The results of the investigation into the melee at the end of the Naomh Conaill v Glenswilly first round, second leg championship game in Glenties on July 3 will be with the clubs by Monday of next week, according to county board spokespersons.
There was a delay in the results being delivered, according to a spokesperson, because of the resignation of the secretary of the CCC (Competitions Control Committee), Ed Byrne. But with a new secretary, Paul Melaugh of Lifford, elected on Monday night last, it is learned that the results of the investigation will be sent to the clubs this weekend.
It was learned at the beginning of September that the investigation had been completed and that the recommendation was that both clubs would face fines and that bans were being proposed for two Naomh Conaill players and a club member.
Melaugh on board as new fixtures’ secretary
The new Donegal GAA fixtures’ secretary will evaluate his progress over the next three months to see if he will throw his name in the hat for the position before the annual county convention.
Paul Melaugh of Naomh Padraig, Lifford, was elected on Monday night following the withdrawal of St Eunan’s Paddy Mullen, who was the only other applicant to succeed Ed Byrne from Killybegs, who resigned two weeks ago. Mullen circulated an email to the clubs of the county before the meeting to state he would not be running for the post.
Melaugh’s tenure will therefore last until December, when he can put his name forward for a continuation in the role. He will also act as assistant to secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh and as secretary of the CCC (Competitions Control Committee) under chairman Charlie Cannon.
Melaugh, who is a Private with the Irish army based in Finner Camp, has managed all age-brackets of his own club, as well as fulfilling the roles of secretary and chairman. He is currently the assistant secretary of Naomh Padraig.
“I understand it’s a difficult job and I’ve been studying the leagues since getting in on Monday,” he said. “Hopefully things will work out fine and the next three months will give me an opportunity to evaluate how a get on before the annual county convention.”
The annual county convention will take place in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, on Wednesday, December 14 at 7.30pm.
Grant aids Ireland’s progression
Ciara Grant’s Republic of Ireland side are in the enviable position having already qualified for the U-19 Uefa Women’s Championship elite stage before this evening’s last first phase qualifier in Portugal.
Grant, from Letterkenny, is vice-captain of the side who hammered Israel 5-1 on Monday with Claire Shine, Dora Gorman, Siobhan Killeen with two and Rianna Jarrett the goalscorers at the De Anadia Stadium, Anadia. On Saturday, Ireland eventually accounted for mini-group hosts Portugal thanks to Aileen’s Gilroy’s goal in a 1-0 win at the Dr Américo Couto Stadium, Mealhada. Ireland play Hungary at the Luso Training Center tonight at 7pm.
Bundoran gearing up for Eurosurf
Bundoran will have the eyes of the continent on it for the next 10 days with the staging of Eurosurf – the European Surfing Championships.
This will be the fourth time the European Surfing Championships have been held in Ireland
and the third time they’ve been held in Bundoran, the previous times were 1985 and 1997 after Lahinch hosted the 1972 event. Thirteen countries will take part – Ireland, England, Wales, Channel Islands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Parade of Nations and the Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday September at
3pm with opening speeches happening at the “Rock of the Birds” monument at the peak, which is beside Waterworld. The 13-strong Irish team has a strong backbone with Ronan Oertzen, Shauna Ward, Darragh McCarter and Richie Fitzgerald from Bundoran involved, as are Easkey Britton and John Britton.
Gorman in Finland with NI squad
Letterkenny teenager Dale Gorman is part of the Northern Ireland U-16 soccer squad which travelled to Helsinki.
The team, under the management of Dessie Curry, defeated Finland 4-0 having played 75 minutes last evening and will play them again on Friday. Fifteen-year-old Gorman, who is a transition year student at St Eunan’s College, is son of former Irish League and League of Ireland midfielder, Anthony.
Dale played his schoolboy football with Glencar and is now part of the Letterkenny Rovers U-16 side.