2020 Annual Convention | An Comhdháil Bhliantúil

Dé Deardaoin, 10 Nollaig 2020  |  Ag tosú ar 7.30 i.n.

An Clár

1) Oscailt & Leithscéál

Albain Ó Cuana, Cathaoirleach, C.L.G. Coiste Chontae An Longfoirt welcomes all online attendees.

2) Permission to Record Convention

In line with GDPR guidelines, permission is formally sought for the recording of the 2020 Convention.

3) Adoption of Standing Orders

In order that the proceedings of the Convention be carried out without delay, the following Standing Orders will be observed:

  • The Chairperson may change the order of items on the agenda with the support of a simple majority of those present, entitled to vote and voting. 
  • A suspension of Standing Orders may only be allowed with the approval of two thirds of those present, entitled to vote and voting. 
  • No motion shall be considered, other than that properly before the Convention. 
  • The proposer of a Motion or any agreed amendment thereto may speak for up to five minutes maximum. 
  • A delegate speaking to a Motion or any agreed amendment thereto may speak for up to three minutes maximum. 
  • A maximum of two delegate from any one club shall speak on any one motion. 
  • The proposer of a Motion or any agreed amendment thereto may speak a second time for three minutes in advance of a vote being taken, but no other delegate may speak a second time to the same Motion or any agreed amendment thereto. 
  • If the Chairperson deems at any time that a Motion or any agreed amendment has been sufficiently discussed, they shall call on the Proposer for a reply after which a vote shall be taken. 
  • A delegate may, with the consent of the Chairperson, move “that the question be now put”, after which when the Proposer has spoken, a vote shall be taken. 
  • As per R. 3.17 T.O. 2020 a motion seeking to remove or amend an existing Bye-Law must shall be carried by three-fifths of those present, entitled to vote and voting.

4) Adoption of 2019 Convention Minutes

An Cathaoirleach Gníomhach Bríd Ní Gualraic presided. 

The attendance is as per the Attendance Sheet – See Appendix 1. Also in attendance was Eoghan Ó Briain (Iniúchóir, Coiste Chontae), Séamas Mac an tSionnaigh (Uachtarán), P. S. Ó Croidheagáin (Leas Uachtarán). An Cathaoirleach Gníomhach welcomed all present including Labhras Mac Cartaigh who is a candidate for Uachtarán Tofa CLG next February. An Cathaoirleach Gníomhach outlined a number of house rules regarding the location of emergency exits and toilets and the muting of mobile phones. Convention then proceeded as per the Convention Clár.

These were adopted on the proposal of S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg), seconded by A. Ó Cuana (Cisteoir). 

The minutes of our last Convention held on 13 Nollaig 2018 as per the Convention Booklet were taken as read and adopted on the proposal of S. Mac Ruairí (Flipeadoirí Longfort), seconded by P. Ó Donnaile (Gael an tAthair Ó Mainnín).

  • There were no matters raised. 

The report of an Rúnaí which included Inter County & Club competition results, Match Reports and the Roll of Honour for the various competitions as contained in the Convention Book was adopted on the proposal of S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg), seconded by S. Ó Fearghaíl (Ardachadh Maigh Dumha). 

The Cathaoirleach proceeded to go through it page by page.

  • There were no matters raised. 

The reports of the various Sub Committees were adopted on the proposal of N. Mac an Airchinnigh), seconded by B. Ó Giollagáin Mainistir Leathrátha). 

  • There were no matters raised. 

The Treasurers Report and the Annual Accounts were adopted on the proposal of S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg), seconded by N. Ó Baoil (Baile Móir). A. Ó Cuana, Cisteoir, explained the necessity to issue a second print out of the accounts. He then went through the income & expenditure for the year which showed a net loss of €140,000 at year end 

The Cisteoir also gave a final figure of €2.65m as to the cost of works on Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. He advised that this expenditure was paid via €1.8m grants – Croke Park, €200,000 – Leinster Council GAA, €325,000 – own funding and that a loan in excess of €300,000 would have to be sought for the remainder. 

Being his final presentation of accounts owing to the 5 year rule, he concluded by thanking the Members of the Executive and all the gate people who helped him in that time. 

The re-appointment of O’ Brien & Co. as our Auditors for the coming year was agreed too on the proposal of M. Ó Cuana (Baile Uí Mhatháin), seconded by P. Ó Donnaile (Gaeil an tAthair Ó Mainnín) 

  • There were no matters raised. 

Bríd Ní Gualraic addressed Convention in her capacity as Acting Chairperson as follows: 


It is my great pleasure to welcome our President Jimmy Fox, Vice-President John Creegan, former officers, you the delegates as well as our auditor Eugene O’Brien to our annual Convention in the Longford Arms Hotel. I also extend a warm welcome to Larry McCarthy who joins us from New York and is a candidate for the GAA Presidency. You are all very welcome here tonight. 

We had some great games of hurling and football, however much of the attention was on matters off the field. Longford GAA has been responding to various appeals and investigations since last year’s Convention, one of which concluded with a successful decision from the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), the report of this case is available on line on sportsdra.ie/ DRA 23of 2019. These matters have taken up considerable time, and travel time for some members of the executive. For Peter, our County secretary he has somehow been able to manage his day to day responsibilities as well as the additional work of preparing for and attending these meetings and investigations some of which were unnecessary to say the least.  

Staying with off the field matters, resignations have been received during the year from key members.  

Our Cathaoirleach resigned a number of weeks ago. Eamon Reilly has given great service to Longford GAA and served in a number of positions over the years.  I wish him well in the future. In addition, we also lost our Referees Administrator Joe O Brien who felt the need to step down back in September.  

Playing Fields 

2019 commenced on the playing fields with the Bord na Mona O’ Byrne Cup. Under the tutelage of our new manager Padraic Davis, along with the management team of Paul Barden, Donal Ledwith, and backroom team, our senior footballers reached the O’Byrne Cup semi Final. In the Allianz league football campaign, we maintained our Division 3 status and we can consider ourselves unlucky to not have succeeded in gaining promotion to Division 2.  Our Leinster Championship campaign saw us play Kildare in Tullamore, and after an exciting drawn game, we lost out in the replay. In the opening round of the Qualifiers we comfortably beat Carlow, which gave us a home game against Tyrone at our newly redeveloped Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. A great effort by our panel of players saw us lose out narrowly to the eventual All-Ireland semi-finalists. It was great to see a large crowd return to the home of Longford GAA once again. I want to thank all the players management and backroom team for their efforts throughout 2019 and we look forward to a promising 2020. 

Our senior hurlers had a very successful year, winning the Allianz Hurling League Division 3B Cup. I pay a special mention to David Buckley, on being nominated for the Championship 15 team, following his displays in the Nicky Rackard Cup. Again, I thank manager Derek Frehill, the players, and backroom team for their efforts throughout the year. Thanks to our neighbouring counties who over many years have facilitated our hurling sections with entry to their competitions. On the national scene, the Táin league is finally ready to go and with the right buy in hurling in the county will prosper.  

Our U-20 Footballers played in the Philly McGuinness Cup which afforded us competitive warm up games against Leitrim, Sligo and Fermanagh ahead of our Leinster championship opener against Dublin. We lost out to a very strong Dublin side, who went on to contest the All Ireland final. Again, I thank our players, manager Paul McGuire and his backroom team for their efforts and I wish Donal Ledwith, our newly appointed U20 manager the best of luck in 2020. Gladly, we see the U-20 competition return to its more suitable place on the calendar next year.  

Our U17 team had a successful year capturing the Seamus Heaney Cup for the second year in a row. I want to thank our players, management of Dan McElligott and Barry O’Rourke and backroom team for their excellent efforts throughout.   

I want to give a special mention to our Development Squads.  Our Development structure is based on the work of development squads and has been playing a crucial role for Longford GAA over the last three years. We are now seeing the fruits of our investment in our young players.  We now have a “conveyor belt” of talented players, who are currently breaking into our senior football team. I want to record my appreciation, of all the young players, who make up our Development Squads. Huge credit goes to their parents, guardians and families, who encourage their involvement in Longford GAA. I also acknowledge the work and commitment of all squad mentors at each age group.  

Club Football  

Our club year began on a high, with our county and provincial champions, Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s, reaching an historic All-Ireland Club football semi-final against Dr. Crokes from Kerry. After an exciting and memorable game, unfortunately the great achievements and efforts of Mullinalaghta St Columba’s footballers came to an end. I must say a special word of congrats to all involved in St Columba’s success, and I thank them for upholding the Core Values of the GAA, both on and off the field throughout their historic journey!  

Our club football championships at minor, U20, junior, intermediate and senior level this year provided us with many entertaining and enthralling games. I want to thank all clubs who competed in all our championships and congratulate Longford Slashers, Kenagh, Fr. Manning Gaels and Emmet ÓG on winning our minor, under 20, junior, intermediate and senior championships. I pay a special tribute to our competition sponsors Peter Hanley Motors, The Mulleady Group, The Rustic Inn, Herterich’s Artisan Meats, McDonalds, Carrigy Bus hire, Supermacs and Esquires. 

2019 was a historic year for Clonguish Óg with their U14 team taking all the honours within Longford – Féile, U14 Championship (Paddy Doris Cup) & league. They also had huge success at National Féile where they won a national title. Indeed, the Clonguish Og girls also won, making them double All Ireland Champions for the first time. Congratulations to all the players and mentors. 

We had over 800 fixtures in 2019. Thanks to all our referees, linesmen and umpires for their service. Recruitment of referees should be a priority for all clubs in 2020. Clubs need to put robust procedures in place to ensure that referees are not verbally assaulted or bullied when carrying out their duties. Some referees have terminated their services; I acknowledge their work and wish to thank them for their service. 

I wish to acknowledge the continued success to Patrick Maguire and Fergal Kelly together with their umpires who are keeping our county’s proud tradition of providing referees to the National Panel. I want to make special mention of Joe O’Brien who resigned as Referees Administrator last September; Joe is an honest, approachable, dedicated person and gave a long service to Longford GAA. Hopefully he will return at some point in the future. 

Club hurling: 

Clonguish beat Longford Slashers in a very enjoyable final and went on to represent Longford in the Leinster Junior club championship. They were victorious in the first 2 rounds but unfortunately were beaten by Conahy Shamrocks of Kilkenny in the semi-final. In underage, at under 16 level Longford Slashers were successful for the second year in a row. 

Since thanks to our hurling coach Seamus Hughes for the effort he is putting in with clubs, schools and county squads. 

At the November meeting of 20/20 Committee and Coaching games, we gave a commitment to the hurling committee that is for a specific purpose to provide funds to assist students on the county hurling squads who are completing state examinations. 

Congratulations to all the winners of all our other championship and league competitions at both senior and under age level. 


We have presented our financial report for 2019 and the importance of fundraising   and Sponsorship is clear.  Following our convention this evening, we will be launching Club Longford. I want to thank Mark Connellan and his team for this initiative.  


2019 was a busy year for all coaching and games staff and I want to sincerely thank them for their hard work. We are blessed in Longford, with wonderful teachers in every primary and secondary school who are working hard to promote GAA and who give of their time to coach teams in their schools. 

I wish to Congratulate and salute Albert Fallon who was recently acknowledged by his Club, for all his GAA work over many years in the school and in his adopted Club and County. This was richly deserved.  

I would like to thank members of our subcommittees for their work throughout the year.  

Thanks to Dave and sports staff at ShannonSide Radio, the journalists (Deniese, Alan, Padraic, and Declan) in the Longford Leader for their coverage of Longford GAA. Thanks also CE scheme staff, gate people, stewards, people who help with provision of refreshments and everyone who supported and helped us in any way throughout 2019.  

A special word of thanks to the following sponsors of championships, leagues, Race –Day, Golf Classic and bursaries. Sincere thanks to our main sponsors Glennon Brothers, and many thanks to our Race Day sponsors Nally Bros, Ballymahon. Thanks to those who sponsor our bursaries and to those who sponsor and wish to remain anonymous. 

Thanks to Declan Gilmore and Gerry Rowley for all their photos of our games and events and who upload them onto the various media platforms. I would like to thank Orla Reynolds, Suzanne and the staff here at the Longford Arms for hosting our convention. 

Deepest sympathy to all GAA families who suffered bereavements in the past 12 months, unfortunately we did have some particularly sad events. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hainmeacha Dhílis.  

I wish to express my sincere thanks to you the clubs, and to the members of the executive who have assisted me in my role a vice chairperson for the last 3 years and as acting chairperson over the last few weeks. Mile buíochas. 

Let’s look forward to a more cohesive and productive effort in 2020. As former U.S President Harry S. Truman once said “It is amazing what you can accomplish, if you do not care who gets the credit”. 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your families, your club members and their families, a very happy Christmas and every good wish for 2020. 

Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir 

Bríd Ní Gualraic

An Cathaoirleach Gníomhach requested the Rúnaí to oversee this part of Convention. The meeting, on the proposal of S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg), seconded by M. Ó Ruairc (Coiste Iománaagreed to appoint the following tellers – Maire Ní Raghallaigh Cianáin and Éamonn Ó Braonáin (representing Coiste Bainistíochta), Mícheál Mac Lámha (Grattan Óg) and Pádraig Mac Mathúna (Mullach na Leachta Naomh Columba) and Eoghan Ó Briain (Auditor) as Returning Officer. 

The Rúnaí advised Delegates that where it was necessary to hold a vote the following criteria would apply: for the election of Officers and Representatives the PR system would operate and for the election of Delegates to Leinster Convention and Congress “first past the post” would operate 

The voting strength of the meeting was, following a roll calldetermined as 76. 

Cathaoirleach – Following a secret ballot A. Ó Cuana was declared elected on a count of 48 as against 28 for B. Ní Gualraic. Both candidates spoke following the declaration of the result. L. Ó Connachtáin (Cathaoirleach, CLG Rath Claoin) in speaking congratulated the new Cathaoirleach on his appointment.  

Leas Cathaoirleach – C. Ó Muirí being the sole nominee for the position was declared elected unopposed. Colum spoke following his election. 

Cisteoir – Following a secret ballot E. Ó Cuaine was declared elected on a count of 47 as against 29 for T. Mac Lochlainn. Both candidates spoke following the declaration of the result. 

Leas Cisteoir – Seoirse Mac Diarmada being the sole nominee for the position was declared elected unopposed. Seoirse spoke following his election. 

Oifigeach Oiliúna & Forbartha na gCluichí – Fionnbharr Ó Miacháin was declared elected following a secret ballot on a count of 46 as against 30 for E. Ó Muireartaigh. Both candidates spoke following the declaration of the result. 

Oifigeach Teanga an Gaeilge & Cultúir – É. Ó Braonáin being the sole nominee for the position was declared elected unopposed. Éamonn spoke following his election. 

Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí – As there was no nominee for the position it was agreed by all on the proposal of M. Ó Cuana (Baile Uí Mhatháin), seconded by S. Ó Fearghaíl (Ardachadh Maigh Dumha) that the filling of this position be deferred to the first meeting of Coiste Chontae in 2020. 

Teachtaí Do Comhairle Laighean (2)  The quota for this election was declared as 26 and there was 1 spoilt vote. 

Following the first count Deiric Ó Fathaigh having received 27 votes was declared elected have exceeded the quota. The remaining candidates received the following vote: D. Mac Ebhort – 23, M. Ó Maoiléidigh – 13 & T. S. Mac an Bháird 12. 

The result of the second count, which was the distribution of D. Ó Fathaigh’s surplus of 1 vote, saw T.S. Mac an Bháird on 13 votes and D. Mac Ebhort – 23, M. Ó Maoiléidigh – 13. There was 1 non-transferable vote. On the basis that T. S. Mac an Bháird received the lowest number of first preferences he was eliminated. 

The result of the third count, which was the distribution of T. S. Mac an Bháird’s 13 votes, saw D. Mac Ebhort receive an additional 7 votes with M. Ó Maoiléidigh receive an additional 5 votes. There was 1 non-transferable vote. Having exceeded the quota Damian Mac Ebhort was deemed elected. Both candidates spoke following the declaration of the result. 

Teachtaí Do Árd Comhairle  G. Ó hÁgáin being the sole nominee for the position was declared elected unopposed. Gearóid spoke following his election. 

Oifigeach Leanaí – The appointment of Máire Ní Raghallaigh Cianáin as Children’s Officer having been nominated by the outgoing Coiste Chontae was ratified on the proposal of S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg), seconded by C. Ó Faircheallaigh (Colm Cille). M. Ní Raghallaigh Cianáin spoke following her election. 

Oifigeach Forbartha – As the nominee of the outgoing Coiste Chontae, C. Ó Muirí had been elected earlier as Leas Cathaoirleach and could not, under rule, hold two positions it was agreed by all on the proposal of S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg), seconded by M. Ó Cuana (Baile Uí Mhatháin) that the appointment to this position be deferred to the first meeting of Coiste Chontae in 2020. 

Teachtaí Do Chomhdháil Bhliantúil (2) – As Séamas Mac Ruairí and Seán Ó hAnnáin were the only nominees they were deemed elected along with the Cathaoirleach and Rúnaí. S. Mac Ruairí spoke following his election. 

Teachtaí Do Chomhdháil Laighean (2) – As Seán Ó hAnnáin and Eoghan Ó Cuaine were the only nominees they were deemed elected along with the Cathaoirleach and Rúnaí.

The motions as per the Convention Book were dealt with as indicated below; 

Motion 1 in the name of Coiste Chontae Longfort and having been proposed by S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg) and seconded by P. Ó Loinsigh (Mainistir Leathrátha) was moved by the Rúnaí and was carried on a show of hands.  

Motion 2 in the name of CLG Gaeil an tAthair Ó Mainnín and having been proposed by P. Ó Donnaile (Gaeil an tAthair Ó Mainnín and seconded by S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg) was moved by P. Ó Donnaile. The Cathaoirleach in response to a query from E. Ó Muireartaigh (Seán Ó Conghaile) pointed out that the motion if passed would be going before Congress. The Rúnaí sought clarification on what was intended by the motion. The proposer in his right of reply withdrew the motion. 

Motion 3 in the name of CLG Eiméid Óg Cill Eo and having been proposed by R. De Bruin (Eiméid Óg Cill Eo) and seconded by S. Ó Daimhín (Grattan Óg) was moved by R. De Bruin and was carried on a show of hands. 

Motion 4 in the name of CLG Eiméid Óg Cill Eo and having been proposed by R. De Bruin (Eiméid Óg Cill Eo) and seconded by N. Ó Buail (Baile Móir) was moved by R. De Bruin and was carried on a show of hands. 

Motion 5 in the name of CLG Eiméid Óg Cill Eo and having been proposed by R. De Bruin (Eiméid Óg Cill Eo) and seconded by M. Ó Loinsigh (Ardachadh Maigh Dumha) was moved by R. De Bruin and was carried on a show of hands 

Motion 6 in the name of Coiste Chontae Longfort and having been proposed by E. Mac Annaidh (Caonach) and seconded by S. Ó hAnnáin (Meathas Troim) was moved by the Rúnaí.

On the proposal of S. Mac Ruairí (Flipeadoirí Longfort), seconded by M. Ó Loinsigh (Ardachadh Maigh Dumha) the following amendment was agreed: Under Bye Law 10 the closing date be changed to 30th June each year. 

On the proposal of P. Ó Cathaíl (Carraig Éamonn), seconded by M. Ó Conalláin (Flipeadoirí Longfort) the following amendment was agreed: Under Bye Law 6.05 Exception insert the word medical in front of the word file. 

Following the above two amendments the 2020 Bye Laws of CLG Coiste Chontae Longfort were passed on a show of hands with no dissenters. 

That concluded the motions. 

(Note: Other Clubs had forwarded motions which were deemed not to be Convention business. The Cathaoirleach recommended that these be referred to a meeting of Coiste Chontae in the New Year. This was agreed.)

There being no further business, the Cathaoirleach wished all present a happy Christmas. Convention ended with a prayer lead by E. Ó Braonáin for those present and their Families together with all Gaels who had lost loved ones during the past year. 

The meeting then ended.

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5) Report of the Secretary

This section contains the report of the Secretary:

I recall saying a few years back in my report about Longford GAA breaking with tradition when for the first time in many, many years we moved Convention from its home in Áras Uí Bhriain. Little did I realise that this year will be yet another break of a different sort with our first virtual Convention.   

Just 12 short months ago the new County Executive, all Clubs, their members and players in various ways were putting their plans in place for 2020 be they success at county or club level, avoiding relegation, breaking onto some of the county panels or onto their clubs first team, organising the next big fundraiser or just living life to the full. Less than 3 months later, most of these plans were in tatters with the onset of COVID-19.  

Over the course of the last 9 months the GAA, be it nationally or at club level proved time and again what an outstanding Organisation we are especially in times of crisisBlessed we are with good leadership at all levels of the GAA at this time which is now helping us and our communities get through this pandemic.  

Year on year the heroes in our Association are usually the team and management, be they county or club, senior or underage, who win the championship at whatever grade, the league or a local tournament. I believe the heroes of the GAA this year are those grassroots members who provided such sterling service within their communities either as frontline workers or as part of a club coordinated volunteer response team who helped out neighbours, be they friend or stranger in many ways over this period. The club network has truly been magnificent and you the Officers and Members should all take a bow. Míle buíochas libh go léir. 

Thankfully and in advance of COVID-19, Longfords Senior Footballers got their hands-on silverware with the winning of the Leinster GAA Accident Tournament O’Byrne Cup competition for the third time only – 1965, 2000 & 2020. Over the league stages they accounted for Kildare and Carlow and suffered a 1-point loss to Wicklow before beating Dublin in the semi-final and accounting for Offaly by 4-points in the final played in Tullamore. This left them in good stead for the forthcoming league where we had high hopes of promotion to Division 2. 

We started well, picking up 5 points over the course of the opening 3 rounds before falling to Down in Newry who scored a killer goal at the death to win by 2 after a fantastic comeback by Longford. All was not lost and we beat Tipperary (now Munster Champions) in what was to be the final game in the league prior to lockdown, a lockdown from an inter county competition point of view that lasted until the 17th October. Our final two games were away to Derry and at home to Cork. Training recommenced in late September in a totally different COVID era with new training and travel regulations, no dressing rooms and no crowds. Incidence rates of COVID in Derry were particularly high at this time and on that basis, we did make a request to Croke Park to move the game out of Derry City to an alternative Derry venue but as was Derry’s right they chose not to move for a number of reasons. Longford traveled with as small a party as possible and to be fair to Derry, their COVID adherence protocols in place were second to none. With just two changes to the team originally picked last March, we headed to Derry needing a win which was not to be and so, together with other results on the day saw our promotion hopes ended. With COVID rampant in places a decision was taken by Longford and communicated to Cork on Monday not to fulfill the fixture the following weekend thus protecting both squads (and saving Cork the expense etc) – something which wasn’t appreciated in some quarters. You just have to wonder where some people’s priorities lie in a pandemic! 

Next up the Leinster Football Championship in November – what? That’s right folks, this year has been turned on its head. So, on 1st November we took on Louth in Mullingar and on the strength of a hard grafted 2-point win, we faced Laois a week later in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. This was a game we left behind with many saying we could have; we should have; as they left the field of play or switched over from GAA Go from the luxury of their own sitting room. And so, another season ends just short of 12 months from when it began with gym work and tough training. Credit to all who gave of their time in that period and I am delighted that you reaped some success this past year. 

The Hurling League calendar played out as designed, finishing up on the 1st March, 12 days prior to lockdown. This group of players had high hopes of retaining 3A status and being in the shakeup of the Nicky Rackard Cup competition. Two wins and a draw in the opening three rounds was sufficient to keep our league status and we put up very creditable displays in the final two rounds versus Tyrone and Donegal who would be meeting in the opening round o the Nicky Rackard Cup later in the year – at that time we didn’t realise how much later. 

