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Donegal to Calais - Refugee Support
We are two brothers (Francis and Declan Meehan) from Milford, Co. Donegal who are planning to make the trip to Calais in France with a van kindly donated by a local businessman. We intend to fill it with items needed most by refugees who are still arriving there everyday, even since 'the Jungle' camp has been removed. Many of those in and around Calais have come from war-torn Syria, and many of those are vulnerable, unaccompanied children and young adults.
We, like so many of you, have been hugely touched by the refugee crisis that has been raging over the past few years. We've felt the same frustration at the lack of support, humanity and care that has been shown to these people fleeing from some of the most wartorn regions of the Middle East and Africa, as well as at how they are being portrayed in some of our media. So we've decided to head over there and try to ease their difficulties just a little in the run up to Christmas.
We will be travelling to Calais the weekend of December 16th. Money raised will go towards the cost of fuel, a bit of accommodation and the ferry and Eurotunnel. Anything not put to those costs will be donated to Care4Calais, a charity working on the ground with the refugees there. Time is of the essence so please donate as soon as you can - no matter how little. Every little helps!
We are also looking for people to donate items - sleeping bags, heavy blankets, tents, boots, coats, etc. Things that will keep those sleeping rough warm through the winter. Our drop off point is with Premier Services in the IRD Office, Main Street, Milford. The full list of items needed is available here.
We would be hugely grateful to all support received! Also, please spread the word and share on social media!
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By Barry McNulty
After a historic season it is hoped as many as possible will join us for our Annual Dinner Dance on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. Music will be by the Copycats and it is always a great night to catch up for those who have been away from home. Tickets cost €30 and would make an ideal Christmas present! More details to follow in the coming weeks.
Our Annual Exiles Match will take place this St Stephens Day as we welcome home all our former players and coaches for Christmas. All those hoping to tog out are asked to be at the pitch for 12 for 12.20 throw in. It is always a great days craic with a presentation afterwards in Dustys. All welcome as always!
This weeks lotto numbers were 7-10-17-18. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. May McFadden (bingo), Michael Morrison (bingo), Gabrielle & Kieran Fitzsimons, and Brendan & Christina Ward. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,620
Thank you to all who turned out to our AGM in the Clubhouse last Friday evening. The following officers were elected to the Committee:
Chairperson: Pat Curley
Vice-Chairperson: Aidan Cannon
Secretary: Tracy Peoples
Assistant Secretary: Roisin McCormack
Treasurer: Joe McNulty
Assistant Treasurer: Kathleen Friel
PRO: Barry McNulty
Assistant PRO: Agnes Ryan
Cultural Officer: Brendan Ward
Development Officer: Kevin Egan
*GAA National Draw*
Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.
A Donegal County Councillor has asked the EPA to explain why Kilmacrennan, Milford and Glen are not included on the list of locations discharging raw sewage into waterways and failing to meet mandatory EU standards.
The recent EPA list of wastewater polluters lists eleven Donegal areas of concern including Ramelton, Kerrykeel and Rathmullan. However, Cllr. Ian McGarvey disputes this figure saying it is much higher.
He told the Tirconail Tribune that the Milford electoral area has a serious legacy of raw sewage going into waterways.
He told representatives of Irish Water at a briefing on Monday that the chronic history of underinvestment in Donegal means that there will never be enough funding to address the crisis of raw sewage.
He says the recent EPA report on untreated sewage was a scandal that all governments and all the political parties involved in Government in the last thirty years have very serious questions to answer.
He said the fact is that just a few hundred metres from the Council’s public Services Centre in Milford is one of the worst treatment plants in the entire system.
Cllr. McGarvey said: “ I’d go as far as to say that the so-called Milford Town waste water treatment plant is the worst in Ireland. There are family homes and sports facilities close by and it is a disgrace that this problem has become a chronic fact of life.
“We have to keep the windows and doors closed with the stench and I’d have to ask the question… is this a health hazard that nobody wants to hear about,” he commented last night.
And he added “In the summer time the odour is a very serious problem and nobody is prepared to do anything to resolve an issue that has been a problem for the past thirty years, at least,” said Cllr. McGarvey.
He said it did not come as any shock that 11 of the 43 national blackspots are in Donegal and he queries why Milford, Kilmacrennan and Glen have not been included on this list.
The EPA also reported spending on waste water treatment plants to have dropped by 40% since the creation of Irish Water and delivery of new plants has been delayed by an average of two years.
