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April 28th 2004

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Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala v Scoil an Linbh Iosa

Tirchonail Park played host to a very entertaining local primary schools match between Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala and Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Killymard last Thursday. The sun shone and the ref John McGlanaghey could have left his whistle at home such was the free flowing nature of the game. When Paul Gillespie rattled the Aodh Rua & Nuala net after two minutes, the Killymard boys had the elusive prize of a night off homework in their sights, but after some accurate shooting from Luke Keeney and Gavin Bennett, Mrs. O’Toole’s men were back in the ball game. They increased their lead before half-time until Shane Mc Nulty got the men from “the promised land” back in action with a well taken penalty which was awarded after great work from the lively J.P. Hanna.
However, with Eoin Dunleavy and Brian Brogan rock solid in defence, Aodh Rua & Nuala pushed forward and got the scores their play deserved, and secured the victory with a few points to spare. Both teams gave it their all and are to be commended on their excellent behaviour.

R O’ Donnell

The EFI Introduction to Coaching Course was recently held at Deane’s Equestrian Centre, Bruckless. Fourteen candidates enjoyed the course - its first time in Donegal, thanks to funding granted to the South Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club by Donegal Sports Partnership Club Development Programme 2004. The aim of the Course is to arouse interest of prospective Coaches and parents in Coaching and to provide basic Coaching skills and a general orientation towards the National Coaching and Development Programme. The above photo shows Tutors Brigette McCarthy, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and Susan Patterson, Bagnelstown, Co. Carlow with prospective Coaches and members of the South Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club, along with Alex Deane, Proprietor of Deane’s Equestrian Centre. Photo: Conor Sinclair

Donegal Town F.C.

The U-14’s are now coming near the end of their league campaign with just two matches remaining away to Copany Rovers this week, and on Saturday morning next away to Drumbar Utd., in their final league game of the season.
The team recently recorded two impressive home wins against Eany Celtic and Erne Wanderers 4-3, and 5-2 respectively. Scorers against Eany Celtic were Oisin Mc Ginty with a hat trick and Ryan Early. Indeed Oisin Mc Ginty is in fine goal scoring form at the moment having scored a hat-trick the evening before with the county U-12 team. Six goals in two days – not bad. Scores last weekend against Erne Wanders were Ryan Early, Patrick O’ Kennedy, Mark Gorwin, Stephen Walsh and Josh Lacey.
Congratulations and good luck to club players Oisin Mc Ginty and Sean O’kennedy who are in the county U-12 panel and also to Raymie Mc Groary and Josh Lacey who travelled to Sligo at the weekend with the county U-14 team.
The senior team, having been pipped for an automatic promotion spot by Castlefin Celtic and Raphoe Town must now face a promotional play-off game this coming Sunday 2nd May in Castlefin at 2pm Opponents on the day will be either Ballybofey Utd. Or Bonagee Utd., these two teams playing off this week to decide.
This is a crucial match for the club, and all the hard work done by Peter Donaghy and the team over the season will be determined by this fixture.
All support on the day would be most welcome to cheer on the lads in their quest to put the club back where it belongs.

Donegal Town and District Finn Harps
Supporters Club

Donegal Town and District Finn Harps Supporters Club held a very successful inaugural night in Charlie’s Star Bar, Donegal Town on Thursday night the 15th of April. A large crowd attended on the night with a huge level of interest expressed in the supporter’s club on what is a very important year in Finn Harps Football Club’s history with the club celebrating 50 years in existence and the 30 years since the club’s only major honour. To coincide with these important anniversaries, this season presents the greatest opportunity for Finn Harps to return to its rightful place in the Premier Division with 3 teams being promoted this season with the reversion of the Eircom League Premier Division back to 12 teams. Finn Harps currently occupy that important 3rd position after a fantastic 3-0 victory over North West rivals Sligo Rovers at Finn Park on Friday night last.
There was a special guest appearance on the night by Noel King, now ex-manager of Finn Harps and TV pundit on TV 3’s Eircom League Weekly, who resides here in Donegal Town. Mr King expressed his views that the development of such a supporters club was crucial to the lifeblood of the club, and being successful as a club could be directly attributed to the support the club attracts, something Finn Harps prides itself on. Finn Harps are one of the best supported Eircom League teams away from home, a point Noel King himself was quick to highlight, and how much this meant to the team.
The supporters club committee was elected on the night. Andrew McElhinney, Donegal Town was elected chairperson with Jim Flanagan, Belleek elected vice-chairperson. Brendan Grufferty, Donegal Town was elected as Secretary and Paddy Doherty, Bundoran elected as vice-secretary. The posts of Treasurer and Vice-Treasurer saw the election of Pauline and Brid Curristan respectively. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who turned up on the night. A special thanks must go to a number of people for their support and encouragement in ensuring the success of the club. Charlie Martin of Charlie’s Star Bar for supporting our efforts and providing us with the venue, Noel King for his attendance on the night, to Anne Kelly, Ballybofey and Stranorlar Supporters Club and Director of Finn Harps Football Club, and Seamus Gallagher, Cloghan, Director of Finn Harps Football Club, both also for attending on the night and their limitless efforts. A special thanks also to Harold Lindsay, Donegal Town and Paul Gallagher, Paul’s Mace, Donegal Town.
A raffle was held on the night and the prize winners were, Philip Dore, Donegal Town who won a bottle of whiskey sponsored by Paul Gallagher, Paul’s Mace, Christopher McMenamin, Barnesmore who won a sweet hamper sponsored by Donagh Keon, Donegal Creameries, Francis Cassidy. Donegal Town, won a meal for two at Linda’s Krusty Kitchen, Donegal Town, sponsored by Linda and Jon Geary, Jim Flanagan, Belleek won a meal for two at the Blueberry Tearooms, sponsored by Brian Gallagher. Finn Harps merchandise sponsored by Ballybofey and Stranorlar Supporters Club was won by Rita Meehan, Lynn McElhinney, Brendan Grufferty and Susan Sweeney. The signed Finn Harps football was collected by Peggy Sweeney, c/o Pauls Mace, Donegal Town.
The next meeting will be held in Owen Roe O’Neills, Ballyshannon, on the 28th April at 8p.m. New members welcome.
For any queries relating to the club contact Andrew McElhinney on 086 3853310 or Brendan Grufferty on 086 1731757.


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