Gaeil Fhánada – Fanad Gaels


Ainm an Chlub: Gaeil Fhánada
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Gorm agus Bán
Alternative Colours: Glas agus Buí
Club Ground: Miah Shiels Park Portsalon


Miah Shiels Park, Portsalon, map courtesy of


Latest Notes

Latest Notes Gaeil Fhánada

Lotto Results 27/02/2022

🎱 Numbers: 1, 7, 11, 16, 22.

❌ No jackpot winner.

💶 €100 Winner: Eddie Mc Kinley, Pollaid.

🎰 This week’s Jackpot: €2500

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*Online sales close midnight Saturday each week.

Club Membership 2022

Gaeil Fhánada are now accepting club membership for 2022.

To become a member of Gaeil Fhánada you must register on the ‘Foireann’ system again this year. Click the link below to bring you to the homepage.

If you need any help with this process, please contact club Secretary, Fiona Shiels.

To register underage (those under 18) players, parents/guardians must set up an account on Foireann and then register their children.

Please remember that all players must register prior to returning to football.

Our membership rates are listed on the Foireann site.

Underage Training Returns

We’re delighted to announce that the first of our underage teams will return to training during the next week.

All players should ensure they are registered and have their membership paid prior to returning to training. This can be done at

🟦U10 Girls – Saturday, 5th @ 11am in Páirc Uí Shiadhail

⬜️U12 Girls – Saturday, 5th @ 11am in Páirc Uí Shiadhail

🟦U14 Girls – Saturday, 5th @ 11am in Páirc Uí Shiadhail

⬜️U16 Girls – Monday, 7th @ 6:30 in Traigh a Locha

🟦U15 Boys – Tuesday, 8th @ 6pm in Traigh a Locha

***Please note that we’ll update this list regularly when we get start dates for other teams.

Welcome Zack

We’d like to extend our congratulations to our senior player Jonny Friel and his partner Meghan on the recent birth of their son Zack.

Comhghairdeas uainn uilig i nGaeil Fhánada.

Cruinniú Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta

Beidh an chéad cruinniú ullmhúcháin eile ar siúl Dé Máirt, 8ú Feabhra sa Fanad Lodge ag 8 a chlog.

Fáilte roimh achan nduine.

Lidl Plus Rewards Scheme

Thanks to everyone who has already clicked on us as their chosen club on the Lidl Plus App and who are already filling their stamp cards. Our first few full stamp cards have been submitted, and with over a month remaining we hope to see that number rise considerably.

We’d really appreciate your support, so if you shop in Lidl, please download the App and choose Gaeil Fhánada as your club and help us pick up some great rewards this year again. You can see the step by step guide below.


1. Download/Open the Lidl Plus app and follow the prompts on screen

2. Select the club you want to support,  in this case Gaeil Fhánada.

3. Spend over €30 in store and scan your Lidl Plus card to earn a stamp (over €60 = 2 stamps, over €90 = 3 stamps, etc.)

4. Collect 6 stamps and submit your completed card by Sunday, March 27th

Siúlóid na Gaeilge ar an Trá

Ar mhaith leat do chuid Gaeilge a úsáid agus a chleachtadh agus tú amuigh faoin aer maidin Dé Sathairn?

Beidh scaifte ag cruinniú le chéile ag carrchlós Din i mBaile Thiarnáin ag 12:30 Dé Sathairn.

Fáilte roimh achan nduine.

Every Step Counts

Well done to everyone who took part in the Irish Life ‘Every Step Counts’ challenge during January and February. Gaeil Fhánada finished in tenth place on the Ulster leaderboard amassing almost 22,500KM in the process.

Congratulations to the top three competitors in the competition who received the prizes below.

1st – Jennifer Gallagher – €30 euro voucher for BMC Sports

2nd – Seamus McAteer – Club Hat

3rd – Patrick Duffy – Club Hat

We also had a draw for 8 Gaeil Fhánada hats among the competitors. The winners were; Megan Martin, Sharon Coyle, Michael Logue, Roisin Logue, Fiona Shiels, John McConigley, Fergus Friel, Sarah Peoples.

Can all winners please message our Facebook page to arrange collection of the prizes.


