Donegal GAA has chronic shortage of referees

Donegal GAA has chronic shortage of referees

Donegal have a chronic shortage of referees for both adult and underage games, the Donegal county committee, was informed at their monthly meeting in the Villa Rosa Hotel, Ballybofey on Tuesday night.

The shortage of officials and the need for a major recruitment drive for new referees was outlined by Packy McDyre, the referees’ secretary, who reported to the committee in the absence of the referees’ administrator, Shane Toolan.

“We have a serious shortage of referees at adult and underage level,” Packy McDyre told the Democrat yesterday.

“It is so serious as an example we have been forced to cancel two U-12 games today because we have no referees,” he said..

“On any given weekend we need between 35 and 40 referees to serve our adult fixture list and with 43 active referees that is cutting it fine due to work, sickness, holidays and other commitments.

“It is a very serious situation and one that needs to be addressed and urgently.

Referee courses are planned for Dungloe, Letterkenny and Inishowen in the coming weeks.