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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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Kilmacrennan NS beat 5,500 schools to become All-Ireland champs!

Kilmacrennan National School have all the answers!

Well, they had most of them after winning the All-Ireland Quiz Final in Dublin’s RDS yesterday.

More than 5,500 schools entered the competition from throughout Ireland and Kilmacrennan came out on top!

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The quiz team of Ronan Mc Ginley, Eoghan Quinn, Thomas Cannon and Eilis Russell should be incredibly proud of this fantastic achievement!

The team, along with family and friends including school principal John Devenney, enjoyed a brilliant homecoming at their school last night.

Well done guys on a brilliant achievement.

Breathtaking documentary will tell the unique story of Glenveagh National Park and its last private owner

Viewers around the country will be treated to a breathtaking documentary on Glenveagh National Park tomorrow.

Entitled 'Henry McIlhenny: Master of Glenveagh', the documentary will tell the story of the last private owner of the Glenveagh Estate.

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McIlhenny, from Philadelphia, purchased the estate in 1937 before leaving it to the nation in 1983. The gardens and castle were then opened as a national park.

The documetary will air tomorrow 10:15pm - 11:10pm RTÉ One.

Milford students get short, sharp, shock on road safety

Schools in Milford took part in a community roads safety initiative organised by North Donegal Community Network (NDCN) this week, with a number of guest speakers visiting Mulroy College and Loreto Community School to talk to students on roads safety and driver responsibility.

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

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He said “As young people begin to learn how to drive and begin driving on our local roads, with this great independence comes great responsibility. It’s too late unfortunately to change our driver behaviour when something bad happens on our roads, and we are delighted that both the students and the schools have come on board in helping us to promote this important message. Driving with care is in the interests of the entire community.”

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Speaking at the event, Brian O’Donnell, Roads Safety Officer with Donegal County provided an outline of some of the key statistics regarding road traffic incidents and fatalities within Donegal and Ireland.

Each of the statistics brought attention to the unfortunate reality that hidden behind the numbers, were people’s lives and families impacted every day in the aftermath of incidents on our roads.

Garda Superintendent David Kelly spoke to students in the schools on driver responsibility.

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“We are here today to talk to you because we care about you and we want you to be safe on our roads. On our roads, the highest number of road traffic incidents occur for people aged 25 years and under, your age group is at high risk and we hope you can help us to change that. All drivers should be aware of their actions on the road and how they can impact on both their own safety and that of others road users.”

Superintendent Kelly outlined some of the key causes of road traffic incidents and accidents encountered by Garda in Donegal, to include mobile phone usage while driving, driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, speeding, driver distraction and irresponsible actions such as donuts and diffing.

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“Social media can be misused to send out a false message to young people that irresponsible driving behaviour is something to be glorified. Can I say that the reality is, that we see first-hand some of the consequences of this behaviour when we are tasked to deal with incidents and people’s lives can be changes in an instant forever,” he said.

Superintendent Kelly outlined a few basic things that we all can do to protect ourselves on the roads, such as wearing a seatbelt, being aware of speed particularly on small rural roads, turning off mobile phones or other distractions and having regard for other road users.

 

Dr Gerry Lane, consultant in emergency medicine at Letterkenny University Hospital had a discussion with the students on his work in the hospital, the causes of road traffic accidents for the people who he and his team had helped in accident and emergency, and provided some key advice on how people can protect their lives while on the roads.

“The biggest danger to you in a car, if you are unfortunate to be in a collision, can be your girlfriend or boyfriend that is also in the car, if they are not wearing a seatbelt. This is also true of anyone else that is within the car. When an accident happens, the person you love can actually be the biggest threat to your life, so please, don’t be afraid to ask them to wear a seatbelt or to stop using their phone or to slow down.

“If you are in a car and you feel that someone is putting your life in danger in any way, you can take responsibility by asking them to stop. If you feel your life is at risk ask them to let you out of the car. Your mum or dad would be happy to come and collect you wherever you are, rather than for something to happen to you.”

The students had pre-prepared a series of questions which Doctor Lane answered honestly and openly.

