This was the day that Spain beheaded ETA for the first time: the blow to Bidart turns 25

first_imgThe Xilokan hamlet, where the arrests occurred. Image: EFE ‘Artapalo’, ‘Fitti’ and ‘Txelis’ fell into the hands of the Civil Guard and the Gauls expertsSpain followed them months ago, Gonzalez was able to fly them and saved the Olympic Games and the ExpoA mole, an informer and a lost agenda, keys in the biggest blow to the band ‘Artapalo’ has a pirate’s name but was an ETA gunman, ‘Fittipaldi’ did not drive cars and ‘Txelis’ fell off the horse like Tarsus, and went from terrorist to santurrón. On March 29, 1992, in full years of lead, three of the top ETA chiefs ended up being shackled in an operation of which their 25th anniversary is celebrated this Wednesday and which has been considered for three decades the model to be followed by the forces of security of Spain and France. The date coincides with the announcement of the disarmament of ETA, which still has 200 weapons and five tons of explosives in its possession.The ETA decapitation in Bidart, seven kilometers from Biarritz (France) and 20 from the border, was the biggest blow against the criminal organization in its history: for the first time the dome was dismantled, which also had more than a decade in the Power to blow of car bomb and shot in the neck.Francisco Múgica Garmendia, ‘Pakito’ or ‘Artapalo’ (number one ETA and responsible for commands), José María Arregui Erostarbe, ‘Fittipaldi’ (the bomb expert), and José Luis Álvarez Santacristina, ‘Txelis’ (ideologue and strategist of the band of the ax and the snake), were arrested in a macrooperación cooked to simmer, with collaboration on both sides of the border, a mole of the Civil Guard infiltrated and above all patience, much patience. 8:40 – 03/29/2017 | 15:02 – 03/29/17 Barcelona 92 ​​and the Expo in the headAfter the seizure of Sokoa in 1986 and the killing of Hipercor in 1987 (21 dead in Barcelona), the Ajuria Enea Pact and the Algiers talks incardinate the framework where Bidart will germinate. The success was conceived in the infiltration of a mole among the terrorists, according to the version of the General of the Civil Guard, Enrique Rodríguez Galindo, later convicted by the LAGs. Following the decommissioning of the Eibar Command in 1989, information from a confidant (known by Cesid as ‘Pedro’ according to Interview, was a member legal which became a sneak) “takes Galindo to watch over an ETA leader for months until he guides him to the direction of the band”, as confirmed by The country José Luis Corcuera, at that time Minister of the Interior. An agenda lost by José Luis Urrusolo Sistiaga, of the Barcelona command, did the rest.Thus, an operation of the Benemérita guarded the area that Sunday afternoon. They had been on the track for four months and even had the option of taking a step forward only a fortnight.After half an hour of six, the agents see how ‘Txelis’ arrives on a motorcycle at a farmhouse in Bidart, where ‘Fitti’ is already. Soon after, another terrorist acts as a driver for a stranger in his Ford Escort. Their shouts, their imprecations and the fact that they have changed vehicles up to three times, leaves no doubt: it is a big fish. An officer of the armed institute even acknowledges it: they are the features of ‘Artapalo’, it is ‘Pakito’, the ultimate goal in the Spanish anti-terrorist struggle. Green light: the elite gala unit (since the armed institute cannot act on French soil) executes the operation at breakneck speed. Although all three carry guns, they barely have time to try to burn photos and documents. Everything is calm at twenty to seven.The Moncloa breathes relief: there were only 22 days left before the inauguration of the Seville Expo and that summer the Olympic Games were held in Barcelona. The anti-terrorist blow was a great victory.“It’s over,” Rodríguez Galindo snapped at ‘Pakito’ at the Bayonne police station. For the Artapalo collective, as this slope (commando, in Basque) was known as its leader, of course yes.Gonzalez and the bomb that wasn’tBefore Bidart, former government president Felipe González was able to “give an order to liquidate the entire ETA dome”, he had “an opportunity” and refused, as he explained in an interview with the Prisa newspaper in 2010. According to his version, Spanish espionage had detected a meeting the direction of the band in Iparralde, the French Basque Country: “It was possible to fly them all together.” “I said no,” he explained then.González, who dated that moment between 1990 or 1989, explained how this episode happened: “It is located place and day, but the possibility that we had to stop them was zero, they were outside our territory. And the possibility that the operation was done by France at that time it was very scarce. Now it would have been easier (…) At that time it was only possible to fly them all together in the house where they were going to meet (…) The decision is yes or no I simplify it, I said: No. And I add to this: I still don’t know if I did the right thing, “he said.last_img read more

