Gaoth Dobhair representatives walk out

Goath Dobhair are up in arms with the Donegal Competition’s Control Committee and what they claim is the failure of the chairman of the CCC, Charlie Cannon to answer questions they put to him at Tuesday night’s committee meeting.

Goath Dobhair are up in arms with the Donegal Competition’s Control Committee and what they claim is the failure of the chairman of the CCC, Charlie Cannon to answer questions they put to him at Tuesday night’s committee meeting.

Club representatives, Frank McEleney and Martin Boyle were so incensed by the chairman’s response to a number of questions they put to him regarding a breach of regulation by the CCC on the playing of games last weekend, that they walked out of the meeting.

“We are very disappointed and disillusioned after hearing the CCC chairman’s response to what was a blatant breach of a regulation passed earlier this year,” Frank McEleney told the Democrat on Wednesday morning.

“We put a number of questions to the CCC and we did not get a proper response to any of them. We felt so annoyed and disappointed with the response and the fact that we felt we did not get a proper hearing that we left the meeting.”

The matter at the centre of the row was a regulation put by Gaoth Dobhair and passed unanimously by county committee earlier this year that all Gaeltacht clubs would be free from any fixtures on the weekends of both the Donegal finals and the national finals of Comortas Peil Na Gaeltachta. The county finals were staged last weekend with the national finals on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Mr. Eleney, who read a prepared statement, said the club had decided not to appeal what they regarded as a blatant disregard for the match regulations and Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta to the Ulster Council.

However, he did ask why the CCC proceeded to set fixtures in disregard to the regulation? He also asked why the county executive allowed the breach of the rule. He queried why the CCC circulated a memo to all clubs in Division One and Two confirming that round seven of the league, which was scheduled for May 5th, was being brought forward to April 27th as a result of the regulation.

The club also sought an explanation from Charlie Cannon as to why he was disappointed with the club that his request to relax the regulation - which was adopted by all clubs - was turned down.

This was something they argued they were never in a position to do as the decision was made by county committee and not the club. The club representative also stated that Gaoth Dobhair was disappointed with the clubs who played games in breach of the regulation and he expressed the wish that the breach is not repeated for the National finals of Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta in June.

Charlie Cannon said he had written to Gaoth Dobhair seeking a relaxation of the regulation so that games could be played last Saturday.

But the club did not accede to his request and given the difficulty in scheduling games, he said he had little choice but to go ahead and fix a limited number of games for last weekend. He said he was disappointed with the Gaoth Dobhair response and he had expressed that view and he stood over the remarks he had made to the press.