September 23, 2012
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There was a touch of controversy at this evening’s post match press conference when Jim McGuinness said he would not answer questions until a reporter left the room.

The Donegal manager arrived but left a minute later after consulting with GAA communications staff.

The Croke Park officials then approached Gaelic Life reporter Declan Bogue who was told that McGuinness would not conduct the press conference if he remained in the room.

Bogue, who penned the controversial book ‘This Is Our Year’ which featured interviews with Kevin Cassidy, then left the room.

McGuinness soon returned and agreed to continue with the press conference.

McGuinness said he had kept his counsel on his feelings about the book all year and had waited until now to make them known.

“There was a book written,” he said. “There were a lot of untruths in the book. There was a lot of things said about me. I’ve never broken court on it since the whole thing happened. I’ve held my dignity. I’ve let myself be castigated. And I done that because I gave somebody an agreement that I wouldn’t break my court on it. There were a lot of things said in the book that were incorrect and untrue, some of it possibly lies about me personally and about some of my players.

“It was all-out attack for a couple of months on my character. I know what I’ve done, I know what I’ve coached, I know what I am as a person. And that’s the situation. So I’m not going to let somebody sit in a room and fill their pages tomorrow on the back of what we done today when they in their wisdom degraded me as a person and some of my players.”



  1. Thanks so much Jim it’s a real credit ta u, ur staff and of course the entire panel for all you’s ave done. What an achievement.I know it’s all bout the players and our county. Thanks to every1 that made it possible.

    1. Jim you got him in the long grass, good for you and thanks for bringing home the jewel. the entire Donegal community feels nothing but pride at what you and your team achieved yesterday. Maith thú.

  2. Well done Jim. Why should somebody that tried to upset the work that Jim was doing for the county enjoy the celebrations that that work brought.

  3. Well done Jim people like that reporter dont deserve to sit in the same room as a decent, dignified, and well mannered man like yourself,a credit to Donegal and Glenties.

  4. Bred in Ballindrait Lifford off good stock.Jim mother was a neighbour of ours in Ballindrait …..McGuinness-Lafferty……a true Donegal man.

  5. Jim you and your entire backroom team have instilled so much pride in our football not just at home but all over the world where Donegal people gather!

  6. Well done Jim and all the team and background staff from the water men to the kit men, And Jim 100% backing of what you did at the Press Conference. Thanks for giving us a great year of football. you and your team are a credit to the County of Donegal.

  7. Well said Jim. So so proud of you and all the team for putting donegal up there to bring Sam back. A great achievement. Congratulations!

  8. Jim some people just get it so wrong but hey you just got it so right. Your positivity has a ripple effect and has been evident in Donegal all week go raibh mile maith agat. A huge thanks to the team and all cocerned.Welcome home Sam!!!

  9. Mary Clinton, A-CEART would like to concur with all the above comments and congratulations for Jim Mc Guinness and his entire crew…Jim is a man of principle, good character, dignity & patience…an inspiration to his team & so many young men…a confidence builder for his team…well done Jim…wish there was one like you in every county in Ireland…maybe we would have much less casualties of young men on our roads and elsewhere….many congrats to all again and keep up the great work…Mary Clinton.

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