Saturday, December 28, 2013

Donegal, The Diamond in 1958

Amazing how much the Diamond has changed since this photo was taken in 1958 the buildings in the background are the same. This is a great full colour photo from that era of what I assume are Gypsys on the Diamond, maybe during Market Day?
Thanks to Nick The Batman on Flickr! :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Donegal's Cargo Defenders!

Cargo Defenders

A County Donegal firm, Cargo Defenders, are producing tools to better secure tractor trailers with curtain sides and/or box trailers. HGV Ireland has an article about the company and their products:

The founders of the company are from Inishowen and received start-up capital and other prizes from The Dragon Factor.

The Dragon Factor, brainchild of the voluntary committee at Craoibhin, was inspired by the success of RTE’s Dragon’s Den. The committee launched this idea earlier this year in hope of injecting new optimism into the local economy, in some small way.
Inviting the people of Donegal to come forward with their ideas with the prospect of starting their own business, applicants were asked to think about the market they are operating in, who their customers are, how they are going to generate income, what makes them different, what the costs are, both once-off start up costs and first year operational costs and where they want to see their business idea in 12 months time.
Read more about The Dragon Factor at their Web site at:
I think this is a great way to encourage and promote local businesses.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Where to order Gifts for Delivery in Ireland

For many of us expats it can hard to get presents for family in Ireland. Internet shopping has made it easier to buy gifts for friends and family in Ireland and have these gifts delivered. This list is gleamed from a posting on Reddit.

I've separated this into Irish and non-Irish sites and then individual categories.

Irish Sites



Free shipping over €10:



Based in Dublin, order online only, free delivery or pick up in person: 

Gift Baskets


Button & Bow Factory, hand-craft by Irish artisans or something:

Pharmacy and Gifts

Cara Pharmacy.

Based on West coast, can pick up items in shops or pay for delivery, they have locations in Donegal Town and Bundoran:

Phone Cases


Hairy Baby, Irish themed humourous T-shirts:



Irish TV shows etc, also including Irish related books.

Non-Irish sites

Use Parcel Post to get UK or NI shipping rates. This is useful if you live in Ireland and are near a Parcel Motel office, basically they will provide you with a UK PO Box and then delivery your packages to one of their Irish offices for fee.


Book Depository, free shipping world-wide including Ireland. Often their prices are lower than Amazon.

Everything sites

Sites that sell everything, from books to electronics to clothing to toys etc.


During the checkout process select Super Saver Shipping to get free shipping on all or many items to Ireland but only if your order is over 25 pounds sterling:

House of Fraser 

Free shipping to Ireland on orders over 50 sterling:   

Musical Instruments

I've duplicate this as a page on the blog, it's available at:
 Or go to the and click on the Tab at the top of the page.