However Irish Water has disputed the EPA’s figures on under-spending, saying that between 2011 and 2013, there was a 50% drop in investment in waste water infrastructure to €136 million. When it took control of the network, spending increased to €166 million for 2014 and 2015 and it planned to further ramp-up investment to €326 million a year between 2016 and 2021
Figures from the EPA show between 2001 and 2011, there was an average spend of €270 million per year on waste water treatment. This has dropped to €166 million in the last two years, the agency claims
The report also finds that while new treatment plants have been built in a number of areas, progress is too slow. It also said timelines provided by Irish Water to improve and upgrade treatment plants were “slipping”.
“The pace of resolving waste water treatment needs to improve,” said director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, Gerard O’Leary.
“It is not acceptable that the timeframe to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from over 20 areas has slipped by almost two years. We need to see increased capital investment and improved efficiencies in the delivery of the outstanding infrastructure necessary to protect our rivers, lakes and coastal waters and for a more sustainable quality of life.”
The report says that 29 large towns and cities are failing to meet mandatory European Union standards, despite the EU’s final deadline to improve quality passing in 2005.
The Environmental Protection Agency has called for a substantial and sustained increase in investment in public waste water treatment infrastructure to protect public health and the environment on foot of substantial discharges of raw sewage last year.
The EPA’s 2015 Urban Waste Water Treatment Report details a litany of failures and problems with sewage treatment all over the country.
Twenty-nine large towns and cities including Ringsend, Cork city, Cobh, Youghal, Enniscorthy, Arklow, Lahinch, Ennistymon, Clifden and many more failed to meet mandatory EU sewage standards, the deadline for which was ten years ago.
The EPA says it is unacceptable that the timetable tackling the discharges from 20 of these areas has already slipped by almost two years.
The agency says the current level of capital investment is simply not enough to tackle the infrastructural deficiencies and investment running €100 million per year below the average spent between 2000 and 2011.
EPA programme manager David Flynn said there has been a legacy of decades of under investment in the system and at least €280 million to €300 million a year for the next five to seven years, needs to be invested.
He said that while enormous progress has been made since 2000, in comparison to the rest of Europe, Ireland is lagging behind.
A Donegal family are sure to be celebrating after making it to the semi-final of a popular RTÉ television show last night.
The Kilmacrennan family features former boxer Danny Ryan and his children Keane (22), Jordan (17), and Alanna (16), all of whom are taking the comptetion by storm in RTÉ favourite Ireland's Fittest Family.
In the programme, families tackle obstacle courses and difficult terrains in a quest to take home a €15,000 cash prize and be crowned Ireland's fittest family.
The Ryan family are being coached by Alan Quinlan, an Irish rugby legend, who helped them tackle the Broadhurst and McCarthy families in last night's episode.
The incident happened close to Tamney village, between Kerrykeel and Fanad.
The woman managed to give Gardai a good description of the man and officers have carried out door-to-door enquiries as a result of the attack.
The attack happened at around 10pm on Friday night last but details of the frightening incident are only now coming to light.
Garda Superintendent David Kelly said they are taking the incident very seriously.
He also asked women in the locality to be extra careful for their personal safety.
Supt. Kelly said the man who attacked the woman at Tamney was around five feet nine inches tall and of slim build.
He was wearing a green army type jacket and hood. He had blue well-worn runners with white laces and also wore a white jumper type garment with sleeves that came down over his fingers.
Gardai at Milford are appealing to anyone who might have been on the Massmount – Tamney road or the general area and may have seen a vehicle or individual around the time of ten to eleven o’clock to report that information to them urgently.
The attack happened just two days before a 14 year old boy was approach by a man in a white van who asked him to get into the vehicle.
The boy, who was riding his bike on the outskirts of Kerrykeel sped off to his house and raised the alarm.
In the incident the youth was cycling home about half mile from the village of Kerrykeel when the van drove up alongside his bicycle and blocked his path. The driver then invited him into the van.
However the boy was able to dislodge the wing mirror of the van and managed to create an escape route to get home safely.
The driver was hooded: may be of stocky build and when he failed to lure the boy into the van he reversed back out onto the Kerrykeel-Shankey main road.
Supt Kelly says these two incidents are very serious and he’s appealing to anyone who may have been in the areas concerned or might have witnessed suspicious movements to contact the Gardai at Milford on 07491-53060.
Gardai say they are treating very seriously an incident in Kerrykeel during which a man approached a young boy on a bicycle.
It is understood a man in a van approached the young boy at around 9pm on Sunday evening.
The man slowed down and then told the boy to get into his van.
The man was described as wearing a hooded top and spoke with a local Donegal accent.
The boy managed to run away and told his family about the incident straight away.
No sign of the man or the van, possibly a Renault Kangoo van, was found when an alert was put out straight after.
