Tuesday, July 31, 2007

News.

Co. Donegal may get a sexual assualt treatment center in Letterkenny:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000746

Fight, Fight! Fights on the Diamond over the weekend, Gardi have to get backup from Ballyshannon:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001656
A fracas involving up to 15 men from the Donegal Town and Mountcharles areas took up to 30 minutes to bring under control in the early hours of Sunday morning. One man is believed to have sustained minor injuries and required a number of stitches.

Hmm, men or (underage) drunken boys?

Just found this site, about promoting sport in Donegal:
http://www.activedonegal.com/about/

And did ye know that there are Golden Eagles back in Donegal, and the 1st chick in a century was born and is getting ready to start to fly:
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/golden-eagle-chick-first-to-fly-in-wild-in-century-1047539.html
"It is a sheer joy to be able to watch an Irish-bred Golden Eagle hatch, grow and fledge - it is another significant addition to Ireland." The involvement of the hill farmers and Donegal IFA were significant ingredients of the project's success to date.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Poop!

The council closes the public toliets in the car park and wonders why people are pooping in the car park?

http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001640

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

News.

Funding for litter problems:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000726

And street cleaning in Ballyshannon is done by one lad!
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001604

Penalty points:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000727

Leitrum Shooting:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001623

Donegal and social inclusion programme:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000718

Letterkenny is planning to get big:
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/DN/free/295358909032440.php
We need to have a clear picture of how Letterkenny is going to develop as a city and start planning for a population of over 50,000 with places such as Churchill, Drumkeen and Kilmacrennan as suburbs of the town," he said.

About time someone thought about planning, Letterkenny has an abundance of shops but it seems to me as the planning has been near non-existant exceptfor the desire for growth. It's sprawled so much that you'd have a hard time walking from end of the town to another, and that housing estates are springing up whereever they can be build as opposed to where they could better fit in with the existing town layout.

A friend lives in Letterkenny and lives is a nice house in a housing estate overlooking town with great views. But, if you want to go for a drink at the weekend you can't drive home, if you walk you could knocked down cause the road is busy with fast speeding traffic and has no footpath, nor streetlighting, and you can't find a taxi!

What's going to happen when we have a lot of seniors who can't drive living on housing estates miles from the shops, or if and when petrol prices goes up?

Prisoner absconds from Ballyshannon courthouse:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001618
Fecking eejit!

And the people of the town of Muff are annoyed at an advertising campaing of a British Airline:
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/muff-miffed-over-cheap-shot-in-airlines-tv-ad-1043548.html

Found this blog where someone likes the Blueberry:
http://diligences2007.blogspot.com/2007/07/donegal-town.html
Always good grub there, and Brian is a sound lad.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

News!

Funding for groups that work with people with disabilities:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001606
Funding of more than a quarter of a million euro has today been granted to organisations in Donegal South West which provide services to people with disabilities.

Dogs attack and kill seals and sheep:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000709
It's emerged that a number of seals have been killed by dogs on the shore of Donegal Bay. In what's being seen as a related incident, a number of sheep in a nearby field have also been attacked by the dogs.

More details and it looks like the dogs responsible were found and captured:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001613
Fourteen seals have been killed in Donegal bay with several sheep also having been attacked and killed by dogs in Donegal Town.

Two dogs have been now been put down following the recent incidents which are being described by animal welfare groups as a desperate tragedy.

Chairperson of the Donegal county animal welfare group, Kathleen Murray, has said the seal herd in question was a particularly valuable one because of it's breeding ability.

She said that aggressive dogs which set out to kill are a very dangerous proposition.

Holy crap, can you believe this lad!
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001612
A Donegal town native who admitted a string of crimes, including dugs-dealing and speeding at 175 km/h in a 100 km/h zone, has been jailed for 14 months.

He was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday, July 18, when drunk in charge of a car in Pearse Rd, Letterkenny, and appeared a few hours later on all 15 charges in Donegal town

He also pleaded guilty to causing €5,700 worth of damage to an ATM machine at the Ulster Bank in Glencar shopping centre, Letterkenny, breaches of the peace, drunkenness and dangerous driving.

Garda Inspector Ernie White told the court that in January last year Callaghan was detected by a speed-gun when driving dangerously at night at 175 km/h – 109 miles per hour – in Lettereknny.

When the car was stopped a large quantity of cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis was found in it.

Two months later he was spotted driving from The North into Pettigo. When he was later stopped at Laghey there was an ounce of cannabis worth €300 concealed in the steering wheel.

Not too smart?

