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Bereavement information evening to be held in Donegal

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday, October 13 from 7.30-9.30pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.

The event gives parents an opportunity to hear a professional, experienced in bereavement support, talk about the many challenges families have to face into after the death of their son or daughter. There will be time after the talk to speak to other bereaved parents.


”I have been to two Information Evenings. Both speakers were exceptionally good. I received very valuable nuggets of information and I got great comfort from speaking to the other parents afterwards,” said one bereaved dad.

Anam Cara CEO Sharon Vard stressed that this event is open to all bereaved parents “regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death or whether the death was recent or not. Anam Cara gives bereaved mums and dads a chance to meet and connect with other bereaved parents in a safe and comfortable setting. Here you can find a level of support and understanding that – even with the best will in the world – it can be difficult for family and friends to offer.”

Ms Vard also spoke about the new resources Anam Cara have made available for bereaved parents and their families: “We have made a series of short videos which are a powerful resource to any family experiencing the death of a child.

"They aim to reassure parents that they will, one day, learn to cope with the overwhelming sense of loss and desperation that is associated with the passing of a child.

"Newly bereaved parents and families need the support of those who have suffered a similar experience and learned to cope again, they need reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that they too will be able to emerge from the depths of despair and start living and enjoying life again.”

The Anam Cara videos involve testimonies from bereaved parents and couples and can be viewed at Anam Cara has also produced an Information Pack for Bereaved Parents, a free copy of which can be ordered by contacting head office at 01 404 5378.

The Information Evening is a free event. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Wednesday. October 12 or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.


HIQA issue damning report on Letterkenny residential centre for people with disabilities

Significant risk to patients has been found at a residential centre for people with disabilities in Letterkenny according to HIQA.

The Health watchdog report has found major non-compliance at a designated centre operated by the Little Angels Association.

HIQA describes the facility as a single residential community house, providing full time residential care to seven residents.

There were three regulatory breaches identified during the last inspection. These related to the management of individual risks and fire management in the centre. Two of the breaches had been addressed and one remained outstanding.

Inspectors found evidence of allegations or indicators of abuse that had not been managed in a way to ensure the safety of residents. Furthermore, allegations had not been investigated in line with the organisational or national policy and safeguarding procedures.

A review of the documentation provided by the person in charge and of the information provided by residents, staff, management, the inspector concluded there was a significant risk to the safety of residents as a consequence of seriously inadequate safeguarding arrangements in the centre.

For example; the person in charge and the acting provider nominee of the centre were not familiar with the national guidelines and procedures to investigate allegations of abuse.

Furthermore; the person in charge told the inspector that she was the designated officer for safeguarding vulnerable adults for this centre; however, she had not received any training in her role. The inspector found that some of these failings had impacted on the management of outstanding investigations.

The inspector was told of one instance in 2013 where a significant amount of money was misappropriated.

Proper protocols and procedures were not followed in investigating this incident; although the social worker was informed of the incident, the issue was not reported to the Gardai, no proper records of the preliminary screening meetings were available and the money had not yet been returned to the resident.

In addition; the person in charge did not perceive it as her role to follow up on this issue despite being the designated officer for the centre. There were two other safeguarding incidents reported in this centre, where significant bruising and marks were observed on a resident.

These incidents were not appropriately investigated. The last incident of unexplained bruising occurred in November 2015 and although the incident was reported to the Gardai, the incident has still not been appropriately investigated and the resident and staff had not been interviewed.

There was also evidence that costs and expenses of running this service were not effectively monitored.


Update: Gardai happened upon fire in Letterkenny and begun evacuating apartment block

Gardai in Letterkenny are continuing their investigation following an extensive fire in an underground car park in the town.

Gardai in Letterkenny are continuing their investigation following an extensive fire in an underground car park in the town.


Photo: Donna El Asssaad

It’s understood Gardai happened upon the scene at Rosemount lane in the early hours of this morning and contacted the fire service.

The blaze is said to have caused significant damage to up to nine cars.

Residents living in the apartment block above the car park were evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries.

