Scéalta na Seachtaine – 25 Nollaig  2006

Lotto na Nollag

There was a huge crowd present for the Christmas Lotto in Smyths Siopa Ól on the Thursday before Christmas. The following were the winners of the various prizes: €100 each Mary Prior, Tully, Mary McDermott, Mohill, Margie McLoughlin, Oughteragh, Tony Gallagher, Lahard, Noel Sweeney, Aghadark, Timmy Winters, Peter Murray, Kiltybarden, Patrick McGarty, Ardlougher, Bernadette Dockery, Fire Station, Carrick, Seán C Leddy. €100 sponsored by Ciaran and Cathy Smith: Conor Harte. Hampers and Vouchers: Elaine McCormack (sponsored by Cara Pharmacy), Michéal McGirl, Aughnasheelin (Sponsored by Seamus and Bernie Beirne), Liam McWeeney, Longstone, Elaine Duignan, Kiltymooden, Shauna Gildea, Church St, Janette McManus, Buille Toll, Martina Farry, Lahard, Paula Duffy, Mullingar, Olivia Canning, Railway Tce, Muiris O’Connell, Drumbibe, Bridie Mulligan Carrickmakeegan.


The club would like to extend sympathy to the McCormack and Galligan families on the death of Jeanie McCormack, Lisacarn. Her husband, Charlie, and son Charlie and daughter Breege, have been involved in the club in many ways, in football, Scór etc. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthí

New Year Draw

The big New Year draw is on Saturday 30 December in Prior’s Lounge. If you havn’t got your ticket yet, they are available from all club members. Sellers please have tickets sold and returned as soon as possible. Tickets as usual are €20.

Ath Bhliain

Go mbeidh athbhliain faoí mhaise ag ár léitheoirí uile.


Scéalta na Seachtaine – 18 Nollaig  2006

Juniors Lose to Drumkeerin in Div 3 Shield Final

There are days when you win games you should have lost and other times you lose games you should have won and certainly last Sunday’s game in Kiltubrid was one of the latter. The scoreline of 3-3 to 0-9 gives a hint of this but when you add in that we had thirteen wides to Drumkeerin’s three all is confirmed. That’s not taking from Drumkeerin’s win, they held to the bitter end and when the penalty came to put them two points up with only two minutes remaining, we just did not have time to come back.

It was a good game all through and the critics of football in December would have second thoughts on Sunday as the weather was good, the Kiltubrid pitch was good and there was wonderful effort from both teams. We led by 0-6 to 0-1 well into the first half when we really should have been far more ahead. Then disaster befell us when a ball dropped just under the crossbar for a Drumkeerin goal. When Drumkeerin got their second goal after half time we still fought back and were leading by a point with minutes remaining. We really were in terrible hard luck for goals and points at this stage. Wayne McKeon and Anton Arandelovic just missed by inches and then the real misfortune of the penalty when there was not time to come back. It certainly was hard luck from a Ballinamore point of view but all credit to Drumkeerin for never giving up and taking it in the end.

Foireann: Padraig McKeon, Kevin Prior, Gavin Brennan, Kevin O’Connor, Philip Murphy, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Naoise Hayden, Anton Arandelovic (0-2), Wayne McKeon (0-2), Shane Murphy (0-3), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ronan O’Rourke, Alan Prior (0-1), Adrian Gallogly (0-1), Anthony Curran. Subs: Finnian Sharpley for A Curran, Ray Logan for R O’Rourke, James McWeeney for F Sharpley.


The club would like to extend sympathy to the Moran family, Church St on the death of Bridie Moran last week. Bridie was well acquainted with all the happenings in the GAA in Ballinamore, Leitrim and throughout the country particularly from the involvement of her husband Tommy in every aspect of the GAA. Her sons Garrett and Éamon played football and hurling for Ballinamore and were also involved in Scór. Daughter Aoife won an All Ireland in Scór na nÓg in 1997 in Novelty Act. Bridie was a very enthusiastic golfer and enjoyed the game up until late summer of this year. She enjoyed a visit to the slot machines in Bundoran as much as others would enjoy a day in Croke Park for the All Ireland Final.  Poker, whist or a bet on anything were among her passions. Fittingly her removal and funeral were the biggest seen in Ballinamore in a long time. To Tommy, Maureen, Garrett, Éamon, Aoife and her mother, Mary, we offer our sympathy. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthí.

Christmas Lotto

Our special Christmas Lotto will be in Smiths Siopa Ól on this Thursday with hosts of additional prizes.

New Year Draw

The big New Year draw is on Saturday 30 December in Prior’s Lounge. If you havn’t got your ticket yet, they are available from all club members. Sellers are asked to have their tickets sold before Christmas if possible.

Charity Event on Wednesday next

Some clubs have a St Stephen’s Day married v singles, or men against the women or some sort of novelty event for charity. Sean O’Heslins havn’t tried this yet (They have tried everything else) but this year they are going to have something along those lines on the Wednesday after Christmas. Watch out for the posters and the e-mails for further details.

Buíochas do Charraig Álainn !!

Our Christmas present came from Carrigallen this year. As we trundled out of Kiltubrid on Sunday after losing a game we seemed to have in the bag, the good news was that Carrigallen’s defeat of Glencar/Manorhamilton means that we are back in the pot for Division 2 League honours and promotion. We will meet Glenfarne/Kilty in the New Year.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €3,100. Beidh Lotto na Nollaig i Smyths Siopa Ól ar an Déardaoin seo. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan: Miley McKeon, Camagh, Sharon Brennan, Regina Shortt, Drumany, Majella Toolan, Stradermot, Betty Curran, Killaglasheen, Megan and Terry Óg McHugh, Camagh. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Dick agus Margaret Lawrence: George Price.

Scéalta na Seachtaine – 11 Nollaig  2006

Div 3 Shield Final

Our Juniors play in the Div 3 Shield Final in Kiltubrid on Sunday at 2.00. We play Drumkeerin.

Juniors beat Aughawillan

Our Juniors are in the final of the Div 3 Shield next weekend but on Sunday last they had to face Aughawillan in wet and windy conditions to finalise their programme of games. The outcome was of no consequence to Ballinamore but it was of importance to Aughawillan in the relegation stakes. We had a fairly comfortable win, leading by 1-6 to 0-1 at half time. The goal was the turning point and it came when a ball hit the crossbar and seemed to be going wide. Alan Prior gave it a very cute flick and put it in the way of Shane Murphy who finished it to the net. Indeed Sane Murphy’s scores were the difference between the teams. Aughawillan did come more into the game in the second half but we won in the end by 1-9 to 1-3.

Foireann: Padraig McKeon, Kevin O’Connor, Gavin Brennan, Kevin Prior, Naoise Hayden, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Philip Murphy, Wayne McKeon (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (0-2), Ronan O’Rourke, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Shane Murphy (1-4), Alan Prior, Adrian Gallogly (0-1), Anthony Curran (0-1).

Scór na nÓg

Our competitors did very well in Scór na nÓg on Saturday night and we qualified for the County Finals in Rince Foirne, Amhranaíocht, Bailéad Ghrúpa, Nuachleas, and Rince Seit. We had two teams in Rince Foirne as follows Michelle Reynolds, Shauna Cullen, Johanne Keenaghan, Aisling Maxwell, Sarah Sweeney, Niamh Griffin, Orla McWeeney and Maria O Reilly and this group qualified for the County final.  Also dancing for Ballinamore hurling club were Eadaoin McGourty, Niamh McGourty, Ellen Wrynn, Maeve Gleeson, Alison Sweeney, Caoimhe McCaffrey, Emily Sweeney and Grainne Griffin.  Aisling Maxwell and Aisling Duignan represented us in Amhranaiocht Aonair and Aisling Maxwell goes forward to the next stage. Our young Tráth na gCeist team of Cyril Smith, Kevin Banks, and Jack Bagge didn’t have all the answers but they have many more years ahead of them and the experience gained will be helpful in the future, as they have loads of ability.  In Ballad Group Aisling Duignan, Katie Duignan, Lauren McGrory and Ciara Martin did the honours for us in this section.  The novelty act team included former all Ireland winners and some new faces, which included, Seamus Donnelly, John Fanning, Catherine Smith, Lisa Duignan, Claire Fanning, Mark McGrory, Eoin McHugh and Stephen Beirne.   The Set Dancers for Sean O Heslins were Michelle Reynolds, Shauna Cullen, Johanne Keenaghan, Aisling Maxwell, Sarah Sweeney, Niamh Griffin, Orla McWeeney and Maria O Reilly.  Dancing for Ballinamore Hurling club were Eadaoin McGourty, Niamh McGourty, Ellen Wrynn, Maeve Gleeson, Alison Sweeney, Niamh Flynn, Siobhan McTague and Laura Crevan and both go through to the County final in Manorhamilton on January 7.


Club membership is now being collected by the new registrar, Ronan O’Rourke. Please give him your membership as soon as possible. Membership for adult players and members remains at €20. For underage players it will be collected by mentors in charge of teams


The club extends sympathy to the Logan family St Brigid’s St on the death last weekend of Mrs Eileen Logan, mother of Gene and Gerry Logan. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthí

Lotto – Won by Alice Costello

There was great excitement in Jackie’s on Monday night when Alice Costello from Ardrum won the jackpot of €10,700. Amazingly it is the second time the jackpot has been won by the Costello family. The numbers drawn were 16237405. The house draw was won by Seán Mac Conduibh and a bottle of whiskey sponsored by Jackie
was won by Tommy Gilheany. The last time the jackpot went the draw was also in Jackie’s so it may be the lucky pub. Next week’s draw will be in Lawrences and the Pota Óir will be at €3,000.

Christmas Lotto

Our special Christmas Lotto will be in Smiths Siopa Ól on Thursday of next week, with hosts of additional prizes.

New Year Draw

A reminder to all our sellers to keep working on the tickets for the New Year draw. The big night is Saturday 30 December in Prior’s Lounge

Scéalta na Seachtaine – 4 Nollaig  2006


The club’s AGM was held on Sunday last and there are a number of new clubs officers. Conor Harte did not seek re-election as Cathaoirleach and Paddy O’Connor stepped down as Rúnaí after five years. The following are the officers elected for 2007. Uachtarán: Hugh McTague. Leas-Uachtaráin: John Harte, P J Dolan, Joe Gormley, George Price, An tAthair ó Dubhthaigh, Sean Kavanagh, Paddy Smith, Andy Duffy, Paddy Dolan. Cathaoirleach: Adrian Smith, Leas Cathaoirleach: Peter Reynolds. Rúnaí: Brid Sullivan, Cisteoir: Anne Shanley, Cláiritheoir: Ronan O’Rourke. Coiste: Alan Banks, Paddy O’Connor, Tom Burns, Veronica Smith, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Andy Duffy, Tommy Dolan, Raymond McHugh. Under 21 members: Shane Murphy, Wayne McKeon. Other positions including Insurance Officer, PRO and Assistant Secretary will be filled at the first Executive meeting.

Tributes were paid to our outgoing Cathaoirleach; Conor Harte and Rúnaí; Paddy O’Connor. Both had put in a huge amount of work over the past few years. There was also great praise for the development work undertaken in recent years particularly the pitch development. The fact that a Connacht Final could have been played on Sunday last despite torrential rain for days was proof that a great job has been done on the pitch

Function for Seán Reynolds

Seán Reynolds received a serious injury at work recently and is faced with a long period of recovery. On Friday night many of those involved with him in ladies and underage football are organising a function in Prior’s Lounge. We would urge people to support this event which will start at 10.30. Congratulations are also due to Seán who was honoured recently at the Rehab awards for his contribution to football in the Ballinamore area.

Scór na nÓg

Sean O’Heslins will be taking part in Scór na nÓg this Saturday night in Ballinamore. It will be a big night with all of the surrounding clubs taking part.

Junior Game

Our Junior game against Aughawillan, which was called off on Sunday has been fixed for Aughawillan on Sunday next at 11.30.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €10,700. Beidh an Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn i Jackie’s. Buaiteoirí ar an Luan seo caite: Séamus Mac Murchaidh, Mickie Dolan, Stradermot, Margaret Sweeney, Manorhamilton, John O’Hara, Kilrush, Philip Cassidy, Micheál Bohan, Kiltybarden. €20 an duine ó Terry agus Agnes Shortt: Sean Flynn, Ardrum, Sylvester McDevitt. Uimhreacha: 17653402. Monthly Park Development draw, winner of €50 : Éamon Moran


Scéalta na Seachtaine – 27 Samhain  2006


The AGM is the most important meeting of the year and this year’s will take place in the Community Centre on this coming Sunday at 4.00pm. Please note the change of time due to the Connacht Intermediate Final being in the park. We appeal to every member, player and supporter to be present at this meeting. Minor and under 16 players, ladies etc would be welcome as well. It is of great importance that everyone with an interest in the club, football, hurling, ladies football, Scór or anything else attends this meeting.

Junior Game

Division 3 game against Aughawillan in Aughawillan on Sunday at 11.30

Intermediate Final in the Park

It will be like old times in the Park on Sunday with a Connacht Intermediate Final taking place there. Beidh Carraig Álainn ag imirt i gcoinne Tuar Mhic Éidigh ó Chontae Mhaigh Eo. We wish Carrigallen as Leitrim representatives the best of luck in the final.

Stewards – Maoir

We need as many stewards as possible in the Park at 1.00 on Sunday. Mile Buíochas to all who turned out on Sunday last at short notice.

Seniors win

Our seniors played their last ordinary game in the Senior league, Tier 2 on Sunday and they beat St Mary’s by 0-16 to 0-9. They now await other results to see their final position. Foireann: Colm Brennan, Gavin Brennan, Patrick McLoughlin, David Duignan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Ciarán Murray, Anthony McTague (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (0-4), Rory O’Rourke (0-1), Paul McLoughlin, Paul Prior (0-3), Brian Cafferty (0-1), Finnian Sharpley (0-6), Ronan Sharpley, Ronan O’Rourke. Subs: Shane and Philip Murphy.

Best Wishes

Speedy recovery to David Earley who is in hospital at the moment.

Scór na nÓg

The club will be taking part in Scór na nÓg on next weekend in Ballinamore.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €10,600. Beidh an Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa Heritage Bar. Buaiteoirí ar an Luan seo caite: Oliver Kelleher, Lenanarea, Cathal Flynn, Ardrum, Orla McCaffrey, Feirm na Bhfáinleog, Matt Hunt, Carrick on Shannon, Margaret Gaffney, Aughawillan, J Gormley, Carrigallen. Buidéal Uisce beatha ó Freddie: George Price. Uimhreacha: 35721064

Scéalta na Seachtaine – 20 Samhain  2006

1956 Celebrations

Friday night in Gay Priors was a memorable night for all present as the Club honoured the members of the 1956 Championship winning team. 50 years on, it was great to see so many of the team present for the occasion. Before introducing the team, Tommy Moran brilliantly recalled some of the events of the year during which we regained the County honours, after some 17 years had elapsed from the previous title. Great work was done by Chairman, Conor Harte and Secretary Paddy O’Connor, in order to bring the night to fruition, and I’m sure the members of the 1956 were delighted with the opportunity to gather and share stories of years gone by. Well done to all.

Another title for Oughteragh Gaels

Oughteragh Gaels retained their crown in the final of the U-21 Championship, as they ran out winners against Manorhamilton on a final score of   2-14 to 1-6 on Saturday evening in Drumshanbo. It was a much closer game than the score would suggest and the Gaels only killed the game off in the last 15 minutes or so with some fine scores. Well done to all involved. The team was as follows: Joe Murphy, Kevin Prior, Wayne Gilgunn, David Duignan, Wayne McKeon 0-4, Barry McWeeney, Liam Ferguson 0-1, Anton Arandelovic 0-3, Fergal McManus, Ronan O’Rourke 1-2, Cathal Egan 1-1, Gavin Sammon, Shane Murphy 0-1, Finnian Sharpley 0-1, Vincent Mulvey 0-1. Subs used were Damien Gilheaney, Philip Murphy & Naoise Hayden.

Seniors Lose

Our Seniors were beaten by Glenfarne in the second last game in the race for promotion to Division 1 of the League, on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-5. Belcoo GAA Grounds was the venue for the decider, on a day that was not conducive to fancy football. Heavy wind and rain played havoc and both sides found it difficult to adapt to conditions but Glenfarne were the better team on the day. With one game to play against St. Mary’s, probably next weekend (see fixtures), promotion to Division 1, an unlikely prospect. Team & Scorers: Colm Brennan, David Duignan, Paddy McLoughlin, Johnny McWeeney, Ruairi Sullivan, Joey Honeyman, Anthony McTeague, Ray Logan, Paul McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty, Ciaran Murray, Rory O’Rourke, Finnian Sharpley 0-4, Paul Prior 0-1, Seanie Murray. Subs, Gavin Brennan, Ronan O’Rourke, Ronan Sharpley.

Annual Report

The clubs Annual Report together with an Officer Nomination form is being circulated to all members in the coming days, in advance of our AGM on Sunday 3rd December 2006, at 2pm in the Community Centre. If you have not received a copy for whatever reason, please contact Paddy O’Connor straight away on 087-9528944.

Christmas Draw

Our annual Christmas draw is again upon us, and tickets are now being circulated to our loyal band of ticket sellers. Whether you can sell 5 tickets or 50 tickets, we once again call for your support, in what is our biggest fundraiser, aside from our weekly lotto. The draw will take place in Gay Priors on Saturday 30th December 2006. Contact Ruairi Sullivan on 087-2488875 if you need more tickets !! Mile Buiochas to all sellers for your continued support.


No winner of last weeks lotto draw held in Bobby Jo’s, Jackpot €10,400. House Draw winner, Brendan Burns. 5 winners of €40 were Noreen McCaffrey, Blacklion, Bridie Murray, Killaneen, John Duignan, c/o Eileen Duignan, Fiona Burns, Clenaghoo, Nell Prior, Deradda. Next weeks draw is in The Commercial Hotel, Jackpot €10,500.




Scéalta na Seachtaine – 13 Samhain  2006

TG4 Programme “Ardan” Covers Leitrim

Ardán is the TG4 equivalent of the Late Late Show and on Sunday next the whole programme is devoted to Leitrim. The programme will feature guests, musicians and singers from Co Leitrim. Charlie McGettigan will feature on the programme  and items covered will include the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Irish signage in Ballinamore, film making in Leitrim as well as Leitrim’s mobile cinema. Various artists and musicians who have come to settle in Leitrim will take part and many other items will get mention. This is a major event for a whole programme to feature Leitrim.

The programme will be shown at 8.30 on next Sunday evening. Beidh an clár seo an spéisiúil do mhuintir Liatroma. 

Seniors Lose

Our seniors were beaten by Carrigallen on Sunday morning in the Park, on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-8. This was a vital game for both teams in the fight for promotion to division 1 league. Despite leading for most of the game, Carrigallen won out with a lucky goal with seven minutes to go, which proved the difference at the final whistle. Team & Scorers: Michael Dolan, John McWeeney, Paddy McLoughlin, David Duignan, Ruairi Sullivan, Joey Honeyman, Anthony McTeigue, Ray Logan (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Brian Cafferty, Rory O’Rourke, Paul McLoughlin, Sean Murray (0-2), Paul Prior (1-4), Finnian Sharpley. Subs: Anthony Curran & Shane Murphy.

Division 3 win

Our second team continued there winning streak in the closing stages of the division 3 shield beating Drumkeerin in the Park on Sunday morning by 1-11 to 1-10. It was great to see the players turn out in great numbers, the two subs used in the preceding senior game, Anthony Curran & Shane Murphy, were the only players called on to play both games. It was a tight game throughout but we showed great spirit and fight to come out on top in the end. Team & Scorers: Pauric McKeon, Kevin Prior, Gavin Brennan, Joe McTeigue, Philip Murphy, Fred Walsh, Naoise Hayden, Cormac O Suilleabhain, Wayne McKeon (0-4), Shane Murphy, James McWeeney (1-2), Ronan O’Rourke (0-2), Anthony Curran (0-1), Adrian Gallogly (0-2), Alan Prior. Subs Seanie McCartin, Joe Murphy, Darryl McFarland.


Oughteragh Gaels play in the U-21 county final on Saturday in Drumshanbo at 2.30pm v Manorhamilton. Our seniors play Glenfarne in Belcoo GAA grounds on Sunday at 2pm in the division 2 league.


Our AGM will be held on Sunday 3rd December in the Community Centre at 2pm Sharp. All club members young and old are invited to come along and have their say.


No winner of this weeks lotto draw held in Smyths Siopa Ol. Jackpot was € 10,300. Numbers drawn were 52173640. Winners on the night were: House draw John Harte.  House prize sponsored by Ciaran Smyth won by Paddy McGourty . 5 winners of €40 were James Corrigan Kinawley, Tommy McKiernan c/o Boxmore, Madge Murphy, Frances O’Reilly, John Turbitt. Next weeks draw is in Bobby Jo’s ,Jackpot will be €10,400.



Scéalta na Seachtaine – 6 Samhain  2006

Under 21s Progress to final

Oughteragh Gaels are just one step away from being County Champions after a rather easy win over St Francis’ last Saturday. This was their second good victory in two weeks and they certainly are playing great stuff. At half time they led by 0-7 to 0-1 and really it would take a dramatic change in the second half to produce anything other than a Gaels win. As on the previous week against Mohill, Oughteragh Gaels could have won by more, so great was their dominance. It finished 0-14 to 0-4.

Foireann: (Aughnasheelin players indicated by A) Joseph Murphy, Kevin Prior, Wayne Gilgunn (A), David Duignan, Wayne McKeon, Barry McWeeney (A), Liam Ferguson (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (0-2), Fergal McManus (A), Ronan O’Rourke, Cathal Egan (A) (0-1), Gavin Sammon (A)(0-1), Shane Murphy (0-2), Finnian Sharpley (0-5), Vincent Mulvey (A) (0-2). Subs: James McWeeney for R O’Rourke.

Juniors Win

Our Juniors won their second game in Tier 2 of Division 3 when they defeated Gortletteragh on Sunday. James McWeeney was in scoring form, getting seven points of the total and Adrian Gallogly got three. With two wins out of two, we are probably safe from relegation but the target is to win the Division 2 Shield. There are two games to go, against Aughawillan and Drumkeerin. Final score on Sunday Sean O’Heslins 0-12 Gortletteragh 1-6.

Foireann: Padraig McKeon, Gavin Brennan, Joe Honeyman, Freddie Walsh, Philip Murphy, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Liam Ferguson, Ray Logan, Anthony Curran, Alan Prior, James McWeeney (0-7), Wayne McKeon (0-1), Shane Murphy (0-1), Adrian Gallogly (0-3), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin. Subs: Joe McTague, Naoise Hayden, Seán McCartin.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €10,300. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Smyths Siopa Tae. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Paddy McGourty, Shane Creamer, Margaret McCartin, Aughavas, Hugh P Prior, Corraleehan, Joan Moran, Aughnasheelin, Paddy Prior. Prize of €25 sponsored by Frank Flynn: Sean Mac Con Dubh and Miley McKeon. Uimhreacha: 42651730. Winner of €50 Park development Draw: Éamon Wynne.


Scéalta na Seachtaine – 30 Deireadh Fo 2006

Under 21s beat Mohill

Oughteragh Gaels had a very impressive win over Mohill on Saturday in the Quarter Final of the Under 21 Championship. Mohill, who won three Minor Championships in a row from 2003-2005, would have been fancied to progress in this year’s under 21, especially with their great senior victory to their backs. However, Oughteragh Gaels were way the better team and really should have won by even more than seven points. There were great displays from Wayne Gilgunn, David Duignan, Barry McWeeney, Wayne McKeon, Liam Ferguson in defence,  Anton Arandelovic and  Fergal McManus in midfield and Finnian Sharpley and Shane Murphy especially in attack but everyone contributed their fair share. At half-time Gaels led by 0-5 to 0-2 and the worry was they were against the strong wind for the second half. They started the second half with five very bad wides in succession before the first point came. However, from there to the finish it was all Oughteragh Gaels and it finished 0-11 to 0-4.

Oughteragh Gaels: Joseph Murphy, Kevin Prior, Wayne Gilgunn, David Duignan, Wayne McKeon (0-2), Barry McWeeney, Liam Ferguson, Anton Arandelovic (0-3), Fergal McManus, Ronan O’Rourke, Cathal Egan, Gavin Sammon, Shane Murphy (0-3), Finnian Sharpley (0-3), Vincent Mulvey. Subs: James McWeeney for R O’Rourke, Philip Murphy for V Mulvey.

