A transfer request from a Letterkennny Gaels players to transfer to neighbouring club St. Eunan’s has been put on hold following an objection to the transfer from Letterkenny Gaels.
The player, Jamie Doherty made the request in a personal letter to the Donegal Co. Board which was read out at Monday night’s March county committee.
However, the transfer was put on hold after Letterkenny Gaels secretary, Jim McGlynn, said they objected to the transfer and were evoking county bye law to be given time to give their reasons for their objection to the transfer.
The Letterkenny Gaels request was granted and the transfer was put on hold.
In his letter outlining his reason for seeking the move Doherty stated that he had only played four games with Letterkenny Gaels since 2010. The former county minor and U-21 also stated that he found it increasingly difficult to improve his football playing in Division Four of the All-County Football League and it was doing nothing for his chances of playing county U-21 football.
Jamie Doherty has played underage football right up through the age groups with Letterkenny Gaels and is one of the club’s leading young emerging players. He has played county football at minor U-16, minor and U-21. He was also was a member of Jim McGuinness’s county squad at the start of last year and had one outing in the Dr. McKenna Cup against Fermanagh.
The matter has now been deferred to the April county committee meeting. But it also places in the spotlight again the ongoing controversial boundary issue between the two clubs, which is currently on appeal to the GAA’s independent Disputes Resolution Authority. Letterkenny Gaels are still awaiting a hearing date for the appeal against the decision of the Ulster Hearings’ Committee to overturn a Donegal county committee ruling on that matters that divided Letterkenny along parish lines.
Meanwhile a request for transfers from two Na Rossa minor players to Naomh Conaill - Jamie McCready and Conor Melly - to play minor football only was turned down as it is not allowed under rule. It was refused on the grounds that the players wanted to transfer for minor football only and still wanted to play senior football with Na Rossa.
County secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh pointed out that it was not possible to grant the transfers and stated the only situation where it could be allowed was if Naomh Conaill and Na Rossa formed an independent club as was the case between Naomh Ultan and Killybegs with the formation of St. John’s last year.
A letter from Na Rossa stated that the club did not have a minor team this season and that the players, who were from Leitirmacaward, wanted to play with the nearest club to them, Naomh Conaill.
Dungloe chairman Enda Bonner, who insisted that he had no problem with the two players, but he wanted clarification on the matter on the parish rule as Dungloe and Na Rossa were from the one parish.
Also on transfers county chairman P. J. McGowan denied that a decision to stop the transfer of three Four Masters hurlers transferring to Setanta was rammed through at the previous county committee meeting.`
The chairman also insisted that the board was not in the business of denying anybody the opportunity to play hurling and that the decision to pass a bye law that the players play with the nearest hurling club to them was passed by the county committee and that there had been a full discussion on the matter.
He was responding to a claim from Eamonn Campbell, Setanta, that the ruling had been rammed through by the board and that the players had requested a transfer to Setanta who he insisted was the nearest club too them.
However, despite the protest from Setanta, the decision stands.