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KEEP THE RACE IN ITS PLACE Spectators arriving for the Joule Donegal International Rally should be aware that the Gardaí will be out in force. Speeding, dangerous driving or any types of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and the Gardaí will have no hesitation dealing with it, the organisers of the event have stated. While the vast majority of rally fans are well behaved, each year a small number have caused some problems for the authorities, and public order offences shoot-up over rally weekend. The Donegal Road Safety Working Group has issued a road safety appeal to everyone attending the rally to ‘Keep the Race in its Place’. “The Rally enthusiasts are predominantly young men, and we want to get the message directly to this ‘at risk’ group who follow the sport,” says Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal Co. Council. He added: “Just like any other sport, there is a time and a place for Rally





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driving. It’s important to know that all rally events are well marshalled and take place in a highly controlled environment. “The drivers are specially trained and must wear special personal protective gear. Along with this, the cars are specially prepared for the purpose of rallying. “Large numbers are expected to attend the Donegal Rally, and we want to emphasise the importance of safety, both on the rally course and on the open road. Anyone attending the rally will be getting the message that safety always takes precedence above everything else. “The ‘Keep the Race in its Place’ message reminds people to only watch the stages from designated safety zones, never to enter prohibited areas, at all times to strictly adhere to the speed limits, always wearing your seatbelt, and never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Letterkenny has Ireland’s oldest Mayor The oldest serving councillor in Ireland has become the new Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District. Energetic Ian McGarvey, from Ramelton, was named as the new Mayor at the council’s annual general meeting in the Milford Public Services Centre yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Cllr McGarvey takes over from outgoing Mayor, Fine Gael’s Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, who enjoyed a hugely succesful year. Cllr McGarvey - who was a noted footballer in his day with his beloved Swilly Rovers - continues to lead a very active lifestyle. The independent councillor got the fourth highest first preference vote in the Letterkenny electoral area in the 2014 local elections. He was first elected to Donegal Co. Council in 2004. He retained his seat in 2009 and 2014, despite changes to the electoral areas. Running for Fianna Fáil, he contested the 1999 General Election in the Donegal North-East constituency but was unsuccessful in his bid for a Dáil seat.

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Donegal captain, Michael Murphy joined David Fisher, Estate Manager and the team at Oakfield Park to officially launch the park's new hedge maze. Designed by Jennifer Fisher of The Design Environment and the team of gardeners at Oakfield Park, the new hedge maze is a welcome addition to the park and will provide hours of fun for people of all ages. Oakfield Park Gold Pass holders were the first to visit the new maze and got to race to the centre with Michael Murphy. Oakfield Park is open 11am6pm daily. For more information visit

Over €60,000 raised and counting for Relay for Life As the local Relay for Life committee continue to count the proceeds from this year’s event, the Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle made a presentation of a cheque for €3,000 this week to help offset expenditure. Up to €60,000 has been confirmed to date from the 2018 Relay but with some of the teams who took part the weekend before last still to furnish their funding, this is expected to rise further. The fundraising efforts were afforded another timely boost on Monday night with the presentation of the cheque by the Mayor.

“This will help offset the cost of the gig rig while it’s also Donegal Co. Council’s way of recognising the tremendous work that Relay for Life Donegal does. “I attended Relay for Life at the LYIT and this wonderful 24 community event deserves support and recognition. “I can safely say that there is not a person or a family in Donegal that has not been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly. “What is special about this event is that while we are remembering and reflecting on the devastation that a cancer diagnosis can bring, we are

also gathering strength, generating goodwill and doing something extremely positive in a collective way that shows we are a community, we are in this together, and we will fight cancer in any way we can,” Cllr McMonagle told committee members after handing over the cheque.


Relay for Life Donegal treasurer, Drew Corry, revealed that €60,000 has been raised from this year’s event staged at the outset of the month. But, he added, more money would be forthcoming as proceeds con-


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tinue to come in. Cllr McMonagle had referred to the live streaming of the event, which enabled patrons from all over the world to view Relay for Life in Letterkenny. Thanking the Mayor and Council for the contribution, Chairperson Robert O’Connor disclosed that during the event two years, patrons in forty-five countries worldwide had streamed into the local Relay experience. A date has already been set for next year’s Relay for Life initiative with the weekend of May 25–26 confirmed for the 2019 event.



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Teenage Donegal crash victim laid to rest The 14-year-old Donegal schoolboy who died after the car he was driving crashed on Friday evening last has been laid to rest. Jamie Doherty, from Claggan View Cottage, Terryrone, Moville was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred on a minor road close at Tullyally in the Clar area of Redcastle. He had just finished his second year at Moville Community College, where a plan has been put in place for the entire school community by its Critical Incident Team. The college opened up on Saturday evening to provide a place for Jamie's friends and their families to gather together, an event attended

by the dead boy's parents, Shane and Evelyn. A "structured student support" session was also held in the school on Monday night. An information pack was also made available at the college's reception for parents.


College principal Anthony Doogan said everyone at the school was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy. He added: "Jamie will be greatly missed by all who knew him." Offering his condolences to the Doherty family, Movillebased Donegal county councillor Martin Farren said: "There is an eerie feeling in

the town and people simply cannot get over something like this has happened." Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn said everyone had been "devastated" by the tragedy. He added: "This is a young fella who had his whole life ahead of him. "There is nothing you can say to the family, there is nothing of consolation, the grief is so intense and that's what is devastating." Gardai have renewed their appeal for witnesses. Superintendent Eugene McGovern appealed to anyone who saw Jamie driving the 2004 Renault car around the townlands of Tullyally and Clar between 4.55pm and 6pm.

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Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange wind weather warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo on Wednesday evening and night and for a time on Thursday morning. South to southwest winds veering westerly, associated with Storm Hector, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr. Winds will be strongest in coastal areas. This latest weather warning follows thundery downpours that seen flooding in a number of areas in Letterkenny. Due to the fast moving nature of the depression and the forecasted high tides for the Don-

egal Bay area, there is potential for very high winds in localised areas especially in the Donegal bay area. Donegal Co. Council is urging the public to take extra care when outdoors during this weather event. The Council can be contacted on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288. You can keep up to date on road conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil.



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NEWSBRIEFS Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre opening

Donegal SPCA has announced the official opening date for the Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) at Barrack, Ramelton. The new centre will be opened on Wednesday, June 20. The event begins at 5pm and ends at 7pm. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy this historical day for animal welfare in Donegal. Opening the Centre will be none other than Shaun Doherty, of Highland Radio fame. Donegal SPCA spokesperson, Kathleen Murray said: “Come along on the 20th and view the facility for yourself. Bring your family and friends. “We ask people to not to come to the Centre before the 20th as there would be health and safety concerns due to finishing works on the grounds at the minute. “There will be signs on the day to guide people from the petrol station shop at Illistrin and also from the Ramelton direction. Hope to see you there on the day.”

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Donegal schools chosen for new creative programme Nine schools from across Donegal, reflecting all types of education settings, have been chosen to participate in the Scoileanna Ildánacha/ Creative Schools pilot programme. The programme is a central initiative of Pillar 1 of the Government’s Creative Ireland Programme, which puts the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. The nine Donegal schools are: Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny, Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada on Arranmore Island, Glenmaquin National School in Letterkenny, Glenswilly National School in Letterkenny, Scoil Athphoirt on Arranmore Island, Scoil Treasa Naofa in Malin, St Blaithin's National School in Lifford, St Patrick's Girls National School in Carndonagh and St Safan's National School in Castlefinn. Chosen from over 400 applicants, schools chosen to take part in the programme include primary schools, secondary schools, Youthreach centres, special schools, DEIS schools, co-educational schools, rural, urban, single-sex and Irish-language medium schools. Work will begin in September 2018 and

run through to the end of the school year in 2019. In their application, schools had to explain how their participation would support learning and development in the arts and creativity, their capacity to engage as a school and their plans for ensuring that children and young people play an active role in developing, implementing and evaluating their work as a Creative School. Through the programme, the Arts Council is engaging with children and young people across the country enabling their creativity and linking them in with the arts and creative infrastructure in their locality and nationally. Principal at Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada on Arranmore Island, Mary Doherty, said: “With this programme, there’s an opportunity to reach different learners and make them use their creative side. “Currently, there is no Art subject available in the school. The programme will bring some guidance to the teachers on using Creativity in their respective subject areas. It will give them the opportunity to tap into their own creativity.”

Principal at Glenmaquin National School, Debbie Browne, said: “We are a rural DEIS school in a marginalised community where children receive little opportunity for creative activity outside of school. “This programme will allow

us to expose the children to a wide variety of creative arts and will equip our pupils and our community with the ability to express themselves creatively.” Schools selected for the pilot will be provided with a package of support, which in-

cludes funding and expertise from a Creative Associate to enable them to explore the potential impact of the arts and creativity on school life. With the support of their Creative Associate, schools will develop a Creative School plan and design a unique pro-

gramme that responds to the needs and priorities of their school. This process will support children and young people to challenge themselves in new ways, to gain in confidence and to take a more active role in learning.

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Gardaí to be out in force over Rally weekend CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Unfortunately there are also those who arrive for the weekend who have no interest in the rally and are only intent in causing trouble for the Gardaí and ordinary members of the public who use the roads. “This is a great opportunity to again showcase what Donegal has to offer visitors from other parts of the country with large numbers due to arrive for the weekend. “We want everyone to enjoy the weekend and do not want to see the weekend turn into a tragedy for any family or community and we would encourage all fans to drive with care. Please keep the race in its place.” Inspector Michael Harrison said: “The Donegal International is the biggest motor sport event in the Republic of Ireland it is an event that attracts large crowds of spectators and visitors to the County.

Pictured at the launch of the Donegal Rally Road Safety Campaign is: Joe Boland, Donegal Joint Policing Committee, Gareth Gibson, Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG), Charles Sweeney, Donegal Co. Council, Martin Roarty, Donegal Co. Council, Brian O’Donnell, Donegal Road Safety Officer, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Seamus Neely, Donegal Co. Council, Inspector Michael Harrison, An Garda Síochána and John Crumlish, Donegal Rally. PHOTO: Clive Wasson.

“An Garda Síochána will have an operation in place to police the Rally and we ask all those attending to comply with any requests made by Gardaí policing the stages,

the operation is about keeping the event safe for all attending and participating. “We appeal to all those coming to the Donegal to drive safely and

not engage in any unsafe driving, please enjoy the weekend and Keep The Race in its Place. “The tragedy that occurred at the weekend has left a family and

the local community devastated. A young boy has tragically lost his life and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time.” Spectators have also been asked to respect local residents and landowners property as without their goodwill it would make the running of the rally extremely difficult. It is also important that you listen to instructions from marshals and officials; they are there for people’s own safety. Eamon McGee clerk of the course said “I want to extend a warm welcome to everyone who has made the trip to Donegal this year, be it crews, their teams, officials, marshals or spectators all these make the Donegal experience one of the best in Ireland.” He continued: “We want everyone to have a safe and successful rally weekend so please keep the race in its place and listen to marshals and officials.”

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Donegal Diaspora project set to build more connections All future outward trade and tourism events from Donegal is set to have a Diaspora aspect to them, as the county works to maximise the potential of untapped connections with the Diaspora, a major conference heard last weekend.

That is the wonderful thing about Diaspora. You can belong to more than one place, you can be a part of and feel part of more than one community Speaking in Lough Eske Castle at the Donegal Diaspora conference on ‘Culture and the importance of belonging to place’, Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development and Global Engagement with Donegal Co. Council said the importance of communication with the Diaspora could not be underestimated.

Speakers and guests at the Donegal Diaspora International Conference at Lough Eske Castle. Pictured, back row: Packie Bonner, John Tunney, Lecturer at GMIT, Brian Lambkin, Director of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at Ulster American Folk Park, Joanne Kilmartin, Donegal Diaspora Executive, Michael Tunney, Donegal Local Enterprise Office, John J. Mc Colgan, City Archivist for Boston, Lillis Ó Laoire, Senior Lecturer NUI, Galway. Front row: Grace Toland, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, Dublin, Eileen Burgess, Divisional Manager, Cultural Services, Frank Shovlin, Professor of Irish Literature, University of Liverpool, Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle, Seamus Neely, Donegal Co. Council and Garry Martin, Donegal Co. Council.

“No matter where people find themselves in the world, to feel part of their home county, home town or townland means so much to people,” he said. Mr Martin explained that a driving principle of the Donegal Diaspora project is that all of our Diaspora, young and old, distant and near, rich or poor, influential or not, are all equally important and precious as part of the global Donegal family. “We want to reach out to all of our Diaspora, want to engage with them all, hear from them all and we are working to develop ways to do that. “From football clubs, musical groups and all sorts of

other networks that remain untapped, the Donegal Diaspora project will work towards strengthening our Diaspora and all the outward trade and tourism events going forward will have a Diaspora aspect to them,” he added. Among those present at the very well attended conference was former international goalkeeper Packie Bonner and delegates were treated to a mix of lively and interesting presentations covering everything from Donegal literature and song to its influence in politics in Boston. Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle who welcomed the

delegates and opened the conference suggested that it is not only where people are born and where they grow up that has a huge bearing in their sense of identity, it is also where they live and where they feel they belong. “That is the wonderful thing about Diaspora. You can belong to more than one place, you can be a part of and feel part of more than one community.” He added: “Whether or not we like it, our lives are more often than not, shaped to a large degree by lines drawn on a map. But with ease of travel these days, geography alone no longer dictates our identity.

“That is why it is so important for us in Donegal to continue to maintain the sense of community, the sense of belonging, that in turn makes our physical surroundings and infrastructure worth caring about.” The Cathaoirleach maintained that over the years Donegal has managed to do that through its music, art, culture and sport. “In continuing to do so now, I believe we can grow and strengthen our Diaspora community and help everyone who feels part of Donegal or chooses to live here, to truly develop a special connection with the place they live,” he concluded.

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A group of intrepid climbers have embarked on a remarkable charity challenge, that will see them climb 26 mountains, across the 32 counties in just 10 days. The event will honour Irish Coast Guard volunteer and mother-of-two Caitríona Lucas who lost her life in the line of duty in September 2016. Leading the Caitríona Lucas Challenge 2018 will be Caitríona’s husband Bernard, also a member of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard. The group will tackle Donegal’s highest peak, Mount Errigal on Friday morning before moving on to south Donegal.

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New tourism support initiative launched Fáilte Ireland has developed a 'Know Donegal Local Experts' programme to support those involved in the tourism sector and the local community, who welcome and engage with visitors to the county. This programme will commence with a three-hour interactive workshop on what to see and do in Donegal in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on the following dates: Tuesday, June 26 at 1pm and Wednesday, June 27 at 9.30am and 2pm. At the core of this programme will be a network of local people coming together to share their local knowledge to help visitors make the most of their visit to Donegal.

The programme will also feature a number of annual events, social media initiatives, a Visitor Attractions pass and opportunities to network with other tourism businesses and interests. Explaining the programme, Amanda Boyle, Visitor Engagement, with Fáilte Ireland said: “Increasingly visitors tell us that they rely on and really trust the advice and information received from local people they meet while on holiday. “This programme aims to help inspire front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor encounter into a truly informative and positive experience. “Having completed the

programme participants will have complete confidence in making informed ‘what to do’ recommendations to visitors to Donegal.” The National Tourism Development Authority are calling on all visitor-facing employees, local volunteers and people in the Donegal community that regularly interact with visitors. So, if you own a B&B, work in a Hotel, restaurant, retail store, taxi company, or if you are active in your local community, this programme is for you. This is a free event and places are on a first come first serve basis. To register for the Workshop please email

Major hike in fire service call outs The Donegal fire brigade service was called out to attend to incidents on more than 1,000 occasions last year, according to the latest figures. The service, operated by Donegal Co. Council, saw fire brigades responding to 907 incidents within the county - that's up by 31.4% on the figure for 2016. The service also assisted with a number of calls, which saw crews helping out in Fermanagh, Leitrim and Sligo. This brought the total to 1,082 mobilisation of crews.

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Donegal has third highest level of job creation by IDA supported businesses outside of Dublin Donegal has the third highest level of job creation by IDA supported businesses outside of Dublin, it has been claimed. More than 400 jobs have been created every year in Donegal by companies supported by the IDA and Enterprise Ireland since Fine Gael came into Government in 2011, according to Donegal TF Joe McHugh. The Government Chief Whip said: “Some opposition politicians would have you believe that the state’s enterprise agencies snub Donegal. These numbers nail that myth. “I have heard some ill-founded criticism about a lack of state supports for enterprise in Donegal and not enough focus from the IDA on the county. It is nothing but waffle. “The real story here is that almost

7,000 people are employed in Donegal by firms that have called on state support through the two main agencies. “There are 3,389 staff in IDA backed companies and 3,552 in homegrown businesses supported by Enterprise Ireland.” He added: "And just this week we had yet another success story with Letterkenny-based CloudRanger being bought over by a Silicon Valley company called Druva which specialises in cloud data protection and management. “I understand that the deal doesn’t stop there and the aim of the new management is to build on the presence in Donegal. I wish them every success in the future.” The Minister was briefed on the state’s enterprise supports for Donegal

at a meeting of cabinet ministers led by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys. Figures from the IDA showed Donegal enjoyed the third highest employment growth outside of the main cities from 2011 to the end of 2017. In those years IDA backed firms in Donegal created 1,721 jobs. Data from Enterprise Ireland shows on average 240 jobs being created in Donegal every year since 2011 by Irish companies its supports in the county. And last year Donegal enjoyed the biggest growth in employment in Údáras na Gaeltachta client companies in 2017 - 243 new jobs were created by the Gaeltacht enterprise agency. Minister McHugh said: “Since 2011, the year that Fine Gael came into Government, there has been a strong and

‘Showbands and Bands of the Northwest’ Donegal County Museum seeks your help with a forthcoming exhibition on ‘Showbands and Bands of the Northwest’. This exhibition focuses on the showband era, which helped transform Irish social life from the late 1950s until the early 1970s. In this period there were 500 showbands playing all over Ireland We are calling on local people with memories of those halcyon nights of dancing to bands such as the Sliabh Foy Dance Band, Bridie Gallagher and Horselips to assist us

with this exhibition by lending us items such as tickets, posters, newspaper cuttings, record sleeves, photographs, autographs, clothes and other memorabilia. The exhibition panels on loan from Derry City and Strabane District Council and complied by Johnny Murray, give us a flavour of many of the famous showbands from the North West that gained fame during the 1950s, 60s and 70s – including The Clipper Carlton from Strabane, The Melody Aces from Sion Mills, the Capitol and many more. “This exhibition is going to

bring a lot of memories back to those who went to those dances all over the county from the Lilac in Carndonagh, the Fiesta in Letterkenny to Borderlands in Muff and everywhere in between!” Johnny said. This exhibition is part of the Errigal Arts Festival and runs from early July to early September. If you can assist us with this exhibition, please contact Caroline in Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. T 074 9124613 E

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The Annual General Meeting of the Autism Family Support Group will take place on Monday, June 25 at 8pm sharp, in Dillon’s Hotel, Letterkenny. New members are always welcome. For more information please call 086 1058086. steady increase in the number of people employed in firms backed by the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. “Donegal is pushing hard for new enterprise and new jobs and we will continue to drive this growth with the backing of Minister Humphreys and the enterprise agencies. “In a few weeks from now I will host the U.S. Charge d’affaires Reece Smyth in Donegal and he will see first-hand why multi-nationals are being drawn to the North-West. “The Letterkenny-Derry-Strabane City Region status, the presence of multinationals like Optum, Pramerica, the influence of the LYIT and the CoLab and the deepening links with the University of Ulster Magee in Derry City are just a few examples as to how our county is driving growth.”

NW10k cheque presentations

The North West 10k committee will present cheques to the two benefiting charities Diabetes Ireland (Donegal Branch) and Breast Centre North West next Monday, June 18 in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 7pm. The figure raised from the 22nd North West 10k charity run and walk will be revealed by Chairperson Neil Martin during his address to the guests on the evening. Since the event started in 1997 over €750,000 has been raised for over 30 charities.


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De Exeter House mental health centre to host 'Open Evening' Have you been experiencing difficulties due to stress, anxiety, depression or low self-worth? Did you get the professional help you needed, or do you, or a loved one, continue to still suffer in silence? De Exeter House, Termon, which has helped hundreds of people and their families overcome a range of mental health challenges, is hosting an ‘Open Evening’, but with a difference, this Thursday, June 14 at 7.10pm. The evening -‘Empowering You’- will allow members of the community a glimpse into what happens at De Exeter House and to hear the real-life stories and experiences from some of its former clients. It will be a unique opportunity for people to get information on all the different services that De Exeter House can provide to help those finding it difficult to cope due to stress, depression, anxiety, and alcohol/drug addictions. The Open Night also gives everyone the chance to talk to Ms Angela Maguire, Pyschologist and Managing Director of De Exeter House in a friendly, relaxed, informal setting. As part of the ‘Open Evening’, which coincides with its sixth anniversary in Donegal,

the team at De Exeter House has managed to pull off something of a coup. Country singing legend, Philomena Begley, has kindly agreed be the special guest for the evening (7pm to 10pm), while complimentary refreshments and entertainment will be provided... all free of charge to the general public. Hundreds of people at home and abroad can testify to having overcome a range of mental health challenges through their involvement with the unique therapeutic centre, which is located in the hillside overlooking Doon Rock and Doon Well.


However, many, many others are still struggling daily with stress, depression, anxiety and alcohol-drug addictions. One in four adults in Ireland will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Around one in ten children experience mental health difficulties. Depression affects one in 12 of the population while 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem. Mental health affects thousands of people in Ireland, and their families, friends, work

colleagues and society in general. Yet, the stigma around mental health still exists, despite all of the best efforts of public and private healthcare clinicians, advocates, mental health professionals and range of different voluntary groups. People with mental health problems say the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover. However, with the right treatment most people who experience mental health problems can make a full recovery, or are able to live with and manage their challenges, especially if they get help early. Research shows the best way to challenge stereotypes is through first-hand contact with people who have had experience of mental health problems. A range of national and local campaigns are all trying to change public attitudes to mental health and wellbeing. A top university in Ireland has just recently had to expand its student psychiatric services supports due to growing demand. The range of issues the psychiatrist sees among those referred include: depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and psychosis, adjustment and personality disorders.

Angela Maguire - Pyschologist and Managing Director of De Exeter House.


So, if you are someone who has been affected, or you have a family member, friend or work colleague experiencing a mental health difficulty, but doesn’t know where to reach out for help, this is an evening not to be missed. “We feel privileged to serve the local, national and international community, helping to counsel, support, guide and educate people to manage the stress and challenges in their life more effectively,” Ms Angela Maguire, Pyschologist and Managing Director of De Exeter House said. “Whether our clients come for counselling, time out or rehabilitation, our relaxed and professional service is available for everyone, at an affordable cost. We are aware that one size does not fit all. Every client is unique, and our response is individually planned to meet their needs.” Pat Peoples is a local man who will speak on his own personal journey. Pat works with Donegal Co. Council and will share his challenges with alcohol. C.J. McGinley, is a well-known local journalist for almost 30-years. He will share his journey to recovery from stress, anxiety and

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depression in public for the first time. Charlie McClafferty, from Churchill, is a well-known local undertaker and will talk about the impact of bereavement on his life. Other speakers include Isobel Peoples, a local businesswoman and professional who will talk about her challenges in managing stress while Sean Barnwell, who is also a former client of De Exeter House will speak about anxiety and stress. You can find further information about the ‘Open Night’ and the services available at De Exeter House by calling 074-91-19868 or by logging on to the De Exeter House Facebook page.


Tickets are available online on the De Exeter House Facebook page through EventBrite You can also email Angela Maguire in total confidence at De Exeter House is an independent private company dedicated to the provision of residential and day care respite and rehabilitation for stress, addiction, dual diagnosis and a wide range of mental health issues. It also provides day care and after care plans for clients.

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Pioneering work with dementia patients recognised

Donegal’s Maria named Nurse of the Year 2018 Catherine McGinty reporter

A Donegal nurse has received recognition for her pioneering work with dementia patients and their carers. Hailing from Carndonagh, Maria Magee (née Nelson) scooped the prestigious “Dementia Nursing Award” at the Royal College of Nursing Institute (RCNI) Nurse of the Year 2018 ceremony. The event took place at the Culloden Hotel in Holywood, County Down. But it does not stop there. Maria has also been nominated the RCNI “Commitment to Carers Award” which will be announced in London on July 4. Maria, who is a Macmillan Palliative Care Facilitator with the Western Health and Social Care Trust, said she was “absolutely delighted” to have received the “Dementia Nursing Award”. She said: “I always had an interest in nursing and when I left Carndon-

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agh Community School, I went to the Waveney Hospital in Ballymena to begin my training. “I am originally from Pound Street in Carndonagh, where I grew up with my sister, Annette and my brothers, John, Gerard and Liam. My mother, Evelyn (née McLaughlin) has since moved to Buncrana. My father, Willie, sadly passed away a few years ago. “After my training, I nursed in London, then came back here to work in the community. These days, I work with Macmillan looking after dementia patients and their carers through the Namaste Care Programme (NCP). “I led on adopting and adapting the NCP for use in a pilot across several settings (Nursing home and Derry Well Woman) within the Western Trust.” Maria developed a “Train the Trainer” programme to co-facilitate delivery of two, six-week programmes, lasting two hours per week, to 15 carers and family.

She explained: “This programme focused on the provision of skills to 15 carers/families to help them care for their loved ones with dementia, by promoting communication and meaningful activities, through sensory stimulation in the form of touch, sound, taste, scents and auditory components, in a calm and pleasant environment. “This is the first time this programme has been piloted for carers within their own home environment on the island of Ireland. “I am absolutely delighted with the ‘Dementia Nursing Award’ and my nomination for the ‘Commitment to Carers Award.’ “I am so pleased to have my work on the Namaste Care Programme recognised and so proud to have made such a positive impact to the quality of care for people living with dementia and their families at the end of life.” Emma King, Western Trust Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team Manager, nominated Maria for July’s



Maria Magee with her 'Demential Nursing Award'.

award. Emma said: “I am delighted that Maria has been short listed for this award. “Through her work, she has led a programme that has showed improved quality of life for those with advanced dementia and their families. Families felt able to participate in care and felt more empowered by being able to apply the skills that they learnt. “More widely the programme supported collaboration, communication, co-production and self-management by families and carers. "Carer/family member’s feedback included increased feeling of rapport, improved communication and connection with the family member and reduced feelings of isolation and helplessness. "Some also suggested that their loved one was more content and relaxed as a result of the NCP. “It is only but right that Maria is recognised for this sterling work and I wish her good luck in the final.”

NEWSBRIEFS RTE seeking contestants for Ireland's Fittest Family

The new series of Ireland's Fittest Family is returning and the shows creators are seeking contestants from Donegal to take up the challenge. Two years ago Donegal was well-represented as the Ryan family form Kilmacrennan narrowly lost out in the GrandFinal. The reality show pits families from all over the country against each other for the chance to win €15,000 and the title of 'Ireland's Fittest Family' all the while being mentored by our panel of respected coaches, Davy Fitzgerald, Derval O'Rourke, Anna Geary and Donncha O'Callaghan. An RTE spokesperson said: "We want to see if there are any more Donegal families out there who would be up for the competition and maybe go further than the Ryan's and take the title home." For those interested in taking up the challenge, should visit: irelandsfittestfamily or call 01 531 3865 for more information.


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10 NEWS NEWSBRIEFS Church Hill 'Night at the Races' charity fundraiser

The Church Hill Community Development group are hosting a Night at the Races on Friday, June 22 at 9pm in Wilkins. There will also be a Ladies Night theme too with prizes for the best dressed lady. All funds raised are in aid of the Community Park Project. People can buy a horse for €10, with winnings of €30 if you’re horse comes in first. Local businsses can also act as Race Sponsors – for €50. Any help at all would be much appreciated. By way of an update, the Community Park is almost ready to start. The equipment has been ordered from France and we hope to break ground in the next two weeks. Lots of other fun things are being planned too. Stramore National School are hosting a 'Bring & Buy' on June 23. Glenswilly National School will also be hosting a Cake Sale. Watch out on the group's Facebook page - Hidden Donegal for dates and times for these events. For all information regarding events or to buy a horse, sponsor a race or donate a prize for ladies night contact Clare Bromley on 0834238119 or message us on Facebook.

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Well-known man local Eunan Kelly looking to the future

Donegal Co. Council stalwart retires after 40 years service After 40 years service wellknown Letterkenny man Eunan Kelly has retired from Donegal Co. Council. Eunan was the Area Manager for Housing and Corporate Services in the Letterkenny Municipal District since 2011 and worked in a number of Council Services throughout his career including Sanitary Services, Human Resources and Environment. Staff, management and elected members gathered at a special event in Letterkenny’s Public Service Centre to honour the contribution that Eunan made during his career with the Council and to wish him, his wife Jenny and his family every health and happiness in his retirement. Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr Jimmy

Kavanagh spoke at the event as did the Chief Executive Seamus Neely, Director of Service Liam Ward, Divisional Manager Patsy Lafferty and Mary Maguire from St. Colmcille’s Hostel in Letterkenny. Eunan’s caring nature, his integrity and his relentless quest to always do the right thing for the people he was supporting was highlighted by the speakers as was his outstanding contribution to the organisation during a period of unprecedented change in the last two decades. In his own address Eunan recalled his early years in the Council when he first joined the workforce in June 1978 and how the world has changed in the intervening years.

He paid tribute to his colleagues both past and present and to the work done by the Council and in particular by his own team in Housing and Corporate Services in the Letterkenny MD. He acknowledged the positive working relationship with outside bodies including An Garda Síochána, the HSE and St. Colmcille’s Hostel and also his longstanding involvement with Ballyshannon Leisure Centre and the Earagail Arts Festival. Eunan thanked everyone who attended Friday’s event and all those who had sent their good wishes over the last few weeks.  He is looking forward to the next chapter of his life and will no doubt be sorely missed by all his colleagues in the Council.

Eunan and Jenny Kelly enjoying Eunan's retirement party in Letterkenny Public Service Centre.

Anam Cara meeting

Anam Cara Donegal, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its monthly parent evening on Thursday, June 14 from 7.30-9pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel. Anam Cara Donegal will be taking a break over the summer. The next meeting will be held on September 13. The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable forum where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their grief and loss. For more information see or ring their Information Line on 085 2888 888.

Pictured at his retirement party in Letterkenny Public Service Centre is Eunan Kelly with (seated) Rita Conway, Jenny Kelly, Linda McCann, Joanne Organ. Back row: Darren Nash, Brenda Ferguson, Bridget Bonner, Sophie Kelly, Martina McBrearty, Majella Tunney, Martina McCollum, Marie Dabell and Annette Gallagher.


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'Sense of awe' at annual Gartan Thanksgiving Service The annual St Columba Service of Thanksgiving, in Gartan, drew its largest attendance for a number of years on Sunday afternoon – the day after the saint’s Feast Day, which falls on June 9. The Service was the first organised by the Rev David Houlton, who was instituted as Rector of the United Parishes of Conwal with Gartan in January this year. He was assisted by his wife, Rev Heather Houlton, the Dean of Raphoe, the Very Rev Arthur Barrett, Rev Canon Brian Smeaton and Rev Katie McAteer. The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, presided. The Service is held on the site of Saint Columba’s Abbey, overlooking Gartan lakes, near the spot where the saint was reputedly born almost 1,500 years ago. In his sermon, Rev Houlton said he was raised in a church dedicated to St Columba’s, in Drypool in East Yorkshire. “Standing here, where Saint Columba lived, if you look at the hills, and you can see the lakes of Donegal, it’s not hard to be struck, is it, in awe at the beauty of planet earth – the planet God’s given us to live in and care for?” he said. Bishop Good welcomed the “newish” Rector and his wife,

Clergy make their way to the old abbey site at Gartan for the annual Service of Thanksgiving for Saint Columba.

Rev Heather Houlton, to Conwal and Gartan, and thanked them – their parishioners and the wider community – for organising the annual Service. Music was provided by the Britannia Concert Band from Derry, which won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recently. “I’m thinking of taking back the award,” the Bishop joked. “Because as I walked past I said to Jim [the band’s leader, Jim Goodman] I was enjoying the Cavalleria Rusticana intermezzo, which they played as we arrived, and he said, ‘Yes, we thought it


would be better than send in the Clowns’.” Bishop Good revealed he had visited Gartan on retreat shortly before his consecration as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe 16 years ago. “I did so again yesterday, and I was here, walking around this lake and praying – thanking God that he brought me to this place and this diocese and to these people. “I am thankful to God for this place, for the sense of awe here – the sense of his presence – and for the many blessings we’ve had over those 16 years.”

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For the reflection on the gospel for next Sunday 17 June, Faith matters publishes the commentary from Reality, the Redemptorist publication. “Chapter 4 of Mark’s Gospel is usually known as ‘the parable chapter’. We read its final section today, two short parables together with a brief explanation of why Jesus uses parables. Parables are intended for the mass audience who come to hear the preaching of Jesus. They are attractive and easily remembered stories or examples that will stick in the mind of those who have heard them, and perhaps force them to think more deeply about what they have heard. Sometimes the deeper meaning of a parable might not always be clear, so Jesus needs to explain everything to the disciples when they are alone. This private teaching usually takes place in the house away from the crowd. “The first parable would have been fairly obvious to the people of a farming background who formed the bulk of Jesus’ audience. The farmer’s responsibility is to prepare the soil, and then scatter the seed but he cannot make

the rain fall or the sun shine. Rain and heat cause the miracle of growth. All the farmer can do is wait patiently for seed to sprout, and be ready for the harvest. The kingdom of God is like seed. Jesus has sown the word and must now wait for it to bear fruit. “The second parable about mustard seeds makes the same point. The size of the seed bears little resemblance to what it will cause to grow. The mustard seed is tiny, and despite what the Gospel says, it will produce more a large bushy shrub than a tree. This parable probably has been embellished a little as it was passed down in the community. Teachers and preachers in the early community may have seen the potential for expanding this parable by borrowing some details from the prophet Ezekiel’s allegory of the cedar (today’s first reading). Just as the cedar tree was an image for Israel, so the mustard plant is an image for the church. Despite its humble beginnings in the lifetime of Jesus, it is now growing into a larger community spreading to many nations. Just as a tree provides a home for nesting birds, the church provides a home for all nations.”

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NEWSBRIEFS Outrage at lack of disability funding

Restaurant owner removed wall signs of neighbouring restaurant An Italian restaurant owner was ordered to compensate owners of a neighbouring Indian restaurant whose wall signs and light he removed. Salvatore Cinquemani (47) of 27 The Fairways, Letterkenny is the owner of Trattoria Toscana in Donegal Town’s Main Street. He was before Donegal District Court last Wednesday to face a charge of possessing stolen property belonging to Susan and Rana Miah who own Chandpur Indian Restaurant. Mrs Miah told the court that she contacted gardaí after she noticed that signs which were in place since 2009 were missing from the gable wall. Her restaurant is accessed from Main Street carpark. She explained to the court that because Chandpur had no street frontage, the landlord had given permission to put signs promoting the restaurant on the gable wall of the multi-unit building. Mrs Miah said the signs and light were worth around €2,000. She said that following a previous confrontation over a parking issue some months earlier Cinquemani said: “You will be sorry. Your signs will be down.” However, Cinquemani claimed that

his first floor restaurant extended to the gable wall. He said it was therefore included in his lease. The lease was not available because he had misplaced his own copy. Defence solicitor Florence Hutchinson said the landlord had ignored numerous requests for a copy of the lease and was hostile to her client. Cinquemani also claimed he had communicated his wish to have the signs removed to the landlord on a number of occasions. He did not deny removing them. Garda Joanne Doherty told the court that after receiving Mrs Miah’s report about the signs, she went to Tratorria Toscana and spoke to the defendant. “I asked had he seen anyone removing the signs,” said Garda Doherty. “He said no at first. I asked him again. He then became extremely aggressive with myself and Sergeant Devaney.” The garda said the defendant told them he owned the wall. Cinquemani eventually went to the attic and retrieved the signs. When asked by Inspector Denis Joyce why he didn’t return the signs to Mr and Mrs Miah after having them removed, the defendant said: “It was eight or nine

o’clock in the morning. I put in in the attic.” Ms Hutchinson appealed to Judge Kevin Kilrane to take into account that her client genuinely believed he was entitled to remove the signs. She added that all property was returned. Inspector Joyce told the court that the defendant had previous convictions for assault and public order offences. Judge Kevin Kilrane said: “The defendant wanted those signs removed because they were interfering with his business. It appears that he tried to bully the landlord into giving his consent. The landlord refused to do so. The judge said that when Cinquemani did not get satisfaction from the landlord he adopted the attitude of ‘I am going to do this whether I have consent or not. I am taking these signs down.’ Judge Kilrane said the defendant showed no remorse. The court heard that it cost €180 to have the signs put back up. Cinquemani was ordered to pay €400 compensation to Mr and Mrs Riah. The judge said that if the money was paid he would deal with the matter by way of a strike out.

Chandpur sign on gable wall of building which includes Trattoria Toscanna and Chandpur Restaurant. PHOTO: Siobhan McNamara.

Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has said the allocation of €16 million under the Ability Programme for young people with disabilities graphically highlights the state’s neglect of the North West when shown on a map. Deputy Doherty said: “We in the North West are acutely aware of the state’s neglect of this region but the graphic doing the rounds on social media is shocking all the same. “Just one allocation of funding was provided north of a line from Dublin to Galway with nothing in Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo or Donegal. “I'm keenly aware that there was a very good proposal made by a group in Donegal that I along with the group and other public reps met the Minister with in the last few weeks. “This announcement will come as a severe blow to the groups in Donegal who have provided services the people of Donegal without any state support for over a decade. “The Minister must reassess this allocation and ensure that those with disabilities in the North West are not ignored.”

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Cathedral Quarter Street Feast

Guests at the recent Street Feast in aid of the Cathedral Quarter.

ABOVE: Some of the crowd who attended the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast on Sunday. LEFT: Peter Breen providing the entertainment at the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast.

Laoise Harvey relaxing at the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast.

Enjoying the live music at the Street Feast.

Kieran Geasly, Sharon O'Connell and Brian McCarthy enjoying the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast.

Avery Clarke at the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast.

Enjoying some good food and entertainment at the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast.


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Just under two weeks to go.... Just under two weeks to go until Sea  Sessions  returns to the unique festival setting of Donegal’s Bundoran from June 22-24.  More than just a music festival, check out just ten of the reasons why  Sea  Sessions  is Ireland’s most unique festival. 1.  Birthday Celebrations. Its their 10th Birthday and they’re going nuts to celebrate - if you’re ever going to Sea Sessions - this is the year.  2.  The Campsite. There’s an amazing new campsite right on the Wild Atlantic Way overlooking Tullan strand - its possibly the most amazing festival campsite you’ll ever stay in.  3.  Sports. You can watch some of Europe’s top Surfers take on Ireland’s best as they battle it out in the water or join in the sports yourself by playing tag ruby, volleyball or beach soccer as part of the barefoot

Beach Olympics 4.  The People. The locals are sound, they love the festival and really get into the spirit of things, festival goers are always welcome and they don’t get ripped off. 5.  Uniqueness.  It’s Ireland’s only Surf Music Festival and if you want to know what the world would look like if surfers took over, it’s a must. 6.  Donegal. Donegal was named the “Coolest Place on the Planet” by National Geographic Traveller Magazine with writers name checking it as the top place to visit in 2017 ahead of Santiago and Helsinki. 7.  The Awards. Along with been nominated for countless Awards the festival won the prestigious IMRO Best Music Festival award beating the likes of Electric Picnic, Cork Jazz and Longitude, a pretty massive achievement.  8. New Talent. Sea Sessions spots

and supports new talent. Alongside the upcoming bands that have played when nobody knew them (Picture This, Walking on Cars, The Riptide Movement, The Academic and loads more). There’s also the excellent Unsigned Sessions  that plucks 2 winners from 100’s of entries each year.  9.  The Town.  It’s in the middle of a town. You can go to the pub, grab a bite or party into the wee small hours in one of the nightclubs.  Sea  Sessions  is the only festival to be blessed with multiple accommodation options, from surf hostels, to the main campsite, apartments, 3 and 4 star hotels, B&B’s and guest houses. 10. The Fans. The Festival would of course be non-existent without all the very cool festival fans that come along every year to enjoy the beach party vibes!!


