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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Annual Club Draw*

Don’t forget to get your tickets for Annual Club Draw which takes place on the 4th of June. Tickets are available from all Senior players and Committee members. Tickets are €10 or 3 €20.

1st Prize - €2,000

2nd Prize – 500 Litres Oil (Sponsored by Whoriskeys Oil, Ramelton)

3rd Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by Lennon Lodge, Ramelton)

4th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by DSC Gym, Milford)

5th Prize – 500 Litres Oil (Sponsored by Donegal Oil)

6th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by Paul Fisher, Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre)

7th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by McCormicks Chemist)

8th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by Bodywork Gym, Milford)

9th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by McGettigans Butchers, Milford)

10th Prize - €500 Cash

*Donegal v Antrim*
Good luck to both Donegal sides who take on Antrim in the Ulster Championship this weekend. A special mention especially to Shaun Paul Barrett and his Minor team which includes Ronan Docherty, Ryan McMahon and Conor McHugh as well as Darran Nash, Luke Barrett and Conall McFadden in the backroom team.

*Seniors*

CLG BnaG 2-7 Glenswilly 1-7

Our Seniors got a big two points after a hard fought win over Glenswilly on Sunday. The first half was a fairly tight affair with scores for both teams hard to come by but intense and physical play from both sides throughout. Glenswilly got a fairly fortunate goal midway through the half but Na Galloglaigh responded well to get one of their own with 5 minutes of the half left. Darragh Black found Joey Cullen in space who rounded the Glenswilly keeper to finish, this goal left the visitors just a point ahead at the break, 1-3 to 1-4, however the loss of Neil Gallagher to injury after 20 minutes was a big loss for Glenswilly. The second half was a complete battle with Na Galloglaigh working their socks off throughout, and ten minutes into the half got a great boost when Tony Mcnamee found space to hit the back of the net for a second goal. Despite a late late goal scare Na Galloglaigh defended well and picked off some vital scores to get a hard earned and well deserved win over the county champions. The Club would like to thank our sponsor for Sundays game for their support, Nigel Black Roofing & Construction. There will be no game this weekend as Donegal play Antrim and all at the Club wish the Seniors and SPs Minors the best of luck. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Kieran Sheridan, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, David Curley, Gary Merritt, Tony McNamee (1-0), Joey Cullen (1-0), Luke Barrett (0-1), Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-5), Pauric Curley, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Darragh Black, Kyle Black, Paddy Peoples. Subs: James Doyle for D. Black (54m), Martin Doyle for K. Black (57m), K. Black for Cathal McGettigan (60m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Sean Black, Gavin Grier. Brandon Toye, Caolan Bolton, Matthew Stewart

*Reserves*

CLG BnaG 1-8 Glenswilly 1-10

The Reserves were left to rue defeat in a game they felt they should’ve won against Glenswilly. The opening quarter was a cagey affair as both sides took time to settle into the game. The visitors had the advantage of a slight breeze and the opened the scoring with a point after 10 minutes. Na Galloglaigh got back on level terms through an Enda McHugh free and were soon leading when Sean Black cut in along the endline and drilled a low shot into the Glenswilly net. But the lead was short lived as Glenswilly replied with a point and then when a high ball into the square wasn’t dealt with it resulted in a goal. Na Galloglaigh started to find it more difficult to create many scoring opportunities and were guilty of regularly getting turned over by a more physical Glenswilly team. However both sides added another 2 points each to leave Glen men leading by 1 at half time, 1-3 to 1-4. Na Galloglaigh upped their performance in the 2nd half and were able to create a few more gaps in the Glenswilly defence. 2 points from Cormac Friel and another from Ryan Ferry moved the home side into the lead as Na Galloglaigh took control of the game. Glenswilly responded with another 2 points before a brace from substitute Dylan Hegarty including a 45’ restored a 2 point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. But when Na Galloglaigh lost Gavin Grier to a black card and with their full quota of substitutions already used it left them with 14 players for the remainder of the game. Glenswilly began to fight back and made their numerical advantage count. They scored 4 points in a row including 2 great long range efforts from their centre forward, to take the lead again. Similarly to the Aodh Ruadh game last weekend, Na Galloglaigh won a 13m with only 30 seconds left on the clock. Whereas they scored an equalizing goal in that game, unfortunately they couldn’t repeat the same this time. Dylan Hegarty’s effort at goal was blocked and although the rebound dropped into the hands of Tony McGettigan the ref somehow deemed that the ball was picked off the ground a gave a free out signaling the end of the game.

Team: Gavin McFadden, Tony McGettigan, Paul Grier, Brandon Toye, Gavin Grier, Sean Black (1-0), Cormac Friel (0-2), Enda McHugh (0-1), Caolan Bolton (0-1), Patrick Ferry, James Doyle, Dean Burgess, Martin Doyle, Andreas Afxentiou, Anthony Fisher. Subs: Matthew Stewart for McHugh (15m BC), Emmet Conaghan & Ryan Ferry (0-1) for M.Doyle & Black (h/t), Dylan Hegarty (0-2) & Paddy Mc Carron for P.Ferry & Burgess (47m), Ryan Spike Flood for P.Grier (50m)

*Donegal U16 Ladies*
Well done to Alannah McFadden and Megan Ryan who were part of the Donegal U16 Ladies team who won the Ulster C Championship at the weekend with a 5-11 to 0-6  win over Armagh in Killyclogher.

*U16s*

Well done to our U16s who defeated St Eunans 2-13 to 1-5 on Friday evening to set up a Semi Final against Glenswilly next Monday evening in Glenswilly.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 4-18-19-24. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Eddie Connors and Sean & Maureen McCormack. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,540

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v Gweedore

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Lagan Cement

After a good win for our Reserves and a point for our Seniors away to St Michaels on Sunday our teams are home this week to Gaoth Dobhair. Gaoth Dobhair had a good home win over Four Masters at the weekend and will be gearing up for Senior Championship, while Na Galloglaigh will be hoping to improve their home form after a defeat to Dungloe two weeks ago. Throw in times are 1.30pm for the Reserves with the Seniors at 3pm, all support greatly appreciated. Thank you also to our match sponsors for Sunday, Lagan Cement.

*Ladies Intermediate Gaeltacht Final*

CLG BnaG v Naomh Conaill

Falcarragh, Saturday @ 3.30pm 
Good luck to our Senior Ladies who take on Naomh Conaill in the Final of the Ladies Intermediate Gaeltacht this Saturday in Falcarragh. Throw in for this game is at 3.30 and all support would be greatly appreciated.

*Table Quiz*

Travellers Inn, Friday May 5th @ 10pm

There will be a table quiz in aid of all our underage teams on Friday 5th May at 10pm. All support from parents and members would be greatly appreciated. There will also be a quiz for children in the Clubhouse two weeks later

*Division 1 Seniors*

St Michaels 1-10 CLG BnaG 2-7

Our Seniors got a good point away to St Michaels on Sunday in a game both sides probably feel they should have won. There was a huge wind blowing straight into the BnaG goals for the first half which meant Na Galloglaigh had their backs to the wall for much of the first half. For the most part they defended well and broke on the counter attack, one of which yielding an early goal from Darragh Black to give Na Galloglaigh a good foothold in the game. The scores were level coming up to the break at 0-6 to 1-3 before a slip by Barry McNulty allowed St Michaels in to win a penalty which they converted to lead by 3 at the whistle. 2 scores in the opening couple of minutes of the second half got Na Galloglaigh right back into the game but the majority of the second half was a tight and cagey affair. St Michaels were without Christy Toye and Colm McFadden but were strong around the middle with Martin McElhinney and Michael Langan and brought the gap back to 3. With 10 minutes to go Cathal Mc Gettigan won a ball in the box and at the second time of asking finished past Donegal keeper Mark Anthony McGinley. The final few minutes were tight as Michaels edged themselves in front again before a good free from the right from Luke Barrett leveled the game before it entered injury time. Well done also to Martin Doyle who came on to make his debut for the Seniors and acquitted himself very well. Sundays result made for a vital point for Na Galloglaigh who now play Gaoth Dobhair at home on Sunday in a game sponsored by Lagan Cement. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, Tony Mcnamee (0-1), Paddy Peoples, David Curley (0-1), Joey Cullen, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Gary Merritt, Kane Barrett, Cathal Mc Gettigan (1-2), Kyle Black, Pauric Curley, Darragh Black (1-0). Subs: Luke Barrett for K. Barrett (40m), Marty Doyle for C. Barrett (50m), Kane Barrett for K. Black (55m), Sean Black, Gavin Grier, Enda McHugh, Kieran Sheridan, Cormac Friel, Dean Burgess, Caolan Bolton, Matthew Stewart

*Division 1 Reserves*

St. Michaels 1-5 CLG BnaG 5-1

They say that goals win matches and the Reserves certainly ensured that they were going to win this game by bagging 5 goals against St. Michaels in Dunfanaghy yesterday. St. Michaels had the benefit of a very strong breeze in the 1st half which meant Na Galloglaigh had to play a bit more defensive than usual. The lads worked very hard to reduce scoring opportunities for their opponents and any time they broke from defense they caused trouble for St. Michaels. 4 of the goals came in the 1st half, the 1st of which came after a brilliant run by Martin Doyle took him past 5 St. Michaels players before feeding Sean Black who blasted into the net. Doyle got on the scoresheet himself when after another mazy run his initial shot was blocked but he made no mistake with his 2nd effort. Paddy Mc Carron at full forward was making his presence felt, and he got 2 goals in similar circumstances by getting his hand to high balls into the area and palming them into the net. Na Galloglaigh were very pleased to go in with a 6 point lead at half time – St. Michaels 1-3 CLG BnaG 4-0. Scores were not as easy to come by for either side in the 2nd half. Na Galloglaigh were happy to keep things compact as St. Michaels pushed forward to get back into the game. The 1st score was another goal for Na Galloglaigh when a 45 from Caolan Bolton went through the hands of the St. Michaels keeper. St. Michaels managed just 2 points in 2nd half as Na Galloglaigh team again worked very hard defensively. Gary Helferty scored the only point of the game for Na Galloglaigh late on to seal a comfortable win which sees the Reserve team move to the top of the league. Team: Gavin McFadden, Tony McGettigan, Paul Grier, Kieran Sheridan, Dean Burgess, Gavin Grier, Cormac Friel, Sean Black (1-0), Enda McHugh, Ryan Ferry, Caolan Bolton (1-0), Patrick Ferry, Marty Doyle (1-0), Patrick McCarron (2-0), Andreas Afxentiou. Subs: Matthew Stewart for Sheridan (h/t), Kieran Gorman for McHugh (h/t), Paul Nash for Doyle (h/t), Gary Helferty (0-1) for Gorman (45m BC), Emmet Conaghan for McCarron (50m)

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 1-3-6-13. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Aodh & Roisin McCormack, Martina Grier, Kevin Coffey, and Rebecca Ryan. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,460

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v Dungloe

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Sean McCormack

Easter Sunday will be a proud day for the Club as Moyle Park hosts its first ever Division 1 clash with Na Galloglaigh playing host to Dungloe. Na Galloglaigh had a fantastic win over Bundoran on the opening weekend but have since had two defeats to St Eunans and Naomh Conaill. Dungloe have also been beaten by St Eunans but followed this up with a good win away to Gaoth Dobhair. All support for this huge and historic game would be greatly appreciated this Sunday at 3pm. Our Reserves also take on Dungloe Reserves on Sunday at 1.30pm. Thanks to Sean McCormack for sponsoring both Senior and Reserve matches.

*Division 1 Seniors*

Naomh Conaill 2-13 CLG BnaG 0-12

Our Seniors were defeated in Glenties on Friday evening by 2-13 to 0-12 by Naomh Conaill. It was a cliched game of two halves as Na Galloglaigh were brilliant for the first half but fell away in the second. They suffered an early set back when Brick Molloy got a goal for the home side in the first five minutes but responded very well to lead at the break 1-6 to 0-10. However Na Galloglaigh struggled in the second half and much of it was their own doing, kicking the ball away and giving away hard earned possession too easily, and every mistake was punished by the clinical Naomh Conaill. Glenties got a second goal after 50 minutes which deflated the boys and they ended up losing by 7 points in the end, 2-13 to 0-12. Na Galloglaigh will play their first home game of the season against Dungloe on Easter Sunday at 3pm.

Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson (0-1), Tony Mcnamee (0-2), Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Luke Barrett, Joey Cullen, Gary Merritt, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-2), Kyle Black (0-1), Pauric Curley (0-2), Darragh Black (0-3). Subs: David Curley for K. Black (42m), Sean Black for Logue (45m), Kane Barrett for C. Barrett (49m), Gavin Grier & Kieran Sheridan for P. Curley & C. McNulty (52m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Martin Doyle, Caolan Bolton

*U14 Girls*

CLG BnaG 4-11 Four Masters 3-3

Our U14 girls got their league campaign off to a flying start with a 4-11 to 3-3 victory over Four Masters at Moyle Park. This is the first time that many of the girls have played on a full pitch and they equipped themselves very well. Aisling Mc Cormack (2-5) and Kelsey McAteer (2-3) linked very well, scoring a total of 4-8 between them, the other scorers were Mia Ferry, Anna McFadden and Anna Russell. Aisling Patton Gallagher was very impressive in goals, pulling off a few great saves and her kickouts were also very accurate. Leah Afxentiou was very steady at full back, clearing the ball and using it very effectively each time. Cerys Sweeney, Anna Russell and Danielle Kerr were also instrumental in the victory. Next up is an away match against Red Hugh’s on Tuesday evening.

*Last Man Standing*

Congratulations to Aodh McCormack who is the Last Man Standing in our Allianz League competition for 2017. Aodh was one of four to survive to the final weekend along with Mark McDevitt, Emmet Finnegan and Clodagh Kerrigan. Aodh correctly predicted 2 winning league finalists (Tipperary & Westmeath) while Mark (Galway), Emmet (Westmeath) and Clodagh (Tipperary) only correctly predicted one winning finalist each. Well done to Aodh who has won €200. Thank you very much to everyone who entered this year and we look forward to seeing you all playing again in 2018!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 3-13-21-22. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Jack Harte, Conor McNulty, and Alannah Cannon. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,340

Shock in Derry at sudden death of Ryan Mc Bride

Tributes are pouring in following the death of Derry City club captain Ryan McBride.

Tributes are continuing to be paid this morning to Derry City captain Ryan McBride who passed away suddenly last night.

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The 27-year-old was found dead at his Brandywell home.

There are no further details yet about the cause of his death.

His death has stunned has not only the club’s fans, but the wider city and the Irish sporting world.

Just hours before his death, Ryan had played a key role in helping his team to a 4-0 victory over Drogheda at Maginn Park.

That win maintained Derry’s 100% start to the new season, with four wins out of four.

Ryan, who had played for his home town club for six years and had been the club captain since 2015, scored vital goals against Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk during that run.

Derry City chairman Philip O’Doherty described his death as an ‘unbelievable tragedy’.

Mr O’Doherty said the main focus would be on supporting Ryan’s father and three sisters.

The club’s chairman said the other players in the team respected him so much.

“He gave so much on the pitch. He led by example. He wasn’t afraid to go in for a tackle, that was for sure and that encouraged other players to give 100%. He was an ideal captain,” said Mr O’Doherty during an interview with Radio Foyle this morning.

Mr O’Doherty said Ryan’s roots in the Brandywell area were one of the reasons why he was so popular with the club’s fans.

“He lived right beside the ground and he just walked home after every match. You would see him walking home with his bag after every game.

“He probably was the most popular player in the team.”

Mr O’Doherty said the club’s players and officials would be meeting this morning and would release a statement afterwards.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Mighty Marty

Former world boxing champion, Barry Mc Guigan, said, " It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog", and that was certainly the case on Saturday last as the diminutive Marty Lynch put in a hell of a performance to win the 250 kilometer RACE in a record time of 13hrs 47mins.
The Ramelton man had an absorbing battle with Endurance specialist, Shaun Stewart. After the 1st run (23.6km) kayak stage (15km) and the 1st 96km cycle stage the Creeslough man had gained a substantial lead but on the mountain climb and 2nd cycle of 68 km Marty had reduced the deficit to just over 5mins.
A few km into the Marathon Marty discarded the heavier cycle clothing, took a chance on not getting cold later, a decision that propelled him into the lead and record a record marathon time for the event of 3hrs 31.  The phenomenal performance saw the Letterkenny based barber beat the course record, beat the teams and beat the darkness.
Michael Mc Hugh proved the surprise package of the day, (although not to Hugh Coll).  The Cranford man started with a near pb half marathon and an ok kayak.  But an exceptional 1st cycle (despite a puncture) saw him claw back many places to go into 3rd overall.  The mountain stage and the 2nd cycle (3 further punctures), saw him fluctuate between 3rd and 5th. Like Marty, it was the marathon stage where he made decisive ground moving clear to secure an unbelievable 3rd place overall in 15hrs 11mins.
Peter O Donnell put in a tough day with sickness and cramps.  After the mountain stage, himself, Damien Mc Bride and Hugh Coll headed off together for the 2nd cycle stage and that formation didn't change until the end, - all 3 crossing the finish together in joint 5th place in 15hrs 27mins.  Peter had the consolation of matching last year's finish place and improving time wise by 47mins.  Hugh Coll put in a great day also taking almost 2 hrs off his time from last year. His kayak time (1hr15.35) proved to be the fastest club time of the day and one of the fastest overall.  Damien Mc Bride was a first time entrant, and also coped well over the 6 stages, finishing strong with a sub 4hr marathon.

New club member Patrick McGee had an outstanding overall performance finishing in 17hrs33mins.  Despite lack of running training he ran 1:53 on the first run and put in a 4hr45 marathon.
Brian Doherty as a first time entrant also coped well with the challenges throughout the day.  His mantra was, to pace it well, and that he did, crossing the line in 17hrs 47mins.
Mark Scott completed very well throughout the day, the big former rugby player expected the marathon to be his toughest stage, having to walk much of it.  Like most, his goal was to finish inside the 24 hrs and that he did with 20hrs 37mins.
The team event was won by the aptly named, 'Three wise men', wise enough to do only sections of it!!
Joe Gallagher, the 2 runs, the exceptional 65 year old Martin Kerr having the fastest kayak and mountain climb times of the day, and Martin Gallagher doing the 2 cycling stages.
A great day overall where the weather was unprecedented and showed the County at its very best.
Great credit must go to Hugh Coll who encouraged, cajoled, and threatened even this group over the past six months.  6 days per week training, half day cycles every Wednesday and up to 11 hrs training on some Sundays.
It also proves, that if sports people are prepared to put in the work, battle the physical and mental challenges on the day and have a bit of luck, .. that targets can be achieved and ambitions realised.
Well done also to all the participants families who 'endured' over the past 6 months.
Thanks to Sylvester Hiemstra for great photos, to Darina Ferry for supply of tea homemade bread in Rathmullan and to all who came out to support.  Well done.

Ryan, Mc Neil and Winston Shine in Bundoran.
Thirteen club athletes travelled to sunny Bundoran on Saturday to take part in the popular Cara sponsored 10km and 10 mile events.
Paddy Ryan headed to the South of the County to compete for the second week in a row.  The Milford based Garda followed up his Killybegs 5km win with another impressive run, finishing 5th in the 300 plus field of the Bundoran 10km event, recording a good early season time of 36.53.

  Most took in the now favored 10 mile event, where the 1200 finishers surpassed the number of medals available on the day.  Richard McNeill is in fine form, the Belfast native recording his 2nd pb of the year with a 72mins 32sec finish time.  Teresa Winston is similarly setting new standards in 2017.  The Letterkenny teacher ran a pb of 81:16 in Stranorlar a few weeks ago but improved with the sea air in Bundoran to run a great 80:27.

