Sunday, July 30, 2006

News: Week ending Jul 30, 2006

Heroin addiction a problem in Killybegs??

Clr. Thomas Pringle claims heroin addiction has become a real problem in Killybegs following a recent discovery of the drug in the town.

Minister blames Donegal youth for high youth unemployment rates?

“Launching a report on enterprise in Donegal, Minister Martin said: ‘there is a need to convince the young population and the unemployed of the county of the importance of education and training’."

Funding for AquaCulture (fish farming) Projects in the county.

"The Donegal aquaculture industry is to receive funding of almost 700,000euro."

South African workers taken advantage of?

"Their employer has defended the situation stating that when flight costs, accommodation and bonuses are taken into account, their wage stands at €8.74 and not €2.80 as claimed."

Mary C. speaks out:

Roche promises action on "inordinate" delays in Donegal.

The Minister for the Environment has promised a swift reaction to capital projects in Donegal which he says are taking an "inordinate" amount of time to complete.

Co. Donegal's population increases nearly 7% in four years.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Heavens Playground....

Freewheelin' Franklin...


Click on Pic for bigger sizeWe all lived in hope for the reformation of "Freewheelin' Franklin", entertainers like no other, they could always get the crowd rocking great music with major craic & banter with all the fans. Sadly lead singer Vincent Coughlan (RIP) is no longer with us.. but his spirit lives on throughout his family & friends. L/R. Paul Coughlan on keyboards, Greg Gorman on drums, Lead singer Vincent Coughlan, Peter Cannon, lead guitar & Ciaran Mac, on bass.. if you look to the front of the stage I'm sure that the guy with the brown leather jacket is Sean Faulkner...??? photos Greg Gorman.

These guys hummed and crowds flocked to see them. All good things come to a end, "unfortunately". What a great band, & brilliant sessions they would create.I remember a gig in the White horse Greenford London & Vinny (lead singer) stopped singing, half way through a song & went chat the multitude of female fans in the audience, much to the disgust of the other band members.The Craic was mighty, free pints to keep them well oiled, accommodation in the famous 90 Preston Hill & payment for the sessions. It seemed that it was a win,win situation, but when they landed back at mcGroartys pub in Donegal town, after paying for fuel, food & the ferry, their spoils when divided between all... was a mere pound each.. such is life!Another tale I heard from a family member was while playing in Killybegs one night at the Harbour bar, the place was packed to the doors & all the lads thought success was on the horizon, then to discover they were all there for "take your pick" & as soon as it was over, the crowd dispersed.They played on, to deaf ears to those who were left, but failed to draw attention until.. Vinny announced that the next set was dedicated to Mick Jagger who sadly died today.. suddenly he had drawn all the attention, the crowd were in the palm of their hands as they knocked out a selection of Rolling Stones songs to tremendous applause. Afterwards, Vinny was approached by several people to ask where did he hear about it? Vinny responded; "I think I heard something about him on the news & I'm nearly sure it was true". A pure Genius & a great entertainer.

Long time no see...

It was great to click up with Leo Gorman after so many years... no change, still the same sound Leo. I have aquired some great material of the Mountcharles crew, from him & will post as soon as I get five. The Lovely young lady in the center of us two is Antonia my daughter, she is ensuring that we remain verticle for the shot.

The Darkest Hour....

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Right tis time for more pics! Been too busy at work. Maybe I'll dreg up some news for the weekend too! ;) Click on the pics for a bigger view, hover your mouse over each pic for the title:

The Thatch Pub, Ballyshannon Welcome to the Germans The Revs from Co. Donegal
Rory Gallgher Festival in Ballyshannon

And someone's Hen Party in Donegal Town! ;)