Headlining Friday 22 June is Dizzee Rascal,  Walking On Cars  on Saturday 23 June and Rudimental on Sunday 24 June 2018.  Hannah Wants and Dusky will headline the new Astoria Dance Stage and Irish album chart toppers Delorentos and The Blizzards  will headline the new  Monroe’s stage.

Friday 22 June 2018

Dizzee Rascal, Dusky, Hudson Taylor, Le Galaxie, Versatile, Fekky, DJ Yoda (AV show), The Hot Sprockets, DJ Deece, Molly Sterling, Amber & The Bear, New Valley Wolves, Thumper, Alan Finan, Order of the Mess, Ciara Brady

Saturday 23 June 2018

Walking On Cars, Hannah Wants, Chasing Abbey, The Blizzards, Jerry Fish, Wild Youth, Kormac (AV show), David Keenan, Brave Giant,  Interskalactic, Willie & The Bandits, Get Down Edits, 1000 Beasts, Vernon Jane, Colin Perkins, Sixpenny Plug

Sunday 24 June 2018

Rudimental, Everything Everything, Delorentos, Greg Wilson,  Stomptown Brass, Fabio, DJ Mek, Marc O’Reilly, Waldorf & Cannon, Elaine Mai, Slow Place Like Home, Ryan McMullan, Delta Fuse, A Different Animal, Motion DJs.


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SEATBELT SHERIFFS: Pupils from 1st Class, Ballyraine NS, Letterkenny who were runners up in the RSA National Seatbelt Sheriff Art competition. The class travelled to Dublin Castle for the Award Ceremony followed by a visit to Dublin Zoo.


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Success for Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band The Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band (LSAB) were delighted to travelled to Ostan Loch Altan Hotel to the inaugural Cloughaneey Indoor Marching Band Competition recently accompanied by our music director, Donna Harkin who was entertainment alone for her superb conducting skills. The band thrilled the audience with an Elvis and Abba medley

and a rousing rendition of ‘Ireland’s Call’ to conclude their programme. The band had won First Prize in the Reformed Band Section and also won Best Drum Core on the day, in which Tony Duffy was presented with the Cup. It was great to see that the Marching Band tradition from young to old is still very prevalent in Donegal and it was

a fantastic display of music throughout the day that delighted the audience. Band practice takes place on Wednesday nights in Conwal Parish Hall from 8-10pm (over 18 years). The band is available for festivals, concerts and other types of events. Contact: Mobile: 0860566688 or Email: lsab2@

The successful Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band who won a number of prizes at the recent Cloughaneey Indoor Marching Band Competition.

Harvey’s Point Summer Cabaret

Noel Cunningham invites you to put Harvey’s Point Summer Cabaret ’18 in your diary this year. Yes, the Cabaret is back better than ever. It is truly a night of song, dance, fun & superb food. Be it a family outing, a prewedding celebration, a gathering, a birthday or just any old excuse for a fabulous night, then Harvey’s Point, as you already know, is the place to book, for that special personal touch and attention. Indeed the stars of the Cabaret are ready to make your special occasion extra special this year.

The Stars of this year’s Cabaret, include Red Hurley, Philomena Begley, Cliona Hagan, Des Willoughby along with our resident performers  Gary Gamble,  Fiddler Adam,  Adrian Cullen,  Conal Gallen,  David James, Gerard & Aine Byrne who are a must see and hear and the Queen of the dance floor  Mary B, with the legend that is  Jody Gallagher and House Band “The Bluestack Ensemble”. Add to this a delicious dinner cooked by Award-winning Chefs under the direction of Chris McMenamin, the attention and 5-star service from their wonderful staff and of

course your host, Noel Cunningham  to make sure you have the night of a lifetime. The cabaret runs every Wednesday from 27th of June until October 31st. The two and a half hour evening includes a fivecourse dinner featuring Harvey’s Point famous starter and dessert buffets, Cabaret and dancing. Tickets cost €59 and special packages are also available combining an evening at the Cabaret with an extended stay at Harvey’s Point Hotel. For further details contact +353 749722208 or visit

Another voice

by Jonny McCollum of Letterkenny New Life Fellowship.

He can be contacted on 074 9123961 or

All roads lead to recovery? Your head is spinning. You’re drenched with sweat. Your legs can hardly support your weight. Tonight you’re rushed to hospital and anxiously you wait for your diagnosis. Imagine a doctor comes by on his rounds. He says to you, “I think it might be something to do with your heart. I’m not 100% on that though, sorry I can’t be more certain.” Your mind runs at a hundred miles per hour, contemplating your defective heart. But wait! The next shift, a different doctor comes to your bed. Her view is different, “I think that maybe your lungs are the problem. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be too dogmatic about that. That’s just what I think, others are entitled to their view.” Faulty heart or deficient lungs? There’s no time to ponder, because a third doctor is on his way! “Now, I’m not saying I have all the answers”, he says, “but it seems to me that you have an infection in your bloodstream. But you know, if that’s not your opinion, I don’t want to offend you.” Your head is certainly spinning now! Heart, lungs, or blood? So many possibilities, so few straight answers. In desperation, you speak with the consultant. You plead with her to tell you, “What do I need to do to get better?” Her answer? “Well, different people have different ideas about that. Some people say you need a course of antibiotics. “Others say you’ll be totally fine with a few simple changes to your lifestyle. “Then there’s the people who are a bit more drastic; they say you need to have emergency surgery or you’re definitely going to die! But you know what? As far as I’m concerned...all roads lead to recovery.” Thankfully no patient in one of our hospitals would undergo a hideous experience like that.

It would be the height of madness to allow anyone and everyone to have their own opinion! Thankfully doctors deal in objective facts rather than subjective hunches; if some feelings need to be hurt in order to tackle a disease, a good doctor will do that every time. Yet it amazes me that when it comes to something even more vital than our physical health, so many people take the opposite approach. When it comes to our eternal wellbeing, open mindedness is the order of the day. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion.” and “All roads lead to God.” And if you think there’s only one way to be saved? “That’s dogmatic and arrogant! You can’t say that others are wrong!” Thankfully Jesus Christ is like a good doctor. He sees the awful disease of sin and guilt and he doesn’t waver in his prescription. He’s clear and to the point: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. “No-one comes to the Father except through me.” In doing so he points us to the cure and warns us away from the placebos. That’s not arrogance. That’s merciful and right. Wouldn’t it be dreadful if he spoke in any other way?


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LYIT Department of Design & Creative Media's annual graduation show

John Ugwu in Arolvdis Rodriguez design.

Models showcasing the fashion design pieces at the Department of Design & Creative Media recently held their annual Graduation Show at the Regional Cultural Centre. The title of the event this year was 'Brain Storm'. The event was a huge success with students from many design courses at LYIT displaying their work from the 2017/2018 academic year.

Ailish Kennedy, Sharon Maxwell, Martin McElhinney and Nollaig Crombie, Head of Design & Creative Media. Ailish Bradley, April McManus and Rianna O'Brien in Eymer Bradley Creations.

Niamh McDaid, Chloe Mulherron and Niamh Bradley.

Maria Kapawa, Lauran McDonald, Candace Gillon and Doris Maria Gallagher.

Keith Fallon in a Luke Barber design.


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LYIT Department of Design & Creative Media's annual graduation show

Fred Williams, Katie Porter and Arolvdis Rodriguez.

Family affair... Helen, Molly, Conal and Margaret McNeilis enjoying the show.

ABOVE: Anthony Barber, Steve Breslin, Gabrielle Doherty, Luke Barber, Designer, Matis Tamosaitis and Keith Fallon. LEFT: Ellen Mckay and Grace McGlinchey.

Shauneen Brolly in a Jennifer Lock design.

Niamh McElhinney in a Lauren Doyle Dress at the Department of Design & Creative Media annual Graduation Show.

Jasper Coll, Joe Coll, Damien Cranny and Cormack O'Kane, Animation Lecturer at LYIT.



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A Away

with Robert Walshe

Weekend Hotspot – Marine Hotel Ballycastle Ballycastle is a real picture postcard boasting one of loveliest stretches of Antrim coastline. The town provides spectacular views across to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. Travellers to the town can also unwind on Ballycastle Beach also a popular spot for fishing. A cycling route runs from Ballycastle to Torr Head and Cushendun. Additionally, the town is known for its many historic churches. Popular events include the Lam-

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

mas Fair held annually on the last Monday and Tuesday in August. Another famous link to the town came after George Kemp; an assistant of Marconi arrived in 1898 to carry out “wireless telegraph” transmissions across to Raithlin improving trans Atlantic shipping communications. The Marine Hotel a 3-star property located on the sea front has just completed the first phase refurbishment and expansion programme which sees all 33 of the property’s bedrooms renovated

and its seafood restaurant, Marconi’s Bar & Bistro, overhauled. The hotel’s function room has also been refurbished. The second phase will involve the addition of 12 executive bedrooms and an additional event space, plus upgrading the exterior to better reflect the Marine’s new, modern interior. The Marine Hotel was bought out of receivership in 2013 by experienced local business partners Colum McLornan and Claire Hunter and the result is hugely impressive and beneficial for the locality. In recent years events like the Giro D’Italia and the Irish Open has really put the Antrim coastline on the tourist map. With a thriving hospitality and tourism industry here there is so much to see and do. The internationally acclaimed Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge situated between Ballycastle and Ballintoy hover’s 80 feet above the sea. Constructed of rope and wooden planks this bridge is connected to a very small offshore island from the main-

ABOVE: Dog Friendly Accomodation Marine Hotel Ballycastle. LEFT: Marconi’s Bistro Cuisine.

land and can only be accessed during the summer as it is removed before winter arrives. Only the brave will cross this bridge as it sways in the wind! The nearby Old Bushmills Distillery is the World’s oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery. King James I granted the original License to distil ‘Aqua Vitae’ in 1608 and since then Bushmills have been making the finest Irish Malt Whiskey here for almost four hundred years. Royal Portrush set on possibly the most beautiful stretch of coastline on the island of Ireland attracts golfers from all over the world. Founded in 1888, the course is overlooked by the ruins of the 13th century Dun-

luce castle, making its setting and views nothing less than spectacular. The links layout of the two courses threads its way through giant dunes, along cliffs and into valleys. Both courses feature magnificent turf, tricky greens and narrow fairways, complete with high winds to make it a good challenge for the even most seasoned golfers. The Dunluce course is the more demanding side and the championship course of the two. Calamity corner, the aptly named short 14th is probably the signature hole on this course. A popular spot for families during summer is Barry’s Portrush boasting the largest amusement park found in Ireland. For best weekday or weekend rates visit www.marinehotelballycastle. com

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


by Barbara Collins

ORCHARD SMOKEHOUSE SMOKED CHICKEN SALAD I got some fabulous new smoked meats at Balmoral Show from the Orchard Smokehouse in Armagh. Their Silverside and Gammon were great on their own but I used their Smoked Chicken in a salad which worked really well. It is just an assembly job but when you have

great raw ingredients, you shouldn’t muck about with them. This serves 2 hungry people. I pair it with a bottle of craft cider and some good bread. To find out where to get the products email frank@ INGREDIENTS

1 Orchard Smokehouse Smoked Chicken Breast 1 apple- preferably green A handful of nuts (hazelnut or walnut) A bag of salad leaves 2 tbsp rapeseed oil (I used Harnett’s) 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (I used Armagh Cider Company’s) A good pinch of Sea Salt (I used Duvallain) 8 Grinds of black pepper mill

METHOD Slice the chicken and the apple. Put into a bowl with the nuts and leaves. Mix the oil and vinegar and season. Pour over the salad and toss thoroughly. Serve immediately.

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It's all systems go for the Joule Donegal International Rally


Thumbs up for double winner Manus Kelly as the countdown continues to this year's Joule Donegal International Rally. Photo: Eamon Ponsonby.



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This year’s rally once again comprises 20 special stages

Where to see the stages

Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy, who won the event in 2015, are pictured here in the recent Cavan Stages Rally. They are seeded at number four in their Subaru WRC. PHOTO: Jonathan Curran.

The route for this year is as follows; Friday sees the crews leave the Mount Errigal Hotel and tackle the stages of Breenagh, Cark Mountain and Letterleague, these stages are repeated twice with centralised service in the council yard in Letterkenny. Saturday and Sunday once again sees centralised service in Milford. Saturday morning will see the crews traverse the Carnhill and Knockalla stages then into service and repeat the stages. In the afternoon Gartan and Trentagh are on the menu for the competitors again these are repeated with a service in between. Sunday has the classic stages of Fanad, Atlantic Drive and Glen repeated before the winners and the remaining crews make it back to the finish ramp at the Mount Errigal Hotel at 5.30pm

FRIDAY: Stages 1 – 6

Stage 1 & 4 – BREENAGH There’s nothing like a tricky opener to get the adrenalin flowing and so the crews will have to combine skill with patience as they set off on the first stage over Breenagh, just outside Letterkenny. This is really demanding stage with a great bit of variety on what can be a difficult surface at times. This year the stage being used is the one last visited in this format in 2014. This will be an early test for all with valuable seconds to be gained – or lost. First car due: 12.57 and 15.39 Road closed from: 11.30 Stages 2 & 5 – CARK MOUNTAIN This is a return to the stage used in 2014 and is truly spectacular in places with a high elevation. Indeed, Colin McRae and Nicky Grist, back in 2006, went as far as to say it was the “trickiest stage in the world!’ With open hairpins, and some very fast sections, the foot can be put to the floor in places, but there are some difficult corners. The stretch along the Welchtown road is a popular one for spectators. First car due: 13.22 and 16.04 Road closed from: 12.00

Stage 3 & 6 – LETTERLEAGUE A highly popular stage over the years, this is a faster one with long straight stretches but a few bumps over high ground with spectacular scenery. This year the version being used is the downhill version of 2014. It has been tweaked this year and should attract bigger numbers of spectators due to the ease of access near Drumkeen. The well-known Legland bridge is a great place for action shots. The square right at Ballystrang School is bound to be thronged with spectators. Interestingly, back in 1984 this was the last stage of the rally that saw the great Billy Coleman and Ronan Morgan pipping Austin McHale and Christy Farrell by just a second. First car due: 13.51 and 16.33 Road closed: 12.30

SATURDAY: Stages 7 – 14

Stage 7 & 9 - CARNHILL The popular Carnhill Stage will this year see the start used back in 2009 so it’s a fast downhill initially and then a square right and square left. The hairpin left at Carr’s of the Diamond always attracts a big crowd. The bumpy section over to Mullaghheap is always a test for the crews. There’s a new twist last used in 2007 and the finish sees a square left and then a fast straight not that was last included in 2006. First car due: 09.52 and 12.41 Road closed: 08.40 Stage 8 & 10 - KNOCKALLA The famous Knockalla Stage sees the start down beside Stocker Strand and then it’s the spectacular climb up and around the coastline – with jaw-dropping views let alone rallying action – and inland towards Glenvar Village before heading back out and down to the coast and near White Strand United’s ground before heading back inland again for a technical section that has not been used since 2014 as they head towards Aughterlin Chapel before a straight finish. First car due: 10.35 and 13.24 Road closed: 08.45

SERVICE: 11.20 and 14.09 Stage 11 & 13 – GARTAN The stage is the same as last year’s with the star on the Doon side of Termon. It heads south with some long straight stretches where drivers can push to the limit. There are some great vantage points along the way and popular areas include around the Kibbin Bar and Gartan Bridge. The finish is at Losset. First car due: 15.03 and 18.00 Road closed: 13.50 Stage 12 & 14 – TRENTAGH This stage has been run on Friday's in more recent years but this time it will be on Saturday. This is a fast stage early on before the bumps and jumps around Gortnacorrib. Part of the stage has been used in Harvest and Circuit of Ireland rally events in the past. It could well be one of the most interesting stages.

SUNDAY: Stages 15 – 120

Stage 15 & 18 – FANAD HEAD One of the classic stages – which has been the final stage on occasions – this time it reverts to the format used back in 2011. A spectacular stage with fast stretches near Triagh-a-locha and some great bends, it could well determine the fortunes of many. The hairpin left at Ballywhoriskey will attract much attention and crews will be going flat to the mat up past the Tin House before the finish at Cashel Post office. First car due: 12.03 and 15.17 Road closed: 10.40 Stage 16 & 19 – ATLANTIC DRIVE One of the classic stages, the Atlantic Drive stage around the Rosguill Peninsula is surely one of the most scenic and testing loops on the planet. There are many notable landmarks, including McClafferty’s Shed, Clontallagh, the fast section up past

the famous Singing Pub, and then on towards the finish at Meevagh. As in previous years there will be a shuttle bus service for spectators from Downings. First car due: 12.51 and 16.05 Road closed: 11.30 Stage 17 & 20 – HIGH GLEN This stage could well decide the winner. Just as was the case last year, it starts on the Derrylaggy side (off the main Kilmacrennan to Cresslough Road). The crews will then fly along the road past Glen Lough with plenty of bumps and a few testing bends before coming into Glen Village which is likely to be thronged for the day Then it’s up of High Glen and a fast finish for those final few vital seconds before the line Coole Chapel. First car due: 13.27 and 16.41 Road closed: 12.00 Finish ramp at Mount Errigal Hotel, 17.54

Donegal's Brian Brogan goes through Glen in 2013. This year's stages are set to create plenty of excitement.


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Civic reception and overall sports star awards

A year to remember for Kelly and Barrett Two of Donegal’s most prominent motor sports heroes Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett have been honoured in their own county. Back in January they won the Donegal Sportstar of the Year award for 2017 – as well as the motorsport category – and then in April they were honoured at a Civic Reception in the County House in Lifford in recognition of their achievements in winning the Donegal International Rally in 2016 and 2017 together with the National

Rally Championship in 2015. Manus and Donall were joined by family, friends and colleagues as well as other sporting greats at the special event. Manus Kelly said “winning the Donegal International Rally is every rally driver’s dream and you don’t get it easily.” Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle led the tributes, saying their “their achievements have been outstanding, but more than that their journey has been an example to us all.

He continued: “The toiled at their sport for many years and I am sure they were disappointed on many occasions but they kept going. They were determined. And he added: "They put in the hard work and the long hours and they reaped their rewards with their momentous win in their own county, on their own roads, with their own people to encourage them along the way.” Numerous other tributes were also paid by those in attendance.

Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett at the Civic Reception held in their honour to recognise being the double winners of the Donegal International Rally in 2016 and 2017 and the National Rally winners in Donegal in 2015. Photo: Clive Wasson

Overall Winner Donal Barrett, Special Guest Ken Doherty, Overall Winner Manus Kelly, and Donegal Sports Star Chairperson Neil Martin at the Donegal Sports Star of the Year Awards back in January.


Motor Sport Award Winners Donal Barrett and Manus Kelly pictured with Ken Doherty at the Sports Star Awards.


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That winning feeling....Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy celebrate after winning the Joule Donegal International Rally in 2015. Photo: Paul McClay.

Winners over the past five years

PAST WINNERS 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Cahal Curley / Peter Scott Cahal Curley / Terry Harryman Cahal Curley / Terry Harryman Achim Warmbold / John Davenport Brian Nelson / Malcolm Neill Billy Coleman / Austin Frazer Ari Vatenen / Peter Bryant Brian Nelson / Rodney Cole Jimmy McRae / Frank Maine John Lyons / Bill Moffitt John Lyons / Bill Moffitt Vincent Bonner / Seamus McGettigan Billy Coleman / Ronan Morgan Billy Coleman / Ronan Morgan Billy Coleman / Ronan Morgan Bertie Fisher / Austin Frazer Mark Lovell / Terry Harryman David Llewellin / Phil Short Austin McHale / Dermott O Gorman James Cullen / Ellen Morgan Bertie Fisher / Rory Kennedy Bertie Fisher / Rory Kennedy Stephen Finlay / Campbell Roy Bertie Fisher / Rory Kennedy Andrew Nesbitt / George Millar Austin McHale / Brian Murphy Andrew Nesbitt / James O Brien James Cullen / Ellen Morgan Andrew Nesbitt / Brian Murphy Event not run due to Foot & Mouth Andrew Nesbitt / James O’Brien Andrew Nesbitt / James O’Brien Eugene Donnelly / Paul Keily Eugene Donnelly / Paul Keily Andrew Nesbitt / James O’Brien Sebastian Loeb/ Daniel Elena Eugene Donnelly / Paul Kiely Gareth McHale / Brian Murphy Gareth McHale / Brian Murphy Tim McNulty/ Paul Kiely Gary Jennings/Neil Doherty Sam Moffet / James O’Reilly Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett Manus Kelly/Donall Barrett

Donegal International Rally 2014 winners Declan and Brian Boyle at the finishing ramp in Letterkenny.

