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Malainn / Malin

Connolly Park map courtesy of GAAPitchLocator.net

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.

Latest Malin Notes

Going SOLO for Danny

Our “Going Solo For Danny” fundraiser kicked off on St Patricks Day, with many supporters undertaking socially distanced walks, some members went on runs, while others got in some soloing practice as they set off with ball in hand in a bid to get the kms up. It does the heart good to see so many out and about showing their support, here in Malin, Inishowen, throughout Ireland & even in the USA. A lovely event to get the whole family involved & great to see those future stars practicing their soloing, all in aid of a great cause for St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin & in support of Danny.

For anyone who is unaware, 4 years ago Danny McCarron was first diagnosed with a having a tumour and hydrocephalus. Last November, he underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour and has also had further surgeries since. We all received a massive boost on Saturday, when news spread that Danny had been released from hospital and was on route back home. Danny has spent the most part of the last 6 months in hospital but we are glad to report that his treatment is going very well, doctors are pleased with his progress and he is on the road to a full recovery.

From a 5 year old boy walking through the gates of Connolly Park, Malin GAA has been a big part of Danny’s life. From selling lottos, taking his siblings out selling, coaching underage teams and coaching at Cúl Camps, Danny has featured and has been a very prominent player at every age group for his Club.

Malin GAA Club & the Community are with Danny on his return to full health. We want to show him our strong support and that his Black & Amber family are fully behind him.

As a Club from young to old, from senior mens, senior ladies and down through the age groups, from former players to committee members, from club members and non members, we want to show Danny that we’re with him on his road to recovery.

Our aim is to get the footballs out and GO SOLO! Solo the ball as far as you can to clock up the kilometres! Alternatively, you can leave the ball behind and walk, run or solo with a hurl. We plan to collectively clock up a total of 300KM plus, the distance from St. Luke’s Hospital to Connolly Park, Malin, among our participants. You can solo around the house, get out walking on the road or even run in a field. Let’s remind Danny that the Club are with him all the way.

Danny is a very motivational young coach. Even from his hospital bed, he inspired our young players to get active and return to play. In return, we really hope that this message of support will also inspire Danny and raise his spirits as he recovers.

The challenge began on St. Patricks Day and will continue for a month. You can clock up the KMs anywhere and everywhere. Remember you can donate via PayPal on: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=X9QFSCCYT4MJS

Also, donations can be left with club treasurer, John Byrne.

All money will go towards St Luke’s Hospital and aiding Danny on his road to recovery. So lets all get behind Danny in his fight and get the kms done, with the clocks going forward this coming Saturday, we have an extra hour of daylight to get the distance up.

Remember to take pictures, videos and send messages into your various coaches or to our Facebook page so that we can post on the Page and keep Danny updated and his spirits high!

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 (F) 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 Kerry McLaughlin KerryMcLaughlin3@hotmail.com 086 1595015
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Denis McGonagle denismcgonagle@tiscali.co.uk
Drumcorbit, Malin
086 3688579
Oifigeach Slainte agus Folláine Denise McCarron 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 (F) patmclaughlinplumbing@live.ie
Shantla, Glengad
087 2030115
Ball an Bhord Contae: 2 John Byrne byrneseafoods@hotmail.com 086 2507380

Malainn – Bord na nÓg

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-Seoladh nó Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Terence McLaughlin 086 1740879
Rúnaí Kerry McLaughlin 086 159015
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Martin Doherty Pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie 086 1585880
Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh
Faoi-8 Martin Lafferty
Colin Douglas
087 6461883
086 8642942
Faoi-10 Shaun McLaughlin
Liam Lafferty
liamglafferty@gmail.com 086 8521166
086 8694459
Faoi-12 Kevin McGeoghegan Kevin.mcgeoghegan14@gmail.com 0044 777331404
Faoi-13 TBC
Faoi-14 Danny Lafferty
Danny McCarron
dannylafferty@eircom.net 086 8988180
086 2634013
Faoi-15 Óg Sport TBC
Faoi-16 Pat McLaughlin patmclaughlinplumbing@live.ie 087 2030115
Faoi-18 Eamonn Ward
Paul Gallagher
paul@mdce.ie 087 2876033
087 2259592
Faoi-6 (Boys and Girls) Fran Monagle 086 1740091
Faoi-8,, -10 (Girls) Neil McGilloway 086 8122155
Faoi-12 (Girls) Maria McLaughlin 087 7763679
Faoi-14 (Girls) Denise McCarron 086 3724378
Faoi-16 (Girls) Mariah Doherty 086 2405688
Faoi-18 (Girls) Aoife McColgan 086 7346668

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.


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