Under 16s Lose in Final replay 

Our under 16s put in another wonderful performance in the replay of the under 16 championship final on Thursday last. At half time it was 0-2 each. A couple of injuries inhibited our progress a bit and St Mary’s edged it by 0-9 to 0-6 at the finish. St Mary’s were the stronger team and when you consider the Ballinamore lads were not in the hunt as under 14s two years ago, this was a great performance. Thanks to all the supporters who made the replay and who supported the team through the year. A speedy recovery to Stephen Beirne who was injured during the game. Congratulations to St Mary’s on their deserved victory.

Foireann: Philip Farrelly, Matthew Murphy, David Leyden, Éamon Walsh, Shane Moran, Seamus Donnelly, Enda Quinn, Jim McTague Capt, John Christie, Brian Beirne, Conor McTague, Finbar Smith, Barry Flynn, Stephen Beirne, Shane McWeeney. Subs: Stephen McTague for Barry Flynn, John Fanning for Stephen Beirne.


Following a public meeting last week to discuss the issues of defibrillators and their provision at strategic points in the town, the executive has decided to donate the entire proceeds of next week-end’s Lotto to the fund for purchase of defibrillators. This is a very important issue and the provision of these pieces of equipment could save lives. Indeed places like football pitches are prime locations where they could be needed. You are asked to be especially generous to Lotto sellers this weekend to support this worthy cause.

General Club meeting

With our own AGM coming up soon and the Co Convention not far away, there will be a general club meeting, open to all members in the Community Centre on Tuesday 7 November at 9.30

Premium Tickets for Australian Game

Anyone interested in the club premium tickets for Sunday’s Ireland v Australia game please contact Conor Harte or Paddy O’Connor before this Thursday night.

Good Wishes

Everyone connected with the club, especially the ladies teams, wish a speedy recovery to Seán Reynolds who suffered severe injuries at work recently.


The club extends sympathy to the Prior family, Aughnasheelin on the death of Mrs Prior last week.

Motions for Co Convention

Anyone who wants to raise an issue by way of motion to Co Convention please contact Paddy O’Connor immediately.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €10,200. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Pat Joe’s. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Bernadette Dowd, Sallyfield, John Dillon, Limerick, Edward McKiernan, Bawnboy, Michael and Margaret c/o Lawrences, Karen Prior, Leixlip, Gerard Fogarty. Buidéal uisce beatha ó Gay Prior: Teresa Glynn. Uimhreacha: 32014657.


Scéalta na Seachtaine – 23 Deireadh Fo 2006


 Under 16s draw in Thrilling Final 

In most dramatic fashion our under 16s drew with St Mary’s in the under 16 championship final on Sunday last.  With time up we were two points up but St Mary’s got a penalty, which they scored. Then well into extra time Jim McTague got the equalizer, to give what was probably the fairest result. At half time it was 1-3 to 0-2 in St Mary’s favour. In the second half we got a penalty which John Christie scored. Overall it was a great game with the replay eagerly awaited. This Thursday Drumshanbo is the venue and 4.45 is the time. There was great support in Cloone on Sunday and hopefully it will be the same on Thursday. Our thanks also to Marie Bradley, physio, who attended.

Foireann: Philip Farrelly, Matthew Murphy, David Leyden, Éamon Walsh, Shane Moran, Seamus Donnelly, Enda Quinn, Jim McTague (0-3), Stephen Beirne, Shane McWeeney, John Christie (1-0), Finbar Smith (0-1), Eoin McHugh, Conor McTague, Brian Beirne (1-0). Subs: Dean Creaven, Stephen McTague, Barry Flynn, Andrew Burns, John Fanning.


There may be under 21 or other adult fixtures at the week-end. Please see fixtures for details.

Juniors Beat Aughavas

The first round in the second tier of the Division 3 League took place in Aughavas on Sunday. After a close first half we pulled away gradually and were comfortable winners in the end. In the first half Alan Prior and Anton Arandelovic got two points each and Finnian Sharpley and Anthony Curran one each. While we led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half time, Aughavas had the greater number of wides and should have been level at least. As the second half progressed, Anton Arandelovic and Anthony Curran dominated at midfield, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin and Wayne McKeon were particularly impressive in the backs and Finnian Sharpley and Shane Murphy were in great form in attack. Finnian scored two points from frees and one from play, Shane Murphy got two from play and Anton, David Earley and Ronan O’Rourke got one each to leave us winners by –0-14 to 0-6.

Foireann: Adrian Smith, Kevin O’Connor, Freddie Walsh, Kevin Prior, Wayne McKeon, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Philip Murphy, Aidan Galligan, Anton Arandelovic (0-3), James McWeeney, Finnian Sharpley (0-4), Shane Murphy (0-2), Alan Prior (0-2), Anthony Curran (0-1), Ronan O’Rourke (0-1). Subs: David Earley (0-1), Gordon Hughes.

Girls beaten in Junior B League Final

On Sunday last Sean O’Heslins played Dromahair in the League Final in Kiltubrid, a repeat of the championship final two weeks earlier. Dromahair again came out on top but this was a better display by the O’Heslins girls, despite missing Carol O’Connor and Maeve Murphy through injury. The game was overshadowed by the injury to Deborah Gilheaney. Deborah was severely concussed in an accidental collision during the game and had to be taken by ambulance to Sligo General Hospital. We wish Deborah a speedy recovery and hope to see her on the playing fields soon again. It was upsetting for the players and we would like to thank the Dromahair players and mentors for their support and help as Deborah was being brought away. Thanks also to Marie Bradley for the work she done with Deborah.

With the football year now drawn to a close a special word of thanks goes to Seán Reynolds and Aisling Flaherty who stuck by the girls throughout the year. Thanks also to the players for their commitment and to all the supporters also. Many thanks also to Emma Reynolds who prepared the notes for inclusion in the Leitrim Observer and for the web site.

Team on Sunday: Aisling Flaherty, Lauren McGrory, Áine Martin, Katie Duignan, Kirby Gilgunn, Claire Fanning, Michelle Fanning, Carmel McCartin, Orla McWeeney, Kate McTague, Deborah Gilheaney, Caroline McGrory (Capt), Catherine Smith. Sub: Erin Gilheany for Deborah Gilheany, Laura Brennan, Emma Reynolds, Aisling Duignan, Ciara O’Dowd, Maeve Murphy, Carol O’Connor.

Scór na nÓg

Preparations are now underway for Scór na nÓg and Cyril Smith and Raymond McHugh are in the process of lining up participants for all Scór events. Anyone who can sing, recite, answer questions or take part in any of the eight events should contact the Cyril or Raymond immediately. Scór na nÓg will take place on the 8 and 9 December.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €10,100. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Gay Prior’s. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Paddy Prior, Fr Heery, David and Lorna Spellman, Drumshanbo, Ollie Moran, Castleroggy, Peter O’Toole, Mohill, Maggie Mullan, Drumany Beirne. Buidéal Uisce beatha ó David McCabe: Margaret McKeon. Uimhreacha: 36045721.


Scéalta na Seachtaine – 16 Deireadh Fo 2006


 Seniors beat Glencar/Manorhamilton

There was only one point in it at the finish but it could be a hugely significant win for our seniors before the year is out. This was our first game in the second tier of the league and a victory, especially against Glencar/Manor was a great start. We dominated the first half and led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break. In fact we led by six points at one stage but Glencar/Manor got the last two points of the half. Finnian Sharpley and Anton Arandelovic got two points from frees, Brian Cafferty got the next, Anton pointed the next free. Sean Murray then got two good points from play and Sean also scored a goal from a penalty.

We did not play as well in the second half and indeed had Glencar/Manorhamilton taken their chances from a few late frees they might well have drawn at least. It was Finnian Sharpley who saved us in the second half as he scored all of our four second half points, two from play and two from frees. It finished 1-10 to 1-9.

Foireann: Michael Dolan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Paul McLoughlin, John McWeeney, Anthony McTague, Ciaran Murray, Joe Honeyman, Anton Arandelovic (0-2) Thomas McLoughlin, Paul McLoughlin, Rory O’Rourke, Brian Cafferty (0-1), Finnian Sharpley (0-5), Anthony Curran, Sean Murray (1-2). Subs: Ray Logan, Shane Ferguson, James McWeeney.

Schools Team Make History

St Patrick’s Boys National School won the Leitrim INTO mini sevens in Drumshanbo on Thursday last. What made this win even more exciting was that they became the first school to win three consecutive finals in the history of the competition. On their way to the final Ballinamore came through the first round by beating Aughnasheelin, Carrigallen and Aughawillan in closely contested games. The final rounds were played in Drumshanbo on Thursday last, 12 October. Ballinamore lost their first game to Drumshanbo and then beat Kinlough. However, as Kinlough beat Drumshanbo, each team had won a game each but Ballinamore went through to the final on score difference.

In the final Ballinamore came up against a strong Annaduff team. Annaduff had beaten Mohill, Carrick on Shannon and Leitrim in earlier rounds and they beat Fenagh and Gortletteragh on the final day. In the final itself, Annaduff and Ballinamore finished level. The game went to two periods of extra time. In the first period Luke Murphy kicked over the deciding point, when he got a long-range pass from Colm O’Reilly. Ballinamore were kept in the game through tremendous defending and brilliant goalkeeping from Dara McNiffe and they went on to win by one point. Amid great excitement the cup was presented to the winning Captain, Jack Cullen. Jack has figured on all three winning teams. Ballinamore will now go on to the Connacht Finals in May.

Foireann: The panel was: Dara McNiffe, Anthony Maguire, Brian Banks, Jack Cullen, Nathan Gallagher, Colm O’Reilly, Cian McCaffrey, Luke Murphy, Conor Moran, Donal Feely.(See Team photo in Pictures/Underage)

Under 16 Girls win Championship Final

The Sean O’Heslins girls played Aughnasheelin in the Under 16 Final in Fenagh on Saturday. On a lovely evening for playing football this turned out to be a very successful event for the O’Heslins girls. After a couple of wides from both sides it took a great goal from Erin Gilheany to settle the girls and from then on they played free-flowing football. Points from Katie Duignan, Deborah Gilheaney and a further goal from Ciara O’Dowd left the girls in control at half-time by 2-3 to 0-2. In the second half Katie Duignan and Catherine Smith were in control at midfield. Katie, Ciara and Erin added further points and a spectacular point from Deborah Gilheaney followed. The final score was a goal from Erin Gilheany and this left the final score at 3-9 to 0-6.

Louise Farry had a fine game in goals and got great assistance from her backs; Emma Reynolds, Lauren McGrory and Captain Claire Fanning who led by example. Erin Gilheany, Deborah Gilheaney and Ciara O’Dowd were in great scoring form. This has to go down as a great all-round team performance from the entire panel. The girls would like to thank all who came out to support them all through the year. Thanks also to Seamus McTague and his family for preparing the pitch for the home games. After the match it was nice to hear the Captain, Claire Fanning, starting her speech in Irish. There were great celebrations afterwards with the parade through the town and a fine meal was provided in the Manhattan.

Foireann: Louise Farry, Emma Reynolds, Claire Fanning, Lauren McGrory, Katie Duignan (0-3), Catherine Smith, Erin Gilheany (2-2), Deborah Gilheany (0-2), Ciara O’Dowd (1-2), Gillian Leyden, Aisling Duignan, Sinéad Flynn, Róisín McTague, Ciara Martin.

The 13 a side Junior League Final against Dromahair is in Kiltubrid at 2.30 on this Sunday. Please support.

Under 16 Boys Championship Final

The under 16 Final is in Cloone on this Sunday at 12.00 noon


Sympathy is extended to the O’Rourke family on the death of Seán Ó Rourke, Aughnasheelin. Sympathy is also extended to the Griffin Family, Aghadark on the death of Padraig’s brother in Mayo recently.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €10,000. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Poor Scholar. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Paddy McGourty, Ciaran Hearty, Tommy Smith, Church St, Alanna Smith, Church St, Deborah Gilheaney, Aughnasheelin, Karl Keaney, Miscawn. Buidéal Uisce beatha ó Liam McGirl: Walter Sharpley. Uimhreacha: 764350121.


Scéalta na Seachtaine – 9 Deireadh Fo 2006 

Hurlers Lose to Manorhamilton

Our senior hurlers lost in the semi-final to Manorhamilton on Saturday. Given that their preparation was virtually nil and a good few players were missing, it was an achievement to field at all. Manorhamilton led by 1-6 to 1-2 at half time with the goal coming from Thomas McLoughlin and the points from Mike Horgan and Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. However, an early second half goal from Manorhamilton set us back again. Minutes later Thomas McLoughlin hit the net again and then the revival started. Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin hit four points in a row and suddenly it was 2-7 to 2-6, only a point behind. Then disaster struck, two quick goals for Manorhamilton and really that was that. It finished 4-9 to 2-7.

Best performances came from Adrian Smith, Cathal McCrann, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Finnian Sharpley and Thomas McLoughlin. Foireann: Conor Harte, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ciaran Maxwell, David Duignan, Kevin O’Connor, Adrian Smith, Mike Horgan (0-1), Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin (0-6), Cathal McCrann, Tommy McCormack, Adrian Gallogly, Finnian Sharpley, Paul McLoughlin, Thomas McLoughlin (2-0), Sean McCartin. Sub: Fergal Earley

Ladies Lose in Junior B Championship Final

Sean O’Heslins Ladies played Dromahair in Drumshanbo on Sunday last in the 13-a-side Junior Championship Final. Unfortunately for the second year running this turned out to be a disappointing day for the young girls. After a promising first half the girls never really got going in the second half. There was only a point in it at half time but Dromahair came out stronger in the second half with the strong wind behind them and scored some great points. In fairness to the girls they kept going to the end but it just wasn’t their day. The girls would like to thank those who came out to support them and hope that when the meet Dromahair again in two weeks time that they can turn the tables and come away with a win. We wish Dromahair the best of luck next year in Junior A.

Foireann: Carol O’Connor, Claire Fanning, Áine Martin, Katie Duignan, Kirby Gilgunn, Maeve Murphy, Michelle Fanning, Rowena O’Rourke, Orla McWeeney, Deborah Gilheaney (0-1), Kate McTague (0-1), Caroline McGrory (0-1), Carmel McCartin (1-1), Lauren McGrory, Catherine Smith, Erin Gilheany, Emma Reynolds, Laura Brennan, Aisling Duignan, Aisling Flaherty, Aoife Smith.

Under 16 Girls

Sean O’Heslins girls played Annaduff in Ballinamore last Tuesday week in the Under 216 Semi-final. O’Heslins got off to great start and the score at half time was 2-7 to 0-1. They came out even more determined in the second half and won by 3-10 t 0-7.

Foireann: Louise Farry, Lauren McGrory, Claire Fanning, Emma Reynolds, Catherine Smith, Katie Duignan (0-3), Erin Gilheany (0-3), Deborah Gilheany (1-2), Ciara O’Dowd (2-2), Gillian Leyden, Aisling Duignan, Sinead Flynn, Róisín McTague, Ciara Martin, Bronagh Grey. The Final is on this Saturday at 5.00 in Fenagh against Aughnasheelin

Cluiche Ceannais Maith

Last Sunday’s County Final was the best in many a long day. It really was an outstanding game and a credit to both sides. Congratulations to Mohill on putting in such an exceptional performance after a terrible start. When you lose by a point in a county final it is a killer, so commiserations to Naomh Muire. Not forgetting the Intermediate Final which was also a thriller. It was overall a great day for Leitrim football. Like last year we can say we were beaten along the way by the county champions.

Under 16 Football Final

The Under 16 Final wasn’t played last week. It will be on the weekend after next.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,900. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i McGirls. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Andy Duffy, Seamus MacMurchadh, Aidan Keegan, Fenagh, Laura Keegan, Kiltyhugh, Margaret Lawrence, Kathleen Carthy, Clogher.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 2 Deireadh Fo. 2006

Senior Hurling

We play Manorhamilton in the B Hurling final in the Park on this Saturday at 4.00

 Seniors win Seanie Tubman Cup 

On Saturday last we played Aughnasheelin in the annual Seanie Tubman Cup, a competition dedicated to the late Seanie who played for the Aughnasheelin Club. It was a good close game and we were fortunate to survive the last few minutes when Aughnasheelin had a few chances to goal, but two wonderful saves from Colm Brennan in the goals brought us safely through. At half time we led by 0-7 to 0-4 and it finished 0-13 to 0-11.Our thanks to the Aughnasheelin club for again inviting us to take part.

Team and scorers were: Colm Brennan, Rory O’Rourke, Patrick McLoughlin, John McWeeney, David Duignan, Joe Honeyman, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Thomas McLoughlin (0-4), Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Ronan O’Rourke, Paul McLoughlin (0-1), Seán Murray (0-2), Brian Cafferty (0-1), Finnian Sharpley (0-4), Anthony McTague. Subs: Ray Logan, Anthony Curran, Joe Murphy.

Under 16 Final

Our under 16s are in the Championship Final and the game against St Mary’s will be on this Saturday at 5.00. Check fixtures for venue.

Girls Under 16s

The under 16 girls played two games last week. They played Melvin Gaels in the Park and Ballinaglera in Ballinaglera. They played well in both games and came away with two wins. They were due to play Annaduff last night in the Park in the semi-final. Panel and scorers for both games were: Louise Farry, Lauren McGrory (1-2), Claire Fanning, Emma Reynolds, Katie Duignan (0-5), Catherine Smith (0-3), Gillian Leyden (2-5), Deborah Gilheaney (1-6), Ciara O’Dowd (3-2), Aisling Duignan, Ciara Martin (1-0), Sinead Flynn (0-3), Róisín McTague (1-2). The girls junior Championship final against Dromahair is on this Sunday. Check fixtures for time and venue.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,800. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i McAllisters Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Noel Sweeney, Erin Curneen Keegan, Lahard, James Donohoe c/o Christopher McNiffe, Maureen Heslin, Cloone, Barney McGovern, Corlough, Mary Moss, Ashbourne. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Dick & Margaret Lawrence. The first name drawn was Dick Lawrence himself and he kindly put up the bottle again, won at second attempt by Seán Ó Suilleabháin. Uimhreacha: 37016245. Winner of €50 in Park development draw: Brendan McGowan.



Scealta na Seachtaine – 25 Mean Fomh. 2006

Ladies in Croke Park – Go n-éirí Libh

Best of luck to the Ladies in Croke Park on Sunday. Tickets for the match will be available tonight Wednesday in Smyth’s Siopa Ól from 9 –10pm. Our own ladies will have the Junior Championship Final against Dromahair on 8 October. The League Final has been changed to 22 October.

Celebrating 1956 Championship win

In 1956 Sean O’Heslins won the Leitrim Senior Football Championship after a barren period of 17 years. It was a turning point for the club and it is probably still the best remembered victory of all. Now, 50 years later, the club is getting all of those players together again for a celebration of that famous victory. According to our records, the following were the players and mentors involved: Dessie Kieran, Jackie Gallagher, Pete Prior, Frank McKeon, Patsy Wrynn, Josie Cryan, Pat Murray, Columba Cryan (Capt), Brian Sweeney, Christy McCaffrey, Mel Kelly, Paddy Dolan, Pat Crossan, Godfrey Roarty, Willie McKiernan, Paddy McGeehan, Mick O’Malley, Columba Martin, Jimmy Conway, Philip Gilheany, Sean Conlon, Sean Gaffney, Brendan Kieran. If we have anyone left out we would be glad to add them to the list, only let us know. The get together will be in 17 November. Details will be forwarded very shortly to all of those involved.

Under 16s keep on winning trail

Our under 16s drew with Drumreilly on Friday last to put them in a strong position to reach the Final. They have already beaten St Mary’s and Dromahair. This was a very good game with Drumreilly which we could have won but could have lost too as Drumreilly went ahead by a point with a minute to go. It fell to John Christie, who was man-of-the-match, to get a wonderful point at the finish. As well as John Christie there were exceptional performances from David Leyden, Jim McTague and Stephen Beirne. Final score 0-10 each.

Foireann: Philip Farrelly, Barry Flynn, David Leyden, Éamon Walsh, Matthew Murphy, Seamus Donnelly, Enda Quinn, John Christie (0-6), Jim McTague (0-1), Finbar Smith, Stephen Beirne, Shane Moran, Shane McWeeney (0-1), Conor McTague (0-1), Brian Beirne (0-1). Subs used Eoin McHugh, John Fanning.

Girls Under 16

Sean O’Heslins girls played Allen Gaels on Tuesday last in Ballinamore. It turned out to a tough game for the girls especially in the first half and they were only level at half time, 1-5 to 0-8 with Ciara O’Dowd getting the goal. However they managed to pull away in the second half and won by 2-15 to 1-9.

Team and Scorers: Louise Farry, Lauren McGrory (0-1), Claire Fanning, Gillian Leyden, Catherine Smith (1-2), Katie Duignan (0-3), Erin Gilheany (0-2), Deborah Gilheany (0-4), Ciara O’Dowd (1-2), Aisling Duignan (0-1), Róisín McTague, Sinead Flynn. The next game is on Thursday against Ballinaglera in Ballinaglera.

Playing In Croke Park

Over the past few weeks we had Stephen McTague and Kevin Banks playing in Croke Park. On Sunday next Megan O’Connor will play in the INTO Mini Sevens during the Ladies All Ireland Finals. Well done Megan in being selected to play i bPáirc an Chrócaigh.

Seanie Tubman Tournament

Our seniors play in the Seanie Tubman Tournament in Aughnasheelin on Saturday at 1.00pm


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,700. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Lawrence’s. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Brendan Burns, Ronan Griffin, Aghadark, Elaine and Edel Farrelly, Séamus Mac Murchaidh, John P Doran, Mayo, Mona Creamer. Uimhreacha: 40362157


Scealta na Seachtaine – 18 Mean Fomh. 2006

Junior Girls in Championship Final

The junior girls played their championship semi-final against Fenagh in Aughnasheelin on Saturday last. This turned out to be their best performance this year. After getting off to a slow start, with Fenagh going ahead, Orla McWeeney got our first score and this seemed to settle the girls. Important goals came from Carmel McCartin and Deborah Gilheaney in the first half. O’Heslins led by 2-7 to 0-5 at half time. In the second half Fenagh came out more determined but a further two goals from Kate McTague and a spectacular one from Deborah Gilheaney left the final score at 4-11 to 0-7. This as a great all-round performance from Carol O’Connor in goals up to the forward line. The girls have now qualified to meet Dromahair in both Junior B Championship and League finals and we hope the girls get the support they deserve.

Team and scores: Carol O’Connor. Lauren McGrory, Claire Fanning, Áine Martin, Kirby Gilgunn, Katie Duignan, Rowena O’Rourke, Michelle Fanning (0-1), Orla McWeeney (0-3), Deborah Gilheaney (2-4), Kate McTague (1-1), Caroline McGrory (0-2), Carmel McCartin (1-0), Erin Gilheany, Catherine Smith, Emma Reynolds, Aisling Duignan. The Championship final will be on 8 October and the League Final a week later on Sunday 15 October.

Under 16 Girls

Sean O’Heslins girls played Cloone on Tuesday last in Cloone. This turned out to be a tough match for O’Heslins and they were down by two points at half-time. In the first five minutes of the second half Cloone got a goal and a point which left O’Heslins behind by six points. The girls never gave up and with some excellent scores form Deborah Gilheaney they managed to win by 3-14 to 4-7 before the finish.

Foireann: Louise Farry, Claire Fanning (0-1), Katie Duignan (0-2), Emma Reynolds, Catherine Smith (0-3), Ciara O’Dowd, Erin Gilheany, Deborah Gilheany (3-6), Gillian Leyden (0-2), Aisling Duignan, Róisín McTague, Sinéad Flynn, Bronagh Grey. Next match is in Páirc Sheáin Uí Eislin on Tuesday 26 against Melvin Gaels.

Ballinamore man in Croke Park

Last Sunday Kevin Banks, son of Alan and Sharon, represented Ballinamore and Leitrim when he played in Croke Park in the INTO Mini Sevens before the big game. Kevin lined out at number 2 in the Mayo colours. Last week I incorrectly said that it was Kevin’s brother who was Brian going to Croke Park. I’m sure Brian didn’t mind, but my apologies to Kevin.

Bus to Ladies Final

There will be a bus running from Ballinamore to the Ladies Final in Croke Park on Sunday week. Anyone wishing to book their place on the bus please ring Veronica Smith at 086-6035987 immediately, to be sure of a seat.

Tickets For Ladies Final

Tickets for Ladies Final will be on sale in Smyths Siopa Ól on Friday 22 and Sat 23 September from 9-10 pm. There are adult tickets, Students/OAP and under 14 tickets as well as family and group tickets.


