McKenna Cup games will be good test

Naul McCole award deserved

McKenna Cup games will be good test

The Dr. McKenna Cup draw has given us a tough draw and we should get good games against Jordanstown, Tyrone and Cavan.

It will be a good time to blood new players. There should be great crowds at those games and it is something to look forward to. The Jordanstown v Donegal game will be more like Kilcar v Donegal. It will be interesting. We shouldn't be too worried about results, just about giving new players a chance. There are a good few new players involved this year and these games are the ideal platform for them to put their case.

I see that the old Railway Cup interprovincials are being held again next weekend. They would play it on Christmas Day if they could get away with it. It is a competition that is dear to my heart but I feel they want to bury it. It could have been resurrected a few years ago alongside the club finals. It's a pity because it is a great competition and gives recognition to players who might not otherwise get it. Indeed, it gave some players a chance to put themselves in the shop window for an All-Star. Maybe when the season is condensed they might be able to find a more suitable date on the calender when the weather might be kinder.

ANTHEMS

There has been a lot of talk about the GAA President's remarks about flags and the anthem. I would not be at all happy as they are part of our Gaelic Games culture. Like most I don't see any merit in it.

Congratulations to Naul McCole on receiving recognition from the Ulster GAA President for his work within the Association. Naul was a county minor and junior and has been a hard working and effective administator over a long number of years.

His recognition is just reward for his contribution both in Donegal and in Ulster. He is a very hard-working official and also very talented.

Finally, this week, I want to express sympathy with the O'Gara, Gallagher and Ferriter families of Glencolmcille, Gaoth Dobhair and Dunfanaghy, on recent deaths - all three families steeped in the GAA.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Peter Campbell