National Forum

Donegal GAA thread

(Oldest Posts First) - Go To The Latest Post


Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "I'd love to take them, but then I would have to reveal my true identity :-)

I'm a Season Ticket holder myself, was trying to buy a couple extra, I was going to treat the wife, but they won't let you buy seats anywhere near Section 306. I bought a couple for the corner (312) in the hope that they'll be able to sit in the Dublin seats till they arrive at 4 o'clock."
I'm also a Season ticket holder, our tickets for Sunday are section 304.

I'm not sure if having a Season ticket offers much benefit anymore except for guaranteed All Ireland Final tickets, which Club membership usually guarantees. Not a fan of Ticketmaster site and process for redeeming tickets.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 1123 - 29/03/2024 09:12:20    2534421

Link

Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah I'd say there's not a lot of difference in size to most county grounds, but it certainly does appear "bigger".
I think maybe it's surface lends itself to a faster paced game too. Not sure many HS posters have played in Croke Park who could confirm that though! :P"
If anybody wants to know pitch sizes use the measuring app in Google earth.
Croke park is not quite full length and 86 metre wide.
Mccumhaill park is a short pitch at about 137. Think they have had to narrow it too due to the proximity to the concrete walls.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 707 - 29/03/2024 09:41:05    2534425

Link

Replying To GAAmanDNG:  "Was that not on Monday evening in Ulster Uni? Maybe I have my days wrong. That could be why Paddy was not available as he was up getting his scan"
You could be right, I only saw it last night. But I'm starting to have my doubts about Brendan McCole's fitness and if he'll make the Derry game.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 604 - 29/03/2024 11:23:03    2534438

Link

Replying To Commodore:  "I'm also a Season ticket holder, our tickets for Sunday are section 304.

I'm not sure if having a Season ticket offers much benefit anymore except for guaranteed All Ireland Final tickets, which Club membership usually guarantees. Not a fan of Ticketmaster site and process for redeeming tickets."
A Season Ticket this year was €150, for effectively 8 National League games seeing as we made the final. But a 7 game National League package was only €100. Go figure. So it's effectively €50 to attend the League Final.

The email reply I got earlier in the year was to the effect that they would have Championship packages coming out later in the year. The provincial councils won't give up their buck, so I assume they'll be trying to sell match packages for the Group Stages. Its the only way they'll sell tickets for some of these games, because many of the latter round games could be dead rubbers.

Basically I feel that loyalty isn't being rewarded in any way shape or form.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 604 - 29/03/2024 11:36:46    2534440

Link

Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "A Season Ticket this year was €150, for effectively 8 National League games seeing as we made the final. But a 7 game National League package was only €100. Go figure. So it's effectively €50 to attend the League Final.

The email reply I got earlier in the year was to the effect that they would have Championship packages coming out later in the year. The provincial councils won't give up their buck, so I assume they'll be trying to sell match packages for the Group Stages. Its the only way they'll sell tickets for some of these games, because many of the latter round games could be dead rubbers.

Basically I feel that loyalty isn't being rewarded in any way shape or form."
100% agree, 10-11 years ago the Season Ticket was better value, now the GAA don't seem to be as arsed about promoting it. Don't even get the first Championship game free anymore.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 1123 - 29/03/2024 13:50:13    2534459

Link

Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "You could be right, I only saw it last night. But I'm starting to have my doubts about Brendan McCole's fitness and if he'll make the Derry game."
Me too SouthOfTheGap. He would be a big miss. Any word on what our captains injury actually was and how the scan went? It would be a pity not to have him for Derry - even purely from a mark marker perspective. Hopefully Oisin is in full flight at the Derry game

GAAmanDNG (Donegal) - Posts: 19 - 29/03/2024 17:57:01    2534506

Link

Replying To GAAmanDNG:  "Me too SouthOfTheGap. He would be a big miss. Any word on what our captains injury actually was and how the scan went? It would be a pity not to have him for Derry - even purely from a mark marker perspective. Hopefully Oisin is in full flight at the Derry game"
Good luck to Jim and the boys on Sunday. Let's all get behind them. Be nice to beat Armagh in croker.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2431 - 29/03/2024 20:36:43    2534519

Link

Replying To peiledoir20:  "The Division 2 league final has meant the start of the ACL has gone under the radar somewhat.