It was 24th October when we made the long journey to Letterkenny but faced an even longer one back having been defeated by 2 points and considering the gallant efforts of the second half where we pulled back a 6-point half time deficit to almost beat a Donegal side who went onto win this competition. Having regrouped, it was felt that we could still reach the semi-final with near neighbours Leitrim standing in our way in a home game, the winners playing Mayo. Longford however failed in their quest by a 2-point margin in a game that saw us hit to many wides and before which possibly a level of complacency had set in. 

Never having a panel of 26 is not helpful going into national competitions but more importantly with this lack of numbers our national game will not survive in Longford. Great work is and has been done at club level with our underage by a very small core of people and now with the help of our hurling coach Seamus Hughes.  This work is not leading to a transition of players to adult level and it would seem that in some quarters there is lack of encouragement of these young adults to get involved in the county scene. I realise fully that it is hard work to keep the game alive at adult level with only three hurling sections at this level but we need to work together. 

Is there a potential solution? I believe there is and this involves the playing of more competitive games. welcome the intentions of the National Hurling Development Committee, which came to nought due to COVID, to play a cross border club league. In order to add a further competitive edge consideration should be given to having up to eight teams in each section (minimum of 6). The other addition I would add is to put counties with three or less clubs in the same league section and split those with four or more over 2 sections. The club’s placings at the conclusion of the league would determine who plays in that county’s championship semi-final / final depending on number. As a simple example, an eight-team league could be made up of the three Longford clubs, three from Leitrim and two from Cavan. At the conclusion of the league (7 games) the top two placed Longford teams contest the Longford Championship Final, likewise for Leitrim with the two Cavan teams playing in their county’s championship semifinals versus the top two Cavan teams who have played in another section. 

To the Management Team and those players who gave of their time in 2020, many thanks. To those asked to join and who didn’t for personal or other reasons, please reconsider for 2021. 

As someone who has been vocal, since the banning of the Hasting’s Cup Tournament, on the playing of a proper U20 competition in the early part of the year where it does not impact on fixtures, I welcomed this year’s calendar. Our U20’s had a great Philly McGuinness Tournament only to lose the final played in Mohill (the home town of and grounds named after the late Philly McGuinness) against a strong Monaghan outfit. We now faced Dublin in the Eirgrid Leinster U20 Championship on the proverbial day that you wouldn’t put the cat out in. It was a drawn game at half time and Longford fought to the bitter end with the game turning on two late goals by Dublin who went on and are contesting the U20 All Ireland Final on 19th December next. I feel that from the time the draw against Dublin was known, that this possibly impacted on our mindset for the Championship. Longford have proven over the year’s that we can beat Dublin at underage level and indeed in early season adult competition – we just need to work harder on the mindset.  

Many thanks to the Management Team and panel who didn’t shy away from representing Longford to the best of their ability. I note that a good few of this panel remain eligible to play again this year and hopefully they all will commit and who knows what the luck of the draw might bring. 

Having reviewed the year with all of the above Management Teams and some of the players, it was great to see an early decision being made by the Executive to reappoint all en bloc for the coming yearEach management team can now plot and plan over the Christmas for a New Year and a new season – whenever that might be and hopefully without the added pressure of COVID. 

Our U17’s had just got into their stride with some great challenge game results before COVID struck and they had to wait until mid-October for their one and only outing away to Wicklow. These young men are a credit to their Parents and clubs and I hope they will continue to be members of County Panel’s for many years to come. Unfortunately, the Joint Management Team of Brían & Vinny, together with the two John’s, Enda and Ciarán have decided to call it a day – thanks for all your help not alone this year but over a number of years at Development Squad level and I hope that some or all of you will comeback at some future date. The search for a new Management Team has commenced under the newly appointed team of Colm Murray, Tommy McLoughlin and Gary Toher. 

Unfortunately, our planned Club programme was decimated and a restructured programme involving a split league as well as the usual primary championships at adult level together with championship programme from U14 – Minor was put in place. Under the management of Damien and the coaching staff very enjoyable U12 competitions were ran.  

An outbreak of COVID in the county potentially impacting on a number of clubs lead to the wise decision at that time to postpone games for a period. However, with the GAA subsequently pulling down the shutters on all club competitions due to the increasing number of COVID cases associated with post-match celebrations, we got caught out in not being able to complete our programme. Had we got the remainder of the week that the shutdown came, 25 of the remaining 41 games including both the senior and intermediate finals would have been completed. At this time, it is very hard to guesstimate when these will now be completed given that we must be at Level 2 before club games can recommence. Given the chaos surrounding post-match celebrations nationwide, the decision taken was correct and had it not been taken would have forced on us. 

The one adult competition that was completed, but not without controversy, was our Hurling Championship Final, the date for which having to be changed a number of times. When will people realise that going on social media or withdrawing from a WhatsApp group will sort such issues – it takes people who are willing to meet face to face, have a willingness to concede – just a little, and above all have the promotion of the game at heart to resolve matters 

Longford Slashers were well in contention in the final until early in the second when Wolfe Tones started to pull ahead following the first of three goals. At the final whistle Wolfe Tones were crowned County Champions for the seventh time in eight years – a truly remarkable record. 

What a Minor Football Championship we had with two of the early favourites beaten in the semi-finals and an intriguing final involving last year’s winners Longford Slashers meeting Clonbroney Wolfe Tones Óg who have been steadily rising in the ranks over the last number of years due to the impressive work going on at all age grades in the two clubs that form this Independent Team. One point separated the teams at half time with the holders in control but by the end the underdog had turned the game to their advantage by one point. 

The Juvenile Final saw success go to Clonguish Óg. 

One point of note from the above finals was the way all six teams conducted themselves in relation to COVID compliance before, during and immediately after each of the finals in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. This compliance followed on with the post-match celebrations / “drowning of sorrows” and all involved in these clubs should be commended for their efforts which DID NOT cause any rise in COVID numbers in our County. 

Reports on the above finals together with a complete round-up of the year’s club results can be found in section 11 of this report. 

As you will see from our accounts our income is down €410,000 year on year. Three items account for over 60% of this figure – Race Day (€75k), championship gate receipts (€120K) and Coaching and Games funding (€65K). We have now also taken on a loan of €500,000 to pay off the outstanding balance for the redevelopments works on Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Repayments are interest only in year one (€2100/month) rising to €6300/month in each of the next 8 years. As you can see our current fundraising regime which has served us well in the past, will not suffice and new means of fundraising are required. 

We are grateful for the €100plus received last month from Government funding to the GAA but sadly this barely covers the reduction this year in the Árd Chomhairle grant. Given the hit that some local business’s, who is the past have been very generous benefactors of the GAA have taken during COVID times, counties will not be able to continue to keep the GAA to the forefront in all of our communities and will require additional funding along with their own fundraising, be that grant aid from Central and/or Government or a very cheap loan scheme. This is a matter that needs urgent attention. 

I appreciate also that clubs as well as counties have had it tough but the package of measures issued by the GAA in the last week on the back of Government COVID Club Funding of €5m together with central funds of over €4m will be of huge benefit to rectifying your situation. 

Thankfully, we got to launch a new fundraising process just 12 months ago when Club Longford was formed after 4 months in gestation. From a Longford GAA perspective, the people behind this project who are spread throughout the country have two great attributes in common – they are all Longfordians and their passion is to see Longford GAA succeed. They deserve a lot of credit having raised a whopping €57,000 in a pandemic yearThey now require you and your friends continued help in one of 2 ways; support one of their fundraising initiatives or give them a new idea for a fundraiser. 

Another novel fundraiser was our Movie and Bingo weekend last July, the driving force behind it being our new Development Officer, Michael Mulleady. Thanks to Michael and all who helped out in any way that weekend.  We had also commenced a drive-in bingo which, due to the different levels of lockdown, has not been on a consistent basis but we hope to rectify this from 17th December onward. 

For the past few month’s games have started back again and this has given many people of various age groups a healthy lift. The fact that this short season was split and a lot of the club section was without spectators saw new initiatives unfolded by County Boards through the broadcasting of local games and subsequently by national media. Indeed, had we got to play our senior county final at the time, it too was being broadcast by TG4. On a slightly negative note, I wonder why the GAAGo platform and its expertise could not have been rolled out to counties rather than each searching for a suitable broadcast partner and having to up-skill volunteers quickly in an area that was out of their comfort zone.  

The use of GAAGo together with the other main broadcasters for the televising of the remaining inter county league and all championship games, all of which to date are being played without spectators, is a very worthy exercise which our Association should take huge kudos from. Has there been a Monday of late that people of various generations haven’t spoken of one of many games shown live over the previous weekend?  

Its not often that we get to celebrate the life of one who reaches the ripe young age of 100, but this happened in recent weeks when Abbeylara native Jimmy Caffrey reached this milestone. Raised across the road from the Abbeylara grounds at Ballyboy, Jimmy loved his GAA and was an accomplished footballer winning a Senior Football Championship medal with St. Mary’s Granard in 1941, a Junior Football Championship with Abbeylara in 1946 and a Junior League and Championship double in 1952 again with Abbeylara. Jimmy lived and worked for many years in Dublin and in that time became a well-respected match day steward in Croke Park. Jimmy, I wish you continued health and happiness and thank you for your contribution and generosity to the Association

(Image: Granard GAA twitter account)

By default, a split season with club first was foisted upon us this year. A lot was learned from it giving players their own distinct period for games be they club or county. All clubs are reporting additional numbers at training and whilst some of this is due to the lack of travel, I suspect a lot of it has to do with the defined period for the playing of club games. The split season seems to be here to stay by all accounts with the argument being which goes first – club or county. 

For counties like Longford, it has to be county first for many reasons including;

  • It allows 2nd and 3rd level students to complete exams prior to commencing club in the Summer.
  • Players can travel in the early Summer and will commit to coming back to their clubs for championship – I doubt that the reverse would happen were county played second.
  • If club were first and required to be finished championship by late June, early July that would mean clubs knocked out in May – what will players do for the rest of the Summer? 

A special of thanks to over 40 of you who completed a comprehensive 2-night accredited Stewards Course which finished just 2 days before lockdown last March. This has become an important role within Club and County and we as a county are lucky to have a core of very diligent people in this role. 

2020 turned out not to be a year for a recruitment drive but that didn’t stop the new Referees Committee from putting plans in place and continuing to up-skill our current crop of whistlers. It is not a nice thing to say but in reality, we were lucky that a full compliment of games could not take place as we would not have been in a position to cover all of them with the limited number of referees available. Clubs must realise that they are part of the solution and it is from within them that the next batch of referees will come. With so many extra players around clubs this past year, I’m hoping that early in the new year clubs will identify one person at least who will take up the whistle. 

Continued success to Fergal (and a speedy recovery) and Patrick and their team of umpires who represent themselves and the county at inter county level.  

Thanks also to all the locals who week in week out and sometimes at short will hop in the car and head to ref a game. It has become a flippant statement but the fact is the games can’t go on without ye. 

Thanks to the Members of the Referees Committee for all their work. In recent days their Chairperson and Referees Administrator for the past year, Ken Leonard has informed us that he does not wish to continue in that position. I’m glad to say that there is an upside to this decision in that Ken has decided to go back refereeing and is willing to stay as a member of the Referees Committee. I want to thank Ken for all his work and attention to detail in his brief stewardship of this important role. 

You will all have received correspondence of late from Cathaoirleach, Coiste na nÓg outlining plans to re-brand that sub-committee to Longford Óg and give it its own identity. This correspondence also sets out a new fixture plan and calendar for the future of underage with the primary competitions at the odd age grade and a subsidiary competition at even age grades.

Gary and Damien, in particular deserve huge thanks for pulling all of this together. I urge clubs, their underage sections and mentors to give this full consideration and the Committee in return guarantee that all constructive viewpoints will be taken on board. This is the beginning of an exciting future for underage and hopefully COVID will play ball and allow its roll out. 

This year, 2020 is the 60th anniversary of the first presentation of the magnificent Seán Connolly Cup to the captain of the winning Senior Football Championship team. Unfortunately, it was not possible to mark this milestone in the year that also commemorated the centenary of Bloody Sunday. This trophy was named after the Ballinalee man who was synonymous with the War of Independence in this area as Officer Commanding the Longford Brigade. Connolly was an IRA activist from France, Ballinalee, but he was also used by IRA GHQ to organize surrounding areas; first County Roscommon and then County Leitrim. When Michael Collins ordered Connolly into the county, he warned that it was “the most treacherous county in Ireland”. Collins’ warning was well founded. As Connolly was running a training camp at Selton Hill in early 1921, his position was given to the RIC. The RIC District Inspector had been alerted to Connolly’s position by a local doctor who had served in the British Army. A large force of RIC and Auxiliaries, based in Mohill, surrounded and then attacked the IRA camp on 11 March. A total of six IRA volunteers were killed. The RIC suffered no losses. The IRA dead were Sean Connolly from Longford, Seamus Wrynne, Joseph O’Beirne (or Beirne), John Reilly, Joseph Reilly, and Capt ME Baxter. Sean was interred in Clonbroney Graveyard. The Cavalry Barracks in Longford and the GAA club in Clonbroney were named in honour of Sean Connolly. The centenary of his death is on the 11th March 2021.

A list of the names of all the captains who were recipients of the Sean Connolly Cup is as follows:

2019: Seán McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
2018: Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s)
2017: Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s)
2016: Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s)
2015: Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets)
2014: Joe McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
2013: Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers)
2012: Joe McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
2011: Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers)
2010: Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers)
2009: Paul Barden (Clonguish)
2008: Francis Kavanagh (Colmcille)
2007: Padraig Jones (Dromard)
2006: Donal Ledwith (Abbeylara)
2005: Cathal Conefrey (Dromard)
2004: Brendan Burke (Clonguish)
2003: Enda Barden (Conguish)
2002: Ken Cooney (Ballymahon)
2001: David Hannify (Fr. Manning Gaels)
2000: Niall Sheridan (Abbeylara)
1999: Cathal Conefrey (Dromard)
1998: Frank McNamee (Fr. Manning Gaels)
1997: Frank McNamee (Fr. Manning Gaels)
1996: Frank McNamee (Fr. Manning Gaels)
1995: Mark Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets)
1994: Niall Caslin (Longford Slashers)
1993: John McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
1992: Gerry Lynn (Mostrim)
1991: Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers)
1990: Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers)
1989: Dermot Caslin (Longford Slashers)
1988: Declan Rowley (Killoe Young Emmets)
1987: Sean Kiernan (Ardagh St. Patricks)
1986: Frank Carberry (Cashel)
1985: Mickey O’Hara (Mostrim)
1984: Gerry Farrell (Cashel)
1983: Peter Bannon RIP (Cashel)
1982: Padraig Kearney RIP (St. Marys Granard)
1981: John Blessing RIP (Clonguish)
1980: John Murphy (Longford Slashers)
1979: John Murphy (Longford Slashers)
1978: JJ Orohoe (Ardagh St. Patricks)
1977: Mike Kenny (Cashel)
1976: Pat McCormack (Rathcline)
1975: Hal Carey (Longford Slashers)
1974: Declan Dockery (Mostrim)
1973: Kevin Doyle (Clonguish)
1972: Seamus Flynn (Clonguish)
1971: Alex Baxter (Longford Slashers)
1970: Charlie Martin (St. Marys Granard)
1969: Pat Burke (Clonguish)
1968: Seamus Flynn (Clonguish)
1967: Martin Clyne RIP (St. Marys Granard)
1966: Seán O’Rourke RIP (St. Marys Granard)
1965: Paddy Hanrahan RIP (Clonguish)
1964: Paddy Hanrahan RIP (Clonguish)
1963: Paddy Hanrahan RIP (Clonguish)
1962: Paddy Hanrahan RIP (Clonguish)
1961: Michael Kelly (Longford Slashers)
1960: Billy Morgan RIP (Killoe Young Emmets)

The death of a loved one is tough at any time but 2020 was particularly difficult given the new restrictions in place and in particular that of only close Family being allowed attend the obsequies. Thankfully many lived a long and fulfilling life but unfortunately others were taken far too young.  

To all Families who have lost a loved one over the past year and for whom Christmas can and will be a tough period my sincerest sympathy. 

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hainmeacha Dhílis. 

Tonight, sees Marie Keenan step down after five years as our County Children’s Officer. I want to thank her for her time and effort in this role and wish her well in whatever she decides to do and I hope that her love of and interest in the GAA will not wane. Best wishes also to her successor.  

I wish to thank all the people who, through their work on behalf of Longford GAA make my job easier and do great promotional work on behalf of the Association. 

A special word of thanks to the following:

– All our sponsors – Glennon Brothers, Peter Hanley Motors, Mulleady Group, Mc Donald’s, Carrigy Bus Hire. 

– All the business’s that sponsored pitch signage through Club Longford which will be in situ for the commencement of the 2021 season. Many thanks to everyone and I would hope that you as club members can in some way support all those that support us. 

– The Members of all of our County Sub Committees. Each of you fulfill an important role for the Association within our county. As a member of the County Competitions Control Committee, I want to particularly thank my fellow members – Adrian, Colm, Finbar, Jerry, Joe, Ken and ably chaired by Ciarán. Being new to the disciplinary process, I’m sure there were times during year when it became a baptism of fire but be assured each and everyone of you acquitted yourself well. 

– Damien, Paddy, Eoin, Seamus and Ciarán for their trojan work with our youth in the area of Coaching & Games. Despite the lockdown, these lads led the way with webinars, Teams training, various courses. A graphic elsewhere captures some of the work being done for your benefit. 

– All those who were part of our teams be they players, managers, selectors and backroom personnel. 

– Padraic and all at the Longford Leader as well as DenieseDave and all the crew at ShannonSide Radio – thanks for all the coverage. 

– The Members of the Community Employment Scheme at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park led by Joe and John who take such a personal interest in presenting the Park in tip top shape for every game.  

– The staff of Comhairle Laighean and Páirc an Chrócaigh for their help, efficiency and courtesy – I hope that I also reciprocated this in some way. 

– My fellow Officers for their help and courtesy and congratulations to each of you on the way you adjusted to meetings by Team! Depending on election results some may also be finishing up and I hope that at some point you will be back to help us out.  

– A special word of thanks to two other people, firstly our administrator Lorraine who continues to be of huge help to the Board and in particular to the Coaching & Games Staff and myself and Paul Devaney who provides support for our website. Due to COVID we have not gone for the traditional hard copy of the Convention Book but Paul has ‘web designed’ it so that it not alone looks the part but can also be easily accessed and navigated. Many thanks to you both for your time and commitment.  

Finally, to my wife, Caroline and children Fionn, Caoilin and Eoghanthank you all for your patience and understanding over the past year. COVID has been kind to me from a family perspective in that I can do meetings virtually from home and hence I am not away in the evenings near as much as I use to be.   

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh. 

Go raibh míle maith agaibh. 

Peadar Ó Raghallaigh

6) Sub Committee Reports

Under Rule each County Board shall appoint certain Sub Committees whose membership and functions are determined through its Bye-Laws. Each Sub Committee is obliged to make a report to County Convention. The following contains the report of Sub Committees who have forwarded same.

Members of Coiste Bainistíochta: (24 meetings held)

Albert Cooney – Chairperson
Colm Murray – ViceChairperson
Peter O’ReillySecretary (non voting)
Eugene Quaine – Treasurer
George McDermott – Assistant Treasurer
Finbar Meehan – Coaching & Games Officer
Eamon Brennan – Irish & Cultural Officer
Michael Mulleady – Development Officer
Tommy McLoughlin – Public Relations Officer
Marie O’Reilly Keenan – Children’s Officer
Gerry Hagan – Central Council Delegate
Derek Fahy & Damian Edgeworth – Leinster Council Delegates

The minutes of each Management Committee meeting have/will be distributed to Members of Coiste Chontae and Club Secretaries.

Members of Coiste Cheannais na gComórtaisí: (18 meetings held)

Ciarán Walshe (Chairperson)
Peter O’Reilly (Secretary & Fixtures Analyst)
Ken Leonard (Referees Administrator)
Adrian Flynn
Finbar Meehan
Colm Murray
Joe Rooney
Jerry Sheehan

The minutes of each CCCC meeting have/will be distributed to Members of Coiste Chontae and Club Secretaries.

On the field of play, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not get to finish all of our competitions which is very disappointing. I would like to thank all clubs for their cooperation in what was a very tight schedule.  

Many thanks also to all clubs who made their grounds available to host games and had their ground and facilities in excellent condition. Thank you to their COVID supervisors and Stewards for ensuring that spectators (where allowed) were kept safe and everything went well at all games.  

I would like to thank all referees, linesmen and umpires for their dedication throughout the year.  

Finally, I would like to thank all the members of the CCCC for their help and commitment throughout a very challenging year, attending many meetings, with some at very short notice and I want to wish them, their Families, all Club Members and the County Executive the very best for 2021.  

Ciarán Breathnach 

Members of Coiste Éisteachta an Chontae:

Michelle Jordan (Chairperson)
James M. Clarke (Secretary)
Ciaran Collins
Brian Donohoe (retired during the year)
Albert Fallon
John Fay
Seamus Maher
Joe O’Brien
Eamon Reilly

As is now customary, the Chairperson and one other member of the Hearings Committee are from outside of the County. This initiative, while unique to Longford, has proven its worth over the years. 

Three requests for Hearings were received in 2020. Two of the Hearings related to penalties proposed by CCC on Units of the Association while one was in respect of a proposed penalty on a Member arising from a playing Infraction. 

In all cases, penalties were imposed by the Hearings Committee on foot of the Notices of Disciplinary Action issued by CCC. 

There were two appeals to the Provincial Hearings Committee against decisions of Longford Hearings Committee each of which were determined in favour of the latter. 

One of the Provincial Hearings decisions was the subject of a claim to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), the result of which is available on the DRA website at www.sportsdra.ie (reference 13/2020).

It is encouraging to note that, despite the number of League and Championship games played this year in all Grades, there was just one request for a Hearing on a Disciplinary matter arising from Games.  

The Hearing Committee fully accept and respect the right of every Member and Unit of the Association to request a Hearing where penalties are proposed and to, thereafter, pursue any grievance through the available avenues of Appeal and Arbitration. 

The aim and the duty of the Hearings Committee is to apply the Rules of the Official Guide as they are written to the best of its ability. 

Seamus Ó Cleirigh 

Members of Coiste Pleanála agus Forbartha an Chontae:

Michael Mulleady (Chairperson)
Mark Cunningham
Brian Donohoe
Peter O’Reilly

Due to the circumstances of the past year, nothing has been done to work on the development aspect of this role. 

One part that work has commenced on is the vesting of properties and updating of Trustees. I am disappointed that we are not further on with this issue and I will be following up with clubs early to the new year to bring this to a swift conclusion. 

Longford County Council provided grant aid to clubs for COVID works which a lot did not take up. A new tranche of funding may possibly be in the offering in early 2021 and I would urge the remaining clubs to avail of this to offset some of the COVID costs incurred. 

Mairtín Ó Maoiléidigh 

Members of Coiste Riarachán na Réiteoirí:

Ken Leonard (Chairperson)
Damien Edgeworth
Fergal Kelly
Patrick Maguire

We set out a plan for the year as follows:  

  1. Development of current referees 
  2. Referees Advisory 
  3. New Referee 
  4. Training for umpires
  5. Meet all the clubs 

Because of COVID-19 our plans for the year were either cancelled/interrupted.  

We started by meeting the current group of referees and to get all the training for them up to date before games started. When it was safe to return to GAA, we felt for the safety of everyone involved that we would only focus on the current group of referees.  

We planned to get to as many games ourselves to give feedback to the referees which we felt was very important to the development of our referees. Unfortunately, because of COVID 19 we didn’t get to meet with Clubs and as a result we got no new Referees in 2020.  

