|Irish:||Dún na nGall|
|Dominant sport:||Gaelic football|
|Ground(s):||MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey|
|Website:||County board website|
|Football Championship:||Sam Maguire Cup|
|Hurling Championship:||Nicky Rackard Cup|
|Ladies' Gaelic football:||Brendan Martin Cup|
The Donegal County Board (Irish : Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Dhún na nGall) or Donegal GAA is one of 32 county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland, and is responsible for the administration of Gaelic games in County Donegal.
The County Board is responsible for preparing the Donegal county teams in the various Gaelic sporting codes; football, hurling, camogie and handball.
The county football team was the third from the province of Ulster to win an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC), following Cavan and Down. It last won the All-Ireland SFC in 2012 and the Ulster Senior Football Championship in 2019. Donegal players comprised most of the 2012 All Stars Team of the Year, and the three nominations for the All Stars Footballer of the Year, ultimately won by Karl Lacey.In addition, having been invited to assist the Celtic soccer team in Scotland, Donegal manager Jim McGuinness became the first Gaelic football inter-county manager to have been offered a role at a professional sports team abroad. McGuinness's services have also been sought by Premier League soccer teams.
The first Donegal County Board was formed in 1905.
Charlie O'Donnell resigned as County Secretary for personal reasons 15 months into a seven-year contract in December 2009.
When John McConnell was County Chairman[ when? ], he worked with Brian McEniff on plans for a divisional championship in the county; McConnell later resigned and this proposal did not go any further.
Naul McCole was County Chairman in 1992 and was also a selector under Brian McEniff when Donegal won the 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
Pat Conaghan was County Chairman in 1997.
Brian McEniff was County Chairman in late 2002 when, unable to find a manager for the senior football team, he did it himself.
P. J. McGowan completed five years as County Chairman in December 2012.Sean Dunnion succeeded McGowan.
County Treasurer Cieran Kelly resigned early from his role in July 2018, blaming County Chairman Mick McGrath for ensuring that he "wasn't welcome" at fundraising meetings.The election for Kelly's successor was tied on votes 33 apiece so, at Croke Park's request, lots were drawn to pick Alan Boyd (formerly the Cultural and Irish Officer) over Brendan Kelly.
The county's most successful football club is Gaoth Dobhair. Gaoth Dobhair has won the Donegal Senior Football Championship (SFC) on fifteen occasions, and also won the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship in 2018.
St Eunan's of Letterkenny and Aodh Ruadh of Ballyshannon are next in the Donegal SFC rankings, before a sizeable gap to fourth position. 14 clubs have won more than one title. Killybegs, though possessing only six SFCs, also appeared in the final of the 1991 Ulster Senior Club Football Championship, a feat never achieved by either St Eunan's or Aodh Ruadh.
A system of promotion and relegation operates between the SFC and the Donegal Intermediate Football Championship (IFC). Likewise, between the IFC and the Donegal Junior Football Championship (JFC).
As of 2013, there were 40 clubs under the auspices of the Donegal County Board.These range from Malin at the northernmost point of the county to Naomh Columba in the south, a round distance cited in 2020 media reports of c. 320 kilometres, with an estimated one-way time of more than two hours before roadworks were taken into account.
The county team came to the fore of Ulster football in the 1970s, winning its first Ulster Senior Football Championship in 1972. The win coincided with the county's first All Star—in the form of Brian McEniff—in the second year of the award's existence. A second provincial title followed for Donegal in 1974.
The county team won a third provincial title in 1983. Fourth and fifth titles followed in 1990 and 1992. They team later qualified for the 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, where it defeated heavy favourites Dublin.
Donegal last won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 2012.The team last won the Ulster Senior Football Championship in 2019.
Clubs contest the Donegal Senior Hurling Championship.
Burt and Setanta Hurling Club have an archrivalry.They are the county's most prominent clubs in the sport.
Donegal's first Ulster Senior Hurling Championship was won in 1906, its most recent in 1932.
In the 21st-century, Donegal won the 2011 Lory Meagher Cup.The county then became the first to win the Nicky Rackard Cup on three occasions, achieving this feat in 2020 after earlier wins in 2013 and 2018.
In 2019, following the 2018 Nicky Rackard win, the county made its debut in the Christy Ring Cup, the competition founded in place of the All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship.
Donegal has a ladies' football team.
Donegal competed in the Ulster Senior Championship from the 1930s, hosting Antrim in Letterkenny in 1945. They succeeded in fielding a league team in the 1980s, drawing on the groundwork at Loreto, Letterkenny which fielded successful colleges teams. The Pan Celtic games of 2006 rejuvenated camogie in Donegal and the county returned to competition in the Ulster Junior Championship in 2008.
Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010–2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",it was announced that Donegal, Kerry, Mayo and Monaghan would receive a total of 14 new clubs by 2015.
