Donegal could return to two constituencies with rise in population

CONFIRMATION that the population of the county has shown a five per cent increase could see a return of the Donegal North East and Donegal South West constituencies, and a return to six TDs in Donegal. The recently created Electoral Commission is already examining Dáil boundaries and is expected to report its findings by the […]

Fr Paddy Dunne to proceed with move to Ballyshannon

THE campaign in Kilmacrennan to prevent Parish Priest Fr Paddy Dunne being moved to Ballyshannon has come to an end as the popular priest decided he will do what Bishop Alan McGuckian has requested. The Donegal News can confirm that those organising last Friday night’s vigil in Kilmacrennan and the petition to retain their much-loved […]

Local estate agents inundated as more eviction notices are served

TENANTS facing eviction from their rented homes in Donegal face an uphill battle to secure alternative accommodation in the county, with estate agents reporting huge numbers of inquiries but few homes available to rent. On Monday the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) updated their figures including those facing Notices to Terminate (NOTs) their tenancy – eviction […]

Paddy is glad to be home after Ducking and Driving challenge

ARRANMORE Island native Paddy Conaghan was taking it easy this week having completed a second marathon tour around the Irish coast on Sunday. The sprightly 82-year-old undertook 515 swims in 98 days. He slept in his van for 97 nights before making the final leg of his sea journey home with a Garda escort. The […]

Coillte’s forestry plans called into question

SERIOUS concerns have been raised among the farming community about plans by government to allow a UK investment company to fund the purchase of Irish farmland for forestry and private forestry plantations in partnership with Coillte. At present Donegal has some 900 privately owned forest plots. Farmers and foresters across the country are objecting to the […]

Councillors back move to regulate ‘diffing events’

Donegal County Councillors are seeking a solution to problems caused by so-called ‘diffing events’. Gatherings are advertised on social media and can attract large crowds, causing noise and disruption for local people. Recent gatherings in the Manorcunningham area have been a partricular source of annoyance for local residents. At a virtual meeting this week of […]

LYIT to have highest intake in fifty year history

LETTERKENNY Institute of Technology (LYIT) expect to have more than 5,000 students enrolled this year making it the largest intake since the college was opened 50 years ago. According to Registrar Billy Bennett the growth in student numbers has been “pretty good” and has increased year on year. “On Monday afternoon we made more than […]

Couple celebrates wedding ‘overseas’

INISHBOFIN hosted its fifth wedding celebration earlier this month with around 60 guests packing the small refurbished church. Local man Eamonn McGinley wed his sweetheart Mary B Magee from Derryreel in the island church, Teach Pobail Mhuire na nGrás, on August 7. Family members and a few friends were ferried from Magheraroarty by Harry Coll […]

Second generation of golden eagles soaring over Donegal

TWENTY years on from the reintroduction of the golden eagle into Ireland in Glenveagh National Park, the project has been successful with five pairs in the county this year and at least one chick fledged. Lorcan O’Toole, who has worked on the Golden Eagle Trust since it began, said he is confident the golden eagle […]