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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Division 1*

Realt na Mara v CLG BnaG

Bundoran, Sunday @ 3pm

A couple of years ago it would have been very hard to believe but Na Galloglaigh are now just a few short days away from playing their first ever Division 1 game when they travel to Bundoran to take on Realt na Mara. It’s a historic day for the Club and we would like you to be part of it, please come along and get behind the boys this Sunday in Bundoran at 3pm. The Reserves will begin proceedings when they take on their Bundoran counterparts at 1.30pm.

*U8 & U10 Training*

U8 training continues in Ramelton Community Centre at 6pm on Friday. U10 training will also begin this Friday in Ramelton Community Centre from 7pm

*Last Man Standing*

There were another 6 casualties over the weekend in the LMS, leaving only 14 as we enter week 5. Best of luck to those remaining!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 3-8-17-22. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Sheila Doherty, The Quay, and Noelle Toye, Milford. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,140

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Marine Harvest Milford Ac 5km.

Despite the early morning rainfall the latter part of the morning cleared to give the 70 plus field in the Milford 5km perfect running conditions.  Thanks is extended to race sponsors, Marine Harvest Fanad and their 2 representatives on the day, Annette Rogers and Darren Carr.  To the marshals, timekeeper's and all who supplied, prepared and served refreshments.  To Brendan Mc Daid, Northwest chip timing, for fast, efficient and accurate results.

To Francis Diver, Sylvester Hiemstra and Sinead Mc Taggart for photography.
  Before the results were announced, a minutes silence was observed in memory of former club president - the late Hughie Gallagher.  James Gibbons paid tribute to him describing him as a family man, a sportsman and a gentleman.
James welcomed Milford man, Clonliffe Harriers supremo and former Olympic team manager, Paddy Marley and also club founder and recent Hall of Fame winner, Hugo Duggan.
  Despite doing 2 hours on the bike the day before and training again early that morning, Peter O Donnell was 1st club person home as he 'ran around' in 17.35 in 5th place overall.  Indeed, directly after the 5km Peter and Hugh Coll headed out for a further 3 hrs on the bikes as they prepare for the RACE in 2 weeks’ time.

Club results as follows: 1. Peter O Donnell. 17.35.
2. John Whoriskey. 17.52.
3. Aidan Connolly. 18.15, 1st Jun boy.
4. Johnny O Doherty. 18.31.
5. Daniel Hewett. 19.27.
6. Shaun Mc Hugh. 20.19.
7. Philip Mc Govern. 20.24.
8. Kieran Murray. 20.27.
9. James Whoriskey. 20.29.
10 Paul mc Guckin. 20.38.
11. Gillian Marley. 21.16, 2nd senior lady.
12 Manus Peoples. 22.08, 3rd o/50men.
13. Eoin Fogarty. 22.13.
14. Frank Mc Taggart. 22.18 pb.
15. Kenneth Moore. 22.45.
16. Frank Mc Gettigan. 23.03, 1st 0/60 men.
17. Mark Carr. 23.17.
18. Agnes Ryan. 24.08, 2nd o/40 ladies.
19. John O Gorman. 25.10 pb.
20. Sinead Thornton. 27.27.
21. John Fitzgerald. 28.55, 3rd o/60men.
22. Marty Houston. 30.29.
23. Debbie Houston. 30.29, pacing.
24. Mary O Donnell. 33.10, 2nd o/60 ladies.
25. Mark Mc Kenna. 42.51, 2nd Jun boy.

1. Peter O Donnell 17.35
2. John Whoriskey 17.52
3. Aidan Connolly 18.15, 1st Jun boy
4. Johnny O Doherty 18.31
5. Daniel Hewett 19.27
6. Shaun Mc Hugh 20.19
7. Philip Mc Govern 20.24
8. Kieran Murray 20.27
9. James Whoriskey 20.29
10 Paul mc Guckin 20.38
11. Gillian Marley 21.16, 2nd senior lady
12. Manus Peoples 22.08, 3rd o/50 men
13. Eoin Fogarty 22.13
14. Frank Mc Taggart 22.18 pb
15. Kenneth Moore 22.45
16. Frank Mc Gettigan 23.03, 1st 0/60 men
17. Mark Carr 23.17
18. Agnes Ryan 24.08, 2nd o/40 ladies
19. John O Gorman 25.10 pb
20. Sinead Thornton 27.27
21. John Fitzgerald 28.55, 3rd o/60 men
22. Marty Houston 30.29
23. Debbie Houston 30.29, pacing
24. Mary O Donnell 33.10, 2nd o/60 ladies
25. Mark Mc Kenna 42.51, 2nd Jun boy

Sprint Duathlon

The club had 2 athletes take part in the National Sprint Duathlon Series held at the Aura in Letterkenny on Sunday morning last.

