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UNDER WAY: The ‘Ghastly’ new pylons project IT has stirred passions in Donegal for years - but work has now begun on what opponents call the ‘ghastly’ new electricity pylons which will march through the countryside in the coming months. Led by musicians such as the Brennans from Clannad, there is widespread opposition on the Donegal 110kV Electricity Reinforcement Project, jointly developed by ESB Networks and EirGrid. The new supply lines are needed - but they will be unsightly. The project, which received planning permission from An Bord Pleanála in 2009, is being developed in response to the need for reinforcement of the electricity network in the county, which has seen demand increase significantly over the last decade. The project is designed to meet this and future projected increases in demand, claim ESB. The new line, constructed mainly with wood poles, is just over 100km in length and is expected to be operational by 2013 and will benefit the whole county by increasing both the quality and capacity of the Electricity Network, they say. Speaking on site in Letterkenny, EirGrid Project Manager, Peter Graham, said: “This is vital for County Donegal. Having a secure electricity supply will increase Donegal’s potential to attract investment.

“Specifically, in the areas of Killybegs, Kilcar, Gweedore and Derrybeg we are at the point where new industry requiring large electrical supplies cannot be connected without this project.” “Investment in energy infrastructure is every bit as essential as investment in road, rail and broadband. Donegal needs to be able to guarantee potential investors in the region that their business will be able to operate safely and securely at all times. Without this new line, such a guarantee is not possible.” The construction is being carried out by ESB Network staff based in Donegal, supplemented by local contractors and suppliers. Minister of State for Rural Affairs, Dinny McGinley TD who this week went on site to view the project said, “This is a much needed piece of infrastructure. As all of us from the county know, Donegal has been badly hit by this recession. We must have the necessary infrastructure in place if we are to attract and maintain jobs and investment. “I am particularly pleased that local contractors and suppliers are being employed by ESB Networks during the construction phase, providing much needed local employment.”

UNREGISTERED NURSES: SIX MORE UNCOVERED AFTER LETTERKENNY BLUNDER SIX more nurses have been found to be unregistered following an investigation into a nurse at Letterkenny General Hospital, it emerged tonight. A widespread review of the registering of nurses was sparked after it emerged that Gardaí and the Health Service Executive have contacted 25 people who were examined at the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Letterkenny amid concerns over the status of a nurse who worked there. And there are still fears evidence may now not be admissable in court. The nurse was not registered with the Nursing Bord, An Bord Altranais, meaning that the examination of individuals and evidence collected may potentially be compromised. The HSE was aware that the nurse was not registered and launched an investigation into how she was able to continue to practice.

Nurses are required to be registered with An Bord Altranais to practice here but the nurse in question was removed from the register in 2009 for non payment of €88 annual fees. The HSE says it was notified at the time and that the information was made available

within the organisation but that it did not filter down to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Letterkenny General Hospital. It became aware of the issue in the last few weeks after a review at the Treatment Unit and says the nurse in question is no longer on duty. Twenty-five people who were examined at the unit in the last 18 months were contacted by gardai and the HSE. The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland says they were told that forensic evidence gathered may not be admissible in court. Gardaí say the matter has been brought to the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The HSE says it has appointed two independent experts to carry out a review to establish how a staff member could continue to practice without being registered. A review nationally has now found six more nurses were not registered.

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Voodoo owners “shocked and appalled” by knife attack THE owners of a bar outside which a Garda and three doormen were stabbed have described the incident as “a savage and unprovoked attacked.” Jason and Sharon Black, the owners of Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny, said they are appalled by what had happened to their staff and to a member of the Gardai. A local man was arrested after the knifing frenzy in which a Garda Sgt lost a large amount of blood after being stabbed in the hand. The Garda has been named locally as Sgt Aiden Doherty, who is only believed to have been stationed in Letterkenny for a few months. Three staff from Voodoo were also stabbed during the incident but all have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment.

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In a statement issued on behalf Mr and Mrs Black to, the well-known business couple paid tribute to all concerned. “In the early hours of Sunday 14th august at approximately 1.30am a man randomly attacked three security staff of voodoo bar & a member of an Garda Siochana outside our premises. “This man had not been on the premises of voodoo bar but was merely passing by when he carried out this unprovoked attack. “While the first member of voodoo security staff was being attacked a member of an Garda Siochana intervened and was subsequently stabbed. “Two other members of voodoo security staff stepped in to assist the Garda and were also stabbed the man,” said the statement.

A man has been charged in connection with Sunday morning’s vicious attack in which four people were stabbed outside a Letterkenny nightclub. John Boyle of Leck Cottages, Oldtown, Letterkenny appeared at Mullingar District Court this morning. The 46 year old was charged with four different counts of assault causing harm. He was also charged with the illegal possession of a knife. The attack happened outside the Voodoo Nightclub on Lower Main Street after 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning. As a result of the attack, a Garda Sergeant and


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Mr Black said all staff were treated in Letterkenny General hospital and discharged a short time later. He added that all are recovering well and thankfully no one has sustained serious injury. The couple say they have been deeply appalled by this barbaric attack in their local community. Mr & Mrs Black said they would like to thank an Garda Siochana for there swift intervention and professional skill shown on the night. They would also like to wish the injured member of An Garda Siochana a speedy recovery. Mr & Mrs Black said they were glad to be informed that the man is expected before Mullingar Court later this morning.

three nightclub doormen were stabbed and had to receive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital. The owners of the nightclub, Jason and Sharon Black, have condemned the attack on their employees and on the Garda Sergeant who was named locally as Aidan Doherty from Buncrana. The accused was released to appear at Letterkenny District Court on September 15th next. The court was also told there may be other charges arising out of the incident. The tree nightclub doormen have since been released from hospital but the Garda Sgt is still receiving treatment.

Letterkenny stabbing: councillor says It shouldn’t ruin festival A LETTERKENNY councillor has said the stabbing incident in Letterkenny in which a Garda sergeant and three bouncers were stabbed cannot be allowed to overshadow a successful weekend festival in the town. Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh insisted: “It’s important to note that this incident happened well after the Letterkenny Live gig had finished. “It is important that a negative message about Letterkenny Live does not take root because of one incident which happened after the event had finished, and there was a huge good humoured crowd at the gig itself. “The Gardai were excellent all weekend and policed the event efficiently and with common sense. “I hope that the Garda and the night club security staff injured in this incident fully recover from their injuries soon. I hope also that the perpetrator of this craziness is brought to justice and that a clear message is sent out to prevent further incidences of this nature and make it clear that carrying knifes in social settings is completely unacceptable.”



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“They have a mind of their own and they instinctively want to help out. “I have always just suggested little things to the dog and she has eventually picked up on them,” said Rodney. The pair are never seen out of eachother’s company after she wandered into his house one day a few years back and even has her own seat at the kitchen table. “She can’t just make the tea yet but she certainly drinks plenty of it,” laughed Rodney. Electronic enthusiast Rodney has even put up You Tube videos of his loveable rogue up on the internet. He says his favourite trick is the fact that Fly can collect the letters from the postman. “I can’t really remember how that happened. But now the postman will beep his horn and she will be out like a shot to get them. “All I need to do now is to suggest to her not to take the bills when they arrive,” he laughed.

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Cover Story It means students wanting to go to Letterkenny IT will pay a whopping 7.5% more than last year. Students enrolling in Trinity, DIT, GMIT, Waterford IT, Sligo IT and NUI Galway all benefiting from lower asking prices than at this time last year. Only student rental properties for students going to the University of Limerick were higher - at more than 8% up. College Area TCD/DIT Dublin City Centre UCD/IT Tallaght South Dublin City DCU North Dublin City IT Blanchardstown West County Dublin NUI Maynooth Maynooth UCC Cork City Centre NUI Galway/ GMIT Galway City Centre Cork IT Cork City Suburbs Carlow IT Carlow Town UL / Limerick IT Limerick City Waterford IT Waterford City IT Tralee Tralee Athlone IT Athlone Sligo IT Sligo GMIT Castlebar IT Letterkenny Letterkenny

However it should be pointed out that Letterkenny is still the CHEAPEST place in the country to rent, despite the hike. Students’ Union welfare officer Rachel Breslin said the increase in rental prices was ‘almost ironic’ given how students would now have to live farther away from their colleges in order to qualify for the highest rate of college grants. A league table of rental prices is below: Avg. Monthly Rent €485 €466 €398 €372 €352 €335 €328 €326 €289 €288 €271 €264 €259 €255 €241 €235

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Family buy their own ambulance to help sick daughter A Donegal family were so worried about their sick daughter breaking her bones that they bought their own ambulance. The Cannings were so concerned about daughter Vanessa, who suffers from rare bone disease Oesteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone), that they decided to take action. Vanessa, 14, was constantly breaking her limbs and even trying to get her into the family car was a nightmare. The Manorcunningham family initially thought about buying a camper van but then came up with the idea of a fully-fitted ambulance. Dad Paul contacted the North Western Health Board and within weeks were able to buy a decommissioned ambulance at a knock-down price. Paul and wife Stephanie, from Manorcunningham, say the ambulance has been a lifesaver for their only child. ‘Vanessa is in a wheelchair and getting her in and out of the family car was a nightmare. “We just decided to try and make life a little easier and the ambulance has been the answer to our prayers. “It’s so easy to get in and out of because Vanessa can sit back on the trolley and be wheeled into the ambulance,” said Paul.

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IT’S probably one of the county’s best known beaches, but surfers may be getting more than they bargained for in recent days...thanks to a sewage leak. A pipe at a pumping station at Bundoran beach is broken...and we don’t need to tell you what happened next other than one local wag who has described it as ‘surf and turf’! Town mayor and Sinn Fein councillor Michael McMahon demanded action. And work is now underway. The council says heavy seas caused the system to malfunction but this would be fixed once and for all once upgrading works are completed. A spokesman said: “The design of the proposed new sewerage scheme for Bundoran (included on the Departments Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012) includes significant improvements to the operation of the main pumping station and storm storage facilities that will address the current occasional operational difficulties.” Councillor Michael McMahon said it was ‘an embarrassment’ to the Town Council that the leak was not fixed until now.




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The couple equipped the ambulance as best they could for longer journeys and even put in a television for Vanessa to pass the time in the back. However Paul admits that there have been some embarrassing moments since buying the 00 registered vehicle. The couple were travelling to Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin when they came upon an accident. “As we came up to the accident I could see the cars making way to let us through. “I was in bit of a sweat but Vanessa and Stephanie were happily sitting back watching television in the back. “Thankfully another ambulance arrived on the scene just then and we went on about our journey,” said Paul. After finally admitting his medical knowledge was not up to scratch, Paul decided to paint the ambulance a different colour. Thankfully Vanessa is getting stronger and the couple has decided they no longer need their ambulance. And they now plan to give it away FREE of charge to a deserving charity or family. “We have already had a number of calls and we’re going to give it away free of charge. “Hopefully whoever gets it will get as much use out of it as we have,” said Paul.