Doctor Lane said that the most difficult aspect of his work was speaking the with the families and relatives of people whose lives had been changed forever as a result of accidents or incidents on the roads, “what you see is something that you can’t switch-off, and of course it does replay in your mind, when you care so much about people.” Doctor Lane outlined how each casualty stands out in his mind, and he outlined how one parent was mystified as to how he could remember details 12 years onwards of a fatal occurrence

North Donegal Community Network would like to thank the Principals and staff in both schools for partnering with the local community to bring attention to this important message, for accommodating the speakers and for the welcome received.

Particular thanks are expressed to teachers Catherine Crawford and Lisa Fitzsimmons, who worked jointly with the community in organising the talks. Speaking afterwards Bernard Trearty Chairman of North Donegal Community Network thanked Stephen Barrett from Donegal Local Development Company for supporting this project which was a first ever for the network.

Letterkenny motorists warned of heavy tailbacks following accident

Motorists travelling into Letterkenny have ben warned of heavy tailbacks this morning.

There is a large build-up of traffic from the Mountain Top Road into the town because of the icy conditions.

There are also unconfirmed reports of an accident at Mountain Top.

Motorists have been warned to allow more time for school runs and travelling to work.

Gardai have also issued an appeal for drivers to slow down and to allow for space between vehicles.

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Shock in Derry at sudden death of Ryan Mc Bride

Tributes are pouring in following the death of Derry City club captain Ryan McBride.

Tributes are continuing to be paid this morning to Derry City captain Ryan McBride who passed away suddenly last night.

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The 27-year-old was found dead at his Brandywell home.

There are no further details yet about the cause of his death.

His death has stunned has not only the club’s fans, but the wider city and the Irish sporting world.

Just hours before his death, Ryan had played a key role in helping his team to a 4-0 victory over Drogheda at Maginn Park.

That win maintained Derry’s 100% start to the new season, with four wins out of four.

Ryan, who had played for his home town club for six years and had been the club captain since 2015, scored vital goals against Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk during that run.

Derry City chairman Philip O’Doherty described his death as an ‘unbelievable tragedy’.

Mr O’Doherty said the main focus would be on supporting Ryan’s father and three sisters.

The club’s chairman said the other players in the team respected him so much.

“He gave so much on the pitch. He led by example. He wasn’t afraid to go in for a tackle, that was for sure and that encouraged other players to give 100%. He was an ideal captain,” said Mr O’Doherty during an interview with Radio Foyle this morning.

Mr O’Doherty said Ryan’s roots in the Brandywell area were one of the reasons why he was so popular with the club’s fans.

“He lived right beside the ground and he just walked home after every match. You would see him walking home with his bag after every game.

“He probably was the most popular player in the team.”

Mr O’Doherty said the club’s players and officials would be meeting this morning and would release a statement afterwards.

Inishowen left stunned following murder of local woman in India

The community of Inishowen has been left stunned this morning following confirmation that a young woman murdered in India yesterday is from Buncrana.

The identity of the young woman, who is in her 20s, has not yet been released officially.

However, sources have named the girl.

Local councillor Rena Donaghey said: “The whole community and the town of Buncrana is in deep shock today. Everyone is very saddened by the news.

“She was a lovely young woman who has come to a very sad end.

“She was very popular and very liked in the community. She headed off on a backpacking holiday in February to do some travelling.

“On behalf of the community, I would like to offer sympathy and condolences. I hope God will give the family strength at this tragic time to help them through the weeks and months ahead,” said the Fianna Fail councillor.”

The popular woman grew up in Buncrana, attending the local Scoil Mhuire secondary school.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told Independent.ie: “The Irish embassy in Delhi is in contact with the Indian authorities in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance.”

The victim was found in Canacona near Goa.

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Police sources told the Times of India that a local farmer noticed the body while he was on his way to the fields, in a woodland spot – 300m from a road.

According to IANS the victim had arrived in the Palolem beach area on Sunday evening to participate in Holi celebrations before being found dead on Tuesday.

“We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer told IANS.