But, then there is this:
He had made strident efforts to try to rehabilitate himself and, while accepting his wrongdoing, there had not been an issue with drugs for a year.

The judge recommended that Callaghan be given medical treatment and counselling for drugs and alcohol abuse while serving his time in St Patrick’s Institution for young offenders.

I hope he does, cause otherwise it sounds like he'll end up causing even worse trouble, or in worse trouble or dead.

Let's end with a happy story. :)

Donegal Actor may be doing Elmo's voice for TNG's Irish version of Sesame Street or Sraid Sesame:
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/DN/free/298672591275707.php

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fighting, stealing, & vandalism!

I interpret the public order offences to mean people fighting on the Diamond:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001592

Gardai in Donegal Town arrested a total of six people for public order offences over the weekend.

They are also investigating criminal damage to two properties on Tir Chonaill Street and Quay Street which saw a number of large panes of glass broken.

Furthermore a number of cars were vandalised when graffiti was sprayed on them in recent days, two such incidents occured in Ballyshannon and one in Donegal Town. Offensive language was sprayed on the vehicles in black paint.

To counter that here's a wee article about tourism in Donegal and the West:
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-news/article2777352.ece

The most desolate yet magical landscape lies between Donegal town and the remote village of Glencolumbcille. Here St Columba (or Columbcille) founded a monastery in the 6th century – and here you can still see some of the area's pre-Christian standing stones that he neatly adapted. The village became all but deserted after the Great Famine, yet during the 1950s it was enthusiastically revived by a local vicar. With fuschia-fringed lanes and painted houses, today it is a lively place with a centre for Gaelic culture and language (www.oideas-gael.com).

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

News: Ballintra

More details about the girl found dead in the Ballintra flat:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000682

She was one of a group of six teenagers from Belfast who had rented two apartments in Ballintra on Saturday to begin a week long holiday.

It's been reported that the girl felt unwell on Saturday night and stayed in one of the apartments as the rest of the group went out for a meal.

When they returned after mid-night they discovered the girl's body.

Highland Radio sold

The company that owns Highland Radio has sold it. See RTE for more details:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0716/obriend.html?rss

A company owned by businessman Denis O'Brien has purchased Today FM, FM104 and Donegal's Highland Radio from Emap ...

An Emap statement to the London Stock Exchange said that Mr O'Brien's Communicorp paid £135m (€200m) for the three stations ...

London based Emap, the publisher of Closer and Grazia magazine, decided to sell its radio stations in Ireland some months ago so it could concentrate on digital media ...

'The sale is conditional upon obtaining certain necessary regulatory clearances which are expected to be obtained in the second half of our financial year', Emap's statement said today ...

Monday, July 16, 2007

News

West Donegal needs better bus service:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000664

I heard people complaing that after Bus Eireann bought McGeehans that the services McGeehans used to run have been cut back, plus the quick route to Dublin via Pettigo was dropped.

Dolphins washed ashore in North Donegal and in Northern Ireland:
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article2759300.ece
I reckon the oceans and seas are getting so polluted that we're making the fish and the large ocean mammals ill.

Man working at a fruit&veg stand near the Derry Border killed in hit&run:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000670
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article2763639.ece

15 year old girl from Belfast found dead in a flat in Ballintra:
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article2771220.ece
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0715/donegal1.html
http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mhkfsnkfkfcw/rss2/

12 year old rescused by the coast guard after her rubber raft drifts 1km of Bundoran beach:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0715/donegal.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6899883.stm

Maybe some new air routes from Carrickfin Airport:
http://www.letterkennypost.com/2007/07/12/new-donegal-air-routes-possible/

Ulster-Scots Festival:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000673

Big crowds for the Parade at Rossnowlagh, and Government Ministers surprised that the Orange Lodge are reluctant to ask for offical assistance in organising the event:
http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irish-voice/news/OrangeOrderWantsNoHelp120707.aspx

Here's a pic I took down when I was home in June, it's by big Pier at Mountcharles:
Boat on Mountcharles Pier

New Trains for Sligo.

Cool new trains for the Sligo-Dublin train line. See this thread at boards.ie and pics by Magnum_Lady at flickr.com.

A wee video here:

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=E5_X1msqWto

Friday, July 13, 2007

Donegal Lonely Hearts!

The Raz man sent me these, don't know where they originally originated from but they're pretty funny. For those of you whom are humour impaired, it's a JOKE! :)

Clonmany man, 50, in desperate need of a ride. Anything considered.
Even Buncrana women. Box06/03

Heavy drinker, 35, Letterkenny area, seeks gorgeous sex addict interested in pints, fags, Finn Harps club and starting scraps in market square at three in the morning. Box73/82.

Bitter, disillusioned Bundoran man lately rejected by long-time fiancée seeks decent, honest, reliable woman, if such a thing still exists in this cruel county of hatchet-faced b1tches. Box53/41

Ginger-haired Newtoncunningham troublemaker, gets slit-eyed and shirty After a few scoops, seeks attractive, wealthy lady for bail purposes, maybe more (must not mind the smell of fish) Box84/87

Artistic Fanad woman, 53, petite, loves rainy walks on the Fanad bog,writing poetry, unusual Fanad cow-dung and interesting brown rice dishes, seeks mystic dreamer for companionship, back rubs and more as we bounce along like little tumbling clouds on life's beautiful crazy journey. Strong stomach essential Box12/32

Chartered accountant, 30,Likes a drink, seeks female for marriage. Duties will include cooking, light cleaning and accompanying me to office social functions. References required. No timewasters. Box23/45

Bad-tempered, foul-mouthed old bastard living in a damp cottage in the arse end of Donegal Town seeks attractive 21-year old blonde lady withbig chest. Box40/27

Devil-worshiper, Gweedore area, seeks like-minded lady for wining and dining, good conversation, dancing, romantic walks and slaughtering dogs in cemeteries at midnight under the flinty light of a pale moon. Box52/07

Attractive brunette, Raphoe, winner of Miss Wrangler competition at Frankies nightclub, in September 1978, seeks nostalgic man who's not afraid to cry,for long nights spent comfort-drinking and listening to old Declan Nerney records. Please,>Please! Box30/41

Carndonagh man, 27, medium build, brown hair, blue eyes, seeks alibi For the night of February 27 between 8pm and 11.30pm

Thursday, July 12, 2007

News & things ...

Woman falls into the River Eske and dies:
http://www.donegalpost.com/2007/07/11/river-eske-tragedy/
This is so sad:

... She raised the alarm after seeing Margaret Doran, also known as Margaret McMenamin, fall into the River Eske.

It was just after 9am, and there was “nobody else about”. “She was sitting there having a smoke,” and “got up and lay flat out on the wall, then rolled over.” She first fell on a bank of grass at the edge of the river and then rolled again, into the water. ...

Donegal teen in American for first of many operations that will create a chin for him is to return home:
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article2742927.ece

Donegal Garda reserve:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000619

Number of Croncrakes down:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000630

197 new business in Donegal so far this year:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000657

Blair invited to Ballyshannon, where his Mum is from:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0704/blair.html

Campaign launched to attract Donegal people from overseas:
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/dn/free/324771955998413.php

Letterkenny firm develops reneweable energy source
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/DN/free/328092024021146.php

Council to increase the size of the Lough Mourne reservoir at Barnes:
http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/story.aspx-qqqt=IRELAND-qqqm=news-qqqid=24970-qqqx=1.asp

5 year old chess prodigy from Killea:
http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2007/07/prodigy-takes-chess-world-by-storm.html

Nice article about Americans who live in Donegal:
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/dn/free/292155984983896.php

And this quote particularly interested me:

Pamela now feels like an intricate member of the local community and thinks that Donegal is being steadily Americanised. She fears that it will mirror the American trend whereby the main street area in Letterkenny will suffer at the hands of major stores.

"My fear is that it will wipe out some of those small businesses on the main street. And that's sad because in America we used to have downtown and main streets just like that and they're all boarded up now, ..."

I've seen that over here too in smaller towns and cities that get their equilivant of a by-pass and all the businesses move out of town and ye end up with these huge complexes with acres of parking and they're too far to walk to, and their too far from each other for people to walk from one to another. Another reason why we're all getting so fat!

... that's the ghetto. It turned into a horrible place where crime is."

Hmmm, ghetto sounds a bit like an oversimplification or middle-class folk scared of the city center. But, I guess something similar could happen to bigger towns in Ireland too? What do you think?

Monday, July 09, 2007

Pics!

Some pics I took while at home:

Donegal

Ben Bulben

Saturday, July 07, 2007

News.

40 million for housing:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001314

Housing boost for 3 towns:
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000000382

Dunkineely County Councillor John Boyle is to be the new Mayor of the County Council when it meets for its annual general meeting in Lifford:
http://www.oceanfm.ie/onair/donegalnews.php?articleid=000001540

John owns the Ringfort Inn, I was there at a wedding a few years back, I think it was the 3rd wedding ever held there as it had just opened. If you driving down that way, I'd suggest popping up to the Ringfort as it has amazing views of Donegal Bay.