Many of our clubs have no active Referee and looking forward to 2021 a lot of work has to be done to get new referees as I feel if we had to have a full fixtures program this year we would have had major problems in supplying referees.  

I would like to thank the group of referees for the commitment they have given over the last year. I would also like to thank anyone who helped me in any way at all.  

I would like to wish everyone involved in Longford GAA and all the Clubs the very best of luck for 2021. 

Cainneach O Loinin 

Members of Coiste Oiliúna & Forbartha na gCluichí:

Finbar Meehan (Chairperson)
Eoin Devine O’Grady
Mick Hand
Seamus Hughes
Michael Lynch
Frank McNamee
Paddy O’Connor
Peter O’Reilly
Damien Sheridan (Games Manager)

2020 has been a very difficult and different year to others gone by. 

During the months of lock-down – April, May & June, Longford Coaching & Games ran 19 Coaching Webinars for over 400 people. During the same time, we delivered the Leinster GAA TURAS Whole Club Program online for 5 individual clubs. I would like to thank Damien, Paddy and Eoin for all their continued hard work and support. This online course was designed and delivered by our ever-efficient coaching staff and testament to its content and quality many other counties followed our example. 

The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp program ran in 12 clubs and was attended by 1162 kids under COVID-19 guidelines. This program received many really positive comments from parents and kids alike and it is no doubt that this is due to the standards set by our wonderful staff. This program gave clubs and parents great confidence coming out of lock-down and getting back to training and matches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs for the use of their facilities and for the extra help with COVID-19 preparation together with the great staff who delivered at each camp. 

GO Games and U12 fixtures all ran off very smoothly with Underage Sections placed in smaller bubbles so as to limit the movement of clubs between each other. 

We again awarded seven bursaries in 2020 but unfortunately, we were unable to host the presentation night to formally mark the occasion.  Similarly, we had started the Grinds program where 35 players were availing of the sessions and when the lock-down came in March we had to cease. 

Since early October, the Coaching & Games staff have been facilitating clubs with the identification of persons who need to complete Coach Education Courses, including Safeguarding, Foundation and all of this is progressing very well. It is hoped that everyone will have the necessary certifications completed in advance of going back on the field early in 2021 subject to Government/GAA guidelines. 

For, at one point looked like a disastrous year, our Coaching & Games staff as of 9th November, had 172 engagements with our Underage Sections (club visits, workshops/online meetings or in person).  The staff have also made 255 school visits delivering coaching to the children of the county. 

It has been an eventful year, but hopefully we can look forward to some normality in 2021. 

Fionnbharr Ó Micaháin 

Members of Coiste Gaeilge Agus Cultúir:

Eamon Brennan (Chairperson)
Diane Geoghegan (Secretary)
Pauline Flood
Dymphna Graham
Ríona Lynch
Máiréad Moorhead
Sandra Mulligan
Marie O’Reilly Keenan
Jane Reilly
Jacinta Reynolds

Despite the many cancellations in the GAA world, we were lucky enough to complete Scór na nÓg and Scór Sínsir at county level. At national level Scór na nÓg was completed but Scór Sínsir had to be cancelled.

Bliain spesialta a bhí ann do Longfort Scór na nÓg 2020. Bhuaigh Erin Ross ó CLG Baile Móir Craobh na hÉireann san Amhránaíocht Aonair le Pádraig Óg mo Chroí. Bhí an comórtas ar siúl san INEC I gCill Áirne.

Ba mhór an onóir domsa bheith mar Máistir na gCeisteanna do Tráth na gCeist sa cluiche ceannais i gCil Áirne i Mí Feabhra

2020 was a special year for Longford in Scór na nÓg. Erin Ross from the Ballymore Club won the All Ireland Final solo singing with her rendition of Pádraig Óg mo Chroí. The final took place in the INEC in Killarney in February 2020. On a personal note, I was honoured to be chosen as Quizmaster for the Trâth na gCeist final in Killarney.

The 2020 Scór Sínsir Final was held in Abbeylara, with winners as follows:

Club na Bliana – Abbeylara and Killoe Young Emmets
Rínce Fóirne – Ballymore
Amhránaíocht Aonair – Shane Hagan (Fr Manning Gaels)
Aithreoiseararacht / Scéalaíocht – Carmel Kennedy (Killoe Young Emmets)
Báiléad Ghrúpa - No competition
Léiriú Stáitse – Legan Sarsfields
Ceol Úirlise – Mostrim.
Rínce Seit – Abbeylara
Seán Nós – Mullinalaghta St Columba’s
Tráth na gCeist – Mullinalaghta St Columba’s

Nollaig Shona & Athbhlian faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

Éamonn Ó Braoináin

Members of Coiste Caidreamh Poiblí (including Marketing & IT):

Tommy McLoughlin (Chairperson)
Damian Edgeworth
John Fay
Kate Larkin
Lorraine McDonnell
Gerry Rowley
Nicole Rowley

As with everything else, COVID-19 had a huge impact on our PR work and has probably hastened the demise of the traditional match day programme. With the regulations brought into force, we moved to putting teams for our championship games online with only a small number of sheets printed for each game. Our Herterich Butchers Minor Football Championship Final, Mulleady Group Intermediate Football Championship Final and Club Hurling Championship Final all had special downloadable match programmes designed by Paul Devaney and available to download through the website, or using a QR code placed at various points throughout the ground. Downloading programmes directly to the phone may continue into the future as we all become more tech savvy.

Also due to COVID-19, we dipped our toes into the world of broadcasting by launching “An Longfort TV” to stream club games at minor, intermediate and senior football as well as the club hurling championship. This was done in partnership with 247 Live. Without the help of Declan and Ollie on video work, Benny, John, Gary, Tony and guests on commentary and the team at 247 TV, this would not have been possible. I also wish to thank those who signed up for the games – I hope our productions gave you a lift at the weekend.

I wish to thank everyone who helped me throughout the year especially those who covered for me while I was unavailable due to work. I also want to thank both the Longford Leader in particular Padraig and Denise together with ShannonSide Radio for their excellent coverage this past year.Our outstanding Allianz Football League game and our two Leinster Football Championship games were broadcast on the GAAGO platform, while our home game in the Nicky Rackard Cup was streamed through our YouTube page.

A special word of thanks to Paul Devaney for all his excellent work, be it programme design, updating of historical research, website updates etc. Although living abroad, his passion for Longford and in particular the GAA is unreal and no request to him is too large.

Finally, a big thank you to Lorraine for her design skills for the various posts used on our social media platforms – Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

I presume you, like me are looking forward to 2021 and hopefully things getting back to normal.

Stay safe.

Tomás Mac Lochlainn 

Members of Coiste na nÓg:

Gary Toher (Chairperson)
Tommy McLoughlin (Secretary)

Plus… Two named representatives from each club affiliateto compete in an underage championship in the current year.

Welcome all to this year’s Convention.

To say that 2020 was a strange year would be an understatement. It brought much upheaval to all our lives and in some cases much sadness. Our underage football calendar escaped no mercy this past year, but credit to all Clubs and Longford GAA Administration in working extremely hard during August and September to make it happen. 

Despite the gloom surrounding us this past summer, we were able to complete a short window of, in the most part, particularly good competitive football. Our Go Games ran smoothly albeit at a reduced level. Our U12 season completed an incredibly competitive 5 Division league. The U14 to U18 Championships were played in the best possible spirit & we completed most finals. However, there are a couple of important deciders on ice currently due to the latest pandemic lockdown which was forced upon us. We intend to finish these finals as soon as we can return to football. We acknowledge that there had been some mismatched games with a view to competitiveness within some age grades, however we would ask your understanding on these anomalies, and consider that we had no league results to accurately grade teams beforehand.  

It was with great disappointment that we could not run the new ‘’Autumn Super Series’’, however we will hold that competition concept on the back burner for the future. We now believe we are in a better position for 2021 to allow us grade more accurately. We thank all our clubs and their volunteers in recovering a meaningful season for our Kids in this chaotic year. 

In the past few months, we have completed a review of our Youth Committee, Coiste na nÓg Longford, and all functions pertaining to underage games, looking at the ins and outs, ups and downs etc. There are several areas we deem in need of improvement, of which work has commenced, but on the other hand there are many areas that are working very well. To better understand the underage club scene, I have completed visits to some Clubs to better understand your needs and ideas. Additionally, we have discussed internally many opinions and views for the betterment of Longford GAA Underage football with specific focus on making a season better for the players, i.e. our Kids. 

Our focus over the past 2 months has been to improve the communication, initially between Coiste na nÓg and all Underage Sections, and eventually to cover every individual involved with underage Gaelic games. We have also taken the exciting step in branding our underage ‘Coiste na nÓg’ committee. This has helped us launch our new program for 2021 and with this we want to reconnect Longford GAA with all Underage Players, Parents and Coaches. We will now promote ourselves as ‘Longford Óg’’.

Our main aim at Longford Óg is to offer our support to you all, where and when needed, in order to help facilitate & provide the best and most enjoyable experiences for our Kids that play our Gaelic sports. In doing so we appeal to all involved to work with us, communicate, play fair and help us build better leagues and championships with every kid at heart. We want all of you to Play & Belong. 

In 2021 we are taking the exciting step of organising at least One competition for EVERY Age Grade between U7 & U20 inclusive. We will run TWO competitions at every ‘’Odd’’ age grade and for clarity, Under-17, is now regarded as the new Minor Grade. This 2021 Longford Óg program was released to all clubs in the last days of November, and we are on hand currently to answer all queries and support each club to ready themselves for the change. 

Additionally, by running certain competitions at odd ages it allows us in future years to join with Leitrim for U13, U15, U17 Longford-Leitrim Leagues. It is not possible, unfortunately, in 2021 to roll out a comprehensive Longford-Leitrim program, however it is top of our agenda for 2022. 

In summary we are super excited about our new look, and most importantly the commencement of the Longford Óg 2021 Gaelic Games Program.  

We wish you a Happy Christmas and hope you all will join us next year for what is to be a genuinely great calendar of Gaelic games for our kids. 

Gearóid Ó Tuachair 

Members of Coiste Leasa agus Cosanta Leanaí:

Marie O’Reilly Keenan  (Chairperson)
Albert Cooney  (Designated Officer)
Eamon Brennan  (Integration Officer)
Derek Fahy
Finbar Meehan
Carol Murray

Plus… Children’s Officer from each Club.
Representative from Health & Wellbeing Committee.

This year certainly has been like no other and difficult for everybody with the ongoing pandemic. Plans may not have been met but our number one exercise this year was to keep ourselves, our families, friends and our club members safe and well. 

Prior to COVID-19, I attended Croke Park where Gearóid Maoilmhichil and Michelle Harte explained the Designated Liaison Training Programme which all County Chairperson’s/Designated Liaison Persons must complete. Longford GAA had 2 dates for this course which had to be cancelled due to COVID. This programme will now be rolled out by way of a virtual meeting. Safeguarding 2 was limited for our Children’s Officers and they attended training in Carrick on Shannon prior to COVID where the Children First Act was also discussed as well as recommendations on how and when to make a disclosure.

Through a virtual meeting, the updating of the Code of Conduct/Behaviour for 2021 was discussed with recommendations sought from each county in order that the code be more child friendly and provide a better understanding of guidelines. This was forwarded from Longford GAA.

Guidelines were set out in relation to COVID officer training as produced by GAA COVID Committee. The COVID officer training was introduced firstly to Cúl Camp Assistants and Supervisors via webinars, then to County Executives and clubs. I wish to commend each and every club and in particular your COVID Officer(s) for all their efforts and diligence in abiding by the Government / GAA guidelines during the various levels imposed.

As volunteers in your clubs you were exceptional in carrying out the safety for your patrons.

You all stood up to the plate and  guided your clubs to the best of your ability in these trying times.

In these unprecedented times, it was decided where number were restricted that…

  • A parent/ guardian can attend a training/match of an underage child
  • Live streaming of underage games can go ahead once parent/guardians have signed the registration form that photos/videos are permitted while their child is involved with club
  • Permission must be sought by club proposing streamlining from other club  that this   procedure is taking place.

Virtual safeguarding workshops have been organised and clubs have received  this very well, also persons can update their safeguarding 1 if out of date by doing so online. These are  available by booking through safeguardingonline@gaa.ie.

The importance of E-vetting and safeguarding 1 for persons with a duty of care towards underage was highlighted as being  the number 1 priority for clubs as this is mandatory legislation and a criminal offence if not complied with.

Our  county safety statement was completed and ratified.

Clubs may be asked to update their safeguarding statement in 2021

I visited the Cúl Camps over the summer and commend Damien, Paddy, Eoin & Ciarán on the work they put into preparing the coaches and supervisors at same. Well done to all the clubs who were so well prepared also. Meeting with the children, the volunteers and coaches is one of the most enjoyable exercises in my role. The children are a credit to their Parents/Guardians and their clubs.

In my time as Children’s Officer, I oversaw the implementation of E-vetting and Safeguarding procedures, I attended over 40 safeguarding 1 courses and 5 Children’s Officer Safeguarding 2 courses, 5 Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention, social media awareness course, also attending all conferences in relation to welfare and protection of our underage. On behalf of Longford County Board, I invited the GAA’s National Child Welfare and Safeguarding Manager, Gearoid Maoilmhichil to visit and speak to us on 3 occasions. Enda McGahern of Cyber Safe Ireland also spoke on social media.

I oversaw the introduction of the Club and County Child Safeguarding statement that were made mandatory for all GAA units.  Also, the critical incident plan, I forwarded all clubs with the necessary template and asked them to make any amendments. I oversaw the first GAA audit on child welfare  and received all data  from clubs which was forwarded  to  Croke Park.

A constant reminder at all of these conferences is  the acceptance of social inclusion and also dealing with children with special needs, being compliant with law and GDPR regulations

Finally, as I come to the end of my role as Children’s Officer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichil and Michelle Harte in Croke Park, Ger Carberry,  Brendan Harper (Safeguarding Tutors), Damien, Paddy and Loraine and our County Secretary  Peter, our Chairperson Albert, the past Executive Members I worked with in my term and the current Executive, to each club and all of their Children’s Officers for all your support to me in carrying out my role – they ensure the welfare of our underage is of paramount importance.

Thanks to all the lovely people I met along the way and not forgetting my own club Colmcille for their loyal support.   

I wish our new County Children’s Officer and any new club officers for 2021 every success in their role. I thank you all sincerely and wish ye good health and safety and hope you and your families enjoy Christmas and hopefully we have a brighter 2021 ahead.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh.

Máire Ní Raghallaigh Cianáin

Members of Coiste Iomána:

Derek Fahy (Chairperson)
Carol Murray (Secretary)

Plus… two representatives of each affiliated Club having a Hurling Section.

I would like to start off by thanking all those officials and mentors who continue to promote the game of hurling within their respective clubs and catchment areas. These volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that the playing of one of our most treasured national sports remains vibrant within their Clubs by coaching and promoting the skills necessary to play this wonderful game.   

On behalf of Longford Hurling Committee, I would like to thank our Senior Hurling manager Derek Frehill and his Management Team for their time and commitment to Longford Hurling during 2020. 

Our National Hurling League got off to a great start with wins against Monaghan, Louth and a draw with Armagh. However, loses against Tyrone and Donegal means we remain in Division 3A for 2021.  

Despite a lengthy lay off due to COVID, our county team put in two great performances in this year’s Nicky Rackard competition away to Donegal and a home game to Leitrim losing both games by two points. Poor starts in both games proved costly resulting in relegation from the Nicky Rackard Cup to the Lory Meagher for 2021. I am pleased to say that we have secured Derek Frehill’s experience and services for 2021 for which I welcome.   

Our newly appointed Hurling Committee of 2020 started with an information night with each club which outlined issues being experienced within these Club. Following discussion’s, we initiated our first County Board meeting, one of which had not taken place in Longford for many years. Going forward County Board meeting will be invaluable as we endeavour to promote hurling within the county. Hopefully such meetings can re-commence soon.  

Having met with representatives from Cumann Na mBunscol our plans to rejuvenate a school’s hurling championship were also scuppered by COVID. I welcome the positive response from schools and indeed the mBunscol Committee for their appetite to re-commence this competition. Going forward I believe schools hurling will cement the future for our main hurling clubs and has huge potential to re-ignite hurling in certain sectors within the county where games had been present before.     

Only having three senior hurling and four underage cubs in Longford, the running of our fixtures remains to be a major issue. Such fixtures in the past seemed to be ran on an ad-hoc basis between clubs. Going forward I believe we cannot accommodate such arrangements and all fixture’s at underage and senior level need to be incorporated in our main fixtures plan at suitable times throughout the year. I believe this master fixtures plan, and Clubs need to allocate at least one evening per week for the promotion and playing of our underage hurling fixtures which will avoid any unnecessary clash with football within clubs.   

Despite running some underage Blitz’s held in each of our four underage clubs I would like to point out that our Hurling competitions at under-age were completely decimated due to COVID which also included our County under fifteen and seventeen development squads. However, I would like to thank Clonguish, Kenagh, Longford Slashers & Wolfe Tones for their continued promotion of underage hurling within their clubs. 

As you can see from above, we need more clubs to provide meaningful competitions as we only have two clubs participating in one off finals in most of our underage competitions.  

If our hurling clubs and Longford County Board are serious as far as the future of hurling within the county is concerned a discussion needs to take place with all the stakeholders, and a plan needs to be put in place for the development of hurling over the next ten years.   

Congratulations to Wolfe Tones on their Senior Championship final win. 

However, it would be remiss of me not to mention the negative publicity we received as a result of the postponement of our County Senior Hurling Championship final. Unfortunately, once again on this occasion social media seemed to be the platform used for people to post their grievance. Going forward if such platforms are to be used perhaps it would be in everyone’s interest to broadcast the entire facts which would undoubtedly reduce the amount of reputational damage being dished out on Longford GAA. As I pointed out earlier, we cannot allow bad habits of yester years to continue and Clubs should not be allowed to dictate when our finals and indeed when any of our games are played.  

I call this trash media and those who contribute to this type of trash media should ask themselves are they doing anything positive to promote hurling within the county or do some people just strive on putting comments up on such sites without actually knowing or understanding the true facts. I do believe social media sites can we used as a fantastic tool to promote our games. However, I was appalled to hear some of the comments that were posted on such sites and indeed most of these comments were totally inaccurate from a person and persons who should know better. Going forward as a County Committee, I feel such comments need to be dealt with firmly whether through our disciplinary system if possible or perhaps certain privileges should be removed from such known personnel.   

What’s more disappointing is that no such media sites posted any recognition or acknowledged of the fact that our Hurling Final when played remains to be the only Senior Competition to be completed in Longford to date and were it not for the tireless work done behind the scenes with and within Longford Slashers no such final would have been played.

Moving on I would like to thank Seamus Hughes our Hurling Development Administrator for his continued work and John Finucane (Clonguish) for his guidance during the year also.

When I was appointed chairperson of the Longford Hurling Committee, I genuinely didn’t know what to expect and had very limited knowledge of the hurling set up within the county. I was very lucky in that our secretary appointed to work with me has an immense knowledge of same. I would like to most sincerely thank Carol Murray from Longford Slashers for all her diligent work during the year which allowed a smooth transition for me to the small ball. Longford GAA is extremely fortunate to have a person of Carol’s calibre involved in its administration and indeed it has been a complete privilege for me to work alongside Carol during 2020. I know Carol does not seek any recognition for the work she carries out in promoting hurling, but it would be remiss of me not to mention her contribution in this convention booklet.  

I would like to point out that for those of you who have not experienced supporting or attending our county hurling games, I would advise you to add this experience to your bucket list for 2021. Our players dedication and commitment is on a par with our county footballers, however for some strange reason our support base is not.  

Finally, I would like to thank all those who assisted me in my role during the year. On behalf of our Hurling Committee, I would like to thank Peter and Lorraine in our Pearse Park office for all their help. I would like to thank our County medical support team, Carrigy Buses our transport providers, Rusting Inn catering and indeed those in ShannonSide Radio and our local Longford Leader newspaper for their positive coverage.

A special word of thanks to Albert Cooney our chairperson for affording me the opportunity to Chair Longford’s Hurling Committee for 2020 an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed.

would like to wish all Clubs and all Gaels within Longford GAA a peaceful and safe festive season.   

Deiric Ó Fathaigh 

Members of Cumann na mBunscol committee:

Kevin Carberry (Chairperson)
Brían Noonan (Secretary)
John Higgins (Rep to County Committee)

Plus… One Rep from each Primary School.

The indoor hurling competitions took place in the spring of 2020 and as always, these were a massive success with a huge number of boys and girls from schools around the county taking part. The committee would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Seamus Hughes for all his work to ensure the smooth running of the indoor hurling championships. We hope to organise an outdoor hurling championship next year.  

There was just one round of the football championships played prior to the school closures last March. We hope to be in a position to organise championships in the new year.  

Unfortunately, Scór also had to be cancelled for this year as a result of the pandemic.

We continue to be guided by Cumann na mBunscol Náisiunta who have advised all counties that no activities should be organised until January 2021 at the earliest.

We thank Longford County Board for their continued support and look forward to the children in our schools returning to the playing fields in 2021.  

Brían Ó Nuanáin 

Other Committees and their membership include the following:

Fixtures Analyst
Peter O’Reilly

Post Primary Schools Committee: 

Conan Casey  (Chairperson & Rep on County Committee)
Ciarán Garvey  (Secretary)

Plus… One representative from each of the Post Primary Schools of the County.

County Teams’ Management & Panels’ Committee:  (2 Meetings) 

Albert Cooney  (Chairperson)
Peter O’Reilly  (Secretary)
Eugene Quaine
Derek Fahy
Padraic Davis
Derek Frehill
Michael Quinn
Donal McElligott
Johnny Casey
Éanna Daly

Details of the deliberations of this Committee are contained within the Managers and Players Charter as forwarded to Páirc an Chrócaigh annually.

County Health & Wellbeing Committee:

Albert Cooney  (Chairperson)
Eamon Brennan  (Integration Officer)
A N Other  (Youth Committee Rep)
Marie O’Reilly Keenan  (Health & Wellbeing Officer)

Plus… Children’s Officer from each Club.
Plus… Health & Wellbeing Officer from each Club.

Race Day Committee:

Martin Skelly (Chairperson)
John Bannon (Secretary)

Plus… Members of Coiste Bainistíochta
Plus… Padraig Brady (on behalf of the Dublin Race Day Committee)

Finance Committee (Including Club Longford):

Eugene Quaine  (Chairperson)
Thomas Conefrey (Secretary)
Mark Connellan
Albert Cooney
John Finn
Noel Greene
Benny Ledwith
Brendan McLoughlin
Seadna Ryan

7) Statement of Accounts

Statement of Accounts for year ending 31st October 2020:

It’s been a great honour for me to be elected as Treasurer of Longford County Board at last year’s Convention. Thanks to my Club, Carrickedmond for nominating me and to all Clubs who had confidence in me to fulfil this role.

For 2020 there were plans for fundraisers, which included our Annual Race Day, Longford Lunch sponsored by Glennon Brothers and also contributions from Club Longford. Unfortunately like a bolt from the blue COVID-19 descended upon us and consequently plans had to be put on hold.

We had to change course and come up with new and innovative ways to fundraise. Our first venture was Drive In Movies / Bingo weekend last July. Thanks to Michael Mulleady and Committee members for organising same. We had two further Drive In Bingo’s which were very popular. Club Longford held a very successful Golf Classic with the assistance of Dublin Race Day Committee. Well done to all involved.

We had negotiations with the bank to secure a loan to cover payments at Pearse Park. Thanks to our Secretary, Peter O’Reilly who successfully finalised agreement on same.