Inspector Goretti Sheridan says they are following all lines of inquiry at this stage and are appealing to witnesses to come forward.

Local Businessman Leornard Watson says the fire has caused extensive smoke damage to most of his stock.


Foroige’s Big Brother Big Sister Programme (BBBS) looking for adult male volunteers in the Milford area

Foroige’s Big Brother Big Sister Programme (BBBS) is Ireland’s first youth mentoring programme proven to have positive outcomes for young people participating. The young person and adult volunteer mentor are matched based on common interests and personality. 

This exciting youth mentoring programme matches a young person (10-18) with an adult volunteer mentor. The basic idea is that a friendship will form between the young person and adult volunteer mentor that will promote the positive development of the young person.

We are looking specifically for adult male volunteers in the Milford area.  Please call 086 048 4459.



Inaugural Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

Senator David Norris will visit Donegal to officially launch the inaugural Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival in Letterkenny next weekend.

The festival opens on Friday, October 7, with a pre-drinks meet and greet in the Regional Cultural Centre at 8pm, followed by the official opening of the Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival at 8.30pm. On the night, there will be music and drama by Kieran Kelly and everyone is welcome to attend.


A jam-packed programme of events is planned for Saturday 8th October starting with a family event at 11am at Whole Green Foods on the Church Lane. This will be followed by a literary event for all the family in Conwal Parish Centre at 2pm.

Universal Books will host a contemporary play written by Paul McCollum at 5pm. To close the festival, an open mic literary event will be held in Berry Layne from 8pm. Chaired by Denise Blake, the closing event will also include traditional Irish music. 

Commenting on the Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival, Amanda Clarke, committee member, said: “We’re delighted that Senator David Norris is coming to Letterkenny to launch the inaugural Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival. The committee has worked very hard to put this event together and we’re very excited to share it with the public. We’ve a very busy programme of events happening throughout the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday 8th October and we’re hoping to build on the event in the coming years. The Cathedral Quarter is steeped in history and we want to showcase the very best that the area has to offer. We hope to see a great turnout and if anyone would like to help out or get involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any member of the committee.”

All events are free to attend. There will be donation buckets at each event with all donations going towards the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter project. For more information on the Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival and to get involved contact Donnan Harvery, Cathedral Quarter Secretary on 086 345 2457 or visit the Church Lane Cathedral Quarter Facebook page.

Shock as pensioner loses €2,200 in backdated living allowance

A pensioner whose wife died six years ago has discovered to his shock that he cannot now claim back payments for the living alone allowance of €9 per week beyond a six months period.

The man, who is in his 80s, lives alone in the Letterkenny area and receives the basic pension.


He says that due to the Department of Social Protection legislation he has been left with a loss of more than €2,200 which he was entitled to.

And Cllr Ian McGarvey has attacked the bureaucracy and lack of information readily available to so many old age pensioners in these circumstances.

The pensioner has requested privacy in highlighting not only his own plight but to warn others who may find themselves in similar circumstances due to a lack of information on their full entitlements.

The pensioner, due not to being aware of his entitlements, says the system deems that he can only be paid retrospectively for the past six months and is entitled to a figure of €234 rather than the sum of almost €2,500 which he thought he was entitled to receive.

The Tirconail Tribune reports that the man said that there was a huge problem of communications with the Dept. of Social Welfare.

He said that after weeks of trying to find ‘a human being’ on the other end of the phone he gave up trying and referred his problems to a local politician.

Gardai in Letterkenny launch investigation following a number of car fires in Rosemount lane

Gardai in Letterkenny have launched an investigation after a number of cars were burnt out last night.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Rosemount lane just before 2am this morning and the fires were brought under control at approximately 4am.


It’s understood several cars were badly damaged during the incident.

No injuries have been reported.

The scene remains sealed off and the road is closed this morning as a technical examination is due to take place later today.

Gardai say they are following all lines of inquiry at this stage and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100.


Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Intermediate Championship Semi Final*

CLG BnaG v Aodh Ruadh

TBC, Saturday @ 12 noon

After defeating Naomh Brid in the last round the Seniors will now take on Aodh Ruadh of Ballyshannon in the semi final. Aodh Ruadh are flying high in Division 3 and have already secured promotion to Division 2, and the last time the sides met it was Aodh Ruadh knocking Na Galloglaigh out of last years Championship at the quarter final stage. Venue is yet to be confirmed for this game but it is hoped there will be as much support as possible there to get behind the lads on Saturday morning.

*Intermediate Championship*

CLG BnaG 2-12 Naomh Brid 1-12

Truth be told it wasn't a great game of football on Saturday but nevertheless the boys find themselves in a Championship semi final with a good win over Naomh Brid. The conditions were not their usual best in Convoy and a hungry and aggressive Ballintra outfit prevented Na Galloglaigh from getting into their usual rhythm. Naomh Brid started the better and went 0-3 to 0-1 up before Na Galloglaigh hit bit of a purple match in the second period of the half. One of the points was a monster free from Gary Merritt which seen the boys race into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead before Naomh Brid clawed it back to just two at the break, 0-7 to 0-5. The second half was fairly tit for tat before a Kyle Black goal gave the boys a little breathing room, but again Naomh Brid fought back. It was a huge couple of minutes midway through the half that determined the outcome of the match. First of all a mix up in the Na Galloglaigh defence saw them concede a goal which put Brid ahead, but moments later the Ballintra men were reduced to 14 when their midfielder received a second yellow. A mere handful of moments after this a mix up in the Naomh Brid saw Pauric Curley fire home to the net from close range. The boys worked hard to keep their lead from here in and stretched it to 4 points before Naomh Brid finished the scoring to leave it a 2-12 to 1-12 victory to Na Galloglaigh. There was great support for the boys once again today and hopefully it will be there again for the semi final next weekend. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Gary Merritt (0-2), Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, PJ Hagan, Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Luke Barrett (0-1), Joey Cullen, Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-3), Pauric Curley (1-0), David Curley (0-1), Kyle Black (1-2), Christopher Barrett (0-2), Darragh Black (0-1). Subs: Sean Black for Logue (42m), Anthony Fisher for P. Curley (50m), Gavin Grier for Hagan (58m), Cormac Friel, Kieran Sheridan, Enda McHugh, Brandon Toye, Paul Sweeney, Dean Burgess, Caolan Bolton, Conor McNulty, Kane Barrett

*Reserve Championship*
CLG BnaG 2-15 Naomh Columba 0-7

OurReserves advanced to the semi final of the Championship with a comprehensive win over Glencolumbcille in Convoy. They played some of their best football of the season and dominated from start to finish. They got off to a perfect start when their first attack resulted in a penalty when one of the Glen defenders picked the ball off the ground inside the small square. Paul Fisher stepped up to convert to the bottom corner. Kieran Gorman bromke from midfield and followed up with a point soon after. Glen got their first point from a free, and then added a second from play, but Na Galloglaigh responded with points from half backs Dean Burgess and Kieran Sheridan before Martin Doyle scored a goal with a brilliant finish. Again Glen responded with points to reduce the deficit to 4 at ahlf time. Na Galloglaigh dominated the second half with midfield duo of Paul Sweeney and Gorman winning almost every kickout. This laid the platform for constant attacks and Na Galloglaigh outscored their opponents 11 to 1 in a comprehensive performance. It was a great team performance with 9 different scorers and confidence will be high goinginto next weeks semi final.

Team: Sean Gallagher, Matthew Stewart, Paul Grier. Cormac Friel, Kieran Sheridan (0-2), Enda McHugh (0-1), Dean Burgess (0-1), Paul Sweeney, Kieran Gorman (0-2), Ryan Ferry, Caolan Bolton, Ciaran McHugh (0-1), Gary Helferty (0-2), Marty Doyle (-1), Paul Fisher (1-4). Subs: Patrick Ferry for Stewart (43m), James Whelan (0-1) & James Doyle for Helferty & R. Ferry (47m), Emmet Conaghan for C. McHugh (50m), Sean McHugh for M. Doyle (53m), Nigel Black

*U13 A Northern Final*

For the first time in 8 years the Club will have a team competing in an ‘A’ Northern Final in when our U13s take on St Eunans this weekend. The time and venue for this game has yet to be confirmed so please stay tuned to the clubs social media pages for confirmation.


This weeks lotto numbers were 3-4-19-22. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Tony & Anne Helferty, Noelle Toye, Tony McGettigan, and Gary Helferty. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,220.

*Underage Coaching*

Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*

Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included

- Entered into every draw every week

- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)

- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*

The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*

For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on or see our website

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*

A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Milford Sewage Plant Stinks - Cllr. O'Donnell

That is the view expressed this week by Independent Cllr. John O'Donnell after meeting a number of residents living close to the facil­ity. He has expressed his frustration about progress on what he terms as the completely outdated treatment plant and the lack of progress on any upgrade. He highlights this lack of progress saying that his father, the late Cllr. Eddie O'Donnell was raising con­cerns about the same plant more than 25 years ago.


The matter was also raised by Cllr. Liam Blaney at the last meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal Dis­trict. He said the current facility was not fit for purpose and people living in the vicinity were regularly being exposed to a bad odour.

The treatment plant is close to the renowed fishing lake of Lough Fern with Cllr. O’Donnell hear­ing claims that the outlet from the plant is going in there in a very unstable condition. Located close the town’s public services centre and overlooked by the Lough Fern and Moyle View estates, the issue has come in for stinging criticism for many years. Cllr. O’Donnell says he has sympathy for those living close the plant because the odour stinks and the rotten smell is no longer acceptable.

“It has needed a major upgrade for the last thirty years. There was a plan to link the Milford and Ramelton sew­age treatments plants in one unit in the vicinity of McAdoo’s Corner but that too has been abandoned.
There are huge sewage treatment problems in many other parts of the Letterkenny electoral area including Rathmullan, Kil­macrennan and Glen Village but unfortunately I do not see and short term solutions coming forward. All the Council could do was refer me to Irish Water,” added Cllr. O’Donnell.

Milford presented with Division 2 Trophy Following Win over Malin

By Alan Foley, Donegal Sport Hub

Four second half goals put the cherry on top for Milford, as they were presented with the All-County Football League Division 2 Trophy.

The side, managed by Danny O'Donnell had sealed their promotion last month with a win in Glenfin and the title was assured since last Sunday, when the last of their chasers, Four Masters, were beaten at MacCumhaill's.


Photo: The Milford panel celebrate with the All-County Football League Division 2 trophy at Moyle View last Sunday evening. Credit: Geraldine Diver

On Sunday evening at Moyle View Park, Malin, who still have promotion hopes of their own, were the visitors. Milford were 0-8 to 0-7 in front at the break, but second half goals from Cathal McGettigan (2), Kane Barrell and Darragh Black sealed a 4-11 to 1-13 win.


Donegal CAA vice-chairman Frankie Doherty presents the All-County Football League Division 2 trophy to Milford caption Patrick Peoples. Credit: Geraldine Diver

It’s been a rapid rise for Milford, who were a Division 4 side as recently as 2013 - the same year they won the Junior A Football Championship. This coming Saturday, Milford face Naomh Brid in the quarter-finals of the Intermediate Football Championship.


Investigation into yesterday's Ballybofey crash continues as two tragic women named

The two young women who died in yesterday’s tragic crash outside Ballybofey have been named locally as Kiara Baird, 19, and Maria Wallace-Carlin, 38.


The women were in a car which struck a pole on the Glenfin Road around 4.30pm.

The pair died from their injuries while a man who was also in the blue Citreon C3 car is being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

A full forensic examination of the scene took place yesterday and the road was reopened to traffic last night.


Although both women were not from Co Donegal, they lived locally in Ballybofey.

Kiara is understood to be originally from Dublin while Maria, a mum of three boys, is understood to be from Derry originally.

Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time near the townland of Camish and who may have witnessed the single-vehicle crash to come forward.