The Club extends sympathy to the Toolan family on the death of Joan Toolan. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthí

Web Site

The week before last our website recorded the highest number of visits for a single week since it was set up three years ago. It was visited 109 times in the week, which is an average of sixteen visits a day. It is a great means of communicating with the club and along with the Leitrim Observer it keeps our members in touch with what is happening with the weekly news. Since it was set up three years ago the site has been viewed over 8,500 times. The address is


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,700. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Jackie’s. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Seán Ó Suilleabháin, Liz Gill, Fenagh, Martina Farry, Lahard, Padraig MacDhorchaidh, Maura Sweeney, Mike Mulcahy, Tipperary. Winners of €20 each sponsored by Terry and Agnes Shortt: Tom Burns and John Harte. Uimhreacha: 60724531


Scealta na Seachtaine – 11 Mean Fomh. 2006

Seniors Out of Championship

We made our exit from the senior championship on Saturday last, losing by 2-9 to 1-4 to Mohill. Overall Mohill were the better team but the game was closer than the scoreline suggests. A rather soft goal in the first minute set us back but the team didn’t let this get them down and before ten minutes we were level at 1-1, thanks to a penalty and a free both scored by Paul Prior. However with just three points between the teams and half time approaching we were rocked by another Mohill goal.

In fairness the team played their hearths out in the second half and while we only got two points in the second half, Mohill only got three. The most telling point was that we failed to score from play over the entire hour with Paul Prior getting 1-2 from placed balls and Anton Arandelovic getting the other two points from frees. However one cannot forget the effort put in by the players, their manager and selectors over the past months. One needs that bit of luck to win any game and it didn’t fall our way on Saturday. The fact too is that Mohill are a good team and it will be no surprise if they are there or thereabouts when the Fenagh Cup is handed over in a few weeks time. We wish them the best of luck.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Shane Ferguson, John McWeeney, Patrick McLoughlin, Liam Ferguson, Ciaran Murray, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Anton Arandelovic (0-2), Thomas McLoughlin. Rory O’Rourke, Paul Prior (1-2), Paul McLoughlin, Peter Dolan, Anthony McTague, Seán Murray. Subs: Ray Logan, Ronan O’Rourke, Adrian Gallogly.

 Ladies Football

The Minors were well beaten in the 9 a side final on Sunday by Aughawillan: The panel on duty was: Carol O’Connor, Maeve Murphy, Kirby Gilgunn, Claire Fanning, Katie Duignan, Michelle Fanning, Deborah Gilheaney, Orla McWeeney, Caroline McGrory, Catherine Smith, Erin Gilheany, Kate McTague, Emma Reynolds, Laura Brennan, Aoife Smith, Rowena O’Rourke, Aisling Duignan, Lauren McGrory

Under 16 Girls

The under 16 girls played their first game in the 9 a side championship against Annaduff last Tuesday evening. On a terrible evening this turned out to be a close game with O’Heslins winning by 1-7 to 2-1. On Thursday evening the girls played Aughnasheelin.  On a fine evening this was a good game of football with great scores from both teams. Ballinamore won by 5-10 to 1-10. Team and scores in this game: Louise Farry, Claire Fanning, Capt., Lauren McGrory, Ciara O’Dowd (3-1), Catherine Smith, Katie Duignan (1-4), Emma Reynolds, Deborah Gilheaney (1-3), Erin Gilheany, Subs: Aisling Duignan, Ciara Martin, Sinéad Flynn, Bronagh Grey, Róisín McTague. Next game is against Allen Gaels on Tuesday 19 Sept in Ballinamore

Cailíní Liatroma Abu


Comhghairdeas do chailíní Liatroma as ucht a mbua sa chluiche leath-cheannais ar an Satharn seo caite. We wish them the best of luck in the final and no doubt a great crowd will travel from Ballinamore to Croke Park for the final.

Playing in Croke Park

Brian Banks will be playing in the INTO mini sevens games in Croke Park on Sunday. It is a wonderful occasion for a Ballinamore youngster to be playing in Páirc an Chrócaigh on All Ireland day. Bain taitneamh as Brian.

Ballinamore Men in Warwickshire and Pennsylvania

While our seniors and juniors were slogging it out in championship fare at home it is great to hear of Ballinamore men playing abroad. On Sunday last Peter McLoughlin from Tarmon won a Warwickshire Intermediate championship playing with St Mary’s from Wolverhampton. Peter played at midfield and score 1-1 in the final against Mitchell’s. Before he left for England Peter was the regular full back on our senior team. Well done Peter.

The previous weekend Finnian Sharpley and David Duignan were playing in the North American Finals. They had already won a Californian Championship with their club, The Celts. The North American Finals were in Philadelphia and they beat Philadelphia in the semi final but lost to Chicago in the Final. Great to see the Peil Gaelach being played in such far-flung places.


Sympathy is extended to the Clyne Family, Lahard on the recent death of Jimmy Clyne. Also to the Flynn Family, Cornageeragh on the death of Tom Palmer in Dublin.

All Ireland Premium Tickets.

Paid up club members who wish to be in the draw for the club’s two premium tickets, please contact Conor Harte or Paddy O’Connor immediately as the draw will take place tonight, Wednesday. The person drawn will pay face value for the tickets.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,500. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Shortt’s. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Margaret McKeon, Aisling Quinn, Drumlonan, Gavin Warrington, Newtowngore, Ciaran Maxwell, Benny Connolly, Kevin Turbitt. Buidéal vodka ó Freddie agus Mary Walsh: Paddy McGourty. Uimhreacha: 57163402


Scealta na Seachtaine – 4 Mean Fomh. 2006

All Ireland Premium Tickets.

Paid up club members who wish to be in the draw for the club’s two premium tickets, please contact Conor Harte or Paddy O’Connor immediately as the draw will take place on Wednesday 13. The person drawn will pay face value for the tickets.

Senior Quarter Final

We play Mohill in the Senior Championship Quarter-final in Cloone on Saturday at 6.15. This is the biggest one so far and we urge all our supporters to be there.

Oughteragh Gaels are Minor Champions

The Minor Championship came to Ballinamore for the 21st time on Wednesday last when Oughteragh Gaels beat St Mary’s in the rain in Páirc Seán. Yes it was our twenty-first success, the last three coming by way of amalgamation with Aughnasheelin, as Oughteragh Gaels. In the end it was a fairly clear-cut victory but you really could not bank on it until Fergal Earley got a goal with some minutes left in the game.

The Gaels did not play well in the first half and struggled to remain in contention. Scores were hard to come by and we relied completely on the free-taking of Damien Gilheany and Wayne McKeon. Two points each from the two free-takers gave us four points to St Mary’s six at half time. Oughteragh Gaels performed magnificently in the second half, a different team entirely. Wayne McKeon score three points, the third a great one. John Christie got another great point and Gavin Sammon scored a beauty from near the end line. Damien Gilheany pointed a free and then Fergal Earley did great work to get to the ball ahead of the goalie and a defender to punch to the net. A point from Wayne McKeon put the icing on the cake.

Yes there was great jubilation as Oughteragh Gaels took the title again, the third time for this combination to take the Minor title, the other occasions being in 1993 and 2002. Congratulations to team mentors Gavin McWeeney, Padraig McKeon and Niall Murray.

Foireann: Philip Farrelly (B) Sean McWeeney (A), Joseph Murphy (B), Kevin Prior (B), Philip Murphy (B), Jim McTague (B), Joseph McGirl (A), Fergal McManus (A), Wayne McKeon (B) (0-6), Enda Quinn (B), Michael Costello (B), John Christie (B) (0-1), Shane Murphy (B), Damien Gilheany (A) (0-3), Fergal Earley (A) (1-0). Subs used: Gavin Sammon (A) (0-1), David Leyden (B). Other subs: Colm McGirl, Brendan Mulvey, Paul Earley, Patrick McManus, (All Aughnasheelin), Darren Reynolds, Stephen Rymer Thompson, Shane McWeeney, Stephen Beirne, Éamon Walsh, Seamus Donnelly (All Ballinamore)

Seniors Lose to St Mary’s

The fact that they were already through to the quarter finals plus the absence of a couple of players through injury may have affected our chances going into this game, but it certainly was a poor game with little or no atmosphere. St Mary’s also got a snap goal within minutes which didn’t help matters either. At half-time it was 2-4 to 0-3 and with nothing at stage only status one wasn’t expecting fireworks in the second half. Paul Prior kept putting over the odd free and at that stage it was time to give subs a chance as the inevitability of the outcome became clear. It finished 3-11 to 0-7 and after four weeks of inactivity it was good to get a game but the real test will be next weekend as we face Mohill in the quarter final.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Paddy McLoughlin, Johnny McWeeney, Liam Ferguson, Ciaran Murray (0-1), Joe Honeyman, Paul McLoughlin, Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Anthony McTague, Paul Prior (0-4), Brian Cafferty, Rory O’Rourke, Adrian Gallogly, Ronan O’Rourke. Subs: Peter Dolan (0-1), James McWeeney, Shane Ferguson, Ronan Sharpley

Defeat in Junior A Championship Semi-Final

After a great run in the Junior A Championship, beating Mohill, Eslin and Aughavas we lost to a better team on Sunday. Annaduff weren’t just a better team, they really were in a different class. Of course it could be that our defeats in Senior and Junior C the night before cast a shadow over our performance and a sense of demoralisation pervaded the team. Whatever it was, and time will tell, we were well beaten in this game. Annaduff were stronger and if there was a weigh-in before the start the handicapper would be adding stones and not pounds to our tackle. We kept with Annaduff for twenty minutes and were level at three points each, but the gap opened gradually. The best indication of the difference was that Anthony Curran’s point in the twelfth minute was the only score we got from play and James McWeeney got the other four from frees. Annaduff scored 1-9 from play. It finished 1-13 to 0-5. Sin mar a bhí an scéal.

One must compliment team mentors Adrian Smith and Paddy Prior on looking after this team and there is still the Junior Shield to be played for in the League.

Foireann: Padraig McKeon, Joe McTague, Gavin Brennan, Freddie Walsh, Wayne McKeon, Shane Ferguson, Philip Murphy, Ronan Sharpley, Aidan Galligan, James McWeeney (0-4), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Shane Murphy, David Earley, Peter Dolan, Anthony Curran (0-1). Subs: Peter Reynolds, Diarmuid Keegan.

Junior C Championship Semi-Final

While our Seniors and Junior A team were both well beaten at the weekend, it was a different story with our second junior team and certainly the score-line dosn’t tell the full story at all. The score board says they lost by seven points, 4-8 to 0-13, but really they were the better team for most of this game and but for an outstanding final five minutes from Aughnasheelin they would have at least gained a draw. It was the best match of the ones we witnessed at the weekend. A most unusual setting: under lights in Cloone in the pouring rain but you could stand in your shirt in the stand in Cloone with the temperature high and the atmosphere good. Indeed it was unusual to see a bigger and more excited crowd for a Junior C game than was there for the Senior Championship double that preceded it. However, there has been a great rivalry between Ballinamore and Aughnasheelin at this level for the past couple of years and that has created great interest in their encounters.

The difference in this game was goals and Aughnasheelin got all of them. The first two were of the soft variety as befitted the wet evening. The first one came in the first half but we got over that with some outstanding scores from Anthony Curran, Peter Reynolds, Brian Breen, Shane Harte and Michael Costello. At half time we led by 0-9 to 1-5. Within minutes of the restart Aughnasheelin got another rather fortunate goal and we were behind again. However some outstanding points form Adrian Smith and Shane Harte brought us back level at 0-13 to 2-7 with five minutes remaining. It looked like finishing a draw or maybe we could squeeze a winner. Then Aughnasheelin struck oil. A point and then two goals within minutes agus b’sin é.

There were some outstanding performances in this game from Francis Dolan, Kevin Prior, Peter Reynolds, Adrian Smith and Anthony Curran in particular but really it was a most enjoyable game to watch and the best of luck to Aughnasheelin in the Final.

Well done to Tommy Dolan and Adrian Murphy who already won the Division 5 league and brought this team to a semi-final. Up to last year we could not field a team in the Junior C championship so this is real progress. The strength of playing numbers in the club was also evident at the weekend as over 50 players togged out between the three games. Long may it continue.

Foireann: Michael Dolan, Joseph Murphy, Francis Dolan, John Galligan, Kevin Prior, Freddie Walsh, Diarmuid Keegan, Peter Reynolds (0-1), Adrian Smith (0-3), Shane Harte (0-2), Anthony Curran (0-3), Michael Costello (0-1), Seán McCartin, Brian Breen (0-3), Daryl McFarland. Subs: Adrian Murphy and Conor Mahon

Under 16 Football

Our under 16s had a great start to the Championship with two wins out of two They played their first game last Friday and beat Dromahair on a score of 0-16 to 1-9. The team on duty was: Philip Farrelly, Eoin McHugh, David Leyden, Éamon Walsh, Enda Quinn, Seamus Donnelly, Matthew Murphy, Jim McTague, John Christie, Shane McWeeney, Stephen Beirne, Shane Moran, Barry Flynn, Conor McTague, Brian Beirne. Subs: J Fanning, S McTague, A Burns, J Boyle, D Creaven. On Monday last they beat St Mary’s by 2-4 to 0-5. Finbar Smith and Stephen Beirne got the crucial goals.

Ladies Football

Lots of games coming up. Minor 9 a side Final is in Ballinamore on Sunday at 1.00 against Aughawillan. The under 16s play Aughnasheelin in Aughnasheelin in the 9 a side on this Thursday at 7.00. Their next game is on Tuesday next the 12 Sept in Cloone against Cloone. Finally the Junior semi final against Fenagh is on Sunday week, 16 Sept. Check fixtures for venue. The Ladies Co Board are running a big draw with €50 tickets. They will be on sale soon so please support their efforts.

Club Executive

Club Executive meeting this Friday in the Library at 9.00


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,400. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Commercial. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Seamus Mac Murchaidh, Stephen Proctor, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Lilly Leddy, Gubbs, Sean Corr, 7 Páirc Feá, Louise McGoldrick, Garadise, Maria Harte, Lahard.  Uimhreacha:21670543. Winner of€50 in the Park Development draw: David McTiernan


Scealta na Seachtaine – 28 Lunasa 2006

Senior and Junior Championships

Our seniors play St Mary’s in the championship on Saturday in Cloone at 6.30. At the time of writing both our junior teams are down to play on Sunday morning in the championship semi-finals. However, check with club officials regarding those fixtures.

Minor Championship Final

Oughteragh Gaels will face St Mary’s in the Minor Championship Final on Wednesday next in Páirc Seán at 7.00 .

Juniors As in Championship Semi-Final

Our Junior As followed the example of the Junior Bs a week earlier by qualifying for the Semi-final with a decisive win over Aughavas on Saturday evening in Cloone. It was a bit easier than expected as we led by 0-8 to no score at half time. Aughavas did come into it a bit more in the second half but we were never really in trouble and won by 0-14 to 1-2 at the finish.

What was really impressive about this display was that thirteen of those fourteen points came from play and some of them were really outstanding. Peter Dolan’s point in the first half, a long run by Philip Murphy after half time finished for a point, a good catch followed by a good point from Gordon Hughes, a point from fifty yards out from James McWeeney and another great run and a point from fully fifty yards from Peter Dolan, all in the second half. Overall, James McWeeney was in great scoring form, as were Shane Murphy, Peter Dolan and Gordon Hughes. It was also significant to see halfbacks Shane Ferguson and Philip Murphy coming up to score points. Peter Reynolds had the ball in the net for a replica of his goal against Eslin, but this time he was deemed to be in the square. However, with two auctioneers in the full forward line we were onto a winner! Now it is on to meet Annaduff in the semi-final.

Foireann: Padraig McKeon, Francis Dolan, Gavin Brennan, Joe McTague, Wayne McKeon, Shane Ferguson (0-1), Philip Murphy (0-1), Peter Dolan (0-2), Ronan Sharpley, Shane Murphy (0-2), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, James McWeeney (0-5), Gordon Hughes (0-2), Aidan Galligan (0-1), Tommy McCormack. Subs: Kevin Prior, Peter Reynolds, David Earley, Michael Costello and Darren Reynolds

Playing in Croke Park

Congratulations to Stephen McTague who played in the Dublin jersey in Croke Park in the INTO Mini games last Sunday. Also to Kevin Banks who has been selected to play in the same games during the All Ireland Football Finals. Good also to see at least one Sean O’Heslin’s man, Liam Ferguson, on the Leitrim panel for the Tommy Murphy Cup Final last Sunday.

Sponsors for Playing gear required

With so much fund raising required for Park development the club are looking for sponsors for club gear, kit bags, polo shirts, tops etc. If you can help please ring Conor Harte, Paddy O’Connor or Anne Shanley


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,300. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Boby Joe’s. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Damien Flynn, Peter Honeyman, Sean McManus c/o Boxmore, Elaoishe Martin, Kiltymooden, Joe Fox, Corraleehan, Martin Beirne, Miscawn.  Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Damien Flynn: Margaret McKeon.  Uimhreacha: 53627014

Scealta na Seachtaine – 21 Lunasa 2006


Our Juniors A team play Aughavas in the quarter-final of the Junior A championship in Cloone on Saturday at 5.00. Supporters please be there.

Third Team progress in Junior Championship

Our third adult team, playing in the Junior B Championship, won their quarter-final match against Eslin on Sunday. After our Seniors and Junior A team qualifying for their respective quarter-finals, it fell to our third team to be the first to reach a semi-final. It was indeed an achievement for Tommy Dolan, Adrian Smith and Michael Quinn to manage to field a full team and have a couple of subs and not a bad team at that. Eslin too deserve great credit for fielding a full team and a sign of the times was to see a Polish man in their ranks.

From early on we seemed to have the upperhand. Barney Breen got an early point and when Daryl McFarland hit the net twice within five minutes the writing was on the wall for Eslin. Daryl’s first goal was a brilliant one and Adrian Smith, Barney Breen and Shane Harte got further points to leave us leading by 2-4 to 0-1 at half time. If Daryl McFarland was the star of the first half, Sean McCartin was the star of the second half. He rattled the net within minutes of the restart and he got two other good points before the finish. In between Shane Harte got two points and, for a man who hasn’t played all year, he certainly made his mark. Eslin finished well when the game was well and truly lost, getting a goal and three points to leave it at the finish 3-8 to 1-4. This team now face Aughnasheelin in the semi-final and they certainly will give it a good rattle.

Foireann: Conor Harte, Joseph Murphy, Francis Dolan, John Galligan, Kevin Prior, Freddie Walsh, Diarmuid Keegan, Peter Reynolds, Jason Kellett, Daryl McFarland (2-0), Adrian Smith (0-1), Michael Costello, Tommy McCormack Brian Breen (0-2), Sean McCartin (1-2). Subs: Shane Harte (0-3), Adrian Murphy

Minor Championship Final

Oughteragh Gaels will face St Mary’s in the Minor Championship Final which has been fixed for Wednesday of next week. Please check fixtures for venue and time.

Tickets for Croke Park on Sunday

All those who have ordered tickets for Croke Park on Sunday please collect them and pay for them between 9 and 10 o’clock tonight, Wednesday, in Gay Priors. Please note there are no further tickets available except those already ordered.

Ballinamore Men win Californian Championship

In far-off California the Celts won the Californian state Championship on Sunday last. Two Ballinamore men were playing for the winning Celts team: Finnian Sharpley and David Duignan. The Celts now go on to play in the North American finals in Philadelphia on what is known as Labour week-end, the first weekend in September. David and Finnian’s team had to play seven games including the final, to win the Californian title. It is ironic indeed that since Finnian and David left Ireland on 5 June their colleagues on the Seán O’Heslin’s senior team have played just two competitive matches, while they have played seven.  David and Finnian had planned to return on 1 September but because of their teams involvement in Philadelphia on that week-end they are extending their stay by one week. Good luck to the lads and their team in the North American Finals. Once again great to see the extent of Sean O’Heslins participation in the universal movement that is now Gaelic games.

Premium Tickets for Hurling Final

As in previous years, club members can put their name in for a draw for the club’s two premium tickets for the hurling final. The person pulled out will pay the face value for the tickets. If you wish to have your name in the hat please contact Conor Harte by next Monday at the latest.

Leitrim Abú – Fir agus Mná

Best of luck to Leitrim on Sunday. Tá sé iontach maith go mbeidh Liatroim ag imirt i bPáirc an Chrócaigh arís. Indeed it could be a double year for Leitrim in Croke Park with the ladies on course for a Junior Final. Well done to them too and to Sarah McLoughlin who got a crucial goal.

Gary Flynn Tournament

Ballinamore won the annual Gary Flynn Tournament during the Festival. They drew with Lisnaskea, 2-4 each. Aughawillan beat Lisnaskea and then Ballinamore beat Aughawillan by 3-3 to 2-0 to win the competition. Medals were presented to the winning Ballinamore team.

Under 12 Football

The under 12s drew with Drumreilly on Monday last. Thir team on duty was: Jack Bagge, Brian Banks, Jack Cullen, Conor O’Brien, Dean McGovern, Mark McGrory, Keelan McHugh, Kevin Banks, Nathan Gallagher, Luke Murphy, Cian McCaffrey, Conor Moran, Patrick Connaughton, Cian Reynolds, Donal Feely, Conor Maxwell, Peter Reynolds

Family Fun day

Míle Buíochas to everyone who helped with the very enjoyable Family Fun Day on Wednesday last


Best wishes to Ruth McLoughlin and Ashley who are getting married in England this weekend.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,200. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa Waterways Bar. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Seán Ó Suilleabháin, James O’Connor, Margaret Rafferty, Drumshanbo, Andy Duffy, Gerard Farry, Barbara Cullen c/o Christina McTiernan, Oughteragh.  Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Ciaran Smyth: Sean Mac Con Dubh Uimhreacha: 51703426


Scealta na Seachtaine 14 Lunasa 2006


Good Win for Juniors over Eslin

Our Junior A team booked their place in the quarter finals of the championship with a hard-earned win over Eslin in Cloone on Saturday. At half time, with Eslin leading by 0-7 to 0-4, it didn’t look like we could win it.  We had got points from Shane Murphy and Ronan Sharpley and pointed frees from Peter Dolan and James McWeeney but we were struggling just to keep in touch.

However, O’Heslins put up a great performance in the second half and the turning point came when we were still three points down and a high ball into the square was fumbled by two Eslin players. Peter Reynolds, who had come on as a sub, was on hand to pounce on the ball and finish to the net. This was really the score we needed and although Eslin kept getting points, as the game went on the more we looked like winning. Peter Dolan got one exceptional point to put us in the lead and at one stage James McWeeney pointed from a free to put us two ahead. However, Eslin got the last point which only shaved the crossbar.  It finished 1-9 to 0-11. This was a hard-won victory that puts us top of the group and it would not be any surprise if we meet Eslin again further on in the championship. It was a good team performance but Gavin Brennan had an exceptional game at full back, Ronan Sharpley made up for the absence through injury of Aidan Galligan at midfield. Peter Dolan kicked a few great points and James McWeeney was accurate from loon-range frees. In the finish it was Peter Reynolds’ goal which made the difference.

Foireann: Padraig McKeon, Kevin O’Connor, Gavin Brennan, Joe McTague, Freddie Walsh, Shane Ferguson, Wayne McKeon, Peter Dolan (0-3), Ronan Sharpley (0-1), Shane Murphy (0-1), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, James McWeeney (0-4), Tommy McCormack, Anthony Curran, Gordon Hughes. Subs: Peter Reynolds (1-0), Diarmuid Keegan

Junior C Championship

Our Junior B team enter the Championship on Sunday when they play Eslin in Fenagh at 12.00. All players eligible are urged to be out on time for this game.

Family Fun Day in the Park

On today Wednesday there will be a Family Day in the Park for all our underage players and their parents from 4-7pm. There will be a Barbeque for all underage players boys and girls up to 16 as well as their parents. There will also be fun and games. All underage players and parents are invited to attend.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,100. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa Siopa Ól. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Sean Mac Con Dubh, Margaret Flanagan, Church St, Walter Sharpley, Irene Donegan, Drumcoora, Martina Duffy, Mullingar, Gordon Hughes.  Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Frank and Ita Flynn: Séamus Prior. Uimhreacha: 40326751.


Sympathy is extended to the Cronin family, Killaneen on the death of Gabriel’s mother, Chris, in Limerick.