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usinessman Michael Carey plans to reinvest in the food sector after netting around €16 million in cash from the sale of his Jacob Fruitfield group to Valeo Foods. Carey said the deal would give him the time and money to invest in ‘‘high-growth opportunities’’ in food and other sectors. ‘‘Investing in the food sector looks like a smart thing to do in the current environment," he said. He described the food sector as ‘‘the jewel in the crown of Irish industry’’, with strong growth despite the recession. ‘‘There are huge opportunities, both for large groups like Valeo and for smaller, nimble companies. Getting this deal done says something about the food industry as a safe haven in tough times," he said. Carey will also spend more time on his nonprofit and educational interests, which include chairing the Soul of Haiti organisation and Traidlinks, which is active in Uganda.






He chairs the Marketing Institute of Ireland, and is on the advisory board of the Smurfit Graduate Business School and the consumer foods board of Bord Bia Carey was speaking before it emerged that Bank of Scotland (Ireland) had appointed receivers to a property firm he owned with Jacob Fruitfield’s other shareholders. He could not be contacted later in the week to comment on the receivership at Westport Investment Property Fund, which owns two Jacob Fruitfield buildings in Tallaght, as well as property in Drogheda and the North. The company owes the bank about €40 million. Valeo is buying Jacob Fruitfield for cash and shares and is also taking on the company’s debt of around €35 million. Carey would not comment on the terms of the deal because of a confidentiality agreement. However, reports last week suggested that it valued Jacob Fruitfield at around €70 million, excluding its debt. John O’Reilly, a food analyst at Davy stockbrokers in Dublin, said the value of the deal ‘‘could lie between €90 million and €100 million’’. Carey owned just over half of Jacob Fruitfield, and will get about €16 million in cash and a 13 per cent stake in the enlarged company. The other former Jacob Fruitfield shareholders, including Michael Tunney and David Andrews, who run Lioncourt Capital, will also



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own about 13 per cent of Valeo. The deal, which is subject to Competition Authority approval, will bring together Jacobs biscuits and Fruitfield jams with the Batchelors, Odlums, Shamrock and Roma brands. Valeo also owns Erin, Squeez, Amigo and Lustre. Carey and Andrews will become non-executive directors of Valeo, which will have revenues of about €300 million and 500 employees. Séamus Kearney, the managing director of Jacob Fruitfield - and a former chief operating officer of Aer Lingus - will become group chief executive of Valeo. Valeo was formed last year from the merger of Batchelors, which is owned by private equity firm CapVest, with Origin Enterprises.

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The Jacob Fruitfield deal will dilute CapVest’s share in Valeo from about 56 per cent to 42 per cent, while Origin’s stake will fall from 44 per cent to 32 per cent. John O’Reilly of Davy said Origin was investing €7.9 million in new shares in Valeo as part of the deal. He described the structure of the deal as ‘‘a further step in Origin’s shift from a business that is no longer core’’ and said that he expected Origin to sell out of the Valeo business over time. CapVest, which is run by Irishman Séamus Fitzpatrick, has said it wants to lead consolidation in the Irish food sector. A spokesman for CapVest said last week


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the Marys here with us, participating in all the activities and games as well as Mark Cunning and the iteam delivering an action packed show. Thank you to all who have generously contributed to this great campaign and we are delighted to be involved with such a worthy cause” Kavanagh’s Supervalu launched the “Help Us Help Others” campaign with the aim of raising €30,000 minimum for the Donegal Hospice over six months. The campaign will run until the 22nd of October 2011, with the Kavanagh Group giving 5c to the Donegal Hospice with every Real Rewards transaction made throughout their four stores in Ballybofey, Buncrana, Donegal Town and Dungloe. Alongside this each store will continue to host a variety of fundraising activities to drive them towards their €30,000 goal. The next big activity in the pipeline is the Supervalu Super Heroes climb of Mount Errigal on the 21st of August and a flagship charity walk on the 25th September. So don’t miss out, come along and Help Kavanagh’s SuperValu Help Others For more information on “Help Us Help Others” Campaign and to keep up to date with the upcoming fundraising activities please logon to:!/ pages/Kavanaghs-SuperValu-Dongal/ 137605522975301. See page 10 for more photos

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Toddler cheats death A little girl is lucky to be alive after falling from a hotel balcony during a wedding reception. Eva Sweeney, 3, who was on holiday from Scotland with her family for the celebration plunged 20ft from a balcony at the Ostan Hotel in Goath Dobhair. The toddler crashed onto a roof before falling onto the concrete below. Medics had to revive the tot after she crashed on to a roof, then slammed on to concrete. Amazingly, she only sustained bruising to her head and body, two black eyes and an injured shoulder. However, Eva had to spend five nights in hospital while undergoing checks. She was admitted to Letterkenny General for one night before being transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, in Dublin. Health and safety bosses are investigating the incident last Saturday. Eva’s parents Sarah and Joe, both 35, of Kings Park, Glasgow, are preparing to sue the owners of the Irish hotel where the drama happened. It is understood the balcony’s railing has now been boarded up. Last night, Eva’s dad Joe said: “It was frightening. Eva’s an amazing wee girl, she’s lucky to be alive.”

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“We’re lucky there was a roof below because it broke her fall.”

Her uncle Simon Murphy, 34, added: “It’s a miracle that Eva is still with us. “I was told on Sunday morning and booked a flight to Ireland straight away. “The paramedics had to revive Eva at one point, so we feel really lucky that she’s still alive. “I saw her sitting up in the hospital with two black eyes but she was still smiling. “The wedding party went on to the hotel balcony and there was a band playing. It appears that Eva was playing tig with some


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CAR PERVERT HAD BEEN CAUGHT BY GARDAI An Inishowen man caught performing lewd sex acts in the car park of a university in Derry had been caught doing the same thing in Co Donegal, we can reveal. Gavin Porter, 35, from Grange, Inch Island, was given a five month suspended prison sentence at Derry magistrates court. He was also banned from driving after PSNI officers found him performing an indecent act in his car at the Magee campus on May 13th and again on May 15th. Porter was drunk at the time. His own solicitor said Porter apologised for ‘his disgusting behaviour’. We have now learned that Porter had been cautioned by gardai in Co Donegal for a similar incident earlier this year. He wasn’t charged with any offence.

BUSINESSMAN FINALLY GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR CONTROVERSIAL PETROL STATION IN LETTERKENNY An Bord Pleannala has granted planning permission for a controversial petrol station in the centre of Letterkenny. Well-known businessman Tony Kelly has been seeking permission for the station for a number of years. However another well-known businessowner Eddie Tobin of Tobin’s Petrol Station on the Port Road, had objected to the plans. In February last Mr Tobin appealed a decision by Letterkenny Town Council to grant permission to his rival. However An Bord Pleannala has now given the green light for Mr Kelly to build his petrol station at Paddy Harte Road close to the McDonald’s fast-food outlet. There are a number of conditions attached to the permission.

GAY BYRNE IN WEST DONEGAL AFTER ANNOUNCING HE WILL NOT STAND FOR PRESIDENT DONEGAL’S adopted son Gay Byrne has declared he will not now stand in the Presidential election. The former Late Late Show host, who owns a holiday home outside Dungloe, telephoned Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin to tell him of his decision this morning. Byrne said yesterday that he had still not made up his mind about running for the Aras and that he was on his way to Donegal. The RTE star, 77, is believed to have now arrived in West Donegal but is keeping his head down from the media frenzy which has followed him. Efforts to contact Mr Byrne through known friends in Dungloe proved unsuccessful. He initially said yesterday that he was awaiting the return of one of his two daughters from France on Monday before making any decision on the matter. A friend was quoted in this morning’s newspapers as saying that he would be very surprised if the chat show host was to stand for election.

Blind Donegal schoolgirl given chance to see as public raise €30,000 for her operation A blind schoolgirl who needed to raise €30,000 for a revolutionary treatment in China to help restore her sight has been given a date for the procedure – after getting the cash in just a few short weeks. Little Keri Kelly, 9, has been blind since birth but was given hope by doctors using groundbreaking stem-cell treatment. Keri’s mum Tracey decided money wasn’t going to stand in her way and in June she started a campaign to help raise the money needed to give her eldest daughter a chance to see. Now just a few weeks later, the Keri Kelly Appeal has €45,000 siting in its account and Keri is set to fly to China for her procedure on October 7th. Mum Tracey, from Buncrana, said she simply can’t believe how generous people have been. “We had penciled in next August as Keri’s procedure date when we started the campaign

in the hope that we would have the money. “But the money has just been rolling in. People have done all sorts of great things to help Keri. I never even knew a lot of the people who helped. ‘It’s hard to believe that people can be so generous considering there is a recession going on and everyone is struggling,” she said. Keri has never been able to see after being born with optic nerve hypoplasia which means her optic nerves have never grown. As well as charity football matches and quizzes, Buncrana man Tony Porter took it upon himself to undertake a one day street collection for Keri and raised an amazing €9,000. And Tracey has also revealed that she is planning to donate the extra cash raised so it can go and help another blind Irish child go to China and get a similar chance to Keri. “There are still events planned and we will raise more money. We only need €30,000 so the rest will be donated to another child.

‘None of this would have been possible without the generosity of people,” ‘None of this would have been possible without the generosity of people,” she added. Doctors in China do not guarantee Keri will be able to see after the treatment. However having studied her medical history and researched all her medical files sent over by mum Tracey, they are confident they can restore Keri’s sight. ‘She is a little worried about the needles but we just keep telling her she is going on holidays. “Herself and her sister Zoe, 5, talk about it all the time and it’s hard to believe it’s only a matter of weeks away now. “We are anxious about going but we have been given this wonderful opportunity and it’s only possible because the people of Donegal took Keri to their hearts,” she said. Keri, who is a pupil at Scoil Iasagain in Buncrana, has already revealed how the first things she wants to see are mum Tracey’s face – and a rainbow!

Letterkenny live gets the thumbs-up from the public! THE new Letterkenny Live Festival has been described as a huge success by organisers. The two day event finished last night with an open-air concert in the middle of the town featuring new singing sensation Ryan Sheridan. Organisers are hoping the event may eventually take over from where the old Letterkenny Folk Festival left off after it was stopped in 1995. Large crowds gathered on the town’s Main Street and towards Oliver Plunkett Road where a special ‘gig rig’ had been set-up. As well as private security, there

were several Gardai on the street. There were a number of minor altercations as a result of alcohol but Gardai say the night passed off without any major incidents. As well as local contributions, the main sponsor for the event was Failte Ireland. Unfortunately the main event – Superkart Sunday – had to be cancelled. However organisers are already putting out the feelers for any even bigger and better Letterkenny Live next year.

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Hundreds of children abused by paedo priests

HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of children were abused by paedophile priests in Raphoe since 1960, an abuse victim has told us as statistics emerged to substantiate the shocking claim. The startling claim was made as the Raphoe Diocese scrambles to firefight claims of child sexual abuse made in recent days. “There are many many people who can testify to that abuse,” a victim told us. “There has been a lot of nonsense in the past 24 hours about the number of priests and the number of victims. I am a victim and I know of so many others who, like me, have never contacted anyone about these crimes.

“The man who abused me won’t be in any report but I can tell you that the day it is published I will be there to ask questions. We’ll see how they like that,” he said. The Garda Detective responsible for exposing the horrific sex abuse in Co Donegal has said the lid is set to explode on the entire affair. Retired Detective Garda Martin Ridge was the cop responsible for bringing notorious paedophile priest Fr Eugene Green to justice. Now the Gortahork-based investigator has accused the church of clouding the water by playing the numbers game. Mr Ridge said the church should stop playing games and

simply tell the truth. “This is what they do – they argue about numbers. This is not a numbers game. This is about the hurt and the damage the church has caused for decades. “Nobody will ever know the exact numbers of young people whose lives were ruined by priests. “But the bottom line is that it happened and nobody can deny that now. The church or Bishop Boyce should not be arguing about numbers,” he said. The former detective was reacting to a statement issued by the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr. Philip Boyce that reports about there being hundreds of abuse victims across Co Donegal were “simply not true. His statement reads “I wish to assure the people of the Diocese of Raphoe that this assertion is simply not true. Furthermore it is seriously damaging to the good work of the many trained volunteers who are actively committed to safeguarding children in all of the parishes of the diocese.” However Mr Ridge said he believed the publication of the audit into sex abuse allegations into the Diocese of Raphoe, which is expected in the coming weeks, will indeed be damning. “I obviously do not know exactly what it is in but my interpretation is that the genie is now out of the bottle. “I expect the report to be damning from what I understand and the many people I have spoken to about it,” he

said. And he said that people like Derek Mulligan, who helped expose pervert school caretaker Michael Ferry, should be held up as heroes. “Who knows how many ‘Derek Mulligans’ there are out there? We will never know. “Many have committed suicide and others have turned to drink to wipe away the horrific memories they have. “People like Derek Mulligan deserve medals for the bravery they have shown in coming forward and helping to expose the awful things that have happened in Donegal going back decades,” he said. HSE counsellor Tom McGrath said he “would not be surprised” if there were large numbers of abuse victims from the Raphoe Diocese. He said that 1,200 abuse victims had contacted his service in Donegal in the past 10 years and a ‘significant percentage’ were abused by priests. We understand that one in five - 240 - were abused by priests in the Raphoe Diocese. “You have to remember that this audit will go back to 1975 and you are dealing with a lot of people going through the system within that time,” he said. To cope with the expected deluge of phonecalls ahead of the report into child sex abuse, Mr McGrath said the HSE will be setting up extra phonelines. “The feedback from this report will

go on for years and years but we do expect an initial impact to our services. “WE will have extra phonelines and extra counsellors on hand when we know the exact date the report is being published,” he said. He added that the HSE were also considering linking up with the Rape Crisis Centre to help those abused by priests over the years in Co Donegal. He said the people dealt with by the HSE didn’t include those deal with by the Rape Crisis Centre and other organisations. GPs in Donegal are aware of the HSE National Counselling Service and information leaflets on the NCS are circulated to GPs on a regular basis. Over 35% of referrals to the NCS come through GPs. Around 40% of referrals are from the HSE Mental Health Services and the remainder are self referrals and referrals from other agencies. The NCS also sponsors an out of hours telephone counselling line CONNECT which is available from 6pm to 10pm Wednesday to Sunday on 1800 477 477. For further information on the National Counselling Service in Donegal, please call 1800 234 119 between 9.15am and 5.15pm. If you have been abused, speak to a counsellor or make a complaint via a solicitor to your nearest garda station.

HSE preparing for influx of abuse claims admits top counsellor A top HSE counselor has admitted he “would not be surprised” if there are hundreds of clerical abuse victims across Donegal. Director of Counselling with the National Counselling Service with the HSE in the North West, Tom McGrath, said his team are now preparing for the audit into abuse in the Diocese of Raphoe. The report is expected to be made public very soon – possibly at the end of this month. Mr McGrath revealed his team were bringing in additional support including more telephone lines to cope with the expected demand for their services.

Mr McGrath told Getit Weekly “You have to remember that this audit will go back to 1975 and you are dealing with a lot of people going through the system within that time,” he said. To cope with the expected deluge of phonecalls ahead of the report into child sex abuse, Mr McGrath said the HSE will be setting up extra phonelines. “The feedback form this report will go on for years and years but we do expect an initial impact to our services. “We will have extra phonelines and extra counsellors on hand when we know the exact date the report is being published,” he said.

He added that the HSE were also considering linking up with the Rape Crisis Centre to help those abused by priests over the years in Co Donegal. Mr McGrath’s comments come as Bishop of Raphoe, Dr. Philip Boyce said he did not accept reports that there were “hundreds” of victims of more than 20 paedophile priests in Co Donegal. “I wish to assure the people of the Diocese of Raphoe that this assertion is simply not true. Furthermore it is seriously damaging to the good work of the many trained volunteers who are actively committed to safeguarding children in all of the parishes of the diocese.

“All allegations of abuse made known to the Diocese of Raphoe are reported to An Garda Síochána and the Health Service Executive. “As I have stated on many occasions, I invited Ian Elliot and his team from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church to conduct a review of the diocesan files relating to child abuse allegations. I gave them my full co-operation and they examined all files. “When I receive the final report from the National Board, probably next month, I am committed to publishing the review. I will be happy to respond to media queries at that time,” he said.

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that in the winter if you carry a few extra pounds you will be warmer than your skinny counterpart!! Fats are an important source of the fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and K. But the primary reason that the body holds onto its fat and is reluctant to let it go is that it is an invaluable source of concentrated energy. Per each gram carbohydrates carry 3.75 calories of energy, for every gram of protein there is 4 calories of energy whereas fats have a whopping 9 calories of energy for each gram. That is a fantastic amount of energy compared to the other sources, so it is no wonder that the body likes to hold onto it. Unfortunately some of us are storing more energy that the body requires and we never get the chance to use it. If the body has excess proteins and carbohydrates in the diet it will convert it into fat and store that as well. So in order to shed this fat we need to use this energy. In today’s media the ideal bodies have shown to have no trace of fat and this is the reason that it has had so much negative association, whereas in fact we are healthier if we have a pound or two to spare. But only that because as we know excess fat will heighten the risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. So, what to do about fats. Well there are good fats and bad fats. Polyunsaturated and

Fats: Its not all bad... W

e are going to conclude our series of articles on energy supplying nutrients. I hope that I haven’t been too technical or scientific in my attempts to explain the necessity to have these in our diets. Sometimes, as with discussing proteins last week, the only way to express the significance of their uses is to outline the scientific and biological significance of each nutrient. The overall aim of these articles on the subject has been to express the absolute need for a balanced diet. The most recent craze in diets recently that cuts out one element or the other from our diet is potentially very harmful, all we need to do is have a little discipline and some common sense.

Today we will look at fats. The widely detested element in the body that causes our society so much consternation. What are they? Well if you have been reading this article recently it will not surprise you to hear me tell you that fats are necessary. Like carbohydrates and proteins, fats are required for a healthy body and help keep the whole thing in balance. However just like anything fats can be overdone, and that is where we as a society fall down. The function of fats in the body are varied. Along with proteins they are a basic part of the cells membranes, and are a component of many body compounds. Fats help to cushion the internal organs and protect them from being damaged. Fats insulate the body and keep it warm. It is no fallacy

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monounsaturated fats are the better fats and saturated fats are to be avoided, to simplify the whole thing. Where these saturated fats are found are in fast food, butter and lard primarily. So if you are seeking to cut down on the fats start with these. But as with the carbohydrates and proteins fats are an essential element of a balanced diet. What these last three articles have been trying to impress on you the reader is that what we require for a healthy long and fulfilling life is a balanced diet, not a regimental totalitarian diet regime that may cause us more harm and good. Life is for living not constantly worrying about the exact constitution of every single morsel that we eat. Have some common sense and the body will do the rest.

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GUYS, you can run as far as your hightop sneakers can carry you, but you can’t escape the power of Glee this summer. Whether you sing along with every word on the hit US show or not, it’s got a hold on men’s wardrobes this season. Just like the series’ addictive sugar-coated soundtracks, the all-American preppy look has gone straight to the top of the charts. So whether you’re a Jock or just a plain old Gleek, it’s time to transform into a new sporty looking you. Let’s start from the ground up with some essential bits of kit: the classic sneakers. We love this red pair from Jacamo for a real retro vibe. Next up, shorts. Keep these knee-length, for that proper preppy edge: try denim at F&F at Tesco (£16) or brights at J Jeans by Jasper Conran at Debenhams (£30). For the ultimate classics invest in some Polo Ralph Lauren nautical numbers (£40), teamed with a sporty striped jumper (Carhartt £60, both House of Fraser). Moving up, this trend calls for some classic polo T-shirts. Try Matalan (£8), M&Co (£18), or Austin Reed (£59). Then team with a classic American bomber jacket from Next (£45) or, or a sporty Jock-style cardigan (Republic £39.99). On the other hand if you’re more of a Kurt than a Finn – you can get a more dapper Gleeinspired look by matching those shorts with a jacket and tie ( Either way, there’s just one vital piece to complete the preppy look – the shades. Red Herring at Debenhams has got just the James Dean-like pair (£16). Now it’s time to hit that hot dog stand.

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GOOGLE’S Nexus is a speedy smart phone. It’s a intuitive handset having five customizable home screens with animated backgrounds. It also provides slick speech recognition capabilities. Nexus is now integrated with most of the software services provided by Google. Nexus One represent itself as a search giant’s first expansion in the world of e- commerce and hardware. Although that some well-publicized customer service issues come up with the device, still it remains among those ionic customer electronics which are at top of the list throughout the year.

IF there is one thing that I like about macro and close-up photography it’s that no matter where you are right this moment, there is a fascinating subject waiting to be shot. Not many other kinds of photography can make that claim. Photographers that enjoy shooting portraits are dependent on a model to shoot. Landscape photographers exist in a seasonal world of changeable weather. A sports photographer has to go to where the sports are played and they too are limited by season. No matter the season or the time of day I’d wager that a suitable close-up subject can be found within five or six feet of the chair you currently sit in. Photographers who pursue macro photography can find endless inspiration in the details and patterns that surround us. In exchange their photos reveal a tiny world that normally falls below our perception. When it comes to exploring macro and close-up photography the good news is that anyone can participate. While a DSLR camera is preferred for close-up work, using a compact camera can be just as rewarding.

The Nexus S is more than a handset – it’s a state of mind (if you believe the way Google is describing it). It’s being called ‘Pure Google’, which is a way for the search giant to distance itself from the kerfuffle surrounding the delays encountered by networkissued updates. But in reality, the second you pick up the phone you realise it’s leaning very heavily on the design aesthetic from the Samsung Galaxy S. Only a shade heavier at 129g, the Google Nexus S feels light in the hand, and with that lacks the ‘premium’ feel the iPhone 4 and HTC Desire HD both bring through their metallic chassis. The curved nature of the frame is nice though – it helps the Nexus S sit well in the palm (with the small lip at the bottom helping it fit correctly, the same as on the Galaxy S) and there’s also a curved screen on the front to look at with an interested expression.

Well, interested or bemused – we’re sure this ever-so-slight curve added to the price of the Nexus S, and it’s so minimal that we’re sure it’s nothing more than a gimmick. It doesn’t feel any different on the face (it feels nice, just no more than a perfectly flat phone does). The headphone socket is at the bottom of the phone, rather than the top, next to the micro-USB slot – we’re not big fans of that, because it feels weird taking it out of the pocket that way. However, some people love it, and there seems to be a definite trend of phones moving towards that design (the HTC Desire HD for example). The touch-sensitive keys at the bottom of the four-inch screen have some nicely strong haptics underneath them – a brief touch will be met with a solid confirmation buzz. We thought the touch-sensitive buttons (which will light up and down under your caress) were actually scratched when we did our first hands-on with the Nexus S, but as you can see our test model has the same imperfection. We’re not sure why this imperfection happened, but it makes the phone look a little less premium, on top of the already plasticky feel. One thing we’re very disappointed with Samsung and Google about on the Nexus S is the lack of external microSD expansion. Yes, 16GB of internal storage is good-ish, but we want to be able to transfer stuff across without using a PC connection, or add in extra video storage space as and when we want it. Overall, we think the design of the Nexus S is fine. It’s a shade light and there’s no metallic feel to enjoy, but we were fans of the Galaxy S design so we’re relatively impressed with this too.

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•••••••••• 8/10 Thursday 11th August 2011 Directed by: Jon Favreau Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg Starring: Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig, Harrison

Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes (approx.) Movie Synopsis: n Silver City, Arizona, Apache Indians and Western settlers must lay their differences aside when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city.

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Glee Live! 3D!

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•••••••••• 10/10 Friday 19th August 2011

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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D

•••••••••• 10/10 Friday 19th August 2011 Starring: Jessica Alba, Roger Edwards, Alcides Dias, Danny Trejo, Antonio Banderas, Jeremy Piven, Ricky Gervais

What is “Macro”? So far we have used the words ‘macro’ and ‘close-up’ in this article. We also need to add ‘close-focus’ to our list of terms. These three terms will often get used interchangeably and that’s not entirely correct. Without getting too technical here are basic definitions of the three terms: * Close-up is a photo term that describes filling the frame with the subject. A closeup isolates the subject from its environment. Any lens or any camera is capable of taking a close-up. * Macro defines how large a subject is captured in the camera. Macro is expressed as a ratio like 1:1, 1:2 or 1:4 and it’s really pretty easy to keep it all straight. A 1:1 macro image is telling us that the image on the film or camera’s sensor is the same size as the subject in real life. If I take a 1:1 macro image of a dime using film and develop the film into a negative we would see that the image on the negative is exactly the same size as the dime in real life. If my lens maxes out at 1:2 macro the image will be ½ life size and so on. True macro lenses capture images at 1:1 ratio (some include 1:2 ratio too). * Close-focus describes any lens where the maximum size of the captured image is smaller than the real life subject. Here we are talking about ratios of 1:2 or less (eg 1:3, 1:4 etc). Most zoom lenses are actually not macro lenses but close-focus lenses. We will go over some of the more technical aspects in more depth in a future installment. For this article we will use the term ‘Macro’ in talking about this subject. Purists will just need to bear with us for now.

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Whitney’s new man schemes with evil Rob

Fiz’s prison nightmare takes a dark twist

Airs on Friday, August 19 2011 Whitney’s new love interest Lee asks her if she’d like to go bowling, and she agrees. To Whitney’s surprise, the date goes well and they end up sharing a kiss. Later, Whitney ignores Lauren as she concentrates on replying to a text from Lee. However, Whitney doesn’t realise that all is not what it seems with Lee and he’s setting her up. Rob is with the mysterious newcomer and tells him that he’ll take over things from now on… Meanwhile, Tanya is continuing to hide her health scare from her loved ones. When she heads back to the hospital to collect her test results, the doctor delivers heartbreaking news - confirming that she is suffering from cancer. As she arrives home, Tanya is still in shock and she breaks down in tears. Also today, Rebecca comes along to the fete to support Ian but storms off when he guiltily confesses that Jane is not dead; Pat encourages a downbeat Dot to make a list of things she needs to do before she dies; Vanessa embarks on Michael’s scheme by trying to get closer to Eddie; while Zainab and Syed seem to be on better terms as he helps her with work, but things turn sour again when he mentions his wedding plans.

Airs on Friday, August 19 2011 Troubled by Ginny’s offer of drugs and encouraged by Ruth, Fiz asks for a transfer to the mother and baby unit. But when she discovers it’s now full, a low Fiz goes back to her cell where she finds Ginny unconscious having overdosed. An upset Fiz confides in Ruth, who at first seems worried like her, but as they talk Fiz realises there’s more to it. Is Ruth using her baby to smuggle drugs in? Meanwhile, aware Frank’s invested a lot in their relationship, Carla buries her doubts and insists they set a wedding date. But how will she react when he says one venue has a date in three weeks’ time? Elsewhere, Norris decides to give Sylvia a taste of her own medicine when she visits The Kabin; Fiz is given a suspended sentence for fraud as she awaits trial for murder; and Tommy plans to cook a meal for Tina to prove he’s a decent guy.



Cain continues to pressure Amy Airs on Friday, August 19 2011 Amy feels untrustworthy when Val pointedly tells her that the new jewellery will be kept under lock and key. The final straw for Amy occurs when Val then insinuates she’s stolen a guest’s jacket. Amy storms off, leaving Val stunned by her outburst. Later, Amy books an appointment at the family planning clinic and tells Cain that he’ll have to help pay for the abortion. But things get out of her control when Cain, not wanting to take any chances, menacingly tells her that he’s going to take her to the clinic himself. Meanwhile, it’s cosy between Declan and Katie after they have spent the night together at Home Farm. Later, Ella is mortified when she sees them together. Mia sees her mother is upset and confesses that she knew Katie and Declan were together. Mia then confesses that she and Adam are back together too. Ella is shocked and in a desperate attempt to talk Mia out of it, she lies saying Adam knew about her affair all along because he had seen her with another man. Elsewhere, Alicia tries to talk some sense into David; Turner rues the day he offered to nurse Sandy when he hears his ankle is not making a very quick recovery; while David tells Nikhil that he thinks Gennie is a catch and Nikhil should ask her out.

Brendan makes a surprising decision Airs on Friday, August 19 2011 Ste’s disbelieving as Brendan decides to deny his sexuality by “going straight”. We soon realise that Brendan has got Lynsey pegged as the perfect new wife and mother to Declan… Meanwhile, as Bart and Jason fear for their lives, there is only one person who can save them. Will Sinead return to set them free? Elsewhere, Carmel helps Theresa get ready for her date with Will, but will all run smoothly?

‘I’m still a Donegal girl at heart’ says dj Michelle SHE may be one of the cool voices of Dublinbased radio station Phantom FM, but Donegal DJ Michelle Doherty has vowed never to lose her accent! The 34-year-old model now lives in Terenure has been named Ireland’s top DJ two years in a row by Hot Press. But the Malin Head girl says she doesn’t like

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MATERIALS • 4 1≥oz/50g balls (each approx 87yd/78m) of Classic Elite Yarns Ariosa (wool/cashmere) in #4857 ballad blue • One pair size 13 (9mm) needles, OR SIZE TOOBTAINGAUGE • Stitch holders/scrap yarn • Stitch markers

Close-fitting top, worked horizontally in one piece, in a ridge pattern stitch with a gathered shawl collar.


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SIZE • Sized for X-Small/Small and Medium/Large and shown in size X-Small/Small. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS • Bust approx 35 (40)”/89 (101.5)cm • Length approx 17μ (19≤)”/44 (49.5)cm GAUGE • 11 sts and 18 rows = 4”/10cm over ridge pat using size 13 (9mm) needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE.

NOTES 1) Top is worked horizontally in one piece, beg and end at center back. 2) When working short rows, the “wrap and turn” technique is NOT used. 3) This pattern is similar to pattern #10 in the Holiday ‘10 issue, but with a different yarn and gauge. The photo here shows the garment being worn opposite to the photo for pattern #10 in the magazine. RIDGE PATTERN Note Ridge pat is reversible. *K 2 rows, P 2 rows; rep from * (4 rows) for ridge pat. BODY Cast on 8 sts and work in ridge pat as foll: Row 1 (RS) Knit. Row 2 Cast on 2 sts (lower edge), k to end. Row 3 P into front and back of first st (top collar edge), p to end. Cont in ridge pat, and cast on 2 sts at lower edge 4 times more, 3 sts 5 times, 4 sts 1 (2) times, (note: place a marker at lower edge after last cast-on row), AT SAME TIME, cont to inc 1 st at top collar edge every other row 3 (6) times more, every 4th row 7 (6) times—48 (54) sts. Work even until 38 (40) rows have been worked from beg—piece measures 8≤ (9)”/21.5 (23)cm from beg, end with a WS row. Place a marker at top collar edge. Divide piece Next row (RS) Work 19 (21) sts, place rem 29 (33) sts on a holder. Cont in ridge pat on these 19 (21) sts, and cont to inc 1 st at top collar edge as before, every 4th row 3 times, AT

SAME TIME, dec 1 st at opposite edge every 4th row 3 times. Work even on 19 (21) sts until 58 (60) rows have been worked from top collar edge marker. Short rows Next row (RS) Work 5 sts, turn and work back. Next row (RS) Work 10 sts, turn and work back. Next row (RS) Work 15 sts, turn and work back. Place marker for center of piece.Work 2nd half in reverse as foll: Next row (RS) Work 15 sts, turn and work back. Next row (RS) Work 10 sts, turn and work back. Next row (RS) Work 5 sts, turn and work back. Cont in pat over all sts for 48 (54) rows more. Dec 1 st at top collar edge on next row, then every 4th row twice more, AT SAME TIME, inc 1 st at opposite edge on next row, then every 4th row twice more. Place 19 (21) sts on a holder. Lower edge Slip sts from first holder to needle to work next row from RS and cont in ridge pat as foll: Work even until 54 (60) rows have been worked above marker (last cast-on row at lower edge). Short rows Next row (RS) Work 5 sts, turn and work back. Next row (RS) Work 10 sts, turn and work back. Next row (RS) Work 15 sts, turn and work back. Next row (RS) Work 20 sts, turn and work back. This is center of piece. Work short rows in reverse (that is work 20, 15, 10, then 5 sts). Then work 38 (44) rows even. Joining row Note Both pieces should beg the next row on the same ridge pat row. Next row (RS) Slip 19 (21) sts from

2nd holder to needle with lower edge sts—48 (54) sts. Dec 1 st at collar edge every 4th row 7 (6) times, then every other row 4 (7) times, AT SAME TIME, after 16 rows have been worked from joining, bind off from lower edge 4 sts 1 (2) times, 3 sts 5 times, 2 sts 5 times. Bind off rem 8 sts. FINISHING Sew cast-on and bound-off edges tog for center back seam. With scrap yarn, tack sides of inside collar edge along center front neck edge, leaving approx 16 (18)”/40.5 (45.5)cm open on either side for armholes. Try on sweater and adjust armhole openings if necessary. Sew collar in place and remove scrap yarn. Fold collar (like an accordion) into three folds at center front and stitch in place (see photo).

