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Appeal from woman diagnosed with cancer three days after her wedding

GET CHECKED By Chris Ashmore

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“If you think something is wrong go and get it checked, and fight for your right to be seen” – that’s the plea from a Letterkenny woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer just three days after she got married. Battling Aoife Doherty (Mullan) has come through her battle against cancer, and last Saturday she told her story live on the national airwaves. As part of the Today FM “Dare to Care” fundraising drive for the Irish Cancer Society, Aoife came up with the idea of having a “Dare to Wear” event with people donning their wedding garb for a charity afternoon tea party. The Phil Cawley Show was broadcast live from the event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, where brave Aoife recalled what she has been through. She got married to Michael Doherty in Halloween of 2014, on a Friday, and then on the Monday she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “People see you getting on well and say you are an inspiration,” she recalled, adding: “I did not want to be and inspiration and to have it (cancer).”

But as Cawley put it to her, she has been an inspiration. “There are moments that you will go through when you think ‘how or what am I going to do and how will I get through the next hour never mind the next day, but you do get through it,” she said,

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A video from the Today FM broadcast featuring the event can be seen on the Donegal Now website or on Today FM’s Facebook page where it has already got over 11,000 views. For more see page 10.

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pointing out that you do get great support. “You take it hour by hour, day by day.” She said that everyone knows their own body and if you feel something is not right go and get seen and make sure “someone listens and takes you seriously.”

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Extra signage needed to help boost tourism By Rory Mooney

Councillors are seeking a meeting with the Office of Public Works (OPW) to highlight the lack of signage directing visitors to some of Donegal’s most popular tourist destinations. The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District last week. Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr James Pat McDaid said the lack of signs for Glenveagh National Park, New Mills Corn & Flax Letterkenny Municipal District councillors agreed that more signs were needed Mill and the Glebe Gallery was for tourists in the area. having a detrimental affect on Letterkenny’s tourism indusHe told councillors that tour“We really need to outline that try. ists were taking wrong turns “I think it would be very ef- to the OPW,” he added. Cllr McDaid also highlighted an following their GPS tracking defective for the area and tourists as well to see more on their issue raised to him by residents vices, resulting in them getting journey to Glenveagh National in the Churchill area regarding lost and pulling into residents driveways. He said that some drivers’ GPS devices. Park,” Cllr McDaid.

residents were getting frustrated by the inconvenience due to the lack of signs in the area. “We need to outline our concerns to the OPW and to get extra signage pointing to Glenveagh National Park.” He added: “There is an onus on the OPW to provide the extra signage.” Seconding Cllr McDaid’s motion of seeking a meeting with the OPW, Cllr Gerry McMonagle said there is not the proper signage needed in the Churchill. Cllr McMonagle said that promises were made to the residents in the area that extra signage would be erected, however this has not happened. “The tourist season has come and gone and there’s only been two signs put up,” he said. Cllr McMonagle said the extra signage would make the journey for tourist “more appealing”.

‘Business as usual’ at Donegal’s ETB schools Anne McHugh

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Up to 20 Donegal schools will not be affected by impending strike action, it has been confirmed. The 15 ETB Schools and five Youthreach Centres under the direct management of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) will not be impacted by any of the proposed strike action announced by ASTI (the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland), scheduled for implementation from October to December of this year due to the fact that the majority of teachers who work in the schools and centres under the management of Donegal ETB are members of TUI (Teachers’ Union of Ireland). The TUI negotiated the implementation of revised salary arrangements over two phases in 2017 and 2018. The effect of this will be to assimilate new entrants to teaching onto a

single new salary scale, which will incorporate the honours primary degree allowance. Meanwhile, ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over lower pay for recently qualified teachers and the worsening of ASTI members’ terms and conditions. Ms Anne McHugh, Chief Executive Donegal ETB, stated: “We are delighted that the TUI, the union representing teachers within our schools, has negotiated a package with the Department of Education and Skills. “We are also pleased that our schools have embraced the implementation of the new Junior Cycle and that all our students are currently studying the new syllabi and presenting work for the new forms of assessment. “I want to acknowledge the professionalism of our teach-

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ers in responding to change within our schools. I am also pleased that there will be no disruption to our education service for all our students and their parents.” The first cohort of Junior Cycle students studying the revised syllabus in English will sit the examination paper devised by the State Examinations Commission in June 2017 in all of the 15 Donegal ETB schools. This will be followed by new examinations in Science and Business Studies in June 2018 and other subjects in a phased roll out in subsequent years. There are in total 27 post primary schools in Donegal. Local schools under the management of Donegal ETB, who will not be affected by the strike actions are: Coláiste Ailigh, Deele College, Errigal College, Finn Valley College and Mulroy College.

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‘Positive’ Mica meeting held with Ministers By Aine O’Doherty reporter

A meeting held between the Mica Expert Panel, Minister Joe McHugh and Minister Damien English has been described as “positive”. The meeting was held on Monday to discuss the progress of the expert panel, which was established in January to investigate the problems that have emerged in the concrete block work of certain homes in both Donegal and Mayo. A significant number of homes in north Donegal are affected by the problems. At a special meeting of Donegal Co. Council in June, it was revealed that an estimated 500 council properties had been affected by Mica. Approximately 400 properties in Inishowen are affected with potentially 40 of these requiring significant remedial works. A further 70 homes have been identified as potentially having problems in the Letterkenny Municipal District area.

Speaking to the Post, Minister McHugh said he was “highly impressed” by the panel. “What I also got a good sense of is that they have really informed themselves in terms of the enormity and scale of the problem. They have been very well briefed by the Mica Action Group, and they were very complimentary of their work, and their input has been very helpful. “The panel made a plea that anyone that has any relevant contribution to make, that they are willing to meet them, anytime anywhere. I obviously encourage them to do that also. “The panel has reached out to the manufacturer, they have written formally to them requesting a meeting. If that were to happen I think that would be important,” he said. Minister McHugh said the panel are working within the plan that a final report will be produced by the end of the year, but this does put them under a “lot of pressure”, due to the number of organisations they have to meet with.

“They do have a bulk of work between now and Christmas but they are still hoping to have a report ready before the end of the year. “It was a positive meeting from the point of view that they completely understand the cul de sac that a lot of families find themselves in. We have to give them hope, and the starting point is a proper assessment of how big the problem is. It is important that the government is informed of the scale of the problem,” added Minister McHugh. The Mica Action Group (MAG) was established in 2014 to seek redress for homeowners affected. Almost homeowners who believe they are affected by defective blocks have already registered with MAG. They have engaged with the expert panel for a number of months, and have provided them with research and reports, which they have gathered over the last two years. Eileen Doherty from MAG said she was impressed that the panel is also engaging with insurance companies and

Bid to attract west coast US investors to Donegal By Rory Mooney editor

An investment and marketing mission on the west coast of the United States could present an opportunity for major job creation in Donegal. That is the view of Donegal TD and Disaspora and International Development Minister, Joe McHugh. The Fine Gael TD has backed the Industrial Development Agency’s (IDA) five day visit to the US to influence American investors and businesses to step up shop in Donegal. The IDA is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign direct investment in Ireland and partners with existing foreign investors to grow their businesses in Ireland. “This week’s visit to the West Coast of the United States by the IDA and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary

Mitchell O’Connor, presents opportunities for Donegal,” he said. Minister McHugh added: “It is important to note that there is already a long history of west coast investment here in the North West of Ireland, with Seagate employing many Donegal people. “We have a tremendous IDA story in Letterkenny, with globally significant companies like Pramerica, Medisize, United Health Group, Zeus and SITA located here. It is a hugely attractive town for foreign direct investment with easy two hour access to Belfast International Airport, the unique fibre optic link to North America with Project Kelvin and a highly educated workforce thanks to Letterkenny IT.” Commenting on his recent visit to San Francisco, Minister McHugh said he was honoured to participate in the Irish Network USA event. “I also met with management in Facebook and LinkedIn,

to whom I explained the many attractive reasons for companies to locate in Donegal and the North West.” Meanwhile, Donegal Senator Padraig MacLochlainn has challenged the IDA to focus on new investment in Donegal at a meeting of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee. The Committee was dealing with the impact of Brexit on businesses and job creation across this island. “Few counties in this state will be as impacted by Brexit as Donegal,” Senator MacLochlainn said. “From fisheries to tourism and from agri- food to engineering, there is a real threat to our local economy.” He added: The IDA needs to work closer with Enterprise Ireland, Udarás, LYIT, Donegal County Council and the Donegal Local Enterprise Office as a team to maximise the potential of this county and to minimise the impact of Brexit as much as possible.�


NEWSINBRIEF Drugs commitment welcomed

Former Town Councillor, PJ Blake has welcomed a commitment given to him by local gardaí to keep the enforcement of drugs high on their list of priorities. Following a meeting with Supt. Michael Finan, Mr Blake said he was delighted with the response he received.

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banks. “That’s very heartening to hear. One of the issues for homeowners is that they cannot insure their properties, so it’s great that they are engaging on that level. With banks, in an awful lot of cases are co owners of these homes due to mortgages. It’s great to hear that those discussions are ongoing. “The amount of work the

panel are undertaking is extensive, but it doesn’t surprise me because we sent through the reports and some of them are incredibly big. It’s not a simple task. “For the sake of eight weeks, we wouldn’t ask them to hurry up, we just want the panel to get the decision right. We want it done right, and that’s the key thing,” she said.

The impact of Brexit on border counties including Donegal, will be discussed at an Oireachtas committee meeting. The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement will meet tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the implications of Brexit will have on the peace process and EU cross border funding. Committee Chairperson, Kathleen Funchion (SF) said: “Committee Members are aware of the tensions that could materialise as a result of uncertainties about the nature of the border. Tomorrow’s meeting will be an opportunity for us to ensure that the interests of the border region remain central to the deliberations on Brexit.” Meanwhile, Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue said the decision by the British Prime Minister to not include the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the Government’s special Brexit Committee is a deeply worrying development. “The idea that the British Minister with responsibility for Northern Ireland would not hold a permanent seat on the Cabinet Committee examining these issues is baffling,” he said.

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Thursday 20 October 2016

NEWSINBRIEF Gritting go-ahead

Gritting of the Churchill to Kilmacrennan road has been added to the Winter Gritting Programme. In a written response to councillors, council official said that arising from the review of last year’s Winter Service, the Churchill to Kilmacrennan route has been included to the programme without any need for additional resources. The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District last week. Welcoming the announcement, Mayor of Letterkenny James Pat McDaid said he was glad to the route included to the gritting schedule. Cllr Michael McBride also welcomed the news. He said: “We have been campaigning hard about this road. Common sense has prevailed.” Roads Area Manager, Fergal Doherty advised members that the gritting programme still has to be formularised.

‘Building Positive Clubs’

Donegal Sports Partnership is hosting a ‘Building Positive Clubs’ conference this in Letterkenny. The conference runs from 10am-2.30pm and is open to everyone including sports clubs, community organisations and anyone interested in sports coaching and the role sport plays in developing positive mental well-being.


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Donegal properties to Council to go under the hammer investigate Dungorman, Castlefin Gleann Tain Close, Carnamuggagh

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A total of seven Donegal proper ties with a combined reserve price of up to €420,000 will be going under the hammer at the latest Allsop online auction. Among the properties up for auction include a detached five bedroom house in Gleann Tain Close, Carnamuggagh with a reserve range of €60,000-€70,000 and a semidetached four bedroom house in Stranorlar reserved at €50,000-€60,000. Two properties in the Castlefin area are also included in the November catalogue. Buyers have the choice of a detached

four bedroom house on Main Street reserved at €15,000€25,000 or a real fixer-upper opportunity of a detached bungalow in the Dungorman area of Castlefin reserved at €10,000-€20,000. Three Inishowen properties may prove to be attractive to potential buyers as a detached five bedroom house on 0.5 acres of land in Carndonagh with a reserve range of €95,000-€105,000 has been marked by the property auctioneers as a highlight of the catalogue. A detached one bedroom cottage in Greencastle is available at a knockdown price reserved at €25,000€35,000. The only commercial

property up for auction is a multi-unit office investment building in Moville, which is part let to the OPW. The building comprises a basement pre-school with two offices at ground floor level with an annual rent of €25,480. The upper floors provide residential accommodation that does not form part of the sale. This property carries a reserve range of €95,000-€105,000. Over 130 residential and commercial properties with a total reserve of over €20m are going under the virtual hammer on Thursday, November 3. Bidding will open at 8am and a lot will close every three minutes until 5pm.

Donegal Co. Council is set to investigate ongoing sewage problems in Letterkenny. Councillors were told at the monthly meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District that a local inspector would investigate the foul smell in the laneway between Glenwood Park and Beechwood Road as soon as possible. Concerns from local residents about the foul smell have been on going for a number months. Raising the issue at the monthly meeting, in the Public Services Building in Letterkenny, Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh (FG) said the smell in the area can be “absolutely overpowering” at times. “There’s obviously some blockage somewhere in the system causing it (the smell) and it needs to be dealt with,” Cllr Kavanagh said. He said that a children’s play park in Glenwood is “virtually unusable” due the smell making it very difficult for children to use the park for its intended recreational purposes. Cllr Kavanagh asked that the council investigate as a matter of urgency and if possible give a detailed report to the next meeting of the municipal council on the cause of the problem and proposed solutions. Echoing the sentiments of Cllr Kavanagh, Sinn Féin councillor Gerry McMonagle said the council needs to “pay more attention” to the estate. Cllr McMonagle told councillors that despite the blockage being power hosed at the end of September, the smell has remained. “This keeps being left on the long finger and needs to be acted on,” he said. Cllr McMonagle backed Cllr Kavanagh’s calls for a report on the matter to be brought before councillors at next month’s meeting.

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Thursday 20 October 2016

Republican has bail conditions relaxed to visit Donegal A veteran republican charged in connection with the IRA murder of Jean McConville has had his bail conditions relaxed to allow him to celebrate his wedding anniversary in Letterkenny. Belfast man Ivor Bell (79) faces two counts of soliciting the murder of the mother of-10 in 1972. He was due to be arraigned at Belfast Crown Court on Friday on two charges over the murder of Ms McConville. However, the arraignment was adjourned for a second time after his defence team said he was waiting to be examined by a Dublinbased consultant on whether he was fit to plead to the charges. Mr Bell was originally charged with aiding and abetting the murder and with membership of the IRA. However the charges were subsequently amended by the North’s Public Prosecution Service. A prosecution barrister told the court that a proposed address in Donegal had been assessed by police who raised no objections to the temporarily varying bail conditions, which require Bell to report weekly and inform the authorities if he intends to leave the jurisdiction. However, the PPS did request that two sureties of £10,000 be re-

signed. Mr Justice Seamus Treacy granted the application to vary the bail conditions for one week and ordered that the sureties be resigned. Throughout the brief hearing, Mr Bell sat in the public gallery supported by friends and relatives.


