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Finn Harps' quest for a new stadium has taken a another step forward, it has been announced. A €304,000 Sports Capital grant has been secured for a new and definitive design to build a new home for the Ballybofey club. The grant will go towards commissioning a design team to advance plans for the works on the new stadium that will be located in Stranorlar. The site of the new stadium was awarded to the club by Donegal Co. Council. Consultants will be responsible

for all work on contract documentation for the first phase of the proposed development, including architectural work, quantity surveying and mechanical and electrical design. The designers will be tasked with determining the plan to complete the existing partially built stand, the pitch, floodlights and other necessary groundworks. Some €834,000 of Government grant funding has been drawn down over several years as part of the planned development of a new stadium for Finn Harps. Welcoming the announcement, Donegal TD Joe McHugh said: "I am delighted for the fans, players and management of Finn Harps that

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they are finally able to see progress on this long-awaited development. "With this €304,000 Sports Capital funding consultants can get the wheels in motion on finalising the right design to get the builders on site and turn this stalled project into a beacon of hope for the club and its fans.” He added: “This grant support will ultimately revitalise Finn Harps. The club can once again start to feel like it has a big future, a home to be proud of and the backing of Government. “The club has had great leadership over the years, and with people like Ollie Horgan at the helm and Kevin McHugh driving the Youth Academy the future is bright.

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“The club's loyal and passionate fans can once again start thinking about reigniting the unique atmosphere in a place of their own and bring that to League of Ireland and Cup fixtures. “I agree with Finn Harps chairman Sean Quinn that the very future of the club hinges on getting a new stadium and creating the right environment for players and fans. I would like to thank Sean Quinn, his team, the players and fans for sticking by us on this long road.” Local Fine Gael councillor Martin Harley said: “Huge thanks has to go to Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for his focus on this project.”

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Business owner admits using fraudulent documents to obtain €71,000 mortgage Declan Brennan Reporter

The owner of a debt recovery business has admitted he used fraudulent documents to obtain a €71,000 mortgage for his family home. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Kevin Molloy (49) still lives in the home with his family, is paying off the mortgage and that the bank were not concerned about pursuing charges. Donegal native Molloy, now of Dublin Rd., Celbridge, Co. Kildare pleaded guilty to three offences under the theft and fraud act committed on dates between December 2014 and August 2016, including dishonestly inducing Ulster Bank at Lower Baggot st., to issue a mortgage on April 4, 2016. Judge Melanie Greally adjourned the case to October and ordered that Mol-

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loy's suitability for community service work be assessed. She remanded him on continuing bail. Detective Dominic McGrath told the court that the offences came to light in July 2016 when an official from the Bank of Ireland met with gardaí. Between December 2014 and February 2015 Molloy provided a number of documents to the bank as part of a mortgage application. These included a salary cert which was found to be signed off in the name of a Mr Lafferty for a company actually owned by a Mr Laverty. The bank's officials were not satisfied with the accuracy of the documents and declined the mortgage. Garda investigations found later that Molloy had successfully applied in April 2016 to Ulster Bank for a mortgage and the bank had issued a mortgage of €71,900.

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A review of this application found that some of the documents provided to Ulster Bank were fraudulent. These included altered bank statements and an altered P60 tax document and wage slips for companies which had gone into liquidation. Molloy later presented himself to gardaí for questioning and accepted that the bank statement contained entries that couldn't possibly have been correct. Mark Lynam BL, defending, said his client had wanted to get a family home and was keeping up repayments. He said the manager of Ulster Bank was initially reluctant to get involved in the investigation and the bank had raised no issues about repayments. He said Molloy was self-employed with a debt recovery and credit control business and this business would suffer as a result of this conviction. Molloy has previous convictions which

include possession of counterfeit money and selling stolen alcohol. Counsel said his client grew up in Donegal along the border and that these were the type of offences one sometimes saw in border towns. He said his client trained as a carpenter and had a business in Donegal that collapsed in 1998. He built the business back up in Dublin and was a major employer who always paid creditors and employees even when this firm collapsed in 2008. A reference from Molloy's partner of nine years stated that all he ever wanted was to secure a family home for them and they were putting all their energy into renovating the home. Mr Lynam provided the court with references citing Molloy's involvement with charitable work. He said there were a lot of people who relied on his client for help and assistance.

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Convoy girl takes part in10-day tall ship voyage

Donegal teen sails the seven seas A Donegal member of the Irish Girl Guides had the experience of a lifetime recently when she sailed the seven seas on the tall ship - Pelican of London. Gráinne McElchar (16), a member of Convoy Senior Branch (Senior Branch is the branch of Irish Girl Guides for 14-30 year olds), described the 10-day return trip from Dublin to Cork as “an extraordinary experience”. “They were quite possibly the best and most memorable days of my life,” she said. “There was never a dull moment on board and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.” She said she was both “terrified and excited” when she arrived at Dublin Port to board the ship but was relieved to discover that three other members of Irish Girl Guides were taking part too. “We soon got to know the other trainees and, by the second day, it felt as if I had known some of these people for my whole life,” she said. “The second day was also when we started to learn about sailing a ship. Most of the learning was done on our watches. "We bonded with the others on our watch and, although some watch times were more desirable than others, there was never an unenjoyable watch. “We learned lots of new skills while on board, one of which was climbing the rigging. I didn’t do this as much as some others as it was entirely voluntary. However, I did try it a few times as I was trying to push myself to do new things. “Another skill I learned and loved was helming. While we were on watch, we all got to take turns steering the ship by changing the rudder angle. "One of the biggest issues with this was trying not to over-steer. We were always supervised by a member of the crew who were

Joanne Murray, Ard Mc Carron, Ballybofey receiving her prize from David Mayne, (left) Gala Retail Services, Gerard Crawford, Manager Ballybofey store and Paul Harkin, propritor of Gala Stores, Ballybofey. PHOTO: Anne McMenamin.

Lucky Ballybofey women wins holiday Pictured aboard the Pelican of London before setting sail from Dublin Port were (from left): Amy Gorman, Eimear O Sullivan, Grainne McElchar and Tarah Fleming.

all very helpful and understanding.” Pushing herself to try “new and scary things” included swimming off the boat, given that Gráinne is not an accomplished swimmer. “The crew helped me out by giving me a buoyancy aid,” she said. “Many of the other trainees were more adventurous and jumped from the bikini deck, a rope or the bowsprit but I decided to start small and just jumped from the rail. "This worked well for me the first time but, the second time, my swimming suit got caught on a pin and ripped! "Luckily not many people saw this and, those who did, just wanted to help. At the time I was a little embarrassed but I can now see the funny side!”

Highpoints of the voyage included seeing dolphins, stunning sunrises and sunsets and gazing at the stars. A sing-song at the end of the trip also provided some great memories. “I loved every minute of the trip and would recommend it to anyone and everyone,” said Gráinne. “If I could go back and change anything I would probably just have packed more warm clothes but, other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing and, if given the chance, I would go again in a heartbeat. It was a truly unforgettable experience.” Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members from age 5-30 and volunteer adult leaders from age 18+. For further information see or tel: 01 6683898.

Following a huge in-store giveaway by Gala Retail, local woman Joanne Murray from Ballybofey has been named as the winner of a holiday after entering the competition in local store, Harkin’s Gala. Running in store as part of the Gala Group’s 20th year celebrations, the Gala European Holiday Giveaway competition gave Gala customers the chance to win a trip to European destinations including Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona and Vienna. Joanne joined owner of Harkin’s Gala, Paul Harkin; store manager, Gerard Crawford and Gala Retail Operations Executive, David Mayne, at Harkin’s Gala on the Donegal Road for the presentation of

her prize last week. Speaking at the prize presentation, store owner Paul Harkin said: “We are thrilled to have had a winner in our area and on behalf of the store, we’d like to wish Joanne an extremely happy holiday, courtesy of Gala Retail.” The European Holiday Giveaway competition is the latest event in a year of celebrations that mark the Gala Group’s 20th year in business and follows on from a huge social media competition which saw the Group giveaway a brandnew Toyota Aygo, as well as the Gala Gifts for Schools competition which saw the Gala Group award €20,000 of cash prize money to three lucky Irish primary schools.

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Finn Valley resident awarded Artist bursary A Finn Valley resident has secured the prestigious position for the summer as Siamsa Tíre's Artist in Residence. Stranorlar's Conor O'Grady will take up his new position from the end of this month until September 16. During the Residency, Conor will engage with members of the National Folk Theatre (NFT) of Ireland and a number of public engagements will be scheduled later in the summer. Having settled in Stranorlar two years, Conor is a native of Castlebar, Co. Mayo and studied arts in Dublin.

Conor works across a range of media, most often installation based. His interest in the residency was to get a wider understanding of the role and influence of folk culture in contemporary Ireland. He will use modern visual art practices alongside research into traditional methods as a means of documenting the ways in which traditional and contemporary visual culture are used in innovative ways. He also plans to collaborate with local artists using traditional craft and design methods or who have adapted traditional Irish crafts for con-

temporary consumption. “I was delighted to accept the Residency at Siamsa and very keen to get to work immediately with the National Folk Theatre team," Conor said. "The Residency and its location will benefit my practice as it will allow me the time and space to experiment with existing work and create new pieces. "I am very interested in the history and legacy of Siamsa Tíre, the individuals who use the centre and those who created and maintain its role in providing visual and performing arts to Tralee and wider

communities throughout the year.” Catriona Fallon, CEO Siamsa Tíre added: “The purpose of this residency it to support a professional artist and their practice. "Siamsa Tíre is acutely conscious that visual artists need space and time to create and develop new work, and we hope that this residency opportunity will allow them to do just that. "We were very lucky with the inaugural residency with Karen Hendy in 2017, and are delighted that we continue to develop a relationship with

Stranorlar based artist Conor O'Grady.

Karen and her work. "We feel very confident that the relationship we are building with Conor will be just as fruitful, we can tell already that it’s going to be interesting!” Conor studied Fine Art at the National College of Art & Design from 2006 to 2009 and at the Dublin Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2013. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including Border Lines at the Custom House Gallery & Studios in Westport, Green

Carnations at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, and Pheonix Park Palare at the Edenmore Community Centre, Dublin. Conor has also completed a number of public art commissions, including one in Derry (Something Happens) and at the Museum of Country Life in Mayo (On Sight). Other residencies include Krems Kunsthalle in Austria in 2017 and the Home Residency in DAS Digital Art Studios in Belfast, also in 2017.

Lifford Old Courthouse launches crowdfunding campaign One of Donegal’s most historic buildings has just launched a new crowdfunding campaign to transform itself into a hub for the arts and culture. Lifford Old Courthouse, first opened in 1746, is currently a popular visitor centre, attracting thousands each year for guided jail tours and Jailbreak escape rooms. Now, whilst undertaking an extensive renovation project, they have set out to raise a total of €3,000 to develop an arts and culture programme for the venue, using the increasingly popular

crowdfunding campaign method. “Crowdfunding campaigns are a really great way of connecting directly with the people who are going to benefit from the arts and culture programme” said Gillian Graham, General Manager at Lifford Old Courthouse. “We’ve been planning this programme for almost two years and it’s been a very exciting journey so far. Crowdfunding is a way of inviting others onto this journey with us.” The campaign, using the Irish site FundIt, runs until July 19, at which stage it

will either have flourished or faltered. “This is an all-or-nothing campaign, so if we don’t reach the target, we don’t get a single cent, that’s why all contributions are welcomed. It’s a risk, but we feel like the rewards will entice people to contribute,” said Mrs Graham. In return for a contribution, funders will be rewarded with a series of incentives based on how much they choose to donate. These include VIP tickets to a performance from former Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan in September 2018.

“We’ve got a whole range of incentives on offer, from 25% discounts on tickets to VIP tickets to our first concert with Charlie McGettigan and loads more in between.” If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, the events team at Lifford Old Courthouse plan to launch their 2018/2019 programme at this performance. To donate to Lifford Old Courthouse’s campaign you can visit: https://

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Plucky priest receives warm Donegal send off

Public urged to support priest on epic journey to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease A priest who is walking from Donegal to Cork to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease received a warm send off week. Fr Tony Coote left Letterkenny on Tuesday morning to much fanfare as he makes his way south to Ballydehob in Cork. Following his own recent diagnosis with the disease, the plucky priest is taking on the challenge of walking the 550km distance between the two towns and under the banner of ‘Walk While You Can’ and the hashtag #walkwithtony. He is asking for walkers and well-wishers in each county along the way to support him in raising €250,000 to help fund care and research into combating the disease, for which there is no cure. Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council, Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill was on hand to wish Fr Tony Coote all the best in his challenge and described the priest as an inspiration. “You can’t help but be inspired by Fr Tony Coote," Cllr O'Domhnaill said. "In the face of such a traumatic diagnosis Fr Coote has the courage and the determination to do something positive to help others and to raise much needed

funds for those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. "He is a truly inspirational character.” Cllr O’Domhnaill was joined by the Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Cllr Ian McGarvey, Donegal Rose, Niamh Duggan and Donegal Senior Football captain, Michael Murphy as well as Fr Tony’s mother Pat and his brother Ciaran along with many other supporters and well wishers. “I would encourage as many people as possible to come out and support Fr. Tony and his team along this arduous journey,” Cllr O'Domhnaill added. Speaking before his epic journey, Fr Coote he wanted to raise awareness before of the effects of Motor Neurone Disease begin to take a serious toll on him. Fr Coote said: “This time last year I was fit and healthy – I had no idea what was in store for me. None of us know when it might be their turn and so, I’m determined to turn my experience into a positive force for future generations of MND sufferers.” Although the disease has physically affected him and his normal everyday life, Fr Coote still continues to work in his parish and trust in God:

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Wishing Fr Tony Coote every success at the start of his 'Walk While You Can' fundraiser from Letterkenny to Ballydehob in Cork to support, research and care of Motor Neurone Disease is Cllr Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Letterkenny MD; Niamh Duggan, Donegal Rose; Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council, Pat Coote, Michael Murphy and Fr Tony Coote. PHOTO: Clive Wasson.

“I’m not afraid of death. “Of course I’m afraid of losing my independence and, even though I struggle with it, I get up every morning and say ‘Lord thank you for today, please help me through the rest of it’. It is frustrating because everything is slower

and takes longer. “But I’m not angry. I don’t ask ‘why me’. Things happen in life and I leave myself in the hands of God and Jesus Christ, who I look forward to meeting anyway.” Fr Coote will make his way through Donegal with send

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Go Visit Letterkenny raised over €1,300 for Irish children's charity, Barnardos with a family event in Letterkenny Town Park earlier this year. Pictured at the cheque handover are Go Visit Letterkenny members Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Christine McBride, Radisson Blu Hotel and Christina O’Donnell, Donegal Co. Council along with Pamela Smullen and Clodagh Carroll of Barnardos.

