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Plans to deal with accident blackspot

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The way has been cleared for a major road works - designed to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists - in one of Donegal’s most notorious accident blackspots. Over the past 40 years, more than a dozen people have lost their lives on the main Ballybofey to Donegal Town road, with the stretch outside Cappry being particularly prone to accidents. Significant road works have taken place over the past two years to widen parts of the N15 south of Cappry, and removing some of the bends. Now, hopes are growing that phase two of the Blackburn Bridge project which will see up to ₏1m being spent, will get the formal go-head early in 2017. Transport Infrastructure Ireland has approved plans put forward by Donegal County Council to proceed and the council is also budgeting for further expenditure of ₏1m in 2018 and ₏1m in 2019. It is expected the Trans-

port Infrastructure Ireland will include the project in its 2017 budget – but this won’t be announced until January. The proposed safety related improvements – costing â‚Ź465,000 - will include trafďŹ c calming measures, the erection of school bus stops, road widening, and street lighting. There will also be new footpaths installed around in the area close to the Road House Bar. The remainder of the â‚Ź1m expected to be spent will go towards other road improvement measures in the area. The Cappry Residents’ Group has welcomed the news. Commenting on the latest developments, Deputy Pat “the Copeâ€? Gallagher, said having worked in conjunction with local councilor and party colleague, Patrick McGowan, he is optimistic about the project. “I wish to compliment the residents group on their professionalism and efďŹ ciency in working with the road authorities in formulating this proposal,â€? Deputy Gallagher said.

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Donegal native wins prestigious Women in Business Award A Donegal women has claimed a prestigious Women in Business Award. Letterkenny native, Sinead Dillon, Principal Consultant at leading global ICT solutions company Fujitsu, has been recognised for outstanding professional services by Women in Business at its annual awards gala. With over 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, Sinead is responsible for developing and growing Fujitsu’s business in the private and public sector in Northern Ireland. As well as applauding Sinead’s contribution to corporate professional services, the judges recognised Sinead’s dedication to engaging young people in IT through educational outreach programmes, which is inspiring the next generation of technology leaders. Congratulating Sinead, Fujitsu’s Managing Director Greg McDaid said: “Sinead’s passion and willingness to respond to customer requirements and provide solutions both internally and externally has been instrumental in

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Severe flu outbreak - Dr McDaid By Rory Mooney

A prominent doctor has called for a debate as to whether schools across Letterkenny should be closed resulting from a serious outbrake of flu. Local GP and former government Minister, Dr. James McDaid told the Letterkenny Post that a serious bout of flu has been affecting a large number of children across town.

He said the flu, which has been mainly affecting younger children between the ages of six and eight, has been “dragging on” for up to eight weeks in some cases. The severity coupled with the length of the cases has led the former TD to call for the debate to happen. “It’s something that should be looked at,” Dr. McDaid said. “I’m not advocating that we close schools but it is definitely an option that should be looked at.” He added: “This is a severe

viral influenza that is just going around in a circle.” Dr. McDaid pointed to a lack of vitamin D as a result of several damp summers as a possible cause for the recent outbrake. “This all stems from the fact we’ve had no summer for five years,” he said. “Sunlight gives you vitamin D, however we have had no warm summers in so long that we are lacking in the vitamin, making are resistance exceptionally low to these viruses.” The Scally Medical Practice

GP also called for a review of the impending Meningitis B and Rotavirus vaccines for babies. Parents of babies born after October 1 this year will be able to avail of the Meningococcal B and Rotavirus vaccinations from December 1. The Health Minister, Simon Harris said the increased vaccination programme for babies would make further improvements to public health. However Dr. McDaid has questioned whether the im-

plementation of the vaccines should happen so quickly. “I am pro-vaccination, however side effects to the vaccines are going to happen and most will occur during the night, which will result in services such as NowDoc and the paediatric ward in Letterkenny University Hospital being put under even more pressure. “I am insisting that these vaccinations take place as early as possible in the day, in an effort not to clog up these vital services.

EU and national planning guidelines could be bad for Donegal

Planning fears highlighted By Chris Ashmore

Large parts of Donegal could be seriously restricted in terms of future development if a new National Planning Framework goes ahead, a local councillor has warned. Cllr. Paul Canning this week expressed fears that a new 20 year-development strategy will not take into account the particular circumstances in the north-west, and is being drawn up without factoring in Brexit. Signifi cantly, he has highlighted how planning direc-

tives in the future could be influenced by the European Union’s Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs). He pointed out that 25% of the land in Donegal will be under SAC and SPA designation – compared with an average of 14% of land for the rest of the country. Indeed, he is warning that there could be serious implications for planning, and even the building of homes in rural areas. The European Commission is looking at the possible introduction of a 15km buffer zone in relation to SPC and

SPA lands. In documentation circulated to the Post, he outlined some of his real concerns about the direction of national planning policy. In particular, he noted the EU’s promotion of bio-diversity while at the same time placing more emphasis on investment towards urbanisation. He cautioned: “Donegal and the north-west will find itself very restricted by EU law insofar as development or our infrastructure” is concerned. In a report that he has drawn up on The National

Planning Framework and the proposed planning act, Cllr. Canning has expressed reservations about the fact that work on this plan has been going on since 2013, and will soon be ready to be adopted. However, he contends that since Brexit “the situation in Donegal and the north-west has changed dramatically.” He added: “How is this policy still on the table?” And he continued: “Reading between the lines, we see Donegal and the north-west being left behind the busy vibrant cities such as Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford where investment


will continue to be focused for the next 20 years with officials and politicians hiding behind EU legislation as a rationale not to invest in the north-west.” Cllr. Canning also maintains that “the north-west is doing the heavy-lifting for Ireland as a whole in relation to EU legislation regarding the biodiversity and habitats directive. He is now appealing to “all politicians” from the northwest region to work together “for the betterment” of the area and “to form an alliance in seeking a positive way forward for the north-west.


NEWSINBRIEF Stole perfume from pharmacy

A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to stealing €140 worth of perfume from a Glenties pharmacy. David Mokrzanowski of 33 Manorview Park, Long Lane, Letterkenny appeared before Glenties District Court last Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to stealing two bottles of perfume from Garrett O’Donnell’s Pharmacy, Main Street, Glenties on February 4, 2016. Inspector Denis Joyce told the court the defendant entered the pharmacy at 1.10pm and was hanging about the perfume section. After taking two bottles from the shelf he moved towards the rear of the shop. He then ran out the door and got into a car. The inspector said Mokrzanowski wasn’t found until October. He admitted the offence when charged. The court heard that the defendant had previous convictions for theft and handling stolen property. Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Mokrzanowski had been unable to find employment at the time and had two young children. He had since secured work as a labourer in Dublin which he hoped would lead to a return to full-time employment. “He accepts that he was going down the wrong road,” said Mr Gallagher. “Full payment has been paid to the pharmacy.” Judge Paul Kelly imposed a fine of €200.



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Lifford Credit Union bursary awards The inaugural Lifford Credit Union bursary awards presentation evening took place on in the Courthouse, Lifford recently. A large attendance of bursary applicants, parents and guardians made the first awards evening a special occasion. Members of the Board of Directors and Staff of Lifford Credit Union also attended. There were four €1,000 bursaries and two €500 bursaries awarded. The €1,000 bursary winners were Sophia Moore (Newtowncunningham), Dylan Murtagh (Raphoe), Cara Bovaird (St Johnston) and Leah Harkin (Carrigans). The €500 winners were Laura McCosker (Lifford) and Joanne Colhoun (Raphoe). The awards were presented by Dr Bryan Gardiner of the University of Ulster and a director of Lifford Credit Union. Chairman of Lifford Credit Union, Kieran Friel welcomed everyone to the draw. He

LEFT: Paul Brolly, Lifford, CU, Mark McClay, CU Manager, Dr Bryan Gardiner of the University of Ulster and a director of Lifford, Cara Bovaird, St. Johnsotn, Kieran Friel, Chairman Lifford Credit Union and Joanne McElhinney, Lifford CU at the inaugural Bursary awards presentation evening which took place on Friday 25th November in the Courthouse, Lifford. Photos: Clive Wasson

Paul Brolly, Lifford, CU, Mark McClay, CU Manager, Dr Bryan Gardiner of the University of Ulster and a director of Lifford, Frances Moore, (collecting for Sophie Moore Newtowncunningham) Kieran Friel, Chairman Lifford Credit Union and Joanne McElhinney, Lifford CU.

stated that the board were going to have a bursary draw for student members who wish to attend the Gaeltacht in February or March 2017. He also informed the meeting that a very successful launch of their Facebook page took place in October 2016. He concluded his talk by wishing all students attending college continued success with their studies and he thanked the

Paul Brolly, Lifford, CU, Mark McClay, CU Manager, Dr Bryan Gardiner of the University of Ulster and a director of Lifford, Skyler Murtagh, Dylan Murtagh, Raphoe, Kieran Friel, Chairman Lifford Credit Union and Joanne McElhinney, Lifford CU.

LEFT: Seated from left Ava Friel, Rachel Friel, representing Leah Harkin, Dylan Murtagh, Cara Bovaid and Frances Moore, Representing Sophie Moore. Back from left are Paul Brolly, Lifford, CU, Mark McClay, CU Manager, Laura McCosker, Dr Bryan Gardiner of the University of Ulster and a director of Lifford, €500 recipent, Kieran Friel, Chairman Lifford Credit Union, Joanne Colhoun, €500 recipent and Joanne McElhinney, Lifford CU.

Courthouse and their staff for the work they did in making this inaugural evening such a success. Mr Friel thanked, in particular, the Marketing Committee of Lifford Credit Union namely Joanne McElhinney, Dr Bryan Gardiner and Paul Brolly for all their time and efforts in making the evening such a success and their continued work on the marketing strategy of Lifford Credit Union.

Paul Brolly, Lifford, CU, Mark McClay, CU Manager, Dr Bryan Gardiner of the University of Ulster and a director of Lifford, Joanne Colhoun, Raphoe, Kieran Friel, Chairman Lifford Credit Union and Joanne McElhinney, Lifford CU.

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Over €15m funding for crossborder research businesses Donegal Co. Council has welcomed this weeks announcement from the Special EU Programmes Body that approximately €16.6m has been offered to develop the research and innovation on a cross-border basis. The funding offer is the first to be announced under the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme. Upon completion the project will increase the proportion of SMEs and microbusinesses involved in cross-border research and innovation collaboration within Northern Ireland, western Scotland and the border region of Ire-

land from 22% to 33%. InterTradeIreland will act as the lead partner for the project, alongside Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and delivery agents Enterprise Northern Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office’s. Michael Tunney from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office in Donegal County Council welcomes this announcement saying: “The Local Enterprise Offices have been working with our partners, particularly the Local Enterprise Agencies within the Enterprise Northern Ireland Network and

InterTrade Ireland, on this project over the past two years.” He added: “The project is focussed on developing and driving innovation in small and micro businesses and aims to identify how this can be done in each business. The project will be an additional support to small businesses in Donegal and we will seek to integrate it into our current suite of supports to maximise its impact. “We hope that through the CoInnovates programme that up to 80 Donegal businesses will be able to engage in the first stage of the project

and that from these a strong cohort will be brought forward to the second stage.” With five distinct strands the project will provide education and capability support tailored to the needs of all participating SMEs and micro-businesses. It will deliver 469 separate innovation audits to support new product and process development and will give SMEs and micro-businesses access to up to 70 ‘innovation interns’ to help implement enhanced research and innovation activity.

