A selection of matters that were brought up at Monday night’s March County Committee, which was held in the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey.
CCC regulate U-21B championship
Danny Dowds queried why there were senior teams - namely Glenfin and Termon - in the U-21B Championship for the coming season, at Monday night’s County Committee meeting in Ballybofey.
The Burt referred to regulation 39 but was told by county board chairman Sean Dunnion told the floor the matter had been talked over.
“The discussion took place at a regulation meeting and it was left for the CCC (Competitions’ Control Committee) to decide what clubs would enter,” he said. “The regulation 39 is gone and the grading of the competition was dealt with by the CCC, with the regulations being circulated.”
Clubs must get registered - chairman
Donegal county board chairman Sean Dunnion urged clubs to get registered as soon as possible, as even though the All-County League has yet to start, some players are not insured to play until their clubs have paid.
“The secretary, Aodh Mairtín O’Fearraigh, gets a list of registered clubs every Friday,” Dunnion said. “As of last Friday, there were 28 clubs registered, 20 of which have paid.
“Remember clubs at this time of year are playing challenge games, in the Ulster League or Comortas Peil na Gaeltachta matches and players are not covered insurance-wise unless their club’s registration is in. We appeal to club to get it in.”
Problems with kit supplier
County chairman Sean Dunnion said any issues with kit manufacturers Azzurri “will be dealt with at management level.”
County Treasurer Grace Boyle recently updated the Management Committee with various issues including quality, timeframe for delivery, wrong orders etc from the manufacturer.
It was decided to seek advice from our solicitor regarding the terms of the contract. It was also agreed that a paper trail file from November until present be set up and issue formal notice to Azzurri with assistance from the county board’s solicitors.
No tricolour for a reason
Austin Daly of Naomh Padraig in Lifford asked why there was no tricolour flying on the night Donegal welcomed Down in Division One of the National Football League last month.
Sean Dunnion, the county chairman, replied by saying protocol was being followed as it is only flown during the hours of daylight.
Rosses boundary issue
Rosses clubs Naomh Mhuire and Dungloe will this week be called to a meeting with the sub-committee tasked with exploring a long-standing boundaries dispute.
“This was discussed by the Executive and the clubs will receive correspondence inviting them to meet the sub committee,” said county chairman Sean Dunnion, in reference to the regular query from the Naomh Mhuire’s Cormac McGarvey.
Philip McGlynn from Bundoran, Dungloe’s Myles Sweeney and Glenfin clubman Dave Warren have been added to the HR committee but there are still people needed to join the PR/Marketing/IT sub-committee.
“We have one or two names, but we need more,” said county chairman Sean Dunnion. “This is one of the most important committees we have.”
Clubs have been asked to forward names, in writing, to the county secretary Aodh Mairtín Ó Fearraigh.
Consultation before congress
Children’s officer Mick McGrath has encouraged county committee to consult internally ahead of any proposed rule changes the GAA’s annual congress in Derry in two weeks’ time.
“There are some interesting things on the table and some that might spoil the game,” McGrath said.
“All of our county football and hurling managers as well as coaching committees should be given a chance to express their opinions.”
County chairman Sean Dunnion asked for any clubs who want to submit anything on the motions, should do it in writing to secretary Aodh Mairtín O’Fearraigh before Monday, March 11.
Keep things tidy - Walsh
Sean McGinley, secretary of the Competitions’ Control Committee, has urged referees to get reports and substitutes’ lists in a tidy fashion.
“Please keep them tidy,” he said. “Sometimes they’re coming on envelopes and jotters etc. Please tidy up.”
Child awareness guidelines
Ulster Council representative Pat Conaghan urged adults to get vetted in conjunction with child awareness guidelines.
“We’re away behind Northern Ireland in terms of the number of people trained,” he said. “Remember, clubs holding Féile and the likes who are hosting visiting teams and families needed to be vetted.
“All inter-county teams and mentors and county executive support a charter being done inside of six months on the responsibility and guidelines for underage development squads.
Kerry match in Ballybofey
Patrons attending the Allianz National Football League match on Sunday between Donegal and Kerry who wish to view from the stand must enter via the Jackson’s entrance.
This will be the protocol for all future matches played at Sean MacCumhaill Park. Stewards for Sunday must be present from 12.30pm for a 12.45pm briefing. It was also mentioned there will be no parking available at Sean MacCumhaill Park.
Steward meeting planned
Clubs were asked to keep in mind there will soon be a stewarding course, with the Tyrone Ulster championship match in mind.
“Donegal and Tyrone in Ballybofey will be a huge event, all going well,” county chairman Sean Dunnion said. “We will be holding a course where we need 120 stewards minimum so we need three per club. Please note this is a new course, an updated one, so anyone who might previously have done stewarding courses will be asked to attend.”
Best wishes were passed onto anyone or any club representing Donegal at the Scór sinsir Ulster semi-final takes place in Derrygonnelly, Co Fermanagh, on Saturday night in the Ulster semi-finals.
Congulations to Ulster players
Pat Conaghan, the Ulster Council representative, passed on his congratulations to the four Donegal players who helped Ulster win the inter-pro football championship last month. Neil McGee, Eamon McGee, Mark McHugh and Michael Murphy were all part of the panel managed by Joe Kernan.
Club Donegal cards’ wording
The wording on the new Club Donegal cards brought a disagreement over whether the holder is entitled into underage games in the county.
The cards say thy entitle the holder to enter “all adult” matches in the county when Killybegs delegate Ed Byrne said holders were off the opinion the card covered all matches, including underage.
“It was affecting the Northern Board and the Southern Board,” county treasurer Grace Boyle said. “We aren’t trying to do anyone out of anything here.”
However, Byrne was impressed by the answers given from the top table on the matter.
“This committee governs all of our games,” he said. “We are selling this and now we have to go back to those people to tell tham that it has changed. It’s just silly.”
Inter Club Transfer
Seán MacSuibhne; Gaoth Dobhair - Buncrana
Inter County Transfer – Outgoing
Noel Duddy; Na Rossa - Oisin, Lancashire
Odhran Duke; Na Ceithre Maisitiri - Neasde Gaels, London
Ciaran Patrick Harrigan; Muff - Shamrocks, Cork
Seamus O Gallachoir; Naomh Conaill - Corduff, Muineachan
Barry Canning; Gleann Suili - Stát Sheirbhís, BÁC
Brendan Breen; Naomh Naille - London
Mícheál Ó Beirn; Naomh Columba - Naomh Olibhear Pluincead & Eoghan Rua, BÁC
Leigh Herron; Gleann Fhinne - Naomh Olibhear Pluincead & Eoghan Rua, BÁC
Shane Curran; Naomh Columba - Naomh Comhgall, Aontroim
Inter County Transfer – Incoming
Brendan O’Brien; Emyvale, Monaghan - Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn
Paul Grier; Dundalk Gaels, Louth - Baile na nGallóglach
Daniel Ferry; Cloich Cheann Fhaola - Éire Óg, Sydney
Enda Sweeney; Carn Domhnach - St Kevins, Melbourne
Michael Moy; Gleann Fhinne - Brisbane Harps, Brisbane
Gleann Suili Players regularised to play underage hurling with Naomh Adhamhnáin.
U14 – Cian Randles, Mark McGinley, Brian Marley, Mark McGinty. U12 – Mark Mulholland, Conor McGinty, Ed Grant, Sam Grant.