RUNEGAL – Ireland’s Most Spectacular 10k: Ireland’s most spectacular 10K run/walk RUNEGAL 10k returns for its third year on Saturday July 14th in Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, starting at 2pm. RUNEGAL 10k - The Horn Head Challenge – has built a reputation for being one of the more difficult but rewarding routes in the country, with the tough hills competing with the astonishing scenery of Horn Head to take your breath away. RUNEGAL 10k has a total ascent of 225 metres to the top of Horn Head giving you spectacular views as you start your descent for a fast final 5 kilometres. The run is officially measured and affiliated by Athletics Ireland and each participant will receive an official race time. The aim of the event is to challenge runners and walkers and give you a change from the usual flat 10k races across the country. As well as that, participants can make a weekend of it and get to visit one of the most picturesque locations in Ireland. Local man and RUNEGAL 10k founder Adrian Boyle is delighted with the success of the event and believes this year will be even bigger and better. He says, “I always knew that Horn Head would make a spectacular route for a road race and walk. It’s more challenging than most around the country but the views help with the challenge and I think people are looking for something more from a 10k run. RUNEGAL 10k has grown over the past 2 years and this year it plans to be even more appealing to runners and walkers”. Participants can run or walk the route and it’s all in aid of Donegal Hospice, while a welcoming family setting is expected at St. Michael’s GAA club of Dunfanaghy. RUNEGAL 10k starts and finishes at the GAA club with an after party planned for Patsy Dan’s. For more information (including accommodation links), you can check out the Runegal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/runegal10k. Entry for RUNEGAL 10k is only €20, which includes medal, t-shirt, race time, goodie bag and entry to the after party, with proceeds going to Donegal Hospice. To register your participation, simply go to www.runireland.com/events/runegal-10k
The Workhouse: The Workhouse craft shop, coffee shop and exhibition are all open for the season. Opening hours Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Sympathy: The sympathy of the community is extended to James McBride Portnablagh on the death of his brother Finbar McBride in Annagary Last week. Sympathy is also extended to the entire family circle.
Guitar Lessons: Guitar lessons for beginners and intermediate level are being offered by Kloe Humm in the Workhouse beginning on Monday 18th June 2012 for 4 weeks. Beginners class starts at 3.15pm and intermediate at 4.14pm and it is €5.00 per child, refreshments are being provided by The Waves of Change project. For further details or to book a place please phone the Workhouse on 074 91 36540.
Second Hand Books: All second hand books are €2.00 and all book donations gratefully received.
First Aid Occupational Course: There are 2 places left on the 3 day occupational first aid course to be held in the Workhouse on 18th, 19th and 20th June cost €130 per person. Telephone 074 91 36540 for further information or to book a place.
Tour Na Gaelteachta: Donegal weather played its part in making it a great day of cycling for this years Tour Na Gaelteachta, under blue skies and near perfect conditions and after a welcome and briefing from James Harkin a large group left PCC school in Falcarragh at 9:30 last Sunday, the group included a great mix of youths, Woman and Men from leisure to race cyclists. The pace was controlled at a steady pace by cyclists at the front as we came over through Gortahork, Magheroarty and over Bloody Foreland to take in fantastic views out to Inisbofin and Tory Island, down into Bunbeg and out to Dore where we arrived with every cyclist still on board and lots of chat and banter from the peloton. After a welcome cup of tea the group split with a small group making their way back to Falcarragh to complete 30 miles and the larger group turning right to go through Anagary. Again the pace was controlled with everyone happy to enjoy the sunshine and stick together we made our way through Ranafast, Dungloe and back through Loughanure as far as Dunlewey where a few headed back to Falcarragh to complete the 52 miles. The rest of the group of around 40 headed for Errigal and Muckish mountains where two tough climbs were waiting before the decent back into Falcarragh for a very welcome Bar-B-Que on the lawns of PCC,great to see everyone staying around for a chat after. Well done to everyone who took part and great to see so many Youth cyclists enjoying the day. Thanks to all marshals, Moto marshals, emergency first response, tea ladies in dore, pace setters and helpers who ensured nobody got dropped and to the bar-b-que people who did a fantastic job and to other clubs who travelled. Thanks also to PCC school for the use of their facilities and to Danny the caretaker for a great job as always.
Summer camps: Summer camps will be running in the Ozanam Community Centre during July & August for children between 6yrs -12yrs. For more information please contact Anne Marie 0877460773 or Nora 0860521752.
Slimming World: Slimming World is moving from Gortahork to Falcarragh. The first groups will start in Falcarragh on Thursday the 14th of June in An tSean Bheairic. Group times will be 10 am and 7 pm. Karen, your Slimmimg World Consultant can be contacted on 086 236 5432.
Coastal Cancer Challenge: The Coastal Cancer Challenge will bring competitors over some of the most breathtaking scenery Donegal has to offer. It includes a 16km run around McSynes Gun Loop and the Hornhead scenic drive. A 2km kayak across the open sea of Sheephaven Bay. A 42km cycle across the back roads to Muckish Mountain via Ards Forest Park and through the Creeslough/Falcarragh railway line with a trek of 3km up and down the spectacular Mountain in between. Please note kayaks will be supplied. All proceeds raised from this event will be going to the nominated charities. All work involved is being carried out on a voluntary basis. There will be a camp site available beside the start line the grounds of St. Michaels. It is open for Friday and Saturday night and cost of a pitch €10 per night. To book a pitch contact Bridget Sweeney 086 3692051. For more information and to enter see the website www.coastalcancerchallenge.com.