 Under 12 Football

The under 12s were beaten by Manorhamilton last friday. Their next game is against Carrigallen

Golf Classic

Míle buíochas to everyone who helped with the Golf Classic. Especial thanks to Peter Reynolds Auctioneering and Valuations, the main sponsors of the event. Thanks also to Ballinamore Golf club for putting their facilities at our disposal.


Scealta na Seachtaine 7 Lunasa 2006

 Tosnú maith leat na hoibre! 

Both our Seniors and Juniors won their first rounds in the Senior and Junior Championships respectively. Our seniors beat Gortletteragh by a point and our Junior A team playing in the Junior Championship beat Mohill by seven points.

Victory in Senior Championship First Round.

What a difference a point can make! A one-point victory for our seniors over Gortletteragh in Cloone on Saturday evening last was more than a simple victory. In one stroke it guaranteed that we will be competing in Senior Championship football in 2007 and it also gave us a place in the quarter finals this year, irrespective of the result of our next game against St Mary’s. In the end it was as close as you can get, with Gortletteragh coming back from three points down to just one in the last couple of minutes. However, our lads fought a great fight to the finish and were deserving winners in the end.

It was a game laden with frees and Paul Prior was in great free-taking form, pointing four in the first half and getting one from play. Sean Murray and Ronan O’Rourke got one each and we led by 0-7 to 0-5 at half time. The second half was much the same with Paul Prior pointing three frees and then Anton Arandelovic pointed a really difficult one from the wing. The final point was one from Anton from play. It finished 0-12 to 0-11. It was a day when everyone pulled their weight and while we did get three points ahead on a few occasions, Gortletteragh always came back. However, a point is the same as ten and it was great relief to realize we are already in the quarter finals. Well done to all the players and to Ray Logan and Paul McLoughlin who were called into action due to injuries to Thomas McLoughlin and Brian Cafferty. We hope Thomas and Brian will be fit and well again for the next day.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Paddy McLoughlin, Johnny McWeeney, Liam Ferguson, Ciaran Murray, Anthony McTague, Thomas McLoughlin (Capt), Anton Arandelovic (0-2), Ronan O’Rourke (0-1), Paul Prior (0-8), Brian Cafferty, Rory O’Rourke, Adrian Gallogly, Seán Murray (0-1). Subs: Ray Logan and Paul McLoughlin.

Juniors Cross First Hurdle in Championship

Our second team, playing in the Junior A Championship this year, had a good win over Mohill in Cloone on Sunday. This was a very good performance against a good Mohill team and on the evidence of this game Ballinamore will give this competition a good run this year. Early on it was point for point with James McWeeney and Shane Murphy getting two each and Wayne McKeon and Ronan Sharpley one each. Then the score that probably changed the game, a great goal finished by Peter Dolan. It was followed by a good long-range point from Cormac Ó Suilleabháin and another before half time from Gordon Hughes. At half time Ballinamore led by 1-8 to 0-5.

Mohill never gave up in the second half but Ronan Sharpley and Peter Dolan got two exceptional points to settle things for us. Wayne McKeon pointed a free and Shane Ferguson got our final point to leave us winning by 1-12 to 0-8. Significantly all of our scores, bar one point, came from play. The full back line of Kevin O’Connor, Gavin Brennan and Joseph Murphy played exceptionally well. Wayne McKeon made some great forays into attack. Peter Dolan had a very good game at midfield and the forwards all contributed with Shane Murphy playing exceptionally well.

Foireann: Padraig McKeon, Kevin O’Connor, Gavin Brennan, Joe McTague, Philip Murphy, Shane Ferguson (0-1), Wayne McKeon (0-2), Aidan Galligan, Peter Dolan (1-2), Shane Murphy (0-2), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (0-1), Alan Prior, Gordon Hughes (0-1), Ronan Sharpley (0-1), James McWeeney (0-2). Sub: David Earley

Hurlers Visit Croke Park

Our under 16 and under 14 hurlers visited Croke Park for the All Ireland Hurling semi-final last Sunday accompanied by Paddy O’Connor, Diarmuid McCaffrey and Colm O’Reilly. Twenty-seven hurlers made the trip and had a great day watching a wonderful game between Cork and Waterford.

Golf Classic

The Club’s Golf Classic is in Ballinamore Golf Club on Saturday next. There are a couple of Early Bird tee times left between 8.30 and 9.30 and these are available at a reduced entry fee of €200. If you wish to avail of them please contact Conor Harte at 086-1706271.

Under 12 Football

Under 12s lost to St Mary’s last Friday by three points. However they were short a few players on the night. They play Glencar/Manorhamilton in the Park on this Friday at 7.00

Premium Tickets 

Club members wishing to avail of Premium tickets for next weekend’s games in Croke Park please contact Conor Harte to enter your name.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the Wrynn Family on the sudden death of Síle Wrynn at the weekend. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthí.

Race Night Unclaimed Prizes: Airgead le fáil!

There are three winners of €30 each who have not been identified since the Race Night some weeks ago and the organizers have not been able to give them their winnings. Maybe the persons who sold the horses might recognize them. They are: Michael Ranger, Noel Rooney and Sarah Conefrey. If you know who any of them are, cur glaoch  ar Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin ag 087-2488875.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €9,000. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn i Pat Joe’s. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Tom Burns, Phil Rowley, Dublin, Seán McCartin, Aughavas, Helen Doherty, Johnny Martin, John Ryan. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Gay Prior: Noel Sweeney. Uimhreacha: 01263745. Winner of €50 in the monthly Park Development Draw: Caitlín Martin.


Scealta na Seachtaine 31 Iuil 2006


Great Weekend for Juniors and Ladies

It turned out one of those great weekends for the club with the Junior Ladies winning the 9 a side League on Saturday and the Junior men’s team winning the Division 5 League on Sunday. Both were winning these titles after a few disappointments over the past couple of years. There were rounds of the town and celebrations on both occasions and hopefully there will be more of the same before the year is out.

Senior Championship

On Saturday next we take the field in the first round of the Senior championship in Cloone at 7.30. Gortletteragh are our opponents. On Sunday at 1.00pm in Cloone our Juniors play their first round of the championship against Mohill. Support would be greatly appreciated.

Junior B team Wins Division 5 league.

This time last year this team suffered the disappointment of losing to Aughnasheelin in a replay in the corresponding League Final. This year there was to be no repeat as they scored an emphatic win over Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher in Páirc Seán.

Things went right for O’Heslins from the very start. There was a very strong breeze blowing straight down the field.  It is always a great advantage to be against the breeze for the first half and O’Heslins were fortunate to win the toss and elected to play against the very strong breeze. Anthony Curran got the first score of the game after three minutes. Glenfarne got the next three points to lead by 0-3 to 0-1 after seven minutes. Amazingly Glenfarne were not to score again until the fifteenth minute of the second half. Five further points followed for O’Heslins, from Shane Murphy, Anthony Curran, Ronan O’Rourke and two from Peter Dolan to leave us in a happy position of leading by 0-6 to 0-3 at half time with the wind behind us for the second half.

O’Heslins were dominating early on in the second half but hit a lot of wides. However Cormac Ó Suilleabháin got the first point, Peter Dolan got another and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin got a particularly good point to put us six points ahead. It was looking good at this stage but then Glenfarne made a great comeback. They got a goal after about fifteen minutes and a point a minute later. Indeed they very nearly got another goal at this stage and all of a sudden there was only two points in it. Then came the best move of the match, as good as you would see anywhere. It started with Francis Dolan and ended with Wayne McKeon scoring a wonder goal which finished Glenfarne’s comeback. Peter Dolan from a free, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ronan O’Rourke and Wayne McKeon got points to leave it 1-13 to 1-4 at the finish.

Overall it was a wonderful team effort. Michael Dolan made one particularly brilliant save before half time and played well all through. Diarmuid Keegan, Francis Dolan and Joe McTague were sound all through. Wayne McKeon’s  made some great fetches and his goal was the deciding score of the game, Freddie Walsh and Kevin O’Connor let nothing past them. At midfield Aidan Galligan and Peter Dolan dominated all through. Both Shane and Philip Murphy were a constant threat to the Glenfarne defence. Adrian Gallogly and Ronan O’Rourke were out to every ball that came their way. Cormac Ó Suilleabháin got three great points in the second half. Anthony Curran fitted in great as a corner forward. Yes it was a win to savour and the rain stayed away until just after the Captain, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin got the cup from Co Board Vice Chairman, Peter Flynn. Great credit is due to team mentors Tommy Dolan and Adrian Murphy who have been in charge of this team for the past couple of years. It was also great to see such a panel of players available. Our thanks to Glenfarne/Kilty for a very sporting game and we know it is always disappointing to lose a final. Indeed we had the same experience ourselves last year.

Foireann: Michael Dolan, Diarmuid Keegan, Francis Dolan, Joe McTague, Wayne McKeon (1-1), Freddie Walsh, Kevin O’Connor, Aidan Galligan, Peter Dolan (0-4), Shane Murphy (0-1), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (0-3), Philip Murphy, Anthony Curran (0-2), Adrian Gallogly, Ronan O’Rourke (0-2). Subs used: Tommy McCormack, Gordon Hughes, Joseph Murphy. Other subs available on Sunday: Padraig McKeon, Kevin Prior, Peter Reynolds, David Earley, Ciaran Maxwell, Michael Costello, Seán McCartin, Daryl McFarland, Daren Reynolds, John Galligan.

Ladies Take Junior 9 a side Final

On Saturday evening last the Sean O’Heslins ladies played Fenagh in the 9 a side final in Aughavas. This was the girls’ third year to be in the 9 a side final and while they won in 2004 they were beaten in last year’s final. The girls were determined to go one better this year. With the aid of a strong wind they got off to a great start with a goal and a point from Carmel McCartin and a further two points from the captain, Deborah Gilheany. The girls dominated the first half but they missed a lot of chances and led by 1-3 to 0-1 at half time. Would it be enough with the wind against them for the second half?

After half time Fenagh came out in determined mood and got the first few scores of the half. They got close to goal on a few occasions and only for two great saves from Carol O’Connor it could have been serious trouble. Then O’Heslins came back and three good points from Deborah Gilheaney insured that the girls would win with a score of 1-6 to 0-4. This was a great achievement for the girls and they certainly reserved their best football for this game. It was a great all-round team performance with an outstanding display in defence from Maeve Murphy, the popular choice for player-of-the-match.  The girls can now look forward to the 13-a-side final on the 12 August. The girls would like to thank their supporters who came out to the game on Saturday and special praise must go to team mentors Sean Reynolds and Aisling Flaherty who have brought them to another victory.

Team and Scorers: Carol O’Connor, Maeve Murphy, Kirby Gilgunn, Rowena O’Rourke, Orla McWeeney, Carmel McCartin (1-1), Kate McTague, Deborah Gilheany (Capt) (0-5), Caroline McGrory. Aine Martin, Catherine Smith, Katie Duignan, Aisling Duignan, Emma Reynolds, Lauren McGrory, Claire Fanning, Laura Brennan, Ciara O’Dowd, Sinead Flynn, Aisling Flaherty.

Premium Tickets

With big games in Croke Park over the next two weekends, please contact Conor Harte if you want to avail of the club’s premium tickets. Open to paid-up club members only.

Golf Classic

The club’s annual Golf Classic is only a week away, on Saturday 12 August. Anyone wishing to sponsor a team or a tee or anyone who can organise the sponsorship of a team please contact Conor Harte at 086-1706271 as soon as possible. Conor will also give you a time on the time sheet.

Ladies Connacht Title

Comhghairdeas to the Leitrim Ladies on their Connacht win and special congratulations to Sarah McLoughlin who played her part in the victory.

Family Fun Day

The club are organizing a Family Fun Day for Wednesday 16 August during the Festival. Further details will be announced later.

Togs and Socks – Club Colours

Players both underage and adult, Boys and girls, men and ladies, have had difficulty in getting togs and socks in the club colours. Now the club has found a solution to the problem. A supply of socks and togs has been obtained and a set of togs and socks can be obtained for €15 from Alan Banks. If you want just a pair of socks or a pair of togs you can get these also, in whatever size you want. So contact Alan if you need either.

Underage News 

Oughteragh Gaels are in the Minor Final although they drew their last match against St Francis. They await a result against St Mary’s and Glencar/Manorhamilton. Under 12s play their first Championship match in the Park on Friday at 7.00 against St Mary’s. Under 14s lost their last match against Dromahair by a point.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,900. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn i Priors. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Seamus Mac Murchadha, Susan Moran, Willowfield Rd, Michael McGovern, Tonlagee, Catherine Benison, Lahard, Sean Logan, Gorvagh, Fiona Cafferty, Tarmon. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó David McCabe: Seamus MacMurchadha. Uimhreacha: 75012364


Scealta na Seachtaine 24 Iuil 2006


Junior League Final on Sunday

Our Juniors are playing in the Junior League Div 5 Final on Sunday against Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher in Páirc Seán MacDiarmada at 2.00. This is a big day for the Juniors so we would urge all our supporters to be there to support them.

Minor Football

Oughteragh Gaels play St Francis on this Friday evening. Check fixtures for time and venue

Under 14 Football

Under 14s beat Melvin Gaels for their first win in the Championship

Playing for the County

Good to see Sean O’Heslin’s well represented on County Underage teams this year. On the County Minor team in the Connacht Championship Wayne McKeon and Shane Murphy were on the team and Philip Farrelly and Philip Murphy were in the subs. On the County Under 16s, Philip Farrelly and Jim McTague and David Leyden were on the panel. Liam Ferguson was on the panel for the county senior football panel before the Connacht championship and Ciaran Maxwell was on the County Senior Hurling team.

The County under 16 hurlers played Sligo last weekend and the following players from the club were there: Seán McWeeney, Colm McGirl, Éamon Walsh, James Gallagher, Patrick McManus, Keith Boyle, Paul Earley (Captain), Enda Quinn. Many thanks to the parents who provided help and transport for the game.


Comhghairdeas to Geraldine McIntyre and Martin Cunnane on their marriage last Sunday. Go n-éirí go geal libh beirt.

Ladies football

The 9 a side final against Fenagh will be played on Saturday next at 8.00 in Aughnasheelin. The under 12 girls play St Josephs in Aughavas at 7.30 on Thursday.

Golf Classic

The club’s annual Golf Classic will be held in Ballinamore Golf club on Saturday 12 August. Anyone wishing to sponsor a team or a tee or anyone who can organise the sponsorship of a team please contact Conor Harte at  086-1706271  as soon as possible. Conor will also give you a time on the time sheet. This is another of the club’s big fundraising events and all sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.

Grass to take away

Each time the pitch is cut there is a lot of fresh grass available. If any farmer would like to arrange to take it away for cattle please contact Conor Harte or Paddy O’Connor.


Many thanks to all the people who turned out at short notice to help with stewarding for the Kiltubrid v Mohill match and all those who made themselves available for the church gate collection on the same evening. It is wonderful to have so many people willing to lend a hand when needed.

Tony Doran in Ballinamore

The legendary Wexford hurler Tony Doran and his wife were visiting Ballinamore at the weekend. Tony Doran won an All Ireland Senior medal with Wexford in 1968 and twenty-one years later, in 1989, he won an All Ireland club title with his club Buffers Alley. In between he was one of the greatest hurlers of all time. Tony stayed with the family of Mary Ann McBrien in San Francisco during one of the All Star visits in the 1970s and has kept contact since.

Please Shut the Gate.

The main gate into the car park side of the pitch is regularly left open. Would last person out after training sessions or after games, please close the sliding gate.

Lá Breithe

Comhghairdeas to Tomás Ó Moráin who celebrated a big birthday last week. According to John Harte it won’t be long now till he will be joining him on the free travel.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,800. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa Scoláire Bocht. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Mary Harte, Joe Feely, Christine Maxwell, Dromore, Sean McNiffe, Eugene Fee, Tommy Farry. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Liam Mac Fhearghail: Andy Duffy. Uimhreacha: 27613540.


Scealta na Seachtaine 17 Iuil 2006

 Juniors in Div 5 Final

Our Junior B team assured themselves of a place in the Division 5 league Final with a 2-9 to 0-9 over Bornacoola on Sunday last. The final game would have been against Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher but that game is now unnecessary, as both teams have qualified to meet in the Final.

Sunday’s game was crucial as a defeat would have meant that we would have to meet and beat or at least draw with Glenfarne in order to make the final. A win over Bornacoola would be more clear-cut. We started the game a number of players short from the previous week’s team that faced Aughnasheelin and it took a while to settle. Points came from Anthony Curran, Peter Dolan and Ronan O’Rourke but it took a goal from Gordon Hughes to settle things before half-time. We were also unlucky to hit the post three times but we led by 1-4 to 0-3 at half time.

In the second half Peter Dolan pointed and then Adrian Gallogly got a goal which really sealed it. Adrian got two further points and Ronan O’Rourke and Kevin O’Connor got one each to ensure victory. And so the final beckons and Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher will be the opposition.

Foireann: Michael Dolan, Michael Costello, Francis Dolan, Joseph McTague, Joe Murphy, Wayne McKeon, Philip Murphy, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Peter Dolan (0-2), Gordon Hughes (1-0), Anthony Curran (0-1), Shane Murphy, Ronan O’Rourke (0-3), Adrian Gallogly (1-2), Sean McCartin: Subs: Freddie Walsh, Kevin Prior, Alan Prior, Kevin O’Connor, Daryl McFarland.

 Junior Girls Beat Aughnasheelin 

Sean O’Heslins girls played Aughnasheelin in Aughnasheelin on Sunday morning last in very warm conditions. This turned out to be a very close game with the girls coming out on top. It was a very spirited performance by the girls who had five missing on the day. They were behind for most of the game and were four points down at one stage in the second half. Carol O’Connor made a great save with goal written all over it. She turned it over the bar and this lifted the girls. Ciara O’Dowd came on as a sub to score the goal that put us in front and then a great point by Orla McWeeney put us three up and we held on to win. The never-say-die spirit of the girls played a great part in this win.
Foireann:  Carol O’Connor, Claire Fanning, Áine Martin, Maeve Murphy, Kirby Gilgunn, Laura Brennan, Michell Fanning, Carmel McCartin (0-4), Orla McWeeney (0-2), Rowena O’Rourke, Caroline McGrory (0-1), Kate McTague (0-2), Catherine Smith, Ciara O’Dowd (1-0), Ciara Martin, Aisling Flaherty.

Under 14 Football

The under 14s were again depleted when the lost to Drumreilly on Monday night. Still they put up quite a good performance. They now play Melvin Gaels in Kinlough on Friday.

Minors win Again.

Oughteragh Gaels beat St Mary’s by three points on Monday last. On next Monday they play St Francis. Check fixtures for details.

Tickets for Croke Park

Any paid-up club member who wishes to avail of the club’s premium tickets for next Sunday’s hurling quarter finals, ring Conor Harte by Friday.

Golf Classic

The club’s annual Golf Classic will be held in Ballinamore Golf club on Friday 12 August. Anyone wishing to sponsor a team or anyone who can organise the sponsorship of a team please contact Conor Harte at  071-9644764  as soon as possible. Conor will also give you a time on the time sheet. This is another of the club’s big fundraising events and all sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.

Park Committee

Meeting in Siopa Tae on this Thursday at 9.30.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,700. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn i McGirls. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Tom Burns, Pamela McWeeney, Longstone, Alan Ó Bruacháin, Mary Prior. Tully, Adrian MacGabhann, Sráid Ard, Sean McCartin, Lahard. Uimhreacha: 62150473.


Scealta na Seachtaine 10 Iuil 2006

Juniors Victory Over Aughnasheelin

Our Junior B team had a most significant victory over Aughnasheelin in the Division 5 League on Saturday. This time last year, having reached the top of this league, we played Aughnasheelin in the Final. The first day we had it all but won when Aughnasheelin got a last second goal to level it. They won the replay in front of a big crowd in Ballinamore. Thus this year’s fixture was another big game for both teams, as defeat would put Aughnasheelin out and victory would almost assure us of a place in the final.

The first half was a close encounter and it was point for point. Shane Murphy got two points from play and Peter Dolan got three, two from frees. Then what turned out to be the turning point came when Cormac Ó Suilleabháin sent in a long ball which dropped under the crossbar for a goal. We were then five points up but Aughnasheelin took it back to three points before the break.

Early in the second half Michael Dolan made a great save in goals and after that Ballinamore really dominated. Ronan O’Rourke was in particularly good scoring form and he took over most of the freetaking. In all he scored four points from frees and one from play. Wayne McKeon also scored a good point. In the end it was a clear-cut 1-12 to 0-6 victory. It was a great all round performance with Kevin O’Connor in defence, Peter Dolan at midfield and Ronan O’Rourke in attack particularly outstanding.

Foireann: Michael Dolan, Diarmuid Keegan, Francis Dolan, Joe McTague, Wayne McKeon (0-1), Freddie Walsh, Kevin O’Connor, Aidan Galligan, Peter Dolan (0-4), Shane Murphy (0-2), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (1-0), Philip Murphy, Alan Prior, Adrian Gallogly, Ronan O’Rourke (0-5). Subs: Tommy McCormack, Gordon Hughes, Anthony Curran.


No details at time of writing but there will probably be a senior game against Drumkeerin and Division 5 game against Bornacoola at the weekend.

Junior Ladies

Sean O’Heslins junior ladies played Glenfarne in Glenfarne last Saturday on a wet and windy evening. The girls played good football in both halves and came away with a good win. Good to see some new players with the junior girls and some of the older ones coming back.

Team and scorers: Carol O’Connor, Clare Fanning, Clair McIntyre, Maeve Murphy, Kirby Gilgunn, Laura Brennan, Ciara O’Dowd (1-1), Michelle Fanning (1-1), Carmel McCartin (2-5), Rowena O’Rourke, (0-3), Gillian Leyden (2-5), Aisling Flaherty (0-3), Ciara Martin (0-1). Next game is against Aughnasheelin in Aughnasheelin at 12.00 on Sunday morning. Our minors play their first game at home on the 18 July against Kiltubrid at 7.00

Minors Win

Oughteragh Gaels had a comprehensive 1-16 to 0-5 win over Glencar/Manorhamilton in the first round of the Minor championship on Monday

Under 14s lose

The under 14 footballers lost heavily to Allen Gaels on Monday although they were level with them at half-time. There were short through injury and holidays agus buachaillí sa Ghaeltacht.

Páirc Nua

Our second pitch is coming on nicely with the top soil laid, the drainage complete and now the sand is being laid on top. Before long the grass will be sowed and hopefully it will be playable next year. The main pitch is looking immaculate and the general view is that it is now the best surface in the County.

Coaching for Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 hurlers.

There is hurling coaching on every Saturday morning at 10.00 in the Park for all players from Under 12 to under 16. This is open to players from the general area, not just Ballinamore. All are welcome.

Race Winner Sought

There is one winner of €30 from our race night that we havn’t been able to trace. The ticket says Sarah Conefrey and it may have been someone present on the night. However we do not know who it is. So if your name is Sarah Conefrey and you bought a horse for our race night please ring Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin at 087- 2488875 and you will get your €30.

Sarah McLoughlin in Croke Park

Nice to see Sarah McLoughlin representing Leitrim at the launch of the Ladies All Ireland Championships in Croke Park by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, last week. The same week her brother David was playing football in the INTO exhibition games at the interval of the Leitrim v Mayo game. Comhghairdeas don bheirt acú.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,600. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn i McAllisters. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Seán Ó Suilleabháin, Finbar Smith, Margaret McKeon, Michael Cunningham, Swanlinbar, Garret Moran, Adrian Smith. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Dick & Mgt Lawrence: James Murphy. Uimhreacha: 73025641.


The seniors play Carrigallen on Saturday in Carrigallen at 6.00

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Scealta na Seachtaine 3 Iuil 2006


First game in Minor Championship takes place this Wednesday at 7.00 in the Park, Oughteragh Gaels against Garadice Gaels.

Junior Bs play Aughnasheelin in the Park on Saturday at 7.00

Junior As beat Aughavas

On the hottest day of the summer our Junior As (Division 3) had a good win over Aughavas on Sunday. This was a very entertaining game with a very even first half. Shane Murphy opened the scoring with a point, further points followed from Adrian Gallogly, Peter Dolan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin and Peter Dolan again from a free. A great save from the Aughavas goalie denied Shane Murphy a goal but shortly after Cormac Ó Suilleabháin finished to the net for a goal after good work by Anton Arandelovic. Ronan O’Rourke and Shane Murphy got further points to leave it 1-7 to 1-4 in our favour at half-time.

