About Donegal LGFA

Our History

In November 1991, in a meeting in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey the first Donegal LGFA County Board was formed.

Chairperson: Aidan Doherty (Sean MacCumhaills)
Secretary: Mary Mc Hugh (Ardara)
Treasurer: Paula McDyer (St. Eunan’s)
Registrar: Caroline Quinn (Sean MacCumhaills).
PRO: Fr. Liam Logue (Gaoth Dobhair)

Ladies football was embraced with great enthusiasm in the county and 15 clubs contested the first county championship and league. St. Eunan’s ladies were first winners of both competitions in 1992, and contested the Ulster Senior Club final that year, failing narrowly to Carrickmore, Tyrone.

It was not until the following year, 1993, that a senior inter county team took the field at junior level and made an immediate impact by winning the Ulster Junior Championship, and going all the way to the All-Ireland Junior final at Croke Park, where they were beaten by London.
Donegal had some outstanding footballers, and were honoured by the All-Star selection committee when Joan Barron of St. Eunan’s won a replacement All-Star. Also in this year, at club level, St. Eunan’s made the big breakthrough, winning Donegal’s first Ulster Senior Club title by beating Oonagh Celts, Galbally.

A major breakthrough at club level in 1996, St. Eunan’s won their senior league yet again, and beat Aodh Ruadh in the championship final. They went on to beat St. Macarten’s of Tyrone in the Ulster Senior Club final at Celtic Park, Derry. Next up was a trip to London for a tricky assignment against Parnell’s of London at Parnell Park. St. Eunan’s secured a hard- earned victory to earn their place in the All-Ireland Senior Club final against Shelmaliers of Wexford. They unfortunately lost out on the day, but they certainly raised the profile of and respect for Donegal Ladies football.

2003 will go down in the history books as a very successful year for ladies’ football in Donegal, with the county ladies team winning the All-Ireland Junior Championship. The team also won it’s the third Ulster Junior title on its march to the final. To top off this achievement, the county was also rewarded with 3 All-Star nominations, Debbie-Lee Fox at midfield, Kelly Lacey at wing half forward, and Maureen O’Donnell at corner forward. Two of these players Debbie-Lee Fox and Kelly Lacey were selected to play on the Rest of Ireland team to play the All-Stars in New York in May 2004.

On the club scene, St. Eunan’s won the county senior title defeating Four Masters after a replay, with Moville winning their first intermediate title defeating Aodh Rua, and Termon winning the Junior title for the first time defeating Kilcar.

In 2010 our senior inter county team won the All Ireland Intermediate Championship, beating Waterford by 2 points in Croke Park. They added the All Ireland crown to their Provincial Title and Division 2 National League win this year. Yvonne Bonner (McMonagle) received an All Star for performances throughout championship.

Termon put club football in Donegal back on the map in 2014 when they won the All Ireland Senior Club Championship. Having been either Ulster Champions or Runner Up in the previous 4 years running they made the breakthrough to be crowned All Ireland Champions.

Our county players received a number of All Star awards over the years also:

  • 1993 – Sub All Star – Joan Barron
  • 2002 – Replacement All Star – Nicola Lacey
  • 2010 – All Star -Yvonne Bonner (nee McMonagle)
  • 2017 – All Star – Ciara Hegarty and Niamh Hegarty
  • 2018 – All Star – Treasa Jenkins (nee Doherty)
  • 2021 – All Star – Geraldine McLaughlin
  • 2022 – All Star and Senior Player of the Year – Niamh McLaughlin

Since its formation in 1991, Ladies Gaelic Football in Donegal has gone from strength to strength. We now currently have four adult championships up for grabs: Senior, Intermediate, Junior A and Junior B. We also have 3 divisions at senior club level as well as numerous divisions and competitions from U13 right through to adult level. And this will be expanding further with then provision of Go Games for all our age groups from U12 down.

Key Facts

  • The first Donegal LGFA County Board was formed in November 1991.
  • Our first league and championship were won by St. Eunan’s in 1992.
  • Our first inter-county team was fielded in 1993. They won the Ulster Junior Championship and reached the All Ireland Junior Final that year.
  • St. Eunan’s won the county’s first Ulster Club Championship in 1993.
  • Our senior inter-county team won the All Ireland Junior Championship in 2003.
  • Our senior inter-county team won the All Ireland Intermediate Championship in 2010.
  • Termon won the county’s first All Ireland Senior Club Championship in 2014. St. Eunan’s previously reached the final in 1996.

pro.donegal@lgfa.ie

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