh had no answer and could only get one further point to bring the gap back to two points, but this was to be Annaduffs day.



18-Oct-04 by Paddy Reilly

Gortletteragh and Annaduff will face each other this Sunday in the Masonite Senior Football Championship Final. Gortletteragh haven t won the title since 1987, while Annaduff have a longer barren period behind them, having last brought home the laurels in 1928.



14-Oct-04 by Paddy Reilly

The 2004 Masonite Senior Football Championship kicks off this weekend. All games will be played on Saturday and Sunday evening in Cloone and Carrick-on-Shannon. Reigning Champions, St. Marys don t play in this series of games, but will get involved next weekend.

On Saturday, both Group 2 games will be played in Cloone, with Drumkeerin facing Bornacoola and Aughawillan taking on Mohill. InÓgroup 1, Cloone face St Caillins in Carrick, while the final game on Saturday will be between Carrigallen and Glenfarne/Kilty.

The heavyweights get involved on Sunday evening, with the tie of the round arguable between Melvin Gaels and Gortletteragh, both teams with strong aspirations for this year. However, both teams are languishing near the bottom of Division 1A, with only one win each so far this year. Ballinaglera v Annaduff completes the double bill in Carrick.

In Cloone, two of the favourites will be in action, with Aughavas facing Aughnasheelin, while Allen Gaels take on Sean O Heslins.

Check the fixtures page for full details.



23-Jul-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrims Junior team qualified for their first All-Ireland final since 1938 when they defeated Kildare in Pears Park, Longford on Sunday.

Decimated after losing 14 of the team who played in the Connacht Junior Championship a mere two months, Leitrim looked unlikely to bridge the 66-year gap since their last Final appearance. However, they quickly found their stride and were 0-5 to 0-1 up after 15 minutes. Ollie Maguire scored four frees in the first half to keep Leitrim 0-8 to 0-4 ahead at the break.

After the re-start, JohnÓgilbane fired to the net to put the result beyond doubt. In the end, Leitrim ran out winners by 1-12 to 0-7.

The now face Waterford in the All-Ireland Final after the Munster champions defeated the British champions, Lancashire in Manchester by 1-17 to 0-9.

[b]Leitrim:[/b] K. Ludlow, K. Kennedy, O. McBride, B. Butler, F. Holohan, D. McGourty, D. Duignan, K. Scollan, J. Gilbane (1-1), J. Cullen, D. O Donnell (0-2), S. Munnelly, S. Maguire (0-2), O. Maguire (0-6), J. Holohan (0-1). [b]Subs:[/b] D. McHugh for McGourty, G. McWeeney for Munnelly, S. Dorrigan for J. Cullen.



18-Jul-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim were handed the draw from hell in last nights All-Ireland SFC Qualifier draw, when they were paired with Dublin.

With the losing provincial semi-finalists facing the winners from round 1 of the Qualifiers, Leitrim could have face any of eight teams, including neighbours Longford. However, Leitrim and Dublin were the last two names out of the hat and will face each other in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday evening. Throw-in time will be confirmed later today.

Tyrone v Down
Meath v Fermanagh
Galway v Louth
Cork v Clare
Waterford v Longford
Wexford v Offaly
Cavan v Derry
Leitrim v Dublin



28-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly