Six arrests for drink and drug driving over festive period

TWENTY eight mandatory intoxicant testing (MIT) checkpoints were carried out in Donegal during the Christmas and New Year period. In a bid to clamp down on drink and drug drivers, gardaí stepped up a roads policing operation across Donegal Division from Thursday, December 1 to Tuesday, January 3. Figures provided to the Donegal News by […]

Busy Christmas weekend at the maternity ward

IT was a busy Christmas weekend at the maternity ward in Letterkenny University Hospital as eight festive babies were born. Surprisingly there were no deliveries on Christmas Day but four babies were born on Christmas Eve and four more were born on Stephen’s Day. Baby girl Shannon Quigley was due to be a Christmas Day baby but […]

Ukrainian family welcome arrival of baby girl on Christmas Eve

A UKRAINIAN family who fled the war and came to live in Kilmacrennan welcomed the arrival of their new baby girl on Christmas Eve. Just days later in their home city of Kherson a hospital maternity ward was shelled by Russian forces. The Bielash family are from Kherson, a city in Eastern Ukraine which was taken by […]

Local retailers report busiest Christmas in years

A BOUNCE back from two years of Covid restrictions has provided local businesses with their busiest Christmas in years. This time 12 months ago the advice from the government was that any planned gatherings should be kept to a maximum of three other households – four in total. People were also wearing masks and being encouraged to […]

Almost 100,000 tonnes of packaging waste generated

IRELAND is expected to generate 97,0000 tonnes of packaging waste this Christmas, an increase of four per cent on last year’s figure. New research from the environmental, not-for-profit organisation, Repak has revealed that 93 per cent of shoppers in Ireland receive Christmas gifts each year that they don’t use. The study found that 68 per […]

Feeding the sick this Christmas

MANY of us are getting ready to wind down and switch off as we get ready for Christmas day. We look forward to clocking out of work, swapping our morning cereal for a sneaky selection box and browsing the TV guide for our favourite festive films. But as you celebrate with your family and friends […]

Ukrainian family look forward to trying new Christmas traditions in Donegal

SAINT Mykolai has paid a visit to dozens of Ukrainian children spending their first Christmas in Donegal. December 19 is the most eagerly awaited day of the year for Ukrainian children. It is the day they hope their Santa Claus – Saint Mykolai – will leave them a present. One lucky family he paid a […]

More Christmas shopping in charity shops this year

WITH the cost of living crisis hitting hard this Christmas many are resorting to charity shops in the hope of finding the perfect gift at a fraction of the price. Whatever you’re on the hunt for this Christmas you can be sure one of your local charity shops can help you out, while you help […]

Donegal features heavily in RnaG Christmas schedule

LIFE on Inis Bó Finne, an interview with legendary footballer Anthony Molloy, the history of Donegal County Council and a special programme with musicians from Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair will all feature in the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Christmas schedule this year. Last summer, Áine Ní Bhreisleáin spent a few days interviewing people from Inis […]

HSE shares tips to deal with seasonal stress

The festive season can be a joyful time but for many people it can be a time where they feel increased levels of stress, anxiety or low mood. This can be due to a number of reasons and can manifest in different ways including, irritability, breathing problems, panicky feelings or headaches. The HSE Your Mental […]