Thursday, December 31, 2009

ATM's interfered with in Donegal Town and other towns

Someone (or someones) tried to break into 3 different bank machines in Donegal Town and bank machines in Ballyshannon & Bundoran:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/12/31/five-atms-targeted-in-south-donegal/
Three cash machines were targeted in Donegal Town, namely the Ulster Bank ATM at the branch’s former premises on The Diamond, the ATM at Ulster’s Bank current premises on Main Street and the Bank of Ireland ATM which is also located on the Diamond.
Gardai believe at this stage the culprits moved on to Ballyshannon where the Bank of Ireland ATM on Main Street was tampered with and then to Bundoran where those involved used a screw-driver in an attempt to gain access to the Bank of Ireland cash machine on Main Street.
I think you should also be careful if your using any ATM's to make sure there criminals haven't placed skimmers on them in an attempt to clone your card and steal your PIN.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Roads are dodgy due to the weather

First there was the snow, now with the snow thawing and refreezing it's creating icy roads and footpaths which has been causing problems for motorists and pedestrians:
http://www.highlandradio.com/2009/12/28/major-road-problems-as-melting-snow-refreezes/
A slight thaw over the weekend meant roads were very wet from melting snow, and that has now frozen over leaving untreated roads icy and dangerous, and also making footpaths and walkways very slippy.

Gardai are urging motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary.

Overnight, particularly dangerous conditions were reported around the corkscrew at Doochary, with the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team being called out at 3.50am to help a man attempting to get to Letterkenny General Hospital.

And the council has been receiving lots of calls about the roads. They've been using a lot of sand and grit and even 2 gritters ended up in the ditch. And with increasing water demand and burst pipes due to the freezing weather, there's water shortages in parts of the county. If you know someone away on holidays you may want to check their house to make sure there's no burst pipes. Or if you've a outhouse connected to the mains check the pipes.
http://www.highlandradio.com/2009/12/28/council-inundated-with-road-and-water-problems/

... We've had reports of two county council gritters going off the roads this morning in South West Donegal, and efforts are being made to get a truck with essential supplies such as milk and bread to a community in the glen of Glenties, which has been totally cut off for a number of days.

There have also been reports that the council is running low on supplies of salt and grit. A senior engineer confirmed to us today that there are supply issues, but roads will be gritted this evening and tonight, and fresh supplies are due in tomorrow.

Meanwhile, as problems with water supplies are reported around the county, householders and keyholders are being urged to check unoccupied houses and premises for burst pipes and if necessary, shut off and drain the water system.

Mayor Cllr Brendan Byrne says the water department is under severe pressure, but crews are out in force today. Senior Executive Engineer Con Mc Laughlin says some of the major problems are being experienced in areas serviced by Lough Mourne, and also in East Inishowen, particularly in the area from Redcastle to Ishkaheen

The county council's emergency numbers are under severe pressure, people are being urged to be patient. if they are trying to report faults.

The numbers are 074 91 72288 for the roads service, and 074 91 72399 for the water service.

OceanFM says the water problems are in "Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Rossnowlagh, Ballintra, Donegal Town, Frosses and Inver".

Original Post At Donegal Friends.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Diamond, Saint Stephen's Day (Boxing Day) 2009. Thanks for the pic jeannie.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

And a very Merry Christmas to you all. And be careful heading home!
http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/weather-outside-to-remain-frightful-108519.html

Hours before Christmas Eve large parts of the country were still covered in snow, with overnight showers expected in the west, the midlands and parts of Donegal. And with Met Éireann predicting the wintry weather to continue until at least the end of the week, gardaí have urged those travelling by road, bus, rail and even sleigh to take extra precautions over the coming days.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Letters to Santy

This is a cute story I thought I'd share with you all. A man found the letter he and his siblings wrote to Santy over 70 years ago!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/foyle_and_west/8428795.stm

Workmen replacing the chimney at Neil Doherty's family home in Buncrana discovered the letters stuck in the flue.

He was only five years of age when his sister Mona wrote the letter to Santa for him in 1941.

"My younger sister was three and I was five, and my older sister was nine.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dental Work with PRSI

If your getting dental work done on PRSI and you need work done on your teeth, you can make your appointments before the end of 2009 for dates in the New Year and you'll still be covered. If you wait till next year, too bad!

http://www.derryjournal.com/journal/Dentists-urge-people-to-sign.5929238.jp

Dentists in Donegal have urged people to sign up before the New Year for dental treatments to safeguard maximum PRSI cover for any treatments required - even if the appointments and treatments don't take place until the New Year. According to local dentist Dr. Dara Reynolds, the recent budget included measures to cut PRSI cover for treatments going forward but NOT for eligible patients who made an appointment to see their dentist before the end of this year.The Irish Dental Association [IDA] has launched a stinging criticism of the recent budget cuts for PRSI payers. In the budget the Government announced that from next year people paying PRSI will only be entitled to a free dental check-up and will no longer receive significant discounts on fillings, extractions, root canal work or dentures. Speaking after the budget the Association said the Government move was "a serious mistake which will penalise many people including tens of thousands who have been paying this PRSI Insurance for years".

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Garda Funeral

I'm sure you all heard about the 24 year old Garda who was killed in a car accident recently.
Garda Gary McLoughlin, who was from Ballinamore in Leitrim, and his colleague, Garda Bernard McLoughlin (23), were both taken to Letterkenny General Hospital after a car they had been pursuing towards the border, turned around and drove straight at the patrol car which they had pulled into the side of the road.
According to a garda source the patrol car had pulled in as far as it could onto the hard shoulder but the advancing Astra seemed to lose control and drove straight into the driver's door of the patrol car.
Don McMahan attended the funeral and shared these pictures.
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To quote Don:
Garda McLaughlin tragically lost his life in the line of duty and was laid to rest today(December12) in his home village of Fenagh, County Leitrim . Garda McLoughlin was given a state funeral with full An Garda Síochána honors. it was a very moving experience ...
Don also has more photographs on his web site at:
http://www.donmcmahan.com/

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Bank Walk

Lovely photograph taken around the Bank Walk taken by Morgan Mullooly on Flickr.

Bank Walk, Leaf Waterfall

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lough Eske Panoramic


Lough Eske
Originally uploaded by ROBoyle

Lovely panoramic photograph of Lough Eske, taken by a friend of ROBoyle! :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

A lot of empty homes

Jimmy Harte, a County Councilor from Letterkenny, claims there's almost 20,000 vacant homes in the county.  The population of the county is only about 150,000 and that sounds like a bit over-building to me. Aren't the council supposed to be there to prevent over-building and such excesses?

http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/dn/free/347205815027104.php
He was informed that as of the last Census carried out in Donegal there were 19,043 vacant residences.

