Roscommon GAA

  • Elverys MacHale Park Castlebar will play host to a double header tomorrow evening.

    At 6.30pm the Connacht Junior Football Quarter Final will see Mayo clash with Roscommon.

    That will be followed by the U17 Football clash involving Mayo & Leitrim at 8pm.

    Galway meet Roscommon in the U17 Championship on Friday night at 7pm in Tuam Stadium.

  • Former Roscommon footballer Conor Connelly has passed away suddenly at the age of 44.

    The Micheal Glavey's and Creggs clubman was part of the Rossies' Connacht Senior Football winning side in 2001 and was also a Leinster Schools winner with St Mel's of Longford in 1994.

    Connelly also played club football with St Judes' in Dublin and for Ballycumber in Offaly.

    Roscommon chairman Seamus Sweeney says he's "saddened by the news".

  • Mulryan Construction IFC Knockout Stages
    Sat, 03 Nov,

    Sat, 03 Nov, Venue: Strokestown, Fuerty 2-10 Oran (Football) 1-6


    The division 1 & 2 Allianz National Football League finals will be played in Croke Park on Easter Sunday.

    Roscommon and Cavan meet at 2 o’clock in the Division 2 final – that’s followed at 4pm by the meeting of Galway and Dublin in the Division 1 final.

  • There are two EirGrid under-20 Football Championship finals this afternoon.

    Neighbours Galway and Roscommon clash at Tuam Stadium in the Connacht decider at 2pm.

    While there's a 3pm throw-in for the meeting of Donegal and Tyrone in the Ulster final at Clones.

  • Connacht Minor Football Championship
    Galway 4-17 
    Leitrim 1-11 

    Roscommon 5-18 
    Sligo 1-13

  • FBD League Semi-Finals
    Galway 1-09 
    Mayo 1-09 

    Galway win 4-2 on penalties 

    Roscommon 2-18 
    Sligo 1-16 


  • Galway beat Roscommon 1-14 to 11 points in the F-B-D Insurance Connacht Football League final at Dr Hyde Park today.

    Captain Shane Walsh with the goal for the Tribesmen from the penalty spot.

    Padraic Joyce's side finished with 14 men after defender Eamon Brannigan was sent off after just over an hour.

  • Connacht Minor Football Final 
    Galway 2-13 
    Roscommon 2-09 

  • Connacht Senior Football Final
    Galway 0-16 
    Roscommon 2-06

  • The Galway team to play Roscommon in the FBD League final on Saturday shows 7 changes from the side that started against Mayo last Sunday, including Goalkeeper Ronan O’Beolain and an entirely new full back line of Conor Campbell, Sean Mulkerrins and Johnny Duane.

    Cein Darcy comes into midfield and in the forwards, Sean Kelly and Robert Finnerty both start. It is the sixth year in a row that Galway and Roscommon are meeting in the decider with Saturday’s game in Hyde Park throwing in at 2pm.

  • The Galway team to face Roscommon is

    1. Rory Lavelle
    2. Declan Kyne
    3. Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh
    4. David Wynne
    5. Cathal Sweeney
    6. Gareth Bradshaw
    7. Sean Kelly
    8. Paul Conroy
    9. Thomas Flynn
    10. Eamon Brannigan
    11. Shane Walsh
    12. Johnny Heaney
    13. Ian Burke
    14. Damien Comer
    15. Barry McHugh
  • Gardai are advising supporters attending tomorrow evening’s Allianz League game between Mayo and Roscommon in Castlebar to arrive early and not to park on the N5.

    Gardai say a crowd of between 12,000-15,000 is expected at Elverys MacHale Park for the game which throws in at 7pm.

    Gardai are advising those attending to arrive as early as possible and not to park on the N5 road – instead they should use the official car parks in the town and at the Military Barracks.

    If people are intending to walk to the ground they should wear florescent jackets so they are plainly visible.

    Supporters are asked to co-operate with Gardai and stewards on duty for the game.

    They are also advising that tickets are on sale prior to the match at local Super Valu and Centra outlets, at the early bird price of €15, as opposed to €20 on match day.

  • Kerry forward James O'Donoghue will be fit for the Super 8's showdown against Mayo in Killarney on Sunday.

    The Legion player missed the Munster final win over Cork with a hamstring injury.

    Sean Hurson has been confirmed as the referee for this crucial Super 8’s tie.

    Elsewhere, Roscommon will host Tyrone in Dr Hyde Park at 5 on Saturday evening as part of a triple header, with David Coldrick confirmed as the referee.

    The Roscommon ladies take on Leitrim the Intermediate Championship at 3 o'clock and the All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final between Galway and Meath serves as the curtain raiser at 1 o'clock.

  • Kevin McStay is to accept a 12-week ban arising from his actions in Saturday's Super-8 meeting of Roscommon and Donegal.

    The Rossies manager was seen to lay hands on referee Ciaran Branagan, and also launched a ball at linesman Niall Cullen in protest at failing to win a free.

