Donegal Sports Star Awards Nominations
Nominations for the Donegal Sports Star Awards will open on next Monday the 22nd of October. Once again a big thanks to our sponsors Donegal County Council for their continued support. Please note that the Hall of Fame inductee will be selected by the Donegal Sports Star Awards committee so nominations will not be taken for this category.

Nominations can be made from the nominations page and emailed to info@donegalsportsstarawards.ie or by completing a simple nomination form which can be downloaded and posted to
Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton

Closing date for nominations is Friday the 23rd of November

The Sports Star Week Review (Saturday 6th October to Friday 12th October)

Saturday 6th October – 15-year-old Eoin Grady from Woodlands, Letterkenny won the 2018 Ulster Karting Championship. Eoin was racing in the Rotax junior-Max class and at Nutts Corner Circuit in Antrim he took the title in the final round of the Ulster Kart Club (UKC) Championship.

Saturday 6th October – Naomh Conaill went through to the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal Senior Football Championship Final following a 1-11 to 0-12 victory over Glenswilly at MacCumhaill Park with Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy’s 12th minute goal proving to be the key score of the game.

Saturday 6th October – Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon narrowly defeated Naomh Columba 4-05 to 1-12 in Donegal Town to secure a place in the Donegal Intermediate Football Championship Final.

Saturday 6th October – Milford retained their Senior Football Championship status for 2019 after getting the better of Burt by 2-09 to 0-07 in a relegation play-off at the O’Donnell Park.

Saturday 6th October – St. Eunan’s won the Donegal Senior Football Championship C title after a 2-12 to 1-8 win over Glenfin in Ballybofey.

Saturday 6th October – Downings kept their Intermediate Championship Football status after a 1-12 to 1-11 win over Buncrana at the O’Donnell Park

Saturday 6th October – Gerard McLaughlin’s 82nd minute goal gave the Ulster Senior League a must need win over Connacht at Maginn Park in the FAI Intermediate Inter-League Tournament.

Sunday 7th October – Tony McNamee’s penalty on 82 minutes earned the Ulster Senior League a share of the spoils in their final game of the 2018 FAI Intermediate Inter-League Tournament. The 2-2 draw saw the USL just miss out on second place by virtue of Leinster’s superior goal difference over the three games of the weekend. McNamee got both goals for Anthony Gorman’s side having got an early opener before Leinster bounced back to go 2-1in front.

Sunday 7th October – Milford Utd won the Brian McCormick Letterkenny Area Final after a sudden death 6-5 penalty shoot-out against Bonagee Utd at the Dry Arch

Sunday 7th October Gweedore secured their place in the final of the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal Senior Football Championship with a very comfortable 3-14 to 1-07 win over MacCumhaills at the O’Donnell Park.

Sunday 7th October – Glenfin reached the Donegal Intermediate Football Championship Final after a 0-07 to 0-06 win over St. Naul’s in Ardara.

Sunday 7th October – Letterkenny AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn set a new Donegal record and a personal best as she finished ninth in the female category at the Cardiff Half-Marathon in a time of 1 hour 13 minutes and 41 seconds.

Sunday 7th October – The new cross country season got underway in Carndonagh with Letterkenny AC’s Karol Duggan recent, excellent road running continuing with victory on grass in a time of 14.32, which gave him 18 seconds to spare over Finn Valley AC’s Barry Harron. LAC team won gold by 26 points from Milford AC in the M35-49 category.

Sunday 7th October – Ballyshannon Marlin’s Swimming Club member Mona McSharry qualified for the final of the 50m breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. McSharry was third in her semi-final in a time of 32.01 seconds.

Sunday 7th October – Finn Harps’ U17s booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the National League competition with a superb 4-2 win over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Ronan Gallagher scored twice while Conor Black, and captain Darragh Ellison also found the back the net. The results means that Declan Boyle’s boys remain on course for the double after capturing the Mark Farren Cup last month.

Sunday 7th October – There was another big success for Glenswilly’s Mary Devine at the Cavan Equestrian Centre in Cavan where she rode her horse Wolansky to a class win at the Dressage Ireland National Championships in the Medium Category 2.

Monday 8th October – Ramelton’s Barry McNamee was a member of the Cork City who booked their place in the FAI Senior Cup Final after a 2-1 replay win over Bohemians at Turners Cross.

Monday 8th October – Ballyshannon Marlin’s Swimming Club member Mona McSharry finished just outside the medal in fourth place in the 50m breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries in a season’s best time of 31.96 seconds.

Tuesday 9th October – Ballyshannon Marlin’s Swimming Club member Mona McSharry qualified for the 100m breaststroke final at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. McSharry was the 7th fastest qualifier and was third in her semi-final in a time of 1:09.74.

Tuesday 9th October – Amber Barrett played the final half-hour as the Republic of Ireland senior women’s side went down 4-0 away in Poland in an international friendly.

Tuesday 9th October – Letterkenny’s Shane Blaney made his debut for Doncaster Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy First Round win over Grimsby Town.

Wednesday 10th October – St Johnston lad’s Brett McGinty’s hopes of success at the Elite Liventsev Memorial Tournament in Minsk, Belarus ended in early disappointment at the quarter final stage losing out in his 75kg bout against Giorgi Kharabadze with the judges scoring it 4-1 win in favour of the Georgian.

Wednesday 10th October – Mona McSharry missed out on a bronze medal in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires after having led for most of the race.

Thursday 11th October – Trentagh jockey Martin Harley had another win this time on 15/8 shot Caspar The Cub in the Maiden Stakes at Kempton Park. Harley came very close to a second success at Kempton on 66/1 shot Pipes Of Peace, only losing out by a short head.

Thursday 11th October – Mona McSharry then set a new Irish record in the 50m freestyle semi-final at the Youth Olympic Games. She secured her place in the final by setting a Irish best time of 25.42 seconds.

Thursday 11th October – Letterkenny’s Dale Gorman started for a Northern Ireland side who had a 1-0 away win in Iceland in European U21 Qualifiers.

Friday 12th October – A Nathan Boyle goal secured Finn Harps a crucial 1-1 away draw in the first leg of the promotion play-off against Drogheda Utd.

Friday 12th October – Raphoe B.C’s Leah Gallen guaranteed herself a bronze medal on her debut for Ireland winning her quarter final at the European Junior Boxing Championships in Russia in the 66kg category quarter-final with a 5-0 win over her German opponent Finja Bree.

Friday 12th October – Ballyshannon’s Marlins Swimming Club member Mona McSharry finished fifth at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in the final of the 50m freestyle in a time of 25.54.

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