These were comprised of 9,725 houses, 1,043 flats and 8,275 holiday homes. This equates to 27 per cent of the total housing stock in Donegal which currently stands at 70,526 ...

"Given Donegal's population of 150,000 the number of houses equates to one house for every two people. That is far higher than the national average and is just not sustainable," said Cllr Harte.

He also stated that the number of vacant properties should raise serious questions for future planning decisions made by the council.

"We have been left with an overhang of properties and we are going to have to seriously consider all planning applications which come in to the council in the future ...

"Now is the time to look at where we are going in the future. We can't just keep building houses because the population is not there to sustain that amount of building.

"There are at least 1,500 people on council housing lists and the council and the department should be buying properties now to address the deficit which exists at a time when prices are low."

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Solis Hotel

The Solis Hotel at Lough Eske Castle wins an award for Luxury Hotels at the "World Luxury Hotel Awards" in Bangok:
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/luxury-donegal-hotel-scoops-top-global-prize-1965146.html


... The Solis Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal's only five-star hotel, beat off competition from hotels around the world to scoop the coveted award at the World Luxury Hotel Awards last weekend.

"This is also a win for Donegal, which is, in our opinion, Ireland's most beautiful tourist destination," said general manager Andrew Turner, pictured above with staff.
OceanFM's coverage:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/12/05/donegal-hotel-wins-world-luxury-hotel-award/

This might be a bit of boon for the area, that's assuming anyone ever hears of the award.

Original Post at Donegal Friends.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Murvagh

Pic I took of Murvagh when I was home in November:


Autumn Light over Murvagh Beach

You can see the sis, Jeannie, off in the background enjoy the wide open space and the sound of the surf.

Original post at: http://donegalfriends.blogspot.com/2009/12/murvagh.html

Vote for Sean Needham for Xmas!

If you like Sean Needham and his music and want to support the Simon Community vote for Sean's song at:

http://www.christmasfm.ie/songcontest

You need an Irish mobile to vote and it'll cost ya €1:


It's simple, to vote for your song text the word SONG followed by a space then F to 57199 (€1 in aid of Simon Communities).



Original post at: http://donegalfriends.blogspot.com/2009/12/vote-for-sean-needham-for-xmas.html

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Kee's in Laghy sell winning Lotto ticket!

Must be some family about the town! Whoever ye are congratulations, have some craic with the money, but spend the rest wisely!
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/12/02/champagne-flows-as-donegal-family-collect-lotto-win/
A Donegal family of five have collected their Euromillions win of half a million euro today.
The champagne flowed at National Lottery HQ in Dublin this afternoon when the family, who do not wish to be named, collected the cheque for 500,000euro.
Each member of the group will receive 100,000euro.
The 12 euro Quick Pick ticket was bought at Kee's Eurospar in Laghey on Thursday ...

Fungi!

Some amazing photography of Fungi by our friend over in Donegal Wildlife:
http://donegal-wildlife.blogspot.com/2009/11/drumboe-fungi.html

At the Drumboe car park, I noticed some Honey Fungus - Armillaria mellea - on an old stump ...

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Serial Twin: Live in Sligo

Serial Twin are playing in Sligo tonight, November 26th, at 10:30pm, in Shenanigans.

Thursday, 26 November 2009 at 22:30
Friday, 27 November 2009 at 00:30
Shenanigans, Bridge St, Sligo




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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Back to the 1950's!

Go back to the dance hall days of the 1950's with "The South Of The Border Ballroom Dancing Experience"! It'll be held at the following locations:
Imperial Hotel Dorrians, Ballyshannon: 28th November
The Central Hotel, Donegal Town: 2nd December
Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara: 5th December

See the Donegal Post's article for more information:

http://www.donegalpost.com/2009/11/25/1950s-nostalgia-comes-to-donegal/
The South Of The Border Ballroom Dancing experience is a project directed by Maura Logue and produced by Geraldine McGrath.
Funded by The Voice Of Older People, the 'show' will have the Ballytour Players will be there to spice up the ambiance and make this 'painting of nostalgia' a real treat for everyone.
... Maura also added that the event will be tainted with a touch of humour so be ready says Maura, to be asked to dance by the Brylcream boys with a glint in their eye, and watch out for the piercing eyes of the priest's housekeeper, and for the gentlemen there'll be girlins galore up for the asking!
Waltzes, the Fox Trot and other tunes reminiscent of the 1950s will be playing to complement the overall atmosphere and set out the nostalgia of the 'good'ol years'.
So if you're looking for a night of fun and if you want to set foot and join in the party for a big night of Jiggery Pokery, come on in! Tickets will be available at the door at the cost of 5€ only.
The project also benefits from the enthusiastic support of Martina O'Sullivan and the ladies will also help to coordinate a fundraising raffle for the Bluestack Foundation on the night. So go get your dancing shoes on and enter into the world of the Ballroom of Romance.

Kite Surfer at Rossnowlagh killed

A kite sufer at Rossnowlagh was killed when strong winds lifted him and threw him on the rocks:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/1124/donegal.html

A kite-surfer in his mId-20s was swept to his death this afternoon on jagged rocks at Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal.
He was one of a group of students from Letterkenny IT and was from the Co Cavan village of Milltown, which is located between Belturbet and Ballyconnell.
The tragedy happened about 2.30pm when the young man was suddenly lifted by the kite from the water and carried by a strong wind into the rocks.
An elderly priest from the nearby Franciscan Friary administered the last rites.
The wind was so strong that the priest was blown off his feet and also smashed against the rocks, suffering an injured elbow.
A local resident said: 'The sea was really turbulent and there were gale-force gusts of wind.' ...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Late purple

Some lovely pics of Autumn flowers from our nature loving friend over on Donegal Wildlife.



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via Donegal Wildlife by Stuart on 11/24/09

Three late flowers from high bog fringes:

Devilsbit Scabious:



See Donegal Wildlife for more of Donegal's nature.

Old Pic of the town


Old pic of the town taken from the Mountcharles road facing the Methodist Church, Bridge Street and the Boyce Bridge, and the Old Castle, with the Church of Ireland spire in the background. Sent to me by a friend.


Click on the photograph to see the full sized version.

Monday, November 23, 2009

ALDI appeals Donegal Town decision

Just build the fecker in the town, otherwise it'll kill of the Diamond for good! Wouldn't it be the perfect tenant for the site behind the car park where work has halted?
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/11/13/aldi-appeal-donegal-town-decision/

German discount store ALDI are appealing a decision by Donegal County Council refusing planning permission for a store in Donegal Town ...