    The ban will see McStay miss Roscommon's final Super-8 meeting with Dublin at Croke Park.

    A spokesman for Roscommon GAA says Kevin McStay is accepting the punishment, regrets what happened and has apologised to the referee and linesman.




  • Kevin McStay is facing a 12 week sideline ban after an incident with a linesman in Roscommon's Super 8s defeat to Donegal at Hyde Park on Saturday.

    The Rossies boss could be hit with a charge of minor physical interference with a match official.

    He made contact with linesman and later threw a ball in his direction.

  • Roscommon manager Kevin McStay has named an unchanged side for Sunday's Connacht football final with Galway.

    McStay has seen no reason to alter the starting fifteen that helped the Rossies to a comfortable semi final win over Leitrim last time out.

    12 of the 15 started last year's provincial final win over Galway.


      1. Colm Lavin (Éire Óg)

    2. David Murray (Padraig Pearses) 3.Peter Domican (St Brigid’s) 4. Niall McInerney (St Brigid’s)

    5. John McManus (Roscommon Gaels) 6. Fintan Cregg (Elphin) 7. Brian Stack (St Brigid’s)

      8. Cathal Compton (Strokestown) 9. Tadgh O’Rourke (Tulsk)

    10. Ciarán Murtagh (St Faithleach’s)  11. Enda Smith (Boyle) 12 Conor Devaney (Kilbride)

    13. Donie Smith (Boyle) 14. Diarmuid Murtagh - St. Faithleach’s 15. Niall Kilroy - Fuerty

  • Statement from Roscommon County Board re Kevin McStay: 

    It is with a heavy heart that Roscommon GAA announce that Kevin McStay has stepped down as Roscommon Senior Football manager.

    Co Chairman Seamus Sweeney said “I’d like to thank Kevin for his dedication and commitment to Roscommon GAA over the last three years as manager of our senior team. Kevin’s professionalism and knowledge were there for everyone to see.  He has left Roscommon Football in a good place”.

    “I want to thank his selectors Ger Dowd and Liam McHale, and his backroom team who all did their very best to ensure Roscommon were as competitive as possible.  We’ve had some memorable days from winning the Connacht title to regaining our place in Division One”

    “On a personal level I’d like to wish Kevin and his wife Verona and daughters every good wish for the future.”

    Statement from Kevin McStay: 

    Earlier this afternoon I spoke with the Chairman of Roscommon GAA and informed him of my decision not to continue in my role as manager of Roscommon senior footballers.

    Our annual review of the 2018 season was completed recently. Having considered the many factors involved in managing a county football squad, and unable to resolve enough of those factors to my satisfaction, I have decided that a change in management should take place immediately. I feel I have brought the team as far as I can at this stage and a new voice and direction is now required. The handover to the next management group will be orderly and without fuss.

    As is the natural way of things, some players will retire, others will opt out due to work and college commitments while yet more will want to travel. As I have remarked previously, life often gets in the way of football and we must recognise this.

    I want to salute two players who have retired this year; both Seanie McDermott and Ian Kilbride gave their county outstanding service.

    Over the past 12 months this group of Roscommon players has won, or qualified, for all the competitions they can be reasonably expected to:

    • Connacht Championship Winners (July 2017)
    • All Ireland Quarter Finalists (July 2017)
    • Connacht League (March 2018)
    • Division 2 Champions & Promotion to 2019 NFL Div 1 (April 2018)
    • All Ireland Quarter Finalists (July 2018)

    Winning the 2017 Connacht Final will always remain the happiest day of my sporting life. The joy, satisfaction and fun it provided to us all - players, parents, management, officials and supporters, is something I will cherish forever. The mayhem and madness of those few days will always be a warm memory.

    I want to sincerely thank all of the players I’ve dealt with these last three years. I wish them well; they have given so much in their efforts to represent Roscommon, both on and off the field.

    I want to note the massive contribution of Liam McHale (Team Coach), over the past 2 years especially. Without his knowledge, enthusiasm, energy, charisma and great sense of fun we would never have won the championships and leagues we did. A life-long friend, on and off the pitch, I want to sincerely thank him for his dedication and loyalty.

    Ger Dowd (Selector and sometimes Manager!) worked tirelessly for this group. A hugely experienced coach, Ger always found time in a very busy life to get things done and I deeply respected his work, opinions, advice and friendship.

    I want to particularly thank my loyal comrade and friend Sean Finnegan who ensured everything on the ‘Admin & Logs’ side went perfectly and yet still somehow found time to provide the fun, the laughs and sort out our downtime. The players and management never ceased to be amazed at the royal treatment he laid on for us wherever we went over the three seasons.

    David Joyce, our S&C Coach, was a key component of all our successes. In his first major appointment at this level, alongside his professional competence, he was a valued member of management and an extremely positive influence on the group. Damien Martin (S&C) was his able and loyal lieutenant. Tom Coleman & Jeeny Maltese (Nutrition) arrived this year and made a huge contribution.