I wish to thank our main sponsor Glennon Brothers for their continued support. Many thanks to our Chairperson Albert Cooney, Secretary Peter O’Reilly and all members of the Executive for their support throughout the year. Special thanks to Assistant Treasurer George Mc Dermott for his support, it’s much appreciated. Thanks to Lorraine Mc Donnell, all Clubs, Stewards and everyone who helped us through a very challenging year. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Finally, I wish everyone involved in Longford GAA a Happy Christmas and every best wishes for 2021.

Management Committee Officers:

Albert Cooney – Chairperson
Colm Murray – ViceChairperson
Peter O’ReillySecretary
Eugene Quaine – Treasurer
George McDermott – Assistant Treasurer
Finbar Meehan – Coaching & Games Officer
Eamon Brennan – Irish & Cultural Officer
Michael Mulleady – Development Officer
Tommy McLoughlin – Public Relations Officer
Marie O’Reilly Keenan – Children’s Officer
Gerry Hagan – Central Council Delegate
Derek Fahy & Damian Edgeworth – Leinster Council Delegates

Business Address:

Pearse Park
Lisbrack Road


Rosconnish Ltd.
Statutory Auditors
Leader House
Dublin Road


F.J. Geraty & Co
4/5 Church Street


Bank of Ireland
Main Street

Permanent TSB
Main Street

Main Street

Bank of Ireland
Co. Longford


We have audited the financial statements of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt for the year ended 31 October 2020 which comprise the Income and expenditure account, statement of income and retained earnings, balance sheet and related notes, including a summary of significant accounting policies.

In our opinion, the accompanying financial statements of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt give a true and fair view of the state of the assets, liabilities and financial position of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt as at 31 October 2020, and of its Surplus for the year then ended, and are prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with Irish law and FRS 102, the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland issued by the Financial Reporting Council.

This report is made solely to the members, as a body. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditors report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt and its members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.

Basis for Opinion:

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (Ireland) (ISAs (Ireland)) and applicable law. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor’s Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements in Ireland, including the Ethical Standards issued by the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA), and the provisions available for smaller entities, in the circumstances set out in 14 to the financial statements, and we have fulfilled our ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

Conclusions relating to going concern:

We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters in relation to which the ISAs (Ireland) require us to report to you where:

  • The management’s use of the going concern basis of accounting in the preparation of the financial statements is not appropriate; or
  • Management have not disclosed in the financial statements any identified material uncertainties that may cast significant doubt about C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt ability to continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting for a period of at least twelve months from the date when the financial statements are authorised for issue.

Other Information:

Management are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the annual report, other than the financial statements and our auditor’s report thereon. Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information and, except to the extent otherwise explicitly stated in our report, we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.

In connection with our audit of the financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If we identify such material inconsistencies or apparent material misstatements, we are required to determine whether there is a material misstatement in the financial statements or a material misstatement of the other information. If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard.

Respective responsibilities of management and those charged with governance for the Financial Statements:

The officers are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements in accordance with Irish law and FRS 102, the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland issued by the Financial Reporting Council and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the financial statements, management is responsible for assessing C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.

Those charged with governance are responsible for overseeing C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt financial reporting process.

Auditor’s responsibilities for Audit of the Financial Statements:

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements. As part of an audit in accordance with ISAs, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional scepticism throughout the audit. We also:

  • Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.
  • Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt internal control.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
  • Conclude on the appropriateness of management’s use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditor’s report to the related disclosures in the financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor’s report. However, future events or conditions may cause C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt to cease to continue as a going concern.

Eugene O’Brien
For and on behalf of
Rosconnish Limited
Statutory Auditors
Leader House Dublin Road
1 December 2020

Statement of Income & Expenditure

  2020 2019
(Financial period ending 31 Oct 2020)  
Turnover   812,269 1,413,637
Administrative expenses   (982,558) (1,551,476)
Operating (Deficit) / Surplus   (170,289) (137,839)
Interest payable and similar expenses   (3,206) (2,595)
Deficit for the Financial Period   (173,495) (140,434)

All the activities of the organisation are from continuing operations.

The organisation has no other recognised items of income and expenditure other than the results for the financial year as set out above.

The financial statements were approved and authorized for issue by the Management Committee on 1 December 2020 and signed on its behalf by:

Albert Cooney (Chairperson)
Peter O’Reilly (Secretary)
Eugene Quaine (Treasurer)

Balance Sheet

Note 2020 2020 2019 2019
(As at 31 October 2020)  
Fixed Assets          
Tangible assets 3 3,714,247   3,451,349  
      3,714,247   3,451,349
Current Assets          
Debtors 4 204,886   204,015  
Cash at bank and in hand   52,352   42,264  
    257,238   246,279  
Creditors: Amount falling due within 1 year 6 (818,947)   (386,180)  
Net Current Liabilities     (562,709)   (139,901)
Total Assets less Current Liabilities     3,151,538   3,311,448
Deferred Income 7   (2,443,642)   (2,430,057)
Net Assets     707,896   881,391
Capital and Reserves          
Income and expenditure account     707,896   881,391
Shareholders Funds     707,896   881,391

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the provisions applicable to entities subject to the small entities regime and in accordance with FRS 102 ‘The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland’.

The financial statements were approved and authorized for issue by the Management Committee on 1 December 2020 and signed on its behalf by:

Albert Cooney (Chairperson)
Peter O’Reilly (Secretary)
Eugene Quaine (Treasurer)

(The notes in this section form part of the financial statements)

(1) Statement of Compliance

These financial statements have been prepared in compliance with FRS 102 Section 1A, ‘The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland’.

(2) Accounting Policies & Measurement Basis

Basis of Preparation:

The financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis, under the historical cost basis. Historical cost is generally based on the fair value of the consideration given in exchange for assets. The following accounting policies have been applied consistently in dealing with items that are considered material to the financial statements of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt.

The financial statements are prepared in Euro, which is the functional currency of the entity.


Turnover is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable for goods supplied and services rendered, net of discounts and Value Added Tax.

Revenue from the sale of goods is recognised when the significant risks and rewards of ownership have transferred to the buyer, usually on despatch of the goods; the amount of revenue can be measured reliably; it is probable that the associated economic benefits will flow to the entity and the costs incurred or to be incurred in respect of the transactions can be measured reliably.

Tangible Assets:

Tangible assets are initially recorded at cost, and are subsequently stated at cost less any accumulated depreciation and impairment losses. Any tangible assets carried at revalued amounts are recorded at the fair value at the date of revaluation less any subsequent accumulated depreciation and subsequent accumulated impairment losses.


Depreciation is calculated so as to write off the cost or valuation of an asset, less its residual value, over the useful economic life of that asset as follows:

  • Freehold property – 2% straight line
  • Plant and machinery – 12.5% straight line
  • Motor vehicles – 12.5% straight line

If there is an indication that there has been a significant change in depreciation rate, useful life or residual value of tangible assets, the depreciation is revised prospectively to reflect the new estimates.


A review for indicators of impairment is carried out at each reporting date, with the recoverable amount being estimated where such indicators exist. Where the carrying value exceeds the recoverable amount, the asset is impaired accordingly. Prior impairments are also reviewed for possible reversal at each reporting date.

Government Grants:

Government grants are recognised at the fair value of the asset received or receivable. Grants are not recognised until there is reasonable assurance that the club will comply with the conditions attaching to them and the grants will be received.


Croke Park 10 year tickets are released to the income and expenditure account over 10 years.

(3) Tangible Assets

Tangible Assets Freehold
Plant &
(Financial period ending 31 Oct 2020)
At 1 November 2019 3,897,253 118,872 46,340 4,062,465
Additions 366,202 663 366,865
Disposals (8,500) (8,500)
At 31 October 2020 4,263,455 119,535 37,840 4,420,830
At 1 November 2019 500,876 87,613 22,629 611,118
Change for financial period Disposals 85,268 13,834 4,863 103,965
Disposals (8,500) (8,500)
At 31 October 2020 586,144 101,447 18,992 706,583
Carrying Amount: 30 October 2020 3,677,311 18,088 18,848 3,714,247
Carrying Amount: 30 October 2019 3,396,377 31,259 23,711 3,451,347

(4) Debtors

Debtors     31/10/20
(Financial period ending 31 Oct 2020)    
Other Debtors     27,440 27,400
Prepayments     177,446 176,575
      204,886 204,015

(5) Investments

Investments     31/10/20
(Financial period ending 31 Oct 2020)    
Croke Park 10 Year Tickets     27,440 27,400
      27,440 27,440

Note: Due to Covid’19 there was no release in the financial year 2020.

(6) Creditors: Amounts falling due within 1 year

Creditors     31/10/20
(Financial period ending 31 Oct 2020)    
Amount owed to credit institutions     50,765 122,997
Trade creditors     552,921 96,625
Other creditors including tax & social insurance     6,833 5,849
Accruals     209,428 160,709
      819,947 386,180

(7) Provisions

Provisions     31/10/20
(Financial period ending 31 Oct 2020)    
At 1 November 2019     2,430,057 1,991,594
Additions     60,872 484,533
Amortised & released to income & expenditure account     (47,287) (46,070)
      2,443,642 2,430,057

Capital grants receivable for the financial year ended 31 October 2020 relating to the development of Pearse Park amounted to €60,872 (2019-€484,533).

(8) Capital Commitments

At the financial period end the company had the following commitments for capital expenditure:

Capital Commitments     31/10/20
(Financial period ending 31 Oct 2020)    
Contracted but not provided for     365,000

(9) Contingent assets and liabilities

Loans provided by Croke Park to Carrickedmond GAA, Cashel GAA, Fr Manning Gaels, Ballymore GFC, Kenagh GAA clubs totalling €206,529 respectively are guaranteed by C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt. Aside from these guarantees, there were no material contingent liabilities or any litigation pending or outstanding against the organisation in respect of the year ended 31 October 2020.

(10) Events after the end of the reporting period

No matter or circumstances have arisen since the end of the financial year which significantly affected or may significantly affect the operations of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt, the results of those operations or the state of affairs of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae Longfoirt in the financial years subsequent to the financial year ended 31 October 2020.

(11) Going Concern

The financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis. After review of their operations up to 31 October 2020 the members believe that this is appropriate and they have reasonable expectation that there are adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. However, there is expected to be a substantial curtailment of the club due to Covid’19. However, strategic plans have been drawn up to mitigate against any foreseeable risks. Management are therefore confident that the financial statements should be drawn up on a going concern basis.

(12) Approval of Financial Statements

The board of directors approved these financial statements for issue on 1 December 2020.

Income Account

2020 2020 2019 2019
(For 12 months ended 31 October 2020)
Gate Receipts 28,228   146,736  
National League Share 19,500   52,624  
Árd Comhairle Grant 80,000   185,000  
Government COVID-19 Funding – Sports Ireland 50,000   0  
Government COVID-19 C’ship Funding 53,440   0  
Streaming Income (Net) 1,804   0  
Race Day 8,035   68,943  
Commercial Income 70,207   96,684  
Fundraising Activities 37,968   31,824  
Club Longford 57,372   0  
Club Affiliations & Entry Fees 21,070   49,141  
Fines 1,450   3,300  
Rent of Grounds 7,746   17,728  
Higher Level Grants 43,192   109,897  
Games Promotion (Hurling & Football) 57,973   197,966  
Office Administration Grants 40,000   10,000  
Deposit Interest 212   175  
County Players Injury Benefit Fund Claims 15,019   18,206  
    577,146   988,224
Contra Income        
Leinster Council Club Grants 20,250   18,000  
Croke Park Membership 0   5,173  
Gate Receipts – Collected for higher units 25,070   61,453  
Club Players Injury Benefit Fund Claims 26,116   80,683  
Property insurance 13,180   13,870  
Public Liability Insurances 90,300   88,550  
Ticket money collected for higher units 2,420   111,614  
Club Player Injury Benefit Fund Premiums 10,500   0  
    187,836   379,343
Grants Amortised in year   47,287   46,070
Net Income   812,269   1,413,637


2020 2020 2019 2019
Income 577,146   988,224  
Contra Income 187,836   379,343  
Grants Amortised in Year 47,287   46,070  
    812,269   1,413,637
Expenses 693,963   1,078,052  
Contra Expenses 187,836   379,343  
Depreciation 103,965   96,675  
    985,764   1,554,070
Losses on disposal of tangible assets   0   0
Net Deficit for the Year   -173,495   -140,433

Expenditure Account

2020 2020 2019 2019
(For 12 months ended 31 October 2020)
Medals – Trophies 4,865   12,298  
Gardaí – Security 5,920   9,700  
Match Expenses 1,114   9,280  
Referees Expenses 17,208   38,793  
Catering 83,244   108,244  
Players Travel & Team Expenses 244,115   318,057  
Medical & Physiotherapy 35,119   60,505  
Gym & Pitch Hire 39,440   49,659  
Club Competition Pitch Hire 6,900   0  
Sports Gear & Equipment 24,769   42,484  
Fundraising Expenses 24,559   13,866  
Fines 527   100  
County Team Injury Fund 3,960   6,600  
General Repairs & upkeep of grounds 19,428   33,668  
Light & Heat 4,650   5,729  
General Office & Admin Expenses 95,607   111,578  
Postage & Telephone 8,077   8,290  
Gifts & Sponsorship 1,029   4,143  
Pearse Park Insurance 7,066   5,983  
Leasing 2,498   2,508  
Audit & Accountancy 7,419   7,220  
Congress & County Convention Expenses 6,943   2,001  
Expenses County Board Officers & Committees 7,754   6,466  
Other Grants 0   7,280  
Coaching & Games Development 34,876   207,543  
Legal & Professional Fees 1,055   0  
General Expenses 0   -2  
    699,142   1,071,993
Bank Charges        
Bank Interest 3,206   2,595  
Bank Charges 2,615   3,464  
    5,821   6,059
Contra Expenses        
Leinster Council Club Grants 20,250   18,000  
Croke Park Membership 0   5,173  
Gate Receipts – Collected for higher units 25,070   61,453  
Club Players Injury Benefit Fund Claims 26,116   80,683  
Property Insurances 13,180   13,870  
Public Liability Insurances 90,300   88,550  
Ticket moneys paid to higher units 2,420   111,614  
Club Player Injury Scheme 10,500   0  
    187,836   379,343
Depreciation on freehold property 85,268   77,945  
Depreciation on equipment 13,834   13,750  
Depreciation on motor vehicles 4,863   4,980  
    103,965   96,675
Loss on disposal of tangible assets   0   0
Net Expenditure   985,764   1,554,070

Signed Financial Statements for the financial period ending 31 October 2020 can be found at link below.

8) Chairpersons Address

Chairperson Albain Ó Cuana addresses the 2020 Convention.

9) Election of Officials

Due to Covid-19, voting and counting takes place in advance of the Convention with all results announced at the Convention.

Uachtarán: Séamas Mac an tSionnaigh (Jimmy Fox)
Leas Uachtarán: Seán Ó Croidheagáin (Johnny Creegan), Seán Mac Daimhín (Jackie Devine)


Outgoing: Albert Cooney (Rathcline)
Nominee: Albert Cooney (Rathcline) *

Leas Cathaoirleach

Outgoing: Colm Murray (Kenagh)
Nominee: Colm Murray (Kenagh) *


Outgoing: Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond)
Nominee: Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond) *

Leas Cisteoir

Outgoing: George McDermott (St. Brigids)
Nominee #1: George McDermott (St. Brigids)
Nominee #2: Marie O’Reilly Keenan (Colmcille) *

Leas Rúnaí

Outgoing: None (New Position)
Nominee: Gary Toher (St. Brigids) *

Oifigeach Oili una & Forbartha na gCluichí

Outgoing: Finbar Meehan (Mullinalaghta)
Nominee: Finbar Meehan (Mullinalaghta) *

Oifigeach Teanga an Gaeilge & Cultúir

Outgoing: Éamonn Ó Braonáin (Grattan Óg)
Nominee: Éamonn Ó Braonáin (Grattan Óg) *

Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí

Outgoing: Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim)
Nominee: Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim) *

Development Officer (Appointed Position)

Outgoing: Michael Mulleady (Fr. Manning Gaels)
Nominee: Michael Mulleady (Fr. Manning Gaels) *

Children’s Officer (Appointed Position)

Outgoing: Marie O’Reilly Keenan (Colmcille)
Nominee: Patrick Maguire (St. Marys Granard) *

Teachtaí don Árd Comhairle

Outgoing: Gerry Hagan (Killoe Young Emmets)
Nominee #1: Gerry Hagan (Killoe Young Emmets)
Nominee #2: James Clarke (Clonguish) *

Teachtaí don Comhairle Laighean

Outgoing: Derek Fahy (Ballymore)
Nominee: Derek Fahy (Ballymore) *

Outgoing: Damien Edgeworth (St. Brigids)
Nominee: Damien Edgeworth (St. Brigids) *

Teachtaí don Chomhdháil Bhliantúil CLG

Nominee: Seamus McRory (Longford Slashers)
Nominee: Colm Murray (Kenagh)

Teachtaí don Chomhdháil Laighean CLG

No Nominees

Outgoing: Albert Cooney (Rathcline)
Nominee: Albert Cooney (Rathcline) *

Vice Chairperson
Outgoing: Colm Murray (Kenagh)
Nominee: Colm Murray (Kenagh) *

Outgoing: Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond)
Nominee: Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond) *

Assistant Secretary
Outgoing: New Position
Nominee: Gary Toher (St. Brigids) *

Assistant Treasurer
Outgoing: George McDermott (St. Brigids)
Nominee #1: George McDermott (St. Brigids)
Nominee #2: Marie O’Reilly Keenan (Colmcille) *

Coaching & Games Development
Outgoing: Finbar Meehan (Mullinalaghta)
Nominee: Finbar Meehan (Mullinalaghta) *

Irish Language & Culture
Outgoing: Éamonn Ó Braonáin (Grattan Óg)
Nominee: Éamonn Ó Braonáin (Grattan Óg) *

Public Relations Officer
Outgoing: Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim)
Nominee: Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim) *

Development Officer (Nominated)
Outgoing: Michael Mulleady (Fr. Manning Gaels)
Nominee: Michael Mulleady (Fr. Manning Gaels) *

Children’s Officer (Nominated)
Outgoing: Marie O’Reilly Keenan (Colmcille)
Nominee: Patrick Maguire (St. Marys Granard) *

Central Council Representative
Outgoing: Gerry Hagan (Killoe Young Emmets)
Nominee #1: Gerry Hagan (Killoe Young Emmets)
Nominee #2: James Clarke (Clonguish) *

Leinster Council Representatives
Outgoing: Derek Fahy (Ballymore)
Nominee: Derek Fahy (Ballymore) *
Outgoing: Damien Edgeworth (St. Brigids)
Nominee: Damien Edgeworth (St. Brigids) *

Annual GAA Congress Delegates
Nominee: Seamus McRory (Longford Slashers)
Nominee: Colm Murray (Kenagh)

Leinster GAA Convention Delegates
No Nominees

(* Duly Elected)  

10) Consideration of Motions

This following motions are proposed for consideration.

That Longford GAA adopt the following BYE-LAW as allowed for under R. 6.21 (4) (c) T.O. 2020 

Where 3 or more teams finish level on points at the conclusion of the round stages of a competition, the team which finishes top should be determined by the results between the three or more teams – i.e. winner of these games – if this is level it should then involve scoring difference from the matches between the 3 teams. If this also turns out to be level it should then go to overall scoring difference excluding the results involved with any team which may have been awarded a walkover in the competition. 

Proposed By: Gaeil AntAthair Uí Mainnín
Status: Passed

That Longford GAA Bye Law No. 10 “Permissions to Play” be amended to read as follows: 

Applications made under R. 3.19 (n) T.O. 2020 to avail of a provision of Rule 6.8 (C) and Exception (1) (a) or (b) shall be submitted for approval no later than 30th June each year.

(Note changes in Red) 

Proposed by: Caonach
Status: Passed 

That Wednesday’s of each week are reserved for hurling only in the county. 

Proposed by: Flipeadoirí Longfoirt
Status: Deferred to next CB Meeting

That if there are 3 teams in a Championship group where the top two team’s progress a draw be made for the first game and the winner of this game will then play the remaining team in the group in the next game (round). This will prevent any potential incentive for teams to play for a particular result and gives each team in the group a fair chance of progression. 

Proposed by: Gaeil An Athar Uí Mainnín
Status: Deferred to next CB Meeting

When the Championship has come down to the last four teams following the Quarter-Finals a draw then be made to decide pairings for the Semi-Final. 

Proposed by: Gaeil An Athar Uí Mainnín
Status: Deferred to next CB Meeting

This PDF document contains all motions for consideration at the 2020 Convention.

11) Match Results & Reports

This section contains Match Results, Reports & Roll of Honour for 2020:

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship
Sunday 8th November, 2020
1 - 14
1 - 16
Venue: Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
Referee: Sean Hurson
Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship
Round 1
Sunday 1st November, 2020
1 - 7
1 - 9
Venue: TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar
Referee: David Coldrick
Allianz Football League Roinn 3
Round 7
Sunday 25th October, 2020
0 - 0
Venue: Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
Referee: TBC
Electric Ireland Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship
Round 1
Saturday 17th October, 2020
3 - 9
4 - 9
Venue: Aughrim County Grounds
Referee: Kieran Harris
Allianz Football League Roinn 3
Round 6
Saturday 17th October, 2020
2 - 14
0 - 12
Venue: Celtic Park
Referee: Sean Laverty
Nickey Rackard Cup
Round 2B
Saturday 7th November, 2020
0 - 12
1 - 11
Venue: Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
Referee: Thomas Gleeson
Nickey Rackard Cup
Round 1
Saturday 24th October, 2020
2 - 13
1 - 14
Venue: Letterkenny
Referee: Tarlach Conway

O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Accident Tournament  

(Round 1 – 07-12-2019 – Newbridge)

Kildare 0-14
Longford 2-14

Longford start the new season with a fine win over Kildare in the O’Byrne Cup  

In a tight first half the sides were level on three different occasions. It was Kildare who registered the first score; a pointed free from Neil Flynn. Longford took the lead for the first time in the 10th minute with a neat point from Joe Hagan. In the 21st minute Longford scored a crucial goal, a quick free taken by Kildare keeper Mark Donnellan went straight to Kevin Diffley who played the ball to Hagan and he made no mistake to find the back of the net. Daniel Mimnagh followed up with a fisted effort to put Longford ahead by three in the 25th minute. Kildare had cut the gap to one by the 34th minute but Longford ended the first half with a free converted by Gallagher and a fine point from Hagan to lead by 1-8 to 0-8 at the break. Kildare closed the gap to just a point by the 58th minute but credit to Longford they upped their game in the final 10 minutes. Peter Lynn scored two points (one free) to leave the goal between the sides. Paddy Brophy and Rian Brady exchanged frees before Daniel Mimnagh sealed the win for Longford with a late goal in the 70th minute. 

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets), Gerard Flynn (Longford Slashers), Darren Gallagher (St. Mary’s Granard, 0-5, four frees), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon, 0-1), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers, 0-2, one free), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets, 1-1), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s, 0-2, one free), Joe Hagan (Dromard, 1-3), Oran Kenny (Rathcline). 

Subs: PJ Masterson (Abbeylara) for I O’Sullivan (injured, 30 mins), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim) for M Quinn (injured, 35 mins), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond) for D Doherty (injured, 45 mins), Liam Hughes (Killoe Young Emmets) for P Lynn (63 mins). 

