Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Six men accused of assaulting young girl, trail in Donegal Town court:
The trial has begun at Donegal Town Circuit Court of six men charged with sexually assaulting a young girl.The alleged offences against the same victim took place in 2002 and 2003 when the girl was aged 12 and 13. ... the girl had been in the care of the health board when the first two offences took place. At the time of the other assaults she said the girl was behaving very badly, drinking, smoking and being sexually active.

The barrister told the jury that the common thread was that she was a child and the accused were all adult men who knew her age.

The article might make one think this happened in Donegal Town, but I heard this happened in Ballyshannon and the court case is in Donegal Town. Still, it's just totally f*%king unbelievable, maybe so unbelievable that it's not true. Let's hope the courts get to the truth and justice is server.

The jury has been discharged and the case might have to be reheld:

During today's proceedings, the judge quizzed one of the jurors, and asked him if he had ever attended the Tourism College in Killybegs. He said he graduated from the college in 2005 and now worked there as kitchen porter.

He assured the judge he did not know any of the defendants.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the case for 20 minutes and when he returned he said that 'unfortunately in the interests of justice' he was discharging the jury.

More articles about the case from earlier in the week:

Donegal Town will not feature in 'Prime Time' planning investigation programm
Donegal Town will not feature on tonight's (Nov 26th 2007) Prime Time Investigates programme which will look into county councillors' input into local planning procedures

An RTE spokesperson told Ocean FM News, that while a 'considerable' amount of research was carried out, Donegal did not make the final cut in the programme due to be screened tonight.

Twenty-nine Donegal County Councillors each received a letter in August of this year from a council senior planner titled 'Query from RTE Prime Time regarding land zoning'.

It be interesting to see what kind of stuff they turn up. I'm sure Donegal, like other counties, has it share of "issues" with abuse of planning permissions and retention.

Serious car accident near Dunkineely, one killed:

Launch of Derry-Donegal Diaspora Project in London, I think it's aim is to attract immigrants back to the area. With the highest unemployment in the country I think we need to be attracting the entrepreneurs

And don't drive across the border without a valid tax disc:

If your taking your leaving cert next year, you'll be happy to hear the schedule has been relax:
Minister Hanifin accepting that pressure and exams go hand in hand, insists the new time table is student friendly and a direct result of students voicing their concerns regarding the opening few days of exams.
Abbey Vocational School Principal from Donegal Town Emmanuel McCormick feels this is a step in the right direction and will help alleviate the initial pressure in those first few days.
“There has been a lot of talk over the years about reform. This is definitely a step in the right direction. And we’d like to see more of this in future. The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) have recently discussed the idea of nominating the week after the Easter holidays as an opportunity for practical and oral examinations to take place, which would have obvious benefits come June,” he said.

And some awesome surfing down by Mullagmore:
Pics here:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Freewheelin' Franklin.. footage required !

In conversation today, I was discussing Freewheelin' Franklin with the former drummer Greg Gorman... When he came up with a great idea of trying to gather some of the video footage of them playing at various events, weddings, parties, and general gigs. He personally would like to put it all together in a edited version on disk. I would love to see it as they truly rocked... The year that they formed was October 1989 and they spanned until approx. October 1992. Any info or footage would be greatly appreciated. Greg can be contacted via mail ;

More Videos from Pavesi

More Videos from Pavesi recorded in O'Donnells Donegal Sun 11 November 2007 and The Abbey Centre Ballyshannon Tues 20 Nov 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Sorry for not posting any news recently, been wile busy! So here's a whole heap to keep you occupied:

Co. Donegal has the highest rate of secondary school drop-outs in the country:
Donegal Town driving test center has the smallest waiting list in the nation:
Donegal troops part of Irish army force doing peace keeping in Chad:

Donegal teens are getting heavier and heavier and need more PE:
And parents are warned to make sure kids don't spend all day in front of the telly/computer/video games and to monitor what their kids are playing/doing:

Man shot and left for dead in the Derryveagh Mountains (up near Glenveagh):
More information here:
Donegal TD raises concern about cross-border crime:
Guilty verdict in rape trial:
Asylum seeker, in Donegal Town, put on sex offenders list for indecently assulting 14 year old:
The court heard it happened five months after he received a jail sentence for a similar offence in Wicklow.
Methinks he should be deported and asylum given to someone law-abiding.

Development and planning:
Bus Eireann nixes moving the bus stop down to the bus yards near the Bosco center and the Railway museum. Now that would have helped traffic congestion in the town.
All those new houses being build all over the county are lying vacant (but not for sale):
IDA site at Milltown up for sale:
Glebe development project decision deferred until December:
Retail park gets go ahead at Revlin (near the football pitch?):
It had been proposed to locate a DIY retail store and garden centre on the site at Revlin on the Killybegs road with parking for more than 250 cars.

Am I the only one who thinks that siting a shopping complex on a major trunk road is a bad idea and only screws with through traffic even more? I'm just waiting for some serious car accidents from people trying to pull out into speeding traffic.

And the new mart has finally gotten a go-ahead:
Meanwhile, Westmeath-based developers Bennetts have also been granted planning permission for a new multi-million euro Mart at Tullyearl, Donegal Town.

