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A 19-bed Short Stay Ward in Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) is to be reopened, it has been confirmed. The welcome move by Minister for Health Simon Harris comes in a week where LUH has been the second and third most overcrowded hospital in the State. On Monday there were 31 patients waiting to be admitted, while on Tuesday the

number had spiked to 54 patients waiting for admittance. Today’s figures (Wednesday) revealed that 46 patients were waiting for a bed. The reopening of the Short Stay Ward aims to be ease pressure, on the already overstretched services, in the county’s biggest hospital. Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, Donegal TD and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh said the ward is set to be reopened by next year. However no date has been confirmed for its reopening. “I am delighted to confirm that the

Short Stay ward in LUH is to reopen,” Minister McHugh said. He added: “I have pushed for this investment in the hospital in Letterkenny for a considerable period of time and we hope that this development will help to ease the pressure on beds in the hospital.” Minister McHugh said that with the reopening of the ward, more nursing jobs will be made available for LUH. Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn said that people power had won the day again with over 5,500

people from across the county signing a Sinn Féin petition calling for the reopening of the ward. “Over recent months, Sinn Féin members across Donegal gathered up a petition to reopen this ward. “Thank you to the thousands of Donegal people who signed the petition and stood up for our major county hospital,” Senator Mac Lochlainn said. Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalouge welcomed the announcement but called for assurances that staff will be recruited without


delay. “I am calling on Minister Harris to give approval to hospital management to advertise these posts immediately so that the ward can be reopened as soon as possible. “It is imperative that this ward is up and running so that the pressure on the Emergency Department, its staff and patients can be eased,” Deputy McConalogue said. Fellow Fianna Fáil TD Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher said that LUH needs to be made an ongoing top priority for the HSE in the year ahead.

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NEWSBRIEFS Tributes paid as Marcus O’Halloran set to leave Pieta fundraiser

The recent Poem for Pieta fundraiser was a resounding success and a total of €4,243.50 was raised for Pieta House. The Kelly family would like to thank the principal and staff of St. Eunan’s College and to everyone who performed so gracefully on the night as well as the wonderful audience who ensured that it was a night to remember.

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Donegal Action for Cancer Care (DACC) has welcomed confirmation from Donegal Co. Council that they are working to get 50 disabled signs installed before the end of the year. Betty Holmes, from DACC said: “DACC have kept the pressure on and followed up on this as it was agreed that it would happen within six months. We are happy it will now happen.”

New IFA Development officer for Donegal Chris Ashmore

Donegal is set to get a new IFA County Development Officer, the Post can reveal. The current holder of the post, Marcus O’Halloran, is set to leave next month to take up a similar role in Tipperary and Clare. He will be succeeded by Michael Turlough Slaney, a native of Lisburn. Co. Amragh. Mr. Slaney is presently working as an agricultural officer in Scotland and it is expected that he will take up his new position in mid-November. He will assume the same role

held by Mr. O’Halloran, whose brief includes Monaghan as well as Donegal. Speaking at an IFA Open Farmers Meeting in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Tuesday, Donegal IFA Chairman, Michael Chance paid tribute to Mr. Halloran and thanked him for all his work in Donegal over the past two years. He wished him well in his new role. “It was a pleasure working with Marcus, and everyone appreciates the work that he has done,” he said. Mr. O’Halloran, who is from Mullinahone in Co. Tipperary, told the Post that when he came to Donegal to fill the vacant position, based in Raphoe, he had

not expected to stay for such a long period. He explained that the opportunity had arisen to work back in his home county and that is why he is leaving. He said that it had been a “challenging” job but he added that it had been “a great two years.” He added: “I have seen how good the IFA can be at grass roots level. If Donegal was beside Tipperary I do not think I would ever have left. I could not have met nicer people.” As a gesture of appreciation, Mr. Chance presented Mr. O’Halloran with a picture of a Donegal landscape that was painted by a former IFA county secretary, Nora Duffy.

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Marcus O'Halloran (centre), is leaving his post as IFA Development Officer for Donegal and Monaghan. In a gesture of thanks for his services he was presented with a painting of Gweebarra Bridge done by former county secretary Nora Duffy. He was presented with the gift by Donegal IFA Co. Chairman, Michael Chance (right) pictured here with county secretary Andrew McLaughlin at the IFA Open Farmers Meeting held in conjunction with FBD and AIB in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, on Tuesday night.

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ciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland on Thursday night and Friday morning. Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110 and 130 km/h at coasts. The risk of flooding is particularly high for Storm Callum because very heavy rain is forecast for the previous evening. The weather warning is valid from 9pm on Thursday night until Friday morning at 11am. To keep up to date with the path of Storm Callum visit Met Eireann or Donegal Co. Council's websites.

Old Mart car park to be renamed in memory of Hugh Duffy The Old Mart Car Park in Letterkenny is to be renamed in honour of the late Hugh Duffy. Letterkenny Municipal District councillors passed a motion at their monthly meeting to name the car park in memory of Mr Duffy. The Galway native moved to Letterkenny to take up a teaching role at St Eunan’s College and became an

active member in various community groups. Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh has said he is delighted that his motion to name the car park at the old mart site after Hugh Duffy. Speaking after yesterday’s Municipal District meeting Cllr Kavanagh said: “Hugh Duffy led a very determined campaign to keep this site in public

ownership following the closure of the mart, and it is totally appropriate that he should have the newly improved car park named in his honour. “Mr Duffy lived nearby at College Row and taught for 40 years in St. Eunan’s College, his wife Elaine still resides at College Row, it is fitting that a site which meant so much to him and is so close to his family home should

now be used to remember him.” Cllr Kavanagh added: “The carpark is ideal for the nearby schools and is also well situated for the market square and main street, increased usage will also hopefully help alleviate the ongoing parking problems in the nearby Ard O’Donnell estate.” The motion was seconded by Sinn Féin's Cllr Gerry McMonagle.


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Residents urged to have their voices heard on the future of the Church Hill area

The residents of Church Hill village and the surrounding areas are being asked to share their views on their community and how to develop and improve it. The  Donegal County Development Plan 2018–2023 has identified  seven towns/rural areas in the county on which there will be a designated focus on regeneration and renewal, with Church Hill being one of the seven.   To align with this regeneration and renewal focus, the Church Hill Community Development Group has received funding to prepare a Community Renewal Plan for Church Hill, developing it as a Rural Service Centre for the surrounding area.

Kate Wilkinson, Managing Consultant from About Face Consulting Ltd, who have been contracted to work with the community to prepare the plan, explained: “The most important part of this work is to ensure that the thoughts and ideas of the people living in the area are taken into account when we are preparing the plan. “We have organised a number of consultation opportunities to ensure as many people as possible can get involved - public meetings, focus groups with community groups and schools, an online and paper survey, and we are also meeting with people from the area from a business, culture and heritage background.”

Clare Bromley of the Church Hill Community Development Group added: “The more people we get involved in the consultation the better. This piece of work is an important stepping stone as we plan the longer term future of the village. “We hope as many people as possible will take the time to join us and share their thoughts and ideas. “The new community park is a really exciting aspect of improving the village, buts it’s just a start. “It’s so important to keep the village at the heart of the area, providing services and supports to everyone - so I’d urge people to come along and have their say about how they think this

should best be achieved.” The Public Meetings will take place on: Monday, October 15 at 7.30pm in Glenswilly GAA Club; Tuesday, October 16 at 7.30pm in the Boat House, Gartan Outdoor Education Centre and Sunday, October 21 at 4pm, also in the Boat House, Gartan Outdoor Education Centre. Paper surveys can be picked up from Callaghan’s in Church Hill and the online survey can be found at https://, or by using the QR Code below. For more information on the project or the meetings, contact Clare on 083 4238119 or Kate on 086 8779506.

Government commits to repair scheme for Mica affected homes The Government has signed off on a scheme to assess and repair Mica affected homes in Donegal, it has been confirmed. Donegal TD and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh was joined at a Cabinet meeting in Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday by Minister for

Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy who reported to ministerial colleagues on the potential scale of a programme to examine homes and to begin work. “I have always been committed to this cause and I am delighted that we have now secured Cabinet approval for

a scheme,” Mr McHugh said. “In early September An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stood in the kitchen of a Mica-affected family home near Buncrana and told them that a statefunded repair scheme was ‘only fair’. “Today’s decision at Cabinet is living up to that commit-

ment. Work will start immediately on the design of the scheme. “It is an exceptional measure. “This has been a long road for the many families living with this scandal and we hope now that this gives them some peace of mind and assurance

that we are aiming to begin work early next year.” Minister McHugh said further details of the scheme are to be confirmed by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and Minister for Housing and Urban Development Damien English in the coming weeks.

NEWSBRIEFS Drop in Live Register numbers

The number of people signing the Live Register in Donegal has dropped 14 per cent in the last year Latest figures show 10,634 people "signed on" in the county at the end of September, just under eight per cent down on the figure at the end of August and 14% down on the same period last year. Dunfanaghy has the biggest drop with 703 people on the Live Register at the end of last month, 18% down on September 2017. Killybegs had the smallest drop with 611 people signing on at the end of last month, a fall of seven per cent. There were 1,022 people signing on in Dungloe, down 17%, while the Inishowen office in Buncrana recorded a similar drop with 1,897 people on the register. Two areas recorded drops of 14% - Donegal Town with 645 and Ballybofey with 1,534. There were 3,301 people signing on in Letterkenny, down 13%, while there was a 11% drop was recorded in Ballyshannon, with 921 people on the register.

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Donegal Co. Council is inviting tenders for roundabout sponsorship in Letterkenny for the December 2018 to November 2019 period. A Council spokesperson said the roundabouts represented some of the most prominent locations within the town with thousands of cars passing by daily allowing for a superb advertising opportunity for local businesses. Closing date for receipt of tenders is 4.00pm on Monday, November 5.

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Man questioned after Revenue seizes tobacco products and cash Revenue officers have seized over 24,000 cigarettes and €7,200 cash in Donegal and Galway. The Donegal find was made in Letterkenny on Friday but details have just being released. During an intelligence-led During an operation, Revenue officers seized 13,400

cigarettes, branded ‘Mayfair’, ‘L&M’ and ‘Pacific’ following a search, under warrant, of a residential property. €7,200 in cash - suspected of being the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity – was also seized. A Polish man in his 30s was questioned.

Some of the cigarettes that were seized by Gardaí.

At Letterkenny District Court on Monday, Revenue officers were granted a three month cash detention order to allow Revenue investigate further. Separately, on Friday, Revenue officers in Galway City seized 10,800 cigarettes and 2.7kgs tobacco. The seized tobacco products were branded ‘Marlboro’, ‘Winston’, ‘Golden Virginia’ and ‘Old Holborn’. A Lithuanian woman in her twenties was questioned at the scene. The combined estimated retail value of the contraband tobacco products is €16,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €12,680. Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution. The Letterkenny and Galway seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products. A Revenue spokesperson appealed to anyone who knew someone was evading tax or involved in smuggling, to report it by contacting the Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.

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Huge fire at recycling plant PHOTO: Siobhan McNamara.

A massive blaze at JML Recycling in Convoy was brought under control thanks to the efforts of Donegal Fire Service. The fire broke out at the waste plant at Roosky Upper, Convoy just after 3.00 pm on Saturday. JML Recycling processes waste paper, plastic and timber. The first fire crew arrived to find that the fire had quickly

Rent culture rising despite homes being cheaper

taken hold and was already well-established. Given the severe nature of the fire and the proximity of homes, fire brigades were then brought from Stranorlar, Letterkenny, Buncrana, Donegal Town and Glenties. A support unit from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) was also present. At its peak there were more

than 40 firefighters with seven pumping appliances and a water tanker. The fire was brought under control at around 11.00 pm. At that stage the fire-fighters had managed to save the main warehouse building and a home that was also within the site. Most of the damage was to the outdoor storage area. A crew remained on site

through night to monitor the situation and to dampen down the smouldering waste materials. While there was major damage to the property, no injuries were reported. The operation was stood down at 6.00am on Sunday. A number of local farmers helped fire crews by bringing water to be brought to the site.

Donkey sanctuary food and bedding appeal Siobhán McNamara Reporter

Donegal Donkey Sanctuary is urgently in need of funds for fodder and bedding. The organisation has therefore launched an appeal and people can donate via a GoFundMe page. The message from Donegal Donkey Sanctuary is: Dear Supporters, Winter is upon us again and this year brings even greater challenges to the sanctuary than in previous years. The fodder/bedding crisis will have a huge effect on us this year with lots of hungry mouths to feed and provide warm bedding for. Please help us reach our goal and en-

able us to provide the much-needed care that our residents need and deserve. Due to an exceptionally long and hard winter, followed by a very wet spring, fodder reserves were depleted across the country. While the heatwave experienced in early summer was welcomed by many people it was yet another blow to the farming community as grass growth was severely restricted. The combination of all these factors has resulted in a severe shortage of hay, straw and haylage. Available supply is set to be very expensive and will place a huge strain on our financial resources. Thank you for taking the time to read this Appeal. Every donation will make a difference to these beautiful animals.

Your support is very much appreciated. About Donegal Donkey Sanctuary Donegal Donkey Sanctuary is located in Castledooey. It began with the rescue of one animal back in 2006 when Danny Curran took in an abandoned donkey that was facing euthanasia. This was the start of a remarkable journey which has seen the sanctuary rescue, rehome or care for close to 700 donkeys. It is a not-for-profit organisation and so it relies very much on the generosity of its supporters. Further information can be found at, on the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary Facebook page or by email at

A leading local estate agent believes there may be a shift towards a European-style rent culture in Donegal, despite it being cheaper to purchase a property in the county. Brendan McGee, of Franklins (pictured above), also says there’s no housing shortage here, in contrast to media reports of spiralling prices and desperate house hunters queueing for properties in Dublin, Cork and Galway. “It’s a different story in Donegal,” Mr McGee said this week. “There is adequate supply across the county and sale prices here are still at figures less than the cost of construction.” Quoting figures from DAFT. ie, Franklins states that there are currently almost 100 houses on the market in Letterkenny (55), Ballybofey (26) and Buncrana (12) in the €100,000-€150,000 price category. However, Franklins estimates there are around 1,500 houses privately being rented in Letterkenny. An average four bed semidetached in the Cathedral town costs around €750 per month to rent. Mr McGee says the same property would have mortgage repayments of around €675 a month. He adds: "Historically, Irish people were home buyers, but now rents are higher than mortgage repayments, even in less urbanised counties like Donegal. "It is understandable that people are renting more in

places where they can't afford to buy, but in Donegal it's is actually cheaper monthon-month to buy a property than to rent one. That's not to mention capital appreciation. “Around 90% of our current stock would be much cheaper to buy than to build - you could not buy a site and replace those homes for the sale price currently offered." Admitting there are obstacles to buying, such as stricter central bank lending rules plus a requirement for a sizeable deposit, he added that the banks are telling them every day that they are open for business regarding mortgages to first time buyers. "It's almost like there is a fear among potential firsttime buyers about entering the property market. Is it a case of them being traumatised by the crash and the experiences their parents may have had? Whatever the reason, the numbers speak for themselves when it comes to renting versus buying." With rental values increasing at a steady rate over the past few years, it is widely accepted this is the more expensive ‘choice’. "However, from last week's figures, you can see that availability is not a problem in Donegal with many options in various locations. Renters should bear this in mind because along with the fact that lower monthly mortgage repayments are available it means there couldn't be a better time to buy."

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Taoiseach pays tribute to former Donegal TD An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has paid a glowing tribute to the late Donegal TD Paddy Harte. At an address to the Fine Gael party at the weekend, the Taoiseach praised Paddy Harte’s successful work to secure permanent and official recognition of Ireland's war dead. He said: “As you know, this year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, and I am reminded that we would never have to come to terms with that part of our history only for the courage of someone else who passed away this year, Paddy Harte. “He built bridges when others were hardening borders;

he saw the good in the people as he opened hearts and opened minds.” The Taoiseach made his remarks at the Fine Gael Presidential Dinner in Dublin on Saturday night. Paddy Harte died in January of this year. He was a TD from 1961 until 1997 and also served as Minister of State in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs under Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald. Mr Harte has been remembered for his successful campaign to honour the memory of Irish soldiers who died in the First World War. Donegal TD Joe McHugh added: “It is fitting that An Taoiseach remembered the

legacy of Paddy Harte with the centenary of the ending of First World War just a few weeks away. "As Government Chief Whip I have sought time in the Dail for expressions of sympathy to be made in memory of the late Donegal TD. We hope to do this in November. “Paddy’s work in the mid90s to formally and properly honour the Irish war dead set the groundwork for then President Mary McAleese, the Queen and Pricne Albert of Belgium to open the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines – the first official recognition and a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of Ireland’s war dead.”

sents a reckless failure to recognise its economic potential and importance, particularly to rural Ireland. Mr Diver who owns the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh said the industry is already facing enormous difficulties due to the uncertainty around Brexit and weakened Sterling.


“UK tour operators, for example, represent up to 30 per cent of the business for many hotels in Dublin and across the country. This business is highly competitive, with Irish hoteliers competing internationally. Margins are slim and vulnerable to any price fluctuation. With bookings made up to two years

Harvest celebration A traditional Harvest Celebration will be held in St Columba's Church, Church Hill on Sunday, October 14 at 7pm. There will be displays of flowers and produce and a Harvest Service, followed by refreshments. Speaker on the evening will be Reverend Heather Houlton. Free entry. Voluntary collection for disaster relief. Everyone is very welcome.

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The late Paddy Harte Snr.

Mixed reaction to budget measures There have been mixed reaction to yesterday’s budget in the Dáil. Over €110m for Brexit measures across a number of Departments, including funding for essential customs requirements and a range of other targeted measures have been announced. Cigarettes will be increased by 50 cent while welfare recipients will gain five euro, but a double bonus will apply at Christmas. The minimum wage is set to be set at €9.80 an hour. Paul Diver, Chair of the IHF Donegal branch said the Tourism VAT increase from 9%-13.5% is a serious jolt to the tourism industry in Ireland and repre-


in advance, prices in many cases are already contracted, meaning hoteliers will have no choice but to pick up the cost of this VAT increase. For some, it may wipe out their margin altogether,” he said. Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue said his party has secured the first in a series of improved payments for the suckler sector with an initial €20m enhanced fund for farmers in Budget 2019. Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson and Donegal TD Pearse Doherty described Budget 2019 as “a Budget for booming banks and vulture funds”. He said the government is attempt-

ing to buy the votes of the people with the scraps from the table while the real prizes have been given to landlords and those profiteering from the housing crisis. “The government is attempting to buy the votes of the people with the scraps off the table while the real prizes have been given to landlords and those profiteering from the housing crisis.” The Disability Federation of Ireland, DFI, welcomed the €150 million increase to disability services along with €55 million for mental health announced in the budget. They further welcomed the commitment to disability proof future budgets.


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Peter Casey launches presidential campaign Former Dragons' Den star vows to mobilise Ireland's Diaspora Donegal-based presidential candidate Peter Casey has officially launched his Presidential campaign. The Derry-born entrepreneur launched his campaign at The Irish Emigration Museum (EPIC) in CHQ on Dublin’s Quays on Friday last. Under the campaign banner, Small Country; Big Nation, he plans, as President, to leverage the economic and social resources represented by Ireland’s extensive diaspora. His primary initiative is to connect the Irish abroad with the homeland as he believes the diaspora is one of Ireland’s greatest and most under-utilised assets. Mr Casey said: “As someone who has lived among the diaspora on three continents, I can see how important it is for us to connect with the Irish abroad. “The global Irish community is huge, and re-igniting emigrant links with home, is a two-way street that works for everyone! “Let’s engage the powerhouse that is the Irish abroad; and in a powerful, meaningful way – not just a token nod in their direction, in a speech every so often.” The businessman and

former Dragon’s Den star is an Independent candidate in the Presidential election on October 26 and promises to do right by the people of Ireland at home and abroad.