Porsche Carrera Porsche Carrera Porsche Carrera BMW 2002 Porsche Carrera Lancia Stratos Ford Escort RS 1800 Ford Escort RS 1800 Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HSR Ford Escort RS 1800 Ford Escort RS 1800 Ford Escort RS 1800 Opel Manta 400 Porsche 911 SC RS Austin Metro 6R4 Opel Manta 400 Ford Sierra Cosworth Toyota Celica GT4 BMW M3 Ford Sierra Cosworth Subaru Legacy RS Subaru Legacy RS Ford Escort Cosworth Subaru Legacy RS Toyota Celica Toyota Celica Toyota Celica Subaru Imprezza Subaru WRC Subaru WRC Subaru WRC Toyota Corolla Toyota Corolla Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Citroën C4 WRC Skoda Fabia WRC Ford Focus Ford Focus Subaru WRC Subaru Impreza Subaru S14 WRC Subaru WRC Subaru Impreza S12 WRC

Subaru S12 WRC Subaru S12 WRC

ions Manus Kelly and ernational Rally Champ ture: Ciaran Foy 2017 Joule Donegal Int Pic e. Ge Mc onn Eam Course Cup from Clerk of the

We did it....Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett celebrate at the finishing ramp in Letterkenny in 2016. Photo: Eamon Ponsonby.

nedy Perpetual

receiving the Jim Ken Donall Barrett pictured

2013 Rally winners Sam Moffet and James O Rei lly. Photo by Emmet Mc Na mee - m

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The popularity of this year’s Joule Donegal International Rally can be seen by the fact that it has once again been oversubscribed. There are over 150 crews in the main field, with a further 42 on the reserve list. And, on top of that, there are 21 crews in the Junior Rally (with four on the reserve list) and 21 in the Historic Rally.

This year the entry fees were set at €1400 for the three day International/ National event, and that includes all levies. The Historic Rally crews will complete two full days of the event and the fee is €865, including levies, and the Junior event will consist of the six classic Sunday stages and the entry fee is €565.

Over 150 entries for main event at €1,400 per crew International Rally/National Rally Entry List No. Crew 1 Manus Kelly Donall Barrett 2 Donagh Kelly Conor Foley 3 Declan Boyle James O Reilly 4 Garry Jennings Rory Kennedy 5 Darren Gass Enda Sherry 6 Derek McGarrity Paddy Robinson 7 Sam Moffett Karl Atkinson 8 Robert Barrable Damien Connolly 9 Josh Moffett Andy Hayes 10 Desi Henry Liam Moynihan 12 Joseph McGonigle Ciaran Geaney 14 Jonathan Greer Kirsty Riddick 15 Callum Devine Brian Hoy 17 Robert Duggan Ger Conway 18 Eugene Donnelly Mark Kane 20 Kevin Eves Chris Melly 21 Gary McPhillips James McNulty 22 Brian Brogan Damien McGettigan 23 Gary Kiernan Ryan Moore 24 Jonathan Pringle Paul Sheridan 25 Stuart Darcy William Lynch 26 Declan Gallagher 27 Adrian Hethrington Ronan O Neill 28 Damien Tourish Domhnall McAlaney 29 Frank Kelly Liam Brennan 30 Meade Colin Fitzgerald 31 Vivian Hamill Andrew Grennan 32 Ryan Loughran Gareth Doherty 33 Damian Toner Denver Rafferty 34 Kevin Gallagher Noel O Sullivan 35 Ian Barrett Paul McGee 36 John Bonner Leon Jordan 37 Wesley Patterson Johnny Baird 38 Phil Collins Ashley Trimble 39 PJ McDermott Niall Burns 40 Stuart Biggerstaff Anthony Nestor 41 Jason McSweeney Anthony O Connell 42 John O Donnell Aidan Friel 43 Martin McGee Johnny McGee 44 Conor Harvey Gerard Callaghan 45 Mark Alcorn Kevin McCafferty 46 Kevin O Donoghue TBC 47 Tommy Doyle Ger Conway 48 Pauric Duffy Kevin Glynn 49 Gary Cooney John McElhinney 50 Aidan Wray Kieran McGrath 51 Shane Maguire Darragh Kelly 52 William Mavitty 53 Gavin Kelly Eamonn Gillespie 54 Mark Boyle Charles Gallagher 55 Cathan McCourt Barry McNulty 56 Michael Carbin Conor Mohan 57 Paul Rowley Brian Doherty 58 Lee Hastings Alistair Wyllie 59 Colin Quirke Kaine Treanor 60 Declan McCroary Stephen O Hanlon 61 Keith Lyons Sean Hegarty 62 Kyle McGettigan Dale McGettigan 63 Patrick McHugh Pauric O Donnell 64 Johno Doogan Ciaran Markon 65 Anthony Quinn Glenn Alcorn 66 Robert Adamson Jane Nicol 67 Andy Davies Max Freeman 68 JF Shovelin Emmet Brosnan

Stuart Darcy and William Lynch of Donegal in the distinctive Darrian T90 who will be in the hugely competitive Class 14.

From Letterkenny Frosses Leitirmacaward Kesh Armagh Antrim Monaghan Dublin Monaghan Antrim Muff Down Derry Kerry Derry Pettigo Monaghan Letterkenny Cavan Cavan Donegal Ardara Tyrone Lifford Tyrone Cork Tyrone Tyrone Armagh Rathmullan Kildare Dungloe Down UK Burt Down Cork Letterkenny Milford Letterkenny Letterkenny Kerry Longford Monaghan Letterkenny Castlefin Monaghan Fermanagh Annagry Dungloe Tyrone Monaghan New York Scotland Isle of Man Tyrone Limerick Letterkenny Dungloe Monaghan Australia Scotland UK Bruckless

Car Subaru WRC Focus WRC Fiesta WRC Subaru WRC Subaru WRC Fiesta WRC Fiesta R5 Fiesta R5 Fiesta R5 Fiesta R5 Mini WRC Fiesta R5 Fiesta R5 Fiesta R5 Hyundai i20 Corolla Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Darrian T90 Starlet RWD Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Darrian T90 Darrian T90 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Subaru S12 Subaru Evo 9 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 BMW M3 Escort Mk2 Fiesta R5 Subaru S12 Evo 10 Evo 9 Evo 9 Evo 9 Evo 9 Evo 10 Evo 4 Fiesta R5 Subaru Fiesta R5 Fiesta Fiesta Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Polo Fabia S2000 Subaru Escort Mk2

Class 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 7 5 5 5 5 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 7 7 20 13 14 14 14 14 14 5 7 4 4 4 4 4 4 20 5 20 5 5 5 14 14 14 5 5 20 14

No. Crew From 69 Stephen Bawn Chris O Donnell Limerick 70 Richard Moffett Martin Connelly Monaghan 71 John McQuaid Thomas Treanor Monaghan 72 Bruce Edwards Jim Smyth Scotland 73 Daniel Conaghan Terence Magee Milford 74 Columba Heena Derek Heena Ardara 75 David Moffett Karl Egan Monaghan 76 William McFadden Daniel McBride Ramelton 77 Johnny Jordan Gary McNern Inver 78 Conor Curley Nigel Frazer Derry 79 Michael Dunlop Robb Fagg Antrim 80 Barry Morris Declan Campbell Tyrone 81 JR McDaid Letterkenny 82 Geoffrey Dolan Connor Murphy Lifford 83 Cormac Phelan Katja Auhl Roscommon 84 Peter Wilson Brendan McElhinney Meath 85 Jason Roache John McCarthy Wicklow 86 Liam Doherty Dermot McGettigan Letterkenny 87 Conor Watters Shane O Donnell Ardara 88 Daniel Breslin Donegal 89 Damien Whoriskey Conal McNulty Gortahork 90 Tommy O Connell Emmett Sherry Derry 91 Gerard McQuaid Gareth Quinlan Monaghan 92 Oran Donnelly Paul Hughes Antrim 93 Shane Cullen Connor O Loan Tyrone 94 James McCarville Paddy McCrudden Monaghan 95 Liam McMullan John Coll Dunfanaghy 96 Stephen Carey Nicole Roycroft Cork 97 Michael Boyle Dermot McCafferty Leitirmacaward 98 Kevin McLaughlin TBC Dunfanaghy 99 Donal Kelly Aidan Sweeney Letterkenny 100 JP Logue James Logue Kilmacrennan 101 Liam McIntyre Rory McBride Donegal 102 Brian Watson Sean Donnelly Scotland 103 Ashley Dickson Graham Henderson Tyrone 104 Joe McQuillan Ashley Boulton Antrim 105 Jim McDowall Charlotte McDowall Scotland 106 Viorel Dobasu USA 107 Liam Egan Patrick Brides New York 108 Andrew Hegarty Letterkenny 109 Denis Ferry Danny McMenamin Dunfanaghy 110 Billy McClelland Steven Browne Scotland 111 Damien Campbell Declan McGarrity Fermanagh 112 Gary McElhinney Stephen McGing Donegal 113 Shaun Murphy Damien McKenna Dunfanaghy 114 John Dolan Jack McGinley Newtown 115 Peter Greene Conor Comack Dungloe 116 Michael Peoples Sean Doherty Derry 117 Kevin Kelly Keith Harris Letterkenny 118 Declan Campbell Kevin Creighton Tyrone 119 James Cassidy Jane Collins Meath 120 Vincent Collins Fintan Kilroe Roscommon 121 Patrick Bradley Gavin Doherty Letterkenny 122 Gerard Gibbons Aodhan Gallagher Letterkenny 123 Stephen Peoples Kieran Burke Kilmacrennan 124 James Fitzgerald Mossie O Connell Cork 125 Shane Stanley Kenneth Fuller Cork 126 Danny McBride Emmett McNulty Convoy 127 Ciaran Phelan Aine Phelan Leitrim 128 Seamus McDaid Jared Gill Drumkeen 129 Anthony McCann Damien McCann Antrim 130 Clive McGonigle Steven Tinney Convoy 131 Nick Barnett Martin Brady UK 132 Steve Benton Peter Thomas UK 133 Stanley McKeown Nigel Gourley Tyrone 134 Gerard McGivney Gavin McGivney Monaghan 135 Kieran O Kane Sean Devlin Scotland 136 Shane Carr Ciaran Carr Ramelton Nova 137 Sam Stewart Alan Johnson Kilmacrennan 138 Paul Crosby Trisha Greavy Australia 139 John Mulholland Aidan O Connor Antrim 140 Andy Heekin Kris Farrell Canada 141 Andrew McTaggart Shane McTaggart Letterkenny 142 Mark Ewing Danny Cannon Ballybofey 143 Christopher Boyce Pascal Dillon Tyrone 144 Alistair Glenn Lee Simpson Lifford 145 Eamonn McLaughlin Anthony McLaughlin Derry 146 Shaun Doherty Chris Harley Creeslough 147 Brian Henaghan Patsy Tommy USA 148 Stuart Robb Adrian Rankin Letterkenny 149 David Gordon Daniel Callaghan Letterkenny 150 Michael Curran Michael O Donnell Bunbeg 151 Sean Heraghty Gary Lockhart Ramelton 152 Shane McFadden Shane Sweeney Glassagh 153 Ruairi McGarrity Martin McGarrity Fermanagh 154 Aaron McLaughlin Martin Farren Carndonagh 155 Stephen McDonagh Patrick Coll Crolly

Car Escort Mk2 Starlet RWD Escort Mk2 Darrian T90 Escort Mk2 Corolla Starlet RWD Escort G3 Starlet RWD Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Sunbeam Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Evo 9 Fiesta Civic Civic Civic Civic Evo 9 Subaru S11 Evo 9 Evo 9 Subaru Fiesta R5 Subaru Escort Mk2 Evo 9 Evo 3.5 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort G3 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Civic Civic Civic Civic Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Lancer Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Escort Mk2 Opel Ascona 10 Escort Mk2 Starlet RWD Escort Mk2 Subaru Corolla Civic Civic

Class 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 11R 20 2 11F 11F 11F 11F 20 7 20 20 15 5 4 14 4 20 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 13 11R 11R 11F 11F 11F 13 13 12 13 4 13 13 13 14

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Leading crews canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get going

(Above) Green, mean machine. Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett's Subaru WRC. Photo: Eamon Ponsonby (Right) Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett after they won the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney earlier this year. Photo: Stefan Lassus.

Sam Moffett in action. Photo by Emmet Mc Namee -

Competitors ďŹ&#x201A;ying in from New Zealand, Australia and America

A truly international rally The entry list has a truly international feel this year, with crews coming from all corners of Ireland and the UK as well as the United States of America, Canada and Australia. Among those coming over is first time navigator Balmore Hernandez who is travelling with all his family from San Francisco to co-drive for Joe Whyte in a historic spec Mini. Tony Quinn (pictured right) is returning from New Zealand

once again and this year he is bringing one of his own cars, a VW Polo S2000, He will be co-driven by Glenn Alcorn. Glenn is a Leitermacaward native living and working now in Western Australia. Scotland is particularly well represented this year with eight crews making the ferry journey across to rally in the Hills of Donegal. And there will be a few fans over too.

Joseph McGonigle and Ciaran Geaney will be number 12 in their Mini WRC. They are seen here in the Cavan Stages Rally. Photo: Jonathan Curran.

Derek McGarrity and Paddy Robinson will be number six this weekend. Photo: Stefan Lassus.

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The lingo for the rally – a quick guide Ceremonial start

transfers drive from the front or rear differential to the wheel. Each four-wheel drive rally car has four.

stop to have its time recorded.


Officially-sanctioned technical officials who check the legality of WRC cars before, during and after each event.

The official time allowed for a WRC car to complete a non-competitive road section. Time penalties are applied if competitors check-in earlier or later than their target time.

The navigator in the passenger seat who gives a running commentary through an intercom to the driver about directional changes and road conditions ahead.

Sequential Gearbox

Time Card



When crews drive onto a podium, greet the fans and give a short interview before making way for the next car. Ceremonial starts often take place against spectacular backdrops or in the centre of the host town or city.


An essential part of a rally car’s suspension. Dampers absorb bumps in the road and keep the tyres in contact with the surface as often as possible.

Driver Safety

The crew sits inside a superstrong protective cell surrounded by a roll cage. They strap themselves in with wide-strap safety belts, similar to those used in military fighter planes. The car also features side-impact protection and has an automatic fire extinguisher system and the crew wear flameproof overalls and underwear, safety helmets and a head and neck support system (see HANS device).


The part of the transmission which

Gear selections are typically made by a steering wheel-mounted paddle rather than the traditional ‘H’ gate manual system typically found on production cars.

Teams can perform repairs or modifications to cars during these periods, and select their tyre choice for the following loop of stages.


The competitive sections of the rally, also called special stages, where drivers and co-drivers drive as fast as they can to complete the section in the shortest time possible.

Stage Time

The time recorded from the standing start of a stage to the flying finish.

Stop Control

A point 200-500 metres past the flying finish where the car must

Target Time

Carried by the co-driver, the time card is a record of stage times and time control arrival times throughout the rally. The card is stamped by officials as the rally progresses and provides proof of a competitor’s whereabouts in case of a dispute.

Time Control

The place where cars must stop to get an official passing time recorded by rally officials.

Time Penalty

Rally crews are penalised for every minute the car is late to a time control – for instance a stage start, service-in control, serviceout control. Checking-in early to a time control can carry a stiffer penalty.

Zero Car

A course car driven through a stage before the competitors start to alert spectators that the section is live. The zero car is preceded by the triple zero and double zero cars.

Josh Moffet and Andy Hayes have enjoyed a good year to date. Photo: Kevin Glendinning.


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Ford RS Day at Hegartyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raises over â&#x201A;Ź2,500 for the Donegal Hospice

Some of the Ford Escorts on display at the Ford RS Day at Hegarty's Autoservices in Letterkenny last Sunday.

A number of awards were handed out on the day.

ABOVE: The Hegarty's Letterkenny name is on this Escort. Many of the enthusiasts took time out to get a look at the engines LEFT: A Cosworth in gleaming condition

Many of the cars were in superb condition

One of the older "Mexico" Escorts.

Organisers of the RS Ford Day at Hegarty's Autoservices, Letterkrenny, presenting cheques to representatives of Donegal Hospice. Photos: Eamon Ponsonby and Chris Ashmore.


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A rally for everyone The JOULE Donegal International Rally Ireland is one the toughest rally challenges there is for drivers and teams. Three days of over 300km of bumpy, twisting, lightning fast, narrow tarmac – from the fabled Knockalla coast road, to the lush green farm lands of Carnhill, to the wide open bog land landscape of Glen, Donegal has it all. The rally takes place over three days and will be followed by around 70,000 spectators with hundreds of thousands of viewers on TV and online. It’s a sporting event that engages locally, nationally and internationally. Being the only three day tarmac rally in Ireland and the UK, the JOULE Donegal International Rally Ireland draws the best drivers and cars from home and abroad every June. The JOULE Donegal International Rally Ireland

is made up of 20 special stages and the rules are very simple – the fastest driver and navigator win. The times from all the special stages, which vary in character and length, are combined and the competing pair with the fastest time wins – just like that. The International Rally Ireland is naturally the headline event. But the international is only a fraction of the Donegal rally. There are three subgroups under the Donegal umbrella too, the national rally, the historic rally and the junior rally. In these categories you will have the opportunity to view all sorts of rally cars in one of rallying’s most exciting environments. From modified Mark 2 Ford Escort’s, to historic Porsche 911’s, there’s something for everyone in Donegal. Declan Boyle and Brian Boyle on their way to victory in 2014.

Patterson and Baird are all set Wesley Patterson, Lisburn, and Johnny Baird, Letterkenny, at the Easter Stages Rally in April. They will be car number 37 in this weekend's rally.

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John Bonner and Denver Rafferty seen here in the Rally of the Lakes in April. John, with Leon Jordan navigating, will be number 36 in the Donegal International Rally.


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From Cavan to Donegal Donegal crews were in big numbers at the Cavan Stages Rally last month, and many used the occasion as part of their preparations for the Joule Donegal Inter-

national Rally. As can be seen in these photos, the Escorts were very much to the fore. Photos: Kevin Glendinning

Gary Kiernan & Ryan Moore.

Darragh Kelly & Eamon Doherty.

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Action from some great rally bends Rally snippets Going strong

The Donegal International Rally dates back to 1971. This year is the 47th anniversary of the event.

Letterkenny, Bundoran and Ramelton. Programmes

While the rally is always assoicated with Letterkenny, the base was once in the south of the county. In 1982, Bundoran was the headquarters for the event.

The rally programmes are always hugely popular with over 7,000 copies produced on some occasions. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programme is again 12 and includes the always handy maps with the stages as well as lots of information about the rally.

Town stages

Past success

Bundoran base

The Donegal International Rally was the first tarmac rally in Ireland to run four town stages, Buncrana,

Former winner James Cullen has the distinction of also having been a former Clerk of the Course.

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Declan Gallagher, Glenties, and Ryan Moore, Letterkenny, in their Toyota Starlet RWD at the Circuit of Ireland back in 2014.

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Small car rally action - Starlets, Minis and Micras

Brendan Friel and Jason McCahill in their Nissan Micra in the Monaghan Stages Rally this year. Photo: Stefan Lassus. David Moffett and Johnny Baird going hard in the Starlet in Monaghan.

Ronnie McConnell and Rachel McConnell from Raphoe in their Nissan Micra at the Shackleton Rally in Ballykelly in April. Photos: Stefan Lassus.

Johnny Jordan and Gary McNern in their Toyota Starlet at the Monaghan Stages Rally.

David Kelly and Kenny Bustard on a wet stage in Monaghan in their Starlet.

