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.

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