Rashenny Football Club
On behalf of Rashenny Football Club and myself, I take this opportunity to congratulate Clonmany Festival Committee on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. A week of entertainment is an essential part of the life of any community and we have been most fortunate that this core of dedicated people give so freely of their free time to provide us with so many enjoyable occasions. We wish you continued success!
Most readers are familiar with Rashenny F.C. but for those "strangers in our midst" perhaps a brief synopsis might be appropriate:
The Club was established in 1976 by a group of local men eager to participate in a regular game of football. However, within a season their "team" had grown to a full club with such a demand for places that a second team was formed in 1977. Under the supervision of the ubiquitous Denis Doherty Rashenny "United" soon earned a reputation for success with perhaps the pinnacle being victory in the 1984 Carndonagh Open Cup.
Meanwhile Rashenny "Rovers" chipped away with measured success. topped by a remarkable Cup Final performance in 1985 v. Carndonagh F.C.
In 1986 the Club embarked on a major development programme to provide a football pitch and modem changing facilities for the area. By 1990 after a tremendous four year struggle the pitch was officially opened by Ireland's World Cup hero Paul McGrath. It was a great coup to acquire McGrath's services a month after the World Cup with his visit proving wholly enjoyable.
Since then backed by financial assistance from both the F.A.I and the National Lottery, the club has embarked on stage II, the construction of changing rooms. Built entirely in a voluntary capacity by club members and volunteers from the local community, the facility has been completed in less than a year. It certainly stands as a fine example of the power of community co - operation!
The Club is also actively involved in promoting under-age soccer at all levels. With modern facilities now available, the Club will now be in a better position to devote much more time to our youth.
The past six years have been very difficult for the Club due entirely to the demands placed by the development plan; on occasions football has been forced to take a back seat with the sense of commitment to development details more like that expected in a marriage than of a pastime!
However, now that the entire development has been brought to a successful close, the Club can look forward to reasserting its' position as one of the top Soccer Clubs in Inishowen.