Restoring vintage tractor to help charity’s cancer bus

A Donegal man is putting to use his passion for agricultural machinery to raise money for a cancer charity that is close to his heart. Billy Bustard from Donegal Town purchased a Massey Ferguson 35 six months ago. Over the last number of weeks and months he stripped the tired old machine down to the […]

Former boat builder now operates on smaller scale

A skilled craftsman who served his time in the BIM boatyard in Killybegs in the early 1970s is using his expertise and creativity to build model fishing trawlers. Frankie Kennedy is now working on a model of the Rós Inbhir, a 50-foot trawler built in 1953 in Killybegs Boatyard. It will be a present for […]

Readjusting to a new way of living under Taliban rule

The Donegal-born leader of the World Food Programme in Afghanistan, Mary Ellen McGroarty says that there is an ‘uneasy calm’ in the country at present. While more than 100,000 people managed to escape the country’s uncertain future since the Taliban took the Afghan capital Kabul a month ago, those left behind are grappling with a […]

HSE vaccination clinic at LYIT to close within days

THE Covid vaccination centre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology will close in the coming days but the HSE is preparing to open a new centre in the town. The last appointments at the LYIT vaccination centre will take place in early October, six months after the first vaccinations were administered there in March. Some 93,000 […]

One in four consultant posts vacant in LUH – Saolta

ONE in four whole-time equivalent (WTE) consultant posts are vacant across “a range of medical and surgical specialties” at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH). There are currently 66 approved Consultant Posts at LUH of which 47 posts are filled on a permanent basis, according to a spokesperson for Saolta University Health Care Group. All other posts […]

Barber uses lockdown to write a book about democracy

FOR forty years, Gerry McKeever has been quietly listening to stories being shared in his barbershop on Letterkenny’s Main Street. Sports, politics and family life are common themes. Then there’s stories about affairs, engagements, and divorces, people’s children and their mothers-in-law. Last year during lockdown, Gerry had a light bulb moment: why not write a […]

Keeping the Seagulls in full flight

BRIGHTON & Hove Albion have enjoyed an impressive start to the new Premier League season. The Seagulls scored a last minute winner to beat Brentford 1-0 last Saturday, a result which leaves them sixth in the table. Letterkenny man Jack O’Doherty is first team performance physiotherapist at Brighton and he’s hoping that the 20021/22 season […]

CAB investigating 48 cases in Donegal – report

  THE Criminal Assets Bureau of the gardaí, which is tasked with investigating proceeds from criminal activity, had almost fifty targets under investigation in Donegal last year, its annual report shows. The CAB is currently investigating a total of 48 persons and organisations across the county. The Bureau has increased its focus on criminals operating […]

Working quietly to help asylum seekers

A GROUP of volunteers are quietly working to assist asylum seekers settle into their new lives in Letterkenny. Last week, the group provided back to school assistance to 94 children and their families living in direct provision at a former student accommodation centre in Letterkenny. More than 45 families from South America, Asia, Africa and […]

‘Mad Dogs’ let loose for epic cycle

A GROUP of 21 Letterkenny-based cyclists will take on the Mizen to Malin cycle next weekend to raise money for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The ‘Mad Dogs’ are all Errigal Cycling Club members who are funding their own expenses and all monies raised will go directly to the charity. The idea was formulated – as all […]