Sports Partnership launch Women’s 5Km race in Ballinamore

Leitrim Sports Partnership, in association with the Leitrim Athletics Board, will hold the first ever Leitrim Women’s Open 5k Run event in Ballinamore on Sunday, May 27, at 2pm.

Leitrim Sports Partnership, in association with the Leitrim Athletics Board, will hold the first ever Leitrim Women’s Open 5k Run event in Ballinamore on Sunday, May 27, at 2pm.

The event, which is run in conjunction with Leitrim County Council, Irish Sports Council, Leitrim Athletics Board, HSE, Ocean FM and Shannonside Radio. This 5km run, jog or walk is going to be tremendous event, so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see the amazing scenery of Ballinamore canal and surrounding countryside.

This event was launched by the LSP Board members, Leitrim Athletics Board members and Margaret Carr from Ocean FM radio on Thursday, April 26, along with Declan Boyle the coordinator of the Leitrim Sports Partnership.

This is the very first ladies only mass participation event for the LSP and the Leitrim Athletics Board and we will be encouraging all female runners, walkers and joggers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to participate in this thrilling event.

All participants of the event will receive refreshments after the race and there will be prizes and spot prizes presented to the different category winners in the Ballinamore sports complex afterwards.

Organisation of the race on the day will be undertaken by Ballinamore AC and the race will be held over the 5K Course from the Sports Hall to Ardrum which has been used for the Festival 5K race for men and women. The race is AAI approved and so it’s a perfect occasion for experience runners, fun runners and walkers to get an official time with the use of the professional chip timing, which will be available on the day of the event.

The event will be open to all categories of runners, joggers and walkers with numerous prizes for all such categories. Race headquarters will be Ballinamore Sports Hall. For further information, contact the Leitrim Sports Partnership on 071 9650498 or email or for online registration: and Ballinamore AC at 071 9644207

Carrick RC impress in Castlewellan

Carrick Rowing Club made the long journey to Castlewellan, Co. Down to compete at Queens University Regatta last Saturday. This regatta is run on the Grand League format which entails crews being timed in heats and the six fastest crews making the A Final. First to race For Carrick was the women’s Junior 18A double scull comprising Jenny Van Der Spek and Caroline Kelly. They proceeded to win their heat by a large margin and thus qualified for the A Final. Due to an error by the organisers they were put in the B Final which they won easily.

Next up was the women’s Junior 16 double scull of Niamh Murray and Orna Gilhooley. The raced well and made the B Final and improved on their first race finishing third win their category.

Kate McCabe in her first competitive outing in the women’s junior 16 single scull had an incident packed race. Kate was leading by over two boat lengths when two boats making their way to the starting area collided with her. Despite this she finished second overall and has laid down a marker for the rest of the season. In the women’s junior 18 single scull Jenny Van Der Spek raced well and next up in that event was Caroline Kelly. Caroline is an exciting talent and faced Sarah Allen from Bann RC in her race. Sarah Allen is the Irish Novice single sculls champion is part of the Irish national team and has represented Ireland over the last two years. In a thrilling race Caroline Kelly came from a length down to row through Sarah Allen in the last 200 metres to win by over a length. That result placed Caroline Kelly sixth overall which is great credit to her commitment.

So overall some great performances from our crews leaving a great appetite for their next outing at Dublin Metropolitan regatta in May. The clubs junior 14’s and 15’s travel to Portadown Regatta next Saturday on foot of great results at Neptune Regatta. We wish them all the best.

Leitrim Pool News

All-Ireland Inter-counties: The All Ireland inter-counties will be held in Trabolgan, Co. Cork from May 4-6. Leitrim send down a strong senior panel with a good mixture of youth and experience. They are in a tough group along with Mayo, Meath, Galway, Limerick A and Wexford B. The top two from the group qualify for the quarter finals, with 3rd and 4th qualifying for a new shield competition. The senior squad are John Casey (manager), Gavin Donnelly (Capt.), Shane O’Hara, Hugh Kielty, Colin Crossan, Daragh McQuaid, Hugh Moffatt, Kevin McWeeney, Jamie Gaffney, Joe McGuire and Keith Conlon. We also send down an equally strong Junior team with four of the juniors having also qualified for the senior team. The juniors have been drawn in a tricky group against Mayo, Wexford B, and Tyrone A with the top two teams qualifying for the semi finals. The junior squad is Colin Crossan (manager) Kevin McWeeney, Joe McGuire, Jamie Gaffney, Keith Conlon, Stephen Gordon, David McWeeney, Daragh O’Shea and Paul Christie.

In what will be a busy weekend, Kevin McWeeney will be contesting the final of the U18 singles against Jordan Gorman from Belfast and in the U21 individual competition against Conor O’Boyle from Louth on Saturday night. This is a fantastic achievement by Kevin whom is only 16. The very best of luck to both our teams and to Kevin in the individuals, Let’s hope Leitrim have an All Ireland title or two to celebrate over the coming week!