Donegal senator meets Scottish First Minister A Donegal Senator has met the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon during her recent visit to Seanad Eireann. Donegal native, Senator Robbie Gallagher met Ms Sturgeon, as the leader of the Scottish National Party became the first serving head of a foreign government to ad-

dress the Seanad. Ms Sturgeon told the Irish Parliament that the response to the Brexit vote would define both Scotland and Ireland for generations to come. She said that the “unprecedented times” needed “imagination, open minds and fresh thinking”.

Donegal senator, Robbie Gallagher pictured with Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.


NEWSINBRIEF Drug driving concerns A prominent Donegal antidrugs campaigner has expressed his concerns over the lack of enforcement of drug driving. Former Mayor of Letterkenny, PJ Blake raised the issue of driving under the influence of drugs following a joint Garda and PSNI campaign to advise the people of the dangers of drink driving over the festive period. The cross border initiative between the two police services was launched last week on the Donegal-Tyrone border in Lifford. The annual campaign aims to reinforce the continued co-operation between both forces with regard to road safety on both sides of the border. Drivers can expect a significant increase on the mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints throughout December. However Mr Blake expressed his concern at a lack of ‘emphasis’ on drug driving. The former Town councillor said that the number of cases of people being caught driving while under the influence of drugs is on the rise. “Drug driving is on the rise,” Mr Blake said. “Everyone knows the dangers of drink driving but drug driving is just as dangerous.” Mr Blake also called for the drug unit in Letterkenny to be probably resourced.



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Newly refurbished Newtowncunningham Church reopened

The newly reopened and refurbished Newtwoncunningham Presbyterian Church. Photo Clive Wasson

At the reopening of the Newtowncunningham Presbyterian Church are members of the session. Back row from left to right, Elder Emeritus Mrs Moira Edwards and Mrs Ruby Gibson, Elders Mr Ian Edwards, Mrs Rena Mc Clean, Mr Fred Mc Elhinney and Mrs Elsie Smyth. Front row, Elder previous Clerk of Session, Mr Robin Crockett, Minister Rev. Nigel Craig and Clerk of Session, Mr Derek Roulston. Photo Clive Wasson

Alleged Donegal Education Centre funding discrepancy being investigated By Michael McHugh reporter

An investigation is taking place in Donegal following the alleged misappropriation of funds from the Donegal Education Centre, the Post can exclusively reveal. It’s understood that hundreds of thousands of euro could be involved. The centre, based in Donegal Town, caters for the ongoing professional development of primary and post -primary teachers throughout the county. The centre’s funding is almost exclusively made up of state funding, primarily from the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Investigations by Gardai and the Department concerned have been ongoing since the middle of last year. The current Director of the Donegal Education Centre confirmed that investigations are ongoing, but was reluctant to go into further details. The centre’s management committee, which comprises of 13 primary, secondary and retired teachers are also conducting their own investigation. A group of forensic auditors have also been called into investigate the alleged financial anomalies at the centre, we can also reveal. At this stage, the Post is not aware of who or how many people were contacted by gardai as part of their ongoing investigation, but Gardai confirmed their involvement. “We can confirm Garda are investigating this incident,” they said in a short statement. Meanwhile, a DES statement said: “The Department is aware that a Garda investigation into alleged financial irregularities at Donegal Education Centre is underway. In the circumstances, it would not be appropriate to make any further comment.”


When contacted by the paper, Director of the Donegal Educaton

Centre, Jacqui Dillon confirmed that investigations have been ongoing. Like all Directors at all centres in the country, she is a teacher on secondment, in this case Magh Ene College in Bundoran, where she is Principal. The alleged financial irregularities are believed to have been discovered last June. She told the Post: “Having taken up the seconded position of Director in June 2015, my concern was raised that there may have been a possible misappropriation of centre funds.

Gardai informed

“The Department of Education & Skills and the Gardai were immediately informed. I also informed the centre’s management committee. “A team of auditors were engaged by the Management Committee to carry out a forensic audit of the centre’s accounts. We have been working closely with the Department, the Gardai and the auditors ever since.” She added that it had been “an extremely difficult time for the centre during which we have strived to continue to support the work of the teachers and the schools in the county.” She confirmed that Gardai and the forensic auditors investigations are ongoing. “However, I am not at liberty to say anything further at this stage,” she added.

Teachers development

The centre’s principal activity is to organise the ongoing professional development of teachers at primary and post primary level and the local delivery of national programmes of teacher professional development on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. The Donegal Education Centre (formerly Teachers’ Centre) is part of a network of Education centres throughout the Republic, consisting of 21 full time and nine part time centres. Centres also organise a varied local programme of activities for teachers, school management and parents in response to demand.

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Letterkenny Post Council support urged for 50th Mary from Dungloe festival

NEWSINBRIEF Christmas tree festival St. Mary’s Church of Ireland is holding their Christmas Tree Festival this weekend. The opening night and preview of the festival will commence with an Evening of Popular Christmas Music on Friday at 8pm by the Donegal Abbey Singers and local artists. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served. The festival will be opened for public viewing on Saturday from noon to 6pm and Sunday from 2pm to 5.30pm and will conclude with a Community Carol Service at 6pm.

Christmas Day dinner The 11th annual Christmas Day dinner for people living on their own will be held in the Conwal Parish Hall, behind the Church of Ireland on Christmas Day from 1pm until 4pm. This event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Radisson Hotel. The purpose of the day is to help people who are living on their own to break through isolation and loneliness on the day, to provide company and celebration. Transport can be provided if required. If you wish to avail of a dinner or have any enquiries please contact Kathy on 0868676565.

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Shaun McGuinness, Garry Clarke, Robert Love, Martin Moylan, Jeremy Worth and Peter Orsi pictured with All-Blacks jersey.

Historic All-Blacks signed shirt presented to rugby club Letterkenny RFC were privileged to receive Shaun Fogarty, NZ defence attache to France and Belgium, as their guest, prior to the All Blacks match in Dublin. Accompanied by New Zealand rugby enthusiast Brian McCutcheon from Dunedin, the All Blacks fans were treated to an evening reception in Letterkenny Rugby Club with music from award winning local musician Tracey McRory from Inishowen. Shaun Fogarty contacted Letterkenny RFC last year to invite club members Jeremy Worth and Robert Love to Belgium and the grave of Ramelton born

Dave Gallaher as part of a NZ commemoration of the WW1. During the return visit, Shaun and Brian stayed in Dave Gallaher’s original home in Ramelton, which is now a local run B&B, and toured North Donegal including Fanad lighthouse. At the rugby club reception, Tracey McRory played pieces on the harp and the violin, one dedicated to the sad tale of Bernard McGeehin from Raphoe, other was a moving piece as a tribute to Dave Gallaher. Brian McCutcheon presented Letterkenny RFC with an official signed All Black Jersey from the recent tour.

This has particular significance as it is signed by the whole New Zealand Rugby squad who were famously beaten by Ireland in the superb Irish victory over the All Blacks in Chicago. Shaun presented a NZ traditional military ‘lemon squeezer’ hat to the club to mark the occasion. Jeremy Worth responded by presenting the visitors with a plaque of the club crest. Despite losing to the All Blacks in the return fixture in Dublin, Ireland finished off 2016 with another impressive win over Australia, meaning that during this year they have taken all the big Southern Hemisphere scalps.

A Donegal councillor is calling for closer ties between Donegal Co. Council and the Mary from Dungloe Festival Committee. Next year the famous festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher (SF) maintains that there is no other event in Donegal that reaches out as much across the world as the Mary from Dungloe Festival. It attracts considerable numbers to the county and provides a direct and indirect economic benefit to the area. “It’s an international festival with worldwide representation,” she said, adding that a partnership approach with the council would help in its promotion as a countywide festival as it benefits the whole county. Her motion calling on Donegal Co. Council to recognise the International Mary From Dungloe Festival as a county festival as Kerry County Council recognises the Rose of Tralee was passed. It was also agreed to liaise with the local organising committee. Meanwhile, Cllr. Enda Bonner called for the restoration of financial support from the council to the festival to be restored to the €10,000 figure that existed some years ago. He noted, with disappointment, that the grant was reduced in recent years and financial support, of a lesser amount, now comes out of the Strategic Development Fund. He also praised the organising committee for its efforts and how they had kept the festival going and commented that it had no real debt.

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every year. Welcoming the opening of the new unit, Donegal campaign group, Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest CCC(NW), said they were “absolutely delighted and overjoyed” about the development.

Noelle Duddy, Spokesperson, CCC(NW) said: “Radiotherapy treatments are starting, they’re happening, this is a great achievement for all involved and it’s brilliant news for people living in Donegal and the North West Region.” She added: “The North West


ABOVE: CCC(NW) members at launch of plans for North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin. FAR LEFT: the new radiotherapy unit in Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital. LEFT: Dr David Stewart, Lead Clinical Oncologist.

By Rory Mooney & Alan Healy CANCER patients in Donegal are now able to avail of services in the brand new North West Cancer Centre (NWCC). After five years of construction the new radiotherapy unit in Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital will be able to cater for up 400 patients from Donegal, meaning they will no longer have to make long trips to Dublin or Galway. The new multi-million pound facility includes a new 27 bed ward with en-suite bathrooms for overnight patients. The first intake will focus on prostate cancer patients, followed by breast cancer patients. The Western Trust has said that once the facility becomes fully operational by the summer of next year, it will be capable of treating 1,100 people

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Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin provides a strong and positive template to develop further partnerships/collaborations in cross border healthcare provision into the future. It serves as an excellent beginning. “There is much more work to be done.” Donegal Senator, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (SF) commended the cancer campaign groups in Donegal and Derry

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who fought for the centre over many years. He said: “The opening of the new North West Cancer Centre in Altnagelvin is one of the best news stories that the people of Donegal have had in a long time. “For far too long, cancer patients and their families from our county have had to endure the long journey to Galway or Dublin for radiotherapy treatment with all the additional stress and cost that this entails.” He added: “The opening of the North West Cancer Centre is a major victory and hopefully the first of many.” Speaking at a special event to mark the opening of the unit last week, Dr David Stewart, Lead Clinical Oncologist at the centre, said that as a

Derry man himself, he was ‘proud’ to see the vision of a dedicated cancer for the northwest finally become a reality, from the business case being drafted in 2011 to seeing the first patient come through its doors. “It’s been a lot of hard work over the last five years by a very dedicated and committed team throughout the Trust who have given me and the medical and clinical staff overwhelming support,” he said. “They’ve given us this support over the past five years to reach our target, which was to be treating patients at the end of Autumn 2016, and we’ve done that. “It’s a very proud moment to be standing here in this centre.”



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NEWSINBRIEF SVP appeal Vincent’s (SVP – Charity Shop), Lower Main St, Letterkenny is appealing for donations of clothes, shoes, household goods and small pieces of furniture. In particular the charity needs men’s clothes and shoes at present. All items must be in good condition suitable for sale in our shop. Open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5.15pm. Thanks for your support.

Child safeguarding course

In cooperation with Donegal Sports partnership, Letterkenny RFC rugby coaches had a constructive evening updating their child safeguarding training. The course was delivered by professional safeguarding lecturer Donal Gillespie and was extremely interesting and informative. Several aspects were covered during the evening, but the most important focus was on making sport safe and enjoyable for all players from six years up to 18 years.

Christmas cake sale

A Christmas craft and cake sale will be held in Ballybofey this Saturday. All proceeds of the sale are in aid of the Stranorlar Presbyterian Church repair fund. The sale will be held in Balor Arts Centre from 10am. There will lots of homemade cakes including Christmas cakes, mince pies and tray bakes. There will also be Christmas Crafts and gifts. Tea and Coffee is also available.

