Official unveiling and blessing of new Fire Engine for Milford Fire Brigade

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, with Minister for State Mr. Joe McHugh TD, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Chief Executive Seamus Neely, elected members Cllr. Liam Blaney, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cllr. Michael McBride and Cllr, Ian McGarvey, Chief Fire Officer Joseph McTaggart, Director of Service Garry Martin, Donegal Fire Service personnel including Station Officer Eugene McCafferty along with fire fighters and retired fire fighters from the Milford Fire Brigade and Fr. Rory Brady and Rev Jonathon McCollum at the unveiling and blessing of the new Fire Engine at Milford Fire Station on Friday morning.

The official unveiling and blessing of the new Fire Engine for Milford Fire Brigade took place this morning (Friday) at a special ceremony at Milford Fire Station.

The new ‘Class B’ Fire Engine, which cost of over €400,000, was officially handed over to Station Officer Eugene McCafferty by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle following a blessing by Fr. Rory Brady and Rev Jonathon McCollum.

Inside the new ‘Class B’ Fire Engine which boasts the very latest in fire-fighting technology including a compressed air foam system,

This new Fire Engine will now replace the old 1995 Volvo fire engine that was previously based at Milford Fire Station and which was one of the oldest front-line fire engines in the fleet.

The new Fire Engine boasts the very latest in fire-fighting technology including a compressed air foam system, more commonly referred to as a CAFS, which is very effective for fighting fires and protecting properties where water supplies are limited. It also incorporates the very latest in high visibility markings and emergency lighting to ensure the safety of the public when travelling to and attending at emergency incidents.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle speaking at the event.

Speaking at the ceremony, Cllr McMonagle said “recent tragic events in Donegal and further afield serve to highlight the importance to the emergency services and I believe that it is very important that our fire-fighters have the very best of Personal Protective Equipment, specialist fire-fighting equipment and fire engines in order for them to carry out their role in the most effective and safest manner possible so that they can give people in distress the most help possible in the shortest space of time”.

Chief Fire Officer Joseph McTaggart with Milford Fire Station Officer Eugene McCafferty and retired Fire Station Officer Thomas Friel with retired fire fighters John Peoples and Pat Ferry at the special event.

According to Chief Fire Officer, Joseph McTaggart the new fire engine will enhance the ability of Milford Fire Brigade to deliver the operational fire service to the community it serves and has made a very positive impact on the average age of the overall fire brigade fleet within the Donegal Fire Service.

The new fire engine is based on the very successful Scania P320 chassis with integrated crew cab, providing seating for up to eight fire-fighters. It comes with an integrated water tank coupled with an on-board Godiva Prima main pump which is capable of pumping out 3,000l of water per minute at an average pressure of 10 bar.

It has an operational life span of approximately 20 years and it is anticipated that it will respond to approximately 60 calls per annum in the Milford Fire Station Ground Area, with these calls varying from small chimney fires up to the more serious building fires and road traffic collisions.

Minister of State Joe McHugh TD speaking at the event.

Minister for State Mr. Joe McHugh TD, Garry Martin Director of Service with Donegal County Council and Station Officer Eugene McCafferty also spoke at this morning’s ceremony which was attended by Cllr. Liam Blaney, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cllr. Michael McBride and Cllr, Ian McGarvey, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Chief Executive Seamus Neely, Chief Fire Officer Joseph McTaggart, as well as fire service personnel from Donegal Fire Service including fighters and retired fire fighters from the Milford Fire Brigade.

Station Officer Eugene McCafferty with the Milford Fire Brigade

A number of Donegal Fire Service personnel were also presented with their 10 Year Long Service Awards including Shane McGettigan, Manus O’Donnell, Declan Williams, Noel Gillespie and Eugene McCafferty.

Fire Fighter Shane McGettigan receiving his 10 Year Long Service Award from Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle

Fire Fighter Manus O’Donnell receiving his 10 Year Long Service Award from Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle

Fire Fighter Declan Williams receiving his 10 Year Long Service Award from Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle

Substation Officer Noel Gillespie receiving his 10 Year Long Service Award from Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle

Station Officer Eugene McCafferty receiving his 10 Year Long Service Award from Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle



Donegal Sports Star Awards November Review

County Board Players of the year for 2017 are Yvonne McMonagle & Paddy McBrearty.