  Peter O’Donnell continued his good form as he prepares for the ‘Race’ when he finished 5th overall in 54:55.  Despite having trained 3 times on Saturday.  The Kilmacrennan man ran 11:17 for the first 2mile run 28:43 for 11¼ miles cycle race and a consistent 11:26 for the last 2 mile run.  Peter and 7 club colleagues will face their next big challenge on 11th March as they take on the 254km Race.

  Paula Hegarty was also in fine form.  The Cranford native finished 66th overall from the 112 finishers, 9th female overall and 2nd in her category 35-39.  Paula ran 14:24 for the 1st 2mile run, 34:13 for the cycle race, and 15:35 for the final 2 mile run, for a total time of 68:09.

 

Stephen Duggan

Milford man Stephen Duggan is enjoying a renewed interest in running and racing.  Now living in Germany he recently recorded a pb of 35:32 for 10km on the road in the master o/40 category.

Sportshall

Dennis and Conor McGinley were the club’s sole representatives who made it through to the 2nd round of the Donegal Sportshall Trials in the Aura on Sunday last.

  Conor performed very well in the boy’s u13 as did Dennis in the u15 boys.  At going to press the final results are not yet completed, but hopefully both will be in contention to get selected in their respective age categories.

Up Coming Races

The next races on the road are the LYIT 5km in Letterkenny on Tuesday 7th March at 7:15pm.  The Cara Bundoran 10miles on Saturday 11th March starting at 10:30am.

The St. Patrick’s Day 5km in Letterkenny starting at 1:15pm.

The 2nd Milford 5km series on Friday 25th March, starting at 7pm.

Next Milford 5km race is Fri 24th March starting at 7pm.

Well done to local man, Mark Mc Paul, F V, who won today in 15.57 and to club colleague, the phenomenal Noreen Bonner, who won the ladies o/60 category in 21.17! and was 3rd female finisher overall.

Next Milford 5km race is Fri 24th March starting at 7pm.

Before the results were announced, a minutes silence was observed in memory of former club president - the late Hughie Gallagher. James Gibbons paid tribute to him describing him as... a family man, a sportsman and a gentleman.
James welcomed Milford man, Clonliffe Harriers supremo and former Olympic team manager, Paddy Marley and also club founder and recent Hall of Fame winner, Hugo Duggan.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

Milford AC will host their 3rd running of the popular 5km series in association with Marine Harvest Fanad.  The 1st race of the series takes place on Saturday the 25th February.

  The registration is at the clubhouse, Milford from 10am.  Fee is €8.00 for runners, €5.00 for walkers.  The race starts at Grey Rocks at 11am.  Chip timing provided by Brendan McDaid.

Prizes in the usual categories with showers and refreshments in the club house afterwards.

  The second race in the series takes place on Friday evening the 24th March at 7pm.

The current couch to 5km participants are now halfway through their programme in preparation for this race.  Any club athletes who are not running are asked to help with marshalling/car parking etc.

National Masters X/Country
The club extends congratulations to Innishowen AC’s Pauric Mc Kinney who won the Masters men's o/50 cross country title at Waterford IT on Sunday.  Pauric finished 15th overall in 24.56.
Congratulations are also extended to Bridie Trearty, Cranford AC who finished 3rd in o/50 ladies category.  To Ben Carr, Finn Valley AC, who won the u/17 boys All Ireland B cross country championship.

 

Lifford/Strabane 5km Series

Congratulations to the 900 plus athletes who took part in the Lifford/Strabane 5km series over the past 5 weeks.  Well done to club athlete Jim McCahill who ran 25:43 in the 3rd race of the series in Lifford on Sunday.

Eventful

The club extends congratulations to club athletes Claire and Roy Graham whose business “Eventful” won the National Wedding Stationery Supplier of the year at the National Awards Ceremony in Dublin last weekend.