This grant from Donegal County Council (DCC) will see the Mart move from its' current location beside the Bosco Centre, adjacent to Tirconall Street in the town centre.

This should help free up congestion in and around the town and free up space for new development. But, won't the mart be missed in this auld market town of ours?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pavesi Live in O'Donnell's Donegal Town 11 Nov 2007

Pavesi Live in O'Donnell's Donegal Town 11 Nov 2007
Great gig lads... Best of luck in Ballyshannon Tues 20th.. (don't forget my tickets Ronan!)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Strabane Bridge

strabane bridge
Originally uploaded by CyberGirl1
Pic of Strabane Bridge.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Slieve League

Taken by me cousin Fergal.

Originally uploaded by fhergaljohn

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Pavesi on Sunday Night

Just got a wee note from Ronan:

We’ll be doing an hour in O’Donnells this Sunday to shake of the cobwebs prior to the Ballyshannon 2fm gig on Tues Nov 20th. If anyone is interested in coming along to boo us of the stage.

So if your about on Sunday Nov 11th 2007, pop over to O'Donnells and see the lads, take some pics too!


Judge doesn't think much of young male Donegal drivers:

Now get a load of this:

The court heard that on the 27th October gardai were operating a checkpoint at Cashel, Creeslough as part of Operation Anvil. At 11.25pm a vehicle travelling in excess of 90 miles per hour drove at gardai and failed to stop. Because of the speed gardai did not pursue it.

The next morning at 4.08am gardai were operating another checkpoint at Keeldrum when a blue Toyota Corolla approached them and once again failed to stop. The driver, Wilkin, proceeded to drive through Gortahork at 60m/ph and gardai radioed ahead where another checkpoint was set up at Falcarragh. Once again the defendant drove through the checkpoint at high speed. He drove through Falcarragh at 70m/ph, narrowly missing people coming off a bus. Gardai continued to pursue him until his car ran onto an embankment. Wilkin tried to evade arrest but he tripped and was apprehended by gardai. The court heard that he was extremely intoxicated and was taken to Letterkenny Garda station where he refused to give a blood sample.

Now the Judge is going to make an example of him which I think is good, because too many people use the excuse that it was the drink talking and it wasn't really them and they're actually a good wee boy and they won't do it again, at least until Saturday night.

But, we all know better! I'm sure we all know some lad whose fine when sober, but when drinking is a fecking eejit and the next day blames the drink for all the woe and hassle from the night before. Well get this, the drink doen't drink itself!

OK, back to the article! I think this quote is geat:
"That's probably because he doesn't park his car. He probably just abandons it somewhere," replied Judge Fitzpatrick.

And then there was another bad accident:

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Pavesi playing in Ballyshannon: Did U get your ticket yet?

The lads will be playing in the Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, Tuesday November 20th on the 2fm music for tomorrow tour.

And more here:

Ronan will have a few guest tickets he can give away. If you see him about the town, ask, and make sure you show up! Or e-mail him at:

Rhanna AT

The Lads

If anyone takes pic send them on and we'll blog 'em.

Glencar Falls.

Originally uploaded by fhergaljohn
Great pic of Glencar Falls taken by my cousin Fergal.

Monday, November 05, 2007


Solar powered lighting for Donegal roads:

3 non-locals arrested for drugs procession in the Town:

Donegal Town rape trial:

Man arrested, in Dunkineely, for sexual assualt:

BSE found in Donegal, big effort to find out where it originated from:
The Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan says that a major investigation is underway into a case of mad cow disease in County Donegal.The five-year-old cow which was infected with BSE was discovered in a Donegal herd this week.

A wile load of drinking going on! Donegal 7th highest in the country for alcohol related deaths:
"I see the consequences of alcohol abuse working at the White Oaks Rehabiliation Centre on a daily basis and the fact that we have such a high death rate doesn't surprise me. The addiction to alcohol is the leprosy of our times, it's a huge problem and it's affecting so many people."

Seagate factory in Derry to close, I'm sure this will have some affect on Donegal. Seagate makes hard-drives for computers, and some of the best rated ones you can buy. But, unforthunately it seems to be cheaper for them to do this abroad:
The closure of a computer plant in Co Derry, with the loss of 1,000 jobs, sparked fears last night for the future of dozens of Donegal workers employed by the company's larger sister factory.

The Derry city operation employs 1,300 staff from a wide hinterland, including the Inishowen peninsula of Co Donegal and as far away as Letterkenny.

Cool article, in a US newspaper, about surfing in Donegal:
Ireland doesn't instantly come to mind when it comes to surfing, but the buzz has been building in recent years. The Irish national team finished 19th at the 2006 World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach, Calif. Ireland was tabbed as an undiscovered "must surf" spot in a recent edition of Surfing magazine.

Surfers who come to Donegal Bay can choose from different waves. The toughest is generally considered to be the Peak, a reef break off Bundoran, several dozen yards out from where the newbies were splashing in the surf with Andrew and Pete. When the weather is clear and the waves are working, the Peak can be a place of elbows and angry talk, though it never gets to the level of an ankle-slapping weekend at the Huntington Beach Pier.

In the Water! Worlds Biggest Surf Lesson, Bundoran, Co. Donegal Ireland
Originally uploaded by L'Art de moi