O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Accident Tournament  

(Round 2 – 15-12-2019 – Longford )

Longford 1-13
Carlow 0-10

Longford overcome Carlow to reach the O’Byrne Cup Semi-Final 

Building on their fine success away to Kildare the previous week, Longford scored a comfortable win over Carlow at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park with six points to spare in the finish. Fielding a few newcomers, the home county led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break and should have been even further ahead as Joseph Hagan failed to convert a couple of glorious goal chances. Hagan was clean through in the 27th minute but his point-blank shot was saved by the Carlow keeper Robert Sansom and the Dromard attacker shot against the crossbar in the 33rd minute. Longford eventually scored a goal in the 56th minute when Oran Kenny and Colm P. Smyth linked up to leave Dessie Reynolds with the simple task of flicking the ball to the net. At that stage Carlow were trailing by 1-12 to 0-6, with Longford midfielder Darren Gallagher firing over four of the points, and it was all over as a contest.  

LONGFORD: Pat Farrell (St Brigid’s Killashee), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), PJ Masterson (Abbeylara), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Gerard Flynn (Longford Slashers, 0-1), Darren Gallagher (St Mary’s Granard, 0-4, two frees), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s, 1-1), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s, 0-3, one from mark), Joseph Hagan (Dromard, 0-1, mark), Oran Kenny (Rathcline, 0-2). 

Subs (unlimited): Liam Hughes (Killoe Young Emmets) for I O’Sullivan (injured, 28 mins), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim, 0-1) for P Lynn (52 mins), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s) for G Flynn (52 mins), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond) for O Kenny (58 mins), Shane Farrell (Kenagh) for P Fox (63 mins), Daire Duggan (Sean Connolly’s) for D Gallagher (63 mins), Eoghan Mc Cormack (Carrickedmond) for D Reynolds (63 mins), Michael Cahill (Carrickedmond) for PJ Masterson (65 mins), Thomas Mc Gann (Kenagh) for J Hagan (65 mins). 

O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Accident Tournament 

(Round 3 – 04-01-2020 – Aughrim) 

Wicklow 2-9
Longford 0-14

Wicklow score late goal to snatch win over Longford 

A late goal from Chris O’Brien in the 68th minute saw Wicklow snatched a narrow win over Longford in the remaining game in the group stage of the O’Byrne Cup at Aughrim. Longford had already secured their place in the semi-final of the Leinster senior football tournament against Dublin with wins over Kildare and Carlow. Longford were ahead by five (0-8 to 0-3) after 23 minutes but Wicklow produced a strong finish to the first half to lead by 1-6 to 0-8 at the break, the crucial goal coming from a penalty converted by Rory Finn. The Longford points in the first half were registered by Daniel Mimnagh (2), Iarla O’Sullivan, Dessie Reynolds (2), Darragh Doherty and Rian Brady (2). It took Wicklow just 25 seconds to open the scoring in the second half with Eoin Darcy hitting over a nice point but Longford hit back with a brace of points from Rian Brady (one free) and the sides were all square after 42 minutes. Darragh Doherty converted a free in the 53rd minute to leave two points between the teams but Wicklow struck to score a decisive second goal in the closing stages of the game to inflict a first defeat on Longford in the 2020 season.  

LONGFORD: David Mulvihill (Rathcline), Liam Hughes (Killoe Young Emmets), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), PJ Masterson (Abbeylara), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline, 0-1), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Shane Farrell (Kenagh), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets, 0-2), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s, 0-2), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s 0-6, three frees), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim, 0-3, frees). 

Subs: Michael Cahill (Carrickedmond) for PJ Masterson (47 mins), Liam Connerton (Rathcline) for CP Smyth (54 mins), Ciaran Williams (Clonguish) for R Brady (injured, 60 mins), Pat Farrell (St Brigid’s Killashee) for D Mulvihill (67 mins). 

O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Accident Tournament

(Semi-Final – 11-01-2020 – Longford) 

Longford 1-13
Dublin 3-6

Longford show a lot of spirit in battling back to beat Dublin 

Longford started well with neat points from Rian Brady and Oran Kenny. Two fine efforts from Rian Brady and Darren Gallagher put Longford ahead by three by the 17th minute but Dublin were level two minutes later when Killian O’Gara found the back of the net. Brady and Dermot McLoughlin exchanged points and in the 35th minute Gerry Seaver put the Dubs ahead for the first time in the game. That lead only lasted seconds with Longford responding with a point from Oran Kenny as the sides went in at the break all square 0-6 to 1-3. Just seconds had gone on the clock in the second half when Dublin got their second goal, to put the Dubs ahead by three. Rian Brady replied with two points (one free) and Longford scored a goal in the 49th minute. Daniel Mimnagh’s effort was saved by opposing keeper Michael Shiel but Kevin Diffley was on hand to finish the loose ball to the net to give the home county the lead again. That advantage lasted just two minutes as Dublin got a third goal through Niall O’Callaghan. With Dublin ahead by two in the 65th minute, Longford had to dig deepDarren Gallagher pointed a free in the 66th minute before substitute Darragh Doherty drew Longford level in the first minute of stoppage time. Four minutes of additional time was added with both sides looking for the winner and Gallagher burst through to win a free which he duly converted to put Longford through to the O’Byrne Cup final for the first time since 2016

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 0-5, four frees), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon, 1-0), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-5, one free), Joseph Hagan (Dromard), Oran Kenny (Rathcline, 0-2).
Subs: Darragh Doherty (Mostrim, 0-1) for G Rogers (56 mins), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers) for O Kenny (59 mins), Liam Connerton (Rathcline) for D Reynolds (67 mins).

O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Accident Tournament

(Final – 18-01-2020 – Tullamore) 

Offaly 0-11
Longford 1-12

Michael Quinn’s goal decisive in Longford’s brilliant O’Byrne Cup triumph  

Longford were deservedly crowned O’Byrne Cup Leinster senior football kingpins for the first time since 2000 as their hunger and determination to succeed blew Offaly away in the Final at Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Longford opened the scoring with a fine point courtesy of Dessie Reynolds but Offaly dominated over the next few minutes and they slotted over four unanswered points to lead by 0-4 to 0-1 with nine minutes gone. Longford, struggling to find their rhythm, found themselves on level terms by the 16th minute. Andrew Farrell, Daniel Mimnagh and Rian Brady were all central figures in a move that finished with Michael Quinn, bursting through for a goal.An Oran Kenny score left both sides deadlocked at the interval 1-3 to 0-6. On the resumption a Michael Quinn point edged Longford ahead for the first time since the opening minute, 1-4 to 0-6. By the 43rd minute Offaly were back in front, 0-8 to 1-4. Replacement Darragh Doherty kicked two lovely points while Dessie Reynolds and Darren Gallagher (free) were also on target as Longford registered four vital points without reply and went 1-8 to 0-8 clear with 52 minutes gone. Bernard Allen pulled a point back for Offaly and another replacement Peter Lynn pointed for Longford, 0-9 to 1-9. Allen scored his fifth point for Offaly and Oran Kenny replied with a brilliant point at the other end in the 67th minute. Rian Brady’s successful 70th minute free, made it 1-11 to 0-10 and with the four point cushion the Longford men were not going to be overtaken. Offaly substitute Aaron Leavy kicked a point and in the 3rd minute of additional time, fittingly, Darren Gallagher fisted an insurance point from what looked to be a hopeless situation, giving Longford a fully deserved 1-12 to 0-11 win.  

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard0-2, 0-1 free), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connollys, 0-2), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets, 1-1), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets), Joseph Hagan (Dromard), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 0-2 frees), Oran Kenny (Rathcline 0-2) 

Subs: Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers 0-1) for I O’Sullivan (half-time), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim 0-2) for K Diffley (44 mins), Liam Connerton (Rathcline) for D Reynolds (66 mins), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond) for R Brady (70 mins). 

Allianz Football League Division 3  

(Round 1 – 26-01-2020 – Longford )

Longford 0-16
Louth 1-10

Longford build on O’Byrne Cup triumph with league win over Louth  

Darren Gallagher (free) got Longford’s first score in the 2nd minute and they had established a comfortable 0-6 to 0-2 lead midway through the first half. A brace from Rian and three more points through Michael Quinn, Kevin Diffley (mark) and Colm P Smyth left lethargic Louth in considerable trouble. 2 converted 45s from Darren Gallagher left Longford 0-8 to 0-2 ahead but Louth closed the gap with a goal from Gerry Garland. Dessie Reynolds replied setting off on a pacey penetrating run that yielded a fine point. Burns then converted a free to leave Louth trailing by three points at the break. Longford made a fine start to the second with a well struck point from Iarla O’Sullivan and while Declan Byrne (mark) replied for Louth, the midlanders hit back with a couple of points from Rian Brady (play) and Darren Gallagher, the latter on target from a free. The score now stood at 0-12 to 1-4 but Louth reduced the deficit with further points. Gallagher then kicked his fifth point from a fantastic long range free in the 59th minute and there was an exchange of points (frees) in quick succession through Rian Brady and Ryan Burns. Dessie Reynolds had a goal attempt blocked down in the 69th minute but Darragh Doherty kicked the breaking ball over the bar to leave Longford leading by 0-15 to 1-7. Louth hit back with a brace of points in stoppage time (five minutes) to keep their slim hopes alive but Longford made absolutely certain of the vital victory when Doherty broke clear to fist the ball over the bar.  

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline, 0-1), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara, 0-1), Darren Gallagher (St Mary’s Granard, 0-5, three frees, two ‘45s), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon, 0-1, mark), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets, 0-1), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s, 0-1), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St Columba’s, 0-4, two frees), Joseph Hagan (Dromard), Oran Kenny (Rathcline). 

Subs: Darragh Doherty (Mostrim, 0-2) for J Hagan (half-time), Liam Connerton (Rathcline) for O Kenny (61 mins), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers) for I O’Sullivan (68 mins).

Allianz Football League Division 3   

(Round 2 – 02-02-2020 – Tullamore)

Offaly 0-10
Longford 0-10

Offaly snatch late equalising point to deny Longford 

Longford finally got their first score in the eighth minute when Darren Gallagher and Oran Kenny exchanged passes before Gallagher found the range. Ruairi McNamee put Offaly back in front, 0-3 to 0-2 after 18 minutes before Gallagher levelled matters for the third occasion. Longford then took the lead for the first time in the 20th minute when Rian Brady kicked an excellent point, 0-3 to 0-4. Dessie Reynolds kicked a terrific point in the 28th minute but that was cancelled out by another Sullivan point. Gallagher regained the lead for Longford again in the 30th minute. Half-time: Offaly 0-5 Longford 0-6. Gallagher was on target in the 40th minute to put Longford ahead by two points. Sullivan replied with a good point for Offaly before the score of the game came in the 45th minute; Gallagher gathered Paddy Collum’s kick-out and soloing upfield and drilled the ball over the bar, 0-6 to 0-8. Both teams were level pegging in the 50th minute, 0-8 apiece – the sixth occasion the sides were deadlocked. Longford restored their two-point advantage thanks to the accuracy of Oran Kenny and Dessie Reynolds, 0-8 to 0-10 with 61 minutes elapsed. The final ten minutes of the game were entertaining and certainly made up for the hour of football that was played beforehand. Offaly kept plugging away and a 64th minute Ruairi McNamee pointed free cut the gap to the minimum. It was still all to play for with six minutes of additional time being indicated. Right at the end Offaly won possession and went searching for the winning score but Longford defended well as it ended honours even between the two Midland sides. 

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 0-5, 0-1 free), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets), Donie McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connollys 0-2), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 0-1), Oran Kenny (Rathcline 0-2). 

Subs: Joseph Hagan (Dromard) for D McElligott (63 mins), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim) for O Kenny (66 mins), Liam Connerton (Rathcline) for I O’Sullivan (70+5 mins)

Allianz Football League Division 3   

(Round 3 – 09-02-2020 – Longford) 

Longford 2-14
Leitrim 1-9

Sharp Longford attack shoot Leitrim down 

Wing back Colm P Smyth broke through to blast the ball over the bar for Longford’s opening score in the 3rd minute and a converted free followed from Darren Gallagher before exciting young prospect Oran Kenny landed a brilliant strike. Leitrim looked good in the early stages and led by 0-4 to 0-3 after 15 minutes with their points coming from Evan Sweeney, Darragh Rooney and a brace from the dangerous Dean McGovern. Then came a decisive factor with the goal from Michael Quinn. That gave Longford a lead they subsequently never surrendered and four more points were added to their tally during the remainder of the first half. Just two points separated the sides at the break, 1-7 to 1-5The Midlanders made a good start to the second half with a fine point from Liam Connerton. The gap was still just two points but a couple of scores in quick succession from Rian Brady (free) and Oran Kenny extended the Longford advantage. Kenny weaved his way through to land a delightful point in the 53rd minute to leave his side in a comfortable 1-11 to 1-6 lead. Time was running out for Leitrim and while Rooney shot over the bar, there was a quick reply from Longford when Paddy Collum landed a well struck ’45. A point apiece was exchanged between Darren Gallagher (free) and Domhnaill Flynn before the hard working Longford midfielder Kevin Diffley got his name on the scoresheet and which was immediately followed by the Rian Brady goal to close out the game. 

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels, 0-1, ‘45), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara, 0-1), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 0-4, all frees), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon, 0-1), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets, 1-0), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets, 0-1), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s), Liam Connerton (Rathcline, 0-1), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 1-2, one point from free), Oran Kenny (Rathcline, 0-3). 

Subs: Joseph Hagan (Dromard) for D Mimnagh (injured, 45 mins), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas) for CP Smyth (56 mins), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim) for L Connerton (61 mins), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers) for O Kenny (69 mins), Gerard Flynn (Longford Slashers) for G Rogers (two minutes into stoppage time).  

Allianz Football League Division 3  

(Round 4  22-02-2020 – Newry)

Down 2-13
Longford 1-14   

Late Down goal the killer blow as Longford suffer first defeat in the league   

After Darren Gallagher kicked over his first free in the 19th minute Down enjoyed a purple patch denied goals by excellent Longford defending. In the 25th minute Down were ahead by two points but Longford hit back with frees from Gallagher and keeper Paddy Collum to draw level. Another well struck free from Gallagher levelled matters again in the first minute of stoppage time. Longford keeper Paddy Collum pulled off a superb save to deny the impressive Liam Kerr but he fired the ball over the bar minutes later with Barry O’Hagan putting two between the sides right on the stroke of half-time: 0-9 to 0-7. Down dictated the early stages of the second half and went four points ahead by the 50th minute. But Longford were right back in the game three minutes later when Michael Quinn set up Liam Connerton and he palmed the ball to the net. Then Dessie Reynolds stepped up to get a point to level matters. Darren Gallagher fired over a superb point to put Longford ahead for the first time since the first minute. He then pointed a free to put two between the sides. Down levelled matters in the 63rd minute before a goal from Quinn edged the home side back in front. Longford tried hard to get back into the game but James Guinness ended their brave comeback with a killer goal in the 69th minute. 

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels, 0-2, frees), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 0-5, three frees), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s, 0-1), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers, 0-2), Liam Connerton (Rathcline, 1-1), Oran Kenny (Rathcline). 

Subs: Darragh Doherty (Mostrim) for P Lynn (injured, 23 mins), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets, 0-3, two frees) for CP Smyth (53 mins), Joseph Hagan (Dromard) for L Connerton (63 mins). 

Allianz Football League Division 3  

(Round 5 – 01-03-2020 – Longford

Longford . . . 3-12
Tipperary . . . 3-7

Longford back on track with fine win over Tipperary 

Just a single point (2-4 to 1-6) separated the sides at the break with Liam Connerton and Dessie Reynolds getting the crucial goals for Longford while Conor Sweeney scored the Tipperary goal in the first half. The decisive turning point was the black card dismissal of Tipperary half-time substitute Liam Boland in the 44th minute and Longford made great use of the extra man advantage during the ten minute ‘sin bin’ period  to open up a significant gap. A glorious spell yielded 1-3 without reply with Oran Kenny scoring a cracking goal in the 55th minute to put the wind assisted home side in a commanding 3-7 to 1-6 lead and they never looked like letting victory slip from their grasp despite a determined Tipperary revival. The visitors reduced the deficit with goals from Conor Sweeney (penalty) and substitute Kevin O’Halloran, the latter shooting to the net from close range in the 65th minute, but Longford kept the scoreboard ticking and made absolutely certain of the vital win with points from Darren Gallagher (free) and Oran Kenny deep into stoppage time.      

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels, 0-1, free), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-1), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-1), Gerard Flynn (Longford Slashers), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 0-4, two frees), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s, 1-0), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-3, all frees), Liam Connerton (Rathcline, 1-0), Oran Kenny (Rathcline, 1-2). 

Subs: Darragh Doherty (Mostrim) for G Flynn (55 mins), Joseph Hagan (Dromard) for R Brady (70 mins). 

Allianz Football League Division 3  

(Round 6 – 17-10-2020 – Derry) 

Derry 2-14
Longford 0-12 

Longford’s promotion hopes suffer a severe setback in the defeat against Derry  

Derry made a great start with Ciaran McFaul, Padraig Cassidy and Shane McGuigan kicking over points in the opening 10 minutes. A free converted by McGuigan extended the lead and Longford’s first score didn’t materialise until the 17th minute when Darren Gallagher slotted over a fine free. Enda Lynn and Rian Brady traded points before Dessie Reynolds hit over an excellent point in the 26th minute to cut the gap to just two. Derry replied with points and struck a shattering blow in first half stoppage time with a goal. Liam Connerton got a score for Longford just before the half-time whistle with the visitors behind by six points, 1-7 to 0-4. A point piece from Colm P Smyth and Rian Brady gave Longford a glimmer of hope and while Niall Loughlin replied for Derry, the game got a lot tighter following further scores from Darren Gallagher (free) and substitute Joseph Hagan. Derry got back on top to consolidate their lead and were in comfortable territory when they scored a decisive second goal in the 56th minute. Niall Loughlin’s effort hit the post but the ball broke kindly for substitute Paul Cassidy who shot to the net to leave Longford trailing by seven points. Derry were denied a third goal in the 64th minute when Ethan Doherty’s low shot came  back off the post but the task of collecting both valuable league points was already complete.

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara, 0-2), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Liam Hughes (Killoe Young Emmets), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 0-2, frees), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connollys, 0-1), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-4, one free), Liam Connerton (Rathcline, 0-1), Oran Kenny (Rathcline). 

Subs: Joseph Hagan (Dromard, 0-1), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim, 0-1), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline), Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara).

Allianz Football League Division 3  

(Round 7 – 25-10-2020)

Longford conceded the final round game to Cork.

Leinster Senior Football Championship  

(Round 1 – 01-11-2020 – Mullingar)

Longford 1-9
Louth 1-7 

Longford work real hard to cross the first hurdle in the Championship  

Louth who got the opening score when Sam Mulroy converted a free in the 3rd minute. In a game of many missed chances and mistakes in the extremely difficult wet conditions, Longford got back on level terms with a cracking point from Liam Connerton in the 7th minute and moments later Darren Gallagher planted the ball in the back of the net from a few yards out after receiving the perfect pass from Kevin Diffley and when Rian Brady landed a fine point almost immediately it was looking good for Longford who led by 1-2 to 0-1. But they failed to register another score for 22 minutes when Gallagher converted a well struck free near the sideline, at which stage Louth had battled their way right back into contention thanks to a goal from Mulroy. With Mulroy also converting a couple of frees, Louth were leading by 1-3 to 1-2. A brace of points in quick succession from Gallagher, put Longford back in front. Sam Mulroy (free) was on target again to level matters but just before the break Daniel Mimnagh stepped up for a score to leave Longford ahead by the minimum of margins a solitary point separated the sides at the break with Louth trailing by 1-5 to 1-4. Rian Brady kicked another gem of a score early on the changeover before Paddy Collum came to the rescue with a very important save with Mulroy kicking over the resulting ‘45. The sides were all square again when the mighty Mulroy landed a brilliant point from play in the 52nd minute and the pressure was firmly on Longford. Longford went back in front when impact replacement Robbie Smyth did very well to win possession for a mark in front of the posts and slotted the ball over the bar in the 59th minute. Back came Louth to level again with who else but Sam Mulroy shooting over the bar. That was really putting it up to Longford but they refused to panic with the late points from Gallagher and Smyth making sure of the victory.

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, captain), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 1-3, one point from free), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s), Joseph Hagan (Dromard), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets, 0-1), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-2), Liam Connerton (Rathcline, 0-1), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline). 

Subs: Darragh Doherty (Mostrim) for J Hagan (32 mins), Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara, 0-2, one from mark) for D Reynolds (50 mins), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers) for I O’Sullivan (60 mins), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond) for L Connerton (two minutes into stoppage time).

Leinster Senior Football Championship  

(Quarter-Final – 08-11-2020 – Longford)

Laois 1-16
Longford 1-14

Missed goal chances cost Longford dearly in narrow defeat against Laois   

Daniel Mimnagh fired over the opening score in the 2nd minute and another point quickly followed from Liam Connerton before Evan O’Carroll shot over the bar for Laois in the 6th minute. Moments later Mimnagh sent Dessie Reynolds racing through for a well struck goal and an immediate point from wing back Iarla O’Sullivan left lively Longford leading by 1-3 to 0-1 after just seven minutes. Before Gary Walsh (free) registered the first of his eight points for Laois. Longford hit back with a brace of points from Brady (play and free) but Laois got right back into contention with a cracking goal from Paul Kingston in the 15th minute. The ding-dong battle continued with Longford captain Donal McElligott surging forward to fist the ball over the bar but Laois then got on top for a period with points from Walsh (two frees) and Kingston (a tremendous long range strike) closing the gap to just the minimum of margins (1-6 to 1-5). Longford came storming back to score four points in the space of six minutes to consolidate their grip on the game with Darren Gallagher (well struck free), a couple from Rian Brady (play and free) and Donal McElligott shooting over the bar. Laois got two vital scores before the break leaving them trailing by three points (1-10 to 1-7). Excellent keeper Niall Corbet prevented McElligott and Reynolds from scoring killer goals for Longford in the second half. Longford had to settle for a point from Daniel Mimnagh in this same attack when they should have established a commanding lead and even at that they went five points clear (1-12 to 1-7) when Reynolds shot over the bar in the 44th minute. Laois then took over completely to fire over seven points in a row, the last from a free converted in the 60th minute. Great credit to Longford for the determined manner in which they battled back with points from Rian Brady and Joseph Hagan to leave the sides all square. But Laois found that little bit extra to get across the line with two more scores. 

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels), Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Andrew Farrell (Cashel), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-2), Gary Rogers (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas), Iarla O’Sullivan (Rathcline, 0-1), Darren Gallagher (St. Marys Granard, 0-1, free), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas, 0-5, three frees), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s, 1-1), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets, 0-2), Liam Connerton (Rathcline, 0-1), Darragh Doherty (Mostrim).  

Subs: Joseph Hagan (Dromard, 0-1) for G Rogers (injured, 51 mins), Peter Lynn (Longford Slashers) for D Reynolds (61 mins), Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara) for D Doherty (64 mins), Liam Hughes (Killoe Young Emmets) for I O’Sullivan (70 mins), Larry Moran (Killoe Young Emmets) for CP Smyth (five minutes into stoppage time). 

Philly McGuinness U-20 Football Development League

(Round 1 – 04-11-2020 – Longford) 

Longford 4-11
Sligo 2-8

Longford U-20s produce fine first half performance to shatter Sligo  

Two goals from Dylan Farrell and another from Aidan McGuire left Longford in a very commanding 3-9 to 1-1 lead at the break and while there was no way back for sluggish Sligo they came a lot more into the game on the changeover in a determined bid to close the gap. The visitors registered 1-7 in the second half and were denied another couple of goals with Longford keeper Eoin McGuinness producing excellent point-blank saves. Aidan McGuire and Keelan McGann linked up to put Dylan Farrell clean through for the first goal in the 3rd minute and McGuire set up Farrell for the second goal in the 29th minute. McGann provided the perfect pass for McGuire to score the third goal  but the highlight of the first half was the superb shooting of Joseph Hagan who fired over five points (two marks). The other Longford points in the first half came from Oran Kenny (two frees), Eoghan McCormack and Keelin McGann but they faded badly in the second half and had to wait until the 56th minute for their next score – a mark converted by Kenny. Aidan McGuire created the opening for Eoghan McCormack to score a well-taken fourth goal in the 59th minute and Longford’s final score was a point from play from the boot of Oran Kenny in the third minute of stoppage time. 