Most of the bigger teams use it to blood players for championship but the lower down the leagues you go the more teams invest it in.

For what it's worth I see them going like this:

Div 1 Winners - Gaoth Dobhair
Relegated - Bundoran & St. Michaels

Div 2 Winners - Termon
Promoted - Cloughaneely
Relegated - Muff & Na Rossa

Division 3 Winners - Letterkenny Gaels
Promoted - Convoy"
Would expect Kilcar, Glenswilly, Aodh Ruadh and possibly GaothDobhair to be vying for league final in Div 1 this year. Eunans and Glenties both short too many players to mount a challenge.
McDaid back in Glenswilly and no county players so a big advantage. By all accounts they bullied a physical Dungloe team last weekend in the gaeltacht competition. 2 men sent off and mentors around the whole pitch keeping them fired up.
Aodh Ruadh also have no county players and finished 3rd in league last season.
Kilcar have signed a player from down the county and should have a strong league campaign. Rumours of another signing incoming in the summer also.
Gaothdobhair could be surprise packages as only missing o'Baoill and mcBhride to county duty.

ryan (Donegal) - Posts: 729 - 29/03/2024 20:51:11    2534521

Link

Replying To rorysboys:  "Good luck to Jim and the boys on Sunday. Let's all get behind them. Be nice to beat Armagh in croker."
Agree. Best of luck Donegal! Looking forward to the game. All roads lead to Croker.

GAAmanDNG (Donegal) - Posts: 19 - 30/03/2024 00:44:05    2534547

Link

Replying To ryan:  "Would expect Kilcar, Glenswilly, Aodh Ruadh and possibly GaothDobhair to be vying for league final in Div 1 this year. Eunans and Glenties both short too many players to mount a challenge.
McDaid back in Glenswilly and no county players so a big advantage. By all accounts they bullied a physical Dungloe team last weekend in the gaeltacht competition. 2 men sent off and mentors around the whole pitch keeping them fired up.
Aodh Ruadh also have no county players and finished 3rd in league last season.
Kilcar have signed a player from down the county and should have a strong league campaign. Rumours of another signing incoming in the summer also.
Gaothdobhair could be surprise packages as only missing o'Baoill and mcBhride to county duty."
Who did they sign from down the country? Or from what county did they come from?

GAAmanDNG (Donegal) - Posts: 19 - 30/03/2024 00:45:32    2534548

Link

Replying To Commodore:  "100% agree, 10-11 years ago the Season Ticket was better value, now the GAA don't seem to be as arsed about promoting it. Don't even get the first Championship game free anymore."
Gave up on my season ticket 6yrs ago felt there was no reward for winter supporters when it came to the big games. A few of us had got together and sent a letter signed by season tic holders stating our grievance and not even a reply so that was it for me. Get the same value tickets outa supervalu and also club member aswell. Supporting DL since 83 and meet some great characters on the Rd some sadly gone but the memories are there.

Tyrion (Donegal) - Posts: 160 - 30/03/2024 06:36:00    2534554

Link

Replying To GAAmanDNG:  "Who did they sign from down the country? Or from what county did they come from?"
Player from Moorefield in Kildare. Has played for Kildare under-age supposedly but not sure about senior team. Well over the 6ft mark, exactly what Kilcar need. Another signing in-coming in 2/3 months.

ryan (Donegal) - Posts: 729 - 30/03/2024 13:40:09    2534600

Link

Replying To ryan:  "Would expect Kilcar, Glenswilly, Aodh Ruadh and possibly GaothDobhair to be vying for league final in Div 1 this year. Eunans and Glenties both short too many players to mount a challenge.
McDaid back in Glenswilly and no county players so a big advantage. By all accounts they bullied a physical Dungloe team last weekend in the gaeltacht competition. 2 men sent off and mentors around the whole pitch keeping them fired up.
Aodh Ruadh also have no county players and finished 3rd in league last season.
Kilcar have signed a player from down the county and should have a strong league campaign. Rumours of another signing incoming in the summer also.
Gaothdobhair could be surprise packages as only missing o'Baoill and mcBhride to county duty."
With MacNiallais, Carroll, McFadden-Ferry overseas, Gaoth Dobhair may not be as strong as folk may think. Hopefully Gillespie continues his recovery and brings a bit of steel to the team.