Pub League: After 26 weeks, we are down to the semi final stages. Contesting the semi finals will be Monica’s, Mulvey’s, Leitrim Inn and Taylors. Contesting the shield semi finals will be Carty’s, Venue B, Gerties and Saddlers. The draw for the semis will be advertised on the facebook page from Tuesday. Best of luck to all those involved and a huge thank you to all the pubs and players who have taken part this year.

Manor Boxer Retains Irish Title

Seán McDermott BC’s Alannah Ward retained her Girl 3 46kg Irish title at th weekend in the Dublin’s National Stadium without striking a blow. When the pre fight procedures took place, Alannah was the only girl who weighed in with the result that she retained her title uncontested. Alannah was a little disappointed not to have had at least one contest in the National Stadium but was delighted to have another title under her belt.

Déarbhla Rooney was one of five girls from across the country who weighed in the Girl 1 36kg event and her first contest was against Lia Farrelly from the Springhill BC from Tyrone but within 20 seconds, the referee had stopped the contest in round one. In the next round, Dearbhla faced Ameka Lindsey from the Crumlin. Déarbhla, showing her strength and style and it didn’t take the referee long to stop the fight in round one in favour of Déarbhla who has been nicknamed “The Tornado” by coaches and officials alike in the stadium.

Déarbhla now faces Marguerite Nevin, St. Brigid’s Kildare Town in the final this Friday, May 4 after 6pm in the National Stadium, Dublin. This is an amazing achievement for Déarbhla in her very first year as a boxer. All involved with the Seán McDermott Boxing Club would like to wish Déarbhla the very best of luck in the final.

Tribute night for Paddy

Shannon Gaels GAA club are hosting a tribute night for long serving club official Paddy Mulvey in the Bush Hotel on Friday, May 4, at 9.00. The club have invited a lot of past members who would have played with or against, and, worked with Paddy at the county board, northern board and Connacht Council and does from neighbouring counties and the club would like to extend the invitation to anyone who would like to attend.

Carrick Town FC

U-12: Carrick Town U-12s produced yet another magnificent display to defeat Arrow Harps in a hard fought match in Riverstown last Saturday morning in the league semi final. The only goal of the game was scored from a first half Mark Diffley free kick from well outside the opposition box. The real hero of the day was goalkeeper Paul Woods who magnificently saved a last minute penalty to secure the victory. This win puts us in the Sligo / Leitrim U-12 decider and with a chance to lift the cup for the first time since 1996. Having previously played each other twice, with each team recording a win, this match was always going to be a tight affair and so it proved. Carrick dominated in the first half and were rewarded with Mark Diffley’s strike. Niall Morahan also had a superb long range strike saved by the Arrow keeper. However in the second half the home side had the majority of possession and it required a tremendous rear guard effort to keep the slender one nil lead intact. There was disbelief among the away fans as the referee pointed to the spot in the last minute of injury time having missed an obvious foul by an Arrow Harps defender. Luckily, our keeper made a super save to secure a deserved victory. Once again it was a terrific all-round team display from the Carrick side in what was a very entertaining game. In defence Mark Diffley and Brian Holohan were particularly impressive, Niall Morahan and Oisin Boland were superb in midfield while up front Jack Matthews led the line very well. However man of the match award has to go to goalkeeper Paul Woods.

We now progress to the final versus Ballisodare this Thursday at 6.30 at the Sligo IT soccer pitch. Training continues today, Wednesday at 5 at the Showgrounds.

Starting X1: Paul Woods, Brian Holohan, Shane Finn, Mark Diffley (c), Stephen Goldrick, Paul Keaney Niall Morahan, Diarmuid Kelleher, Oisin Boland, Jack Matthews, Donal Moreton. Subs : Oisin Bohan, Kevin Brady, Adam Reynolds, Fintan Earley, Rory O Brien, Cathal Reynolds.

U14: On Friday, May 4, we will hold an end of season match in the Showgrounds from 3pm to 5 pm. Players who don’t finish school until 3, please come along when you are ready. We would ask as many players as possible to come along to this our last session of the season. We have a couple of awards to present. Thanks to Barry Cox of Cox’s Cleaners for his sponsorship throughout the season.

Boyle Duathlon

The third annual Boyle Charity Duathalon will take place on Sunday, May 6, at 12 noon in Lough Key Forest Park. Consisting of a 5k run flowed by a 20 k cycle and concluding with a 2.5k sprint, organisers ask all interested in participating to register as soon as possible at to ensure a place on the start line.There will be prizes in all categories with numerous spot prizes also throughout the day. The organisers are also anxious to make the event a family fun filled day so face painting, bouncy castles and children’s activities will be in Lough Key on May 6, all organised by the Boyle Town and More group.