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Local butcher’s crowned junior sausage champion Letterkenny butcher and local National School, Lur gybrack NS have taken the title of Junior Sausage Champion 2016 in the Butchery Excellence Ireland Annual Awards. Joe McGee and the team at Joes Butchers have proved themselves a cut above the rest after beat off some stiff competition to take the title. The event was hosted by TV presenter, Pamela Ballantine, at the Valley Hotel Fivemiletown in Co. Tyrone at the weekend. The Butchery Excellence Ireland’s is one of Ireland’s most prestigious butchery awards. It leads the way in celebrating and acknowledging traditional butchery skills, whilst rewarding innovative and new techniques that are required to

excel in a modern butchery environment, with quality meat and meat products that are second to none. Commenting on their win, Joe McGee noted: “This award is a great acknowledgement of the superior standards that we aim to deliver to our customers every day, the team at Joe’s Letterkenny really do make a difference.” Rhonda Montgomery, CEO and Founder of the Butchery Excellence Ireland added that Joe’s Butchers with the Breakfast Fry Sausage from Lurgybrack National School were a great team and, “the sausage will be big seller as the judges voted it simply an outstanding product, well done to all the students involved.” The BES annual awards, organised by butchery mem-

bers’ association, Butchery Excellence Ireland (BES), recognises the very best standards in the butchery retail market. They celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement. “The interaction by schools and butcher shops throughout Ireland is fantastic and the knowledge and skills that the students gather from the butchers give them a real taste of the working world. The recipes are innovative and help the butcher s to produce new lines of sausages for their customers,” commented Chief Judge, Sean Owens. The Butchery Excellence Ireland, based in Aughnacloy, was developed to help butchers across the country keep on

top of changes to legislation, food safety, food labelling, new product development, personal development, training and marketing.

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Reduction of Saolta Consultant Neurologists posts criticised A Donegal TD has criticised the Government over the reduction in the number of Consultant Neurologists working across the Saolta University Healthcare Group over the last three years. Deputy Pearse Doherty (SF) was reacting to figures, he requested from the HSE which reveal that the number of Whole-Time Equivalents (WTEs) Consultant Neurologists employed across the group has dropped by 15.5 percent over the last three years. The total number of consultants at Sligo hospital, which serves patients

in Donegal, have halved during the same period. The reduction represents the highest percentage fall of any single hospital across the state’s seven hospital groups. Deputy Doherty said: “These figures which I’ve received from the HSE in relation to the number of Consultant Neurologist employed in our acute public hospitals clearly show that once again, patients here in the Northwest are discriminated against in terms of service provision.” He added: “More worryingly still

however, is that the total number of Whole-Time Equivalents based in Sligo, which serves patients here from Donegal, has been cut from 2 full time posts three years ago, to 1.9 in 2015, to now having been cut further to just 1 full time position this year. “This reduction means that we’ve witnessed the halving of the number of consultants employed at the hospital – the biggest percentage reduction of any single hospital in the state. “No other Hospital group has experienced a cut equal to an entire fulltime position, yet this is exactly what

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has happened within the Saolta Group which – unsurprisingly – has the worst waiting times in respect of those waiting for In-patient and Day-case Neurology treatment.” Concluding Deputy Doherty said: “These figures clearly show that patients here in the Northwest are being ignored, and this dramatic reduction in consultant numbers – at a time when patient waiting lists in the region are spiralling out of control – is an appalling indictment of this Government and indeed of those helping to prop it up.”

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Kilmacrennan Celtic launch Lurgy Park fundraising drive KILMACRENNAN Celtic FC has recently launched a campaign to raise money to carry out essential and badly needed repairs to the community football pitch in, Lurgy Park. This picturesque football pitch, located on the banks of the River Lurgy in the centre of Kilmacrennan was first opened in 1990 and has served generations of footballers well in the 26 years since its development. The parish of Kilmacrennan has a proud history of providing opportunities to play football to its young people and the current club committee are determined to continue that tradition. Lurgy Park has been used

over recent seasons for underage football and creates a unique atmosphere for young footballers and spectators being located in a hollow circled by the river and by trees, and many people have positive memories of having played there. Unfortunately the condition of the pitch and its changing facilities have deteriorated in recent years to a state where the club must now act to upgrade Lurgy Park or it will be unable to continue using it as a home base for the club. The club committee are currently considering options for the development and expansion of the club and top and immediate priority for the committee is the upgrading

The poor conditions of Lurgy Park have led to the Kilmacrennan Celtic FC committee to launch the fundraising initiative.

of Lurgy Park. Among the urgent works that must be carried out in this first phase of redevelopment include the draining and resurfacing of the pitch and the essential upgrading of the changing rooms.

These are essential to the ability of the club to continue to meet its objective of providing sporting and recreational opportunities to the youth in Kilmacrennan and its surrounding areas. The committee have a pro-

visional target of €5,000 to carry out these essential repairs in the first phase of the development of Lurgy Park and to help fund this project an online fundraising campaign has been established. The Kilmcarennan Celtic committee are urging people to help them achieve their aim through supporting their campaign by donating through the “gofundme” website and by helping to spread word of their online campaign through liking and sharing the link for the campaign through social media. The campaign can be accessed through the following link: upgrade-kilmacrenan-footballpitch?ssid=812417296&pos=1

Rugby World Cup bid – Donegal could benefit By Chris Ashmore

DONEGAL could benefit if Ireland’s bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup is successful – and Derry’s Celtic Park is chosen as one of the grounds for games. That’s the view of Cllr. Jack Murray (SF) who tabled a motion at the monthly meeting of Donegal Co. Coun-

cil seeking support from the local authority regarding the world cup bid. Cllr. Murray explained that one of the stadiums identified, as part of the bid is Celtic Park in Derry, which has a 17,000 capacity. Derry and Strabane District Council has already given its support for the bid. He pointed out that there would be a big spin-off for Inishowen and the northwest if Celtic Park were

chosen as one of the stadiums for games during the event. He pointed out that the rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world. Only the soccer World Cup and Olympics is bigger. He recalled how he had been in Cardiff for the Ireland v France game in 2015, and witnessed how great an event it was. He noted that the rugby world cup had attracted over 400.000 to England

for two weeks. While Derry’s Celtic Park would be the smallest stadium – if selected from the short-list – it could be used for matches involving some of the smaller rugby nations. Eight of the 12 grounds put forward are owned by the GAA. Cllr. Albert Doherty (SF) supported the motion, saying how it would give the country great pride. Liam Ward, Director of Community, Enterprise

and Planning, said that Donegal Co. Council would be “happy to engage” with its colleagues in Derry City and Strabane District Council in support of the bid “and in particular acknowledge the inclusion of Celtic Park in the list of host stadia.” He added that if Celtic Park were selected as one of the grounds, it “would deliver a significant increase in visitors to the north-west of Ireland.”


NEWSINBRIEF Gaeltacht language process The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne has announced that he has published a notice in relation to the Gaeltacht Language Planning Area for Donegal. He said: “This notice officially commences the language planning process in this area. This means that 23 notices have been made to date with only three remaining. This is another step forward in the implementation of the language planning process in the Gaeltacht.” A period of up to two months from (November 25, 2016) is afforded to organisations to apply to Údarás na Gaeltachta to be selected for the planning and implementation of a language plan in the area concerned. This means that organisations will have until January 25, 2017 to submit applications to Údarás na Gaeltachta. A period of up to two years will be given from the date on which Údarás na Gaeltachta selects the organisation to submit a language plan to the Department for assessment in line with the prescribed language planning criteria. Following that, the organisation will have a period of seven years to implement the language plan with assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Department will periodically review the implementation of the plan during that seven year period.


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Castle Grove House Restaurant Announces the arrival of two New Chefs!

Head Chef - Vincent Mahon

Sous Chef - Patrick Brady

Castle Grove House Restaurant, specialising in fine dining using locally sourced produce and home grown organic vegetables grown in their restored walled garden, announces the hiring of two new chefs, Head Chef - Vincent Mahon, and Sous Chef - Patrick Brady. Head Chef Mahon brings over 15 years of toprated fine dining culinary experience to his new post having prior experience as head chef and sous chef. He understands what it takes to keep a restaurant running smoothly, lead a team, and how to provide unbeatable customer service. Prior to joining Castle Grove, he worked in fine dining establishments such as Cromleach Lodge and The Glass House in Sligo, and Leitrim’s River Bank Restaurant. Vincent started his career at Rathmullan House and says he is excited to be back in Donegal to lead the team at Castle Grove House. Chef Mahon is passionate about food; his philosophy is all about balance and combination, by using modern food techniques while incorporating and respecting the heritage of Castle Grove House. He too, like Castle Grove, is passionate about local artisanal suppliers and their quality, being part of the team selecting the vegetables being grown in Castle Grove’s own Walled Garden. Mahon was inspired to join the culinary world by his Uncle, Dave O’Mahon, who inspired him with his food creativity and flavour combination.

board”, explains Mary T Sweeney, owner of Castle Grove. “He possesses an incredible mixture of experience, skill, and foresight. Our customers are going to love him and what he creates for them.”

“We are very excited to bring Chef Mahon on

Chef Brady says he joined Castle Grove as he

Castle Grove are also very excited to have local “rising star “Patrick Brady join the team as Sous Chef. Patrick has previous work experience in 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal, his most recent years were at Solis Lough Eske Castle. He graduated Honours Degree in Culinary Art, with outstanding achievements as: • Student Chef of the Year-LYIT School of Tourism 2015 • 4-time medal winner in Hotel Olympia Competition 2016, London: 2 silver and 2 bronze in hot and cold preparations He represented Ireland as the sole Irish competitor among 15000 competing Chefs. Yes Magazine called him “the Future of Irish Cuisine” Because of his achievements in that competition he was one of twelve Chefs selected from the worldwide group for an internship at the School of Culinary Arts in Valladolid, learning Spanish gastronomy and tapas techniques. Patrick did his work placement with Chef Jordi Cruz in his 2 star Michelin restaurant.

too is passionate about keeping the traditional flavours and uniqueness of local ingredients, he loves working with seasonal organic local produce and is excited to be involved in the development of the Walled garden. Patrick is working his magic on the dessert section, elevating the desserts and pastries; not forgetting, adding a traditional afternoon tea menu too. Mary Sweeney goes on to say, “Patrick is a rising star, and we are lucky to have the combination of his talent and creativity along with Vincent’s skills and experience. We are starting a new and exciting chapter at Castle Grove with the addition of these chefs to the already excellent team of local and dedicated staff. We, the family, are grateful for our loyal staff who have been with us through the years, and the support of all our customers. We look forward to new development and growth at Castle Grove House, and taking these next steps together. We look forward to welcoming all our customers in the coming weeks, and if you mention this article, you’ll also enjoy a free glass of wine to toast and welcome the arrival of our new chefs. To launch the new afternoon tea menu, a special Christmas version has been created to celebrate.” So, go and enjoy the best of the season at the beautifully decorated Castle Grove House.

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NEWSINBRIEF Respected businessman died after falling from a height Santa coming to Carrigart Santa will visit Teach John Mici Bán, Carrigart on this Saturday. Mr and Mrs Claus will travel in style to the venue and will be present from 2-4pm distributing presents to the children of the parish and surrounding areas. There will be live music, ceol agus craic, tea, minerals etc in a beautiful environment in front of a blazing fire courtesy of Margaret and Hugo Boyle. Entry is free for all and there is the opportunity to win a lovely Christmas Hamper. All welcome to attend.

Bereaved parents meeting

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its monthly meeting for bereaved parents on December 8 from 7.30-9pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable setting where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their loss and grief. Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard stressed that this event is open to all bereaved parents, “regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not.”

