Donegal Sports Partnership

Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub 2020 in County Donegal

Posted on February 27th, 2020

Donegal Sports Partnership are seeking Expressions of Interest to develop a Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub 2020 in County Donegal

Donegal Sports Partnership are seeking Expressions of Interest from community/sporting organisations who have a multi-purpose community/sports centre or single venue hosting many clubs. Suitable for hosting multiple sports or physical activities with the aim of promoting and increasing participation in sport and physical activity in their area.

A Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub is a collection of progressive sports clubs and other local organisations that want to work together to improve sports and physical activity offered in their local community. The Hubs provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people in disadvantaged areas to engage in a more active lifestyle. This includes developing and strengthening linkages between the community, sports clubs and other physical activity groups.

What is a Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub 2020

DSP Community Hubs EOI FORM


(Late applications may not be considered)


FURTHER DETAILS: Expressions of Interest forms and information note are available by email from: or telephone 074 91 16078


Beyond 20×20 – Women in Sports Leadership

Posted on February 14th, 2020

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Donegal Sports Partnership is committed to developing strategies to increase women’s participation in Sport in the county and to provide opportunities for women to engage in meaningful programmes which will build towards a lasting and positive relationship with Sport.

20×20 Campaign

The 20×20 campaign is in full swing at the moment with three key objectives – a 20% increase in media coverage of women in sport, a 20% increase in female participation at all levels of sport and a 20% increase in attendance at women’s games and events by 2020. The Beyond 20×20 programme will link into the overall objective of the campaign in providing pathways and opportunities for females to develop their skills, gain meaningful experiences and to actively stay involved in sport at whatever level they feel comfortable at.

The Purpose of the Programme

The Beyond 20×20 programme is being developed to support females already involved in or interested in getting involved in sport at a level which will suit the individual’s needs. Focus will be in the following areas:

  • Coaching
  • Refereeing/ Officiating
  • Administration
  • Media/ Communication

Donegal Sports Partnership’s aim is to equip female club volunteers in becoming more effective and efficient in their role, while creating invaluable experiences for those involved in the programme.  The programme will focus on areas such as;

  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Communication, Confidence and Resilience
  • Health & Wellbeing – maintaining a healthy mind and a healthy body
  • Mentoring and placement opportunities

Who is the Programme for?

The programme is open to females 16 + with passion, commitment and a genuine interest in sport at all levels and with a view to developing a concept of ‘Sport for Life’.  Participants are encouraged to apply from all sports, at all levels. From those that have a current role in their Club to those who want to get involved with no experience.

Programme Costs

The programme is funded by Donegal Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland which will allow participants to attend all seminars for free.

Programme Benefits

  • The programme is free of charge
  • Participants chose a strand relevant to their needs
  • Engage with like-minded people
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed
  • Hear from a diverse range of experienced female leaders
  • Build confidence in your own abilities through practical learning and application.
  • Certificate of completion.

Programme Details

The programme will run from March to October 2020. Participants are asked to commit to the programme, with attendance compulsory for all workshops. Participants will be asked to attend core workshops over 6 weekends with 3 evenings specific to their strand. Participants will focus on a specific strand of personal development and can choose between four options: Coaching, Officiating, Administration, Media/ communication.  Participants will be assigned a mentor who will guide them through the programme.

Programme Dates

  • 8th March
  • 3rd & 4th April
  • 1st & 2nd May
  • 20th June
  • 19th September
  • 16th October

How can I apply?

Participants must be female, over 16, and demonstrate an interest in progressing in their chosen field. Complete application form and return to Maggie Farrelly at

Closing date is Friday 21st February at 12 Noon.

For further information, please email Maggie Farrelly at

Leave No Trace Workshops – Donegal

Posted on April 4th, 2019

LNT Workshops Donegal 2019

Leave No Trace Ireland are delivering a series of free training courses in Donegal for a range of outdoor recreational groups and local communities. This is to enable them to protect, preserve and enhance Donegal’s upland, coastal and inland environments through responsible outdoor recreation.

