Fascinating insight into society, economics, politics and war in Donegal in 1916

 

Speech by Niamh Brennan, County Archivist at launch of Digitisation and Online access to 1916 minutes of local authorities of County Donegal, Archives Service on 4 May 2017.

 

Thank you. Failte roimh go leir, chun seoladh digitiú Mhiontuairiscí naoi deagh se deag chuid Údaráis Áitiúla Chontae Dhún na nGall.

 

In 2016, the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, the Archives Service, in cooperation with three of the other Cultural Services of the County Council:  Museum, Heritage Office and County Library, produced and published a  history & heritage education pack entitled ‘County Donegal in 1916: From the Edge.

 

This was part of Cultural Services’ 1916 -2016 Commemorative programme. This successful pack followed similar Archives projects and was rolled out to schools across the county last year.

 

A second Archives led project in 2016 was the digitisation of the Minutes of meetings of County Donegal’s local authorities still extant in 1916. These were the eight Board of Guardians (the authorities managing the county’s 8 workhouses), the ten Rural District Councils, three Urban District Councils and the Ballyshannon Town Commissioners.

 

We are very fortunate to have in the County Archives so many surviving varying local authority records, though unfortunately the County Council minutes for this period do not survive, except for Jan- Feb 1916, and these had already been digitised.

 

The digitisation project was part-funded by the Donegal/ Ireland 2016 Commemoration Committee, under the Community Commemorative Grant Scheme. Quotes from reputable digitisation companies were sought and the project was given to Mallon Technology Ltd.

 

Our plan was that the minutes of meetings would be digitised into useful pdfs which would be easily downloadable online, with high resolution tiffs to be stored as part of the Archives Service’s permanent Digital Archive.

 

A lot of work is needed in order to put each pdf online. For example, each bound volume is divided into between four and six pdfs for the purposes of easy access to readers. This part of the project – the uploading- is ongoing. At present we have the Boards of Guardian 1916 records online and a number of the Rural District Council minutes, also a sample meeting from 1916 of Donegal County Council.

 

The varied content in the archived minutes offers researchers the opportunity to research the political, social and economic history of the county of Donegal in 1916, such an extraordinary year in our recent history.

 

In general the minutes of the meetings of the various local authorities in 1916 concern themselves with local matters of importance, such as managing the eight workhouses of the county; public and environmental health; the building, maintenance and tenancies of labourers’ cottages and houses ‘of the working classes’; maintenance of roads and footpaths; sewerage works; elections and school attendance. However local authorities sometimes passed or made efforts to pass resolutions at various times on a variety of national political issues.

 

The impact in County Donegal of the Rising in Dublin and tumultuous events elsewhere in Easter Week was slow to be felt, due to the lack of communications that week.  When news filtered through to the county at the end of April and early May,the Rising, its implications, and its aftermath in the weeks and months that followed were frequently the subject of comment and motions at Council and Board meetings.

 

The first reaction by some local authorities was to condemn the Rising.  On 8th May, Inishowen Rural District Council, stating that it was ‘representative of the nationalist people of Inishowen’ condemned  the Rising and the loss of life during Easter Week. Members expressed renewed confidence in John Redmond and the Irish Parliamentary Party, which it stated ‘was quite capable of safeguarding the interests of the nation without outside interference’,

 

Other reactions were more confused, with some members of councils and boards unsure how to react or what to feel. At a meeting of the Donegal Board of Guardians on 5th May, vice-chairman Edward Melley had protested a resolution condemning the Rising. A week later the Donegal Board read a letter, dated 13th May from Melley stating that members of the press seemed to believe he was in favour of the ‘recent disturbances in Dublin and in other parts of the country’, and stating that his remarks at the last meeting had been made on the spur of the moment.

 

But with mass arrests, executions and martial law, opinion began to change in County Donegal as well as elsewhere. In Donegal town, on 10th June, Donegal Rural District Council protested against the continuance of martial law ‘more particularly in this county where not a rebellious symptom was demonstrated’. The Council called on the Irish Parliamentary Party to take measures to influence the removal of coercive measures ‘always repugnant to the Irish people.’

 

Dunfanaghy Rural District Council condemned martial law on 10th June 1916. The Inishowen Rural District Council Minutes from May to July also include a motion from the board to the government not to exclude Ulster from a Home Rule settlement; and to withdraw martial law and release deported prisoners (imprisoned and sent to gaols in England in the weeks following the Rising). On 13th May, Ballyshannon Board of Guardians protested against marital law, the executions of the leaders, and the long terms of imprisonment imposed on the rebels. On 12th  June, Stranorlar Board of Guardians passed a resolution proposed by Cork Poor Law Union opposing any division of the country and demanding the immediate putting into operation of the Home Rule Act.

On 8 July Glenties RDC adopted a resolution condemning military rule. In December Dunfanaghy Rural District Council adopted a resolution condemning the ongoing imprisonment of Irishmen in English gaols.

 

Therefore, from the autumn of 1916 the tone of the minutes across the county is of widespread support for prisoners and a gradual move towards greater radical nationalism as seen in the country generally.

 

But the minutes reflect more than just the seismic political events taking place far away from the county. They also provide a direct insight into the social and economic situation in the county, and at a very local level.  For example, because the district councils were responsible for public health, there are references to vaccination programmes and to efforts to prevent the spread of diseases.  For example, in Stranorlar in June 1916 scarlatina broke out, due, according to the medical officer, the presence of an ‘objectionable drain coming from the laundry.’  In Ballyshannon, between  April and September four cases of scarlatina and one of TB were mentioned in the Rural District Council’s minutes: all patients were removed to the fever hospital.

 

The building of Labourers’ cottages was stalled throughout much of the World War I, but Letterkenny RDC minutes in 1916 refer to many difficulties encountered with rental and maintenance issues.

