Monday, April 30, 2007


Stranded Whale in Magheraroarty:
A 14 tonne sprem whale who came ashore on a beach near Magheraroarty in North Donegal last Thursday is expected to die naturally over the course of the weekend ... Donegal Regional Manager of National Parks and Wildlife Services, Joe Gethins said that after a number of options were looked at to assist the whale, it had been decided to let the mammal die naturally.

Picture of the poor thing on the beach:

Gerry Adams was in Donegal Town:
The incoming Minister in the Northern assembly and North Belfast MLA is in Donegal Town today on the campaign trail for party candidate, Clr. Pearse Doherty.

And it looks like the election will be a close thing, but Mary Coughlan should retain her seat:
A TNS mrbi opinion poll, published on Raidió na Gaeltachta, suggests that Fine Gael and Sinn Féin will strongly contest the third seat in the Donegal South West constituency. The poll suggests that Fianna Fail's candidates will easily be re-elected.

Software Development & Customer Service jobs for Letterkenny:
Letterkenny-based software development and customer services business Pramerica is to create 70 new jobs and could potentially create a further 80. The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan announced the new positions at the firm, which is a subsidiary of Prudential Financial. Pramerica was set up in Letterkenny in 2000 and currently employs 550 people. The new position will be in areas such as software development and financial services.

The Irish Independent has some info about it too, but you have to register to see it:
... in Burnfoot, a €6m investment by E&I Engineering Ireland will result in 67 new jobs in engineering and research and development. The company manufactures switchgear and electrical distribution products for the international construction market.

Pramerica Systems Ireland, a software development and customer services subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), has been based in Letterkenny since 2000, where it employs 550 people. Its managing director Henry McGarvey said the success of the Letterkenny operation was due to the high calibre of employees's skills.

Fishermen upset at non-renewal of licenses:
Draft net fishermen in south west Donegal are staging a public meeting to garner the level of public support to a recent decision not to renew more than 70 licences. Spokesperson, Vernon Hegarty from Kilcar said it could have major financial implications for draft net fishermen.

The Rory Gallagher Festival is at the end of May in Ballyshannon, where Rory was born:
The musical tribute to Irish Rock 'n Blues legend Rory Gallagher is set to take place once again in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal this May. The festival will run from Thursday May 31continuing through to Sunday June 3, 2007.

Among the headline acts appearing at this year’s Tribute Festival is the Eric Bell Band, with the renowned frontman Eric Bell - the original Guitarist with the legendary Thin Lizzy ... The highly rated Aimon featuring Samuel Eddy appears all the way from Mississippi, USA while the Boo Boo Davis Band brings a raw blues sound from the home of blues in Delta.

I'll be home for a few weeks at the end of May and might head up to Ballyshannon to check out the festival.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Go Donegal!

Donegal County Flag
Thanks to dingbat for the pic.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Lure Of The Ocean"...

Regardless of the weather, to be at one with the ocean & the elements is an addiction. As JFK once said:

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy President of USA (1917 - 1963)

Going In

Photos by Matt Britton..

All Alone

Monday, April 02, 2007

Real news!

Donegal Town mother appeals for drivers to slow down

Donegal cheapest for houses:
A leading estate agency says the low house prices in Donegal should make the county more attractive to incoming industry. A study by Lisney shows that Donegal is the cheapest county in Ireland in which to by a house, while Dublin remains the most expensive, with prices there nearly double compared to this county.

Er, where exactly are these cheap houses?

Men on trial for (sexual) assualt on girl:
Six men are to be returned for trial to Donegal Town Circuit Court next month on charges of sex assaults on an under-age girl. ... One of the accused, who faces five unrelated charges, was also ordered to sign on three times weekly at Donegal Town Garda station and to reside at his mother's address. The six men were each given 14 days to notify the DPP of any alibi who might form part of their defence. They are due before the next sitting of the Circuit Court in Donegal Town at the end of May.

New Novel based around Donegal (and the border):

Donegal man, Shaun Gallagher, is leading the "Rookie" class in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship:

The Waterboys played in the Mount Errigal in Letterkenny:
Thanks to PJ for the pics.

Ballyshannon By-pass Bridge:
Ballyshannon Bypass
By Leppre on Flickr

Lough Eske Castle Redevelopment:
Lough Eske Castle with the new hotel emerging behind it.

By Pitmatic on Flickr.

Sunday, April 01, 2007


Mary Coughlan to join The Labour Party:

Plans for Donegal Town Aerodrome, with a dual-carriageway for pilgrims to Lough Derg:

Barnes Gap to become the North West's premier ski resort:

Break-off group from Fianna Fail to become the New Improved Independent Independent Fianna Fail:

Group demands nude surfing section for Rossnowlagh Beach:
Claims it's the Council's responibiilty to remove all the really sharp stones.

Lough Eske to become backup reservoir for Galway city:
Galway Council Counsellors claim Donegal sheep's urine is cleaner that Galway sheep's.

Government thinks Donegal is in Northern Ireland and provides grants for peace:
Fine Gale responds by saying they'll provide funds to rename West Donegal An Daingean 2: Revenge of the Gaeltacht.