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Weekly Horoscopes Aries (March 21-April 19)

Money issues are on your mind today. This is a good day to deal with authority figures. However, financial matters related to friends and groups might trigger a dispute. If you divide or share something with someone today, you will be generous.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Moon is in your sign dancing with Saturn and Jupiter, but at odds with Mars, which is why relations with authority figures are dicey. Do nothing to challenge anyone. Strong day for travel plans or plans for future education.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

With the Sun and your ruler Mercury in your sign, you’re empowered and eager to talk. Nevertheless, today might be an exception. Today the Moon is hiding in your chart, which makes you want to pull in your reins. Research and searching for answers will go well.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Listen to the advice of someone older or more experienced today because it could help. Meanwhile, you might go overboard partying or doing something related to sports or children. Could this be why a dispute about shared property or the wealth of someone else is a squeeze play?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You are high viz today. People notice you. (Hopefully, you look mahvellous dahling, mahvellous!) You will be generous to family members, as you always are. However, be patient with a friend or partner because they might irk you. (Royalty gets so little respect nowadays.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Travel and conversations with others about philosophy, astrology, metaphysics, religion - whatever - will appeal to you today. You want to experience something stimulating! Be patient with coworkers, especially coworkers from other cultures. (And so it goes.)


You feel generous to others today, which is why you must be careful if you’re dividing something or dealing with an inheritance because you don’t want to give away the farm. Be patient with children. Be patient with romantic partners. Basically - this is a lovely day.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)


Today the Moon is opposite your sign, which means you have to go more than halfway when dealing with someone. Hey - no biggie. You can do this. Your greater challenge will be dealing with a family member because something might irk you. Remember: Patience is the antidote to anger. (Relax. It’s all good.)



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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This is a playful, fun-loving day! You’re tempted to go overboard partying or doing something related to sports or children. Avoid disputes about money and possessions. This will just dampen things. Instead, plan how today can turn out happy for everyone.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You might want to cocoon at home today because you need a rest from all the hoopla that’s been taking place lately. Yes, it’s been fun but hey, one’s energy is finite, after all. Avoid domestic disputes, especially with a female. Instead, dig in and do some research about something.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your mind is practical, clear and focused today, which is why you can tackle detail-oriented work or work that is a bit tedious and routine. You will plow right through it! You feel positive and optimistic! Well, to a point. “It’s been fun and it’s been real - that it hasn’t been real fun.”


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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a productive day although you are inclined to take on more than you can handle or promise more than you can deliver. Hey - it’s in your genes. Avoid little disputes with relatives and daily contacts. Who needs them? Not you. Good day for financial planning.


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Latest releases at Eclipse Cinema Hereditary

Book Club

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Candice Bergen)

increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves

trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited as it slowly destroys everything they know.

island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying

A New Hope, where it explores the adventures of a young Han Solo. Through a series of daring escapades, the young Han

three mutants - Bedlam, Shatterstar and Domino - to

protect a boy from the allpowerful Cable.

new breeds of gigantic dinos while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

It is the second of the Star Wars anthology films, following 2016's Rogue One, Solo: A Star Wars Story is set prior to the events of

lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey," catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.

Deadpool 2

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the

is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol's (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four

Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool joins forces with

Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.


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Photos: Brian McDaid

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Kevin and Elaine Grimes celebrate 25th wedding anniversary

Kevin and Elaine Grimes with members of the extended People's family pictured at their 25th wedding celebrations.

Elaine Grimes with her sisters Claire Mailey, Aideen Velman and Emeir Peoples.

Kevin and Elaine Grimes with their children, Esme, Isa, Eben and Sibi.

Elaine Grimes with her god daughter Liah Mailey.

Kevin Grimes with his best man Seamus Mc Cann pictured with, from left: his son, Eben and brother, Sean and Oran Grimes.


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Photos: Brian McDaid

Kevin and Elaine Grimes celebrate 25th wedding anniversary

Kevin and Elaine Grimes at their wedding anniversary. Also pictured are, from left: Barry Peoples, Linda, Dina and Demi Doherty Esme, Isa Grines, Laura Gibson and Eimeir Peoples.

Elaine Grimes with Kevin's brother Oran who walked Elaine down the isle on her wedding day.

Kevin and Elaine Grimes on their wedding day 25 year ago at their wedding reception at the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.

Kevin and Elaine Grimes pictured with the extended Grimes family at their 25th wedding anniversary.

Elaine and Kevin Grimes who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at Browne on the Green in Letterkenny.


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ANIMALS IN NEED Jacquie Knox Animals In Need

The Animals In Need (AIN) volunteers face an immense challenge as they undertake the socialisation of eight feral collies rescued from the Letterkenny Pound. The dogs are completely terrified of humans to the extent that they can barely look at people or be touched. There are two male and two female adult dogs and four male pups under a year old. The pups are currently too scared to move and are terrified by every sound. To be so young and so afraid is heartbreaking to see. After a week in the care of one of AIN's dedicated fosterers, one of the adult dogs is starting to come around and has begun to wag his tail when he sees his fosterer approach, although he is still wary. Three of the pups will now allow their fosterer to touch them, albeit grudgingly, but the fourth pup is still absolutely petrified. It will be a slow process, requiring unlimited patience, to transform these poor collies into well balanced dogs ready for rehoming, but if anyone is up to the job, it is AIN's Anne. Meanwhile the cat helpline has been hopping with calls regarding stray cats giving birth all over the county plus sick kittens being found, with calls coming in from Inisho-

Feral collies were rescued.

wen, Donegal Town, Convoy, Milford, Letterkenny, Manorcunningham, Glenties and beyond.


AIN is appealing to people who are feeding a stray cat, please spay that stray and help to stop the suffering. If people discover that a stray cat has had kittens in their garden or shed, please try to tame them as soon as possible so that they can be found loving homes rather than drifting into the hard life of a feral cat. Kittens seem to have a window in which they can be easily socialised but once that

has passed, it becomes a slow process to tame them, so the earlier they are handled the better. AIN rescued a cat and kitten who were found in a garden in Letterkenny at the weekend. The mother cat was found with three 10-day old kittens. Sadly, two of the kittens had already died and the third kitten was suffering from a serious infection at the site of his umbilical cord. Thankfully the lady who found them brought mum cat and her surviving kitten inside and kept them safe until they were collected. The kitten has had treatment

for the infected area which is healing well and he should make a full recovery.


The volunteers were horrified when Tessie, a 12-week old kitten with an eye infection, was surrendered. Her eye infection had become so advanced that the eye had ruptured and was hanging out of her head. Tessie's photograph is too graphic for a family newspaper and has therefore been pixelated. Tessie was immediately brought to the vets where she underwent emergency

surgery to remove the eye and is now recuperating in her foster home. Eye infections are fairly common in kittens and can be easily treated with inexpensive medication. There is no excuse for letting an animal suffer in this way so please, if you have or see a sick animal, always get professional advice and take action before it gets to this stage. More kittens were found this week including two little grey and white 4-week olds with eye infections in Convoy, a tortoiseshell girl in Milford and a black kitten with cat flu in Glenties. An injured adult cat was also found in Milford and rushed to the vets but unfortunately he could not be saved. AIN has over a hundred cats and kittens looking for homes. If you are looking for a feline companion, please check out the cat rehoming album on AIN's Facebook page or call the cat helpline for further information.

Kitten found with mother and dead siblings.


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.

Tessie had a ruptured eye.

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


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Pearse Rd., Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

CAP legislative proposals leave MEPs with serious concerns MEPs have raised concerns surrounding the recently published CAP proposals. The legislative proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were presented to the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday evening. The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, described the proposals as “ambitious, balanced and realistic” – but he also

acknowledged that one of the “biggest challenges” is the budget. However MEPSs stated that the proposals lack ambition and a proper budgetary backing. Speaking at the committee meeting, German MEP Albert Dess said: “My fear is that [with the draft CAP laws as tabled by the EU Commission] we are going to get more bureaucracy.” He also warned that these proposals could drive young

farmers out of business and stressed that “we need to discuss a number of things again and further”. Meanwhile, French MEP Eric Andrieu criticised substantial cuts to rural development programmes, a lack of crisis management tools and denounced what he sees as “renationalisation of the CAP”. Speaking at the meeting, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said: “The only way that we can adequately address

[farmers’ support] inequality is by putting an upper limit cap on payments that can be received.” He stressed that fairer payments should be prioritised, adding that the commission’s “proposal [on the capping of direct payments] is riddled with loopholes”. Environment protection issues were also highlighted by MEPs, who criticised the commission not specifying environmental measures at EU level.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan.

Positive news for farmers as live exports increase by 25 per cent

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the live exports trade has performed very positively in 2018 with exports up 25% to 154,650 head. He said the latest developments on Turkey, clearing the way for private business on live exports, are very positive and should see a strong boost to the trade for the second half of the year. This follows an IFA and Bord Bia visit to the Turkish market late last year. Mr Woods said it was very clear from the IFA-Bord Bia visit that there is major potential to grow live exports to Turkey. During the trip, IFA met with various Government agencies including

the Turkish Meat and Milk Board, ESK, and with a number of private buyers who indicated a strong wish to buy Irish livestock. The IFA Livestock leader said some exporters have already commenced assembling stock under the necessary quarantine arrangements for export to Turkey. To date this year, more than 8,920 animals have been exported to international markets, the majority to Turkey. A small level of exports have also gone to Libya and Morocco. Angus Woods said there is also potential to export to Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. A recent Bord bia visit to Tunisia reported that the Government has given approval for live exports to

resume for the first time since 2015. There is a demand to import quality weanlings from Ireland with the specification between six to 12 months of age and up to 400kgs. Live exports to May 20 totalled 154,650 head compared to 123,505 this time last year. The vast majority of exports are calves at 128,700 head and 25,950 adult animals. Mr Woods said IFA is very supportive of the live export trade which he described as a key driver of competition and provider of essential market outlets. On payments, Mr Woods said farmers should make sure that their payments are secured and sell through their local registered livestock mart.

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FARMBRIEFS Lamb price cuts reversal - IFA

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy has said it is clear that the factories overcooked the price cuts and are having to reverse this week to get lambs. He said the reality is that supplies are extremely tight and factories are unable to buy lambs at the lower quoted prices. He said factories are paying €6.20/kg to get lambs. Mr Dennehy added that farmers need to dig in hard and insist on full value. "They should desist from moving any under-finished or underweight lambs and continue to sell as lambs become fit," he said. Supplies are very tight on the ground and factories are struggling to get numbers to meet market demand, he added.

IFA urges against attempts to undermine cattle prices

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said farmers should push back hard on the propaganda from agents and the factories on price and insist on full value for their stock. He said the negative rumours are a trap to try and squeeze out very tight supplies and to undermine confidence in the trade. He said the base price for steers is €4.20/kg and €4.30 for heifers with more paid in places on various deals.

Local authorities ignoring Minister Ross on greenways - IFA The IFA President Joe Healy has accused local authorities of ignoring the instructions of Minister for Transport, Shane Ross by continuing to threaten farmers with CPOs in efforts to plough through Greenway routes. This is despite the Minister’s decision to halt developments while engagement takes place with all stakeholders. Mr Healy has written to Minister Ross to point out that such practice is not a professional or fair way of delivering Greenways, which he acknowledged have an important role to play in promoting agri-tourism and economic activity in rural areas. He said: “This practice in Kerry, Galway and other regions ignores the significant impact these recreational routes will have on farming and rural communities.” The IFA has actively engaged in the Minister’s consultation on Greenways, calling for a code of practice to be developed to include the following measures. • Landowners and IFA must be consulted in advance of route selection and the

publication of a defined route corridor. • All efforts must be made to secure voluntary agreements with landowners. There should be no threat of compulsory acquisition of land. • The integrity of farm holdings must be protected by limiting the impact of a pro-

posed Greenway on an individual farm. This should be achieved by negotiating with local landowners at route design stage, and it must take place in advance of wider public consultation. • All efforts must be made to use available public lands, before seeking to encroach

on farmers’ lands. • A Code of Practice must be developed, which sets out the rights and entitlements of landowners. • The services of a professional agronomist must be provided to each landowner impacted to assist in understanding and resolving concerns, at no cost to the landowners. • Any losses incurred such as exclusion from farm schemes and impact on Basic Payment must be fully compensated. • Local authorities and other delivery agencies must hold community clinics throughout the development of each project to address queries and concerns and a Project Liaison Officer must be appointed to each project • Any landowners impacted by Greenways must be indemnified against any potential claims rising or associated with such Greenway projects. • All health and safety concerns, including and, most importantly, farm security, must be adequately addressed.


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Pet’s Corner

Doggy Do's & Don'ts International

by Kathleen Murray. Tel: 0863192247

Top dog training tips for children When families get a dog they often get a dog because the children want a dog. While this is not the best reason to get a dog there are many children who are very happy to look after a dog or try to teach him/her some fun tricks. They often don’t have enough information or know how to go further and form a really good working relationship with their dog though. Their parents may not know enough either and the dog can fall between stools and end up being given away, which is unnecessary and cruel. Teaching children how to get the best from their dog is not difficult if they can under-

stand basic instructions.


Understanding instructions and being willing to carry them out is a different matter. Some children know what their parents are asking but are often unwilling to comply. It’s the same for dogs. When a dog is taught how to do a certain trick or command they now know how it goes, but they may not want to actually perform this trick/ command.


They may need a little extra motivation. This is where my kids dog

training classes come in handy. Book now for some sessions and watch your child become more skilled at handling a dog. Being with other children and their dogs helps a child in so many ways also. They gain confidence in themselves, they gain control over some fears or behavioural issues of their own as well as their dog's issues and they learn how to express themselves clearly in order to be understood, so that they can control their dog in many new situations. Call today to book a session 0863192247. Fun and learning for all.

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Pets begging behaviour Once you reward your pets begging behaviour with something off your plate, you can expect to see the same hopeful eyes looking up at you every meal from that day forward. That's fine if you don't mind, but if you have a dog that whines or jumps up at the table, their behaviour may disrupt your dinner. Also, some dinner guests don't appreciate a tongue-wagging dog at their elbow while they try to eat their meal! Below are just some of the reason you should not feed your pet from the table. Table scraps don't offer the nutrition pets need. The more you fill your pet up with your food, the less likely they will be to eat all of theirs. Since our nutritional needs are not the same as our pets, they will get less of the vitamins and minerals they need and probably more of those they don't need. Table scraps are a leading cause of digestive disorders. The rich foods we eat can wreak havoc on a pet's digestive tract. A simple, consistent diet keeps their system functioning as it should. Throw in your very different foods and don't be surprised if your pet has bad wind, bad breath, loose stools or other digestive dysfunction. You may create a food thief. Pets that are used to eating human food are more likely to devour the chicken leftovers that you left unattended on the kitchen table. Or, they might tip over the rubbish bin to get at that fish you "forgot" to give them.

As you know, many bones, chocolate, and other food items can be dangerous to your pet. Table scraps are the quickest route to weight problems. Most scraps are nothing more than empty calories and are no good for a trim waistline. Overweight pets, besides not looking their best, have a higher risk of many health problems. You could also end up with a finicky eater. If your pet develops a taste for your food, they may stop eating theirs. Purpose made pet treats are generally a better choice. They are usually more nutritious and tend to have far fewer calories than most table scraps. There are other benefits too, depending on the type of treat you buy. Biscuit type treats are good for your pet's teeth as they help scrape off plaque and tartar that can cause dental problems. Rawhide treats satisfy a dog's urge to chew, they relieve boredom and are also good for teeth. Treats also don't encourage bad behaviour. In fact, it's usually the opposite. Many people use treats in training to reward positive behaviour. As with anything in life, treats should be used in moderation. Too many treats can make your pet put on weight . As a rule, treats should never account for more than 5-10% of your pet's food intake.

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 14 June 2018


Autism charity to benefit from proceeds

Four Donegal men in Race Across America cycle Four Donegal men are gearing up, with just a week to go, to raise money for autism when they compete in the 4 person team section of Race Across America (RAMM 2018) next Saturday. Milford native, Arthur McMahon, Padraig MacGinty from Downings, Convoy’s Gavin Harris and Gerard Callaghan from Letterkenny will fly the flag for Ireland and Donegal, and are the only team representing Ireland this year, when they race for Team Donegal Oil Ireland in the world’s longest cycling time trials which gets underway on Saturday, June 16th at Oceanside, California. The local quartet are the only Irish team entered in this year’s RAAM. The famous annual ultramarathon bicycle race was first held in 1982. This team, which will be managed by their crew chief, Letterkenny and Dunfanaghy based auctioneer, Boyd Robinson, will cycle 3,000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Team racers have a maximum of nine days to complete the distance, with the average finish time for teams being seven and a half days. Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race.

Team racers have a maximum of nine days to complete the distance

Donegal Oil Company Managing Director, Arthur McMahon, who was responsible for setting up the Donegal Oil Foundation four years ago, revealed that to date, €30,000 has

USA bound, Arthur McMahon, Gerard Callaghan, Padraig MacGinty, and Gavin Harris.

been raised for local and national charities through Team Donegal Oil’s participation in endurance events locally & nationally & to take this now to an international event is an exciting challenge. “All the expenses of our RAAM trip have already been raised through sponsorship (“Miles” by Circle K and Donegal Oil Company), by the cyclists and crew themselves so every single cent we raise for Autism will be spent in Donegal for the benefit of children and adults on the Autistic spectrum." “It is our intention, through the Donegal Oil Foundation, to raise money for schools in County Donegal and provide educational aids in the form of technology products

for children on the autistic spectrum. We are calling out to schools, charities, sporting and other organisations in Donegal to register with our Donegal Oil Foundation, so they can avail of educational aids to assist with their internal programs for children they teach and coach with autism,” he said. Entering a four-person team in RAAM is something that Arthur himself has been mulling over for the last few years. After drawing up a plan at the start of the year, and securing support and sponsorship, it’s all systems go to take part in the Race Across America next week. “To be able to pull together a team of people from Donegal who already know each other for one of

the most grueling cycling events in the world will make this challenge something very special,” McMahon commented.


“Our company have always supported local fundraising efforts and that won’t change. However, we have a really busy few years ahead for our Team Donegal Oil Ireland initiative and we’d like to make sure that there’s a lasting benefit from all our hard work. “We have a few rules about how we handle funds raised by the Foundation. Every three months we will publish on our Facebook page all the money raised and donated by the Foundation. All funds raised will

only be donated in County Donegal. We will always aim to buy equipment for the organisations we seek to help rather than giving money. We will never take any salaries, expenses or fees of any kind from the Foundation.” “We wanted to have an open and transparent way of showing people how the money raised was spent. That’s why we have rules about what we can help with,” he added. “We are very excited about the Donegal Oil Company Foundation Programme. We are delighted that we can help children and adults with autism to get as much of the most up to date modern technologies and training possible to assist and help with their education, personal development & fitness. We also hope that in doing this, we will also raise awareness for autism in the county.” Looking ahead to the event, Boyd Robinson said “RAAM is the ultimate test for crews and riders in the ultracycling world. I am delighted with the team that we have put together. After taking part in the Team Joe Barr 500 mile race, it showed what a hardworking and fantastic crew that we have assembled for this challenge. We will be put through the greatest of tests, both mentally and physically as a team over 3,000 miles, and it’s one that we can’t wait to take on,” he said. RAAM riders will start from Oceanside, California, under one of the longest piers in California and travel from west to east, finishing at the City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland. It promises to be some adventure for the Donegal crew in between and there will be many highs and lows to share. The Donegal Oil Foundation have set up an online donation page and donations can be made through the following link: html


Golf fundraiser for Friends of Letterkenny Hospital Winner of the June Bank Holiday Competition at Letterkenny Golf Club, sponsored by Foy’s and Mourne Antiques, was Kate Gallagher (39 pts) pictured with Lady Captain Maura Cavanagh and Competition Secretary Angela Kilgallen.

David Crumlish, proprietor of Crumlish Appliances, Rossan Park Complex, Ballyraine, Letterkenny presenting Peter Cutliffe, Chairman of the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital with a cheque for €1,000 as main sponsor of the fund raising Golf Classic in Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club on Friday, 29th June. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Friends of LUH as they finalise their fund raising efforts to purchase the Interventional Unit in the Radiology Department in the hospital. Also included in the photo, left to right is Ben McGahey, Crumlish Appliances, Allen McCrea, Yvonne Harkin, Paddy Rooney, Eileen Bannan & Donna Henderson, all from Friends of LUH.


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Free parking at event, traffic management plans revealed

Countdown to Irish Open in Donegal Fans travelling to the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will enjoy a convenient door-to-door experience, with free public parking located right on the hallowed grounds of Ballyliffin Golf Club for the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour season. Excitement is building ahead of the island of Ireland’s national Open as Donegal prepares to host the prestigious sporting event for the first time. Thousands of fans will arrive at Ballyliffin Golf Club from July 5th-8th to witness some of the world’s top golfers, including World Number Four Jon Rahm and home hero Rory McIlroy, battle it out for the coveted Rolex Series title.

