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Thousands expected in Derry today for the funeral of Bishop Edward Daly

As final preparations are made in advance of today’s funeral mass for former Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly, members of the public are being advised of traffic restrictions will be in place.

Large numbers are expected to attend the service which will take place at this afternoon 3.30pm in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, including political and church leaders travelling to the city to pay their final respects to one of the city’s most iconic figures.

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Mass goers and regular users should note that the William Street Car Park will be closed to the public from now until 6pm tonight.

Alternative parking will be available to members of the public wishing to attend and drivers are advised that they can use public car parks located at Strand Road, Queen’s Quay, Victoria Market, Foyle Street and Bishop Street.

Some traffic restrictions will remain in place before and during the service to reduce congestion in and around the Cathedral area and people are asked to follow directions from stewards and the PSNI.

Drivers are also asked to be mindful of blocking entranceways and restricting access to residential areas to ensure easy access for emergency services if required.

People are advised to arrive early at the Cathedral for the mass which begins at 3.30pm due to the large numbers anticipated. Burial will take place following the service in the Cathedral grounds.

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Bishop Edward Daly absolving a dying man during the Bloody Sunday massacre.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford athletes were mostly in non-competitive mode over the past week as most are now logging longer miles in preparation for the up-coming Donegal Half Marathon and the Dublin Marathon at the end of October.

  Eight club athletes did take part in the Convoy GAA Club 5km on Tuesday evening last.  Shaun Boyce led home the Milford participants in 7th place overall in a time of 17:52.  Marty Lynch ran 18:20 with Damien McBride on 18:54.  Gerard Marley made a good return to competition with 19:25.  Michael McHugh ran a good 20:23, with Joe Gallagher on 20:32.  Gillian Marley finished 4th in the senior ladies category with 21:21.  Juvenile athlete Lauren Scott completed the Milford representation in 29:46.

Ita McGettigan

Ita McGettigan continued her recent good form as she won her age category in the Lough Macrory Sprint Triathlon in Omagh on Sunday last.

  Ita completed the overall event in 1:23:28 just 4 seconds adrift of her L/K 24/7 team mate Anne Robinson who also won her age category.  The event comprised of an 850mts swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

Peter O’Donnell

The club extend best wishes to Peter O’Donnell who will take part in a half ironman event in Dublin this weekend.  The Kilmacrennan man will compete in the ‘Focus Ireland’ fundraising event which will consist of a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike race and finish with a half marathon, - 21.1km.

Brendan Boyce

The club extend best wishes to Brendan Boyce who will compete in the Olympic 50km Race Walk on Friday 19th August at 8am Rio time, 12pm Irish time.  The race will conclude around 3:40pm Irish time.

  Mark English will start on the 1st day of the Olympic track and field programme as he goes in the 1st round heats of the men’s 800mts on Friday 12th August starting at 6:10pm Irish time.

Congratulations

The club extends congratulations to Letterkenny AC pair, - Jane McGinley and Ivan Toner who got married last Thursday.

John Kilmartin Memorial 5km

The long standing John Kilmartin Memorial 5km Road Race will take place in Milford on Friday evening 26th August starting at 7:30pm.

  The course is the popular Milford route, - i.e. starting at “Grey Rocks” and finishing at the Milford Public Service Centre.  All Welcome. 

Searches To Continue For Missing ‘Rainy Boy Sleep’ Singer Stevie Martin

Searches are expected to continue off the Donegal coast today for missing musician Stephen ‘Stevie’ Martin.

Stephen, who was better known as Rainy Boy Sleep, has been missing from his home for the past three weeks.

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Originally from Lifford, the 29 year old had gained major popularity in local music circles and was tipped to eventually become a huge star in his own right.

His car was found by Gardai close to Fanad Pier sparking a huge search by the lifeboat services and the Rescue 188 helicopter around Mulroy Bay yesterday.

Fans of the singer have been posting messages on social media praying for his safe return.

The singer supported many major acts including Cyndi Lauper and played at venues across Donegal.

He is described as being 6’ tall, of slim build, with brown coloured shaven hair and facial stubble.

Police in Northern Ireland and the Gardai are appealing for Stephen, whose family live in Derry,
or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to make contact.

'Utter madness' - Boy racers driving cars at each other in latest rural craze

Young Donegal motorists are driving at high speeds at each other on rural roads in a new craze described by gardaí as "utter madness". By Greg Harkin

The so-called 'chicken game' involves drivers in their late teens and early 20s speeding towards one another before attempting to avoid each other at the last moment.

The 'winner' of the challenge is the driver deemed to have pulled out of the manoeuvre last.

The motorists involved do not wear seat belts and sometimes carry passengers who film the events.

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Independent.ie understands a young motorist involved in one of the incidents is due before the courts later this year.

Gardaí and road safety campaigners have expressed serious concern at the dangerous craze.

"This is a very worrying development and the consequences can be horrendous," said Garry Doggett, who runs the Pro-Social Driving Course in counties Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan.

Motorists convicted of various offences in the courts are given the option of attending the four-day classroom based courses in return for reduced sentences.

"We are aware of this new so-called craze and it is just crazy. We will be addressing the consequences of what can happen on our course going forward," said Mr Doggett.

The restorative justice solution will be rolled out in Co Mayo later this year.

On the course offenders meet gardaí, ambulance staff and fire officers who have dealt with the aftermath of fatal road traffic collisions.

However, Mr Doggett says he is due to meet insurance company representatives later this month to discuss the possibility of a new course for young motorists who haven't been before the courts.

Less than 2pc of those who have been on his course in Donegal have appeared in court again.

"We get to see the people who have been before the court but I believe we need a new pre-emptive solution and one idea we have is a course that can be taken which would lead to an insurance premium discount for those who take it," he said.

"We have to be able to get to young people before they commit an offence, or worse before they kill someone or kill themselves.

"We are extremely hopeful that the insurance companies will support any initiative which can lead to safer roads for everyone."

Letterkenny-based Gda Insp Goretti Sheridan said her officers are aware of the new craze.

"We are aware of incidents where young people are involved in this so-called game of 'chicken'. There is no other way to describe it than utter madness and we would appeal to young people not to engage in this activity," she said.

Search for missing person underway in Fanad Head area

THE Sikorsky search and rescue helicopter is on its way from Sligo towards Fanad Head this afternoon to take part in a search for a missing person.

The Coast Guard were contacted by gardai earlier today (Tuesday) and a full-scale search has been launched. It is concentrating on the Fanad Head area taking advantage of low tide.

No further information is available at this stage.

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Road closed following two vehicle collision near Lettermacaward

Three people have been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital this afternoon following a crash at Cloughwally near Lettermacaward.

Three people have been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital this afternoon following a crash at Cloughwally near Lettermacaward.

A motorbike and a van have collided on the main N56 road.

The main N56 road at Cloughwally is closed and motorists are asked to divert via Doochary village on the R252 on then to Ballinacarrick and back to Lettermacaward.

A Garda spokesman said he expects the road will remain closed for the next hour or two.

There are no further details at this stage.

Huge response as surf school issue plea after three almost drown

A local surf school has received a huge response after a day that saw three people almost drown and others get in huge difficulty at Marble Hill.

A Facebook post by Lee Wood of Narosa Surf School in Dunfanaghy saw the school plead with people to stay out of the water if they do not have the experience to cope with the huge sea swell that occurred yesterday.

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"The situation today at Marble hill was a disaster and could have been very bad for the area," said Wood.

"Narosa staff rescued 3 people from near drowning and assisted many others in trouble. This has added to a tally of over 30 people in the last 7 years. A lifeboat rescued 2 swimmers in trouble. Cars blocked the stair entrance to the beach where parking is forbidden, causing an ambulance difficulty in gaining beach access."

"There was some very heated exchanges between drivers on route to the beach. This is not our normal type of post but we have to share a few thoughts from our experience in the ocean," he said.

Wood described the conditions yesterday as a "very big, an unusually large summer swell."

"Please understand this is not the day to send your kids down into the water with little experience on equipment that can get them into trouble," he continued.

Wood added that there are several factors to consider before entering the water.

