Notes from a talented Letterkenny luthier

FROM the workshop behind his Letterkenny home, a talented and highly reputable luthier named Fitz Howard is busy hand-crafting another of his guitars. Howard’s signature sound has led to him working closely with Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s while the late Henry McCullough, the only Irishman to play Woodstock, and who joined Paul McCartney in Wings […]

Croke Park groundsman goes back to school in Donegal

ONE of the groundsmen who helped look after the Croke Park pitch ahead of recent All-Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championship finals is working on a project much closer to home these days. Hughie O’Donnell, who operates his own Groundwork and Landscaping Service in Annagry, is developing a new playing field and running track at […]

Bus Éireann issues advice ahead of bank holiday weekend

BUS Éireann is advising people intending to travel this weekend on its intercity Expressway routes to avoid peak times, as currently some services are unable to satisfy passenger demand. “While only seven per cent of our services overall have demand that exceeds capacity, the issue is more acute on certain routes,” said Eleanor Farrell, Chief […]

Australian company gets shirty over rural Donegal

AN Australian design company appears to have lost its way with a range of Donegal-themed t-shirts based on the movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’. The unusual garments plugging some of Donegal’s sleepier towns and villages are being advertised by Redbubble, a firm that provides a platform for artists to sell their creations. Among the merchandise Redbubble […]

Covid latest: ‘No one is safe unless everyone is safe’

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has now been a total of 1,764 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. Advertisement As of midnight Tuesday 28th July, the HPSC has been notified of 14 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 25,942* confirmed cases of […]

Friends set to walk tall in memory of Carn man Pete

THE friends and family of an Inishowen man who died suddenly earlier this year will be walking tall in his memory this Sunday. Pete Hartin was just 38 when he passed away from a cardiac thromboembolism on May 18. In his memory and to support two very good causes, his family and pals are planning […]

Row erupts over funding of Sinn Féin’s Donegal office

THERE was an angry exchange in the Dáil yesterday over the funding of politics after the Taoiseach said a Sinn Féin office in Donegal had been established with American money. The Irish Independent reports that Micheál Martin made the claim – which prompted a furious denunciation from SF spokesman on Finance Pearse Doherty – after […]

Donegal whiskey distillery fills its first cask

The resurgent Irish whiskey industry has a new feather in its cap with the announcement that Donegal is once again distilling whiskey. In the shadow of the imposing mountain of Sliabh Liag, a double distilled smoky spirit made from Irish peated malt has been filled into a first fill bourbon oak cask by Sliabh Liag […]