Here's a few photos I took of the Diamond when I was home at the end of November. If you wait a minute you'll see the star flash on the first photograph.
If you sick of all that rain, here's the Diamond when it's snowing! :)
|Donegal 2011 GAA Squad|
|Happy 2010 Attendees|
|Food being Prepped by|
at the 2010 Festival
|Bench and New Gravel Surfacing|
|Donegal and the Flag.|
|Getting the ball.|
|Irish President Mary McAleese congratulating the team. What looks to be, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness is in the Background wearing the grin and red tie. :)|
Ballyshannon District Court heard how Garda John Sweeney who was on traffic duty at Dunkineely became suspicious when he discovered two car occupants gave wrong details.
He studied CCTV pictures of a pub robbery at MJs pub, a short distance from St Patrick’s Church, Donegal town, at 11.20 on a Sunday morning and he recognised the two he saw in the car.
Supt Jim Coen told the court the car was later located at Ballintra halting site and €1,600 of the stolen money was recovered.
Thieves broke into the house around 5am on Tuesday and stole TVs, computers and other electrical goods.The brass-necked thieves then loaded the stolen property into the homeowner's own Skoda car and sped from the scene.
The silver Octavia car with registration number 10 DL 3505 was seen driving in the direction of Ballybofey.
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the Leghowney area of Donegal in the early hours of Tuesday morning to contact them.
Businesses in the town claim produce other than that grown locally is being sold at some stalls - and is therefore in breach of the spirit of the market ... if produce other than that grown locally - or which competes against rate-paying established businesses - stall owners could be removed or the entire market closed down.Read more at the Donegal Daily, and please ask them to credit me for my photograph that they are using that page (I've a copy linked to here for you to view).
A council source told us: "It is now clear that the original farmers market idea has been expanded to goods which go against the spirit of what the market should be.
"Inspections will be carried out and orders issued against any stalls in breach of the market's original plan."
Summer Student Placement Scheme 2011Donegal County CouncilIn view of the timeframes involved, Donegal County Council will award placements on the basis of curriculum vitaes submitted. Depending on number of applications received, Donegal County Council reserves the right to shortlist.
Donegal County Council intends to provide summer work placements for up to 30 students. Applications are invited from full-time students who are currently undertaking a third-level course in Culture, Heritage, Arts, Engineering, Business, Finance or related disciplines. Applicants must have at least one year (third-level) completed and be returning in September 2011 to continue their studies.
Monday, July 25, 2011 – Friday, September 2, 2011
€302.75 per week (35 hours per week, paid fortnightly)
Likely locations will be Carndonagh, Donegal Town, Dungloe, Letterkenny, Lifford or Milford, County Donegal.
Only on-line applications will be accepted. Curriculum vitae and covering letter, stating preferred location, to be submitted to:
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, July 8, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
Light at the end of the tunnel - the "Far Bank" walk in Donegal Town restored to its former splendour ... Major Tom Conaghan just got about 15 people together, a digger, dumper and a few chain saws and its looking great ...
Fifty troops were deployed in Donegal and north-west Mayo and an Air Corps helicopter, equipped with a bucket, flew missions to drop 1,200 litres of water at a time on the fires near Dunloe ...I've also heard from friends that there's a fire somewhere near Ballyshannon or Bundoran, probably started by copy-cats. RTE has some video here of the fires in Dungloe.
Ten units of the fire service are tackling a large gorse fire between Lettermacaward and Dungloe in west Donegal ...
Four houses in the area were evacuated and fire fighters have requested the assistance of the army.
The Donegal Fire Service has said the blaze was started maliciously.
Already thousands of acres of gorse and forestry have been burned around Dungloe, Lettermacarward and Doochery since the fire started yesterday.
There are also serious fires round Fanad with hundreds of acres scorched there too as firefighters try to keep that blaze under control.
Exhausted firefighters are now out at the scene for more than 24 hours at the blaze at the general Upper Rosses area ...
A number of families have already been evacuated from homes across the region as more than 100 firefighters tackle the blaze.
A spokesman for the fire service said they now believe the blaze was started deliberately.
At least one property is believed to have been destroyed already but there are no reports of any casualties ...
Hundreds of locals have also been working throughout the night to protect their properties and to assist in trying to put out the fire.
Motorists are also being advised to avoid the area at all costs, especially the N56, which is covered in dense smoke.
A lot of wildlife is also believed to have perished during the blaze.
Elaine Morrow (23) from Ballintra, Donegal was on a three-day charter boat trip with pals on Langford Island off north Queensland on Sunday and decided to go scuba diving, but never resurfaced ...
Her distraught family are waiting for the post-mortem results before they can fly their beloved daughter home. However, this is expected to take up to 10 days ...
Mayor of Ballyshannon Brendan Travers said the news of her death had stunned the community.
"When something like this comes out of the blue, it's so hard for people to take. Our thoughts and our prayers are with her family."
|Donegal Town 1992.|
At last Monday night’s awards ceremony the Donegal winners were named as follows; Best Chef: Darren Iddon at Solis Lough Eske castle in Donegal Town, Best Casual Dining; Kealy’s Seafood Restaurant, Greencastle, Overall Best Restaurant, The Mill, Dunfanaghy, Best Customer Service; Harvey’s Point in Donegal Town, Best Gastro Pub, Harry’s Bar, Bridgend, Best Hotel Restaurant; Castlegrove Country Hotel in Letterkenny.And Jimmy Melly of North West Alarms, in Donegal Town, warns about unscrupulous security alarm installers:
... “Unfortunately there is a large number of illegal operators in the county at the moment who are operating without licence.An American lady of African descent who lives in Donegal has Irish citizenship and whom is married to an Irish man, and talks about her experience with racial profiling:
“This industry is very, very strict. We are inspected at least once a year. We were the first company to be licensed when the legislation was introduced. People should know that it is illegal for anyone to install an alarm without a licence.
