Donegal GAA

Image of Donegal lining out against Cork 2012
Donegal V Cork in Croke Park in 2012

The Donegal County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Dhún na nGall (GAA) is one of the GAA's 32 county boards in Ireland. It is responsible for Gaelic games in County Donegal. The county board is also responsible for the Donegal inter-county teams. The Donegal senior football team is a major force in Gaelic football. In July 2010, Jim McGuinness, the then under-21 manager, was appointed as county senior manager, succeeding John Joe Doherty.

McGuinness guided the county's under-21 side to the All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship final in 2010. He was appointed to the senior management on a four-year term, with a review after two years. His first year in charge brought Donegal the National Football League Division 2 title, promotion to Division 1, the county's first championship win in four years, the county's first provincial title in 19 years, and made Donegal the third team in the history of the GAA to win a Provincial Title from the Preliminary Round.  His second season brought a second consecutive provincial title, also achieved from the Preliminary Round, as well as a defeat of the mighty Kerry at Croke Park and a win over Cork on 26th August to secure a place in the 2012 All Ireland Football Final.  

The team represented Donegal in the All-Ireland match at Croke Park on Sunday 23rd September 2012. The game marked Donegal’s first All-Ireland appearance since their breakthrough year of 1992, when current manager Jim McGuinness was a substitute on the side that defeated Dublin by four points to bring the Sam Maguire Cup to the hills for the first time.  With Donegal's win over Mayo in the All Ireland Final, Jim played a significant role in bringing Sam to the hills for a second time.

GAA is not only about mens Gaelic Football, Donegal also have successful womens and under 21 Gaelic Football sides and an up and coming Hurling team.

Watch this space!