Donegal Sports Star Awards

Hall of Fame for Brian McEniff
The Donegal Sports Star Committee wishes to announce that Brian McEniff will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 42nd Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Friday the 26th of January in the Mount Errigal Hotel. The 75-year-old Bundoran hotelier led Donegal to that historic first ever All-Ireland Senior Football title success in 2012 so it’s fitting that the 25th anniversary celebrations just concluded that Brian McEniff is honoured by the Donegal Sports Star organization.

Chairperson Neil Martin said that 2017 was the year that the county marked that never to be forgotten date of the 20th September 1992 when McEniff managed and Anthony Molloy captained Donegal to an 0-18 to 0-14 win over Dublin in Croke in the 105th final. McEniff hadn’t realized that dream as a player but he never lost the burning desire to see Sam Maguire coming back to his beloved county.

“As a committee we were unanimous when the name of Brian McEniff was proposed for 2017 Hall of Fame. Apart from being first man to manage Donegal to an All-Ireland Senior Football title he also was in the charge of the first team from the county that won an Ulster Final back in 1972. Brian has been steeped in the GAA from a young boy. He’s played at the highest level and managed at the highest level. So Brian ticks all boxes to be inducted into our Hall of Fame. When I told him news he was ‘over the moon’ that he is going to be given this honour by the Donegal Sports Star Awards. Brian is a true sporting legend and will be a most deserving recipient of this award on the 26th of January” Mr Martin said.

Among the other names from Gaelic Football to be inducted into the Hall of Fame include Tom Farren, Buncrana (1978); Bernard Coyle, Gweedore (1980); Columba McDyer, Glenties (1987); Hugh Tim Boyle (1990); Mick Melly, Ballyshannon (1991), Jim Gallagher Ballyshannon (2000),

Undoubtedly the high point of Brian McEniff’s managerial career was his masterminding of Donegal’s 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final victory over Dublin. He was also in charge of Ulster for 25 years from 1982 until 2007 and coached the Ireland International Rules football team to victory in Australia. As a player, he received an All Star Award in 1972 in a remarkable year when he was player-manager of the first Donegal team to ever win the Ulster Senior Football Championship title. With McEniff in charge again Donegal repeated that success in 1974.

Brian McEniff went to Primary School in Bundoran before going to St. Macartan’s College in Monaghan Town where he was a boarder. At 17 the next chapter of his life took him to Cathal Burgha Street College in Dublin where he studied Hotel Management for three years.

In 1962 he went to Canada for hotel work experience for four years and it was there that he met and married Catherine O’Leary, a Cork native. Brian returned to Ireland in 1966 and worked his way onto the Donegal senior team.

He won numerous titles with the famous St. Joseph’s combination of Bundoran and Ballyshannon.

Under his leadership Ulster won 12 Railway Cup Finals. He also served on the GAA Central Council. In all Brian McEniff managed the Donegal senior football in five separate spells.

McEniff was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Croke Park back in September at the GPA Former Players Reunion Lunch. Brian and the Donegal team of 1992 were also the silver jubilee team paraded at Croke Park at the 2017 All-Ireland football final, 25 years on from their famous capture of Sam Maguire.

Sports Star Awards tickets

With a big early interest in the Donegal Sports Star Awards function, Chairperson Neil Martin is appealing to nominees, their families and friends to book their tickets by this weekend if possible. “There has been a big demand already for tickets so it would be important that all those interested in going to the Donegal Sports Star Awards would place their orders with the Mount Errigal Hotel by the weekend. Members of the committee will have a big job from early next week in organizing table plans so it’s important that people book now in order to get seated together at the function” said Chairperson Neil Martin.

The 2017 Donegal Sports Star Awards take place on Friday the 26th of January in the Mount Errigal Hotel. To book tickets contact the Mount Errigal Hotel on 9106700. For further details on the function go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie, Facebook Donegalsport Starawards or twitter dlsportstars.