The lead was gradually built up in the second half with points from Peter Dolan, Anton Arandelovic, Alan Prior and then an exceptional point from a side line kick from Anton. A goal finished by Anthony Curran put us in an unbeatable lead. However, Aughavas finished the better and in the end they got a goal from a penalty to leave it 2-13 to 2-9 in our favour at the finish. Ag an deireadh sin mar a bhí an scór. Good to see Michael Dolan back playing in goals after a long lay-off due to injury. Interesting too that all of the six forwards scored, one of the midfielders and two of the half backs.

Foireann: Michael Dolan, Freddie Walsh, Gavin Brennan, Kevin O’Connor, Diarmuid Keegan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin (0-1), Anthony Curran (1-0), Ray Logan, Anton Arandelovic (0-3), Alan Prior (0-1), Peter Dolan (0-3), Ronan O’Rourke (0-1), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (1-0), Adrian Gallogly (0-1), Shane Murphy (0-3). Subs: Philip Murphy

Under 12s Lose League Final

Our under 12s put in a great performance on Friday last in the under 12 final in Ballinaglera. However it was Glencar/Manorhamilton who were deserving winners by 2-9 to 1-7. The Ballinamore lads were unfortunate to concede a goal within minutes and that left them struggling to catch up. However, three points in succession from Mark McGrory and another from Nathan Gallagher brought it down to one at one stage. Luke Murphy got a further point to leave it 1-4 to 0-5 in Manorhamilton’s favour at half-time.

It is always a problem to have to face wind or sun in the second half when you are already behind, and the sun shone strongly in Ballinaglera on Friday. It was going to be uphill but despite a weak start to the second half they finished well. A point from Kevin Banks and a goal from Dean McGovern brought Ballinamore back into it but the Manor lads came back again to leave five points in it at the finish. An scór ag an deireadh, Gleann Chairthe/Cluainín 2-9 Sean Ó hEislin 1-7.

This team put in great performances throughout the league. They beat St Mary’s, Carrigallen and Dromahair and drew with Melvin Gaels and Manorhamilton, so they were unbeaten up to the final. They will no doubt be looking forward to the championship with confidence. Congratulations to Glencar/Manorhamilton and thanks also to the Ballinaglera club on the fine condition of their pitch and also to referee Tomás Forde who handled the game excellently.

Foireann: Jack Bagge, Brian Banks, Anthony Maguire, Michael O’Dell, Niall Creamer, Jack Cullen, Keelan McHugh, Mark McGrory (0-4), Kevin Banks (0-1), Nathan Gallagher (0-1), Colm O’Reilly, Cian Reynolds, Luke Murphy (0-1), Gerard Curran, Dean McGovern (1-0): Subs: Abdul Abdalla, Conor O’Brien, Michael Darcy, Evan Moran, Conor Maxwell, Conor Moran, Patrick Connaughton, Peter Reynolds, Cian McCaffrey, David Lenhardt, Noel Heavey, Joshua Gilheaney, Donal Feely.

Croke Park Premium Tickets

Anyone wishing to avail of club’s premium tickets for next Sunday’s Ulster Final or Sunday week’s Leinster Final please ring Conor Harte at 071-9644764 by Thursday before the game.

Tickets for Páirc Seán on Sunday

Tickets for the seated area for Sunday’s game Leitrim v Sligo will be available from Priors on Wednesday night (tonight) from 9.00pm. Tickets are not required in advance for standing up areas.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,500. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn i Lawrences. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Gene Moran, Myles McKiernan c/o Carmel Kelleher, Declan Moran, Aughnasheelin, Noel Sweeney, Maurice Freehill, Ballyconnell, Joe Fox, Corraleehan. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Jackie: Paddy McGourty. Uimhreacha: 43075162. Winner of Park development monthly draw for  €50: Gavin Brennan


Scealta na Seachtaine  26 Meitheamh 2006


Schools Champions – Wonderful Victory

Ballinamore Boys School had a wonderful victory over Leitrim NS in the Final of the Div 1 Schools Competition on Thursday last in Aughnasheelin. Just twelve months ago many of these young players suffered the disappointment of losing the final to Kinlough by a single point in a replay. This year they made sure of it at the first attempt.

Leitrim were first to score with a point, and then Mark McGrory leveled. Leitrim got the next point but Stephen McTague leveled again. It was score for score as Leitrim got another and Nathan Gallagher leveled again. Leitrim got the final point of the half to lead by 0-4 to 0-3 at half-time.

Stephen McTague leveled after half-time and then Nathan Gallagher got the goal which turned the game in Ballinamore’s favour. Points followed from Cyril Smith, Colm O`Reilly and Stephen McTague. Leitrim got a further point and Mark McGrory finished the scoring to leave it 1-9 to 0-5 at the finish. There was great excitement as Dessie Doyle presented the cup to the captain Stephen McTague. Great credit is due to Noel McKeon, school principal and to Séamus McTague for all the preparation they put into the team. This is a competition Ballinamore hadn’t won since 1998 and this is the fourth occasion Ballinamore has won the top title since the schools competitions started in 1982. The other successes were in 1989 and 1990.

Foireann: Daire McNiffe, Michael O’Dell, John Fanning, Anthony Maguire, Cyril Smith (0-1), David O’Connell, Jack Cullen, Mark McGrory (0-2), Stephen McTague (0-4), David McLoughlin, Andrew Burns, Kevin Banks, Nathan Gallagher (1-1), Cian Reynolds, Colm O’Reilly (0-1). Subs: Gerard Curran, Conor O’Brien, Jack Bagge, Conor Moran, Calumn Taylor, Niall Creamer, Evan Moran-King, Luke Murphy, Noel Heavey, Brian Banks, Cian McCaffrey.


Please see fixtures for details of weekend matches. There will probably be Junior games and maybe senior as well.

Junior Walk-over

Aughavas were unable to field a full team on Sunday morning last, so our Junior Bs got a walk-over.

Under 12 Final

The under 12s have qualified for the Division 1 League Final after a tough draw with Melvin Gaels in Kinlough last Friday. It was a great fight back after being eight points down at one stage. The final is against Manorhamilton in Ballinaglera this Friday evening. Check the fixtures for the definite time and all support would be very welcome

Liatroim – Rinne sibh go maith!

Well done to Liatroim on a fine performance in the game against Mayo. Overall it was a great occasion with one of the biggest crowds ever seen in Carrick. It should be another wonderful occasion against Sligo in Páirc Seán. The minors were unlucky on a few occasions but it could easily have been even closer in the end. Great to see Ballinamore well represented with Wayne McKeon and Shane Murphy on the team and both of them still eligible next year. We also had Philip Farrelly and Philip Murphy in the subs.

Rásaí Capall – Buíochas

Míle buíochas to everyone who helped with a wonderfully successful Race Night on Saturday last. With work now in progress on our second pitch it gives great encouragement to everyone concerned when a fundraiser goes off so well. Go raibh maith agaibh uile.


Sympathy to the McKiernan family, Kildorragh, on the death of Mrs. McKiernan last weekend. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthí


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,400. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn i Jackie’s. Bhuaigh na daoine seo €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Mona Creamer, Alice Costello, Fiona Cafferty, Mags Reilly, Swanlinbar, Margaret Flanagan, Church St, James Murphy. Duais €20 an duine ó Terry agus Agnes Shortt: Patsy Creamer agus Seán Ó Suilleabháin. Uimhreacha 31724605


Scealta na Seachtaine  19 Meitheamh 2006

Race Night

Saturday night is our big Race Night in Priors. This annual event on the eve of Leitrim’s first game in the Connacht Championship always brings a full house to Gay’s. If you have tickets still to sell please do so by Friday at the very latest. The Programme has to be printed so please have details of all horses and races sold to Anne Shanley or Conor Harte by Friday night. The first race will be at 10.30 on Saturday.

Senior Good Win Over Glenfarne

Our Seniors had a hard-earned win over Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher on Saturday last. We started slowly and were two points down at one stage. However, points from Sean Murray, three from Anton Arandelovic and two pointed frees from Paul Prior left us two up at half time 0-6 to 0-4.

We had an unfortunate start to the second half as Thomas McLoughlin, who had a wonderful game throughout, was unlucky to deflect a ball into his own net. That put Glenfarne/Kilty a point up. It was hard going for all of the second half but gradually points came. Anton pointed a free, James McWeeney made a good run and pointed and Paul Prior put us ahead again with a pointed free. In the final minutes Seán Murray got the best score of the game with a point from the left wing to leave it 0-10 to 1-5 at the finish.

Foireann: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Johnny McWeeney, Patrick McLoughlin, Gavin Brennan, Liam Ferguson, Ciarán Murray, Joe Honeyman, Rory O’Rourke, Thomas McLoughlin, James McWeeney (0-1), Paul Prior (0-3), Anthony McTague, Brian Cafferty, Anton Arandelovic (0-4), Seán Murray (0-2). Subs: Paul McLoughlin, Peter Dolan.

Junior A’s Lose

Our Junior A team lost heavily to Glencar/Manorhamilton on Sunday last in the Park. They were doing well enough early on with Anton Arandelovic getting a goal and Ronan O’Rourke a point but the Manorhamilton lads got three goals before the interval to lead by 3-3 to 1-1 at half-time. It really was an uphill battle from there on but in fairness to the lads they didn’t give up at all and in fact Manorhamilton only got five points to our three in the second half. James McWeeney got two good points and Peter Dolan got another. It finished 3-8 to 1-4.

Foireann: Peter Reynolds, Freddie Walsh, Gavin Brennan, Anthony Curran, Naoise Hayden, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Joe McTague, Ray Logan, Peter Dolan (0-1), Alan Prior, James McWeeney (0-2), Ronan O’ Rourke (0-1), Tommy McCormack, Anton Arandelovic (1-0), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin. Subs: Gordon Hughes, Seán McCartin.

How our adult teams are faring

With the first phase of the Leagues in Divisions 2 and 3 almost complete our Senior team are going well but our Junior A team is not going that well. Our seniors are almost assured of a place in the top five with just one game to play against Drumkeerin. So far they have played 8, won 5, lost two and drew one. They lost to the two top teams, Glencar/Manorhamilton and Carrigallen and the one surprise really was the draw against St Mary’s.

Our Junior A team, playing in Division 3, have played 8, won 2 and lost 6. They are almost certain to be in the bottom half of that league and will play in the Div 3 Shield in the autumn. Our Junior B team are faring best of all, having played 7 and won 6 so far. However, as there are 12 teams in this division they have four more games to play. In this division the top two play a final and there are no second tier games.


The Junior B’s play Aughavas at the weekend. Please check as at the time of writing the day and time is not certain.

Tickets for Leitrim v Mayo

Tickets for Sunday’s game will be on sale in Priors on this Thursday night between 9 and 10 pm. Unsold tickets have to be returned on Friday.

Schools Final

The long awaited boys Schools Final takes place in Drumshanbo on this Thursday night. Please check time in fixtures. All support would be a big help.

Under 12 Football

The under 12s have their final ordinary game against Melvin Gaels in Kinlough on this Friday at 7.00

Ladies Football

The Junior girls are in the 9 a side League Final and the final will be played on 23 July.

Ladies under 14.

The under 14 girls are in the Shield Final. They beat Manorhamilton by 0-9 to 0-7 in the semi-final. The Final will be on this Thursday in Fenagh at 7.30. Please support the girls in the final.

Premium tickets for Dublin v Laois

The club’s premium tickets are available for Sunday’s game. Please contact Conor Harte if you wish to avail of them.

Billy Joel Concert.

The club can obtain tickets in the Premium seats for the forthcoming Billy Joel concert in Croke Park, that is if anyone wants them. Please contact Conor Harte by next Monday at the latest if you are interested.

Ballinamore Players in San Francisco

Good to hear that some of our players who have gone West for the summer are playing football over there. Finnian Sharpley and David Duignan are fielding for “The Gaels” in San Francisco and have played a few games already. Interesting to learn that on the same team with David and Finnian is a son of Tom McCaffrey’s of Stradermot. Tom of course won a senior title with Sean O’Heslins before his departure to America. It is great to see sons of Cannaboe exiles taking to the Gaelic fields in far off places. Isn’t it something also to hear that a grandson of Thomas McCaffrey, senior of Stradermot was playing on the same team as a grandson of Seán Sharpley of Aughayowla in far off San Francisco. Is deas a chloisteáil go bhfuil tioncair na Peile Ghaelaí chomh láidir sin ar fud na cruinne.


I don’t know if Terry Barden ever played for Ballinamore but he did play for the famous and short-lived Aghoo Rovers in the 1950s. Terry was one of the remaining survivors from that team which was formed in that end of the parish in the early fifties. Indeed few of them were from Ballinamore Parish, but of course only part of Aghoo is in Ballinamore Parish anyway. Terry died last week and our sympathy to his wife, Molly, and relations. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,300. Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa Heritage Bar. Buaiteoirí €40 ar an Luan seo caite: John Joe Barden, Seán McNiffe, Alan Dooner, P J McCaffrey, Corlough, Tommy McKiernan, Boxmore, Kevin Turbitt. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Freddie Walsh: Seán Ó Suilleabhain. Uimhreacha : 70456123.


Scealta na Seachtaine  12 Meitheamh 2006

Race Night

Our Race Night is only over a week away. It is in Priors Lounge on Saturday week. Those who are selling horses and races are asked to bring in their tickets to the Lotto on Monday night next to the Commercial in order to leave time to draw up the programme. The race night will start at 10.30 pm on Saturday 14 June.


Our seniors play Glenfarne/Kilty on Saturday next at 7.00 in Glenfarne. Our Junior A team plays Glencar/Manorhamilton in Ballinamore on Sunday at 2.00.

Junior As Lose to Annaduff

Our Junior A team (Division 3) lost to Annaduff on Saturday in what was as strange a game as we are likely to see this year. Just picture this: a gale force wind blowing, and we are playing against it in the first half. It is always very preferable to be playing against the wind in the first half in such a situation. At half time we are behind by 0-9 to 0-4. Ballinamore folk were very happy to be only five points behind with the full force of the gale behind us in the second half. James McWeeney had got two points and Aidan Galligan and Peter Dolan one each in the first half.

What happened in the second half cannot easily be explained. O’Heslins disappeared off the face of the field. They hardly ever got the ball past half way and were devoured by an Annaduff team that bore no resemblance to what had played the first half. With five minutes left in the game we had scored just one point in the whole second half, with the full force of the wind, and had one wide in the same period. Meanwhile Annaduff had added 1-8 to their total and a clatter of wides. In the final five minutes Peter Reynolds got a goal and a point and Peter Dolan got a point. Yes this was a strange game and we certainly will not look forward to playing with the wind in Annaduff again.  It finished 1-16 to 1-7. Good to see Ray Logan back playing his first full game of the year.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Kevin O’Connor, Gavin Brennan, Freddie Walsh, Joe McTague, Liam Ferguson, Anthony Curran, Ray Logan, Aidan Galligan (0-1), Peter Dolan (0-3), Diarmuid Keegan, James McWeeney (0-2), Peter Reynolds (1-1), Adrian Gallogly, Cormac O Suilleabháin. Subs: Rona O’Rourke, Tommy McCormack, Francis Dolan, Seán McCartin.

Junior B Game Off

The game against Glenfarne/Kilty was called off due to the untimely death of Darren McHugh. We would like to express our sympathy to the McHugh family and the Glenfarne club on their sad bereavement.

Connacht Girls Féile

The Sean O’Heslins Under 14 Girls took part in the Connacht Féile last Saturday.We started off in Carrick on Shannon where we marched in the parade with other teams from all over Connacht. Both the Sean O’Heslins Girls & Boys marched behind the club banner and their club mentors around Carrick proudly wearing their club colours. We then marched back to Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada to watch the Coaching Session. We then headed to Elphin where the girls matches were going to be taking place for the day. The girls played a total of 4 games, and they won 2 & lost 2.

The girls gave an outstanding display of football in all their games and were up against teams from Sligo, Roscommon & Leitrim. Overall the Féile was a great experience for the girls, as they enjoyed the day very much and were all well behaved and that made it more enjoyable for the mentors. A Special thanks to Ray O’Connor for his help and support during the day. Also a special thanks to Anita Harte, Veronica Smith, Catherine Smith, Erin Gilheaney, Aisling Duignan and Megan O’Connor for coming along and supporting the girls on the day. Last but not least the girls themselves for coming along and taking part in the Connacht Féile and doing themselves proud and their club proud too.  The girls who took part on the day were as follows: Louise Farry, Niamh Donnelly, Phillipa O’Reilly, Bronagh Grey, Ciara O’Dowd, Ciara Martin, Katie Duignan (c), Lauren McGrory (c), Sinead Flynn, Sinead Gormley, Amy McNamee & Emer McCartin.
Under 12 & Under 14 Girls training Wednesday evening in St. Felim’s @ 7pm. Could all players please attend as the under 14s have a Shield Semi Final coming up soon.

Under 12 Football 

The U-12s had a busy and successful weekend gone by when they had good wins over Dromahair and Carrigallen. Panel for those two games were: Jack Bagge, Brian Banks, Anthony Maguire, Michael O’Dell, Niall Creamer, Jack Cullen, Keelan McHugh, Abdul Abdalla, Nathan Gallagher, Mark McGrory (Capt.), Luke Murphy, Kevin Banks, Colm O`Reilly, Dean McGovern, Cian Reynolds, Cian McCaffrey, Michael Darcy, Gerard Curran, Conor O’Brien, Noel Heavey, Evan Moran, Conor Maxwell, Conor Moran, Donal Feely, Patrick Connaughton and Peter Reynolds. Next weeks fixture has been changed. On Thursday and not Friday we play St Mary’s in Carrick at 7pm


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,200. Beidh an Lotto ar an Luan sa Commercial. Bhuaigh na daoine seo €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Paddy McGourty, Lucy Dolan, Callowhill, DLD Creaven, Killaneen, Alice Costello, Ardrum, Brendan Mullen, Drumanny Beirne. John and Herbie. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ag dul go dtí Alan Banks. Uimhreacha tarraingthe: 43702156.


Scealta na Seachtaine  5 Meitheamh 2006


Div 3 game on Saturday in Annaduff against Annaduff at 7.30. Division 5 game against Glenfarne/Kilty in the Park on Sunday at 2.00. Please double check times on fixtures page.

Nicky Rackard Cup

It isn’t often that a county hurling game is fixed for Ballinamore so Saturday next should see a good crowd come to the Park for Leitrim’s hurlers first outing in the Nicky Rackard Cup. The game is at 3.00 but please confirm time on fixtures page.

Seniors Beat Ballinaglera

Our seniors picked up two more points in the Division 2 league with a win over Ballinaglera on Saturday. It was a good close encounter and it was only in the final minutes that a wonderful goal from Anton Arandelovic sealed it. We struggled a bit in the early stages but still managed to keep in touch with points from Paul Prior (3), Anton Arandelovic, Peter Dolan and Sean Murray. We were probably lucky to be level at 0-6 apiece at half time.

Paul Prior was in accurate form from frees in the second half and pointed three and then one from play. Ballinaglera staged somewhat of a come back to reduce the defecit to two. It was then that Anton struck oil and he did so to perfection. Paul Prior got the final point. Overall it was a hard fought game on a beautiful evening, which is what one wants. Ballinaglera weren’t bad and posed a big challenge but we always seemed to have the upper hand after the initial good start from Ballinaglera.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Paul McLoughlin, Patrick McLoughlin, Joe Honeyman, Liam Ferguson, Ciaran Murray, Anthony McTague, Anton Arandelovic (1-1), Thomas McLoughlin, James McWeeney, Paul Prior (0-8), Peter Dolan (0-1), Brian Cafferty, Ronan Sharpley, Sean Murray (0-1). Subs: Rory O’Rourke, Finnian Sharpley, Adrian Gallogly.

Junior B Walk-over

Our Junior B team got a walk-over from Eslin on Sunday.

Under 12 Footaball

The U-12`s had a great result in the first round of the league on last Friday evening when they drew with Manorhamilton away on a score of 1-7 each. Having been down 1-6 to 0-2 five minutes into the 2nd half we scored 1-5 without reply to lead by one point going into the last minute but then Manor equalised. Panel on the night was Jack Bagge, Brian Banks, Anthony Maguire, Michael O’Dell, Niall Creamer, Jack Cullen, Keelan McHugh, Abdul Abdalla, Mark McGrory (Capt.), Luke Murphy, Kevin Banks, Colm O`Reilly, Dean McGovern, Cian Reynolds, Cian McCaffrey, Michael Darcy, Gerard Curran, Conor O’Brien, Conor Moran, Donal Feely, Patrick Connaughton and Peter Reynolds. The next match is at home to Dromahair on next Friday at 7pm. All support greatly welcomed.

Race Night

Our Race Night on 24 June is in two weeks time, the eve of the Leitrim v Mayo match. Tickets for horses are now out and sellers are asked to sell them as soon as possible. Cost of a horse is €10 and to sponsor a race is €50

Glasses Found

A pair of glasses was left in the dressing rooms on Saturday. They could belong to some of our seniors or maybe to some of the under 14 hurlers who had been there earlier that day.

Ladies 9 a side Junior League

On Sunday last the Sean O’Heslins Ladies played Fenagh in Fenagh. Fenagh dominated the first half and Ballinamore the second. At half-time Fenagh led by 2-2 to 0-1. At the start of the second half Fenagh got the first point but after that Ballinamore took charge. The all-important goal came from Carmel McCartin. The girls showed great character the way they responded in the second half. Final score was 1-8 to 2-3.

Foireann: Aisling Flaherty, Claire Fanning, Kirby Gilgunn, Maeve Murphy, Katie Duignan (0-1), Orla McWeeney, Deborah Gilheany (0-2), Erin Gilheany, Kate McTague, Emma Reynolds. Caroline McGrory (0-3), Carmel McCartin (1-2), Rowena O’Rourke, Catherine Smith, Aisling Duignan. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Erin Gilheany and Máire McGovern and Meabh McTague, both from Fenagh, who were injured during the game. Training Thursday evening in the Park


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,100. Beidh an Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa
Waterways Bar. Bhuaigh na daoine seo €40 ar an Luan seo caite: John Turbitt, Sean McCartin, Lahard, Pius Flanagan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, P J McLoughlin, Adrian McCartin, Aughavas. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Ciarán Smith: Seamus Mac Murchadh. Uimhreacha tarraingthe: 30476152

Winner of the €50 for the Park Development draw: Francis Milton.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 29 Bealtaine 2006

Seniors Draw with St Mary’s

A last minute point from Peter Dolan rescued us from defeat by St Mary’s second team in Páirc Mhuire on Sunday. It was a very near thing and we just about deserved a draw and no more. This certainly was probably our worst performance of the season so far. However, we very badly depleted by injuries, exams etc and St Mary’s, although it was their second team, are as good as anything else in the division.  We had a particularly bad first half. Anton Arandelovic, James McWeeney and Peter Dolan got our scores and it was 0-7 to 0-3 to St Mary’s at the interval.

In the first part of the second half O’Heslins were much better and points from Anton, Ronan Sharpley and two from James McWeeney, one a free, had us level. It seemed only a matter of time before we would cruise ahead, but it didn’t happen. St Mary’s instead got a couple of points and we were in trouble. Anton Arandelovic pointed a free and with time almost up, Peter Dolan made great work to get a foot to the ball while under pressure and put it over the bar. And so it ended, 0-9 apiece, and we were happy enough to have salvaged a draw.

Foireann: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Gavin Brennan, Patrick McLoughlin, John McWeeney, Joe Honeyman, Ciarán Murray, Paul McLoughlin, Rory O’Rourke, Thomas McLoughlin, Joe McTague, James McWeeney (0-3), Peter Dolan (0-2), Ronan Sharpley (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (0-3), Sean Murray. Subs Adrian Gallogly, Naoise Hayden.

Junior Bs Beat Glencar/Manorhamilton

Wayne McKeon was the hero of the hour when our Division 5 team beat Manorhamilton by 0-14 to 1-10 on Saturday. With time almost up and a draw looking likely, he got a great point from play to ensure victory. It was a close hard-fought game and after the first half hour we led by 0-8 to 0-6. Considering that we had the wind in the second half it was looking good.

We were leading by three points when Manorhamilton got a goal to level it. They then went ahead by a point. At this stage Wayne McKeon, playing his first game ever in adult football, came into prominence. He scored one point from play and pointed two pointed frees. Another significant score was when Freddie Walsh, although playing at full back, chased the play to the other end and scored a fine point. With time running out and us a point down, Ronan O’Rourke scored a good point from a free and then Wayne McKeon raced through and scored a great winner. For a young man playing his first Junior game it was a great way to end the match.

Another interesting feature was that while Wayne was playing in the forwards, his father Padraig was playing in goals. Some years ago Paddy Prior and son Alan played on the same team. How often more has this happened with Sean O’Heslins?

Foireann:  Padraig McKeon, Joe McTague, Freddie Walsh (0-1), Ciaran Maxwell, Kevin O’Connor, Francis Dolan, Anthony Curran (0-1), Aidan Galligan (0-1), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ronan O’Rourke (0-2), Diarmuid Keegan (0-1), Wayne McKeon (0-4), Tommy McCormack (0-2), Adrian Gallogly (0-2), Sean McCartin. Subs: Alan Prior, Darren Reynolds.

Under 16 Hurlers win Championship

For the first time since 1996, Ballinamore are under 16 hurling champions. Last Wednesday they beat Mohill fairly comprehensively by 5-6 to 1-1 to clinch the title. In earlier rounds Ballinamore had beaten Carrick and Manorhamilton but they had failed to Mohill. Over the past few years Mohill have had the upperhand on Ballinamore and the fear was they could do the same again. However on this occasion there was no doubt about the outcome in the end. For Diarmuid McCaffrey, who has tutored the under 16 team for a number of years, it was a wonderful outcome.

In the early stages success was by no means certain. Early goals by Paul Earley and Éamon Walsh put Ballinamore ahead, but it was still only 2-2 to 1-1 at half time. However, Paul Earley was the hero of the second half and he scored three goals to put the issue beyond doubt. This game was played at twelve a side and all twelve played their parts. However there were outstanding displays from Sean McWeeney, Morgan Quinn, John Christie, Brendan Mulvey and Paul Earley. After the game the trophy was presented to the captain, Paul Earley by John O’Donoghue on behalf of the County Board.

Foireann: Joe Earley, Paddy McManus, Sean McWeeney, James Gallagher, Matthew Murphy, Morgan Quinn (0-3), John Christie, Brendan Mulvey (0-2), Paul Earley (4-1), Éamon Walsh (1-0), Keith Boyle, Enda Quinn. Subs: Colm McGirl, Dean Creaven, Shane Moran, Barry Flynn, Seamus Donnelly, Michael Rehill, Kevin Quinn.

Junior Ladies Football

Junior 9 a side league this weekend, away to Fenagh. Check fixtures for details.

Robbie Williams Concert

The club has three tickets for the Croke Park Robbie Williams Concert on Sat June 10th. Any club member wishing to avail of them please ring Connor Harte at 086-1706271 by Monday next. The tickets are available at face value.

Race Night

Tickets for horses are now distributed for the Race Night in Priors on Saturday 24 June. Sellers are asked to sell them as soon as possible. Cards for race sponsorship are also available.

Under 14 Football

The under 14s completed their series of games in the League. They beat Drumreilly and lost narrowly to St Mary’s. in their final game they beat Drumkeerin by 3-6 to 3-3. Their team and scorers in this game were: Andrew Toolan, Lauren McGrory(Capt), Conor McTague, Gillian Leyden, Jack Cullen, Eoin McHugh, John Fanning, Matthew Murphy (1-2), Brian Beirne (1-0), Mark McGrory (0-3), Shane Moran (1-0), Katie Duignan (0-1), Evan Gallagher, Andrew Burns, Peter Boyle. Subs: Daniel Sweeney, Kevin Banks, Dean Creaven, Colm O’Reilly, Cyril Smith

Schools Team in Final

The boys school are now in the Division 1 Final. They drew their last game against Mohill and they now await the winners of the Mohill v Manorhamilton game in the final.

Connacht Mini Sevens.

Ballinamore Boys NS as Leitrim winners took part in the Connacht INTO mini sevens on Saturday last. They won one game, drew one, and lost two games, one of them a narrow defeat. The panel was: Kevin Banks, Jack Cullen, Stephen McTague, David O’Connell, David McLoughlin, Mark McGrory, Nathan Gallagher, Andrew Burns, Cian Reynolds, Cyril Smith.

Under 12 Football

The under 12s lost the Plunkett Cup final to Aughawillan on Sunday last. Their team was: Cian McCaffrey, Niall Creamer, Anthony Maguire, Michael O’Dell, Brian Banks, Jack Cullen, Keelan McHugh, Kevin Banks, Colm O’Reilly, Gerard Curran, Nathan Gallagher, Luke Murphy, Evan Moran-King, Jack Bagge, Mark McGrory (Capt), Conor Moran, Conor Maxwell, Donal Feely, Dean McGovern, Patrick Connaughton, Peter Reynolds.

The under 12s have their first league game against Manorhamilton in Manorhamilton on Friday at 7.00

Gaeilge on Signage

Good to see a couple of more shop fronts with some Gaeilge on them. Recent additions are Smiths Siopa Gairdín and Peadar MacRánaill auctioneers.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €8,000. Bhuaigh na daoine seo €40 ar an Luan seo caite: Alan Banks, Paddy Dolan, Bawnboy, Bernadette Dowd, Fenagh, Tommy Dolan, David Leyden, Ballyduff, Carmel Dolan, Aghacashel. Duais €25 ó Frank Flynn: Hugh McTague Jnr. Beidh Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa Siopa Ól. Uimhreacha ar an Luan seo caite: 36104725


Scealta na Seachtaine – 22 Bealtaine 2006

Good win for Intermediates

Our intermediates had a good win over Mohill in a keenly contested division 3 game in the park on Saturday evening. The team showed great determination despite a strong Mohill effort to get the win on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-9. Team & Scorers Peter Reynolds, Joe McTeague, Gavin Brennan,  Freddie Walsh, Anthony Curran, Ruairi Sullivan 0-1, Naoise Hayden 0-1, Anton Arandelovic 1-2, Aidan Galligan, James McWeeney 0-1, Peter Dolan 0-4, Tommy McCormack 0-1, Seanie McCartin, Adrian Gallogly 0-1, Cormac O Suilleabhain, Subs: Ray Logan, Darren Reynolds, Kevin Prior.

Our third team were due to play Bornacoola away in the division 5 league on Sunday, but this fixture fell fowl of the weather !

Our division 5 team are due to play Manorhamilton on Saturday evening and our division 3 team are down to play St. Marys on Sunday, both games are away, but check fixtures for definite times.

Ladies Fixtures

Our Junior Ladies may have a match this weekend in the 9-a-side league. Check fixtures.


No winner of this weeks Lotto jackpot, the draw was held in Priors. House draw won by, Margaret McKeon. Special house prize sponsored by Gay Prior won by, Mary Harte. 5 winners of 40Euro, Jim Cafferty Tarmon, Zita Smith Church st., Philip Farrelly Ardrum, Fiona McCauley Drumdiffer & Seamus Mac Murchaidh.

Next weeks draw is in Pat Joe’s, Jackpot € 7900.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 15 Bealtaine 2006


Web Site hit the Hundred Last Week

We keep a weekly check on the numbers who visit this web site since it was set about 3 years ago. Last week, for the first time ever, the numbers visiting the site reached the hundred mark. It reached exactly one hundred visits over the seven days. Great to see the interest in the site is growing steadily.


On Saturday the Junior A team (Div 3) play Mohill in the Park at 7.00. On Sunday the Junior B team (Div 5) play Bornacoola in Bornacoola at 2.30

Seniors Beat Cloone

Our seniors got back to the winning trail with a good win over Cloone on Sunday. A great starting ten minutes set it up for us and while Cloone came back somewhat in the second half we had built such a lead that there was no overtaking us. Paul Prior got our first two points from frees and then Peter Dolan got a good goal. A great fetch by Brian Cafferty led to another goal from Anthony McTague. By half-time we led by 3-3 to 0-2. Anton Arandelovic had the ball in the net within minutes of the restart and with a 13-point lead we looked home and dried. However, Cloone then scored 1-3 without reply from O’Heslins. However that was as far as they got and it finished 4-6 to 1-8 in our favour.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Joe Honeyman, Patrick McLoughlin, Gavin Brennan, Paul McLoughlin, Ciaran Murray, Anthony McTague (1-0), Rory O’Rourke, Thomas McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty (0-1), Paul Prior (0-3), Peter Dolan (2-0), Ronan Sharpley (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (1-1), Sean Murray. Subs: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, James McWeeney.

Junior B Team Lose to St Mary’s

The Junior B team (Division 5) who were unbeaten so far this year, lost for the first time on Saturday against St Mary’s in Páirc Muire. We were short a number of players but overall St Mary’s were the stronger outfit. St Mary’s got a fortunate goal in the first minute but O’Heslins recovered very well and got the next four points from Gordon Hughes, Ronan O’Rourke, Tommy McCormack and Diarmuid Keegan. St Mary’s came back in the latter part of the first half and led by 2-4 to 0-5 at half time. St Mary’s dominated for most of the second half, still the last ten minutes saw a great effort from O’Heslins and but for good saves in the Carrick goal the result might have been closer. There were good performances from Joseph McTague, Diarmuid Keegan and Gordon Hughes in particular, but on the day we met a better all round team.   It finished 4-14 to 0-11 to St Mary’s.

Foireann: Daryl McFarland, Joseph Murphy, Freddie Walsh, Joseph McTague, Anthony Curran, Kevin O’Connor, Philip Murphy, Peter Dolan (0-2), Francis Dolan, Ronan O’Rourke (0-2), Diarmuid Keegan (0-2), Gordon Hughes (0-2), Sean McCartin (0-1), Adrian Gallogly, Tommy McCormack (0-2). Sub Darren Reynolds.

Premium Tickets for Bon Jovi

The club has three premium tickets for the Bon Jovi concert in Croke Park on Saturday next. Anyone interested in acquiring them please ring Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin at 087 2488875

Race Night

The club’s annual Race Night will as usual take place on the eve of Leitrim’s first game in the Connacht Championship. That will be on Saturday 24 June, in Prior’s. Tickets are now being distributed to all club members and supporters for Horses. You can buy a horse for €10 or of course you can sponsor a race. Funds are badly needed to proceed with club development so please sell as many tickets as you can, as soon as you get them.

Premium Tickets

The club’s two premium tickets will be available to club members for all championship fixtures in Croke Park during the summer up to the All Ireland Finals. Anyone wishing to avail of them should contact Paddy O’Connor in the week preceding the particular game. If only one person asks for them, that person will get them. If more than one asks, the names will be drawn out of the hat. The person availing of them will pay the face value for admission to the particular game.

Junior Ladies Beat Dromahair

On Saturday evening Sean O’Heslins ladies played Dromahair in the 13 a side League. This turned out to be a titanic struggle between two evenly matched teams. Ballinamore shaded it in the first half with four points. Before long Dromahair leveled it up in the second half. Ballinamore went ahead again by four points and this time Dromahair were unable to pull it all back. In the end Ballinamore won by a single point. The Ballinamore backs were particularly outstanding and goalie Carol O’Connor made some great saves throughout the game to keep O’Heslins in it.

Team and scorers: Carol O’Connor, Claire Fanning, Lauren McGrory, Kirby Gilgunn, Katie Duignan, Maeve Murphy, Carmel McCartin (1-2), Deborah Gilheany (0-1), Caroline McGrory (2-0), Orla McWeeney, Erin Gilheany, Kate McTague, Aisling Duignan, Emma Reynolds.

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at the usual time. Next game on Sunday 28 May in the 9 a side against Aughnasheelin in the Park. We wish a speedy recovery to all our injured players.

Girls Under 14 Football

The Under 14 girls played their last League Game of the season last Saturday afternoon in Manorhamilton, on a very hot summers day. The girls played a total of 5 games. We didn’t have a great season, but the effort the girls have put into training has been outstanding, their performance on the field has also been outstanding and has been noticed by many referees who have refereed our games. I think the game of the Season would have to be the game last Saturday against Manorhamilton. The Sean O’Heslins girls were in the lead for most of the game, but Manorhamilton seem to have had the extra support and went on to beat us 1-9 to 2-14. But our girls never gave up and played an enjoyable 40 minutes of football. The girls played with great team sprit and did their Club proud and did their trainers proud too. The girls now play in a Shield Semi Final in 3 weeks time. We hope when the time comes, that the girls will have the support on the day. But a big thanks to the girls for the effort they have put in all year.

Team Panel was Louise Farry, Niamh Donnelly, Ciara Martin, Phillipa O’Reilly, Ciara McTague, Róisín McTague, Gillian Leyden, Lauren McGrory(C), Katie Duignan(C), Sinead Flynn, Sinead Gormley, Michelle Reynolds, Amy McNamee, Bronagh Gray, Rachel Gilheaney, Ciara O’Dowd, Emer McCartin.

Girls’ School team

The schoolgirls hadn’t a game last week, the game was cancelled due to thunder and lightening, but they have already played two games under their trainer, Bernadette Began. The panel pf players is as follows: Niamh Donnelly, Aoibheann Curran, Yasmin Green, Paige Taylor, Laura O’Dowd, Ciara McTague, Phillipa O’Reilly, Caroline Bourke, Emer McCartin, Megan O’Connor, Dawn Flynn, Amy McNamee, Sarah Beth Reilly, Aoibheann Flynn, Niamh Flynn, Brenda Began, Aoibheann Boyle, Siobhan McTague, Laura Creaven.

Under 14 Boys league

Ballinamore played Dromahair on Friday last and despite playing well in the first half they lost out in the end on a score of 2-8 to 1-5. Team and scorers: Andrew Toolan, Lauren McGrory, Shane Moran, Gillian Leyden, Jack Cullen, Eoin McHugh, John Fanning, Matthew Murphy (1-0), Brian Beirne (0-4), Evan Gallagher, Katie Duignan (Capt), Stephen McTague, David McLoughlin, Andrew Burns, Mark McGrory (0-1). Subs: Peter Boyle, Cyril Smith, Nathan Gallagher, Colm O’Reilly, Kevin Banks, Daniel Sweeney.

Under 16 Hurling

Our under 16s lost to Mohill last week. They play Manorhamilton on Tuesday of this week and the outcome will decide who will be in the final.

Leanbh Óg

Comhghairdeas to Peter and Michelle Reynolds on the birth of their daughter Lily.

Club Membership

Final call for anyone who hasn’t paid club membership; It must be paid before June 1. A player who hasn’t paid club membership cannot play for the club. Membership to Ruairí Ó Suilleabhain.


The club extends sympathy to the Crossan family of Convent Road on the death of Frank Maguire.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €7,800. Beidh Lotto an Luain seo chughainn i Priors. Buaiteoirí €40 an duine ar an Luan seo caite: Sean Ó Suilleabháin, Seamus Mac Murchadh, Anne Brady, Lahard, Isabel McAllister, James Donohoe c/o Christopher McNiffe, Christopher McNiffe. Buaiteoir Buidéal Baileys ó David McCabe: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Uimhreacha tarraingthe ; 27056314.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 8 Bealtaine 2006


Junior B team (Division 5) plays St Mary’s in Carrick on Saturday at 7.00. Seniors (Division 2) play Cloone in the Park on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Seniors Lose Narrowly to Carrigallen

The general opinion would be that Sean O’Heslins, Glencar/Manorhamilton and Carrigallen are probably the three strongest teams in Division 2 of the league. Others might dispute that. However, we were a bit unfortunate, maybe, to meet the other two in quick succession and to lose narrowly to both of them.

On Saturday last Carrigallen had the better of the opening half and led by two points at half-time. It could have been more on the run of play. Shortly after the resumption Carrigallen got a goal, which left us with a lot to do. However, we did have most of the possession in the second half but could not get the scores. With time almost up there were four points in it but Brian Cafferty hit a goal just on full time to leave a single point in it. We badly missed the services of the injured Thomas McLoughlin. Carrigallen won by 1-7 to 1-6.

Foireann: Gavin Brennan, Liam Ferguson, Gavin Brennan, Patrick McLoughlin, Anthony McTague, Ciarán Murray, Johnny McWeeney, Rory O’Rourke, Paul McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty (1-0), Paul Prior (0-1), Peter Dolan, Sean Murray, Anton Arandelovic (0-4), Ronan Sharpley. Subs: Joe Honeyman, Finnian Sharpley (0-1)

Junior As Lose to Drumkeerin

A week earlier the Junior A team had a panel of twenty-five players out for the game against Gortletteragh.  On Sunday last we had a bare fifteen and we wouldn’t have been able to field at all only for a number of fellows, who hadn’t played at all this year, obliged by turning out in Drumkeerin. Only for Brian Breen, Conor Mahon, Conor Harte and Daryl McFarland turning up at short notice we would have been embarrassed into giving a walk-over. True, a number of players were tied up with exams, others were unavailable, but it is amazing that one can be so short for the second team, while the third team are doing so well. Of the eighteen players who actually played against Gortletteragh, only seven turned up on Sunday and eleven were missing. Is ait an scéal é.

Not surprisingly, Drumkeerin overwhelmed us in the first half. We didn’t get a score until James McWeeney got a good point after 21 minutes and were down by 1-11 to 0-3 at half-time. With wind assistance in the second half we made a better fist of it. We managed to score 1-9 on the second half to Drumkeerin’s 2-4, but the first half advantage stood to Drumkeerin. It finished 3-15 to 1-12.

Foireann: Conor Harte, Joseph Murphy, Anthony Curran, Joe McTague, Conor Mahon, Naoise Hayden (0-2), Philip Murphy, Finnian Sharpley (0-3), Peter Dolan (1-2), Tommy McCormack, James McWeeney (0-2), Seán McCartin, Adrian Gallogly, Brian Breen (0-3), Daryl McFarland.

Junior Girls Win

On Saturday last the junior girls played Dromahair in the 9 a side league. It was a blustery evening for playing football and Dromahair dominated for most of the game but somehow Ballinamore came away with a victory. In fairness to the girls they never gave up even though they were eight points down at one stage. The final score was Ballinamore 3-3 Dromahair 2-3.

Foireann: Carol O’Connor, Claire Fanning, Kirby Gilgunn, Maeve Murphy, Carmel McCartin (2-1), Orla McWeeney, Kate McTague (1-0), Deborah Gilheaney (0-2), Caroline McGrory, Erin Gilheany, Katie Duignan, Emma Reynolds, Aisling Duignan, Aine Martin, Rowena O’Rourke, Catherine Smith, Lauren McGrory.

We wish a speedy recovery to Áine Martin who was injured during the game. Next Sunday we play Dromahair in the 13 a side in Ballinamore at 4.00.

Under 14 Boys Football

The under 14s have made a good start to their league campaign. In their first game they lost by two points to Allen Gaels in a very competitive game. The score was Ballinamore 1-9 Drumshanbo 2-8. The team and scorers were as follows: Andrew Toolan, Lauren McGrory, Shane Moran (Capt), Jack Cullen, John Fanning, Matthew Murphy, Eoin McHugh (0-1), Conor McTague (0-1), Brian Beirne (0-3), Evan Gallagher (1-0), Stephen McTague (0-2), David McLoughlin, Katie Duignan (0-1), Dean Creaven, Mark McGrory (0-1). Subs: Andrew Burns, Peter Boyle, Gillian Leyden, Colm O’Reilly, Daniel Sweeney, Kevin Banks, Cyril Smith, Niall Creamer, Nathan Gallagher.

In the second round on a wet Monday evening last Ballinamore beat Manorhamilton by 1-17 to 0-3. After a slow start they dominated the rest of the game and won it comprehensively in the end. The team and scorers on this occasion was: Andrew Toolan, Lauren McGrory, Shane Moran, Gillian Leyden, Jack Cullen, Eoin McHugh, John Fanning, Matthew Murphy (Capt) (0-2), Conor McTague (0-2), Evan Gallagher (0-1), Brian Beirne (0-4), Stephen McTague (0-4), David McLoughlin (0-1), Katie Duignan (1-0), Mark McGrory (0-3)

Under 16 Hurling

The under 16 hurlers beat St Mary’s in the first round last week and they played Mohill on Tuesday last. A victory over Mohill on Tuesday would probably put them into the final.

Schools Boys team

The schools have won their first two games beating Carrick by 3-8 to 1-2 and beating Leitrim by 4-12 to 2-6. This is a great start to the competition and their third game was last night against Manorhamilton. Result next week. The team in the first two games was: Kevin Banks, Anthony Maguire, John Fanning, Niall Creamer, Cyril Smith, David O’Connell, Jack Cullen, Stephen McTague, David McLoughlin, Andrew Burns, Mark McGrory, Colm O’Reilly, Nathan Gallagher, Cian Reynolds, Cian McCaffrey. Subs: Michael O’Dell, Calumn Taylor, Abdul Abdulla, Eoin McGerty, Michael Darcy, Gerard Curran, Conor O’Brien, Luke Murphy, Evan Moran-King, Conor Moran, Brian Banks, Conor Maxwell, Noel Heavey.

School Girls

The Girls School have played two games to date and they play Mohill on this Thursday in Mohill at 6.30. More details next week.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €7,700. Beidh an lotto ar an Luan sa Poor Scholar. Bhuaigh na daoine seo €40 an Luan seo caite: Tom Burns, Ciara & Gráinne Flynn, Waterways Bar, Mary Courtney, Kanturk, Louise Ferry, Anvil Court, John Kearney, Aughavas, Kevin Holohan, Drumreilly. Buidéal uisce beatha ó Liam MacFhearghail: Seamus MacGabhann. Uimhreacha tarraingthe: 16703425.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 2 Bealtaine 2006

Junior A team loses to Gortletteragh.

This Division 3 game in Gortletteragh on Saturday last was one of the most intriguing and dramatic you are likely to see this year. For us it ended in frustration with a one-point defeat. On Saturday we had our strongest team on duty so far this year against a team that had lost all their games so far. The first half was a rude awakening for us. It reminded one of the day the late Christy Gallogly went to play Carrick in a colleges match with a St Felim’s team that was expected to win easily. After about twenty minutes Felim’s were being hammered and then it dawned on Christy that he had brought the wrong team. He brought the juniors instead of the seniors. We were wondering if Gortletteragh were perhaps fielding their senior team.

At half-time Gortletteragh led by 2-7 to 0-5, a lead they fully deserved. Finnian Sharpley had got four of our points, two from frees and Adrian Gallogly had got one. As the second half progressed we seemed to have put out the right team at last because we were all over Gortletteragh. The first point went to Gortletteragh to put them nine points up. After that there was only one team on the field as O’Heslins completely dominated. A pointed free from Finnian Sharpley, a great goal from Alan Prior, another pointed free from Finnian Sharpley, a point from Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, another free from Finnian and then another great goal from Anton Arandelovic. A point up and about five minutes to go. What a comeback and it looked only time until we would build on that lead. We had a few bad misses then as well as a great save from the Gortletteragh goalie.  However it was Gortletteragh who stole the show in that last five minutes. They got three dramatic points in as many minutes and despite a last point from Finnian Sharpley, our goose was cooked. Seldom has one seen a game where one team so dominated the first half and the other team the second half. It finished Gortletteragh 2-11 O’Heslins 2-10.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Freddie Walsh, Gavin Brennan, Joe McTague, Anthony Curran, Liam Ferguson, Kevin O’Connor, Peter Dolan, Anton Arandelovic (1-0), Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (0-1), Diarmuid Keegan, James McWeeney, Alan Prior (1-0), Adrian Gallogly (0-1), Finnian Sharpley (0-8). Subs used Ciaran Murray, Philip Murphy, Peter Reynolds.

Junior Bs get walk over.

Unfortunately Mohill were unable to field on Sunday in the Division 5 game. As it stands now we are on top of this division with eight points from four games.

Senior Game

nce to Park

With work in progress again on our second pitch, all players, mentors, supporters etc are informed that entrance to all areas will now be by the lower gate only while work is in progress.


The club wishes to extend sympathy to the Egan family, Aughnasheelin, on the death of Charlie Egan. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.

Ladies Football

Junior 9 a side game was not played on Sunday. Under 14s lost to St Mary’s but were short a number of players due to scouts being away for weekend. Under 14s are at home to Dromahair on Saturday at 1.00. Juniors play Dromahair on Saturday evening in Dromahair.

Weight Loss

The weight loss fundraising effort has now being completed and the ladies wish to thank all who participated.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €7,600. Ní raibh aon buaiteoir an Luan seo caite. Bhuaigh na daoine seo €40 an duine: Séamus MacMurchadh, Ciaran McTague, Deradda, Aisling Maxwell, Dromore, Karen Sweeney, Benny Connolly, Drumreilly, Seán McBrien, Glennan Beg. Buidéal Uisce Beatha ó Dick & Margaret Lawrence: Philip Farrelly. Uimhreacha tarraingthe: 01732456. Park development Monthly draw, €50: Bríd Ní Shuilleabháin.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 24 Aibreain 2006

Seniors First Defeat

Five minutes of brilliance from Glencar/Manorhamilton which, unfortunately for us, came in the final five minutes; that was the difference between the teams on Sunday morning. It was always going to be the game of the division with, possibly the two strongest teams meeting. It was close all through the first half and the score was 0-5 apiece at half. A fair reflection of the run of play. Finnian Sharpley got our first two points from frees and then Paul Prior took over the freetaking and he got two more, the second from fully sixty yards out. Anton Arandelovic got our only score from play towards the end of the half.

