Finn Harps get the second half of the season underway on Friday night when they welcome Waterford United to Finn Park (kick-off 8.00pm).
Harps went into the mid-season break on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Longford Town at Finn Park but prior to that had been in decent form thanks to an unbeaten run of six games in all competitions.
Harps boss Ollie Horgan feels Friday’s game is a game that simply must grab a victory in if they want to be in the shake-up for the promotion places come the end of the season.
“Waterford is a must win game if we want to stay with top group,” said Horgan, “but as I said we hadn’t set goals at the start of the season so we will prepare for Friday’s game as we did our very first game of season.”
Horgan said that the aim for his side this season has been to show progress and set a platform on which to build going forward.
“As I said, we didn’t set ourselves any goals this season – we have just take it one game at a time. I would be happy if at end of season we have improved and going in right direction.”
With time to reflect during the mid-season break, Horgan had time to look back on the opening half of a campaign that has had its share of highs and lows.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today placed its trust in Highland Radio, to continue to provide a first class service to the people of North Donegal with the awarding of a 10-year broadcasting licence.
Highland Radio, Ireland’s number one local radio station will remain a voice for the North Donegal communities until at least 2024.
“No other local radio station in Ireland has ever achieved the success of Highland Radio” says Donegal Highland Radio Chairman Gerry Rabbitt. “We are delghted that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has recognised the strength or our offer and awarded Donegal Highland Radio Ltd with a new 10-year licence.”
“Highland Radio looks forward to continuing to be Ireland’s number one local radio station and increasing our investment in the North West. I want to say a very big thank you to all our listeners for their support and to our loyal advertisers and sponsors for the confidence they continue to put in Highland Radio as the best place to promote their business. It is important to recognise that today’s achievement would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our fantastic staff.”
Highland Radio enjoys a radio market share of 67% according to the latest JNLR studies (March 2014).
“Our listeners are at the heart of everything we do and achieve.” says Highland Radio Managing Director Shaun Doherty. “On behalf of all the 53 staff members at Highland Radio, I want to thank each and every one for their support.
“Highalnd Radio will deliver on our commitment to the BAI of growing our listenership and marketshare, delivering top quality programming and evolving with the market. Above all we will continue to be relevant to the people of North Donegal by staying true to our ethos of Local First.”
Most recently Highland Radio hosted its inaugural North West Expo, a further addition to its expanding porfolio of highly successful events including the North West Motor Show and Christmas Fair. Listeners also have the opportunity to play back Ireland’s most listened to local radio programme, the Shaun Doherty Show, through its new podcast service.
The Chairman of DLFM, Paddy Simpson expressed his disappointment at the decision of the BAI to award Highland Radio the broadcasting contract for North Donegal.
“I and my fellow shareholders in DLFM are very disappointed with today’s decision by the BAI. DLFM put forward very strong proposals for a world class radio station which would have served the people of Donegal very well. Our proposals were very inclusive of all the communities in Donegal and would have seen a new studio in Carndonagh as well as a studio in Letterkenny. We had exciting plans for new programme formats and new voices which regrettably will not now be brought to air.
“I want to thank the DLFM team for their hard work and commitment and while equally disappointed, I know they will join with me in congratulating Highland Radio and wishing the station continued success. Local radio is a hugely important service for all the communities in North Donegal and it is important that we have a strong and vibrant radio station in situ”.
DLFM was led by a consortium of experienced and successful Donegal business people. In addition to Paddy Simpson and Charlie Collins, shareholders in DLFM included Philip O’Doherty of E&I Engineering, Letterkenny businessmen Enda Nicholls of Arena 7 and Mark McCloskey of Evolve Menswear as well as Glenties man Brian McGill of the Harcourt Hotel; the Falcarragh-born publican Danny Doohan; former Mayor of Letterkenny and digital media expert Damien Blake and his wife Mary G. Blake, a teacher from Ballybofey.
Finn Harps Res. 2
Swilly Rovers 3
Harps started this game brightly and created a number of half chances, there best coming from Buchanan whose shot was blocked by Fisher which was well set up by Aaron Scanlon. There efforts paid off as on 14mins they took the lead after great work between Darragh Black, JP Malley played in Aaron Scanlon who finished expertly past Wade. Swilly responded well and created a number of chances, McHugh had a great chance to level as when he was played in by Jordan Toland, he rounded the keeper and Porter somehow got back to clear it off the line. Mark McGinley then made a great double save to deny Michael McHugh twice and from the resulting corner David Fisher headed wide. Conor McGlynn then made a great block to deny the onrushing McGeever at the back post. Harps finished the half brightly and had some neat passages of play in midfield and held out until the break.
The second half didn’t take long to get going and with just 30 seconds gone Swilly equalised as from a Liam O’Donnell flick on, Laurence Toland finished at the back post to put Swilly back on terms. Darren McGeever had a chance shortly after and McGinley made a great reaction to keep the scores level. Harps got back in the game and started to push forward and from a Darragh Black cross JP Malley headed home in the 65th minute to put Harps back in the lead. Dean McConnell had a good chance to extend the lead but he shot over under pressure from McDaid. In the 70th minute, Swilly equalised yet again as McGeever shot home from a Fisher cross. Both sides pushed on for the winner and the away side managed to get the winner in the last minute as from a Toland corner, Marty Boyle connected perfectly and finished high into the roof of the net to give Swilly the victory. A good enjoyable game all round.
Finn Harps Res.: Mark Anthony McGinley, Conor McGlynn, Hugh Moy, Shane Porter, Dylan Quinn, David Ward, Dean McConnell, Shane Buchanan, JP Malley, Darragh Black, Aaron Scanlon.
Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, David Fisher, Jordan Toland, Marty Boyle, Gareth Colhoun, Marty McDaid, Liam O’Donnell, Dylan Hegarty, Michael McHugh, Laurence Toland, Darren McGeever. Subs: Kyle Black for O’Donnell, Daniel O’Donnell for Fisher, Darren Dunworth for McHugh).
LEITRIM: ACL D4 – Kiltubrid 4-11 Drumkeerin 0-8; Aughavas 3-15 Cloone 1-12; Aughnasheelin 0-13 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 1-8; Annaduff W/O Glencar-Manorhamilton – ; Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher W/O Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s – ; ACL D5 – Mohill 3-12 Gortletteragh 3-11; St Osnat’s 1-11 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 3-14; Sd 2014 – Bornacoola 0-10 Kiltubrid 1-15;
Donegal will meet either Armagh or Monaghan in the 2014 Ulster GAA senior championship final.
They comprehensively defeated Antrim 3-16 to 0-12 this afternoon on Clones.
Donegal reached five ulster finals in
A row between 1989 and 1993.
The organisers of the Donegal International Rally Ireland have confirmed the cancellation of Special Stage 14 of the event as a result of time delays caused by previous incidents.
A spokesman said there was an accident on special stage 12, when a competing car went off the road, resulting in the emergency services being deployed. The competing crew were attended to and suffered no serious injuries.
A member of a rally service crew was injured and removed to Letterkenny General Hospital where his condition is being assessed. The investigation of the incident is ongoing, but it is believed that the competing car may not have come into direct contact with the person involved.
Shortly afterwards in a separate incident in the same area a local person became unwell and rally medical services, including an ambulance, were deployed to assist.
The competing cars were rerouted back to service and the organisers later decided to cancel special stage 14, the last stage of the day, as a result of the time losses incurred.
Responding to the announcement by the Western Health and Social Care Trust that it intends to downgrade the community health store on the Tempo Road, Enniskillen, Michelle Gildernew MP said:
“I am extremely disappointed at the Western Trust’s decision to close the community store on the Tempo Road in Enniskillen.
“I know first that the service users of this facility very much value it and the removal of this service to one in Derry will be a bitter blow for many people, particular those that are to lose their jobs as a result of this.
“The work carried out by those employed in the store is vital to ensure that people can live in their homes for longer and such work needs to be retained locally.
“I will be seeking a meeting with the Health and Social Care Board to discuss this and to seek a reversal of this decision, which makes no sense to me at all.”
A Co Donegal couple have collected a cheque for over 12 million euro from the National Lottery.
The delighted winners, who wish to remain anonymous, won the prize in last Wednesday’s Lotto draw (4 June 2014). The last time the jackpot reached near this amount was in March 2012.
A new report published today by the Health Information and Quality Authority has identified progress in the way in which services within the University of Limerick Hospitals group are being governed and organised. However, it also highlights a number of patient safety risks in the hospital group which must be addressed as a priority.
The Authority’s Report of the review of the governance arrangements as reflected in the safety, quality and standards of services at UL Hospitals found a clear willingness to change and improve services for the public, but that the absence of a statutory governance framework is hindering the development of strong governance and patient safety functions.
HIQA’s Director of Regulation Phelim Quinn said, “Since the findings in 2009 of HIQA’s investigation into the quality and safety of hospital services in Ennis Hospital, there has been an extensive and positive journey of reconfiguration and reorganisation in the catchment area covered by UL Hospitals. Substantial governance and operational changes have occurred and these have the potential to improve services for patients. If such reorganisation can be supported and safely sustained, it would reflect the governance and accountability approaches previously recommended by the Authority and as advocated in the move to set up independent hospital trusts in Ireland.”