 

The economic effects of the ongoing War across Europe are obvious, for example, in December 1916 Dunfanaghy Rural District Council passed a resolution stating that it was a duty of landowners to increase tillage. Labour shortage as a result of the War, combined with bad weather caused many potatoes to rot that year, resulting in increasing prices and a shortage of potatoes.  Glenties Union asked the Donegal Committee of Agriculture to impress on the Department of Agriculture the seriousness of the situation, “ that during the coming spring, 75 of the 81 tenants of labourers’ cottages who held half acre plots would be unable to procure seed potatoes.’  In December 1916 a resolution was adopted by Letterkenny Rural and Urban Councils “pointing out to the Government the necessity of prohibiting the exportation of potatoes from Ireland.”

 

The many effects of the War is referred to many times, sometimes due to employment problems it brought with it. Letterkenny Board of Guardians minutes of June 1916 refer to an application by Miss S. O’Donnell to be released from her duties for six months as she had volunteered to be a Red Cross nurse in a military hospital in Belfast. In Letterkenny in 1916 the War became the central issue in a dispute over the appointment by the Letterkenny Board of Dr J. P. McGinley as dispensary doctor. There is myriad correspondence relating to this issue in 1916 and it is covered minutely in the minutes of meetings of the Board. The Local Government Board objected to his appointment as it was felt he should have joined the war effort, and tried to impose a Dr Walker instead, an older man. But the Board of Guardians held firm, and by November the younger McGinley was still in place. The Buncrana Urban District Council minutes reflect the unique situation there, with its Royal Irish Fusiliers base causing local friction, and problems with water supply and roads infrastructure and traffic during the year.  Although Ballyshannon Town Commissioners was nationalist in general, it still expressed its hope that Finner Camp would be used on a more regular basis for members of the ‘Irish brigade’ in training.

 

Members attending the quarterly meeting of Donegal County Council in February 1916 included An Cathaoirleach James Dunleavy, William Gallagher, Edward Gallagher, Hugh O’Donnell, James O’Donnell and John E Boyle. There were also members there only referred to by surname including Callaghan, Clarke, Davidson, Doherty, Hanna, McFadden, McGee and McNelis.

 

Overall the minutes of the varying County Donegal local authorities offer a fascinating insight into society, economics, politics and war in the county in 1916. By digitising them we are preserving them for present and future generations; by putting them online we are making them available now for the current generations on a global basis. We will keep you posted on the progress in uploading the remainder of the minutes online, and plan to continue with similar projects, as stated in our Strategy, Cultúr, over the next few years.

 

Digitised records can be accessed here.

 

 

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Seoladh Oifigiúil Sheachtain na Gaeilge

An Cathaoirleach, an Clr. Toirealach Ó Sluaighe agus daltaí ó Scoil Chóine, An Clochán Liath ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey pictured with children from Scoil Chroine, Dungloe at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

An Cathaoirleach, an Clr. Toirealach Ó Sluaighe agus daltaí ó Scoil Chóine, An Clochán Liath ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt
Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey pictured with children from Scoil Chroine, Dungloe at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

Bhí sárthaispeántas amhránaíochta agus damhsa ó dhaltaí Scoil Chróine dóibh siúd a bhí i láthair ag Seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann ar an Chlochán Liath maidin Dé Máirt.

Those attending the launch of this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rosann in Dungloe on Tuesday morning were treated to a wonderful performance from the children from Scoil Chróine.

Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath i mbun ceoil ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt. Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, Dungloe performing at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath i mbun ceoil ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt.
Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, Dungloe performing at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

Is féile idirnáisiúnta Gaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge leis an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn agus beidh sí ar siúl idir 1 – 17 Márta 2017, agus tá réimse leathan imeachtaí beartaithe do chontae Dhún na nGall le linn na féile. Faigh amach cad é atá ar siúl trí chlár imeachtaí a phiocadh suas in aon cheann dár gcuid Leabharlann nó ar an idirlíon ag www.ccdhunnangall.ie.

 Seachtain na Gaeilge is an international Irish-language festival promoting the use of Irish language and culture and takes place from 1 – 17 March 2017 and a wide range of events is planned for Donegal during the festival.  Find out whats on by picking up a programme in any of your local libraries or Council offices or click here .

Seoladh Chlár Imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge le haghaidh 2017 i Leabharlann na Rosann ar an Chlochán Liath maidin Dé Máirt Seachtain na Gaeilge Programme for 2017 which was launched in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

Seoladh Chlár Imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge le haghaidh 2017 i Leabharlann na Rosann ar an Chlochán Liath maidin Dé Máirt
Seachtain na Gaeilge Programme for 2017 which was launched in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath i mbun ceoil ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt. Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, Dungloe performing at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath i mbun ceoil ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt.
Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, Dungloe performing at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

 

Damhsa Gaelach ó dhaltaí Scoil Chróine ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt Some traditional Irish dancing from children of Scoil Chróine at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

Damhsa Gaelach ó dhaltaí Scoil Chróine ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt
Some traditional Irish dancing from children of Scoil Chróine at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

 

Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath i mbun ceoil ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt. Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, Dungloe who performed at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath i mbun ceoil ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann maidin Dé Máirt.
Cór Páistí Scoil Chróine, Dungloe who performed at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan on Tuesday morning.

 

Roinn daltaí ó Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann ar an Chlochán Liath maidin Dé Máirt Some of the children from Scoil Chróine, Dungloe at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

Roinn daltaí ó Scoil Chróine, An Clochán Liath ag seoladh Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann ar an Chlochán Liath maidin Dé Máirt
Some of the children from Scoil Chróine, Dungloe at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

 

Seoladh Chlár Imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann ar an Chlochán Liath maidin Dé Máirt Launching this year’s programme for Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

Seoladh Chlár Imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge i Leabharlann na Rosann ar an Chlochán Liath maidin Dé Máirt
Launching this year’s programme for Seachtain na Gaeilge in Leabharlann na Rossan in Dungloe on Tuesday morning.