One of the ‘Disappeared’, Jean McConville was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA after being accused of being an informer. After a lengthy campaign, the IRA admitted to murdering Ms McConville. Her body was subsequently found on a beach in Co. Louth in 2003. Part of the case against Mr Bell is based on the content of tapes, provided by former paramilitaries to form an oral history of the conflict, secured by the PSNI. The tapes were put together by Boston College in the US. The PSNI won a court battle in the US to gain access to some of the recordings, which had been recorded on the premise they would not be published until after the deaths of those taking part. One of the interviews was allegedly given by Mr Bell — a claim he denies.

Mystery surrounds sudden closure of AIB bank machine Mystery surrounded AIB’s decision to suddenly close down one of its busiest ATM machines in Donegal. Customers at Dunnes S t o re s on the Oldtown Road, Letterkenny were shocked to discover that their usual ‘hole in the wall’ cash dispenser was gone! It was replaced with a concrete plaster square where the machine once stood without any explanation or warning. Many were worried that there had been a security breach but it appears AIB decided to remove the machine without any consultation with its users. One irate shopper was annoyed and felt let down by the bank. “This isn’t good enough. They should have at least warned us they were going to do something

like this. It’s not customer friendly and now I’ll have to carry cash with me when I do the weekly shopping and that makes me nervous.” Another asked was it because there was already a Bank of Ireland pass machine inside the shop and there was pressure on AIB to move out. “I enjoyed the convenience of this ATM. It was in the car park and was a secure location. I’ll be switching banks now. If they don’t want to provide a machine they don’t need to keep my money,” she said. When contacted a spokesperson for the AIB said they kept their ATM network under constant review and reminded customers it had other machines in Letterkenny but offered no explanation as to why this machine was removed.

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NEWSINBRIEF Bike maintenance course

As part of Reuse month Donegal County Council is organising a Bike Maintenance course for beginner adults this Saturday from 2.30pm at Bryson Recycling Centre in Letterkenny. It is anticipated that there will be two sessions one at 2.30pm and one at 3.30pm. The course will be delivered by LK Bikes and places are limited so booking is essential using the online booking form on The course will cover general bike care, punctures, how to check your gears and the “M CHECK”. This course will be outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own bike if you wish. The course will be approximately 45mins. The recycling centre is located at Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny. All successful bookings will be contacted to confirm details before the event. For more information contact Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer 074 9176276 or email



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Social Enterprise Building consultation day planned Community groups and or ganisations are being invited to have their say on the development of the new Social Enterprise Building in Letterkenny at a special public consultation day. The new Social Enterprise Building, which is funded through the ERDF Designated Urban Grant Scheme 20142020, will be located on a site adjacent to the existing Public Services Centre in Letterkenny and is expected to house various community services. The Council is inviting all groups and organisations interested in becoming full-time tenants in the building to attend on the day.

The consultations will take the form of pre-booked 30 minute meetings between the respective group and Council staff. This will allow the Council to engage with the various groups to find out their needs as well as informing the interested parties about how the building will run and operate. Director of Service for Community, Enterprise and Planning Control Liam Ward believes that the community has a very important role to play in helping design the building so as to ensure that it serves their needs. He said: “Donegal County Council is keen to hear the feedback from local groups

and organisations as we strive to develop a community facility that can house some of the essential community and voluntary services operating in the county that work to improve the lives of so many people.” The one-to-one consultations will run from 9am to 7pm on Tuesday, October 25 at the Letterkenny Public Services Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny. Interested parties should contact Ciaran Martin, Donegal County Council on 074-9153900 to register a time. The closing date for confirmation of all bookings is Thursday, October 20 at 4.30pm.

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‘Night with the Stars’ fundraiser for local man Donegal’s sporting stars are giving their backing to a ‘Night with the Stars’ evening in the Clanree Hotel this Friday night – all to help a local man who has given so much to his community. Paul, (39), from Ballyare, was badly injured in a freak accident this summer and has been in hospital ever since. Paul is known throughout the country through his love of horses and horse-racing and that community and his local community in Donegal have been busy fund-raising as they help Paul and his family on the long road to recovery. Top local jockey Martin Harley, world-class boxing champion Jason Quigely and Donegal captain Michael Murphy have all urged the people of Donegal to get behind this Friday evening’s event when a range of superb prizes will be on offer. The last three winners of the Donegal International Rally will also be in attendance. Martin Harley has donated a pair of breeches signed by Frankie Dettori after a big win last weekend as well as a pair of his own breeches signed by 35 of the world’s top jockeys. Martin, based in Newmarket in England but originally from Trentagh, has known Paul for years. Martin said: “I was in shock when I heard about Paul’s accident. They say bad things can happen to good people and I can tell you Paul is one of the good people. “He’s just one of the great people in life and everyone who knows Paul knows that about him. “I would ask the people of Donegal to get behind this event at the Clanree, go along, buy a raffle ticket or compete at the auction for some fabulous prizes. “It is going to be a very special night raising funds for one of our own.” Donegal captain Michael Murphy said he was delighted to lend his support to fundraising effort for Paul. “He and his family deserve our support so I would ask everyone to try to get along to the Clanree on Friday and help Paul,” Murphy

said. Ballbofey boxing sensation, Jason Quigley visited Paul in hospital and spent almost an hour with him. Jason said: “Paul is a real gentleman and it was a pleasure to meet him. I would ask everyone who can be there at the Clanree to get along and support this worthy local cause. I know the people of Donegal will show their true colours this Friday.” Rally winners Gary Jennings, Manus Kelly and Declan Boyle will all be at the event, which starts at 9pm with headline act The Ryan Turner Band among an incredible music line-up, which also includes Paul McCahill, Gary McEvoy, Anne Biddie, John Dolan and Eldorado. Entry fee is just €10 pay at the door. Wonderful raffle and auction prizes on the night include: A trip to Dubai, a pair of Jason Quigley boxing gloves, a whip from jockey legend AP McCoy, Martin Harley’s signed breeches, Frankie Dettori signed breeches, a signed Donegal jersey, a trip to see the mighty Glasgow Celtic, a trip to any Premiership team of your choice and a one year family gym membership.

NEWSINBRIEF Supermarket redistributes 41,000 meals to local charities

Michael Murphy hands over a signed Donegal jersey for the auction and a poster for the event.

Jason Quigley visits Paul in hospital.

Local charities and groups across Donegal have received almost 41,000 meals to date from Tesco Ireland through their surplus food donations programme run in partnership with Irish social enterprise, FoodCloud. A wide range of Donegal based organisations including We Care Letterkenny Food Bank and others have benefited from the redistribution of over 18,000kgs (or 41,000 meals) of surplus food from Tesco stores across Donegal since 2014. Nationally, Tesco’s innovative surplus food donations programme has redistributed over two million meals to 195 charities since its launch in July 2014. This equates to over 20,000 meals distributed to charities and groups every week. Speaking about the initiative, Mary Cronolly, Area Community Champion for Tesco in Donegal said: “I have seen the impact that this initiative has on these organisations and I am delighted to play a role. I would encourage any charity to get involved in FoodCloud.”

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Thursday 20 October 2016

NEWSINBRIEF Historical Society meeting The monthly meeting of the Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historical Society will take place on Monday, October 24 at 8pm in the Henderson Hall, Stranorlar. Everyone welcome.

Ronald McDonald House

Letterkenny residents have been encouraged to donate to the Ronald McDonald House fund. The fund has provided much needed accommodation and caring environment for families whose children are seriously ill in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. McDonald’s have now announced the construction of a new 53 bedroom Ronald McDonald House on the site of the new Children’s Hospital, Dublin. By popping what you can into the charity boxes in McDonald’s, you will be helping families stay close to children whilst they are in hospital. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House. A brick costs just €1.

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Buncrana pier heroes bravery honoured While RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew train for and respond to every possible incident, the events in the Buncrana community that night were extremely tragic and challenging. In the aftermath of the tragedy the crew members demonstrated great character and resilience as they continue to respond to call outs and help save lives at sea. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Transport Minister Shane Ross praised the “courageous achievements and service of this group of brave Irish men and women who have faced crises and dug deep, offering their skills and in many cases placing themselves in danger in order that others might be safe on our waterways”.

By Rory Mooney

Buncrana pier tragedy hero, Davitt Walsh had cause for a double celebration over the weekend. The brave Fanad man who risked his life to save the life of four-month-old bay girl Rioghnach James from drowning at the pier, where her dad, two brothers, grandmother, and aunt all perished, was awarded with the Gold Medal for Marine Gallantry at the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards on Friday. Sean McGrotty (46), his two young sons Evan (8) and Mark (12), plus his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels (58) and Ruth’s teenage daughter Jodie Lee Daniels (15) all died while on a visit to Buncrana in March of this year. He received the Gold Medal for “showing bravery at huge peril to his own safety to risk life, in an effort to save the life of a child”. The awards are to recognise outstanding acts of courage, heroism, skill and initiative in the context of marine emergency incidents. Following this honour, the former League of Ireland player, was in action for the Ulster Senior League team in the FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament. The Fanad United striker scored twice on Saturday as Peter Moran’s beat Connacht for a comfortable win. Meanwhile the volunteer life-

Lough Swilly RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter, Coxswain Mark Barnett and Deputy Launching Authority Eunan McConnell pictured with Transport Minister Shane Ross at the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards.

boat crew from Lough Swilly RNLI were also awarded on the night. The lifeboat service was awarded with a Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service. The award in recognition of the crew’s professionalism and courage in a bid to help those in need. The lifeboat crew were awarded for their service during the pier tragedy when the volunteers were requested to

launch their all-weather and inshore lifeboats following a report that a car had entered the water at Buncrana Pier. Lough Swilly RNLI was one of the first emergency services on scene and recovered five casualties from the water. The lifeboat crew proceeded to provide casualty care on the shore but sadly all five were pronounced dead a short time later.

Minister Shane Ross presents National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards to Davitt Walsh and Gary Robertson. Pictured from (L-R): Davitt Walsh, Gold Medal winner from Sligo Helicopter Crew; Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross and Gary Robertson, Gold Medal winner from Sligo Helicopter Crew.


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Reintroduction of Town Council backed By Rory Mooney

The abolition of the Letterkenny Town Council is having a negative effect on the town and the wider area. Councillors backed a motion at the recent meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District calling on the council to make “strong representations” to the Department of Environment to reintroduce the former Town Council. Letterkenny Town Council was abolished in 2014 as part of local government reforms. In November 2012, councillors passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in then Environment Minister, Phil Hogan. Mayor of Letterkenny James Pat McDaid (FF), brought the motion before council last Tuesday said, the negative effects of the loss of the Town Council can be clearly seen. He said that he has been approached by numerous members of the public and the business community who have expressed their disappointment with current local government arrangements. “With over 20,000 people in the town it’s imperative that the Town Council is put back

in place by at least the next local elections,” Cllr McDaid said. He also highlighted the impending negative consequences that Brexit could have on the Letterkenny. He said that Letterkenny has suffered through a lack of funding as the current Municipal District covers a huge geographical spread which has helped to create an urban and

rural divide. Cllr McDaid said the areas should be separated as both areas have different needs. In seconding the motion,

former Town Councillor Gerry McMonagle said that it was a “disaster of a decision to do away” with the Town Council. Cllr McMonagle (SF) said there was real need for a Town Council, which would be focussed on the development of the town. “We’ve seen it over the years, with the development of the business community and the infrastructure of the town over the years and that’s because of the different offices and the nine councillors working on behalf of the people,” he said. Cllr McMonagle echoed the views of the Mayor with regards to the rural/urban divide that has emerged since the introduction of the Municipal District. “With the abolition of the Town Council it runs the risk of pitting the rural against the urban and nobody wants that divide,” he said. “We see Letterkenny as the hub of the county and an economic generator and there has to be a special case for that. “A Town Council would be the best way and it has been proven in the past in administering that,” Cllr McMonagle added. Independent councillor Dessie Shiels questioned what would be sent to the Department of Environment.

Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr James Pat McDaid (FF) has called for the reintroduction of the former Letterkenny Town Council.

Director of Services Liam Ward told Cllr Shiels that the council executive would write to the Department expressing the views of the Municipal

District. Cllr Shiels said the motion, as it stood “makes no sense”. The motion was unanimously passed.


NEWSINBRIEF Cancer survivors conference

Anyone in Donegal who is living with cancer or who has been affected by a cancer diagnosis is invited to attend the Irish Cancer Society’s free conference for cancer survivors on this Saturday in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The conference, entitled Living Well with Cancer aims to address the needs of cancer survivors across the country. It is expected that 600 cancer survivors and people living with cancer will be in attendance and they will have an opportunity to get together and share information and support on all aspects of a cancer diagnosis, including treatment and aftercare. The programme includes practical information on treatment advances, fertility issues, exercise and diet as well as dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of cancer. There will also be sessions for teenagers and young adults as well as healthcare professionals. The Living Well with Cancer conference is taking place during this year’s cancer week. For more information or to register to attend go to www. or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310500.

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Dare to Care” charity event a great success By Chris Ashmore

Brides and grooms – some from quite a few years back – turned out for a fun-filled charity event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society which was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny last Saturday. The ‘Dare to Care’ charity tea party event, was sponsored by Today FM, sand popular presenter and DJ Phil Cawley was there to broadcast his show live. As par of the charity afternoon tea party event, couples were encouraged to get just a little more mileage out of their wedding garb by wearing it again. And with flower girls, page boys and bridesmaids also invited there was a great mixture

of people. Many of the kids had their faces painted and there was a great upbeat atmosphere. Those in attendance heard how Aoife Doherty, who works in the hotel, was in contact with Today FM in relation to her own battle against cancer. Every euro raised during the event went directly to the Irish Cancer Society. Aoife said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2014. Throughout my cancer journey the Irish Cancer Society was a great source of information and support. In Co. Donegal the Drive to Care scheme that the Irish Cancer Society offer is a big help to patients and families who have a long commute to the nearest hospital, this offers a driver to take patients to and from appointments and treatment. So it is for this reason I Dare to Care.”

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An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation this weekend. Operation “Slow Down”, supported by the RSA and other stakeholders, will be held over a 24-hour period from 7am on Friday to 7am on Saturday.

Somme film

A special free screening of the 1916 film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ will be shown at the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey on Saturday, October 22 at 3pm. Donegal County Museum in partnership with Imperial War Museums (IWM) as part of the First World War Centenary Partnership has orgainsed these special screenings. Please note it is suitable for children aged 11 and over, who must be accompanied by an adult. Contact.074 9131840.

Annual Mass

The annual Mass for deceased members of the Pioneer Association in the Diocese of Raphoe will take place in the Church of the Irish Martyrs at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 3. Principle celebrant will be Bishop Phillip Boyce. Everybody welcome to attend.

