The availability of ‘keeper Paul Durcan to the Donegal team for 2016 will not be known until after St. Patrick’s Day at the earliest.
Durcan jetted in from Qatar for the weekend to help Ballyboden St. Enda’s reach the All-Ireland club final in dramatic fashion on Saturday as they came from three points down to force extra-time against the Charlie McGeever managed Clonmel Commercials. In extra-time the Dublin side proved too strong, keeping Clonmel scoreless as they won 0-15 to 0-10.
It was another in a number of weekend trips Durcan made from Qatar to help his new club win a Dublin and Leinster title.
Speaking to the Irish Times on Saturday, Durcan, said he was just concentrating on the club scene at the moment and any decision on whether he would be available for Donegal was for another time.
“I haven’t given it any thought at all to be honest,” said Durcan. “I’ll look at it after that (the club run). It’s the last thing on my mind at the minute, just with work over there and trying to get set up and everything.
“Donegal isn’t something I’ve even considered or discussed with anyone. It hasn’t even crossed my mind to be honest about it. That’ll be for further down the line,” said Durcan.
DONEGAL IN TENERIFE
The Donegal squad touched down in Tenerife yesterday (Sunday) morning to begin their warm weather training camp, which will continue until they arrive home on Thursday evening.
For a number of the panel, the return will be just in time for important college games next weekend with semi-final games in the Sigerson and Trench Cups on Friday. In the Sigerson Cup, Kilcar duo Patrick McBrearty and Ryan McHugh are involved with UUJ, who host the competition.
Caolan McGonigle, Buncrana, is part of the DCU team who will play UUJ in that semi-final. Letterkenny IT are in the semi-final of the Trench Cup and Donegal midfielder Neil Gallagher is part of the Letterkenny team. Gallagher is a former Trench Cup winner with Letterkenny IT in 2005.
“The full squad and team management have gone on the trip” county chairman, Sean Dunnion, told the Democrat/People’s Press.
“They are there until Thursday. The flight back into Dublin is late on Thursday night so they have five full days in the camp. Cieran Kelly is co-ordinating and is the board’s representative on the trip.
“The trip is cost neutral and is not costing the board anything. It is being funded by a number of fundraising initiatives that have been run by the players. Friday night’s Fashion Show in the Mount Errigal was one of the initiatives.”
U-21s IN MAYO
Meanwhile, Declan Bonner took his U-21 squad to Mayo for a bonding weekend and played two games against Roscommon and Galway. They beat Roscommon on Friday night and drew with Galway on Saturday.
The U-21s are expecting confirmation tonight or tomorrow morning if their North West U-21 replay with Mayo is going ahead next weekend.