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Donegal hairdresser Tara cuts it on the world stage AWARD winning hairdressing student Tara Henderson is sharpening her scissors ahead of her biggest challenge yet. The 19 year old from Buncrana, who will complete her Level 3 qualification at North West Regional College this June, is preparing to take on professional stylists from across the world at the OMC European Cup Championships. Tara has been selected to represent the North in the Creative Fantasy competition, against participants from 40 countries across the globe including Italy, UK, Ireland, Austria, the USA, France, Norway, Greece, Denmark, Montenegro and Germany. Her inclusion on the team follows a whirlwind of success in the past six months, which began with Senior and Junior title wins at the North’s Hairdressing Association Competition in November. This was followed in March by success at the Blackpool International Hairdressing competitions, held in the Winter Gardens, where Tara again scooped double accolades in creative fantasy – with 1st place in the Senior and Junior events. Soon after, Tara took a 2nd place in the All-Ireland Championships, beaten to first place by fellow NWRC student Anne-Marie Harkin. The OMC European Cup will undoubtedly be Tara’s most challenging competition to date, and she has committed hours and

hours of preparation in practice for the event. Creative Fantasy is one of the most exciting elements in professional competitions, with the stylists expected to create intricate works of art. Tara will unveil her brand new creation at the European Championships – which includes a 12 foot high hairpiece – in the RDS, Dublin. North West Regional College lecturer Susan Cassidy, who herself won the All-Ireland Bridal Hair event in April, believes that Tara’s inclusion on the Northern Ireland team is an achievement in itself. “We are so proud that Tara, who has yet to complete her course, has been given the honour of appearing at this world class competition. This is an incredible achievement for a young woman, embarking on her career in the industry.” Tara has also demonstrated entrepreneurial skills, working in conjunction with photographer Mickey Deery to set up Blinx, providing photography, hair and make-up for events and occasions. Hair & Beauty Students at the College’s Derry Campus are among those who will benefit from the £18m new development from this September. Salons, open to the public, are located on the top floor of the new Foyle Building, allowing clients to enjoy their styling and treatments overlooking stunning views of the River Foyle.


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Licenses to drill for oil off Donegal up for grabs today DONEGAL could be sitting on a multi-million euro fortune if new flexible government rules on oil production are met with a positive response today. The Irish Offshore Operators Association (IOOA) anticipates increased interest in the latest round of applications for gas and oil exploration off the Donegal coast, with those applications closing today. Gas and oil exploration companies will apply for new authorisations in the Atlantic Margin off Donegal. The applications have the potential to boost the offshore oil industry in the county in several service sectors. Industry sources at a briefing yesterday said that there is the potential for thousands of new jobs, with one insider insisting: “Killybegs could be the Donegal equivalent of Aberdeen with so many high-tech positions and

well paid positions. “But it will not just be about Killybegs; the whole county could get a lift from well-managed oil and gas exploration off our coast.” It can take two years from exploration to drilling; but Ireland has lagged behind Britain in this sector. The industry insider added: “We actually don’t know how much gas and oil is off our coast. There could be a multi-billion dollar fortune – and if there is, Donegal and the people of Donegal could benefit.” Minister Pat Rabbitte is on record as saying that Ireland needed ‘‘more exploration for oil and gas, not less’’ and the country needed ‘‘more discoveries like the Corrib gas field’’. He said that, without an increase in exploration, Ireland would not benefit from its indigenous natural resources.

Economy ‘to contract by 2.3%’ this year IRELAND is to endure a fourth successive year of recession this year, according to the latest forecast from economic consultants Ernst and Young. In its latest Economic Eye assessment the firm is predicting a further contraction in the economy of 2.3% in 2011. The report said Ireland now has a well established ‘two speed’ economy, with

exports forecast to continue growing in response to the rise in global demand for Irish goods and services. But the domestic economy will struggle in the face of public spending cuts, weakness in the construction sector and pressures on consumer spending. Employment will fall further over the next two years, according to the report, and by the end of 2012

more than 400,000 jobs will have been lost since the recession started. The report claims that it will take 20 years for jobs to return to the levels they were at in 2008, but on the upside Ireland is one of the few countries exporting more now than before the recession, and that will help the economy to grow modestly next year.

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REVEALED: THE PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY OFFER THEIR COUCH TO PROMOTE DONEGAL BY KATRINA DEVINE: DONEGAL is known for its hospitality but it seems like a bygone age when any passing traveller would be invited in for a drink of water or to sit around the fire. Couch Surfing is old-fashioned hospitality using the social networking model. The idea came from Irish American Casey Fenton. In 1999, he bought a cheap plane ticket to Iceland but didn’t have anywhere to stay. He emailed 1500 university students in Reykjavik asking if he could use their couch. The overwhelming response inspired him to set up a registered non-profit organisation in the form of The aim of the project is to provide world travellers with an inside view to a country by linking them up with locals. The founders have the idea that by connecting people in this way they can make the world a better place. In a world where we are living more separate lives, it is a way to connect people. It also encourages a deeper understanding of other cultures and people. The act of visiting a country is not only about ticking of a list of sites to see. To get started you set up a profile on the site. You can describe your interests and where you have visited or would like to go. You also list whether you have a couch free or if you are only available to meet for coffee. Other Couch Surfers can search for available couches in the area they intend to visit. There are also specific groups and message boards for particular regions. Members use these boards to ask questions or to con-

nect with other members. The project operates in 238 countries. There are half a million users in the United States. Paris alone has almost 50,000 users. The site proudly boasts that there are even active Couch Surfers in Antarctica. According to official Couch Surfing statistics, there are 16,911 users in Ireland. There have been 22,000 successful ‘surfings’ in Ireland so far. Letterkenny is ranked 12th in the list of towns participating in Couch Surfing in Ireland. The Donegal group has 90 members at present. The members are made up of people in Donegal offering to meet up and those wanting to experience what Donegal has to offer. Rachel McDonald, 27, is Couch Surfer currently living in Letterkenny. She first got involved with Couch Surfing while living in


London. She is now hoping to help travellers coming to Donegal. She explains: “My boyfriend had been involved in Couch Surfing for a year or two in London. He would have travellers stay with him in a spare room at his family home. “When I came to Letterkenny, I decided to get involved with the Couch Surfers here. So far, I haven’t hosted anyone but I think that’s because there isn’t as big of a presence here in Donegal as there could be.” There is a system of checks and verifications to help you make the decision on whether or not to meet people. Rachel says that she found the idea strange at first. “It is a bit weird to have someone you don’t know stay with you but you can just meet people for a drink if you don’t want to let

them stay in your house.” She has her status set to show that she only might have a couch available. “It means that you can say no to a request if you don’t like the look of their profile without hurting their feelings”. Even meeting some one for a drink or offering them a lift to an out of the way attraction can give a traveller a unique experience. The recent City of A Thousand Welcomes scheme in Dublin saw over a thousand people sign up as ambassadors for the city. There is a genuine interest in showing the world that Ireland is open to welcoming the world. On the potential for Donegal Rachel says: “I agree that Donegal could benefit from Couch Surfing. It could help to attract younger travellers who might be backpacking or travelling without a car. “It also helps to connect people with locals and show the outside world that we welcome them. They could take home a positive message from Donegal.’’ Donegal can be difficult for the traveller on a budget because of the lack of public transport. Without a car, it is near impossible to enjoy such wonders as Malin Head or Slieve League. Couch Surfing allows the people of Donegal to show their county’s scenic beauty themselves. As the song says: ‘there’s repose for weary wanderers, in the homes of Donegal’. Those involved in Couch Surfing in Donegal are meeting in Letterkenny in early June. Visit the site to find out how to show your Donegal.

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Wicklow divers join the search for Lifford man A team of volunteer divers from Wicklow will today join the search for missing Lifford man David Colhoun. The search for the tragic 22 year old has now entered its second week since he went missing in the early hours of Sunday week last. His distraught family including dad Joseph, three brothers and one sister have been waiting at the banks of the Rivers Finn, Foyle and Mourne for the past seven days waiting for a sign that David has been recovered. Hundreds have joined the search for the young man from Beechwood Grove who was last seen after escaping police custody after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly. To date the water has been very murky which has prevented many divers, including the PSNI team, from diving. However it is hoped that as it clears a thorough search of the waterway can be undertaken. Last night a source close to the family say they are hopeful that

when the water on the rivers subsides, there will be more chance of finding David. “They just want him home now.

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Donegal’s Siobhan bids to be blue jean country queen While on Sunday the Queens will change from fancy dress to modelling dress to formal dress all within twelve hours!

THE finalists have been announced in this year’s Finn Harps Donegal Road Safety Competition after judging was completed last Friday. And with more than 700 entries, judging was tougher than ever. The competition, which is being held for the second year, aims to promote road safety through sport and has proved an outstanding success with over seven hundred entries this year. The nine finalists, who will all receive prizes, will be presented with their awards at the Finn Harps v Waterford United game on Saturday 11th of June where the winning overall entry will be revealed and unveiled by Donegal County Mayor Cora Harvey. Eamon Browne Donegal Road Safety Officer, stated: “When you see the responses it is clear that our road safety message is getting across to children. It is ongoing work and we are delighted to work with Finn Harps on projects such as this.” Finn Harps Community Officer John Campbell stated: “We are delighted to be working with Donegal Road Safety, we have an excellent working relationship and we look forward to it continuing.” Both Finn Harps and Donegal Road Safety would like to thank all those who participated – the children, the parents who helped, the Judges and in particular all the teachers in the schools without whose help and assistance this would not be possible. The following are the Finalists in the Finn Harps Donegal Road Safety Art Competition. Mary Mannering Scoil Mhuire Glenties Bernard McBrearty St Josephs NS Rathdonnell Letterkenny Kevin Gavigan Scoil Mhuire Glenties Kate Carlin Townparks Lifford Susie Cunningham Gaelscoil Adhamhainn Letterkenny Conor Lafferty St Patricks Boys Carndonagh Co Donegal Hannah Mi Chanoinn Ui Chathain Scoil Brid Downings Chloe Maxwell Killaghatee NS Bruckles Co Donegal Shane Mc Devitt Scoil Mhuire Glenties

IRISH band Director have been announced as one of the many bands playing at the 2011 Blue Jean Country Queen Festival. The award winning rock quartet will take to the stage on Saturday 4th June in the small town of Athboy, Co. Meath where the annual event takes place. Coupled with the fact that award winning production company ‘Mind the Gap Films’ will be filming this years festival for a TV3

documentary, there is great excitement surrounding what promises to one of the better summer festivals. Siobhan Coyle is Donegal’s representative in the 2011 Festival, the twenty fourth to date organised by Meath Macra na Feirme. Siobhan and the other thirty-one expected Queens are guaranteed a fun-filled, action packed weekend. From Friday 3rd June when they are interviewed on Stage in the

Old Darnley Lodge Hotel, to the final music session on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, they have a hectic schedule. Saturday afternoon sees Siobhan and the other Queens taking to the streets for a carnival which guarantees fun and frolics for all the family. While on Sunday the Queens will change from fancy dress to modelling dress to formal dress all within twelve hours! Among the top national artists on this year’s programme are DIRECTOR, who along with Navan band THE MYTH play in the Festival marquee on Saturday 4th June, and LEBOWSKI who play on Sunday 5th June. The presence of Matt Leavy, Buck Mulligan’s Nite Club and Old Stagecoach on the itinerary ensure that all tastes are catered for. Siobhan herself is a 31 year old member of Mevagh branch of Macra na Feirme and is a Research Student. Her hobbies include Jujitsu, Dancing, Community activism and of course Macra. Although fun is the name of the game Siobhan and the other Queens will be competing for some wonderful prizes. First prize sponsored by Farrelly Brothers Agricultural Contractors is €1500 and the title of Blue Jean Country Queen 2011. The runner-up will receive €750 sponsored by Stephens Cooke & Co, while the winner of third prize receives €350 sponsored by Gilsenan Brothers. The winner of 2011 Blue Jean Country Queen title will be announced at midnight on Sunday 5th June and will be crowned by reigning queen, Meath’s Celine Smyth. This year they will also receive a specially commissioned tiara sponsored by goldsmith Sara Hunter. Tickets can be bought online at www. and can also be bought on the door but banquet tickets must be booked in advance. For Ticket Sales and Enquiries call 087-2154729.