College Awareness Week

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Donegal schools, colleges and community groups have been encouraged to get involved in College Awareness Week. College Awareness Week, now in its third year, will run from November 21-27 aims to promote the benefits of further and higher education.

A new innovative project to collectively address the environmental challenges facing seven northern European upland areas will be officially launched on Thursday. The event will take place in the Dunlewey Community Centre, in the shadows of the iconic Errigal Mountain, which is one of the pilot sites chosen for this project. Unregulated access to upland sites and natural erosion has meant that some areas of natural beauty have experienced degradation, loss of unique bio-diversity and bioresources. In response, the ASCENT project, an acronym for ‘Apply Skills and Conserve our Environment with New Tools’ sets out to develop management plans and implement innovative measure that will address future economic and environmental sustainability. Charles Sweeney Project Manager for ASCENT explains that “the key objectives are to undertake international learning and to transfer that collective knowledge across the partner regions, in an effort to design practical solutions and to trial new initiatives and concepts for sustainable environmental management”. The three year project involves Donegal County Council as lead partner, working collaboratively with Metsáhallitus Park and Wildlife in Finland, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and the Mourne Trust in Northern Ireland, Hordaland County

Council in Norway, and the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland and associated partners including Údarás na Gaeltachta, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, Mossfellsbaer Municipality and Skaftárhreppur. Liam Ward, Director of Community, Enterprise and Planning Control in Donegal County Council welcomed the funding from Interreg VB Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme (2014-2020) with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for this significant project. He added: “The landscape quality of our mountain areas must be maintained and conserved and in bringing together all of the stakeholders, project partners and engaging with our local communities ASCENT will make a very positive contribution towards the sustainable management of our upland areas.”

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President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina hosted a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin for the Irish Paralympic team last week. Letterkenny man, Johnny Loughrey of JT Physiotherapy, is one of the Chartered Physiotherapists working with Team Ireland and is pictured at the reception with President Michael D. Higgins.

Rheumatology service to resume by end of month Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the reinstatement of rheumatology clinics at Letterkenny University Hospital. The HSE has confirmed that following the removal of services from the hospital in 2011, the clinic will be reinstated at the end of the month. “I have been raising this issue with the various Ministers for Health and the HSE since I was first elected to the Dáil,” Deputy McConalogue commented. “In this time, up to 300 Donegal patients have

had to travel to Manorhamilton for rheumatology services.” He added: “After years of discussions, the HSE has now finally given a firm commitment on the reinstatement of the clinic, which follows on from the appointment of a third rheumatologist for the North West region a few weeks ago. “The restoration of the clinic is fantastic news for all of the patients who have been forced to travel from Donegal to Manorhamilton

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Letterkenny Men’s Shed Open Day

The members of Letterkenny Men’s Shed with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Terence Slowey and Suzanne Bogan from Donegal County Council at the Men’s Shed open day on Saturday held as part of ReUse Month.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey addressing the audience at the Letterkenny Men’s Shed on Saturday during their Open Day for ReUse Month.

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Thursday 20 October 2016

Donegal woman inspires global movement

A Donegal woman has become the driving force behind a unique global movement that uses bread as the focal point for peace building. Breezy Kelly is the founder of the ‘Bake Bread for Peace’ movement and what began as a simple idea has now spread across the world with individuals and communities coming together to promote ‘harmony, neighbourliness and a sense of community’ at a time there is so much conflict in the world. Breezy chose the activity of baking bread as a channel for peace because she says it is one of the most common and basic communal activities shared by people all over the world. “There is so much chaos in the world right now, in Syria and beyond,” she said. “We hear lots of talk of war, but very little of peace. Our governments seem to be ignoring the idea of peace, burying their heads in the sand and

hoping things will work out. “It’s therefore up to citizens to promote the idea of peace, in whatever way we can. Baking bread is something ancient, something shared by people of all races, religions and perspectives. It is a universal sign of peace, something we can do together. This might be a simple idea but from small acorns big oak trees grow.” Breezy has developed her idea into what has become the ‘International Bake Bread for Peace Day’ on Monday, October 24. With the help of the Internet her idea has gathered momentum all over Ireland and now internationally. She is now encouraging others to get involved, including schools and workplaces, and people at home who want to do something to make an offering towards peace in the world. Breezy is keen to stress that Bake Bread for Peace is not an organisa-

Northern Ireland MLAs enjoying some of Breezy’s top quality bread.

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tion. It has no staff or office and doesn’t engage in fundraising. “It is simply an idea that is being shared around the world and people are free to develop it in whatever way they can,” she says. The Glenties native has been involved in promoting the ancient tradition of home-baking for over fifteen years. For over a decade she was involved in the Heritage in Schools scheme run by the Heritage Council and the I.N.T.O. She comes from a background where traditions are very important and this led her to launch “Sillybucks”, a project whose aim is to collect and record stories, songs, recipes and cooking methods of days gone by. In 2006 she published a collection of traditional recipes called ‘Bread, Scones, Stories and Songs’ which is now in its third print run. In 2013 she was involved in organising the ‘Born and Bread’ project as part of the ‘One






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Donegal Diversity Month’. In 2015 alongside her dog Sheila and a bag of soda bread, she took to the roads of Northern Ireland to share the idea of baking bread for peace. Breezy travelled throughout the six counties and was hosted by individuals and families who enjoyed evenings of baking, songs and stories. She eventually ended that trip on the steps of Stormont where she baked bread for peace with MLAs from the different political parties. “It was an experience I won’t soon forget. I received such a warm welcome, incredible people from all communities, and shared wonderful conversations. I heard stories of suffering and of war but not once did I hear any mention of revenge or bitterness.” She added: “I see Northern Ireland as a global beacon for peace in this way.”





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Convergence Festival

Donegal Community Garden Network will be hosting an exciting event centring on building sustainable food communities. Tomorrow (Thursday), between 1-4pm in the Chamber of the Letterkenny Public Services Building, a panel of leading voices will come together to host ‘Food on the Fringe’ a free event as part of Convergence 2016. ‘Food on the Fringe’ in Letterkenny will be the first time that Donegal has been selected to host an event as part of the festival. “Donegal has a rich tradition of food production; and through farms, community gardens and backyard vegetable plots alike, a fine lineage of growers,” says Joanne Butler - Chairperson of the recently formed Donegal Community Garden Network.



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The late Bertie Fisher’s Georgian style home is not far from the Donegal border

Striking home of former rally legend has €2m plus price tag By Chris Ashmore

The stunning home of former rally driver and businessman, the late Bertie Fisher, is up for sale with an asking price of just over €2 million. Goblusk House is a Georgian style, lavish five-bedroom residence that stands on just under 20 acres with stunning views of Lough Erne. Not far from Ballinamallard, and just north of Enniskillen, the property lies some 20 miles east of the Donegal border and is about 40 minutes drive from the likes of Bundoran and Bally-

shannon. The Fermanagh property was completely restored in the mid 1990s on the site of the original Goblusk House and was designed by award winning Edinburgh Architect Nicholas GrovesRaines. According to selling agents, Knight Frank, “the restoration involved retaining many of the original buildings, including the coach house and stables, gardener`s workshop and garden stone walls.” Access to this magnificent home is gained through a grand gated entrance along a woodland avenue. The gravelled forecourt is bordered by stone walls and is flanked by landscaped gardens

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Co. Down women climbs Errigal for charity

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mountain at the weekend. She was joined on Mount Errigal by local fitness instructors Anne Devil and Hazel Scorer from A+Fitness studio in Letterkenny. With 26 high points spanning the 32 counties, El is climbing an additional two, starting and finishing with the Slieve Donard in her home county, giv-

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Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Councillor Terence Slowey pictured at a reception in Castle Grove Country House with Siobhán Lyons, CEO & President of Citizen Diplomacy International, Philadelphia, USA. Also included are Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise and Economic Development, Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, John Kelpie, Chief Executive Officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council, Rosalind Young, Investment Team, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Stephen Gillespie, Strategic Director, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Brian Mitchell, Kevin O’ Connor, Head of Business, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Owen Rosstein.

El pictured at the top of Errigal with Anne Devil and Hazel Scorer.

Climbing Mount Errigal marked the half way point for a woman who is fundraising this month by climbing 28 peaks in 28 days. Co Down lady El Fegan’s County High Point Charity Challenge for Alzhimers, which is to summit Irelands county high points, consecutively made it up Donegal’s highest

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year(s) maybe but not in 26 consecutive days. “I am really looking forward to taking on this charity challenge, it is an exciting adventure for me, a chance to explore our beautiful Island, meet new people, as well as an amazing opportunity to raise funds and awareness along the way.”

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he gospel reading for next Sunday from St Luke is the parable by Jesus of the two men who went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. ‘Faith matters’ publishes the reflection in Reality, the Redemptorist publication:“Who prays best? Is it professionals, who know all the techniques, or amateurs who cannot even trust themselves to get it right? “Pharisees were totally dedicated religious amateurs. Strictly speaking, they had no place in the religious hierarchy. They were a fellowship of like-minded people that included priests and laity, but their influence came from the popular esteem they enjoyed. This Pharisee’s prayer could be described as a commercial for the movement, except for one omission and one wrong attitude. The omission is any reference to the Paharisee’s zeal for studying the Law. He has been blessed with a temperament that finds observance of the Law easy. If this catalogue of his good deeds in a fair measure, he is a most observant Jew. Fasting was common in the Pharisee movement and they extended the laws on tithing (setting apart for the temple one tenth of a crop) to things the law had not mentioned. “Tax collectors, or publicans, were at the other end of the social ladder. They bought the rights to collect the taxes of their own people from the occupying power. If this were not bad enough, they added a percentage for themselves. The Gospels always present tax collectors as outsiders, so that ‘tax collector’ and ‘sinner’ effectively means the same thing. One might imagine the audience of the parable waiting to hear how such a person would pray. The surprise of the parable is that it is this person rather than the dedicated religious professional who knows instinctively how to pray properly. He is not there to overwhelm God with a catalogue of good deeds. His demeanour at prayer speaks of a humble heart:

he stands barely inside the area of the temple reserved for prayer, he keeps his eyes down cast, he strikes his breast as a sign of penitence and pleads for mercy. After his prayers, he returns home ‘at rights with God.’ “The Pharisee’s prayer was a failure because he made the fatal mistake of comparing himself with others, and assuming God would not hear the prayer of the tax collector. In other words, he was playing God. Luke rounds off the parable with yet another reference to what has been a favourite theme since Mary first mentioned it in the Magnificat: ‘everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but those who humble themselves will be exalted.’”

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Connecting for Life Donegal conference A large crowd attended the Connecting For life Donegal Conference organised by Donegal County Council held in Buncrana recently. The aim of the conference was to build connections and share good practice in suicide prevention. Connecting for Life Donegal is a county wide suicide prevention action plan which calls on individuals and organisations to work together to realise ‘a county where fewer lives are lost through suicide and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing’.

The audience heard the personal story of Emma Lawrence who spoke movingly about her own experiences and the help she received from the HSE, Child and Family Mental Health service when she struggled with her mental health as a teenager. Anne Sheridan, Suicide Resource Officer with the HSE outlined and complimented the good work being done by numerous organisations and groups. Anne said: “We need to keep working together year on year - the HSE, the County Council, schools, youth, community and voluntary organisations and

groups as every single organisation has an important part to play in reducing deaths by suicide.” Other speakers outlined the issue of suicide among the Traveller Community, individuals struggling with debt, the burden of alcohol and a new Crisis Suicide Assessment Nursing service working alongside GPs. Finally, Dr Kevin Malone, UCD complimented Donegal on leading the way in suicide prevention at a local level and said that the cumulative grief resulting from suicide deaths and road traffic accidents was an issue which should be considered.

At the Connecting For life Donegal Conference organised by Donegal County Council held in Buncrana are seated Dr. Kevin Malone, Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health UCD, Emma Lawrence, Speaker and Liam Ward, Donegal County Council. Back from left are Katie Boyle, DTP, Sarah Toye, Nursing Service, Siobhan McLaughlin, DTP, Seamus McGuinness, Artist, Geraldine Murray, MABS North Donegal, Kieran Doherty, Alcohol Forum and Anne Sheridan, Health Promotion HSE. . Photo Clive Wasson

The large crowd at the Connecting For life Donegal Conference organised by Donegal County Council held in Buncrana . Photo Clive Wasson

Dr. Kevin Malone, Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health UCD speaking at the Connecting For life Donegal Conference organised by Donegal County Council held in Buncrana . Photo Some of the crowd at the Connecting For life Donegal Conference organised by Donegal County Council Clive Wasson held in Buncrana . Photo Clive Wasson

Enjoy a night of Fashion & Style!

Enjoy a fantastic night of Fashion and Style at The Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, on Friday, October 28. Enjoy a glamorous evening of fashion, beauty demonstrations and advice on “how to look your best” in the most natural, affordable way possible, with TV3 star, Lorraine Keane. Learn the “Tricks of the Trade” from the people Lorraine believes to the best in the business! Lorraine has brought them together ‘under the one roof’ for you, so that you can get access to them without the expense and time it would take to visit each person individually. These are the fashion designers and independent boutiques, the beauty professionals, products and services that make her ‘red carpet ready and ‘ready for my close up’ over the course of her career. Also joining Lorraine will be Ireland’s top Hair and Make up professionals - little sisters Becky Keane Makeup and Tori Keane Hair. Team Keane will be on hand to solve any hair or make up dilemmas you might have and give you lots of easy DIY tricks that you can do at home. Leading skin expert Peggy Stringer Monkstown Laser Skin Clinic will advising on antiageing and skincare, body shapewear designer of ATIR Shapewear and shape analysist Rita Mylett, will give us a masterclass on what clothes we should be wearing from the Autumn/Winter catwalks depending on our body shape and much more! Tickets are €75 which will also include a luxury goody bag with lots of Lorraine’s favourite products, some bubbly, nibbles and huge

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NEWSINBRIEF Phil is a man of his word Coffee morning A coffee morning in aid of Donegal Hospice will be held in the home of Ross and Kathleen Stevenson, Bught, Ramelton, on Saturday, October 26 from 11am– 2pm. The event is in memory of the late Donna Toye, who passed away this week last year. All welcome.

Hallowe’en disco

A kids costume Hallowe’en disco will be held in Drumkeen Hall on Friday, October 28 from 7–9pm. There will be prizes and a raffle. Proceeds to the oncology unit at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Beach loos

New beach toilets should be built and ready to open for next summer in Rathmullan, Cllr. Ian McGarvey has been informed. Currently the busy seaside resort is served by temporary portable toilets.

Pramerica Community Awards

Donegal students who volunteer in their local community are being encouraged to apply for the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. Youth volunteers from across the island of Ireland can submit their application online before this Friday. Principals then have until Friday, November 11 to nominate up to two students from their school for nationallevel recognition.

Radio request leads to charity fun run!

