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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Last man Standing*

The Minor Board are holding another Last Man Standing competition for the 2017 Allianz League this year. There is €200 to be won with €10 entry. Forms will be available from any member of the Minor Board in the coming days and also online via the clubs Facebook page. You can also enter online using paypal, simply use your paypal account to send your entry fee and selections to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Provincial Games*

Well done to Darragh Black who made his Donegal debut at the weekend in the 1-6 to 2-14 defeat to Cavan in the McKenna Cup. Darragh becomes the first clubman to play for Donegal since Caolan McGettigan featured against Derry in the 2009 McKenna Cup. Cathal McGettigan was also in action as his Sligo IT side were beat 1-21 to 1-15 by Mayo in the FBD League, with Cathal scoring 0-1 from corner forward.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 3-4-14-22. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Seamus Durkan and Charlie Barrett. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,860

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Gardaí in Milford issue van details as burglaries feared

GARDAÍ in Milford have issued an urgent crime alert on men acting suspiciously in the Ramelton and Ballyare areas.

It’s the third warning in five days in the same general area amid fears that travelling criminal gangs are casing houses to carry out burglaries.

The latest alert – issued at 1pm – is for a white Mercedes Benz van with the partial northern registration YJI.

It has been acting suspiciously near homes in Ramelton and Ballyare earlier today.

Anyone seeing a vehicle matching the description should call Milford Garda Station on 07491 53060.

It follows an alert in Ballyare and Leitir areas on Saturday involving an English-registered VW Golf.

And last Thursday suspected thieves were operating in the Killycrean area near Ramelton in a silver Renault van.

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Stay up to date on Gritting Routes and Road Conditions

WITH forecasts for severe wintry weather over the coming days, Donegal County Council have urged road users to take extra care and to stay up to date on routes to be gritted and road conditions.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning and is forecasting very cold wintry weather from tonight (Wednesday) onwards.  Showers will turn wintry in many places with falls of sleet and snow expected especially on higher ground. 
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Donegal County Council would like to remind all road users to take extra care on the roads and to allow more time for their journeys during these wintry conditions.
 
Motorists and road users in Donegal can stay up to date on routes to be gritted by checking the Donegal Winter Gritting map which is an interactive map available on www.donegalcoco.ie. This map is linked to the Council's social media platforms and provides information on routes and length of routes to be gritted on any given night as well as an hourly forecast feed for most areas of the county so that users can check their local weather forecast for the next 12 to 24 hours.  It also shows locations where sand and grit stock is available for use by the public. 
 
Road users can also view live road conditions at a number of locations around the county and across the northwest via the Council's website. Locations include N56 at Gaoth Dobhair, N15 at Bundoran, N 15 at Lough Mourne, N15 at Killygordon, N13 at An Grianan Aileach, A515 Foyle Bridge and A6 at Glenshane Pass.
 
These resources have been developed over the last number of years with a view to providing road users and motorists with the necessary information to make safe driving decisions during the winter months. 
 
Stay up to date on road conditions and gritting plans this winter by following us on Twitter @roadsdcc @donegalcouncil or by following us on Facebook.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

As the New Year gets underway the vibrant local road race scene has already kicked off, with the hosting of the ‘Michael Murphy Sports 3km/5km’ in Letterkenny last Sunday.  This race usually took the form of one 5 mile route, but this year the organisers revamped the event to give competitors the choice of the shorter 3km of 5km options.  This seemed to drum up extra interest as up to 200 took part in both events.

  Milford’s Paul Russell made a return to competition in his first outing since the Dublin Marathon.  The Churchill man finishing 7th in the 5km event in 18:32.

  On Sunday also, a fundraising 5km event was held in Clady, Co. Tyrone where over 300 took part.  Philip McGovern was the club’s sole representative and in home territory, he continued his remarkable continuous improvement, running a pb of 20:12.

Up-Coming Races

This Sunday the Lifford 5km series starts in Carrigans with a 10:15am start.

On 29th January the 2nd race takes place in Strabane and on 12th February the concluding race takes place in Lifford.

Finn Valley AC are not running their 5km series this year, instead – promoting one ten mile race “The Glenmore 10 Mile” on 5th February.

Milford Series

The 1st of the Milford AC 5km race will take place on Saturday 25th February followed by the 2nd race on Friday 24th March.

The Community Games 5km will take place on Friday 14th April.

