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30 December 2002

  • A.G.M:
    The A.G.M. of the club took place on Sunday last 29th Dec with a very good attendance of players and supporters. Club president Fr Seamus McKeon started proceedings with the ‘Lords Prayer’ as Gaeilge followed with a very encouraging address to all assembled. Chairman Finbar Keaney gave a detailed report on the year past, outlining the unprecedented level of success on the playing fields from under-age to senior by the ladies and men’s teams. Outgoing secretary John Paul O’Donoghue read a very detailed report on all club activities throughout the year and this was followed by outgoing treasurer John McGovern’s financial breakdown of income and expenditure showing the club purse to be in a healthy state. Club officers for the year ahead are as follows:-- Chairperson – Finbar Keaney, Asst Chairperson – Tony Redican, Club Secretary – Nollaig Carroll, Underage Secretary – Michael McGirl, Treasurer – Barry McKiernan, Asst Treasurer – Kevin Nealon, Club Registrar – Adrian Lee, Scor Coordinator – Michael J. McKiernan, P.R.O. – P.J. Meehan, Asst P.R.O.-- Eoin Meehan. The appointment of Senior and Junior team trainers/managers was left to be decided at a players meeting to follow. More details of other positions will be made available in these notes later. A little bit of history was made at our A.G.M. as we took on board the first female club officer Ms Nollaig Carroll as Secretary. It’s exactly thirty years since another parish organisation the Pipe Band broke the mould with the first female membership in 1972.
  • Day of Fun:
    The annual St Stephen’s Day charity game between the Highlanders and the Lowlanders was a great day’s entertainment and was attended by a very large crowd. It was sweet revenge for the Highlanders as they overturned last years result. The large numbers of players togged out was puzzling to all associated with putting teams together during the year. All who were there willing to play are invited along to the first training session to be announced later. It’s proof that we have the players available but a little shy when training and games are planned.
  • Slaves a Good Trade:
    Following the fun game in the park the club held a very successful ‘Slave Auction’ that night in Cardiff’s Lounge. Thanks to all who supported the event, including sponsors, bidders, buyers, slaves to the club and “D.J. Dara”, to the Cardiff family for the use of their premises, to the auctioneers Des Foley and Brian Meehan who made the event both entertaining and worthwhile. Thanks also to the lads who organised and coordinated the fundraiser on the night.
  • Congratulations:
    To Antoinette Lee and Declan Tivnan who were married in St Brigid’s church Drumcong last Friday 27th Dec.
  • Happy New Year:
    To all players, supporters, friends of the club at home or away. May 2003 bring all of you every happiness peace and success in everything you experience.
  • Bereavements:
    The Clubs extends its sympathy to the Reynolds Family of Cornabrone on the death of Hugh Reynolds of Bray Co.Wicklow and also to the McGovern family Ballinamore on the death of Hughie McGovern whose funerals took place last week. May they rest in peace.

23 December 2002

  • Happy Christmas
    Kiltubrid GAA would like to wish all our members, supporters and friends a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and healthy 2003. We send greetings to Kieran Lynch in Sydney, Australia, to recently emigrated David Tighe, to Paul Foley in San Francisco and to all our members and friends in New York, who have been so generous to us this year. I’m sure we will see most if not all of our London contingent over the holidays.
  • High Achievement:
    2002 will be a year to be remembered for lots of reasons, rainfall and terrible local tragedies, made us sit up and put things into perspective this year, but when the rain stopped and games were finally played it turned out to be a line out of the Van Morrison song ‘days like this’. Our ladies teams achieved Junior Championship and League double, their first adult titles. At under age the girls landed the Under 14 Championship and only succumbed to Aughawillan in the Under 12 final after a replay while Drumcong Schools girls team made the schools competition their own and beat Mohill comprehensively in the final. Boy footballers too can play a bit as our Under 12 and Under 14 teams both lost their respective league finals, but if they did it galvanised them for their championships. The Under 12 Div 2 championship was duly delivered at the expense of Sean O’Heslins in the final. Of course the Under 12 Boys will want to thank the five girls who helped them in their achievement. Our Under 14 team had no problem storming in to the nine-a-side championship final, and when they did they took full advantage leaving Ballinaglera in their wake with a dashing and committed display. One One our best young ladies footballer made a valued contribution to this win. In Adult football too it was a historic year yielding the Club’s first Intermediate championship also at the expense of Sean O’Heslins. The Intermediate panel started training on January the 21st. We numbered some thirty strong and our goal was simple, win the Intermediate championship and secure Senior status for 2003.

  • We had like every other club many hiccups, wet fields, late cancellations, disrupted holiday plans and injuries, but through it all the players stayed amazingly focussed, travelling from Dublin and Galway for weekly training sessions was no problem, others that worked weekends had to reschedule work around games and then to find games off due to water logged pitches. But I don’t think any player would say it was not worth it when Conor Doherty at last lifted that coveted prize. At time of writing we still have one outstanding game, the Division 2 final against neighbours Aughnasheelin on Saturday 21st Dec in Cloone eleven months to the day that we started training in Kiltubrid Park. We also had some great achievements on the Handball courts and the Athletics fields from some of our members, well done to one and all.
  • http://leitrim.gaa .ie/kiltubrid
    This is surely one of our pride and joys and you can blame Brendan Doyle for this, he assures me we are heading for an unbelievable 15,000 hits, yes that is fifteen thousand visitors on the web from Dubai to Drumcong, we are hot. Brendan has over one hundred players profiled on the website and only last week he has set up a website for the parish of Kiltubrid with valuable contributions from P.J. Meehan, he tells me it has gone crazy. Mighty work lads.
  • A.G.M.
    All supporters and club members please keep in mind that our Annual General Meeting is on Sunday the 29th December in Liscarbin Social Centre. It starts at 3.00pm sharp. Some new blood would be very useful.
  • Day of Fun or Lark in the Park:
    St Stephens Day just days away now from that famous annual day of fun and crazy carry-on by supposedly grown adults. By being there you can enjoy the craic and also help out a local charity in the parish. At 12noon in the park we hold the second annual Highland /Lowland ball maul. It will be a good game of football with compromise rules, probably a compromised ball (inflated like a stone by you know who), for a while anyway, but no compromise from some of the characters playing. This is a must see event. Michael Bohan of the Main shopping centre in Kesh has kindly donated two trophies for the Player of The team from each side. Parking is reserved for the Highlanders in whose territory the park is located and is also a home venue for the Highlanders. Parking for Lowlanders is at Drumcong and ye can walk the rest of the way. Later on in the day the club will be holding a ‘Slave Auction’ in Cardiff’s Lounge. Lots of local celebrities will be up for auction and you wouldn’t believe what they would do for you if you buy them.
  • Church Ceremonies For Christmas:
    Masses of midnight as follows – Rantogue at 8pm and Drumcong at 10.30pm.. Christmas day masses are same as on Sundays.
  • Kiltubrid Parish Website:
    All parishioners are reminded that the new developing parish website now has a ‘Guest Book’ and ‘Guest Map’ available. Any person or family or parish organisation can log on and send Seasons Greetings to friends and relatives. The web address is www.kiltubrid.com If any of you clever people out there have any ideas for maximising the use of the website, make your thoughts known via the web.
  • P & T:
    To Pat McWeeney and Tony Redican, I would like on behalf of the players and the club say a big Thank You for your dedication to training since the dark nights of January to this weekend. When you take on the onerous task of team management and trainers you commit yourself to the club and all the players. For your weekly club notes Pat in that brown envelope with the notes fresh from your pen, thanks for the coverage of all sporting activities in the parish. I have very little additions or adjustments to make and its an easy job for me to have them with the Observer and on the Web. To both of you and your families have a very Happy Christmas and Best of Luck for 2003.(p.j.m.)
  • Drive Safely :
    Chris Rea’s song “Driving Home For Christmas” sums up the bitter-sweet aspects to our attitudes behind the steering—wheel – delighted to be on the move towards home and family but frustrated about everyone else heading in the same direction! "Driving home for Christmas with a thousand memories. I take a look at the driver next to me. He’s just the same ... top to toe in tailbacks. Got red lights on the run, driving home for Christmas......" - Enjoy your Christmas holidays. Safe Driving!
  • Thank You:
    Finally we in Kiltubrid would like to thank sincerely all of our sponsors that helped us out during the year and all are to the fore again on St Stephen’s Day. Simply we are not a club without you. To P.J. Meehan and Brendan Doyle for the three years help and support while I have been writing these notes, I say a massive thank you to Geraldine who has tried to teach me how to spell, no cigar! Because I just wrote learned instead of teach and that is just bad grammer. (Geraldine - "send him down to Master McKiernan"). Thank you to John Connolly and all the staff at the Leitrim Observer for their cooperation in printing these notes weekly. Lastly again we would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a Great New Year. By the way “Up Kiltubrid”

16 December 2002

  • A.G.M.
    All supporters and club members please keep in mind that our Annual General Meeting is on Sunday the 29th December in Liscarbin Social Centre. It starts at 3.00pm sharp. Some new blood would be very useful.
  • League Final:
    Our Intermediate football panel are only an hour away from achieving a rare double, as they have qualified for the League final. Next Sunday in Cloone at 2pm we will take on neighbours Aughnasheelin in what will surely be an intriguing contest. Kiltubrid reached this final by virtue of a good win over Sean O’Heslins last weekend. Remember again Cloone at 2.00 pm on Sunday next 22nd December for the final.
  • Scor Nua:
    Again we want to congratulate our young people who represented our club in Scor Nua lately; again our successful quiz team was Keelan McKeon, Emmet Mahon and Adrian Beirne, but we were very unlucky with a very good novelty act. The players were Michael Geoghegan, Pionsias Gilmartin, Dominic Keaney, Ciaran Crossan, Daniel McGirl and Kevin Quinn. Orla McGourty represented us at solo singing and Sinead Tighe at resitation. Many hours of practice was put in, in Liscarbin Community Cntre and we would like to thank the committee for the use of the centre for practising and og course the willing parents who put in the work, who were Mary Rose Geoghegan, Bridget Quinn, Patricia Crossan and Damien Crossan and of course Christina McGourty.
  • Day of Fun:
    Mark down St Stephens Day this Christmas in your diary for a day of fun and you can also help out a local charity in the parish. At 12 noon in the park we hold the second annual Highland /Lowland gig. It will be a good game of football with compromise rules, probably a compromised ball, for a while anyway, but no compromise from some of the characters playing. This is a must see event. Michael Bohan of the Main shopping centre in Kesh has kindly donated two trophies for the Player of The team from each side. Later on in the day the club will be holding a ‘Slave Auction’ in Cardiff’s Lounge. Lots of local celebrities will be up for auction and you wouldn’t believe what they would do for you if you buy them.
  • Player Photo and Profile:
    All players are reminded that this Friday night at 8pm is their last opportunity to have your photo and profile placed on the Club Website. All players from under age to seniors are asked to make a final effort to finish off this long drawn out exercise and let the people organising this move ahead with the next task on hand.
  • Church Ceremonies For Christmas:
    Masses of midnight as follows – Rantogue at 8pm and Drumcong at 10.30pm.. Christmas day masses are same as on Sundays. Confessions for Christmas on this Friday 20th Dec at 9.00pm in Drumcong with 4/5 priests attending.
  • Drumshanbo and District Credit Union:
    A.G.M. takes place on this Thursday night Dec19th at 8pm in Aras Padraig, Drumshanbo. It’s your Credit Union so make an effort to attend. Credit Union is Open at the following times… Tuesdays at 11am to 2pm & 3pm to 5pm. Thursdays at 11am to 2pm. Fridays at 11am to 2pm & 3pm to 6pm. Saturdays at 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm. To become a Member or to avail of Loan facilities call into the office during above times and staff will assist you with any information you require. Phone 078 – 41727
  • Kiltubrid Parish Website:
    All parishioners are reminded that the new developing parish website now has a ‘Guest Book’ and ‘Guest Map’ available. Any person or family or parish organisation can log on and send Seasons Greetings to friends and relatives. The web address is www.kiltubrid.com If any of you clever people out there have any ideas for maximising the use of the website, make your thoughts known via the web.

09 December 2002

  • Scor:
    Congratulations to our young competitors who took part in Scor last Saturday night in Aughavas. Our question time team were in top form winning out on the night. The team was Keelan McKeon, Emmet Mahon and Adrian Beirne. They will go forward with confidence to the next round. The club are indebted to Patricia Crossan, Damien Crossan and Christina McGourty for all their great work with the youngsters for scor. We also competed in the solo singing and novelty act on the night.
  • AGM:
    This year our Club AGM takes place on Sunday 29th December in Liscarbin Social Centre at 3pm. Keep your diary free.
  • Juniors Win:
    Our latest adventure in the Division Three league yielded Kiltubrid two league points at the expense of Mohill last Sunday in Kiltubrid park.
  • Well Done Adrian:
    Congratulations to Allen Gaels captain Adrian Cullen on winning ‘Club Player of the Year’ in Leitrim this year. It was well deserved, he really was Gaels top man this year.
  • Christy Injured:
    It looks like Kiltubrid may have to play their league semifinal without Chris Carroll. He picked up a foot injury a few weeks ago playing for Leitrim. We hope the big man wont be out for too long.
  • Saint Stephens Day Mass-acre:
    Well maybe not a massacre, but the Highlanders actually believe they can beat us this year. I think they believed it last year too. The knives are out already, sly remarks in the locals. Naughty messages on the website all the order of the day. The game is sure to be compelling again and remember all proceeds are for local charity. The start time is at 12 noon and after the bit of ‘Craic’ on the field we will hold a ‘Slave Auction’ in Cardiff’s. For more on the big days activities see next weeks notes.
  • Congratulations Stephen:
    Stephen Flynn from Mohill is the new Secretary of the Leitrim County Board. It was a close thing between himself and Declan Bohan from Bornacoola. Well done Stephen.
  • Parish Website:
    For those of you logging onto the Parish Website www.kiltubrid.com , You can now view the weekly Parish Newsletter as well as GAA Notes etc.. The newsletter you read every Sunday and Church Holiday in the churches can now be read on the website each Sunday. Tell your friends or relatives living away from home, as they may want to keep up with some of the happenings in the parish.

02 December 2002

  • Sympathy:
    Kiltubrid G.A.A. would like to sincerely sympathise with the Patterson family of Lisduff, Carrick on Shannon on the recent death of George Patterson. George was a very popular local businessman and was of course father of Kiltubrid footballer Darach Patterson to whom we would like to offer our sympathy and to his family. May he rest in peace.
  • Executive Meeting
    There will be an important meeting of the club executive committee this Friday 6th Dec at 10.00pm in Cardiff’s meeting room.
  • Juniors Lose:
    Our Junior team went down to Aughavas last Sunday in a league in Kiltubrid. You wouldn’t put a dog out in the weather conditions on the day, but both teams served up a fairly good game considering. Aughavas won the game by a single point. Kiltubrid would be about mid table in division three with two games left.
  • Special Olympics:
    There will be a benefit social held in Meehan’s Lounge, Drumshanbo this Friday night 6th Dec to assist with preparations for the arrival of Special Needs competitors from Maritania West Africa to the Drumshanbo area next year 2003. A host of top artists will entertain on the night. This is your opportunity to support these young people who are coming to our area to compete in the Special Olympics.

