The Donegal Democrat Archive - 1956

February 17, 1956 edition
Ballyshannon Park Valuation impost
Severe blow struck at GAA
Presiding at the Annual General Meeting of the Aodh Ruadh hurling and football club in the Market House Ballyshannon the chairman Rev. Bro Raphael congratulated the senior team on winning the league and the juvenile hurling team on winning the championship for the second year in succession.
Election of Officers.
President: Right Rev. Mons, J.C. MacGinley D.D. F.P. V.G. Dean of Raphoe.
Vice Presidents: Rev. P.J. Young, C.C. Kilbarron, Rev P McCormick C.C Magh Ene.
Chairman: Rev. Bro Raphael.
Vice Chairman: Mr. J. McDermott, Club Treasurers: Mr. Hugh Daly.
Park Treasurers: Mr. J. McDermott, Mr. S. Slevin.
Joint Secretary's: Mr. Sean McHugh, Mr. John Murphy.
Committee: Messrs R. Gallagher, N. Kerrigan, J. Kerrigan, S. O'Drummond, S. O Domhnaill, P. McIvor, M. Regan, J. O'Neill, J. McGuinness, P. O'Neill, P. Biggey
Senior Captain: Jackie McDermott, Vice Captain: Seán MacCormack.

April 6, 1956 edition
Ballyshannon did well in Easter game.
Omagh 1-7 Ballyshannon 0-8.
Some fortunate local supporters travelled with the Aodh Ruadh senior team to Omagh on Easter Sunday where the Ernesiders and Saint Enda's gave a sparkling display of football in a game that the homesters somewhat luckily won by 2 points 1-7 to 0-8.
Ballyshannon Team: S. McHugh, D. Hannigan, F. O'Donnell, J. Murphy, S. Kane, J. McDermott, T. Casey, J. O'Neill,
M. Regan, M. Cooney, Jim Gallagher, S. McCormick, Tom Gallagher, F. Dorrian, C.R. O'Neill,
Referee: S. Slevin.

Soccer
Ballybofey 4. Ballyshannon 2.
Finn Harps Ballybofey Association Football Team had Ballyshannon as visitors for a friendly game on Sunday. The home side won
4-2.
Ballyshannon Team: P.J. Fox, J. Humston, B. Ludlow, P. McCafferty, J. Cassidy, F. Parks, R. Steevens, F. McKeown, T. Connolly, M. Harvey, A. McGloin, Mr. Danny McNulty.

April 20, 1956 edition
Donegal 0-2 Ballyshannon 5-8.
At Tirconaill Park, Donegal Town there was a fair attendance for the meeting of Donegal and Ballyshannon in their first round tie which the Ernesiders won 5-8 to 0-2 after holding an interval lead of 1-5 to nil.
Ballyshannon Team: S. McHugh, S. Kane, D. Bannigan, J. Murphy, M. Cooney, J. McDermott, H.J. Gonigle, J. O'Neill, M. Regan, B. Crean, S. McCormick, T. Loughlin, P. Dorrian, E.J. Gonigle T. Gallagher.

May 4, 1956 edition
Bundoran extend Ernesiders. Ballyshannon 4-2 Bundoran 2-1.
Although Ballyshannon defeated their neighbours Bundoran 4-2 to 2-1 in their league game at the Fr. Tierney Park, Ballyshannon and measure of superiority was not so pronounced as the scores would seem to suggest.
Ballyshannon Team: S. McHugh, J. O'Neill, D. Bannigan, J. Murphy, M. Cooney, J. McDermott, T. Casey, S. Kane, S. McCormick M. Regan, Jim Gallagher, O.R. O'Neill, T. Gallagher, E.J. Gonigle, M. McGovern.

May 18, 1956 edition
It's a Donegal Cavan Ulster final. Armagh conquered intense game.
Donegal 2-4 Armagh 0-8.
Holding an interval lead of 4 points in a tense gripping game, Donegal giving a sound second-half display defeated AII-Ireland National league semi-finalists Armagh 2-4 to 0-8 before an attendance of 5,000 at O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny on Sunday qualifying for the final of the Dr. McKenna Cup against Cavan at Ballybofey on Sunday week.
Jackie McDermott played.

June 8, 1956 edition
Bundoran minors in Divisional final.
Bundoran 1-2 Ballyshannon 1-1.
Bundoran minors qualified for the South Donegal Divisional final by virtue of a 1-2 to 1-1 victory over Ballyshannon in the second round of the Championship at the Fr. Tierney Park Ballyshannon on Friday evening.
Team not listed.

July 13, 1956 edition
Ballyshannon start well.
Donegal 1-1 Ballyshannon 3-6.
Weather conditions were anything but pleasant at Tirconaill Park, Donegal Town where Ballyshannon after holding an interval lead of 0-2 to nil defeated Donegal 3-6 to 1-1 in the first round of the senior football championship.
Ballyshannon Team: Sean McHugh, S. Kane, D. Bannigan, J. Murphy, D. Sweeney, J. McDermott, T. Casey, P. Melia, M. Regan, P. McCready, Jim Gallagher, S. McCormick, E.J. Gonigle, Joe O'Neill, Tom Gallagher.

