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Large Garda presence at ongoing standoff in Ramelton town

A large Garda presence is currently attending an on-going standoff in Ramelton town.

It’s understood a group are trying to gain access and take control of a premises and it has been claimed by the owner that he wasn’t notified of the situation.

A significant amount of protestors have also gathered at the scene and the section of road has been sealed off.

Councillor says council have completely neglected Ramelton

A councillor has called on Donegal County Council and the statutory funding agencies to explain the thinking behind their neglect of his native town, Ramelton.

Referring to some of the ‘historic buildings’ in the town Cllr. Ian McGarvey says a number of these have trees growing out of their rooves and the slates are posing a danger to nearby residents.

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Cllr. McGarvey said that he’s now spent fourteen years as a loyal member of the Council and he fails to understand how any local authority could stand over their failure to deal with the many problems the community in Ramelton is forced to live with year after year.

And he says it is a fact that so many of his colleagues are commenting to him on the neglected state of Ramelton and that something needs to be done to deal with the decay.

Cllr. McGarvey was responding to critical comment over the deterioration of the town’s infrastructure in the last two years as a legacy of problems and disrepair have now become a sad feature of this once renowed landscape.

McGarvey says the town does not even have a development plan despite his representations to Lifford for these past 25 years.

“Everyone knows that towns like Ramelton are starved of funding and plans will add little apart from cost with no actual works or repairs being done in the meantime. That is not acceptable and every official in the statutory bodies whom I’ve been on contact with agree that the one main priority is money and the funding agencies must explain why they allowed the town to fall into the current state of disrepair. Kerbing, foothpaths, estate road, loss of essential services and so much more,” says Cllr. McGarvey.

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And he adds that many of his queries to the Council have failed to get an answer and this is reflected in the numbers of questions and motions he has presented to Council meetings since his first election in 2004.

Ramelton is a legend of history and Georgian archictecture in Donegal and against that background it should be well placed to attract interest from the Council and the State funding agencies, says Cllr. McGarvey who confesses the current lack of progress is a total embarrassment to himself and other members of the Council with an interest in promoting the town.

Once destined for a major project because of it Georgian architecture, Cllr. McGarvey says its historic past is now a millstone around its neck and it has created a vacuum where nobody from the agenicies has any interest in the promotion of the town.

This statement is borne out in the los of the Genealogy Centre, the local library remains closed and the entire town does not have any citizens information centre or tourism promotion plan in place.

The litany of issue that Cllr. McGarvey has pursued include pedestrian crossings on the Tank Rd. and at Whoriskeys shop: the surfacing and proper marking of Gamble’s Square and access from the Shore Road. Road marking at Pound St. and the Back lane, Footpaths at Letterkenny road, Rectory Road., Bank Tce., to Drumonaghan Wood and Castle St.

He has also promoted a car park at Bank Terrance Graveyard where the hedgerows are completely overgrown and the road surface is a disgrace.

Cllr. McGarvey has also been lobbying for a parking area at Drumonaghan Wood Walk. He’s raised the poor quality of public lighting in many parts of the town including the Shore Road where the public has to wait for Christmas for a proper job of work by a voluntary committee.

Cllr. McGarvey has pursued the Council for a timeframe for the upgrading of the Sewerage treatment works that currently go into the Lennon. He has sought oto have the local library restored without any support from the authorities.

He has also sought to have a Citizen’s Advice service in the town along with the restoration of the genealogy service.

On another level on infrastructure matters he’s been battling to have a barrier put in place on the Newill and Burnside Barrier on Newmill Roads for safety reasons and again says nobody in Lifford seems to be listening or willing to spend any funding in his native town.

He has also asked the Council for check on unnecessary signage in town and this is highlighted at the Tank junction on the Mall where around twenty signs are in place in a confused cacophony of colour and size.

He has also sought, without any success to get the Council to provide him with a list of protected buildings in Town. It is claimed that per kilomotre that the town has the most number of protected properties in Ireland and according to Cllr. McGarvey they are all in urgent need of repair.

He’s has also sought to have a caretaker for the cemeteries in the locality including Tully graveyard.

Again he’s tried without any success to get Council engineers to carry out an assessment of the structure and conditioon of the Town bridgeas the condition on the Bridge in Town as well as surface work at St. Mary’s Terrace housing estate.

He has also being pursuing the Council to have the overhaning trees on the Moorefield road cut back becaue they are seen as a traffic hazard for coaches and trucks.

Asked if he thought that the additional funding going into Letterkenny with the loss of its Town Council status was a factor, Cllr. McGarvey said the public can judge for themselves the small volume of Council work across the rural districts of this part of Donegal.

Kilmacrennan teenager comes 8th in British Supebike Championships

Kilmacrennan teenager, Richard Kerr, has come in 8th in the British Superbike Championships.

The short recruit racer (16), made the trip over to Cadwell Park for Round 7 of the championships at the weekend.

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Following some great results in the previous round, Kerr was hoping to reproduce the form that saw him battle with the motostar class.

After qualifying, Kerr was 8th just 2 seconds off pole and on the 3rd row of the grid for Race 1.

Some changes were made to the North West racing ktm for Race 1 and unfortunately Kerr crashed out on lap with two front end handling issues.

Kerr had to start the race in 14th position on the fifth row and, after a great start, found himself in 10th position. As the race progressed, Kerr came through the field and was in a fantastic 6th position going onto the last two laps. He posted the 6th quickest lap of the race and had another two riders firmly in his sight when the ktm stopped on the penultimate lap, which was a very unfortunate end to a fantastic race for Kerr.

The next round is in two weeks time at Oulton Park.

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Gardai issue photograph of missing Tony Griffiths as search enters third day

The search in North Inishowen for 59 year old Tony Griffiths from the Culmore area of Derry is entering its third day.

Mr Griffiths, who was last seen on Monday evening, had been camping on the Isle of Doagh, and was reported missing by his family on Tuesday.

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The sea search involving the Lough Swilly Lifeboat, Greencastle coastguard and the Sligo 118 helicopter was stood down last evening due to weather conditions. It’s due to resume at 11 o’clock this morning.

Gardaí have repeated their appeal for help in tracing Mr Griffith’s whereabouts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Intermediate Championship*
Fanad Gaels 1-7 CLG BnaG 1-9
It was never going to be a pretty game but nevertheless Na Galloglaigh did enough to get over the line tonight and advance to the quarter finals after a hard fought win over Fanad on Saturday. Playing against a stiff breeze the boys raced into a 3 point lead and looked comfortable before Fanad started growing into the game. The boys led from start to finish however and some great free taking from Cathal Mc Gettigan saw them lead at the break by 2, 0-4 to 0-6. The second half started perfectly for Na Galloglaigh as PJ Hagan got on the end of a nice team move to finish to the back of the net. This put the boys in a commanding 5 point lead and they really should have pressed on from here but as expected from a local derby, Fanad hit back. As the second half approached the midway point a high ball into the 6 yard box was punched to goal by Michael Sweeney to bring Fanad back within 2 points. It made for a tight and cagey finale, as the game had been throughout, but again Na Galloglaigh stood strong to see the game out, and despite trading scores the game finished 1-7 to 1-9 to see Dannys men advance to the quarter final with a game away to Nauls next weekend to spare. A speedy recovery to Conor McNulty who went off injured in the first half with a suspected hamstring tear. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, Gary Merritt, Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen, Sean Black, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Pauric Curley (0-2), Cathal McGettigan (0-5), David Curley, Darragh Black (0-1), PJ Hagan (1-0). Subs: Gavin Grier for C. McNulty (20m), Kyle Black and Luke Barrett for Logue and S. Black (45m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Paul Sweeney, Martin Doyle, Kieran Sheridan, Caolan Bolton

*Reserve Championship*
Fanad Gaels 1-10 CLG BnaG 1-9
Our Reserves were bitterly disappointed to come away from Fanad without at least a point in a close local derby. It was a tense opening period with neither team creating any clear cut scoring opportunities. Fanad eventually scored the first point game of the game but Na Galloglaigh equalised through Martin Doyle. A Gary Helferty point gave the visitors the lead but Fanad responded with a point from a free. Na Galloglaigh were beginning to get on top in the game and had the majority of possession. This was rewarded with a goal when Paul Fisher finished off a well worked team move and a point from Cormac Friel gave them a 4 point lead. Fanad got the last score of the half to leave just a goal between the sides at half time, 0-3 to 1-3. Na Galloglaigh started the second half brightly and scored 2 early points through Ciaran McHugh. Another point from Kieran Gorman gave them a 6 point lead but credit to Fanad as they battled back into the game and scored 1-1 to cut the deficit to 2. The remainder of the half was end to end with points traded by both sides. With a just a point between the sides in the closing minutes it made for a nervy finish. Fanad equalised in the last minute of normal time and it looked like the game was heading for a draw before Aidan McAteer stepped up with a lovely point off the outside of the boot to give Fanad the victory. The result leaves Na Galloglaigh needing to beat St Nauls next Saturday to guarantee progression to the knockout stages. Team: Sean Gallagher, Patrick Ferry, Paul Grier, Cormac Friel (0-1), Cormac Toland, Enda McHugh, Kieran Sheridan, Paul Sweeney, Kieran Gorman (0-1), Martin Doyle (0-2), Caolan Bolton, Ciaran McHugh (0-2), Gary Helferty (0-2), Paul Fisher (1-1), Emmet Conaghan. Subs: Kieran McLaughlin for Ferry (45m), Matthew Stewart, James McCallum, James McGinley

*Lotto*
This weeks lotto numbers were 1-6-15-17. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Seamus Gavigan, Michael McCarron, and Paul & Fiona Grier. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,060. 

*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*
Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included
- Entered into every draw every week
- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)
- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*
The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*
For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*
A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Homecoming Reception for Milford's Olympian Brendan Boyce

by Terence McCann/IRD

A welcome home reception will be held this coming Friday evening for Milford Olympian Brendan Boyce.

The 29-year-old Brendan Boyce was one of three Irish athletes that competed in the 50k race walk in Rio, along with Alex Wright and Rob Heffernan.

The convoy will start at Tesco carpark Letterkenny at 6.30pm, leave from there at 7.00pm travelling to Ramelton, Rathmullan and Kerrykeel, ending at the Milford Hall for an approximate 8.00-8.30pm reception.

A native of Milford in County Donegal, Boyce is a member of the Letterkenny Athletic Club, although he has been based in Cork since 2012.

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Donegal Transport Company inviting applications for Travel Escorts

JOB VACANCIES: A Donegal Transport company are seeking applications for Travel Escorts in the following area’s Letterkenny, Castlefinn/Lifford, and Carndonagh.

Job Responsibilities:

  • To provide passenger assistance on transport services to people with intellectual disabilities and others with additional needs to enable them to travel safely on rural transport buses with other passengers.

Job Requirements:

  • Candidates must have achieved FETAC Level 5 or NVQ Level 1 in Healthcare.
  • Special Needs Assistant Qualification or a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in an ID/Special Needs facility or equivalent.
  •  Successful candidates must be willing to complete a module on Intellectual Disability if they have not already done so.
  • Experience of working with people with an Intellectual Disability would be an advantage but not essential.

Applications or enquiries by email only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm Monday 5th September 2016.

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Driver suspected of approaching children in Milford area

People in the Milford are have been urged to remain vigilant after an approach to young people in the area.

A community alert was issued this evening in relation to a grey coloured Toyota car with a possible 03 DL registration number being driven by a man.

The alert claims the man was acting suspiciously and that he had earlier made an approach to people in the Milford area today (Thurs).

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060.

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Disgust as thieves ransack the home of late Donegal singer Stevie Martin

There is widespread disgust being expressed following the news that the home of late Donegal singer Stevie Martin was ransacked by thieves.

The callous burglars robbed his home on Great James Street, Derry – and made away with his blue Stratocaster guitar, other sentimental musical equipment in the property, and a sum of money.

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The deplorable lowlifes ransacked his property while family and friends issued heartfelt appeals for information on his whereabouts when he was reported missing.

A search and rescue operation was launched by lifeboat services and the 118 helicopter when Mr Martin’s vehicle was found by Gardaí close to Fanad Pier.

Originally from Lifford, the superbly talented 29 year old, also known has Rainy Boy Sleep had gained major popularity in local music circles – and was tipped to eventually become a huge star in his own right.

Sadly, his body was found close to Co. Sligo on August 13th.

Police in Derry are now launching an appeal for information from the public in relation to the burglary.

Police say the robbery occurred between 10.30am on Thursday 11th, and 11.30am on Friday 12th.

Stephen’s family have expressed their desire to get these precious items located and returned to them.

If anyone can provide information in relation to the burglary they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them on 0800 555 111.

Public asked to stay away from Tullan Strand as search continues for missing swimmer

The search for a missing swimmer off the Bundoran coast is entering its third day.

The man got into difficulty while swimming in the sea on Tuesday evening.

A major search operation involving the Bundoran RNLI, the Killybegs rescue boat and the Coast Guard helicopter based in Sligo was called off at around 9pm last night.

The search is expected to resume later this morning and members of the public are being asked to stay away from Tullan Strand.

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Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

John Kilmartin 5km

The 12th staging of the popular John Kilmartin 5km will take place in Milford on Friday 26th August starting at 7:30pm.  Registration will take place in the club house from 6pm.  Entry fee is €8.00 for runners, and €5.00 for walkers and juveniles.  The race starts at Grey Rocks and finishes at the Public Services Centre - a course which is considered by most runners for attaining a faster times.

  The prize category is first 3 senior men and ladies, first 2 master’s categories – o/40 to o/60 men and ladies.  The 1st juvenile boy and girl over 15.  The race is also part of the county board grand prix series.

Donegal Half Marathon
The 3rd running of the Donegal Marathon and Half Marathon took place in Letterkenny on Sunday morning amid good running conditions.  Pauric Breslin, LAC, won the race in 1:15:44.
Two Olympians made up the 500 plus field as Sinead and Caitriona Jennings took in the half and full marathon respectively.
Olympic rower, Sinead, with the pace making help of Shaun Mc Fadden made the 13.1 mile Half Marathon look easy, finishing well up the main field in just over 1hr 22mins. Caitriona also made light work of the undulating marathon course, finishing in just over 2hrs 53mins! 3rd place overall!

  Anthony Doherty once again led the Milford charge, running in his first ever half marathon Anthony again demonstrated his increased ability over the longer distances as he covered the 21:1km distance in a great pb of 1hr 21:40 (avg 3.52 per km).  The Ballyare man finished 14th overall, winning the men’s o/45 category.

  Shaun Boyce was equally fleet of foot over the longer distance, - the Gortmacall man also running a pb in 1:21:55.  Paul Russell set the pace over the 1st half but tired slightly over the 2nd half finishing just outside his time of last year with 1:23:54.  Ramelton man John Whoriskey was also taking in his first ever half marathon, and ran really well over the undulating course to record a pb of 1:24:42.

  Marty Lynch was down on power due to a chest infection but the teak tough Ramelton man got around in 1:29:15.

James Whoriskey ran well putting in a measured performance in 1:34:28.  Richard McNeill had just returned from a long haul flight but recovered well to run a season’s best of 1:40:09.

  Noel Kilpatrick and Paul McGukian used the run as a marathon training tempo run and covered the distance in 1:44:51 and 1:44:54 respectively.

  Aine Whoriskey ran her fastest and most comfortable half marathon to date, - the primary school principal started conservatively and worked her way through the field to finish strongly in a pb time of 1:53:41.

  Francis Diver used the race as a training run for a possible tilt at the Dublin Marathon, finishing in 1:57:42.  Eileen O’Gorman started with the couch group in January, where she struggled to run for one minute without stopping, but with steady and continuous training over the past 7 months – the Golan native covered the 21:1km comfortably in 2:02:22.  Martin Graham ran as a guest in the Milford colors.  Martin travelled from Glasgow for the event, and with relatives in Milford – he was anxious to maintain his local heritage.  Running in his first half marathon, Martin completed the distance in 2:09:12.  John O’Gorman also started with the couch group in January and was going great for 19km, when a knee injury forced him to walk the remaining 2km.  His determination to finish was notable, and his overall time of 2:38:47 belied his earlier efforts.

  Great run also from Ballyare based Garda Paddy Ryan.  Running in his first ever half marathon and on limited distance training he ran a tremendous 1:21:33.

  Sterling performances also from local ladies who just took up running last year, Hilary Moore, Ramelton, 2:26:16 and Fiona Boyle, Ray 2:28:10.

ating marathon course, finishing in just over 2hrs.53mins.!Community Games
Well done to Milford Community Games athletes who ran in the National Community Games Finals in Athlone at the weekend.
Aiden Connolly ran really well to finish 6th in a competitive u16 boys 1500mts final on Sunday afternoon, - very close to a medal position of 4th!
The Lagg man won his heat on Saturday and was delighted to make the top 6 in the final. A total of 25 competitors took part in the heats and final.  Aiden trained diligently over the past six weeks... doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.

  Denis McGinley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys U16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.

  A presentation to the Milford Community Games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford Hall on Thursday 25th August at 7:30pm

Hughie Gallagher
Hughie Gallagher continues to defy age and conformity as the 92 year old Creevy man won 4 gold medals at the National masters T+F Championships in Tullamore on Sunday.  The 'father' figure of master’s athletics in Ireland received a tremendous reception from both fellow athletes and officials.     Over a long day’s competition, in blustery conditions, Hughie won gold in the shot putt, discus, javelin and long jump.
Since starting in masters/veterans competition in 1987, Hughie has won a total of 176 National medals in throwing and running events.  He won 2 gold medals in the National Indoors in March.
Winston Churchill once said ... "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts."
Hughie's 'courage to continue' is a lesson in all walks of life.

Juvenile Training

Juvenile training will recommence on Tuesday 6th September at 5:45pm at the football pitches.  The first juvenile Cross Country races will be the Area Primary Schools Cross Country to be held in Milford on 27th September.

  The Donegal juvenile even age groups will take place on 2nd October, with the uneven age groups set for Milford on 9th October.  The Donegal Primary Schools Finals will take place in Lifford on Thursday 13th October.

Mulroy College Milford 10km

The 3rd Sunday in September is notable as it’s always the date for the All Ireland Football Final.  The 3rd Saturday in September is now recognised as the date for the Milford 10km.  The proceeds of this year’s race will go to Mulroy College.  The race will start at 11am on Saturday 17th September.  Registration will take place at the college from 10am.  The race will follow the usual 10km route, with a slight change to the starting point i.e. at Mulroy College.

Milford to Host Donegal Novice Cross Country

Milford AC will host the Donegal Cross Country men’s and ladies championships and the Donegal uneven age group juvenile championships on the 9th October.  Help in hosting the championships will be required in various aspects of the event.  Details later.

Sympathy
The club extends sympathy to Hugh Gallagher, Cranford, (LAC), on the recent death of his father, Michael (Mickey) Gallagher, aged 90. 

Sympathy is also extended to the Devine, McGinley and Hegarty families on the tragic death of baby Ricky McGinley.

May they rest in peace.

ks, .. doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.
Denis Mc Ginley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys u16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.
A presentation to the Milford community games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford hall on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm.doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.
Denis Mc Ginley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys u16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.
A presentation to the Milford community games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford hall on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm.doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.
Denis Mc Ginley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys u16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.
A presentation to the Milford community games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford hall on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm.