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Malainn / Malin Club Notes

Connolly Park map courtesy of GAAPitchLocator.net

Malin Notes

 

Adult Football

Our Senior suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Convoy on Sunday, 2-12 to 3-5. The reserve game scheduled for Saturday evening v neighbours Carndonagh was called off. At this early stage of the week its look like we may have a home game v Fanad Gaels for both sides on Sunday but this hasn’t been confirmed as yet. Keep an eye on our social media channels and the parish bulletins for confirmation over the weekend.

 

Underage Football

The minor footballers get their championship campaign underway when they host Kilcar in Connolly Park on Thursday evening.

The Under 14s lost to Glenswilly in their opening game of the championship last week, they’ll be hoping to bounce back when they travel to N.Conaill on Wednesday evening.

 

There was no winner of last weeks lotto jackpot of €850. €50 winner was The Collins Family, Drumcarbit. Next weeks jackpot stands at €900 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area and also from our band of young eager sellers. Or alternatively, to be in with a chance of winning you can subscribe to our club lotto for 12 weeks at only €20 or an annual subscription for only €100 at the following link https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/CLG_Malainn/Membership. Get TWO FREE weeks lotto when you purchase online.

County News

Commiserations to Aoife Mc Colgan and the Donegal ladies side who exited the LGFA All Ireland series when they were beaten by Mayo in Tullamore on Saturday. While it may not have been the result the girls were hoping for, they’ll regroup and come back stronger than ever to defend their Ulster crown next season. Best of luck to Declan Bonnar and the senior footballers who take on Mayo in their final group game in the super 8s in Castlebar on Saturday evening.

 

Car Stickers

CLG Dhún Na nGall have printed a new issue of Window/Car Stickers pre this year’s Championship as a small but important part of our fundraising initiative for 2019. These are priced at €10 each and are available through Committee Members or by contacting the club facebook page.

 

Club Shop

The Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturday and Sundays from 11.30 to 2.00. There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.

 

Annual 5K

We hope the training for the annual 5km run/walk/crawl is been stepped up in the coming weeks. The event will take place on Saturday the 31st of August. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Other News

Congratulations to former club player Darren Doherty now residing in Boston, who gets married to Jenna at the weekend. Best of luck from all here in the club. And finally, this is something we never thought we would be writing in the clubs notes, Congratulations to Niall Fildara and Erin Doherty on their recent engagement!!

Again best of luck to you both (especially Erin).

CLUB Review of the Decade 2010-19

 

The 3rd week of September in 2012 was a week which will live long in the memory of everyone and on that Sunday evening Declan Walsh became the first Malin player to win a Celtic Cross and on the Thursday evening the village was packed to capacity as we witnessed Declan carry the Sam Maguire Cup over the bridge much to the delight of the large crowd in attendance.

 

From that high, the club suffered one of its darkest days in its history on Feb 20th

2017, when news spread of the tragic death in a car accident of club member and Under 16 manager John McLaughlin (Rustard). John lost his life less than a mile from Connolly Park where he was making his way to take a training session with his young side. John’s death left everyone in a state of shock, and somehow football didn’t seem so important anymore. He was a hugely popular club member and the large amount of mourners from neighbouring clubs throughout the county was proof of the high esteem John was held in.

 

We undertook many fundraising drives in recent times to fit our fitness suite with state of the art equipment, which can only benefit the club and indeed the people of the parish in the future, and also ensure that our facilities are the envy of every club and organisation in the country.

 

While competing in the Senior Championship, we appeared in 2 county semi finals losing narrowly to Killybegs and Glenswilly and also were Division 2 champions in 2012. Our 14s were the toast of the club in 2017 when they clinched the Division 1A league title by defeating Gaoth Dobhair in the final.

Ainm an Chlub: Malainn
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Dubh agus Omra
Alternative Colours: Dubh agus ban
Club Ground: Connolly Park

Malainn – Senior Board

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Pat McLaughlin patmclaughlinplumbing@live.ie
Shantla, Glengad
087 2030115
Rúnaí Brendan Monagle secretary.malin@gaa.ie
Dunegard, Malin Head
086 63777015
Cisteoir John Byrne byrneseafoods@hotmail.com
Beaugh, Malin
086 2507380
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Martin Doherty pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie
Ballynahona, Glengad
086 1585880
Oifigeach Oiliúna Danny Lafferty dannylafferty@eircom.net
Ballymena, Glengad
086 8988180
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Denis McGonagle denismcgonagle@tiscali.co.uk
Drumcorbit, Malin
086 3688579
Oifigeach Slainte agus Folláine Denise McCollon denisemalin40@gmail.com
Drumcorbit, Malin
086 3724378
Oifigeach Cultúr Mandy McLaughlin shaunandmandy@hotmail.com
Shantla, Glengad
087 2882490
Ball an Bhord Contae: 1 Pat McLaughlin patmclaughlinplumbing@live.ie
Shantla, Glengad
087 2030115
Ball an Bhord Contae: 2 Patrick McLaughlin (R) maryrustard@eircom.net

