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MULROY WOODS EARNS ACCOLADE AS A ‘GREAT PLACE TO STAY AND EAT’

Mulroy Woods Hotel Milford has been awarded another incredible accolade – the Hotel is now listed in “Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay and Eat in Ireland”. Written by Siobhán Barrett-Doherty

Lucinda O’Sullivan is Ireland’s most widely read food and hospitality critic and through her ‘Little Black Book’ she shares her unprecedented knowledge of the Irish Tourism and Food Industry.

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Mulroy Woods Management Team: Shaun Boyle, Darren Mc Cann, Kasia Mastyna, Patricia Kelly (Owner), Donagh Mc Closkey, Siobhán Barrett-Doherty, Lee Vambeck

Lucinda is totally unsponsored by any organisation or body, she is free to include whom she feels she can personally recommend.

Owners Marty & Patricia Kelly are absolutely delighted, “We are totally overwhelmed to be in receipt of the Lucinda O’Sullivan recommendation. It’s more of an honour as the Hotel is only two years in business, we are a highly committed and invested team and are proud to say that we are going from strength to strength.

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“This is a very prestigious Little Black Book to be part of and it is testimony to the continued efforts of our hard working team. Inspectors came to the Hotel, they stayed, ate and drank and we were completely unaware of their presence.

“We had no idea until we were contacted by Lucinda O’Sullivan to advise us that we were recommended as one of only 4 Hotels in Donegal that is great “to stay and eat”.

Lucinda O’Sullivan has appeared on RTE’s The Restaurant as Guest Critic and is a frequent contributor on RTE’s most popular radio show Today with Pat Kenny. Her Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay & Eat is the hottest guide to Irish accommodation encompassing and unravelling the real Ireland of today which is funky, quirky, fun and gloriously romantic on the Wild Atlantic Way! She has an unerring feel for sourcing the little place that might be just that little bit different.

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“Mulroy Woods is passionate about ensuring a warm and inviting memorable experience for all our guests and our renovation and refurbishment projects throughout the last 2 years are testament to our continued efforts.

“Enhancements include the addition of 12 superior guest bedrooms, refurbishment of main Reception area, The Lounge, Harper’s Restaurant, The Mulroy Banqueting Suite and the Honeymoon Suite. There are also plans in the pipeline in the near future which will further enhance our product offerings.

“The Little Black Book is known as a godsend for travellers, they know and trust Lucinda and have followed in her footsteps for years. This will be a massive boost for business with very exciting times ahead for the Hotel.”

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Elderly tourist (70s) dies in car collision with truck

by Catherine Devine

An elderly tourist has died after a car collision with a truck in Co Donegal.

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The man (70s), who is believed to be an American tourist, was seriously injured in the car collision on Monday afternoon.

The accident, between a hire car and a truck, occurred on the N15 close to the Ballintra/Rossnowlagh Crossroads.

The man was rushed to Sligo General Hospital where he died last night.

The driver of the truck was unhurt but treated for shock at the scene.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Annual Club Draw*

Don’t forget to get your tickets for Annual Club Draw which takes place on the 4th of June. Tickets are available from all Senior players and Committee members. Tickets are €10 or 3 €20.

1st Prize - €2,000

2nd Prize – 500 Litres Oil (Sponsored by Whoriskeys Oil, Ramelton)

3rd Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by Lennon Lodge, Ramelton)

4th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by DSC Gym, Milford)

5th Prize – 500 Litres Oil (Sponsored by Donegal Oil)

6th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by Paul Fisher, Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre)

7th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by McCormicks Chemist)

8th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by Bodywork Gym, Milford)

9th Prize - €100 Voucher (Sponsored by McGettigans Butchers, Milford)

10th Prize - €500 Cash

*Donegal v Antrim*
Good luck to both Donegal sides who take on Antrim in the Ulster Championship this weekend. A special mention especially to Shaun Paul Barrett and his Minor team which includes Ronan Docherty, Ryan McMahon and Conor McHugh as well as Darran Nash, Luke Barrett and Conall McFadden in the backroom team.

