September 26, 2012
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UPDATED: DONEGAL DAILY COMMENT: The victorious Donegal team last night looked like they were going to fall asleep on stage in Letterkenny.

The time was 12.40am and the team were completing a frantic day during which they visited numerous towns from Bundoran to Ballybofey.

They happily posed for photographs and signed autograph after autograph for fans.

And yet today a small section of the public are complaining about the time schedule.

It is understandable that many children and parents will be disappointed that the team were four hours late arriving at various towns yesterday.

But the reality is that the players have very little control over screaming and adoring fans.

Yes we could have arranged a huge party in MacCumhaill Park or arranged three major stops but hindsight is a great thing.

Donegal has waited 20 years for Sam to come back home and everyone wants a piece of the team.

Each club, from St Eunans in Letterkenny to Naomh Mhuire in Mulladuff, want their time with the team.

The players under Jim McGuinness have restored some pride to the county and are now going the extra mile in helping as many people as possible to enjoy he occasion.

We must also remember that these players and the management team are giving their time when many should be back at work.

So we would ask people to be patient if the time schedule goes astray.

Meanwhile the lads continue their tour of the county today.

The following is the NEW ‘rough’ schedule for the tour of the county today – and all times are estimates.


Termon – 3pm


Donwings – 4pm


Naomh Micheal, Creeslough – 5pm


Falcarragh – 6pm

Gaoth Dobhair – 7pm


Naomh Mhuire – Muladuff – 8pm


Dungloe – 9pm


Na Rossa – 10pm


Glenties – 11pm.



  1. Shouldnt someone take more control over the unrelistic schedule? Players bound to be exhausted. The expected crowds should have also been taken into account, especially after yesterday.

  2. Have to agree witht eh alst comment. What’s the rush. Be a bit more realistic with the schedule and everything would be grand. Allowing for travel you are giving about 10 mins per town…that’s never going to happen.

  3. Maggie says
    Their intinary was not properly done out.
    They should have been allowed to stay over in
    the south west of the county yesterday and
    cover all the towns and then come to the North West of the county on Wednesday.

    To arrange a route yesterday frpm Ardara to
    Ballybofey and then Letterkenny was crazy.
    My God, Glenties should have been on the list
    yesterday after Ardara their next town,the
    home of The Manager.
    What member of the County Board done out this
    schedule, they must be from another county.
    My heart goes out to the players they must be

  4. Well done Donegal, as a Tyrone man I didn’t mind waiting for hours to welcome back our team after their All Ireland victories.
    Does anyone know when the GOAL charity match will be played. Remember being at the ’92 game against Dublin.

  5. Firstly sincere congrats to Jim & the team….their amazing achievements shouldn’t get lost. Regarding the timetable….well folks who ever put it together with respect would need to take a good look at it. Approx 45 minutes between each place…driving time alone will take a big part of this….
    so please who ever drew up the timetable maybe go back and re-do it with realistic times please. Up Donegal!!

  6. Id say the rush is because the players have jobs to go back to, they cant spend the next two weeks getting around donegal.

    That said the schedule should be more realistic or should group towns together

  7. Feel so sorry for the team, they are bound to be exhausted. It’s a long year to get round to all the clubs!!!

  8. Have to agree that schedule laid out is totally unrealistic, doesn’t allow for stops in towns. The boys must be shattered. I know kids in the smaller towns got to meet their fans, but we were in Donegal on Monday night and Letterkenny last night and there was no chance for kids to get photos or get to meet the fans. Such a pity this wasn’t better organised for both the boys and the fans.

  9. Wish people would stop moaning !!!! Well done lads…they must be exhausted..they haven’t stopped since Sunday and they are going out of their way to go around the county…the moaners should just stay at home !!!

  10. Ridiculous schedule. What idiot planned this schedule.I waited in Letterkenny for 4 hours last night. Glenswilly at least had the decency to cancel. It’s the kids that I felt sorry for. What is the RUSH. We have SAM for a year. The team should have a few days rest and go home to their families. They could come out then and do a few bigger venues like Letterkenny, Mac Cumhaills, Buncrana and gweedore over a longer period.

  11. Yes, we have ‘Sam’ for the next year, but it’s not just Sam that people want to see (the local postman could bring Sam around), but the heroes who have brought ‘him’ back to the county and their charismatic manager. Most of these people won’t be available next week. It will be difficult to get back to work, but at least they’ll have to turn up!

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