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Concerns for future Ó Muircheartaigh of 1,000 MBNA jobs


interested in Presidency

THERE is concern for the future of hundreds of jobs at the MBNA credit card company in Ireland. The firm’s parent company announced last night that it was withdrawing from its credit card businesses in both Ireland and the UK. MBNA employs up to 1,000 people in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim Frank Feighan said if a buyer can be found for the business the jobs must stay in Carrick-on-Shannon. Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce President Gerry Faughnan said the

Figures show mortgage market remains weak

company was leaving behind a substantial skilled, cost effective and diverse work force that was ready and willing to work with a new investor. Bank of America also employs 700 people at two other sites in Dublin, but the announcement does not affect them. In a statement last night, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said he had directed the IDA to work closely with the company to assist them in finding a buyer for the business as a going concern. Source:

NEW figures show activity in the mortgage market remains weak, with the number of new mortgages down almost 55% compared with the same period last year. Figures from the Irish Banking Federation and PwC show that 3,551 new mortgages were issued from April to the end of June, down 54.6% from a year earlier. The value of the mortgages was €624m. First-time buyers and those moving house now account for more than 70% of new mortgages issued. The report said banks were reporting subdued demand for new mortgages but it said they were also stressing the need for ‘prudent lending’ and focusing on borrowers’ capacity to repay.

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Former broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh has confirmed his interest in running for the presidency and said he will make a decision in 10 days’ time. FORMER teacher and broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh has confirmed his interest in running for the presidency. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme this morning, Mr Ó Muircheartaigh said he had not yet decided if he would run but would make a decision by the end of next week. ‘What’s really gotten to me is the vast surge of support from the people... the support to run is coming from those,’ he said. ‘I will consider it but it’s a vast question, I haven’t done any preparation, I have no campaign strategy. ‘I have promises of support and all that and definitely between now and the end of next week I’ll come to a decision one way or another.’ Mr Ó Muircheartaigh said he will have to consult with members of his family before making a decision, many of whom are

abroad at the moment. He said he has been approached on the matter by politicians in recent months and had also gained support from people in the business community. However, he said he would stand as an independent candidate if he was to join the race. Mr Ó Muircheartaigh, who turns 81 next week, said he thought people should be aware of his age were he to run and he did not think it was an impediment. ‘Retiring from one thing doesn’t mean you sit down and take no part in anything,’ he said. ‘I think people should remain active as long as they like and should remain in employment as long as they feel they have something to offer.’ Source:

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High value payments slashed FARMERS with high value Single Farm Payment (SFP) entitlements are set to lose heavily in the first year of the new SFP regimes under EU proposals leaked this week. The draft legal text sets out major changes to the existing scheme, pushing member states to set aside 30% of their national envelope payments for new ‘greening’ measures and establishing a new basic payment per hectare in the first year of the scheme. In Ireland, the flat rate payment could potentially start as low as €70 per hectare with top-ups linked to historic payments. Under the new ‘greening’ measures, farmers would have to comply with three mandatory measures that go beyond crosscompliance requirements. The first is crop diversification, where farmers with over three hectares of tillage must have at least three different crops each covering more than 5% of their arable land and no one crop greater that 70% of the total area. Farmers must also maintain permanent grassland and designate 5% of their land to ecological practices such as buffer strips or landscape features. Organic farmers would be automatically entitled to the additional greening payment. Payment for complying with the greening measures will be on a per hectare basis and could be as high as €81 a hectare, a figure that would see the majority of farmers pushing to comply. As well as the 30% fund for greening, the EU document sets out that up to 3% of the budget should be used for a natural reserve to accommodate such groups as young farmers setting up a new business. Member states are also expected to dedicate 5% of the national budget to finance an additional area-based payment scheme for farmers in less favoured areas (LFA) in addition to the main support already there. It also opened the door for member states to use up to 10% of their annual budget for coupled payment schemes across a wide range of enterprises. Coupled schemes must, however, only create an incentive to maintain current levels of production in the region.

Danger!! or what the dog perceives as Danger. WHEN our unruly dogs are threatened, frightened, or just plain hacked off! , they don’t call the Gardai or their solicitors , they growl and bite . That’s what they do, It’s a natural reaction to them unless you have shown them by your actions that they can trust you to make all the decisions .In the canines natural state it is the job of the subor-

High value payments slashed FARMERS with high value Single Farm Payment (SFP) entitlements are set to lose heavily in the first year of the new SFP regimes under EU proposals leaked this week. The draft legal text sets out major changes to the existing scheme, pushing member states to set aside 30% of their national envelope payments for new ‘greening’ measures and establishing a new basic payment per hectare in the first year of the scheme. In Ireland, the flat rate payment could potentially start as low as €70 per hectare with top-ups linked to historic payments. Under the new ‘greening’ measures, farmers would have to comply with three mandatory measures that go beyond crosscompliance requirements.

dinate pack members to alert the leaders to potential danger, the leaders as the brains of the outfit will then make a decision, to Flee, Freeze or to Fight. To use the Flee option is quite easy for a dog .The leader of the pack will lead the pack to safety regardless, once the danger has passed they can return, We humans would be leaving behind buildings, possessions and memories so we would be more inclined to stand and fight, To a canine a flat screen TV and a photo album are not that important and not worth dying for . The Freeze option covers a variety of scenarios from “That’s dangerous, but there’s no way to move without being noticed. Don’t anyone move a muscle”- to its nothing to do with us, don’t get involved, or “There not coming our way so they are no threat. Keep an eye on them anyway. The fight option is self explanatory. Packs in the wild have their clearly defined boundaries,

The first is crop diversification, where farmers with over three hectares of tillage must have at least three different crops each covering more than 5% of their arable land and no one crop greater that 70% of the total area. Farmers must also maintain permanent grassland and designate 5% of their land to ecological practices such as buffer strips or landscape features. Organic farmers would be automatically entitled to the additional greening payment. Payment for complying with the greening measures will be on a per hectare basis and could be as high as €81 a hectare, a figure that would see the majority of farmers pushing to comply. As well as the 30% fund for greening, the EU

document sets out that up to 3% of the budget should be used for a natural reserve to accommodate such groups as young farmers setting up a new business. Member states are also expected to dedicate 5% of the national budget to finance an additional area-based payment scheme for farmers in less favoured areas (LFA) in addition to the main support already there. It also opened the door for member states to use up to 10% of their annual budget for coupled payment schemes across a wide range of enterprises. Coupled schemes must, however, only create an incentive to maintain current levels of production in the region.

and will respect those boundaries and avoid unnecessary confrontation. In our world today fights are far more common, When we go for a walk is this the territory of the Labrador running free in the estate, or the little yorkie at the end of the road, so already we have confusion, One wrong body posture or eye contact and its game on !! How many of you are familiar with the dog that goes ballistic when the door bell rings? Think dog!!

fact telling the dog we are frightened and the dog gets wound up even more because you have in fact joined in the mayhem, think back a few years a knock comes to the door and your mum is hanging out the washing and you shout “mum there’s someone at the door “ would your mum say SHUT UP or BE QUIET , I don’t think so after all you are only six years of age , she would probably say ,” thank you dear you play away there and I will deal with the door bell “

Doorbell rings= potential danger= decision to be made, choose flee freeze or fight!!

A little test! The door bell rings, the dog is barking, You in a calm voice say “good dog” If the dog responds to your calm voice and stops barking that’s good , if the dog continues to bark, he has not taken any heed of your leader ship and if your dog does not listen to you in your own house why should you expect it to listen to you outside in the big bad world .

Your dogs barks at the potential danger, sadly in how many homes when the dog barks is the human response SHUT UP !, This is a dog we are dealing with here with a limited command of English/ Irish , so when we respond to being told of approaching danger to the den by a roar of shut up !we are in

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GAA CLUB NOTES MALIN The senior side lost by 0-16 to 1-09 at home to Four Masters on Saturday evening. The reserve side won their game against Four Masters by one point, 0-09 to 1-05. Training for U-10 girls has now finished until September as has Sunday morning training for U-6 boys. Malin GAA club have a club phone which sends texts about club fixtures for adult and underage teams as well as club events and notices. If anyone would like their name added to texting list please contact the club phone on 0868668531. Under age training times have changed to the following, U-8 Thursdays at 6pm, U-10 Fridays at 6pm. There was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot. The sequence drawn was 1,5,2,6,3,7,4. Mary McLaughlin, Ballylannon, was the €50 winner with the €20 sellers prize going to Ruadhri McCarron, Malin. Next weeks jackpot is €850 and we thank the local community for its continued support. The club offers its deepest sympathies to the families of Mary McDaid, Culdaff and Donal Cox, Boston, U.S.A. both of whom passed away last week.

MOVILLE The All County Quiz in aid of the Donegal GAA Training Fund will take place in the Trawlerman Bar this Friday night (19th August). The First two rounds will be asked locally with the remaining seven rounds will be broadcast live on Highland Radio with the Winners of each Quiz qualify for the Final which will be held in early September. Please come along and show your support. The Senior Men lost at Away to Naomh Ultan with a score line of 1-10 to 0-11.The Under strength Moville side battled bravely for the who game and could have win the game had they taken their chances. The Under 14 boys played Letterkenny Gaels in Letterkenny this week and ran out Moville 8-10, Letterkenny Gaels 2-06 , Moville lead at half time 3-4 to 0-04 with the scores coming from Paddy Doherty (0-1), Ronan Doherty (2-2) and Joshua Lafferty (1-1). In the second half scores from Connor Kelly (3-1), Ronan Kelly (0-1), Michael Henry (1-0), Mark Browne (1-0), Ronan Doherty (1-0), and Joshua Lafferty (0-3) Best for Moville were Pearce Parkinson, Oran Henry, and Liam Grimley. The Semi Final is scheduled against Robert Emmets on Wednesday 17th with the Venue to be confirmed Anyone with any Photo’s, Match Reports, or Stories about the club are asked to email them to PRO@ as we hope to have the new club website up and running in the next week and any material will be gratefully accepted. There is also a full range of merchandise available from the club anyone interested in purchasing

Gareth McGlynn, Charlie McAteer, Dermot Higgins, Pamela McGlynn with baby Leah, Brendan McGlynn (winner), Brian Kelly (Draw co-ordinator), Martin McHugh and Paul McGovern. Thanks to Darren Crossan for photo. merchandise is asked to contact Bridget Harkin or any member of the club. There is also a full range of merchandise available from the club anyone interested in purchasing merchandise is asked to contact Bridget Harkin or any member of the club.