The training courses are available to the following five categories – walking and hiking groups, on and off-road cycling groups, watersport groups, adventure race and festival organisers, and local communities.

This particular course is suitable for walking and hiking groups.

For further information and to register please use the link below.

Leave No Trace Workshops

RunDonegal Women’s 5K secure sponsorship deal with Celtic Water

Posted on January 23rd, 2019

Pictured at the announcement of the sponsorship deal at the Finn Valley Centre, front row, from left, Grace Boyle, Padraig McEnaneny, Rosemary Foy and Padraig Carr. Back row, from left, Neil Martin, Martin McHugh, William Doogan and Patsy McGonagle.

Pictured at the announcement of the sponsorship deal at the Finn Valley Centre, front row, from left, Grace Boyle, Padraig McEnaneny, Rosemary Foy and Padraig Carr. Back row, from left, Neil Martin, Martin McHugh, William Doogan and Patsy McGonagle.

Celtic Water are lending their support to this year’s RunDonegal Women’s 5K by donating 1,000 bottles of water to the event.
Organisers of the annual fundraiser, which will start and finish at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar, are aiming to attract an entry of 1,000. This year’s event will be get underway at 11 am on Sunday, March 31st, with the proceeds going to the Brid Carr Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Announcing details of the sponsorship deal in the Finn Valley Centre, Patsy McGonagle of Finn Valley AC said the race was first held in Letterkenny on a wet Sunday morning in 1998.
“It was moved to here some years ago. Last year the race was held in memory of the late Lisa McGranaghan and the money raised went to the Donegal Hospice. We have targeted 1,000 this time and the kind sponsorship from Celtic Water is a big help to us. We’re delighted to be associated with a water company and I know Celtic Water is very proactive in their business on Donegal. We are very grateful for their decision to come on board and sponsor the water for the day,” Patsy commented.
“Brid Carr died from ovarian cancer. She worked in London as a nurse. She had two tests and nothing shown. She was then diagnosed with stage three and died. This year’s race will be held once again in her memory,” he added.
Noting that 266 women die in Ireland each year from ovarian cancer, Patsy added: “That’s 266 families that are whacked emotionally and every other way. As the saying goes ‘none of us know’.”
Referring to the late Brid’s husband, Seamus Carr, from Glencolmcille, Patsy said it’s 40 years since he won the county championship with his native Naomh Columba.
“Seamus is involved very much in Tir Chonaill Gaels over in London. So it’s good for Seamus to know that the people back in his home county are thinking about him and his family and are doing their bit to support them. Seamus has been very supportive to so many people who have gone across to London from Donegal down the years. So this is a chance for that support to be returned now to Seamus and the Carr family.”
Giving the background to the RunDonegal Women’s 5K, race director, Grace Boyle, said the event was established to promote women in sport.
“When myself and Bridgeen Doherty started running 5Ks in the 90’s, very few women were doing them. So we set up a women’s only race to encourage women to get active and we managed to build it up slowly over the years. Moving the race to Finn Valley in recent years has helped the race a lot,” Grace said.
“We always concentrate on women’s charities. At the end of the day it’s about participation, it’s about awareness, it’s about families coming together on the day and it’s about women getting out with their children and their buggies,” she added.
“When I was chatting to Martin McHugh about it recently, he put something into my head – 1,000 women, €10 per head, €10,000 to the charity and that’s what we are aiming for. Every single cent that comes in will go to the charity and it’s only through the generous sponsorship from the likes of Celtic Water that is enabling us to do that.”
Padraig McEnaneny, CEO of Celtic Water, said he was delighted to be involved with the long established event.
“We sell a lot of Celtic Pure Water in Donegal and a lot of customers have supported us down through the years. We support Carrickmacross Cancer Society every year in Monaghan. We link up with them for sponsored walks and donate €2,500 from the company every year. Cancer is a disease that affects so many people in different ways. At Celtic Water we do our best to get involved in the charity end and help out in whatever way we can.”
Martin McHugh of MCM Brands said the sponsorship deal with Celtic Water would be for three years.
“The National Football League finishes the weekend before the RunDonegal Women’s 5K, so we are hoping as many of the Donegal players will be on hand at the finish line to hand out the water. They’ll be happy to do that,” he added.

