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Wahay! Could Leitrim Be Returning To The Glory Days? Could They, Though?

Wahay! Could Leitrim Be Returning To The Glory Days? Could They, Though?
Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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As Micheal put it, there was many a Leitrim man looking down from the veranda of heaven on 24 July 1994 when the county won its second ever Connacht title, and its first in 67 years.

Going by recent years, Leitrim are as far away as ever from those glory days. They're more or less permanent residents of Division 4 now. Recent seasons have seen eye-watering defeats to the likes of Down and Armagh in qualifier games.

Excluding New York and London, they've only won five championship matches in the 22 seasons since. Three of the win have come in Connacht (they shocked Roscommon to reach the 2000 Connacht final but were beaten by Galway) and they've won only two games in the qualifiers.


But now a magical symbol of the '94 triumph has returned. John O'Mahony has rejoined Leitrim as part of the managerial backroom team.

Brendan Guckian was appointed Leitrim manager last night but O'Mahony's legacy is such that it's his return as a selector which has grabbed the headlines.

O'Mahony has won eight Connacht titles as a manager with three different teams - for the record, they are 1988, 1989, 2009 (Mayo), 1994 (Leitrim), 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 (Galway).

By far the grandest achievement was winning the '94 title with Leitrim, one of the most emotional and unforgettable provincial victories of all.


Word of caution obviously. His involvement in an advisory capacity with Carlow in 2015 didn't yield any success. In fact, Carlow were arguably worse than they were already. But he was still a TD at that point.

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