Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Ballyshannon man is Sligo IT's new Student's Union President:

23 year old Daniel McGarrigle from Ballyshannon has been elected to succeed Andrew Valley from Tuam as President of the Student's Union.

Bad car accident:
The 22 year old woman who was killed near Ballybofey in the early hours of yesterday morning has been named as Teresa McDonagh with an address in Derry. She was a passenger in a Land Rover with her husband, Patrick along with three of the couple's four children.

Donegal Town library tenders out for bind:
A new state of the art €1million library for Donegal Town should be in place in the next 12 to 18 months. That's according to local councillor, Jonathan Kennedy who yesterday proposed that Donegal county council seek tenders for the project to go ahead, this was seconded by Clr Brendan Byrne.

Saturday, March 24, 2007


Donegal & Wind Power:
Cllr Harte emphasised: "We definitely need more clarity with regard to wind farms. We need to point people in the right direction and have designated guidelines so that they are not going through the whole planning process which is costly and time consuming only be to turned down at the end of it."

One of the most important things which needs to be taken into consideration is that these wind farms need to be looked at, not just as structures, but as a positive contribution to creating renewable energy for the future of the planet."

Nicely said Cllr Harte.

More info here:

And here a pic I tool last September when I went hiking above Lough Eske:
Bluestack Wind-turbines

And from the same place, "Rogue developers get another warning"
Mr McLoone was speaking at Monday night's Town Council meeting in Letterkenny where four motions were tabled concerning planning problems around the town. There were claims from councillors that some developers "had the belief that they could do what they wanted and get away with it".
A number of residents from the Carolina Park area of Letterkenny attended the meeting to highlight their dispute with a local developer who has built an illegal road beside the estate , leading to flooding and damage to gardens. It emerged that an enforcement notice was issued by the council against the developer 14 months ago and he had still failed to comply with the terms of that Notice.
"We're trying to recruit planners and administrative staff to ensure all legal matters are followed up. However, the message has to go out loud and clear that we are absolutely focused on active enforcement. People who don't comply will suffer the full force of the law and the sooner the better," he said.

Government devolution will help Donegal:
The Minister for Finance says that areas like Donegal will benefit most if devolution in the North takes place on Monday as he expects. ... Speaking to Highland Radio News Minister Cowen says if sense prevails the northwest will soon benefit from his governments historic announcement of investment north of the border.

It just shows how Governments up in Dublin value "remote" areas like Donegal. Is the only reason Donegal is getting "benefits" is because of our proximity to the North? And if the North doesn't get it's act together Donegal suffers? Now, think about that, they're acting like Donegal is part of Northern Ireland!

I remember one time on the bus down from Dublin this wan sat down beside me at Navan and when she heard I was from Donegal said "Isn't that in the North?" No I said, it's in the Republic. Then looking at me like I was an idiot she asked me another 4 times before she got off in Cavan! I think half the folk in Ireland think we're all Northies, let's change the name back to Tirconaill and then see what happens! ;)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Some auld pics from 1987's Parade!

These are photographs of a video-tape that Gordon Simms took.

Last summer when I was home me Uncle James & Aunty Isabel showed me a few videotapes that Gordon had given them before he passed away. Gordon used to be out with his video-camera taping all the events about town including the old No-Name Club. Thanks Gordon, I always thought you were so cool when I was a wee'un! And I hope some folk will get some enjoyment from these pics of your tapes.

Lizzy who's pictured above, recently graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from the College of Art & Design in Dun Laoghire (pic below taken from last summer's Donegal Times!). Congradulations Lizzy, hope you like the pics! ;)

If anyone has pictures of the parade and you'd like me to post them let me know. See comments on this post for my e-mail address.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Rally for the Paddys in Amerika:
Support the illegal Irish in America.

The Tech pilots new efficient wood burning boiler:
A new wood fuel boiler which is being piloted in the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town could cut heating bills there by up to 50%. The €100,000 project which was officially launched last Friday, was backed by Donegal Local Development Company and forestry firm, Greenbelt.

Primary Schools overcrowded:
More than 80% of primary schools in Donegal have a greater pupil/teacher ratio than that promised by the government according to the General Secretary of the INTO. John Carr was speaking ahead of a public meeting being held in Donegal Town this evening to discuss class sizes in the south of the county.

Yet the country is awash in money and huge tax revenue. If the hinterland like Donegal can't get decent funding in these wealthy times what's going to happen in the next recession?

Farmers advised on insurance & environmental issues:
Hundreds of Donegal farmers could be at risk of leaving themselves open for possible insurance claims as a direct result of the government backed Farm Waste Management Scheme. Over 3,100 farmers will get grant aid towards making their farms more environmentally friendly, but they have been warned to make sure that contractors doing the work are covered by insurance.

Suspicion death in
Gardaí in west Donegal are investigating the death of a man whose body was found behind a holiday home about 1.5km from Ranafast. The body was found by workmen working at the holiday home. The man is believed to be in his mid-60s.

Is it me or does there really seem to be more crime and serious violence?

Our wee Daniel is a wile nice wee fella:
Daniel O'Donnell made it clear today that he will never leave the Donegal shore he is always singing about ... rumors ... were sparked after he sold his palatial home, built on a headland overlooking the Atlantic a few years ago ...

