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Pieta House to open in Letterkenny this morning

A long awaited resource for people contemplating taking their own lives, or affected by the death of a loved one who has done so, will be available in Donegal from this morning.


Pieta House North West will open in Letterkenny at 10 o’clock.

Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress, and those who engage in self-harm. It’s the first such facility north of Galway, and will operate on a cross border basis.

In consultaion with Pieta House for over a year and a half, a local “Action for Hope” committee has worked with the organisation in fpieta-house-1.jpgrmulating a plan to bring a centre to Donegal.




The welfare of more than 70 donkeys is in doubt following the news that the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary is facing closure.

The sanctuary, which is based in Raphoe, is in dire need of funding or it may have to shut its gates.


In the eleven years since it opened in 2006, Danny Curran and his staff have rehabilitated and rehomed an incredible 600 animals.

But it is now feared that the sanctuary could be forced to close because it does not have the means to continue.

Mr Curran told Donegal Daily that he does not even want to think about the decision he may have to make very soon.

“It would be heartbreaking to think that all our hard work has been for nothing. Our stables are full and there are more donkeys waiting to come in.

In animal rescue you have to make a lot of hard decisions but closing a centre knowing that hundreds of animals will suffer is a decision I don’t want to make.’

Everyday costs at the centre have pinned the staff to the edge of their collars with little funding coming in.

Ever increasing costs have taken their toll on the sanctuary’s resources.

Feed and farrier bills along with veterinary costs are only part of the problem, with vehicle running costs, insurance and general farm maintenance all adding up.

Danny and his team have done tremendous work building the only purpose built animal welfare centre in Donegal.

The volunteers at DDS cover numerous counties and there are very few people who haven’t seen the DDS Land Rover and horsebox going about their business.

The DDS Land Rover has driven nearly a quarter of a million kilometres rescuing donkeys in the last few years.

Sadly the number of donkeys arriving at the centre continues to rise at an alarming level.

Danny added “Running costs are at an all-time high and their financial resources are stretched to the limit and beyond. Soaring feed costs (following last summer’s disastrous harvest), farrier costs, and veterinary costs have depleted our finances on an unprecedented level and the present sources of income are not enough to allow them to continue.

He added that he was now appealing to all animal lovers at home and abroad to find it in their hearts to help hold together what has been built over the years.

“There is simply nowhere else for these beautiful creatures to seek refuge and find someone to advocate for them,” he said.

The centre has now launched a Go Fund Me campaign in the hope that the public can help them keep the centre open in the medium term before an overall solution for its existence is found.

As Danny puts it simply “The future of the sanctuary is in your hands. Without help it will not survive.”

Donations can be made here via the on the gofundme page here or via Paypal on their Facebook page or by cheque or postal order made payable to Donegal Donkey Sanctuary. You could also consider becoming a monthly donator.

Monthly direct debits (no matter how small) are a lifeline for animal rescue organisations. Account details can be found on the Facebook page.

Danny and his workers are welcoming people to call to the sanctuary in Raphoe in order to see their work first hand and to find out how you can help.

Blue Banks stretch of the N56 outside Kilmacrennan to be replaced

A package totalling €15 million has been announced for the ‘Blue Banks’ section of the N56 between Coolboy and Kilmacrennan, with tenders for the construction of the road to be issued in the coming weeks.


Junuior Minister Joe McHugh says a new water main from Lough Salt to Letterkenny should be constructed by Irish Water at the same time as a new road.

He says joining the two schemes and fast-tracking the new road will save taxpayers’ money.

He says just over €12.5 million has been allocated for the new road with another €2.7 million going to Irish Water to replace both the existing principle water supply from Lough Salt to Letterkenny and the distribution mains for the entire area, including Rathmullan.

17 year old arrested after police officer was dragged along road in Newtownstewart

A 17 year old man has been arrested in Newtownstewart after a police officer was injured during a vehicle stop last night.

