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Cancer society thanks Donegal communities 27.04.16
THE Irish Cancer Society has thanked Donegal communities and volunteers who supported its annual Daffodil Day fundraiser last month.
The society said more than 40,000 people are now diagnosed cancer in Ireland with a further 100 patients receiving a diagnosis every day.
Daffodil Day volunteers in Donegal collected to help provide free services for cancer patients "to address this epidemic and to fund life-changing cancer research", the society said. Head of services Donal Buggy said: “We are extremely grateful to our volunteers and supporters who have played a central role in supporting people in their own communities who are affected by cancer. Daffodil Day takings are currently being lodged and counted with an update on the amount raised due at a later date.

Mulholland Motors to sponsor Ulster Rally
JOHN Mulholland Motors has today been announced as the headline sponsor for the Ulster Rally for the next three years. The Co Derry dealer, who is a rally driver himself, said he is “delighted to be the new sponsor of the Ulster Rally for 2016, 2017 and 2018, a rally with a proud history and reputation for exciting competition”.

Derry tuning up for the jazz 22.04.16
JAZZ lovers in the North West have been reminded that International Jazz Day (April 30) takes place during the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival with a range of activities throughout the city. Some 95 gigs will be taking place on the day along with a number of community events with the city’s schools and musicians. Council festival organiser Andrea Campbell said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the festival and our local talent and be part of a wider international celebration that helps promote jazz music across the world. City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival takes place from April 28 - May 2, 2016.

Donegal to host Boston boxers 21.04.16
DONEGAL County Council chairman, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan will welcome the Boston Boxing Academy team tomorrow during a visit to Donegal.
“I am delighted to be welcoming 11 boxers from Boston, their coaches, officials and family members to Donegal this week on behalf of Donegal County Council and we are delighted to be associated with this tournament showcasing our local talent, welcoming our visitors and building and strengthening our historic connections with Boston.”
The tournament itself will be hosted by County Donegal Boxing Board tonight in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny. Board president, Peter O’Donnell said it is over 40 years since we Donegal last hosted boxers from Boston.
The council's welcome reception will take place on Friday, April 22 at 2pm at Letterkenny Public Service Centre.

Derry to welcome 10 Syrian families
The Mayor of Derry, Cllr Elisha McCallion has thanked the generosity of local schools, community groups and businesses who have "rallied to support her appeal for the (Syrian) refugee families expected to arrive in the city in the coming weeks". Individuals and groups have been contributing to basic starter packs for the ten families who are relocating to the city after fleeing war-torn Syria. Cllr McCallion heads the Civic Action for Refugees Group which is "taking a multi-agency approach to managing the preparations for their arrival".

Derry nun killed in Equador earthquake 18.04.16
THE Mayor of Derry Cllr Elisha McCallion has offered her sympathies to the family and friends of a nun who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador over the weekend.
Cllr McCallion said her thoughts and prayers were with the family of Derry-born 33-year old Sister Clare Theresa Crockett.
“It is such sad news for her family and for the whole community who knew Sister Clare," she said.
"I understand she had been working for some time at a school in Playa Prieta where she was a much loved and valued member of the community. The sympathies of the people of the Derry City and Strabane District Council go out to her family and friends and indeed the wider church community." Sr Clare Theresa Crockett was a member of the Home of the Mother Order and is understood to be one of more than 200 people killed in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Ryanair launches Derry winter schedule 12.04.16
RYANAIR today launched its Derry schedule for next winter with services to Glasgow International, Liverpool and London Stansted airports.
The routes will cater for 300,000 customers per year and support some 200 jobs at City of Derry Airport, management said.
There will be five weekly flights to Glasgow International and five to Liverpool with nine a week to London Stansted.
City of Derry Airport chairman Roy Devine welcomed Ryanair’s director of route development, Kate Sherry to the airport this morning. "Ryanair continues to offer our customers here in the North West low cost air travel to London Stansted, Glasgow International and Liverpool," he said.

New York firefighters set for Donegal 12.04.16
DONEGAL will welcome 54 Firefighters from the New York Fire Department next week as part of the 1916 commemorations.
This visit will be hosted by the Donegal Firefighters Association in participation with Donegal County Council and will see the US personnel take part in a number of public events over the course of their two day visit on April 21 and 22. These will include a soccer match at the Letterkenny Community Centre and visits to Kinnegar Brewery and the Donegal County Museum.

Students worry about getting a job 12.04.16
A pilot survey released last week by the Union of Students in Ireland showed that 76% of students are worried about securing employment and only 23% have secured employment when they graduate. The Union of Students in Ireland is now calling for the major political parties to form a government and bring about stability for better job security to young people.
“76% of students worry about securing employment once they graduate. That’s over three quarters,” said USI president Kevin Donoghue.