Donegal County Council turned ALDI's application down on the basis of the store's location and its distance from the "retail core" of Donegal Town.

The German firm wants to open the store at the retail park, which was originally granted planning permission by the council in 2008.

An objection was later overruled by An Bord Plenala and the development was given the green-light in December of that year ...

A decision is expected early next year.


Another Eagle Poisoned

Another Eagle found poisoned, this time a 5 month old bird.
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Efforts-to-poison-Irelands-rare-sea-eagles-continue-71570992.html
"Most farmers are open minded and are willing to learn," Muschketat said.
"The problem is some people still believe in old wives tales handed down over generations that eagles carry away children, kill lambs and all these stupid stories. They are scavengers. They feed on dead animals."

Car Sharing in the NorthWest

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/foyle_and_west/8373219.stm

People living in the north-west will be able to use the scheme which matches commuters making similar daily journeys to and from work.

The scheme is initially open to those living in the Donegal, Londonderry, Strabane and Letterkenny areas.

New Green Presence for Donegal?

Donegal Greens create a break-away group from the National Green party:
http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/dn/free/337392666233722.php

The newly formed National Emerald Forum, a breakaway group from the Green Party are confident of growing their membership in Donegal.

The new grouping was formed in Dublin this week after former members of the Green Party expressed their disagreement with the way the coalition government partners have behaved in power.

The new grouping includes many high profile former green party members including former MEP Patricia McKenna.

Former Letterkenny Town Councillor Frank Gallagher attended the meeting together with up to 40 other local former Green Party members.

Speaking to the Donegal News, Mr Gallagher said the new forum wanted to retain their commitment to sustainable energy and environmental issues while pursuing a more socialist agenda.

"Both of the Donegal constituencies were represented at the meeting in Dublin as were 14 other constituencies from around the country. We are using the title National Emerald Forum as a flag of convenience at the moment until a new name is democratically decided on.

"We are all former Green Party members who were frustrated at how the party was behaving in government. We are for strong local government and policies on the ground. It is a shame the way Donegal has been treated over the years. Up here we have become fairly independent and we saw that in the Lisbon Treaty vote," Mr Gallagher said ...

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Two arrested for break-ins aroung the town

Two young fellas arrested for recent break-ins:

http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/11/05/two-arrested-in-connection-with-break-ins/

... Two residences were broken into on Sunday night.

Hundreds of euro worth of property was taken, including mobile phones and Sat Nav devices

Two men in their late teens were arrested yesterday evening and brought to Donegal Town Garda station where they were later charged ...

Gardai in Donegal Town are reminding home-owners to ensure their properties are secure at all times.

The Gardai are right! These boyos (the thieves) know that people are lax in Donegal because stuff like this doesn't happen often, and that people are more trusting (as it's not as anonymous as a city like Dublin). So these bucks know someone will leave the door unlocked while they're out, or a back window open. So be careful, and don't let these lads take advantage of you.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

ICTU March on Friday Nov 6th

Big marches across the country on Friday:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/11/04/donegal-workers-urged-to-join-ictu-protest/
Donegal workers urged to join ICTU protest

Workers across Donegal are being urged to come out in force to join the Irish Congress of Trade Unions protest in Sligo this Friday ...

Workers from all areas of the public sector will take to the streets of Sligo to voice their concerns over cuts to pay, pensions and services. Mr McCarrick said that a huge crowd is expected as the location for the North West protest covers Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Cavan ...


I'll be in Dublin on Friday (arriving at the aerport at 5.20am, yawn). And I'll probably be in the city center in the afternoon having a few drinks to recover meself after the long trip (along with with all the civil servants who'll be thirsty after their long walk).  I'm not sure where I'll be, but on the Saturday I'll undoubtedly be in Mulligans on Poolbeg street for a few jars.

I'll be down home on Monday, and about home till the following Monday. If you see me, say hello! :)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

McCafferty's Pub

How's Sean doing? :)


Donegal Town
Originally uploaded by antiogar

Jobs down, wife battering up

Some more, oh so jolly news due to this blasted recession. Besides, jobs losses, budget cuts, VAT increases, now spousal abuse is on the rise and it's probably because of the hard times we're living in. The Democrat reports that the Donegal Women's Domestic Violence Service (DWDVS) says that abuse is up a huge 30%, and that the shelter in Letterkenny is full.

http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Domestic-Violence-surges-in-Donegal.5757290.jp

The downturn in the economy is having an extreme effect on women in the county with the Donegal Women's Domestic Violence Service (DWDVS) recording a staggering thirty per cent increase in calls to their outreach service and helpline during the first quarter of this year.
Last year, 31 families in dire need of shelter were turned away from this refuge due to the lack of space.

Manager of the DWDVS, Fiona Doherty said: "We are seeing an increase in women stating emotional and financial abuse since the recession with increasing unemployment, mortgage problems or delays with social welfare payments, for example. Women are trapped in relationships because they can't find a job or because they can't sell their homes. This means that domestic violence services here in Donegal are under more pressure to ensure that women and children are safe and can make vital changes to their lives."

... Presently the refuge in Letterkenny is full to capacity. An application has been made by the service for a larger multi-purpose centre with self contained units that could better accommodate more families and they are hopeful that their application will be successful ...

Finola Brennan, of the Donegal Women's Network echoed these sentiments. "The impact that the proposed 60 per cent cut on the national community development programme could have an immense impact on services to women in this county ... All women experiencing violence in Donegal whether it's physical, emotional or financial, are urged to contact Donegal Women's Domestic Violence Service on 24hr free phone Helpline number 1800 262677.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Vote for Pavesi in the "Bloom or Gloom" song contest.

I received this from the lads the other day. If you like Pavesi, show your support by voting for them in the "Bloom or Gloom" contest at YouBloom:

Pavesi has entered their song into Bloom or Gloom.YouBloom's weekly song contest.
If you would like to vote for this song, please sign up for YouBloom? on the home page at www.youbloom.com, and then vote for the song by clicking HERE (Music > Bloom or Gloom). The weekly contest starts on Tuesday at 8:00 am PST each week and ends on Monday at 5:00 am PST the following week.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

At least the price of drink is coming down

Letterkenny publican cutting the price of drink to counter lower prices across the border in an attempt to keep the punters coming across the border (and probably to stop the locals going across the border):
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/pubs-cut-beer-prices-as-pound-slide-leaves-them-high-and-dry-1926693.html

Hugh McGee is cutting the price of Guinness by about 20pc at his bars and hotels in Letterkenny to keep customers coming across the border from the North after the euro's surge against the pound.

McGee reduced the price for a beer this month to €3.50 at his hostelries after the pound's 12pc drop against the euro in the past year led customers from the North to stay home.