“I have no political or business agenda; I have no axe to grind, no one big issue I am blinkered on, and nothing to prove to myself. “I am here to serve and, if I

had one message alone, it is that Ireland punches above its weight on a world stage already, and that we can do so much more to really leverage our ‘people power’ at home and abroad,” he stated. The Greencastle resident

Donegal based businessman Peter Casey speaking at the official launch of his presidential campaign.

vows to galvanise the 80 million Irish abroad and to support the undocumented Irish people in America. “Let us show the President of the United States that we can influence the 40 million people there who identify themselves as Irish. “Let’s use our people power, and get something done about the “undocumented Irish” or threatened trade tariffs, or whatever issue it is a small nation should normally rollover on. “My personal qualifications for the Presidency include vast and varied experience as a family man, a businessman, a widely travelled person who has lived and worked abroad, and an astute observer of societies and how they function best,” he added. Mr Casey founded Claddagh Resources in 1993 and the executive recruitment firm now has offices in Donegal, Dublin, Chicago, Atlanta and Sydney, which delivers recruitment solutions to global corporations. Mr Casey grew up on the Bogside in Derry during The Troubles; one of nine children’s raised by hard-working parents who made sacrifices to send their children to college. He is married to Helen,

a Dubliner, and they have homes in Greencastle and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a base in Dublin.

As someone who has lived among the diaspora on three continents, I can see how important it is for us to connect with the Irish abroad. A father of five, Mr Casey’s eldest son is a post graduate student studying in Ireland, while his younger son works in the business, and two of his three daughters attend university in the USA, while one is finishing High School.

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Inishowen-based Presidential hopeful Peter Casey will not be putting up election posters in the run up to polling day, it has emerged. He is one of six presidential candidates who have ruled out using election posters. A spokesperson for Sinn Féin candidate Liadh Ní Riada said they had printed 17,000 posters, many of which have already been erected, but said all posters and cable ties would be removed after polling day and the posters will be recycled. The campaign of President Michael D Higgins has printed 5,000 posters in Irish and English, around a quarter of those used in the 2011 campaign. A spokesman said both the posters and cable ties were fully recyclable. Greencastle-based Mr Casey said he was very opposed to posters, especially posters which were not biodegradable said no posters were being put up at all as he did not believe they worked in a presidential campaign. He said he believed the day of the posters was long gone and people did not want them and were not influenced by them. He said he was not a fan of single-use plastics, describ-

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Liadh Ní Riada’s Donegal presidential campaign launch There was a huge crowd in attendance at last Saturday night’s official Donegal launch of Áras hopeful Liadh Ní Riada’s presidential campaign. The event, which took place in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, was attended by a number of notable figures who spoke about their reasons for publicly endorsing the Sinn Féin MEP’s bid for the Presidency. They included famous Done-

gal actor Hughie ‘Beag’ Devenney as well as Altan vocalist, Mairéad Ní Mhaonigh, who also performed live music on the night. Speaking following the launch, Sinn Féin TD and Director of Elections for the campaign, Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “I am truly privileged to have been selected by Sinn Féin as Director of Elections for Liadh’s campaign to contest the upcoming Presidential election.

Liadh For President activists with Liadh Ní Riada at Grianán of Aileach.

“Saturday’s launch was a phenomenal success with huge crowds of people from right across Donegal having come out to show their support for Liadh’s campaign and to wish her well in her bid for the Presidency. “I want to take this opportunity to thank them for this support and for helping to make the launch night such a special and uplifting occasion. “I especially want to say a

huge ‘Go Raibh Maith Agaibh’ to local actor Hughie ‘Beag’ Devenney and to Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonigh for their fantastic speeches and for entertaining the crowds gathered here at the Amharclann for the launch. “Liadh is without doubt a truly remarkable person and she has been heartened by the huge welcome and show of support she has received from those right across the northwest. “Liadh is a passionate Gaeilgeoir and is in fact the first person from the Gaeltacht to contest a presidential race, and so the fact that the local launch of her campaign is being held right here in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht is very fitting indeed. “In her role as an MEP, she has actively campaigned and advocated on behalf of the Irish people in Europe since she was elected to the European parliament back in 2014, and I’ve no doubt that she will bring that very same drive, passion and dedication to the office of President. "As President, Liadh has stated that she wants to use the office to initiate an inclusive citizens' conversation on a future united Ireland, one in which no one is left behind or forgotten. “This is reflected in the theme of Liadh’s campaign

which is ‘A New President for a New Ireland’, and underscores the pressing need which exists for a new vision to overcome the social and economic inequalities being faced by some many in what are these uncertain times. “Liadh has all the necessary skills and experience required for the office of President, and she has the ability to bring the people of or island together and to set about creating a vision of a more fair and inclusive Ireland for all. “With the support of the people behind her and behind this campaign, I have little doubt that Liadh will go on to proudly and passionately serve the people as the next President of Ireland.”

Liadh Ní Riada speaking at Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair.

Musicians Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Ciarán Curran performing in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair at the Liadh For President rally.

EU PEACE IV RESTORATIVE PRACTICES PROJECT Donegal ETB is advertising on its website for a panel of Restorative Practice trainers. Panellists will undertake restorative practices training, mentoring and facilitation in post-primary schools, Youthreach centres and youth work organisations across the county who are participating in Donegal ETB’s EU Peace IV funded Restorative Practices project from November 2018-May 2020. To apply, please see:

This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.

8 NEWS NEWSBRIEFS Coding event

LYIT is to be one of six third level institutions from across the country taking part in MegaDojo 2018, the world’s largest ever free coding event being held this Saturday, October 13. With support from the Higher Education Authority we are teaming up with CoderDojos from across Ireland and inviting young people aged from seven-17 to learn to code games, websites, electronic kits and more, as well as see and hear what the cool technology companies are doing! Sessions on offer at LYIT on the day will be in Scratch, Python, Swift and Mobile App development. There will be session options for complete newbies as well as those looking for more challenging activities. For more information on the event and to book your place at LYIT’s Megadojo visit: www.

Donegal Association AGM

The annual general meeting of the Donegal Association in Dublin will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 8pm in The Bonnington Hotel. New members are welcome and if you are interested in joining the committee please contact 0857709066 or 0879051300.

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Donegal's female entrepreneurs urged to fashion their future by going global The advantages for even small Donegal businesses to be able to scale up and look beyond local markets will be highlighted when National Women's Enterprise Day is celebrated in the county on October 18. Organised by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, the business event in An Grianan Hotel in Burt is part of a nationwide celebration aiming to encourage more women to set up their own businesses and to increase national recognition of the essential role played by Ireland's female entrepreneurs. Speakers at the Donegal event will include global expert in the business of luxury fashion, Máire Morris; award-winning designer Heidi Higgins and international fashion industry expert, Jenny Holloway. Ambassador for the event will be Larissa Feeney, founder and CEO of, a fitting role given how she has grown her own business and is now working with and supplies her services to new start ups. Larissa's firm serves clients across Ireland and the UK and Larissa leads a team of accounting professionals who work both remotely and in offices in Dublin, Derry and Letterkenny. A huge advocate of business entrepreneurship, Máire Morris has a career spanning two

Pictured at the launch of the Donegal event for National Women’s Enterprise Day were back row from left: Louise Wallace, Invest NI; Grace Korbel, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal; Brenda Hegarty, Local Enterprise Office Donegal and Larissa Feeney of who will be the ambassador on the day. Front from left is: Eileen Kelly, Enterprise Europe Network Co-Ordinator and Eve Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.

decades in the global fashion industry, working around the globe for clients ranging from emerging designers to established international brands and stockists such as Harrods and the Dubai Mall. Jenny Holloway of Fashion Enter in London has been working in the fashion industry for over 25 years mostly in the private sector. She was a buyer for

Littlewoods, M&S and Principles for Women before opening her own label Retro, wholesaling to major retailers such as John Lewis and exporting to key accounts in the Middle East and Europe. Award winning designer Heidi Higgins graduated from NCAD in 2008. Just under one year later she proudly introduced her own label to the Irish mar-

ket in May 2009. According to Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, while the Donegal event will use examples from the Fashion and Textile industry to highlight the benefits of going from local to global, the learning on the day will seamlessly apply across business sectors. "I am certain that the speakers lined up for this year's event

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Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson with members of Letterkenny CDP getting ready for the town's annual Halloween Festival. PHOTO: Clive Wasson.


Ghouls and ghosts set for spooktacular Letterkenny Halloween Letterkenny town centre will be filled with ghouls, ghosts and all kinds of wonderful costumes as the people of the town get ready to follow the trick or treat trail and join in the Halloween fun. Now in its sixth year the Halloween Fest, taking place on Wednesday, October 31 and organised by ShopLK and Letterkenny CDP, is proving ever more popular with children and adults. Lots of shops on Main Street and beyond will take part in the Treasure Trail with prizes and treats. Get your family involved by dressing up and coming in to Letterkenny to join in the fun, get your photo taken in the photo booth in Market Centre. For the young ones there is also face painting, family games and story telling. You can also register (for a small fee) to take part in the Fancy Dress Competition then from 1pm to 3.00pm the judges will be out and about to pick out the best costumes for all age groups. To round off the afternoon before the prizes are announced everyone is invited to take part in the Halloween Parade at 4.00pm from McGettigan’s Hotel. Getting bigger and better each year people of all ages in their wild and wonderful costumes take part complete with Garda escort. Fancy dress competition winners will be announced at 4.30pm in the Courtyard Shopping Centre where DJ Scoop will entertain the gathered crowds. The President of Letterkenny Chamber, Le-

onard Watson, said, “We’re delighted to see how popular the Letterkenny Halloween Fest has become. It is great to see families out in town for the day dressed up in their creative costumes. “The event is growing each year with all areas of the town holding various activities making it a real community event. Letterkenny CDP are once again pulling out all the stops with their scream room and lots of fun activities. “We look forward to once again seeing all the fabulous costumes on the day and we’ll be here to join in the fun.” The details of the afternoon are: 12.30pm to 3pm Sign up for Halloween Treasure Trail and enter the fancy dress competition at Market Centre; 1pm to 3pm Facepainting and Photo Booth at Market Centre; 4pm parade leaving McGettigan’s Hotel; 4.30pm Fancy Dress Competition Prize giving and entertainment at the Courtyard Shopping Centre. This year organisers are also asking the children to enter the Ghost Story Competition, in 250 words starting off with “it was Halloween night…..”. Entries can be emailed to or can be put into the competition box on the day. The Halloween Fest this year includes all the favourite things like face painting, photobooth, family games and the treasure trail. So spend the whole afternoon in Letterkenny for the best in Halloween fun. Letterkenny is the place to be this Halloween for all the family, young and old.

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Donegal man's fascinating new book on Dublin Nazi spy and the Irishman who tracked his movements Michael McHugh reporter

Marc Mc Menamin is a talented author, documentary maker and teacher originally from Donegal. Codebreaker is Marc’s first book. It's a real cracker, which tells an amazing story about a prolific Nazi Spy operating in Ireland and  Richard Hayes, a gifted polymath

Hayes later life.

and cryptographer, who was drafted by Irish intelligence services to track the movements of the aforemention spy - Hermann Görtz. It is a remarkable tale on many fronts and records for the first time one of the most remarkable episodes in recent Irish history. Codebreaker is a riveting and deeply researched account of an extraordinary period of history – when Dublin became a hotbed of Nazi intrigue and the fate of an independent Ireland settled on the shoulders of an unassuming employee of the National Library. The author Marc holds an MA in History and a PGDE in Education from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and works as a teacher in Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, where he teaches English, History and Politics and Society.  He has produced a number of award winning radio documentaries for RTE Radio 1’s The Documentary on One including Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker, which was a finalist in the Best Radio Docu-

GAA and the Republic of Ireland soccer team and tries to get home to Ballyshannon as often as possible. The book in one paragraph: "What followed was a high-stakes game of cat and mouse that would wind its way through the capital and its suburbs, reverberate through the corridors of power, test the sympathies of those in high society, and even expand to jeopardise the Allied war effort."

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mentary Category at the 2018 New York Festivals. His 2013 radio documentary Peter Daly Good Cop/Bad Cop was shortlisted for numerous prizes including the 2014 Prix Europa and Prix Italia awards while his 2015 radio documentary Seamus Darby and the Goal that Made Champions was shortlisted for Sports Documentary of the Year at the 2016 Celtic Media Awards. He also occasionally works

as a reporter for RTE Radio 1’s The History Show. Marc has worked as a researcher and assistant producer on a number of documentaries, most notably TV3’s Sinn Féin: Who Are They? As well as a stint on Tonight with Vincent Browne, he also worked as an intern to Stephen Donnelly TD in Dáil Éireann. Based in Dublin, he is an avid fan of cycling, Donegal

Codebreaker will be launched on October 11 in Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin at 6.30pm, if you are about the capital. Marc will also be giving a talk on his book on October 17 in the National Library of Ireland at 7pm as part of Maths week and will be Live on Sean O Rourke on RTE Radio 1, also on October 11. Marc tells me it will also be available in local bookshops throughout the county. He will be talking about his latest work at the forthcoming Allingham Festival in Ballyshannon next month. 

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Errigal College students visit tech giant Amazon A group of Errigal College fifth year students visited Amazon Web Services recently. They were given a tour, a video presentation, and a talk by some of Amazon Web Services team leaders. The visit was coordinated by Senior Site Leader of AWS Premium Support Ms Caroline Glackin. Caroline was a student at the former Letterkenny Vocational School in the 1990s, and she was delighted to meet and greet the students, SNA Helen Doherty and her old teacher, Hugo Dorrian. She explained that since she started working for Amazon Web Services in 2015, there has been a huge growth in the number of employees, and they now have offices in Dublin and Cork and almost 3,000 employees. Caroline told the Errigal College students that the continuing growth of AWS means there are many employment opportunities available. “The worldwide success of AWS is a real indication of the fact that we are one of the most important

players,” she said. Caroline is proved right by the fact that AWS had over €15 billion in sales in 2017. Errigal College teacher, Hugo Dorrian is excited by the window that past-pupil Caroline Glackin opened for his students. He explained that he will “definitely be telling our careers teacher, Mrs Donna McGowan about the career potential of Amazon”. He also spoke with great pride in Caroline’s success: “She is ambitious, determined and hard-working. "Her career in this exciting field is an inspiring example to our Leaving Cert students.” Errigal College students, Alicia Boyle, Emma Holian and Ava McShane agreed. “She told us how she had taken a general degree in computing, and how she worked for various companies before joining Amazon. "The others on her team were the same. She has definitely given us a career target to aim for when we are doing the Leaving Cert!”

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Connecting for Life Donegal conference

Attendees hear for need to tackle suicide and mental health issues The annual Connecting for Life conference for Donegal was held in Letterekenny recently. The purpose of the conference is to share good practices and build connections in the area of suicide prevention. There was a great turnout with over 90 individuals from An Garda Síochána, Health, Donegal Travellers Project, Private, Community & Voluntary organisations interested or involved in suicide prevention in attendance. The conference was delivered as part of the Connecting for Life Donegal action plan which is a five year plan (2015-2020) for suicide prevention that involves a broad range of organisations and individuals from the statutory, non-statutory, the community and voluntary sector, and also the general public. This local plan forms part of the national Connecting for Life strategy which sets a minimum target of a 10% reduction in the suicide rate in Ireland by 2020. MC on the day was Liam Ward, Director of Community, Development & Planning Services in Donegal Co. Council and the opening address was provided

by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Martin Harley. Speaking on the deeply sensitive and devastating issue that is suicide in society, Cllr Harley noted the need for cooperation in this area. He said: "In the world we live in today with people facing many different types of difficult situations and challenges it is hard to think of anyone who has not been directly affected by suicide or mental health issues. "Now, more so than ever, we must stress the importance and value of community, community spirit, and cooperation to combat these issues. We as a Local Authority have an onus to help people with mental health issues and focus on providing support to people who are in crisis, whether it be housing, job creation or promoting social inclusion. "Our aim here today is to bring people together from different sectors, services and communities in order to strengthen our collective ability to be a major force for change in suicide prevention in Donegal." Dr Cliff Haley, Executive Clinical Director, Mental Health Serv-

Pictured, from back, left: Maria Burke Pieta House, Cllr Ian McGarvey, Mary Clyde, Public Participation Network, Mícháel Ó’Ruaric, Donegal Bereavement Services HSE, Maire Ní Fhearraigh Social Inclusion Unit DCC. Front, from left: Ruth Garvey Williams, Insight Inishowen, Barry Mc Gale, Suicide Prevention Consultant, Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Services HSE, Liam Ward Director of Services DCC, Mairead Cranley Social Inclusion Unit, DCC. PHOTO Gerard McHugh.

ices also gave a warm welcome to everyone attending the Connecting for Life Conference and expressed his gratitude at the importance of it being held in Letterkenny. The Conference started off with a video from Dr Colette


Corry, National Suicide Research Foundation on the Impact of suicide on families. This was followed by guest speakers, including Mayor of Letterkenny MD, Cllr Ian McGarvey who spoke about his personal experience of living

with a death by suicide in a family. Barry Mc Gale, Suicide Prevention Consultant spoke about the impact suicide has on a workplace. Ruth Garvey Williams, Insight Inishowen spoke about the impact suicide has on a

community Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer for HSE Donegal then gave a brief description about a new Suicide Bereavement Awareness Training. Marie Burke Pieta House and Michael O’Rouric, HSE spoke about the support services for suicide bereaved in Donegal This was followed by a short workshop discussion where groups could provide feedback on the day and also exchange ideas and information on the different services and the connections that can be made in the area of suicide prevention. Dr. Kevin Malone, Professor of Psychiatry & Mental Health in UCD closed the event with an overview of the national and local picture in terms of suicide rates and encouraged the audience to keep strengthening their cooperation and build deeper connections as the best means of promoting positive mental health and reducing rates of suicide. Attendees were then invited to the Lived Lives Lost exhibition, an exhibition of stories of young lives lost to suicide in the Regional Cultural Centre.

‘A Long Farewell’ – Emigration of Donegal Women 1845-1950 Donegal County Museum & Donegal County Archives Exhibition

Faith matters from time to time quotes the writing of Father Brian Grogan SJ. He is a gifted author in providing insight into spir ituality which is the essential foundation for a truly fulfilling and happy life. Here is what he writes:“The word “spirituality” can be a real stumbling block! Don’t spend too much time trying to define it, but think of it as ‘relationship’. Relationship is a word that implies life; life between persons. Marriage and friendship cannot be defined, nor can our relationship with God, but what is implied is life between two persons. No words are big enough to capture the mystery of what goes on in a relationship; if this is true for marriage and friendship, how much more true when one of the partners is divine and the other partner is you?