Winners of the 2016 Donegal Sports Star Awards

 

Sinead Jennings named as Overall Donegal Sports Star in 2016

Sinead Jennings named as Overall Donegal Sports Star in 2016

Winners of the 2016 Donegal Sports Star Awards

This year’s Donegal Sports Star Awards ceremony which was held in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday night was attended by well over 700 people. With over 200 nominations in over 40 categories, Friday night’s award ceremony was a wonderful display of the vibrant and diverse sporting community in Donegal.

The winners of the 41st Donegal Sports Star Awards are listed below:

Athletics
Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.
David Smith, Letterkenny A.C.
Kelly Mc Grory, Tír Chonaill A.C.
Mark English, UCD. A.C.

Winner: Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.

Brendan Boyce Winner of Athletics Category

Brendan Boyce Winner of Athletics Category

Badminton
Chloe Magee, Raphoe
Joshua Magee, Raphoe
Rachael Darragh, Raphoe
Sam Magee, Raphoe

Winner: Chloe Magee, Raphoe

Chloe Magee

Chloe Magee Winner of Badminton Category

Basketball
Dillon Muldoon, Donegal Town Basketball Club
Pádraig Mac Gettigan Letterkenny Blaze
Seán Mac Gettigan, North Star Derry
Sophie Carr, Donegal Town Basketball Club

Winner: Seán Mac Gettigan, North Star

Sean MacGettigan

Sean MacGettigan Winner of Basketball Category

Boxing
Brett McGinty, Oakleaf A.B.C.
Chloe McDaid, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.
John Moran, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.
Labhaoise Clarke, Carndonagh A.B.C.
Paddy McShane, Letterkenny A.B.C.

Winner: Brett McGinty, Oakleaf A.B.C.

Brett McGinty

Brett McGinty Winner of the Boxing Category

Camogie
Eimear Toland, Na Magha, Doire
Rhianne McDermott, Burt
Sinead O’Kane, St. Eunan’s

Winner: Rhianne McDermott, Burt

Rhianne McDermott

Winner of Camogie category

Clay Pigeon shooting
David Mc Groary, Donegal Town
Gearóid Driver, Raphoe Gun Club
Joe O’Donnell, Carrigans & St. Johnston Gun Club
Mark Barnett, Raphoe Gun Club

Winner: Joe O’Donnell, Carrigans & St. Johnston Gun Club

Joe O'Donnell

Joe O’Donnell Clay Pigeon Shooting

Cue Sports
Eamon Harkin, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny
Ronan Whyte, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny
Sean Devenney, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny
Shaun Sharkey, Dungloe

Winner: Sean Devenney, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

Sean Devenney

Sean Devenney Winner of Cue Sports category

Darts
Alasdair Moore, Letterkenny
Anthony Whoriskey, Newtowncunningham
John Flood, Milford
Jordan Boyce, Newtowncunningham
Paddy Boyce, Newtowncunningham

Winner: John Flood, Milford

John Flood

John Flood Winner of Darts category

Special Athlete
Cormac Sweeney, Nemo Special Olympics Swim Club, Ballyshannon
Eoin Rooney, Nemo Special Olympics Swim Club, Ballyshannon
Ethan Daly, Nemo Special Olympics Swim Club, Ballyshannon
Laoise Lennox, Nemo Special Olympics Swim Club, Ballyshannon

Winners: All four

Cormac Sweeney, Eoin Rooney, Ethan Daly and Laoise Lennox

Cormac Sweeney, Eoin Rooney, Ethan Daly and Laoise Lennox Winners of the Special Athlete award

Cycling
Claire McIlwaine, Letterkenny & Phoenix C.C., Belfast
Mitchell McLaughlin, Drumkeen
Shauna McFadden, Letterkenny

Winner: Claire McIlwaine, Letterkenny & Phoenix C.C., Belfast

Claire McIlwaine

Claire McIlwaine Winner of Cycling Category

Equestrian
Dylan Browne McMonagle, Letterkenny
Gavin Harley, Rathdonnell, Letterkenny link to efootage
Kenneth Graham, Muff
Óisín Orr, Ballyare

Winner: Gavin Harley, Rathdonnell, Letterkenny

Gavin Harley

Gavin Harley winner of Equestrian category

GAA
Conor O’Donnell, Letterkenny
Eoin McHugh, Kilcar
Paddy McBrearty, Kilcar
Paddy McGrath, Ardara
Ryan McHugh, Kilcar
Yvonne McMonagle, Glenfinn

Winner: Ryan McHugh, Kilcar

Ryan McHugh

Ryan McHugh Winner of GAA category

Golf
Patrick Page, Letterkenny Golf Club
Philip Cassidy, Letterkenny Golf Club
Michael Shiel, Letterkenny Golf Club

Winner: Patrick Page, Letterkenny Golf Club

Patrick Page

Patrick Page Winner of Golf Category

Gymnastics
Emily E O’Connor Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Emmaléi Murphy, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club

Winner: Emily E O’Connor Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club

Emily E O'Connor

Emily E O’Connor Winner of Gymnastics category

Handball
Avril McNamee, Sean MacCumhaills
Odhrán McGlynn, Glenfinn
Oisín Marley, Sean MacCumhaills

Winner: Avril McNamee, Sean MacCumhaills

Avril McNamee

Avril McNamee Winner of Handball category

Hockey
Alexander Tinney, Raphoe Hockey Club
Ben Wallace, Raphoe
Denise McElhinney, Raphoe Ladies Hockey Club
Luke Witherow, Raphoe Hockey Club
Sarah Boal, Raphoe Ladies Hockey Club
Simon Goudie, Raphoe Hockey Club
Victoria Wray, Raphoe Ladies Hockey Club

Winner: Alexander Tinney, Raphoe Hockey Club

Alexander Tinney

Alexander Tinney Winner of the Hockey category

Hurling
Danny Cullen, Setanta
Lee Henderson, Sean MacCumhaills
Pádraig Doherty, Burt

Winner: Lee Henderson, Sean MacCumhaills

Lee Henderson

Stephen John Carlin Winner of the Hurling Category

Martial arts
Natasha Doherty, Three Rivers Shotokan Karate Club (Karate)
Patrick McFadden, Ramelton (Kickboxing)
Stephen John Carlin North West Shotokan Karate Club (Karate)
TJ McMenamin, Convoy (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)

Winner: Stephen John Carlin North West Shotokan Karate Club (Karate)

Stephen John Carlin

Stephen John Carlin Winner of the Martial Arts category

Motor cycling
Caolán Irwin, Kilmacrennan
Rhys Irwin, Kilmacrennan
Richard Kerr, Kilmacrennan

Winner: Rhys Irwin, Kilmacrennan

Rhys Irwin

Rhys Irwin Winner of Cycling Category

Motor sport
Declan & Brian Boyle, Leitirrmacaward
Donagh Kelly, Frosses
Manus Kelly, Glenswilly & Donal Barrett, Milford
Marty Gallagher, Letterkenny & Dean O’Sullivan, Convoy
Paddy Robinson, Kilmacrennan
Timothy Duggan, Milford

Winners: Manus Kelly, Glenswilly & Donal Barrett, Milford

Manus Kelly & Donal Barrett

Manus Kelly & Donal Barrett Winnes of the Motor Sports category

Olympic recognition
Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.
Chloe Magee, Raphoe
Mark English, UCD. A.C.
Patsy McGonagle, Finn Valley A.C.
Rena McCarron-Rooney, Buncrana
Sinead Jennings, Letterkenny
Tori Pena, Finn Valley A.C.

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Brendan Boyce, Chloe Magee, Mark English, Patsy McGonagle, Rena McCarron Rooney, Sinead Jennings and Tori Pena receiving Olympic Recognition Award

Power Lifting
James Collins, Culdaff
John Watson, Letterkenny
Megan Keown, Letterkenny
Paulina Coleman, Stranorlar

Winner: Paulina Coleman, Stranorlar

Paulina Coleman

Paulina Coleman winner of the Power Lifting Award

Professional Sport Achievement
Conrad Logan, Rochdale A.F.C.

Conrad Logan

Conrad Logan winner of the Professional Sport Achievement Award

Rowing
Edward Broekart, Bruckless
Kieran McDyre, Glenties
Patrick Boomer, Loughros Point Rowing Club
Sinead Jennings, Letterkenny

Winner: Sinead Jennings, Letterkenny

Sinead Jennings

Sinead Jennings winner of the rowing category

Rugby
Joseph Dunleavy, Letterkenny
Katie Norris, Moville
Larissa Muldoon, Cappry, Ballybofey
Nora Stapleton, Fahan

Winner: Nora Stapleton, Fahan

Nora Stapleton

Nora Stapleton winner of the Rugby category

Soccer
Adrian Delap, Derry City Reserves
Amy Boyle Carr, Glenties
Conor O’Donnell, Letterkenny
Marc Walsh, Gweedore
Roma McLaughlin, Peamount United, Dublin
Tyler Toland, Maiden City, Derry

Winner: Roma McLaughlin, Peamount United, Dublin

Roma McLaughlin

Roma McLaughlin winner of the Soccer Award

Surf lifesaving
Lisa Anderson, Letterkenny
Maia Monaghan, Rossnowlagh Surf Club nopics
Paddy Bond, Letterkenny
Triona McMenamin, Letterkenny

Winner: Mia Monaghan, Rossnowlagh Surf Club

Mia Monaghan

Mia Monaghan winner of the Surf Lifesaving Category

Swimming
Cora Rooney, Ballyshannon Marlins Swim Club
Éadaoin O’Raw, City of Derry Swimming Club
Grainne Russell, Swilly Seals
Ian Gaynor, Fahan & Widener University, Philadelphia
Jonathan Martin, Swilly Seals
Joyce Hudy, Swilly Seals
Thomas Coyle, Swilly Seals

Winner: Eadaoin O’Raw, City of Derry Swimming Club

Eadaoin O'Raw

Eadaoin O’Raw winner of the Swimming Category

Triathlon
Aidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Brendan Murphy, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Gavin Crawford, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
John Connaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Margaret Kelly, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Nicholas Fowell, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

Winner: Aidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

Aidan Callaghan

Aidan Callaghan winner of the Triathalon category

Primary School Sports Boy
Boyd Russell, Gartan N.S., Churchill
Evan Keown, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin
Joseph Peter Gillespie, Sessiaghoneill N.S., Ballybofey
Luke Mag Fhloinn, Scoil Náisiúnta An Choimín, An Chlochán
Patrick McGarvey, Dungloe N.S.

Winner: Luke Mag Fhloinn, Scoil Náisiúnta An Choimín, An Chlochán

Luke Mag Fhloinn

Luke Mag Fhloinn winner of the Primary School Sports Boy award

Primary School Sports Girl
Caoimhe Nig Fhloinn, Scoil Náisiúnta An Choimín, An Chlochán
Hannah Murray, St. Mary’s N.S., Castlefin
Molly Nulty, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin
Sarah Bradley, Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir Ceanainn

Winner: Hannah Murray, St. Mary’s N.S., Castlefin

Hannah Murray

Hannah Murray winner of the Primary School Sports Girl Award

Secondary School Sports Boy
Aaron Mc Colgan, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana nopics
Brendan O’Donnell St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny
Caolan O’Callaghan, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Conor Breslin, Deele College Raphoe
Conor O’Donnell, St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny
Gareth Doherty, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar
Ian Brennan, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar
James Kelly, Royal & Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe
Odhran McFadden Ferry, Gweedore Community School
Pat Loughrey, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana nopics
Peadar Mogan, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Seosamh Ó Donnléibhe, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

Winner: James Kelly, Royal & Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe

James Kelly

James Kelly winner of the Secondary School Sports Boy award

Secondary School Sports Girl
Aisling Nee, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Amy Boyle Carr, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties
Arlene Crossan, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Catherine Grier, Mulroy College, Milford
Chloe McDaid, Crana College, Buncrana
Claire Doherty, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Claudia Cuskelly, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Daniella Jansen, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar
Danielle McDevitt, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties
Eadaoin O’Raw, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana
Grainne Russell, Loreto Community School, Milford
Laura Crossan, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Mia Mc Calmont, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Olivia Cuskelly, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Sophie Carr, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Tyler Toland, Deele College Raphoe

Winner: Amy Boyle Carr, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties

Amy Boyle

Amy Boyle winner of the Secondary School Sports Girl award

Coach
Davey Hone, Buncrana Hearts & Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana
James Cassidy & Paddy Gallagher, Termon U-14 Boys Gaelic Football Team
Mandy McNulty, North West Shotokan Karate Club
Shaun Paul Barrett, Donegal GAA Minor Football Team
Shauna Carlin, Finn Valley Athletic Club

Winner: Mandy McNulty, North West Shotokan Karate Club

Mandy McNulty

Mandy McNulty winner of the Coach category

Appreciation
Gary Mc Cullagh, Raphoe Boxing Club
Richard Tinney, Raphoe Hockey Club
Seamus Maguire, Donegal Bay Rowing Club

Winner: Seamus Maguire, Donegal Bay Rowing Club

Seamus Maguire

Seamus Maguire winner of the Appreciation award

Team
Cockhill Celtic F.C.
Donegal Derry Vipers l
Donegal GAA Minor Football Team
Donegal Under 13 Relay Swim Team
Donegal Under 15 Sportshall Athletics Team
Letterkenny Golf Club Seniors Team
North West Shotokan Karate Club
Raphoe Ladies 1st XI Hockey Team
St. Eunan’s Under 16 Boys Gaelic Football Team
Termon Under 14 Boys Gaelic Football Team

Winner: Donegal Under 15 Sportshall Athletics Team

Donegal under 15 Sportshall Athletics Team

Donegal under 15 Sports Hall Athletics Team winners of the Team award

Primary School (SmaLL <100)
Little Angels Special School, Letterkenny
Scoil Náisiúnta An Choimín, An Chlochán
Tiernasligo N.S, Urris, Clonmany

Winner: Scoil Náisiúnta An Choimín, An Chlochán

Scoil Naisiunta An Choimin

Scoil Naisiunta An Choimin winner of Primary School Small award

Primary School (lARGE >100)
Niall Mór NS Killybegs
Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir Ceanainn
Scoil Mhuire N.S., Ramelton
Scoil Naomh Bríd, Muff
Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin
St. Patrick’s N.S., Lurgybrack, Letterkenny

Winner: St. Patrick’s N.S., Lurgybrack, Letterkenny

St Patrick's Lurgybrack

St Patrick School Lurgybrack winner of Primary School large award

Primary School Sports Teacher
Irene Mc Fadden, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir Ceanainn
Laura Ní Ghallachóir, Scoil Náisiúnta An Choimín, An Chlochán
Orla Sullivan, Scoil Mhuire N.S., Ramelton

Winner: Orla Sullivan, Scoil Mhuire N.S., Ramelton

Orla Sullivan

Orla Sullivan winner of Primary School Sports Teacher award

Secondary School
Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Carndonagh Community School link to efootage
Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon pics
Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana nopics

Winner: Carndonagh Community School

Carndonagh Community School

Carndonagh Community School winners of Secondary School award

Secondary School Sports Teacher
Aoife De Nais, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal Átha Móir, An Chlochán
Evelyn Crampsie, Mulroy College, Milford
Martin Cavanagh, Carndonagh Community School
Mary Bourne, Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
Paddy McDaid, Finn Valley College
Padraig Curley, Loreto Community School, Milford
Tonia Ní Chadhla, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

Winner: Aoife De Nais, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal Átha Móir, An Chlochán

Aoife De Nais

Aoife De Nais winner of Secondary School Sports Teacher Award

International Achievement
Bernie O’ Callaghan, Killybegs
P J Gallagher, Dungloe
Kieran Murray, Ramelton

Winner: P J Gallagher, Dungloe

PJ Gallagher

PJ Gallagher winner of International Achievement Award

Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement
Winner: Jim Doherty, Newtowncunningham

Jim Doherty

Jim Doherty recipient of the Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement award

Sporting Acknowledgement
Winner: Martin, Mark & Ryan McHugh, Kilcar

The McHugh Family

Martin, Mark & Ryan McHugh receiving the Sporting Acknowledgment award

Special Recognition
Winners :

Senior – Shaun Paul Barrett, Donegal GAA Minor Football Team

Shaun Paul Barrett

Shaun Paul Barrett recipient of the Special Recognition Award

Junior – Labhaoise Clarke, Carndonagh ABC.

Labhaoise Clarke

Labhaoise Clarke recipient of the Special Recognition award

Hall of Fame
Winner: John Campbell, Ballybofey

John Campbell

John Campbell receiving the Hall of Fame award

Overall DONEGAL Sports Star 2016
Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.
Chloe Magee, Raphoe
Manus Kelly, Glenswilly & Donal Barrett, Milford
Rhys Irwin, Kilmacrennan
Ryan McHugh, Kilcar
Sinead Jennings, Letterkenny

Overall Winner: Sinead Jennings, Letterkenny

Sinead Jennings

Sinead Jennings named as Overall Donegal Sports Star in 2016

Photo special from closing weekend of Heritage Week in Donegal

Donegal Sports Star Awards July review

Two of the undoubted highlights of Donegal Sports Star Awards July review were the European gold medals won by Show Jumper Gavin Harley and Transplant Athlete Ciaran Murray. At the end of the month Rathdonnell man Harley claimed a gold medal as part of an Irish team at the international U21 Championships, which were held at Millstreet in Cork. It was the first time that Team Ireland had won this age group title. Gavin who rode 12-year-old stallion Undergone van de Kapel was the anchor man for the Irish team and jumped the winning clear round to seal victory for the home nation.

 

Two time Donegal Sports Award winner Ramelton man Kieran Murray won a gold and bronze medal at the European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Vantaa, Finland. Despite a chest infection Kieran won the golf competition and finished third in the 800m final. Mark English wound up his preparations for the Olympic Games by running a season’s best 1:45.36 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London. It was a massive 2 minutes and 18 seconds better than the 1:47.54 that he clocked in an 800m in Hungary earlier the same week.

 

At the European Youth Athletics Championships in Tibilisi, Georgia Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC) and Brendan O’Donnell (Lifford-Strabane AC reached the finals of the High Jump and Hammer respectively. O’Donnell recorded a new Personal Best of 70.06m in Tibilisi while Finn Valley girls Arlene Crossan and Janine Boyle got to the semi-final stages of the 200m and 400m Hurdles respectively. A late injury meant that Crossan missed out on a possible chance of place in the final. Earlier in July, Crossan had won the 400m Hurdles Junior U-20 Final in Tullamore.

 

There was double delight for Donegal GAA at Croke Park on the last Saturday in July as both the senior and minors won their respective All-Ireland Football Championship quarter-finals. The Minors defeated Cork 2-13 to 0-13 points in the curtainraiser. After a sluggish first half, which saw them trail by four points Sean Paul Barrett’s boys produced a much better performance after the break to setup a semi-final meeting with Galway. Earlier in the month the Minors had triumphed in the Ulster Final by defeating Derry.

 

The Donegal seniors played well in spells on their way to a 0-21 to 1-15 win over Cork with Paddy McBrearty in sparkling form, hitting 11 points in one of the best individual displays witnessed at GAA Headquarters for many years.

 

Letterkenny 24/7 club member Aidan Callaghan produced a great performance in his first ever Iron Man event in Bolton to qualify for the World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii. Burtonport’s Joe Duffy got back to winning ways taking only 25 seconds to see off the challenge of Canadian Mitch Clarke at the MCM Grand in Las Vegas. It was fourth fastest submission in UFC Lightweight history. It was also Duffy’s 13th win from 15 professional bouts. It was a good July for the Irwin brothers from Kilmacrennan with podium finishes for Caolan and Rhys during Round 5 of the British Championships at Oulton Park at the beginning of the month. Rhys followed that up with a great weekend at the Irish Masters Championships held at the Mondello National Race Track. On an Aprilia the 14-year-old won his own 125cc category and was also the overall class winner getting the better of the higher powered 300cc Kawaskis while also breaking the lap record. Rhys is now the holder of both the Irish and International records at the Mondello Track. Another Kilmcarennan lad Richard Kerr had 3rd and 8th place finishes at the British Superbike Championships at Snetterton. Kerr followed that up a the next round of the championships in Thruxton with 10th and 5th places.

 

The Magee siblings Chloe and Sam made the quarter-finals of the US Open Grand Prix Gold event in Los Angeles. Chloe reached the last eight in the singles and along with her brother Sam also made it to the mixed doubles quarter-finals. Donegal retained their All-Ireland U21 Hurling C title with a 3-7 to 1-2 win over Fermanagh in Omagh. In athletics Christopher Doherty from Tirconaill AC won the Pole Vault at the Irish U23 and Junior Championships in Tullamore. Two of his club colleagues Kate McGowan and Kelly McGrory both had second places in the Junior U-20 400m Hurdles and U23 400m Hurdles Finals respectively in Tullamore.

 

There was disappointment for Donegal Town man Karl Griffin who failed to qualify for the European Championships 800m Final in Amsterdam but he did run a season’s best time in his heat. Letterkenny AC’s David Smith won gold in the U15 800m Final at the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore while Oisin Kelly of Cranford AC took silver in the U13 600m event. Dylan Kearns of Finn Valley AC won two silver medals at the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore. He was a member of the 4x100m relay team who came second and also finished runner-up in the Javelin.

The Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club performed well at the Generali Open World Club Team Show Jumping Tournament in Lamotte-Beuvron, France finishing fourth behind the host nation. The team included Cassandra McGee, Derrybeg; Mickey McHugh, Falcarragh; Trish Warren, Falcarragh and John McDaid, Creeslough. The Chef d’Equipe was Lawrence Smyth, Falcarragh assisted by Frances McGee, Derrybeg.  Sisters Geraldine and Nicole McLaughlin were members of the Kerry Donegal team that won the New York Championship.

 

In Motorsport at the start of the month Declan and Brian Boyle finished third at the Lurgan Park Rally on a Saturday. And the following day the cousins in their Ford Fiesta WRC won the Smartpart ALMC Rally in Trim in the fifth round of the Triton Showers National Championship.

 

After a good start to July by Finn Harps when Ollie Horgan’s side made it three wins in a row thanks to a 1-0 victory over Galway Utd in Ballybofey there followed successive 1-0 defeats at the hands of both Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds and Wexford Youths in Ballybofey. After an outstanding career Shay Given announced his retirement from international football after 124 appearances for his country from when he made his debut in March 1996.

 

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Donegal Sports Star Awards June review

Seamus Coleman

June 2016 is a month that will forever be one of the undoubted highlights in the soccer career of Seamus Coleman. Quite unexpectedly the Killybegs man was handed the captain’s armband by Martin O’Neill for the Republic of Ireland’s final European Championship group qualifier game against Italy in Lille after John O’Shea dropped to the bench. Only three points would do against the Italians and Coleman played a hugely influential part in the 1-0 that setup a meeting with hosts France in the last 16 of the competition. The Everton man’s achievements captured the sporting headlines in Donegal as he retained the skipper’s role for the French game which ended in bitter disappointment as the Republic of Ireland bowed out of the Euros after losing 2-1 to France in Paris. Coleman had setup the Republic of Ireland goal in the 1-1 draw with Sweden in the opener at the Stade de France.

TJ McMenamin
Among the other significant highlights in the Donegal Sports Star Awards June review include the double gold for husband and wife Mick and Paulina Coleman from Stranorlar at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Single Lifts Championships in Wrexham, Wales. Paulina was winning her second world title in a row while it was three on the trot for Mick. In Martial Arts Convoy’s TJ McMenamin took gold in the Masters blue belt category at Heavyweight and landed two bronze medals at the British National IBJJF Championships hosted in the Crystal Palace Sports Arena in London.

Paulina and Mick Coleman
There was an unbelievable end to the Donegal International Rally as local crew Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett took the title on the final stage in a Subaru Impreza S12 just half a second ahead of Cork driver Keith Cronin. Kelly and Barrett became the first crew to win the national and international sections of the event in successive years. And they became only the third all-Donegal crew to be crowned champions after Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan (1983) and the Boyle cousins Declan and Brian two years ago.
In early June Kilcar based Peter Donegan experienced bitter disappointment when he and his partner Nigel Power lost the Team Final to England at the European Masters Snooker Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania. Peter also reached the last 16 of the Singles competition. Meanwhile, Annette Pearson from Letterkenny also represented Ireland in the Euro Ladies Finals in both the singles and team categories.
Just a fortnight later Donegan, at 49 years of age, became the oldest winner of the Donegal Snooker Championship when he defeated Anthony Bonnar 4-0 in the final at the North West Club in Letterkenny. Donegan recorded a 116 break in the second frame against the nine times champion. He had also defeated reigning champion Aidan Devenney 4-0 in the semi-final where he put together a 75 break in one of the frames.

At the end of the month North West Snooker Club players Sean Devenney from Letterkenny and Ardara’s Ronan Whyte were members of a six-man Irish U16 team who won the international Celtic Challenge in Llanelii, Wales against the host nation. Ronan won two, drew two and lost while Sean won three, drew two and lost one. Sean also had the highest break of 68. In rowing the two time Overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner Sinead Jennings and her partner had a good weekend at the World Rowing Cup Final in Poznan, Poland finishing fourth overall in the A section. Competing in the Lightweight Double Sculls the Letterkenny woman had won her heat on the Saturday.
St. Johnston’s Brett McGinty missed out on a medal at the European Youth Championships after losing to an Armenian opponent in a quarter-final bout in Anapa, Russia. Young Letterkenny B.C. fighter Paddy McShane had success at the Hull Box Cup going all the way to win the final at the tournament in Yorkshire. 13-year-old McShane who was a member of the Ulster team has had a good year including taking an Irish title back in March and was also named Junior Cadet Champion during the month of June. There was also a gold medal for Ciara Craig of Dunfanaghy ABC at the Hull Box Cup in Yorkshire.

 

It was a one-two for Donegal as Tir Chonaill AC’s Kelly McGrory was the winner in the 400 metres Hurdles at the National Senior Athletics Championships in Dublin, Lurgybrack girl Arlene Crossan of Finn Valley AC produced a superb performance to finish second in the event. Rio bound Mark English, the reigning Overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner, made a welcome return to competitive athletics by retaining his Irish 800m title at the National Senior Athletics Championships in in Santry while Karl Griffin from Donegal Town was third in the same race. Milford man Brendan Boyce, representing Letterkenny AC, was third in the10k Race Walk while there was gold for Tori Pena (Pole Vault) in the most successful day ever for Donegal athletes at the National Senior Championships in Santry.
There was a gold medal for Finn Valley’s Sommer Lecky (High Jump) at the Tailteann Games in Santry and she set a new record that stood for 25 years while she was also named outstanding female athlete. At the same Games there were gold medals for Finn Valley boys Aaron McGlynn in the 800m and James Kelly with a throw of 16.85m in the Shot Putt. At the start of the month St. Catherine’s VS student Dylan Kearns won a Javelin silver medal at the Centenary Irish Schools Athletics Championships in Tullamore.
Letterkenny AC’s Natasha Adams finished second in the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. And there were gold medals at the Ulster Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast for John Kelly, Finn Valley AC (Senior Shot Putt) and Shannon Craig, Lifford/Strabane AC (Juvenile High Jump & bronze in the Senior High Jump). Meanwhile, Lifford/Strabane AC’s Brendan O’Donnell set a new personal best of 67.72m to win the U18 Hammer event at the Ulster Juvenile Championships also in Belfast. Letterkenny AC’s David Smith won gold in both the U15 800m and 1500m races at the Ulster Juvenile Championships on the Mary Peter Track in Belfast. Smith also took a bronze in the U15 High Jump. Meanwhile, Edward Grant took gold in his age category in the High Jump.
Donegal Town’s Dillon Muldoon was named Division 3 Male Collegiate Player of the Year at the Basketball Ireland Awards held in Dublin’s National Arena after helping Sligo IT to the Division 3 title. He was MVP in the National League Final and was top scorer in Division 3. His club Donegal Nets were runners-up in the Shannonside League and won the Top Four trophy. There were also Basketball Ireland Awards for Abbey Vocational School (Girls ‘C’ School of the Year) and Coaliste Colmcille, Ballyshannon (Girls ‘B’ School of the Year). Rosses AC’s Ciaran McGonigle produced a super run to finish third in the Derry Marathon in a time of 2.41.24.
On the June Bank Holiday Monday Naomh Conaill retained their All-Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title with a 1-16 to 2-10 victory over Kerry’s An Gaeltacht in the final played at Ballyvourney in Cork. And there was a Donegal double the same day when Downings bridged a 34-year gap by taking the All-Ireland Junior Gaeltacht title with a 2-9 to 0-12 victory over Kerry’s An Gaeltacht in the final played at Ballyvourney in Cork.

