Tuesday, August 31, 2010

News!

Your not going to be hearing from me for a while as I'll be home for a few weeks and with minimal web-access.

Zack, his son Finn, and Mary Coughlan
Thanks to Matt Britton for the Photograph.
In the meantime here's some news for you:

30,000 show up for the Donegal Food Festival:
http://www.highlandradio.com/2010/08/30/30000-attend-taste-of-donegal-food-fetival/
In excess of 30 thousand people attended the Taste of Donegal food festival at the weekend with organisers claiming that such events are an ideal way of promoting the county.
And a nice article about Fin McCool's surfing school at Rossnowlagh:
http://www.independent.ie/health/diet-fitness/fit-to-be-tried-surfing-2316903.html
The local man behind the school, Neil Britton, says the sport is catching on in Ireland and he's happy to be in Donegal, despite spending time following the waves from Australia to Portugal.
"The surf in Ireland is as good as anywhere in the world and I always thought it would be a great idea to set up a surf school in my home town," he says ...

Contact: For individual lessons and kids camp, the Fin McCool surf shop and school, Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal. Tel: 071-9859020, 086 804 9909, email finmccools@gmail.com
If your Facebook, Matt Britton has some pics of the festival:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dog & Dolphin At Tory Island

Anyone seen the dog and dolphin swimming together in Tory Island Harbour?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Eat up!

The Donegal Town Food Festival is this weekend! Go have some nosh and tell me how was it!

http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Tasting-the-very-best-of.6494789.jp
... the Chairman of the Festival Committee, Ernan McGettigan said, “Primarily I would like to offer a large and sincere Céad Mile Failte to all attending the second Taste of Donegal Food Festival which will once again take place on the picturesque pier area over looking Donegal Bay from tomorrow (Friday) straight through until next Sunday.

“This quality event is a three day celebration of great food, drink and lifestyle products which has attracted over 50 exhibitors from all over the country. These include a wide range of Artisan Food Producers, Wine & Specialist Drink companies, Hotels, Restaurants and much more.

“During the festival we will have tutored wine tasting, along with food demonstrations by some of the top chefs in the country including Conrad Gallagher, Nevin Maguire, Catherine Fulvio and Joe Shannon.

And of course its another festival I'm going to miss! I'll be home on Thursday for 7 days. Who wants to meet for pinta?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Oh no! Oatfield!

Oatfield sweets is laying off 30 of it's 45 workers:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2010/0823/1224277381196.html
One of the Republic’s oldest confectionery makers has laid off two-thirds of its workforce.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Oatfield Confectionary Company in Co Donegal, which was founded by the McKinney family in Letterkenny in 1927, blamed rising manufacturing costs for the job losses.

A total of 30 out of 45 employees will lose their jobs when the company shuts down its “boiling production” in October.

The manufacture of boiled sweets will now be transferred to Oatfield’s sister company Tilley’s in the UK.

And this is something I didn't realise, I thought Oatfield was still locally owned:
The Oatfield buildings are owned by Donegal Creameries and are leased to Dublin-based firm, Candy, which runs the local plant and owns the brand.

Wikipedia has some background on Oatfield:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oatfield_%28confectionery%29
Donegal Creameries PLC purchased the company in February 1999 for £783,750. In 2007 Zed Candy, an Irish confectionery company famous for its Chewing Gum, bought the brand from Donegal Creameries.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Gardens of Glenveagh

Nice article in the Irish Times about Glenveagh:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/magazine/2010/0821/1224276997698.html

... I’ve written before about Elizabeth Temple’s magical walled garden at Salthill, just outside Mountcharles, so won’t again, except to say it is even better than when I saw it last four years ago. And I’ve no room to do justice to the carefully and beautifully restored Oakfield Park, near Raphoe, the home of Gerry and Heather Robinson, so I’ll save that for another time – although let me just mention that if you fancy visiting, you’ll need to hightail it up there before the end of the month, when the season closes for the year.
Glenveagh
Glenveagh Lough by Mick Timony
So instead, I’d like to park myself for the rest of this page at Glenveagh Castle Gardens . This is one of the most remarkable gardens on this island. It is concealed in a remote and seemingly inhospitable place, in the middle of Glenveagh National Park in the north of the county ... The setting of the gardens is spectacular, but so also is the planting. Within the sheltered microclimate, frost is rare (last winter was an exception), rainfall is high, and growth is lush. Big-leaved rhododendrons, elegantly-fronded tree ferns, and plump Cordyline indivisa make this a surreal, subtropical oasis in the hostile mountain landscape. Much of the planting dates back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s when the last private owner, Henry McIlhenny, employed – among others – British plantsman and designer James Russell of Sunningdale Nursery, and later, American garden designer Lanning Roper.