Malainn – Bord na nÓg

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-Seoladh nó Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Seamus McLaughlin (F) Fildara76@gmail.com 087 7630511
Rúnaí Danny Lafferty dannylafferty@eircom.net 086 8988180
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí John Byrne byrneseafoods@hotmail.com 086 2507380
Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh Danny Lafferty dannylafferty@eircom.net 086 8988180
Faoi-8 Liam Lafferty liamglafferty@gmail.com 086 8694459
Faoi-10 Danny Lafferty dannylafferty@eircom.net 086 8988180
Faoi-12 Kevin McGeoghegan Kevin.mcgeoghegan14@gmail.com 0044 777331404
Faoi-13 Pat McLaughlin patmclaughlinplumbing@live.ie 087 2030115
Faoi-14 Pat McLaughlin patmclaughlinplumbing@live.ie 087 2030115
Faoi-15 Óg Sport Pat McLaughlin patmclaughlinplumbing@live.ie 087 2030115
Faoi-16 Liam O'Neill Liam.oneill.lon@gmail.com 086 8856304
Faoi-18 Paul Gallagher paul@mdce.ie 087 2259592

The CLUB YEAR 2019

 

Our club continues to make steady progress on and off the pitch. On the back of Donegal’s recent success, the number of youngsters experiencing the fun and excitement of our national games continue to grow. We hosted many underage blitzs, parish leagues and camps to cater for our ever-increasing numbers. Our coaching academy is paying dividends with many youngsters gaining selection for various county panels; the highlight of the year was Aoife McColgan claiming her 3rd Ulster Senior title. We were also well represented in Colaisti Inis Eoghain squads. Another poignant event in 2019 was the unveiling of the club mural and Kicking Ball Wall in memory of John McLaughlin (Rustard) on the day of the annual 5km.

 

After suffering relegation on the final day of the previous season, we competed in Division 3 of the ACL. Despite a poor start Malin finished tied in 2nd place with Convoy on 22 points, but missed out on promotion on our head to head record, by a solitary point. In the SFC, we suffered a heavy defeat in our opening game in Kilcar. We fell to a 2nd defeat at home to Termon in a game which could have gone either way. In our final group game at home to Bundoran we produced a superb first half performance but the visitors experience told near the end and they overturned the defecit. In the relegation play-off games we paid the price for a slow start against Four Masters and despite racing into a 9-point lead against Ardara they foungt back and sent us to the Intermediate championship for 2020. The reserves performed admirably in their league and continue to provide younger players with the necessary experience before making the step up to the first team.

 

The Under 12 girls competed in the Inishowen and ACL, giving very good accounts of themselves in every outing. The Under 14 girls had a great season and qualified for the County final but lost out to Termon. Our under 16 girls didn’t collect any silverware but produced some excellent football during the year.

 

The Under 8 boys had a great year, playing over 20 matches, with maximum turnout at all sessions and games. Thanks to all the coaches and parents who give their time so freely to assist. Our Under 10/11s had a successful year, competing in a large number of games in the Inishowen Go-Games along with blitzs in Ardara and Bellaghy. The Under 12s were a very committed bunch making some great improvements and were extremely competitive in all games. They lost out to Burt in the Inishowen Div 3 final. They competed in the Div 3 blitz in Convoy where our A and B sides collected silverware. The B side came from behind to defeat Convoy in their final, while the A side ousting St. Eunans in their decider.

 

The Under 14s has a great season going undefeated in the Inishowen league, before losing narrowly to Muff in the final. Undeterred, they went all the way to the Div 1A League final, overturning a 12-point defecit to defeat Termon in the semi, before losing out to N.Conaill. They also gave a good account of themselves in the championship and had an enjoyable day out at the Ulster final, played Scotstown on route. The Under 16s produced some excellent football throughout their Inishowen League campaign, culminating in victory over Muff in the B Final. In the County B competition, they appeared in the final, but unfortunately lost to St. Eunans. Our Minors lost out in the Inishowen semi against eventual winners Buncrana, and were beaten by just 2 points by Glenswilly in the Div 2 final.

 

As always our club were very active in the promotion of culture side of the GAA, where we participated in both Scor and Scor Sinsear and we were well represented in both codes. We are indebted to the likes of Grace McCarron and Mandy McLaughlin for their hard work behind the scenes ensuring that this side of the organisation continues to grow and prosper in the coming years and benefit future generations to come.

 

The health and well being committee for year was established in February and was launched in April when we organised a community night with local guests presenting their area of expertise to promote health and well-being. In August, we ran an informative, and very well received talk for our underage members along with their parents and coaches to cover social issues such as alcohol, drugs and mindfulness. Later in the year club officer Denise Mc Carron and some younger members from club attended the county youth matters conference in LYIT. We also ran a defibulator training and refresher course for members of our local community.

2019 ROLL OF HONOUR

UNDER 14 GIRLS County Division League Runners Up

UNDER 12 BOYS  Inishowen Div 3 Runners Up

County Div 3A Blitz Winners

County Div 3B Blitz Winners

UNDER 14 BOYS  Inishowen A Runners Up

County Div 1A League Runners Up

UNDER 16 BOYS  Inishowen B League Winners

County League B Runners Up

MINOR BOYS       County League Div 2 Runners Up