BY CHRIS MCNULTY
A THREE-PERSON sub committee has been appointed to investigate allegations that 49 players from the Naomh Ultan club’s parish are registered with neighbouring clubs – amid claims that the Dunkineely-based club could ‘fold’ if action isn’t forthcoming.
At last month’s meeting, Terence McGinley raised the matter, which had first been mentioned during 2013, and on Tuesday night he expressed his club’s frustrations.
“I have a list of the players – there are forty-nine registered with St Naul’s and Killybegs who live in the parish of Killaghtee,” he told the meeting.
“I don’t feel like I should be boring county committee with this all the time. Other clubs have registered players who are living in our club area. The county secretary has been given a list of them by our club.”
The Naomh Ultan delegate explained how his club had won a Southern Division 3 League title, but couldn’t field in the county semi-final.
He said: “It was supposed to be played on the Sunday night, but we were short two players – one was away with his parents and the other was injured – which meant that we couldn’t play in a county semi-final.
“This isn’t fair on youngsters. The game couldn’t be refixed as Downings didn’t agree to it.”
Hughie McClafferty, the Downings represented said his club hadn’t been asked to play the game on an alternative date. “At no stage did Naomh Ultan contact us,” he said.
“If they had, we certainly would have accommodated them.”
The County Executive discussed the matter prior to Tuesday’s county committee meeting and confirmed that a sub committee had been put in place.
Mr McGinley said: “This was supposed to be dealt with last year.
“It has been going on for a number of years now. Until this is stopped it will get worse and it will mean that the Naomh Ultan club will have to fold.”