1. Information sought on old photo
  2. Ádh mór to the Donegal Ladies in today’s Div 1 semi-final
  3. Brian McCormick Division 1 – Realt na Mara win vital League points against dogged MacCumhaills
  4. Cul Camps Scheduled in Donegal this Summer
  5. Tá Áit Duinn Uilig Ann

Gaeil Fhanada – Fanad Gaels

Miah Shiels Park, Portsalon, map courtesy of GAAPitchLocator.net

Latest Notes Gaeil Fhánada

Lotto Results 07/04/2019

Numbers: 2, 3, 4, 14, 21.
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€100 Winner: Annette Byrne(Online).

Next week’s Jackpot: €7250!
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Play in Person: Tickets available from committee members, in local shops and bars. John will be outside Kerrykeel shop on Saturday from 10am-12.30pm.


*Online sales close midnight Saturday each week.

Burt prevail in reserve encounter

Beart 3:09
Gaeil Fhánada 0:06

It was a case of away day blues for the reserves at the weekend, where they suffered defeat to Burt in the first game of the reserve league.

Gaeil Fhánada began well, with Patsy Friel firing over a lovely point after three minutes to put the visitors into the lead. Burt responded emphatically with a goal and point from Kyle Mc Cann and never looked back from that point on. By the sixteenth minute, the hosts had registered three further points, but Gaeil Fhánada were struggling to find the range, hitting three wides in the same period. Thomas Mc Conigley was performing well on his return and won four kick outs in row in this period. He added his name to the scoreboard after 22 minutes to register the Gaels’ second point. Two further Burt points before the break, one from the lively Ciarán Brady gave them a comfortable half time cushion. Beart 1:06 Gaeil Fhánada 0:02.

John Friel was the first to split the posts after the break, firing over a free he won himself. Both teams missed some decent chances before Burt killed the game with their second goal, another Mc Cann strike. A point was added and Mc Cann finished his hat-trick for the hosts with a left footed effort which found the bottom corner. Gaeil Fhánada did respond with a Patsy Friel point. Both teams hit two further points drawing to the conclusion. Paddy Carr with a fine free kick after Seán Friel has been held and a Seamí Coshia strike from play for the Gaels.

The score line probably didn’t reflect the gap between the teams, but Burt were much more clinical with their chances. Fanad spurned a lot a decent chances and the final ball also let the lads down on the day. Bernard and his troops have plenty to focus on in the coming week before meeting Glenswilly next weekend.

Shaun Friel

Brandon Mc Clafferty
Fergal Friel
Michael Sweeney

John Friel (0:01)
Cathal Martin
Rudi Feenstra

Paddy Carr (0:01)
Shane Sweeney

Charlie Crerand
Patsy Friel (0:02)
Thomas Mc Conigley (0:01)

Eoghan Mc Grenaghan
Seamí Coshia (0:01)
Niall Shiels

James Kerr for Shiels
Seán Friel for Feenstra
Declan Coyle for Mc Conigley
Ciarán Coyle for M Sweeney
Conor Mc Conigley for Mc Grenaghan

Share of the spoils for the seniors

Gaeil Fhánada 1:07
Beart 1:07

Both teams thought they’d won it, and both thought they’d lost it, but as the sun sank behind the clubhouse in Burt last Saturday, both teams were probably content with a share of the spoils and a point each on the board.

There was definitely a policy of youth on show this evening, with six of last term’s minor team in the starting line with a seventh, Shaun Kerr appearing from the bench. Paul Coyle and Paddy Heraghty were the elder statesmen on show while Seamí Nanny and Jimmy Coyle also have plenty experience on the clock.

