We can look forward to a great end to the league on Sunday next when Kilcar go to Naomh Conaill. I know Glenties are at home and they will be hurting but on law of averages Kilcar should be too good.
It has been a good year for the fixtures committee with leagues completed by end of October. Sad to see a great club like Ardara going down but they will bounce back. They have made great strides developing their facilities in recent years. Termon are also down. As I said earlier in year, Division One was divided into a top five and a bottom five although Glenswilly should have made it a top six, but they were without big Neil Gallagher for much of the year.
There is little between the bottom five and the top five in Division Two and Four Masters are back up, along with Milford, who have made great strides in recent years.
St. Naul's (who have lost a lot of players in the last year) and Naomh Muire make the drop from Division Two while Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana head in the other direction. It is good to see Ballyshannon back up as they were a great club and are making strides at U-21 and minor once more. They have missed the great work done by Josie Boyle and PJ Buggy in the '80s and '90s in recent times. Buncrana is a big town and they should be well able to compete. They will have an Inishowen derby with Malin, which will help them.
Sad to see Naomh Colmcille, who played Bundoran in the Intermediate final last year, drop to Division Four along with Urris, who, I remember, being the only club in Inishowen at one time.
But on the plus side, another Inishowen side, Moville, are heading to Division Three along with Red Hugh's, who were once a real top Division One side, beaten in two senior finals and they won a Division One league.
I was talking to Donal Reid and Marty Carlin about that at Donal's book launch recently. Congrats to Donal on the book. I am really enjoying reading the book and I can see Donal's personality all over it. I mightn't agree with all his facts about his time in Bundoran and there are plenty of stories not written. I wish him well with it and the proceeds are going to a very good cause.
GLENSWILLY lose out
Hard luck to Glenswilly in their Ulster club game. They gave their all but missing a good goal chance and then losing a man was a big turning point. It has been a good year for the Glen men but they were up against a very good side yesterday afternoon in Kilcoo.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Peter Campbell