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Rory Gallagher’s Donegal tenure to begin in Derry

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher

BY CHRIS MCNULTY

RORY Gallagher’s tenure as Donegal manager will begin at Celtic Park for a Dr McKenna Cup clash against Derry on Sunday, January 4th.

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Donegal have been drawn alongside Derry, Queen’s University and Gallagher’s native Fermanagh in Group B of the competition.

Donegal will host Queen’s in Ballybofey a week later on January 11th before Fermanagh visit Sean MacCumhaill Park on Wednesday, January 14.

Donegal and Derry are scheduled for two meetings in January. As well as opening the McKenna Cup, the pair also cross swords on the opening night of the 2015 National Football League. On Saturday, January 31, Donegal host Derry, still managed by former Donegal manager Brian McIver, in Ballybofey.

Gallagher was appointed as successor to Jim McGuinness on October 31st and has been holding trials in recent weeks as he prepares to lead Tír Chonaill into a new era.

Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup 2015 Fixtures

All Sunday games at 2pm All midweek games at 7.30pm.
(Extra time to be played in semi-finals and final)

Group A: Ulster University, Down, Cavan & Monaghan
Group B: QUB, Fermanagh, Donegal & Derry
Group C: St Marys, Armagh, Antrim & Tyrone

Sunday 4th January, Round 1

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Group A
Monaghan v Ulster University at Clones
Down v Cavan at Pairc Esler

Group B
Fermanagh v QUB at Brewster Park
Derry v Donegal at Celtic Park

Group C
Armagh v Tyrone at Athletic Grounds
Antrim v St Marys at Creggan

Saturday 10th January, Round 2

Group A
Cavan v Ulster University at Kingspan Breffni Park (7.30pm)

Sunday 11th January, Round 2:

Group A
Monaghan v Down at Clones

Group B
Donegal v QUB at Pairc MacCumhaill
Fermanagh v Derry at Brewster Park

Group C
Antrim v Armagh at Creggan
Tyrone v St Marys at Healy Park

Wednesday 14th January, Round 3:

Group A
Down v Ulster University at Pairc Esler
Cavan v Monaghan at Kingspan Breffni Park

Group B
Derry v QUB at Celtic Park
Donegal v Fermanagh at Pairc MacCumhaill

Group C
Tyrone v Antrim at Healy Park
Armagh v St Marys at Athletic Grounds

Sunday 18th January, Semi Finals:
(1) Group A Winner v Group B Winner
(2) Group C Winner v Best Runner Up

Saturday 24th January: Final

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