Dunfanaghy Youths: Another successful season is drawing to a close for Dunfanaghy Youths. The U8, U14, and U16 are all finished up for the season whilst the U10’s and U12’s are still on-going for a few more weeks with U10’s still in contention in the Champions League. Thanks to all the managers, referees and parents for all their time and support for the children. Date for the AGM will be announced in the next few weeks. The club can only continue its successful run with the help of parents - if anyone would be willing to help out with coaching/managing/refereeing for next season please contact AnnMarie Kelly on 087 945 4107.
Shop & Coffee Dock: Ards Friary Shop and Coffee Dock now open for the Summer season daily from 12.00 noon.
Country Concert: Country Concert on Wednesday 18th July 2012 at 8pm in the Ozanam Community Centre Dunfanaghy in Aid of Holy Cross Church Building Fund. Presenting, Hugo Duncan & Band, Declan Nerney, Seamus Mc Gee, Lisa McHugh, Eddie Gallagher, Elaine Boyle, Johnny Brady, Sinead Black, and local man Ben Mc Fadden. Admission €20, tickets available from or local shops. or Fr. Martin @ 074-9136163 Josephine @074-9136246. Mary @0860812073. Pat @0863230957.
Quilt Draw: Sheephaven Patchwork and Quilters Guild currently have raffle sheets on sale in aid of Brother Kevin, Capuchin who looks after the homeless in Dublin. First prize is a Queen size Patchwork quilt made by the Guild. Since the sheets went on sale Ailsa Friel, a local artist from Creeslough has kindly donated one of her paintings as 2nd prize. Lines are €2.00 each and can be purchased from any Guild member or local outlets. The draw will take place in September.
Fun Quiz: There is a Fun Quiz in aid of the Festival Committee in Patsy Dan’s Bar Dunfanaghy every Thursday night at 9.30pm and everyone is welcome.
Dancing: Traditional, Ceili, Waltz and Jive dancing continues in Log Cabin Creeslough on Monday’s from 9-11pm. All young ones welcome from teenagers up to enjoy a good nights fun and dance.
Zumba: Zumba Classes in the Ozanam Community Centre in Dunfanaghy on Wednesday nights at 7pm and everyone is welcome.
Creeslough Youth Club: Parents Rota for the Junior Youth Club on 20th June 6pm-7.30pm Rose O’Reilly and Sharon Doohan.
Dunfanaghy Men’s Shed: Our Men’s Shed is in the early stages of development and we need YOU to come and join us if you have a spare hour or so to spare. You may be asking, what is a Men’s Shed? ….it is an updated version of the shed in the backyard where you can drop in and get involved in a wide and varied range of activities and projects. Some of the suggestions so far have included, restoring a Massey Ferguson Tractor or Vintage Car, building a Dunfanaghy Curragh or utilising local skills to undertake some D.I.Y. projects. Maybe you would rather have a game of darts, cards or chess or put the world to rights and have some craic over a mug of coffee/tea. We want to hear from men of all ages who would be interested in getting involved in our Men’s Shed. Please contact Jean or Bernie at the Family Resource Centre (91 36548) to register your interest and we will get right back to you with all the necessary details.
Community & Family Resource: Names are being taken for the following courses: Beginners Computers, Intermediate Computers, Digital Photography, and Microsoft Publisher. These classes are supported by the Donegal VEC Community Education Support Programme. To register your interest for any of the above courses please contact the Resource Office @9136548.
Dancing: Traditional, Waltz and Jive, all young ones welcome from teenagers up in the Ozanam Centre in Dunfanaghy on Tuesday’s from 8-10pm. Come along for a bit of fun and dance.
Music Classes: Music Classes continue in the Creeslough Day Centre on Tuesdays from 6-7pm and everyone is welcome.
Active Age: The Active Age Group continues in the Ozanam Community Centre in Dunfanaghy on Thursday mornings from 11am until 1pm.
Lotto: There was no jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last the numbers drawn were 2,3,6,9,11,16, The Match 5 winners were Dorrean McFadden Ballyconnell Falcarragh and Enya O’Donnell Ards Creeslough who won €50 each, This weeks Jackpot will be €5900.
Bingo: The winner of the €150 on the Snowball game at the Bingo session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was Susan Gallagher Ray Falcarragh. This week’s Snowball at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy at 8pm in the Ozanam Community Centre will be €3020 on 45 Nos or less. This month’s 50 Club winners were €65 May Cox Ards, €35 Edel Coll Creeslough and €25 Denis McFadden Roshine Lake.
Parent and Toddler Group: The Parent and Toddler Group have moved to Holy Trinity Church Hall on Thursday mornings from 9.30pm-12.30pm. Come along for some company fun and coffee. €2 per family and everyone is welcome.