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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 2 - PRESENTATION*

CLG BnaG v Malin

Moyle Park, Saturday @ 4.30 & 6pm

The final home game of the season will be a historic event this Saturday as our Seniors collect the Division 2 title for the first time in the Clubs history. The Seniors and Reserves will take on Malin, who are preparing for a Senior Championship quarter final, with the cup being presented afterwards. The support all season at home and away has been fantastic and it would be great to see as large a crowd as possible down for the presentation on Saturday to mark a significant achievement. There will be plenty of tea and refreshments available after the game as well as an underage match at half time. We would encourage as many people as possible to please come out and get behind the lads and join in the celebrations afterwards. Throw in times are at 4.30pm for the Reserves with the Seniors at 6pm.

*Division 2*

CLG BnaG 2-15 St Nauls 1-11

It wasn't a vintage performance from the boys on Saturday but nevertheless they got the deserved 2 points against a battling St Nauls that were fighting for their Division 2 survival. They got off to a nightmare start when a soft St Nauls penalty gave the visitors a 1-1 to no score lead after 6 minutes. Again though the boys grew into the game and despite a big penalty claim for themselves late in the half going unanswered, went in ahead at the break 0-7 to 1-3 thanks to some great points from Luke Barrett, Gary Merritt, Christopher Barrett and Cathal Mc Gettigan. Early in the second half the boys got a stroke of luck to further their lead when a Sean Black effort from distance slipped through the keepers hands and into the back of the net. Na Galloglaigh were much improved in the second half but never put St Nauls to the sword and they kept battling back, despite being reduced to 14 men midway through the half. Some nice scores from distance by Nauls were traded with some lovely quick moves for scores from Na Galloglaigh, and one of those moves resulted in a great second goal. From a short kick out Tj Evesson played a great ball in that was brilliantly caught by PJ Hagan who fed Darragh Black off the shoulder to finish to the net. From then on Na Galloglaigh always had the Mountcharles men at arms length and seen out the game for a comfortable 2-15 to 1-11 win. With Four Masters losing to MacCumhaills on Sunday it opened up a 5 point lead at the top of the table and secured a historic league victory for Danny and his team. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Kieran Sheridan, Barry McNulty, TJ Evesson, Gary Merritt (0-1), Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen, Sean Black (1-0), David Curley, Luke Barrett (0-2), Cathal McGettigan (0-5), PJ Hagan (0-2), Christopher Barrett (0-4), Kyle Black (0-1). Subs: Pauric Curley for Sheridan (HT), Darragh Black for K. Black (1-0) 45m, Anthony Fisher for L. Barrett (50m), Gavin Grier for Evesson (55m), Enda McHugh for Hagan (60m), Martin Doyle, Dean Burgess, Brandon Toye, Caolan Bolton

*U15 Development Squad*
Well done to Conor Coll and Rory O’Donnell who featured in the U15 Development squad that played their final blitz of the season with games against Antrim, Down and Derry in Owenbeg.

*Minor Championship*

Glenswilly v CLG BnaG

Glenswilly, Friday @ 6.30pm

Our Minors take on Glenswilly this Friday in the semi final of the Div 2 Northern Minor Championship. The game throws in at 6.30pm and there will be extra time if necessary. Red Hughs play Cloughaneely in the other semi final. All support greatly appreciated.

*Intermediate Championship*

CLG BnaG v Naomh Columba & Naomh Brid

Convoy, Friday 23rd @ 7.30 & 9pm

Its a case of Friday night lights for the lads for the Quarter Finals of the Championship. The good news is that both Seniors and Reserves will be in the same venue for their fixtures with the Reserves palying Naomh Columba at 7.30pm and the Seniors taking on Naomh Brid at 9pm. All support greatly appreciated.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 7-10-17-21. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Grace McFadden, Cian McGettigan, David Curley, and Mary & Fergus McGinley. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,180.

*Underage Coaching*

Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*

Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included

- Entered into every draw every week

- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)

- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*

The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*

For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*

A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News 07/09/16

O’Donnell Leads Milford in Derry

Milford AC had another big turnout of runners adding to the record entry of over 1600 in last Sunday’s Waterside Half Marathon in Derry.

  The unfortunate occurrence of a road traffic accident on the course, prior to the start, delayed the race for up to an hour, which in turn affected all athletes with regard to warm-up, food intake etc.

  Milford’s leading runner, Peter O’Donnell made up for lost time at the start, as the Kilmacrennan man powered his way around the new style course in a pb of 1:21:53.  Damien McBride was in close proximity to Peter, the Milford mechanic running 4 seconds inside his best, recording a pb of 1:22:48 as he continues his impressive season of distance running.

 Marty Lynch bounced back from his disappointing run in the recent Donegal half marathon – due to a chest infection.  The Ramelton man was just outside his best with a great 1:23:48.  Michael McHugh set a pb of 1:30:56, making a great come back from a recent painful back injury.  James Whoriskey took in his 2nd half marathon in two weeks, the Lifford based teacher running a consistent 1:38:56.

  Nat Doherty was just outside his best with 1:44:54.  Mark Scott running well in his 2nd half marathon recording 1:47:20.  Teresa Winston led the Milford ladies contingent, finishing just outside her best with 1:53:38.  Aine Whoriskey continued her record breaking form, as she recorded her 2nd pb for the 13:1 mile distance, taking 45 seconds off her Donegal Half Marathon time, recording 1:52:57.  Francis Diver likewise improved on his Letterkenny outing by one minute recording 1:57:42.

  Barry Browne led a quartet in the 2:03 minute bracket.  The Milford garage proprietor running 2:03:03, followed by Jacqui Barrett in 2:03:08, Rosemary McGee 2:03:07, and Agnes Ryan taking in her 3rd half marathon of the season, recording 2:03:29.

  Bernie Gallagher is getting back to her best after a recent eye operation, with 2:09:42.  Fiona Blaney ran steady and strongly to record 2:10:34 running alongside 1st time half marathon, Frank McTaggart – the Ballyare man also finishing strongly in 2:10:34. 

  Club secretary Bernie O’Donnell only recently upped her mileage in preparation for the longer distance and with the pacing help of Paul Ryan ran a great 2:27:20.  Jim McCahill paced Sinead McTaggart and despite a very sore knee, ran very well to finish in 2:35:48.  The Ballyare woman is determined to complete the Dublin Marathon, where she will be running to raise money for Pieta House to build a centre in Donegal.

Brendan Boyce Home Coming

A large crowd turned up at Milford Hall on Friday night to welcome home Olympian Brendan Boyce.  The event was hosted by Milford Parish Community Games Committee, spearheaded by Mary O’Donnell.

  A cavalcade accompanied Brendan from Letterkenny, where he arrived at 6:15pm after travelling up from Cork.

  Presentations were made to Brendan to mark his 19th place finish in the 50km walk in the Rio Olympics 2 weeks earlier.  Manus O’Donnell representing the Milford Parish Community Games made a presentation to Brendan as did, Hugo Duggan from Milford AC, Joe McNulty from Baile na nGalloglach GAA, Noel Gillespie from Milford Utd. Soccer Club, from Bernie Gallagher representing Brendan’s sponsor – Marine Harvest Fanad and John Coyle from Milford Ju Jit Su.

  Guest speakers included Michael Galvin from Letterkenny AC, Danny McDaid 1972 and 1976 Olympian, and Patsy McGonagle athletics team manager for the last 5 Olympics.

  Thanks are extended to all who helped prior to the event and to all who helped on the night.  Brendan is on a short break in Milford before returning to training for a Road Walking Race in China before the end of September.

M2M Charity Cycle

The club extend congratulations to Hugh Coll and the 15 cyclists who raised a massive €15,400 for Donegal Mental Health and Ramelton Nursing Unit after their recent 400km cycle from Mitchelstown to Milford (M2M).

Juvenile Training

Juvenile training has just resumed after the summer break.  A large number of children turned up on Tuesday night last, where Brendan Boyce was on hand to demonstrate the techniques required for race walking.  Training times will be as last year, - Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45-6:45pm at Milford pitches.

