Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Four arrested in Donegal Town for bank robbery across the border in Kesh:
The raid took place in the village of Kesh near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, at a branch of the Northern Bank shortly before 2pm. The masked men entered the bank armed with knives and a hammer and demanded money from staff ... They rammed a PSNI car at a lay-by just outside Kesh. It is believed they then switched to another car before driving off towards Enniskillen ... The men then made their way across the Border and into Co Donegal. They were arrested by gardaí on Saturday morning at a hotel in Donegal town.
More coverage from OceanFM:

Donegal Tweed is being used at some of the major fashion houses, first in London:
John Rocha isn’t one for prints, however, and the word austere came to mind watching his black Puritan dresses with their padded hips and oversize hairbands, but it was a shapely, hourglass silhouette emphasised by standaway tunics and baggy crops. Giving a new glamour to a familiar fabric, he vamped up Donegal tweed jackets with black crystal, brought metallic glitter into black wools, decorated Linton check suits with shredded ruffles and added pale lambskin capes over hooped chiffon skirts.
And in New York City:
RALPH LAUREN A Donegal tweed jacket over a lamé vest and tulle skirt, left. Right, a patchwork tweed coat over a wool vest and jodhpurs.
Underneath a series of glittering crystal chandeliers, Lauren sent out splendid patchwork jackets and vests in mixes of windowpane check and Donegal tweed. But he varied their partnership, showing them with anything from tan cavalry twill pants to honey charmeuse silk paisley gowns.
I wonder if Magee's will be able to capitalise in this, as the original Donegal Tweed?

A cruise ship, that will be stopping at Moville, get's some facts about Derry wrong!
Ballyarnett beach and walls besieged by King George - just two of the highlights of a visit to Londonderry, according to P&O Cruises. The claims are part of promotional material for a cruise docking at Moville in County Donegal this summer.

That's despite the fact that Ballyarnett, on the outskirts of Derry, is approximately three miles from the sea, and King James II attacked the city 25 years before George I came to the English throne.

Dr Billy Kelly, a historian at the University of Ulster, said he was "astounded" by the company's mistakes.

Brother Paschal from Frosses, a 88 year old Franciscan Monk who was based in Rossnowlagh passed away (scroll to the bottom of the page):
One of the longest-serving Irish members of the Franciscan Order, Br Paschal Williamson, died last evening in a nursing home in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Aged 88, he served all his 51 years with the order in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal.

A native of Frosses, near Donegal town, Br Paschal was an Irish dance teacher before he joined the Franciscans. He continued to enjoy Irish dancing with fundraising ceilidhe in the friary until a few years ago. He also pursued a hobby of breeding pedigree cattle.

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