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July 13, 2021

Lotto Results 11/07/2021


Numbers: 4, 15, 16, 18, 24.

No jackpot winner.

€100 Winner: Dolly McFadden.


Next Week’s Jackpot: €4850!!! 


Get your tickets now:


πŸ”΅ Online*:

βšͺ️ Ballylar PO

πŸ”΅ Shannagh Shop

βšͺ️ Blaney’s, Kerrykeel

πŸ”΅ ‘Your Stop’ shop, Portsalon

βšͺ️ Clinton’s Shop, Tamney


*Online sales close midnight Saturday each week.




July ‘Grab a Grand’


The club will launch our July ‘Grab a Grand’ competition on our online platforms on Friday at midday. 

There will be a limited amount of tickets on sale with a great cash prize for the winner. When the tickets are gone, they’re gone so please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages or you can contact any committee members for further details.




Run 4 Pieta with Gaeil Fhánada


Pieta & Gaeil Fhánada 50/50 shared fundraising event will be held over a 24 hour period: 


- 6pm Saturday 24th to 6pm Sunday 25th July

- 30 Minute Timeslots - Walk or Run


πŸŸͺ To Register πŸŸ¨

Text your name and preferred 30-minute time slot to 086 876 5248 or message our Facebook page.


πŸŸͺ To Donate πŸŸ¨

Confirm your registration by donating €10 via our

iDonate page:


πŸŸͺ Share πŸŸ¨

Let all your friends and family know you're taking part and encourage them to do the same!


πŸŸͺ Tag πŸŸ¨

Don't forget to share a photo of your walk / run and tag #Run4Pieta2021 #GaeilFhánada #FanadGaels






Dé Céadaoin, 14ú Iúil

πŸ”΅U13 Boys - Division 3

Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Pádraig Leifear @ 7:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail



Dé hAoine, 16ú Iúil

πŸ”΅U15 Boys - Division 2

Gaeil Fhánada v Seán Mac Cumhaill @ 7:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail



Dé Sathairn, 17ú Iúil

πŸ”΅All County League - Division 3

Gaeil Fhánada v Beart @ 5:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


πŸ”΅All County League - Division 3 Reserve

Gaeil Fhánada v Beart @ 7:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail



Dé Máirt, 20ú Iúil

πŸ”΅U16 Girls - Division 1

Naomh Pádraig Muff v Gaeil Fhánada @ 7:00

Venue: Muff




Ladies draw in Ardara


Gaeil Fhánada 3:05 Ard an Rátha 1:11


It was a game that twisted and turned, ebbed and flowed, a game that both teams would’ve felt they’d done enough to win, but in reality neither team probably deserved to lose. 


It was an energy sapping morning in Ardara, with a dead heat lingering over proceedings on quite a heavy surface. The defences were on top in the opening ten minutes, with both forward lines spurning a couple of early chances. The hosts were more  economical with their possession however, and did fire over two points within that period to take the early lead. The Gaels didn’t register a score until the fourteenth minute, when Miriam Murphy fired over the bar after a good team move down the right side and that’s how it remained until the water break. Orla Mc Gonigle, deputising between the sticks came to the Gaels’ rescue, getting the ball to safety in the next attack. The Gaeil Fhánada forward line had their best spell of the game in the minutes that followed. Good interplay in the full forward line from Miriam Murphy, Aisling Mc Devitt and Clare Friel opened a few gaps and Friel was on hand to rifle the ball to the net in the 20th minute to put Gaeil Fhánada ahead again. Miriam struck a point in the next attack, and Lauren Carr got on the end of another good bit of attacking play to find the roof of the net from close range. That left the visiting side six points to the good a few minutes before the break, but by the half time whistle the scoreboard had a different complexion. Michelle Doherty, who was having a fine game at wing back suffered an injury, and while the side were down to 14 players briefly, the Ardara revival began. A goal from the hosts kickstarted their comeback, and three quick fire points, two fine efforts from play and a free kick had the sides all square by the break. Gaeil Fhánada 2:02 Ard an Rátha 1:05


Gaeil Fhánada began the second period the stronger and moved two points ahead courtesy of two Lauren Carr frees. Ardara really took control after that however and hit a purple patch in terms of possession during the next 15 minutes. Four points without reply from the home side moved them into the ascendancy. Three of those scores came from placed balls while the ever dangerous Carol Breslin struck from play. It was a frustrating period for the Gaels as things weren’t clicking and the rub of the green wasn’t falling their way. The defensive intensity and pressure on the ball never wavered however and eventually the girls turned the screw and began to win some possession and play the game in the opposing half. Hannah Shiels struck a fine point from a free with a few minutes remaining to cut the gap to a point, before a Lauren Carr piledriving effort for a point caught the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the net. That score put Gaeil Fhánada two points ahead. The girls put in a huge effort in the remaining minutes but two late Ardara points secured a draw and a share of the spoils. 