  As the numbers are increasing particularly in the younger age groups, more help is required to help out at training with regard to supervision.  Anyone willing to help out is asked to contact Hugh Coll.

Upcoming Events

The Donegal 5km road championships take place this Sunday in Buncrana, starting at 11am.

The Mulroy College 10km will take place in Milford on Saturday 17th September, starting at Mulroy College at 11am.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Intermediate Championship*
Our Senior team have been drawn against Naomh Brid in the quarter final of the Intermediate Championship with our Reserves drawn against Naomh Columba. Dates and venues to be announced soon.

Intermediate Championship
CLG BnaG v Naomh Brid 
Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Ultan 
Burt v Cloughaneely 
Naomh Columba v St Nauls

Reserve Championship
Buncrana v Aodh Ruadh 
Fanad Gaels v St Nauls 
Cloughaneely v N Brid/N Colmcille 
Naomh Columba v CLG BnaG

*Division 2*
CLG BnaG v St Nauls
Moyle Park, Saturday @ 4.30 & 6pm

Our Seniors and Reserves return to league action this weekend when they welcome St Nauls to Moyle Park. Both sides had good wins over the Mountcharles men in the Championship last weekend and will be hoping for similar results come Saturday. Throw in times are at 4.30pm and 6pm and all support would be greatly appreciated. 

*Minor Ladies*
Naomh Mhuire v CLG BnaG
The Banks, Tonight (Tuesday) @ 6.45pm
Our Minor Ladies take on Naomh Mhuire in the Championship semi final in Annagry this evening. All support for the girls would be greatly appreciated.


*U13s*
CLG BnaG v Letterkenny Gaels

Moyle Park, Tomorrow (Wednesday) @ 6.30pm
Our U13s welcome Letterkenny Gaels to Moyle Park tomorrow in the Championship. Throw in is at 6.30pm and all support greatly appreciated.

*Intermediate Championship*
St Nauls 0-13 CLG BnaG 4-13
Na Galloglaigh made it 3 wins from 3 in Group A of the Intermediate Championship with a good win down in Mountcharles. The pitch was boggy with conditions wet and slippy and it was our hosts who adapted far better to the situation in the first half. Their handling was much better and they won the majority of early breaks to go 3 points ahead, with a great Caolan Mc Gettigan save preventing things from getting worse. As has happened in the majority of games however the boys grew into the match and some superb free-taking from Gary Merritt got them on the scoreboard. Two rather fortuitous goals in the last ten minutes of the half actually put Na Galloglaigh into the lead at the break, despite St Nauls having most of the play. For the first goal Gary Merritt slipped while taking a 45 and his effort bounced off a number of Nauls defenders before ending up in the back of the net. Several minutes later a long high ball from Darragh Black into the square saw it bobble about again before Luke Barrett got the final touch to put it to the back of the net to leave the half time score 0-10 to 2-5. The second half was much better from Na Galloglaigh as they raised the tempo and intensity they had been lacking in the first half. They were defending better and turning St Nauls over much more often and up top they were very clinical with hardly any wides throughout the match. Christopher Barrett added a third goal midway through the half and as the game entered the final stages Cathal Mc Gettigan finished a great team move for goal number 4, to see the boys run out convincing winners, 0-13 to 4-13. Next up is a repeat fixture against St Nauls, as Na Galloglaigh welcome them to Moyle Park for a Division 2 game. Team: Caolan McGettigan, Gavin Grier, Barry McNulty, Brandon Toye, Gary Merrit (1-5), Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Luke Barrett (1-2), Joey Cullen, David Curley, Pauric Curley, Darragh Black (0-2), PJ Hagan (0-2), Christopher Barrett (1-0), Kyle Black (0-2). Subs: Tj Evesson and Cathal McGettigan (1-0) for P. Curley and D. Black, Dean Burgess, Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Caolan Bolton, Martin Doyle

*Reserve Championship*
St Nauls 0-5 CLG BnaG 3-11
The Reserves advanced to the quarter finals of the Championship with a comprehensive win over St Nauls in Mountcharles. The first half was a close affair with both teams taking time to adapt to the wet and heavy conditions. St Nauls opened the scoring with a point but frees from Gary Helferty and Martin Doyle gave Na Galloglaigh the lead. Although the game was end to end scores were hard to come by with both teams missing several chances. St Nauls equalised with a free but for the last 10 minutes of the half Na Galloglaigh started to get on top and dominate with points from Doyle and Paul Sweeney giving them a 2 point lead at half time. Na Galloglaigh brought their domination into the second half and it was pretty much one way traffic for the half. Their first attack resulted in a goal when Emmet Conaghan scored from close range and from the resulting kick out Caolan Bolton got a point. The move of Marty Doyle into full forward caused a lot of problems for the St Nauls defence and Doyle soon had a brace of goals to give the visitors a comfortable lead. Na Galloglaigh scored 3-7 in total in the second half and managed to restrict their hosts to just 3 points in an excellent performance. Some of the younger members of the team really stepped up and they were also able to call on plenty of experience from the bench to see out the game. Next up is a home game to St Nauls in the league with the Championship quarter final to follow after that.
Team: Gavin McFadden, Patrick Ferry, Paul Grier, Matthew Stewart, Cormac Toland, Enda McHugh (0-2), Cormac Friel (0-1), Paul Sweeney (0-2), Dean Burgess (0-1), Caolan Bolton (0-1), Martin Doyle (2-2), Emmet Conaghan (1-0), Paul Fisher, Gary Helferty (0-1). Subs: Paul Nash (0-1) for Helferty (42m), James Whelan for Burgess (45m), Nigel Black for Grier (47m), Sean McHugh and Aodh McCormack for Sweeney and Fisher (50m), Conall McFadden

*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*
Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included
- Entered into every draw every week
- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)
- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*
The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*
For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*
A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Intermediate Championship*
Fanad Gaels 1-7 CLG BnaG 1-9
It was never going to be a pretty game but nevertheless Na Galloglaigh did enough to get over the line tonight and advance to the quarter finals after a hard fought win over Fanad on Saturday. Playing against a stiff breeze the boys raced into a 3 point lead and looked comfortable before Fanad started growing into the game. The boys led from start to finish however and some great free taking from Cathal Mc Gettigan saw them lead at the break by 2, 0-4 to 0-6. The second half started perfectly for Na Galloglaigh as PJ Hagan got on the end of a nice team move to finish to the back of the net. This put the boys in a commanding 5 point lead and they really should have pressed on from here but as expected from a local derby, Fanad hit back. As the second half approached the midway point a high ball into the 6 yard box was punched to goal by Michael Sweeney to bring Fanad back within 2 points. It made for a tight and cagey finale, as the game had been throughout, but again Na Galloglaigh stood strong to see the game out, and despite trading scores the game finished 1-7 to 1-9 to see Dannys men advance to the quarter final with a game away to Nauls next weekend to spare. A speedy recovery to Conor McNulty who went off injured in the first half with a suspected hamstring tear. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, Gary Merritt, Paddy Peoples, Jonny Logue, Joey Cullen, Sean Black, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Pauric Curley (0-2), Cathal McGettigan (0-5), David Curley, Darragh Black (0-1), PJ Hagan (1-0). Subs: Gavin Grier for C. McNulty (20m), Kyle Black and Luke Barrett for Logue and S. Black (45m), Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Paul Sweeney, Martin Doyle, Kieran Sheridan, Caolan Bolton

*Reserve Championship*
Fanad Gaels 1-10 CLG BnaG 1-9
Our Reserves were bitterly disappointed to come away from Fanad without at least a point in a close local derby. It was a tense opening period with neither team creating any clear cut scoring opportunities. Fanad eventually scored the first point game of the game but Na Galloglaigh equalised through Martin Doyle. A Gary Helferty point gave the visitors the lead but Fanad responded with a point from a free. Na Galloglaigh were beginning to get on top in the game and had the majority of possession. This was rewarded with a goal when Paul Fisher finished off a well worked team move and a point from Cormac Friel gave them a 4 point lead. Fanad got the last score of the half to leave just a goal between the sides at half time, 0-3 to 1-3. Na Galloglaigh started the second half brightly and scored 2 early points through Ciaran McHugh. Another point from Kieran Gorman gave them a 6 point lead but credit to Fanad as they battled back into the game and scored 1-1 to cut the deficit to 2. The remainder of the half was end to end with points traded by both sides. With a just a point between the sides in the closing minutes it made for a nervy finish. Fanad equalised in the last minute of normal time and it looked like the game was heading for a draw before Aidan McAteer stepped up with a lovely point off the outside of the boot to give Fanad the victory. The result leaves Na Galloglaigh needing to beat St Nauls next Saturday to guarantee progression to the knockout stages. Team: Sean Gallagher, Patrick Ferry, Paul Grier, Cormac Friel (0-1), Cormac Toland, Enda McHugh, Kieran Sheridan, Paul Sweeney, Kieran Gorman (0-1), Martin Doyle (0-2), Caolan Bolton, Ciaran McHugh (0-2), Gary Helferty (0-2), Paul Fisher (1-1), Emmet Conaghan. Subs: Kieran McLaughlin for Ferry (45m), Matthew Stewart, James McCallum, James McGinley

*Lotto*
This weeks lotto numbers were 1-6-15-17. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Seamus Gavigan, Michael McCarron, and Paul & Fiona Grier. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,060. 

*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*
Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included
- Entered into every draw every week
- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)
- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*
The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*
For all information and queries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com

*CLG BnaG Club Gear*
A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

John Kilmartin 5km

The 12th staging of the popular John Kilmartin 5km will take place in Milford on Friday 26th August starting at 7:30pm.  Registration will take place in the club house from 6pm.  Entry fee is €8.00 for runners, and €5.00 for walkers and juveniles.  The race starts at Grey Rocks and finishes at the Public Services Centre - a course which is considered by most runners for attaining a faster times.

  The prize category is first 3 senior men and ladies, first 2 master’s categories – o/40 to o/60 men and ladies.  The 1st juvenile boy and girl over 15.  The race is also part of the county board grand prix series.

Donegal Half Marathon
The 3rd running of the Donegal Marathon and Half Marathon took place in Letterkenny on Sunday morning amid good running conditions.  Pauric Breslin, LAC, won the race in 1:15:44.
Two Olympians made up the 500 plus field as Sinead and Caitriona Jennings took in the half and full marathon respectively.
Olympic rower, Sinead, with the pace making help of Shaun Mc Fadden made the 13.1 mile Half Marathon look easy, finishing well up the main field in just over 1hr 22mins. Caitriona also made light work of the undulating marathon course, finishing in just over 2hrs 53mins! 3rd place overall!

  Anthony Doherty once again led the Milford charge, running in his first ever half marathon Anthony again demonstrated his increased ability over the longer distances as he covered the 21:1km distance in a great pb of 1hr 21:40 (avg 3.52 per km).  The Ballyare man finished 14th overall, winning the men’s o/45 category.

  Shaun Boyce was equally fleet of foot over the longer distance, - the Gortmacall man also running a pb in 1:21:55.  Paul Russell set the pace over the 1st half but tired slightly over the 2nd half finishing just outside his time of last year with 1:23:54.  Ramelton man John Whoriskey was also taking in his first ever half marathon, and ran really well over the undulating course to record a pb of 1:24:42.

  Marty Lynch was down on power due to a chest infection but the teak tough Ramelton man got around in 1:29:15.

James Whoriskey ran well putting in a measured performance in 1:34:28.  Richard McNeill had just returned from a long haul flight but recovered well to run a season’s best of 1:40:09.

  Noel Kilpatrick and Paul McGukian used the run as a marathon training tempo run and covered the distance in 1:44:51 and 1:44:54 respectively.

  Aine Whoriskey ran her fastest and most comfortable half marathon to date, - the primary school principal started conservatively and worked her way through the field to finish strongly in a pb time of 1:53:41.

  Francis Diver used the race as a training run for a possible tilt at the Dublin Marathon, finishing in 1:57:42.  Eileen O’Gorman started with the couch group in January, where she struggled to run for one minute without stopping, but with steady and continuous training over the past 7 months – the Golan native covered the 21:1km comfortably in 2:02:22.  Martin Graham ran as a guest in the Milford colors.  Martin travelled from Glasgow for the event, and with relatives in Milford – he was anxious to maintain his local heritage.  Running in his first half marathon, Martin completed the distance in 2:09:12.  John O’Gorman also started with the couch group in January and was going great for 19km, when a knee injury forced him to walk the remaining 2km.  His determination to finish was notable, and his overall time of 2:38:47 belied his earlier efforts.

  Great run also from Ballyare based Garda Paddy Ryan.  Running in his first ever half marathon and on limited distance training he ran a tremendous 1:21:33.

  Sterling performances also from local ladies who just took up running last year, Hilary Moore, Ramelton, 2:26:16 and Fiona Boyle, Ray 2:28:10.

ating marathon course, finishing in just over 2hrs.53mins.!Community Games
Well done to Milford Community Games athletes who ran in the National Community Games Finals in Athlone at the weekend.
Aiden Connolly ran really well to finish 6th in a competitive u16 boys 1500mts final on Sunday afternoon, - very close to a medal position of 4th!
The Lagg man won his heat on Saturday and was delighted to make the top 6 in the final. A total of 25 competitors took part in the heats and final.  Aiden trained diligently over the past six weeks... doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.

  Denis McGinley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys U16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.

  A presentation to the Milford Community Games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford Hall on Thursday 25th August at 7:30pm

Hughie Gallagher
Hughie Gallagher continues to defy age and conformity as the 92 year old Creevy man won 4 gold medals at the National masters T+F Championships in Tullamore on Sunday.  The 'father' figure of master’s athletics in Ireland received a tremendous reception from both fellow athletes and officials.     Over a long day’s competition, in blustery conditions, Hughie won gold in the shot putt, discus, javelin and long jump.
Since starting in masters/veterans competition in 1987, Hughie has won a total of 176 National medals in throwing and running events.  He won 2 gold medals in the National Indoors in March.
Winston Churchill once said ... "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts."
Hughie's 'courage to continue' is a lesson in all walks of life.

Juvenile Training

Juvenile training will recommence on Tuesday 6th September at 5:45pm at the football pitches.  The first juvenile Cross Country races will be the Area Primary Schools Cross Country to be held in Milford on 27th September.

  The Donegal juvenile even age groups will take place on 2nd October, with the uneven age groups set for Milford on 9th October.  The Donegal Primary Schools Finals will take place in Lifford on Thursday 13th October.

Mulroy College Milford 10km

The 3rd Sunday in September is notable as it’s always the date for the All Ireland Football Final.  The 3rd Saturday in September is now recognised as the date for the Milford 10km.  The proceeds of this year’s race will go to Mulroy College.  The race will start at 11am on Saturday 17th September.  Registration will take place at the college from 10am.  The race will follow the usual 10km route, with a slight change to the starting point i.e. at Mulroy College.

Milford to Host Donegal Novice Cross Country

Milford AC will host the Donegal Cross Country men’s and ladies championships and the Donegal uneven age group juvenile championships on the 9th October.  Help in hosting the championships will be required in various aspects of the event.  Details later.

Sympathy
The club extends sympathy to Hugh Gallagher, Cranford, (LAC), on the recent death of his father, Michael (Mickey) Gallagher, aged 90. 

Sympathy is also extended to the Devine, McGinley and Hegarty families on the tragic death of baby Ricky McGinley.

May they rest in peace.

ks, .. doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.
Denis Mc Ginley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys u16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.
A presentation to the Milford community games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford hall on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm.doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.
Denis Mc Ginley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys u16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.
A presentation to the Milford community games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford hall on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm.doing faster speed sessions with the senior group and slower recovery runs on his own.
Denis Mc Ginley ran well in the 200mts heats in the boys u16 and just failed to make the final in this competitive discipline.
A presentation to the Milford community games participants will take place in the supper room of the Milford hall on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford athletes were mostly in non-competitive mode over the past week as most are now logging longer miles in preparation for the up-coming Donegal Half Marathon and the Dublin Marathon at the end of October.