... The setting of the gardens is spectacular, but so also is the planting. Within the sheltered microclimate, frost is rare (last winter was an exception), rainfall is high, and growth is lush. Big-leaved rhododendrons, elegantly-fronded tree ferns, and plump Cordyline indivisa make this a surreal, subtropical oasis in the hostile mountain landscape. Much of the planting dates back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s when the last private owner, Henry McIlhenny, employed – among others – British plantsman and designer James Russell of Sunningdale Nursery, and later, American garden designer Lanning Roper.

I was hoping to stop at Oakfield when I'm home in the 1st week of September, but they close for the season on August 31st! Bahh! Oh well, I guess I'll take the opportunity to go to Glenveagh, walk the lough and better explore the gardens. Anyone been to Temple's gardens?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Muggings.

Woman in her 60's mugged in Letterkenny in broad daylight, her hangbag was stolen and she was beaten up so badly that she's had to have pins inserted into shattered elbow.

This is a particularly brutal attack, and it's surprising that it happened somewhere like Letterkenny. Someone is bound to have seen something, or been in the area at the time. If you think you seen something contact the Letterkenny Gardai. I'd bet that this this fecker has a drug habit, and if he'd do this to an older woman what else might he be capable of? And just cause he did this to Letterkenny, doesn't mean he'll from there, or will limit his activities to there.

If you see something suspicious, call the Gardai, yesterday I was walking home and I see this skanger wander and stagger down the middle of the road, aye he looked suspicion. I'm thinking he was eyeing up cars to break into by his behaviour, and guess what he does? He stick his hand in through a partially open window and pops the lock of a car and hops in. So I called the cops on the fecker, and you see something odd, you do the same.

Here's coverage of the Letterkenny story from the Belfast Telegraph:
Retired nurse Anna McDaid, who is in her late 60s, received several fractures, bruised ribs, a dislocated shoulder and a head injury after being mugged for her handbag during the day in Letterkenny, Co Donegal ... Just yards from the post office, she was set upon by a man wearing a grey hoodie-type top.

He demanded her handbag and then struck her several times during the terrifying ordeal which left her unconscious for a number of minutes.

Passers-by found Mrs McDaid in a confused state at McClure’s Terrace and she was brought to Letterkenny General Hospital where she has remained since the Tuesday afternoon attack.

... Mrs McDaid has had to undergo a number of different surgical procedures, including having pins inserted into her left elbow after it was shattered during the attack.

She is also on constant medication and has to take oxygen because she now has difficulty breathing.
Here's Highland Radio's coverage, and an interview with the woman's husband:
In Sligo, an 88 year old was attacked in his home and robbed, and a 30 year old man was mugged in the morning by 2 hooded men:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Simple Simon's is to reopen!

Simple Simon's has reopened. There's an article in Democrat about it:
http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Simple-Simon39s-reopens-in-Donegal.6477552.jp

Here's a snippet from the article:

Finbar Rock, owner of Toni’s Bistro nearby, saw the demise of a loved institution as a massive loss to the town. So without hesitation he decided to bring it back in a refreshing new style while at the same time retain the natural stone and old look of the building.

Finbar said: “Donegal is an historic and cultural town and the Diamond is our showpiece. I think it is important that we as business people should try and retain this image and avoid gaudy, plastic signage.

“If it is in keeping with the surrounds, I honestly believe that it will attract more business.”

Indeed this mission statement was proving very accurate as Finbar opened his doors last week. The store has been packed with many of the old faces and a lot of new customers from morning to evening.

Serial Twin: Wirin's Tale

Serial Twin just released a new album! Get it at Melody Maker in Donegal Town, or on iTunes
 See their website for more details:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Serial Twin at the Coach House

From Ciaran via Facebook:

Serial Twin are playing a 40 minute set of original songs at Coachfest - at the back of The Coach House, Main St Donegal at 6.30 pm Sunday 15th August.