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O'Donnell Park

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O' Donnell Park
Páirc Uí Dhomhnaill
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O' Donnell Park is located in Northern Ireland
O' Donnell Park
O' Donnell Park
Location within Northern Ireland
O' Donnell Park is located in island of Ireland
O' Donnell Park
O' Donnell Park
O' Donnell Park (island of Ireland)
LocationLetterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland
Coordinates54°56′44″N 7°45′09″W / 54.945423°N 7.752413°W / 54.945423; -7.752413
Public transitLetterkenny bus station
OwnerNaomh Adhamhnáin[1]
Capacity2,500 Seated
1,300 Standing
Surfacegrass
Construction
Opened1937
Renovated1955

O' Donnell Park (Irish: Páirc Uí Dhomhnaill) is a GAA stadium in County Donegal, Ireland. The home ground of the Naomh Adhamhnáin club, it is situated between the Letterkenny Regional Sports and Leisure Complex and Ballymacool Park on the outskirts of the town.[2] The Donegal county football team uses O'Donnell Park as a venue for matches.

History

The ground has hosted Gaelic games since the 1930s when CLG Naomh Adhamhnáin bought the land for £300. The ground opened on Sunday 2 May 1937, with the Bishop of Raphoe's blessing of the park, a hurling match between Donegal and Antrim, an address from GAA President Bob O'Keeffe and a football match between Donegal and Armagh.[1]

During the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2006, the ground was used as a makeshift campsite for visitors to the town for the duration of the festival. On 11 November 2008, CLG Naomh Adhamhnáin confirmed that it had completed the purchase of 14.5 acres (59,000 m2) of land adjoining O'Donnell Park, which it intended to develop over the coming years into additional pitches for the club.[3]

The Sam Maguire Cup and members of Donegal's 2012 All-Ireland winning team attended a world record attempt at O'Donnell Park on 29 September 2012.[4]

The O'Donnell Park pitch was "highly commended" at the 2019 National Pitch Awards, and finished in the top six alongside such stadiums as Páirc Tailteann, Nowlan Park, Pearse Stadium and Dr Hyde Park.[5] Capacity: 3,800.[6]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, O'Donnell Park was used as a drive-through test centre.[7]

County matches

Having formerly been a venue for football matches played by the Donegal county team, O'Donnell Park went unused for this purpose for three decades. On 25 March 2007, O'Donnell Park hosted its first inter-county football match since this hiatus, with Donegal defeating reigning All-Ireland champions Kerry by a scoreline of 1–15 to 0–13 in Division 1 (the top tier) of the National Football League. There was a half-hour delay to the game after the Kerry team were unable to arrive on time due to fog at the airport. TG4 broadcast the match live to a national audience.[8][9] Donegal followed up their victory by winning the 2007 National Football League title.[6]

Donegal have played the following league games at O'Donnell Park since then.

Date Opponent Round
25 March 2007    Kerry[6] Regular
13 April 2008    Derry[6][10][11][12] Division 1 semi-final
2009    Mayo[6] Regular
2011    Kildare[6] Regular
2012    Laois[6] Regular
2014    Monaghan[6] Matchday three[6]
8 March 2015    Monaghan[6][13] Regular
13 March 2016    Roscommon[6][14] Regular
5 February 2017    Kerry[6][15] Regular
4 February 2018    Galway[6][14] Regular
24 February 2019    Fermanagh[6] Regular
9 February 2020    Galway[6] Regular

NFL matches at the venue have tended to be competitive, with opponents finding it difficult to leave with full points if they do.[6] 2014's 2–11 to 0–10 victory over Monaghan, an eight-point win, is Donegal's biggest victory at O'Donnell Park.[6]

It has also been used by the Donegal senior hurling team, for example in the 2020 Nicky Rackard Cup.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Opening of O'Donnell Park". St. Eunan's website. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Letterkenny Town Council: St Eunans GAA club, O'Donnell Park". Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  3. ^ "St Eunan's club complete purchase of 14.5 acre site". Donegal Democrat. 14 October 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Stars to bring Sam Maguire to world record attempt at O'Donnell Park". Donegal Daily. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. ^ Keenan, Shaun (26 June 2019). "O'Donnell Park 'highly commended' at National Pitch Awards". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Bradley, Oisín (6 February 2020). "O'Donnell Park record". Donegal News. p. 76. ...despite [losses], all the games have been competitive affairs, leaving the team and management with something to look to in terms of recent results at the venue while they gear up for the visit of the Tribesmen.
  7. ^ "St Eunan's GAA club to be used as Covid-19 test centre". Donegal News. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Donegal News: Donegal beat Kerry".
  9. ^ "Return of NFL to O'Donnell Park". Archived from the original on 13 April 2008.
  10. ^ "Donegal 0-10 Derry 0-15". RTÉ Sport.
  11. ^ "Donegal 0-10 0-15 Derry". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 April 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  12. ^ "Sport". BreakingNews.ie.
  13. ^ "Monaghan grind out result in dour encounter". RTÉ Sport. 8 March 2015. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  14. ^ a b Campbell, Peter (13 March 2016). "Rossies signal greater intent after win over Donegal". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  15. ^ Foley, Alan (5 February 2017). "Geaney at the double as Kerry achieve first opening round league win under Fitzmaurice". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.highlandradio.com/2020/10/31/donegal-advance-to-nicky-rackard-semi-final-with-win-over-armagh/
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