Leitrims Connacht Senior Football Championship hopes for 2004 were ended on Saturday evening in a stormy Hyde Park where the lost 1-09 to 0-5 to Roscommon.

In a poor game, Leitrim held on until after half-time, but a RoscommonÓgoal nine minutes into the second half ended Leitrims challenge. Leitrims cause was further damaged when John McKeon was sent off striking home full-back Michael Ryan. Leitrim shall now move into the All-Ireland Qualifiers, while Roscommon will face Mayo in the Connacht Final.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, S. Quinn, M. McGuinness, N. Gilbane, J. McKeon, B. Prior, D. Maxwell, C. Carroll, J. Goldrick (0-1), J. Guckian (0-1), C. Regan, D. Brennan, F. McBrien (0-1), M. Foley (0-2, 1f). Subs: S. Canning for Maxwell (HT), P. Farrell for Brennan (52 mins), D. Kennedy for Goldrick (52), D. Lynch for Gilbane (58), B. Brennan for McBrien (63).

Roscommon: S. Curran, J. Whyte, M. Ryan, J. Nolan, E. Towey, F. Grehan, D. Casey, S. O Neill, S. Lohan, G. Cox (0-2), J. Hanly (1-1), D. Connellan, G. HenÓghan, K. Mannion, F. Dolan (0-3, 2f, 1 45 ). Subs: J. Dunning (0-1) for HenÓghan (24 mins), J. Tiernan (0-2) for Connellan (HT), J. Rogers for Casey, B. Higgins for Cox (67), D. O Connor for Hanly (72).



27-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly

Barry Prior gave Leitrim a well-deserved draw against Roscommon in a thrilling Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

A capacity crowd of 14,517 at P?irc Se?n MacDiarmada began to think they were watching a shock Leitrim victory with only ten minutes to go, when the hosts opened up a two point lead. However, Roscommon responded with points from Francie Grehan, Frankie Dolan and Seamus O Neill, before Prior had to save the day for Leitrim in injury time.

Leitrim trailed for most of the game after early Roscommon scores opened up a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. By half-time, the visitors led by just two, 0-7 to 0-5. Points from Gary Cox and Francie Grehan stretched the lead to four points soon after the break, but after a mix-up in the Roscommon penalty area, Michael Foley duly slotted the resultant penalty to close the gap to one point.

Leitrim stepped it up a gear after that goal, with further points from substitute Pat Farrell and Foley to move into a 1-7 to 0-9 lead. Frankie Dolan levelled for the visitors before Leitrim looked to have taken control with points from Declan Maxwell and another substitute Shane Canning to leave them two ahead.

However, Roscommon remained calm and three points in succession left Prior to save the day for Leitrim.

The replay will take place at 18:30 in Hyde Park on Saturday next, 19th June 2004.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, J. McKeon (0-1), M. McGuinness, N. Gilbane, S. Quinn, B. Prior (0-1), D. Maxwell (0-1), C. Carroll, J. Goldrick (0-1), J. Guckian, C. Regan (0-2), D. Brennan, F. McBrien (0-1), M. Foley (1-1, 1-0p, 1f). Subs: S. Canning (0-1) for Guckian (40), J. Clancy for Brennan (45), P. Farrell (0-1) for Goldrick (46), N. Doonan for McBrien (56).

Roscommon: S. Curran, J. Whyte, M. Ryan, J. Nolan, D. Casey, F. Grehan, A. McPadden, S. O Neill, S. Lohan, B. Higgins, F. Dolan, G. Cox, N. Dineen, K. Mannion, G. HenÓghan. Subs: J. Rogers for McPadden (HT), J. Dunning for Dineen (42), J. Tiernan for Goldrick (56), E. Towey for HenÓghan (66).



20-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly

The team for Leitrim’s Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final against Roscommon on Sunday 20th June is as follows:

1. Gareth Phelan
2. Dermot Reynolds
3. John McKeon
4. Michael McGuinness
5. Niall Gilbane
6. Seamus Quinn
7. Barry Prior
8. Declan Maxwell
9. Christopher Carroll
10. Johnny Goldrick
11. Jimmy Guckian
12. Colin Regan
13. Donal Brennan
14. Fintan McBrien
15. Michael Foley



16-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim captured their first Connacht Junior Football Championship title since 1962 after a nail-biting final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday evening. Michael Foley and Jimmy Holohan were inspirational for Leitrim who led 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time.