Today FM broadcaster Phil Cawley was swept along in a red tide of runners around Letterkenny last Friday – and all in a good cause. Last September, he received a request to play a song on the popular Friday Night 80s Show, for Run for Fun Letterkenny. He duly did so and quipped that he wouldn’t mind joining them for a 5k sometime. Well, when it was confirmed that he was coming to Letterkenny to broadcast his Saturday morning show (see page 10 for more on the Dare to Care event), he was contacted again, by email, to jog his memory about his previous comments regarding a run. Lo and behold, Phil was on the phone to say that he was a man of his word and would certainly do a run. Having driven down from Dublin on Friday afternoon, Phil was barely 15 minutes in the Radisson Blu Hotel when he was collected and whisked over to the Letterkenny Community Centre where almost 40 “Run for Funners” were standing by. And so off they went on a run around the centre of Letterkenny, with Phil sporting a t-shirt that had his name plus the message: “Today is a good day to run”. It was for a good cause too. Two of the group, Annmarie Roche and Isabel Gardiner are doing the New York marathon next month and are raising funds for the Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service. Isabel was fastest out of the traps with a fundraising bucket. In total, they raised over €220. All set.. Today FM’s Phil Cawley about to head off with the Run for Fun Letterkenny group.


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Donegal artist named on 2016 Savills Prize list Donegal artist Marty Kelly will compete for the biggest prize in Irish contemporary art at Vue 2016 at the Royal Hibernian Association gallery from November 3-6. The €5,000 Vue Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills will be awarded to the artist who has produced an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland. Nineteen of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries have each nominated an artist as a contender for the prize and RHA director Dr Patrick Murphy, who has an extensive track record as a curator of contemporary Irish art, will adjudicate.

Coral Morning pictured with Lee Gooch, taken at the Jenny Bristow Cookery Show in the Clanree Hotel.

‘Adestes Fidel-ish’, part of the new series of paintings by Marty Kelly exploring our reaction to the migrant crisis in Europe.

Another voice

Carndonagh native Kelly has been nominated by the Gibbons and Nicholas gallery in Dublin, where he completed “There’ll be no bloody bluebirds”, a series inspired by the current migrant crisis in Europe. After seeing the White Cliffs of Dover on a return trip from Calais, Kelly was reminded of the ‘Cameo’, part of the patriotic song by new series of paintings Dame Vera Lynn and by Marty Kelly decided to use the exploring our reaction bluebird as a meta- to the migrant crisis in phor for refugees. Europe. The series explores issues of unity and separatism and how we identify with each other through compassion, love, gratitude, acceptance, pity and fear. “My current work investigates how we identify ourselves,” Kelly said. “Why do we see someone else’s experience of life as being wholly separate from our own? Compassion is seeing ourselves in each other rather than fear. Work is for me part of a daily meditation exploring these issues and states of being. “Sometimes we see others as less worthy or imprisoned and sometimes they are not. I’m observing the world and society as a self-enquiry. I don’t have the solution but I hope the work generates awareness and empathy.” Opening hours for Vue 2016 are 6-8pm on Thursday, November 3, 11am-8pm on Friday, November 4, 11am-7pm on Saturday, November 5, and 12-6pm on Sunday, November 6.

by Mark Loughridge, pastor of Letterkenny New Life Fellowship.

He can be contacted on 074 9123961 or

Baby Loss Week - a tragic disconnect Last week was Baby Loss Awareness Week, with Saturday being International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day. I had been wondering why the profusion of news items: UK MPs sharing their stories of loss in the House of Commons; an item about a Garden of Stones in County Armagh featured several times on my Facebook feed; and I turned on the radio on Saturday to hear a series of heartfelt stories. Interviewers and newsreaders alike were empathetic and sensitive, gentle and gracious. And I was confused. Not simply because I didn’t know it was Baby Loss Awareness week. Not because I don’t know something of that intense pain of losing children to miscarriage and watching someone you love deal with a level of sorrow that, as a man, I can’t fully enter into, nor fathom its terrible depths. I know that pain—and it deserves all the tenderness and empathy and sensitivity we can muster. I was confused, or more accurately, baffled. Baffled by

the ability of the media to portray so sensitively, deal so tenderly, and acknowledge one week that what resides in the womb is a baby, while the previous week, and this succeeding week they will argue for the purposes of Repealing the 8th Amendment that it is a clump of cells. Suzi spoke of Eli: “We found out at 21 weeks that Eli was sick, he was stillborn at 31 weeks.” She has had beautiful imprints made of his tiny chubby hands and feet, cast in metal and framed. “I felt, and still do feel numb, I have come home from the hospital with empty arms and don’t know what to do with myself.” Sarah lost her baby, Grace, only 14 weeks into her pregnancy. “I had already bought a comforter to bring her home from the hospital and was so excited to have her… the pain of grief was excruciating.” Not once, did an interviewer say, “Sure it was only a clump of cells”—thankfully they had more humanity. No-one challenged the title “Baby loss week”, yet that is the very

Conservative MP Will Quince spoke of the loss of his son during Baby Loss Awareness week.

thing that is being denied day in day out in the abortion discussion—that it is a baby that is being lost. UK MP Will Quince spoke of his son who was diagnosed with the rare chromosomal disorder, Edwards’ syndrome, at his 20-week scan. He told the Commons that his

son was “an incredible little fighter” who eventually lost his life in the last moments of labour. I love the way he spoke of ‘his son’—something all the accounts have in common— the absolute recognition that they lost a son or daughter. And not once did a reporter,

or presenter ‘correct’ this— deep down we know that’s what we’re dealing with, a real human being. Yet the same House of Commons, which was moved to tears, also legislates for the termination of such ‘incredible little fighters’. And this same son could have been

aborted under the guise of the criminally misnamed ‘fatal foetal abnormalities’ provision currently being considered here in Ireland. I wonder if the MPs saw the incongruity of their tears? Their hearts are better than their heads; but tragically their heads made the laws. The sensitivity with which baby loss week was handled was utterly commendable, but how quickly will we see a return to the denial of life in the womb? Was all that sensitivity simply crocodile tears, or is there a tragic disconnect in our minds? We need to keep the dots joined up. We can’t be a nation that grieves the loss of babies in the womb and simultaneously denies that what is in the womb is a baby. Yet that is what we are in danger of doing. Mark Loughridge is one of the ministers in Milford Reformed Presbyterian Church. He can be contacted on 086 3907726 or You can read more or listen online at www.milfordrpc. org.

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50th Celebrations of Ard McCool! Stranorlar celebrated a very special day last weekend with the 50th Anniversary of Ard McCool Housing Estate.   This estate was built by Donegal County Council and is the biggest Social Housing Scheme in the Finn Valley Area.   It has grown from the initial estate of 28 houses which were built in 1966 to its current 127 houses. Just six weeks ago a group of current and former residents got together to find a way to mark this occasion.   On Saturday their plans came to fruition with a day of celebrations. I attended the unveiling of the Commemorative Stone and the wonderful service of thanksgiving and celebration

to mark this occasion. The Commemorative Stone, which was supplied by Donegal County Council, was unveiled by the wonderful Mr Patsy Duffy, one of the original residents and a real character. I have known Patsy for years and he hasn’t changed a bit.   Over 1000 people have at one time or another called Ard McCool home and these festivities were an opportunity for all the “Ard Hooligans” to reconnect through the various events and the Facebook page set up to collect photographs and memories. Over the past 50 years Ard McCool has become the heart of the town of Stranorlar. They have celebrated their Champions and mourned their tragic

losses together - always supporting each other through good times and bad. This closely knit community have maintained strong bonds of friendships which have lasted lifetimes and spanned many thousands of miles.  Its residents have raised families who have not only contributed to the local area but have spread throughout the world and are represented in almost every profession – Pilots to Publicans, Dancers to Doctors, Teachers, Actors, Builders and Business people.   They are a wonderful example of community, friendship and the immeasurable value of good neighbours. Well done to the committee for doing such a great job.

And here it is well done Patsy Duffy. GD 04

Sr Anne McLoone, cousin Alice Bonner, Teresa Henderson, Angela Crawford and Carmel Duffy. GD 07 The star of the show Patsy Duffy pictured with his four grandsons Jack, Mark, Ben and Daire Browne. GD 11

Some of the people who turned out for the Ard McCool 50th celebrations last weekend. GD 02

Sean Byrne, Committee, Patsy Duffy, Sheila Harbinson nee Browne whose parents Agnes and Mick Browne were the first residents in Ard McCool also pictured is Pauric Duffy. GD 06

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Not looking a day over 50.........Gerry Byrne, Cathy McGowan, Anthony Duffy and Seamus Duffy. GD 10 The man himself Patsy Duffy with his daughter Siobhan and her boys Jack, Mark, Daire and Ben, GD 12

Some of the past and present residents of Ard McCool Anne Henderson, Susan McGlynn and Teresa Walsh. GD 09

Patsy Duffy one of the residents of Ard McCool unveils the stone pictured with Martin Harley and Patrick McGowan. GD 03

Well done Patsy Duffy who unveiled the stone celebrating 50 years of Ard McCool, pictured with Marie Blee and his daughter Siobhan. GD 01

Patsy Duffy saying a few word before unveiling the stone at the Ard McCool 50th Celebrations also pictured is Brian Duffy MC for the day. GD 05

Martin Harley and Patrick McGowan pictured at the Commemorative Stone, which was supplied by Donegal County Council, was unveiled by the wonderful Mr Patsy Duffy, one of the original residents. GD 08




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Ballyraine National School turn on the style!

The lovely models from Chiq Maternity at the fashion show in the Clanree Hotel Michelle Holian, Michelle Meehan, Irene McCole and Lisa Hamilton. GD 14

Amanda McClinctock and Gillian Hamilton from Chiq Maternity at their stand at the Ballyraine Fashion show in the Clanree Hotel. GD 12

Looking very dapper there lads Raymond Sweeney and Lee Gooch! GD 09

The principal David Oliver with some of the teachers from Ballyraine National School. GD 13

Beatrice Doherty, Faith and Caroline Doherty, Yvonne Rodgers and Emma McLaughlin. GD 07

Some of the models modelling for Menarys Alanna, Jean, Sadie, Hannah and Ester. GD 11

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Jenny Bristow who cooked up a storm for the audience at the fashion show with the Principal David Oliver. GD 05

Lee Gooch who was the compere of the fashion show pictured with some of the senior children. GD 06

The Parents Association ladies Rina Duplessis, Rachael Moore, Clare McKernan, Judith Rodgers, Sharon Moore and Susan Johnston. GD 01

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The finest food for the A much-loved community venue has expanded into the food business, with great success so far. Guests of Maggie’s Tavern are enjoying the best local produce at the new Sunday carvery, where a new chef from Lifford has been hired to cope with the demand. “In recent times, we’ve expanded into the food business. I did my three years in Killybegs and we’ve been doing the Sunday lunches for the past few years but we’re now celebrating a new chef coming in and our new Sunday carvery,” said Alice Lynch, owner of Maggie’s Tavern. “People can come up and get their freshly cut beef, turkey and ham and whatever they would like. Those three meats are on the menu alongside a regular Caesar salad and soup,” she said. This is another string in the bow at Maggie’s Tavern,

where Alice Lynch has spent the past 24 years carrying on the tradition of serving the family and friends in the community.

Fun and fundraising

Locals in St Johnston and further afi eld are all familiar with this local landmark, where Alice Lynch and the staff facilitate the many community events that are so popular in Maggie’s Tavern.

“We’ve done an awful lot of fundraising including a charity cycle around Donegal that has made an incredible €125,000. We have different charity events from guest teas to night at the races as well as cycling,” said Alice. “Little Angels is one of the local charities that has benefitted as well as many others. That’s one aspect of it but we also have darts and people also use the venue for holding meetings and things like that. We deal with anything community based,” she said. One of the most recent successful events in Maggie’s Tavern was the Mass Rock Walk, which takes place at the beginning of July every year and is hugely popular. “Families and buggies and the whole lot head up to this spot on the hill

on a six kilometre walk and end up a historical viewpoint where there was a Mass Rock during Penal Times and then they just walk back down again and we have a barbecue and they raise money.” “Everyone raised €2,100 this year for the Ballyduff Community Group so it’s a fun thing but we are family oriented and we love doing fun family events,” she said.

Great for families

Located in the country area between St Johnston and Lifford, Maggie’s Tavern regularly welcome large groups to the venue, and is popular for family parties. “We’re doing competitive packages for big and small parties. “The menu starts from €3 for person, so for an 18th birthday party we can do sausages and chips and other party food, while we can also do a full dinner menu where you have a few choices of meal,” said Alice.

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Maggie’s Tavern regularly welcomes events such as family anniversaries and wedding parties, especially since the wider menu that celebrates local food was developed.

Fresh food

Alice, who recently spent three years in Killybegs to cater to a more fooddriven market, is passionate about the produce used for the carvery lunches. “The Sunday carvery is being cooked fresh on the Sunday so we’re going from seven o clock in the morning so we’re putting a real emphasis on the superior quality,” she said. “The products are all sourced locally from the local butcher Watson to Pearson’s turkeys and all the local suppliers. “We use Ballyholey vegetables for the soup so it’s a local product,” said Alice. If the carvery lunches go well, Alice said Maggie’s Tavern will look into bar food but for now, they’re focusing on a quality carvery experience. “You can’t do everything so there are a few of us now together in the kitchen and we’re not doing bar food yet but we are doing a classic menu and want to give people quality.”

The best entertainment

Following the decline of the pub trade during the recession, Maggie’s Tavern now has a renewed focus on food and entertainment, but all the events that are so loved by the community are still running too. “On family fun days we have a bouncy castle, we have that for communions too and every Easter we have an Easter Bunny Day and the Easter Bunny comes and we have

the bouncy castle and they all get freebies but it’s the community that has their own wee committees and I would sponsor them,” said Alice. “Santy comes every year too and they get wee prizes.” Maggie’s Tavern is also well-known in the darts world for Maggie’s Cup, inaugurated by Alice Lynch in mem-

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ory of her aunt, who owned the pub originally. “We get darts teams from all around the area, from Derry and Newtown Stewart as well as local teams. Those teams come every year. We are the longest doing a competition like that consecutively,” she said. While also opening for special

events, Maggie’s Tavern also has regular opening hours from six o’clock to closing from Monday to Thursday, four o’clock opening to closing on Friday and twelve o’clock opening on Saturday and Sunday. Alice is hoping that her efforts to develop food and entertainment in

Maggie’s Tavern will prove to be a success for both Sunday carvery and the events that make the pub so popular. “Everyone has to eat but people also like to be entertained, so I’ve been building on this for the past number of years. Parties give people a reason to come back out and celebrate,” said Alice.


Thursday 20 October 2016


Road Safety Road Show

Deele College Raphoe Students with Liam Carr, Fire Service and Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service.

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Deele College Raphoe Studnets with Srg. Mark Traynor, Garda, Liam Carr, Fire Service and Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service.