Go Visit Letterkenny raises over €1,000 for charity Donegal tourism initiative, Go Visit Letterkenny has raised €1,316.25 for Irish children’s charity, Barnardos. The money was raised through a family event, which was hosted in Letterkenny Town Park earlier this year. Clodagh Carroll and Pamela Smullen, Barnardos met with some of the Go Visit Letterkenny members for the cheque handover at the Radisson Blu Hotel earlier this month. Speaking on behalf of Go Visit Letterkenny, Donegal County councillor, Ciaran Brogan said: “Thanks to everyone who came along to Letterkenny Town Park to support Go Visit Letterkenny

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GSOC methods under scrutiny following 2015 death of popular garda

Investigation found Sgt of 'exceptional integrity' Michael McHugh Reporter

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) is to seek a meeting with the Ombudsman Commission following the full release of the Justice Clarke Inquiry 205 page report in recent days. Mr Justice Frank Clarke of the Supreme Court held the independent inquiry into the GSOC investigation of the late Sgt Michael ‘Mick’ Galvin, before the Garda tragically took his own life in May 2015 at Ballyshannon Garda station. That GSOC investigation quickly decided that the late Sgt Galvin had been exonerated in his duties relating to a New Year's road traffic fatality, but he never lived to learn of the decision, made almost a full week before his death. The meeting request by the AGSI relates to what they say are short comings in how the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission’s (GSOC) does its business. One of their big concerns was that a criminal investigation undertaken was poorly communicated to such an extent that members under investigation were unaware, they were actually under investigation. There is an arbitrary approach to communicating to a Garda if they are being investigated criminally, they have also sug-


gested. They have called on GSOC to conduct the business of its investigations in a more open and transparent fashion in the future to reduce the anxiety and distress for members under investigation. Sligo man, Sgt Michael Galvin (48), took his own life in the early hours of May 28, 2015, having privately expressed fears over the consequences of a GSOC investigation into the tragic road traffic death of a pedestrian Sheena Stewart (33) in the early hours of New Year's Day 2015 on Ballyshannon’s Main Street. The deceased had earlier been celebrating the New Year in Bundoran. It later materialised that the Ballyshannon based Sergeant had been fully cleared on any wrongdoing or breach of duty, along with two other colleagues. But that decision made by GSOC, had not been communicated in any form to the Sergeant himself – almost a week after the decision had been made and just a day after he had made a cautioned statement to GSOC. In his finding Justice Clarke alluded to the timeline of events: "It is also clear that standard practice at the time would have required that Sgt Galvin would have been informed of the fact that a file had gone to the DPP but would not, until the views

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of the DPP became known, have been informed as to what recommendation GSOC were making. "Whether there is any basis for suggesting that, either generally, or in the particular circumstances of this case, a different process should have been followed is a matter to which it will be necessary to return. "However, it is clear to the Inquiry that what happened in this case followed standard practice and that, in the light of the fact that IO Gallagher, as the investigating officer on the ground, made his recommendation as of the 21st May, there was, unfortunately, no reality to there having been any prospect of Sgt Galvin being informed of the fact that no prosecution was to progress for at least five or six weeks thereafter. Tragically, as we know, Sgt Galvin took his

own life one week later." General Secretary of AGSI, John Jacob reflected on the publication of the full report in recent days: “In making this statement, we are acutely aware of the pain of the Galvin family. Michael’s death was a great loss his wife, children and wider family circle and they continue to grieve the loss of husband, father and son. Michael’s colleagues are also reminded of their great loss with the publication of this report.” He said that the AGSI noted and agreed with the comments of Justice Clarke who recognised that: “Sergeant Michael Galvin was a member of An Garda Síochána of exceptional integrity who was a consummate gentleman and an exemplary sergeant. “There can be no doubt that Sergeant Galvin was both an

outstanding member of An Garda Síochána and also an outstanding person. “Sergeant Michael Galvin was not involved in any wrong-doing. This is, and was, the clear outcome of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) inquiry completed in May 2017.” “We must always emphasise this,” said Mr. Jacob. According to AGSI, the report highlights a number of “short comings in how GSOC does its business”. AGSI views this report as an opportunity to address matters that are of concern for our members and which were brought into sharp focus in this Inquiry as a result of the GSOC investigation leading to Sergeant Galvan’s death. The initial decision to designate an inquiry under S.98 of the 2005 Act which was made on the 1st January, 2015 The report highlights the haste with which GSOC moved to a criminal investigation in this instance and indicated that ‘at the relevant time, the circumstances then known did not appear to constitute a criminal offence’. AGSI believe that a more circumspect approach to moving to criminal investigations should have been taken in this case by GSOC having collected evidence and analysed it. Mr. Jacob added: “We hope that in the future there will be

a more comprehensive analysis of the evidence before determining that a simple referral from An Garda Síochána merits a Section 98 investigation.” “AGSI is calling for a more effective communications process and would welcome a process that leaves members in no doubt that they are under criminal investigation and affords them the opportunity to take proper legal advice.” They said that the Inquiry found there is a need for a more open and transparent process which is available and communicated to all members under investigation. An effective communications process would have eliminated the situation where Sergeant Galvin was unaware of the outcome of the investigation and this would have reduced his anxiety and worry. Mr Jacobs agreed: "There will always be tension between GSOC, and An Garda Síochána both at an organisation, representative and individual level because of the nature of the work GSOC do. However, this tension can be better managed if the investigative process being used is fully understood by those under investigation and adhered to by the investigation team." The AGSI would “welcome clear understandable and well communicated operating procedures which are made available to those under investigation.”




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FF back McConlaogue and 'the Cope' to contest next General Election Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has been selected by his party to contest the next General Election. Deputy McConalogue, along with fellow sitting TD Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher, received the backing of a selection convention in Letterkenny. An election is not expected to be held until after the next Budget, which is due to take

place in October. Deputy McConalogue, Fianna Fáil's agriculture spokesperson, was first elected to the Dáil in 2011. Previously, he was elected to Donegal Co. Council in the 2009 local elections to represent the Inishowen electoral area. After Jim McDaid's retirement and Neil Blaney's decision to step down from politics for

personal reasons, Fianna Fáil had no sitting TD in Donegal North East to contest the 2011 general election. The party chose McConalogue as their sole candidate for the constituency. In the election, he won 17.4% of the first preference vote and was elected to fill the third seat behind Sinn Fein's Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fine Gael's, Joe

McHugh. He was the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children from April 2011 to July 2012, when he was appointed as party spokesperson on Education and Skills. In the 2016 general election, after a re-drawing of constituency boundaries, Deputy McConalogue ran alongside Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher as the two Fianna Fáil candidates to the

Charlie McConalogue will contest the next General Election for Fianna Fáil alongside Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher.

new five-seater constituency, where he topped the poll and was elected on the first count. There had strong speculation that former TD Niall Blaney

would contest the selection convention. However those hopes have appeared to disappear following his unsuccessful Seanad bd.

Funding secured for cross-border cultural projects Donegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed funding to support cultural projects with a significant cross-border element. Under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2018, some 13 projects are benefi tting from grants from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, including two with a presence in Donegal. Some of the successful applicants with Donegal connections an-

nounced by the Department include a digital intergenerational project of communities of south Armagh and Donegal being run by St Mary’s Primary School in Armagh which was awarded €15,000; €10,000 for Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin for a major art exhibition for the Derry-Donegal region; and €6,000 for Cardiff Universirty to help fund research of the border area of Strabane, examining the characteristics of this area in terms of landscape, built form, building

and landscape uses. Minister McHugh said: “Funding these cross border cultural initiatives should be commended. “All of the successful applicants involve bodies on both sides of the border cooperating in a cultural context. “And it is through this collective work and learning that communities are tied closer together and we see first hand how there are more things that bind us than divide us.”

The Government Chief Whip added: “The Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2018 is a timely piece of symbolism and recognition of the intertwined lives we share in our border communities. “It is about the people. It allows ideas to flourish and grow and it creates the environment to deepen cultural ties that have a global appeal.” Other signifi cant projects being supported in the Cooperation with

Northern Ireland Scheme 2018 include the Children's Book Ireland project, an all-island competition and platform for engaging thousands of young readers, and the Gallery of Photography which will continue to produce its well-received Reframing the Border project through short films of Orange Lodge members in South, videos or oral history of people on both sides of the border and capturing local images of people and landscapes.

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Irish Open hailed as a game changer for Donegal The hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin Golf Club has been hailed as a game changer by Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council. Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill said Ballyliffin Golf Club and the people of Donegal have succeeded in hosting one of the most splendid Irish Open’s in recent history. “This was a wonderful opportunity for Ballyliffin Golf Club and the people of Inishowen to showcase this stunning location to a global audience of almost half a billion people and they surpassed all expectations. “Almost 95,000 visited Ballyliffin over the five days of the tournament and I have no doubt that this will leave a remarkable legacy for everyone involved. "I firmly believe that this is a game changer for Inishowen, for Donegal and for the North West region. “I would like to thank the team at European Tours and of course Dubai Duty Free for their confidence and belief in Ballyliffin as an ideal location for this year’s tournament.

"This endorsement certainly paid off not just in terms of the record number of visiting fans but also in the quality of golf played at what is now known as one of the best links courses in the country.”

I firmly believe that this is a game changer for Inishowen, for Donegal and for the North West region Cllr O’Domhnaill believes that the underlying secret to the success of this year’s tournament is collaboration and everyone working together for one unifying goal of making this event an outstanding success not just for the organ-

Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach Donegal Co. Council presenting Rory McIlroy with painting by local artist Sharon McDaid in recognition of hosting the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin with Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal Co. Council. PHOTOS: Clive Wasson.

isers but for the people of Inishowen and Donegal. “We have a tradition in this part of the world of working together, of supporting each other and of valuing our strong community spirit and this was never more evident than in Donegal and especially in Inishowen over the last number of months. "I would like to acknowledge and thank all the agencies who worked together to make this happen especially An Garda Síochána, Fáilte Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council and indeed Donegal County Council. “I would also like to acknowledge the work done by local communities and businesses right across Inishowen. It was clear for everyone to see as they drove through Inishowen over the last few days the pride that local people have in their own communities. "I would also like to give a special mention to the staff of Donegal County Council, especially the local roads teams who worked around the clock to make sure that the peninsula was ready for this event and again their efforts cer-

tainly paid off. “Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work of John Farren and the members of Ballyliffin Golf Club. "They had the foresight, the belief and the ambition to host this world class event and this did not just happen overnight. "They have worked for years to achieve this and I know that they want to build on this and to continue to host events of this stature at this stunning location”. To mark the occasion of the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin, the Cathaoirleach, on behalf of Donegal Co. Council presented both Rory McIlroy, host of the tournament and Simon Ellis of European Tours with two paintings by local artist Sharon McDaid depicting the majesty of the Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin. John Farren, Manager of Ballyliffin Golf Club was also presented with a lovely piece named ‘Island of Green Cloak’ by Carndonagh based artist Ben Holmes in recognition of his important role in securing and hosting this prestigious event in Ballyliffin.

Rory McIlroy checking out a painting by local artist Sharon McDaid which was presented to him on Sunday in recognition of his role in hosting the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin by Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council, Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill.

Pictured at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin on Sunday are elected members of Inishowen MD with Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Chair of Inishowen MD Cllr Martin Farren, Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD, Seamus Neely and Liam Ward Donegal Co. Council.

Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach Donegal Co. Council presenting Rory McIlroy with a painting by local artist Sharon McDaid in recognition of hosting the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin with Colm McLaughlin, CEO of Dubai Duty Free. Also pictured: John Farren, Ballyliffin Golf Club, Paddy McDermott, Captian, Ballyliffin Golf Club, Seamus Neely, Donegal Co. Council, Simon Ellis, European Tours and Cllr Martin McDermott.

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Illegal cases of salmon netting identified Inland Fisheries Ireland has seized 26 untagged salmon in the Glenties area and 1,100 yards of illegal salmon drift nets off Inishbeg Island. The seizures were secured last week by Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Fisheries Officers who are based in Donegal. The first seizure took place following covert surveillance by Fisheries Officers which resulted in 26 untagged salmon being identified. The second seizure occurred at Inisbeg Island later the same day while Fisheries Officers were conducting sea patrols along the North West coast of Donegal. Two drift nets, measuring 600 yards and 500 yards respectively, were located drifting east of Inishbeg Island and were seized together with two salmon. The Fisheries Officers were utilising the first of a new

fleet of 7.8 Delta RIB boats recently commissioned by Inland Fisheries Ireland and officially launched by the Minister of State for Inland Fisheries, Sean Kyne and Joe McHugh TD, Minister with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands in Rathmullan last month. Dr Milton Matthews, Inland Fisheries Ireland Director of the North West River Basin said: “Both incidents highlight the importance of ongoing Inland Fisheries Ireland offshore and coastal patrols to protect migrating salmon and sea trout stocks against illegal fishing activity at a time when salmon stocks are under severe pressure from high temperatures, very low water levels and a long term decline in survival rates at sea. "The value of prompt and accurate information from concerned members of the

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Two Donegal schools to benefit from Clár funding to upgrade and extend the existing play area and provide playground equipment, seating and fencing. Craigtown has secured €50,000 for extension and upgrading of the existing play area with raised walkway, playground equipment and outdoor furniture. Welcoming the funding, Donegal



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Have you got Shoulder Pain - or an alignment issue? dormant muscles therefore putting the joint into a position of better alignment, in a position where it can function better, without impingment of ligaments and even nerves, therefore allowing healing to take place. This is why symptom based therapies such as a steroid injections can often be a relatively short term fix. If you don’t change the alignment of the shoulder then the problem hasn’t gone away.

Example 2 - Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff muscles are a group of muscles which as the name suggests, allows your shoulder to rotate. (put your arm straight out to the side and turn the palm of your hand upwards, that’s the rotator cuff muscles in action). When one of these tears or gets strained body will go into a lock-down shock response and the many of the muscles around the shoulder will be told to go into spasm to protect the torn muscle by restricting it’s

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Donegal’s first Cruinniú na nÓg hailed a big success This year's Cruinniú na nÓg in Donegal has been hailed a huge success with hundreds of children from across the county attending events in sixteen venues. This is the first year of Cruinniú na nÓg a national initiative celebrating creativity among children and young people. Eileen Burgess Cultural Services Manager with Donegal Co. Council said: “We were blessed with the weather and this was particularly lucky for the children and young people attending outdoor events including the sundial mandala workshop at the Regional Cultural Centre and the carnival skills workshop and parade at the Glebe Gallery. “16 events took place at 13 locations across the county – at the libraries in Bundoran, Letterkenny, Milford, Buncrana, Carndonagh and Na Rosa, at the County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre, Cathedral Quarter Letterkenny, the Balor Theatre, the Donegal Railway Museum, an Chrannóg and the Glebe Gallery.” Eileen added: “Children were busy creating new flavours for biscuits and sweets at the Jacobs exhibition event at the Museum while in Milford one curious boy queried the truth in the stories and folklore performed by Joe Brennan.

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Wow! After 17 days of drama, the last of the 12 “Wild Boars” has just been rescued from their underground prison in Thailand. It is no exaggeration to say that the plight of these young footballers and their coach has captivated the planet. We have followed the twists and turns of this drama: the trauma as the team disappeared without a trace, the despair as each search expedition came back without success, the elation as their precarious ledge was finally discovered, and the anxiety as the sheer difficulty of the rescue became apparent. I’m writing this on a joy-filled morning. Official confirmation has been received that all 12 of these boys have now been rescued. Forget the world cup semi finalists; these are the happiest footballers in the world! Perhaps in time we will hear about this drama from the boys’ perspective. I can’t even begin to imagine how wretched it must have been: aside from the cold and the hunger, how must they have felt as the minutes turned into hours and the hours turned into days? Would anyone come to their aid? They couldn’t know for sure. All they must have known: if aid doesn’t come, they didn’t stand a chance. There was nothing these stranded boys could do to rescue themselves. Every time I’ve read about those boys in the last fortnight, I’ve been reminded of a song from the pages of the Bible. Psalm 40 contains the wonderfully apt words: “He [God]

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Expert advisors available to assist farmers in ongoing heatwave Aurivo, the globally focused agribusiness headquartered in the north west of Ireland, has reminded its suppliers and customers of its teams’ knowledge, ability and availability to provide advice to farmers during the current drought period, which is anticipated to continue for much of July. In addition, the Co-Operative has reduced input costs of a range of feed and fertiliser. Dr Vincent Griffith, Farm Profitability Programme Manager at Aurivo and Dr Justin McDonagh, Aurivo Nutritionist are both available to provide advice

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IFA needs to see more detail from British proposals

Mixed reception from IFA over Britain's Brexit plan The IFA has given a mixed reception to the recent Brexit plans, following a meeting of the British Cabinet in the Prime Minister's country retreat, Chequers. The crunch meeting was held in an effort to unite the British government's opposing Brexit and Remain wings and to agree a negotiating plan in dealing with the EU. Commenting on the outcome of the Chequers meeting, IFA President Joe Healy said: “While there are some signs of movement by the British gov-

ernment on agriculture and food issues, the UK statement falls far short of the commitments and clarity required by Irish and EU farmers. “We will need to see the detail of the UK white paper due next week to make a full assessment of the UK’s position. “The statement from Chequers once again includes a generous helping of doublethink by the UK in wanting to have their cake and eat it, which is unacceptable. “The proposed Facilitated

Customs Arrangement and EU-UK Free Trade Area, under which the UK would control its own tariffs and trade with the rest of the world, will not work for agriculture and food. “It would allow the UK to open the floodgates to cheap food imports, for example Brazilian beef, that would not only destroy the UK market for Irish farmers but would also wreak havoc across the entire EU market. “It is also not consistent with the UK commitment in last

December’s Joint Report to maintain full alignment with the EU rules which support the all island economy and the Good Friday Agreement. “The UK offer to make ‘an upfront choice to commit by treaty to ongoing harmonisation with EU rules’ on goods including agri-food is a positive step as far as it goes. But what’s the value of a UK treaty commitment if the Westminster Parliament can opt out whenever it wants?” Mr Healy said that IFA would measure the UK offer against

the need to maintain the integrity of the customs union and single market. He said: “IFA is clear that there can be no room for fudged commitments. “IFA’s position is: no border on the island of Ireland, no border in the Irish Sea and no scope for the UK to pursue a cheap food policy. “That means that the UK must apply the EU’s common external tariff and tariff rate quotas which limit the import volumes of agricultural and food products.”

