County Board briefs

Transfer muddle The meeting heard that a transfer of Noel O'Donnell from Buncrana to Naomh Colmcille, Meath, was not notificed to the Buncrana club. Noreen Doherty, MacCumhaills, wondered how this could happen as all transfers have to come through the county and then be notified to the club.

26 clubs owe 44,292

Monday night's GAA Co. Committee meeting was told that clubs owe 44,292 in unpaid Public Liability and Property Insurance.

Treasurer Grace Boyle said 26 clubs were in arrears which means that only 14 clubs have paid. This money was due in January and teams are now out playing on pitches and may not be covered.

Ulster Council delegate, Terence McGinley, felt it was time the clubs were named and the treasurer said she would do so at the June meeting.

Bundoran delegate, Gerry Breslin, asked how many members had signed up for Club Donegal in years 2 and 3 and felt that clubs were being lumbered with the responsibility of collecting the subscriptions when it was pointed out at the start that the Co. Board would do this work.

Treasurer, Grace Boyle, said it was working well with some clubs and it still was the best way for clubs to reduce their levies.

Indiscipline increase

In his CCC report, Aodh Mairtin O Fearraigh, said there was a big increase in indiscipline in the early part of this year with 38 notices. These include dismissals but also additional reports from referees on abuse by players, mentors and officials.

"Some clubs have serious issues and need to discuss it at club level," he said.

The Assistant Secretary, also asked for the permission of the meeting to allow Naomh Padraig, Lifford, join Division 5 of the League and to increase the games in that division to home and away.

This was unanimously agreed.


Referees' administrator Frankie Doherty, congratulated Mick McGrath on being appointed to the National Referees Committee.

He also congratulated Jimmy White on his appointment for the Derry-Monaghan Ulster Championshp match and Sean McLaughlin for getting his first Ulster Minor Championship game.

Doherty felt that Donegal were doing better than most at intercounty level with three on the national panel and five on the Ulster panel.

However, he expressed disappointment with a decision at the weekend when a young referee (Lee Jordan) was appointed to take charge of the Co. Feile Div. 1 final but was then replaced by a 'phone call at 11 o'clock on Monday morning.

"Where are we going to get the next Jimmy White if we don't encourage young officials," said Doherty.

Cumann na mBunscol

Cumann na mBunscol delegate, Aonrai Chivers, was critical of the minutes of the previous meeting which stated that nothing was being done in schools.

He said no unit was doing more than Cumann na mBunscol and felt it was a slur on people involved in schools.

He said that teachers wanted coaches involved in schools and he wanted to set the record straight.

He was supported by Gerry Breslin, who felt that teachers were giving a lot of their time.

Michael McMenamin felt that there was little happening in schools in September,October when the weather was good. He said in the Inishowen area schools in the past were getting 5/6 games a year, but now were only getting one game.

Chivers said that they were only beginning to organise blitzes and in two years they would be in a better position.

St. Eunan's delegate, Alma Kavanagh, said that she had raised the issue at the last meeting but what she had said was that Tyrone was the best organised.

Michael McMahon said the matter had been raised by the Southern Minor Board in the context of a lack of coaching in schools. It was not a criticism of teachers but concern that rugby coaching was taking over.

The chairman, Sean Kelly, said it was good to discuss the issue and that was the reason a Task Force had been set up.


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