Club Finishers
Richard Mc Neill 72.32 pb
James Whoriskey 77.16
Teresa Winston 80.27 pb
Francis Diver 80.38
Agnes Ryan 88.50
Eileen Hewett 89.49
Bernie Gallagher 90.56
Rosemary Mc Gee 93.14
Jacque Barrett 93.34
Ann Trearty 96.45
Kathleen Begley 1hr40.10 Pacing
Jim Mc Cahill 1hr 40.50

Well done to locals Nigel Black 85:50 and to Mulroy College Principal Fiona Temple who ran a pb of 91:31.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

2nd Marine Harvest Milford AC 5km

The 2nd Marine Harvest Milford AC 5km will take place in Milford on Friday evening 24th March starting at 7pm.

Registration will take place at the club house from 6pm.  Chip timing, entry fee as before, runners €8.00, walkers €5.00, prizes as before in usual categories.

The Couch to 5km group have almost completed their nine week training programme in preparation for this race.  The 50 plus participants have made great progress over the recent weeks and are now ready to tackle the popular 5km distance – many for the first time.

Club Presentation Night

The annual club presentation night will take place on Friday 31st March at 8pm in Mulroy College.  Special guest will be Danny Ryan.  The former professional boxer has maintained his fitness regime over many years, - inspiring his family to do likewise.  The family finished 3rd in “Irelands Fittest Family” hosted by RTE recently.

Danny went on to win a bronze medal at the Master’s World Indoor Rowing Championships held in New York recently.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

favoured 10 mile event, where the 1200 entry surpassed the number of medals available on the day.
Richard Mc Neil is in fine 2017 form, the Belfast native recording his 2nd pb of the year with a 72mins 32 secs finish time.
Teresa Winston is similarly setting new standards in 2017. The Letterkenny teacher ran a pb of 81.16 in Stranorlar a few weeks ago but improved with the sea air of Bundoran to run a great 80.27 on Saturday.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v St Eunans

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Mulroy Music

Sunday will be a proud day for the Club as Moyle Park hosts its first ever Division 1 clash, and what a club to welcome in St Eunans. Na Galloglaigh had a fantastic win over Bundoran at the weekend but the Letterkenny kingpins will be a different story. All support for this huge and historic game would be greatly appreciated this Sunday at 3pm. Our Reserves also had a great win at the weekend and they will play St Eunans Reserves onSunday also at 1.30pm. Thanks to Patrick McBride and everyone at Mulroy Music for sponsoring both Senior and Reserve matches.

*Division 1 Seniors*

Realt na Mara 1-11 CLG BnaG 4-11

Na Galloglaigh got life in Division 1 off to a perfect start on Sunday with a good performance as well as a good win in Bundoran. It was the Clubs first ever match at these lofty heights but they managed to hold their own against everything Bundoran threw at them in the first 15 minutes. Shortly before the 20th minute however, when leading two points to one, Na Galloglaigh invited trouble from a short kick out, and although both Caolan Mc Gettigan and the Bundoran forward both seemed to slide in for the ball, the referee awarded the home side a penalty for a slide tackle. Thankfully it took less than five minutes for the boys to react when a break from deep saw Gary Merritt link up with Kane Barrett with Merritt finally hitting the back of the net from close range. This left the half time score 1-4 to 1-5 to Na Galloglaigh who would be playing with a not insignificant breeze in the second half. But it was the home side who came out strong at the start of the second half but the defence managed to limit them to just 1 point in the first ten minutes, while at the same time Gary Merritt got his second goal at the other end. Bundoran didn't lie down and made Na Galloglaigh work right til the end and in the final ten minutes Kyle Black and Joey Cullen added further goals to get the win. Whilst they deserved the win the scoreline possibly flatters Na Galloglaigh somewhat, and there are still lessons to be learned ahead of next weeks game. Next Sunday is a big one with Na Galloglaigh welcoming St Eunans to Moyle Park in a game sponsored by Mulroy Music. Team: Caolan McGettigan, Tj Evesson, Barry McNulty, Conor McNulty, Tony Mcnamee, Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen (1-0), Luke Barrett (0-4), Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-2), Pauric Curley (0-1), Gary Merritt (2-0), Christopher Barrett, Kane Barrett (0-1), Kyle Black (1-1). Subs: Darragh Black (0-2) for Curley (HT), Gavin Grier for Logue (45m), Sean Black for C. Barrett (50m), Kieran Sheridan for McNamee (55m), Dean Burgess, Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Caolan Bolton, James Doyle, Martin Doyle, Matthew Stewart

*Division 1 Reserves*

Realt Na Mara 0-10 CLG BnaG 4-9

The Reserves got off to a winning start against Bundoran in their debut game in Div1 Reserve. The foundations for the win were laid in the 1st half when despite playing against a stiff breeze the lads put together some great passages of play to work good scores. Midway through the half, Marty Doyle was pulled down as he rounded the keeper & Dean Burgess stepped up to slot the resulting penalty into the bottom corner of net. This goal was the difference between the sides at half time as Na Galloglaigh led 1-4 to 0-4. Na Galloglaigh raced out of blocks at the start of 2nd half with an Andreas Afxentiou goal within a minute of throw-in. Further points were added by Ciaran McHugh to give the visitors a comfortable lead. Bundoran did come back into the game after that and hit 4 unanswered points to reduce the deficit back to 4 points. But Ciaran Mc Hugh then added to his tally with a goal and a Marty Doyle goal in the last few minutes of the game ensured Na Galloglaigh ran out convincing winners in the end with a good all-round team performance.

Team: Shaun Gallagher, Matthew Stewart, Paul Grier, Tony Mc Gettigan, Brandon Toye, Enda McHugh, Cormac Friel (0-1), Caolan Bolton (0-1), Paddy McCarron, Dean Burgess (1-0), Ciaran McHugh (1-3), Ryan Ferry (0-1), Andreas Afxentiou (1-1), Marty Doyle (1-1), James Doyle (0-1). Subs: Partick Ferry for R.Ferry (h/t), Gearoid Horkan for Grier (45m), Emmet Conaghan for McCarron  (50m).

*U8 & U10 Training – No Training*

There will be no training this Friday due to it being St Patricks Day. Resumes as normal next week.

*Last Man Standing*

There were another 6 casualties over the weekend in the LMS, leaving only 14 as we enter week 5. Best of luck to those remaining!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 10-14-16-19. No jackpot winner, 1 match 3 winner, wins €70 each. Patrick Kerr, Milford. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,180

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1*

Realt na Mara v CLG BnaG

Bundoran, Sunday @ 3pm

A couple of years ago it would have been very hard to believe but Na Galloglaigh are now just a few short days away from playing their first ever Division 1 game when they travel to Bundoran to take on Realt na Mara. It’s a historic day for the Club and we would like you to be part of it, please come along and get behind the boys this Sunday in Bundoran at 3pm. The Reserves will begin proceedings when they take on their Bundoran counterparts at 1.30pm.

