Vincent Hogan is an Irish sports journalist who writes for the Irish Independent .As a ghost writer of autobiographies, he has written with sports personalities such as international soccer player Paul McGrath (Back from the Brink, the 2006 (British Sports Autobiography of the Year) William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year; Boylesport Irish Sports Book of the year ); rugby union and Gaelic football player Eddie O'Sullivan; and inter-county GAA players Nicky English, Henry Shefflin, and Colm "the Gooch" Cooper. He is co-driver to amateur Irish rally driver and RTÉ Sport presenter Michael Lyster.
Some of his colour pieces have caused controversy. In the aftermath of their exclusion of teammate Kevin Cassidy from a team holiday, he described the Donegal senior football team under Jim McGuinness as "sheep".
Paul McGrath is an Irish former professional footballer, who played as a defender. Mainly a centre back, he also played as defensive midfielder. McGrath is widely considered to be one of the greatest Irish players of all time. He spent the majority of his career at Aston Villa and Manchester United. He is one of only six defenders to have won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award. He also played for St Patrick's Athletic, Derby County and Sheffield United.
The Donegal County Board 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.
Brian McEniff is a former Gaelic football manager, administrator and player.
Rory Kavanagh is an Irish Gaelic football manager and former player with St Eunan's and the Donegal county team. He currently manages the St Eunan's club.
Michael Murphy is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays as a full forward for Glenswilly and the Donegal county team, which he captains. Past Donegal players such as Manus Boyle, Brendan Devenney and Anthony Molloy regard Murphy as the county's greatest ever footballer. Outside his county he is often regarded as one of the sport's all-time best players. With more than 500 points, Murphy is Donegal's all-time record scorer and he is also the county's top goalscorer, with a points-per-game average that is higher even than Martin McHugh.
Jim McGuinness is an association football coach and former Gaelic footballer, coach and manager, who won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship as both player and manager with the Donegal county team.
Paddy McGrath is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Ard an Rátha and also, formerly, for the Donegal county team.
Patrick "Paddy" McBrearty is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Cill Chartha and the Donegal county team.
Mark McHugh is an Irish Gaelic footballer and coach who plays for Cill Chartha and, formerly, the Donegal county team. He is the brother of Ryan and the son of Martin.
Ryan Bradley is an Irish Gaelic footballer who played for Buncrana and the Donegal county team.
In Gaelic football, "The System" is a style of play pioneered by the Donegal senior football team during the 2010s. It is regarded as having caused a revolution in the sport, with establishment counties unable to comprehend it or work out how to deal with it. The System was used during the managerial reign of Jim McGuinness with Donegal, who overcame traditionally stronger counties to win two Ulster Senior Football Championships and one All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in the space of two years.
John Haran (born 1976 is an Irish former Gaelic footballer who played for St Eunan's and the Donegal county team. He definitely has 8 Donegal Senior Football Championships. He also has a hat-trick of Donegal Senior, Senior "B" and Senior "C Championships, adding the C" in 2019.
The William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year was an annual Irish literary award sponsored by bookmakers William Hill. Established in 2006, it was related to the International William Hill Sports Book of the Year. The award sought to honour sports books produced in Ireland. The award lost its sponsorship after 2011 and has been discontinued.
CLG Ard an Rátha is a GAA club based in Ardara in County Donegal. The Ard an Rátha in the club's title is the place name in Irish, while CLG refers to "GAA". They are one of the strongholds of Gaelic football in Donegal.
The 2014 All-Ireland Football Final, the culmination of the 2014 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, was played at Croke Park in Dublin on 21 September 2014. Ulster champions Donegal, last champions in 2012 took on Munster champions Kerry, last champions in 2009.
The Donegal vs Dublin football match that took place on 28 August 2011 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, was the second semi-final match of the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Both teams reached the stage with an undefeated record in the competition. The game was administered by Laois officials led by Stradbally referee Maurice Deegan. The result was a scoreline unprecedented in recent Championship history; Donegal led 0–4 – 0–2 at half time, Dublin won the second half 0–6 – 0–2 and the game by a scoreline of 0–08 - 0-06. The match was played in front of a sell-out crowd.
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 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.
Until Victory Always: A Memoir is the title of the 2015 autobiography of Gaelic football manager Jim McGuinness. It chronicles McGuinness's life, his time as a player and his time in charge of the county under-21s and, subsequently, his four-year spell in charge of the seniors.
Declan Coulter is a hurler. He plays for Setanta, the Donegal county team and the Ireland national team.