Project Proclamation

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Big Mountain Productions, with Two Tube and RTÉ 2fm are inviting 11-17 year olds to create a one-minute film or audio piece, which documents or interprets their personal response to Proclamation Day.

 

A selection of the projects we receive will be woven together into a half-hour documentary. In addition, 10 one minute films will be selected for broadcast on Two Tube on RTÉ 2 and 10 audio pieces will be selected for broadcast on 2FM.

 

We want schoolgoers – that’s you – to tell us what you think about the Proclamation and the themes that mean the most to you. You have one minute to speak your mind.

 

The emphasis is on looking to the future, on your hopes and dreams, rather than looking back. And you can tell us any way you want – the more original and artistic the better!

 

Whether it’s creating a brilliant art piece, drafting a new proclamation, creating a drama, a song, a poem, a dance, a piece of music, a painting, a speech, anything at all – just deliver it to us as a one minute film or audio clip.

 

This is a ‘once in a century’ invitation for you to get involved, take part and help us to make this a special moment in Ireland’s history. You can film yourself on a tablet, a smartphone or any other recording device you like. Do it solo or collaborate with friends.

 

Check out ‘Project Proclamation’ at www.twotube.ie for all the details.

Closing Date: Wednesday 6th April 2016  The closing date has been extended until Friday April 15th.

 

Check out ‘Project Proclamation’ at http://www.twotube.ie for all the details. For any queries please call Daisy on 0867946077

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Are you a responsible dog owner?

Owning a dog is a rewarding privilege but the benefits come with many responsibilities.

 

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Owning a dog is a wonderful and rewarding privilege however, with this privilege comes an extensive list of responsibilities.  Caring for a dog requires a continuous commitment of keeping them healthy and happy.

 

Veterinary Ireland has introduced 10 commandments of responsible pet ownership:

 

1.An Annual Health Assessment is essential for your pet. Pets get older more quickly than we do and on average one pet year equals about seven human years, so a thorough check every year is a good idea.

 

2.    Feed the Right Food: The phrase‘you are what you eat’ applies just as much to your pet as it does to you, so, it’s essential that you choose carefully when deciding what to feed your pet.

 

3.    Neuter early: Unless you intend breeding from your pet, he or she should be neutered before sexual maturity. Having your pet neutered is an essential requirement of responsible pet ownership and is a normal procedure for your pet to undergo.

 

4.    Pet Health Insurance is a‘must have’. 1 in 3 pets will require unexpected veterinary attention every year and knowing he or she can have the very best treatment available without having to consider the cost provides great peace of mind.

 

5.    Prevent Fleas and Worms: Nearly all puppies and kittens will have worms – they get them from their mother and/ or when very young. Left untreated these will make your pet unwell, Therefore they should be wormed appropriately. Fleas are not nice and flea prevention is very simple. You can apply a ‘spot-on’ treatment which will act against fleas for 1-2 months depending both on the brand and how much your pet likes swimming.

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6.    Train Your Pet Well:  Responsible ownership involves having a well-trained dog and this training should be start as soon as the puppy comes home.  Training is not some formal process but should occur all the time you are together with your dog.

 

7.    Microchip Identification: A microchip inserted by your vet means your pet will be logged on a nationwide register, so if he or she is lost or found a simple scan with a hand-held reader means he or she can be returned to you.

 

8.    Dental Care is Vital: Dental Disease can cause your pet severe pain and discomfort and may even shorten their life due to organ failure as a result of the constant bacterial attack on the liver, heart and kidneys from chronic gum infections.  The good news is that with a good diet (dry food!) and preventative care, dental problems are very easy to prevent.

 

9.     Keep Slim, Fit ‘n Mobile: It’s very easy for some pets to end up overweight. It creeps up; they look cute and cuddly, and are delighted whenever you offer food. Restrict their diet to what they need and if they are overweight there is only ONE reason – they are eating more than they are burning off. Simple as that.

 

10.    Have fun!: Dogs are generally happy with the simple things in life. They love walks and runs in the park, in the woods, in the field. Most love chasing a ball or other toy, splashing in and out of water, getting in the mud and making a mess. They’re loyal, obedient (if you train them), and full of fun.

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Key Facts

In 2014 Donegal County Council’s Dog Shelter received 631 dogs, 481 or 76% of these dogs were reclaimed or rehomed while 150 were put to sleep.

 

If you would like to be a responsible dog owner, contact the Dog Shelter at 074 91 25159 or call in Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm.

 

The Dog Shelter is located at Glencar Scotch, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

 

For more information visit www.lovemypet.ie and www.donegalcoco.ie

 

Donegal Sports Star Awards January Review

Athletics hogs January headlines

The first Donegal Sports Star Awards review of 2016 saw the January headlines being dominated by athletics. Milford man Brendan Boyce had a good month as he steps up his bid for success at the Rio Olympics. First the Letterkenny AC race walker went to Paris where he finished second in a 5k indoor event behind fellow Irish man Rob Heffernan in a time of 20 minutes 18.52 seconds at the SPN Vernon meeting. And on the last day of January Boyce set a new ‘Personal Best’ and recorded an Ulster record as he finished eighth in a 5,000m Race Walk in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Brendan Boyce

Brendan Boyce – Milford man Brendan Boyce had a good month as he steps up his bid for success at the Rio Olympics

The remarkable Inishowen AC runner Pauric McKinney won the Over-50’s Masters’ Cross-Country title in Dundalk and was also fourth overall in a time of 24 minutes and 18 seconds. Tirconaill AC’s Kelly McGrory won the U23 Women’s 400m Final at the Junior & U23 Championships in Athlone while Cyril O’Boyle became the inaugural inductee into the Hall of Fame at the Donegal Athletics Board annual awards function at the Finn Valley Centre.

 

Inishowen AC Runner Pauric McKinney

Inishowen AC Runner Pauric McKinney won the Over-50’s Masters’ Cross-Country title in Dundalk

On the last Friday of the month and for the second successive year Mark English was named Overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner after that major European silver medal success in 2015. English became only the second person to win top award on two successive years. And he is only the fourth individual to have taken the overall honour twice. There was also another first as husband and wife Sean and Irene McFadden both won awards at the function, which attracted a record crowd of over 750 to the Mount Errigal Hotel.

 

January was very good for the sport of martial arts with gold for Ramelton man Brian ‘Barney’ Coyle and Laghey’s William Timoney at the European Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Coyle won gold at brown belt in the Light Featherweight Division in the Masters 1 section. Convoy man TJ McMenamin competing in the masters section, took bronze in the blue belt, medium-heavy category. There was disappointment for Newtowncunningham’s Jordan Boyce in the World Youth Darts Final as the 16-year-old Deele College student lost 3-2 to Joshua Richardson.

 

But there was plenty of success for Donegal darts at the West Coast Challenge in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. The men’s senior team, who won a Donegal Sports Star Award two years ago, took their 10th title while the Donegal youths also won in the final. There was singles senior and youth success respectively for Anthony Whoriskey and Alistair Moore. On the second day of the month there was huge disappointment for the Raphoe senior ladies hockey side who just failed in their attempt for a first Ulster Cup title losing 3-2 on penalties to Ballymena after the final had ended 1-1 at the end of extra-time in Colraine.

 

In boxing Twin Towns BC boxer Cathal Gallagher won the Ulster Novice Intermediate Light-middleweight final in Belfast defeating Ciaran Walsh from the Dockworkers Club in the final. Defending champions the Donegal Ladies Indoor Bowls team reached the McIlroy Cup Final again after defeating West Down in an away fixture.  Meanwhile Joseph Duffy was well beaten by Dustin Poirier in a UFC lightweight contest in Las Vegas.

 

On the first day of 2016 St. Eunan’s suffered a heavy defeat in the Ulster Minor Club Championship Final in Belfast going down to Crossmaglen the Armagh champions. However, there was one positive when news emerged after the decider that a string of outstanding performances saw talented St. Eunan’s forward Niall O’Donnell being named as the Player of the Tournament. The Donegal U21s drew 1-9 each with Mayo in the North West Cup Final after extra-time at the Sligo Centre of Excellence. There was a stand-off at the final whistle as Mayo wanted to play to find a winner on the day but Donegal manager Declan Bonner refused to continue primarily on player welfare grounds.

