Donegal GAA underage structures are in for a major change if a draft document currently before the county’s 40 clubs is given the go ahead.
The proposal is being driven by the Donegal Children’s Board chairman, Mick McGrath, and if implemented will see a major change in the geographical division of the county. The current two regional divides, north and south, will be replaced by four distinct regions.
These regions will be run by their own regional boards under the control of the county Children’s Board.
Underage football is currently run by the two regional boards, the Northern Regional Board and the Southern Regional Board with the current Children’s Board the ruling body. There is also an Inishowen Board which is a sub-committee of the Northern Regional Board.
The boards are divided on geographical lines, north and south of the gap with the Crolly river the dividing line in the west.
“It is a changing world out there and we have to be prepared to change with the times. The proposals before the clubs at the minute are just the first of a number of changes we hope to make in the coming months,” the Children’s Officer told the Democrat.
“It is no longer acceptable in this day and age to have to travel from Malin to Gaoth Dobhair or Bundoran to Dungloe or vice a versa for underage games,” added the official.
“It has been the main driver for the change. The dividing of the county into four regions will greatly reduce the travel time which has become a real burden for players and officials.”
The groups being proposed are as follow: (1) Malin, Moville, Carndonagh, Urris, Muff, Buncrana, Burt, Naomh Colmcille, Lifford, Convoy;
(2) Gaoth Dobhair, Cloughaneely, St Michael's, Downings, Fanad Gaels, Milford, Termon, Letterkenny Gaels, St Eunan’s A or B, Glenswilly;
(3) Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Pettigo, N Brid, Four Masters, Glenfin St Eunan’s A or B, MacCumhaill's, Red Hugh's, Robert Emmett's;
(4), Naomh Conaill, Na Rossa, Dungloe, Naomh Ultan, Naomh Columba, Ardara, Naomh Muire, St Naul's, Killybegs, Kilcar.
The proposals are currently being discussed by clubs and will go before next month’s county committee meeting for approval.
Meanwhile, the weekend of August 27/28th will see the resumption of the Donegal club championship at senior and intermediate level.
This was confirmed by CCC secretary Declan Martin and will go ahead even if Donegal defeat Galway in the All-Ireland minor semi-final.
Meanwhile, Donegal GAA have also this week begun the search for a Commercial and Marketing Manager. This a new position which was approved by the Donegal county committee earlier in the summer. Details are available on gaa.ie or the board’s own website.www.donegalgaa.ie