We weren’t in the game for the first quarter of the second half and we fell three points behind. Anton Arandelovic got three points, two of them from frees and Brian Cafferty got a wonderful point, which left only a point in it. At this stage we had a few bad misses which might have turned the game in our favour. Manor then scored three points from what seemed impossible situations and that was the end of it. We fared better than the four points defeat would suggest. Overall it was a very close game with lots of commitment. It finished 0-13 to 0-9 in Manorhamilton’s favour.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Liam Ferguson, Patrick McLoughlin, Gavin Brennan, Johnny McWeeney, Ciaran Murray, Anthony McTague, Thomas McLoughlin, Rory O’Rourke, Brian Cafferty (0-1), Paul Prior (0-2), Peter Dolan, Finnian Sharpley (0-2), Anton Arandelovic (0-4) Paul McLoughlin. Subs: Joe Honeyman and Naoise Hayden.

Junior B Team wins again

Our junior B team had their third win in three games when the defeated St Osnatts in the Park on Saturday. This is a great start for this team who were unlucky to lose the Division 6 final last year in a replay. They won on Saturday last by 2-7 to 0-5

Foireann: Ciaran Maxwell, Joe Murphy, Fred Walsh, Joe McTague, Anthony Curran, Kevin O’Connor, Gordon Hughes, Peter Reynolds, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Philip Murphy (0-2), Alan Prior, Shane Murphy (1-1), Seán McCartin (1-2), Adrian Gallogly, Tommy McCormack (0-2)


There will be a division 3 game this weekend. Check fixtures.

Scór All Ireland

Congratulations to Aughnasheelin on their wonderful achievement in winning the Ballad Group in the All Ireland Scór finals. It was a historic night for the club as they had on many occasion been in the Finals but at last made the breakthrough they so richly deserved. It was also the first time a Leitrim club won in Ballad Group Comhghairdeas do gach duine a bhí bainteach leis.

Ballinamore Gambler

Former Cannaboe and Costa del Sol footballer, Conor Smith, made the headlines last week when he took part in the televised All Ireland Poker finals. He ended up in fifth place, €60,000 richer. Well done Conor.

Gone to Boston

Wayne McKeon went to Boston last Friday as part of a group of 32 under 17 footballers who were chosen from throughout Connacht for the trip. It is great to see one of our great underage players being selected for this trip.

Ladies Under 14

Sean O’Heslins under 14 girls played their second game of the season against Mohill on Saturday last. The girls gave an outstanding display of football and never gave up but Mohill were the stronger team. Their panel was: Louise Farry, Niamh Donnelly, Katie Duignan, Ciara Martin, Ciara O’Dowd, Ciara McTague, Róisín McTague, Phillipa O’Reilly, Gillian Leyden, Amy McNamee, Sinead Flynn, Sinead Gromley, Bronagh Grey. Next home game this Saturday at 1pm in the Park against St Mary’s. The girls would like some support if possible.

Junior 9 a side

Junior ladies play Dromahair this Saturday 29 April in Dromahair. Time yet to be decided.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €7,500. Next Monday’s draw is in Lawrences. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Aisling Flaherty, Catherine and Kindred c/o Jackie’s, D,L and D Creaven, Killaneen, Stacey McCormack, Mona Creamer, Herbert and John. Numbers drawn were: 17053642

Executive Meeting

Meeting of club executive in Siopa Ól on Friday at 9.00


Scealta na Seachtaine – 17 Aibreain 2006


GAA President in Ballinamore

Bhí Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Seán Ó Ceallaigh i mBéal an Átha Móir ar an Luan seo caite agus do bhron sé na boinn ar na foirne a bhuaigh an Iomáint faoí 14 agus an Peil faoí 21. It was a big day for our under 14 hurlers and the under 21 footballers as Seán Kelly presented them with their medals. It was a unique event as the hurlers were made up of players from Ballinamore, Aughnasheelin, Aughawillan and Kiltubrid. The under 21s was also an amalgamation as Oughteragh Gaels. Tomás Ó Moráin did a great job as Fear an Tí and club officers and helpers had everything in top shape with great help from Aughnasheelin club officers who were also getting under 14 football medals presented. Seán Kelly also visited the Park to see the development in progress.

The under 21 panel who got medals was as follows: Gavin McWeeney (A), Shane Ferguson, Brian Murray (A), Patrick McLoughlin, Wayne Gilgunn (A), Fergal McManus (A), Liam Ferguson, Naoise Hayden, Anton Arandelovic, Cathal Egan (A), Barry McWeeney (A), David Duignan, Gavin Sammon (A), Ronan Sharpley, James McWeeney, Finnian Sharpley, Mark Egan (A), Kevin O’Connor, Ciaran McGirl (A), Freddie Walsh, Richard McManus (A), Christy McNulty (A), Vincent Mulvey (A), Joe McGirl (A), Colm Kelleher (A).

The under 14 hurling panel was: Sean McWeeney, Morgan Quinn, Joe Earley, Barry Flynn, Shane Moran, James Gallagher, Matthew Murphy, Kevin Quinn, Paddy McManus, Seamus Donnelly, Keith Boyle, Éamon Walsh, Colm McGirl, Shane McWeeney, Dean Creaven, Devon Quinn, Finbar Quinn, Seán Fox Conal McManus, Sarah Quinn, Evan Gallagher, Nathan Gallagher.

Seniors second win

Our seniors won their second league game when they overcame Dromahair on Saturday last in the Park. The first half was a struggle as we got into an early lead with a quick goal from Ronan Sharpley. However, Dromahair came back with a good goal and in fact went ahead with a second goal midway through the half. Great play from Thomas McLoughlin in particular and points from Thomas and also Anton Arandelovic and Paul McLoughlin hauled us back into the lead before half time. We led by 1-9 to 2-4 at the break. We really took control in the second half and Peter Dolan and Anton Arandelovic got important points when they were needed. Paul McLoughlin pointed a great 50 and to finish it off Paul Prior scored a goal. Ag an deireadh bhí an scór 2-15 go 2-5.

Foireann: Gavin Brennan, Liam Ferguson, Patrick McLoughlin, Gavin Brennan, Anthony Curran, Ciaran Murray, Anthony McTague (0-1), Thomas McLoughlin (0-2), Rory O’Rourke, Brian Cafferty, Paul Prior (1-1), Paul McLoughlin (0-3), Peter Dolan (0-2), Anton Arandelovic (0-6) Ronan Sharpley (1-0). Subs N Hayden for A Curran.


Junior Bs (Div 5) play St Osnatts in the Park on Saturday at 6.30. Seniors (Div 2) play Glencar/Manor in Bee Park on Sunday at 3.00

Park Development Draw

For the past few years a good number of people have been contributing a sum of €10 a month, mostly by way of standing order, to assist with the park development. There is a small draw for €50 each month for those who contribute to this fund but really it is a small donation by club supporters and well-wishers to assist the club in the major effort that is now in progress. Not many people realize that the development taking place is going to cost about €1.2million to complete. Some people have been contributing to this fund by giving the ten euros at intervals to club officers but really the preferable way is by bank standing order as it is cumbersome to have to be going collecting from a variety of people every month or even every quarter, except where one has not got a bank account. We would ask everyone who hasn’t joined this fund or whose subscription has lapsed to contact Tommy Moran, Paddy O’Connor, Ruairí O Suilleabhain or any club official or by e-mailing right away. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Junior Ladies 9 a side

On Sunday last Seán O’Heslins ladies played their first game in the 9 a side league. They played Glenfarne in the Park. The Glenfarne team only started out this year and they put in a great effort but Ballinamore were easy winners in the end. This was a good Ballinamore performance. Team and scorers: Aisling Flaherty, Caroline McGrory, Kirby Gilgunn (0-1), Aine Martin, Rowena O’Rourke (0-3), Carmel McCartin (1-2), Orla McWeeney (0-1), Deborah Gilheany (1-3), Katie Duignan (1-1), Emma Reynolds (1-2), Aisling Duignan, Lauren McGrory. We wish Glenfarne the best of luck in the rest of their matches and we welcome them back to football as Glenfarne were one of the pioneers of ladies football in Leitrim and won the senior championship in 1980 and 1981. Our next game is away to Dromahair on Saturday 29 April.

Playing in England

One of our former footballers, Peter McLoughlin, was present at the senior game on Saturday. Peter was our regular full back and one of our most promising players until he went to England a few years ago. Good to hear Peter is keeping up the football and is now playing with St Mary’s GAA club in Wolverhampton. He previously played with St Mary’s in London. Peter was telling us that a few weeks ago his team his team travelled 75 miles for a fixture only to find the opposing team could only muster nine players. As well as being a star footballer with Seán O’Heslins, Peter also took part in Scór and was a great set dancer. He was on an O’Heslins group of set dancers that reached the All Ireland Final in Scór na nÓg in 1996

Scór na hÉireann

Good luck to Leitrim clubs: Bornacoola, Aughnasheelin and Glencar/Manorhamilton in the All Ireland finals in Killarney at the weekend. It is a great event in the Gleneagle and it would be wonderful to come back from the Kingdom with All Ireland success.


Pota Óir is now at €7,400. Monday’s draw is in McAllisters. Winners of €40 last Monday were Fred Walsh, Pamela McWeeney, Longstone, M J Finnegan c/o Christopher McNiffe, Patsy McGovern, Corlough, Hugh Reilly C/O Willies Fruit and Veg, T Kelleher, Boxmore. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Freddie Walsh: Seamus McTague. Numbers drawn: 74365120


Scealta na Seachtaine – 10 Aibreain 2006


GAA President in Ballinamore on Monday

Sean Kelly, Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, will be in Ballinamore on Monday next, Easter Monday. At 3.45 he will be in Ballinamore Community Centre to present medals to the Under 21 championship winners, Oughteragh Gaels and also to our under 14 Hurlers who won the championship last year. He will also present medals to Aughnasheelin under 14 footballers.  This will be a big occasion as it is not often a GAA President comes this way. The public are very welcome to attend as well as parents and supporters. The event will not last very long so please be there on time. Sean Kelly will also re-launch our Park development draw.

Senior Fixture

Our seniors play Dromahair in the Park on Saturday at 5.00

Junior A team beats Aughawillan

After two defeats in their first two games our Junior A team (Div 3) got on the victory trail when they defeated Aughawillan in the Park on Saturday. The team on duty on this occasion was much stronger than that which faced Bornacoola and Allen Gaels. We faced the wind in the first half but went into a quick lead with a point from Diarmuid Keegan and a goal from Finnian Sharpley. Aughawillan came more into the game but two pointed frees from Finnian Sharpley and points from Peter Dolan and Alan Prior left us leading by 1-5 to 0-4 at half time

With the aid of the breeze in the second half we always looked like winners although Aughawillan got a goal towards the end. Peter Dolan got two points, one exceptional one, Anton Arandelovic pointed two frees and James McWeeney, Alan Prior and Liam Ferguson got the other scores. It finished 1-12 to 1-5.

Foireann: Peter Reynolds, Freddie Walsh, Gavin Brennan, Joe McTague, Naoise Hayden, Liam Ferguson (0-1), Anthony Curran, Anton Arandelovic (0-2), Peter Dolan (0-3), Alan Prior (0-2), Diarmuid Keegan (0-1) James McWeeney (0-1), Finnian Sharpley (1-2), Adrian Gallogly, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin. Subs: Kevin O’Connor, Michael Costello and Philip Murphy.

 Junior B team beat Drumreilly 

On Sunday our Junior B team (Div 5) had their second win in succession when they beat Drumreilly. This wasn’t as easy as the score might suggest. Despite playing against the wind we had a great start, scoring three points from Peter Dolan, Diarmuid Keegan and Philip Murphy within five minutes. However, Drumreilly then got on top and led by 0-8 to 0-5 at half time. Peter Dolan from a free and Philip Murphy got the other points.

There was a stiff breeze and it certainly motivated our players because they did dominate the second half. Anthony Curran got the first point. Diarmuid Keegan got a point and then a well-worked goal finished by Diarmuid Keegan effectively halted Drumreilly’s challenge. Further points from Philip Murphy, Alan Prior, Adrian Gallogly and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin left us comfortable and in the final minute Diarmuid Keegan finished to the net to leave us winners by 2-11 to 0-11.

Foireann: Ciaran Maxwell, Joseph Murphy, Freddie Walsh, John Galligan, Anthony Curran (0-1), Jason Kellett, Kevin O’Connor, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (0-1), Aidan Galligan, Alan Prior (0-1), Peter Dolan (0-2), Philip Murphy (0-3), Sean McCartin, Adrian Gallogly (0-1), Diarmuid Keegan (2-2) Subs: Joe McTague, Michael Costello, Shane Murphy.

Junior Girls start with a Win

On Sunday last Sean O’Heslins played Aughawillan. O’Heslins got off to a winning start with a good team performance, especially the backs who had an outstanding game. At half-time the Ballinamore girls led by 2-6 to 0-2 with goals from Catherine Smith and Kate McTague. In the second half the Aughawillan girls came more into the game but Ballinamore held out to the end.

Foireann: Carol O’Connor, Lauren McGrory, Claire Fanning, Maeve Murphy, Kirby Gilgunn, Katie Duignan, Orla McWeeney, Carmel McCartin (0-1), Rowena O’Rourke (0-1), Kate McTague (1-2), Deborah Gilheaney (0-3), Catherine Smith (1-1), Caroline McGrory (0-2), Subs: Áine Martin, Erin Gilheany, Emma Reynolds, Aisling Duignan. Next game is in the 9 a side league against Glenfarne on Sunday 16 April at home.

Hurling Collection

The church gate collection for the Hurling club will take place this weekend

Club Fined for late starts

Players are asked to be in time for games as the club has incurred fines for two junior games already where we were late onto the field. The fines were €100 per game so we accept no excuses for players not being on time from now on. Also a reminder that there are some players who have not paid their membership. Strictly speaking you are not eligible to play a game if you are not a paid up member so please pay your membership without waiting to be asked.


The death took place in Dublin last week of former Ballinamore player Seán Sharkey. His sister was the late Sr De Lourdes who taught in the national school. He is survived by his brother Kevin Sharkey, who is in England.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €7,300. Beidh an Lotto ar an Luan seo chughainn sa Commercial. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Bridie Gallagher, Mary Ralph, Alan Banks, Francie Flanagan, Seamus McGovern, Aughawillan, and Michael Fanning. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Jackie: John Gormley. Winners of special prizes of Easter eggs: Pauline Moran, Philip Farrelly, Frances O’Reilly, John McWeeney and Ollie Gallagher. Numbers drawn: 61734052


Scealta na Seachtaine – 3 Aibreain 2006


Good Start for Seniors

Our Seniors, playing in Div 2 of the League made a good start on Sunday morning last when they beat Aughnasheelin in Aughnasheelin. It certainly was a great relief having failed to beat Aughnasheelin in the corresponding fixture for the past three years. O’Heslins were in control throughout the first half and led by 1-5 to 0-2 at half-time. Paul Prior had pointed three frees, despite the rough cross wind, Anton Arandelovic got a good goal and there were points from Peter Dolan and Seán Murray.

The second half started great and it was 1-9 to 0-2 within ten minutes. Then Aughnasheelin dominated and got three points in succession. For a while it looked we might be in bother but points from Paul Prior (free), Peter Dolan, Paul McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty and Anton left us comfortably ahead by 1-10 to 0-7 at the finish. Tosnú maith do bhliain nua.

Foireann: Colm Brennan, John McWeeney, Patrick McLoughlin, Gavin Brennan, Liam Ferguson, Ciaran Murray, Anthony McTague, Thomas McLoughlin, Rory O’Rourke, Brian Cafferty (0-1), Paul Prior (0-3), Peter Dolan (0-2), James McWeeney, Anton Arandelovic (1-1), Sean Murray (0-1). Subs used: Finnian Sharpley, Paul McLoughlin.


There may be Junior A and Junior B fixtures ag an deireadh seachtaine. See Fixtures.

Ladies Football

Junior ladies have their first game against Aughawillan in Aughawillan on Sunday at 12.00


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €7,200. Mondays draw had to be changed to Shortt’s due to fire in Commercial. Winners of €40 were Sean Mac Conduibh, Linda O’Neill, Aughavas, Padraig Forde, Cloone, Pat Buckley, Meath, Frank McCabe, Kiltyhugh, Sharon Sweeney. Winners of €20 each sponsored by Terry Shortt: Ollie Gallagher and Tom Burns. Numbers drawn: 25701634. Winner of €50 in the Park Development draw: Gerry Brady, Aghadark..

Our President is a Great Grand Father

With the birth of a buachaill in the McGinley household our Uachtarán, Hugh McTague Snr is a great grand father. This makes Hugh Jnr a grand uncle. Comhghairdeas to all.

Gaelic Telecom

The club is looking for someone who would do some work to promote Gaelic Telecom among club members and supporters. There would be an allowance paid for this work. Anyone interested contact Paddy O’Connor.



Scéalta na Seachtaine –  27 Márta 2006

Club Meeting

An important club meeting will be held in the Community Centre on Friday next March 31, at 9.00. All members, players and parents of underage players are asked to attend this meeting. The club is in the middle of major development work and very shortly stage two of the Park Development will commence. It is very important that everyone connected with the club attend this information meeting.


Our senior team play their first official fixture of the year, against Aughnasheelin, Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm in Aughnasheelin in the first round of the Division 2 league. Please come along and give your support for what is always a very entertaining local Derby.


This weeks draw was held in The Waterway Bar. No Jackpot winner. 5 prizes of € 40 went to Philip Farrelly, Philip Farrelly (yes, he did win twice), Pat Keaney Aghacashel, Martina Duffy Mullingar, Thomas Keaney Aghacashel. House draw won by Seamus Mac Murchaidh, Special House Prize sponsored by Damien & Patricia also won by Seamus Mac Murchaidh. Next weeks draw is in the Commercial Hotel, Jackpot €7,100.

Scór Chonnacht

Comhghairdeas do Achadh na Sileann, Barr na Cuille agus Cluainín as a mbua i Scór Chonnacht ar an Domhnach. Bhíodar go léir iontach maith agus go néirí leo I gCill Airne



Scéalta na Seachtaine –  20 Márta 2006


Junior B team plays Mohill in the Park on Sunday at 12.00 in Division 5 game. Under 16s are due to play Melvin Gaels on Friday and Manorhamilton on Tuesday next in the Park

Juniors Good Win in First Game

Bhí bua mhaith ag an bhfoireann soisir ina gcéad chluiche. A good beginning for our Junior B team in Division 5. At half time they led by 0-6 to 0-2 and they continued on their way in the second half and it finished 0-13 to 1-2.

Foireann agus scóir; Michael Costello, Kevin McIntyre, Fred Walsh, John Galligan, Anthony Curran, Kevin O’Connor, Joe Murphy, Aidan Galligan, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (0-1), Philip Murphy (0-3), Peter Reynolds (0-1), Alan Prior (0-2), Sean McCartin (0-2), Adrian Gallogly (0-1), Shan Harte. Subs: Ciaran Maxwell (0-1), Kevin Prior, Shane Murphy (0-2), Darren Reynolds.

Junior A team lose to Allen Gaels

For the second week-end in a row our Junior A team had to field with a very depleted line-out. They were missing about eight eligible players for one reason or another. However, hopefully they will have some of them back for the next day. Allen Gaels led by 0-5 to 0-2 at half time with Philip Murphy getting two good points from the half back line. However, Allen Gaels pulled away in the second half and won by 1-11 to 0-5.

Foireann: Peter Reynolds, Kevin O’Connor, Francis Dolan, Joe Murphy, Philip Murphy, Freddie Walsh, Anthony Curran, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Gavin Brennan, James McWeeney, Diarmuid Keegan, Alan Prior, Darren Reynolds, Adrian Gallogly, Sean McCartin. Subs used: Aidan Galligan, Kevin prior, Tommy McCormack

Referees Wanted

The County Board is looking for new referees. Anyone interested in refereeing, whether underage or adult games is asked to contact Paddy O’Connor immediately.

General Club Meeting

There will be a general club meeting on 31 March in the Community Centre.

Tommy Dolan Tournament

Míle buíochas to everyone who supported the Tommy Dolan seven-a-side in the Park on Saturday and the function in Prior’s on Saturday night.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €7,000. Next Monday’s draw is in the Waterways Bar. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Philip Farrelly, Dick Lawrence, Criostóir MacConduibh, Ollie Gallagher, McGovern Boys, Corlough, John Turbitt. Winner of bottle of vodka sponsored by Ciarán and Cathy Smyth: Alan Banks.


Scealta na Seachtaine  – 13 Marta 2006


On St Patrick’s Day the Junior A team play Allen Gaels in Drumshanbo at 12.00. On Sunday the Junior B team play Gortletteragh in Gortletteragh at 12.00. The under 16s play Glencar/Manorhamilton in Manorhamilton on Sunday.

Juniors Lose to Bornacoola

Good in the first half, bad in the second half. That was the verdict in the Junior A team’s first outing against Bornacoola last Sunday morning. The team was greatly depleted for a variety of reasons, missing at least half a dozen of first choice players.

The first half was very even, indeed we could have been ahead if we took all our chances. Still it was Bornacoola 0-4 O’Heslins 0-3 at half-time. Adrian Gallogly, Alan Prior and James McWeeney had got the scores. The second half was a different story, despite playing with the slope. The only score we got was a point from Michael Costello near the end. It finished 0-11 to 0-3.

Good to see two of our under 16s from last year and one from the year before making their debut in adult football: Michael Costello, Darren Reynolds and Kevin Prior

Foireann: Colm Brennan, Kevin O’Connor, Francis Dolan, Joseph Murphy, Anthony Curran, Gavin Brennan, Philip Murphy, Peter Dolan, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Alan Prior (0-1), Peter Reynolds, James McWeeney (0-1), Michael Costello (0-1), Adrian Gallogly (0-1|), Sean McCartin, Subs Darren Reynolds, Kevin Prior

Scór Liatroma

Out Trath na gCeist team and our Novelty Act didn’t make it in the County Finals. However, it was a wonderful night of music, song and dance agus comhghairdeas do na buaiteoirí. A special congratulations to our neighbours, Aughnasheelin, who won three titles including the Nuachleas. They were close on many occasions in Nuachleas but they were clear winners on this occasion.


Sympathy to the Galligan family, Dromore on the death of Jack Galligan

Tommy Dolan Seven-a-side

Tommy Dolan has been struggling with a serious leg injury for a long period of time. It has cut short his ability to play football but, more seriously, it has left him unable to work for long periods. Tommy has still, even while on crutches, took part in the management of the Junior team and has a great interest in the club. On Saturday next his footballing friends are organizing a seven-a-side Tournament in the Park at 3.00. The tournament wont be very serious but we call on all Sean O’Heslin’s supporters to help in this venture. If you cannot be present, there are envelopes being distributed by the organizers. There will also be a night of craic in Gay Priors Lounge on Saturday night. Contact Sean McKeon or Conor Harte if you wish to be associated with this worthwhile venture.

General Club Meeting

There will be a general club meeting on 31 March in the Community Centre.

Good wishes

Good wishes to two of our players: Joe McTague and Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin who are out of action through injury at the moment.


Pota Óir is now at €6,900. Next Monday’s draw is in the Siopa Ól. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Seán MacConduibh, Catherine Benison, Seán McNiffe, Michael Dolan, Willowfield, Deborah Keaney, Aghacashel, M an P McLoughlin. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Frank and Ita Flynn: Gerry Dooner. Numbers drawn: 07342156.


Scealta na Seachtaine  – 6 Marta 2006

 Scór Sinsear 

Last weekend we participated in Scór in Trath na gCeist and in Nuachleas. Both teams got through to the finals on this coming Saturday in Manorhamilton. In Tráth na gCeist we were represented in Bornacoola by Andy Duffy, Alan Banks and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin and they came through with a clear round. Our Nuachleas team was: Philip McHugh, John O’Connell, Brid and Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin and Margaret Cassidy.

There were two excellent nights of Scór at the weekend and it is a great tribute to all the clubs who put a big effort into getting participants involved. It should be a great night in Manorhamilton on Saturday.