Shortly before 11 o’clock, police stopped a Honda car in the area of Mourne Park. While officers were speaking with the driver of the car he drove off. One of the officers was dragged along the road for a distance by the car before being thrown off.

The officer sustained a number of cuts and bruises to his head and body as a result of the incident.

Other officers on patrol in the area noted the car a short time later in the Old Castle Road area. Officers forced it to stop and arrested the suspect, on suspicion of a number of motoring offences.

He remains in police custody this morning.

Brendan Boyce selected on initial Walks team for World Championships in London

Donegal’s Brendan Boyce has been named on the initial selection on the Ireland race walk and marathon team for the World Athletics Championships in London in August.

The Milford man is joined by Robert Heffernan (Togher) who will lead the 50km race walkers alongside Alex Wright (Leevale).


There is a full complement of men in the marathon with Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock), Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) and Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) selected.

On the women’s side Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) and Claire McCarthy (Leevale) have been selected for the classic distance.

High Performance Director Paul McNamara was pleased with the selections and said:

“I’m delighted to see an increase in the number of athletes selected for the pure endurance events at World Championship level, and the earlier selection date in 2017 allows selected athletes to now turn the focus of their attention to specific preparation for August’s World Championship.

The Walks have proved to be the most successful event group at major championships for some time now and Rob, Alex and Brendan are a world class trio of 50km competitors who will make a big impact in London.”

The championships will take place in London from 4-13 August 2017.

Changes to this weekend’s North West 10k route

The committee of the North West 10k have released details of changes to this Sunday’s route in Letterkenny due to road works at Kiltoy, adjacent to the former site of Unifi.

In the revised route, the race and walk which starts at 2.00 will head from McGinley Motors to the Tesco Roundabout, keeping to the right out the Port Road to the Polestar Roundabout.


From there the route takes a right over past the Public Services Centre and through the roundabout at JJ Reids and on to the Pearse Road again.

From there it’s back to the Tesco Roundabout and this time keeping left on the Port Road to the Polestar and left over in front of the Mount Errigal Hotel and up by the Ballyraine National School, through the Oatfield Roundabout and up the Port Road past the Courthouse.

It’s then down Letterkenny Main Street turning left at Larkin’s Lane and onto the Pearse Road veering right past JJ Reid Motors onto the Neil T Blaney Road over by the Public Services Centre to the Polestar.

It’s then in the Port Road in front of the LYIT, turning left at the Tesco Roundabout on the home straight to the finish line at the Community Centre.

Runners and walkers can still register on-line at ahead of Sunday’s big charity event. A registration office will also be opening at Letterkenny Community Centre on this Thursday and Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m.

The office will also be open on Saturday afternoon from 3-6 p.m. Those who have registered on-line can come along during these times to pick up their t-shirts, numbers and chip timing.

Registrations on Sunday will close at 1 p.m. sharp. The race starts at 2.00

The two benefiting charities this year are the Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre along with the Friends and Family of Abbey Village, Kilmacrennan.
With a big turnout anticipated again on Sunday, Chairperson Neil Martin is appealing to runners and walkers to register as early as possible to avoid delays on the morning of the event.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v Gweedore

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Lagan Cement

After a good win for our Reserves and a point for our Seniors away to St Michaels on Sunday our teams are home this week to Gaoth Dobhair. Gaoth Dobhair had a good home win over Four Masters at the weekend and will be gearing up for Senior Championship, while Na Galloglaigh will be hoping to improve their home form after a defeat to Dungloe two weeks ago. Throw in times are 1.30pm for the Reserves with the Seniors at 3pm, all support greatly appreciated. Thank you also to our match sponsors for Sunday, Lagan Cement.

*Ladies Intermediate Gaeltacht Final*

CLG BnaG v Naomh Conaill

Falcarragh, Saturday @ 3.30pm 
Good luck to our Senior Ladies who take on Naomh Conaill in the Final of the Ladies Intermediate Gaeltacht this Saturday in Falcarragh. Throw in for this game is at 3.30 and all support would be greatly appreciated.