NAOMH PÁDRAIG The numbers drawn in last weeks lotto draw were 7, 3, 5, 6, 2, 1 and 4. There was no jackpot winner however 2 runner-up prizes of €50 went to John Curran and Raymond McLaughlin. This weeks jackpot will be €850. The Seniors were in Championship action on Sunday past when Burt were the visitors to Ture. Naomh Pádraig played with breeze in their backs in first half and were on top from start and thanks mainly to full forward Damian Diver held a 0-08 to 0-2 lead at the break. Naomh Pádraig also started second half strongly and extended their lead before Burt tried to get back into game. A late penalty for the visitors reduced deficit to 3 however that score also signalled full time which made it Naomh Pádraig 0-11 Burt 1-05. The club will be hosting a Quiz in Mary Deeney’s this Friday night 19th August at 9pm. This will be an All-County Radio Quiz in conjunction with Highland Radio and is in aid of County Players Training Fund as they continue their quest for All-Ireland glory. The U14’s had a great victory

away to Gweedore last Thursday evening in Division 3 Championship Quarter Final on a scoreline of 5-04 to 2-07. The lads now play host to Naomh Colmcille at Ture this Wednesday evening 17th August at 7.00pm in Semi-Final. The U18 Championship first round game against Fanad Gaels has now been changed to Monday evening 22nd August with a 7.30pm throw-in. Players will be advised of arrangements in next few days. The U16’s have qualified for Division 3 Championship Shield Final where they will take on Glenswilly. Date and venue be confirmed. Finally anyone with any unwanted clothes can dispose of them by taking them to clubhouse where club will be putting them into a clothesbank with Bag2Club. Good quality clean adults and children’s clothing, bedding, soft toys, paired shoes, hats, belts and handbags can be taken for collection. Club cannot accept dirty or wet clothing, duvet pillows, cushions or bric-a-brac. Clothing bags are available from any of the committee members.

Rooskey, Gerard Kane Mountcharles. Donegal v Dublin at Croke Park on 28th August Bus from Straid Contact John Friel 0860523550 or David 0860528537 asap to book. Club Meeting on Tuesday 16th at 9pm in Straid all members try to attend. Quiz In The Square Bar on Friday 19th, teams of four €10 per head starting at 9pm sharp, in aid of Donegal Team Training Fund, the Quiz will be aired on Highland Radio with teams taking part in venues countrywide. Results: U14’s lost by 2 points to Naomh Colmcille,U13’s lost to Malin, Reserves 4-11 Buncrana 0-7, Seniors 0-8 Buncrana 2-5. Fixtures: U13’s home to Moville on Tuesday 16th at 7pm. Minors Championship Division 1 Quarter Final on Friday 19th at 7.30pm, Malin v Urris, in Malin. If you have any items for the GAA notes e mail to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday.



GAA Bingo Every Thursday Evening At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome. Match & Win For 11th August, No Jackpot winner last week the jackpot will rise to €1,940 this week, the numbers drawn were: 1,12,14,15 the €15 consolation prizes went to: Neil Doherty(J.S)Letter, Damian Harkin Urrismana, Linda Shiels Figart Isle Of Dough, Ann Marie & Gerard Collins c/o Lizzie Shiels

Senior Football: Carndonagh 2-12; Milford 0-17. Milford, playing at home started the sharper team scoring three points before Donnacha Gallagher added two for the visitors. The home side added another score from a free before half back Paddy Nelson came through to score a goal followed by a point each from Pádraig Doherty and Donnacha Gallagher to give the visitors a two

point lead. Midway through the first half Carn increased their lead by another score from Gallagher which was followed a point by Cathal O Kane. Now Milford took more control of the game and as the visitors had a number of wides the home side added four points to level the game. Carn were awarded a free scored by Gallagher but Milford levelled once again with a free to leave the half time score Milford 0-9 Carn 1-6. Again Milford started the second half as the first, scoring four points before Pádraig Doherty opened the scoring for the visitors. Pádraig won a free which Gallagher scored and then from the kick out Pádraig won the ball which he passed to Donnacha who’s first shot was cleared by the goalie but Donnacha struck the ball a second time to score the goal which gave Carn a one pint lead. Milford once again levelled the game before Gerard Doherty scored two points. Milford reduced the lead which was restored again by Gallagher. Once again the home side levelled the match with two points but Donnacha scored a magnificent point in the last seconds of extra time to give Carn an important victory. The final score Milford 0-17 Carn 2-12 Senior Team: Gerard Crossan, Michael Nelson, Gerry Simpson, Ronan O Connor, Dermot McGonagle, Paddy Nelson, Rory Ward, Oliver McConologue, Gerard Doherty, Michael McLaughlin, Cathal O Kane, Ryan Davenport, Pádraig Doherty, Donnacha Gallagher and Dominic Doherty. Sub Fergal Mathews for Dominic Doherty.

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Under 21 Football: The U/21 footballers travel to play Fanad Gaels Tuesday evening. U14 Div. 2 Championship Quarter Final. St. Michael’s 3-10 Carndonagh 3-07 This was a game of two halves on a wet and windy evening in Dunfanaghy. Carndonagh played with the advantage of the elements in the first half and threw everything at a strong St. Michael’s team to build up a lead of six points at half time with some excellent scores from Ben Lafferty in the full forward line. St. Michael’s broke through with some good counter attacks but they found Cathal Doherty who had swapped his number fourteen for the goalkeeper’s jersey in fine form and in one superb moment, he dived at full length to his right and held a well drilled shot from the forward. In the second half, St. Michael’s clawed their way back into the game but found the Carn lads hard to break down with Aaron McCarron dropping back to play a sweeping role in front of the full back and Enda Callaghan played a vital role in the middle of the field with his non stop running and solid tackling making it difficult for St. Michael’s to get any rhythm in their play. Carn played good close possession football to counter the strong winds and in an excellent move midway through the half, they worked the ball up the field to grab a goal. St. Michael’s edged ahead in the last ten minutes to snatch a narrow victory but the team in green and red can be proud of their efforts on this occasion. The Carn team was Cathal Doherty, Dermot Doherty, Eoin Kelly (Captain), Mark Doherty, David Doherty, Keith Norris, Brian McEleney, Enda Callaghan, Brandon Browne, Joseph McKinney, Evan Tweed, Aaron McCarron, Ben Lafferty, Michael Doherty, Nathan Malarkey. Club Hurling: Carn U/16 hurlers had a good victory over Setanta at the Cross on Thursday evening last, playing their best hurling to date. This week Setanta travel to Carn to play in a U16B league semi final where the winners will play St Eunans the following week. On Thursday September 1st Carn have drawn Buncrana in the championship quarter final. The U/12 hurlers have a free week this week but the hurling camp will provide plenty of hurling for the week. Donegal GAA All County Radio Quiz: The Carndonagh club are taking part in an all County Radio Quiz in aid of the Donegal GAA Players training Fund. The venue is the Arch Inn at 9pm (sharp) on Friday 19th August and will be run in conjunction with Highland Radio. The Donegal team have done us proud to date and now it is our turn to help them on their journey to Croke Park again. Entry fee is 10 Euro per player with 4 players per team. The winners will go through to a County final. To enter your team please contact Eoin on 086 3822100 or just turn up on the night. Club Lotto The winning numbers in the club mini-lotto were 13, 2, 23, 20 and 5.

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There was no jackpot winner. The 30 Euro prize went to Elizabeth Kelly, 14 Convent Rd., Carn; 15 Euro each to Sean McKinley; Angela McSheffrey, Foden, Carn; Jimmy Diver, Whitehouse, Glentogher and Teresa Duffy, 4 Moville Rd., Carn. The jackpot next week is 5,100 Euro and the draw will be held at the Bingo.

BUNCRANA Annual Summer Barbecue: The club’s annual summer barbecue took place last Saturday, August 13th at the Scarvey. The band Palomini played first and were followed by the €10,000 lotto draw, the strictly come dancing draw and finally by Mickey & Charlie and their band. Many thanks to Brian Stokes who organised the event and to all those who helped out before, during and after. €10,000 Lotto Jackpot: The main lotto draw went ahead as normal but didn’t produce any winners. Therefore, a further draw took place get rid of the €10,000 lotto jackpot. There was one prize of €5,000 and five prizes of €1,000, one of which was restricted to club members. Oisin (X) Doherty, Ballymagan, Buncrana was the lucky winner of the top prize of €5,000. The five €1,000 winners were as follows: Michelle Doherty, Oakfield Crescent, Buncrana, Co. Donegal; Brendan Ryan, Ard Na Greine, Buncrana, Co. Donegal; Shaun McCallion, Oakfield Close, Buncrana, Co. Donegal; Janette McLaughlin, Moyle Road, Buncrana, Co. Donegal; Oliver Prunty, C/o Gary Duffy, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Many thanks to all those who sold tickets and helped to organise the draw. Buncrana GAA Strictly Come Dancing: Sunday 30th of October 2011 has been set as the date of the final of Buncrana GAA’s strictly come dancing! A draw took place at the barbecue on Saturday night to decide the partners for the competition. The line-up is as follows: Elizabeth Ann Nelson & Robert Callaghan; Lisa Wilson & Tom Clare; Michelle McCarron & John Peter Doherty (Roe); Martina Blake & Finn Hegarty; Mary Philomena Kerr & Pat McMyler; Angela Cassidy & Benny McGee; Madeline Fullerton Redmond & Shane McDaid; Marie Breslin & Adrian McColgan; Lisa Doherty & Pauric Óg O’Flaherty; Andrea Hutchinson & Tom O’Connor; Lorna Gallanagh & Andy McLaughlin; Lisa Dillon & John Toner. Good luck to everyone involved. All Ireland Semi-Final Tickets Ticket orders for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final between Donegal and Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday 28th August have to be made by Tuesday 16th August. As with previous orders each club can only submit one order . Orders must be with Pauline Grant by text in time for the order deadline of 4pm (086 081 2429). The Clarion Hotel Clonliffe Valley, Dublin have been in contact with the club offering discounted prices to anyone wishing to stay in Dublin over the semi-final weekend. Anyone interested in these

Carndonagh girls Niamh McDaid, Caoimhe McLaughlin, Emer McLaughlin and Beibhinn Doherty who represented Donegal in a the county U14 Camogie Blitz, held in Carndonagh at the weekend.

