Naomh Ultan registration row rumbles on

Naomh Ultan registration row rumbles on
Naomh Ultan are going to have to wait a little longer to find a resolution to their difference with a number of neighbouring clubs over registration.

Naomh Ultan are going to have to wait a little longer to find a resolution to their difference with a number of neighbouring clubs over registration.

The club are claiming that neighbouring clubs Killybegs, St Naul’s and Ardara are ignoring club boundaries and are registering and playing players from their club area.

The club chairman, Terence McGinley, who raised the matter at Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Donegal GAA county committee, claimed that over 50 players from the Naomh Ultan catchment area are playing with three neighbouring clubs.

The Naomh Ultan official, who has raised the matter consistently over the last couple of years, asked at Monday night’s meeting for an update from the board on the progress being made by the three-man committee set up to investigate the claims at the previous meeting.

Vice-chairman Denis Ellis; development officer Michael McMenamin and Ulster Council representative, Brendan Kelly, were appointed by the county committee at the June meeting to look into the matter.

County chairman, Sean Dunnion, told the Naomh Ultan chairman that the sub-committee had met twice on the issue and had written to the three clubs and were awaiting a response.

“Until the committee hear back from the clubs and report back to us we are not in a position to deal with the matter. I know the matter is dragging on but I would ask you to be patient with us and wait until we hear back from the clubs and have time to discuss the issue,” said the chairman.

Howsever, the Naomh Ultan chairman was not impressed: “We have been down this road before. The county secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh wrote to the clubs concerned a couple of years ago informing them of the situation and the consequences. Those letters were ignored and nothing happened,” Terence McGinley said.

“We don’t want to see any player or club official suspended but it is dragging on now for a number of years and nothing is being done and it isn’t good enough. The rules are there and the Treoiri Oifigiúil is pretty clear on the matter.

“We have 19 players living in our club area playing with St Naul’s and 30 playing with Killybegs while there is only a small number playing with Ardara and it is only a minor issue.

“We want action and we want the matter resolved. At last month’s meeting I explained that we weren’t able to field an U-14 team in the county semi-final due to a lack of numbers.”

The chairman again repeated he understood the difficulty the club had with the registration issue but pleaded with the Naomh Ultan official to be patient on the matter. However, he could not given any assurances on a time scale as to when he hoped the matter would be resolved.