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Books of Condolence for Carrickmines victims
A Book of Condolence will open at Carndonagh Public Services
Centre today for the victims of the Carrickmines fire.
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Ciaran Brogan signed a
book at the Donegal Travellers Project in Letterkenny while others
will open today at each of the council offices throughout the
“This devastating news has had a major impact on everyone throughout
the country and we are all shocked and saddened by this most
dreadful tragedy," said Cllr Brogan. People can pay their respects
for the rest of this week. Council offices are open 9am to 5pm and
9am to 4.30pm on Friday. They are closed lunchtime from 12.30pm to
Wild Atlantic marketing seminar underway
THE second annual ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ marketing
conference is underway in Letterkenny today hosted by Donegal County
Council in association with Donegal Tourism. This year’s Conference
is themed ‘Your Business, Developing Networks and Reaching
Customers’. Speakers lined up for the event include Deirdre McGlone
of Harvey’s Point, online strategist Darragh Doyle and Kathrin
Chambers, digital manager at Fáilte Ireland.
Donegal Tourism chairman Seamus Neely said: ‘This conference will
provide a valuable resource to all members of the tourism trade in
Donegal. As the Wild Atlantic Way and social media are ever evolving
it’s important for tourism businesses to keep on top of these trends
and maximise opportunities for attracting new visitors to the
Book of condolence for Brian Friel
A book of condolence has opened at the Guildhall in Derry in
memory of the late playwright Brian Friel.
Members of the public are invited to record personal tributes in the
book which will be available in the city for a number of weeks.
Mr Friel, who lived in the fishing village of Greencastle for over
40 years, was laid to rest without fanfare yesterday in the cemetery
of his mother's native Glenties, Co Donegal.
The burial followed a private ceremony at his late Inishowen home.
Mr Friel died on Friday at the age of 86. Born in Killyclogher,
Omagh, the former school teacher was educated at St Columb's College
in Derry. He retained close links with the city and was co-founder
of local theatre company Field Day with actor Stephen Rea. Field Day
staged many of the writer's plays in the city over the years.
Sad passing of "theatre giant" Brian Friel
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led tributes today following the death of
playwright Brian Friel. Mr Friel passed away this morning at the age
of 86. Mr Kenny described the Greencastle based writer as " one of
the giants of theatre". Brian Friel was born in 1929 in Omagh, his
family then moved to Derry when he was ten and then having worked as
a teacher, he moved to Donegal in 1967. Funeral details are
currently being arranged.
Probe continues into alleged human trafficking
GARDAÍ are continuing their investigations into alleged human
trafficking in Co Donegal.
A man in his 40s has been arrested in Letterkenny as part of the
The non-national was detained yesterday when officers searched a
number of locations in Letterkenny. He is currently being held at
Letterkenny Garda Station.
The investigation began on Sunday, August 30 with an operation
during which five men were safely removed from a business premises
on Pearse Road, Letterkenny.
A sixth man was located elsewhere in the town the same day. All six,
who range in age from 21 to 45 years, were relocated to safe and
secure accommodation. "The investigation which is being led by
gardaí at Letterkenny, assisted by the Garda Human Trafficking
Investigation and Co-ordination Unit, Romanian authorities, the
Department of Justice and other Government agencies, is continuing,"
said a Garda spokesperson.
Jobseekers Open Days in Buncrana 29.09.15
THERE will be two events in Buncrana this week for jobseekers
and employers in Inishowen as part of a nationwide Jobs Week.
People can go along to the Department of Social Protection, Intreo
Office, McCarter Road, Buncrana, for a 'Jobseekers Information Open
Day' from 10am - 3pm on Wednesday, September 30. There will also be
a 'Jobs and Education Event' for both jobseekers and employers at
the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Thursday, October 1 from 10.30am to
2.30pm. The contact for both events is
Letterkenny cleans up at Tidy Towns
LETTERKENNY is celebrating today after being named Ireland's
The town was named the cleanest of 862 Irish towns and villages
which submitted entries to the SuperValu National Tidy Towns
As well as the overall national award, Letterkenny also scooped the
Tidiest Urban Centre.
Clonegal in Co Carlow was named Ireland's Tidest Village while
Listowel, Co Kerry was voted Ireland's Tidiest Small Town.
Westport, Co Mayo, was named Ireland's Tidiest Large Town.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly said Letterkenny had entered the
competition every year since 1959 and was a "worthy winner".
"Slim pickings" for rural Donegal - TD
INDEPENDENT Donegal TD Thomas Pringle has claimed the county
will get “slim pickings” from the new €30m towns and villages rural
regeneration scheme announced by the Government this week.
"What the Government isn’t saying is that the €30m will be spread
out across 25 different local authorities over a five-year period
meaning Donegal will only receive a meagre €240,000 a year from the
fund. As far as I’m concerned, this is not investment in rural
Ireland," he said.
"I think these figures speak for themselves. It is clear that rural
Ireland is not a high priority for the Government and continues to
be low on its agenda despite Budget 2016 approaching and elections
looming," the deputy added.
Diversions lifted after Burnfoot crash 23.08.15
GARDAÍ in Buncrana are investigating a fatal road crash at Tooban,
Burnfoot, in the early hours of this morning.
A 19-year old passenger was killed and a female passenger, also 19,
was seriously injured in the single-vehicle collision. She was taken
to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment.
The male driver (19) was also taken to hospital.
The scene was preserved and forensic crash investigators carried out
an investigation into the accident, which happened about 4.30am.
Road diversions have now been lifted. Gardaí are appealing for
witnesses or anyone who was travelling on the main Buncrana to Derry
Road or in the vicinity of Tooban around the time of the crash to
contact them at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540. They can also
contact the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda
Oar-some! Donegal to host All-Ireland rowing
DONEGAL is to host the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships
next year, it's been revealed.
The event is one of the biggest in the country with an estimated
2,700 competitors and similar number of spectators taking to the
water over three days. It will be held at Lakeside Centre,
Ballyshannon, in August 2016.
Four Donegal teams attended this year's event in Waterville, Kerry,
including Donegal Bay Rowing Club, Loughros Point Rowing Club, The
Village Rowing Club and Inver Rowing Club with participants from
Killybegs Rowing Club making up the teams. Joy Harron of Donegal
Tourism Ltd said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase
County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way to those who attend and to
give everyone a taste of the fantastic maritime activities,
wonderful restaurants and pubs, quality accommodation, scenic beauty
and much more here in Donegal."
What happened to Buncrana Fishing Port?
BUNCRANA Library will host a "fascinating" talk that explores
why the seaside town lost its status as the biggest fishing port in
North West Europe.
The event will be delivered by Maurice Clarke from the Marine
Institute, Galway, as part of Heritage Week.
The talk will be of interest to history enthusiasts or anyone
curious about what is happening in the seas off Donegal.
Mr Clarke will show a number of slides that reveal how active
Buncrana was as a fishing port along with statistics taken from the
era. He will also touch on how everyday activity is affecting stocks
and fish patterns off our coastline.
The talk entitled 'Buncrana, the biggest fishing port in North West
Europe - what happened?' will take place at Buncrana Library on
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7pm. Everyone welcome.
Donegal fishing industry mourns Martin Howley
THE Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has paid tribute
following the death of its former chairman, Martin Howley.
Mr Howley was a KFO board member since it was formed in 1979 and
served as chairperson at various times over 18 years.
His colleagues described him as "a hugely prominent and progressive
part of the fishing community" since moving to Killybegs in the
The well-known fisherman, who was born in Co Sligo, was also a
founder member of Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland.
KFO ceo Seán O’Donoghue said that as a leader and a loyal advocate
of the industry, Martin was "irreplaceable".
“Whether negotiating on behalf of the industry in the most
challenging of times or working at the coalface, Martin was
extremely popular and earned the trust of fishermen, their families,
colleagues as well as the political establishment."
Meanwhile, Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland ceo Jason Whooley said Mr
Howley was a "natural leader" who possessed a warmth and sincerity
that drew people to him.
"The team at Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland wishes to extend its
sincere sympathies to our valued colleague, Mary, who is Martin’s
sister, his wife Teresa, sons Noel, Pauric and Shaun, daughter
Marguerite and his extended family."
Mr Howley's funeral will take place this Friday, August 21, 2015
with midday requiem mass in the Church of St Joseph and St Conal,
Donegal is second for Farm Assist 05.08.15
DONEGAL has the second highest number of Farm Assist recipients
in the country, a TD has revealed.
Deputy Thomas Pringle said 1,458 Farm Assist recipients live in
Donegal making it second only to Mayo, with 1,614.
The figures were released to the Independent deputy as he sought
commitments from Social Protection Minister Joan Burton that she
would restore Farm Assist payments to pre-Budget 2012 levels.
"Ultimately this is about income security for people who engage in
part time farming and other seasonal work throughout the year," he
Scrap water charges and Irish Water now - Donegal TD
EUROSTAT'S rejection today of plans to keep Irish Water off
balance sheet is a major blow to the Government, according to
Donegal TD., Pearse Doherty.
The Sinn Féin deputy called for the scrapping of the utility company
and water charges.
“Sinn Féin’s view has always been that the Government’s entire
rationale for the Irish Water was flawed. It was simply a vehicle to
charge people for their water.
“The current non-payment level means that the cost of the Water
Conservation Grant and its administration costs will exceed the
money returned in domestic water charges," he said.
"As a result of this Eurostat ruling, all borrowing by Irish Water
is now deemed as Government borrowing yet Irish Water has borrowings
of €850 million which can rise to €2 billion, mostly from commercial
sources at rates higher than what the government is paying for its
borrowings. This is simply money down the drain."
Watch MacGill Summer School on webcast
THE 35th annual MacGill Summer School is currently underway and
Donegal County Council is webcasting proceedings live from the week
This is the sixth year that the local authority has webcast this
event live from Glenties and it’s proving to be very popular
especially with the Donegal and Irish diaspora abroad.
The council's head of information systems Brian Boyle said: "By
webcasting the event live we are providing a worldwide audience for
the MacGill Summer School which sees contributions from a variety of
well known and renowned speakers in Ireland today." Proceedings
kicked off yesterday and will end with an address by An Taoiseach
Enda Kenny on Friday, July 24. To access the live webcast visit
Ballyliffin Golf Club to test top sports writers
AMERICAN sports journalists will sample the stunning but
challenging Glashedy Golf Links in Ballyliffin next week on a trip
around the top courses of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Fáilte Ireland said eleven influential golf writers, broadcasters
and online media from the US, with a combined audience-reach of
almost 90 million, will arrive on Monday for a week-long visit.
Fáilte Ireland spokesperson Ciara Sugrue revealed that some 200,000
international visitors played golf while in Ireland last year. "In
2014 we welcomed over one million US visitors which generated
revenue of over €866 million and most encouraging for this year,
latest figures indicate that we are already experiencing
double-digit growth on last year," she said.
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