It’s the second last Donegal Sports Star Awards monthly review of 2017.

November was a month when a number of the county’s sporting stars picked up awards while other individuals and teams enjoyed super successes.

On the GAA front the County Board Player of the Year awards went to Paddy McBrearty of Kilcar and Yvonne McMonagle of Glenfin. The club awards went to Glenfin (senior), Milford (Intermediate) and Naomh Colmcille (junior).

On the last Saturday in November the Naomh Colmcille Club made history by becoming the first team from Donegal to win the Ulster Junior Football Championship after defeating Bellnaleck 1-9 to 0-6 in the final at Celtic Park with Mattie Crossan’s goal midway through the second half the key score of the decider.

There was a hugh honour for Donegal Ladies GAA at the end of the month when the Hegarty sisters Ciara and Niamh were named at centre-half-back and centre-half-forward respectively on the 2017 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star team at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

Despite a superb display from Michael Murphy who was the second highest scorer for Ireland with 20 points, it was Australia who won the first leg of the Australian Rules Series in the Adelaide Oval on a score of 63-53.

At the start of November another number club who created history was Setanta who won their first ever Ulster Hurling Championship title after a thrilling three-point win over Na Magha in the Junior Final at McCumhaill Park (2-17 to 3-11).

The County Board Player of the Year was confirmed as Setanta’a Davin Flynn.

It was a good month for former Irish international boxing star Danny Ryan who first won Gold in the 500m sprint and also took bronze in the 2km open age group in the men’s lightweight at the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships in Motherwell.

At the same championships John Doohan won silver in the 2k Heavyweight Race and also finished in a Personal Best time.

Three weeks later in Limerick at the Irish Provinces Indoor competition Ryan won two gold and a bronze in his age category in the 2k and 500m lightweight races while he finished third in the 1k heavyweight event. Danny also set a new Irish lightweight record in the 40-49 age group.

His son Keane took gold in the U23 2k race and followed that with a silver in the 500m open lightweight event. Cloughaneely’s Bernard Doohan also took bronze in the 40 to 49 age group 2k race. Aiden Greene of Kincasslagh won silver in the U23 2k, Dinny McCullagh, Cloughaneely took bronze in the men’s lightweight 2k 30 to 39 age group.

It was also a November to remember for Milford woman Amber Barrett who was the star of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Awards as she scooped the Player of the Year and Golden Boot gongs. The Republic of Ireland and Peamount United striker was presented with her awards at a ceremony in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.

Barrett was also named in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League 2017 Team of the Year.

Then at the end of the month Barrett and St. Johnston’s Tyler Toland played their part as the Republic of Ireland senior ladies secured a super 0-0 draw against the reigning UEFA European champions the Netherlands in Nijmegen in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

St Johnston’s Ronan Curtis was on the Republic of Ireland side that went down 2-1 away in Norway in a UEFA European Championship qualifier.

There was a big disappointment for Leitirmacaward man Carl McHugh’s whose hopes of captaining Motherwell to the Scottish League Cup title were dashed by Celtic who won the final 2-0 at Hampden Park.

In horseracing Champion Apprentice Jockey Oisin Orr completed a double at Dundalk on when the young Rathmullan man rode Timia to win the concluding Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap (div 2) for trainer Keith Clarke. The previous week the 20-year-old had been crowned Champion Apprentice Jockey after saddling 20 winners during the season.

Five members of the Three Rivers Shotokan Club Emma Dolan, Ciaran Crawford, Ace Rodrigues, Brodie Hannigan and Eoin Crawford all took home gold medals from the Karate Ireland Kumite Championships in Dublin while Mark Doherty was a bronze winner.

Meanwhile there was big success for the North West Shotokan Karate Club in Carlow taking 12 gold, nine silver and four bronze medals.

Letterkenny AC’s Karol Duggan continued his tremendous recent form in athletics by storming to victory in the Donegal Senior Cross-County Championship at the Finn Valley Centre. Ciaran Doherty, another very consistent LAC performer, was third. Fine runs by the other four LAC runners earned silver medals for the team who were being beaten by a good Finn Valley outfit.

