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Think Before You Flush 08.07.24

The Think Before You Flush 2024 campaign collaborates with Donegal County Council to protect Blue Flag beaches and marinas.

The campaign, operated by Clean Coasts in partnership with Uisce Éireann, emphasises the importance of appropriate flushing behaviour and disposal of items including wipes and other sanitary products, even if they are labelled as flushable. Only the 3 Ps: pee, poo and paper should be flushed down the toilet, everything else should go in the bin. When items such as wipes and sanitary products are flushed down the toilet, they can cause serious blockages in waste water systems, causing sewage overflows which can pollute our rivers, lakes, beaches and coastlines.

This collaboration between Donegal County Council and environmental programmes is crucial in safeguarding our Blue Flag Beaches and marinas. These efforts and ongoing commitment to protecting our coastlines and freshwater bodies will help ensure vibrant ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.

Learn more about the campaign at https://thinkbeforeyouflush.org/ .

Donegal Film Office Bursary

Donegal Film Office is delighted to announce Shannon Welby, Bébhinn Naughton, and Connor Richmond are the recipients of the 2024 Donegal Film Bursary funded by Creative Ireland. The Bursary is supporting stories told by local people and will engage cast, crew, and services from within the county.

Screenwriter Shannon Welby and Director Bébhinn Naughton both hail from Donegal, and Connor Richmond has many connections to the place, all having worked in the film and television industry for several years.

The script tells the story of a Donegal taxi driver who is eyes and ears to the community. At Christmas time, he witnesses the transient festive period of young people and emigrants only home temporarily. He has an opportunity to play an important – yet surprisingly mischievous – role in their lives.


Buncrana Sewerage Scheme 01.07.24

The upgraded Buncrana Sewerage Scheme will result in significant improvements to water quality in Lough Swilly by eliminating stormwater overflows. Significant progress has already been made by Uisce Éireann to improve the wastewater infrastructure.

The project is now reaching the midway point and 7.5 kilometres of pipeline has been laid in Buncrana across key areas such Cahir O'Doherty Avenue, Castle Avenue, Marion Park and Westbrook, encompassing the crucial St. Mary's segment of Cockhill Road.

Due to challenging ground conditions along Cockhill Road, open trench pipelaying techniques are being used and two crews have been deployed to ensure the works are completed as quickly and as safely as possible.

The provision of stormwater storage at both the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Westbrook Pumping Station is currently in progress and is due for completion by winter 2024.

Upgrades to the existing pumping stations at Westbrook, Derry Road, Ludden, Earlsfort and The Pier are scheduled to commence during the summer.

The decommissioning of the existing storm overflow at Castle Avenue is successfully complete, with works to decommission the existing storm overflow at Railway Road due in the summer of 2024.

For more information visit www.water.ie .


Two Inishowen finalists in Good Causes Awards 2024

Two county finalists from Inishowen will now compete for a place in the national finals judging phase next month. The awards aim to celebrate the inspiring work being carried out by thousands of projects, clubs and individuals who have received support from Good Causes funding.

Nearly 30 cents of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes throughout the country. In total, more than €6 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 36 years ago.

The two local initiatives recognised are:

• Spraoi agus Spórt in Carndonagh (Health & Wellbeing category)


• Clonmany Shamrocks Sports & Athletics (Sport category)

The full list of county finalists can be found at www.lottery.ie .

The total prize fund available on the night of the Good Causes Awards ceremony is €100,000, whereby each of the seven category winners will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will take home an additional €25,000. In addition, each of the National Finalists announced in June will receive a cheque for €1,000.


Two Inishowen primary schools shortlisted for
Explorers Ocean Champions Awards

To celebrate World Oceans Day (8th June), the Marine Institute is pleased to announce that fifteen primary schools across Ireland which have been shortlisted for the Explorers Education Programme’s Ocean Champion Awards 2023-2024.

The projects completed by the teachers and children highlight the value of ocean literacy themes being taught in schools, along with the importance of community collaboration in changing how we care for our marine environment.

Many of the successful projects showed children working with their community towards creating a sustainable ocean and blue future.

Inishowen Primary Schools Shortlisted:
• Scoil Cholmcille National School, Greencastle
Project Category: Marine Outdoor School Project
Project Name: Celebrating Greencastle's Maritime Heritage

• Scoil Naomh Bríd, Muff
Project Category: Ocean Literacy Creative School Project
Project Name: Seaweed for Ocean and human health

For more information about the Explorers Education Programme visit www.explorers.ie .


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