Red Hugh’s are bidding for a second Junior A Championship and Naomh Ultan a first when they go head to head in next weekend’s Donegal Junior A Championship final.
The final is on Sunday and is the curtain-raiser to the RTÉ Ráidió Na Gaeltachta Senior Championship semi-final meeting of Kilcar and Naomh Conaill, in MacCumhaill Park.
Red Hugh’s won their one and only junior title in 1981. However, a team from Killygordon won the junior championship in 1946 and Killygordon also won a Senior Championship in 1921.
Red Hugh’s, who are based in the Cross, Killygordon, reached a Senior Championship final in 1986, but lost to Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon.
Last year’s beaten finalists, Naomh Ultan, are back again this season and bidding for the club’s first Dr McCloskey Cup. They lost last year’s decider also in MacCumhaill Park to Urris.
Dunkineely, a forerunner to Naomh Ultan, won the Junior Championship in 1936.
The first Donegal Junior Championship was run in 1932 and in the last 82 years, the championship has had 42 different winners.
Junior Championship Roll of Honour
6 - Robert Emmetts
4 - Convoy, Milford Urris
3 - Cloughaneely, Carndonagh, St Naul’s, Naomh Brid
2 - Erin’s Hope (Stranorlar), Glenties, Downings, Bundoran, Four Masters, Ardara, Kilcar, St Michael’s, Naomh Muire, Naomh Colmcille, Fanad Gaels, Moville.
1 - Rosses Rovers, Gaoth Dobhair, Dunkineely, Dungloe, Donegal Town, Killygordon, Corlea, Liscooley, Pettigo, An Inis, Mulroy Gaels, Ranafast, Termon, Glencolmcille, Killybegs, Glenfin, St Eunan’s, Red Hugh’s, Na Rossa, Buncrana, Malin, Burt, Dún Liónan,