“Spirituality is concerned with the person in relation to God. It concerns our experience of God, not our experience of ideas, rules or obligations. “What differentiates it from theology is its focus on the actual, living, moment by moment relationship between the person and God in real life situations. So we are back to the idea of relationship! This relationship is meant to be one of every growing awareness of God’s presence and involvement in each person’s life. It covers the whole of life. “The shortest of all definitions of Ignatian spirituality is ‘finding God in all things.’” This is the title of Father Grogan’s book. It is available at Messenger Publications, 37 Lower Leeson Street, St Kevin’s, Dublin D02 W938 Telephone +353 1 676 7491 at €7.99 each

Did you know that in the nineteenth century single women left Ireland in equal numbers to men and were instrumental in sending money back to support the family at home and to provide the means for their sisters, cousins, nieces and friends to follow on? To find out more about the emigration of Donegal women come along to the exhibition ‘A Long Farewell’ – Emigration of Donegal Women 1845-1950, currently on display in Donegal County Museum. This exhibition has been developed by Donegal County Museum and the Archives Service of the Culture Division, Donegal Co. Council. Using archives and images the exhibition charts the story of women’s immigration to countries such as Great Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia; from the horror of the coffin ships of the famine years to the post-war immigration to Great Britain. The exhibition includes archives on loan from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland which, in particular, shed light on the work of philanthropist Vere Foster’s Irish Female Emigration Fund. This Fund assisted the emigration of thousands of women from Ireland during the 1850’s. The exhibition also includes a selection of Donegal County Archives’ 19th century workhouse minute books. These contain the names of some of the women and families on Government Emigration scheme lists during and after the Famine. As part of this exhibition, the museum is looking for visitors to share their stories of family members who have settled in other countries or to hear the stories of those who have made Donegal their new home. Also on display, is the travelling exhibition

‘The Irish Mission at Watson House’ on loan from New York. This exhibition tells the story of a home for Irish immigrant girls in Lower Manhattan between 1883 and 1954. The Mission’s ledger books preserve the records of many of the women who passed through the doors of the Home at 7 State Street. These registers have been digitised and can be viewed online at Included in these registers are the names of some Donegal women who travelled on the ship “Rome” which arrived in New York on the May 31, 1897, Cassie Deary, 16, Hannah Gara, 19, Bridget McGinley, 18, Bridget Kelly, 24 and Annie O’Donnell, 23. Admission is free and the exhibition is on display until spring 2019. For further information contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. T: 074 9124613, E:


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Kee’s Hotel is the perfect location in Donegal for your special day. We understand what it takes to make your Wedding Day truly romantic, leaving you cherished memories that will last forever. Catering for everything from the smaller intimate celebration to the larger traditional wedding, our dedicated Wedding Team will be with you from your first meeting to the day itself, always on hand to answer any questions and most importantly to tailor your day to you. In Kee’s we believe every bride and groom should be the centre of attention and thereofre you will never have to share your day with anyone else, one wedding a day is truly the Kee’s way sas we want to make every detail perfect for you. The wonderful atmosphere of your wedding day is carried on when you step into our stunning newly renovated Sapphire Bridal Suite, the perfect place to unwind after your big day, with its elegant decor and modern facilities, yet still retaining that renowned Kee’s Hotel charm. It’s separate sitting room, floor to ceiling mirror, jacuzzi bath and rainforest shower provide that extra elegance to top off your day, and of course enjoy your first breakfsat together the following morning.

With all our years of experience it’s no surprise that brides and grooms have been choosing Kee’s Hotel for generations. Contact us now to make an appointment and find out all about our excellent packages and how we can bring your dreams to reality.

Come and Visit us at Our Wedding Showcase in association with Team Bride on Thursday 18th October 2018 from 7pm – 9pm and see what we can do for you.


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Celebrating 10 years at Evolve

2008 – Ireland had just entered a dark and deep recession and for the people of Donegal, new business and employment opportunities seemed non-existent. Yet, on a cold, crisp October morning, two brothers from Letterkenny undertook the greatest financial risk of their lives and opened the doors of Evolve Menswear for the first time! Mark & JP McCloskey had always aspired to owning their own clothing business, having worked in the trade for many years. They’d signed the contracts for the unit over a full year before the recession hit and instead of shying away, they seen the recession as the right time to challenge themselves and go against the grain of the global recession. It was a venture that provided many struggles; from acquir-

ing leading brands to providing customers with a shopping experience like no other. But, they did just that! It wasn’t long before Evolve became one of the leading menswear stores in the Northwest and the unit that they had struggled to fill with clothing in 2008 had become too small for them just one year later. It was time to move onwards and upwards and that’s just what they did – to a unit over five times the size! Mark & JP had conquered the challenges of 2008 and decided to risk everything yet again in 2010. Five times more space meant five times more clothing and footwear and this required more leading brands – they didn’t come easily. Many brands had exclusive supply contracts with other retailers and it was only through sheer determination and growing

Mark and JP McCluskey, Evolve Menswear

Above: JP and Mark pictured with Irish Rugby International star Tommy Bowe at Evolve Menswear, 2011 Left: Michael Boyle, Karl Lacey & Odhran McNeillis , 2011

strong relationships with agents and suppliers that the brand mix began to build. Fast forward to October 2018, ten years after opening the doors for the first time, and Evolve Menswear now stocks elite brands such as Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Farah, Remus Uomo and many more. 2012 brought the Sam Maguire Cup to Donegal and Evolve were honoured to provide the Donegal Senior team with all their formal clothing for both the Ulster Final and the All Ireland Final events. That close partnership has continued to this day and it is a privilege to support the fantastic players and management of the Donegal team. Evolve continued to thrive and on its 7th birthday, Evolve Derry was born! The Letterkenny flagship store had evolved (excuse the pun!) and the team of two staff in 2008 had grown to a team of 20 in 2015. It was time to introduce the baby brother store in Derry! The McCloskey brothers had learned a lot over the past seven years and the number one lesson was to never take anything for granted. They were well aware that a new store in a different town or city was no small feat. However, with the right team in place, Evolve Derry has become its own and is now an integral part of Derry’s retail scene. Mark & JP have always strived to provide the best customer experience and with that, they opened the Suit Bar in March 2017. Over twice the size of the previous suiting department, The Suit Bar stocks the leading suit, shirt, footwear and accessories brands in Europe. To top it off, there is a private and dedicated room for wedding parties. The experience is like no other and with Evolve professionals looking after your every need; you’re guaranteed to look

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sharp on your big day! The online shopping world is well and truly upon us. With that comes the demand for retailers to make their presence felt! In 2017, evolvemenswear. com launched and has been growing from strength to strength since. The success of the online store is such that Evolve Menswear now has its very own web and marketing team and they are shipping orders everyday to Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. Not to mention the orders to the other side of the world! Every

customer receives email and text messaging alerts and a one hour time slot for delivery! With Evolve Menswear, there is no waiting around all day for your order to arrive! It has been ten years and each one of them has brought new opportunities and challenges. From a wild dream and burning desire to own their own business, the McCloskey brothers have established the leading menswear stores in the Northwest of Ireland and are growing worldwide thanks to! The journey doesn’t stop here either...there is more to come and plenty to be written in the history books over the next ten years! Mark & JP would like to thank everyone, from the most loyal customers to the amazing team who work in Evolve Menswear. It is you that has made Evolve Menswear the ever growing success that it is today. Our heartfelt thanks to you for being part of what makes Evolve Menswear the pinnacle of mens fashion.

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Not all of the changes that motherhood brings are a blessing! Hello again. This week I’m talking about what is sometimes referred to as “Mom Posture� and the problems that often arise after carrying, delivering and caring for your child. I will also explain how Amatsu can help to “give you your body back� by bringing about the positive changes that mean that neck problems, tight shoulders and weak lower backs could all be avoided or improved if treated early.

“Neck pain, tight shoulders and weak lower backs could all be avoided�


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Change 2 Rounded Shoulders and associated neck strain Most mothers have notably more “rounded shoulders� (slouched position) than women who haven’t yet had children. A big reason for this is that holding a child in your arms for hours every day while lifting, feeding, burping, hugging them etc., gives you incredibly strong biceps and pecs but doesn’t do much for the muscles that pull your shoulders back. The change in posture is inevitable. The problem is that rounded shoulders cause the head to get pulled forwards and downwards too. This means the muscles that run from your shoulders, up the back of the neck to the base of your skull are in a state of constant contraction trying to support your big old heavy head all of your waking day and it’s only a matter of time before these muscles become so tight and knotted up that they become weakened and prone to “pulling� or going into spasm because they are pre-fatigued before you even use them to do something challenging like lifting your head quickly while bending over.

If youf feel that you’re only one sneeze away from a sore back or if you suffer from constantly burning shoulders and neck then Amatsu could well be the answer you have been looking for. Don’t leave it until the problem escalates. Motherhood is the hardest job going... don’t make it any harder than it should be by living with a compromised body! Give me a call today and make the change! As always, thanks for reading.....


So, what do we mean by “Mom Posture�? If you filled a room with 100 female 20 to 30 year olds, I bet you would be able, just by looking, to seperate them into 2 groups of those who have children and those who don’t yet (See example at the top right). This is because of all the changes that come about as a result of carrying a baby for 9 months, delivering the baby (both naturally or by C-section) and through all the hard work involved in feeding and caring for them in infancy. Change 1 - Anterior Tilt of the pelvis The pelvis has to tilt anteriorly when you are preparing to give birth. This anterior tilt may never fully return to normal (See below). This tilt leaves your lower back

in a weakened, compromised state and can often lead to lower back issues or bulging discs. Amatsu brings about improved balance of the muscles which are attached to the pelvis and lower back such as your important core muscles; i.e., gets weak ones switched on and gets tight ones to relax. This is a major step in “giving you your body back� and preventing back problems in the future.



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Members of the Ceol Le Chéile choir who preformed at the launch of Donegal Social Inclusion week in Letterkenny PSC.

Members of the Ceol Le Chéile choir who preformed at the launch.

Pictured at the launch of Donegal Social Inclusion week in Letterkenny PSC are Patrick McGinley, Katie Boyle, Chrissy McGinley and Brian O'Donnell (RSA).

One Donegal Social Inclusion Week Social inclusion is about supporting people who are disadvantaged and marginalised and helping them to participate in all aspects of social, cultural, economic and political life.

“Society grows strongly when its citizens participate” that, according to Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely, is the message of this year’s Social Inclusion Week. Speaking at the launch of Social Inclusion Week in Letterkenny Public Services Centre, he said: “Social Inclusion Week gives us the opportunity to promote and highlight the positive work that the public and community sectors are involved in, to reduce discrimination, poverty and social exclusion and to reflect on the challenges faced by vulnerable members of our community”. This year Social Inclusion Week coincides with World Mental Health Week. A series of events will take place throughout the county to raise awareness of mental health issues promoting different initiatives in the areas of suicide prevention and positive mental health. The third annual Connecting for Life Donegal Conference will take place on Friday 5 October in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny and the launch of the Lived Lost Lives Exhibition will take place at

1.30pm in the Regional Cultural Centre. This year’s Social Inclusion Week runs until October 13 with events taking place around the county including an Age Friendly Roadshow for Older People highlighting services available from different agencies including health, security, housing repairs, finance and much more. This will be held in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar from 12.30pm to 3pm today, Thursday, October 11. Speaking at the launch Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill said “Social inclusion is about supporting people who are disadvantaged and marginalised and helping them to participate in all aspects of social, cultural, economic and political life. Those gathered for the launch of Social Inclusion Week were treated to a very special performance by Donegal’s Choir of the Ages Ceol le Chéile. In a short video, members of the choir spoke of the impact that being part of the choir has had on their lives and the positives benefits of music and singing in promoting positive mental health.

Pictured at the launch of Donegal Social Inclusion week in Letterkenny PSC are Michael Purtll (Donegal Fire Service), Tilly Hyndman and Eddie Moore (Donegal Fire Service).

Members of the Ceol Le Cheile choir who performed at the launch of Donegal Social Inclusion week in Letterkenny PSC pictured with Seamus Neely,Donegal County Council, Susan McCauley, Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council, Maire Ni Fhearraigh, Donegal County Council ,Mairead Cranley Donegal County Council, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor Letterkenny MD and Charles Sweeney Donegal County Council. PHOTOS: Gerard McHugh.


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Meet the female cast of Second Honeymoon

Formidable Letterkenny Gaels girls ready and raring to go This year’s Letterkenny Gaels production of the Sam Cree classic - 'Second Honeymoon' will see a very formidable team of female actors take to the stage in the club house at the Gebe, Letterkenny. Audiences are, without doubt, in for a treat when this comedy play opens on October 18. Let’s meet the Girls in the Second Honeymoon. Celine Bradley and Sheila Sweeney will return to act in their fourth comedy play in as many years. Both actresses have played leading roles in all three of the previous Letterkenny Gaels stage productions. They also represented the club in the stage performance “The AGM” in the 2016 club entry in Scór Sinsear. Celine and Sheila are delighted to be part of the cast in Second Honeymoon. Celine and Sheila will be joined on stage by Rosemarie Gildea, no stranger to the stage. Rosemarie has a stage career dating back too many years to mention. Her stage CV includes roles in the Field, Widows’ Paradise (1997 & 2007), Wedding Fever, Arsenic and Old Lace (1995 & 2005), Calendar Girls, Don’t Tell the Wife, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls and the Sound of Music. In recent years Rosemarie has partnered with this year’s play director, Garry Coll, as a comedy duo in the Letterkenny Pantomimes and will do so again in January 2019. Brigette Cavanagh will this year make her debut on the Letterkenny Gaels stage. Brigette returns to the stage after taking a long career break from amateur drama to bring up her family. During the 1980s, Brigette played a number of lead roles in Pantomimes and starred as

Mrs Johnston in the musical Blood Brothers over 30 years ago. As a primary school teacher, she was also very involved in music and drama all through her teaching career. Brigette and Celine last performed together in the Tops of the Town. Neither can remember what year. The less said the better! After two years as stage manager, Catherine Cannon made her stage debut in last year’s Letterkenny Gaels production of Separate Beds. She returns this year to play Mrs Mansfield and is enjoying every minute of the production. Catherine Cannon is an avid GAA supporter and has fulfilled many roles for club down through the years. Last but by no means least, Rachel McGettigan makes her acting debut as the newly wed Sally Mitchell. However, she is no stranger to the stage having performed as a member of world street dance champions Fox n Crew for over 10 years. A music technology graduate, Rachel performs together with singer Maria McCormack for many years at weddings, festivals and venues throughout the country. Second Honeymoon will run for eight nights over two weekends from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st and Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October in the Letterkenny Gaels Club room on Thorn Road. Tickets can be bought at the Arena 7, George Sweeney’s Shop, Swilly Group Office on Business Park Road, from members of the cast or Letterkenny Gaels committee members. Contact Conor Crossan (087) 133 2680 for further ticket information.

Another voice

The Female Cast in Letterkenny Gaels comedy play Second Honeymoon.

by Mark Loughridge, pastor of Letterkenny New Life Fellowship.

He can be contacted on 074 9123961 or

A tale of two paintings Perhaps you saw the news item about the Banksy painting that shredded itself after being bought at auction? Banksy, real name unknown, is an anarchic artist whose graffiti work often provides a provocative critique of society—whether it is a peace dove wearing a bullet-proof vest, or a Mona Lisa with a rocket launcher. His painting ‘Girl With Balloon’ was the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s on Friday night and went for £1.04m. As the hammer came down, the frame came to life, and the canvas began to pass through a shredder before appearing in strips out of the base. Banksy posted an image on Instagram of the shredded work, and the shocked faces of those in attendance, with the caption “Going, going, gone… ”. Imagine having spent £1.04 million and seeing your prize turned into rubbish. I heard a story about another painting. A wealthy man and his son collected art—everything from Picasso to Raphael. When war broke out, the son signed up, but was killed in battle. One day a young man came to the door. He said: “Sir, you

don’t know me, but your son gave his life for me. I know I’m not a great artist, but I painted this for you.” The father opened the package. The portrait, although not brilliant, captured the personality of his son perfectly. He hung it over his mantlepiece. Every visitor to his home was shown that painting before they saw any of the other great works. After he died, there was great anticipation in the art world, for his collection was to be put

up for auction. Art lovers gathered: some just to catch a glimpse, some to add to their collection. The catalogue was published in advance. People came with pages marked. Before the great works of art come for up for auction, the auctioneer held up the portrait of the son and announced this one would start the auction. “What will you bid for this picture?” Silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “Skip this one, show us the great masters.”

But the auctioneer persisted. “Who will start the bidding? $2000… $1000?” More silence. Shuffling. “$500?” Silence. Then a voice came from the back of the room. It was the long-time gardener of the man and his son. “I only have $10, I’d like to buy the painting.” “We have $10, who will bid $20?” the auctioneer asked. No takers. Feet shuffled impatiently. “Going once…twice… sold to the man at the back for $10.” With that the auctioneer laid down his gavel and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the auction is over.” There was uproar. He continued: “When I was asked to conduct this auction, there was one condition insisted on by the father: whoever gets the son, gets everything. The gardener has it all.” So it is with the Son of God— He who gets the Son gets everything. In Life we all bid for one of two paintings: one which looks valuable, but will end up reduced to rubbish; or one which looks ordinary, but has value for all eternity. Remember, whoever gets the Son gets everything.

€1.1m rural towns regeneration funding Over €1m is set to be pumped into 11 local towns and villages in Donegal, it has been confirmed. Donegal TD Joe McHugh announced that the €1.1m of funding is aimed at helping to regenerate Donegal's rural towns and villages. €100,000 has been secured for enhancements of Portsalon, €100,000 for Kerrykeel Tidy Towns to develop a community centre and in Kilmacrennan the community has been given €100,000 to link the playground, Astro pitch and sports field. The other schemes being backed with €100,000 grants are enhancements of the environment and streetscape in Glenties, Killybegs, Killygordon and Muff; enhancement of tourism in Donegal Town; a music and creative hub in Moville; a caravan park in Castlefinn; and refurbishment of the tourism office in Buncrana. “This is a phenomenal return from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme - a massive investment in our communities. Eleven towns and villages across Donegal will be celebrating,” Minister McHugh said. He added: “This money will make a massive difference to quality of life, for young people especially, it will revitalise communi-

ties and make them more welcoming places to live, work and socialise and it will sustain the unique vibrancy that you only get in our county.” Local Fine Gael councillors celebrated the huge windfall for their areas, including Stranorlar Municipal District, Cllr Martin Harley, who said: “This news comes on the back of progress on school building projects for St Mary’s and St Columba’s in Stranorlar and the sports hall in Royal & Prior Comprehensive in Raphoe - all confirmed in recent weeks. “You can see from the record of this Government just exactly how much investment is being piled into the Finn Valley. “Castlefinn will get a real boost from more visitors and Killygordon will be a better place for this money.” The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 5,000 and between 5,000 and 10,000. Grants are available from €20,000 to €100,000 with a small number of exceptional schemes to get up to €200,000. The scheme is being administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development.


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Come and celebrate Christmas at the woods With the hotel transformed into a winter wonderland why not join in the festive fun of one of our Christmas party nights, offering great value party and stay packages. Or reserve “The Wee Bar” for private groups, with free finger food for the month of December for all groups over 10. Visit the magical Oakfield Park and ride the Santa Express before returning to Mulroy Woods for Hot Chocolate served by Santa & Mrs Claus and enjoy a Christmas story time in front of the open fire in the grand foyer.

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

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EVENTS Photos: Clive Wasson

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Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Prizegving

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Kelly Memorial Cup for Best Practical Work Junior Cert to Caine Johnston.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Elliot Cup for Sport to Tom Eaton.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Cookman Memorial Award, Milling Cup and Blake Award to Leanne Patterson.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting The Senior Cup to Mark Buchanan.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting The Miller Cup to Ruairi Dennehy.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Senior Cup to Zara Gillespie.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Starritt Memorial Cup to Joss Glenn.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Crawford Trophy to Shannon Craig.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Murray Cup to Sophie Lowery.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Pinkerton Cup to Ryan McElhatton.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting Tthe Archdeacon Moore Cup to Katie Turner.


