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

St Michaels Notes

Comortais Peile Na Gaeltachta

Both the Senior and Reseve Teams get their season underway this weekend with games in Comortais Peile Na Gaeltachta.
The Reserves are away to Gweedore in Maghergallon on Saturday with the throw in at 3pm, whilst the Seniors are away to Termon on Sunday morning with the Throw in at 10.30am.

 

Sympathy

The club extends deepest sympathy to our secretary Ann Marie Kelly, her husband Liam and family on the death of Ann Marie’s sister-in-law Brenda Green River Valley, Swords, Dublin last weekend.  Sympathy is also extended to her husband Steven and family and to the entire Greene and Morris family circle.

St. Michael’s Mini Lotto

There was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday evening last. The numbers drawn were: 6,13,14,15,17,20.  The Match 5 Winner was Peter McConnell, Postman.  This week’s Jackpot will be €5300.

Lotto Tickets are on sale in the usual outlets and also online from Clubforce at the following link: up until 6pm on any Sunday evening. https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=911#Anchor. €2 and €5 quick pick tickets are now available online as well.

Bingo

There was no Bingo on Sunday evening last owing to the affects of Storm Franklin.  The Bingo will resume again this Sunday evening at 8pm at the Bridge and Online and we look. We have discontinued selling the bingo books in the shops – they can be purchased on line or at the bridge on Sunday pm.  Anyone who has any trouble accessing a book should contact Ann Marie Kelly or Suzi Roarty and we will sort you out. We will still continue to broadcast bingo on line but would encourage as many of you as possible to attend in person as we like to see you all.

Books can also still be bought online from Clubforce at the following link before 1pm on Sundays: https://member.clubforce.com/memberships_cart_m.asp?LL_ID=911&intMF_ID=8029&fbclid=IwAR2FZhWtkmD9PCvTqBes8IS4kXgPkhhCa-lZ6VtdN_TGdKhjVcCVB1Ki9QQ#Anchor.

The Club would like to thank the shop owners and staff who have sold our Bingo Books over the past year. Your help and support is very much appreciated.

Club Membership

Club membership for 2022 is now due.  All players need to be registered before returning to training (membership year is from 1st Jan to 31st Dec) and non-players need to be registered before 31st March 2022 (membership year is from 1st April to 31st March).  Thank you to all the early birds who have already registered!

For 2022 onwards, we are asking members to register and pay directly on the GAA/LGFA registration system Foireann.  There are different membership options to choose from (individual, student, family, couple).  All membership options have a lotto option where you can purchase one line annual lotto for €70 which is a €50 discount – we encourage all members to support the club this way as this is one of the main fundraisers for the club.  If you want a different option, please contact me (087 284 9214) and we can get something set up.

Please note, for insurance purposes from 2022 we have to restrict use of the club gym to players only who are following club approved training programmes.  We welcome and encourage new players to the club but you will need to be attending training to be registered as a player and use the gym facilities.  It’s a great way to get/keep fit and meet others.

Adult GAA players:  Existing player members have been sent the link and instructions for registration through the players group chat. Any new adult players please contact Danny Ferry (087 692 8826).

Adult non players: You will have to set up an account with Foireann (www.foireann.ie), choose your membership option, and pay online.  Contact me if you have any queries/questions (087 284 9214).  Existing members automatically renew their membership if fees are paid before 31st March, new members have to be verified by the committee before membership is granted.

Adult LGFA players and non players:  You will have to set up an account with Foireann (www.foireann.ie), choose your membership option, and pay online.  Contact me if you have any queries/questions (087 284 9214).

Juvenile players: Parents of existing juvenile players have been sent the link and instructions for registration from their coaches via the group chat.  Parents can register families or individual children through this link.   It is the same registration process for GAA and LGFA you just tick which code you or your child is registering with.  Girls born in 2011 or later should register with GAA (mixed), girls born 2010 or earlier should register with LGFA only.  New families/members please contact Maura McHugh for details (087 260 1778).  Please note that parents involved with coaching/helping out must also be registered as a member of the club.  Parents/coaches can be members of both GAA and LGFA – just tick both boxes when you register.  LGFA membership is only required for committee members, coaches, helpers.

Pitch

The St. Michael’s Pitch at The Bridge is now closed until March. Any individual training please use the Training Pitch as per the St. Michael’s Development Committee.

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 Suzi Roarty treasurer.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie 087 2849214
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
Peter Sweeney
emacdaid@gmail.com
peter.sweeney112@gmail.com
086 4045442
Oifigeach Cultúr Natalie McGeever n.mcgeever1@hotmail.com 083 3440255
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 Maura McHugh stmichaelsminorboard@hotmail.com 087 2601778
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Una Black unablack1984@gmail.com 087 9503042
Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh William Sheridan
Danny Martin Lafferty
william2882@gmail.com
donalbug@yahoo.com
087 7531011
087 6471415
Faoi-8 Enda Boyce endaboyce@yahoo.ie 086 3520644
Faoi-10 Martin McElhinney Martinmcelhinney88@gmail.com 087 6768239
Faoi-12 agus 13s Paul Sweeney paulsweeney@live.ie 086 8397247
Faoi-14 agus 15 Óg Sport Hugh Doyle Hughdoyle75@gmail.com 086 4472068
Faoi-16 Peter Sweeney peter.sweeney112@gmail.com 086 2017458
Faoi-18 Jamie Hunter jamiehunter201@gmail.com 087 1524511

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.