National Indoor Championships

The club extends best wishes to all county athletes taking part in the National Senior Indoor Championships which takes place at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown on this Saturday and Sunday.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Condolences*

CLG Baile na nGalloglach wish to express sincere sympathy to our Senior team manager Danny O'Donnell and his wife Aine on the death of Aine's father, Joe Greene, Ranafast. Removal from Eternal Light Chapel of Eternal rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny at 3pm todayMonday, to his late residence. Funeral Wednesday after 11am mass in Annagry. Ar Dheis de go raibh a ainm.

*Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta*

Fanad Gaels v CLG BnaG

Tri-a-loch, Saturday @ 3.45pm

Our Seniors take on neighbours Fanad Gaels in the Gaeltacht next weekend in Tr-a-loch with the winners taking on Dungloe in the next round a week later.

*U8 & U10 Training*

U8 training continues in Ramelton Community Centre at 6pm on Friday. U10 training will also begin this Friday in Ramelton Community Centre from 7pm

*Donegal Senior Ladies*

Good luck to Amber Barrett and the rest of the Donegal Senior Ladies team and management who take on Kerry in Rathmore, Kerry, in the league on Sunday

*Donegal U14 Ladies*

Congratulations to Aisling McCormack who made her debut for the Donegal U14 ladies against Sligo in Ballyshannon on Saturday

*Last man Standing*

There were 82 left standing before the weekend began but another 55 bit the dust over Saturday and Sunday, mainly due to defeat for Kerry and a draw for Monaghan. That leaves just 27 remaining as we enter week 3.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 3-8-12-21. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. Mark Farren, Pat Curley, Garry & Dervla Conaghan, Gavin McFadden & James Whelan. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,020

Scandal of Kilmacrennan girl (9) on waiting list

THE terror of having a critically ill child on a hospital waiting list and enduring repeated cancellations is like living in a third world country, a mother of three from Kilmacrennan said this week. By Kate Heaney

Karen Gainfort’s youngest child Leona, who is nine years old, has a serious heart condition and she was devastated this week to get a call from Crumlin Hospital to tell her daughter’s scheduled surgery was cancelled for the second time as there is no bed available.
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The family were all geared up before Christmas to go to Our Lady’s Hospital for the surgery when they were told it was cancelled because there was no bed available.
 
Speaking to the Donegal News this week Karen said she was just devastated when the rescheduled surgery due to happen this week was again cancelled. 
 
“I know it isn’t the fault of the person who rang from the hospital but I want them to tell me whose fault it is. Why should a child who is so ill have to wait, they should have an automatic right to the surgery they need but it seems to me that no one is accountable.
 
“Before Leona had her previous surgery it was cancelled four times. We were even in the hospital and she had the drip in and then we were sent home. In all it took around six months for it to happen that time. I am literally living on the edge,” Karen said.
Leona was born with congenital heart problems – a combination of seven serious conditions and she spent her first nine months in ICU in Our Lady’s Hospital. She had three major heart surgeries.
 
“She has come through so much and had so much done in the past yet what she needs now is not so much by comparison. The procedure she
was scheduled for was to have stents put in and angioplasty to improve her blood flow in order to delay needing more surgery. 
 
“Her energy levels are low because of her condition and she has to come in to rest after a short time outside. She also gets very cold because of the circulation problems. I am so on edge that I have told her teachers at Ballyraine National School not to ring me unless it is an absolute emergency – if the school rings I am terrified.
“Leona is a  wonderful, bubbly little girl who would love to be able to do all the things her friends do. She does not have the energy levels to do a full week at school,” Karen added.
 
Having watched Monday’s RTE exposé of the true state of waiting lists in the country’s hospitals Karen said she was “absolutely disgusted for the children and their families”.
“It is like living in a third world country. I will do anything to help my daughter and I am happy to have her situation highlighted so people know there are more children in critical need than those on the RTE programme. Leona could have a heart attack at any time. I have a bag packed in my jeep ready to go at any minute in case anything should happen.
 