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FARMBRIEFS Concerns raised at EU's Environment Committees role in CAP reform

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said it is very regrettable that the European Parliament's agriculture committee is being forced to share competence on CAP reform with the environment committee. "We have seen how the environment committee made a mess of the role it got on biofuels under the Renewable Energy Directive negotiations," he said. "Its position was informed more by ideology than by pragmatic environmental outcomes. "A similar approach to CAP reform will undermine the likelihood of a coherent parliament position on CAP." Mr Kent continued: "While we all accept that CAP has to deliver on environmental and climate change objectives, this will best be achieved by decisions which are informed by a real understanding of the challenges facing farm families. "The whole raison d'être of the agriculture committee is being disregarded by this decision. "The decision was taken in Brussels by the European Parliament presidents' committee. "While the EU Parliament Ag committee still retains lead competence the decision means that the environment committee will be able to strongly interfere in this and will also be able to bring proposals on CAP direct to the European Parliament sitting in plenary.” "This will surely lead to disarray around an already complex set of reform proposals," concluded Mr Kent.


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Ramelton Festival a great success

Classic cars make their way through Ramelton.

Having a ball on the O'Shaughnessy's Bar float.

More tractors parading through Ramelton!

Ramelton Town Band leading the way.

Durkin's Bar float decked out in Donegal colours.

Meghan and Herry.


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Photos: Jacquie Knox

Ramelton Festival a great success

Having a sing song on the Bridge Bar float.

Ramelton Cowboys on their trusty steeds.

Big Momma's in the house!

Tractor on parade.

The Hosepipe Bandits were out and about.



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Coláiste Ailigh’s annual award ceremony

Aisling Ní Fhionnáin is presented with the Coláiste Ailigh senior student of the year award by special guest, Caoimhe Ní Cathail. Also pictured is Príomhoide na Scoile, Micheál Ó Giobúin.

Caoimhe Nic Cathail presents Aisling Nic Lochlainn with Coláiste Ailigh's junior student of the year award along with Príomhoide na Scoile, Micheál Ó Giobúin.

Coláiste Ailigh's senior gaelic tean captain, Seán Mac an Ultaigh makes a special presentation to team manager, Seán Ó Gallachóir in recognition of his work in the county and Ulster titles and in bringing the team to its first ever All-Ireland Final. Also in picture is Micheál Ó Giobúin, Príomhoide Choláiste Ailigh.

Príomhoide Choláiste Ailigh, Micheál Ó Giobúin presents Cáit Ní Mhordha with the best results in the 2017 Leaving Certificate award. Cáit achieved an amazing 625 points which included the highest mark in the country in Design and Communication graphics. Also in picture is her DCG teacher, Seosamh Mac Ceallabhuí.

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Coláiste Ailigh’s annual award ceremony

Caoimhe Ní Cathail presents Coláiste Ailigh's Ruairí agus Aisling with special awards to acknowledge their All-Ireland music success at this this Scleip.

Ulster schools Gaelic All star Seanan Nic Lochlainn was awarded Coláiste Ailigh's sports girl of the year at this year's Coláiste Ailigh's award ceremony. Brian Mac Gaoithin presents her the Peadar Mc Geehan memorial trophy on behalf of the Mc Geehan Family. Also in photo is Micheál Ó Giobúin, Príomhoide, Coláiste Ailigh.

LYIT President Paul Hannigan presents Iarlaith Mac Fhionnghaile with an award to acknowledge his tremendous achievement at this this BT Young Scientist competition.

Príomhoide Choláiste Ailigh, Micheál Ó Giobúin presents Eoin Mac Gaoithin with gaelic player of the year award at this year's Coláiste Ailigh's awards ceremony.

Irish school's International rugby player, Conchur Mac Meanman was awarded Coláiste Ailigh's sports boy of the year. The picture shows Noelle Bn Uí Riain presenting him with the Brian Byrne memorial trophy on behalf of the Byrne Family. Also in picture is Micheál Ó Giobúin, Príomhoide, Coláiste Ailigh.

Ross Ó Mearthaile accepts an gradam culturtha on behalf of the Coiste Gaelbhratach from special guest, Caoimhe Ní Cathail. Also pictured are: Amy Ní Chleirigh, Justin Ó Conchubhair agus Muireann Ní Mhathúna.

24 PICTURE SPECIAL SPORTING Donegal players attend opening of McHugh’s EVENTS Recovery Room in Letterkenny

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Cian Mulligan, Ciaran Thompson, Frank Mc Glynn and Stephen Mc Brearty relaxing at the opening of the Recovery Room.

The brothers, Mc Hugh, Mark and Ryan, pictured outside their new business at the opening of the Recovery Room in Letterkenny.

Patrice Mc Hugh, the mammy, with Cllr Michael Naughton.

Looking forward to the trip to Croker are Declan Bonner and Michael Murphy.

"Happines Is" lying back with the Anglo Celt, at your feet, as Hugh Mc Fadden enjoys the fruits of his labour at the opening of the Recovery Room.

Donegal manager Declan Bonner arriving with the Anglo Celt at the opening of the Recovery Room in Letterkenny.

Paul Brennan getting rid of the aches and pains from the legs at the opening of the Recovery Room.

Ryan, with Neil Mc Gee checking out some of the equipment at the opening of the Recovery Room.

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SPORT 25 Donegal players attend opening of McHugh’s Recovery Room in Letterkenny

Adding a touch of glamour to the occasion, Rosita, and Jacinta Boyle, from AIB, Donegal Town and Killybegs, with Donegal manager, Declan Bonner. Declan Bushell hard at work at the opening of the Recovery Room.

ABOVE: Anthony Thompson, back in the Donegal squad. BELOW: A smiling Leo Mc Loone, in the jacuzzi.

Declan Bonner and Neil Mc Gee deep in thought.

Two serious looking men looking forward to Croke Park and a clash with the Dubs, as Paddy Mc Grath and Neil Mc Gee look ahead at the opening of the Recovery Room.

Declan Bonner with some of his top men Paul Mc Gonagle, Dr. Kevin Moran and Cathal Ellis.

Reflections as Paddy Mc Grath lies back and enjoys a leg rub from Declan Bushell.


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ANIMALS IN NEED Jacquie Knox Animals In Need

An unprecedented number of kittens with severe eye infections have been rescued by Animals in Need (AIN) this summer. It is a tragedy that so many baby animals are ending up blind or losing their eyes when their lives have only just begun. Treatment of eye infections is easy and cheap. Eye drops and antibiotics generally sort out such infections but they need to be caught and treated before the damage is done. AIN are appealing to the public to please seek help for any cats or kittens you see with sore eyes sooner rather than later. Four black feral kittens were rescued from Letterkenny this week, all suffering from severely infected eyes. Sadly it was too late to save the sight of one of the kittens and he had to have his eye surgically removed. AIN currently have 116 felines in foster care, mostly kittens but also a number of mother cats and stray adults. Amongst these cats are tiny orphan kittens who are being hand-reared. This involves their exhausted fosterer having to bottle-feed the kittens with special kitten formula milk every two hours, including throughout the night.

Barry and Catherine fell out of a car engine in Convoy

The volunteers are also busy carrying out TNR (Trap/Neuter/ Return) of colonies of feral cats around the county but are appealing to the public to help. All the volunteers are exactly that - unpaid members of AIN from all walks of life, with families of their own, who try to help the thousands of unwanted, neglected and sick animals suffering all around Donegal, but they need the public to be proactive and get involved, either by assisting with rescues, TNR, fostering or fundraising. Please contact the helpline for further information on how you can get involved. Two of AIN's volunteers will

Feral collie Podge is becoming more socialised

be appearing on Finn Valley Radio this coming Sunday to talk in more detail about the current problems with feral and stray cats in Donegal. Kitten Peggy Sue is recovering well from surgery to amputate her damaged back leg. She was found last week dragging her leg which was almost hanging off. The surgery wound has healed well and she has now had the stitches removed so that she can continue to recuperate in her foster home. Two tabby kittens, Barry and Catherine, were found at the weekend on the Convoy to Ballybofey Road. They both had

similarly burnt noses and are believed to be siblings who fell from a car engine. Luckily apart from being singed, they are otherwise unharmed. The main helpline is currently been inundated with calls from people wanting to surrender their pet dogs. Unfortunately this is a common occurrence during the holiday season. AIN's dog fosterer Anne continues to make slow but steady progress with the socialisation of eight feral collies rescued from the Letterkenny Pound a few weeks ago. Podge is the latest feral collie to turn the corner. He is one of the four adult feral collies

Peggy Sue had to have her leg amputated

and has now begun to wag his tail and will give his fosterer a doggy kiss although he still has limits when it comes to being touched. How eight collies remained so unsocialised and then ended up in the Pound is unknown but they have obviously had very little contact with humans in the past. AIN would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported their fundraising coffee morning in The Olde Village Tearooms in Mountcharles at the weekend. Thanks to the Tearoom's owner Lorraine Kerrigan, the morning was a huge success

and raised €276 for AIN's animals, which is fantastic and much appreciated. Members of AIN will be out and about around the Diamond in Donegal Town this Saturday, July 14 for their summer bucket collection, so please support this worthy cause and stop by to say hello to the volunteers. 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.

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

Pet’s Corner

Doggy Do's & Don'ts International

by Kathleen Murray. Tel: 0863192247

Teach your dog how to be handled safely Many dogs are extremely stressed when restrained and/or examined by strangers. There are few physical differences between hugging and restraint, or between handling and examination. The difference depends on your puppy’s perspective. Generally, puppies feel that they are hugged and handled by friends, but restrained and examined by strangers. Veterinarians and groomers simply cannot do their jobs unless your dog remains relaxed and still while being examined. Fearful and aggressive adult dogs and sometimes just plain wriggly adolescent dogs often need to be restrained, tranquilized, or even anesthetized for routine physical examination, teeth cleaning, and grooming. Restraint makes the procedure much scarier for dogs.


Untrained dogs are exposed to the risk of anaesthesia, the additional safety precautions consume the veterinarian’s time, and

hence the owners must pay more money. Adult humans do not require anaesthesia during routine trips to the doctor, dentist, and hairdresser; neither would dogs, if only their owners had taught them to enjoy meeting and being handled by people.


It is simply not fair to allow your puppy to grow up to be wary and anxious around people and afraid of their touch. It is cruel to invite an ultra social animal to live in the world of humans, yet neglect to teach him to enjoy human company and contact. The poor dog is subjected to a lifetime of psychological torture, which in many ways is worse than other kinds of abuse. It is not sufficient that your pup merely tolerates handling; he must learn to thoroughly enjoy being handled by strangers. A dog that doesn’t thoroughly enjoy being restrained and examined by strangers is a time bomb waiting to go off.

One day an unfamiliar child will attempt to hug and pet your dog. Your dog may object. Then the child, you, and your dog all have a big problem. Your puppy needs to be handled by familiar people before unfamiliar people, adults before children, women before men, and girls before boys. As with the socialisation exercises, adult family members need to accustom the pup to enjoy being handled and gently restrained first. Then your puppy knows and enjoys the handling and gentling game before strangers and children become involved.


It is quite easy and thoroughly enjoyable to teach young puppies to like being handled and examined by people, whereas teaching adolescent and adult dogs to accept handling, especially by children and strangers, can be time consuming and potentially dangerous. Ring 0863192247 if you need help.


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IncredIbles 2 Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone,

made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

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A Away

with Robert Walshe

Holiday Hotspot – Fort Lauderdale Florida Located on the Atlantic Coast, north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is a residential resort city with a Venicelike series of canals and waterways. It has grown considerably since its beginnings as a 19th century fort commanded by the city’s namesake, Major William Lauderdale. It acquired its reputation as a tourist destination in the early 20th century


after the East Coast Railway brought more investment and real estate development. The city nowadays is best known for its beach, boating opportunities, and busy seaport. Fort Lauderdale’s promenade – a wide palm-tree-dotted pathway is a magnet for runners, skaters, walkers and cyclists. The beach is also one of the nations cleanest and best.

Stretching 7 miles to Lauderdale-bythe-Sea, it has dedicated family-, gayand dog-friendly sections. Boating, diving, snorkeling and fishing are all extremely popular. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Ft. Lauderdale landmark, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a mix of art, architecture, history and ecology. The estate was once the winter retreat of the Birch/Bartlett family. Your kids will love Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science. The museum is home to over 200 exhibits including the largest living coral reef in captivity, bats, and snakes, an aerospace exhibit and IMAX theatre. Nearby Everglades National Park is home to 14 rare and endangered species, including the American Crocodile, the Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee. A large portion of the park is primitive, explored only by adventurists and researchers – but visitors have ample opportunity to walk, camp and canoe through the flat and watery park. Whether you’re a high-end shopper who worships Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci or a bargain hunter looking to score a deal on electron-

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ics, clothing or merchandise, there’s something for everyone at Sawgrass Mills twenty minutes drive away. The largest outlet mall in the USA and the sixth largest mall in the country, Sawgrass have 350 stores – not to mention an entire section devoted to dining and entertainment. www. Hyatt Regency hotel on Pier 66 is three miles from shopping on Las Olas Boulevard and 3.7 miles from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Standard rooms feature marina views, while upgraded rooms and suites have private ocean-view balconies. Suites also add separate living areas. Free Wi-Fi is also available. Restaurants include a high-end steakhouse and a cocktail lounge. There’s also a 3-pool complex with cabanas, a gym and tennis courts, plus a spa, meeting space and a free

beach shuttle. Hyatt Pier 66 is also ideal located for cruise customers with shuttle service to and from Port Everglades. My preferred car rental company on this trip was Avis & pick up is available in downtown Fort Lauderdale or at the airport. When you join “Avis Preferred”, you receive fast track service at the rental counter to beat the queues. The more you rent, the higher you can climb through membership tier levels – unlocking benefits such as upgrades and free weekend rentals. Miami International Airport services most major carriers, with direct flights from Dublin on the award winning Aer Lingus. Hire car options are also available for travelers who wish to fly to Orlando direct from Dublin airport.

Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio in Northern Ireland. He is also Travel Editor for River Media newspaper titles across the island of Ireland.


by Barbara Collins

Beer Steamed Mussels Mussels are so fast to cook but sometimes people are afraid of them. The thing to remember is that raw mussels which are open should be thrown away, and closed cooked ones. This recipe is a nice change from the more traditional white wine. METHOD

INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 onion, finely diced 2 1/2 lbs – 3 lbs mussels, bearded and scrubbed (this means removing the bit which looks like a piece of hair on raw mussels. Simply pull it away) 12 fluid oz beer (I like a light craft beer) A bunch of flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped Salt, to taste Lemon or lime wedges

Rinse the bearded and scrubbed mussels thoroughly. Drain. Heat up a deep pan or a pot with the melted butter/ olive oil on medium heat. Saute the garlic and onion until you start smelling the aroma, but not browned. Add the mussels into the pan/ pot and stir to combine with the garlic and onion. Pour in the beer and cover for a few minutes, or until the mussels are open and cooked. Stir in the chopped parsley and add salt to taste. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon or lime, if you like. TIP The beer broth with the briny and sweet flavor of mussels is absolutely delicious. “Drink” the juice or sop up with garlic bread.

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Latest releases at Eclipse Cinema Sicario 2: Soldado

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Incredibles 2

When the young girl is seen as collateral damage, the two men will determine her fate as they question everything that they are fighting for.

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Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice

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Other Side of the Coin

The Acupuncture Treatment of Infertility Part 5

Sharing the ancient wisdom that is Chinese medicine

In the Nei Ching (classical Chinese Medical Text) there is a dialogue between the Yellow Emperor and an old Taoist teacher named Chi-Po. Why does medicine exist? Asks the Yellow Emperor, "... because people have severed themselves from their roots (Tao) (Nature)." The reconnection between the individual and their "roots" (spirituality) is a very important aspect in the maintaining of health and fertility and is thereby inherent in the basic foundation of all traditional medicine. When this connection is broken then energy and vitality become depleted and ill health occurs. Treatments like acupuncture and herbal therapy are then important first steps in the reconnection process.

over the year’s a great success rate with all the various infertility problems, I have also treated women who have had countless rounds of IVF and then came to me as a last resort and the treatments lo and behold worked. Many patients have successfully achieved pregnancy using acupuncture and herbal therapy. But this begs the

Herbal Formula and Acupuncture

There is a very famous formula that builds both Qi (energy and vital essence) and Blood, which is used along with Acupuncture to strengthen the body and prepare a woman for conception. This is especially useful if she has a history of miscarriage. The formula should be given for three to six months before conception is attempted, but it

is essential that it is combined with acupuncture treatment to increase its effectiveness. It is called “Womb Warming for Conception Decoction” (Nuan Gong Yun Zi wan) it warms the uterus, nourishes the blood, promotes ovulation and improves the quality of the eggs in order to improve conception. In some cases of infertility, as well as treating the woman, we need to make sure that the male partner is healthy as well; a tonic herbal formula called “Five Seed Fertilisation Decoction” (Wu Zi Yan Zong

Wan) improves the quality of the sperm and the essence of the kidney. It improves both sperm motility as well as morphology (shape) of the sperm, it also increases overall sexual energy. Seeing the patient as a whole person and thereby considering their total health picture helps the Traditional Chinese Medicine physician decide how to choose and change a formula and prescription of acupuncture points to be specific to the patient. In many cases herbs and ac-

upuncture points would be chosen first to remove any blockages in the system before tonic treatments would begin, this is an important strategy and needs to be carefully considered by the practitioner.


In my own clinics I have had

question....Why did they not come to me as a first resort and then if my treatments did not work then have the IVF, simple answer- most people mistakenly believe that if something is measured and scientific and involves lots of test tubes and countless tests

then its got to be superior. Not so I’m afraid, the amount of stress and worry involved in an IVF procedure, let alone the cost, is extremely detrimental to the proper flow of energy in the body and especially to the womb. This could maybe be the reason why IVF procedures are cited at having only a 30% success rate. In my own experience acupuncture and herbal therapy are second to n o n e when it comes to solving difficult infertility problems, but people must be prepared to be patient and not expect too much too soon, each acupuncture treatment has an accumulative effect and will build up on the previous one. In the case of deficiency it takes time for the body’s energy to replenish itself only then will the real benefits of any natural form of treatment be realised.

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 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

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I can’t think of too many things more frustrating than catching a tricky moment, but missing on exposure or being slightly off with focus, or nailing both but then finding the frame is ruined by camera shake. The only way around this is practice, practice and more practice: good shooting habits should become second nature. Stability and minimising shake should be very high up on the priority list; proper focusing and exposure should be hot on their heels. If you’ve got shaky hands, then brace against something, or get a tripod. The self-timer and mirror lockup can help too, as can various camera or lensbased stabilizers. Leaf shutters, stabilizers and bracing the camera against your face are about as good as it gets.

less likely to miss a shot because a button does something other than expected, or the camera started up in the wrong mode. Of course, the more cameras you have, the more difficult this becomes, as you simply have to shoot more to keep everything familiar. There’s a reason why many pros are reluctant to change system; the configuration and setup has become muscle memory. I’m probably one of the few people who doesn’t decouple AF-ON from the shutter button; I tried this way of shooting recently and simply couldn’t make it work because I’m so used to using the AF-ON button to lock AF instead. (My rationale for this is you only have to press one button to activate the meter and AF, leaving one less thing to do in critical situations or your fingers free to operate other controls.

Familiarity in the Operation of One’s Equipment

SomeFamiliarity with Classical Art

Being confident in using your camera both inspires confidence in your clients, as well as keeps you calm while shooting. It also means you’re

Painters in the old school not only had a large amount of time to perfect their craft, but also severe limitations in technology.

Part Two

This gave them the freedom to observe and practice; how many photographers make conscious decisions on their use of colour to create emotion, for instance? Or control lighting to a sufficient level of precision such that all portions of the image are lit as desired and require zero post processing? The technological limitations forced them to think: in not having any easy means to reproduce reality perfectly, they were forced to understand and deconstruct it in the process of recreating it.

A Good Understanding of Their Own Personal Style

Play to your strengths, but first, you need to understand what those strengths and preferences are in the first place – and there’s no way of doing this without knowing what you like, and why you like it.

The Ability to Create Lght When Needed

We’ve now come full circle: To make a good photograph, you must have good light; to

find good light, you must be observant; you must have the skills to capture it as envisioned, and not run into snags with technique or equipment. But there are times when you can’t find the light you want, or you have something in mind that doesn’t exist naturally; the only solution is to have power over your light; envision what’s required, and how to engineer it

Macro Photographers Need an Eye for Detail

Wildlife photographers must blend in

Sports photographers and reportage photojournalists should have itchy trigger fingers; more is better than less, and there are no do-over’s. Celebrity photographers would do well to also have good memories for faces, and inherent voyeuristic tendencies. Child photographers need to have the patience of a saint, and the persuasive powers of a snake oil salesman. Food photographer-stylists should also be neat and precise, but it’s by no means a requirement.

Landscape photographers must be willing to walk long distances and wake up at unsociable hours. Party, event and nightlife photographers probably shouldn’t partake of the refreshments. Wedding photographers must be aware of the handful of critical moments, and ensure that there are good images from all of them. Product photographers must be able to see some beauty or attraction in the product, somewhere. You have to want to buy it after looking at the image.

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Weekly Horoscopes Aries (March 21-April 19) Parents should be vigilant today because this is an accident-prone day for your kids. Meanwhile, everyone should expect sudden changes and upsets to social plans, sports events and anything to do with the entertainment world or the hospitality industry. Expect something out of the blue.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today Mercury is in your sign at odds with wild, wacky Uranus. This is stimulating! It make you fascinated by every bright, shiny object you see! You want excitement and adventure and you’re attracted to people who are “different.” (I want to run away and join the circus!)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This is a restless day for you because Mercury is hiding in your chart but it is being zapped by Uranus. This makes you feel like you’re having trouble keeping up with things. You can’t concentrate. You feel hesitant and yet, in the next moment, you feel impulsive. (Whaaat?) Yeah, it’s a crazy day.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Keep an eye on your money scene because something unexpected will impact your earnings or your possessions. You might find money; you might lose money. Protect your possessions from loss, theft or damage. However, you might have some clever, moneymaking ideas!

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Someone you know, perhaps a friend or a member of a group, will surprise you in some way today. They might make an outlandish suggestion. Whatever happens will catch you off guard. Or you might meet a real character or someone different and unusual. It will be an enlightening experience.

A conversation with a boss, parent or VIP will yield some surprises. You might not like what is said. You could take exception. Do not be offended because today people tend to speak without thinking. Definitely, do not quit your day job. Take a step back and assess everything. Be cool.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)


Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Small appliances might break down today or minor breakages could occur because something will zap your home routine in another direction. Something might require repairs? Possibly, someone unexpected will knock on your door. (“It’s your mother.”)

Do be careful because this is an accident-prone day for your sign. Pay attention to everything you say and do. On the upside, new ideas, new concepts, new faces, new places, new introductions and new experiences are par for the course today. Stay light on your feet!


You might have a sudden opportunity to travel today. More likely, your travel plans will be cancelled, delayed or changed. That’s because everything to do with travel, study and further training or education are up in the air today. Inevitable changes are taking place and you can’t do anything about them.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Double check details concerning inheritances, shared property, banking and insurance matters because something you least expect could impact these areas. Something might also impact your partner’s wealth. Therefore, keep your eyes open today. Maybe you’ll receive a windfall?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Partners and close friends are unpredictable today. This is why your closest relationships today are a bit of a crapshoot. Allow extra time so that you can go along with sudden plans and new ideas that you didn’t anticipate. Just be a sport.





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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Your work routine will be interrupted today by computer crashes, staff changes, cancelled appointments or something you didn’t expect. Someone might say something that shocks you. Whatever it is, you can handle it. Just be on the lookout, so you can handle whatever comes your way.

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Strong showing by Irwin brothers on Knockhill debut Kilmacrennan based Motorcycle Racing Team, Irwin Racing, took on yet another new challenge over the weekend, as they tackled Scotland's' Knockhill circuit for the first time. The teams riders, Rhys and Caolán Irwin both improved every time they went on track, with Rhys finishing the weekend with his best result of the season in the Moto3 class and Caolán taking home another strong top ten finish in Superstock 600. The younger Irwin brother, Rhys, made a huge leap forward at the latest rounds of the British Moto3 Standard class at Knockhill. On his first visit to the Scottish track, and coming off the back of a very successful test at Kirkistown, Rhys was immediately closer to the pace of the front runners than he had been all season and finished the weekend with his best ever Moto3 result. Starting closer to the front that previously, Rhys was ninth in opening practice, a second off front running pace. By qualifying he had reduced this gap to just two tenths of a second to force his way onto fourth place on the grid for race one. A less than optimum start in the first encounter dropped Rhys to sixth and by the time he got back to fourth the leading trio had opened up a gap which he could not close. The 15 year old pushed hard for the remainder of the race and was happy to bag

Caolán Irwin took another top ten finish in the British Superstock 600 class at Knockhill, Scotland. PHOTO: Jimmy Graham Photography.

fourth place, easily his best finish of the season, and was also delighted to be running at the pace of the top three throughout. The start of race two saw the Kilmacrennan rider drop back down the field as he got pushed wide through the first complex of corners leaving him ninth at the end of lap one. Over the next four laps Rhys was the fastest rider on track as he moved into fourth place by the end of lap three and began to close on the leaders. Eager to get his first podium, the Motorcycling Ireland back rider pushed but having caught the lead group

he clipped the back wheel of the third placed rider and crashed out to bring a slightly disappointing end to a very positive weekend. Caolán Irwin arrived at Knockhill full of confidence following his recent third place finish at Snetterton but knowing he would be up against it as one of the few riders in the field making his Knockhill debut. A solid start saw Caolán sitting twelfth in practice, one point four seconds off the fastest time. An improved time in the second session, and again in qualifying, saw him drop to fifteenth in the order, underlining just how competitive


Sligo Stages Rally cancelled The 2018 Sligo Stages Rally has been cancelled due to the same concerns highlighted previously when the event was initially postponed. A statement issued by the Connacht Motor Club on Saturday cited the recent exceptional weather conditions as the major factor in cancelling the event for this year. The full statement from the Connacht Motor Club reads: “You will be aware that we postponed our event scheduled for Sunday, 8th July. Unfortunately, the original concerns remain and this has led us to the decision to cancel the 2018 Sligo Stages Rally. “Our decision was influenced by the exceptional weather conditions and associated risks, we have continued to monitor and review the position closely this week to see if our genuine concerns

could be mitigated. We have received tremendous support from everyone since our original decision – this includes Motorsport Ireland, Local Authorities, Gardai, Sponsors, Competitors, Media personnel, Residents on the rally route, Sligo Retail Park, Union Road Business Park Collooney, Murray Ambulance Service, fellow Motor Clubs and especially everyone committed to helping with the running of the event. “It is gratifying to know that the event is important in different ways to so many people, however, we have concluded that the risks remain such that our efforts could still be in vain by next weekend and rather than prolong a further period of uncertainty particularly during the peak tourism season, the sensible option is to abandon our efforts for the 2018 event.

“The event has been a feature of the Irish Motorsport calendar since 1980 and there has been only two other occasions when factors beyond our control meant that the event didn’t happen – these include 1990 (Insurance crisis) and 2001 (Foot & Mouth) and the last thing we expected to pose a problem for 2018 was an overdue period of good weather conditions! :This has been a difficult decision for us, however we would rather look forward to 2019 with optimism, rather than look back on 2018 with regret should the circumstances have caused difficulty – we will now give the team a well deserved break and regroup for the 2019 season in due course.” The statement concluded by expressing thanks to people for their support.

Rhys Irwin fourth in the British Moto3 Production class at Knockhill, Scotland.

the Superstock 600 class is. Seventh in Sunday morning's warm up session gave the Donegal rider the boost he needed as he closed the gap to the front to under seven tenths of a second, boding well for the race.

A fantastic opening stint took Caolán up to eleventh by the end of lap six when the safety car was deployed. With the race restarted after a lengthy delay, Caolán's progress contin-

ued as he climbed as high as seventh, before a technical issue caused him to lose ground, falling back to his final finishing position of eight. Speaking after another weekend of progress, Rhys and Caolán's father, Ivan Irwin, said: “As a small family team, deciding to run the boys ourselves in BSB for the 2018 season was huge challenge for us, both in terms of commitment and finance. Caolán and Rhys are both in hotly contested Championships and I can only say how proud I am that they have progressed so quickly. "Thankfully they have a very small but good group around them and we are very grateful not only for the financial help that they are receiving but also for the guidance and help at the track.” Irwin Racing will be back in action in two weeks time on yet another new track as they tackle the full Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for the first time.


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Plenty of razzmatazz in Letterkenny

Vipers sweep to impressive victory Donegal Derry Vipers 14 Antrim Jets


The third annual Letterkenny game ended in the DonegalDerry Vipers seventh win of the season but the team gained a lot more from the game than that. Once more, set against the backdrop of Colaiste Ailgh The Vipers, who are newly crowned IAFL1 North Champions, came up against a hugely underrated Jets team. Having blown The Galway Warriors away 53 - 6 just last week, the Vipers knew fatigue and injuries may play their part as they finished out a tough regular season schedule. The goal was to improve on last season were they finished 6W - 2L and at 6W - 1L going into the game the pressure was on to make that goal a reality. It was an absolute battle and one that had to be won after going down 0-3 in the 1st quarter. In an opening drive for the Jets, flags littered the field and whilst the Antrim men neared the endzone the Vipers defense stepped up to stop the drive. A Field Goal from 20 yards out was coverted by The Jets to put them up 0-3.


The Vipers offense stuttered and stopped on a few drives and whilst the defensive play from Paddy McGlynn and Peter Farrell kept the Jets from scoring again the game became a war of attrition. It wasn’t until late in the 2nd quarter that The Red & Gold scored their first points of the game. From the 35 yard line QB Danny Mullan found TightEnd Ruairi Bradley for the TD after a 30 yard past finished off with hard fought 5 yard run. Gary Melly added the XP and The Vipers ended the half up 7 - 3. The second half continued in the same vein as before and the defense woud keep the Jets offense quiet the rest of the game. Darren Quinn stepped up with an interception, his second of the year and Peter Farrell was his usual bullish self. The Tyrone man is quickly establishing himself as one of the best defensive linemen in the league.