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EVENTS Photos: Clive Wasson

Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Prizegving

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting The Archdeacon Memorial Cup and Gilber Memorial Cup to Orla MacRory.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the 1975 Reunion Cup to Ellie Graham.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Devenney Cup to Luke Porter.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Prior Millennium Cup to Olive Browne.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Raffan Memorial Cup to Greg Mooney.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Parents Association Cup to Rebekah Roulston and Catherine McKean.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the McDowell Cup to Lucy Parke and Laura Wilson. Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the Special Attendance Award to Zara Gillespie and Carson Neilands.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the McNamara Award to Shania McElhinney.

Edward Coyle, President Past Pupils Association presenting the Past Pupils Award to Aaron Black.

Prof. Alan Dobson presenting the McNamara Award to Jason Doherty.


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ANIMALS IN NEED Jacquie Knox Animals In Need

The Animals In Need (AIN) volunteers can see no light at the end of the tunnel as they struggle to deal with the current cat crisis. Sick and injured kittens continue to flood through the doors, the number of feral cat colonies needing TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) is endless and adoptions are slow. The only way to resolve this suffering is by neutering. AIN neutered a record 26 cats this week and are appealing to cat owners or people who feed feral cats to please get the cats neutered. Around 300,000 kittens are born in Ireland every year, 160,000 of which will die before reaching 4 months of age. That's a shocking 60% mortality rate for kittens, mostly from sickness, injury, starvation, adverse conditions or deliberately by hu-

Feral kittens undergoing socialisation.

mans. It's just as important to neuter male cats. These kittens all have fathers, often an unneutered pet who impregnates a feral or stray cat, leaving the female cat to rear kittens alone in horrendous conditions. A number of kittens injured by car engines were rescued this week. Among them was a black and white kitten found in Stranorlar. Her finder heard her cries at 3am and got up to bring her indoors. This friendly kitten bears typical injuries sustained from travelling in a car engine. Another injured kitten was found at the Finn Valley Centre. She was taken to vets as she had a broken tail. An examination revealed she has a dent in her lower back from a trauma injury and has no feeling in her hindquarters. The kitten is now on steroids and is under observation for signs of incontinence. It is hoped that her condition will improve. Bubbles, a tabby kitten, was found at the roadside near Glenties at the weekend with a paralysed front leg. This cuddly girl will have to have the damaged leg amputated. Many will remember four black kittens who hit the headlines when they were thrown from a car travelling at speed on the Derry to Letterkenny road in June. Thanks to the quick reactions of those at the scene, including an AIN volunteer who was passing, two of the kittens were taken into AIN care. Another kitten was rescued by a passerby but sadly one kitten did not survive this act of deliberate cruelty. The kittens were traumatised and developed serious cat flu and eye

Injured kitten Bubbles had a paralysed leg.

infections. They have been nursed back to health in their foster home over the past 3 months and have grown into healthy, happy boys. This week there was fantastic news as they were adopted together and have started the next chapter of their lives. More dogs were rescued from the Letterkenny Pound at the weekend, with others surrendered by their owners. AIN has a list of potential homes for small dogs but as the charity saves any dog that needs rescuing, regardless of breed or age, the majority of the dogs are collies. The charity carries out home checks to ensure they meet the required standard as this is a second chance for the rescue dogs and AIN have to ensure that they will never be abandoned or allowed to stray again. AIN also follows the progress of dogs that are transferred to the ap-

Thank you to Castle Grove Hotel and all who supported the dog show.

proved rehoming centres they work with. Collie dog Max was rescued from the Letterkenny Pound and later transferred to a rescue in the UK. When rescued, Max had an old injury to his back leg from being hit by a car. He has now had surgery to fuse the bones in his leg together to end his constant pain. His fosterer in the UK is doing a fantastic job, providing him with round the clock care and when he has recovered, he has a wonderful home waiting for him. There was good news for Guinea pigs Laurel and Hardy, who went to

their new home together this week. AIN would like to say a huge thanks to the Castle Grove Hotel for organising a fundraising dog show for AIN and Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind. It was a great day out and €310 was raised for each charity, which is much appreciated. 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


by Barbara Collins


Apple tart is a traditional favourite with few ingredients. Shop-bought ones made with margarine bear no comparison to home-made like this one. METHOD Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7/ 200F/ 200 Fan Oven. Rub the butter into the sifted flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Bind it together with the beaten egg. Knead well together and divide into two pieces. Roll out the first piece to fit the base of a 9” greased tin leaving approximately 1 and a half inches up around the sides. Fill with the chopped apples which have been sprinkled with the sugar. Roll out the other half of the pastry and cover the apples, sealing the sides well. Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. Serve hot or cold with cream or custard. TIP When the pastry is brown on top, cover with tin foil to stop it burning.

INGREDIENTS 300g plain flour 200g butter 1 egg, beaten with a small drop of milk. 3 large cooking apples, peeled and chopped 150g sugar

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JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN The new adventure begins when a cyberattack reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives headďŹ rst into action with the mission to ďŹ nd the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.


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Getting a grip on farm cash James McDonnell

Farm Management Department, Teagasc

What will you remember 2018 for? Will you want to remember it? For farming folks it has been a difficult last 12 months, we had hurricane Ophelia last October, snow in March, a dry summer and fodder shortage in the Spring and another around the corner on some farms. Farming is a tough business. Charles Darwin, the famous scientist said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”. There are many challenges ahead over the next few years for Irish farmers. Brexit will happen in March and the current CAP will end on 31/12/2019. In the meantime we must plan ahead. The farm finances are the best place to start. The current farm financial position is a true reflection of the farming operation. It can be difficult to motivate yourself to sit down with a pen and paper, but the time will be well spent. The initial aim is to predict what will be your bank account balance on December 31, 2018. This exercise is called Cash flow planning. Money (cash flow) management is central to business success. In good price years, it is important that money is

managed to build a reserve and to undertake necessary on-farm improvements. In poor price years, money must be managed to ensure that all essential bills are paid (including living expenses) and that no long term damage is done to the business due to a shortage of money. Creating a budget can appear a daunting task. Regular budgeter’s probably use specific worksheets or computer programs, but you could use a blank page. Teagasc have developed a simple one page sheet called the ‘5 Minute Cash Flow. This is available from offices and online at Budgeting is not an exact science, but a ‘best estimate’ is better than ‘no estimate’. A simple method is to divide a page in two. List all income due to be received down the left had side to the end of the year. On the right hand side list all expenses due before the end of the year. Total up both sides and subtract expenses from income. At the end there will be either a surplus or deficit. Take this figure and adjust your bank balance by this amount. This final figure is your estimated cash flow on 31/12/2018.

If Money is tight

The main priority is to minimise all non-essential spending until cash income improves the following are some pointers: ● 1. Prioritise essential living expenses.

In general the banks are the cheapest source of credit, as it is their business to lend money. As part of the lending criteria, they will assess the risk of lending to you. This risk assessment should work in your favour, as you need to back up your lending application.


● 2. Eliminate all non-essential expenditure; both farm and personal spending ● 3. Review Financial Repayments; perhaps a payment could be skipped and added to the end of a loan- this needs agreement from the lender ● 4. Review monthly pension, savings and life assurance payments ● 5. Talk to your accountant now regarding Tax due in October ● 6. Involve all family members in analysis and finding solutions where possible Let’s also look at the other side, can extra cash be added into the budget to reduce

the deficit? The following are some suggestions: ● 1. Sale of trading stock or surplus breeding stock. (it is better to try and avoid selling core breeding stock) ● 2. Sale of non-essential machinery ● 3. Cash in policies or savings - Take advice from your broker and accountant on this. ● 4. Is it possible to get some or additional paid employment locally? ● 5. Examine sale of assets in extreme circumstances. ● 6. Look into availing of Social Protection payments; Farm Assist, Family Income

Supplement, Pension entitlement.

Using Credit

While there are many forms of credit available, (bank overdraft/ Co-op/ local supplier etc.) some are more costly than others. Be careful where you get your credit as some forms don’t just have a financial cost. If you leave a key supplier waiting, (e.g. vet or contractor) they may leave you waiting at a key time. It is important to consult with all suppliers as to how they will be paid.

Act early, even the best plans and schedules need adjustment. Delays could cause the situation to deteriorate and cause stress Be realistic and up front when developing your cash flow plan. Consult and draw up a plan with your Teagasc advisor, Agricultural Consultant or accountant. They have the expertise and experience to help you develop a Cash Flow plan for your business Decide on a course of action use your cash flow plan to form the basis of negotiations with suppliers and banks. Creditors respond best to realistic budgets and up-to-date cash flow projections supported by your own records and accounts.

And Finally

Teagasc will be hosting a “Fodder and Finance Budgeting Week” commencing on the 8th October. There will be seminars, clinics and visits provided by Teagasc Advisors to all farmers during this weeklong campaign. Further details will be in local press and on

Enhanced Suckler and ANC funding TEAGASC/HOMELAND WINTER BEEF SEMINAR Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny On Thursday 18th October 2018 @ 7.30pm Topics: • Winter Dosing - Moira Langan, Norbrook This is a Department approved • Winter Nutrition – Jonathon Smyth, Nutrias Knowledge Transfer Beef Event • Winter Housing – Gary Fisher, Teagasc • Beef Market Outlook – Darren Carty, IFJ

Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue says his party has secured the first in a series of improved payments for the suckler sector with an initial €20m enhanced fund for farmers in Budget 2019. While many challenges remain for the sector - this sends out a clear message that the State values suckler farming and the massive economic benefits it brings to rural Ireland. The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food explained: “Earlier this year Fianna Fáil brought forward a motion in the Dáil calling for priority for the suckler sector. “The passing of this motion shone a spotlight on the difficulties this sector is facing and acted as a key catalyst for action. “Time and time again Minister Creed resisted any increase in suckler funding and lambasted my colleagues and I when we raised this issue.

“Under sustained pressure from Fianna Fáil, the Minister has been forced into a uturn and an initial €20m enhanced fund has been provided for in Budget 2019. “The campaign towards a €200 suckler cow payment drives on now at full steam and the Minister must not put any further road blocks in its path. “I also welcome the fact that party negotiators secured an additional €23m in ANC funding and full restoration must be bridged at the next budget. “It is hugely disappointing that the government has once more refused to introduce a farm management scheme – a key tool required by farmers to combat income volatility. “A lack of movement on a hardship fund or loan scheme to help bridge the massive cash flow difficulties they are experiencing is also disheartening."


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EVENTS Photos: Clive Wasson

Conal Gildea, Jamie Henderson and Mark Grant.

Donegal farmers Derek and Gareth Peoples of Tullyannon recently hosted a Knowledge Transfer (KT) farm walk near Carrigans, organised by Bord Bia and Teagasc. This walk was part a series of farm walks held around the country designed to highlight the benefits of Quality Assurance (QA) Schemes and provide guidance on QA audit compliance to farmers. Previous events in Mayo and Tipperary attracted up to 400 farmers. Mick Houlihan, Bord Bia Quality Assurance manager commented: “Irish farmers who are part of Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance (QA) scheme and Origin Green play a critical role in meeting the demands of food buyers and consumers for assurances around traceability, sustainability and animal welfare.” As well as providing insights into Bord Bia’s Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS) audit, the walks covered farm safety, Origin Green at farm and international marketing levels, and information on markets for Irish beef and lamb. Mick Houlihan continued: “Involvement in quality and sustainability schemes really gives Irish farmers an edge and a connection with consumers. The commitment shown by Irish farmers to Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Schemes and Origin Green is a vital component in positioning Irish food as a premium product in international markets.” Farm walk attendees received a Quality Assurance Information Booklet, which will clearly outline what is required of farmers to pass their SBLAS audit, and will provide tips on how to accurately complete records and avoid some commonly made errors.

James McKeane, Alan Beaty and Luke McKeane.

Donegal Farmers host Knowledge Transfer Farm Walk

John Conor, Daragh and Alan Vance.

Noel Kelly and Eamon Strain.

Farmers on the farm walk at the Knowledge Transfer (KT) farm walk on the farm of Derek and Gareth Peoples Newtowncunningham hosted by Bord Bia and Teagasc.

Garth and Derek Peoples.

James McCallion and Paul McCarron.


EVENTS Photos: Clive Wasson

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Donegal Blackface Breeders Association Show and Sale

David Nicole, judging the Ram Lambs at the Donegal Blackface Breeders Association Show.

Rams on show at the Donegal Blackface Breeders Association Show on Friday last.

Sarah Faulkner holds the Reserve Champion Ram as Philip Faulkner, Donegal Blackface Chairman and Judge, David Nicole presenting Gerard Faulkner with the Reserve Champion Ram Lamb Prize.

Shane Friel holds the Champion Shearling Ram as Philip Faulkner, Donegal Blackface Chairman and Judge, Sandy Smith presenting Michael Friel from Kerrykeel with the Supreme Champion Cup.

Joseph Patton Jnr holds the Champion Ram as Philip Faulkner, Donegal Blackface Chairman and Judge David Nicole present Joseph Patton from Rathmullen with the Champion Ram Lamb Prize.

Patrick Friel holds the Reserve Champion Shearling Ram as Philip Faulkner, Donegal Blackface Chairman and Judge, Sandy Smith presenting Bonar and Conor Friel from Kerrykeel pictured with the Supreme Champion Cup.


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EVENTS Photos: Clive Wasson

Donegal Blackface Breeders Association Show and Sale

Charlie Tinney and Hugh McGee.

John Gildea from Barnesmore with the 1st in Under Six held by Charles Tinney.

Hugh Friel presents the Best Wool Sheep prize on behalf of Victor Crawford to Martin Friel with Judge Sandy Smith and Joseph Patton holding the ram.

John Gildea from Barnesmore with the Best Pair held by Charles Tinney and Dermot Gildea.

Philip Faulkner, Donegal Blackface Chairman presenting Michael Friel from Kerrykeel with the cup for the Best Pen of Five. Pictured from left: Joseph Patton, Jnr. Joseph Patton, Shane Friel, Philip Faulkner, Patrick Friel, Martin Firel and Michael Firel.

David Nicole, judging the Ram Lambs.


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Donegal constituents play their part in Clinic Na Gaeilge event in Dublin Conradh na Gaeilge members from Donegal met with their local Oireachtas members to voice their concerns around Irish language and Gaeltacht funding as Clinic Na Gaeilge came to Kildare Street in Dublin. The ten-hour mobile clinic at Buswells Hotel saw Dónal Ó Cnáimhsí and Máire Uí Fhearraigh, Gaoth Dobhair, sit down with local Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh and Pat The

Cope Gallagher TD to ask for their support for Conradh na Gaeilge’s Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan which could create over 1,190 new jobs. Local representatives from 20 constituencies across Ireland travelled to the capital to meet 83 TDs, Senators and representatives in a bid to secure funding of €9 million for the plan in Budget 2019. “Clinic na Gaeilge brings the voice

Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary, Conradh na Gaeilge, Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh, Sorcha Ní Chonghaile, Irish Officer at DCU Students’ Union and Máirtín Ó Méalóid, Oileán Chléire, Cork, at Clinic na Gaeilge 2018. PHOTOS: Sasko Lasarov, Photocall Ireland.


of the Irish-speaking community to the seat of power, where they can air the local issues that matter to them most,” said Dónal. “It was good to sit down as Gaeilge with Joe and Pat and encourage them to make investment in the Irish language and in the Gaeltacht a priority for the Government in Budget 2019. Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said that the Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan has been agreed by 87 Irish language and Gaeltacht groups, and would create over 1,190 new jobs. “It will also provide essential resources towards the language planning process, and afford the public many opportunities across the country to use Irish,” said Dr Comer. “Irish language and Gaeltacht employment authorities have seen their resources slashed by up to 70% since 2007. “It is time to honour the Programme for Government and invest in our Gaeltachts and in our language.” The event was held as part of Conradh na Gaeilge’s #SEAS18 (seisiúin eolais agus spreagtha) pre-budget campaign, which involves information and progress sessions on Irish language and Gaeltacht affairs. “As well as the representatives of many constituencies who are join-

Dónal Ó Cnáimhsí and Máire Uí Fhearraigh, pictured with Donegal TD Pearse Doherty and Micheál Máirtín, Belfast at Clinic na Gaeilge 2018.

ing us today, other Irish speakers have been phoning their local politicians, calling into their local drop-in clinics, and sending personal emails or tweets,” said Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, Advocacy Manager with Conradh na Gaeilge. “Like Clinic na Gaeilge, this is all tremendously enormously important work before the Budget is decided. “We are stronger as a community

when we work together on these core issues - ní neart go cur le chéile.” Conradh na Gaeilge and their local representatives are calling on the Government and on the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD, to allocate €9 million in funding to the Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan, as agreed by 87 Irish language and Gaeltacht groups, in Budget 2019.

Other Side of the Coin

Are you addicted to prescription drugs?

Sharing the ancient wisdom that is Chinese medicine

What Is Drug Addiction? Addiction may be defined as a pattern of compulsive drug use characterised by a continued craving for drugs and the need to use these drugs for psychological effects or mood alterations. Many abusers find that they need to use drugs to feel “normal.” The user exhibits drug seeking behaviour and is often preoccupied with using and obtaining the drugs of choice. These substances may be obtained through legal or illegal channels. This inability to stop using the drug is a characteristic of addiction. Although most people would stop using a drug if they knew it had destructive consequences, an addicted person cannot. After prolonged use of an addictive substance, the brain virtually becomes “re-wired.” Accordingly, addicts are not simply weak-willed; they have differences in the way their brain reacts to drugs than do most people. Once started, they often cannot stop without help. Chances are you, or someone you know, is struggling with addiction to prescription drugs. Maybe it’s your spouse, a

relative, a friend, or a casual acquaintance. Maybe it’s you. Maybe you’re not even sure if the drug use has shifted from therapeutic to abusive. These are the questions that one needs to ask.

History of Treatment

In 1972, a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, Dr. H. L. Wen, was preparing a patient for surgery using ear acupuncture (auricular) as an analgesic method. The patient, who coincidentally was suffering from withdrawal symptoms from opium, informed Dr. Wen that his withdrawal symptoms had subsided. In light of this infor-

mation, Dr. Wen tested the procedure on other patients with similar addictions and their discomfort diminished as well. It was then that acupuncture’ efficacy for the treatment of drug addiction where discovered. Dr. Wen’s discovery attracted the attention of Dr. Michael Smith of Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, New York City. Dr. Smith was involved in Methadone treatment and was searching for an alternative treatment for heroin patients. Dr. Smith started to use Dr. Wen’s technique and gradually refined it to the present

five point’s protocol. Time and experience has shown that the use of these points can decrease the craving for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension and help patients relax.

