Friday, September 28, 2007


And some more videos from Pavesi; Duck Gallagher (vocals), Ronan Hanna (Guitar), Peter Lawne (Bass Guitar), Johnny Mc Cabe (Drums).

In case you didn't know the Bosco Center used to be a dance hall years ago. Van Morrison even played there once. But it's limelight was probably in the 1960's and 70's. But, once long ago a band played there, to arise again in the 21st century ...

PAVESI are the named after a ballroom in Donegal Town, Donegal, Ireland where Ronan, Duck and Peter first played in a school band together in 1983. Roll on 24 years and after living in different countries pursuing different carrers found themselves back at home and what we have now is the result!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Bio-fuel plant for Raphoe, will use rapeseed to create fuel:
An Bord Pleanala has given the go ahead for a 1.2 million euro development in Raphoe which will produce bio-fuel from rape seed ... The Company now plans to buy oil seed rape from farmers on both sides of the border and sell the fuel to local transport fleet owners.

Update on alleged sexual assualt:

Donegal has a lot of drunk diving arrests, Inishowen is looking better public transport:
We are the only county in Ireland without public transport - yet we have witnessed a massive 571 drink-driving arrests on our roads between January and July this year. That is why Inishowen needs a proper bus service ... The plan is for a post pub and night club service - which could be split into two or three runs - to cover a number of geographical areas, including: Carndonagh, Buncrana, Moville, Malin, Muff, Greencastle, Redcastle, Culdaff, Clonmany, Ballyliffin, and Quigley’s Point.
I think that's a great idea!


IDA critisied:
The IDA has come in for scathing criticism today over it's failure to attract any companies to a ten acre site in Ballyshannon. Clr Barry O'Neill said the IDA has now admitted that it is to turn it's attention to gateway towns such as Letterkenny and Sligo.

Dubliners encouraged to move to Donegal?
A recruitment drive is underway in Dublin to encourage people living and working in the capital to consider relocating to Donegal. The jobs and enterprise Expo at the Davenport Hotel is part of the Western Development Commission's ongoing "Look West," campaign.

Criminals from Derry coming across the border to commit crime:
In the latest incident, a Garda station at Carrigans was burgled on Saturday with thieves making off with standard issue uniforms. On the same day there was a botched robbery at Lifford when an armed robber threatened an arcade worker with a gun.

22 year old held for sexual assault of a school girl walking home from school!
The victim was walking home from school on Friday when the incident is alleged to have occurred at Upper Main Street between half past three and half past four in the afternoon.

And Donegal Creameries is doing well:

Now you can fly from Donegal to Rotterdam:
And it could generate over €5million for the local economy from tourists:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Olympic Flame

Olympic Flame, for the Special Olympics, in Donegal Town:

Thanks to summerdreamn for the pic.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run begins in Donegal on September 23 and ends in Dublin on September 26. It will pass through Strabane, Coleraine, Newry, Banbridge, Omagh, Portadown in addtion to Newtownabbey.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Ye Gods! Just what have they do to the Quay?

A modern Austrian Count, direct descendant of the great warlord Aodh Rua O’Donnell, has castigated the way the old Abbey, where O’Donnell is buried, is being desecrated by modern materialism.

His exclusive comments followed the unveiling of a life size bronze sculpture of Aodh Rua 1st at the pier in Donegal Town.

I don't know if I'd call it "modern materialism", but I'd call it bad design and planning. But I'd agree with all of this:

“This is a threatening thing for this Abbey. For me, this is respectless. It could have been done in a more decent way. It could be lower; it could be anywhere, but not here.
“If you go into the friary, there is rubbish all over and there should be excavations because he (Aodh Rua 1st) is buried here. And I feel that this is a shame.
“Now that the wealth has come, something should be done to ensure the Abbey is preserved in a proper way.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Bad car accident between Donegal Town and Ballybofey:
One man who is in his thirties and another who is approximately 60 years old were removed to hospital following the crash at Friar's Bush between Ballybofey and Donegal Town at 10 o'clock yesterday morning.

The younger victim is from Letterkenny while the older man was travelling with his wife who escaped uninjured. They are from the North of Ireland.

A pile of money (350 million euro)for sewerage treatment in Co. Donegal. Do you think they'll fix the mess they've made at the quay?
The Ballyshannon water supply scheme is to start next year at a cost of twenty million euro as will a design build and operate contract for Bundoran, Glencolmcille and Killybegs which is costed at 30 million euro.

The Killybegs water supply scheme specifically for sludge handling will also begin in 2008 with €680,000 allocated to this project.

The network for the Killybegs sewerage scheme is scheduled to begin in 2009 with a similar scheme in Laghey also to commence.

Other projects to advance through planning which are mentioned include Dunkineely, Frosses, Mountcharles, Inver and Kilcar.

More here, with a full list of where the money is to be spent:
A six billion-euro investment programme's been announced to update and preserve Ireland's water supply.

Conservation and anti-pollution measures form the basis of the project which is designed to protect and preserve drinking water as well as rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Now does anyone have any pics they'd like to send to us to post? :)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

DJ. Seamie Breslin's 30 Licks...

  1. Seamie Breslin home from Sanfrancisco celebrating his 30th with friends

1. The man himself2. Caroline Clerkin & Seamie 3.His brotherVinnyBreslin home from New Jersey , Paul Mullin,sister CathyBreslin and Vinnie's wife Catch. 3 his other sister Patrina & Himself. 4 Him self and Greg Gorman and Cathey. 5 Living legend Peter Cannon .6 Greg and Peter who made alot of noise in there time. 7 Patrina & Vinnie. 8 The D J cake, nice touch by Gerldine Mullin.9 Ger,Cathey, Marita & Patrina. It was wile craic.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Jeannie Johnson

Pic of the Jeannie Johnson in Rathmullan for the "The Flight of the Earls" commemeration:

Jeannie Johnson

Thanks to Leppre on Fliclr for the pic.

And there is a new film out about The Flight of the Earls:

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Live from Letterkenny!

Thanks to Ronan for making these videos available to us of the band ‘Pavesi’ playing at the Casbah in Letterkenny last Wednesday (Sept 5th 2007):

Duck on vocals, Ronan Hanna on Lead Guitar, Peter Lawne on Bass, and the excellent Johnny McCabe on Drums, playing in The Casbah in Letterkenny on Sept 5th.

See them all at YouTube:

See a pic of Duck from a few years ago:

U know, I might have a pic somewhere of his Dad singing, I must find it and post it! :)

Updated with the correct band name and location, thanks Ronan & Ciaran.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Loads of gurriers arrested by the Gardai:
Gardai in Donegal Town arrested a total of 10 people over the weekend for public order offences.

Letterkenny is "Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre":

And the Jeanie Johnson tall ship will be in Rathmullan:


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Monday, September 10, 2007

Mr. Do!

Mark O'Neil and Eamon Murphy, watching meself (Mick) playing Mr. Do in the amusement arcade that used to be on Quay Street. I used to be really good at Mr. Do and asteroids! What was it's name was it Coyles? They used to own the one in Ballyshannon too.

Friday, September 07, 2007


Donegal woman swims the English Channel:
Anne-Marie Ward, from Portnablagh, left the Dover coastline at 3am on Wednesday morning and reached France before midnight last night ... did the 21 mile swim in 20 hours and five minutes. She is hoping to raise up to €20,000 through sponsorship for the Donegal Hospice.

Unemployment is 11% in Co. Donegal, based on the 2006 census:
New figures from the Central Statistics Office show an unemployment rate of just over 11% in Donegal last year ... The figures, based on census returns in April 206, show Buncrana to be the town with the highest percentage of unemployment ... The overall figure for Donegal shows a total of 63,935 people over 15, 7,265 of whom are classified as unemployed, that's 11.3%.
See the article for more details.

A bunch of festivals happening in the county!

And the Pan Celtic Festival will be held in Donegal Town next March! It was held in Letterkenny in 2007:
To promote and strengthen Celtic languages, culture, music, song and sport and to encourage inter-Celtic tourism, trade and commerce, and exchange of information.

Brian: Blast from the past!

And another pic of Brian, this time from 1988:

Good to see you haven't aged! :)

And next, posing in the Castle Bar (in 1985?), with Eamon & Zack!

Hmmm, methinks the lads are trying to ruin Brian's pose?

Thanks to Sean Brennan for the pics! And happy birthday Brian. :)

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Woman from Laghey killed in car accident:
A Laghey mother-of-three teenage children, named locally as Catherine Monaghan, tragically died yesterday afternoon following injuries she sustained in a two-car collision at Drumgun near Pettigo.

Anti-social behaviour and crime in a townland near Kilcar:
As well as the break-in cars had been tampered with and the sounds of revving engines kept people awake for hours. One of the residents, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that his house was broken into and items of furniture were damaged. They were thrown in somebody else’s field and into the middle of the road.

Donegal woman to swim the English Channel:

If your a Donegal resident your more likely to live in poverty:
People living in Donegal are, on average, twice as likely to live in poverty compared to other areas of the country.

Student from Mountcharles take a month to find accomadation in Dublin:
A mature student from Donegal who spent more than a month looking for accommodation in Dublin has succeeded in finding somewhere to live. 24 year old Aoife Leonard from Mountcharles is a first year psychology student at UCD.

Earlier this week, she supported a group of approximately 30 student leaders who staged an overnight protest outside Leinster House to highlight accommodation shortages for students.

Ms Leonard said she was overjoyed to learn that she has found somewhere to live for the academic year ahead.

This is news? Not to belittle how hard it is to get accommodation in Dublin, but it's always been hard to find good, cheap accommodation in Dublin. If there is a housing shortage then the colleges should be prepared to provided dorms on campus for students. But, then locals would complain that rents would go down as not enough people would be looking for flats!

Happy 40th Brian

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Calling all ye Gallaghers!

Massive Gallagher gathering in Letterkenny to set a Guinness World Record ™ of “the Largest Same Name Gathering - Last Name”

So if your a Gallagher, or know a Gallagher, get up to Letterkenny on Sunday September 9th at 1.30pm at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (the old Regional Technical College).

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Assault on the Diamond in the wee hours, and car broken into outside the chapel in Ballintra:
21 year old man lost three teeth having been struck by another man in Donegal Town in the early hours of this morning. The incident occurred on the Diamond in Donegal Town at 3am ... Meanwhile, a handbag containing cash, jewellery and cheque books was stolen from a vehicle parked outside St Brigid's Church in Ballintra yesterday morning while the owner was at Sunday morning mass.

A lot of drug busts in Southern Donegal:
... cannabis was also discovered in Ballintra following the search of a person at the weekend while a van was stopped in the Ballyshannon area also resulting in the discovery of a small amount of what's believed to be herbal cannabis. ... Meanwhile, a man was also apprehended entering a night-club in Donegal Town at the weekend with a quantity of cocaine stuffed in his sock.

I reckon the Garda know who most of the drug dealers are and are just waiting ...

Jobs to go at Gweedore Bus Company:
Some 45 jobs are to be lost in Ghaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal, with the closure of Ireland's largest bus manufacturers. Euró Iompú Teoranta has been assembling buses and coaches in Donegal since 1985.

Monday, September 03, 2007


Yes it's Michael Gallagher, and I think that's the back of John Cassidy's head behind him:

That brown stain on the left is on the original photo and not on that person's sleeve!

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Congratulations! My cousin Charlie McAllister was recently married to Ruth Kitt in Galway:

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Hey lads.

Hey Ronan, Eoin, how's the form?

This is one of a bunch of pics that I got from Sean Brennan! Ronan Hanna & Eoin McIntyre, I think this was taken in the old Shamrock Inn in 1986 or 87.

Some more from Sean here:

Next up, a pic of Duck.