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Concerns have raised following the reopening of a Donegal meat processing factory. Edenmore Farm Meats in Lifford (pictured below) reopened earlier this week under new ownership of C&J Meats from Co. Armagh. However it has emerged that the previous management have been playing a role in the new operation. Donegal IFA Chairman Michael Chance said it is sickening that beef farmers in the county and further afield have been left unpaid for cattle supplied to Edenmore Farm Meats in Lifford. He said it is completely wrong that farmers who supplied cattle to Edenmore have been left high and dry. It is understood that up to 100 farmers who supplied Edenmore Farm Meats may be owed over Ä1m from the Lifford meat factory. Mr Chance said the IFA has been in contact with and written to the owners, C&J Meats and made it clear that farmer goodwill is essential and farmers owed monies by the previous regime must be paid.

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Clougfin NS, Lifford were presented with an 'Our World Irish Aid Award' plaque at the regional final of the 2018 Our World Irish Aid Awards. PHOTO: Clive Wasson.

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2 NEWS NEWSBRIEFS Disability housing grants

A funding allocation of €1,186,107 has been made available for older people and people with disabilities in Donegal for adaptation of their homes. Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District, Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh is encouraging local people to apply for the grants to help them stay in their own homes for longer. Cllr Kavanagh said: “Older people and people with disabilities in Donegal can benefit from these grants designed to help them adapt their homes and to improve their mobility and access. “These grants can help people return home from hospital earlier and support older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as they wish.” Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary work and up to €8,000 to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out. Up to €6,000 is also available for mobility aids. He added“Funding for this important programme has been increased by 11% in 2018. Donegal and all local authorities are getting an increased funding under the scheme in 2018. “I hope to see good take up of the scheme by people who need it here in Donegal and I will certainly be encouraging suitable candidates to apply for this scheme through the Local Authority.”

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Dragons Den Franchise RINKA to open in Letterkenny Dunfanaghy native, Eibhlin Coll, has just trained as a RINKA instructor and is so excited to be bringing the creative workouts to Letterkenny. "Working with kids is all I have ever wanted but to be able to inspire them to love fitness is a fantastic opportunity and to be able to do it here in Letterkenny is a dream come true!" Eibhlin, who has recently started her own adult fitness business, EC Fitness, will be teaching RINKA with the aim being to get as many kids in their area active! She is starting of with the RINKA Bounce programme,

which are multi-activity classes for kids as young as three years and teach all the fundamentals of fitness in a non-competitive environment. "The idea behind RINKA is to teach kids from a young age that fitness is fun. Habits are formed in childhood and we want to help children form healthy ones," says Eibhlin. RINKA aims to provide a solution to childhood obesity by providing children with a fun, active class that develops a sense of self-confidence in a non-competitive, positive environment where children will have the freedom to develop at their own pace without any outside pressures of exams,

performances or competitions. As well as classes in Letterkenny, Manorcunningham and Glenswilly, Eibhlin will be taking the unique RINKA summer camps to these areas also. The summer camps which are jam-packed with a variety of activities focusing largely on the two main programmes RINKA.ie offers, Bounce and Drama Fit. Drama Fit has all the creative elements of a drama and theatre class combined with the high-energy dynamics of a workout. Bounce is a high energy, multi-activity class that in-

cludes gymnastic moves, relays races, obstacle courses and general sport skills. Kids in these areas will have an opportunity to take part in these programmes in the upcoming RINKA term. Eibhlin says: "Our aim with the summer camps is to jampack the week with fun, energy and positivity and give kids a really great experience! RINKA camps are ideal for anyone who may not have found their interest or hobby yet as we introduce them to all sports, dance and drama but without any pressure or expectation to be good at it, we're just interested in having fun!" So what exactly is included

in a RINKA camp? The children will be able to enjoy gymnastics, obstacle courses, relay races, camp games, drama, dance, art and craft, multi-sport skills and any other bit of craziness that can be squeezed in! "We cater for a wide range of age groups, our classes for age 3-5 years are particularly popular and the kids have a blast when they come in," added Eibhlin. Eibhlin is currently taking bookings for classes and summer camps so be quick because spaces are limited. To enquire and book contact Facebook RINKA, Letterkenny or ring (086) 8473188.

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Regional Finalists from St Eunans NS were presented with an 'Our World Irish Aid Award' plaque. Pictured are Margaret Carton, Irish Aid, Freya Hamilton, Sienna Slevin, Sean Dolan and Daran Conlon, Guest Speaker. PHOTO: Clive Wasson.

Exhibition of Donegal creative work marks end of successful programme Creative businesses in Donegal have been urged to continue engaging with the Creative Coast initiative run by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal. The call was made by Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, at a presentation ceremony in Letterkenny’s Motley Crow Anti-Café, where ten local creative businesses received certificates and put work on display for an exhibition that will run until Saturday, May 19.

Those certificates, presented on the night by the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, marked end of a training programme organised by the Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland (DCCI). “This is the second such programme we have run in conjunction with the DCCI and on both occasions the feedback on the training the businesses have received

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Local creative business owners with their certificates.

has been excellent,” Mr Tunney said. He added that the training was part of the wider Creative Coast initiative aimed at creating the right conditions for creative entrepreneurship in the county. “We launched the Creative Coast three years ago and we have plans to hold an event at the end of this month to review what has happened since that launch. There has been progress made – programmes like this for instance have been very successful – but there is still much work to do and I believe this needs much more time and more engagement from our creative community, to really see the results.” The Head of Enterprise added that there is merit in investing the time and resources towards making more sustainable creative businesses. “We know there is a real value in creative businesses for the local economy and they link into the whole visitor and tourist experience as well. I’m not just talking craft either, but across the wider creative platforms and we need our creative businesses in the county to continue to engage, to get involved with our

programmes and keep the momentum going.” As part of their programme the group went to London to visit the Top Drawer exhibition, while their own exhibition currently on show in The Motley Crow, was curated for the Design and Craft Council of Ireland by well-known interior designer Milo Fitzgerald. The ten creatives who successfully completed the programme and whose work is on display until next weekend are: Anne McGonigle (Clonmany), Fiona Doherty (Carndonagh), Lorraine O’Carroll (Carndonagh), Eilis Galbraith (Buncrana), Olive McGovern (Dunkineely), Fiona Herbst (Kilmacrennan), Alarnagh Barrett McGinley (Letterkenny), Margaret Gillespie (Ballybofey), Grainne Campbell (Ballybofey) and Ciaran Boyce (Milford). Meanwhile all creative businesses in Donegal have been urged to look out for details of an event to mark a review of the Creative Coast at the end of the month. The event will take place at 2pm in the Regional Cultural Centre on Thursday, May 31.


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Raphoe Ulster-Scots Pipe Band

New name and a new look for local band Last Saturday saw the start of the Pipe Band Competition Season at Bangor. This year Raphoe Pipe Band entered the ring under a new name – “Raphoe Ulster-Scots Pipe Band” and sporting a new look with new kilts which were kindly funded by Donegal Co. Council Development Fund Initiative. And what a start they had coming in second place in Grade 4A with a first place in piping and first in bass and tenor. A spokesperson for the band said: "The band would like to thank their funders, Cllr Frank Mc Brearty and all their followers for their support

One of the Raphoe Pipe Band drummers.

over the last year to get the band to this point. "We have a full summer of competitions with the World Champions in Glasgow at the end of July. "Members of the band are also attending music cultural events in Moscow, St. Petersberg, Karaganda in Kazakhstan, and Khabarovsk in Russia so all in all a busy summer ahead. Any one wishing to join our ranks – all are welcome – we also have a teaching programme in place for beginners." For more information the band can be contacted via FB or any band member.

Raphoe Ulster-Scots Pipe Band pictured at the Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championships at Castle Grounds, Bangor on Saturday 12th May. Included are Pipe Major Rodney Goudie and the Chieftain of the Day - Councillor Robert Adair, Mayor of Ards and North Down Council (left) and Winston Pinkerton, RSPBANI President and Pipe Sergeant Mark Band members enjoying their win. Spence (right).

Rise in number of burglaries in Donegal last year Donegal experienced a significant rise in the rate of burglaries in 2017 with a 35 per cent increase. According to home alarm providers, PhoneWatch, there was a three per cent increase in the number of burglaries nationally there are significant regional variations, which are a cause for concern. The figures were revealed in the

PhoneWatch Annual Burglary Report, while In total there were 292 burglaries in Donegal last year. While this is a significant increase with a burglary rate of five per 1,000 homes, the county is still considerably below the national average of 11. The busiest Garda stations in the county were Letterkenny (95), Carn-

donagh (16) and Ballybofey (16), while the quietest three recorded no burlgaries, An Craoslach, An Charraig and Clogher. Speaking about the figures PhoneWatch Managing Director, Eoin Dunne said: “Burglary remains all too common in Ireland and it is concerning that so many counties, including Donegal, experienced significant increases

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The Government and the HSE have been slammed after new figures reveal that adults in Donegal face some of the longest waiting times to undergo Occupational Therapy assessments across the state. The figures, which were provided to Sinn Féin in response to a Dáil Question by Donegal TD Pearse Doherty, show that there are currently 308 adult patients across Donegal awaiting an initial assessment, with forty-one patients having been on the list for over a year now. The data also reveals that the single longest waiting time recorded to see an Occupational Therapist now stands at 102 weeks. Deputy Doherty said: “Here in Donegal, adult patients face some of the worst waiting times to undergo an OT assessment with 308 people currently waiting to be seen. “Forty-one people have been on the list for over a year now, thirty-four of whom are aged 65 years or over. “If we examine the figures more closely we see that the longest waiting time experienced by a patient on the OT waiting list, aged 18 to 64 and who has yet to be seen now stands at 86 weeks. “Moreover, the single longest wait has been experienced by a patient over 65 years old who has so far been on the list for a total of 102 weeks – that is simply horrendous.”

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Donegal nightclub poster branded 'sexist' Sean Murphy Reporter

Scores of angry young people have lashed out at a controversial billboard poster that they claim is insulting to women. A large promotional image showed a female golfer in shorts under the headline: “Your 19th hole for the summer”. The roadside poster in Buncrana, Inishowen, has now been removed from both public viewing and from the club’s Facebook page. Over 100 people have posted scathing reviews of the poster on the Facebook page, while several punters also defended it. It was replaced on Facebook with an image (main pic) that states "one billboard outside Buncrana, Donegal Libertys".

(L to R) Ger Curtin, ASTI President, Neil Curran, Donegal Branch ASTI and Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary.

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The new poster is a twist on the Hollywood hit 'Three

Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri', starring Woody Harrelson. Sinn Fein senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn, who is from Inishowen, hit out at the offending poster, claiming it was both “offensive to women” and “offensive to men who respect the women in their lives”.

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The orginial Liberty's poster.

Critics claim it was in “poor taste”, “extremely irresponsible”, “misogynistic”, a “stain on the Donegal landscape”, an “embarrassment”, “cheap, tacky, sexist”, and “tasteless”. Some accused the poster

of promoting a “nasty, antifemale culture” and “blind stupidity” while another person said they were “shocked, disgusted, and horrified” and one more appealed “cop on” and others wrote “it’s 2018 folks, seriously. Get that poster down and wise up” and “remove and give public apology”. However fans of the club wrote to support it, with one writing “amazing advertising! Getting loads of attention” and another claiming “this place is awesome; my wife and her girlfriend love going there” and one more wrote “great venue; met my husband there”.

A Donegal teacher will receive the 2018 ASTI Honorary Life Membership Award in recognition of his exceptional service to the union at a reception in Dublin. Neil Curran formerly a teacher at St. Columbas College, Stranorlar first joined the ASTI in 1977 and became a committed ASTI activist at school, regional and national level. Neil served in a number of branch roles and became regional organiser for Donegal ASTI branch in 1997. After serving on the ASTI Central Executive Council

for a number of years, he was elected as ASTI Standing Committee representative for Donegal, Iar Thuaisceart and Sligo branches in 2011. He has also acted as the ASTI NCCA geography representative ensuring ASTI input into the new Junior Cycle Geography. Honorary Life Membership is the most prestigious award that can be bestowed on an ASTI member. It is given in recognition of singular and exceptional service to the ASTI involving substantial and commendable personal input.

Cloughfin NS 'Our Irish World Aid' finalists Primary school pupils from Cloughfin National School, Ballindrait, Lifford have made it to the national final of the 2018 Our World Irish Aid Awards. They, along with pupils and teachers from 11 other primary schools across Ireland, will travel to Dublin Castle next month to showcase their

projects as they compete for the overall ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ trophy. The school attended the event at the Model Arts Centre, Sligo which saw 13 primary schools from the region compete for three of 12 places at the national final, Best Regional Newcomer, and Special Distinction Awards.

Timeframe for feedback on major national road project extended The timeframe for feedback and comment on the potential route corridors identified for the three sections of the TEN-T Network in Donegal has been extended to May 31. Although this date has been set, it is not a restricted deadline and feedback is welcomed and accepted at any stage of the project progression. Three sections of the TEN-T Network

in Donegal have been prioritised for improvement and these are the N15/N13 Ballybofey/Stranorlar Urban Region, the N56/N13 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham and the N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford/Strabane/A5 Link. Public consultation events took place in mid April in Lifford, Ballybofey and Letterkenny to allow the public to view and comment on the potential route

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corridors identified and over 400 people called in over the course of the events. Information presented at the public consultations is available at www.donegal-ten-t.ie and comments and observations can also be made here. Due to the level of interest and requests for extension of time, feedback is now requested before May 31, how-

ever this is not a restricted deadline as feedback is welcomed and accepted at any stage of the project progression. It is expected that an ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ will be identified during the second half of 2018 and will be presented to the public to obtain further feedback, prior to the ‘Preferred Route Corridor’ being confirmed.

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Road engineers warned that lives are at risk at busy roundabout Sean Murphy Reporter

Donegal council engineers have been warned that people could be seriously injured due to changes to road safety in the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest town. It was suggested at a recent council meeting that measures at Letterkennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busy Hospital Roundabout are no longer providing lifesaving protection to pedestrians. Donegal cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle urged the council to secure a trafďŹ c island at a crossing point outside the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular park. Users of the Town Park,

which is ofďŹ cially called Bernard McGlinchey Town Park, must navigate trafďŹ c coming from the Kilmacrennan Road, De Valera Road, High Road, and Circular Road. Irish Water was recently working in the area.

The roundabout at Letterkenny University Hospital.

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Cllr McMonagle said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been contacted by a number of parents who have raised their concerns about crossing the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all know how busy that road is. Since the water works were done, the island has not been replaced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are now in good weather and more people are using the park.â&#x20AC;?

He added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two young lads were almost knocked down there.â&#x20AC;? He warned: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone is going to get knocked down.â&#x20AC;? Cllr McMonagle tabled a motion at the council meeting to ask: â&#x20AC;&#x153;That the council re-in-

state the trafďŹ c island outside Bernard McGlinchey Town Park as a matter of urgency in the interests of pedestrian safety.â&#x20AC;? The council responded: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The temporary removal of the pedestrian islands on the Kilma-

crennan Road [was] agreed by this roads ofďŹ ce and the Irish Water contractor to facilitate the safe installation of the new water main. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The contractor has programmed to reinstate said island in the coming weeks.â&#x20AC;?

Drugs seizures should be publicised - campaigner Sean Murphy Reporter

Cannabis, cocaine, and stashes of cash recovered in several seizures in recent weeks. A former Donegal County councillor has welcomed conďŹ rmation that signiďŹ cant amounts of money and drugs have been taken off the streets by gardai. But the former Mayor of Letterkenny PJ Blake

claims the Garda drugs unit needs more resources. ConďŹ rmed seizures were made in Letterkenny on May 11 and April 21, while there have been unconďŹ rmed reports that there were also successful Garda raids in the town on April 19, 21 and 29. Last Friday, detectives stopped a car in the town and, following a subsequent search, seized cannabis herb worth an estimated â&#x201A;Ź8,000, plus a sum of cash. Earlier, on April 21, a seizure of canna-

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bis was made. A Garda spokeswoman said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can conďŹ rm that a quantity of cannabis was found in a premises following a search of a male, aged 24, on April 21 in Fortwell.â&#x20AC;? Additionally, sources told Donegal Now that cannabis was seized on Letterkennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Port Road on April 19 past; cocaine was seized in the Glencar area two days later on April 21; and more drugs were found at a separate house in the town on April 29.

Anti-drugs campaigner PJ Blake has welcomed news of the seizures. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;SigniďŹ cant amounts of cash and drugs have been seized recently and all these seizures are welcome, but the drugs unit needs more resources. I have written in the last week to the Justice Minister and the Garda Commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce to ask that they provide more resources to Donegal gardai. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time that guards on the ground got the support that they deserve.â&#x20AC;?

NEWS 5 NEWSBRIEFS Israeli Ambassador explusion calls

Speaking during Leadersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Question in the DĂĄil this week, Donegal TD Pearse Doherty called for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happened in Gaza was a massacre; there is no other way to describe it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live ammunition and tear gas were used against unarmed Palestinians who were demanding their right to return to homes and villages they were expelled from in 1948. â&#x20AC;&#x153;58 people have been killed as a result of the actions of Israeli forces; including six children and more than 2,700 have been injured. It is shameful and on behalf of Sinn FĂŠin, I want to wholeheartedly condemn the brutal and violent actions of Israeli forces. I also want to extend our solidarity to the Palestinian people.â&#x20AC;? He added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Words are not good enough; the TĂĄnaiste should have told him to pack his bags.â&#x20AC;?

Guitar event

Donegal based company Emerald Guitars is running a special event in An GrianĂĄn Theatre in Letterkenny on Wednesday, May 30 at 8pm to celebrate 20 years of success and innovation in guitar making. The event will feature the ďŹ nest local musicians including Jonny Gallagher, Without Willow, and John and Pat Muldowney, and more. This event will also feature the launch of four new guitars, with proceeds going to a local charity. Tickets cost â&#x201A;Ź10.

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Donegal Co. Council is looking to hear about projects that have the potential to enhance towns and villages across the county as part of the new Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Projects that support entrepreneurship or that develop specific sectors such as artisan food hubs or craft hubs or heritage and tourism type initiatives in towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 are being encouraged to come forward with an expression of interest. Other types of activities such as town centre initiatives, town safety and accessibility enhancements and improvement of leisure and

recreational facilities are also being considered. “We are keen to hear from projects that will enhance and develop towns and villages socially, economically and culturally and proposals should include activities which will have clear positive economic impacts on the town,” Liam Ward, Director of Service in Donegal Co. Council said. “Funding ranging from €20,000 to €100,000 is available for towns and villages and funding of up to €200,000 will also be considered for a limited number of projects which can deliver exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town and its outlying areas,” Mr Ward added.

This scheme is being funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with Donegal Co. Council administering the scheme in Donegal. Groups who may have a suitable project should submit an expression of interest by 5pm on Monday, May 28. Expressions of interest will be assessed based on agreed priorities and a maximum of 12 proposals may be selected for further development into detailed applications, which will be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development for further assessment. For further information visit www.donegalcoco.ie.

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New report reveals numbers employed in Letterkenny town labour catchment area increased by 10% in last 10 years Letterkenny Labour Catchment, 2016 By Electoral Division (ED)

A new report shows the Letterkenny town labour catchment is the fourth largest labour catchment in the Western Region with nearly 20,000 workers living there. This is one of the findings of a new report carried out by the Western Development Commission (WDC), which has carried out in-depth research into the commuting patterns of those at work in the Western Region. With nearly 20,000 workers living in the Letterkenny town labour catchment, this is approximately 2.5 times the number of workers living in the town itself, (Census). This highlights the greater labour supply available beyond the immediate town boundary. The Letterkenny town labour catchment covers a large area but is completely confined to within County Donegal. Deirdre Frost, Policy Analyst at the WDC noted, “This is significant in the context of the recently published Project Ireland 2040, where urban centres such as Letterkenny will be expected to grow in importance. The forthcoming Regional Economic and Spatial Strategies will have to set out plans to support greater growth in urban centres and employment growth is central to this”. Within Donegal there are also a number of other distinct labour catchments such as Dungloe, Bunbeg and Ballybofey/Stranorlar. Derry also has a major influence on the north-east of the county.

Of those living in the Letterkenny town labour catchment, 47.5% (9,374) are employed within Letterkenny town and 52.5% (10,343) are employed outside the town and in the rest of the catchment and beyond. Key employment destinations outside the town are Donegal Rural (22.2% or 4,372), NI (Derry) (4.9% or 957) and Ballybofey/ Stranorlar (2.9% or 568). The age profile of those living in the Letterkenny town labour catchment is the youngest of the catchments of the seven county towns in the Western Region. Those at work and living in the Letterkenny town labour catchment have a much lower level of education than the State average – with rates of 51.6% and 56.1% respectively (3rd level). However, those employed in Letterkenny town have a higher rate of third level education of 57.3%. Within the Letterkenny town labour catchment the single largest employer is the ‘Education, Human Health and Social Work’ sector and accounts for 29.3% (5,779) which is much higher than the State average (22.8%).

This Sunday (May 20) marks World Bee Day and Oakfield Park will host a series of BEE I.D Trails on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Earlier this week, Oakfield Park’s Head Gardener, Wendy, was pictured sowing wildflower in the park’s meadow, which is part of a total of six acres of wildflower gardens enjoyed by bees and visitors to Oakfield Park. Visit www.oakfieldpark.com for details.

Letterkenny Southern Relief Road submissions deadline extended Members of the public with an interest in the new Southern Relief Road along Leck Road in Letterkenny still have time to submit their comments and observations on the proposed route as the closing date for submissions has been extended to Friday, May 18. The proposed route corridor has been identified as a strategic road link south of Letterkenny linking east and west Donegal and is identified within the Letterkenny and Environs Development Plan

2009-2015 (as varied) and is also designated as a strategic route within the Donegal County Development Plan 2012 – 2018 (as varied). Alignment options have been developed along the designated corridor through the townlands of Drumnahoagh, Scribley, Oldtown, Lismonaghan and Creevesmith. Over 100 people attended a pubic consultation event for this new proposed route on recently in the Letterkenny Public Service Centre and Donegal Co. Council is now

keen to hear the views and comments of those with an interest in this project. To have your say complete the public consultation feedback form available on www. donegalcoco.ie. Further information on proposed routes is also available here. Submissions can also be made in writing and posted to Donegal County Council, Road Design Office, Lifford, Co. Donegal or emailed to info@ donegalcoco.ie. The Council can also be contacted at 074 91 53900.