25 November 2002

  • Glorious Under 14’s:
    Kiltubrid under 14 footballers had a mighty win in their championship final against Ballinaglera last Sunday. Right from the throw-in Kiltubrid took the game to Ballinaglera, and kept up relentless pressure on the Ballinaglera goals. This pressure reulted in some great scores from Keelan and Dermot McKeon, Emmet Mahon, Anthony Tighe and some great long-range points from Michael McGirl. In the second half Kiltubrid did not take their foot off the pedal, and Keelan McKeon goaled twice to complete his hat-trick, he had scored a lovely goal in the first half.He also scored three points to go with Dermot McKeon’s late goal and point. This was a great team effort from Neil Slevin in goals to Anthony Tighe in the forwards, Gavin Kelly was brilliant at full-back, Ronan Geoghegan in the corner had little to do in this game, but as always he was so efficient. Lisa McWeeney on the other side of the defence had as always a great game. Lisa was the only girl on our panel and its safe to say we would not have got as far as this final without her, such were her performances all year. At midfield Michael McGirl and team captain Dermot McKeon were simply unbeatable. In the forwards Keelan McKeon as I have already said scored heavily, but either side of him Emmet Mahon and Anthony Tighe were simply outstanding. Some of the passing movements between these three along with Dermot and Michael were a joy to watch. Richard Shanley and Shane Cardiff joined the action in the second half and both lads played well. The other members of our panel were:- Mark McWeeney, Daniel McGirl, Kieran Murray, Adrian Beirne, Prionsias Gilmartin, Ciaran Crossan. On a final point well done to captain Dermot McKeon who gave up his athletics commitments last Sunday so that he could lead his team to victory.
  • Sorry Jamie:
    Last week I omitted Jamie Murray’s name from these notes. Jamie was also one the Kiltubrid footballers who was playing handball for Leitrim in Kildare.
  • Carrigallen Looking Good:
    Well done to the Carrigallen Club who had their grounds looking so well last Sunday for the under 14 final.
  • Support Helen:
    Next Friday night the 29th November Leitrim ladies hold their annual night out in Clarkes Hotel, Mohill. This year our own Helen Tighe is Kiltubrid’s nominee for Club-Person of the year. We wish Helen the best of luck and we would encourage as much support as possible from the Club for Helen.
  • Scor Nua:
    Next Saturday night the 30th Nov youngsters from our Club will take part in Scor Nua and we wish them all the best, and we would like to thank Christina McGourty for all the good work she puts in with these kids.
  • Club Training:
    Friday night the 29th Nov next at eight o clock for all club players.
  • Division Two:
    Played at home this will not go down as one of our great performances as Dromahaire gave us a lesson in direct and simple but very effective football. Even though we were missing some of our regulars there is still no excuse for this poor performance. Brendan Meehan’s equalising goal at the end of the game saved a tricky situation following a disputed goal from the boot of Conor Doherty just minutes beforehand Time still allowed us to score an all important point to win by the minimum.
  • Division Three:
    Our first game in St Marys new football grounds against the home side was for the few supporters present a very good hours football as both sides played with skill, pace and determination right up to the final whistle. A ding dong encounter ended with a win for the home side by four points.

18 November 2002

  • Parish Bazaar
    Our annual parish bazaar takes place in Cardiff’s Lounge , Drumcong on this Friday and Saturday 22nd & 23rd Nov in Cardiffs Lounge, Drumcong. Great selection of quality prizes on offer both nights. Door Prize is a Pair of Antique Restored Fireside Chairs. Star Prize of the Bazaar is a Family Size Colour Television.
  • Under 14’s Win
    Our under 14 championship game with Aughnasheelin finally took place last Sunday. It was called off about three times due to bad weather. Kiltubrid won this game by a few points and so advance to the final which should be against Ballinaglera, this game was played without Emmet Mahon and Anthony Tighe who were playing handball. Just a foot-note on last Sunday’s game, we in Kiltubrid would be forgiven for thinking that Bord na nOg have forgotten us because yet again no official referee turned up for the game. Now games between Kiltubrid and Aughnasheelin at every level are very keenly and honestly contested and so was this one. Not for the first time this year Kiltubrid team trainer Damian Crossan had to step in to the breach to get the game played, this is not fair to either team or to Damian.
  • Handballers Supreme
    Congratulations to our club players James Gill, Emmet Mahon, Anthony Tighe who were playing handball last weekend for Leitrim against Kildare. James Gill is also holder of the Matthew Dolan cup together with Paul Gilmartin won earlier this year.
  • Graduations
    Kiltubrid ladies Emer Horan and Denise Murray have just graduated receiving a National Certificate in Business Studies and in Information Systems. Congratulations from all in Kiltubrid G.A.A.
  • Young McGlynn
    Congratulations to former Kiltubrid and Leitrim footballer Martin McGlynn and his wife Orla on the birth of their son Mark.
  • Final Ten
    Congratulations to Jackie Lee from our club and pipe band on making the final ten in the People of the Year awards, also well done to P. J. Meehan and Elizabeth Burke who were nominated.
  • Juniors Lose
    Our division three team played a good game last Sunday up in Dromod against Bornacoola and were a little unlucky to lose to the home team by two points.
  • Training
    Training has been nonexistent lately so we want to shape up again for an end of the year push so to speak; all Junior and Intermediate players in the Park on this Friday evening at 8.00 pm please.

11 November 2002

  • Sympathy:
    Kiltubrid Gaa Club would like to offer its sincere sympathy to the Foley and Gill families on the death of Mrs Peggy O’Rourke last week. The late Mrs O’Rourke was an aunt of club players Noel and James Gill, Niall, Derek and Gearoid Foley. May her soul rest in peace.
  • Games Off:
    Kiltubrid park was seriously water logged last Saturday evening, and as a result our division two game against Dromahaire and our Under 14 championship game against Aughnasheelin due to be played last Sunday were cancelled. Ironically Sunday was one of the best days of the week.
  • Scór:
    It’s that time of the year again. Would anyone interested in taking part in Scór Na nÓg, and you have to be under 17 please contact Christina McGourty at 42316 before Friday the 15th of November.
  • Parish Bazaar:
    Friday and Saturday week, 23rd and 14th November are dates to keep free as our annual parish bazaar takes place in Cardiff’s lounge, Drumcong.

04 November 2002

  • On his travels:
    Kiltubrid GAA say goodbye to one of its brightest footballers David Tighe who is to spend some time working abroad. We eish David the best of luck on his travels and you can always keep in touch David at www.kiltubrid.com/gaa/
  • Happy Couple:
    Congratulations to local footballer and business man Micheal Scollan who last week announced his engagement to Miss Deirdre Blessing from Drumshanbo. You know all the good women are from Drumshanbo Micheal. Best wishes to both of you.
  • Girls Graduate:
    Congratulations to local girls from our club who have graduated lately. Tracey Costello graduated from National University of Ireland Galway with an honours degree in mathematical science and computing. Sinead Foley graduated in general nursing from the Anglia Polytechnic University in Chelmsford, Essex and has taken up a position in Bloomfield Hospital England. Nicola Foley graduated in psyciatric nursing from DCU Dublin and has taken up a position in St. Brendans, Grange Gorman.
  • Games Off:
    Kiltubrid Under 14 team were frustrated last weekend when their game with Aughnasheelin was caleld off due to a water logged field. While St. Caillians were unable to field a team against Kiltubrid in the Intermediate league last Sunday. We are going well in the division two league with one game left.
  • Club Training:
    Club training for all Junior and Intermediate players is on Friday night the 8th of November and not on Wednesday the 6th. This is for all players please at 8pm sharp.
  • Happy Holidays:
    Some of our players are gone on belated holidays due to our involvement in the Intermediate Championship, we wish them all the best.

28 October 2002

  • Another Win:
    Kiltubrid teams have been doing very well of late in finals and this trend continued last Friday evening the 25th of October in the boys Under 12 Division Two Championship final. The game itself was in doubt right up to the last minute because of the state of pitches in the county due to the bad weather. In the end it was played in St. Felim’s grounds in Ballinamore and great credit must go to Sean O’Heslins trainer Padraig Leydon for having the field so well lined out for the final. So to the game itself Kiltubrid started off playing against the wind in the first half and played some great controlled football and coming up to half time were leading by four points to Ballinamore’s one point. Emmet Mahon and our chief marks man Keelan McKeon hitting the target. But then disaster struck in the form of two O’Heslins goals, despite the best efforts of Daniel McGirl in goals. Kiltubrid pointed again before the short whistle, as the say, to leave the half time score five points to Kiltubrid and two goals and a point to Ballinamore.

  • But Kiltubrid would have the wind in the second half. This they would put to good use. Emmet Mahon and Tara Evans started where they left off in the first half dominating midfield. Kiltubrid had the vital first score a great long-range point from Keelan McKeon. Kiltubrid scored again from Emmet Mahon but the Ballinamore had their turn and put the Kiltubrid backs under serious pressure. This they withstood gamely and held O’Heslins to two points in this period. But then Kiltubrid got their crucial break, full forward Aoife McWeeney cut in along the end line and hit a shot off the bottom of the post and the rebound came out to Keelan McKeon, who is a lad who just does not miss such chances. Kiltubrid in the lead now but Ballinamore were not finished yet and put on some serious pressure on the Kiltubrid goal, but at this time our backs were out standing led by team captain Dominic Keaney and powerful centre back Shane Cardiff. Ballinamore did score a point in the height of this pressure, but Kiltubrid scored two late points from the boot of Claire Kelly. Indeed Claire was unlucky that one of them was not a goal, it was helped over the bar by goalkeeper James Boyle. Soon after Claires second point Ciaran Hearty who had an excellent game as referee blew the long whistle and it was Kiltubrids cup of joy. The cup was afterwards presented to team captain Dominic Keaney, by Bord Na nOg Chairman Cillan Ellis, to the delight of his teammates.

  • The Kiltubrid lineout was in goals Daniel McGirl who was sound throughout and was without fault for the goals. Out two full backs were team captain Dominic Keaney and Aine Tighe and both were very good under pressure clearing their lines very well. The half back line of Sinead Tighe, Shane Cardiff and Daniel Tighe were completely dominant. Shane has to be the strongest Under 12 player in the county. Out midfielders of Tara Evans and Emmet Mahon showed their class throughout with their experience being vital in a tight game. The half forward line of Ciaran Crossan, Keelan McKeon and Micheal Geoghegan were on top of their game. Keelan was a great target man and all his scores were class. Micheal Geoghegan again was one of best players and he won so many frees in the game. While Ciaran Crossan was always a threat and so nearly got in for a second half goal. Our two full forwards Claire Kelly and Aoife McWeeney burst in to the game in the second half and Claire finished strong with the two vital points. The other players who played a vital part in this success were Kevin Quinn, Alan Crossan, Prionsias Gilmartin, Ciaran Tighe, Stephen Bracken, Anthony Murray, Sean Kelly and Shane Evans. We also must say well done to Damien Crossan and Micheal McGirl both of who have put in a lot of work with this panel of players.
  • Game Off:
    Our Under 14 game with Aughnasheelin fell victim to the weather last week, but there will be training for the full panel this Wednesday evening at 7 pm. We would like to congratulate Aughnasheelin on their recent Under 12 success against Aughavas.
  • Great Supporters:
    Many thanks from our young panel to our great loyal supporters who were out in force again last Friday at the Under 12 final in Ballinamore, and especially to our most loyal Jim Tighe who never misses a game and was there again to see his two grand daughters Sinead and Aine pick up another medal for Kiltubrid.
  • Key of the Door:
    Belated congrats to Ladies star forward Cathy Kane who recently celebrated her 21st birthday.
  • Ladies Say Thanks:
    The ladies team wish to thank Enda Horan and Johnny Earley for their generous sponsorship of a set of tops for the senior ladies panel.
  • Parish Annual Bazaar:
    Good wishes to the friends of old St Brigids who are getting ready for their famous Annual bazaar which takes place on the 22nd and 23rd November in Cardiff’s.

21 October 2002

  • Ladies do double:
    Congratulations to Kiltubrid Ladies team who won the Junior League Final. Their recent success will go well with the Junior Championship they won last month. They had a big win in this final against Annaduff in Cloone, it was played in atrocious weather conditions but Kiltubrid still played good football and the entire team played very well dominating their markers on each line of the team. Helen Tighe at full forward scored three fine goals. It was just reward for Helen who is an outstanding example to her younger team mates. When times weren't as good in Ladies football in the club people like Helen and team manager Darren Gilmartin held things together and both got their just rewards this year. Kiltubrid played this final without regular goalkeeper Tracey Costello and Leitrim player Naomi Lee. But on this occasion Emer Horan was very sound in goal. Deirdre Meehan made a welcome return at full back and together with Geraldine Carroll both were very sound. The half back line of team captain Sinead Meehan, Emer Kelly and young Lisa McWeeney were all out standing. Siobhan Carroll and county player Linda Tighe easily dominated midfield. The half forward line of Sandra Earley, Miranda Burke and our youngest player Siobhain Kelly had the run of the field and Sandra was very good with her frees. Playing full forward with Helen was Cathy Kane and she put in a very determined display over the hour. The remainder of the panel was Regina Bohan, Cathriona Gilmartin, Rachel McGrogan, Claire Gilmartin, Nicola Kelly and Aisling Murray.
  • Back on Track:
    Kiltubrid Intermediate footballers got their league campaign back on track last weekend with a good win over neighbours Aughnasheelin in a keenly contested game at Kiltubrid park on Saturday evening, two points in it in the end.
  • Injuries:
    Injuries are part and parcel of all sports and our own John Paul O’Donoghue has had a fair share. John Paul finds himself with a recurring knee injury. Its not a real serious one but John Paul will be out of action for a good few weeks. The injury happened to him in the county final against Ballinamore, but everyone is still talking about John Paul’s brilliant late goal against Cloone in the semi-final. We hope to see you back in the red and green soon JP.
  • Aidan in America:
    We say so long to club player Aidan McGovern who is gone to New York for a few weeks and his loss will be sorely felt in our Junior and Intermediate games coming up but we know that Aidan won’t be too worried about that as he will be having a good time, fair play to you boy.
  • Club Meeting:
    A very important club meeting will be held next Friday night at 10 O’clock in Cardiff’s that is Friday the 25th for all members please.
  • County Call Up:
    Following some outstanding performances from Kiltubrid players in the Intermediate Championship the county selectors have called up Karol Scollan, Barry Doyle and Chris Carroll to compliment Shane Foley and Emmet Lee. Fergal Meehan who was man of the match in the Intermediate final can consider himself unlucky not to get a call. Other Kiltubrid players who have got what it takes are Dara McKiernan and Enda McKeon. County football of course is not for everyone as it is a massive commitment, so good luck to those who can do it and good luck to Leitrim next year.
  • People Of the Year:
    Fair play to our clubman P.J. Meehan on being one of the people nominated for the people of the year awards. One of the many things P.J. does in our club is that he ghost writes these notes with me. Lets hope we don’t get into as much trouble as Dunphy and Keane – PJ. Other popular people in our parish that are nominated are Jack Lee and Elizabeth Burke. Good luck to everyone.
  • Under 12 Final:
    Our Under 12 boys team with a few girls have reached the Division 2 Championship final against Ballinamore on this Friday the 25th of October. Fenagh at five o’clock is the time and place, and these young players deserve some support. The team have enjoyed a good campaign, losing only once to our opponents on Friday. This is a tricky one for the team manager Damien Crossan but I think red and green are his colours now.

