Tuesday, May 29, 2007

"Town dying on its feet."

Interesting article in the Irish Independent about the development controversies in the town:

'Entire town is dying on its feet' as the builders bicker
MORE than 400 angry residents held a silent vigil in the Diamond in Donegal town last Sunday morning to protest against a bitter seven-year rivalry between developers that locals claim is killing the town.

However, Donegal is crying out for commercial and residential construction to breathe life into a town that has been left behind by the Celtic Tiger.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


If your in Ballydevitt and Lackrom your voting station has moved to Scoil an Leinbh Iosa in Killymard and is not at the Bosco Center:
Voters are being advised to check their polling cards to be certain of the location of their polling booth

Plans for a new Garda Station with 1km of the town:
The Office of Public Works will be looking for a site of one acre in size with road frontage. The existing station at Quay Street has no central heating and there have been complaints in the past that the building was infested by rats.

Hmmm, methinks a new Garda station should be in the middle of town and not out by the by-pass.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Angling center at Lough Eske burgled, and a few people busted for minor drugs offences:
Gardai in Donegal Town are appealing for information in connection with a burglary at a store and angling centre at Lough Eske on Friday night. A pressure washer and sludge pump with a combined value of approximately €2,000 were taken from the premises sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. ...Gardai in south Donegal reported a total of five seizures of substances believed to be cannabis over the weekend. The quantities involved are believed to have been for personal use. There were three detections in Bundoran and two in Donegal Town.

Jury sworn in for rape case in Donegal Town:
A jury has been sworn in at the Central Criminal Court for the trial of a Donegal man charged with attempted rape. The 25-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to attempted rape in a van of a woman he met outside a disco in a Co Donegal town on October 1, 2006 and to sexually assaulting her on the same occasion.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Election News.

Fianna Fáil might loose 2 seats in Donegal?

An opinion poll in today's Donegal Democrat shows Agriculture Minister, Mary Coughlan topping the poll in Donegal South West with Junior Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher struggling at the hands of Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty.

The survey shows Mary Coughlan with 33% of the first preference vote, Dinny McGinley is on 26%, Pearse Doherty on 19%, Pat the Cope Gallagher sits on 15%, Seamus Rodgers is on 4%, John Doherty has 2% with the Greens Sean O Maollchallann on 1%.

More info here:

The Kicking Donkey Bundoran Donegal Ireland
Thanks to Pitmatic on Flickr for the pic!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Mother & daugher found dead in house in Letterkenny

The bodies of a young mother and her seven-year-old daughter have been discovered in a house in Co Donegal, gardaí said today. The 26-year-old woman and the child were found in the property at Whitethorn Close, Letterkenny, shortly after 3pm.

“At this stage of the investigation there are no signs of any foul play,” said a garda spokesman.

It is understood suspicions were aroused when the young girl was not picked up for school by bus on the last two mornings. It is believed the mother was originally from Bundoran in the south of the county.

More details here:


Monday, May 14, 2007

News: Development Protest

Protest over lack of and hinderence of development in Donegal Town:

A crowd of about five hundred people attended a rally in Donegal Town today to demonstrate their support for development in the area.

The rally was staged in reponse to news that developer, Keeney Construction Limited is to lodge an appeal to An Bord Pleanala against a substantial town centre development, on the grounds that it may cause traffic congestion.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


I wrote this post in April and forgot to post it!

Pan Celtic Festival to be held in Donegal Town:
It's emerged that the Pan Celtic Festival will remain in Donegal for a further two years, and will be based in Donegal Town for 2008 and 2009.

The games draw entrants from Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany and of course, Ireland. Letterkenny is hosting this year's event which was officially opened yesterday and will run until Sunday. It is expected to draw 12,000 people to the town. While the Games generated a mixed reaction when staged in Ballyshannon a few years ago, Minister Mary Coughlan feels the event will be good for Donegal Town.

