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Inishowen to play Donegal at Malin opening 14.02.08

AN INISHOWEN select will take on Donegal at the official opening of Malin's new GAA facilities on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Valued at more than €1.2 million, the facilities include a new pitch, gym, weightsroom, dressing rooms, clubrooms and other ancillary rooms, and a covered stand that provides seating for 240 patrons and standing room for hundreds more. But it is the clash between Inishowen’s best footballers and the Donegal senior team that will be the biggest draw on Sunday, May 4. Brian McIver’s Donegal will be just a month short of their Ulster championship opener with Derry and local club footballers will be keen to measure themselves against the county team. “We’ll be contacting all the club managers across Inishowen in the next couple of weeks to find out who’s interested,” said Malin manager Pat McLaughlin (F) who hopes to assemble a panel of up to 24 players. “Lots of Inishowen players have had trials at county level in recent years and this gives them a good chance to make an impression before the championship and perhaps show the county management what they’re missing.”
Donegal supporters will be heading for match in Malin against Inishowen select in May.
Urris assembled an Inishowen select to mark the opening of Crampsey Park in 1989, while an all-Inishowen side participated in the Donegal senior football championship for a couple of years in the early 1990s.
Club secretary David Gallagher was fulsome in his praise for the manner in which the local community supported the project both through buying tickets in four major fundraising draws and working voluntarily on the facilities.
“Michael Conway donated land for the pitch, which we have extended and widened, and chairman Patrick McLaughlin (R) used his contacts to help drive the project forward,” Gallagher said. “Scores of people gave freely of their time and helped us complete this ambitious development. We couldn’t have afforded to do it without their help.”
Gallagher also praised former Sports Minister Dr Jim McDaid for his work in helping secure more than €400,000 in sports capital funding. “It made the project viable from a financial point of view and, along with big funds granted to the Glengad soccer club, it brought a lot of money into the parish.”
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