A tide of goodwill has emerged from across Donegal and further afield for tragic pensioner Greta Lilly who was released from hospital today.The plight of the 96 year old has captured the public’s imagination after she was attacked in her Buncrana home last weekend.Ms Lilly left Letterkenny General Hospital today and was taken to Beach Hill Manor Nursing Home at Lisfannon. The centre has offered the pensioner a free week’s respite before she returns to her home at Aghilly.Another company, Compass Windows in Dungiven, Co Derry has also offered to replace Ms Lilly’s old windows at her home.The thieves who raided Ms Lilly’s home are understood to have stolen a substantial amount of cash which she had saved for new windows.The company heard of her plight and made the generous offer yesterday. Another local security company, Orbit Security, are also fitting a new alarm system at the victim’s home as a gesture of goodwill.It comes after local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin set up the Margaret Lilly Fund at Buncrana Credit Union for the pensioner.The owner of a local motor parts company, George McLaughlin, has also put up a reward of €5,000 for information leading to the prosecution of Ms Lilly’s attackers.Local TD Padraig MacLochlainn has said it has been remarkable to watch the community rally to the pensioner’s aid.“I suppose we have seen the worst of human spirit which is now being replaced by the best of that human spirit. “The community spirit has been terrific and I’m sure Ms Lilly will be proud of how decent people have responded to her plight,” he said.Ms Lilly’s next door neighbour, Robbie Callaghan, who was the first on the scene when she was attacked, said he is delighted she has made a full recovery.“She’s a great woman and we’re delighted she’s getting out of hospital.“A week in the home will do her the world of good and we will really welcome her home when she comes home,” he said. Meanwhile a 48 year old man who was arrested in Burt last night is still being questioned by Gardai in Buncrana in connection with the robbery.GRETA RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL WITH OFFERS OF NEW WINDOWS, NEW ALARM AND CARE was last modified: January 9th, 2013 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)
DIAMOND BAR — There are always bumps in the road on the way back to respectability. Etiwanda High School endured its share of them on Friday night. But the Eagles overcame 138 yards in penalties to upset Diamond Bar High 33-15 in a nonleague contest at Diamond Bar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It didn’t look like it on Friday. The Eagles utilized superior team speed to record six plays from scrimmage of 30 yards or longer, not to mention Brandon Fields’ 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Fields didn’t get many touches for the Eagles (2-3), but he made them count. In addition to the kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, his only two first- half runs went for 49 and 59 yards. He also caught one pass for 56 yards. Allyn Fontenot also had a big night for Etiwanda, rushing for 130 yards on 19 carries, including a 69- yard touchdown run. Etiwanda jumped on the board quickly. After the Eagles muffed a punt that allowed Diamond Bar’s opening drive to continue, the Eagles’ Kameron Hamilton intercepted a Jeff Jansen pass at the Etiwanda 15. Six plays later, Fields’ 49-yard scoring run made it 6-0. Both first-year coaches, Etiwanda’s Stephen Bryce and Diamond Bar’s Nick Cuccia, are looking to return their programs to playoff contenders. But coming off an 0-10 season, Etiwanda had much further to go. “This is a big win,’ said Bryce, who was grinning ear to ear. “If I’m not mistaken, they were ranked No. 8 in the Inland Valley.’ Fontenot’s 69-yard run on the opening play of the second quarter doubled Etiwanda’s lead before an 11-yard touchdown pass from David Vazquez to Marvin Jones made it 19-0 less than five minutes later. Just when Diamond Bar finally got something going and scored its first touchdown on a 15-yard Jansen-to-Marcus Marbrey touchdown pass, Fields’ kickoff return proved to be a back-breaker for a 26-7 Etiwanda halftime lead. Jansen threw for 203 yards to lead Diamond Bar, completing 18 of 37 passes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!