“When Leona’s appointment was cancelled again this week I asked them when I will hear from them and was told they will give me a ring when her case is re-listed. Why should she come off the list? They don’t tell you whether she is still on the list or not. They said it will be a couple of weeks once she is re-listed. That means it could be up to two months – that is a long time when she has heart problems. It also affects her lungs.”
Karen was full of praise for her GP and Dr Power in Letterkenny University Hospital who have written frequently to Crumlin on Leona’s behalf adding that Our Lady’s Hospital have been aware of this problem since March. 
“The medical team in Crumlin have been with Leona since day one and they are absolutely brilliant for what they can do. I’m not blaming them because I know they are in a crisis. I will be ringing all of our politicians and doing whatever I have to do to get my daughter the surgery she needs,” she concluded.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

 

Hughie Gallagher RIP 1924-2017
It was with great sadness that the club learned of the passing of club president, Mr. Hughie Gallagher.  Hughie had lived a long and industrious life, largely due to a healthy lifestyle, involvement in sport, working the land and relative lack of the stresses of modern day life - which was a hallmark of his generation.
  Hughie was a former Donegal Person of the Year but it is his long and positive involvement in master’s athletics which stood him apart.  He won numerous County, Ulster, National, European and World Masters medals mainly in the throwing events from when he started in the over 50 category until last summer competing at the age of 92 in the over 90 category in the National Masters in Tullamore where he won three gold medals.  Just two years ago in August 2015 he took home three golds and a silver from the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France where he competed in the scorching heat.  He travelled to many countries and was always highly respected and welcomed wherever he went.  Even though he suffered with ill health in recent months, true to his positive nature, he had asked his daughter Rosemary to enter him in the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships. 

Sadly he will be unable to fulfil his desire to take part and the championships will be the lesser without the perennial attendee.

  Sympathy is extended to his large close knit family who all competed in athletics primarily with Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC.  Hugh was a proud member of Milford AC and put the club on the map at national level.

  Hughie was waked in his family home in Creevy, Carrigart and his funeral took place in Carrigart on Monday.  Hughie was predeceased by his wife Rosemary just over a year ago.  He was first and foremost a family man, a farmer, a sportsman, a world champion and a patriot.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Glenmore 10mile.
Fantastic performances from the 15 club athletes who took part in the Glenmore 10mile (16km) race in Stranorlar on Sunday.  A great overall turnout of 470 runners faced the starter on the bridge separating the Twin Towns.
The frosty conditions left runners in a quandary as to what clothing to wear, but that apart, one couldn't get a better morning in early February.
All 15 Milfordians surpassed and exceeded their early season expectations. 

John Whoriskey led the Milford contingent finishing in 61.38.  Former couch to 5km participant Daniel Hewitt, had his best run to date, pushing on over the last few km running a pb of 70.54.  James Whoriskey and Daniel Cullen ran 71.19, Eoin Sheehy 72.43 and Philip McGovern 74.40.  David Connors not too far adrift in 76.25.

  Ita McGettigan made a great return to running (as she currently primarily trains for triathlon) running a pb of 76.42.  Siobhan McHugh was close to home soil and duly rallied on the familiar roads in the closing stages to run 78.47.  Teresa Winston was similarly strong in the closing stages, running 81.16.  Aine Whoriskey was surprised with her new found finishing strength running 81.59.  Paula Hegarty also on top form, running 82.19.  Great runs also from Agnes Ryan, Caroline McElwaine and Bernie Gallagher running 88.25, 90.55 and 91.01 respectively.  Mary McDaid put in her best performance in a club singlet running 95.29.  Great results from a dedicated group who are thriving on hill sessions, tempo runs and the staple long run.

Paddy Ryan

The club extend congratulations to club member Paddy Ryan, who put in his best cross country race to date when he finished 6th in the National Garda Cross Country Championships in the Phoenix Park last week running 36:20 for the 10km distance.  His team, the Northwest Division were narrowly beat by 2 points by the Garda Training College in the team event.

Brendan Boyce

The club extend congratulation to local man and Letterkenny AC athlete, Brendan Boyce, who set a pb and county record of 11.38 for the 3km indoor walk at the AAI Games in the new National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown, Dublin last Sunday.  Speaking afterwards, he said, ‘it was a very positive opener to the season as he had been concentrating on 50km work in January’.  He hopes to take that form to the National Indoor 5km Championships in two weeks’ time at the same venue.

Finn Valley’s John Kelly also broke the county shot put record at the same meet, with a throw of 17:49mts.

