Donegal heading to New York on fund-raising drive

DONEGAL GAA CONVENTION

Donegal heading to New York on fund-raising drive

Peter Campbell sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

The Donegal senior team will travel to New York next April as part of a fund-raising drive for the new training centre at Convoy.

Details of the trip were announced by Donegal County chairman, Sean Dunnion, in his address to the Donegal GAA Convention in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.

The chairman has put the completion of the training centre at Convoy top of his priority as he enters his fifth and final year as chairman.

The next phase of the development in Convoy, the building of dressing rooms, etc., will cost in the region of €1.5m for, what the chairman described as “a building that I have no doubt will be fit for purpose well into the future.”

It is planned to bring the proposals for this part of the development to the clubs of the county in March or April for approval.

Meanwhile, as part of the plan to raise funds for the development, the chairman revealed that the Donegal senior team would be travelling to New York as part of a fund-raising drive.

“I am delighted to announce today that just this week we accepted an invitation from the New York County Board for the senior football team to travel to play New York in two matches on Thursday, April 13th and Saturday, April 15th in Gaelic Park. This provides us with a great opportunity to do some major fundraising during the six-day visit, make some new contacts and build the relationships further we already have forged with contacts in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

“The primary element of the fundraising will take place on Friday April 14th with a golf classic during the day followed by a reception and auction in the evening. Other smaller events, a fundraising draw, meetings and presentations to business people, are currently being discussed with the New York County Board and Donegal New York GAA Club and further details will be announced early in the New Year,” said the chairman.

“You might note that in the past couple of years I always refer to our facilities in Convoy as the ‘Training Centre’. That has been a conscious decision to move away from the title of ‘Centre of Excellence’ as this will be a centre for ‘All’ not just the so-called ‘Elite’.”

TREASURER’S REPORT

Elsewhere at Convention, the treasurer reported a healthy balance of almost €90,000.

Donegal football and hurling teams - senior, U-21, minor and U-16 - cost €902,542 to run in 2016. Overall income was €1,402,522 which was an increase of €211,113 on the 2015 figure of €1,199,268.

One new face was elected to the Executive, Convoy’s Conor McDermott being appointed the new Coaching Officer.

The only contest was for Ulster Council which saw Liam McElhinney replace outgoing Pat Connaghan while PJ McGowan was re-elected.

MAC RORY CUP

One of the more interesting reports at Convention was that of outgoing Coaching Officer, Anthony Harkin, who called for Donegal North and Donegal South amalgamated teams to represent Donegal in the MacRory Cup.

Harkin feels that Donegal second level college players should get the opportunity to play at the highest level in Ulster and an amalgamation similar to what Colaiste Inis Eoghain did in the MacLarnon would be worth considering.

Officers elected

Chairman: Sean Dunnion

Vice Chairman: Frankie Doherty

Secretary: Aideen Gillen

Ass. Secretary: Declan Martin

Treasurer: Cieran Kelly

Ass Treasurer: Paddy Tinney

PRO: Ed Byrne

Development Officer: David McLoone

Offigeach Gaeilge & Cultuir: Fergus Mac Aodh

Coaching Officer: Conor McDermott.

Central Council Representative: Seamus O Domhnaill.

Two Ulster Council Reps: PJ McGowan, Liam McElhinney

Three delegates to Ulster Council: Edward Molloy, Brendan Kelly and David McLoone.

Delegate to National Congress: Mick McGrath