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology's Department of Computing is has announced its popular Summer Computing Camps will be returning next month. Now in it's fourth year, this year LYIT will be running three weeks of camps. Week one will be a 'Girls Only' camp aimed at promoting Computing to girls. This will then be followed by two weeks of mixed camps, boys and girls, with all camps open to ages 13-17 years. The camp cost is €20 and lunch is provided in the cost. To secure a place on one of these camps, download an application form the LYIT website (see link below), and email completed forms to martina. quinn@lyit.ie no later than Wednesday, May 30. The camps will include many fun and engaging topics including App Inventor, Swift Playgrounds, Computer Games Development and much more. Places limited. www.lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/ lyit-computing-summer-camps

Clean-up

A clean-up of the The Elms and Willowbrook estates will take place this Saturday (May 19) from 11am. All residents have been asked to support the event. Annual collection for the Residents Association will begin on Monday, May 21. €35 per house to cover the cost of grass cutting and other works.

Letterkenny Music and Drama Group performed their newly written play “Beneath an Irish Sky” recently in the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone. Written by Kieran Kelly and directed by Pluincéad O’Fearraigh, the play was warmly received and praised by the audience and especially by the Adjudicator, Anna Walker. In her adjudication, Ms Walker congratulated the group for reaching the All-Ireland Final, which she called “a wonderful achievement”. She told the audience that the actor, Kieran Kelly, who

played the part of Barney was also the writer of the play. “He must be so proud tonight,” said Ms Walker to a rapturous round of applause. “It’s very obviously a labour of love for him - what an achievement for this man,” Ms Walker said. The adjudicator also said that it was a privilege to see a new Irish play at the Drama Festival. “Letterkenny presented the play with full commitment and excellent teamwork and some strong characterisations with scenes being well paced,” she added. At the awards night on Saturday night, the play and per-

formance was highly praised from representatives from RTÉ and the Abbey Theatre with Kieran receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The competition was won by Prosperous Dramatic Society with their hilarious production of ‘Sylvia’ by A.R. Gurney. “We’re not disappointed,” said Kieran afterwards, “Far from it! To reach the finals with a brand new play was a wonderful achievement and a testament to all the hard work put in by so many people on and off stage. “It has been a fantastic journey and hearing such positive feedback from audiences all

The cast and crew of LMDG’s production of Beneath An Irish Sky after their performance in the All Ireland Finals in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone.

over the country has been amazing!” Director Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh was equally delighted. He said: “This was our second appearance at the Open Finals and to be representing our town and county on the national stage was a fantastic achievement. Everyone put in their very best performance last Thursday night and

after that you cannot ask any more!” The group is already looking forward to its next production, which will be announced very soon while they will be hosting another fun Murder Mystery Dinner at Castlegrove House on May 26. For more information, contact the group via their Facebook page.

Only two IDA site visits in Donegal by investors last year Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has revealed that there were only two IDA organised site visits to Donegal by potential investors last year. One of the worst annual outcomes ever, he claimed. Senator Mac Lochlainn said: "There is no sugar-coating this. The Government and the IDA are just not attracting the levels of investment that the people of Donegal need and

deserve. "The people of Donegal have proven that we have the talent and the skills required for a modern global economy as evidenced by the success stories of Pramerica, Optum (United Health Group) and other companies. "Letterkenny Institute of Technology with their CoLab and the North West Regional Science Park have also demonstrated that they also have the vision and innovation leadership

required to support Donegal's place in that modern global economy. "I believe that that Government and the IDA are in denial about their failures. "This is a serious worry because if you don't accept that you have a problem, then it can't be fixed. "I have seen thousands of our young people having to emigrate to Canada, Australia and elsewhere across the world again over recent

years for work. "They are also working in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and elsewhere on this island. So many of them should not have had to go. They should be building their futures and their families here in Donegal. "I will continue to vigorously challenge the Government and the IDA on their historical record in Donegal. It's vital for the future of our county that they step up to the plate."

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The Donegal Together for Yes group is questioning the funding of a campaign for a NO vote with only a week to go until the abortion referendum. It has registered an official complaint with the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO). Donegal Together for Yes spokeswoman Cathie Shiels said: “[They are] clearly spending large amounts of money for a NO vote. "They have taken out full and half page advertisements in all the county’s nine papers on a weekly basis. We know how expensive these are." She added: "This referendum is of vital importance to the women and people of Ireland." Voters will be asked on May 25 to decide if the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution should be replaced with a new provision that allows the Oireachtas to legislate for abortion.

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Almost 400 Donegal women travelled to UK for abortions Almost 400 women in Donegal have travelled to the UK for an abortion between 2012 and 2016, new figures have revealed. According to the UK Department of Health and Social Care, 388 women gave a Donegal address when they travelled to England or Wales for an abortion over the five-year period. Specifically, the number of women from Donegal who travelled include 83 in 2012, 87 in 2013, 88 in 2014, 67 in 2015, and 63 in 2016. The figures are revealed by Together For Yes as they launched their national conversations tour this week. ‘Get Together For Yes’ will visit 22 locations over 12 days, and

the tour aims to create a space for open and honest discussion about the 8th amendment. 'Get Together For Yes’ will visit Donegal today (Wednesday, May 16), where the tour stop off at Dillons Hotel, Letterkenny at 7pm. Campaign Co-Director Orla O’Connor stated: “These figures from the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK lay out in stark detail the numbers of women from Donegal who have travelled to the UK for an abortion between 2012 and 2016. “They prove that abortion is a reality in Donegal - it is just unsafe and unregulated. “The figures don’t even take account of the number of women in Donegal who may have taken

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abroad and a further estimated 1,500 took abortion pills at home without medical supervision or support. In Donegal, 63 women travelled in 2016 and many more have done so since. Dr. Mark Murphy who chaired the launch commented: “This is not a vote on abortion; abortion is already happening in Ireland. This is a vote to decide if we are going to regulate it, make it safe and to care for the women who need it.” Currently a doctor risks prosecution if they offer care to a woman diagnosed with a fatal foetal anomaly, a woman pregnant as a result of rape or a woman in a crisis pregnancy. Dr. Anna McHugh who works in Donegal commented: “People in Donegal are warm and friendly and compassionate. “Compassionate people realise that life

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an abortion pill or travelled to another jurisdiction in Europe for an abortion. “Overall, more than 18,000 women in Ireland travelled to the UK for an abortion during the five-year period. These include women from Donegal. “The vote on May 25 therefore

this is dangerous and highlights the need to regulate abortion in Ireland. “Interestingly, the majority of women who take abortion pills are already mothers. Regulating the use of pills would ensure women would be able to take them with the GP – not alone in her bathroom without any medical support. “These are sensitive and difficult discussions, but Together For Yes looks forward to bringing our message of care and compassion for women in crisis pregnancy into towns and local communities across Ireland, and encouraging people to start their own conversations about the referendum with family and friends.”

Close to 30 Donegal doctors give ‘Yes’ backing

Twenty seven Donegal doctors have joined a growing list of over 1,300 practicing Irish doctors signing up to Doctors for Yes. The petition, launched on Saturday at an event in Dublin attended by Minister for Health Simon Harris, and hundreds of doctors from around the country, calls for a Yes vote so that medical professionals can provide safer, more compassionate healthcare to their patients. Dr. Paul Stewart from Donegal comA parental support group mented: “I have yet to hear a reasonable meeting has organised argument for forcing women with a fatal and will take place in the foetal abnormality to go to term. As a Letterkenny Community society, we must become more compasCentre on Tuesday, May 22 sionate and supportive to women with at 7.30pm. Half Page Advert 100518.pdfcrisis 6 pregnancies.” 10/05/2018 23:21 Everyone welcome. Over 3,200 women travelled from IreContact 0861781844 for land in 2016 to access abortion care more information.

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isn’t a vote on whether to bring abortion to Ireland – because it is quite clear that it is already here. “It is a vote on whether Ireland wants to make abortion safe, regulated, and provide care to women who need abortions, or to continue allowing unsafe and unregulated abortions to take place in our country. “Currently we know that abortion pills are being ordered online in increasing numbers by women in Ireland - three women a day are taking a pill in the secrecy of their own bedroom or bathroom, without any medical supervision or support whatsoever. “A range of medical experts including Dr Peter Boylan say

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is complicated, if you realise this you realise that the answer to each individual crisis is written in the heart of the person suffering it. Then, you can consider voting yes.” Obstetrician and gynaecologist Professor Louise Kenny, a specialist in the management of high-risk pregnancy, attended the launch and said that in her 25 years of practice she had witnessed at first hand the harms of the Eighth Amendment. She said: “I have cared for women whose health has been irreparably harmed by the 8th amendment. I have cared for women who have died because of the Eighth Amendment. As an obstetrician, I never met a woman who wanted a termination, but I’ve met many women who desperately needed one.” Donegal Dr. Anna Mc Hugh.

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A Yes Vote is for: Taking responsibility for providing the abortion healthcare that a woman with a diagnosis of fatal foetal anomaly decides she needs Not further traumatising a woman who has been raped Regulating the provision of abortion pills and providing them with proper medical support and supervision Ending the threat of criminalisation of doctors and pregnant women Providing equal access to medical care for women in Ireland Allowing doctors to give healthcare that they are qualified for and have the expertise to provide without risking 14 years in prison

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of abortion in Ireland Continuing to criminalise doctors and women Continuing to rely on foreign governments to legislate for Irish abortions Continuing to further traumatise a woman who has been raped Forcing a pregnant woman with diabetes to risk going blind Forcing a woman with pregnancyinduced high blood pressure nearly to have a stroke Forcing a pregnant woman with epilepsy to have increased and recurrent fits On 25th May you have the opportunity to make a change. Since 1983 over 2,000 women from Donegal have been forced to travel abroad for an abortion; many more have taken abortion pills without proper medical support and supervision and have risked 14 years in jail. A Yes vote can change that. A Yes vote is a vote for compassion. A Yes vote is a vote for care. A Yes vote is a vote for taking responsibility for the reality of ordinary women – your mother, your daughter, your sister, your niece, your friend, your neighbour.

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CervicalCheck controversy

Emergency funding for additional Donegal counselling sessions The Irish Cancer Society has announced emergency funding so that women directly affected by the CervicalCheck controversy can have free counselling in Donegal. Funds will be made available for an additional 500 counselling sessions in 25 Irish Cancer Society-affiliated Support Centres across the country, including Donegal Cancer Flights and Services. The Society has taken the step in response to the significant increase in the numbers of women seeking advice and support from the charity around CervicalCheck and their smear test results. The announcement brings to 8,000 the number of free counselling sessions for people affected by cancer which the Irish Cancer Society will provide funding for in 2018. Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Over the past few days we have received a huge number of queries from women who are very concerned by the revelations about CervicalCheck. “Understandably, many women are deeply affected and need support, reassurance and practical help. “Through our existing network across the country, we are making additional money for counselling available so women in Donegal can get the support they so desperately need at this time.” Nurses from the Irish Cancer Society will also be assisting in calling back women who have contacted the CervicalCheck helpline this week and are

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Additional counselling servcies are being made available for women in Donegal following the CervicalCheck controversary.

waiting for a response. Mr Buggy added: “Women are out there worrying and waiting for a call back so they can have their concerns and worries addressed. We want to help reassure these women." Mr Buggy concluded: "Our panel of specialist cancer nurses will work with the CervicalCheck helpline to make sure as many of these women are contacted as soon as possible.”

Anyone with concerns about cervical cancer – be they going through the illness, or if they are a family member or friend of a cervical cancer patient – can receive confidential advice and support by contacting the Irish Cancer Society’s Freephone Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 (lines open MondayFriday, 9.00am-5.00pm). The CervicalCheck Helpline number is 1800 45 45 55.

Tidy Towns groups across Donegal are being encouraged to apply for the Local Authority ‘Tidy Towns’ Pollinator Award as part of this year’s ‘Tidy Towns’ competition. The closing date for the receipt of applications is Wednesday, May 23. “Since 2016, Local Authority Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre have sponsored an annual Local Authority Pollinator Award as part of the ‘Tidy Towns’ competition,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “The award builds on recommendations in the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (2015-2020) which recognises the importance of Irish bees in the pollination of our plants, trees and vegetables. “There has been a decline in bees in recent years because the areas where they can nest and the amount of food that our countryside provides for them have been reduced. “The award aims to encour-

age Tidy Towns groups to implement pollinator-friendly actions in towns and villages such as leaving wildflowers to grow along roadsides, field margins and using more pollinator-friendly plantings in parks and gardens.” Each year, there is a national winner and four regional award winners in two categories: (i) village or small town and (ii) large town or urban centre. Each regional winner will receive a €1,000 prize and the national winner in each category will receive an additional €1,000 prize. Buncrana Tidy Towns won the regional ‘Tidy Towns’ Local Authority Pollinator Award for the ‘North West & West Region’ in the ‘Large Town Category’ for its pollinator project in 2017. There were 70 applications from 24 counties nationwide for the award in 2017; a 20% increase on the number of entries from the previous year. Further details of the award are available on the Tidy Towns website at: www.tidytowns.ie.

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Next Sunday 20 May the church celebrates the great feast of Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit to Our Lady and the apostles. It is the foundation of the church, in a certain sense the completion of the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus. The Holy Spirit has come and embraces the human family in the life of God, the Blessed Trinity. Faith matters publishes the reflection in Reality, the Redemptorist publication:“The Feast of Pentecost, like Easter, was originally a Jewish feast. Shevuot, the Feast of Weeks, occurs 50 days after Passover and commemorated the giving of the Law on Sinai. For Christians, it commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit. “The first words in today’s Gospel are ‘In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week’ (John 20:19). John is referring here to Easter Sunday. The Spirit is Jesus’ Easter gift to his community. He enters unexpectedly the closed room where his disciples are hiding ‘for fear of the Jews’. There are none of the great signs of the coming of the Spirit we read about in the first reading – no tongues of fire, no great wind shaking the house. Instead, Jesus ‘breathes on them’. That is an unusual word in the Bible, but it is used three times in the Old Testament. The first is in the creation account of Genesis where God breathed into the face of the clay figure he has made from the dust of the earth and it became a living being (Genesis 2:7). The second is when the prophet Elisha restores to life the son of the widow of Saraphath by breathing three times on the boy and restoring him to health. The third is when young Tobias cures his father’s blindness by rubbing his father’s eyes with the gall of a fish and so restoring his sight. So breathing on someone is like a new creation, a kind of resurrection and a restoration of sight. “St Luke’s account of the day of Pentecost in the first reading is very rich. That extraordi-

nary list of nationalities that deserves to be counted: ‘(1) Parthians, (2) Medes and (3) Elamities; (4) people from Mesopotamia, (5) Judaea and (6) Cappodocia, (7) Pontus and (8) Asia, (9) Phrygia and (10) Pamphylia, (11) Egypt and (12) the parts of Libya round Cyrene; (13) residents of Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – (14) Cretans and (15) Arabs, we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God’ (Act 2:9-11): you probably would not know where most of them are today, but there are actually 15 countries in that list that stretch from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. For Luke, Pentecost is ‘Mission Sunday’ – the day in which we remember that the Good News is meant to transform the world. A line in one of my favourite novels, The Diary of a Country Priest has an experienced older priest tell the nervous young curate that ‘the Gospel is meant to be the light of the world, we have turned it into a bedside lamp for Christians’. Pentecost reminds us of that each year.


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CIRCUIT OF DONEGAL

Two men, two charities and a unique seven-day challenge Siobhán McNamara Reporter

Thousands of people across Donegal recently took part in the powerful movement that is Darkness Into Light. But two Donegal men are taking the quest to increase awareness of mental health supports and to raise money for these services to a whole other level. Over seven days in June, Joe Coyle and Thomas Given will undertake the Circuit of Donegal, a week-long challenge that includes hill-walking, hiking, cycling and kayaking. Money raised will go to Pieta House

and youth mental health service Jigsaw. Mr Coyle spoke to the Donegal Post about what motivated him to take on this gruelling challenge. “For me, making a positive contribution to the world is really important and this is my way of doing it,” he said. “Two years ago we did Go4Pieta over three days. We raised €56,000 which helped to get Pieta House up and running. With over 300 people through the doors of Pieta House Donegal already, we need to keep raising money so it can help as many people as possible.” Pieta House is a national service which provides support for those at risk of sui-

cide or self-harm. The second charity Jigsaw really struck a chord with Mr Coyle when it came to his attention. “I had an experience a couple of months ago where someone I knew told me about a family member who was at school and had a meltdown,” he said. “Jigsaw made a huge difference to this child’s life.” Mr Coyle went to see Jigsaw for himself. “I was blown away by their entire ethos,” he said. “The whole building is designed by kids for kids. They are funded by the HSE but every penny we raise for them will go to getting additional therapists.

on things like the weather.” The pair will be gone for six nights and they are hoping that people along the way will help them. “We are reaching out, hoping that people will be able to put us up to save money,” said Mr Coyle. There are other ways that people can get involved and contribute to the success of the Circuit of Donegal. A bucket collection will take place across the county on June 16 and 17. “Every crossroads, village and town is an opportunity to collect on these two days,” said Mr Coyle. “We need people to do the collections and we need people to organise them.” As well as raising money for Pieta House and Jigsaw, the pair hope that this undertaking will start conversations about mental health. “When somebody is in a difficult place they mightn’t even think of asking for help,” said Mr Coyle. “We all need to know that it is ok to reach out. There are a lot of organisations that are only too happy to talk to people who are in this position.” He believes that rather than simply telling people they should talk about mental health, a better approach is to ask: “How will it benefit you to ask for help?” Mr Coyle said: “Mental

Kids all across Donegal will benefit from what we do. “The two charities go hand in hand. If early intervention works then it would reduce the pressure on Pieta House.” In regard to the challenge itself, the two men are preparing as best they can but Mr Coyle has no illusions about the extent of what is involved. “I am nervous about it,” he said. “You need to be physically strong and mentally strong too. We still have a lot of training and work to do. Kayaking in particular is new to me so that will be a challenge. Then you are depending

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Day One: 90Km cycle from Mountcharles to Muff via Donegal Town, Ballybofey, Stranorlar, Convoy, Raphoe, St Johnston, Carrigans, Killea, the Strand Road and on to Muff Day Two: 16Km walk initially from Muff to Buncrana over the shoulder of Scalp Mountain (height 320m) followed by the ferry to Rathmullen and a further 13Km walk to 200m climb across to Milford Day Three: Kayak from the old Milford Bakery to Meevagh Boatyard on the Rosguill Peninsula Day Four: Walk seven beaches from Rosguill to Magheraroarty, Murder Hole Beach followed by Trabeg, Tramore, Marble Hill, Killyhowey, Falcarragh Beach and Magheraroarty Beach Day Five: Walk seven islands, namely Inishbofin, Tory, Inishmean, Gola, Owey, Aranmore and Inishfree (weather dependent) Day Six: 40Km walk from Maghery Dungloe to Maghery Ardara via Gweebarra, Maas, Tully and Ardara Day Seven: Cycle from Maghery Ardara back to Mountcharles via The Nick, Killybegs and Dunkineely.

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health is one of the few illnesses that can be cured by talking. The more people that talk about it the better.” More information can be found on the Circuit of Donegal Facebook page which includes a link to the everydayhero.com fundraising page.

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Donegal Tile Centre celebrates 30 years in Business This week Donegal Tile Centre are celebrating 30 years in business and are having a massive 3 Day Sale this Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday the 19th . To celebrate 30 years in business we are offering 30% Discount off a huge selection of our products and with every purchase on these three days you will receive a Discount Voucher for Rossview Interiors. Donegal Tile Centre is rightly known as the North West’s leading tile and bathroom centre since they opened in May 1988 at the Station Roundabout but as the business increased they outgrew the rented premises and acquired the site on Port Road. This move heralded a new era for the family business and they constructed Rossview Business Park which included their own state of the art showroom which opened in February 1999 and is still regarded as one of the best in Ireland. Donegal Tile Centre is part of Mc Gonagle Group which is owned by the Mc Gonagle Brothers, Eddie, Kevin , Hugh and Denis from Malin E Mc Gonagle & Sons which is another part of the business, are also well established plumbing, heating and mechanical contractors trading since 1968 when the business was set up by their late father Eddie and have been since renowned for quality workmanship throughout the North West. Their retail and trade busi-

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Popular Italian TV show films in Donegal Another voice The most popular travel TV show in Italy, Kilimangiaro, which has more than 1 million viewers per episode, was filming in Donegal last week. Tourism Ireland in Milan, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, invited camerawoman Annapia Chico and cameraman Diego Nicoletti to come and explore Donegal for the Kilimangiaro show, which airs on the national TV station, RAI Tre. The crew filmed at places like the Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal Castle, Mount Errigal, Glenveagh National

Park and Castle, Horn Head, Fanad Head Lighthouse and Malin Head. The resulting programme will air towards the end of 2018. “We are delighted that the Kilimangiaro TV show is filming in Donegal – it’s the kind of publicity that money simply could not buy and a superb way to highlight the North West section of the Wild Atlantic Way to more than 1 million Italians, positioning Ireland as a highly desirable place to visit,” said Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Italy. “Publicity is an impor-

tant element of our overall promotional programme, helping to raise awareness through the Italian media of the many things to see and do on a holiday around the island of Ireland.” 2017 was the best year ever for tourism from Italy to Ireland, when we welcomed around 363,300 Italian visitors, up +5.5% on 2016. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that success continues and the organisation has an extensive programme of promotions under way in Italy in 2018.

Cameraman Diego Nicoletti and camerawoman Annapia Chico, with local skipper Paddy Byrne, Sliabh Liag Boat Trips, during filming at Teelin Pier in Donegal, for Italian travel TV show Kilimangiaro.

by Mark Loughridge, pastor of Letterkenny New Life Fellowship.

He can be contacted on 074 9123961 or mark@newlifefellowship.ie

A voice for the voiceless You can’t be a little bit pregnant and you can’t be a little bit human. But you can be a little human. And the things you say about a tiny human, you can also say about a bigger human. You can be a big human who isn’t wanted. And you can be a little human who isn’t wanted. You can be a big human whose life is limited, and you can be a little human whose life is limited. You can be a big human who places a burden of care on others, and you can be a small human who places a burden of care on others. None of those changes your humanness. In fact, in big humans it calls for all the rest of us to be more human. More compassionate, more supporting, more of a community. And the little humans call us to be more human, not less. The hard circumstances that are cited to justify abortion (and which only account for less than 2% of all abortions) are opportunities for us to be more human as a society, not less so. According to the World Health Organization 56 million people die per year from all causes—heart attack, old age, war, disaster, famine, cancer, crime, car crashes etc. Do you know how many we abort each year? According to WHO there are 56 million abortions every year. That means we kill as many human beings in the first nine months of their existence, as death in all its forms takes after

birth. Stop and ponder that. 56 million. Mankind matches death in all its forms. The current rate of abortion is the equivalent of the tragedy of 9/11 happening every half hour, every day, every week, every month, all year. Or it’s like the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami with its death toll of 280,000 happening 200 times per year. What if we woke up tomorrow morning and the entire population of England was dead. Next year South Africa, next year South Korea. Then in one go: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland. All dead. 56 million—every year. And 98% are for social reasons—not rape or life limiting conditions. 56 million voices never heard. If a plague were doing that, we would do our utmost to stop it. There would be a clamour of voices. Yet we kill those who have no voice. You are called to be a voice for them in a culture that silences the unborn at a frightening rate. In Proverbs 31:8,9 God calls us to be a voice for the voiceless. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” On the 25th of May will you be a voice for the voiceless? Will you speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves?

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Darkness Into Light a great success

Thanking the local Garda for their support with the Darkness into Light 5K Run/Walk.

All smiles from the walkers in the Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk in aid of Pieta House.

All ages were out early in the morning for the Darkness Into Light walk in aid of Pieta House.

Michelle Blake and Louise Callaghan all se for the Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House.

Oisin, Sinead, Conor and Angela Crawford and Martin Gallagher all ready for the Darkness into Light 5K in aid of Pieta House.

Tegan Robb, Riane Carson, Oliva Robb, Amy-Lee Rob Freda Carson all set at the start of the Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House.

A wave and a smile as the walkers make their way around the 5K course.

Maria Howard and Laika all set for Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House.

Brian Dugera, Martin, Emma and Alisa Friel up early for the Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk.

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Darkness Into Light a great success

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Still smiling as the sun rises in the Darkness Into Light 5k Run/Walk.

Out for an early morning run for Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House.

Big smiles for the camera as the walkers set off for the Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk.

Well wrapped up for the Darkness into Light 5K in aid of Pieta House.

Avril and John G. Larkin at the Darkness into Light.

Luiseach Alexander.,Niamh Sweeney, Aisling McCullagh and Courtney Gallagher pictured at the Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House.

ABOVE: The Gallagher family along with Anastacia Roche (Action for Hope) starting the 2018 Darkness Into Light in Letterkenny. LEFT: Kieran Gillespie, Letterkenny Mayor Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh and John Hegarty all set for the Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House.

Morning creeping through the sky ahead of the Darkness Into Light event in Letterkenny.

The start of the 2018 Letterkenny Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk in aid of Pieta House.


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A young girl uses her light saber to light up her way.

Setting off for the 2018 Darkness Into Light 5k Run/Walk.

Caroline and Noel Jordan pictured at the start of the Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk in aid of Pieta House.

Marion Cullinae setting out candles for the Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk.

Virgil Quinn making his way round the 5K course as the sun rises.

A quick selfie at the start of the Darkness into Light 5K.

All set for the Darkness into Light 5K Run/Walk Linda Boyce, Brendan Martin and Michelle McFadden.

Setting off for the Darkness into Light 5K Run/Walk in aid of Pieta House.

Frank McGinley, Claire McClintoc, Saz McDermott and Jordan Nett all smiles at the start of the Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk in aid of Pieta House.


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Thumbs up from Chef Martin Anderson.

A big cheer from the runners in the Darkness Into Light 5k.

Walking hand in hand in the Darkness into Light 5k in aid of Pieta House.

Shinning bright with their lights and smiles.

Thumbs up for the Darkness into Light 5K Run/Walk.

Stopping for a photo during the Darkness into Light 5K Run/Walk.

Boyd Robinson in the crowds of people supporting the Darkness Into Light 5K Run/Walk in aid of Pieta House.

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Letterkenny Association Pioneer 100th Anniversay

Tommy McGrory, Bishop Alan McGuckian, Sally Blake, Anne Scanlon and Barclay and Philamena Broane.

Kathleen Mc Ciron, Margaret Mc Elwaine and Margaret Friel.

Geradline Moroney, Joe Crossan, Carmel Crossan and Mary O'Donnell.

Marion McGlynn, Mary Tobin, Margaret Tinney and Kathy McGough.

Margaret Dorrian, Charlie McAteer, Josephine McGroarty and James and Ann Doherty.

Dolores and Sandra Sheridan from Rathmullen.

Attending the Letterkenny Pioneer Association 100th anniversary at the Station House Hotel.

Millie and John Crossan from Kilmcrennan and Bernard and Ann Doherty from Creeslough at the Letterkenny Pioneer Association 100th anniversary at the Station House Hotel.

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Letterkenny and Regional committee members pictured with Bishop Alan McGuckian, Fr Kelly and Fr McGuckian at the Letterkenny Pioneer Association 100th anniversary at the Station House Hotel.

Bishop Alan McGuckian along with his brother Fr McGuckian presenting the All Ireland Pioneer Quiz winners cup to John Dorrian, Manus McElwaine and Marie McElwaine, the quiz had taken place two weeks ago in Mulingar.

Bishop Alan McGuiskian, Sandra Sheridan, and Madline and Patrick Wilkinson at the pioneer association 100th anniversary at the Station house Hotel.

Siobhan and Eammon Foy and Mas Curran.

Letterkenny Pioneer Association Chairperson Geradline Moroney making a presentation to Fr McGuckian.

Members of the Milford and Glenswilly Pioneer Associations at the 100th anniversary at the Station House Hotel.

Bishop Alan McGuckian and Letterkenny Pioneer Association Chairperson Geraldine Moroney cutting the cake for their 100th anniversary.

Bishop Alan McGuckian, Fr McGuckian and Fr Kelly pictured members of the Letterkenny Pioneer Association committee members Margaret Tinney, Geradline Moroney, Michael Keane, and Joe Crossan celebrating their 100th anniversary.

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Referendum a choice confronting every Catholic Dear Sir, I write as a Catholic in response to Sinead Stewart’s letter, addressed to Catholics, in your edition of the 19th of April. The true position on Catholic conscience in relation to the referendum was admirably summed up by Bishop Alan McGuckian on RTE’s “Morning Ireland” a few weeks ago, as follows: “If we vote in favour of

Bishop Alan McGuckian.

abortion we cannot pretend that we are not giving permission to one group of human beings – women - to kill another group of human beings, namely their unborn babies. So, can a Catholic in good conscience vote for abortion? A better way to put it might be that no Catholic with a well informed conscience can vote for it. When it boils down to it, we can do practically anything in good conscience, but that doesn’t make it right. A Catholic could convince themselves that abortion is right in particular circumstances, but that subjective judgement doesn’t make it right. A person can easily do something that is objectively bad, but with a good, but mistaken, conscience. That is why it is crucial to speak about a well – informed conscience, or a properly formed conscience. Every Catholic, indeed every person who takes the moral life seriously, has a duty to properly form their conscience. This is why the advice to simply “follow your conscience and you’ll do the right thing,” is so misguided. Your conscience can easily lead you to do the wrong thing, and so your conscience has to be properly formed. For a Catholic that means becoming properly informed about what the Catholic Church teaches”. On this matter, I earnestly hope that Catholics in the Diocese of Raphoe will be guided by the authori-

In defence of the defenceless Dear Editor, The Abortionists in the referendum campaign know full well that everything they say is a lie. They know that when they talk about ‘Choice’ what they really mean is Abortion on demand. They know that the youngest person in Iceland with Down’s Syndrome is twenty years old. That didn’t happen by chance, it happened by ‘Choice’. They know that the ‘Compassion’ they have in mind involves the deliberate killing of tens of thousands of innocent unborn healthy babies for no reason other than convenience. They know that they exploited the tragic death of Savita Halapanaver, an Indian woman who died from sepsis (a fact confirmed by three separate enquiries) to claim that killing the unborn is nothing more than ‘Women’s Healthcare’. They know that in the country of her birth, up to 12 million babies were aborted between 1980 and 2010 solely because they were female. They know that 117 million women are missing worldwide because of ‘gender selective abortion’. They know that 3.5 million girls are killed every year because they are female. That’s how much they care about women’s health. Their most debased argument is when they say an unborn baby isn’t human! That sounds a lot like the argument the Nazis used to justify killing the Jews, the only difference is that this holocaust will have no end. You will never see these facts

on their posters, nor the fact that baby parts are being traded for millions of dollars by American abortion group ‘Planned Parenthood’. No sign either on the posters of the ‘Performance Bonuses’ being offered to workers in the Marie Stopes clinics in Britain. No word either from them on how their campaign is funded. No mention of the €137,000 illegal donation from the George Soros foundation to abortion lobby group Amnesty International (ironically, they used to be a human rights organisation!) If the Pro-Abortion group (not pro-choice, the child has no choice) get their ‘Care, Compassion, and ‘Choice’ through on May 25 then the killing can begin in earnest. No more need to run a referendum again. No more need for the likes of Simon Harris and his mate Thomas Pringle to be upset by ‘graphic images’ of the reality of what they support. No more need for the likes of Sinn Fein, Fine Gael, and the Looney Left Alliance to feel out of step with their European masters and British and American peers. If not, as Regina Doherty pointed out they can and will run the referendum again and again until they get the result they want. Now is the time to reject the lies of the Abortionists and spineless politicians and stand up for the most innocent, defenceless human beings of all. Gerard Gallagher, Newbridge, Rathmullan.

Letters to the Editor Please send your letters to editor@letterkennypost.com tative teaching of our Bishop as set out in his recent exemplary Pastoral Letter, rather than by the mis-guided opinions of such as Ms. Stewart. The fate of hundreds of thousands of Ireland’s unborn children for decades ahead will depend upon our making the correct and properly informed decision in good conscience on the 25th of May. An important fact, confirmed in the Irish Times of the 1st of May 2018 by Professor Martin Clynes, Professor Emeritus of Biotechnology, National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology, Dublin, is that, “New methods for analysis of foetal DNA in maternal blood are becoming more and more sensitive, …already allowing for Down Syndrome to be detected with around 97% accuracy at 9-10 weeks into the pregnancy, and gender to be estimated with similar accuracy as early as 7 weeks gestation”. RTE news was able to inform us

on the 1st of May, courtesy of the foreign manufacturers, the precise numbers of women illegally supplied with abortion pills in this country in 2016 and 2017. Yet our Government ignores this flouting of our law, instead of demanding of the countries of origin that they ensure that these potentially dangerous drugs do not continue to be unlawfully and recklessly trafficked from their jurisdictions into this country for the unlawful destruction of our unborn children, thereby knowingly exposing those women to risk of harm. In law, this constitutes reckless endangerment of Irish citizens by foreign corporations, winked at by our own Government in furtherance of it’s longstanding abortion agenda, now fully revealed in all its vileness. In indulgently presiding over this state of affairs, the Government is shamelessly failing in it’s duty of

care to Irish women and, of course, is utterly indifferent to the fate of their unborn children whose lives the State has guaranteed to defend and vindicate. Yet Simon Harris had the unmitigated nerve to tell the Dail in recent weeks that the continued exposure of women to abortion pills without medical supervision is something he can no longer “live with”. Of course, little enough nerve is required when all of the opposition health spokespersons, are militantly “Pro-Repeal”, and can be relied upon to nod obligingly in agreement. Hypocrites all! Of course, not a word during that Dail debate was spoken of Ruth Coppinger T.D. having spent a week last summer on her “Abortion Pill Bus”, trying to push her illegally imported and dangerous pills on the women of Ireland, for the destruction of their “unwanted” unborn children. Jesus once told his disciples, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me…..” (John 4.34). If we vote “Yes”, how, with any integrity, do we ever again address to our Father in Heaven, the Author of all life, the words, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”? Yours faithfully, Cathal Quinn, Solicitor, Glen Villa, New Mills, Letterkenny

Time for Ireland to come of age Dear Editor The 1916 Proclamation declared the sovereignty of Ireland. That sovereignty and independence from the governance and laws of Britain came at a price and with that freedom came responsibility. In 1983 the Eighth Amendment was voted into the constitution in an attempt to ban the provision of abortion in Ireland. In 1992 the Thirteenth Amendment, gave women the right to travel abroad to have an abortion. This has been a total failure of Ireland to take care of its people, a failure to take responsibility for its governance and laws. Instead it has continued to rely on the Parliament of Westminster to legislate for the provision of the vast majority of Irish abortions. Instead of independence, and the responsibility that implies, it has enshrined dependence in our Constitution. On May 25th we have the opportunity to face up to our responsibility to care for all our citizens; to take responsibility for our own laws; to end our dependence on Britain. It is time for Ireland to come of age and become a true republic for all of its citizens by voting Yes. Regards, Tim Spalding, Kerrykeel,


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Arrive in style

Your choice of wedding car can add the final touches to your special celebration The dress, the cake, the venue… there’s plenty to consider when it comes to your wedding, but don’t forget to give some thought to your transport. Rolling up in your Dad’s car might suit some, but many brides and grooms want an eye-catching car to feature in their wedding pictures. Don’t be left disappointed – cars are booked up well in advance, especially during peak season. Businesses often advise booking twelve months before your wedding, meaning you should pick a car around the time you pick your venue. Who would have thought choosing the wheels would be such a big deal? Here are a few factors to consider before you put own a deposit on the car of your dreams.

● The theme

A classic car might not suit if you want to choose a hippy or a boho theme for your wedding, while polished brides won’t want to turn up in anything less than a super-glamourous ride. If your wedding theme is a bit more quirky, a VW campervan will at least fit you, your dress and several members of

your wedding party! Your wedding transport can be elaborate or understated or simply a method to get you from A to B – it’s up to you how you want to include the car in your wedding. Either way, your wedding car is a great way to cement a theme for your big day, no matter what style you choose.

● Numbers matter

Many couples want to make a big entrance after spending a lot of money on a wedding car, but many couples forget about the practicality element of choosing your transport.

There’s no point in booking a five-seater car if you’re planning on transporting a whole crew of bridesmaids and groomsmen with you. Will all your bridesmaids accompany you to the church, or just the person who will give you away? Will the groom and his party need their own car? Make sure you don’t have to leave anyone behind at the church just because you overlooked a person or two!

● Consider your dress

The groom may have his heart set on a Lamborghini, but it helps if you have an idea

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of what your dress will be like when booking your car. Most brides would argue that whether their gown fits in the car is a pretty big consideration. If a massive hooped skirt features in your wedding dress, make sure you will fit without damaging your ensemble getting in and out of the car. It’s also a good idea to practice getting in and out of your wedding car a few times before you have to exit the vehicle in front of an audience.

● The price

The budget won’t be far from the mind of any couple

hoping to get married. Keep in mind that rare sports cars cost more, while if your wedding is far away or if you need to hire the vehicle for longer, the cost will be higher. Consider how important a wedding car is to you. Many couples spend a lot because they feel a wedding car is essential, while others might choose to save money by using one car to take the groom to the church, which will then return to collect the bride. Some couples are also now choosing to provide transport for their guests if they plan to have a few drinks, or all stay over at a hotel together that night. You can also arrange for a

car to bring you to the ceremony for the photos and then arrange for a more functional car to take you to the reception.

● The right choice

Give some time and thought to your wedding transport to make sure you get the right fit for you and your groom. The right wedding car business will advise you on the quickest way to get to your reception and hidden spots where you can take amazing photographs. The type of wedding car you like totally depends on your personal style and the theme of your wedding, so feel free to choose whatever your heart desires.

Weddings at The Abbey & Central Hotels Donegal Town Overlooking beautiful Donegal Bay and River Eske in the idyllic town of Donegal, The Abbey and Central Hotels have been creating ‘Happy Ever Afters’ for decades. Over the years both hotels have played host to many prestigious events and family occasions and there is no bigger occasion than your wedding day! The essential elements in choosing your wedding venue are what these landmark hotels are renowned for - superb food, first class service, professional and friendly staff, spectacular banqueting facilities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our beautifully appointed banqueting suites are designed with the elegance and luxury one would dream of in a wedding venue. The myriad of panoramic windows offer an abundance of natural daylight and spectacular views of Donegal Bay as a backdrop to your special day. Your wedding day is the most important day of your lives. Brides and Grooms spend months planning and

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preparing every little detail to ensure their forthcoming nuptials are fondly remembered. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable wedding experts and their teams will be at the helm from day one so

that couples can rest assured that their wedding day will be full of long lasting memories. We invite you to meet with our Wedding Experts to see how your dream wedding can become a reality at The Abbey & Central Hotels. Prime dates available for 2018/2019 and reduced rates offered for midweek weddings. weddings@abbeyhoteldonegal.com | weddings@centralhoteldonegal.com.


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Your Vision, Your Wedding, Your Way With roaring turf fires in our entrance halls the cosy sophisticated atmosphere at Mulroy Woods Hotel will be waiting to welcome you and your guests. From intimate to extravagant, our dedicated team offer a comprehensive wedding service, ensuring your wedding day will be unforgettable and uniquely yours. We see weddings as unique as the individuals getting married therefore your

Mulroy Woods hotel has adapted to the taste and desires of wedding couples which has enabled the team to exceed the expectations of our brides & grooms. This is evident having won Ulster Wedding Venue of the year 2017 & been shortlisted for Wedding Venue of the Year 2018 & Wedding Hotel of the Year 2018. Elegant and sophisticated, the Glashagh Suite is perfect for those looking to celebrate

their nuptials with a large gathering of family and friends as it caters for up to 300 guests. This banqueting hall enjoys beautiful natural day light and as night falls spill out onto the beautiful stone Terrence to enjoy the tranquillity of the surrounding area. The Mulroy Suite is the ideal setting for an elegant civil service for up to 300 guests or can accommodate an intimate wedding catering for

wedding coordinator will work exclusively with you from engagement to the last toast. We only cater for one wedding a day so that our couples have our complete & undivided attention throughout. Being an intimate country hotel our wedding couple can book the entire suite to allow for total intimacy. Mulroy Woods is based in the centre off the most beautiful wedding photography spots

in Donegal. From the majestic Glenveagh Castle, waterfalls, woodlands, beaches, to the natural beauty of Mulroy Bay, we are a stone through away from it all. Mulroy Woods Hotel, Lougnakey, Milford, Co Donegal. F92TD4F Wedding email address: sales@mulroywoodshotel. com website: w w w. mulroywoodshotel.com Telephone: +353 (0)74 9153313

140 guests. Want to celebrate your love with a civil ceremony? Mulroy Woods provide three different spaces within which you can conduct your nuptials. Our two beautiful banqueting halls can be decorated to suit your tastes. The very popular option of the large foyer, flooded with natural light, a fabulous turf fire burning in the background, this space can be transformed into the venue of your dreams.

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Providing the ‘sparkle’ for your big day R. McCullagh Jewellers is one of the oldest established businesses in Letterkenny. The original firm was started in 1869, and since those early days, has progressed to become the leading jewellery stores in Donegal. All staff undergo jewellery training certified by the RJI (Retail Jewellers of Ireland) and the NAG (National Association of Goldsmiths). With the introduction of our new workshops to design and craft our own jewellery on the premises, R. McCullagh can now offer a comprehensive ser vice with handmade engagement and wedding rings a speciality. There is now the option to select your individual stone from our range of loose diamonds, and have them mounted in a setting of your own choice. Our design consultant is available in-store by appointment. Our jeweller y

lines include: Newbridge Silverware, Nomination, History of Ireland, and fashion ranges from Coeur de Lion and Absolute. R McCullagh Jewellers have been D o n e g a l ’s t i m e keepers since 1869, and are the local suppliers for quality watches such as: Michelle Herblin, Seiko, Cluse, Jacques Lemans and a wide range of other brands to suit prices and taste. After five generations in business, we pride ourselves on our tradition of quality and friendly service whilst offering the latest in watch and jewellery designs. R McCullagh’s has been synonymous with fine jewellery, quality watches and giftware. Today, we continue to offer excellent value and innovative design with bespoke jewellery, such as The Letterkenny Collection. In our store at Main Street, Letterkenny , you can choose from our quality product range in a relaxed atmosphere, and our sales staff will be happy to help you make the right choice - whatever the occasion.

Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are available in plain, yellow gold, white gold, platinum and palladium. They can also be diamond set. You can choose from hundreds of style in our standard range, or our celtic range, which has been inspired by the Book of Kells. We also manufacture individual wedding ring pairs to suit cus-

tomer requirements. To ensure that “sparkle” at your wedding ceremony, we offer all couples who purchase their wedding rings from us a complimentar y bespoke wedding coin and complimentar y engagement ring cleaning.

Additionally, we engrave the names and wedding date on the inside of the wedding rings, again, with our compliments. We have a private viewing room and also that booking an appointment is advised for lunch times and at the weekend.

At Kee’s Hotel we pride ourselves on our ability to establish a warm and personal relationship with our Bride’s & Groom’s which enables us to ensure the perfection you desire on your Wedding Day.

Save the Date!

Wedding Open Week 5th - 9th June 2018

We can offer you Elegance, Sophistication and a Professional Service that will ensure a truly amazing experience for you, your family and friends. Come along and join us during our Wedding Open Week at Kee’s Hotel. See the Foyer and the Terrace Ballroom set as they would be on your Special Day. Book an appointment in advance to receive a complimentary gift basket on the day of your viewing.

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A dream day There are many ways you can make your wedding unforgettable for your guests You’ve already made the decision who to marry, and your wedding day is sure to be the most special day of your life so far. Your guests may attend several weddings every year, so how do you make your wedding day extra special for everyone invited? There are a few ways you can ensure your wedding is one of the best your guests have ever attended.

● Beautiful invitations

Your invitations are the first thing your guests will hear or see of your wedding. Make sure they stand out so they can be kept and admired by everyone who received one.

● Choose a great venue

Your choice of venue can make or break your wedding. Whether you choose an old favourite or use somewhere new, the venue can make your

wedding very memorable.

● Make a statement with your dress

Reflect your personality by wearing a beautiful and unique dress. There are so many choices out there so take the opportunity to choose a dress that will stand out in the minds of your guests.

● Hire a meaningful officiant

Whether you ask a family friend or a priest that you’ve known since childhood, a specially-chosen officiant who knows what you want can make the ceremony stand out in your mind and those of your guests.

● Choose good lighting

Special lighting can really set the tone for your wedding at both ceremony and reception. Lighting is

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● Have a short gap between wedding and reception

If the gap is too long between the ceremony and the meal, guests can become tired and irritable. A wedding that flows well with minimal waiting around is instantly memorable.

