And the Donegal Boston Gaelic Football Club, whose past players include Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, is offering a helping hand to Donegal folk who end up in the city.
Says Majella McFadden from the club: “The club has come a long way since a group of ex-pats came together in 1988 to form what has become one of the leading lights on the Boston GAA scene.
“Donegal Boston’s founding members were: Jackie Rushe (Castlefin), Eamonn Mc Ginley (St. Michael’s), Patrick O`Malley-Daly (Ballyshannon), Ricky Rushe (Castlefin), Manus Mc Fadden (Glenswilly), Anness Mc Clafferty (Downings) and Paddy Mc Devitt (Fintown)
“Among the well-known inter-county stars from past and present who have represented the club are Kevin Cassidy, Jim McGuinness, Rory Kavanagh, John Gildea, Declan Bonner, Donnie McCole, Johnny McCafferty, Adrian Sweeney, Padraig Gallagher, James Ruane, Kevin McMenamin, Martin Caulfield, Ryan Bradley and Ollie Reid, Colm Mc Fadden, Christy Toye (all Donegal).
“Players from other counties have also represented us including Martin Penrose and John Lynch (Tyrone), Dessie Dolan, Denis and David Glennon (Westmeath), Raymond Gallagher, Niall Cox, Dermot Feely and Cormac McAdams (Fermanagh). Colm Parkinson and Cahir Healy (Laois), Glen Burke (Tipperary), John Finucane (Antrim), Paul Noone (Roscommon) and Jamie Carr (Louth).
“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Donegal football club here in Boston. Plans are already in the works for a celebratory dinner dance for later in 2012.
“If anyone is thinking of emigrating in 2012, Donegal GFC Boston can help people find work and accommodation. For more information please contact the club through our website, Facebook Page (donegalgfcboston) or the chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The club is in good Donegal hands.
A recent meeting elected the new 2012 Donegal Boston committee. They are:
Honorary President: Connie mc Elaney (Doagh Island)
Chairman: Paddy Mc Devitt (Fintown)
Vice Chairman: Eamon Kelly (Buncranna)
Secretary: Denise Trimble (Glenties)
Assistant Secretary: Paul Friel (Clonmany)
Treasurer: Jonathan Byrne (Malin)
Assistant Treasurer: Brian Kelly(Urris)
PRO: Majella Mc Fadden (Creeslough)
Registrar: Ricky Rush (Castlefinn)
John Cunningham (Glencolmcille)
Brian Boyce (Downings)
Paul Boyce (Downings)
Gareth Ruddy (Carndonagh)
Eamon Rushe (Castlefin)
Michael Mc Bride(Downings)
Senior Manager (T.B.A.)
Junior A Manager: Gareth Ruddy
Junior B Manager: Brian Boyce