Results of Donegal Sports Star Awards 2014

Donegal SportStar Sean O'Rourke

Cllr. John Campbell, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council presenting Sean O’Rourke with a beautiful painting of Downings with Neil Martin, Chair of Donegal Sports Star Committee at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 30 January 2015.

 

The winners of the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2014 are set out below:

 

Overall Donegal Sports Star 2014

Nominees:

Anne Marie McGlynn, Letterkenny A.C.

Declan & Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward

Geraldine McLaughlin, Termon

Mark English, UCD A.C.

Michael Gallagher, Finn Valley A.B.C.

Neil McGee, Gaoth Dobhair

Nora Stapleton, Fahan

 

The Winner is Mark English, UCD A.C.

Hall of Fame

The Winner is James McLaughlin, Burt GAA Club

 

Young Sports Person of the Year

Nominees:

John Kelly, Finn Valley A.C.

Karl Griffin, UCD A.C.

Rachael Darragh, Raphoe Badminton Club

Ryan McHugh, Kilcar

 The Winner is Karl Griffin, UCD A.C.

 

Special Recognition

The Winners are Donegal Men County Darts Team and

Malachy McDermott, Cockhill Celtic

 

Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement

 The Winner is Geraldine McLaughlin, Termon

 

International Recognition

The Winner is Finesse Gymnastics Display Team

 

Secondary School Sports Teacher

Nominees:

Paddy Carr, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana

Stephen Doohan, PCC Falcarragh

 The Winner is Stephen Doohan, PCC Falcarragh

 

Secondary School

Nominees:

Mulroy College, Milford

Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe

The Winner is Mulroy College, Milford

 

Primary School Sports Teacher

Nominees:

Eilís Mc Clafferty, Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny

Irene Mc Fadden, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Letterkenny

Kevin Cassidy, Little Angels School, Letterkenny

Máire McCole Keadue N.S., Keadue, Burtonport

Rory Kavanagh, Schoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny

The Winner is Máire McCole Keadue N.S., Keadue, Burtonport

 

Primary School

Nominees:

Dooish N.S., Ballybofey

Keadue N.S., Keadue, Burtonport

Lurgybrack N.S.

Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny

Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Letterkenny

Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin

Scoil Naomh Fionán, Whitecastle

St. Mura’s National School, Tooban, Burnfoot

The Winner is Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin 

 

Team

Nominees:

Clonmany B Tug of War Team

Donegal GAA Senior Football Team

Donegal GAA Minor Football Team

Donegal Men County Darts Team

Donegal Senior Ladies Surf Lifesaving Team

Finesse Gymnastics Display Team

Letterkenny Gaels Senior Men’s Football Team

Letterkenny Under 16 Medley Relay Swim Team

St. Eunan’s Senior Men’s Football Team

Team Donegal Race Around Ireland Cycling Team

Termon Senior Ladies GAA Team

Ulster Senior League Interprovincial Soccer Team

The Winner is Termon Senior Ladies GAA Team

 

Appreciation

Nominees:

Brid McGinty, Lagan Harps

Gary Mc Cullagh, Raphoe Boxing Club

The Winner is Brid McGinty, Lagan Harps

 

Team/Manager/Coach

Nominees:

Declan Bonner, Donegal GAA Minor Football Team

Donal O’Brien, Cockhill Celtic F.C.

Francie Friel, Termon Senior Ladies Football Team

James McIntyre Donegal Surf Lifesaving

Jim McGuinness, Donegal GAA Senior Football Team

Ray Durack, Donegal Hurling Team

The Winner is Francie Friel, Termon Senior Ladies Football Team

 

Secondary School Sports Girl

Nominees:

Christine Russell, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe

Karen Ward, St. Columbas College, Stranorlar

Lauren McElwaine, Loreto Community School, Milford

Tara Fergus Sheridan, Magh Ene College, Bundoran

Zoe McGlynn, Deele College, Raphoe

 The Winner is Karen Ward, St. Columbas College, Stranorlar

 

Secondary School Sports Boy

Nominees:

Aaron Mac Fhloinn, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, An Clochán

