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Halloween bonfires 'illegal', council warns 25.10.16
DONEGAL County Council is asking householders not to provide materials for bonfires because the traditional Halloween celebration "can cause serious damage and injuries both to our environment and to our health".
Waste awareness officer Suzanne Bogan said: “While traditionally, wood and straw were used on bonfires in recent times materials such as tyres, mattresses, furniture, plastics, metal etc., are burned on bonfires. This type of activity is illegal. It is also an offence to supply waste materials to parties collecting for ‘Bonfire Night’." She added: "The burning of waste such as rubber, aerosols, plastics, foam, mattresses, couches and household waste material in bonfires is very damaging to our health and environment. When waste materials are burned on a bonfire harmful dioxins are created and released into the air that we breathe."

Burglars let themselves in your front door
GARDAÍ are urging people to "close the door on burglars" as latest figures show that nearly one in every three burglaries involve a break-in through the front door. New data from the Garda Analysis Service shows that front doors are the most common entry point in 29% of burglaries - with most burglars using their own body to shove in. Burglars also commonly target back doors (26%), back windows (24%) and front windows (8%), with one in five cases involving a burglar getting access through an unsecured door or window. Jewellery, cash, computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles are among the top items stolen. The statistics show that nearly half of burglaries occur between 5pm and 11pm.

Late Late Toy Show seeks young performers
THE Late Late Toy Show producers have hit the road in search of the country’s best young performers to take part in this year's extravaganza.
They revealed they are planning "the most spectacular opening number in the show’s history". Over the course of the next three days, in a closed audition process, they’ll meet singers, dancers and musicians from as young as four-years-old from all across Ireland. Some will perform alone and others will be part of choirs and groups with as many as 70 members. Auditions for invitees will take place Cork, Dundalk and Galway.

Breast cancer survival rates rise to 85%
MORE women are surviving breast cancer due to early detection, personalised treatment and knowledge about causes and risk factors, the Irish Cancer Society has revealed. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the society has analysed Irish breast cancer data over the past 40 years. In 1976, almost half of women diagnosed with breast cancer died from the disease. Today, survival rates for breast cancer have increased to 85% over five years, the society said. People across Ireland are encouraged to get behind the Paint it Pink campaign to raise vital funds for the continued investment in breast cancer research, advocacy and services. For information on hosting a pink coffee morning or event, visit .

It's a jungle out there for Daniel
DANIEL O'Donnell's secret codename when he was picked to appear on Strictly Come Dancing has been Tarzan!
The Donegal country crooner (54) was given the jungle-swinging moniker to keep his identity top-secret before his participation was revealed to the showbiz world.
Daniel's pseudonym was just one of Disney characters used for last year's 15 participating celebrities. His Strictly pal Jeremy Vine was dubbed Nemo.
The covert identities are known only to a handful of people.
The celebrities, themselves, must keep their participation secret for several agonising months before the hit show airs in September.
This year's celebrity codenames were borrowed from Shakespeare with Irish hopeful Laura Whitmore revealed as 'Lady Macbeth'.

Taxing times for Graham Norton
GRAHAM Norton has revealed he won't move his millions offshore because paying tax helps fund free education and healthcare.
The BBC star (53) pays hundreds of thousands in British taxes each year which go towards the National Health Service (NHS) and publicly-funded schools. But he says there should be a Revenue crackdown on the superwealthy who don't pay their fair share.
"If I were (Prime Minister) for the day I'd tackle tax evasion. If the very rich paid their fair share we'd be in much better shape. There would be more schools and more hospitals, people wouldn't be as disaffected and maybe Brexit wouldn't have happened," he said.

Rheumatology clinics restored at Letterkenny 18.10.16
DONEGAL TD., Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the reinstatement of rheumatology clinics at Letterkenny University Hospital. The HSE has confirmed that following the removal of services from the hospital in 2011, the clinic will be reinstated at the end of the month. Deputy McConalogue this evening said: “I have been raising this issue with the various ministers for health and the HSE since I was first elected to the Dáil. In this time, up to 300 Donegal patients have had to travel to Manorhamilton for rheumatology services. “After years of discussions, the HSE has now finally given a firm commitment on the reinstatement of the clinic, which follows on from the appointment of a third rheumatologist for the North West region a few weeks ago," add the Fianna Fáil public representative.

US visit is good for Donegal - McHugh 18.10.16
MINISTER for the Diaspora and International Development, Deputy Joe McHugh, has said that an IDA investment and marketing mission to the US west coast this week "presents opportunities for job creation in Donegal".
The five-day visit undertaken by IDA officials and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor, is designed to encourage a cross section of companies to consider setting up in Ireland, said Deputy McHugh. “We have a tremendous IDA story in Letterkenny with globally significant companies like Pramerica, Medisize, United Health Group, Zeus and SITA located here. It is a hugely attractive town for foreign direct investment with easy two hour access to Belfast International Airport, the unique fibre optic link to North America with Project Kelvin and a highly educated workforce thanks to Letterkenny IT," he said.

Wild Atlantic visit for American travel agencies
EIGHT American travel agents representing high-end luxury tour operators are in Ireland to learn more about Fáilte Ireland’s three major tourism brands: the Wild Atlantic Way; Ireland’s Ancient East; and Dublin – A Breath of Fresh Air.
The tailored visit has been designed "to promote Ireland to high end travellers from the US market and is hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with Tourism Ireland". Fáilte Ireland head of international publicity Ciara Sugrue said: “Fáilte Ireland is delighted with this opportunity to showcase our luxury tourism offering across our three tourism brands to these visiting US luxury tour operators, who represent a high end and lucrative segment of the American market."

Marketing brochure for Killybegs
A new Killybegs Harbour Business brochure which showcases the fishing village as a "modern, vibrant and forward looking harbour location" will be launched next week. The brochure outlines the key facts about "Ireland’s premier sea-port" including its manufacturing and engineering companies and the more recent facilitation of cruise ships into its deep water harbour. Local facilities, services and service providers are also included as is Donegal Airport for its role as a transport hub. Donegal County Council cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey said local authority was delighted to deliver the "marketing tool for Killybegs". It will be launched on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7pm in the Bayview Hotel, Killybegs.

Council urges caution over fraudsters
DERRY City and Strabane District Council has advised the public not to provide their bank details to callers allegedly purporting to be council officials. The warning comes following suspected fraud brought to the local authority's attention by Belfast City Council who received reports of fraudsters requesting bank details from customers to facilitate the release of a cheque.
Derry lead finance officer Alfie Dallas said he "wanted to err on the side of caution" by warning the public not to provide their bank details over the phone to anyone purporting to be from the council.

Derry promised "packed and varied" choral festival
DERRY Mayor, Clllr Hilary McClintock has welcomed more than 60 local, national and international choirs this week for the City of Derry International Choral Festival. The festival runs from Wednesday, October 19 until Saturday October 22 beginning with an Opening Gala Concert in the Guildhall at 7.30pm. “There is a packed and varied schedule of events on offer over the four days so whether you’re a choral enthusiast, or simply a lover of music, there is something to cater for all tastes," she said.

'Haunted Harvest Market' in Derry
A 'Haunted Harvest Market' will run at Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place, Derry to celebrate Halloween from Friday October 28 – Monday, October 31, 2016. The market will include a "bewitching" range of food and crafts from local producers and suppliers including a 'Hell's Kitchen' outlet. The market will operate from 12 noon to 8.30pm on Friday 28 – Sunday 20 and from 12noon – 10pm on Monday 31. Visitors can also look forward to live music, DJs and street performances.

25,000 attend Slow Food Festival 10.10.16
DERRY'S Slow Food Festival attracted more than 25,000 visitors to the two-day culinary celebration at Guildhall Square at the weekend, the council said. The event, held in an all-weather marquee, celebrated “good, clean and fair food” from across the North West. Rural tourism project officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council Jennifer O’Donnell said: "We were totally blown away by the crowds who flocked to the event on both Saturday and Sunday and the response has been overwhelming across the board. A number of the producers sold out on the first day and some had even sold out both days’ produce, such was the demand from the public which speaks volumes for the quality and range of our local food provenance.” The Harvest-style market featured charcuterie and fish, jams, chutneys and preserves as well as cheese, beef and pork. Cookery demos, talks by local craft brewers and a showcase for local beekeepers also featured.

Seminar to explore technology in public services
DELEGATES from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Derry and Strabane District Council are set to attend a seminar on OpenData in Letterkenny this week. The seminar, hosted by Donegal County Council, is part of the EU NPA funded IMPROVE project aimed at bettering the design of technology-driven public services. “The OpenData market in Donegal has a wide range of potential users from tourism and health applications to the design of better public services. We are hoping to explore these topics and to see how they can deliver economic, social and democratic benefits in the county," said the local authority's head of IT, Brian Boyle.

McConalogue wants Farm Assist restored
FIANNA Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to reverse the 2012 and 2013 cuts to the Farm Assist scheme in tomorrow's Budget 2017. He said more than 1,500 Donegal farmers had seen a "huge cut" in their income over the last four years.
“The cuts to the scheme have had a huge impact on the most vulnerable farmers in our county and many farmers are now being forced to decide whether it is worth their while continuing to farm”, said Deputy McConalogue.

Brexit day of action in Bridgend 05.10.16
THE 'Breaking Down Brexit Campaign' will host a day of action at the border in Bridgend this Saturday. The rally will have a "carnival atmosphere" with music, singing and drama. A re-enactment of the customs post of old will be set up with a number of vintage cars stopped and asked if they have "anything to declare?" The day of action has been organised by several groups opposed to the North - which voted against Brexit - being taken without its consent out of the European Union. The groups include trade unionists, the business community, community groups, charities, disability campaigners and others.
Co-organiser Dermot O’Hara from Destined said Brexit would negatively impact areas including EU funding; human rights and peace grants. "This will put services under further strain and lead to a reduction of services and increased isolation for our community," he said. The event will take place in Bridgend on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 3pm.

€2.2m windfall for wedding guest
A visitor to Donegal claimed a Lotto jackpot prize of €2,266,323 yesterday at National Lottery HQ in Dublin. The winner, who ask to remain anonymous, had travelled from England to attend a wedding on Saturday and bought a Quick Pick Lotto ticket at Centra Foodmarket in Carrigart. “It surreal, like I’m in a dream. Crazy…but a good crazy! I couldn’t believe it when I saw I had the winning numbers. I rang my girlfriend and then my sister to share the news.” He said he would try to "keep (his feet) on the ground" but that one of his first purchases would be a new car. The lucky winner shared the €4.5 million jackpot with a family syndicate of two from Kerry.

Average Donegal house price now 140K
DONEGAL property prices were 10% higher between July and September 2016 than a year ago. The average house price is now €140,000 or 23% above its lowest point, according to the latest report from
The current national average asking price is now €221,000 compared to €205,000 a year ago and €164,000 at its lowest point.
In Dublin, prices have risen by an average of €102,500 – or 46.5% from their lowest point in mid-2012. The average increase out the capital was €48,600, or 36% since 2013. Report author Ronan Lyons said the latest figures are a "cause for concern". He said that while there was "little risk of a credit-fuelled bubble" lack of supply is "severely affecting the market".

Parishioners offered church stones
A PARISH priest has devised a unique plan to demolish and recycle an old church wall - by inviting parishioners to take away stones.
Culdaff-born Fr Paddy O'Kane said the perimeter wall surrounding Holy Family Church in Derry is in poor condition and would be dismantled to make way for a new structure. The popular cleric is now hoping his unorthodox salvage scheme will keep renovation costs to a minimum while simultaneously helping anyone in need of free masonry. But he also issued one proviso – that would-be salvage hunters would be careful and not leave a mess. "We hope to build a new perimeter wall as the present one is in bad need of repair. If you would like to take some of the old stones - without making a mess! You are most welcome to come and help yourself," parishioners were told via the newsletter.

Majella slates unauthorised fan site
MAJELLA O'Donnell has warned fans about an unauthorised Twitter account purporting to be her husband Daniel's official fan page. Majella (56) said she feared genuine fans of the Donegal singer would be misled by the @danielodonnell1 account. While the country star (54) has an official Facebook page he has never joined Twitter. The mystery account appears to have been set up by a music webstore based in Australia. Majella tweeted: "I don't know anything about a Twitter page 4 Daniel! This is NOT an official page if his manager is not aware of it. (Please) don't mislead fans."

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