Gaeil Fhánada were quickest out of the blocks, with Mark Mc Ateer looking very sharp in the opening exchanges. Both teams missed an early chance before Mc Ateer put the Gaels ahead from a free. Seamí Nanny found his range from play to double the Gaels’ tally. Burt opened their account in the tenth minute after good interplay and slick hand passing opened the opportunity. Mark Mc Ateer doubled his tally after good build up play from Oisín Shiels and and Niall Carr shortly after that but Gaeil Fhánada were relieved moments before that, when Eoin Mc Gonigle pulled off a fine save when a goal seemed probable. It turned out to be the first of quite a few important interventions from Mc Gonigle. Mc Ateer added his third in the 15th minute and Fanad were on top during this period, with Paddy Heraghty and Jimmy Coyle providing a strong attacking base. Mc Gonigle with the help of the post pulled off a second stop but Burt did respond with their second point shortly after. Gaeil Fhánada finished the first half with one further score, a fine effort from Seamí Nanny in full flight after Paul Coyle forced a turnover further back the field. HT: Gaeil Fhánada 0:05 Beart 0:02.

Fanad attacked from the throw in in the second period but their forage forward wasn’t fruitful. Burt themselves kicked a wide, the first of many for them in the second period. A big score arrived for the visitors in he moments that followed. Niall Carr got his hands on dirty ball down the left hand touchline, and fed Seamí Nanny. Seamí in turn played Mark Mc Ateer in along the touchline who teed Eoghan Carr up to fist into the net. That put Gaeil Fhánada into a commanding six point lead, but it also seemed to wake Burt from their slumber. Fanad did have a couple of opportunities to extend their lead but the final pass seemed to miscue and on one occasion, Seamí Nanny was very unlucky to see his fisted effort from a tight angle hit both bar and post. It was all Burt for the next five minutes, but were unable to make their pressure count, another Mc Gonigle save, three wides and an effort which fell short let the Gaels off. Fanad were struggling to retain possession from the kickouts and Burt finally registered their first score of the second period in the 13th minute. They followed up with another four minutes later, but spurned another goal opportunity to Mc Gonigle’s exploits in they intervening time. A combination of Mc Gonigle, Jonny Gallagher and Paddy Heraghty thwarted further goal opportunities for the hosts but they did add two further points in the 20th and 23rd minutes to reduce the gap to two. The goal finally came with 26 minutes on the clock, and it arrived courtesy of a penalty. It was adjudged that a Burt forward was dragged back while closing in on goal and the spot kick was awarded. Mc Gonigle got very close, but the kick was struck into he corner and beat his outstretched hand. The Gaels, who had been outplayed for the majority of the second period had to respond, and to be fair to Aidan Mc Ateer’s young team, that’s exactly what they did. A free In was awarded close to the touchline as the game went into injury time. It was a pressure kick, but Seamí Nanny floated the ball delightfully over the bar. Burt were penalised for a kick out collected inside the 21 and Gaeil Fhánada won possessing from the throw ball. A free In was eventually awarded and Seamí fired over from about 25 meters to put the Gaels ahead. Back came Burt, and they weren’t to be denied their point, an equalising point sliced over the bar from the outside of a boot did the trick and that was to be the final action of the contest.

Both teams should be satisfied with their evening’s work, and Aidan will definitely be pleased with the fighting spirit shown by his troops in the closing moments to drag themselves back into the contest. Eoin Mc Gonigle pulled off some important saves, while the full back line played very well over the course of the hour. Odhrán Shiels and Bernard Mc Gettigan competed well in the middle third while Mark Mc Ateer and Seamí Nanny were constant threats in the forward line. Eoghan Carr will also be delighted with his goal and Aidan will see plenty to build on over the course of the week before taking on Naomh Ultan next weekend.