And, just like the European Tour stars who will arrive at Ballyliffin, spectators will get the experience of driving towards the spectacular links course and its impressive clubhouse – with Glashedy Island visible in the distance. The on-site parking is free for all spectators and tickets for the Dubai Duty free Irish Open - which begin at €20 for Pro-Am Wednesday with season tickets for all five days of action available for just €110. Fans attending have been urged to follow event signage. Those travelling from the East should travel via Derry and Quigley’s Point while traffic from the west (and that includes virtually all spectators from other parts of Donegal) should travel via Buncrana.

Organisers of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open have been working closely with Donegal County Council and An Garda Síochána to put in place an effective traffic management plan which will allow for a smooth journey to and from Ballyliffin Golf Club over the duration of the tournament. However, with large numbers expected, fans are advised to leave plenty of time for their journeys. For all local road closures and traffic and travel updates, fans are asked to keep an eye on Donegal County Council’s website, Free buses will transport fans from Carndonagh and Buncrana to Ballyliffin Golf Club during tournament days, with timings to be announced at a future date.

Paul Dunne is hoping to become the latest home winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation when he returns to the Rolex Series event, which he regards as important as any of the four Major Championships. The Wicklow player is hoping to claim a glorious home triumph when the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s 2018 Race to Dubai – is played at Ballyliffin Golf Club for the first time from July 5th-8th.


Get into Golf Participants with Michael McNulty of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland

Loreto ladies showcase their skills on the back-nine! Letterkenny Golf Club welcomed transition year students from Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny to take part in their ‘Get into Golf Come & Try’ event at the Club recently. Fun was the order of the day, with Michael McNulty, Development Officer from the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) delivered an excellent programme of activities to introduce the 16 participants to the basic skills of golf, such as putting, chipping and pitching and PGA Professional, while Seamus McMonagle was on hand to demonstrate some driving skills. Ably assisted by Deirdre O’Toole, Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP) and Ulster ILGU Junior Development Committee and Maura Cavanagh, Lady Captain, Letterkenny Golf Club and her volunteers along with Loreto staff members Bríd Mulhern and Siobhan McGarry ensured that each participant was well looked after on the day. The students then had an opportunity to play a few holes on the course followed by some lunch and a ques-

tions and answers session with the Lady Captain and the Club Members. The girls were commended by the Lady Captain, Maura ‘on their enthusiasm and willingness to learn especially as they were officially finished school and if they continued as they did today would make fine golfers in the future’. This is the third year of this unique partnership between the Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny and Letterkenny Golf Club, Ladies Branch which was spearheaded by teacher and golfer, Brid Mulhern and Principal, Nora Friel and supported by Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP) and Sport Irelands Women in Sport Programme along with Confederation of Golf in Ireland. Great credit going to Letterkenny Golf Club’s Lady Captain, Maura and her members for playing key roles in supporting the delivery of this programme to the girls and in-turn promoting golfing opportunities within their club. A follow-on programme of activities

is available for the students interested in taking part in further coaching lessons with PGA Professional, Seamus McMonagle and the Junior Programmes at Letterkenny Golf Club.

LETTERKENNY JUNIOR GOLF Junior competitions commenced last week and young Cian Harkin was a worthy winner with a stunning round of 3 under par. His card made easy reading with 15 pars and 3 birdies. Cian’s hard work and practice is paying off as he strives to achieve a scratch handicap. Runner up was Ronan Daly with a fine 37pts and third was James O’Donnell. In the 13 Hole competition Eoghan Doherty & Danny Harkin are making great progress as they hone their swings over the summer months in Barnhill. Junior competitions continue with a 9am start each Monday.

The June medal was played in glorious conditions on June 5th but it was Kate Gallagher who outshone the rest of the field and continued her winning streak. Not phased at all by losing a shot from her win over the Bank Holiday weekend she went out and scored 70net winning the medal and losing another two shots off her handicap! Full results 1st Kate Gallagher (24) 70 net (bot), 2nd Triona Daly (28) 70 net ( bot) 3rd Anne Cannon (10) 71 net. On Wednesday sadly the Mixed team bowed out of the Foursomes competition when they were narrowly beaten by Killymoon in Omagh. Team Captains Marian Keating and John Doran thank all those who put their names forward and the team for their efforts but it was not to be this year. Making the most of the good weather there was a club competition on Thursday kindly sponsored by Healthwise Pharmacy. Someone who is never far from the podium brought in 39 pts which included two birdies on her card and that was none other than Marian O Sullivan bringing Marian’s handicap back down to single figures! 2nd was Rena O Herlihy (28) 38pts (bot) and 3rd Cathy Marren (33) 38pts. Also on Thursday the Challenge Cup Team travelled to B&S for the return leg of that fixture. The team had already secured five matches in the home leg so it really was just

a formality and another match was easily secured ensuring their progression to the next round. Highlight of the week came on Sunday when there was a great turn out of support for the Intermeduate Team captained by Eileen Williamson as they hosted Ballyliffin. The team had secured two and a half matches away from home but they knew that nothing could be taken for granted and every last one of them went all out and gave it their all. In an absolute nail biting finish it all came down to the last hole of the last match and who knew Anne Condon had nerves of steel! Her opponent duffed her chip which gave Anne two putts to win the hole, which she did although all hearts stopped as it looked like it might sit on the lip but fall it did and thereby Anne halved her match and clinched the half match required for a win on holes for the Letterkenny Ladies. Talk about down to the wire! A great effort by the whole team who were Mary Beth McBrearty, Monica McDonagh, Marian Keating, Celine Bradley and Anne Condon. Captain Eileen was highly impressed by her selection and so she should be. The Voucher competition will be played next Tuesday 19th and the 9 hole re entry is ongoing. Keep an eye on the Ladies Forum on Facebook for details of upcoming competitions and matches.

L-R Kate Gallagher (24) winner June Medal 70 net ( bot), Lady Captain Maura Cavanagh, 2nd Triona Daly (28) 70 net (bot), Angela Kilgallen Competition Secretary and 3rd Anne Cannon (10) 71 net


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Picture parade – through the sporting lens

Volunteer Cathal Gorman takes a dip while helping a competitor in the Gartan Challenge Adventure Race

Medal winners in the tiny tots race at the recent Letterkenny Community Games athletics finals.

Letterkenny Gaels GAA Senior Footballers who assisted with the setting up for the Relay for Life at the LYIT.

Letterkenny Gaels U14 Hurlers off to Féile na nGael 2018 The U14 hurlers from Letterkenny Gaels were in Carrick on Shannon to take part in the National finals of the John West Féile na nGael 2018. The Gaels hurlers were hosted for the weekend by families from the Tourlestrane GAA Club in Co. Sligo. The competition got underway with the Gaels in the same group as Tourlestrane, Carrick Hurling and Meath outfit, Dunboyne. The Letterkenny side qualified from Donegal along with neighbours St. Eunan’s and Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon. Over the last number of weeks the Gaels hurlers and their families have embarked on a fundraising drive, which included a Cake Sale, Bucket Collection, Sunflower Competition and Guess the Score. The club continues to go from strength to strength.

A competitor getting a bit of assistance in the Kayak in the recent Gartan Challenge Adventure Race

It was all smiles at Ballyraine FC training when Darragh Reynolds from Errigal Dental came to present the new kit to the club's U10 girls team. They are currently taking part in the Donegal Women's League under the management of Kieran Shiels and John Doherty. Ballyraine FC would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Mulrines towards the kit.


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USL Top goalscorer Tony McNamee receives his award from USL Treasurer Donal Coyle. Also included is Fanad United manager Arthur Lynch.

Leonard Watson of Watson Menswear presents Laurence Toland (Cockhill Jamie Lee Blaney, representing Club of the Year Swilly Rovers, receives the award from USL Disciplinary Secretary Mark Duffy. Celtic) with the May-June Player of the Month award. Also included is Also included is USL Chairman Johnny McCafferty. USL Chairman Johnny McCafferty.

Ulster Senior League Presentation Night

Calendar year season is the way forward - Kelly The FAI's desire to switch all football in Ireland to a ‘calendar year season’ is the way forward for football, FAI Junior Council Chairman, Dessie Kelly stated at the Ulster Senior League Awards night in Arena 7 on Friday. A former USL Secretary, he said that he was ‘proud’ of the Ulster Senior League. The success of its teams at intermediate level has been considerable. Meanwhile, Cockhill Celtic, who won a sixth League and League Cup double in a row, were applauded for their unprecedented achievements on the field in the season. While the league has struggled with numbers in terms of club membership, there is little doubt that the standard among the top teams remains high. USL Chairman Johnny McCafferty spoke of the importance of retaining intermediate football in Donegal. Meanwhile, Tony McNamee, who scored 14 League goals

for Fanad United, picked up the top goalscorer award. He had just one goal to spare on Fanad United team-mate Oisin McMenamin, who scored 13 times. Swilly Rovers stalwart Ivan Grier, whose involvement in the Ramelton club stretches almost 50 years, collected an appreciation award. Grier is now the Swilly Rovers Chairman having served as the Secretary for an eternity and was a popular winner of the appreciation award. Swilly Rovers, who had only nine bookings in the season gone by, were given the Club of the Year prize, while Fanad United’s diligent PRO Paddy Friel won the Media Award for the second year in a row. The Ulster Senior League also presented their final Watson Menswear Player of the Month Award for the season. And there were few surprises when Cockhill Celtic’s Laurence Toland was called forward for that award. Toland scored twice last Sat-

urday in the Donegal News USL League Cup final win over Letterkenny Rovers and came off the bench to score within two minutes on Wednesday night as Cockhill overcame Letterkenny to win the Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League play-off. Cockhill, who won a sixth League and League Cup double in a row, were applauded for their unprecedented achievements on the field in the season. MC for the night was USL PRO Chris McNulty.


Player of the Year - Adrian Delap (Derry City Reserves) Top Goalscorer - Tony McNamee (Fanad United) Club of the Year - Swilly Rovers Appreciation Award - Ivan Grier (Swilly Rovers) Media Award - Paddy Friel (Fanad United) Watson Menswear Player of the Month (May/June) Laurence Toland (Cockhill Celtic)

Members of the Ulster Senior League Executive pictured at the annual awards function.

Media award winner Paddy Friel (Fanad United) receives his award from USL Treasurer Donal Coyle. Also included is USL Chairman Johnny McCafferty.

Appreciation award winner Ivan Grier (Swilly Rovers) receives his award from FAI Junior Council Chairman Dessie Kelly. Also included is USL Chairman Johnny McCafferty.


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Stiff test for Finn Harps as…..

League leaders UCD come to Ballybofey Chris Ashmore

UCD are the best team in the Airtricity League First Division – that’s the view of Finn Harps boss Ollie Horgan. This Friday, Harps take on the league leaders at Finn Park in what will be a stern test for the Donegal club. But Horgan can take heart from the fact that earlier this season, Harps played some of their best football in a superb game against UCD that ended with the students winning 3-2. UCD go into the game seven points clear of Harps, and it is important for Horgan’s team not to lose any further ground. But he feels that there will be “many twists and turns” still between now and the end of the season. Indeed, we are only just past the half-

way mark. Fourth spot will earn a side a place in the end of season play-offs, but anyone of the top seven teams can still be regarded as being in the mix. Seventh placed Cabinteely have shown some great form at home and cannot be discounted yet. Reflecting on the season to date, Horgan still feels that UCD are the best team, “We are a young side, we have a lot of kids, it’s a savage league,” he said. “I think experience will count for a lot. UCD are a fabulous footballing side but while they are young they are experienced. Some of their players have been there for three or four years.” This Friday’s game (kick-off 8.00 pm) is the last before the mid-summer break. Harps are not back in action until Friday, June 29th when they travel to Stradbrook to take on Cabinteely. Finn Harps manager, Ollie Horgan

No joy in Norway


Back on track in Galway Galway Utd


Finn Harps


Having lost at home to Longford Town in their previous outing, Finn Harps returned to winning ways with a hugely important win over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night. Had Harps lost, it would have left them ten points adrift of league leaders UCD, but this win has lifted them to fourth spot. Meanwhile, Galway appear to have hit a sticky patch. One

of the pre-season favourites for promotion, the Tribesmen have now collected just one point from their last four outing and they are now sixth. Harps midfielder Jesse Devers must wish he could play against the Connacht side every week. When the sides met in Ballybofey earlier this season, he netted a 90 minute winner. This time around the Mayo native put the Ollie Horgan managed side in front after 11 minutes. Galway had chances through Alan Murphy and Eoin McCormack before the break. Harps made it 2-0 on 52 minutes when a Mark Timlin free

evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the bet. Ciaran Coll made an important goal-line clearance but Galway struggled to test Ciaran Gallagher. They did pull one back in stoppage time courtesy of Conor Barry, but it was too little, too late. Meanwhile, it looks increasingly likely that Galway United could be the subject of an takeover bid by investors from Saudi Arabia. The Galway United Friends Co-Operative – which owns and runs the club - is to hold a special general meeting on Monday, June 18. The only item on the agenda is seeking

Barrett came on as a second half substitute. Roma McLaughlin from Inishowen missed being in the squad due to injury while Glenties' Amy BoyleCarr is doing the Leaving Certificate. Ireland’s final Group 3 game will be against Northern Ireland in August.

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the Women’s World Cup ended on Tuesday night as they lost 1-0 away to Norway. A first half Caroline Graham Hansen penalty proved to be the difference. Donegal’s Tyler Toland began the game in midfield while Milford’s Amber

approval for third party investment in Galway United Galway United: Conor Gleeson, Marc Ludden, Robbie Williams (Aaron Conway h/t), Stephen Walsh, Alex Byrne (Carlton Ubaezuonu 69), Conor Melody (Stephen Kenny 80), Ryan Connolly, Eoin McCormack, Conor Barry, Gary Shanahan, Alan Murphy. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Aidan Friel, Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Sam Todd, Gareth Harkin, Mark Coyle (Paddy McCourt 56), Mark Timlin, Jesse Devers, Mikey Place (John O’Flynn 93), Michael O’Connor. Referee: John McLaughlin.

Airtricity League Premier Division Cork City Dundalk Waterford FC DERRY CITY Shamrock Rovs St. Patrick’s Ath Bohemian FC Sligo Rovers Limerick Bray Wanderers

P 22 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 22 22

W 17 16 12 10 8 9 5 5 4 3

D 2 4 3 3 6 3 6 5 6 2

L 3 2 7 9 8 10 10 11 12 17

+/30 44 7 0 13 -3 -9 -12 -26 -44

Pts. 53 52 39 33 30 30 21 20 18 11

RESULTS: Friday, June 8: Bohemians 1, Derry City 2; Dundalk 4, Limerick 0; Waterford 2, St. Patrick’s Athletic 0. Saturday, June 9: Shamrock Rovers 5, Bray Wanderers 0; Sligo Rovers 0, Cork City 2. FIXTURES: Friday, June 15: Bray Wanderers v. Waterford; Cork City v. Bohemians; Derry City v. Dundalk; Limerick v. Shamrock Rovers; St. Patrick’s Athletic v. Sligo Rovers.

Airtricity League First Division UCD Drogheda Utd Shelbourne FINN HARPS Longford Town Galway United Cabinteely Cobh Ramblers Wexford FC Athlone Town

P 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

W 11 9 8 8 7 7 7 5 2 0

D 2 4 6 4 5 4 0 3 2 2

L 3 3 2 4 4 5 9 8 12 14

+/20 22 20 7 11 11 -2 -11 -25 -53

Pts 35 31 30 28 26 25 21 18 8 2

RESULTS: Friday, June 8: Athlone Town 0, Shelbourne 5; Cabinteely 1, Longford Town 0; Galway United 1, Finn Harps 2; UCD 2, Drogheda United 0. Saturday, June 9: Cobh Ramblers 2, Wexford 1. FIXTURES: Friday, June 15: Cobh Ramblers v. Athlone Town; Finn Harps v. UCD; Longford Town v. Drogheda United; Shelbourne v. Cabinteely; Wexford v. Galway Utd.

Rathmullan man hoping for regular place with Derry City

“The USL has been good” - Delap

Adrian Delap in action for Derry City Reserves

Derry City Reserves’ Adrian Delap was named the 2017/18 Ulster Senior League Player of the Year at the League’s annual awards function on Friday night. Delap was unable to attend as he was part of the Derry City first team squad for the Premier Division game away to Bohemians. But the Ray native, who has recently begun to make noises towards a place in Kenny Shiels’ plans, was presented with his award prior to Friday’s function. Prior to the awards, Delap spoke of the importance of the Ulster Senior League League

as he cut his teeth at senior level. “It’s been good. The USL has been good and has helped get me into the first team,” Delap, who was voted the USL Player of the Year by the managers in the League, who vote for the award. “It’s been a good season. A lot of young players have come in. I’m one of the older players in the USL now and have to show a bit of leadership. “The USL is massive. You’re in against men every week. The big teams are always tough to play especially. It’s been a big experience.” Delap is now hoping to kick

on and nail down a regular berth in the Candystripes’ first team. And, after a superb season in the USL, he feels ready to make that step. He said: “The League of Ireland is a massive step up, but it’s not as big a step from the USL as it is from the U19s. We’re competitive and we have to go into every game thinking we can win and compete. “I have to aim now to get in regularly. You have to bide your time and take the chances when they come. Kenny is a top man and will give you the Ulster Senior League Chairman Johnny McCafferty reward. He always watches us presents John Quigg with the Four Lanterns Ulster Senior in the Ulster Senior League.” League Player of the Year award on behalf of Derry City Reserves' Adrian Delap.


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LIVING LIFE IN THE FAST ‘SHANE’ Orlagh Mullan sports reporter

Shane Duffy feels that he is in the best form of his life after achieving Premier League safety with Brighton. The son of Letterkenny native Brian Duffy, Shane made 37 league appearances for Chris Hughton’s side as they finished 15th, with Duffy also topping the defensive charts - making 76 more headed clearances than any other player in the division. There was disappointment for the Republic of Ireland international, however, as they missed out on a place at this summer’s World Cup finals following a second leg play-off defeat to Denmark in which Duffy scored the opening goal. His strong performances in the qualifying campaign did earn the Galliagh native the Senior International Player of the Year award. While he would be forgiven for focusing on a well-deserved rest, the former Everton man insisted that he is already looking ahead to the future.

“Everything’s going really well for me at the minute and I feel as good as ever about my football,” Duffy said. “Next season with Brighton is already in my head. I still have another Euros and getting to the next World Cup in my sights too. Getting to the top and to the big stage is what we want to be doing, and it’s what we’re aiming for.”

Defying the odds

Reflecting on retaining their spot in the English top flight, Duffy said he felt Brighton deserved to stay up – and pointed to the fact that they were only four points off the top half as evidence of how tight it was. “I enjoyed it, I really did. We had a good season and I think not just the players, but

the staff, the fans and the whole club were buzzing all year,” he said. “It was so tight. The whole way through it was a case of one or two wins and you’re into the top half or a few defeats and you’re in the bottom three. We were consistent pretty much throughout, but the biggest thing now is to stay up next year again. It’s going to be tougher, but I’m already looking for-

ward to it.” Brighton’s safety was secured in a spectacular night at the Amex Stadium as they defeated Manchester United 1-0 in front of a sold-out crowd. Duffy agreed it was a special evening. “It was the perfect way to do it. If you could sit down and write the script, beating Manchester United would have been just the way you’d want it. It was huge night for the club most importantly to secure safety because we knew we had tough fixtures in the last couple of games – going away to Liverpool and Manchester City,” explained the defender. “You don’t want to be in a position where you’re relying on getting points against them, so it was nice to get it sorted with a few games to spare and against a massive club like United at home in front of our fans.”

Special praise

In what was in the end a fruitless international season following that 5-1 World Cup qualifying play-off defeat to Denmark, Duffy admitted it was special, though surprising, to win the International Player of the Year Award. “It was a huge honour, obviously. To win any single accolade is always nice, but when it’s for your country it just makes it even more special,” the 26-year-old said. “I was delighted. I was shocked I won it, but I was buzzing and hopefully I can push on and have another great season with Ireland as well.” While Duffy has come in for a lot of praise in the past year, he insisted he just wants to keep his head down going forward. “Hopefully I’m only going to get better as the seasons go on. I just want to take it steady – taking each day as it comes and working on things game by game. You can’t get too ahead of yourself, and that’s the attitude I have always had and the one that I’m going to stick with. I just want to keep getting better as a player,” he concluded.