Jalen Green posterizes 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto again

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–It was déjà vu all over again on Wednesday after Jalen Green, the prolific Fil-American guard, put the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto on another poster in the 2019 NBTC League National Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Green, who just seemed to have Sotto’s number, blew past his defender before exploding to the rim from the left baseline and threw down a nasty one-handed dunk over the Ateneo star in the second quarter of the game between FilAm Sports and the Blue Eaglets.JALEN GREEN POSTERIZES 7’2 KAI SOTTO! 😱 @JalenRomande #NBTConESPN5 #MadnessInMOA STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) March 20, 2019 PBA: Alaska arrests skid, trumps Meralco to keep playoff hopes alive View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Jalen Green puts Kai Sotto on a poster: ‘I just want to put on a show’But as if it still wasn’t enough, the 6-foot-5 Green got a steal on the next play then flushed home a two-handed slam off a lob.Green, who is the top US high school recruit in the 2020 class, dunked on Sotto during the same tournament last year. The only difference was, his latest poster had a little more emphasis.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Anna Regina Fire Station commences Fire Prevention Week observances

first_img– several talks, school visits plannedThe Anna Regina Fire Station in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Sunday commenced Fire Prevention Week with an interfaith service at the Living Water Full Gospel Church in Henrietta, Essequibo.Fire officers attached to the Station, in full uniform, sang praises as the Week commenced under the theme, “Fire safety a collective responsibility for the preservation of life and property”.Head of the Anna Regina Fire Station, Clive Mc Donald outlined that the church service kicked off the week-long activities. During his address to the congregation, he called on persons to continue to live in unity, reminded that preventing fires was everyone’s business and encouraged those present to act in a more responsible way.Officers from the Anna Regina Fire Station during the interfaith ceremony at the Living Water Full Gospel Church at Henrietta, which marked the beginning of Fire Prevention WeekMc Donald explained that the Week was observed as a result of the world’s worst conflagration – which occurred in the United States of America on October 9, 1871.During that inferno, 250 persons died, 17,430 buildings were destroyed and 100,000 persons were rendered homeless. He revealed that the observance was Fire Prevention Day until 1922 when it was changed to a week by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).Other activities planned include visits to secondary schools on the Essequibo Coast and a community interaction with residents at the Anna Regina Market.The Station will be opened to visits from schools and the general public during the Week. The observances will conclude on Saturday.last_img read more

Amb. Carlton Karpeh Laid to Rest

first_imgGOL’s wreath is deposited as President Sirleaf and Foreign Ministry Kamara look on.Scores of Liberians led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf converged in their numbers at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Broad Street on Sunday to bid a final farewell to veteran diplomat, Ambassador Carlton Alexwyn Karpeh, who distinguished himself as one of the longest serving Liberian diplomats, having served in Cameroon for close to two decades.Top government officials, friends, family members and some members of the diplomatic corps—all coming from far and near—to give the eloquent and distinguished diplomat, as many knew him to be, a befitting send off.Ambassador Karpeh, as a result of longevity on assignment in Cameroon, which spanned from 1987 to 2003, subsequently became the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps in that country. He died during the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 28, at his Duport Road residence in Paynesville in his 86th year.In the funeral discourse, Rev. Canon A-Too Williams described Ambassador Karpeh as a man of impeccable character who loved God and his country. The prelate noted that Ambassador Karpeh lived a life to bring glory to his nation. “He represented our country in a very unique way, and that’s why he spent 18 consecutive years in Cameroon under various administrations back home.”He said Liberia has not just lost a distinguished diplomat, but also a reservoir of knowledge and expertise that could have been used to impact the present generation. “Father Carlton lived a life of God. He was always committed to his church,” he said, preaching on the theme: “A Service that Warrants God’s Will Done.”The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marjon Kamara, in her tribute on behalf of the Liberian government, described the late Karpeh as an astute, intelligent and eloquent diplomat who can never be replaced. She said his death is the loss of a branch on the Liberian national tree that will be difficult to replace.“The late Ambassador Karpeh was one of Liberia’s distinguished career diplomats who endeared himself to his colleagues everywhere he was,” the Minister said. She also described him as a patriot and a nationalist who wanted the best for his country.She briefly explained how as a young cadet, Karpeh ran into President William Tubman while he was assigned at the Executive Mansion, and the President endeavored to inquire who this young energetic young man was and who his parents were.“After he told the President who he and his parents were and which school he attended, the President asked him where he wanted to go after high school. He replied that he wanted to go to the USA, but the President asked why the USA and not somewhere else? Tubman told him to go to England, and that’s how everything started,” the Minister explained. The late Ambassador served in many capacities before he headed for Yaoundé.He was Senior Ambassador-at-Large, former Assistant Minister and Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. He was officially retired on December 2, 2010 by President Sirleaf.Many considered the late Karpeh as a brilliant man who had great command of the English language and an ardent sports lover who in the 1970s and 80s became very active in Liberian sports—became president of one of the country’s outstanding soccer institutions, the Bameh Football Club.The Cameroonian Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Amb. Beng’yela Augustine Gang, spoke fondly of his deceased colleague and the long relationship they had. The Cameroonian diplomat described Karpeh as a great friend, bridge builder and an awesome diplomat.“This is a man who was very instrumental in strengthening the relationship that currently exists between our two countries. I hold him in such a high esteem for his accomplishments while serving in my country, especially as Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps there. He had been a great friend, senior brother and a pillar of hope throughout my service here.”Ambassador Karpeh was born on September 13, 1932 in Monrovia. His parents, Robert Francis Tuan Karpeh Sr. and Josephine Teetee Stuard, predeceased him.Karpeh received his primary and secondary education from the St. Patrick’s Elementary and the College of West Africa. With just one academic year at the University of Liberia, he matriculated to the University College in London where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree.Karpeh’s public service started in the early 1960s with the National Iron Ore Company from 1962 to 1968, and later the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as Deputy Chief of Protocol.Ambassador Karpeh’s remains were interred at the Kaizer Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Brewerville, Virginia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grandfather dies in Essequibo Coast accident

first_img…after visiting newborn grandchildIt was an exciting time for 55-year-old Briganands Rup, who had just visited his first grandchild for the first time.The scene of the accidentHowever, tragedy struck when he was knocked down by a minibus along the Somerset and Berks Public Road, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Rup, a carpenter of David James Access Road, was riding a motorcycle at the time of the incident, which occurred around 07:30h on Wednesday in the vicinity of the Somerset and Berks Nursery School.Reports are that the man was just returning from the Suddie Hospital, where he visited his first grandchild for the first time – who was born Tuesday night.Briganand RupPolice said that the minibus BPP 2790 was proceeding east along the southern carriageway, when the driver of motorcycle CJ 3626, which was proceeding in the opposite direction, allegedly lost control and collided with the minibus.Rup was taken to Charity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Police said.A breathalyser test was conducted on the minibus driver, a 55-year-old resident of Devonshire Castle, Essequibo Coast, and no trace of alcohol was found.He is in custody assisting with this investigation.last_img read more

Jumping for Health

first_imgLittle hearts were beating faster at 232nd Place Elementary School in Carson for an annual fitness fundraiser. The school’s 550 students, from kindergarten through fifth grade, headed to the playground Tuesday morning for an hour of jumping rope. Jump Rope for Heart coincided with Red Ribbon Week, an annual President Reagan-era reminder to children to avoid drugs and live a healthful lifestyle. Students jumped rope, danced and recited a verbal pledge to stay away from drugs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We usually do this in mid-October,” said Jennifer Mak, an assistant principal. “And we try to bring awareness to the community to make healthy choices in our lives and say no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco.” The students wore red