Fr. Seán Ó Gallchóir’s Book of Donegal GAA Facts has got a major update and the seventh edition of the book was launched in Óstán Loch Altan, Gort a’ Choirce on Thursday night.
The latest edition not only updates the records of all aspects of the GAA in Donegal, but also includes some near features including results of Ulster Club competitions at all levels.
The latest book - Leabhar na dTorthaí, An Seacthtú Eagrán - runs to 281 pages, almost 100 more than the last edition in 2007.
It is 30 years since Fr. Seán brought out the first edition and this is the most comprehensive ever with a good mixture of photographs which embellishes the great success which Donegal has achieved in recent years, including the success of the Termon Ladies, which took place when the book was going to print.
There was a large gathering in Óstán Loch Altan on Thursday night where a special 40 minute presentation was screened of Donegal success from the first Ulster win in 1972 up to Termon’s All-Ireland win two weeks ago.
Fr. Seán paid an eloquent tribute to the unprecedented success which Jim McGuinness has brought to the county in recent years, and he also paid particular tribute to the success of the Termon Ladies in winning the All-Ireland senior club title, suggesting that there could be a special banner erected at the Burn Road - JOHN 3-7 with GER 3-8 on top of it!
Among those present on the night were Donegal Co. secretary, Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh, representing the Donegal Co. Board; Pól Ó Gallchóir, Ard Stiúrthóir TG4, and Noirin Doherty, Administrator, Donegal Co. Board GAA.
After the launch, books were presented to a number of people present including press members; fathers of Donegal senior players Noel Toye, Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy as well local Cloughaneely club officers and those who helped Fr. Seán in the production of the book, Browne Printers.
Majorie McFadden, mother-in-law of Jim McGuinness accepted a copy of the new book on behalf of Jim McGuinness.
The new book, with an impressive hardback cover, will be distributed through clubs and the usual outlets and would make a very acceptable Christmas present. It can also be used to settle any disputes about who played where and when for Donegal!