Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair in full swing

THE official opening of the Irish music festival, Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, took place in the Amharclann on Tuesday evening marking the welcome return of the event after a two year absence. It was launched by talented musician Louise Mulcahy who will be teaching and performing as part of this year’s festival. Louise said she has been […]

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 […]

Plans for micro brewery given the green light

PORTNABLAGH is to have a micro brewery after plans were given the go-ahead by Donegal County Council. Applicant Anna McElhinney lodged proposals with the local authority in March of this year for the change of use from a garage to micro brewery in Rockhill, Portnablagh, for manufacturing and distribution/sale. Proposals also included the demolition/rebuilding the […]

Donegal defendants facing year-long wait to have cases heard

A new report being compiled by the Department of Justice could hold the key to sorting out Donegal’s lengthening court lists. During a recent sitting of Letterkenny District Court four contested matters had to be scheduled for December 2023 because no earlier hearing dates were available. Reasons cited for the mounting paperwork were the pandemic and the […]

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 […]

Two hens sell for €500 at the Poor Farmers Auction

THIS year’s Poor Farmers Auction in Ardara has raised over €50,000. The annual event returned to its traditional home of McTeague’s Bar on Tuesday night after two years in Brockagh mart due to Covid restrictions. And as usual bidders weren’t shy about digging deep with one buyer putting €500 on the table for two hens. […]

Walk in memory of Seán Ó Domhnaill

PEOPLE in Dunlewey will pull on their walking shoes tomorrow (Friday) in memory of Seán Ó Domhnaill. The much-loved community figure passed away seven years ago at the age of 61. Since then a walk has been held annually to remember him and to pay for various projects in the area. The event has raised thousands of euros […]

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 […]

Man continues to be questioned over murder of Private Séan Rooney

A MAN continues to be questioned by Lebanese military authorities on suspicion of firing the shots which killed UN peacekeeper Seán Rooney from Newtowncunningham. The 24-year-old was laid to rest on Thursday last in the cemetery adjoining All Saints Catholic Church, with full military honours. At his Requiem mass earlier that day in Dundalk, Pte […]

Garda Commissioner to visit Donegal

GARDA Commissioner Drew Harris is to visit Donegal in the coming weeks amid growing concerns facing the force locally. Garda Commissioner Harris has confirmed he will meet with Donegal Joint Policing Committee (JPC) members on January 16. Although the venue has yet to be confirmed, the meeting will more than likely take place in County […]