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Ray Community Group Notes

PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS JUDGING

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the National  Pride Of Place award and we are having the judges visit our Centre on Friday 7th July between 10am-12noon and we would like everyone from the community and surrounding areas  that avail of our centre including Men, Women & Children on the move, Social Dancing, Walking group,St. Joseph national School Summer camp, Outdoor Preschool Staff & Children, Mulroy Hoops, Left For Love Arts & Crafts, Sarah Lennon School Of Irish Dancing, all exercise classes participants and all others to join us at Ray Community Centre  to come along and meet the judges and have a cuppa and some homemade scones on the day.

RAY MASS ROCK

There was a great crowd at last Thursday at our annual mass and thanks to Fr. Collum. Special thanks to Dessie and the FAS team that have the area looking well and thanks to the Ray committee who provided the refreshments at the centre afterwards.

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DONEGAL RALLY WINNERS

Well done to Manus Kelly & Donall Barrett on winning the Donegal Rally for the second time. Donall Barrett is the son of Jakie & Mary Barrett from Drumacloughan Milford .

RAY WALKING GROUP

Ray Walking Group continue to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in different locations. All enquiries contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walk has recommenced and meets at Ray Community Centre at 10am .All enquiries contact Mary Barrett 9151440

 SARAH LENNON SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCING 

Dancing classes are taking a break for the Summer and will return again in September.Sarah's classes continues in Lettetkenny .

TAKE YOUR PICK 

Winners of €20 each  last Sunday 25th June were Gerard Mc Fadden won twice and John Hull .The new jackpot for next Sunday 2nd July is €300

Milford GAA Draw Winners

Draw Winners

1st. John Duffy, Termon, €2,000.
2nd. Margaret Sheridan, Croghan, Ramelton, 500 ltrs Oil.
3rd. Paddy Tinney, Tullygay, New Mills. €100 voucher Lennon Lodge.
4th. Gareth Crossan, Kerrykeel. €100 voucher D.S.C. Gym.
5th. Brian Boyce, St Marys Tee, Ramelton. 500 Lts Oil.
6th. Daithi Casey, Milford. €100 voucher Paul Fisher Gym.
7th. Orla McCafferty, Moyle Rd, Milford. €100 voucher Mc Cormicks chemist.
8th. Rodney Lynch & Charlotte Rodgers, Bonnar engineering, Letterkenny. €100 voucher Bodyworks Gym.
9th. Zoe Ferry, Milford. €100 voucher McGettigans Butchers.
10th. Oisin Bradley, Red Ridge, Milford. €500.

Many Thanks to all our winners, sponsors and all who bought and sold tickets

FURY AS ACCESS SHUT AT ICONIC LANDMARK – FANAD’S GREAT ARCH

by Donegal Daily

The closure of access to the public at one of Fanad’s renowned attractions, the Pollet Great Arch earlier this week, has angered the local community who say there has been a right of way in place for over one hundred and fifty years.

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This week visitors arriving at the parking space before going through the turnstile to the Arch have been confronted with ‘private property’ and ‘no parking signs’ along with traffic cones bearing the legend ‘Donegal County Council’.

The local community said that closure of the access route is a huge step backwards for the people of Fanad. And they say that the actions taken are sending out all the wrong signals that visitors are no longer welcome with the turnstile filled with rubble staring them in the face at this remote place of great natural beauty overlooking Lough Swilly.

The towering 150 feet tall Great Arch is a famed landmark on Lough Swilly about two miles from the Lighthouse which has been attracting large numbers of visitors since it opened to the public a year ago. The Pollet Arch has always been a key attraction with unhindered access providing visitors with a close-up experience with the power of the Ocean having carved out the solid rock into this amazing arch over millions of years.

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However locals say the original signpost at the junction to the Arch which was put there by Donegal County Council in the nineteen fifties rusted away and was supposed to have been replaced over ten years ago. But that never happened and retired Council personnel have told us that new signposts were made but never put in place.

Adding to the confusion for visitors is that further down the main road a pristine sign highlights the Arch but fails to indicate how to get there since it is at a different junction.

As it has emerged that the appeal of the Lighthouse has been given added value because of the challenge of the walk to the Great Arch as an integral part of visitor’s experience.

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Locals have photographed the scene of the dispute and say that a blocked turnstile, traffic cones with council markings, and no trespass notices, and nowhere to park on this no-through road is quite ridiculous and the Council has been urged to reinstate ‘the Right of Way as a matter of priority.

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Cllr. Ian McGarvey who is seeking a meeting with officials of Donegal County Council has described the closure of the access as ‘another step in the continuing erosion of public rights in Donegal.

McGarvey who has already been involved in right of way disputes in Ramelton, Aghadachor in Carrigart, Drumnacraig beach and the Seven Arches in Fanad says that unless Donegal County Council takes appropriate action, visiting the Pollet Arch will be history as officialdom sits on its hands and takes no action.”

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The Pollet Great Arch is seen as one of Fanad’s gems on the Wild Atlantic Way and there is dismay and disbelief at the latest turn of events since Fanad needs full access for visitors on all rights of access to these landmarks in trying to build a tourism base as part of developing the tourism profile of the peninsula.

The owners of the property involved are believed to reside in the USA. However the community says they’ve very little knowledge of the reasons for blocking the entrance.

However one source involved in promoting the Fanad walking routes said they were informed four years ago that there was an acceptance that there was a right of way in existence.

Meanwhile a spokesperson for the famed Fanad Coastal Walk told the Tirconaill Tribune that the fundraising event has bypassed the Great Arch in recent years because of ‘certain difficulties in this area’.

The walk will go ahead on an alternative route on Saturday July 1st.

Angry residents and tourism providers have called for the closure of this access to be reopened immediately amid fears that it will have lasting implications for Fanad’s fragile business base.

As visitors including an Italian group were turned away from the access route, the local community has expressed their anger and dismay with one senior source saying: “Fanad tourism is taking one step forward and two steps back.”

Local resident, Frank Coll and his daughter Katherine told the Tribune that the Great Arch has regularly been described as ‘Donegal’s Giant’s Causeway’. They are among those in the community that believes the denial of access will to untold damage to the good name of Fanad and have called for the local politicians to address the crisis urgently.

The Coll family told the Tirconaill Tribune the community was left in disbelief when they discovered that the access had been shut off earlier this week.

The Great Pollet Arch is one of Fanad’s most important landmarks for tourism and his hugely popular with walkers along the coast.

The Arch is a reminder of the power of the ocean as it carves its way through solid rock. Experts say that One day, the roof of this arch will collapse into the sea to leave two giant sea stacks for future generations to ponder their presence.

The site is posted heavily on Facebook and on Tripadvisor and is a real hidden gem of the rugged Fanad coastline. It is located on an unspoilt stretch of the Swilly and has a sparkling pebble beach.

The landmark is much photographed and a quick Internet search will bring up hundreds of images, some photographed during night time and with the Northern Lights as a background.

DMRT successfully rescue walkers on Muckish

SARDA IN mountain search dog Cody, working alongside the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT), played a vital role in finding a Scottish couple lost on Muckish Mountain in Donegal.

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On Wednesday afternoon (21st June), Gardai tasked the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) after receiving a call for help from the Scottish couple who said they were crag fast and disorientated in thick mist.

They said they had been walking on Muckish mountain but had become lost when the mist descended. Garret Wilson, Team leader of the DMRT and SARDA IN dog handler, was eventually able to contact the couple by phone and managed to determine roughly where they were. When they got to the general area he sent Mountain search dog Cody out into the mist to search for them.

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Cody eventually, returned and barked to indicate that he had made a find.

Cody then led Garret and his colleague up into a deep ravine, following the scent plume from the couple, straight to them. Happily both were safe and well but had become stuck on ledges about 30 feet apart from each other.

They were eventually assisted down by the DMRT using safety ropes and returned to their car none the worse for wear.

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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 25th 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

*Division 1*
CLG BnaG v St Eunans
Moyle Park, Saturday @ 6.30

Our Seniors welcome St Eunans to Moyle Park this Saturday for a Division 1 clash. The Letterkenny side won by 2 points in O’Donnell Park earlier in the season and Dannys men will be looking to avenge that result on home soil come Saturday. The throw in times are earlier than normal with the Reserves at 5pm followed by the Seniors 6.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.

*Topaz Cash for Clubs*

The Club is registered with the Topaz Cash for Clubs competition with Tobins petrol station in Letterkenny. Simply mention Milford GAA after you fill up in Tobins to get tokens for the club. We would appreciate if as many Club members as possible could help us by mentioning the Club when they fill up in Tobins!

*Reserves*

CLG BnaG 4-18 Bundoran 1-8

The Reserves put in a strong team performance to defeat Bundoran last night. Na Galloglaigh lead from their first score to the finish and were always in control with 8 different players getting on the scoresheet. It was the younger members of the team that did the bulk of scoring through Martin Doyle (2-3), Ryan McMahon (0-3) and Matthew Stewart (1-0) scoring his first goal for the team. There is no game this weekend, next up is home to St. Eunans on Saturday 24th. Team: Sean Gallagher, Kieran Sheridan, Barry McNulty, Brandon Toye, Ryan Mcmahon (0-3), Jonny Logue, Cormac Friel, Sean Black, Caolan Bolton (0-1), Anthony Fisher, Enda McHugh (0-3), Dean Burgess (0-2), Martin Doyle (2-3), James Doyle, Gavin Grier (1-5). Subs: Ryan Ferry and Tony McGettigan for McMahon and Toye (35m), Andreas Afxentiou and Matthew Stewart (1-0) for Grier and M. Doyle (45m), Kieran Mc Laughlin (0-1) and Emmet Conaghan for McHugh and Sheridan (50m).

Ray Community Group Notes

RAY COMMUNITY CENTRE 

086 4519656/ 9158361. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. and our facebook page for all details of upcoming events

CHILDREN ON THE MOVE

Last Monday 12th June was the last day of the 10 week programme for Children on the move and all children were retested on their fitness tests from week 1.Results will be available soon. Thanks to Donegal Sports Partnership for sponsoring Children on the move . We will return again in September starting a new programme. 

RAY MASS ROCK ANNUAL MASS

Annual mass at Ray mass rock will be on Thursday 22nd June at 7pm. Refreshments after in Ray Community Centre for all.

PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS JUDGING

We are delighted to be shortlisted for Pride Of Place award and we are having the judges visit our Centre on Friday 7th July in the morning and we would like all community members and anyone who avails of our facilities at Ray Community Centre to come along and meet the judges and have a cuppa and some homemade scones.

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NATIONAL BIKE WEEK

Sunday 18th June at 2pm Ray will host a family day during National bike week. Everyone young and old get on your bike and meet at the centre. A short cycle will be organised for children and a longer cycle for the pro cyclists. Then afterwards a BBQ will be at the pitch for all that takes part to enjoy

 

RAY WALKING GROUP

Ray Walking Group continue to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in different locations. All enquiries contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walk has recommenced and meets at Ray Community Centre at 10am .All enquiries contact Mary Barrett 9151440

SARAH LENNON SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCING 

Dancing classes are taking a break for the Summer and will return again in September. Sarah will be continuing classes in Letterkenny. contact Sarah on 087 6097457.

ANNUAL STREET FEAST

An enjoyable day was had  last Sunday 11th June at centre by local families in the community. Thanks to all who helped out on the day.

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TAKE YOUR PICK 

Winners of €20 each  last Sunday11th June were Bridie Boyle , John T Sheridan and Paul Sweeney..The new jackpot for next Sunday 18th June is €250 

Donegal's favourite 'Football Special' ice cream goes on sale today - and here's a list of stockists

The people of Donegal are in for a taste of their childhood today as four nostalgic ice-cream flavours go on sale.

McDaid’s, manufacturers of popular mixed fruit soft drink Football Special, have launched a new ice cream range with flavours including Smooth Banana, Cream Soda and Pineapple.

The new range has been produced by Rockets in Letterkenny and was launched there today just in time for the summer.

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If you want a taste of this new treat, visit one of twelve stockists:

Sweeney’s Ballyraine
Kelly’s Mountain Top
Spar Glencar
Christopher Gallaghers Lifford
Mickey Joes Country Store Carrigart
Whoriskeys Ramelton
Kernans Euro Spar Ramelton
Eunan Gormleys Butchers Ramelton
Hays Milford
Rockets ice cream Parlour Letterkenny S.C
Lafferty’s Vivo Creeslough
Boyce’s Centra Carrigart
McBrides Downings

Let’s ‘rally’ together for an incredible weekend

With Rally fever well and truly underway in the county, Donegal Joint Policing Committee has teamed up with the Donegal International Rally and Donegal County Council to launch a new initiative urging visitors and locals to ‘rally together’ for an incredible weekend.

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“This initiative is all about welcoming rally enthusiasts to Donegal and making sure that the rally can be enjoyed by spectators and locals in a safe and respectful way” says Cllr Gerry McMonagle Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee.

“This rally is unique to Donegal and is the only 3 day tarmac rally in Ireland and the UK. The rally organisers do a great job year in year out organising this top class event and we in the Joint Policing Committee and Donegal County Council want to lend our support to them by helping to share a few simple messages so that the rally can be thoroughly enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.”

This initiative is about asking spectators to be responsible about their driving, their drinking and their rubbish.

Drive responsibly

Donegal Road Safety Working Group has been to the fore in promoting the Keep the Race in it’s Place road safety message and will be out in full force over the rally weekend. Drivers are being asked to slow down and to drive with extra care and attention and never ever drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Large numbers of visitors are expected and traffic will be heavy so motorists are being asked to leave more time for their journeys and to drive with extra care. Gardaí have confirmed that there will be an increased number of Gardaí on duty over the weekend and that bad driving behaviour will not be tolerated in any way.

Drink responsibly

This initiative is also about highlighting the importance of drinking responsibly. While the vast majority of rally spectators will be responsible when they are drinking, a small number will not. All rally spectators who are planning to drink are being asked to know their limits and to plan ahead.

Past experience shows that the majority of incidences of anti-social behaviour during the rally weekend are alcohol related. Those who plan to have a drink, are being asked to drink responsibly and to be respectful of those around them especially those living in the area. This is to ensure a safe and respectful environment for visitors and locals alike.

Take your rubbish home

This year’s rally will be taking place in some of the most outstanding scenic areas in the county and those following the rally are being asked to be mindful of leaving litter behind. It won’t be possible to have bins available in all areas so spectators are being asked to simply take their rubbish home.

Donegal County Councils Litter Management Team will be out and about over the weekend of the rally and if you are caught dropping litter or leaving rubbish behind you could face a substantial on the spot fine of €150.

Cllr. McMonagle added “this initiative is about making sure that the Donegal International Rally is an event to be enjoyed by everyone. We want our visitors to have a positive and memorable experience of their trip to Donegal while at the same time ensuring a safe environment for both visitors and locals alike.”

Rathmullan Notes

Upcoming Activities, Events and News for Rathmullan

RATHMULLAN BABIES' PARTY ON FATHER’S DAY

Rathmullan & District Resource Centre are holding a ‘Welcome to the World’ party for all our special little citizens, at the RDRC on Sunday June 18 (Father’s Day) from1pm.

Each special baby will receive a personalised gift at our tea party – there’s also a little

thank you gift for mums and dads, for boosting the population.

ALL PARENTS: Please contact the RDRC by Friday June 9 with your email address/tphone number, so we can send out your invitation. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., on 9158724 or bt PM on Facebook.

Please note that we'll hold a celebration for 2017 babies at the end of the year.

 

RATHMULLAN 5K RUN/WALK – takes place on Friday July 14.

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FREE RATHMULLAN WALKING TOUR GUIDES NOW AVAILABLE AT LOCAL BUSINESSES

A colourful guide outlining a walk which explores Rathmullan’s history surrounded by stunning scenery.

It also details our rich history of the Abbey and The Flight of the Earls, as well as giving details of sea angling, sailing, golf and guided walking tours.

 

RATHMULLAN FOROIGE YOUTH CLUB

Rathmullan Youth Club will start in September. The club will have two groups – 10 – 12 years, and 13 – 18 years, and will meet on Friday evenings in the RDRC.

If your kids want to join, or you can help us run the club by volunteering on a rota basis, just give the RDRC a call on 9158724 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

CLASSES


MINDFUL YOGA & MEDITATION – 10.00am – 11.30am at the RDRC. For more information, please contact Madeline Callaghan on 086 8121043.

We welcome new faces so please come along.

RATHMULLAN WALKING GROUP – EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 12.30PM

Rathmullan Walking Group meets at the RDRC every Wednesday at 12:30pm. This is part of the Get Ireland Walking initiative. The walking group is facilitated by Maria McGill. Maria provides tips and advice to the group which is aimed at walkers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. It’s great fun, very sociable, and there’s a welcome cuppa at the end.

RATHMULLAN CELTIC KIDS SOCCER COACHING – EVERY WEDNESDAY 5.45PM – 6.45PM
Rathmullan Celtic kids’ soccer coaching sessions are now on every Wednesday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm at the Flagpole Field. Make sure the kids bring plenty of warm clothes, and a drink.
Any questions call Mark Curran on 086 873 2749
BABY & TODDLER GROUP – THURSDAY’S 10.30AM – 12.30PM IN RDRC

With so many new babies being born in Rathmullan last year and since 2017 started, we’re looking forward to meeting them all at our weekly Baby & Toddler Group which plays every Thursday at the RDRC from 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun – parents, grandparents, child minders.

Cost is €3.00 per family. Come along for a play and some fun, a healthy snack, and a cuppa for the adults Looking for lots of cute babies and active toddlers (and cute and active adults too) to join in the fun

RATHMULLAN SAILING & WATERSPORTS SCHOOLis now taking bookings for Summer Courses 2017. Visit www.rathmullansailing.com for more details.

TO BOOK: Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 086 812 3019/074 91 58724

RATHMULLAN BEACH WHEELCHAIR

The beach wheelchair is free and available for anyone to avail of. Phone 086 812 3019 to get access to the chair.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

FOROIGE –YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAMME - MONDAYS FROM 6-7pm AT RDRC

The Big Brother Big Sister Youth Mentoring Programme is seeking male and female adult volunteers who can make a real difference by sharing 1 – 2 hours a week with a young person. For more information contact us here at the RDRC or Catriona on 086 8213756 or 086 0484459. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.foroige.ie/bbbs

Foroige – ‘empowering youth, enriching communities’.

Rathmullan Notes

by Katrina Tasker, Tanya Gavaghan, Tara Sweeney

Upcoming Activities, Events and News for Rathmullan

ALIVE IN THE VILLAGE FROM FRIDAY 2 – SUNDAY 4 JUNE

A great weekend of entertainment and activities for all ages, is planned in Rathmullan this weekend, to coincide with the Loch Swilly Sea Angling Association’s Fishing Festival.

From the Blessing of the Boats with Colmcille Gospel Choir at 8pm on Friday night to live music in The Beachcomber, White Harte, Big Paddy’s An Bonnan Bui and Rathmullan House to face painting, putting and fishing competitions and a football blitz for the kids, there’s something for everyone.

Ramelton Country market will be visiting the seaside town on the Saturday and Sunday, and the White Harte Dinghy Regatta will also take place on the Sunday. There’s also a Historic Walking Tour of the town on the Saturday. A weekend not to be missed.

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FREE RATHMULLAN WALKING TOUR GUIDES NOW AVAILABLE AT LOCAL BUSINESSES

A colourful guide outlining a walk which explores Rathmullan’s history surrounded by stunning scenery.

It also details our rich history of the Abbey and The Flight of the Earls, as well as giving details of sea angling, sailing, golf and guided walking tours.

RATHMULLAN FOROIGE YOUTH CLUB

Rathmullan Youth Club will start in September. The club will have two groups – 10 – 12 years, and 13 – 18 years, and will meet on Friday evenings in the RDRC.

All registration forms for kids plus adult volunteer forms/vetting forms, to be returned to the RDRC by Tue June 5.

If your kids want to join, or you can help us run the club by volunteering on a rota basis, just give the RDRC a call on 9158724 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CLASSES

MINDFUL YOGA & MEDITATION – 10.00am – 11.30am at the RDRC. For more information, please contact Madeline Callaghan on 086 8121043.

We welcome new faces so please come along.

RATHMULLAN WALKING GROUP – EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 12.30PM

Rathmullan Walking Group meets at the RDRC every Wednesday at 12:30pm. This is part of the Get Ireland Walking initiative. The walking group is facilitated by Maria McGill. Maria provides tips and advice to the group which is aimed at walkers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. It’s great fun, very sociable, and there’s a welcome cuppa at the end.

RATHMULLAN CELTIC KIDS SOCCER COACHING – EVERY WEDNESDAY 5.45PM – 6.45PM
Rathmullan Celtic kids’ soccer coaching sessions are now on every Wednesday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm at the Flagpole Field. Make sure the kids bring plenty of warm clothes, and a drink.

Any questions call Mark Curran on 086 873 2749

BABY & TODDLER GROUP – THURSDAY’S 10.30AM – 12.30PM IN RDRC

With so many new babies being born in Rathmullan last year and since 2017 started, we’re looking forward to meeting them all at our weekly Baby & Toddler Group which plays every Thursday at the RDRC from 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to join in the fun – parents, grandparents, child minders.

Cost is €3.00 per family. Come along for a play and some fun, a healthy snack, and a cuppa for the adults Looking for lots of cute babies and active toddlers (and cute and active adults too) to join in the fun 

RATHMULLAN SAILING & WATERSPORTS SCHOOLis now taking bookings for Summer Courses 2017. Visit www.rathmullansailing.com for more details.

TO BOOK: Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 086 812 3019/074 91 58724

RATHMULLAN BEACH WHEELCHAIR

The beach wheelchair is free and available for anyone to avail of.  Phone 086 812 3019 to get access to the chair.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

FOROIGE –YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAMME - MONDAYS FROM 6-7pm AT RDRC

The Big Brother Big Sister Youth Mentoring Programme is seeking male and female adult volunteers who can make a real difference by sharing 1 – 2 hours a week with a young person.  For more information contact us here at the RDRC or Catriona on 086 8213756 or 086 0484459.  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.foroige.ie/bbbs 

Foroige – ‘empowering youth, enriching communities’.

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 Minors*
Hard luck to Shaun Paul Barrett and his Minor team who were defeated by Antrim in the Ulster Championship after extra time at the weekend. Hard luck also to squad members Ronan Docherty, Ryan McMahon and Conor McHugh as well as backroom members of the Club Conall McFadden, Darran Nash and Luke Barrett.

*Division 1*

Kilcar v CLG BnaG 
Towney, Sunday @ 3pm

Good Luck to our Senior and Reserve sides who travel to Towney at the weekend to play Kilcar. Throw in on Sunday for the Seniors is at 3pm with the Reserves at 1.30pm.

*Reserves*

Naomh Conaill 3-15 CLG BnaG 2-12

Our Reserves made the trip to Glenties on Friday night to face Naomh Conaill but it was the home side who ran out 6 point winners in the end. The 1st half was an even affair with very little between the sides. Na Galloglaigh did enjoy some good periods of play but were guilty of taking the wrong option at times with their shots at goal. Naomh Conaill were a bit more economical with their shot selection and their goal midway through the first half was enough to give them a 1 point lead at half time with Na Galloglaigh scores coming from Kane Barrett (3), Martin Doyle (3) and Anthony Fisher (1). Andreas Afxentiou did have a goal chance just before half time but the Naomh Conaill keeper made a good one on one save. HT 1-5 to 0-7. The 1st half performance gave Na Gallogaigh confidence going into the 2nd half but it was the Glenties men who upped their performance. Their strength around the middle third and direct running at the defence was causing trouble for the visitors. They scored the first 4 points of the half and to open a comfortable lead. Na Galloglaigh did respond when Pauric Curley’s run through the heart of the Naomh Conaill defence resulted in a goal. But Naomh Conaill then got their 2nd goal of game soon after to stretch their lead again. There were 5 points between the sides with 5 minutes remaining and Na Galloglaigh did stage a mini comeback with Barrett & Doyle adding to their tallies to reduce deficit to 3 points entering injury time. Na Galloglaigh won a 45’ which was dropped into the square as they searched for an equaliser but the ball was won by a Naomh Conaill defender and they worked the ball the length of field resulting in their 3rd goal of the game to finish the game as a contest. Team: Caolan Bolton, Tony McGettigan, Paul Grier, Brandon Toye, Kieran Sheridan, Gavin Grier, Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Anthony Fisher (0-1), Patrick Ferry, Kane Barrett (0-6), Ryan Ferry, Martin Doyle (1-5), Andreas Afxentiou, James Doyle. Subs: Barry McNulty & Pauric Curley for McGettigan & P. Ferry (h/t), Dylan Hegarty for R. Ferry (45m), Paddy Mc Carron for Afxentiou (52m), James Mc Callum, Matthew Stewart.

*U14 Girls*

Our U14 girls played their final home game of their league campaign against Gweedore on Sunday evening. Going into the game the teams were in joint second place – level on points. The girls displayed some great skill against a good Gweedore team to run out as eventual winners on a scoreline of 5-9 to 5-4. There were some great individual performances – Anna McFadden and Aleah Deery scored 2 goals each with the other coming from the ever reliable Kelsey McAteer. The quick and accurate movement of the ball by Anna Russell, Danielle Kerr and Aisling McCormack ensured that the scoring opportunities were set up and taken. Caitlin McGlynn, Kirsty Carr and Leah McCleary were very tenacious in their tackling, turning over the ball on numerous occasions, Katelyn Hosford was very dangerous on the attack and she scored a great individual point, Aisling Patton Gallagher was steady in goals and Mia Ferry, Lauren McBride, Celine Callaghan and Orla McCleary were also instrumental in this victory but it was the second half performance of the very steady full back line of Leah Afxentiou, Aine Docherty and Katie Mills who deserve a special mention, they were playing against a stiff breeze and still managed to close down the attacking forwards from Gweedore on most occasions. The next match is away to Glenswilly on Saturday (27th May) at 11am with their final match of the league campaign on Tuesday June 5th away to Glenfin at 6pm. After the game, Aileen Afxentiou presented a new set of jerseys, kindly sponsored by the Coffee Factory in Letterkenny, to be used by the U14 girls and boys. The Club wishes to express it’s gratitude to the Afxentiou family for their generosity and asks all members to support our sponsors whenever possible.

*U14 Boys*

Our U14s played their first game of the season at home to St Eunans last Thursday in which they were very unfortunate to get beat by a very good St Eunans team. With a point between the teams going into the last few minutes Na Galloglaigh had a number of chances to win the game but luck wasn't with them on the night. It was a great team effort by everyone with young Odhran Doherty outstanding and Finnian Coll causing lots of bother when brought on. The Club would like to thank the Coffee Factory for their generous sponsorship of new jerseys for the team.

MULROY WOODS EARNS ACCOLADE AS A ‘GREAT PLACE TO STAY AND EAT’

Mulroy Woods Hotel Milford has been awarded another incredible accolade – the Hotel is now listed in “Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay and Eat in Ireland”. Written by Siobhán Barrett-Doherty

Lucinda O’Sullivan is Ireland’s most widely read food and hospitality critic and through her ‘Little Black Book’ she shares her unprecedented knowledge of the Irish Tourism and Food Industry.

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Mulroy Woods Management Team: Shaun Boyle, Darren Mc Cann, Kasia Mastyna, Patricia Kelly (Owner), Donagh Mc Closkey, Siobhán Barrett-Doherty, Lee Vambeck

Lucinda is totally unsponsored by any organisation or body, she is free to include whom she feels she can personally recommend.

Owners Marty & Patricia Kelly are absolutely delighted, “We are totally overwhelmed to be in receipt of the Lucinda O’Sullivan recommendation. It’s more of an honour as the Hotel is only two years in business, we are a highly committed and invested team and are proud to say that we are going from strength to strength.

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“This is a very prestigious Little Black Book to be part of and it is testimony to the continued efforts of our hard working team. Inspectors came to the Hotel, they stayed, ate and drank and we were completely unaware of their presence.

“We had no idea until we were contacted by Lucinda O’Sullivan to advise us that we were recommended as one of only 4 Hotels in Donegal that is great “to stay and eat”.

Lucinda O’Sullivan has appeared on RTE’s The Restaurant as Guest Critic and is a frequent contributor on RTE’s most popular radio show Today with Pat Kenny. Her Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay & Eat is the hottest guide to Irish accommodation encompassing and unravelling the real Ireland of today which is funky, quirky, fun and gloriously romantic on the Wild Atlantic Way! She has an unerring feel for sourcing the little place that might be just that little bit different.

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“Mulroy Woods is passionate about ensuring a warm and inviting memorable experience for all our guests and our renovation and refurbishment projects throughout the last 2 years are testament to our continued efforts.

“Enhancements include the addition of 12 superior guest bedrooms, refurbishment of main Reception area, The Lounge, Harper’s Restaurant, The Mulroy Banqueting Suite and the Honeymoon Suite. There are also plans in the pipeline in the near future which will further enhance our product offerings.

“The Little Black Book is known as a godsend for travellers, they know and trust Lucinda and have followed in her footsteps for years. This will be a massive boost for business with very exciting times ahead for the Hotel.”

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Elderly tourist (70s) dies in car collision with truck

by Catherine Devine

An elderly tourist has died after a car collision with a truck in Co Donegal.

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The man (70s), who is believed to be an American tourist, was seriously injured in the car collision on Monday afternoon.

The accident, between a hire car and a truck, occurred on the N15 close to the Ballintra/Rossnowlagh Crossroads.

The man was rushed to Sligo General Hospital where he died last night.

The driver of the truck was unhurt but treated for shock at the scene.

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

Animals In Need Donegal needs urgent help to meet cost of rescue dog’s operation

Animals In Need Donegal’s volunteers carry out Trojan work in the county, rescuing and rehoming hundreds of animals.

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Every now and then, an animal comes to the charity in need of specialist care. And despite the difficulties that this brings, the volunteers rise to the challenge of raising the extra funds and committing to the high level of care required.

One such animal is Eve, a beautiful rescue collie currently in the care of the charity.

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Animals in Need Donegal issued the following statement on Eve’s condition and on how you can help:

Eve Operation Appeal

Animals In Need Donegal (AIN) are launching an appeal for help towards the veterinary treatment of a sweet little deaf Collie dog who we rescued from Letterkenny Pound on Christmas Eve.

The dog's fosterer named her Eve and noticed that she had a pronounced limp when she arrived, which a veterinary examination revealed was due to a fractured hip, believed to have been caused by an injury that happened some months before and had been left untreated.

On top of this, Eve is deaf.

The vet performed a very tricky, intricate operation on her leg and after a lengthy recovery period at the vets, she is finally back at her foster home, where she is getting five-star treatment and lots of TLC.

Eve has a long road to recovery and has suffered greatly, yet the veterinary staff said that no matter how many times they had to dress her wound or inject her she never once snapped or growled at them.

Her surgery and follow-up treatment amounts to approximately €1,000 but she is such a lovely dog, we were determined to do everything possible to save her leg and we are delighted to announce that she is making a fantastic recovery.

Animals in Need is a registered charity made up entirely of unpaid volunteers and is the only Rescue saving dogs from the Letterkenny Pound on a weekly basis, sometimes twice weekly if young pups are left in the Pound and need to be rescued urgently.

We rescued 720 animals in 2016, and this year is shaping up to be even worse, with over 100 dogs rescued from the Pound and 90 dogs surrendered by their owners to us since January 2017.

On top of this, kitten season is now underway and in the past fortnight alone we’ve taken in five pregnant mother cats, two of whom gave birth on Saturday night to nine kittens between them, plus five motherless kittens who needed bottle-feeding, an injured stray tom with an infected bite wound plus we’ve been busy neutering and feeding feral cat colonies.

If you could help in any way towards Eve’s vet bill and can help us to help more animals like her, donations can be made via Paypal atpaypal/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online at www.idonate.ie/1552_animals-in-need.html or you can donate €2 from your phone by texting the word KITTEN to 50300.

Thank you for your continued support.