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Books of Condolence for Carrickmines victims 13.10.15
A Book of Condolence will open at Carndonagh Public Services Centre today for the victims of the Carrickmines fire.
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Ciaran Brogan signed a book at the Donegal Travellers Project in Letterkenny while others will open today at each of the council offices throughout the county.
“This devastating news has had a major impact on everyone throughout the country and we are all shocked and saddened by this most dreadful tragedy," said Cllr Brogan. People can pay their respects for the rest of this week. Council offices are open 9am to 5pm and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday. They are closed lunchtime from 12.30pm to 1pm.

Wild Atlantic marketing seminar underway 09.10.15
THE second annual ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ marketing conference is underway in Letterkenny today hosted by Donegal County Council in association with Donegal Tourism. This year’s Conference is themed ‘Your Business, Developing Networks and Reaching Customers’. Speakers lined up for the event include Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point, online strategist Darragh Doyle and Kathrin Chambers, digital manager at Fáilte Ireland.
Donegal Tourism chairman Seamus Neely said: ‘This conference will provide a valuable resource to all members of the tourism trade in Donegal. As the Wild Atlantic Way and social media are ever evolving it’s important for tourism businesses to keep on top of these trends and maximise opportunities for attracting new visitors to the county."

Book of condolence for Brian Friel 05.10.15
A book of condolence has opened at the Guildhall in Derry in memory of the late playwright Brian Friel.
Members of the public are invited to record personal tributes in the book which will be available in the city for a number of weeks.
Mr Friel, who lived in the fishing village of Greencastle for over 40 years, was laid to rest without fanfare yesterday in the cemetery of his mother's native Glenties, Co Donegal.
The burial followed a private ceremony at his late Inishowen home.
Mr Friel died on Friday at the age of 86. Born in Killyclogher, Omagh, the former school teacher was educated at St Columb's College in Derry. He retained close links with the city and was co-founder of local theatre company Field Day with actor Stephen Rea. Field Day staged many of the writer's plays in the city over the years.

Sad passing of "theatre giant" Brian Friel 02.10.15
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led tributes today following the death of playwright Brian Friel. Mr Friel passed away this morning at the age of 86. Mr Kenny described the Greencastle based writer as " one of the giants of theatre". Brian Friel was born in 1929 in Omagh, his family then moved to Derry when he was ten and then having worked as a teacher, he moved to Donegal in 1967. Funeral details are currently being arranged.

Probe continues into alleged human trafficking 30.09.15
GARDAÍ are continuing their investigations into alleged human trafficking in Co Donegal.
A man in his 40s has been arrested in Letterkenny as part of the probe.
The non-national was detained yesterday when officers searched a number of locations in Letterkenny. He is currently being held at Letterkenny Garda Station.
The investigation began on Sunday, August 30 with an operation during which five men were safely removed from a business premises on Pearse Road, Letterkenny.
A sixth man was located elsewhere in the town the same day. All six, who range in age from 21 to 45 years, were relocated to safe and secure accommodation. "The investigation which is being led by gardaí at Letterkenny, assisted by the Garda Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit, Romanian authorities, the Department of Justice and other Government agencies, is continuing," said a Garda spokesperson.

Jobseekers Open Days in Buncrana 29.09.15
THERE will be two events in Buncrana this week for jobseekers and employers in Inishowen as part of a nationwide Jobs Week.
People can go along to the Department of Social Protection, Intreo Office, McCarter Road, Buncrana, for a 'Jobseekers Information Open Day' from 10am - 3pm on Wednesday, September 30. There will also be a 'Jobs and Education Event' for both jobseekers and employers at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Thursday, October 1 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The contact for both events is .

Letterkenny cleans up at Tidy Towns 28.09.15
LETTERKENNY is celebrating today after being named Ireland's Tidiest Town.
The town was named the cleanest of 862 Irish towns and villages which submitted entries to the SuperValu National Tidy Towns competition.
As well as the overall national award, Letterkenny also scooped the Tidiest Urban Centre.
Clonegal in Co Carlow was named Ireland's Tidest Village while Listowel, Co Kerry was voted Ireland's Tidiest Small Town.
Westport, Co Mayo, was named Ireland's Tidiest Large Town.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly said Letterkenny had entered the competition every year since 1959 and was a "worthy winner".

"Slim pickings" for rural Donegal - TD 24.09.15
INDEPENDENT Donegal TD Thomas Pringle has claimed the county will get “slim pickings” from the new €30m towns and villages rural regeneration scheme announced by the Government this week.
"What the Government isn’t saying is that the €30m will be spread out across 25 different local authorities over a five-year period meaning Donegal will only receive a meagre €240,000 a year from the fund. As far as I’m concerned, this is not investment in rural Ireland," he said.
"I think these figures speak for themselves. It is clear that rural Ireland is not a high priority for the Government and continues to be low on its agenda despite Budget 2016 approaching and elections looming," the deputy added.