14 October 2002

  • Down to Earth:
    Kiltubrid Intermediate footballers were brought down to earth last Sunday in the Intermediate League in a Division Two match against Allen Gaels. The Gaels ran out easy enough winners and were the best team by far as they applied themselves better to the contest and gave Kiltubrid a lesson in good football. So it’s back to the grindstone for the Kiltubrid lads if they want to make the league semi-finals.
  • Thanks:
    Kiltubrid footballers again want to say a big thank you to all our generous sponsors for all their support during our successful Championship campaign particularly all the businesses in the parish and publicans including Brian and Ann Meehan on the High St, Drumshanbo. At this point we would also like to thank the Ballinamore club for the sporting gesture of their panel and supporters who joined with us in our celebrations on Sunday evening week last. To Tony and Pat we say thanks for your tireless commitment to the success of this team.
  • Congrats:
    To Aine Tighe on her winning the U12 event at last weekends’ cross country contest held in Lough Rynn, Mohill.
  • Ladies Final:
    Our Ladies team are in action in the Junior league final against Annaduff this coming weekend. Watch fixtures for time and venue and please be generous with your support.
  • Underage:
    Our Under 12 and Under 14 teams are still well involved in their championship and have vital games coming up soon, but with day light fading these evenings it is hard to know when we will get these games played. Both panel of players are applying themselves very well in training in recent weeks – so keep up the good work and sit tight until we hear more.
  • Training:
    Training for the bigger men, that is Intermediate and Junior players this Wednesday night 16th of Oct and Friday nights. Full attendance lads please.

07 October 2002

  • Champions:
    Kiltubrid Intermediate footballers will start the 2003 campaign as Senior footballers in Leitrim after over coming Sean O’Heslins in the Intermediate Championship final last Sunday in Pairc Sean in Carrick. The Ballinamore team were a very tough nut to crack and it was a game that went down to the wire but the Kiltubrid team had the greater resolve to pull away in a tight finish. I can tell you from first hand knowledge that this panel of over thirty players handled themselves impeccably all year, and no group of players deserve this success more. Conor Doherty lead from the front last Sunday and scored five great points and ha made a great speech when he accepted the Intermediate cup from County Board Chairman Micheal McGowan, for full back Gerry Winters it was third time lucky as he lost intermediate finals in 1986 and in 1998.
  • Man of the Match:
    Congratulations to brilliant wing back Fergal Meehan on his award of Man of the Match it was well deserved as Fergal typified the hunger and commitment of this Kiltubrid team. Well done Fergal on a great display.
  • Girls Final:
    Kiltubrid Under 12 girls team were unlucky last Friday the 4th of October in Sean Leydon park Fenagh. They were playing Aughawillan in the replay of the county final. Aughawillan were the stronger and better balanced team and they put pressure on the Kiltubrid goals from the start but the Kiltubrid girls were very brave. Goalkeeper Nicole McMahon was safe and did not let in any goals throughout the two games. The back line of Claire Kelly, Christine Gill and Aine Tighe repelled many Aughawillan attacks. Kiltubrid’s midfielders Sinead Tighe and Tara Evans fought hard against two stronger opponents, these two girls work rates was immense. Tara scored two points from frees and Sinead a great goal, and she was so unlucky to have another goal late in the game called back by referee Mary Shanley only for her to give a 13 meter free. In the forwards Sinead Byrne, Sharon Moran, Aoife McWeeney and later Clodagh Foley fought hard for possession. Aoife was strong on the ball and got two nice points but she had to come out the field too far to get good ball and therefore a scoring threat nearer goal was diminished. All in all Kiltubrid were up against it in this game but they had loads of spirit and that spirit was typified by Aine Tighe in the first half as she raided up the wing repeatedly on solo runs, a great little bit of stuff is young Aine. The young girls would like to thank all their supporters on Friday and especially thank their trainers Helen Tighe, Regina Bohan and Emer Horan and true sports that they are would like to congratulate Aughawillan on this success. The rest of the panel on Friday evening was Karen Murray, Niamh Tighe, Aisling McGourty, Roisin Judge, Ciara McWeeney, Catriona Cardiff, Avril McGovern, Rachel Gill, Lisa Devlin.
  • Under 14 Boys:
    Our under 14 boys team plus one girl are doing well in the Championship with two good wins under their belt against Ballinaglera and St Caillians. They have no game this week so we will take the opportunity to train Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7pm in the park for the following panel members. Neil Slevin, Ronan Geoghegan, Gavin Kelly, Lisa McWeeney, Micheal McGirl, Dermot McKeon, Emmet Mahon, Keelan McKeon, Anthony Tighe, Richard Shanley, Kieran Murray, Daniel McGirl, Dominic Keaney, Mark McWeeney, Adrian Beirne.
  • Under 12’s:
    Our Under12 team had mixed fortunes last week, on Monday we had a good win over neighbours St. Caillains but on Wednesday we fell to Sean O’Heslins by a margin of two goals the score being 2-13 to 13 points. In this game we played without our five girls who regularly tog out with the boys team, this limited our options somewhat, and O’Heslins deserved their win. The panel was Daniel McGirl, Dominic Keaney, Shane Evans, Anthony Murray, Shane Cardiff, Daniel Tighe, Emmet Mahon, Micheal Geoghegan, Ciaran Crossan, Keelan McKeon, Ciaran Tighe, Kevin Quinn, Alan Crossan, Sean Kelly, Prionsias Gilmartin. The five girls that were absent were Sinead Tighe, Tara Evans, Aine Tighe, Claire Kelly and Aoife McWeeney. The Ballinamore U12 team is trained by Padraig Leydon, a former Fenagh Kiltubrid great who managed Kiltubrid in his time. The Kiltubrid team is managed by Damian Crossan, a former Ballinamore great, while both men played for Leitrim, funny old game isn’t it.
  • A sea of Red and Green:
    The Kiltubrid Intermediate panel and Ladies panel would like to say a great big thank you for the effort put in to all the flags and bunting that was on display in the parish for the last week ends big games. The good will and parish pride that was evident last Sunday was immense. Thank you very much.
  • Ladies bow out of Connaght Championship:
    Our gallant panel of Ladies were knocked out of this years Connaght Championship by the ladies of St. Mary’s of Sligo on Sunday last. Some harsh decisions on the field of play took our team out if its stride on many occasions on Sunday. This was a great performance and the game could have gone either way as a penalty save by the St. Mary’s goalkeeper had a lucky rebound off a players foot late in the match were some of the deciding moments that cost us in the end. We wish St Mary’s well in the rest of the competition and congratulate our girls on a great display. Thanks to all our supporters who travelled to Sligo under a tight schedule to fit in out other game in Carrick and also to the five pipe band girls who made a special effort to get back with the band in Carrick.
  • Friends Of Old St Brigids Race Night
    Your support is asked for our Parish Race Night this Saturday night 12th Oct in McKeons of Kesh. First Race is due off at 9.50 pm. Make this a great follow-on weekend and keep the parish floating on its sea of green and red.

30 September 2002

  • Intermediates in Final:
    Congratulations to our Intermediate football panel on their good workman like win over Cloone in the Championship semi-final last Sunday. This was Kiltubrids first real tough game of the year and we had waited along time for it. Small wonder then at times that it was a nervous display from our lads. But Cloone are a fine football team and played a great game so we say hard luck to them and wish them luck in the rest of their league campaign. For Kiltubrid now its a County Final appearance next Sunday against Sean O'Heslins. We last appeared in the final in 1998, that year O'Heslins contested the Senior final, enough said.
  • Big Support:
    Kiltubrid footballers would like to thank all their loyal supporters who were in Fenagh last Sunday in great numbers and we would appeal for the same again next week. We would also appeal for as many flags and bunting to be flown in the parish this week.
  • Under 12's:
    Kiltubrid Under 12 football teams both boys and girls contested two finals last week with mixed fortunes. On Monday our boys team played Dromahair in the final of the Division Two league. This was an entertaining and a high scoring game with Kiltubrid holding sway in the first half but Dromahir came more into it in the second half and eventually ran out winners by two points, the score being Dromahire 0-13 to Kiltubrids 1-8. The Kiltubrid panel lined out without young Sean Kelly of Kilclare who's grandfather had died, Jim Kelly RIP and Anthony Murray of Aughacashel who was injured. The rest of the panel is Daniel McGirl, Dominic Keaney, Tara Evans, Shane Cardiff, Daniel Tighe, Emmet Mahon, Sinead Tighe, Ciaran Crossan, Keelan McKeon, Aine Tighe, Michael Geoghegan, Aoife McWeeney, Kevin Quinn, Alan Crossan, Ciaran Tighe, Stephen Bracken, Proinsias Gilmartin. On Wednesday our girls under 12's were out in the county Final aginast Aughawillan, this was a real thriller played with great commitment from both teams. the final whistel from Mary Shanley could not seperate them and to be fair it did not deserve to, the score on the evening was Kiltubrid 2-4 and Aughawillan 0-10. The replay is this weekend - I can't wait.
  • Ladies go for glory:
    Kiltubrid Ladies go for Connacht glory this weekend in the Junior Ladies Connacht Championship against St. Marys of Sligo. It's fixed for Kent Park Sligo on Sunday at 12:30 pm which will surely clash with our Intermediate Final. Kent Park is St Mary's ground and is found by travelling past the Cathedral and taking a left at the traffic lights, then continue straight on for one mile and the pitch is on your left. Good Luck girls.
  • Thanks PJ:
    Many thanks to P.J. Mehan who was responsible for your club notes last week, this correspondent was having a day off at Croke Park. A great feature on Armagh woman, Annie Tighe by P.J. Congratulations Annie - your boys did you proud.
  • Gaels win Again:
    Our neighbours Allen Gaels have been unbeaten now for two years in championship football in Leitrim. They had it their own way last Sunday against Melvin Gaels and achieved back to back titles - well done Gaels.
  • Girls Final Replay:
    As we go to press we have just heard that the Under 12 girls final replay against Aughawillan is on Friday evening 4th of October in Fenagh at 6pm.

23 September 2002

  • Intermediate Championship:
    All roads lead from Kiltubrid lead to Fenagh this Sunday at 12 noon for our long awaited semifinal clash with Cloone. All forms of support is encouraged and will help the team to do justice to themselves. We thank the Carrigallen team for their challenge game over the weekend and for the hospitality afterwards.
  • Death:
    We offer our deepest sympathy to the Kelly and Keaney families on the death of Jim Kelly of Bonnail, Keshcarrigan whose funeral took place in Fenagh on Tuesday. May he rest in peace.
  • Five Nil:
    Congrats to Brian Meehan who has reached the half way stage as he celebrated his birthday last weekend in the company of family and friends on High street, Drumshanbo.
  • Key of the Door:
    Congrats to Martina McKeon who celebrated her 21st birthday in Ballinamore over the weekend.
  • Ladies:
    No luck for our tired ladies team in Mohill on Sunday as the home side had a comfortable victory. Thanks to our loyal band of supporters who were presnet.
  • County Finals:
    Good wishes to neighbours Allen Gaels who play Melvin Gaels in the Senior County final on Sunday. Hard Luck to neighbours Fenagh who lost the semifinal replay by the narrow margin of one point. Also best of luck to our Pipe Band who provide the match parade and intervals entertainment on Sunday.
  • Ladies County Final Report:
    It's dangerous to start naming people when rushing and after match report as the following people were omitted un-intentionally. The Ladies are very grateful to Des & Kethleen Foley for their many times providing without charge their aftermatch refreshments, also Pat McWeeney who singlehandledly gave this Ladies panel their foundation on which many underage titles were achieved. Also Michael Tighe who took over from Pat and anyone who has been involved down the years.
  • Aine Get her Flag and Sam Too:
    The sole Armagh White and Orange flag in the parish of Kiltubrid flew high on the elevated lawn in front of Annie Tighes house all week; but on Sunday evening Annie was to be seen standing proudly holding the flag of the newly crowned All Ireland Champions high on Leitrim Hill, Drumcong. What an experience for any supporter to savour: their first all-Ireland title and non more so then Annie Tighe an Armagh native whose family are solid GAA supporters from the "Granemore Club" Co. Armagh. Annies brother Denis McGrath, her sister Una Boyle, and her brother in law Pat Joe Boyle travelled to the game following their successful procurement of match tickets. Annie is a personal friend of the Toal family from Keady and has known John Toals parents and grand parents all her life. A "Hail Mary" every night since the semifinal is what Annie says has ensured that Sam has finally arrived in the Orchard county. An admirer of Armagh manager Joe Kernan, Annie was recieving calls from well wishers from around the parish and many calls from around the county including a visit from Vice Captain of the Kiltubrid Intermediate team Noel Gill and Asst. Pro PJ Meehan who were greeted by a very happy smiling Armagh supporter. We congratulate Armagh on their first and long overdue All Ireland Title. Being in the company of Annie Tighe on Sunday evening within an hour of the final whistle was an experience in itself as she talked with an informed and long memory of the Armagh teams of the past and the heart break of being so close on many occasions.

  • As she proudly walked down her lawn to the spot where the flag of her native, now all Ireland Champions, flew you could almost take off on teh wings of the atmosphere as Annie summoned up the evening as follows - "it's great to be from Armagh today" Congratulations to Annie from all in Kiltubrid GAA and lets hope we can keep you smiling with success in the Intermediate Chamionship within the next few weeks.

16 September 2002

  • Under 14’s Lose:
    Kiltubrid Under 14 boys team were beaten by Glenfarne by a solitary point in the 9 a side Division 3 final last week in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada. To be fair the best team won the match and we would like to congratulate Glenfarne on a fine performance. The Kiltubrid panel was N Slevin, R Shanley, G Kelly, R Geoghegan, M McGirl, D McKeon (Capt), A Tighe, K McKeon, E Mahon, Lisa McWeeney, M McWeeney, S Cardiff, D Keaney, C Murray, D McGirl, D Tighe and Adrian Beirne who unfortunately was out injured with a broken arm. We hope to see Adrian back for the championship in a few weeks.
  • Perfect Match:
    It was a perfect match last Saturday the 14th of September between Nollaig and Christopher. It was a real Kiltubrid affair and everyone played a blinder. The chief celebrants at the ceremony were former Kiltubrid footballer and local historian Fr. Liam Kelly and Kiltubrid GAA Club President and parish priest Fr. Seamus McKeon, they were assisted by Fr. Keoghan. Fr. Liam said that both families the Carrolls and the Doyles had given a lot to the local community and in particular the GAA and we know that Nollaig and Chris will do so likewise. Afterwards former and present Kiltubrid footballers joined together for a mighty nights craic in the Landmark hotel in Carrick. I also must mention that best man Barry Doyle played his usual blinder just behind the ‘big man’ and he assured Nollaig that she would have her hands in Christopher’s sink from now on. We would like to wish the happy couple everything that is good in their future together and God bless them.
  • Anniversaries:
    During the course of the speeches at the wedding last Saturday Edmund Doyle told us that himself and Kathleen were celebrating their thirty fourth wedding anniversary. Congratulations to both of you, we also must say happy birthday to Eamon Doyle. It’s fair to say that the 14th of September is a big day around the Doyles.
  • John Joe and Bridget:
    John Joe and Bridget McGirl of Listermacrone were celebrating their forty fifth wedding anniversary last weekend with family and friends. It was good to see Joe and Bronagh and Sean at home to help them celebrate. Congratulations folks.
  • Enda Graduates:
    Enda McKeon if Liscarbon, second eldest son of Francis and Carol McKeon has just graduated from Limerick University with an Honours Degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications. Congratulations Enda. It was good to see Francis Senior out at the Under 14 Final last week.
  • Greetings:
    Good wishes goes to Ann Guckian who is soon to be home after a lengthy stay in hospital. I’m sure our girls win in the Junior Final put a smile on your face Ann.
  • Great Win:
    Bornacoola heart break had a big smile on Emer Horans face and all her team mates as well as Sinead Meehan who accepted the Junior A Championship Cup for Ladies Football from Mary Shanley last Sunday. Bornacoola were rightly disappointed because it was their third final to lose in this grade and they played well in this final but our girls were just that bit better and were deserving winners. This is our first trophy at adult level having won all the Under age competitions. A particularly sweet one for Darren Gilmartin who has been toiling with this team for a few years and he got his reward on Sunday also Helen Tighe will take particular satisfaction from this one. All our players played well with the county players of Naomi Lee, Linda Tighe, Sandra Earley and Emer Horan showing their class. Sinead Meehan played a great captains role at wing back. Emer Kelly at full back was class and the two Carrolls Geraldine and Siobhain showed no ill effects from the wedding the day before. Lots of experience in this team and with players like Siobhan Kelly and Lisa McWeeney coming into the team they have nothing to fear in the Senior grade next year. Before I forget I must mention another great servant to Ladies football in Kiltubrid that is Maura Bohan and of course there’s Marie Lee, PJ and Margaret Meehan, Ann and Brian Meehan, Micheal Tighe, Hubert Murray, Jimmy Bohan, Ann Guckian and lots more who have made massive contributions to Ladies football in Kiltubrid in the last ten years.