Couch to 5km

The club couch to 5km programme 2017 will commence on Monday 23rd January 2017, running for 9 weeks, culminating with the 2nd Milford 5km series race on 24th March.  The weekly programme will be as before, i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday commencing at 7:30pm sharp at the track around the football pitches at Moyle.  Cost is €50.00 for the nine weeks.  The fee will also act as club membership for the remainder of 2017.

  Over the past number of years the Couch to 5km programme has been a catalyst for setting people on the road to improved fitness and achieving running feats previously thought unattainable, i.e. completing 10km, a half marathon and in some cases – a marathon.

Training

Juvenile training has now taken a break and will resume on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

Senior group training has resumed as normal from Tuesday 3rd January at 7:30pm and will continue on Thursdays at 7:30pm and Sunday mornings at 10:00am.  New members welcome.

Club Membership Fees

The club membership fees have been set similar to last year, i.e. one juvenile athlete €25.  2 juveniles from one family €40.  3 = €60.  Family membership €100.  Senior and master men and ladies €50.

  Club juvenile registration night will take place on Tuesday 17th January at 6:30pm.  All parents and coaches are asked to attend.  Club children’s officer Darina Ferry will be in attendance to give a talk on child protection protocol etc.  All senior and masters athletes are asked to have membership fees paid by the end of January 2017.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

After a historic season a successful Annual Dinner Dance was held on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. It was a great night with a large crowd in attendance. Our successful U21 team from 1996 was commemorated on the night along with a number of individual awards, congratulations to all.

Senior Player of the Year: Cathal McGettigan

Young Player of the Year: Darragh Black

Reserve Player of the Year: Caolan Bolton

U21 Player of the Year: Gavin Grier

Ladies Player of the Year: Niamh Gallagher

G4M&O Player of the Year: Pauline Cullen

Scor Appreciation Award: Brendan Ward

Referee Appreciation Award: James McGinley
Club Persons of the Year: Aodh & Roisin McCormack

*Exiles Match*

Back on St Stephens Day we had our annual exiles match which was great Craic once again. It was great to see former players back from overseas and across the country dusting off their boots for the game which, funnily enough, ended in a draw once again, 6-9 to 3-18, meaning the Exiles retain their trophy! Thanks to James McGinley for refereeing and everyone who came out on the day and joined in on the fun. See you all at same time, same place next year!

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*Provincial Games*

A number of our players were involved in games with and against county opposition at the weekend. Darragh Black was on the bench for Donegal in their 4-13 to 2-20 defeat to UUJ in the McKenna Cup on Sunday, while in Leinster Jonny Logue wore number 6 for Carlow IT in their 5-18 to 0-4 defeat to Offaly in the O’Byrne Cup. In Connachts FBD League Cathal McGettigan scored 0-2 for Sligo IT who lost 6-21 to 0-15 to Roscommon.

*Last man Standing*

The Minor Board are holding another Last Man Standing competition for the 2017 Allianz League this year. There is €200 to be won with €10 entry. Forms will be available from any member of the Minor Board in the coming days and also online via the clubs Facebook page.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 1-14-16-20. No jackpot winner, 5 match 3 winners, win €15 each. Tara Friel, Ann Marie Hannigan, Patrick Gallagher, John Og Friel, Peter & Patricia Orsi. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,820

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Storm Barbara to bring 120k/ph winds to Donegal

SEVERE weather is en route to Donegal and is set to disrupt the lead-up to Christmas, with Storm Barbara bashing the north west for a 24 hour period from Friday.

Met Eireann have warned the weather system will bring gale force winds of up to 120k/ph and heavy rain. Forecasters expect the turbulent conditions to last for around 24 hours from about 9am on Friday, and have issued a yellow weather warning.
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Donegal and the north coast is likely to be worst affected by the strong winds, and the gusts are predicted to affect local parts all through the Christmas weekend.
 
As a result of Storm Barbara, Met Eireann has advised travellers to be aware of the potential for disruption this weekend, as the yellow weather warning is in place through to Christmas Day.
However, Ireland is not expected to suffer the worst of the winter storm, as Scotland is facing wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour during the festive weekend.
 
Barbara is the third storm to be named this year affecting Ireland and the UK, following Storm Henry in February and Storm Angus in November.
 
The decision to name severe weather systems was made jointly by the Met Office and Met Éireann following a series of powerful winter storms during 2013-14 that wreaked havoc in parts of Europe.
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Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Club 3km Handicap

The Annual Milford AC 3km Handicap will take place on Wednesday 28th December, starting at 1:00pm.  Registration will be at the clubhouse from 12pm.  Cost is €5.00.  Presentation and refreshments will take place in The Traveller’s Inn, Milford afterwards.  The race is open to athletes outside the club also.  Parents are asked to note, it is strictly only for children aged over 14 years old to comply with Athletics Ireland rules.

  Club handicaps are popular end of year races around the country where there is an element of fun combined with competitive running.  Afterwards the handicapper can be then regaled with tales of woe but all in the spirit of the event.  Athletes are reminded to record their own overall time as individual times will not be recorded on the day.

Boxing Day Races

The Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC annual Boxing Day races will also give athletes an opportunity to run off the Christmas excess.

2016

As 2016 draws to a close, another successful year has been recorded by the club, both in terms of athletic achievement, and the numbers taking part in senior, masters and juvenile categories.

  In closing the year, the club wish to thank all who have contributed in any way to the continued success of the club over the past year, in particular the many voluntary helpers at various events in 2016, to the various sponsors, primarily Marine Harvest, Fanad, and the Mulroy Woods Hotel.  To all media outlets, in particular, the Tirconaill Tribune, and Francis Diver.

  The club extend a safe and peaceful Christmas to all, and a Happy and successful New Year.

Christmas Training

Juvenile training has now taken a break and will resume on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Group senior training will take place on Thursday 29th December at 7:30pm.  On Sunday 1st January the ‘Sunday run’ will take in the Atlantic Drive run/walk on New Year’s Day commencing at 12pm.  Proceeds in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Senior group training will resume as normal on Tuesday 3rd January at 7:30pm.  New members welcome.

Two men detained after Killygordon cocaine seizure

Two men have been detained following the seizure of an estimated €3,000 worth of cocaine from a house in the Drumcannon area of Killygordon area last night.

The men, believed to be in their 30s, are being questioned at Letterkenny Garda Station

The seizure comes as the latest CSO analysis of crime in the Donegal Garda Division shows that while crime in general was down between July and September, there was an increase in drug crime in the county.

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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

After a historic season it is hoped as many as possible will join us for our Annual Dinner Dance on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. Music will be by the Copycats and it is always a great night to catch up for those who have been away from home. Our successful U21 team from 1996 will be commemorated on the night. Tickets cost €30 and would make an ideal Christmas present!

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*Exiles Match*

Our Annual Exiles Match will take place this St Stephens Day as we welcome home all our former players and coaches for Christmas. All those hoping to tog out are asked to be at the pitch for 12 for 12.20 throw in. It is always a great days craic with a presentation afterwards in Dustys. With our successful U21 team from 1996 being commemorated at the dinner dance it is hoped as many as possible of them will dust off the boots for the match! All welcome as always!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 5-19-20-23. No jackpot winner or match 3 winners, two winners drawn win €35 each. Mary McAteer (Bingo) & Caroline mcAteer, Rathmullan. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,700

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Emaciated dog found in state of near collapse

An animal welfare group has revealed shocking photos of a skeletal greyhound which is feared to have been abandoned.

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The Animals In Need (AIN) group said today, Monday, that the “starving” greyhound was “emaciated” and in a “state of near collapse”.

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It was found by chance as a volunteer drove along the Ballindrait Road last Friday.

An AIN spokeswoman said: “The AIN volunteer stopped traffic and then carried the dog to her car as he was too weak to walk any farther.

“Named Spiorad (Spirit) by his rescuers, the male dog, who is approximately three years old, was then taken straight back to Donegal Town to an AIN foster home.

“He was settled down on a comfortable duvet and put under a heat-lamp to warm him up.”

Animals In Need volunteer Anne, who is now caring for him, said “This poor fella is in seriously bad shape. He's lucky to have escaped.

“He's covered in sores from top to bottom, extremely emaciated and all four paws are torn open and bleeding.”

The highly-experienced fosterer added: “He had all but given up. If not for the quick thinking of Fiona and Orla, who found him and have the kindest hearts, he would have most certainly been killed on the road.”

AIN revealed that a after a good sleep, warmth and small meals of special dog food, Spiorad is now able to stand up and has even managed to wag his tail at his rescuers.

The group believes he has a long road to recovery ahead, but is in the best possible hands and hopefully will be ready to start a new, better life in a loving home before too long.