● Provide guest transportation

Guests will remember a wedding that made life as easy as possible for them. Hire a bus to ferry your guests so they can enjoy a drink without worrying about parking or how to get home.

● Choose original décor

It’s easy to go with simple décor that is provided by the florist or

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hotel, but adding some small details to already beautiful décor can reflect your personality and add that special touch.

● Put thought into your seating

Many couples throw families or singles together without much thought. Consider who will get on or who you would like to introduce for wedding conversation that flows.

● Gorgeous florals

Beautiful flowers look spectacular in photos, while good smells and vibrant colours will evoke lovely memories in your guests long after the wedding.

● A unique bar

Have an open bar for an hour or create a signature cocktail to delight your guests and thrill them with the hospitality on offer at your wedding.

● Good entertainment

Any wedding guest will tell you a cool DJ or a band are the making of the wedding reception and can get all the guests out on the dancefloor in no time.

● Delicious food

A tasty meal with options that all guests will like can make your wedding memorable, especially if your choice of meals is something out of the ordinary.

● A choice of desserts

Not everyone likes wedding cake. Please all your guests by offering a choice of desserts for those picky eaters

● Have an after party

The after-party is the icing on the cake at a great wedding. Have your guests looking back on photos of a great party for years to come.

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Weddings at Harvey’s Point Set in the magical location on the shores of Lough Eske, nestled at the foot of the Bluestacks Harvey’s Point is where your wedding dream can begin. At Harvey’s Point, we take great pride in treating our guests as family and your wedding is as important to us as it is to you. Our dedicated team are there throughout your planning journey to assist you every step of the way. Designed to perfection, with you in mind, our complete Wedding Suite offers you and your guests an exclusive space to enjoy your celebrations. Arrive via your own entrance and walk along the red carpet to be greeted with a glass of champagne in our stylish lobby. Join your guests in our bright and spacious Garden Suite before moving to our Stunning Ballroom Suite where you can sit back and take in the panoramic views of Lough Eske and our beautiful landscaped gardens. Dance the evening away surrounded by the romantic ambience and enjoy the luxury of your own private bar. At Harvey’s Point, we want to help you have the Wedding of your dreams. We have the ideal location to offer you a variety of options to get married here at the lakeside. Our stunning Garden Suite is licensed to host civil and humanist wedding ceremonies while our pier overlooking Lough Eske gives an exceptional backdrop for your ceremony. Let us inspire your

Point is as famous as our warm greeting. Wow, your guests with our exceptional offerings that range from our much celebrated international cuisine buffets, through to the delicately styled pictures on plates presented from our award-winning kitchen. You can choose a combination of Buffet and Service or choose full plated Waiter Service, the choice is yours. Christmas Wedding

wedding day. Whatever season you choose to have your wedding, the unique location of Harvey’s Point can

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offer you the perfect backdrop to your day. From the beautiful light in spring to the sunny shades of summer, through to the golden colours of autumn and the crispness of a winter’s day the ever-changing landscape never disappoints. Weddings over the festive season and New Year are a Harvey’s Point speciality with the soft glow of the lights and the cosiness of our real turf fires; it’s the perfect place to bring loved ones together. The Wedding Banquet at Harvey’s

Let us make your Christmas wish come true with your dream wedding on the shores of Lough Eske. Contact details: Contact Samantha or Joanne to book your personal show around to sample the magic for yourself. Call: +353-74-9724315 Email: events@harveyspoint.com

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Intimate Wedding Celebrations at The City Hotel Big things often have small beginnings…..Celebrate one of the biggest days of your life with an intimate wedding at The City Hotel Derry. Weddings are about celebrating love and for many couples, a small intimate wedding surrounded by your nearest and dearest is the most romantic way to mark your special day. Let the City Hotel create your dream intimate wedding that is personal, meaningful and relaxed with a very special atmosphere, where you can enjoy spending quality time with each and every one of your guests. At the City Hotel we realise each and every wedding is as distinctive and unique as you are and for this reason we treat each bride & groom individually ensuring we offer

our utmost care and attention to promise you a truly memorable day, helping you add those personal touches that bring all your Pinterest boards to life!

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Standing proudly overlooking the River Foyle and beside the iconic Peace Bridge, the contemporary styled City Hotel Derry offers an unrivalled location for your wedding celebrations. For smaller, more intimate weddings, our Alexander Suite, bathed with natural daylight and views of the river, will host up to 70 guests. Both our Corinthian Ballroom & Alexander Suite are licensed for civil ceremonies too if you would like us to host your complete wedding day. “Hervey’s” our new chic and

cosmopolitan rooftop event space is a wonderful add on for weddings at the hotel. Our wedding parties can enjoy private use of our rooftop oasis on their big day. Flooded with natural day light by day and adorned with glistening lights from the city by night, the panoramic views from the 7th floor provide endless opportunities for capturing magical moments and sensational wedding photographs against the city’s stunning backdrop. With capacity for up to 50 guests, Hervey’s Rooftop Terrace is the perfect way to wow guests for your intimate wedding, providing an incredible setting for a drinks reception on your wedding day. Guests can enjoy sipping champagne whilst taking in the breathtaking city views, with the Donegal hills in the distance. Why not extend your wedding celebrations to a second day and enjoy an exclusive champagne breakfast or lunch time cocktails on the roof terrace. Our intimate wedding package is designed to suit wedding celebrations between 50 and 100 guests and starts from £2,500 (based on 50 guests). Our packages are clearly detailed with no hidden costs giving you financial peace of mind before your big day! Our team of wedding coordinators have many years of experience organising fabulous events therefore we care-

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• Pre wedding consultations with our experienced Wedding Co-ordinators • Red carpet and champagne to greet Bride & Groom on arrival • White linen cloths and napkins on all tables • Personalised table menus • A choice of table centres • Choice of table runners in a variety of colours • Full waiter service • Use of a cake stand and knife • Luxurious bridal suite on your wedding night with champagne breakfast served to your room the following morning • Tea, Coffee, Biscuits on arrival for your guests • Arrival drinks reception of glass of house wine • 5 course package wedding menu • Glass of house wine with meal • Evening buffet (to cater for 35 guests) • 3 hour DJ Package is based on 50 guests with additional charges as follows; Additional guests charged at £41 per person Additional guests with buffet charged at £49 per person * Room hire charge may be applicable

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TeamBride is your PA for your Wedding Day! I offer a range of bespoke services to assist couples with all aspects of their wedding day. Having 10 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience within the industry I find that most couples don't want or need a full wedding planner, they just need help or advice with certain aspects of their day. This is where Team Bride shines. TeamBride services include Wedding morning dressing for the Bridal Party, often combined

with a full Bubbly Breakfast that we set up, deliver and take away on the morning and/or home decor for the photographs in the home. Other services include on the day Coordinator, DIY Decor styling/ set up and planning

consultations. I believe that couples now, more than ever want the knowledge to be able to source the right vendor for their needs and personality. With this in mind I created TeamBride Workshops and events where couples and bridal parties can enjoy a day of wedding talk while

drinking cocktails, having fun and gaining valuable insights from industry suppliers. TeamBride has developed into a blog and advice centre for couples who want expert advice on certain aspects. Contact Carina by email hello@teambride.ie / www. teambride.ie


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Brexit border risks highlighted at Ibec meeting

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Fergal O'Brien, IBEC Direcotr of Policy and Chief Economist; Lydia Mahon, Aurivo; Cormac Kearns, Regional President and MD Masonite; Séamus Hughes, Zeus and Terry McNamara, IBEC NW Regional Director.

John O'Connell, Optima; Terry McNamara, IBEC and Frank Trearty, Pelagia.

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, met last week with the Ibec North West Regional Executive (REC) in Letterkenny and reaffirmed the need to avoid a hard border and safeguard the functioning of the allisland economy in Brexit negotiations. Ibec said that the UK remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit would go some way towards resolving the border issue and minimising new trade barriers.

The meeting follows the publication of a new Ibec Brexit impact survey, which highlights key concerns facing Irish business. When asked about the effect of Brexit on trade between the Republic and Northern Ireland, three out of five (60%) respondents highlighted concern at the potential impact of increased custom and certification procedures on their business. Other issues of importance included the possible risk to

stability through undermining of the Good Friday Agreement (44%), the possible risk to allisland supply chain (43%), and increased competition from companies based in Great Britain (40%). Ibec North West Regional Director, Terry McNamara said: “The success of the all-island economy has led to a diverse, varied and successful ‘all island business model’ whose core benefits underpin the successful operations of thousands of large companies and

ABOVE: Séamus Hughes, Zeus; Lydia Mahon, Aurivo; Fergal O'Brien, IBEC Director of Policy and Chief Economist; Cormac Kearns, Regional President and MD Masonite and Terry McNamara, IBEC NW Regional Director.

LEFT: Cormac Kearns, Regional President and MD Masonite.

Ray Winters, Smyths Feeds; Lydia Mahon, Aurivo and Mark Sharkey, The Cope.

Séamus Hughes, General Manager Zeus.

Malachey McGee, Mulrines Ballybofey and Ray Winters, Smyths Feeds.

Séamus Hughes, Zeus; Cormac Kearns, Regional President and MD Masonite and Michael O'Reilly, Philps Mesisze.


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Séamus Hughes, General Manager Zeus speaking at the IBEC North West Regional Executive Committee meeting.

SMEs across the island. “Many thousands of jobs have been created and hundreds of firms have benefited from the opportunities presented by the all island economy. It is vital these are protected into the future. “Business is actively working to support an outcome that delivers close EU-UK alignment into the future, but major obstacles exist. “The type of EU-UK free trade agreement that currently seems likely would amount to a significant deterioration of the current economic relationship and would come with a heavy economic cost.

“It is crucial that a deal guaranteeing no hard border with Northern Ireland is significantly advanced over the coming weeks. Political commitments must now be given full legal force.” The meeting also outlined the significant opportunities being presented to the region by Project Ireland 2040. Cormac Kearns, Director of Global Door Components Masonite and Ibec North West Regional President said: “For some time now, Ibec has identified a lack of investment in the economy as a major constraint to progress. “The €116bn 10-year invest-

ment plan, which will see capital spending exceed 4% of economic output, is visionary and comprehensive. “We have an opportunity now to position the North West as the location of choice, which can develop further into a sustainable place for people to work and live. “Project Ireland 2040 can unlock the region’s growth potential and allow it to expand and grow in a sustainable way. “It is a significant step towards overcoming the challenges of peripherality and poor access that the North West endures at present.”

Séamus Hughes, General Manager Zeus speaking at the IBEC North West Regional Executive Committee meeting.

Helen Leahy, Ibec Regional Coordinator and Lydia Mahon, Aurivo.

Committee Members at the IBEC North West Regional Executive Committee meeting.

Patrick Temple, Magees Donegal Town and Séamus Hughes, Zeus.

Terry McNamara, Ibec North West Regional Director; Helen Leahy, Ibec Regional Coordinator and and Frank Trearty Pelagia.


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Importance of dog walking

Do you command or communicate? What are commands? Commands are orders. When most people think about commands they think about telling their dog to Sit, Stay etc. When people think about training they often think in a very limited way and when they get a limited response from their dog, they often blame their dog for that. They call the dog “stupid” or “mad” or whatever. The dog is not at fault. The fault lies in the lack of understanding, knowledge and certain skills in the owner. Limited thinking in owners can lead to major problems in dogs where many dogs end up having to be rehomed or even losing their lives. You need to have some skills to be able to work with a dog. You need to be a good teacher. You need to have patience. You need to be able to solve problems without losing your cool. Instead of thinking about commands you could think about communication. Communication is what it’s all about. Being able to communicate your needs to a dog is not that difficult when you’re both talking the same language. Dogs don’t communicate the same way that we do... we talk a lot. If you think about being in a foreign country where there is no English/ Irish spoken then you will get a feel for what your dog needs from you.

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How would you ask for a cup of tea? How would you ask for directions? You would have to use your body parts to try to communicate what you need... starting with your hands. You might point to things, you might get frustrated at times but if you want something then you need to be patient and learn as you go. You don’t learn a language overnight. Dogs don’t speak English, Irish or any other verbal human language. Dogs use dog language. They communicate mostly through body language and when we learn how to read that, two way communication is so much easier. Commands are no good to an excited dog or a dog who is struggling to understand you. Giving “orders” to someone who doesn’t know your language is not going to bring good results. It will often bring frustration, fearful or unruly behavior as the dog tries to work it out, especially if the teacher is insistent, physical, impatient and loud. Put yourself in your dogs mind. How would YOU figure out what you’re trying to say if you don’t speak the same language. Dogs try to please us and communicate with us all the time. It’s in everyone’s best interest that the communication goes well. If you need help learning your dogs language, let me know. Enjoy your dog.

A walk provides your dog with exercise and, of course, a toilet break. But there's another reason why that daily walk is so important - and it has to do with instinct. Just as fish need to swim and birds need to fly, dogs need to walk. In the wild, packs of dogs get up in the morning and walk to find food. They roam for miles every day and that natural instinct to roam is still present in all dogs - even yours. For a dog, walking fulfills that natural instinct to roam. Dogs are working, thinking animals that need a purpose beyond just sitting or sleeping all day long. Roaming provides a sense of direction and accomplishment. Many dog owners mistakenly think that by letting their dog out in the back yard or garden that it will get all the exercise and stimulation that it needs. It's wont! To your dog, your yard is nothing more than a large kennel. While letting your dog run around the backyard may give them some exercise, it isn't a substitute for walking. Dogs must be able to travel over a distance at a continuous pace every day to get proper exercise and stimulation. The back yard or garden does not offer the same mental stimulation your dog gets by investigating every smell, sight, and sound when you take them for a walk. During a walk, a dogs

brain will be continually processing the different layers of smell that it encounters. This is an extremely complex and fulfilling task. The mental stimulation a dog receives by investigating every smell, sight and sound is very satisfying and rewarding for your dog. This mental workout for the brain is just as important as the physical stimulation a dog needs and is just as draining on their energy levels. All dogs have different levels of energy, but most experts agree that even dogs with the lowest amount of energy need at least an hour of continuous exercise a

day. A tired dog is a wellbehaved dog. Through regular walking, many behaviour issues can begin to be resolved. Furthermore, after a long walk, your dog is in a calm state of mind and is more receptive to training. Exercise (walking) is the most important part of your dog's health. It provides many health benefits that include keeping your pet healthy, agile, and limber. Regular walks can help to reduce or eliminate many of your dogs destructive behaviour problems such as chewing, digging or scratching. Regular walks can also be extremely beneficial to your dogs digestive system, and they can aid in relieving constipation Furthermore, walks can help to alleviate extra energy your dog may have, calming it down and reducing any hyperactivity, excitability, and even night-time activity. A good walk can help your dog to feel more relaxed and sleepy rather than restless at bedtime. Behaviours such as barking, whining and jumping up on people can be a sign of pent up energy. Regular walks will help to curb this behaviour. Behaviourists believe dogs that are taken for daily walks are better behaved and are less likely to be destructive, obsessive or have separation/dominance issues. If you have a timid or fearful pet, regular walks can also help your pet to build confidence and trust.

Compiled by Bow-wows & Meows. For further information on Dog Walking or other Pet Care Services, please call us on 086 156 3347 or visit our website at www.BwamPets.com or find Bow-wows & Meows on Facebook.

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Travel In Style with Magee 1866 Fashion meets function in these packing essentials from Magee 1866, guaranteed to become suitcase staples for stylish city breaks. Take a little bit of Ireland with you when you travel, and perfect the art of capsule packing with our edit of the best accessories and fashion pieces from Magee 1866.

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9. The stunning delicate black Liberty print Alana camisole in 100% silk, €125, is the ultimate easy day-to-night piece.

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Famous Cunard Line ship is twice the length of Croke Park pitch The Queen Victoria will be the biggest ship ever to call into a port in Donegal. It is twice the length of the Croke Park pitch.

Queen Victoria to visit Donegal Chris Ashmore Reporter

The biggest ship ever to visit Donegal will dock in Killybegs next Sunday. The MS Queen Victoria – which is twice the length of the Croke Park pitch – will have just under 2,000 passengers and 981 crew on board.

As Queen Victoria prepares to dock in Killybegs for the very first time, guests will be able to enjoy the aweinspiring Slieve League cliffs of Donegal, a truly unforgettable moment Part of the famous Cunard Line, the luxury ship weighs 90,049 tonnes It is due to arrive at 9.00 am and is scheduled to depart at 6.00 pm. This is its first visit to Killybegs, which is becoming an ever more popular cruise ship port of call.

Many of the passengers will disembark and go a variety of tours around south Donegal. Commenting on the reason to include Killybegs in a number of tour itineraries this year, a spokesperson for Cunard said: “We were really keen to include more locations that were a little off the beaten track, and lesser known destinations to provide guests with more of a choice. Killybegs is also stunning, and we know our guests will have a fabulous time when they visit.” Angus Struthers, Marketing VP Cunard, added: “We are delighted that we will be able to offer unprecedented views of some of the most remote and breath-taking locations

in and around Ireland, all whilst our guests enjoy the comfort and luxury of a Cunard Queen. As Queen Victoria prepares to dock in Killybegs for the very first time, guests will be able to enjoy the awe-inspiring Slieve League cliffs of Donegal, a truly unforgettable moment.” The ship’s facilities include seven restaurants, thirteen bars, three swimming pools, a ballroom, and a theatre. Last year it went for a €39m refit at a leading shipyard in Italy. The Captain of the Queen Victoria is Waterford native Tomás Connery. Nuala O’Donnell, his 3rd officer, will be on her maiden voyage with Cunard on the Queen Victoria – this is

QUEEN VICTORIA FACTS • In 2017 Queen Victoria underwent an extensive €39 million refurbishment • The 294 metre long ship is docking at four Irish ports this month, Cork, Dublin, Donegal and Belfast. • Cunard is a luxury British cruise line based in Southampton. It has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, celebrating 175 years of operation in 2015. There are three Cunard ocean liners - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. • Queen Victoria features 1,035 staterooms, including 738 balcony staterooms • The visit to Killybegs is part of a 13-night tour that began in Southampton on May 12th, and concludes there on May 27th have visited four Irish ports plus a number around the British Isles. • From the moment guests wake up until the moment they retire for the night, there are endless activates to keep voyagers occupied. Live music is around every corner, from solo harpists, to classical recitals and jazz ensembles. The Royal Court Theatre is home to West-End style shows, delivered by a cast of talented dancers and singers.

Watch the world go by from the spa on the Queen Victoria.

particularly exciting for her as she’ll get to dock the magnificent ship into her home harbour of Killybegs. For Killybegs, the expanding cruise ship business is a major success story – with the influx of passengers providing an economic stimulus for the area, as well as additional income for harbour associated companies that deal directly with the cruise lines. Earlier this month, the ultra-luxury Silver Muse visited the port with almost 600 passengers.

QUEEN VICTORIA - THE STATS

DID YOU KNOW The 43 Britannia Club grade staterooms feature a spacious private balcony and for those with more discerning requirements to achieve a perfect night’s sleep, there’s a pillow concierge menu, with up to nine pillows to choose from, including 100% duck feather-filled king-sized pillow, a wonderfully soft fluffy 100% goose feather-filled pillow and a king-sized Posturepedic pillow offering soothing support!

Length: 294.0 metres Size: 90,900 gross registered tonnes Height: 54.6 metres above the water Width: 32.3 metres 36.6 metres (including bridge wings) Capacity: 2,014 Crew: 1,001 Draft: 8.0 metres Maximum speed: 23.7knts

The coming weeks will see plenty of activity on the cruise front. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 17 sees the visit of the Silver Cloud with almost 600 passengers. After the visit of the Queen Victoria, the smaller Hanseatic will call on Monday, May 21 while on Friday, May 25, the Prinsendam (an annual visitor) will be in port. There will be 15 visits to Killybegs by cruise ships this year.

A view of one of the lavish interior suites.

The grand lobby.


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What is ransomware? Imagine someone getting access to your computer, encrypting all your family photos and other priceless files, and then demanding a ransom for their safe return. That is what ransomware is all about. Ransomware is a type of malware used for data kidnapping. It takes your data hostage by encrypting it using supposedly unbreakable encryption algorithms and then demands payment in exchange for the decryption key.

Your money or your files

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note demanding payment for the return of the deleted data.

Ransomware on the rise

a particular account. Instructions on how to recover encrypted data are typically left on an infected PC. Take, for example, Troj/ Ransom-U, which changes your Windows desktop wallpaper to deliver the first part of the ransom message.

”Attention!!!

All your personal files (photo, documents, texts, databases, certificates, kwmfiles, and video) have been encrypted by a very strong cypher RSA-1024. The origi-

nal files are deleted. You can check this by yourself - just look for files in all folders. There is no possibility to decrypt these files without a special decrypt program! Nobody can help you - even don’t try to find another method or tell anybody. Also after n days all encrypted files will be completely deleted and you will have no chance to get it back. We can help to solve this task for 120$ via wire transfer (bank transfer SWIFT/IBAN). And remember: any harmful

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According to Nart Villeneuve, recent techniques in the field of cybercrime often involve taking a user’s computer hostage. The malware does this by denying users access to their desktop and files until they dial an SMS number and enter a code. In the latest ransomware campaign detected by Trend Labs, the SMS agency charges the user the equivalent of $12 before giving them the code to free their systems. Villeneuve said an ongoing campaign has netted

the responsible cybercriminal $29,435 over the last five weeks. He goes on to note that this means that 2,500 people have paid the hacker’s ransom. Ransomware first appeared in May 2005 and it is also known as a cryptovirus, cryptotrojan or cryptoworm. The problem with giving your credit card details as well is the criminals then have your details to use and sell to other gangs and they can take out more than what they said. If you feel your machine is infected or have any concerns please give us a call today on 074-9376019 and we will be more than happy to look after your systems.

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Other Side of the Coin

Treating elbow problems with acupuncture Elbow problems and tennis elbow can be quite a persistent and debilitating disorder for many people, basically it is an over use injury and affects those who constantly use their arms every day in manual work, plasterers, joiners, cleaners and especially housewife’s can suffer from this, oh and I almost forgot tennis players. People who want to avoid the damage that can be done with cortisone injections, should consider acupuncture.