*Seniors*

CLG BnaG 2-7 Glenswilly 1-7

Our Seniors got a big two points after a hard fought win over Glenswilly on Sunday. The first half was a fairly tight affair with scores for both teams hard to come by but intense and physical play from both sides throughout. Glenswilly got a fairly fortunate goal midway through the half but Na Galloglaigh responded well to get one of their own with 5 minutes of the half left. Darragh Black found Joey Cullen in space who rounded the Glenswilly keeper to finish, this goal left the visitors just a point ahead at the break, 1-3 to 1-4, however the loss of Neil Gallagher to injury after 20 minutes was a big loss for Glenswilly. The second half was a complete battle with Na Galloglaigh working their socks off throughout, and ten minutes into the half got a great boost when Tony Mcnamee found space to hit the back of the net for a second goal. Despite a late late goal scare Na Galloglaigh defended well and picked off some vital scores to get a hard earned and well deserved win over the county champions. The Club would like to thank our sponsor for Sundays game for their support, Nigel Black Roofing & Construction. There will be no game this weekend as Donegal play Antrim and all at the Club wish the Seniors and SPs Minors the best of luck. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Kieran Sheridan, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, David Curley, Gary Merritt, Tony McNamee (1-0), Joey Cullen (1-0), Luke Barrett (0-1), Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-5), Pauric Curley, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Darragh Black, Kyle Black, Paddy Peoples. Subs: James Doyle for D. Black (54m), Martin Doyle for K. Black (57m), K. Black for Cathal McGettigan (60m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Sean Black, Gavin Grier. Brandon Toye, Caolan Bolton, Matthew Stewart

*Reserves*

CLG BnaG 1-8 Glenswilly 1-10

The Reserves were left to rue defeat in a game they felt they should’ve won against Glenswilly. The opening quarter was a cagey affair as both sides took time to settle into the game. The visitors had the advantage of a slight breeze and the opened the scoring with a point after 10 minutes. Na Galloglaigh got back on level terms through an Enda McHugh free and were soon leading when Sean Black cut in along the endline and drilled a low shot into the Glenswilly net. But the lead was short lived as Glenswilly replied with a point and then when a high ball into the square wasn’t dealt with it resulted in a goal. Na Galloglaigh started to find it more difficult to create many scoring opportunities and were guilty of regularly getting turned over by a more physical Glenswilly team. However both sides added another 2 points each to leave Glen men leading by 1 at half time, 1-3 to 1-4. Na Galloglaigh upped their performance in the 2nd half and were able to create a few more gaps in the Glenswilly defence. 2 points from Cormac Friel and another from Ryan Ferry moved the home side into the lead as Na Galloglaigh took control of the game. Glenswilly responded with another 2 points before a brace from substitute Dylan Hegarty including a 45’ restored a 2 point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. But when Na Galloglaigh lost Gavin Grier to a black card and with their full quota of substitutions already used it left them with 14 players for the remainder of the game. Glenswilly began to fight back and made their numerical advantage count. They scored 4 points in a row including 2 great long range efforts from their centre forward, to take the lead again. Similarly to the Aodh Ruadh game last weekend, Na Galloglaigh won a 13m with only 30 seconds left on the clock. Whereas they scored an equalizing goal in that game, unfortunately they couldn’t repeat the same this time. Dylan Hegarty’s effort at goal was blocked and although the rebound dropped into the hands of Tony McGettigan the ref somehow deemed that the ball was picked off the ground a gave a free out signaling the end of the game.

Team: Gavin McFadden, Tony McGettigan, Paul Grier, Brandon Toye, Gavin Grier, Sean Black (1-0), Cormac Friel (0-2), Enda McHugh (0-1), Caolan Bolton (0-1), Patrick Ferry, James Doyle, Dean Burgess, Martin Doyle, Andreas Afxentiou, Anthony Fisher. Subs: Matthew Stewart for McHugh (15m BC), Emmet Conaghan & Ryan Ferry (0-1) for M.Doyle & Black (h/t), Dylan Hegarty (0-2) & Paddy Mc Carron for P.Ferry & Burgess (47m), Ryan Spike Flood for P.Grier (50m)

*Donegal U16 Ladies*
Well done to Alannah McFadden and Megan Ryan who were part of the Donegal U16 Ladies team who won the Ulster C Championship at the weekend with a 5-11 to 0-6  win over Armagh in Killyclogher.