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Time for Minister James Reilly to sort out Letterkenny Hospital extension ÒO utpatient clinics being cancelled and patients on trolleys again is totally unacceptableÓ s ays TD DONEGAL North East Sinn Féin TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Minister for Health, James Reilly, to immediately intervene in the debacle over the extension to Letterkenny General Hospital incorporating a long overdue new Accident and Emergency ward and three floors of modern designed wards above it. He described the recurrent news of outpatient clinics being cancelled and patients on trolleys yesterday as totally unacceptable. He also called on the HSE to wrap up the legal wrangling over the completion of the Hospital extension and ensure that those subcontractors owed money due to the collapse of McNamara builders are fully compensated. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “I have given this new Government and the Minister for Health a fair wind to resolve the on-going debacle of the completion of the extension to Letterkenny General Hospital. But three months have now passed and the latest news I have is that the Minister is “too busy” to meet the sub-contractors and the announcement from Hospital Manager Shaun Murphy that the extension may not be completed till 2012 really is the final straw”. “Today, the hospital has announced that outpatient clinics are cancelled and advised people not to come to A&E if possible. Patients are on trolleys once again. This is totally unacceptable with the long overdue extension to the hospital lying empty and so close to completion”. “Exacerbating the serious situation at the Hospital are of course on going Government cutbacks which have led to ward closures and waiting list delays for operations that are then passed onto the private sector through the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF)

He concluded: “What is now required is an immediate intervention by Minister James Reilly. He needs to ensure that the necessary funds are released to ensure the completion of this extension and both the Minister and the HSE need to ensure that Hospital management are provided with the necessary financial resources to adequately staff the new wards. Minister Reilly also needs to meet with the sub-contractors who have been left blowing in the wind by McNamara’s. The facts are that one arm of Government, NAMA, was fully aware of the precarious state of the McNamara Empire while other arms of state, the HSE, the OPW and the Department of Education were giving them major public contracts. The sub-contractors rightly believed that as they were carrying out public work, the state would honour their payment for work completed. This has not been the case and that is clearly a wrong that must be corrected” The emergency department at the hospital was described as extremely busy yesterdat and delays can be expected according to a spokesperson for the hospital who advised people that they should first consult their GP if they need medical attention but in the case of emergency they should attend the hospital. The hospital is also advising people that due to the high number of admissions recently, patients due for a planned admission as an inpatient at the hospital should contact the hospital beforehand to confirm the availability of a bed. The hospital can be contacted at 074 9125888. ‘We regret any inconvenience that these measures may cause and we would like to thank the public for their help and cooperation,’ it said in a statement.


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Castlefin’s north west garden show – in pictures!


housands of people turned up at the second annual North West Garden Show held in Castlefin over the weekend. Dozens of exhibitors turned up at the event which showcased the best in garden companies from Donegal and further afield. From ride-on lawnmowers to arts and crafts and from barbeques to chemicals to make your lawn greener, there was something for everyone. It was no surprise that the show’s very special guest was kept busy over the weekend with questions from keen gardeners. But then again Diarmuid Gavin is no ordinary gardener having just picked up a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. Our exclusive pictures of the two day show exactly how much both young and old enjoyed the occasion. Organisers say this year’s event surpassed the popularity of last year’s inaugural show and are already planning next year’s show.


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Health • ‘I would, but I don’t have the time’ • ‘Its not really my thing’ • ‘I’m too old to start now’ • ‘I don’t think I need it’ • ‘ I’m too tired’………….. ALL of the above are among the frequent excuses that we use or hear in relation to taking up some form of exercise. The impression is that exercise is a burden and a chore to be endured, or a form of punishment. The fact is it is none of these things as it is the single most positive element that we could introduce into our lives in order to lead a rounded fulfilling existence and once we undertake to exercise then we will see that it invalidates all of the above excuses. Not having enough time to exercise is the same as not having enough time to sleep, as the body requires each in equal measure. It is about making time. Exercise gives us the extra energy that we need to fulfil our tasks more efficiently and having the energy to concentrate. Not really my thing shows a complete lack of imagination. Exercise comes in so many different forms that there is guaranteed to be something to suit every palate. If it is a more sedate pace of exercise that we favour then there is walking, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, swimming or a gentle bike ride to name but a few. For the more active there is Zumba, Boxercise, Aerobics, Tae Bo, Conditioning and Toning classes and Martial Arts, and that’s only for starters. If it’s a competitive element that rocks your boat then you can play Football, Gaelic, Hurling, Rugby, Tennis, Athletics, Squash…..I think you get the picture!!! There is a world of options available to us out there and something to suit everyone’s taste. Thinking that we are too old to start now is looking at the situation backwards, as the fact is as we get older the need for exercise increases as our youthful zest, energy and suppleness becomes harder to call on demand and we find that we can no longer do the things we used to. This requires the immediate injecting of some exercise into your routine so that we can slow down that process, and maybe even find that we can do things that we could never do before!! Believing that we don’t need it is ignoring the benefits that are available to us through regular exercise. We gain a higher level of fitness, a better body shape, better self esteem, strength, stamina, endurance, higher energy levels and better concentration. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need one or all of the above!!! I’m too tired is the most common excuse that we like to use in order to prevent exercising, and this is based on the notion that exercise will further tire us. It doesn’t. Exercise is designed to build the heart muscle, expand the lung capacity and make the body stronger, all of which causes the creation of more energy. Initially in the first few walks or visits to the gym we may feel a little fatigued, but once the body becomes accustomed to it then the increase in energy that we gain is remarkable. Furthermore, exercising regularly enables us to regulate our sleeping patterns and sleep better thereby helping to undermine that tired feeling and give us a greater sense of wakefulness. So, there can be no more excuses as it is only ourselves that we are denying if we continue to allow ourselves to believe in any of the reasons that we will constantly create to prevent from exercising. Today, get up and do it, and most importantly……Enjoy!!!!!!

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hat is Zumba I hear you say, well it is the next new craze that has taken over Donegal the world to be exact. Zumba fitness is fitness with a difference. With latin inspired dance moves incorporated into this fun workout. So Motiv8 Fitness is giving you the oppprotunity to come along to our zumba fitness competition night on Sunday the 5th of June in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 7.30pm and witness 10 couples compete for the “so you think you can zumba” title. Proceeds on the night go to the Donegal Hospice. What can we say about our contesatants, they are fantastic troops. Our couples are training three to four nights a week and are putting alot of effort into their routines. The competitvness and desire is oozing from the couples now, they really want that title.   Nigel Drein the owner of Motiv8 fitness is excited and proud to present this funfilled night of entertainment along with his sister Tina Higgins who is training the contestants with help from Annette Houston and Sarah Marie Mc Devitt.  This enthusiastic energetic team has produced a show that will want you taking to the floor yourself.   We are absolutley thrilled to have Lee Gooch Promotions on board with this event and Ladies and Gents you know Lee will add that extra sparkle to the night wit h his charm and professionalism. We look forward to Lee chatting to the contestants and our Four judges who are the exceptionally talented Bridgin Carr, Highland Radios very own DJ Keith Fletcher, the lovely Rebecca Thompson fom Encore performing Arts and our zumbalicious Seaneann Mc Crory from Belfast. The night is kindly sponsored by Sharp Design from the Donegal Enterprise Park Lisnennan, Atomic Hairdressing at the Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa, the Wedding Centre Neil T Blaney road, FM Cleaning Donegal Enterprise Park, Lisnennan and Gerard mc Girr Wedding Cars and Videography, Lifford. Thanks also Sharkeys waste recycling for sponsoring the t-shirts. We woud like to take this opportunity and thank Stephen Corcoran for music, Carol from Natural Beauty for sponsoring the make up on the night, Fiona Higgins for her framing, Sean Sweeney for his design and printing of T shirts, Paddy Gallagher for taking photos of our couples and the mount errigal for letting us use their facilities. We also have a great committee behind us who include, Paul McGovern, Sara Murray, Edel McKeon and Pauline McElwaine, thanks guys for all your hard work. Special guests on the night are Blue Ribbon, Quigleys School of Dance and LMDS.  So come along and support a great cause tickets are only 12 euro and are available from the contestants, The Mount Errigal Hotel and Motiv8 Fitness (Tel: 085-7298898)


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Creative Arts Advisor launches new exhibition The Creative Arts Advisor for Ilex Noelle McAlinden officially launched Donegal artist Fiona Higgins’ new sell-out exhibition “Dappled Light” at a reception in the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre and Art Centre, Derry on Thursday evening. Fiona’s former teaching colleagues from St Mary’s Secondary School, Limavady were among the many attendees at the packed event, which also included many friends and family from Donegal. The artist, who is well known for her batik painting on silk, is also exhibiting her latest collection of oil paintings inspired by the scenery of the North West. Her works include images of such well known landmarks as Downhill Beach and The Giant’s Causeway. Launching the exhibition Noelle encouraged everyone to show their support to the Letterkenny-based artist, “Fiona’s work is fresh, bright and inspiring and the name of the exhibition, Dappled Light, perfectly captures the spirit of her batiks and paintings. I’d encourage everyone to purchase one of Fiona’s pieces while you can still afford to, because she is definitely an artist on the way up whose work is going to increase in value”. “I’m absolutely delighted that so many turned out for the launch of the new collection”, said Fiona. “I’d especially like to thank Noelle for her lovely speech. The

night turned out to be a great success with over half of the paintings sold during the course of the evening, so it’s a great start to the exhibition”. With sell-out exhibitions in galleries throughout Ireland and the UK Fiona is also a regular exhibitor at the RDS Craft Fair in Dublin. She is a founding member of the Donegal Designer Makers and has exhibited at their recent sell-out shows in Ramelton and Ardara, county Donegal. Her work is on display in the Leinster Gallery, Dublin, The Island Gallery, Coleraine, The McGilloway Gallery, Derry, Leitrim Design House and the Cat and Moon, Sligo. From a well known family of artists, Fiona has also held several family exhibitions with her father Charlie McGinley, sister Deirdre and brother Donnchadh. Fiona’s new website was used by Google as an example of a small business making use of the web, and, at the official launch in Dublin recently Fiona presented Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with a batik painting of Croagh Patrick, county Mayo. “Dappled Light” runs in the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre, DerryLondonderry until Saturday 30th June, 2011. For further information, call Fiona on +353 (0) 86 1578829 or visit www.fionahiggins. com or call the Waterside Theatre on 048 71314000.

Fiona Higgins, centre, at the launch of her exhibition ‘Dappled Light’ at the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre with Rachel and Mervyn Wasson, Margot Keenan and Phil Dalton. Photo: Stephen Latimer.

Fiona Higgins, at the launch of her exhibition ‘Dappled Light’ at the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre, with Brenda Deery and Siobhan Connolly. Photo: Stephen Latimer.

Fiona Higgins, right, at the launch of her Charlie McGinley, left, at the launch of his exhibition ‘Dappled Light’ at the Cascade Gallery, daughter Fiona Higgins’ new exhibition ‘Dappled Light’ at the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre Waterside Theatre with Celine McKenna. on Thursday with John Doherty.

Fiona Higgins, right, at the launch of her exhibition ‘Dappled Light’ at the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre with special guest Noelle McAlinden, Creative Arts Advisor, Ilex and Roisin Clifford, Marketing Manager, Waterside Theatre. Photo: Stephen Latimer.


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Vladimir Teriokhin’s stockinette top is encircled by deep ribbing at the hemline, around the neck and at the cuffs of the three-quarterlength dolman sleeves.

