Well known GAA presenter and TV personality Jerome Quinn, who now operates his own media company, will visit Inishowen next week to compile a specially commissioned DVD on gaelic games in the peninsula.
The former BBC man will spend four days visiting all seven clubs in the area while also capturing some of the magnificent scenery of the Inishowen 100.
With over 20 years experience of award winning TV and Radio presentations, the popular Tyrone media personality who now concentrates on producing home videos and dvds for clubs, schools and various sporting organisations was more than happy to accept an invitation from CLG Bord Inis Eogahin to visit Donegal.
Jerome in fact started out as a radio presenter in Derry almost thirty years ago and played football for Killea FC during his time in the city.
The GAA in Inishowen has gone from strength to strength over the last number of years with all clubs extending and improving facilities on and off the pitch and they now boast some of the best facilities in the county and indeed Ulster.
Major new initiatives have been launched including primary schools coaching by two full time coaches, which delivers quality coaching to over 4,000 children in 30 plus schools on a weekly basis and in 2010 the post primary schools in the area in association with the local clubs and CLG Bord Inis Eoghain amalgamated their expertise and resources to create Colaisti Inis Eoghain bringing together over 60 pupils to compete in Ulster Colleges Football Competitions as part of a three year plan.
A provisional schedule has been set out to maximise time spent at individual clubs where Jerome hopes to capture some action of underage and senior coaching, perhaps even games which may be taking place and of course interview some of the characters and personalities involved in the clubs.
The cameras will visit Muff on Wednesday evening to record their successful underage structures, which have seen hurling introduced recently. Then on to Burt where the focus will be on the dual club’s successes in underage football and county hurling as he meets local members of the management and players from the victorious Lory Meagher Cup and Under 21 Shield winning squads.
On Thursday it’s off to Straid and the Urris club who have won a number of underage titles over the past couple of years, and then on to Buncrana where, depending on the result of the Ulster final between Donegal and Derry, perhaps Ryan Bradley could be available with the Anglo Celt Cup, as well as members of the Buncrana U14 hurling team who had such a great year, winning league and championship as well as a successful run at the All Ireland Feile na nGael.
Friday will include a visit to the Carrick field in Moville where ladies football and culture will be the main focus of attention and then on to Connolly Park in Malin for a visit to Inishowen’s only senior club with probably the best facilities in the county. The possibility of a surprise visit to the two local VHI Cul Camps in Moville and Malin on their finals day on Friday has not been ruled out either.
On Saturday Jerome will be in attendance at Carndonagh to capture all the action and fun from the Go Games U12 Finals day involving up to 200 kids from eight clubs. He will also spend some time focussing on the home club and their super facilities and conduct some final interviews for what promises to be a fascinating production and a great keepsake for all GAA followers in the peninsula.
CLG Bord Inis Eoghain see this initiative as another great step at promoting underage football in the area and will be hoping for a good turnout of parents and club members at the Go Games finals on the Saturday morning in Carndonagh. The visits to the clubs will take place in the evening but may be subject to change, depending on fixtures etc. Bord Inis Eoghain extends thanks to The Strand Hotel in Ballylifin and The Malin Hotel for their help in facilitating the visit.