09 September 2002

  • Under 12 Girls:
    Kiltubrid Under 12 girls had a great win in the Championship Semi-Final against Annaduff last week. They will contest the final in a week or two possibly against Aughawillan. They are being trained by Helen Tighe and Regina Bohan and the full panel is Nicole McMahon, Clare Kelly, Aine Tighe, Christine Gill, Tara Evans, Sinead Tighe, Sinead Byrne, Aoife McWeeney, Sharon Moran, Clodagh Foley, Rachel Gill, Lisa Devlin, Niamh Tighe, Ciara McWeeney, Roisin Judge, Aisling McGourty, Avril McGovern, Catriona Cardiff, Toni Duignan, Karen Murray.
  • Ladies Final:
    All roads lead to Annaduff next Sunday the 15th of September for the Junior A Ladies Final, Kiltubrid play Bornacoola. Our girls have been working hard in training with team manager Darren Gilmartin over the past few weeks and they are not without a good chance in this game. But it is sure to be a tight game against Declan Bohans charges. One thing the Ladies would appreciate would be as much support as is possible, so remember Annaduff next Sunday – Good Luck Girls !
  • Chairman Plays Well:
    Last Saturday St Marys won the Junior A County Final against Glencar Manor and the man with the whistle was our own Finbar Keaney. Finbar had a good and got good praise afterwards from county board chairman Micheal McGowan and indeed from both teams. Well done Finbar and congratulations to St. Marys.
  • Under 14 Final:
    Kiltubrid Under 14 boys team will play Glenfarne in the Division 3 League Final in Carrick this Wednesday the 11th of September. Please check fixtures for time and venue.
  • Waiting Game:
    Kiltubrid Intermediate footballers must wait at least another week to find out their opponents in the County Semi-final, three games and extra time has failed to separate Cloone and Aughnasheelin.
  • Wedding Bells:
    The waiting game is nearly over for our ‘big man’ and Nollaig. Next Saturday the 14th of September we will don our glad rags for the wedding of Chris Carroll and Nollaig Doyle. It’s sure to be a great one. Watch this space.
  • Footballers On Tour:
    Intermediate footballers Shane Foley and Brian McKiernan are taking a kind of mid season break at the moment in the good old U.S.A. Say hello to Paul for us lads and don’t forget to keep up the training. Have a good one lads.
  • Footballer at Home:
    Great to see former Club Captain Kieran Lynch at home on a break from Australia for a few weeks, and he looks in great shape too. Training Wednesday night for you - Lynchie !

02 September 2002

  • Girls are Back:
    Ladies football in Kiltubrid got a great boost last week when our Under 14 girls team won the Under 14 Championship Final Replay against St. Mary's on a score of 1-9 to 1-5. Kiltubrid got the first score when Carrick's Aoife O'Brien kicked out came to Aoife McWeeney who pointed and this was followed by a point from Lisa McWeeney and another point from Aoife. But by this time St Mary's had scored 3 points of their own. By now the game game had developed into a tit for tat sort of affair but a scoring burst from Sinead Tighe, which yielded a crucial goal and a point just before half time, that was the difference between the teams in the end. In the second half both teams cancelled each other out with St. Mary's scoring a goal and two points and Kiltubrid scoring 5 points three from Siobhan Kelly and one each from Lisa McWeeney and Tara Evans. The victorious Kiltubrid panel was Claire Kelly, Helene Duignan, Claire Judge, Karen Quinn, Aine Tighe, Lisa McWeeney, Siobhan Kelly (Capt.) Sinead Tighe, Tara Evans, Aoife McWeeney, Christine Gill, Michelle Fleming, Sinead Byrne, Clodagh Foley, Catriona Cardiff. Our Under 12 girls team have also qualified for the county semi-final which should be played this week.
  • Ladies for County Final:
    Our Junior Ladies Team have also got through to the Junior A County Final by virture of a good win over Annaduff last Sunday in Bornacoola. They now play the Bors in the county final on September the 15th. We would like to wish young Siobhan Kelly well after she got a knock in last Sundays game and we hope she is fit for the final.
  • Richie is Back:
    We weclome home Richard Mahon who has been working in London for the last few months and we look forward to him putting his weight behind the our Intermediate Championship challenge.
  • Annie get your Flag:
    It was smiles all round as Armagh qualified for the All Ireland Final on Sunday with a good win over the Dub's, non more so that the smile on the face of Annie Tighe of Leitrim Hill, Drumcong. An Armagh woman who enjoys her native Armagh doing so well on the football scene over the last few years. Well done Armagh - may the smile last for many more years Annie.

26 August 2002

  • Tool Hire Looking Good:
    Kiltubrid Intermediate football team were looking very good last Sunday in their new strip. Lovely jersies sponsered by North West Tool Hire, Kilclare, indeed it's not the first time the directors of Tool Hire have dipped their hand in to sponser jersies for our football teams. We want them to know it is greatly appreciated.
  • Semi Final:
    Conor Doherty of North West Tool Hire led the team last Sunday evening, in his new number ten jersey of course, in to the semifinal of the Intermediate Championship by virtue of a good win over Allen Gaels in Cloone. We will play the winners of Aughnasheelin or Cloone who have to replay after drawing last weekend.
  • Ladies Football:
    Our Ladies team are out in their Junior Championship Semi-Final this coming weekend against Annaduff these girls deserve a bit of support and have been working hard at training lately.
  • Congratulations Sinead:
    Kiltubrid Ladies Underage Footballer qualified for the final of the girls Under 13 walk in Mosney last Sunday and this girl can walk. She was a hairs breath away from getting a bronze medal just coming in fourth. Well done Sinead.
  • Underage Training:
    We would like of course to congratulate all our underage players who competed in Mosney last weekend and we would remind them that their attention should now be back to training on this Wednesday the 18th in the park at 7 pm sharp - all Under 12 and Under 14 players please.

19 August 2002

  • Sympathy:
    Kiltubrid Gaa club would like to offer its sincere sympathy to the Tubman family and the Aughnasheelin Gaa Club on the tragic and untimely death of Aughnasheelin footballer Seanie Tubman. May he rest in peace
  • Shane's Medal:
    Congratulations to Under 12 and Under 14 Kiltubrid Footballer Shane Cardiff who completed with distinction in swimming at the Community Games last week.
  • No Training:
    There will be no Under 12 and Under 14 training on this Wednesday the 21st of August and Friday the 23rd of August because of our players participation in the Community games next weekend. We would like to wish all our players luck in their events and we hope ye enjoy yourselves.
  • Good Leaving:
    Congratulations to all our players who did so well in their leaving exams.
  • Under 16:
    Kiltubrid Under 16 footballers had a good win in their first game in the league last Friday against Eslin. I have no panel to hand this week but hopefully next week lads. Keep up the good work boys. Micheal Geoghegan is training the team this year.
  • Intermediate Championship:
    This coming Sunday the 25th of August Kiltubrid play their third Championship game in the Intermediate Championship. We have been doing OK so far in this Campaign but we are about to come to the business end of things and this week we play our neighbours Allen Gaels so support please.

12 August 2002

  • Congratulations Dara:
    Intermediate footballer Dara McKiernan is about to take up the position of 3rd and 4th Class teacher in our local school St. Brigids, Drumcong. Don't worry, I've told our kids to be very good for Master McKiernan, Congrats Dara.
  • Bornacoola Looking Good:
    Kiltubrid played their second round of the championship against Dromahair last Sunday evening in Dromod, which was a long journey for the Dromahair people to travel and no joy for them either because Kiltubrid won the game with a bit to spare. But all players on both sides were commenting on the excellent playing surface that is Bornacoola park. A big thanks to Bornacoola club for hosting the gane after Drumshanbo was unplayable.
  • Leitrim Ladies Lose:
    Hard luck to Leitrim Ladies who lost to Galway in the Junior Connaught final last Sunday. Linda Tighe and Naomi Lee played, while Emer Horan and her cousin Sandra Earley were standing by as subs.
  • Congratulations Linda:
    Leitrim may have lost to Galway last Sunday but Kiltubrids own Linda Tighe was named after the game as player of the match. It is unusual indeed that the losing team provides the player of the game so doubly well done Linda.
  • Under 14's:
    Our Under 14 girls team have a championship semifinal coming up this week. I think against Aughawillan - Good Luck girls.
  • Kathy Injured:
    Under 14 player Kathy Beirne suffered a broken bone in her hand in a recent game and is a big loss for the semifinal, we wish you a speedy recovery Kathy.
  • Training:
    Under 12 and Under 14 training Wednesday and Friday evening at 7pm sharp please.

05 August 2002

  • Under 10's:
    Kiltubrid's Under 10 football team played a return challenge game with Leitrim Gaels last Friday evening the 2nd of August in Kiltubrid. This time Leitrim Gaels had a better of the exchanges particularly in the first half but Kiltubrid came back stronger in the second half. Again this was a very worthwhile exercise with some youngsters on both sides getting their first taste of a football game. We wish Tommy Flynn and his charges the best of luck in the future. The Kiltubrid team last Friday was Anthony Murray, Shane Evans, Pronsias Gilmartin (capt), Daniel McGirl, Aine Tighe, Ciaran Crossan, Micheal Geoghegan, Kevin Quinn, Aoife McWeeney, Alan Crossan, Sean Kelly and Ciara McWeeney.
  • Training :
    There will be training for all under 12 and Under 14 footballers on this Wednesday evening the 7th of August in the park at 7pm sharp. Please all players to attend.
  • County League:
    Kiltubrid hosted St Caillians in the all County Senior League last Saturday evening. Kiltubrid can play better but credit to Fenagh They have great stength and they were able to stop Kiltubrid getting into any kind of a rhythm. I feel Eamon McGowans side will be big players in the Senior Championship again this year. The best of luck to ye lads. A bit of luck is just what we will be looking for our selves this coming weekend as the Intermediate Championship resumes. We should be out against Dromahaire.
  • Walking Wounded:
    We wish Senior team players Barry Doyle (groin), Aidan Bohan (Shoulder), Micheal Earley (arm) speedy recoveries from their injuries also Minor and Senior panelist Shane Gilmartin and Gearoid Foley have picked up knopcks in recent weeks.
  • Young Girls Do Well:
    Our U12 and U14 girls teams have been playing well in recent weeks. The U12's have a game against St. Caillins-Fenagh this Thursday evening and the Under 14 teams have qualified for the county semi-final. I don't have a list of the two panels to hand but I promise to have same for future notes - so keep up the good work girls.
  • Cemetery Sunday:
    Next Sunday is cemetery Sunday in our parish. Ceremonies commence immediately after 11:30 mass in Drumcong.

29 July 2002

  • Junior Championship
    Kiltubrid made an early exit from the Div. 3 championship this year. Annaduff were too good for us last Saturday evening in Mohill and were deserving winners. It was a disappointing performance from Kiltubrid who can play much better than this and are current Division 3 league champions. But of course we would like to congratulate Annaduff and wish them luck in the next round.
  • Ever Green Seamus:
    A number of players made their championship debut at adult level for the club in the Junior championship last weekend. We congratulate Micheal McKiernan, Brian Tighe, James Cardiff and Eoin Meehan while we welcome back David Tighe to championship action. But one of our better players on the evening was that great warrior of many campaigns Seamus Tighe who plays at full forward which coincidently is the same position as his wife Helen plays on the Ladies team.
  • Ladies Do Well:
    Our Ladies team are playing well right now and have two good wins to their credit in recent weeks. Two weeks ago they made a great second half come back against Bornacoola to take the points away from home and last week they were worthy winners against Saint Josephs in Kiltubrid. Great to hear that Tracey Costello and Miranda Burke are back playing well on the team. Our Ladies team are being trained again this year by Darren Gilmartin, who is himself on the come back trail after a knee injury. Keep up the good work girls.
  • Underage:
    Last week our minor team lost put to Melvin Gaels in the championship and unfortunately Shane Gilmartin recieved a leg injury in this game that kept him out of action for the Junior Championship. The minor team is this year being trained by Paul Gilmartin and would be a young enought panel. The panel is D. Molloy, G. McGovern, S. Withlow, P. Withlow, D. McCormack, M. McCormack, G. Foley, E. Geoghegan, E,. Meehan, B. Tighe, M. McKiernan, A. McGovern, J. Murray and D. McWeeney
  • Under 14:
    Our Under 14 team had a close game with Cloone last week and only just came through in a high scoring encounter. For some Kiltubrid were missing alot of players and had only one sub on the evening. But everyone put their shoulder to the wheel as they say and deserved to win the game. So far Kiltubrid are unbeaten in their Division. Last weeks panel was Daniel McGirl, Kieran Murray, Richard Shanley, Lisa McWeeney, Micheal McGirl, Shane Cardiff, Dermot McKeon, Keelan McKeon, Emmet Mahon and Mark McWeeney.
  • Sorry Padraig:
    Last week in mentioning some early morning work that was done on the park to prepare it for a recent championship game I forgot to mention local business man and club man Padraig Lynch of Kilclare who was working on the pitch very early in the morning of the game - thanks Padraig.
  • Well done Joesph:
    Another Kilclare man who is up in the morning Joseph Guckian from Drumrookil, won a silver medal in the individual table tennis skills at the National Games in Dublin recently. Congratulations from Kiltubrid GAA - Joseph.
  • Quick Recovery:
    We wish intermediate player Micheal Early a speedy recovery from an arm injury he recieved in a challenge match last weekend.