Inquest recalls tragic death of well-known garage proprietor A well-known Donegal businessman, who had gone to change “just one lamp” at his garage premises, sustained a fall that was to prove fatal, an inquest into his death has heard. Daniel (Dan) McGinty, of Clar, Lough Eske, Donegal Town, died on October 24th, 2015 following a tragic accident at the premises of DMG Motors, just outside Donegal Town. The inquest heard that Mr. Ginty (67) died as a result of a fall from a cage that toppled off a fork lift as he was trying to fix a light. In his deposition, Dominic McNulty, Truminin, Barnesmore, stated that they had met at 10.00 am and planned to go to a new farm, but Mr. McGinty wanted to fix a light first at the front of the showroom of DMG Motors. The forklift that fitted the cage was unavailable and locked away, but they got another forklift. Mr. McNulty told Mr. McGinty that the cage did not fit the forklift, but the latter had said that it was “fine” and that it was “just

one lamp.” After the forklift was moved into place, Mr. McNulty recalled that Mr. McGinty was “under the light and stepped to the left and all of a sudden Dan and the cage came off.” Mr. McGinty fell and hit a car and rolled onto his back on the ground. An ambulance was called and the crew worked on Mr. McGinty for a while before he was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital but he passed away before arriving. Responding to a query from the coroner, Dr. Denis McCauley, Mr McNulty estimated that Mr. McGinty had been about 15 – 20 feet up when the fall happened.


In his deposition to the inquest, held in Letterkenny last Wednesday, William Gaffney of the Health and Safety Authority, explained that the forks on the forklift did not fit into the cage. Under health and safety procedures it would have been a requirement that the forks would have gone into

the channels of the cage. It would also be expected that there would be a restraint, like a chain. The cage was simply resting on the forks and was “very unstable,” Mr. Gaffney stated. When Mr. McGinty stepped to one side, the cage tipped over. The post-mortem revealed that Mr. McGinty suffered injuries and trauma to his chest as a result of the fall. There was damage to his lungs, and an inability to get air into them, and bleeding. His death was due to multiple injuries as a result of a fall from a height. Explaining how one determines between a death by accident and death by misadventure, Dr. McCauley said that unfortunately Mr. McGinty had taken a risk on the day. The Inquest formally recorded that Mr. McGinty’s death was by misadventure. Sympathy was extended by the coroner and Insp. Denis Joyce, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, to the McGinty family on their loss.

The late Dan McGinty.

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Centre stage for 25 years! AS the curtain slowly opened on the Loreto Convent stage for “The Absent Minded Bridegroom” on Friday, March 22 1991, little did director Pluincead O’Fearraigh know that this was to be the beginning of a journey of over 40 shows performed in the town by the Letterkenny Music & Drama Group. Twenty five years on, this year the group are marking their Silver Anniversary by holding a �Musical Spectacular� concert, celebrating many classic performances from their back catalogue, for two nights only in An Grianán Theatre on December 9-10. The popular local group holds its humble origins following the departure of the Letterkenny Vocational Players from the local drama scene in the late 1980s. Pluincead O’Fearraigh picked up the reins and formed a new drama group in the town, with many former members of the LVP joining up. Following on from their con-


Letterkenny Music & Drama Group celebrating Silver Anniversary fident debut with “The Absent Minded Bridegroom” in the Loreto Convent, the LMDG continued to entertain the local audiences with much celebrated performances of “Oklahoma” (1992), “Calamity Jane” (1993), “Juno and the Paycock” (1993) “Fiddler on the Roof” (1994) and “The Field” (1995) to name just a few. For eight years, the group performed their musicals in St. Eunan�s College Hall and their plays in the Loreto Convent Hall prior to the opening of An Grianán Theatre in 1999. In fact, the group holds the distinction of producing the very first show to be per-

Members of the cast of LMDG’s 1993 production of Calamity Jane

formed in the new theatre, a “Magic of the Musicals” concert on October 16-17, 1999. From 1996, the group entered the Drama Festival Circuit and have won many group and individual awards along the way, reaching the Confined All Ireland finals in 1999 and 2000 with “Wedding Fever” and “All the King’s Horses” respectively, with group stalwart Anthony Delap scooping the All

The cast of Ssiter Act

Ireland Best Supporting Actor accolade in 2000. In 2012, the group brought Ulster and All Ireland Drama success to the town for the very first time with their hugely successful production of the hit West End show, �The 39 Steps� with Elaine Gillespie, John Ruddy and Eoghan McGiolla Bhríghde each winning All Ireland acting awards and Pluincead O�Fearraigh scooping the All Ireland Best Director award. In 2013, the group were the recipients of a Civic Reception by the Letterkenny Town Council for this recognition for the town on the national stage. For twenty-five years, the group have continued to deliver performances of the highest quality to local audiences, from self written productions (“Children of the Dead End” in 2007) to West End smash





hits (“Sister Act” in 2015) and bring all of this together in a special commemoration concert celebrating all the shows that they have produced over the years – as well as a few surprises! On the night you’ll hear hit songs from “Fiddler on the Roof”, “South Pacific”, ‘The Sound of Music”, “The Buddy Holly Story”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Boogie Nights” and many more! So come along

and enjoy the celebrations and don’t forget to join in with the Christmas Carols at the end to get you into the Christmas spirit! It promises to be a night not to be missed! The group�s last production sold out before opening night so don�t be disappointed and book now for December 9-10 by contacting the An Grianán box office on 0749120777 or

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ext Sunday 4 December is the second Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading from St Matthew relates to John the Baptist who preached about the coming of the Messiah and baptised the people in the water of the River Jordan. John the Baptist practiced what he preached. He lived a harsh existence in the desert. To quote St Matthew “This man John wore a garment made of camel hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.” St John preached repentance. He invited the people to do penance and he baptised them in the water of the River Jordan to symbolise the washing away of their sins. We too are called as part of our preparation for Christ’s coming to do penance. It is important then to choose some form of mortification during these short weeks of Advent. Our celebration of Christmas will be all the more enjoyable and enriching if we have made an effort to prepare in the right spirit. St John the Baptist told his listeners:“I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Through his church Jesus offers that same Holy Spirit to us and that same fire, which is the Fire of Divine Love. We should pray to St John the Baptist asking for the help of his intercession in our preparation.

Donegal students proceed to national Poetry Aloud final Students from Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn have successfully competed in the semi-final of the ninth annual Poetry Aloud competition, organised by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) and Poetry Ireland. They will now proceed to the national final, which will take place in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin on December 2. The event will see 29 students from across the country compete in the junior, intermediate and senior categories for the Seamus Heaney Poetry Aloud Award. Poetry Aloud is an annual

poetry speaking competition for post-primary school students across the island of Ireland and was launched in 2006 as Yeats Aloud, becoming Poetry Aloud in 20017. Since then, it has grown enormously from just a few hundred entries to over 1,600 entries in 2016. The prescribed poems in this year’s competition reflect on 1916, World War 1 and also include the work of contemporary Irish poets. Liam Ó hAnnagáin and Meadhbh Ní Shaidháil from Coláiste Ailigh , Leitir Ceanainn saw off stiff competition from partici-

pants who travelled from 74 schools nationwide and will compete in next month’s final in the Junior category. Each category winner will receive €300 as well as book tokens to the value of €300 for the winner’s school library. An overall winner will be chosen from the three category winners and will receive a further €200, the Seamus Heaney perpetual trophy and a signed book of poetry. Coláiste Ailigh has had previous success in this very prestigious competition when Niall Ó hAnnagáín was the overall winner.


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Letterkenny SeniorAccordian Band Santa arriving at the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.

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Advait, Natty, Sumit and Tanaya Nimkar at the Santa Grotto in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.

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Cross border Christmas drink driving campaign launched An Garda Siochana and the PSNI have launched their annual cross border Christmas Drink Driving campaign. The launch was co-ordinated by Inspector Michael Harrison, An Garda Siochana and Inspector John Miller, PSNI on the N14 at Lifford/Strabane border with officers from An Garda Siochana and the PSNI were in attendance. As with previous years, this annual campaign reinforces the continued co-operation between both forces with regard to road safety on both sides of the border. Drivers can expect a significant increase on the mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints that are already conducted each month in Donegal. Speaking at the launch, Inspector Michael Harrison said: “Drivers continue to selfishly ignore all the advice that has been offered in relation to drink driving. “Therefore, I wish to remind all drivers that An Garda Siochana will be increasing our focus over the festive period to ensure that anyone drinking and driving will be

brought before the courts. Enforcement of the drink-driving legislation remains a major priority as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing road casualties.” He added: “No motorist should be detected drink driving. While the high profile series of Gardai and PSNI operations will continue to target drink drivers day and night throughout the coming weeks, the sad reality is that more people will be caught drink driving during this campaign. We are appealing for everyone to support our campaign and stay safe on the roads.” The campaign is backed by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme. Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said: “If you’re going out this Christmas with friends, make the most of the festive season, but don’t chance drinking and driving. Leave your car at home and don’t risk your life and the lives of others. It’s not a question of if you will get caught drink driving, but when.”

Inspector John Miller, PSNI, Inspector Michael Harrison, An Garda Siochana and Donegal Road Safety Officer, Brian O’Donnell launching this year’s cross border Christmas Drink Driving campaign yesterday on the N14 at Lifford/Strabane border.

Thrills and spills at Rally School Ireland If you are a petrol head or an adrenaline junkie then Rally School Ireland (RSI) is the place for you! RSI is Ireland’s premier driving experience and motorsport facility. Built some 17 years ago, the centre in Scotstown Co. Monaghan has developed itself and expanded over the years to accommodate the needs of its customer base and indeed offer something that no one else can. With around 22 various cars on site, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to choosing what you want to drive on the meandering 1.1km all tarmac circuit, from

rallying to drifting to supercars with something to suit all men, women, teens and kids aged 10+ in between. With ten staff across the business, there is a very personal element to the driving experience and a lot of craic to be had from the moment you arrive in reception right through to the instructors who in all fairness encourage you a little too much at times when on track. It is this encouragement that makes it so fun though and in turn, a lot can be learnt from them when it comes to driving fast, safely. All of RSI’s cars are built to an impeccable standard, to ei-

Some of the cars that Rally School Ireland has to offer.

ther full competition or very close to competition standard. The most expensive cars on site that you could drive are the Ferrari 355, Porsche 911 and the all new KTM X-Bow GT. To view the full fleet of cars that RSI has to offer check out their website – Some other great things on offer at RSI include a conference suite and restaurant, which provides the nicest roast beef dinner anywhere in the world and if you book a large group party then there is an option to get fed and watered during the day. Also on offer is rally license

courses affiliated with Motorsport Ireland, where any keen driver can be put through the plethora of technical information ahead of competing and once passing several elements involved the license is granted. RSI owner, David Smyth said the key to the success of Rally School Ireland is down to, “Hard work and commitment to giving the customer an amazing day they will never forget.” He added: “We have new cars, new helmets, new overalls and we offer the most exciting range of rally cars, super cars, drift cars, Ariel Nomad and KTM X-Bow GT.”

