Donegal

  • Fr Tony Coote completed a 550km trek from Letterkenny in Donegal to Ballydehob in Cork earlier this week.

    The aim of the feat was to both draw awareness of Motor Neuron Disease and raise funds to combat the condition.

    Following his own diagnosis with the disease in March, Fr. Tony undertook the challenge of walking the 550km distance between the two towns, stopping in Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare and Limerick on the way.

    An enormous number of walkers and well-wishers in each area came out to support him in reaching the €250,000 target to help fund care and research into combating MND, for which there is no cure.

    They walked under the banner of ‘Walk While You Can’ and the hashtag #walkwithtony.

  • A competitor has been killed in the Donegal International Rally this afternoon.

    It happened at 12:30pm on Super Stage 15 on the Fanad Head Loop.

    The first three stages have been cancelled.

    Gardai are at the scene.

  • Businessman Peter Casey is to contest the European elections in the Midlands-North West Constituency according to today’s Irish Independent.

    The paper reports that he will run on a platform that seeks to change the immigration system and end the rural-urban divide.

    Mr Casey rose to national prominence after claiming during the Presidential election, in which he finished second, that Travellers should not be recognised as an ethnic minority.

    The Donegal resident continues to stand by those comments but says his new campaign will be much broader.

    He said he expects he can challenge for the seat won by Independent MEP Luke Flanagan in 2014.

    Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuiness and Sinn Fein’s Matt Carty are also defending their seats, while Independent Marian Harkin is retiring after 15 years in Brussels.

    Fianna Fail is running two candidates – TDs Brendan Smith and Anne Rabbitte.

  • Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta 
    Men's Junior Quarter Final 
    Cilll Chomain 1-12 
    Bearna 1-08 

    Ladies Semi-Final 
    Cill Chomain 9-24 
    Laochra Loch Lao 0-01

    Men's Senior Quarter Final 
    Wolfe Tones 2-16 
    Belmullet 1-11 

  • A Donegal man's been remanded in custody, after appearing in court, charged in relation to an attack at a farmhouse in Strokestown.

    The 53 year-old will appear in court again on Friday, along with a second man, who was arrested in Mayo earlier this week.

    PJ Sweeney, with an address of High Cairn, Ramelton, Co Donegal, has been charged with violent disorder, after appearing at a special sitting of Roscommon District Court yesterday evening.

    It's in relation to the attack at a repossessed farmhouse at Falsk, Strokestown, in mid-December.

     Evidence was given in court of arrest, charge and caution, to which the 53 year-old accused made no response.

     Judge Deirdre Geraghty refused bail but granted him legal aid.

    Mr. Sweeney's been remanded in custody, to appear at Harristown District Court, Castlerea, next Friday.

    Meanwhile, a 54 year old man arrested on Thursday in Co Mayo as part of the investigation into the incident at Strokestown appeared in court on Friday.

    He was brought before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court and was also remanded in custody to appear at Harristown District Court on the same date.

  • A Donegal man who lost his life in this week’s boating tragedy at Malin Head will be laid to rest today.

    Gerry Doherty who was in his 60's, will be buried after Funeral Mass at St Mary's Church, Lagg, Malin.

    Among those at the funeral will be Gerry's relative, Dessie Keenan, who survived the tragedy.

    16-year-old Thomas Weir, who was originally from Scotland, also died in the accident.

    His remains are expected to be brought back to Scotland for burial.

    Both of Thomas’ parents are from Achill Island, while Gerry was married to an Achill native.

    A full investigation into the possible cause of the tragedy is being carried out by the Gardai and the Marine Casualty Investigation Unit.

     

  • A Donegal woman's collected nearly 4,000 signatures on a petition for wheelchair accessible buses.

    Victoria Matthew has discovered that she can't use public transport to travel to college in Sligo, because the local bus can't take her wheelchair.

    Bus Éireann has confirmed that Ballyshannon to Sligo is not a wheelchair accessible route.

    Victoria says she's aware that some wheelchair-friendly buses can be booked -  but even then, they exclude rural Ireland.

  • The gates will open at 3.30 for the Mayo match on Saturday for an unconfirmed music artist.

    Connacht Council GAA Secretary John Prenty, confirmed to Midwest Sport that the gates would open early to facilitate fans going to the 6pm throw-in, to avail of the music act before the game gets underway.

    All tickets are allocated for the Green and Red’s clash with the Donegal as both teams seek an elusive All-Ireland semi-final spot.

    Donegal need a draw or more, while Mayo must win to advance to the last four and set up a meeting with the winners of Tyrone and Dublin.

    We’ll have live coverage of the game on Midwest Radio from half past five.

  • A man's been charged in connection with a murder in Sligo.

    He's due to appear in court in Donegal later today.

    20 year old local man, Jimmy Loughlin, was found dead at a house at Connolly Street in the town on Saturday afternoon.

    Post mortem results are not being released for operational reasons but it's believed he was the victim of an assault.

    Mr Loughlin was a student until recently and worked as a DJ.

    He had also worked in McDonalds in Sligo as a teenager.

  • The Mayo Ladies have booked their place in the All-Ireland quarterfinals after recording a clean sweep in their All-Ireland qualifier group.

    The Westerners defeated Ulster champions Donegal by 1-22 to 3-12.

    The powerful full-forward line of Grace Kelly, Sarah Rowe and Rachel Kearns, propelled Peter Leahy's women top victory in Tullamore.

    They will now enter the knockout stages on the favorable side of the draw, avoiding Cork and setting up a likely meeting with Cavan.

  • Mayo        1-14
    Donegal   1-10

     

    Mayo secured their place in the All-Ireland semi-final following a merited four-point win over Donegal at a wet McHale Park, Castlebar this evening (Saturday).

    Mayo were composed throughout and led by 1-7 to 0-04 at the interval with the decisive score of the opening 35 minutes coming from Cillian O’Connor in the 27th minute.  

    The winners showed the greater appetite from the throw-in and despite defender Keith Higgins black card in the opening quarter Mayo were resolute and fully deserved their six-point interval lead.

    Donegal were given a life-line early in the second half when referee David Goff awarded the Ulster champions a penalty after Michael Murphy was fouled by Lee Keegan. 

    Murphy duly dusted himself down and despatched the ball past Robert Hennelly to bring it back to a 3-point game (1-08 to 1-05).

    Mayo were dealt a further blow after Jason Doherty was stretched off but a Kevin McLoughlin point edged Mayo into a 4-point advantage.

    A brace of Donegal points kept Donegal very much in touch with 20 minutes remaining.

    Donegal continued to press and Michael Murphy’s point left just a single score between the sides (1-09 to 1-08). 

    However, Paddy Durcan’s 52nd minute point was inspiring and a Cillian O’Connor free with 12 minutes remaining gave Mayo a 3 point lead.  

    Donegal  - who registered 15 wides in total - tried to get back into contention but two points in quick succession by substitute Andy Moran in the dying minutes secured the win and gives the Mayo supporters another date at GAA headquarters next weekend in the All-Ireland semi-finals against the winners of Dublin and Tyrone.

     

     

  • Midwest News understands that the 16-year-old boy and man in his 60’s who died in a drowning tragedy in Donegal yesterday both have strong family connections on Achill Island.

    The teenage boy and man drowned in a fishing boat accident off Donegal.

    They have been named locally as 16-year-old Thomas Weir from Scotland, but had been living in Derry in recent months and Gerry Doherty, originally from Malin but had been living in Burt in recent years. The man who left hospital this morning also lived in Derry and it is believed that there were family connections between the three.

    They capsized off Malin Head yesterday afternoon after setting out in the morning from Port Ronan Pier.

    The alarm was raised by members of the public who heard call for help coming from the water and a third man in his 40s was taken to hospital.

    Midwest News understands that both of Thomas Weir’s parents are from Achill Island and Gerry Doherty is married to an Achill native.

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    A man in his 20s arrested by Gardaí investigating a fatal traffic collision in Bundoran in the early hours of yesterday morning  in which two people died and three sustained injuries has been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The Peugeot 306 car in which six people were travelling it hit a wall and then a lamp-post at Eastend in the seaside village of Bundoran at 3.25am yesterday morning.

    The six people in the northern-registered car had been out socialising earlier in the evening and were understood to be travelling to the village of Belleek in Co Fermanagh where some of them lived.

    Two men in their 20s seriously injured in the collision are continuing to receive treatment at Sligo University Hospital, while a woman in her 20s critically injured in the incident has been transferred from Sligo University Hospital to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

    Post-mortems are due to be carried out on the two deceased at the mortuary in Sligo University Hospital today.

    They have been named locally as Shiva Devine, who was in her 20s, who lived in Beleek but was originally from Donegal, and Conor McAleer from county Fermanagh.

    An incident room has been established at Ballyshannon Garda Station and investigating Gardaí are liaising with the PSNI as part of their enquiries.

    Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071-9858530, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

     

     

     

  • The provisional fixtures for the 2020 Allianz football league have been announced as Mayo travel to Donegal, Meath, Monaghan and Galway.

    MacHale Park will host All-Ireland champions Dublin, along with Kerry and Tyrone.

    First up is the trip to Donegal on the 25th of January with the time and venue TBC.

     

    NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    ROUND 1: Donegal v MAYO, (Donegal venue), Saturday, 25th January

    ROUND 2: MAYO v Dublin, MacHale Park, Saturday, 1st February

    ROUND 3: Meath v MAYO, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, Sunday 9th February

    ROUND 4: Monaghan v MAYO, (Monaghan venue), Sunday 23rd February

    ROUND 5: MAYO v Kerry, MacHale Park, Saturday 29th February

    ROUND 6: Galway v MAYO, Pearse Stadium, Sunday 15th March

    ROUND 7: MAYO v Tyrone, MacHale Park, Sunday 22nd March

  • David Gough has been confirmed as the referee for the Mayo Donegal Super 8’s tie at the weekend.

    The Meath man has refereed high profile matches in the past including the 2015 All-Ireland final meeting of Kerry and Dublin.

    Throw-in at MacHale Park is confirmed for 6pm for Saturday evenings sell out Super 8 tie.

    Mayo must win to stay in the championship, while Donegal need a draw or more.

    We’ll have live commentary and coverage of the game on Midwest Radio’s Sunday Sport, kicking off at half past five.

  • Donegal manager Declan Bonner is disappointed that the Mayo Donegal match isn’t on free-to-air.

    The Ulster champion’s boss hit out at Sky having exclusive coverage of the game in MacHale Park, describing the deal as a ‘bone of contention’ for the GAA.

    Bonner made note of the low viewership Sky GAA games have had in the past few weeks, with the Donegal/Meath game getting less than 2,000 views in the UK.

    The former All-Ireland winner lamented patients in nursing homes and hospitals, who are unable to watch the game on Saturday evening.

    The Mayo vs Donegal game throws-in at 6pm on Saturday and we’ll have live coverage on Midwest Radio Sport.

  • Two people have died and three others have been seriously injured following a crash in Donegal.

     
    It happened in Bundoran in the early hours of this morning.


    The single vehicle collision happened at Eastend in Bundoran at 3:25am.

     

    A man and a woman both in their 20s were killed when the car they were passengers in hit a wall.

     

    Another woman in her mid 20s is in critical condition and another two men, also in their 20s, have been seriously injured.

     

    They've all been taken to Sligo General Hospital. 

     

    The road is currently closed to allow for a Garda investigation of the scene, with local diversions in place.

     

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station or any Garda Station

  • A yellow rainfall warning by Met Eireann for counties Mayo, Sligo and Donegal remains in place this morning.

    While a storm brewing in the Atlantic at present couldhit the country with gusts of up to 150kmh later this week.

    A yellow rainfall warning for Mayo, Sligo and Donegal is currently in place as a slow-moving band of rain continues to bring heavy showers, ranging from 25mm to 40mm.

    Galway City Council's weather assessment team met yesterday to assess the approaching storm.

    A spokesperson said Galway is experiencing a period of "very high astronomical spring tides", which will last until Thursday.

    However, temperatures tomorrow are expected to reach up to 21C before the storm hits.

    Met Eireann says that the storm brewing on Thursday into Friday will bring strong to gale force southerly winds that could potentially give some damaging gusts, especially in the west.