Early in the second half, Leitrim extended their lead to five points, before Roscommon started to push forward strongly in the last ten minutes. A late goal for Roscommon left the Leitrim supporters on the edge of their seats, but Leitrim held on to record the victory.

Photographs from the match are available in the gallery.

Leitrim: Kevin Ludlow, John McWeeney, Barry Prior, Barry McWeeney, David Duignan, Pauric McGarry, Francis Holohan, Daniel Lowe, Dermot Kennedy, Johnny Goldrick, Donncha Lynch (0-1), Michael Foley (0-7, 4f), James Glancy, John McGuinness, James Holohan (0-3). Subs: Jimmy Guckian (0-1) for John McGuinness, Ciaran Kennedy for John McWeeney, Pauric Flynn for Barry Prior, Noel Doonan for Johnny Goldrick.

Roscommon: Darren Lennon, Denis Gavin, Brian McNeela, Robbie Kelly, Stuart Daly, Ian Kilbride, Sean McDermott, Michael Finneran, Roch Hanmore, Cormac Sheehy (0-4), Enda Kenny, Martin Connolly, Darragh Blaine (0-1), Paul Moran, Jarlath Egan (0-3). Subs: Enda Barratt for Brian McNeela, Ross Nolan for Paul Moran, Mark O’Carroll for Michael Finneran, Garvan Dolan (1-0) for Martin Connolly, Paul Freeman for Robbie Nolan.



16-May-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim’s Junior team will face Roscommon on Friday evening in Carrick-on-Shannon in the Connacht Junior Championship Final. After an impressive victory over Mayo last Friday evening on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-09, the home side managed by Martin McGowan, with selectors Jimmy Holohan and Brian Breen, will be hoping to pick up the first piece of silverware for the year.

Throw-in is at 7pm and your support for this final would be appreciated.



12-May-04 by Paddy Reilly

After a hugely successful series that saw DublinÓget the fight of their life, the Underdogs are back with a vengeance and this year they will be going up against Kerry. Mícheál Ó Muirchearthaigh is joining the panel of selectors and, along with Jarlath Burns (Armagh) & Mickey Ned O’Sullivan (Kerry), will be training the lads throughout the year.

Anyone who has never played senior county football at league or championship level is Underdog material. They will be offered the chance of a lifetime. A chance to be trained by three legends of the game. A chance to take on a senior county side and a chance to show their county what they’ve been missing!

Provincial trials will be held over four Saturdays in the months of May and June, with the Connacht trial being held in Hyde Park, Roscommon, on Saturday 19th June. Anyone interested in applying for the Underdogs must do so on TG4’s website. All details must be filled out in full, and if your application is successful, a member of the Underdogs production team will contact you with more details.



06-May-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim’s Senior hurlers extended their recent run of good form when they beat Louth in an entertaining Division 3 Group 1 meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday. Leitrim centre-half forward, Clement Cunniffe was outstanding, Scóring seven points in total.

Leitrim: H. Phelan, V. McDermott, V. Cronin, K. Glancy, J. Glancy, S. Dorrigan, F. McKiernan, F. Carroll (0-1), J. Keane, B. Carroll, C. Cunniffe (0-7, 4f, 1 ’65’), M. Poinard, D. Regan(0-1), A. O’Shea (0-4, 2f), D. O’Grady. Subs: T. McLoughlin for Poinard, M. McKeon for O’Grady, M. Coles for Regan.

Louth: P. Doherty, G. Hoey, D. McCarthy, J. Kennedy, K. Kirk, A. Myers, S. Darcy, E. Quigley (0-1, 1f), M. Boland (0-6, 5f), D. Byrne, T. Hilliard, D. Mulholland, N. McEneaney (0-1), P. Murphy (0-1), B. Corbett. Subs: T. Corcoran for Murphy, J. Carter for Corbett.



12-Apr-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim ended their Allianz National Football League Division 2A campaign with a poor performance against neighbours Roscommon.

Roscommon needed to win by a landslide to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals, but found to find themselves trailing 0-02 to 0-04 at half-time to a Leitrim side helped by two excellent Declan Maxwell side. With a strong wind behind ithem after the break, Roscommon were the better team and pushed forward to outscore Leitrim by 0-09 to 0-01, with Leitrim’s only point in the second period coming from a Michael Foley free fifteen minutes after the break.