LONGFORD: Eoin McGuinness (Longford Slashers), Jakub Kajan (Rathcline), Dario Cigliano (Mostrim), Sean O’Sullivan (Sean Connolly’s), Dylan Glancy (Rathcline), James Moran (Killoe Young Emmets), Eoghan McCormack (Carrickedmond, 1-1), Richard Prior (Rathcline), Euan Finneran (Killoe Young Emmets), Cian O Nuallain (Longford Slashers), Dylan Farrell (St Brigid’s Killashee, 2-0), Joseph Hagan (Dromard, 0-5, two marks), Keelin McGann (Kenagh, 0-1), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond, 1-0), Oran Kenny (Rathcline, 0-4, two frees, one mark). 

Subs: Niall Finneran (Killoe Young Emmets) for R Prior (49 mins), Jack Duggan (Clonguish) for K McGann (56 mins), Padraig Joyce (Mostrim) for D Farrell (56 mins), Jonathan Borland (Killoe Young Emmets) for E Finneran (58 mins), Diarmuid Kelly (Carrickedmond) for D Cigliano (four minutes into stoppage time).   

Philly McGuinness U-20 Football Development League

(Round 2 – 11-01-2020 – Longford)

Longford 5-19
Leitrim 1-3

Rampant Longford U-20s far too strong for Leitrim  

Just seconds had gone on the clock when Longford scored their first goal; Keelin McGann with the pass and Aidan McGuire fisted the ball to the net. Dylan Farrell set Cian O’Nuallain up for Longford’s second goal in the sixth minute. McGuire kicked over a point before Keelin McGann scored a fine goal to extend the lead to 10 points by the ninth minute. Jack Duggan got a fourth Longford goal in the 14th minute with McGuire following up with a neat point. Dylan Farrell then fired over three points (one free), James Moran hit over a point and another McGuire score in the 24th minute saw Longford extend the lead to 20 points with Leitrim still to score. Farrell and McGann were causing a lot of problems for the Leitrim defence and both added points to their tally before Leitrim got off the mark in the 30th minute with a point from Caolan Clancy to leave the score at half-time: 4-10 to 0-1. Dylan Farrell kicked over a nice point in the 32nd minute before Stephen Goldrick pointed a free for Leitrim. Substitute Padraig Joyce made an impact straight after he was introduced, hitting over a fine point for Longford. Joyce added a second score to extend Longford’s lead to 23 points by the 40th minute. In the 45th minute Jack Duggan found the back of the net to grab his second and Longford’s fifth goal. Another substitute Eoin Hawkins was on target minutes later before Duggan kicked over a point. In the 57th minute Leitrim scored a goal through Dylan Maguire before Jack Duggan hit over his second point of the game in the 59th minute. Leitrim got a third point in the 60th minute through Frank McGovern and Longford brought the scoring to a close in the first minute of stoppage time when McGann landed a fine point. 

LONGFORD: Eoin McGuinness (Longford Slashers), Jakub Kajan (Rathcline), Diarmuid Kelly (Carrickedmond), Sean O’Sullivan (Sean Connolly’s), Dylan Clancy (Rathcline), James Moran (Killoe), Eoghan McCormack (Carrickedmond), Euan Finneran (Killoe, 0-1), Richard Prior (Rathcline), Cian O’Nuallain (Longford Slashers, 1-0), Dylan Farrell (Killashee, 0-6, one free), Niall Finneran (Killoe), Jack Duggan (Clonguish, 2-2), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond, 1-3), Keelin McGann (Kenagh, 1-4). 

Subs: Darren Moffet (Killoe) for J Kajan, Padraig Joyce (Mostrim, 0-2) for A McGuire, Jake Donnelly (Killoe) for E McCormack (half-time), Jonathan Borland (Killoe) for R Prior (43 mins), Conor Leonard (Mullinalaghta) for C O’Nuallain and Eoin Hawkins (Colmcille, 0-1) for D Glancy (47 mins).

Philly McGuinness U-20 Football Development League

(Round 3 – 18-01-2020 – Longford) 

Longford 2-8
Fermanagh 2-8

Longford U20’s share of the spoils and secure their place in the Philly McGuinness League Final. 

Points from Conor Love, Garvan Quigley and Sean Cassidy (free) gave Fermanagh an early three-point lead. Gavin McGovern got through in the 12th minute but he shot wide when really should’ve pointed. A great point from Pol McKervey put four between the sides in the 16th minute, 0-0 to 0-4.

Conor Keenan opened Longford’s account in the 17th minute and two minutes later Keelin McGann fired over a good point but was challenged off the ball and had to go off injured. Down the other end Fermanagh got a goal to put six between the sides but right on the stroke of half-time Niall Finneran scored a goal for Longford to leave them trailing by three at the break: 1-5 to 1-2. Brandon Horan and substitute Cian O’Nuallain exchanged points before a neat Padraig Joyce point cut the lead to two in the 34th minute, 1-6 to 1-4. Fermanagh replied with two points to go ahead by four in the 41st minute. Credit to Longford they kept battling. Jack Duggan hit over a free before bringing a save out of McNally in the 45th minute. Points from Joyce and Dylan Farrell cut Fermanagh’s advantage to just one in the 56th minute, 1-7 to 1-8. Longford were now in the ascendancy and in the 59th minute they took the lead for the first time; O’Nuallain did well and he passed to substitute Aaron Farrell who found the back of the net to give Longford a two-point lead. In the 60th minute a lovely move involving James Moran and Jack Duggan ended with Padraig Joyce fisted over the bar to put Longford ahead by three, 2-8 to 1-8. In the second minute of stoppage time Fermanagh salvaged a draw when Gavin McGovern finished Pol McKervey’s pass to the net. 

LONGFORD: Eoin McGuinness, Jakub Kajan, Sean O’Sullivan, Diarmuid Kelly, Jake Donnelly, James Moran, Kian Gilmore, Euan Finneran, Conor Leonard, Niall Finneran (1-0), Dylan Farrell (0-1), Conor Keenan (0-1), Jack Duggan (0-1, free), Padraig Joyce (0-3), Keelin McGann (0-1) 

Subs: Cian O’Nuallain (0-1) for K McGann inj. (24 mins), Tadhg McNevin for C Leonard (half-time), Aaron Farrell (1-0) for C Keenan (43 mins), Jonathan Borland for N Finneran (53 mins)

Philly McGuinness U-20 Football Development League Final 

(25-01-2020 – Leitrim) 

Monaghan 3-11
Longford 1-8

Monaghan too strong for Longford U-20s in the Philly McGuinness Cup Final  

Monaghan dominated the early stages of the first half to lead by 1-2 to 0-0. Longford had to wait until the 16th minute for their opening score, from a free converted by Dylan Farrell, and suffered a serious setback moments later when Monaghan attacker Jason Irwin planted the ball in the back of the net. The other three Longford points in the first half were registered by Farrell (free), Aidan McGuire (a terrific long range strike) and Cian O’Nuallain and a further brace of scores followed from McGuire (free and play) in the early stages of the second half. But the slicker Monaghan outfit kept the scoreboard ticking over and when Irwin landed a point in the 47th minute Longford were trailing by 2-8 to 0-6 in fighting a losing battle. The goal from Dylan Farrell proved to be no more than a consolation score with the immediate Monaghan response yielding a killer third goal and they pushed on to clock up three more points. The best Longford could do during the remainder of this disappointing match was a point apiece from their chief marksmen Farrell and McGuire and the focus now turns to the Leinster U-20 Championship next month with plenty of room for improvement.  

LONGFORD: Eoin McGuinness (Longford Slashers), Jakub Kajan (Rathcline), Sean O’Sullivan (Sean Connolly’s), Jake Donnelly (Killoe Young Emmets), Dylan Glancy (Rathcline), James Moran (Killoe Young Emmets), Eoghan McCormack (Carrickedmond), Euan Finneran (Killoe Young Emmets), Tadhg McNevin (Longford Slashers), Dylan Farrell (St Brigid’s Killashee, 1-3, two frees), Niall Finneran (Killoe Young Emmets), Cian O Nuallain (Longford Slashers, 0-1), Jack Duggan (Clonguish), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond, 0-4, two frees), Kian Gilmore (Rathcline). 

Subs: Padraig Joyce (Mostrim) for N Finneran (50 mins), Aaron Farrell (Dromard) for J Duggan (55 mins). 

Eirgrid Leinster U-20 Football Championship  

(Quarter-Final – 15-02-2020 – Dublin) 

Dublin 3-10
Longford 0-9

Late Dublin goals finish off gallant Longford U-20s in championship exit   

Dublin kicked over two early points with Dylan Farrell’s curling effort getting Longford off the mark in the sixth minute. Two minutes later Sean Foran set up Lorcan O’Dell as he fired low to the back of the net for a crucial goal. Frees from Oran Kenny and Farrell cut the gap to two by the 16th minute. Dublin replied with a pointed free from Archer. Oran Kenny (free) and a lovely point from Eoghan McCormack reduced the gap to the minimum by the 23rd minute. Donal Ledwith’s side didn’t give Dublin time on the ball as they hassled them every time they were in possession. In the 30th minute Longford were on level terms when defender Dario Ciglianio burst through, beating no less than 6 Dublin players before slotting the ball over the bar to leave the score 1-3 to 0-6 at the break. The second half Dublin stepped up another couple of gears to kick over five points in a row to establish a five point lead (1-8 to 0-6) by the 41st minute. Substitute Aaron Farrell scored Longford’s first point of the second half in the 45th minute. Oran Kenny pointed a free in the 54th minute to leave the midlanders trailing by 1-8 to 0-8 but Dublin struck the killer blow for another goal in the 57th minute. Substitute Padraig Purcell outfought Sean O’Sullivan before twice being denied by Longford keeper Eoin McGuinness with Ciaran Archer finishing the loose ball to the net. In stoppage time substitute Conor Kinsella scored Dublin’s third goal with Dylan Farrell firing over a consolation point (free) for brave Longford.

LONGFORD: Eoin McGuinness (Longford Slashers), Sean O’Sullivan (Sean Connolly’s), Dario Ciglianio (Mostrim, 0-1), James Moran (Killoe Young Emmets), Dylan Glancy (Rathcline), Jakub Kajan (Rathcline), Eoghan McCormack (Carrickedmond, 0-1), Tadhg McNevin (Longford Slashers), Euan Finneran (Killoe Young Emmets), Cian O’Nuallain (Longford Slashers), Kian Gilmore (Rathcline), Dylan Farrell (St Brigid’s Killashee, 0-3, two frees), Joseph Hagan (Dromard), Aidan McGuire (Carrickedmond), Oran Kenny (Rathcline, 0-3, all frees). 

Subs: Darren Moffett (Killoe Young Emmets) for C O’Nualláin (40 mins), Aaron Farrell (Dromard, 0-1) for E Finneran (43 mins), Jake Donnelly (Killoe Young Emmets) for J Kajun (47 mins), Niall Finneran (Killoe Young Emmets) for E McCormack (injured, 52 mins). 

Electric Ireland Leinster Minor (U17) Football Championship 

(Round 1 – 17-10-2020 – Aughrim) 

Wicklow 4-14
Longford 3-9

Longford minors well beaten by Wicklow in championship exit  

The early Wicklow goal was a blow for Longford and while they got back in contention when Micheal Hynes found the net, it was a struggle for the remainder of the first half and all they could manage was a point apiece from Josh Sorohan (created after a strong run from Sean Morgan) while Emmet Brady was on target from a sweet strike in the 27th minute. The home side led by 1-10 to 1-2 at the break with Longford’s goal coming early on after Micheal Hynes pounced on some indecision in the Wicklow defence to shoot to the net. Longford did show some of their potential early in the second half when they closed the gap to six thanks to a goal from Emmet Brady and a Hynes pointed free before Wicklow centre-half- forward Joe Prendergast struck for two goals in as many minutes immediately after to more or less kill the game off as a contest with the score standing at 3-13 to 2-3. Longford recovered well and they bagged the next three points on the trot through Kevin Tansey, Micheal Hynes and Josh Sorohan but disaster struck after 46 minutes when Cathal Baker got in for a goal to make it 4-13 to 2-6 to put the issue beyond all doubt. A point from Tansey and a goal from substitute Ruairi Corcoran closed the gap to seven after 57 minutes but Wicklow were just too strong for a gallant Longford side in advancing to meet Offaly in the next round.  

LONGFORD: Shane Quinn, Dylan Reilly, Oisin O’Toole, Diarmuid Farrell, Kevin Tansey (0-2), Darragh Finlass, Sean Morgan, Ben Lynn, Mark Odukoya, Ronan Courtney, Jason Glancy, Harvey Myhill, Emmet Brady (1-2, 1f), Micheal Hynes (1-3, 1f), Josh Sorohan (0-2).  

Subs: Conor Smith for Glancy (37 mins), James Galligan for Reilly (37 mins), Matt Duffy for Myhill (40 mins), Ruairi Corcoran (1-0) for Odukoya (42 mins), John McCormack for Sorohan (55 mins). 

Allianz Hurling League Division 3A  

(Round 1 – 26-01-2020 – Monaghan) 

Longford 2-16
Monaghan 0-18 

The Longford senior hurlers scored a fine win away to Monaghan.   

Alan Ward scored 1-9 (seven frees) on this debut for Longfordwith Reuben Murray getting their other goal just before half-time. Longford were ahead by nine points at one stage and while Monaghan battled back to close the gap, Derek Frehill’s side held out for a vital victory in Division 3A. Longford manager Frehill was glad his side didn’t rue missed chances because they had chances to kill off the game on a number of occasions. “We have to be more clinical next Sunday against Louth and more consistent in our performance but it was great to get the win over Monaghan.”      

LONGFORD:  Eanna Daly, Aidan Sheridan, Gerard Moore, Paddy Corcoran, Daniel Connell, Enda Naughton, Cian McLoughlin, Paul Barden Jnr, Cathal Mullane (0-3), Evan Tully, Martin Coyle (0-1), Maitiu O’Donoghue, Reuben Murray (1-2), Alan Ward (1-9, seven frees), Johnny Casey (0-1). 

Sub: Ian Campbell.

Allianz Hurling League Division 3A  

(Round 2 – 02-02-2020 – Longford) 

Longford 1-15
Louth 1-10

Longford made it two wins out of two with a five point victory over Louth 

Paul Barden Jnr opened the scoring inside the first minute. Alan Ward, David Buckley and Johnny Casey added points as Longford went three ahead by the 12th minute. Louth struggled with the conditions and relied on free taker Darren Geoghegan for scores in the first half. Three Alan Ward points (two frees) put Longford ahead by five in the 20th minute. The Wee County continued to concede frees with Ward making no mistake from placed balls. His third free saw Longford go six ahead in the 22nd minute. The Galway native added two more points to the score (one free) to stretch Longford’s lead to eight in the 24th minute. Johnny Casey and another Ward free just before the interval saw Longford lead by nine points, 0-12 to 0-3, after a fine first half performance. 

Longford extended their lead further in the early stages of the second half when David Buckley fired over his second point of the game and then Johnny Casey put 13 points between the sides when he found the back of the net, 1-13 to 0-3. That goal stirred Louth into action and they fought hard to try and cut the deficit. They hit four points in a row and then Andrew McCrave grabbed a goal in the 64th minute to leave six points between the sides. They hit over their 10th point of the game in the 69th minute but they couldn’t eat further into Longford’s lead as the Midlanders held on for another two points. 

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly, Aidan Sheridan, Gerard Moore, Paddy Corcoran, Cian McLoughlin, Enda Naughton, Daniel Connell, Cathal Mullane, Johnny Casey (1-2), Paul Barden Jnr (0-1), David Buckley (0-2), Alan Ward (0-10, 0-8 frees), Maitiu O’Donoghue, Martin Coyle, Reuben Murray. 
Subs: Iomar Creaven for M O’Donoghue, Kevin Shine for G Moore, Evan Tully for D Buckley, I Campbell for R Murray.

Allianz Hurling League Division 3A  

(Round 3 – 16-02-2020 – Longford)

Longford 0-9
Armagh 0-9

A point from Daniel Connell right at the end of the game earned Longford a draw against Armagh  

Johnny Casey opened the scoring in the 10th minute but Armagh were level two minutes later with a pointed free from Dean Gaffney. The accurate David Buckley then hit over two frees to regain the lead for Longford. Twice Longford were ahead by two points with Buckley and Paul Barden on target. A point from Dean Gaffney right before half-time saw Longford’s lead cut to the minimum of margins: 0-6 to 0-5. The lead was two points again in the 37th minute when Aidan Sheridan shot over the bar. The next score didn’t come until the 46th minute when Nathan Curry fired over a free from his own half. There was another lull in the game with Longford restoring their two point advantage in the 54th when Cathal Mullane converted an excellent free. Armagh hit over another free in the 57th minute. Seven minutes later the sides were level again for only the second time in the game when Nathan Curry was on target again with another excellent long range free. Both sides went in search of the score that would edge them in front. In the 70th minute Armagh were in possession when Longford conceded a silly free. Dean Gaffney hit over the resulting free to put Armagh ahead for the first time in the game. Longford tried hard to get something out of the game and with time running out Daniel Connell landed a point to level matters. Connell had put in an excellent display so it was no more than he and the home side deserved. 

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly, Aidan Sheridan (0-1), Gerard Moore, Paddy Corcoran, Daniel Connell (0-1), Enda Naughton, Cian McLoughlin, Cathal Mullane (0-1, free), Paul Barden (0-1), Alan Ward, Iomar Creaven, Martin Coyle, Johnny Casey (0-1), David Buckley (0-4, three frees), Reuben Murray. 

Subs: Maitiu O’Donohoe for A Ward (injured, 6 mins), Evan Tully for R Murray (54 mins), Iain Campbell for E Tully (67 mins)

Allianz Hurling League Division 3A  

(Round 4 – 23-02-2020)

Tyrone 0-23
Longford 1-15

Longford senior hurlers suffered their first defeat in Division 3A.  

Longford’s first point came from Iomar Creaven and that was followed up by a point from Cathal Mullane as Longford trailed by seven points. Tyrone opened up a nine point lead coming up to the half hour mark. The lead was extended to 12 at the break (0-15 to 0-3) with Cathal Mullane on target again for Longford. Mullane was Longford’s main threat and he hit over his fourth point as Longford still found the going tough against Tyrone who established a very commanding 15 point lead in the early exchanges of the second half. Credit to Longford who tried hard to close the gap with Mullane, Enda Naughton and Reuben Murray all firing over points. A couple of fine scores followed from Johnny Casey but Tyrone were able to respond with further points to consolidate their firm grip on the game. The lead was nine points when Reuben Murray and Iomar Creaven got points for Longford as Derek Frehill decided to make changes and give players their opportunity. As the clock ticked down Longford grabbed a goal through Iomar Creaven to leave eight between the sides. Tyrone hit over their 23rd point near the end with Longford battling away and never gave up. They got late consolation points from Daniel Connell and Cathal Mullane as their unbeaten start to the league campaign came to an end. 

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly, Aidan Sheridan, Martin Coyle, Paddy Corcoran, Johnny Casey (0-2), Enda Naughton (0-1), Cian McLoughlin, Cathal Mullane (0-6), Paul Barden, Daniel Connell (0-1), Iomar Creaven (1-3), Neil O’Connor, Kevin Shine, Maitiu O’Donohoe, Reuben Murray (0-2). 

Subs used: Luke Kelly, Keelan Cox, James Farrell, Adam Quinn.

Allianz Hurling League Division 3A  

(Round 5 – 01-03-2020 – Longford) 

Longford 0-13
Donegal 0-19

League title hopes were dashed in the defeat against Donegal in the final Division 3A fixture. 

Danny Cullen and Ciaran Finn hit over points at the start to give Donegal an early lead. Longford battled back and went ahead with a point from Daniel Connell but Coulter hit over his first point on 11 minutes to draw Donegal level. On 20 minutes another Coulter score edged Donegal back in front. The game was level again in the 28th minute. Points from Iomar Creaven and Connell put Longford ahead by two as half-time approached. Another point from Coulter saw Donegal trail by one at the interval: 0-11 to 0-10. At the beginning of the second half Coulter fired over a point to draw Donegal level. Lee Henderson hit over a fine point and that was followed by another Coulter point to put Donegal ahead by two and it was a lead they weren’t going to relinquish. Longford could only score two points in the second half while Donegal scored nine and could have scored more. Coulter and Gerard Gilmore put Donegal ahead by two by the 52nd minute and Longford didn’t score in the final quarter in struggling to contain their stronger opponents. Joe Boyle extended Donegal’s lead to three with a terrific score and Coulter followed up with two pointed frees to put five between the sides with time running out. Substitute Sam Doherty ended a great display from Donegal with a score near the end as they ran out winners by six points.  

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly, Aidan Sheridan, Gerard Moore, Johnny Casey (0-1), Martin Coyle, Enda Naughton (0-1), Cian McLoughlin, Paul Barden, Cathal Mullane (0-1, free), Daniel Connell (0-4), Iomor Creaven (0-1), David Buckley, Alan Ward (0-5, four frees), Maitiu O’Donohoe, Reuben Murray. 

Subs: Kevin Shine for P Barden, Keelan Cox for G Moore, Evan Tully for E Naughton (injured). 

Nicky Rackard Cup  

(Round 1 – 24-10-2020 – Donegal)  

Donegal 2-13
Longford 1-14  

A fine performance in a tight contest sees Longford losing by the narrow margin of two points. 

The early exchanges were pretty even as the two teams struggled with their first touch after a seven month lay-off.  And the sides were level at 0-2 each when the referee called the first half water break after 15 minutes. Luke Kelly, the Longford wing forward, landed the first score on five minutes. Donegal had to wait until the seventh minute for their first score. Donegal pulled away in the second quarter knocking over points to leave their side 0-11 to 0-5 ahead at the break. The midlanders, with the stiff breeze in their backs, took the fight to Donegal on the changeover. And with Alan Ward, Luke Kelly and Joe O’Brien finding the target it was a two point game at the second water break.  Donegal, who failed to register a score in the third quarter, led by 0-11 to 0-9. An all-important goal for Donegal turned the game in favour of the home side, leaving them five up again, 1-11 to 0-9. That was on 51 minutes but gutsy Longford refused to roll over and the margin was back to two with the clock ticking down. Points from Daniel Connell, Iomar Creaven and Alan Ward reduced the Donegal lead before Ronan McDermott stole in behind the defence to rattle the Longford net for a second time in a severe setback for Derek Frehill’s side.  

Donegal were five in front once more, 2-12 to 0-13. But in a frantic four minutes of injury time Longford danger man Joe O’Brien hit 1-1 to close the gap to the minimum before Ciaran Mathewson settled it with a point from a close range free.  

LONGFORD:Eanna Daly, Evan Tully, David Buckley, Cian McLoughlin, Karl Murray, Enda Naughton, Johnny Casey, Alan Ward (0-2), Aidan Sheridan, Maitiu O’Donoghue, Joe O’Brien (1-4,2f), Luke Kelly (0-3), Ian Campbell (0-1), Iomar Creaven (0-2), Daniel Connell (0-1). 