Speaking on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, she recounted a recent experience when gardai boarded a bus to Dublin and questioned her and another person of colour.
She said it’s ironic that she was travelling to a meeting of a national committee of which she is a member ...
|Image courtesy of the Donegal Daily|
Another hotel has fallen victim to the downturn in the hospitality sector, with the closure of the Bay View Hotel in Killybegs, Co Donegal, writes Gavin Daly.The Donegal Daily has a slightly take on this:
Bank of Scotland (Ireland) last week appointed a receiver to the company behind the hotel, which closed suddenly last month. According to a notice on the hotel’s website, the Bay View Hotel has been closed ‘‘until further notice’’. The hotel is on the main street in Killybegs, over looking the harbour. It has 40 bedrooms and a leisure centre ...
There were fears the hotel was shut down after a visit from another director to the premises last night.Original posting at Donegal Friends.
Local director Bernie O’Callaghan says that he has asked gardai to investigate after equipment went missing overnight. This includes TVs, tills and catering equipment.
Mr O’Callaghan said he was left completely in the dark about the decision of another director from Leinster to send staff home and claim the hotel was closed with the loss of 35 jobs.
Following last years success of ‘Teens in the Wild’, clinical psychologist David Coleman is back with a new show based on a similar concept, but this time he has extended his advice and therapeutic work to the whole clan. Families in the Wild sees David (the Irish Dr. Phil), taking three individual families, including the Cannons, away from the stresses and pressures of daily life to the isolation and tranquility of the Kerry wilderness for a week of activities and therapy.
|The Cannons on their exploration of the wilds.|
Outgoing Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has become the biggest name to lose her seat in the General Election ...
Fianna Fáil is in meltdown, the party could have just 22 or 23 seats, and just one in the capital in outgoing Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.
The Tánaiste is the most high-profile casualty, but other political dynasties are about to come to an end - the names Haughey, Andrews, and Hanafin will be gone.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny will not make an overall majority, but a handful of final seats could decide whether he needs Labour or can try and cut a deal with Independents.
But the Greens will be wiped out since none of the party's outgoing TD's or candidates will make the cut.
As the counters began distributing Ms Coughlan's transfers from her vote of 5,655 the final battle appeared to be between Mr Ó Domhnaill with 5,724 votes and Mr Pringle on 9,139 votes. While Ms Coughlan was expected to transfer well to her running mate the advantage decidedly was with Mr Pringle.With the final voting tallies of the 3 seats in Donegal South West going to:
He did not reach the quota but the Killybegs man was elected with 1,175 votes, while Mr Ó Domhnaill with 8,834 votes lost out.
A man is to appear in court in Sligo later today charged in connection with an armed robbery at a filling station in Donegal over the weekend.
Kee's Filling Station in Laghey was raided at around 11pm on Saturday night by a man wearing a disguise who was armed with a handgun.
The shop attendant was forced to hand over a sum of cash.
A man was later arrested in Donegal town - the cash was recovered and an imitation firearm was seized.
|Donegal Town in Wintertime|
|Letterkenny General Hospital|
|Road to Glenveagh|
"We operate what is virtually zero tolerance policy. We just do not let any offence go ignored. We didn't ignore anything and that was our instructions, regardless how trivial or how menial they are. The only way these guys will learn is through education and the only way to teach the guys who do not have the life experiences or the education, is through harsh enforcement," Insp. Harrison stated.Did you know they now have seat belts on school buses? I didn't. Does it surprise you that most of the wee'un's don't use 'em? All it taks is a collision at 40mph and everyone on the bus not belted in is going to go flying.
As few as one in ten teenagers here are wearing seat belts on school buses and unless the trend changes a tragedy involving a school bus could happen on Donegal's roads, it has been warned.A farmer up in Convoy has 2 expensive 4x4 quad bikes stolen in the middle of the night:
Garda spot checks are being carried out to highlight the problem and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group has warned the possibility of withdrawing bus passes from students who don't wear seat belts could happen.
It is understood that the bikes were driving away from the shed at approximately 4.30am yesterday morning and it is likely they were then loaded into a get away vehicle such as a lorry or van.And in nearby Raphoe, a couple's caravan was stole, and it's scuppered their plans to finish work on their house:
Speaking to the Democrat last evening Mr Gregg said the quads had been locked in a shed on his premises and the thieves forced their way inside and drove the bikes away up a back lane.
A young couple's efforts to restore a 400-year-old cottage in Raphoe in County Donegal have been jeopardised after thieves stole their caravan worth 10,000 euro.I'd bet these crimes are connected, and possibly by some gang who nip back'n'forth across the border. So if you saw a few quads around 4am, or a caravan toddling about the place in the middle of the night; call the Gardai and tell where you saw it! It might help them narrow down where they went, and whom stole them.
Helen Hancock and Ian Holyoak were about to sell it to pay for the property's thatched roof, but have now had to abandon their plans ...
"They had to bring a spare wheel as one was tied to the gas tank," she said.
"I felt so secure here, but since this happened I haven't been able to sleep at night. It's so sad."
The Avondale touring caravan was taken sometime over the weekend. The couple had lived in it for two years. Recently, it had been used as a home for volunteers from across the world who were working on the restoration project.