 

Up Coming Races

The final race of the Lifford 5km series takes place this Sunday in Lifford starting at 10:30am.

The National Master’s Cross country Championships and Juvenile B takes place at Waterford I.T. on Sunday.  County men’s and ladies teams will hope to be in contention in the team categories.

The ‘Marine Harvest Fanad’ 5km series in Milford on Saturday 25th February, starting at 11am.

The next longer race is the ‘Cara’ Bundoran 10 mile and 10km which takes place in Bundoran on Saturday 11th March, starting at 10:30am.

The Convoy 10km takes place in Convoy on Sunday 9th April starting at 10:30am.  Entry fee €10.00.

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to club member Fiona Grier and her husband Paul on the recent death of Paul’s Aunt

 Peg McArdle nee Grier.  May she rest in peace.rly season, expectations.
John Whoriskey led the Milford contingent, finishing around the 61min mark. Former couch to 5 km participant, Daniel Hewitt, had his best run to date, pushing on over the last few km to open up a slight gap on James Whoriskey, Daniel Cullen, Eoin Sheehy and Philip Mc Govern. David Connors and Eoghan Fogarty not too far adrift.
Ita Mc Gettigan made a great return to running, (as she currently primarily trains for Triathlon) running a pb of around 4.47/km. Siobhan MC Hugh was close to home soil and duly rallied on the familiar roads in the closing stages to get well under 80 mins, avg of 4.52/km.
Teresa Winston was similarly strong in the closing stages, averaging 5.01/km. Aine Whoriskey was surprised with her new found finishing strength, on avg 5.03 per km. Paula Hegarty also on top form running avg 5.06/ km approx.
Great runs also from Agnes Ryan, Caroline Mc Elwaine and BernieGallagher all well under 90 mins approx. Mary Mc Daid put in her best performance in a club singlet running around 95min mark.
Great results from a dedicated group who are thriving on hill sessions, tempo runs and the staple long run.
WELL DONE.ich stood him apart. He won numerous County, Ulster, National, European and World Masters medals mainly in the throwing events from when he started in the over 50 category until last summer competing at the age of 92 in the over 90 category in the National Masters in Tullamore where he won three gold medals.
Just two years ago in 2015 he took home three golds and a silver from the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France where he competed in the scorching heat. He had travelled to many countries and was always highly respected and welcomed wherever he went.
Even though he had suffered with ill health in recent months, true to his positive nature, he had asked his daughter Rosemary to enter him in the 2017 National Masters Indoor Championships. Sadly he will be unable to fulfil his desire to take part and the Championships will be the lesser without the perennial attendee.
Sympathy is extended to his large close knit family who all competed in athletics primarily with Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC.
He will be waked at his family home in Creevy, Carrigart today and tomorrow. His funeral mass will take place in Carrigart chapel at 11am on Monday 6th February. Hughie was predeceased by his wife Rosemary just over a year ago. He was first and foremost a family man, a farmer, a sportsman, a world champion and a patriot.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Funeral of former World Masters champion Hugh Gallagher

By Harry Walsh

THE funeral takes place tomorrow morning of former Donegal Person of the Year, Hugh Gallagher.
Mt Gallagher (92) from Creevy, Carrigart, passed away at Letterkenny University Hospital following an illness.

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A talented masters athlete, Hugh continued to break national records into his ninety-second year. The Milford AC competitor won the shot putt and the long jump in the over 90 category at the Irish Masters Indoor Athletic Championships held in Athlone last year. He also broke the Irish record in the long jump.
Those wins came little more than six months after he won three gold medals and one silver at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Lyon.
The father of twelve, his eldest son Michael died when he was seventeen, Hugh’s interest in athletics was re-ignited when his children started to compete.
Over the years, sport gave Hugh the opportunity to visit many countries across the globe. He has competed for Ireland in places as far apart as Australia, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and the Scandinavian countries.
During his career, Hugh won a grand total of 172 All-Ireland Gold medals to go with 29 World gold medals, 5 world silver and 2 world bronze medals.
He also holds world records in the 35lb and 56lb shot putts at different age groups, the 5kg Greek discus, Goulding hammer and javelin triathlon at different age groups.
The grand-father also holds Irish records in running, walking, jumping and every weight throwing from 400grams javelin to 112lb weight throw.
He also won 23 European gold and 5 silver medals. 25 British gold medals including scotch and Welsh medals.
In November 2015, the Ulster Athletics Sports Star Awards committee unanimously selected Hugh for the prestigious Ulster hall of fame award while Athletics Ireland officials made a presentation to Hugh in Tullamore as the first Irish person to win track and field medals at over 90 years of age.
Predeceased by his Rosemary in December 2015, Hugh is survived by his children, grand children, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Mass takes place in Church of St John the Baptist Carrigart at 11am on Monday with burial afterwards.

Mulroy College, Milford are All-Ireland champions

WALSH ON THE DOUBLE FOR DONEGAL SCHOOL

Mulroy College, Milford are All-Ireland champions after they clinched the FAI Schools Senior ‘B’ Girls National Cup title with victory over St Peter’s CS, Passage West in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mulroy College, Milford . . 2

St. Peter’s CS, Passage West . . . 1

(after extra time)

Caoimhe Walsh scored both goals - the winner coming in extra time - to give Mulroy a famous win.

It’s their first time to win the All Ireland title since 2014.

And it makes up for the disappointment of losing the last two All Ireland finals against the same opposition.

The final was played at Home Farm’s Whitehall grounds in Dublin. Mulroy enjoyed a lively start with Kellyann Buchanan getting into a good position only to shoot narrowly wide.

Buchanan was also involved in a move a short time later which ended with her cross being headed against the woodwork by Leah Duggan.

The Cork girls had their chances too in an entertaining first half with Winnie Parata going closest with a shot that went just over Clare Friel’s crossbar.

St. Peter’s grabbed the lead shortly after half-time when Danielle Burke’s inviting ball into the area ended up in the back of the net.

The Donegal school rallied and following the introduction of Claudia Ward and then Aisling McBride, their pressure paid off when they drew level.

Caoimhe Walsh, who had another fine game for Mulroy, found the net on 72 minutes, much to the delight of the big visiting support up from Donegal.

Her winner came seven minutes into the first period of extra time. Buchanan went on a brilliant run down the wing and her cross was turned home by Walsh.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

Glenmore 10 Mile

This weekend the first longest race of the new road season takes place in Stranorlar on Sunday morning with the inaugural staging of the Glenmore 10 Miles promoted by Finn Valley AC.

  The race replaces the traditional 3 race 5km series and has already drawn a keen interest.  The route is relatively flat, - starting at the Finn Valley Centre going through Drumboe Woods and going out the right hand side of the river Finn to Glenmore Bridge and returning the left hand side.  (The main Ballybofey Glenfin Road).

  Entry fee is €20.00 with long sleeve tee shirts and an individual medal for each finisher.

 Milford AC have a number of athletes taking part in preparation for various upcoming half marathons.

Strabane 5km

There was another big turnout for the 2nd race of the Lifford/Strabane 5km series on Sunday morning last with over 300 gathering at the Strabane starting line.

  Fast early season times were recorded by Conor Bradley 15:19, Danny Mooney 15:22, Eoin McGinley 15:29 and Pauric Breslin concluding the sub 16 minute quartet in 15:39.  Milford had a sole representative as Philip McGovern made it inside the top 50 finishers in 20:56.  The last race of the Lifford/Strabane series takes place in Lifford on Sunday 12th February with 10:30am start time.

Sportshall

The club had nine juvenile athletes take part in the Donegal Sportshall trials at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny last Sunday afternoon.  In the U13 boys the club had Cormac Sheehy, Fintan Sheehy, Cormac Atkinson and Conor McGinley taking part.  In the u13 girls were Daisy wheeler, Jenny McGettigan, Lauren Scott, and Meabh Houston.  Denis McGinley was the sole representative in the u15 boys.  Qualifiers from Sunday’s trials will go forward to further qualifying trials later in the month.  Venue and date to be confirmed.

PJ Hagan & Stephanie O’Hara

The club extend best wishes to former club athletes, PJ Hagan and Stephanie O’Hara who depart next week to set up a new life in Australia.

Congratulations

The club extend congratulations to the two local secondary schools – Loreto Community School and Mulroy College on their high ranking in last Sunday’s “Sunday Independent” top 700 secondary schools in Ireland.

Credit to the principals, staff and pupils on their dedication and commitment to education.

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to club chairman, James Gibbons on the recent death of his uncle, Frank Crerand in England.  His remains will be interned in Milford.  Funeral arrangements to be confirmed later.  May he rest in peace.

Mysterious Englishman wandering Donegal sent for mental assessment

A homeless man who was arrested for being in breach of the peace has been sent to the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin for assessment.

Andrew Phillips, aged 60, has spent the past number of weeks in Donegal living rough around Milford, Trentagh and Churchill.

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He was arrested last week after a woman in Letterkenny said she had been frightened by the Englishman on January 23rd on High Road.

However when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court last week, Phillips refused to engage or speak with Gardai or Judge Paul Kelly.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court again yesterday.

Gardai said they could not find any record of the accused man interacting with homeless charities.

He initially refused to speak to Judge Kelly again but then said he was pleading guilty.

Judge Kelly asked him if he had somewhere to stay but Phillips did not reply.

Judge Kelly said he would adjourn the matter to consider if Phillips was fit to plead.

When he returned to the court, Judge Kelly said he was remanding Phillips to the Central Mental Hospital for assessment.

He then told the accused “I am not satsified that your mental condition is such that you are able to enter a plea so I am directing that an inquiry be held to see if you are fit to plea. I’m sending you to be examined to see if you are in a fit state to enter a plea,” he said.

The case was adjourned until February.

Speed limit to be reduced between Polestar and Dry Arch in Letterkenny

The speed limit between the Dry Arch and Polestar Roundabouts in Letterkenny is to be reduced from 100 to 80 Kilometers per hour.

The speed limit between the Dry Arch and Polestar Roundabouts in Letterkenny is to be reduced from 100 to 80 Kilometers per hour.

The change of speed on the notorious accident blackspot was just one of a number of speed limit changes adopted at this weeks meeting of Donegal County Council.

However councillors rejected a number of proposals from Transport Infrastructure Ireland that would have seen limits on some stretches of primnary roads in the county reduced from 100 to 80 kilometers per hour.

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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Last man Standing*

The Minor Board are holding another Last Man Standing competition for the 2017 Allianz League this year. There is €200 to be won with €10 entry. Forms will be available from any member of the Minor Board in the coming days and also online via the clubs Facebook page. You can also enter online using paypal, simply use your paypal account to send your entry fee and selections to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 5-15-16-17. No jackpot winner, 1 match 3 winner, wins €70 each. Alan Sweeney, Moyle Hill. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,900

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Milford Community Festival Meeting

I.R.D.

We are having a meeting to discuss this year’s Festival next Tuesday 31st January at 8pm in the I.R.D. office, The Diamond, Milford.

We would appreciate members and representatives from local Businesses & Groups as we are eager to receive input from across the community.

Thanking you in advance.

Milford Festival Committee

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Hugo Duggan inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

By Harry Walsh

HUGO Duggan became the first Donegal athlete to win a National title when he claimed long jump gold more than fifty years ago. The Milford man went on to become one of Ireland’s best ever sprinters and long jumpers.
In 1967 Hugo recorded the second longest jump by an Irish man and still holds the Ulster and Donegal record for long jump at 24 foot, two and a half centimetres.
Hugo, who won a total of seven national senior long jump titles and a world masters in Melbourne in 1987, was inducted into the Donegal Athletics Hall Of Fame at the annual County Board dinner at the Finn Valley Centre on Saturday evening last.

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Born in October 1946, he joined Cranford AC in 1964 and as a member of the FCA he won a series of Defence Forces Championships, four-in-a-row long jump titles from 1966-69 and a 100m crown in ’66 – a double which also saw him secure the General Richard Mulcahy trophy for best overall athlete that year.
Duggan won the National Senior Long Jump titles seven times, in ’67 with Cranford; in 1970, ’71, ’72, ’74 with Clonliffe; in 1980 with Lifford and in 1984 for Finn Valley AC.
He was a senior silver medallist in 1969, 1973, 1976 and 1988 in the long jump and in 1969 he was the bronze medallist in the triple jump. He also finished second in the long jump at the inaugural Indoor Championships in 1988.
A regular international competitor, Hugo won 16 full Irish vests and his list of achievements also include World, Australian, British and European medals.
Speakng to the Donegal News this week, Hugo recalled his three years in Dublin – in a bid to maximise his athletics talent – training with Finn Valley before starting a night’s work and, more recently representing Ulster in fly-fishing events. A talented sportsman, Hugo also played soccer.
“I didn’t do too bad I suppose,” he laughed.
Married to Brid, the couple have eight children Stephen (Germany), Alan (Australia), Maria Duffy (Letterkenny), James (Waterford), Hugo jnr (Downings), Joanne Gallagher (MIlford), Karol (New Mills) and Breege Mulhern (Gortahork) and 19 grandchildren.
Hugo spent most of his working life as a driver with the Milford Bakery. For a long time he used to drive from Milford to Ballyshannon and back before his route took him to Dublin, Belfast and back.
“It was in the middle of The Troubles and there were no mobile phones and my family didn’t hear from me until I got back home again in the morning,” he said.
A life-long friend of Paddy Marley, Irish athletics manager at the Barcelona Olympics, the pair were active within their own school sports as well as participating in the Cranford Sports.
“When Cranford AC was formed in 1961 Paddy and myself got involved. We were the only club in Donegal at that time but we were lucky in that Oakleaf Club in Derry were very good to us and were only too happy to explain how things worked,” he said.
Hugo won his first Irish vest in 1967 but only after Cyril O’Regan from Waterford pulled out.
“I won the Long Jump trial but it was Cyril – who later became a good friend – was selected and I was named as first sub as we didn’t have anyone fighting our corner at national level in those days,” he said.
It was a Europa Cup match and would be the first of 16 full international bests won by Hugo.
“The long jump is a very technical event but I was lucky that the Guard in Milford at that time was John Kilmartin who was Connacht high and long jump champion. On his day off he used to take me to Rathmullan beach and dif a pit for me to jump into. I learned more about the sport from him than probably anyone else,” he said.
Together with Paddy Marley and the McDaid brothers, Danny and Frankie, Hugo went to Dublin at the end of 1967 and joined Clonliffe Harriers.
“The first day I arrived at the track there were three or four sprinters and jumpers but we had no-one to train us. I was living in Raheny and was friendly with a lad who was a member of the local Shamrocks club so I did my training with them,” he said.
It was around that time that Hugo set the Donegal and Ulster record – jumping 24ft 2.5 centimetres (7.39metres) at the 1967 Emyvale Open Sports.
“Down through the years I tried to concentrate on the 100m, 200m and long jump. On occasion I also did the triple jump and high jump but I was not as good at them,” he said.
The sport of athletics bought Hugo to all corners of the globe down through the years, while it has also led to many friendships.
“When I joined Finn Valley I was driving during the night so I would stop off en route and train with them two nights a week before having a cup of tea in Patsy’s house (Patsy McGonagle) and heading on my way,” he said.
At that stage, Hugo was a ‘veteran’ but he continued to more than hold his own at senior level, winning vital National League points along the way for Finn Valley.
“It kept me going and I was in good form. After winning the World Masters title in Australia (1987) I took part in the first ever National Indoor Championships the following Spring where I finished second.
“I won the first ever outdoor title in 1967 and twenty one years later, I was winning silver at the first ever National Indoor Championships which, even if I say so myself, wasn’t bad going,” he smiled.
At that same time, Hugo formed Milford AC as a juvenlie only club in 1987.
“I trained kids there for twenty years or so before stepping back in 2007,” he explained.
During that time Hugo also played his part in setting up the Park Development in Milford – a unique paertship between the local soccer, GAA and athletic clubs.
“A lot of people said it couldn’t be done but here we are all those years later and they’re all getting on great,” he said.
Today, he’s kept busy working for the local Angling Club who have bought a premises and are currently in the process of trying to get it paid for.
“At the end of the day the club will always be there for the community. We’re just custodians who are passing through,” he said.

Foroige’s Big Brother Big Sister Programme (BBBS) - Milford

by Peter Lawne

Foroige’s Big Brother Big Sister Programme (BBBS) is Ireland’s first youth mentoring programme proven to have positive outcomes for young people participating. The young person and adult volunteer mentor are matched based on common interests and personality. 

This exciting youth mentoring programme matches a young person (10-18) with an adult volunteer mentor. The basic idea is that a friendship will form between the young person and adult volunteer mentor that will promote the positive development of the young person.

We are looking specifically for adult male volunteers in the Milford area.  Please call Peter on 086 048 4459.

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