Subs: Cian Kavanagh for I Campbell (41 mins), Paul Barden (0-1) for M O’Donoghue (48 mins). 

Nicky Rackard Cup  

(Round 2B – 07-11-2020 – Longford) 

Leitrim 1-11
Longford 0-12  

Longford’s interest in the 2020 Nicky Rackard Cup ended by Leitrim. 

Derek Frehill’s side appeared to approach this make or break game in a somewhat complacent manner and were 0-3 to 0-0 in arrears before they eventually opened their account with a point from Cian Kavanagh in the 16th minute. Leitrim pushed on to lead by 0-6 to 0-2 with three of the scores (one free) coming from corner-forward Gavin O’Hagan. Longford gradually awoke from their slumber to shoot four points in the second quarter of the contest – a brace apiece from Joe O’Brien and Alan Ward (frees). Just a single point separated the sides at the break, 0-6 to 0-5. The decisive only goal was scored by Leitrim full-forward Conor Beirne with just 20 seconds gone in the second half. The poor finishing continued in the second half as the home side recovered quickly from the blow of conceding a goal immediately on the changeover. A point from Maitiu O’Donohoe in the 39th minute started the Longford comeback and a further five scores followed from substitute Shane O’Brien, Alan Ward (free), Iomar Creaven, Joe O’Brien and Cian Kavanagh, the latter on target in the 51st minute. That strong spell left Longford 0-11 to 1-6 in front but all they could manage from there until the final whistle after six minutes of additional time was a point from a free converted by Alan Ward in the 64th minute. After going 21 minutes without a score, Leitrim rattled over three points in quick succession through Gavin O’Hagan, outstanding defender David McGovern and Enda Moreton. That was really putting it up to Longford and while Ward levelled matters, the accurate O’Hagan fired over a couple of frees to secure a worthy win for Leitrim who were unquestionably the better team on the day.  

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly, Aidan Sheridan, David Buckley, Cian McLoughlin, Karl Murray, Enda Naughton, Johnny Casey, Alan Ward (0-4, all frees), Martin Coyle, Maitiu O’Donohoe (0-1), Iomar Creaven (0-1), Luke Kelly, Daniel Connell, Joe O’Brien (0-3), Cian Kavanagh (0-2).  

Subs: Shane O’Brien (0-1) for L Kelly (33 mins), Reuben Murray for M O’Donohoe (70 mins).

🏆 Senior Football Championship

(Sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors)

Group 1

Round 1 – 09-08-2020 

Rathcline V BYE
Colmcille 0-11 V 0-11 Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 

Round 2 – 15-08-2020  

Colmcille V BYE 
Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 4-14 V 1-10 Rathcline 

Round 3 – 21-08-2020  

Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s V BYE 
Rathcline 0-11 V 2-10 Colmcille 

Group 2

Round 1 – 07-08-2020  

Mostrim V BYE
Killoe Young Emmets 0-14 V 0-9 Clonguish 

Round 2 – 16-08-2020  

Killoe Young Emmets V BYE
Clonguish 2-12 V 1-15 Mostrim 

Round 3 – 11-09-2020  

Clonguish V BYE 
Mostrim 0-14 V 2-9 Killoe Young Emmets 

Group 3  

Round 1 – 08-08-2020 

Carrickedmond V BYE
Longford Slashers 2-16 V 0-8 Fr Manning Gaels 

Round 2 – 14-08-2020  

Longford Slashers V BYE 
Fr Manning Gaels 1-12 V 0-12 Carrickedmond 

Round 3 – 22-08-2020   

Fr Manning Gaels V BYE 
Carrickedmond 0-7 V 1-9 Longford Slashers 

Group 4

Round 1 – 08-08-2020  

Dromard 0-14 V 1-11 St. Mary’s Granard
Abbeylara V BYE 

Round 2 – 15-08-2020  

Dromard V BYE
St. Mary’s Granard 1-12 V 1-6 Abbeylara 

Round 3 – 28-08-2020  

St. Mary’s Granard V BYE
Abbeylara 0-14 V 0-11 Dromard 

Quarter Finals – 06-09-2020  

Longford Slashers 1-9 V 1-7 Fr Manning Gaels 
Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 1-15 V 2-10 Colmcille  

Quarter Finals – 20-09-2020 

St. Mary’s Granard 1-8 V 1-13 Killoe Young Emmets 
Abbeylara 0-10 V 1-14 Mostrim  

Semi Finals – To Be Played 

Killoe Young Emmets V Mostrim
Longford Slashers V Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 

Final – To Be Played 

Winner Killoe Young Emmets V Mostrim
Winner Longford Slashers V Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 

🏆 Intermediate Football Championship 

(Sponsored by Mulleady Group)

Group 1

Round 1 – 08-08-2020  

Ballymahon 3-13 V 3-9 Kenagh 
St. Brigid’s Killashee 0-17 V 1-9 Ballymore 

Round 2 – 16-08-2020 (Sun)   

Ballymore 0-5 V 1-17 Ballymahon 
Kenagh 2-9 V 2-16 St. Brigid’s Killashee 

Round 3 – 23-08-2020 (Sun) 

Kenagh 5-13 V 0-9 Ballymore 
St. Brigid’s Killashee 1-15 V 3-6 Ballymahon 

Group 2

Round 1 – 09-08-2020 (Sun) 

Cashel 0-12 V 1-10 Sean Connollys 

Round 2 – 16-08-2020 (Sun) 

Sean Connollys 1-13 V 2-12 Ardagh Moydow 

Round 3 – 22-08-2020 (Sat)  

Ardagh Moydow 3-15 V 0-11 Cashel 

Semi Final – W/E 06-09-2020 (Sun) 

Ballymahon 1-6 V 2-10 Ardagh Moydow
St. Brigid’s Killashee 1-14 V 1-12 Sean Connollys 

Final – To Be Played 

Ardagh Moydow v St. Brigids Killashee 

🏆 Junior Football Championship 

Group 1

Round 1 – 19-08-2020  

Ardagh Moydow 2-7 V 1-18 Clonguish 

Round 2 – 26-08-2020  

Clonguish 3-21 V 0-3 Dromard 

Round 3 – 03-09-2020  

Ardagh Moydow 2-14 V 0-9 Dromard 

Round 1 – 13-09-2020 

Dromard 0-9 V 7-16 Killoe Young Emmets 

Round 3 – 16-09-2020 

Killoe Young Emmets 1-7 V 0-5 Clonguish 

Round 2 – 20-09-2020  

Killoe Young Emmets 4-18 V 0-8 Ardagh Moydow 

Group 2

Round 1 – 19-08-2020 

Grattan Óg V BYE 
St. Brigid’s Killashee 2-10 V 2-9 Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 

Round 2 – 26-08-2020 

St. Brigid’s Killashee V BYE 
Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 3-13 V 2-18 Grattan Óg 

Round 3 – 03-09-2020  

Grattan Óg 1-12 V 1-3 St. Brigid’s Killashee
Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s V BYE 

Group 3

Round 1 – 19-08-2020 

Longford Slashers V BYE 
St. Mary’s Granard 1-11 V 1-11 Fr Manning Gaels 

Round 2 – 26-08-2020  

St. Mary’s Granard V BYE 
Fr Manning Gaels 2-4 V 1-25 Longford Slashers 

Round 3 – 02-09-2020  

Fr Manning Gaels V BYE 
Longford Slashers 2-17 V 0-7 St. Mary’s Granard 

Group 4

Round 1 – 19-08-2020

Colmcille W/O V Conceded Ballymahon 
Legan Sarsfields V BYE 

Round 2 – 26-08-2020  

Colmcille V BYE
Ballymahon 1-4 V 6-20 Legan Sarsfields 

Round 3 – 09-09-2020 

Legan Sarsfields 2-11 V 1-17 Colmcille
Ballymahon V BYE 

Quarter Finals – 27-09-2020  

Colmcille 1-15 V 2-8 St. Mary’s Granard 
Legan Sarsfields 1-11 V 2-18 Grattan Óg 

Quarter Finals – To Be Played 

Longford Slashers V Killoe Young Emmets
St. Brigid’s Killashee V Clonguish 

Semi Finals – To Be Played 

Colmcille V Grattan Óg
Longford Slashers V Killoe Young Emmets
Winner St. Brigid’s Killashee V Clonguish 

🏆 All County Football League Division 1 

Group 1

Round 1 – 25-07-2020  

St. Mary’s Granard V BYE 
Carrickedmond 2-10 V 0-7 Mostrim 
Killoe Young Emmets 0-11 V 3-8 Colmcille 

Round 2 – 02-08-2020  

St. Mary’s Granard 0-8 V 1-11 Killoe Young Emmets 
Mostrim V BYE
Colmcille 2-13 V 0-8 Carrickedmond  

Round 3 – 05-09-2020  

Carrickedmond 2-13 V 2-13 St. Mary’s Granard
Killoe Young Emmets V BYE 

Round 5 – 03-10-2020  

Colmcille 3-10 V 1-10 St. Mary’s Granard 

Group 2

Round 1 – 25-07-2020  

Dromard 2-12 V 2-13 Clonguish 
Longford Slashers V BYE 
Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 0-8 V 0-12 Abbeylara 

Round 2 – 31-07-2020  

Longford Slashers 1-8 V 0-17 Abbeylara 

Round 2 – 01-08-2020  

Dromard 1-7 V 2-16 Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s
Clonguish V BYE 

Round 5 – 05-09-2020  

Abbeylara 1-11 V 0-14 Dromard
Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s V BYE 

Round 4 – 12-09-2020   

Abbeylara V BYE 
Clonguish 1-7 V 0-14 Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 
Longford Slashers 0-19 V 1-5 Dromard 

Round 3 – 26-09-2020 

Dromard V BYE 
Abbeylara 2-11 V 0-10 Clonguish 

(A number of games remain to be played in this Division) 

🏆 All County Football League Division 2 

Group 1

Round 1 – 03-10-2020  

Sean Connollys V BYE 
Fr Manning Gaels 1-12 V 1-9 St. Brigid’s Killashee 

Round 1 – 31-07-2020  

Cashel 2-7 V 2-11 Kenagh 

Round 2 – 02-08-2020  

Kenagh V BYE
Sean Connollys 1-10 V 0-6 Fr Manning Gaels 
St. Brigid’s Killashee 0-7 V 1-6 Cashel 

Round 5 – 28-08-2020 

Cashel 2-14 V 3-8 Sean Connollys 

Round 5 – 30-08-2020  

Fr Manning Gaels V BYE 
Kenagh 3-16 V 1-6 St. Brigid’s Killashee 

Round 3 – 12-09-2020  

St. Brigid’s Killashee 2-8 V 1-15 Sean Connollys  

Round 4 – 12-09-2020 

Fr Manning Gaels 1-17 V 1-6 Cashel
St. Brigid’s Killashee V BYE 

Round 3 – 19-09-2020  

Cashel V BYE 
Kenagh 1-12 V 3-19 Fr Manning Gaels 

Round 4 – 03-10-2020  

Sean Connollys W/O V Conceded Kenagh  

Group 2  

Round 1 – 25-07-2020  

Ballymore 0-10 V 1-18 Rathcline 
Ballymahon 3-11 V 2-8 Ardagh Moydow 

Round 2 – 02-08-2020  

Ardagh Moydow W/O V Conceded Ballymore 
Rathcline 1-12 V 0-8 Ballymahon 

Round 3 – 30-08-2020 

Ballymahon W/O V Conceded Ballymore 
Rathcline 5-17 V 3-9 Ardagh Moydow 

Final – To Be Played 

Rathcline V Sean Connollys 

🏆 All County Football League Division 3 

Round 1 – 26-07-2020 

Longford Slashers 0-6 V 2-7 Killoe Young Emmets 
Clonguish 1-7 V 0-14 Colmcille 
Grattan Óg 0-16 V 0-11 Legan Sarsfields 

Round 2 – 02-08-2020 

Killoe Young Emmets 0-12 V 0-9 Grattan Óg 
Colmcille 3-10 V 0-15 Longford Slashers
Legan Sarsfields 1-11 V 1-10 Clonguish 

Round 4 – 13-08-2020   

Longford Slashers W/O V Conceded Clonguish 

Round 3 – 17-08-2020  

Legan Sarsfields 2-11 V 1-18 Longford Slashers 

Round 3 – 06-09-2020  

Clonguish 0-16 V 1-17 Grattan Óg 

Round 5 – 13-09-2020  

Grattan Óg 4-13 V 1-11 Longford Slashers 
Legan Sarsfields 0-14 V 5-8 Colmcille 

Round 4 – 19-09-2020  

Grattan Óg 1-9 V 2-10 Colmcille 

(A number of games remain to be played in this Division)

🏆 All County Football League Division 4 

Round 1 – 26-07-2020  

Ballymahon 1-8 V 1-13 Carrickedmond 
Fr Manning Gaels 0-8 V 0-6 Dromard 
Ardagh Moydow 2-15 V 2-11 St. Mary’s Granard 

Round 2  W/e 02-08-2020  

Ballymahon 0-7 V 1-10 Fr Manning Gaels 
St. Mary’s Granard 2-9 V 1-18 Carrickedmond
Dromard 1-2 V 3-22 Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 

Round 3 – 30-08-2020  

Fr Manning Gaels 0-15 V 0-12 St. Mary’s Granard 
Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 1-25 V 2-5 Carrickedmond 

Round 4 – 06-09-2020 

St. Mary’s Granard 1-12 V 0-9 Dromard 

Round 4 – 13-09-2020  

Ardagh Moydow 5-6 V 2-8 Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s 
Carrickedmond 1-11 V 3-10 Fr Manning Gaels 

Round 5  W/e 20-09-2020  

Ballymahon 1-6 V 7-17 Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s
Dromard 1-11 V 2-17 Carrickedmond 

Round 7 – 26-09-2020  

Dromard W/O V Conceded Ballymahon 

Round 3 – 03-10-2020  

Ballymahon Conceded V W/0 Ardagh Moydow 

Round 6 – 04-10-2020  

Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s Conceded V W/0 Fr Manning Gaels 
St. Mary’s Granard W/O V Conceded Ballymahon 
Ardagh Moydow W/O V Conceded Dromard 

(A number of games remain to be played in this Division) 

🏆 Minor Football Championship

(Sponsored by Herterich Artisan Butchers)

Group 1

Round 1 – 20-07-2020 

Western Gaels 2-12 V 4-10 Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 

Round 1 – 22-07-2020  

Killoe Óg 0-5 V 3-10 St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 

Round 2 – 29-07-2020 

St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 1-18 V 0-7
Western Gaels 
Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 1-6 V 1-5 Killoe Óg 

Round 3 – 03-08-2020   

Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 0-7 V 3-15 St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 
Killoe Óg 2-7 V 1-5 Western Gaels 

Group 2

Round 1 – 20-07-2020  

Granard 3-8 V 3-10 Longford Slashers 
Northern Gaels 4-11 V 0-12 St. Patrick’s Óg 

Round 2 – 29-07-2020  

St. Patrick’s Óg 1-12 V 2-9 Granard 
Longford Slashers 1-4 V 3-8 Northern Gaels 

Round 3 – 03-08-2020  

Longford Slashers 3-13 V 1-14 St. Patrick’s Óg 
Northern Gaels 2-14 V 2-11 Granard 

Semi Final – 25-08-2020  

Northern Gaels 1-11 V 1-12 Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 

Semi Final – 30-08-2020  

St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 1-8 V 1-9 Longford Slashers 

Final – 26-09-2020  

Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 3-7 V 1-12 Longford Slashers 

Harte Cup Winners = Clonbroney / Wolfe Tones Óg

🏆 Minor Football ‘B’ Cup

(Sponsored by Herterich Artisan Butchers)

Group 1  

Round 1 – 20-07-2020 

Clonguish Óg 9-16 V 2-2 Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 

Round 2 – 29-07-2020  

Ballymahon Forgney Gaels V Carrick Sarsfields 

Round 3 – 03-08-2020 

Carrick Sarsfields 0-4 V 6-18 Clonguish Óg 

Round 2 Refixture – 11-08-2020  

Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 1-7 V 5-10 Carrick Sarsfields 

Group 2  

Round 1 – 12-08-2020 

St. Colmcille’s 4-14 V 1-5 Wolfe Tones Óg 

Semi Final – 20-08-2020   

Carrick Sarsfields 1-7 V 2-12 St. Colmcille’s 

Final – 02-09-2020  

St. Colmcille’s 2-9 V 4-13 Clonguish Óg 

Glen Brady Memorial Cup Winners = Clonguish Óg

🏆 Minor Football ‘C’ Cup

(Sponsored by Herterich Artisan Butchers)

Group 1  

Round 1 – 20-07-2020  

St. Dominic’s V BYE 
Southern Gaels 4-19 V 0-5 St. Vincent’s 

Round 2 – 29-07-2020 

Southern Gaels V BYE 
St. Vincent’s 0-10 V 4-10 St. Dominic’s 

Round 3 – 03-08-2020  

St. Vincent’s V BYE 
St. Dominic’s 4-5 V 7-12 Southern Gaels 

Group 2  

Round 1 – 12-08-2020  

Clonbroney 0-11 V 5-13 St. Francis 

Semi Final – 19-08-2020  

St. Francis 3-15 V 1-7 St. Dominic’s 

Final – 02-09-2020  

Southern Gaels 1-10 V 0-14 St. Francis 

Minor ‘C’ Cup Winners = St. Francis

🏆 Juvenile Football Championship

(Sponsored by McDonalds)

Round 1 – 29-08-2020  

Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 0-7 V 4-8 Killoe Óg 

Round 2 – 05-09-2020  

Killoe Óg 0-6 V 3-13 St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis
Óg 5-19 V 0-7 Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 

Round 1 – 10-09-2020  

St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 4-10 V 0-17 Clonguish Óg 

Round 3 – 12-09-2020 

St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 2-9 V 3-6 Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 

Round 3 – 14-09-2020  

Killoe Óg 4-9 V 2-15 Clonguish Óg 

Final – 19-09-2020 

St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 3-5 V 3-8 Clonguish Óg 

Juvenile Football Championship Winners = Clonguish Óg

🏆 Juvenile Football ‘B’ Cup

(Sponsored by McDonalds)

Group 1

Round 1 – 25-07-2020  

Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 3-8 V 2-8 Granard 
Carrick Sarsfields 1-13 V 1-8 Longford Slashers 

Round 2 – 01-08-2020 

Granard 1-7 V 2-14 Carrick Sarsfields 
Longford Slashers 2-5 V 3-16 Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 

Round 3 – 08-08-2020  

Longford Slashers 4-6 V 1-14 Granard 
Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 0-8 V 4-14 Carrick Sarsfields 

Group 2  

Round 1 – 08-08-2020  

St. Colmcille’s 4-6 V 9-12 Wolfe Tones Óg 

Semi Final – 15-08-2020  

Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 1-7 V 6-11 Wolfe Tones Óg 

Final – 23-08-2020  

Carrick Sarsfields 3-10 V 0-8 Wolfe Tones Óg  

Juvenile ‘B’ Cup Winners – Carrick Sarsfields

🏆 Juvenile Football ‘C’ Cup

(Sponsored by McDonalds)

Round 1 – 22-07-2020 

St. Francis V BYE 
St. Patrick’s Óg 2-8 V 3-5 Shannon Gaels 
St. Dominic’s 8-10 V 5-6 Grattan Gaels 
Southern Gaels 0-12 V 1-8 St. Vincent’s  

Round 2 – 25-07-2020  

St. Dominic’s V BYE
St. Vincent’s 5-13 V 0-7 St. Patrick’s Óg 
Shannon Gaels 0-5 V 3-19 St. Francis 

Round 2 – 30-07-2020  

Grattan Gaels 3-9 V 3-10 Southern Gaels 

Round 3 – 01-08-2020 

St. Francis 2-13 V 2-8 St. Vincent’s 
Shannon Gaels V BYE 
St. Patrick’s Óg 2-8 V 7-12 Grattan Gaels 
Southern Gaels 7-8 V 1-9 St. Dominic’s 

Round 4 – 08-08-2020 

Grattan Gaels 5-7 V 4-8 St. Francis 
Southern Gaels V BYE
St. Dominic’s 6-16 V 0-3 St. Patrick’s Óg 
St. Vincent’s 4-11 V 2-11 Shannon Gaels 

Round 5 – 15-08-2020 

St. Patrick’s Óg 1-6 V 4-20 Southern Gaels 
St. Vincent’s V BYE
St. Francis 5-10 V 0-7 St. Dominic’s 
Shannon Gaels 4-3 V 4-12 Grattan Gaels 

Round 6 – 22-08-2020  

St. Francis 0-14 V 1-6 Southern Gaels
St. Patrick’s Óg V BYE 
Grattan Gaels 4-8 V 3-12 St. Vincent’s 
St. Dominic’s 6-8 V 2-6 Shannon Gaels 

Round 7 – 26-08-2020 

Grattan Gaels V BYE 
St. Francis 8-8 V 0-7 St. Patrick’s Óg 
Shannon Gaels 4-5 V 1-19 Southern Gaels
St. Vincent’s 2-13 V 3-8 St. Dominic’s 

Final – 26-09-2020  

Southern Gaels 1-14 V 3-12 St. Francis 

Juvenile ‘C’ Cup Winners = St. Francis

🏆 Juvenile Football ‘C’ Shield

(Sponsored by McDonalds)

Quarter Final – 03-10-2020  

Shannon Gaels W/O V Conceded St. Patrick’s Óg 

Semi Final – 02-10-2020 

St. Vincent’s 3-7 V 1-8 Grattan Gaels 

Semi Final – To Be Played 

St. Dominic’s V Shannon Gaels 

Final – To Be Played 

St. Vincent’s V Winner St. Dominic’s V Shannon Gaels 

🏆 U14 Football Championship

(Sponsored by Carrigy Bus Hire)

Round 2 – 08-09-2020  

Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 0-2 V 9-14 Clonguish Óg 

Round 2 – 16-09-2020  

St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis 2-5 V 5-13 Killoe Óg 

Round 1 – 23-09-2020  

Clonguish Óg 3-13 V 1-5 St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis
Óg 12-8 V 2-3 Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 

Round 3 – 03-10-2020  

St. Colmcille’s / St. Francis W/O V Conceded
Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg 

Final – To Be Played 

Killoe Óg V Clonguish Óg 

🏆 U14 Football ‘B’ Cup

(Sponsored by Carrigy Bus Hire)

Round 1 – 23-08-2020  

Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 4-7 V 4-11 Clonguish Óg 

Round 1 – 24-08-2020  

Carrick Sarsfields V BYE 
Longford Slashers 7-11 V 5-11 Granard 

Round 2 – 31-08-2020  

Clonguish Óg V BYE 
Carrick Sarsfields 13-17 V 0-5 Longford Slashers 
Granard 8-16 V 0-7 Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 

Round 3 – 13-09-2020  

Clonguish Óg 2-10 V 7-8 Granard
Longford Slashers V BYE
Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Conceded V W/O Carrick Sarsfields 

Round 4 – 19-09-2020 

Carrick Sarsfields 3-25 V 0-1 Clonguish Óg
Granard V BYE
Longford Slashers W/O V Conceded Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 

Round 5 – 26-09-2020  

Granard 1-2 V 5-8 Carrick Sarsfields 
Ballymahon Forgney Gaels V BYE 

Round 5 – To Be Played 

Clonguish Óg V Longford Slashers 

Final – To Be Played 

Carrick Sarsfields V Winner Clonguish Óg v Longford Slashers 

🏆 U14 Football ‘C’ Cup

(Sponsored by Carrigy Bus Hire)

Group 1 

Round 1 – 27-07-2020 

St. Colmcille’s 9-16 V 8-3 Grattan Gaels 
St. Patrick’s Óg 4-16 V 5-8 St. Vincent’s 
St. Francis 4-13 V 3-7 Wolfe Tones Óg 

