The Club Year – 2019
The club had the huge honour to have the Inishowen U13 cup named after our player Barry Gallagher who sadly passed away last year. Barry was an integral part of our senior team and a valued member of our club and through the Barry Gallagher Memorial Cup his name will live on as the teams of Inshowen battle for the cup annually. Thanks to Bord na nOg, Inis Eoghain for the gesture and all the work to make this happen.
For the first game of the competition Barry’s family hosted a breakfast morning in the clubhouse for everyone to come to enjoy the food and to contribute to a very worthy charity in Pieta House – a fabulous morning and very memorable occasion.
We started our campaign really well getting two wins and a draw from the first three games before losing narrowly in the next two to Burt and Convoy. The Co Board imposed a ban on home games that started May 3rd. As a consequence we played all our games away from home until August 4th. This covered 5 league fixtures we were due to play at home – in total we played 9 league fixtures consecutively away from home during this period. In the height of summer we didn’t have any home games and that had a serious detrimental effect on performances and moral and it showed in our results as we could only manage 2 wins over this time which put us into relegation trouble. It was a great relief to return to playing in Pairc Colmcille and the first game back against Convoy was a game we managed to win which set us up for the run in. We got a win and a draw in the last two games to secure our Division 3 status by the narrowest of margins.
In Group C of the Intermediate Championship we won away to Fanad Gaels and at home to neighbours Burt to qualify for the quarter finals with a game to spare. Under the lights in MacCumhaill Park, against Division 1 Cloughaneely, we put in our best performance of the season and were very unlucky to lose out to an injury time point. This is a game that could have went either way and our lads can be very proud of their performance on the night although it’s little consolation with the realisation that we were out of the championship and our season was over. All in all the lads had a great Championship run with many high points and plenty for our supporters to enjoy.
Our senior ladies continued to progress this season with our young squad again competing in league division 3. After our historic first season last year we continued progressing this season, being more competitive in each game and we got our first win at senior level at home v Cloughaneely. This was a brilliant achievement for the girls. The team is continuing to build and progress with new players joining all the time and the building blocks are in place at the club to keep producing players for the future.
2019 was another very successful year for the club at underage level. Our younger players continued with their winter program in the local hall, moving outside when the weather improved. For our u6-10’s the club hosted a Halloween camp followed up by a very successful Easter camp in spring, and Cul Camp during the summer with record numbers attending. The club had teams entered in the various competitions at U8, U10, U12, U13, U14, U16 and minor. We also competed in the U15 Og Sport competition. We had increased numbers in girl’s participation and fielded teams at various underage grades. We had county representation at U14, U15, U16 and U17 level for both genders and a big congratulations to the selected players. Finally, we’d like to thank all the parents and coaches for the continued support throughout the year and look forward to seeing all the boys and girls for the 2020 season.