Naomh Brid and football in Drumholm Parish

Naomh Brid and football in Drumholm Parish

Naomh Brid celebrated their 40th anniversary on the Bank Holiday weekend but Gaelic football was played in the area long before that over many decades.

As interest developed a field would be rented, sometimes free and when interest waned the renting ceased and fellows would play with Ballyshannon, Drumbar and Donegal Town.

Here is a selection of fields used for Gaelic football in the parish, in no particular order!!

(1) Greta McClays, Trummon.

(2) William Walls, Ballinakillew

(3) McDaids, Aghadooey

(4) Ml. Langans, Inishfad

(5) Ritchie Walsh, Lisminton

(6) Jim Harrison, Rockhill

(7) Tommy Walls, Ballintra

(8) Martins, Carrick

(9) Sony Armstrongs, Bridgetown

(10) Gallaghers, Roscanlon

(11 ) Jim McGrory, Trummon

(12) Packie Gorman, Trummon

(13) Chapel Field, Ballintra

In 1988 Naomh Brid purchased 7 acres from the late Ms Sheila Hamilton at Trummon and established a permanent base for the promotion of Gaelic games for the youth of the parish.

OWN PROPERTY

Naomh Brid had taken a decision in 1986 to set about acquiring its own property and commenced fundraising with the "650 club" and on September 12th 1988 the club acquired land consisting of 6.43 acres and a cottage thereon at Lisnapaste, Bridgetown from the late Ms Sheila Hamilton for the sum £32,000 + £2,100 stamp duty = €43,298 .

In today’s money that equates to €110,119

Planning permission for change of use with detailed plans for playing facilities followed.

In August 1992 Pairc Naomh Brid was officially opened by Uachtaran CLG Peader O Cuinn on 30th August and there followed a challenge game Donegal v Clare (Ulster and Munster champions), refereed by our own Pat Walsh. Donegal came out on top and went on to lift Sam Maguire for first time in history!

1996 saw further development with the construction of dressing rooms, meeting room, covered accommodation, all under the supervision of Martin Quinn. These necessary and welcome facilities were officially opened by Uachtaran CLG Jack Boothman on 4th May, 1997. An intercounty challenge match followed between Donegal and Leitrim, then managed by our own Seamus Bonner.

Many of the memories involved over the last 40 years were recalled at the weekend of celebrations and they were also recorded in a special booklet produced to mark the milestone.