Coaching & Games: 16th May 2016

Longford GAA Coaching & Games

To keep in touch with everything on a week-to-week basis you can keep an eye on the Coaching & Games section where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly.

20/20 Communication

As per contact from Damien all correspondence with clubs will now be conducted via email and through the Club Underage secretaries’ address ONLY. Every Underage Section has their own secretaries address ad goes along the lines as follows: ( It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring this accounts and passing the information to the relevant people.

Go Games

Both U8 & U10 fixtures are now up and running and will continue in alternate Wednesday nights for the remainder of the summer. Please see below for all up coming fixtures but please remember to contact the host Club in advance incase there are any changes.

U10 Go Games Fixtures

25/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm

Carrickedmond: Carrick Sarsfields, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Longford Slashers

Ballinalee: Clonbroney, Killoe Óg, Northern Gaels

Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis

Granard: Granard, St. Patricks Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymore Shamrocks

Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg


08/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm

Killoe: Killoe Óg, Clonbroney, Grattan Gaels, St. Francis

Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, Wolfe Tones Óg

Abbeylara: Northern Gaels, Granard, St. Colmcilles, St. Patricks Óg

Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks

Cashel: Southern Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg


U8 Go Games Fixtures

18/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm

Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Grattan Gaels

Cashel: Southern Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields

Colmcille: St. Colmcilles, Clonbroney, Granard, Killoe Óg

Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Clonguish Óg, Northern Gaels, Longford Slashers

Dromard: St. Francis, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks


01/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm

Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonguish Óg, Grattan Gaels

Drumlish: St. Vincents, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis

Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Northern Gaels, Longford Slashers

Forgney: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg

Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Clonbroney, Granard


Last week seen us host 7 more 3rd/4th class blitz in three different venues throughout the county as we visited Dromard on Tuesday, Longford Slashers on Wednesday and Thursday and Ballymahon on Friday. We were assisted throughout the week by the TY students from Moyne CS, St. Mels College, Scoil Mhuire, Mercy Ballymahon and Ballymahon VS as the students managed the teams and refereed the games. We had over 700 kids attend a blitz over the course of the 9 blitzes and a project of this scale would not be possible without the assistance of these TY’s but also the co operation of the schools and even the parents who transport some of the kids to and from the venues. All in all this again was another well received program and we in Longford GAA are delighted to be able to provide football for all these 3rd/4th class kids who otherwise would not get any experience of playing organised matches.

This week sees the conclusion of our Primary Schools Hurling program as the three divisions of the Mixed competition take place on Wednesday the 18th with the Camogie competition taking place a day earlier on Tuesday the 17th.

Longford GAA Master Fixtures & Events Calendar

Recently we have added a link on our website which allows anyone to download our Masters Fixtures document as any time. This document is the template for the Official Fixtures that the Secretary distributes weekly but is not considered as Official notification of Fixtures if downloaded as only fixtures sent from the County Secretary can be considered Official. This should be people’s first port of call for information regarding Longford GAA events.

We also have an Events Calendar on our website at This calendar contains everything a Longford GAA person might need to know from our full fixtures program to Club workshops to County Board meetings to National fixtures to other large sporting events so as everyone can see what’s happening in the weeks and months ahead. Any changes made will be updated on the calendar in real time and will constantly evolve as different scenarios arise.

Longford GAA Website

We are doing a lot of work updating or website with information and resources that people might be interested in and trying to use the website as the first source for all information someone might want to find out. Some new additions include the Master fixtures plan which can be downloaded by clicking additional information includes an updated Go Games section that includes fixtures, rules, things to know as well as U12 fixtures and rules for all our competitions. and click Downloads.

We now have all underage mentors contacts available by following and clicking the relevant tab.

We also have a new referees section that is available on the home page and finally something that is still a work in progress, as there is a lot of information to collate, but we are developing a player profile section for all our football squads that will include a photo and some player information that can be accessed through

Underage Club Workshops

The roll out of our 54 workshops for the year is well under way and will continue every Monday and Tuesday as per the calendar as outlined above. For 2016 we decided to put a comprehensive program in place where every Underage Section will receive three Workshops delivered within their own Club, for their own mentors and specific to their own Clubs needs. All these dates have been assigned and communicated to Clubs and can be found on the Calendar. Every date is on a Monday or a Tuesday running until the 28th of June.

Code of Ethics

To date almost 140 people have attended this workshop so far this year. As of Monday the 9th of May we will not be running any more courses until 2017. If a Club feels they have enough people to run a course themselves please make contact with Damien and he will put you in contact with a tutor.

U13 Regional League

Our U13 Regional League starts this Thursday night in both Mc Gann Park and Ml. Fay Park – all fixtures were forwarded to all Secretaries and fixtures are on the Master Fixtures list. The first round of games take place on Thursday 19th of May and will run for just over 3 week with all teams getting a minimum of 3 outings.

U15 & U17 Regional League

Last week seen all Club Secretaries notified of details of our new U15 & U17 Regional Leagues that will kick off in the coming weeks – to coincide with State Exams. The idea behind these Leagues is to provide football for players NOT sitting State exams during a time that would normally be closed shop for Minor & U16 fixtures. If a player is under age and wishes to play in the competition they can but the competition is mainly for those not sitting State Exams. The competitions have been designed so as to provide 15 a side football and players are given the opportunity to play at a higher standard than might normally be the case. Both competitions comprise of the same 8 teams (5 Regional Units & 3 Stand alone Club Underage Sections). All details have been sent to Clubs so please follow up with your Secretary.

U12 Longford Leitrim Mini League

2016 will see the continuation of our link up with Leitrim GAA for our U12 Mini Leagues. This competition enters its 3rd year and has grown again for 2016. This year will see 12 Longford and 12 Leitrim Clubs take part in three divisions over a 5/6 week period starting in June. Details of the parings were released at the Go Games info night of the 23rd of March and fixtures are currently on the website as outlined above.

Foundation Award

We have scheduled another Foundation Award to take place on May 14th and this will be the last course for the year. If people are interested in doing the Award please contact Lorraine on the number below to book your place, as spaces are limited.

Development Squads

All information on our squads will be updated on our website at and clicking the relevant squad.

A new section to our Development Squad page is player profiles for all our squad members. We are currently compiling their profile information and then we will get their photos taken to go with the profile.

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps

This week and next will see Damien visit every Primary School in the County to promote the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps and he will be modelling the new gear which looks really stunning (Lime Green and dark Grey). Due to various reasons there have been some date changes for some of our camp from what was advertised earlier in the year but below is now the confirmed schedule which will not change. We have been fielding requests for information since January from people looking to book holidays and not wanting to miss their favourite camp so now the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp website is live and can be view at where all details of our camps can be accessed and online bookings are the best way of making you booking and it ensures that your gear will be available during the camp (the same cannot be said with on the day bookings)..

July 4th – 8th: Abbeylara & Dromard

July 11th – 15th: Longford Slashers, Carrickedmond & Killoe

July 18th – 22nd: Newtownforbes & Ardagh

July 25th – 29th: Lanesboro & Ballymahon

August 8th – 12th Granard & Ballinalee

Lorraine GAA Office 043 3345 219, Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556 or follow us on Twitter @OfficialLDGAA &

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