Many of us have experienced a painful elbow from time to time after a golf game, playing tennis, raking the lawn, a long session on the computer or as in many cases just overworking the arm. Usually it should clear up after a few days’ rest. But for a lot of people, the pain doesn’t go away, and they eventually have to go for treatment. Elbow pain that is due to inflammation of the tendons that attach the lower arm bones to the upper arm is usually called "tennis

elbow." In western medicine it is medically called lateral epicondylitis, which just means inflammation of the epicondyle tendon in the elbow.

who still suffer with debilitating pain

Symptoms

Acupuncture is highly recommended by doctors the world over and endorsed by them as the only treatment that can completely and successfully cure tennis elbow. Exact treatment will vary somewhat from person to person, but most people begin with one or two acupuncture treatments a week for about six-seven weeks, decreasing the frequency of treatment as the condition improves. The practitioner may also use electrical stimulation, heat lamp, and herbal patches to speed up the healing. People should stay away from steroid or anti-inflammatory gels that doctors usually prescribe for pain simply because it only deals with the pain and not the cause, whereas acupuncture physically changes the tightness in the arm which promotes increased blood flow into the area which aids the healing process in a more natural and efficient way and without any side effects.

People usually get pain from gripping and certain movements of the wrist, especially wrist extensions and lifting movements. Sometimes they get pain from activities that use the muscles that extend the wrist (e.g., pouring a container of liquid, lifting with the palm down) and the elbow can be really stiff first thing in the morning, they can get pain on the outer part of the elbow and tenderness over the lateral epicondyle (a prominent part of the bone on the outside of the elbow) when pressed. In China, acupuncture is the first choice of doctors and their patients in the treatment of tennis elbow. More radical approaches like surgery or steroid injections are a last resort. In my practice, I often see people who have already tried everything that Western medicine has to offer, including steroid injections, and

Sharing the ancient wisdom that is Chinese medicine

Recommended Treatment

Amount of Treatment

Because tennis elbow is the inflammation of a tendon, it usually takes longer to heal than an inflamed muscle would, but you should notice some good improvement after three to five treatments. In my own clinic I see this condition a lot. People should take care when they over-use a certain joint or muscle, especially if they are doing a job that involves a repetitious movement day in and day out. At the first onset of pain they should seek out treat-

ment so that the condition does not become too chronic. I find this condition quite easy to treat, with the chances of it re-occurring being diminished substantially using maintenance treatments maybe every month or so after the initial treatments depending on the severity of the case. I have also treated many sufferers who because of economic conditions could not afford to stop work or rest the elbow for a while and the treatment still was very effective although they maybe had to attend for a longer period of time.

Kim-Dip.Ac. Lic.Ac. C.Ac. China MQP is a registered licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Treatments are VHi, LAYA healthcare (formerly Quinn), Hibernian Health (Vivas) and HSF Healthplan approved. E mail kim@naturalhealthireland.com or write to the Natural Health Centre, Millfield, Buncrana, Tel. 074/9362606, From North 00353749362606 or to the The Traditional Chinese Medical Practice, 5 Academy Court, Oliver Plunkett Rd., Letterkenny, Tel. 0863981882, from North 00353863981882. Visit the Website www.naturalhealthireland.com


ENTERTAINMENT 45

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ANIMALS IN NEED Jacquie Knox Animals In Need

The Animals In Need (AIN) volunteers were called out to rescue a dog from a life of shocking cruelty at the weekend. The dog, Paudi, had been spotted straying and concerned locals contacted AIN's helpline. When an AIN volunteer went to col-

Saoirse was locked inside a closed down shop.

lect him she was horrified by this poor dog's condition. He had cropped ears, was covered in scars, had a skinned tail and a skin condition, an ear infection and was so emaciated it was painful for him to sit down. But for the kindess of strangers, Paudi's misery would have continued. Thankfully he is now settled safely in an AIN foster home where he is being kept warm and receiving the care he needs. He is traumatised and very weak from malnutrition but with time he should eventually recover. AIN also took in seven dogs surrendered by their owners this week, including two ex-racing greyhounds. The AIN volunteers were also extremely busy rescuing cats and kittens from around the county. A tiny five week old ginger kitten, now called Sparrow, was found outside Pulse nightclub in Letterkenny by a young woman on Saturday night. She took him into work with her and thankfully her employers were understanding and gave her time to contact a friend to collect the kitten and to spend half an hour trying to clean his badly infected eyes. Sparrow had a bad dose of flu and was also dehydrated and emaciated when he was found and he was taken into AIN foster care the next day. When he is strong enough, Sparrow will need to have his ruptured eye removed but he is currently getting plenty of TLC. Thank you to Aislinn for saving his life. Another kitten was found in a car engine in Letterkenny on Friday last. A kind passerby took the kitten in

Paudi has suffered unimaginable cruelty.

and rang AIN for help as the kitten is only 6 weeks old thus far too young to fend for himself on the the streets. Some cats are obviously very canny and a male unneutered cat seemed to have a plan when he walked into AIN's charity shop in Letterkenny and made himself comfortable. The cat has a slight infection but is otherwise in fair condition. Also in Letterkenny this week, a heavily pregnant cat had turned up in the area but as no-one recognised her she was taken into foster care. She has since given birth to 3 healthy kittens. Earlier in the week, a call came in about Saoirse, a kitten who was stuck

in a closed down shop in Stranorlar. There then ensued much to-ing and fro-ing in an attempt to gain entry to the premises which was in receivership. The Receivers were traced to Galway and after four days the key to the premises finally arrived by registered post and Saoirse could be rescued at last. Thanks to a volunteer from a local rescue, Twin Towns Lost and Found Dogs, who visited the kitten several times a day to slide food and water through a small gap by the door, Saoirse was still alive. She is a friendly kitten and must have been a pet, so if this tabby girl could be your missing kitten, please contact the cat helpline. On top of this hectic rescue schedule, the AIN volunteers are currently carrying out a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programme at a colony of feral cats in Bundoran and seven foster cats found permanent homes. AIN also had a more unusual new arrival this week, when a Yellow-Bellied Slider Turtle was found in Lough Melvin. This type of turtle has a lifespan of up to 40 years and is classified as an invasive species and a danger to the Irish eco system. How he turned up in Lough Melvin nobody knows, but he will be found an experienced home. Finally, AIN's Letterkenny Charity Shop is currently appealing for donations of bric-a-brac and small items of furniture, so if you're having a clear out, please keep AIN in mind for any unwanted items. To help AIN’s animals, please donate €2 to AIN’s ‘Help Us To Help

Them’ fundraising appeal via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300. Every last cent goes directly to the rescued animals for their food, bedding, vet bills, worming treatment and vaccinations.

Sick kitten found outside Letterkenny nightclub.

For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com.


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WIN TEABREAK TEASERS

Weekly Horoscopes Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is certainly an unpredictable day because surprises, arguments and emotional situations will catch you off guard. This means it will be hard for you to maintain your cool. If you can maintain your cool, kudos to you. Swami sees all, knows all and says nothing. Bravo!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Yowsers! If you thought yesterday was an explosive day -look out today. Run for cover! Unexpected events might grab you out of the blue and trigger arguments and indignant discussions. You can only cope with so much before you have to say something. (And say something you will.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

A friend might do something that you least expect or they might throw a zinger at you, which makes you angry or ready to react. This might happen so fast you have no choice. But if you are aware and if you have self discipline, Grasshopper - then you can avoid an argument. “Not to understand a man’s purpose does not make him confused.”

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Who needs egg on their face? Not you. (But if this happens - ketchup helps.) I mention this because conversations with parents and bosses and the police might get quickly out of hand today. All too easy to say something you later regret. Caution!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Travel plans will be interrupted today. Do be careful because this is an accident-prone day, especially regarding travel (most likely ground transportation) as well as conversations with others. Avoid dicey topics that make people excited. Stay mum. Be wise.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Disputes about money, shared property, inheritances or something that someone owes you or something that you might have borrowed are likely today. These little arguments might explode out of nowhere. Put a lid on things. Be polite. That way - no regrets.

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Conversations with partners and close friends are a bit explosive today. (Admittedly, it’s hard to keep your shirt on when you have to get something off your chest.) But arguments will only destroy your peace of mind, therefore, walk away. Just for today.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

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Work issues might create problems for you today. Arguments with coworkers are likely. You might also be suddenly disturbed or concerned about a health issue. And pet owners might be suddenly excited because of something to do with a pet. “Where’s Scout?”

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Take note parents that this is an accident-prone day for your kids so be vigilant. Know where your kids are at all times. Remove them from hazardous situations. Likewise, romantic couples might be quick to argue. Don’t bother. It’s just a drag.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Be patient with family members today because something at home might put everyone on edge. Small appliances might break down or a minor breakage could occur or people are upset about something. Do what you can to keep the peace for the benefit of everyone.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is an accident-prone day for your sign so be careful. Pay attention to everything you say and do. Be mindful. Expect the unexpected except how can you do that? We never know what the unexpected will be. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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Last weeks solution

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Keep an eye on your money and possessions today because something unexpected will impact them. You might find money; you might lose money. Something you own might be harmed, lost or stolen. Be alert - (the world needs more lerts).

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fortress (8) 30. Hemingway, for example, writes about backwards home (6) Down 1. Place of learning to ponder hesitation (6) 2. Fairy seen in October only (6) 3. Remove hair of the Frenchman who washed his hands (8) 4. S. Darwin (6,2,7) 5. Fred initially set fire to stairs (6) 6. Unable to write a comic book (8) 7. Listened to empty weight projection (8) 13. One expert at 5 down (3) 16. Predict puppet has muddled inside (8) 17. Where you pay to put up with Korean electronics firm displacing US casualty (8) 18. Killer reader (8) 20. See 15 (3) 23. Can fancy LED produce light? (6) 25. Mean type of peacekeeper (6) 26. City found in centipede’s satchel (6)


48 FARMING

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Donegal farmer named Aurivo Milk Supplier of the Year 2018 Lorna Kilpatrick from Cottown, Raphoe has been acknowledged for her contribution to dairy farming excellence at the Aurivo Milk Quality Awards. As well as being awarded the prize for Best Supplier in the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme, Lorna went on to scoop the overall award for Milk Supplier of the Year. She is the first woman to win this accolade since the awards began 11 years ago. The annual Aurivo Milk Quality awards recognise the standard of excellence in dairy farming by Aurivo milk suppliers, as well as their dedication and commitment to milk production in the previous year. Prizes were awarded at a special ceremony at the Radisson Hotel Sligo earlier this week. In 2016, Lorna and her husband Paul took over the running of the farm from Lorna’s parents, Russell and Kathleen Porter. Their children, Luke, Reece and Amy, all help out with calf rearing. Meanwhile, David Wylie from Carnamoyle, Muff won the

Pictured L to R: Luke Kilpatrick, Reece Kilpatrick, Lorna Kilpatrick, Amy Kilpatrick and Paul Kilpatrick from Cottown, Raphoe.

award for Lowest TBC Manufacturing Milk. David started farming his uncle’s farm in 1973 and the Wylies currently milk 100 cows on 150 acres. Along with replacements, 30 extra beef breed calves are re-

tained and sold as yearlings. David attributes his success on low TBC to attention to detail and giving each job extra time when required. The parlour is given a hot wash daily and is descaled

weekly. Liners are changed twice per year and the machine is serviced annually. To ensure cows are clean, cubicles are scraped down and limed twice per day.

The parlour was extended from a four to a ten unit 15 years ago, as cow numbers increased. Speaking at the event, Aaron Forde, Chief Executive of Aurivo said: “Aurivo is very proud of its quality milk pool and that’s down to the unfaltering commitment of over 1,000 suppliers across Ireland. “The Milk Quality Awards celebrate the excellent standard of milk they produce every day. “I would like to personally congratulate Lorna on her success, which is well deserved. “We look forward to a continued partnership with all our suppliers and to further strengthening our market position, both nationally and internationally.” Commenting at the Awards, Pat Duffy, Chairman of Aurivo, said: “Aurivo and its dairy farmers from 13 counties are committed to delivering the highest quality milk. “The hard work and dedication of our suppliers ensures that our high standards are consistently met and that should be commended.”

IFA meets Minister creed on electronic tagging An IFA National Sheep Committee delegation, led by President Joe Healy, met with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and his Department officials on electronic tagging. The meeting followed the decision by the Minister to impose compulsory EID on all sheep from October 1, 2018. Mr Healy said there was a robust exchange of views at the meeting, and the IFA made it very clear to Minister Creed that sheep farmers are very angry at an extra €2m in annual costs being forced on farmers. Mr Healy also said Minister Creed accepted that the costs associated with EID are a major issues for sheep farmers and that this must be resolved. He said Minister Creed also agreed to fully engage with the IFA on the issue and requested a submission from the Association on the matter. IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the IFA told Minister Creed sheep farmers cannot be expected to carry all of the costs for EID,

when the main benefits go to the factories, the marts, the Department and tag manufactories. He said IFA pushed hard on the issue of forcing farmers to put an EID tag into lambs going directly from the farm of origin to slaughter. “This makes no sense and will not add to traceability,” he said. The IFA Sheep farmer leader said it is clear from the announcement last week that the process has not been fully thought through, particularly on the timing and the practical implementation at farm, factory and mart level. In addition, he said the Department confirmed that they are not moving to introduce a full sheep database with EID. Mr Dennehy said IFA raised a large number of issues on EID with Minister Creed including the excessive costs on farmers, lack of consultation, the timing, the use of tags already purchased, the elimination of detailed movement documents through the use of CPR at factories and marts, the need

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FARMBRIEFS Young Farmer of the Year awards

The search is on for the 20th FBD Young Farmer of the Year. The winner of the 2018 FBD Young Farmer of the Year will receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad, while also developing their skills. As in previous years, all county winners will also receive an award. You can nominate a young farmer for one of the categories or you can enter yourself by visiting macra.ie/ yfy. The closing date for applications is Friday, May 18.

Autumn weanling trade calls - ICSA

ICSA suckler chairman John Halley has advised farmers to prepare now for the autumn live export market. He said: “Expectations are for a lively trade to Turkey at the back end of the year. "It’s likely that the 2017 figure of 30,000 head will be exceeded and could reach 50,000 head by the end of the year. "Anybody with an eye on that market should be preparing the groundwork now.”

Annual Ards Friary Nature Trail

A nature walk will be held in Ards Friary on Saturday, May 19 at 11am. The walk will be along the path that will take us around the headland with its spectacular views and vistas. Explore the great variety and beauty of nature in many types of habitats such as species rich grassland, heath, woodland, rugged seashore and beaches. The guide is Aengus Kennedy, Nature NorthWest, a Donegal nature guide of many years’ experience, a knowledgeable. Everyone is welcome, admission is free, no need to book. Suitable for all age groups.

HAVE YOU A FARMING STORY? Electronic tagging will be compulsory from October 1.

to increase tolerances and reduce penalties, market access issues, the elimination of unfair scrapie and SRM

charges by the factories, and the need for increased supports for the sheep sector.

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Thursday 17 May 2018

RUGBY

Donegal players honoured at Ulster Rugby Awards RIGHT: Dawn Johnston, a Director of Deloitte presents the Deloitte Women’s Player of the Year to Larissa Muldoon, from Cappry, Ballybofey, during the 2018 Heineken Ulster Rugby Awards at La Mom Hotel, Belfast. Photos: John Dickson / DICKSONDIGITAL

BASKETBALL

Caroline Whiteside, Personnel Director of Ulster Carpets presents the 2018 Ulster Carpets Youth Player of the Year Award to Conor McMenamin, Letterkenny RFC.

GOLF

Tiger Woods....could he be coming to these shores?

Tiger Woods for Donegal? Special Olympic call up for Letterkenny’s Vicki Mc Gill Vicki Mc Gill pictured with Michael Murphy and Louise McNamee at Micheal Murphy Sports as Vicki gets some words of encouragement from Donegal's Michael Murphy before she represents her county in the Special Olympics in Basketball. Photo: Brian McDaid0

Rumours surfaced during the week that there could be a Tiger Woods appearance in the Irish Open after the 14-time major winner announced he will play in this summer’s (British) Open Championship. BoyleSports have installed Woods, who has played links golf in Ireland but has yet to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, as a 7/2 shot to tee off on July 5th in Ballyliffin. The famous links course in

Inishowen is hosting the Irish Open for the first time. However, fans of the former world number one may be disappointed to hear that it’s red hot at 1/6 that Woods will not play in the 2018 Irish Open. Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented “Speculation is rife that Tiger Woods will touch down in Donegal to play in the Irish Open this year after he committed to the Open Championship on Wednesday.

“Many players will treat the Irish Open this year as a warm up for Carnoustie and the consensus is that Woods is no different.” She added “The odds are favouring a Tiger-less Irish Open at 1/6 he will not play in the tournament, but we have already seen some shrewd punters latch onto to 7/2 for Woods to tee it up at Ballyliffin as players are expected to make announcements over the coming weeks.”


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RECORD NUMBERS FOR WILD ATLANTIC ADVENTURE RACE

Marty Lynch, Ramelton, winner of the 2018 WAAR event.

Sonia Knox, the first lady to finish the Wild Atlantic Adventure Race on Saturday.

MMA fighter Joe Duffy who flew in from Canada to compete in WAAR 2018.

Claudia Rogalla and Riona Gill competing in WAAR 2018.

Over 600 take part in memorable event Eoin McGarvey They came, they saw, and they conquered the beast that was WAAR 2018, the most successful Wild Atlantic Adventure Race over the past four years that saw a Ramelton man taking top honours. The sun shone as over 600 competitors took to the roads, beaches, Grugan hill, Mullaghderg lake and even the runway at Donegal Airport as part of this popular annual event that is going from strength to strength. Competitors came from all

parts of Ireland, north and south, England Scotland and even as far away as Canada from where MMA fighter Joe Duffy jetted in to be part of the event. Many of the competitors had family and supporters with them, pushing the visitor number to the Rosses up to over 1,000 people for the one day event. Many competitors stayed overnight with local accommodation providers, while many more travelled early to be at check-in before 7am. The Randox sponsored event was organised with precision. Nothing was left to chance and the organising committee of Gavin O’Donnell, Adrian

Ward, Brid Boyle, Diane Robinson, Brian O’Donnell and all their support crews can certainly take a bow. After 2 hours, 22 minutes and 20 seconds of running, cycling, climbing and kayaking, Ramelton man Marty Lynch was first to cross the finish line. He was followed closely less that two minutes later by Gweedoreís Eamon Mc Gee, while Peter OíDonnell followed less than a minute later. The first lady to cross the line was Sonia Knox from Portrush with a time of 2 hours, 51 minutes and 20 seconds, followed just 11 seconds later by last yearís female winner

Joe Doherty battling the waves at WAAR on Saturday.

Siobhan Gallagher from Termon. Sharon Mc Kenna from

Monaghan was the third lady home with a time of 3.05.29. The main winners in the various sections were as follow: 1st overall - Marty Lynch. 1st female - Sonia Knox, 2nd Female - Siobhan Gallagher, 3rd female - Sharon Mc Kenna.

After 2 hours, 22 minutes and 20 seconds of running, cycling, climbing and kayaking, Ramelton man Marty Lynch was first to cross the finish line.

Competitors who successfully completed WAAR on Saturday. (Photos by Eoin Mc Garvey)

1st male - Marty Lynch, 2nd male - Eamon Mc Gee, 3rd male - Peter OíDonnell. 1st male team x 4 - Colm McFadden, Seamus Wilkinson, Michael Harkin, Martin Mc

Fadden. 1st female team x 4 - Teresa Doherty, Aisling Diver, Ann Marie Doherty, Sinead Diver. 1st mixed team x 4 - Catherine Mc Ginley, Breda Doohan, Freddie Sharkey, Anne McGinley. 1st team x 2 - Daniel Walsh, Donal Walsh. 1st male over 50 - Patrick Kelly; 1st female over 50 Eleanor Rooney. 1st male duathlon - Shane O Donnell; 2nd male duathlon Damian Brennan. 1st female duathlon - Grace Doohan; 2nd female duathlon - Liz Mc Fadden. 1st duathlon team - Fergal McGee. 1st sprint overall - Peter Mc Gee; 1st male sprint - Peter Mc Gee; 2nd male sprint - Danny Quigley; 3rd male sprint - Declan Ferry, Finlay Marshall. 1st female sprint - Anne Robinson; 2nd female sprint Fiona Nic Fhionnlaoich; 3rd female sprint - Marie Timoney. 1st male over 50 sprint Denis OíDonnell; 1st female over 50 sprint ñBrid Doherty. Fastest (full event only) Runner - Marty Lynch; Cyclist - Eamon Mc Gee; Hiker - Marty Lynch; Kayaker - Peter Gaffney.


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SOCCER

SOCCER

Kildrum clinch title

There was late drama on Sunday in St. Johnston where the Brian McCormick Donegal Premier League title really went right down to the wire. Castlefin Celtic led 1-0 late into the game, thanks to a Shane Gallagher strike on 57 minutes, and knew if they could hold on they could be champions. But Kildrum Tigers drew level in stoppage time with Damien Crossan scoring, and they held on for the point they needed to lift the title.