For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188.

For cat and / or kitten enquiries, please call 087 7644420.

Animals In Need Ltd Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

National Cross Country, Dundalk
There was another huge turnout in Dundalk on Sunday for the National Juvenile Uneven
Age Group Championships and National Ladies and Men's Novice Championships.  The overhead weather conditions were as good as possible on a mid-December day and the underfoot conditions were equally good, bar a tad sticky on the undulating course.
On the ultra-competitive 12 race card, Donegal pride of place goes to Cranford AC's, Oisin Kelly, winner of the u13 boy’s race.  The Kilmacrennan ‘pocket rocket’ came from 9th to 1st over the last 1000mts to win comfortably, with devastating finishing speed.

  Milford had 2 representatives in action with both putting in best performances of the season at either end of the race programme.  Emma Floyd was straight into action in the first race of the day at 11:30am.  The Ramelton girl was competing in the u11 girl’s race for the first time at this level and came through the big field (155 starters) with relative ease, finishing strongly in 83rd place and was part of the county team that finished 5th.  Cranford’s Miah Fletcher, was 1st Donegal finisher here, in 14th place overall.

  Gerard Marley had to wait until 3:10pm, the men’s novice race being the last race of the day.  The Gortmacall man added to his CV of ever improving results to finish 159th in the ultra-competitive field of almost 200 starters, clocking 23:52 for the testing 6km race, averaging just over 3:58 per km.

  The first 2 Donegal finishers in the men’s novice have strong Milford connections, with Karl Duggan (LAC) making a welcome return to running in 15th place and Mark McPaul (FV) in 18th.  19 club teams finished, with Paddy Marley’s Clonliffe Harriers, winning the coveted team prize.  Nikita Burke, LAC, was lead Donegal finisher in the ladies novice with a top 16 finish.

Overall, a great days cross country for both athletes and spectators alike.

The Ryans

Noelle Ryan ran 2:05 in the searing temperatures of Lanzarote in the half Marathon on Saturday, while husband Paddy, chose the cooler climes of Roscommon to run his 3rd fastest time for 5km, posting a great 17:13 in his hometown on Sunday, finishing 2nd overall.

The club extends congratulations to the other Ryan’s, Danny and family, on making it to the final of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’.

Club 3km Handicap

The Annual Milford AC 3km Handicap will take place on Wednesday 28th December, starting at 1:00pm.  Registration will be at the clubhouse from 12pm.  Cost is €5.00.  Presentation and refreshments will take place in The Traveller’s Inn, Milford afterwards.  The race is open to athletes outside the club also.  Parents are asked to note, it is strictly only for children aged over 14 years old to comply with Athletics Ireland rules.

Club Membership Fees

The club membership fees have been set similar to last year, i.e. one juvenile athlete €25.  2 juveniles from one family €40.  3 = €60.  Family membership €100.  Senior and master men and ladies €50.

  Club juvenile registration night will take place on Tuesday 17th January at 6:30pm.  All parents and coaches are asked to attend.  Club children’s officer Darina Ferry will be in attendance to give a talk on child protection protocol etc.  All senior and masters athletes are asked to have membership fees paid by the end of January 2017.

Couch to 5km

The club couch to 5km programme 2017 will commence on Monday 23rd January 2017, running for 9 weeks, culminating with the 2nd Milford 5km series race on 24th March.  The weekly programme will be as before, i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday commencing at 7:30pm sharp at the track around the football pitches at Moyle.  Cost is €50.00 for the nine weeks.  The fee will also act as club membership for the remainder of 2017.

  Over the past number of years the Couch to 5km programme has been a catalyst for setting people on the road to improved fitness and achieving running feats previously thought unattainable, i.e. completing 10km, a half marathon and in some cases – a marathon.

