Gaeil Fhanada club notes

January 08, 2019

Lotto Results 06/01/2019


Numbers: 2, 5, 9, 18, 21.
No jackpot winner. 
€100 Winner: Joe Reilly, Ballymagowan.

Next week’s Jackpot: €6600!!!🤑

👨🏻‍💻Play Online*:

🙋🏻‍♂️Play in Person: Tickets available from committee members, in local shops and bars. John will be outside Kerrykeel shop on Saturday from 10am-12.30pm.


*Online sales close midnight Saturday each week.


Job Opportunity - Donegal Games Development Manager


We’ve been asked to circulate details of this job opportunity by the Donegal County Board.

Candidates are asked to send a CV and Cover Note to [email protected] by 5pm on Wednesday, January 9th.


Jersey Update


Gaeil Fhánada blue jerseys are now available on our online shop, in both adult and kid sizes!




Gaeil Fhánada Dinner Dance 2018


We held our dinner dance at the Silver Tassie on Sunday 30th December to celebrate a very successful 2018 for the club.

Prize winners on the night were;
Minor Player of the Year: Shaun Kerr. 
Most Improved Minor: John Friel.

Reserve Player of the Year: Paul Coyle. 
Young Reserve Player of the Year: Brandon Mc Clafferty.

Ladies Player of the Year: Niamh Mc Devitt. 
Young Ladies Player of the Year: Lauren Carr.

Player of the Year: Oisín Shiels. 
Young Player of the Year: Fergus Friel.

Club Person of the Year: Micheál Friel


Bronnnadh boinn ar fhoireann na bhfear a bhain comórtas shoisearach Peile na Gaeltachta an chontae i dtús baire.

The minor boys received both their league and championship medals while the ladies team were presented with their medals after victory in the Junior Championship.

A presentation was made to all those who participated in football For Mothers and Others during the year.

Siobhan Coyle was presented with an appreciation award from the club for her service to the Ladies County Board over the past number of years.


The minor management team also received appreciation awards for their commitment to that group of players since they were u8’s, while the ladies team also made a presentation to their managers on the evening.

Many thanks to all our club members who attended and contributed to a great night. Thanks also to our special guests, Manus Kelly and Katy Herron and also to Paddy Tinney who represented the Donegal County Board and to Dónal Sharkey, representative of Donegal LGFA. Thanks to the Silver Tassie who looked after us all so well throughout the evening.


It was a fitting way to follow on from our hugely successful memorial tournament in Páirc Uí Shiadhail earlier in the day. It marked the end of proceedings for 2018 and we look forward to another positive year in 2019.


Míle buíochas le gach duine a bhí páirteach sa chlub agus a chuidigh linn i rith 2018, bliain úr mhaith daoibh go léir, sláinte agus sonas i 2019.


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Sport Star nomination for Lauren Carr


Lauren Carr has got the new year off to a good start by picking up a nomination for the 2018 Donegal Sports Star Awards. She has been nominated in the 'Secondary School Sports Girl' category along with five others. Lauren has played a pivotal role in ladies football within Gaeil Fhánada for a number of years now and has also excelled for her sporting exploits while representing her secondary school, Loreto Community School, Milford. The awards ceremony will be held on the 25th of January at the Mount Errigal Hotel and we wish Lauren all the best! Maith thú Lauren agus ádh mór ort!


Memorial Tournament - Appreciation


Now that the dust has settled on our first Memorial Tournament in 8 years, it's fair to say it was a resounding success. Four men's teams and two ladies' teams repesenting their areas took to the field on the day which led to five incredibly competitive and enjoyable encounters.

There were three main aims for the day - to remember some true Gaels that have passed away in recent years, to raise money for charitable causes and to get as many players the chance to play on Pairc Ui Shiadhial with the aim of getting these players back to playing with the club. It also gave our Ex Players the chance to grace the hallowed turf in Portsalon again.


Men's Tournament:
In the first semi final, Fanad North defeated Fanad West 0-5 to 0-4 in a very tense encounter. In the other semi, Fanad South defeated Fanad East by 1-6 to 0-3. 
The beaten semi finalists contested the Miah Shiels final. The West were cruising to victory but an Aidan Sweeney and James Martin inspired comeback left one point between the sides. The East had plenty chances but couldn't find the equaliser. Captains Fergal and Fergus Friel accepted the Miah Shiels cup while Damien McDermott deservedly won the 'Colman Kerr player of the tournament'. Both the Shiels and Kerr families presented the lads with their awards. 
In the 'Din Friel' final between the winning semi finalists, it was an absolute ding dong battle. Level at half and full time, the game headed for extra time where 'next score wins'. A booming effort from Michael Sweeney from all of 50 yards almost beat Shaun Friel but he done magnificently to palm it out for a '45. Seami Nanny was unfortunate with his effort and from the resulting kick out, the South worked it to Mark McAteer who floated the winning score over the bar. To be fair it was an exhilarating end to a fantastic encounter with so many young and old players on the field mixed with our current crop of seniors and reserves.

Marty Doney McAteer accepted the cup from the Friel family as captain of the South while Mark McAteer deservedly picked up the 'Patrick Shiels player of the tournament' from Paddy's family.

Ladies Final:

The Bridie Reilly cup was on offer for both Fanad North and South who had large panels to chose from. The South took the bull by the horns in the first half and raced into a 5 point lead. A spirited second half performance led to a decent comeback by the North but it wasn't to be. Again it was brilliant to see so many ladies young and old grace the field for this final. 
Joe Reilly presented Michelle Doherty with the cup while Caoimhe Walsh picked up the player of the tournament after an excellent showing.


Overall, €3112 was raised for Pieta House, The Brigid McGinley fund and St.Luke's Hospital (which the Fenny McBride family have nominated as their chosen charity). Huge numbers attended on the day and our minutes' silence was impeccably observed. Few clubs in Ireland would have had over 150 players and managers togged for a memorial tournament this year so Gaeil Fhánada and everyone who attended on the day can be incredibly proud of this achievement.

The competitiveness and overall enjoyment of the day means it will make it easier to run again next year.

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped in any way. Congratulations to the South on their double and to the three players of the tournament.

Side note: 


We did endeavor to include as many players as possible on the day but given it was only 2 x 30 minute games in the men's tournament, it would have been practically impossible to include more players and ensure everyone got adequate game time. Since it was a remembrance tournament with proceeds going to charity, we hope that any players who were interested but didn't get the chance to play, attended on the day to support the chosen causes.


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Very Important Meeting


A meeting is being called to discuss the vacant position of club Chairperson. It will take place in the Resource Centre in Rosnakill at 4:30pm on Sunday, January 13th. All club members are requested and encouraged to attend this very important meeting.

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