OFF-THE-SHOULDER PULLOVER KNITTED MEASUREMENTS • Sized for Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. Shown in size Small. MATERIALS • 9 (11, 12, 13) 1≥oz/50g balls (each approx 92yd/85m) of Berroco, Inc. Bling Bling (cotton/ acrylic/aluminum) in #1543 white with gold flecks • One pair size 7 (4.5mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE • Two stitch holders FINISHED MEASUREMENTS • Cuff edge to cuff edge, across bust 37 (39μ, 41, 43≤)”/94 (99.5, 104, 110.5)cm • Length from top neck edge to lower edge 22 (23, 24, 25)”/56 (58.5, 61, 63.5)cm GAUGE 18 sts and 28 rows to 4”/10cm over St st using size 7 (3.75mm) needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. BACK With MC, cast on 62 (66, 72, 76) sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 8”/20.5 cm. Change to St st, inc 28 (30,

32, 34) sts evenly spaced across first row—90 (96, 104, 110) sts. Work 3 rows even. Sleeve shaping: Cont in St st, inc 1 st each side on next and then every other row 15 (19, 22, 24) times more; cast on 4 (2, 0, 0) sts at beg of next 2 (2, 0, 0) rows—130 (140, 150, 160) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 20μ (21μ, 22μ, 23μ)”/51.5 (54, 56.5, 59)cm from beg, end with a WS row. Shoulder shaping Bind off 7 (7, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 (4, 10, 4) rows, then 6 (6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 10 (8, 2, 8) rows. Place rem 56 (64, 68, 72) sts on holder for back neck. FRONT Work as for back until beg of shoulder shaping. Next row Mark 24 (28, 30, 32) center sts for beg of neck. Work as for first row of shoulder shaping on back, work across to first marked st, place center 24 (28, 30, 32) sts on stitch holder, work to end. Cont to work shoulders as for back and, working both sides at once, bind off 5 sts from each neck edge once (once, twice, twice), then 3 (4, 4, 3) sts twice (twice, once, three times), then 2 (3, 3, 0) sts twice (once, once, 0), then 0 (1, 2, 0)

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sts 0 (once, once, 0). Work on rem sts until shoulder shaping has been completed. Bind off rem st. FINISHING Sew right shoulder seam. Neck ribbing: With RS facing, join yarn at left edge of front neck and pick up 14 sts along left neck edge, 24 (28, 30, 32) sts from front holder working 2 sts tog twice spaced across, 14 sts along right neck edge, 56 (64, 68, 72) sts from back holder—106 (118, 124, 130) sts. Work even in k1, p1 rib for 4”/10cm. Bind off in rib. Sew left shoulder seam. Sleeve ribbing: With RS facing, pick up and k 68 (74, 78, 82) sts along edge of sleeve. Work even in k1, p1 rib for 4” Bind off in rib. Sew side and sleeve seams.

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Maria is a popular choice as the gaeltacht ‘Mary’ The latest hopeful for the Mary From Dungloe Festival may be a familiar face if you have happened to visit Ionaid Cois Locha in Dunlewey recently. Maria Ni Dhonaill from Lunniagh in Derrybeg was chosen as the Gaeltacht Mary at a function held in Leo’s Tavern in Meenaleck on Saturday night. The 22 year old, who works at Ionaid Cois Locha, was a very popular choice to go forward to the pageant which takes place later this summer. A shocked Maria said she was very proud to be chosen and is really looking forward to meeting all the other girls and making many new friends. “I have always thought I would love to enter the Mary from Dungloe and meet other young women from around the world. “I honestly can’t believe that I have been chosen and I’m just delighted. I’m so looking forward to it,” she said. Maria is pictured with Denis Sweeney and Carol Kieran of the festival committee. PICTURE BY: Eoin McGarvey

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Beatles Fans ‘Come Together’ in Moville in June DID you miss the Sixties? Ireland’s only annual festival of Beatles music, the Beatles BeatlesFest on the Lough, will take place in Moville, Donegal from June 2nd to 5th. The subtitle this year for the festival will be “Why Don’t We Do It in The Road” as, for the first time, the BeatlesFest will take place in the street as well as in the pubs, for which late festival licences have been applied. Said organiser Gerry McLaughlin “there is a mouth watering list of acts this year including The Cavernites from Liverpool who played the world famous Cavern (where the Beatles established themselves) 10 nights in a row during Liverpool’s annual Beatles Week and who are playing the world’s biggest Beatles festival, Abbey Road on the River in Washington DC and Loiusville, Kentucky, just before they arrive for Moville’s BeatlesFest”. There’s also Candlestick Park from Glasgow who have played Liverpool’s Beatles Week several times, playing to a crowd of 30,000 people and who played Abbey Road on the River in 2009. According to band member Kevin O’Kane “It was great playing those massive Beatles festivals. Normally we play to audiences some of whom are Beatles fans but to play to a purely Beatles audience was amazing. You could feel the love coming back at you. It can’t be described. We’re really looking forward to Moville”.  Appearing also is Paul McCartney lookalike and soundalike Neil Tudor who is official endorsed by him and who was his double in the video of Dance Tonight. Also being performed is a short play Lennon v McCartney by Night hawks in dublin.  The star of the event, though, is Tony Bramwell who was not only the Beatles Road manager but their PR guy and talent scout for their manager Brian Epstein, discovering James Taylor and later on, Eva Cassidy.  Tony was best friends with George Harrison and Paul McCartney as a youngster and was with them all the way as their road manager. He knew all the sixties stars like Dylan, Jagger, Richards, Hendrix, Clapton etc. as friends and numbers Bruce Springsteen amongst his current friends. Tony will give a series of talks during the festival and will be signing copies of his book Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles. Paul McCartney, with whom Tony is still in regular touch, once said “If you want to know about The Beatles ask Tony Bramwell. He remembers it better than I do.”

Beatles road manager to answer Moville children’s questions

TONY Bramwell became The Beatles road manager by chance. He saw his childhood friend George Harrison on the top deck of the number 61 bus in Liverpool when Tony was on his way to see a German band (as he thought) called The Beatles as he had seen them advertised as “Fresh from Hamburg” where The Beatles had been playing. “Are you going to watch The Beatles too?” he asked George. “No, I’m in them” George replied. “Can I carry you guitar in so I get in free?” asked Tony, so saving himself the five shillings entrance fee. There were 60 at that gig, 150 at the next and 200 at the next after that. After a few times of Tony getting in free for carrying George’s guitar, band leader John Lennon said “If you’re carrying his, you can carry mine too”. “And mine too” said Paul. And that’s how he got the job as

the Beatles road manager accompanying them throughout the crazy years. Tony made some of the first pop videos, put on Hendrix’s first gig in the UK, became friendly with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and many more such as Bruce Springsteen and discovered James Taylor and later Eva Cassidy. The cover of his book Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With the Beatles has Paul McCartney telling Donovan “If you want to know anything about The Beatles ask Tony Bramwell. He remembers it better than I do”.  As well as appearing at the BeatlesFest on the Lough from June 2nd to 5th in Movile, Tony is going to answer questions from the pupils of Scoil Eoghain who will also sing some Beatles songs for him. The teachers will then take the pupils back to their classes so the the parents can

ask more ‘rock and roll’ type questions of Tony such as the time he went out with Christine Keeler, who was involved in the Profumo scandal which brought down Britain’s War Minister and eventually the Conservative Government. When Tony found out about it he went back to his old girlfriend who was by then Miss World – and who he discovered later was Bob Hope’s ‘kept woman’ in London. Said school Principal Gary Foster “I’m a huge Beatles fan myself and so I’m looking forward to it too”. Playing music to the children, also, will be Neil Tudor who is a Paul McCartney lookalike and soundalike and appeared as his double in the video of Dance Tonight. Neil had lots of conversations on the set with Paul and also his two daughters Heather and fashion designer Stella McCartney. For more info see www.


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John prepares to make a dramatic getaway

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Airs on Thursday, June 2 2011 As John remains in hiding, the police return to talk to Fiz, asking if the name Joy Fishwick means anything to her. Later, a horrified Fiz discovers John’s hiding place. Her instinct is to call the police but John has Hope in his arms. As he pushes her to run away with him, will Fiz co-operate again or will John make his getaway with Hope? Soon afterwards, a dramatic accident leaves someone unconscious… Meanwhile, Becky’s floored to discover that the investigation didn’t come from a routine visit but an anonymous call. Who will she suspect? Elsewhere, Owen’s not happy that Katy now wants to keep the baby. But when Chesney stands up to him, insisting there’s no way he’s going to lose his baby, will Owen have a change of heart?

Airs on Thursday, June 2 2011 Jackson insists on going to a friend’s engagement party. As they return home, Aaron becomes emotional and suggests to Jackson that they could get married too, as he wants everyone to know how much he loves him. However, Jackson says no, assuring Aaron he has nothing to prove. Meanwhile, Adam is feeling guilty about Ella, who is still annoyed with Declan for ignoring her at lunch. When she asks him for a lift to pick up her car, Adam knows what she’s really after. Pulling into a lay-by, Adam kisses Ella, not realising Moira has driven past and seen them together. Back at Butler’s, Moira confronts Adam, warning him to end it or she’ll sort things herself - he’s not only risking his relationship with Mia but also the family’s business and home. Elsewhere, Paddy continues to struggle with his feelings about Rhona, Marlon and the baby and is anxious not to get in the way. Also today, Leyla’s thoughtful after Betty wonders why she and David are not getting married. The pair discuss marriage, and both secretly wonder if it is really such a crazy idea.

Airs on Friday, June 3 2011 Shirley is suspicious about where Phil was last night and heads over to The Arches to confront him. Ricky does some quick-thinking and covers for Phil, coming up with a story involving Alfie and Michael, but Shirley doesn’t believe it. Soon afterwards, Phil discovers that Ricky has applied for the job in Dubai when he receives a phone call asking to provide a reference for his employee. Ricky explains his decision and wonders what Phil will say in the reference, and Phil declares that he hasn’t decided what to tell them yet. At the same time, Shirley tracks down Rainie and warns her to stay away from Phil. She also confronts Phil himself, threatening that she will leave him unless he sorts out his life and gets some help. Wanting to respect her wishes, Phil goes to a support meeting at the community centre. As the meeting gets underway, Rainie rushes in late. Could fresh trouble be looming for Phil with Rainie in close proximity? Meanwhile, Roxy asks Alfie when she will be allowed back in The Vic and he explains that Kat isn’t ready yet. When he mentions it to Kat later, she makes it clear that she’s not ready to move on as the newspapers are still full of stories about the baby swap. Soon afterwards, Roxy issues an ultimatum to Michael about their relationship, making it clear that she won’t wait for him forever. Making a decision, Michael tells Roxy that he wants to be with her and they head over to the pub to celebrate. Although Roxy isn’t sure whether she’ll be welcome, Kat holds back her anger and puts on a brave face as she serves drinks to the pair. Elsewhere, Alfie’s uncle Eddie is reading a newspaper and is surprised to stumble across the name of his nephew among the pages, while Lauren and Whitney agree to open a stall together to raise holiday money after Ryan gives them some financial help.

Airs on Thursday, June 2 2011 Denzo meets Barry, who explains that he set up a new email account for Sarah. He emailed Bob from Sarah’s account and asked him to take over her financial affairs while she is away, promising him a 10% cut. Denzo is impressed by Barry’s criminal nous. In Esther’s house, she mulls over the idea of choosing between Charlie and David. She chooses Charlie and erases David’s number. When she meets with Charlie, he begs her to persuade him that her past will not harm their future. Christy hints to Sean that he should ask Carol for a job. Carol agrees to take Sean on a trial basis. Barry is delighted when Bob reveals to Finn that he is taking over Sarah’s financial business and he will be their unofficial landlord. Vivienne is furious when she learns that Denzo visited Paddy. Vivienne tells him that while she can’t stop him from seeing Paddy she wishes that he could see through his lying ways. Deegan calls to the Station to question about the counterfeit money. He shows them what the fake bills look like but Barry is relieved that Deegan’s query is only a general one and he doesn’t suspect them yet. Finn decides that they are going to check ever note from now on. Paul notes the way Carol treats Sean and asks her to go easy on him. He tells her that if she doesn’t, she’ll find herself on her own again. Esther rejects a call from a UK number and Charlie is suspicious when she says it was a client. Denzo gives Vivienne flowers and, delighted, she asks him and Barry to come for drinks with her to McCoys. In McCoys, Christy helps Carol to be a patient teacher to Sean. Ray is uneasy as he watches Carol and Christy smiling at one another. A fed up Charlie warns Esther that she needs to resolve her past issues before they can move on. In McCoys pub, Barry comforts Viv when she worries about her exhusband being a bad influence on Denzo. Esther calls David to tell him she has changed her mind and that she’d like to meet with him.