Barry McLaughlin, Crana College, Buncrana

Brendan O’Donnell St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny

Brett McGinty, Deele College, Raphoe pic in

Chris Flanagan, St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny

Christopher O’Donnell, Magh Ene College,Bundoran

Cormac Callaghan, St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny

Darragh O’Connor, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana

Jamie Brennan, Magh Ene College, Bundoran

Jason McGee, PCC Falcarragh

Kyle McCarron, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana

Michael O’ Donnel, Errigal College, Letterkenny

Seán Ó Duibheannaigh, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

Tommy Lee McCarron, Crana College, Buncrana

 The Winner is Brendan O’Donnell St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny

 

Primary School Sports Girl

Nominees:

Saoirse Bonner, Keadue N.S, Keadue, Burtonport

Sarah Jane Porter, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, Burnfoot

Stephanie Okoh, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Letterkenny

The Winner is Saoirse Bonner, Keadue N.S, Keadue, Burtonport

 

Primary School Sports Boy

Nominees:

Seán Ó Cuireáin, Scoil Náisiúnta, Ghort a’ Choirce

Shane McMonagle, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, Burnfoot

Shane O’Donnell, Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny

The Winner is Shane O’Donnell, Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny 

 

 

Triathlon

Nominees:

Aidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

Christine Russell, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

Gavin Crawford, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

Lisa Dalton, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

 The Winner is Christine Russell, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

 

 

Transplant Athlete

 The Winner is Kieran Murray, Ramelton

 

Swimming

Nominees:

Daragh Summerville, Ballyshannon

Matthew McGarrigle, Ballyshannon

Ellen Doherty, Swilly Seals

Emma Harvey, Swilly Seals

Jonathan Martin, Swilly Seals

Leon Vaughan, Swilly Seals

Rory Boyce, Swilly Seals

 The Winner is Matthew McGarrigle, Ballyshannon

 

 

Surf Lifesaving

Nominees:

Kevin Murray, Ballyshannon

Sarah Patton, Ballyshannon

Sarah Meehan, Ballyshannon

Triona McMenamin Letterkenny

 The Winner is Sarah Meehan, Ballyshannon

 

Soccer

Nominees:

Ciara Grant, UCD Waves

Gareth Doherty, Letterkenny Rovers

Lee White, Lifford Celtic

Malachy McDermott, Cockhill Celtic

Roma McLaughlin, Greencastle

Zoe McGlynn, Lagan Harps

The Winner is Ciara Grant, UCD Waves 

 

 

 

Snooker

Nominees:

Anthony Bonner, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

John Connors, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

Ronan Whyte, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

The Winner is Anthony Bonner, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

  

Sailing

Nominees:

Richie Fearon, Fahan

Sean McCarter, Buncrana

The Winner is Sean McCarter, Buncrana

 

Rugby

Nominees:

Larissa Muldoon, Cappry, Ballybofey

Nora Stapleton, Fahan

Shannon Heapes, Finn Valley R.F.C.

The Winner is Nora Stapleton, Fahan

 

Rowing

Nominees:

Conor Maquet, Loughros Point Rowing Club

James McGonagle, Kincashlagh Rowing Club

Paul McGonagle, Kincashlagh Rowing Club

 The Winner is Conor Maquet, Loughros Point Rowing Club

 

Professional Sport Achievement

 The Winner is Seamus Coleman, Everton F.C.

 

Power Lifting

Nominees:

Maria McShane, Raphoe

Mick Coleman, Stranorlar

The Winner is Mick Coleman, Stranorlar

 

Para-athlete

 The Winner is Noel O’Donnell, Bonagee United

 

Motor Sport

Nominees:

Declan & Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward,

Declan Gallagher, Ardara & Ryan Moore, Letterkenny

Donagh Kelly, Frosses & Kevin Flanaghan, Newtowncunningham

Kevin Eves, Pettigo

Zach Gibson, Rathdonnell, Letterkenny

The Winner is  Declan & Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward

 

Motor Cycling

Nominees:

Caolán Irwin, Kilmacrennan

Rhys Irwin, Kilmacrennan

Richard Kerr, Kilmacrennan

 The Winner is  Richard Kerr, Kilmacrennan 

 

