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Milford's Eamon and Bridget McBride, €10,000 Jackpot winners.

Eamon and Bridget Mc Bride from Milford were the recent winners of the Donegal Hospice Highland Radio Bingo Jackpot of €10,000.

They were presented with the cheque this week at Hospice in Letterkenny.

Eamon and Bridget are pictured with Caroline O’Conner representing Highland Radio, Geraldine Casey and Grace Boyle from the Donegal Hospice and Helen Peoples representing Matt Peoples shop, Milford which sold the book.

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Illegal dumping and mechanical turf extraction found in Glenveagh National Park

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has made a complaint to the EPA and Donegal County Council in relation to illegal dumping in Glenveagh National Park.

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Over the weekend a large quantity of builder’s rubble was found in a small woodland across the road from the main entrance to the park, by the IWT.

IWT Campaigns Officer Pádraic Fogarty said they found what they believe to be asbestos along a bog track in another location.

In addition to dumping it was also seen that mechanical turf extraction using so-called ‘sausage machines’ continues to take place over large areas inside the National Park in contravention of the National Peatland Strategy.

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Mr Fogarty also stated that in an area just outside the park, but inside a wider ‘Special Area of Conservation’ new turf banks could be seen alongside the corpses of dead animals. He said this is also in contravention of national policy and an illegal activity.

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"It is hard to exaggerate the damage that is being done to protected habitats and one of Donegal’s most important tourist attractions," he said.

In 2013 the IWT revealed similar activities including illegal dumping and turf-extraction inside the National Park.

Mr Fogarty said: “It’s quite astonishing for this activity to be happening anywhere but to see it inside one of our National Parks is particularly distressing. The fact that this seems to be an on-going feature suggests that serious questions need to be asked of the National Parks and Wildlife Service and park management.”

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Kilmacrennan NS beat 5,500 schools to become All-Ireland champs!

Kilmacrennan National School have all the answers!

Well, they had most of them after winning the All-Ireland Quiz Final in Dublin’s RDS yesterday.

More than 5,500 schools entered the competition from throughout Ireland and Kilmacrennan came out on top!

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The quiz team of Ronan Mc Ginley, Eoghan Quinn, Thomas Cannon and Eilis Russell should be incredibly proud of this fantastic achievement!

The team, along with family and friends including school principal John Devenney, enjoyed a brilliant homecoming at their school last night.

Well done guys on a brilliant achievement.

Breathtaking documentary will tell the unique story of Glenveagh National Park and its last private owner

Viewers around the country will be treated to a breathtaking documentary on Glenveagh National Park tomorrow.

Entitled 'Henry McIlhenny: Master of Glenveagh', the documentary will tell the story of the last private owner of the Glenveagh Estate.

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McIlhenny, from Philadelphia, purchased the estate in 1937 before leaving it to the nation in 1983. The gardens and castle were then opened as a national park.

The documetary will air tomorrow 10:15pm - 11:10pm RTÉ One.

Milford students get short, sharp, shock on road safety

Schools in Milford took part in a community roads safety initiative organised by North Donegal Community Network (NDCN) this week, with a number of guest speakers visiting Mulroy College and Loreto Community School to talk to students on roads safety and driver responsibility.

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James Trearty, a local community representative and lead organiser of the initiative outlined its importance.

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He said “As young people begin to learn how to drive and begin driving on our local roads, with this great independence comes great responsibility. It’s too late unfortunately to change our driver behaviour when something bad happens on our roads, and we are delighted that both the students and the schools have come on board in helping us to promote this important message. Driving with care is in the interests of the entire community.”

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Speaking at the event, Brian O’Donnell, Roads Safety Officer with Donegal County provided an outline of some of the key statistics regarding road traffic incidents and fatalities within Donegal and Ireland.

Each of the statistics brought attention to the unfortunate reality that hidden behind the numbers, were people’s lives and families impacted every day in the aftermath of incidents on our roads.

Garda Superintendent David Kelly spoke to students in the schools on driver responsibility.

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“We are here today to talk to you because we care about you and we want you to be safe on our roads. On our roads, the highest number of road traffic incidents occur for people aged 25 years and under, your age group is at high risk and we hope you can help us to change that. All drivers should be aware of their actions on the road and how they can impact on both their own safety and that of others road users.”

Superintendent Kelly outlined some of the key causes of road traffic incidents and accidents encountered by Garda in Donegal, to include mobile phone usage while driving, driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, speeding, driver distraction and irresponsible actions such as donuts and diffing.

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“Social media can be misused to send out a false message to young people that irresponsible driving behaviour is something to be glorified. Can I say that the reality is, that we see first-hand some of the consequences of this behaviour when we are tasked to deal with incidents and people’s lives can be changes in an instant forever,” he said.

