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Naomh Micheál – St Michaels

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Regional Leagues

The action returns on the Pitch this weekend with the start of the Regional Leagues.  The Seniors are at home to Termon on this Friday evening the 17th July at 7.30pm.  The Reserves are at home to Termon on Sunday at 3pm.  Its good to be getting back into action on the Pitch.  Good luck to Gary and Danny and their respective Backroom Teams and Squads this season.

NHSC Guidelines on Return of Spectators to GAA Club Games


To advise county boards and clubs on key Covid-19 control measures required to operate safe events for spectators in line with Government Public Health advice. In the absence of specific Government advice on spectators and mass gatherings we must endeavour to take a practical, responsible, and common- sense approach to managing risk whilst observing existing regulations. It is recommended that these guidelines are adopted by all GAA clubs in 32 counties at this time. These guidelines should be read in conjunction with CCCC Match Regulations document 10th July and Ticketing Communications email sent 6th July.


It is essential that clear and concise information is made available to spectators before they consider attending any club games. This strategy should involve all available means of communication from national to local level. Use of official GAA websites, social media platforms, information on tickets and use of signage outside grounds are just some of the ways that key information can be disseminated to spectators attending games. Important areas to address include:

Spectators should be aware that all the risks posed from Covid-19 cannot be eliminated, including attending GAA games but that essential control measures have been put in place to reduce risks for members.

Spectators must not attend games if they display any symptoms of Covid-19 and instead should phone their GP and follow public health advice

Individuals that are considered high risk or are in close contact with others who are considered high risk should not attend games.

Individuals must be informed that much of the responsibility for managing Covid-19 risk remains with themselves particularly in relation to social distancing, wearing of face coverings and sanitation

All spectators should be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser

The use of face coverings is strongly advised for all patrons over the age of 13

Spectators must not enter the field of play at any time including pre-match, at half-time and other intervals and after the final whistle or at end-of-match presentations

Spectators should be advised to keep their own record of contacts at a match for potential tracing purposes

All spectators should be encouraged to download the HSE tracing app.


Commencing 20th July 2020 in accordance with the Government of Ireland Revised Roadmap, a maximum gathering of 500 persons is permitted in the 26 Counties. This will therefore restrict the total capacity at GAA grounds to 500 until further notice

The figure of 500 includes all present at the ground, including staff, volunteers, players, backroom staff, media, contractors, and spectators of all ages

In the 6 Counties as of 11th July games are permitted without spectators with guidance due to be issued in advance of the resumption of competition on 17th July 2020.

The number in attendance should be recorded by the club hosting the match to ensure that government guidance has been fully complied with. A designated person should be appointed to carry out this task

Every ground should be risk assessed to ensure that it is capable of hosting a gathering of up to 500 people in line with social distancing measures. If not, consider an alternative venue or reduce the number of tickets allocated to reflect the capacity of the ground to maintain spectator social distancing

If a ground cannot be secured in such a way as to prevent surplus attendees (e.g. where a match is to be played in a public park, local authority pitch or an open space) and where large crowds/crowds of 200 or more can be reasonably anticipated an alternative venue should be considered

Consideration should be given to operating single header fixtures only where existing control measures do not adequately mitigate the risks involved in running two or more games including management of numbers and movement of spectators

The use of a manual clicker device is highly recommended as a means of counting all personnel entering the ground.

Social Distancing

The current public health guidance advises a social distance of 2m be maintained between people. Further government guidance may change and the GAA’s assessment method may change as a result.

Where small groups of people are attending games, members of these should wherever possible be from the same household

Individuals and small groups should remain insofar as possible in the same area for the duration of the game, remain 2m apart and avoid intermingling with other individuals or groups

Signage should be in place to remind spectators to practice and maintain social distancing

Consideration should be given to the ingress and egress of patrons particularly when there is more than one game taking place. Where possible use separate entrance and exit points to reduce crossflow of spectators and help maintain safe distancing or if entry/exit point is the same divide with a barrier to create a two-way system

Ensure there is adequate space at the entry point for social distance queueing with adequate signage, ground markings and stewarding in place

Before, between and after games it is essential that spectators do not congregate in groups in the vicinity of the grounds as social distancing and contact tracing measures will be compromised and the potential risk of transmission higher.

