Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gallagher gets another three years in charge of Donegal

Michael Verney

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30

Rory Gallagher has been given another three years as manager of Donegal. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Rory Gallagher has been given another three years as manager of Donegal. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Rory Gallagher has been reappointed as Donegal football boss for another three years, with the possibility of a fourth.

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A specially-convened meeting last night ratified Gallagher by an over-whelming 64 to 4 majority. Gallagher, who has completed two years in charge after replacing 2012 All-Ireland-winning manager Jim McGuinness in October 2014.

The former Fermanagh attacker was keen to extend his reign but faces a transition after the retirements of Eamon McGee and Colm McFadden, while doubts surround the future of other stalwarts. Gallagher (38) has sown the seeds for the future, however, blooding many new faces as Donegal fell to Dublin in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Donegal's GAA teams look set to cross the county boundary to train in Derry in the near future after putting their weight behind an ambitious €7m cross-border sports complex development.

The project, spearheaded by City of Derry Rugby Club, would transform 32 acres at Judge's Road into a state-of-the-art regional sports centre including three outdoor pitches - one a 4G synthetic - an indoor arena and a purpose-built gym.

Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion sees the facility as a perfect fit for Gaelic Games when up and running and with its location close to the Donegal border, he believes it may be "an ideal location" for the preparation of county teams.

Derry Rugby Club chairman Tom Frawley expects the addition of other sports to help secure the long-term future of the site as "it is impossible to sustain the site on a single sport".

He added that the new centre could also play a vital role in aiding Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

Irish Independent

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