Leitrim’s senior hurlers continued to build on their recent run of form when they defeated Donegal by 0-6 to 0-5 in Ballybofey, thereby extending their unbeaten streak to three games. They have moved into second place in the Division 3A table and their final game against Armagh next weekend will decide their fate.



15-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim were on the wrong end of a thrashing on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon when midlanders Offaly were the visitors. Backed by a strong breeze, Offaly opened the Scóring and had five points on the board after ten minutes without a response from the home side. Leitrim battled back before half-time and trailed 0-3 to 0-7 at the break.

However, playing into the breeze in the second half, the visitors adapted their style of play to a short passing game and continued on their rampage. A goal from Roy Malone midway through the second half finally killed off the Leitrim challenge. An injury-time goal from Alan Mulhall completed the rout for Offaly, who now lie second behind Donegal in the Division 2A table, while Leitrim drop to sixth. The final score was 2-10 to 0-04.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, J. McKeon, M. McGuinness, M. Greene, N. Kilbane, B. Prior, C. Carroll, P. Farrell (0-1), B. Brennan, D. Lynch, N. Doonan, J. McGuinness, S. Quinn, M. Foley (0-3, 2f). Subs: C. Regan for B. Brennan, J. Guckian for P. Farrell, P. McGarry for N. Doonan.

Offaly: C. McNamara, S. Sullivan, C. Evans, S. Brady, B. Mooney (0-2), C. Daly, K. Slattery (0-1), C. McManus (0-2), A. McNamee, R. Malone (1-0), P. Kellaghan (0-1), C. Farrell (0-1), J. O’Neill (0-1), N. McNamee (0-1), J. Reynolds (0-1). Subs: J. Hurst for S. Sullivan, C. Quinn for A. McNamee, A. Mulhall (1-0) for C. Farrell, R. Guinan for J. O’Neill, B. Malone for K. Slattery.



15-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly

The 2004 Leitrim GAA Supporters Club Draw was launched recently with a top prize of €3000, along with numerous other wonderful prizes.

The full list of prizes are as follows:

  • €3,000 (sponsored by Kevin Quinn and Jimmy’s Bar & Restaurant)
  • €1,000 (sponsored by Joe Laydon)
  • 28″ colour TV (sponsored by Mohill Hardware)
  • All-Ireland Hurling weekend break in the Skylon Hotel (sponsored by the McNiffe Hotel Group) plus 2 All-Ireland Hurling Final tickets (sponsored by Leitrim GAA County Committee)
  • Weekend break for 2 at Glenview Cottages (sponsored by Brian and Theresa Kennedy)
  • €200 (sponsored by Aoife Gorman)
  • €200 (sponsored by Gerry Murray)
  • D.V.D. player (sponsored by Berney Crossan Electrical)
  • €100 (sponsored by Gerry O’Rourke)
  • €100 (sponsored)
  • €100 (sponsored)
  • Meal for two in Mitchell’s Restaurant, Carrigallen (sponsored by Pat and Yvonne Mitchell)
  • Meal for two at Glancy’s Restaurant, Glenfarne (sponsored by Glancy’s Restaurant)
  • Meal for two at Commercial Hotel, Ballinamore (sponsored by Freddie and Mary Walsh)
  • Meal for two at the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon (sponsored by Joe and David Dolan)

    Anybody wishing to join the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club for 2004 should send their name, address, phone number and a cheque, postal order or bank draft for €30.00 to one of the following:

  • Gerry McGovern, Annaugh, Cloone, Co. Leitrim
  • Jim Meehan, Dromahaire, Co. Leitrim
  • Seamus Gallagher, Corry, Drumkeerin, Co. Leitrim.



    01-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly

  • Last Monday’s Masonite Senior Football Championship draw has thrown some up some exciting groups, with some teams receiving a significantly more difficult path to the Championship final.

    Champions St. Mary’s will be hoping to qualify from Group 4, most likely along with Allen Gaels and ahead of last year’s Senior B winners, Sean O’Heslin’s. Carrigallen will feel that they could cause an upset, but Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher will really struggle to make an impact.

    2003 Runners-up St. Caillin’s make their way through to the quarter-finals from Group 1 along with 1999 Champions Glencar/Manorhamilton, with Ballinaglera, Annaduff and Cloone hoping for a shock victory against one of the big two to squeeze through.

