Beart / Burt
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The Club Year – 2019
It was another busy year at Hibernian Park with the club fielding teams from U8 to adult in four codes – football and hurley for the boys, camogie and football for the girls. Our second pitch is nearing completion – it will open next year – and this summer we were grateful to local farmer Charlie Doherty for opening up ‘The Hurley Field’ to allow some of our teams to train. Charlie’s field was one on which Burt teams played in the 1920s and and 30s.
On the playing front titles were won by several under-age teams, most notably the U12 hurlers who won the Donegal A Go Games final and the U14 footballers who won the county Division 2A championship. The U21 camógs won their county final, while we also enjoyed camogie success at U16 and U14 levels. Our girls footballers competed strongly in Inishowen competitions and won a series of finals.
At adult level, our young football team surprised us all by spending most of the year at the top of Division 3 but unfortunately let promotion slip from their grasp. Spring, summer and fall was the trajectory of our senior footballers’ season. Manager Stephen Davenport gave youth its fling and we got off to a phenomenal unbeaten start in Division 3 of the league, winning five and drawing two. But as spring turned to summer we started dropping points. Still, promotion was in our own hands and with five games remaining we needed just single win to earn a place in Division 2 next year. It wasn’t for the want of effort, but we couldn’t get a win high up nor low down and fell to fourth overall in the league table, a point shy of promotion. The poor run of form continued into the Intermediate championship with defeats to Fanad, Naomh Columba and Naomh Colmcille. With back-to-back championship relegations staring us in the face, Ronan McLaughlin and Shaun Murphy took over the management and the team ground out a 0-9 to 0-6 victory over Naomh Ultan in the relegation play-off and preserve our place in the Intermediate championship. But many of those senior players were on board when we won the U21C football championship in October.
Our hurlers had a difficult year and failed to reach the knockout stages of the Donegal championship. County commitments left us shorthanded in the Donegal hurling league and with so little hurling under our belts we were undercooked come championship and failed to win any of the group games. None of this can be laid at the door of our manager, it’s rather the culmination of retirements, emigration and several barren years at under-age. The work to restore our senior hurling fortunes is under way, but it will take time.
In October, our U21 camogie team, managed by Claire McDermott, defeated St Eunan’s to win the Donegal championship. We’ve not adult ladies football team yet, but are working our way towards it with a new Gaelic4Mothers squad and plenty of young talent coming through.
We staged a highly entertaining play, Doolally’s Wedding, in March raising money for the club and local charities. In August we hosted a couple of very successful under-age tournaments in football and hurling, the hurling to mark the retirement of local schoolteacher Colm Davis. The club continues to compete in Scór na nÓg with young performers who have several years ahead of them. We’ve also hosted successful county Scór na nÓg semi-finals in Burt Hall.
The club received a Bronze award from Glór na Gael under the Joe McDonagh programme for our promotion of Gaeilge in our club and wider community.
Roll of honour
U21C Football Championship winners
U14 Football Division 2A championship winners
U12 Hurling Go Games County Champions
U12 Football Go Games Div 2B winners
U11 Football Inishowen B winners
U10 Football Inishowen B Go Games winners
Ainm an Chlub: Beart C.L.G.
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Bui agus Gorm
Club Ground: Hibernian Park, Burt
An Beart – Senior Board
|Cathaoirleach||Feilim Henryfirstname.lastname@example.org||0044 7776238697|
|Rúnaí||Catriona Sweeney||Secretary.email@example.com||0044 7736126855|
|Cisteoir||Brian Kelly||Treasurer.firstname.lastname@example.org||0044 78121422027|
|Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí||Damien Dowdsemail@example.com||087 7811072|
|Oifigeach Oiliúna||Sean McHugh||Sean_mchugh@msn.com||086 2600253|
|Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí||Ann Bradleyfirstname.lastname@example.org||086 1663394|
|Oifigeach Sláinte agus Folláine|
|Oifigeach Cultúr||Manus O’Domhnaillemail@example.com
Gollan Lodge, Fahan
|Ball an Bhord Contae: 1||Sean McHugh||Sean_mchugh@msn.com||086 2600253|
|Ball an Bhord Contae: 2||Danny Dowds||0872282911|
An Beart – Bord na nÓg
|Oifigeach/Officer||Ainm/Name||E-Seoladh nó Seoladh||Fón/Telephone|
|Cathaoirleach||Damian Dowds||Dowdsie@gmail.com||087 7811072|
|Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí||Damian Dowds||Dowdsie@gmail.com||087 7811072|
|Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh|
|Faoi-8 Peil||Damian Dowdsfirstname.lastname@example.org||087 7811072|
|Faoi-10 Peil||Paul Johnsonemail@example.com||087 2067169|
|Faoi-12 Peil||Darren Farnan
|Faoi-14 Peil||Donal Walker
|Faoi-16 Peil||Emmet Dowds
|Faoi-8 Iománíocht||Kieth Clarke||086 3150572|
|Faoi-10 Iománíocht||Paul Johnson||086 2067169|
|Faoi-12 Iománíocht||Dara Grant||086 0602057|
|Faoi-14 Iománíocht||Manus O'Donnellfirstname.lastname@example.org||086 1084267|
|Faoi-16 Iománíocht||Fergal Grant||086 3559573|
|Faoi-18 Iománíocht||Enda McDermott||087 7611668|
|Faoi-8, Cailíní||Rhianne McDermott||Rhiannemcdermott98@gmail.com||086 7268012|
|Faoi-10, Cailíní||Oonagh Murphy
|Faoi-12, Cailíní||Catriona Sweeney||Secretary.email@example.com||0044-7736126855|
Review of the decade 2010-19
On the playing field CLG An Bheart’s senior hurlers had a very good decade. We won six senior hurling championships, including five-in-a-row from 2011-15, and our most recent title came in 2018. We added another provincial title too, beating Antrim’s Creggan Kickhams by 2-10 to 0-13 in the 2011 Ulster Junior Club Hurling Championship final.
Our footballers had their most successful period ever. We entered the decade without ever having won a Donegal championship, and exited it having won both Junior A championship in 2011 and the Intermediate championship in 2016. And we wrapped up the 2010s by winning the Donegal U21C championship in November 2019, defeating Naomh Colmcille in the final.
At underage, we are fielding more teams than ever, and have introduced camogie and girls football alongside hurling and boys football. In 2019, we fielded 37 teams across the grades in the four codes, from U8 to adults, and we are very grateful for the work of so many coaches coaches, and indeed parents of children, in providing such a great outlet for the young men and women in the parish of Burt, Inch and Fahan. We’re always looking for more coaches, right enough.
We have upgraded our facilities at Hibernian Park throughout the 2010s, extending and more doubling the size of our clubhouse to give us four dressing rooms, a large function room, referees rooms, a small weights room and a meeting room.
Our training field has been extended and redeveloped, and from the summer of 2020 we will have, for the first time, two full size sand carpet pitches to play and train on. Our infamous ‘banken’ was removed in 2018 to build a new car park and we’ve also built an impressive new ball wall where members of all ages can hone their striking, catching, and kicking skills.
The club has had a smattering of players on county football teams at under-age level right up to U21 over the past decade.
We’ve also been well represented on Donegal hurling squads from under-age to senior throughout the period. Indeed, Burt men have been at the helm of the Donegal senior team throughout the decade, with Andrew Wallace guiding them to the Lory Meagher title in 2011, Ray Durack in charge when Donegal won the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2013 and current county manager Mickey McCann the bainisteoir for the 2018 Rackard Cup success.