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Naomh Micheál – St Michaels

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Pairc Naomh Mícheal, Dun Fionnachaidh, map courtesy of GAAPitchLocator.net

Latest St. Michael’s Notes

St. Michael’s Mini Lotto

There was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michel’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were: 2,3,5,12,14,18.  There were no Match 5 Winners.  15 people matched 4 and their names were drawn, the winner of the €100 was Stephen Byrne Glassan.  This week’s Jackpot will be €5500.  The Draw took place in the Massinass Centre in Creeslough.

The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Wild Atlantic camp and Roses Bar Creeslough, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much
appreciated.
Tickets are on sale in local outlets in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased
on line anywhere at the following link up until 6pm on any Sunday evening.  https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=911#Anchor.

Please note that for the Health and Safety of our patrons and club volunteers because of the ongoing Coronavirus situation the Clubs weekly Bingo Session in Creeslough is postponed until further notice.  Thanks everyone for your ongoing support and please keep safe.

Coronavirus

St Michael’s are lucky to enjoy a community spirit that serves us well at times of need around community events. In the coming weeks a calm and rational approach will be needed.

It is clear that those most vulnerable are the elderly and we all have concerns around the balance between minding the elderly and minimising contacts. Most people will prefer to mind their own circles when possible but that can be difficult at times. If there is anyone but particularly elderly members of the community who would benefit from food/medical / fuel drops then these people can contact St Michael’s members and we will carry out deliveries each week.
Contacts would be limited as it is designed to simply be a drop off service but it would ensure that everyone is checked.
We do not intent to interfere in family dynamics just offering the possibility of a service to help those in need if required and only if requested.
If you are aware of anyone who would be comfortable with, and benefit from deliveries then please firstly consult with the individual directly and if authorised then pass on a name and number to Liam 086 8611097 or Ann Marie 0879454107
If such a service is not deemed necessary then St Michael’s remains willing to assist in any practical way.

Club Bingo
Owing to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and per GAA and Government Guidelines and in the interests of our patrons health and safety the St. Michael’s Bingo session in Creeslough has now been cancelled until the 29th March.

Membership

Reminder that registration for all members must be completed before 31st March.

All Players need to be registered before playing or training this year,

Clubcard holders still need to register online but are entitled to one free membership per adult Card-can anyone with a Clubcard contact Suzi Roarty at registrar.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie. .

Irish Life Healthy Club Challenge

Ireland lights up 2020 may be coming to a end in the next few weeks however Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Challenge is coming up.
This is a amazing opportunity for our club to keep up the walking but also be in with a chance to win a €2,500 O’Neills Voucher for our club.
The club with the highest number of average steps in each province wins a voucher.
So how do we take part:
1. Each participant must be 18 years or older.
2. The challenge begins on the 16th March to the 12th April.
3. Each Club must have at least 15 people who are willing to take part.
4. And finally download the MyLife app on their phone to register with their club and track their steps.
So if you are interested in participating in this challenge could you give us a “Like” and if we get enough participants we can post the links on how to download and Register on the App.
More information can be found here:
https://mylife.irishlife.ie/about

Win a House

Official Donegal GAA tickets for the house draw are available to purchase in Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy and Brian Dolan’s Office, Creeslough, priced at €100 each. With a terrific range of prizes, including
1st Prize of a four bedroom house in Dublin worth €400k,
2nd A brand new Mazda 2 car,
3rd A 7 night Holiday,
4th €1000 in cash
5th prize of a one nights B&B, with a round of golf for 2 in Carton House, Co. Kildare.
A fantastic opportunity to win a property in Dublin for just €100, while also helping the Donegal GAA teams with their new facilities.
Tickets can also be purchased online at winyourhouseindublin.com
or Phone the ticket Hotline 086 6047089.

Club Website

Our new club website is www.clgnaomhmicheal.com. This is a great addition to the club and we hope over time that it becomes the one place where we all go to get all the information about the club, including the club history, all news stories, weekly club notes, fixtures and results, online lotto, club membership, photo gallery and our sponsors. We also hope the site will be of particular benefit to our away members and fans where they can stay up to date with everything that is happening, so please visit the site on a regular basis, to keep up to date with all that is happening within our club.

