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July 27, 2021

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Gaeil Fhánada ‘Run4Pieta’


Well done to all our club members and those in the community and further afield for taking part in the Gaeil Fhánada and Pieta House fund raising event over the weekend. As well as raising funds, the event was very much to raise awareness of the important work which is done by Pieta House, both locally and nationally. 


Many thanks to everyone who donated, and to the following people who took part. 

Caitlin Heraghty, Michelle & Niamh Mc Devitt, Méabh Duffy, Aoife Gibbons, Chloe & Eva Martin, John Mc Conigley, Miriam Murphy, Clare Friel, Leanne Martin, Margaret & Mary Margaret Friel, Fiona & Hughie Shiels, Eiméar Gibbons, Breideen Blaney & Padraig Clinton, Gráinne Friel, Micheál O Frighil, Deirdre Friel, Cathal Mc Gonigle, Jack Coyle and Darina Nugent, Ciaran & Anthony Gibbons, Kevin Mc Gonigle & Natasha Gallagher, Seamus Clinton, Declan Coyle, Pat and Cathy Sweeney, Tori & Jennifer Gallagher, John Shiels, Tracey, Shauna and Mary Mc Bride, Jessica Coll, Niamh & Theresa Mc Gettigan, Julie & Dearbhla McDevitt, Tricia and Noelle Blaney, Claire Duffy, Cathy Dill & Co, Berni, Erin & Mia Carlin, Kate, Emma & Orlaith McGrenaghan, Kate & Grace Begley, Margaretta & Mark Mc Conigley, Orla Mc Gonigle & Aiden Heraghty, Joseph Casey, Siobhan Sweeney, Michelle and Maria Doherty, Catherine Peoples, Brona Wilson, Lauren Carr, Mairead Coll, Muireann Ní Mhathúna, Tricia, Conor & Aoibhinn Callaghan, Bláthnaid & Íosaf McAteer, Anne, Meabh & Roisin Sweeney, Nicola and Emma Friel, Hannah and Eibhlin Shiels.


To date, over €1750 has been raised with the donation link still open. If you’d like to make a donation, please contact any of people above or check out our Facebook/Twitter pages. 






Dé Céadaoin, 28ú Iúil

🔵U13 Boys

St. Eunan’s v Gaeil Fhánada @ 7:15

Venue: O’ Donnell Park


Déardaoin, 29ú Iúil

🔵U15 Boys

Gaeil Fhánada v Seán Mac Cumhaill @ 6:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


Dé hAoine, 30ú Iúil

🔵U17 Boys

St. Eunan’s v Gaeil Fhánada @ 7:30

Venue: O’ Donnell Park


Dé Sathairn, 31ú Iúil

🔵U14 Girls

Gaeil Fhánada v Four Masters @ 1:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


Dé Domhnaigh, 1ú Lúnasa

🔵Senior Ladies League - Division 2

Carndonagh v Gaeil Fhánada @ 10:30

Venue: Carndonagh 


🔵All County League - Division 3

Malin v Gaeil Fhánada @ 2:00

Venue: Connolly Park, Malin


🔵All County League - Division 3 Reserve

Malin v Gaeil Fhánada @ 3:30

Venue: Connolly Park, Malin


Dé Máirt, 3ú Lúnasa

🔵U16 Girls

Gaeil Fhánada v Killybegs @ 7:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail




Ladies prevail in local derby


Gaeil Fhánada 4:07

Na Dúnaibh 3:07


In what was an enthralling contest from beginning to end, it was ultimately a period of dominance in the third quarter where Gaeil Fhánada outscored Downings by five points which edged the home side over the line in what was a closely contested match throughout. 


The team, wearing their new kit for the first time (but more about that later) showed four changes from their last outing against Ardara with Caitlin Heraghty, Maggie Friel, Eibhlín Shiels and Maireád Coll coming in for Orla Mc Gonigle, Emma Friel, Aisling Mc Devitt and Michelle Doherty. Fanad played into the scoreboard end in the first half, and as we’ve become accustomed to recently, there wasn’t a breeze in the air in the warm morning sunshine. 