Superintendent Kelly outlined a few basic things that we all can do to protect ourselves on the roads, such as wearing a seatbelt, being aware of speed particularly on small rural roads, turning off mobile phones or other distractions and having regard for other road users.

 

Dr Gerry Lane, consultant in emergency medicine at Letterkenny University Hospital had a discussion with the students on his work in the hospital, the causes of road traffic accidents for the people who he and his team had helped in accident and emergency, and provided some key advice on how people can protect their lives while on the roads.

“The biggest danger to you in a car, if you are unfortunate to be in a collision, can be your girlfriend or boyfriend that is also in the car, if they are not wearing a seatbelt. This is also true of anyone else that is within the car. When an accident happens, the person you love can actually be the biggest threat to your life, so please, don’t be afraid to ask them to wear a seatbelt or to stop using their phone or to slow down.

“If you are in a car and you feel that someone is putting your life in danger in any way, you can take responsibility by asking them to stop. If you feel your life is at risk ask them to let you out of the car. Your mum or dad would be happy to come and collect you wherever you are, rather than for something to happen to you.”

The students had pre-prepared a series of questions which Doctor Lane answered honestly and openly.

Doctor Lane said that the most difficult aspect of his work was speaking the with the families and relatives of people whose lives had been changed forever as a result of accidents or incidents on the roads, “what you see is something that you can’t switch-off, and of course it does replay in your mind, when you care so much about people.” Doctor Lane outlined how each casualty stands out in his mind, and he outlined how one parent was mystified as to how he could remember details 12 years onwards of a fatal occurrence

North Donegal Community Network would like to thank the Principals and staff in both schools for partnering with the local community to bring attention to this important message, for accommodating the speakers and for the welcome received.

Particular thanks are expressed to teachers Catherine Crawford and Lisa Fitzsimmons, who worked jointly with the community in organising the talks. Speaking afterwards Bernard Trearty Chairman of North Donegal Community Network thanked Stephen Barrett from Donegal Local Development Company for supporting this project which was a first ever for the network.

Letterkenny motorists warned of heavy tailbacks following accident

Motorists travelling into Letterkenny have ben warned of heavy tailbacks this morning.

There is a large build-up of traffic from the Mountain Top Road into the town because of the icy conditions.

There are also unconfirmed reports of an accident at Mountain Top.

Motorists have been warned to allow more time for school runs and travelling to work.

Gardai have also issued an appeal for drivers to slow down and to allow for space between vehicles.

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Shock in Derry at sudden death of Ryan Mc Bride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inishowen left stunned following murder of local woman in India

The community of Inishowen has been left stunned this morning following confirmation that a young woman murdered in India yesterday is from Buncrana.

The identity of the young woman, who is in her 20s, has not yet been released officially.

However, sources have named the girl.

Local councillor Rena Donaghey said: “The whole community and the town of Buncrana is in deep shock today. Everyone is very saddened by the news.

“She was a lovely young woman who has come to a very sad end.

“She was very popular and very liked in the community. She headed off on a backpacking holiday in February to do some travelling.

“On behalf of the community, I would like to offer sympathy and condolences. I hope God will give the family strength at this tragic time to help them through the weeks and months ahead,” said the Fianna Fail councillor.”

The popular woman grew up in Buncrana, attending the local Scoil Mhuire secondary school.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told Independent.ie: “The Irish embassy in Delhi is in contact with the Indian authorities in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance.”

The victim was found in Canacona near Goa.

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Police sources told the Times of India that a local farmer noticed the body while he was on his way to the fields, in a woodland spot – 300m from a road.

According to IANS the victim had arrived in the Palolem beach area on Sunday evening to participate in Holi celebrations before being found dead on Tuesday.

“We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer told IANS.

Six “suspects” have been questioned by police in relation to the killing and reports say that one man is due to be brought before a court today.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Mighty Marty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd Marine Harvest Milford AC 5km

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

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

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

Club Presentation Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v St Eunans

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Mulroy Music

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

*Division 1 Seniors*

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

*Division 1 Reserves*

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

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

*U8 & U10 Training – No Training*

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

*Last Man Standing*

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

*Lotto*

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

McMahons are motoring again in Milford

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It only seems like yesterday since I saw these cars brand new before anyone else in Letterkenny!

When my next door neighbour, Jim Tease, was not driving the fire engine for the Letterkenny Fire Brigade, he worked in Mc Mahon Bros. in Letterkenny.

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FIH 561, one of the First Massey Ferguson Tractors to be sold in Mc Mahon’s Brothers, Milford. Sitting on it is a very young Derek Mc Mahon and his father Arthur.

One of the jobs was to drive brand new cars down from Dublin for customers. Back in the day the latest in Hillmans, Chryslers, BMWs, Vauxhalls and Peugeost all landed down from Dublin where we would get a motoring preview of the latest in motoring.