22 July 2002

  • Congratulations Micheal:
    Micheal Geoghegan of Aughacashel was last week celebrating his forthieth birthday. Micheal is our U16 team trainer and a former club captain and chairman. Not bad for an ould fella but cheer up Mick, you're still sixty years younger then the two McKiernan's !
  • Intermediate Championship:
    Kiltubrid's long awaited first round Intermedite Championship game against St. Caillins finally took place last Sunday and historically too it was played in Kiltubrid Park. When did a team play in a championship game in their own field. Drumshanbo where the game was fixed for was unplayable, so it was Fenagh or Kiltubrid. Fair play to Park Committee members especially Team Manager Tony Redican, Micheal McGirl, Conor Doherty and Brian McKiernan who were out early on Sunday morning getting the field ready for the game. Kiltubrid won the game, but St. Caillins had a good win in the Senior Championship on Saturday evening.
  • Shane comes good:
    Shane Foley overcame a leg injury last week to give a great display for Leitrims U21 team in the Connacht Championship in Castlebar. Leitrim were losing by nine points at half time after gifting Mayo two goals but tore into the game in the second half and out scored the home team 1-7 to 1-2. Shane being one of the leaders of the Leitrim come back.
  • Ladies Win:
    Leitrim Ladies had a big win in the Connacht Championship last Sunday over Sligo, the Sligo lassies minds could have been in Croke Park. Congratulations to the Leitrim Ladeis and the Kiltubrid girls on their fine performance.
  • Log on Lynchy:
    Hello to my pal Kieran Lynch in Sydney Australia who will be visiting http://www.kiltubrid.com/gaa/ to see how we got on in the Championship last weekend. Hope to see you soon, Kieran.

15 July 2002

  • Under 14s win:
    Our Under 14 team had a lucky win last Friday evening over Glenfarne in the championship. Kiltubrid are operating in Division 4 again this year and reached the final last year and were unlucky to lose out in a thriller against Aughnasheelin. But that was last year, so if Kiltubrid have any ambitions this year they certainly will not have it all their own way if they meet this Glenfarne team again. In the end Kiltubrid beat Bernard O'Rourkes team by 2 points but I have to say that the Glenfarne lads played the better football. Unfortunately no official referee turned up to ref the game but our own Paul Gilmartin stepped in and did an excellent job - many thanks Paul. All players watch fixtures lists for details of a game this coming week. Kiltubrids lineout on Friday last was N. Slevin, R. Shanley, G. Kelly, D Keaney, D. McKeon, M. McGirl, E. Mahon, K McKeon, A. Tighe, K Murray and D. McGirl.
  • 3rd time Lucky:
    I think this coming weekend it could be third time lucky for our championship to start. We are out against St. Caillins this Sunday the 21st of July in the Intermediate Championship.
  • County League:
    Kiltubrid had a win in the all county league against Aughnasheelin last Saturday evening in Kiltubrid park. Both teams were without some regulars as well as their county players who of course cannot play in this competition. Kiltubrid won by a few points but neither side will have learned much from this encounter save that the rivalry between the two sides is as strong as ever, but we already knew that.
  • Under Twenty Ones:
    Leitrim's U21 football team are out in the Connacht Championship on Wednesday evening 17th July against Mayo in Castlebar at 7:30. A big job for this Leitrim team you might say, Shane Foley is at the time of writing carrying a knock into this game and could be a doubtful starter. Without the young Kiltubrid star Leitrims chances would be diminished greatly. Wishing the lads the very best of luck and any Leitrim support would be most welcome.

08 July 2002

  • Stork Again:
    The stork has been busy around our area lately, he has delivered a bouncing baby boy to Micheal and Christina Bohan last week. I think I'm right in saying his name will be Raymond. Congratulations and best wishes from Kiltubrid GAA to Christina, Micheal and family.
  • Park Meeting:
    There will be a park committee meeting this Wednesday night the 10th of July in the club dressing rooms after training at 10 pm please for all committee members.
  • Young Guns:
    Last Monday week the 1st of July an Under 10 team from Kiltubrid took on an Under 10 selection from Leitrim Gaels in a challenge game. This watershed game for our youngest footballers meant of course that most of these youngsters were making their debut for Kiltubrid. Now Leitrim Gales have a fine group of young players at this age and we are going to hear more of them in the future. They are managed by former Kiltubrid player Tommy Flynn and one of his students is his son Adien, who plays at midfield and looks a great prospect. Ah well Kiltubrids loss is Gaels gain, by the way the match was a draw and the Kiltubrid lineout was as follows: Captain and full back was Proinsias Gilmartin, goalie Antony Murray, backs Aine Tighe, Shane Evans, Midfield: Daniel McGirl, Micheal Geoghegan. Forwards: Kevin Quinn, Sean Kelly, Ciaran Crossan and Alan Crossan. Kiltubrid had a number of players absent on the evening but it is hoped to have return match with Leitrim Gaels in the near future.
  • Ladies Football:
    Leitrim Ladies Junior team won against Mayo in the championship last weekend. Linda Tighe and Naomi Lee were on the team, Sinead Meehan and Emer Horan are also on the panel - well done girls. The minor girls had a heavy loss to Galway in the Connacht Final and if my information is right Sandra Earley should have lined out on this team.
  • The McKiernans are One Hundred:
    I often heard them saying that Michael James was worth ten men and when he was playing he certainly was as strong as ten men. Last Sunday evening hugely popular club men Tom Joe and Micheal James McKiernan were celebrating their fifthieth birthdays - the're twins don't you know. Here's to fifty more lads - congratulations.

01 July 2002

  • Happy Birthday Sinead:
    Many happy returns to Sinead Meehan who celebrated her twenty first birthday last weekend. Sinead, one of Kiltubrids top Ladies footballers and who is currently on the Leitrim Senior panel, celebrated with family and friends in her Uncle Brians pub last weekend.
  • Girls Under 12's:
    Our young girls team got their championship campaign off to a losing start last week against a very strong Aughawillan team, the score was 5-7 to 2-3. the Kiltubrid team was Nicole McMahon, Claire Kelly, Christine Gill, Rachel Gill, Tara Evans, Sinead Tighe, Aoife McWeeney, Aine Tighe, Sinead Byrne, Sharon Moran, Niamh Tighe, Ciara McWeeney, Lisa Devlin, Roisin Judge, Aishling McGourty, Sinead McKeon, Karen Murray
  • Ticket Money:
    Would anyone who has money outstanding for tickets from the connacht semi final, that is the Leitrim Sligo game of three weeks ago. Please hand it in this week. Thank You.
  • Emmet makes his Debut:
    Leitrim might have got a bit of a hammering in the Championship against Tyrone last Saturday but Emmett Lee made his inter-county Senior Championship debut, and in very difficult circumstances he looked like a man for the future in his first year on the panel. He and Shane Foley have both distinguished themselves and both men have better times ahead of them at Inter County football.
  • Boys Under 14:
    Our boys Under 14 team played their first game of the year last Friday against Aughnasheelin. We were missing a few players as were Aughnasheelin but Kiltubrid came away with the spoils in this one. Kiltubrids panel on this occasion was Daniel McGirl, Dominic Keaney, Richard Shanley, Ronan Geoghegan, Michael McGirl, Dermot McKeon, Emmett Mahon, Keelan McKeon, Anthony Tighe, Kieran Murray and Adrian Beirne
  • Congratulations:
    To former underage star Damien McWeeney and his wife Imelda, of Aughacashel, on teh birth of their baby boy recently, he is called Barry.
  • Championship Weekend:
    If we could tempt the weather to take up we might get some club championship played. We are due to play St. Caillians in Drumshanbo on Sunday at 12 noon.

24 June 2002

  • United in Grief:
    The GAA clubs of Kiltubrid and Aughnasheelin were united in grief last weekend following the tragic death of young Gavin Murray of Derieen, Aghacashel. Gavin the only son of Hubert and Ann Murray is also survived by his sister Denise. The grief that descended on the club and parish last weekend was palpable. The footballers of Kiltubrid and Aughnasheelin stood shoulder to shoulder together with club officers from both clubs and Gavins work colleagues from Masonite in a guard of honour at the removal and funeral. The rain cascaded down on both occasions and despite the deluge of the past few weeks it never seemed more appropriate that on this sad occasion. Hubert, Ann and Denise received great support from their friends, neighbours and relations with many of Huberts former team mates rallying around. Kiltubrid GAA can assure Ann, Denise and Hubert and all Gavins extended family that this support will always be there for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May he rest in peace.
  • Leitrim Minors:
    Good luck to our young charges in the Connacht final on Sunday in Castlebar. Facing the young men of maroon of Galway is a daunting task, but with the achievements to date of our minors, a provincial title is not out of the question.
  • Leitrim Seniors:
    Hoping the weather will improve to allow this game go ahead at the second attempt against Tyrone on this Saturday in Pairc Séan. All Leitrim supporters will no doubt be hoping for a repeat of the performance during last Saturdays rather short game.
  • Parish Pilgrimage to Mass Rock:
    Next Sunday 30th June the annual pilgrimage to the Mass Rock takes place. Mass at the Mass Rock is at 12 noon, so the starting time from Rantogue will be at 10:30am approx.
  • Leitrim Ladies Gaa:
    Fundraising night will be held in the Brandywell, Dromod this Friday night 28th June. A great night is in store and your support will be greatly appreciated. Music by well know group. See you there.

17 June 2002

  • Congratulations:
    Congratulations to Doreen and Adrian McKeown on the birth of their baby girl Isabella. Adrian, a former club player, and his family are soon to return to live in the parish. We wish them the best of luck in the future.
  • Five Goal Aine:
    Drumcong girls schools football team had a great win in the final of the national schools league last Thursday against Mohill school. Conditions were wet and windy, what's new !, but that didn't stop the two teams serving up a smashing game, one player in particular made this final her own, Drumcongs Aine Tighe from Drumhubrid scored five great goals from all angles and distances. Aine was up early every morning getting inspiration from the world cup. She sure put this inspiration to good use in the final. A great help to Aine in the forwards were Aoife McWeeney and Sinead Byrne. Midfield dominance was gained for Drumcong by Tara Evans and Sinead Tighe. the backs were very solid with the captain Kathy Beirne showing her experience and Christine Gill and Clodagh Foley were not found wanting. But spare a thought for Claire Kelly who was girl of the match in the semi-final win over Bornacoola as a full back. Drumcongs usual goalie Magthel Odendaal was absent and Claire stepped in and did an excellent job with the wet ball. The other members of the panel were Michelle Flemming who came on in the second half, Nicole McMahon, Sinead McKeon, Rachel Gill, Toni Duignan, Lisa Devlin, Avril McGovern and Aishling McGourty,
  • Apologies Sean and Alex !:
    Last week when I was writing about our Under 12 team I unfortunately got a bit of writers block and omitted the names of Sean Kelly and Alex Carpenter from our team list, very sorry about that boys.
  • Get well soon:
    A speedy recovery to young Michael McGirl who had an accident off his bicycle on the way to training and received facial injuries, thankfully Michael is on the mend now. Also one of our more senior players Gerry Winters is slowly recovering from a foot injury.
  • It's a wash out:
    No games last weekend - maye no games this weekend - as a famous man once said its unprecedented ! it's worse than that but what can we do there is more that football suffering.

10 June 2002

  • Under 12's do well:
    Our Under 12 team are doing well in recent weeks with good wins over Mohill and Drumkeeran in the past two weeks. The team has a nice mix of girls and boys on the panel and these children are very luck to have a former Leitrim goalkeeper Damien Crossan helping out with coaching this side. Indeed our new goalie young Daniel McGirl has improved with each game, and that is because of Damiens coaching. The team has one more game to play against Allen Gaels maybe next week. The panel is Daniel McGirl, Dominic Keaney (captain), Clare Kelly, Tara Evans, shane Cardiff, Daniel Tighe, Emmet Mahon, Sinead Tighe, Ciaran Crossan, Keelan McKeon, Aine Tighe, Michael Geoghegan, Aoife McWeeney, Kevin Quinn, Alan Crossan, Ciaran Tighe, Anthony Murray, Stephen Bracken, Proinsias Gilmartin.
  • Under Age Extra:
    At the moment we are trying to put together an under 10 panel of players to play Leitrim Gaels in a challenge match in the near future. The Under 14 campaign is due to start the last week in June. Hopefully the weather will settle down now and we will get some football matches played from now on. The past few weeks has been a major headache for Bord Na nOg Secretary Diarmuid Sweeney to get games played in what was the wettest May ever.
  • Games coming up:
    Our Intermediate Championship big day is upon us and this Sunday the 16th of June we take on our neighbours St. Caillians in Drumshanbo. Please watch the fixtures list for details.
  • Exams:
    Best of luck to all our players who are now just about half way through their Leaving Cert. and also those who have finished their third level exams.
  • Linda is 21:
    Congratulations to Kiltubrid and Leitrim footballer, Linda Tighe who was celebrating her 21st birthday last weekend. It seems like last weekend that she was on the Under 12 team. Best of luck in the future Linda.
  • Darren's Operation:
    Our Ladies team trainer Darren Gilmartin who has been on the long term injured list for the past year has just had keyhole surgery on his troublesome knee. We hope it was a success Darren and we might yet see you back in the red and green this year.
  • Chairman Again:
    Congratulations to our club chairman Finbar Keaney who was elected to the position of Chairman of the referees committee. I always said you looked good in black.
  • Leitrim's Luck:
    Leitrim's luck last Sunday was all bad in Sligo, our club was represented by Shane Foley who did his best to help stem the tide in the second half. Emmett Lee was standing by as a substitute. Better luck in the qualifiers lads.
  • Sinead plays for Leitrim:
    Sinead Tighe from Drumhubrid played for Leitrim schools girls team last Sunday in an exhibition game against Sligo girls before the Connacht semifinal. Well done Sinead.
  • Special League:
    Despite being short some of our regulars we managed to put up a brave performance against St. Mary's on Saturday evening last. St. Mary's proved a better unit on the day. With the current weather situation and the state of many playing grounds it's becoming more and more difficult ot train and play matches.
  • Sympathy:
    We offer our deepest sympathy to the Lynch and Guckian families on the death of John James Guckian, brother of Maura Lynch, Kilclare. May he rest in peace.
  • Pipe Band:
    Leitrim's pride wasn't totally dented on Sunday in Sligo as our parish Pipe Band turned out in style to entertain the large crowd there. It's great to see such an interest and a never failing to perfom anywhere and in any weather conditions such as was the case on Sunday. Modern technology featured on Sunday as the band were equipped with a roving microphone to ensure the sound was carried to the crowd on all the speakers in the grounds.

03 June 2002

  • Race Nite:
    Our recent race nite proved a huge success, however there is still a small amount of money still outstanding. Can thoses with any monies outstanding please give this to the treasurer by this Friday night at the latest.
  • Club Executive Meeting:
    A very important of the above will be held in Cardiff's at 10pm this Friday, June 7th. Will all members please make an effort to attend punctually. Any member that has further information regarding the matters discussed at the last executive, please make sure to bring this along on Friday night. There are several important issues up for discussion, so can everyone make an effort to attend.
  • Sympathy:
    Kiltubrid Gaa offer its sincere sympathy to Sean and Peggy Whitney, all their family and to the Leitrim Gaels club on the tragic and untimely death of Adrian Whitney last week. Kiltubrids game with Eslin last Monday was called off as a mark of respect to the Whitney family.
  • Lonodn Hero's:
    Two of our hero's in London failed to make the journey back with us. Richard Mahon and Brian Foley will be staying in London for a while and we wish both of them the best of luck. At least Brian won't lose his tools and both men will have warm feet, never send Meehan shopping again !
  • Leitrm's Big Day:
    The best of luck to Shane, Emmett and all the panel and management on Sunday.
  • Thanks's Taras:
    Kiltubrid GAA Club would like to thank all at Tara's Club from London for the fine reception they gave us on the weekend of the London-Leitrim game. A challenge game took place between Tara's and a Kiltubrid selection on Saturday evening the 25th of May. After the game a reception was held for our players and our travelling support in their fine club house. A presentation of a lovely plaque was madw to our CLub Captain Conor Doherty to mark the occasion of our historic trip to London. Many thanks to Proinsias Redican and their club chairman Sean Faughnan (an Aughavas man) from all in Kiltubrid.

