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March 26th 2003

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Four Masters Awards Night

Minor Champions 2002 with Martin McHugh, Debroah Lacey, Joe Lacey, Enda Nolan and Peter Donaghey.

Four Masters G.A.A. Club held their Annual Presentation of Awards for 2002 in the Abbey Hotel on Friday March 14th. The sponsor of the awards were Allied Irish Bank, represented by Barry Naughton and Enda Mulligan. Guest of honour on the night was the ever-popular Martin McHugh, accompanied by his brother James. Martin firstly presented the minor championship winning side with their medals before giving an excellent short speech to the attendance. He praised the lads for their great work and encouraged them to continue their effort to ensure future success. He also congratulated team manager Enda Nolan and his assistants, Joe Lacey, Peter Donaghey, Deborah Lacey and Barry Brennan and thanked the Four Masters Club for having him as their guest.
Next was the Awards of Appreciation to persons who had achieved success while representing the club at county level. First up were 5 playing members of the club who were part of the Donegal County Minor Hurling panel in 2002. They had a tremendously successful year winning the Ulster Minor League Division 2, Ulster Minor ‘C’ Championship before ultimate glory in capturing the All Ireland ‘C’ Championship. Club Chairman, Paul Duncan, presented these awards to Declan Bushell, Dermot Callaghan, Martin Cassidy, Anthony McAnaw and James McAnaw
Then the Club honoured the Donegal Vocational School’s team of 2002. John Joe O’Shea guided them to All Ireland victory and four members playing on a great day in Clones were Karl Lacey, Michael Doherty, Benny Byrne and Paul Durcan.
Nicola Lacey was a star for Donegal Ladies who won the Ulster Junior Championship on their way to an All Ireland Final against Galway. Unfortunately, Galway were too strong on the day and Donegal were defeated, much to Nicola’s great disappointment. However, she had some consolation when later in the year she was named as a replacement All Star and Donegal Ladies Player of the Year. Nicola was also a recipient of an Award of Appreciation.
Michael Kelly was goalkeeper on the Donegal team who defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Masters Final. This was Michael’s second All Ireland medal, having been part of the Under 21 All Ireland Championship winning side of twenty years ago. Club Chairman, Paul Duncan, presented Michael with his award.
Liam Mullin has given over 50 years to the G.A.A. both as a player and as an administrator at club and county level and was inducted into the Donegal G.A.A. Hall of Fame in January. The club acknowledged such a fine achievement with a well deserved Appreciation Award.
Barry Naughton, then presented the Annual Club Awards for 2002 to the following recipients.
•Underage Hurler of the Year – Declan Bushell
•Underage Lady Player of the Year – Niamh Britton
•Underage Footballer of the Year – Karl Lacey
•Third Team Player of the Year – Francis Sweeney
•Senior Reserve Player of the Year – James Mc Mullin
•Senior Hurler of the Year – Barry Brennan
•Senior Lady Player of the Year – Kelly Lacey
•Senior Player of the Year – Joel Carr
•Club Person of the Year – Shauna Meehan

To conclude, Club Chairman, Paul Duncan addressed the crowd, congratulating the minor championship team and mentors and all those who had received awards on the night. He thanked everyone for attending and hoped that it had been an enjoyable night. He thanked Allied Irish Bank for their sponsorship, Martin and James McHugh for coming along and the Donegal Times for their continued coverage.

Donegal Town Rugby Club

Donegal 1st 42 Newry 1st 10
Donegal played host to Newry in a league fixture on Saturday 15th at the Holmes and came out comfortable winners. With perfect playing conditions, Newry came out of the blocks at pace and spent the first 15 minutes pressurising the home team in their own 22. Superb tackling and a Ronan Sweeney penalty put Donegal 3-0 up and from then on there was only one team in it. A break by the Donegal backs saw Chris Mulhern sprint nearly the full length of the pitch to score the opening try. This acted as a catalyst for the home team and they began to play their best rugby of the season. The pack was excellent in the set pieces and good lineout ball was allowing the backs to attack the opposition at every opportunity.
By half-time Donegal were 28-0 in front and cruising to a comfortable victory. To the credit of the away team, they turned up the heat in the second half and made a game of it. Jonathan Llewellyn was making the most of poor tackling, breaking the game line and setting up good ball for his team mates. The home team scored six tries in total, with Vinny Murray, Chris Mulhern, Donal Martin(2) and Jonathan Llewellyn (2) all touching down. A debutant for Donegal was South African Leo Mandela who had a great game with his wing-forward partner Jimmy Brogan. The only disappointment for the home side was allowing Newry to score a try with the last move of the game - but aside from that it was a superb team performance.
Team: G. McGroary, D. Barrett, G. Prenderville (C), C. Meehan, J. Meehan, J. Brogan, L. Mandela, J. Doogan, V. Murray, R. Sweeney, C. Mulhern, M. Wilson, J. Llewellyn, P. Mc Inaw, D. Martin.

City Derry 3rds 18 Donegal 2nds 20
Donegal 2nds moved a step closer to league success with a last gasp win against their Derry counterparts on Saturday 22nd. From the start, the Donegal pack were under enormous pressure as their opposition proved to be a heavyweight outfit, pushing them off nearly every scrum. The away sides only joy came in the lineouts as the Derry team were also dominant rucking and mauling. Despite this the Donegal backs were doing enough to give hope that they had a chance. Indeed the away side scored two tries through captain Kevin Sinclair and Paul Martin, and along with boot of Jim McLaughlin went in 17-3 up at half-time.
However, Donegal could have done without the break as City of Derry came out and began to hurt them on the scoreboard. Derry’s spirited fightback ended with a converted try three minutes from time to put them ahead for the first time in the game 18-17. With one final surge, the Donegal pack rumbled their way into the opposition half and were duly awarded a penalty. As Jim McLaughlin placed the ball, the referee indicated that it would be the final kick of the game. As if there was no pressure at all McLaughlin’s kick sailed between the posts for the win that moved them one step closer to league glory. Donegal are now four points clear with two games remaining and can secure the title with a win in their next league fixture at the Holmes.
Keep your eyes and ears open for details about the game and be sure and come down to support Kevin and the lads in their final push for the title
Team: B. Malone, J. O’Donnell, E. Brogan, K. Sinclair, C. Cassidy, D. Brady, J. Walsh, N. Mc Inaw, K. Gillespie, J. McLaughlin, R. O’Donnell, P. Martin, D. Cassidy, P. Mc Dyre, G. McGinty.

Donegal Town Community Games Area Finals

U10 Girls Freestyle

A fantastic evenings entertainment and some tremendous battles for placings took place at Ballyshannon pool on Thursday 13th March at the area finals of the Donegal Town Community Games swimming gala. Athletes aged from 8 to 16 were in competition for placings to take part in the County championships later in the year. Notable performances from Ryan Haughey (U8), Gemma Haughey (U10), Kate Keaney (U10), John Patrick Hanna (U10) and Ellen Doherty (U12) as well as Andrea Griffin (U12), Aine McGlynn (U14), Sinead Boyle (U14) and Zoe O’Donnell (U14) were almost outshone by the camaraderie and good humored competitive spirit shown by all the participants. Other great performances were seen from Luke Keaney (U12), Jarleth Ruane (U14) and Eoin Diver (U16).
The staff of the Ballyshannon Leisure centre were excellent as too were the committee and friends of the Donegal Town Community Games. A special word of thanks goes to Ernan McGettigan, Seamus Caldwell and Peter Kane for the professional management of the event.
The quality of swimming was much improved from previous years and demonstrates that if facilities were available in Donegal Town, then much more could be achieved by the athletes. A word of congratulations must go to all swimming coaches involved in children’s swimming in Donegal Town and the surrounding areas.
Results: Boys
U8 Freestyle: 1. Ryan Haughey, 2. Dara Quinn. U10 Freestyle: 1. J.P. Hanna, 2. Barry McGrory, 3. John Meehan. U10 Backstroke: 1. J.P. Hanna, 2. Christopher Doherty, 3. John Meehan. U12 Freestyle: 1. Luke Keaney, 2. Eoin Diver, 3. Darragh Farragher. U12 Breaststroke: 1. Luke Keaney, 2. Eoin Diver, 3. Connall Sweeney.
U14 Freestyle: 1. Jarlath Ruane, 2. Cillian Diver, 3. Ryan Muldoon
U14 Breaststroke: 1. Joseph McGlynn, 2. Jarlath Ruane, 3. Ryan Muldoon. U14 Backstroke: 1. Jarlath Ruane, 2. Joseph McGlynn, 3. Ryan Muldoon. U16 Backstroke: 1. Eoin Diver, 2. Luke Keaney, 3. Joseph McGlynn. U16 Freestyle: 1. Eoin Diver, 2. John Murphy, 3. Darragh Farragher
Results: Girls
U10 Freestyle: 1. Gemma Haughey, 2. Kate Keaney, 3. Lauren Duke. U10 Backstroke: 1. Gemma Haughey, 2. Kate Keaney, 3. Maeve O’Donnell. U12 Freestyle: 1. Ellen Doherty, 2. Aisling Quinn, 3. Andrea Griffin
U12 Breaststroke: 1. Andrea Griffin, 2. Aishling Quinn, 3.Tamsin Lyons. U14 Freestyle: 1. Aine McGLynn, 2. Zoe O’DOnnell, 3. Katie Mulhern. U14 Breaststroke: 1. Sinead Boyle, 2. Aine McGlynn, 3. Zoe O’Donnell
U14 Backstroke: 1. Zoe O’Donnell, 2. Katie Mulhern, 3. Yvanna Murphy

Trials for Boys under 13 indoor soccer will take place at the Abbey Vocational School Gym on Wednesday from 5-6pm.
Quiz will take place in the Central Hotel on March 31st at 7.30pm. All schools are invited to submit up to 4 teams of boys/girls and/or mixed. The final will take place in Milford on the 11th April.
Girls under 13 and 15 outdoor soccer will begin shortly. Details will be sent to schools.
Anyone interested in taking part in trials for cross country should contact Paulyn McIntyre at 073 22820 for more details.
Training for Chess and Draughts will begin over the next two weeks and details of times and venue will be distributed to schools.

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