The Club Year – 2019
2019 was a very positive year for the Na Dunaibh senior footballers on many fronts. After gaining promotion to Division 3 in 2018 the overall goal was to maintain our Division 3 status while bringing through a crop of promising young players. But right from the start of our Division 3 campaign we established our Na Dunaibh home pitch as a fortress without losing a single league game at home for the whole season. There were some wonderful evenings when our new stand was packed to watch some very entertaining football played in the fantastic facilities that the club are in the process of developing. But the team also showed resilience and determination to go away and pick up some very hard won matches to finish the season as champions of Division 3. In addition to capturing the Division 3 title the senior team also won the Donegal Junior Gaeltacht and travelled all the way to An Gaeltacht in Co Kerry where they retained their All Ireland Gaeltacht championship title in fantastic style. As with the tides, there are ups and downs and the year ended on a low ebb when the team were demoted to Junior Championship status.
Our senior ladies continue to go from strenght to strength They began the year losing a keenly contested Intermediate Gaeltacht semi-final to the eventual winners, Naomh Muire, Iochtár na Rosann. They also had a successful Division 3 league campaign, winning all mathces but losing our to Ardara by three points in the final. Nevertheless, the season ended on a high note and some well deserved silverware with victory in the Junior B championship, defeating CLG Chill Chartha in the final. The squad looks forward to continued progress in 2020.
Although na Dunaibh did not have a lot of silverware to show for it, 2019 was overall a very positive season for our underage teams, especially with the girls’ teams. The green was alive almost every evening with multiple teams training and the numbers for our teams are generally continuing to grow, which is a significant challenge for a club with small numbers, and with the involvement of more current players in our coaching systems we see a very positive future for the club.
The minor boys competed at Division 1 level and our Under 16 boys qualified for the Division 2B semi final which unfortunately they lost. The under 14s qualified for the Division 3B final in which they won a nail-biter against Letterkenny Gaels in a game that came down to the last minute of extra time in what was a very entertaining game. Great work continues at Under 12, 10, 8 and 6 level which we hope will lay the foundation for success in the future.
Rinne foireann na nDúnaibh and turas fada go Corca Dhuibhne, Co Chiarraí, i mbliana áit a bhain muid Comórtas Peil na Gaeltachta Soiseár don dara bhliain as a chéile. Sa cluiche leath ceannais chas muid ar Cill Chomáin agus le ghaoth mhór igcuid seolta na nDúnaibh sa chéad leath ní raibh ann ag leath ama na cuig phointe. Sa dara leath seo a d’imir na Dúnaibh an pheil ab fhearr a d’imir siad don deireadh seachtaine; thug siad sárthaispeántas agus chríochnaigh siad an cluiche agus ceithre phointe idir na foirne.
Sa cluiche Ceannais bhain na Dúnaibh úsaid mhait as comhar na gaoithe agus bhí siad sé Phointe ‘un tosaigh ag Leath Am. D’eirigh leis na Dúnaibh sé phointe eile a chur ar chlár na scoranna sa dara leath ru a d’fhág an scór ag deireadh Na Dunaibh 2-12, Béal Atha an Ghaorthaidh 1-4.
Ba mhor an lúchair, ríméad agus mórtas cine a léirigh peileadóirí agus bunadh na nDúnaibh i ndiadh an chluiche. Ritheann an chumamm campa scileanna peil tri spoirt agus spraoi go h-iomlán frí an teanga Gaeladh rud a chuireann an cumann béim mhór ann.
In response to an issue that appears to be affecting all clubs across the country, the club sponsored and encouraged the attendance of all their under age players over the age of 12 from both boys and girls. The course was presented by Foroige and focused on providing more information on the challenges that our youth will face with both alcohol and drugs and the feedback from both parents and players was very positive.
2019 Roll of Honour:
Senior Men Footballers: Division Three League champions & All Ireland Junior Gealtacht champions
Senior Ladies Footballers: Junior B Championship winner
U14 Footballers: Division 3 Shield champions