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    Mullinalaghta through to first Senior Final since 1952 !

    posted 14 Sep 2014 12:14 by Longford GAA   [ updated 14 Sep 2014 23:34 ]

        Mullinalaghta are through to the Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Final for the first time since 1952, after defeating Clonguish on a scoreline of 2-09 to 2-08 at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park tonight.

        Clonguish raced into an early lead in the first half which saw the St. Columba's faithful having to wait until the 21st minute to register their first score. Two goals before half time helped them right back into the game and the led til the final whistle in what was an entertaining game. Clonguish will rue a few missed chances in the closing stages to level matters but Gerry Lynn's St Columba's held on to move into the county final where they will face Killoe Young Emmetts on October 5th!

    Admission Prices and Ticket Options for Club Championships

    posted 10 Jul 2014 16:09 by Longford GAA   [ updated 10 Jul 2014 16:09 ]

    It was proposed at last Tuesday nights meeting of Coiste Chontae that a Championship pass be introduced which would allow a supporter gain access to a number of games in the round stages of the Senior / Intermediate / Junior Championships at a reduced rate. 

    The admission charge per Championship game in 2014 up to Quarter Final stage will be €10 for Adults and €5 for Students and Senior Citizens with valid I.D.

    The Finance Committee are proposing the following options which will give significant savings to those attending a number of games in any given weekend or throughout the league stages of the various Championships.
    Clubs are asked to advise their Members and Supporters of these offers. 
    OPTION 1:
    • This will allow access to any games played between Friday and Sunday inclusive of a particular weekend.
    • The cost of the pass is €20.
    • Application to be made to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park no later than 6pm on the Wednesday prior to the weekend in order that the Pass can be prepared and distributed in time.

    OPTION 2:
    • This will allow access to any games played in the league stages of the various Championships
    • The cost of this pass is €50.
    • Application to be made to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park no later than 6pm on Wednesday next (16th) in order that the Pass can be prepared and distributed in time for the commencement of the Championship of Friday 18th.

    2014 Peter Hanly Motors Senior Football Championship

    posted 10 Jul 2014 15:43 by Longford GAA   [ updated 14 Jul 2014 09:41 ]

    Senior Football Championship  
    Round 1
    Friday, 18th July 2014

    ABBEYLARA V ST COLUMBA'S     Time: 8 00 PM    Venue: Maguire Park    

    Referee: Michael O'Brien

    ST PATRICK'S  V Ballymahon  Time: 8 00 PM    Venue: Páirc Chiarán   

    Referee: Donal Kane 

    Saturday, 19th July 2014
    Longford Slashers V FR MANNING GAELS  Time: 6 30 PM   Venue: Emmet Park
    Referee: Michael Flynn
    COLMCILLE V ST MARY'S  Time: 8 00 PM    Venue: Emmet Park  
    Referee: John Hughes
    Sunday, 20th July 2014
    CLONGUISH V DROMARd    Time: 5 15 PM     Venue: Higginstown      
    Referee: Fergal Kelly

    EMMET ÓG V  MOSTRIM       Time: 6 45 PM     Venue: Higginstown    

                                                          Referee: Patrick Maguire

    New Garda Vetting Application Form

    posted 8 Jul 2014 03:19 by Longford GAA   [ updated 9 Jul 2014 09:47 ]

    New Garda Vetting Application Form

    A chairde,

    You are aware that the National Vetting Bureau Act may shortly become law and that it only requires a commencement order from the Minister for Justice for this to happen.
    In advance of the commencement of the Act the Garda Central Vetting Unit has issued a New Garda Vetting Application Form that comes into effect on Friday 11 July 2014.  The new form, replaces the old form as previously used by the GAA and others. Unfortunately, as and from Friday next, 11 July 2014, I cannot accept any Garda Vetting applications on the old form. The new form can be found here.

    Any old form, signed up to and including Friday 11 July, may be accepted.

    New GAA Vetting Form
    The new form does not differ in any major way from the previous form.  However, I should point out that the Garda Central Vetting Unit will be more stringent in its acceptance of properly completed forms and that this is seen as part of the lead in to the implementation of the new Vetting Act.

    A reminder that all applicants should complete the form in a legible manner, that Block Capitals be used as requested and that the Declaration of Applicant section must be fully completed.

    The GAA has also taken this opportunity to update our guidance on 'Procedures for Completing Vetting Forms' (attached). An amended Parent/Guardian Consent Form for any applicant under 18 yrs of age is also attached. All of these forms are available below; on the GAA website at for downloading, as is a GAA Q & A document on the new Vetting Act and its implications for the GAA.

    Request to inform others of the new form
    Could I request that on receipt of this email that you?
    • Inform all Club Children's Officers and Club Secretaries that the GAA Vetting form has been amended
    • That you put the new form, plus the Parent/Guardian consent form and the guidance document ' Procedures for Completing Vetting Forms' in a prominent position on your County website  and request of your Clubs to do likewise
    • That you inform Clubs and individuals to send me any outstanding forms immediately,
    • That you inform Clubs that the new form comes into effect on Friday 11 July 2014.
    • Please also note that all forms, as Gaeilge, will be available on Wednesday 9 July 2014. 

      The new Garda Vetting requirements have no bearing whatsoever on the AccessNI procedures, as administered by Ulster GAA.                                                                                                                  Many thanks and if I can advise any further on these new changes please contact me.

    Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl
    Child Welfare and Safeguarding Manager

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    Guthán 1 / Tel 1 : +353 (0) 1 836 3222
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    Longford Exit All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers.

    posted 8 Jul 2014 02:50 by Longford GAA

    Tipperary 2-17

    Longford 0-06

    A disappointing performance saw Longford knocked out of this year’s championship after suffering a humiliating defeat to Tipperary in the second round of the qualifiers in Thurles on Saturday.

    From start to finish Tipp dominated proceedings as Longford struggled to get into the game. After defeating Derry last time out Longford put in a below par performance and looked sluggish throughout.

    Conceding a goal inside the opening two minutes completely knocked Longford as Michael Quinlivan gave Tipp the perfect start. Longford had chances to register scores on the board but kicked three wides in a row. It was a sign of things to come.

    A free from Conor Sweeney put Tipp ahead by four in the 11th minute before Michael Quinn got Longford’s first point of the game in the 14th minute.

    Longford couldn’t get a grip on the game as Tipp began to take control and points from Sweeney (free) and Barry Grogan gave them a five point lead in the 17th minute. Longford had half-chances but their shooting was very poor as they failed to get scores on the board.

    Brian Kavanagh was fouled in the 21st and this gave him a chance to get Longford’s second point but Tipp replied with pointed frees from Sweeney and Grogan.

    Colm P. Smyth wasted a glorious goal chance in the 27th minute when he blasted his attempt wide, Tipp broke down the field with full-back Paddy Codd fisting the ball over the bar. Longford’s  response was a pointed free from Sean McCormack.

    Tipp were clinical in front of the posts and a fine point from Peter Acheson in the 33rd minute gave them a seven point lead. An excellent point from Paul Barden gave the Longford supporters something to cheer about but another Acheson point gave the home side a seven point lead going in at the break.

    Grogan hit over the first point of the game in the 39th minute from a free to extend his side’s  lead to eight. He then pointed another free two minutes later as the home side continued to punish a very poor Longford performance.

    Quinn did find the back of the net for Longford in the 52nd minute but it was disallowed and down the other end Tipp made no mistake in finishing Longford’s weak challenge with their second goal of the game; Acheson fisting to the net.Longford’s first point of the second half and their first in 17 minutes came in the 52nd minute through centre-back Enda Williams but just like before Tipp hit back with two points in a row.

    A poorly taken free from Kavanagh in the 57th minute summed up Longford’s day as Sweeney showed how it was done down the other end.

    Kavanagh fired over his second free of the game in the 60th minute but it was to be Longford’s last score as Tipp hit over four unanswered points to give them a comprehensive 17 point victory.

     Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald; Ger Mulhair, Paddy Codd (0-1), Ciarán McDonald; C O’Riordan, Robbie Kiely, John Coughlan; Steven O’Brien, George Hannigan; Philip Austin, Peter Acheson (1-2), Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney (0-8, 5f), Michael Quinlivan (1-0), Barry Grogan (0-4,3f).

    Subs: Brian Mulvihill (0-1) for Quinlivan (14), Colman Kennedy (0-1) for Austin (53), Sean Flynn for Grogan (65), Ian Fahey for Acheson (66), Alan Campbell for Mulhair (69).

    Longford: Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran, Feral Battrim; Colm P. Smyth, Enda Williams (0-1), Shane Mulligan; Kevin Diffley, Barry O’Farrell; Michael Quinn (0-1), Francie McGee, Paul Barden (0-1); Sean McCormack (0-1,1f), Brian Kavanagh (0-2,2f), Aidan Rowan.

    Subs: Shane Doyle for McCormack (40), Niall Mulligan for Diffley and Mark Hughes for Rowan (48), Ronan McEntire for McGee (60), Peter Brady for Battrim (69), Pauric Gill for Williams (70+2). 

    Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

    Longford Team to play Tipperary

    posted 4 Jul 2014 03:11 by Longford GAA

     1.Damien Sheridan
     2.Dermot Brady (Captain)
     3.Barry Gilleran 
     4.Fergal Battrim
     5.Colm P. Smith
     6.Enda Williams
     7.Shane Mulligan
     8.Kevin Diffley
     9.Barry O'Farrell
    10.Michael Quinn
    11.Francis McGee
    12.Paul Barden
    13.Sean McCormack
    14.Brian Kavanagh
    15.Aidan Rowan

    Noel Caslin R.I.P.

    posted 30 Jun 2014 15:10 by Longford GAA

    It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death , on Sunday 29th. June,  of Noel Caslin. Noel and the late Tommy O'Brien were the founders of Longford Slashers G.A.A. club in 1954. A native of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, Noel came to Longford back in 1949 and played football then with Young Grattans and Whiterock Slashers. He was a regular on the County Longford Senior teams in the early 50's and was described in press reports as a strong no-nonsense forward and a player capable of running rings around any player. It is his football career in the Slashers colours that will always be remembered. His contribution to Longford Slashers as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer was imense and his part in achieving a home for the club at Farneyhoogan will be his lasting legacy.
    A Co. board delegate for many years, he was always willing to contribute to matters relating to County affairs. He will be greatly missed  by all Longford Gaels and especially his club Longford Slashers.
    We extend our sincere sympathies to his wife Eileen, his children Maeve, Dermot, Niall, Sheena, Cormac, Eimear, Clodagh, Olivia and his extended family.     
    Ar Dheis De go raibh a Anam Dílís.

    Hughes and Sheedy reflect on Longford’s superb win in Derry

    posted 24 Jun 2014 01:58 by Longford GAA

     By Deniese O’Flaherty

    Mark Hughes’ introduction against Derry in Saturday’s qualifier win was certainly one to remember. As the Emmet Og clubman was taking his place in the forward line Derry scored a goal to draw the game level. But one minute later a goal chance fell to Hughes and he made no mistake in grabbing the decisive score.

    Speaking after Longford’s memorable win Hughes said: “Jack said to go on and run for 10 minutes because we were up by three when I came on. They scored the goal as soon as I ran down the pitch. It was literally the next attack when I got the goal. When the ball was coming in I had it in my head what I was going to do. It worked out well.”

    Although Hughes found himself in a good position in front of goals he had the option of passing to a team-mate but decided to go for the goal himself: “Shane Mulligan was the other side of the area. I was going to pass but realised it was Shane,” he joked. “I went myself.”

    Hughes’ omission from the starting 15 was the big talking point before the game but he admitted the tactics that Longford applied didn’t suit his game. He was glad he got the chance to contribute to the win: “The way the system was I’m an inside forward and you can’t play someone in that position with the tactics we were going to use. I’m glad I got on and scored a goal,” said Hughes.

    Longford had been complete underdogs going into the game and were written off. The players though knew that they could cause an upset. Hughes said: “We believed in ourselves because no one else did. Someone had to have belief in us and we did know what we could do. Everyone had written us off and we had a new tactic going into it. I won’t say anything more on that. The tactics did work but we still conceded 2-14. That shouldn’t have happened.”

    Still trying to let the result sink in Hughes revealed how important the win was. He was delighted for his team-mates and in particular the evergreen Paul Barden who was outstanding throughout: “It’s absolutely massive for us. I was beside Paul Barden at the end of the game, it is my biggest win but it’s only my first year, for Barden it’s probably his biggest one and he’s played for over 15 years. It’s brilliant to play alongside him. I’m delighted that it’s going to continue for a while now.”

    Longford manager Jack Sheedy also praised Barden and his role in Longford’s fantastic win: “Paul has ability, a willingness and a desire to be unselfish to do the right thing. There are lots of fantastic players who would have probably more legs than Paul has but they don’t all do the right thing. Paul was outstanding today. Our front three forwards were terrific today; Paul, Brian Kavanagh and Frankie McGee.”

    It was a stunning performance from Longford but Sheedy knew his players were capable of it. He’s hoping that his side can now build on Saturday’s win: “We justified what we’ve done over the couple of weeks with that today. Everyone is elated, to say the least. It’s testament to the ability that’s there, the character too and we can’t just let it rest at that. We’ve got to make sure we don’t let it be just a once off.”

    Longford off to great start in Qualifiers with win in Derry !

    posted 22 Jun 2014 05:33 by Longford GAA

    Longford 2-16

    Derry 2-14

    Longford caused a big shock when they knocked Derry out of the championship at Celtic Park on Saturday evening.

    Jack Sheedy’s side were full value for their win as the produced their best performance of the year.

    Derry had hit over three points inside the opening six minutes before Longford registered scores on the board; SeanMcCormack  with two frees and good point from Brian Kavanagh to draw them level in the 15th minute.

    Midfielder Mark Lynch gave Derry the lead again in the 17th minute before Paul Barden created two goal chances in the space of four minutes but Derry keeper Thomas Mallon denied the forward on both occasions.

    After those let-offs Derry replied with point from Lynch (two) and James Kielt to extend their lead to four in the 25thminute. Longford wing-back  Colm P. Smyth got a nice point in the 27th minute before Barden drew them level in the 30thminute with a good goal.

    Points from McCormack and Barden gave Longford a two point lead going in at the break; 1-06 to 0-07.

    Longford full-back Barry Gilleran made a great catch on the line to deny Lynch a goal two minutes into the second half. This spurred Longford on and points from Shane Mulligan and Michael Quinn gave them a four point lead in the 38th minute.

    Derry replied with a ’45 from substitute Benny Heron but Quinn hit back with an excellent point from distance.

    It was all Longford at this stage as the home side just couldn’t get a grip on proceedings and were struggling in most areas. A free from Lynch brought them to within two of Longford in the 46th minute but then Gilleran hit over a point to restore his side’s three point advantage. Kavanagh then followed up with another point to give Longford a four point advantage.

    Points were traded between O’Brien and Francie McGeebefore Longford got a hold on the game again and went five ahead in the 60th minute with points from Quinn and Barden.

     With the game getting away from them Derry knew they needed a goal and pulled one back in the 61st minute through Heron. Longford responded with a point from McCormack but in the 64th minute Derry were level when Lynch scored their second goal.

    But Longford’s reply was excellent and one minute later they were back in front with a fine goal from Hughes.

    McGee hit over his second point of the game to extend Longford’s lead to four but Derry refused to lie down and three points in a row meant there was just the minimum between them as the game entered stoppage time. Kavanagh hit over a free in stoppage time as Longford held on for a memorable win.

    Longford: Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran(0-1), Fergal Battrim; Colm P. Smyth (0-1), Enda Williams, Shane Mulligan (0-1); Kevin Diffley, Michael Quinn (0-2); Barry O’Farrell, Francie McGee (0-2), Aidan Rowan; Paul Barden (1-2), Brian Kavanagh (0-3,1f), Sean McCormack (0-4,2f).

    Subs: Mark Hughes (1-0) for Rowan (62) Niall Mulligan forDiffley (64)


    Derry: Thomas Mallon; Oisín Duffy, Chrissy McKaigue, Aidan McAlynn; Gareth McKinless, Mark Craig, Seán LeoMcGoldrick; Mark Lynch (1-4,2f), Kevin Johnston; Aaron Devlin, Emmet Bradley, Enda Lynn (0-2); James Kielt (0-4,1f), Terence O’Brien (0-3), Ciarán McFaul.

    Subs: Gerard O’Kane for McAlynn bc (14), Benny Heron (1-1, ’45) for Duffy (24), Niall Holly for Bradley (ht), Daniel Kinless for Devlin (41)


    Referee: Marty Higgins (Fermanagh)

    Longford Team to face Derry in Football Qualifier on Saturdat next

    posted 20 Jun 2014 02:07 by Longford GAA

     1.Damien Sheridan
     2.Dermot Brady 
     3.Barry Gilleran 
     4.Fergal Battrim
     5.Colm P. Smith
     6.Enda Williams
     7.Shane Mulligan
     8.John Keegan
     9.Kevin Diffley
    10.Michael Quinn
    11.Francis McGee
    12.Paul Barden
    13.Aidan Rowan
    14.Brian Kavanagh
    15.Sean McCormack 

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