 

The Donegal senior opened their competitive season with a 1-11 to 0-11 McKenna Cup win over Down with Frank McGlynn in a new centre-half-forward role getting the all important goal just a minute into the game at McCumhaill Park. It was the day when a significant milestone was reached by Michael Murphy who came off the bench to make his 100th appearance for Donegal. Rory Gallagher’s senior side then lost surprisingly to St. Mary’s College Belfast in the McKenna Cup at the O’Donnell Park going down 2-6 to 0-8. And Donegal’s title ambitions in this competition came to an end at Brewster Park as Fermanagh took victory on a final score of 0-12 to 0-8.

 

Glenfin club member and player Maggie Farrelly made history when she refereed the Dr McKenna Cup game between Fermanagh and St Mary’s College at Garvaghey. The Co. Cavan native became the first female to referee a senior inter county Gaelic football match which Fermanagh won 1-13 to 0-14. On the second Friday of the month Kilcar won the Donegal U21 A Final overcoming St. Eunan’s 0-13 to 1-8 in Ballybofey. January also saw the GAA  community say a sad farewell to one of the county’s great players Donal Monaghan who was a member of the first Donegal senior side to win an Ulster title in 1972.

 

The Donegal senior ladies manager Michael Naughton was elected President of the Ulster Ladies GAA Council while there was a Gaelic Life All-Star Award for Bundoran’s Christy Keaney. At the end of the month Donegal got their National Football League campaign of to the best possible start with an easy 3-15 to 0-7 win over Down in Newry. And the Donegal Ladies snatched a late Division 2 League victory in a new season opener against Westmeath in Mullingar with the help of second half goals from Yvonne McMonagle and two from sub Amber Barrett.

 

Ownies Bar Dungloe were beaten in the Westmeath Open Pub/Club challenge going down 13-6 to Balreask (Meath). Rathmullan Celtic made their exit from the FAI Intermediate Cup going down 2-0 to Limerick side Regional Utd at the Flagpole. Conor Gormley from Ramelton and Sean McBride (Ballybofey) were included in a Republic of Ireland home based squad for a series of upcoming home internationals.

 

Drumkeen Utd won the Donegal Youth League title after a 3-0 win over Gweedore Utd while last year’s Donegal Sports Star ‘Appreciation’ Award winner Brid McGinty and her Lagan Harps U18 side are looking forward to the FAI Umbro Women’s Under-18 Cup Final after a fine 4-2 win over Cork side Douglas Hall at Parnell Park in Dublin. The Donegal Junior League progressed to the quarter-finals of the Oscar Traynor Cup with a 3-2 victory over the United Churches League thanks to goals from Chris Malseed, Kyle Black and an own goal. First half goals from Paul McVeigh and Darren McElwaine saw Letterkenny Rovers secure a place in the quarter-finals of the FAI Intermediate Cup at the expense of Cork side Midleton with a 2-1 victory at the Aura.

 

In Secondary Schools sport two-second half goals from Cathal Farren gave Carndonagh Community School the Ulster Senior Schools title in a 2-1 win over Loreto Community School Milford who had taken the lead through a Conor Gormley at Orchard Park in Convoy. But there was success for Loreto Community School Milford who were crowned Ulster U17 champions after a 3-2 victory over Abbey Vocational School. And the 2014 Donegal Sports Star ‘Secondary School’ Award winners Mulroy College Milford booked their place in the All-Ireland Senior Girls B Final for the third successive year thanks to a 3-1 win over the East Glendalough School (Wicklow) in Gortakeegan (Monaghan) with the goals coming from Caoimhe Walsh, Nicola Devenney and Zoe Green.

 

But there was defeat for Gweedore Community School in the semi-final of the FAI Schools competition going down 4-0 to Gaelchoailste Na Mara Arklow on Clones. In GAA St. Columba’s C.S Glenties booked their place in the semi-finals of the Ulster Markey Cup after a dramatic 6-4 to 3-10 victory over Breffni College, Cavan in Irvinestown. Abbey Vocational School’s U16 Girls won the All-Ireland ‘C’ Basketball Final 35-25 against St. Aloysius Carrigtwohill at the National Arena in Tallaght and at the same venue there was also success for Coaliste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon who lifted the All-Ireland Schools U16B cup thanks to a 42-31 victory at the National Arena in Tallaght. There was contrasting results in the Markey quarter-finals for two Donegal schools with Abbey VS easily overcoming Ballybay C.C. but there was a heavy defeat for Magh Ene Bundoran going down 3-14 to 0-7.

 

For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or visit us on Facebook at Donegalsport Starawards.

Enabling focused development in the years ahead

Local Area Plan being prepared for 7 towns in Donegal

Over the next two weeks the Councils Central Planning Unit will be visiting 7 towns throughout the county to talk about the preparation of a Local Area Plan.

Alana Greene, Executive Planner

Alana Greene, Executive Planner

Alana Greene, Executive Planner with the Council talks to us about the process and why it is important to prepare a Local Area Plan for Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Ballyshannon, Bridgend, Carndonagh, Donegal Town, Dungloe and Killybegs.

“A Local Area Plan is very important for these second tier towns in Donegal as it will allow us to put in place tailored strategic policies and objectives for each of these towns that will enable focused development in the years ahead.”

“Each town has a set of unique qualities and attributes and by carrying out detailed analysis on each of these towns we are able reflect these in such a way that will support the future development of the town including areas such as zoning of land for various uses such as housing and recreation; regeneration of town centres; details of community facilities; design standards and the location of the boundary of the town”.

 

Each of these towns are key strategic support towns in the county and are set out in the County Development Plan 2012 -2018 (as varied) as 7 of the towns that make up the Tier 2 Strategic Support Towns.

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The Diamond, Donegal Town

Alana explains “the County Development Plan sets out a settlement hierarchy for the county and in general terms the emphasis of the settlement hierarchy is focused on the role of the Gateway (or Tier 1 town, Letterkenny) as the primary driver of growth in the county, followed by a network of ‘Strategic Support Towns’, which play an important role as self-sufficient service centres within the county that provide for the social, economic and community needs of the wider population within their respective surrounding areas and where support for their further development will provide for significant community and economic benefits”.

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Ballyshannon Bridge

“We are having drop-in events in each of these towns over a two week period to find out what local people living in these areas want for their town and what they think is important for the future growth of the town.

 

“Our team will be on hand to meet people and discuss any concerns they may have and there will comment sheets and maps that they can use to have their say.  We are also encouraging people to let us know what they think by making submissions in writing”.

 

Some areas that will be considered as part of the process include Economic and business development; Employment; Education; Community development; built, natural and cultural heritage; Urban Design; Tourism, Recreation, Amenity and open space; Residential development; Roads, access and infrastructure; Water and waste water services.

 

“Built heritage is a theme that is coming out strongly in many of these towns and we believe that this is being influenced by the Inventory of Architectural Heritage which was launched in Donegal last year. We are delighted to have the Councils Conservation Officer working closely with our team in the preparation of this plan.

 

“Our overall aim is to put in place an evidenced based plan ensuring the proper planning and sustainable development of these towns with community involvement at the heart of the process and that includes our children and young people.

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Ballybofey

“We are working with schools within each of the towns to encourage them to become more involved and we will be launching a school art competition in the coming week.  We are very excited about this as it is our first step to facilitating the participation of children and young people in this process” smiles Alana.

 

 

Key Facts

 

Town Venue Date & time
Bridgend St Aengus National School, Bridgend. Monday 8th February from 4pm- 8pm
Carndonagh Carndonagh Public Service Centre, Malin Road, Carndonagh. Tuesday 9th February from 4pm- 8pm
Ballybofey- Stranorlar The BASE Enterprise Centre, Railway Road, Stranorlar. Wednesday 10th February from 4pm- 8pm
Dungloe Dungloe Public Service Centre, Gweedore Road, Dungloe. Thursday 11th February from 4pm- 8pm
Ballyshannon Dorrians Hotel, Main Street, Ballyshannon. Tuesday 16th February from 4pm- 8pm
Donegal Town Donegal Town Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town. Wednesday 17th February from 4pm- 8pm
Killybegs The Bayview Hotel, Main Street, Killybegs. Thursday 18th February from 4pm- 8pm

 

Make your submission by email to localareaplan@donegalcoco.ie or by post to The Central Planning Unit, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford

 

Deadline: 29th February 2016 at 5pm

 

For more visit www.donegalcoco.ie

 

How we remember key events in our history?

An exciting journey of exploration

Helen McNutt, Europe Direct Information Centre & Donegal County Library

Helen McNutt, Europe Direct Information Centre & Donegal County Library

When you first consider this question it seems like a simple question with an obvious answer.  But when you step back and consider the different perspectives, coupled with individual experiences you soon realise that there are many angles to the one story and how different individuals and communities remember key events in our history.

 

As part of the 2016 Commemorations, Donegal County Library Service is hosting a unique conference later this month where the concept of how we remember will be analysed and explored.  Helen McNutt from the Library Service explains more.

 

“We are into the fourth year of commemorating the Decade of Centenaries (1912 to 1922), a decade that shaped Ireland, North and South. It was a decade that was turbulent and violent and it was set in a much wider context”.

 

Helen explains “it wasn’t just about the Irish context but it was also European and indeed Global”.

 

“Exploring this decade presents us with a great opportunity to look at the past and understand those events better. This year, of course, is a significant year in that decade, The Easter Rising of 1916 and the Battle of the Somme, both of which happened during World War I. They still have significance on this island, especially how they are remembered and commemorated.

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1916 Flag of the Irish Republic

“We feel it is a great time to debunk myths and to explore those events honestly and critically, in a way that does not blame or shame but allows us to think about our future and our relationships with each other within a changing world”.

 

The conference which is entitled Remembering 1916: Ethical & Global Perspectives is being held as part of Donegal‘s 2016 Centenary Programme and will take place on Wednesday 17 February in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny.

 

The key theme is Ethical Remembering & Ethical Dialogue and the two keynote speakers are Dr Johnston McMaster who will speak on the Easter Rising exploring the ethical and global Perspectives and Dr Cathy Higgins who will present an interesting perspective on women and the Rising and how the Rising was viewed at the time by literary artists.

Dr. Johnston McMaster

Dr. Johnston McMaster

Both Johnston and Cathy have been working for the past four years on Ethical and Shared Remembering: Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence 1912-1922. They bring a wealth of information, new ways of looking at old problems, and provide an ethical framework from which to view the decade in its totality.

 

Helen is delighted that the Councils Library Service has an opportunity to host this conference.

 

”We have had workshops leading up to the conference, and they have been lively and informative. Both Johnston and Cathy come with high credibility and I believe they have an important contribution to make about the events of 1916. They will challenge our thinking and there will be an opportunity to explore and discuss the events in a good and productive way. I would ask that people come with an open mind and join us on an exciting journey of exploration”.

 

 

Key facts

 

  • This conference is largely based on a book currently being written by Dr. Johnston Mc Masters.

 

  • Dr McMasters is lecturer and co-coordinator of the Education for Reconciliation programme, Irish School of Ecumenics, in Belfast.

 

 

  • Dr Cathy Higgins is assistant Professor on the Education for Reconciliation programme, Irish School of Ecumenics, Belfast.

 

  • Conference will take place on 17 February, 9.30am to 1pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny

 

  • Admission is free, but booking is essential.

 

 

Donegal in 1916 – Our Story

This is an exciting year for Donegal County Museum and it got off to a great start last month with the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack.

Judith McCarthy

Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum

 

Judith McCarthy Curator of the Museum is excited about the year ahead and about the wide range of events and activities that will be taking place over the next 12 months.

 

“2016 is of national significance.  The 1916 Rising was the catalyst for a series of events which culminated in Ireland becoming an independent country and for this reason it is an important milestone in our history.

 

Donegal Connections

 

“Whilst many believe that the Easter Rising was something that just happened in Dublin, there are many Donegal connections.  Some of the leaders of the Rising and indeed the signatories had connections with Donegal through their love of the Irish language.

