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Donegal celebrates on the double 31.08.14
DONEGAL is celebrating on the double as the county's senior and
minor GAA stars were triumphant in their semi-final clashes today at
Jim McGuinness' men confounded the bookies and left current title
holders Dublin shell-shocked after a thrilling display of football
culminating in a 3-14 to 0-17 win.
Commentators were left bereft of adjectives to describe Donegal's
command of the game both in defence and attack in front of an
Man of the match Ryan McHugh scored Donegal’s first two goals before
Colm McFadden scored a third in the 45th minute. Speaking after the
game, an elated McGuinness praised the hard work, dedication and
character of his squad. He said none of them had wanted to be
remembered for their 16-point drubbing against Mayo last year.
Meanwhile, the Donegal minors have reached their first ever
All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final after beating Dublin
by a point in another great semi-final at Croke Park.
Record entries for Waterside Half Marathon
A RECORD 1,900 entries have been submitted for the 33rd
Waterside Half Marathon in Derry next month. The number is
"testimony to the running craze that has swept the city in recent
years", according to the organisers, Derry City Council.
Entries are now closed having reached capacity levels for the event
and a great crowd of supporters is expected at the Gransha grounds
on the day. Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson will be taking her place
alongside the record number of Relay Team entrants in support of her
two chosen charities, Circle of Support for Autism Families and
Something Special. She said she was "delighted to see so many local
athletes taking part". The event will take place on Sunday,
Ship ahoy as 40 new sailors join Irish Navy
FORTY new recruits are finding their sea legs after joining the
ranks of the Irish Navy.
The latest intake brings to 220 the number of personnel recruited by
the Irish Naval Service over the last three years.
The newest trainees, who were sworn in last week at Haulbowline
Naval Base in Cork, will be paid just over €350 a week, before tax.
They range in age from 18 to 27 years while just three out of the 40
The new recruits will now undertake basic training for the next five
months before specialising in one of four areas - seaman; mechanics,
logistics or communications.
While no formal educational qualifications are required to join the
Irish Defence Forces, applicants must satisfy an interview board and
recruiting officer that they possess a sufficient standard of
education for service. Meanwhile, 130 Irish soldiers are preparing
to embark on peacekeeping duties for six-months in the Middle East.
The members of the 46th Infantry Group will join already-serving
colleagues in the Golan Heights in the volatile Israeli-Syria border
Marathon 'run' on Donegal hotel rooms
DONEGAL hotels had a 'run' on their rooms last weekend due to
the huge success of the first competitive marathon in the county for
more than 30 years.
The organisers report that "almost every hotel room in Donegal was
sold out" as runners came from as far afield as Australia, Germany,
Switzerland, Spain, Germany, the UK and Northern Ireland as well as
throughout the Republic of Ireland.
Donegal County Council organising committee member Ciaran Martin
said: "All round, it was a fantastic day with the support of the
general public and in particular, all of the volunteers, we have
successfully staged an event that everyone in Donegal should be
proud of. We would also like to thank the public for their patience
with the inevitable traffic disruptions but we are glad to report
that everything went off very smoothly." To see full results,
State funeral for Albert Reynolds tomorrow
THE State funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds will take
place in Dublin tomorrow.
His remains were removed last night from the Mansion House where he
was lying in state in the Oak Room, to the Church of the Sacred
Heart in Donnybrook.
Several thousand people filed past his remains to pay their last
respects to the former Fianna Fáil leader.
Pall bearers from the Irish Defence Forces carried Mr Reynold's
coffin, draped in a tricolour, into the church. The mourners were
led by his wife Kathleen, along with his seven children and extended
Many tributes have been paid this week following Mr Reynolds death
at the age of 81. Cross border tributes also flowed in recognition
of his significant contribution to the peace process. He played a
major role in the brokering of the Downing Street Agreement in 1993.
Derry Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson said: “Albert’s achievements in
terms of paving a pathway for peace in Northern Ireland were
remarkable and will long be remembered in history. I offer my
sincere condolences to his wife Kathleen and his family.”
Funeral arrangements for Mountcharles man
FUNERAL arrangements are being arranged for the Mountcharles man
whose tragic death was at the centre of an Ebola scare last night.
The HSE confirmed today that laboratory test samples on the remains
of engineer Dessie Quinn, 45, who had recently returned from working
in Africa, have proved negative for the deadly virus.
"Infection control procedures, which had been put in place as a
precautionary measure, will now be stepped down," the HSE today said
in a statement.
It expressed its condolences to the father-of-one's family and
friends for their loss.