"We can't devalue, but our neighbour can and has, and left us high and dry," he said, adding sterling is a "huge" problem. "You've got to try and keep the Northerners coming."

Consumers are heading north in search of cheaper food and televisions, UK tourist numbers are sinking, and exporters such as food company Kerry Group and C&C, the maker of Bulmers cider, are suffering in their largest European market.

"It's nothing but bad news to Irish exporters," said Alan McQuaid, chief economist at Bloxham Stockbrokers in Dublin. "Sterling is a bigger negative force than in any other euro-region country. It's certainly something we could do without."

Last time I was in Derry (about 4 years ago) I was out drinking with friends and was surprised how much cheaper it was compared to Donegal Town (and ye could still smoke in the pubs then too). I was surprised no-one had started doing a package deal with a bed for the night, a bus to bring ye to Derry and pushing the cheaper drink.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Fag wins an award.

Aye I know what yer all thinking with a title like that! The Fag is a film written by some wile nice Donegal and Derry people and it won and award!

Thanks to Siobhan for sending this on to me.

Donegal & Derry Artists Scoop Top Film Award


A new short film by Artists in Creative Enterprise - A Whole Handlin' Production has won the prestigious Clones Film Festival Award 2009. The Fag was filmed, edited and premiered in Clones over the weekend of 23-25 October. Donegal & Derry writers, actors and filmmakers, Pamela Brown, Abby Oliveira, Connor Kelly, Declan Birney, Anthony Nicholson and Patrick Kearney worked collectively to produce a contemporary and provocatively-themed film modelled on the old-style silent movies of Charlie Chaplin, complete with an original music score. The film was among five entries short-listed for the final competition which was judged by three esteemed filmmakers, among them Kevin Allan - Twin Town, The Big Tease, Cody Banks II. The Clones Film Festival is sponsored by Scanbitz and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. The film was praised after its premiere in a packed Lennard Arms Hotel & Cinema for its quality in terms of creativity, energy, musicality, hi-spec filming and editing, inclusion of local people, and sheer entertainment value. The film was also chosen as the festival winner by the vast majority of the 200 viewing audience who each had a vote.  The original idea for the film was conceived by Pamela Brown, a big fan of Chaplin, who from the start had in mind Derry's fast emerging and multi-talented young artist, Connor Kelly, to play the lead part. Kelly's acting and original music score, which he performed on keyboard during the film's premiere, was praised by the judges as 'superb' and 'astonishing' and spotlighted Kelly as 'a brilliantly-versatile young actor, musician and writer to look out for'. He was supported in his lead part by the other artists and some 30 local residents and visitors to Clones who willing participated in the making of the tragic-comedy film despite heavy rain and strong winds which added great intensity of mood and atmosphere to the film's natural quirky setting of Clones town, the setting also to the hugely successful book and film, The Butcher Boy. The dedicated filming and editing skills of Sligo-born, Letterkenny-based, Anthony Nicholson, ensured that The Fag was always going to be a hot contender for the competition. And after a solid 48 hours of filming and editing with very little sleep, he deservedly collected the competition's prizes on behalf of the collective. Plans are now afoot by the Clones Film Festival organisers to promote this new Irish film to other film competitions across Ireland and beyond. For further details about the film and to host viewings of it, please contact Artists in Creative Enterprise: 074 9158836 / 086 1599068 / info@artistsincreativeenterprise.com. You can also discover more about The Fag at www.clonesfilmfestival.com

See http://www.artistsincreativeenterprise.com/3.html for more information.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Interview with Shay Given

For those of you who don't know, Shay Given is from Lifford and is a goalie for Manchester City and goalie for the Republic of Ireland football (soccer for ye'all on the west side of the Atlantic).

The Irish Times has a good interview with him about his careear and what it's like to play International football:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2009/1014/1224256613693.html

IT IS 99 games now and heading for 14 years since Shay Given prepared to line out for the Irish senior team for the first time. His family had travelled down from Donegal and the goalkeeper remembers being nervous ahead of what was "a momentous occasion for me and my family".

There might just be a few butterflies tonight, too, as the now 33-year-old leads his country out ahead of appearance number 100 with his two kids, Shayne and Sienna, there to see their father play in a Republic of Ireland jersey for the first time.



Jacknifed Lorry at Clar

http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/10/14/jack-knifed-lorry-partially-blocking-road-at-clar/

One person has been taken to hospital following a collision between a lorry and a car outside Donegal Town this morning.

The collision occurred near DMG Motors at Clar on the Donegal Town to Ballybofey Road at around twenty to nine.

Gardai, an ambulance and a unit of the fire service all attended the scene ...

The emergency services got the road clear:

http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/10/14/road-at-clar-now-cleared/

The road outside Donegal Town at Clar has been cleared this morning following a collision between a lorry and a car.

The accident occured near DMG Motors at Clar on the Donegal Town to Ballybofey Road at around twenty to nine.

The lorry jack-knifed and had been partially blocking the road ...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Out in the country ...

Another funny short film from Cecilia:


She has a mini-series of "Paranoid Fat Chick" short films.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sean Needham on a bike

Sean Needham peddling around Copenhagen:

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Donegal Says No?

Voting results indicate that Donegal said "No" to the treaty, albeit by a smaller margin than the last referendum. Can we not just do the best of three?

http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000004900
... At the Donegal North East count centre in Letterkenny, where the tallies have just been completed, it's looking like a 52% to 48% victory, while in Donegal South West, where the tallying is continuing, indications are it's neck and neck.

However, nationally, it's looking like a 60 / 40 split in favour of the Yes side, with NO campaigners conceding defeat. Libertas chairman Declan Ganley and other anti-treaty groups saying the NO vote was defeated because of a dishonest Yes campaign
60% isn't a huge majority for such a major change. And I'd guess the main reason for such a change is because of the dire state of the economy, people are voting about long-term consequences based short-term issues. The dire Economy will last 1-10 years, becoming closer to the EU will last a lot longer than that.


This blog has some interesting analysis:
http://www.irishelection.com/2009/10/where-lisbon-was-won/

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Discounts at the Castle and the Railway Center

Bord Failte is advertising discounts on the admission fees at various tourist attractions in the country and the Castle and Railway Center in town are included.

