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Naomh Mhuire, Conmhaigh – St Marys Convoy

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History of St Mary’s Convoy

St Mary’s GAA club was formed in 1928. The founder members were Tommy McNamee, Paddy McPeake, Jim McCarrick, Joe O’Donnell, William O’Keefe, Arthur and Wille McGlinchey and Paddy Hoey. It started from a seven-a-side tournament in Raphoe. Convoy entered a team and then decided to form a club. The first meeting was held behind the old chapel wall as there was no hall available, Tommy McNamee was the first Secretary/Treasurer and after about six months Paddy Hoey took over these positions.

 

To raise funds the club decided to run a whist drive and Toal Shiels, who lived in the corner house and owned what was known as “The Bandplace” (the room where the old AOH Band used to practice) was where the first ever whist drive was held in the area. Toal Shiels made the tables for it ouy of tea-chest lids. The players contributed to the cost of travelling to matches on a Sunday. The first field Convoy ever played in belonged to the late Francie Gallagher up in the Heatherly Hill. They spent some time there and then changed to the field belonging to Mary Ann McKelvey, down the lane to where the McKelveys lived. The club had a field from Andy McNamee at Ballyboe. They played there for a few years from 1948 and then returned to Jerry McCafferty’s field about 1953. Subsequently they moved three times – to a field at Maguire’s pub in Killyknure, then Phonsie Kelly’s field at Heatherly Hill and in later years they moved to Terence McKinley’s field in Figard. Jerry or Jim McCafferty always provided a field for the club as well.

 

From the outset the club concentrated on underage players and many of them played senior football at an early age, as young as 14 in some cases – the likes of the late Eddie Toner, known as Big Eddie, James O’Donnell, the Harkins, the Gallaghers and Willie Sweeney. The Club’s first success was in 1939/40 when they won the Junior Championship two years in succession. In 1943 they went to the Senior final but lost to Ballyshannon. At that time the club had some Killygordon players – Sarsh McLoughlin, Peter McGowan and Kevin Gallen. Six weeks after the County final Convoy beat Ballyshannon by a point in the Democrat Cup in a gale force wind. They played Down Strands in the final in Drumboe and in the same year lost to the 17th Battallion in the Feis Cup final.

 

No success came Convoy’s way again until 1963 when they won the Junior championship and the League, moving to the Senior Grade in 1964. In 1995 Convoy won the Junior championship, defeating Robert Emmets in the final in Ballybofey. In the intervening years the club had much success with their under-age players winning the u-14 Championship two years in succession – 1969 and 1970, an u-14B title in 1990, u-12B in 1991 and 1993 and reaching the finals of the u-14B and u-21B in 1993.

 

From very modest beginnings the club now have their own playing ground and club house. They also had the honour of one of the club founders – the late Paddy Hoey, being elected chairman of the County Board in 1969/70 and in 1977 the club had two of its members elected as county officers – Charlie Kavanagh as secretary and Danny Harkin as Treasurer.

Following Junior Adult championship glory in 1995 Convoy were promoted to Div 3 in 1996, remaining there for two years before being relegated. The club played played Division 4 football for 19 years and eventually got promotion to Division 3 for the 2018 season.

2005 was a busy year for the club winning the Junior A championship defeating our near neighbours Naomh Pádraig Lifford in the final in MacCumhaill Park. This was also the year St Mary’s Convoy opened their refurbished sand based pitch, in May. Donegal played Mayo at the official opening which was performed by Peter Quinn, a former President of the GAA. We also had a very successful draw that year to help part pay for same. In the following years our facilities were used by Donegal teams for training purposes from minor to senior level. In 2011 we installed flood lighting on our main pitch and as a consequence of this we have hosted many high profile games. A part of an episode of the TV programme the Toughest Trade featuring the Welsh rugby player Shane Williams was filmed there in January 2017

In 2012, St Mary’s Convoy won both the County Minor Division 2 and the Under 21B County championships. For a number of years Convoy had problems fielding a Reserve team but thankfully for the last number of years there has been considerable success at this level winning the Reserve Div 4 league on four occasions between 2013 and 2017. Convoy also won the Division 3 reserve league at their first attempt in 2018. There was also success at this level in the Reserve B championship in 2017. Convoy have competed in and on some occasions have achieved success in competitions at other under age levels. We have had a number of players who have represented at all age groups.

