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An Obituary: Hughie 'Dick' Doherty 20.10.14
BUNCRANA was saddened at the recent death of local gentleman and soccer legend Hughie (Dick) Doherty. Hughie, who had a smile and a chat for everyone he met, passed away on September 29 at the age of 93.
Said to be oldest surviving former Glasgow Celtic player, he also played for Stanley Matthews' Blackpool in the old English First Division. But the Buncrana man's burgeoning football career was stymied by injury and the outbreak of the Second World War. His passion for football would continue at home with his long association with the Inishowen Football League. Hughie was predeceased by his lovely wife Eithne, daughter Ann Marie and son Anthony. He is survived by daughter Deirdre and sons Denis and Eamonn. His death was marked in the obituary pages of the 'Irish Times' newspaper at the weekend. To read the obituary in full, click here .

Jim McGuinness on Saturday Night Show 17.10.14
DONEGAL GAA legend Jim McGuinness is to appear on RTE's The Saturday Night Show tomorrow night for his first interview since announcing his decision to resign as manager of the senior squad.
McGuinness will be talking to host Brendan O'Connor about how he broke the news to his players and backroom team that he was leaving and will touch on his role as performance consultant at Celtic FC. He will also share views about how his team went from underdogs to championship favourites. The Glenties man will also touch on the team's shock defeat of Dublin and what then happened in the final against Kerry. An RTE spokesperson said the former manager will reflect on his achievements as manager as well as the highs and lows of his sporting journey with his county. He’ll also reveal "the real reason he was at the Ryder Cup with close friend Paul McGinley". Catch The Saturday Night Show on Saturday, October 18, at 9.55pm on RTÉ One.

100 Europe delegates to visit Donegal
17.10.14
UP to 100 delegates from all over Europe will visit Letterkenny over a three day period next week as part of the Assembly of the European Regions (AER) conference. The conference hosted by Donegal County Council will attract policy and decisions makers from countries including Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Turkey, Belgium and the UK.
It will focus on e-health, independence and inclusion in the 21st Century. The delegates will also take part in a number of study visits including to the Donegal Centre for Independent Living, Cara House and Letterkenny Youth and Family Service. The purpose of these visits is to showcase the work that is being done by these organisations "in creating age-friendly and inclusive environments for people in Donegal", the local authority said.

Woman (19) dies in Donegal crash 14.10.14
GARDAÍ in Donegal are investigating a single vehicle crash in the early hours of this morning in which a young woman died. The accident happened at Dreenan, Ballybofey at about 4.25am. A 19 year old female front seat passenger was fatally injured when the car she was travelling in hit a ditch. The 19 year old male driver suffered minor injuries in the incident. The road has been closed to facilitate a Garda forensic investigation and diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling in the area who may have information about the incident to contact them at Ballybofey Garda Station on 9137740, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

Traders invited to free showcase 13.10.14
BUSINESSES from across Donegal are being invited to promote their enterprises free of charge at a special showcase in Letterkenny next month.
After a morning opportunity for local businesses to network with each other between 10am and 12 noon - the event will then be open to the public to allow people to trade on the day. The event is being organised by Donegal's Local Enterprise Office. “Last year’s event was the first of its kind we had organised and was the beginning of a sequence of events to highlight how people are doing business in Donegal,” said head of the enterprise office, Michael Tunney.
The event will take place on Friday, November 28, 2014 in the Mount Errigal Hotel. You can register your interest by contacting Danny danny.mceleney@leo.donegalcoco.ie or by calling 074 9160735.

Beware when buying part-worn tyres 10.10.14
DERRY City Council has highlighted the potential dangers of purchasing part-worn tyres. The campaign is part of Tyre Safety Month designed to make motorists more aware of the hazards and potentially false economy involved. Figures show that one in ten motorists are choosing to purchase part-worn tyres, rather than new tyres.
Derry principal environmental health officer Paul McSwiggan said: “We are actively encouraging all sellers of part-worn tyres to ensure that all part-worn tyres they stock for supply meet the requirements of the regulations and ensure that all relevant staff are made aware of these requirements." Last year, 18 district councils in the North purchased 37 part-worn tyres for testing. They found that 34 out of the 37 failed to fully meet the requirements of the regulations. Derry City Council sampled three part worn tyres as part of the 2012 survey and each one was found not to comply with the legal requirements for part-worn tyres. The individual retailers were subsequently prosecuted and fined £100.

White water fun at Crana Fest
10.10.14
BUNCRANA is getting ready to host Ireland’s largest kayaking event Crana Fest 2014 later this month.
MalinWaters has announced its support for the event on the Crana River from October 18-19.
The adrenalin-packed event will incorporate two days of white water action along the beautiful waterway at Swan Park, Buncrana.
All paddle abilities are invited to take part in the competitions and coaching sessions over the weekend.
Crana Fest will have the best coaches in Ireland attending including three-time Olympian Eoin Rheinisch and Robert Hendrick, who recently won silver at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing. Event registration closes on October 12, 2014. See more at cranafest.ie.

He made Donegal "a power in Gaelic football" 06.10.14
BUNCRANA GAA club has expressed its shock at the resignation of the All-Ireland winning Donegal senior manager Jim McGuinness
"We can’t say it was unexpected but it still comes as bit of a shock. The announcement by Jim McGuinness that he is resigning as county manager will leave a huge void to be filled by whoever succeeds him," said a club spokesperson.
"Everyone at the club wishes Jim well with his future plans and thanks him sincerely for all he has done for the game in the county over the past few years. We will always remember the good times he gave us and for making Donegal a power in Gaelic football in the country."