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Sneak peak at Letterkenny’s newest entertainment complex Letterkenny’s newest family entertainment complex opened its doors for a sneak preview this week. Century Complex located next door to Century Cinemas was host to the hustle and bustle of people sampling a variety of cocktails and tasters whilst pottering around to check out the new Complex. Century Complex consists of Century Cinemas, Backstage Bar & Grill, Century Play and Century Ice – a combination which truly accommodates for everyone in the family. Backstage Bar & Grill is a fresh concept creating a space to relax, wine and dine with friends before a movie or alternatively unwinding over a delicious meal whilst the children experience the wide range of play facilities on offer at Century Play. A lavish themed interior reflecting the design of a theatre with stylish private dining areas under titles such as Stage Door, Green Room, The Casting Couch and The Balcony. Century Play is the third largest play area of its kind in Ireland and ultimately the ideal base to experience maximum fun and excitement. From aerial runways, 4m drop racing slides, rope

Luke McLaughlin and Eimer Fogarty welcoming guest with champagne to Backstage Bar and Grill

Headchef Mark Greer, Mark Doherty and John Breslin looking over the menu at Backstage Bar and Grill

bridges, spiral slides, an arcade area and not to mention six themed private party rooms to keep all of the little ones happy. Century Ice will also be opening seasonally from December to February. On the night owner Mark Doherty stated: “It has been a busy journey to say the least, we invited you all here tonight

to get a taster experience of what Century Complex has to offer and we thank you for your support. “Backstage Bar and Grill will be open to the public from Tuesday, 29th November whilst the Century Play area will be opening at the weekend. “We are all excited and proud

of what has been achieved and only look forward to opening the doors to everyone.” To top off the excitement Century Complex have also launched a brand new website to create a fresh online space for their customers. For further information please visit:

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DMEP Christmas Concert promises to be a cracker! More than two hundred performers will take to the stage of An Grianan theatre in Letterkenny on Sunday week for one of the big festive events in Donegal – the DMEP Christmas Concert. There was a packed house at the theatre for last year’s concert, which ended with the Donegal Youth Orchestra and massed choirs singing Christmas carols with the audience. This year’s line-up once again features some of the major ensembles of the Donegal Music Education Partnership. The Donegal Youth Orchestra will be conducted by Vincent Kennedy, the conductor and composer from Dublin. Sara Laughlin from Leitirmacaward, herself a well-known singer, conducts the Donegal

Youth Choir. Other choirs include the Dungloe Junior Choir, also conducted by Sara Laughlin; the Letterkenny Junior Choir (Riana Lynch); Cór Shliabh Liag from Carrick (Evan McGarrigle); and the adult choir, Errigal Singers (Margaret McAteer). There’s jazz, too, with the Errigal Groove Orchestra conducted by saxophonist Sean McCarron. Another of Sean’s ensembles, Saxtet, will be entertaining in the theatre foyer during the concert interval. Saxtet recently played support to leading jazz trio VEIN from Switzerland. The concert starts at 5pm. Tickets are available online at or from the theatre box office, phone

07491 20777. Sales are already brisk. Aisling Grier, DMEP administrator, said the concert is a massive effort of organisation as it involves such a large number of singers and musicians from around the county. “But all that hard work is very much worth it on the night,” she said. “It’s just marvellous to see so many talented young people playing music and singing. There’s a very definite sense of the Christmas spirit through it all.” RIGHT: Junior choir singers from Letterkenny, Dungloe and Carrick areas will be performing at the DMEP Christmas Concert at An Grianan theatre in Letterkenny on Sunday week. Pic by RIk Walton Photography.

Celebrity chef to host Christmas cookery demonstration Rachel Allen

A cookery demonstration by famous chef Rachel Allen will be just one of the many highlights at a fantastic Ladies Christmas Night out in Jackson’s Hotel on December 7 with all proceeds going to Donegal Hospice and the Caolan Melaugh Fund. The evening of festive fun is being hosted by Ballybofey-based firm Patton Frozen Foods and The Igloo and organiser Louise Patton says the exciting line-up for the event means it is already promising to be one the most exciting nights of the Christmas calendar. “The evening begins at 7pm with a Christmas market that can be browsed with a glass of mulled wine, prosecco and canapés in hand. We

have a wide range of festive stalls taking part with everything from baking to botox,” said Louise. She added that the show itself starts at 8pm with highlight of the night a demonstration from Rachel Allen on how to get things done in the kitchen for Christmas. But the cookery demonstration is just part of the overall festivities, with fashion also high on the agenda. “We will have some festive fashion from The Gray Rooms, Pure Boutique, Verve Donegal and for the ladies with blooming bumps this season, Chiq Maternity will be showcasing their beautiful maternity range. “So whether you decide to get

dressed to the nines or air out your Christmas jumper this event promises to be one of the best this Christmas,” Louise added. Tickets for the event cost just €25 and local organiser Louise has stressed that proceeds will go to very worthy local charities, Donegal Hospice and the Caolan Melaugh Fund. “This evening just wouldn’t happen without the help of so many people who have given their time and effort to make it such a big success. We are particularly thankful to Tommy and Bridget Gallen Jacksons Hotel, Paddy McMenamin our compere for the night, DJ Paddy Friel, Siobhan Kelly of The Gray Rooms, Rosie Boyle of

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Evolve Menswear owners, JP and Mark McCloskey have recently launched a new online store.

Mark and JP pictured with Evolve Menswear staff members.

Celebrating eight years in business, Evolve Menswear shows no signs of slowing down. Easily found in the heart of Letterkenny, Evolve Menswear is a must for any man to find all of the latest top of the range fashion. It is now even easier to shop at Evolve Menswear as their fine range of fashions is available at the end of your fingertips as owners, JP and Mark McCloskey have launched their new online store. Opened barely a week, the new website is already showing signs that Mark and JP’s gamble has paid off. “It has been a long time coming,” Mark explained. “We launched last weekend and so far the signs have been good. Hopefully in a few weeks we’ll have the complete in store range online. “It’s like opening up a new business, its been a lot of work and very full on but we’ve been busier than thought would have been. We have been quietly surprised with how it has gone so far.” With Christmas just around the corner, the brand spanking new Evolve website is the perfect option for those who are just too busy during the festive period to call into the store.

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Under the ownership of brothers JP and Mark, Evolve Menswear began its journey two weeks after the recession kicked in back in October 2008. “The eight years have flown by, it’s really hard to believe we are going eight years,” Mark said. “We’ve had a lot of challenges over the eight years but there also has been a lot positives.” He added: “We never really set out to do what we have done. We never set ourselves any goals, we just took every year as it came. Starting two weeks into the recession, it was all about surviving and growing the business.”

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Located in the Letterkenny Retail Park, Evolve has come a vital local employer, employee up to 20 people in its Letterkenny premises alone. With the economy recovering, JP and Mark struck while the iron was hot and expanded the business to include a new premises in Derry. Opened in October 2015, the Derry store has been going from strength to strength. “The Derry shop is doing really well since we opened it, its been really pleasing for both us.”

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eight years As 2017 approaches, the brothers are not content on standing still. Mark confirmed that a number of store improvements will commence early in the new year. “We’re always upgrading and changing the shop around. In January we are installing a new state-of-the-art suit room and we’ll be upgrading our wedding hire area. “We’re just always looking to improve,” Mark said. Following a period of absence through ill health, older brother JP has made a welcome return to the business. “I’ve been away most of the year, but its good to be back on the shop floor again,” JP said. “Its been good being back at what I enjoy doing, which is selling. “I’ve missed seeing the customers so I’ve really enjoyed seeing them come in and they have all been really supportive since I have come back.”


Not just content with cornering the men’s fashion market, the brothers have also diversified into the resturant business. Opened less than a year, Berry Layne has already caused quite the stir, winning an award recently at the Letterkenny Tidy Towns Awards. The independently owned business has not only proved to be a hit with the locals, get-

ting glowing 5 Star reviews on Facebook and Tripadvisor, but it has also provided a much-needed boost to Letterkenny’s economy. Taking its name from the key ingredient of both coffee and wine, Berry Layne operates as a coffee house by day and a wine bar by night. “We felt Letterkenny was missing somewhere like this,” says Mark. “Somewhere sociable to go outside the established, pub or bar scenes where you can get a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and be with friends, no matter what time of the day or evening.”

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Berry Layne has three different menus throughout the day: In the morning you’ll find a range of breakfast favourites, from lunch time there’s sandwiches, homemade soup and cakes, while from 6pm there’s wine, craft beer, pizza, sharing plates, and cheeseboards. With the party season upon, Berry Layne is the perfect place to stage your work’s Christmas party. Places have been fi lling up fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. Berry Layne is open seven days a week. For bookings, or for more information, please call 074 911 1002 or visit berrylayne.

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Are you Winter Ready? We’ve been reminded in recent days of just how the winter weather can impact on our everyday lives so it’s no harm making your home and your business more resilient and prepared for severe weather. Remember that everyday tasks which we take for granted become more difficult or even hazardous in severe weather, yet by taking some simple steps you can reduce the impact of such events. During periods of severe weather it is important to obtain the latest information, by listening to the weather information and weather warnings from Met Eireann. You can also check out Donegal County Councils gritting map on www.donegalcoco. ie and remember just because roads are gritted does not mean they are ice free – exercise caution at all times. Keep up to date on

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With the impact of last year’s floods still fresh in our minds, now is a good time to check out how you can protect your home and business from flooding. Floods are a natural and inevitable part of life in Ireland. They are usually caused by a combination of events including overflowing river banks, coastal storms or blocked or overloaded drainage ditches. Numerous severe floods have occurred throughout the country in the last decade. is a new website which provides practical help to all those whose homes or businesses may be at risk from flooding. According to this website which has been set up by the Office of Public Works the public can reduce the impact of floods by being aware of the flood risks and potential impacts and being prepared to take action if and when a flood occurs. A supporting booklet “Flooding- Plan, prepare, protect” and video is also available from the website.

What’s on in Donegal this Christmas season Christmas is a special time for all the family and there is no shortage of festive events and activities in Donegal for all the family to enjoy and to make those wonderful festive family memories. From Christmas markets & fairs to carol services, concerts, exhibitions and workshops there is something for everyone in Donegal this season. For a truly memorable Christmas experience check out www. and get your party started!

road conditions by following @RoadsDCC or@ DonegalCouncil on Twitter or Donegal County Councils Facebook page. Everyone is encouraged to keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives during periods of severe weather. They will inevitably have more difficulty than usual in getting about to buy food and medical supplies and to attend their medical appointments. Remember that they may not have access to the latest information from the internet and social media so they will really benefit from ongoing personal contact. A Winter Ready Booklet is published by the Office of Emergency Planning. The booklet also includes contact details for organsiaitons and agencies that can provide further guidance and assistance. See for more.



Thursday 1 December 2016


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Stock judging for Concern Run By Royal and Prior TY students

Photos: Clive Wasson

Sam Wilson, Junior Winner at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe who held stock judging event at Raphoe Livestock Mart to raise funds for Concern from left are Chloe Carter, Erin Kennedy, Jasmin Tinney, Abbey McCauley, Kim Laird, Amy Tinney and Chanice Gordon .

Mart Manager Anne Harkin with students Chanice Gordon, Erin Kennedy and Jasmin Tinney

Thomas , Emily and Andrew Maxwell at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe transition year stock judging event to raise funds for Concern.

The packed ringside at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe transition year stock judging event to raise funds for Concern.

Ian Maxwell, Emily Maxwell, Thamas Maxwell Noel Maxwell and Andrew Maxwell

Alison McCrabbe, Judith Porter, Thomas Long and Robert McCracken at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe transition year stock judging event in Raphoe Livestock Mart to raise funds for Concern.

Transition year students at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe who held stock judging event at Raphoe Livestock Mart to raise funds for Concern from left are Chloe Carter, Erin Kennedy, Jasmin Tinney, Abbey McCauley, Kim Laird, Amy Tinney and Chanice Gordon .

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Thursday 1 December 2016

Christmas lights switch on in Letterkenny


Photos Clive Wasson

At the switching on of the Letterkenny Christmas lights on Friday last.

At the switching on of the Letterkenny Christmas lights on Friday last. Keith Fletcher entertains the crowd at the switching on of the Letterkenny Christmas lights on Friday last.