Round 2 – 04-08-2020 

St. Vincent’s 2-9 V 7-7 St. Francis 
Grattan Gaels 7-9 V 2-5 St. Patrick’s Óg 
Wolfe Tones Óg 3-8 V 2-8 St. Colmcille’s 

Round 3 – 10-08-2020  

St. Vincent’s 5-4 V 8-14 Wolfe Tones Óg 
Grattan Gaels 2-5 V 7-9 St. Francis 
St. Patrick’s Óg 4-7 V 7-15 St. Colmcille’s 

Round 4 – 17-08-2020  

St. Colmcille’s 8-15 V 3-7 St. Vincent’s 
St. Francis 5-12 V 2-2 St. Patrick’s Óg 
Wolfe Tones Óg 0-4 V 6-11 Grattan Gaels 

Round 5 – 24-08-2020 

St. Colmcille’s 4-18 V 5-5 St. Francis 
St. Patrick’s Óg 4-11 V 5-12 Wolfe Tones Óg 
Grattan Gaels 13-25 V 3-6 St. Vincent’s 

Group 2 

Round 1 – 27-07-2020 

Clonbroney 1-9 V 4-10 Northern Gaels 

Round 2 – 04-08-2020  

Northern Gaels 2-10 V 5-21 Southern Gaels 
Shannon Gaels 1-6 V 7-5 St. Dominic’s 

Round 1 – 06-08-2020  

Southern Gaels 7-24 V 4-6 Shannon Gaels 

Round 3 – 10-08-2020  

Northern Gaels 4-7 V 4-13 St. Dominic’s 
Southern Gaels 8-24 V 0-6 Clonbroney 

Round 4 – 17-08-2020  

Clonbroney 8-14 V 0-9 Shannon Gaels 
St. Dominic’s 1-1 V 8-12 Southern Gaels 

Round 5 – 24-08-2020 

Clonbroney 3-9 V 4-2 St. Dominic’s 

Round 5 – 28-08-2020  

Shannon Gaels 1-6 V 5-12 Northern Gaels 

Semi Final – 05-09-2020 

Southern Gaels 2-21 V 4-6 St. Francis 
St. Colmcille’s 12-18 V 2-6 Northern Gaels 

Final – 13-09-2020  

Southern Gaels 6-19 V 6-9 St. Colmcille’s 

Under 14 ‘C’ Cup Winners = Southern Gaels

🏆 U14 Football ‘C’ Shield

(Sponsored by Carrigy Bus Hire)

Final – 27-09-2020  

St. Dominic’s 4-11 V 8-15 Wolfe Tones Óg 

Under 14 ‘C’ Cup Shield Winners = Wolfe Tones Óg

🏆 U14 Football ‘C’ Plate

(Sponsored by Carrigy Bus Hire)

Semi-Finals – 27-09-2020  

St. Patrick’s Óg 12-14 V 2-3 Shannon Gaels 
Clonbroney 5-11 V 1-10 St. Vincent’s 

Final – To Be Played 

St. Patrick’s Óg V Clonbroney 

🏆 Under 12 League Group 1 

Round 1 – 13-08-2020  

Northern Gaels 0-8 V 0-18 Southern Gaels 
Clonguish Óg 0-20 V 0-22 Granard 

Round 2 – 20-08-2020  

Southern Gaels 0-13 V 0-14 Clonguish Óg  

Round 5 – 20-08-2020  

Northern Gaels 0-5 V 0-20 Granard 

Round 3 – 27-08-2020  

Granard 0-16 V 0-15 Southern Gaels 
Northern Gaels 0-2 V 0-22 Clonguish Óg 

Round 4 – 10-09-2020  

Granard 0-18 V 0-14 Clonguish Óg 

Round 4 – 14-09-2020  

Southern Gaels 0-12 V 0-5 Northern Gaels 

Round 2 – 17-09-2020  

Granard 0-19 V 0-16 Northern Gaels  

Round 5 – 17-09-2020  

Clonguish Óg 0-21 V 0-12 Southern Gaels 

Round 6 – 23-09-2020 

Southern Gaels 0-9 V 0-18 Granard 

Round 6 – 24-09-2020 

Clonguish Óg 0-17 V 0-18 Northern Gaels 

U12 Group 1 Winners = Granard

🏆 Under 12 League Group 2 

Round 1 – 13-08-2020  

St. Dominic’s 0-10 V 0-26 St. Francis 
Killoe Óg 0-9 V 0-14 Longford Slashers 

Round 3 – 27-08-2020  

St. Francis 0-2 V 0-20 Longford Slashers 
Killoe Óg 0-14 V 0-3 St. Dominic’s 

Round 2 – 01-09-2020 

Longford Slashers 0-12 V 0-12 St. Dominic’s 

Round 2 – 03-09-2020  

St. Francis 0-22 V 0-19 Killoe Óg 

Round 4 – 10-09-2020  

St. Francis 0-16 V 0-15 St. Dominic’s 
Longford Slashers 0-19 V 0-15 Killoe Óg 

Round 5 – 17-09-2020  

Killoe Óg 0-13 V 0-21 St. Francis 
St. Dominic’s 0-10 V 0-30 Longford Slashers 

Round 6 – 24-09-2020  

Longford Slashers 0-30 V 0-16 St. Francis 

U12 Group 2 Winners = Longford Slashers

🏆 Under 12 League Group 3 

Round 1 – 13-08-2020  

St. Vincent’s V BYE 
St. Colmcille’s 0-20 V 0-9 St. Patrick’s Óg 

Round 2 – 21-08-2020  

Grattan Gaels V BYE
St. Patrick’s Óg 0-5 V 0-21 Clonbroney 

Round 3 – 27-08-2020 

St. Colmcille’s V BYE 
Grattan Gaels 0-23 V 0-8 St. Patrick’s Óg
Clonbroney 0-24 V 0-12 St. Vincent’s 

Round 2 – 31-08-2020  

St. Vincent’s 0-19 V 0-9 St. Colmcille’s 

Round 1 – 07-09-2020  

Clonbroney 0-19 V 0-12 Grattan Gaels 

Round 4 – 10-09-2020  

St. Patrick’s Óg V BYE 
St. Vincent’s 0-14 V 0-11 Grattan Gaels 
St. Colmcille’s 0-28 V 0-26 Clonbroney 

Round 5 – 17-09-2020  

Clonbroney V BYE 
Grattan Gaels 0-21 V 0-28 St. Colmcille’s 
St. Patrick’s Óg 0-21 V 0-21 St. Vincent’s 

Semi Final – 22-09-2020  

St. Vincent’s 0-1 V 0-13 Clonbroney 

Final – 04-10-2020  

Clonbroney 0-16 V 0-11 St. Colmcille’s 

U12 Group 3 Cup Winners = Clonbroney

🏆 Under 12 League Group 3 Shield 

Shield Final – 24-09-2020 

St. Patrick’s Óg 0-8 V 0-6 Grattan Gaels 

U12 Group 3 Shield Winners = St. Patricks Óg

🏆 Under 12 League Group 4 

Round 1 – 12-08-2020 

Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 0-12 V 0-16 Carrick Sarsfields 

Round 1 – 14-08-2020  

Shannon Gaels 0-16 V 0-16 Wolfe Tones Óg 

Round 2 – 20-08-2020  

Carrick Sarsfields 0-8 V 0-14 Shannon Gaels 
Wolfe Tones Óg 0-25 V 0-12 Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 

Round 3 – 27-08-2020  

Wolfe Tones Óg 0-19 V 0-14 Carrick Sarsfields 
Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 0-8 V 0-25 Shannon Gaels 

Round 4 – 10-09-2020  

Wolfe Tones Óg 0-17 V 0-17 Shannon Gaels 
Carrick Sarsfields 0-21 V 0-15 Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 

Round 5 – 17-09-2020 

Shannon Gaels 0-19 V 0-12 Carrick Sarsfields 
Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 0-0 V 0-30 Wolfe Tones Óg 

Round 6 – 24-09-2020  

Carrick Sarsfields 0-3 V 0-18 Wolfe Tones Óg 
Shannon Gaels 0-21 V 0-13 Ballymahon Forgney Gaels 

Final – 02-10-2020  

Shannon Gaels 0-24 V 0-21 Wolfe Tones Óg 

U12 Group 4 Cup Winners = Shannon Gaels

🏆 Under 12 League Group 5 

Round 1 – 15-08-2020  

Clonbroney 0-13 V 0-4 Clonguish 

Round 1 – 24-08-2020 

Southern Gaels 0-17 V 0-5 St. Francis 

Round 2 – 29-08-2020  

St. Francis 0-9 V 0-21 Clonbroney 
Clonguish 0-8 V 0-26 Southern Gaels 

Round 3 – 04-09-2020  

Clonbroney 0-13 V 0-20 Southern Gaels 

Round 3 – 05-09-2020 

St. Francis 0-4 V 0-11 Clonguish 

Cup Final – 25-09-2020  

Southern Gaels 0-23 V 0-11 Clonbroney 

U12 Group 5 Cup Winners = Southern Gaels

🏆 Under 12 League Group 5 Shield

Shield Final – 12-09-2020  

Clonguish Óg 0-7 V 0-9 St. Francis 

U12 Group 5 Shield Winners = St. Francis

🏆 Hurling Championship

Round 1 – 01-08-2020 

Longford Slashers V BYE 
Wolfe Tones 1-15 V 1-10 Clonguish Gaels 

Round 2 – 29-08-2020 

Wolfe Tones V BYE 
Clonguish Gaels 0-6 V 1-11 Longford Slashers 

Final – 04-10-2020 

Longford Slashers 1-6 V 3-10 Wolfe Tones

JJ Duignan Cup Winners = Wolfe Tones

🏆 Minor Hurling Championship

Final – To Be Played 

Longford Slashers V Wolfe Tones Óg

🏆 Juvenile Hurling Championship

Final – To Be Played 

Longford Slashers V Wolfe Tones Óg

🏆 U14 Hurling Championship

Round 1 – 25-08-2020  

Clonguish Óg 1-1 V 2-20 Longford Slashers
Wolfe Tones V BYE 

Round 2 – 22-08-2020  

Clonguish Óg V BYE 

Round 3 – 29-08-2020   

Wolfe Tones 5-0 V 3-5 Clonguish Óg 
Longford Slashers V BYE 

Final – To Be Played 

Longford Slashers V Wolfe Tones Óg

🏆 U12 Hurling Championship

Round 2 – 04-09-2020  

Wolfe Tones 1-2 V 0-2 Longford Slashers
Clonguish Óg V BYE 

Round 3 – 09-09-2020 

Longford Slashers 6-8 V 0-7 Clonguish Óg
Wolfe Tones V BYE 

Round 1 – 12-09-2020  

Clonguish Óg 2-7 V 1-1 Wolfe Tones
Longford Slashers V BYE 

Final – 04-10-2020 

Longford Slashers W/O V Conceded Wolfe Tones Óg 

U12 Hurling Champions = Longford Slashers

Hurling Championship Final 

04-10-2020 – Glennon Brothers Pearse Park 

Wolfe Tones Mostrim 3-10
Longford Slashers 1-6

Wolfe Tones crowned the kings of Longford hurling once again 

It was John Newman who opened the scoring inside the first minute and a fine point from man of the match Maitiu O’Donohoe gave Wolfe Tones an early lead. Eoin Donnellan got Slashers first score in the third minute from a free but a great point from Martin Coyle and a ‘65 from John Mulhern stretched the Wolfe Tones advantage. Daire Regan replied for Slashers but they were dealt a significant blow in the 14th minute when Sean Stakelum was sent-off. A free from Mulhern restored Wolfe Tones’ three point lead. Despite being down to 14 players, Slashers remained in contention with another free from Donnellan after Ciaran Farrell was fouled to cut the gap to two in the 16th minute. Three minutes later and Slashers went ahead for the first time. Gareth Ghee’s effort came off the post and in a goalmouth scramble Paul Leonard got a foot to the ball to shoot past opposing keeper Andy Kelly. Wolfe Tones then hit two wides while in the 26th minute Donnellan hit over another free. The point put Slashers ahead by two. In first half stoppage time a long free from Aiden Sheridan caused problems for the Slashers defence but Daire Regan was able to clear the danger. Two points from John Mulhern levelled matters in the 33rd minute and two minutes later he hit over a fine score to put Wolfe Tones back in front. Conor Gallagher then saved an Ian Campbell effort and just seconds later Mulhern flashed a shot wide. In the 39th minute Mostrim got their first goal through Maitiu O’Donohoe before Eoin Donnellan converted a free in the 43rd minute for Slashers first score in the second half. Wolfe Tones substitute Daire Duggan then hit over a terrific point while Donnellan fired over his fifth free in the 47th minute to close the gap to three but that was to be Slashers’ final score of the game. One minute later Wolfe Tones got their second goal with Evan Tully finishing the ball to the net and that proved to be a killer blow for Slashers. Maitiu O’Donohoe followed up with a point and Slashers suffered another setback when Shane Maguire was sent-off for a second yellow card offence in the 59th minute. Slashers tale of woe was complete when Wolfe Tones got a third goal in stoppage time with James Farrell setting up Daniel Connell for the final score of the game. 

WOLFE TONES: Andy Kelly, Cian McLoughlin, Ciaran Fahy, Joe Gaffney, Adam Quinn, Ethan Dolan, Aidan Sheridan, Luke Kelly, Evan Tully (1-0), Martin Coyle (0-1), John Mulhern (0-5, three frees, one ’65), Dylan Cassidy, Maitiu O’Donohoe (1-2), John Newman (0-1), Ian Campbell. 

Subs: Daniel Connell (1-0) for J Gaffney (28 mins), Daire Duggan (0-1) for D Cassidy (half-time), Patrick Murray for C Fahy (49 mins), James Farrell for J Newman (60 mins), Paddy Cullen for M Coyle (two minutes into stoppage time). 

LONGFORD SLASHERS: Conor Gallagher, Conor Leonard, Karl Murray, Stephen Farrell, Daire Regan (0-1), Johnny Casey, Kealan Cox, William Tunstead, Paul Leonard (1-0), Eoin Donnellan (0-5, all frees), Gareth Ghee, Paddy Hegarty, Reuben Murray, Ciaran Farrell, Sean Stakelum. 

Subs: Rory Howlin for G Ghee (46 mins), Shane Maguire for D Regan and David Kiernan for S Farrell (50 mins), Eoghan Kavanagh for P Leonard (53 mins).

Herterich Artisan Butchers Minor (U-18) Football Championship Final 

26-09-2020 – Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones 3-7
Longford Slashers 1-12

Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones crowned county Minor champions  

Slashers opened the scoring with a point from a free converted by Mario Pirlog but conceded a penalty in the fourth minute and up stepped the confident Tiarnan Hussey to plant the ball in the back of the net but Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones only managed to add a couple of points to their tally during the remainder of the first half as they trailed by 0-6 to 1-2 at the break. Hussey and Cameron Cassidy shot over the bar while the other Slashers scores came from prominent midfielder Mark Odukoya, Ronan Sheahan (2), Dean Coughlan and Cole O’ConnorSlashers extended their slender advantage with another point from Ronan Sheahan early on the resumption but a very well-worked move yielded a second goal for Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones with four minutes gone in the second half. John Doris burst his way through and after linking up with Dylan Lynch the midfielder laid off the perfect pass into the path of Bobby Crilly who flicked the ball to the net from a few yards out. Back came Slashers with a cracking goal from Dean Coughlan, and a point apiece (frees) were then exchanged between Mario Pirlog and Dylan Lynch before Ronan Sheahan fired over his fourth score from play. Slashers were looking good as they led by 1-9 to 2-3 with ten minutes gone in the second half. But Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones then enjoyed a dominant spell to score 1-2 in the space of three minutes, the points coming from Bobby Crilly and Dylan Lynch (free), goal from Cameron Cassidy as the course of the game changed completely. The amalgamation were now two points in front (3-5 to 1-9) and two more scores followed from Tiarnan Hussey (frees), the last in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Slashers had managed to remain in contention with a point apiece from Dean Coughlan and Ronan Sheahan (free). Then with time almost up Coughlan got through with the chance of scoring a dramatic last gasp goal but his shot drifted just over the bar, much to the great relief of Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones who were worthy winners.  

CLONBRONEY/WOLFE TONES: Caolan Hussey (Wolfe Tones), Ali Igbal (WT), Matthew Shaughnessy (WT), Adam Reilly (WT), Jack Belton (WT), John Rawle (Clonbroney), Killian Rawle (C), John Doris (C), Sean O’Sullivan (C), Ronan McGreal (C), Dylan Lynch (C, 0-2, frees), Ronan Courtney (WT), Cameron Cassidy (WT, 1-1), Tiarnan Hussey (WT, 1-3, goal from penalty, two points from frees), Bobby Crilly (C, 1-1). 

Subs: Killian Reynolds (C) for C Hussey (injured, 28 mins), Andy Devine (WT) for A Igbal (52 mins), Liam Kenny (WT) for C Cassidy (57 mins). 

LONGFORD SLASHERS: Stephen O’Brien, Mairtin Kenny, Cian McGuinness, Desmond Akenbor, Davidson Olusanya, Daniel Kurkin, Donal Sheahan, Ben Lynn, Mark Odukoya (0-1), Andrew Clancy, Mario Pirlog (0-2, frees), Sean Morgan, Dean Coughlan (1-3), Cole O’Connor (0-1), Ronan Sheahan (0-5, one free).  

Sub: Micheal Mulcahy for A Clancy (injured, 21 mins).

McDonald’s Juvenile (U-16) Football Championship Final  

19-09-2020 – Glennon Brothers Pearse Park 

Clonguish Óg 3-8
St Colmcille’s/St Francis 3-5

Brilliant start sets up Clonguish for U-16 championship glory 

Corner-forward Ronan Corcoran got the first score for the amalgamation after three minutes and a well-worked move involving Dylan McCabe and John Boyle led to their opening goal from Eoghan Williams in the 17th minute. Points were then exchanged between Andrew Flynn and Sean Smith (free) and when John Boyle blasted the ball to the back of the net in the 29th minute the St Colmcille’s/St Francis side were only trailing by a point, 2-3 to 2-2. Clonguish finished the first half strong in adding two more points to their tally through Matthew Carey (a very well struck free) and Michael Flynn and another 1-1 followed early on the changeover. Daniel Carey got the crucial goal with Michael Flynn shooting over the bar to leave Clonguish in a commanding 3-6 to 2-2 lead. St Colmcille’s/St Francis reduced the deficit with a goal from Dylan McCabe in the 37th minute and then came a point from Sean Smith. The amalgamation were pressing hard with John Boyle having a goal attempt blocked down and another couple of good chances were squandered before the pressure was eased on Clonguish when Matthew Carey converted a free in the 52nd minute. Another point followed from Andrew Flynn and while St Colmcille’s/St Francis replied with a score apiece from Dylan McCabe and Matt Duffy they were unable to engineer an equalising goal as time ran out.  

CLONGUISH ÓG: James Quinn, Jamie Dorr, Conor Flynn, Kevin Baskett, Andrew Jackson, Conor Smith, Ross Shields, Dan Crossan, Dara Belton, Jonathan Burke, Matthew Carey (0-2, frees), Michael Flynn (1-3, one free), Cormac Flynn, Andrew Flynn (1-3), Daniel Carey (1-0). 

Sub: Kieran McMorrow for J Quinn (half-time). 

ST COLMCILLE’S/ST FRANCIS: Oran Gray, Christopher Grimes, Oisín Flynn, Ian McLoughlin, Lorcan Reilly, Ruairi O’Toole, Ethan Penrose, Aaron Smith, Matt Duffy (0-1), Sean Smith (0-2, one free), John Boyle (1-0), Dylan McCabe (1-1), Pauric Boyle, Eoghan Williams (1-0), Ronan Corcoran (0-1). 

Subs: Rory Brady for R Corcoran (injured, 25 mins), Ben O’Reilly for C Grimes (40 mins), Sean Gormley for I McLoughlin (55 mins). 

CategoryCompetition2020 Winner
County FootballO'Byrne CupLongford
Senior ChampionshipSenior Football Championship (Seán Connolly Cup)
Intermediate Football Championship (Gerry Hennessy Cup)
Junior Football Championship
Hurling Championship (J J Duignan Cup)Wolfe Tones
Senior LeaguesSenior Football League (Leader Cup)Not Played - Covid19
ACFL Division 1 (Johnny Skelly Cup)Not Completed - Covid19
ACFL Division 2 (Michael Moran Cup)Not Completed - Covid19
ACFL Division 2 Cup (Patsy Reilly Cup)Not Played - Covid19
ACFL Division 3 (Jimmy Flynn Cup)Not Completed - Covid19
ACFL Division 3 Cup (John Gilmore Cup)Not Played - Covid19
ACFL Division 4Not Completed - Covid19
Reserve LeaguesReserve Football League 1 (Bertie Allen Cup)Not Completed - Covid19
Reserve Football League 2 (John Drake Cup)Not Played - Covid19
Reserve Football League 3 (Padraic Gearty Cup)Not Played - Covid19
U20 CompetitionU20 Football Championship (Kevin Hughes Cup)Not Played - Covid19
U20 Football CupNot Played - Covid19
Minor CompetitionMinor Football Championship (Harte Cup)Clonbroney Wolfe Tones
Minor Football Shield
Minor Football B Cup (Glenn Brady Cup)Clonguish Óg
Minor Football C CupSt. Francis
Minor Football League 1 (Lough Forbes Gaels Cup)Not Played - Covid19
Minor Football League 2 (Tom Hayden Cup)Not Played - Covid19
Minor Football League 3Not Played - Covid19
Special Minor Football League Group 1Not Played - Covid19
Special Minor Football Group 2Not Played - Covid19
Special Minor Football Group 3Not Played - Covid19
Minor Hurling Championship
Juvenile CompetitionJuvenile Football Championship (Pearse Daly Cup)Clonguish Óg
Juvenile Football B CupCarrick Sarsfields
Juvenile Football C Cup (Drumm Cup)St. Francis
Juvenile Football C Shield
Juvenile Football League 1 (Michael Fay Cup)Not Played - Covid19
Juvenile Football League 2Not Played - Covid19
Juvenile Football League 3Not Played - Covid19
Juvenile Hurling Championship
U14 CompetitionU14 Football Championship (Paddy Doris Cup)
U14 Football B Cup (Francis Maguire Cup)
U14 Football C CupSouthern Gaels
U14 Football C ShieldWolfe Tones Óg
U14 Football C Plate
U14 Football League 1 (PM Farrell memorial cup)Not Played - Covid19
U14 Football League 2Not Played - Covid19
U14 Football League 3Not Played - Covid19
U14 Football Feile na nÓgNot Played - Covid19
U14 Hurling Feile na nGaeil (Sean Cullen Memorial Cup)Not Played - Covid19
U14 Hurling Championship
U13 CompetitionU13 Longford-Leitrim Cross County League 1Not Played - Covid19
U13 Longford-Leitrim Cross County League 2Not Played - Covid19
U13 Longford-Leitrim Cross County League 3Not Played - Covid19
U13 Longford-Leitrim Cross County League 4Not Played - Covid19
U13 Longford-Leitrim Cross County League 5Not Played - Covid19
U12 CompetitionU12 Football League - Group 1Granard
U12 Football League - Group 2Longford Slashers
U12 Football Cup - Group 3Clonbroney
U12 Football Shield - Group 3St. Patricks Óg
U12 Football Cup - Group 4Shannon Gaels
U12 Football Shield - Group 4Not Completed - Covid19
U12 Football Cup - Group 5Southern Gaels
U12 Football Shield - Group 5St. Francis
U12 Hurling ChampionshipLongford Slashers

12) Images from 2020 Season

This section contains key images from the 2020 season: (Credit: Declan Gilmore)