 

In Badminton Chloe Magee booked her place in round two of the Canadian Open in Calgary. Olympic qualifier Magee defeated Tai Yi of Canada over three sets, losing the first 21-10 but came back to win the next two, 21-18 21-19. However, Chloe then missed out on a quarter-final after losing to the number one seed Michelle Li in straight sets. In the mixed doubles Chloe and Sam Magee progressed to the last eight with a comfortable 21-15 21-13 win. Meanwhile, Sam and Joshua Magee needed three sets on to reach the last eight against a Canadian pair, winning 27-25 19-21 21-19.
The St. Eunan’s U14 Girls won the All-Ireland Camogie Feile Shield title defeating Cappoquin from Waterford in the decider 2-01 to no score. Indeed it was a very successful couple of weeks for the St. Eunan’s U14 Camogie team who completed the domestic double with a County Championship Final win over Carndonagh to add to the earlier league title success. It ended 4-04 to 0-00 to complete their double and bring home a second straight U14 A County Championship title to O’Donnell Park.
In cycling Muff man Ronan McLaughlin won the first Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race. He finished the 555k cycle in a time of 19 hours 45 minutes and 48 seconds. Runner-up was Jason Black with Joe Barr third. The first riders home were the two-man team of Conor McElwaine and Matthew McKinley in a time of 17 hours and 44 minutes. In equestrian 13-year-old James McCloughan from Kilmacrennan represented Ireland at the Junior Tetrathlon Championships at Mortem Morrell, Warrickshire. James was on the Irish team competing against England, Scotland and Wales with the events including running, swimming, pistol shooting and cross-country riding. The Coaliste Ailigh student is a member of the East Donegal Pony Club.
The Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club became the first Irish team to be selected to represent the country at the Generali World Show Jumping Tournament in Lamotte-Beuvron in France. The Donegal team got the nod from the International Affairs Committee of the Association of Irish Riding Clubs (AIRC) for the competition which is organized by the Federation Francaise d’Equitation (FFE). 1992 All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy received the Freedom of Donegal award at a Civic Reception in Lifford.

 

The Donegal Senior Football team had to settle for a draw after a late Conor McManus free gave Monaghan a second chance in an Ulster Championship semi-final that ended 1-11 to 0-14 with Odrhran MacNiallais getting his third goal in two games for Rory Gallagher’s side. Earlier in the quarter-final and despite playing the entire second half with just 14 men following the straight red card dismissal of Neil McGee Donegal comfortably saw of the challenge of Fermanagh 2-12 to 0-11 with MacNiallais getting the ‘Man of the Match’ award after scoring 2-1 against the Ernesiders and that also earned the Gweedore man the GAA.ie ‘Footballer of the Week’ accolade.
The Donegal Minors booked their place in the Ulster Final with an impressive 3-15 to 2-12 victory over Monaghan at Breffni Park. Reigning Ladies Ulster Senior champions Donegal suffered defeat in the provincial semi-final going down 1-9 to 1-8 against Cavan in Killyclogher. In hurling
Donegal won the Ulster Senior Championship Shield Final for the first time thanks to a 5-13 to 2-14 victory over Monaghan in Enniskillen. Bryan Gorman from Donegal Town took a silver medal in the Masters brown belt category, at medium heavy weight at the British National IBJJF Championships hosted in the Crystal Palace Sports Arena in London. Paddy McBride, a native of Carrigart took bronze in his category. Other Donegal Rilion Gracie club successes included Declan Bushell also from Donegal Town who brought home a bronze in his category. Killybegs Sea Angling Club member Bernie O’Callaghan won a bronze medal as part of an Irish team at the European Sea Angling Championships in Wexford. Their success came in the longest fish category.
It was a good month for Finn Harps who at the start of June caused somewhat of a surprise with a 3-0 win over an in-form Sligo Rovers in Ballybofey thanks to a double from Sean Houston and one from Ryan Curran. Then after the mid-season break Ollie Horgan’s side carved out a significant win when overcoming bottom of the table Longford Town 2-0 at the City Calling Stadium. The result put them 12 clear of Longford and 11 in front of Bray Wanderers. It was the first away victory of the season for Ollie Horgan’s side. And it was first goals of the season respectively for Josh Mailey and Tony McNamee that secured the three points. Meanwhile the Donegal U16 girls’ squad won the Plate title at the Gaynor Cup in Limerick.
There was a big success for Milford Tennis Club member Bernard McGettigan who won the Tipperary U16 Boys singles title in his first ever competition on clay.
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Council hosts Ulster Minor & Senior Football Finals Press Conference

Yesterday evening Seamus Neely the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council was delighted to host the Donegal GAA press conference ahead of the eagerly awaited Ulster Minor and Senior Football Finals in Clones on Sunday next.