*Table Quiz*

Travellers Inn, Friday May 5th @ 10pm

There will be a table quiz in aid of all our underage teams on Friday 5th May at 10pm. All support from parents and members would be greatly appreciated. There will also be a quiz for children in the Clubhouse two weeks later

*Division 1 Seniors*

St Michaels 1-10 CLG BnaG 2-7

Our Seniors got a good point away to St Michaels on Sunday in a game both sides probably feel they should have won. There was a huge wind blowing straight into the BnaG goals for the first half which meant Na Galloglaigh had their backs to the wall for much of the first half. For the most part they defended well and broke on the counter attack, one of which yielding an early goal from Darragh Black to give Na Galloglaigh a good foothold in the game. The scores were level coming up to the break at 0-6 to 1-3 before a slip by Barry McNulty allowed St Michaels in to win a penalty which they converted to lead by 3 at the whistle. 2 scores in the opening couple of minutes of the second half got Na Galloglaigh right back into the game but the majority of the second half was a tight and cagey affair. St Michaels were without Christy Toye and Colm McFadden but were strong around the middle with Martin McElhinney and Michael Langan and brought the gap back to 3. With 10 minutes to go Cathal Mc Gettigan won a ball in the box and at the second time of asking finished past Donegal keeper Mark Anthony McGinley. The final few minutes were tight as Michaels edged themselves in front again before a good free from the right from Luke Barrett leveled the game before it entered injury time. Well done also to Martin Doyle who came on to make his debut for the Seniors and acquitted himself very well. Sundays result made for a vital point for Na Galloglaigh who now play Gaoth Dobhair at home on Sunday in a game sponsored by Lagan Cement. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, Tony Mcnamee (0-1), Paddy Peoples, David Curley (0-1), Joey Cullen, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Gary Merritt, Kane Barrett, Cathal Mc Gettigan (1-2), Kyle Black, Pauric Curley, Darragh Black (1-0). Subs: Luke Barrett for K. Barrett (40m), Marty Doyle for C. Barrett (50m), Kane Barrett for K. Black (55m), Sean Black, Gavin Grier, Enda McHugh, Kieran Sheridan, Cormac Friel, Dean Burgess, Caolan Bolton, Matthew Stewart

*Division 1 Reserves*

St. Michaels 1-5 CLG BnaG 5-1

They say that goals win matches and the Reserves certainly ensured that they were going to win this game by bagging 5 goals against St. Michaels in Dunfanaghy yesterday. St. Michaels had the benefit of a very strong breeze in the 1st half which meant Na Galloglaigh had to play a bit more defensive than usual. The lads worked very hard to reduce scoring opportunities for their opponents and any time they broke from defense they caused trouble for St. Michaels. 4 of the goals came in the 1st half, the 1st of which came after a brilliant run by Martin Doyle took him past 5 St. Michaels players before feeding Sean Black who blasted into the net. Doyle got on the scoresheet himself when after another mazy run his initial shot was blocked but he made no mistake with his 2nd effort. Paddy Mc Carron at full forward was making his presence felt, and he got 2 goals in similar circumstances by getting his hand to high balls into the area and palming them into the net. Na Galloglaigh were very pleased to go in with a 6 point lead at half time – St. Michaels 1-3 CLG BnaG 4-0. Scores were not as easy to come by for either side in the 2nd half. Na Galloglaigh were happy to keep things compact as St. Michaels pushed forward to get back into the game. The 1st score was another goal for Na Galloglaigh when a 45 from Caolan Bolton went through the hands of the St. Michaels keeper. St. Michaels managed just 2 points in 2nd half as Na Galloglaigh team again worked very hard defensively. Gary Helferty scored the only point of the game for Na Galloglaigh late on to seal a comfortable win which sees the Reserve team move to the top of the league. Team: Gavin McFadden, Tony McGettigan, Paul Grier, Kieran Sheridan, Dean Burgess, Gavin Grier, Cormac Friel, Sean Black (1-0), Enda McHugh, Ryan Ferry, Caolan Bolton (1-0), Patrick Ferry, Marty Doyle (1-0), Patrick McCarron (2-0), Andreas Afxentiou. Subs: Matthew Stewart for Sheridan (h/t), Kieran Gorman for McHugh (h/t), Paul Nash for Doyle (h/t), Gary Helferty (0-1) for Gorman (45m BC), Emmet Conaghan for McCarron (50m)


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Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

Marty Lynch Sets Club Record in Convoy
Milford AC had 9 athletes take part in Sunday morning’s Convoy 10km. This was the 2nd running of the event by the host club which attracted a large early morning entry of 254 participants.
The Convoy course is regarded as one of the fastest 10km routes on the local scene and coupled with the very favorable weather conditions, contributed to many finishers achieving personal bests on the accurately measured course. Marty Lynch made a late decision to run and despite training hard all week culminating with a two hour kayak session that finished at 9pm the night before. The Ramelton man powered his way to a pb and senior record of 35:46, finishing in 12th place overall. A great timely boost for Marty as he prepares for the coast to coast endurance challenge in 6 weeks’ time.
John Whoriskey kept the Ramelton influence to the fore as he continued on his upward trajectory, running an excellent pb of 36:55. Damien McBride, like Marty, showed no after effects of the recent RACE as he continued the trend of personal bests, running 37:61.
Anthony Doherty competed in his first competitive race since before Christmas due to a chest infection but the wiry Coolboy man showed he is almost back to his best, running 37:42. Michael McHugh achieved the biggest personal gain of the day. The Cranford man had ran 40:11 in the Ballyare 10km last August but in keeping with his new found confidence and fitness levels ran a brilliant 37:46.
Sixteen year old Aiden Connelly took in the race as an endurance session for upcoming middle distance track races, the Lagg lad was delighted to get well under the 40 minutes bracket with 38:52.
Siobhan McHugh cemented her recent ‘most improved female’ award as the Cranford native with the pace making help of David Connors ran a brilliant 45:42. Nat Doherty made a return to competitive running and was happy with his first race of the year to finish in 47:43.
Congratulations to Convoy AC on hosting a great race. The organisation was superb and the after race refreshments even better. Well done John Mailey and team.

Swilly Seals 5km
The Annual Swilly Seals 5km took place in Letterkenny on Wednesday evening with 125 participants facing the starter at 7.30pm.
Milford AC had 3 runners taking part. After a tough interval session on Tuesday evening, Eoin Sheehy bounced back to run his fastest time of the new season recording 20.15 for 14th place overall.
Good to see the return of two former 3hr 30 marathon runners with Terry Mc Fadden running 21.45 and Trisha Nulty making a solid comeback with 22:30.

National 10km
The club had one member take in the National 10 km Great Ireland run in the Phoenix Park on Sunday last. Johnny O’Doherty found the 2nd half of the course testing with head winds and slight uphill climbs, finishing just outside his best with 39:20.

Upcoming Lifford/Strabane Juvenile Track Meet
Lifford/Strabane AC will host a juvenile development meet at their track over two days beginning Tuesday 18th April starting 6:30pm. Age groups are u-9 to u-14 boys and girls. Contact Brendan O’Donnell on 086 6007847.

Tir Chonaill AC Track & Field Meet
Tir Chonaill AC will host an open invitational meet at their track in Donegal Town on Sunday 30th April. Start time is 11am. Events for juvenile from u-12 to u-18, senior men and ladies and masters. Contact David Doherty on 086 8011540.