Contact Tracing

All practical measures should be taken to inform spectators attending to restrict contact with individuals and groups outside their own household once inside the ground e.g. through public announcements, signage and stewards.

Ground management will be responsible for the contact tracing records of staff, volunteers, players and officials. Ground management are not responsible for the contract tracing records of spectators

All third-party contractors and media must have their own contact tracing measures in place and avoid any close contact with spectators where possible.


Refer to communications by GAA Ticketing Department, sent on 6th July, for details on ticketing guidance and provisions

For games with an expected attendance of 200 or more it is recommended that entry should be by pre-paid ticket only (to include spectators and non-spectators and complementary)

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the game online or at a location away from the ground entry point if on the day sales are necessary

The ticket allocation for spectators must be determined from the maximum capacity of 500 minus the expected number of players, support staff, ground staff and volunteers, officials and all others present in a non-spectating capacity

Key information should be available to prospective spectators before they purchase a ticket to ensure they understand the specific Covid-19 risks involved in match attendance.

Sanitation and Toilets

Grounds must ensure that there are adequate male and female toilet facilities available for the expected attendance

Ensure toilets are well ventilated and there is a robust documented cleaning regime in place.

Hand sanitiser stations should be located at entry points and at other key touchpoint areas where handwashing facilities are not available.

Ground Staff

All players, officials, staff and volunteers must have completed GAA questionnaire and online training

Clubs should designate a competent individual to ensure there is compliance with all relevant Covid-19 guidance (someone who can dedicate sufficient time to the role)

Appropriate stewarding arrangements (based on risk assessment) should be put in place.

Medical Protocols

Should any patron present to staff or stewards with any symptoms of Covid-19 either before entering or whilst in the ground they should be advised to go home immediately and contact their GP.

In the unlikely event that a patron presenting with symptoms is not in a position to go home, grounds should ensure there is a room available for that person to isolate whilst waiting on the HSE/Department of Health and Social Services to respond.

Ancillary Activity

Consideration should only be given to the operation of catering, merchandising and programme concessions if suitable controls are in place to minimise the risk to staff and spectators as per Covid-19 specific risk assessment

For matches that are broadcast on TV or online ensure that TV crews complete their own site specific Covid-19 risk assessment.

Note on Future Guidance:

Draft Guidance is being developed by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), the recognised lead body for safety in sports grounds in the world.  This guidance will be available to Governing Bodies of Sports and Venue Operators on how to prepare venues for the return of spectators to sport.  Whilst the guidance specifically relates to the return of elite sport the methods being developed for the calculation of capacities, ticketing proposals and control measures will be assessed by the GAA and used in further updates to this guidance.  In addition, any future Government guidance on numbers relating to mass gatherings will also be instructive in providing updated information.

St. Michael’s Car Bingo

The St. Michael’s Car Bingo is going ahead at 5.30pm on this Sunday 19th July at The Bridge. To book in please contact Ann Marie Kelly on 0879454107 by text with Car Reg, name and number in Car. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!

Car Bingo

The winner of the €100 at the St. Michael’s Car Drive in Bingo at the Bridge on Sunday last was May Doohan.  The €75 winners were Anne Curran and Micheál McCarroll Creeslough.

St. Michael’s Mini Lotto

There was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The Numbers drawn were: 1,11,12,13,16,17.  The Match 5 Winner was Louise McGinley Birch Hill Creeslough. This week’s Jackpot will be €7100.

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
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. €2 and €5 quick pick tickets are now available online as well.

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.

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 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
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


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.