"The reason I sold up in the first place is because that dream bungalow, beautiful as it is, was simply too big for the two of us, especially as Majella's two children Siobhan and Michael are both away at university and school," he said.

"What we want is a smaller place to come home to which will be easier looked after."

Plus methinks a lot of these new BIG homes seem very sterile and not homely at all.

And a couple of pics of Lough Eske sent to us from James Lawne whose living in London these day.
Lough Eske Lough Eske
Don't forget to sponser James in the London Marathon! Scroll down the page for more info.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Some pics from James

From James Lawne, taken in May 2005.

Click on the pictures for a bigger view.

Rossnowlagh from Smuggler's Creek:

And don't forget to sponsor James in the London Marathon.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

News & Stuff.

Not enought foreign tourists visiting Donegal:
Hoteliers in Donegal are fighting a losing battle because of the low numbers of overseas visitors to the county each year. That's according to Paul Diver of the Donegal Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation who is in Cavan today for the Federation's 69th annual conference.

Jimmy Hartes FG Video?

Old Abbey, Donegal Town overlooking the Bay
Donegal Bay as taken the Sis.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

James is running the London Marathon!

James Lawne, from out by Clar, is running the London Marathon next month and is raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. If you would like to sponsor James go to:

So get your credit cards out and give a few bob, and if your in London cheer James on!

The picture is of James after finishing the half-marathon in Palermo, Sicily last year.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


First the bad:

Possible rape of a 13 year old girl:
Gardai are continuing to question a man in connection with an alleged rape of a minor in Donegal Town at the weekend. The girl at the centre of the investigation is thirteen years old.
It happened in Donegal town on Sunday night. A man has been arrested and is being questioned by detectives in connection with the incident.
He was released at late last night pending instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Now the good:

Donegal school to benefits from additional funds:
Twelve schools in Donegal South West have been included on a programme for extension and refurbishment works announced today. Carrick National School, Meenaneary, Killaghtee in Dunkineely, Fintra, St Eunans in Laghey and Edeninfagh and Scoil Mhuire in Glenties are among the schools to benefit locally.
... a total of €4.5 million being invested.

New Tourism Center for the town, it will also house the Waterbus offices:
Work is to being next week on the development of a state-of-the art tourism centre for Donegal Town ... at the pier ... will also serve as a base for the Donegal Bay Waterbus.

Local councillor, Jonathan Kennedy ... said that on a day when it's being reported that tourism is Ireland's most important indigenous industry contributing 2.7 billion euro to the exchequer, it's a great boost to Donegal Town to have work start on this project.

Emerging Rural Tourism initiative:
Fáilte Ireland is promoting the European Destinations of Excellence to identify the best emerging rural destination in each of the Member States. ... Any town, district, village or area with a population of up to 10,000 is eligible to participate in the competition.

And a pic of Donegal Bay from the Waterbus! :)

View of Donegal Bay from the Waterbus

Thanks to the sister Jeannie for the pic!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Tesco for Sligo

New 4 story building will have a Tesco, and local retailers are worried:

TESCO has been given the green light to construct a four-storey building on O'Connell Street in Sligo incorporating a major new supermarket and a number of residential units. An Bord Pleanála rejected objections from local traders in the adjacent arcade area to the proposed development which will necessitate the partial demolition of an existing supermarket and will include 11 two-bed apartments.

... the tenants' association claimed "adequate safeguards were not in place to ensure small businesses could continue to operate during the construction phase". It stressed the importance of "avoiding disruption to the vitality, viability and operation of existing retail operators" and noted that "the city plan acknowledges the importance of small town-centre retailers".

So will Tesco bring more business to Sligo and help all the businesses in the town or will it compete with them? One good thing, it sounds like it is at least in the center of town.

What do you think?

Couldn't find any decent pics of Sligo, so here's one of Errigal instead! :)
Errigal Winter.
Thanks to Liam M. on Flickr for the pic

Sunday, March 04, 2007


15 jobs for the Town:
Fifteen new jobs are to be created in Donegal Town with news that a tool hire company is to expand it's operation to the area.Watsonhire provides hire equipment to the construction, DIY and industrial sectors in the North West.

Donegal the poorest county:
Donegal ranks as the poorest county in Ireland according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. The average disposible or after-tax income in the county stands at €16,008 which is more than €2,700 or 15% below the national average of €18,781.

Local MEP responds:
Deputy Marion Harkin ... a North West MEP has accused the government of deceiving the people of Donegal and the EU when it comes to there record on job creation and investment in this county.

17th Century shipwreak found off Buntonport:
A shipwreck which could date back to the 17th century has been discovered in waters off the coast of Burtonport. Large sections of the hull around the keel of the wreck are still intact.

View from the Bluestacks

Stuck for a pic to post so here's oneI took up the mountains when I home last year.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Road Improvements ahead?

The Irish minister for finance has told a conference in Co Down that his government could spend billions of pounds to improve Northern Ireland’s infrastructure. Brian Cowen said the completion of a high quality road network linking Dublin, Belfast and the north west by 2013 were among the government’s priorities ...

The inclusion of the Letterkenny/Derry gateway will introduce a powerful cross-border dimension to balanced regional development. The Irish government is already committed to investing heavily in projects that directly benefit Northern Ireland,” he said. “We are investing in the development of integrated all-island infrastructure, for example, roads infrastructure with the completion of the Dublin to Belfast road corridor and the upgrade of other major roads to the north.”