Review of the Decade – 2010-19

Our senior team has spent the decade plying their trade in Divisions 2 and 3 of the All County League. The last four years have been spent in Division 3, with promotion narrowly eluding us on a couple of occasions. We played in the Senior Championship in 2010 and 2012, with St. Michael’s and Killybegs ending our interest on those occasions. We reached the Intermediate semi-finals three times, losing out to Cloich Cheann Fhaola in 2014, while Naomh Colmcille and St. Nauls ended our involvement after replays in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Our reserve team has been very competitive in recent years, securing the Division 3 League in 2013, before adding the Intermediate Reserve Championship the following year, defeating Cloich Cheann Fhaola in the final. Two further final appearances ensued without success in 2015 and 2016. They have been among the leading teams in Division 3 consistently in the last number of years and face Red Hughs in the final this coming weekend. Ó thaobh Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta de, bhain muid an chomórtas soisireach Uile Éireann i bPort Láirge i 2013, agus an chomórtas contae dhá uair, i 2013 agus 2018.

We have won underage titles at most age groups over the past ten years, mostly at Division 2 level. Our most successful crop of players won the U13 Northern and County Championships in 2013, took part in Féile na nÓg in 2014, won Northern League titles at U16 and Minor level in 2016 and 2017, before winning a clean sweep at minor level in 2018.

Ladies football is back and to the fore within the club, with Junior B and Junior A titles in the bag since 2016. The ladies have also won a Division 3 Shield and a Junior County Gaeltacht title in that time and have achieved underage success at U13 (2018), U14 (2019), U16 (2019) and Minor (2018) levels.

One of the most exciting developments is the redevelopment of our grounds, Páirc Uí Shiadhail in Portsalon over the past number of years. We now boast one of the best pitches in the county, and it’s a great source of pride for our hard-working members.

Beidh muid ag reáchtáil Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta an chontae an bhliain seo chugainn, agus tá lúchair orainn fáilte a chur roimh na foirne éagsúla a bheas páirteach i mí Bealtaine.


Gaeil Fhanáda – Senior Board

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-mail Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Brendan Mac a tSaoir 0863120346
Runaí Fiona Ní Shiadhail Fanavolty, Kindrum, Fanad 074 9159670
085 1555645
Cisteoir Padraig MacSuibhne 0872277209
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Micheál Ó Frighil 087 2993207
Oifigeach Oiliúna Marc Ó Dorriadhín 086 2024312
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Nicola Ní Fhrighil 086 8030320
Oifigeach Club Sláinte Micheál Ó Frighil 087 2993207
Oifigeach Cultúr Eimear Gibbons 086 8765248
Ball an Bhord Contae 1 Fiona Uí Shiadhail Fanavolty, Kindrum, Fanad 074 9159670
085 1555645
Ball an Bhord Contae 2 Sean Mac Conaglaigh 086-4021834

Gaeil Fhanáda 2021

Tráth na gCeist, 2019

Seán Ó Dorraidhín, Maghnus Mac Giolla Bháin, Micheál Mac Giolla Bháin agus Gearóid Pádraig Ó Siadhail.


Gaeil Fhánada – Bord na nÓg

Minor Board Details

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-mail Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Margaretta McConigley 086 8744405
Runaí Claire Duffy 087 0649397
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Micheal Friel 087 2993207
Regional Board Delegate Aidan McAteer 087 7765540
Faoi 5 Meabh McAteer
Tori Gallagher, Emma Friel 087 7765540
Faoi 7 Jerome Doherty 086 0661450
Faoi 9 Eoghan Walsh, John Carr 086 4121597
Faoi 11 Tommy Kerr 086 3923762
Faoi 13 Shaun McElwaine 086 3778780
Faoi 15 Michael Friel 087 2993207
Faoi 17 MJimmy Coyle 085 1632887
Faoi 10 Maggie Friel
Clodagh McElwaine
Aoife Gibbons
087 699 8537
Faoi 12 Aidan McAteer
Martin Robinson
Emer Gibbons 087 7765540
Faoi 14 Sean Begley
Miriam Carr
Emma Friel 087 9153480
Faoi 16 Hannah Shiels
Evylin Shiels 086 451 9177
Faoi 18 John McConigley
Tracey McBride 086 4021834
1 Eoghan Carr 4 Odhran Shiels 7 Alan McAteer 10 Seamus Friel
2 Shaun Kerr 5 Oisin Shiels 8 Patrick Carr 11 Matthew Gallagher
3 Ryan McGonigle 6 Mark McAteer 9 Bernard McGettigan 12 Darren McElwaine

John Blaney – Valuing the Volunteer

Ulster SF Semi-final, June 8, 2019

Review of the Year – 2019

With the development of our playing facilities at Páirc Uí Shiadhail taking centre stage for several years, 2019 was all about development on the field for Gaeil Fhánada. The adaption of a new coaching strategy at the beginning of the year, coupled with the recruitment drive for new coaches was a significant and welcome development. The successful minor team of 2018 continued to make the step up to senior football, and the experience gained by the lads over the last couple of years will be of huge importance moving into 2020 with the aim of promotion to Division 2 firmly in their sights. The development of our facility continues to take shape, with the exciting plans of a spectator stand unveiled during the year and we look forward to its completion next year. The silverware in 2019 has come from the girls, with titles already in the bag at U14 and U16 level, with the U13’s and Minors hoping to add to that in the weeks to come.

Playing in an extremely competitive Division 3, the lads remained in the promotion hunt until the final few weeks of the season. Our form on the road was much improved from 2018, but a couple of disappointing results at home saw our challenge for promotion fade. The integration of Eoin McGonigle, Jonny Gallagher and Shaun Kerr to the team on a regular basis was a huge positive and with the age profile of the team being as young as it has been in many years, there is much optimism for 2020. We were drawn with Naomh Colmcille, Naomh Coumba and Burt in the Intermediate Championship. A defeat at home at the hands of Naomh Colmcille and another on the road against Naomh Columba left us in a precarious position prior to the third game. A stirring final ten minutes against Burt secured the crucial victory that confirmed our Intermediate status for next year. Unfortunately, our U21 campaign was short lived, as the lads lost out in a cagey quarter final against Termon at the Burn Road. Both teams were managed by Aidan McAteer in 2019.

The reserve team, under the management of Bernard McGettigan, performed very well in the league, but it was also frustrating for the lads as quite a few teams failed to travel to Portsalon during the year. Nevertheless, they qualified for the Division 3 final, and are due to face off against Red Hughs this weekend. The championship campaign was also marred with similar problems and the lads made their exit at the hands of a strong Aodh Ruadh side at the quarter final stage. A word of thanks to all the players, to Aidan and Bernard and their management teams for their effort and commitment during the year.

It was a challenging year for the boy’s teams, with silverware eluding us after a very successful 2018. The teams were led by a very committed and dedicated group of coaches that we’re indebted to for their work throughout the year. The minors missed out on a place in the quarter-final after Dungloe prevailed in a winner takes all encounter. The highlight of the year was a brilliant championship victory on the road against Naomh Ultan. The U16 team had to call on quite a few U14 players as numbers are scarce at that level. The lads performed very well this year and with most of the players still underage next year, there’s plenty to be positive about.

The U14 team performed well in the league campaign. A series of injuries, holidays and other commitments hampered the team’s progress in the height of the summer, but there remains great potential within that group of lads. It was a similar story at U13 level, but the lads have great ability and will be looking to show that next year.

There were regular training sessions and blitzes for all our teams at U6, U8, U10 and U12 levels, with the highlight of the year being the parish league held in September and October. Well done to the huge number of coaches who helped at all age groups and to the players who improved and developed their skills throughout the year.

Bhain ár bhfoireann Tráth na gCeist dhá chomórtas i rith na bliana, an Comórtas Scór agus Tráth na gCeist Bórd an Chontae. Is iad Seán Ó Dorraidín, Maghnus Mac Giolla Bháin, Micheál Ó Frighil agus Micheál Mac Giolla Bháin baill an fhoireann.

Well done to our club referees Mark Dorrian and Siobhán Coyle. Mark refereed the County Intermediate final, while Siobhán was on the line for the All Ireland Ladies football final in September. Well done to Seamie ‘Coshia’ Friel who was a member of the Donegal Masters team who won the All Ireland in September.