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Wreath to remember Cllr Eddie Fullerton
A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Eddie Fullerton
Memorial in Buncrana last evening to mark the 25th anniversary of
the councillor's death. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr
Ciaran Brogan laid a wreath at the Stone Jug near the
Castle Bridge at 7pm surrounded by members of the Fullerton family,
friends and party colleagues of the late Sinn Féin public
Cllr Fullerton, a native of Sledrin, Buncrana, was murdered by
loyalist gunmen at his home in Cockhill on May 25, 1991.
Concern at closure of Knocknamona unit
DONEGAL T.D., Pearse Doherty has described the closure of the
young persons' residential unit at Knocknamona in Letterkenny as
‘extremely concerning’ and has called on the relevant authorities to
explain what led to the decision to shut the facility. The Sinn Féin
deputy said a number of children residing in the care of the State
at the facility had been moved more than 200 miles away at just
“I cannot understand the rationale of the authorities responsible in
their making this decision which, in effect, has turned the lives of
these children upside down without so much as an explanation having
yet been given as to why residential services have been suspended,"
said Deputy Doherty. He is awaiting answers from the child and
family agency, TUSLA.
Donegal diaspora seminar opens 19.05.16
THE two-day Irish Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference featuring
speakers from around the world on 1916 and its legacy has opened
Now in it’s fifth year, the seminar which is hosted by Donegal
County Council in association with the University of Massachusetts
Lowell’s Centre for Irish Partnerships will take place today,
Thursday and Friday at LYIT. Speakers will include Sir Tom Devine,
Kevin Cullen and Michael Patrick McDonald. It will be moderated by
Victoria Denoon of the University of Massachusetts.
Children's 1916 book a hit at libraries 19.05.16
A CHILDREN’S novel about the 1916 Easter Rising was among the
most borrowed books from Irish libraries last year, new figures
'The Guns of Easter' by Wexford author Gerard Whelan shot into the
Top 20 of the most borrowed list in 2015 as the country prepared for
this year's centenary celebrations.
The work of fiction, was first released in 1996 – on the 80th
anniversary of the Easter Rising. It won a number of literary prizes
the following year.
It tells the story of twelve-year-old Jimmy Conway who lives in
poverty in the Dublin slums and becomes torn between the rebels of
the Easter Rising and the British Army, as Europe is entrenched war.
The Top 10 last year was once again dominated by the 'Diary of a
Wimpy Kid' series, with various titles in the popular franchise
taking the number one spot and six other places.
Alzheimer Society AGM 18.05.16
THE Annual General Meeting of the Donegal branch of The
Alzheimer Society of Ireland will be held in Letterkenny this
evening. All branch members and anyone interested in the work of the
branch are invited to attend. The meeting will take place in the
Inishbeg Room, Training Centre, St Conal's Hospital, Letterkenny
tonight, Wednesday, May 18 at 7.30pm.
Celebrating International Nurses Day
THE Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has sent its
best wishes to members and nurses all over the world on
International Nurses Day today - the anniversary of Florence
The theme chosen by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) for
this year is ‘Nurses: A Force for Change – Improving health systems’
resilience’ which acknowledges that "nurses are closest to those
requiring health services and therefore have a significant influence
on reducing health costs and increasing quality of care". The ICN,
of which the INMO has been a member since 1925, represents some 16
million nurses worldwide.
Man rescued at Buncrana Pier 09.05.16
A man is recovering at Letterkenny University Hospital today
after being rescued from the water off Buncrana Pier last night. The
alarm was raised after the casualty was spotted in the sea at about
10pm. A passer-by threw the victim a life-ring from the pier before
he was pulled to safety. The victim, understood to be a non-national
living in the Buncrana area, was treated by fire service personnel
before being taken to hospital. He is said to be in a stable
condition there this morning. The incident comes just seven weeks
after the tragic drowning of five members of the McGrotty/Daniels
family. The Derry family had been on a day trip to the seaside when
their 4x4 slid off Buncrana Pier and quickly became submerged at
high tide on Sunday, March 20.
15,000 new cars bought in April 09.05.16
ALMOST 15,000 new cars were licensed for the first time last
month, an increase of 12.8% compared with April 2015. A further
5,626 imported, used private cars were licensed - a rise of 40.8% on
the same month last year. Figures out today from the Central
Statistics Office show that a total of 83,222 new private cars were
licensed so far this year, a rise of 26.7% on last year. The
statistics also show that Volkswagen was the most popular brand
followed by Ford; Nissan; Hyundai and Toyota. Together, these five
makes represented 46.8% of all new private cars licensed. Meanwhile,
seven out of every ten new private cars licensed here were diesel
fuelled while 96.3% of them were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands.
Woman (52) located safe and well 09.05.16
A 52 year old woman from the North who was reported missing over
the weekend has been found safe and well.
The PSNI had issued an appeal via the Gardaí expressing concern for
the welfare of Geraldine Colgan, who was reported missing from the
Enniskillen area. She was believed to be in the camping along the
border in the company of a 40 year old man.
Donegal celebrates year of marriage equality
DONEGAL'S official and only celebration of the first year
anniversary of Marriage Equality Act will take place on Friday, May
13, 2016 in Letterkenny. Organisers say the function, at Voodoo
Vintage, will be a "celebration for everyone to reunite and rejoice
in a historical moment that has changed Ireland for the better".
Performances from blues band Blackbird and Crow, a cabaret drag show
and a video showing the highlights from Ireland's 'YES' campaign
will be followed by DJ Pixie Smith. The event kicks off at 10pm
MEP welcomes internet disabled access 05.05.16
INDEPENDENT MEP Marian Harkin has welcomed a European directive
to make public sector websites and mobile applictions accessible to
people with disabilities.
“I have worked closely with the Disability Federation of Ireland on
this directive and I warmly welcome the outcome which will mean so
much for the 80 million persons with disabilities in the European
Union,” she said. She called on Ireland to quickly implement the
directive into Irish law. She said government departments and
regional and local authorities would then have to be proactive in
providing the new access to information for people with
Injured crewman evacuated from Naval ship
A NAVAL crewman is recovering in hospital after suffering a head
injury on board the L.E. Samuel Beckett in the early hours of
The accident happened as the naval ship was on patrol some 160
nautical miles off the south west coast of Waterford.
A dramatic medical evacuation involving two Coast Guard helicopters
swung into action shortly before 3am.
A winchman from the Shannon 115 helicopter was lowered to the deck
of the L.E. Samuel Beckett to recover the casualty while colleagues
on the 117 Coast Guard helicopter provided top cover.
The patient was flown to Cork University Hospital where he is
Army medic saves woman bitten by snake 05.05.16
A YOUNG Irish Army medic has been hailed a heroine after saving
the life of a civilian woman bitten by a deadly snake in the Golan
The woman was a victim of the notoriously venomous Palestinian viper
on April 24. Cpl Burcheal, from Clane, Co Kildare is a member of the
52 Infantry Group and works as a medical officer as part of the
United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the war-torn
Buncrana recycling banks temporarily removed
DONEGAL County Council has advised people in Buncrana that the
glass, can and clothes recycling banks at SuperValu will be
temporarily removed due to resurfacing works at the supermarket car
The roadworks are scheduled to begin this Friday, May 6 and run
until May 12. Members of the public are asked to use the alternative
recycling facilities located at the Tourist Office, Railway Road, or
Clarkes Service Station in Slavery. The recycling bring banks will
be put back at SuperValu when the works are completed, the council
said, thanking people for their co-operation.
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