Drumbar United celebrate 25th anniversary

Drumbar United celebrate 25th anniversary
Drumbar United will celebrate 25 years of football with a special celebration on Saturday night in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.

Drumbar United will celebrate 25 years of football with a special celebration on Saturday night in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.

The club, founded in 1990, has catered for players in and around Donegal Town, initially at underage level, and then at adult level when the club entered a team in the Donegal League in 1993.

The club was founded in April 1990 and the first committee was charged by the late Brendan Cassidy. The other members of the founding committee were Martin Carr (secretary), George Doherty (treasurer) along with Jim McCabe, Anthony Mulhern, Ray Charles and Michael Brown.

The club entered the South Donegal Schoolboys League at U-13 level with the team managed by Eamon Brogan and Michael Brown and later an U-17 team managed by Paddy Brogan and Harold Lindsay also competed in the South Donegal league.

In the following year the underage was expanded to include U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-17 and their first success came at U-15 level managed by Mark McGinty.

Further underage successes included U-13s in 1995 (managed by Eamon Brogan and Barry Thomas); U-15 in 1997 (Paddy Brogan and Barry Thomas); U-14 League and Cup in 2005 (Hugh Sweeney and Brendan McMonagle); U-16s in 2002 (Gabriel O’Donnell and Michael Brown); U-12 in 2007 (Rory O’Donnell and Danny McMenamin); U-16 Shield, also in 2007 (Kevin Martin and Shane Browne); U-16s in 2008 (Shane Browne).

The senior team entered the Donegal League in 1993 managed by William McGirr and Harold Lindsay while Brendan McCole also did trojan work at senior level for two years.

Liam Farren and Aidan Cassidy also managed at senior level over a long period while Enda Brogan is the present manager as Drumbar United sit on top of the CT Ball Division 2 league.

The club also took part in the Youth League and competed with the best in the county and one of the greatest achievements was winning the Colin Breslin Cup in 1999, defeating Letterkenny Rovers. They were runners-up in the league that year to Fanad United. Some of this young squad are the backbone of the senior team now - Ciaran Nixon, Shane Browne, Mark and Paul Willis, Rory McGowan, manager Enda Brogan and goalkeeper Martin Cassidy.

The major success at adult level came in 2007-2008 when the club were CT Ball Division Two League champions.

One of the major initiatives which the club has undertaken more recently was the running of the Inter Firms competition each summer, which has proved very successful. The success of the competition is down to a great community spirit which has seen numerous volunteers take on various roles such as referees, linesmen, gates and a very efficient Ladies Committee who run the shop, which is also the main fund-raiser for the club.

A new pitch was built in 2005 with the official opening in 2006, while a small stand was built in 2007 to cater for 60 spectators. There are still plans for further development with new dressing rooms and an all-weather pitch to the forefront of those plans.