StockholmGael (Donegal) - Posts: 117 - 30/03/2024 16:17:12    2534627

Link

Replying To StockholmGael:  "With MacNiallais, Carroll, McFadden-Ferry overseas, Gaoth Dobhair may not be as strong as folk may think. Hopefully Gillespie continues his recovery and brings a bit of steel to the team."
Wouldn't be expecting much from aodh ruadh prima donnas, after they asked about 20 different managers who these lads deemed weren't good enough they brought their A game at home to Downings this evening....well done Downings btw

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 934 - 30/03/2024 21:39:46    2534713

Link

Good luck to the lads today. From the squad that was named, great to see Langan ,Jason McGee and Kevin McGettigan back. Notable absentees are Daire O'Baoill (he didn't appear after half time against meath, maybe got a knock) and Jamie Brennan... no sign of Brendan McCole - if he doesn't feature today I can't see him playing in Celtic Park but who knows. Anyway lets hope for a good match and continuing our good momentum, and hopefully some more valuable game time for our returning players

High_and_wide (Donegal) - Posts: 80 - 31/03/2024 12:16:10    2534778

Link

Michael Langan won the game for us in the last 5 minutes. He won an important ball in midfield and broke another, and we got 2 scores from that. He was a bit off with his shooting but we know that will come. Doing that in Croke Park is a serious milestone in terms of his transformation from a forward into a midfielder at the highest level. A big positive from today. The other positives is Ciaran Moore is the real deal and loved playing in Croker. Niall O'Donnel and Caolan McColgan look to be back to full fitness and are ready for championship. Jason McGee will benefit from the minutes and should be ready to start against Derry too. We're not in a bad place. The one strange thing was Brennan not starting after he played so well against Meath

High_and_wide (Donegal) - Posts: 80 - 31/03/2024 20:50:53    2534872

Link

Replying To High_and_wide:  "Michael Langan won the game for us in the last 5 minutes. He won an important ball in midfield and broke another, and we got 2 scores from that. He was a bit off with his shooting but we know that will come. Doing that in Croke Park is a serious milestone in terms of his transformation from a forward into a midfielder at the highest level. A big positive from today. The other positives is Ciaran Moore is the real deal and loved playing in Croker. Niall O'Donnel and Caolan McColgan look to be back to full fitness and are ready for championship. Jason McGee will benefit from the minutes and should be ready to start against Derry too. We're not in a bad place. The one strange thing was Brennan not starting after he played so well against Meath"
I wouldn't get too carried away after that game. Poor game played at walking pace up to the last 10 mins. The intensity shown in the div 1 final is what will be required in 3 weeks time. Time will tell if Donegal can get to that level , particularly with the injury problems we have.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 490 - 31/03/2024 21:32:48    2534882

Link

Replying To greenfan:  "I wouldn't get too carried away after that game. Poor game played at walking pace up to the last 10 mins. The intensity shown in the div 1 final is what will be required in 3 weeks time. Time will tell if Donegal can get to that level , particularly with the injury problems we have."
I don't think Jim wont let anyone get carried away. You can only beat whats in front of you and apart from last ten minutes mostly controlled the match. Showed great composure to win it in the end after Armagh went in front. Very creditable performance with such a young inexperienced team.
A word on the man that made his 100th appearance, Ciaran, he was immense today with 4 wonderful points.

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 305 - 31/03/2024 22:57:54    2534908

Link

Only in Ulster would you get the Division 1 champions playing the Division 2 champions in the first round...that just defines what the ulster championship is all about..roll on 3 weeks as rte describes as a blockbuster game..

RoryGall35 (Donegal) - Posts: 168 - 31/03/2024 23:44:33    2534915

Link

Well done Donegal. Great result. Couldn't have asked for better so far since Jim and team arrived. Also great to see club league back started. Anyone know why Kilcar/Letterkenny/rest of Ireland reserve game didn't happen? Maybe our reporter on the ground from LK might fill us in??

tidytownman (Donegal) - Posts: 297 - 31/03/2024 23:54:35    2534916

Link