special supporters rates should contact Santa Eglite, on 01-625-8007 or at salesoffice@clarionhotelliffeyvalley. com and she will send you all the details. Buncrana Cup: The final of the Buncrana Cup, between Derry and Tyrone, took place at the Scarvey on Saturday last. This under sixteen inter-county competition is an annual affair, set-up to commemorate those killed by the Omagh bomb. Derry were hoping to make it three in a row but Tyrone had other ideas. Tyrone were the much hungrier side and this proved to be the decisive factor. Tyrone ran out convincing winners, refusing to stop even when the game was won. The game was officiated by Buncrana referee Paddy McGonigle. Senior Football: Buncrana bounced back from a mid-week league defeat at home to Burt (0-4 to 0-11) to record a good away win at Urris (0-8 to 2-5), in a competitive and entertaining fixture. Ladies’ Football: Senior ladies team training starts on Wednesday 17th August at 7pm. Everyone welcome. Bord na nÓg Under 12 Hurling: The u12 hurlers continued their impressive form with comfortable wins over Burt and Strabane in recent weeks. The strength and depth of this squad was proven with several players missing over the period some of the younger members of the team proved themselves well able to step up. This Thursday Four Master’s Donegal Town will visit, all players to be at the Scarvey for 6.40pm. More importantly this squad will take part in Owenbeg, Derry in the last of the Derry blitzes were the boys will com-

pete in the A-Division. The club will also be fielding u8’s and u10’s with a bus probably leaving at 9am, more details during the week. Under 14 Football: Buncrana under 14 footballers traveled to play Malin on Wednesday night, in their first championship match of the year. Buncrana started off slowly in desparate weather conditions, conceding an early goal followed by two quick Malin points in the first ten minutes. However that proved to be Malin’s final score of the proceedings as Buncrana went on to register 1-9 without reply, to take the advantage into halftime. In spite of deteriorating weather conditions Buncrana started the second half as they finished the first, by dominating battles in key areas of the pitch. Buncrana put another goal and six points on the score board without reply. The game finished, Buncrana 2-15 Malin 1-02. Overall, it was an exception team performance from the boys. Donegal GAA Team Training Fund Golf Classic, Thursday 18th August, Ballybofey/Stranorlar Golf Course There are only a few slots available for teams who wish to participate in the above golf classic, currently we have 45 teams signed up to play. Tee boxes costing €50 euro are available to any person, business or club who wishes to support the classic. Advertising space in our A4, 24 page programme is limited due to the great support the classic has received. Should anyone be interested in sponsoring a tee box, please contact Charlie Cannon, 087 694 9125 or PJ McGowan, 086 222 2750 or any of the

organising committee Gerry Rushe, Nicola Ferry, Eilish Rushe, Barney Gallagher, Patrick Ellison, Crona Regan. Weekly Lotto Draw: The results of the club’s lotto draw which, took place on Tuesday 2nd August in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows. The winning numbers drawn for the €10,000 jackpot were 22-23-27-28. There were no winners. The winning numbers for the €2,075 Lotto Plus draw were 09-11-25-27. There were also no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants: Mary McGee, St Oran’s Road; Eamonn Coyle, Rockdale; Brendan Ryan, Ard na Greine; Jimmy McBride, The Woods; Roisin Bradley, Castle Avenue. Recycling: CLOTHES RECYCLING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SCARVEY! Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email buncrana., stating so. Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767). If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email buncrana. by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www. or www.



Season ends on high with Celtic success THE 2011 track/field season for Finn Valley athletes ended on a record breaking high at Antrim in the Celtic international Saturday of course there is one exception in that Tori Pena competes Daegu world champs August 28th . That said The Uster team led by Bernie Alcorn included 6 Valley members . Top of the list John Kelly from Carrickmore, St Johnstone who not only won the shot but got the balll out to 17.56m a new Celtic record indeed the record set some 17 years ago by the current Irish senior shot champion Sean Breathmach from West Galway so to say that the father John the coach and the son John the athlete combination were happy only begins to sum the day indeed the season up a second spot also in the javelin. Fellan McGuigan notched a victory in the hammer getting out to 60.03m with the 5kg weight only the AAAs left now for this talented boy. A tie at 1.55 for 1st saw Blaithnaid Patton in the mix with 2 other girls and Shaun Woods a pb in the 4oom for third on 50.64 plus a 30.46 pb for Jade

Leeper in the discus and a 3rd spot in the steeple for Dalton Mc Guigan at 6.31.73. So ends another season and before you can take a breather the call to return to training for the cross country athletes has gone out remembering that the Finn Valley invitational primary and secondary schools cross country is only some 5 weeks away in last week of September . The new ground to be the focus for rugby at the Centre was launched Sunday and the local team make their entry to the Ulster scene in the coming weeks yet another activity at the Centre which also launched its Autumn/ winter programme of activity this week phone 0749132053 or check An interesting result also Saturday with the victory of Jason Quigley in the Irish open senior boxing as he pushes for the number 1 spot . Great news from Belgium Saturday with Mark English 800m Irish junior record 1 47.09 erasing old mark held by twice olympian James Nolan 1.47.55 from 1996 .Of course his second

Donegal record of the season a 48.02 400m earlier . Patsy McGonagle has left for Daegu his 4th world championship as national team senior manager Seville 1999,Osaka 2007,Berlin 2009 his previous responsibilities.

Upcoming road races Brockagh and Ballyare and a final reminder to book your place on the training weekend in Ballylifffin September with either Mark or Kieran to date 34 have signed up  and to keep September 30th free for of-

ficial opening of new track./pitch and floodlights Breaking news from Manchester where Saturday Dempsey Mc Guigan got the senior hammer out to 56.74 for a new county and club record at 18 years old .

RESULTS & FIXTURES: RESULTS: Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Div 1 Championship Semi Finals Gaoth Dobhair 1.05 2.05 St Eunans A Convoy 3.11 2.07 Fanad Gaels Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Div 1 Shield Semi Finals Glenfin 2.04 1.05 Burt Cloughaneely 1.12 3.07 McCumhaills Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Div 2 Championship Quarter Finals Malin 1.02 2.15 Buncrana St Michaels 3.10 3.07 Carndonagh Milford 3.04 2.11 Red Hughs St Eunans B 2.05 9.09 Glenswilly Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Div 3 Championship Quarter Finals R Emmets 3.10 2.05 Termon LK Gaels 2.05 8.08 Moville N Colmcille 4.07 2.11 Urris Gaoth Dobhair B 2.07 5.04 N Padraig Muff FIXTURES: Wednesday 17th August @ 7 O’Clock

County Under 16 Div 2 Championship Semi Final Naomh Brid v Gaoth Dobhair Venue: Ardara Crawford Trophies Lifford U/14 Division One Shield Final Glenfin v McCumhaills Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Division Two Championship Semi Finals Red Hughs v Glenswilly Buncrana v St Michaels Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Division Two Shield Finals Milford v St Eunans B Malin v Carndonagh Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Division Three Championship Semi Finals N Padraig Muff v N Colmcille Robert Emmets v Moville Crawford Trophies Lifford U14 Division Three Shield Semi Finals Gaoth Dobhair v Urris

Termon v LK Gaels Friday 19th August @ 7 O’Clock County Under 14 League Div 2 Semi Final Naomh Columba v St Michael Venue TBC Kelly Furniture Falcarragh Minor Championship Div 1 Milford v St Eunans Malin v Urris McCumhaills v Gaoyh Dobhair Convoy v Cloughaneely Kelly Furniture Falcarragh Minor Championship Div 2 Buncrana v St Eunans B Red Hughs v Moville Burt v Glenswilly Termon v Robert Emmets Glenfin v Naomh Colmcille LK Gaels v Carndonagh N Padraig Lifford v Downings Sunday 21st of August 12.00 Kavanaghs Supervalu Ballybofey U-15 Championship Div 1

Glenfin v Buncrana Kavanaghs Supervalu Ballybofey U-15 Championship Div 2 Termon v Red Hughs Downings v Glenswilly St Michaels v Letterkenny Gaels N Colmcille v Fanad Gaels R Emmets v N Padraig Lifford Monday 22nd of August County Under 14 League Div 2 Semi Final Killybegs v Red Hughs Venue TBC Friday 26th of August County Under 14 Division One Final Venue TBC Wednesday 31st August @ 7 O’Clock; County Under 16 Div 1 Championship Final Aodh Ruadh V Naomh Mhuire, Venue: McCumhaill Park Crawford Trophies Lifford U/14 Division One Championship Final Convoy v St Eunans Venue TBC

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RESULTS TABLES: Brian McCormack Sports Division One Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Dungloe 11 5 4 2 12 Naomh Conaill 11 6 5 0 12 Ardara 10 5 4 1 11 Four Masters 10 5 4 1 11 Gaoth Dobhair 9 5 4 0 10 Glenswilly 9 3 2 4 10 St Eunans 10 5 5 0 10 Cloughaneely 9 3 4 2 8 Malin 11 2 7 2 6 Brian McCormack Sports Div One Reserve Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts St Eunans 10 6 4 0 12 Ardara 9 6 3 0 12 Dungloe 8 5 3 0 10 Cloughaneely 8 4 4 0 8 Naomh Conaill 8 4 3 0 8 Four Masters 10 4 6 0 8 Glenswilly 8 3 4 0 6 Gaoth Dobhair 8 3 5 0 6 Malin 9 3 6 0 6 McGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Kilcar 10 8 1 1 17 Killybegs 12 6 4 2 14 Bundoran 11 5 5 1 11 St Michaels 8 5 2 1 11 Fanad Gaels 10 5 5 0 10 Naomh Columba 9 4 4 1 9 Glenfin 11 4 6 1 9 S. MacCumhaills 10 3 6 1 7 Termon 9 1 8 0 2 McGlynns Resturant Castlefin Div Two Res Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Killybegs 10 7 3 0 14 Glenfin 10 7 3 0 14 S. MacCumhaills 7 6 1 0 12 Fanad Gaels 9 5 3 1 11 Naomh Columba 8 4 3 1 9 Bundoran 10 4 5 1 9 Kilcar 10 4 6 0 8 St Michaels 8 1 6 1 3 Termon 9 1 8 0 2 MacCumhaills 1 0 1 0 0 Centra Supermarkets Division Three Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Naomh Mhuire 10 8 1 1 17 Aodh Ruadh 11 8 3 0 16 Buncrana 13 7 4 2 16 Naomh Naille 13 7 4 1 15 Naomh Brid 11 7 4 0 14 Urris 14 6 8 0 12 N. Colmcille 12 4 7 1 9 Burt 11 3 5 3 9 Downings 11 3 6 2 8 Milford 13 4 9 0 8

St Eunans Draw ticket winner.

Carndonagh 13 3 9 0 6 Centra Supermarkets Division Three Reserve Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Aodh Ruadh 9 8 1 0 16 Carndonagh 11 7 4 0 14 Milford 12 7 5 0 14 Burt 8 5 2 1 11 Naomh Mhuire 9 5 4 0 10 St Nauls 8 4 3 1 9 Naomh Brid 8 4 3 1 9 Buncrana 11 4 7 0 8 Urris 10 3 6 1 7 N. Colmcille 9 2 6 1 5 Downings 10 1 8 1 3 St Nauls 1 0 1 0 0 Marley Coach Hire Division Four Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Naomh Ultan 11 7 3 1 15 N. Padraig-Muff 10 7 2 1 15 N. Padraig Leif 12 7 5 0 14 Red Hughs 9 6 3 0 12 Robert Emmets 10 5 4 1 11 Na Rossa 10 5 4 1 11 Moville 11 5 6 0 10 Convoy 11 2 8 1 5 L’kenny Gaels 12 1 10 1 3 Marley Coach Hire Division Four Reserve Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Naomh Ultan 9 7 2 0 14 N.Padraig Lei 8 6 1 1 13 L’kenny Gaels 7 3 4 0 6 Red Hughs 6 2 3 1 5 Robert Emmets 6 2 4 0 4 Na Rossa 4 1 3 0 2 Convoy 6 1 5 0 2 Marley Coach Hire Division 5 Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts Glenfin 4 3 0 1 7 St Eunans 3 2 1 0 4 S. MacCumhaills 2 1 0 1 3 Pettigo 3 1 1 1 3 Naomh Conaill 3 1 1 0 2 Glenswilly 3 1 2 0 2 Ardara 2 1 1 0 2 Naomh Columba 3 1 2 0 2 Malin 2 0 1 1 1 St Michaels 3 0 2 0 0 Donegal Senior Hurling League/Championship Team Played Won Lost Drn Pts MacCumhaills 1 1 0 0 2 Setanta 2 1 1 0 2 Burt 1 1 0 0 2 St Eunans 1 0 1 0 0 Four Masters 1 0 1 0 0

Gareth McGlynn, Charlie McAteer, Dermot Higgins, Pamela McGlynn with baby Leah, Brendan McGlynn (winner), Brian Kelly (Draw co-ordinator), Martin McHugh and Paul McGovern. Thanks to Darren Crossan for photo.

