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I don't think that just sending new club delegates to the county board will fix matters to the extent they are needed, it could be a longer process that is needed unfortunately. Clubs have to develop good and competent officers with the skills and experience needed to be effective.

The problem I see, as someone involved at club level is, it is getting harder each year to fill all the positions at club level. How many reconvened AGMs go into the new year? Some even as far as March and therefore clubs would be wary about letting good workers leave which damages the change that is needed at the top.

The County Board Delegate role is seen by many as one of the easier roles where you go to a meeting once a month and vote on issues that your club decides on.

The_Second_Coming (Donegal) - Posts: 12 - 22/09/2023 13:39:09    2505210

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Replying To gunman:  "Could it be that some people are prepared to make sacrifices which means that they miss out on things that most people would never contemplate missing.I guess it depends on how much interest they have.I know then that there is the other side of the story where it it just becomes a way of life for people attending meetings etc and things get very stale.But that is not just a GAA problem,it is the same in every organisation."
Yeah that's it like. In an ideal world you'd like there to be a rule maybe where club delegates can only do maybe a 4 year term, and then they need to be replaced. It would mean fresh ideas and enthusiasm. But the difficulty in that is there are only so many people who are willing to give up their time so it becomes a viscous circle.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8885 - 22/09/2023 13:52:48    2505211

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Replying To PeterQ92:  "We are now SIX MONTHS since the wheels came off Donegal GAA and after the clubs called for heads to roll. Yet here we are, no changes at board level, every one keeping the heads down, nothing to see here!
Embarrassingly we have Tyrone men now in running our affairs at the top, teaching our board how to spell and count.

Have our clubs just accepted this and rolled over?

The appointment of Jim McGuinness seems to have allowed them to paper over the cracks. Underage managers are being appointed and the Academy is back in place, in name at least?.

Are we all being hoodwinked here or are improvements genuinely underway? Has the clubs call of no confidence, all but gone away? Are we even allowed to talk about this?"
But did the clubs ever formally ask for heads to roll? I think there were rumours of a vote of no confidence but they were never put to the floor?

SignTheContract (Donegal) - Posts: 178 - 22/09/2023 20:34:36    2505261

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Something has to be done about the Donegal GAA website, it is an absolute disaster,
funny the part where they take your ticket money works fine though.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2545 - 24/09/2023 15:38:16    2505437

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Replying To AudiMan:  "Hi tickets: Avril Howe has to go."
What club is Avril Howe from

Whateveryourhavingyourself (Donegal) - Posts: 23 - 24/09/2023 19:53:55    2505472

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Another weekend of football completed.

Most teams breezed through to the qtrs.
Sean Mac and Gaoth Dobhair I'd say are looking at themselves asking questions.

I see Daire O Baoill is back but they lost Micheal Carroll and.Neil McGee very early on. Kilcar are coming in under the radar. Big test now for Aodh rua. Glenswilly will be licking their lips and looking at a semi final. Ardara won't dear Gaoth Dobhair.

Looking forward to getting to the four games if possible.

tickets (Donegal) - Posts: 65 - 25/09/2023 07:38:37    2505515

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Replying To tickets:  "Another weekend of football completed.

Most teams breezed through to the qtrs.
Sean Mac and Gaoth Dobhair I'd say are looking at themselves asking questions.

I see Daire O Baoill is back but they lost Micheal Carroll and.Neil McGee very early on. Kilcar are coming in under the radar. Big test now for Aodh rua. Glenswilly will be licking their lips and looking at a semi final. Ardara won't dear Gaoth Dobhair.

Looking forward to getting to the four games if possible."
Starting to get to the business end now.

Eunans and NC got the toughest tests they could have possibly got excluding each other. Should be two interesting games. The 4 pre quarter winners will be delighted to have avoided the big 4.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 672 - 25/09/2023 10:22:50    2505542

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Starting to get to the business end now.

Eunans and NC got the toughest tests they could have possibly got excluding each other. Should be two interesting games. The 4 pre quarter winners will be delighted to have avoided the big 4."
The open draw for qf's is a joke, best route was pre qf, avoiding any decent team, looking like eunans, gaoth dobhair, naomh conaill and glenswilly in semis....

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 878 - 25/09/2023 10:49:12    2505548

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I took in Milford and Michaels yesterday before heading to ODP..

From what I seen it is difficult to understand why either team are in the situation. 2 teams on opposite ends of the age spectrum, it was a very competitive hard hitting game played in horrible conditions..

Downings looked decent, Lorcan Connor looked injured though? moving very gingerly.. Paddy McElwee looks the real deal.

beidhmeanseo (Donegal) - Posts: 126 - 25/09/2023 11:44:42    2505574

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Replying To totalrecall:  "The open draw for qf's is a joke, best route was pre qf, avoiding any decent team, looking like eunans, gaoth dobhair, naomh conaill and glenswilly in semis...."
Why is it a joke. Its an open draw!!Just because you don't like who you got, doesn't mean the draw is wrong.

donegaldouble (Donegal) - Posts: 298 - 25/09/2023 12:00:25    2505580

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It is interesting that despite everything 7 of the top 8 in the final table are in the Q/Fs with only Ardara who were 9th pipping cloughaneely who were 8th.Will the S/Fs be another draw or was that determined last night.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 998 - 25/09/2023 12:50:18    2505605

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Getting down to the nitty-gritty now. It's going to be an interesting few weeks. The standout result for me over the weekend was Ardara's comprehensive win over Cloughaneely. Once again KJ Molloy was to the fore. Ardara are a proud and well run club so it's good to see them going well again after a few years battling in the relegation playoffs. Gaoth Dobhair will probably be favourites in that QF, but if they're missing Michael Carroll and Neil McGee, they'll be two big losses and Ardara will fancy another scalp.

Kilar - Naomh Conaill is the standout fixture. There would still be a bit of residual bad blood there I'd say from the substitutions saga a few years ago. Kilcar have been going about their business quietly enough but have they closed the gap on Naomh Conaill? I'm not so sure. Naomh Conaill are such a tough nut to crack. I think it would take a massive performance for them to topple the champions, but it's certainly not beyond them.

Eunans - Aodh Ruadh is another intriguing one. the AR lads are very fit and well set up. They'll be tough to break down but I just think they're lacking a marquee forward or two, to really trouble the big guns like Eunans or Glenties. They'll make Eunans work hard for it, but I just think that Kavanagh has so many options they'll eventually break AR down.

Glenswilly - MacCumhaills is another interesting tie. We have the old master going up against possibly the new king. Gallen has been player of the championship for me. An outstanding talent who hopefully has put his injury worries behind him. This one is very hard to call. I'd just give Glenswilly the nod based on their know-how, in what could be a very tight game.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8885 - 25/09/2023 13:50:05    2505618

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Replying To totalrecall:  "The open draw for qf's is a joke, best route was pre qf, avoiding any decent team, looking like eunans, gaoth dobhair, naomh conaill and glenswilly in semis...."
I don't see it being that straight forward. Some very good draws and I don't see any team winning by more than 2 points. Maybe Eunans perhaps, but AR are a well drilled side. Bound to be at least 1 upset.

I Actually think Ardara can get past Gweedore, they've been playing well and got some very good results where as Gweedore are missing a lot of players and not playing to their best right now. Been a while since Ardara made a Semi final and they have every chance now.

Kilcar have every chance of getting past NC. They are still a top 3 team and consistently fighting it out of the last 5 or 6 years. They have Ryan and Patrick fully fit and Ryan in particular should benefit from less game time with Donegal last year. Going in under the radar will suit them as well.

Glenswilly and MC.. I just can't call it. I tipped Glenswilly to be making a semi final at the start of the year and they've impressed me. For some reason I'm leaning towards Maccumhails to get through, another Gallen masterclass? Maybe this could be a draw even.

Eunans and AR with probably be a low scoring game, Eunans should be getting through but it won't be easy either.

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 199 - 25/09/2023 17:14:03    2505688

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Any word on when & where the the championship quarter finals are

EPSON (Donegal) - Posts: 127 - 25/09/2023 19:12:43    2505701

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Replying To EPSON:  "Any word on when & where the the championship quarter finals are"
At a guess venues could be:

Gweedore Ardara - ODP
Eunans AR - Ballybofey/Convoy
Glenswilly MCs - ODPConvoy
Glenties Kilcar - Fintra

I would imagine the clubs have been notified by now.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 672 - 26/09/2023 09:59:17    2505747

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Replying To EPSON:  "Any word on when & where the the championship quarter finals are"
Saturday
Glenswilly v MacCumhaills in O'Donnell Park at 4pm

St Eunans v Aodh Ruadh in St Mary's Convoy at 7:30pm

Sunday
Kilcar v Glenties in Fintra at 2pm

Ardara v Gweedore in Cloughaneely at 5pm.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 387 - 26/09/2023 11:04:12    2505763

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "At a guess venues could be:

Gweedore Ardara - ODP
Eunans AR - Ballybofey/Convoy
Glenswilly MCs - ODPConvoy
Glenties Kilcar - Fintra

I would imagine the clubs have been notified by now."
Clubs still awaiting official word via email or the wonderful Donegal GAA website but they are out already it seems?

The_Second_Coming (Donegal) - Posts: 12 - 26/09/2023 11:24:28    2505772

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Replying To greenfan:  "Saturday
Glenswilly v MacCumhaills in O'Donnell Park at 4pm

St Eunans v Aodh Ruadh in St Mary's Convoy at 7:30pm

Sunday
Kilcar v Glenties in Fintra at 2pm

Ardara v Gweedore in Cloughaneely at 5pm."
I have nothing against fintra football pitch, but for the biggest game of the wkend, the location for supporters is a terrible location because it simply has not the capacity for parking and is also an extremely dangerous area for parking.
This game will draw a big crowd and should have been in MacCumhaills park or O'Donnell park.
I know the head man is a killybegs man, and wants to look after his own club.
But for county quarter final, the teams and supporters need to be throught off, plus safety.

And this is not just me saying this, as I have plenty of kilcar friends who said the exact same thing, fintra for traffic and safety will be a nightmare

The keeper (Donegal) - Posts: 687 - 26/09/2023 11:29:08    2505776

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Sat
Glenswilly MCs - ODP 4.00pm
Eunans AR - Convoy 7.30pm
Sun
Glenties Kilcar - Fintra 2.00pm
Gweedore Ardara - Cloughaneely 5.00pm

donegaldouble (Donegal) - Posts: 298 - 26/09/2023 11:37:10    2505781

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Replying To The keeper:  "I have nothing against fintra football pitch, but for the biggest game of the wkend, the location for supporters is a terrible location because it simply has not the capacity for parking and is also an extremely dangerous area for parking.
This game will draw a big crowd and should have been in MacCumhaills park or O'Donnell park.
I know the head man is a killybegs man, and wants to look after his own club.
But for county quarter final, the teams and supporters need to be throught off, plus safety.

And this is not just me saying this, as I have plenty of kilcar friends who said the exact same thing, fintra for traffic and safety will be a nightmare"
Yeah and I think Ardara having to travel up to Falcarragh is strange too.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8885 - 26/09/2023 12:26:04    2505805

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