sT EUNAN’S have won their appeal to the Ulster Council against a Donegal County Board decision over boundaries involving themselves and Letterkenny Gaels.
At the last County Committee meeting, a decision was taken that there was no agreement in place between the clubs, but that decision was appealed by St. Eunan’s, who yesterday received a decision that there was an agreement in place.
Hopes that the Donegal U-21 Championship can be concluded this Saturday with the final between Naomh Conaill and Kilcar are very much in doubt with news that St. Michael’s are again going take their case to Ulster once more.
The Donegal CCC were due to meet last night and were to fix the decider for Sean MacCumhaill Park on Saturday, although there will be a question mark over the fixture until later in the week.
St. Michael’s appeal against their elimination from the competition, which was handed down on Friday, was unsuccessful. They were due to receive official notification of the Donegal Hearings’ Committee yesterday and then they have three days in which to appeal the decision to Ulster Council. Yesterday evening, a St Michael’s spokesperson confirmed that they would be appealing the Donegal Hearings’ decision to Ulster.
St. Michael’s have already had an appeal at Ulster turned down and subsequently appeals to Croke Park and the DRA were referred back to Donegal, but now the appeals’ route is again being taken. St Michael’s were eliminated from the championship when they failed to field for their quarter-final aginst Naomh Conaill.
A number of the players involved with Kilcar and Naomh Conaill are due to go on holiday with the Donegal panel on Sunday next, which is the reason why Saturday next was chosen as a possible final date.
If the final doesn’t go ahead this weekend, it is possible that it will be put on hold until February. Kilcar manager, John McNulty, was yesterday asking for clarity on a final date. “We need to be given the earliest date on which the final can be played. It is not fair on the clubs involved and we have to make a decision whether to keep on training or suspend training until after Christmas,” said McNulty.
The Donegal CCC have another huge problem in trying to complete Division Three of the League with Burt still having five games to play and the regulation that no adult games can be played in December and January. At the time of going to press they were hoping to play one game involving Burt under lights tomorrow evening, with Naomh Colmcille v Burt the preferred choice.
Vocational Schools in action
Meanwhile, Donegal Vocational School begin their defence of their Ulster and All-Ireland titles when they take on Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final in Convoy on Wednesday (12 noon).
Donegal have a new manager in Seosamh McKelvey, who has replaced John Joe O’Shea Donegal have a very good record in this competition but have just two of last year’s winning team available, Patrick McBrearty and Ryan McHugh.