There are many leading Irish Acts performing at the Festival including Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama’s Boys), “Johnny Gallagher & Boxtie”, “Seamie O’Dowd Band”, “Moonchild”, “Preachers Son” featuring Tabby Callaghan & Brian Hogan (Kila), “The Skins”, “Roy Fulton Band” (Belfast), “Dave McHugh Band”, “Slumming Angels”, “Zero Resistance”, “Messin’ with d’Gallagher”, “The Bollock Brothers” and solo blues artists Peter Price (England) and Monica Heldal (Norway). The organisers of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2011 are expecting significant attendances at the 4-day Festival between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th June

with Chairperson Barry O’Neill paying tribute to those who continue to support the staging of the Festival, “it would not be possible without the ongoing work by the voluntary committee who put many hours of work into the Tribute Festival for many months, also our sponsors Guinness Ireland, Greenstar and the Ballyshannon Business Community and our key funders - Failte Ireland, Donegal County Council and Ballyshannon Town Council”. The Rory Gallagher Festival takes place between the 2nd and 5th June 2010 in Ballyshannon. All Festival details & Tickets available at

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival Rory Gallagher fans from all over the world will make their annual pilgrimage to Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal for the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2011 between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th June 2011. Rory was given the ultimate honour last year with the unveiling of his Bronze Statue in Ballyshannon, where the born Rock ‘n Blues Guitarist was born on 2nd March 1948 at the appropriately named Rock Hospital. This will be the 10th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon following on from last years unveiling of the Rory Gallagher Bronze Statue in Ballyshannon town centre, with over 10,000 music fans expected to converge on the South Donegal town. The 10th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2011 takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal between 2nd and 5th June 2011 and will feature the legendary Jan Akkerman and his band, yes the Dutchman who was

lead guitarist and frontman to the renowned “Focus”, he will perform on Sunday 5th June at Dorrian’s Hotel, Tickets available on the night. Among the headliners performing at the Gala Concert at the Rory Gallagher Theatre on Saturday 4th June 2011 are former lead guitarist with “Thin Lizzy” Eric Bell and his band, while reflecting the Folk ‘n Blues genre will be Martin Carthy and the renowned “Sinnerboy” tribute band from Manchester make their final appearance anywhere. The Festival that recently received the National Festival Award for ‘Best Medium Sized’ Festival will also see, at this years event. Some 20 International acts from Norway, Holland and the UK will all perform in Ballyshannon, including a first time appearance for “Rock Hospital” from Norway, the return of “Shinkicker” led by Chris Stuckey, the “Tony Dowler Band” and also added to the Programme are the “Jed Thomas Band” (England).



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Release Date: 3 June 2011 Starring: James D’Arcy, Noel Clarke and Frank Harper Director: Reg Traviss

4 Quick Tips for Portraits 1. Keep it Simple

The more complex your scene is the more unlikely you are to get a shot that is the X factor. Keep your backgrounds (and foregrounds) uncluttered, work with natural light where you can, if you have to use artificial light keep it simple and use as few lights as possible.

2. Set up the Shot before Introducing Your Subject to it

Be as prepared as possible before your subject arrives. If you’re shooting in a studio have your lighting ready and camera set up and ready to go. If you’re shooting on location know where you want to shoot. Have your camera’s settings ready to go and even do a few test shots before your subject arrives. This way you don’t keep them waiting around and get to photograph them when they are fresh.

3. Shoot into the Light

Particularly when shooting outdoors, backlighting adds interest depth and sometimes color into an image. Lens hoods are a must if you’re doing this outside in bright environments though – you’ll also need fill flash.

4. Shoot from Slightly Below Your Subject’s Eyeline

You will find that shooting slightly below a persons’s eyeline will be something you eill will find very flattering for most people whether the subject is sitting or standing.

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X-Men: First Class Release Date: 1st June 2011 Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt. Director: Matthew Vaughn

The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK’s most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson’s book of the same name, the project stars James D’Arcy (Master & Commander), Noel Clarke (Kidulthood), Frank Harper (The Football Factory), Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake), Andrew Shim (This Is England) and Kate Magowan (Stardust). The story revolves around former soldier Sam Norwood who takes a job as a prison officer when he returns from Iraq and becomes exposed to the underworld of prison culture - including corrupt guards and drug trafficking.

FOX can breath easy again because I think it’s safe to say the even the extreme fanboys will be putting down their pitchforks and torches and smile after seeing this amazing film. General audiences are going to love this movie. I know some fans can be irrational and hold on to their hate because they expect certain things they read in their books but I can’t seeing anyone being that irrational when faced with a result that delivers what First Class manages to deliver. It honestly is a genre-defining movie on a level with any comic based film that has come before it. Everything in this movie is exceedingly better than what Fox delivered in their last two efforts with this franchise. Going back to the beginning and re-hiring the guy that brought us those films was a splendid idea. The acting here is superb and the dialogue is rich. Every character feels absolutely believable no matter what abilities they have on display. No cartoonish villains or cheese in sight, every side of the issue is presented by people who believe they are the ones who are in the right and the underlying message of tolerance and bigotry only add to the depth of this film. If not a genre-defining movie than maybe it redefines the comic book genre. It restores the sense of epic adventure and grand-scale storytelling that we saw in X2. In fact, it perfectly complements that great film and probably surpasses it. This film is to X2 what Godfather 2 was to the Godfather. Seriously, First Class is an exceptional “flashback” look that links the best of the X-Men trilogy to the past. Instead of DeNiro playing young Vito Corleone we get James McAvoy as young Charles Xavier. Marlon Brando and Patrick Stewart made their respective characters popular but both were more fleshed out by incredible younger talent. I’m not placing the X-Men film itself on a par with the Godfather but both have become legendary in their particular genre. I am, however, saying McAvoy has a bright future as a complex and talented actor. Just like the young cast of Godfather 2 was legendary, the young cast of First Class has many great days and projects ahead of them.

The Point of Regret

Release Date: 6 June 2011 Starring: Christopher Hatherall, Samuel Payne-Cheney and Kai Roberts Director: Simon Tate 1978. A mother, father and their 3 year old son are murdered. The killer their 12 year old son William. 2008. William is released with a new identity and wants to die. Ryan needs the story. A story of courage.

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Filmmaker to make documentary on book about Donegal’s worst paedophiles

“But how could I have done that. How could I have looked at my children in the face again knowing that I allowed this to happen and have done nothing about it?”

THE filmmaker who exposed poet Cathal O’Searcaigh for having sex with young men is making another film which threatens to lift the lid on one of Ireland’s most horrific sex scandals. Neasa Ni Chianain admits her life has been turned on its head since exposing the Donegal poet in her film ‘Fairytale of Kathmandu’. The film showed O’Searcaigh befriending a number of teenagers, many as young as 16, in Nepal in 2005 after raising €50,000 in Ireland to spend on their ‘education.’ The Irish language poet and writer later admitted he had sex with a number of the boys but did not think he had done anything wrong. Now the brave filmmaker who blew the whistle on O’Searcaigh is working on a fictional adaptation based on Donegal Garda Martin Ridge’s book, Breaking The Silence. The film, which is a fictional adaptation of the book, tells the true story of nearly 30 years of sexual abuse by two convicted paedophiles in Co Donegal. The film, which Neasa is making with partner David Rane, is the latest project tackled by the fearless filmmakers who are based in the rural Donegal Gaeltacht village of Gortahork. It reflects the story of two paedophiles, priest Fr Eugene Greene and teacher Denis McGinley. Greene, who violently abused altar boys in different parishes for 17 years, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2000.


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Conrad’s back with celeb chef series

SUPER chef Conrad Gallagher is set to return to TV3’s screens within weeks – with a celebrity version of the show. Last week Cork cook Harry Marquart was crowned the country’s best amateur chef after winning the first Headchef series. Now Conrad is planning to put some Irish celebrities through their paces in his kitchen. The Letterkenny man confirmed filming starts shortly. “We’re shooting it in the next few weeks and it will be on TV for July and August,” said Gallagher. Meanwhile on the business front the Donegal chef is making some changes. He has moved his Sligo restaurant from an arts centre to Rockwood Parade in the centre of the town. He is also opening a brasserie part of his La Stampa restaurant in Dublin. It’s thought he will call it ‘The Dining Room’.

In 2002, teacher McGinley, whom former Detective Ridge said abused “a conveyor belt of victims”, was sentenced to 30 months on 21 sample charges and is now free. Meanwhile Neasa has revealed how her life was thrown on its head when she realized the man she had looked up to turned out to be preying on young boys in downtrodden Nepal. However the mother of two said she couldn’t just ignore what she discovered while making her film. “I would have no hesitation in doing it all over again. I could have just turned a blind eye to it and pretended it hadn’t happened. “But how could I have done that. How could I have looked at my children in the face again knowing that I allowed this to happen and have done nothing about it?” she said. She admits that many people she thought were once friends in the artistic community have snubbed her and refused to talk to her. But she says it is their choice if they want to “live the lie”. She even had to have therapy to cope with the backlash against her as her world threatened to fall to pieces around her – all for exposing the truth. She recently received an apology from RTE in the High Court over comments made in a radio documentary about her documentary. Ni Chianain admits she has only ever met O’Searcaigh, who is still a neighbor of hers, just once since the scandal broke. “I was with my daughter and we were going to a launch in the Glebe Gallery in Churchill. It was very much a quick hello and we just passed each other. “As I was leaving a woman rolled down her car window and asked me why I had made that terrible film about such a nice man. That’s the kind of thing that happens. But I have to say that most people have been very good about it and understand where I am coming from.” She admits that some people do talk to her and others don’t in the tiny village of Gortahork where she and partner David will host the sixth annual Guth Gafa Film Festival from June 10th until 14th. The festival, which features 30 documentaries from around the world, brings more than 2,000 people into the village.



Cllr McBride takes up seat on county council

FORMER Fianna Fail man Michael McBride took up his position on the county councillor today and declared: “I’m delighted to be a Labour Party representative.” Last Friday donegaldaily was first to reveal that Mr McBride had accepted an offer to be co-opted onto Donegal County Council. And today he was accompanied to HQ in Lifford by Senator Jimmy Harte whose seat he is taking up. Said Cllr McBride: “I am deeply honoured to be representing people in Letterkenny and Milford. I know a lot of the councillors on the council and of course some are former party colleagues in Fianna Fail. “I am delighted to be representing the people and for the Labour Party.” Cllr McBride was formally co-opted and welcomed to the body by all other councillors. Senator Harte added: “Michael is a fantastic representative. He will serve the people well. “This is a good day for the electorate and a good day for the Labour Party.”

Eamonn blaney on quitting Ireland. BY EAMONN BLANEY: MANY times in my youth, while arguing with my late father Neil T Blaney about ineffectual government, he always maintained, much to my confusion at the time, that every government is truly representative of the society and the electorate which put them there. That being the case, maybe it’s time for each of us to take a long, hard look at ourselves and ask what contribution we have made? What will we do differently and what personal commitment will we make towards building Ireland Version 2.0? There is nothing that can overrule the will of the people, if they go to the trouble of making it known. The problem as I see it is that most of the people in this country simply want to leave it to somebody else to solve their problems. As a nation we have to start the discussion of how we resolve the mess we’re in and where we are going after we get through it. We need to make tough, courageous decisions. Remember, this crisis was caused specifically by either incompetent or dishonest bankers. On that fateful night when the Government promised to underwrite the banks, it was because the top brass from the banks promised that they had a ‘liquidity’ problem, and not one of capitalisation. They either lied about the situation or were so incompetent they didn’t know what was going on in their own companies! If either party to a contract withholds material information then that contract would be deemed to be null and void in any court. As for me and many others, our contract with the State has been

terminated by ourselves, due to a lack of trust, and the State’s contract with the banks should be terminated for similar reasons. Leave them to the ECB. They took risks and they lost. Bigtime. Banking is a ‘risk’ business, so get over it guys, you will not be allowed to win them all, with us picking up the bills for your pathetic attempts to pretend you know what you’re doing. The solutions to our nation’s problems are relatively straightforward and simple in concept but will be difficult to implement unless we, the people, take the time to understand exactly what is required. There have been warnings of a significant drop in our living standards by many of the so-called ‘experts’. I would prefer to call this a drop in consumption (which is long overdue) and it is essential that we now learn to live within our means. No matter what course of action is taken now it is going to be difficult for all of us. However, this period of discomfort will be worthwhile if we take this opportunity to build a nation which prospers and of which we can be proud. So, here it is. Quietly and behind-the-scenes the Government must decide to show real leadership. The type of leadership that will galvanise the people behind the Government, the type of leadership that inspires and, most importantly, demonstrates that what is right by the many, must come before what is profitable for the few. This leadership will have to make the most difficult decision faced by any government since the founding of the State. That decision is that they inform the ECB that, due to the illegality of the banks representatives’ behaviour, we must withdraw the bank guarantee and the

Irish people cannot be expected to pay for a private company’s losses. Simultaneously, we must withdraw from the euro and return to our own currency which we would devalue by about 20 per cent and, most importantly, peg its exchange rate to sterling. As a result of the recent visit by Britain’s head of state, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister (all at the same time. Coincidence?),it is clear to all Irish men and women, including nationalists such as myself, that our future lies within Europe, but outside of the euro currency. In order for this to succeed we need to mount a united front when dealing with Europe and this means doing so with our nearest neighbour, Britain. There are a lot of very practical reasons why we should take this approach, primarily because it’s now time to be pragmatic and mature enough to bury the hatchet with Britain and get on with building Ireland Version 2.0, with their help. Until such time as the majority of the voters in this country come to the same conclusion I have been left with no practical alternative but to emigrate and join the 70,000-plus Irish people who have gone already. Bank of Ireland refused to open a deposit account for either my Enterprise Ireland-backed company or, for that matter, my election expenses account. When I asked why, I was informed that they don’t have to tell me. Quite simply, AIB and BoI are closed for business. Who does the Government expect to generate the wealth that will pay the pensions of our rapidly ageing society? By 2020 there will be a ‘hole’ in the nation’s pension fund running to €10bn (punts?). And the reason for this is because we

gave it to financial institutions who (according to the ECB) must not be allowed to incur any losses. Wake up, Mr Kenny, this problem is not going to disappear as handily as those of us who emigrate. Meanwhile, the Government keeps bleating on about upskilling the workforce, when the reality is that thousands of highly qualified people have to leave in order to find employment. I’m fortunate as I did not take up a chance to buy a house in 2006 and so am not an economic slave like so many unfortunate people in this country, so I can leave. Nevertheless, I shall go not by choice, but by necessity. Mind you, when you have collectively started the revolution, give me a ring. I will gladly fight to build a new Ireland, just as soon as the majority of you have decided that that is what you want. Alternatively, just keep believing your elected ‘leaders’, pay your mortgage, stay in at the weekends and have a big pint of ‘shut the feck up’! Eamonn Blaney, MBA


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our entitlement to annual leave or holidays from work in Ireland is set out in legislation and in your contract of employment. While you are required to attend work as provided for in your contract of employment, legislation gives various entitlements to leave from work. These include annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave, adoptive leave, carer’s leave, parental leave and other types of leave from work.