It was said today that Mr Quinn's grieving family had been treated
insensitively when news of the suspected Ebola link to his sudden
death became public.
Gardaí were called today to the family home of the deceased man in
Mountcharles to help move along a large crowd of national and
international media who had gathered outside. The family have
requested all media to respect their privacy at this difficult time.
Musicians urged to apply for grants
DONEGAL'S amateur and professional musicians, groups and
ensembles are being urged to apply for grants under a €210,000
Government fund announced today. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the
Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, confirmed the funds under the Music
Capital Scheme 2014. The scheme, supported by her department and
managed by Music Network, provides grants for the purchase of
musical instruments to both non-professional performing
groups/ensembles and professional musicians. "Ireland is renowned
for the wealth of our musical talent and it is important that we
continue to nurture our musicians and to aid them in improving their
performing ability," said Minister Humphreys. 163 awards have been
made since the scheme's inception in 2008. Application forms and
guidelines available at
Elderly woman dies after car hits fence
AN elderly woman died yesterday after a car crashed into a fence
in Bundoran. Gardaí are investigating the single vehicle accident at
The Ross, Bundoran, at about 3.50pm. The 82 year old woman was taken
from the scene by ambulance to Sligo Hospital but was pronounced
dead en route. The road was closed to facilitate a forensic
examination. Any witnesses are asked to contact Bundoran garda
station on 071 9841203, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or
any garda station.
MEP welcomes action on ‘nomad cattle’
NORTH and West MEP, Matt Carthy, has welcomed moves to address
the anomaly arising ‘nomad cattle’ being traded from south to north.
Mr Carthy welcomed moves by Northern Agriculture Minister Michelle
O’Neill who has approved an application under the voluntary
labelling scheme to address the anomaly. The Sinn Féin MEP said beef
imported from the south and slaughtered in the north cannot
currently be labelled with a single country of origin.
He said this had been used in recent months by processors "to
penalise farmers selling so called ‘nomadic cattle’." “Minister
O’Neill’s decision, which I understand has been endorsed by Minister
Simon Coveney, will allow such cattle to be labelled as Irish and
will hopefully ensure that processors and retailers have no reason
to reduce prices as the practise of trading cattle across the island
of Ireland has been long-standing," he said.
Man who died at Fanad named 18.08.14
THE man who died after falling into the sea at Fanad Lighthouse
yesterday has been named locally as John McCourt (58), a
photographer from Co Antrim.
Two crews from Lough Swilly RNLI in Buncrana and the rescue
helicopter from Sligo were tasked to the scene around 3pm when Mr
McCourt was spotted falling from a height of 50m into a sea gulley.
Weather conditions at the time were gale force, according to the
RNLI. Mr McCourt, who is undertood to have been widowed in recent
months, received CPR at the scene but was later pronounced dead at
Letterkenny General Hospital. The victim was an award-winning
photographer and member of Antrim Camera Club.
Omniplex to screen ‘Good Will Hunting’
THE Oscar-winning Robin Williams' film ‘Good Will Hunting’ will
be screened at the Omniplex in Derry next week to raise money for
suicide prevention charities.
The showing in Derry will take place on Tuesday, August 26 at 6.30pm
and simultaneously at 21 of the other Omniplex complexes across the
island of Ireland including Cork city, Carlow, Longford, Armagh and
Enniskillen. Donation per seat is €10/ £7 and all money raised will
go to Pieta House in the Republic and PIP Programmes - preventing
suicides through education - in the North. The event is being
organised in memory of legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams
who died last week as a result of a suspected suicide. More
information and bookings
click here .
Man's body recovered from sea 17.08.14
A search operation near Fanad Lighthouse has ended this evening
with the recovery of the body of a man in his 60s.
Two crews from Lough Swilly RNLI in Buncrana and the rescue
helicopter from Sligo were tasked to the scene around 3pm when the
man was spotted falling into the sea from rocks. The casualty,
understood to be a photographer from Co Antrim, was airlifted to
hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Libraries host history evenings 14.08.14
LIBRARIES in Donegal are to host a series of history lectures
based on the theme 'Ireland and Donegal in the Revolutionary Era
1912 – 1923. The lectures will be delivered by Dr John O’Callaghan
from St Angela’s College, Sligo. Dr O’ Callaghan's thesis
concentrated on the 1912-1923 period and his teaching, research and
publications concentrate on the revolutionary period and its
commemoration. The lectures will be held in: Carndonagh Community
Library on Thursday, August 28 at 7pm. (074 9373701); Ballybofey on
Tuesday, August 26 at 6pm (074 9175384); Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth
Dobhair on August 27 at 6pm (074 9560862); Central Library,
Letterkenny on September 3 at 7pm (074 9124950) and Bundoran
Community Library on September 4 at 7pm. (071 9829665). The events
are free of charge and refreshments will be served. The event will
also include a musical interlude with music from the era. Booking is
essential at the phone numbers above.