Both teams were guilty of a slow start, and they shared four wides between them before Lauren Carr registered the first point of the day five minutes in. The visitors soon found their range as well and by the twelfth minute they led by 3 points to Gaeil Fhánada’s two, Lauren Carr also on target with our second score. The visitors were probably shading it in the opening quarter but Gaeil Fhánada managed to register an important score before the water break. Caitlin Heraghty making her first start for the senior team, found the back of the net in the fifteenth minute with a measured shot into the top corner. That left the Gaels two points ahead at the sos uisce, but undeterred, Downings returned with intent after the break and soon had the green flag in the air themselves courtesy of Lauren Mc Bride. Clare Friel brought the teams level for the third time as she lashed an effort over the bar after good play from Siobhán Sweeney and Lauren Carr. Fanad had a few opportunities in the second quarter, but didn’t make the most of their possession at times, and it was the visitors who edged ahead once more with 23 minutes on the clock. Lauren Carr, who caused plenty of bother throughout the hour responded, finding the back of the net from a speculative attempt which eluded the Downings netminder. The final two scores of the half however went the way of the Ros Goill side. A goal from close range from Clíona Harkin was followed by a point with the last move of the half. Na Dúnaibh 2:05 Gaeil Fhánada 2:03. 


Although Downings had two early opportunities after the break, there was an intent to the Gaels play that was much improved. The intensity to their tackling and impressive work rate helped create opportunities and force mistakes from their opponents. The first score of the second period was a fine individual effort from Siobhán Sweeney. Siobhán seemed to glide down the pitch and after travelling fifty meters with the ball she used all her soccer skills to neatly tuck the ball home inside the near post to edge Gaeil Fhánada back into the lead. Niamh Mc Devitt, Miriam Murphy and Eiméar Gibbons did very well on the Downings’ kick out during this period and two Lauren Carr points from play stretched the gap to three. Further opportunities were missed in the period but the sheer work rate was encouraging and as the game approached the water break Fanad led by three. The sides exchanged the next two points, Lauren on target from a free for Gaels. The final Gaels goal arrived shortly after. Lauren Carr broke down the field after the side forced a turnover. With Clare Friel and Siobhan Sweeney running with her and providing decoys, Lauren was able to power through and finish an impressive goal. It wasn’t finished there however, as the very impressive Lauren Mc Bride struck another Downings goal to leave three points between them with a few minutes left. Downings cut it to two firing over a point, but good Michelle Mc Devitt play down the line began a Gaels moved which culminated with Siobhan Sweeney firing over the final point of the game. Downings went in search of the goal to tie it up but several attacks were thwarted, with Maggie Friel, Hannah Shiels and Méabh Mc Ateer all making important plays in a defensive role in the final moments. Maireád Coll was equal to one Downings shot at goal near the death and it was to prove enough for Gaeil Fhánada to come away as victors by three points. 


Downings were probably the better team in the first period, but Gaeil Fhánada really upped their performance after half time. The midfield partnership of Eiméar and Aoife Gibbons put in a good shift while Siobhán Sweeney was very good all day. Lauren Carr had a good day in front of the posts while Caitlin Heraghty will be delighted with her performance. It was ultimately underpinned by a very solid team performance. For Downings, Lauren Mc Bride was a constant threat while Julie Trearty and Niamh Gallagher were also among their best performers. Next up for John Mc Conigley’s side is a trip to Carndonagh next weekend. 


Hannah Shiels, Méabh Duffy, Michelle Mc Devitt, Tori Gallagher, Maggie Friel, Niamh Mc Devitt, Caitlin Heraghty (1:00), Aoife Gibbons, Eiméar Gibbons, Siobhán Sweeney (1:01), Lauren Carr (2:05), Eibhlín Shiels, Miriam Murphy, Clare Friel (0:01), Maireád Coll. Méabh Mc Ateer for Eibhlín Shiels, Jessica Coll for Clare Friel.




U16 Girls


Hard luck to our u16 girls side who were defeated by Naomh Pádraig on Tuesday evening. 


The girls battled to the end but the home side were worthy of their victory. Goal scorers on the evening for Gaeil Fhánada were Bláthnaid Mc Ateer, Méabh Mc Ateer and Iseult Ní Mhathúna. 


Kelley Carr, Ella Mc Bride, Olivia Friel, Aoife Sweeney, Caitlin Heraghty, Jessica Coll, Emma Mc Grenaghan, Iseult Ní Mhathúna, Emma Hunter, Rachael Friel, Roisín Carr, Bláthnaid Mc Ateer, Méabh Mc Ateer. Orlaith Mc Grenaghan.




U14 Girls


The u14 Girls travelled to the Burn Road on Saturday afternoon to take on their counterparts from Termon in their third league match of the season. 


The game was played in very warm conditions, with the sun beaming down from start to finish. Gaeil Fhánada put on a great team performance but with the heat and having no subs to come on, it was a tough ask and it was ultimately Termon that came away with the win on the day. Well done to everyone for working hard right until the very end, maith sibh! Also Míle Buíochas to Termon for their hospitality and for providing refreshments to the Fanad girls. 


The girls also ran into Jim Mc Guinness while in Termon and he kindly stood for a photo and treated the girls to some words of encouragement before yesterday's match. Go raibh maith agat Jim!

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