See the following flyer for information:
http://www.discoverireland.ie/getmedia/bcd89ed5-91c3-44ac-9efe-2f00d8945ee3/Discover-Ireland-Autumn-Attractions.aspx




Donegal Castle
Donegal Town
Donegal Castle was built in 1474 by the O’Donnells, dynastic rulers of the Kingdom of Tirconnell from 1200 to 1601. The English Manor house addition dates from 1623. Restored since 1996, the castle is the premier heritage site of the area.
SAVE 5.00
Normal Admission per Adult: €3.50
Autumn-Saver: €5.00 off TOTAL admission
price for 2 adults. [F]
Offer Valid Sept. 12 to Dec. 4, ’09
* (Open daily 10.00 to 17.00)
T. 074 972 2655
www.CountyDonegalRailway.com

Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
The Old Station, Donegal Town Railway Museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits, artefacts, working scale model railways, storyboards with the history of Donegal’s railways, presentation rooms with permanently running DVDs of the railways. Shop with railway books, toys and souvenirs.
SAVE 2.50
Normal Admission per Adult: €4.00
Autumn-Saver: €2.50 off TOTAL admission
price for 2 adults. [F]
Offer Valid Sept. 12 to Dec. 20, ’09
* (Open Thurs-Mon 09.30 to 16.30)
T. 074 972 2405
www.HeritageIreland.ie

Man Stabbed on Aranmore

19 year stabbed on Arranmore Island by a 39 year old. The 19 year old died:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1003/breaking15.htm
A 19-year-old man has died after being stabbed on Arranmore Island, Co Donegal early this morning.

The man was seriously injured during an incident in a pub at about 2.30am.

He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he died shortly after 10.30am.

Gardaí this evening are continuing to question a 39-year-old in connection with the incident
WTF? A stabbing on Araanmore?

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Taoiseach will be in town on Saturday

The Taoiseach will be in town on Saturday to officall the new "Discover Ireland Center" at the Quay. I presume that's the new name for the lovely new tourist office?
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/09/22/taoiseach-in-donegal-town-this-weekend/

Brian Cowen will officially open the new Discover Ireland Centre at the Quay this Saturday morning.

The state-of-the art centre has been described as being hugely significant for Donegal tourism.


Update: It looks like the Taoiseach will also be opening a new youth development centre for the teenagers of Donegal Town:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/09/25/offical-opening-of-new-premises-for-donegal-teens/
... The Donegal Youth Information Service and Youth Development Project has move to a new centre on Tir Chonaill Street.

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Tanaiste Mary Coughlan will officially open the new premises this Saturday.

Youth information officer Valerie Hegarty says moving to a bigger centre, means being able to provide more services to Donegal’s young people.
Interesting kaleidoscope of the Diamond by zbyshka on Flickr.

Robot3

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Attempted Theft from Donegal Town Pub

Good police work by a Donegal Town based Garda stopped a crime-in-progress at a Donegal Town pub:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/09/23/swift-garda-action-stops-beer-theft/

... The Garda Sergeant spotted some suspicious activity around the back of a bar on Main Street at around midday yesterday ... The men were arrested and brought to Donegal Town Garda Station where they were later charged with the alleged attempted theft.

Neil Forbe, Paul Loughrey and Garvin O'Connnor, who are all aged in their thirties and have addresses in Strabane, are due to appear before Tubbercurry District Court this morning.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Be careful in or near the water!

Be careful if you playing or working in or near the water!

This week one man is missing and presumed drowned while fishing up by Glenclomcille, and 3 people were washed out to sea by a rip-tide at Bundoran. In the Bundoran incident 2 people were swimming and got into difficulty. I'd presume they got caught by the currents and were being swept away from the shore. Someone went in to try and save them and they got into difficulty also. Lucky the Bundoran Lifeboat was called and all 3 people in Bundoran were saved.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0919/breaking5.htm
http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0919/donegal.html

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Inver Sunset

Lovely sunset at Inver beach captured by Mark:

A sunset at Inver

Monday, September 14, 2009

Now we have a (mini) crime spree

A bunch of break-ins about the town with cars targeted and one house having it's windows broken:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/09/14/weekend-crime-spate-in-donegal-town/

Gardai in Donegal Town are investigating a break-in at a water treatment plant in Drumlonagher overnight.

Gardai are at the plant this morning in the wake of the burglary, where the culprits stole a number of tapping saddles.

The saddles are made from the metal known as pewter ...

A number of bricks were thrown through the window at the residence ... (in Drumrooske).

Gardai are also warning the public to secure their cars following a spate of thefts at the weekend.

Two cars parked at Clár chapel were broken into on Saturday evening during Mass.

The door of one vehicle was forced open while the window in another was smashed, with thieves making off with sums of money.

A car parked at Murvagh Beach was also broken in and around the same time on Saturday evening.

Anyone with information on any of the weekend crimes are being asked to contact Gardai in Donegal Town.

My advise is, don't leave any valuables in a visible location. Even stuff that you don't think is valuable. It doesn't cost a thief anything to break your window and take your spare change or check to see if that pack of fags is empty or not.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Suspicious Package in Donegal Town!

Seen on the news this morning:
http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/suspicious-device-found-on-main-street-in-donegal-425941.html

The main street in Donegal town has been evacuated this morning following the discovery of a suspicious device.

A passer-by alerted gardaí about a suspect package on the street outside EBS bank at around 7.30am.

An army bomb disposal unit has been sent to the scene.

And from the Irish Times:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0911/breaking53.htm

Garda Inspector Denis Joyce of the South Donegal Division said a member of the public raised the alarm at 7.00am today.

A large area around the discovery was evacuated within two hours.

Inspector Joyce said no claim of responsibility has been received. He said gardaí are keeping an open mind about the incident.

OceanFM says the package was taken by the bomb squad to Finner:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/09/11/suspect-device-removed-from-donegal-town/

The suspicious device found in the centre of Donegal town has been removed for further examination. The potential pipe-bomb was found propped up against the EBS building on the Main Street early this morning.

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit has taken it to Finner Camp outside Ballyshannon. It's not yet known if its viable or not.

Shops in the area were evacuated but the Main Street is now being reopened ...

Anyone got any updates?


Update: Pic from Christina out her window:


And a quote from her flickr page:
bomb scare on the main street. sources (folks hanging out of their shop windows) say that there is an incendiary device in Billy Johnston's. Uproar as Bomb squad is not due to arrive until 1pm (almost 6 hours after it was reported).

Update 2: More pics from IrishCentral.com:
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/59059167.html

The most sinister aspect of this incident is the fact that the device was planted in a doorway on the town’s Main Street just 100 meters from the local St. Patrick’s Church where Mass-goers would normally have being coming and going at that time of the day. Furthermore it was within 400 meters of the main national schools in the town.

Update 3: Contact the Gardi in Donegal Town if you saw or think you saw anything:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0912/1224254382235.html

Garda Insp Denis Joyce, the senior officer present, said a description of the device indicated it had the appearance of a pipe bomb, and this was enough to raise an immediate security alert.