County Board Presentation Night

The Donegal County Board Annual Presentation night will take place in the Finn Valley Centre on Saturday 14th January 2017.  Club founder, Hugo Duggan has been selected as the Hall of Fame recipient.

ace. The Kilmacrenan 'pocket rocket' came from 9th to 1st over the last 1000mts to win comfortably, with devastating finishing speed.Milford had 2 representatives in action with both putting in best performances of the season at either end of the race programme.
Emma Floyd was straight into action in the first race of the day at 11.30am. The Ramelton girl was competing in the u.11 girls race for the first time at this level and came through the big field (155starters) with relative ease, finishing strongly in 83rd place and was part of the County team that finished 5th. Cranford's, Miah Fletcher, was 1st Donegal finisher here, in 14th place overall.
Gerald Marley had to wait until 3.10pm, the men's Novice race being the last race of the day. The Gortmacall man added to his CV of ever improving results to finish 159th in the ultra competitive field of almost 200 starters, clocking 23.52 for the testing 6km race, averaging just over 3.58 per km.
The first 2 Donegal finishers in the men's novice have strong Milford connections, with Karl Duggan, (LAC), making a welcome return to running in 15th place and Mark Mc Paul, (FV) in 18th. 19 club teams finished, with Paddy Marley's, Clonliffe Harriers,winning the coveted team prize.
Nikita Burke, LAC, was lead Donegal finisher in the ladies Novice with a top 16 finish.

In the u.11 boys race, Cranford's, Caolan Mc Fadden finished a great 4th overall with young Churchill lad, Boyd Russell, running for Olympian, Derry, a close 5th.
John Mc Groddy, Cranford, was 10th in the u15 boys race.
Overall, a great days cross country for both athletes and spectators alike.

THE RYAN'S
Noelle Ryan ran 2.05 in the searing temperatures of Lanzarote in the half marathon yesterday, while Husband, Paddy, chose the cooler climes of Roscommon to run his 3rd fastest time for 5km, posting a great 17.13 in his home town today, finishing 2nd overall.
The club extends congratulations to the other RYAN'S, Danny and family, on making it to the final of ' Ireland's fittest family'

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

After a historic season it is hoped as many as possible will join us for our Annual Dinner Dance on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. Music will be by the Copycats and it is always a great night to catch up for those who have been away from home. Tickets cost €30 and would make an ideal Christmas present! More details to follow in the coming weeks.

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*Exiles Match*

Our Annual Exiles Match will take place this St Stephens Day as we welcome home all our former players and coaches for Christmas. All those hoping to tog out are asked to be at the pitch for 12 for 12.20 throw in. It is always a great days craic with a presentation afterwards in Dustys. All welcome as always!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 5-19-20-23. No jackpot winner or match 3 winners, two winners drawn win €35 each. Mary McAteer (Bingo) & Caroline mcAteer, Rathmullan. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,700

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Gardai issue warning following scam in Milford

Gardai in Milford have issued an urgent warning about a scam.

People in the Milford area have been contacted by people claiming to be from the Revenue Commission requesting payment.

Gardai have advised anyone who is approached in this manner to contact Milford Garda Station and not make any payment unless you make direct contact with the Revenue Commission.

Garda Dog Unit called in to assist search for missing man

The Garda Dog Unit has been called in to assist in the search for a man who hasn’t been seen for 3-4 weeks.

73 year old Jim Boyle also known as Philemy was last seen almost a month ago near his home at Oughterlin outside Rathmullen.

The search is continuing today with local land owners in the area again urged to check outhouses and land for any sighting of Mr.Boyle.

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Donegal to Calais - Refugee Support

Donegal to Calais - Refugee Support

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We are two brothers (Francis and Declan Meehan) from Milford, Co. Donegal who are planning to make the trip to Calais in France with a van kindly donated by a local businessman. We intend to fill it with items needed most by refugees who are still arriving there everyday, even since 'the Jungle' camp has been removed. Many of those in and around Calais have come from war-torn Syria, and many of those are vulnerable, unaccompanied children and young adults.

We, like so many of you, have been hugely touched by the refugee crisis that has been raging over the past few years. We've felt the same frustration at the lack of support, humanity and care that has been shown to these people fleeing from some of the most wartorn regions of the Middle East and Africa, as well as at how they are being portrayed in some of our media. So we've decided to head over there and try to ease their difficulties just a little in the run up to Christmas.

We will be travelling to Calais the weekend of December 16th. Money raised will go towards the cost of fuel, a bit of accommodation and the ferry and Eurotunnel. Anything not put to those costs will be donated to Care4Calais, a charity working on the ground with the refugees there. Time is of the essence so please donate as soon as you can - no matter how little. Every little helps!

We are also looking for people to donate items - sleeping bags, heavy blankets, tents, boots, coats, etc. Things that will keep those sleeping rough warm through the winter. Our drop off point is with Premier Services in the IRD Office, Main Street, Milford. The full list of items needed is available here.

We would be hugely grateful to all support received! Also, please spread the word and share on social media! 
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