Donegal GAA fixtures for Saturday – the day before the big game!

Fixtures Sat 30th Aug

Senior Hurling Championship 7:00pm
MacCumhaills V Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon Ref Aiden Ferguson

Junior B Championship Semi Finals 3:30pm
Ard an Ratha V Naomh Adhamhnain
Ref Liam McConigley Linesmen Joe ODonnell Gerard McHugh
Venue St Marys Convoy

Junior B Championship at 7:00pm
Naomh Ultan V Gleann Tsuili
Ref Paddy McKeever Linemens Declan Callaghan Kevin McGinley

Division 2 Reserve at 7:00pm
Downings V Glenfin Ref George Montgomery

Senior League Div 3 at 7:00pm
Burt V Urris Ref James Connors
Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon V Red Hughs Ref Michael McShane

Division 4 Reserve
Naomh Padraig Muff V Naomh Padraig Lifford Ref Paul Clifford

Aldi opens new Ballybofey store creating 20 new jobs

Aldi Stores (Ireland) today opened a new store in Ballybofey, located on Chestnut Road, creating 20 new jobs. The new Ballybofey store is Aldi’s sixth in Co. Donegal.
Aldi also opened a new store in Macroom Co. Cork, bringing the total number of Aldi stores in Ireland to 110.
Speaking at the store opening, Rasal Galezyka, Manager of Aldi’s new Ballybofey store said, “We are delighted to be opening our new Ballybofey store and look forward to welcoming many new customers from the local area. We will be offering our customers a carefully selected range of exclusive own label brands at very competitive prices. Our discounted prices are guaranteed week in, week out.”
A proud supporter of Irish producers, Aldi has tripled its annual spend on Irish products over the past five years, helping maintain over 22,000 jobs across the Irish food industry. Since 2008 Aldi has almost doubled the number of Irish suppliers it works with. Over 50% of Aldi’s supplier spend is with Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers. All of Aldi’s fresh meats, fresh poultry, eggs, bread, flour, and many of its teas, coffees, soft drinks, waters and snacks come from leading Irish suppliers.
Suppliers from the local area include Mulrines of Ballybofey, which supplies Aldi with fruit juices and Donegal Rapeseed Oil of Raphoe, which supplies Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Rapeseed Oil.

Theft of dangerous equipment from a car in Dundalk on the 28th August 2014

Gardai in Dundalk are currently investigating the circumstances of the theft of a Handheld X-Ray Fluorescent Metal Analyzer from a van in a hotel car park in Dundalk overnight.

The valuable device was taken from a white van parked in the car park of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Green Park, Dundalk sometime between 10pm on the 27th and 9am on the 28th August 2014.

Gardai in Dundalk would like to advise the public that this device emits radiation,is dangerous and should only be used by trained personnel. The device was in a case when taken.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact the Gardai at Dundalk on 042-9388400 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

A photography and info sheet is available be email request from this office pressoffice@garda.ie

6th Annual Novena in honour of St. Therese of Lisieux

The 6th Annual Novena in honour of St. Therese of Lisieux will take place at St. Therese’s Church Ballintogher, Co. Sligo from the Thursday 25th September 2014 to Wednesday the 1st of October. All ceremonies will be at 7.30 pm except on Sunday evening September 29th the service will be at 7 pm.

We hope that you will be able to join us this year for our Novena, and we promise that it will be a Novena of hope, healing and strength to everyone who will come to it. We have a great line up of guest speakers who have had many and varied experiences of different life situations, and we look forward to hearing all of their testimonies.

As Parish Priest, I would like to invite you to this Novena of Hope, and I sincerely wish that you and yours will gain much spiritual strength and prayerful experiences from this Novena which will give a wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit as well as a positive attitude to each and all of us to continue this great life journey that Jesus has given to us all to live. “I have come to give you life and to have it to the full”

Looking forward to meeting you at our Novena, and I pray that it will bring you much happiness, peace and hope in your life at this present time and in the future. All roads lead to St. Therese’s Church, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo from the 25th September to the 1st of October 2014.

McGeeney gets Armagh GAA job for next five years

This evening Kieran McGeeney was officially announced as the new Armagh senior football manager on a five-year deal.

The former All-Ireland winning captain replaces Paul Grimley, who had stepped down following Armagh’s All-Ireland quarter-final one point defeat to Donegal.

McGeeney’s appointment was ratified at a county board meeting this evening and comes after a six-year spell with Kildare.

“Bord Contae Ard Mhacha are delighted to announce the appointment of Kieran McGeeney as manager of the senior football team,” a statement read this evening.

“The County Board would like to express our best wishes to Kieran, his backroom team and to our senior team as they continue to build on their recent progress.

“The County Board hope that under Kieran McGeeney’s leadership this promising team can achieve the success yearned for by the county and its loyal supporters.

“Armagh’s new managerial appointment will be for a fixed term of five years.”

2011 Dublin v Donegal encounter recalled

Former Dublin half-back Barry Cahill and ex-Donegal wing-back Kevin Cassidy discussed the 2011 semi-final on Newstalk’s Off The Ball this evening

Three years on, it’s a game that is still spoken about – although not in the best light. In an infamously low-scoring encounter that saw Dublin squeeze past Donegal by a 0-8 to 0-6 scoreline.

The latter has regrets about the match as Donegal failed to take advantage of Diarmuid Connolly’s red card in the second half.
“When Connolly was sent off, that was definitely our chance to kick on but rather than pushing forward, Cluxton kicked a couple of important scores for Dublin and they managed to outscore us in the final 15 minutes,” said Cassidy, who felt Donegal were naive in the closing stages of that match.
Cahill spoke about the changes made at half-time to combat Donegal’s ultra-defensive system by moving towards a running game and “probing for as long as possible”.
Cahill also recalled the Dublin of that era which dominated Leinster without troubling Sam Maguire, having lost four semi-finals in the lead up to the Donegal game which he “looks back fondly on” even if most people would rather forget the match.
The lads also gave their take on how this year’s match will go and whether a repeat of the 2011 tactics will occur.

Dubs Macauley says it’s more perspiration than inspiration

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley has admitted he isn’t “naturally gifted” yet never doubted his ability to become one of Gaelic football’s most effective players.

Macauley is expected to play a key role again for Dublin on Sunday when they face Donegal in the All-Ireland football semi-finals. But says his game has always been more about perspiration than inspiration.

He said that countless ‘superstars’ he encountered as a teenager have not made it to the top while he emerged as a relative late bloomer through hard graft.

“Talent is over-rated, I would have always stressed that from a young age,” said Macauley. “Hard work will always beat talent.

“Some lads just haven’t been able to put it in, for millions of different reasons. A lot of the guys who I grew up with were superstars when they were 18 but are nowhere to be seen now.

“Sometimes it’s the luck of the break, sometimes it’s attitude. I always had the highest expectations for myself and you always should. I always backed myself in everything I did. It’s not a cockiness. It’s just a sort of a self belief thing.”

Finn Harps at home to Shamrock Rovers

After progressing to the quarter-finals of the FAI Ford Cup last weekend, Finn Harps return to league action on Friday night when Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ visit Finn Park (kick-off 8.00pm).

After three games on the trot away from home, Harps will be looking forward to playing at Finn Park once again on Friday. And home games are a bit of a rarity these days for Ollie Horgan’s side who will face another three away games in succession after the Rovers game this weekend.

Harps, who knocked Wexford Youths out of the FAI Cup at Ferrycarrig Park last Friday, go into Friday’s game on the back of an unbeaten run of nine games. Indeed, Horgan’s side have lost only once now in fifteen games and will go into the game against Rovers on Friday in confident mood.

As usual though, Horgan is urging caution as his troops try to force their way into an end of season play-off place.

“Shamrock Rovers have won their last two games, including putting six past Cobh”, said Horgan.

“They are a very confident young side that have a new freshness and excitement about them. Chris Lyons has scored in each of last two games including a hat trick, as has Cian Kavanagh, a talented young player among many others.

“They have already beaten us in Ballybofey so they won’t have any fear of coming there again”, he said.

Including Rovers on Friday and Cobh the following weekend, Harps will play the bottom two sides in the Division. However, Horgan says that means nothing to him and he and the squad won’t change how they approach games.

“Every game is a game we try to get something out of and the next few games are no different,” he said.

“I think we have had a lot of ‘must win’ games before that we didn’t win! And we know how difficult Friday’s game will be.”

Last Friday, Harps defeated Wexford Youths to progress to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup for the second season in succession. Standing between them and a place in their first semi-final in fifteen years is a meeting with either Avondale or St. Michael’s next month. The victors of the all non-league tie will be decided on Saturday.

“First half in Wexford we played well and deservedly took the lead,” said Horgan of the 2-1 victory at Ferrycarrig Park. “Second half, Wexford had to come out and had most of the possession but we caught them high up the pitch for a second goal.

“However from there in, we were under serious pressure, conceded a goal, added to a sending off and eight minutes of injury time but we just about held out,” he said.

Friday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, and the second at Finn Park. All three previous meetings have finished with the away team the victor. Harps will be hoping that home advantage counts this time.

On the team front, Darragh Black (shoulder) remains sidelined while Packie Mailey is a doubt with a knee injury. Otherwise, Horgan will have a full panel to choose from.

Irish ladybird survey a big hit

Since the Irish Wildlife Trust Ladybird Survey began this year they have been delighted with the enthusiasm and interest from the general public in ladybirds and their conservation and would like to thank everybody who has submitted a record.

However, they still need your help, especially with reliable records of the invasive harlequin ladybird. Records for this species so far have not been inconclusive and the Irish Wildlife Trust is asking that if you see this ladybird (and other ladybird species) it is important that you take a photograph for verification. It is especially important for us to learn of any records in Dublin, Galway, Limerick or Waterford.
Photos of the Harlequin are on the IWT Ladybird Facebook page and www.biology.ie. The Harlequin is a large ladybird of between 6-8mm. It has two common forms as shown in the photographs. If you see a Harlequin please take a photograph and download it on the website www.biology.ie or send to iwtladybirdsurvey@gmail.com
For further information on the survey please contact iwtladybirdsurvey@gmail.com. This project is funded by Fota Wildlife Park. Photos courtesy of Moris Midgely and Ken Dolbear ENDS

MH17 Irish victim identified

The remains of Edel Mahady, the Irishwoman who was on flight MH17, have been identified it has been reported.
The mother-of-two had lived in Australia for more than two decades and had been at home in Ireland visiting relatives, before her return to Australia.
298 people were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight which was shot down over eastern Ukraine last month.
The family have requested privacy to let them grieve.