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:
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:

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.

Sent via Google Reader:

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?

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.
"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

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:

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:

... 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:
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.

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.