One month ago Donegal Rugby Football Club celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding back in the days of 1973.
But this year is also the 40th anniversary of a challenge rugby match played in Glencolmcille’s ‘Pairc na nGael’ which created a bit of a ‘stir’ among GAA stalwarts at the time.
Donegal RFC had just been in existence for one year. Their matches starting to feature in the Democrat, as rugby as a team sport was relatively new to the county.
Throughout the 1970s in the ‘In Through’ area of Glencolmcille, many of its Gaelic footballers featured on the GAA county team. Talented players like the Hegartys, John Joe Doherty, Padraig Carr, Sean Gavigan, Finian Ward, Michael Oliver McIntyre, Michael Gallagher and even going back further to Carrick’s John Brown.
So a challenge was thrown down and accepted by Donegal Town RFC and the history-making game was scheduled for a Sunday in mid-October 1974 ...
Read the full story in Thursday’s Donegal Democrat