Sunday, October 01, 2006

News: Oct 1st 2006

Hiya all, it's been a while since I've done a news post. I've been away home on holidays for two weeks and been too busy to get a decent post written. But, here's some of the news stories from the past month or so:

Stories about the traveller development at Drimark:

Councillors reject Donegal Town traveller development Sep 26, 5:17 pm

Council to sell controversial Drimark site Sep 27, 5:21 pm

Donegal Town needs a theater for plays? Maybe we need a arts center, but I wonder if a dedicated theater would be self-funding?

Donegal Town crying out for dedicated theatre - claim Sep 25, 5:50 pm

Building, building, building:

Planning applications to reach record high in Donegal Sep 21, 5:27 pm

Looks like there are a lot of unwanted dogs in Donegal:

"County veterinary inspector, Frank McRory, said almost half the dogs at the shelter are handed in by members of the public which is a sad reflection on dog owners. "

997 unwanted dogs put down in Donegal - 2005 Sep 14, 5:15 pm

Almost a thousand dogs put down in Donegal in 2005 Sep 13, 11:38 am

Donegal architects develop plans to hide holiday homes when not in use:
· Houses can sink into ground when not in use
· Fears over environmental impact of building boom

Vanishing trick for Ireland's second homes.

A dual carriageway all the way to Dublin would mean a 2.5 or 3 hour drive!

"... in spite of Ireland's prosperity, many border regions such as the North West have been left behind. "

EU Commissioner backs Donegal to Dublin motorway calls Sep 05, 3:08 pm

Sinn Fein continue Donegal/Dublin motorway campaign Sep 04, 5:46 pm

Is broadband good or bad in the county?

Regional broadband scheme comprised of 70k of fibre optics Sep 12, 5:44 pm

Broadband in Donegal a "total disgrace" - ISME chief Sep 26, 5:05 pm

(ISME is the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association.)


Mick T. said...

And more info here about the Council (not) discussing campaigning for decent road from the NW to Dublin:

Anonymous said...

Houses can sink into ground when not in use... Great idea.. especially when the Tv inspectors call around.. all joking aside the idea has potential.

Anonymous said...

And the Irish Independet thinks the North-West is a good place for a holiday & golf:

"Pay a visit to the very best of the North West

THE North West of Ireland has a little secret - an abundance of traditional 'must-play' links territory that has been in existence for over a century. They don't have K Club-style luxury layouts, nor do they need them.

The Sligo-Donegal area is a treasure trove of links golf in particular, as I discovered on a recent visit. The story of the game in the North West features a cast of heroes from Old Tom Morris and Harry Colt to Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Darren Clarke.

Donegal men such as Frank Casey, owner of the Rosapenna Golf Hotel, and Cecil Doherty, managing director of the Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel and Spa, have helped polish the jewel that is the links experience in this area.

Co Sligo, designed by Colt and the home of the West of Ireland championship, is always a pleasure.

Strandhill is a pleasant links, and Castle Dargan, designed by Darren Clarke and Patrick Merrigan, will open for full play in 2007. The venue for GUI and ILGU championships, Enniscrone has now climbed into the premier division thanks to course architect Donald Steel.

In Donegal, Rosapenna's Sandy Hills - designed by Pat Ruddy - and the Old Course, created by Old Tom Morris, is a traditional links.

Rosapenna has 45 holes, while next door is the St Patrick's links where Nicklaus is upgrading the 36 holes. He hopes to open on St Patrick's Day 2008.

Ballyliffin's Old Course and the Glashedy Links - the latter another Ruddy construction - offer a breathtaking expanse of rolling duneland and quality golf holes.

Nick Faldo recently upgraded the Old Course and his work, allied to Ruddy's labours on the Glashedy, makes Ballyliffin a golfing Mecca. But there is more to Donegal. The established venues such as Portsalon, Dunfanaghy and North West are well worth a visit, as is Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh, Letterkenny and Nairn and Portnoo, a delightful links.

Time was the enemy but that visit whetted the appetite to go back and bask in the golf on offer in the 'Teddy Bear's Head' of the country."