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Buncrana's Jane needs your vote 27.02.15
Buncrana woman is in the running for a prestigious award in the Big
Apple and needs your vote before lines close at 5pm today.
Thirty year old, Jane McCarter, daughter of John and Breda McCarter,
is Arts and Cultural Director at the New York Irish Center.
She has been nominated for the ‘40
Under 40’ People’s Choice Award, organised by the Irish Echo
newspaper. The award celebrates Irish and Irish Americans who have
distinguished themselves in their field before reaching the age of
Delighted dad John appealed for votes today as the clocked ticked
down in a bid to "push her over the winning line".
Votes can be cast
Georgia's funeral takes place tomorrow
THE funeral of 13-year old Georgia Louise Doherty who tragically
died in a weekend road accident will take place tomorrow.
The popular Redcastle teenager, who attended Moville Community
College, died in a collision on the Glenshane Road, about 10km from
Derry, on Sunday evening. Her older sister was injured in the
two-vehicle crash which happened as the sisters returned from
There has been an outpouring of sympathy to Georgia's heartbroken
family and friends. Staff at Moville Community College described the
young teen as "a bright, bubbly girl" who was "full of energy". They
said the messages of sympathy that have poured in since the tragedy
were a "source of strength" to everyone at the school. To read
funeral arrangements, click here .
Inishowen child dies in Derry crash
POLICE in Co Derry are appealing for witnesses to a crash in
which a child from Inishowen died.
The 13-year-old girl was killed in a two-car collision on the
Glenshane Road last evening about 5pm. It is understood the
teenager's older sister was seriously injured in the crash. The
sisters are understood to be from the Redcastle area.
Their names have not yet been released. The accident happened near
the Tamnaherin and Tirbracken road junction. The road has since
reopened to traffic.
€283m fund could help border groups - MEP
A NEW €283 million EU inter regional programme could be of
considerable benefit to border counties, Independent MEP Marian
Harkin has said.
Welcoming the new Interreg programme Ms Harkin urged SMEs,
organisations and cultural bodies to acquaint themselves with
Interreg to see how they can access funding by engaging in joint
projects with counterparts in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
“Funding will be available to public, private, non profit
organisations and research institutions to collaborate and exchange
knowledge," she said. Funding would also be available to improve
water quality and sewerage systems which for instance, might afford
opportunity to ensure realistic funding for remedial works on septic
“There will also be opportunity to encourage tourism, health and
transport projects with two separate programmes involving Ireland
and Wales, on the one hand , and Ireland North and South and
Scotland on the other."
Some young farmers will miss top-up pay
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has been asked to reassure
young farmers that they won't be excluded in the roll-out of new
Sinn Féin Midlands North West MEP, Matt Carthy, expressed concern
regarding the exclusion of some young farmers from a 25% top-up
under the new Single Farm Payment Young Farmer Scheme.
The rules require that a farmer be under 40 years old and recently
or within the past five years, has set up a holding and successfully
completed a FETAC Level 6 or equivalent in agricultural education.
The problem has arisen for farmers under 40 years who have had a
holding for more than five years. "While I appreciate the stated
purpose of the scheme is to encourage the setting up of new holdings
it is unfair that individuals who have made every effort to complete
requirements and are eager for opportunities to improve their farms
are being punished," said Mr Carthy.
Funeral of Martin McCrossan this week
THE funeral will take place on Tuesday of North West tourism
stalwart Martin McCrossan who died last week following a short
The Derryman had dedicated many years to promoting his native city
as well as Inishowen and other parts of Co Donegal and the wider
A book of condolence has opened at the Guildhall to allow the public
to offer their sympathies. Mayor of Derry, Cllr Brendan Stevenson
described the father-of-two and grandfather as a "superb ambassador"
for Derry and the entire North West.
"His sudden death is a total shock to all of us who knew and loved
him. A well known businessman and tour guide, he was a real
character who left a lasting positive impression on everyone who met
"Martin worked tirelessly to promote the local tourism industry and
to showcase all that is good about our city. An extremely proud
Derry man, he will be greatly missed and my sincere condolences go
out to his wife Sharon and his extended family at this extremely sad
time," added Cllr Stevenson.
Moville Port Scouts seek volunteers
THE 18th Donegal Port Sea Scouts based in Moville are seeking
volunteers to become Beaver leaders.
The Moville scouts are the first of only two sea scout groups in the
Northern Province and have only been operating for the past six
In that time, they have successfully worked to help young boys and
girls enjoy the scouting experience while having fun in the outdoors
and meeting new friends. The youngsters have also been learning new
skills, achieving goals and developing their potential. Volunteers
will be asked to give up just an hour and a half per week to work
with the Beaver Scouts. Anyone interested is invited to a meeting at
St Eugene’s Hall, Moville, on Monday, February 2 at 6.50pm.
For more information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or see Facebook
MovillePort Seascouts. You can also call Mairead White on 086
TD calls for review of WDC appointments
INISHOWEN T.D., Padraig MacLochlainn has called on Taoiseach
Enda Kenny to review his government’s appointments to the board of
the Western Development Commission.
Deputy MacLochlainn revealed that four of the nine board members are
former Fine Gael and Labour councillors as well as a candidate.
He said the appointments should be reviewed immediately "to restore
confidence" in State-sponsored boards and charities in receipt of
The Western Development Commission is tasked with promoting
strategic social and economic development in the counties of
Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare.
€35,000 grant for Donegal Youth Service
DONEGAL Youth Service is celebrating an award of €35,000 to
bring four international volunteers to the county to teach skills
including multi-media, drama and video edition.
The funding has been granted by Leargas through the Erasmus+
The volunteers will hail from Spain, Italy, Jordan and Russia. Two
will be based in Letterkenny Youth Information Centre; one with
Donegal Youth Council and one in the cross border Activ8 project.
Letterkenny Youth Information Centre co-ordinator Gareth Gibson
said: “We are excited at the prospect of offering young people the
opportunity to sign up and benefit from the expertise that these
volunteers will bring in terms of drama, DVD production and editing.
It really is a win-win for all concerned.”
An opportunity now also exists for young people aged between 18 and
30 to link with DYS and spend up to 12 months volunteering in Europe
at no cost to themselves. For more details call 07491 29640.
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