    Thanks to the Goalkeeping Coaches I worked with - Leo Tierney and his predecessor, Declan O’Keeffe. Both men worked extremely hard for the cause.

    The Medical Team under Dr. Martin Daly (Aisling Creighton, Sarah Newton, Ciaran Hunt, Seamus Hunt, Pat Regan and Squad Sports Psychologist Jim Lowther) provided a first class service at all times; the Kit Team (Anthony & Daire McCormack) and our Stats Man (Mick Byrne) always excelled and our Camera Man, Ollie Lennon, always got the tapes to us on time.

    A special thanks to our loyal and fun Taxi Man, Shay Wade, who never let us down; and Liam McNeill who looked after catering, often at short notice and with considerable distance involved but he always obliged. Thanks also to Vinny Egan for the Ice Baths. There are many others who made contributions: all at St. Brigid’s GAA club, the staff in Dr. Hyde Park, the staff in County Board offices, Adrian Greally & Staff at The Abbey Hotel, and so on. It takes a lot of positive people to run an inter-county team – no doubt I’ve accidently left some people out.

    I want to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Ballymore (Sean Mulryan) and Ranger Pipelines (Tom Hunt) – without their help we could never have achieved what we did.

    I want to put on record the inputs of Fergal O’Donnell, in particular, during year one; without his efforts the squads of 2017 and 2018 would not have enjoyed the benefits of the many excellent people and structures he put in place. The 2016 selectors, David Casey and Stephen Bohan never tired trying to do their best for Roscommon GAA. And a sincere thanks also to the 2016 back room team personnel who worked so diligently.

    My family, Verona and our three girls, have never once wavered in their support of me, or the Roscommon team, and of course prepared the ground at home to allow me a clear run at managing this fine squad.

    I want to thank the former Roscommon players and managers who encouraged, advised gently and supported strongly whatever I was trying to do for the squad.

    Throughout my time in charge I have, thankfully, enjoyed the support and friendship of the officers charged with running the affairs of both Roscommon GAA and Connacht GAA: Seamus Sweeney (Chairman, Roscommon GAA), Brian Carroll (Secretary, Roscommon GAA), David O’Connor (Treasurer, Roscommon GAA), his predecessor Seamus Maher and Hugh Lynn (PRO, Roscommon).

    Valerie Murray (Fixtures Secretary, Roscommon GAA) was always friendly and courteous. John Prenty (Sec, Connacht GAA) has always been professional and friendly in his personal dealings with me and I thank him for his support over the years. And a massive thanks to all at Club Rossie for their efforts.

    I want to confirm that our Chairman, on the day the season ended, gave me his and his executive’s full backing and asked that I stay on to see out the final two years of my term. I deeply appreciated that prompt and positive support.

    I want to thank the vast majority of media for their fair and accurate reporting on the efforts of our players and my management team.

    So, after much consideration I have decided not to take up the Chairman’s invitation. I’ve done three years, every one of them challenging and sometimes exhausting. In reviewing my time in charge I have to acknowledge the inordinate amount of time I spent dealing with financial and facility issues, personnel issues, media issues and the various contentious and controversial events that kept arising over those seasons.

    Success is what we all crave but we must understand our reality too. While Roscommon is a proud football county, it is a small county with a limited playing pool and deficits in resources and facilities. The budget required to finance success at the highest level demands year-round attention. Facilities, Catering, Kit & Equipment, Professional expertise and, especially, Travel costs are major financial drainers and they are placing a massive burden on voluntary officers that is often overwhelming.

    These are the significant challenges the smaller GAA counties face. If the GAA is committed to ensuring all counties are, at a minimum, competitive, then they must be supported financially in a way that reflects the demands and the need for fairness, equity and solidarity.

    I am privileged to say the Roscommon GAA family entrusted their team to me for three years. We had our share of special days, mostly grand days and of course, some very tough days. But overall, on reflection, these have been three of the greatest years of my life. Leaving the safety of the pundits chair for the passion and glory of the dressing room and football field is a decision I’ll never regret. However, today marks my retirement from senior inter county football management.

    I look forward to a less stressful period now, concentrating more on work and family life and to supporting Roscommon and Mayo teams in 2019 and beyond.


  • Leitrim booked their place in to the Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final following a hard earned one point win after extra-time over New York.

    It finished 0-19 to 1-15 in the Bronx.

    Leitrim will now take on Roscommon in Carrick on Shannon on Saturday May 26th.

  • Allianz Football League
    Division 1
    Mayo 3-15 Monaghan 1-18
    Tyrone 3-15 Galway 1-14 
    Kerry 2-17 Roscommon 0-13 

    Mayo will play Kerry in the final next Sunday at 4pm in Croke Park - Roscommon are relegated 

    Division 3
    Offaly 1-11 Sligo 1-10 

    Division 4
    Leitrim 1-20 Waterford 2-09