Donegal house prices up 10% 12.04.16
DONEGAL house prices between January and March 2016 were 10% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 6% seen a year ago, the latest survey shows. The average house price in the county is now €132,000, 17% above its lowest point. Meanwhile, the total number of properties for sale in Ireland continues to fall. With under 24,000 for sale, this is now its lowest point since February 2007. The biggest falls in availability are currently outside Leinster. Across Ulster, Munster and Connacht, there were 13,500 homes for sale in April 2016, compared to almost 21,000 two years ago.

Mystery surrounds €8.2 million Lotto 12.04.16
MYSTERY still surrounds the winner or winners of the 8.2 million euro Lotto last month.
The National Lottery has confirmed that a ticket holder has come forward but clearly it's not all straightforward as the winnings have not yet been collected. It has not yet been revealed whether the ticket holder is an individual or syndicate.
The lucky ticket for the March 5 weekend draw was sold in Sligo town at the XL Stop and Shop on Stephen Street.
The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 16, 24, 33, 42 and the bonus was 47.

Actress Mary turns to forestry 12.04.16
IRISH actress Mary McEvoy has revealed she has turned to forestry to earn a living from her family farm because she kept turning her livestock into pets.
The actress (61) who played Biddy Byrne in Glenroe for almost 20 years, runs the farm where she grew up in Co Westmeath.
But she "fell out of love" with traditional agriculture and has now opted for the grant-aided Native Woodland Establishment Scheme.
The veteran stage and screen star has begun planting many native Irish trees on her land including oak, birch, larch and Scots pine.
"I've gone into forestry now so I've planted a lot of native Irish woodland. I fell out of love with farming - I got to like the sheep too much. I keep them as pets, I just love them," she said.
"If I have any more, I won't be able to feed them. I had to have some income from the land, so I went into the native Irish forestry scheme," she told 'The Irish Garden' magazine.

Darren's wife to dress Ryder Cup wives 12.04.16
GOLFER Darren Clarke has revealed that his glamorous wife Alison will help design what the players' wives will wear at this year's Ryder Cup tournament.
Europe captain Clarke (47), who is no slouch in the style stakes himself, will personally choose the golfers' team kits for the three-day golf event in September.
"I am sorting out what the guys are wearing and Alison will be looking after the ladies and what they will be wearing," Clarke told fans via his website.
Clarke officially launched the Ryder Cup Trophy Tour at Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co Antrim, today (April 12). Golf fans will have a chance to see the famous trophy when it goes on public display at Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast tomorrow (April 13) from 11am-9pm.

Buncrana Pier tragedy fund tops 100,000 euro 04.04.16
A fundraising campaign to raise money to help Louise James (35) and her family after the Buncrana Pier tragedy has topped 100,000 euro in two weeks.
Just Giving pages set up online by people in Derry and Donegal following the cross-border tragedy at Buncrana Pier, have seen donations soar to over £64,800 (80,920 euro) and £19,000 (23,726 euro) respectively.
Martin McGrenaghan who set up the Derry page said: "Every time I log in to this page I'm lost for words. So many generous people out there - thank you to each and everyone of you." Buncrana-based Michelle Black, from Scotland, has also thanked people for donating to the Donegal page she set up in the wake of the accident.
Meanwhile, local fundraisers are also taking place to help the grief-stricken McGrotty and Daniels families including car washes and a community concert entitled 'With Love' to be held at The Plaza, Buncrana Main Street, this Friday, April 8 at 8.30pm.

Have you lost your little pony? 02.04.16
A family has has made an appeal to reunite a lost pony with its owners. The shaggy off-white/grey streaked Shetland pony was found wandering on the road at Drung, Quigley's Point, last Wednesday, March 30 at 7.30am.
A big hearted family brought the animal to safety but says it doesn't have the facilities to adequately care for it.
"The animal is friendly and placid and seems to have been well cared for but is now clearly lonely and depressed. As we do not have facilities nor food to care for it properly, we hope the owner will collect him as soon as possible," said the finder. If you think the pony is yours, please contact 0044 7843845483.

Donegal 3-bed semi costs €85,000 01.04.16
THE price of an average three-bed semi-detached house in Co Donegal is now €85,000, a nationwide property survey has found.
This represents a 3.03% rise in the first three months of the year, the REA Average House Price Survey shows.
The survey also shows that it now takes six weeks to sell the average Donegal house, down from seven weeks last December. “The supply of houses is still an issue and demand is steady. House prices are still improving but cash purchasers appear to be still the main bidders,” said Michael McElhinney of REA McElhinney in Bundoran.
He said there is "strong demand" for properties under €100,000.
Meanwhile, an average three-bed semi nationally now costs €191,194, a rise of €2,824 or 1.5% on the last quarter of 2015, the survey shows.

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