Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
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
Thanks to Siobhan for sending this on to me.
Donegal & Derry Artists Scoop Top Film Award
See http://www.artistsincreativeenterprise.com/3.html for more information.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Irish Times has a good interview with him about his careear and what it's like to play International football:
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.
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:
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
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
... 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.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.
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
This blog has some interesting analysis:
Saturday, October 03, 2009
See the following flyer for information:
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.
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
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.
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
A 19-year-old man has died after being stabbed on Arranmore Island, Co Donegal early this morning.WTF? A stabbing on Araanmore?
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