Donegal’s County Competitions Control officials have been accused of ignoring county regulations by one of the county’s leading and oldest clubs.
The accusation was made by Gaoth Dobhair representative Frank McEleney after hearing CCC secretary Sean McGinley inform Gaeltacht clubs that any of them that wanted to play games on the May Bank Holiday weekend, the weekend of the county final of Comortas Peil Na Gaeltachta, to let him know and he would try to accommodate them.
A regulation was passed by county committee earlier in the year that no games be fixed for Gaeltacht clubs on the weekends of County and All-Ireland finals on the May and June Bank Holidays, which this year are being staged in Gaoth Dobhair.
The Gaoth Dobhair representative claimed that the secretary’s offer to the Gaeltacht clubs was in contravention of the regulation. And he went on to state that there was not much point in passing regulations if they were going to be ignored by the CCC.
Sean McGinley pointed out that his own club, Kilcar, were being asked to play a championship game on the May weekend, simply because there was no other weekend available. He also pointed out that on the county final weekend the Gaeltacht games were being played on the Sunday and the Monday and the CCC were planning to play the games on the Saturday.
However, despite this Mr. Eleney said that this was totally against the spirit of the regulation and requested clarification on the exact wording of the regulation. He insisted on getting clarification on the matter as he wanted to know what to report back to his club.
Chairman P. J. McGowan said that there did not seem to be a problem as the CCC were planning Saturday games and the Gaeltacht finals were on the Sunday and Monday.
But he did agree to have the minutes checked to discover the exact wording of the regulation and that he would get back to the club on the matter.