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Gardaí attached to a Donegal station have told management they now fear for their personal safety due to a lack of adequate transport.

Officers based at Milford station have suffered both verbal and physical abuse at the hands of detainees because the station has no patrol van on site.

The situation has reached such a dire level, gardaí are considering taking action against the force under health and safety rules.

In one disturbing incident, three officers were forced to disembark a Garda vehicle after a man with a raft of convictions began indiscriminately spitting on them.

The gardaí waited on the side of the road for a prisoner patrol van to arrive from a station located 30km away in Letterkenny.

The criminal in question is well-known to gardaí, and sources said it was entirely unsuitable for him to be transferred in the back of a routine patrol car.

The patrol car itself was grounded for several days because it was contaminated with saliva.
Officers at Milford have repeatedly pleaded with Garda management for a new public order van after the original was withdrawn in 2013.

The Irish Independent reports the Garda Representative Association (GRA) has also warned that members’ safety would be put at risk unless the vehicle fleet was upgraded.

A detailed business plan sent to management states that there are health and safety issues associated with transporting individuals long distances – as is often the case in rural Donegal.

“Members are in real danger of being assaulted or injured, and the only way to reduce this risk is to have a public order van with cell accommodation available,” the plan states.

“Failure to replace the van will result in public order incidents being more resource intensive, reduce the efficiency of personnel development, and expose the organisation to significant risk of litigation.”

Despite the detailed business plan being presented, Garda management has to date failed to provide a replacement vehicle. This is despite the fact that Deputy Garda Commissioner Donal O’Cualáin told a recent Oireachtas committee hearing that management had improved morale in the force by renewing Garda fleets.

Contacted last night, the GRA representative in Donegal, Brendan O’Connor, confirmed that members were considering taken action under health and safety legislation.

“Certainly the lack of proper Garda vehicles, and the failure to provide proper prisoner transport, has resulted in significant health and safety hazards,” Garda O’Connor said.

“I am coming under pressure from gardaí to take action on their behalf, because the situation is becoming intolerable.”



Skeletal remains have been found on a Donegal beach.

The remains were discovered among sand-dunes along the Donegal coastline at Mountcharles on Friday last.

It is understood the remains are not fresh and may date back as far as Famine times.

The find was made by a person who was out walking in the area.

Gardai were alerted but they, in turn, alerted an archaeologist.

The remains were then transported to the National Museum where they are to undergo further analysis.

Donegal Daily

Ray Community Group Notes

Tai Chi

Tai Chi classes starting back Tuesday 12th September for 7 week course. Beginners class 8.15pm-9.15pm. Intermediate class 7pm-8pm depending on numbers. All enquiries contact Liam at centre 086 4519656.


Women & Men on the move

Women starting back on Monday 4th September and weekly Mondays & Wednesdays at 8.15pm-9.15pm.Men starting back Tuesday 5th September and weekly Tuesdays & Thursdays 8pm-9pm. All health checks will be done on the first nights by medical professionals and Karen from Donegal Sports Partnership and our tutors Kieran Boyle & Paddy Shiels will be there kicking off the programmes. We welcome new members as our programme is done to suit all levels of fitness and from age 18-80+. Monthly membership is only €25

Children on the move

We are delighted to be starting back a new programme on Monday 11th September for all primary school age children and we welcome children with additional needs. Exercise through fun and introduction to Gymnastics. Times are as before, group 1: 3.30-4.15pm and group 2: 4.30-5.15pm.This will be a 10 week programme cost for 1 child €45, 2children same family €80, 3 or more children from same family €100 and payment in full on registration evening. Booking is essential as numbers for programme is limited and payment on registration to secure place. Registration evening Friday 25th August 6.30pm-7.30pm. Contact Liam on 086 4519656. For all results from the recent children programme that we held before the summer by Donegal Sports Partnership contact Liam at the centre.

Grant for better energy homes

Are you a home owner and your home 10 years or older and in need of energy upgrading? We are helping promote this scheme throughout our community. If interested on more information and possibly getting a house survey please leave your details with Liam on 086 4519656.


Walking Groups

Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440.


Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing

Returning Saturday 9th September. Advanced class 10am-11am and New Beginners class starting 11am-12noon

Ray Parent & Toddler group

We are changing this group to Monday mornings from 10am-12noon. Starting back on Monday 11th September. This is an enjoyable morning for babies /toddlers to play and have fun while parents/childminders/grandparents socialise over a cuppa. This is a great way for new families in the area to meet others. We are always looking for other adults to help run this group. all queries Contact Sinead Mc Hugh 087 2623716

Take your pick every Sunday night Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan

The new jackpot for next Sunday 27th August will be €350. Winners on Sunday last 20th August of €20 each were Charlie (Jnr) Barrett, Clararose Boyle and Gerard MC Fadden.


Heritage Week begins

Heritage Week begins in Donegal today with over 120 events planned throughout the county.

Coordinated by The Heritage Council and Local Authority Heritage Officers, Donegal is again this year, the county with the most events per head of population in the whole of Ireland.

The theme this year is ‘It’s in Your Nature’ and events run until next Sunday.

A full list of events are available at


Major search operation underway in Milford

A large-scale search has been launched for a missing person in Milford.

Details of the operation are still emerging.

However, a search involving the Gardai and the Rescue 118 helicopter has been ongoing since early morning.

The search is concentrated around the Bunlin Bridge area of Milford and nearby forestry.

No details of the missing person has yet been released.

We will bring you more on this story as it develops.

The Rescue 118 helicopter over Milford this morning.

Photo: Terence McCann

Gardai seek public’s assistance after Milford patrol car is rammed

Gardai are appealing for witnesses after extensive damage was caused to a local patrol car in Milford on Saturday night last.


It is believed that at approximately 9pm a 5 Series Silver BMW with a Northern registration collided with the patrol car at Maherdrummond, Milford, also known as Mc Adoos Corner.

Gardai in Milford were responding to numerous reports of dangerous driving by the occupants of the BMW between Newtoncunningham, Letterkenny, Ramelton and Milford.

Gardai say the vehicle was travelling from Ramelton towards Milford when it intentionally collided with the patrol car and failed to remain at the scene.

Enquiries have led Gardai to believe the occupants of the car were two men with one wearing a cowboy hat.

Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and or occupants of the car, a Northern reg 5 Series Silver Coloured BMW beginning VEZ.

Ray Community Group Notes

Festival float winners 
Well done to our Ray Smurf themed float in the Rathmullan Festival.we won 1st prize and overall prize.Thanks to all Ray mini Smurfs and our very own Ray Papa Smurf and Gargamel and thanks to all who helped with float.




Children on the move

We are delighted to be starting back a new programme on Monday 11th September. Times will be as before,  3.30-4.15pm and 4.30-5.15pm.This will be a 10 week programme cost for 1 child €45, 2children same family €80, 3 or more children from same family €100 and payment in full on registration evening.Booking is essential as numbers for programme is limited.Date for registration evening  will be soon. Contact Liam on 086 4519656. For all results from the recent children programme that we held before the Summer by Donegal Sports Partinership contact Liam at the centre.

Feast of the Assumption Grotto Mass

On the Feast of the Assumption Tuesday 15th August  there will be Mass celebrated at Ray Grotto at 8pm.Refreshments after at centre.

Grant for better energy homes

Are you a home owner and your home 10 years or older and in need of energy upgrading? We are helping promote this scheme throughout our community. If interested on more information and possibly getting a house survey please leave your details with Liam on 086 4519656 

Walking Groups

Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue  meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440

Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing 

Dancing classes are taking a break for the Summer and will return again in September. Sarah's continues her class in Letterkenny on Saturday mornings.


A number of cars were damaged when a vehicle drove the wrong way up a one-way part of Milford yesterday.


A number of pedestrians also avoided injury when they had to leave the scene of the incident.

An eyewitness contacted Donegal and described the offending car as a blue VW Golf with a Northern registration which was being driven by a woman.

The car failed to stop after the collisions and drove off in the direction of Carrigart.

Locals whose cars were damaged during the incident have offered a reward for information on the matter.

Gardai have been informed of the incident.

Donegal Daily

Two people arrested after Gardai search house in Letterkenny

Two people have been arrested after a planned raid on a premise in Letterkenny overnight.

It’s understood that a substantial amount of drugs were uncovered during the raid.

The search was conducted by Letterkenny Gardai yesterday evening at a house in the Glenoughty Close area of the town.

Gardai say that 7 and a half thousand euro worth of cannabis herb was uncovered during the raid.

A man and a woman were arrested at the scene and taken to Letterkenny Gardai Station for questioning.

The two are to appear at Letterkenny District court later this morning charged with various drug offenses.