1. Understand perspective; when you look at a beach from a distance with little or no surf experience the waves can be a great deal bigger when you get to the waters edge.
2. Parents must supervise their children in the water. There was a huge number of kids as young as 5 out in the water without supervision.
3. If you are not surfing or swimming at a high level you should not go out into the surf without assistance when the waves are large.
4. Cheap bodyboard/surfboard purchases and rentals from inexperienced parties is not a good idea. Please use an approved surf school and listen to their advice. Most surf schools will not rent with the large surf conditions we had today.
5. Where you see a surf school in operation in the water do not swim out into the middle of the group. Surfers in the group are learning and won’t always have good control of their boards.
6. Please take your time driving down and park respectfully. Do not try to get right to the waters edge if the cars are beginning to park along the road; a five minute walk is better than getting stuck for half an hour in a road block.

"Once the safety and understanding of the ocean is put first we can all have fun," he concluded.

More Heartache As Young Man Dies Following Lifford Crash

A young man injured in a crash on the outskirts of Lifford yesterday has died in hospital overnight.

The 34 year old, who was originally from Belfast, passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital.

He is the sixth person to die on Donegal’s roads in just over a week.

The man suffered severe injuries yesterday when his car was in collision with a lorry between Raphoe and Rossgier at Tullyrap just after 1pm.

Two people in the car were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but the man passed away overnight in the Intensive Care Unit.

A full investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched.

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Disgust as tickets for Donegal match on sale for €350 on ebay!

Tickets for the All-Ireland quarter-final between Donegal and Dublin this weekend have been put on ebay for a whopping €350!

It’s a double-header at GAA HQ on Saturday, with Tyrone and Mayo clashing first, before Donegal and Dublin go to war. The GAA expect the double-header to be a sell-out at Croke Park this weekend.

There is a huge demand for tickets from supporters in all the counties involved, with those desperate to see the games scrambling for tickets.

However, there is disgust amongst GAA supporters nationwide after two tickets for the quarter-final went on ebay for €350. The face value of the tickets are €30.

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Supporters are calling for GAA authorities to stamp out the issue of touts getting their hands on tickets – who are pricing the genuine fan out of the games.

One irate Donegal fan told Donegal Daily, “It’s just a disgrace, it’s so wrong, something has to be done to alleviate this problem in the GAA.

“Every year, you hear the same stories regarding tickets for the knockout stages of the All-Ireland series.

“Genuine fans being priced out of going to games by touts, the tickets are getting into their hands far too easily, and there only interested in making a profit of them.

“€350 is just absolutely disgraceful, it’s not on and something should be done about, when Donegal got to the All-Ireland final there were tickets going for €1,000, the GAA need to do something now!”

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Popular Irish Language Pre-School looking for new staff

One of Donegal’s most popular Irish Language Pre-School facility’s are looking to add new staff to their innovative, dynamic and hardworking team.

Management at Shining Stars Montessori and Créche LTD are seeking to recruit new staff for a host of vacant positions within the organisation.

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An exciting and rewarding career awaits you at an Irish Language pre-school setting in Letterkenny.

Vacant positions:

Naíonra Room Leader
Naíonra Assistant (maternity cover)
Preschool Leader (ECCE for Jan)
Company:

Shining Stars Montessori & Crèche LTD.
Qualifications:

Minimum requirement FETEC LEVEL 6.
Must have fluency in Irish and be confident in writing observations and planning in Irish.
Successful candidates must have the confidence to lead a room.(Naionra position only)
Hours : Monday – Friday (Varies) Minimum 25 hours per week.
Start Date: immediate start.
If you’re interested in this position then please forward your cover letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Over €1k cheque presented to Donegal SPCA Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Over a thousand euro was recently presented to Kathleen Murray from Donegal SPCA Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

Brigid O'Rourke and Julie Loughton raised €1,320 from a car boot sale.

They are pictured handing the cheque to Murray.

