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Searches continuing today for missing elderly man

Searches are continuing today for an elderly man who is suspected missing for nearly a month.


The Mulroy Coastguard has begun searching high ground near Rathmullen this morning.

Yesterday afternoon search and rescue service were conducted by Gardai to launch a major search operation for the 73 year-old from Oughterlinn near Rathmullen who hasn’t been seen for 3-4 weeks.
The alarm was initially raised by a neighbour.
An abandoned bicycle was located near his house yesterday with groceries.
A search by Mountain rescue, Mulroy Coastguard and the Sligo 118 helicopter was conducted until nightfall last evening.
Gardai have launched an investigation and anyone with information has been asked to contact them.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

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.

*Exiles Match*

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.

Why are Milford, Kilmacrennan and Glen not on raw sewage list? – Councillor

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.

Kilmacrennan family reach semi-final in RTÉ show

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.

Gardai issue appeal after woman attacked at back door of her home close to Tamney

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 treating attempted abduction of boy on bicycle in Kerrykeel as a “serious incident”

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.


Milford AC News

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.

Senior Championships

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.

Head Shave

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.

Remembrance 10km

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.
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.

Derry-Letterkenny road reopens after crash between car and tractor and trailer

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.


Milford GAA Notes

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*

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.

Mulroy students have egg-stra special time at Sci-fest

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.

Milford AC News

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.

Juvenile races.
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.

Ladies Novice.
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.

Men's Novice.
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.

Marathon Presentation

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.

Up-Coming Races

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.

Council to consider naming Ramelton street after Professor William Campbell

Options to name a street or place in Ramelton after Nobel prize winner William C Campbell are to be examined.


Earlier this year, the council hosted a Civic Reception in recognition of Prof Campbell’s outstanding achievement in jointly winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Prof Campbell was born in 1930 in Ramelton and was instrumental in the discoverty of a drug which proved to have “extraordinary efficacy” in treating River Blindness.

Councillor Ian McGarvey has welcomed backing for the proposal, saying Professor Campbell is just one of a number of people worthy of recognition in Ramelton.



Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

SSE Dublin Marathon

The 37th running of the SSE Dublin City Marathon proved a real winner, with a record breaking number of participants, a first time Sunday race, and possibly the best weather conditions of the previous 36 Bank Holiday Monday events.

  Last Sunday’s event ranked as the 4th largest marathon in Europe, with the support on the streets possibly worth an even higher ranking.

  Milford AC had an entrant for every year of the marathon’s existence, with 37 black and red singlets prepared and willing to tackle the 26.2 miles of streets, parks and suburbs at varying paces and a mixture of trepidation and excitement.

  The elite and faster club runners assembled on Merrion Square for a 9am start, where Milford’s leading contenders also got immersed in the action.

Peter O’Donnell and Damien McBride set the early pace, - well clear of the massive group following the 3 hour ‘balloon’ pacer.  Peter was just recovering from a back injury which prevented his near surety of getting a recent novice cross country team medal, but the Kilmacrennan man is made of strong stuff, and maintained his consistent 4:10/km pace to lead home the Milford crew in 2:56:17, finishing in the top 300 of almost 17,000 finishers.

Damien McBride is the clubs most consistent marathon runner, and the teak tough Kerrykeel man showed his battling marathon qualities to run his 3rd sub 3 hour marathon recording 2:57:45.

  Marty Lynch had two goals to improve on last year’s 3:08, and if possible get under the 3 hours.  The Ramelton man delivered on both as he stuck to the 3 hour pacer like glue, only breaking free over the last 2 miles when he knew he was safely on target, closing in on Damien he ran a big pb of 2:57:54.

Milford 4th man under 3 hours was the determined Shaun Boyce.  The Gortmacall man ran 3:20 last year and was determined to join the sub 3hr club.  At 23 miles tiring legs were telling him to slow but he dug deep in the closing stages to reach the blue carpet finish with 31 seconds to spare, a welcome pb of 2:59:29.

