Finn Harps 50th Celebration

Preparations are well underway for Finn Harps’ 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, which will take place in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey on Saturday 17 th August. On that date, it will be fifty years to the day that Finn Harps played their first League of Ireland game when Shamrock Rovers visited Finn Park.

On the night, those attending will be treated to a four course meal followed by interviews with the ten players who have made the most appearances for the club over the last half a century. This will include Brendan Bradley, Con McLaughlin, Declan Boyle, Patrick McGrenaghan, Jonathan Minnock, Declan McDowell, Kevin McHugh, Jim Sheridan, John Gerard McGettigan and Michael Funston.

These ten players span the entire period of our time in the League of Ireland. Also, some very rare video footage from yesteryear will also be shown. Who remembers John McDaid’s rocket of a goal at the Brandywell against Derry City in 1986 or Eddie McGinley’s stunning strike against Shamrock Rovers at Milltown in 1984. And what about the first ever Harps goal seen on TV? Or Brendan Bradley scoring the first Finn Harps hat-trick against Athlone Town in 1969?

And, who can forget some other great memories including the 1974 FAI Cup final victory against St. Pat’s, or the club’s first promotion in 1996? These and other great surprises and memories will be shared on the night. Tickets are currently on sale, priced at €30 each. The number of tickets available are limited and are currently on sale at the following locations in Ballybofey – Jacksons Hotel, Joey O’Leary Financial Services, Gerard McHugh Photography and the Balor Theatre. Tickets can also be purchased online via the following link: 50-years-in-senior-football.

Tickets will also be on sale at Finn Park at the upcoming games against Derry City and Bohemians. A special commemorative brochure, looking back over the club’s 50 years in the League of Ireland will also be available at the dinner on 17th August. So, don’t miss out on the chance to join the celebrations as Finn Harps look back over half a century of League of Ireland football.