St Eunan’s GAA club are to fight the carve up of Letterkenny and the decision to grant the parish of Aughaninshin, one of two parishes in the town, to rival club Letterkenny Gaels.
In a brief statement issued last night the O’Donnell Park club said they were angry and disappointed at Monday night’s decision. But they reassured club members as far as they were concerned no designated boundaries are in place in the town as result of Monday night’s decision.
The statement also went on to state the club were going to fight the decision and the first port of call was the Ulster Council.
“We wish to reassure our members that no designated boundaries are in place in the Letterkenny area as result of Monday night’s decision.
“The St Eunan’s Club is now appealing the failure of County Committee to recognise the existing agreement between ourselves and Letterkenny Gaels to the relevant Ulster Hearings Committee.”
Monday night’s meeting determined on a vote of 40 to 36 with six spoiled votes that there was no agreement in place between the two clubs that no boundaries existed.
And as a consequence of that vote Letterkenny is now divided with the parish of Aughaninshin the club area of Letterkenny Gaels with Conwall and Leck now the catchment area for St Eunan’s.
St Eunan’s, in a submission to all the other clubs in the county, had contended with the support of documentary evidence - minutes of meetings and correspondence between the club and county board - from the time of the founding of Letterkenny Gaels in 1996 that an agreement was in place that no boundaries exist between the two clubs.
While in their submission to the clubs and county committee Letterkenny Gaels claimed that no such agreement existed and that they agreement was between the St Eunan’s club and the county board.
Letterkenny Gaels representatives John McDermott and James McGlynn said on Monday night that no such a agreement was in place and that the agreement referred to by S. Eunan’s was between St. Eunan’s and the county board and that they (Letterkenny Gaels) could not be a party to the agreement as they were not an affiliated club at the time.
This view was challenged by St Eunan’s club secretary Charlie McAteer, who insisted that the agreement did involve Letterkenny Gaels and McAteer also argued that at a county committee meeting in 2001, five years after Letterkenny Gaels was formed, it was agreed that there was no difficulty with boundaries in Letterkenny and that both clubs were satisfied with the status quo.
County committee deemed through the vote that no agreement existed and Letterkenny Gaels were granted Aughaninshin. However, with St Eunan’s not now accepting the decision the whole matter is up in the air again and it is set for the boardroom once again with the Ulster Hearings’ Committee the first port of call.