“I would ask for anyone in that vicinity of Donegal town, who may have seen anything suspicious between the hours of 5pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday morning, to contact gardaí in Donegal town on 074 9740190,” he said. “I would also like to thank local Donegal town businesses and visitors for their patience and co-operation during the alert.”

Friday, September 04, 2009

Video of the Astoria in Bundoran Burning Down

The Playboy of the Western World, Part 2!

I realised that I never posted the 2nd page from the Fear Feasa about the Playboy of the Western World.

So here it is! Click on the pic to see the full size:

Here's a close-up of the photograph on the page:

From Left to right: PJ Dunlevy, Shane Gallagher, Seamus Carr (sitting), and Paul Hone (with his back to the photographer).

The first post was in Jan:

http://donegalfriends.blogspot.com/2009/01/playboy-of-western-world-1982.html

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Serial Twin Live in Dublin

Video of the lads live at the Sugar Club in Dublin in July of this year.



And in O'Donnells in Donegal Town! :)


More videos on their YouTube page and on the new Serial Video channel thingy over there on the right -->


www.serialtwin.com

www.myspace.com/serialtwinband

www.bebo.com/serialtwin

Updated: I'd originally put up a video of the lads playing in O'Donnells and not the Sugar Club. Thanks to Ciaran for pointing that out.

Help us! :)

If you've any photographs, announcements, news, or editorials you'd like us to post feel free to e-mail either of us or both of us at:

mick.timony AT gmail.com
brittraz AT googlemail.com

(replace the AT with @)

For instance pics could be:
  • Old photographs of the town
  • New photographs of the town!

  • Class reunions
  • Old school pics
  • 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th birthday party
  • Any eveng around or about the town
Or even some auld photographs you found in your shoe box that you'd like to share!

Announcements could be of:
  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Christenings
  • Someone moving home
  • Someone moving away
  • Someone home on holidays
  • Party
If you send photographs, try and let us know when or where they were taken and whose in the pics! Or if your not sure, e-mail and ask. :)

Cheers
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Red Hugh O'Donnell I

Great pic of the Red Hugh statue down by the Quay. Taken by Esther Moliné over on Flickr.

Red Hugh
Red Hugh O'Donnell I
Originally uploaded by Esther Moliné

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Scotsmans

A great pic of The Scotsman's:
The Scotsman's Bar, Donegal Town


Thanks to Flickr user Salmon Leap for the pic.

Now, do ye all know why it's called The Scotman's? It's because The Scotsman's was owned by Willie Gibson and his wife (whose name I've forgotten). Wille was from Scotland, hence the name of the pub. The front of the pub (where the window is) used to be a wee grocery shop. When I was a kid I used to get wafers and sweets, and the Ma would send me down to get sliced ham, and sometimes a half-block of HB Raspberry Ripple.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bluestack Jammers: Pavesi

If you like Pavesi they'll be playing at the Bluestack Jamclub tomorrow night (Monday Aug 24th).

Sheep Racing

Found on YouTube (thanks to FinnValley for post it), a sheep race out in Leghowney:

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bear Grylls in Donegal

See Bear Grylls scale Slieve League:



Thanks to Senna over on Boards.ie for posting about the video.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

James McAllister RIP.

James was my Uncle (through marriage), he passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer. James was a good man, and he'll be missed.
As per the death notice:
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Sr. Magdalene for Solace or to any member of the family or to Robert Faulkners undertaker.
http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Death-of-Donegal-Town-businessman.5538089.jp

Thanks to the Donegal Democrat for reporting on this (and I hope they don't mind me borrowing most of their article):

Donegal Town's St Patrick's Church was packed to capacity last Monday week for the funeral Mass of James McAllister. A leading local businesman, starting up his drinks distribution company over 30 years ago, in recent times passing same over to his son Fergal.

His popularity and the esteem in which he was held was reflected by the huge numbers who attended at his Mass, celebrated by Fr Willie Peoples PP, Tawnawilly.

In his 73rd year, his courageous and lengthy battle against cancer, displayed great Christian fortitude and the overall positive attitude James had to life and his great love of Donegal. Among his many passions was political debate and would think nothing of spending several hours in a casual street meeting discussing the current state of the nation.

A person possessed of a great social conscience and kindness, he often made readily available the company lorries at no charge for either community events or to the ordinary individual seeking to just move house furniture. A great ambassador for Donegal and all things associated. In recent years his taxi business ferried visitors to countywide historical areas, where James’s detailed knowledge always was to come to the fore. A fact that his customers always appreciated, which left a positive lasting impression of Donegal in their minds.

An avid sports enthusiast, had a great love for hurling which he always attributed to the fact that his late parents originated from the hurling heartlands of Galway and Antrim. For many years he also followed the trials and tribulations of the Irish Rugby team. A life long member of Donegal Town Snooker Club which he regularly visited during the course of his illness, to meet, debate, socialise and have the ‘craic’ with friends. On the GAA scene, even though an avid Donegal supporter, his admiration of Tyrone, their style of play, and manager Mickey Harte was no secret, that he often spoke of this team as the ultimate at their sport. One of James lasting memories was meeting Mickey Harte when the Tyrone manager visited him at Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny a month ago.

Born in the heart of Donegal Town, the McAllister family lived in Quay Street, with their late dad, Charlie, a member of the Garda Siochana who was respected and loved by the community he served with distinction. A period of sadness which James often spoke about, was the untimely death of his young brother Johnny, the youngest member of this large family, drowned in a fishing trawler accident off Howth Head in the 1970’s.

As the funeral cortège of James McAllister wound its way to St Agatha’s Cemetery Clar, many were seen to openly weep a the loss of a true Donegal man whose passing has saddened the hearts of the community he loved so much. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Isabel, daughters Tracey and Petrina, sons Romauld,Fergal, Charlie, Darragh,seven grandchildren, brothers and sisters, all other relatives and friends.
I hear that the priest said at the funeral, that when he arrived at the house to give James the last rites, James muttered at him:
Your late.

Bluestack Cheque Presentation

Pic from Greg.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Butterfy

If your at the Newport Rhode Island Film Festival, go catch Cecilia McAllister's film titled "Butterfly" at 1pm today.

Source: riff.bside.com

Sean Needham Record Release Party

Sean's new album "Time is a Friend" is out and after a great gig at the Bluestacks Jam Club, the main record release party will be at Whelans in Dublin on Friday August 14th. This will be at Whelans Upstairs and as far I can tell the gig starts at 11:30pm and is free in before 10:30pm. But, if you don't pay the cover, buy a CD from Sean! If I've the details wrong, please post a comment and correct me.

Whelans is really easy to find, it's on Wexford Street about 10 minutes walk from the end of Grafton Street, or just head straight up St George's Street and you'll be there. Funnily enough I used to live just a few street away on Synge Street, which our landlady told us wasn't named after J.M. Synge the writer, but after Joe Synge (or similar) the builder, who built most of the houses on the street ... :)

Here's a map, tis wile easy to get to. If your driving from Donegal, just dump the car at a friend's house or at the hotel as you'll never get parked. Just do the bus and a taxi and the end of the night.

http://www.seanneedham.com/

Friday, August 07, 2009

Tullan For the Township

World's Largest Surf Lesson in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust at Tullan Strand near Bundoran! They did it before in 2007 & 2008, show up on August 22nd 2009 to make this the world's largest surfing lesson and help people living in South African townships:

http://www.tullanforthetownship.com/

World's Largest Surf Lesson in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust

Saturday August 22nd will see the third annual Tullan For The Township event taking place at Tullan Strand Bundoran, with Live Music all day including Red Kid, Onya and The Dead Flags, and fun activities for all the family with Pony Rides, Beach Games, Face Painting and a Tullan Pirate's Treasure Hunt

All money raised on the day will go towards the Niall Mellon Township Trust annual Building Blitz, Carol and Seamus Fallon and Killian O'Kelly are volunteering to help build, adding to the thousands of homes already built by the charity.

Carol and Seamus would like to extend their utmost gratitude to everybody who helped to make last year such a success, all the participants, organisers, bands, sponsors, volunteers and everybody who came out to watch, there is a clip of our Guinness World Record attempt now on the Gallery Page and we hope to make this years event an even bigger success
...



Image courtesy of Tullan for the Township.

Sean Needham at the Bluestack Jam!

Sean was at the Bluestack Jam and it sounds like it went well, per this message from the Bluestacks Facebook Group:

Throughout the past few years Donegal singer songwriter Seán Needham has been bringing his blend of 'upbeat acoustic rock' to audiences across Denmark and Ireland . His music style been compared to Van Morrison and Jack Johnson. Seán will launch his second album 'Time is a Friend' in Whelans of Dublin on Friday 14th of August 2009 but the exclusive Bluestacks Jam Club prelaunch met all expectations and once again raised the bar of what this is all about. Along with his wife Ester and the now very well established ''Bluestacks Backers'' house band, he so suprised his fans new and old that all they wanted was copies of his new Album which he generesly signed.

Seán Needham recorded 'Time is a Friend' in Denmark where he now lives, with the help of producer Julian Falck of Mofus.

Seán released his first album entitled 'Loosely Based on A True Story' in Ireland in 2004. The single 'Hey Juliet' was play-listed on nation and regional radio stations across Ireland and earned him much publicity and support slots with major artists including, Tracy Chapman, Diana Krall, and The Divind Comedy.

Find out more about sean and his music at the following links.

http://www.seanneedham.com

http://www.myspace.com/seanneedhammusic

http://www.youtube.com/SeanNeedham

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SeanNeedham

Press

The Independent
"His song writing really stands out. He never sacrifices melody on the altar of earnestness and what a gift for melody he has."


THE IRISH TIMES

Loosely Based On A True Story...is amenable, slightly confessional,...it's a record that infiltrates you when you least expect it. Stylistically, Needham is different...replacing whingeing indignation with a sense of clarity and reason'

RTE GUIDE

'Sean Needham has got a powerful voice and his band play to a highly polished degree of sophistication'

HOT PRESS

'Uptempo acoustic rock is the main flavour of the music...Lyrically there is a lot of spirituality to his songs...Needham is at his best when he sits down to tell a story...all told, it's an impressive debut'

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Unemployed? Get a new education?

LYIT will have 40 places available to allow unemployed people to retrain and develop new skills:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/08/04/40-postgraduate-places-for-unemployed-offered-at-letterkenny-it/

Forty Postgraduate places will be made available for unemployed people in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Its part of the Governments plan to retrain and upskill workers who have lost their jobs during the economic downturn.

The courses are due to start in September and are in the areas of science, engineering and technology.

I think this is a great idea and could be fantastic way to improve one's skills and education, plus going back to college can be a great way to network, make new friends and acquaintances and beats the feck out of being on the dole.

However, what no-one is saying, is that even if LYIT provides valuable skills and an education, you'll probably still have to move to Dublin or further afield to get a job. That's not the fault of LYIT, but there's not a wile load of industry in Donegal and the farming, building, and "holiday home real estate market" doesn't need a wile load of scientists or programmers.

What's also needed is entrepreneurial spirit to create businesses and jobs, because obviously the government can't and most of the international companies that show-up eventually bail when the government handouts run out. Look at Donegal Creameries; using a Donegal strength (agriculture) and our relatively unspoilt land to create Ireland's largest organic farm. Something like could be used to leverage a Donegal strength and could you imagine shoppers around the country clambering for pure Donegal milk and spuds?

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Sean Needham

Great funny video, and song from Sean Needham:





I didn't even know he from the town until Sean G. facebook'd me the video.

More videos from Sean are available on his Youtube page.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bluestacks Jam up €2,400.00 for Hospice

Another note from Greg Gorman about the very successfully Bluestacks Jam on Monday nights in the Abbey Hotel. I've heard reports from home that it's wile craic and the music is good. Keep up the good work Greg and here's to all the great musicans who play their hearts out.
With the weekly jam sessions now very well established, far from the novelty wearing off, Monday nights in the Abbey Hotel just keep getting bigger better & tighter, with fantastic talent coming out of the woodwork to join the party.
In the last few Monday nights, heading up were Nasty and the Fantastics, who gave a powerful performance and have been playing raw blues and rock and roll around the Letterkenny/Ramelton area for the last 5/6 years. Band Members, Ciaran(vocals/guitar), Adam(bass), Justy(drums) and Christian(guitar) got together and unleashed an unrehearsed and raw set. After many years of non-rehearsal the band try to keep it as simple and raw as possible (although also a bit mellower). Those with a taste for good blues enjoyed their performance. A short shambolic selection is available at their MySpace page.

Fellow headline act was Donegal town band 'Serial Twin', a powerful trio delivering rock covers as well as their own fantastic compositions. Ciaran Mc Namara bass, Fintan Gallagher Guitar & Vocals , and Damien McGlanaghey Drums & Vocals. They are currently recording an album, with up & coming gigs in Dublin where they play their own material; they can also be caught at the Moville Festival soon too.

Donegal's Pavesi also headed up with an outstanding performance of their own original set with Micky 'Duck' Gallagher (vocals), Ronan Hanna(Guitar), Michael Gillespie(Bass), Mark Hanna(drums) another headline came from Serbian Heros Danny 'vito' Kelley (Guitar & Vocals), Chris Young Drums, Aaran Morrow (Guitar), Coryn Mac Cullagh(Guitar). Also, a fine performance by local guys Tribal Smoke and then Raymond Mc Groary.

The Rain Dogs: piano Deane Connaghan; Bass Michael Gillispie and drums Johnny McCabe. Emma Hughes & Zara Montgomery sang with them and very soulful sound they had.

Then Jeffery O'Callaghan and the Elements gave us some rock'n'trad with a new sound.

The Live Register Band: Rory Griffen (guitar), Dave Murry (drums), and Ronan O'Doherty (guitar) with always a new set each week.

Sásta band; Louise Price (vocal) and Keith Sherry (guitar) with some old and new hits. Singer song writer Jim Carbin and the very talented Skippy "Guitar" Meehan with Brian Cannon (drums), Peter Cannon guitar, Morgan Ferriter (base) and Enda Ferriter (keyboard). Solo man and original material from John Grealish and singer/songwriter Emily Whelan both performing their own songs and solo performer Jimmy Gallagher with the Bluestacks Backers.
As Always DJ Kiaran Campbell was dishing out groovy vibes through the Damion Edwards sound system accompanied by Cathall and Ciaran.

We have raised €2,400.00 from our sponsors. See a list of sponsors at:
http://donegalfriends.blogspot.com/2009/07/bluestack-jammers-raise-210000.html

We would like to thank and invite our sponsors "and please support them" to co-present this with us to The Donegal Hospice on Monday the 3rd of August @930pm in the Abbey Hotel.

If you would like to come along and join us, send us little info about your self to BluestacksJamClub@ymail.com or become a friend of Bluestacks Jam Club on Face Book or Bluestacks Jam Club Donegal on Bebo.


Good job Greg! ;)

Many of the pics are from the Bluestack Jam group on Facebook. If you can't see the pics here, see them on Facebook (you'll have to join Facebook to see 'em). And make sure to show up on Aug 3rd!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Errigal

A fantastic pic of Errigal taken by Themayfairhut on flickr. It almost looks like a volcano:

Errigal Under A Cloud

Pavesi @ Bluestack Jam Tonight!

From the Bluestack Jam Club's Facebook page:

Pavesi will be doing a forty min set at The Bluestacks Jam Club next Monday (July 27th)

This event is planned to start at 10:30 pm on Jul 27, 2009 at The Abbey Hotel.


Update: And a video of the lads on the night:




More videos are available on their Youtube page.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Retired Garda shot dead.

Sorry for the sporadic postings recently. But I though this was important. A retired Garda detective beleived to be from Donegal died of a gunshot wound. The shooting happened at the Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/07/26/garda-killed-in-shooting-reportedly-from-donegal/
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/07/26/garda-in-fatal-shooting-incident-believed-to-be-from-donegal/

According to reports in todays Sunday Tribune, the 53 year old man was from Donegal and retired from the force in May of this year.

He was a detective and had served for 35 years,

It is believed that the deceased was in the station in relation to his former role, when the incident happened shortly before 10 o clock yesterday morning.

Gardai confirmed that an official firearm was used, however no more details are being realeased about the incident at this stage.

However, the Sunday Tribune claims the Garda shot himself:
http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2009/jul/26/investigation-launched-after-retired-garda-detecti/
"He was one of the soundest men you could ever meet. There was never any sign that he had any problems. Out of the 50 or so current or retired gardaí in Carrick-on-Shannon, he would be the last one anyone would suspect of doing something like this," said a source.

"He was big into GAA and competed in athletics nationally. He was a go-to guy in the guards and was well liked and regarded. He was very active in the local community as well. He was enjoying his retirement, playing golf and taking it easy. It's just very, very sad for his family.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

River

Great pic by Fergus_B out near Lough Eske of the Lowerymore River:

Confluence

Monday, July 20, 2009

All of these people are Musicians and your Contacts to network with.

And another note from our pal Greg over at the Bluestack Jammers.

Bluestacks Jam Club Raises €2,150.00 for Hospice

If you wanna jam next week let us know and come in for 9.15pm for a sound check.

With the weekly jam sessions now very well established, far from the novelty wearing off, Monday nights in the Abbey Hotel just keep getting bigger better & tighter, with fantastic talent coming out of the woodwork to join the party.

Nasty and the Fantastics, who gave a powerful performance and have been playing raw blues and rock and roll around the Letterkenny/Ramelton area for the last 5/6 years. Band Members, Ciaran(vocals/guitar), Adam(bass), Justy(drums) and Christian(guitar) got together and unleashed an unrehearsed and raw set . After many years of non rehearsal the band try to keep it as simple and raw as possible (although also a bit mellower). Those with a taste for good blues enjoyed their Performance . A short shambolic selection is available at My Space.

Fellow headline act was Donegal town band 'Serial Twin', a powerful trio delivering rock covers as well as their own fantastic compositions. Ciaran Mc Namara bass, Fintan Gallagher Guitar & Vocals and Damien McGlanaghey Drums & Vocals. They are currently recording an album, with up & coming gigs in Dublin where they play their own material; they can also be caught at the Moville Festival soon too. Also a fine performance by local guys Tribal Smoke, and then Raymond MGroary.

The Rain Dogs: piano Deane Connaghan; Bass Michael Gillispie and drums Johnny Mc Cabe. Emma Hughes & Zara Montgomery sang with them and very soulful sound they had. Then Jeffery O Callaghan and the Elemments gave us some rock n trad with a new sound. The Live Register Band: Rory Griffen (guitar); Dave Murry (drums) and Ronan O Doherty (guitar) with always a new set each week.

Sásta band ; Louise Price (vocal) and Keith Sherry (guitar) with some old and new hits. Singer song writer Jim Carbin and the very Tallanted Skippy"Guitar"Meehan with Brian Cannon (drums) Peter Cannon guitar, Morgan Ferriter (base) and Enda Ferriter (keyboard). Solo man and original material from John Grealish and singer/songwriter Emily Whelan both performing their own songs and solo performer Jimmy Gallagher with the Bluestacks Backers. As Always DJ Kiaran Cambell was dishing out groovy vibes through the Damion Edwards sound system acompanyed by Cathall and Ciaran.
We have raised €2,100.00 from our sponsors.
See a list of sponsors at:
http://donegalfriends.blogspot.com/2009/07/bluestack-jammers-raise-210000.html

If you would like to come along and join us, send us little info about your self to BluestacksJamClub@ymail.com or become a friend of Bluestacks Jam Club on Face Book or Bluestacks Jam Club Donegal on Bebo.


In case your wondering, the photo mentioned wasn't included with the message, but it's probably on the Facebook page.