The RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta senior championship was launched on Thursday night with a Press Night in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.
The final - between Glenswilly and Killybegs, takes place on Sunday next, October 20th and representatives of both clubs were present in the Abbey Hotel for the launch.
Also present was referee, Ian Molloy of Naomh Conaill; members of the Donegal Fixtures Committee as well as press members for the photo and interview opportunity.
The final is a novel pairing with Killybegs coming from league oblivion to reach the final against all the odds, while Glenswilly also had a tough route, coming from the toughest group (with Kilcar, St. Michael’s and Bundoran) and then having just one point to spare in their quarter-final and semi-final wins over Kilcar and Ardara respectively.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Seamus Mac Geidigh, Ceannaire, Raidio na Gaeltachta, Dhun na nGall, who are sponsoring the championship for the 11th year in-row, complimented both clubs on reaching the final.
“I would think that this year’s championship was a very good championship. There was a new format and it seemed to work very well. We were treated to two very good semi-finals last weekend with just one point between the teams at the end of both games,” said Seamus.
The RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta representative wished both teams well in the final and also wished the county final referee, Ian Molloy, the best of luck.
In a new departure, Seamus Mac Geidigh did an interview with representatives of both clubs with John Cunningham (chairman) and Brendan Boyle (captain) representing Killybegs while Glenswilly were represented by Leon Kelly and Gerard McGrenra.
Cunningham was unable to answer why Killybegs have performed so poorly in the league but have been unbeaten in the championship, other than to feel that they seemed to have their full complement available for the championship games.
Glenswilly’s Gerard McGrenra, who said he would throw awsay the boots if he wonin 2011, revealed that he had a new pair of boots, but they were more likely to get an outing with the Reserves against Termon on Saturday evening!
Also present at the launch was Ann McGeehin, representing the McGeehin family, who have once again sponsored the Peadar Memorial Memorial Man of the Match Award, which will be awarded on the day.