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE FINAL LEAGUE TABLES Brian McCormick Sports P Killdrum Tigers 18 Castlefin Celtic 18 Cappry Rovers 18 Glenea United 18 Milford United 18 Donegal Town 18 Kilmacrennan Celtic 18 Rathmullan Celtic 18 Drumoghill 18 Lagan Harps 18

Premier W D L 12 6 0 13 2 3 10 3 5 8 8 2 8 1 9 6 6 6 7 3 8 5 6 7 1 2 15 0 3 15

F 38 76 50 36 29 37 34 26 22 18

A 15 20 32 22 33 22 38 39 63 82

GD 23 56 18 14 -4 15 -4 -13 -41 -64

Pts 42 41 33 32 25 24 24 21 5 3

Temple Domestic Appliances Division One P W D L F St Catherine’s 18 12 3 3 51 Keadue Rovers 18 11 2 5 39 Bonagee United 18 10 2 6 41 Lifford Celtic 18 10 2 6 43 Ballybofey United 18 9 0 9 42 Gweedore Celtic 18 8 2 8 27 Erne Wanderers 18 8 1 9 26 Convoy Arsenal 18 7 1 10 37 Raphoe Town 18 6 2 10 27 Dunkineely Celtic 18 1 1 16 19

A 28 24 29 33 30 33 39 40 30 66

GD 23 15 12 10 12 -6 -13 -3 -3 -47

Pts 39 35 32 32 27 26 25 22 20 4

Donegal Physiotherapy & Two P Drumkeen United 19 Cranford 19 Glenree United 19 Whitestrand United 19 Curragh Athletic 19 Deele Harps 19 Letterbarrow Celtic 19 Kerrykeel 71 19 Gweedore United 19 Eany Celtic 10 Copany Rovers 18

Donegal boxer now ranked number three in world rankings

Quigley ready for “mega-fights” Going places... Jason Quigley

Performance Centre Division W 16 14 10 9 9 7 6 6 4 2 2

D L 1 2 3 2 4 5 4 6 2 8 3 9 5 8 4 9 2 13 2 6 0 16

F 60 61 51 40 46 41 42 32 23 12 23

A 9 28 32 25 35 38 47 43 66 20 85

GD 51 33 19 15 11 3 -5 -11 -43 -8 -62

Pts 49 45 34 31 29 24 23 22 14 8 6

Glencar Inn Saturday Division One P W D L Strand Rovers 18 12 4 2 Glencar Celtic 18 12 3 3 Castlefin Celtic 18 8 5 5 Donegal Town 18 9 2 7 Orchard FC 18 7 4 7 Glenea United 18 6 6 6 Keadue Rovers 18 7 3 8 Arranmore United 18 7 2 9 Milford UtdRes 18 4 0 14 Cappry Rovers 18 3 1 14

F 54 52 46 38 35 29 29 30 24 20

A 23 16 34 31 37 31 36 28 57 64

GD 31 36 12 7 -2 -2 -7 2 -33 -44

Pts 40 39 29 29 25 24 24 23 12 10

Old Orchard Saturday Division Two P W D L Dunlewey Celtic 18 13 3 2 St Catherine’s 18 12 5 1 Gweedore Celtic 18 10 5 3 Killdrum Tigers 18 7 4 7 Raphoe Town 18 7 4 7 Drumbar 18 6 4 8 Fintown Harps 18 6 1 11 Drumkeen United 18 5 3 10 Drumoghill Res 18 3 6 9 Lagan Harps 18 2 3 13

F 49 42 47 34 33 37 42 25 36 32

A 22 13 23 37 41 39 46 44 54 58

GD 27 29 24 -3 -8 -2 -4 -19 -18 -26

Pts 42 41 35 25 25 22 19 18 15 9

RESULTS

Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Cappry Rovers 1, Kildrum Tigers 5 Rathmullan Celtic 0, Milford United 0 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1, Donegal Town 1 Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division Two Letterbarrow Celtic 1, Whitestrand United 1 Glencar Inn Saturday Division One Arranmore United 2, Milford United Reserves 0 Castlefin Celtic Res. 0, Glenea united Res. 0 Milford United Res. 1, Glenea United Res. 4 Orchard F.C. 1, Castlefin Celtic Res. 4

SPORTBRIEFS Rugby AGM

The AGM of Letterkenny Rugby Club will now take place this coming Monday, May 21st, at the clubhouse. Kick-off at 8pm.

Horse racing

The opening meeting if the 2018 North West Horse & Pony racing kicks off this Sunday (May 20) in Porthall, Lifford. With a 10 race card everyone is urged to come along early on the day. The battle will begin to be crowned North West Champion Jockey 2018. Dylan Browne Mc Monagle will be hoping to retain his 2017 titles but it looks an open contest as Sam Ewing was in red hot form in Killbarron last Sunday. Other jockies to keep an eye on are: Joey Dunne, Danny Gilligan, Mikey Mc Guane to mention a few. Come along for a great family day out. Bookies in attendance & refreshments on coarse. The card gets underway from 2.30pm.

So near and yet...

Donegal’s Marc Walsh, who is on Swansea City’s books, was an unused substitute for the Republic of Ireland side that lost 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out against The Netherlands in their European Championship under-17 quarter final played in Chesterfield.

Donegal’s unbeaten Irish middleweight Jason Quigley (14-0, 11 kos) has moved into third spot in the WBC World rankings - and says he is ready for ‘mega fights’. The Ballybofey man returned to the ring after a year out of action when he defeated Daniel Rosario in March. Quigley KO’d Rosario in the sixth round at the Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy, MA, on Easter Saturday night. A year earlier, Quigley, who turns 27 later this week, overcame a busted right hand and the durable Glen Tapia to claim the NABF’s middleweight title. “I’m rising the ladder and ready to climb even higher to lift those straps,” said Quigley, currently at a training camp at the Ingle Gym in Fuerteventura. “I’m ready for the mega fights now. This is what all my years in the amateurs and my hard work so far as a professional have been for. “These are the times I’ve been waiting for. I feel I belong at the top of these rankings and I plan to get there.” Quigley is based now in Sheffield under the watch of Dominic Ingle and the Golden Boy Promotions fighter is itching to get back through the ropes again. He said: “My team at Golden Boy and Sheer Sports have me on the right path and I know we are on the way to the top.”


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SOCCER - KNOCKALLA CARAVANS CUP FINAL

Ryan McConnell was presented with the Tom Bonner Memorial Man of the Match Award by members of the Bonner family.

Cockhill's best chance fell to Laurrence Toland in the second half but he fired over from this good position.

Controversy erupts with sending off

ROVERS RETURN Letterkenny Rovers

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Cockhill Celtic

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Chris Ashmore chris@letterkennypost.com

Letterkenny Rovers must love the Knockalla Cup. On Sunday, they came from behind to beat their great rivals Cockhill Celtic to capture the title for the second successive year. In 2017, they triumphed with a 3-0 defeat of Glengad United but one suspects this win over the Ulster Senior League’s topdogs was even sweeter. But for the Inishowen kingpins, there was a sour taste left from this defeat. The main talking point was the dismissal of the influential Malachy McDermott in the final quarter. It was a controversial decision, and one fiercely disputed by the Buncrana side.

Neverthless, Rovers did enough on the day to earn this victory in a final played in ideal conditions at Dry Arch Park, Bonagee. Rovers had the better of things early on but Cockhill took the lead on 11 minutes when Oisin McColgan rose to head home a Gerry Gill corner. But the Letterkenny side was level just three minutes later. Kevin McGrath’s stinging shot from the edge of the area was stopped by Lee McCarron, but he was unable to hold it, and Declan Sharkey followed up to force the ball home from close range. Rovers took the lead on 25 minutes when the industrious Cillian Morrison fed Nelis out on the wing and he drove the ball across the face of goal where Ryan Lonergan, several feet from the far post, somehow managed to steer the ball back past McCarron and into the far corner of the net from an acute angle. Rovers were good value for

their interval lead. Cockhill attacked with more regularity in the second half. On 68 minutes, their best chance fell to Laurence Toland who stormed into the box only to blaze over the target. So often a hero for the men in green and white, McDermott was given his marching orders on 74 minutes after an off-the ball incident that left Rovers’ player Nelis clutching his face - and on the ground - with a trailing elbow being cited as the cause of the controversy. Having consulted with his assistant, Marty Quinn, referee Marty McGarrigle produced the red card for the number eight. McDermott was incensed. His reaction was that of a man who was innocent of an alleged wrongdoing. McDermott’s departure left Cockhill with an even bigger task and on this occasion they were unable to salvage anything. The venting of discontent still carried on after the final

Controversy...Luke Nelis walks away as Malcahy McDermott (far left) looks on while referee Marty McGarrigle discusses matters with his assistant Marty Quinn.

whistle with the officials coming in for a barrage of criticism. Indeed, Cockhill felt Rovers first goal was offside and felt they should have had a penalty for handball as well. But over the 90 minutes, Cockhill lacked their usual creativity in front of goal and ultimately Rovers deserved this win. Cockhill Celtic: Lee McCarron, Kieran McLaughlin, Paul McDermott, Peter Doherty, Oisin McColgan, Ger-

ard McLaughlin, Mark Moran, Malachy McDermott, Laurence Toland, Gerry Gill, Ronan Doherty. Subs: Liam O’Donnell for K. McLaughlin (72 mins), Paul McKinney for Toland (90 mins), Daniel Marty Doherty, Ryan Kelly, Daniel Doherty, Barry McColgan, Gavin Cullen. Letterkenny Rovers: Rory Kelly, David Shovlin, Chris Flanagan, Kevin McGrath, Ryan McConnell, Ryan Lonergan, Luke Nelis, Chris Malseed, Cillian Morrison, Christy Con-

This means the world to us Conaghan With regular captain Darren McElwaine missing the game through injury, it was Christy Conaghan who took on the leadership role for the Knockalla Caravans Cup decider. Delighted with the outcome, he felt that it had been a great team performance. “We all know that Cockhill are a formidable force, and you have to be at the top of your game against them,” he said. He acknowledged that Cockhill had the better of things in the second half, but he paid tribute to his side’s defence and notably Ryan McConnell. Asked what this win means for Rovers, he replied: “This means the world to us. When you come to the business end of the season you want to get a trophy. After all the training and hard work, it is great to see it paying off.”

Celebration time for Letterkenny Rovers after they beat Cockhill Celtic to win the Knockalla Caravans Cup.

naghan, Declan Sharkey. Subs: Ryan Gildea for McGrath (77 mins), Paul McVeigh for Morrison (79 mins), Odhran McMacken for Lonergan (85 mins), Garbhan Grant. Steve Okapo-Emeka, Danny Ferry, John Roulstone. Referee: Marty McGarrigle.

“We did not create enough” – Cullen Cockhill manager Gavin Cullen was understandably frustrated having seen his side lost out to Letterkenny Rovers. But he was quick to acknowledge that his sides’ performance in the first half was flat, and ultimately they did not do enough to win. He said: “We did not create enough chances. We were not good enough on the night. Letterkenny probably deserved to win it.” While they re-jigged things at half-time, it wasn’t enough. Asked about the dismissal of Malachy McDermott, he felt that they there had been three big decisions on the night for the officials, and none of them had gone Cockhill’s way. He felt that Rovers’ first goal was off-side and also felt they should have had a second half penalty for handball, while McDermott had “done nothing” to merit seeing red.


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SOCCER - AIRTRICITY LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION

Youth structures beginning to reap dividends Harps extend unbeaten run to five games

Future looks bright for Harps Chris Ashmore chris@letterkennypost.com

Finn Harps will be seeking to extend their unbeaten run to six league games when they host Cobh Ramblers at Finn Park this Friday (8.00 pm). And with games to come against the bottom two, Wexford (away) and then Athlone Town (home) in the coming weeks, this represents a real opportunity for Finn Harps to established themselves as worthy candidates for promotion. Manager Ollie Horgan won’t be underestimating the opposition but he will nevertheless be quietly confident that his side can collect another three points. Harps beat Cobh 2-0 at St. Colman's Park when they met earlier in the season. But the visitors come to Ballybofey on the back of a 1-0 victory over Cabinteely. Meanwhile, Harps’ investment in underage structures is really beginning to pay off – but much of the good work has been going on under the radar. Last weekend saw another successful round of games for the Finn Harps underage sides as all three maintained their respective unbeaten starts to the season. Add to that the fine result for Ollie Horgan’s seniors in Tolka Park on Friday night made it

an excellent weekend for all concerned at Finn Park. Niall McGinley from last year’s U17 side followed up his first team debut against Galway Utd on Monday with another appearance against Shelbourne playing alongside former U19 players Mark Coyle and BJ Banda, demonstrating further evidence that the youth pathway at Harps is reaping dividends. The Kevin McHugh managed Finn Harps U15s went three points clear at the top of the National League Group 1 after beating Bohemians 2-0 in Gweedore. The under-17s beat Derry City 2-1 and the under-019s drew 2-2 with Derry City.

U13 manager

Finn Harps are now inviting expressions of interest for the position of Manager/ Head Coach for the inaugural National U-13 League starting March 2019. According to the club, the Manager/Head Coach will oversee the process of selecting a squad and taking charge of the team for the first ever national league at this U13 age-group. The club invites applicants with the appropriate coaching badges and experience to forward their CV to us by email before the 31st of May 2018. All applications should be returned to the Finn Harps Secretary at harpssec@ gmail.com

Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League

Good win for Bonagee Bonagee United

3

Derry City Res

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In a typical end of season affair, Bonagee came out on top in the game to claim all three points against a youthful Derry City side. Derry City took the lead as early as the 12th minute, when a mistake in the Bonagee rearguard allowed Ethan Coll to nip in and score from six yards. Good work from Matty Harkin allowed Aaron Wasson to cross to Michael Doherty to head home the equalser two minutes later. The home side edged in front in the 20th minute. An excellent ball from wide on the right from Wasson reached Doherty, and his delicate lob from fifteen yards out beat Daniel Houghton in the Derry nets. Matty Harkin got the third

before the break. Bonagee United: Paddy Quigley, Coady Brogan, Ciaran Curran, Sean Hume, Mark Harkin, Glenn Gallagher, Jamie Lynagh, Dean Larkin, Michael Doherty, Aaron Wasson, Matty Harkin. Subs Used: Ciaran Daffan, Adam Hannaway & Dylan O’Brien Derry City Reserves: Daniel Houghton, Shane McNamee, Calum Boyle, Rhys McDermott, Danny McGlynn, Kieran Farren, Adam Curran, Ronan McKinley, Adrian Delap, Cathal Farren, Ethan Coll Subs Used: Sean McBride, Conor Doherty, Caoimhin Porter, Adam Taggart, Finn McClure.

Fixtures

Sunday, May 20, 2pm Derry City Reserves v Cockhill Celtic Letterkenny Rovers v Fanad United Swilly Rovers v Bonagee United

Stalemate against Shels Shelbourne

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Finn Harps

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Finn Harps moved a point closer to the First Division leaders, UCD, by picking up a useful point away to Shelbourne on Friday night, but at the same time they actually slipped from second to fourth in the table as both Galway United and Drogheda United claimed victories to climb above them in the table on goal difference. Nevertheless, this draw came on the back of four straight wins and it represents another game against a promotion chasing rival where they collected something from the game. The sides played out a 1-1 draw in Ballybofey earlier in the season and this was another tight affair. The first half saw little in the way of goal-scoring opportunities. The home side had an early opening when Lorcan Fitzgerald set up David O’Sullivan, but he headed wide.

Keith Cowan has been a key figure in the Harps defence this season.

Indeed, Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher really only had one timely intervention of note to make as he punched clear as James English cross before the lurking Mark

Harps underage sides all win Finn Harps U15s

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Bohemians U15s 0 The excellent An Screaban ground, home of Gweedore Celtic, was the venue on Saturday for the Kevin McHugh managed Finn Harps U15s who went three points clear at the top of the National League Group 1 after winning the battle with Bohemians. The Harps' Inishowen contingent of Jamie McDaid and Drew McKinney got the two vital goals that saw Harps overtake St Pats to top of the league by two points and maintain their unbeaten season.

Finn Harps U17s

2

Derry City U17s

1

There was late drama at a sun kissed Finn Park on Saturday as two goals from captain Darragh Ellison gave the Donegal men a north-west derby victory when it seemed the Candystripes had done enough to bring the points back to Derry. Midway through the first half Cian McGarvey finished to give Derry the advantage at the break. The attacking Ellison, who was a sub on the Harps senior for the Galway game on Bank Holiday Monday, was upended in the box to win a penalty and then stepped up to coolly slot home the equaliser. As the game entered injury time Harps went in search of the winner and following a scramble in the box Ellison provided the final touch to

provide the winner and spark spirited celebrations amongst the Harps players. Harps - Adrian McLaughlin, Jack Doherty, Darragh Ellison, Lee McLaughlin, Stephen Black, Conor Reilly, Corey McBride, Ronan Gallagher, Conor Black, Adam McCaffery, Gabriel Aduaka Subs: Eoin McGing , Jamie Doherty, Brendan Barr, Luke Rudden, Keelan Collier, Dylan Woods, Charlie White

Late goal denies Harps a win Derry City U19s

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Finn Harps U19s

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The Finn Harps U19s were hugely disappointed on Saturday to concede an injury time Sean McBride goal which denied them a north-west derby victory over Derry City at the Brandywell but Joe Boyle’s side can also point to an impressive start to the league as they remain unbeaten after the first seven games. Stephen Doherty put Harps in front four minutes after the break but McBride levelled matters on 61 minutes. Strabane native Jamie Browne put Harps ahead on 80 minutes before McBride’s late intervention meant both sides had to be satisfied with a share of the spoils. Finn Harps U19s: Bell, Gallagher, Loughrey, Diver, McGill, Finn, Doherty, LeeBogan, Browne, Carolan, Gorman. Subs : Brolly, Walsh, McAteer, Stolrwyck, Niall McGinley, Karl McGinley,

a deflection off a Harps defender. That said, Harps almost nicked it right at the death when Michael O’Connor advanced into the Shelbourne area but was unable to find the target. Ultimately a share of the spoils was probably a fair outcome. Shelbourne: Dean Delany, James Brown, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne, Cian Kavanagh (Dayle Rooney, 72 mins), Mark Hughes, Adam Evans, James English, David O’Sullivan. Subs not used: Reece McEnteer, James O’Brien, Gavin Boyne, Jamie Doyle, Shane Farrell, Lee Steacy. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Lee Toland, Jesse Devers (Mark Hannon 90+1’), Keith Cowan (Niall McGinley, 30 mins), Tommy McBride, Ciaran O’Connor, Paddy McCourt, Mark Coyle, John O’Flynn (BJ Banda, 58 mins), Sam Todd, Michael O’Connor. Subs not used: Mark Timlin, Gareth Doherty, Ryan Flynn, Peter Burke.

Hughes could connect just before the break. At the other end striker Ciaran O’Connor forced Dean Delaney into a save, but there was little else to excite the small band of Harps fans in an official attendance of 724. Shels almost broke the deadlock inside the first minute of the second half when Adam Evans fired in a shot that hit the side-netting. And they went close again just after the hour mark with O’Sullivan again the threat, this time flashing a shot across the face of goal. Apart from a foray by Michael O’Connor –which ended as Dave Mulcahy did enough to stifle his advance – Harps offered little in attack. And Shels may well feel that they should have bagged all three points, as they gave the Donegal visitors two scares late on. Firstly, English found himself in space but failed to connect properly with a header from a promising position. Moments later, English slipped the ball into the path of O’Sullivan but his close range effort took

SOCCER SCOREBOARD SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Dundalk Cork City Waterford FC Derry City St. Patrick’s Ath Shamrock Rovs Bohemians Sligo Rovers Limerick Bray Wanderers

P 17 16 17 16 17 17 17 17 17 17

W 11 11 10 8 8 6 5 4 3 2

D 4 2 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 2

L 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 10 13

+/28 15 9 8 3 8 -6 -12 -23 -30

Pts 37 35 33 27 27 22 19 15 13 8

RESULTS. Friday, May 11: Bray Wanderers 1-3 Bohemians; Derry City 0-0 Cork City; Dundalk 2-1 Sligo Rovers; Limerick 0-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic; Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Waterford. Monday, May 14: Bray Wanderers 2,. Waterford 2, Derry City 1, Dundalk 4; Tuesday May 15: St. Patrick’s Athletic 2, Sligo Rovers 0. FIXTURES. Friday, May 18: Waterford vs. Limerick, Bohemians vs. Dundalk, Cork City vs. Bray Wanderers, St. Patrick’s Athletic vs. Derry City; Saturday, May 19: Sligo Rovers vs. Shamrock Rovers.

SSE Airtricity League First Division UCD Drogheda Utd Galway United Shelbourne Finn Harps Longford Town Cabinteely Cobh Ramblers Wexford FC Athlone Town

P 11 11 10 11 10 11 11 11 11 11

W 7 6 6 5 5 5 4 3 2 0

D 2 3 3 4 3 3 0 2 1 1

L 2 2 1 2 2 3 7 6 8 10

+/7 19 14 9 4 9 -6 -8 -11 -37

Pts 23 21 21 19 18 18 12 11 7 1

RESULTS: Friday, May 11: Cobh Ramblers 1-0 Cabinteely, Wexford 0-2 Longford Town, Galway United 2-0 UCD, Shelbourne 0-0 Finn Harps, Athlone Town 0-1 Drogheda United. FIXTURES: Friday, May 18: Drogheda United vs. Wexford, UCD vs. Athlone Town, Fin Harps vs. Cobh Ramblers; Saturday, May 19: Longford Town vs. Shelbourne; Sunday, May 20: Cabinteely vs Galway United.


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GAA

BACK TO THE LEAGUE Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Tony Doherty, Fintown, and Letterkenny, and Seamus Mc Brearty, Kilcar, among the crowd, at the Ulster SFC game in MacCumhaill Park. Photo Michael O Donnell.

GAA SCOREBOARD FIXTURES County Hurling League Fri, 18 May, St Eunan's V Setanta 19:00, Ref: TBC Buncrana V Sean Mac Cumhaill 19:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 1 Sun, 20 May, Cloughaneely V Naomh Conaill 15:00, Ref: TBC Dungloe V Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 15:00, Ref: TBC St Eunan's V Kilcar 15:00, Ref: TBC Gaoth Dobhair V St Michael's 15:00, Ref: TBC Milford V Glenswilly 15:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 2 Sun, 20 May, Malin V St Naul's GAA Club 15:00, Ref: TBC Termon V Naomh Columba 15:00, Ref: TBC Bundoran V Ardara 15:00, Ref: TBC Sean Mac Cumhaill V Glenfin 15:00, Ref: TBC Naomh Muire Lower Rosses V Four Masters 15:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 3 Sun, 20 May, Na Rossa V Fanad Gaels 15:00, Ref: TBC Naomh Bríd V Convoy 15:00, Ref: TBC Killybegs V Moville 15:00, Ref: TBC Buncrana V Red Hughs 15:00, Ref: TBC Burt V Naomh Ultan 15:00, Ref: TBC

All County League Division 4 Sat, 19 May, Robert Emmets V Naomh Pádraig Muff 18:00, Ref: TBC Naomh Colmcille V Carndonagh 18:00, Ref: TBC Pettigo V Letterkenny Gaels 18:00, Ref: TBC Urris V Downings 18:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 5 Sat, 19 May, St Eunan's V Glenfin 18:30, Ref: TBC Sean Mac Cumhaill V Glenswilly 18:30, Ref: TBC Naomh Pádraig Lifford V Naomh Conaill 18:30, Ref: TBC All County League Division 1 Reserve Sun, 20 May, Cloughaneely V Naomh Conaill 13:30, Ref: TBC Dungloe V Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 13:30, Ref: TBC St Eunan's V Kilcar 13:30, Ref: TBC Gaoth Dobhair V St Michael's 13:30, Ref: TBC Milford V Glenswilly 13:30, Ref: TBC All County League Division 2 Reserve Sun, 20 May, Termon V Naomh Columba 13:30, Ref: TBC Bundoran V Ardara 13:30, Ref: TBC Sean Mac Cumhaill V Glenfin 13:30, Ref: TBC Naomh Muire Lower Rosses V Four Masters 13:30, Ref: TBC All County League Division 3 Reserve Sun, 20 May, Naomh Bríd V Convoy 13:30, Ref: TBC Buncrana V Red Hughs 13:30, Ref: TBC

The top clash in Division One this weekend is clearly the visit of Kilcar to O’Donnell Park for another joust with St Eunan’s. Both will be missing around top six class performers, but Eunan’s might just nick it at home. Down in Magheragallon the clash of neighbours Gaoth Dobhair and St Michael’s is one to savour. Gaoth Dobhair are shorn of Neil McGee, Odhran MacNiallais and Cian Mulligan but can still call on Michael Carroll Daire O’Baoill, Eamon McGee and Kevin Cassidy. Opponents St Michael’s are only minus Michael Langan and Martin McElhinney but still have the considerable talents of Colm McFadden and Christy Toye, but Gaoth Dobhair should win. Mlford are at home to Glenswilly and will be buoyed by a confident away win over a side that badly misses Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher. The Barretts and Gary Merritt will see this one as a big chance to move up the table and should

prevail despite the best efforts of Gary McFadden and Co. Cloughaneely have a huge task at home to Naomh Conaill, the team with arguably the strongest panel in the county. Glenties will probably be minus at least seven regulars but Dermot “Brick” Molloy and Co continue to rack up the points. John Fitzgerald and the Maguire’s are good finishers and Cloughaneely have made a good start to the season but Glenties look to be too strong. And it’s a real four pointer in O’Donnell Park Dungloe as fellow strugglers Dungloe and Aodh Ruadh collide. Both are struggling to avoid relegation already but Ballyshannon might just shade it.

