“A Night of Appreciation and Reunion for Fr. Michael Sweeney” was held last night to honour one of the most important figures ever in north-west soccer.
Fr. Sweeney was a key driver in the formation of both the Donegal League and Ulster Senior League.
He also presided over a number of highly successful Falcarragh schools soccer team and was manager of the first Donegal side to win the FAI Youth Cup.
He was a founder of Fanad United and guided the club to league titles in both the Donegal League and Ulster Senior League, not to mention a whole host of cup successes, most notably capturing the FAI Intermediate Cup and reaching the semi-finals of the Opel League Cup (win wins over Finn Harps and Derry City, 3-2 at the Brandywell) on the way.
Fanad also had a number of FAI Senior Cup scalps, including a 4-0 win over Bray Wanderers.
At the function in the hotel, Chris Ashmore spoke to Fr. Sweeney.
He also got the views of former Fanad United FAI Intermediate Cup winning captain Eddie McGinley.