Pitch

Please note that owing to the ongoing Covid-19 Crisis the St. Michael’s Club Grounds and Buildings at the Bridge are closed to the public until the 29th March.

Ainm an Chlub: Naomh Micheál
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Dearg & bán
Alternative Colours: Bán & dearg
Club Ground: Pairc Naomh Micheál, Dun Fionnachaidh

Naomh Micheál – Senior Board

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Liam McElhinney liammcelhinney@hotmail.com 086 8611097
Rúnaí Ann Marie Kelly secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie 087 9454107
Cisteoir Shaun Langan treasurer.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie
Na hArdai, An Craoslach
086 8123375
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Moses O hAlcoirn pro.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie Corainne Binne, Dun Fionnachaidh 086 8832129
Oifigeach Oiliúna Paul Sweeney paulsweeney@live.ie 086 8397247
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Colette Alcorn cmcg27@hotmail.com 085 1398321
Oifigeach Slainte agus Follaine Elaine McDaid emacdaid@gmail.com 086 4045442
Oifigeach Cultúr Margaret Anne O Reilly margaretanneoreilly@outlook.com 087 6207919
Ball an Bhord Contae: 1 Hughie McGee Hughiemcg0@gmail.com 087 9392400
Ball an Bhord Contae: 2 Liam McElhinney liammcelhinney@hotmail.com 086 8611097

GLG Naomh Micheál Chairperson, Liam McElhinney, presentation to CLG Cloich Cheann Fhaola April 7, 2019

Naomh Micheál – Bord na nÓg

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-Seoladh nó Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Colette Alcorn cmcg27@hotmail.com 085 1398321
Rúnaí Ann Marie Kelly secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie 087 9454107
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Ann Sweeney Annesweeney09@live.ie 086 8600275
Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh Gavin McGinley gavinmuckish@eircom.net 087 6479121
Faoi-8 Bernard McGinley mcginleybernard@gmail.com 087 2481402
Faoi-10 Paul Sweeney paulsweeney@live.ie 086 8397247
Faoi-12 agus 13s Hugh Doyle Hughdoyle75@gmail.com 086 4472068
Faoi-14 agus 15 Óg Sport Micky McFadden Mickeymcfadden9@gmail.com 085 1022877
Faoi-16 Martin McElhinney Martinmcelhinney88@gmail.com 087 6768239
Faoi-18 Martin McElhinney Martinmcelhinney88@gmail.com 087 6768239

The Club Year – 2019

The grounds continue to be a credit to Development Officers Cairns Witherow and Shaun Langan and the workers on the Community Employment and RSS Schemes. The club continues to play an active part in the local community and the pitch at the Bridge also continues to be used as an emergency helipad for the Irish Coastguard 118 Helicopter.

 

On the field our season got off to a losing start when we were defeated by Glenswilly in the Senior Gaeltacht Championship. The Reserves also lost in the first round of the Junior Gaeltacht Championship to Naomh Conaill. We retained our All  County League Division 1 status thanks to a strong end to the season. We got off to a slow start in the league but finshed well to comfortably retain our status.

 

The Reserves also had a good campaign in the league finishing well in their section.

In the Senior Championship were were drawn alongside Ardara, Gaoth Dobhair and St. Eunans in the Group of Death. We recorded a very good victory in Ardara in the first match but were defeated narrowly by the reigning County and Ulster Champions Gaoth Dobhair in our second match setting up a winner take all fixture with St. Eunans in our last group game. Despite putting on a very good performance a last minute point for St. Eunans saw us exit the championshp at the group stage. The Reserves won their first match in Ardara before losing to Gaoth Dobhair and St. Eunans to also bow out of the championship. Our Under 21’s were defeated by Killybegs in the first round of the Under 21B Championship.

 

Bridget Gallagher a St. Michael’s Clubperson, who plays with Termon Ladies, was nominated for an All Star Award and the club are proud of this and congratulate Bridget.

 

2019 also seen the passing of three men associated with the club; Brian McLaughlin a former Chairman and Manager of the club, Aiden Durning a former Development Officer and Bernard McFadden a former player and supporter of the club.  The club extends deepest sympathy to all the families involved and all club members who have suffered bereavements this year.

