The Abbeylara Men’s Football team is trained by Donal Ledwith who is in his second year of training the team. He is assisted by selectors John Kiernan and Niall Sheridan. The squad plays in the All County League Division 1, Reserve League 1 and Division 3 League.
Abbeylara’s Longford Representation
The Men’s Senior Team has provided Longford with numerous players down through the years and particularly in the last 15 years. The Leinster Championship game vs. Westmeath in 1999 was a particularly proud day for the club with 5 of our players on the Longford team. John Joe Reilly started in goals with Donal and Enda Ledwith in the back line as well as Terry Drake and Niall Sheridan in the forward line. Both Niall Sheridan and Padraig Berry have received the highest praise on the Sunday Game programme for their performances in the Longford jersey!
We have retained a strong representation up to this year with Fergal Battrim, Robbie Smyth and Colm P Smyth members of the 2013 Longford panel. What is more, our own John Fay served as a selector with this panel. Abbeylara also had representatives on the two Leinster minor winning teams of the recent past with Robbie Smyth playing a starring role in Longford’s 2010 win and Shane Smith a commanding figure at full back for the 2002 Leinster winning teams!
Recent On Field Success
Since the turn of the Millennium in 2000, the Men’s teams have had great success on the field having won 2 Senior Championships in 2000 and 2006, 2 Senior “B” Championships in 2001 and 2002, 3 Leader Cups in 2000, 2004 & 2009 as well as winning the All County League Division 1 Title in 2009 and a Junior “B” Championship in 2010.
The 2013 squad is as follows:
Arthur O Connor , Anthony Mcbrien , Barry Cunningham, Barry Smyth, Brian Smyth, Colm Dalton, Colm P Smyth, Colm E Smyth, Cormac Smyth, Damien o Connor, Darren Rabbitt,Fergal Battrim, Gerrard Gallagher, James Mcentire, James Mchugh, John Mchugh, Larry Mchugh, Micheal Mchugh, Micheal Battrim, Micheal O Connor, Niall Flynn, Padraig Battrim, Peter Brady, Robbie Smyth, Sean Murphy, Jason Kelly, Derek Smith, Dermott O Reilly,Shane Smith, Shane Mahon, Thomas Quinn, Nigel Rabbite, Barry Mckiernan and William Crawford.
Mens Football Page
Abbeylara GFC Officers 2013
|Honorary President||James Caffrey|
|Vice Chairperson||Mary O’Connor|
|Treasurer 1||Pat McHugh|
|Treasurer 2||Loretta Lynch|
|Insurance Officer||Peadar McKiernan|
|Co. Board Delegate||Patsy Lynch|
|Co. Board Delegate||Bernard Gilligan|
|Co. Board Delegate||Tom Joe Reilly|