The women’s deaths means that ten people have now died on Donegal’s roads so far this year.



Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Intermediate Championship*

CLG BnaG v Naomh Columba & Naomh Brid

Convoy, Saturday 24th @ 3pm & 4.30pm

In a change to what was previously announced the Championship Quarter Finals will now take place on Saturday 24th instead of Friday 23rd. Both teams are still in the same venue and both games will still take place in Convoy. Throw in for the Reserve game is now 3pm with the Seniors at 4.30pm. All support greatly appreciated

*Division 2*

CLG BnaG 4-11 Malin 1-13

Congratulations to Danny, Paul and all the players and management who collected the Division 2 title with a win over Malin yesterday. It was an entertaining game with both teams trying to play quick free flowing football. Malin were preparing for a Senior QF against Dungloe next week and the first half was a tight affair. Na Galloglaigh could possibly have been further ahead at the break but a purple patch for Malin in the last 5 minutes of the first half seen the half time score at 0-8 to 0-7 to the hosts.In the second half however Na Galloglaigh got their purple patch with quick goals from Cathal Mc Gettigan and Luke Barrett stretching their lead. Again though Malin fought back and got a goal themselves to close the gap to just a point before further goals from McGettigan and Darragh Black ended the game as a contest to see Na Galloglaigh run out comfortable winners 4-11 to 1-13. Afterwards captain Paddy Peoples collected the Division 2 trophy from Frankie Doherty and attention now turns to the Intermediate quarter final against Naomh Brid next Saturday. That game has a 4.30pm throw in in Convoy and it would be great to see the fantastic support displayed yesterday repeated next week in Convoy.

Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Barry McNulty, Sean Black, Tj Evesson (0-1), Gary Merritt (0-2), Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen, Luke Barrett (1-2), Cathal McGettigan (2-1), Pauric Curley, David Curley (0-1), PJ Hagan, Christopher Barrett (0-2), Darragh Black (1-1). Subs: Kyle Black (0-1) for S. Black (HT), Anthony Fisher and Gavin Grier for P. Curley and Logue, Brandon Toye for Evesson (50m), Enda McHugh for McNulty (58m), Cormac Friel, Caolan Bolton, Paul Sweeney, Martin Doyle, Dean Burgess, Conor McNulty

CLG BnaG 5-13 Malin 0-5

Our Reserves eased to a comfortable home win against Malin on Saturday past. Na Galloglaigh raced out of the blocks and got the first score when Paul Sweeney burst through the Malin defence to unleash an unstoppable shot to the top corner. Na Galloglaigh were totally dominant and had 3-5 scored before Malin got off the mark with Marty Doyle getting a brace of goals. Malin did come into the game a bit more and scored 3 points without reply but a 4th goal from Caolan Bolton and further points gave Na Galloglaigh a commanding half time lead of 4-8 to 0-4. The second half was a bit more even affair with scores not as easy to come by. Sub Jamie Whelan scored 1-1 with Paul Fisher, Doyle, Bolton and Enda McHugh all adding to their tallies from the first half. The defence restricted Malin to just 1 point in the 2nd half to record their biggest win of the season. The team are on a good run of form at present winning 5 of their last 6 games and will need to bring this into next Saturdays quarter final against Naomh Columba. Throw in in Convoy is at 3pm and all support would be welcome. Team: Gavin McFadden, Patrick Ferry, Gearoid Horkan, Matthew Stewart, Brandon Toye, Enda McHugh (0-3), Kieran Sheridan, Paul Sweeney (1-0), Kieran Gorman, Dean Burgess, Caolan Bolton (1-1), Ciaran McHugh (0-1), Paul Fisher (0-3), Martin Doyle (2-3), Emmet Conaghan (0-1). Subs: Ryan Ferry for C. McHugh (HT), Odhran Coll and Kieran McLaughlin for Conaghan and Horkan (40m), James Whelan (1-1) and Gary Helferty for Fisher and Burgess (45m), Cormac Friel for Gorman (50m), Paul Grier, Conall McFadden

