“We have to move forward” - McGuinness

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness spoke for the first time about the controversy involving Kevin Cassidy when picking up the Personality of the Year award at the Ulster GAA Writers’ night in Bundoran on Friday night.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness spoke for the first time about the controversy involving Kevin Cassidy when picking up the Personality of the Year award at the Ulster GAA Writers’ night in Bundoran on Friday night.

Austin O’Callaghan of the BBC broached the subject with him after he accepted the award: “I don’t have a lot to say on it. It has been a difficult period. We’ve had ups and downs during the year and it’s not an issue to dwell on. It has been dealt with now and we have to move on from here. There has been a lot said, but we have to move forward,” said Jim.

Speaking about Donegal in general during the year, he said: “We got a lot of criticism during the year but people should understand that we are not Kerry or Cork,” said McGuinness, who said that an article in the Irish News before Christmas last year had Donegal in 19th place. “That was a good place to start and we have come a long way. We can now start to compete with these teams (like Kerry and Cork),” said McGuinness.

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