In 2008 the Ladies section of our club was formed and this has gone from strength to strength. They won the Junior Championship in 2010 followed by success in the Intermediate grade the following year. Convoy currently have Ladie’s teams competing at all grades. Again we have had a number of players who have represented at all age groups. We have had the privilege of hosting the Donegal Ladies senior final on a number of occasions. Gaelic for mothers and others was set up in 2010 with local mums and ladies who train training once a week. They take part in the Ulster blitz and the All Ireland blitz in Dublin once a year and a few local friendly games throughout the year

St Mary’s Convoy have had good  committees down the years who have worked very hard to keep theirr club running successfully with good nights at Strictly Come Dancing, Fight Nights etc. All good fun and lucrative as well. In the last 3 years St Mary’s have done very well in the National Draw being the top sellers in the Country for this year 2019 and joint top last year.

St Mary’s Convoy is a vibrant club who hope to expand both on and off the playing fields in the years ahead.

Ainm an Chlub: St. Mary’s Convoy
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Green & Gold
Alternative Colours: White
Club Ground: Pairc Naomh Mhuire
0867822282

Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh – Senior Board

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Oliver Prunty oliver.prunty@gmail.com 087 9090376
Rúnaí Stephani Bonar secretary.naomhmhuireconvoy.donegal@gaa.ie Legland, Drumkeen, Ballybofey 087 7618831
Cisteoir John Lynch
Helena Prunty
johnlynch280580@yahoo.ie
helena.prunty94@gmail.com
087 6106375
085 1030004
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Mairead Browne maireadbrowne@ymail.com 087 2140060
Oifigeach Oiliúna Mark McCarron markjohnmccarron@gmail.com 086 2858044
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Lorena Barron lorenabarron@ymail.com 086 7822282
Oifigeach Sláinte agus Folláine Patrick Gildea infor@patrickgildea.ie 086 2366004
Oifigeach Cultúr Noelle Mulrain noellemulrain@hotmail.com 086 1917105
Ball an Bhord Contae: 1 Oliver Prunty oliver.prunty@agriculture.gov.ie 087 9090376
Ball an Bhord Contae: 2 Brendan Kelly ajbkelly@eircom.net 086 2688041

Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh – Bord na nÓg

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-Seoladh nó Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Oliver Prunty oliver.prunty@agriculture.gov.ie 087 9090376
Rúnaí Stephani Bonar Secretary.naomhmhuireconvoy.donegal@gaa.ie 087 7618831
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Mairead Browne maireadbrowne@ymail.com 087 2140060
Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh Mark McCarron markjohnmccarron@gmail.com 086 2858044
Faoi-8 Stephen Friel 087 6374431
Faoi-10 Damien McCarron 083 8611882
Faoi-12 Gerard McHugh 087 4459741
Faoi-13 Sinead Breen
Conor McDermott
Coachingofficer.donegal@gaa.ie 085 2811351
086 3215198
Faoi-14 Michael Patton 087 7823614
Faoi-15 Óg Sport agus 16 Oliver Prunty oliver.prunty@agriculture.gov.ie 087 9090376
Faoi-18 Oliver Prunty oliver.prunty@agriculture.gov.ie 087 9090376

Latest Club Notes

Club lotto 11-6-19 Countries drawn
MN,LK,MH,AM
1 matched 3
Michael  & Daniel
Fanad Gaels
Nx weeks Jp €4550
Training continues for all teams out as normal
Check Fb for details
G4M&0 train wed at 8.30 new players are always welcome
Well done to the Senior and reserves on thier wins at the weekend over N.Ultan
Ladies had no game
U 16 girls games are due to start soon Can all players attend training
Can anyone that has a Guess the score sheet return it this week or by Friday at the latest to Laurence or any committee member
Congratulations to the Donegal ladies on reaching the Ulster final
Best wishes to the Donegal Menin the Ulster final
Anyone wishing to purchase a car sticker to support Donegal  County teams Contact Sinead €10
Best wishes to any of our own club players involved with County this weekend
Good luck to you all .