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Book of Condolence opens at Brandywell
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
"Use your vote" Donegal youths told
THE National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is urging young
people in Co Donegal to register to vote in the forthcoming General
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 25.01.16
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
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
They say the changes would negatively impact native wildlife
habitats and species including nesting birds and crop pollinators.
Foyle Haven faces closure 25.01.16
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
MOTORISTS have been advised that diversions near
Newtowncunningham following a road accident this morning have now
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
21% spike in public lighting faults
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
www.airtricitysolutions.com . Alternatively Donegal County
Council can be contacted at 074 91 53900 or online at
Man arrested in Donegal murder case
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
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
Scyths all around as Aidan steals show 04.01.16
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
The dancing duo scored just over 43% of the votes in the 'Radio
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