Terrific packing ensured that the women’s team retained the title they won last year. Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin was first across the line in the women’s event and was followed by the very consistent Letterkenny AC pair of Nakita Burke and Noeleen Scanlan which helped give LAC the team title.

Karol Duggan’s scintillating 2017 cross country season reached another huge high in the British and Irish Masters’ Cross Country International at Gransha, Derry. He was up against the top Masters  from Ireland and Britain and finished 12th overall and seventh in the M35 race. He helped his team to gold medals.

Finn Valley’s Dermot McElchar was on the Irish O40 team that took gold while fellow club member Kay Byrne was on the international team that finished second in the women’s category and Noreen Bonner was a scorer on the winning O60 team.

At the Ulster Novice Championships the Letterkenny AC men’s team made light work of the heavy mud at the Finn Valley Centre to win gold. Dan King was third overall and the first LAC counter. Milford AC won the Ulster Novice Women’s Cross Country team title in Stranorlar with Tara Carron, Gillian Marley and Siobhan McHugh being the scorers on the day. Sean McGinley, in the Olympian YAC colours, won the U15 Boys at the Ulster and Northern Ireland Cross Country Championships at Finn Valley. Sean who had won the U16 title a few weeks earlier also led the Donegal county team to bronze in Finn Valley.

Letterkenny’s Catriona Jennings was the second female international athlete to cross the line in the 10k Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababe.

Fodhla McFadden from the Rosses Club was honoured with an Ulster Athletics Council Sports Star Award in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan.

In mid November Letterkenny navigator Rory Kennedy was part of the winning crew on Isle of the Man with English man Arron Newby taking their Teg Sport Subaru to victory in the Pokerstars Rally which included night stages on the Friday.

Pettigo man Kevin Eves was selected as one of the three finalists for Motorsport Ireland’s Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year award. 26-year-old Eves has had a very successful 2017 culminating in him winning the Irish Tarmac Rally Modified Championship.

Mona McSharry the Marlins Swimming Club, Ballyshannon club member was one of 12 athletes who have been awarded Olympic Solidarity Scholarship to assist with qualification and preparations for the Toyko 2000 Games.

Young Glenswilly lad Cathal Gallagher received great news that he was selected to take part in a cycling scholarship in Spain. The Errigal Cycling Club member is one of 15 riders from across Europe who will take part in a week-long training camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in early January.

A memorable milestone was reached by Illies Golden Gloves Secretary Sadie Duffy who refereed her 50th international tournament at the Women’s World Junior Boxing Championships in Guhawati, India.

There was huge disappointment for Carndonagh boxer Labhaoise Clarke as a hand injury denied her the chance of winning at least a bronze medal at the Women’s World Youth Championships in India. As a result of the injury Clarke’s last 16 fight against a Mongolian opponent was stopped in the second round.

On the last Friday in November, St. Johnston’s Brett McGinty suffered defeat in his Ulster Elite Welterweight Final at Belfast’s Ulster Hall and a major blow in terms of his hopes of representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.

Meanwhile, Letterkenny native Stephen McMonagle who fights out of the Holy Trinity Club in Belfast won the Ulster Super Heavyweight title on a walkover.

Dungloe ABC’s Matthew McCole won his Irish Amateur Boxing Association senior semi-final in the 64kg category overcoming Ryan O’Rourke 3-0 from St. Michael’s in Dublin at the National Stadium. Also securing a place in the national finals was Illies ABC’s Cathal Browne in the Light Heavyweight Division.

Kilcar’s bid for a place in the Ulster Senior Football Championship Club Final was derailed by reigning title holders Slaughneil on a score of 2-17 to 0-17 at Healy Park in Omagh. It was a semi-final that Barry Doherty’s men could have won but a failure to finish off any of a handful of goal chances put paid to hopes of the Towney faithful. Less than 24 hours later the dream of a first ever appearance in an Ulster Club Final for Milford came to a very disappointing end at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh as Danny O’Donnell’s side missed a golden opportunity to make the decider despite not playing anywhere near their best against the Down outfit Rostrevor (0-13 to 0-12).