Despite some pressure from The Vipers offense, who were missing at least 3 of their biggest offensive weapons, they wouldn’t score again. A resolute Jets team fought with every fibre of their being to stay in the game knowing a defeat would end their playoff hopes. But up once more stepped The Vipers defense. Having ground the Jets down after an early Jets score they added a little flair to their tough and powerful performance. Paddy

The Donegal - Derry Vipers pictured in Letterkenny before their latest win.

McGlynn, in his first season with the Red & Gold, popped up with a Pick 6 to top off a truly impressive season. As The Jets QB telegraphed a pass to the outside McGlynn read his play and with the guile and determination he has show all season took it to the house from midfield. Melly converted the XP and as the game drew to a close the game ended with a Win for The Vipers 14 - 3. The half time events, which included a competition draw, music, free pizza and family fun, added a great atmosphere to the event. It was a great promo for the event and the sport and Chairperson Frieda Gallagher worked tirelessly with Colaiste Ailigh, Kernan’s Group, Community Recycling Initiative, United HealthCare, Pats Pizzas and Callaghan Electrical to ensure the day went well.

to be fantastic.

There was some tough tackling during the game.

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Semi-final game

The Donegal-Derry Vipers now get a bye to the IAFL1 Semi-Final on 29th July at 2pm which will be held at Limavady Rugby Clubs ground as The Vipers have been awarded home field advantage. They will face either the Westmeath Minotaurs or West Dublin Rhinos who face off in the IAFL1 South Wildcard game on the 22nd July with a chance to come to Limavady to face The Vipers as their prize. If the Letterkenny game is anything to judge by it’s going

Thumbs up....happy faces at the Donegal-Derry Vipers game

The half-time entertainment - with pizzas - certainly went down well.


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Third annual Sheephaven Bay Swim a resounding success Over 100 competitors take part in perfect conditions Over 100 hardy souls from all over Ireland and beyond took the plunge and competed in the third annual Sheephaven Bay Swim at beautiful Portnablagh on the Wild Atlantic Way. There were 40 skin swimmers and 69 in wetsuits in ages from 17 to 65 years. The conditions on the day were perfect, a calm sea, very little wind, and not too much sunshine when the swimmers took to the waves. Some swimmers had completed many open water swims and even some channel swims in Open Water or Wild Swimming. For others it was their first such event,but each swimmer had their own reason and motivation for taking part. The event organisers, The Gartan Open Waters Swimmers, were delighted with the turnout and the support given by the public and the sponsors without whose backing the event would not take place. Event spokesperson, Mark McCollum said: “We want to develop the sport and encourage people to take part in swimming.”

He added: “It took lot of hard work behind the scenes to make an event run smooth and be successful this was down to the small but dedicated team that is the Gartan Open Water Swimmers.” The safety of the swimmers is always paramount, there was excellent kayak and boat cover throughout the event provided by local volunteers and members of the Foyle Paddlers and additional boat cover and supervision by members of the Sheephaven Sub-Aqua Club. There was alsoa delicious barbeque provided by Pat and Amanda Brady of The Kitchen, which provided much needed sustenance to the swimmers after the event. The Race was won by Belfast swimmer Jordan Leckey in a wonderful time of 51.22. He was closely followed by last year’s winner Letterkenny swimmer and triathlete Jonathan Martin who battled all the way; Letterkenny based swimmer and triathlete, Siobhan Gallagher took third place and was the first female home. The First skins swimmer was Ger Carty.

The challenge of swimming in the open Atlantic is not to be underestimated, and each person who took part had their own motivation and story, but to those who were competing and to those whose goal was simply completing the course, the challenge was the same. This year’s swim was a remarkable event and example of true cooperation and community spirit, people working together for the greater good, and it was fantastic to see such activity in and around Portnablagh. Thanks were extended to everyone who swam, to all those who helped out, to all our sponsors, and to the Robinson family who provided such hospitality all day. Proceeds from the event will benefit two charities, the RNLI and Sheephaven SubAqua club, both of which perform vital search and rescue work in the North-west. The organisers, the Gartan Open Water Swimmers, are now looking forward to their next event- the Gartan Swim Challenge 2018 which takes place on August 11 at Gartan Outdoor Education Centre.

Above and below, competitors taking part in the event.


All-County U-16 Division 1B final

Milford too good for Aodh Ruadh

ABOVE: Paddy Tinney, County Board, Assistant Treasurer, presenting the Div 1B Shield to Bruce Mc Auley, captain of Milford, who defeated Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon, in the final in Tirconaill Park. Milford won an exciting game by 5-15 to 4-15. LEFT: Cillian Mc Crea, Milford, one of the smallest players on the pitch, sticks the ball in the top corner of the Aodh Ruadh net, to set his team on their way to victory, in the final in Tirconaill Park.


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A putt to remember

Wonderful tournament will have positive knock-on effect

Chris Ashmore reporter

Scotland’s Russell Knox sunk a wonderful final shot for a birdie on the first play-off hole to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin. New Zealander Ryan Fox appeared to hold the upper hand as he fired his second shot onto the 18th green. But Fox then sunk a long

putt to put the pressure on Fox and his miss meant he was unable to force a second play-off hole. Incredibly, it was almost a replica of his putt on the 18th hole at the end of the fourth round, which essentially got him into a play-off position. It was a wonderful conclusion to a tournament that was hugely successful. The only disappointment was the fact that the Irish challenge on the course failed to materialise.

Nevertheless, Donegal was the real winner here. And golf clubs throughout the county are now expected to get a bounce from the Irish Open. Many of the 100,000 plus visitors to Ballyliffin over the four days of the Irish Open (and the Pro-AM) were hugely impressed with what they saw. Naturally, quite a number will return to play in Ballyliffin, but they are also likely to take in other Donegal courses. See also page 6.

Russell Knox celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin.

We are extremely lucky to have it here in Donegal: Ryan McHugh By Odhrán Crumley When a big sporting event comes to Donegal, Ryan McHugh is usually centrestage, one of the star attractions making lung-busting runs in an attempt to help his county towards further big days.

This time however, his contributions were limited as he trotted around the course watching some of golf’s finest strut their stuff amongst the thousands. “It’s great and I suppose every event that comes is great with the weather and everything for it which is really showing the good side of

Donegal. It is looking well on the TV and the players are playing great, it’s a great occasion and we are extremely lucky to have it here in Donegal,” the Kilcar man told the Post. “All the credit has to go to Ballyliffin golf course, they have the course looking amazing and facilities are top

class, they have everything under control. “Hopefully, we can get more huge sporting events I think everyone in Donegal knows just how great Donegal is with the scenery and everything we have. "The more we can get Donegal on TV the better,” the Donegal star claimed.

McHugh believes that this will be the first of many major sporting events to visit Donegal. “It gives you a huge lift, the surrounding areas are buzzing this whole week. Anytime you have huge celebrities like Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and those types coming to town, the more we can get

that the better. “I think that this is for the whole county, the amount of people that have come up from all over the county and watched the event up here or on TV is great. "As I said the more events we can get like this the better,” the 2016 all-star concluded.


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Padraig Harrington having a bite to eat at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given with Kian McGovern and Michelle Hackett at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Rory McIlroy signing autographs at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open "Pro-Am". (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Colm Mc Laughlin, President and CEO of Dubai Duty Free sponsors of the Irish Open, Pauric Mc Shea,and Sinead O Shea, Senior Executive Dubai Duty Free at the Irish Open in Ballyliffin, Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A Perfect Tournament: Michael Murphy By Odhrán Crumley

Michael Murphy is interviewed in Ballyliffin

The only crowd that rivalled that which followed Rory McIlroy was the one which followed Michael Murphy around Pro-Am course on Wednesday. It was the Donegal captain who walked around the course like a celebrity despite his quiet and unassuming nature stopping to take a picture or have a chat with the thousands who wanted to meet

their hero. “It’s brilliant, as I said in the lead in I just knew that it was going to be a fantastic event for everyone. I think that they addition of the weather has just really brought it to a new level altogether and I’d say that everyone has really, really enjoyed. "Just going by the amount of youth out here with families all enjoying it and having a good time is brilliant,” Murphy told the Post.

“You always would have known and you would have been fairly confident that the course would have spoken for itself and I knew that the people from here would really put on a good show and both of them happened. "The addition of the unbelievable weather has just made it a whole package making it a perfect tournament and a perfect spectacle for all.” As an honorary member of the Ballyliffin Golf Club, the

Glenswilly man took real pride in watching the event. “I was very lucky to get that bestowed upon me just a number of months ago, I hope to get down here and play a bit more. "You have seen how the images have been broadcast over the past few days all over not just the county here but the country and all over the world. You can be very proud to see some of the sights and all of the scenery around here.”


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Letterkenny AC Round-Up

McBrearty wins 800m at British event Darren McBrearty continued his recent excellent track form at the weekend. He won the 800m in the British Milers’ Club meet at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham in South East London. Darren completed the 2 laps in a superb time of 1.52.44. Sean McFadden showed his strength in endurance events again at the weekend. He was the winner of the Sligo Triathlon Club’s Triathlon, which was held in the beautiful and serene surroundings of Hazelwood Park. Sean ran 38.30 for the 10K run, which was preceded by a 1500m swim and a 39.4K cycle. For the second consecutive week,

Martin Gormley was 2nd in the Letterkenny parkrun. Martin crossed the line in 20.01, which was 1 second faster than 7 days earlier. Martin was again the leading M50 runner. Liam Ferry was 3rd overall in 20.15. Cathal Roarty’s time of 23.33 gave him a top 10 finish and 2nd place in the M50 category. James McBride was the leading M65 runner in 24.51. Young Ronan Burke had the fastest of his 6 Letterkenny parkruns to date when he finished in 29.51. In very hot conditions in Raphoe last Tuesday evening, Ivan Toner got back to winning ways. Ivan was the winner of the Raphoe 5K to occupy

the position that has been his customary domain on many occasions in Donegal Grand Prix races throughout this decade. Ivan’s time of 17.06 gave him a 19 second winning margin. There was also a Letterkenny AC win in the women’s race, with Margaret Shiels first across the line in a time of 24.13. Margaret’s husband, Stephen, had a fine run and was 13th overall in 21.41. Ciaran Doherty was a convincing winner of Wednesday evening’s Methodist Church 5K in Ardara. Ciaran’s time of 15.58 saw him finish almost 2 minutes clear of his closest challenger.

Ashleigh McArdle of Lifford Strabane AC competing in the U13 Girls High Jump event during the Irish Life Health Juvenile Games & Inter Club Relays at Tullamore Harriers Stadium in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Martin Gormley was 6th overall, and the leading M50 runner, in Thursday evening’s Finn Harps FC 5K. Martin’s time was 19.18. The race winner was Finn Valley AC’s Gerard Gallagher in 18.22. Ivan Toner remained on the winning trail on Friday evening, when he took 59 seconds off his Raphoe time to win the JG Memorial 5K in Cranford in a time of 16.07. Liam Doherty, running in familiar terrain, was the next M40 runner and was 3rd overall in 17.13. The finish line of the race was almost on Liam’s doorstep. Barry Mackey continued the huge improvement he has made this sum-

mer. He took another 17 seconds, which represents more than 1.5%, off his recently acquired PB. Barry was the leading M50 runner in 18.10 and, with Barry’s dedicated training paying huge dividends, he is on the verge of notching up the sub 18 minute 5K that he could only have dreamed about at the beginning of the season. Paul Toner clocked 18.35 and Paul Lee 19.55. Richard Raymond had a fine run and crossed the line in 22.00, which gave him 2nd place in the M60 category, a category in which he has enjoyed much success in recent years.

Dean Leaper of Finn Valley A.C. competing in the U12 Boys Shot Putt event during the Irish Life Health Juvenile Games & Inter Club Relays at Tullamore Harriers Stadium in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile


Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club Round-Up

McFadden wins triathlon event in Sligo Fresh from his 3rd place podium at Sheephaven Half just one week earlier Sean McFadden was the outright winner of the Hazelwood Standard Triathlon held by Sligo Triathlon Club. Sean had a superb time of 2:13:21 to claim first place. Patrick McNulty also had a brilliant race finishing with a brilliant time of 2:43:18. Geoff McGillian also travelled to Sligo performing very well crossing the line in 2:51:46. Aidan Callaghan travelled to Wicklow on Sunday to compete in the National Standard Distance Championships. It was a race fought in super hot and tough conditions but Aidan still performed very well finishing in a brilliant time of 2:11:31, picking up 2nd M3539.


Desiree Casburn took on the mara-

thon challenge at the inaugural Donegal Wild Atlantic Magee 1866 Marathon on Sunday. 23 miles of Donegal’s finest hills and Desiree still finished smiling in a superb 4:20:59. Natasha Kelly was 3rd Female in the half marathon event in a super time of 1:36:45. Congratulations to Natasha on her brilliant half marathon debut on home soil. Cathy Harvey also competed in the half marathon finishing in a brilliant 2:21:49.

Sheephaven Swim

The very popular Sheephaven 3.5km Swim took place on Saturday. Jonathan Martin had a brilliant swim finishing in 51:35 picking up the prize for 2nd Male. Siobhan Gallagher was 1st female overall crossing the line in 53:21. Niamh McDaid had a super swim in 1:02:35. Adam Speer is get-

ting plenty of swim practice in ahead of Tallinn, completing the 3.5km in 1:08:36. Damian McGoohan and Paddy Doherty fresh from their Sheephaven Half achievements had very strong swims in 1:13:12 and 1:15:09 respectively. Karol Harvey in his first time racing this distance had a brilliant swim crossing the line in 1:16:26, great to see Karol back in competitive action once again! Alastair Hetherington, another Tallinn bound man, had another great swim of 1:17:48.Lorraine McCreary had a strong swim also finishing in 1:28:42. Amanda Witherow smashed her goal of completing this 3.5km swim with a strong swim finishing in 1:51:27.

JG Memorial 5K

Kathyrn McDevitt was 2nd Female in the JG Memorial 5k held in Cranford last Thursday in a time of 23:48.

Sean McFadden was the outright winner of the Hazelwood Standard Triathlon held by Sligo Triathlon Club


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Photos: Gary Foy

Warm conditions for the Finn Harps 5k

Hilary Pearson on familiar territory as she takes part in the Finn Harps 5K.

Joshua Thompson and Theresa Melaugh on their way to completing the Finn Harps 5K.

Damien Alexander going well

Letterkenny AC’s Martin Gormley

Convoy AC’s Michael Jordan

Young Shaun Ryan had a great run in the Finn Harps 5K finishing in the top ten overall.

Oisin Mullen sports his Donegal GAA colours as he takes part in the Finn Harps 5K.

Niamh Ryan looks very determined to get a fast time in the Finn Harps’ 5K.


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Event could become a major annual fixture

Wild Atlantic Marathon a great success reporter

Roll on next year - that was the verdict from so many of those who took part in the inaugural Magee 1866 sponsored Wild Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. The event along the coastline between Killybegs and Glencolumcille took in a spectacular route that included several big hills. And while there were competitors from as far a field as Singapore, Tazmania and the United States, the bulk of the runners were from the north-west – and they duly delivered. Conor McBride from Kerrykeel was first over the line in the main event after a fabulous run over the demanding route with some seriously testing hills. The race began in Killybegs at 7.00 am and and finished in

Michael McGrinder, who finished fifth overall.

Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Lynn Temple and Herbie McDaid

HALF MARATHON – TOP TEN Place 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Bib Name 706Paul Ward 679Seamus Gallagher 550Andrej Kujikis 562Brendan Boyle 547Damien O’Donnell 563Lennart De Vos 683William Steven 648Chris Lambert

9. 10.

634Marty Fagan 630Tara Malone

Gender m m m m m m m m

AG M45 M50 MO M55 MO M45 MO M35

m f

M40 F40

Club Tir Chonaill AC Crusaders Killybegs

Ealing Eagles Running Club 1ZERO1

ChipTime 01:20:48 01:28:14 01:28:32 01:29:03 01:30:06 01:30:27 01:30:50

GunTime 1:20:48 1:28:16 1:28:42 1:29:03 1:30:06 1:30:29 1:30:54

01:30:55 01:31:02 01:33:32

1:30:56 1:31:04 1:33:40

The first three over the line in the Wild Atlantic Marathon, from left, Clint Doherty (3rd), Conor McBride (1st), and John Gordon (2nd),

Glencolumbcille. He completed the challenging course in an unofficial time of three hours, six minutes and 34 seconds. A Fermanagh runner was the first female across the line.

