Donegal hosts World Indoor Tug of
THE World Indoor Tug of
War Championships will be held over four days next
week from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd February at
the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.
Danny McGonigle from Clonmany and the committee
responsible for running the event have been busy
with final preparations.
Danny explained, ďWe are hoping that everything will
go well and that big crowds will turn out to support
the event. We have an amazing team of people working
very hard, from the set-up of the hall and all the
facilities required to preparing and erecting signs
and promotion of the event. This has been a lifelong
dream of mine and we are very excited as it draws
The head office for the championship is at the Mount
Errigal Hotel where the weigh-in, the opening
ceremony and the closing ceremony will take place.
Clonmany Tug of War youth team being
coached by Danny McGonigle at the recent national
Up to 1000 athletes
are due to attend with teams from Taiwan, China,
Russia, Ukraine and from all over Europe and the UK
registered for the championship. The visitors will
stay at the Mount Errigal Hotel and in accommodation
all over the town providing a great economic boost
for the town .
The weigh-in will take place on the Wednesday
allowing the competitors time to recover before they
take to the mat over the weekend. The open club
competitions will take place on the Thursday and
Friday while the international championship will be
on Saturday and Sunday.
The action will begin at 9.30am each morning and
will continue until around 6pm. The local Clonmany B
team will represent Ireland at 560kg on Saturday
afternoon and at 600kg on Sunday afternoon.
Mountain View from Co. Louth will represent Ireland
in the other two menís senior categories, 640kg and
680kg. There will also be women, youth and mixed
competitions and Clonmany will field an underage
team who were prepared by Danny himself. There is a
little piece of history in the Clonmany B team with
two sets of father and son participating - Ryan &
John Greene and Ryan & Daniel Doherty.
The town council are hosting a civic reception for
the VIPís from the Tug of War International
Federation (TWIF) on the Thursday night in the
There promises to be a good eveningís entertainment
at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday night where the
opening ceremony will take place. Myles Gallagher
will MC with VIPís lined up to attend, it will begin
at 9pm and everyone is welcome.
Why not come along to support the championships and
cheer on the Irish teams over the four days. Further
information is available at