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Gardaí issue appeal on missing Donegal man 07.12.16
have appealed for help in tracing the whereabouts of Jim Boyle who
has been missing from his home at Rathmullan for four weeks. Mr
Boyle is 73 years old and is described as 5’10" in height, of strong
build, with short black hair and clean shaven. The missing man lives
on his own in Oughterlin a remote area of Rathmullan.
When last seen, he was wearing a grey woollen jumper, black worn
suit trousers and black wellingtons. Anyone who has seen Jim or can
help in finding him is asked to contact gardaí at Milford on
074-9153060 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.
Tourism funds for Ards Forest Park 05.12.16
ARDS Forest Park in Donegal is to get a tourism revamp as Fáilte
Ireland announces a €550,000 package for Coillte-owned sites. It is
the latest in a series of partnerships Fáilte Ireland is developing
with key State agencies and bodies which own and manage attractions
and sites that are considered "of vital importance to tourism".
Capital funding and tourism development and marketing is part of the
offering to six projects including the stunning Ards near Creeslough.
The other five beneficiaries are Avondale Forest Park Experience, Co
Wicklow; Curraghchase Forest Park, Co Limerick; Wild Nephin and
Ballycroy, Co Mayo; Coolaney Mountain Bike Centre, Co Sligo as well
as the creation of new facilities and services for motorhomes along
the Wild Atlantic Way.
Davitt Walsh honoured at 'People of the Year'
DAVITT Walsh has been received another award for his bravery
during a drowning tragedy in Buncrana last March. He was named one
of Ireland's 'People of the Year' at a gala ceremony in Dublin on
The footballer and cafe owner received the award from former Donegal
football manager Jim McGuinness. The 30-year old Kerrykeel man saved
the life of a four-month-old baby girl as her family's car
tragically slid off the slipway in Buncrana on March 20 last,
killing five people.
Happy Christmas from The Henry Girls 05.12.16
INISHOWEN band The Henry Girls have issued a festive message to
fans and followrs. Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin from Malin
said: "We just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who
has attended our shows, bought our music, or supported us in any way
in 2016. It is much appreciated! Wishing you all a very Merry
Christmas and a very Happy 2017."
Derry expands GP health scheme 05.12.16
DERRY has expanded its GP Referral Scheme following the success
of the project re-launch last year. The initiative is funded by the
Public Health Agency and aims to reach out to sections of the
community who wouldn’t normally take part in physical activity. It
is specifically aimed at sufferers of diabetes, obesity and muscular
skeletal injuries. The project allows doctors to recommend sufferers
to take up regular exercise under the supervision and direction of
qualified coaches to help manage their conditions and hopefully
alleviate their health problems through regular exercise.
Sligo named European Capital of Volunteering
LONDON will today hand over the title of European Capital of
Volunteering to Sligo, according to Independent MEP Marian Harkin
who will attend the exchange with representatives of Sligo County
Council and Sligo Volunteer Centre. “Personally, today represents
the culmination of my initiative which in 2011 saw the creation of
the European Year of Volunteering which has led to the designation
of a European Capital of Volunteering. Sligo follows in a proud
tradition of Barcelona, Lisbon and London and it is gratifying that
Sligo is placed on the same platform as those great cities," said a
delighted Ms Harkin.
Demolition of listed 'ablutions' block 05.12.16
DERRY City and Strabane District Council has approved full
planning permission and listed buildings consent for the
refurbishment and extension of a former barracks building to provide
office accommodation at Building 104, Ebrington, Derry. The
application is for the refurbishment, extension and change of use of
an existing listed building to provide 19 offices. The application
also includes the removal of an existing ablutions block and
replacement with a new two-storey extension forming a new main
entrance and toilet facilities.
Artificial Intelligence to detect online abuse
A new toolkit using artificial intelligence will help police
identify new images of child sexual abuse online and find offenders
who present the highest risk to the public, according to a UCC
researcher behind the technology.
The iCOP toolkit will "automatically identify new and previously
unseen images of child sexual abuse for police" and will help reduce
the volumes of materials specialists have to view in order to find
UCC researcher Maggie Brennan said: “It's common to seize computers
and collections of child sexual abuse materials containing enormous
volumes of illegal materials, terabytes of individual files." The
new approach combines automatic filename and media analysis
techniques in an intelligent filtering module.