Ramelton Country Markets Ltd have big plans to celebrate their 40th anniversary this weekend.

The 40th Anniversary Market on Saturday 22nd July in Ramelton Town Hall will be fundraising for Pieta House and The Bumblance Children’s Ambulance.


A wonderful array of producers and artists will gather from 11.00am – 3.30pm for this all day food and craft fair on Saturday.

The 40th anniversary promises to be a day of gifts, good food and fun. Some of the stalls to expect on the day are Karen O”Kane – Koko Designs, Maria Connolly Ceramics, Fiona Herbst Lough Fern Studios Jewellery, Joe Diver Woodturning, Siobhan Gillespie Happy Art, Donegal Natural Soap Company and Shelagh Dwyer Lino Cuts Art.

There will be a full range of home baking, ready meals, jams, jellies, sweet treats, fresh flowers, crafts & more. Light lunches are served in the Tearoom, with hampers, raffles, gift vouchers/giveaways adding to the fundraising atmosphere.

Proceeds from the tearoom, stall fees and raffles are going to be given to Pieta House NW and the Bumbleance Children’s Ambulance.

For more information and updates, visit the Facebook page here: Ramelton Country Markets Ltd




Two men have been arrested following a smash and grab raid on a popular Letterkenny restaurant.

The thieves broke into The Counter deli and coffee shop at Canal Road on Sunday morning last.


The front door was smashed in and a cash register and cash was taken.

However, two men have now been arrested in connection with the raid.

One has been charged and another is expected to appear before the court at a later date.

Both the cash register and the stolen cash were recovered by Gardai.

The popular restaurant, which is owned by local businessman Richard Finney, re-opened for business immediately after the raid.


A Donegal man has issued a daring invite to thieves who stole more than 100 bags of turf from his bog in Barnesmore.

Denis Callaghan arrived at his bog yesterday only to find the hard-won turf gone.


Rather than taking it on the chin, Denis decided to issue an invite to the gang.

Denis took to Facebook and issued the following warning.

“I would like to issue a public invite to the dirty rotten lazy ba*****d’s that stole 100 plus bags of my turf. The unbagged ones closest to the road that you walked past will be bagged this evening.

“Feel free to collect if you’re man enough. It could be a one-way ticket to a bog hole of your choice on offer. PS feel free to like and share,” he wrote.

Dozens of people shared Denis’ story and many gave their accounts of losing turf to thieves.

Some who left messages for Denis said they suspected it may have been a guy called Pete Burns who stole the turf!

Ray Community Notes

Ray Community Centre

086 4519656/ 9158361. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our facebook page for all details.

Turning the Big 50

Congratulations to Brendan Boyle Drumacloughan as he turns the big 50 from all at Ray Community Group.A surprise party was enjoyed on Sunday last with family and friends at Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan.

Walking Groups

Walking Group continues to meet Monday & Friday mornings at 10am in various locations each week and all enquiries please contact Brid Barr 086 8117456. Saturday morning walks around Ray and Glenalla continue  meeting at Ray Community Centre at 10am each week. Any enquiries contact Mary Barrett 074 9151440

Sarah Lennon School of Irish Dancing 

Dancing classes are taking a break for the Summer and will return again in September. Sarah's continues her class in Letterkenny on Saturday mornings and any queries contact Sarah on 0876097457.

Take Your Pick

Winner of €20 on Sunday 16th July was Pat Barrett ,Charlie (junior)Barrett and Eunan Sheridan.The new jackpot for Sunday 23rdJuly is €250.


Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Annual Club Draw*

Congratulations to John Duffy and all the other winners in our Annual Draw which took place on Sunday night. Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets and helped make the draw a great success. Thank you also to all those who sponsored prizes, it was much appreciated.

1st prize - €2,000: John Duffy, Termon

2nd Prize - 500 ltrs Oil sponsored by Whoriskeys Oils, Ramelton: Margaret Sheridan, Croghan, Ramelton

3rd prize - €100 Lennon Lodge Durkans Bar voucher: Paddy Tinney, Tullygay, New Mills

4th Prize - €100 DSC Gym voucher: Gareth Crossan, Kerrykeel

5th Prize - 500 ltrs Oil sponsored by Donegal Oil: Brian Boyce, St Marys Tcs, Ramelton

6th Prize - €100 Donegal Physiotherapy and Performance Center voucher: Daithi Casey, Milford

