Carndonagh Community School won the Derryveagh Crystal Donegal Schools Golf Championship in Dunfanaghy on Friday.

The competition was played in glorious sunshine on a beautiful manicured Dunfanaghy Golf course that would certainly entice visitors to visit. 

Carndonagh won with a score of 170 points with a great score from Conor McColgan on 41 pts. making the difference.

It was a close encounter with Pobalscoil Gaothdobhair in 2nd place on 167 pts. and St. Eunan's College, Letterkenny and St. Columba's College, Stranorlar in 3rd place on 166 pts.

All four schools were still in contention as the final scores came into the Clubhouse.

The best scores on the Carndonagh team were Conor McColgan 41 pts, Stephen McGonigle 35 pts., Scott Mc Elhinney 33 pts., Ben Collins 31 pts., DJ McGeoghan, Oisin McGonigle and Ryan Mc Laughlin. all on 30 pts.

Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair's Sean Mc Suibhne had a great score of 38 pts. (winner of Cat 1) followed by Dylan O’ Duibheir 34 pts., Michael O’ Duibhear 33 pts., Hugh Gallagher, Jamie O’ Dochartaigh, Sean O’ Dochartaigh and Eamon Mc Garvey each scoring 30 pts.

St. Eunan’s College captain Jack Patton, playing off 4, recorded another great score on 37 pts.

Jack also eagled the 16th, a great memory on his final game for St. Eunan’s, and he was ably backed up by Eoghain Harkin 34 pts., Dylan Mc Croary, Tom Doherty, Ronan Daly Philip Cassidy and Evan Mc Croary on 31 pts.

St. Columba’s College also put in a great performance and like the rest of the schools they were still in with a chance until the final cards were returned.

Shaun McBride on 36 pts. and Aaron Anderson 35 pts. gave the Finn Valley boys a solid foundation followed by Joel Bradley Walsh, Michael Curran, Cormac Curran, Conor Mc Bride and Jack Mc Geehan on 30 pts.


Mr. Edward Harvey, Donegal Schools Golf Secretary, said the boys were delighted with the hospitality in Dunfanaghy and particularly the course which was in excellent condition.

He also paid tribute to Mr Pat Swaine, Director of Derryveagh Crystal, who sponsored the prizes.

This is Pat Swaine’s 25th year to sponsor the Donegal Schools Golf and the Donegal students are indebted to his great interest in promoting Junior Golf in the county.