The event has been heralded as being “The Most Scenic Marthon and Half Marathon in the World.

Chris Ashmore

Jenny Elliott York of Enniskillen Running club clocked a greay time of 3:29:51 and was eighth overall. Interviewed moments after she crossed the line, Jenny said: “I am buzzing. It was absolutely brilliant.” The event has been heralded as being “The Most Scenic Marthon and Half Marathon in the World.” There was also a marathon relay event. Over 500 people took part. With the weather of late being considerably hotter than normal the decision was taken to bring forward the start of the marathon by one hour to 7.00 am. Fortunately for the participants, the weather was not as warm as in recent weeks and

Drew Doherty, going well

there was even some light drizzle. Nevertheless, it was still a hugely demanding run. Many local people en-route got into the spirit of things and there were quite few of them out with sponges soaked with water and giving out additional water to the runners. Chief organiser Eunan Quinn was well pleased with the event and the feedback. “Everything worked out very

well and everyone was raving about it,” he told the Post. Indeed, such was the positive reaction that the event now looks set to become a regular fixture on the calendar. Yes, the route took an awful lot out of many of those involved, but so many of the participants are already looking forward to coming back next year. It really eas something special.

Happy faces at the finish line, Noreen Lynch and Elaine Boyle

Annmarie Roche after completing the Wild Atlantic Marathon


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A stunning photo of runners near the finish of the event.


Place Bib Name Gender AG Club 1. 224 Conor McBride m MO 2. 62 John Gordon m M35 Wexford Tri Club 3. 55 Clint Doherty m M35 4. 274 Michael Duncan m MO Lifford/Strabane AC 5. 272 Michael McGrinder m MO Omagh 6. 15 Harry Boyce m MO 7. 273 Geoff Sproule m MO 8. 37 Jenny Elliott York f F45 Enniskillen Running Club 9. 31 Jonathan McLoone m M35 10. 252 Christy Cahill m M50

Chip Time 3:06:34 3:13:18 3:15:03 3:21:24 3:21:24 3:27:11 3:29:41

GunTime 3:06:34 3:13:24 3:15:05 3:21:24 3:21:24 3:27:13 3:29:41

3:29:51 3:31:39 3:38:58

3:29:56 3:31:42 3:39:08


Almost there

A well deserved ice-cream for Paddy Foy.

Magee 1866 Relay 2018 Place Bib Name Gender AG 1. 992 Paul Ronan/ m MO Patrick Liam Tir Chonaill AC 2. 956 Shape Up Fitness 2 m MO 3. 996 Enniskillen Knocks f MO Running Club 4. 980 Thomas Edward/Phil Frances Lunchtime Legends m MO 5. 941 Colin Emily/ m MO The Meenahalla Duo 6. 960 Shape Up Fitness 1 m MO 7. 984 Tricia Pauline/ f FO Eamonn Rosanne Falcarragh Roadrunners 8. 931 LK Park Runners m MO 9. 939 Sole Mates f FO

Team Tir Chonaill AC

Gun Time 2:54:30

Shape Up Fitness Enniskillen Knocks Running Club

3:10:30 3:37:10

Lunchtime Legends 3:39:36 The Meenahalla Duo 3:44:05 Shape Up Fitness Falcarragh Roadrunners Letterkenny Park Runners Letterkenny Park Runners

3:47:43 3:54:18 3:55:29 4:01:32


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Disparity between two divisions is highlighted

Harps’ crowds down by almost half The cost of relegation . . . crowds at Finn Park this season are roughly half what they were last season when Harps were in the Premier Division.

Chris Ashmore reporter

Finn Harps have seen attendances at Finn Park almost cut in half this season. The club’s average attendance last season – when they battled valiantly before being relegated – stood at 1,269. But the average for league games this year has been just 651. There is no doubt that life in Division One is so much tougher. Indeed, the average crowd for games in the Premier Division (up until the end of June) stood at 2,212 – compared with just 427 in Division One. Last year, Harps were ranked 11th of the 20 League of Ireland clubs in terms of attendances. They are now ranked 12th, but with three teams being relegated and only one being promoted last season, it has highlighted even further the daylight between the two divi-

sions. The top nine most supported clubs this year are all in the Premier Division. The exception is bottom of the table Bray Wanderers. The Wicklow club is having a disastrous season and there has been a corresponding decline in attendances. Their average crowd is a poor 616 – compared with just under 1,000 last season. Of the ten Division One clubs, Galway lead the way in terms of attendances this season. Favourites for promotion, they began the season well

with crowds regularly in four figures, but their poor form over the past two months has led to a big drop in attendances, and they desperately need to turn things around if they are to challenge for a play-off spot. Their average attendance is 871. Shelbourne, currently second, have seen a gradual rise in attendances, with a current average for the season of 660, just nine more than Finn Harps. At the other end of the scale, some of the Division One at-

● Total League of Ireland 2018 Attendance to date: 288,531 ● Average gate for the 2018 season to date: 1,450 ● Average gate for Premier Division: 2,212 ● Average gate for the First Division: 427 ● Total number of attendees in the Premier Division: 252,121 ● Total number of attendees in the First Division: 36,256 ● Largest Attendance: 6,672 – Cork City 1 – 0 Dundalk (27/4) ● Lowest Attendance: 107 – Athlone Town 0 – 1 Drogheda United (11/5) ● Average Attendance for games on TV: 3,626

tendances are worryingly small. Indeed, it is little wonder that the lower tier gets scant coverage in the national media. Gareth Penrose, the founder of the excellent website, has tracked League of Ireland attendances over the past few years. In his latest, well-researched examination of the subject (from where the figures in this article are derived), he makes a number of significant observations. One stands out. Cork City’s average attendance figure is 4,488. The sum of the bottom ten club’s average attendances tally to 4,000 which means 488 more people on average attend Turner’s Cross than the total of all the crowds across TEN other League of Ireland venues (Bray Wanderers, Shelbourne, Finn Harps, Longford Town, Drogheda United, Cabinteely, Cobh Ramblers, UCD, Wexford, and

Athlone Town). His findings would also lend support to those who believe that there should be just one senior domestic league, rather than the current two tier structure. It can well be argued that a 16 or 18 team league would be better than the current arrangement. This issue raises its head occasionally. For some it would be like the proverbial turkey voting for Christmas. How would you reduce the number of clubs? Would an index, taking in league positions and average crowds over a three of five year period be one option? Finances would also likely come into play. Based on pure attendances, the four least supported clubs this season are UCD, (average for this season, 267), Cobh Ramblers (252), Wexford (188) and Athlone (154). Bar UCD - who are well funded and who are the league leaders – one has to wonder about the long term viablity

of the clubs under the current arrangements. Penrose’s figures are based on returns made by most clubs. There are some exceptions, with official figures for Derry City being notoriously hard to obtain. As is the case for most clubs, a bit of success can soon see the turnstiles twirling faster. Sides like Waterford and Limerick have seen this, in particular, over the years. Harps benefit considerably when they have derby games with the likes of Derry City and Sligo Rovers. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the average attendance at Finn Park could yet increase significantly if the club goes on to make the play-offs. But games are running out. Harps have just five more home league games this season, although there could be up to three further home playoff games depending on how things pan out.

World Cup and good weather contribute to paltry attendance

Harps inflict losses on Drogheda on and off the field Chris Ashmore reporter

A late strike from substitute John O’Flynn enabled Finn Harps to bag the full points from promotion rivals Drogheda United on Friday night. And it wasn’t only on the field of play that Drogheda failed to profit. With the counter-attraction of the World Cup, and numerous warm weather related activities locally, the Co. Louth club (who have never commanded major support) could only attract scarcely 200 peo-

ple to United Park. Drogheda went into the game in second spot, and hoping to close the lead on league leaders UCD. But instead of chalking up a win that would have put them six ahead of Harps, they suffered their first home league defeat of the season – and consequently the Donegal club drew level with them on points. Having inflicted a rare home defeat over Cabinteely the previous week, this was another great win on the road for Ollie Horgan’s charges. The mid-summer break has done them good, and they are certainly in the mix for a pro-

motion play-off spot. Harps went close through Mark Coyle early on while Mark Timlin also squandered a chance before Drogheda created their first opening, a Gareth McCaffrey header wide of the target. Once again recent arrival Mikey Place looked dangerous and went close from close range The loss of both Paddy McCourt and Mark Coyle through injury forced Horgan into unscheduled changes before the break, and the Drogs had a decent spell before the interval. Sean Brennan was at the heart of much of what

Drogheda offered but Harps almost took the lead in the third quarter. Drogheda’s Ciaran Kelly had to be alert to head away from the line under pressure from the menacing Sam Todd. Ciaran Gallagher was called upon to deny McCaffrey, Brennan and Mark Doyle with some fine saves. The home side had a bit of a let off when a cross took an awkward deflection off a Drogheda player and actually struck the woodwork. At the other end the home side went close on 87 minutes when Gallagher failed to grasp a probing ball into the

box and it fell into the path of Doyle but he could not find the target with the Harps’ netminder well off his line. And Harps then struck in the 89th minute with a winner that could have a huge bearing on the final league standings. New arrival Nathan Boyle surged forward, slipped past a Drogheda opponent and then found O’Flynn who showed all his experience as he coolly fired past the depairing Paul Skinner and into the corner of the net. Drogheda United: Paul Skinner; Colm Deasy, Kevin Farragher, Luke Gallagher, Ciaran Kelly; Richie Purdy,

Sean Brennan (Rob Manley 87), Jake Hyland; Gareth McCaffrey (Lee Duffy 71), Chris Lyons, Mark Doyle. Subs not used: Victor Ekanem, Lloyd Buckley, Kealan Dillon, William Hondermarck, Luka Gratzer. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Aidan Friel, Sam Todd, Gareth Harkin, Keith Cowan, Lee Toland; Mark Timlin, Paddy McCourt (Nathan Boyle 46+1), Jesse Devers (John O’Flynn 87); Mark Coyle (Niall McGinley 31), Mikey Place. Subs not used: Mark Hanlon, Adam Duffy, Peter Burke (gk). Referee: Sean Grant.


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Maltese defender signs in time for Longford game

Panel shake-up at Harps Chris Ashmore reporter

Finn Harps have swooped to sign an Australian born defender who is a citizen of Malta. Jacob Borg (27) played his club football in Australia with Dandaloo F.C. before moving to Malta where he has featured for Silema Wanderers, Zebburg Rangers, Balzan F.C and Gzira F.C. The defender has been capped once at senior level by Malta. And he could make his debut this Friday as Finn Harps play Longford Town at Finn Park. (Kick-off 8.00 pm). Harps manager Ollie Horgan is pleased to have brought in an experienced player as the club battles to stay in the race for promotion to the Premier Division. “Jacob had been training with us so we’re happy now that his international clearance has come through. We needed to get a couple of players in to boost the squad numbers as there are a lot of tough games ahead for us,” Horgan said. And another player could yet put pen to paper as well before the weekend. Horgan is anxious to boost his squad for the final run in. Last week, Horgan moved to get Nathan Boyle - who had left Derry City by mutual consent - to put pen to paper

SOCCER SCOREBOARD Airtricity League Premier Division

P W D L +/- Pts Dundalk 25 19 4 2 51 61 Cork City 25 18 3 4 30 57 Waterford FC 25 13 5 7 8 44 Shamrock Rovs 25 10 7 8 17 37 Derry City 25 11 3 11 -5 36 St. Patrick's Ath 25 9 3 13 -9 30 Bohemian FC 24 6 7 11 -9 25 Sligo Rovers 24 6 5 13 -11 23 Limerick 25 5 6 14 -28 21 Bray Wanderers 25 4 3 18 -44 15 RESULTS Friday, July 6: Cork City 0, Shamrock Rovers 0; Derry City 2, Limerick 1; St. Patrick’s Athletic 1, Dundalk 3; Waterford 1, Bohemians 1. Sunday, July 8: Bray Wanderers 2,. Sligo Rovers 1. FIXTURES Note: Restricted league programme this coming week due to European games involving Irish clubs. Friday, July 13: Bohemians v. Sligo Rovers. Friday, July 20: Bohemians v. Bray Wanderers, Cork City v. Derry City; Waterford v. Shamrock Rovers; St. Patrick’s Athletic v. Limerick. Saturday, July 21: Sligo Rovers v. Dundalk. EUROPEAN GAMES. Tuesday, July 10. Champions League Qualifying Round One, Cork City 0,. Legia Warsaw 1. Thursday, July 12. Europa League, Qualifying Round One. Derry City v. Dinamo Minsk. (6.00); FC Levadia Tallinn v. Dundalk; Shamrock Rovers v. AIK (Sweden).

Airtricity League Division One

Finn Harps new signing Jacob Borg

to sign for Harps until the end of the season. And he was involved in the move that led to John O’Flynn grabbing a late goal for Harps to beat Drogheda United 1-0 last weekend. Meanwhile, brothers Michael and Ciaran O’Connor

are leaving Harps. Ciaran O’Connor has left by mutual consent while Michael O’Connor returns to Shamrock Rovers, having been with Harps on loan. Gareth Doherty is set to move on a loan deal to Dergview in Tyrone.

Eric Whelan is also leaving. Meanwhile, midfielders Paddy McCourt and Mark Coyle are awaiting scans to determine the extent of injuries picked up in last Friday night’s away win over Drogheda Utd.

P W D L +/- Pts. UCD 19 12 3 4 18 39 Shelbourne 19 9 8 2 21 35 Drogheda Utd 19 10 4 5 21 34 FINN HARPS 19 10 4 5 7 34 Longford Town 19 9 5 5 15 32 Galway United 19 8 5 6 13 29 Cobh Ramblers 19 7 3 9 -10 24 Cabinteely 19 7 1 11 -4 22 Wexford FC 19 3 3 13 -27 12 Athlone Town 19 1 2 16 -54 5 RESULTS Friday, July 6: Cabinteely 1, Wexford FC 2; Drogheda Utd 0, Finn Harps 1; Galway Utd 4, Athlone Town 1; UCD 1. Shelbourne 1. Saturday, July 7: Longford Town 1, Cobh Ramblers 2. FIXTURES Friday, July 13: Athlone Town v. Cabinteely; Finn Harps v. Longford Town; Shelbourne v. Drogheda Utd: Wexford FC v. UCD. Saturday, July 14: Cobh Ramblers v. Galway Utd.

Ticket prices – clubs must get the balance right reporter

A number of Donegal fans of Celtic were in Dublin last weekend to watched the Scottish giants round off their final pre-season friendly in style before heading to Armenia next week for the start of their Champions League qualification. But it was a costly day out for a game of little importance. Shamrock Rovers were charging a hefty €30 for adults and €17.50 for children, yet a crowd of just under 3,000 still turned out to see Brendan Rodgers’ side in Tallaght. Odsonne Édouard and Callum McGregor each scored twice, while Moussa Dembélé, Scott Sinclair and Lewis Morgan also netted in a 7-0 rout against a second-string Rovers outfit. Given that Rovers had been in action in a key game away to Cork City in the Airtricity League the night before one would question the real value of this friendly for Celtic. Surely a more competitive game would have been more useful. Anyway, the cost of going to

watch a game seems to be a topic that is getting more and more attention.

League of Ireland clubs often use European games to try and boost revenue

Chris Ashmore

And this week is a case in point. League of Ireland clubs often use European games to try and boost revenue, but sometimes it can back-fire. Inflating prices can reduce attendances, and actually leave them worse off. Derry City fans will have to fork out considerably more to watch European games than rival fans of other League of Ireland clubs. Supporters of Cork City, Dundalk, and Shamrock Rovers will all pay less to watch their sides at home in European games in the coming days. Fans of the candystripes are being asked to pay £25 (€28.34)for a ticket to see

A number of Donegal fans were in Tallaght last weekend where Shamrock Rovers played Celtic in a friendly. The cost of admission for adults was €30. Photo: Shamrock Rovers FC.

