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Club Boundaries in West Belfast

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Looking for a bit of information here lads on clubs in an urban area, there is a war looming in Donegal over boundaries. Now the main focus is on Letterkenny where a newly formed club is trying to introduce a parish boundary which will split the town in two, cutting of 54% of the 80yr old St. Eunans Club. St. Eunans had agreed 15yrs ago to let the new club share their catchment area and also part of it with the Glenswilly Club who Micheal Murphy plays with. Micheal comes from the Letterkenny area himself and there never has been any problems with the Glen club. This new club wants a parochial boundary set up in town, as there are two parishes. Problem is Donegal never operated the R.C. parish boundary at any time and many clubs now face the possibility county wide of losing part of their traditional catchment areas if this is to be voted in. Your views on this issue would be greatly appreciated, gura maith agat.

Pointer (Donegal) - Posts: 1200 - 20/09/2011 20:22:25    1039186


As far as I can see there are no real club boundaries in West Belfast. Players from the North of the city play on teams in the West. Players seem to go to the club their friends play for, or their father played for before even if they no longer live close to the pitch. Even in the rest of the county there is no strict parish boundary rule in place that could be used to enforce transfer rules. More of a case of parish loyalty / community - the whole thing is self-policing in the rural areas.

Surely something like that in Letterkenny would have to go before County Committee and then the other clubs will have the opportunity to vote it down.

Iardheisceart (Antrim) - Posts: 71 - 21/09/2011 12:22:14    1039452


Problem is if it is voted in 55% of the native club who have lived there all their life will not be able to send their chilldren to the club their fathers and grandfathers played a tradition would be forcibly broken. I think the Belfast model is much better as theres a big difference between urban and rural life within the GAA.

Pointer (Donegal) - Posts: 1200 - 21/09/2011 20:22:38    1039981


Play for any club you like but you can only be 'from' one County!!

altview (Antrim) - Posts: 114 - 21/09/2011 21:20:52    1040060


A juvenile as far as I know in Antrim can register for any club but when he/she has done they can't jump to another club without good reason. Each club has to stand on its own to attract families and young players.

Last Man (Antrim) - Posts: 56 - 22/09/2011 08:25:16    1040114