We are delighted to launch our Club Fundraiser to build a new pitch at Páirc Na Magha.
Hurling and Camogie are national games that have suffered a decline in the City of Derry, particularly during the past 60 years.
In 1889 there were 9 hurling clubs in the City. If this ratio of clubs to population had been maintained there would be 30 clubs. Today the reality is there is only one club - Na Magha.
As a club, we are working hard to reverse this trend and get more young people playing the great national games of Hurling & Camogie in our City.
Your support by buying a ticket to win the pound field in Donegal will greatly help us in this endeavor.
You can see from our website we are a vibrant club with many members supported by a great team of volunteers, sponsors & funders.
More Details about our Fundraising Draw to win "A Piece of Heaven" in the Donegal Gaeltacht
Na Magha CLG have acquired 3 acres of land presently covered in whins and scrub in Ballyarnett county park in Derry city on which we hope to build a new Hurling/Camogie pitch and further develop our ancient game in the city. We have also acquired a 2 acre field in West Donegal.
How can you help?
We want you to buy a ticket to win this historic piece of heaven in the Donegal Gaeltacht adjacent to Glenveagh National Park in Derrynanaspol (Doire Na nAspal), which means the apostle's oak grove.
History of the land and the locality:
The townland’s name came from the Columban friars who took refuge in the ancient oak wood in 1595 after their monastery on Tory Island, founded by St. Colmcille in the 6th Century, was plundered by Sir George Bingham and a posse of English troops during the Nine Years’ War. Immediately alongside the field is Stranasaggart (Srath na Sagart), the priest’s meadow, where the friars said mass for the local community during Penal times.
It is fitting that a field in that townland is being raffled to provide funds to build a field for Hurling and Camogie in St Colmcille’s Oakgrove, Doire Colmcille. The saint himself was born just 40 minutes away in Gartan.
Spectacular views of open landscape can be attributed to the evictions of 1861 ordered by John George Adair, a Scots-Irish businessman who had purchased large swathes of land at cheap rates after the Great Hunger. Starting on the morning of 8 April 1861 under the orders of Adair, the county bailiff, Samuel Crookshank, and 200 RIC constables evicted 244 people from their homes by unroofing or levelling houses in the infamous Derryveagh evictions; an act that earned him the nickname ‘Black Jack Adair’.
This field is approximately 2 acres of green, top quality land surrounded by the abhainn bhuí River on two sides, a tributary of the Gweebarra, a world-famous fishing river that flows out to the Atlantic (for more information click here) https://salmonireland.com/rivers/northern-rivers/river-gweebarra/
The field has a picturesque location in a tranquil, sheltered valley sitting in the Gweebarra fault line, which was carved ten thousand years ago through granite rock by glacial erosion, and in the same fault line as the Great Glen of Scotland, which incidentally has strong association with Colmcille as well through its largest loch, Loch Ness!
To the east of the field is Lough Natangaduf or Loch na teanga duibhe the lake of the black tongue. To the west is the remains of the ancient oak grove that gives the townland its name, Doire Na Naspal - the apostles’ oakgrove.
From the south of the field the Abhainn bhuí river, teeming with salmon and trout ( open for fishing from April to September inclusive), flows to join the Gweebarra and enter the Atlantic.
Stunning views of the Derryveagh and Glendowan mountain ranges can be seen to the north of the field, as well as a spectacular landscape, emptied of all human habitation by John George Adair’s infamous evictions of 1861. It is one of the most fertile fields in West Donegal having been carefully nurtured with seaweed and manure over generations. The last of the line to farm this land being Ned and Padraig Mhainis McMonagle.
With its stunning views looking down the valley, its flat topography, and extensive road frontage it would be a beautiful site for a home (subject to planning permission), a pod, tent, or a caravan.
It is only over a mile from the amenities of the picturesque village of Doochary, which has the famous hostelry Teach Gleann Ceo, Tobar Sorcha, a famous healing well, and an ice-house built in the eighteenth century to preserve locally-caught salmon.
This village is the gateway to west Donegal and is close to many beautiful surfing beaches such as Dooey Strand.
For the climbing and walking enthusiast, the field is a perfect base to explore Glenveagh National Park, which starts over the hedge next door.
Wake up and stroll out onto the park's 40 thousand acres open to the public for all to wander, hike, walk and climb through all year-round https://uniqueascent.ie/glenveagh-guide
Ten minutes away down the Glendowan road is Gartan Lake, home to a fantastic outdoor kayaking and outdoor pursuits centre https://www.gartan.com/
On a summer’s morning, you could find yourself fishing salmon from your field, watching the red deer in the hills above you or even catching a glimpse of the majestic golden eagle soaring overhead from the national park!
How does it work?
Our plan is to sell tickets between now and St Patrick's day 2022, the day in which we hope to announce the new owner of the pound field.
We will do the draw live via our FaceBook page. We will use google random number generator to pick the winner.
We hope to sell entries to the draw locally, across Ireland, and beyond. You can help us spread the word by sharing our social media posts, for which we would be most grateful.
We have secured a license from the local Derry & Strabane District Council for this fundraiser.
Why would I enter?
There are three very good reasons.
1. You could win yourself your very own piece of heaven in Ireland. You can see from the photo's it is a beautiful site in the County national geographic called the coolest place on the planet in December 2016!
2. You will be helping us to improve our facilities and provide our service in a community with unemployment rates and social deprivation among the highest in Europe.
3. You will be helping us to reinvigorate interest in the great national games of hurling and camogie in the City of Derry and wider North West of Ireland.
Thank you to everyone who supported us and bought a ticket