McCourt to retire from playing football after season ends with Harps but…

New coaching role for the Derry ‘Pele’ Gary Ferry sports reporter

Paddy McCourt, with Derry City FC manager Kenny Shiels and Denis Bradley, director. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Paddy McCourt has revealed that he will retire from football at the end of the current season to take up the role of Head of the Coaching academy at Derry City. At a press conference held at the Brandywell on Monday, McCourt, currently at Finn Harps, revealed that he will see out the season with Ollie Horgan’s team before hanging up his boots for good to focus on developing the next generation of players at his home town club. McCourt’s role will be to build up Derry’s youth structure from U13s right through to U19s, and he admitted it is a project he is eager to get started on. “I’m delighted to be back involved with Derry City,” he said. “It’s a club that’s very close to my heart and I’m just very excited about the new role and I can’t wait to get my teeth into it come September/October time. In the meantime I’ll work alongside Kenny and

we’ll just bounce ideas around how we can improve and make it the best place for young plyers to develop.” For now, McCourt will continue to play for Harps as the Ballybofey club aim to return to the Premier Division. But the hard work will begin when he hangs up his famous boots at the end of the season.

No big changes

“What I’ll do between now and the end of the season is to come in and assess things,” he explained. “There will be no big changes between now and the end of the year, we’ll just be looking at how we can improve things going forward, then some the end of the year when the season finishes, I’ll be retiring to take on the role full time. “My job will be to report back to the first team manager and oversee all four age groups to make sure that everything is running smoothly right from U13s up to U19s. “If there is any issue with any of the managers or the coaches they’ll come to me and I’ll try and fix it and if I can’t

fix it I’ll go somewhere else. “I’ll basically be overseeing all of the age groups and try to put in place a better recruitment policy, a better scoring system and overseeing the whole lot.” McCourt is hoping to build a better relationship between Derry’s junior clubs in the coming years, with the aim to provide the best possible opportunities for local youngsters to earn a career as a footballer, wither at home or abroad. If they are not able to make the grade here, they are still able to go on and play at some kind of level, but I think the focus should be on developing on young footballers,” he continued. “Going back two years now I took a keen interest in the junior football and I think there are a lot of people getting it wrong in just being obsessed with winning. “It’s not all about winning, it’s far from it. If you are winning at senior level and you’re having a good career, brilliant, but I don’t think children should be focused on winning tournaments at nine or ten years of age.”


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Big numbers for popular event

Bradley wins a fast Convoy 5k Conor Bradley of City of Derry Spartans was first over the line in a fine time of 15:19.9 ahead of Gerard Gallagher of Finn Valley AC in 15:26.5 while Gary Slevin of Foyle Valley AC was third in 15:52.1 in Tuesday’s Convoy 5k. Bradley is no stranger to success in Donegal - in May he won the North West 10k in Letterkenny. On a fine evening for running, many of those taking part recorded PBs.

Top Ten

Claire Mc Guigan was the first Female across the Finish Line in the Convoy 5K.

Place Bib Name Club ChipTime GunTime 1. 181 Conor Bradley City of Derry Spartans AC 15:19,9 15:19,9 2. 29 Gerard Gallagher Finn Valley AC 15:26,5 15:26,5 3. 173 Gary Slevin Foyle Valley AC 15:52,1 15:52,4 4. 20 Dermot Mc Elchar Finn Valley AC 16:05,4 16:05,4 5. 180 Kyle Doherty City of Derry Spartans 16:15,8 16:15,8 6. 301 Matt McLaughlin Foyle Valley AC 16:27,9 16:27,9 7. 191 Noel Diver Rosses AC 16:28,4 16:28,8 8. 168 Ivan Toner Letterkenny AC 16:28,8 16:28,8 9. 247 John McElhill Finn Valley 16:36,3 16:36,6 10. 48 Karol Doherty Individual 16:37,5 16:37,5

ABOVE: Colin Mc Nulty leading this group at the start of the Annual Convoy 5K.

ABOVE: FinnValley AC’s John O’ Brien pictured taking part in the Convoy 5K.

LEFT: Lifford AC pair Liam Cleary and Michael Mc Curdy pictured during the Annual Convoy 5K Road Race.

RIGHT: Ciaran Hegarty of Run for Fun Letterkenny had a fine race in Convoy

Elaine Mc Goldrick pictured taking part in the Convoy 5K.

Patrick Brennan of Letterkenny AC going well in Convoy as he takes part in the town’s Annual 5K. Photos: Gary Foy.

Paul Woods has time to play to the camera as he completes the Annual Convoy 5K Road Race.

Jackie Harvey and Josephine Lyons almost home in the Annual Convoy 5K Road Race.


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SPORTBRIEFS John Carlin Awards revealed

The recipients of the 2018 John Carlin primary school athletics awards were Ella Costello of Naomh Brid, Muff, and Liam Carlin of Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Lifford. They were adjudged to have been the stand out competitors in the recent athletics finals at the Patsy Mc Gonagle Arena, Finn Valley/ Over 1,200 youngsters came from 87 schools and this was the culmination, in many instances, of regional qualifying heats which engaged close to 4000 children. It marks a great honour not only for the youngsters involved but for the school and parents all of whom have embraced the project. The awards are presented in memory of late John Carlin, Crossroads, Killygordon, a former Ulster champion and Donegal high jump record holder . His family are represented at the presentations by Sean Carlin, himself a former national senior champion ,Irish International and record holder, and he is accompanied by four-times Irish Olympic Team Manager Patsy Mc Gonagle. The award ceremonies will be held in each of the schools next week and this will be attended by parents, family members and school athletics coaches This award is based on excellent performance in the Finals based on fact that they are final year primary school children. The Schools Athletics in the past few weeks were the best yet in every respect. Attention now switches to crosscountry events in September. This was the 48th annual primary school athletics challenge and was regarded as the best to date.

Mantis Cranes to C.A.K.E. centre 5K

The annual 5k run/walk from from Mantis Cranes to the C.A.K.E. Centre Killygordon takes place this Friday, June 15 at 7.30pm. Whether you are an experienced runner or simply want to get out for a walk, its time to lace up and join the community for a great cause. All proceeds will go to two charities this year, Donegal Hospice and Drumboe Respite House. This is a fast course and has proven very popular and is growing every year. Registration is at C.A.K.E Killygordon from 5.30-7pm with shuttle bus to the start at Mantis Lismulladuff. The race starts at 7.30pm and the entry fee is €8 for adults, Family of 4 €20, under 12's €3. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the C.A.K.E centre. With category prizes and a prize for the first four members of the same running club over the line, it is guaranteed to be a great evening. This event is suitable for walkers, buggies and runners alike so please come along and give your support for a great cause.

An aerial view of the participants in the Donegal Airport Runway 5k on Saturday.

Letterkenny AC Round-Up

Another week of great runs and fine times Several LAC runners were in action in Letterkenny on Thursday evening in the Ballyraine National School 5K. Michael Galvin was the leading LAC runner, in a time of 19.04, which gave him 1st place in the M40 category. Monica Granaghan, just 4 days after her medal winning heroics in Dublin, was the 2nd woman and the leading F40 runner in 19.37. John Hughes was the second runner in the M50 category. His time of 20.03 was just 1 second adrift of the M50 winner. The next M50 finisher was Paul Lee in 20.15. Young Charlie Robinson was the first Male Junior in an excellent time of 20.42. Stephen Shiels clocked 20.52 and Darren Beecroft 21.11. Niamh McDaid had a fine run and her time of 21.20 gave her 2nd place in the Female Open category. Noel Lynch finished in 21.23. Catherine

McKinley was 3rd senior woman in 21.25. Pauric Dunleavy crossed the line in 21.38, Jack Robinson in 22.34, Anthony Farren in 22.50 and Gerard Callaghan in 23.26. Dara Dunne won the F50 category in 23.42. Danny McKinley finished in 26.17. Irene McFadden eased round and is preparing for knee surgery soon. The race winner was Michael Black, 24/7 Triathlon Club, in 16.28. Niamh Kelly had an excellent run in the Northern Ireland Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast at the weekend. She was 5th in the 5000m in a very good time of 18.12. The winner was Jessica Craig, of North Down AC, who ran 17.12. John Hughes had a good performance in Sunday’s St Eugene’s Primary School 10K in Tircur, near Omagh. He was the 2nd M50 runner in 42.29. John was delighted not only with his time but with the novel post race re-

freshment, which was ice cream for all runners, giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘post race cool down.’ The race winner was Eoin Mullan, of Omagh Harriers, in 35.04.

Runway 5k

Liam Ferry was 11th overall in Saturday’s Donegal Airport Runway 5K. His time was 19.24. First runner across the line was Shane O’Donnell in 17.33. Paul Lee ran 23.20 in Saturday morning’s Letterkenny parkrun, which gave him a top 10 finish overall and 1st place in the M50 category. Noel Lynch was the next M50 finisher in 23.30. Cathal Roarty marked his parkrun number 40 by finishing as 3rd M50 in 24.30. James McBride was the leading M65 runner in 24.50.

Mini Marathon

When all the figures had been collated following last Sunday’s VHI

women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin, there was further good news for LAC’s 3 competitors. It was already known that Nakita Burke and Catriona Jennings had scooped finishing places in the top 10 in a very competitive race, with Nakita gaining the bonus of a new PB. It was also known that Monica McGranaghan had acquired a PB. However, it emerged on the Monday that the 3 LAC ladies also comprised the 2nd team, so secured silver medals. Congratulations to the 3 hard working athletes, as the club continues to go from strength to strength on the national stage. Barry Mackey was the sole LAC runner in Tuesday evening’s Aurivo 5K in Killygordon. Barry turned in another impressive performance and ran sub 19 minutes again, in a time of 18.58. Finn Valley’s Dermot McElchar was the race winner in 16.00.

Run for Fun Letterkenny fourth anniversary The Run for Fun Letterkenny group celebrated its fourth anniversary with a function in Arena 7. Pictured are some of the group. It meets at 7.00 pm on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday at Letterkenny Community Centre where the emphasis is on promoting health through running and enjoying the social side of being active. Photo: Darren Crossan.


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Callaghan and Black both record great wins Crooked Lake Triathlon

24/7 had a very successful day at Camlough on Saturday at the Crooked Lake Triathlon. Aidan Callaghan, returning to great form, was winner in a superb time of 58:05. Aidan finished just 26seconds ahead of 2nd place in a very tightly fought race. Bronagh O’Gara also podiumed on the day picking up the prize for 3rd Female in a fantastic time of 1:14:43. Fin Begley also had a good race finishing strongly in 1:17:54.

Mourne Way Marathon

Colin Dean competed in the Mourne Way Marathon at the weekend. In a savage off-road course that included 3500ft of climbing Colin had a superb finish time of 3:54, 5th (4th Male) overall.

Crana Swim Series Round 3

The final swim of the Crana Swim Series took place on Saturday afternoon at Ludden, Buncrana. Jonathan Martin was the winner of the 1.6k event. Anne Robinson was 2nd female overall in the swim series wetsuit category. There was some fantastic swimming by 24/7 members over the course of the swim series. Full results will be posted when available.

Athletics success

More success for Junior Ben Carr- Ben was the Junior Men’s 1500m Ulster winner at the weekend.

Michael Black.

5k Roundup

24/7 had super performances at Thursday’s Ballyraine NS 5k on Thursday. Michael Black was 1st place in a winning time of 16:28. Natasha Kelly was 1st Female in a brilliant 19:17. Mark Rodgers had a super race finishing in 20:02 with Keith Fletcher winning 1st place M50 for his time of 20:03. Niamh McDaid was 2nd FO in 21:20 and Catherine McKinley, teacher at Ballyraine NS, 3rd FO in a time of 21:25. Well done to Colm Corcoran (and Cian!), 23:24, Terence Quinn, 25:14, and Georgina Dill, 27:30, who all competed in the Donegal Aurivo Killygordan 5k

Bike2BBQ Fun Event

A big thank you to everyone who attended Monday night’s Bike2BBQ event in association with National Bike week, Donegal Sports Partnership and Donegal County Council. Thanks to everyone who helped in anyway and to Pat and Amanda at The Kitchen for providing another great BBQ. A special thanks to Conor Foley, Gavin Mc Menamin, Mac Walsh, Donagh Kelly,

Rory Kennedy, Ben Walsh, Paul Garry and Laura Mc Menamin, our rally representatives who kindly took some time out of their preparations for the Donegal Rally this weekend. An excellent collaboration to highlight the importance of road safety for everyone on our roads. The kids had a ball!

Members Summer Swim Series 2018

This Monday 18th June will


Another fine performance from Donegal teenage jockey Dylan Browne McMonagle kept up his fine form of late at Porthall, Lifford when he had another good day at the office by notching up a treble on board (Five Stone Of Lead) in the 148 cm, (Athea Jade) in the 10 fur open and (Let It Go) in the 12 fur open. The young teenager has now had 14 wins at the three meetings run so far this year - a quite remarkable achievement for the Donegal star. Another young man who looks destined for the top is Co. Armagh rider, Sam Ewing who also capped of a fine afternoon with a treble aboard (Money talks) in the 2 mile maiden (Ida's Dream) in the 2 mile open and (Dylan's Pride) in the 153cm. The ride of the day came in the 1 mile open when (Thunder struck) under Zoe McMullan caught pigeons to score in a pulsating finish against (Angel eyes) who looked sure to score but Zoe some how had the last say coming from 20 lengths down with a circuit to race, after a photo finished been called a head was the verdict. Up and coming Co. Meath jockey, Ben Mulligan is a boy that is improving with every

The rising stars of Horse & Pony racing Dylan Browne Mc Monagle and Sam Ewing.

mount and he gave former Dingle Derby winner (Lets Go) a beautiful front running ride to take the 2 Mile Non Winners event.

Cian McNally son of trainer Ronan McNally made it two wins in a row when (Made of Candy) had a sweet victory in the local race.

be the first of the Summer Swim series races at Gartan. Strat time is 6.30pm sharp. A 400m, 750m and 1500m swim option will be available to all. This series is open to 24/7 members only. All dates for Swim Series are: 18th June, 2nd July, 30th July, 20th August. A full list of swim series rules will be sent to all club members by email later today.

Belts awarded at Letterkenny Shotokan Karate Club The Letterkenny Shotokan Karate Club recently held a Kyu Grading on Saturday the 9th of June, in the Aura Leisure Centre. Students from White Belt to Brown Belt took part in a test to obtain their next belt. The following students were successful and were awarded their next belt: 9th Kyu - Orange belt: Kyle Vicente and Arnav Sajth. 8th Kyu - Red Belt: Catherine Deeney, Igor Szymanowicz, Megha Manoj Thampi, Dev Nandan Privesh and Aoibhinn Keys. 7th Kyu - Yellow Belt: Finn

Boyle, Georgia Martin, Neil Augustine, Evan Ward, Anika Benny, Rishonn Sojan, and Powell Jason. 4th Kyu - Purple White Belt: Oran Mulligan and Hannah Patterson. 3rd Kyu - Brown Belt: Manoj Radhakrishnan. 1st Kyu - Brown Double White: Alana Patterson and Cormac Quinn Congratulations to all students who have trained hard in the run up to the grading and displayed great Kihon, Kata and Kumite skills to obtain their next belt.

Chris O'Donnell, Brian McGlynn, Sensei John Wilkie, Damien McGlynn and Lucy Parke.



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A day to remember for many Donegal competitors


All County League Division 1 Sat, 16 Jun, - St Michael's V St Eunan's 19:30, Ref: TBC Sun, 17 Jun, - Kilcar V Gaoth Dobhair 15:00, Ref: TBC; Dungloe V Milford 15:00, Ref: TBC; Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Cloughaneely 15:00, Ref: TBC; Glenswilly V Naomh Conaill 15:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 2 Sun, 17 Jun, - Glenfin V Bundoran 14:00, Ref: TBC; Four Masters V St Naul's GAA Club 15:00, Ref: TBC; Sean Mac Cumhaill V Ardara 15:00, Ref: TBC; Naomh Columba V Malin 15:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 3 Sat, 16 Jun, - Moville V Buncrana 19:30, Ref: TBC; Naomh Ultan V Fanad Gaels 19:30, Ref: TBC Sun, 17 Jun, - Naomh Bríd V Burt 15:00, Ref: TBC; Convoy V Na Rossa 15:00, Ref: TBC All County League Division 4 Sat, 16 Jun, - Urris V Robert Emmets 18:00, Ref: TBC; Letterkenny Gaels V Naomh Pádraig Muff 18:00, Ref: TBC; Pettigo V Carndonagh 18:00, Ref: TBC; Downings V Naomh Colmcille 18:00, Ref: TBC

U14 Girls Hurdles, 1, Lucy Mc Gylnn Ballyshannon, 2, Demi Crossan Letterkenny, 3, Orla Lagan, Clonmany.

U12 Girls 100m, 1,Feran Duffy Letterkenny, 2, Freda Bashar, Letterkenny, 3, Aisleen Patton Ballyshannon.

All County League Division 5 Sat, 16 Jun, - Glenswilly V Glenfin 18:30, Ref: TBC; Naomh Pádraig Lifford V Sean Mac Cumhaill 18:30, Ref: TBC; Naomh Conaill V St Eunan's 18:30, Ref: TBC All County League Division 1 Reserve Sat, 16 Jun, - St Michael's V St Eunan's 18:00, Ref: TBC Sun, 17 Jun, - Kilcar V Gaoth Dobhair 13:30, Ref: TBC; Dungloe V Milford 13:30, Ref: TBC; Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Cloughaneely 13:30, Ref: TBC; Glenswilly V Naomh Conaill 13:30, Ref: TBC All County League Division 2 Reserve Sun, 17 Jun, - Glenfin V Bundoran 12:30, Ref: TBC; Four Masters V St Naul's GAA Club 13:30, Ref: TBC; Sean Mac Cumhaill V Ardara 13:30, Ref: TBC All County League Division 3 Reserve Sat, 16 Jun, - Gaels 18:00, Ref: TBC

Megan Ferry Cranford u16 200m gold medal winner.

U12 4x100 winners Letterkenny.

SRB U14 Division 1 Mon, 18 Jun, - Naomh Conaill V Dungloe 19:30, Ref: TBC; Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Four Masters 19:30, Ref: TBC SRB Division 2 U14 Mon, 18 Jun, - Kilcar V Bundoran 19:30, Ref: TBC; Killybegs V Naomh Brid/ Pettigo 19:30, Ref: TBC; Naomh Ultan V Naomh Columba 19:30, Ref: TBC; Naomh Muire Lower Rosses V St Naul's GAA Club 19:30, Ref: TBC


County Hurling League Mon, 11 Jun, Burt 3-8 St Eunan's 0-11 All County League Division 2 Sat, 09 Jun, Termon 2-10 Naomh Columba 0-12 All County League Division 3 Sat, 09 Jun, Red Hughs 1-14 Killybegs 1-9 All County League Division 4 Sat, 09 Jun, Pettigo 3-10 Naomh Pádraig Muff 3-6 Downings 2-14 Letterkenny Gaels 1-12 Sun, 10 Jun, Urris 2-11 Carndonagh 2-9 All County League Division 5 Sat, 09 Jun, Glenswilly 3-14 Naomh Pádraig Lifford 3-12 St Eunan's 2-15 Sean Mac Cumhaill 1-2 All County League Division 2 Reserve Sat, 09 Jun, Naomh Columba 4-15 Termon 4-13 All County League Division 4 Reserve Sat, 09 Jun, Downings 3-10 Letterkenny Gaels 0-2

U14 Boys Hurdles, 1, Darragh Mc Devitt, Ballyshannon, 2, Diarmuid Coyle, Ramelton, 3,Eoin Cooney Clonmany.

Pictured at the Community Games Athletics finals in Letterkenny, Hugo Duggan, track referee, Michael Crossan and Louise Gillespie.


Local teams at O'Donnell Park Pictured at O’Donnell Park are the Letterkenny Gaels and St. Eunan's U10 girls football teams who played a challenge game recently.


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McCann well pleased with continued progress

Donegal hurling has a feel good factor! Michael McMullan sports reporter

Donegal hurling boss Mickey McCann looks like he could still be playing hurling. Sporting a pair of shorts, the smile across his face on Saturday represented the feel good factor returning to Donegal hurling. Two weeks ago the squad based themselves in Sligo’s Clayton Hotel for a bonding weekend. It was a chance to mix in each other’s company as the Champions League reached a crescendo and plot their Nicky Rackard campaign. Last year Monaghan dumped Donegal out of the competition and this season McCann’s side enjoyed a fruitful league campaign that included a comprehensive win over Derry. “I suppose Donegal hurling is put together by three or four clubs. The club season

St. Eunan's Sean Mc Veigh is a key figure on the team

has a lot of rivalry in it, so it is about pulling the boys to-

gether,” McCann explained. “A few players texted me to

take the job. Gabriel (O’Kane) came on board, we got them together to train hard and we are reaping the rewards now.” McCann commended the performance of former Tipperary minor star Davin Flynn. The Roscrea man is now based in Letterkenny. “He is a great addition and this is his second season (with Donegal). He had a quiet enough league by his standards but he is hitting form now for us at the right time and he is a handful for any defender. If we can keep Davin on form, he will be a big plus going into this final.” At the other end of the pitch Sean McVeigh led from centreback and the Donegal boss also pointed to the contribution of the full-back line. “We have been very comfortable. There is Stephen Gillespie, Patrick Doherty and Christy (McDermott) – they give no change away. We have

away a goal early but it was no fault of the full-back line. “That is one thing we are working at – keeping the ball out of the net. It is very important in hurling. Our defence is very strong and we have the forward there to put up big scores.” Donegal are bidding for the first Nicky Rackard crown since 2013 and this week it will be full steam ahead to being a second title baack to the North West. “We will be using Tuesday as a loosener – just a bit of shooting. Then on Thursday and Saturday it will be tough again before winding down and taking a look at Warwickshire. “They have a few ‘Down South’ men and three or four Antrim men, so they will put it up to us.” With all the talk about the lower tiers of hurling being the poor relations, living on

Donegal hurling manager Mickey McCann

limited coverage, McCann is naturally looking forward to the final. “Croke Park is where anybody wants to be I suppose. If you are from Donegal hurling or one of the bottom tiers, it is a big plus to get up there. There will be a good buzz in the county for two weeks.”

Flynn the star of the show as Donegal triumph

Croke Park – here we come! Donegal




Michael McMullan

Donegal v Warwickshire

sports reporter

What a difference a year makes. Last year Monaghan dumped Donegal out at the quarter-final stage of the Nicky Rackard, but on Saturday Mickey McCann’s side cruised to a 21 point win and a Croke Park date with Warwickshire. The result never looked in doubt. Right from Gerry Gilmore’s point after 21 seconds to Caolan McDermott’s late goal, Donegal were in total control. Declan Coulter pulled the strings from centre forward. Sean McVeigh led a mean defensive unit, but Davin Flynn was the star of the show. The Roscrea man scored half of Donegal’s tally, including a goal in each half. Now based in Letterkenny, Flynn is in his second season with the side after representing Tipperary at minor and intermediate level. If Donegal are looking something to improve on ahead of their Croker showdown, they can look at a tally of 11 wides that could prove costly on another day. Donegal started with Gerry Gilmore at wing-forward and Bernard Lafferty on the edge of the squad. It paid dividends in the first attack with Gilmore registering the first point of the game. It wasn’t long before Flynn

McGuigan responded for Monaghan but three Flynn frees and well-take effort from Jamsie Campbell had Donegal in control. When Kevin CampNicky Rackard Cup Final bell passed to Flynn, the Tipperary man showed a brilliant control and balance to score on of the points of the game, as Donegal cruised to a 2-12 to 1-3 halftime lead. Monaghan recovered early in the second-half with points from Niall Garland, Fergal Rafter (free) and substitute Conor Flynn – but is only a blip. Donegal hit back with a third goal. Sean McVeigh’s diagonal ball was batted down by stand-in goalkeeper Niall Butler and Flynn was alert to the rebound before crashing to the net. Four minutes later Monaghan defender Kevin Crawley was shown a straight red card following an off the ball incident with Danny Cullen, after Dublin whistler Chris Mooney consulted with his team of officials. Flynn added two points who scored Monaghan’s first from play. Skipper Danny point in the tenth minute. Flynn replied for Donegal Cullen popped over two super but soon it was the Farney points, one from each wing, as men who were celebrating. Donegal moved through the Mark Treanor fired to the top gears. Monaghan’s top scorer Ferright hand corner of the net after and searing run into the gal Rafter had a shot that flew past the top corner of the Donegal defence. With Donegal’s defensive net, but it was more of a half shield closing up shop, Declan chance, as Donegal took full Coulter slotted over from long control of the game. Ciarán Mathewson and fullrange, followed by two points back Christopher McDermott from Flynn.

Saturday, June 23 Croke Park

Donegal sharpshooter Davin Flynn is in great form

put his stamp on the game. After gathering possession, he slipped past Brian Flanagan before slotting across goalkeeper Bermingham and into the net after two minutes. Donegal’s movement and their control of Monaghan’s puck-out saw them dominate the game and they soon fired in a second goal. Declan Coulter found Kevin Campbell in space the Setanta man headed goalwards be-

fore slotting to the back of the net and Donegal were seven points ahead. Monaghan then lost goalkeeper Bermingham after a challenge by Campbell. IN absence of reserve goalkeeper David McGahon, it was Niall Butler who stepped into the breach.


His first action was to drop a puck-out to Martin Murphy

added points as the game fizzled out as a contest. Two frees from Flynn and a fifth point for Declan Coulter saw Donegal rack up an impressive tally. Substitute Caolan McDermott added a fourth goal late on, as the Donegal men eased home. Donegal: P Burns; P Doherty, Christopher McDermott (0-1), S Gillespie; G Browne, S McVeigh, J Donnelly (0-1); C Mathewson (0-1), D Cullen (0-2); G Gilmore, D Coulter (0-5, 1f), E McDermott; K Campbell (1-0), B Lafferty (0-1), D Flynn (2-11, 6f). Substitutes: C Finn for E McDermott (39), L Henderson For B Lafferty (39), Caolan McDermott (1-0) for K Campbell (60), M Callaghan for J Donnelly (62), J Boyle for D Cullen (67). Yellow cards: D Coulter (33), Christopher McDermott (37), K Campbell (40), C Mathewson (65). Red cards: None. Monaghan: P Bermingham; J Guinan, K Crawley, B Flanagan; M Murphy (0-1), P Treanor, P Finnegan (0-1); M Treanor (1-0), A Kenny; F Rafter (0-5f), B McGuigan (0-1), C Boyle; N Garland (0-1), E Collins, T Campbell. Substitures: N Butler for P Bermingham (INJ 9), C Flynn (0-1) for C Boyle (34), C McNally for E Collins (49), P McGahon for J Guinan (Blood sub 52, reversed 53), C Power for T Campbell (54), S McNally for N Garland (61). Yellow cards: C McNally (59, 73). Red cards: K Cawley (45), C McNally (73). Referee: C Mooney (Dublin).


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All County League Division P CLG Chill Chartha 8 Gaoth Dobhair 7 Naomh Conaill 8 St Eunan’s 8 Glenswilly 9 Milford 9 Cloughaneely 9 St Michael’s 9 Aodh Ruadh B’Sh 9 An Clochán Liath 8

1 W 6 6 5 6 4 3 2 2 2 1

D 1 0 2 0 1 1 2 2 1 0

L 1 1 1 2 4 5 5 5 6 7

F 137 110 114 102 107 120 108 120 114 74

A 84 59 91 84 110 145 119 145 135 134

Diff 53 51 23 18 -3 -25 -11 -25 -21 -60

Pts 13 12 12 12 9 7 6 6 5 2

All County League Division P Sean Mac Cumhaill 9 Realt na Mara G.F.C 9 CLG Naomh Náille 9 Málainn/Malin 9 Ardara 9 CLG An Tearmainn 9 Naomh Columba 8 Four Masters 8 Gleann Fhinne 8 N. Muire, Í Na Ros 8

2 W 7 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 2 0

D 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1

L 2 2 3 4 5 5 4 4 5 7

F 126 147 113 119 152 122 95 91 93 72

A 106 118 113 128 114 116 96 99 110 130

Diff 20 29 0 -9 38 6 -1 -8 -17 -58

Pts 14 13 12 9 8 8 8 8 5 1

All County League Division P Na Cealla Beaga 8 Naomh Bríd 8 CLG Bun Cranncha 8 Gaeil Fhánada 7 Naomh Ultan 8 Red Hughs 8 Burt 9 Convoy 10 Moville 8 Na Rossa 8

3 W 6 6 5 5 5 4 3 2 2 0

D 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 0

L 1 2 2 2 3 3 6 6 5 8

F 150 119 105 105 98 91 102 103 110 65

A 83 72 83 79 101 84 100 118 155 173

Diff Pts 67 13 47 12 22 11 26 10 -3 10 7 9 2 6 -15 6 -45 5 -108 0

All County League Division P Downings 9 Naomh Colmcille 8 Urris 8 Letterkenny Gaels 9 N Pádraig, Muff 8 CLG Carndomhnaigh 8 Robert Emmets 9 Pettigo 9

4 W 9 6 5 4 3 3 1 1

D 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1

L 0 2 2 5 4 5 7 7

F 174 138 132 145 102 130 125 91

A 99 104 104 138 124 119 166 183

Diff 75 34 28 7 -22 11 -41 -92

All County League Division P St Eunan’s 6 Glenswilly 6 Gleann Fhinne 4 Naomh Conaill 4 Sean Mac Cumhaill 4 N Pádraig Leifear 6

5 W 6 4 3 1 1 0

D 0 0 0 0 0 0

L F A Diff Pts 0 111 58 53 12 2 95 106 -11 8 1 60 43 17 6 3 61 70 -9 2 3 41 64 -23 2 6 69 96 -27 0

Pts 18 12 11 8 7 6 3 3

Ciaran Thompson, lofts the ball over the bar for Donegal, with Darren O Hagan of Down beaten in the game in Clones.

Donegal will appeal McGee red card Neil Mc Gee, Donegal's full back, letting off some energy before the throw in, but Neil's day didn't last too long, as he was sent off in the first quarter against Down in Clones.

Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Donegal will be appealing the red card issued to full-back Neil McGee in the Ulster Championship clash with Down in Clones. McGee was lined for making contact with Connaire Harrison’s back on the ground with his knee, in the 13th minute of the match. The incident happened after two Down players collided and referee Anthony Nolan seemed to signal for a free out. However he sent McGee, who was al-

ready on a yellow card, off on a straight red card after a linesman brought the alleged incident to his attention. When contacted yesterday, Donegal county chairman Mick McGrath said the county would be appealing the decision to issue McGee with the card. “As of lunch-time we have not yet seen the referee’s report, but I can confirm that we will be appealing the red card decision. “From watching the video of the matter, we believe that we have the basis for an appeal.” McGrath did not comment on the reasons for appealing.

But it is understood that the county might argue for the red card to be overturned on the basis that McGee’s actions were rough play rather than a striking action. If McGee was sanctioned for rough play he would only incur a yellow card. And even though that would mean he would get two yellow cards that would result in a sending off, he would not get an automatic four- week ban. Donegal’s appeal would be to the Hearings Committee of the Ulster Council depending on whether the CCC of the Council recommends a ban on acceptance of the referee’s report.

Donegal not getting the credit they deserve - chairman Donegal are not getting the credit they deserve in this year’s Ulster championship – that’s the view of the county’s leading official. While county chairman Mick McGrath was very happy with the manner of his team’s latest victory he felt they were not getting due recognition. “There has been tremendous work put into this squad and they are very committed. They had an agenda since the beginning of the year to win an Ulster title and they are in that final now,” he told the Post. Speaking after the semi-final dismissal of Down at St. Tiernach’s Park on Sunday, he said: “So it is entirely up to them to come here (to Clones) in two weeks time to show what they have been showing. “People have not been giving credit to the three teams they have beaten and they are not giving credit to Donegal on their performances. “But it is not really an issue for us whether we get the credit or not. “We are in an Ulster final for another year and now we have to come back in two weeks time and win it." When asked about the controversial sending off of Neil McGee the chairman said: “I saw two Down players colliding and I did not see what else happened." On the plus side, McGee’s early departure seemed to galvanise Donegal. “Yes the lads responded really well and it is not the first time that we have

played with 14 men in Clones. “They were great, the running off the ball and the energy of the younger players was great to see and they all stood up and that comes after a hard winter’s training,” he noted. “They are turning from boys to men and I think they will prove that in two weeks time”. But the experienced players like Michael Murphy, Frank McGlynn, Paddy McGrath, Paddy McBrearty and Leo McLoone also walked tall. “There is great maturity there and the younger lads are taking some of the pressure off them. “There is a good mix right and there is great work going on all around this team. And I would just like to appeal to all the Donegal supporters to come out and support the team in a fortnight,” he added. Meanwhile, these are great times for the GAA in Donegal. As well as an Ulster SFC Final to look forward to for the men's team, the senior ladies are in an Ulster Final as well this Sunday while the senior hurlers are in the Nicky Rackard Final at Croke Park on Saturday, June 23rd. RIGHT: Michael Murphy, the Donegal skipper, pointing the way to the Ulster Final, in two weeks time, as he organises his men in the game in Clones.


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Countdown is on to the Bonner-Kavanagh clash but before then it’s……

Ladies first, please Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Like the senior footballers, the Donegal Ladies will be going into their Ulster final as the hottest of favourites. Maxi Curran and Damian Devanney dazzling team annihilated Monaghan in their semi-final last weekend in as impressive a display from a Donegal team in many a year. And now they face Armagh in the provincial decider in Enniskillen this Sunday. Throw-in is 1.45 pm. Their latest win came despite the absence of their talismanic captain Karen Guthrie, who was unavoidably absent due to her brother’s wedding. But the usual suspects really walked tall without their leader and another great leader called Yvonne Bonner said they were dedicating this victory to Karen. Three very well finished goals from Eilish Ward, a magical strike from Geraldine McLaughlin and Bonner effectively sealed this one-sided affair in the opening half. And even though Monaghan

did find the net early in the second half Donegal kept their foot on the gas and eased to victory. Now, they are pitted against a fairly physical and mobile Armagh side who are well drilled and have some stellar finishers. And they don’t come any better than Aimee Mackin and Blathin McNulty who are capable of unhinging any defence. Add in the versatile and multi-talented Caroline O’Hanlon and you see why Armagh will not be making the trip to Brewster Park just to make up the numbers. But it is very hard to look past this very well drilled Donegal side. In Bonner and McLaughlin they have two of the finest finishers in the country and the former can also play midfi eld. Karen Guthrie brings vast experience and powerful leadership skills while the Hegarty sisters are also two of the top performers around. But there are very few weak links in this Tir Conaill outfit that also has the likes of Eilish Ward, Nicole McLaughlin and Sarah Jane McDonald. And there is one major dif-

Awesome work-rate is praised but

ference about this current Donegal squad, and that is their immense physical power and physique. The squad has come through an intense strength and conditioning course under Adam Speer and this has been very apparent this season. They are winning all the 50/50 balls and their raw power has been very noticeable. Two years ago Armagh “stole” an Ulster title from Donegal in the dying moments, but Tir Conaill got ample revenge last year en route to taking the provincial crown. But Donegal have another motivation this year and that is to banish the memory of their poor display against Mayo in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final last year. So Armagh had better beware as a green and gold juggernaut is fast approaching. Donegal should advance, with a few points to spare. Curran is confident that the “talent is there” but nothing will be taken for granted. “We have a lot of work to do,” he insisted.

Yvonne Bonner of Donegal celebrates after scoring a first half goal during the TG4 Ulster Ladies SFC semi-final match between Donegal and Monaghan. Photos: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Donegal cruise past Monaghan

“We still have work Donegal hopeful they can beat Armagh in final to do” - Curran Gerry McLaughlin sports reporter

Daragh Small Donegal joint manager Maxi Curran believes the awesome work-rate of his players can push them on to greater things this year, after they reached the TG4 Ulster Ladies Football final at the expense of Monaghan on Saturday. Geraldine McLaughin scored 1-5 while Yvonne Bonner and Eilish Ward also registered goals in a comprehensive 14point win for the reigning Ulster champions at Healy Park in Omagh. “One thing underdogs have is to out-work the opponent so we felt if our work-rate matched or surpassed theirs that we wouldn’t be far away,” said Curran. “Our girls put in a wild shift in the middle third. You look at all the great sportspeople, even our own Michael Murphy: People talk about the great footballer he is, but it’s the attitude and work ethic that separates him from everyone else. “We try and pass that message on. All the great teams have players who work their socks off.” Donegal were 4-11 to 0-15

winners over Monaghan in last year’s TG4 Ulster final, and despite a disappointing showing in Division 1 of the Lidl NFL, they will be favourites to topple Division 2 outfit Armagh in the provincial decider again next Sunday. Donegal had already beaten Monaghan in the league this year and they were already in complete control, 3-6 to 0-5 ahead, at half-time. But Curran says they will need to improve further ahead of Armagh. “We figured we needed a good start to make them come out to play. We got goals early and could have had another couple,” said Curran. “We had figured that they’d set up quite defensive so we wanted scores on the board early. “We know the talent is there, but it’s about bringing the other side to it now and the girls have done that tonight. The girls have given it a huge drive this year. “We have a lot of work to do,” he insisted. “We didn’t use every ball brilliantly and we still take wrong decisions. Armagh next week is a different ball game and Aimee Mackin will ask a different question of us.”

Now for Armagh! Damian Devaney’s dazzling girls turned in a supercharged display last Saturday that eviscerated a Monaghan team that had been in ten Ulster finals on the trot. But the focus now shifts to Brewster Park, Enniskillen next Sunday for an Ulster final showdown with Armagh. This is the same Armagh

team that “stole” an Ulster title from Tir Conaill two years ago. But Damian and Co got a measure of revenge in the semi-final last year as Donegal took the provincial title in style. “Armagh beat Donegal in the Ulster final two years ago and I was not involved but I was involved last year when we beat them in the semi-final,” the joint manager said. “We went 0-8 to 0-0 down at half-time but we came back in

the second half and just about scraped through so we are well aware of the considerable threat that they pose. “They have a really strong, lively mobile team with some very sharp forwards and Aimee Mackin is a deadly finisher. “But they also have her sister Blathin who is also a very fine player and finisher. But of course Caroline O’Hanlon is a really great competitor, a great player and a great leader. They will be really

Geraldine McLaughlin of Donegal in action against Sharon Courtney of Monaghan during the TG4 Ulster Ladies SFC semi-final match between Donegal and Monaghan at Healy Park in Omagh, County Tyrone.

hard to beat and are a very strong team,” he added. So did last year make up for the hurt of losing to Armagh in that 2016 final? “Yes you could see last year that there was a hunger in the girls to do well. And hurt can drive you on as the girls this year feel the let themselves down in the quarter final against Mayo last year. “Everything this year was geared towards the championship and we got what we wanted out of the League which was to get a few players like Sarah Jane McDonald, Olive McCafferty and Brigid Gallagher. “They all started today and we were also without Karen Guthrie who will be back for the Ulster final,” he noted. She missed the Monaghan game as she was at her brother’s wedding. “Armagh have a great scoring threat all over their forward line and they are very pacey inside and move the ball very quickly. “We would definitely not need to drop our intensity against such a formidable opponent. They are well managed and drilled are very mobile around the middle of the field and are very physical. “It will be a very tough game but we are looking forward to it,” added Devaney, who manages the team with Maxi Curran.

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Kieran Murray from Ramelton, Donegal, a kidney transplant recipient, will represent Ireland at the 10th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships, Cagliari, Sardinia from June 17th-24th. Since undergoing a kidney transplant in 2013, the father of three has represented Ireland at World and European Transplant Sports events which take place on alternate year. A avid golfer and runner, last summer Kieran took part in the World Transplant Games in Malaga at which he won a bronze medal for Golf. At the previous European Championships which were held in Vantaa, Finland in 2016, Kieran was unfortunate to have suffered a chest infection. Kieran is hoping to enjoy full health at the Europeans in Cagliari next month when he competes in the following events: 5km mini marathon, the 800m and 1500m race, Petanque singles and Golf and may also be participating in the 4 x 100m relay (TBC). Picture: Arthur Carron

Letterkenny post 14 06 2018  

The latest news and sport from the Letterkenny Post.

Letterkenny post 14 06 2018  

The latest news and sport from the Letterkenny Post.