Roscommon: S. Curran, J. Nolan, M. Ryan, P. Noone, D. Casey, F. Grehan, J. Rogers (0-1), S. O’Neill, B. Higgins, J. Dunning (0-2), J. Hanley, R. Cox, N. Dineen (0-1), K. Mannion, F. Dolan (0-4). Subs: S. Lohan (0-2) for B. Higgins, G. HenÓghan (0-1) for R. Cox, J. Tiernan for J. Hanley, E. Towey for P Noone.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, M. McGuinness, B. Prior, M. Greene, J. McKeon, D. Kennedy, C. Carroll, D. Maxwell (0-2), J. Goldrick, P. Farrell (0-1), P. McGuinness, J. McGuinness, D. Brennan, M. Foley (0-2). Subs: J. Guckian for D. Brennan, N. Doonan for P. McGuinness, C. Regan for J. McGuinness.



07-Apr-04 by Paddy Reilly

The 2004 Leitrim GAA Supporters Club draw was held last Friday night, with a Galwayman picking up the top prize of €3,000. Full list of winners is as follows:

  • €3,000: Michael O’Mahony, Claregalway, Co. Galway
  • €1,000: Noel McGowan, Kinlough, Co. Leitrim
  • 28″ Colour TV: Kenneth Teevan, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan
  • All-Ireland Weekend: Philip McGowan, Kinlough, Co. Leitrim
  • Weekend Break: Charles Canning, Longford
  • €200: T.P. McLoughlin, Fenagh, Co. Leitrim
  • €200: Mel McLoughlin, Ballinaglera, Co. Leitrim
  • DVD Player: Pauric Gilbride, Kiltoghert, Co. Leitrim
  • €100: Avril Cox, Loughrea, Co. Galway
  • €100: Anna Mae & Charlie Kelly, Aughawillan, Co. Leitrim
  • €100: James McCaffery, Aughnasheelin, Co. Leitrim
  • Meal (Mitchell’s): Sr. Antonio Monaghan, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • Meal (Glancy’s): Jimmy Mulvey, Kintogher, Sligo
  • Meal (Commercial): Ann McGriskin, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
  • Meal (Bush): Enda Horan, Kiltubrid, Co. Leitrim

Thanks to all those who bought or sold tickets and a special word of thanks to those who generously sponsored prizes.



01-Apr-04 by Paddy Reilly

The County Finals of Scór brought a huge crowd to Cloone on Saturday last who were highly entertained during a night of high drama in the various events. The winners (highlighted in italics) go on to represent Leitrim in the Connacht Finals in Ballinamore on Saturday evening next.

Figure Dancing
St. Mary’s

Solo Singing
Sean O’Heslin’s (Elaine Duignan)
St. Mary’s

Glencar/Manorhamilton (no opposition)

Bornacoola (Aidan Dockery)

Ballad Group
St. Mary’s

Question Time
Sean O’Heslin’s
St. Mary’s

Novelty Act
Sean O’Heslin’s

Set Dance
Glencar/ Manorhamilton

Club of the Year
Fenagh & Aughnasheelin (shared)



30-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim barely grabbed a draw against Monaghan in Clones after Scóring three unanswered points in the last five minutes. The game lacked a competitive edge, because both sides were unable to make the play-offs.

Monaghan took the lead for the first time late in the first half and led 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time. As has so often been the case recently, Michael Foley accounted for all four of Leitrim’s first-half points – with three coming from frees.

Monaghan added another two points soon after the break, but couldn’t add another until the 60th minute. Both teams squandered chances, but Leitrim stuck with it and got a deserved draw when Seamus Quinn, JohnÓgoldrick and Michael Foley scored late points to level the match.

Monaghan: P. McElroy, D. McDermott, J. Coyle, Ed. Lennon, D. Duffy, F. Doogan, J.P. Mone, Eo. Lennon (0-1), J. Hughes, N. Corrigan, P. Finlay (0-4), D. Clerkin, T. Freeman (0-1), R. RonÓghan, D. Freeman (0-2). Subs: D. McArdle for J. Hughes, S. McManus for R. RonÓghan, K. Tavey for N. Corrigan, S. McGeough for F. Doogan, C. Flanagan for J.P. Mone.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, M. McGuinness, B. Prior, M. Greene, J. McKeon, D. Kennedy, C. Carroll, D. Maxwell, D. Lynch, P. Farrell, J. Goldrick (0-5), J. Glancy, J. Guckian, M. Foley (0-5). Subs: S. Quinn (0-1) for J. Guckian, N. Doonan for D. Lynch, P. McGuinness for J. Glancy.



22-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly

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