Eoin Mc Gonigle

Jonny Gallagher
Paddy Heraghty
Seamus Coyle

Matthew Gallagher
Odhrán Shiels
Fergus Friel

Bernard Mc Gettigan
Oisín Shiels

Paul Coyle
Jimmy Coyle
Niall Carr

Mark Mc Ateer (0:03)
Seamí Nanny Friel (0:04)
Eoghan Carr (1:00)

James Gallagher for Matthew Gallagher
Oisín Mc Fadden for Paul Coyle
Shaun Kerr for Eoghan Carr

Tesco Community Fund

Don’t forget to collect your blue tokens at the checkout in Tesco and drop them into the Gaeil Fhánada Bord na nOg slot at the exit. Every contribution really helps the club. Thanks!

Scoláireactaí do Choláistí Gaeilge

Bronnfaidh CLG Dún na nGall sé dheontas de luach €250 an ceann ar bhaill de chlubanna a bheas ag freastal ar choláistí Gaeilge i nDún na nGall i 2019. Má tá suim agat iarratas a dhéanamh, seol teachtaireacht chuig ár leathanach Facebook nó cuid scairt ar 0872993207 agus cuirfidh muid ar an bhealach ceart sibh. Is é an 26ú Aibreán an spriocdháta.

CLG Dún na nGall will present 6 scholarships to club members who will be attending one of the Coláistí Gaeilge in this county over the summer.
If you would like to submit an application please send us a message on our Facebook page or call 0872993207 and we’ll provide any further information. The deadline for applications is April 26th.

Senior and Reserves fixtures

In the wake of last week’s draw in Burt, Gaeil Fhánada seniors will be on the road this weekend again, when they travel to Dunkineely to face Naomh Ultan on Sunday, April 14th at 3pm. Best of luck to Aidan and the lads as they look to pick up their first victory of the league season.

Bernard Mc Gettigan’s reserves will also be on the road this weekend. They will travel to Glenswilly on Saturday evening, April 13th with throw in scheduled for 5pm. Best of luck to both teams.

Senior Ladies

Division 2 League

Gaeil Fhánada v Gaoth Dobhair

The senior ladies will play Gaoth Dobhair this Sunday, the 14th of April, in Trialough at 11am. Best of luck to the team and management. Bígí linn ar an Domhnach!

Deep RiverRock – Thirst for Better

Donate 10c to Gaeil Fhánada when you purchase a #ThirstForBetter bottle of Deep RiverRock.

Simply follow the link below and enter the code on the reverse of the label to donate your 10c:

You can do this every time you get hold of a new bottle (So get collecting!).

Membership – FINAL CALL

Forms available in Ballylar P.O., Blaney’s Kerrykeel or in Dunleavy’s shop, Portsalon.

To purchase Senior Player Membership or a Lotto Membership package please contact a committee member.
The following can now be purchased online:

  •     Adult Membership – €40
  •     Juvenile Membership (Under 18) – €50
  •     Additional Child – €25 each
  •     U10s – €25

Link: https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Fanad_Gaels/Membership

Easter Camp

Come along to Pairc Ui Shiadhail, Portsalon, this Easter holiday period (23rd-25th April), and work on basic GAA skills in a fun and friendly environment!

The camp will take place from 10am – 1pm, and will be for children aged 5-14. €30 per child, €50 for 2 children in the same family, and family deals available for 2+ children in the same family.

To register online please visit our Facebook page where you will find the link. For more information or any registration queries please contact Aidan on 087-776-5540 (or message the Gaeil Fhanada page on Facebook.)


Please note training this Sunday 14th April will take place at 11am in Trialough due to ground works being undertaken at Portsalon.

As always, please bring gum shield and a water bottle.  This training is for children born in 2011 and 2012.

If your child(ren) is not yet registered you can do so in the following ways:

1) Online: https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Fanad_Gaels/Membership#MembershipOptions


2) By collecting a form in either Ballylar PO, Dunleavy’s Shop Ardglaas or Blaneys Shop Kerrykeel. Please return completed form to team manager/Registrar or Treasurer.


Please note training this Friday 12th April will take place at 6pm in Trialough due to ground works being undertaken at Portsalon.