Mind Sports

The Winner is John Joe McGee, Buncrana (Draughts)

 

 

Martial Arts

Nominees:

Adam Mc Daid, Elite Martial Arts, Derry

Daryl Orr, Ramelton

Elaine Dullaghan, Castlefin

Emma Ellis, North West Shotokan Karate Club

Marykate Finnegan, Rossnowlagh

Samantha Weir, Samurai Uladh Judo Club

 The Winner is Samantha Weir, Samurai Uladh Judo Club

 

 

Hurling

Nominees:

Danny Cullen, Setanta

Joe Boyle, Burt

Justin McGee, Seán MacCumhaill’s

Paul Sheridan, Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon

The Winner is Paul Sheridan, Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon 

 

 

Hockey

Nominees:

Alexander Tinney, Raphoe Hockey Club

Ben Wallace, Raphoe Hockey Club

James Corry, Instonians Hockey Club, Belfast

Luke Witherow, Raphoe Hockey Club

The Winner is James Corry, Instonians Hockey Club, Belfast

 

Gymnastics

Nominees:

Eilíse McLaughlin, Letterkenny

Maria Gallagher, Letterkenny

The Winner is Eilíse McLaughlin, Letterkenny

 

 

Golf

Nominees:

Brendan McCarroll, Ballyliffen Golf Club

Jack Duffy, Buncrana Golf Club

Kyle McCarron, North West Golf Club, Lisfannon

 The Winner is Kyle McCarron, North West Golf Club, Lisfannon

 

GAA

Nominees:

Geraldine McLaughlin, Termon

Michael Murphy, Glenswilly

Neil Gallagher, Glenswilly

Neil McGee, Gaoth Dobhair

Rory Kavanagh, St. Eunan’s

Ryan McHugh, Kilcar

The Winner is Neil McGee, Gaoth Dobhair

Equestrian

Nominees:

Erin Crawford, Castlefin

Evie Smith,Cruit Island

Gavin Harley, Rathdonnell, Letterkenny

Kelda Morgan, Altraskin Stables, St Johnston

Kenneth Graham, Muff

Lisa Moore, Glenleary, Ramelton

Ross Trearty, Ramelton

Tyrone Flanagan, Castlefin

The Winner is Lisa Moore, Glenleary, Ramelton

 

Special Athlete

The Winners are Meg Carr,Letterkenny and Patrick Quinlivan, Letterkenny

Cycling

Nominees:

Ciara Doogan, Errigal Cycling Club

Conor Halvey, Errigal Cycling Club

J. Doogan, Errigal Cycling Club

The Winner is: Ciara Doogan, Errigal Cycling Club

 

Clay Pigeon shooting

Nominees:

Gearóid Driver, Raphoe Gun Club

Paddy Brown, Carrigans & St. Johnston Gun Club

Peter Monaghan, Buncrana Gun Club

The Winner is: Gearóid Driver, Raphoe Gun Club

 

Boxing

Nominees:

Donna Barr, Twin Towns Boxing Club

Danny Tourish, Twin Towns Boxing Club

Darryl Moran, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.

Michael Gallagher, Finn Valley A.B.C.

Paul Tierney, St. John Bosco Boxing Club, Donegal Town

The Winner is: Michael Gallagher, Finn Valley A.B.C.  

 

Basketball

Nominees:

Cian Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze

Tadhg Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze

Andrew McGeever, Letterkenny Blaze

 The Winner is: Cian Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze  

Athletics –

Nominees:

Anne Marie McGlynn, Letterkenny A.C.

Mark English, UCD A.C.

Oisin Kelly, Cranford A.C.

Tori Pena, Finn Valley A.C.

The Winner is: Mark English, UCD A.C.