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Photo from Donegal SPCA Animal Rehabilitation Centre 

The organisatin's Facebook page released the following statement: "A huge Thank You to Brigid O' Rourke (right) and Julie Loughton (left) for doing a car boot sale fundraiser for us. They are pictured here handing over a cheque for €1.320 to Kathleen Murray from Donegal SPCA. Thank you so much ladies. We can do a lot of good with that money."

 

Police now looking for 4 suspects after Belleek Hotel shooting incident

By Michael McHugh

Detectives investigating a shooting incident in the Main Street area of Belleek yesterday are continuing to appeal for information. They now also believe there was an additional armed person present, after initially stating that there only had been three.

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Photo shows an armed police officer outside the Hotel Carlton after the incident (Copyright: Philip Mulligan) 

It is less than 100 metres from the Donegal border at Cloghore, Ballyshannon.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said: “It is now believed that four armed and masked men arrived at a hotel on Main Street shortly before 9.30am and threatened staff. They fired one shot into the van of a contractor working there before making off. There was no one in the van at the time and no one sustained any injuries during the incident. The men are all described as wearing dark coloured overalls with white stripes and balaclavas.

“The men made off in a black coloured Ford Escort car in the direction of the border. A car matching the description was discovered on fire a short time later in the Derrynacross Road area of Garrison where it is believed that the 4 males then left in a second unknown vehicle. Local officers are continuing to work closely with An Garda Siochana to trace their movements.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the Main Street area of Belleek this morning or anyone who may have witnessed the men abandoning the Ford Escort car in the Derrynacross Road area of Garrison to contact detectives at Enniskillen on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference number 272 02/08/16. Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving details, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The PSNI say they have also been in contact with Gardai in Donegal.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC Excel in D. McDaid 15km

Milford Ac had a smaller than usual representation in last Sunday’s Danny McDaid 15km in Letterkenny, but what lacked in quantity was more than made up for in quality.

  Ten of the thirteen athletes taking par set pb’s for the distance, indeed only for a slight marshalling error beyond the halfway (which added an extra 250mts approx) the potential for faster times by all could/should have been realised.  That said, it was the performances, the commitment and the strong running in the closing stages that was exemplary from the Milford contingent.

  Anthony Doherty had never raced beyond 10km in his two years since taking up running, but the Ballyare man made a smooth transition to the longer stuff which saw him run very strong in the closing stages, to run a great 57:03, average of 3.48/km and finish 3rd overall in the men’s o/40 category.

  Shaun Boyce doubted if he could beat his time of last year (59:38) but even on the longer course he surpassed his expectation, running a very strong 58:14.  Paul Russell was running beside Shaun on the outward journey of the race, but the runner’s worst fear was realised when his shoe lace opened, the only option was to stop and re-tie.  The loss of ground and the effort to make up lost time tired him for the inward journey where he finished just outside his time of last year with 59:24.

  Partially sighted athlete, Tony Ward from Monaghan is again holidaying in the area, and with the guiding help of Marty Lynch made a great guest appearance in the Black/Red singlet, running a fantastic 63:35 in the men’s o/50 category.    Michael McHugh has logged hundreds of miles on the bike in recent weeks in preparation for the 400km Mizen to Milford Cycle.  The Cranford man was anxious to get back on the road on two legs as opposed to two wheels, and proved he has lost no ground in the running discipline, - finishing in 63:39 avg 4:14/km.

  James Whoriskey took 2minutes off his time for last year running a great 65:03.  Eoin Sheehy also ran very strongly throughout, averaging 4:28/km to finish in a pb of 67:09.  Ita McGettigan was the club’s 1st female finisher, the Ramelton based teacher has improved greatly over the summer, due to her increased involvement in triathlon.  She also took 3 minutes off last years’ time, recording 71:06, winning the ladies o/45 category.  She also took in the ‘Madge Carr Swim’ in Cranford on Saturday evening.

  Nat Doherty started with the couch group last year and has made great progress at the longer distances.  The Kilmacrennan man running a comfortable 71:18 pb.  Kenneth Moore also has a penchant for the longer distance, as he followed up his recent 1:41 half marathon with a pb of 71:33 on Sunday.

  Teresa Winston ran her best race since starting with the couch group last year, - the Letterkenny based teacher ran strongly throughout and finished in style pulling away from team mate and training partner, Edel Bradley over the last 200mts to run a great pb of 76:59.

Edel had a hectic week as she ran a pb for 10km the previous Sunday, got engaged to fellow runner David Connors, and also set a pb on Sunday running 77:10.  Aine Whoriskey also improved greatly on last year, and was delighted to get under the 80mins mark running a pb of 79:20, averaging 5:17 per km.

  In 2weeks time most of the above group and many others from the club will take part in the Donegal Half Marathon on most of the same course as Sunday.  A loop of the town will precede Sunday’s race route, albeit the New Mills loop will be run the opposite way.

Up Coming Events

On Thursday evening 4th August the Creeslough 5km will take place at 7:30pm.  The Riverine 10km will take place in Lifford on Sunday 7th August starting at 10am.  The Ballyare 10km will take place in Ballyare on Friday 12th August starting at 7:30pm.

  The John Kilmartin Memorial 5km will take place in Milford on Friday 26th August starting at 7:30pm.  The Waterside Half Marathon will take place in Derry on Sunday 4th September, starting at Ebrington Square at 10am.

Sympathy
The club extend sympathy to the family of Fr. Paul Gallagher, Falcarragh, following his premature death in the Donegal Hospice earlier in the week.  Paul started running with Cranford AC as a juvenile athlete in the mid\late 1970's. He was a talented and tough competitor particularly in cross country and on the roads. He competed successfully in schools\clubs cross country at Ulster and National level.  He represented the County in the National Community Games in Mosney in the u\17 boy’s marathon (6km) in 1978, having won the county event earlier that summer in Letterkenny.  He went to the IT (then RTC), Letterkenny, where he was a member of the College team who won the competitive Interfirms team event in 1983, running under 16mins for the 3.2mile distance.  He later went on to be a very good sprints coach.

Paul had a late Vocation to the Priesthood (ordained in 2004), where he ministered devoutly with care and compassion.  He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and at 54 years old was to lose the ultimate battle on the 1st day of August. 

In his sporting life, his ministry and in his suffering, he “fought the good fight and ran the race to the finish”.  May he rest in peace.

rathon in 1978, having won the County event earlier that Summer in Letterkenny. He went to IT (then RTC), Letterkenny, where he was lead member of the college team who won the competitive inter firms team event in 1983, running under 16 mins for the 3.2 mile distance. He later went on to be a very good sprints coach.
He had a late vocation to the priesthood, where he ministered devoutly with care and compassion. He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and at 53 years old was to lose the ultimate battle on the 1st day of August.
In his sporting life, his ministry and in his suffering, he "fought the good fight and ran the race to the finish".
May he rest in peace.rathon in 1978, having won the County event earlier that Summer in Letterkenny. He went to IT (then RTC), Letterkenny, where he was lead member of the college team who won the competitive inter firms team event in 1983, running under 16 mins for the 3.2 mile distance. He later went on to be a very good sprints coach.
He had a late vocation to the priesthood, where he ministered devoutly with care and compassion. He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and at 53 years old was to lose the ultimate battle on the 1st day of August.
In his sporting life, his ministry and in his suffering, he "fought the good fight and ran the race to the finish".
May he rest in peace.

Major road works for two weeks on one of Donegal's busiest roads

Major road works have begun on one of Donegal's busiest routes - and motorists are being advised that there could be considerable delays.

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Road resurfacing and strengthening works are taking place on the N56 from the Pramerica Roundabout up towards the Mountain Top.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland has provided €215,000 for the works.

This is the main Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan Road, and it carries large volumes of traffic.

To minimise the disruption to traffic the roads works will take place from 6.00 pm until 6.00 am.

Fleets of lorries and road repair equipment arrived in the Knocknamona/Carnamuggagh area this evening to begin the job.

With just one lane in operation at a time over stretches running several hundred metres, long-tail backs will occur.

The badly needed works were sanctioned earlier this year.

The works are scheduled to take two weeks to complete.

Meanwhile, major road works are also set to begin shortly on the inbound lanes of the dual carriageway between Manorcunningham and Letterkenny.