Emigrant Death

Emigrant Death

The death has taken place in Connecticut, U.S.A. of Joe Bohan, formerly of Drumgownagh. Before emigrating to the United States in the late 1950s Joe had made a name for himself on the GAA playing fields and was regarded as one of Leitrim’s finest footballers. He won a Connacht minor medal with Leitrim in 1945 and won two more Junior provincial medals with Leitrim in 1946 and 1952. On emigrating he lined out with the Leitrim team in New York where he teamed up with another Gortletteragh man, Jackie Murray and his lifelong friend, James McGovern. Joe and James had won senior championships with Aughavas in the 1950s. Such was Joe’s talent that he was picked on the New York team of 1958. Even though Joe lived in New York for nearly 60 years he never really left Drumgownagh and up until his death would talk fondly of the people of his youth that lived down all the little lanes in his home area. Joe was laid to rest in Pearl River, New York on Saturday last. We tender sympathy with his wife Eilis, sons Charles and Peter, daughter Nancy, grandchildren, nephews and nieces and the Bohan families, Drumgownagh. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Bingo will be held on Sunday next, January 12th in Paddy Joe Murphy Hall, Newtownforbes at 3 pm with 2500 euro in prize money.

Football Fare

Leitrim got their 2014 season off to a positive start with an FBD win over GMIT in Cloone on Sunday last. Cathal McCrann chipped in with a few points from his new position of centre forward. Well done lads. Gortletteragh had Padraig Gallagher and Niall Woods in action with the Leitrim Under 21 team that played Tipperary in Mohill on Saturday last.