St. Eunan’s - one of the county’s biggest clubs - could lose a huge part of their catchment area for players as a potentially bitter row about parish boundaries in the Cathedral town looks set to re-open.
Junior club Letterkenny Gaels, who were founded in the mid-1990s, are re-asserting their right to lay claim to the parish of Aughaninsin and at Monday’s county board meeting they made it crystal clear they intend to have a rule in relation to boundaries enacted.
However, St Eunan’s look set to fight the move with their veteran official Charlie McAteer claiming that an agreement between the two clubs would see the status quo remain.
Jim McGlynn of Letterkenny Gaels told the meeting: “I wish to reaffirm that no agreement has been reached between Letterkenny Gaels and St Eunan’s and in light of that I call on county committee to implement the bye-law passed on November 10, 2010, and that the parish of Aughaninshin should be the catchment area of Letterkenny Gaels.”
Mr McAteer insisted that there was an agreement in place dating back to when Letterkenny Gaels were formed and there was no mention of a boundary between the two clubs in the agreement.
The motion that Letterkenny Gaels are now asking to be implimented was passed into county by-law late last year after a number of appeals and counter appeals both to Croke Park and the Ulster Council, but was never enacted.
Efforts in recent months to reach an agreement between St Eunan’s and Letterkenny Gaels and leading county board officials have failed to come up with an agreement agreeable to both clubs.
And it is this that has prompted Letterkenny Gaels to move to have the by-law implemented and a boundary drawn between the two clubs along parish lines with St Eunan’s drawing their players from the parish of Conwall and Leck and Lettkenny Gaels having sole access to all players in the parish of Aughaninshin.
Meanwhile, in west Donegal it looks like neighbours Dungloe and Naomh Mhuire of Annagry are also on the cusp of falling out, again over boundaries.
At the same meeting Dungloe chairman Enda Bonner said his club would need more time to consider the matter and asked for old records and minutes of meetings dating back to when boundaries were last drawn up.
The Dungloe official made his comments after Naomh Mhuire chairman Cormac McGarvey, called for the parish of Kincassagh to be designated to Naomh Mhuire.
As things stand Dungloe and Na Mhuire both draw players from the parish of Kincasslagh that also covers Acres and Burtonport.