Strabane Lifford Half Marathon to go ahead

THE annual Strabane Lifford Half Marathon will now go ahead, it has been confirmed. Sources said earlier this week that the event was to be cancelled due to budgetary pressures. But Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has just confirmed that the run will now go ahead. Advertisement “I am delighted to receive confirmation that the […]

Spiceland closed on ‘evidence of mouse infestation’

A LETTERKENNY business has been served with a Closure Order by Environmental Health Service following evidence of a mouse infestation. The closure order was served on Letterkenny Spiceland, Green Isle Park, Port Road, Ballyraine, Letterkenny on January 31. Mouse droppings were found in the in the retail, storage and delivery areas of the shop as well as evidence […]

Rathmullan pier to close for eight months

REFURBISHMENT works that will close Rathmullan pier for eight months could begin as soon as March. A tender document has just been published looking for a contractor to take on the overhaul of the busy marine infrastructure. It is nine months since Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Charlie McConalogue allocated €3.5 million to the revamp. Advertisement […]

Over €0.5m to be spent giving theatre ‘whole new lease of life’

MORE than half a million euro is to be spent repairing “major signs of wear and tear” in Letterkenny’s An Grianán Theatre. The need for “urgent action” is detailed in a new tender document seeking a design team to carry out improvement works. The 62-page tender reveals that after two decades in business, intense usage has “taken its […]

Dinner lady Kathleen hangs up her ladle

A Donegal woman who has been serving dinners in a Tyrone primary school for over 40 years has decided to hang up her apron. Kathleen Moore from Ballylennon in St Johnston has been living in Sion Mills since marrying her late husband Alan in the 1960s. She has been a much loved feature of the local primary […]

Irish Water to have full operational control by June

COUNCILLORS have expressed concerns that contact with Irish Water could diminish when the utility body assumes full management of public water services in June. Mayor of Letterkenny Donal Kelly revealed how he had been asking for a face-to-face meeting with Irish Water chiefs for months but to no avail. He highlighted a string of problems that […]

Saolta paid €400,000 to consultancy firm

A consultancy firm hired to facilitate workshops between Saolta management and staff at Letterkenny University Hospital was paid more than €400,000 for its services. Ernst & Young spent five months last year working on the project in a bid to improve communication channels between the two bodies. For every week it spent working on the issue the London-headquartered firm received almost €20,000. […]

The Lifford man listed on a Canadian cenotaph

THE fascinating story of a Lifford man who fought and died for Canada in the First World War has been unearthed by an Ontario historian. Frederick Leggatt features as part of Ron Dale’s ‘The Monuments Men’, a series of articles he has been writing for The Lake Report, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s first and most-read independent local newspaper. It is a […]

Four minute clip of Donegal film ‘Spears’ released

A four-minute clip has been released online from the Donegal thriller Spears. It was released to coincide with the upcoming first-year anniversary of the film’s cinema release. The epic sequence features a wide selection of locations spanning four countries and the haunting music of Irish group Sleep Thieves. Locations that should be familiar to Donegal viewers […]

Ulster Bank in Letterkenny to shut in April

DONEGAL’S only remaining Ulster Bank branch, Letterkenny, will close on April 21. Transactions will cease on March 31 with full closure three weeks later, the financial giant has confirmed. The news comes less than two weeks after branches in Donegal Town, Killybegs, Buncrana and Ballybofey shut as part of Ulster Bank’s phased withdrawal from Ireland. Advertisement But unlike […]