Then there is The Hills of Donegal Festival held in Bundoran in September:

A festival celebrating the links of the North West to Glasgow Celtic is expected to treble in size this year. The Hills of Donegal festival takes place at the end of September and is based in Bundoran. Almost 6,000 bookings have already been received this year which represents an increase of almost 300% on last year. Clr Sean McEniff said the festival has the potential to reap benefits for North Sligo and South Donegal.

Donegal Town from the Old Abbey

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Ralley for Development in Donegal Town to happen on Sunday, May 12th:

The mayor of Donegal Town says he's confident that a large crowd will attend a rally on Sunday to demonstrate their support for development in the area. ... Donegal County Council had given approval for a two storey shopping centre, 52 apartments, a cinema, office space and more than 500 carparking spaces at the Main Street carpark to developer Michael Kelly in recent weeks. Keeney construction claims that the development could cause traffic congestion. ... the rally hasn't been organised to tarnish anyone's name but is being supported by people from all across South West Donegal who want development in the area.

Meanwhile Ballyshannon pushes for a business park:
Calls for the establishment of a business park on the outskirts of Ballyshannon to assist small enterprises have today been voiced by a local town councillor.

Who wants to take bets that Ballyshannon will have a business park before Donegal Town gets something?

Green party support rail link between Sligo-Donegal Town-Derry:
The Green Party is backing ambitious proposals to build a railway line from Sligo through Donegal to Derry.

Details of the proposals were unveiled at a public meeting in Donegal Town last night by the rail transport researcher Brian Guckian. He's proposing that the system be constructed in three parts, from Sligo to Donegal Town, Donegal Town on to Letterkenny and from Letterkenny to Derry at an estimated cost of 750million euro. ... That figure could be dramatically reduced if the track is laid along the original railway network in Donegal. Frank Gallagher is the Green party's election candidate in Donegal North East. He says his party is already seriously considering the proposals.

It would be good to have trains running through the gap again, but even running it on the old line (where it still exists) it would be some cost. And would fare collections cover it the costs to build and run it? It's just too bad that the old train line were scrapped. Also, from what I know the land the lines ran on were given to the County Council, who then proceeded to either sell it or give it to whomever owned land around the line, talk about short sighted ...

Ruston Engine at Donegal Town railway museum Ireland

Thanks to Pitmatic for the pic of the auld Donegal train engine that now rests in Fintown.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Is Donegal's water supply at risk to cryptospiridium (which has affected Galway City's water supply)?

The Green Party Candidate for Donegal North East Frank Gallagher is expressing concern at reports that some water supplies in Donegal are at risk from cryptospiridium.

EPA figures show 47 individual water sources across the country to be at 'very high risk', with the highest number of these sources in Galway, Donegal and Longford ...

Donegal County Council is stressing that while some areas have been determined to be at risk, no cryptospiridium has been found, and some of the high risk areas have either been shut down or improved.

Meanwhile, County Chemist Donal Casey is taking exception to reports describing Donegal as an "offending" county, saying the council had complied with a request from the EPA to do a risk assessment in 2005, and is working to address the issues which arose as a result of that assessment.

And some more information about water supply in Donegal:
The Envirnomental Protection Agency is expresing concern about waste water management in Ireland.

A new report on urban waste water discharges in 2004 and 2005 has found that up to 18 percent of all waste water in this country wasn't treated properly, with one of the worst problems found in Killybegs.

With reference to Donegal, the report finds that required secondary treatment was not provided at six locations by the end of 2005, they were Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Dungloe, Falcarragh, Killybegs and Moville.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Rural Transport?

Better public tranport for rural West Donegal?
West Donegal has been included on a new 500 thousand euro nighttime rural transport scheme announced today by Community and Rural Affairs Minister Eamonn O'Cuiv ... The new scheme is intended to assist people in rural areas participate in community, sporting and social events in the evening.

Donegal Town