Donegal Club Banned Over Fundraising Event For Member With MND

Donegal club, Naomh Colmcille GAA have appealed an eight-week ban from all adult competitions after being punished for hosting an ‘unauthorised tournament’.

The Donegal Competitions Controls Committee (CCC) launched an investigation after Naomh Colmcille held a tournament in February with all the proceeds going to Newtowncunningham man Paul Dillon who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

The story has been reported on by the Donegal Sports Hub after originally appearing in this morning’s Inishowen Independent. It is reported that Paul Dillon is a former player and coach with the club and the tournament was run as part of a large fundraising drive that helped to raise €85,000.

Officials from Donegal GAA were alerted to the staging of the tournament, which was played at the second pitch in Pairc Colmcille and subsequently penalised the club under section 6.40 of the GAA’s official guide which states that a fine of €500 and a minimum suspension of eight weeks on the grounds of ‘organising an unauthorised tournament.’

The CCC met with Naomh Colmcille’s officials and following this the club and the county board were informed of the infringement which sees the entire adult section of the club suspended for eight weeks meaning the club will have to forfeit any senior games during that period.

Naomh Colmcille have appealed the suspension and could quite possibly take the matter all the way to Croke Park’s Central Appeals Committee.

When contacted by Pundit Arena, a spokesperson from the Donegal county board declined to comment on the grounds that the club’s appeal is still “in process”.

Pundit Arena have also reached out to Naomh Colmcille who also declined comment at this time.

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