Six “suspects” have been questioned by police in relation to the killing and reports say that one man is due to be brought before a court today.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Mighty Marty

Former world boxing champion, Barry Mc Guigan, said, " It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog", and that was certainly the case on Saturday last as the diminutive Marty Lynch put in a hell of a performance to win the 250 kilometer RACE in a record time of 13hrs 47mins.
The Ramelton man had an absorbing battle with Endurance specialist, Shaun Stewart. After the 1st run (23.6km) kayak stage (15km) and the 1st 96km cycle stage the Creeslough man had gained a substantial lead but on the mountain climb and 2nd cycle of 68 km Marty had reduced the deficit to just over 5mins.
A few km into the Marathon Marty discarded the heavier cycle clothing, took a chance on not getting cold later, a decision that propelled him into the lead and record a record marathon time for the event of 3hrs 31.  The phenomenal performance saw the Letterkenny based barber beat the course record, beat the teams and beat the darkness.
Michael Mc Hugh proved the surprise package of the day, (although not to Hugh Coll).  The Cranford man started with a near pb half marathon and an ok kayak.  But an exceptional 1st cycle (despite a puncture) saw him claw back many places to go into 3rd overall.  The mountain stage and the 2nd cycle (3 further punctures), saw him fluctuate between 3rd and 5th. Like Marty, it was the marathon stage where he made decisive ground moving clear to secure an unbelievable 3rd place overall in 15hrs 11mins.
Peter O Donnell put in a tough day with sickness and cramps.  After the mountain stage, himself, Damien Mc Bride and Hugh Coll headed off together for the 2nd cycle stage and that formation didn't change until the end, - all 3 crossing the finish together in joint 5th place in 15hrs 27mins.  Peter had the consolation of matching last year's finish place and improving time wise by 47mins.  Hugh Coll put in a great day also taking almost 2 hrs off his time from last year. His kayak time (1hr15.35) proved to be the fastest club time of the day and one of the fastest overall.  Damien Mc Bride was a first time entrant, and also coped well over the 6 stages, finishing strong with a sub 4hr marathon.

New club member Patrick McGee had an outstanding overall performance finishing in 17hrs33mins.  Despite lack of running training he ran 1:53 on the first run and put in a 4hr45 marathon.
Brian Doherty as a first time entrant also coped well with the challenges throughout the day.  His mantra was, to pace it well, and that he did, crossing the line in 17hrs 47mins.
Mark Scott completed very well throughout the day, the big former rugby player expected the marathon to be his toughest stage, having to walk much of it.  Like most, his goal was to finish inside the 24 hrs and that he did with 20hrs 37mins.
The team event was won by the aptly named, 'Three wise men', wise enough to do only sections of it!!
Joe Gallagher, the 2 runs, the exceptional 65 year old Martin Kerr having the fastest kayak and mountain climb times of the day, and Martin Gallagher doing the 2 cycling stages.
A great day overall where the weather was unprecedented and showed the County at its very best.
Great credit must go to Hugh Coll who encouraged, cajoled, and threatened even this group over the past six months.  6 days per week training, half day cycles every Wednesday and up to 11 hrs training on some Sundays.
It also proves, that if sports people are prepared to put in the work, battle the physical and mental challenges on the day and have a bit of luck, .. that targets can be achieved and ambitions realised.
Well done also to all the participants families who 'endured' over the past 6 months.
Thanks to Sylvester Hiemstra for great photos, to Darina Ferry for supply of tea homemade bread in Rathmullan and to all who came out to support.  Well done.

Ryan, Mc Neil and Winston Shine in Bundoran.
Thirteen club athletes travelled to sunny Bundoran on Saturday to take part in the popular Cara sponsored 10km and 10 mile events.
Paddy Ryan headed to the South of the County to compete for the second week in a row.  The Milford based Garda followed up his Killybegs 5km win with another impressive run, finishing 5th in the 300 plus field of the Bundoran 10km event, recording a good early season time of 36.53.

  Most took in the now favored 10 mile event, where the 1200 finishers surpassed the number of medals available on the day.  Richard McNeill is in fine form, the Belfast native recording his 2nd pb of the year with a 72mins 32sec finish time.  Teresa Winston is similarly setting new standards in 2017.  The Letterkenny teacher ran a pb of 81:16 in Stranorlar a few weeks ago but improved with the sea air in Bundoran to run a great 80:27.