Orla Mc Gonigle, Tori Gallagher, Michelle Mc Devitt, Méabh Duffy, Michelle Doherty, Niamh Mc Devitt, Siobhán Sweeney, Eiméar Gibbons, Aoife Gibbons, Emma Friel, Lauren Carr (2:02), Hannah Shiels (0:01), Miriam Murphy (0:02), Clare Friel (1:00), Aisling Mc Devitt.


Caitlin Heraghty for Michelle Doherty,

Maggie Friel for Michelle Mc Devitt,

Méabh Mc Ateer for Emma Friel, 

Jessica Coll for Clare Friel,

Eibhlín Shiels for Hannah Shiels.



Buncrana too strong for Murray’s troops


Bun Cranncha 3:11 Gaeil Fhánada 2:06


The senior team had a difficult evening on the road on Saturday, as hosts Buncrana secured victory at the Scarvey in their Division 3 encounter. It was a top of the table clash, and remarkably, despite defeat Gaeil Fhánada remain second with a tightly congested pack all closing in as we pass the half way point in the season. 


Buncrana played towards the clubhouse in the first half, and despite the Gaels having a few early attempts, the game remained scoreless until the eighth minute. Oisín O’Flaherty who had a big impact on the game, fired over for the hosts and that was followed up by a superb Darach O’ Connor goal. A free from Odhrán Doherty left a five point gap between the sides at the water break. The Gaels struggled to make an impact going forward and were met by strong defensive line across the 45 when the did threaten. Mark Mc Ateer finally got the Gaels on the scoreboard after 23 minutes. Darren Mc Elwaine was fouled at the edge of the D after a powerful run through the centre from Bernard Mc Gettigan and Mark did the rest. Shaun Friel did very well to get down low to his right to make a great save to keep the Gaels in it, but two further Buncrana points left them six ahead approaching the break. James Gallagher provided some inspiration, joining an attack and powering through to rifle the ball to the back of the net two minutes short of the break to bring Gaeil Fhánada right back into the game. The sides exchanged a further point apiece from there to the break, Bernard Mc Gettigan on target for the Gaels. 


The third quarter was a good period for the home side and they found their range on four occasions in that period to stretch their lead to six at the water break. Gaeil Fhánada continued to probe, but the bounce of the ball and the rub of green didn’t seem to be with us. In fairness, the home side were strong in defence and very dangerous on the breakaway. Corner back, Seán Doherty lead a charge down the field just after the water break and buried to the net to open a considerable gap between the sides. The teams traded the next four points, Mark Mc Ateer and Mark Friel on target from play. Oisín Mc Fadden also pointed as the game went down the stretch but that was quickly cancelled by a score from Buncrana’s John Campbell. Both teams struck late goals, O’Flaherty for the hosts and Mark Mc Ateer for the Gaels, while the final score of the evening was a Mc Ateer free. 


Buncrana were deserving winners on the evening but it was a much improved performance from last week, especially considering the amount of injuries in the panel at the moment. Aidan and the side will be very anxious to raise it again for the visit of Burt next weekend as they return to Portsalon. 


Buncrana consolidate their place at the top of the table, with Gaeil Fhánada and Malin two points adrift. Letterkenny Gaels, Four Masters and Moville all sit on five points, with both Buncrana and Letterkenny Gaels having games in hand. It’s all set up for an interesting few weeks ahead. 


Shaun Friel, Shaun Kerr, Odhrán Shiels, Jonny Friel, Bernard Mc Gettigan (0:01), James Gallagher (1:00), Jimmy Coyle, Paddy Carr, Ryan Mc Gonigle, James Kerr, Mark Mc Ateer (1:03), Brandon Mc Clafferty, Liam Mc Grenaghan, Alan Mc Ateer, Mark Friel (0:01). 


Fergal Friel for Mc Grenaghan, 

Oisín Mc Fadden (0:01) for James Kerr,

Brandon Mc Clafferty for Darren Mc Elwaine.




Buncrana win reserve fixture by four


Bun Cranncha 2:11 Gaeil Fhánada 3:04


Despite a brave fightback in the final quarter on Saturday evening in Buncrana, the Gaeil Fhánada reserve team left themselves too much to do and fell short by four points at the conclusion. 


The game was played in a dead heat on Saturday evening with the team showing several changes from the previous week. Rudi Feenstra deputised between the posts while Paddy Heraghty, Matthew Gallagher, Aidan Heraghty, Mark Mc Conigley and Conor Mc Fadden started in place of Kevin Mc Elwaine, Dan Kerr, James Kerr, Enda Coll and Thomas Mc Conigley. 