Loreto Convent Letterkenny students with Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service, , Garda Mark Traynor, Lousie McGeever, RSA, and Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service, Cahrlie Collins, MC and Niall Murphy DCC.

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The Day Break group from Donegal Youth Services Letterkenny

Loreto Convent Letterkenny students with Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service, James McKenna, Fire Service, Garda Mark Traynor Lousie McGeever, RSA, and Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service.

St Eunans College students with Biran O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer Donegal Liam Carr, Fire Service, James McKenna, Fire Service, Niall Murphy, Donegal County Council and Louise McGeever, RSA.

Loreto Convent Letterkenny students with Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service, James McKenna, Fire Service, Garda Mark Traynor Lousie McGeever, RSA, and Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service.

Royal and Prior students students with Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service, James McKenna, Fire Service, Garda Mark Traynor and Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service.

Royal and Prior students students with Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service, James McKenna, Fire Service, Garda Mark Traynor Lousie McGeever, RSA, and Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service.

St. Columbas Stranorlar students with Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer Donegal, Sr. Margk Traynor, Garda, Dr. Sinead O’Gorman, Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service, James McKenna, Fire Service, Niall Murphy, Donegal County Council and Louise McGeever, RSA.

Coláiste Ailigh studnets with Stuart Crutchley, PSNI, Srg. Mark Traynor, Garda, Inspector John Miller, PSNI, James McKenna, Fire Service and Paddy Doherty, Ambulance Service at the Donegal Road Safe Show – 10 Years delivering the message‘- Remember, the next time it could be you’ in the Aura Leisure Centre on Tuesday last.

Mulroy College students with Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer Donegal, Sr. Margk Traynor, Garda, Dr. Sinead O’Gorman, Liam Duffy, Ambulance Service, James McKenna, Fire Service, Niall Murphy, Donegal County Council and Louise McGeever, RSA.

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Packie’s Wake all set for An Grianan Theatre After bringing the house down at the Millennium Forum in Derry last week, the side splitting comedy Eddie Kerr’s ‘Packie’s Wake’ is moving the hysterically funny play to An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny for three nights opening this Thursday (20th October). After rave reviews and capacity audiences the funeral cortège makes it’s way to Letterkenny where the An Grianan Box Office says that tickets are selling out fast. People often say that comedy is the best medicine and we can assure you that this play is a great tonic for the body and spirit. Not just content with restaging this comedy masterpiece the play has been given a rewrite with lots of new material and a new character that is guaranteed to have the audience rolling in the seats. The play tells the side-splitting story of how Packie Devlin through an ironic quirk of fate is allowed to attend his own wake. The poor, part time philosopher and full time drunkard, has the opportunity to find out what his family and friends really think of him as he participates in the hysterical play that has become a theatrical masterpiece in comedy. According to the Writer and Director, Eddie Kerr, Packie’s Wake’ appears to have hit a chord with people, not just here but everywhere it’s played. “The play looks at universal themes about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events and deals with the impact that death has on this, rather dysfunctional, family, Eddie said. “While it does deal with the sadness attached to a death but still has managed, and I don’t know how, to balance that with side splitting humour. It also successfully highlights the rituals associated with our wakes and the

Cassie Riggs who plays ‘Angela Devlin’ Packie’s estranged daughter.

social importance that it has on the grieving process. “We are having a ball restaging this play and we know that audiences are loving it, and if I am not being too facetious, it will take on a life of its own from here now,” he added. So if you want to guarantee your seat and have a wonderful night then phone the An Grianan Box Office on 74 912 0777. This must be the most outrageous wake in the history of Irish waking and you be sure that nobody will rest in peace in the Devlin household. Remember not only does Packie’s Wake contain some strong language and some adult content it also carries a health warning so be careful you could die laughing! If you want a surefire great night out get on that phone now and be sure to guarantee your seat at the theatrical event of the year. You may live to regret it!


NEWSINBRIEF ‘Widow’s Paradise’ fast selling out

Tickets are selling fast for the hilarious play ‘Widows’ Paradise’ which will be staged in the Cross Hall, from November 4-6. This three-act comedy by Sam Cree features a cast entirely made up of locals, most of whom are new to the stage and all proceeds will go towards the Christmas lights for the Cross. Priced at €10/€8, tickets can be purchased at the parochial hall on 20th, 24th, 25th, 31st of October and 1st of November between 6 and 7 pm each night. Tickets are also available in all shops, bars and cafe in the village. Almost 30 years since the last play in the area, this farcical comedy is set in the 70s and the action takes place in a seaside caravan with five ladies embarking on a strictly Women Only holiday. All goes well until a case of ‘mistaken caravan’ puts five males into the mix - can the widowers cope with the male invasion or will all hell break loose? Directed by Kathleen Browne and Paddy McMenamin, both from Ballybofey, this is certainly a show not to be missed. The cast is Dean Gillespie (Harry), Majella Sweeney (Ruby), Olivia Kelly (Lucy), Jessica Kelly (Sylvia), Jacinta McCarron (Vanessa), Eloise Gillespie (Rachael), Maurice O’Donnell (Ernie), John Kelly, Dromore (John), Troy Devaney (Wilfred) and Aidan Mullan (Alan).

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Great lineup for North West Words A great line-up has been announced for next week’s North West Words event in Letterkenny. Susan Millar DuMars has published four collections with Salmon Poetry, the most recent of which, Bone Fire, appeared in 2016. Bone Fire was nominated for the Forward Prize and has been featured on RTE Radio One’sArena. Susan is also a short story writer. Born in Philadelphia, Susan lives in Galway, Ireland where she and her husband Kevin Higgins have coordinated the Over the Edge readings series since 2003. She is the editor of the 2013 anthology Over the Edge: The First Ten Years.

Colette Ní Ghallchóir

Colette Ní Ghallchóir was born in a glen in the hills of Donegal in a place about five miles outside Glenties on the Ballybofey road.

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As a child she spent a lot of time in her grandparents house. This was a house where there was a fiddle hanging on the wall and many people who called would take the fiddle down and play. All the family could sing and dance and many times music sessions went on into the night. Colette learned every ballad before the age of ten. At the age of thirteen she moved to boarding school in Monaghan, she remained there until the age of 18. She

got home on holiday Summer, Easter and Christmas. After her leaving cert, she got a place in Teacher Training College. Collette taught in Monaghan, Dublin and Donegal as a primary teacher. The last ten years was spent as a learning support teacher. In the Summer of 2009 she worked in a primary school in Addis Abeba. Collette has published two volumes of Gaelic poetry, Idir Dhá Ghleann and Na sióga i lag na hAltóra and is widely anthologised at home and abroad. She has published a bi lingual version of her poetry in �The last look� An tAmharc Deireannach, Arlen house 2014.

Pat Gallagher

Pat Gallagher is well known as the front man of the dynamic Donegal band, Goats Don’t Shave. Pat is a well respected singer\ song writer who has

recorded albums solo and as part of a group. His solo CD ‘When I grow up’ showcased his fantastic song writing, vo-

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American Country and Scottish Folk at the RCC The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny has concerts by three great international bands in the next week. This Friday, October 21 sees a return visit to Donegal by Furnace Mountain from the USA, one of the finest Americana acts touring today featuring four the most innovative and gifted musicians in Virginia. Another leading American county act the Hot Club of Cowtown play the RCC on Wednesday, October 26. This long established group have been setting stages ablaze, weaving together country, ragtime, big band jazz and blues to awesome effect for over a decade. The final October concert is RANT featuring four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl, on Thursday, October 27. All concerts start at 8pm, tickets priced €12 and €10 concessions can be booked at An Grianan Theatre Box Office on 074 9120777 or online at

Furnace Mountain

The truly gorgeous Americana four piece, Furnace Mountain bring their acoustic country bluegrass to the RCC on Friday, October 21. One of the fast-rising stars of the American roots scene, Furnace Mountain are true Appalachian musicians. With a repertoire largely drawn from the old-time, bluegrass and folk ballad tradition, the quartet’s members all grew up on or near the mountain in Virginia bearing the same name as the group. At times lively and raucous, at times poignant and poetic, Furnace Mountain have won critical acclaim

for their fresh, authentic sound, which combines the heart-worn and effortlessly sweet vocal harmonies of Aimee Curl and Morgan Morrison with blistering musicianship. With Curl on double bass, Morrison on guitar and bouzouki David Van Deventer on fiddle and Danny Knicely on mandolin they are one of the tightest, most exquisite acoustic quartets around.

Hot Club of Cowtown

For two decades Hot Club of Cowtown have been setting stages ablaze with their intoxicating blend of jawdropping virtuosity and down-home melodies, weaving together country, ragtime, big band jazz and blues to awesome effect. Based in Austin, Texas, the globetrotting trio have toured with everyone from Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to Roxy Music. Oozing warmth and charm, bassist Jake Erwin, guitarist Whit Smith and fiddler Elana James use every trick in the book to get those feet tapping playing loose with tempos or ratcheting up the intensity with fretboardblistering guitar licks, virtuosic fiddling and a Rockabilly-tinged slapbass style.


Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl join forces to create a rich and vibrant sound. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a cel-

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ebration of the instrument they all have a passion for four fiddles: one beautiful sound! Since the release of their debut album ‘RANT’ in 2013 which won them critical acclaim, the band has made major festival and concert appearances across Europe. Described by Songlines as “An irresistible journey through reels, strathspeys and jigs” and by Roots as “dignified, deep and profound music.” RANT is Scottish fiddle music of the highest order. RANT


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NATHALIA MILSTEIN (SWZ.) Solo piano recital by the winner of the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition.


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One of the finest Americana acts touring today featuring four the most innovative and gifted musicians in Virginia.

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Five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth from the pastoral hills of Goodlettsville Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe.

Switzerland’s foremost jazz trio in concert with New York saxophonist Greg Osby, fizz and crackle with energy.



JUDE JOHNSTONE, LINLEY HAMILTON, DAVE KEARY (USA/Ire) Writer of the title track to Johnny Cash’s Grammy winning album Unchained, the US singer-songwriter’s songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Trisha Yearwood and many more.

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The Mourne’s is home to Northern Ireland’s highest mountain peak Slieve Donard and is said to have inspired C.S. Lewis’ magical world of Narnia, whereas the landscape of the Ring of Gullion and its ancient Ring Dyke makes it officially listed as a unique area of special interest, rich in culture, heritage and mythology. In summer at least (winters can be surprisingly harsh), there are plenty of straightforward hikes in the Mournes that require no spe-

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cial equipment, with obvious tracks to many of the more scenic parts. There are also more serious climbs and courses in the Mournes are run by the Tollymore National Outdoor

Centre in Bryansford. Both areas are unique in themselves, an adventurer’s paradise which offer a unique experience. Nearby Carlingford is a small and medieval village where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. With tourism as the main source of employment the region is ideal for hill walkers, golfers, sailing, fishing & other water sports. The annual Carlingford Oyster Festival usually held in late summer attracts thousands of visitors from all corners. Newry City has been a place of continuous human settlement since way back in 4,000 BC, so it’s no surprise that it enjoys a rich and colourful heritage. Sitting handsomely among modern structures are elegant 18th-century Georgian townhouses and a lovely mid-19th-century courthouse. Down by the quays, brick canal buildings with attractive terracotta façades are still in place with their original features. A former sugar mill, once occupied by American soldiers during World War II, has been converted into a textile design business with an art gallery and café, while a flax and spinning mill on Cornmarket has been restored and is now used by community groups. Outside of Belfast, Newry is by far Northern Ireland’s finest location for shopping. The town boasts two shopping centre’s (The Quays and The Buttercrane) as well as an impressive out-of-town shopping complex

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at Five Way’s. The Quays also has a 9 screen cinema, showing the latest blockbuster movies. There are also facilities for playing soccer, bowls and tennis. Newry also has a number of public parks and is surrounded by beautiful towns such as Warrenpoint & Rostrevor where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains. Kilfeaghan Dolmen, situated approximately three miles on the Kilkeel road, is a Neolithic portal tomb, approximately 5,000 years old. It is well worth a visit because of the massive capstone, which is estimated to weigh 35 tons, believed to be one of the biggest in Ireland. The Whistledown Hotel near the beach in Warrenpoint provides luxurious accommodation with a full range of services including free Wi-Fi, a bar and an elegant restaurant. All guest rooms have en suite bathroom facilities with a bath or shower, with

toiletries and a hairdryer provided. There is also a flat-screen TV, telephone, safe and tea and coffee facilities in each room. This hotel offers luggage storage, laundry services and dry cleaning, with ironing facilities in all rooms. Business facilities such as meeting rooms, fax and photocopying services are also provided. The “Relax & Unwind “ package offers an overnight stay for two people to include a cocktail each on arrival, a 3 course evening meal in the Bistro Restaurant, a pamper gift and chocolates in the room, plus a full cooked breakfast the next day for £125. Full details on Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio in Northern Ireland and Travel Editor for River Media newspaper titles across the island of Ireland. www.robertwalshe. com.

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Thursday 20 October 2016

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Young farmer silage competition announced Macra na Feirme in the Northwest region recently announced details of the Silage competition which will run over the next few weeks in association with Aurivo Co Op and their Nutrias brand of animal feeds and be open to young farmer members in Donegal. Sample bags are currently being distributed through Macra na Feirme young farmer development groups. The bag is accompanied by a simple application form, which must be returned in the envelope with the silage sample. Samples will be tested by Aurivo in their testing Laboratory. Entrants will be contacted by Aurivo farm commercial specialists/nutritionists with their results and receive any nutrition advice that they require. A young farmer information meeting will be held in December 2016 in a central location within the Northwest region to discuss the results. Young farmer competition entrant who attends the young farmer information meeting will be entered into a free raffle on the night for raffle prizes


L-R: Stephen Blewitt(Aurivo General Business Manager Agribusiness), Kerrie Smith (Aurivo Farm Commercial Specialist), David Blair(Macra Rep for Donegal), Seán Finan(Macra na Feirme National President)

sponsored by Nutrias/Homeland. The information meeting will be attended by Aurivo farm commercial specialists/nutritionists who will give

overall global advice on the results and also tips towards next spring and increasing silage and grass quality. At the information meeting, the

young farmers with the top three silage samples will be interviewed by a judging panel and the winner will be announced. Judging will be based on the young farmers silage sample result but also on the young farmers farming methods. First prize will be a specially commissioned trophy and a grass measuring plate meter. Speaking at the launch of the competition Macra na Feirme National President Sean Finan said: “Its very important that young farmers know the quality of the feed that their feeding to ensure that it returns in term of animal performance. “This competitions is aims to encourage young farmers to get their silage tested and use the result to make management decisions in terms of their feeding regime.” The deadline for return of samples to Aurivo is Friday, November 18. For further information contact Caroline O Dowd Macra na Feirme Northwest Vice President on 087 6265789

FARMINBRIEF Raphoe Mart Prices

Cattle prices from Thursday, October 13 Top Class Bulls over 600kgs - €600 to €775 over the weight; Beef Bullocks - €735 to €920 over the weight; Store Bullocks - €400 to €860 over the weight; Beef Heifers €500 to €780 over the weight; Store Heifers - €350 to €655 over the weight; Dry Cows - €600 to €1,120 each. Sheep prices from Monday, October 17 A good entry of sheep with a steady trade throughout. Heavy lambs sold for €108 for 50kgs, €107.50 for 53kgs and €98 for 48kgs. Ewe lambs sold for €105 for 48kgs, €95 for 46kgs, €90 for 45kgs and €81.50 for 38kgs. Store lambs sold for €81.50 for 40kgs, €79.50 for 38kgs, €68.50 for 34kgs and €65.50 for 33gs. Hoggets sold from €120 to €164 and light ewes sold from €100 to €120. Fat ewes sold from €50 to a high of €99.

