C.L.G. Naomh Adhamhnáin

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For the school of education, see Saint Eunan's College. For the Christian churches, see St. Eunan's Cathedral.
St. Eunan's
C.L.G. Naomh Adhamhnáin
St. Eunans GAA Logo.jpg
Founded: 1930
County: Donegal
Nickname: Eunan's
Club colours: Amber and Black
Grounds: O'Donnell Park
Coordinates: 54°56′43.35″N 7°45′09.13″W / 54.9453750°N 7.7525361°W / 54.9453750; -7.7525361Coordinates: 54°56′43.35″N 7°45′09.13″W / 54.9453750°N 7.7525361°W / 54.9453750; -7.7525361
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Ulster
champions
Donegal
champions
Football : - - 13
Hurling : - - 1
Ladies : 4 13

C.L.G. Naomh Adhamhnáin[1] (St. Eunan's) is a GAA club. Their home ground is O'Donnell Park in Letterkenny.

One of the strongholds of Gaelic football in County Donegal,[2] they have won the Donegal Senior Football Championship more times than any other team apart from Gaoth Dobhair. Considered Donegal's most prolific club,[3] they are renowned for their conveyor belt-like consistency in producing players of senior inter-county quality, including numerous All-Ireland winners.[4] Also renowned for their success at minor level,[5] they have toured abroad, particularly the United States in 1969 and 1998, and Glasgow in 1977.[6] In 1980 they received an All-Ireland Club of the Year Award at a ceremony in Ballsbridge, Dublin.[7]

They have a long-running boundary dispute with neighbouring junior club Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn.[8][9] In 2013, a player was rushed to hospital with serious injuries sustained during a game against Naomh Conaill.[10]

History[edit]

Frank "Steve" Donohoe and Mickey McGovern formed a club called the "Fag a Bailes" in 1917 during a meeting at McGovern's Public House on Letterkenny's Lower Main Street. This club would be important to the proper establishment if Gaelic football in East Donegal. The town's first Gaelic football playing field was located where Scoil Colmcille, Letterkenny currently is. Also in the team of that era were goalkeeper Johnny McClean and Fr. John McMonagle of Glencar, who played at midfield. Then the Black and Tans came along and had destroyed everything by the early 1920s. Letterkenny's next clubs were the Geraldines (established in 1924) and Letterkenny Rovers.[11] Letterkenny Rovers won the town's first Donegal Senior Football Championship in 1927—beating Carrigans in a final uniquely held at Newtowncunningham—with a field selected, goalposts erected and admission fee of 6d.[12]

1930 brought the foundation of the current club, with Geraldines and Rovers fading away into nothing. Glencar was the location of the club's first playing pitch. In its first year of existence the club reached the final of the 1930 Donegal Senior Football Championship, losing to Dungloe by a scoreline of 3-2 to 2-3.[13] The club purchased the grounds for O'Donnell Park for £300 in the 1930s. The ground opened on Sunday 2 May 1937, when a hurling match between Donegal and Antrim and a football match between Donegal and Armagh were divided by an address from GAA President R. O'Keeffe, and all were preceded by the Most Rev. Dr. McNeely, Bishop of Raphoe's Blessing of the Park.[14] By the mid-1940s, it was Letterkenny's only GAA club—having also seen off both St. Pat's and St. Columba's—and the team reached the final of the Donegal Senior Football Championship in 1944, 1946 and 1947, losing to the four-in-a-row invincibles from Gaoth Dobhair.[14][15]

The club won their first Donegal Senior Football Championship in 1948, defeating old nemesis and previously invincible Gaoth Dobhair by a scoreline of 1-7 to 2-1. The club made the final again in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952, eventually winning their second title in 1956, baetin Ballyshannon by a scoreline of 0-8 to 1-2. In 1960 the club baet Gaoth Dobhair in the final again, this time by a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-3. In 1967 the club baet St. Joseph's by a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-9, and baet the same team again in 1969, by a scoreline of 0-10 to 1-4 on that occasion. In 1972 the club baet Clan na nGael—a previous incarnation of Four Masters—by a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-8 in the final at MacCumhail Park in Ballybofey. Then came a lull, broken in 1983, when the club defeated Ardara in the final by a scoreline of 0-08 to 0-03. There would be no further senior titles until 1999. The club did beat Aodh Ruadh in the 1997 senior final by a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-07, but their title was stripped off them in the boardroom in infamous circumstances.[16]

The club roared back against Aodh Ruadh in the 1999 final, with Brendan Devenney broke Martin McHugh's record by scoring 0-14 of his team's 1-19 to their opponents' 1-11. In 2001 they baet Four Masters by a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-08. In 2007 they beat local rivals GlensWILLY by a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-03. In 2008 they beat Termon, their neighbours on the other side of town, by a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-08 and went on to win a match in the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship for the first time, defeating Clonoe O'Rahilly's of Tyrone, the county that had just won that year's All-Ireland title, in the quarter-final. However, Crossmaglen Rangers knocked them out in the semi-final. In 2009 the club achieved the three-in-a-row, defeating Naomh Conaill by a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-06.[16] They baet the same team in the 2012 final.

On 11 November 2008[clarification needed]

2006 season[edit]

In the final of the Donegal Senior Football Championship, the club were beaten by 1-06 to 0-04 by Gaoth Dobhair.

