The following is an edited extract from the Senior & Minor County Finals Programme 2012
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The Leitrim Minor 15 a side or 'A' championship is well accustomed to unusual team names, with local Saints often being called on to provide names for some amalgamations. The pairing of Fenagh / Gortletteragh together is the first time these two clubs have joined to play together in this championship. For Fenagh's last appearance at Minor Level on County Final day one has to go back as far as 1981 when the Eastern Harps combination of Fenagh and Cloone won the title. Gortletteragh's last appearance was in 1979, amalgamated with Mohill as Lough Rynn Gaels. Fenagh and Gortletteragh have consistently, from U12 upwards, played each other in finals and semi finals with the spoils about evenly shared. Indeed earlier this year the teams contested the 9 a side league final with Gortletteragh shading it by the thinnest of margins. The saying 'Familiarity breeds Comtempt' was thrown out the window when the players from both clubs indicated their desire to join up and contest the 'A' Championship. After much discussion, Fenagh / Gortletteragh was born on the premise of giving the lads a chance to play together at the highest level in their own grade. These players who have worked diligently together, the mentors who have given unselfishly of their time and effort and everyone involved behind the scenes from both clubs deserves thanks. Regardless of the result today, our amalgamation has been a great footballing adventure.
- Uinseann Ó'Ruairc
The lads went on to win the Minor 'A' Championship after a replay against the St Manachan's amalgamation of Mohill, Cloone & Eslin Clubs. Both games were thrilling encounters and the occasions themselves added a great sense of excitement and pride in both Gortletteragh and Fenagh at the business end of the Football Calendar. Is was a remarkable achievment given the standard of the teams in the Championship and given the lads had never played together prior to this year, and the success was testament to the talent present at underage level in both the Fenagh and Gortletteragh Clubs. The lads were overseen by Padraig Quinn and John 'Doc' Healy and their backroom team of James Dorrigan, Ciarán Crinnigan, Tom Howard and Brendan Flynn, and will once again join up in an attempt to retain their crown in 2013.
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