Freckles the Elf at the switching on of the Letterkenny Christmas lights on Friday last.

Orla McGlynn and Brendan McGlynn with Siuan Brennan, Lucy McKeever,Max McKeever and Aine Brennan at the switching on of the Letterkenny Christmas lights on Friday last.

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Thursday 1 December 2016

Pet’s Corner

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The importance of socialising your dog

Dogs getting lost SO many dogs escape from their homes and go missing. How does this happen? Let’s take a look at some of the way that dogs get out. One way that dogs get out of their home environment is because they have escaped through an open door or window. Pets need to be treated like toddlers in so far as they have no sense of danger and need to be protected. They don’t stop to think about the consequences when they dash through the door onto a busy road. In their “natural” environment there wouldn’t be any traffic so they are not hard wired to think about traffic. Animals can escape through windows also. They are very intelligent creatures and can learn how to open doors and windows by themselves. This goes back to the toddler protection again. They need to be protected from themselves if they haven’t

been taught not to open a window or door. Some dogs escape over the fence in the garden. This just means that the fence needs to be looked at again and redone so that it fits the requirements of the dog. If you have a large dog then a 4ft fence is not going to be adequate. Dogs can dig out under fences as well so fences need to have cement along the bottom of them or else they need to have the wire going right down under the ground. Gates need to be kept locked in case the dog can open them and escape. A dog is a big responsibility and all of this protection needs to be in place before the dog arrives. It’s too late when the innocent dog has escaped and been run over on the road. It is very irresponsible and also illegal to have a dog that can leave your property of its own accord and wander through the neighbourhood. Dogs get poisoned, killed

or stolen by having access to wandering. If you have children then a dog is an even bigger responsibility because children leave doors open all the time. If a child opens a door to go out, a dog can often dash out past them. Children need to be taught to ask an adult for assistance if they are going out through a doorway that may give a dog access to the outside world. Too many dogs are escaping, wandering and being advertised as lost, with no owners coming forward to take them home again. Too many dogs are still not microchipped so they cannot be returned home if they do accidentally escape. It is illegal not to have a dog microchipped now. Please take the life of your pet very seriously. They are depending on you to protect them and to adequately exercise them according to their age and energy level.

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your dog is interacting appropriately and calmly with other people, use praise and treats so your dog associates having other people around as a good thing. When it comes to socialisation with other dogs, the goal should be to teach your dog to behave calmly in public and on walks. If your heart is set on social time with other dogs, start by introducing your dog to one dog at a time. Invite a friend to bring their well-socialised, gentle, easygoing dog on a walk with you and your dog. Allow polite distance between dogs while they get accustomed to each other. Take lots of small, tasty treats on your walks and reward your dog for walking calmly. If both dogs appear relaxed throughout the walk, allow them to sniff each other briefly. Keep leashes loose and each interaction short. If either dog appears to be tensing up, call the dogs apart with pleasant, relaxed voices. If at any stage your dog seems overwhelmed or at all aggressive, then call it quits and try again on another day, as it can take a few sessions until your dog feels comfortable. When socialising your dog with people or other dogs it is important to remember that safety always comes first. The bottom line is that socialisation of any kind only benefits dogs if they find it enjoyable. Compiled by Bowwows & Meows. For further information on Dog Walking or other Pet Care Services, please call Alan or Karen on 086 156 3347 or visit our website at or find Bow-wows & Meows on Facebook.




distinctly more difficult than with a younger pup, it is not impossible, provided that you are willing to put in the time, effort and patience required. When it comes to socialising your dog with people, it is best to bring a friend around to the house and have them sit quietly in the same room as your dog. If your dog runs away and hides, allow them to come out in their own time once they've seen that the visitor poses no threat and they start to feel a little curious. It may also help to have your visitor give your dog some treats so your dog associates strangers with positive experiences rather than stress and fear. You may find that it takes a few visits until your dog starts to feel comfortable around a new person, but never rush your dog and ensure they always have somewhere to escape to if they feel overwhelmed. Once your dog seems content to have one guest in the house, gradually begin to introduce other new people to your dog. It is important that all of your dog's interactions with other people should be kept as positive as possible. When



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Hunt on for artefacts from famous shipwreck

A diver examines part of the Laurentic. Photography by Cater News Agency

JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates opens in Derry

THE hunt is on for artefacts recovered from a famous shipwreck off the coast of Inishowen. The SS Laurentic sank on January 25, 1917 after striking a mine at the mouth of Lough Swilly. There were 475 passengers on-board the ship. Of these, 354 people died and only 121 survived. A series of events are now being organised to mark the landmark 100th anniversary of the tragedy. The ship was also carrying around 3,200 gold bars from England to Canada to pay for war supplies. After setting off from Liverpool, the Laurentic was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Buncrana to leave off a number of sailors who were suffering from Yellow Fever. However, within an hour of setting off again from Buncrana, the ship hit the mine. After the Laurentic sank, the Royal Navy organised a huge amount of dives over subsequent decades to recover the gold bars which were worth an estimated £5m in 1917, which could equate to around £3bn today. The vast majority of the bars were recovered but legend has it that 22 of them remain in the wreck. The rights to the wreck of the Laurentic was bought in 1969 by Derry-based diver Ray Cossum. One of the main elements of the 100th commemorations will be the opening of a Laurentic exhibition in the Tower Museum in Derry on January

25 next year. There are also plans to recreate a scene in the Guildhall when the Laurentic survivors were brought to Derry. Most of those died who died on the ship are buried in a cemetery in Fahan, with a further two buried in Cockhill cemetery in Buncrana. Commemoration services will be held in both local cemeteries as part of the events marking the 100th anniversary in January. Organisers of the commemorations say they have been in contact with surviving relatives of people who died on the Laurentic who have said they plan to travel to Ireland for the services. There are also plans to take a boat containing relatives and other interested parties out to the location where the Laurentic sank. During his many dives to the Laurentic wreck, Mr Cossum has recovered a number of items from the wreck. These will all be put on public show as part of the upcoming exhibition in the Tower Museum. However, it is known that a large number of other items have been taken from the wreck by divers since it sank almost 100 years. Organisers of the new exhibition are now hoping to get access to some of these items. Mr Cossum attended a meeting in the Tower Museum on Friday morning to discuss the plans for the commemoration events. He said many of the items would have been recovered

from the Laurentic by Royal Navy divers searching the wreck for the gold bars. Given that the items recovered were of little value in comparison with the gold, many of them were given away by the divers to local people. He said that it was common for divers to sell the items in pubs in Buncrana and around Inishowen. Mr Cossum said he would love to gather together many of the items taken from the shipwreck. “I would stress that the items will only be loaned to the museum for the length of the exhibition and then be returned to the owners,” he said. “Some of the items may also have been recovered during unauthorised dives at the site, but I would stress that there will be no questions asked about how people came into possession of the items. “We just want to bring as many of the items together to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.” The location of a number of items recovered from the Laurentic are already known. A gun from the ship is currently on display in Liverpool Maritime Museum, while another cannon gun from the famous ship is located at Downings pier in County Donegal. Anyone who believes they may be in possession of an item taken from the Laurentic, or who believes they have information relevant to the vessel, is asked to contact the Tower Museum in Derry.

Pictured (centre) is Chartered Physiotherapist, Johnny Loughrey of JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates who has just opened a new clinic in Derry.

Chartered Physiotherapist, Johnny Loughrey of JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates has opened a new clinic in Derry. Located on the Balliniska Road, close to the Buncrana Road and Springtown Industrial Estate, the new clinic offers Derry customers a world class running analysis lab for in-depth running and gait analysis. There is also a boutique studio for Reformer Pilates, as well as a range of professional Chartered Physiotherapy treatments. JT Physiotherapy first opened its doors in Letterkenny in

2013 and in 2015, became the only clinic in Donegal to offer the highly acclaimed exercise, Reformer Pilates. Owner of JT Physiotherapy, Johnny Loughrey, is looking forward to opening his second clinic: “We’re very excited to be expanding JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates. The plan to open a second clinic has been in the pipeline for a number of months and we’ve been working hard over the summer to make it happen. “We’ve a great team in place and are looking forward to helping even more people across the northwest achieve their health and fitness goals.”

Johnny currently works with Athletics Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and the FAI on a contract basis. Earlier this summer, he was involved with Team Ireland at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam and the Paralympics Games in Rio. For a full list of class schedules or for more information on JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates in Letterkenny or Derry, visit www.jtphysio. com or call 028 712 69262. For special offers and the chance to win a £200 gift voucher, visit the JT Physiotherapy Facebook page.


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Cheers ladies Claire O Leary, Annemarie Roche and Jackie Gallagher all looking well.

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Mr Michael Sugrue, Maire Lynam, Cathy and Sean Deehan and Jason Patton from the Kopy Kats and Noel Cunningham, compere for the evening.

The 7th annual Breast Cancer

Ruth and her hubby Dr. Kevin Bailey arrive for the 7th annual Breast Cancer Ball last friday night.

Two of the committee well done Maire Lynam and Carolyn Davis.

The seventh annual Breast Cancer Research annual Ball took place last Friday night in the Silver Tassie Hotel. All the guests looked very glamorous; they enjoyed a wine reception in the foyer. This was a great night with over 400 in attendance with the event completely sold out. Guests moved into the function room for dinner after 8pm. The dapper Noel Cunningham was compere for the evening welcoming one and all to this glitzy Ball. The ball provided an op-

portunity to recognise the importance of breast cancer, its management, and the future of research for the whole of the North West. Mr. Michael Sugrue was delighted with the huge turnout and thanked everyone for their support. Guest speaker on the night was Professor Risal Djohan, Plastic Surgeon all the way from Cleveland, USA along with his family who were also present on the night This great event not only provides the necessary funds to continue with cancer re-

search at the hospital but will to provide an important role in raising awareness at both local and national level of the excellent work of the Breast Cancer Unit and services at Letterkenny University Hospital. Well done to the Management and staff of the Silver Tassie Hotel for a beautiful meal and to the committee for organising such a great night. Thanks to Lisa Geraghty Hair and makeup for doing my hair and makeup for the big night.

Garvin Walker, Nicola Harris and Martin Hilferty all set for the Ball.

Cheer from the Orchard Grove ladies, Anne Coll, Anne Flannery, Catherine Cooke Harkin, Joan Murphy, Bronagh Gillespie, Elaine O Doherty, Mena Breslin, Fiona McGeady and Teresa Sullivan.

It has the look of a great night with Marty Carlin, Siobhan and Jimmy McDaid.

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John McGovern, Eileen Bradley and Noel Cunningham all looking dapper for the Ball.

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Mr Michael Sugrue blessed among all the lovely ladies.

Research Gala Ball!

Betty Holmes DACC and Rose Boylan enjoying the night.

Majella O Donnell, Pat Nora Gallagher and Liz Oglesby enjoying the night.

Myself and my other half!!

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Glamour all the way at the Ball, Mary Feeney, Valerie McElwaine, Caroline Baird, Lorraine Logue and Edith Green.

Maria Breslin, Fiona Timoney and Mary Kelly having a ball at the Ball.

Neil Barrett and his lovely fiance Aoibheann Walsh always looking stunning.

Melissa, Noel, Lingga, Professor Riscal Djohan and Michelle all looking fab.

Michael Sugrue with all his ladies Geraldine, Teresa, Geraldine, Ciaran, Vanessa, Catherine, Nicola and Professor Risal.

Looking well Charlie and Neillie McHugh.

Mr. Michael Sugrue, Professor Riscal Djohan who was the Guest Speaker, myself and Noel.