Addictive Prescription Drugs

In my own clinics though I treat people on a regular basis who become addicted to prescription medications like opiates, cns depressants, and stimulants. Prescription drug addiction usually goes unnoticed by the general population and the medical a

uthorities because of the widespread use and acceptance of pharmaceutical drugs in our society. Opiates are commonly prescribed by Western doctors because of their effective analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties they include morphine, codeine, and related drugs. CNS depressants include such drugs as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide HCl (Librium), and alprazolam (Xanax), which can be prescribed to treat anxiety, acute stress reactions, and panic attacks. Stimulants, such as dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methylphenidate (Ritalin)

are stimulants prescribed for the treatment of only a few health conditions, including narcolepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and depression that has not responded to other treatments. I also treat addiction to tobacco, alcohol and cannabis these can be successfully treated with auricular as well as body acupuncture and herbs. As all the above are chemical only addictions mostly with no psychosocial background, Traditional Chinese Medicine alone (depending if there is no psychosocial disturbances) without counselling is the treatment of choice in most cases. In my treatments I always use the ear point called Shenmen this point is considered to be the most powerful point on the ear to treat addictions. I have used this point along with other acupuncture body points quite successfully over the years in the treatment of prescription and recreational drug addiction. The Chinese herbal formula Xiao Yao Wan is a very calming formula and would always be used in conjunction with acupuncture and auriculotherapy in the treatment of all addictions.

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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Weekly Horoscopes


(March 21-April 19) Today fair Venus moves opposite your sign, which means that for the next three weeks, you will be charming, diplomatic and socially smooth with everyone. In particular, relations with partners and close friends will be enriched. Now that’s some good news.


(April 20-May 20) For the next three weeks, you will fi nd that relations with coworkers will improve. You might also want to make your work place look and feel more attractive. In fact, while you’re at it, you will want to do something to pump your health! (“I want it all!”)


(May 21-June 20) Today Venus moves into your fellow Air Sign, which promotes fun, social connections for you. In the next three weeks, flirtations, vacations, sports events and all kinds of social diversions will delight. “I’m too busy to write in my diary!”


(June 21-July 22) The next three weeks are an excellent time to entertain at home. You will love to redecorate or make your home more attractive. (Hence the motivation to invite someone over to admire what you have done.) Real estate might be profitable in this window of time as well.


(July 23-Aug. 22) You will charm everyone in the next three weeks because Venus has moved into your House of Communications. (How sweet it is!) This bodes well for those who market, sell, teach, act and obviously those who write because you can make money from your words!


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) For the next three weeks, Venus will travel through one of your Money Houses, which encourages you to think of ways to boost your earnings. But it will also encourage you to spend your money on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. Ka-ching!



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(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your ruler is the planet Venus. Today it moves into your sign to stay for three weeks. This is excellent! It increases your desire to relate to others and fills you with warmth and good feelings for everyone. (“More whiskey and fresh horses for my men!”)

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(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In the next three weeks, you will be inclined to seek out solitude in beautiful surroundings. Your privacy will matter. Of course, so will comfort and good food because you’re not going to do a monastic retreat. You just want to get the feel of things before your birthday arrives.




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(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You will be more social in the next three weeks because Venus is changing signs today. You will find yourself more involved with creative, artistic people - and you will love it. You love to seek ways to push the sides of the envelope so that you can get more out of life!


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You will make a fabulous impression on parents, bosses and VIPs in the next three weeks as Venus crosses the top of your chart. In fact, some of you will make such a great impression - you might strike up a romance with a boss. Oops.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Travel for pleasure beckons in the next three weeks. If you can’t travel far, then be a tourist in your own backyard because you are eager to learn more about life in the world around you. Romance with someone different might begin.

Send your entries to: The Editor, Letterkenny Post, 26 Balliniska Road, Springtown Industrial Estate, Derry, N. Ireland BT48 0NA Across


1. Weird crud in nipple could be dissolute (12) 9. At festive times, one that pulls leg perhaps? (7) 10. Heard one without finish (7) 11. Incomplete and lonely - missing one day of the week (7) 13. Finnginn will shortly be seen by loch that’s cold! (7) 14. Where Quality Street are seen in longlasting metal (3) 15. One Direction primed about skin (7) 16. Open space in note (6) 20. Dine in Department of Homeland Security to find finalities (6) 21. Light chap has single snore by one pizza dish (7) 23. Editor is addressed as such a knight (3) 24. Root average cut (7) 27. Indivisible philosophical position Tom aims to shake up (7) 28. Erode elements (7) 29. Marley’s face is seen here and (vulgarly) one half of bosom (7) 31. Sweet fat end (12)

1. Removed the lazy man’s roast potatoes (8) 2. Urinate soundly round vegetable (3) 3. Unpleasantly cold and damp mandarin clementines surround (9) 4. Baileys, for example: past, present and future? (9,6) 5. Getting off with a beauty may result in a disappointing bang! (7,1,7) 6. Better fish overcomes 90 in Rome (5) 7. Pretty smart (4) 8. Pour oil on frock (5) 12. Randomly divert without time for tee shot (5) 17. Textually, I see underneath bozos without wings - all supporting white era (9) 18. Initially, not an offer Mary’s into - she’s David’s greatgrandmother! (5) 19. Dirty crimes surprisingly hidden in Bahrain (8) 22. Men on board have their final letter posted to the first issue (5) 25. Genuine money (4) 26. Old city layer raised for Prime Minister (5) 30. Equipment in Michael Knight’s car (3)

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(Feb. 19-March 20) The next three weeks are an excellent time to ask for a loan or mortgage because you will benefit from the wealth and resources of partners and financial institutions. In another vein (different arm) romance will be affectionate plus hot and sexy! Oh yes!

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Local schools attend launch of programme addressing Ireland’s teen suicide rate Three schools from across Donegal were among the first in Ireland to implement a new mental health programme - HEADSTRONG in association with Cycle Against Suicide - to address the stigma of suicide amongst young people. Students from Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Errigal College, Letterkenny; and St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs attended the launch of the school programme in Dublin, joining other schools from across Ireland for the introduction of the pilot programme, which will be rolled out within the selected schools in the coming months. At its core, HEADSTRONG works to reduce the painful stigma experienced by children and young people living with mental health problems and illnesses. It will teach students how to reduce stigma, become mental health champions in their schools, and the programme challenges students to examine the dangers of stereotypes and the harm created by stigma. Caroline Lafferty, CEO of

Cycle Against Suicide said: “We have worked with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to introduce HEADSTRONG to our schools here in Ireland as we believe that this programme is invaluable in helping younger people to be brave and speak up about mental health. “It’s a powerful, evidence based programme that has already won international awards, and with the help of the three schools in Co. Donegal, we’re hoping that the pilot programme will be a huge success, with the aim of rolling out HEADSTRONG across all Irish secondary schools within the coming years. "This is a core part of our mission in addressing mental health in younger people, which is currently at an alarming level in Ireland.” To learn more about HEADSTRONG and Cycle Against Suicide’s programmes visit To find information about where you can get help for mental health issues, visit www.cycleagainstsuicide. com/ask-for-help-2/.

Errigal College pupils who attended the HEADSTRONG programme launch.

Fanad man becomes charir of Donegal Youth Service Volunteer Forum The Donegal Youth Service Volunteer Forum have just conducted their first meeting of the 2018/2019 Youth Club Year. The forum, which is made up of representatives of each of the affiliated countywide youth clubs and projects across the membership of Donegal Youth Service came together to launch the new ‘DYS Youth Outreach Project - Youth Club Handbook’. The Volunteer Forum said

DYS Board of Directors member John Byrne welcoming Shaun Dorrian in his new position as Chairperson of the Volunteer Forum.

goodbye to outgoing Chairperson Mary McFadden, from Club Óige Chríost Rí in Magheroarty/Machaire Rabhartaigh, and welcomed the incoming Chairperson Shaun Dorrian from Fanad Youth Club. There are over 20 Donegal Youth Service affiliated youth clubs around the county, offering various activities, training, and opportunities to young people of different ages.

From arts and crafts, to performing arts, sports, open door drop in, and personal development. Have you considered volunteering for your local youth club? Or even considered setting up a youth club in your area? If you are over 18 and have a few hours to spare every week you can help create a safe space for young people to socialise and have fun. You can make a real differ-

ence. The Youth Outreach Project at Donegal Youth Service can provide training in Youth Leadership, Child Safeguarding, Health & Safety and more to youth clubs. All volunteers are Garda Vetted. There are different types of youth clubs you can set up. They can be single issue based, sports or music based, LGBTI, performance, drop-in youth spaces and lots more.

Back row L-R: Eugene Drumm, Mary Gallagher, Tina Gallagher, Rose McGlinchey, Bernie McLaughlin, Sandrine Daly, Amy Friel, Maria Elena Eichinger, John Byrne. Front row L-R: Sadie McLaughlin, Tanya Kelly, Shaun Dorrian, Alison Bell, Charlene Logue.


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Pictured are the Parke family enjoying the Harry Potter event in Oakfield Park last Saturday.

Visitors to Oakfield Park got the chance to play a real game of Quidditch at the Harry Potter Experience last weekend run in conjunction with Wainfest.

Harry Potter experience at Oakfield Park Oakfield Park was transformed into a world of Harry Potter last weekend as part of a special event run in conjunction with Wainfest. The Harry Potter experience saw families from all over Donegal dress up as their favourite Harry Potter characters, with lots of wizardry including a real-life Quidditch match, meeting famous char-

acters, tasting Butter Beer and listening to stories from Mabel’s Fables, all set against the backdrop of the Hogwart’s Express. Meanwhile excitement is building ahead of Oakfield Park’s next event, The Santa Express which runs from December 1-23. Tickets are selling fast at

Pictured are the Davies family enjoying the Harry Potter experience at Oakfield Park last weekend.

Pictured using the Sorting Hat at Oakfield Park last weekend is Connor McFadden (age 5) from Milford.

Two thumbs up from these youngsters.

These two youngster certainly enjoyed the Harry Potter experience.

Chris and Ben Davies getting to the swing of things at the Harry Potter event.


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Donegal's students invited to take up Big School Cook Off challenge Doneagl's school children are being invited to take part in the country biggest school cooking competition. Mount Charles has partnered with SuperValu and The Irish News to launch the third, annual Big School Cook Off Competition which is open to all post primary school pupils across Northern Ireland and Donegal, aged between 11 and 14.Run in association with the Irish News and supported by Business in the Community, The Mount Charles Big School Cook Off in partnership with SuperValu, is open to all post primary school pupils across Donegal and Northern Ireland, aged between 11 and 14. The competition, champions pupils with a passion for cooking and gives them an insight into the hospitality industry. It also encourages young people to consider a career in foodservice and opens the door for future training and skill development. Caitriona Lennox, Mount Charles Business Development and Retention Manager said: “We are delighted that SuperValu has come onboard this year and we look forward to working together to give students the opportunity

to showcase their culinary skills, inspiring them to think about healthy eating and the origin of their food.” Entering the competition couldn’t be easier. Teams of two are asked to submit a main course recipe idea that feeds two, focusing on locally sourced ingredients that can be bought on a budget of £5 or euro equivalent. The recipes are then shortlisted and the successful finalists take part in a regional heat at the end of January 2019, where each cooking duo will prepare the recipe they submitted to the competition. SuperValu will provide all finalists with a voucher to the value of £5 (or euro equivalent).The winning team from each regional heat will progress to cook their recipe for an esteemed panel of judges at the grand finale of the competition next March, in Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus. There are some great prizes on offer as well as the kudos of winning the biggest and most prestigious cooking competition in the schools’ calendar. Brendan Gallen, Head of Marketing at Musgrave said: “SuperValu is proud to sup-

Troy Upritchard Y11, Wellington College Belfast and Kate McWilliams, Y9 at Aquinas Grammar School, join John Brolly, Irish News Marketing Manager, Caitriona Lennox, Business Development and Retention Manager, Mount Charles and Brendan Gallen, Head of Marketing, Musgrave to launch the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off 2019.

port Mount Charles with this fantastic initiative. At SuperValu it’s all about, ‘Real Food, Real People’ and making it easier to prepare great food so to be able to work with hundreds of our top young

foodies from all over Northern Ireland and Donegal is incredibly exciting. “We would like to wish everyone planning to take part in this year’s competition the best of luck and we look for-

ward to meeting you at the regional heats.” Caitriona continued: “We were thrilled with the number of entries last year and are calling on schools that haven’t taken part yet, to grab their

aprons and join the fun. “Feedback from participating schools has been amazing. Teachers have told us that the competition noticeably boosted their pupils’ self-esteem and gave them so much more confidence in their cooking ability. “The overall standard of the competition was very high but the winning team from Ballymena Academy, created a dish that was of restaurant standard and I can’t wait to see what all the teams produce this year.” Irish News Marketing Manager John Brolly said: “It is an excellent initiative that all schools should embrace to get young people to take an interest in food. "We are looking for pupils to slice, dice and cook their way through a number of challenges so that they can walk away as winner of the Big School Cook Off." The deadline to submit your recipe idea is 9th of November 2018, so enter now if you think your school team has what it takes to be the 2019 Big School Cook Off Champions. To enter or for more information visit www.irishnews. com/bigschoolcookoff.


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Letterkenny Men's Shed visit Finner Camp


EVENTS Letterkenny Men's Shed was present at the 28th Infantry Battalion Association's Annual Day at Finner Camp. More than 120 former members of the 28th Infantry Battalion were reunited last Friday in Finner Camp. Lt Col Paul Kelly who is the Battalion Commander welcomed everyone to Finner. The Letterkenny Men’s Shed were well represented. Stephen Roe, John Roe, Pat Corcoran and Johnny Nee presented a unique wood sculpture to Lt. Col. Paul Kelly. This sculpture signifies the formation of the Battalion back in 1973 and has an inscription depicting the

battalion's genesis, growth and valour in those darker days. The Letterkenny Men’s Shed provides a very real and worthwhile outlet for those in retirement. It gives an important platform for retirees to get together and have a chat and of course more importantly to have a cup of tea. They also design and create some superb pieces of art from wood as can be seen from the wood carved sculpture which they presented at Finner. If former members wish to join the 28th Infantry Battalion Association, please look at our Facebook for contact details.


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Pet’s Corner

Doggy Do's & Don'ts International

by Kathleen Murray. Tel: 0863192247

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By-laws of interest for Spay or neuter your pet dog owners Many local authorities have introduced bye-laws to indicate areas where dogs must be kept on a leash or even prohibited. Your local authority will be able to inform you of the bye-laws that apply in your area. Breaches of these bye-laws can result in fi nes on summary conviction. Under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul a public place. This means the owner or person in charge of the dog is required to remove dog faeces and dispose of them in a suitable, sanitary manner. You can complain to the District Court under the litter laws against an owner or someone in charge of a dog who allows that dog to foul public places and who fails to act responsibly. Before you do this, you must first inform the dog owner of your intention by completing a special form available from the Dog Control Unit of your local authority. Excessive dog barking that causes a nuisance is an offence. You may be able to solve such problems by talking to the dog owner.

If you don’t get a satisfactory response, you may complain to the District Court and seek a hearing. When you have received a court date, you must inform the dog owner of your complaint by using the form prescribed for this purpose under Section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986. These forms are available from the District Courts and from

local authorities. The court may make an order requiring the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept to abate the nuisance by exercising due control over a dog. The court may limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a premises or may direct that a dog be delivered to a dog warden to be dealt with as unwanted.



Spaying or neutering your dog or cat is an important part of responsible pet ownership. It not only helps keep your pet safe from a number of medical issues, but it also helps reduce overpopulation. Animal shelters are crowded with unwanted pets that, in many cases, are the result of accidental or poorly planned breeding. The majority of these unwanted pets are never adopted. By spaying or neutering your pet, you are helping to prevent this problem. There are many myths surrounding spaying or neutering. The following commonly asked questions are some examples. Shouldn’t I let my pet have her first season before I spay her? No. Female dogs can be spayed from around five months of age and there’s no benefit to waiting until they’ve had their first season. Some of the health benefits of spaying are actually reduced if you wait until your dog has had a season. It is often in the first season that bitches get “caught” and become pregnant as their owners did not realise they were in season. Shouldn’t I let my pet have a litter before I spay her? No. Absolutely not. All the medical evidence suggests a dog should be spayed before her first season. And the problem with letting your pet have a litter is you’ve just instantly contributed to the overpopulation problem. The only responsible thing to do is to not allow your pets to reproduce. Will my pet become overweight and lazy after being spayed or neutered? No. It is true that neutering can lead to changes in metabolism and generally speaking a pets metabolism may slow down after the operation. However, your pet will not become overweight if you feed the correct amount of food and provide it with enough daily exercise. Will my pet's personality change after being spayed or neutered? No. Neutering or spaying will not change your pet's character.

Neutering encourages calmer, more predictable behaviour, making a more suitable family pet. It can also help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour thus preventing fighting, mounting and being destructive. Pets that have been neutered are also less likely to scent/urine mark their territory or stray from home. Sometimes people are reluctant to get their pets neutered or spayed as they feel they would like their children to witness the experience of a pet giving birth. However, pets often give birth during the middle of the night or in a place of their own choice. Because pets need privacy when giving birth, any unnecessary intrusion can cause the mother to become seriously upset. These intrusions can result in an unwillingness to care for the offspring or injury to the owner or to the pet itself. Another reason people may avoid neutering or spaying may be that they would like to breed another pet just like the one they already have. However, breeding two purebred animals rarely results in offspring that are exactly like one of the parents. With mixed breeds, it is virtually impossible to have offspring that are exactly like one of the parents. Some people may be concerned about the dangers of their pet undergoing anaesthesia. Although there is always a slight risk involved, the anaesthetics currently used by veterinary surgeons are very safe. Thus, the medical benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered far out weigh the slight risk involved with undergoing anaesthesia. If you are considering having your pet neutered or spayed, the best source of information for your questions is your veterinarian. They can help inform you about your pets specific needs regarding the surgery so don't be afraid to consult your vet if you are concerned about any aspect of the procedure.

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

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Thursday 11 October 2018


2018 World Ironman Championships

More power to Annmarie as she heads for Hawaii

Annmarie Power pictured earlier this year in Lanzarote where she won her category of the Lanzarote Ironman in a superb time. A former Finn Valley athlete, this win qualfied her for the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii. Photo: Kieran Carlin. The 2018 World Ironman Championships will take place on Saturday, October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. And Donegal native Annmarie Power, who has been living in Ballincollig, Co. Cork for the past 20 years, will be one of those taking part. She is being sponsored by SuperSubs. She started taking part in triathlons about 10 years ago and as well as being an exceptional athlete, she is also a mother of 3 and a part-time health care nurse. On the day of the event over 2,000 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile run raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and has become known for its gruelling length and harsh race conditions.


Taking part in a triathlon is extremely time consuming and takes a great deal of selfdiscipline and willpower. “Time commitment is defi-

She manages to swim 2.5km3km 3 times a week, run 3 times a week with distances ranging from 12-19 miles and does a long cycle on Sundays reaching distances up to 150km nitely a challenge for any aspiring triathlete,” Annmarie said “and, as a Mom and a career woman, you have to be very efficient with your time and manage it very effectively, so for me it’s quality as opposed to quantity.” Originally from Ballybofey,

Annmarie Power and John McDonagh from SuperSubs who are sponsoring her on her trip to the 2018 World Triathlon Championship in Hawaii. she describes managing all three as a “balancing act”. She manages to swim 2.5km3km 3 times a week, run 3 times a week with distances ranging from 12-19 miles and does a long cycle on Sundays reaching distances up to 150km and also cycles on her turbo trainer in her kitchen. “Consistency is the key,” she said. “Putting in those hours week after week, is the key to progressing as an athlete and, for a more mature athlete like myself, it’s just trying to stay injury free.” One of the key things athletes in such a competitive sport can do to help ensure a speedy injury recovery is have a well-balanced nutritious diet. Many endurance athletes, despite fuelling their workouts properly while they’re out on the road, finish the day with a caloric deficit. SuperSubs teamed up with Sports Nutritionist, Sinéad Bradbury, to create some key products under its Food for Life banner. She is a big fan of the soup in particular. “I do get a bit overexcited about a great tasting nourishing and warming soup! One that is made with care and attention,” Sinead said. “It is definitely one of my top five healthiest meals and

Just try and reach your potential, not to focus too much on the failures, just keep going and enjoy the sport that you’re in and enjoy your life and try to be the best that you can be. not as easy to get right as one might think. Soup is great because it so easy to digest, doesn’t bloat, sustains our energy levels and highly convenient if you are on the go and time poor. The Food4Life Soups are delicious! I would give them top marks for taste, consistency and for their use of top-quality ingredients.

“The recipes have been carefully developed over many years. They are prepared fresh each day in East Galway. The Food4Life Light Soups are ALL naturally gluten free. “They do not contain any preservatives and are free from all food additives. A soup to be proud of! You can choose between Hearty Vegetable, Butternut Squash and Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper. Loaded with vitamins and minerals and immune boosters like garlic and ginger, these soups are my top choice for healthy eating on the go! Any time of the day.”


A key macro nutrient vital for athletes is carbohydrates. In order to maximise and optimise performance and recovery, athletes need to continually load and reload muscle glycogen stores. This process cannot happen with a low-carbohydrate/high-pro-

tein diet, there needs to be a high level of both. Annmarie said” “I would have a high protein intake, I do take a lot of carbs on board.” And the triathlete added: “I need carbs to fuel my training and the protein helps me recover and helps my body to repair muscles after training sessions.” Each SuperSub wrap and sandwich contains protein, carbohydrates and fibre to ensure you are fuelling your day correctly which is vital for serious athletes like Annmarie. How does someone with such a busy day-to-day life as Annmarie stay motivated and not let things get in the way of her success? “Just try and reach your potential, not to focus too much on the failures, just keep going and enjoy the sport that you’re in and enjoy your life and try to be the best that you can be.”

Achievements Annmarie has many sporting achievements under her belt including; second in her age group in Ironman Austria 2016, first in her age group in Ironman Lanzarote in May of this year, and first place in her age group in the National Middle-Distance Championship in Kenmare, Co. Kerry.


EVENTS Photos: Brian McDaid

Runners at the start of the Park Run on Saturday morning.

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Clement Bonnar and Ruth McCrudden at the Park Run

Helen Salmon taking the Park Run all in her stride on Saturday morning.

Suzanne Bogan at the Park Run on Saturday morning.

Linda Cronin pictured at the start of the run on Saturday morning.

Bishop of Raphoe The Rev. AIan Mc Guckian takes part in the Park Run on Saturday morning.


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Photos: Brian McDaid

Kevin Hennesey in action on Saturday morning in Letterkenny.

Peadar McDaid an the Park Run in Letterkenny.

Eoghan Mc Gannety at the Park Run on Saturday morning.

Stewarts take cover from the rain as they help on the park run on Saturday morning.

Barry Tinney at the Park Run

Bishop of Raphoe The Rev. AIan Mc Guckian takes part in the Park Run on Saturday morning.


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Letterkenny AC round-up

Great runs as cross-country season begins The new cross country season got underway in Carndonagh on Sunday. Generally, the cross country season starts in benign conditions every October before the winter weather takes over. However, the Donegal Masters' Cross Country Championship was run in wet, windy conditions. Despite that, there were many top-notch performances from Letterkenny AC individuals and teams. The highly consistent Monica McGranaghan had an excellent run in the women's race and claimed 3rd place in a highly competitive race that was won by Lifford Strabane AC's Claire McGuigan. Karol Duggan seemlessly transferred his recent, excellent road form to the country. That form saw him finish 3rd in a Belfast Half Marathon, 2 weeks ago, that was packed with quality. Karol stormed to victory in a time of 14.32, which gave him 18 seconds to spare over Finn Valley AC's Barry Harron. Marathon specialist, Ciaran McGonigle, was 4th in 14.59 and was followed by Anthony Doherty, a welcome returnee to competitive action, in 15.09. Raymond Birch, in 15.38, was also a top 10 finisher and that gave the quality quartet a team total of 19 points, which put the

M35-49 LAC team in an unassailable position. The team won team Gold by 26 points from Milford AC. The 4 LAC counters received excellent back up from Gerard McGranaghan and Martin Donnelly. The Letterkenny AC M50+ team also performed well, with the 3 counters, John Hughes, Cathal Roarty and Richard Raymond gaining 5th place. They were well backed up by Jimmy McBride.


Anne-Marie McGlynn had a sensational run in Sunday's Cardiff Half Marathon, which was also the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship. Ann-Marie represented Northern Ireland in the race that had representatives from over 50 nations. She took 41 seconds off her already impressive PB to cross the line in 1.13.47. That gave Anne-Marie 1st place out of the 1574 runners in the very competitive F35-39 category. Elite athletes lined up alongside 25,000 runners of all ages and abilities in the race. Sadly, 2 runners died after completing the 13.1 miles. Endurance specialist, Adrian Callaghan completed his 6th marathon of 2018 in Galway

on Saturday. Adrian ran an excellent time of 3.34.11to finish in the top 50 out of 300+ runners. Adrian was grateful to John Buckley Sports (Cork city) for the running shoes that he wore and which he had won in a recent competition. He will undertake Marathon Number 7 in Dublin at the end of the month. The race, run in perfect conditions, was won by Craughwell AC's Kevin Mooney in 2.40.29. Pol Mac Ghiolla Bhride was 8th, and 3rd in the M35 category, in Saturday morning's Letterkenny parkrun in a time of 21.18. First across the line was Eddie Margey who was doing only his 2nd parkrun and clocked 19.13.

Marathon runners fundraise for Donegal Down Syndrome Association


At the recent Letterkenny AC AGM, tribute was paid to Neily McDaid, who, over a long period of time, has quietly and efficiently been the man who has ensured the smooth running of the many races run under the auspices of Letterkenny AC. Neily was responsible for the deployment of stewards, among several other duties. He has decided to step down and many speakers at the AGM spoke highly of Neily's contribution.

Letterkenny AC runners are raising funds for the Donegal Down Syndrome Association through their participation in the Dublin City Marathon on Sunday, October 28th. Paul McMonagle, who is co-ordinating the fundraising, is hoping for a good response. "A few of us ran the Dublin Marathon last year and we managed to raise €2,200 for the Donegal Down Syndrome Association. We decided to raise funds again this year for the same charity, and with a bigger group involved this year, we would hope to raise something similar. The Donegal Down Syndrome Association do great work in the community and we are glad to be able to help them in this way," Paul commented.

New Mills 10k this Sunday Letterkenny AC's annual New Mills 10K takes place this Sunday, October 14th. The race starts at 11.30am and registration will take place from 10.00am at Aura Leisure Centre. Race entry is €8. There will be chip timing, a flat course and a water station at the 5K mark. The route is 1 lap around New Mills. There is a generous prize list - Male/Female Open, M40/50/60 & F40/50/60.

Diver's Hyundai have been announced as the new sponsor of the New Mills 10K. Letterkenny AC is delighted to have the support and commitment from Terence Diver for the next 3 years for the event. Diver's Hyundai is a family owned business with over 40 years of experience in the motor industry; it was founded by the late Teague Diver in 1972. Situated on the Canal Road, Let-

terkenny, they are the main Hyundai dealer in Donegal, and have grown with the brand to be the leaders in the industry and take great pride in providing a professional and unique experience to their customers. The winning numbers in the LAC lotto draw on 4th October were- 4, 5, 14, 22. There were no jackpot winners. 1 Match 3 winner won £80 - Kieran Sharkey, c/o JB.

(Left) Terence Diver ( on the right) presents a sponsorshhip cheque from Divers Hyundai to Danny McDaid of Letterkenny AC for the New Mills 10k which takes place this Sunday.

Mary retains title on Wolansky

Mary Devine of Glenswilly and her horse Wolansky took the national title in the Medium Category 2 class for the second year in a row at the Dressage Ireland National Dressage Championships at Cavan Equestrian Centre.

Parkrun dedicated to late Art McGrath This Saturday (October 13) the Letterkenny Park Run 5k event at St. Conal's Complex will be dedicated to the late Art McGrath. Art was deeply involved in Letterkenny park run and his sudden passing came as a massive shock to his family and large circle of friends many of whom he met at parkrun. He enriched the lives of everyone he came in contact with and he was a very popular member of the parkrun team. The 5k will take place with the normal 9.30am start but from 10.00am onwards a special tea will be held upstairs in the Vestry. Everyone who knew Art is invited along even though they may not wish to take part in parkrun but would like to be present or are unable to make the 9.30am start. Donations will be taken at the tea, which will be divided between two Charities "Croi" the Heart/Stroke Charity and "Good and New". As always parking is free from 8.30am until 11.00am for those wishing to attend.

Going Well One of the Rosses AC competitors at the Donegal Masters Cross Country Athletics Championships that were held in Carndonagh at the weekend.


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Olympian YAC excel at Donegal Even Ages Cross Country Championships

A day to remember for Olympians Olympians YC was well represented at the recent even age group Donegal Cross Country Championships, hosted magnificently well by Inishowen AC in Carndonagh. With medals for the top 10 individuals and top three teams up for grabs, the Olympian’s were not short of first class performances all round! A special mention goes to Anne Marie Bose who ran in the Galway Half Marathon just the day before running close to new PB of 1hour 50mins, and then ran her first Masters cross country event. Her and four other members Anne Marie Mc Geehin, Vanessa Friel, Anne Marie Deeney, Karen O’ Donnell made club history by being the first ever female masters team to compete at a cross country championships. They all showed fantastic club spirit and determination and claimed a well deserved 5th team overall finish.


*U8 Girls - Cara Mc Cabe, Sarah Bonner, Ailbhe Breen, Ciara Mc Daid, Roisin Faul and Maeve Mc Geehin *U8 Boys - Oisin Cuskelly *U10 Girls - Charley Barr, Aoife Mc Geehin, Meghan Jackson, Kelly Carty and Lucy Donaghy *U10 Boys - Alex Friel *U12 Girls - Erin Friel, Anna Russell, Orlagh Faul and Chloe Deeney – Team Bronze *U12 Boys - Brian Devine, James Russell and Zac Mellon *U14 Boys - Boyd Russell - Donegal Champion, Finley Bose & Jimmy Doherty *U16 Girls - Nuala Bose & Ciara Doherty *U16 Boys - Sean Mc Ginley Donegal Champion Next up will be the uneven age groups Donegal Cross Country Championships on Sunday the 14th October at the Rosses. Training will continue every Tuesday night at 7:00 – 8:15pm and Saturday mornings from 11am till 12.15pm at the Glenswilly pitch.

Karen O Donnell, Anne Marie McGeehin, Vanessa Friel, Anne Marie Deeney, and Anne Marie Bose

U14 boys - Boyd Russell, Finley Bose, and Jimmy Doherty.

Oisin Cuskelly with his medal in u8 Boys

Cara Mc Cabe with her gold medal in u8 Girls

Brian Devine in action in u12 boys.

Sean Mc Ginley and Boyd Russell , Donegal Cross Country Champions

James Russell, Brian Devine, Zac Mellon, Erin Friel, Anna Russell, Orlagh Faul and Chloe Deeney


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Jim Gallagher back at O’Donnell Park evokes memories Jim Gallagher (centre) pictured with Andy and Kathleen McGovern in O’Donnell Park on Saturday. They were watching the St. Eunan’s Minor Girls take on Termon in the Championship group stage with St. Eunan’s winning by 3-08 to 1-06 with Jim’s grand-niece Katie McGovern lining out at full back for St. Eunan’s. Jim,

originally from the Convent Rd. (Back Road) was a member of the St. Eunan’s County Minor Championship winning team in 1950 (pictured right) before emigrating to Boston in the early 1950’s. He is a regular visitor to Letterkenny and remains in touch with many close friends including Anne McGeehin and James “Gouldie” McGettigan

amongst others while staying in town with his sister, Rosaleen Gallagher. Notable members of that

St. Eunan’s Minor team were: Seamus Hoare, Seamus “Iron Man” McCann and Harry Blake who are all enshrined in

lins, the Mellett brothers, Barney Doherty, Patrick Peoples and Francie McLaughlin to name but a few.




Mount Everest conqueror Jason Black will be the guest speaker

Youth conference set to be very interesting In conjunction with the Donegal GAA County Youth Board the Donegal Health and Wellbeing Committee is hosting a youth conference in the Villa Rose on Saturday 13th October from 9.30am to 2pm. This conference is in the planning stage since June of this year and as part of the process the Donegal Co. Board circulated a survey to ascertain the views of under-age players, coaches, clubs, youth boards and a number of different groups to help put together a programme of activities for the day. The Co. Board was delighted with the response as it received 95 replies to a survey from a broad range of clubs, coaches, and under-age players, both male and female. The feedback resulted in the following four top themes 1. Balancing the Demands of Study & Sport 2. Mental health 3. Nutrition & Diet 4. Alcohol & Other Drugs The above four topics will be covered in workshops of 45 minutes. A detailed agenda will be circulated nearer the time. The guest speaker will be Jason Black and there will be

the St. Eunan’s GAA Club Hall of Fame. They were joined on that team by Charlie “Bovril” Col-

an Question & Answer session at the conclusion with a panel of players which includes Michael Murphy, Jamie Brennan, Eoghan Ban Gallagher Declan Bonner and representatives from the Ladies county team. The day starts with Registration at 9.30am followed by light refreshments followed by a presentation by Jason Black and a question and answer session. Workshops will commence at and each delegate

will have an opportunity to attend two of the four workshops. The workshops conclude at 12.30pm this is then followed by a open forum with a forum panel. Each club is asked to send four (4) under-age delegates. The organisers are asking clubs to select their delegates from age groups (14-16 )& (16-18) girls and boys. A fee of €40 per club is required this is to cover part of the cost of the light

refreshments plus lunch for each delegate. Clubs are invited to also send on adult free it can be the Children’s officer or Coaching officer . Donegal Creameries and O Neill’s sports are part sponsoring this event and each delegate will get a courtesy pack sponsored by O Neills. Four places will be reserved for the 40 clubs and clubs are asked to register for this conference by Thursday 11th October.


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One Ulster University Elks 77-83 EJ Sligo All-Stars LYIT Donegal 115-110 Titans (after overtime) Abbey Seals Dublin Lions 59-57 Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers, Colaiste Bride, 18:30; WIT Vikings 64-67 Portlaoise Panthers, Waterford IT, 19:00; Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 96-101 Tradehouse Central Ballincollig UL Sports Eagles 53-85 IT Carlow Basketball Fr Mathews 105-95 LIT KUBS BC 71-76 DBS Éanna Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Ulster University Elks 76-59 Phoenix Rockets ATHLETICS UL Huskies 60-63 Limerick Celtics Griffith College Swords Thunder 59-88 Maree Trinity Meteors 73-44 Fabplus North West Portlaoise Panthers 77-61 St Mary’s Castleisland

RUGBY Ulster Branch Results. Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 3. Belfast High School 39, Letterkenny 21 Ulster Rugby Regional West Enniskillen 34, Donegal Town 5 City of Derry 17, Inishowen 13 Ulster Carpets U14 North

Ballymoney 64, Donegal/Ballyshannon 17


Nominations for the 43rd Donegal Sports Star Awards will open on Monday the 22nd of October. So it’s now time for sporting organisations across the county to look at significant achievements during 2018 ahead of the opening of nominations. Only successes that have taken place during 2018 will be eligible for consideration by the judging committee. The only exception is for the primary and secondary schools categories where nominations are accepted for the academic year from September 2017 to June 2018. Please note that as the Hall of Fame inductee will be selected by the committee, nominations should not be made for this category. The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday the 23rd of November. The Donegal Sports Star Awards function will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Friday 25th January. For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards got to Facebook Donegalsport Starawards or Twitter @DlSportStars


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Donegal GAA club is 100 years old

Robert Emmets announce plans for centenary celebrations Robert Emmet's GAA Club in Castlefinn have announced plans for their Centenary Celebration weekend to be held from the 25th-29th October. The Centenary weekend is the culmination of a year long programme of events which has celebrated the achievements of Robert Emmet's over the last one hundred years, and the impact that the GAA has had on the wider community in the Castlefinn area. There is a wide and varied

programme planned for the weekend of the October Bank Holiday, with something to suit all tastes, from a children's fun morning to the Centenary Bingo to an exhibition match featuring ex players from throughout the Club's history. On Saturday 27th All-Ireland winner Frank McGlynn will officially open the new training pitch at Pairc Eimeid which has been planned and constructed over the last

Burt hurlers on the hunt for Ulster glory

three years by a dedicated group of volunteers. The finale will be the Centenary Banquet in Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey on Sunday 28th, with music from one of the best bands in the north west, The Wailin Banshees. MC on the night will be Charlie Collins, and there will be interviews from the stage with some of the people who have worked over the years to make the Club what it is today.

Gary Doherty is Chairman of the Centenary Committee, and he hopes the community will come out in numbers to attend the many events over the weekend. "The Centenary weekend is the culmination of a year long celebration of the history of the GAA in our Parish. "It has already been a memorable year, from the Irish Night in Doneyloop Hall back in March to our very successful Sandy Harper/Shaun

T Carlin Centenary Tournament,” he said. “The community has supported us throughout and we hope they will do the same for the Centenary weekend. "We are one of the first Club's in the County to have celebrated a Centenary, and we are proud of the contribution Robert Emmet's have made to the Parish. "We hope the Centenary weekend will be a fitting tribute to the hundreds of

past players, officials, members and supporters who dedicated their lives to the Club over these one hundred years,” he added. Tickets for the Centenary banquet are now on sale priced at €30. Tables of 10 can also be booked to ensure groups can sit alongside each other, priced at €300. Please text 0876825967 or 0857564718 to order tickets or tables.

HUNGER: Burt boss Mickey McCann.

Mary-Anne McNulty sports reporter

Burt’s hurlers will be giving the Ulster club crown a good rattle, says boss Mickey McCann. The Hibernian Park men take on Monaghan champions Castleblaney in the quarter finals in Letterkenny this Sunday, and McCann says the desire is there to give the provincial title a good shot. Hurling success for the dual club would be a welcome boost after the footballers’ dire senior championship campaign ended with rel-

egation to intermediate status at the weekend. He said: “The boys are a bit down after the football, where we had five losses in a row in the championship. “But I think it’s just making them more determined to do well in the hurling. It’s been a while since we were in Ulster and the hunger is definitely there to do well. “Obviously being a dual club our

preparations haven’t been ideal. We’ve had five weeks of football and there’s been no real opportunity to play friendlies or anything. “In that respect Castleblaney will have a bit of a head start on us, but our boys have plenty of experience and they will know what to expect. “They are a strong outfit and it will be tight, but we know what we need to do to get past them.”

All set for the Junior A Final

Urris, and Red Hugh's Killygordon, will contest the Junior A Final in Letterkenny on Saturday at 4.30 pm. Urris' Peter Devlin and Ciaran Kelly, are pictured with referee, Robbie O Donnell, Naomh Mhuire, and Red Hughs' Ger Melaugh, and Peadar Mc Glinchey, at the press night in Ballybofey on Monday.

Ladies captain gets married Numerous goodwill messages and congratulations poured in for Donegal GAA star and county captain Karen Guthrie who got married to Shaun McDaid at the weekend. The Donegal Ladies Gaelic Football Association has been among those to wish the couple "all the very best for the future." And it posted the picture above of the newly weds on its facebook page.

