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St. Michael’s GAA
St. Michael’s GAA got its name from St. Michael’s Church in Creeslough. The Parish of Doe has being playing Gaelic Football for more than 60 years. The first club was formed in 1938. The club was re-formed in 1952 and the then curate Fr. James Deeney in Creeslough was it’s first President. It took many years before they purchased their own pitch ‘Parc Naomh Micheal’ in Dunfanaghy.
And the official opening was in 1984.
Doe Swimming Club
The Doe Swimming Club was formed in the 1970s by Willie Sheridan, Barney mcClafferty and Noel Brennan. It has been running regular weekly swimming club lessons in the swimming pool in Letterkenny for children between 9-16 years old for over 40 years. They also help coordinate the Annual charity New Year’s day swim at Marble hill.
Swimming lesson are also available in the Shandon Hotel, Magherablade Downings and Letterkenny Aura Leisure Centre.
Open Water Swimming
There are lots of beaches in and around the area that are suitable for sea swimming. Although Creeslough has many lakes it is not advisable to swim in these. The beaches are clean and the water is clear. Some people swim just in their swimwear whereas others wear their wetsuit. Many people now wear the orange floating buoy to help with staying visible in the water.
There are open water swimming lessons in the area and an open water swimming group who swim at Portnablagh. Before going swimming it is helpful to know the tide times so the little green tide times book might be helpful or similar search for tide times online. Remember never swim alone and always tell someone where you are going.
Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club
The club was started over 40 years ago in 1977 when the founding members first meet Neil Bracken to help train them in Scuba Diving. Neil was a garda stationed in Falcarragh who had been involved in the foundation and deployment of Garda sub aqua units. In 1984 the club presented Neil Bracken with a bell found by local diver Noel Brennan from a sunken yacht, belonging to the Duke of Abercorn. The club still meets on a sunday, trains new members and does regular dives of Portnablagh and along the coast of Donegal.
This local cycling club has been organising weekly rides out of Creeslough for a number of years. The cycle route varies each week catering for different levels of experience. It is a social cycling group but nurtures young talent. Some young cyclist from the club participate in races such as the 555.
There are two water sports operators in Dunfanaghy. They provide surf, SUP, kayak lessons and equipment. It is worth booking on the surf lessons as it is a great way to experience the sea.
Creeslough Angling Club
Permits to fish in the area can be purchased in local shops. Lough NaTooey has a jetty, boathouse and ramp for boats and parking. The lake has a good stock of Rainbow Trout and is popular throughout the year.