July 20, 1956 edition
De La Salle School final was a thriller.
Tom Kearney 3-2 Kevin Graham 2-2.
A goal by Pat Britton in the hectic second half of the De La Salle School football final at the Fr. Tierney Park, Ballyshannon on Sunday evening gave a victory to Tom Kearney's team against Kevin Grahams team in the scores 3-2 to 2-2.
Tom Kearney's Team: Ken Kayes, Pauric Kearney, Bill McDonagh, Sean Crawford, Brendan McGowan, Pauric Mulgrew, Alo Hoey, Mathew McNulty, Kieran Begley, Terrence McDermott, Bo Jansson, John McGahern, Fergus Gildea, Pat Britton
Kevin Graham's Team: Sean Donohue, Kevin Graham, Johnny Flaherty, John Dogerty, Michael McDermott, Denis McGuinness, Gerald Merrifield, Alan Kane, Fergus Lawlor, Pauric McShea, Jim Downey, Terry McIntyre, Sean Keenaghan, Vincent Ferguson.

August 17, 1956 edition
Ballyshannon - County semi-final
Improved Donegal extend Ernesiders.
Ballyshannon 4-4 Donegal 1-6.
Before a large attendance at the Fr. Tierney Park, Ballyshannon on Thursday evening Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon qualified for the County senior football championship semi-final against Dunkineely on August 26th by 4-4 to 1-6 victory over Donegal town.
Ballyshannon Team: P. McCready, J. O'Neill, S. Kane, J. Murphy, M. Cooney, J. McDermott, T. Casey, M. Regan, P. Melia, S. McCormick, J. Gallagher, O.R. O'Neill, T. Gallagher, E.J. Gonigle, M. McGovern.

August 31, 1956 edition
Ballyshannon in senior final.
Ballyshannon took their chances.
Ballyshannon 0-9 Dunkineely 0-3.
Leading 0-6 to 0-2 at half-time Ballyshannon qualified for the county senior football championship final at Donegal town, with a 0-9 to 0-3 victory over Dunkineely.
Ballyshannon Team: S. McHugh, D. Bannigan, S. Kane, J. Murphy, D. Sweeney, J. McDermott, T. Casey, M. Regan, P. Melia, B. Boylan, J. Gallagher, S. McCormick, E.J. Gonigle, Charlie Brady.

September 21, 1956 edition
Saint Eunan's now have their chance but Ballyshannon can win again.
The giants of the Gaelic arena in county Donegal for the past fifty years Ballyshannon and Saint Eunan's meet in the senior county championship golden jubilee final at the Sean MacCumhaill Park Ballybofey on Sunday next and as the day for this bib encounter draws near, interest in the red hot not alone in both centres, but throughout the county as to who are to have the honours of winning the Dr. Maguire Cup this season.

September 28, 1956 edition
Saint Eunan's regain championship intense final.
Ballyshannon late rally held.
Saint Eunan's 0-8 Ballyshannon 1-2.
Saint Eunan's after a succession of disappointments in recent years had one of the sweetest and hardest wins in defeating Ballyshannon 0-8 to 1-2 in the final of the senior football championship at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey before a large attendance on Sunday.
Ballyshcmnon Team: S. McHugh, S. Kane, D. Bannigan, J. Murphy, D. Sweeney, J. McDermott, T. Casey, M. Regan, S. McCormick, B. Boylan, J. Gallagher, E. Quirke, E. Cooney, E.J. Gonigle, O.R. O'Neill.
Sub: T. Gallagher for Cooney.

November 2, 1956 edition
Ballyshannon take points.
Bundoran 1-1 Ballyshannon 1-6
At the Gaelic Park, Bundoran where Ballyshannon improved their position on the league table in taking the points with a 1-6 to 1-1 win over the homesters after holding an interval lead of 1-2 to 1-0.
Ballyshannon Team: P. Daly, Joe O'Neill, D. Bannigan, J. Murphy, T. Casey, D. Sweeney, P. Boyle, J. McDermott, S. Kane, M. Murray O.R. O'Neill, P. McCready, M McGovern, T. Fox, E.J. Gonigle.

December 7, 1956 edition
Dungloe in Democrat Cup final.
Holders fall heavily at Glenties.
Dungloe 1-9 Ballyshannon 0-2.
Leading 1-5 to nil at half-time Dungloe coasted to success in their senior county league semi-final at Glenties on Sunday with a 1-9 to 0-2 victory over the holders Ballyshannon.
Ballyshannon Team: P. Daly, J. O'Neill, D. Bannigan, J. Murphy, M. Cooney, D. Sweeney, T. Casey, J. McDermott, S. Kane, P. Boyle, O.R. O'Neill, P. McCready, E.J. Gonigle, E.E. Gonigle, M. McGovern.