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Major search operation underway in Milford

A large-scale search has been launched for a missing person in Milford.

Details of the operation are still emerging.

However, a search involving the Gardai and the Rescue 118 helicopter has been ongoing since early morning.

The search is concentrated around the Bunlin Bridge area of Milford and nearby forestry.

No details of the missing person has yet been released.

We will bring you more on this story as it develops.

The Rescue 118 helicopter over Milford this morning.

Photo: Terence McCann

Gardai seek public’s assistance after Milford patrol car is rammed

Gardai are appealing for witnesses after extensive damage was caused to a local patrol car in Milford on Saturday night last.


It is believed that at approximately 9pm a 5 Series Silver BMW with a Northern registration collided with the patrol car at Maherdrummond, Milford, also known as Mc Adoos Corner.

Gardai in Milford were responding to numerous reports of dangerous driving by the occupants of the BMW between Newtoncunningham, Letterkenny, Ramelton and Milford.

Gardai say the vehicle was travelling from Ramelton towards Milford when it intentionally collided with the patrol car and failed to remain at the scene.

Enquiries have led Gardai to believe the occupants of the car were two men with one wearing a cowboy hat.

Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and or occupants of the car, a Northern reg 5 Series Silver Coloured BMW beginning VEZ.

Ray Community Group Notes

Festival float winners 
Well done to our Ray Smurf themed float in the Rathmullan Festival.we won 1st prize and overall prize.Thanks to all Ray mini Smurfs and our very own Ray Papa Smurf and Gargamel and thanks to all who helped with float.




Children on the move

We are delighted to be starting back a new programme on Monday 11th September. Times will be as before,  3.30-4.15pm and 4.30-5.15pm.This will be a 10 week programme cost for 1 child €45, 2children same family €80, 3 or more children from same family €100 and payment in full on registration evening.Booking is essential as numbers for programme is limited.Date for registration evening  will be soon. Contact Liam on 086 4519656. For all results from the recent children programme that we held before the Summer by Donegal Sports Partinership contact Liam at the centre.

Feast of the Assumption Grotto Mass

On the Feast of the Assumption Tuesday 15th August  there will be Mass celebrated at Ray Grotto at 8pm.Refreshments after at centre.

Grant for better energy homes

Are you a home owner and your home 10 years or older and in need of energy upgrading? We are helping promote this scheme throughout our community. If interested on more information and possibly getting a house survey please leave your details with Liam on 086 4519656 

Walking Groups

Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue  meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440

Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing 

Dancing classes are taking a break for the Summer and will return again in September. Sarah's continues her class in Letterkenny on Saturday mornings.


A number of cars were damaged when a vehicle drove the wrong way up a one-way part of Milford yesterday.


A number of pedestrians also avoided injury when they had to leave the scene of the incident.

An eyewitness contacted Donegal and described the offending car as a blue VW Golf with a Northern registration which was being driven by a woman.

The car failed to stop after the collisions and drove off in the direction of Carrigart.

Locals whose cars were damaged during the incident have offered a reward for information on the matter.

Gardai have been informed of the incident.

Donegal Daily

Two people arrested after Gardai search house in Letterkenny

Two people have been arrested after a planned raid on a premise in Letterkenny overnight.

It’s understood that a substantial amount of drugs were uncovered during the raid.

The search was conducted by Letterkenny Gardai yesterday evening at a house in the Glenoughty Close area of the town.

Gardai say that 7 and a half thousand euro worth of cannabis herb was uncovered during the raid.

A man and a woman were arrested at the scene and taken to Letterkenny Gardai Station for questioning.

The two are to appear at Letterkenny District court later this morning charged with various drug offenses.


Ramelton Country Markets Ltd have big plans to celebrate their 40th anniversary this weekend.

The 40th Anniversary Market on Saturday 22nd July in Ramelton Town Hall will be fundraising for Pieta House and The Bumblance Children’s Ambulance.


A wonderful array of producers and artists will gather from 11.00am – 3.30pm for this all day food and craft fair on Saturday.