Club Finishers
Richard Mc Neill 72.32 pb
James Whoriskey 77.16
Teresa Winston 80.27 pb
Francis Diver 80.38
Agnes Ryan 88.50
Eileen Hewett 89.49
Bernie Gallagher 90.56
Rosemary Mc Gee 93.14
Jacque Barrett 93.34
Ann Trearty 96.45
Kathleen Begley 1hr40.10 Pacing
Jim Mc Cahill 1hr 40.50

Well done to locals Nigel Black 85:50 and to Mulroy College Principal Fiona Temple who ran a pb of 91:31.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

2nd Marine Harvest Milford AC 5km

The 2nd Marine Harvest Milford AC 5km will take place in Milford on Friday evening 24th March starting at 7pm.

Registration will take place at the club house from 6pm.  Chip timing, entry fee as before, runners €8.00, walkers €5.00, prizes as before in usual categories.

The Couch to 5km group have almost completed their nine week training programme in preparation for this race.  The 50 plus participants have made great progress over the recent weeks and are now ready to tackle the popular 5km distance – many for the first time.

Club Presentation Night

The annual club presentation night will take place on Friday 31st March at 8pm in Mulroy College.  Special guest will be Danny Ryan.  The former professional boxer has maintained his fitness regime over many years, - inspiring his family to do likewise.  The family finished 3rd in “Irelands Fittest Family” hosted by RTE recently.

Danny went on to win a bronze medal at the Master’s World Indoor Rowing Championships held in New York recently.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

favoured 10 mile event, where the 1200 entry surpassed the number of medals available on the day.
Richard Mc Neil is in fine 2017 form, the Belfast native recording his 2nd pb of the year with a 72mins 32 secs finish time.
Teresa Winston is similarly setting new standards in 2017. The Letterkenny teacher ran a pb of 81.16 in Stranorlar a few weeks ago but improved with the sea air of Bundoran to run a great 80.27 on Saturday.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Club finishers in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile
Name. Time. Avg/km.
Richard Mc neill. 72.32 pb. 4.30.
James Whoriskey. 77.16. 4.48.
Teresa Winston. 80.27 pb. 5.00.
Francis Diver. 80.38. 5.01.
Agnes Ryan 88.50. 5.31.
Eileen Hewett. 89.49. 5.35.
Bernie Gallagher. 90.56. 5.39.
Rosemary Mc Gee. 93.14. 5.47.
Jacque Barrett. 93.34. 5.49.
Ann Trearty. 96.45. 6.00
Kathleen Begley. 1hr40.10. 6.13 Pacing.
Jim Mc Cahill. 1hr 40.50. 6.16.

Well done to locals, Nigel Black, 85.50 and To Mulroy College Principal, Fiona Temple, who ran a pb of 91.31.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1 Fixture*

CLG BnaG v St Eunans

Moyle Park, Sunday @ 3pm

Match Sponsor – Mulroy Music

Sunday will be a proud day for the Club as Moyle Park hosts its first ever Division 1 clash, and what a club to welcome in St Eunans. Na Galloglaigh had a fantastic win over Bundoran at the weekend but the Letterkenny kingpins will be a different story. All support for this huge and historic game would be greatly appreciated this Sunday at 3pm. Our Reserves also had a great win at the weekend and they will play St Eunans Reserves onSunday also at 1.30pm. Thanks to Patrick McBride and everyone at Mulroy Music for sponsoring both Senior and Reserve matches.