    Group 2 is arguably the weakest group, with Bornacoola, Aughawillan, Mohill, Kiltubrid and Drumkeerin all in with a fair chance of making it the quarter-finals, where they’ll meet the qualifiers from Group 1.

    However, Group 3 will be the Group of Death with Melvin Gaels and Aughavas, Champions from 1998 and 2000 respectively, being thrown in alongside perennial contenders Gortletteragh and League Champions Drumreilly. Indeed, this is third year in a row that Gortletteragh will face Drumreilly. Adding to the tension, Aughavas Manager PJ Carroll was in charge of Gortletteragh last year! One really has to feel sorry for Aughnasheelin who finished pointless at the bottom of their Championship group last year before finishing bottom of Division 1A.

    To add to the difficulties on the latter side of the draw, the winners and runners-up of Group 3 and Group 4 will face each other in the quarter-finals. Certainly, any team on this side of the draw will would be deserved Champions should they be lifting the silverware next autumn.

    Full details of the draw are available on the Championship section. Dates for al games will be announced shortly.



    28-Feb-04 by Paddy Reilly

    Leitrim GAA County Board has voiced it’s support of the campaign to prevent Leitrim being split into two separate constituencies.

    County Chairman Michael McGowan said that while the GAA are a strictly non-political organisation, “we don’t see this as a political issue. We see football as a binding force in the county and it is very important that we have the identity of a single county”.

    Should the proposed changes happen, north Leitrim would join Sligo and south Leitrim would join Roscommon to form two new constituencies. McGowan added that he had spent his life “trying to unite north Leitrim and south Leitrim and we will not allow this”.

    Anybody wishing to voice their opposition to this decision can do so by e-mailing their name and address to giveleitrimbackitsTD@eircom.net.



    25-Feb-04 by Paddy Reilly

    Declan Rowley has left one vacancy in the Leitrim team to face Clare in Ennis on Sunday. Seamus Quinn moves to midfield, Colin Regan moves back to defence and Donal Brennan returns at left corner-forward. There’s one vacancy at right-half forward.

    Team: G. Phelan, M. McGuinness, J. McKeon, D. Reynolds, B. Prior, N. Gilbane, C. Regan, C. Carroll, S. Quinn, AN Other, P. Farrell, J. Guckian, M. Foley, S. Canning, D. Brennan.



    13-Feb-04 by Paddy Reilly

    Leitrim suffered their first loss in the 2004 NFL campaign in Cloone on Sunday last, with neighbours Donegal leaving with the points. Donegal forwards Adrian Sweeney and Brendan Devenney wreaked havoc on Leitrim’s defence, Scóring 2-6 of Donegal’s tally between them. Leitrim were holding out well until two second half goals in as many minutes effectively ended the contest.

    Early in the second half, Leitrim shocked the visitors with a bizarre Michael Foley goal after a mistake by Donegal goalkeeper Tony Blake to trail by only a point with 40 minutes played.

    However, Donegal’s superior quality shone through in the end with goals coming after 53 and 55 minutes, followed by a hat-trick of points to kill off the weak Leitrim challenge.

    G. Phelan, M. McGuinness, J. McKeon, D. Reynolds, N. Gilbane, S. Quinn, B. Prior, S. Canning, C. Carroll, C. Regan, P. Farrell (0-1), M. Foley (1-4), J. McGuinness, F. McBrien, J. Guckian. Subs: J. Goldrick for F. McBrien, N. Doonan for J. McGuinness, M. Greene for N. Gilbane, D. Kennedy for P. Farrell.

    Donegal: T. Blake, N. McCready, R. Sweeney, E. McGee, S. Carr, B. Monaghan, K. Cassidy, P. McGonÓgal (0-1), B. Boyle, B. McLoughlin, M. Hegarty (0-1), B. Roper, J. McCafferty, A. Sweeney (1-2), B. Devenney (1-4). Subs: C. Toye for B. McLoughlin, C. McFadden for J. McCafferty, J. Gildea for B. Boyle, J. Haran (0-1) for B. Roper, B. Dunnion for N. McCready.



    09-Feb-04 by Paddy Reilly