*U16s*

Well done to our U16s who defeated St Eunans 2-13 to 1-5 on Friday evening to set up a Semi Final against Glenswilly next Monday evening in Glenswilly.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 4-18-19-24. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Eddie Connors and Sean & Maureen McCormack. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,540

Animals In Need Donegal needs urgent help to meet cost of rescue dog’s operation

Animals In Need Donegal’s volunteers carry out Trojan work in the county, rescuing and rehoming hundreds of animals.

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Every now and then, an animal comes to the charity in need of specialist care. And despite the difficulties that this brings, the volunteers rise to the challenge of raising the extra funds and committing to the high level of care required.

One such animal is Eve, a beautiful rescue collie currently in the care of the charity.

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Animals in Need Donegal issued the following statement on Eve’s condition and on how you can help:

Eve Operation Appeal

Animals In Need Donegal (AIN) are launching an appeal for help towards the veterinary treatment of a sweet little deaf Collie dog who we rescued from Letterkenny Pound on Christmas Eve.

The dog's fosterer named her Eve and noticed that she had a pronounced limp when she arrived, which a veterinary examination revealed was due to a fractured hip, believed to have been caused by an injury that happened some months before and had been left untreated.

On top of this, Eve is deaf.

The vet performed a very tricky, intricate operation on her leg and after a lengthy recovery period at the vets, she is finally back at her foster home, where she is getting five-star treatment and lots of TLC.

Eve has a long road to recovery and has suffered greatly, yet the veterinary staff said that no matter how many times they had to dress her wound or inject her she never once snapped or growled at them.

Her surgery and follow-up treatment amounts to approximately €1,000 but she is such a lovely dog, we were determined to do everything possible to save her leg and we are delighted to announce that she is making a fantastic recovery.

Animals in Need is a registered charity made up entirely of unpaid volunteers and is the only Rescue saving dogs from the Letterkenny Pound on a weekly basis, sometimes twice weekly if young pups are left in the Pound and need to be rescued urgently.

We rescued 720 animals in 2016, and this year is shaping up to be even worse, with over 100 dogs rescued from the Pound and 90 dogs surrendered by their owners to us since January 2017.

On top of this, kitten season is now underway and in the past fortnight alone we’ve taken in five pregnant mother cats, two of whom gave birth on Saturday night to nine kittens between them, plus five motherless kittens who needed bottle-feeding, an injured stray tom with an infected bite wound plus we’ve been busy neutering and feeding feral cat colonies.

If you could help in any way towards Eve’s vet bill and can help us to help more animals like her, donations can be made via Paypal atpaypal/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online at www.idonate.ie/1552_animals-in-need.html or you can donate €2 from your phone by texting the word KITTEN to 50300.

Thank you for your continued support.

Pieta House to open in Letterkenny this morning

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

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

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

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

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MORE THAN 70 DONKEYS IN LIMBO WITH DONEGAL SANCTUARY ON VERGE OF CLOSURE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donations can be made here via the on the gofundme page here https://www.gofundme.com/donegal-donkey-sanctuary-sos or via Paypal on their Facebook page or by cheque or postal order made payable to Donegal Donkey Sanctuary. You could also consider becoming a monthly donator.

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

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

Blue Banks stretch of the N56 outside Kilmacrennan to be replaced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He remains in police custody this morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Changes to this weekend’s North West 10k route

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runners and walkers can still register on-line at www.northwest10k.com ahead of Sunday’s big charity event. A registration office will also be opening at Letterkenny Community Centre on this Thursday and Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m.

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

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

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

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v Gweedore

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Lagan Cement

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

*Ladies Intermediate Gaeltacht Final*

CLG BnaG v Naomh Conaill

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

*Table Quiz*

Travellers Inn, Friday May 5th @ 10pm

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

*Division 1 Seniors*

St Michaels 1-10 CLG BnaG 2-7

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

*Division 1 Reserves*

St. Michaels 1-5 CLG BnaG 5-1

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

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 1-3-6-13. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Aodh & Roisin McCormack, Martina Grier, Kevin Coffey, and Rebecca Ryan. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,460

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v Dungloe

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Sean McCormack

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

*Division 1 Seniors*

Naomh Conaill 2-13 CLG BnaG 0-12

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

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

*U14 Girls*

CLG BnaG 4-11 Four Masters 3-3

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

*Last Man Standing*

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

*Lotto*

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

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

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

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

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

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Illegal dumping and mechanical turf extraction found in Glenveagh National Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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