*U8 & U10 Training*

U8 training continues in Ramelton Community Centre at 6pm on Friday. U10 training will also begin this Friday in Ramelton Community Centre from 7pm

*Last Man Standing*

There were another 6 casualties over the weekend in the LMS, leaving only 14 as we enter week 5. Best of luck to those remaining!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 3-8-17-22. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Sheila Doherty, The Quay, and Noelle Toye, Milford. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,140

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Marine Harvest Milford Ac 5km.

Despite the early morning rainfall the latter part of the morning cleared to give the 70 plus field in the Milford 5km perfect running conditions.  Thanks is extended to race sponsors, Marine Harvest Fanad and their 2 representatives on the day, Annette Rogers and Darren Carr.  To the marshals, timekeeper's and all who supplied, prepared and served refreshments.  To Brendan Mc Daid, Northwest chip timing, for fast, efficient and accurate results.

To Francis Diver, Sylvester Hiemstra and Sinead Mc Taggart for photography.
  Before the results were announced, a minutes silence was observed in memory of former club president - the late Hughie Gallagher.  James Gibbons paid tribute to him describing him as a family man, a sportsman and a gentleman.
James welcomed Milford man, Clonliffe Harriers supremo and former Olympic team manager, Paddy Marley and also club founder and recent Hall of Fame winner, Hugo Duggan.
  Despite doing 2 hours on the bike the day before and training again early that morning, Peter O Donnell was 1st club person home as he 'ran around' in 17.35 in 5th place overall.  Indeed, directly after the 5km Peter and Hugh Coll headed out for a further 3 hrs on the bikes as they prepare for the RACE in 2 weeks’ time.

Club results as follows: 1. Peter O Donnell. 17.35.
2. John Whoriskey. 17.52.
3. Aidan Connolly. 18.15, 1st Jun boy.
4. Johnny O Doherty. 18.31.
5. Daniel Hewett. 19.27.
6. Shaun Mc Hugh. 20.19.
7. Philip Mc Govern. 20.24.
8. Kieran Murray. 20.27.
9. James Whoriskey. 20.29.
10 Paul mc Guckin. 20.38.
11. Gillian Marley. 21.16, 2nd senior lady.
12 Manus Peoples. 22.08, 3rd o/50men.
13. Eoin Fogarty. 22.13.
14. Frank Mc Taggart. 22.18 pb.
15. Kenneth Moore. 22.45.
16. Frank Mc Gettigan. 23.03, 1st 0/60 men.
17. Mark Carr. 23.17.
18. Agnes Ryan. 24.08, 2nd o/40 ladies.
19. John O Gorman. 25.10 pb.
20. Sinead Thornton. 27.27.
21. John Fitzgerald. 28.55, 3rd o/60men.
22. Marty Houston. 30.29.
23. Debbie Houston. 30.29, pacing.
24. Mary O Donnell. 33.10, 2nd o/60 ladies.
25. Mark Mc Kenna. 42.51, 2nd Jun boy.

1. Peter O Donnell 17.35
2. John Whoriskey 17.52
3. Aidan Connolly 18.15, 1st Jun boy
4. Johnny O Doherty 18.31
5. Daniel Hewett 19.27
6. Shaun Mc Hugh 20.19
7. Philip Mc Govern 20.24
8. Kieran Murray 20.27
9. James Whoriskey 20.29
10 Paul mc Guckin 20.38
11. Gillian Marley 21.16, 2nd senior lady
12. Manus Peoples 22.08, 3rd o/50 men
13. Eoin Fogarty 22.13
14. Frank Mc Taggart 22.18 pb
15. Kenneth Moore 22.45
16. Frank Mc Gettigan 23.03, 1st 0/60 men
17. Mark Carr 23.17
18. Agnes Ryan 24.08, 2nd o/40 ladies
19. John O Gorman 25.10 pb
20. Sinead Thornton 27.27
21. John Fitzgerald 28.55, 3rd o/60 men
22. Marty Houston 30.29
23. Debbie Houston 30.29, pacing
24. Mary O Donnell 33.10, 2nd o/60 ladies
25. Mark Mc Kenna 42.51, 2nd Jun boy

Sprint Duathlon

The club had 2 athletes take part in the National Sprint Duathlon Series held at the Aura in Letterkenny on Sunday morning last.

  Peter O’Donnell continued his good form as he prepares for the ‘Race’ when he finished 5th overall in 54:55.  Despite having trained 3 times on Saturday.  The Kilmacrennan man ran 11:17 for the first 2mile run 28:43 for 11¼ miles cycle race and a consistent 11:26 for the last 2 mile run.  Peter and 7 club colleagues will face their next big challenge on 11th March as they take on the 254km Race.

  Paula Hegarty was also in fine form.  The Cranford native finished 66th overall from the 112 finishers, 9th female overall and 2nd in her category 35-39.  Paula ran 14:24 for the 1st 2mile run, 34:13 for the cycle race, and 15:35 for the final 2 mile run, for a total time of 68:09.

 

Stephen Duggan

Milford man Stephen Duggan is enjoying a renewed interest in running and racing.  Now living in Germany he recently recorded a pb of 35:32 for 10km on the road in the master o/40 category.

Sportshall

Dennis and Conor McGinley were the club’s sole representatives who made it through to the 2nd round of the Donegal Sportshall Trials in the Aura on Sunday last.

  Conor performed very well in the boy’s u13 as did Dennis in the u15 boys.  At going to press the final results are not yet completed, but hopefully both will be in contention to get selected in their respective age categories.

Up Coming Races

The next races on the road are the LYIT 5km in Letterkenny on Tuesday 7th March at 7:15pm.  The Cara Bundoran 10miles on Saturday 11th March starting at 10:30am.

The St. Patrick’s Day 5km in Letterkenny starting at 1:15pm.

The 2nd Milford 5km series on Friday 25th March, starting at 7pm.

Next Milford 5km race is Fri 24th March starting at 7pm.

Well done to local man, Mark Mc Paul, F V, who won today in 15.57 and to club colleague, the phenomenal Noreen Bonner, who won the ladies o/60 category in 21.17! and was 3rd female finisher overall.

Next Milford 5km race is Fri 24th March starting at 7pm.

Before the results were announced, a minutes silence was observed in memory of former club president - the late Hughie Gallagher. James Gibbons paid tribute to him describing him as... a family man, a sportsman and a gentleman.
James welcomed Milford man, Clonliffe Harriers supremo and former Olympic team manager, Paddy Marley and also club founder and recent Hall of Fame winner, Hugo Duggan.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

Milford AC will host their 3rd running of the popular 5km series in association with Marine Harvest Fanad.  The 1st race of the series takes place on Saturday the 25th February.

  The registration is at the clubhouse, Milford from 10am.  Fee is €8.00 for runners, €5.00 for walkers.  The race starts at Grey Rocks at 11am.  Chip timing provided by Brendan McDaid.