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Donegal Sports Star Awards – December delight for Anne-Marie McGlynn

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Donegal continued to deliver sporting success in the final month of the year with Letterkenny AC’s Anne-Marie McGlynn captaining the Irish Women’s team to a bronze medal at the European Championships in Bulgaria while there were national boxing titles for Bernie Stokes, Darryl Moran and Noel McBride. Finn Valley AC fighter Michael Gallagher was honoured by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association and Termon GAA star Geraldine McLaughlin picked up the Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly award while Ardara’s Ronan Whyte won a National U-16 tournament

Some of these high achievers will be hoping to feature among the nominees for the Donegal Sports Star Awards which take place on Friday, January 30th in the Mount Errigal Hotel. In athletics at the beginning of December Cranford AC’s Oisin Kelly won gold in the U-11 at the National Novice and Uneven Age Cross-Country Championships in Santry. Oisin also led his club and Donegal to silver medals in the team sections.  In the middle of the month Anne-Marie McGlynn captained the Irish Women’s team to a bronze medal at the European Championships in Bulgaria. McGlynn who finished 46th was the final Irish scoring team member to secure third place just a point ahead of the French. Athletics Ireland made a special presentation to Milford AC’ Hugh Gallagher for the being the first Irish person over 90 years of age to win Track & Field medals which the Carrigart man achieved with a combined eight golds at national indoor and outdoor events in Athlone and Tullamore respectively.

In snooker North West Snooker Club player Ronan Whyte, from Ardara, won a National U-16 tournament in Letterkenny with a 3-1 win over Jason Hagan. Before Christmas Coaliste Ailigh Letterkenny won the County U-16 blitz and will now play in the Ulster Schools competition in the New Year. Meanwhile Abbey VS defeated Carrick VS 33-23 to reach the All-Ireland Basketball play-offs which take place on Saturday 17th January in Galway. It was another good month for Donegal boxers with national titles for Bernie Stokes who became the first Twin Towns Bluestacks BC boxer to win in an Irish Final in the Intermediate super heavyweight final.  There were also National Intermediate Championship titles for Loughanure native Noel McBride, a member of Corrib BC in Galway and Daryl Moran, Illies Golden Gloves BC.

On the Saturday before Christmas Michael Gallagher was honoured at the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s annual awards night when he was presented with an Olympic Achiever Award following his winning of a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August. In cycling Dunlewey girl Amanda Gallagher was selected to join the 2015 Irish Cycling Talent Team. She was one of just four girls and eight boys chosen. That will be whittled down to three girls and three boys for the Irish squad that will represent the country at the Youth Olympics in Georgia next summer.

At the beginning of December Neil Gallagher (Glenswilly) was named Donegal ‘Senior Player of the Year’. And Paul Sheridan (Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon) was the recipient of the Donegal ‘Senior Hurler of the Year’ award. The Termon Ladies rounded of a truly historic season for the club by winning the Division 1 League title. Geraldine McLaughlin also picked up the Ulster GAA Writers Association awards for her stunning performance when captaining her team to victory in the All-Ireland Ladies’ SFC final during November.

Five players from Donegal were nominated for the Gaelic Life Ulster Club All-Star awards. In the list of 45 were St. Eunan’s players Conal Dunne and Rory Kavanagh along with Cloughaneely goalkeeper Sean McClafferty and the Urris pair Michael Grant and Kevin McLaughlin who is also nominated for the Young Footballer of the Year award.  Gweedore won the Donegal Minor ‘A’ Championship Final while Glenswilly’s Cormac Callaghan was named on the Ulster College’s All-Star team for his performances in helping St. Eunan’s win the McLarnon Cup. He became only the seventh player from the College to win the Ulster All-Star honour. On the Saturday before Christmas a goal in the dying seconds of injury time from Sean Hume helped St. Eunan’s lift the Donegal U-21 ‘A’ Football Championship title with a 3-12 to 1-15 win over Kilcar in the final. The following day a flying finish from Milford saw them win the Donegal U-21 ‘B’ Football Championship Final overcoming Convoy on a score of 3-10 to 2-9.

In early December Paul McGinley was named as the manager of the Irish Men’s and Women’s Golf teams for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. And Anne Condon became the first lady President of Letterkenny Golf Club. Raphoe Hockey Club reached the final of the Linden Cup for the second time in three years with a dramatic 10-9 penalty strokes win over South Antrim at Stormont. There were gold medals and a bronze for the Three Rivers Shotokan Karate Club from Lifford at the O.N.A.K.I. Open in Tallaght, Dublin. The golds went to Emma Doherty, Natasha Crawford and Claire Doherty while there was a bronze for Ryan Doherty.