Paul Russell set a pb of 3:04:23 after a 3:07 in Derry in June, but the genial Churchill man is closing in on the sub 3hr group.

Anthony Doherty had the misfortune to start in wave 4 due to a late entry.  The Coolboy man would have been under the 3 hours with a more even pace out of wave one, but as a first time marathoner he was happy with 3:06:14.

  Joe Gallagher has ran the last 4 Dublin marathons and on Sunday made number five his fastest with a pb of 3:09:08.  Ramelton John Whoriskey has made remarkable progress in his short running career, running his first ever marathon he ran 3:20:54.  James Whoriskey (no relative) took in his 3rd Dublin race and took 10 minutes off last year, with a remarkable 3:21:09 for the Lifford based teacher.  Michael McHugh was in equal pb shattering form, and despite a bad knee injury, the Cranford man reduced his pb by 12 minutes recording 3:25:39.  Hugh Coll, despite a lack of recent training ran 3:29:16, the determined Glenkeen man will look to improve significantly in the near future.  Brian Doherty’s 4th Dublin event, also proved his fastest to date, the Cranford contractor taking six minutes off last years’ time to run 3:31:12.

  Eoin Sheehy improved yet further taking 15 minutes off his 2015 time, recording 3:35:22.

Noel Kilpatrick improved almost half a minute for every mile, the Tully man improving by 12 minutes to record 3:41:59.  Near neighbour and newcomer to running, Philip McGovern ran a remarkable 3:41:59 1st marathon outing.  Paul McGukian had the biggest smile of the day as the Rathmullan man sustained a sprained ankle 2 days before the race, but with a tight bandage and some deep heat, he held out to run a “first and last” marathon in a comfortable 3:44:22.

Gerard Dorrian was very close to last years’ time with 3:45:11.  Mark Scott made a late decision to do the marathon, but despite tight calf muscles near the end ran a very good 3:48:23.

  Teresa Winston led the Milford ladies home, - the Letterkenny teacher ran a comfortable and almost effortless 3:56:52, with the pace making help of former couch to 5km colleague, Fiona Grier who was delighted with 3:57:12 first marathon.  Kenneth Moore took in his first marathon, and was happy to achieve the sub 4 hour target, running 3:57:07.

Kieran Murray was on target for a sub 3hr 50, but after 20 miles his blood pressure went very low forcing him to stop to recover.  He was fortunately well enough after 15 minutes to continue, and ran 4:21:36.  A ladies trio of Agnes Ryan, Rosemary McGee and Jacqui Barrett ran every step together happily crossing the line together in 4:23:09. Frank McTaggart also made a late decision to run, and the Ballyare man acquitted himself well with a 4:31:58 first time marathon.

Francis Diver ran in the early Dublin marathons when himself, Eamon Gillespie and John Fitzgerald were the sole Milford representatives.  The Sunday start afforded Francis another go at it, getting around in 4:36:43.

Bernie Gallagher ran 4:21 last year, but a summer of setbacks curtailed the training of the Wexford girl.  However she was determined to ‘have a go’ and duly collected her medal in 4:37:54.

Mary McDaid joined the club as a recent new member and the Kilmacrennan girls excellent run of 4:40:10 belied her limited training.

A quartet of club runners ran together enjoying the camaraderie, fun, and sometimes tiring spells of the 26 mile route, Kate Begley and Fiona Blaney on their first marathon, with Debbie Houston on number 2 and Barry Browne on 3.  All 4 crossing the finish line together in 4:45:55.  Indeed 3 weeks ago Fiona’s marathon plans were in tatters due to a bad ankle injury, but with determination and the good work of physio Conal McFadden, she made it around unscathed.

Paul Ryan was an equal injury doubt with knee trouble, but the same combination of Conal and determination got the Milford man to the start and finish line 10 minutes inside last year with 4:58:20.  Jim McCahill was also unfortunate with a late injury scare, which curtailed his training.  The Ramelton man was happy to get around in 5:09:29.  Sinead McTaggart put in a great effort to finish as she felt unwell from 10km, but was determined to finish and did so in 5:51:20 with some 3000 people still behind her.