As always, please bring gum shield, a water bottle and football boots.
This training is for children born in 2009 and 2010.

If your child(ren) is not yet registered you can do so in the following ways:

1) Online: https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Fanad_Gaels/Membership#MembershipOptions


2) By collecting a form in either Ballylar PO, Dunleavy’s Shop Ardglass or Blaneys Shop Kerrykeel. Please return completed form to team manager, Registrar or Treasurer.

Ulster Ladies U14 Festival of Football

Iseult Ní Mhathúna, Aideen Friel and Caitlin Heraghty were in action for the Donegal u14’s over the weekend at the Ulster Festival of Football in Brookeborough. Donegal played both Fermanagh and Monaghan yesterday, and will now take on Armagh in the Ulster Silver final on the 20th of April. Maith sibh a chailíní!

Table Quiz

The Gaeil Fhánada Ladies Committee will hold a Table Quiz on Good Friday night, the 19th of April, at 9:30 pm in The Atlantic House. We look forward to seeing all you quizzers for a night of fun. Come along to test your knowledge in our first quiz of 2019!

Babhta Ceannais Scór na hÉireann

Tabharfaidh ár bhfoireann Tráth na gCeist aghaidh ar Chaisleán an Bharraigh i gContae Mhaigh Eo ar an Satharn, áit a ghlacfaidh siad páirt i mBabhta Ceannais Uile Éireann sa Scór. Tá an Babhta Ceannais bainte amach acu go rialta le blianta beaga anuas, agus bhí siad i láthair i mBaile Átha Cliath, Cill Áirne agus Sligeach ach ní raibh an t-ádh orthu go dtí seo.

Is iad Seán Ó Dorraidhín, Maghnus Mac Giolla Bháin, Micheál Mac Giolla Bháin agus Gearóid Pádraig Ó Siadhail a dhéanfaidh an turas go Maigh Eo Dé Sathairn. Go n-éirí go geal libh.

Beidh club amháin eile ón chontae, Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn páirteach Dé Sathairn sa Léiriú agus ádh mór orthusan fosta.

Best of luck to our quiz team who will take part in the All Ireland final of Scór this weekend in Castlebar. The team will comprise of John Dorrian, Manus Mc Elwaine, Michael Mc Elwaine and Gerard Patrick Shiels.

Don’t forget to add/follow us on the following platforms:

Facebook – @gaeil.clg
Twitter – @gaeilfhanadaclg
Snapchat – gaeilfhanada

Ainm an Chlub: Gaeil Fhanada
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Gorm agus Ban
Alternative Colours: Glas agus Bui
Club Ground: Miah Shiels Park Portsalon

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Brendan Mac a tSaoir 074 9159057
Rúnaí Fiona Ní Shiadhail secretary.fanadgaels.donegal@gaa.ie
Fanavolty, Kindrum, Fanad
074 9159670
085 1555645
Cisteoir Padraig MacSuibhne
Maire Nic a tSaoir
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Micheál Ó Frighil michae89friel@yahoo.com 087 2993207
Oifigeach Oiliúna Eamonn Ó'Frighil
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Áine Nic Cholla ainec7888@gmail.com
Oifigeach Scor Micheál Ó Frighil michae89friel@yahoo.com 087 2993207
Oifigeach Sláinte agus Folláine Áine Nic Cholla ainec7888@gmail.com
Ball an Bhord Contae: 1 Fiona Uí Shiadhail secretary.fanadgaels.donegal@gaa.ie
Fanavolty, Kindrum, Fanad
074 9159670
085 1555645
Ball an Bhord Contae: 2 Sean Mac Conaglaigh john.f.donegal@outlook.com 086-4021834
Gaeil Fhánada Easter GAA Camp 
Camp will take place the 23rd to the 25th April!
To register your child use the following link:
To register a second child use the following link:
To avail of a Family Deal (3 Children +) please message the page or contact Aidan.

Tráth na gCeist, 2019

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