27 May 2002

  • Leitrim V London
    Having succeeded in overcoming London away from home our county panel now look forward to the Connaght Semi-Final aginast Sligo on Sunday week 9th June. The game in London was never going top be an easy task and despite some heart stopping moments in the Leitrim square, Decaln Rowleys men rallied to the cause pulling away at the end to leave the final score 0-15 to 0-10. Young local start Shane Foley lined out in the half back line and justified his inclusion in the team with an excellent performance on this his debut in the county colours at senior level in the championship.
  • Weary Travellers:
    Home from their weekend across the water for the big game our county supporters from the parish appeared to have had a good enjoyable experience. All players are reminded its down to business again at training as usual tonight.
  • Congrats:
    Congratulations to ex Club and County Ladies player Deirdre Harris and Liam Ferry of BunBeg, Co. Donegal who announced their engagement recently. We wish you both the best of luck and happiness in the future.
  • Parish Nite Out:
    Appealing to all to support thei parish night by getting your admission ticket and/or coming along to Cardiff's this Friday night where a parish get together is taking place. Music is by Kevin and Camillus. Refreshments served and you could get €50 for your admission ticket.
  • Match Coverage:
    For those who couldn't travel for the match to London, Shannonside Northern Sound local radio together with John Lynch brought the action live into our homes with an excellent broadcast on Sunday afternoon. Well done to all concerned and long may local radio continue.
  • Ladies Contest National League Semi-Final:
    This weekend our County Ladies play Donegal in the semifinal of the National League. Good luck to all including our girls from the panel on the panel. Check local press for details.
  • Kiltubrid Ladies:
    All Ladies are asked to please submit affiliation fees without further delay. Seniors €20 and Underage €10.
  • Cadburys NPC All Ireland Quiz:
    Congratulations to the team from our national school who completed in the All Ireland final of the annual NPC Cadburys Schools Quiz. Though they did not take a national title back to Drumcong, they were placed in the top teams list in the competition which took place in Jury's Hotel, Dublin on Sunday last. The team was Neil Slevin, Tara Evans, Shane Cardiff and Magthel Odendall.

20 May 2002

  • Drumcong in Final:
    Congratulations to Drumcong girls football team who have qualified for the County Final of the Large Schools League. They over came Bornacoola last week in the semi final, the team to a girl played very well, but for me Claire Kelly gave a mighty performance at full back, and was girl of the match. One thing Helen and Regina will be concerned for this weeks final will be the fitness of Tara Evans, the classy mid fielder got a finger injury in the match against Bornacoola and without her Drumcongs chances in the final would be dimished greatly.
  • Brian is Back:
    Great to see Brian McKiernan back in training, Brian a perfect gentleman from Rossy had some dental work done with out his consent one night in Galway city a few weeks ago. Glad to see you making a full recovery Brian.
  • Brian is Going:
    It is with great regret that I record a huge loss to our Intermediate panel at this crucial time of year. The innate football talent that is Brian Foley is moving to London to work, and his absence from the up coming Intermediate Championship will be sorely felt by Kiltubrid. Best of luck Brian.
  • Leitrim Win:
    Congratulations to Leitrim Minors and their management on getting us to a Connacht final this year. The Ladies team also stretched their unbeaten run in the league last Saturday against Louth . Our Linda and Naomi were in action with Sinead, Emer and Sandra waiting in the wings. Well done all round.
  • Club is family:
    Or is it ? Is there someone we have let down lately, maybe by not being there, not as supportive as we should have been. Remember as the song says he's not heavy he's my brother.
  • Mary is in the Big Apple:
    Mary Keaney from Shandraw, Keshcarrigan an absolutely brillant Ladies footballer is currently taking a career break in New York. Kiltubrid Gaa wish her an enjoyable stay and we hope we have not seen the last of her in the red and green.
  • London is calling:
    This week end there is some sort of football match in London - yes folks Kiltubrid are playing in International against Tara's of London this Saturday the 25th of May, a group of about forty will travel from the club next week end and ye won't be hearing any tales in these notes next week. Isn't there some other game on over there this weekend..... I know it's Gerry Winters testimonial for Arsenal........ Best of Luck Shane, Emmet and all the Leitrim panel and management this Sunday.

13 May 2002

  • Drumcong Bow Out:
    Drumcong National School team ended their involvement in the large school league last week at the semi-final stage. On the evening Drumcong ran in to a physically stronger and well organised Carrigallen School. They ran out winners with a few points to spare in the end. The Drumcong panel was Captain Emmet Mahon, Neil Slevin, Dominic Keaney, Kathy Beirne, Tara Evans, Shane Cardiff, Mark McWeeney, Anthony Tighe, Ciaran Crossan, Kieran Murray, Michael Geoghegan, Keelan McKeon, Aoife McWeeney, Daniel McGirl, Aine Tighe, Daniel Tighe, Kevin Quinn, Claire Kelly, Raymond Duignan, Sinead Tighe, Kieran Tighe, Alan Crossan.
  • Mini Sevens:
    Last week also saw the County Final of the boys Mini Sevens competition Drumcongs brave boys played the football of their young lives in all their games. In the first game Drumcong beat Manorhamilton on a score of 2-6 to 2-3. The second game was the crucial one against Carrigallen. Drumcong showed no fear of their bigger opponents, Neil Slevin was in great form again in goals and made some vital saves, Ciaran Crossan put us in the drivers seat with a lovely goal in the first half and Emmet Mahon was dominating midfield and getting great help from Shane Cardiff but, it seems seven minutes is still a long time and with time up Carrigallen launched a final attack and for the first time in the game beat Neil Slevin with a great low shot to the corner. Carrigallen were winners then on a score of 1-6 to Drumcongs 1-5. That was to be Carrigallens closest encounter, they went on to win their other games and deserved to win the competition outright. For the record Drumcong beat Drumlease 4-6 to 2 points and beat Mohill 6-5 to 4 points. In the 56 minutes of football Drumcong boys scored 13 goals and 22 points and conceeded 3 goals and 15 points and still finished second. The panel of ten did their school proud on the evening and could not have played better. Some of the scores Keelan McKeon got were of the highest quality, the full panel was captain and ace marksman Keelan McKeon, goalie Neil Slevin, backs Mark McWeeney and Dominic Keaney, class midfielders Emmet Mahon and Shane Cardiff and forwards Ciaran Crossan, Michael Geoghegan and Danial McGirl, Kieran Murray.
  • Apology Jim:
    Last week I forgot to thank Jim O'Brien for the use of his amplification equipment for our recnet big night out at the races. Many thanks Jim and to everyone involved.
  • Juniors Win:
    Kiltubrid juniors had an oh so close one against our neighbours Leitrim Gaels stealing the points in the last minute of the game with a goal. Final score Kiltubrid 3-8 to 1-12 to the Gaels - hard luck Leitrim Gaels. I don't think it will be long until ye put a few wins together.
  • Leitrim Minors:
    Leitrims young men are in action in the Connacht Championship this weekend. Kiltunrid don't have any players on the panel this year, the best of luck to all involved. Leitrim Seniors had auseful work out last Sunday against Offaly in Bornacoola with Shane Foley and Emmet Lee involved, things are boiling up nicely for London, but a few worrying injuries cropping up.
  • Bor's Day:
    Congratulations from Kiltubird to Bornacoola on a job well done, the grounds are a credit to ye, indeed we could do with something similiar ourselves right now.
  • Meeting:
    An important players meeting this Friday night the 17th of May after training for all players, trip to London for game and a few items on the agenda - a full attendance please.
  • Under 12:
    Our Under 12 team played Dromahaire in their second game of the Championship in Dromahair last Friday the score was Kiltubrid 3-12 Dromahaire 4-11. Kiltubrid played great in the first half and enjoyed an eight point lead at half time, but in the second half they visibility tired no doubt due to their exertions earlier in the week at the mini sevens. Dromahaier came right back in to it with two goals and would have scored more but for two good Daniel McGirl saves in the Kiltubrid goals. Well done to Dromahaire on a fine win for them. The Kiltubrid panel was Daniel McGirl, Dominic Keaney, Aine Tighe, Tara Evans, Shane Cardiff, Daniel Tighe, Emmet Mahon, sinead Tighe, Ciaran Crossan, Keelan McKeon, Michael Geoghegan, Aoife McWeeney, Kevin Quinn, Ciaran Tighe, Claire Kelly and Alan Crossan.

06 May 2002

  • Francis Og Wed's:
    Congratulations to former club player Francis McKeon of Liscarbon who got married to Miss Christina Quinn of County Armagh, last Saturday the 4th of May. Great to hear that Francis Senior is on the mend. Congratulations again to Christina and Francis from all at Kiltubrid GAA.
  • Underage:
    Last week our schools semifinal against Carrigallen was called off due to bad weather as was the county finals of the mini sevens, but this week these games will be played for sure, I hope ! We did get two games played last week Drumcong Schools girls team played and beat Manorhamilton girls on a score of 3-8 to 2-8 - well done girls. On Friday last 3rd of May the under 12 Championship gor under way. This year our U12 team are playing out of Division 2 and we had a fine win against Melvin Gaels on the evening, this despite missing ace marks man Keelan McKeon who was preparing for his brothers wedding. But Emmet Mahon did a good impression of him scoring nine points, Aoife McWeeney picking up the slack with a goal and two points. The final score was Kiltubrid 1-11 Melvin Gaels 2-05
  • Intermediate Win:
    In what was only our second game of the Intermediate keague Kiltubrid had a good win over Gortletteragh. Despite the heavy work made by our lads in the game the result was never and issue as the game progressed.
  • Juniors:
    Playing Drumkeeran in the brillant sunshine of Ballinaglrea our young string of players gave a good hours football entertainment as they held out to win this one with a final score line of 0-12 to 1-5
  • Naomi - College Player of the Year:
    Congrats to Naomi Lee who was nominated as star player at her college recently.
  • Senior Ladies
    Despite scoring 1-15 against Annaduff ladies who scored 6-9 our girls didn't have any luck in their first league game of 2002
  • Race Night:
    Once again you our supporters and wellwishers have earned yourselves a pat on the back for the way each and everyone of you supported our race night in McKeons, Kesh on Sunday night. Without mentioning any names we say a big thank you to everyone at home and the USA for making this fundraiser a huge success. We hope that as a club we can replay your confidence in us with success on the playing fields in the near future.
  • Trip to London:
    There travelling over to London for the Leitrim game have by now all plans finalised. Those younger supporters are urged to be cautious when socialising away from home. Make sure to have identification to show if required, keep in contact with your group and take note of where you are staying by noting the name of the accommodation, the street and contact numbers of your base, etc.
  • Friday 31st May
    is parish night for all parishioners and friends. Cardiff's, Drumcong is the venue with music by "Kevin and Camillus". Refreshments will be served on the night. You are asked to support by taking a ticket at just €5 with a chance to win €50 as well as having a great nights entertainment.

29 April 2002

  • Horse Racing:
    The main focus of attention for our club at the moment is our Horse Racing night whihc will be held in McKeons Lounge Kesh on next Sunday night the 5th of May. You are still not late to fill a card or support be purchasing a horse, a jockey, or a trainer. Watch out for some very colourful names on the horses. At this stage we would like to sincerely thank former Club Treasurer Jimmy Bohan for all his help and advice in getting this project off the ground.
  • Ballinamore Game Off:
    Our Divsion two and three Games against Ballinamore were called off literally at the eleventh hour. Both Sean O'Heslins and Kiltubrid park were unplayable due to the bad weather conditions.
  • Schools do well:
    Drumcong boys and girls teams continue to impress in recent weeks. The girls Mini Sevens Team came second in the County and only by a few points to a very good Aughavas team. The girls panel was Magthel Odendall, Tara Evans, Sinead Tighe, Aine Tighe, Christine Gill, Claire Kelly, Kathy Bierne, Clodagh Foley, Aoife McWeeney, Nicole McMahon. The boys mini sevens team will play in the county final this Wednesday 1st of May so the best of luck to them. Before that this Monday the 29th April the Schools team will play in the large Schools League semi Final against Carrigallen in Mohill. Last week Drumcong just about defeated Drumalease School in a high scoring encounter. Driumcong's Keelan McKeon was in great scoring form in this game, team captain Emmet Mahon at midfield and Neil Slevin in goals are other players showing up well. Emmet Mahon has been showing some fine moves on the soccer pitch lately too, he plays for the Sligo Leitrim Under12 team and they had a fine win over Galway opposition lately. I wonder will Emmet play soccer or Gaelic in Croke park first, or could it be handball Emmet.
  • More Injuries:
    We wish a speedy return to fitness to Conor Doherty (ankle), Aidan Bohan (shoulder), Niall Foley (foot), Eamonn Geoghegan (shoulder), John Paul O'Donoghue (hand injury)
  • County Minors:
    Despite a brave and gutsy draw performance our young lads had to settle for second best against the boys in maroon from Galway. Encouraging signs for the championship from this young panel. Final score 1-10 to 1-08.
  • County Ladies:
    Continue to impresson the playing fields as they overcome the Ladies of County Down in Castlewellan on Sunday last. See Observer sports pages for full match report. Final score 3-06 to 2-07.

22 April 2002

  • Race Night
    Preparation for our race nigh on the 5th of May seems to be going well with some very colourful names on horses. Would those with money for the event please hand it in on Friday night at the meeting in Cardiff's at 10pm.
  • London Trip:
    Would any one who is going to London for the big match in May please have their deposit in this week.
  • All Ireland Medal:
    Former Ladies goalkeeper for Kiltubrid, Kathy Butler, recently won an All Ireland Medal playing in goals for Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Congratulations Kathy !
  • Schools Win:
    Drumcong school football teasm are doing well recently both boys and girls mini sevens team have qualified for the county finals. The boys team complete with five girls won last week against Leitrim School. They play Drumlease School this week in the finals of the mini sevens competition.
  • Ballinamore Win:
    Congratulations to Sean O'Heslins club on their fin All Ireland wins in Scor last weekend and also well doen to Aughnasheelin who were runners up in the Ballad group.
  • Leitrim Ladies:
    Out of their four league games the County Ladies now have three wins and a draw as it was all square in Armagh on Sunday last. Leitrim Ladies found the home side a handful and would count themselves close on lucky to come away with a draw. Final score Armagh 2-08 Leitrim 4-02. Next Sunday they travel to County Down to play the home side.
  • Junior Team
    Travelling light to Manorhamilton on Saturday evening our youngish team came out the wrong side of the result as the home side had a comfortable win over our lads. Work commitments etc. deprived our panel of some of our more experienced players. A great display from some young players on the day must give our mentors some thoughts when considering the future make up of our main team string. On the evening our Intermediate team had a very worthwhile challenge with the Manor side. We wish t thank the Manorhamilton club for their aftermatch hospitality on the evening.