Teresa, Anthony, Joe the Butcher who gave a few vouchers for the raffle and Noel Cunningham.

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Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney Run Time: 96 minutes Release Date: December 2


SULLY On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation. Clint Eastwood is very good at his job, a talent that gives the movie its tension along with an autobiographical sheen.

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The great thing about this Christmas decorating colour scheme is that it complements and enhances any colour scheme in any room in your home and has a wonderful festive feel. The key to this look is creating a silver frosted feel. Adorn your tree with white ribbons, sparkling silver baubles and silver beading. add a little sparkle to every surface with silver candles, reindeer, stars and lanterns. For your festive feast cover the table with a white cloth, use simple sophisticated white table ware, then add sparkle with silver edged glass ware, candle stick holders and napkin holders. Use a simple modern centre piece like a large piece of silver glass ware or a large bowl filled with silver baubles or decorations. Lighting is very important to this scheme to give it that shimmer winter wonderland feel so don’t skimp on the fairy lights, cover the tree in them, put them through garlands over the fireplace, through the banisters on the stairs and through the reef on the door. Then add more sparkle with lots of candles and lanterns, to give that real glistening appearance. So get ready for a white Christmas by spreading a little frosted sparkle around your home in the run up to Christmas day. At The Fabric centre

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Macra na Feirme welcomes launch of Farm Succession partnership

Art Mc Grath, Teagasc and Ben Wilkinson, Teagasc Area Manager presenting Martin Alexander, Donegal Student of the Year with his trophy at the Teagasc Green Cert Graduate Presentations on Friday last. Photo Clive Wasson

Macra na Feirme has welcome the launch today by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed of the farm succession partnership. This partnership proposal was announced in last year’s budget. Farm families who avail of the partnership will receive a €25,000 tax credit over five years with the transfer of the farm having to be completed within 10 years of putting the succession plan in place. Speaking at the launch today, Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan said: “We warmly welcome the launch of the succession partnership. This is another very positive development in the areas of generational renewal and land mobility in this country. This succession partner-

ship will result in planned farm succession rather than succession on inheritance which happens in most cases on Irish farms.” Land mobility and generational renewal in agriculture are two key and very important areas which Macra na Feirme continues to work on. The Land Mobility Service goes from strength to strength with support from FBD Trust and Aurivo, Dairygold and Glanbia Coops as well as the Department of Agriculture. Speaking at the launch Austin Finn of the Land Mobility service said: “The land mobility service now has over 500 active clients looking for opportunities and 224 arrangements in place.” Sean Finan added, “Our Land Mobility Service, now at the

end of the initial three year pilot phase is providing exciting opportunities for young farmers and older operators who want to reduce their farming activity but still retain ownership of their land and work closely in a collaborative arrangement with young farmers who want to establish themselves in the industry” Mr. Finan concluded: “This measure will mean that young farmers can start their farming career by getting involved in a family partnership, at an age where they have the energy, dedication and drive to develop the home farm and put the building blocks in place for a successful career in farming. “We welcome that an existing partnership that put in place a succession plan can also avail of the tax credit.”

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Forgotten farmers can no longer be ignored – INHFA

IFA National Grain Chairman Liam Dunne meets Donegal Farmers on ongoing tillage concerns at the farm of Peter Lynch, front from left are Michael Chance, IFA Donegal Chairman, Liam Dunne, National Grain Chairman, Fintan Conway, Secretary Grain Committee, Peter Lynch, David McKaegue, Donegal Grain Chairman, Ricahrd Kennedy, Deputy President IFA, and David Buchanann. Photo Clive Wasson

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The Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) has called on Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed, to honour commitments made in the Programme for Government and ensure that young farmers with low CAP entitlements received a decent Basic Payment. INHFA national chair, Vincent Roddy, said these socalled ‘Forgotten Farmers’ had “proven their commitment to farming by entering the industry when there were no additional supports for them.” He pointed out that these farmers continued to farm “despite receiving very low payments” and he urged Minister Creed to take action on the issue. The INHFA understands that

in the Program For Government a mechanism was to be agreed to ensure that any farmer who never received a payment from the reserve of the Installation Aid Scheme would be brought up to the Basic Payment average of €254/ha. Mr Roddy outlined how the annual budget to deliver this would be in the region of €5 million. Reducing all Basic Payments to under €100,000, which was another proposal included in the Program for Government, would deliver the necessary funds, he added. Such a move “would provide enough money for both the Forgotten Farmers and a Young Farmer Reserve,” Mr Roddy claimed.

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Motor insurance broker supports plan to tackle whiplash culture, one of Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest motor insur ance brokers has welcomed Junior Finance Minister Eoghan Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion that cash payouts for whiplash could be abolished. The motor insurance experts have today said that they â&#x20AC;&#x153;strongly supportâ&#x20AC;? the Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal that would see claimants with whiplash have their medical costs paid for, rather than receiving a â&#x201A;Ź15,000 bonanza lump sum as is currently the case. Jonathan Hehir, Managing Director, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no doubt that we have to deal with rising motor insurance costs, but if we are to substantially reduce premiums then we need to first tackle Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing claims culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As it stands, there is a strong sense of entitlement amongst a small, but significant, cohort of people in Ireland, who believe that if they are involved in the smallest of tips â&#x20AC;&#x201C; regardless of whether or not any real damage was done to either themselves or their car â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they are entitled to a big payday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretending to have whiplash is generally seen as a

victimless crime â&#x20AC;&#x201C; people believe that the insurers have lots of money to pay out so whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the difference? But it is this small cohort of people that is making it so difficult for the genuine claimants and also driving up the costs of car insurance for the general public.â&#x20AC;? Recently, representative body Insurance Ireland said that everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paying an extra â&#x201A;Ź50 in their motor insurance due to fraudulent claims. However Jonathan added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you include exaggerated claims this figure would be at least double. On the basis that soft tissue injuries, mostly real or in some cases â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;imaginaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; whiplash, make up the majority of claims, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to see how a switch to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;care instead of cashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; could halve the cost of motor insurance for many people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition, solicitors will lose appetite for dealing with these claims if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no bounty to share in, and according to the insurance industry, legal costs can often make up half the cost of some claims.â&#x20AC;? say that anecdotal evidence suggests that all too often when peo-

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Positive outlook for motor industry in 2017 45% confirm they intend to buy a car - Carzone Motoring Report The outlook for the motor industry is extremely positive for 2017, according to the latest Motoring Report from Carzone. The bi-annual index which examines trends in the Irish motoring market, finds that almost half of Irish people (45%) plan to buy a car in the next year. The Carzone Motoring Report is compiled by analysing data from the 108m searches carried out on Carzone in the first 10 months of the year, as well as an in depth survey of 1,610 Irish motorists nationwide.

Buying a car in 2017

Of those planning to buy a car in 2017, 28% say they intend to spend €10,000 - €20,000 while a significant 27% say they will spend between €20,00 and €40,000. Given that over 1 in 4 are planning to spend up to €40,000, it’s no surprise that 2016 is the most searched for year at 16%

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Of those planning to sell their car next year, over 1 in 5 (22%) will do so online while 37% will sell their car as part of a trade-in. In general, men are more confident about selling their car online than women (49% vs. 29%) While the impact of Brexit on the industry remains to be seen, a resounding 91% of those questioned say that it has not impacted or delayed their decision to buy a car next year.

Cost of running a car

The cost of car insurance is now the number one financial concern for Irish motorists up two places from last year. Fuel, last year’s number one issue, is now second while motor tax is third. Given that fuel is a key concern, it’s no surprise that 68% say the most recent car they purchased is diesel up 14% from 2015 while 32% have a petrol car down 13% year-on-year. When it comes to running a car, the Carzone Motoring Report reveals that over half (54%) spend up to €250 per month on car costs such as fuel, tax, insurance, repairs and servicing while 14% spend in excess of €300 per month. The report also finds that over half prefer to pay tax and insurance in lump sums (53% and 58% respec-

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45% plan to buy a car in the next year

Outlook for motor industry positive according to new report

The outlook for the motor industry is positive according to the latest Motoring Report from car buying experts Carzone. The bi-annual index, which examines trends in the Irish motoring market, finds that almost half of Irish people (45%) plan to buy a car in the next year. The Carzone Motoring Report is compiled by analysing data from the 108 million searches carried out on Carzone in the first 10 months of the year, as well as an in depth survey of 1,610 Irish motorists nationwide.

Buying a car in 2017

Of those planning to buy a car in 2017, 28% say they intend to spend €10,000 €20,000 while a significant 27% say they will spend between €20,00 and €40,000. Given that over one in four are planning to spend up to €40,000, it’s no surprise that 2016 is the most searched for year at 16% while 2012 is the second most popular year at 10%. According to the Carzone Motoring Report, a quarter will use savings to buy a car next year while one in five intend to take out a loan from a Credit Union and 13% will look at a finance option such as PCP indicating that all finance options are on the rise.

Of those planning to sell their car next year, over 1 in 5 (22%) will do so online while 37% will sell their car as part of a trade-in. In general, men are more confident about selling their car online than women (49% vs. 29%). While the impact of Brexit on the industry remains to be seen, a resounding 91% of those questioned say that it has not impacted or delayed their decision to buy a car next year.

Cost of running a car

The cost of car insurance is now the number one financial concern for Irish motorists up two places from last year. Fuel, last year’s number one issue, is now second while motor tax is third. Given that fuel is a key concern, it’s no surprise that 68% say the most recent car they purchased is diesel up 14% from 2015 while 32% have a petrol car down 13% year-onyear. When it comes to running a car, the Carzone Motoring Report reveals that over half (54%) spend up to €250 per month on car costs such as fuel, tax, insurance, repairs and servicing while 14% spend in excess of €300 per month. The report also finds that over half prefer to pay tax and insurance in lump sums (53% and 58% respectively).

Just under a third 32% say the opt to pay their motor tax quarterly while 41% pay their insurance by monthly direct debit. 53% of 18-34 year olds opt to pay via direct debit.

Ireland’s most searched for cars

The Volkswagen Golf remains the most searched for used car on Carzone. However, the Ford Focus which featured in second place last year, has been moved down to fifth place. New to the top six this year is the Audi A4 and the Mercedes E-Class indicating the growth of the premium used car market. The top six most searched for cars on Carzone in 2016 are: Volkswagen Golf BMW 5 Series BMW 3 Series Audi A4 Ford Focus Mercedes E-Class In keeping with concerns around fuel costs, 81% searched for a diesel car on Carzone (+3% year-on-year) while searches for petrol cars remained flat at 16% vs. 17% in 2015. The report also notes that sales for petrol/electric hybrids are up 58% compared to the same period last year while electric car sales increased 94% year-on-year.

