St Eunan’s might not have won eight Donegal SFC’s since the initiation of the Ulster club championship but only once have they ever played a fixture in the provincial competition in the county.
That was in 1972 when the Letterkenny side faced All-Ireland champions Wolfe Tone’s from Bellaghy at O’Donnell Park.
The match ended in a draw, 0-10 to 0-10 each, before the Derry side won the replay 3-13 to 1-10 in Magherafelt with Mick Sweeney the St Eunan’s goalscorer.
Since then, St Eunan’s record has been a poor one, winning just once in Ulster. Their 1983 campaign ended in Cavan after a 1-9 to 0-8 loss to Laragh United.
In 1999, in Ballinascreen, Bellaghy had far too much for St Eunan’s and ran out winners on a 2-14 to 1-8 scoreline.
The 2001 escapade was a brief one as St Eunan’s lost 0-9 to 0-8 against Cavan Gaels at Breffni Park.
Six years later, in 2007, despite racing into an early lead and having a goal disallowed by John Haran, Brendan Kilcoyne’s side went down 0-8 to 0-7 - again against Cavan Gaels.
A year later, now with Eamon O’Boyle in charge, David McGinley’s goal and Kieran Sharkey’s penalty helped St Eunan’s to a first ever win in Ulster, 2-10 to 1-8, against Clonoe O’Rahilly’s at Coalisland.
In the semi-final at Brewster Park, St Eunan’s put in a scintillating first half, where at one stage they led by four points against Crossmaglen Rangers.
However, the Armagh champions used their experience to wrestle out an 0-11 to 0-8 victory.
Performing well, albeit in defeat, meant St Eunan’s entered the 2009 series with confidence after completing a three-in-a-row domestically. Kilcoo, the Down champions for the first time since 1937, were the opponents. St Eunan’s performed poorly in Pairc Esler and went down 0-13 to 0-9.
In 2012, there was another early exit as seven days after defeating Naomh Conaill in the local showpiece, Crossmaglen won 3-11 to 1-9 in Armagh against a jaded St Eunan’s team under the control of Michael McGeehin, Brendan Devenney and O’Boyle.