Diversions lifted after Burnfoot crash 23.08.15
GARDAÍ in Buncrana are investigating a fatal road crash at Tooban, Burnfoot, in the early hours of this morning.
A 19-year old passenger was killed and a female passenger, also 19, was seriously injured in the single-vehicle collision. She was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment.
The male driver (19) was also taken to hospital.
The scene was preserved and forensic crash investigators carried out an investigation into the accident, which happened about 4.30am.
Road diversions have now been lifted. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling on the main Buncrana to Derry Road or in the vicinity of Tooban around the time of the crash to contact them at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540. They can also contact the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

Oar-some! Donegal to host All-Ireland rowing 21.08.15
DONEGAL is to host the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships next year, it's been revealed.
The event is one of the biggest in the country with an estimated 2,700 competitors and similar number of spectators taking to the water over three days. It will be held at Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, in August 2016.
Four Donegal teams attended this year's event in Waterville, Kerry, including Donegal Bay Rowing Club, Loughros Point Rowing Club, The Village Rowing Club and Inver Rowing Club with participants from Killybegs Rowing Club making up the teams. Joy Harron of Donegal Tourism Ltd said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way to those who attend and to give everyone a taste of the fantastic maritime activities, wonderful restaurants and pubs, quality accommodation, scenic beauty and much more here in Donegal."

What happened to Buncrana Fishing Port? 21.08.15
BUNCRANA Library will host a "fascinating" talk that explores why the seaside town lost its status as the biggest fishing port in North West Europe.
The event will be delivered by Maurice Clarke from the Marine Institute, Galway, as part of Heritage Week.
The talk will be of interest to history enthusiasts or anyone curious about what is happening in the seas off Donegal.
Mr Clarke will show a number of slides that reveal how active Buncrana was as a fishing port along with statistics taken from the era. He will also touch on how everyday activity is affecting stocks and fish patterns off our coastline.
The talk entitled 'Buncrana, the biggest fishing port in North West Europe - what happened?' will take place at Buncrana Library on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

Donegal fishing industry mourns Martin Howley 19.08.15
THE Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has paid tribute following the death of its former chairman, Martin Howley.
Mr Howley was a KFO board member since it was formed in 1979 and served as chairperson at various times over 18 years.
His colleagues described him as "a hugely prominent and progressive part of the fishing community" since moving to Killybegs in the 1970s.
The well-known fisherman, who was born in Co Sligo, was also a founder member of Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland.
KFO ceo Seán O’Donoghue said that as a leader and a loyal advocate of the industry, Martin was "irreplaceable".
“Whether negotiating on behalf of the industry in the most challenging of times or working at the coalface, Martin was extremely popular and earned the trust of fishermen, their families, colleagues as well as the political establishment."
Meanwhile, Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland ceo Jason Whooley said Mr Howley was a "natural leader" who possessed a warmth and sincerity that drew people to him.
"The team at Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland wishes to extend its sincere sympathies to our valued colleague, Mary, who is Martin’s sister, his wife Teresa, sons Noel, Pauric and Shaun, daughter Marguerite and his extended family."
Mr Howley's funeral will take place this Friday, August 21, 2015 with midday requiem mass in the Church of St Joseph and St Conal, Bruckless.

Donegal is second for Farm Assist 05.08.15
DONEGAL has the second highest number of Farm Assist recipients in the country, a TD has revealed.
Deputy Thomas Pringle said 1,458 Farm Assist recipients live in Donegal making it second only to Mayo, with 1,614.
The figures were released to the Independent deputy as he sought commitments from Social Protection Minister Joan Burton that she would restore Farm Assist payments to pre-Budget 2012 levels.
"Ultimately this is about income security for people who engage in part time farming and other seasonal work throughout the year," he said.

Scrap water charges and Irish Water now - Donegal TD 28.07.15
EUROSTAT'S rejection today of plans to keep Irish Water off balance sheet is a major blow to the Government, according to Donegal TD., Pearse Doherty.
The Sinn Féin deputy called for the scrapping of the utility company and water charges.
“Sinn Féin’s view has always been that the Government’s entire rationale for the Irish Water was flawed. It was simply a vehicle to charge people for their water.
“The current non-payment level means that the cost of the Water Conservation Grant and its administration costs will exceed the money returned in domestic water charges," he said.
"As a result of this Eurostat ruling, all borrowing by Irish Water is now deemed as Government borrowing yet Irish Water has borrowings of €850 million which can rise to €2 billion, mostly from commercial sources at rates higher than what the government is paying for its borrowings. This is simply money down the drain."

Watch MacGill Summer School on webcast 20.07.15
THE 35th annual MacGill Summer School is currently underway and Donegal County Council is webcasting proceedings live from the week long event.
This is the sixth year that the local authority has webcast this event live from Glenties and it’s proving to be very popular especially with the Donegal and Irish diaspora abroad.
The council's head of information systems Brian Boyle said: "By webcasting the event live we are providing a worldwide audience for the MacGill Summer School which sees contributions from a variety of well known and renowned speakers in Ireland today." Proceedings kicked off yesterday and will end with an address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Friday, July 24. To access the live webcast visit .

Ballyliffin Golf Club to test top sports writers 17.07.15
AMERICAN sports journalists will sample the stunning but challenging Glashedy Golf Links in Ballyliffin next week on a trip around the top courses of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Fáilte Ireland said eleven influential golf writers, broadcasters and online media from the US, with a combined audience-reach of almost 90 million, will arrive on Monday for a week-long visit.
Fáilte Ireland spokesperson Ciara Sugrue revealed that some 200,000 international visitors played golf while in Ireland last year. "In 2014 we welcomed over one million US visitors which generated revenue of over €866 million and most encouraging for this year, latest figures indicate that we are already experiencing double-digit growth on last year," she said.

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