28 Nov 2021

Great turn-out at Primary Schools Cross-country

The Leitrim AAI Primary Schools Cross Country and Walks Championships drew over two hundred competitors from nine to the Leitrim Gaels Community Field on Wednesday last.

The Leitrim AAI Primary Schools Cross Country and Walks Championships drew over two hundred competitors from nine to the Leitrim Gaels Community Field on Wednesday last.

While the number of schools could have been larger the number of actual competitors compared favourably on a population ratio basis to that in neighbouring counties.

There was some first class competition in all events with team and individual positions contested with great enthusiasm.

Ella McDaid of Drumlease was a very impressive winner of the junior girls race while Alannah McGuinness of St Manchan’s stamped her class on the senior event. Jordan Reynolds of St Manachan’s used his experience to win the Senior Boys race while St Clare’s runner Patrick Montgomery produced fine form to win the Junior boys race on his first outing at this level.

The venue was excellent and the competition was run off to time. Weather conditions were favourable and the runners made light of facing a fairly stiff breeze in the finishing straight.

The prizes were presented by Patricia Griffin, Chairperson of Leitrim County Board AAI. The first three teams and eight individuals in each of the six competitions qualify to represent Leitrim in the Connacht Championships in Calry, Sligo, on Saturday week.

4/5th Class Girls: 1 Ella McDaid Drumlease, 2 Ellie O’Rourke St Caillin’s, 3 Kate Gilheany St Caillin’s, 4 Ella Quinn Drumlea, 5 Sarah Brady Largy, 6 Ava Gill St Caillin’s, 7 April Doyle St Manchan’s, 8 Erin Summers St Clare’s. Teams: 1 St Caillin’s Fenagh (2, 3, 6, 10) 21 pts, 2 St Clare’s Manorhamilton (8, 9, 15, 16) 48 pts, 3 St Mary’s Drumlea (4, 11, 12, 28) 55 pts, 4 St Manachan’s, Mohill 65 pts, 5 Largy NS 69 pts, 6 Drumlease 100 pts, Killenummery, Largy incomplete

4/5th Class Boys: 1 Patrick Montgomery St Clare’s, 2 James Clinton Drumlease, 3 Shane Smith St Caillin’s, 4 Daniel McLoughlin St Caillin’s, 5 Angus McCrann St Manchan’s, 6 Caoilin Canning St Caillin’s, 7 Diarmuid Giblin Drumlease, 8 Martin Rooney Largy. Teams: 1 St Caillin’s Fenagh (3, 4, 6, 16) 29 pts, 2 St Manachan’s (5, 9, 10, 11) 35 pts, 3 Drumlease (2, 7, 12, 23) 44 pts, 4 St Clare’s 53 pts, 5 Ardvarney 110 pts, 6 St Mary’s Drumlea 119 pts, Killenummery, Largy incomplete

5/6th Class Girls: 1 Alannah McGuinness St Manchan’s, 2 Caroline Dobson St Manchan’s, 3 Maeve Hamill Ballinamore, 4 Carrie McDaid Drumlease, 5 Sarah Doyle St Manchan’s, 6 Niamh Beirne St Manchan’s, 7 Michelle McCabe Drumlea, 8 Emer McLoughlin St Caillin’s. Teams: 1 St Manchan’s (1, 2, 5, 6) 14 pts, 2 St Caillin’s (8, 12, 17, 20) 57 pts, 3 Drumlease (4, 10, 19, 24) 57 pts, 4 St Mary’s Drumlea 78 pts, 5 Sn Brid Naofa Ballinamore 82 pts, 6 St Clare’s 95 pts.

5/6th Class Boys: 1 Jordan Reynolds St Manchan’s, 2 Vincent Sweeney St Clare’s, 3 Cormac White St Manchan’s, 4 Jack Kelly (St Clare’s), 5 James Wrynn St Caillin’s, 6 Aaron Moran St Manchan’s, 7 Shane McGourty St Manchan’s, 8 Jason McKenny Ardvarney. Teams: 1t Manachan’s (1, 3, 6, 7) 17 pts, 2 St Clare’s (2, 4, 17, 21) 44 pts, 3 St Caillin’s (5, 13, 14, 16) 48 pts, 4 Drumlease 95 pts.

Girls’ Walk: 1 Sinead McNabola St Manchan’s, 2 Oneisa Mimna St Mary’s Drumlea, 3 Helen McDonagh St Manchan’s, 4 Evelyn Reynolds St Manchan’s, 5 Ella McDaid Drumlease, 6 Rose McLoughlin St Caillin’s, 7 Rachel Conlon St Clare’s, 8 Shauna Doyle St Manchan’s. Teams: 1 St Manchan’s (1, 3, 4, 8) 16 pts, 2 St Mary’s Drumlea (2, 9, 14, 15) 40 pts, 3 St Caillin’s (6, 7, 18, 20) 61 pts, 4 St Clare’s 82 pts, 5 Drumlease 114 pts, 6 St Joseph’s Killenummery 196 pts.

Boys Walk: 1 Thomas McNabola St Manchan’s, 2 Conor Mulligan St Manchan’s, 3 Jack Kelly St Clare’s, 4 Joseph Kron St Clare’s, 5 Gabriel Jones St Clare’s, 6 Vincent Sweeney St Clare’s), 7 Cian Kelly St Clare’s, 8 Owen Gaffey (St Manachan’s)

Teams: 1 St Clare’s (3, 4, 5, 6) 18 pts, 2 St Manachan’s (1, 2, 8, 13) 26 pts, 3 St Caillin’s (9, 11, 22, 25) 57 pts, 4 Drumlease 103 pts, 5 Ardvarney (155 pts), 6 St Mary’s Drumlea 165 pts.

The Leitrim Inter Club Cross Country Championships will be held at St Felim’s in Ballinamore on Saturday October 20, and it is expected that a number of those athletes will take part in order to enable their clubs to select teams for the Connacht Championships on November 4.

Mohill & District AC

Well done to all our Club Athletes who took part in the Leitrim Primary Schools Cross Country and Race Walking competitions in Leitrim Village Community Field last week. From this competition three teams from St. Manachan’s NS in Mohill will go forward to the Connachts in Calry, Sligo on Saturday, October 13. Mohill & District Club would like to wish the best of luck to all the boys and girls who are taking part in the Connaughts in Calry. 
Club training resumed on Monday, October 1, at Marian College and continues outdoors until after halloween, when the younger athletes will have the option of moving indoors. The cross country competitions will be starting in November the Club hopes to have a number of our older athletes taking part and have started training. New members are always welcome to join enquiries to 087 6253337.

Leitrim Pool news

AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Leitrim Pool Association was held in the Pool Hall, Drumshanbo on Tuesday September 25. Fuill report next week.

Shane Barry Memorial Tournament: This very popular annual event will be played in Carthy’s Lock 17, Leitrim Village on Sunday next at 1pm. All entries must be received by Friday October 5th next to 087-9593705. The winner will be awareded 1st spot on the County Senior Team. Everyone welcome to take part.

County Pool League: will commence on October 25 and 26, with a choice of Thursday or Friday nights for each pub. If more than 12 teams are taking part, it will be put into two groups. All entries must be in by October 19th with full panel of players from each pub and contact numbers from each Captain on the team. This League is open to all pubs in the county with pubs in close prominity to the county also welcome. Contact 087-9593705.

Leitrim People of the Year Awards: Congrats to Kevin McWeeney on his nomination of Leitrim Young Person of the Award. The presentation ceremony will take place in Lough Rynn Castle on Friday October 12. Drinks reception at 7:30pm. Dinner 8:30 sharp. Dress code formal. M.C. Noel Cunningham from TV3. A limited number of tickets are available. Contact 086-3591804 or 086-2511379. Dancing to Flipside on the night.

Spurs Supporters Club

Sligo and Leitrim Spurs Supporters are meeting for the Spurs v Chelsea game ‘live’ on SKY at 12.45pm on Saturday, 20 Oct in Murtaghs Bar, Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon. A club meeting will take place beforehand at 12 noon. New members welcome. Contact Tommy on 086-3828265 for further details.

FAI Strength & Conditioning workshop

The FAI and Leitrim County Council are running a Strength & Conditioning Workshop in Bee Park, Manorhamilton for coaches and parents. The workshop is designed to give coaches working with young players the knowledge and confidence to incorporate a football conditioning session into their training sessions. The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 21, 3pm to 6pm and costs €25. Please note coaches must be over 16 and have completed Kick Start 1 to be eligible to participate in the above course. To book your place please contact Damon Kearney phone – 087-7728174 or email – All coaches must also complete application form and forward course fee 25 euro before closing date for bookings is Tuesday, October 16. See on Facebook for more information on this and any other upcoming courses.

FAI Kick-Start 2 course

The FAI and Leitrim County Council are running a Kick Start2 Soccer Coaching Course for coaches and parents at Leitrim County Council offices in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 26, 27 & 28.

The course is designed to assist coaches in the development of the player’s (aged 9-12 years) soccer specific and FUNdamental movement skills in game related functions, progressing into small sided games. The KS2 course will start on the Friday from 7pm till 10pm; Saturday from 10am till 5pm and Sunday from 10am till 5pm.

All participants are asked to wear a tracksuit and runners/boots to participate in all activities showering facilities available. Coaches must be over 16 and have completed Kick Start 1 to be eligible to participate in the above course. To book your place, contact Damon Kearney at 087-7728174 or email All coaches must also complete application form and forward course fee €75 before closing date for bookings is Monday, October 22.

Grange 10Km Road Race

The Grange 10k now in its 23rd year will take place this year on Sunday October 7, with a 12.30 start for the walkers and 1pm for the runners. There is a nice bonus prize for breaking the course record which was set by former North Sligo athlete Patrick Brennan in 2007 of 31mins 3 secs and there is also the same prize breaking the women’s course record which was set by North Sligo athlete Mary Cullen in 2009 at 32mins and 20 secs. There will be prizes for the first six individuals male and female, vets prizes three over 40, two over 50 and one over 60. This year the race will have chip timing so athletes will have their times texted to them within five minutes of completing the race. Entry is on for €14 or €15 on the day of the race in the Sports Centre from 11am. Changing, showers, tea and sandwiches will be available in the Centre after the race.

Irish Autism Table Quiz

The Irish Autism Action organisation are running a Table Quiz nationwide and have asked our club St Mary’s to help them with their Quiz in Leitrim as they are having it in the Landmark Hotel on October 4. Tables of four at €40 per table. There is an overall prize nationwide for the highest score with the prize of a table for eight at the Keith Duffy Masquerade Ball in the Ritz Carlton Hotel on December 1.

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