Traditional farm buildings grant scheme The Heritage Council has launched its GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for 2017. The scheme is designed to provide assistance to those GLAS farmers involved in conserving and securing Ireland’s traditional farm buildings. The scheme, which is as the result of a partnership between The Heritage Council and the Department of Agri-

culture, Food and the Marine offers grants for approved conservation works to the exterior of farm outbuildings as well as associated structures such as historic yard surfaces, walls, and gates. The maximum grant available is circa €25,000 while the smallest grant available is €4,000. Speaking about the scheme, Ms Anna Meenan, Project

Manager with the Heritage Council said: “The scheme offers a rare and positive opportunity to safeguard our rural built and natural heritage, to protect the special qualities of the traditional farmstead Application packs are available online at The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday, November 18.

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Thursday 20 October 2016

Letterkenny Post

Bow-wow’s Know How

Pet’s Corner

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Happy Halloween Children will be doing their Trick or Treat and adults will be going to Fancy Dress parties. What will your animals be doing? Animals do not enjoy Halloween. It scares too many of them. This fear that they have needs to be dealt with (call me if you need help). Some dogs bark when they’re afraid, some dogs hide under furniture or in a shed and some dogs run away from home to try to find a safer place for themselves. If you find a dog in your area who looks like they are lost then please check the tag on his/her collar. If the collar has come off during the escape then bring it to a vet and ask for it to be scanned for a microchip number. This will have the address of the owner on it. If all fails and you can’t find a number then ring the dog pound (0749125159) and report it. You will have to leave the dog there by law to see if an owner comes forward to look for him/her. Just because you can’t find

an owner doesn’t mean that an owner is not looking for their dog. Owners ring the Gardai, the Dog Pound, local Charities and elsewhere to see if anyone has reported that they have found a dog. With so many dogs being stolen, owners would be at their wits end, thinking the worst, when maybe their dog is sitting in front of your fire. The function of the dog pound is to make it legal for someone to own the dog. Without the five days in the pound the dog still belongs to their previous owner and the owner can claim him/her back from you if they see him/her with you. This can be a heart-breaking scenario if there are children in the house and they have become attached to the dog. The Dog Pound is open to the public so anyone can go in there and give a dog a good home. If a dog is not claimed within the five days then his/her fate will be determined by whoever left him/her in there. If you can’t give the dog a home then efforts will be made to try

to hold him/her for as long as possible until someone walks in the door and takes him/her home with them. If nobody comes in then he/ she will be put to sleep as there are only so many places available in the Dog Pound. The wardens do their best but they are not miracle workers. If you put him/her in then you need to take them out again and try to find a home for him/her yourself. Charities are full to the brim so people have to start helping animals themselves, if the animal is to survive. Owners need to make sure that their dog cannot escape so that all of this does not happen in the first place. Ownership is a big role to play and it needs to be taken very seriously. Other animals suffer also. Cats, horses, farm animals, wildlife all get scared and need to be protected. Animals can do damage to themselves when they get scared so please watch out for them over this coming weekend especially. Thank You.

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Most responsible pet owners know that it is important to take their pets into the veterinary surgery once a year for a check up and vaccinations – but not everyone really appreciates the vital importance of these annual visits for the long term health of their pets. It’s all too easy to assume that our pets are going to stay fit and healthy nowadays, and that infectious diseases such as distemper and parvovirus are things of the past, but the reality is not that straightforward. Without the protection that routine vaccinations offer our cats and dogs, killer diseases such as parvovirus, feline enteritis and many others would still be commonplace and the outlook for our pets would be very different than it is today. Thanks to modern vaccines, the incidence of many diseases that used to present serious threats to the health of our pets has been greatly reduced and our pets can now expect to live a long and healthy life without the shadow of diseases such as distemper or feline leukaemia hanging over them. However, this does not mean that we can afford to be complacent. Far from it. As with many human diseases such as measles, the bacteria and viruses that cause these diseases will only disappear from circulation if the vast majority of the population is protected. This is the so-called ‘herd immunity’



theory and is the reason why diseases such as parvovirus are still around – because not enough dogs are protected to completely eradicate the viruses from circulation, so any unprotected dogs are still at risk of falling ill. So vaccinating your pets is not just about protecting them against diseases, it is also about protecting all of our pets together. If every single dog and cat were vaccinated regularly, there would be no more parvovirus, no more feline leukaemia and all the other diseases that we can now vaccinate against. Keeping our pets up to date with all the available vaccinations is part of responsible pet ownership and should be considered a necessity rather than a luxury. Given the vital importance of vaccinating pets, it is important to consider the debate over the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. There have been many issues over the years over the safety of some vaccines, such as the feline leukaemia virus vaccine that has been linked with skin tumours in cats, and also a long running debate over the necessity for vaccines to be given every single year. On the safety issue, from our experience as professional pet carers and also from studying the evidence, we think it is clear that with all vaccines currently available for pets, the benefits that the protection they offer far outweighs

any potential risks. So we would have no hesitation in recommending that all pet owners make sure that their pets have all the available vaccinations. However, the timing of pet vaccinations does present a slightly less clear picture. Most people are aware that their pets are expected to have booster injections every 12 months. However, in recent times new research has indicated that for some key diseases such as distemper and parvovirus, less regular booster vaccinations are required than was previously thought, and now some vets would recommend that only two vaccines (leptospirosis and kennel cough) are given annually to dogs, with the others usually given every 3 years. Finally, apart from making sure your pets are fully protected against serious infectious diseases, routine booster injections also give your vet the chance to give your pet a thorough annual check over. This is another vital part of preventative veterinary medicine which keeps your pets fit and healthy for a long happy life. Compiled by Bow-wows & Meows. For further information on Dog Walking or other Pet Care Services, please call Alan or Karen on 086 156 3347 or visit our website at www.BwamPets. com or find Bow-wows & Meows on Facebook.





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NEWSINBRIEF Two years free car insurance for new Nissan buyers

Nissan is responding to Ireland’s high cost of motor insurance by providing new car buyers in Donegal with two year’s free insurance. Figures released by the CSO this week show that the cost of motor car insurance has risen by 69.2% over the last three years and that it is now 25.2% more expensive to insure a car than it was this time last year. The ground-breaking Nissan offer, which is aimed at making the cost of running a car more affordable, is available to Donegal motorists ordering any new Nissan passenger car at local dealer Letterkenny Nissan before December 31. “Consumers are justifiably concerned about the rising cost of motor insurance premiums. Families are unable to afford running a second car and in some cases motorists, especially those under the age of 30, have had little choice but to stop driving,” said Seamus McLaughlin, Nissan Dealer Principal at Letterkenny Nissan. “Nissan and the Irish Motor Industry are deeply concerned that there is no will or appetite, from any quarter, to address the issue. In the absence of a satisfactory response Nissan has taken the initiative in leading the way to make driving more affordable. “Our two year offer insulates consumers against price hikes in insurance premiums in 2017 and 2018. This is good news for Donegal consumers and for the 12,000 people who buy a new Nissan every year,” he said.

Donegal businesses out in force for Auto Trade Expo in Citywest Three businesses from Donegal are among those from throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe exhibiting at the 2016 Auto Trade EXPO in Citywest in Dublin next weekend (October 22 and 23). This is the third year in-a-row that the Auto Trade EXPO has taken place and it has grown in size and visitor numbers yearon-year. JBM Tools/Sweeney Motor Factors Falcarragh, One Stop Motorshop Letterkenny and Ulster Tyres Letterkenny will be showcasing their wares over a busy two days. The event attracted 5,000 visitors last year. From this year on, the Auto Trade EXPO will be a biennial exhibition (taking place next in 2018), so a very large attendance is expected for the largest ever auto trade exhibition every held in Ireland. Coinciding with the EXPO are the prestigious Irish Auto Trade Awards 2017, taking place in Citywest Hotel on Saturday, October 22. The awards are a celebration of excellence in the Irish auto trade in Ireland, a sector that accounts for over 35,000 jobs. Kellys of Letterkenny are nominated for Trade Parts Main Dealer of the Year, while JBM Tools/Sweeney Motor Factors in Falcarragh are up for Hand Tools Manufacturer Of The

Year. Ulster Tyres Letterkenny are shortlisted for Tyre Distributor Of The Year, with Irish Garage Equipment in Buncrana hoping for the Workshop Tools & Equipment Supplier Of The Year award. Retail auto businesses undergo a rigorous selection process that includes phone and personal mystery shops before being finally adjudicated on. Manufacturer and distributor companies were shortlisted based on votes received by readers of Irish Auto Trade Journal earlier this year. According to organiser Padraic Deane of Automotive Publications, the Irish Auto Trade Awards are a timely recognition of excellence in a sector that is too often overlooked. “The aftermarket provides employment in every town in Ireland and is made up in the main of independent local small and medium sized businesses,” Padraic said. “The Auto Trade Awards are about acknowledging these unsung heroes, who have shown great resilience throughout a testing economic period and who - through hard work, innovation and a commitment to high standards, have now bounced back stronger than ever.”


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Two submissions made on ending tax injustices Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has made two submissions to the Department of Finance and the Budgetary Scrutiny Committee regarding tax avoidance schemes. The first submission outlines the issue of non-resident investors using Alternative

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St. Eunan’s College overcame Our Lady’s College, Castleblaney in infatic fashion over the weekend. St. Eunan’s got off to a whirlwind start with two goals and a point in the opening five minutes and playing with the wind they led by 5-5 to 0-2 at half time. Two goals by Emmet O’ Boyle put the Sentry Hill boys in charge after excellent running by Keelan Collier from midfield. Keelan grabbed his own goal in the 16th minute after another excellent solo run and placed it in the corner. Castleblayney pulled two points back and staged a revival but found the Eunan’s outfit difficult to break down as Oran Brogan and Jack Gallagher were in control in defence. Shane Monaghan finished off a great move to score another goal in the 18th minute involving five players with Callum Friel very prominent in attack. St. Euan’s finished off the half with points from Jack Alcorn, Matthew Whoriskey and Shane Monaghan.

Second half

In the second with the assistance of the wind, Castleblaney started well and but after two swift points, the Monaghan side faded away as St. Eunan’s

scored two goals by Callum Friel and Shane Monaghan to virtually end the game as a contest. Two more goals by Shane Monaghan after great work by Jack Roarty, Seimi Breslin and Eunan’s captain, Cian Mc Monagle as they were controlling the game from midfield and setting up the opportunities. Throughout the game Sean Collum, Conal Mc Dermott and first year Oisin Mc Daid never gave the opposition the opportunity to stamp their authority with numerous turnovers and breaking at speed. Ciaran Quinn commanded the goals and late points from Adam Durkin, Josh Hay and Ben Gallagher gave St. Eunan’s College an emphatic victory. St. Eunan’s College now play St. Pius’ Magherafelt in the next game of the group. St. Eunan’s College: Ciaran Quinn, Sean Collum, Oran Brogan, Oisin Mc Daid, Cian Mc Monagle (Captain), Jack Gallagher, Conall Mc Dermott, Jack Roarty, Jack Alcorn, Matthew Whoriskey, Keelan Collier, Seimi Breslin, Emmet O’ Boyle, Calllum Friel, Shane Monaghan. Subs: Noel O’ Donnell, Peadar Mc Geehan, Alan Gallagher, Josh Hay, Conor Hughes, Calvin adoo, Conor Cassidy, Sean Pascal, Ben Gallagher, Sean Mc Ginley, Adam Duncan, Sean Mc Veigh, Danny Toye, Jake Melly, Nathan Plumb and Sean Mc Ginley

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These two sides from the top half of the table played out an absorbing thriller in the Aura Centre at the weekend. Two goals in the second half by Rory McGrenea and David Cullen couldn’t separate these sides who will still have title hopes and a Champions League spot if they finish in the top six. This game was end to end and the away sides McGrenea went close after eight minutes when he headed narrowly wide from a McCormick cross.



Letterkenny’s Reid Kelly in a similar position headed wide from a McCarron cross and Kelly went even closer from a shot only for an excellent save from Farrell. Left midfielder Freeman was next to strike from 30 yards, which went very close.

Second half

Sean Quinn’s team took the lead in the opening minutes of the second half when a great through ball from Owen Browne was put away by centre forward McGrenea. The Cathedral side pushed looking to level proceedings and they eventually succeeded when

another great run by Reid Kelly who ran to the byline and crossed for Cullen to sidefoot home from six yards. The game swayed to an fro with Harkin going close after his free kick was deflected onto the crossbar from Letterkennys’ midfielder McCarron. Probably a deserving draw for both sides. An exciting finish to the league as their only three games left and five points separating the top six teams in the league. Excellent performances from both sets of players. Player of the Match - Reid Kelly (LetterkennyRovers).

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Donegal teenager makes motor sport history A Donegal teenager has taken second place in the British Superteen Championship. Kilmacrennan’s Rhys Irwin, has had the season that most young riders only dream of. He travelled with his race team to Cadwell Park back in March to what can only be described as his assault on the British Championship. The first time Rhys sat on his Scott Racing Ltd Race Aprilia, was on the grid of the most successful and famous one make series in the world. At his first race weekend he had no less than four podium finishes at this iconic championship. Not only did he push all the boundaries being the third Irish rider in its 20 year history to win a British Superteens Race, he kept pushing going on to win and win and win enjoying no less than seven wins and 25 podium finishes leaving him the most successful Irish rider ever to race the Superteens. When asked whether he would be contesting the Superteens next season, Rhys said that as one of the youngest contenders there this year he could race the Superteens Championship for another five years, however, he felt that to progress on to the top of his sport he would have to keep pushing forward taking on the challenge of a more powerful bike even though still only 14. Meanwhile Rhys older brother Caolán (18) also put on a stunning performance getting his second British win of the season and a closely fought second place these young brothers have certainly taken the UK by storm.

Rhys Irwin secured victory in the final race of the season in the British Superteen Championship.


