Donegal’s top-flight status assured

Alan Foley

Reporter:

Alan Foley

Jim McGuinness’s wish has been granted following Central Council’s decision not to tamper with the format of the National Football League.

Jim McGuinness’s wish has been granted following Central Council’s decision not to tamper with the format of the National Football League.

There was a proposal to make a 16-team top tier with eight sides each playing in Division 1A and 1B. That would’ve essentially meant Donegal’s promotion from Division Two this year would’ve been in vain.

However, at yesterday’s meeting at Croke Park it was decided to maintain the current current set-up, with the only change being the reintroduction of the semi-finals. Therefore, Donegal will join Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Mayo, Armagh, Laois and Down in Division One next term.

The Donegal hurlers will take part in Division 3A next term, alongside Louth, Fingal, Donegal, Sligo, Monaghan and Tyrone.

The GAA also announced that Hawk-Eye technology will be used on a two-year pilot basis for all Championship football and hurling games played in Croke Park from 2012. A full review will be conducted at the end of the two-year period and the proposal is subject to Congress approval.