Several clubs in cities worldwide use the "Donegal" or "Tír Chonaill" name. These include:
Fr Seán Ó Gallchóir, the statistician, first compiled a twelve-page booklet in 1979 using his research into the newspaper archives of the Donegal Democrat , Donegal News and Derry Journal , which he personally gathered at their offices and compiled in scrapbooks. The Book of Donegal GAA Facts was first published in 1985. The eighth edition of the book launched in 2020. It is used by journalists wishing to verify information on Gaelic games in the county.
The Armagh County Board or Armagh GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland, and is responsible for the administration of Gaelic games in County Armagh.
The Derry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) or Derry GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland. It is responsible for Gaelic games in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. The county board is also responsible for the Derry county teams.
The Tyrone County Board, or Tyrone GAA, is one of the 32 county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland, and is responsible for the administration of Gaelic games in County Tyrone.
The Down County Board or Down GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland, and is responsible for the administration of Gaelic games in County Down.
The Ulster Council is a provincial council of the Gaelic Athletic Association sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, and handball in the province of Ulster. The headquarters of the Ulster GAA is based in Armagh City.
Brian McEniff is a former Gaelic football manager, administrator and player.
The Donegal Senior Football Championship is an annual club football competition organised by Donegal GAA and contested by the highest-level Gaelic football clubs, deciding the best team in County Donegal. Since 2016, it has been known as Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Donegal SFC after its headline sponsor.
Tommy Ryan(born 1967) is an Irish former Gaelic footballer.
Barry McGoldrick is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for the Derry county team, with whom he has won a National League title. He is also the current team captain. At underage level he won the Ulster Minor and All-Ireland Minor Championships with the county.
CLG na Cealla Beaga is a GAA club based in Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland.
Neil Gallagher is an Irish former Gaelic footballer who played for Glenswilly and the Donegal county team.
Declan Bonner is an Irish Gaelic footballer and manager. He currently manages the Donegal county team and plays as goalkeeper for Na Rossa.
Donal Reid is an Irish former Gaelic footballer who played for Bundoran, Red Hughs and the Donegal county team. He played more than 100 times competitively for Donegal, appearing at all age levels and positions from midfield to forward to defence.
Sean McVeigh is a dual player. He plays Gaelic football for St Eunan's, as well as hurling for the Donegal county team.
CLG Na Rossa is a Gaelic football only GAA club based in Leitir, County Donegal, Ireland. The club fields both men's and ladies' teams at underage to senior level.
CLG Réalt na Mara, or, in the English language, Star of the Sea GAA, is a Gaelic football only GAA club based in Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland. The club fields both men's and ladies' teams at underage to senior level.
The Donegal county football team represents Donegal in men's Gaelic football and is governed by Donegal GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Ulster Senior Football Championship and the National Football League.
The Armagh county hurling team represents Armagh GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association, in the Gaelic sport of hurling. The team competes in the Nicky Rackard Cup and the National Hurling League.
The Donegal county hurling team represents Donegal in hurling and is governed by Donegal GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the Nicky Rackard Cup and the National Hurling League.
Declan Coulter is a hurler. He plays for Setanta, the Donegal county team and the Ireland national team.
Whereas the GAA has sustained a modest loss of players to the AFL over the years this is the first time that a top-rank inter-county manager has been offered a job in professional sport. McGuinness is unusual in the ranks of All-Ireland winning managers in that he has extensive academic qualifications in both sports science and sports psychology, in which he holds a masters degree.
When John McConnell resigned as chairman, the idea for a divisional championship was abandoned. But McEniff revealed that their plans had reached an advanced stage.
After a quick word with county chairman and selector Naul McCole... McEniff made his move.
Anthony Molloy, Tom Connaghan[sic] and Pauric McShea all withdrew from the race and Pat Conaghan, the then County Chairman, informed Bonner at 9.29pm [on 11 August 1997] that he was the new Donegal manager.
Thirteen of the county's 40 clubs still do not have their registration paid and they were urged to do as a matter of urgency after the matter was raised by Dungloe delegate, Aideen Gillen, who asked should these clubs be competing in competitions. However, treasurer Grace Boyle stated that while the clubs do not have the registration paid they are registered with Croke Park.
Donegal's forty GAA clubs have committed to contributing €81,000 to the county's coffers by August 1st to assist in a number of projects, not least the ongoing development work at Sean MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey.
Meanwhile, as visitors Malin prepare to make the long trek south, boss Robert Farren says that for once, that journey won't feel as arduous… And there is a renewed enthusiasm within all squads — even ones with a close to 320km round trip to make on Sunday.
The final quarter-final in the Intermediate sees Malin travel to Naomh Columba and by God is that some journey. Someone was telling me that it will take around two hours and 15 minutes to make that trip one way, and with road works it could taken[sic] even longer.
Setanta have yet to be beaten this year, and they were very impressive in the group stages as they secured top spot. They followed that up with a 3–18 to 2–11 semi-final win over arch[sic] rivals Burt…
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