County Board Briefs

Tom Comack

Gate receipts drastically down

Income from club championship games in Donegal is down from the same stage last year, treasurer Grace Boyle reported at last Monday night's county committee meeting.

Gate receipts to date for all championship games including last weekend was €41,595, down €12,000 from the same period last year. The biggest drop was at the senior championship where the income from the four quarter-finals was down €16,000. This was due in no small way to the fact to the Ardara and Naomh Conaill replay last year, while on the positive side the receipts, the semi-finals were up €4000 on the 2009 figure, due to the Killybegs, Four Masters replay.

In relations to the drop Glenfin representative Bernie McGlynn said that the CCCC should avoid putting on club fixtures in at the same time as championship games.

The income was as follows:

SFC Quarter-finals:

Gaoth Dobhair - Glenswilly: €3,605

St. Eunan's - Four Masters: €1,250

Killybegs - Dungloe: €2,260

U-16 Final: Kilcar - St. Eunan's: €1,020

U-16 Div 2: N. Conaill - Urris: €520

Res Q/F: Ardara - Dungloe: €908

IFC S/F: Cloughaneely - N. Columba: €1,260

Urris - Bundoran: €1160

SFC S/F: Four Masters - Killybegs: €4,115

N. Conaill - Glenswilly: €12,500

SFC Replay: Four Masters - Killybegs: €7,076

Junior B S/Fs Donwings - N. Ultan and

R. Emmetts - N. Conaill: € 240

Total: €41,595

No time to do quarterly accounts

Treasurer Grace Boyle outlined that she had a very heavy workload and did not have the time to produce quarterly financial reports for county committee.

The treasurer was responding to a query from Ed Byrne, Killybegs, who asked why the committee was not being provided with quarterly reports as required under county regulation.

The Killybegs official wondered what the financial situation was in light of the fact that the county is about to spend in the region of €1 million on the development of a Centre of Excellence at Convoy.

"I would love to be able to have quarterly accounts but at present I have a pile of invoices and I don't have the time to put them into the system. I am off work this week and I hope to get them into the system. But the reality is at the minute due to a workload as a voluntary officer I don't have the time to do everything," insisted the treasurer, who went on to say that if clubs were not happy with her they could vote her out at the end of year.

The chairman P. J. McGowan said that this was a very busy time of the year for the treasurer and that she was very busy with other things such as the setting up of Club Tir Chonaill.

13 clubs still to pay registration

Thirteen of the county's 40 clubs still do not have their registration paid and they were urged to do as a matter of urgency after the matter was raised by Dungloe delegate, Aideen Gillen, who asked should these clubs be competing in competitions.

However, treasurer Grace Boyle stated that while the clubs do not have the registration paid they are registered with Croke Park. "It is not a large sum, just €2 per member and I would urge the clubs to get it paid and tidied up by the end of the week," said the treasurer.

Centre of Excellence

Development Officer Michael McMenamin reported that work has progressed well on the new Centre of Excellence in Convoy. The fill for the two pitches was in place and had been levelled and the contractor expects to start pitch drainage this week with the aim of having the two pitches sown out by the end of next month, weather permitting. If the seeding is not done by the end of October it will be the Spring of next year before it will be done.

He also reported the unearthing of Bronze Age cooking sites.

The next stage is to start planning for a clubhouse and what facilities are most needed and the development officer requested feedback from any members of the committee of any ideas seen any facilities elsewhere that they might feel appropriate.

Abuse of CCCC secretary not on

Abuse of the secretary of the County Competitions Controls Committee is not on and will not be tolerated, chairman P. J. McGowan warned at Monday night's meeting.

The chairman asked club delegates to take this message back to their clubs and insisted that the only person from a club that should be in contact with the secretary of the CCCC was the club secretary.

"Team managers and high ranking club officials have been on to the secretary in recent times and have been quite abusive to her. It will not be tolerated and is not on. Organising fixtures as I know from experience over the last few years is a tough job and the secretary and the CCCC are doing their best and are showing no favour to any club. The only person from the club entitled to be in contact with the secretary is the club secretary and nobody else and it must be stamped out and that is the message I want you to take back tour clubs," said the chairman.

Top team wins league

The top team at the end of the end of all divisions in the All County Football Leagues will win the league it was confirmed by the secretary of the CCCC Crona Regan. This is a change from recent years where the second and third placed teams played off with the winners playing the table toppers to decide the league champions.

Fixture Planners

County fixture planners Edward Molloy and Terence McGinley reported of a poor response across the board from all levels of the association in the county to a questionnaire they had sent out in relation to fixtures.

"We've had a poor response from the CCCC, the Northern Regional board and a large number of clubs. It is only a few basic questions and I honestly don't know what the problem is in filling the questionnaire and returning it," asked Edward Molloy.

"The Ulster Council and Croke Park are awaiting our reports and we have a meeting in Croke Park on fixtures in the middle of next month. So I would urge the clubs and all concerned to get the questionnaires back to us as soon as possible."

Terence McGinley added his voice to the appeal as did chairman P. J. McGowan.

Clubs say yes to Yearbook

Donegal will have a Yearbook after county committee voted by a large majority in favour of producing the annual. Doubts had been cast over the production in recent months but a final decision was made on the matter at Monday night's meeting.

€400 fine for minor encroachment

Donegal was fined €400 by the Ulster Council for an encroachment on the field by the county minor maor uisce during last May's minor championship game with Down in Ballybofey.

Ulster Championship draw

The draw for next season's Ulster Senior Championship along with the other three provincial draws is on Thursday night October 7 and will be shown live on TV.


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