*Minor Ladies Championship*

Our Minor ladies created their own bit of history on Saturday as they won their first minor county championship title. Since the club was founded in 2007 they have won every underage title apart from minor. They played a very good Convoy side in the county final Saturday in Glenswilly. The first half was a very tight battle with the teams coming in all square at halftime, Na Galloglaigh were the dominant team in the second half with the Convoy keeper making numerous point blank saves to keep them in it, It wasn't until the last ten minutes that Na Galloglaigh pushed on and got the goals to win the match on a score line of 5-11 to 4-4,This was an excellent team performance with Aisling Irwin, Taylor Doherty, Shauna McBride and Kellyanne Buchanan to the fore but Megan Ryan was by far the best player on the pitch. Scorers on the day were Shauna McBride 2-4, Megan Ryan 2-3, Kellyanne Buchanan 1-2 and team captain Niamh Gallagher 0-2.



CLG 3-12 Gweedore 3-7

Our U13s put in their best performance of the year on Sunday with an impressive 3-12 to 3-7 over Gweedore in Moyle View Park. Na Galloglaigh went in at half 3 points ahead on a score of 0-11 to 1-5, with some excellent points from Eoghan Heimstra & Shane Black. The display by all the players was immense especially the defenders with Jay Curann having his best display all season ably assisted by Liam Donnelly, Paul Ryan, Daragh McFadden and Eoin McElhinney. The 2nd half began brightly with a goal from Shea McBride followed by 2 goals from Shane Black who finished top scorer with 2-7. Rory Pyper and Kyle Burns dominated midfield with alot of running with the ball and excellent defending when needed, Owen McGettigan was commanding in goals, and the work rate of Cillian McBride & Eoghan heimstra was vital in keeping Gweedore at bay, Alec McConigley, Odhran Doherty & Callum Orsi did well when called upon, next up is an away game against Glenfin this Thursday evening and hopefully victory can ensure qualification to the Northern Final


This weeks lotto numbers were 7-10-17-21. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Grace McFadden, Cian McGettigan, David Curley, and Mary & Fergus McGinley. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,180.

*Underage Coaching*

Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*

Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included

- Entered into every draw every week

- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)

- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*

The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*

For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on or see our website

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*

A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC had three athletes take part in last Sunday’s Donegal Grand Prix 5k Road Championship held in Buncrana.

  Gerard Marley has improved exponentially over the past year, the Gortmacall man started tentatively running just over 21mins for 5km, but on Sunday he broke the 19 minute barrier for the 2nd time with a great pb of 18:49.

  Daniel Hewitt ran his 2nd fastest 5km, as he recorded 19:08, with Gillian Marley taking in the race as she settles back into 3rd level education, - running 21:21.

Marathon Training

A record number of club athletes are in steady training for the upcoming Dublin Marathon.  35 marathon hopefuls ran between 15 to 19 miles last weekend with a similar run scheduled for this weekend as most will run 15 to 20 miles.  Note: the Sunday run starts at 9am.


The club extend best wishes to club member Gareth Kerrigan and his fiancée, Amanda Hunter who will get married this Saturday.

Mulroy College 10km

On Saturday morning the Mulroy College 10km will take place, starting at the Mulroy College at 11am.

Upcoming Events

The cross country season is now about to commence with the first local race being the Area Primary Schools Cross Country due to take place in Milford on Tuesday 27th September.

  The Donegal Clubs Cross Country, juvenile and masters will take place in Castlefin on Sunday 2nd October.  The Donegal clubs uneven age groups and men’s and ladies novice will take place in Milford on Sunday 9th October.


The club extend sympathy to former couch to 5k participant Paul McCleary and family on the recent death of his father Tony.  May he rest in peace.

Renewed search for Arlene Arkinson in Castlederg

By Eimear McGovern

A new search is underway in Co Tyrone for the remains of Arlene Arkinson, who has been missing for 22 years.


A specialist team are examining a site one mile from Castlederg along with the PSNI, after being alerted by a farmer who discovered disturbed earth and stones in a remote area.

