The Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Donegal Championships were officially launched at a special function in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Wednesday night.
Michael Murphy Sport and Leisure are group sponsors for the Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Junior B and the new senior C championship, U-21A and U-21B and the Senior Hurling championship.
Speaking at Wednesday night’s launch Michael Murphy noted how he began his adult playing career with Glenswilly in Intermediate football. That gave him an appreciation of how important junior and intermediate football are to those clubs playing at that level.
“We are two years in existence now and we wanted to become some way involved in football,” he said.
“Being involved in football in the county and being steeped in it, I thought it would be a great fit for us.
“People look at the senior championship being the pinnacle of football here in the county but I disagree to a certain extent with that view.
“Having come up through the levels with Glenswilly, I know the importance the clubs put into their respective championships.
“We (Glenswilly) got great joy at each of those levels coming up and they are every bit as important as senior level. The package that encapsulates the whole lot was key and critical to us (Michael Murphy Sports) getting involved.
The launch was attended by Donegal senior manager Rory Gallagher and county officials including chairman Sean Dunnion, secretary Aideen Gillen, treasurer Cieran Kelly, vice chairman Frankie Doherty, assistant secretary Declan Martin and oifigeach culture of teanga Fergus McGee.
A number of club players, managers and officials and players were also there while Charlie Collins of www.donegalsporthub.com was the master of cermonies.
Charlie also conducted one-to-one interviews with Michael Murphy, Rory Gallagher,Neil Gallagher and Sean Dunnion as well as a number of players from clubs who will be competing in the various championships.
The launch was also relayed live on Michael Murphy Sport and Leisure’s Facebook page.
The Michael Murphy Sport and Leisure senior and intermediate championships throw-in next weekend with first round games on Saturday and again on Sunday afternoon.
Dungloe v Bundoran (Saturday, May 14); Ardara v Glenswilly (Sunday, May 15)
St. Eunans v Kilcar; St. Michaels v Killybegs (Sunday)
Glenfin v Naomh Muire; Malin v MacCumhaills (Sunday)
Naomh Conaill v Termon (Saturday); Gaoth Dobhair v Four Masters (Sunday).