Carbon tax ‘penalising’ people living in rural Donegal

THOSE living in rural Donegal do not have a choice when it comes to driving a diesel or petrol car, motorists have claimed. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced in last week’s budget that the carbon tax will increase by a further €7.50, bringing it up to €41 per tonne of carbon for some fuels. In […]

Council issue warning over overgrown hedges

AS winter 2021 approaches Donegal County Council has issued warnings to a number of landowners to cut back overgrown road-side hedges, tress and briars. Overgrown hedges can impair driver visibility and overhanging branches can cause damage to high sided vehicles such as lorries, ambulances and fire engines. Last week, the Council erected notices at the […]

MacGill School goes online for a second year

DR Mike Ryan, who has led the global response to Covid-19, and Mary Ellen McGroarty, the Mountcharles-born leader of the World Food Programme in Afghanistan, are among the speakers at next week’s annual MacGill School. Now in its 41st year, the MacGill School will be online for the second year from Wednesday to Friday. When […]

Butchers are taking on a Himalayan task

A DONEGAL butcher is using a two-metre high solid wall of Himalayan rock salt bricks to dry–age premium beef sourced from local suppliers. The translucent blocks were imported by McConnell’s Butchers, Ballybofey, from mines in the foothills of the Himalayas in Pakistan’s Punjab region. Each of the 360 salt blocks was individually hand cut. Shane […]

PETA welcomes end to ‘cruel’ mink farming industry

ANIMAL rights group PETA says the sooner the book is closed on the “cruel and dangerous” industry of mink farming the better. PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – was reacting to the news that a Donegal mink farmer is to receive a share of a multi-million compensation package.  Tazetta Teoranta, based […]

Charity event in memory of baby Theo Robinson

A CONVOY mother whose baby died when he was four months old is raising money for a charity set up to support bereaved parents to mark her son’s one year anniversary. Donna Robinson (34) from Convoy lost her four-month old son Theo on October 26, 2020. Theo was born five weeks premature and spent many […]

Plans to open Ireland’s only thatching school in county

THE restoration of thatched cottages on the Wild Atlantic Way in recent years has led to plans to open a school in Donegal devoted to the ancient craft of thatching. The promoters, Narin, Portnoo, Rosbeg Community Co-Operative Limited, say that the thatcher traineeship course in The Dolmen Centre will be the first of its kind […]

Family very disappointed following HIQA gynae review

A WOMAN whose mother had a delayed cancer diagnosis at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) says she is very disappointed that further improvements are still needed at the gynaecology service to safeguard women. Sinéad Ní Bhaoill was speaking to the Donegal News following the publication of the Health and Information Authority, HIQA’s review of the service […]

These ads ‘kneaded’ local people, say local people

GALLAGHER’S Bakehouse has defended its decision to use actors instead of local people in a new ad which celebrates the nationwide launch of their new range of uniquely handcrafted sourdough breads. Their new campaign, Bread Made Better, features Daniel O’Donnell who is seen going through Ardara chatting with locals all of whom are desperate to […]

‘Search your children for fireworks’ urge gardaí

PARENTS are being urged to carry out regular searches of their children’s bags for fireworks. The call comes from gardaí ahead of Halloween celebrations. They are warning against the illegal use of the product which causes great distress to older people, families and pets. “Parents, please ensure that you know where your kids are and […]