Junior League Game

Beidh an céad cluiche ar siúl ar an Domhnach seo chughainn. First league match of the year. The Junior A team play Bornacoola in Bornacoola on Sunday next at 12.00.

Junior Ladies training

Junior ladies football training will commence on Wednesday 8 March in the Park at 7.00pm sharp. All players are asked to please attend.

Hurling Meeting

Hurling in the club is being reorganized and an important meeting is being held in the Library on next Tuesday at 9.00. Anyone with any interest in hurling and anyone who could assist in any way is asked to come to this meeting.

Leitrim Supporters club

Leitrim GAA Supporters Club draw will take place on 25 March. There are a host of big prizes and tickets can be had from John Harte or Sean Ó Suilleabháin

Premium Tickets for St Patrick’s Day Finals

The club holds two tickets for the Premium level in Croke Park. In previous years a raffle was held for certain games and the winner got the two tickets. This year a new procedure will be adopted. Anyone who would like to avail of the two tickets for any match (excluding the All Ireland Finals) can give their name to Paddy O’Connor in the week before the particular game. If only one person asks, they will get the tickets and just pay the face value for the tickets. If more than one requests the tickets, the names will be drawn out of a hat. The first game for which tickets are available will be the club finals on St Patrick’s Day. So if you would like to get the tickets, give your name to Paddy O’Connor immediately.

Leanbh Nua

Comhghairdeas to Patrick “Beezer” McKiernan and his wife Marcella on the birth of their daughter Emma

Pósadh eile ag teacht

Comhghairdeas to Shane Harte and Jennifer Gantley who get engaged last week. John and Mary will have a shorter journey to go for this wedding. Aidan got married in January in far away Tucson, Arisona.

Lá Breithe

Priors Lounge was the venue for a surprise 40th birthday party for Brian Breen last Saturday night. Many of his former comrades at club and county level were there and the whole thing was arranged unknown to the man himself. Many of the great occasions were no doubt recalled as the stars of club and county from a golden era for Leitrim and Seán O’Heslins met once again. Barney is now very much involved with the senior team management as a selector and it is great to have the experience of one of the club’s greatest players available to the club.


The club would like to extend sympathy to the Duignan family, Kiltymooden, on the death of Helen’s mother in Cloone.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag  €6,700. Next Monday’s draw is in Reynolds. Winners of €40 last week were: Aisling Flaherty, Hugh and Eileen McTague, church St, M and P McLoughlin, Aughamore, Vera Brennan, Ciarán McCabe, c/o Lakeland, Carmel Connolly, Doogarry. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Gay Prior: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Numbers drawn: 14503672. The winner of €50 in the monthly Park development draw was Pat Ferguson.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 27 Feabhra 2006

Scór Sinsear

We take the stage in Scór Sinsear on this Friday night in Bornacoola. Indications are that there will be a high level of entries this year from Leitrim clubs. On Friday night, in Bornacoola, performances will start at 8.00 and in Drumreilly on Saturday the starting time is 9.00 because of the League match in Cloone under lights.

Minor Football

There was a great minor game in the Park on Sunday morning with the result being a draw: O’Heslins 1-10. St Mary’s 2-7. The team on duty was: Philip Farrelly, David Leyden, Joe Murphy, Enda Quinn, Kevin Prior, Philip Murphy, Wayne McKeon, Jim McTague, Neil Hughes, Shane Murphy, Michael Costello, Darren Reynolds, John Christie. Sub used: Stephen Beirne.

On Sunday next the minors play Drumkeerin in the Park at 12.00

Inter Firms

Last week we asked if any other Ballinamore players had won Inter Firms All Ireland titles. Within Eircom there is an inter-region competition for Eircom employees. In 1980 Noel Crossan won an All Ireland while playing with the Sligo region of Eircom, The final was against Killarney in Croke Park and Noel played in goals. In 1992 Damien Crossan did likewise, playing in goals for the Sligo region. They beat Drogheda in the final in Ballybofey and Noel was also on the panel. Damien also won the Eircom Cic Fada competition in 2001.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €6,700. Next Monday’s draw is in Gay Priors. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Gerry Mahon, Ciara Flynn, Ross Gannon, Brid Reilly, Teemore, Anthony McTague, Lorna Lawrence.Winner of the bottle of Baileys sponsored by David McCabe: Philip Farrelly. Numbers drawn: 34716250

Scealta na Seachtaine – 20 Feabhra 2006

All Ireland Scór Champions – Bua Eile

All Ireland Champions again ! There seems to be no stopping Sean O’Heslins when it comes to Scór and Saturday night in Athlone was another of those great occasions. When the Fear a’Tí announced “Sean O’Heslins” the place went wild. It crowned another great year for Scór not only in Ballinamore but also in Leitrim as another All Ireland title was lifted.

The team of Michael Costello, David Leyden, Neil Hughes, Claire Fanning, Lisa Duignan, Catherine Smith and Rowena O’Rourke were ecstatic as the result was announced and why wouldn’t they, as they gave a truly memorable and flawless performance. For Raymond McHugh, Michael Fanning and Cyril Smith it was another great year as the ultimate was reached. Throughout the Scór world they will wonder how it can be done. A third All Ireland in Scór na nÓg in Nuachleas as well as five titles in Nuachleas in Scór Sinsear. Well it is a combination of the right actors who can act, a good script and the right people in charge. It seems Ballinamore has that combination right at various intervals.

Top Club in Ireland

Once again Sean O’Heslins are the clear leaders as the club with the most All Ireland wins of all the GAA clubs in Ireland. It is an extraordinary achievement. Tá súil againn go leanfaidh sé i bhfad. The total wins at this level is 13 titles in total made up of eight in Scór Sinsear (5 Nuachleas, 2 Aithriseoireacht, 1 Trath na gCeist) and Five in Scór na nÓg (3 Nuachleas and 2 Trath na gCeist).


The Scór officers would like to thank all of the sponsors both business and individual who were very generous in their donations. Those who attended the function on the previous Thursday and Freddie and Mary Walsh in particular. Those who gave advice, those who gave props or who helped in any way. Finally the supporters who travelled to Athlone.

Fenagh Dancers

How we wished it could have been a double. Nobody would have deserved it more than those wonderful set of dancers from Fenagh. While it seems at times that success comes easy and often now to Seán O’Heslins we must recall that our senior quiz team were together for 24 years before they won an All Ireland in 2002. However Fenagh’s dancers brought life to Scór in Fenagh which in a way was responsible for the club’s wonderful win in Nuachleas last year. Success comes at different times and in different ways and success will come to them again.

All Ireland Firms Success

Comhghairdeas to Seán Murray who was on the Quinn Group team which won the All Ireland Inter Firms Senior Football Final on Saturday. They beat Dublin Gardaí in a replayed Final. This must be the first time a Ballinamore man won an All Ireland at this level. If not we would be glad to hear details.

Leitrim Hurlers

Good to see Leitrim hurlers drawing their first game in the League. This was really a big achievement for them as Louth reached the Nicky Rackard Cup final last Summer. Ciaran Maxwell was on the team on Sunday.


Our minors lost by three points to Bornacoola on Sunday in the Minor League. They play St Mary’s on Sunday next at 12.00 in Carrick.


Pota Óir is now at €6,700. Next Monday’s draw is in Poor Scholar. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Seán Mac Conduibh, P. J. McLoughlin, Clare Rehill, Martina Farry, Trina Quinn, Aughawillan, Francis Duignan. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Liam McGirl: P J McLoughlin. Numbers drawn: 71046532.

Scealta na Seachtaine – 13 Feabhra 2006

All Ireland Scór na nÓg

Saturday is the big day in Athlone when our Novelty Act takes the stage in the All Ireland Final. It will be a dream occasion for Michael Costello, David Leyden, Rowena O’Rourke, Catherine Smith, Neil Hughes, Lisa Duignan and Clare Fanning as they take the stage in the John McCormack Centre.  Catherine Smith has been there before as she is the one survivor from the Nuachleas team that won the All Ireland in 2001. A big crowd will be leaving from Ballinamore and we wish our competitors the best of luck. Good luck also to Fenagh set Dancers.

Scór Function

The two All Ireland-bound clubs, Fenagh and Seán O’Heslins have combined to run an Oíche Scór in the Commercial Hotel on this Thursday night. This event is to help defray the expenses of both clubs and admission will be €6 for adults and €3 for children with a special family price. Thursday 16 Feb is the night and doors open at 8.30 and the show will start at 9.00. All will be over before 11.00. It promises to be a great night and we would ask all supporters to attend this event.

Minors Win

Our minors got off to a great start on Sunday last and won their first league game beating Mohill and scoring 4-12 in the process. Their next game is on Sunday next at 12.00 against Bornacoola in Bornacoola. Support would be appreciated.

Good wishes

Tá Adrian Smith san ospidéal faoí láthair. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be on the football and hurling fields again before long.

Tomás Ó Moráin – Uachtarán Chonnacht

Beidh Tomás Ó Moráin ag críochnú a thréimhse mar Uachtarán Choiste Chonnacht  an seachtain seo chughainn. Tomás has been Connacht President for the past three years and no man has contributed more to the GAA over a greater period than Tomás. As Club Chairman, Central Council delegate, County Secretary, National Scór Chairman, referee, Scór participant: he has done it all. Still he has time to act as our club’s Finance Committee Chairman and no doubt his work will continue in this and in other spheres. Míle buíochas a Thomáis.

Mentors meeting

A meeting of all club mentors, underage and adult, including ladies teams will take place in the Commercial on this Thursday at 8.30.

Leitrim Supporters Club

Tickets are now out for the Leitrim Supporters club and can be had from club officers. With major developments in progress at Páirc Seán and a training facility planned a lot of money is required.


Pota Óir is now at €6,500. Next Monday’s draw is in McGirl’s. Winners of €40 last Monday were: James Dooner, Edel Egan, Terry and Agnes Shortt, Seamus MacMurchadha, Patricia Gilheany, Caoimhín Ó Flathartha. Numbers drawn were: 51470236


Scealta na Seachtaine – 6 Feabhra 2006

Scór Function

The two All Ireland-bound clubs, Fenagh and Seán O’Heslins have combined to run an Oíche Scór in the Commercial Hotel on Thursday 16 February. Fenagh Set Dancers and the Seán O’Heslins Novelty Act will be appearing in the All Ireland Finals just two days later so this will be a chance to see two All Ireland acts before they head for Athlone. Fenagh will be appearing in their fourth final in a row and of course Fenagh won their first All Ireland last year in Novelty Act. O’Heslins are of course the kings of the Novelty Act nationally and this year the will be making yet another appearance in the Finals.

This event is to help defray the expenses of both clubs and admission will be €6 for adults and €3 for children with a special family price. Thursday 16 Feb is the night and doors open at 8.30 and the show will start at 9.00. All will be over before 11.00

Mentors of Underage teams

Club mentors of underage teams are asked to attend a meeting in the Commercial on Thursday 16 at 8.30. All will be over in time for the Scór function.

Ladies Registration Night

The Sean O’Heslins Ladies will be holding a registration night on Monday 13 February at 8.00pm in the Community Centre. All players from under 12s up to Junior are asked to be there. Please bring your registration forms, copy of your birth cert and fee. For under 18s the fee is €5 and for over 18s it is €20

Minor League

First minor league game will be on this weekend against Mohill. Venue and time not confirmed as yet.

`“Our Loss is Their Gain”

The club’s sponsored slimathon being organised as a fundraiser for Sean O’Heslins Ladies GAA was launched in Lawrences on Monday night. The following have signed up: Veronica Smith, Brian Breen, Anita Harte, Conor Harte, Bernie Beagan, Patricia Gilheany, Aisling Flaherty and Rosaleen Flynn Bernadette and Michael McGovern and Elaine McCormack. The target date is Monday 1 May at the Lotto in McGirls and the contestants will be looking for sponsorship in the meantime. Bígí fial leo.

Leitrim Supporters Club

Leitrim County Board are embarking on two of the biggest projects ever undertaken by the GAA in Leitrim. The building of a wonderful new stand in Pairc Sean and the deveolping of a training grounds in Anaduff. Tickets are now out for the Leitrim Supporters club at forty euros each as part of the fundraising for these projects. Tickets can be got from various club officers or from PRO Sean O Suilleabhain. Anyone from abroad can get one by e-mailing Sean at


No winner of the Pota Óir on Monday. Next Monday’s draw is in McAllisters and the Pota Óir is €6,400. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Pat Gallogly Drumreilly, Maura Mulvey, Aughnasheelin, Conor Harte, John Galligan, Veronica Smith, Diarmuid Martin. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Dick and Margaret Lawrence: Michael Dolan. The numbers drawn were: 30267145. The winner of €50 in the Park development draw was Patrick “Beezer” McKiernan.

Scealta na Seachtaine – 30 Eanair 2006

“Our Loss is Their Gain”

This is the name of an intriguing sponsored slimathon being organised as a fundraiser for Sean O’Heslins Ladies GAA. Basically if you are prepared to join a group of people who plan to lose weight over a ten week period, give Veronica Smith a ring at 086 6035987. It is open to men or women, especially those who consider they have a little bit of weight to spare. To date the following have signed up: Veronica Smith, Brian Breen, Anita Harte, Conor Harte, Bernie Beagan, Patricia Gilheany, Aisling Flaherty and Rosaleen Flynn. There will be a launch of this event next Monday in Lawrences at 10.30 before the Lotto. So give Veronica a ring before then.

Scór All Ireland Tickets.

Tonight Wednesday is the last night for ordering tickets. Contact Cyril Smith or Raymond McHugh tonight, if you havn’t done so already.

Players in Action.

Some club players have been in action elsewhere lately. Sean Murray was involved with the Quinn Group that contested the All Ireland Inter Firms final and they drew with Garda. Anton Arandelovic came on as a sub for Leitrim last week against Sligo in the FBD


Membership fees now due. Players please note that membership must be played before you play a game. Contact Registrar, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin


No winner of the Pota Óir. Next Monday’s draw is in Lawrences’ and Jackpot is €6,300. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Paddy Prior, Paddy McGourty, Karina and Cliona McHugh, Helen Maxwell, Deborah Keaney, Malachy McKiernan. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Jackie: Seoirse De Phrís. Numbers drawn: 51643702


Scealta na Seachtaine – 23 Eanair 2006

Connacht Scór na nÓg Title for Novelty Act

Another Connacht Scór title was won on Saturday when the Sean O’Heslins Nuachleas came out on top at the Connacht Scór Finals in Claremorris. The group gave a wonderful performance but it was by no means certain they would win, given the quality of some of the other acts. However, the adjudicators opted for the Ballinamore act and they are now heading for the All Ireland Final. Congratulations to Michael Costello, David Leyden, Rowena O’Rourke, Catherine Smith, Neil Hughes, Lisa Duignan and Clare Fanning. Our Rince Foirne were unlucky to be shaded out of it by a very good group from Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway. There could not have been much in it. Comhghairdeas freisin do Fiodhnach, they won the Rince Seit for the fourth time in a row.

Tickets For All Ireland

Those who wish to travel to the All Ireland Final in Athlone on 18 February must order their tickets by Sunday next from Scór coordinators, Cyril Smith or Raymond McHugh. Please note that tickets must be paid for with order as the club has, in turn, to forward payment with their order. Tickets, once received cannot be returned, so do not order tickets if you are not sure of going. While it can be hard to get the required amount of tickets, nobody has ever been left without one at the end of the day, but it is extremely awkward if people decide they are not going at the last minute. So, please, money with order. Tickets are €18 each.

Ladies AGM

The Sean O’Heslins Ladies will be holding their AGM Monday week the 30th of January @ 8.30pm in the Commercial Hotel. All parents, players & mentors from under 12s, 14s, 16s, Minor & Junior are asked to please attend. Any new members who would like to join are also asked to attend the AGM.

Under 16 and Minor Football

Training for under 16 and minors in the Park on Wednesday at 8.00pm

Busy Man in Singapore

Brendan Wisely Jnr must have been a busy man at the weekend as the 2005 and 2004 All Star Hurling teams played in Singapore. Brendan is Secretary of the Singapore Lions GAA club which hosted the event. By all accounts it was a wet day but a very successful event. Well done Brendan and all the GAA people in Singapore.

Get Well

Good wishes to Adrian Murphy who suffered injuries in a fall at work recently. Good to hear Adrian is making a speedy recovery.


Sympathy to the Harte family on the tragic death of Mary’s niece, Paula Murphy in Limerick last week.


Ní raibh an tádh ag duine ar bith i Lotto na seachtaine seo caite. Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €6,200. Next Monday’s Lotto is in Jackie’s. Winners of €0 last Monday were: Paddy McGourty, Brendan Burns, Catherine Glancy, Cammagh, Jim Carney, Aughavas, Niamh Mahon, Church St, Mona Creamer, Lahard. Winners of €20 each sponsored by Terry Shortt: Brendan Burns and Alan Banks. Uimhreacha amach: 42157036


Scealta na Seachtaine – 16 Eanair 2006

Connacht Scór na nÓg

Best of luck to our two sets of competitors in the Connacht Scór Finals on Saturday. Our Rince Foirne and Nuachleas will be taking the stage in Claremorris. Go néirí libh. Best of luck to all the other Leitrim entrants.

Player Awards

Congratulations to Kirby Gilgunn who received the Sean O’Heslins Ladies “Player of the Year” award. The award was presented to Kirby in Prior’s last Saturday. Kirby will also be receiving the County Junior B Player of the Year award at the Co Board Dinner Dance on Saturday next

Wayne McKeon will also be receiving the County Under 16 Player of the Year award on Saturday. Comhghairdeas don bheirt agaibh.


Sympathy to the Toolan Family, Ardrum on the recent death of Margaret Toolan. Sympathy also to the Sharpley Family, Aughayowla on the tragic death of Michael McGarry, Dromod.


Pota Óir is now at €6,100. Monday’s draw is in Shortt’s Heritage Bar. Buaiteoirí  €40 an duine ar an Luan seo caite: Philip Farrelly, Nora McTague, Deradda, Seamus MacGabhann, David Dolan, High St, Evelyn Martin, Br MacDiarmada, Kelly Ruane, Fenagh. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Kevin and Edel, Galligan’s: Sean Ó Suilleabháin. Numbers drawn: 17403652

Scealta na Seachtaine – 9 Eanair 2006

Successful Scór na nÓg Night

Sunday last was another big occasion for Scór in the county and for Seán O’Heslins. It was a wonderful evening’s entertainment and it also turned out a successful one for Sean O’Heslins. The standard was so high that it was difficult to win in any of the eight events so to come away successful in two was very good.

Rince Foirne agus Nuachleas

Our two successes came in Rince Foirne and in Nuachleas. O’Heslins have really become the dominant force in Figure Dance for the past few years and their success on Sunday was their fifth county title in six years. They also of course went a step further last year when they won the Connacht title and competed in the All Ireland Final. Orla McCaffrey has really brought on this group of dancers to new levels and they are now in Connacht once again. Their dancers were; Michelle Reynolds, Joanne Keenaghan, Orla McWeeney, Niamh Griffin, Shauna Cullen, Sarah Sweeney, Erin Gilheany, Maria O’Reilly.

In Nuachleas, a new group of actors are following in a strong Sean O’Heslins tradition. This is the particular event were the club usually excels. This year Raymond McHugh and Michael Fanning have a new strong new group and a good act. There is one link with previous groups: Catherine Smith won an All Ireland title in Scór na nÓg Novelty Act in 2001. The other actors are: Michael Costello, David Leyden, Rowena O’Rourke, Neil Hughes, Lisa Duignan and Claire Fanning.

Other Scór events

In Amhránaíocht Aonair we had Aisling Maxwell who in fact won a county title a couple of years ago, but there were some great singers there and it didn’t go her way this year. In Tráth na gCeist Michael Costello, Shane Murphy and Darren Reynolds probably didn’t do themselves justice but were not far off either. The Ballad Group of Katie Duignan, Aisling Duignan, Ciara martin, Lauren McGrory and Shauna Cullen also performed very well. Probably the unluckiest group in the club was the Set Dancers. For the past few years Fenagh have had such an excellent set of dancers that to be second to them is an achievement. Indeed in many other years the Sean O’Heslins dancers would win a county title easily. However it is a great credit to the two groups that they continue to give of their best. The dancers were, for Sean O’Heslins: Erin Gilheany, Catherine Smith, Kate McTague, Lisa Duignan, Maria O’Reilly, Sarah Sweeney, Joanne Keenaghan, Michelle Reynolds. For Ballinamore: Orla McWeeney, Niamh Griffin, Lauren McGrory, Katie Duignan, Aisling Duignan, Phillipa O’Reilly, Maeve Gleeson, Shauna Cullen.


Now that Scór Liatroma is finished the club would like to thank the many people who helped along the way. Orla McCaffrey who trained the dancers, Michael Fanning and Raymond McHugh who tutored the Nuachleas, Ann Sammon who trained the Ballad Group. Ann was celebrating an anniversary of her own in Scór this year as noted on the programme. Maith an Cailín Áine !!. Mary Ann McBrien helped with Solo Singing. Alan Banks trained the Trath na gCeist team. At an earlier stage Lorraine Sweeney trained the music group. Buíochas freisin to all the hall stewards, kitchen helpers and especially to Cyril and Veronica Smith who looked after all the hall arrangements. Best of luck to all the other winners in Connacht.


Pota Óir is now at €6,000. Monday’s draw is in Galligan’s. Winners of €40 last week were: Seamus MacGabhann, Mary Ralph, Terry Barden, Dympna Kelleher, Garadice, Joe Keenan, Boxmore, John Stringer. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Freddie Walsh: Padraig Gallagher. Numbers drawn: 62143507. Winner of the €50 monthly Park development draw was: Brendan McGowan, Ardrum.

Speedy recovery

Best wishes to Darren Creamer, Lahard for a speedy recovery. Best wishes also to Linda Harte who has recovered, apparently, in time to hit for Arizona.


 Scealta na Seachtaine – 2 Eanair 2006

Scór na nÓg

Beidh babhtaí ceannais de Scór na nÓg Liatroma ins an Ionad Pobail ar an Domhnach seo chughainn ag tosnú ag 3.00. Sean O’Heslins have a big representation with something in every event apart from Music and Recitation and with two in the Set Dance. We wish them all well and hope to see some of them progressing to the Connacht Finals.

Successful New Year Draw

The annual New Year draw was held in Priors Lounge on New Year’s night. It was a wonderful success with over 1,000 tickets sold. A lot of people put a lot of work into ticket sales but the prince of them all was P J McLoughlin who sold a staggering 100 tickets. The following were the winners: €3,000 Ciarán and Sharon Maxwell, Dromore. €1,000. Alan Martin, Rosóg. €100 each: Gary Smyth, Padraig Smith, Corramahon, Elizabeth Reynolds, Aughlin, Orla Heslin, Gortletteragh, P J McLoughlin, Adam Gantley, Anvil Court, Caroline Creamer and David Dolan, Ciaran Hayden, c/o AIB. The €100 for the top seller went to P J McLoughlin and the €100 for the seller of the first prize ticket went to Ciaran Maxwell.


The weekly Lotto was also held on Sunday night. No winner of the Pota Óir which now stands at €5,900. Next Monday’s draw is in the Commercial. Winners last Sunday were: winners of house prizes of €50 each sponsored by Gay Prior: Amanda O’Connell and Brendan Burns. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Gay Prior: Mona Creamer. House prize of €50 sponsored by club: Ann Marie Cafferty. Winners of €40 each: Siobhán Gannon, Mohill, Paddy Hearty, Caroline Creamer, Patricia Cronin, Kerry, Rory O’Rourke. Numbers drawn: 17650324


There will be an exodus of Hartes to Tucson, Arizona next week for the marriage of Aidan to Alison Case. Beidh an Pósadh thall i Meircea ar an 13 Eanair. Go néirí leo beirt.

Good Wishes

Good wishes to Noel Sweeney who retired from work just before Christmas. Noel is a great helper at all Sean O’Heslins events including the Golf Classic and many other events. Tóg go bog é, Noel.

Peileadóir na Bliana

Congratulations to Anton Arandelovic on being selected as the club’s Footballer of the Year for 2005. This award goes yearly to the player who in the opinion of players made the best contribution to the club during the year. Anton had a great year playing with both the seniors and intermediates. He also was the match winner in the under 21 final. Comhghairdeas Antóin.


The club extends its sympathy to the Kieran family, Main St on the death of Fr Cyril Kieran,, Clontibrit, Co Monaghan. Fr Kieran was a priest in America for some time and was also a chaplain in the Irish Army. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.