“Hi Sir, Get Away from That Car” Jim would call to us, worried we would scrape them, but it did little to deter us from gazing into these brand new cars. No one had a brand new car in them days, but at least twice a week Jim would have one sitting outside his house overnight, with that tell-tale garage plates tied to the front and back bumper.

In those days Jim would have driven the new cars around the south to avoid Northern Ireland during the worst of the troubles.

Winding the clock forward and Mc Mahon Bros garage is just a memory in Letterkenny but in Milford where the family started their motoring business the name Mc Mahon is making a comeback in the motor car trade.

Where once the rattle of industrial sewing machines could be heard from The Fruit of the Loom Factory, now you’re more likely to hear the rattle of an Austin of England or a Beamer of Bavaria!

Rodger McMahon, a son of the late Derek Mc Mahon and grandson of the original Mc Mahon Brothers that started in business as millers in their home town before turning to the motor trade. That name is back in the motoring business in Milford.

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Derek Mc Mahon with a very young Enda Kenny with Irish F1 team owner Eddie Jordan, with a inscription included
“Big D, you made me”, signed Eddie Jordan.

Rodger is located in the old Fruit of the Loom factory next door to The Loreto Community School. The massive reception area is now a car showroom.

Everything is at a very early stage, boxes upon boxes of motoring photographic history, especially motor-sporting history which include Rodger’s father Derek and his Derek McMahon racing team, are everywhere just ready to go in the wall.

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Rodger and his wife Bridgeen with his late father and mother Derek and Anne representing The Donegal Oil Co. who were guests at the opening of Kelly’s Toyota New Showrooms in 2006. Photo: Brian McDaid.

Rodger has already built up a fine collection of fine classic cars, anything from a black Mini or Morris Minor or even a bright bright red Austin 1100 right through to a White Rolls Royce - or a lovely old Rover P5B sitting up in the corner.

Rodger owns most of the classic cars but he also welcomes others to leave in their cars and offer them for sale.

Sitting half way up the show room floor is one such car, an immaculate series 7 Avenger Estate with only 26,000 miles on the clock. It belongs to Letterkenny’s Andrew Harvey. Sticking my head in the door of this fine car, the old car smell takes me back 35 years to the first car I owned myself, a red car version of the same, it looks very standard now but in those days it was the business.

Granted, my Avenger was around the clock once, would jump out of second gear every so often but with that Eagles tape in the a Pioneer Stereo, it was the case of “take it to the limit one more time”, for me every time i got behind the wheel.

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A load of new cars on a transporter from Mc Mahons Bros on a TK Bedford making this way down the street at the Letterkenny Folk Festival.

Rodger has been flat out since he opened, he has loads of enquiries online, and is well equipped to deliver any cars sold anywhere in Ireland or England.

One of the rarest cars that Rodger has on his books is a Bond Equipe. It’s a fibreglass bodied, two plus two similar to the Triumph Herald. The car sits at the doorway of Rodger’s showrooms in Milford.

One of the photos that Rodger has ready to go up on the wall is that of two local heroes in motorsport from Donegal. They are pictured at their Mini Cooper as they get ready to start on the Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Robert Ward was the driver, also in the motor trade, based in Kerrykeel. Alongside him was Milford’s Phonsie McElwee. Both men, along with Rodger’s father Derek and indeed Andrew Harvey’s late father Eamon, were founding members of the Donegal Motor Club back in the the early 70s.

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The summer of ’72. Robert Ward from Kerrykeel and Phonsie McElwee with their Mini Cooper before the Circuit of Galway Rally in 1972 , just one of the photos from Rodger's history of Motorsport which he hopes to show at his classic showroom in Milford.

With all the memorabilia from Donegal’s great days of motorsport available, wouldn’t it be just great to put all this stuff together in a location like this?

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The Bond Car pictured on show at Rodger Mc Mahon’s showrooms in Milford. Photo: Brian McDaid

It’s just a perfect time warp to go down to visit and is opened Saturdays and Rodger is also about “off and on” every Sunday which has to be good news for classic car men for a nice dry location to view classic and vintage cars of years gone by.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1*

Realt na Mara v CLG BnaG

Bundoran, Sunday @ 3pm

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

*U8 & U10 Training*

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

*Last Man Standing*

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

*Lotto*

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

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Marine Harvest Milford Ac 5km.

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

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

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

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

Sprint Duathlon

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

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

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

 

Stephen Duggan

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

Sportshall

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

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

Up Coming Races

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lifford/Strabane 5km Series

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

Eventful

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

National Indoor Championships

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

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Condolences*

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

*Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta*

Fanad Gaels v CLG BnaG

Tri-a-loch, Saturday @ 3.45pm

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

*U8 & U10 Training*

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

*Donegal Senior Ladies*

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

*Donegal U14 Ladies*

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

*Last man Standing*

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

*Lotto*

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