Monday, October 29, 2007


Somebody (or bodies) set an auld caravan on fire somewhere up the Main Street. (My best impersonation of Joey Kane here) God-damn VANDALS:
Gardai in Donegal Town have ruled out any suspicious circumstances surrounding an old caravan which was discovered burnt out in upper main street, in the town this morning.
The discovery was made by Donegal gardai at approximately 5.30am.

No one was inside the caravan at the time and it is understood to have been in disuse for some time.

Anyone know if this was this behind someones house or up by the old halting site?

And if your driving on a Provisional License, the laws are changing:
Learner drivers across the North West will be subject to a new 'drive-alone' ban which will come into force at midnight next Monday.

More here at the RTÉ:

So be careful when your spinning through the Gap!

Barnes Reflections

Thursday, October 25, 2007

More News!

Very serious robbery in Castlefin, scary indeed:
"I just don't understand these people," he said. "We have a massive problem in Castlefin because we are in such close proximity to the border and apparently this gang have robbed filling stations and terrorised other people in the past.

"Fortunately at the moment we have a Sergeant in Castlefin who is dedicated to solving these problems. But if the people don't get behind him, then we are wasting our time."

"There were two other guys there, one of them with an iron bar. He went to hit me with the iron bar so I just got stuck into them. I got the better of them and they legged it."

"I wouldn't have been able to manage without the dog. I also have my partner who assisted as well," he said. "This guy put my partner to the floor and put the gun to her head and said I'm going to shoot her.

"He ran towards me, and when he was a couple of metres away he pulled the trigger and lucky enough the gun didn't go off. I got stuck into him and he wasn't so smart when he was sitting on his back-side on his floor. When I pulled the mask off and I looked at his face - the look of fear on his face, he thought he was going to die."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Money for roads around Clar:
Minister for Health Promotion & Food Safety Pat the Cope Gallagher, has confirmed that his colleague Minister Eamon O'Cuiv has approved €500,000 for improvements to Local Improvement Scheme roads in Clar areas of County Donegal. This brings the total funding to just over four million euro.
Local Improvement Schemes are non-county roads often leading to houses and farms however, there must be one landowner on such roads and the road must be open to the public ...

Huge operation to rescue Japanese fisherman injured on a fishing trawler:
The Malin Coastguard co-ordinated one of the longest ever rescue operations over the weekend, after a Japanese fisherman was seriously injured on board a vessel of the North West coast of Donegal.

Many people in Donegal may be getting too much fluoride in their drinking water:
7 out of 10 people who were tested in 3 different areas of Co. Donegal where the water supply is fluoridated, showed fluoride levels which were above the safe intake level, according to guidelines issued by the UK Food Standard Authority.
“Of the 32 subjects who volunteered, only nine tested within a safe intake” said Dr Rynne. “This confirms the suspicion that the fluoridation of Irish drinking water is the major contributor to fluoride over-exposure. Several subjects are many times over the stated safe intake.”

However, 32 is a small statistical sample and could be incorrect, to get a real accurate sampling more people would have to be tested. But too much fluoride is bad for you and can cause fluorosis and it would be relatively easy for the County Council to verify that the water supply isn't delivering too much fluoride.

The County Council are concerned about cut-backs at the Sligo General Hospital:

I guess the big surfing contest was just on at Rossnowlagh:
Anyone got any pics they'd like me to post?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

More from Pavesi!

Video's and pics from our favourite band of the year! ;)

And a great painting of the band by Johnny McCabe (drummer & artist):

Monday, October 15, 2007

Zack at Creevy!

Zack & Paul cooking skills are highlighted in the Irish Independent (Sept 2007). The Mammy send me out the page which I scanned for your pleasure! ;)

Click on the picture below to see it full size.

Zack & Paul are the fine chefs at the Heron's Cove in Creevy, near Rossnowlagh. I'm thinking after the disaster of seafood plate I had a hotel in the center of town a few years ago (everything tasted like it was badly defrosted) I think I'll be going to visit Zack at Creevy next time I'm home.

Page above is probably copyrighted by the Irish Independent.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


It's OK to drink the water (at least probably it is for now):
The Environmental Protection Agency says there are no major issues with water quality in Donegal. The agency published a national report today saying that while the water quality in lakes and rivers has improved, progress, too many groundwater samples are polluted with faecal coliforms (in the rest of Ireland).

Donegal is one of the few counties in the Republic with an increasing squirrel population. But, you'll have to go up North of the county to see them:
The number of red squirrels in Donegal continues to increase unlike some counties where the species has been wiped-out, according to a report released this week.
The increase could be due to the county's proximity to Northern Ireland where experts say the coniferous habitat is more suitable for the species to live.

Red Hugh...The Pier Donegal Town

Thursday, October 11, 2007

More from Fintan's Stag

Video Clip from Fintan's stag in Frankfurt

Thanks to Colm Lennon for video clip

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Bennet Construction are able to keep their planning permission for their site out by the Council Office. But, it doesn't mean they're going to build out there, yet! And in the last Donegal Times I read I thought it said that Bennett wasn't going to build there as it suitable for a good town plan (being to far from the town center).
Planning permission has been granted to Bennett Construction for the retention of altered site gradients at a site located at Drumlonagher in Donegal Town. ... The appeal to the planning board was lodged by Keeney Construction based on a presence of pearl mussels in the Eske River.

The planning board’s decision, has been welcomed by the developer, who has two other planning applications currently lodged with Donegal County Council for other sites in Donegal Town.

Annual's of the Four Masters:
A hugely influential chronicle of Irish history credited with helping to shape the modern nation went on full display today for the first time in almost four centuries.

The Annals of the Four Masters, a massive body of work charting the country from ancient times to the 17th century, have not been brought together since the 1630s.

Greyhound doping at Lifford Track:
More than half of all doping offences highlighted in the report were committed by people in Northern Ireland.

And another lethal car accident, this time up by Letterkenny:

And roadworks are unable to commence because the County Council does not have enough engineers:
Almost one million euro in funding allocated to the N56 is in jeopardy because of a shortage of engineers in Donegal County Council according to a former Senator.

Clr Enda Bonner said with the exception of stretches of road between Donegal Town and Mountcharles and in the vicinity of Letterkenny, most of the N56 serves very rural areas of the county.

He said that €900,000 has been provided for a stretch of road between Leitirmacaward and Dungloe but a shortage of engineering manpower means work is set to stop...

Fintan's Stag Frankfurt 28th 29th & 30th Sept 2007

1. The Last Supper: Zack, Brendan, Colm, Mark, Shane, Fintan, Gordon, Ciaran, Gerry, Damien.
2. Oomp Papa
3. Fintan - The Stag
4. Fintan & Zack
5. The band "Serial Twin" Ciaran, Fintan, Damien.


A couple of older articles I thought you'd be interested in
New test driving centres for Donegal Town & Sligo:

Bogus charity collectors driving real charity collectors out of business:

Raimondas Biguzas, of Intersecond Ltd, was speaking after a bogus collection took place in Ballybofey on Tuesday by persons using his company's name. He said bogus clothes collections in Ireland and Britain have almost bankrupt them.

"We don't collect in Donegal. Collections were stopped in Britain because it almost bankrupt us. Illegal collector's used our name and steal all donations. After them, response to our stickers is too poor," Mr Biguzas explained.

Dishonest collectors have been regularly dropping leaflets in Letterkenny and Ballybofey areas. Leaflets were posted through letterboxes asking for donations of clothing, bed linen and footwear.

View of the Diamond

Donegal Town
Originally uploaded by punkfishpat

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bad car accident

On the Donegal to Balleybofey road (on the other side of the gap):
Gardaí have named the man killed in a car crash in Co Donegal in the early hours of this morning. 19-year-old Michael Flanagan from Cashelnavean, Ballybofey died when his car hit a vacant house shortly after 3am. The incident happened on the main Ballybofey to Donegal Town Road.... The road between Donegal and Ballybofey is closed and is not expected to reopen before 1pm this afternoon.

More at the following pages:
Meanwhile, dense fog throughout the country has lead to very poor driving conditions. Motorists are being urged to reduce their speed and use their fog lights in severe fog and dipped headlights in all other cases. They're also being reminded to turn off their fog lights as soon as the fog lifts and visibility improves.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Donegal Town from the Old Abbey

A reminder of how the quay used to look.