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On Monday morning we woke up in Ballinamore with a smile

Tommy Conlon


Our refusal to accept defeat again characteristic of the steely self-reliance that Leitrim folk embody

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Ballinamore celebrate their Leitrim SFC final victory over Mohill. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ballinamore celebrate their Leitrim SFC final victory over Mohill. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ballinamore supporters celebrate Niall McGovern's goal. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ballinamore supporters celebrate Niall McGovern's goal. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ballinamore captain Dean McGovern. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ballinamore captain Dean McGovern. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ballinamore goalscorer Niall McGovern. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ballinamore goalscorer Niall McGovern. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Ballinamore celebrate their Leitrim SFC final victory over Mohill. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

“Last night I had a pleasant dream,” sang Larry Cunningham famously in the 1960s, “I woke up with a smile.” And apparently it wasn’t Zsa Zsa Gabor that Larry had been dreaming about. It was Lovely Leitrim.

Last Sunday I bumped into a fellow Ballinamore man an hour before the county final in Carrick-on-Shannon. He hadn’t had any dreams the night before, pleasant or otherwise, because he hadn’t slept a wink with the nerves. Most of us didn’t sleep many winks Sunday night either. But we definitely woke up with a smile Monday morning. We were senior county champions for the 21st time. It was the town’s first title since 1990. The famine had nearly killed us. The celebrations would nearly kill a few of us too.


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