Garda Superintendent David Kelly of Milford Garda station, whose team are investigating the crime, said they are taking the incident very seriously.
Anyone who may have noticed anybody acting suspiciously in a white van in the Kerrykeel area on Sunday evening to contact Milford Gardai.
By James Gibbons
Milford AC News
Good Turnout for Club AGM
A record turnout attended the club’s annual general meeting on Monday night last.
Club Chairman, James Gibbons reviewed another successful and historic club year. Many positive views were expressed in relation to the club’s future direction and development.
The following officer board were elected. President: Hugh Gallagher. Chairman: James Gibbons, Vice Chairman: Hugh Coll, Secretary: Bernie O’Donnell, Treasurer/Registrar: Joan O’Donnell, Senior PRO: James Gibbons, Juvenile PRO: James Whoriskey, Children’s Officer: Darina Ferry. In addition to above, - other committee members include John McCarron, Liam Marley and Eoin Sheehy.
Donegal Cross Country Championships
Another large crowd of cross country enthusiasts travelled from all parts of the County and beyond to the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar on Sunday last for the Donegal senior cross country championships and juvenile grass relays.
The 4x500 mtr relays were a new initiative which proved popular and provided exciting inter club competition to the senior programme.
Milford Ac had 3 teams take part in the relays under the watchful eyes of coaches Hugh Coll, James Whoriskey and Annette and Eoin Sheehy.
The girl’s u10 team put in a great effort to finish 6th team, lead runner was Aoife Cameron, followed by Grainne Martin, Eva Hardiman and anchor leg by Emilia Friel.
The under 12 boys team put in another superb effort to gain the highest club placing of the day with 4th place overall. Lead runner here was Fintan Sheehy, followed by Ronan Sweeney, Oran Carr and Cormac Sheehy. The u14 girls team also gave it their best to finish 6th over with team members Meadbh Houston, Daisy Wheeler, Kristin Fowell and Kirsty Carr.
The senior ladies and men’s championships turned out to runaway victories for the county’s two leading clubs with Letterkenny easily winning the ladies team race with 1, 2 4 and 6th placing. Milford’s Gillian Marley put in her best race to date with a very competitive 14th place finish. Finn valley were equally dominant in the men’s race, pulling 6 to score in the top 9. Milford again had a sole representative here as Paddy Ryan put in another sterling effort to finish 24th covering the mucky and testing 10k course in 38:38mins.
Sea 2 Summit
Two club athletes took part in Saturday’ prestigious Sea 2 Summit Challenge in Mayo, in the intermediate category where over 600 took part. Gerard Marley put in a great performance to win the category, with an equally good effort from Anthony Sweeney who finished 2nd. Great performances from 2 lads who have improved greatly over the past six months with dedication and commitment to training.
The club extends congratulations to club member, Debbie Houston who with 3 work colleagues took part in a charity head shave in Arena 7 on Saturday night. The four girls bravely lost their ‘their locks’ to raise money for The Donegal Hospice, The Alzheimer’s Society and Pieta House North West.
This Sunday the Annual Remembrance 10km will take place at the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar with a start time of 11:00am.
Club 5kms 2017
Milford AC have penciled in two 5km races for the early part of 2017. The 1st 5km will take place on Saturday 25th February at 11:00aam. The 2nd race will take place a month later on Friday 24th March at 7:00pm.
The annual club 3km handicap will take place again this year between Christmas and the New Year, exact date to be decided.
The club extends sympathy to the McMahon family, Milford on the death of Derek McMahon. Derek was one of the most popular and charismatic business characters in the county and beyond as head of ‘McMahon’s Garage’ Milford and Letterkenny, in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. May he rest in peace.oll, James Whoriskey and Annette and Eoin Sheehy.
The girls u10 team put in a great effort to finish 6th team. Lead runner was Aoife Cameron, followed by Grainne Martin, Eva Harriman and anchor leg by Emilia Friel.
The under 12 boys team put in another superb effort to gain the highest club placing of the day with 4th place overall. Lead runner here was Fintan Sheehy, followed by Ronan Sweeney, Oran Carr and Cormac Sheehy.
The U14 girls team also gave it their best to finish 6th overall, with team members, Meadbh Houston, Daisy Wheeler, Kristin Fowell and Kirsty Carr.
The senior ladies and men's championship turned out to be runaway victories for the County's two leading clubs with Letterkenny easily winning the ladies team race with 1,2,4 and 6th placing. Milford 's Gillian Marley put in her best race to date with a very competitive 14th place finish.