In the Minor County Championship semi-final, the club were beaten 2-8 to 1-7. The match was played in wet conditions at Tírconaill Park in Donegal Town on Sunday 19 November. Jack Doherty scored St. Eunan's's only goal.

2011 season[edit]

2011 Minor Football Champions

Eunan's defeated Ardara 3-7 to 0-3; Sean McBride, Lee McMonagle and Callum Keaveney got the goals.

2011 Minor Hurling Champions

Eunan's made history in July by winning their first ever minor hurling title. They defeated Burt in a great contest highlighted by a stunning goal from Kevin Meehan.

2012 season[edit]

Eunan's were crowned Donegal Senior Football Champions in 2012. The decisive goal in the final was scored by young Lee McMonagle in the 50th minute of the game, following a layoff from full-forward Ross Wherity, who received the ball via a long pass from Rory Kavanagh.[17] The teams were level on many occasions until Mark McGowan scored the winning point in freak circumstances. Brendan McDyre of opponents Naomh Conaill attempted to backpass to his goalkeeper Stephen McGrath only for the ball to drift out for a '45'. McGowan stepped up to punish.[18] As the game ended he was photographed celebrating—stooped, wild-eyed with open mouth, sweat-soaked, bare thighs tensed, veins throbbing, mud-stained legs apart and clenched fists turned upwards.[19]

Honours[edit]

Football[edit]

Mens

St. Eunan's have won a total of 13 Senior County Championships, the last of which came on 4 November 2012 against Naomh Conaill at MacCumhail Park, Ballybofey. St Eunan's won 1-07-0-09.

Ladies

St Eunan's Ladies have won a total of thirteen County Championships and four Ulster Championships.

  • 13 Donegal Senior Football Championships
    • 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • 4 Ulster Senior Football Championships
    • 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998

Hurling[edit]

  • St. Eunan's - 1972 Senior Hurling Champions
  • St. Eunan's - 2000 Junior Hurling Champions
  • St. Eunan's - 2001 Intermediate Hurling Champions

Notable players[edit]

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kavanagh and Dunne: We can upset the odds". Donegal Now. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012. "“We are representing Naomh Adhamhnain. We are a proud club too, so we will be going out there and giving it our best.” - Rory Kavanagh" 
  2. ^ Cullen, Damian (20 September 2012). "Final countdown". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 20 September 2012. "The strongholds of Gaelic football in the county – particularly since the turn of this century – such as Gweedores Gaoth Dobhair, Letterkennys St Eunans, Ardara, Four Masters from Donegal Town and Naomh Conaill from Glenties have all been well represented on the pitch this summer." 
  3. ^ Keys, Colm (12 November 2011). "Colm Keys explores the shocking rift that is threatening to bring Donegal football to its knees". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "All-Irelands for Our Colleges". St. Eunan's website. 
  5. ^ "Major test for Eunan's minors". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "U.S.A. Tour". St. Eunan's website. 
  7. ^ "All-Ireland Club of the Year Award". St. Eunan's website. 
  8. ^ "Letterkenny wait on DRA". Hogan Stand. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "DRA rule on Letterkenny parish rule". Hogan Stand. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Harkin, Greg (14 May 2013). "Inquiry launched after GAA match ends with players in hospital". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "History of the GAA in Letterkenny and St. Eunan's GAA Club". St. Eunan's website. 
  12. ^ a b "First Senior Football Championship Title". St. Eunan's website. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "St. Eunan's Begin". St. Eunan's website. 
  14. ^ a b "Opening of O'Donnell Park". St. Eunan's website. 
  15. ^ "Only St. Eunan's Stood Test of Time". St. Eunan's website. 
  16. ^ a b "First Senior County Title". St. Eunan's website. 
  17. ^ "McMonagle's goal turns the tide for Eunan's". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  18. ^ Keys, Colm (5 November 2012). "Eunan's survive storm". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  19. ^ Keys, Colm (5 November 2012). "Eunan's accept Glenties gift in freak finish to Donegal final". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "All-Ireland Final Players". St. Eunan's website. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Outstanding Long Serving County Stars". St. Eunan's website. 
  22. ^ "Galway blow as Fallon to switch codes". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 11 February 1998. "Donegal also selected their team last night, and they handed league debuts to Martin Bonnar from Na Rossa, home club of new manager Declan Bonner, and John Haran of St Eunan's, Letterkenny." 
  23. ^ "Sligo native set to star for Donegal". RTÉ Sport (RTÉ). 12 January 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2006. "Brennan, a former Sligo senior panellist, and the man at the centre of a major transfer controversy in 2002 when he first moved to Donegal, has been named at right corner-back." 
  24. ^ Foley, Alan (26 January 2012). "Green checks in at Harps". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). Retrieved 26 January 2012. "“I left Sligo the following year and at the time spent a lot of time concentrating on Gaelic football,” Greene, an IT Sligo graduate, added. “With St Eunan's, we had won two successive county championships and managed to make it three-in-a-row in 2009. I was also in the Donegal panel that year for a few NFL games under John Joe Doherty and played soccer locally with Letterkenny Rovers.”" 
  25. ^ "Award for McVeigh". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 

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