15 April 2002

    Congratulations to Kiltubrid Ladies Footballer Miranda Burke, eldest daughter of John and Veronica Burke, of Aghacashel who celebrated her 21st birthday last Friday night in Brian and Ann Meehans in Drumshanbo.
    Another of our club stalwards recently reached one of lifes milestones lets just say he can now replace his brother Hugh on the Leitirm Masters team.
    As you probably know Kiltubrid GAA are currently engaged in a big financial drive at the moment we are focusing on a Horse Racing night which is taking place on Sunday 5th of May in McKeon’s Kesh. We would appeal to anyone who is a club supporter like a former player either at home or abroad to maybe sponsor a horse or a jockey a race or what ever. Any club member will help you out here.
    We would like to wish speedy recoveries to recently injured players James and Noel Gill, Eamon Geoghegan, Stephen Guckian, Gerry Gilmartin and David Tighe.
    Great to see John Paul O’Donoghue back playing so well after a lengthy absence, he had a knee operation last year. Also David Tighe has rejoined the club from Taras in London and its great to have him back. Its great to see Michael Scollan back in training.
    Drumcong National School football team had a good win last week against last years champions Kinlough a worrying feature from this game was an accidental clash of heads between Emmet Mahon and Raymond McGovern, Emmet cameout the worst of this accident, but thankfully has made a full recovery. This week we play Leitrim school. Last weeks team was N. Slevin, C. Beirne, D. Keaney, A. Tighe, S. Cardiff, N. McWeeney, E. Mahon, Anthony Tighe, C. Crossan, K. Murray, D. McGirl, A. McWeeney, K. McKeon, M. Geoghegan, S. Tighe, K. Quinn, T. Evans, R. McGovern. The Score was Drumcong 1-10, Kinlough 1-5. Drumcong Girls team had a great win over Drumlease in Dromahaire last week. I’m not sure what the score was though, well done girls Regina Bohan and Helen Tighe are doing great work with this team.
    Kiltubrid Ladies wish to thank all those who were involved in ensuring that their Annual Function held in Cardiff’s Lounge, Drumcong recently was a huge success yet again. Thank you to James and Ellis Cardiff for the use of their lounge on the night and for providing food on the night. Thank you to all our sponsors namingly Enda Horan, Willie Bohan, Francis Gilmartin, Michael and Christina Bohan, Noel Gill, Grainne Gill, Brian Meehan, Supervalu, Carrick-on-Shannon; Tom Joe Keaney, Jack and Marie Lee, Darren Gilmartin and Sean Kelly. Thank you to Tomas Nolan for sporting his musical talents on the night making it a lively occasion, to all those who came and supported us on the night and to all the women themselves for their usual commitment to getting all those lines sold.
    On Sunday evening our young Under 16 boys panel played Gortletteragh in our park. A very close game right up to the last five or six minutes when our lads pulled away to leave the final score at 4-5 to 2-6.
  • LOST
    If anyone has found a gold chain which was lost at our football grounds on Saturday evening, please hand it to Pat or Tony.

08 April 2002

  • Sympathy:
    We would like to offer our sincere sympathy to Sue O’Donoghue of Keshcarrigan on the death of her father, Manus McFadden from Donegal, who was of course grandfather to club players John Paul and Nick O’Donoghue. John Paul is also our club secretary this year. May his soul rest in peace.
  • Congratulations
    to clubman Kieran Lee and his wife Maria on the birth of their bouncing ‘litterly at well over eleven pounds’ baby boy; his name will be Adam, but will the ‘big fella’ wear the red and green or the lillywhite of Kildare. Congratulations and God’s blessing to all of ye from Kiltubrid GAA.
  • Buffet:
    Our annual buffet last Friday night was a huge success and very well attended. We would like to thank the Cardiff family for the use of their premises and their kind sponsorship of spot prizes. To Kitty, Lisa and all the staff a big thank you. A special thanks to all the ladies of the club who worked so hard on the night preparing plates and working in the kitchen. This part of the night was well organised and ran smoothly. Thanks ladies. To all the people who sponsored spot prizes for the raffle, thank you; and we can’t forget Chairman Finbarr who kept the show running so efficiently.
  • Club Awards:
    Our club awards were presented by club president Fr. Seamus McKeon at Friday night’s function. The recipients were as follows: Junior player of the year: James Gill; Senior player of the year: Shane Foley; Clubperson of the year: Kevin Nealon. Congratulations to all three lads and mighty well deserved too.
  • Gill Storms Connacht:
    Our Junior player of the year is making a habit of picking up awards. He has just won a Connacht title at handball and now progresses to the Novice A Championship. Well done Gillie.
  • Underage:
    Our under-16 team have played two games under the management of Michael Geoghegan, Michael McGirl and Stephen Guckian. One win against Cloone and a loss to Drumreilly. Our national school team opened their campaign last Monday against Kinlough and the girls team are against Drumlease on this Thursday, 11th. We will report on these games next week. Good luck in all your games kids and keep safe.
  • Ladies Football:
    Our lassies are only going mighty now with great attendances at training. Do I see Miranda Burke, Jillian Conefrey and Catriona Gilmartin back at training. Keep up the good work girls. Training continues every Tuesday at 7.30. Ladies affiliations are now due, €10 for underage players and €20 for junior players. We would like to wish the best of luck to club player Emer Kelly who is representing Kiltubrid at the player of the year awards in Mohill on Friday night next, 12th April.
  • Leitrim Ladies:
    Leitrim won again on Sunday against Fermanagh, and Naomi and Linda were again very much to the fore.
  • Congratulations Linda:
    Linda Tighe, Kiltubrid and Leitrim player has just won player of the year in her college, D.I.T. in Dublin, and that happened about six months ago. So sorry Linda I’m a bit late. You continue to do us proud.
  • Thirty Years:
    Thirty years married, imagine that and you’ll have to! I’m half that myself. Tom Pat and Lilly Carroll from Carrickport have just reached that milestone and were celebrating that fact in Edinburgh last week, and I always knew you were romantic Tom Pat. This must have come as a shock to Lily though.
  • Intermediate:
    Success at the first hurdle of this year’s league campaign was ours on Sunday in Cloone against the home side. It took our team a long time to settle into their familiar pattern of fluent football in the spring sunshine of Cloone park with its new digital scoreboard. No need to say any more about the game except to let everyone know how important it is for all players to be present and on time at each training session. At this time we are informed that it’s Ballinamore’s Sean O’Heslins on this Saturday evening. Check fixtures list for time, venue and confirmation of date.

01 April 2002

  • Get Well:
    to Francis McKeon Liscarbon who is making a speedy recovery in Sligo General Hospital.
  • Sympathy:
    We extend our deepest sympathy to Ann Murray, Derrien, Aughacashel on the death of her father Joe Reilly, Crosskeys, Co. Cavan whose funeral took place on Tuesday.
  • Leitrim V Antrim:
    well done to our county team, panel and mentors who accounted for Antrim in Cloone on Sunday. A good end to the league for our lads and we all look forward with great interest to the Championship.
  • Buffet:
    See you all at our Annual Buffet Social on this Friday night in Cardiff's. usual awards to be presented on the night with music by "Mary Rose & Del Rio". We look forward to more volunteers to assist on the night. Food served from 9 to 10.30pm. Please support as you have done on all other fundraisers to date.
  • Welcome Back:
    to David Tighe who togged out on the weekend with our Intermediates. Also nice to see Paul Foley making a return visit from his global travels to his Kilclare roots.
  • It's Cloone this Weekend Lads:
    Our first Intermediate League outing is in Cloone this Saturday evening. Check fixtures page in this paper to confirm time, date and venue. Get behind the team with your great supporting tradition of vocal encouragement.
  • Parking at Our Football Pitch:
    Patrons are requested to park in an orderly fashion on each side of our grounds entrance. Please leave centre of driveway clear in case of an emergency. It's a very short walk from any point in our car park to the viewing stand. Remember in the interest of safety please keep centre of park driveway clear at all times.
  • Door Keys:
    Congrats to Siobhan Foley and Claire Foley who reached the ripe old age of Twenty one last weekend with appropriate celebrations, not forgetting James Gill who graduated from teenager to clock up his first score as he reached his 20th birthday also last weekend.

25 March 2002

  • Buffet Social:
    Kiltubrid GAA hold their annual buffet social in Cardiff's Lounge, Drumcong on Friday the 5th of April. Tickets are abroad at Euro 10 a snap - don't worry there are lots still left. Would any one interested in giving a hand on the night please come along to a short meeting on this Wednesday night the 27th of March at 9pm.
  • Finance:
    We hate to mention it, but we sure can't survive without it. I hear some thing about a race night in the near future. There will be a finance committee meeting this Friday night 29th March in the park at 8pm.
  • Keep Her Lit:
    Our filed is looking a little brighter these nights with our new lighting system, so we won't have any bother seeing ye now lads.
  • Leitrim Win:
    Kiltubrid's Shane Foley opened his scoring account in the Allianz Football league last Sunday against London. He scored a point in the first half. In the absence of the Aughavas wizard a bigger wizard from Drumreilly put this London team to the sword with most of Leitrim's scores, believe me London we in Kiltubrid know how that feels - well done Olly. Poor Emmet Lee had a few minutes to forget, the all action Kiltubrid wing back came on as a sub late in the game and first saw yellow then a red for very harmless fouls while the London boys could swing out of the Leitrim men's necks, jerseys or any part of them they could get a hols of. No London player walked for these fouls - tough luck Emmet.
  • Underage:
    Our Under 16 team has seen no action yet with 2 games called off against Cloone and Drumreilly. Pitches are just unplayable right now but they may dry up this week,
  • Good Luck James:
    James Gill plays in a Connacht handball final this Friday evening the 29th March - fingers crossed for you James.
  • Juniors in Action:
    Check fixtures in the paper for confirmation of first league game for our Junior team - possible this weekend.

18 March 2002

  • Buffet:
    Our annual buffet is coming up on the 5th April that's Friday night in Cardiff's lounge. Tickets are on sale now from any club member.
  • First Aid:
    Anyone interested in doing a first aid course please make contact with Finbar Keaney or any club member.
  • Dermot is a Flyer:
    Great to see Kiltubrid Under 14 and Under 16 player Dermot McKeon from Rantogue excelling in athletics in recent weeks.
  • La Fheile Padraig:
    It was nice to see our Club President Fr. McKeon starting our masses as gaeilge and blessing the shamrock last Sunday which was of course St. Patrick's Day. In deed minor footballers Eamon Geoghegan from Aughacashel and David McWeeney from Proughlish did our native tongue justice in the mass readings. The auld bit of gaeilge is nice especially on the day that was in it. Also our pipe band who added that extra bit of colour and entertainment at both churches by taking part in the processions before taking part in the Carrick Parade.
  • Thanks Marie:
    Kiltubrid Football team was indebted to Aughawillan Marie Quinn and I hope I have the right person, for looking after Dara McKiernan who twisted his ankle in a challenge game in Aughawillan last Sunday.
  • Club Meeting:
    Important club meeting next Friday night the 22nd March in Cardiff's meeting room at 9:30pm.
  • Referees:
    Who would be one I hear you say, but the fact is that they are in scarce supply, and any effort is presently been made to recruit new ones right now. If you would think that you would look good in black then give your name to John Paul O'Donoghue and he will give you any details he may have.
  • Under 16's:
    Our Under 16 had their first game of the year on Monday 18th March away to Cloone. Michael McGirl, Micheal Geoghegan and Stephen Guckian have been doing great work with these players lately. I will let you know how they got on next week.
  • County Ladies:
    Congrats and well done to our county Ladies team who travelled to Letterkenny on Saturday and came away with a one point victory over a very good Donegal team. Our club was again well represented on the panel with five Kiltubrid girls.

11 March 2002

  • Sympathy:
    Our club chairman was bereaved last week. Finbar Keaneys aunt Mae Feeney formerly of Trim, Co. Meath passed to her external reward. We extend all our sympathy to all her family especially her sister and brother in law. Christina and John Keaney in Kesh. May she rest in peace.
  • Congratulations:
    Our young footballers continue to excel at handball, Jamie Murray together with his partner Paul Ellis won their Connacht final in the Under 15 boys doubles last Sunday week and will now play in the All Ireland Semi-final - the best of luck lads. James Gill was also a winner in the Novice B Connacht Championship and is through to the Connacht semi-final next Monday the 18th of March. Unfortunately Paul Gilmartin was very narrowly defeated in his game - well done lads.
  • Challenge Game:
    Many thanks to Gortletteragh for providing us with s challenge match last Sunday at very short notice. The game was played in terrible conditions but it proved a useful workout for both panels . Remember training Wednesday & Friday nights at 8pm for all Junior and Intermediate players.
  • Senior Scór:
    Michael Geoghegan, John Paul O'Donoghue and Michael Bohan represented the club at question time in Scór last Saturday night and Jane O Regan at solo singing - well done to everyone .
  • Leitrim Win:
    Leitrim Senior men got out of the graveyard - that is Aughrim in Wicklow with two league points last Sunday. No doubt the spirit of Cloone was again to the force in Aughrim two home games to come things are looking up and the county got another massive lift last week with the return of Seamus Quinn, Pat Farrell and Gareth Foley. Now the weather might even get better.
  • Leitrim Win Again:
    Twice the same day, great stuff, the Ladies won their National League game against tough opponents Kildare, who were Junior all Ireland Runner-up last year. Great to see Naomi Lee home for the game, along with her on the Leitrim panel are Linda Tighe, Emer Horan, Sinead Meehan and Sandra Earley all of course Kiltubrid players - well done girls.
  • Sean Redican Honoured:
    One of our best players in the 80's Sean Redican, brother of present team manager Tony, hasn't let the grass grow under his feet in New York and has just been awarded the distinguished service award at the annual St Patrick's Day Dinner Dance on the County Leitrim Society of New York. Congratulation Sean from all at home in Kiltubrid.

04 March 2002

  • Ladies:
    Our girls are having a big night out in Cardiff's lounge this Friday night the 8th March. A good nights entertainment is assured because the music is by Thomas Nolan, there will be a raffle and spot prizes on offer as well. Please come along and support.
  • Buffet:
    Kiltubrid GAA will be holding their own night out early in April - tickets available from club members right now.
  • Senior Training:
    Training in the park this Wednesday night 6th March and Friday 8th March @ 8pm sharp. A challenge this Sunday 10th March in the park @ 11:45am.
  • A few Good Men:
    Thirteen to be exact, that was Leitrim in Cloone last Sunday in their Allianz National League Football league game against Louth. Two of Leitrim's finest got their marching orders in a minute of madness, but this lifted Rowley's babies to great heights and they tore into the Louth men with great heart. Shane Foley was as good as any man in the Leitrim jersey and most of them were outstanding, indeed you could say the game was dominated by McBriens, Fintan from Aughavas got most of Leitrim's scores again, and he played centre forward, midfield, full back, full forward, you name it he was there. Indeed Fintan was a willing outlet for all of Shane Foleys slick passes. The other McBrien, no relation, was Martin from Fermanagh and he was the referee and nobody wanted to buy him a pint in Creegans after the game. In fact it was a good thing he wasn't in the partisan hostilery on Sunday evening. It's a thankless job anyway Martin. At the moment Emmet Lee is just recovered from injury and he took his place on the Leitrim's subs bench last Sunday.
  • Support Leitrim:
    If you want to support Leitrim in a practical way you could buy a ticket and become a member of the Leitrim Supporters club. Marie Lee can help you out here or ask you can ask any club member.

25 February 2002

  • Sympathy:
    Every one at Kiltubrid Gaa would like to sympathise with Christina McGourty our Clubs Scór Co-ordinator on the sudden death of her father Terence Joe Boyle of Tullybawn, Aughnasheelin last week. May his soul rest in peace.
  • Under Age Presentation:
    Congratulations to all the young players from the club who received their under 12 and 14 medals last Friday night at a function in Cardiff's lounge. They received their medals from Leitrim Club Player Noel Moran. A big thank you to Noel and Fergal McPartland for coming out and to Michael and Mary McGirl for making the night run so smoothly.
  • Benefit Social:
    Don't forget this Saturday night the 2nd of March in McKeons Keshcarrigan a social for Stephens mum Ann Guckian.
  • Leitrim versus Limerick:
    Leitrim went down again in the National League this time to Limerick in Kilmallock but young Shane Foley contunies to distinguish himself on the Leitrim Team.
  • Regina is 21:
    Congratulations to Ladies player Regina Bohan on reaching the ripe old age pf 21 . She was celebrating with family and friends last weekend.
  • Kiltubrid Ladies:
    Our annual function will take place on Friday 6th March in Cardiff's, Drumcong. Draw will take place with many spot prizes on the night. Music is by "Thomas Nolan". A meeting re above on this Friday 1st March in Cardiff's at 9pm. Completed cards and monies to be presented at the meeting and extra cards are available.
  • Training:
    Training this Friday night 1st March for all junior and Intermediate panel members at 8pm sharp in the park. Challenge game on Sunday 3rd March - details on Friday night, don't be late lads.

18 February 2002

  • Benefit Social:
    A benefit social will be held for Ann Guckian Scardaun in McKeon's Keshcarrigan on Saturday the 2nd of March. Music will be provided by Noel Cassidy and of course admission will be optional, but donations may be given to any of the organisers Noel and Ann Marie Whitlow, Jimmy and Maura Bohan or Brendan and Marian Shanley - your support would be greatly appreciated. Kiltubrid Gaa are delighted to hear that Ann is surely getting better day by day and we are looking forward to seeing her home again in the community soon.
  • Presentation:
    Our under age presentation takes this place this Friday night in Cardiff's Lounge. A disco for the Kids will take place from 8pm to 10 pm with mineral bar only under strict supervision. At 10 o'clock sharp we are delighted to announce that Leitrim Club Player of the Year Noel Moran will present the medals to the youngsters. Last week I announced the under 12 panel that would be getting medals, unfortunately I left out the names Kathy Beirne and Kevin Quinn - apologies Kevin and Kathy - the Under 12's to get medals will be the panel announced in these notes last week as well as Kathy and Kevin of course. The Under 14's that will be honured on the night are as follows: M. McGovern, A. McGovern, D. McWeeney, M. McGirl, R. McLoughlin, P McGirl, D. McCormack(capt), D. McKeon, P. Withlow, S. Withlow, E. MAhon, K McKeon, P. Evans, J. Murray, R. Geoghegan and R. Shanley. Admission on the night will be €10 per family - for that you you can bring all the family members you like.

11 February 2002

  • Presentation:
    It is hoped that Kiltubrid GAA will hold their first function of the year on Friday the 22nd of February. On the night the club will present medals to our Under 12 team of 2001 who won the League and Championship double and our Under 14 team of 2000 who won the Division Three League title of that year next week I will have more details of venue and a few other things such as the names of the Under 14 players to get medals the Under 12’s to get medals on the night are as follows N. Slevin, M. McWeeney, G. Kelly, C. Murray, S. Cardiff, E. Mahon, A. Tighe, S. Kelly, C. Crossan, C. McKeon, A. McWeeney, D. McGirl, D. Kenny, Aine Tighe, Sinead Tighe, Daniel Tighe, Sean Kelly, S. Bracken, M. Geoghegan, T. Evans, P. Gilmartin, R. Duignan. Watch this space next week.
  • Shane plays against Kerry:
    Kiltubrid’s Shane Foley the youngest man on the Leitrim panel acquitted himself quite well on the Leitrim team last Sunday. Shane came on as sub in the second half at wing back and even managed to set up a Padraig McGarry point late in the game. Kerry had a lot of their stars on show and ran out comfortable enough winners but the young Leitrim panel did not let them have it all their own way in this historic tie against the Kingdom which was a home game for Leitrim but played in Longford.
  • Richard on cue:
    One of our brightest young footballers Richard Shanley who starred on the Drumcong School team and Kiltubrid Under 14 team last year is fast making a name for himself at another sport, he has been playing so well on the Leitrim Junior panel team in recent weeks no doubt getting a few tips from his Dad.
  • Confirmation:
    Congratulations to all our footballers in sixth class who received Confirmation last Sunday in Fenagh.
  • Another handballer:
    Emmet Mahon I can tell you is a capable performer with any kind of ball in hand or at foot, and I hear our Under 12 Captain has been excelling lately at handball and represented Drumcong School in the County Cumann na mBunscoil Under 13 final, in which Martin Raftery of Drumshanbo beat him in a great contest, young Raftery won after a tie breaker. Meanwhile club players James Gill and Paul Gilmartin, will represent Leitrim in the Novice B Singles on the 16th of February in Williamstown, we wish them luck as the make an assault for a Connacht title.
  • Movie station:
    Congrats and best wishes to David and Michelle Harding on their new video rental shop in Drumshanbo. The well chosen shop title of Movie Station is further testimony to the now extended list of entrepreneurs from the greater Kilclare area of the parish.
  • Hall of fame award:
    Congrats to Fenagh’s Anselm Reynolds on his recent well deserved Hall of Fame award at Leitrim County Board function recently. Underage football in Kiltubrid was Anselm’s priority in his Kesh teaching days and its a long way from todays structures of club committees, Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary etc. etc. to the one man show of that era when Anselm was the club committee providing transport, guidance, encouragement and the after match refreshments of sweets and the odd minerals to weary match tired youngsters. The award is a true recognition of Anselm’s continuous work on behalf of the underage football in Leitrim.
  • Re-cycle bank:
    Leitrim County Council have provided a re cycle facility at Drumcong. This is not a dumping facility but a means of disposal of various reusable materials. The bins are alongside the National school on the housing estate entrance. The bins are a welcome further environmental awareness move in the right direction.

04 February 2002

  • Congratulations:
    Congratulations to Peter and Annette Golderick on the birth of their second child, a baby boy called Gavin. One more to go Annette for the full back line.
  • Finance Meeting:
    There will be a very important meeting of the clubs finance committee next Friday night 8th Feb in Cardiff's at 9.30 sharp.
  • Training:
    Club training for all Intermediate and Junior players on Sunday in the park at 12:30 sharp please. a number of players have not yet graced us with their presence from now on - no excuses lads.
  • Handball Hero's:
    At the recent Leitrim GAA County Board Award two of our young footballers received awards. James Gill Senior Handballer of the year and Jamie Murray juvenile handballer of the year. I Know their families and every one in Kiltubrid GAA are very proud of the two lads fine achievements.
  • Ladies Annual Function 2002:
    Kiltubrid Ladies Annual Function will take place on Friday 8th March 2002 in Cardiff's. Draw with various spot prizes, will be held and also music in the night.

28 January 2002

  • Sympathy:
    We would like to sympathise with the family of Kitty Daly, Loughconway who was so tragically killed in a road accident last week. Kitty was mother to former under age players Niall and Kieran Daly. May her soul rest in peace.
  • Thank You:
    At our recent A.G.M. a number of our sponsors were thanked for their help during last year whether that was financial or other wise and in fact some unknown ones came to light we would especially like to thank our local pubs and businesses without whom we would not exist. To Sean Redican in New York a man never to forget the red and green, and of course to all who contributed to his mighty donation in the big apple we say go raibh mile maith agat, and to our local who puts a few Euro our way every year and wishes to remain anonymous we thank you all very much.
  • County Men:
    Congratulations to Emmet Lee and Shane Foley who were selected as part of a 30 strong Leitrim Senior panel. There was however some surprise in Kiltubrid when the panel was announced that our club captain Conor Doherty was not selected and indeed our neighbour Patrick Guckian of St. Callians, both men trained with Leitrim since last October and at the end of the day can consider themselves unlucky not to be selected at this time.
  • Tracy is 21
    Congratulations to former Kiltubrid ladies player Tracey Costello. daughter of Sonny and Mary Costello, Funshinagh Keshcarrigan who celebrated her twenty first at the weekend.
  • Training
    Training next Sunday the 3rd of February has been changed from 2.00pm back to 12.30pm. after mass please all Junior and Intermediate players take note.
  • Leitrim Match:
    Good luck to Shane and Emmet next Sunday in Limerick and to all the Leitrim Panel and Management. Good show last week against Galway lads.
  • Ladies A.G.M:
    Here is the result of a very successful Kiltubrid Ladies AGM. held lately; Chairperson; Linda Tighe, Secretary; Emer Horan, Treasurer; Sinead Meehan, Asst Treasurer Mary Keaney, PRO Sandra Earley. Trainers Junior and Minor Darren and Paul Gilmartin with Noel Gill. Under 14 Paul Gilmartin and Lucy Kelly. Schools Under 12s Helen Tighe and Regina Bohan. Kiltubrid ladies would like to thank all their sponsors especially Martin Moran for the Jersey’s publicans James Cardiff and Kieran McKeon and to everyone who sponsored spot prizes for their big night out. Not forgetting Des and Kathleen whom have been more than generous over the years. This year Kiltubrid ladies will be playing in the Junior Grade.
  • Ladies G.A.A. Meeting
    A meeting will be held in Cardiff's on next Saturday 2nd February at 9pm to discuss Kiltubrid ladies forthcoming annual function. All members are asked to attend.

21 January 2002

  • Club AGM:
    At the recent AGM the following club officers were elected for the coming year: President: Fr. Seamus McKeon, Chairman: Finbar Keaney, Vice Chairman: Paul Gilmartin, Secretary: John Paul O’Donoghue, Assistant Secretary: Adrian Lee, Treasurer: John McGovern, Assistant Treasurer: Kevin Nealon, Registrar and Insurance Officer: Adrian Lee, PRO Pat McWeeney, Scór Co-Coordinators: Michael James McKiernan and Christina McGourty, Bord na nÓg delegates: Michael McGirl, Kevin Nealon, County Board Delegates: Conor Doherty, Paul Gilmartin, Kevin Nealon, Dermot Herron and Finbar Keaney, Executive Committee: Tom Joe Keaney, Seamus Tighe, and all club officers, Finance Committee: Noel Gill, Conor Doherty, Fergal Meehan, Darren Gilmartin, Gerry Gilmartin, John McGovern, Kevin Nealon, PJ Meehan, Brendan Doyle, Park Committee: Finbar Keaney, Edmund Doyle, Tony Redican, Adrian Lee, Michael James McKiernan and Seamus Tighe. Underage Trainers Michael McGirl, Adrian Lee, Paul Gilmartin, Pat McWeeney.
  • Man Missing:
    Leitrim played Roscommon last Saturday in the FBD Connacht League and when Leitrim lined up for the team photo before the throw in there was only fourteen men in the line up for the picture, the missing man was our own Emmett Lee, he was still in the dressing room getting physio on a muscle injury but I can tell you that was the last time Emmett was missing he gave a great display at corner back in this his Leitrim Senior debut. Further up the field eighteen year old Shane Foley played a great game at centre forward gaining a lot of possession and setting up some good moves with clever passes, Shane was also making his competitive Senior debut at County Football.
  • Best Club:
    Congratulations to Bornacoola GAA Club on being named the Leitrim winner of the AIB Club of the Year 2001 and they do have a good PRO as well Fergal, best of luck in Connacht lads and lassies.
  • Training:
    Club training for all Intermediate and Junior players this Sunday the 27th of January in the Park at 2 o’clock.
  • Mel’s Win:
    You can’t keep a Foley down well that's what Dessie says anyway Foley the younger Gearoid, that is, won a North Leinster medal with St. Mel’s Juniors last week, they overcame St. Pats of Navan in the North Leinster final. The Meath team was trained by Gearoid’s neighbour Paul McGovern of Allen Gaels, small world.
  • Ladies AGM:
    Held their AGM last Saturday evening and I will have all the news on this next week.
  • 21st:
    Happy birthdays to former ladies Captain Grainne Gill and Junior player Dermot Earley, who got those keys lately.
  • Club Membership:
    Members are reminded that membership for 2002 must be paid not later than 10th February. 10 euro for adult members and 5 euro for students. No membership can be accepted after this date. Subscriptions to be paid to Adrian not later than February 10th.
  • Player Insurance:
    Players insurance for 2002 is now due. It is vital that all players participate in this scheme. If you are unfortunate to require Medical treatment for injuries they can prove very expensive. A good level of cover a small sum is a small price to pay. Subscription to be paid to Adrian not later than February 1st.
  • Leitrim Supporters Club:
    The Dublin branch of the Leitrim GAA Supporters Club are having a get together in the Herbert Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on Tuesday night next January 29th. All of our Dublin based players and supporters are invited to attend.

14 January 2002

  • Sympathy:
    For the third week in a row the club has occasion to sympathise with a member on the death of a loved one, this time our sympathy goes to Regina Mahon on the death of her father Eddie McKeever of Ardboe, Co. Tyrone. Grandfather to underage star Emmet Mahon. May his soul rest in peace.
  • Scór:
    well done to David Evans who came a close second to Deirdre McCabe of Eslin in the Scór na nÓg County Final in solo singing. David lost out to the more experienced Deirdre by one point, David is young and has a big future. We also say well done to all our Competitors that represented the club in Scór during the year. A special thank you to Christina McGourty for all her work with Scór during the year.
  • Congratulations:
    We were delighted to hear the recent engagement of Club Senior player and former Chairman Raymond Harris, son of Cathal and Mary Harris, Mullacullen to Maura Begley daughter of Michael and Kitty Begley of Drumentie, County Armagh. We wish them the best of luck for the future.
  • AGM:
    A very successful AGM of the club was held last Saturday evening in Liscarbon Community Centre. The meeting was excellently chaired by club chairman Finbar Keaney, who in a far reaching speech thanked everyone who helped out over the year and he had a special word of thanks to all the club sponsors. On the financial side of things joint treasurers Fergal Meehan and John McGovern gave a very detailed account of every transaction during the year. At this stage our secretary for the last five years Adrian Lee steps down to become club registrar and Insurance officer. Adrian has done an excellent job for the club over the years, he is now replaced by John Paul O'Donoghue as secretary. The meeting was ended with a minutes silence for all those who died during the year and a prayer with our new club president Fr. Seamus McKeon. Next week we will give a detailed account of all positions filled at the meeting.
  • Leitrim Watch:
    In recent weeks James Gill got a run out with Leitrim's Under 21 team in the Hastings cup against Cavan and Conor Doherty made his Leitrim Senior debut against Sligo in the FBD Connacht League. Leitrim lost both games but it's early days yet.

07 January 2002

  • Sympathy
    Kiltubrid Gaa would like to offer its sympathy to the McGovern family Drumhubrid on the death of Mrs Eileen Farrell, Ballinwing who was grand mother of Kiltubrid footballers John, Aidan, Alan and Gerard McGovern. May her soul rest in peace.
  • AGM
    for the second week in a row our AGM was cancelled due to a family bereavement, this time for the death of Mrs Farrell, our joint treasurer John McGovern's Grandmother. The meeting has been rescheduled for this Saturday the 12th of January in Liscarbon Community Centre at 5:30 pm
  • Happy New Year:
    We would like to wish all our friends a very happy new year, especially those who are far from home, Kieran and Una in Sydney, Australia - is it getting a bit hot folks ? Paul and Liz in San Francisco, all of whom log on to our website. We hope to see Paul and Liz at home in a few weeks.
  • Top Handballer:
    Congratulations to Paul Gilmartin who took James Gills title as top handballer in the county. Paul beat James in the final by a few aces just before Christmas in a cracking contest, well done lads.
  • Thanks Christy:
    Aoife says thanks to big hearted Chris Carroll for the lovely green and red jersey.