24/7 Triathlon club AGM The club’s AGM will be held on Friday in the Glengesh Room, in the Education Centre at St. Conal’s Hospital at 7.30pm. Nominations are being invited for Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO and eight committee members. Nominations to be delivered to Pauric Kelly by Wednesday, October 19. Any motions must also be sent in by that date with a proposer and seconder and either must be in attendance to discuss the motion. Meanwhile, Letterkenny Athletics Club have offered club members the opportunity to train during the winter with their club. This also facilitates the casual use of downstairs shower facilities at Aura and also the opportunity to race cross country. Contact any committee member for details.

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Caolán Irwin had his second win of the season at the British Aprilia 450cc Championship

New Mills 10k this Sunday

Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is proud to sponsor the New Mills 10K which takes place on this Sunday at 11.30am. Letterkenny AC members and brothers, Danny and Neily McDaid joined the Donegal captain in-store ahead of this weekend’s race, which

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North West Junior League Final

Letterkenny Tennis Club hosted the North-West Junior League Finals last weekend with teams from Ballycastle, Coleraine, Derry, Ballybofey and Letterkenny taking part at u16 and u12 levels. Letterkenny won the u16s with Coleraine as runners up while Derry won the u12s with Letterkenny as runners up.


Letterkenny ACs Ann Marie McGlynn has once again showed her class by claiming the F35 category in the Autumn Cross Country race on Sunday. The Autumn Cross County, which moved from its traditional home in Phoenix Park to the new purpose-built cross country course in the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown, Dublin, proved to be a big hit with competitors. McGlynn, who led the Irish F35 team to Gold in last year’s Master’s International Race, guaranteed her place on this year’s team with a fine performance in the new venue. The Letterkenny AC star had a tremendous run and her time of 21.14 over the 6k distance gave her first place in the F35 category. McGlynn’s clubmate, Fionnuala Diver also had an excellent run and came fifth in the F35 category in a time of 23.00 dead. Fionnuala, who also ran last year, will have a place alongside Ann Marie in Glasgow. The overall race winner was the internationally renowned Fionnuala McCormack (Britton), in 20.30. Meanwhile, in the highly competitive Men’s M40 8k, the tremendously consistent Ciaran Doherty took first place in 26.44. Ciaran, who has run several times for his country in the Five Nations International, will be guaranteed a place again this year. In the ultra competitive M35 category, Raymond Birch ran 29.34 and Daniel Hannigan clocked 30.34. Luckily for the male competitors, the wind abated during their race. The sand and mud combination made parts of the course very heavy underfoot.



Thursday 20 October 2016

Letterkenny Post

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It could still go down to the wire – and goal difference could decide

Harps travel to Wexford for biggest game of the season


By Chris Ashmore

Finn Harps’ battle to stay in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League has all boiled down to the last two games of the season. And this Friday’s trip to Ferrycarraig Park has become the biggest game of the entire campaign, with so much at stake. Simply, if Harps win then the Donegal club is safe – with one game to go – and Wexford will go into the relegation/promotion play-off against Drogheda United or Cobh Ramblers. But if Harps and Wexford draw, then it is still very much a case of game on – although matters would be heavily stacked in Harps’ favour. Such an outcome would still mean that Wexford stay six adrift of Harps. Wexford’s game in hand is away to Cork City next Monday, and few would give them much hope. However, the fact that Dundalk beat Longford on Tuesday night while Cork lost to St. Patrick’s Athletic, means that the Leesiders are now most unlikely to catch the all-conquering Louth club which is deservedly on course for a third title in a row. The fear for Harps is that Cork may be thinking of their FAI Cup


final to come, and Wexford could spring a surprise. If that is the scenario (a draw between Harps and Wexford followed by a Wexford win over Cork – then it would all be left to the final series of games. Harps would only be caught if they lost to Bohs and Wexford beat Sligo – but it would be down to goal difference. If Harps lose in Wexford and Cork then draw with Wexford, it would leave Harps just two ahead of Wexford going into the final game – so they could still be caught. If Harps draw in Wexford, and Wexford then draw with Cork, this would mean that the Donegal club is safe. So, with all those ifs and buts, it is indeed a time of some uncertainty. From day one of the season, Harps boss Ollie Horgan spoke of the league being “a marathon” and “a battle”. The truth is that he probably would have settled for the present scenario at the beginning of the year. A great run in early summer briefly propelled Harps up the league table, fuelling perhaps some false hopes. Horgan has long insisted that staying up will be a bigger achievement that winning promotion last

year. Those words should not be forgotten. Harps were favourites in many people’s book for a quick return to the unfashionable First Division. Longford struggled from early on, and their 3-0 defeat by Dundalk this week finally saw them dropping through the relegation trap door.

Realistically, apart from Harps and Wexford, the only other side that had genuine relegation fears was Bray. But the seasiders got their act together and under Harry Kenny have had a superb second half of the season that has enabled them to challenge for a top half finish. Indeed, having been seven points behind Harps at one stage, Bray went on a run

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Sean Houston, probably the player of the season for Harps, will he hoping to help them to secure their top flight status this weekend. Photo: Gary Foy.

Friday, Oct 14th: Bray Wanderers 2, St. Pat’s Ath 1; Cork City 2, Finn Harps 0; Derry City 2, Bohemians 1; Shamrock Rovers 0, Dundalk 3; Sligo Rovers 1, Longford Town 0; Wexford Youths 5, Galway United 4. Monday, Oct 17th: Longford Town 0, Dundalk 3; St. Pat’s Athletic 3, Cork City 1.


WHAT HAPPENS IF? Harps beat Wexford If Harps beat Wexford then the Donegal club is safe. They would be nine points ahead with one game left and Wexford have two games left. Harps could go into their last game of the season, at home to Bohemians safe in the knowledge that there would be no pressure on them to get a result. Wexford’s final two games, away to Cork and away to Sligo won’t have any bearing on where they finish. Wexford would face a relegation play-off against the side that wins the First Division play-off between Drogheda United and Cobh Ramblers.

that saw them win eight, draw two and lose just once in 11 games while in ten matches over the same period, Harps lost nine and drew one! Ahead of Friday’s game. Horgan said: “Wexford have not gone away. It’s a huge game for us.” His Wexford counterpart, Shane Keegan, can only look to one game at a time., and noted: “It’s not over yet, who knows? Kick-off at Ferrycarraig Park on Friday is at 8.00 pm.

Wexford and Harps ends in a draw If Harps and Wexford draw, the Donegal club will still be six points ahead. That would mean that if Wexford lose or draw against Cork next Monday, they would then be unable to catch Harps. But if they beat Cork, having drawn with Harps, they would be three behind the Donegal club with both teams having one game left. That would mean if Harps lost to Bohemians in their final game, Wexford draw level on points if they beat Sligo – and it could then go to goal difference. But a point or better for Harps

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against Bohs would mean they are safe, no matter what Wexford did. Harps lose to Wexford If Harps lose to Wexford, then it’s squeaky bum time. Such a result would mean Wexford would be just three behind Harps, with two games left, whereas Harps have only one more after the Wexford game. If Wexford then beat Cork then both sides would go into their final game level on points. Harps host Bohemians, Wexford travel to Sligo.

Friday, Oct 21st: Cork City v. St. Patrick’s Athletic; Derry City v. Sligo Rovers: Galway United v. Longford Town; Shamrock Rovers v. Bray Wanderers; Wexford Youths v. Finn Harps. Sunday, Oct 23rd: Dundalk v. Bohemians. Monday, Oct 24th: Cork City v. Wexford Youths; Tuesday, Oct 25th: St. Patrick’s Athletic v. Dundalk. Friday, Oct 28th: Bray Wanderers v. Cork City; Dundalk v. Galway United; Finn Harps v. Bohemians; Longford Town v. Shamrock Rovers; St. Patrick’s Athletic v. Derry City; Sligo Rovers v. Wexford Youths.

Moran praises USL Interprovincial campaign Ulster Senior League boss, Peter Moran says his side can be proud of their efforts at this weekend’s FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament in Cork. The USL selection just missed out on collecting the Michael Ward Trophy after going down to a 2-0 defeat to Munster, who took the silverware for the second year in a row. Wins over Leinster (3-1) and Connacht (2-0) gave the USL a real chance of winning the prize, but Moran’s men had the Cup snatched from their grasp. “We’re big time disappointed,” Moran said. “It’s a hard one to take given that we were so close. We had played so well and battled so well over the three games. To come so near and to miss out, it’s a difficult one.

“We made two mistakes and Munster punished us. We didn’t deal with a ball over the top for their first goal. The penalty was iffy, but that’s me maybe clutching at straws a bit.” Moran was without the likes of Gerry Gill, Malachy McDermott, Garbhan Friel, Jimmy Bradley, Matthew Crossan, Seamus Friel, David Shovlin and Ryan Gildea, but a relatively young squad performed well over the three games. Buncrana pier tragedy hero Davitt Walsh, having picked up an award in Dublin on Friday, was down on Saturday and ended up being the top scorer. Moran said: “There are so many plusses to take from the weekend. We really do have massive plusses to take. We changed the team all weekend and anyone and everyone

who came in did a brilliant job for us. “No matter who was in or out, they all performed well. We might have been missing a bit of experience and that probably cost us a little against Munster, but the young lads all did a superb job. “We always said that we weren’t going down just to make up the numbers. From the first day we met, the lads all bought into the professionalism that we’ve tried to bring in. They took everything on board. “It’ll fry my head thinking about things we could have done differently but, by and large, it was a great weekend. “The lads were immense. They really were. It was a very enjoyable weekend away; it’s just a shame we didn’t get over the line.”

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Meehan’s delight with silverware Reflecting on the game afterwards, St. Eunan’s Senior Reserve manager Barry Meehan felt that it had been a very good game despite the conditions. “The two teams really went at it and it was nip and tuck

in the first half,” he said. He felt that St. Eunan’s really could have had more points on the board given that they had a lot of the play in the first half, but they only led by the narrowest of margins, 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.

He spoke of how his side had shown good composure. The introduction of Oisin Toland and Brian McIntyre for the second half gave them a wee injection of pace. St. Eunan’s were leading by two points when Daniel

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As for the weekend’s curtain raiser in MacCumhaill Park, Gaoth Dobhair didn’t make life easy for the Letterkenny men at all and it wasn’t until Daniel Gillespie struck the net five minutes out from the end that Eunan’s finally got a handle on matters. Mark Forde had opened the scoring inside the first minute. But Gaoth Dobhair soon leveled and went in front thanks to Michael Roarty and Eamonn Collum. By the 10th minute Gaoth Dobhair still had their noses in front on a difference of 0-3 to 0-2. But with Eunan’s hammering over the next three points, they eventually led 0-5 to 0-3 by the end of the first quarter. A beauty from Michael Miller, a Donnacha Gallagher free from way out and Ronan Lennon were the men hitting the mark for Letterkenny. By the break, Gaoth Dobhair

Gillespie got the second half goal that effectively put them on their way to victory. “A point at that stage probably would have been good and we probably would have seen the game out,” he told Highland Radio. “The fact

St. Eunan’s celebrate their claiming of the SFC B title in Ballybofey with victory over Gaoth Dobhair at the weekend.

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Congratulations and well done to St Eunans Brendan Maguire, St Eunan’s, disposseses Neasan McBride, Gaoth Dobhair, in the reserve decider at the weekend.


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Overall, it was a great day for the O’Donnell Park side which, he feels, really has three tiers with a “lovely balance” between the older players, the younger ones and even some minors coming through.

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had halved the deficit thanks again to Roarty as Eunan’s exited 0-5 to 0-4 in front. Substitute Paul Mulligan made an immediate impression with the opening score of the new half. However, two quickfire strikes from Donnacha Gallagher (free) and Michael Miller soon had Eunan’s two to the good once again at 0-7 to 0-5. Back bounced Gaoth Dobhair through usual suspect Michael Roarty from a free. Strangely, Roarty was hooked soon after despite having three points to his name. St Eunan’s remained in the driving seat when Gallagher banged over a 50m free as the game entered the final quarter. 0-8 to 0-6 off the pace Gaoth Dobhair’s fate was sealed when Gillespie grabbed the only goal of the game to move Eunan’s five clear. Maguire and Conor Boyle added insurance overs as both sides had a man dismissed late on when Eunan’s David Herlihy walked by way of a second booking while

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that we got the goal was an added bonus.” St. Eunan’s then pushed on again and that really pleased him. “We had two good scores after the goal and that really finished Gweedore off.”

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Thursday 20 October 2016

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Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure SFC final

Murphy lauds ‘brave youngsters’ By Frank Craig sports reporter

Celebration time for Glenswilly and Michael Murphy at the final whistle, with left to right, Kevin Cunningham, George Simmons, Gary McFadden, captain, and Gary McDaid, assistant manager. PHOTOS: Michael O’Donnell.

Michael Murphy says that the performances of his side’s novices early on spurred him on against Kilcar in Ballybofey. Youngsters like Cormac Callaghan and Ciaran Gibbons were playing in their first final but they were fearless. Once they hit the ground running their captain knew that it might just be their day. He told the Post: “Listen, we went into this without much hope. We’d been scraping by all year. But we were happy enough to have that tag, underdogs. We’d seen how Kilcar had been performing all season. We rode our luck at times today. Kilcar dropped a few wide and a few short. On another day they might have got over the line. “We got a few early scores and it gave us a platform in the game. We grew in confidence, especially the younger lads. Boys in their first final like Cormac Callaghan and Ciaran Gibbons; they really stood up. I think we all took great heart from that. “To see how brave they were

lifted the boys, it definitely lifted me. They were taking the fight to Kilcar and I’m very proud of them today. It really inspired us.”


Murphy admits that upsetting the odds and bashing the bookie’s odds of 6/1 means that the weekend’s triumph ranks highest for him, eclipsing 2011 and 2013’s championship successes. He explained: “It’s the third one and it definitely ranks as the sweetest. The first two we always were going into those games with a bit of a chance. But today was one where we weren’t really given a hope. “Listen, by right that maybe is the way it should have went. Kilcar had been performing phenomenally well. Last week we were trying to stay up in Division 1 and give the championship a rattle. “To turn things around like this in such a short space of time is just a great testament to everyone in the club. It’s a tight knit group of players. Everyone supports each other through thick and thin. It’s just great we can repay that with days like these. “We’ve had bad days too but

this makes it all worth while.” When pressed on the gameplan or blueprint that boss Michael Canning and assistant Gary McDaid laid out for them, Murphy insists they kept it simple. “It was always going to take a massive effort,” he added. “Conditions today as well were in our favour. Maybe the pitch slowed things down a little too. To see the boys so happy today after what’s been a really difficult season, was great. “We’d been constantly getting beat and beat in the league and a day like this seemed a long way off. The character the side has shown to bounce back is truly amazing. It’s something that will live with me for a very long time. He added: “It (gameplan) was very simplistic really. The whole lot of us know what we can and can’t do. We don’t stray too far from what we’re told to do. We’re very lucky too to have two lads like Michael and Gary organising things and really leading. “As you move up this level you need a plan and a direction and the two boys give us that.”