The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 provides for a basic annual paid leave entitlement of 4 weeks, although an employee’s contract could give greater rights. It is also important to note that the periods of leave provided for by legislation are the minimum entitlements only, you and your employer may agree to additional entitlements. In the case of agency employees, the party who pays the wages (employment agency or client company) is the employer for the purposes of the Act and is responsible for providing the entitlement. Holiday pay: Pay in respect of annual leave is paid in advance at the normal weekly rate. If your pay varies because, for example, of commission or bonus payments, your pay for your holidays is the average of your pay over the 13 weeks before you take holidays. Taking annual leave It is for your employer to decide when annual leave may be taken, but this is subject to a number of conditions. Your employer must take into account your family responsibilities, opportunities for rest and recreation that are available to you and to consult with you (or your union) at least one month before the leave is to be taken. In addition, annual leave should be taken within the appropriate leave year or with your consent, within 6 months of the relevant leave year. Further holding over (also known as carrying-over) of annual

leave at your wish is a matter for agreement between you and your employer. Rules There are 3 different ways of calculating your annual leave entitlement: • Based on the employee’s working hours during what is called the leave year, which runs from April to March. An employee who has worked at least 1,365 hours in the leave year is entitled to the maximum of 4 weeks’ annual leave unless the employment ceases during the leave year. Many employers use the calendar year (January-December) instead of the official leave year to calculate entitlement • By allowing 1/3 of a working week for each calendar month in which the employee has worked at least 117 hours • 8% of the hours worked in the leave year, subject to a maximum of 4 weeks An employee may use whichever of these methods gives the greater entitlement. An employee who has worked for at least 8 months is entitled to an unbroken period of 2 weeks’ annual leave. Annual leave and sick leave If you are ill while you are on annual leave, you should get a medical certificate from your family doctor (GP) as soon as possible to cover the days that you were sick and give this to your employer as soon as you return to work. In this way, the sick days will not count

as annual leave and will be available to you at a later date. An employer cannot require you to take annual leave for a certified period of illness. However, illness during the leave year will reduce the total number of hours you work and can therefore affect your entitlement to annual leave. While you are on sick leave from work you do not accumulate annual leave entitlement Annual leave and other leave Annual leave is not affected by other leave provided for by law. Time spent on maternity leave, adoptive leave, parental leave, force majeure leave and the first 13 weeks of carer’s leave is treated as though you have been in employment and this time can be used to accumulate annual leave entitlement. Annual leave and leaving employment It is illegal under the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 for an employer to pay an allowance in lieu of the minimum statutory holiday entitlement of an employee unless the employment relationship is terminated. In general, your annual leave is calculated on the basis of hours worked. If you are leaving a job you are entitled to receive payment for any outstanding annual leave and public holidays due to you.







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Hillcrest flock visit and Donegal Texel Championships 2011 DONEGAL Texel Sheep Breeders will hold the 2011 Championships on the farm of William Doherty, Manorcunningham on Friday the 3rd of June at 4pm. This will be the main show of Texel sheep in Donegal this summer. The event will start at 2.30pm with a flock visit of the Hillcrest flock, followed by stock judging and the show will commence at 4pm. The Hillcrest flock has come to the fore of Irish Texels in the past few years with a ewe lamb selling to €2600 in 2009 and ram lamb Hillcrest Rocket Man selling to €2200 at the Irish Premier sale, 2010. Success continued for the flock at the Donegal in lamb ewe sale in 2010 with Hillcrest ewe’s selling to €1520 and €1300.

The flock visit will also give breeders a chance to view Tullyhubbert Lancelot 1st prize stock ram in the Lifeline - Uniblock flock competition 2010, along with Chessy O Conaire and recently imported Garngour Nobleman.  Access roads on the Newtoncunninghan to Letterkenny N13 and the Lifford to Letterkenny N14 will be signposted for this event. The Donegal Club hopes that anyone interested in Texel sheep will join us on the 3rd of June for what will be an enjoyable day.  For further information contact: 087 2285654 or 086 2600309

Department makes sheep payments Payments under the Grassland Sheep Scheme were made to a further 1,170 sheep farmers by the Department of Agriculture on Thursday. This latest raft of payments brings the total paid under the scheme to €18.04m, distributed to 27,123 farmers. Hill sheep farmers up to 20ha received

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The 508 is more grown-up and stylish than Peugeot’s previous large cars

The Peugeot 508 is a new large saloon that replaces both the 407 and the luxurious but flawed 607. It rights the problems of those cars, in a rounded and impressive package.

What’s new? The 508 is part of an effort by Peugeot to move upmarket and potentially steal sales from cheaper versions of the BMW 3 Series. It’s available in saloon and SW estate forms, both longer and more spacious than the 407. Prices start at €24,850 and five trim levels are available. Buyers can choose from seven engine variants. Diesel start with the low-CO2 e-HDi, which uses an advanced stop-start system for emissions of 109g/km (from this summer, 115g/km at launch), then a 112bhp 1.6 or 2.0-litre HDi in 140bhp or 163bhp forms. A four-cylinder 2.2-litre, 204bhp diesel is available only in range-topping GT spec. It is more powerful and efficient (150g/km CO2) than the V6 engine used in the 407. Petrol buyers can opt for a 1.6-litre VTi engine with 120bhp, or a turbocharged THP version of that engine with 156bhp.

What’s it up against? The 508’s main competition includes the Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia, which like the Peugeot are good all-rounders. The 508 is more comfortable than the Opel and doesn’t feel as wide as the Ford - but some buyers may find the badge an issue as large French cars don’t tend to hold their value well. The interior of the Peugeot 508 is solid, classy and comfortable Why should I buy one? The 508 is pretty well sorted for equipment. Every 508 comes with daytime running lights, air-con, USB connection, six airbags, ABS, brake assistance, ESC, traction control and electronic brake-force distribution. Buyers who choose GT spec get an especially plush interior and lots of high-tech toys. Inside, the 508 is very impressive. There is lots of space for front and rear passengers,

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FINN Harps have about as much chance of challenging for a place in the Premier League next season as Ivor Callely has of becoming the next President. But the Balybofey side’s season eventually kicked off day when they won their first league game at the 12th attempt against Athlone Town. A solitary Kevin McHugh goal after 20 minutes in very fortunate circumstances for the home team was the only real difference between the sides. The Midlanders’ Niall Scullion and goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann got their lines of communication all wrong from a Paddy McLaughlin’s delivery. Scullion headed the ball blindly to where he presumably anticipated where he thought Schlingermann would be but he wasn’t and McHugh stole in to score from all of three yards with an open net at his mercy. Inside as little as six minutes McHugh passed up a decent opportunity when Scullion failed to cut out an optimistic ball forward from McLaughlin, which left McHugh in the clear. But the Harps skipper opted for the early shot from 20 yards and his effort curled over the crossbar. Harps continued to dominate and Packie Mailey’s header from Marc Brolly’s corner flew wide as Bonner and Garbhan

Friel also drew saves from the Athlone number one. Substitute Ronan Stack then diverted a shot from Mailey away as the half drew to a close. Manager Peter Hutton and director of football Felix Healy should have been content with the first half showing and Harps played the ball around well with Mark Forker and Aaron McAlwee particularly impressive. However, with eight straight defeats going into the game, confidence was understandably fragile and there were a few restless moments after the interval. Athlone, who offered nothing in the first half with Alex Gardner isolated up front, restructured after the interval and Tommy Barrett was pushed forwards for a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation and he brought the first save of the evening from Ciaran Gallagher on 54 minutes. Then, two minutes later Paul Danagher should’ve levelled matters when he missed a header from inside the six-yard box following a corner from Kevin Williamson. Another corner from the Athlone skipper saw Gallagher fortunate to escape with a flap as the balance of power seemed to be shifting. Monaghan then trailed a shot just wide of the Harps’ upright. Danagher then saw a header land on the roof of the net following as the hosts began to get overrun in midfield.

Referee Dave McKeon then waved his head after what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty award when McHugh was bundled over by Darren Young and although Athlone did threaten more and more, Harps work rate was commendable and they laterally created a few opportunities themselves. Friel was within inches of a drilled Forker delivery and McHugh uncharacteristically missed a one-on-one when set away by substitute Ciaran Coll and Bonner should’ve made it two when Forker was against the architect. In the end, though, the scantly populated home support were more than happy with the single goal and the long-awaited first win. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher;Paddy McLaughlin, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Gareth Harkin; Mark Forker, Aaron McAlwee, Thomas Bonner, Marc Brolly (Ciaran Coll 77); Garbhan Friel, Kevin McHugh. Athlone Town: Michael Schlingermann; Niall Scullion, Tommy Barrett, Paul Danaher, Jamie Carr; Kevin Williamson, Darren Young (Roy King 80); Stephen Relihan, Kevin Horan (Ronan Stack 19), Eoin Monaghan; Alex Gardner (Bobby Tier 63). Referee: Dave McKeon.


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Champions League Final FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United in the finals of UEFA Champions League to become the champions for the Fourth time. Barcelona beat Manchester by 3-1 in the finals at Wembley Stadium in London to win the crown for the 4th time ands 3rd time in 6 years. The match began with a slow start with Barcelona having the maximum ball possession until Barcelona’s Pedro Rodreigu-

iez scored the first goal from the corner with the assist from Xavi in the 27th Minute of the match. Manchester came back in the match when striker Wayne Rooney scored the first goal for them with an assist from Ryan Giggs in the 34th Minute of the Match. The scores were 1-1 till the half time. But in the 54th Minute, Barca’s Star Player Lionel Messi hit the goal with his magical left

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foot with an assist from Andres Iniesta. In the 70th Minute of the Match, Spanish striker David Villa scored the third goal for the Barcelona which sealed the win for his team. After Barcelona’s third goal, Manchester’s hopes were almost shattered and they were unable to score any goal in the second half which led to their defeat in the finals.

NOW that the football season is over it would be appropriate to look back on what has been one of the strangest and most entertaining Premier Leagues for some time. The entertainment value came from the unpredictability of the outcome, because up until the last three weeks the identity of the champions was unknown and up until the last seconds did we know the relegated. The quality level may not have been as high as previous years but that does not detract from the quality of the excitement. There was no single outstanding team to show true quality and the eventual champions Manchester United are probably the poorest team to win the Premier League since its inception. Their main challengers Chelsea had a mid season meltdown of seismic proportions largely due to the meddlings of their spoilt owner and over bearing administration that

The demolition of Manchester United by Barcelona on Saturday has pundits, fans and players asking the question -’Is this the best team ever?’. The difficulty with such a question is that it is impossible to compare teams from different eras. The contenders for this throne would hail from a list including Real Madrid and Benfica from the 1960’s, Ajax and Bayern Munich from the 1970’s, Liverpool of the 1980’s and AC Milan from the 1990’s. All of these teams have their merits and their roll of success speaks volumes for their achievemnets. Real Madrid included the great De Stefano ably assisted by the mercurial Puskas, Benfica had Eusebio pulling the strings, Ajax centred around Cruyff, Baytern Munich boasted Beckenbaur and Gerd Muller, Liverpool had Dalglish and Rush whereas AC Milan paraded the skills of Van Basten, Gullitt and Rijkard. But how can you determine if they deserve merit above their counterparts? Real Madrid won five consecutive European Cups, but it was in a competition that had no British representation and didn’t have the same glory and acclaim as todays event. Benfica were a one man outfit by all accounts and didn’t function when Eusebio didn’t. Bayern Munich were more famous for their power and eficiency than for the skill level. Liverpool’s football, although hugely effective was rarely effervescent and at times could include alot of back passes to the goalkeeper. AC Milan’s domination also occured in a time when English clubs were banned from European competition and Sacchi’s tactics were noted for their defensive strength punctuated by moments of brilliance from the likes of Gullit and Van Basten. This leaves us with two outstanding candidates fro the best team ever, Ajax of the 1970’s or Barcelona of today. The reason why these two have been chosen is because in my opinion not only only do they dominate the football landscape of their era, but their imprint will be forever evident in football. Rinus Michel invented Total Football, a style of football that required every footballer to have flexibility and not be stuck to a rigid system and therefore the players would often interchange roles. They were all confident on the ball and looked to be part of the play. This is echoed in Barcelona’s Tika Taca style of ball retention where every player has the confidence to know that having the ball is the only thing that really matters, and all have the first touch and control to ensure that they hold onto it. The Total Football style of Michels was interpreted on the pitch by his midfield general Johann Cruyff, who was incidentally reposonsible for the introduction of Barcelona’s style of play in his time in charge at Barcelona. So, although it is impossible to say which team was the greater it is fair to say that Johann Cruyff is the central figure in giving us two glorious footballing dynasties.

removed Ancelotti’s right hand man Ray Wilkins, and thereby undermined his authority. Arsenal’s self belief melted after their Carling Cup loss and with it their title challenge as Wenger continued to prove stubbornly resistant to the now incredibly obvious fact that he needs to

invest major money in experienced players to supplement his young outfit. Of the others, Manchester City suffered from the conservatism of their manager Robert Mancini whose style of management is more suited to Italian football, and Tottenham proved that the burden of Champions League football requires a stronger second string in order to repeat the feat of qualifying for it. Liverpool seemed spent as a force at the top until Kenny Dalglish’s renaissance, but it remains to be seen if it any thing other than a blip on downward curve for the club as major investment in playing staff and infrastructure is required. For all of these reasons there was a vulnerability about the teams that left the outcome of the season in the balance and therefore made it an exciting season overall, even if the quality of the eventual winners is not impressive.




Three Donegal athletes make Irish European team

Irish athletics team manager Patsy McGonagle has included three Donegal athletes in the Irish team taking part in the prestigious European Cup in Turkey later this month. Letterkenny AC’s Darren McBrearty will run in the 800 metres in what has been a superb season so far. Tir Chonaill AC’s Mary McLoone will compete for Ireland in the triple jump.

And Finn Valley’s Tori Pena will represent her country in the pole vault. City of Derry’s impressive Jason Smyth will run in the 100 metres. After successfully hosting the Summer Universiade and group matches during the World Basketball Championship last summer, the Turkish city of _zmir is ready to roll for this giant sporting event: the European Team Championships First

League athletics meeting. The championship will take place between June 18-19 in the Aegean city with the participation of 12 countries: Turkey, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Hungary, Switzerland, Romania, Norway, Greece and Slovenia. The teams will compete to earn a promotion for the Super League.

41 st annual area primary schools athletics challenge Venue: Date: Time:

Finn Valley A.C., Stranorlar, Co. Donegal 1st June 2011 11.00am sharp

Program of Events: Born 2004 60m Born 2003 60m, 100m Born 2002 80m, 300m Long Jump, High Jump Born 2001 80m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see a) Born 2000 100m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot put, Ball Throw for distance Born 1999 100m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see b)Ball Throw for distance Born 1998/99 Shot Born 1998 100m, 800m Rules: • Entry fee is £2.50-€3.00 payable in advance or on arrival, each child will receive memento • Children may compete in two events onlyplus relay • Children to compete in their own age category, the exception being relay where the sections are: • born 2001and 2002 • born 1999 and 2000 • Schools are limited to 2 children in each high jump, long jump, shot and ball throw.

This event continues to be developing with 92 schools participating during 2011.Qualifying regional trails where appropriate will take place during April/May. It is desirable to have a local area qualifying final. Areas which had a qualifying competition last year, were FinnValley (2 days) North West, Rosses, Buncrana, Killybegs South West. Two athletes per event qualifying for the county finals along with one relay each regional event. Schools in other areas may wish to organise a qualifying competition amongst themselves on a mutually agreed day. Schools unable to organise locally may still compete at County final with one athlete per event plus relay team per age group. Principals please note the former as numbers have forced: it is therefore desirable to have a local area event if at all possible. Awards- medals top 3, certificates for all children N.B. where areas do not hold qualifying events I will on this occasion hold firm on the above namely one athlete per event per school in jumps and throws. You can understand this as there are time and safety limitations on the day. The only change to the normal format is that I will organise the relays based on school size (this proved very popular in more recent years ): small school ----1 to 100 pupils, medium size ----1 to 200, large schools--- 200 plus Further Details from Patsy McGonagle at 087 2226112 Email:

Margret Kelly in action on Sunday in the Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon, on her way to victory in her AG and second place overall.

Letterkenny tri-athletes shine through at annual Liam ball event SUNDAY past saw the 26th Liam Ball sprint triathlon take place at the templemore sports complex on the outskirts of Derry City. It was a great day for the Letterkenny club and its members who travelled in numbers to take part in the event. With weather conditions almost perfect a number of athletes shone through and came to the fore in their respective age groups and categories. Alan Mitchell was first home for the Letterkenny based club, finishing in 3rd place overall and 1st place in his age group in a time of 1.05.40 getting himself off to a great start for this coming season providing a platform from which to build on over the coming summer months. Margret Kelly, seems to be back to her best, finishing in 2nd place overall and 1st in her age group with a time of 1.18.11 which will more than make more up for the disappointment of Limavady a couple weeks ago. Other club members Ben George, Padraig Mitchell, Mark Nicholls, Lee Davies, Paul O Gara and Nick Fowell also had good performances finishing in the top 50 on this tough course in a field full of talented athletes from across the country. Siobhan Gallgher who was competing in her first triathlon and Bronagh O Gara also finished very positively with excellent performances placing themselves in the top 10 female finishers, which will no doubt give themselves great confidence for the coming season. David Gallagher, Adrian Mc Gettigan, Kevin Hennessey competed well and will be happy with their performances on the day, congratulations also goes out to Cathal Roarty and Niall Mulrine on completing their first tri, which will hopefully be the first of many. This was a great display by individual athletes as many of the club are only in their 2nd competitive season, and is testament to the attitude and dedication of everyone. The benefits of the tough winter training are finally starting to show for everyone. The next outing for most athletes is Athy county Kildare this coming weekend, on what is thought to be the best tri course in the country, here’s hoping that we see some more great performances and the club can continue to take huge leaps forward in its development, and build on it’s reputation as one of the best up and coming clubs in the country. The club would also like to wish its chairman Gavin Crawford all the best as he takes part in the Army European Triathlon Championships in Holland this Wednesday.


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McLaughlin victory puts him through to euro champs

Donegal’s Willie McLaughlin claimed the welterweight place on the Ireland team for next month’s European Elite Championships following a close win over the St Michael’s Athy fighter John Joe Joyce in Saturday morning’s box-off finals at the National Stadium. McLaughlin, who boxes out of the Illies GG club, had one point to spare over John Joe Joyce, the Donegal man winning 9-8 in the welterweight class. The IABA used the box-offs to decided the 60kg and 69kg places on the Ireland team for the 2011 European Elite Championships which begin in Ankara, Turkey, on 14 June. The ten-man Ireland squad will travel to Sheffield tomorrow for a training camp with Britain, Poland and Estonia. The squad will return home on 5 June before travelling to Ankara on 11 June. Ireland claimed five medals, one gold, one silver and three bronze at the 2010 European Elite Championships in Moscow, finishing second in the medals table behind Russia.

Confirmed: eunan is world record holder THE Guinness Book of Records today confirmed that Ballybofey man Eunan Devenney has set a new world record after consecutively hitting a punch bag for 45 hours and four minutes. The 43-year-old threw an incredible 372,650 punches during the weekend marathon. Said Eunan: “I’m feeling on top of

the world! “It has been a long long journey from training to the final record being set. It was tough at the start because I knew what was ahead of me.” The record neats the previous time of 38 hours set by Englishman Tom Varley.

Harps Launch “Thrilla in Da Villa” Boxing Night Seconds out! There will be blood, sweat and tears in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on Saturday July 2nd when Finn Harps supporters switch sports to star in the “Thrilla in Da Villa” White Collar Boxing Night to raise money for the club. The action packed evening will include a series of 10 bouts with both male and female participants getting ready to rumble and lace up their gloves for 3 1-minute rounds. Event Manager Sharon Scanlon is sure those attending will have a great night out. “This is the first White Collar Boxing Night in the Twin Towns so we have made every effort to ensure everyone enjoys an evening full of entertainment. We are adding all the ingredients which will give the event a real sense of occasion. Oisin Kelly from Highland Radio will be MC for the night while DJ Gamble will play the music each boxer has chosen to be his/her signature tune for their contest. We also have the one and only Mad

Marcus performing in the interval so its promises to be a knockout night!” she said But how are the gallant volunteers faring with the rigorous training regime? Very well, according to Sharon. “Anyone who has participated in White Collar Boxing will tell you it’s anything but easy but everyone has risen to the challenge. The dedication and commitment of the boxers has been fantastic. They are a great bunch of people and on the 2nd of July I think everyone is going to be amazed at the lean mean fighting machines on display!” she added Participating Boxers are: Rodney Dullaghan, Donal Kelly, Aisling Gallagher, Damien Bradley, Dean McDevitt,  Pauric McCrory,  Mark Harvey, Brian McCrea, Darren McNulty, Thomas McBride, Shane Elliot, Brian (Packie) Coll,  Margaret Kennedy,  Fiona McSorley, Joey O Leary,  Stephen Toner,  Gerry Keavney,  Barney McGuigan,  Andrew Scanlon. Tickets cost €15 and are available from Finn Harps Club House on 074-9130070 or from Villa Rose Hotel or any of the boxers.



Jamie McLaughlin

Hurling & Camogie

All-Ireland Final - Lory Meagher Cup

Donegal and Tyrone face each other in the Lory Meagher Cup final in Croke Park this Saturday 4 June. Throw-in is 12 noon. The senior hurlers have been in good form of late, despite that nail-biting extra-time win over South Down in the semifinal. Tyrone pipped Donegal at this same stage last year but the confidence is high within the Donegal camp. Best of luck to Donegal and all involved. U14 League: B semi-final Carn 3-3, Letterkenny Gaels 1-3 The Carn u.14 hurlers travelled to Letterkenny Gaels last Thursday night to play in the (B) league semi final. The boys secured a hard fought victory on a score line of 3-3 to 1-3. This game has proven to be the best so far and if the boys continue their hard work it all augers well for the championship. The final will now take place this Thursday evening against Burt in O’Donnell Park. The team were; J.Monagle,E. Harkin,C.Doherty,C.

Doogan,P.j.Walker,C.Doherty(T),M. Doherty(T),M.Porter,E.Callaghan,P. Callaghan,N.Mullarkey,D. Mc.Carron,P.Mc.Carron,D. Doherty,W.Callaghan,L.Callaghan, C.White and P.Mc Laughlin. The scorers on the night were E.Callaghan (1-2), P.Callaghan (1-0), M.Porter (0-1) and l.Callaghan (10). Training will be on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm so a good turnout is expected. U14 League finals: Thursday, 2 June ‘A’ Final: Buncrana v Aodh Ruadh ‘B’ Final: Carn v Burt Buncrana will start as favourites for the league final against Ballyshannon outfit, Aodh Ruadh.With Donegal and Ulster Feile titles already won, Tom Clare and Gerry Vaughan’s superb young side have already gained so much this year and they will look to captain Tom Clare (jr), Sam ‘Roe’ Doherty and their younger players Dylan Duffy and Patrick Wilson to hold out Aodh Ruadh’s threat. In the ‘B’ Final, Burt and Carn meet for the second time, with Burt

holding the upperhand with victory earlier in the season. Burt will look to Stephen McCafferty and Kyle McGrath to lead the line, with Tom Doherty and Paul McGrath in support. Both Burt and Carn have young teams and it will be a test for both teams. Puc Fada Good luck to Jamie McLaughlin, Carndonagh, on Saturday 4th who will represent Donegal in the u.16 Puc Fada in Belfast. Burt’s Paul Burns won the Senior section, but his involvement in the Donegal squad means he will miss out on participating this year. Feile Skill Star Burt’s Kyle McGrath will represent Donegal at next month’s Feile na nGael in Galway after winning the Donegal Skills challenge on Sunday in O’Donnell Park. He will join Burt’s U14 camogie side and Buncrana’s U14 hurlers at the competition. Good luck to them all.

Ladies Football

LADIES INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP MALIN 1-08 CONVOY 3-05 Malin ladies exited the 2011 Championship at the first hurdle, two late goals from the visitors making all the difference in Connolly Park on Sunday. Malin, having being well beaten in the away leg, needed a win to force this tie to a third game and they got off to the perfect start playing with a strong breeze at their backs, Zoe Doherty collecting a long ball from Linda McColgan to fire into the net in the first minute. Malin continued to dominate throughout the half adding a further 5 points without reply before Convoy finished the half strongly, Sarah Allen and Fiona Allen hitting a goal and a point respectively before the break to leave four points between the sides at half time. A Fiona McCool score early in the second half left just a score between the sides before Zoe Doherty, who was well marshalled by a combination of Kelly Wilson and Fiona Allen throughout, hit two scores in the 10th and 11th minutes to put Malin five clear again. Convoy responded with scores from Kelly Wilson and Niamh Mailey to leave a goal between the sides once more before an excellent effort from Zoe Doherty with 5 minutes remaining put Malin four in front. The Malin girls were visibly tiring playing into the wind and their worst fears were about to unfold, the very dangerous Niamh Mailey finally breaking free from Ciara Walsh to hit a goal and a point to draw the sides level before a late goal from Fiona McCool, which went in off the underside of the crossbar, secured the victory and passage to the next round to the delight of the visitors. Scorers: Malin: Zoe Doherty(1-06, 1 free), Sarah Devlin, Kayla Farren.

Convoy: Niamh Mailey(1-02), Fiona McCool(1-01), Sarah Allen(1-0), Fiona Allen, Kelly Wilson. Carn Ladies - U12 The u12 girls had their first blitz of the season on Saturday out in Urris, and they all enjoyed their games. We had eleven girls out with us and they all worked very hard for each other. The girls played four matches, one each against the other clubs, Urris, Malin, Buncrana and Moville. The team on the day was Shauna Harkin, Rachel McLaughlin, Emine McGonagle, Tara McColgan, Niamh McDaid, Niamh Harkin, Enya McDermott, Caoimhe Doherty, Orla Cox, Jessica Clarke and Danielle Houghten. The blitz next week will be held in Buncrana and players will be notified of the details on Friday. Buncrana Ladies - U12 Our u12 Girls were on their travels when they went to Urris for an Inishowen blitz on Saturday, we fielded two teams, Green and Gold in this Go Games blitz, although the games are played in a non-competitive manner it was great to see all the girls able to compete on a par with all the clubs at this age group and excel in their games as well. This is testament to the hard work being put in by the managers and players who are beginning to see their labour start to bare fruit. Thanks to the Urris club for organising this well attended blitz and we hope to return the favour this Saturday when we will host the next blitz. A special plea is made to all parents to come along and support the girls in their early football careers.

Malin Ladies GAA Team Carn v Buncrana - U14 Buncrana travelled to Carndonagh on Tuesday last, the game was played in far from ideal conditions which effected the flow of the game. The Carn girls started the stronger and built up a commanding lead.They got off to a good start with Sally Marie McClure dominating the midfield and moving the ball forward quickly to set up the first score. Labhaoise Clarke and Emer Mc Laughlin worked well together up front and their efforts paid off with a point each in the first half. Niamh McDaid and Sally Marie played well together also and this helped to seal a good half time score. A welcome break at halftime gave the Buncrana girls and management a chance to regroup and reorganise. From the throw in Buncrana battled hard throughout the field and managed to hold their opponents scoreless and if they had been a little less wasteful in front of goal they could have overhauled the Carn score. But the Carn girls continued to domi-

nate and worked very hard for each other,and the visitors would have scored if not for the persistence of Aislinn Gibbons, Tamara Duffy and Rebecca Doherty in the Carn defence line. Carn didn’t score in the second half but it wasn’t through want of trying and effort, Buncrana defended very well in the second half. Particular praise on the day for Buncrana must go to the skillful and hardworking, Sarah Barnett and Leah Ryan.

FIXTURES U14 Tuesday 7th June. Carndonagh v Malin Moville v Burt Urris v Buncrana RESULTS, Sun 29th May Seniors. Moville 4-8 Glenfin 1-6


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Donegal win helps Killygordon unveil super new pitch DONEGAL saw off Leitrim by 4-17 to 1-11 in a challenge game on Sunday to mark the opening of a superb new facility at Pairc Aodh Rua - the Red Hugh’s ground in Killygordon. It was a superb result for Donegal with Kilcar teenager impressing with a score of 1-3 in the first half and Stephen Griffin scored 2-3 after coming on as a sub. It was also great to see Christy Toye back in action, getting 70 minutes under

his belt. Donegal manager Jim McGuinness used the game to give some up and coming stars their chance. And he said of those who took part: “You can see that they had a wee bit about them and that if they continue to develop, they will keep trying to get into the squad.” McGuinness said captain Michael Murphy will be fit to face Cavan in the USC

clash with Cavan on June 12th. Other senior players like Karl Lacey and Kevin Cassidy were rested for the friendly, while Mark McHugh, Eamon McGee and Rory Kavanagh continue to recover from injuries. The day was all about Killygordon however. A great credit to all involved at Aodh Rua on a superb day for the club.

Inishowen GAA round up All County League Division 3 Reserve Football: Buncrana 1-04 Carndonagh 5-16. Carn reserves played with the advantage of the strong breeze in the first half and were much too strong for a younger Buncrana outfit. All Carn’s forwards were prepared to put the work and managed to score 4-09 by the time the first half ended. The move of the game occurred early in the first half when the ever tenacious Tiarnan Coyne intercepted a pass, then kicked a long ball to corner forward Barry Grant who delightfully flighted the ball over the hands of the defenders to find the onrushing Fergal Mathews. Fergal, powering in on goal at speed left the keeper floundering to score the first goal of the game. In the second half, Buncrana used the breeze to good advantage but were always trailing a stronger Carn team. The team and scorers were; Sean Doherty, John Hirrell, Paddy McLaughlin, Paul Lafferty, Paul Canny, Tiaran Coyne, Ciaran O’Callaghan, Ryan Kelly(1-02), Kevin Doherty, Fergal Mathews(1-01), Kevin Doherty(0-02), Sean McLaughlin(G), Barry Grant(005), Darragh McLaughlin(1-02), Stephen Doherty(2-02), Robin O’Doherty(0-02), Shane Doherty(G), Benny Doherty and James Carr. Senior Football: Buncrana 0-11 Carndonagh 0-08. The disappointment was evident on the Carn management, players and supporters alike when the final whistle brought this local derby to a close. The injury to midfielder Oliver McConologue after 5 minutes was indeed a big blow to team morale. Throughout the game the Buncrana players appeared the livelier with lots of speed and incisive running, both on and off the ball. Individually the Carn players could not be faulted but as a team they failed to provide the free flowing football that is needed to win games. Mickey Nelson was resolute in defense while Donnacha Gallagher playing at corner forward scored 6 of Carn’s 8 points.

The team and scorers were; Declan O’Donnell, Ronan O’Connor(0-01), Gerry Simpson, Michael Nelson, Dermot McGonagle, Paddy Nelson, Rory Ward, Oliver McConologue, Richard Cunningham(0-01), Dominic Doherty , Cathal O’Kane , Gerard Doherty (K), Michael McLaughlin, Donnacha Gallagher(0-06), Joe Lafferty, Garvan McGrenra.

U14 Inishowen League Moville 0-7 Malin 1-09 Moville and Malin played a tight game in terrible weather last Friday night and it was credit to both teams who put up good scores despite the conditions. Malin started the scoring with two Christopher Doherty points, one from play and the other from a free. Moville responded with a free from Pearce Parkinson. Malin then had their best spell of the game with Christopher Mc Laughlin hitting two great points. Jonathan Mc Laughlin, Danny Mc Carron and Cain Stevens also got on the score sheet for Malin. Despite their dominance in this spell, they put too many wides up and two Moville scores before half time from Liam Grimley and Joshua Lafferty left the half time score Moville (0,3) Malin (0,7) and all to play for. A point for both sides right away after half time kept four between them, Parkinson for Moville and Stevens for Malin. Jonathan Mc Laughlin then goaled for Malin after running through and hitting a great shot past Kelly,despite the tough tackling from the Moville midfield Browne and Doherty.Moville then had their best spell of the game and with the elements and pitch in their favour they scored three points, Lafferty and two from midfielder Ronan Doherty. Despite conceding these three points the Malin defence held firm with Ryan Doherty and Lee Mc Daid keeping the goal threat at bay and the hard working corner and wing backs Malin made it very hard for the Moville attack. They even had time for the last score of the game from Dermot Mc Dermott. Moville Team and scorers: Conor Kelly,Ethan O Kane,Liam Grimley (0,1),Alan Brown,Oran Henry,Caolan Melarkey,Dara Kelly,Mark

Browne,Ronan Doherty(0,2),Joshua Lafferty(0,1),Martin Fiorentini,Pearse Parkinson(0,3),Daragh Kelly,Jack Mc Dermott and Ronan Kelly Malin Team and scorers:Jason Mc Dermott,Ruairi Mc Carron,Ryan Doherty,Aran Mc Laughlin,Thomas Mc Laughlin,Lee McDaid,Tiarnan Stevens,Christopher McLaughlin(0,2),Jonathan McLaughlin(1,1),Christopher Doherty(0,2),Cain Stevens(0,2),Danny McCarron(0,1),Conor McColgan,Mitchell Dutton and Dermot Mc Dermot(0,1) Malin 4-10 Buncrana 0-2 Played on Sunday Morning as Buncrana had hurling Feile action on the previous Friday, Malin came out on top to book their place in the Inishowen ‘A’ final. This was effectively the ‘A’ semi-final and Buncrana will be bitterly disapointed with their performance as Malin had a great start and never looked back. There was a strong wind at Connolly Park and Malin took full advantage,though it took them 10 minutes to settle with Christopher McLaughlin hitting a free to open their account. Dermot Mc Dermott then pounced to score a goal for Malin, after Buncrana keeper Ryan Mac Lochlainn had kept out a goal effort from Jonathan Mc Laughlin, to tap home the rebound. Conor O’Dochairtaigh then pointed a free for Buncrana. Christopher Doherty and two Christopher Mc Laughlin points extended the lead for Malin.Buncrana got their second score from O’Dochairtaigh, again hitting a good free against the wind. Christopher Mc Laughlin then turned provider for Jordan McLaughlin who bravely beat the Buncrana keeper as the ball went under the unfortunate keeper for a Malin goal.Christopher Doherty caught the resulting kickout and fed Jordan again and he shot into the roof of the net. Mc Laughlin was now on form and bagged his hatrick running through after beating his man to put Malin in a commanding position at half time. The second half saw the Malin defence hold resolute and they scored from Jonathan McLaughlin and two Christopher McLaughlin frees put any thoughts

of a Buncrana comeback to bed even with the strong wind. Buncrana had a player sent off for two bookings and the game was over as a contest early in the second half. Malin put over three more points from Jonathan Mc Laughlin,Jordan McLaughlin and Peter Doherty to run out winners. Malin Team and scorers:Jason Mc Dermott,Ruairi Mc Carron,Ryan Doherty,Conor McColgan,Thomas Mc Laughlin,Lee McDaid,Tiarnan Stevens,Peter Doherty(0,1),Jonathan McLaughlin(0,2),Christopher Doherty(0,1),Cain Stevens,Christopher Mc Laughlin(0,5) Danny McCarron,Jordan McLaughlin(3,1) and Dermot Mc Dermot(1,0) Buncrana Tean and scorers:Ryan MacLochlainn,Oisin O’Grainne,Cristior MacCronbí,Ryan Mac Elhinney,Paddy Mc Laughlin,Pól Ailson,Peadar O’Dochairtaigh,Jim O’Dochairtaigh,Aindreas O’Dochairtaigh,Shane McClean,Tom Elair,Eoghan McColgan,Conor O’Dochairtaigh,Craig O’Dochartigh, Conor Porter

McLaughlin started the second half scoring with a point before Cregan and Matthew doherty added points either side of Carn’s only point of the half. Sean McHugh got on the scoresheet with 1-1 soon after. Cregan’s three-pointer and points from Ryan (Goose) and Calvin Gallagher (0-2) wrapped the game up. Burt team: Mark mcElheinney; Conor Bradley, Tom Doherty, Craig Brogan; Johnny McDaid, Mark Coyle, Shaun Gallagher; Sean McHugh, Stephen McCafferty; Ryan (S) McLaughlin, Kyle McGrath, Matthew Doherty; Jordan Arbuckle, Tony Cregan, Ryan Doherty (Goose); Calvin Gallagher, JP Hegarty, Aaron Doherty (Goose), Keith Grant, Ciaran Bradley and Shane O’Donnell.

Burt 6-9 Carndonagh 0-3

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Early first half goals from Burt effectively put the result beyond doubt, and this victory should see their progress to the Inishowen ‘A’ final. Carn and Burt were evenly matched in the opening exchanges as both teams struggled with the wind and slippery conditions. While Carn did well to hit a couple of long range efforts over the bar with aid of the wind, Burt’s reply was swift and accurate. Stephen McCafferty hit Burt’s first three pointer after five minutes and they were 2-0 to 0-2 up a minute later when McCafferty and his cousin Kyle McGrath combined for the latter to drive a goal into the roof of the net. Carn’s two points were the last of the half for the visitors as Tony Cregan (1-1), Ryan Doherty (Goose)(1-0) and Matthew Doherty (0-1) finished out the first half’s scoring. Half-time score: Burt 4-2, Carn 0-2. Burt’s success was very much down to their defence, with Tom Doherty leading the team from full-back. Shaun Gallagher and Johnny McDaid’s contribution from wing-back was also telling, particularly in the second half. Ryan (S)

Inishowen Underage Fixtures Kevin Lynch Electrical Carnamoyle, Muff U12 Go Games, Tuesday 31 May 7pm Carn v Buncrana Moville v Burt Malin v Urris Muff Bye

Buncrana v Moville Carn v Muff Urris v Burt Malin Bye U8 Inishowen Football Go Games, Saturday 4 June 11am Muff v Burt Moville v Urris Malin v Buncrana Carn Bye All County Results Saturday, 28 May Brian McCormack Sports Division 1 St Eunans 0-10 Malin 0-5 Brian McCormack Sports Division 1 Reserve St Eunans 0-9 Malin 1-10 Centra Supermarkets Divison 3 Buncrana 0-11 Carndonagh 0-8 Centra Supermarkets Divison 3 Reserve Buncrana 1-5 Carndonagh 5-20 Marley Coach Hire Division 4 Letterkenny Gaels 0-9 Moville 2-10



Donegal Northern Board RESULTS Peter McFadden Breenagh Under 8 Go Games Group 4 Section A McCumhaills A 5 Convoy A 2 Red Hughs A 8 Glenfin A 4 McCumhaills A 4 Red Hughs A 10 Convoy A 10 Glenfin A 3 Section B Red Hughs B 4 Glenfinn B 6 Section C MacCumhaills C 6 Red Hughs B 7 Peter McFadden Breenagh Under 12 Go Games Section One Termon 4.10 Milford 3.08 County U16 Div 2 League Final Naomh Colmcille 1.09 Naomh Conaill 2.07

FIXTURES Wednesday 1st June 7.30 pm Crawford Trophies Lifford Under 14 Division One Convoy v Burt Cathal Doherty

Glenfin v McCumhaills Gerard McHugh Gaoth Dobhair v St Eunans A Hugh McGarvey Cloughaneely v Fanad Gaels Conal O Baoill Division Two Section One Carndonagh v Malin Alan Friel N Colmcille v N Padraig Lifford Paul Crampsie R Emmets v Red Hughs Gareth Devenney Buncrana v Urris Chris Lynch Division Two Section Two St Michaels v Letterkenny Gaels Gary McDaid Gaoth Dobhair v Termon Joe Casey Milford v Downings Mark McConigley Glenswilly v St Eunans B Paddy McKeever Saturday 4th June 12.00 Peter McFadden Breenagh Under 10 Go Games Section One

Cloughaneely Milford L/Kenny Gaels St Eunans Termon Section Two Naomh Comcille McCumhaills Buncrana N Padraig Lifford

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Glenswilly Ghaoth Dobhair Fanad Gaels Downings St Michaels

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St Eunans B Red Hughs Robert Emmets Glenfin

Monday 6th June 6.00 pm Peter McFadden Breenagh Under 12 Go Games Section One St Eunans v Glenswilly L/Kenny Gaels v Downings Cloughaneely v Termon St Michaels v Fanad Gaels Gaoth Dobhair v Milford Section Two N Padraig Lifford v St Eunans B Buncrana v Glenfin N Colmcille v Convoy Red Hughs v McCumhaills Wednesday 8th June 7.30 pm Crawford Trophies Lifford

Under 14 Division One Burt v Glenfin Leo Devenney Fanad Gaels v Ghaoth Dobhair James McGinley St Eunans v Cloughaneely Seamus Bradley McCumhaills v Convoy PJ Scanlon Division Two Section One Malin v Naomh Colmcille Alan Friel Urris v Robert Emmets Gary Farren Red Hughs v Buncrana Gareth Devenney N Padraig Lifford v Carndonagh Kieran McShea Division Two Section Two L/Kenny Gaels v Gaoth Dobhair Gary McDaid St Eunans B v Milford Paddy McKeever Downings v Glenswilly Don Langan Termon v St Michaels Kevin Doherty

GAA Club Notes Naomh Colmcille THE Night at the races is this Saturday 4th June @ 9.00 in the clubhouse. Horses are available from the committee or any team members. Anyone interested in sponsoring a race please contact a committee member. The fundraising bed push scheduled for June 4th has been postponed as the club is running a coaching foundation course on that date. The club is running a foundation coaching course on the 4th June. Anyone currently coaching under age teams or interested in coaching in the future will need to have completed this course. Contact Barry O’Hagan on 0833124845. The U16s lost out by a point to Naomh Conaill in the Division 2 County Final at O’Donnell Park last Thursday. The team showed great heart and determination to stage a second half comeback, but just fell short. Match report and photos on club website at The u8s played in the Go Games blitz at Letterkenny Gaels in wet and blustery conditions on Saturday. They played a very close match against the Gaels and came out on top against the St. Eunan’s team they played. Great efforts from all the boys. Thanks to the Gaels for hosting the blitz and for the refreshments afterwards! Training this Saturday (4th June) will be at the earlier time of 10:00 for this week only because of the coaching foundation course and u10 blitz that are also being held on Saturday morning. The Colmcille Day blitz in Celtic Park takes place the following Saturday (11th) against Doire Colmcille (Derry) and Naomh Columba (Urney, Tyrone). Naomh Colmcille is registered for the Tesco schools and clubs, and Sainsbury’s Active Kids schemes. Please start collecting and saving your vouchers now for Naomh Colmcille so we can get extra kit and equipment for the benefit of everyone at the club. Please also get the word out to others who might be able to donate their vouchers. Vouchers can be given to Adrian Marsh (087 2873076) or any other coach or committee member. Don’t forget to check out our new club website at http://www.

Buncrana PRIDE of place goes to our u16 Footballers who claimed the Donegal League title in Convoy on Sunday evening. Sean Clerkin and his backroom staff will be happy having turning around an early in the season defeat to St Eunans. From the start the Scarvey boys looked hungry and hunted in packs for every ball. Dara O’Connor was in sensational form from the throw-in and gave a performance way beyond his years, contributing 1:7 in a man of the match performance. The entire team and management can be proud of their achievement with all the squad performing well. Harry Doherty in goal was in fine form and was well supported in defence by the impressive Stephen Doherty and Bruce Waldren, Daniel Wilson revelled in his free roll supporting the midfield, Peter McLaughlin(0.1) won a lot of clean position in midfield and fed the

aforementioned O’Connor. The final score was Buncrana 1-10 to St Eunans 2:6. These boys will keep their feet on the ground and give the championship a good run and now doubt cross paths the St Eunan’s again but for now will enjoy the victory. The team consisted of Harry Doherty, Stephen Doherty, Caolin McGonigle, Shane McLaughlin, Joesph McGrory, Bruce Waldron(0.1), Cian Hirrell, Peter McLaughlin(0.1), James Quigley, Dara O’Connor (1.7), John Campbell, Matthew Barber(0.1), Daniel Wilson, Ryan Curran, Stephen Nelson, Conor Grant, John Doherty and Ruairi Clerkin. The u14 Hurlers had a convincing win over St Eunans in Letterkenny to set up a league semi-final at home on Thursday evening against MacCumhaill’s. The boys were missing some key players through injury but all the squad upped their game and pulled away from a hard working Letterkenny side in the end. Particularly pleasing to the manager Tom Clare will be some of the younger members of his team who were staking a claim for the up coming Feile. Fiachra MacLochlainn and PJ McCarron can be especiallly pleased by their efforts. The u14 hurlers recently held their qualifying round for the Donegal Skills competition with 20 players taking part, the winner was PJ McCarron, 2nd David Doherty and 3rd Patrick Wilson. They will travel next Sunday to take part in the County skills final, good luck to all boys! A very important fundraiser will take place for this squad next Sunday when they take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the Feile na nGael competition in Galway. Thanks to all who contributed and helped in the hamper draw in Supervalue on Friday last. PJ McCarron(Snr) has organised a golf classic in the Northwest Golf Club on Saturday 4th of June to raise much needed funds. A time sheet is in operation, contact 074 936 1715 for details. With prize’s totaling €2,500 it promises to be a good day out, all support is welcome and a special plea to all GAA clubs to enter a team as there is prize for the best team. Presentation will take place in the Northwest at 9pm with music by Mickey and Charlie. The u10’s were off to play Red Hugh’s on Saturday in the Inishowen League. The weather conditions were very poor with continuous rain but it was the same for both sides. Tthe A team were easily beaten after a poor show by the Buncrana side with most players having an off day. However, the B team played well and won their match. They showed skill and desire with James O’Hagan and Michael McLaughlin playing very well. This Saturday Buncrana will be at home to Malin (12pm throw in) with a chance for the A team to make up for last week. There will be a Bord na nOg meeting on Monday 23rd at 7.30pm and a Senior Executive Board meeting Monday immediately afterwards at 8.30pm. Anyone interested in getting tickets for the Ulster Senior Football quarter-final between Donegal and Cavan should book them early by contacting Pauline Grant ( The results of the club’s lotto draw which, took place on Tuesday 10th May in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows. The winning numbers drawn for the €10,000 jackpot were 01-23-28-30.

There were no winners. The winning numbers for the €1,925 Lotto Plus draw were 02-12-13-21. There were also no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants: Sharon McColgan, 14 St Columba’s Ave; Des Irwin, St. Orans Drive; Brendan McGee, Slavery; Conor Doherty, 12A Marion Park; Della Kelly & Family, Burnfoot. For the purposes of hygiene and efficiency all players at ALL levels should bring their own water to all training sessions, from seniors down. 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 by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or

Buncrana u cra a GAA Golf classic

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COMPETITION: “TEAMS MS OF 4” On Saturday 4th of June, all welcome GREEN FEES North West members €15 Non-members €25 Time sheet in operation. Tel: 074 93 61715

MAIN SPONSOR Cassidy Bro’s Concrete Products SECOND SPONSOR Total Golf THIRD SPONSOR A&N Fuels

Presentation 9pm club house Music by: Mickey and Charlie Prizes to the value of €2500


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Vocationals All-Ireland Cup visits local schools The Vocational All-Ireland and Ulster Cups were in Inishowen during last week. In Carndonagh, Padriag Doherty, who played at half back throughout the campaign, brought the cups back to the local schools in the parish.

Padraig is a past pupil of St Patrick’s Boys, and all the boys came out to give him a big welcome. Dan McDaid also did the same for Malin, whilst Urris’ James Cooke took the cups to local schools in his parish also.




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