 

Our Club lotto continues to go very well and the club is very grateful to the sponsors of the lotto and the players who support it on a weekly basis and also the Bingo session in Creeslough every Sunday night. The club would also like to thank all their sponsors for their continuing support, its very much appreciated. St. Michael’s also took part in Scor Sinseair this year. We also congratulate all the players who have represented the club at county level this year.

Club review of the decade 2010-19

This

has been a very exciting decade in the history of St. Michael’s.  Our new Clubhouse was completed at the Bridge and is a great asset to the club. Also continued development continues with the park and grounds in great condition.  On the field of play we reached our first senior County final losing narrowly to Glenswilly.  We also won our first All County League Division 1 Title and also our first Senior County Gaeltacht Title.

 

There were also county underage titles for our Under 16’s and 14’s. Undoubtedly one of the proudest moments came in the 2012 All Ireland All Ireland Final in Croke Park when Christy Toye, Colm McFadden, Martin McElhinney, Antoin McFadden, Pater Witherow and Daniel McLaughlin were in Jim McGuinness’s panel that lifted the Sam Maguire Cup for the second time in our history.  The scenes before and after that final will live long in the memory. Colm McFadden also picked up the Club’s first All Star in 2012.  Colm McFadden, Christy Toye, Martin McElhinney were also on the 2014 team that was beaten by Kerry.  As mentioned already, Brian McLaughlin picked up an All Ireland Masters Title this year and this was another highlight of the decade.

 

There have been many highs for St. Michael’s over the past decade and with new talent continuing to be unearthed we can look forward with confidence to the next 10 years at the Bridge.

 

Brian McLaughlin An Appreciation

2019 saw the passing of a great GAA Stalwart and St. Michael’s Clubman Brian McLaughlin. Brian was a familiar face at St. Michael’s and Donegal Matches over the years and an outstanding member and supporter of St. Michael’s and all its activities serving as an administrator and manager over the last 30 years. Brian got involved in St. Michael’s in the late eighties. He took over the Chair of the club in the early nineties and was proud to be the chairman for Donegal’s first All-Ireland in 1992. He got involved with Michael McColgan as trainer of St Michael’s in 1996 when they won the Donegal Junior Gaeltacht and were All-Ireland runners-up on a memorable day in Cork. They also won the County Gaeltacht in 1999. In 2000 he helped the team reach the Donegal Intermediate final and get promoted to Division 2 – a big step in St. Michaël’s progression.

 

He heavily invested in coaching underage teams during a very successful period for the club in the Noughties. Brian had a huge passion for the club and would be a regular attending all games from all ages be it friendlies, league or championship games. He loved being at The Bridge watching ttraining and showing support in any way he could. His face will be a huge miss to the club. His presence was invaluable and he was respected by all. He was extremely proud when in 2011 St. Michael’s reached the senior county final after many years competing at junior & intermediate level.

 

Brian drove the bus on behalf of Martin Coyle to trainings & games for Donegal development squads. He showed a great passion for the county. He would have attended over 20 all-Ireland finals and many more Ulster finals – GAA was his life. He had the bragging rights in the house in 2012 when Donegal won their 2nd All-Ireland over Mayo (Patricia being a Mayo woman). Brian was a loving husband to Patricia and father to his 2 sons (Brian who successfully captained Donegal to All Ireland Vocational success in 1985 and represented Donegal at Minor, Under 21 and Senior Level & Raymond who also represented the club at county level and grandson Ryan won an Ulster minor championship with Donegal in 2016).  He would surely have been proud to see his son Brian winning an All Ireland Masters Title with Donegal earlier this year.

 

Brian was a quiet man but was great with people always showing great affection to people and helping people in any way he could. He never cared for the limelight preferring to be away from the praise. The club extends deepest sympathy to Brian’s wife Patricia, sons Brian and Partner, Raymond, grandson Ryan, Sisters Ann and her husband John Doherty and family in Derryreel, Josephine Grier and family Carrigart, nieces and nephews and cousins and to the entire family circle.