Adrian Shiels, Letterkenny
Laurence Gildea, Bonagee Utd

Ciaran Doherty, Leterkenny A.C
Damien Crawford Lifford Strabane A.C.
John Kelly, Finn Valley A.C.
Marty Lynch, Milford A.C. (Adventure Racing)
Sommer Lecky, Finn Valley A.C.

Shane Meehan, Donegal Town Basketball Club
Thomas Whyte, Donegal Town Basketball Club
Ultan O’Grady, Donegal Town Basketball Club

Chloe McDaid, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.
Darryl Moran, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.
Jessica Clarke, Carndonagh A.B.C.
John Moran, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.
Labhaoise Clarke, Carndonagh A.B.C.
Maeve Mc Carron, Carrigart A.B.C.
Sean Kelly, Dunfanaghy A.B.C.

Eimear O’Donnell, CLG Carndonagh
Emma Harkin, Burt GAA Club
Karen Kelly, Burt GAA Club
Leanne Kelly, Burt
Rebecca Lynch, Burt GAA Club

Gearóid Driver, Raphoe Gun Club
Joe O’Donnell, Carrigans & St. Johnston Gun Club
Shay McCurdy, Lifford & District Gun Club

Danny O’Donnell, Milford GAA
Eddie Harkin, Dunfanaghy A.B.C.
James Gibbons, Milford A.C.
Mick Coleman, Finn Valley Vikings Power Lifting Team

Aidan Devenney, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny
John Connors, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny
Sean Devenney, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

Cathal Gallagher , Errigal Cycling Club
Ciaran Mc Gettigan, Errigal Cycling Club
Clodagh Ni Ghallchoir, Triple A Club, Gaoth Dobhair
Jason Black, Letterkenny
Mitchell McLaughlin, Drumkeen
Paul McCarter, Donegal Bay Cycling Club
PJ Doogan, Caldwell Cycles

John Flood, Milford
Jordan Boyce, Newtowncunningham
Alex Hughes, Inver

James McCloughan, East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club
Mary Devine, Letterkenny
Megann Ferry, East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club
Oisín Haley, East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club
Oisín Orr, Rathmullan

Ciara Hegarty, Moville
Niamh Hegarty, Moville
Patrick Mc Brearty, Kilcar
Mark Mc Hugh, Kilcar
Michael Murphy, Glenswilly
Sarah Harkin, Ardara
Shannon McLaughlin, Termon

Brendan McCarroll Junior, Ballyliffen Golf Club
Frank Casey, Rosapenna Golf Club
Kyle McCarron, North West Golf Club, Lisfannon

Alice O’Connor, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Ella McBride, Dungloe
Emmaléi Murphy, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Jessica Grace Coll, Portsalon

Alexander Tinney, Raphoe (Banbridge Hockey Club)
Ben Wallace, Raphoe (Annadale Hockey Club, Belfast)
Luke Witherow, Raphoe (Banbridge Hockey Club)

Dara Grant, Burt
Danny Cullen, Setanta
Davin Flynn, Letterkenny

Chloe & Sam Magee, Raphoe
Elaine Dullaghan, North West Shotokan Karate Club
Finesse Gymnastics Senior Display Team, Letterkenny
Raaj Padmanabhan, St. Johnston Cricket Club
Sadie Duffy, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.

Emma Dolan, Three Rivers Karate Club, Lifford
James Burke, North West Shotokan Karate Club
Tristan Logue, Burnfoot

Caolán Irwin, Kilmacrennan
Rhys Irwin, Kilmacrennan
Richard Kerr, Kilmacrennan

Damien Gallagher, Glenswilly & Mac Walsh, Garryharry
Declan & Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward
Donagh Kelly, Frosses
Kevin Eves, Pettigo
Manus Kelly, Glenswilly & Donal Barrett, Milford

Edward O’Reilly, St. Michael’s
James Boyle, Dungloe
Oisin Merritt, Stranorlar

Connor Logue, Motiv8
Charlotte Kennedy, Ardara
Orla Harrison, Rathmullan

Athan Doherty, Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny
Dónal Gallagher, Scoil an tSratha Mhóir, Gleann Dómhain
Mairtin Herrity, Commons N.S., Killybegs

Adrienne Gallen, St. Columbas N.S, Ballylast, Castlefin
Elsa Moore, Moyle N.S., Newtowncunningham
Emily Kelly, St. Mary’s N.S., Stranorlar
Claire Diver, St. Crone’s N.S., Dungloe

Scoil Cholmcille, Drumman, Ramelton
St. Joseph’s N.S., Rathmullan
Scoil Naisiunta Na Carraige

Dooish N.S., Ballybofey
Glenswilly N.S, New Mills, Letterkenny
Kilmacrennan N.S.
Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny
Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir Ceanainn
Scoil Naomh Bríd, Muff
St. Patrick’s Boys’ School, Carndonagh
St. Patrick’s N.S., Lurgybrack, Letterkenny

Eilís Mc Clafferty, Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny
Christy Gillespie, Scoil Cholmcille, An Tearmann
Ciarán McDevitt, Dooish N.S., Ballybofey
Jane Watt, Moyle N.S., Newtowncunningham
Nakita Burke Letterkenny Educate Together National School
Sarah King, Drumkeen National School

Jason Quigley, Golden Boy Promotions

Danny Ryan, Kilmacrennan
Keane Ryan, Kilmacrennan
John Doohan, Cloughaneely
Patrick Boomer, Loughros Point Rowing Club, Ardara

Conor McMenamin, Letterkenny
Joseph Dunleavy, Letterkenny
Larissa Muldoon, Cappry, Ballybofey
Maeve Liston, Ballyshannon
Nora Stapleton, Fahan

Conchúr Mac Meanman, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn
Fionnán Mac Giolla Chomhaill, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair
Jonathan Martin, Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny

Amy Boyle Carr, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties
Clodagh Ní Ghallchoír, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair
Danielle McDevitt, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties
Fodhla Nic Phaidín, Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair
Mia Mc Calmont, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Shana Quinn, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties
Shannon Nic Lochlainn,Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn
Tyler Toland, Deele College, Raphoe

Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn
Crana College, Buncrana
Loreto Community School, Milford
Mulroy College, Milford
Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

Blaine Ó Maolagáin,Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn
Liz Gordon, Deele College, Raphoe
Michelle Harvey, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Orla Carr, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town

Amber Barrett, Peamount United
Erin Doherty, Lagan Harps
Georgie Kelly, UCD
Tyler Toland, Maiden City, Derry

Anna Hennessy, Letterkenny
Marie Mc Gloin, Ballyshannon

Bea Greenberg, Rossnowlagh Surf Club
Maia Monaghan, Rossnowlagh Surf Club
Triona McMenamin, Letterkenny
Una Britton, Rossnowlagh Surf Club

Cody Dunnion, Swilly Seals
Éadaoin O’Raw, City of Derry Swimming Club (open water swimming)
Jonathan Martin, Swilly Seals
Molly Nulty, Swilly Seals
Mona McSharry, Marlins Swimming Club, Ballyshanon
Paddy Bond, Ramelton

Ballybofey United Senior Team
Cockhill Celtic FC
Buncrana Hearts U18 Soccer Team
Finesse Gymnastics Senior Display Team, Letterkenny
Finn Valley Vikings Power Lifting Team
Glengad United Football Club
Lagan Harps U12 Girls team
Letterkenny Rovers U14 Team
Lifford Strabane Athletics Club Juvenile Team
Milford GAA Senior Mens Team
Moville Minor Ladies GAA Team
Naomh Colmcille CLG Senior Football Team
North West Shotokan Karate Club
St. Eunan’s GAA Club Minor Football Team
Tri Quads Cycling Team

Elaine Chambers, Butt Hall Tennis Club
Francis Binggoy Venzon, Butt Hall Tennis Club
Mary Barry, Ramelton Tennis Club

Jonathan Martin, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Kirsty McIlwaine, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Eleanor Rooney, Ballyshannon
Margaret Kelly, Letterkenny 24-7 Triat

For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to donegalsportsstarwards.ie, on Facebook at Donegalsport Starawards or on twitter at DL Sportstars.