Glenswilly, Naomh Conaill and Kilcar are the big guns chasing Donegal Comórtas Peil Na Gaeltachta honours this weekend.
This trio, along with Naomh Muire, the host club, are the four teams that have made it through to the last four in this year’s Donegal County Comórtas Peil Na Gaeltachta senior championship.
This year’s finals are being hosted by Naomh Muire at the Banks, in Mullachderg, in the Lower Rosses, and is run over four days from Friday to Monday.
In all there are 15 games over the foursdays of the tournament which throws-in on Friday evening. And the weekend festival of football wraps up on Bank Holiday Monday evening with the playing of the senior final and the crowning of the 2014 Donegal champions.
Glenswilly and Naomh Conaill renew their rivilarly on Sunday in the first of the semi-finals. Naomh Muire host Kilcar in the second of the senior semi-final on Sunday evening.
Sunday and Monday are the busiest of the three days with the playing of four games on each day.
Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Columba get the Sunday programme underway at 1 pm in the first of the junior (men’s) semi-final. This is followed by the clash of the Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher powered Glenswilly against the Anthony Thompson and Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy inspired Naomh Conaill. Naomh Conaill’s Leo McLoone, who missed Donegal Division Two clash with Monaghan on Sunday last with a calf muscle injury, looks set to miss the weekend.
There is a Rosses local derby clash in the second junior semi-final with hosts Naomh Muire meeting Na Rossa while the Naomh Muire senior team entertain Kilcar, in the second of the senior semi-finals. This game, which throws-in at 5.30 pm, brings the curtain down on the Sunday programme of games.
It is an 11 am start on Monday with the first of the finals, the Ladies Junior Championship final. This is followed by the clash of great rivals Termon and Glenfin, in the ladies senior final.
The junior mens final is timed for 2 pm with the senior decider due to throw-in at 3.30 pm. The weekend kicks off with Naomh Muire hosting Termon B, in the junior ladies championship on Friday evening.
The U-15 boys final and the Ladies Intermediate final - Ardara versus Gaoth Dobhair complete the Saturday programme.
As well as the onfield activities the weekend also includes a busy programme of social activities.
These include on Saturday night the selection of the Cailín Gaelach, the popular gaeltacht quiz. There is also live entertainment on Sunday night with the celebration Ceilí bringing down the curtain on the weekend festivities on Monday evening.
The weekend also marks the official opening of the new extension to the Naomh Muire clubrooms which include two additional dressing rooms part of a three year €250,000 further development at the Banks.