*Division 1 Seniors*

Realt na Mara 1-11 CLG BnaG 4-11

Na Galloglaigh got life in Division 1 off to a perfect start on Sunday with a good performance as well as a good win in Bundoran. It was the Clubs first ever match at these lofty heights but they managed to hold their own against everything Bundoran threw at them in the first 15 minutes. Shortly before the 20th minute however, when leading two points to one, Na Galloglaigh invited trouble from a short kick out, and although both Caolan Mc Gettigan and the Bundoran forward both seemed to slide in for the ball, the referee awarded the home side a penalty for a slide tackle. Thankfully it took less than five minutes for the boys to react when a break from deep saw Gary Merritt link up with Kane Barrett with Merritt finally hitting the back of the net from close range. This left the half time score 1-4 to 1-5 to Na Galloglaigh who would be playing with a not insignificant breeze in the second half. But it was the home side who came out strong at the start of the second half but the defence managed to limit them to just 1 point in the first ten minutes, while at the same time Gary Merritt got his second goal at the other end. Bundoran didn't lie down and made Na Galloglaigh work right til the end and in the final ten minutes Kyle Black and Joey Cullen added further goals to get the win. Whilst they deserved the win the scoreline possibly flatters Na Galloglaigh somewhat, and there are still lessons to be learned ahead of next weeks game. Next Sunday is a big one with Na Galloglaigh welcoming St Eunans to Moyle Park in a game sponsored by Mulroy Music. Team: Caolan McGettigan, Tj Evesson, Barry McNulty, Conor McNulty, Tony Mcnamee, Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen (1-0), Luke Barrett (0-4), Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-2), Pauric Curley (0-1), Gary Merritt (2-0), Christopher Barrett, Kane Barrett (0-1), Kyle Black (1-1). Subs: Darragh Black (0-2) for Curley (HT), Gavin Grier for Logue (45m), Sean Black for C. Barrett (50m), Kieran Sheridan for McNamee (55m), Dean Burgess, Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Caolan Bolton, James Doyle, Martin Doyle, Matthew Stewart

*Division 1 Reserves*

Realt Na Mara 0-10 CLG BnaG 4-9

The Reserves got off to a winning start against Bundoran in their debut game in Div1 Reserve. The foundations for the win were laid in the 1st half when despite playing against a stiff breeze the lads put together some great passages of play to work good scores. Midway through the half, Marty Doyle was pulled down as he rounded the keeper & Dean Burgess stepped up to slot the resulting penalty into the bottom corner of net. This goal was the difference between the sides at half time as Na Galloglaigh led 1-4 to 0-4. Na Galloglaigh raced out of blocks at the start of 2nd half with an Andreas Afxentiou goal within a minute of throw-in. Further points were added by Ciaran McHugh to give the visitors a comfortable lead. Bundoran did come back into the game after that and hit 4 unanswered points to reduce the deficit back to 4 points. But Ciaran Mc Hugh then added to his tally with a goal and a Marty Doyle goal in the last few minutes of the game ensured Na Galloglaigh ran out convincing winners in the end with a good all-round team performance.

Team: Shaun Gallagher, Matthew Stewart, Paul Grier, Tony Mc Gettigan, Brandon Toye, Enda McHugh, Cormac Friel (0-1), Caolan Bolton (0-1), Paddy McCarron, Dean Burgess (1-0), Ciaran McHugh (1-3), Ryan Ferry (0-1), Andreas Afxentiou (1-1), Marty Doyle (1-1), James Doyle (0-1). Subs: Partick Ferry for R.Ferry (h/t), Gearoid Horkan for Grier (45m), Emmet Conaghan for McCarron  (50m).

*U8 & U10 Training – No Training*

There will be no training this Friday due to it being St Patricks Day. Resumes as normal next week.

*Last Man Standing*

There were another 6 casualties over the weekend in the LMS, leaving only 14 as we enter week 5. Best of luck to those remaining!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 10-14-16-19. No jackpot winner, 1 match 3 winner, wins €70 each. Patrick Kerr, Milford. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,180

McMahons are motoring again in Milford

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It only seems like yesterday since I saw these cars brand new before anyone else in Letterkenny!

When my next door neighbour, Jim Tease, was not driving the fire engine for the Letterkenny Fire Brigade, he worked in Mc Mahon Bros. in Letterkenny.

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FIH 561, one of the First Massey Ferguson Tractors to be sold in Mc Mahon’s Brothers, Milford. Sitting on it is a very young Derek Mc Mahon and his father Arthur.

One of the jobs was to drive brand new cars down from Dublin for customers. Back in the day the latest in Hillmans, Chryslers, BMWs, Vauxhalls and Peugeost all landed down from Dublin where we would get a motoring preview of the latest in motoring.