7th Prize - €100 McCormicks Chemist voucher: Orla Nic Eachmharcach, Milford

8th Prize - €100 Bodyworx Gym voucher: Rodney Lynch & Charlotte Lodges, Bonnar Engineering, Letterkenny

9th Prize - €100 McGettigans Butchers voucher: Zoe Ferry, Milford

10th Prize - €500: Oisín Bradley, Red Ridge, Milford

CLG BnaG 0-13 St Eunans 1-14

It was the Moyle View Park outfit who came out on the wrong side of the result on Saturday evening. Played with a strong cross-field breeze, the Milford men opened proceedings via a Gary Merritt placed ball. St Eunans half-forward John Haran was black carded early on in the third minute. The visitors from O'Donnell park were very efficient offensively, only registering a handful of wides in the opening half an hour. In the 16th minute, the crowd were treated to an incredible point from the sideline from Luke Barrett. Milford rallied late in the second half to narrow the deficit to 3 points as they headed to the dressing rooms, with the score 0-08 to 0-05 to the visitors. Points from Darragh Black and Luke Barrett narrowed the deficit to the bare minimum in the opening moments of the second half. However, the Milford team would fail to score for the next 10 minutes. In this time, the Letterkenny natives notched a flurry of scores, including a Paddy McGowan goal, to put seven points between the sides. Milford heads refused to drop, however, and they kept carrying the fight in difficult circumstances. Try though they might, the lads couldn't unlock the well-organised Eunans defence. There were calls for a potential Milford penalty in the closing stages, however the decision was given in the opposite direction by the referee, and at the final whistle it was the visitors who headed for home with the two league points. There will be no game for the Seniors next weekend due to the Donegal-Longford clash in Ballybofey on Saturday. The club would like to thank Patrick McBride from Mulroy Music for being the match sponsor for yesterdays game. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan; Kieran Sheridan, Barry McNulty, Brandon Toye; David Curley, Pauric Curley, Tj Evesson; Joey Cullen, Sean Black; Gary Merritt (0-3, 2f), Luke Barrett (0-3,1f), Tony Mcnamee (0-5, 5f); Christopher Barrett (0-1), Darragh Black (0-1), Kyle Black. Subs: Kane Barrett for Kyle Black (40m), Ryan Mcmahon for Sean Black (47m)


CLG BnaG 1-6 St. Eunans 3-18

St. Eunans ran out convincing winners in the end against our Reserves on Saturday evening. The visitors started the game the better whilst it took the home side a while to settle into it. St. Eunans got the first 2 points of the game before Ryan Ferry got Na Galloglaigh on the scoresheet with a point. However Eunans soon got their first goal when an effort for a point dropped short and dipped over the keeper’s head into the net. Na Galloglaigh did start to battle back but were finding it hard to get the scores to reduce the deficit whereas the visitors tagged on another few points. Martin Doyle added a point before a long ball into the square from debutant Ronan Docherty evaded everyone including the Eunans keeper to end up in the net. This gave Na Galloglaigh a bit of a lifeline as they headed into the half time break 6 points down 1-2 to 1-8. Na Galloglaigh came out fighting at the start of the 2nd half and got the first 2 scores through Andreas Afxentiou & Martin Doyle to bring them back into the game. However, hopes of a comeback were soon dashed when St. Eunans got their 2nd goal. That goal visibly deflated the home side whereas it spurred on the visitors who controlled the last 15 minutes of the game picking off scores at ease. Na Galloglaigh only managed 2 more points from Martin Doyle but shouldn’t get too disheartened from defeat to one of the strongest teams in the league. Team: Caolan Bolton, Matthew Stewart, Conor McNulty, Gearoid Horkan, Anthony Fisher, Johnny Logue, Cormac Friel, Enda McHugh, Ronan Docherty (1-0), Dean Burgess, James Doyle, Ryan Ferry (0-1), Andreas Afxentiou (0-1) Martin Doyle (0-4) Emmett Conaghan.

*Topaz Cash for Clubs*

The Club is registered with the Topaz Cash for Clubs competition with Tobins petrol station in Letterkenny. Simply mention Milford GAA after you fill up in Tobins to get tokens for the club. We would appreciate if as many Club members as possible could help us by mentioning the Club when they fill up in Tobins!


This weeks lotto numbers were 6-17-20-21. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Paul & Fiona Grier, and Teresa Burke. Next weeks Jackpot is €2,820