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August 03, 2021

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Gaeil Fhánada Le Chéile - Part 4


We are delighted to launch the fourth installment of our hugely popular Gaeil Fhánada Le Chéile programme.


Since we launched it in 2017, we've had:

Year 1 - 28 members.

Year 2 - 55 members. 

Year 3 - 62 members. 


It's aimed at Fanad exiles around the world (Ireland and abroad) and allows them to reconnect with and recontribute to the club.


There's some fantastic incentives again this year and we are calling on all our exiles to join this year. 


If you're interested in hearing more or joining for the upcoming year, just get in touch with us.


All funds raised go directly towards club development and this initiative has been hugely positive and beneficial for the club in recent years. 

No other club in the county is hosting such an initiative so we are in a unique position to have so many passionate exiles contribute to our club.






Dé Céadaoin, 4ú Lúnasa

U13 Boys 

Gaeil Fhánada v St. Mary’s Convoy @ 7:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


Déardaoin, 5ú Lúnasa 

U18 Girls

Gaeil Fhánada v Malin @ 7:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


Dé hAoine, 6ú Lúnasa

U17 Boys 

Gaeil Fhánada v Letterkenny Gaels @ 7:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


Dé Sathairn, 7ú Lúnasa

U14 Girls 

Gaeil Fhánada v Four Masters @ 1:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


Dé Máirt, 10ú Lúnasa

U16 Girls

Bundoran v Gaeil Fhánada @ 7:00

Venue: Bundoran




Senior Men


Gaeil Fhánada 2:13

Málainn 2:13


A great spectacle for the neutral, maybe not so much for the respective management teams as the game turned time and time again to finish with each side having 2:13 on the scoreboard as the final whistle sounded in Connolly Park. 


The home side were fast out of the blocks, and led by five points to no score after nine minutes courtesy of Joseph Doherty x2, Damien Harkin, Christopher Mc Laughlin and Brendan Mc Laughlin. To their credit, the Gaels knuckled down and forced their way back into proceedings, Oisín Shiels fired over the bar and Seamie Nanny converted a free to narrow the gap. Bernard Mc Gettigan was next to step up to the mark, finishing off a good Gaels move down the right after 13 minutes. Remarkably, Gaeil Fhánada were back on level terms by the water break, Ryan Mc Gonigle notching both scores. Gary Farren was dismissed from the field during that period to a straight red card which meant the home side would have to play the rest of the game with 14 men. It didn’t deter the hosts however, as Joseph Doherty and Christopher both found their range to edge Malin two points clear in the 25th minute. The Gaels moved into the lead for the first time on 28 minutes. Michael Sweeney linked with Seamie Nanny, and Sweeney powered through to finish to the back of the net. Darragh McGeoghegan proceeded to level the tie for the second time, scoring after a good Malin buildup down the right. A Christopher McLaughlin free moved Malin ahead by one but a quick fisted reply from Seamie Nanny saw the game all square again. Seamie was to have the final say of the first half, scoring from an attacking mark to edge Gaeil Fhánada a point ahead at the break. Gaeil Fhánada 1:07 Málainn 0:09


A jinking run and score from Darren Mc Elwaine got the Gaels off to a good start after half time but John Gerard McLaughlin responded by scoring to get Malin back within one. The second half was slow to get going, with very few scores for a period. Paddy Carr stopped the rut with a good point but Malin again cut the gap to one, Joseph Doherty on target. Fanad edged two ahead before the water break. 

Matthew Byrne got Malin back to within one with ten minutes left but Seamie Nanny’s pace up the right saw him beat a man and score for the Gaels. The second half pattern was then turned on it’s head as the game went down the stretch. The hosts moved into the lead for the first time since the opening quarter courtesy of a Christopher Mc Laughlin goal. The momentum shift continued, with a Paul Mc Laughlin penalty for the hosts making it a four point game with only a couple of minutes of normal time remaining. Jonny Nanny had to take over between the posts after Mc Gonigle had been black carded in the penalty incident. To their credit, the Gaels had the fight within them to hit back and would lead the tie by one a few short minutes later. Michael Sweeney used his size and power to the optimum effect, to respond with his second goal of the afternoon, somehow beating a number of Malin defenders to scramble home to leave a point in it and a nervy finish. Malin lost possession on the kick out and Darren Mc Elwaine punished to equalise from a volleyed point after a fumble. Michael Sweeney ran through to score a Gaels point to put the lads into the lead but several long minutes later, it was Christopher McLaughlin who cut across the ball to strike it between the posts and force the draw. Both sides will wonder if they let it slip but equally both teams will be grateful they weren’t on the losing side. The result puts Gaeil Fhánada into second place in the table again, a point ahead of Malin and Letterkenny Gaels, with the Letterkenny side having a game less played. An interesting few weeks lie ahead as Division 3 will go down to the wire. 


Eoin Mc Gonigle, Shaun Kerr, Ryan Mc Gonigle (0:02), Odhrán Shiels, Bernard Mc Gettigan (0:01), James Gallagher, Jonny Friel, Paddy Carr (0:01), Michael Sweeney (2:01), Jimmy Coyle, Oisín Shiels (0:01), Darren Mc Elwaine (0:02), Mark Mc Ateer, Alan Mc Ateer, Seamie Friel (0:04). Eoghan Carr for Alan Mc Ateer, Paddy Heraghty for Darren Mc Elwaine, Liam Mc Grenaghan for Jimmy Coyle, Oisín Mc Fadden for James Gallagher. 


Daniel Mullarkey, Connor McColgan, Ciaran Doherty, Adam McGonagle, Kieron McColgan, Gary Farren, Darragh McGeoghegan, Christopher McLaughlin, John Gerard McLaughlin, Stephen McLaughlin, Conor O’Neill, Brendan McLaughlin, Joseph Doherty, Paul McLaughlin and Damien Harkin. Terence Doherty for Conor O’Neill, Charles Byrne for Adam McGonagle, Conor McGeoghegan for Darragh McGeoghegan,  Matthew Byrne for Kieron McColgan.



Ladies record comfortable victory in Carndonagh


The senior ladies travelled to Carndonagh on Sunday morning where they picked up a good win against the home side, in what was the fifth match of their league campaign. 


The ladies got off to a good start and led by 4:05 to a point at half time. Carndonagh came out of the blocks well after the break but some good Gaels defensive play kept them at bay. The ladies upped their game in the final quarter and went on to secure a comfortable victory. 


As there are no ladies fixtures pencilled in for next weekend, and Gaeil Fhánada have a bye on the 15th of August, this means that Fanad are not back in action until the 22nd of August when they are due to travel to the Banks to take on Naomh Muire. 


Well done to the team and management on a good team performance and result. 


Aisling Mc Devitt (0-2), Tori Gallagher, Michelle Mc Devitt, Méabh Duffy, Maggie Friel, Niamh Mc Devitt, Órla Mc Gonigle (0-1), Aoife Gibbons, Eiméar Gibbons, Siobhán Sweeney, Méabh Mc Ateer, Hannah Shiels (1-2), Lauren Carr (2-4), Clare Friel (0-2), Miriam Murphy (1-1). 


Eibhlín Shiels for Clare Friel, Caitlín Heraghty for Méabh Duffy, Emma Friel for Hannah Shiels, Clare Friel for Méabh Mc Ateer, Méabh Duffy for Tori Gallagher, Hannah Shiels for Aoife Gibbons. Maireád Coll, Michelle Doherty, Maria Doherty, Leanne Martin.




Comhghairdeas Iseult


Comhghairdeas le hIseult Ní Mhathúna agus foireann an chontae Faoi 16 a bhain Craobh Airgid Uladh Dé Sathairn. 


Iseult lined out at wing forward and the side defeated Armagh in the Ulster Silver Championship final!




U17 Boys


Naomh Adhamhnáin 5:15

Gaeil Fhánada 2:13


Hard luck to our minor side who were defeated in O’ Donnell Park on Friday night by St. Eunan’s.


In what was a high scoring game, the Letterkenny outfit managed to raise more green flags than the Gaels and that was ultimately the decisive factor. The management team were very happy with the endeavour and commitment of the lads, who put in a very solid team performance. 


Brian Gallagher, Hugh Rodgers, Emmet Kelly, Eoin Logue, Darren McAteer (0:01) Sean Carr, Shane Carr, Callum McAteer (0:01) Aaron McConigley (0:01) Daibhid Lynch Charlie McAteer (0:01) Declan Brougham, Darragh O’ Doherty, Dylan McFadden (1:01) Brandon Friel (1:08)




U14 Girls


The u14 Girls travelled to Glenswilly on Saturday for their fourth league encounter of the 2021 season.


Although it was Glenswilly that came away victorious in the end, the Fanad management will be very impressed with how their players performed. Gaeil Fhánada put on their best performance to date, working very well as a unit throughout the match. Gaeil Fhánada hit a few unlucky wides but worked hard to counteract the Glenswilly attack, as well as putting pressure on the opposing kickout. Kaylagh Sweeney played brilliantly, putting in a massive shift up and down the field, along with her midfield partner of Méabh Sweeney, who also impressed throughout. Goals from Méabh Sweeney, Kaylagh Sweeney and Aoibhinn Callaghan. Well done to everyone on a great team performance.




U13 Boys 


The u13 boys continue to improve with every outing and with 8 games played they are still in with a chance of finishing near the top of the Division 3 table. They had a great win over neighbours Na Dúnaibh two weeks ago and were only narrowly beaten by St Eunans last week in a very competitive encounter in the Coláiste Ailigh grounds in Letterkenny. Two games to go in this group beginning with St Mary's Convoy this Wednesday in Portsalon at 7.30. Training at 6.30 on Friday as usual




U10 Girls


The u10 Girls played their counterparts from Milford on Saturday morning at Páirc Uí Shiadhail in Portsalon. 


Both Gaeil Fhánada and Milford were very impressive throughout all the matches, with great skills on show. The Fanad coaches will be particularly impressed with how their players performed, the girls were brilliant from start to finish. It was also great to have new players joining in on Saturday morning too, well done to everyone involved.


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