Donegal students collecting Leaving results
JUST over 2,000 Donegal students are collecting their Leaving
Cert results this morning. Results are currently available from
schools and will be available online from midday.
The local students are among almost 57,000 school-leavers picking up
their results nationwide. Figures show there was a 27 per cent rise
in the number of maths students choosing the honours paper. The rise
can be put down to third level institutions awarding 25 bonus points
for anybody who passes the higher-level subject. The Donegal Youth
Service are inviting any students who want to discuss their results
to drop in to its offices at Port Road in Letterkenny today or to
contact the service on 91 29640.
Gardaí appeal for crash witnesses 07.08.14
GARDAÍ have appealed for witnesses to a fatal crash in Co
Donegal in which an elderly man died. The collision between two cars
happened yesterday about 7km outside Donegal Town, at Mullanalanphry,
The victim, who was in his 80s, was the sole occupant of one of the
cars. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were
removed to Letterkenny General Hospital. The sole occupant of the
other car, a woman aged 64, was also taken to hospital where her
injuries are not believed to be life threatening. The road reopened
last night after being closed for a time for a forensic examination.
Any witnesses are asked to contact gardaí in Donegal Town on 074
9740190, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda
Courteney picks up Derry accent 07.08.14
HOLLYWOOD star Courteney Cox can do "the best" Derry accent, her
future mother-in-law has revealed.
The A-lister picked up a few local phrases from her fiance Johnny
McDaid's sisters during their recent vistit to his hometown. The
Snow Patrol star's mother, Pauline McDaid, said: “The girls were
teaching her a few (phrases). And with her being an actress, she can
do the best Derry accent," she said. “She wanted to do normal
things, like go up the town and do her shopping.” The retired art
teacher said all the family have warmed to mother-of-one Ms Cox. “We
all love her,” she told the Sunday Life newspaper. She also revealed
how singer Ed Sheeran, who introduced the couple, joined them to
mark Johnny’s 38th birthday at her home in Culmore, Derry.
Guitar festival to teach Rory riffs
A FESTIVAL is offering guitarists a workshop dedicated to the
playing style of rock legend Rory Gallagher. Players will get to
explore the unique sound of the late music genius at the 12th City
of Derry Guitar Festival later this month. The course will be taught
by rock and blues guitarist Ted Lynch who has played at home and
abroad for 25 years. "Students will focus on two of Rory’s pieces -
one from his earlier years and an acoustic blues piece from his
later production," said a spokesperson. The course is open to
players of all ages and abilities who will then get to perform at a
festival gala concert. Details of course fees and other information
Michaela Foundation appeals for Gaza donations
A foundation set up in memory of murdered schoolteacher Michaela
McAreavey is appealing for donations to help the children of Gaza.
The Michaela Foundation is urging people to back its 'MF4GazaKids
Campaign' to raise money for Save the Children's humanitarian work
in the besieged territory.
Michaela (27), daughter of Tyrone senior football manager Mickey
Harte and wife of John McAreavey, was killed in her Mauritius
honeymoon suite in January 2011.
"Like many people and organisations, Michaela Foundation is
horrified by the death and destruction in Gaza, particularly the
suffering of innocent children," the foundation told Facebook
"As a child-centred organisation we believe that all children’s
rights should be respected and that they should be protected."
Service to mark 190 years of the RNLI
A special ecumenical service is to be held at Knock Shrine to
mark the 190th anniversary of the RNLI.
The service will be held in the Basilica at midday on Saturday,
August 9 and will celebrate the charity’s work in saving lives at
sea while commemorating those who gave their lives in the service of
others. Last year, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland including Co Donegal
launched 1,087 times with its volunteer crews rescuing 1,278 people
and saving 45 lives. Those figures show an average of 21 launches
and 25 people being rescued a week in 2013. Some 25 per cent of
those lifeboat launches took place after dark. There are currently
44 lifeboat stations in Ireland and 57 operational lifeboats at
Irish stations. RNLI community fundraising manager Anthony Hiney
said: "The ecumenical service will celebrate the work of all our
selfless, dependable and courageous volunteers who do so much to
save lives at sea while also allowing us to remember and honour all
those who have gave their lives in the service of others."
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