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30 Nov 2021

The Leitrim GAA 1994 Huddle in Ballinamore Library

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There are few Leitrim people who do not remember that famous day, 21 years ago, when Declan Darcy lifted the Nestor Cup.

There are few Leitrim people who do not remember that famous day, 21 years ago, when Declan Darcy lifted the Nestor Cup.

Leitrim triumphed and gained the Connacht Football Championship for the second time in 67 years. History was made and the celebrations began.

Hyde Park draped in green and gold; old men crying and delirious fans marked Leitrim’s day of glory.

The Leitrim team were given a hero’s welcome throughout the county and Leitrim people celebrated and displayed their pride globally.

Next stop was Croke Park, when every man, woman an d child relished the unique moment when the Leitrim team graced the field to take on the Dubs.

Much has been written about this momentous journey and everyone has their own treasured memory of that summer 21 years ago.

As part of National Heritage Week, a nostalgic evening of remembrance is taking place in Ballinamore Library on Friday August 28th at 8pm.

This will be an ‘up for the match’ type event led by Seán Ó Súilleabháin where those present will discuss the lead up, the matches, the aftermath and the positive impact of Leitrim’s historic championship of 1994.

Among the invited guests are players, management, officers, media and supporters of this memorable occasion.

There will also be an exhibition of memorabilia, including letters, cards, telegrams of good wishes and congratulations from home and abroad, sent to the County Board Secretary,

Tommy Moran and the football used in the Connacht final will also be on display.

For further information please contact Mary Conefrey mconefrey@leitrimcoco.ie or on 071-9645567.

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