US scholarships for talented Valley duo AN informal get together was organised Friday night at the Finn Valley Centre to wish two of their outstanding young athletes Bon Voyage and best wishes as they take up athletics scholarships at U S Colleges . Presentations were made to the lads concerned James Speight off To Iowa Western Community College and Convoy native Pauric Mc Laughlin off to Oklahoma City University . . Both national champions at various levels and key to Valley success at local,regional and national level .They leave this week and in addition to excitement regarding the challenge there is a certain nervousness but they know and were assured of the support of all at home who will miss their presence but what a life experience awaits .







WITH both teams in the lower half of the division, the two points were going to be vital to both sides. The Donegal Town side left Connolly Park with those two vital points with both county players playing vital roles in the victory. Paul Durcan scored 7 points (6 from frees) and Karl Lacey as usual covering every part of the pitch from his midfield position and pitching in with 2 points. The game started with Durcan knocking over a free from the left hand side followed by Malin’s scoring machine Anthony Kelly knocking over a point on 4 minutes. On the 6th minute Durcan hit a free from 46 metres straight over the bar. Once again it was Kelly who responded with a lovely point from an acute angle after flicking the ball over the defender’s head. Four Masters then took over the game for the next 20 minutes with their players being first to any loose balls around the middle and getting the ball quickly into the danger zone. Points from Durcan(2 frees), Stephen Keaney, Raymond McGrory and Peadar Espey. It was the 30th minute before an Anthony Kelly free put Malin’s third point on the board and take them to within 4 points of Four Masters. Kelly (free) and Oisin McGinty then traded scores in injury time before referee Mickey Mulhern blew his whistle for half-time.

Half Time: Malin 0-04 , Four Masters 0-08 Straight from the second-half throw in Kelly was on the end of a three man move to take Malin within 3 points. As in the first half, Four Masters took over once again and scored 7 points without reply. This included another Durcan monster kick from a 47 metre free. Fellow county man Lacey got in on the act with 2 scores of his own. Other scorers were Micheal Doherty, Durcan, McGinty, and Luke Keaney.  At this stage with the score at Malin 0-05 Four Masters 0-15, it seemed that it would be a stroll for the men in blue for the final 10 minutes but credit to the Malin men’s spirit that they fought all the way. A re-jiging of the forward line with a number of youngster coming on and with Malin going for broke they closed the gap. First a Matthew Byrne free and sub Brendan McLaughlin from play narrowed the gap. Malin were then awarded a penalty after a Four Masters defender picked the ball off the ground in the small parallelogram. Matthew Byrne scored the goal with a well struck shot to bring the margin down to 5 points. Malin then threw everything at the leader’s defence and had two great chances of goals with one goal line clearance and another going inches wide from a Stephen McLaughlin shot. Malin did get 2 more points from play from Kelly and Byrne but Durcan also knocked over another free to leave 4 points between the sides at the final whistle. Malin: Lafferty, Doherty, Harkin, Collins, Farren, Greene, C. McColgan, P. Keely, A. Kelly, P. McColgan, Byrne, K. McColgan, McDaid, P. McLaughlin, S. McLaughlin, Subs: S. Doherty, B. McLaughlin, Mullarkey. Four Masters: Cassidy, Walsh, Crawford, McGarrigle, McGroary, Carr, Rooney, K. Lacey, McMullin, L. Keaney, Doherty, McGinty, S. Keaney, Durcan, Espey. Subs: O’Kennedy, J. Lacey.



Red Hughs Lotto & 100+ Club: There were 3 winners of the Lotto draw last week. The winners were Mary Gallagher (Castlefin), Denis McGill & Tommy Kelly. They receive €35 each. The numbers drawn were 7,1,5,4,3,2,6. Next weeks jackpot is €840. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 20th August - Eamonn Kelly, 27th August - Tommy Kelly, 3rd September - Maurice O’Donnell and 10th September - Ollie Doherty. The winner of the 100+ Club draw last week was Johnny Bradley and he receives €100. Seniors & Reserves: The senior and reserve teams had no game at the weekend. Training continues for all adult teams this week. Ladies: The senior ladies played Naomh Padraig, Lifford away on Sunday morning and gave an outstanding performance and came away with a great victory. Final score Red Hughs 2-7 Lifford 1-4. Congratulations and well done to the girls on an excellent performance in what was a tough physical game. Training continues at the pitch on Wednesday at 8.00 and Friday at 7.30pm. Minor Board: Congratulations to our U18 team who won the All County League title in fine style in McCumhaill Park last Tuesday evening. Glenfin made a good contest of it for long periods but the boys won well in the end. Well done to the players on a great performance in taking a county title to the club. It was a fantastic achievement to come through the full league campaign with an unbeaten record. Final score: Red Hughs 4-12 Glenfin 1-10 Team: Luke Kelly, Pauric McMenamin (0-1), Ronan Gallen, Fintan Muldoon, Shane Gallagher (0-1), Shane Gallen, Thomas McMenamin, Gary Kelly (0-1), Calvin Bradley (0-1), Alan McConnell (1-1), Matthew Carlin (0-1), Colm Melaugh (3-5), Denim Rowan, James McMenamin, Conor Gallen, Martin Byrne (0-1), Kyle McConnell, Shane McGlinchey, Matthew Sweeney, Shane Callaghan, Michael Devine. This team now begins the Northern Board Championship campaign with the 1st rd 1st leg this Friday the 19th August at home to Moville at 7.30pm. Our U14 boys team played Milford away in the quarter final of the Northern Division Championship last week and came away with another great win beating the home side on a final score of Red Hughs 2-11 Milford 3-4. They now progress to the championship semi-final where they meet Glenswilly and this is due to be played at home this Wednesday evening the 17th at 7.00pm. This team are then due to play Killybegs in the semifinals of the All County League next Monday evening the 22nd of August. The venue for this game is still unknown at the time of writing. Best of luck to the boys in the upcoming games. The U15 boys are fixed to play Termon next Sunday morning

in the preliminary round of the championship. The game is fixed for the Errigal College pitch in Letterkenny at 12 midday. National Schools Summer Camp: The club wish to thank all those who helped out at the Red Hughs National Schools Summer Camp which took place at the pitch last week. It was a great team effort from all of those involved who made it possible for the event to be such a success. Club Meeting : The next club meeting takes place this Tuesday the 16th of August at 9.30pm in the clubhouse. All club members should attend. County Team Draw: All tickets for county team training fund draw should be returned to Ollie Doherty by this Tuesday evening the 16th August. This draw is due to take place next weekend. Sympathy: The club wishes to extend its sincere sympathy to the Doherty family, Mullaghaneary on their recent bereavement. Website / Fixtures: The club website address is Latest fixtures and results can be accessed on

C.L.G An Tearmainn Termon GAA will be hosting tge rearrange BBQ and Crazy Auction this Saturday the 20th August at the Burn Road, the days fun will begin at 4pm with a Termon GAA blitz competition for all children up to U12, There is also a special skills competition for each age group boys and girls. Presentations will take place during the BBQ, anyone with queries on the blitz competition is asked to contact minor board chairman Eddie Harkin The BBQ which is scheduled to get under way at 7.30pm approx, this will be followed by music and the crazy auction, items confirmed for the crazy auction include a trailer load of sticks, bags of peats, signed Donegal jersey, free taxi run and much much more. Anyone with anything to donate is asked to contact Joe McDaid on 0876778744. Seniors and reserves were deafeted by Glenfin at the weekend. The seniors were unlucky to be deafted after a strong comeback by the Glenfin team in the second half. Both teams are due to play Glencolmcille this Sunday at home, throw in times 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Minor Board: The U18s minors play the first leg of the first round of the championship on Friday night at 7pm in Termon against Robert Emmett’s all support appreciated. The U15s play Red Hughs at home on Sunday 21st at 12:00pm The U14s play Letterkenny Geals in the shield semi final this Wenesday the 14th. Tickets for the All Ireland Semi Final tickets are available in Supervalu, Centra and online at

McLeish praises super Shay on Donegal man’s Villa debut SHAY Given pulled off a series of super saves to give his new club Aston Villa a point in a 0-0 draw at Fulham. The Lifford man made several particularly brilliant saves. He was there to stop Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora with three pointblank saves. And afterwards new Villa manager Alex McLeish said the Donegal man’s experience had made the difference “His experience tells him when to go into the right positions,” said

McLeish “You might have seen other goalies diving for one of the two that came point-blank at him, but that’s the experience of a great goalkeeper.” McLeish denied Given was solely responsible for today’s draw. He added: “I don’t think it’s fair to say that. I would never say that. “It’s a team game and the team contributed to that point.” He may be 35, but at £3.5M Shay is already looking like the bargain buy of the season.

Ticket frenzy hits Donegal as GAA predict first croker sell-out of 2011

IT may still be more than two weeks away but Croke Park bosses are already predicting the All Ireland football semi-final clash between Donegal and Dublin could be their first sell-out of 2011. Ticket-frenzy has hit Donegal with thousands of people having already secured their tickets through the GAA website Thousands of others have booked their tickets through the clubs around the county and will collect them closer to the date of the big game on August 28th.

Dublin fans are already booking their tickets in huge numbers and many feel the game could reach an 80,000 plus capacity sell-out. A GAA source revealed “Nobody needs to be reminded about 1992 and the rivalry that exists between Dublin and Donegal. “Both are huge GAA counties and we’re in for one cracking game. “The Dubs have upped their game with their hammering of Tyrone but Donegal will not be afraid of anyone because they have nothing to lose. “We are expecting a huge amount of

supporters from both counties but we are bound to get a lot of neutral GAA supporters looking for tickets for what will be every bit as intense as the final itself,” he said. Ticket prices are €40 for adults and €5 for children under 16. For any brave Donegal supporters, tickets for Hill 16 can be obtained for a reasonable €25. For that you do not get a seat but you are guaranteed a lot of stick from the Dublin supporters!

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BRILLIANT Donegal star Karl Lacey is celebrating after picking up another gong - the long-serving defender is the Quinn Insurance Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award winner for July. His incredible performances against Derry in the Ulster final and against Kildare in the All Ireland quarter-final gave him the prize. The 26-year-old has bee a star at centre-half-back of late. And now he is looking forward to August 28th! Said Karl: “Obviously the match against Dublin is creating a

huge stir but we are just delighted to be involved. “It’s very encouraging that in the build-up to a big game like this I should be getting the writers’ award.” He admits his point against Kildare was a great moment. “I just had to score as some of my team mates were getting on to me about my lack of scoring,” smiles Lacey. “Others around me were getting scores so the pressure was on me to get in on the act. I’m glad I managed to get that point against Kildare. It was useful in the end.”

“I just had to score as some of my team mates were getting on to me about my lack of scoring,”



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