“KERRY ARE FIVE YEARS BEHIND DONEGAL AND WON’T WIN ALL-IRELAND” – PAT SPILLANE

first_imgFormer Kerry player Pat Spillane has said Kerry are five years behind Donegal and won’t win the All-Ireland title.Spillane has been a vocal critic of Donegal over the years, and just a fortnight ago accused Rory Gallagher’s side of being the masters of the dark arts in the GAA. However, Spillane said Kerry are currently five years behind Donegal, but was speaking in relation to the defensive systems adopted by both counties.Writing in his weekly column in The Sunday World, Spillane lamented Kerry for adopting the much maligned ‘defensive blanket’ now implemented by the vast majority of inter-county teams.However, he said their defensive set-up was a shambles in their MFC win over Tipperary, and that they are five years behind Donegal in developing a good defensive system – and ten years behind Tyrone.He believes Kerry won’t win the All-Ireland title because they lack pace in the middle third required to match Dublin, and that quite simply defensively they’re not good enough. Spillane wrote, “Fitzmaurice has decided that deploying a blanket defence strategy is the key to sorting out Kerry’s defence and launching a successful bid to secure the All-Ireland title.“I take issue with the strategy because Kerry are three years behind Dublin, five years behind Donegal and more than a decade behind Tyrone in terms of developing an effective blanket defensive system.“They don’t have the pace Dublin have, and they’re not able to counter-attack like Donegal do – at times during their facile win over Tipperary their defensive system was a shambles.” “KERRY ARE FIVE YEARS BEHIND DONEGAL AND WON’T WIN ALL-IRELAND” – PAT SPILLANE was last modified: July 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAnewsPat SpillaneSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL TOURISM GETS INTO THE SWING OF THINGS WITH GOLF SUPPLEMENT

first_imgDonegal tourism received a huge shot in the arm with a 12-page supplement in today’s Irish Independent which promotes Donegal as a golfing and tourism destination.The supplement has been described as a “useful marketing tool” for the county by local TD Deputy Joe McHugh.The supplement, which has been produced by Fáilte Ireland, gives major promotion to Donegal golf courses and many of the county’s other tourism attractions. Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, Portsalon, Bundoran, Narin & Portnoo golf courses are the subjects of major features in the supplement which is called Tee Time in Donegal.The supplement will circulate to the Irish Independent’s 477,000 daily readers and will also promote other Donegal tourism attractions, including Glenveagh National Park, the Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly ferries, the Sliabh Liag cliffs and Donegal Good Food Taverns.Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar requested Fáilte Ireland to produce the supplement, following discussions with Deputy Joe McHugh and Donegal tourism representatives at the Colmcille Winter School in Gartan last February.Deputy McHugh had first raised the idea with Minister Varadkar at a meeting last winter. “The 12-page supplement in today’s edition of the Irish Independent, gives major promotion to Donegal as a golfing and tourism destination.“The supplement, entitled Tee Time in Donegal, is ideal exposure for some of our county’s leading golf courses. The supplement also promotes a range of our county’s other tourism features, and the quality of our county’s hospitality sector is highlighted through references and advertisements for a range of hostelries and hotels across the county. It will hopefully prove to be a useful marketing tool for Donegal tourism this summer.“The supplement is a direct pitch to Irish golfing enthusiasts who will attend the Irish Open at the Royal Portrush course in June. The Irish Open has particular significance this year because of the participation of Major winners Darren Clarke, Rory Mcllroy and Graeme McDowell. Portrush is 20 miles from McGilligan, which is a 15-minute ferry journey from Greencastle. The Irish Open is on Donegal’s doorstep, and this supplement encourages golf fans to stay in Donegal when attending the Open.“I am grateful to Minister Varadkar for coming to Gartan on the last weekend of February to address the Colmcille Winter School, and for visiting Rosapenna Golf Club that weekend to meet with Fáilte Ireland and Donegal golf representatives. Minister Varadkar played a crucial role in getting this initiative off the ground.“I compliment Fáilte Ireland and particularly Ms Joan Crawford of Fáilte Ireland Donegal, for that organisation’s work on producing the supplement,” he said. Letterkenny Town Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has also welcomed the supplementDONEGAL TOURISM GETS INTO THE SWING OF THINGS WITH GOLF SUPPLEMENT was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfIrish IndependentJoe McHughlast_img read more