In December it was confirmed that Buncrana man Sean McCarter will be presented with a prestigious ‘Outstanding Seamanship’ award at a function in the Cruising Club of America at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on March. He is receiving the award for his role as skipper in the dramatic life saving rescue of a crew member in the Pacific Ocean last March during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race on board the Derry-Londonderry-Doire. Loreto Convent Letterkenny’s Emma Vaughan, Cara Nulty and Emma Harvey all won gold medals at the Loreto Schools All-Ireland Finals.

The Mulroy College Milford became Ulster Senior Girls Schools champions for the sixth time defeating Gweedore in Dunfanaghy. On the Sunday before Christmas there was bad news for Ramelton man Conrad Logan who ruptured his Achilles tendon in the first minute of Rochdale’s League 1 game against Notts Forrest ruling the 28-year-old Ramelton goalkeeper out for the rest of the season. It was a devastating blow for Logan, who was on loan from Leicester City, as he had been fine form for Dale producing a ‘Man of the Match’ performance to keep his on-loan club Rochdale in the FA Cup at the beginning of the month in a second round tie that ended scoreless away against Aldershot before winning the replay 4-1 set up a third round FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest.

Seamus Coleman and Mark English were both nominees for the RTÉ Sport Person of the Year which was won by golfer Rory McIlroy and where the ‘Hall of Fame’ went to rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll. For further information go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or on Facebook at donegalsports starawards.

Donegal Sports Star Awards – A November to remember for Termon Ladies

Termon, Donegal v Mourneabbey, Cork - TESCO HomeGrown All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final

There has been many stunning Donegal sporting successes this year and another that most certainly merits inclusion in that category is the history making Termon Ladies side who won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Club title on the last day of November.

That fantastic achievement is set to figure in the nominations for the Donegal Sports Star Awards, which take place at the end of January along with the likes of Mark English and Karl Griffin who won their respective senior and junior Irish ‘Athlete of the Year’ awards last month.

November was good for martial arts as 12-year-old Marykate Finnegan from Rossnowlagh won three gold and a silver medal at the WTKA-WKA Unified World Championships in Carrara, Italy. Illies Golden Gloves club woman Sadie Duffy was a judge at the World Elite Women’s Boxing Championships in South Korea and in the ring Twin Towns BC’s Donna Barr won her third national title.

Four members of the Magee family helped Ireland qualify for the European Mixed Team Badminton Championships while in motorsport Pettigo’s Kevin Eves was shortlisted for the Billy Coleman Award. Three former Donegal Sports Star Award winners also hit the headlines with national awards going to Triathlete Aidan Callaghan and Triona McMenamin (water sport) while Pauric McKinney was honoured for becoming the first male to complete 25 consecutive Irish Cross-Country Final races. All are again expected to be in contention when the 39th annual awards take place on Friday January 30th.

The Termon senior ladies side made history by becoming the first team male or female from the county to win an All-Ireland club adult title after a brilliant second half performance against Cork side Mourneabbey in the final in Tuam where ‘Player of the Match’ Geraldine McLaughlin scored 3-8 in the 3-12 to 1-13 victory. It was a marvelous month for Termon who had defeated the mighty Donaghmoyne in the Ulster Final and Killerin-Clonberne (Galway) in the All-Ireland semi-final. After that game McLaughlin and full-back Emer Gallagher were named on the Gaelic Life ‘Team of the Week’.

Towards the end of November Mark English was named Athletics Ireland ‘Athlete of the Year’ at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin after his fantastic bronze medal at the European Championships in Zurich in August. English also picked up the ‘Track & Field’ award and another for being a member of the Irish relay team in Zurich. At the same Athletics Ireland event Donegal Town’s Karl Griffin was named ‘Junior Athlete of the Year’ following his outstanding performance at the World Championships in Oregon, USA.

 Pettigo’s Kevin Eves was shortlisted for the Billy Coleman Award, which gives elite young drivers the chance to progress to the next level motorsport outside Ireland and the Magees Chloe, Sam, Joshua and their niece Rachel Darragh helped Ireland qualify for the European Mixed Team Championships by overcoming Norwary, Slovakia and Bulgaria in Dublin.

At the start of the month there was success for Letterkenny 24/7 members at the Triathlon Ireland Awards in Dun Laoghaire. Aidan Callaghan took gold, silver and bronze in his age group category. Gavin Crawford took a gold for his achievement in National Duathlon Series and National Duathlon Championship and a silver for the Sprint Championships in Newry. John Cannon was presented with gold for winning his age group in the National Aquathon. Fin Begley was a silver winner for the National Duathlon Series and Ulster Triathlon Championship. Other winners were Lisa Dalton with silver for the National Sprint Championship and Nicholas Fowell took bronze for the National Middle Distance Championships.

Another Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon member Triona McMenamin was named Irish Water Safety Sports Person of the Year in Dublin Castle. In 2015 she came home with eight Masters medals from the World Lifesaving Championships in France. She has also coached and managed national and international teams. Letterkenny AC’s Shauna McGeehan won the Women’s Ulster Novice Cross-Country Championships in Killinkere, Co. Cavan. There were also gold medals in Cavan for Cranford AC juveniles Oisin Kelly (U-11) and Johnny McGroddy (U-13).

Letterkenny AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn and Ruairi Finnegan (U-23) both finished sixth in their respective races at the National Inter County Cross Country Championships in Dundalk. Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin was 10th overall in the women’s race. McGlynn was subsequently named on the Irish team for the European Cross Country championships.

In Basketball the St. Eunan’s College U-19 team secured their place in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Schools Basketball.

At the begninning of November Brett McGinty lost in controversial circumstances at the European Junior Championships. The 16-year-old who fights out of the Oakleaf Club in Derry appeared to have done enough to have won the contest but instead it was the hand of his Croatian opponent who was raised at the end of the contest. In darts Donegal men John Flood, John Murray and Sean Wilson were members of the Irish darts team that lost narrowly 15-13 to Northern Ireland in Larne in an international friendly.

 Donegal’s Neil McGee was named the Ulster GAA Writers’ Player of the Year at the annual banquet in Bundoran. Jim McGuinness was named ‘Personality of the Year’ and Donegal took the ‘Team of the Year’ award. St. Eunan’s were crowned Donegal senior football champions after defeating reigning title holders Glenswilly 0-9 to 0-6 at McCumhaill Park. Following the controversy over the score at the end of the Ladies Ulster Intermediate Final there was defeat for Four Masters against Monaghan Harps in the replayed decider at Garvaghy.

Meanwhile in the Junior Final at Celtic Park there was also defeat for Carndonagh against St. Dympna’s from Tyrone on a score of 2-13 to 3-7.

The St. Eunan’s U-16 side won the Division 1 League title overcoming Ardara on a 2-15 to 0-5 scoreline in Glenfin. Cloughaneely lifted the County Intermediate Football title with a 0-15 to 0-8 win over Buncrana at the O’Donnell Park and just a day later defeated Derry’s Castledawson in an Ulster quarter-final at Owenbeg

Fanad Gaels won their first ever Reserve Championship silverware winning the final against Cloughaneely at the O’Donnell Park by 2-8 to 0-12.  St. Michael’s U-16s reached the Paul McGirr Ulster semi-final after a super 0-13 to 0-7 victory over Carrickmore in Dromore. The Ardara Club were presented with the Ulster Club Maith (Governance) Award. In the middle of November St. Eunan’s Reserves made it a championship double for the club by winning the County Final replay against Dungloe.

One of the younger members of the Termon Ladies team Lauren McElwaine, a Loreto Milford student, was named on the Ulster Colleges All-Star team along with Aine McMenamin of St. Eunan’s and Marie O’Reilly, Creeslough both students of Loreto Convent Letterkenny

There was huge disappointment for both St. Eunan’s and Cloughaneely who lost their respective Ulster Senior and Intermediate semi-finals. Eunan’s went down by 1-9 to 0-8 against St. Enda’s Omagh in Celtic Park while in Clones it was a 2-16 to 1-8 defeat for Cloughaneely against Warrenpoint. Milford’s Marty Barrett was presented with the Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football Association Volunteer Award at the annual provincial LGFA presentation function in Kelly’s Inn, Ballywawley. Pettigo native Laurence McGrath became the first Donegal man to be elected President of the New York GAA Board. There was disappointment for captain Michael Murphy and fellow Donegal player Neil McGee as Ireland lost the single International Rules game against Australia 56-46 at Paterson’s Stadium in Perth.

St. Eunan’s College secured their place in the quarter-finals of the McRory Cup with a 1-8 to 1-4 win over St. Macartan’s Monaghan at the Tyrone Garvaghy Centre of Excellence. There was disappointment for Urris who suffered a heavy defeat in the Ulster Junior Football Final going down by 2-12 to 0-7 to Tyrone side Rock at Owenbeg.

The Finesse Gymnastics Display Team finished their season at the Gymfusion Northern Ireland Championships, which is part of the British National Festivals Programme. At the Millennnium Forum in Derry, Finesse performed their Charleston fusion routine for the very last time. Raphoe Hockey Club boys Ben Wallace and Alexander Tinney were members of the Ulster U-16 squad that won the Irish Inter-provincial tournament in Dublin. Richard Fairman an ex Raphoe player was the Ulster coach.

The Buncrana Minor hurling team made history by the being the first team from the club to win the Ulster Shield by overcoming Fermanagh’s Lisbellaw in the final. In the middle of the month Cage fighter Joe Duffy defeated French man Julien Boussuge with a first round knockout in London. Mixed Martial Arts man Steve Coll was crowned ‘Irish Battlezone’ Champion after stopping Kilkenny’s Michael Brennan in the third of a scheduled five round contest.

In snooker Letterkenny man Anthony Bonner was beaten by number three seed Darren Morgan in his last 32 match at the World Amateur Masters Snooker Championships in Bangalore, India. At the beginning of November Ramelton’s Conrad Logan saved his third penalty in the space of a month when he stopped a spot-kick for Rochdale in their 3-0 home win over Preston North End which helped his side to fourth place in the League One table.

There was a disappointing day for Donegal players at the Aviva Stadium. Letterkenny’s Ciara Grant was on the UCD side that lost 2-1 after extra-time to Raheny Utd in Women’s FAI Cup Final. In the men’s final there was defeat for Ramelton’s Barry McNamee, Sean Houston (Letterkenny), Mark Timlin (Buncrana) and Ciaran Gallagher as their Derry City team went down 2-0 to St. Patrick’s Athletic.

Leitircmacaward’s Karl McHugh was nominated for the Sky Bet League Two ‘Player of the Month’ for October after impressive central defensive displays for Plymouth Argyle. Shane Duffy, the young Derry man with strong Letterkenny family links, scored his debut goal for Blackburn Rovers in a 2-2 draw with Milwall at the New Den in a Championship clash.

There was defeat for Seamus Coleman’s Republic of Ireland in a European Championship qualifier going down 1-0 to Scotland at Parkhead. Shay Given won his 127th cap in a friendly fixture at the Aviva Stadium where the Irish won 4-1 against the USA. Dungloe lad James Boyle was named on the Republic of Ireland squad for the Amputee World Cup in Mexico. Just two years James was a member of the first Irish team ever to play an Amputee international and since then has won 15 caps and is his country’s top scorer.

The LYIT soccer side booked their place in the semi-finals of the Colleges & Universities League with a 5-3 away win over Carlow. Lifford Celtic goalkeeper Lee White was in goals for all three of the Irish Defence Forces games at the European Championships in France which included a 1-0 defeat by France, a 3-2 win over Germany he also played in the final match as the team finished third at the Championships after losing to the Netherlands.

Another former Donegal Sports Star Award winner Leon Vaughan of St. Eunan’s College took a swimming silver medal in the 100 metres backstroke and bronze 100m butterfly at the Ulster Schools Championships in Ballymena.

For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to the website donegalsportsstarawards.ie or on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards.