Sports and Gaelic Games
The Leghowney Community can be very proud of two well known Gaelic footballers, Seamus Bonner and Joyce McMullin.
Seamus, son of the late John and Sissy Bonner came to live in Finadoose in the early 1950’s. He attended Copany school and began his football with a junior club called Drumbar. He soon went to play senior football with Four Masters in Donegal Town. Seamus was selected to play for the county in the late 1960’s and he played with distinction until 1985. He won Ulster Championship medals in 1972, 1974 and 1983. He also has a McKenna Cup medal from 1975. He is the only player in the county to have played for Donegal over three decades. He won an All-Star in the 1970’s. Seamus played with the Civil Service in Dublin, winning county championship medals there. Seamus is very proud of the fact that he was one of the backroom mentors when Donegal won the All-Ireland in 1992. Well done Seamus!!
Joyce McMullin (Joseph) is known all over the country for his footballing skills. Joyce is the son of the late Jim McMullin and Bridie from Meenadreen. Like Seamus, Joyce also attended Copany School and I’m sure he kicked his first football there. His footballing skills were recognised at a very early age and he was soon to play under age football for the Four Masters in Donegal Town. In the early years of his career, he won a county Under-21 medal with Four Masters in 1978 and a Vocational School medal in 1980. He made a major break through in 1982 when he won All-Ireland Under-21 championship and a county senior medal. Joyce went on to win numerous medals for the club and county. Joyce has won Ulster Championship medals and a McKenna Cup medal, and won and All-Star Award in 1990. 1992 however, is the year that will go down in history and many of us will never forget how proud we were to see Joyce wear the number 12 jersey for Donegal when they played in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday 20th September. When the final whistle was blown with the score board reading 0-18 to 0-14 in favour of Donegal, family and friends alike could not have been prouder. Quite a record and I’m sure memories he will treasure forever. Joyce continues to be heavily involved with the Four Masters Club in Donegal, both with coaching and club work.