Four of the big noises in Donegal football are chasing a Donegal Senior Gaeltacht Championship this weekend at the county finals of Comórtas Peilee na Gaeltachta, in Ardara.
Hosts Ardara, Naomh Conaill, Gaoth Dobhair and Glenswilly are the four and they meet in Sunday’s semi-finals to decide the pairings for Monday’s finals of the competition. The other big prize on offer for Naomh Conaill, Gaoth Dobhair and Glenswilly, is a chance to get a crack at an All-Ireland Gaeltacht title.
Ardara are also host of this year’s All-Ireland finals of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta on the June Bank Holiday weekend are already guaranteed a place in the last four of the national finals.
“We are looking forward to the weekend and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend of football in both ladies and mens,” said Frank McGee, chairman of the club’s Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta committee.
“We have four of the top senior teams in the county meeting in the semi-finals with ourselves and Naomh Conaill meeting in the first one on Sunday afternoon and Glenswilly and Gaoth Dobhair meeting in the second one on Sunday evening. They promise to be two very good games with a number of the top players in the county involved in all four teams.
“We also have Naomh Muire, Naomh Conaill, Downings and our own junior team competing in the Junior championship and we have Glenfin and Milford in the senior ladies final. That game is on Sunday and we have our own ladies in the intermediate final against Naomh Conaill on Monday and we also have the junior ladies final and the U-15 boys final. So it is a pretty hectic programme of games over the two days.”
The club’s spanking new clubhouse will also be used for the first time this week and club officials are busy getting the new development ready for the weekend.
“All the work really is done on the building; it is just a matter of tidying up and general housekeeping before the games on Sunday. It is a fine development and we plan on having an official opening later on in the year.”
The new building, which was built entirely from voluntary labour by members, is made up of two floors. The first floor houses four dressing rooms, a referee’s room, a first aid room, reception area and toilets. A large function room is the centrepiece of the second floor with a state of the art fully fitted out kitchen and toilets off it. Another feature of the second floor is a large viewing area of the pitch with a clear glass front. This area will be used for the press and media.
The clubhouse will be fully functional this weekend with all the off-field activities such as the Trath na gCeist, the selection of the Cailín Gaelach and the ceili being staged in the upstairs function room.
This weekend’s Donegal finals will be a good dress rehearsal for the All-Ireland finals of the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta which are being staged this year in Ardara, on the June Bank Holiday weekend.