Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
A 23 year old man was arrested in Donegal on Monday evening following a Garda chase when he refused to stop at a checkpoint.
The driver from the Donegal town area rammed a patrol car when he failed to stop at Keys in Laghey.
A 20 minute chase ensued resulting in the car being abandoned at Greenans in Lough Eske.
Bus Eireann's cut-backs may affect routes that route through Enniskillen:
Currently, the Bus Eireann network serving Enniskillen includes four daily routes to Sligo, three to Cavan, nine to Dublin and nine to Donegal Town, with various passenger stops at locations throughout the county along the route ... Therefore, one of the factors determining how the Fermanagh routes will be affected is the number of passengers using specific routes. Where there is a low level of supply, such networks are expected to be examined closely.
If you use any of these route frequently you may want to keep an eye on this. Or someone should start looking at getting funds for cross-border development that might encourage Bus Eireann to keep these routes.
The Lifford Army Barracks is closing for the last time and the troops moved to Finner:
... Lifford bid a sad farewell yesterday to the military troops of Lifford Barracks who marched for the last time from the old Border post.
Over 1,000 people turned out to watch the 129 members of the A company, 28th Infantry Battalion, stage a marching-out ceremony at 11am, with a ceremonial lowering of the Tricolour and military parade afterwards.
The Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Gerry Crawford, a native of Lifford, said it was a significant and sad day for the town.
“It’s not just a loss for the economy of Lifford and the surrounding areas, but it’s also a loss to the community because of the part personnel have played in the community for over 30 years . . . they’ve been good to the community and the community has been good to them.”
With the economy the way it is, no-one will buy the barracks, they'll rot for 10 years, then the Government will spend a tonnes of money renovating them when they release that they need a military presence on the border ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The 60-year-old millionaire businessman delivered his message in an online newsletter produced by Donegal County Council and e-mailed to almost 1,000 Donegal exiles across the globe.
He suggested that with high-tech communications making possible the location of certain businesses any where in Donegal, business people abroad could have a base in their home county.
The Lough Foyle Ferry that runs from County Derry to County Donegal has suffered losses and may be facing funding issues:
It is used by both commuters and tourists and takes 15 minutes to cross the one-mile stretch of water.
However, it lost €56,000 last year and could be facing losses of more than €200,000 this year.
The SDLP is calling on the Northern Executive and the Irish Government to step in and rescue the service from collapse.The one thing they don't say is that it can save people a long drive if they have to get to North Derry to Northern Inishowen.
And if your a fan of Donegal Fiddle music, head over to Ardara in May!
Cup of Tae continues this year with its famous schools of music in Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Accordion, Piano, Concertina and Singing. Cup of Tae festival is quite unique and this is evident by the huge volume of musicians from all over Ireland and abroad that can be seen playing anywhere in this popular village. If you haven’t been to the Cup of Tae, no words here will give it justice you must visit.
For more info and schedules see (which will be updated with 2009 info real soon now):
Police ask all road users to accept that the reason behind the restrictions in access, parking and diversions is to ensure that this excellent opportunity for Enniskillen to promote itself is fully availed of. We want this to be a successful event and are working to achieve this.
Road users are asked to be patient. Anyone who can avoid Enniskillen is asked to do so. Anyone who wishes to attend the event is encouraged to do so. Extensive parking is available in the entire town Car Parks with the exception of Cross Street. Motorists are encouraged to use the normal parking spaces. Depending on the volume of spectators, some people may find themselves walking a short distance.
And see the BBC for a video about the Rally and shows up Enniskillen:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Shops along the Northern Ireland side of the border will happily take it on a like-for-like basis, meaning a huge influx of people from the Republic doing everything from grocery to furniture shopping. When it comes to spending a lot of money - like a wedding - then the savings can be enormous.
This also means all the NI visitors aren't coming south or west to Donegal! And the price of drink is probably cheaper across the border. Can ye still smoke in pubs there too?
And the Indo says that some Donegal County Councillors missed up to 14 of the 18 meetings they have in a year!
Just a third of the country's elected county and city councillors, who earn an average of €33,000 in wages, allowances and expenses each year, attended all of their council meetings last year.
Despite the fact that the average council only sat 18 times in 2008 some councillors missed as many as 14 full council meetings in 2008.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The full page is below, and here's a cropped version of the cast's photograph (click on it for a bigger size):
Conor Reid, James Lawne, Shane Gallagher, Pj Dunlevy, Mick Timony (Meself), Damien Cranwell, Paul Hone, Seamus Carr, & Anthony Rowley.
In the front row I can make out all the faces, nor remember all the names:
Cathy Kerrigan, Clare Boyle, Deborah Cranwell, Caroline Faulkner, Bernie O'Neill, Peggy Ward, & Karen Stewart.
And below is the first page, click on it for the full-sized version (it's a big image):
I'll post the 2nd page sometime in the future, and I'll talk some more about the play and what I remember. And if anyone has the 3rd and final pages it be great to get a copy.
What was the book called? Fear Feasa?
Update: Thanks to Damien for some more names!
Update 2: The rest of the article:
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Christine celebrated her birthday:
Nice article about Martin O'Boyle from Mountcharles, his father who builds boats, and how he and his brother rowed down the Shannon and other inland waterways for charity:
And Donegal is the Gem of the North-West!
Donegal has the highest rate of new housing being build in the country during the 3rd quarter of 2008:
Nice article about Mary Coughlan, with the way the economy is going it might be one of the last nice ones, not that she is to blame for the current state of and the past economic excesses. I think this is worth reading as she does give Donegal a lot of praise:
Arranmore ferry expansion:
60 jobs for the Gaeltacht over the next 2 years:
BBC's "In Pictures" had one of Rossnowlagh (see the 2nd picture). Well done Roy Fisher! :)
Following by the usual dismal stuff!
Thiefs fail to hotwire tractor and steal pony instead:
The roads are falling apart:
Jobs let go:
Ye can't build a smart economy on dumb decisions:
The house of the (Derry) man who was shot at (and whose dog was killed by the gunmen) was burned down:
Restrictions on fishing in some rivers:
Fish found dead in Buncrana river:
And that church that was vandalised in Newtowncunningham was vandalised yet again!
Inquest into death of local man (who died whilst at the Bog Hotel):
HSE files of patients from Donegal Hospitals found on a Derry Street:
Search around Inishowen coast for missing doctor:
Controvery over Gaelige "Stop" signs:
Expect regular updates! :)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Whilst I was at home the sis and I went down to the Forge for a few pints of plain after doing some shopping at SuperValu. Joe poured a couple of nice pints (and he almost forgot the 1st one), and there was a load of wans in watching the match. We sat down the back opposite the auld range, the sis Jeannie took the pic below, and Joe had the pub nicely decorated for Christmas. Good to see Rory behind the bar too. :)
Originally uploaded by my_angel_toes
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The first posting is here and you can work your way forward to the present day if your interested.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Bringing Back Our Natural Forests,online,sustainable, woodland ...
Friday, January 09, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Also, you can browse various pics of the town and area on this Flickr map here people have mapped their pics:
Been busy/tired since I got back, I'll post some updates later in the week.