City in action in their Europa League first round qualifying game against Dinamo Minsk at the Brandywell this Thursday. A limited number of concessionary tickets are available at £20. By contrast, Shamrock Rovers are charging just €15 (£13.27) for adult stand seats for their Europa League qualifying game against Swedish side AIK in Dublin on the same night while children can get in for just £5 (£4.42). OAPS and

students will pay €10 (£8.85). Dundalk are at home to FC Levadia Tallin of Estonia on Thursday week, July 19th. The main stand tickets at Oriel Park for adults are €20 (£17.70) or €15 (£13.27) for OAPs/Students. General admission for the rest of the ground is €15 (£13.27) for adults and €10 (£8.85) for OAPs/Students. And it is just €5 (£4.42) for under-12s. Cork City lost 1-0 the first leg of their first round quali-

fier in the Champions League against Legia Warsaw of Poland at Turner’s Cross on Tuesday night. They charged €20 (£17.70) for adults, €15 (£13.27) for students and €10 (£8.85) for under-12s and OAPs. Interestingly, Rovers, Dundalk and Cork all charge less that Derry for league games as well. Finn Harps, meanwhile, are in line with most other clubs and charge €15 into the stand and €10 for the terrace,

with concessions for students. OAPs and children. Derry City are top of the admission price charts. At the Brandywell, it costs £14 (€15.87) to watch an Airtricity League game with Derry City. The cost for students is £12 (€13.60) OAPs/ Student) while Juveniles (1216) are charged £8 (€9.07) or £10 (€11.34) depending on what part of the ground they are in. There are lower rates for children, with free admission in some circumstances. Interestingly, Cork also have a family ticket for two adult and two children which costs €32. It should be pointed out that watching League of Ireland clubs remains relatively inexpensive, compared with English clubs. Indeed, Donegal based fans of Arsenal and Chelsea know all about it. The two famous London clubs meet in a pre-season friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday, August 1st. The match is being marketed as the 2018 International Champions Cup. Adult tickets range from €40 - €85 while there were a limited number of children’s tickets for €10.


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GAA FIXTURES Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior Hurling C’ship Group Stage Sat, 14 Jul, Burt V Buncrana 16:00, Ref: TBC St Eunan’s V Setanta 19:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 1 Thu, 12 Jul, Cloughaneely V Glenswilly 20:00, Ref: TBC Fri, 13 Jul, Dungloe V St Michael’s 20:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 4 Sun, 15 Jul, Naomh Colmcille V Urris 14:00, Ref: TBC Carndonagh V Letterkenny Gaels 15:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 5 Wed, 11 Jul, Naomh Conaill V Glenfin 20:00, Ref: Declan Callaghan All County League Division 1 Reserve Thu, 12 Jul, Cloughaneely V Glenswilly 18:30, Ref: TBC All County League Division 2 Reserve Thu, 12 Jul, Four Masters V Ardara 20:00, Ref: Eugene Mc Hale All County League Division 4 Reserve Sun, 15 Jul, Robert Emmets V Downings 15:00, Ref: TBC County Under 16s Div 1B Championship Final) Fri, 13 Jul, Convoy V Downings 18:00, Ref: TBC County Under 16s Div 1A Championship Final) Fri, 13 Jul, Gaoth Dobhair V Termon 19:30, Ref: TBC Inishowen Board U12 Gerry O’Neill Cup Tue, 10 Jul, Buncrana V Naomh Pádraig Muff 18:30, Ref: TBC Carndonagh V Malin 18:30, Ref: TBC Burt V Urris 18:30, Ref: Leo Devenney Wed, 11 Jul, Steelstown V Glenswilly 19:30, Ref: Martin Mc Kinley Inishowen Board U18 Neil McLaughlin Bus Hire League Tue, 10 Jul, Malin V Naomh Colmcille 20:00, Ref: Paul Clifford Moville V Urris 20:00, Ref: TBC Naomh Pádraig Muff V Carndonagh 20:00, Ref: Paddy Mc Gonagle Tue, 17 Jul, Burt V Naomh Pádraig Muff 20:00, Ref: TBC Carndonagh V Buncrana 20:00, Ref: TBC Malin V Moville 20:00, Ref: TBC Minor Division One Championship Section Three Tue, 17 Jul, St Naul’s GAA Club V Four Masters 19:30, Ref: TBC Wed, 18 Jul, Naomh Columba V Killybegs 19:00, Ref: TBC Minor Division Two Championship Section Four Wed, 11 Jul, Glenswilly V Buncrana 19:00, Ref: TBC Naomh Muire Lower Rosses V Downings 19:00, Ref: TBC Wed, 18 Jul, Buncrana V Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 19:00, Ref: TBC B Championship Thu, 12 Jul, Carndonagh V Four Masters 19:00, Ref: TBC Minor Hurling A Chamionship Thu, 12 Jul, St Eunan’s V Dungloe 20:00, Ref: TBC NRB Minor League Group 1 Wed, 11 Jul, St Eunan’s V St Michael’s 19:00, Ref: TBC NRB Minor League Group 2 Wed, 11 Jul, Sean Mac Cumhaill V Letterkenny Gaels 20:15, Ref: Pat Barrett NRB Minor League Group 3 Wed, 11 Jul, Red Hughs V St Patrick’s/Robert Emmett’s 19:00, Ref: Gerard Snr Mc Hugh Milford V St Eunan’s 19:00, Ref: George Montgomery SRB U18 Division 2 Wed, 11 Jul, Naomh Brid/ Pettigo V Bundoran 19:30, Ref: TBC Ardara V Naomh Ultan 19:30, Ref: TBC U12 Hurling League Thu, 12 Jul, Letterkenny Gaels V Gaoth Dobhair 18:30, Ref: TBC Buncrana V Sean Mac Cumhaill 19:00, Ref: TBC Setanta V Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 19:00, Ref: TBC Carndonagh V Four Masters 19:00, Ref: TBC St Eunan’s V Burt 19:00, Ref: TBC U14A Hurling Championship Tue, 10 Jul, Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V St Eunan’s 19:00, Ref: TBC

Despite first half lead,,,,

Masters lose out in Cavan By Christopher Doherty

Donegal going in at half time 1 point to the good, 0-7 to 0-6.

Second half





Donegal played Cavan in the AllIreland Masters Championship on Friday night away in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan. Val Murray’s charges, missing a few men due to holidays and injury, battled all game against a dogged Cavan team who were out to thwart a Donegal side that had been unbeaten all year, with 4 wins from 4 so far in the competition. Despite the close nature of the game all through out, Donegal were never behind the home side until the 52nd minute when a point and a goal surged Cavan into a 4 point lead. Donegal enjoyed the majority of the possession early on with points from St. Michaels man Brian McLaughlin from play, after having a goal chance saved and McLaughlin was again involved when Glenswilly’s Charlie Bonner launched a ball up to McLaughlin but the Cavan team committed a foul and Shaun Boyce from the Seán Mac Cumhaill’s club converted the free. Cavan had their chances too but their shot selection and taking let them down badly at times and recorded 7 wides in the first half. Two wide efforts were sandwiched between a goal chance from their full forward. At the back, Kilcar man Ross Brady had to break a Cavan attack down. Cavan would get on the scoring charts after 7 minutes with a point from play and a free. Mickey “Sticky” Ward threatened the Cavan goals at the half way mark after Benny Cassidy had played him in but his effort rattled the side netting. Ward made amends shortly after pointing from play with Cavan trying to reply but added another 3 wides before pointing t take it back to 2 points. Points from Paul Gallagher, McLaughlin and a fine Cassidy effort from out on the right would see out the half for Donegal with Cavan clawing 3 back to have

Donegal drew first blood in the second half with Stephen Cooney pointing from play. Cavan replied through play again but their wides tally again increased and Donegal kept ahead by a point for most of the second half. On 42 minutes Donegal had a free which Four Master’s man Benny Cassidy took, but the shot ricocheted off the bar and the Cavan defence did enough to clear it from immediate danger, but Brian McLaughlin won possession and fired over a fine long range effort. Two points from Sticky Ward (frees) kept the score board ticking for the Tir Chonaill men but Cavan hit a purple patch and would hit 1.03 in a 4 minute period. Cavan’s first score in this patch was fine point from play in, while the next, was crafted well from a short free to fire over to put the home side into the lead for the first time in the game. Donegal were caught out of shape and an exquisite ball in found a Cavan man who beat Martin Gillespie in the Donegal nets. Sticky Ward (free) and Brian McLaughlin point from play finished the scoring out for Donegal as they chased the game looking for a late equaliser or winner but the Cavan full forward put 3 points between the sides and Cavan took the victory on the night. Many thanks to Kildallan GAA club in Ballyconnell for hosting the game. The Masters next game is an away game against Antrim the weekend of July 20th. Donegal Masters: Martin Gillespie, Charlie Doherty, Ross Brady, John Anthony McMullan, Maurice McBride, Packie McGrath, Michael McShane, Charlie Gallagher, Charlie Bonner, Paul Gallagher, Shaun Boyce, P.J Gallagher, Benny Cassidy, Brian McLaughlin, Mickey “Sticky” Ward Subs: Mark Cannon, Dan Branley, Stephen Cooney, Brian McCabe, Michael Canning, Scorers: Brian McLaughlin (0.4), Mickey Ward (0.4, 3f), Shaun Boyce (0.2, 2f), Paul Gallagher, Benny Cassidy, Stephen Cooney (0.1) each.

Kelly steps down The Donegal GAA treasurer, Cieran Kelly, has tendered his resignation to the Donegal Board, it emerged on Tuesday. The well known St. Naul’s man has held the position for the past four years but still had one more year to serve. He has informed the Co. Secretary of his intentions. No official comment had been made at the time of going to press.

Sean Boyce in action for the Donegal Masters against Cavan

GAA TABLES All COUNTY LEAGUE Naomh Conaill St Eunan's Gaoth Dobhair CLG Chill Chartha Glenswilly Cloich Cheann Fhaola Milford St Michael's Aodh Ruadh B’Sh An Clochán Liath

DIVISION ONE P W D L F A PD Pts 12 8 3 1 192 137 1.40 19 12 8 2 2 168 131 1.28 18 11 8 1 2 148 92 1.60 17 12 7 1 4 173 127 1.36 15 12 4 3 5 154 158 0.97 11 12 3 4 5 144 153 0.94 10 12 4 2 6 174 187 0.93 10 12 4 2 6 162 182 0.89 10 12 2 4 6 158 179 0.88 8 13 1 0 12 119 246 0.48 2

All COUNTY LEAGUE Sean Mac Cumhaill Realt na Mara G.F.C CLG An Tearmainn CLG Naomh Náille Ardara Málainn/Malin Naomh Columba Four Masters Gleann Fhinne Naomh Muire, ÍNa R

DIVISION TWO P W D L F A PD Pts 12 9 0 3 184 157 1.17 18 11 7 1 3 181 143 1.26 15 12 7 0 5 179 150 1.19 14 11 7 0 4 135 134 1.00 14 12 6 0 6 204 157 1.29 12 12 5 2 5 157 171 0.91 12 11 5 1 5 129 137 0.94 11 10 4 1 5 117 132 0.88 9 10 2 1 7 112 140 0.80 5 11 0 2 9 103 180 0.57 2

ALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISON THREE P W D L F A PD Pts Na Cealla Beaga 13 9 1 3 219 141 1.55 19 Bun Cranncha 12 8 1 3 172 139 1.23 17 Naomh Bríd 11 7 1 3 148 104 1.42 15 Gaeil Fhánada 11 7 0 4 155 135 1.14 14 Red Hughs 11 6 2 3 136 123 1.10 14 Naomh Ultan 11 7 0 4 153 143 1.06 14 N.Mhuire Convoy 13 4 2 7 132 158 0.83 10 Burt 11 4 0 7 129 125 1.03 8 Moville 12 2 1 9 158 208 0.75 5 Na Rossa 11 0 0 11 80 206 0.38 0 ALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISON FOUR P W D L F A PD Pts Downings 12 12 0 0 238 131 1.81 24 Urris 11 7 2 2 193 136 1.41 16 Naomh Colmcille 10 7 0 3 167 120 1.39 14 Letterkenny Gaels 11 5 0 6 177 167 1.05 10 Naomh Pádraig Muff 12 3 2 7 146 189 0.77 8 CLG Carndomhnaigh 10 3 1 6 147 165 0.89 7 Robert Emmets 12 3 1 8 165 221 0.74 7 Pettigo 12 1 2 9 121 225 0.53 4 ALL COUNTY LEAGUE St Eunan's Gleann Fhinne Glenswilly Naomh Conaill Sean Mac Cumhaill N.Pádraig Leifear

DIVISON FIVE P W D L F A PD Pts 8 6 2 0 142 89 1.59 14 7 4 2 1 111 92 1.20 10 7 4 1 2 111 122 0.90 9 5 2 0 3 84 84 1.00 4 6 1 2 3 75 98 0.76 4 9 0 1 8 121 159 0.76 1

ALL COUNTY HURLING LEAGUE P W D 8 8 0 Setanta Burt 6 4 0 St Eunan's 7 3 0 Sean Mac Cumhaill 6 1 0 CLG Bun Cranncha 7 1 0

L F A PD Pts 0 125 75 1.66 16 2 85 71 1.19 8 4 119 129 0.92 6 5 54 44 1.22 2 6 62 126 0.49 2


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Milford unable to halt N. Conaill charge

Goals feast in Glenties

All County League Round-Up

Aodh Ruadh hold St. Eunan’s Aodh Ruadh


St Eunan's


Conor Gibbons nailed a last gasp free to secure a draw for St.Eunan’s in Fr.Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh will be left kicking themselves that they didn’t win this one picking up their fourth draw of the season failing once again to see out the victory in the dying embers of the game. The home side led by the narrowest of margins at the break on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-5. Darren Drummond hit the net early in the second half to give Aodh Ruadh a two point lead. Aodh Ruadh squandered late goal chances but three points from Conall Dunne scored three points to help secure a draw.

Tony Byrne making a great save for Naomh Conaill in the league game in Davy Brennan Park with Milford.¸

Naomh Conaill




A first half goals blitz helped Naomh Conaill to maintain their recent good form in Division One of the All-County League as they defeated Milford with five points to spare in warm conditions at Davy Brennan Park on Sunday. The Glenties side led by 4-2 to 1-3 at the interval and while Milford battled gamely in the second half, the result was never in any real doubt. Eoin Waide, Danny Gallagher, Eunan Doherty and Seamus Corcoran scored the goals for Naomh Conaill while Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy was their top scorer with six points, his accuracy from frees being a telling factor. Naomh Conaill bagged two goals inside the first nine minutes, with barely 30 seconds on the clock when Waide found the back of the net in the first move from the throw-in. Kieran Gallagher and Molloy then added points for the home side before Milford’s first score came from Cathal McGettigan. But Naomh Conaill then responded with a second goal to make it 2-2 to 0-1 as Kieran Gallagher played the ball in for his young brother, Danny, to score from close range. Milford pulled a goal back on a swift counter attack courtesy of Darragh Black on 15 minutes, and a point from the ever industrious Christopher Barrett gave them real hope.





Kilcar survived a late Caolan Kelly draw to take both points at Pairc Naomh Columba on Sunday. Glenswilly led by one at the break on a scoreline of 0-4 to 0-3 with Gary McFadden and Mark Sweeney on song for their sides. Kilcar grew stronger in the final quarter with scores racing into a lead before the home team hit four without reply. Scores from Brian O’Donnell and Michael Hegarty gave the visitors the cushion to get over the line.



Gaoth Dobhair


Cloughaneely picked up not only local bragging rights but two vital league points by beating Gaoth Dohhair at St. Finian’s Park, Falcarragh.

But Naomh Conaill responded with a trio of points from Molloy, Doherty and Corcoran. Kane Barret got Milford’s third goal but their third did not arrival until late on when Cathal McGettigan hit the back of the net but it was too little, too late. In between, Molloy had continued to contribute points and so a home victory was secured. Danny Big G Gallagher, on the attack for Naomh Conaill, with Conor Mc Hugh, on his heels for Milford, in the league game in Davy Brennan Park

But Naomh Conaill scored two more goals with Eunan Doherty and Seamus Corcoran on target and they really could have had a couple more.

Milford goalkeeper Caolan McGettigan made a number of important saves as he denied Molloy and Doherty. Barrett managed another point for Milford before the

interval. Despite having the proverbial mountain to climb, Milford got the tonic of a goal at the start of the second half from Joey Cullen.

Naomh Conaill: Tony Byrne; Aaron Thompson, Kevin McGettigan, Logan Quinn; Jeaic McKelvey, Ultan Doherty, Eoin Waide (1-0); Charles McGuinness, Kieran Gallagher (0-1); Eunan Doherty (1-1), Leon Thompson, Seamus Ellis;

The sides were level at the break 0-5 to 1-2 thanks to a Eamonn Callan goal. A second goal from Seaghan Ferry had the home team rocked but scores from Denis Boyle ensured his side would gain two league points.

St Micahel's




Colm McFadden, Mark Anthony McGinley and Martin McElhinney all returned for St. Michael’s as they hit the net four times to claim the points. They led 2-2 to 0-6 at the break as Danny Rodgers hit 0-7 for Dungloe. But two goals from Odhran McFadden, Christy Toye and Colin McFadden secured the win for the home team.





A barnstorming second half from Ardara saw them come from four points down at halftime to claim two vital league points away at Four Masters. Four Masters raced into an early 0-7 to 0-1 lead after 17 minutes with the Ardara defence giving up too much of the Tirconaill Park turf to the home forwards. Patrick Reed, Sean Meehan and Thomas McGowan from frees gave their side an early lead. The hosts led 0-8 to 0-4 at the break. Ardara got their first goal through CJ Molloy. Gareth Concarr levelled the sides in the 40th minute of the game before scores from Darragh and Lorcan O’Donnell gave the away side the lead for the first time in the game. Lorcan O’Donnell blasted home a second goal. Seamus Corcoran (0-2), Dermot Brick Molloy (0-6,f), Danny Gallagher (1-0). Subs: John O’Malley for E Waide (h/t); Hughie Gallagher for A Thompson (45). Milford: Cathal McGettigan; Conor McNulty, Sean Black, Conor McHugh; Gavin Grier, Gary Merritt, David Curley; Joey Cullen (1-0), Luke Barrett (0-1,f); Cathal McGettigan (1-1,f), Christopher Barrett (0-2), James Doyle; Darragh Black (1-0), Tony McNamee, Kyle Black. Subs: Ronan Docherty for G Grier (20 inj); Paddy Peoples for J Doyle (h/t); Kane Barrett (1-1)for D Black (41); Peter Curran for C McNulty (58); Pauric Curley for L Barrett (62).



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Donegal have fully fit squad

Bonner relishing prospect of Croke Park challenge CONTINUED FROM BACK PAGE

He added: “The Ulster Championship and the Super 8’s were the two big aims at the Despite the much-publicised Donegal re- start of the year. “The Ulster Championship is over and then quest for clarity on the Super 8’s, Bonner insisted his team had no problems with playing the focus switched to the Super Eight’s. “It is Dublin and there is not better place in Croke Park. “That’s where all the big games are going to to be.” And, while he acknowledged that the abbe, that’s the bottom line on it and its great sence of Patrick McBrearty when you are in playing was a big blow, he said it Dublin in Croke Park in a was a chance for others to championship match in shine. the middle of the summer McBrearty is out for the and then you know it is rest of the season with a something big. cruciate ligament injury “It is a challenge we and was Donegal’s top were looking forward to, It is a challenge scorer. we are here now so let the “It’s a huge blow for game begin," he said. we were looking Patrick and the whole When asked how much forward to, we are squad but we knew on the of a disappointment was Monday after the Ulster it to him that his first two here now so let the final so we will just have games were away from game begin to plan without him. home as a reward for win“Someone else will have ning the Ulster Championto step in and it is big ship, he replied: “I spoke boots to fill.” about this and it has been He continued: “There will well documented that as be tweaking to be done. Ulster champions, or any "We will have to look at provincial champions, that and the game plan their home match has got will probably differ. to be a home venue and I “It’s a squad game, think that will be the way we have men there training at a very high moving forward. ‘But we are where we are now and when we standard and I have no doubt that any one of knew on the Monday after the Ulster final, them can come in and do a job on Saturday night” the preparations began for Dublin”. And McBrearty apart, Bonner reports a “Croke Park is top class and it will be a big test as Dublin are the benchmark and haven’t fully fit squad with Martin McElhinney, Marbeen beaten in the championship since 2014 tin O’Reilly and Nathan Mullins all back in training. when Donegal beat them.

Declan Bonner, and Karl Lacey, having a word before the league game, in Croke Park back in February as the rain poured down. Dublin won by 0-20 to 0-15. The weather should be quite different this time around.

FIXTURES FOR THE SUPER 8s Group One: Kerry Galway Kildare Monaghan

Group Two: Dublin Donegal Tyrone Roscommon

SUPER 8s FIXTURES Saturday July 14th Tyrone Vs Roscommon, Croke Park, 5pm Donegal Vs Dublin, Croke Park, 7pm Sunday July 15th Monaghan Vs Kildare, Croke Park, 2pm Kerry Vs Galway, Croke Park, 4pm

Saturday/Sunday July 21st/22nd Tyrone Vs Dublin, Healy Park Roscommon Vs Donegal, Dr Hyde Park Kildare Vs Galway, Newbridge Monaghan Vs Kerry, Clones Saturday/Sunday August 3rd/4th Donegal Vs Tyrone, Ballybofey Dublin Vs Roscommon, Croke Park Kerry Vs Kildare, Tralee Galway Vs Monaghan, Salthill Note: The times and dates for the second and third rounds had not been confirmed when we went to press.

Donegal fourth favourites for Sam! Chris Ashmore reporter

Donegal are still fourth favourites to win this year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. But they will open their Super 8s account with the toughest task of all - taking on All-Ireland champions Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday, July 14th. Dublin are once again raging hot favourites to lift the Sam Maguire trophy again. The Dubs are installed as 4/6 favourites with most bookmakers. Kerry are listed as either a 5/2 or 11/4 shot depending on where you place your bet. Galway are third favourites

with odds typically of 8/1 or 9/1. Donegal are 14/1 with northwest bookies and most other bookmakers. Tyrone come next at 16/1. Last week, the GAA confirmed that a meeting between senior officials and members of the Donegal County Committee took place in Croke Park. It was accepted as part of these discussions, that the rules in relation to the new All Ireland SFC Quarter Final Round Robin system had been democratically adopted at Congress 2017 and that these provided for all Round 1 games to be played at Croke Park and each county to subsequently have one home and one away game. While Donegal challenged how any team could

nominate Croke Park as their home venue, it was acknowledged that there was nothing in Rule to prohibit this. Donegal also requested in light of the issues they highlighted, that a review of the first year of the new championship structures be held by Central Council later in the year and that all counties be invited to submit their observations in this context. It was agreed that the issues highlighted by Donegal would be considered as part of this process and that if Central Council collectively felt that non-structural changes to aspects of the Championship were required, that these could be put to Annual Congress in 2019 for consideration.

The view from the Hill. Who will win the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title in September at GAA headquarters?



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And Then There Were Eight… By Odhrán Crumley This past weekend marked the conclusion of the All-Ireland football championship qualifiers. Eight teams battled it out for the final four Super 8 spots with Tyrone, Monaghan, Roscommon and Kildare claiming those illusive spots. Portlaoise set the scene for the first two spots to be grabbed as Roscommon battled Armagh in the searing Laois heat. The game was open and at times frantic played in front of a large crowd captivated by the action. Enda Smith’s goal ensured his side led 1-11 to 0-12 at the break. The Orchard men would be left to rue their missed chances as midway through the second half, Rory Grugan saw his penalty saved Colm Lavin. McGeaney’s men kicked wide after wide before the Rossies took full advantage with Ciaran Murtagh keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Enda Smith confirmed the victory late on hitting the roof of the net sealing his countiy’s spot in the Super 8’s on a scoreline of 2-22 to 1-19.


Tyrone took on Cork in the second game of the double billing and this game could not have contrasted its curtain raiser in a starker fashion as the Red Hands trounced a weary rebel side. Most of the feverous crowd had departed prior to this one opting to make the long journeys home and in truth they missed very little. Tyrone led 0-10 to 0-5 at the break with Frank Burns and Conor McAliskey on fire as Luke Connelly got the vast majority of his side’s scores.

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A score of 1-6 from Conor McAliskey and further goals from substitutes Ronan O’Neill and Mark Bradley saw Mickey Harte’s men run riot claiming a sixteen point win to join Donegal, Dublin and Roscommon in group one of the super 8’s.


Kildare looked to keep their momentum from last weekend’s shock win over Mayo while Fermanagh looked to bounce back from their Ulster Final defeat. Daniel Flynn hit the net after only eight minutes to give the Leinster men a five point lead and they never looked back. Kildare would outscore Fermanagh 0-8 to 0-2 to lead by eleven at the interval. In the second half, Fermanagh needed a minor miracle or a change in approach which didn’t materialise. It was the Lilywhites who became rampant thanks to 1-2 from substitute Chris Healy and while Neil Flynn capped a man of the match performance with a late goal. With Kildare sealing their spot in the final eight, only one spot was left still to be filled as Monaghan and Laois came toe to toe to earn that right. It was the Farney men who raced into an early lead, leading up double scores (0-14 to 1-4) despite Paul Kingston’s well taken goal. The game appeared to be over as a contest but the O’Moore County men wouldn’t go down without a fight outscoring their opponents 0-7 to 0-5 in the second half with Donie Kingston and Conor McManus trading scores. Despite their best efforts it is Monaghan who will join Donegal, Dublin, Tyrone, Roscommon, Galway, Kerry and Kildare in the super 8’s.

All-Ireland Super 8s Dublin v Donegal. Croke Park, Saturday, July 14th. Throw-in: 7.00 pm

Big match preview - McBrearty’s absence can be added motivator

Let’s win it – for Paddy Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Let’s play this one for Paddy. Donegal already has a strong motivating factor ahead of their greatest test yet….the Dubs. The last time Donegal played the Dubs, back in February in the Allianz National Football League, McBrearty gave the Metropolitan defence a nightmare, hitting eight magical points. On looking at that magnificent display, it is noteworthy that most of those points were struck from the left hand side of the field, which is not the natural side for a left footed player. But, it was no bother to Donegal’s own version of that great Geordie, Malcolm McDonald. McBrearty has been the outstanding forward in the country this season. And while his absence is a heavy blow, the meticulous Declan Bonner and Co will already have made their alternative plans for the Dubs. It looks like Ciaran Thompson could take over the free taking duties from the right hand side of the field in Paddy’s absence. The rangy Thompson is improving all the time and bears a passing resemblance to ex- Down great Ross Carr. But every difficulty presents an opportunity and this could represent a great chance for the likes of speed machine Cian Mulligan to get a regular spot.

It looks like Ciaran Thompson could take over the free taking duties from the right hand side

The Gaoth Dobhair man has already hit two goals against Cavan and Derry and does not lack confidence. It is also important to remember that Donegal is the only team to beat Dublin in the championship since 2014, when Ryan McHugh’s two great goals sent the Dubs drowning in the wild waves of defeat. There is no way this Donegal team will fear the Dubs and that is exactly as it should be. Of course, many will say Donegal has not been really tested and there is an element of truth in this assertion. But that ends this weekend when they go up against one of the greatest machines of all time. Dublin are a superbly organised, disciplined, humble, and tenacious team and have a group of exceptionally talented footballers who are always comfortable on the ball. They can play it any way you like as they have awesome physique and conditioning. And they have a deadly scoring forward line with loads of powerful figures on the bench. Of course the mercurial Diarmuid Connolly is a bit of a loss to them, but they have so many alternatives to mitigate

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Ciaran Thompson, about to get his shot away, as Michael Dara Macauley, moves across for Dublin, in the league game in Croke Park back in February. Could he take over some free-taking duties this time?

his considerable absence. Their defence has some serious operators like Philly McMahon, James McCarthy and Johnny Cooper, three of the best defenders to ever play the game. At midfield Brian Fenton is becoming almost like Brian Mullins while the highly unorthodox Michael Darragh McCauley is on a second coming. But it is their attack that really cuts it. Ciaran Kilkenny is a massive loss to their hurlers but he is becoming the heartbeat, the Franz Beckenbauer of this elite squad. Con O’Callaghan is the best young forward in the country, Paul Mannion has magic in his boots, Dean Rock is deadly from frees. Oh, and they also have stellar figures like the short stepping and deadly Kevin McMenamin, Cormac Costello, Paul Flynn and Paddy Andrews, to make up the best bench in the country.

This could represent a great chance for the likes of speed machine Cian Mulligan to get a regular spot

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But Donegal will not fear them for several reasons. The most important one is that the emergence of big Hugh McFadden into a great defensive leader has allowed Michael Murphy to metaphorically go from shoveling coal to a more central, creative and scoring role. This cannot be overemphasized and is the greatest single reason that Donegal has been functioning so well. Secondly Declan Bonner has kept his promise to play more direct kicking football and boy has he delivered. For Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Ryan McHugh, Michael Murphy, Ciaran Thompson, Odhran MacNiallais, Jamie Brennan, Michael Langan and Cian Mulligan are all proven score getters. Donegal have never had as many proven finishers and that is a priceless arsenal to have at your disposal. And don’t forget that Frank McGlynn likes to bomb forward like a dark dervish and clip a few point Bonner also has men for the heavy lifting in and around the middle in the rejuvenated Leo McLoone, the excellent and vocal McFadden, Paul

Could Cian Mulligan's eye for goal be a factor against the Dubs on Saturday?

Brennan, Neil McGee and Stephen McMenamin and Kieran Gillespie also have the necessary physique for the really big battlers. Donegal has never had as towering a team and just think that the like of Caolan McGonigle, Tony McClenaghan, Michael Carroll and Jason McGee could be there for the future and you have a real land of the giants. Donegal has not been tested, and the centre of the defence has looked a bit shaky at times, and the Dubs will exploit this to the maximum. But with McFadden dropping back as a sweeper in front of McGee and the towering Caolan Ward as a good man marker, the defence could be tightened up. However, Donegal have another real match winner called Ryan McHugh. The Kilcar maestro is both magnificent and modest. He can unlock a defence in a heartbeat, with that dip of the shoulder and sudden surge past defenders. McHugh helped create one great goal against Fermanagh and splendidly finished another and his footballing intelligence is the equal of the great Peter Canavan. The Dubs will have their plans for him, but his sheer exuberance and stellar footballing brain makes him a very hard man to contain. And, next to Murphy he is now the most important man in a team that is rapidly improving. These are good days to be from Donegal. They don’t come much tougher than the Dubs. But Donegal can do it and they have an extra reason for toppling the Dubs. Let’s play it for Paddy!

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Given Dublin’s status and tremendous record in Croke Park, some are suggesting that Donegal, Tyrone and Roscommon will be just playing off for second place. But that notion is firmly batted away by an upbeat Declan Bonner. “Donegal are not going up to Croke Park just to have a look around,” he declared this week. We are taking every match on its merit and we are going up to try and get us a performance that will hopefully get us a result and that’s the bottom line. “It is a very difficult group and we have Roscommon away the next week and then Tyrone at home. It will not be easy, but ultimately we want to be in that top two to get into an All-Ireland semi-final. That is the next goal and that is the next job that starts for us next Saturday night against Dublin.” That’s the firm message from team boss Declan Bonner ahead of Saturday evening’ showdown with the Dubs. Throw-in is 7.00 pm.


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