Donegal childcare providers demand increased funding for the sector

A DONEGAL childcare provider has said the government must act urgently to provide much needed funding and resources into the sector, or face up to the consequence that children will suffer. Sharon Graham Porter is the owner of Kid Kare Créche and Montessori in Donegal Town. On Tuesday, seven of its staff were among the thousands […]

New Deacon to be ordained in Stranorlar tomorrow

A 28 year-old Stranorlar man will be ordained a Deacon on Sunday, the first Deacon to be ordained in the parish for some time. Bishop of Raphoe Alan McGuckian will conduct the ordination ceremony in the Church of Mary Immaculate at 3 pm, the penultimate step before Anthony Hartnett becomes a priest. The Hartnett family […]

Planning sought for 52 houses in Letterkenny

A PLANNING application has been lodged with Donegal County Council to build 52 houses at Ballymacool. The application lodged on September 13 is in the name of Phil Boyle and the architect is Patrick O’Connor. The planning permission sought is for 20 four-bed and 30 three-bed semi-detached houses as well as one three-bed and one […]

Shock as 113 pubs closed in Donegal

MORE than a quarter of Donegal’s public houses have closed since 2005 with the number in the county now reduced from 453 in 2005 to 334 in 2021. The percentage of bars which have closed in the county is way above the national average according to Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (Digi) who published the […]

Plans for new school hit by helipad concerns

By Kate Heaney CONCERNS over the flight path for emergency helicopters accessing Letterkenny University Hospital may necessitate changes to the €15 million development plans for the new Errigal College school buildings. Donegal County Council planners have sought further information from the Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) architects requesting they ensure confirmation from both the […]

ATU Donegal hiring largest numbers of new staff

THE announcement this week that Atlantic Technological University (ATU) could be hiring the largest number of new staff at 192, will not result in a massive recruitment campaign according to the ATU President Orla Flynn. Speaking to the Donegal News this week Ms Flynn explained that many of these posts are already filled but the […]

Chamber and Gardaí meet to discuss policing concerns

LAST week’s meeting between Gardaí and the Chief Executive of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce has ensured a garda presence on the streets and shopping areas of Letterkenny, subject to resources being available. Speaking to the Donegal News this week Chamber CEO Toni Forrester described the meeting with Gardaí as positive but she said the issue […]

Biggest ‘Donegal Twelfth’

By Kate Heaney THOUSANDS of people took part and viewed what was the largest ever Orange Parade in Rossnowlagh on Saturday, known as the ‘Donegal Twelfth’. According to Donegal County Grand Master David Mahon there were 53 bands and 70 lodges from all across the country which took part in glorious sunshine. Advertisement Apart from […]

Diocese plans for dwindling Mass attendees

A SNAPSHOT in time taken of the state of the 33 parishes in the Raphoe Diocese earlier this year shows a considerable decline in those attending church and a dwindling number of priests to minister to them. The results of the survey have led Bishop of Raphoe, Alan McGuckian to say that “our planning for […]