 

“For instance, Padraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett and Roger Casement all attended Colaiste Uladh in Donegal and in fact Joseph Plunkett fell in love with and wrote poetry to a Donegal girl called Columba O’Carroll who was the daughter of a family friend. Although from all accounts it was a case of unrequited love!

 

“Patrick Pearse was a Barrister-at-Law at the King’s Inns and the only case he ever defended was that of Donegal man Niall MacGiolla Bhride from Creeslough who was prosecuted on the grounds that his horse and trap displayed his name and address in the Irish language and in the Gaelic font which did not comply with Section 12 of the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851.

 

“Pearse contended that as the Act applied to a bi-lingual State such as Ireland and that the alleged offence happened in a Gaeltacht area Irish should suffice. MacGiolla Bhride however was convicted and fined.  Niall MacGiolla Bhride’s nameplate can be seen in the Donegal County Museum and is on loan from the National Museum of Ireland.

 

Donegal in 1916

Launch of Donegal 2016

Judith with County Archivist Niamh Brennan and centenarian Patrick Gillespie from Strabane at the launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme

“A lot of what we will be doing over the next 12 months will be about exploring what life was like in Donegal in 1916.  Donegal had a population similar to today’s, but it was a very rural county with only 1,200 people living in Letterkenny.  The county was made up of small tenant famers in the west and larger holdings in the east and although migration to Scotland was commonplace for many west Donegal families, this practice was declining due to the War.

 

“The Battle of the Somme took place in 1916 and on the first day of the battle over 80 Donegal men lost their lives.  This must have been a very traumatic and tragic time for many Donegal families”.

 

This whole mixture of events and diversity of experiences; of views and opinion; and of politics and perspectives is reflected in ‘Donegal in 1916: Our Story’ an exhibition which will be opening in Donegal County Museum in early March.

 

“In telling ‘our story’, we are keen to find items such as photographs, letters, postcards, uniforms, clothes, coins, keepsakes, diaries, recipes, invoices and any other objects from the period 1912 – 1916.

 

“These items give us a great insight into what life in Donegal was like during this period and while items relating specifically to 1916 can be very rare you never know what is out there”.

 

To coincide with this exhibition, the County Museum will be organising a Lecture Programme, a Children’s Activity Booklet and a Touring Exhibition.

 

Donegal Ireland 2016 Committee at launch of Donegal 2016 Programme

Ireland 2016 Donegal Committee at the recent launch of the Donegal 2016 Programme and Education Pack.

Key facts

 

 

  • 2016 Lecture Programme:

 

4 Feb – Seosaimh O’Ceallaigh on “Pearse, Plunkett and Casement- Coláiste Uladh and the Cultural Revolution”.

13 April – Dr Arlene Crampsie on “Mobilising the masses in early Twentieth Century Donegal”.

21 April – Dr Niamh Brennan and Caroline Carr on “County Donegal in 1916”, through archives and artefacts”.

26 May – Helen Meehan on “The history and legacy of Cumann na mBan in Donegal”.

 

 

  • For more information contact the Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny Tel: 074 91 24613 or Follow us on Facebook

 

 

 

Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 – Picture Special

Nominee Aidan Devenney with his son and father at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015

Nominee Aidan Devenney with his son and father at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015

 

Guests at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Guests at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Guests at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Guests at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Guests at Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Guests at Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Margaret Murray and Celine McGlynn at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Margaret Murray and Celine McGlynn at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Guests enjoying the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015

Guests enjoying the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015

 

Peter O'Donnell and BJ Banda at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Peter O’Donnell and BJ Banda at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Jason Quigley with Peter O'Donnell at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Jason Quigley with Peter O’Donnell at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Jason Quigley with members of the Raphoe Boxing Club at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Jason Quigley with members of the Raphoe Boxing Club at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

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The first ever Donegal Sports Star Award winners being honoured the 40th Donegal Sports Star Awards ceremony

 

Accepting Babminton award on behalf of Rachael Darragh at the 2015 Donegal Sports Star Awards

Accepting Babminton award on behalf of Rachael Darragh at the 2015 Donegal Sports Star Awards

 

Gareth Warren winner of the Clay Pigeon Shooting at the DSSA2015

Gareth Warren winner of the Clay Pigeon Shooting at the DSSA2015

 

Jordan Boyce winner of Darts at the DSSA2015

Jordan Boyce winner of Darts at the DSSA2015

 

Special guest Maeve Kyle speaking with Chris Ashmore at the DSSA2015

Special guest Maeve Kyle speaking with Chris Ashmore at the DSSA2015

 

Oliver Doherty Buncrana receiving special athlete award at DSSA2015

Oliver Doherty Buncrana receiving special athlete award at DSSA2015

 

Patrick Quinlivan Gymnastics winner at DSSA2015

Patrick Quinlivan Gymnastics winner at DSSA2015

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Ben Wallace winner of the Hockey award at DSSA2015

Jamsie Donnelly joint winner of Hurling award at DSSA2015

Jamsie Donnelly joint winner of Hurling award at DSSA2015

 

Elaine Dullaghan winner of Martial Arts awards at DSSA2015

Elaine Dullaghan winner of Martial Arts awards at DSSA2015

 

Billy Kelly winner of Mind Sports award at DSSA2015

Billy Kelly winner of Mind Sports award at DSSA2015

 

Caolan Irwin winner of Motor Cycling award at DSSA2015

Caolan Irwin winner of Motor Cycling award at DSSA2015

 

Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan winners of the Motor Sport award at DSSA2015

Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan winners of the Motor Sport award at DSSA2015

 

Maria McShane winner of the Power Lifting award at the DSSA2015

Maria McShane winner of the Power Lifting award at the DSSA2015

 

Special recognition for Jason Quigley at the DSSA2015

Special recognition for Jason Quigley at the DSSA2015

 

Zoe Green of Lagan Harps winner of the Soccer Award at DSSA2015

Zoe Green of Lagan Harps winner of the Soccer Award at DSSA2015

 

Triona McMenamin winner of Surf Lifesaving at the DSSA2015

Triona McMenamin winner of Surf Lifesaving at the DSSA2015

 

Kieran Murray winner of Transplant Athlete award at DSSA2015

Kieran Murray winner of Transplant Athlete award at DSSA2015

 

Aidan Callaghan winner of the Triathlon award at DSSA2015

Aidan Callaghan winner of the Triathlon award at DSSA2015

 

Oisin Kelly from Kilmacrennan NS winner of Primary School Sports Boy award at DSSA2015

Oisin Kelly from Kilmacrennan NS winner of Primary School Sports Boy award at DSSA2015

 

Keeva Thompson Dooish NS winner of Primary School Sports Girl award at DSSA2015

Keeva Thompson Dooish NS winner of Primary School Sports Girl award at DSSA2015

 

Fergus Cox Scoil Mhuire Buncrana winner of Secondary School Sports Boy at DSSA2015

Fergus Cox Scoil Mhuire Buncrana winner of Secondary School Sports Boy at DSSA2015

 

Janine Boyle St Columbas Stranorlar winner of Secondary School Sports Girl award at DSSA2015

Janine Boyle St Columbas Stranorlar winner of Secondary School Sports Girl award at DSSA2015

 

Peter O'Donnell winner of Team Manager/Coach award at DSSA2015

Peter O’Donnell winner of Team Manager/Coach award at DSSA2015

 

Appreciation award winner John Wilkie, Letterkenny at DSSA2015

Appreciation award winner John Wilkie, Letterkenny at DSSA2015

 

Inishowen Football League Oscar Traynor winner of Team award at DSSA2015

Inishowen Football League Oscar Traynor winner of Team award at DSSA2015

 

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Letterkenny winner of Primary School award at DSSA2015

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Letterkenny winner of Primary School award at DSSA2015

 

Irene McFadden winner of Primary School Sports Teacher award at DSSA2015

Irene McFadden winner of Primary School Sports Teacher award at DSSA2015

 

Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny winner of Secondary School award at DSSA2015

Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny winner of Secondary School award at DSSA2015

 

Keith O'Comhain. Colaiste Ailigh winner of Secondary School Sports Teacher award.

Keith O’Comhain. Colaiste Ailigh winner of Secondary School Sports Teacher award.

 

Bret McGinty winner of international recognition award at DSSA2015

Bret McGinty winner of international recognition award at DSSA2015

 

Sean McFadden winner of Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement award DSSA2015

Sean McFadden winner of Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement award DSSA2015

 

Special recognition award winner Ollie Horgan of Finn Harps at DSSA2015

Special recognition award winner Ollie Horgan of Finn Harps at DSSA2015

 

Special guest and Irish Olympic legend Maeve Kyle accepting gift from Neil Martin, Chair of DSSA committee, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council and Seamus Neely, CE, Donegal County Council.

Special guest and Irish Olympic legend Maeve Kyle accepting gift from Neil Martin, Chair of DSSA committee, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council and Seamus Neely, CE, Donegal County Council.

 

Joe English accepting Overall Donegal Sports Star of the Year award on behalf of his son Mark English.

Joe English accepting Overall Donegal Sports Star of the Year award on behalf of his son Mark English.

 

Sports veteran Hugh Gallagher with his daughters at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Sports veteran Hugh Gallagher with his daughters at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Display for awards at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

Display for awards at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 ceremony

 

Donegal Sports Star Awards 2015 Winners

Athletics

Mark English, UCD A.C.

 

baDminton

Rachael Darragh, Raphoe

 

basketball

Andrew McGeever, Letterkenny Blaze / Ravens & St. Vincent’s / DCU

 

boxing

Maeve McCarron, Carrigart A.B.C.

 

Clay Pigeon shooting

Gareth Warren, Carrigans & St. Johnston Gun Club

 

Darts

Jordan Boyce, Newtowncunningham

 

special athlete

Oliver Doherty, Buncrana

 

Cycling

Ciara Doogan, Errigal Cycling Club

 

Equestrian

Mary Devine, Letterkenny

 

Gaa

Frank McGlynn, Glenfinn

 

Golf

Jack Duffy, Buncrana Golf Club

 

Gymnastics

Patrick Quinlivan, Letterkenny

 

Hockey

Ben Wallace, Raphoe Hockey Club

 

Hurling

Jamsie Donnelly, Seán MacCumhaill’s & Ronan McDermott, Burt

 

martial arts

Elaine Dullaghan North West Shotokan Karate Club

 

MIND SPORTS

Billy Kelly, Illies, Buncrana

 

motor cycling

Caolán Irwin, Kilmacrennan

 

 

motor sport

Donagh Kelly, Frosses & Kevin Flanaghan, Newtowncunningham

 

POOL/SNOOKER

Shaun Sharkey, Dungloe

 

power lifting

Maria McShane, Raphoe

 

professional sport achievement

Jason Quigley, Golden Boy Promotions

 

ROWING

Sinead Jennings, Letterkenny

 

Rugby

Nora Stapleton, Fahan

 

Soccer

Zoe Green, Lagan Harps

 

Surf lifesaving

Triona McMenamin Letterkenny

 

Swimming

Eadaoin O’Raw, City of Derry Swimming Club

 

TRANSPLANT athlete

Kieran Murray, Milford A.C.

 

triathlon

Aidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

 

primary school sports boy

Oisin Kelly, Kilmacrennan N.S.

 

primary school sports girl

Keeva Thompson, Dooish N.S., Ballybofey

 

secondary school sports boy

Fergus Cox, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana

 

secondary school sports girl

Janine Boyle, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar

 

TEAM MANAGER/COACH

Peter O’Donnell, Raphoe A.B.C.

 

APPRECIATION

John Wilkie, Dromore, Letterkenny

 

team

Inishowen Football League Oscar Traynor Team

 

Primary school

Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir Ceanainn

 

primary school sports teacher

Irene Mc Fadden, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir Ceanainn

 

secondary school

Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny

 

secondary school sports teacher

Keith Ó Comhain, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

 

INTERNATIONAL recognition

Brett McGinty, Oakleaf A.B.C.

 

BRENDAN MCDAID MEMORIAL SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

Sean McFadden, Letterkenny A.C. Endurance Athlete

 

special recognition

Ollie Horgan, Finn Harps

 

hall of fame

Jim Sheridan, Rathmullan Celtic & Finn Harps

 

Overall DONEGAL Sports Star 2015

Mark English, UCD A.C.