Donegal GAA today confirmed that Naomh Colmcille have not yet been suspended as an investigation opens into whether they organised an ‘unauthorised tournament’.
Following on from yesterday’s news that Donegal club, Naomh Colmcille, had been suspended for eight weeks after running an ‘unauthorised tournament’, the Donegal county board have released a statement confirming that an investigation has opened but that the club have not yet been suspended.
The statement in full reads:
“Following media coverage that the CLG Naomh Colmcille were suspended for eight weeks, CLG Dhún na nGall have received numerous requests for comment. In clarification, the club is not currently suspended but the findings of an investigation has recommended suspension for 8 weeks – this is the minimum period of suspension for holding an un-authorized tournament. Due process shall take place and CLG Naomh Colmcille have the right to prove these findings incorrect or mis-applied. CLG Dhún nan Gall are unable to make any other comment on the matter until it is resolved in its entirety and all avenues of appeal open to CLG Naomh Colmcille are exhausted.”
It was reported yesterday that the club had been hit with the ban after a 7-a-side tournament was run as a fundraiser for local man, Paul Dillon, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in late 2018.
On Tuesday evening Pundit Arena spoke with local councillor Paul Canning, who confirmed to us that the club had absolutely no involvement in the organisation of the tournament.
“It’s very petty to punish Naomh Colmcille over this as they had absolutely nothing to do with the organisation of it. This was nothing more than a community banding together and showing some compassion. We were trying to promote community spirit.”
Pundit Arena will bring you more on this story as it unfolds.