Mark McHugh to return from New York to Kilcar colours next week

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Mark McHugh to return from New York to Kilcar colours next week
Mark McHugh will not miss any of Kilcar’s RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC fixtures after Donegal’s All-Ireland quarter-final win over Armagh on Saturday.

Mark McHugh will not miss any of Kilcar’s RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC fixtures after Donegal’s All-Ireland quarter-final win over Armagh on Saturday.

Twenty-three-year-old McHugh opted off the Donegal senior panel in April and made his way to New York on a 60-day sanction in late June.

Jim McGuinness’s side’s 1-12 to 1-11 victory over Armagh means with the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin pencilled in for Sunday, August 31, the Donegal SFC will not take place until September at the earliest.

A decision was reached by the clubs of the county last September to postpone the local senior and intermediate championships until Donegal’s run in the All-Ireland series had concluded.

McHugh’s Donegal New York side were eliminated from the Navillus Championship on Sunday.

The 2012 All-Star, who is expected home early next week, could do little to prevent his side going down to a 2-19 to 0-6 loss to Cavan at Gaelic Park. That result that means Donegal New York have still won just once in eight outings - a 3-10 to 2-11 victory over Cork last month - and have decided not to fulfil their remaining two fixtures against Leitrim and Monaghan.

McHugh’s Kilcar open their Donegal SFC with a tricky opening round fixture away to last year’s county champions and beaten Ulster finalists, Glenswilly.

Kilcar are currently top of the All-County Football League Division One and won the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, with McHugh as captain, in Galway in June.