Island stop-off for John’s FAI delegation

Fresh from their trip to Poland for the Euros - John Delaney and his FAI delegation were on their travels again last evening - this time to Europe’s most westerly football club.

Fresh from their trip to Poland for the Euros - John Delaney and his FAI delegation were on their travels again last evening - this time to Europe’s most westerly football club.

Arranmore United have a proud tradition in junior soccer in Donegal and last night’s opening of their new stand at Rannagh Park marks another significant chapter in the club’s history.

For John Delaney and former international, Ray Houghton, it was no doubt, one of the most unusual stop-offs in a busy schedule which will eventually see them visit 32 local clubs in the county ahead of this weekend’s FAI AGM in Letterkenny.

The Arranmore pipe band played the guests from the ferry to the ground. Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni sent his apologies because he could not attend the ceremony. He will be in Donegal for the AGM on Saturday and before that, on Friday, will attend a press conference in Ballybofey.

Yesterday was another busy day for the FAI delegation who also visited the facilities of Letterkenny Rovers FC, Glenea United FC and Keadue Rovers FC - the first club of another former international favourite, Packie Bonner.

After their trip to Arranmore, the group visited the facilities of Gweedore United before attending a special reception in Gweedore.

Today’s schedule includes visits to Gweedore Celtic (10.20am), Dunlewey Celtic (11.30am), Illistrin FC, Letterkenny (12.55pm), Bonagee United (3pm) and Cappry Rovers FC (4.20pm) before a special reception hosted by Donegal County Council at County House, Lifford at 6.30pm.