While there is no evidence at this stage to link Arkinson to the site, it is close to a road the 15-year-old travelled in 1994.

"The family of Arlene Arkinson have been advised of this development purely as a precautionary measure," said Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, head of Serious Crime Branch.

"It would be premature to draw any inference from this initial report or the police response to it at this time," he said, speaking to RTÉ.

Arkinson left Castlederg to go to a disco in Bundoran and was in the company of Robert Howard, a middle-aged Laois native.

Howard was later jailed with the rape and murder of a teenager in London, and was tried in 2005 for Arkinson's murder.

The Belfast jury was not told of his history of sexual violence in the controversial case, and he was acquitted and died in a Durham jail last year.

Authorities would later carry out searches at Akinson's sister's property in 1996 and 2002.


Top ten best places to visit in Donegal revealed…

Donegal is one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties and is a must-see for anyone visiting the emerald isle!

Popular website ‘Ireland Before You Die’ reviewed the ten best places you can visit in Donegal!

Below is their top 10 places to see in our amazing county, do you agree with their selections, or have they made some glaring omissions.

10. Glenevin Waterfall (Clonmany)

This amazing waterfall is located at the top of a short 2km hike through the woods in Clonmany. There is newly installed picnic areas on the way to the waterfall which blends in beautifully with the natural landscape. Footbridges towards the waterfall are dotted along the track as visitors criss cross the stream using the stepping stones. This place is definitely worth a visit.


9. Malin Head

Malin Head is located on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal. Here you will find the most northern point of the whole island of Ireland. The northernmost tip is the headland named Dúnalderagh (Banba’s Crown). The views in this area is spectacular and it is a place that any tourist must visit when they come to Donegal.


8. Dunree Bay

This gem can be found about five miles north of Buncrana in Inishowen and is close to the military museum of Dunree Fort. Here you will find breathtaking scenery, a secluded beach and tranquil country walks make this bay an absolute beauty to visit, particularly when the sun is shining. Duncree Bay is well worth a place on the top 10 places to see in Donegal.


7. Mount Errigal

Mount Errigal is a beautiful mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal. It is both the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains and of all the peaks in County Donegal. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the “Seven Sisters” by locals. The mountain is beautiful in both Summer and Winter and is a must see for anyone going to Co. Donegal.


6. Carrickfinn Beach

Carrickfinn Blue Flag Beach is one of Donegal’s finest beaches and is located close to Annagry on the western coast of County Donegal in the heart of the Irish speaking Rosses. Carrickfinn beach is an extensive sandy beach with excellent sand dunes. The beach is exposed at times during the tidal phase throughout the day. It is a beach that is well-deserving of a top 10 place.


5. Tory Island

Just 14km off the Donegal coast, is a magical island called Tory. This place is steeped in history and folklore, and is Donegal’s Gaeltacht areas – locals speak Irish fluently, so it would be advised to learn a few words before visiting here. Interestingly, on this island, the people elect a king, who acts as the community’s spokesperson. He’s a friendly fellow who greets each passenger ferry that lands and personally welcomes visitors! The island is also known for its passion for traditional music and culture, and you’re likely to find a lively session or two taking place in its local pubs! This place is definitely one of the best places in Donegal.


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4. Narin & Portnoo Beach

One of Ireland’s finest beaches! This beach has everything: beautiful sand, peninsulas and hills in the background. It is an absolute gem and should not be under-estimated. Anyone who has been there will know what we are talking about!


3. Portsalon Beach

Portsalon Beach is a beautiful sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Heritage Area. The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelling north east in the R246 from Carrowkeel to Portsalon. It is widely-recognised as one of Donegal’s finest spots and therefore, well worthy of a top 10 place.


2. The Slieve League Cliffs

These cliffs are ranked Number 1 attraction on tripadvisor for County Donegal and well deserving of that place. Climbing to the top of these cliffs and looking down is a truly memorable experience as the views are splendid. We highly recommended to add this place to the list of places to visit!


1. Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park is one of the six beautiful national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986. A fabulous place and it is our favourite place in County Donegal.