rubber wristbands with “Live Drug Free” imprinted on them. Teachers had their students decorate classroom doors with drug-free themes. At the conclusion of the event, members of the school’s newly formed PTA served orange slices and urged students to eat healthful snacks after they exercise. In past years, the event has made a splash. A year ago, the school raised $5,416 for the American Heart Association, more than any other Local District 8 school in Los Angeles Unified. The school has hosted a jump-roping event for eight consecutive years. This year, the school raised about $5,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLIVERPOOL DONEGAL FANS FCOn a great evening at dry Arch park there was a fantastic football match played by Local supporters of both Manchester United and Liverpool to raise money for a great charity – the Crumlin Hospital cardiac unit.Liverpool supporters reckon it will be 4-1 to them when the real sides meet next month in the EPL!The teams were led out by ref Paul Doherty and his brothers as officials and the little mascots Bailey Cody and Cory. When the match got underway it was a cracker, in the surprisingly hot temperatures there was great football been played by both teams, United went in at half time 2-1 with a double from Bonagee United’s Greg Magee followed by Anthony Doherty pulling 1 back before the break – three great goals you would see on a Saturday night on Match of the Day!The sun had gone down a bit when the 2nd half kicked off but the game was still played at a good pace, United took a 3-1 lead with a great leap from Lagan’s Declan Sweeney with a delightful cross from Stephen Mc Connell from the left.Man United had taken control of the game by this stage and Marcus Oliver got on the end of a deflected shot to control and tuck in a fourth to give them the bragging rights til next season.Referee Paul Doherty awarded Greg Magee Man of the match afterwards.There was a Quiz afterwards at Arena 7 that was also a success, with prize’s Kindly donated by business’s all over town to help the cause. Quiz master Brian Harkin did a great job ensuring the Quiz went well. Organisers Marcus Oliver and Derek Wilson did a great job in ensuring everything was well organised and it all went to plan, A Success fundraiser with 3700 euro raised so far and If anyone would Like to Donate contact Derek Wilson at 2 Hunters Wood, Glencar letterkenny Co. Donegal.Both Organisers Marcus and Derek would give special thanks to Bonagee for use of brilliant facilities and Arena 7 for hostin quiz and supplyin food, Also Jonathan Foley with McGinley’s Bar who hosted a Quiz on tuesday night for Crumlin hospital. Also thanks to all the Local Business’s who donated spot prizes.MANCHESTER UNITED DONEGAL FANS FCRESULT SHOCKER: MAN UTD 4 – 1 LIVERPOOL (THEIR DONEGAL FANS THAT IS!) was last modified: August 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RESULT SHOCKER: MAN UTD 4 – 1 LIVERPOOL (THEIR DONEGAL FANS THAT IS!)last_img read more

Mine survivor prepared to go home

first_img He is a fitness buff who ate well, lifted weights and rode bicycles. He doesn’t smoke. But McCloy himself remains mystified. “I have no explanation of how I escaped it and survived,” he said. “It’s just crazy how that ended up being like that.” Some people speculated McCloy was deeper inside the mine, farther from the poisoned air. But he says he was “pretty much in the same area all the time.” Nor does he believe a crushed lung helped limit the amount of carbon monoxide he inhaled. “In a way, if you’ve got a crushed lung, you’d be in pain,” he said. “You’d probably inhale more.” What he does know is that his wife and two children have motivated him through painful and challenging therapy, and he is going home months earlier than doctors first predicted. “What I believe is that the people who are there for you tend to create a world where you can get better,” McCloy said. “It’s love, really.” McCloy is about 5-foot-10 and thin, down from 160 pounds to just 135. His throat still bears a deep purple mark from a long-since-removed feeding tube, but his voice is clear and soft. He smiles often and seems frustrated only by his limitations, mainly a right arm that remains weak. “My hands, my grip, is not as good as I want it to be, but I’m going to try to exercise and stuff like that,” he said. Anna is providing an incentive. She ordered a present for his 27th birthday on April 14: a red 2006 Mustang to replace the family’s Taurus. “I wanted to give him something to work for, to make him really want to push himself,” she said. In the pool at HealthSouth Mountainview Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, he does. He tosses a beach ball with a therapist to work on agility and reflexes. He springs from a therapist’s cradling arms into an upright posture in one swift motion. He grips the stainless steel parallel bars underwater and pulls his legs to his waist. When he gets home, he will continue to use weights to help speed his therapy. He also will return to the hospital three days a week, four hours a day, for