Monday, September 29, 2008


Sorry for the few posts recently, I've just been wile busy and not finding the time to post. Anyways, there's a lot of news I've missed out on, but I'll post a summary of recent news later in the week. In the meantime, here's a pic I took at Murvagh while I was at home:
And on the fifth day, he said let the sun prevail

Friday, September 26, 2008

Homeward Bound

Lone Surfer on Tullan Strand.

Homeward Bound
Originally uploaded by Joe McGilloway

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Merly Streep, Sophie Thompson "Dancing at Lughnasa in Glenties"

Just was watching your clip on Murvagh Mick, I could taste the sea air from here. When it finished I spotted Meryl Streep on another Donegal related clip on "Dancing at Lughnasa" filmed in Glenties" .. just thought I would share.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Seen this boat heading down the bay the other weekend, someone was saying it's run by the Dunions and they do tours around Donegal Bay. I think it's an old barge?

Once it rounded Belle's Island the Waterbus came round the other side, towing a Zodiac speedboat, on it's way into the quay.

The pics were taken from the end of far-bank walk. Now what feckers bring there rubbish there and don't clean up after themselves?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Had a lovely day at Murvagh, on Sunday 31st of August, with the sun beaming down and the tide coming in, and a big black rain-cloud slowly approaching from the west:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Serial Twin at Schooners

Whilst I was at home I enjoyed an entertaining night at Schooners (reopened by the Dunions) with the lads from Serial Twin belting out some tracks to a very sophisticated and mature audience.

These pics I enhanced (or ruined) with various effects that I think look kinda cool. Most of the originals are a little dark, or blurry but I'll post some of them in a few weeks. If anyone wants copies drop me a line and I'll e-mail them to ya.

Monday, September 15, 2008


The Irish Times has a nice overview of Jenni Timony and Doolittles her Sandwich business:

I won't quote the whole article, but I leave you with this one quote:

Innovation is key, whether it is new breads or fillings, she says.

And an older article from The Times.

BTW, she's a relation of mine too! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ballintra Priest may resign

Parishioners of the Laghey Barr chapel, which hasn't had an masses said for 5 years, are upset over plan by the priest for the area to sell the chapel. The priest may have offered his resignation because of this:

THE PRIEST at the centre of a row with parishioners over the future of a church without a tabernacle has tendered his resignation.

Fr Séamus Dagens (55) has notified Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe of his intention to quit following a clash with parishioners over his plans to sell the tiny St Colmcille's chapel at Laghey Barr, Co Donegal. He has confirmed he has given notice of his intention to resign as parish priest of Ballintra, but has declined to give details.

Fr Dagens is the sole priest in a parish where the only Masses are offered in the main church, St Bridget's in Ballintra village. There has been no Sunday Mass at St Colmcille's, six miles away, since friars in the Franciscan community at nearby Rossnowlagh withdrew their back-up service to the parish five years ago because of dwindling numbers ...

See the article for more details. But, it seems this is due to lack of new priests and the gradual decrease in church goers. The priest and parishioners are stuck between a rock and a hard place, the church can't afford to run the chapel and the locals can bear to see it go (and there's not enough locals to warrant their own priest).

Some information about Drumholm parish:

And the parish's homepage:

UPDATE: See the 1st comment below for some insight from someone from the area, and for corrections to some of my assumptions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dungloe Green Crew

Jeannie, me sister, was up in Dungloe during the Mary from Dungloe Festival and helped design arrange the Dungloe Green Crew float which won the parade!

See the slideshow, which Jeannie made:

No atheist burials in Co Donegal

I guess atheists don't expect to go to heaven or a grave in Donegal!

... He said he was told atheists could not be buried in Donegal because the graveyards are church-owned.

..."There is a degree of black comedy about this, and my mother, who had a fantastic sense of humour, would certainly have laughed.

"When I rang up and asked Derry City Council's cemeteries department if it was possible to bury an atheist in a municipal cemetery they said it was possible because there were different sections for Catholics, Protestants and Muslims.

"My wife asked if it meant they were going to start an atheist section and the woman said, 'oh no, she can go in with the Protestants'."

A spokesperson from Donegal County Council said it is only responsible for old and unused graveyards.

Ballintra Graveyard

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Donegal councillors warned on planning

Looks like Donegal Co. Councillors plans to favour developers over individuals fro rural developers will hit problems:

MINISTER FOR the Environment John Gormley has warned councillors in Donegal that he will "use his powers of direction" if they approve the relaxation of certain planning restrictions in favour of builders.

Councillors have proposed to include a "small local builder policy" to allow developers to build more houses in the countryside. The proposal is included in the draft variation to the Co Donegal development plan.

A submission from the Department of the Environment was included in a copy of the county manager's report on the proposed draft variation.

In his report, county manager Michael McLoone said the Department of the Environment was concerned about the "fairness and probity" of a policy that would involve transferring development rights to named individuals.

"The policy discriminates in favour of a particular group and is not consistent with planning policy and sustainable development," Mr McLoone said. "It would furthermore set a clear-cut undesirable precedent for sporadic, unco-ordinated development in the countryside."

Separately, Annagry-based Labour activist Séamus Rodgers has called on the two main political parties to explain the rationale behind a proposal to increase the county's holiday home quota.

Sounds like good plans to promote urban sprawl! I was up Muckisk on a great hike, and the sprawl around the surrounding countryside does mar the scenery.

Thursday, September 04, 2008


A great pic of Pavesi (after they won the contest in Strabane?) :

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Lough Derg

Interesting article from the BBC where one of their journalists does the pilgrimage at Lough Derg:
Praying barefoot, rain, hail or shine. Fasting for three days. It can only be the Lough Derg Pilgrimage.

St Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg, boasts breathtaking scenery and magnificent buildings.

However, I'm not on this secluded Donegal island for the views.

I'm on a mission - to pray barefoot and fast for three days.