  Eight club athletes did take part in the Convoy GAA Club 5km on Tuesday evening last.  Shaun Boyce led home the Milford participants in 7th place overall in a time of 17:52.  Marty Lynch ran 18:20 with Damien McBride on 18:54.  Gerard Marley made a good return to competition with 19:25.  Michael McHugh ran a good 20:23, with Joe Gallagher on 20:32.  Gillian Marley finished 4th in the senior ladies category with 21:21.  Juvenile athlete Lauren Scott completed the Milford representation in 29:46.

Ita McGettigan

Ita McGettigan continued her recent good form as she won her age category in the Lough Macrory Sprint Triathlon in Omagh on Sunday last.

  Ita completed the overall event in 1:23:28 just 4 seconds adrift of her L/K 24/7 team mate Anne Robinson who also won her age category.  The event comprised of an 850mts swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

Peter O’Donnell

The club extend best wishes to Peter O’Donnell who will take part in a half ironman event in Dublin this weekend.  The Kilmacrennan man will compete in the ‘Focus Ireland’ fundraising event which will consist of a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike race and finish with a half marathon, - 21.1km.

Brendan Boyce

The club extend best wishes to Brendan Boyce who will compete in the Olympic 50km Race Walk on Friday 19th August at 8am Rio time, 12pm Irish time.  The race will conclude around 3:40pm Irish time.

  Mark English will start on the 1st day of the Olympic track and field programme as he goes in the 1st round heats of the men’s 800mts on Friday 12th August starting at 6:10pm Irish time.

Congratulations

The club extends congratulations to Letterkenny AC pair, - Jane McGinley and Ivan Toner who got married last Thursday.

John Kilmartin Memorial 5km

The long standing John Kilmartin Memorial 5km Road Race will take place in Milford on Friday evening 26th August starting at 7:30pm.

  The course is the popular Milford route, - i.e. starting at “Grey Rocks” and finishing at the Milford Public Service Centre.  All Welcome. 

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC Excel in D. McDaid 15km

Milford Ac had a smaller than usual representation in last Sunday’s Danny McDaid 15km in Letterkenny, but what lacked in quantity was more than made up for in quality.

  Ten of the thirteen athletes taking par set pb’s for the distance, indeed only for a slight marshalling error beyond the halfway (which added an extra 250mts approx) the potential for faster times by all could/should have been realised.  That said, it was the performances, the commitment and the strong running in the closing stages that was exemplary from the Milford contingent.

  Anthony Doherty had never raced beyond 10km in his two years since taking up running, but the Ballyare man made a smooth transition to the longer stuff which saw him run very strong in the closing stages, to run a great 57:03, average of 3.48/km and finish 3rd overall in the men’s o/40 category.

  Shaun Boyce doubted if he could beat his time of last year (59:38) but even on the longer course he surpassed his expectation, running a very strong 58:14.  Paul Russell was running beside Shaun on the outward journey of the race, but the runner’s worst fear was realised when his shoe lace opened, the only option was to stop and re-tie.  The loss of ground and the effort to make up lost time tired him for the inward journey where he finished just outside his time of last year with 59:24.

  Partially sighted athlete, Tony Ward from Monaghan is again holidaying in the area, and with the guiding help of Marty Lynch made a great guest appearance in the Black/Red singlet, running a fantastic 63:35 in the men’s o/50 category.    Michael McHugh has logged hundreds of miles on the bike in recent weeks in preparation for the 400km Mizen to Milford Cycle.  The Cranford man was anxious to get back on the road on two legs as opposed to two wheels, and proved he has lost no ground in the running discipline, - finishing in 63:39 avg 4:14/km.

  James Whoriskey took 2minutes off his time for last year running a great 65:03.  Eoin Sheehy also ran very strongly throughout, averaging 4:28/km to finish in a pb of 67:09.  Ita McGettigan was the club’s 1st female finisher, the Ramelton based teacher has improved greatly over the summer, due to her increased involvement in triathlon.  She also took 3 minutes off last years’ time, recording 71:06, winning the ladies o/45 category.  She also took in the ‘Madge Carr Swim’ in Cranford on Saturday evening.

  Nat Doherty started with the couch group last year and has made great progress at the longer distances.  The Kilmacrennan man running a comfortable 71:18 pb.  Kenneth Moore also has a penchant for the longer distance, as he followed up his recent 1:41 half marathon with a pb of 71:33 on Sunday.

  Teresa Winston ran her best race since starting with the couch group last year, - the Letterkenny based teacher ran strongly throughout and finished in style pulling away from team mate and training partner, Edel Bradley over the last 200mts to run a great pb of 76:59.

Edel had a hectic week as she ran a pb for 10km the previous Sunday, got engaged to fellow runner David Connors, and also set a pb on Sunday running 77:10.  Aine Whoriskey also improved greatly on last year, and was delighted to get under the 80mins mark running a pb of 79:20, averaging 5:17 per km.

  In 2weeks time most of the above group and many others from the club will take part in the Donegal Half Marathon on most of the same course as Sunday.  A loop of the town will precede Sunday’s race route, albeit the New Mills loop will be run the opposite way.

Up Coming Events

On Thursday evening 4th August the Creeslough 5km will take place at 7:30pm.  The Riverine 10km will take place in Lifford on Sunday 7th August starting at 10am.  The Ballyare 10km will take place in Ballyare on Friday 12th August starting at 7:30pm.

  The John Kilmartin Memorial 5km will take place in Milford on Friday 26th August starting at 7:30pm.  The Waterside Half Marathon will take place in Derry on Sunday 4th September, starting at Ebrington Square at 10am.

Sympathy
The club extend sympathy to the family of Fr. Paul Gallagher, Falcarragh, following his premature death in the Donegal Hospice earlier in the week.  Paul started running with Cranford AC as a juvenile athlete in the mid\late 1970's. He was a talented and tough competitor particularly in cross country and on the roads. He competed successfully in schools\clubs cross country at Ulster and National level.  He represented the County in the National Community Games in Mosney in the u\17 boy’s marathon (6km) in 1978, having won the county event earlier that summer in Letterkenny.  He went to the IT (then RTC), Letterkenny, where he was a member of the College team who won the competitive Interfirms team event in 1983, running under 16mins for the 3.2mile distance.  He later went on to be a very good sprints coach.

Paul had a late Vocation to the Priesthood (ordained in 2004), where he ministered devoutly with care and compassion.  He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and at 54 years old was to lose the ultimate battle on the 1st day of August. 

In his sporting life, his ministry and in his suffering, he “fought the good fight and ran the race to the finish”.  May he rest in peace.

rathon in 1978, having won the County event earlier that Summer in Letterkenny. He went to IT (then RTC), Letterkenny, where he was lead member of the college team who won the competitive inter firms team event in 1983, running under 16 mins for the 3.2 mile distance. He later went on to be a very good sprints coach.
He had a late vocation to the priesthood, where he ministered devoutly with care and compassion. He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and at 53 years old was to lose the ultimate battle on the 1st day of August.
In his sporting life, his ministry and in his suffering, he "fought the good fight and ran the race to the finish".
May he rest in peace.rathon in 1978, having won the County event earlier that Summer in Letterkenny. He went to IT (then RTC), Letterkenny, where he was lead member of the college team who won the competitive inter firms team event in 1983, running under 16 mins for the 3.2 mile distance. He later went on to be a very good sprints coach.
He had a late vocation to the priesthood, where he ministered devoutly with care and compassion. He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and at 53 years old was to lose the ultimate battle on the 1st day of August.
In his sporting life, his ministry and in his suffering, he "fought the good fight and ran the race to the finish".
May he rest in peace.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC athletes were competing in widespread venues throughout the county and country over the past week. 

