Cloich Cheann Fhaola getting ready for All-Ireland finals

With the temperatures set to rise in midweek, the prayers of all in Cloughaneely would seem to be bearing fruit as the club put the final touches this week on their preparations for the All-Ireland Gaeltacht finals which take place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The official launch of the weekend by the club was held just over a week ago when club chairman, Hugh McGarvey, thanked all who had helped in the huge workload of preparation.

With up to 15,000 expected to visit the area from Thursday to Monday, there is benefit for the local community.

The club have undertaken many improvements in their facilities with the help of the local community.

The club last hosted the Gaeltacht All-Ireland finals in 1988 when Ardara were successful, but this time around the local club are making every effort to keep the title in the parish.

Apart from the games, there are many other activities over the weekend with ceilis on Saturday and Sunday, the trath na gceist and the crowning of the Cailin Gaelach.

The programme of games gets underway on Friday evening with Cloich Cheann Fhaola v Naomh Mhuire in the junior competition.

There is a full timetable of games on Saturday and Sunday before the finals take place on Monday evening, which will be televised live on TG4. RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta will be broadcasting live also on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

With Donegal’s record in the All-Ireland finals very good in recent years, there is much support for Donegal county representatives Gleann tSuili and the host club Cloich Cheann Fhaola in the senior competition while Naomh Mhuire will carry strong hopes of lifting the All-Ireland junior crown.

See Thursday’s Donegal Democrat for full preview of the event.