The 40th anniversary promises to be a day of gifts, good food and fun. Some of the stalls to expect on the day are Karen O”Kane – Koko Designs, Maria Connolly Ceramics, Fiona Herbst Lough Fern Studios Jewellery, Joe Diver Woodturning, Siobhan Gillespie Happy Art, Donegal Natural Soap Company and Shelagh Dwyer Lino Cuts Art.

There will be a full range of home baking, ready meals, jams, jellies, sweet treats, fresh flowers, crafts & more. Light lunches are served in the Tearoom, with hampers, raffles, gift vouchers/giveaways adding to the fundraising atmosphere.

Proceeds from the tearoom, stall fees and raffles are going to be given to Pieta House NW and the Bumbleance Children’s Ambulance.

For more information and updates, visit the Facebook page here: Ramelton Country Markets Ltd




Two men have been arrested following a smash and grab raid on a popular Letterkenny restaurant.

The thieves broke into The Counter deli and coffee shop at Canal Road on Sunday morning last.


The front door was smashed in and a cash register and cash was taken.

However, two men have now been arrested in connection with the raid.

One has been charged and another is expected to appear before the court at a later date.

Both the cash register and the stolen cash were recovered by Gardai.

The popular restaurant, which is owned by local businessman Richard Finney, re-opened for business immediately after the raid.


A Donegal man has issued a daring invite to thieves who stole more than 100 bags of turf from his bog in Barnesmore.

Denis Callaghan arrived at his bog yesterday only to find the hard-won turf gone.


Rather than taking it on the chin, Denis decided to issue an invite to the gang.

Denis took to Facebook and issued the following warning.

“I would like to issue a public invite to the dirty rotten lazy ba*****d’s that stole 100 plus bags of my turf. The unbagged ones closest to the road that you walked past will be bagged this evening.

“Feel free to collect if you’re man enough. It could be a one-way ticket to a bog hole of your choice on offer. PS feel free to like and share,” he wrote.

Dozens of people shared Denis’ story and many gave their accounts of losing turf to thieves.

Some who left messages for Denis said they suspected it may have been a guy called Pete Burns who stole the turf!

Ray Community 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.

Turning the Big 50

Congratulations to Brendan Boyle Drumacloughan as he turns the big 50 from all at Ray Community Group.A surprise party was enjoyed on Sunday last with family and friends at Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan.

Walking Groups

Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue  meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440

Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing 

Dancing classes are taking a break for the Summer and will return again in September. Sarah's continues her class in Letterkenny on Saturday mornings and any queries contact Sarah on 0876097457.

Take Your Pick

Winner of €20 on Sunday 16th July was Pat Barrett ,Charlie (junior)Barrett and Eunan Sheridan.The new jackpot for Sunday 23rdJuly is €250.


Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Annual Club Draw*

Congratulations to John Duffy and all the other winners in our Annual Draw which took place on Sunday night. Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets and helped make the draw a great success. Thank you also to all those who sponsored prizes, it was much appreciated.

1st prize - €2,000: John Duffy, Termon

2nd Prize - 500 ltrs Oil sponsored by Whoriskeys Oils, Ramelton: Margaret Sheridan, Croghan, Ramelton

3rd prize - €100 Lennon Lodge Durkans Bar voucher: Paddy Tinney, Tullygay, New Mills

4th Prize - €100 DSC Gym voucher: Gareth Crossan, Kerrykeel

5th Prize - 500 ltrs Oil sponsored by Donegal Oil: Brian Boyce, St Marys Tcs, Ramelton

6th Prize - €100 Donegal Physiotherapy and Performance Center voucher: Daithi Casey, Milford

7th Prize - €100 McCormicks Chemist voucher: Orla Nic Eachmharcach, Milford

8th Prize - €100 Bodyworx Gym voucher: Rodney Lynch & Charlotte Lodges, Bonnar Engineering, Letterkenny

9th Prize - €100 McGettigans Butchers voucher: Zoe Ferry, Milford

10th Prize - €500: Oisín Bradley, Red Ridge, Milford

CLG BnaG 0-13 St Eunans 1-14

It was the Moyle View Park outfit who came out on the wrong side of the result on Saturday evening. Played with a strong cross-field breeze, the Milford men opened proceedings via a Gary Merritt placed ball. St Eunans half-forward John Haran was black carded early on in the third minute. The visitors from O'Donnell park were very efficient offensively, only registering a handful of wides in the opening half an hour. In the 16th minute, the crowd were treated to an incredible point from the sideline from Luke Barrett. Milford rallied late in the second half to narrow the deficit to 3 points as they headed to the dressing rooms, with the score 0-08 to 0-05 to the visitors. Points from Darragh Black and Luke Barrett narrowed the deficit to the bare minimum in the opening moments of the second half. However, the Milford team would fail to score for the next 10 minutes. In this time, the Letterkenny natives notched a flurry of scores, including a Paddy McGowan goal, to put seven points between the sides. Milford heads refused to drop, however, and they kept carrying the fight in difficult circumstances. Try though they might, the lads couldn't unlock the well-organised Eunans defence. There were calls for a potential Milford penalty in the closing stages, however the decision was given in the opposite direction by the referee, and at the final whistle it was the visitors who headed for home with the two league points. There will be no game for the Seniors next weekend due to the Donegal-Longford clash in Ballybofey on Saturday. The club would like to thank Patrick McBride from Mulroy Music for being the match sponsor for yesterdays game. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan; Kieran Sheridan, Barry McNulty, Brandon Toye; David Curley, Pauric Curley, Tj Evesson; Joey Cullen, Sean Black; Gary Merritt (0-3, 2f), Luke Barrett (0-3,1f), Tony Mcnamee (0-5, 5f); Christopher Barrett (0-1), Darragh Black (0-1), Kyle Black. Subs: Kane Barrett for Kyle Black (40m), Ryan Mcmahon for Sean Black (47m)


CLG BnaG 1-6 St. Eunans 3-18

St. Eunans ran out convincing winners in the end against our Reserves on Saturday evening. The visitors started the game the better whilst it took the home side a while to settle into it. St. Eunans got the first 2 points of the game before Ryan Ferry got Na Galloglaigh on the scoresheet with a point. However Eunans soon got their first goal when an effort for a point dropped short and dipped over the keeper’s head into the net. Na Galloglaigh did start to battle back but were finding it hard to get the scores to reduce the deficit whereas the visitors tagged on another few points. Martin Doyle added a point before a long ball into the square from debutant Ronan Docherty evaded everyone including the Eunans keeper to end up in the net. This gave Na Galloglaigh a bit of a lifeline as they headed into the half time break 6 points down 1-2 to 1-8. Na Galloglaigh came out fighting at the start of the 2nd half and got the first 2 scores through Andreas Afxentiou & Martin Doyle to bring them back into the game. However, hopes of a comeback were soon dashed when St. Eunans got their 2nd goal. That goal visibly deflated the home side whereas it spurred on the visitors who controlled the last 15 minutes of the game picking off scores at ease. Na Galloglaigh only managed 2 more points from Martin Doyle but shouldn’t get too disheartened from defeat to one of the strongest teams in the league. Team: Caolan Bolton, Matthew Stewart, Conor McNulty, Gearoid Horkan, Anthony Fisher, Johnny Logue, Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Ronan Docherty (1-0), Dean Burgess, James Doyle, Ryan Ferry (0-1), Andreas Afxentiou (0-1) Martin Doyle (0-4) Emmett Conaghan.

*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!


This weeks lotto numbers were 6-17-20-21. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Paul & Fiona Grier, and Teresa Burke. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,820

Ray Community Group Notes


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.


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.




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 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


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


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


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.


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.


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.

Arch Turnstile
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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.

WDMRT4.jpgell done Cody, Garret and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team.


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!


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).