St Paul’s Ramelton 5km

At the St. Paul’s Church 5km in Ramelton last Thursday evening, the talented Aiden Connelly led the Milford contingent in 6th place overall in 17:58, winning the juvenile boys category.  Aiden has put in some good training in recent weeks as he prepares for the National Community Games 1500mts final in Athlone on August 20th/21st.  Francis Diver ran a season’s best of 22:06.  John Ward is also coming back to form as he improved on his Rathmullan time running 22:27.  Juvenile athlete Daisy Wheeler set a pb of 25:48 to win the junior girls category.  Mary O’Donnell ran well to record 31:29 winning the ladies o/60 award.  Well done to the organisers who ran a good event on an inclement night for both runners and officials. 

Dungloe 5km

Anthony Doherty travelled to the west of the county for the second week in a row, as he was the club’s sole representative in the Dungloe 5km on Tuesday evening last.  The o/40 category again attracted a competitive field, where Anthony finished 4th in 17:48.  Including the Northwest 10km, Anthony has taken part in a further ten 5km’s on the grand prix circuit over the past few months.

The popular Ballyare man is in pole position for the overall masters category award, as he has ran consistently recording times from 17:16 in Termon to 18:08 on a blustery night in Churchill recently.

Roscommon 10km

Edel Bradley took in the Roscommon 10km, while on holiday in the area, and ran her best race to date, recording a great pb of 47:58.  The cheerful Letterkenny bus driver, has made great progress over the past year, where a dedicated training pattern, particularly the addition of strength work and cycling have helped her running greatly.

Ballyshannon Sprint Triathlon

Club athletes Fergus Callaghan and Peter O’Donnell took in the Ballyshannon Sprint Triathlon last Saturday and both completed very strongly.

  Fergus finished 5th overall, winning his category.  His strong event, swimming got him off to a very good start, which he maintained on the bike and run.  Peter O’Donnell has an equal aptitude for the 3 discipline event, the strong Kilmacrennan man finishing 6th overall.

  Both will take place in a Half Ironman event in August, and shortly afterwards Peter will join Hugh Coll and company to do the 400km cycle from Mizen to Milford.

Up-Coming Events

This Saturday evening the Tommy McBride Memorial 5km will take place, starting on the Harry Blaney Bridge at 6:30pm.  The Danny McDaid 15km takes place on Sunday 31st July starting from the Aura at 11:30am.  The Creeslough 5km takes place on Thursday 4th August at 7:30pm, while the Lifford 10km takes place in Lifford on Sunday 7th August at 10am.  On Friday evening 12th August the popular Ballyare 10km starts at “Carrs of the Diamond” at 7:30pm.

Sympathy

The club extend sympathy to club member Jacqui Barrett on the recent death of her father, Willie Moore, Creeslough.  May he rest in peace.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Donegal Minors*
Good luck to Shaun Paul Barrett and his Donegal Minors who play Cork in the QF this Saturday at 12 in Croke Park. Good luck also to the clubmen in his backroom team, Darran Nash, Luke Barrett and Conall McFadden as well as Ronan Docherty who was a panel member.

*Seniors*
MacCumhaills 0-13 CLG BnaG 2-10
Na Galloglaigh kept up their fine away record with a great win over MacCumhaills in a really tight game. The boys were never behind for the duration of the game and got a dream start when a strong run from Joey Cullen ended with Kyle Black getting a goal with the first score of the game. They then went 1-3 to no score up after around 15 minutes before MacCumhaills came back really strong. Several unanswered points from the Twin Towns men narrowed the gap before a couple of frees from Cathal Mc Gettigan left 2 in it at the break, 1-5 to 0-6. MacCumhaills came out strong again at the start of the second and brought it back to a point and from then on it was a battle right to the end. Na Galloglaigh kept managing to get their scores to keep their noses in front but three times MacCumhaills levelled the game up. When a point up late in the game Gary Merritt had a decent goal chance saved which renewed hope for MacCumhaills and they went up to get an equaliser in injury time. Then, with almost 5 minutes of injury time played, a fine move up the left hand side saw Cullen again break free and he found Jonny Logue to finish to the back of the net from 6 yards. The boys hung on tight for the final whistle which came after 7 minutes of injury time for another huge win to maintain their unbeaten record. A Special mention also to todays Captain Anthony Fisher who due to army commitments will no longer be available for the rest of the season and his energy and work rate will be a huge loss to the side.
Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Barry McNulty, Sean Black, Gavin Grier, Tj Evesson, Paddy Peoples, Gary Merritt (0-1), Joey Cullen, Anthony Fisher, Jonny Logue (1-0), Pauric Curley (0-1), Cathal McGettigan (0-4, Kyle Black (1-1), Christopher Barrett (0-2), Darragh Black (0-1). PJ Hagan for Grier (42m), Kieran Sheridan for McNulty (50m), Brandon Toye for Evesson (60m), Dean Burgess, Caolan Bolton, Paul Sweeney, Enda McHugh, Sean Gallagher.

*Reserves*
MacCumhaills 1-12 CLG BnaG 1-6
MacCumhaills ran out 6 point winners against our Resrves yesterday. Na Galloglaigh got off to a perfect start when they opened the scoring with a Dean Burgess goal after 3 minutes. The home side responded with a point and were level soon after. As the skies opened the heavy rain made conditions difficult but both teams battled hard. MacCumhaills moved into the lead with further points but scores from Paul Sweeney and Luke Trearty brought the gap back to 1 point going into half time. The 2nd half was again close with not much between the teams for the majority of it. However Na Galloglaigh just couldnt get their noses in front. Points from Conall McFadden, Paul Fisher and a 45 from goalkeeper Sean Gallagher were scored however MacCumhaills responded with scores of their own each time. The killer blow came with 10 minutes to go when Na Galloglaigh were harshly penalised for a foul and MacCumhaills raced up the field to score a goal. That brought their lead to 4 points and from there on they seen out the game with the last score of the match a point from Caolan Bolton. Team: Sean Gallaghr (0-1), Patrick Ferry, Paul Grier, Gearoid Horkan, Dean Burgess (1-0), Enda McHugh, Cormac Friel, Caolan Bolton (0-1), Paul Sweeney (0-1), Paul Fisher (0-1) Luke Trearty (0-1), Odhrán Coll, Martin Doyle, Conall McFadden (0-1), Ciaran McHugh. Subs: Cathal Diver for Horkan (40m), Gavin McFadden for Coll (45m), Tony McGettigan for Friel (52m), Emmet Conaghan for C. McFadden (55m), James Mc Callum

*U14s*
CLG BnaG 3-10 Downings 5-12
Hard luck to our U14s who were defeated in the Div 2 Northern Final by Downings on Monday night, In a tight game with good football played by both sides the physically bigger Downings ran out winners by an 8 point margin. Team: John Matthews, Eoin McElhinney, Eamonn O'Donnell, Odhran McGee, Eoin O'Donnell, Bruce McAuley, Darragh McFadden, Rory Pyper (0-1), James O'Donnell (0-1), Jay Curran, Shane Black (0-5), Jake Doherty, Dylan Dorrian (0-1), Shay McBride (1-0), Barry Donnelly (0-2), Subs: Eoin Hiemstra and Matthew McLaughlin (1-0) for Doherty and McBride (43m), Calum Orsi and Kyle McGarrity for Curran and McElhinney (52m)

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*Lotto*
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*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

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- Full family membership for 2016 included
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Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Kieran Murray

Kieran Murray returned from the European Transplant Games on Monday last with mixed fortunes on the competition front.

  Kieran went into the championships with a bad chest infection, and as such struggled in his first and premier event – the 5km.  The Ramelton man finished 4th, well below par in 22:57.  On Thursday his fortunes improved somewhat as he got off to a good start in the golf and maintained his score throughout the day to win the competition gold.

  On Friday all the track events were cancelled due to heavy thunder and lightning.  Saturday improved somewhat but meant all track events had to be run off on the one day.

  Kieran ran a heat of the 4x100 relay in the morning, shortly after he ran a great 800mts to claim bronze after a great home straight finish, running 2:31.  Shortly after he was back for the final of the 4x100mts, the Irish team finished 4th overall of, .1 of a second off 3rd place.

  Shortly afterwards Kieran ran in the 1500mts, and after a long and tiring day he ran very well to finish 4th.  He enjoyed his week with his Irish team colleagues winning two medals, but more importantly got the chance to take part due to organ donation, which the games strive to highlight.

Churchill 5km
For the 2nd year in a row, the Churchill 5km took place amid very inclement weather conditions on Friday night last - the only consolation being, it was not as bad as last year!
  The weather and the challenging course slowed the times for most of the 105 finishers.  Milford had a smaller than usual turnout, due mainly to many taking part (with much success) in Saturday’s Lough Fern Adventure Race.  Paul Russell led the Milford trio in 7th place overall in 17:51 and although slower than his recent 5km’s, he enjoyed this one the most.  Anthony Doherty again won the men’s o/40 category in 18:08. Eoin Sheehy ran strongly in the windy conditions to finish in 20:10.  Well done all.  Next local 5km is St. Paul’s Church 5km in Ramelton on Thursday 21st July at 7:30pm.

Lough Fern Adventure Race

Milford AC had a big representation in the ‘Charlie McGettigan’ Memorial Lough Fern Adventure race last Saturday.  The conditions were favorable for the 3 discipline event, which this year included the longer 46km Warrior event.  The majority of participants opted for the traditional 29km route.

  Marty Lynch again demonstrated his ability for this interchanging event, as he won the overall warrior event in 1hr55min49sec.  Michael McHugh was a further 7 minutes behind for a great 3rd place finish.  The McHugh family were to the fore as Siobhan won the senior ladies category in the warrior distance in 2:25:27.  Training partner Paula Hegarty won the senior ladies category in the traditional 29km event in 1:34:48.

  Damien McBride had a ding dong battle with Rosses Athlete Noel Diver, but could never close the small gap attained early on by the Rosses man but did very well to finish second in 1:21:18 some 17 seconds behind Noel.

  In the junior category there were great performances from Alec McConigley 2:05:26 and Tommy Walls 2:05:28.

Full Club Results

Warrior 46km Route                                                                       Traditional 29km

Marty Lynch                       1:55:49                                                  Damien McBride              1:21:18

Michael McHugh              2:05:26                                                  Gerard Marley                  1:26:08

James Whoriskey             2:09:32                                                  Daniel Hewett                   1:28:43

Mark Scott                          2:16:30                                                  Hugh Ferry                          1:31:40

Daniel Cullen                      2:23:33                                                  Paula Hegarty                    1:32:48

Siobhan McHugh              2:25:27                                                  Frank McTaggart              1:40:05

Patrick McConigley          2:26:34                                                  James Doherty                  1:49:26

Francis Diver                      2:28:23                                                  Grace Friel                          1:54:31

Ray McGrory                      2:29:01                                                  Martin McHugh                                2:05:13

                                                                                                                Alec McConigley               2:05:26

                                                                                                                Tommy Walls                     2:05:28

                                                                                                                Bridget Friel                        2:05:44

Upcoming Races

The local road races over the next month give athletes the opportunity to test themselves over longer distances. 

The Danny McDaid 15km takes place in Letterkenny on Sunday 31st July.  The Riverine 10km in Lifford takes place on Sunday 7th August.  The Ballyare 10km takes place on Friday evening 12th August.  The Donegal Marathon and Half Marathon will take place in Letterkenny on Sunday 21st August.

ll in 17.51 and although slower than his recent 5kms, he enjoyed this one the most.
Anthony Docherty again won the mens o/40 categoryin 18.08.
Eoin Sheehy ran strongly in the windy conditions to finish in 20.10.
Well done to all.
Next local 5km is,- St Pauls Church 5km, Ramelton, Thurs 21st July, 7.30pm.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Donegal Minors*
Well done to Shaun Paul Barrett and his Donegal Minors who won the Ulster Championship on Sunday with a 2-10 to 1-11 win over Derry. SP's men will now play Cork in Croke Park on Sunday July 30th at 2pm. Well done also to the clubmen in his backroom team, Darran Nash, Luke Barrett and Conall McFadden as well as Ronan Docherty who was a panel member.

*Division 2*
Our Seniors and Reserves are provisionally scheduled to play MacCumhaills this Sunday at 3pm in Ballybofey, however this is as yet unconfirmed

*U21s*
Hard luck to our U21s who suffered a heavy 5-17 to 0-3 defeat at the hands of an impressive Killybegs team on Monday night

*U12s*
Our U12s finished off their league campaign with an impressive win over Gweedore in Moyle Park. The point scoring in the 1st half was excellent with some great moves and scores from long range, among the scorers were Eoin McGettigan with 4 points, Cillian McBride and Dara Kelly-Cullen both with 2 each, and it was great to see Alec McConigley back in action scoring a great point coming the whole way up the field from full back. Lorcan Sweeney was excellent in his 1st match in goals with his kicking excellent. In the 2nd half the boys continued their hard work and were rewarded with 3 goals from Liam Donnelly, Cillian McBride, and goal of the game from Jordan Ryan. Further points from Paul Ryan, Liam Donnelly and Anthony Curran completed a great nights work and the win ensured the boys finished 2nd in the league with 8 victories from 9 matches.

*Lotto*
This weeks lotto numbers were 7-11-20-24. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Fiona Boyle and Moira McCormack. Next weeks Jackpot is €780. Don't forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.

*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*
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- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

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Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Rathmullan 5km

The Rathmullan 5km again attracted a sizeable and quality field in perfect running conditions on Friday night last.  The 260 starters gave wheelchair athlete, Karol Doherty, a rousing send off as he started one minute ahead of the main field and completed the course in a magnificent 17:51 overall.

  Milford AC had 20 athletes take part with 8 achieving personal best times for the 5km distance

Anthony Doherty again led home the Milford contingent in 18th place overall, in 17:25 to win the o/45 men’s category.  Anthony is having a very consistent season, and is currently at the top of the master’s leader board in the grand prix series.

  Paul Russell improved on his last outing, and is making a steady return to form after completing the Derry Marathon in early June.  The Churchill man pushed Anthony all the way to record 17:28.  Perhaps the stand out performance of the night from a club point of view came from 15 year old Aiden Connelly.  The Lagg based juvenile was running in his first competitive 5km and ran a great pb of 17:50, 2nd in the junior boy’s u-18 category.

  Damien McBride was slightly off his Cranford 5km form of a week earlier, running 18:02.  Gerard Marley smashed the 19 minute barrier for the first time to run a great 18:53.  The Gortmacall man improving by over one minute in the last few months.  Daniel Hewitt had completed the Sligo to Letterkenny cycle 5 days earlier, and still had the effects in the legs, and was happy with 19:17.

  Eoin Sheehy ran one of his best races to date with 19:37.  Paul McGuckian took 6 seconds off his best at the Interfirms in May to record 20:24.  Gerard McGettigan set the pace for Mark Scott, and although a fast 1st kilometre slowed Mark somewhat for the remainder he still managed a pb finishing in 21:13.  Kenneth Moore ran 21:57.  Fellow Gortmacall man, John Ward made a return to form with a season’s best of 22:43.  Frank McTaggart was just outside his best with 22:47.  Caroline Marley is also on an upward curve, running a season’s best of 25:13.  Eileen O’Gorman and Mary Wheeler started running with the Couch to 5km group in Feb/March and are enjoying their running as monthly improvements have taken them from the 30 minute bracket, with Eileen running a pb of 25:36, and training colleague Mary also on a pb of 25:39.  Mary’s Daughter, eleven year old Daisy Wheeler was delighted to record a great pb of 26:24 in her home town.

  Sinead McTaggart took that important one second off her pb to run 27:27.  Mary O’Donnell recently celebrated a “big” birthday and duly finished 2nd in her new category in 31:18 with the pace making support of friend Nancy Gallagher.

  Notable performances from local lads running with Finn Valley – Mark McPaul 3rd with a pb of 15:26 and Paddy Ryan 11th overall, with a big pb of 16:51, 1st sub 17 minutes for the Roscommon man.

  Well done to all.  The next local 5km is in Churchill on Friday evening.  Registration at “McCafferty’s Bar” from 6:30pm.

Kieran Murray

Kieran Murray was out of form when he ran in the European Transplant Games 5km road race on Monday last in Helsinki.  The Ramelton man developed a bad chest infection a few weeks ago which never cleared and slowed him on Monday to a below par 22:57.  He had ran 19:17 in Ramelton in early June.  Although disappointed, Kieran remains upbeat for the remaining events later this week, and points out that it’s the ‘taking part’ that matters.

Triathlon/Adventure Race

Peter O’Donnell turned his hand to triathlon, competing in the olympic distance in Gartan on Sunday last.  The Kilmacrennan man finished 7th overall and 2nd in age category, running a very good 38:45 for the 10km run, after 1500mts swim and 40km bike race. 

  Kerrykeel man Fergus Callaghan took part in the Relay Triathlon, competing very well in his strong event – the swim.  Marty Lynch travelled to Blessinton in Co. Wicklow for the annual adventure race.  The Ramelton man competed very well in the tough course, finishing 3rd overall.  An indication of the severity of the 14km mountain run saw the top runners take 80 minutes to compete.

Dublin Marathon

This week is the start of the club’s 16wk training programme for the Dublin Marathon on Sun 30th October.  The programme is primarily aimed at runners who have been running for a year or more and have already ran a few 10km and half marathons.

  Athletes from other areas/clubs are welcome to join us, especially on the Sunday runs as they get progressively longer.  It was great to welcome athletes from Rosses’s AC last year and Finn Valley the previous year to the scenic routes of Milford and beyond.

Anyone considering doing the Dublin Marathon should be enquiring about accommodation as hotels etc. are filling up fast.

  It would be advisable to enter as early as possible as numbers may be up on previous years due to the first ever Sunday date (not Bank Holiday Monday).

  Entry fee is cheaper in these months, i.e. €70 in July (entry guaranteed up until 31st July), €80 in August and €90 in September.

  

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Hugh Coll excels in Donegal Ultra Race

Milford AC athlete, Hugh Coll again demonstrated his physical and mental capacity for endurance events, when he finished a tremendous 4th in last Friday/Saturday’s Ultra 555km Cycle Race around the Donegal Atlantic Way route.

  This inaugural race was the brain child of Donegal Adventure Racers, - Sean McFadden and Shaun Stewart.  The tough and scenic route around Donegal was chosen, with the event starting at the Mount Errigal Hotel last Friday at 10am.

  A number of teams of 4 shared the workload over the 555km, but 15 hardy souls decided to tackle the complete route, with the aim of finishing in under 30 hours.

  The cyclists headed for Inishowen on Friday morning where the steep Mamore Gap was the most feared climb.  Hugh Coll was amongst the leaders, which comprised many professional or ex-professional cyclists. 

  On getting around Inishowen they headed back to Letterkenny and onto Rathmullan, and in to the steep incline and decline of Knockalla.  As the evening rolled on Hugh approached Downings around 10pm before heading around the Atlantic Drive and on towards Glen, Creeslough and the spectacular west of the county.  The hours rolled on and the short duration of darkness in mid-June saw Hugh climbing Glengesh in Glencolmcille – an infamous cycling climb as daylight broke.

  He felt strong all the way with just a small number of toilet and eating stops (no sleep) to break the continuous pedalling.  On leaving the west of the county, they headed southwards and as they approached Barnesmore Gap, he felt the first signs of tiredness as his average speed dropped to 20km per hour.  However, with encouragement from his support crew, the sugar rush of some jelly beans, aided his recovery, and the thought of the relative downhill from Ballybofey propelled him onward.

  On approaching the finish line in Letterkenny he was some 15mins inside the 24hour, and in 4th place overall, behind winner, Ronan McLaughlin (of the Sean Kelly pro team), Letterkenny endurance specialist Jason Black was 2nd, with Donegal legendary cyclist, Joe Barr some 75 second further back.  Speaking after Hugh was both delighted and surprised with his great performance, saying he enjoyed every minute of the 24hrs and 45 seconds.  He paid particular tribute to his support crew who were of great help throughout the day/night, Johnny Shields, Anthony Lynch, Damien McBride, David Connors, Mark Kilmartin, Paul Doherty and the welcome “Pizza Man” Shaun Boyce, Joe Gallagher and James Whoriskey.  He was also grateful for the many who came out to support him en route.  Hugh’s transition to physical and endurance events is remarkable.  At the start of 2011, he was 18 stone and started walking to lose some weight.  In the spring of that year, he started to run and quickly got up to 10km.  In September he ran 90mins for the Derry Half Marathon, and in October 2011 he ran a remarkable 3hrs 17mins in the Dublin Marathon.  The 42 year old has since ran 2 marathons in under 3 hours, done Dublin to Milford cycle run in one day and earlier this year he finished 8th in the 260km endurance adventure event “The Race”.  He is now in recovery mode, and no doubt thinking of another challenge.

Termon 5km

Milford AC had 14 athletes take part in Tuesday night’s popular 5km in Termon.

Anthony Doherty led the way in 12th place, and the 48 year old Ballyare man improved on his recent pb in Ramelton to run a fantastic 17:16.  He finished 2nd in the men’s o/40 category, a great improvement as he only started running 2 years ago.

  Paul Russell is returning to form, after his Derry Marathon exploits, the Churchill man finished 19 seconds outside his best with 17:29.  Shaun Boyce ran the exact same time as in Glenswilly a week earlier with 17:47.  James Whoriskey maintained his consistent form with 19:34.  Nat Doherty was close to home soil and set a pb of 21:12.  Frank McTaggart has now got the ‘bug’ for running and competed very well to run a pb of 22:16.  James Doherty snr ran his usual consistent race – the 71 year old ran a remarkable 22:25.  Kieran Murray was recovering from flu and ran to pace Aine Whoriskey and Annette Sheehy.  Aine ran strongly to equal her pb set in Milford in April – running 22:49.  Annette tagged onto the duo for the duration and ran a season’s best of 22:50, Sinead Thornton ran 26:02, while club secretary Bernie O’Donnell came within one second of her pb with 26:34.  Ann Doherty made a welcome return to racing and ran 31:12, with Patricia Murray completing the club contingent in 33:57.

  The next big club outing will be in the popular Cranford and Rathmullan 5kms on the 1st and 8th of July respectively.

Galeforce North

Well done to 2 of the county’s top adventure racers who competed in the tough Galeforce North.  64k around the beautiful Glenveagh National Park and surrounding areas.  Peter O’Donnell finishing a brilliant 2nd and Marty Lynch controversially given 4th when it looked like the third place finisher didn’t complete the full course.

Valerie Moore-Hay Memorial Walk

A 5km fun walk in memory of the late Valerie Moore Hay will take place from the clubhouse on Saturday 9th July.  Registration starts from 11:30am with the walk starting at 12noon.  Entry fee is €5.00 and all proceeds will go to the Donegal Hospice.

  Note this is a fun walk (although running permitted) so all families, children, buggy pushers, and dog walkers welcome.  The finish is back at the club house, with refreshments after, and a number of spot prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses.  All welcome.

Training

Juvenile training will now take a break over the summer/school holidays.  Training will commence in mid-August in preparation for the cross country season.

  Senior training continues on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:30pm.  Sunday mornings at 10am.  Dublin Marathon training will commence from the 10th July.  A number of athletes are also taking in the up-coming Donegal Half Marathon in Letterkenny on Sunday August 21st.

Sympathy

The club extend sympathy to club member Denis Sheridan and family on the recent death of his mother-in-law, Margaret McBrearty.  May she rest in peace.

Milford AC News

O’Donnell Sets PB in Convoy

Milford AC had 6 athletes take part in the Convoy AC 5km in Convoy on Tuesday evening last.  The race was of good quality and quantity as the 1st 6 broke the 16mins mark with a total of 382 finishers.

  Milford AC’s Peter O’Donnell was 1st club man home in a fantastic pb of 16:56 in 19th place overall.  The strong running Kilmacrennan man who finished 5th in the endurance event ‘The Race’ in March, has since concentrated on getting faster over the shorter distances.  He recently won the Carndonagh 5km but his first sub 17min run was even more satisfying. 

  Master’s athlete Doherty finished 3rd in the o/40 category in a competitive masters field.  The Ballyare man was slightly down on his previous best – running 17:34.  Frank McTaggart is enjoying his recent conversion to running, the Ballyare man consistently running in the 23 minute barrier – setting a pb on Tuesday evening of 23:37. 

  Ramelton man Jim McCahill has improved consistently in his last 3 5kms, setting yet another pb of 24:36.  Denis Sheridan got very close to his pb, - the Kilmacrennan man taking a minute off his recent time, recording 26:48.  Sinead McTaggart retained her consistent form, running within 7 seconds of her Ramelton 5km pb, to record 27:35.

Ballyraine NS 5km

The club extend congratulations to Gillian Marley who won the senior women’s category of the Ballyraine NS 5km on Thursday night last.  The trainee teacher ran 21:28.

Marathon Training

Training programmes are now being drawn up for the Donegal Half Marathon in Letterkenny on 21st August and the Dublin Marathon on Sunday 30th October.

  The Letterkenny event is only over 9 weeks away now.  Most club athletes who ran the recent Strabane Half Marathon have a lot of miles completed, and just need to gradually increase the weekly totals over the next 8 weeks.

  Specific 16 week training programme for the Dublin Marathon will begin in mid-July with 3 specific programmes covering athletes in the range of 2hrs40-3.15, 3.15 to 4hrs, 4hours to 4.45.  Athletes considering the marathon should ideally be running for a year or more, and have ran at least one half marathon, and a few 10kms.

  Last year 29 athletes from Milford AC completed the iconic distance, and with this year’s event being held on a Sunday for the first time, and it’s a 1916 anniversary event should ensure an even greater turnout.

  Any local runners considering doing the marathon, and not part of the club are welcome to join in particularly for the longer upcoming Sunday runs.

Adventure Race

The club extend congratulations to all members who took part in last Saturday’s Mulroy Adventure Race.  (Full results on separate page).

Milford GAA Notes

*Ulster Championship Tickets*
All orders for tickets to the Donegal v Fermanagh Championship match must be with Joe (086-8547114) or Kathleen (087-6506101) by no later than 4pm on Thursday. Please note there will be a very limited number of stand tickets available.
Prices
• Adult Stand €25
• OAP Stand €15
• Adult Terrace €15
• Student Terrace €10
• OAP Terrace €10
• Under 16 free (except stand)

*Donegal Minors*
Well done to Shaun Paul Barrett and his Donegal Minors who had a great comeback against Antrim in the Ulster Minor Championship on Sunday. SP's emn won 2-11 to 2-7 in Belfast and will now play Monaghan in the Semi Final on June 25th. Well done also to the clubmen in his backroom team, Darran Nash, Luke Barrett and Conall McFadden

*Seniors*
St Nauls 1-10 CLG BnaG 2-13
A superb second half performance tonight saw Na Galloglaigh come away with 2 big points from Mountcharles on Saturday. Whilst probably having slightly more possession in the first half the boys were wasteful at times against a hard but fair Nauls defence. At the other end Nauls always looked the more dangerous and were certainly the more clinical of the sides, but Na Galloglaigh still managed to get the scores to keep in touching distance. After 20 minutes Stephen Griffin ghosted in behind the defence to find the net for St Nauls but the boys responded brilliantly to go straight up the field and score their own, Gary Merritt lobbing the keeper from out wide with a strike he is adamant he meant. Nauls scored 3 unanswered points near the end of the half to see them clear at half time,1-7 to 1-4. Na Galloglaigh were a different animal in the second half and early on Joey Cullen, who was magnificent in midfield, ended a great run with a low finish to the back of the net and the boys were right back in it. For the next 15 minutes of the half it was mainly one way traffic with Na Galloglaigh going 7 ahead at a stage with Cathal Mc Gettigan on fire with his frees. St Nauls launched a late onslaught but Na Galloglaigh showed the same workrate and intensity they have shown all season to see out the game and come away with 2 brilliant points. Next up for the boys is a home game against Four Masters next Sunday. The Club would like to wish Luke Barrett all the best as he heads off to America on Monday, he will be a big loss to the team. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Conor McNulty, Barry McNulty, Tj Evesson, Sean Black, Paddy Peoples, Gary Merritt (1-1), Luke Barrett (0-2), Joey Cullen (1-1), Darragh Black, Pauric Curley (0-1), Jonny Logue, Cathal McGettigan (0-8), Christopher Barrett, David Curley. Subs: Kyle Black for D. Curley (49m), Anthony Fisher for S. Black (56m), Dean Burgess, Cormac Friel, Martin Doyle, Caolan Bolton

*Reserves*
St Nauls 0-6 CLG BnaG 1-9
Our Reserves got back to winning ways with a 6 point win over St Nauls on Saturday, with an early goal from Ryan Ferry getting Na Galloglaigh off to a perfect start. However despite having the majority of possession they failed to take numerous scoring opportunities that followed. St Nauls responded with a few scores of their own but points from Martin Doyle, James Whelan, Dean Burgess and a 45 from PJ Hagan gave Na Galloglaigh a 4 point half time lead. The lads were determined not to let this lead slip as it in previous games, and as a result started the second half strong. Again they had the majority of possession and chances but not all were converted. Points from Hagan, Doyle and 2 frees from Gary Helferty kept the lads in front and the defence stood firm to restrict Nauls to just 2 points in the second half. Any hope of a Nauls comeback were dashed when Conall McFadden made a great one on one save to deflect the ball onto the post late in the game. Hopefully the lads can take confidence from this victory going into next weeks game at home to Four Masters. Team: Conall McFadden, Cathal Diver, Paul Grier, Paddy Ferry, Cormac Toland, Dean Burgess (0-1), Cormac Friel, Anthony Fisher, Caolan Bolton, PJ Hagan (0-3), James Whelan (0-1), Ryan Ferry (1-0), Marty Doyle (0-2), Gary Helferty (0-2), Emmet Conaghan. Subs: Hayden Curran for Fisher (40m), Matthew Stewart for Diver (48m), James Mc Callum for Conaghan (50m)

*U12s*
Our U12s had a great victory on Wednesday evening over St Eunans in O'Donnell Park to continue their winning streak. They started very well and got two early goals through Killian McBride and Fionn Coll and Mikie McBride fired over two excellent long range points. At the other end Johnny McCallum made four excellent saves to ensure St Eunans got no goals. Further points from Fionn Coll, Liam DOnnelly and Eoin McGettigan left Na Galloglaigh 4 points up at half time. The second half was a totally different game with St Eunans scoring three goals and two points to bring it to a one point game, but Na Galloglaigh held their nerve with some great defending by Odhran Doherty, Paul Ryan and Anthony Curran. At the other end two points from Adam McHugh and one from Liam Donnelly ensured they emerged victorious with five points to spare. Next up is MacCumhaills onWednesday at 7pm. Our B team came up against a very strong St Eunans team but there were some very good performances with Diarmuid Coyle and Lorcan Blaney both having great games. The B team will also be up against MacCumhaills on Wednesday night

*Lotto*
This weeks lotto numbers were 5-9-14-15. No jackpot winner, 1 match 3 winner, wins €70 each. Joan O'Donnell. Next weeks Jackpot is €540. Don't forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.

*Underage Coaching*
Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Nigel Black (086-8128869) or Aidan Cannon (087-6784787)

*Lotto Database*
Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2016 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:

- Full family membership for 2016 included
- Entered into every draw every week
- Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)
- 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw

*Lotto Sellers Required*
The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114

*Contact Us*
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*CLG BnaG Club Gear*
A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751

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