The Club Year 2019
Our Golden Jubilee year- Celebrating 50 years of Urris GAA – a year of celebration for the club, from humble beginnings in 1969 the club reached a milestone of 50 years of football, fun and friendship. From the launch of Family Fun Day in June to our 50th Banquet in October we celebrated our history and we salute all members, committee and players past and present. The club launched a publication on the history of the club “From Humble Beginnings to Crampsey Park” at the banquet covering our club history from 1969-2019. On the field of play our Reserve team won the Junior B Championship and a number of trophies were won at underage level too.
Our senior footballers endured a mixed bag of results throughout the league campaign – the annual push for promotion falling short for a second successive year. Looking back, a brace of one-point defeats at the hands of Na Rossa and Naomh Padraig, matches we probably should have won, told the tale in the end.
In the Junior A Championship , Urris were grouped with Convoy and Robert Emmet’s . A spirted second half performance generated a draw in Convoy and this was followed by a win at home against the Castlefin men. Na Rossa lurked in the quarter-final and in what turned out to be a disappointing performance, Urris exited the competition by 2-08 to 0-10 following extra time. After the match Sean Paul Doherty stepped down as team manager but much thanks must go to him, Michael Doherty (S), John Gibbons, Martin Kelly and Brian Grant for the time and committement given to the senior panel.
The reserves too had a mixed bag of results in the league as it was not always easy to get games arranged. But, they delivered the perfect full stop in our 50th year when they beat Letterkenny Gaels to win the 2019 Donegal Junior B Championship. It took an injury time goal from substitute Paul McConalogue to provide the difference in a pulsating final at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny on October 12th. The first half was an end-to-end thriller with Alan Harrington, Shane Doherty and Peter Devlin sharp up front for Urris. The second half was another cracker and a real nip and tuck affair. In the end Urris outscored their opponents by 3-11 to 4-7. A one point lead to deliver a famous victory in a special year for the club. John Farren managed the successful winning team.
The club was well represented in the Donegal Masters this year with three players lining out, Sean McDaid, Adrian Doherty and Peter Devlin. All enjoyed great success culminating in winning the All Ireland Masters title.
In another busy year at under-age much credit must be paid to all coaches, parents and all who help out with our boys and girls from U-8 to minor. Pride of place goes to Donal Kelly’s U-16 boys who won the county Division 2 Shield in August beating Kilcar in Newtown.
The U-12 girls won the Inishowen C final and the U-11 girls won the Inishowen Division one final in October. Our U-12 boys won the Gerry O’Neill B final beating Buncrana by 2-8 to 1-8. To cap off their year the U-12 boys had an enjoyable day out in Croke Park at the activity day with a tour of the stadium and playing on the Croke Park pitch in September along with their coaches Stephen Cooney and Bernard Mullins.
Dara Harkin and Oisin Doherty were member of Donegal and Inishowen development teams this year.
2019 Roll of Honour:
Donegal Junior B Championship winners.
U-16 Boys County Division 2 Shield Winners.
U-12 Boys Inishowen B winners.
U-11 Girls Inishowen A winners.