Darina Friel

On a week when gender quotas in sporting organisations have been a hot topic, the Naomh Colmcille GAA club has elected its first ever female chairperson.

At its Annual General Meeting last night in Pairc Colmcille, Darina Friel was elected as the Chairperson of the Newtowncunningham-based club.

A former club treasurer, her husband, Kieran, has served as the club’s chairperson in the past.

The Minister of State for Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, said he hoped to introduce rules in the new year whereby sporting bodies would face cuts to their State funding unless they had at least 30 per cent of their board filled by women. Donegal Woman talked to Secretary of the Donegal GAA County Board Aideen Gillen on the topic, click here to see what she had to say.

Naomh Colmcille also elected a female, namely Shauna McAleese, to the secretary’s position.

Pat McAuley will be the treasurer with Sean Gallagher to serve as the club PRO.

But the big talking point was the history-making appointment of Friel as the new Chairperson and a groundbreaking move for the club.