Prizes in the usual categories with showers and refreshments in the club house afterwards.

  The second race in the series takes place on Friday evening the 24th March at 7pm.

The current couch to 5km participants are now halfway through their programme in preparation for this race.  Any club athletes who are not running are asked to help with marshalling/car parking etc.

National Masters X/Country
The club extends congratulations to Innishowen AC’s Pauric Mc Kinney who won the Masters men's o/50 cross country title at Waterford IT on Sunday.  Pauric finished 15th overall in 24.56.
Congratulations are also extended to Bridie Trearty, Cranford AC who finished 3rd in o/50 ladies category.  To Ben Carr, Finn Valley AC, who won the u/17 boys All Ireland B cross country championship.

 

Lifford/Strabane 5km Series

Congratulations to the 900 plus athletes who took part in the Lifford/Strabane 5km series over the past 5 weeks.  Well done to club athlete Jim McCahill who ran 25:43 in the 3rd race of the series in Lifford on Sunday.

Eventful

The club extends congratulations to club athletes Claire and Roy Graham whose business “Eventful” won the National Wedding Stationery Supplier of the year at the National Awards Ceremony in Dublin last weekend.

National Indoor Championships

The club extends best wishes to all county athletes taking part in the National Senior Indoor Championships which takes place at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown on this Saturday and Sunday.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Condolences*

CLG Baile na nGalloglach wish to express sincere sympathy to our Senior team manager Danny O'Donnell and his wife Aine on the death of Aine's father, Joe Greene, Ranafast. Removal from Eternal Light Chapel of Eternal rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny at 3pm todayMonday, to his late residence. Funeral Wednesday after 11am mass in Annagry. Ar Dheis de go raibh a ainm.

*Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta*

Fanad Gaels v CLG BnaG

Tri-a-loch, Saturday @ 3.45pm

Our Seniors take on neighbours Fanad Gaels in the Gaeltacht next weekend in Tr-a-loch with the winners taking on Dungloe in the next round a week later.

*U8 & U10 Training*

U8 training continues in Ramelton Community Centre at 6pm on Friday. U10 training will also begin this Friday in Ramelton Community Centre from 7pm

*Donegal Senior Ladies*

Good luck to Amber Barrett and the rest of the Donegal Senior Ladies team and management who take on Kerry in Rathmore, Kerry, in the league on Sunday

*Donegal U14 Ladies*

Congratulations to Aisling McCormack who made her debut for the Donegal U14 ladies against Sligo in Ballyshannon on Saturday

*Last man Standing*

There were 82 left standing before the weekend began but another 55 bit the dust over Saturday and Sunday, mainly due to defeat for Kerry and a draw for Monaghan. That leaves just 27 remaining as we enter week 3.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 3-8-12-21. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Mark Farren, Pat Curley, Garry & Dervla Conaghan, Gavin McFadden & James Whelan. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,020

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

 

Hughie Gallagher RIP 1924-2017
It was with great sadness that the club learned of the passing of club president, Mr. Hughie Gallagher.  Hughie had lived a long and industrious life, largely due to a healthy lifestyle, involvement in sport, working the land and relative lack of the stresses of modern day life - which was a hallmark of his generation.
  Hughie was a former Donegal Person of the Year but it is his long and positive involvement in master’s athletics which stood him apart.  He won numerous County, Ulster, National, European and World Masters medals mainly in the throwing events from when he started in the over 50 category until last summer competing at the age of 92 in the over 90 category in the National Masters in Tullamore where he won three gold medals.  Just two years ago in August 2015 he took home three golds and a silver from the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France where he competed in the scorching heat.  He travelled to many countries and was always highly respected and welcomed wherever he went.  Even though he suffered with ill health in recent months, true to his positive nature, he had asked his daughter Rosemary to enter him in the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships. 

Sadly he will be unable to fulfil his desire to take part and the championships will be the lesser without the perennial attendee.

  Sympathy is extended to his large close knit family who all competed in athletics primarily with Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC.  Hugh was a proud member of Milford AC and put the club on the map at national level.

  Hughie was waked in his family home in Creevy, Carrigart and his funeral took place in Carrigart on Monday.  Hughie was predeceased by his wife Rosemary just over a year ago.  He was first and foremost a family man, a farmer, a sportsman, a world champion and a patriot.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Glenmore 10mile.
Fantastic performances from the 15 club athletes who took part in the Glenmore 10mile (16km) race in Stranorlar on Sunday.  A great overall turnout of 470 runners faced the starter on the bridge separating the Twin Towns.
The frosty conditions left runners in a quandary as to what clothing to wear, but that apart, one couldn't get a better morning in early February.
All 15 Milfordians surpassed and exceeded their early season expectations. 

John Whoriskey led the Milford contingent finishing in 61.38.  Former couch to 5km participant Daniel Hewitt, had his best run to date, pushing on over the last few km running a pb of 70.54.  James Whoriskey and Daniel Cullen ran 71.19, Eoin Sheehy 72.43 and Philip McGovern 74.40.  David Connors not too far adrift in 76.25.

  Ita McGettigan made a great return to running (as she currently primarily trains for triathlon) running a pb of 76.42.  Siobhan McHugh was close to home soil and duly rallied on the familiar roads in the closing stages to run 78.47.  Teresa Winston was similarly strong in the closing stages, running 81.16.  Aine Whoriskey was surprised with her new found finishing strength running 81.59.  Paula Hegarty also on top form, running 82.19.  Great runs also from Agnes Ryan, Caroline McElwaine and Bernie Gallagher running 88.25, 90.55 and 91.01 respectively.  Mary McDaid put in her best performance in a club singlet running 95.29.  Great results from a dedicated group who are thriving on hill sessions, tempo runs and the staple long run.

Paddy Ryan

The club extend congratulations to club member Paddy Ryan, who put in his best cross country race to date when he finished 6th in the National Garda Cross Country Championships in the Phoenix Park last week running 36:20 for the 10km distance.  His team, the Northwest Division were narrowly beat by 2 points by the Garda Training College in the team event.

Brendan Boyce

The club extend congratulation to local man and Letterkenny AC athlete, Brendan Boyce, who set a pb and county record of 11.38 for the 3km indoor walk at the AAI Games in the new National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown, Dublin last Sunday.  Speaking afterwards, he said, ‘it was a very positive opener to the season as he had been concentrating on 50km work in January’.  He hopes to take that form to the National Indoor 5km Championships in two weeks’ time at the same venue.

Finn Valley’s John Kelly also broke the county shot put record at the same meet, with a throw of 17:49mts.

 

Up Coming Races

The final race of the Lifford 5km series takes place this Sunday in Lifford starting at 10:30am.

The National Master’s Cross country Championships and Juvenile B takes place at Waterford I.T. on Sunday.  County men’s and ladies teams will hope to be in contention in the team categories.

The ‘Marine Harvest Fanad’ 5km series in Milford on Saturday 25th February, starting at 11am.

The next longer race is the ‘Cara’ Bundoran 10 mile and 10km which takes place in Bundoran on Saturday 11th March, starting at 10:30am.

The Convoy 10km takes place in Convoy on Sunday 9th April starting at 10:30am.  Entry fee €10.00.

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to club member Fiona Grier and her husband Paul on the recent death of Paul’s Aunt

 Peg McArdle nee Grier.  May she rest in peace.rly season, expectations.
John Whoriskey led the Milford contingent, finishing around the 61min mark. Former couch to 5 km participant, Daniel Hewitt, had his best run to date, pushing on over the last few km to open up a slight gap on James Whoriskey, Daniel Cullen, Eoin Sheehy and Philip Mc Govern. David Connors and Eoghan Fogarty not too far adrift.
Ita Mc Gettigan made a great return to running, (as she currently primarily trains for Triathlon) running a pb of around 4.47/km. Siobhan MC Hugh was close to home soil and duly rallied on the familiar roads in the closing stages to get well under 80 mins, avg of 4.52/km.
Teresa Winston was similarly strong in the closing stages, averaging 5.01/km. Aine Whoriskey was surprised with her new found finishing strength, on avg 5.03 per km. Paula Hegarty also on top form running avg 5.06/ km approx.
Great runs also from Agnes Ryan, Caroline Mc Elwaine and BernieGallagher all well under 90 mins approx. Mary Mc Daid put in her best performance in a club singlet running around 95min mark.
Great results from a dedicated group who are thriving on hill sessions, tempo runs and the staple long run.
WELL DONE.ich stood him apart. He won numerous County, Ulster, National, European and World Masters medals mainly in the throwing events from when he started in the over 50 category until last summer competing at the age of 92 in the over 90 category in the National Masters in Tullamore where he won three gold medals.
Just two years ago in 2015 he took home three golds and a silver from the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France where he competed in the scorching heat. He had travelled to many countries and was always highly respected and welcomed wherever he went.
Even though he had suffered with ill health in recent months, true to his positive nature, he had asked his daughter Rosemary to enter him in the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships. Sadly he will be unable to fulfil his desire to take part and the Championships will be the lesser without the perennial attendee.
Sympathy is extended to his large close knit family who all competed in athletics primarily with Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC.
He will be waked at his family home in Creevy, Carrigart today and tomorrow. His funeral mass will take place in Carrigart chapel at 11am on Monday 6th February. Hughie was predeceased by his wife Rosemary just over a year ago. He was first and foremost a family man, a farmer, a sportsman, a world champion and a patriot.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Funeral of former World Masters champion Hugh Gallagher

By Harry Walsh

THE funeral takes place tomorrow morning of former Donegal Person of the Year, Hugh Gallagher.
Mt Gallagher (92) from Creevy, Carrigart, passed away at Letterkenny University Hospital following an illness.

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A talented masters athlete, Hugh continued to break national records into his ninety-second year. The Milford AC competitor won the shot putt and the long jump in the over 90 category at the Irish Masters Indoor Athletic Championships held in Athlone last year. He also broke the Irish record in the long jump.
Those wins came little more than six months after he won three gold medals and one silver at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Lyon.
The father of twelve, his eldest son Michael died when he was seventeen, Hugh’s interest in athletics was re-ignited when his children started to compete.
Over the years, sport gave Hugh the opportunity to visit many countries across the globe. He has competed for Ireland in places as far apart as Australia, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and the Scandinavian countries.
During his career, Hugh won a grand total of 172 All-Ireland Gold medals to go with 29 World gold medals, 5 world silver and 2 world bronze medals.
He also holds world records in the 35lb and 56lb shot putts at different age groups, the 5kg Greek discus, Goulding hammer and javelin triathlon at different age groups.
The grand-father also holds Irish records in running, walking, jumping and every weight throwing from 400grams javelin to 112lb weight throw.
He also won 23 European gold and 5 silver medals. 25 British gold medals including scotch and Welsh medals.
In November 2015, the Ulster Athletics Sports Star Awards committee unanimously selected Hugh for the prestigious Ulster hall of fame award while Athletics Ireland officials made a presentation to Hugh in Tullamore as the first Irish person to win track and field medals at over 90 years of age.
Predeceased by his Rosemary in December 2015, Hugh is survived by his children, grand children, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Mass takes place in Church of St John the Baptist Carrigart at 11am on Monday with burial afterwards.

Mulroy College, Milford are All-Ireland champions

WALSH ON THE DOUBLE FOR DONEGAL SCHOOL

Mulroy College, Milford are All-Ireland champions after they clinched the FAI Schools Senior ‘B’ Girls National Cup title with victory over St Peter’s CS, Passage West in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mulroy College, Milford . . 2

St. Peter’s CS, Passage West . . . 1

(after extra time)

Caoimhe Walsh scored both goals - the winner coming in extra time - to give Mulroy a famous win.

It’s their first time to win the All Ireland title since 2014.

And it makes up for the disappointment of losing the last two All Ireland finals against the same opposition.

The final was played at Home Farm’s Whitehall grounds in Dublin. Mulroy enjoyed a lively start with Kellyann Buchanan getting into a good position only to shoot narrowly wide.

Buchanan was also involved in a move a short time later which ended with her cross being headed against the woodwork by Leah Duggan.

The Cork girls had their chances too in an entertaining first half with Winnie Parata going closest with a shot that went just over Clare Friel’s crossbar.

St. Peter’s grabbed the lead shortly after half-time when Danielle Burke’s inviting ball into the area ended up in the back of the net.

The Donegal school rallied and following the introduction of Claudia Ward and then Aisling McBride, their pressure paid off when they drew level.

Caoimhe Walsh, who had another fine game for Mulroy, found the net on 72 minutes, much to the delight of the big visiting support up from Donegal.

Her winner came seven minutes into the first period of extra time. Buchanan went on a brilliant run down the wing and her cross was turned home by Walsh.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

Glenmore 10 Mile

This weekend the first longest race of the new road season takes place in Stranorlar on Sunday morning with the inaugural staging of the Glenmore 10 Miles promoted by Finn Valley AC.

  The race replaces the traditional 3 race 5km series and has already drawn a keen interest.  The route is relatively flat, - starting at the Finn Valley Centre going through Drumboe Woods and going out the right hand side of the river Finn to Glenmore Bridge and returning the left hand side.  (The main Ballybofey Glenfin Road).

  Entry fee is €20.00 with long sleeve tee shirts and an individual medal for each finisher.

 Milford AC have a number of athletes taking part in preparation for various upcoming half marathons.

Strabane 5km

There was another big turnout for the 2nd race of the Lifford/Strabane 5km series on Sunday morning last with over 300 gathering at the Strabane starting line.

  Fast early season times were recorded by Conor Bradley 15:19, Danny Mooney 15:22, Eoin McGinley 15:29 and Pauric Breslin concluding the sub 16 minute quartet in 15:39.  Milford had a sole representative as Philip McGovern made it inside the top 50 finishers in 20:56.  The last race of the Lifford/Strabane series takes place in Lifford on Sunday 12th February with 10:30am start time.

Sportshall

The club had nine juvenile athletes take part in the Donegal Sportshall trials at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny last Sunday afternoon.  In the U13 boys the club had Cormac Sheehy, Fintan Sheehy, Cormac Atkinson and Conor McGinley taking part.  In the u13 girls were Daisy wheeler, Jenny McGettigan, Lauren Scott, and Meabh Houston.  Denis McGinley was the sole representative in the u15 boys.  Qualifiers from Sunday’s trials will go forward to further qualifying trials later in the month.  Venue and date to be confirmed.

PJ Hagan & Stephanie O’Hara

The club extend best wishes to former club athletes, PJ Hagan and Stephanie O’Hara who depart next week to set up a new life in Australia.

Congratulations

The club extend congratulations to the two local secondary schools – Loreto Community School and Mulroy College on their high ranking in last Sunday’s “Sunday Independent” top 700 secondary schools in Ireland.

Credit to the principals, staff and pupils on their dedication and commitment to education.

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to club chairman, James Gibbons on the recent death of his uncle, Frank Crerand in England.  His remains will be interned in Milford.  Funeral arrangements to be confirmed later.  May he rest in peace.

Hugo Duggan inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

By Harry Walsh

HUGO Duggan became the first Donegal athlete to win a National title when he claimed long jump gold more than fifty years ago. The Milford man went on to become one of Ireland’s best ever sprinters and long jumpers.
In 1967 Hugo recorded the second longest jump by an Irish man and still holds the Ulster and Donegal record for long jump at 24 foot, two and a half centimetres.
Hugo, who won a total of seven national senior long jump titles and a world masters in Melbourne in 1987, was inducted into the Donegal Athletics Hall Of Fame at the annual County Board dinner at the Finn Valley Centre on Saturday evening last.

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Born in October 1946, he joined Cranford AC in 1964 and as a member of the FCA he won a series of Defence Forces Championships, four-in-a-row long jump titles from 1966-69 and a 100m crown in ’66 – a double which also saw him secure the General Richard Mulcahy trophy for best overall athlete that year.
Duggan won the National Senior Long Jump titles seven times, in ’67 with Cranford; in 1970, ’71, ’72, ’74 with Clonliffe; in 1980 with Lifford and in 1984 for Finn Valley AC.
He was a senior silver medallist in 1969, 1973, 1976 and 1988 in the long jump and in 1969 he was the bronze medallist in the triple jump. He also finished second in the long jump at the inaugural Indoor Championships in 1988.
A regular international competitor, Hugo won 16 full Irish vests and his list of achievements also include World, Australian, British and European medals.
Speakng to the Donegal News this week, Hugo recalled his three years in Dublin – in a bid to maximise his athletics talent – training with Finn Valley before starting a night’s work and, more recently representing Ulster in fly-fishing events. A talented sportsman, Hugo also played soccer.
“I didn’t do too bad I suppose,” he laughed.
Married to Brid, the couple have eight children Stephen (Germany), Alan (Australia), Maria Duffy (Letterkenny), James (Waterford), Hugo jnr (Downings), Joanne Gallagher (MIlford), Karol (New Mills) and Breege Mulhern (Gortahork) and 19 grandchildren.
Hugo spent most of his working life as a driver with the Milford Bakery. For a long time he used to drive from Milford to Ballyshannon and back before his route took him to Dublin, Belfast and back.
“It was in the middle of The Troubles and there were no mobile phones and my family didn’t hear from me until I got back home again in the morning,” he said.
A life-long friend of Paddy Marley, Irish athletics manager at the Barcelona Olympics, the pair were active within their own school sports as well as participating in the Cranford Sports.
“When Cranford AC was formed in 1961 Paddy and myself got involved. We were the only club in Donegal at that time but we were lucky in that Oakleaf Club in Derry were very good to us and were only too happy to explain how things worked,” he said.
Hugo won his first Irish vest in 1967 but only after Cyril O’Regan from Waterford pulled out.
“I won the Long Jump trial but it was Cyril – who later became a good friend – was selected and I was named as first sub as we didn’t have anyone fighting our corner at national level in those days,” he said.
It was a Europa Cup match and would be the first of 16 full international bests won by Hugo.
“The long jump is a very technical event but I was lucky that the Guard in Milford at that time was John Kilmartin who was Connacht high and long jump champion. On his day off he used to take me to Rathmullan beach and dif a pit for me to jump into. I learned more about the sport from him than probably anyone else,” he said.
Together with Paddy Marley and the McDaid brothers, Danny and Frankie, Hugo went to Dublin at the end of 1967 and joined Clonliffe Harriers.
“The first day I arrived at the track there were three or four sprinters and jumpers but we had no-one to train us. I was living in Raheny and was friendly with a lad who was a member of the local Shamrocks club so I did my training with them,” he said.
It was around that time that Hugo set the Donegal and Ulster record – jumping 24ft 2.5 centimetres (7.39metres) at the 1967 Emyvale Open Sports.
“Down through the years I tried to concentrate on the 100m, 200m and long jump. On occasion I also did the triple jump and high jump but I was not as good at them,” he said.
The sport of athletics bought Hugo to all corners of the globe down through the years, while it has also led to many friendships.
“When I joined Finn Valley I was driving during the night so I would stop off en route and train with them two nights a week before having a cup of tea in Patsy’s house (Patsy McGonagle) and heading on my way,” he said.
At that stage, Hugo was a ‘veteran’ but he continued to more than hold his own at senior level, winning vital National League points along the way for Finn Valley.
“It kept me going and I was in good form. After winning the World Masters title in Australia (1987) I took part in the first ever National Indoor Championships the following Spring where I finished second.
“I won the first ever outdoor title in 1967 and twenty one years later, I was winning silver at the first ever National Indoor Championships which, even if I say so myself, wasn’t bad going,” he smiled.
At that same time, Hugo formed Milford AC as a juvenlie only club in 1987.
“I trained kids there for twenty years or so before stepping back in 2007,” he explained.
During that time Hugo also played his part in setting up the Park Development in Milford – a unique paertship between the local soccer, GAA and athletic clubs.
“A lot of people said it couldn’t be done but here we are all those years later and they’re all getting on great,” he said.
Today, he’s kept busy working for the local Angling Club who have bought a premises and are currently in the process of trying to get it paid for.
“At the end of the day the club will always be there for the community. We’re just custodians who are passing through,” he said.