Finn Valley were equally dominant in the men's race, putting 6 to score in the top 9. Milford again had a sole representative here as Paddy Ryan put in another sterling effort to finish 24th covering the mucky and testing 10km course in 38.38 mins.
Well done to all.
SEA 2 SUMMIT.
Two club athletes took part in yesterday's prestigious Sea 2 Summit challenge in Mayo.
In the intermediate category where over 600 took part, Gerard Marley put in a great performance to win the category, with an equally good effort from Anthony Sweeney who finished 2nd. Great performances from 2 lads who have improved greatly over the past six months with dedication and commitment to training.
The club extends congratulations to club member, Debbie Houston, who, with 3 work colleagues took part in a charity head shave in Arena 7 last night. The 4 girls bravely lost their 'locks' to raise money for The Donegal Hospice, The Alzheimer's society and Pieta House North West.
The club extends sympathy to the Mc Mahon family, Milford on the death of Derek MC Mahon.
Derek was one of the most popular, and charismatic business characters of the County and beyond as head of 'Mc Mahons Garrage', Milford, in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
May he rest in peace.
The N13 main Derry to Letterkenny road has reopened after yesterday’s serious accident.
A car and a tractor were involved in the collision, which took place t around 5.30pm at Black Bridge, between Moness and Glebe near Burt.
The female driver of the car is in a serious condition in Letterkenny University Hospital following the collision.
The driver of the tractor was uninjured.
By Barry McNulty
*Underage Presentation Night*
Ray Community Centre, 6pm, Sat 19th Nov
CLG Baile na nGalloglach will hold our Underage Presentation awards night on Saturday 19th November in Ray Commnuity Centre at 6pm. Special guest for the evening is All Star Ryan McHugh.
*Double Winning Dongel Minor Team to be honoured this week*
Shaun Pauls Barretts Minors who won the Ulster league and Championship this year will be honored by the County Board with a presentation night this Friday in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey. It was a great debut year for SP which saw his charges reach an All Ireland Semi Final. SP also had fellow Na Galloglaigh clubmen Conall McFadden, Darran Nash and Luke Barrett as part of his backroom team.
U6 FUN-damentals training continues every Friday for the next 4 weeks in Loreto Community School convent from 6-6.45pm. All welcome, any queries contact Nigel Black on 086-8128869.
After the weekend our interest in Scór na n Óg 2016/2017 has come to an end. We would like to thank all those who took part and those who helped and came along to the events. We are very proud of all contestants for the effort they put in. Now our attention turns to Scór Sinsear which starts in January.
This weeks lotto numbers were 8-12-15-20. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Joe & Marian McNulty, Mark Farren, and Anne-Marie McGettigan. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,500
This years AGM takes place on Friday 2nd December at 8pm in the clubhouse. All are welcome and nomination forms will be available shortly.
*GAA National Draw*
Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.
Two fifth year students from Mulroy College, Dylan McBride and Conor Bradley, participated in the National Sci-fest competition held in Marino Conference Centre last Friday.
Their project was making a comparative study to investigate if the breed of chicken affects the hatch rate of the eggs.
They spent many hours working hatching eggs over the summer to collate data for the project.
All the hard work paid off when they received a trophy of Excellence in STEM within the Life Science category.
Conor said he gained so much experience doing the project.
“This required a lot of independent work and I learnt that science never stops. We didn’t get a very good hatch rate the first time we did the sample of eggs. But on repeating it, the result was much better,” he said.
Dylan, who hopes to study science after his leaving certificate in Mulroy College, commented said, “I would encourage as many as possible to participate in competitions like this. Just seeing what other schools were working with was unbelievable. It has helped me to think to the future in zoology. It did take up a lot of time, but with the support of the school, teachers and our parents we are delighted that we got this far.”
On return to the school, their teacher, Aisling McAteer was delighted with the student’s success.
She highlighted that the school has been extremely successful in many science competitions including BT Young Scientist and ECO UNESCO over the past few years and this brings more encouragement to the students who are participating in this year’s BT Young Scientist Competition.
The school has a variety of activities arranged for Science Week, highlighting the importance of science to all areas of life.
By James Gibbons
Ulster Juvenile and Novice Cross Country
The Ulster Juvenile uneven age groups and novice ladies and men’s cross country took place at the Finn Valley Centre on Sunday last.
The 11am start coincided with the 1st of the days squally showers, which ensured the underfoot conditions deteriorated progressively by the time the last race of the day (men novice) started at 3pm.
Undeterred, big numbers turned out from across the province, ensuring competitive races in all the categories.
The u9s got the day started when the 2 non championship races gave the younger runners a run out.
In the boys race young Gavin MC Ateer again showed his emerging talent to finish a good 2nd to his friend and nearest rival, Harry Shields, Letterkenny AC. Ryan Sheehy is also progressing greatly as he finished strongly in 6th place closely followed by the enthusiastic duo of Aiden Kilpatrick and James Olsen getting into the medal positions.
James Olsen’s twin sister Emily also medaled in the u9 girl’s race finishing strongly in the muddy conditions.
In the Championship races, Emma Floyd enjoyed the highest Milford placing of the day when she finished 16th in a competitive u.11 girl’s race. The Ramelton based girl was the 8th placed Donegal finisher and as such may yet get a call up to the Donegal team for the All Ireland's.
In the U13 boys age group Milford fielded a full team. Cormac Sheehy led the team home in 50th place, followed by his brother Fintan, 52nd, Ronan Ferry 60th and Oran Carr 70th. A good competitive team performance. Well done to Cranford Ac in this one with Oisin Kelly winning the race and leading Cranford to team victory.
Thanks to club coaches who travelled, Hugh Coll, Noel Kilpatrick, James Whoriskey and Eoin Sheehy.
Milford AC fielded a first ever ladies Novice team, where the main aim was to take part and get stuck into one of the more testing athletic disciplines.
The team was led home by Gillian Marley in 22nd place in 17.26. After almost a year out, it was good to see Trisha Nulty get back to competitive action, the Mountain Top native finishing 50th in 19.08. Equally good to see Caroline Marley continue to improve and wish to compete, - the Gortmacall girl finishing 55th in 19.38. With 3 to score the Milford girls finished a commendable 8th team. Congratulations to LAC on winning the team title here, with a Nikita Burke 1st and Noleen Scanlon 2nd.
Another big field faced the starter in the men's 3pm Start race. Paddy Ryan put in another top drawer performance to finish 24th overall in 21.43. Anthony Doherty also put in a good shift considering he ran the marathon a week earlier. With 120 mtrs to go he was 25 mtrs adrift of Paddy, but his trade mark fast finish took up to the shoulder of the Roscommon man, both given the same time (21.43).
Peter O Donnell was mixing it with Milford leading duo at halfway when unfortunately his spike lace came undone, stopping to tie it lost him valuable seconds and rhythm. The Kilmac man battled through to finish 28th in 22.08.
It was good to see Gareth Kerrigan back to competitive running and although not at his best ran very well to finish 41st in 23.01.
Gerard Marley ran possibly his best race to date as he finished 46th in 23.16.
With 4 to score the club finished 5th team on 118 Pts, something to build on in future.
Congratulations to local man Mark MC Paul who put in a great and gutsy performance to win the race in 19.50. Congratulations also to Finn Valley who won the team race comprehensively with, 1, 2, 5, and 6th finishing places.
An enjoyable post Dublin Marathon presentation/celebration took place in the Travellers Inn on Friday night last.
A large crowd turned out to reflect and indeed re-run their marathon exploits of the previous Sunday.
Special guest was Myles Gallagher from Highland Radio. As a former runner himself Myles said he understood the huge effort, commitment, and achievement of completing the marathon. He felt the club was now in a position to move on and achieve forever success particularly in cross country.
Each finisher received a framed certificate recording their time and an official club photo of all 37 participants. The club was delighted to welcome Michael Logue and Brendan McBride and other members of Rosses AC to the function. Rosses won the 10 person team challenge “Hugh Coll Plastering Trophy” having 10 runners across the line with a lower aggregate time than Milford.
Six club runners ran the marathon for 5 charities and were presented with donations on behalf of Milford AC athletes. Rosemary McGee and Jacqui Barrett ran the marathon to raise money for the Donegal Hospice.
Paul McGukian ran for Féileacain. Agnes Ryan for LauraLynn. Sinead McTaggart for Pieta House and Frank McTaggart for the Alzheimer’s Society. Thanks are extended to Sylvester Hiemstra for photography on the night. To Francis Diver and the Tir Chonaill Tribune for reprints of the marathon club photo. To Terence McCann Enterprise House, for design and printing certificates. T DJ Sammy Greene, to Michael and Louise McBride and the staff of The Traveller’s Inn.
This Sunday the action returns to the Finn Valley Centre with the staging of the Donegal Senior Men’s and Ladies Cross Country Championships.
A new additional event this year is the inclusion of team grass relay for juveniles 4 x 500 mts, which should ensure added excitement on the day.
The following Sunday the Finn Valley Remembrance 10 km will take place at Finn Valley Centre starting at 11am.
The club extend congratulations to club member Terry McFadden who got married to Carole McGlinchey on Friday last.