Outstanding Coach Award – Eamon Harvey

Posted on December 6th, 2018

Eamon Harvey Athletics Ireland

Eamon is an active member of Athletics Ireland High Performance and C&D committees as well as coach to a number of International athletes. He is also heavily involved in working with a team of coaches at Tir Chonaill AC mentoring juveniles across a range of disciplines.

Cara Challenge 2019

Posted on November 20th, 2018


Cara Challenge 2019 calls for applications from charities and community groups

Charity and community groups local to the Bundoran and the North West region are invited to apply to become beneficiaries of the 2019 Cara Bundoran Challenge, which will take place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March 2019.
The Challenge now in its 9th year, attracts elite athletes, runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists from all over the country and internationally to the South Donegal seaside town.

The challenge recognised as one of the top annual Irish events boosts superb organisation, a prize fund of over €20k, a user friendly flat course that includes breath taking stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way and an unequalled local welcome and hospitality.

A significant donation is made each year to charities and local community groups from funds raised through entry fees and sponsorship.  Local charity and community groups are invited to make submissions to be one of this year’s beneficiaries.

Cara Pharmacy joint director and main sponsor of the event, Canice Nicholas is encouraging lots of submissions


“Each year we like to give back to the local community and many local groups have benefited over the past number of years. To date €125,000 has been donated to deserving charities and community groups. All applications will be considered and the lucky recipients will be notified early in the New Year. The email address is For participants, the race will once again be capped at 2,500 entrants — so we would encourage all considering doing the challenge in 2019 to get registering – registration is open now on our website with discounted entry rates for those registering before Monday December 31st. All registration will once again be done online with no registration on the day.”

Donegal Sports Star Awards 2018

Posted on October 2nd, 2018

Time to get your nomination(s) in?

Donegal Sports Star Awards 2017/18 school year – Nominations due in by friday 26th october 2018
The Committee of Donegal Sports Star Awards 2018 invite your school to submit nominations under any or all four categories (Best Sports School, Individual Awards for Best Sports Boy, Best Sports Girl and Best Sports Teacher).  Further information and application can be viewed/downloaded  in PDF format below.

Please note that all nominations should be in by FRIDAY 26th  OCTOBER 2018 and returned directly to:

Mr Paul McDaid
Donegal Sport Star Awards
Ramelton Post Office
Co Donegal              or via email to

Primary & Post Primary Schools Letter 2018




Sports Capital Funding Workshop

Posted on September 25th, 2018

Sports Capital Funding Workshop

Workshops on how to make an application under the 2018 Sports Capital Programme.  I would be grateful if you could circulate this invitation to interested parties in your organisation and/or area.
The workshops will be given by staff in the Sports Capital section and will cover common pitfalls, a page by page guide to the application form and a questions and answers session.

The deadline for making an application is 5pm on Friday 19th October. 
Organisation must be registered on by 5pm Friday 5th October
To get the maximum benefit from the event please read the guide beforehand
Book your place on eventbrite – max 2 seats per organisation

MAKE CHILDREN SAFER –  Online & in Sport

Posted on September 19th, 2018

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This FREE webinar explores what safeguarding children in the digital world means for sport.For parents/carers, volunteers, NGBs, clubs, coaches & child welfare officers
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Make Children Safer Webinar

Make Children Safer

Posted on September 5th, 2018

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Please see below and attached information on a free webinar which explores what safeguarding children in the digital
world means for sport.This webinar is aimed at parents/carers, volunteers, NGB’s, clubs, coaches & child welfare officers.

You will learn:

The risks facing children in the digital world including bullying, sexting & grooming.
How to educate & empower children to better protect themselves.
How to mitigate the risks associated with consent & images.
How to go beyond compliance to safeguarding children.

To register for this free webinar please click on the image above.
This free webinar will take place on Monday the 17th of September from 4.00 – 5.00pm.

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