We lost a great friend and a very popular Bundoran resident with the death of Peter Quinn last week.
He would be better known throughout Donegal as ‘Pedro’ but we would know him in Bundoran as ‘The Fat Man’, a name I christened him after a character in the Paul Newman film, ‘The Hustler’. He used to call me ‘The Thin Man’ so I christened him ‘The Fat Man’.
There was just three weeks between us in age and we grew up playing football and then we worked together. Later he was like a father to my son, Seanie.
He was very popular and a very talented sportsman, not just at Gaelic football, but also at soccer. He was a good friend of the late Fran Fields of Finn Harps. He was totally unselfish as a footballer. He had fashioned himself on the late Sean Purcell of Galway. He loved Galway and Kerry football. It is hard to believe he is gone.
After the quarter-finals in the championship we have a north and south semi-final.
John Haran is still playing well beyond his years for St. Eunan’s, who take on St. Michael’s in the first semi-final. Michael’s, when they play, are a match for anyone, but they will need to bite the bullet in this game. Eunan’s are not easy to put down.
In the other clash, Glenties got their fill of it against Termon but then again Termon can always put it up to any team.
Kilcar have the players but this is a local derby and anything can happen.
Put to the sword, I would go for a St. Eunan’s-Kilcar final, but it will be close.
I notice that Karl Lacey was quoted this week that he might rest for the league and that would be a good idea. Indeed I would hope that Rory Gallagher would give the U-21s and minors their head in the Dr. McKenna Cup and League. Keeping our Division One status would be good but relegation would not be the end of the world if we could unearth half a dozen players for next summer.
We should be looking forward to a more favourable draw in the Ulster Championship this year and plan accordingly.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Peter Campbell