Flow of ideas wanted for Inishowen Rivers Trust 06.10.14
ANYONE with an interest in Inishowen's rivers is invited to attend a public meeting about forming an Inishowen Rivers Trust. The meeting will take place on Saturday, October 11 from 11am to 2pm at Carndonagh Community School. This initiative began with the voluntary group Celebrate Water and is now being offered to the wider community. If you have a club and group that frequent a river then bring along some pictures or items to show at the meeting. There will be chat, discussion and a facilitation by Ballinderry Rivers Trust manager Mark Horton, followed by a chance to socialise over lunch. You can find out more about the meeting and share your pictures, videos or stories on www.facebook.com/InishowenRiversTrust . You can also visit www.celebratewaterinishowen.com .

Three for court in connection with Manor raid
06.10.14
THREE men will appear at Letterkenny District Court today charged in connection with an armed robbery at Manorcunningham Post Office on Saturday.
The robbery occurred at approximately 10.15am when three males aged in their 20s and 30s, went into the post office and allegedly threatened staff. They left with a sum of money and travelled by van in the direction of Newtowncunningham. The van was stopped by Gardai close to the border at Killea and the three were arrested.
Gardai had earlier been alerted by the PSNI in Derry that a Royal Mail postal van had been hijacked at approximately 9.50am, fleeing in the Donegal direction. Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them in Letterkenny on 074 9167100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Missing Chinese tourists may be in Republic 02.10.14
TWO Chinese tourists who mysteriously vanished at the Giant's Causeway eight weeks ago may have visited the Republic, police in the North said.
The PSNI have reissued their appeal for information about the disappearance of Ni, Xiaofang (30) and Ni, Zhiling (26).
The women were among a group of tourists visiting the world famous attraction at Bushmills, Co Antrim, on Tuesday, July 29, when they failed to return to their tour bus.
Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Magee said there had been "credible sightings" of the missing women in Co Leitrim.
"There have been credible sightings of both women in the Carrick-on-Shannon area. We need to establish that these women are safe and well and ensure that they have not come to harm or are in a dangerous situation," she said.
Ni, Xiaofang is described as approximately 5'2" tall, of slim build and with short black hair.
She was wearing a yellow jumper, blue jeans and flip flops when last seen.
Ni, Zhiling is roughly the same height as her friend, is of slim build and was wearing a pink jumper, blue jeans and flip flops at the time of her disappearance.
The PSNI have asked anyone who knows of their whereabouts to contact them at Coleraine on 048 90650222.

Donegal arthritis patients forced to travel
02.10.14
MORE than 200 Donegal arthritis patients were forced to travel to Co Leitrim to see a consultant in the first half of this year, a local TD., has revealed.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue also called on the Health Minister and the North West Hospital Group to immediately set a date for the reinstatement of rheumatology services in Letterkenny. He said Donegal patients had to travel the long round trip to Our Lady's Hospital in Manorhamilton for treatment.
“The North West Hospital Group has been dragging its heels on this important issue and seems unwilling to allocate or re-direct doctors to staff an outreach clinic at Letterkenny,"
"There are almost 300 rheumatology patients in Donegal, more than justifying an outreach clinic at Letterkenny," he added.

Top law firm hires Derry graduates 01.10.14
The Mayor of Derry Cllr Brenda Stevenson has welcomed news that prestigious US law firm, SmithDehn LLP has employed its first wave of Magee University media law students. She also welcomed the partnership between SmithDehn LLP and the University of Ulster, saying it was "a fantastic opportunity for the students to get the opportunity to work with a company with such an extensive client portfolio".
“I am delighted that SmithDehn LLP has acknowledged the talent and skills of our students at Magee and rewarded their commitment and dedication by providing them with unique opportunities to work in such an exciting industry.
The new recruits will now get to work with some of the biggest names in the movie and TV industry such as HBO, Paramount Pictures and Channel 4. Cllr Stevenson said she was confident the company would announce additional recruitment opportunities in the near future.

Extra 70,000 join credit union
01.10.14
IRISH credit unions have increased their membership by 70,000 to 3.3 million, a new report shows. The report from the Irish League of Credit Unions also revealed that loan arrears had been significantly reduced.
Independent MEP Marian Harkin welcomed the figures, adding: “While there is evidence that the Central Bank is prepared to be less restrictive in its attitude to sound credit unions, it is obvious that it is unnecessarily slow to ease lending limits and to permit the introduction of services such as debit cards.
"The credit union movement deserves to be more actively supported by the Central Bank and the obvious lack of relevant staff in the bank needs to be addressed. This is necessary in order to ensure that the current momentum of the movement is maintained and encouraged to maintain their vital role in providing citizens with essential competition to other financial services," added Ms Harkin.

Doherty slams ministers' water tax perk 01.10.14
SINN Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has described as "outrageous" that ministers can claim tax back on water charges on their second homes in the capital. The perk is as a result of the Dual Abode Allowance. “All ministers and junior ministers with a second home in Dublin can now claim back their full water charges at that house from their taxes.
“This is despite the fact that Enda Kenny in opposition promised to abolish this allowance. This outrageous revelation is another smack in the face to hundreds of thousands of families out there who will face water charges from tomorrow," said Deputy Doherty.
“To my knowledge Enda Kenny and his ministers are the only people who will be able to claim back their water charges from their tax bill. The fact that each of them earn above €130,000 a year won’t be lost on anyone.”

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