Division Two

Meanwhile the clash of promotion hopefuls Bundoran and Ardara is the big ticket in Division Two. Jamie and Paul Brennan are huge losses to the mercurial home side while Paddy McGrath is the only Ardara absentee. Home advantage might just edge

it for the home side. Struggling Termon will do well to overcome a rising Naomh Columba side at the Burn. P J McGinley’s young men are a coming force while Termon are struggling in the absence of the talented Enda McCormack so an away win looks likely. Malin are always hard to be beat at home as Naomh Columba found out last week and might just have a bit too much for the high flying St Naul’s and Naul’s neighbours Four Masters are fancied to make the long trip to Naomh Muire a profitable one. In Division Three, Gaeltacht Junior champions Fanad Gaels should be too strong for home side Na Rossa. Naomh Brid and Convoy in Trummon could be a cracker and the home side should prevail. Killybegs will continue their charge back to Division Two at the expense of Moville while Buncran at home look to be too strong for Red Hugh’s. And dual club Burt could exact revenge for a recent defeat to Naomh Ultan, at Hibernian Park.

Pitch issue

Controversy erupted on Saturday evening at the Gaoth Dobhair-Kilcar All County League Division One game. The reserve game went ahead on the new pitch at Magheragallon but for the senior game Gaoth Dobhair wanted to use the old pitch. However, there was an issue with the pitch markings, and how close the sideline was to the wall. Views were exchanged and the matter was discussed but the game did not go ahead. The Donegal CCC will now examine a report from the referee before deciding what action to take. The re-lined pitch (pictured) got considerable reaction on social media.

The St. Eunan's U12 football squad accepting new all weather training tops kindly sponsored by Seamus McLaughlin of Inishowen Motors. Also included is brand ambassador and Donegal Senior Football captain, Michael Murphy.


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GAA – NICKY RACKARD CUP

Gulf between leagues is evident as

Donegal surge past Tyrone 1-26

Tyrone

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minute. Tyrone then moved ahead by a point courtesy of Lorcan Devlin, son of legendary Red Hand star Padraig Devlin in the 11th minute. But that was as good as it got for Tyrone as Donegal gradually took over on a pitch that was painfully too small for hurling after being moved from Healy Park on Friday to accommodate the Tyrone senior football team. Ciaran Matthewson hit a fine long-range point for Donegal and this was quickly followed by a great solo effort from Ronan McDermott who travels from London for matches. Ryan McKernan responded for Tyrone with a point, but then ex Tyrone star Gerard Gilmore hit two beauties for his adopted county of Donegal as half-time beckoned. Ex Armagh star Declan Coulter then added two more points as the winners cruised to a 1-10 to 0-7 half-time lead with Casey replying for the home side.

Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

The difference in class between Division 2 B of the NHL and Division 3 A of the NHL as Donegal easily overcame the challenge of Tyrone before a big crowd in the tight confines of Killyclogher on Saturday. The winners were never really troubled, apart from the first quarter when the wind assisted home side briefly went into a one- point lead. But the Red Hand defence had no real answers to Donegal’s Big Three forwards of Davin Flynn (Tipperary), Declan Coulter (Armagh) and Gerard Coulter (Tyrone), especially in the first half. Coulter, who now lives and plays for Setanta really caught the eye, especially in the second half when he hit some superb scores. Donegal were superior in all departments and this victory sets them up nicely for the remainder of this competition. When these sides met last year Tyrone shocked Donegal with a 15 points hammering in Carrickmore last year. But there was very little danger of any repeats in Killyclogher. Donegal got off to a sizzling start after the recently returned Jamesie Donnelly drove a long ball deep into the Tyrone defence. And ex-Tipperary Intermediate star Davin Flynn pounced to hammer the ball to the net to give the visitors a sound fil-

Half-time

Donegal netminder Paul Burns.

lip after just three minutes. But wind assisted Tyrone struck back crisply through the inevitable Damian Casey who hit two fine points in

rapid succession. Chris Kearns then took a sweet pass from Stephen Donnelly and finished smartly to level matters in the 10th

Hurling date

Donegal’s hurlers will look to make it back-to-back wins in the Nicky Rackard Cup when they take on Leitrim in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, this Saturday at 3.00 pm.

The winners were well worth their half time lead with team captain Danny Cullen imperiously orchestrating matters from the back and Flynn, Coulter and Gilmore looking really impressive up front. And the return of Sean MacCumhaill’s star Jamesie Donnelly has certainly added some presence to the Donegal defence. Tyrone had a good opening quarter but were once again relying too much on the talismanic Damian Casey who travels from Scotland for matches. But the second half was just a complete canter for the win-

Donegal’s Bernard Lafferty in action. Photos: Gary Foy.

ners as Coulter and Flynn leisurely tacked on points on a sunny afternoon. Tyrone did find the net through corner forward Bryan McGurk, who flicked a Damian Casey free to the Donegal net in the 60th minute. But the winners were never troubled as Flynn, Coulter and Co easily closed out the match. And their favourites tag for this competition looks totally justified. Donegal: Paul Burns, Pa-

The return of Sean MacCumhaill’s star Jamesie Donnelly has certainly added some presence to the Donegal defence

Donegal

draig Doherty, Christopher McDermott, Stephen Gillespie; Jamesie Donnelly (0-1) Danny Cullen, Ciaran Matthewson (0-3); Joe Boyle, Sean McVeigh; Declan Coulter (0-13, 9f), Davin Flynn (1-5), Bernard Lafferty; Enda McDermott, Ronan McDermott (0-1), Gerry Gilmore (0-2). Subs: Kevin Campbell for Enda McDermott (half-time), Gavin Browne for Jamesie Donnelly (63), Caolan McDermott (0-1) for Declan Coulter (66), Niall Cleary for Joe Boyle (68). Tyrone: Conor McElwaine; Conor McNally, Ruairi Devlin, Padraig McHugh; Lorcan Devlin (0-1), Stephen Donnelly, Chris Kearns (0-2); Dermot Begley (0-1) Chris Cross; Damien Casey (0-76f), Pierse O’Kelly, Josh Ferguson; Aidan Kelly, Ryan McKernan (0-1) Bryan McGurk (1-0). Subs; Justin Kelly for Ryan McKernan (32), Peadar Daly for Josh Ferguson (h-time) Tiernan Morgan for Chris Cross (41), Liam Armstrong for Pierse O’Kelly ((54) Referee: Kevin McGeeney (Roscommon).

Coulter hits the right note Chris Ashmore sports reporter

Declan Coulter is a key figure for Donegal. Photo: Michael O Donnell.

Declan Coulter may have hit a grand total of 0-13 with nine points from frees against an outclassed Tyrone. But the Setanta and exArmagh star is adamant that he is only filling in for injured free taker Lee Henderson. Declan had a wee twinge of a calf injury and came off towards the end of this match as a precaution. “I felt a bit of a twinge so I came off as a precaution but I should be well able to play against Leitrim. “Yes the frees were going well for me today but Lee Henderson is our free taker and I was just filling in today. “I can’t wait until he gets back but Lee’s the man for them and hopefully he will be back soon.”

Donegal survived a choppy, scrappy first fifteen minutes to really carve Tyrone apart as Coulter acknowledged. “I suppose you learn from what happened to us against Tyrone last year as they came out against us and they blitzed us early and we had no real answers last year. “When Tyrone get in front they are hard to catch and we knew they were going to play a sweeper so it was up to us to force them forward and once we got a few scores on the board we played around their sweeper and the chances gradually opened up. “And we took our chances fairly well today and we were clinical enough with the score of 1-26,” he said. He also saluted the timely return of Jamesie Donnelly to shore up the defence. “Jamesie is a rock no matter where you put him and just

having him around the dressing room is great. “All the boys would feel the same and I have been playing against him for a long time and he is the type of player you just don’t want to face. We are happy that he is back.” And he also praised the effectiveness of David Flynn especially in front of the posts. “Davin was working very hard during the NHL but the scores just did not keep coming and he really nailed some fine scores today.”

One game at a time

He is conscious that Donegal are favourites for the NHL but Coulter say they will just be taking this matter one game at a time. “In the League we were underdogs but in our own minds we reckoned we always had a good chance and that is the way we will be

treating the Rackard Cup.” “How could we come into this game as hot favourites after the heavy beating Tyrone gave us last year. “The big difference last year is that we are fitter and very grounded and have a good ethos under Mickey which everyone has bought into.” Donegal last took this title in 2013 and look to be a good bet to take another. With Jamesie Donnelly back, the defence has got even tighter and they have six outstanding scoring forwards, the imperious Danny Cullen and Lee Henderson has yet to return. But the very grounded Declan Coulter and Co are just taking it one match at a time. And that is a formula that has been working very well for Mickey McCann and Co.


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GAA – ULSTER LADIES U16 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

First provincial success at this level in nine years

Donegal stun Cavan with emphatic win 4-10

Cavan

0-5

Donegal Ladies Gaelic footballers are celebrating after landing the county’s first Ulster A title in nine years at the weekend. The U16s stunned favourites Cavan in Augher, Co Tyrone, on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-10 to 0-5 win. Both sides were involved in a tremendous - and often nerv-

ous - battle in the first half. However. the Donegal girls were never behind and went into the lead through a goal from Naomh Padraig Muff’s Megan Havlin, before she added a second soon after. Donegal led 2-01 to 0-04 at the break. When Megan Ryan (Milford) added a point straight from the throw-in at the start of the second half, Donegal never looked back. Havlin added two more goals, with Ryan shooting

LADIES GAA SCOREBOARD RESULTS

Donegal LGFA Ladies League Results Sponsored by Donegal Centra Stores Sunday 13th May Division 2 League Fanad beat Gaoth Dobhair Killybegs v Realt Rua - a draw Division 3 League Downings beat Red Hughs Ardara beat Naomh Brid Pettigo Naomh Muire beat Kilcar Naomh Columba beat Naomh Colmcille

three more times over the bar with points also from joint captain Niamh Walsh (St Eunan’s), Niamh McDonald (Moville), Niamh Harkin (St Eunan’s) and Caoimhe Keon (Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon). The Donegal defence was in outstanding form marshalled by joint captain Ellie Barron (St Mary’s Convoy) with superb performances from Aisling McLaughlin (N Padraig Muff), Leah Gallen (MacCumhaills), Roisin Rodgers (Naomh Muire), Blathnait Gallagher (Glenswilly), and Eimear Alcorn (Termon). The defence, supported by half forwards Harkin, McDonald and Laoise Ryan (St Eunan’s) conceded just a single point in the second half, while Katie Long (Glenfin) hit a number of superb passes to set up both goals and points. Substitutes Leeza Cunningham (N Columba Glencolmcille), Megann Ferry (Milford), Helena McGee (Cloughaneely), Danielle McGinley (Glenfin) and the brilliant Aoife Greene (St Naul’s) all helped the team to victory in the second half. It was the first time since

The victorious Donegal Under-16 side

2009 that a Donegal underage ladies gaelic team has landed an Ulster A title. Cavan, bolstered by players from the All-Ireland winning Loreto Cavan school team, had been hot favourites to retain their title.

This is a significant breakthrough for a Donegal underage side”- manager Greg Harkin

Donegal

Manager Greg Harkin said: “I’m very proud of every girl on the panel, all of whom played through the Championship this year and got us to the final stage.

“This is a significant breakthrough for a Donegal underage side. We had a brilliant backroom team with Aodh Ruadh’s Barry Ward and Convoy’s Lorena Barron - and Joanne McKenna from Glenfin who won the same trophy as the Donegal U16 captain back in 1993.” Former senior county men’s player Ward added: “It was a great day for ladies football in Donegal; and reward for all the hard work put in by the girls from our academy last September.” Donegal will play in an All-Ireland semi-final on Wednesday July 4 with the opposition still to be confirmed. Donegal (squad): Bronagh Gallagher (N Conaill); Aoife Greene (St Naul’s); Blathnait Gallagher (Glenswilly); Ellie Barron (St Mary’s Convoy;

Louise Doherty (N Columba); Eimer Alcorn (Termon); Caoimhe Kelly (St Eunan’s); Aisling Irwin (Milford); Roisin Rodgers (N Muire); Caoimhe Keon (Aodh Ruadh); Leeza Cunningham (N Columba); Niamh Harkin (St Eunan’s); Danielle McGinley (Glenfin); Niamh Walsh (St Eunan’s); Laoise Ryan (St Eunan’s); Mya Alcorn (Termon); Helena McGee (Cloughaneely); Megan Ryan (Milford); Holly Gillespie (Mac Cumhaills); Anais Doherty (Carndonagh); Sarah Ni Gallachoir (Gaoth Dobhair); Katie Long (Glenfin); Ciara McGuire (N Columba); Leah Gallen (MacCumhaills); Ciara O’Donnell (St Eunan’s); Niamh McDonald (Moville); Megan Havlin (N Padraig Muff); Aisling McLaughlin (N Padraig Muff); Megann Ferry (Milford); Grace McColgan (N Padraig Muff); Caitlin McGarrigle (Aodh Ruadh); Nadine Furey (N Conaill).

Donegal LGFA Ladies Championships Results Sponsored by Arnolds Hotel , Dunfanaghy Sunday 13th May Senior Championship Semi-Final – 1st Leg Moville beat St. Nauls Termon (h) v Glenfin (a) - postponed Intermediate Championship Preliminary Round – 2nd Leg Four Masters (h) v Buncrana (a) - postponed Naomh Conaill beat Convoy

LEAGUE TABLES Division 1

Moville Termon St. Eunan’s Buncrana Glenfin N. Conaill Carndonagh St. Naul’s Division 2 Realt Rua Killybegs Fanad Milford Convoy Four Masters Gaoth Dobhair Glenswilly R. Emmets Division 3 Ardara N. Muire Na Dunaibh Red Hughs N. Columba Dungloe Kilcar MacCumhaills Cloughnaeely N.Brid-Pettigo N. Colmcille

P 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 5

W 5 3 3 2 2 2 1 0

D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 1 2 2 2 2 4 5

Pts 15 9 9 6 6 6 3 0

P 5 5 3 3 3 4 4 5 5

W 4 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 0

D 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

L 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 4 5

Pts 15 10 9 9 4 3 3 3 0

P 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 5 5

W 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 0 0

D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

L 0 0 1 2 1 2 2 2 3 5 5

Pts 12 12 9 9 6 6 6 6 3 0 0

Donegal U 16 Ladies squad, on a lap of honour, after they won the Ulster title, beating Cavan in the final on Saturday. Well done girls. Photo Michael O Donnell.

GAA MASTERS

Winning start for Murray’s men Monaghan

1-08

Donegal

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Donegal Masters boss Val Murray can be well pleased with his side’s opening permformance in this year’s championship for the over 40s. Donegal emerged as deserved winners as they came from being 1-5 to 0-6 down at the break to win the game against the host county. Corner forward Kerry Ryan’s

goal was key to the Donegal revival while Sean Boyce once again showed his importance to the team with a personal tally of 0-6. The win was slightly overshadowed by an injury to Donegal’s John Anthony McMullan. Donegal will now face Tyrone at home and London away before facing Down, Cavan and Antrim. Last year Donegal, got to the All-Ireland Semi-Final but lost out to Mayo.

Dublin, Clare and Down have now entered the Masters Association for the year ahead so this promises to a testing one. DONEGAL: Martin Gillespie; Charlie Doherty, John A McMullan, Ross Brady; Maurice McBride, Donal Martin, Sean McDaid; David McShane, Charlie Gallagher; John McFadden (0-3), Sean Boyce (0-6), Charlie Bonner (0-2); Seamus Ferry, Brian McLaughlin (0-1), Kerry Ryan (1-0). Subs., Paul Gallagher, Packie

Donegal Masters manager, Ballyshannon man Val Murray

McGrath, Mark Cannon, Dan Branley, Brian McCabe, Michael McShane, Mark Cassidy.


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GAA – ULSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Michael Coughlan, about to win the breaking ball for Donegal, in the clash with Monaghan.

Caolan Gallagher, Anthony Doherty, and Shane Gillespie, combine to close down Monaghan's Andrew Moore.

Anthony Doherty, clears the ball downfield for Donegal, to relieve the pressure, in the game in MacCumhaill Park. Photo Michael O Donnell.

Heartache for Donegal Monaghan

1-12

Donegal

1-10

Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

If heartache had a colour it would surely be the green and gold of a Donegal minor team that could and should have beaten Monaghan in an exciting curtain raiser to the senior game on Sunday. For these young men certainly died with their boot on having led a fancied Monaghan side for over 35 minutes only to be caught by a great Farney comeback in the final seven minutes. But these brave teenagers rose above the drama and upset of the previous week’s

traumatic events to show what they were really capable of. However , the really heartbreaking aspect of this sickening narrow defeat is that Donegal had loads of chances to extend their three- point lead as they headed Monaghan by 1-10 to 1-7 going into the final stages. But on at least five occasions a score was missed because of a misplaced pass or a rushed shot as Monaghan hung tough, made some smart substitutions and earned a memorable victory. Donegal failed to score from the 37th minute onwards which was a major factor in their narrow defeat. Still it looked like they were set for victory as they led by 1-10 to 1-7 with just over seven minutes to go.

But Monaghan turned it into superb final seven minutes that turned this match on its head for a gritty Farney side against a vastly improved Donegal side in a thriller in Ballybofey. For long periods it looked like a rejuvenated Donegal side were going to overturn a heavy defeat to Monahan in the League final. But five late points from Sean Jones, Andrew Moore and two late efforts from Jason Irwin sealed a memorable victory for “Banty’ McEneaney’s men. Donegal: Corey Byrne, Aaron Gilhooley (0-1) Cillian Gildea, Anthony Doherty; Matthew Mulholland Caolan Gallagher, Michael Coughlan; Padraig McGettigan (1-0,pen), Shane Gillespie (0-1); Josh Conlon, Shane O’Donnell (0-42f), Dylan

Doogan (0-1); Eric Carr, Rory O’Donnell, Jonathan Toye (0-3f). Subs: Jamie Grant for Caolan Gallagher (44), Charlie Breslin for Dylan Doogan (50), Leo Dunphy for Josh Conlon (59), Monaghan: Ryan Farrelly, Ronan Grimes, Jack Doogan, Shane Hanratty; Christopher Flood, Brendan Og O’Dufaigh, Jordan McGarrell; Andrew Moore (0-1) Joel Wilson; Michael Meehan (0-1), Sean Jones (0-5f) Karl Gallagher (0-1); Donnacha Swinburne, Loughlin Power (1-0) Jason Irwin (0-4). Subs; Oisin O’Hanlon for Joel Wilson (h-time), Darragh Dempsey for Loughlin Power (42), Robbie Hanratty for Karl Gallagher (b card) Mark Mooney (sub used) Referee: Conor Dourneen (Cavan).

Heartbreak for Donegal at the final whistle, after a hugely improved performance, which merited a replay, in the game.

Eric Carr, gets the ball away to Matthew Mulholland, to set Donegal on the attack, in the game .

“Lads gave it their all” - Duffy Donegal team manager Gary Duffy was not able to be with his team on the line as he was serving a one- match ban from a previous game and he watched the match from the stand. But he was certainly pleased with the grit and grace and the class and character and class of his young charges as bruised pride was restored. And he believed that the changes that were made in the team had improved matters immensely. “It is a very disappointed dressing room and those lads just gave it their all. We knew things were not right a few weeks ago and we tried to put it right and we were not far off the mark their today and some wayward passes cost us dearly,” he told the Post. He added: “I am sorry for the lads and some of them will play minor next year and some will play U-20 as they clearly have the talent.” Defensively Donegal were much better although they got off to a choppy start.

“Yes. it took a while but we frustrated Monaghan for long periods in the first half and we lost Senan Rooney and Stephen McFadden to concussion and if they had been available it could have been a different game as they are ball carriers and we need ball carriers to make the difference,” he said. “We converted the penalty and we got a bit tired in the second half but I will take it on the chin as I have all year and it is just disappointing to be out of the championship.” So did the manner of the departure of Shane Ward have an effect on the squad and caused a bit of turmoil? Duffy replied that it was “the media made it a turmoil, them lads didn’t . And he continued: “Their sole focus is that they just want to play football. “We had a plan to overcome Monaghan and they were totally focused, they had a good meeting among themselves to drive it on and it is so disappointing to lose.”