Community Games 5km in Milford
The 3rd race of the year to take place on the Milford 5km course will take place on Friday 21st April at 7:30pm. The event is being run by and in aid of Milford/Rathmullan Community Games.
Registration at the clubhouse from 6pm. All welcome.

Juvenile Training
Juvenile training has finished up for the Easter break until Tuesday April 25th.

Senior Training will continue as normal on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v Dungloe

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Sean McCormack

Easter Sunday will be a proud day for the Club as Moyle Park hosts its first ever Division 1 clash with Na Galloglaigh playing host to Dungloe. Na Galloglaigh had a fantastic win over Bundoran on the opening weekend but have since had two defeats to St Eunans and Naomh Conaill. Dungloe have also been beaten by St Eunans but followed this up with a good win away to Gaoth Dobhair. All support for this huge and historic game would be greatly appreciated this Sunday at 3pm. Our Reserves also take on Dungloe Reserves on Sunday at 1.30pm. Thanks to Sean McCormack for sponsoring both Senior and Reserve matches.

*Division 1 Seniors*

Naomh Conaill 2-13 CLG BnaG 0-12

Our Seniors were defeated in Glenties on Friday evening by 2-13 to 0-12 by Naomh Conaill. It was a cliched game of two halves as Na Galloglaigh were brilliant for the first half but fell away in the second. They suffered an early set back when Brick Molloy got a goal for the home side in the first five minutes but responded very well to lead at the break 1-6 to 0-10. However Na Galloglaigh struggled in the second half and much of it was their own doing, kicking the ball away and giving away hard earned possession too easily, and every mistake was punished by the clinical Naomh Conaill. Glenties got a second goal after 50 minutes which deflated the boys and they ended up losing by 7 points in the end, 2-13 to 0-12. Na Galloglaigh will play their first home game of the season against Dungloe on Easter Sunday at 3pm.

Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson (0-1), Tony Mcnamee (0-2), Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Luke Barrett, Joey Cullen, Gary Merritt, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-2), Kyle Black (0-1), Pauric Curley (0-2), Darragh Black (0-3). Subs: David Curley for K. Black (42m), Sean Black for Logue (45m), Kane Barrett for C. Barrett (49m), Gavin Grier & Kieran Sheridan for P. Curley & C. McNulty (52m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Martin Doyle, Caolan Bolton

*U14 Girls*

CLG BnaG 4-11 Four Masters 3-3

Our U14 girls got their league campaign off to a flying start with a 4-11 to 3-3 victory over Four Masters at Moyle Park. This is the first time that many of the girls have played on a full pitch and they equipped themselves very well. Aisling Mc Cormack (2-5) and Kelsey McAteer (2-3) linked very well, scoring a total of 4-8 between them, the other scorers were Mia Ferry, Anna McFadden and Anna Russell. Aisling Patton Gallagher was very impressive in goals, pulling off a few great saves and her kickouts were also very accurate. Leah Afxentiou was very steady at full back, clearing the ball and using it very effectively each time. Cerys Sweeney, Anna Russell and Danielle Kerr were also instrumental in the victory. Next up is an away match against Red Hugh’s on Tuesday evening.

*Last Man Standing*

Congratulations to Aodh McCormack who is the Last Man Standing in our Allianz League competition for 2017. Aodh was one of four to survive to the final weekend along with Mark McDevitt, Emmet Finnegan and Clodagh Kerrigan. Aodh correctly predicted 2 winning league finalists (Tipperary & Westmeath) while Mark (Galway), Emmet (Westmeath) and Clodagh (Tipperary) only correctly predicted one winning finalist each. Well done to Aodh who has won €200. Thank you very much to everyone who entered this year and we look forward to seeing you all playing again in 2018!


This weeks lotto numbers were 3-13-21-22. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Jack Harte, Conor McNulty, and Alannah Cannon. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,340

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.


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.


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.


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.


"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.”


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!

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.


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.


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


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.”


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.


“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.

“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.