a few more months. Someday, he will start to think about work again. He’s considering attending a vocational school, maybe to study electronics. He will not be going back underground. “No, I done learned my lesson,” he said. “The hard way.” In a few months, the McCloys will take their first family vacation, a trip to Disney World. For now, though, they’re looking forward to peace. “It’ll be a vacation just getting home,” said Anna, who will fire up the oven for the first time in three months to make a big pan of lasagna. Soon, her husband will start working through the thousands of cards and letters he has received – enough to fill a spare bedroom at a relative’s house. Until the last few days, his wife shielded him from news coverage of the accident. He does not quite know what to make of his newfound fame. “A lot of people are writing, asking me to go hunting and stuff,” he said with a laugh. “It’s kind of amazing, that they want to see me that bad.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The sole survivor of the Sago Mine disaster would prefer to forget the few fragmented images he can recall from the 41 hours he lay trapped deep underground in a mine filled with toxic fumes. And when Randal McCloy Jr. thinks of the 12 friends and co-workers who slowly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning after the Jan. 2 explosion at the mine, he pictures them elsewhere. “I try to leave out all the gory details and stuff like that because I don’t like to look at them in that light and that way,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday, a day before he was scheduled to be released from a rehabilitation hospital. “I just like to picture them saved and in heaven, stuff like that,” he said in one of his first interviews. “That’s really the best way you can remember somebody.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Doctors say McCloy, 26, was perhaps minutes from death when he was pulled from the mine Jan. 4 with kidney, lung, liver and heart damage. He was in a coma for weeks, suffering from severe brain injuries. On the eve of his departure, he sat on a hospital bed with his wife, Anna, choosing his words carefully. Two of his co-workers’ daughters have come to visit, and McCloy said he hopes to meet with all 12 families in the coming weeks and months. “It’s a delicate situation, and it should be handled delicately. It’s not something you definitely want to dive right in,” he said. “I am going to choose to be careful about what I say and how I word things for the families’ sake. I just feel I should show them great respect.” Doctors have repeatedly called McCloy a miracle, unable to explain why only the youngest of the 13 miners survived. last_img read more


first_imgAugust was a magical month for Donegal sport with a range of magnificent achievements that will be expected to feature in the deliberations of the Donegal Sports Star Committee at the end of the year. Undoubtedly the biggest success of the month was produced by Letterkenny’s Mark English who became only the seventh Irish person ever to win a medal at the European Track & Field Championships. English produced a brilliant performance to win bronze in Zurich and it was very nearly a silver for the UCD medical student.Another brilliant performer was Finn Valley BC’s Michael Gallagher who won a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in China. The 18-year-old who defeated a Korean opponent in the Heavyweight bout has built up an impressive record of success and appears set for a big senior career in the ring. What a year it’s been for Ramelton man Kieran Murray who won three gold medals and a bronze at the European Transplant Games Finals in Poland. Kieran, a member of Milford A.C., only took up athletics at the beginning of 2014, won the 5k with a PB of 20.27. And he also took gold in the 1,500m and Golf Singles in Krakow. His bronze came in the 800m.The 31st of August was an historic occasion for Donegal GAA as the county’s minor and senior teams played in All-Ireland semi-finals on the same day for the first time. And the two teams made amazing extra history by booking their places in the Minor and Senior All-Ireland Finals with stunning victories over the two Dublin teams.Declan Bonner’s boys overcame the Dubs by just a point in the end 1-12 to 1-11 with Buncrana’s John Campbell getting the goal in the first half. A remarkable recovery before half-time saw Donegal take a one point lead with the help of a Ryan McHugh goal.Declan BonnerAnother McHugh goal shortly after restart stunned the Dubs and when Colm Anthony McFadden found the net in the 46th minute there was really only going to be one winner as a seven point gap had been opened up. Ryan McHugh got the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his 2-2 contribution to the win and he followed that up by being named the ‘Player of the Week’. It was the second time that the Kilcar player won the award this summer after also topping the poll following the Ulster Final victory over Monaghan. In the middle of the month there was huge disappointment for previous Donegal Sports Star Award winners Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon as the Irish Women’s Senior Rugby team were beaten 40-7 by England in the World Cup semi-final in Paris. The Irish ended up fourth after losing to hosts France in the 3rd/4th place play-off. Both Stapleton and Muldoon had featured in a memorable group run that included wins over the USA, one of the tournament favourites New Zealand and Kazakhstan.Chloe and Sam Magee just missed out on gold at the Brazilian Grand Prix in the Mixed Doubles. The Raphoe siblings had led 2-0 and were at match point in the third set when the final turned in favour of the number one seeds from Germany. The Germans eventually winning 3-2. Sam and his brother Joshua had won bronze in the Men’s Doubles at the Brazilian tournament.Chloe lost in the first round of the World Championships in Copenhagen to a Hong Kong opponent 15-21, 15-21. In the mixed doubles Chloe and her brother Sam lost to Chinese Taipie opposition 22-23, 17-21.Carndonagh man Garret Doherty won three gold medals at the retro running World Championships in Italy. Retro, running backwards, saw Garret come first in the 200m, 400m and1500m.Talented Letterkenny girl Christine Russell was 11th at a European Junior Triathlon in Nottingham. Her time of 1:03:14 was almost seven minutes faster than her previous in Omagh where the 16-year-old was third female home. Philip DeignanOther international sporting highlights included Philip Deignan, a previous Donegal Sports Star Cycling Award winner who finished seventh overall in the Tour of Poland and Jason Quigley who won his second professional boxing fight in California with the bout being stopped at the end of the third round when his Mexican opponent’s corner team ‘threw in the towel’.At the end of the month Declan and Brian Boyle’s win at the Galway Summer Rally kept the Donegal crew in the frame to retain the Dunlop National Championship. Lagan Harps booked their place in the Women’s FAI National Cup Final with a 6-2 win over Ballyfermot FC in Manor thanks to Amber Barrett and Lauren Harper who both scored twice while there were one each for Nikita Burke and Sadbhla Medlar.At the beginning of August Greg Roberts from the City of Derry Club won the Danny McDaid 15k in a time of 48 minutes and 31 seconds while on the international stage Milford’s Brendan Boyce finished 16th in the 50k Race Walk at the European Track & Field Championship in Zurich recording a new personal best time.Inishowen AC’s Benny Mullan was first home in the Donegal Marathon the first to be held in the county in 31 years. The Moville man’s winning time was 2:56:49 while second and third were two Letterkenny runners Philip Rainey (3:01:39) and Kevin Wallace (3:02:24). First woman home was Joleen Mellon of North East AC clocking 3:31:22 for the 26.2 miles. And the first two across the finish line in the Half Marathon were Letterkenny men with Michael Black the winner clocking 1:17:08.6 while the runner-up was Gary Crossan (1:18:48.9) and third was Noel Diver of Rosses AC (1:20:35.8). Maria McCambridge was the winner of the Women’s Half Marathon in a time of 1:24:12. The runner-up was Roisin Ni Dhuibhir who was 37th overall clocking 1:33:00.4 and third was Letterkenny AC’s Noreen McGettigan who had a finishing time of 1:37:41.5 for the 13 miles which saw her come in 57th.There was gold for Finn Valley AC members James Kelly and Aaron McGlynn in the Shot Putt and 800m respectively at the British Track & Field Championships in Bedford. In badminton after winning her first round game Raphoe’s Rachael Darragh was beaten in the last 16 of the Slovakian Open by the Number 3 seed from Poland. Darragh is a niece of Chloe Magee. In the last 16 of the Women’s Doubles’ Darragh and her partner Sara Boyle were defeated by a pair from Belgium.Errigal Cycling Club’s P.J. Doogan was busy boy in August first spending a week with the Irish FBD Talent Team in competition in Holland and Belgium. He followed that up by winning a bronze medal at the Community Games Finals in Tullamore. ECC’s Ben Carr and Odhran Doogan both won silver at the Games.Errigal CCs Amanda Gallagher, Ciara Doogan and Conor Halvey were members of the Ulster team that won the Inter Provincial Track Championships in Dublin. And there was also plenty of success for ECC at the All-Ireland Youth Championships in Ballymoney with Odhran Doogan taking gold in the U-11 Boys.Errigal also took the overall U-12 team award while Cora Harkin was bronze medalist in the U-12 criterium. Errigal also took the overall team award at Boys U-14 which included Joe P.J. Doogan, Conor Halvey, Ronan McCann, Michael McGlynn, Ben Carr and Adam Harkin. There was a gold and a silver medal for Shauna McFadden in the U-15 Girls while Ciara Doogan took three golds in the U-16 Girls. And there was a first ever medal at the championship for Donegal Bay CC with bronze going to Oisin Doherty in the U-13 road race.On the August Bank Holiday Monday the Donegal Senior Ladies GAA side made their exit from the All-Ireland