Murphy's online shop To celebrate the launch of its new online shop,, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is giving one lucky customer the chance to win a €500 gift card. Anyone who signs up to become a member online will be entered into the mega free draw. Pictured in-store this week launching the give-away is Donegal captain, Michael Murphy. For more information visit


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Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate Championship Sun, 14 Oct, Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Glenfin 16:00, Ref: Enda Mc Feely

Ballyshannon club in Intermediate ‘A’ and ‘B’ Finals


Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Junior A Championship Sat, 13 Oct, Urris V Red Hughs 16:30, Ref: Robert O Donnell Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate B Championship Sun, 14 Oct, Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Cloughaneely 14:00, Ref: Anthony Mc Callig Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Junior B Championship Sat, 13 Oct, Red Hughs V Pettigo 14:30, Ref: Kevin Mc Ginley Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Under21 A Championship Sat, 13 Oct, Four Masters V Glenswilly 15:30, Ref: Declan Callaghan Dungloe V St Eunan's 15:30, Ref: Kenneth Byrne St Michael's V Naomh Columba 15:30, Ref: Leo Devenney Sun, 14 Oct, Ardara V Naomh Conaill 12:00, Ref: Val Murray Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Under21 B Championship Sat, 13 Oct, Milford V Convoy 15:30, Ref: Liam Mc Conigley Fanad Gaels V Malin 15:30, Ref: Mark Mc Glinchey Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Under21 C Championship Sat, 13 Oct, - Carndonagh V Moville 15:30, Ref: Paul Clifford All County League Division 3 Sun, 14 Oct, - Na Rossa V Moville 13:00, Ref: TBC


Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior Football Sat, 06 Oct, - Naomh Conaill 1-11 Glenswilly 0-12 Sun, 07 Oct, Gaoth Dobhair 3-14 Sean Mac Cumhaill 1-7 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate Championship Sat, 06 Oct, Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 4-5 Naomh Columba 1-12 Sun, 07 Oct, Glenfin 0-7 St Naul's GAA Club 0-6 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate Relegation Play Offs Sat, 06 Oct, Downings 1-11 Buncrana 1-10 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Junior A Championship Sat, 06 Oct, Red Hughs 1-11 Letterkenny Gaels 1-10 Sun, 07 Oct, - Urris 3-4 Convoy 0-11

Times and venues for the club finals " OOPS" we heard of men dropping the ball, but don't ever drop the cup, as Frankie Dooherty, laden down with silverware, almost drops one, but it's good that PRO, Ed Byrne, is built for speed and has safe hands as he gathers it with help from Alan Boyd, Co. Treasurer, at the press night for the county junior and intermediate finals.

Chris Ashmore reporter

Aodh Ruadh’s recent trophy famine in terms of championships could come to an end this weekend – on the double. They will face Glenfin in the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate A Final on Sunday in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, where the throw-in is 4.00 pm. But prior to that, at 2.00 pm, they are in action in the Intermediate B Final where the opposition is Cloughaneely. The reserves – in the B final - are looking to claim the title they last won in 2012, while the seniors are bidding

to bring a first ever intermediate title back to the club, not to mention secure Ulster club football for the first time in 20 years. Aodh Ruadh fans are expected to travel in big numbers for what could be an afternoon to remember. The Ernesiders are slight favourites for the main event having notched up big wins over Naomh Muire, Fanad and Naomh Columba. Meanwhile, having tasted defeat in the Junior B Final last year against Convoy, Pettigo will be determined to go one better this time around, when they face Red Hughs on Saturday. It’s a huge day for one of Donegal’s smallest clubs. The Junior A Final sees Red Hughs against Urris.


Saturday 13th October Venue – O Donnell Park, Letterkenny Junior B Final Red Hugh’s v. Pettigo (2.30 pm) Junior A Final Red Hugh’s v Urris (4.30 pm)


Sunday 14th October Venue – MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey Intermediate B Final Cloughaneely v. Aodh Ruadh (2.00 pm) Intermediate A Final Glenfin v. Aodh Ruadh (4.00 pm)


Sunday 21st October Venue – MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey Senior B Final St Eunan’s v Naomh Conaill (2.00 pm) Senior A Final at 4.00pm Gaoth Dobhair v Naomh Conaill (4.00 pm)

Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior B Championship Sat, 06 Oct, St Eunan's 3-22 Kilcar 1-5 Sun, 07 Oct, Naomh Conaill 5-7 Sean Mac Cumhaill 2-6 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate B Championship Sat, 06 Oct, Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 1-7 Naomh Columba 0-7 Sun, 07 Oct, - Cloughaneely 2-3 Glenfin 1-5 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Junior B Championship Fri, 05 Oct, - Red Hughs 1-9 Convoy 0-6 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior C Championship Sat, 06 Oct, St Eunan's 2-13 Glenfin 1-9 All County League Division 3 Sat, 06 Oct, Moville 0-1 Fanad Gaels 0-1 Sun, 07 Oct, Naomh Bríd W/O Na Rossa -

L-R, Anthony Coughlin, Aidan Murray, Manager, and Kerry Ryan, Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon, referee, Anthony Mc Calliog, Naomh Ultan, Eugene Maguire and Adrian Houston, Cloughaneely, at the press night for the Intermediate B Final.


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Ballyshannon side goes into decider as the slight favourites

Ward and McGlynn the key for Glenfin sports reporter

That master statistician and witty compere Charlie Collins has come up with a pretty interesting stat that states that Aodh Ruadh have amassed the stunning total of 110 points to Glenfin’s 55 as they lock horns in Ballybofey on Sunday. But championship finals are never decided on stats, or previous encounters, they are mere indicators and not always accurate. However, Aodh Ruadh are going into this final as slight favourites owing to the manner of their big scorelines after beating Naomh Muire, Fanad (twice) and Naomh Co-

Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal Intermediate A Final Sunday, October 14th | MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey | 4pm

Glenfin v. Aodh Ruadh lumba. In full flight they are a potent mix of pace, power, panache and penetration. Goals are their forte, but the burning desire for the three pointer needs to be tempered if they are to become county champions. They hit four goals against Glen, but spurned six easy chances of points to seal the

match in the second half by trying to work yet another goal. But if they can temper this lust for goals with some point taking, they could be a really formidable force.

Glenfin have their master general Frank McGlynn who is the oil in their engine and sets up their attacks

And their rough baptism in Division One is really standing to them in these autumn days - and but for four draws and four very narrow defeats, they would be still in the top flight. Conor Ward, about to find a colleague for Glenfinn, with Dermot Gallagher, closing in for St Nauls, in the semi final in Pearse Park, Ardara, Photo Michael O Donnell.


And they are a neat balance of youth and evolving experi-

ence. In Shane McGrath, Eamon McGrath, Nathan Boyle, Colm Kelly, Damian Cleary, Darren Drummond and David McGurrin, they have some seasoned performers with county experience. They have physical power in central slots and the addition of Oisin Rooney gives them an extra edge in physique. Rooney was located on the old fashioned 40 and did quite a job of curbing Glen’s vastly experienced Michael McGuire, who only really came forward when Rooney was taken off. Glenfin have their master general Frank McGlynn who is the oil in their engine and sets up their attacks. So will Aodh Ruadh ask Rooney to go man for man on McGlynn, two players of very different physique? Glenfin are very solid defensively, so it is doubtful if Shane McGrath will get as much space as he did against Glencolmcille to run at the Glenfin defence. Daniel McGlynn, John Harkin and the explosive Shane Carr have been very impressive all season and Stephen Ward and Pat Costello are towering figures in midfield. Gerard Ward remains their talisman up front with good support from Jason Morrow and Karl McGlynn. But Glenfin rely heavily on Ward and it is vital that he gets a good supply if they are to prevail on Sunday. Aodh Ruadh will relish the wide expanses of MacCum-

Frank Mc Glynn, about to win posession for Glenfinn, in the semi final in Pearse Park, Ardara, Photo Michael O Donnell.

haill Park which will suit their traditional running game.

Aodh Ruadh will relish the wide expanses of MacCumhaill Park which will suit their traditional running game

Gerry McLaughlin

And they tend to attack at pace and in waves with the wing backs joining up as well. If Glenfin can keep this match tight for the opening 20 minutes, then they could

grow into the match. But if Aodh Ruadh get an early run on the Lar Gaeltacht men, it could be very difficult for Glenfin to survive. However, they have consistently proved that they are the arch survivors and they are a very tight knit group. So they will crowd their defence, tackle like tigers and hope to unsettle Aodh Ruadh. And if Frank McGlynn gets space to move, he could be the author of Aodh Ruadh’s downfall. Similarly. if Aodh Ruadh can contain McGlynn and Gerard Ward, they do have the firepower to win this match by a few points. One thing is certain, Glenfin have great battling qualities so a “shock” might not be all that surprising.

Glenfin have not been in an intermediate final since 2001, but on that occasion they went on to win the Ulster title. Manager Liam Breen, who was a substitute then, is quite happy that they are going into Sunday’s final in Donegal as the underdogs. Gerry McLaughlin reports.

Glenfin hoping to shock the Ernesiders rural club. When asked about their late smash and grab act against St Naul’s Breen is quite forthright. “Conditions were terrible and it was very hard to score and we got two late points. “We were delighted to get through and the last free kick, I suppose St Naul’s felt a bit hard done by but fair play to Paddy O’Connor coming off the bench to seal it for us. “And Andrew Walsh’s 45 was a massive kick too and St Naul’s are a big fast and physical team and are very hard to break down, are very defensive as you had to break down. It was just great to get through.” Liam was a sub back in 2001 when they won Donegal and Ulster, along with Liam Ward and Joey McDermott were on the bench. But they had stellar figures like Johnny McGinty, Mark McGinty, Stephen McDermott, Michael McGlynn, Lee Herron and they were all very good. “That was a brilliant time,”

he recalls. “We are a small parish but we let it slip against St Eunan’s in 2007 and could have taken a title.” When asked about Ballyshannon he is very self-deprecatory. “We played them in the League last year, and both times they walked through us.

We usually save our best football for the championship.

Glenfin’s soft-spoken manager Liam Breen is quite happy to let opponents Aodh Ruadh have the mantle of favourites for Sunday’s big clash in Sean MacCumhaill Park, which is just a few miles from the Lar Gaeltacht club. In contrast to Aodh Ruadh, Glenfin’s scoring rate has been much more modest. But they have tremendous “mortas cine” pride in their people and “mortas duchais”, pride in their native place, a deep bedrock that has carried this small club to great heights. And they could have won a county senior title in 2007, when they had the eventual champions St Eunan’s on the rack, but just fell short. More crucially, the last time they played in an Intermediate Final in 2001, they then went on to win Ulster. So while many are picking Ballyshannon, Glenfin are great championship battlers and managed to field three teams this year which is quite an achievement for a small

“They are a very strong, quality side, playing Division One football this year and I was very surprised to see them coming down. I thought they would hold their own. “They had a bad run to-

wards the end of the League, but they are turning it around now and have been winning their championship matches fairly easily and putting up big scores. “They will be formidable opponents,” he added. Liam watched Aodh Ruadh against Naomh Columba and said: “They love going through the middle and love to go for goals and they attack at pace in numbers and are very comfortable on the ball - a typical Ballyshannon team and they will be a tough test.” But Glenfin are a different animal in the championship and “we usually save our best football for the championship”. But do Aodh Ruadh go too much for goals? “My philosophy is if there is a goal chance on go for it. “Now they do go for the jugular at lot and a goal is a massive score and a great psychological boost. “It is hard to come back from a goal.” But Glenfin have loads of

Liam Breen, Glenfinn manager, watches, as his side squeeze through to the final, with a narrow victory over St Naul'sl in Ardara. Photo Michael O Donnell.

quality too in the McGlynn’s and Shane Carr with Gerard Ward and Jason Morrow up front. “We have loads of boys on the bench who are fighting hard for places.” So what would it mean for Glenfin to win the title? “It would be massive for us,

the Ladies have kind of taken over this past few years but it would be a great thing for the club. So can they win it? And again he plays the underdog card. “Aodh Ruadh will be hot favourites”. So is it perfectly set up for a shock?


Letterkennypost Thursday 11 October 2018


Controversy erupts over length of stoppage time

Molloy’s goal a major factor as Naomh Conaill advance Naomh Conaill




Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Dermot “Brick” Molloy evoked memories of his clinical destruction of Tyrone in 2011, with another killer goal, this time when it really mattered against Glenswilly in an absorbing county semifinal. Molloy’s 2011 goal crucified Tyrone, but last Saturday night’s cool finish certainly put a gritty Glenswilly side on the back foot from an early stage. As usual when asked about it he was modest and self-deprecatory. “It is nice to be on the end of a good move and in the right place at the right time. “But all credit to the lads for setting it up for me,” he said. Naomh Conaill reached their eighth county final after a dramatic two points victory over a battling Glenswilly side under lights in Sean MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, on Saturday.

For Glenties, team captain Brendan McDyer was simply majestic, the Franz Beckenbauer of the side, setting up countless attacks and hitting some crucial scores.

But the match ended on a highly controversial note as Michael Murphy squared up to a free on the Glenties 14 yard line with 30 seconds left.

"GOAL FOR BRICK" . . . Dermot Brick Molloy, lifting off the ground as he blasts the ball to the Glenswilly net past James Gallagher for the defining score of the evening to put Naomh Conaill in the driving seat in the semi final in MacCumhaill Park.

He squared the ball to Kealan McFadden and referee Shaun McLaughlin called time 27 seconds short of the four minutes additional time expected as McFadden was about to pull the trigger. Frustrated Glenswilly players surrounded the referee and they seemed to have a point. They contributed in large part to an entertaining affair and their tactic of switching Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher into the Glenties square was a deadly double tango that shook but did not quite stir the Glenties defence. Once again Murphy and Gallagher were the main talismans with good support from Gary McFadden and the promising Caoimhin Marley. For Glenties, team captain Brendan McDyer was simply majestic, the Franz Beckenbauer of the side, setting up countless attacks and hitting some crucial scores. Anthony Thompson was also a mighty bulwark for Naomh Conaill and got forward just as much as he did for his county

in 2012. He hit one vital point but two rash choices at the end when two points were spurned, could have been more costly. But, on balance, the better side won as Naomh Conaill got a golden goal from Dermot “Brick” Molloy after 12 minutes after Glenswilly’s Eamon Ward lost possesion and Glenties captain Brendan McDyer pounced to send a long ball over the top to the lurking Molloy. And Molloy kept ice cool and slid the ball to the Glenswilly net.


Molloy’s neat strike changed the complexion of this encounter and pushed the winners into a 1-2 to 0-2 and was a huge psychological advantage for Glenties. More crucially it meant that Glenswilly were constantly playing catch up as a fascinating battle unfolded between two powerful outfits. The match began with both sides squaring up cagily like the two Donegal heavyweights

that they are. Both sides hit two nervous wides before Glenswilly’s Mark McAteer opened the scoring with a well struck point in the fourth minute and Michael Murphy made it 0-2 to 0-0. Big Neil Gallagher was deployed at centre back in the early stages and was like a busy shepherd making sure none of his sheep bolted. But, it was the McDyer inspired Glenties that looked the more positive side in that opening half. The tackling from both sides was of the highest order with a number of memorable turnovers, but Glenties had a let off in the 13th minute when keeper Stephen McGrath fumbled a high ball in his own square, luckily for McGrath, the danger was averted. The winners moved to a 1-4 to 0-3 by the 24th minute. Leo McLoone kicked a fine point for the winners and then won another which Ciaran Thompson struck and it looked wide, but the officials

were happy and there was no protest from Glenswilly.


Michael Murphy was literally everywhere at this stage and points from Cormac Callaghan and Joe Gibbons kept Glenswilly in touch, as Glenties led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval. And the pace stepped up in the second half with both sides defending pretty much en masse but also attacking in a similar vein. The inevitable Brendan McDyer increased Glenties’ lead to four points with a fine effort in the 34th minute and that set the pattern for a ding dong second half. McDyer was the orchestrator for Glenties, but, although marginally the better side, they never quite looked like putting Glenswilly away mainly thanks to heroic displays from Murphy, Neil Gallagher, Caoimhin Marley and Gary McFadden. A free from Gary McFadden left just a point between the teams in the 50th minute as

Michael Murphy lining up a free for Glenswilly, with a road block of Naomh Conaill men on the goal line in the final minutes, in the semi final in MacCumhaill Park.

Glenties lead was cut to 1-9 to 0-11. It was anyone’s game at this stage, but Glenties showed their true mettle. But Glenswilly committed a silly foul on Marty Boyle which Ciaran Thompson converted with aplomb to put it back to a two points match in the 54th minute. And two minutes later substitute Eoghan McGettigan struck a fine point to restore the vital goal difference. However big hearted Glenswilly were far from finished and Murphy tapped over a free as tension mounted. Match announcer Fergus McGee told the crowd that there would be four minutes of extra time, although Glenties mentors said they understood there were only three extra minutes as the game ended on a controversial note. But the best team had won and Naomh Conaill are now determined to make up for the bitter disappointment of last year’s county final defeat. Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Kevin McGettigan, A J Gallagher, Jason Campbell; Marty Boyle, Anthony Thompson (0-1), Eoin Waide; Leo McLoone (0-1), Ciaran Thompson (0-2f); Brendan McDyer (0-2), Ethan O’Donnell (0-1), Ultan Doherty; Dermot “Brick” Molloy (1-2f), Kieran Gallagher, Eunan Doherty (0-1). Subs: Eoghan McGettigan (0-1) for Kieran Gallagher (49), John O’Malley for Eunan Doherty (54) Kieran Gallagher for Dermot Molloy (61), Glenswilly: James Gallagher; Mark McAteer (0-1), Eamon Ward, Ruairi Crawford; Cathal Gallagher (0-1), Shaun Wogan, Joe Gibbons (1-0); Neil Gallagher, Caolan Kelly; Brian Farrelly, Caoimhin Marley (0-2),Cormac Callaghan (0-1); Oisin Crawford, Michael Murphy (0-42f), Gary McFadden (0-2). Subs: Ryan Diver for Joe Gibbons (54), Kealan McFadden for Brian Farrelly (54), Leon Kelly for Cathal Gallagher (58), Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin)

Michael Murphy, fists the ball towards goal, with Jason Campbell, sticking tight for Naomh Conaill.


Letterkennypost Thursday 11 October 2018


First half goals set the scene as...

Classy Gaoth Dobhair breeze past MacCumhaill’s and into the final

Gaoth Dobhair's Niall Friel attempts to get away from Mac Cumhaills’ Gary Wilson. Photos: Gary Foy.

Eamonn Callum of Gaoth Dobhair tries to go past Conor Griffin of Mac Cumhaills.




Chris Ashmore reporter

Division One winners Gaoth Dobhair are through to the Donegal Senior Football Championship Final - and will now face Naomh Conaill with a league and championship double still a possibility. Not since 2006 have the men from Magheragallon hoisted aloft the Dr. Maguire trophy, but from early on in this campaign they have been fancied in many quarters to go all the way. Having emerged from the ‘Group of Death’ with an unblemished record, they have sailed through the quarterfinal and semi-final hurdles with some ease, having steamrolled past Bundoran by 8-13 to 3-12 and on Sunday they had had 13 points to spare as they cantered past MacCumhaill’s at a windy O’Donnell Park. Almost 2,000 people flocked to the Letterkenny venue for a game that was more or less over by half-time. At that stage, Gaoth Dobhair led by 2-7 to 0-4 - and were clearly the better team. Not even the most ardent MacCumhaills’ supporters could really see the pre-match 10/1 underdogs pulling this one out of the fire. The Gaeltacht side, pep-

pered with talent all over the pitch, had the edge in every department. Occasionally, there were a number of fine passages of play, notably in the first half. And a third goal just after the break had the icing on the cake even before it had set! The west Donegal side moved into an early 1-1 to no score lead with an opening point from the ever lively Eamonn Collum (who notched up 1-5 in the first half) and a goal from Kevin Cassidy. Oisin Gallen, with a couple of frees, and Gary Wilson, with a point from play, brought the Twin Towns side back into things. But at the other end, Gaoth Dobhair added a point through Niall O’Friel – following a great spell of hand-passing - and then got a second goal with Collum giving Eoin Gallen little chance as he found the net after an inch-perfect layoff from Cassidy to put them ahead by 2-2 to 0-3. Stephen O’Reilly got a point from play on 18 minutes to cut the gap to four but the Gaeltacht side added five more points before the break.


Four came from Collum (two being frees) and Eamonn McGee – who was deployed in an attacking role – was also on the scoresheet following some fine flowing football as his side showed their class. Whatever slim chance there was of a revival from the Ballybofey side was effectively quashed less than three min-

utes into the second half. The energetic Naoise O’Baoill burst forward and rounded the advancing Eoin Gallen to fire into the net despite the best efforts of the retreating Gary Dunnion to extend the gap to 12 points, 3-7 to 0-4. Almost instantly, play swung to the other end of the field as MacCumhaill’s responded quickly with Darren O’Leary powering his way into a good position to find the back of the net with a powerful delivery. But the Finnsiders could only muster up three more points before the finish, two from Gallen and one from Stephen Mulligan just seconds after he was one of four substitutes brought on with less than eight minutes left.

A third goal just after the break had the icing on the cake even before it had set!

Gaoth Dobhair

Gaoth Dobhair, meanwhile, were in full control and Odhrain MacNiallais – who had been relatively quiet in the first half – fired over four points in succession. There was also a brace from Michael Carroll while the final score came courtesy of Gavin McBride, one of the Gaoth Dobhair replacements.

The game fizzled out to its inevitable conclusion, and won’t be one to linger in the memories of those in attendance. But Gaoth Dobhair won’t mind. They are into the final. Disappointment then for MacCumhaills, but there can be no real complaints. They were beaten fairly and squarely by a superior side. Nevertheless, it’s been a year of real progress for the club who will play in Division One next season. They may not have succeeded in reaching what would have been a first senior final since 2004, but the club is going in the right direction and to have reached the semi-final was bonus territory and brighter times are surely ahead. For Gaoth Dobhair, it was a case of mission accomplished. The bottom line was to ensure passage to the decider; and they achieved that with a measured display and without picking up any knocks or any concern. The favourites to win the championship now have the last hurdle to negotiate. Certainly, it will be considerably tougher, but they can go into it in a fortnight’s time full of confidence and belief. The Magheragallon machine is still maintaining its momentum. Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Gary McFadden, Neil McGee, Christopher McFadden; Niall Friel(0-1), Kieran Gillespie, Odhran McFadden Ferry; Daire O’Baoill, Odhran MacNiallais (0-4,2f); Cian Mulligan, Naoise O’Baoill (1-0),Eamon McGee (0-1); Eamon Collum (1-5,2,f), Kevin Cassidy (1-0), Michael Carroll (0-2). Subs: James Boyle for O McFadden-Ferry (39 mins); James Carroll for N O’Baoill (40 mins); Peter McGee for

A determined Kevin Cassidy of Gaoth Dobhair makes some headway watched by Luke Gavigan of Mac Cumhaills.

Mulligan (47 mins); Shane Ferry for N McGee (53 mins); Gavin McBride (0-1f) for E Collum, Donal McBride for E McGee (both 57 mins). Sean MacCumhaills: Eoin Gallen; Chris Gallagher, Martin Gallagher, Conor Griffin; Luke Gavigan, Ronan McMenamin, Marty O’Reilly; Gary Dunnion, Pauric Patton;Gary Wilson (0-1), Stephen O’Reilly

(0-1), Oisin Gallen (0-4,2f); Aaron Kelly, Darren O’Leary (1-0), Gavin Gallagher. Subs: Rory Dunleavy for Gallagher (half-time); Stephen Mulligan (0-1) for D O’Leary, Adam Lynch for McMenamin, Chad McSorley for Wilson, Gerard Grindle for P Patton (all 52 minutes). Referee: Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh)


Letterkennypost Thursday 11 October 2018


Ten years on…..

SOCCER SCOREBOARD Airtricity League First Division Final Table 2018 UCD Finn Harps Shelbourne Drogheda United Longford Town Galway United Cabinteely Cobh Ramblers Wexford Athlone Town

P 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27

W 17 16 13 14 13 10 9 8 4 1

D 6 6 11 7 6 7 3 5 5 4

L 4 5 3 6 8 10 15 14 18 22

+/- Pts 30 57 24 54 31 50 23 49 18 45 5 37 -13 30 -17 29 -36 17 -65 7

RESULT. 3rd/4thplace play-off, second-leg: Shelbourne 1, Drogheda United 2 (2-2 on aggregate, Drogheda won 4-2 on pens). FIXTURE. Friday, October 13th, Promotion play-off semi-final, first-leg, Drogheda United v. Finn Harps. United Park, 7.45 pm

Airtricity League Premier Division

P W D L +/- Pts Dundalk 33 25 5 3 59 80 Cork City 33 21 5 7 34 68 Shamrock Rovers 33 16 8 9 29 56 Waterford 33 17 5 11 8 56 St. Patrick's Ath 33 13 5 15 -4 44 Bohemians 33 12 7 14 2 43 Derry City 33 13 3 17 -14 42 Sligo Rovers 33 11 5 17 -9 38 Limerick 33 7 6 20 -40 27 Bray Wanderers 33 4 3 25 -65 15 Note: Teams play 36 matches. Dundalk are champions. Bray are relegated. Limerick will go into the promotion/relegation play-off final against the winners of the Drogheda United-Finn Harps play-off over two legs. RESULTS. Friday, October 5: Bohemians 1, Waterford 3; Dundalk 1, St. Patrick’s Athletic 1; Limerick 0, Derry City 1; Shamrock Rovers 0, Cork City 0. Saturday, October 6: Sligo Rovers 2, Bray Wanderers 1. FIXTURES. Friday, Oct 12th: Cork City v. Limerick; St. Patrick's Athletic v. Shamrock Rovers; Waterford v. Dundalk.

Back to the future for McCourt Ten years ago this week, the hugely talented Paddy McCourt lined out for Derry City in a friendly against Glasgow Celtic at the Brandywell to celebrate the candystripes’ 80th anniversary, writes Chris Ashmore. The former Northern Ireland international is still very much part of the Finn Harps squad going into the promotion play-off games. But his playing days are numbered. Indeed, he may well have already made his last appearance in senior soccer. That said, he could yet emerge – most likely as a substitute – for Harps in the coming weeks as they bid to get back into the top flight. What a fairy-tale story it would be if the Derry Pele could conclude his playing days with a few silky touches to help the Donegal club to get promoted. One thing is for sure, he will not be with Finn Harps next season. He is set to become the head of the Derry City Academy next season. The game back on October 7th, 2008, was also part of Paddy McCourt’s transfer fee to the Scottish club, and not surprisingly more than 5,000 people packed into the Derry ground on a sunny Tuesday evening to see Neil

Chance to attend training sessions

Girl power at Finn Harps Academy Finn Harps Girls Academy is looking forward to its third year coaching girls at its excellent Academy grounds in Crossroads, Killygordon. Over the last two years the Girls Academy has gone from strength to strength with girls attending from all parts of Donegal - from Killybegs to Carndonagh and - from Gweedore to Lifford as well as many girls making the short trip from Tyrone. The girls attending receive top class coaching from qualified coaches and then return to their clubs for games. Clubs have been very supportive as they can see the benefit of extra coaching at a high level for their girls. Many of the girls attending have represented their leagues, their counties and their clubs at various competitions over the two years whilst a number have been selected on National Development Squads. Finn Harps is extremely proud of its input and is grateful to the clubs for encouraging the girls to at-

Sean Hargan and Paddy McCourt exchange pennants prior to the game ten years ago in Derry.

Lennon’s men in action. As for the match itself, well, it was a bit of an exhibition, with tackling at a premium which allowed the game to flow and ensured that top quality football was on offer. McCourt captained Celtic on the night and he was given a huge welcome by the home support when he trooped unto the Brandywell

surface once more. A beautifully take free-kick by Celtic’s Ben Hutchinson in the in the 36th minute was enough to settle the issue. For the record, the team lined out that day as follows. DERRY CITY: Quigley, McCallion, Hargan, Higgins, Martyn, McHugh (McDaid 82), Callaghan, McClean (McAuley, 76 mins),

Stewart, Harkin (Nash 71), Sharkey (Devlin 82). CELTIC: Brown, Caddas, Conroy (Lafferty, 71 mins), Donati, Looveens, O’Day (Ferry 65), Mizuno (Marr, 82 mins), Closas (Millar 56), Hutchinson, McGowan, McCourt (Cawley 76). Referee: Thomas Connolly (Dublin).

Draw not enough for Harps U15s The Finn Harps U15s interest in the national competition is over after Kevin McHugh boys could only manage a draw in the final playoff series game against Shamrock Rovers at the Roadstone Academy Grounds in Dublin. Harps needed a victory to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition. It was the second time for McHugh’s side to share the spoils

against an opposition who are managed by former Republic of Ireland international star Damian Duff. Last month it was a 2-2 draw in Killygordon. McHugh has paid tribute to the commitment of the players since last January and those efforts reaped a string of excellent result in the league that saw the squad qualify for the national play-off series.

Harps legend Kevin McHugh manages the club's under-15 side.

Semi-final spot for Harps U17s The Finn Harps Academy girls team.

tend. Over the next few weeks the Girls Academy is giving all girls born 2005, 2006 and 2007 the opportunity to attend the sessions at the Crossroads. Times are: Sundays, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Bring water, training gear, rainwear, shinpads and boots. Sessions are free of charge. If you would like to attend just come along and meet other like-minded girls.

Declan Boyle's under-17 side continue to impress

The Finn Harps U17s booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the National League competition with a superb 4-2 win over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds at the weekend. Ronan Gallagher scored twice while Conor Black, and captain Darragh Ellison, also found the back the net. The results means that Declan Boyle’s boys remain on course for the double

after capturing the Mark Farren Cup last month. Harps were boosted by the return to the squad of Ellison and Jack Doherty . It’s been an impressive campaign for the Harps U17s and now Boyle turns his attention to preparing for the semi-finals. It was the second time for Harps to defeat Bray at the Carlisle Grounds this season after an extra-time win in the Farren Cup back in the summer.


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USL finish third in FAI Inter-League Tournament The Ulster Senior League finished third in this weekend's FAI InterLeague Tournament which was hosted in Donegal by the USL. The Anthony Gorman managed side won one, drew one and lost one, and finished third behind Leinster on goal difference. Munster took the honours with three wins to lift the Michael Ward Trophy. The USL opened their account with a 2-1 defeat against the Munster SL on Friday. On Saturday they beat the Connacht FA, managed by Anthony Gorman's brother, Gareth, 1-0, while on Sunday they drew 2-2 with the Leinster Senior League in Letterkenny while Munster defeated Connacht 1-0 to lift the silverware.


Harps face Drogheda (continued from back page ) Finn Harps should be near full strength. Mark Timlin has “resumed training,” according to Horgan. But, like Paddy McCourt, he may only be deployed if a plan B is required at some stage in the second leg. Horgan warns that Drogheda

will go into the game “on a high” after their great result on Monday against Shelbourne. Paul Skinner saved two penalties in the shoot-out as Drogheda United won 4-2 after it had ended 2-1 following extra-time, leaving it 2-2 on aggregate. Drogheda had lost the first leg 1-0 at home.

Shelbourne played for over 80 minutes with nine men. Goals from Sean Brennan and Chris Lyons put the visitors into a two goal lead as Shels were in serious bother. Shelbourne were reduced to ten men early on when central defender Reece McEnteer was shown a second yellow. Shelbourne then had a second

player, James English (who scored in the first leg) sent off. He was given a straight red card. But the Dublin side pulled a goal back trough Adam Evans to force extra-time. And the famous old northside stadium was really rocking for extra-time and the penalty shoot-out.

Saturday Glencar Inn Saturday Division One -Strand Rovers 8, Glenea United Reserves 0; Oldtown Celtic 1, Glencar Celtic 2 Voodoo Venue Cup - Arranmore United 1, Milford United Reserves 2; Drumkeen United Reserves 1, Keadue Rovers Reserves 4 Sunday Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division - Rathmullan Celtic 2, Cappry Rovers 2; Castlefin Celtic P v Kilmacrennan Celtic P; Keadue Rovers 5, St. Catherines 0; Glenea United 2, Kildrum Tigers 1 Temple Domestic Appliances Division Two - Ballybofey United 2, Drumoghill F.C. 3; Drumkeen United 3, Gweedore Celtic 0; Cranford United 0, Convoy Arsenal 1; Lagan Harps 3, Lifford Celtic 3


Boyle on the verge of the title

Quality field for Donegal Harvest Rally Following a long hot summer the temperatures remain high for the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, the outcome of which will be decided on the Jackson’s Hotel Donegal Harvest Rally, the seventh and final round of the series this Saturday. After an eventful season three drivers - current series leader Donegal’s Declan Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC), Monaghan’s Josh Moffett (Ford Fiesta WRC) and Donegal’s Joe McGonigle (Mini WRC) are vying to reap the rewards and claim the prestigious Vard Memorial Trophy. Boyle, a champion in 2013 and 2014 is favourite to claim his third title and join Monaghan’s Niall Maguire, the only triple national rally winner. Currently, Lettermacaward driver Boyle leads both Moffett and McGonigle by twelve points and even if either of his rivals were to win (finish as the top Triton registered competitors 20 points) and also claim the single bonus point from the Power Stage, a top eight (ten points) championship finish will still be enough for Boyle to claim the title. On last month’s Sligo Rally, both Boyle and Moffett spurned opportunities to close in on the title, remarkably, both crashed out within a stage of each other leaving McGonigle take the maximum points and the lead of the seven round series. In the last round in Clare where McGonigle was a non-starter, Moffett took victory while Boyle finished fifth (fourth in terms of the series and annexed fourteen points) to move into the lead of the championship. It certainly was an unusual event for Boyle with the Sligo incident playing on his mind. “Clare was one of the toughest rallies, I was trying not to make any mistakes and I was very slow at the start. We (with co-driver James O’Reilly) made our pacenotes with just a finish in mind, particularly after the silly off in Sligo. On the second and third loops we picked up the


Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division Two -Glenree United 0, Whitestrand United 1; Raphoe Town 5, Kerrykeel ‘71 F.C. 2; Deele Harps 2, Letterbarrow Celtic 1 Brian Mc Cormick Cup Letterkenny Area Shield Final - Bonagee United 0, Milford United 0; (Milford won 6-5 on pens)


Glencar Inn Division One Saturday, October 13th (2.00 pm unless stated) Arranmore United vs St Catherines Res (1.00) Castlefin Celtic vs Donegal Town Keadue Rovers vs Dunlewey Celtic Old Orchard Division Two Saturday, October 13th (2.00 pm) Fintown Harps vs Gweedore Celtic vs Killdrum Tigers vs Milford United FC vs

Cappry Rovers Drumbar FC Drumoghill FC Res Drumkeen United

FAI Junior Cup Sunday, Oct 14th (1.30 pm) Quigley Point Swifts v. Cappry Rovers Brian McCormick Sports & Premier Sunday, Oct 144th (2.00 pm) Donegal Town FC vs Glenea United Killdrum Tigers vs Castlefin Celtic Milford United FC vs Kilmacrennan Celtic Rathmullan Celtic vs Keadue Rovers FC

Can Donegal's Declan Boyle clinch the Triton Showers National Rally title this weekend? Photo: Conor Edwards.

pace and got the points we required,” he said. Meanwhile, Moffett is bidding to clinch his inaugural Triton Showers title as he tries to emulate his older brother Sam, who won the series last year and also won Irish Tarmac and Forest titles, the first driver to achieve the feat in the same season. Unlike his rivals, Moffett’s points tally is from five events as he missed out on the Circuit of Kerry earlier in the season. Although McGonigle has been very consistent, he needs both drivers to hit trouble to secure the title. The organising Donegal Motor Club has

attracted a capacity entry of 140 crews with over 40 more on reserve and 16 entries in the Junior category – certainly, the biggest of the season. Donegal’s Donagh Kelly, a former Triton champion is the top seed in his Ford Focus WRC. This will be his first outing in the car since he crashed out of the lead of the Donegal International Rally last June, having contested the earlier rounds of the Triton campaign that included victory in the Circuit of Kerry, Kelly is eligible to score championship points in Donegal. Josh Moffett, Sam Moffett, Boyle and McGonigle are next on the seeded list.

Temple Domestic Appliance D1 Sunday, Oct 14th (2.00 pm) Drumoghill FC vs Gweedore Celtic vs Lifford Celtic FC vs

Bonagee United FC Ballybofey United FC Cranford FC

Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Sunday, Oct 14th (2.00 pm) Deele Harps FC vs Dunkineely Celtic vs Gweedore United vs Letterbarrow Cel vs Whitestrand Utd vs

Centre D2 Raphoe Town Copany Rovers Glenree United Curragh Athletic Kerrykeel 71 FC

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE FIXTURES Sunday, October 14, 2pm Letterkenny Rovers v Swilly Rovers v

Finn Harps Reserves Fanad United

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Chris Ashmore

It's been a great season for Finn Harps already but ultimately finishing as runners-up in Division One will be scant consolation if they miss out on the big prize promotion. The Ollie Horgan managed side chalked up a magnificent ten game unbeaten league run to propel themselves up the table to second spot. But now it's down to the real end of season business as they begin the promotion play-off journey that will hopefully lead to the reward of Premier Division soccer next season. Harps make the trip to Co. Louth on Friday to face Drogheda United in the first leg of what is effectively a promotion play-off semi-final. Should they progress over the two legs – the return match is in Ballybofey on Friday week, October 19th, then they will have another twolegged affair, this time against a Limerick side who have finished second bottom of the Premier Division. The winners of that will be in

the Premier Division in 2019. Nobody in the club wants another season in the First Division. It's all or nothing now. Success will surely also lead to the bulk of the players staying. Defeat now will inevitably see the departure of several players, and it will be back to a rebuilding exercise again. Harps have done tremendously well to get to where they are and yet again Horgan has overachieved. But the blunt fact is that it will count for little if they don't secure the big prize. They finished the season in blistering fashion, with a 7-1 drubbing of Cabinteely - but Harps have found themselves in the unusual situation of having no competitive game for three weeks, due to the manner and format of the play-offs. And this is hardly ideal preparation. Indeed, the lay-off will have quelled the momentum. By contrast, Drogheda go into the game on a real high, having got into this play-off in dramatic fashion. Continued on page 47

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The St. Eunan's side that beat Glenfin by 2-13 to 1-9 to win the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal C Championship and complete a double having already won Division 5 of the All Sports All County League.










Thursday 11 October 2018  

All the latest news and sport from the Letterkenny Post.

Thursday 11 October 2018  

All the latest news and sport from the Letterkenny Post.