The Gaels started the brighter, with the opening point coming from the boot of Paul Coyle. His brother Declan was next on the scoresheet. He finished a good team move with a very stylish finish, low into the net. It seemed to kickstart the hosts however, and with the help of a series of Gaels mistakes Buncrana fired over four points on the bounce to level the tie. Each side hit a further point in the opinion period, Dougie on target again for the Gaels to leave it all square at the break. Gaeil Fhánada 1:02 Bun Cranncha 0:05. 


The hosts sneaked ahead for the first time just after half time with a well taken score. Fanad posted what should’ve been an important score five minutes after the break. Fergus Friel got on the end of a pass from Patsy to fire past Joseph Mc Grenra in the Buncrana goal. The lead was short lived however, as the home side swiftly broke down the field and hit a goal of their own with the very next play. That seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Gaels for a period and Buncrana took full advantage. Two further points and their second goal of the game soon followed and suddenly there was a considerable gap between the sides. Dougie hit his third of proceedings to steady the ship but three further Buncrana points seemed to wrap up proceedings with 10 minutes remaining. The Gaels despite being reduced to 14 finished by far the stronger. Aidan Heraghty hit a tidy point before Paddy Heraghty got the ball to Patsy Friel in a scramble with Patsy finding a way past the goalkeeper. The Gaels went in search of another goal, but a mixture of good goalkeeping, last gasp defending and bodies on the line from a Buncrana perspective kept them at bay. It’s probably fair to suggest the lads could’ve clawed their way back by taking their points in the final few minutes, but that’s hindsight, and Buncrana went to take the spoils with a margin of four points. 


Mark Mc Conigley, Paddy Heraghty and Joe Blaney showed a lot of fight in the closing stages and really pushed the lads forward but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. Buncrana hit their scores while the were on top and were worth their victory at the end. Fair play to the Gaels lads who fought to the last and showed an abundance of effort and character but ultimately they weren’t able to close the gap. Burt at home is their next assignment. 


Rudi Feenstra, Pauric Clinton, Liam Sweeney, Joe Blaney, Fergus Friel (1:00), Paddy Heraghty, Matthew Gallagher, Mark Mc Conigley, Brandon Mc Clafferty, Paul Coyle (0:03), Patsy Friel (1:00), Eoin Mc Gonigle, Conor Mc Fadden, Declan Coyle (1:00), Aidan Heraghty (0:01). Subs used Thomas Mc Conigley.




U14 Girls


The u14 Girls travelled to Ballybofey yesterday to take on Mac Cumhaills in the second match of their league campaign. Gaeil Fhánada worked hard from start to finish but it was Mac Cumhaills that came away with the victory on the day. Fanad worked tirelessly until the final whistle and the management will be impressed with the performance of the girls. Maith sibh uilig! 


There is no match next weekend and the girls will train on Monday evening at 6:30 in Portsalon.




U13 Boys


Well done to the U13 boys on Wednesday last where they put up a good performance against St Mary's, Convoy and came away with a win. In a game where the Fanad lads enjoyed plenty of possession, the Convoy side had an excellent goalkeeper and they put up a good showing out the field so the Fanad boys had to work hard to get scores on the board. 

Although Shane Orsi wasnt tested too often in goals, he dealt with anything that came his way with ease and his kick outs were well measured. Defensively, Conor Callaghan and Mark Mc Adoo put in sterling performances and Man of the Match, Charlie Doherty, was up and down the field all evening defending and attacking with ease. Tiernan Kerr had a good tussle with his marker and Cormac Dunleavy had a solid outing. Harry Blaney had a particularly good game in midfield and was ably assisted by the speedster Evan Mc Daid. Up front, the Fanad attack worked well as a unit with all the boys combining well to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Jack Dunleavy and Michael Peoples were two of our younger players but played very well when they were on. Maith sibh buachaillí.  


Shane Orsi, Mark Mc Adoo, Charlie Doherty, Harry Blaney, Cormac Dunleavy, Conor Friel, Eoghan Mc Laughlin, Evan Mc Daid, Iosaf Mc Ateer, Christian Gibbons, Conor Callaghan, Jack Dunleavy, Michael Peoples, Tiernan Kerr, Ronan Wilson. 




Gaeil Fhánada ‘Cúl Camp’ 2021


Two weeks remain until our Cúl Camp, and there are only 8 places remaining. 


The Gaeil Fhánada Cúl Camp will take place from Monday, July 26th - Friday, July 30th this year. This camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13. 


The camp is limited to 100 places this year with all bookings taking place online on the Cúl Camp website. Please don’t delay if you’d like to register your child’s place. 


To register, or for further details check out


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