Four Masters club man Hugh Devenney was the recipient of an appreciation award at the Ulster Ladies GAA 25 year celebration function in Kelly’s Inn for his services to the female football from 1992.

Gweedore won the Donegal U21 A Championship Final with a 3-11 to 3-5 win over Naomh Conaill at the O’Donnell Park helped by three goals from Cian Mulligan.

The Finesse Gymnastics Club enjoyed medal success at the GymStart Challenge in the new national indoor arena at the National Sports Complex in Dublin.

Lagan Harps’ Zoe Green was named as the 2017 North West Women’s Super League Player of the Year at the inaugural awards function in the Lake of Shadows Hotel, Buncrana.

In the middle of the month Finn Harps U15 players’ goalkeeper Patrick McGarvey and right-full-back Fionnan Coyle were members of the Republic of Ireland squad who lost 2-0 to Poland at Whitehall in Dublin. McGarvey who was in from the start saved a first half penalty while Coyle came on the Republic of Ireland side as a 65th minute substitute.

The Finn Harps U15s missed out on a place in the national final after losing 2-1 to Athlone Town at the Dry Arch. Kevin McHugh’s side dominated long periods of the semi-final but found themselves 2-0 down at the break. An early second half Conor Black goal gave the hosts hope but Athlone held out for a place in the decider.

Gweedore Celtic became the first junior soccer club in the country to receive the FAI’s Club Mark award for governance, administration, coaching, child welfare policies and included 20 criteria in total.

The Ulster Schools soccer side finished runners-up in the National Inter-provincial Schools Finals after only managing a 2-2 draw with Leinster on Sunday in Dublin.

Paul Browne’s boys needed a win and did lead 2-1 through two goals from St. Eunan’s College player Michael Gallagher. However a Leinster penalty ensured that there was would be no back-to-back titles for the Ulster boys.

Meanwhile the Ulster Senior League secured a second-place finish at the FAI Intermediate Inter-League Tournament in Galway thanks to an impressive 3-1 win over Munster at Mervue.

Tony McNamee, Conor Tourish and Oisin McMenamin netted as Anthony Gorman’s side secured the runners-up spot, behind the victors Leinster who won all three of their games.

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Donegal Sports Star Awards October Review

Donegal girls and Republic of Ireland players, from left, Amber Barrett, Roma McLaughlin and Tyler Toland.


There was an impressive array of successes in Donegal sport during October with impressive achievements in athletics, GAA, hurling, motorcycling, rugby, motorsport and soccer. The Donegal Sports Star Awards monthly review highlights the significant successes as 2017 draws to a close.


In soccer Milford woman Amber Barrett and St. Johnston youngster Tyler Toland played key roles as the Republic of Ireland Women’s side defeated Slovakia 2-0 in an away FIFA World Cup Qualifier. It was an assist from Barrett that secured the Irish a second crucial goal just past the half-hour mark to make it two wins from two for Colin Bell’s outfit.


It was the first time for Barrett to start a senior competitive game after coming on to make her international debut as a sub in the opening qualifier game against Northern Ireland in Lurgan in September. It was a special occasion too for 16-year-old Toland who also made her full competitive senior debut after also coming as a sub against Northern Ireland. Another Donegal woman Roma McLaughlin came on for Toland during injury time at the end of the qualifier in Slovakia.


It was a busy month for Toland who started while Glenties girl Amy Boyle-Carr came on as a second half sub as the Republic of Ireland U17 Girls recorded a 2-0 home win over Greece to finish top of their UEFA European Championship qualifying group.



At the start of the month Dungloe’s James Boyle captained the Republic of Ireland’s Amputee soccer team who lost 2-0 Russia in their opening EAFF European Championship group game in Turkey. The Irish also lost to England but defeated Greece to secure a quarter-final spot but then went down 5-0 to Poland. Twin Towns lad Oisin Merritt was part of the Irish squad that had the best ever finish at the Cerebal Palsy World Championships, after overcoming a horrific injury and returning to the game earlier this year.


There was heartbreak in additional time for Merritt and Ireland in Argentina as they went down 3-2 to the USA in the 5th/6th play-off. The young Irish side went into the game knowing whatever the result they would finish the highest any Irish Cerebral Palsy squad has done in any World Championships.


St. Johnston man Ronan Curtis was a member of the Republic of Ireland side who drew 0-0 with Norway in a World Cup qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium. Buncrana Hearts midfielder Kieran McDaid was in the Republic of Ireland Junior International squad that played in the Quadrangular tournament in Glasgow against Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.


Near the end of October, Newtowncunningham youngster Ryan McKinley played for the Republic of Ireland U15s in a 2-2 draw against Wales in the Victory Shield in Bangor. And two Finn Harps U15 players goalkeeper Patrick McGarvey and full-back Fionnan Coyle played for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly game against Manchester City that ended 1-1 at Abbottstown.

It’s a rare occurrence that a father and son would be on international duty for two different countries in the space of the week. Well it happened for Anthony and Dale Gorman members of a very well known Letterkenny footballing family. Dad Anthony won another Masters cap as a member of the Republic of Ireland team who traveled to play the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile son Dale scored a splendid goal for Northern Ireland in their 4-2 win over Estonia in a European U21 qualifier. Dale was who born in Northern Ireland plays his club football with English League 2 side Stevenage. He helped NI to go top of their qualifying group after this victory.


The Ulster squad won the FAI Youth Inter-provincial competition after first drawing 2-2 with Munster at Dry Arch Park on the Friday night and then Daniel Nolan’s boys had a thrilling 3-2 victory over Leinster in Cockhill. But it all came down to the games on the Sunday with only Connacht out of the running to win the title. Ulster’s 4-2 win over Connacht secured the national silverware at the Bonagee Utd grounds.


October was the month that Ollie Horgan’s bid to keep Finn Harps in the League of Ireland Premier Division next season came up short. It started with the 2-0 loss to reigning champions Dundalk in Ballybofey.

Six days later Harps hopes of staying in the Premier Division were hanging by a thread after going down 3-0 to Derry City at Maginn Park. The following weekend their relegation fate was sealed without kicking a ball when their own game against Drogheda Utd was called-off due to an unplayable pitch.

Horgan’s men knew that a win for Sligo Rovers over Derry City would mean relegation. And that’s what happened at the Showgrounds as the Candystripes lost 3-0 to the hosts.



In the middle of the month Kilcar won the Donegal Senior Football Championship for the first time in 25 years after 0-7 to 0-4 win over Naomh Conaill at McCumhaill Park. Meanwhile Milford were crowned County Intermediate Champions for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a 2-11 to 0-12 win over St. Nauls at the O’Donnell Park with Cathal McGettigan’s late goal the key score in the decider. Naomh Colmcille won the Donegal Junior Football A Championship final after a 2-7 to 0-8 win over Red Hugh’s at the O’Donnell Park.


All three Donegal winners were then in provincial action on the last Sunday of October. Kilcar advanced to the semi-finals of the Ulster Senior Football Club Championship with a 1-16 to 1-6 win over Scotstown in Clones with Paddy McBrearty contributing eight points of that total. Milford reached the Intermediate semi-final after coming from behind to defeat Killeavy at the Athletic Grounds with Tony McNamee proving the match winner with the final score being 1-13 to 1-12 in favour of Danny O’Donnell’s men. Naomh Colmcille also secured a place in the last four after defeating Cavan champions Ballymachugh in Ballybofey (1-8 to 0-7).


However, there was disappointment for the Glenfin’s Ladies who just failed to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Ulster Senior Club Championship after losing out by just two points to Tyrone side St. Macartan’s at Pairc Taobhaigh. There was good news for Ladies GAA as five Donegal players the Hegarty sisters Ciara and Niamh, Karen Guthrie, Geraldine McLaughlin and Yvonne McMonagle received nominations for the 2014 TG4 All-Star team. On the first day of October, Setanta advanced to the semi-finals of the Ulster Hurling Championship with a comfortable 1-18 to 2-9 win over Down outfit Ballela at the O’Donnell Park.


There was a good start and end to October for Letterkenny AC’s Catriona Jennings. On the first day of the month Catriona was the first ever winner of the East Donegal Half-Marathon based around the town of Raphoe in a time of 1:18:15. On the last Sunday of October and for the second successive year she was a silver medal winner in the National Women’s category in the Dublin Marathon.


Finn Valley’s Noreen Bonner took the national title and gold medal in the female 60-64 age group category in the Dublin Marathon.


The Donegal Masters Cross- Country Championships took place in the Inishowen town of Carndonagh and resulted in Letterkenny AC.’s Karol Duggan getting his Masters’ career off to a flying start by winning the men’s race in a time of 15.09. He won by 16 seconds and led the 4-men LAC team of Anthony Doherty 16.01, Ivan Toner 16.18 and Raymond Birch 16.30 to gold in the M35-49 team prize.


And it got better for Duggan as three weeks later at the first big Irish Cross-Country race of the new season the ‘Autumn Open Festival’ at the National Sports Complex, Abbotstown, Dublin.

It was the Masters’ Trial Race for the November ‘5 Nations Cross Country International meet’. Karol underlined his status as one of the country’s top Masters by claiming third place in the M35 category. He ran a very fast time of 24.47 that guaranteed his place in the international team.


One of the other noteworthy features of the race, from a Donegal perspective, was the performance of Kilmacrennan septuagenarian James Doherty of Milford AC. Despite only taking up running at the age of 65, James stormed to first place in the M70 category.


Letterkenny Athletic Club also had success at Victoria Park, Belfast in the Northern Ireland and Ulster Road Relay Championships. The women’s team, composed entirely of primary school teachers, took second place, behind Queen’s University. Nakita Burke got the team off to a flying start and her time of 11m 22s put the LAC team in second place after the 1st leg. Newcastle AC’s runner ran 10.47. Maria Ni Mhaolagain ate into this lead and, at the end of the 2nd leg, her time of 12.06 had put LAC into the lead. Noeleen Scanlan had an excellent final leg and clocked 11.48.


Milford AC won their first county title when their men’s team came first in the Donegal Novice Cross-County Championships in Stranorlar under the management of James Gibbons and Hugh Coll. And their ladies became the first female team from the Club to win a county medal when coming third in Stranorlar.


Former Letterkenny Rugby Club player Joe Dunleavy made a dream start to his professional provincial career by scoring a try during his debut for an Ulster A side that defeated Scarlets Premiership Select in the opening round of the British & Irish Cup at Banbridge RFC.


Kilmacrennan lad Richard Kerr enjoyed a terrific finish to the motorcycle season with a double victory at the Sunflower Trophy Races. The 17-year-old ended the season in fourth place in the BSB Motostar Series.


In motorsport Joseph McGonigle and Ciaran Geaney finished third at the Cork 20 International Rally in their Skoka Fabia just 0.7 of a second behind the runner-up crew of Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble.

Meanwhile, Pettigo’s Kevin Eves had another win in the National Category at the Cork 20 event.


Buncrana boxer Caroline Gallagher took the Ulster Novice 68kg Championship title at the Dockers Club in Belfast while Cathal Browne from Illies Golden Gloves won his Ulster Senior Final at 81kgs.


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Donegal Sports Star Awards September Review

Catriona Jennings – first lady across the line at the Deep River Rock Belfast City Half Marathon with a new PB of 1.15.37



Several LAC runners made the long journey to Belfast on Sunday morning There was a stunning victory, as well as a PB, for in-form Catriona Jennings at the ‘Deep River Rock Belfast City Half Marathon’. She was the first woman across the line and achieved a new PB of 1.15.37.

Ciaran McGonagle and Raymond Birch both achieved top 10 finishes in the Waterside Half Marathon in Derry. Ciaran ran 1.14.14, which gave him seventh place overall and second place in the M40 category. Raymond was ninth overall and the second M35 runner in a time of 1.17.22.

Brendan Boyce returned to competition this week in China after the disappointment of having to pull out just days before the 50k Race Walk World Championships Final in London last month due to a hamstring injury.

The Milford man was in Shangai for a four-day team endurance event. Boyce’s team included his Irish teammate Alex Wright, Poland’s Damian Blocki and South African Wayne Snyman.

On Tuesday in the blistering heat and humidity nine competitors didn’t finish the 10.5km course. Snyman was first home for the team in 10th overall in 44:37 while Brendan had his best finish of the first three days taking 17th place in 45:53 and overall the Finn Valley Club member moved up to 15th. Wright was third counter in 47:10. That kept Boyce’s team in fifth place at that stage.



Ciaran Anderson from the Twin Towns Boxing Club, representing Ireland lost out to Asian Monika Bagri at the National Stadium.


Saturday 9th September – Michael Gallagher won his first ever professional bout overcoming Polish opponent Mateusz Rybarski at the National Stadium in Dublin on a TKO in the second round.



Saturday 9th September – The Donegal U14 team was crowned All-Ireland champions for the first time.



Gweedore girl Clodagh Ni Ghallchoir won a gold medal in the Street Sprint at the 2017 UK School Games at Loughborough University.



Glenswilly woman Mary Devine finished runner-up on her horse Wolansky at the Northern Ireland Spring Festival Dressage Show in Danecroft Equestrian Centre



Sunday 10th September – Gweedore defeated St. Eunan’s to reach the semi-finals of the Donegal Senior Football Championship while the other quarter-final winners were Naomh Conaill, Kilcar and St. Michael’s. Aodh Ruadh, Milford, Fanad Gaels and St. Nauls secured places in the semi-finals of the Intermediate Football Championship.

Once again Burt proved their pedigree as a well organized outfit on Saturday evening at the O’Donnell Park as Ronan McLaughlin’s side had St. Michael’s ‘on the ropes’ until Colm Anthony McFadden and Andrew Kelly posted injury-time points to eventually secure the ‘Bridge Boys’ a place in the semi-finals of the Donegal Senior Football Championship (0-13 to 1-8).

Despite a gallant effort Cloughaneely just came up in short in their bid to knock pre-match favourites Milford out of the Donegal Intermediate Football Championship on Saturday evening at the O’Donnell Park (1-15 to 1-12).

Saturday 30th September – It was comfortable in the end for Fanad Gaels as Aidan McAteer’s side booked a place in the semi-finals of the Donegal Intermediate Football Championship thanks to an eight-point win over Naomh Columba at the O’Donnell Park on Sunday (3-9 to 0-10). Seamie ‘Coshia’ Friel’s 52nd minute penalty goal was arguably the game’s crucial score as it left the Glencolmcille outfit trailing by six points with time running out.

In the proverbial game of two halves Fanad Gaels were in the end probably happy to settle for a draw after a disappointing second half performance in Sunday’s County Intermediate Football semi-final against St. Nauls at the O’Donnell Park (0-12 each). That was frustrating as Aidan McAteer’s men had led by six points at the break but the Mountcharles outfit were a transformed side after the interval and were perhaps a shade fortunate not to have scored at least goal one goal in the second half.

With four minutes of injury time played at the O’Donnell Park on Sunday and Milford holding on to a one-point lead Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon had one last chance to force a replay. Fortunately for the Moyleview faithful Philip Patton’s free drifted narrowly wide and so Danny O’Donnell’s side has secured their place in the County Intermediate Final for the second successive year (2-12 to 1-14).

It was an entertaining semi-final where both sides had their spells of superiority but there was never much between them in terms of the score over the 66 minutes of football.

Friday 15th September – The Donegal Masters booked their place in the semi-finals of the national competition with an 1-11 to 0-7 win over Cavan in Convoy

Wednesday 27th September – The Donegal Masters booked their place in the semi-finals of the national competition with a 2-16 to 3-6 win over Antrim in Garvaghy with the help of goals from Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward and Dermot McColgan.

Saturday 23rd September – Kilcar hammered St. Michael’s 2-16 to 0-7 to reach the senior championship final for the second successive year.

Saturday 30th September – Naomh Conaill secured their place in the Donegal Senior Football Championship Final with a one-point win over Gweedore (1-13 to 1-12) at McCumhaill Park following a great comeback.

Sunday 10th September – Glenfin defeated Moville to win the Donegal Ladies Senior Football Championship Final in Convoy on a score of 1-9 to 1-7.

Paddy McBrearty was the only Donegal player among the list of nominees for the 2017 All-Star team.

Sunday 24th September – Fanad Gaels club member Siobhan Coyle and referee Siobhan had the honour of being a lines woman for the All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin and Mayo. Back in July she was a referee at the Continental Youth Championships in New York.



Gweedore were crowned Donegal Youth Matchplay Champions after defeating Ballybofey & Stranorlar in the decider.



Sunday 17th September – Teenager Dylan Browne-McMonagle was crowned champion jockey at Finn Valley with two wins on Let’s Go Now and Five Stone of Lead.



St. Eunans and Setanta secured their places in the Donegal Senior Final after their respective wins over reigning champions McCumhaills and Burt.

Saturday 16th September – Setanta were crowned County Senior Hurling Champions after a 1-16 to 1-8 victory over St. Eunan’s at McCumhaill Park


Martial Arts

There was big success for members of the Three Rivers Shotokan Club at the JKS European Championships. Jamie-Lee Simpson, Emma Dolan, Natasha Doherty were part of a four-member team that were crowned European U14 Kumite Champions. Meanwhile, Emma Dolan was crowned U14 Female European Champion.



Marty Gallagher of Letterkenny and Convoy’s Dean O’Sullivan in their Peugeot 208 R2 recorded their first win of a round of the junior section of the British Rally Championship on the Isle of Man.


Carndonagh teenager Stephen Kelly won his first Ulster cap when he played in the second row for the province’s U18s in an Inter-provincial clash with Leinster

Letterkenny Rugby Club member Mia Alcorn scored a try for the Ulster U18s in a 32-12 Inter-provincial rugby win over Connacht.



Tuesday 19th September – Milford woman Amber Barrett and 16-year-old St. Johnston girl Tyler Toland made there senior international competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland women’s team in a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland at Mourneview Park in the opening game of their World Cup qualifying campaign. Barrett was introduced as a late sub after Toland had also come on as a replacement.

Illies Celtic Ladies completed an historic treble adding the Inishowen Cup to their North West Super League and Ulster titles.

Saturday 2nd September – Donegal Town’s Jack Keaney came on as a late sub for the Republic of Ireland U19s who defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 at the Waterford RSC in the first of two international friendlies against the same opponents.

Rhys McCabe’s injury-time strike handed Sligo Rovers a precious three points in the race to avoid the drop from the League of Ireland Premier Division as the Bit O’Red got the better of Finn Harps in Ballybofey on Saturday night. The visitors had gone 1-0 up thanks to Vinny Faherty on 16 minutes. But Ollie Horgan’s men deservedly levelled the game in the 82nd minute courtesy of a goal of sheer class from Paddy McCourt.

Saturday 22nd September – Finn Harps relegation worries deepened after Ollie Horgan’s side lost 4-1 to Shamrock Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium.

Sunday 24th September – St. Johnston’s Tyler and Glenties girl Amy-Boyle-Carr both started as the Republic of Ireland U17s recorded an opening 1-0 win over host nation Bosnia and Herzegovina to maintain in the UEFA European Qualifying Round Group game.

Saturday 30th September – St. Johnston’s Tyler played the full 90 minutes while Glenties girl Amy-Boyle-Carr was a second half sub as the Republic of Ireland U17s recorded a 2-0 win over Greece to maintain their fine form in the European Qualifying Group. Toland and Carr had also both played in the 2-0 victory over Romania in Zenica three days earlier which ensured qualification for the Elite Phase of the UEFA U17 Championships.

Ballybofey lad Oisin Merritt was a member of the Republic of Ireland team that finished sixth at the Cerebral Palsy World Cup



Sunday 24th September – Rossnowlagh’s Una Britton became Irish Surfing National Women’s Senior Champion for the first time at the Peak, Bundoran. She also won the U18 title. Bundoran Board Riders members Katie McAnena and her partner Finn Mullen won national titles in the Stand Up Paddleboarding Surf Division.

Bea Greenberg from Creeslough won the Irish Junior U14 Surfing title and was third overall.



Cody Dunnion a first year student at Loreto Convent Milford was selected for the Regional Skills Academy Programme with Swim Ulster/Swim Ireland.



Letterkenny 24/7 Club member Margaret Kelly finished in a time of 5:36:54 in the 70.3km World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee.