Donegal Sports Partnership

RunDonegal Women’s 5K

Posted on April 4th, 2018

Around 700 women are expected to take part in Sunday’s Run Donegal 5k which will be staged through the Twin Towns.

Proceeds from what will be the 13th staging of the high-profile event will go to the Donegal Hospice. This year’s race/walk will be held in memory of Lisa McGranaghan, the 43-year-old mother of two from Castlefinn who passed away at the Donegal Hospice in March, 2016.

Looking ahead to Sunday, race director, Grace Boyle, who established the event with Bridgeen Doherty, said there’s big interest in the event.

“The number of pre-race entries is way up on previous years. The way things are going, we reckon that around 500 will register before Sunday, with possibly a couple of hundred more signing up on the day,” she commented.

“Lisa McGranaghan was someone who was so well thought of by so many. The McGranaghan family also have a long association with Finn Valley AC, hence the large numbers already entered,” she added.

“We want as many women to come along and walk, run or jog the 5k distance. There are many strands to Run Donegal – it’s a women’s only event, the money raised is going to a local cause and it is being held in memory of someone very special.

“We are also hoping that it will entice women who haven’t been walking or running much to come along and get involved. Hopefully, Sunday will kick-start women to get more active and enjoy the experience of exercising outdoors. There’s a great social aspect to running and walking and that’s something we are also trying to promote,” Grace said.

“While we are competing with so many races, we are really happy with the response this year. Everything is in hand now. The only thing we can’t control is the weather – hopefully we will have a dry day,” the race director added.

Lisa McGranaghan’s husband Kevin, and their two children, Joshua (11) and Robyn (8), will walk Sunday’s Run Donegal 5k which gets underway at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar at 11 am.

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Safeguarding 1 Workshop

Posted on January 10th, 2018


Thursday 15th February at 7:00 pm in the Donegal Sports Partnership, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.  Please use the link below to register your place.

Safeguarding 1 Workshop Booking

Operation Transformation Nationals Walks Day 2018!

Posted on January 3rd, 2018

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Donegal Sports Partnership to host 4 Walks for Operation Transformation Nationals Walks Day 2018!

Operation Transformation’s 2018 National Walks Day will take place on the 13th January. To kick start the New Year, the organisers of the popular TV series will once again team up with Sport Ireland and the network of local Sports Partnerships to host over 70 walks across the country! With improved access and ongoing developments to local routes and trails, recreational walking continues to be one of the fastest growing, popular and easiest forms of physical activity.

In Donegal, the Local Sports Partnership, with the support of walking leaders in the community, will host 4 walks in the following area’s;

Killybegs, Stranorlar, Rosnakill (Fanad) & Letterkenny (see poster for details)

DSP are inviting every member of the community to come out and celebrate National Walks Day in their respective communities. People of all ages, abilities and fitness levels are welcome on the day; the walks will be led by fully qualified Irish Heart Foundation Walking Leaders and the total distance will be between 3 & 5 km!

Locally, Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure is gearing up to run their very own Operation Transformation – with 4 leaders identified (Chef Martin Anderson, Dunfanaghy woman Amanda Witherow, Glenswilly native Aisling McDaid and Letterkenny man Benny Sweeney), the programme will get underway on Monday 8th January and will follow the National OT programme. Follow their progress daily on or .

The Letterkenny Walk will coincide with week 1 of MMS Operation Transformation, so come along and support the 4 leaders along with their friends & family!

All walks will be FREE of charge – Registration will take place from 10.30am on the Saturday morning, with all walks commencing at 11am. Refreshments provided afterwards. Further information will be available from Donegal Sports Partnership on 074 9116078/16079 or at

Donegal Sportshall Athletics – Primary School Programme 2017/18

Posted on October 5th, 2017

Donegal Sports Partnership delivers this programme in partnership with the Donegal Athletics County Board, Athletics Ireland and local clubs. The programme has been an exciting addition to sport in primary schools in Donegal and has ensured that children have an opportunity to learn new PE skills in agility, balance and coordination as well as an opportunity to participate in high energy fun events.  Schools can enter either the Small Schools (<100 pupils) or the Medium to Large Schools (>100 pupils).

TO BOOK: Programme Information and Expression of Interest Form   TO PAY: Eventbrite or payment link

CLOSING DATE: for receipt of Expression of Interest Forms is Monday 16th October 2017


TEACHERS INFORMATION WORKSHOP (free) Wednesday 18th October, Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny (4-6pm)

Learn how to organise, plan & coordinate your schools Sportshall Athletics Programme in preparation for the Donegal Regional Events. Understand the running/relays and field events and the equipment required for each activity. Examine the rules of entry/team declarations and how the competition is run. PLEASE NOTE: this session is both practical and theory in nature and teachers are encouraged to take a full and active part.  TO BOOK:

Sportshall Athletics Programme 2017-18Sportshall Athletics Programme 2017-18


Safeguarding 1 (Thurs 09-Nov-17) Letterkenny – SOLD OUT!

Posted on October 4th, 2017

SOLD OUT! – Contact DSP for alternative workshops

Aimed at Volunteers, Coaches, Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) involved in any capacity with children in sport must first complete the 3-hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course. This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport. Certification is awarded by Sport Ireland on completion of this workshop. (*Participants must attend the full 3-hour session and be over 18 years of age). Further details on the Safeguarding 1-3 workshops contact Danny at or Tel: 074-9116078


Social Inclusion Week 2017

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

As part of Social Inclusion Week 2017 and in conjunction with Donegal County Council, Donegal Sports Partnership will host 2 Sports Inclusion Come & Try events. These events are open to children with a disability aged 7-12 years. All details are included on the flyer.

Social Inclusion Week 2017

Safeguarding Workshops for Sports Clubs & Volunteers in Donegal (Autumn 2017)

Posted on September 15th, 2017

Donegal Sports Partnership announce new Sport Ireland Safeguarding Workshops available to sports coaches, volunteers, clubs and organisations etc. in Donegal. These workshops aim to promote the Code of Ethics & Practice in Children’s Sport guidelines and will take place in its offices in Letterkenny at 7:00pm. Places are limited to a first-come-first-served basis. Costs €15:00pp (excluding Eventbrite fee)


All Volunteers, Coaches, Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) involved in any capacity with children in sport must first complete the 3-hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course. This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.  Link to Safeguarding 1 Bookings Page 


This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of their training. Link to Safeguarding 2 Bookings page


Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TULSA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochana / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person.  Link to Safeguarding 3 Bookings page 

Certification is awarded by Sport Ireland on completion of each of these workshops. (*Participants must attend the full 3-hour workshops and be over 18 years of age).

 For further details contact: Donegal Sports Partnership – Tel: 0749116078 or Email:


Sports Project Officers (Part-Time) with the DSP

Posted on September 14th, 2017



Donegal Local Sports Partnership CLG (DSP) are seeking to appoint Sports Project Officer(s) part-time and to form a panel of suitably qualified personnel to support the coordination of a number of 1-year and 2-year programmes on a part-time basis.  Among the programmes identified includes:

– Soccer for Peace supported by the International Fund for Ireland (Late October/November start date)

– North West Sports Development Programme (Derry & Strabane District Council / Donegal Sports Partnership and National Governing Bodies of Sport)

Other programmes may commence during the term of the Panel (31st December 2018), where appointments may be approved.

A full driving licence is required, as is the ability to work on your own initiative, working with sporting groups and organisations.

To download DSP SPO- Description & Application Form SEPT_17

OR email request to:

CLOSING DATE: 28th SEPTEMBER 2017 (by 12:00 noon) for completed applications

North West Club & Coach Boxing Seminar 2017

Posted on September 14th, 2017

North West Club & Coach Boxing Seminar 2017

Please click on the image to view a larger version or use the link below to register for a FREE place.

North West Club & Coaching Boxing Seminar 2017 Registration

Community Coaching Programme

Posted on September 11th, 2017

We are now taking expressions of interest for the proposed Community Coaching Programme in South West Donegal.  Please use the links below for further details and to download an expression of interest.

Community Coaching Programme – Poster
Community Coaching Programme – Expression of Interest


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