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GAA – ULSTER SFC PRELIMINARY ROUND

Free-flowing Donegal too good for the Breffni men

Marvellous Murphy inspires Donegal in convincing fashion Michael Murphy, Donegal captain, who led by example, about to knock a ball goalwards for his team as two Cavan men are unable to stop him. PHOTOS: Michael O'Donnell

2-20

Cavan

1-15

Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Marvellous Michael Murphy led his troops from the front as impressive Donegal overpowered Cavan in an old-fashioned shoot-out in Ballybofey on Sunday Murphy hit 0-6 in a masterful display in one of the most polite Ulster championship

encounters at this venue. Donegal had far too much power and panache for Mattie McGleenan’s gritty men who kept coming back, despite almost being overwhelmed on a number of occasions. The winners led by 1-10 to 1-6 at half-time and all their scores came from play, but this match was really won in an explosive third quarter when Donegal tacked on five unanswered points from Murphy, Leo McLoone and Jamie Brennan to lead by 1-15 to 1-6 after just 40 minutes. Cavan, led by the impres-

sive Gearoid McKiernan, hit back with a series of points throughout the second half. But a previously quiet Paddy McBrearty hit four late points - after getting his first point in the 60th minute – to seal victory for the home side. Cavan continued to peg away but impressive substitute Cian Mulligan hit an insurance goal for the winners two minutes from time. This was a thoroughly deserved victory for Donegal in a match that was played in a strange silence. There was none of the cham-

The rock of Donegal's defence, Neil Mc Gee, coming out with the ball, challenged by Conor Bradley, Cavan.

pionship vim or vigour and the heavy hits could be easily counted on the palm of one hand.

Crowd

The crowd of 9,000 was disappointing, given the traditional big support that both counties usually attract. But it has been one of the quietest build- ups on record to an Ulster championship clash so that could have an effect on the attendance also. The game was entertaining in the sense that there were loads of scores, where both teams were able to penetrate the other defence without a glove being laid on them. A physically lighter Cavan found it much more difficult to get scores while Donegal took some great long range efforts, especially in the first half. Cavan had the best of an explosive opening for the winners with corner forward Caoimhin O’Reilly nailing two fine points from frees. Ciaran Thomson replied with the first a series of impressive long range frees for Donegal as both sides threw everything into attack. There was none of the championship vim or vigour and the heavy hits could be easily counted on the palm of one hand. Cavan midfielder Bryan Magee made it 0-3 to 0-2 after Michael Murphy got on the mark for Donegal. Play was surprisingly open and Cavan spurned a great chance of a goal when Padraig Faulkner had a bad miskick in front of goal after being set up by Bryan Magee in the 12th minute. Two minutes later they did find the net when towering midfielder Killian Clarke trundled his way through the Don-

egal defence and found the in rushing Caoimhin O’Reilly in space and the nippy corner forward drilled the ball low and hard to the net. But that was to be Cavan’s last score for 16 minutes as surprise inclusion Michael Langan hit some brilliant long range points and corner back Caolan Ward managed to get forward for a point as well.

There was none of the championship vim or vigour and the heavy hits could be easily counted on the palm of one hand

Donegal

Paddy McBrearty then missed the first of his two goal chances when he mis-kicked at the final moment. But his club mate Ryan McHugh made no mistake in the 21st minute when he reacted quickest to a poorly hit Michael Murphy free to flick the ball to the net. McHugh’s clever strike gave the home side some real momentum as they led by 1-7 to 1-3. That lead was extended to six points thanks to Langan and Thompson before Cavan hauled their way back into contention. The hard working Gearoid McKiernan was on target along with corner back Niall Murray as the home side turned over with a 1-10 to 1-6 interval lead in a very open and high scor-

ing opening half. Cavan boss Mattie McGleenan said in the pre match interviews that if Cavan were still in contention with ten minutes to go then things could get interesting. As it was they took the margin back to 1-18 to 1-12, but that was as good as it got for the losers. And when the lively substitute Cian Mulligan finished a neat move with a clinical finish to the net, it was all sealed. But Donegal should beware a sleeping giant called Derry who await in the quarter-final in Celtic Park in a fortnight. Donegal: Shaun Patton; Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Neil McGee, Caolan Ward 0-1; Stephen McMenamin, Frank McGlynn, Paul Brennan; Hugh McFadden, Michael Murphy 0-6, 3f; Leo McLoone 0-1, Michael Langan 0-3, Ryan McHugh 1-0; Paddy McBrearty 0-4, Jamie Brennan 0-2, Ciaran Thompson 0-3. Subs: Ciaran McGinley for Thompson 53mins; Eamon Doherty for McMenamin 58, Cian Mulligan 1-0 for R McHugh 60, Mark McHugh for McGlynn 64, Stephen McBrearty for J Brennan 68, Caolan McGonagle for Langan 70 Cavan: Raymond Galligan; Jason McLoughlin, Padraig Faulkner, Niall Murray 0-1; Kieran Brady, Ciaran Brady, Conor Moynagh; Kilian Clarke, Bryan Magee 0-1; Cian Mackey 0-2, 2f, Oisin Kiernan, Enda Flanagan; Caoimhin O’Reilly 1-3, 3f, Gearoid McKiernan 0-7, 2f, Conor Bradley. Subs: Fergal Reilly for K Brady 21mins; Niall Clerkin for Murray HT, Adrian Cole 0-1 for Magee 44, Martin Reilly for O’Reilly 45, Dara McVeety for Flanagan 53 Referee: D Gough (Meath)


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GAA – ULSTER SFC PRELIMINARY ROUND

GAA SCOREBOARD RESULTS

County Hurling League Fri, 11 May, St Eunan's 1-14 Sean Mac Cumhaill 1-13 All County League Division 1 Sat, 12 May, Naomh Conaill 1-11 Glenswilly 0-8 All County League Division 2 Sun, 13 May, Malin 1-14 Naomh Columba 1-9 All County League Division 3 Sat, 12 May, Naomh Bríd 1-11 Naomh Ultan 1-9 All County League Division 4 Sat, 12 May, Downings 4-12 Robert Emmets 2-6 Naomh Colmcille 1-14 Letterkenny Gaels 1-8 Declan Bonner, Donegal manager, gets his men ready for the challenge of Cavan before the game. Photos: Michael O Donnell

Donegal boss springs a surprise with team changes

Bonner pleased with score tally Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Donegal had a job to do and they did just that! That was the succinct reaction of satisfied team boss Declan Bonner who sprung a few late changes that wrong footed a number of commentators. But when “you score 2-20 in a match you have to be pleased,” he duly noted. “Different spells in the match they came at us but I also thought for spells in the

match we were very good. “There’s plenty of work still to do – we know that – but when you score 2-20 you have to be pleased He added: “We started a wee bit slow – lot of young lads four or five starting for the first time – we were a bit tentative but we had a purple spell midway through the first half when we kicked 1-06 or 1-07 and we were really good but then we allowed Cavan back into the game. “They kicked four or five points before half time. We got them in at half time and got

them back doing the things the way we wanted them to play and we kicked five or six points and at that stage you felt it was game over but Cavan did come back.” Bonner added: “It’s preliminary Round and there’s nothing being handed out. It’s on to Derry in two weeks time.” The team boss admitted that “Cavan at times did open us up and we’ll have to have a look at that but overall I thought the lads adapted well. “We will analyse it and look forward to Derry. There will be tougher tests ahead and

we know that and we need to improve in certain areas. We’ve got to go back and work on that.” And when asked about the surprise introduction of Michael Langan and other late changes to the line out, he quipped: “We have to keep you guessing. We have to see what’s going in at training. “It’s about how they perform at training. The training has been very intense and they are doing it at a very high level and those are the guys we picked- they’re in form. And that’s where it is at.”

Veteran McGlynn still has plenty to offer

A good display but plenty still to do Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

One of the most pleasing aspects of Sunday’s big victory over Cavan was the imperious display of veteran Frank McGlynn. The soft- spoken Glenfin star has been the oil in the Donegal engine since 2011 and he was back to his best on Sunday, sweeping calmly in front of Neil McGee and then taking off on a darting run deep into enemy territory. He was also on hand to take Shaun Patton’s kick outs in the opening half virtually unchallenged. But McGlynn was less enamored with Donegal’ patent inability to put Cavan away at various periods of this tepid affair. “The one thing looking back on the game is that we probably played in fits and starts,” he said. “We opened up a seven point lead in the first half and we were probably disappointed that there was only four in it at half-time. “We took our foot off the pedal a little bit so we will have plenty of things to work

on heading in to the next game against Derry. “It kind of ebbed and flowed, and the times we did get on top, we did make it count on the scoreboard. “But we would be disappointed with the scores we gave away, and it was more of a case, of us ourselves making mistakes to give Cavan the opportunities. “That’s something we need to brush up on,” he contended.

On a brighter note, he was pleased with the contribution of Donegal’s young attackers. “Michael Langan, Jamie Brennan and Ciaran Thompson are adding big time to the forward line. “That is a great positive and you still have the likes of Patrick and Michael who are going to cause problems for any defence. “So it is great when you can spread your scores around.” And even though it took Mc-

Brearty 60 minutes to score his four points in a row helped Donegal over the finish line in comfort. “Paddy helped us push clear near the end but the really positive thing from this match is the scoreboard at the end of the game. “Our six forwards that started showed how dangerous they are and we had half backs getting points too which is also very encouraging,” he said.

A close call for Donegal, as Caolan Ward, Frank Mc Glynn, Shaun Patton, and Ryan Mc Hugh, block this effort from Cavan's Padraig Faulkner, close to goal, in the game in MacCumhaill Park.

All County League Division 1 Reserve Sat, 12 May, Naomh Conaill 0-13 Glenswilly 1-6 Gaoth Dobhair 0-9 Kilcar 0-7 All County League Division 2 Reserve Fri, 11 May, Four Masters 1-15 Bundoran 1-11 All County League Division 3 Reserve Sat, 12 May, Naomh Ultan 3-9 Naomh Bríd 2-7 Inishowen Reserve Football Tournament Sat, 12 May, Burt 2-9 Malin 2-5

LEAGUE TABLES

All County League Division 1 P W D CLG Chill Chartha 6 5 1 Gaoth Dobhair 6 5 0 St Eunan's 7 5 0 Naomh Conaill 7 4 2 Cloughaneely 7 2 2 St Michael's 7 2 2 Glenswilly 7 3 0 Milford 7 2 1 Aodh Ruadh B’S 7 2 0 An Clochán Liath 7 0 0 All County League Division 2 P W D Sean Mac Cumhaill 7 6 0 CLG Naomh Náille 7 5 0 Realt na Mara G.F.C 7 4 1 Ardara 7 4 0 Naomh Columba 7 4 0 Málainn/Malin 7 4 0 Four Masters 7 3 0 CLG An Tearmainn 7 2 0 Gleann Fhinne 6 1 1 Naomh Muire Íochtar Na Rosann 6 0 0

L F A Diff Pts 0 100 62 38 11 1 95 53 42 10 2 83 67 16 10 1 91 79 12 10 3 86 81 5 6 3 111 110 1 6 4 81 86 -5 6 4 92 120 -28 5 5 91 110 -19 4 7 60 122 -62 0 L F A Diff Pts 1 98 77 21 12 2 89 83 6 10 2 110 90 20 9 3 122 80 42 8 3 83 80 3 8 3 95 102 -7 8 4 76 88 -12 6 5 87 93 -6 4 4 67 80 -13 3 6

48 102

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All County League Division 3 P W D Na Cealla Beaga 7 6 0 Naomh Bríd 7 5 0 Gaeil Fhánada 6 4 0 CLG Bun Cranncha 6 3 1 Red Hughs 6 3 1 Naomh Ultan 6 3 0 Convoy 7 2 1 Moville 6 2 1 Burt 7 2 0 Na Rossa 6 0 0

L F A Diff Pts 1 134 67 67 12 2 102 63 39 10 2 84 64 20 8 2 74 61 13 7 2 60 57 3 7 3 67 78 -11 6 4 67 68 -1 5 3 84 116 -32 5 5 56 75 -19 4 6 39 118 -79 0

All County League Division 4 P W D Downings 6 6 0 Naomh Colmcille 5 4 0 Urris 5 3 1 CLG Carndomhnaigh 6 3 0 Letterkenny Gaels 6 3 0 N. Padraig, Muff 6 2 1 Robert Emmets 6 0 1 Pettigo 6 0 1

L F A Diff Pts 0 122 64 58 12 1 79 56 23 8 1 84 58 26 7 3 111 82 29 6 3 99 88 11 6 3 66 94 -28 5 5 78 115 -37 1 5 48 130 -82 1


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ATHLETICS

Plenty of colour, runners going well along the route as it weaved its way around the undulating course.

Going well...some of the runners in the field of almost 1,000 that took part

Donegal runners among a 1,000 strong entry

Gallagher and McGuigan take the hono

Ciaran McGonagle, from west Donegal and now running for Letterkenny AC, finished second overall in 1:15.19

Dominic Carlin (619) and Stephen McGrath (653)

Strabane was buzzing with colourful banners, excited applause and shouts of support on Sunday as over 1,000 runners pounded the roads to complete this year’s Strabane Lifford Half Marathon. Runners and spectators turned out in their thousands as Derry City and Strabane District Council, in conjunction with Lifford Strabane AC, hosted the successful annual cross-border challenge – cementing the event’s reputation as one of the biggest and most popular races on the local athletics calendar. Local knowledge was to prove significant on the day as Finn Valley AC’s Gerard Gallagher and Claire McGuigan from Lifford Strabane AC were the first senior men and women past the post while popular Carndonagh athlete Karol Doherty won the wheelchair section as the race finished on the running track at the Melvin Sports Complex. There were winners throughout this year’s field however as runners of all levels reached and surpassed their individual goals.

Almost there... one of the Rosses AC runners, Seamus Ferry, nears the finish.

Thumps up from the Finn Valley AC lads

Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, congratulated the tired participants at the finish line, before presenting the prizes. “The public have voted for this event with their feet – with a fantastic entry that bears testimony to the hard work of Lifford Strabane Athletics Club and Council’s Festivals and Events team in building its reputation as an efficiently run and friendly event to attend and take part in,” he said. Festival and Events Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Aisling McCallion, also thanked everyone who took part in Sunday’s race which was being hosted for a fifth successive year. Full race results are available in the sports section of DonegalNow.com RIGHT: The winner, Gerard Gallagher, Finn Valley AC, is presented with his medal by John Boyle, Deputy Mayor, Derry City and Strabane District Council.


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Adrian Callaghan pushing two children in a buggy as he made his way around the course in a great time.

Everyone looking good out on the route.

ours at Strabane Lifford Half Marathon

Ciaran McMonagle of Letterkenny AC finished second.

Gerard Gallagher (Finn Valley) was first home

Aidan Callaghan (44) going well just past the half-way mark.


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ATHLETICS

Donegal runners among a 1,000 strong entry

A sea of runners near the start

ABOVE: Martin Kelly of Lifford/Strabane AC LEFT: Joanne McNabb going well RIGHT: Gerard Gallagher passes the seven mile mark.

Time for water as runners feel the heat

On the track for the last 150 metres.

Almost there for another Fit for Life runner


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ATHLETICS

Letterkenny Olympian helps launch details of 39th Dublin Marathon

Hundreds from Donegal likely to sign up from one of Europe’s top marathons Letterkenny Olympian, Caitriona Jennings, alongside fellow Olympian, Lizzie Lee, tlaunched the 39th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon on Tuesday. They were joined by 65-year-old Mary Hickey, who has completed all 38 Dublin Marathons, making up one of only 70 women who took part in the first event in 1980. Mary Jennings, who has the honour of winning the most national marathon titles, five in total: 1989, 95, 98, 99, 2000 was also present at the launch. In 2018, the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will mark and celebrate female participation, linking with the nationwide commemoration of Vótáil 100. Constance Markievicz, a key campaigner for Irish women’s voting rights, will appear on the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon finishers medal.

I’ve done it three times and have always loved it. The atmosphere is just fabulous. The course is brilliant.

Caitriona, who recently scored an impressive victory at the National 50k Championships at the age of 38, setting a new record to win in a time of 3 hours, 24 minutes and 29 seconds, spoke at the launch: “I don’t feel that age is a barrier. I know peo-

ple say that as you get older you feel like you’re slowing down but personally I don’t feel that at all. I think if you do the right training and be smart there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t continue to get faster as you get older. She continued: “Last year I ran very close to my PB in the half-marathon in Belfast when it was just supposed to be a tempo race. I hadn’t even tapered or raced flat out. That really encouraged me to believe I can run close to my PB or break it now. It’s not just in Ireland that you see female distance athletes running their best into their 30s and 40s. Look at Jo Pavey in England who won the European 10,000m champion when she was 40, her best international performance ever.”

Conditions

Speaking about what makes the Dublin Marathon special, Caitriona said: “I’ve done it three times and have always loved it. The atmosphere is just fabulous. The course is brilliant and it probably helps to know it so well from training on it. But it’s the people who line the streets too and cheer you on. It’s great when people know you and call your name, you don’t get that anywhere else. The time of year means you’re nearly always guaranteed good marathon weather and ideal weather conditions in Dublin too so everything combines to make it a very special event, especially for Irish runners. Speaking at the launch, Race Director Jim Aughney said: “The Dublin Marathon has attracted women of all ages and fitness levels from around Ireland and across the globe over the years. In 1980, female runners ac-

In attendance at the launch of the 39th running of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon are, from left, Mary Jennings, Lizzie Lee, Mary Nolan Hickey and Caitriona Jennings at Merrion Square in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

counted for only 3% of Dublin Marathon entries, in 2017, that was 35% and our goal this year is to increase female participation again to 40%.” The 39th running of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will take place on Sunday, 28th October 2018. In 2017, the event sold out three months before the closing date with a record

number of 20,000 entries. There are currently only 5,000 places left. Hundreds of people from Donegal are expected to take part.

Races

The first of the race series will kick off with the South Dublin 10K on Sunday 22nd of July. This will be followed by the long running Frank

Duffy 10 Mile set for Fingal on Sunday 2nd of September with the SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon returning to the Phoenix Park on Saturday 22nd of September. The finale in the series, the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, will take place on Sunday 28th October which will also be Athletics Ireland’s National Championships.

TRIATHLON

Leterkenny 24/7 goes international! The Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon club went international last weekend. Nick Fowell, Margaret Kelly and Pauric Kelly jetted off to compete in the Mallorca (Ironman) 70.3 which took place in the town of Alcudia. Nick finished in a superb time of 4:49:14, with a swim time of 28:38 and a very impressive 1:39 half marathon off the bike. Pauric Kelly also had a brilliant race finishing strongly in a time of 5:30:37. Margaret Kelly finished in 5:39:36 a brilliant 10th in her age category.

National Aquathon Championships

This year's National Aquathon Championships took place at Bull Wall in Dublin as part of the Base 2 Race Pulse Triathlon Club Aquathon Festival on Sunday. Once again, our junior members had some great success. Jonathan Martin was 3rd in the Junior Aquathon in a time of 34:48.

Orlaith Fogarty also had a super race finishing 3rd F20-24 with a brilliant time of 44:02.

Donegal Senior Track and Field Championships

Junior member Ben Carr, representing FVAC, won Gold in the 1500m event at the Donegal Senior Track and Field Championships.

Half Marathon

The annual Strabane Lifford Half Marathon took place in perfect running conditions on Sunday morning. Aidan Callaghan, showing great return to form, had a brilliant race finishing 6th Overall in 1:18:27. Philip Browne had a PB performance finishing in 1:38:33, showing his training for Talin is certainly paying off. Ita McGettigan also had a PB of 1:43:10, superb running after her recent recovery from an injury, Ita is preparing well for her 70.3 debut in Sheephaven. Her running buddies on the day

Keith Gordon,1:43:21 and birthday boy Alaistair Hetherington, 1:43:23, also finished strongly. Paul Kelly, less than 24 hours after competing in the Roe Valley Sprint triathlon ran an impressive 1:49:29. Graham Parker had a great run also with a time of 2:02:42. Triangle Triathon Club in Limavady hosted the annual Roe Valley Sprint Triathlon on Saturday. Well done to Mickey Russell who crossed the line in 1:16:56 and Paul Kelly who had a brilliant time of 1:29:39.

WAAR

The annual and very popular WAAR adventure race took place in Annagry on Saturday. Over 600 competitors took to the start line and as always 24/7 was very well represented with lots of waariors taking on the many different events. Ronan Brennan was the first 24/7 member to complete the full WAAR course which comprised of 56.5k in total- 10K Run, 42.5K Cycle, 2k Hike

& 1K Kayak. Ronan finished in a time of 2:42:26. Colin Dean was next in 2:50:26. Siobhan Gallagher had a brilliant race finishing in 2:51:20, 2nd Female overall, agonizingly just 9 second behind the winner. Damien O'Domhnaill had a great race in 3:02:04. Fionnuala Larkin, finished 7th female overall in 3:08:38 - a very tight race just seconds separating 5th,6th and 7th positions. Fresh from his team Race performance Barry Foley had a brilliant solo performance finishing in 3:19:33. Peter McLean had a very strong performance crossing the line in 3:29:54, prepping him well for his 70.3 debut later in the Summer. In the Sprint event, which comprised of a 5K Run, 33K Cycle, & 1K Kayak, Donagh O’ Sullivan finished 5th Overall with a very strong performance in 1:37:13. Conor McLaughlin had a great race crossing the line in 1:42:42.

Anne Robinson had a very impressive sprint event win finishing almost 2 and half minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. Anne was crowned first female in a superb time of 1:50:13. Martina O’Donnell had another strong performance finishing in 2:07:56. Cathy Harvey, a WAAR regular, had a brilliant time finishing strongly in 2:15:26. There was also a 24/7 winner in the team duathlon event. Well done to Shaun McDevitt who was part of the 2-person team who won the duathlon event in 1:58:39.

Kilmacrenan 5k

Well done to Sean McFadden who was 3rd place in Tuesday’s Kilmac 5k in a time of 17:28. Colm Corcoran, preparing for the Ultra 555 on June 22nd had a break from the bike and finished in an excellent 21:48. Aidan McFadden also had a brilliant run in 23:31.


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of the coordinators of this huge event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great privilege for us to be hosting the Polish mini-Olympics,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities are excellent. We are expecting a lot of athletes and a lot of specta-

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tors.â&#x20AC;? The theme of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mini-Olympics is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My Polandcelebrating 100 years of Polandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The other reason for celebrating is the fact that it is the ten-year anniversary of the Polish School in Letterkenny, which is based at Errigal College. The events start at 10.00 am on Saturday morning and it ďŹ nishes at 4.00 pm with the presentation of the awards for best performance. Busloads of people will be coming from Dublin, as well as Limerick, Arklow, Cavan, and other parts of the country. The athletes will compete in sports, art and academic events and there will be separate student and adult categories.

Ulster champions! Donegal Under-16 joint captains Ellie Barron (St. Mary's Convoy) and Niamh Walsh (St. Eunan's) are presented with the Ulster title by Michael Naughton, Ulster Ladies GAA President. See page 56 for more.

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