Letterkeny Trad Week 2018 – A Who’s Who of The String Sisters!

 

The world’s top female traditional fiddle ensemble, The String Sisters, will include a Donegal performance next month, as part of their short, three date concert tour. After headlining appearances at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, as part of the Celtic Connections Festival, and at the prestiguous Sage Gateshead venue (Newcastle), the String Sisters will perform a special concert at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, on Saturday, January 21st. as part of the 4th. annual Letterkenny Trad Week.

 

Featuring the superb fiddle playing and singing talents of our own Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, alongside Grammy nominated Chicago artist Liz Carroll, Shetland virtuoso Catriona MacDonald, Scandinavian ‘hardanger’ exponent Annbjørg Lien, Swedish singer and fiddle player Emma Härdelin and Kentucky-born former Riverdance lead, Liz Knowles, the richness and diversity of the programme on offer ensures that there will be few, if any, better traditional concerts to be enjoyed anywhere in Ireland this New Year.

 

The String Sisters who will perform in An Grianán Theatre on 21 January during Letterkenny Trad Week

 

Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll grew up in an Irish American household steeped in traditional music and song. In 1973, the Carroll family travelled to Ireland to watch Liz take second place in the All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil Under 18 Fiddle Championship. The winner that year was one Frankie Gavin.  Undeterred, Liz returned to the competition the following year and won it outright. The next year, while still only 18, she won the Senior All Ireland Fiddle title.  Since then, Liz Carroll has enjoyed a stellar international career both as a perfomer and a composer. Her recent, extremely well recieved recordings with guitarist John Doyle, led to performances at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington and at the White House at the request of  former president, Barack Obama. She has composed over 200 original tunes, many of which have become modern standards.  In 2010, her ‘Double Play’ recording was nominated for a Grammy Award, making Liz Carroll the first American-born Irish traditional musician to be so honoured.

 

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, the current TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year, will need no introduction to Irish audiences. The hugely respected traditional singer and musician from Gaoth Dobhair is a founder member of Ireland’s foremost traditional band, Altan. She has a great store of songs as Gaeilge from the Donegal Gaeltacht and her fiddle playing owes much to the influence of her late father Prionsias Ó Maonaigh as well as to that of many others among the greats of Donegal fiddle playing, including John Doherty, Con Cassidy, the Campbells, Neilidh Boyle, James Byrne and Danny Meehan.

Mairéad has also established a strong solo career in recent years, releasing a debut CD, ‘Imeall’, in 2009, the same year in which she was accorded the honour of Donegal Person of the Year. Last  year, she  formed a very successful family band, Na Mooneys, with her brother Gearóid, sister Anna, daughter Nia and nephew Ciarán.

 

Catriona MacDonald

Virtuoso Shetland fiddler Catriona MacDonald is credited with bringing the formidable String Sisters group together in the first instance, when she was commissioned in 2001 by Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival to create an ensemble of the world’s finest female fiddle players. The former BBC 2 Young Tradition Award winner now divides her time between teaching Music Degree courses at Newcastle University – as well as at Stirling University and the University of Limerick (UL)  –  and performing with hugely popular Scottish folk bands, Blazin’ Fiddles and The Unusual Suspects.  Her own debut solo recording, ‘Bold’ in 2001, was Album of the Year in many folk and traditional music End of Year Polls.

 

Emma Härdelin

Emma Härdelin was born into a family of nationally acclaimed musicians as the daughter of acclaimed Swedish traditional fiddle player, Thore Härdelin. She grew up in Hälsingland in the North East of Sweden, a region rich in folklore and music, dominated by the landscape of the Taiga forest and the Blue Mountains. A hugley accomplished singer and fiddle player, Emma performs with a number of Swedish ensembles, including as lead singer with both the folk trio Triakle and the band, Garmarna.

 

Annbjørg Lien

Norwegian traditional ‘hardanger’ fiddle player Annbjørg Lien will be familiar to many Irish audiences through her work with Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, the Chieftans and seminal Irish folk singer Andy Irvine. She enjoys an enviable profile across the Nordic countries for her innovative, collaborative approach to traditional music which has seen her work with musicians from many parts of the world, over the course of some 13 highly successful recordings.

 

Liz Knowles

Completing the sextet, Kentucky-born fiddle and viola player Liz Knowles is presently enjoying high pofile exposure as a member of the new Martin Hayes Quartet, an ensemble which has grown out of the Clare maestro’s current Residency at the National Concert Hall.  The Quartet launched their debut CD, ‘The Blue Room’, with a performance there in October. Liz Knowles trained as a classical musician and once introduced to Irish traditional music, she mastered the idiom to such an extent that she was soon touring the world with Riverdance and performing with the hugely popular Irish-American traditional band, Cherish The Ladies.

 

The six Sisters will be accompanied on the night by the stellar Scottish / Norwegian quartet of Dave Milligan on piano, Tore Bruvoll on guitar, Conrad Molleson on bass and James Mackintosh on percussion.

Tickets for The String Sisters at An Grianán Theatre on Saturday, January 21st, as part of Letterkenny Trad Week, are Now Booking from the Theatre Box Office T: 074 9120777 and On-Line at www.angrianan.com

Further information on the complete Trad Week Programme (January 20-27) is now avaialble on W: www.regionalculturalcentre.com Booking for all Trad Week Concert Events is via the An Grianán Theatre Box Office, and On-Line, as above.

 

Letterkenny Trad Week is organised by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, in association with Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal County Council Arts Office, Donegal Music Education Partnership, Music Network and Kinnegar Brewery . The media partner is the Donegal News and the accommodation partner is Station House Hotel.

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First Look Screening of Star Wars The Last Jedi in Letterkenny

There was great excitement, glitz and glamour last night at one of Ireland’s first look screenings of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI at Century Cinemas in Letterkenny. Over 200 invited guests were treated to a sparkling reception and canapés before one of Ireland’s first look screenings of the much awaited film just after midnight.

 

The screening was gifted by LucasFilm and Disney as a thank you to the people of Malin Head and Donegal. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle thanked Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for supporting this special First Look Screening at Century Cinemas in Letterkenny and he also paid tribute to Mark Doherty and his team at Century Cinemas.

In May 2016, Malin Head became one of a number of locations across the world where scenes from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI was filmed.  Aideen Doherty from the Donegal Film Office explained that last night’s event was very much an appreciation screening and the invited guests included many of the crew who worked on the set of the film at Malin Head as well as local service providers who supported the production company from the word go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donegal Sports Star Awards July Review

Mona McSharry with her medal haul from the European Junior Swimming Championships

 

International success for Donegal sports

 

The Donegal Sports Star Awards July review reveals a splendid spread of international successes in swimming, boxing, gymnastics and hockey.

 

On the first Sunday in July, Marlins Ballyshannon club member Mona McSharry won two gold medals and a silver at the European Junior Swimming Championships. The golds were secured in the 50m and 100m breastrokes while silver came in the 200m breastroke. Mona also set two new Irish senior and junior records in those events. She also set a new Irish junior record as part of the Mixed Medley Relay who finished fourth.

 

With her two golds and a silver this time and a silver and bronze from last year Mona is now the most successful Irish swimmer ever at the European Junior Championships.

Another a member of the Marlins Swimming Club, 12-year-old Cora Rooney enjoyed success at the national championships winning gold in the 400m individual medley, 100m free, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke. Cora also took silver in 200m individual medley and 50m freestyle.

 

Towards the end of July there was a brilliant bronze medal for Illies Golden Gloves Boxing Club member John Moran at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. The 18-year-old earned his bronze after defeating Samoan Seonoa Hall in a quarter-final bout. Moran’s bid for a silver medal was ended in a tight semi-final contest losing out to Nathan James Probert from Wales.

 

17 members of the Finesse Gymnastics Club, representing, Ireland won a team bronze at the World Gym for Life Challenge in Vestfold, Norway. And there was international success for young Raphoe hockey players Ben Wallace and Alexander Tinney who were members of the Ireland U18 team who defeated England 4-2 in a 6 Nations tournament in Nottingham. It was the first time in three years for the Irish to do so and it meant they came higher in the group than England.

 

At home Mark English took gold while there was bronze for Karl Griffin in the 800m Final at the Irish Track & Field Championships in Dublin. Also at the finals Finn Valley’s John Kelly won the senior shot putt gold and in the process becoming the first Donegal man to do so since John Gallagher of Cruit Island 65 years ago while Letterkenny AC’s Ann-Marie McGlynn was second in the 5000m Women’s Final.

 

Track specialist, Milford man Brian Boyce, competing in the colours of Letterkenny Athletic Club continued his excellent recent form. Having picked up double bronze in the Athletics Ireland Master’s Championship, Boyce was in even better form in the Northern Ireland Master’s Finals at the Mary Peters’ track in Belfast. He achieved a golden double. He was first in the M40 category in his preferred distance of 400m in a time of 54.58s. He also the winner in the 200m when he ran 24.23s.

 

Bosco Reid won national Masters shot putt titles on both sides of the border on successive days. First the Finn Valley member retained the National Masters in Tullamore on the Saturday. And then on the Sunday repeated that success at Northern Masters Finals in Belfast. Donegal won the All-Ireland C U21 Hurling Championship with a 1-14 to 0-12 victory over Sligo at Markievicz Park.

On the first Sunday of the month Termon’s Geraldine McLaughlin played a captain’s role with a magnificent 2-6 as Donegal landed a second TG4 Ulster senior title in three seasons in Clones against reigning champions Monaghan (4-11 to 0-15). Michael Naughton’s side laid the foundations for this marvelous win with the help of three first half goals from Termon’s Roisin Friel, Yvonne McMonagle of Glenfin and then McLaughlin struck before the break to give the Tirconaill outfit a 3-5 to 0-9 advantage.

 

Rhys Irwin was in dominant form on his return to the Masters Superbike Championship at Mondello Park at the weekend. Riding in the Lightweight Supersport class the Donegal teenager took three wins, along with three fastest race laps, and lifted an additional cash award for scoring the most points of any competitor in his class over the three races. Rhys also picked up four wins at the British Series Racing in Rockington while his older brother Caolan recorded two podium finishes at the UK circuit.

 

The Donegal-Derry Vipers moved top of the Irish American Football League 1 after narrowly defeating promotion favourites Craigavon Cowboys 21-20 away from home.

 

11-year-old Alex Hughes Frosses schoolboy won a tournament at Kirk’s Bar in Clady, which has secured him a place at the Worthington’s Champion of Champions Final in Cardiff at the end of August.

 

There was national success for two young Letterkenny boxers Joe Harkin and Paddy McShane.

 

And Ardara woman Charolette Kennedy enjoyed international Clay Pigeon Shooting success in Scotland as a member of the Irish team that won three titles – the Home Internationals, the British Open and the European Championships. Newtowncunningham man Jim Doherty was second in the British Open at the same championships.

 

The fifth annual Letterkenny International Track & Field meeting saw a string of outstanding performances at the Aura’s Danny McDaid Track. The crowds were treated to five meeting records across a host of world class events, as well as World championship and Commonwealth Games qualification standards. When the curtain came down on the meeting, Letterkenny Athletic Club could be very pleased with the event, with 100 athletes from 25 countries from all over the World taking part.

 

Meanwhile, Letterkenny AC’s Teresa McDaid travelled to Bydgoszcz, Poland during the month as manager of a very strong Irish team in the European Athletics Under 23 Championship.

 

Donegal suffered a heavy 4-17 to 0-4 defeat at the hands of Galway in a Round 4 Qualifier at Markievicz Park in Sligo. The painful loss came after Rory Gallagher’s side was fortunate to get over Longford (0-12 to 0-7) at McCumhaill Park on the first day of July. A week later Donegal maintained their interest in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship thanks to Paddy McBrearty’s injury-time winner against Meath at Pairc Tailteann in Navan.

 

The Donegal Masters got  their championship off to the perfect start with a 1-15 to 0-9 wn over Leitrim/Longford in Ballinamore with St. Michael’s man Brian McLaughlin getting the goal in the second half. Val Murray’s side then made it back-to-back wins by overcoming Tyrone on a score of 1-9 to 0-8 at Coaliste Ailigh in Letterkenny with Brian McLaughlin again getting the goal this time in the first half.

 

In horseracing Letterkenny youngster Dylan Browne McMonagle made the long trip to Tipperary to take victory aboard Waratah in the 148 cm ponies. Dylan continued his winning ways with a fine treble – he also had wins with Half Price in the mile and a quarter open and Jungle Juice in the 12 furlong open. A week later the 14-year-old jockey won nine of his 15 mounts at the two-day Big Isle meeting in Manorcunningham.

And near the end of the month Dylan stayed on course for the senior jockeys championship title with three wins at a race meeting in Porthall, Lifford.

 

On the last Friday of July, Finn Harps secured a big three points with a 3-2 victory over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Eddie Dsane and new signing Mark Timlin put Harps 2-0 up at the break. Ten men Bray pulled a goal back but Abrahim Kieta headed in a third that just about saw the visitors over the line after the hosts pulled a second goal back to make it a tense finish for Ollie Horgan’s outfit. It rounded a pretty good month for Harps.

On the first Friday of the month goals from Dsane and Danny Morrissey saw the Donegal outfit record a deserved 2-0 victory over Drogheda United at United Park on Friday night. A week later Dsane was on the mark again along with Sean Houston helping Harps to a really big three points in an impressive performance against in-form Bohemians in Ballybofey. The only low of the month was the concession of those two late goals against Derry City that denied Horgan’s men a share of the spoils in the rescheduled League of Ireland Premier Division match in Ballybofey. The hosts had gone quite well but then those late strikes from Darren Cole and Aaron McEneff gave the Candystripes a 2-0 win.

 

In early July Letterkenny man Dale Gorman converted a penalty to give his English League Two side Stevenage a 2-2 draw against Norwich City in a pre-season friendly. Stevenage came from 2-0 down with Gorman’s spot-kick equalizer coming on 66 minutes.

 

Sean McBride from the Twin Towns and Ramelton lad Shane McNamee played for a Republic of Ireland U19 home based squad in a friendly game against the Irish Universities side in Dublin.

 

Milford woman Amber Barrett and Meenlaragh’s Joe Coll were named in the respective women’s and men’s soccer squads for the 2017 Summer Universiade, which will be hosted in Taipei on the island of Taiwan.

Barrett is a student at NUI Maynooth, was an outstanding underage player with the Republic of Ireland. Her goal scoring record has been consistently of the highest standard and that was recognized last season with a national award when playing with club side Peamount Utd in Dublin.

Goalkeeper Coll currently plays his club football with Donegal Junior League side Glenea Utd with whom he won a Premiership medal back in April. He is a student at the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology. Coll is a former Manchester Utd academy player and was capped at a number of age levels with the Republic of Ireland.

 

 

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Donegal Sports Star Awards April Review

Sam and Chloe Magee the first Irish players to win medals at a European Badminton Championships

Friday 28th of April is a date that Sam and Chloe Magee will always remember because it was the day the Raphoe siblings created history in Denmark becoming the first Irish players to win medals at a European Badminton Championships. After a decade that had more than its fair share of disappointments Chloe and Same took bronze medals after defeating a Polish pair 22-20, 17-21, 21-12 in the decider.

That success was certainly the high point of another successful month for Donegal sport.

Donegal Sports Star Review also records another international triumph for the Donegal Sportshall U15 Boys who won a UK Athletics title in Manchester for a second successive year. Another highlight was Jason Quigley taking his major title since turning professional by winning the North American Boxing Confederation title by defeating Glen Tapia in Fantasy Springs, Indio, California. In doing so the Twin Towns man extended his unbeaten pro record to 13 fights.

It was also a good month in martial arts with brother and sister Darragh Beibhinn McCole from Quigleys Point winning gold and silver medals respectively at the WUKF European Championships in Romania. The McColes are members of the Ulster Karate Federation and their club colleague Buncrana man Mike Donaghey landed bronze at the same championships. Darragh and Mick were also members of the cadet kumite team that won silver.

Also in April, Ciaran Crawford, a member of the Three Rivers Shotokan Club, won the Scottish Open Title and also took a silver in the Team Kumite event. There were also silver medals for fellow club members Jamie-Lee Simpson and Emma Dolan in the Team Kumite girls section.

The previous week the Three Rivers Shotokan Club also brought home medals from the JKS Ireland Open at the Dublin City University Sports Complex – Deborah Hannigan Gold (Kunite), Silver (Kata); Emma Dolan Gold (Kunite); Jamie-Lee Simpson Silver (Kunite); Ciaran Crawford Gold (Kunite); Mark Doherty Gold (Kunite); Brodie Hannigan Silver (Kunite) and Eoin Hannigan Gold (Kunite) and Silver (Kata).

12-year-old Tristan Logue from Burnfoot won a North American Grapping Association Judo title in England. He took the gold medal in the Expert Gi Division and also picked up a bronze in the Expert Nogi Division.

It was a great month for Letterkenny Athletic Club who did very well at the highly prestigious Irish Life Health National Road Relay Championships in Raheny, Dublin. The Masters’ women’s team, comprising three in-form runners Irene McFadden, Annmarie McGlynn and Monica McGranaghan picked up gold in their event. In the process, they broke the course record for Masters’ women. And the Letterkenny AC’s senior women’s team picked up silver medals. Annmarie McGlynn showed her amazing stamina after running the middle leg for the Masters’ team, she did likewise for the Senior team and did it in 10.29, 14 seconds faster than she had run earlier. The other team members were Nakita Burke and Noeleen Scanlan who ran the first and third legs respectively.

Letterkenny A.C. also had a good day at the Athletics Ireland National 10k Championships, which is subsumed within the Great Ireland run. The men’s team took bronze medals courtesy of Danny Mooney, Eoghan McGinley, Darren McBrearty and Ivan Toner. Fionnuala Diver continued her good form and her time of 38.26 also put her in the medals. She was third in the F35 category. Meanwhile there was silver for the Finn Valley Men at the National Road Relays in Raheny while the club’s women’s team took bronze.

On Monday 11th April, Declan Bonner’s Donegal U21s took the last ever Ulster U21 Football Championship title in very impressive fashion with a massive 13-point win over Derry in the final at the Athletic Grounds (3-17 to 0-13). However, just five days late the great journey came to an end at Breffni Park as Dublin booked their place in the All-Ireland Final with a comfortable 1-13 to 0-9 victory over Declan Bonner’s outfit.

Davin Flynn’s 2-8 helped the Donegal senior hurlers to capture the Division 3A League title in a 4-25 to 1-11 victory over Tyrone at Celtic Park.

On the second Sunday of the month Inishowen A.C’s Pauric McKinney retained his Over 50 title at the Athletics Ireland National 10K Championships in the Phoenix Park. Finn Valley A.C’s John Kelly, a student at the LYIT, won a gold shot putt medal at the Irish Intervarsities Athletics Championships in Cork.

Letterkenny woman Kirsty McElwaine was crowned 2017 Intervarsity Champion at the National Series Triathlon hosted by the Nenagh Club.

In the middle of April it was a dream debut for Kilmacrennan teen racer Caolán Irwin at the opening Irish Championship rounds of the season at Bishopscourt. The Supersport rookie dominated the ‘Cup’ class, taking two wins while running as high as fourth in the overall Irish Championship races.

At the 48th County Senior Athletic Championships Rosses A.Cs Aidan Gillespie equaled Hugo Duggan’s record of eight senior Donegal titles in the Long Jump.

The  21st North West 10k was won in a time of 32 minutes  and 44.3 seconds by Kilmacrennan native Eoghan McGinley running in the colours of Letterkenny A.C. on the revised route due to the Kiltoy Roadworks. It was McGinley’s second time to take top place in the biggest charity road race in the county. Young Finn Valley A.C. athlete Mark McPaul was bidding to win the event for the first time but the Ramelton lad had to settle for the runners-up spot 31 seconds behind McGettigan. McPaul clocked 33.15 for the 10k.

In Basketball the Blaze U16s Girl finished third at the All-Ireland Club Championships. Dunfanaghy Boxing Club head coach Eddie Harkin had a weekend to remember as two of his grandsons Sean Kelly and Odhrán McGinley won National and Ulster titles respectively.

First Eddie was in the corner on at the National Stadium in Dublin as Sean Kelly defeated Martin C McDonagh from Ballina in the Irish Junior 2 48kgs final. It was Kelly’s first Irish title after losing in a final last year. The following day another grandson Odhrán McGinley overcame Jamie Doyle from Gilford, County Down to win the Ulster Boy 3 52kgs title.

Dungloe’s Shaun Sharkey became the first player to retain the County Pool title after defeating Donegal Town’s Shane Faulkner. Shaun recently reached the semi-finals of the European Championships.

After a hugely encouraging run in the league, which included three wins from their opening five games, Donegal’s form dipped just a little in the latter stages of the campaign and they had to settle for just a point from their final two games. That included a 1-12 to 0-13 loss to Mayo in Castlebar.

Meanwhile the Donegal Senior Ladies created another bit of history when Michael Naughton’s side recorded a superb 5-11 to 1-7 victory over Galway at Markievicz Park in Sligo to reach the county’s first ever National League Division 1 Final. That result had been preceded by excellent wins over Cork and Mayo putting Michael Naughton’s side top of the table for the first time ever in the county’s history.

Brian McElhinney, a member of the North West Golf Club, reached the final stages of the PGA  Europro Tour First Stage Qualifying School. In motorsport

Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley finished second in the Monaghan Rally while another Donegal crew Declan and Brian were third in round three of the National Rally Championship. Declan Boyle’s son Michael was nominated for the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Driver of the Year Award after a number of good early season performances including winning the junior section of the Birr Stages event in a Honday Civic.

Letterkenny lad Conor McMenamin was capped for the Ireland U18s rugby team in a 29-17 win over England. And his club, Letterkenny U18s reached Ulster Cup Final for the second successive year after a 64-7 home win over Virginia RFC.

It was bad end to April for Finn Harps as Ollie Horgan’s lost 2-0 to Bohemians at Dalymount Park. That came after losing to Dundalk and Drogheda while there was also defeat in the EA Sports Cup to Sligo Rovers. But on Good Friday, Harps did bag three huge points against their arch North West rivals Derry City at Maginn Park in the club’s first ever away win over the Candystripes. And it was two substitutes B.J. Banda and Mickey Funston who scored the all important goals at the Buncrana venue.

It took a penalty shoot-out for Inishowen to reach their third Oscar Traynor Trophy Final in five years after it had ended 1-1 at the end of extra-time against Limerick and District at Maginn Park. A very late equalizer in the dying seconds of the second period of extra-time from Terence Doherty forced the penalties. After the first Inishowen spot-kick from Nigel McMonagle was saved it took two super stops from home keeper Kevin McLaughlin to secure a place in the Oscar Traynor decider.

There was disappointment for Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin as the Republic of Ireland U19 side failed to qualify for Women’s Elite European Finals that take place in Northern Ireland this summer. McLaughlin played in all three elite qualifiers. A 3-1 defeat against Finland in the final game put an end to the qualification hopes with McLaughlin dismissed for a second yellow card offence in that match.

Michael Devlin’s 70th minute goal clinched the Colin Breslin Cup title for Fanad Utd in a slender 1-0 victory over Letterkenny Rovers in Rathmullan. It meant a memorable  double for Niall Doherty’s boys who last month won the Dick Duffy Memorial Donegal Youth League Championship trophy. Goals from Ryan McFadden, Kevin Mulhern and Darren McGeever helped Glenea Utd to take the Donegal Junior League Premier Division title on Sunday on their home turf at Glasherchoo 3-0 against Rathmullan Celtic. It was a great weekend for the club as their Reserve side won the Saturday Ulster Junior Shield Final 3-2 against Glencar Celtic thanks to a late Tommy Rodgers goal at at An Screaban.

Donegal Town lad Jack Keaney who plays his club football with Sligo Rovers was capped twice for the Republic of Ireland U18s against the Czech Republic and Russia at the Slovakia Cup Tournament. There was also international recognition for Bonagee Utd player Ronan McKinley who is also part of the provisional Finn Harps U15 squad. He was one of the goalscorers for the Republic of Ireland who had a 4-0 win against Norway in the opening match of an invitational tournament in Prague.

The Milford Utd soccer club went into celebration mode after their youth side captured the John ‘Gorey’ Curran Memorial Cup following a remarkable penalty shoot-out against Letterkenny Rovers in Saturday’s final at the Flagpole in Rathmullan. The final had ended 1-1 after extra-time.

Ballybofey native Johnny Dunleavy scored the crucial second goal as Cork City defeated Bray Wanderers 2-1 at Turners Cross to extend their lead at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Cockhill Celtic lifted the Donegal News League Cup title for the fifth successive season thanks to a 1-0 win over Derry City Reserves at the Dry Arch thanks to a 41st minute Jimmy Bradley goal.

At the start of the month there was bitter disappointment for Deele College, Raphoe who lost 2-1 to St. Brendan’s College, Killarney in the FAI Schools Minor Boys National Cup Final at the Home Farm F.C. grounds in Dublin.

Loreto Community School Milford’s Connor Gormley and Jamie Bell, St. Columba’s College Stranorlar made their respective full international debuts for the Republic of Ireland Schoolboys that resulted in a 1-0 defeat by Scotland in Glasgow. Another St. Columba’s College student Sean McBride came on as a second half sub.

Abbey Vocational School student Peader Mogan was presented with his Ulster Schools All Star Award at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Mogan was the first pupil from the school to ever receive this award.

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