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Oireachtas Insurance Report must be acted on without delay – TD Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue says the recommendations of the Oireachtas report on motor insurance must be acted upon as a matter of urgency. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, which was charged with investigating the spiralling costs of motor insurance, accused the insurance industry of “cartel-like” behaviour and it published 71 recommendations to make the process more transparent. Deputy McConalogue commented: “The findings of this report will not come as any surprise to drivers in Donegal who are forking out extortionate amounts for car insurance premiums, which have been rising year on year. “For many it has become a major financial burden and source of increased anxiety and worry. These increases not only impact personal customers, but small businesses have been pushed to breaking point as the cost of premiums for their fleets soar. This is putting jobs and livelihoods at risk.” “This report is hard hitting and calls into question the behaviour of insurance companies over the last number of years. “One of the recommendations is that the Central Bank should take a more hands-on role in regulating the insurance sector to ensure greater transparency. It’s unfair that customers have been left in the dark over rising premiums and just expected

to pay out.” “It is important that these recommendations are acted on without delay so that consumers are protected against these rip-off motor insurance costs. I along with my party

colleagues will continue to push for the speedy implementation of these measures so that drivers and businesses can finally avail of affordable insurance premiums.” Meanwhile, Small Firms Associa-

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for a number of years. In the past year, however, the situation has become significantly worse, with motor premiums skyrocketing. “A recent SFA member survey found that 96% of motor premiums have gone up in the last year and that the average rate of increase was 35%. The increases cannot even be directly linked to claims on the policy, as the average increase among companies with no claims in the last five years is just one percentage point lower at 34%.” Callan continued: “Our members have rated insurance costs second only to wage inflation in terms of their business cost concerns. Almost one third of small businesses have had to make cutbacks in important areas of their business in order to afford their rising insurance premiums, while 5% have identified their business survival as at risk on account of the current insurance cost crisis. “Rising motor premiums have led to 20% of our survey respondents being forced to reduce their number of vehicles, which essentially indicates that they have constrained their own operations and their potential for growth. Another 20% have reduced their level of cover – leaving their businesses at greater risk in the case of accidents.” The SFA is calling on the “Government to move swiftly to implement critical recommendations to ensure we see declining premiums into 2017,” concluded Callan.

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Ulster U12 Final

Carn crush Ballybofey Cup hopes BALLYBOFEY United U12s the lead after only three travelled to Carndonagh on minutes. There was nothing Saturday morning to contest Odhran Bonar could do to the first ever Ulster U12 Pro- stop the powerful shot from vincial Final with local side Carn’s overlapping left back who got in behind the visiting Carn FC. defence. Having played well Carn held the upper at the Foyle Cup in hand for the first ten to July this side were fifteen minutes as Ballyrewarded for their efbofey were slow to settle. forts with an entry to But settle they did and the National Cup. from midway through Victories over Fintown Harps, Ballyjamesduff and Cavan Shamrocks paved their way to this prestigious decider. A brand new Cup was up for the winning for the first time. The Cup was named for Buncranathe first half until man Francie the end of the match Porter who they dominated the was present game. to assist SFAI As half-time apChairman proached BallyJohn Earley bofey were well with the preson top and entations. an equaliser Ballylooked likely. b o f e y Carn held Odhran Bonar makes suffered out until a decent save from an early the break point blank range as setback however Carn F.C. looked to go when and some two ahead in the early Carn w o n stages of the Final. took dered Photos: Gary Foy





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Sean Martin of Ballybofey United shields the ball from his Carn F.C. opponent during Saturday’s Ulster Final in Carndonagh.

if Ballybofey had missed their chance to pull level when they were well on top just before the interval.

with the danger. With time running out the match referee signalled that he was going to play four minutes injury time. Six minutes into injury time Carn broke forward and got an equaliser against the run of play. One minute later, having played seven minutes injury time, the referee blew the final whistle. Neither side could find a winning goal during the two periods of Extra Time so

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4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League

Top of the table clash at Triagh-A-Loch Matthew Crossan is hoping Fanad United can stay in touch with Cockhill Celtic at the top of the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League. Ahead of a meeting between the league’s top two on Sunday at Triagh-A-Loch (2pm), Cockhill – who have won the last four league titles – lead the way by two points and have a game in hand. Resurgent Fanad have lost only once in the league this season and Arthur Lynch’s side could actually go to the summit with a win over Cockhill on Sunday. “Cockhill have been a different gear and their recent record speaks for itself,” Crossan says. “They have boys there who could still be playing senior football and some of their boys who haven’t played senior football could step up no bother. Just look at their bench. “We’re going alright at the minute and we actually thought we were unlucky when we played Cockhill earlier in the season. They had one or two shots and we felt that we had some great chances, we even had two cleared off the line. “That’s the difference when you play a side like Cockhill – they’ll punish you.” Mark Moran netted the only goal of the game when they met in September, but Cockhill have a knack of

Fanad United’s Matthew Crossan in action against Derry City Reserves recently.

getting the results they crave. With Gavin Cullen’s side still smarting from an FAI Intermediate Cup loss at College Corinthians on Sunday, Fanad might well be facing the Inishowen men at the wrong time. “It’s about keeping in touch with them and not letting them get away,” Crossan says. “You don’t want them running away with things – but they have

that ability.” Crossan was something of a surprise signing by Arthur Lynch this summer. He’d left Finn Harps early in the season and was available for work, but it was to Fanad, coaxed along by his good friend Davitt Walsh, he went. “I wouldn’t have been aware of how they were doing or anything, but I knew they had been disap-

pointed with last season, resultswise,” he says. “Arthur was the first manager who landed to me. I knew he was a good, honest manager and I knew a lot of the fellas down here. Davitt swung me here. I could have gone to a couple of other clubs, but I went for Fanad. “Fanad United is a massive name and they have great history down there. We just want to try and get some of that success again.” Fanad, 14-times champions of the Ulster Senior League, have certainly shown good signs of life again and their youth team is riding high at the top of the Donegal Youth League. Lynch’s senior team are on a good run of form in the USL since a shaky opening to the campaign. Crossan says: “Yeah, it’s been a decent start. We’ve come together well in the last few weeks. We were kind of all over the shop at the start. We had a few men away playing Gaelic and we weren’t sure of what our best team was. “This past few weeks, we’ve had everyone available for training and the team is more settled. “There is a great group of lads here. Everything about the club here is good, everyone is very welcoming and I’ve definitely been enjoying it.”

‘We’re very hopeful on Big Neil’ – Gallagher By Frank Craig sports reporter

Rory Gallagher says he expects Neil Gallagher to extend his stay in a Donegal jersey for another season. The veteran fielder’s campaign was blighted by injury in 2016, however the Glenswilly man eventually shook off the effects of that persistent back complaint and proved he was still the county’s premier middleman as he helped his club side to another SFC title. With Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn already stating their intentions for the 2017 season, the futures of Gallagher, Rory Kavanagh and Christy Toye will, the manager says, become clearer in the next number of weeks. He said: “We’ve given the boys time to themselves. I think there is no doubt Neil is very willing to play for Donegal. It’s just all about how his body reacts. He’d such a stop/start season. He’s pretty confident, injury permitting, he’ll be good to go.” With the McKenna Cup get-

ting under way early in the New Year, Donegal won’t have long to wait for competitive action. With a number of new faces on board, Gallagher could well use the more forgiving surroundings of that competition to give the new members of his panel their first taste of senior action. “It’s not something we’ve even thought about to be honest,” he added. “There is a huge amount of our players committed to colleges and when we get together in December it’s something we’ll look at. We use these two months now as pre-season work. “McKenna Cup or training, that’s an opportunity to perform or impress. We’re looking forward to a lot of new faces and seeing how they develop over the next while. We’re approaching that with a very open mind. “We’re hoping the younger lads brought in will be serious county footballers in time. We can see they have great ability and natural talent. It’s a big step up from minor and U21 to senior. We’re hopeful they’ll develop well.”


Tuesday 29th November 2016 K.O. 7 p.m. Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Cappry Rovers Reserves (In Cappry Park) Thursday 1st December 2016 K.O. 7 p.m. Drumoghill F.C. Reserves v Erne Wanderers Reserves (At The Lakeside Complex) Saturday 3rd December 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated) Ulster Junior Shield Strand Rovers v Cavan Rovers (K.O. 1.30 p.m.); Orchard F.C. v Glencar Celtic (K.O. 1.30 p.m.) Glencar Inn Saturday Division Arranmore United v Fintown Harps AFC Saturday Reserve Division Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Keadue Rovers Reserves; Castlefin Celtic Reserves v Donegal Town Reserves; Cappry Rovers Reserves v Glenree United Reserves Sunday 4th December 2016 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated) Ulster Junior Cup Gweedore Celtic v Monaghan Town (K.O. 1.30 p.m.); Buncrana Harps v Kilmacrennan Celtic (K.O. 1.30 p.m.); Aileach F.C. v Cranford United (K.O. 1.30 p.m.); St. Catherines v Clones Town (K.O. 1.30 p.m.) Ulster Junior Shield Redcastle F.C. v Glenea United Reserves (K.O. 1.30 p.m.) FAI Junior Cup Grattan United v Drumoghill FC; Abbeyfeale United v Kildrum Tigers Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Glenea United v Convoy Arsenal; Castlefin Celtic v Lagan Harps; Temple Domestic Appliances Division One Gweedore United v Raphoe Town; Erne Wanderers v Cappry Rovers; Deele Harps v Keadue Rovers CT Ball Division Two Drumkeen United v Copany Rovers; Letterbarrow Celtic v Dunkineely Celtic; Eany Celtic v Lifford Celtic; Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Whitestrand United

4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE FIXTURES Friday, December 2 – 7.30pm Bonagee United v Swilly Rovers Sunday, December 4 – 2pm Derry City Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers; Fanad United v Cockhill Celtic Sunday, December 11 – 2pm Finn Harps Reserves v Cockhill Celtic

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Finn Harps have signed striker Danny Morrissey from Cork City for the 2017 season. Morrisey is relishing the chance to make a name for himself at Harps, having managed just a handful of games with the Leesiders last season. “Ollie (Horgan) is going to give me the chance of regular team football at Finn Harps. I want to prove myself and the only way you can do that is by playing more games. My job will be to score goals and help the team to get as many points as possible,” the 22-year-old said.

McHugh’s new role

Finn Harps legend Kevin McHugh has being confirmed as the club’s manager for the inaugural League of Ireland U15 season. McHugh has already enjoyed success coaching Donegal Schoolboy sides over the past three years. “The Finn Harps Board and Kevin had lengthy discussions regarding player selection. He believes strongly that Finn Harps FC as the county’s only senior team, should prioritise looking after young players from the Donegal and Inishowen League areas first and foremost,” Harps secretary John Campbell said.

Donal Reid Ballybofey book signing

Donegal GAA legend, Donal Reid will be signing copies of his book, ‘Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer’ in Supervalu, Ballybofey on Thursday, December 22 between 10am and 2pm. Such has been the huge demand for the book that a second print had to be organised. “The feedback has been great,” the 1992 All-Ireland winner said.



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“It will happen” By Chris Ashmore

Finn Harps’ new stadium in Stranorlar will happen – that’s the message from Finn Park despite the on-going delays. Club officials are adamant that the Donegal club’s planned new home will become a reality. “The club’s stadium committee has been “very active and has put in a trojan work,” a club source maintained. He added that there is a “concerted effort to get the project back

on track” and the club is expected to make a formal statement in the coming weeks. The estimated cost of the 6,600 allseater stadium is believed to be in the region of €6 million. Under a complicated deal, struck during the Celtic Tiger era, the developer of the new stadium is set to get Finn Park as part of the arrangement. While grants were secured, getting matching funding of typically up to 30% has presented significant challenges. However, the heat is now really on to progress the project again, not

least because Finn Harps are under pressure to meet the ground criteria required for Premier Division clubs. They have been given derogations based on the premise that a new ground is being built. This week a local councillor ignited some fresh impetus into the stadium issue when he raised the issue at the monthly meeting of Donegal Co. Council. Cllr. Martin Harley said that planning approval for a new stadium was granted back in 2005, and in 2008 the then Minister for Sport, John O’Donoghue, had supported the project and grants of €3.5 million


were sanctioned. Cllr. Harley pointed out that the new stadium is being built on 19 acres of land that had been bought by the council. “These lands cannot be developed further until the stadium is completed. This is the main project developed in the middle of the lands,” he said. Donegal Co. Council will now contact the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, confirming the support of the council, and “seeking the co-operation of the Department” in the release “of any grant monies which are outstanding.”

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