Dublin retirement denied by Alan Brogan

Alan Brogan has not retired from inter-county football with Dublin following Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal.
It was widely reported last night and on Monday morning, including by the official GAA site -GAA.ie, that the 2011 Footballer of the Year had called time on his Dublin career.
However, in a tweet this morning, Brogan said: “Not sure where it came from but I have not retired, my family and teammates will be the first to know that.”
Having made his championship debut against Wexford back in 2002, Brogan is Dublin’s longest serving player, along with goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton.
The 32-year-old has won two All-Ireland medals, nine Leinster titles, three All Star awards, two Allianz Leagues and an All-Ireland U21 title.

Magnificent Double for Donegal

It seems that everyone had written off Donegal yesterday apart from the people of that county.
Dublin, valiant as their efforts were and with an impressive start eventually were defeated by a magnificent Donegal team on a score of 3-14 to 0-17.
Nobody expected the reigning champions to be defeated, but they were and in emphatic terms by the time Joe McQuillan blew full time.
The day was even more special as Donegal defeated Dublin 1-12 to 1-11 again in the minors to bring them to their very first All Ireland minor football final.

Finn Harps to play Avondale

Finn Harps will play Avondale United in the quarter finals of the FAI Cup 2014.
Avondale defeated St.Michael’s today in their fourth round replay.
The quarter final is scheduled to take place on September 14th.

Education Minister dodges key questions on SNA posts – Mac Sharry

Sligo based Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has said the Minister for Education is dodging important questions about special needs assistant posts being advertised under the JobBridge scheme. Senator Mac Sharry has raised questions about serious cuts to SNA supports in Sligo compared to other counties.

He commented: “Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has been deliberately vague in responding to questions I have raised about the advertising of special needs assistant posts.

“The Minister needs to explain why SNA posts have been advertised as part of the JobBridge scheme when the scheme requires that there be a possibility of paid employment after the 9 month place month. It strikes me that no such role filled now at the start of the school year could result in paid employment after the placement ends. This is effectively dumbing down our education system and undermining the valuable role of SNAs in our schools. It is also unclear how these interns would be mentored. Is the Government suggesting teachers will be expected to take on this role during class time?

“I am also concerned about the savage cuts to SNA posts in County Sligo compared to other counties. The Minister has failed to give any clear explanation why this has happened. Nearly a third of post-primary SNA posts in County Sligo have been cut while other counties have recorded increases in classroom support.”

Fatal road traffic collision at Schull, Co Cork

Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision at Schull, Co Cork, which occurred at 4pm on 30th August 2014. The incident involved two cars and a mini-bus.

A woman in her 60s, the driver of a car, was fatally injured. Her body has been taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH). The female driver of the mini-bus was removed to CUH, but is not thought to be seriously injured. There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash. The female driver of the second car was not injured.

The road in the area remains closed and Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the scene.

Gardaí are seeking witnesses to the crash and anyone with information is asked to contact Bantry Garda Station on 027 20860.

Kerry late snatch sees them through to All Ireland final 2014

There was a dramatic win for Kerry this evening in the All Ireland senior football semi final replay between Kerry and Mayo.
It was not until extra time that the teams could be separated with the Kingdom coming out tops on a scoreline of 3-16 to 3-13
Kerry now meet the winners of tomorrow’s other semi final in Croke Park between Dublin and Donegal.

Donegal’s Given dramatic return to Irish soccer squad

Donegal’s Shay Given has been handed a dramatic return to the international Republic of Ireland team after Martin O’Neill named the 38-year-old Lifford goalkeeper in his final 27-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming matches against Oman and Georgia.
He joins fellow Donegal man, Seamie Coleman in the squad.

The Donegal man retired from Ireland duty after Ireland’s poor performance under Giovanni Trappatoni in the 2012 European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Robbie Keane is carrying a slight injury and a decision will be made later this evening as to when he will travel, but it is hoped he will get the all clear for the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on 7 September.

Ireland will take on Oman in their final friendly in Aviva Stadium this Wednesday, 3 September at 7.45pm before the opening Euro qualifier in Georgia.

Republic of Ireland squad named is: D Forde, K Westwood, S Given, R Elliot, R Keogh, M Wilson, S Coleman, J O’Shea, A Pearce, J O’Brien, J McCarthy, S Ward, G Whelan, D Gibson, A McGeady, A Pilkington, J McClean, R Brady, S Quinn, D Meyler, W Hoolahan, R Keane, S Long, D Murphy, J Walters, K Doyle, A Stokes.

Dangerous Letterkenny House needs demolishing

A local Letterkenny member of Donegal Councillor County Council to contact the owner of a derelict house in the Crievesmith area of the Town and request that they secure the building and clear up the rubbish that has been dumped around it as a matter of urgency.

Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle said the bungalow was bought a number of years ago with a view to developing the site but with the downturn in the economy this did not materialise.
The end result now is local residents of Crievesmith/Rahan area are left to suffer from anti social behaviour and the illegal dumping of rubbish on their doorstep.
He says the house has been used as a drinking den and the dumping of household waste for a long time, and was recently damaged in an arson attack.

Woman arrested in Mayo after knife incident

A woman in her 50s was arrested at a secondary school in Ballina, Co Mayo this morning after entering St Muredach’s College with a knife.
The woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballina Garda Station.
Gardaí, including members of an armed response unit, responded to a call about the incident at around 9.30am.
She was later released Investigations are continuing.

Donegal County Council advise on property tax to avoid penalties

Donegal County Council advises that making contact with their offices or the NPPR Bureau by e-mail or telephone before the deadline can freeze any additional penalties that might otherwise come into effect on 1st September.

To facilitate callers, Donegal County Council will be taking calls from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 30 August 2014. To contact the Council on Saturday 30 August 2014 you must call one of the following numbers:
074 91 72247
074 91 72234
074 91 94245
Although the Council will not be taking calls on Sunday 31 August 2014, callers can leave a voicemail message with their own contact details and details of the property they want to register at the following numbers:
074 91 94245
074 97 24409
Any person who wishes to settle their NPPR liability and cannot get through to us by telephone can have further late penalties frozen by making contact with either the National Bureau by e-mail at support@nppr.ie or by e-mailing Donegal County Council at npprdesk@donegalcoco.ie before the expiry of the deadline on 31st August indicating the property for which they want to settle the NPPR liability and giving their contact details.