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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Where did I make an excuse? you are the type of arrogant fan Donegal could do without declansboy.
Anybody who pays there money has a right to be there, they are the 'right' people."
So you're going good man. I hope you don't jinx us. Getting nervous as game gets closer. Hopefully the injuries are clearing up.. I'm not arrogant I just speak the truth. It seems to annoy some of yous.. but then again the truth always does. Have a nice day

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2431 - 10/04/2024 13:36:48    2537128

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Replying To Commodore:  "I have season ticket and got mine yesterday"
Well done you must be happy, hope Donegal receive fair allocation

Tom123 (Donegal) - Posts: 24 - 10/04/2024 15:13:57    2537166

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Looking at the u20 panel and it shows which teams are doing the most at underage.
Currently in todays panel there is 1 player from NC, Gweedore, St.Eunans and none from Kilcar.

Whereas FM, Dungloe, Glenswilly termon and Glenfinn have 2 -3 on the panel.
Probably reading to much into this but I really believe we are going to a big change in the so called top four over the next 3-5 years

naomh_conaill_4 (Donegal) - Posts: 482 - 10/04/2024 16:42:21    2537185

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Tickets will go to the clubs. They will allocate them to their members, the people who are the heart and soul of the gaa. They're the 'right people'.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 489 - 10/04/2024 17:18:59    2537190

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For all the money invested in maccumhaill park by donegal County board over the years they really need to address the playing surface which is way below the standard of many other pitches in the county. The cancellation of tonight's game another example

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 933 - 10/04/2024 20:54:48    2537222

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Replying To totalrecall:  "For all the money invested in maccumhaill park by donegal County board over the years they really need to address the playing surface which is way below the standard of many other pitches in the county. The cancellation of tonight's game another example"
What money has been invested over the last 5 years? Everything went to Convoy.

The_Second_Coming (Donegal) - Posts: 16 - 11/04/2024 09:30:55    2537285

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Replying To Tom123:  "Well done you must be happy, hope Donegal receive fair allocation"
Yeah delighted, good seats in the main stand.

From what I read in Irish Time article last night, the combined number of Donegal and Derry Season Ticket holders is 628, I suspect he bulk of these are Donegal fans, as I heard previously that there was a low Season ticket uptake from Derry fans long-term.

Celtic Park capacity is currently reduced from 18,000 to 13500, with 3500 seats in the main stand.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 1123 - 11/04/2024 13:30:23    2537330

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Replying To totalrecall:  "For all the money invested in maccumhaill park by donegal County board over the years they really need to address the playing surface which is way below the standard of many other pitches in the county. The cancellation of tonight's game another example"
Heard recently that MacCumhaill park is scheduled to get a new pitch later this year, set to cost over €200k for a new pitch. Not sure how accurate that is, but that pitch is long overdue an upgrade.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 1123 - 11/04/2024 13:32:21    2537331

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Replying To Commodore:  "Heard recently that MacCumhaill park is scheduled to get a new pitch later this year, set to cost over €200k for a new pitch. Not sure how accurate that is, but that pitch is long overdue an upgrade."
It's a long long time since McCumhaill Park was resurfaced. It may have gotten a few patch jobs, but not fully relaid. From memory I think it was done around the same time as the Stand, which I think was around 1998 or 99.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 604 - 11/04/2024 15:02:47    2537354

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Replying To totalrecall:  "For all the money invested in maccumhaill park by donegal County board over the years they really need to address the playing surface which is way below the standard of many other pitches in the county. The cancellation of tonight's game another example"
There as being practically zero money invested in mac Cumhaill park by the CB in recent years.
The game should have been called at the pitch inspection at 2.00pm yesterday. it was deemed playable but anyone could see it would be unplayable later in the evening.

donegaldouble (Donegal) - Posts: 311 - 11/04/2024 15:05:02    2537356

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Replying To Commodore:  "Heard recently that MacCumhaill park is scheduled to get a new pitch later this year, set to cost over €200k for a new pitch. Not sure how accurate that is, but that pitch is long overdue an upgrade."
It is long overdue an upgrade but i don't see them doing anything with the pitch in the near future. The problem is, its a club pitch as well as a county ground. It hosts the most intercounty games, league and championship and the most club league and championship games.

donegaldouble (Donegal) - Posts: 311 - 11/04/2024 15:07:20    2537357

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Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "It's a long long time since McCumhaill Park was resurfaced. It may have gotten a few patch jobs, but not fully relaid. From memory I think it was done around the same time as the Stand, which I think was around 1998 or 99."
I played in MacCumhaill park a few times in the mid-late 90's, after the main stand was roofed, so assuming the pitch had been worked on by that stage. The middle of the pitch had a slight hump in it, so maybe that was before the work.
The pitch is definitely in poor condition by County ground standards.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 1123 - 11/04/2024 16:08:03    2537367

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Noticed a lot of grounds in Ulster and across the Country have had their capacities dramatically reduced in recent years, I have listed some differences below, but suspect MacCumhaill park is probably lower than 17,500 capacity now.

- Celtic Park is 13500, used to be 18,000 after terrace upgrade work.
- Athletic Grounds is 18,500 - No change since upgrade work.
- Healy Park is 17,636, used to be 26,000.
- MacCumhaill Park is 17,500, used to be 21000.
- Breffni Park is 25,030, used to be 32,000.
- Clones is now 29,000, used to be 36,000.

Any particular reason for such a large capacity reduction?

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 1123 - 11/04/2024 16:17:34    2537368

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Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "It's a long long time since McCumhaill Park was resurfaced. It may have gotten a few patch jobs, but not fully relaid. From memory I think it was done around the same time as the Stand, which I think was around 1998 or 99."
Of course theres no money invested in it.We have 3 County grounds,its crazy,most Counties have 1 ,some have 2 and we have 3.The third one gets basically 1 decent game a year,doesn't even get a decent club game.

heyday (Laois) - Posts: 35 - 11/04/2024 16:28:24    2537371

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Replying To Commodore:  "Noticed a lot of grounds in Ulster and across the Country have had their capacities dramatically reduced in recent years, I have listed some differences below, but suspect MacCumhaill park is probably lower than 17,500 capacity now.

- Celtic Park is 13500, used to be 18,000 after terrace upgrade work.
- Athletic Grounds is 18,500 - No change since upgrade work.
- Healy Park is 17,636, used to be 26,000.
- MacCumhaill Park is 17,500, used to be 21000.
- Breffni Park is 25,030, used to be 32,000.
- Clones is now 29,000, used to be 36,000.

Any particular reason for such a large capacity reduction?"
Health and safety. I remember MacCumhaill park being 21000 or something like that. It was fairly tight on the terraces when it was at full capacity.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 489 - 11/04/2024 17:31:11    2537384

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Replying To Commodore:  "Noticed a lot of grounds in Ulster and across the Country have had their capacities dramatically reduced in recent years, I have listed some differences below, but suspect MacCumhaill park is probably lower than 17,500 capacity now.

- Celtic Park is 13500, used to be 18,000 after terrace upgrade work.
- Athletic Grounds is 18,500 - No change since upgrade work.
- Healy Park is 17,636, used to be 26,000.
- MacCumhaill Park is 17,500, used to be 21000.
- Breffni Park is 25,030, used to be 32,000.
- Clones is now 29,000, used to be 36,000.

Any particular reason for such a large capacity reduction?"
In a word - Casement.

The purpose of these reduced capacities is to assist in the narrative that we really need Casement built. Once Casement is built the numbers will be increased.

The provision of increased toilets and a bit of paint and signage would see those capacities raised quite easily.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 604 - 11/04/2024 18:38:22    2537394

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Replying To Commodore:  "I played in MacCumhaill park a few times in the mid-late 90's, after the main stand was roofed, so assuming the pitch had been worked on by that stage. The middle of the pitch had a slight hump in it, so maybe that was before the work.
The pitch is definitely in poor condition by County ground standards."
The old pitch had manies the hump on it. Likewise I played on it plenty in the mid to late 90's. Maybe some of our McCumhaills posters could enlighten us. Google searches haven't answered the question regarding the stand, but I'd risk a few pound on it having opened in 98.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 604 - 11/04/2024 18:50:05    2537395

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Aodh Ruadh and St Eunans both raised their own funds to carry out upgrades, independent of the county board. Eunans rightly honoured their benefactor recently with the naming of the stand in his honour.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 604 - 11/04/2024 18:54:52    2537396

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Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "In a word - Casement.

The purpose of these reduced capacities is to assist in the narrative that we really need Casement built. Once Casement is built the numbers will be increased.

The provision of increased toilets and a bit of paint and signage would see those capacities raised quite easily."
Absolute nonsense!
Councils have reduced capacities in many grounds that are not seated due to Health and Safety. Any standing area has been reduced for safety as well as the required provision of toilets, barriers and exits/entries. 3/4 of Celtic Park is standing.

To suggest this is something to do with Casement is one of the most bonkers things I've heard in a long time!

PeterQ92 (Donegal) - Posts: 108 - 11/04/2024 19:48:38    2537406

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Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "In a word - Casement.

The purpose of these reduced capacities is to assist in the narrative that we really need Casement built. Once Casement is built the numbers will be increased.

The provision of increased toilets and a bit of paint and signage would see those capacities raised quite easily."
Nonsense. Grounds all over the country had capacities reduced, in other provinces , same thing in soccer. It's done to improve safety and reduce the risk for supporters.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 489 - 11/04/2024 20:45:02    2537419

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