Football Championship at the second round qualifier stage losing 1-22 to 2-14 against Kerry after extra-time in Tullamore despite a stirring performance. But there was a good day for the Donegal U-17 Boys who won the Jim McGuigan Cup with a big win over Tyrone in the final at the Watty Grahams Ground in Glen, Co. Derry.Across the water there was club championship success in London for a number of Donegal players with ex-Letterkenny Gaels player Aaron Bradley being the only footballer from the county on the Tirconaill Gaels side that won the senior title.At Intermediate level former St. Eunan’s trio Ciaran Greene, Niall McClafferty and Dualtach Molloy were members of the North London Shamrocks side that won the London Intermediate Final. It was the club’s first title since being formed ten years ago. Meanwhile there were London Junior Championship medals for Milford man Paul Shiels and ex-Downings players Shea Coyle, Aaron McClafferty, Danny McBride, Gary ‘Ban’ McClafferty and James McBride who helped Moindearg to a one point win over Thomas McCurtains in the decider at Ruislip.Joseph Duffy marked his return to the Mixed Martial Arts with a third round win at the Cage Warriors Championship in Dublin. The 26-year-old Welsh man whose parents are both Donegal natives had been in professional boxing for the previous two years. On the same night at the Helix, Letterkenny’s Tommy McCafferty, a former Donegal Sports Star Award winner won his bout by way a TKO over Daniel Reilly.On the motorbike16-year-old Kilmacrennan boy Caolan Irwin was a winner and runner-up in two Newcomers Moto 3 Championship races at Kirkistown. He was also third in the National Moto 3 Championships. From there Caolan over the next two days took part for the first time in the British Superteen Championships in Wales where he was 11th in his first race and fifth in another race.In soccer on the first day in August Dale Gorman helped the Northern Ireland U-20 side to win the Milk Cup in Colraine after a 1-0 victory over Canada in their final game. Three days later the Letterkenny lad scored his first goal for the Stevenage senior team in a pre-season 1-1 away friendly against St. Albans.Dale GormanOn the last Friday in August Finn Harps slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Shamrock B in Ballybofey ending an 11 match on unbeaten run for Ollie Horgan’s side and effectively ending any lingering hopes of getting into the promotion play-off spot. The week before Horgan’s side had booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FAI Senior Cup with a fine 2-1 away win over Wexford Youths thanks to goals from Tommy McMonagle and sub Mickey Funston. Harps have been drawn away to top non-league side Avondale Utd of Cork in the last eight of the competition.It was a good month for Cockhill Celtic who clinched back-to-back Ulster Senior League titles after twice coming from behind to defeat Letterkenny Rovers at Leckview Park. Donal O’Brien’s side completed the double ‘double’ by defeating Swilly Rovers 1-0 in the Donegal News Cup Final thanks to a Garbhan Friel goal at Leckview Park. Cockhill had previously done the same double last season.There was success for Donegal underage soccer teams at the Galway Cup. The Donegal U-15s won the main section with a 1-0 over Cavan/Monaghan while in the same age group Finn Harps took the honours in the Plate competition and the County U-13s finished up third in the Elite phase after a 1-0 win over Kerry in Salthill.Ramelton native Conrad Logan made his debut for League 1 side Rochdale, a 5-2 away win over Crew Alexander, after a loan move from Premiership outfit Leicester City. Staying with the Premiership Seamus Coleman got Everton’s first goal in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Goodison Park.Illies Celtic won the Inishowen Ladies League Cup Final for the first time defeating defending champions Greencastle FC 2-0 in the final at Maginn Park. But Greencastle did have something to cheer about as their U-14s won the Inishowen Cup.Cappry Rovers Sean McBride was a member of the Republic of Ireland U16 Select that played in the Mayo International Cup, which included games against Chesterfield, Glentoran, Northern Ireland and Milwall. Another Ramelton man Kyle Callan McFadden, a previous Donegal Sports Star Soccer Award winner made his competitive debut for Norwich City in a 3-1 Capital 1 Cup victory over Crawley Town at Carrow RoadIn Triathlon Letterkenny 24/7s Aidan Callaghan, the 2012 Donegal Sports Star Award category winner, continued his fine form by winning the Lough Sprint in Omagh, which also secured the Ulster Championship for the Hawthorn Heights man. Gartan native Siobhan Gallagher was the second woman finisher in Omagh. Callaghan was also third in the Dublin City Olympic Triathlon.For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to our website or visit us on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards.     SPORTS STAR AWARDS: WHAT A MONTH AUGUST WAS FOR DONEGAL SPORT! was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSlast_img read more