5 club athletes ran for charities of their choice.  Jacqui Barrett, Donegal Hospice.  Agnes Ryan, LauraLynn. Frank McTaggart, The Alzheimer’s Society.  Sinead McTaggart, Pieta House and Paul McGukian, Féileacain.

Team Challenge

Milford had an unofficial team challenge with Finn Valley and Rosses AC.  The team event is based on the lowest cumulative time of the top 10 runners across the line from each club.  Rosses won the trophy with a combined total time of 30hrs:52mins:26secs, with Milford on 31hrs:18mins:26secs.

Ulster Novice and Juvenile Cross Country

This Sunday its back to cross country running with the staging of the Ulster Novice and Uneven Juvenile age groups at the Finn Valley Centre.

The following Sunday the Donegal Senior cross Country Championships take place also at the Finn Valley Centre.

For the 3rd Sunday in a row it back to the Finn Valley Centre for the “Remembrance 10km” on the road on 20th November.

Club AGM

The Club AGM will take place in the Clubhouse on Monday 14th November at 8:30pm.  All welcome.

Stunning line-up for gypsy jazz festival in Ramelton

ALL ROADS lead to Ramelton this weekend for a feast of brilliant music at the Django Sur Lennon Gypsy Jazz Festival.

One of the styles of jazz performed is what has today become known as “gypsy jazz” or gypsy swing.

This style of jazz is most often attributed to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grapelli who founded the all strings jazz ensemble, The Quintet du Hot Club de France, in the 1930s in Paris, France.

This style is at times also referred to as “jazz manouche”, from the French term meaning “gypsy”. The style’s creation often being attributed to Django, the musical characteristics and the blending of gypsy musical elements with jazz and the fact that it has largely been fellow gypsies (until recently) who have carried and preserved the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt since his death in 1953, makes the term “jazz manouche” one that is quite fitting in describing this genre.

With this in mind, a wonderful celebration of this music genre comes to the heritage town of Ramelton this weekend.

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Here’s a line-up of what’s ahead:

Friday 28th Oct 8pm – 10pm Town Hall

Romane and guests

Sat 29th 11am – 1pm.

Gypsy Jazz guitar workshop hosted by Romane.

Sat 29th 2 – 4pm Kourosh Kanini and guests… Mystery venue!

Bus from Gamble’s square at 1.45pm. Limited to 50 people.

Weekend ticket holders get first shout.

Sat 29th 5.30 – 7.30pm

Irene Ypenburg with The Manouche Band

Sat 29th 9pm – 11pm Town Hall

Dario Napoli Trio

Sun 30th 11am – 1pm Town Hall

Gypsy Jazz guitar workshop with Dario Napoli

Sun 30th 2.30 – 4.30

Festival closing gig

There will of course be informal Jazz sessions and performances in various venues around town over the festival weekend!


ASTI Teachers Strike: A Personal Opinion

By Donna Martin

As a member of the ASTI union I have been on Striketoday. I would like you all to know that I personally am set to gain absolutely nothing fromtoday’s strike. I opted to lose a day’s wages and I stood side by side on the picket line with my colleague and friend Hayleigh, who among others I am fighting for. Isatmy Leaving Certificate in 2003 and Hayleighsathers in 2005. I studied for 4 years and went straight into the teaching profession. Hayleigh opted to extend her knowledge and studied for 5 years before doing her teacher training. We both teach the same number of hours. We sometimes teach extra hours to cover the Maths syllabus. We both spend a lot of time in the evenings and weekends preparing work for our classes/marking tests etc. We are both involved in extracurricular activities in the school which we undertake in our own time.

Hayleigh joined the teaching profession in 2012 which means she is on a different pay scale to me. I believe myself and Hayleigh should be on the same pay scale.


Donna Martin (right) with Hayleigh Ní Fhearraigh