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Book of Condolence opens at Brandywell 04.02.16
A Book of Condolence will open this afternoon at the Brandywell in memory of former Derry City FC striker Mark Farren who has died after a long battle with cancer.
Derry Mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion and Derry City Football Club will jointly open the book today to allow people to pay their respects to the late 33 year old.
Derry City FC chairman Phillip O'Doherty said: "(Mark) was a superb player and I think the entire football community throughout Ireland would say the same. But, most of all, he was a decent human being. We offer our sympathies to his family." The book will be be opened this afternoon and will be available to sign daily from 10 am to 4pm. The late soccer star will be laid to rest tomorrow, Friday, following 11am requiem mass at St Mary's Church, Ballybrack, in his native Greencastle.

"Use your vote" Donegal youths told 29.01.17
THE National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is urging young people in Co Donegal to register to vote in the forthcoming General Election.
If the election is held at the end of February, as widely expected, the deadline for inclusion on the supplementary register could be as early as February 8, the organisation said.
Recent NYCI research shows that almost one third of 18 to 25 year olds are not registered to vote while 59,000 people nationwide turned 18 in the past year.
NYCI James Doorley, NYCI deputy director explained: “We are especially anxious to ensure that the 2321 young people who have turned 18 in the last 12 months in Donegal are included in the electoral register and can exercise their democratic right." People can register by returning the RFA2 form available to download at .

TV crew seeks Donegal renovators 25.01.16
ARE you a Donegal property owner embarking on a unique and interesting renovation or conversion of an old building? Production company Animo TV is looking for participants for a series to be aired on RTE.
"It could be a church conversion, an old school house, or a rural Garda station. Telling the story of the building while looking to their future, presenter and architect Hugh Wallace will be on hand to guide the audience and the homeowners through their project. A passionate advocate of ambitious restorations, Hugh wants to see our abandoned crumbling, classic architecture live on, and become relevant in the 21st century," said a spokesperson for Animo TV. Interested parties are asked to email .

Over 10,000 back wildlife petition
A PETITION to stop the hedgerow and vegetation-cutting season from being extended has attracted more than 10,000 signatures.
The campaign 'No to More Slash and Burn' urges Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to reconsider proposed changes to the Wildlife Act.
Cutting and burning is currently prohibited between March 1 - August 31 but it has been proposed to relax these regulations to allow some works in March and August.
The move is opposed by groups such as the Irish Wildlife Trust; BirdWatch Ireland; An Taisce and the Hedgelayers Association of Ireland.
They say the changes would negatively impact native wildlife habitats and species including nesting birds and crop pollinators.

Foyle Haven faces closure
An emergency meeting has been called by Derry Mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion to discuss the future of Foyle Haven.
Foyle Haven provides accommodation, food and support to vulnerable people including the homeless and street drinkers. It is currently at risk of closure as funding is "running out".
Cllr McCallion is to meet with officials and key stakeholders to discuss the funding issue and has pledged to do everything she can to secure funding to secure the service.

Road reopened after traffic accident 19.01.16
MOTORISTS have been advised that diversions near Newtowncunningham following a road accident this morning have now been lifted.
The two-vehicle crash happened on the N13 at Killyverry on the main Derry to Letterkenny road at about 10am.
Donegal County Council thanked road users for their patience and co-operation.

21% spike in public lighting faults 15.01.16
STREET lighting is taking a battering from recent storm floods with Donegal County Council reporting a 21% spike in faults.
The local authority said some areas could be left without public lighting for longer periods than usual as its contractor works to repairs all the faults.
"All reasonable measures to minimise the effect in the county has been undertaken with Airtricity Utility Solutions staff being reallocated to address issues where required. Despite these efforts it is likely that there will be areas where public lighting assets will be out for longer periods of time," the council stated. It urged people to report any faults in their vicinity by calling AUS at 1850 372 772 or online at . Alternatively Donegal County Council can be contacted at 074 91 53900 or online at .

Man arrested in Donegal murder case 14.01.16
GARDAI investigating the murder of Seamus Doherty in Co Donegal over three years ago have arrested a 52-year old man in connection with the investigation.
The man was arrested in the Raphoe area last night. He is due to appear before Buncrana District Court this morning. The body of Mr Doherty (67) was discovered at a house in Drumacnoo near the village of Churchill at about 1.50am on June 17, 2012. Gardai say investigations are continuing.

Tributes for Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty 07.01.16
MAYOR of Derry Cllr Elisha McCallion is to open a book of condolence at the Guildhall today following the death of veteran civil rights activist Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty. “Paddy was one of Derry’s best known figures, not only for his involvement in the civil rights movement, but for his involvement in redeveloping and rebuilding the city," said Cllr McCallion.
"A former vice chairman of the Derry Citizens Defence Association, Paddy was also heavily involved in the establishment of the credit union movement in Derry. He had a vision for a better future for Derry and worked to establish the North West Centre for Learning Development in the 1970’s to help tackle unemployment. This later became the Inner City Trust, which not only revitalised and rebuilt the city centre, but helped establish a wide range of educational projects aimed at providing people with new skills to help bring them back to work," she added.

Daniel's a big Christmas winner 04.01.16
AP McCoy, Daniel O'Donnell and Mrs Brown's Boys were the big Irish winners among customers buying books and music this Christmas, according to data from online retailer Amazon.
A regional breakdown shows that customers were strongly swayed by homegrown heroes when filling their Christmas stockings this year.
Acclaimed documentary 'Being AP'; 'The Hank Williams Songbook' cd by Daniel O'Donnell and the 'How Now Mrs Brown Cow' dvd were the top sellers in the run-up to December 25. The best sellers - based on a breakdown of the sales giant's Northern Ireland figures - also strongly feature hair, beard and moustache trimmers among the top Christmas gifts.

Scyths all around as Aidan steals show
AIDAN Turner's scything scene in hit drama Poldark has been voted the TV moment of 2015.
Turner (32) scooped 45% of the vote as fans fell for his toned torso after he stripped to his 18th century breeches in the Cornish sun.
The Irish actor just pipped Strictly Come Dancing victor Jay McGuiness and his Pulp Fiction jive with professional partner Aliona Vilani.
The dancing duo scored just over 43% of the votes in the 'Radio Times' poll.

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