New car sales motoring despite Brexit 05.12.16
NEW car registrations nationally in November numbered 748 - a
drop of 192 compared to the same period last year. However, total
new car sales for the year so far are up 17% (146,175) on 2015
The figures, from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI),
also show an increase in sales of light commercial vehicles (667
vehicles, an 8% rise) and heavy goods vehicles (2,844 vehicles, a
33% rise) compared to last year. SIMI director general Alan Nolan
said: “2016 has seen the highest levels in new vehicle registrations
since 2008, even with the challenges of Brexit in mid-year and the
slowing down in the last couple of months. Overall it has been a
good year for our industry and all indications look that
registration numbers are on track to deliver in the region of
147,000 this year as predicted."
Home Alone hedgehog finds sanctuary 05.12.16
A young hedgehog left behind when his family went into
hibernation is now recovering at a wildlife sanctuary. The hoglet
was found wandering alone in a Co Tipperary garden a few days ago.
It is believed the creature was too weak to make it through its
four-month hibernation period. Hedgehogs must weigh about 500g
(about a standard loaf of bread) to survive their long winter sleep.
The young mammal was picked up and brought some 95km to Animal Magic
Wildlife Rescue in Kilmallock, Co Limerick.
Brexit seminar in Burt tomorrow 05.12.16
THE North West's response to the "challenges and opportunities"
of Brexit will be explored tomorrow at a cross-border conference in
Inishowen. The seminar will be hosted by Donegal County Council and
Derry City and Strabane District Council at An Grianan Hotel, Burt.
It is the first in a series of regional co-operation events aimed at
growing the 'North West Region' with the support of the Irish
Government and NI Executive via the North South Ministerial Council.
Places are limited so booking is essential. You can email
or alternatively 048 71370808.
Shoppers asked to support Barnardos
DONEGAL shoppers have been asked to add the Barnardos Christmas
Toy Appeal to their shopping lists this festive season and "help
make a child’s Christmas".
For the seventh year running, GLS ParcelShops are supporting the
Barnardos Toy Appeal where people can drop in their gift up until
Dec 16. Donegal's GLS ParcelShops are located at: Donegal
Stationery, 50 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny; Duffy Express
Freight, Cottage Farm, Newtowncunningham; Centra, Assaroe Road,
Ballyshannon; Ideal Gifts and Flowers, Raphoe; Bolands Centra,
Ballybofey and Craft Gallery, Glenties.
"Extortionate" car insurance must be tackled - TD
DONEGAL T.D., Charlie McConalogue says the recommendations of an
Oireachtas report on motor insurance "must be acted upon as a matter
of urgency". The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, which was
charged with investigating the spiralling costs of motor insurance,
accused the insurance industry of “cartel-like” behaviour. It
published 71 recommendations to make the process more transparent.
“The findings of this report will not come as any surprise to
drivers in Donegal who are forking out extortionate amounts for car
insurance premiums, which have been rising year on year," said
Survey shows benefits of gardening 28.11.16
A unique survey has shown that 89% of Irish people believe they
experience 'Mindfulness' in their gardens. Mindfulness was defined
in the survey as “the non-judgement of oneself and moment-to-moment
awareness of one’s thoughts and feelings". The study, carried out by
'The Irish Garden' magazine, had 1,567 respondents. They
respresented a wide mix of social status, ages and gardening
abilities. Meanwhile, 99.6% of them said that gardening or spending
time in their garden "increased well-being in their life".
Vigil held to end violence against females
A vigil was held at the weekend in St Columb's Cathedral, Derry,
as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign.
It was one of around a dozen gatherings in Church of Ireland
churches throughout Ireland to demand an end to violence against
women and girls. Five female clergy from Derry and Raphoe were among
those who led the vigil in the city. It was organised by Mothers’
Union’s local faith and policy Coordinator Jacqui Armstrong and was
overseen by the diocesan president, Mary Good. Welcome teams
distributed purple and yellow ribbons to people arriving in the
cathedral and prayer stations were set up throughout the church.
Prayers were also said for the PSNI and Garda Siochana who are
"fighting against people trafficking".
NCT in €12,000 Christmas giveaway 25.11.16
THE operators of the National Car Testing Service (NCT) are
giving away 12,000 euro in a series of Christmas draws.
Applus said it hopes to make this year's festivities "magical" for
12 lucky drivers bringing their cars for testing between now and
"Simply get your car tested before the 20th December 2016 and you
could be in with a chance of winning one of our 12 days of Christmas
prizes of €1,000!" Applus said in a website statement. The offer
only applies to vehicles eligible for an NCT and the winners will be
picked at random.
Meanwhile, 2016 is set to be the busiest year on record for the NCT
with the number of vehicles tested expected to smash the 1.5 million
mark for the first time.
Commendation for Wild Atlantic Way 25.11.16
THE Wild Atlantic Way has been awarded a commendation at the
Landscape Institute’s Awards 2016 at The Brewery, London. Competing
with 43 projects from both the UK and around the world, the Irish
tourism initiative received the “Highly Commended” Award for the
'Adding Value Through Landscape' category. It received the award for
its branding and interpretation scheme.
This helps the visitor engage with the route through interpretation
panels; local stories and customs and encourages them to spend time
in the local community.
Derry celebrates people with disabilities
DERRY is to host its first annual conference to celebrate people
with disabilities. The European Day of Persons with Disabilities is
part of the European Union’s efforts to promote the mainstreaming of
disability issues. Mayor of Derry, Hilary McClintock said it was a
"real honour" to be able to host the event this year. The
celebrations will take place at the Guildhall on Tuesday, November
29, 2016 from 10am until 2pm.
Donegal seaglass to make waves at RDS 25.11.16
DONEGAL-based jewellery maker Helen Haworth is set to bring
hidden treasures from Portsalon beach to a national stage when she
exhibits her range of Donegal Seaglass jewellery at the National
Crafts and Design Fair in Dublin’s RDS. The pieces are made from sea
glass and sea pottery collected from the beach at Portsalon, making
every piece a unique treasure from the shores of Donegal. “I started
collecting sea glass and sea pottery soon after moving here,” said
Helen who is originally from Shropshire in England.
Revenue in Christmas shopping crackdown
REVENUE has advised online shoppers
to be aware that their Christmas purchases have tax and duty
implications. The tax collection agency said that some deals "really
are just too good to be true, and what looks like an attractive
offer can ultimately be an expensive or even a dangerous, mistake".
It said, for example, a case of wine at €60 might look like a great
deal. However, excise duty and VAT on an average case of 12 bottles
of wine originating in another EU country will add more than €60,
bringing the price you actually pay to over €120.
McConalogue calls for NDLS in Inishowen 22.11.16
Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called for a
National Driving Licence Service Centre for Inishowen. He said
drivers in the peninsula have had to drive to Letterkenny to the
NDLS centre to apply for or renew their licences since a new system
came into place in 2013 . “While the NDLS system makes sense, there
are only 34 centres in the country and counties like Donegal, which
have a huge geographical spread, are at a major disadvantage," he
Donegal craft firm to showcase at RDS 22.11.16
DONEGAL'S centuries-old traditional of tweed manufacture will be
showcased on the national stage at the National Crafts and Design
Fair in Dublin’s RDS from November 30 to December 4. Design firm
Orwell and Browne, run by Catriona McGinley, makes "trendy notebooks
and diaries" from traditional local tweed. The south west Donegal
firm will be among some 600 Irish designers showcasing their work.
The annual fair is expected to draw 40,000 visitors and generate
more than €1m per day in sales.
"Almost half of farmer payments not paid" - TD
DONEGAL TD., Charlie McConalogue says farmers are facing
"increased cash flow problems as a result of serious delays in Rural
Development Programme payments". New figures released to the
Inishowen deputy reveal that only 52% of this year’s budget
allocation has been paid out.
“It’s quite unbelievable that only half of this year’s funding for
agri-schemes has been paid to farmers. This will result in serious
financial hardship for farmers across the country," he said.
"It’s particularly worrying that less than 4% of GLAS payments have
been made. The Government failed to allocate the level of funding
that it originally promised for this scheme, and now it’s failing to
pay out. This is a completely unacceptable situation," he added.
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