“Hi Sir, Get Away from That Car” Jim would call to us, worried we would scrape them, but it did little to deter us from gazing into these brand new cars. No one had a brand new car in them days, but at least twice a week Jim would have one sitting outside his house overnight, with that tell-tale garage plates tied to the front and back bumper.

In those days Jim would have driven the new cars around the south to avoid Northern Ireland during the worst of the troubles.

Winding the clock forward and Mc Mahon Bros garage is just a memory in Letterkenny but in Milford where the family started their motoring business the name Mc Mahon is making a comeback in the motor car trade.

Where once the rattle of industrial sewing machines could be heard from The Fruit of the Loom Factory, now you’re more likely to hear the rattle of an Austin of England or a Beamer of Bavaria!

Rodger McMahon, a son of the late Derek Mc Mahon and grandson of the original Mc Mahon Brothers that started in business as millers in their home town before turning to the motor trade. That name is back in the motoring business in Milford.

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Derek Mc Mahon with a very young Enda Kenny with Irish F1 team owner Eddie Jordan, with a inscription included
“Big D, you made me”, signed Eddie Jordan.

Rodger is located in the old Fruit of the Loom factory next door to The Loreto Community School. The massive reception area is now a car showroom.

Everything is at a very early stage, boxes upon boxes of motoring photographic history, especially motor-sporting history which include Rodger’s father Derek and his Derek McMahon racing team, are everywhere just ready to go in the wall.

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Rodger and his wife Bridgeen with his late father and mother Derek and Anne representing The Donegal Oil Co. who were guests at the opening of Kelly’s Toyota New Showrooms in 2006. Photo: Brian McDaid.

Rodger has already built up a fine collection of fine classic cars, anything from a black Mini or Morris Minor or even a bright bright red Austin 1100 right through to a White Rolls Royce - or a lovely old Rover P5B sitting up in the corner.

Rodger owns most of the classic cars but he also welcomes others to leave in their cars and offer them for sale.

Sitting half way up the show room floor is one such car, an immaculate series 7 Avenger Estate with only 26,000 miles on the clock. It belongs to Letterkenny’s Andrew Harvey. Sticking my head in the door of this fine car, the old car smell takes me back 35 years to the first car I owned myself, a red car version of the same, it looks very standard now but in those days it was the business.

Granted, my Avenger was around the clock once, would jump out of second gear every so often but with that Eagles tape in the a Pioneer Stereo, it was the case of “take it to the limit one more time”, for me every time i got behind the wheel.

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A load of new cars on a transporter from Mc Mahons Bros on a TK Bedford making this way down the street at the Letterkenny Folk Festival.

Rodger has been flat out since he opened, he has loads of enquiries online, and is well equipped to deliver any cars sold anywhere in Ireland or England.

One of the rarest cars that Rodger has on his books is a Bond Equipe. It’s a fibreglass bodied, two plus two similar to the Triumph Herald. The car sits at the doorway of Rodger’s showrooms in Milford.

One of the photos that Rodger has ready to go up on the wall is that of two local heroes in motorsport from Donegal. They are pictured at their Mini Cooper as they get ready to start on the Circuit of Ireland Rally.

Robert Ward was the driver, also in the motor trade, based in Kerrykeel. Alongside him was Milford’s Phonsie McElwee. Both men, along with Rodger’s father Derek and indeed Andrew Harvey’s late father Eamon, were founding members of the Donegal Motor Club back in the the early 70s.

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The summer of ’72. Robert Ward from Kerrykeel and Phonsie McElwee with their Mini Cooper before the Circuit of Galway Rally in 1972 , just one of the photos from Rodger's history of Motorsport which he hopes to show at his classic showroom in Milford.

With all the memorabilia from Donegal’s great days of motorsport available, wouldn’t it be just great to put all this stuff together in a location like this?

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The Bond Car pictured on show at Rodger Mc Mahon’s showrooms in Milford. Photo: Brian McDaid

It’s just a perfect time warp to go down to visit and is opened Saturdays and Rodger is also about “off and on” every Sunday which has to be good news for classic car men for a nice dry location to view classic and vintage cars of years gone by.