As Carrick-on-Shannon hurlers bask in the glow of regaining the Stephen Dorrigan Cup, there was further good news for the champions as Clement Cunniffe was named in the Lory Meagher Champions 15 team for 2014.
Cunniffe will be joined by fellow Leitrim team-mate and Galway native Padraig O’Donnell at the presentation of the awards at Friday night’s GAA GPA All-Stars banquet, sponsored by Opel at the Convention Centre, Dublin.
It completes a great weekend for Cunniffe as Carrick overwhelmed Gortletteragh 3-20 t0 0-7 to regain the Senior Hurling title after an absence of four years and they now face Calry St. Joseph’s next Monday in the Connacht Club Junior Championship.
For St. Patrick’s Dromahair, their year came to a shuddering halt last Sunday in the Connacht Club Intermediate Championship when Mayo’s Ballyhaunis had far too much strength for the Leitrim champions, winning 3-13 to 0-6.
But there were celebrations in Glencar/Manorhamilton and Carrigallen who both won Gallogly Catering League titles on a wind and rain swept Saturday.
The north Leitrim men overcame Mohill 2-8 to 1-7 to win their third League crown in a row, the first team to do so since Ballinamore’s four in a row from 1977 to 1980.
Carrigallen won the Division 2 title for the first time since 2009 as they prevailed 1-7 to 0-6 against Allen Gaels in Ballinamore.
Focus turns next Sunday to Aughawillan who take on Sligo’s Tubbercurry in Markievicz Park in the Connacht Club Senior Championship as the new Champions seek to become the first Leitrim team since Kiltubrid in 2005 to win a game in the Provincial championship.