Lacey called up for Rules trial

Donegal defender Karl Lacey has been confirmed as one of a large number of players asked to attend the first trial match for the Ireland International Rules panel this weekend.

Donegal defender Karl Lacey has been confirmed as one of a large number of players asked to attend the first trial match for the Ireland International Rules panel this weekend.

The 21-year-old Four Masters clubman, who has been a mainstay of Brian McIver's side all season, is hoping to impress Ireland manager Sean Boylan at the Dublin trial.

The former Meath supremo is set to announce his panel for the two-Test series against Australia on September 5.

The Irish, who were beaten by 57 points last year, will attempt to reclaim the Cormac McAnallen Cup over two games - at Salthill's Pearse Stadium on October 28, and at Croke Park on November 5.

Meanwhile, tomorrow night will see the 'Club Donegal' venture take flight at a launch at the Abbey Hotel in Donegal town.

Established along the lines of 'Club Tyrone', who sees teams in the Red Hand county benefit from the £250,000 (€370,492) raised a year by the club's 500 members, the plans for Club Donegal will be unveiled by its newly-formed committee.

A statement confirmed that: "Club Donegal is an innovative new scheme designed to draw financial support from both businesses and the loyal Donegal GAA fan base.

"Subscribers will be offered a range of benefits as the GAA in Donegal endeavours to build for the future with confidence with a firm financial plan in place to develop improved structures and facilities."

Donegal football manager Brian McIver will be in attendance, along with Club Donegal chairperson Michael McLoone and committee members: Barry Jackson (Ballybofey), Michael McGinley (Finglas), PJ Doherty (Gweedore), Feda O'Donnell (Annagry) and Liam Clancy (Bundoran).

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