Gaels land Donegal star
By Damian Dolan
Tir Chonaill Gaels have further outlined their determination to regain the Senior Championship title with the signing of former Donegal star Ciaran Bonner.
The forward helped Donegal to National Football Division 1 League success in 2007 with victory over Mayo 0-13 to 0-10 at Croke Park - Bonner contributing 0-2 from half forward.
“We’re delighted to have him on board,” said Tir Chonaill Gaels Chairman Tom Mohan. “He’s coming here to work and he’s thrown his hat in with Tir Choniall Gaels.”
Bonner made his debut in the Dr McKenna Cup against St Mary’s. He gained a wealth of Ulster SFC, including making a semi-final appearance in 2007, as well as National League and All-Ireland experience.
In 2007 also helped Donegal to McKenna Cup success, with victory over Tyrone in the final by 2-9 to 0-5. His last game for Donegal was against Dublin in Division 1 in March 2009.
Last year he helped his club Glenswilly to their first-ever Senior Championship title. Bonner fought his way back from knee surgery a month earlier to play his part as Glenswilly beat 1-8 to 0-9.
The club went on to beat Cavan Gaels in the Ulster Club SFC before losing in the quarter-finals to Monaghan champions Latton.
Glenswilly’s Donegal triumph came four years after the club reached the Donegal final for the first time in 2007, when they lost 0-12 to 1-2 to St Eunan’s. Bonner played centre forward in that defeat.
The addition of Bonner, on the back of Paddy Carr’s more prominent role at the club and the appointment of Timmy Connolly as manager all suggest that the Greenford could is determined to mark its 50th Anniversary in style.
“Over the last two years we haven’t been good enough to be competitive in the championship,” added Mohan.
“It’s the club’s 50th Anniversary this year and we’ve got Paddy Carr and Timmy Connolly on board. We’re trying to get the best players and we’ve a lot of new players, and it’s important to have a few Donegal players at the club.
“And we’re not finished yet. We’re expecting a few more big name signings in the next few months.”