McDaid: It’s about time we got a little respect By Frank Craig sports reporter

Gary McDaid feels that Glenswilly didn’t, don’t and still won’t get the respect they deserve even after Sunday’s Donegal SFC success. The assistant boss said he found it difficult to fathom why there was such negativity surrounding his side’s chances prior to the weekend. It was the club’s fourth final in six seasons with Sunday’s win the third time the Dr. Maguire has been picked up along the way. However, despite upsetting the odds against Kilcar, McDaid believes that Glenswilly will still have to fight for the respect that kind of record should automatically present. He said: “We weren’t given any respect today or, for that matter, this year. I guarantee when the draw is made next year no one will be giving us a chance either. We’ve been to four finals in six years and won three. “It’s about time we got a little respect.” McDaid and boss Michael Canning are keen to make sure Glenswilly don’t disappear off the radar in the years ahead. And the wheels remain in motion at Pairc Naomh Columba to keep their current standing in Donegal football the reality. He explained: “Listen, they say the first one is the sweetest but that there is hard to top. To be completely written off and to turn that on its head was phenomenal. But we’d massive belief. We didn’t have that much tradition or history in senior

championship football but we do now. “We’ve a nice wee culture now and a standard to aspire to. I keep telling the boys, they are just torchbearers now. It’s about maintaining and building on the standards we’ve set over the last few years. For the first time ever this year we’ve had two teams at U12 and U13s and we’re competing in Division 1 championships at underage. “We’ve never done that in the past but please god we’ll continue to go that direction in the future. It’s not just about today. It’s about tomorrow, next season and the season after that and so on.” McDaid reveals that he felt both he and Michael Canning had a good handle on what Kilcar were going to bring to the table. He says there were no surprises in that sense. What the duo were keen to do was make sure their own side wasn’t one-dimensional or too easy to figure out. “Our plan was varied and I don’t think Kilcar really knew what to do when ever we attacked,” he explained. “We were able to pull them left, right and go down the centre. And if that wasn’t on we could go long into the square. “We didn’t want to be one-dimensional. Maybe in the past, like the 2014 final we were too one-dimensional.” McDaid was candid when pressed on his initial reaction to Sunday morning’s adverse weather conditions. The first thing he did after he’d drawn the curtains was pick up the phone to Canning.

“Definitely (I was pleased). Funny enough, myself and Michael were speaking last week and I said our name is on this cup. I said see if we pull back the curtains on Sunday morning and it’s raining, we’ll win this final. I rang him right away this morning and he just laughed.” McDaid says Canning’s input in this season’s surprise championship success has been pivotal. He’s just glad to be in a position to support him, much like Canning did for McDaid when the roles were previously reversed. He said: “I wasn’t even supposed to be here. I was with Donegal but I had to leave it. With two children it was just too much. Michael called me last winter and said ‘I need you back’. I didn’t want to let him down because he was the main man behind me when I had the job. “He deserves so much credit. After all the help he gave me, it’s great to be able to back him up. We’re building a nice wee boot room there. Hopefully, there will be someone to step right in whenever we move on. “Again, it’s about building a culture of success. Besides myself and Michael there’s Chris Byrne and all the backroom staff. It’s unbelievable the stuff they do for us. “We’d five players that started their first championship final there today. Caolan Kelly has spoken about this too – we need new lads coming in and putting their hands up. There is a changing of the guard but it’s a slow one, which is what you

want.” Glenswilly’s strategic building up of their current impressive head of steam means they are primed for the some of the biggest games of the season in league and championship. The action continues to come thick and fast over the next few weeks as he explains. “The plan this year was to leave it late. We knew we wouldn’t be in the best shape going into that championship game in May against Ardara but it was a risk we were willing to take. “We knew we could build as

the summer went on. It’s only since, working hard in July and August and getting Michael and Neil back, that we’ve picked it up. “We have talked a lot about 2014, a day we didn’t turn up and Eunan’s deserved their victory. No doubt now people will now talk about Ballinderry and that 2013 Ulster final. But listen, I looked at the draw back at the start and I seen that Donegal probably had the winner of Kilcoo and Scotstown. “Kilcoo have five in a row. That’s serious stuff. It’s as tough a draw as we could have

wished for. They’ll have serious ambitions of picking up an Ulster crown. It’s very important, and I’ve told the boys, you have to enjoy these occasions. “You never know when it’ll come around again. We’ll get together Tuesday again and we’ve a relegation game against Termon next weekend so there is no let off. It’s winner takes all there. “We want to be in Division 1. It’s a big, big thing for us. We talked abut respect. We want to be respected and that’s where you have to play your football to get that as a club.”

The game – at a glance Kilcar




Kilcar may have scored first but an early goal from Michael Murphy set Glenswilly on their way – and they never looked back. Ryan McHugh’s opening point may have sparked off some Kilcar flag-waving but Murphy fired over two frees and then found the net – as he latched onto a Neil Gallagher probing ball – as the Glenswilly machine drove towards glory. Patrick McBrearty from a free and Conor Doherty responded for Martin McHugh’s side but they were labourinjg and at the other end Ciaran Gibbons scored twice to make it 1-4 to 0-3.

By half-time Glenswilly led 1-7 to 0-6. Briefly, there were signs of a revival from Kilcar as a flurry of points from McBrearty (free), Michael Hegarty and Ryan McHugh reduced the arrears to just a point. But Kilcar were always chasing. Ciaran Bonner fisted over (a goal chance was on) and although McBrearty registered another free Murphy counterbalanced it again to leave Glenswilly leading 1-9 to 0-10. McBrearty – with his fifth of the day – trimmed it back to just one. Again Glenswilly went up the other end and cancelled that out through the excellent Ciaran Gibbons. With two between them, Mark Sweeney nailed a great score to strip the

deficit back to the bare minimum. Glenswilly: J Gallagher; P McFadden, E Ward, R Diver; C Gibbons (0-2), A McDevitt, J Gibbons; N Gallagher, C Kelly; C Callaghan, C Gallagher, B Farrelly (0-1); O Crawford, M Murphy (1-5, 3f, 1 ’45), G McFadden (0-1, 1f). Subs: C Bonner for Crawford (34), D McGinley (0-1) for Farrelly (black card, 51).] Kilcar: E McGinley; S Shovlin, C McShane, P Carr; P Gallagher, M McHugh, R McHugh (0-3, 2f); C McGinley, M Hegarty (0-1); E McHugh, S McBrearty (0-1, 1f), A McClean; C Doherty (0-1), P McBrearty (0-5, 4f), M McClean. Subs: D O’Donnell for M.McClean (45), M Sweeney for Doherty (49). Referee: S McLaughlin (Malin).

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Written off Glenswilly come good By Frank Craig sport reporter

Michael Canning said he was delighted to see, hear and read so many – almost everyone in fact – write his side off before a ball had even been kicked in Sunday’s SFC final. Glenswilly, who have lifted the Dr. Maguire twice in recent seasons were labeled no hopers in so many quarters against Kilcar, a club that hadn’t themselves tasted senior championship success for 23 years. But Canning’s side outthought, outfought and outplayed their fancied opponents to spectacularly tear up the script in MacCumhaill

Park and leave the southern hopefuls crestfallen and devastated. “We’ve been written off so many times down through the years that this wasn’t anything new,” said Canning. “We’d a lot of homework done on Kilcar over the last two weeks and we had a plan. It was all about implementing that plan. And in fairness to the boys they did that to perfection. “We set our stall out simply. We wanted to make ourselves hard to beat first of all. “We knew if we could do that, as the game went on, we’d have a great chance of winning it. We knew going into the last quarter our experience would be vital.

We’ve huge belief in this squad of players. We really are all in it together.” He continued: “People will say it’s the sweetest of the lot because we came in as such underdogs. But we’re absolutely delighted with the result. The goal was a huge score. It came at the right time and settled us into the game. “It really rocked them. Getting that four-point lead at half-time was really pleasing. In fairness to them, the first 10 minutes of the second half, they dominated. We weathered that and tagged on a few crucial scores. “Ciaran Bonner’s one was a really big one. Thankfully we did enough in the end to stay in front,” he concluded.

Michael Canning and Gary McDaid, with their children, after their fine victory over Kilcar in Sunday’s SFC final in Ballybofey.

Kelly delighted the Glen have answered their critics

By Frank Craig sport reporter

Caolan Kelly was determined to ram Glenswilly’s critics’ words back down their throats and he doesn’t mind admitting that it was a huge motivational factor in Sunday’s upsetting of Kilcar. Prior to the weekend, no one gave Glenswilly much hope of taming an energetic Kilcar side that seemed well on their way to a first SFC title in 23 years. The manner in which they’d won through to the decider meant that no one really gave Glenswilly a chance of wobbling them from the impressive course they’d set themselves all season. Kelly though knew what Glenswilly were capable of. He told the Post: “I’d to bite my tongue a lot the last time I talked to you with so many people telling us we didn’t have a hope. We definitely didn’t feel that way. “Don’t get me wrong, Kilcar deserved their tag of favourites from the way they came into the final. “I just felt that the way it was

going, the more we heard the talk; it really spurred us on. “We were determined to prove people wrong. Within our circle, in our group, we 100% believed that we would get the job done. I think watching the Naomh Conaill game it was a shock for many and Kilcar really caught everyone’s eye that night. “They got all the headlines which suited us down to the ground. But looking back, the team we have behind the scenes, it was all laid out from there on that night. We were able to see exactly what Kilcar were about. “We definitely have a lot of men that do so much work behind the scenes.” Kelly agrees that in Michael Murphy Glenswilly have a rarity – a special individual that by sheer will and force can turn the tide his side’s direction regardless of the odds. “To be fair to Michael and if you look back at it; Michael has stepped up in all the big games when it’s mattered most for Glenswilly,” said Kelly. “He just takes it to the next level. He was phenomenal today.

“We knew before hand and we felt that was an area that we could exploit with the long ball. We did deliver good and quality ball in his way and he did the rest. In the first half I think he won everything that went in there. He gave them a torrid time.” Kelly, unlike most of his teammates and manager, wouldn’t put the weekend’s success above their club’s first at this level. But he did admit that it held “a different kind of sweetness”. That, you feel, is down to the manner in which they were dismissed as no hopers in so many quarters. “2011 will always be hard to top. It was the first one. But this is definitely the next one down from it. Just the way we came in and how we were talked down and so on, it’s really sweet in that sense.” Another Ulster assault now beckons for Glenswilly. Kelly has challenged them to put into practice their learning from 2013’s provincial final loss and to use that disappointment to fuel their efforts there, away to Kilcoo in a fortnight’s time. He said: “We were very close

and it’ll be interesting to see what we’ve leaned from that experience. The boys will look at that closer from the middle of the week on I’m sure. We didn’t look past this game. But now we can look forward to Ulster with some real intent.” From a neutral’s perspective, it was great to see stalwarts like Gerard McGrenra and Charlie Bonner togged and right in the mix with the celebrations afterwards. Kelly didn’t forget the likes of those afterwards and also referenced the importance of continuing to give the youngsters of their parish something to aspire to. He explained: “It’s massive and it’s important that we give those lads the respect they deserve. The flip side to that is the amount of youngsters out in the Glen every night at training. We want them to look up to this side and want to go on and play senior football. “I see my wee nephew standing over there and that’s the future. We’ve been trying to build Caolan Kelly on the ball for Glenswilly as Conor Doherty towards that.” challenges for Kilcar. PHOTOS: Michael O’Donnell.


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Changing lives

Legendary Gaelic footballer Oisin McConville will be among the sports personalities who will address the Donegal Sports Partnership “Building Positive Clubs” conference this Saturday, October 22 in Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny. The theme of the conference is “Sport Changes Lives” and the event will focus on the powerful role that sport can play in all aspects of life. The conference will also highlight the benefits of positive coaching. Proceeds will go to the Jigsaw Donegal youth mental health support service.

A good Reid!

‘Confessions of a Gaelic Football’, a book written by former Donegal senior footballer, Donal Reid, will be launched in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, this Saturday at 8pm. The book, something of a labour of love by Reid, will be the first publication by any starting member of the historic first ever Donegal winning All-Ireland senior panel. It is also to mark the approach of the 25th anniversary of the breakthrough. Reid, who was a major figure with Red Hughs, says it has been a lifelong ambition to put into print the highs and lows of a life immersed in Gaelic football.

Pool event

The two-times winner of the English Pool Association World Rules World Championship as well as Ireland’s leading pool player are both coming to Donegal later this month as the game is set to enter a new era. Jason Twist and Ronan McCarthy will attending a special exhibition night at the Donegal Pool Association’s new headquarters in College Court, Ballybofey, on Friday, Ocotber 28 at 8pm. The specially adapted premises houses eight pool tables and one snooker table and has given the sport a great new location which is centrally positioned in the county.

‘With Neil and Michael anything is possible’ – Callaghan Cormac Callaghan, right, celebrates along with Caoimhin Marely and Gary McFadden, Glenswilly captain, as he raises the Dr. Maguire. PHOTO: Michael O Donnell.

By Frank Craig sports reporter

Following their stunning win to capture the Dr. Maguire Cup in dramatic fashion, Glenswilly will now be looking to go one step further and claim Ulster glory. Glenswilly young gun, Cormac Callaghan is firm in his belief that with Donegal stalwarts Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher in the side, anything is possible for the Glen men. The 20-year-old student, who had a storming hour in the corner for the new county champions on

Sunday, regained his composure to sum up why Glenswilly believed in themselves when no one else did. When you have two cogs as influential as Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher in your midst; anything is possible – even the impossible as that is exactly what their task was labeled prior to throw-in on Sunday. Beaming from ear to ear, Callaghan explained: “We were a wee bit disrespected I suppose. Not in a bad way, it’s just that people gave us no hope at all. Any team that has Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher and are going in at 6/1 in a county final, a two horse race, well I’d say

some people backed those odds! “Michael is just unreal. Just get the ball to him and he’ll do the rest. I’m a little speechless to be honest. It’s just a great feeling. I can’t believe it. If someone had told me two months ago we’d be up here as county champions I’d have called them mad, I’d have said ‘you’re off your bloody head’! “The turnaround has been serious. To be fair we’ve had no luck with injuries. Like, we were hampered all season and it was a real rut. Against Kilcar in the league we were missing 14 of the squad there today. Eleven of those started today.

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“We just need that wee break and bit of luck and I think we got it together at just the right time.” Callaghan pinpoints the exact moment, the game, he says, forced the Glenswilly’s fortunes the other direction. He added: “Neil came back against Dungloe and it was massive. We didn’t have Michael so Neil was so important that day. It was a wild boost. All week then hoping that you would see Michael and when he got the ok to play against Bundoran I knew we’d be grand. “The lift those men give a side is unbelievable.”

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